Allergies and Supplements

Did you know that ragweed not goldenrod is to blame for your itchy eyes and runny nose during the fall season?? 🤧

These plants tend to bloom and grow in the same places. Goldenrod flowers contain nectar to attract pollinating insects, and the large, heavy pollen grains attach to the insect bodies. It is an important nectar source for pollinators.
Ragweed flowers do not contain nectar, and the plants are dependent on the wind to transfer the small, lightweight pollen. This pollen has the ability to blow for miles.
A single ragweed plant is capable of producing over a billion pollen grains!

Don’t fear, we’ve got you covered; with whole food supplements and ingredients that can help the body naturally defend itself from indoor and outdoor stresses.

Ask us on your next appointment which supplement is appropriate for you!

Backpacks, Bags, Purses – Ergonomics

Proper bag ergonomics is not only important for school aged kids but for adults too!

Carrying a bag/purse on one shoulder can quickly lead to headaches, neck pain, and shoulder strain, and can actually develop into chronic symptoms.
It’s recommended to avoid carrying a bag that is heavier than 10% of your body weight (i.e. for someone weight 140 lbs, their bag shouldn’t be more than 14 lbs), and if possible, carry a backpack or a bag with two shoulder straps.

Crossbody bags can also help distribute the weight of a bag as well!

Rounded Upper Back or Hunchback

Having a rounded upper back or hunchback can not only be embarrassing, it can be painful and lead to chronic symptoms.

Proper alignment through chiropractic adjustments and activation of the muscles in the upper thoracic and cervical spine can help reduce an already established hunchback or prevent one from happening altogether!

Cell Phone Posture – Neck Pain & Headaches

Your cell phone could be to blame for certain types of headaches and neck pain.

Instead of looking down at your phone, lift it up to eye level. Your ears should be positioned directly above the shoulders in a neutral position to avoid strain on your neck.

Sugar Intake

Did you know that the recommended daily added sugar limit for men is 9 teaspoons or 36 grams and 6 teaspoons or 25 grams for women?

For reference, 1 serving of:
Coca Cola contains 16 teaspoons of sugar
Gatorade contains 9 teaspoons of sugar
Fruit juice contains 10 teaspoons of sugar

All of these beverages are taking you well over your recommended intake! 😲😲

Sugar has been shown to increase inflammatory markers in the body, thus causing more inflammation in the body.
In a time where we want to focus on our health more than ever, you may want to rethink that sugary beverage and opt for a glass of water instead. Consider adding some fresh lemon juice, mint, or cucumbers for flavor! 🍋

Are you having trouble kicking the sugar habit? Talk to us!
We can help ease your body off the sugar and create a healthier lifestyle.

Treating Root Cause

If you had a rock in your shoe that was causing pain, you could take pain meds or get injections and you might not feel it anymore, but you would still have a rock in your shoe.

Our job, as your chiropractor, is to get to the source of the problem. Treat the cause, not the symptom!

Yardwork & Wellness

While you’re spending time outside appreciating and taking care of our planet, be conscious of the amount of time you’re spending in the yard.
*Take breaks every 30-45 minutes to ensure you’re not “overdoing” it and staying hydrated.
*Also, please bend with your knees and avoid lifting objects away from your body! Bring the load closer to your center of gravity to avoid injury.

Just like your body, we only get one planet.

Please take care of both and have a Happy Earth Day!

Nourishment with Real Food

With how much that is out of our control these days, one thing you can personally control is what you put in your body!

Sugars and empty carbohydrates can actually increase your body’s inflammatory response, leading to not just increased pain, stiffness, and achiness, but also enhanced feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression.

During this already stress-filled time, it’s important to continue to feed your body nutrient-dense foods. Also, cooking can be very therapeutic! 😊

Not sure where to start or which foods you should be eating?
Let us help you!

Both Dr. Samuels and Dr. Smith are highly trained in whole food nutrition. 🥦🥗
We can help you establish healthy eating goals, whether it’s to lose an extra 5-10 lbs, alleviate digestive symptoms or prepare for spring allergy season.

Added bonus: we can accomplish all of this while practicing safe social distancing!

Call the office at (724) 834-5600 to set up a phone, Zoom, or FaceTime consultation and start feeling your best today!

Workspace and Posture

With many people working from home these days, we wanted to ensure that you are set up for success and not pain!

It may feel good in the moment to work on the couch with your laptop, however, the couch doesn’t offer the needed support for your back and neck.
Make sure you have a work station set up at a desk or kitchen table, preferably at a height where your elbows and knees are bent at a 90-degree angle.

The next step in improving posture during work is understanding what is good posture.
What does it even mean to “stand straight”, or “sit upright”?

Here are some key points to obtain good posture:

– Keep your chin parallel to the floor.
– Your shoulders should be pulled back and down.
– Maintain a neutral spine – no flexing or arching!
– Arms at your sides, with your elbows, bent at 90 degrees.
– Abdominal muscles braced, improving your core muscles as well.
– Feet should be positioned flat on the ground, not crossed.
– While standing, body weight distributed evenly on both feet.
– While sitting, keep your knees at 90 degrees and pointing straight ahead.

Immune system health

During this chaotic time, we ask for you to take care of yourself and each other as best as you can!

Here are some basic things you can start incorporating into your daily routine to help you stay healthy.

+Eat plenty of immune-boosting foods such as garlic, broccoli, spinach, mushrooms, bone broth, and berries.
+Try to get 7-8 hours of sleep per night to help your body reset and repair.
+Go for a walk after dinner for exercise and stress relief.
+Take whole food supplements! Whether you are not getting certain vitamins and minerals in your diet or want to better protect yourself, we have a couple of different options available at the office!

Call or stop by today with any supplement questions or orders!