“Stand up straight!” “Stop slouching.” “You look terrible when you stand like that.” How many of these phrases did we hear as a kid and now might be using with our own children? Proper posture has always been important for a number of reasons, but over the last few years I routinely notice that less and less people have what I would consider “good” posture.
Let’s take a look at a few reasons why human posture has gotten considerably worse in recent years. The first and foremost reason, I believe, is our reliance upon hand held technology. A recent article by NASM.org mentions that: “Over the past seven years, mobile device usage has grown from .3 hours a day to 2.8 hours a day for the average adult. Comparatively, our computer use has remained about the same over the same time period at 2.4 hours per day.” The problem with this is that the vast majority of the time when we are looking at our mobile devices, tablets and the like, our head is in a position of extreme flexion. From the side, our neck, if we could see the bones from the outside, needs to have a nice curve in it like the shape of a banana. When we look down, that curve is flattened which leads to problems and causes additional pressure on the nerves of the neck and upper back. This can end up causing headaches, neck pain, and muscle tension to name a few problems.
Another bad habit associated with technological advances (as well as poor habits while driving, sleeping, sitting….) is forward head posture. Your head is meant to be centered over your body keeping your body neutral and your center of gravity balanced. It seems that because of our bad habits, many people’s heads are anterior to what’s natural and ideal. Let’s take an example of a typical person whose head weighs between 10-12lbs. According to research from Dr. KK Hansraj presented at Surgical Technology International in 2014, if that person were to flex their head 15 degrees their head effectively now weighs 27lbs. At 30 degrees it weighs 40lbs, at 45 degrees it weighs 49lbs and at 60 degrees it weighs 60lbs. Those numbers may not seem to be a big deal until you realize that the average position of someone’s head while looking at a digital device is 60 degrees. That means that when you are checking a quick text or seeing what’s happening on Instagram, you are making the muscles and bones of your body work much harder than they are designed to work.
Our body is designed to respond and rebound from the stresses we put it through. The problems begin when we chronically put our body under stressors like this. Our body does the best it can to keep us upright and looking healthy from the outside but it’s at the cost of altering alignment of bones, muscles, and other surrounding soft tissues inside. Initially you have no idea it is happening. Over the course of time, however, improper posture and forward head carriage can lead to shortness of breath, shoulder pain, neck pain or even low back pain, to name a few symptoms.
An easy way to see if your posture is up to par is to have someone look at your posture from both the front and the side. From the front, you want your nose, your sternum, your belly button and the space between your ankles to be in a straight line. From the side, ideally you want your ear, shoulder, hip and outer ankle bone to be in a single line. Don’t have someone to help you? Stand against a wall. You should comfortably be able to have the back of your feet, your buttocks, shoulders and the back of your head touching the wall all while having your arms and hands extended back to touch the wall, too. If you can’t do this, you have a problem. Even if you can, you likely fall into the categories above where you know your posture isn’t as great as it needs to be. If that’s the case, do your present and future self a favor and visit a chiropractor. A good chiropractor will ask you what you want help with, do an exam (and look in depth at your posture) and possibly perform x-rays to formulate the best plan to get your spine back in proper alignment. We do exams like this on a daily basis in my office and so many people are shocked when they see what is happening on the inside. Equally, people are thrilled after they’ve started getting adjusted, receiving care and are seeing the positive benefits of regular chiropractic care. We take pride in our patients walking out of our office with their heads held high, great posture and better overall health. We’d love to see how we can help you, too!
Fad. A noun. Defined as an intense and widely shared enthusiasm for something, especially one that is short lived and without basis in the object’s qualities; a craze. The health field is known for fads. Think of Suzanne Sommers and the Thighmaster. Think of the Atkins diet craze. The list goes on and on. One trend that I believe is here to stay is the push for better quality food, specifically in regards to staying away from the ugly, now popular g-word: Gluten.
Let me start off by stating that your mother was right. You really are what you eat. 80% of your body composition is based upon what you put into your mouth. The other 20% is based on exercise. Gluten is a combination of two groups of proteins present in cereal grains, especially wheat, that is responsible for the elastic texture of dough. Some people are extremely sensitive to it, leading to gastrointestinal upset and suffering from even the slightest bit of gluten in their diet. On the other hand, and while we may not realize it, I’d argue to say that most of us have some sort of intolerance to gluten. We don’t realize it because we eat it so frequently there is no way to delineate gluten as the source of our suffering. Gluten-laden diets can be at the heart of a number of common American ailments from rashes, behavioral problems, IBS or other digestive issues, and so many others. The way to find out if you are sensitive to gluten and would benefit from a gluten-free diet without spending excessive money on sensitivity testing, is to simply give up gluten for a period of time (start with 21 days to give your body time to detox and respond) and see how you do. If you’re like many people I know who have gone gluten-free, you’ll find yourself with more energy, less aches and pain and feeling better overall. I’d also recommend you doing your own research and learn for yourself. One book I urge you to read is “Grain Brain” by David Perlmutter, MD. The information laid out in that book will change the way you look at food and eat for the rest of your life.
In our area, we have an abundance of healthy foods. Every time we sit down for a meal, we are making a choice for our future health and well-being. Do your part to learn what you need to be eating (more veggies, protein and healthy fats) and then watch your health skyrocket. Humans are designed to be healthy. Now is the time to make sure you are eating right and ensuring a long, healthy life.
This is the time of year we think of hot afternoons, apple picking, weekend camping, and school aged children having back pain. Wait…..WHAT? Even though you may not realize it, you did read that statement correctly. As kids go back to school, their bodies are put under undue stress and weight from all the text books and supplies they need each day. This often times results in pain, whether it be low back pain, shoulder pain or headaches. As humans, we want to avoid being in pain. It’s especially important to find the cause of pain when it involves children as they are growing. Here are a few tips to keep in mind for your children to keep them healthy as they head back to school this fall and anytime they are carrying an extra load.
First things first, check the weight of your child’s backpack on a regular basis. The total weight of the bag needs to be no more than 10-15% of their body weight. Any more than that and it can cause harmful effects on their spine and joints. Once you do the math, you’ll realize that much of the time your child’s backpack is far too heavy.
If your child has to carry a heavy load, make sure the heaviest items are packed closest to the body. In other words, pack text books against the back of the bag and lighter items farther away from the body. Encourage your child to use both of the shoulder straps. It may be more fashionable to only use one strap, but long term use of only one strap causes imbalances in posture and muscles leading to shoulder, neck and upper back pain. Make sure the straps are both wide and well padded. If possible, buy a backpack with a waist strap. Using the waist strap will help distribute a portion of the burden onto the hips versus all of the weight of the bag being on the back and shoulders. Another feature of a better backpack to look for is one that has built in padding across the back for comfort and protection.
Roller-style bags and messenger bags have become more popular. Even though you may think a roller bag will mean reduced stress on your child’s body, that isn’t always the case. Many times children pack even more stuff into a roller bag because it’s easy to tote around. The problem then comes when they need to lift the bag up stairs or over a curb. Repeatedly tugging on a bag that weighs too much can lead to shoulder injuries. If your child can only use a roller style bag, ensure they aren’t overstuffing it and can properly lift it with their knees (and not their back) to prevent problems in the future. The same goes for a child that will only use a messenger bag. If this is the case, have your child switch the bag from side to side to keep muscles balanced and gait even.
Lastly, look at your child when they have the backpack on. Make sure that bottom of the bag falls right at their hip level. What you don’t want is the bottom of the backpack too far down their legs and body. That will cause them to have an abnormal gait, increasing the likelihood for, among other things, trips and falls. Also look at their posture with the backpack on. From the side, you want their ear to be over their shoulder and their shoulders directly in line with the hips and feet. If they have their head out in front of their body or their posture seems off, that is a problem. Always remember that posture is the window to your spine, and your spine is the window to your health. If you’re having a problem fitting your child’s backpack, ask the advice of a professional. Most Chiropractors, Physical Therapists and Pediatricians would be more than happy to help. They all care about the health of your child, especially when we know that there are 33 moveable bones in your spine all with a disc in between. Those discs act as natural shock absorbers and we don’t want to see them under unnatural compression which we know leads to long-term problems. You may not realize now the importance of having a properly fitted backpack, but do yourself and your child a favor and pay attention to prevent future problems from occurring. As the old saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Here’s to a healthy, happy start to the 2015 school year.
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The most scientific and effective technique.
Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) is a highly-advanced, scientific, and proven chiropractic technique which corrects and restores your spine back to its proper alignment. Chiropractic BioPhysics combines biology, physiology, physics, geometry, and anatomy to identify the causes of your pain, discomfort, loss of mobility, and altered health. Support for this claim includes a considerable amount of data from research, the experience of numerous flourishing CBP practitioners, and the longevity of the approach. That means your diagnosis and treatment will be based on sound scientific and chiropractic principles. Our team in Plover has studied the reliability, validity and consistency of spinal correction to offer you the best care possible.
How Can Infinity Wellness and Chiropractic Help You?
Our chiropractors start with a scientifically-based examination of your posture, spinal alignment, and function – often involving x-rays as a way to pinpoint the root cause of your spinal misalignment. Once the source is identified, we will create a carefully planned series of adjustments, exercises, and a spinal remodeling program to put you on a pain free road to better health.
How is CBP Different from Other Techniques?
Unlike regular chiropractic that mainly focus on immediate pain relief, CBP goes one step further to also correct the source of the problem. That’s why most patients under our care not only report relief from pain and discomfort, but as their posture begins to improve, they notice other conditions clearing up as well.
According to The Association of Chiropractic Colleges, “chiropractic is a health care discipline which emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery. The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.”
Fundamental to the chiropractic approach is the belief that good health depends upon having your spine and nervous system working at their best. Chiropractors approach healthcare differently than traditional medicine. Rather than using medications and surgery, chiropractors correct misalignments of the spine, called subluxations, which helps the nervous system function properly. Chiropractors believe that “the power that made the body, heals the body”.
Although people start chiropractic care for many different reasons, our primary goal at Infinity Wellness and Chiropractic is not simply to alleviate the pain that is often experienced in and around the back. Instead, we strive to ensure that your nervous system, which can be compared to a ‘communication superhighway’, is able to relay information back and forth between your body and brain. This is vitally important because your nervous system, which is housed within the spine, controls and regulates all of your body.
People have been turning to chiropractic health care for over a century. They have sought treatment for a wide variety of ailments, from migraines to foot pain.
The following is a brief list of conditions where chiropractic is an appropriate health care choice:
- Back Injuries
- Carpal Tunnel
- Chron’s Disease
- Colds, Flu, Viruses
- Disc Problems
- High Blood Pressure
- PMS and Menopause
- Shoulder, Arms and Hands
What is Wellness Chiropractic?
More often than not, when we tell someone that we are a chiropractic office, they immediately associate our vocation with neck and/or back pain. What many do not realize, however, is that chiropractic is a health care modality that provides significantly more than just a solution for pain. Chiropractic is a lifestyle that involves all aspects of wellness, including exercise, nutrition, personal development, and stress relief. We have been fortunate to work with people from all walks of life (including newborns, children, and adolescents) and the outcome has been miraculous.
We define chiropractic as the discovery and removal of the vertebral subluxation, which is interference that is taking place in your Central Nervous System (CNS). It is important to recognize that our CNS is the master controller of our entire body and it directly correlates to our ability to function and exist. People who are suffering from allergies, asthma, headaches, and other conditions are living in a subluxated state, but when we provide these individuals with an adjustment, we are able to remove the interference, and the condition dissipates. In addition, patients who are under regular chiropractic care actually prevent these situations from impeding upon their lives.
When visiting our practice, we take the chiropractic lifestyle to a level where it becomes REAL for you. Not only do we offer the adjustment, but we combine these programs with tips on fitness, nutrition and stress relief. We take into account your entire body and the lifestyle choices that you make when developing customized protocols for you to follow. With this being said, please contact our office today so that we can schedule a health consultation with you!
The “status quo”, as we define it, is the set of beliefs that people acquire regarding their health that they then consider to be “THE TRUTH.”
Did you realize that our country continues to become more overweight and obese, yet the number of “FAT FREE” items has increased dramatically?
Did you realize that for the first time in history our children are not forecasted to live past the age of their parents?
Did you realize that, according to the American Medical Association, the third most likely thing you will die of as an American is now a medication that was properly prescribed?
Unfortunately, these questions are only the tip of the iceberg, but they are also the reason why we are extremely unique.
We offer people all natural, noninvasive, and completely customized healthcare solutions that focus on an inside-to-outside philosophy. The Central Nervous System is the master controller of your entire body and when there is interference, your body will not perform at its full potential. This interference is called a subluxation, and as chiropractors, we have been trained to find and remove this nerve interference which will help you achieve optimal health.
We see patients ranging from all ages (even newborns) and with a variety of conditions. We connect like-minded people who are looking to live with more vitality than ever before.
There is a quote that I live by and it is important that I share this with you:
“You never know how far reaching something you think, say or do today, will affect the lives of millions tomorrow.” – BJ Palmer
Why do I find this important when I am inviting you to hire me as a speaker?
Well, I do what I do because I am driven to dramatically transform the life and health of each person I encounter. Whether that is in a one-on-one setting, or in front of a large group, I recognize that the words that I share have the ability to alter the way people look at their lives.
Think about this…
Life is comprised of the choices we make on a daily basis.
Some choices might seem small and inconsequential, like what am I going to eat for lunch, while others are more significant, such as choosing the perfect house for my family to make memories in.
The reason I am sharing this extremely obvious fact with you is because people make choices based on their life experiences.
If I had to guess, you are probably someone who has influence over a group of people, which is why you are considering having me speak to your group, and all of the people who you have influence over are making decisions each day based on the experiences they have had.
The only way to help empower them to make better decisions, whether this is how they handle stress, choices regarding their health, or their internal motivation, is to expose them to additional life experiences.
The quote from above says it all – you truly never know how far reaching something you think, say, or do will affect millions of lives in the future. This is why introducing new life experiences to the people in your company, in your group, or in your congregation that helps them begin to assess their life and health will pay enormous dividends.
- Can you imagine a group of people who recognize the importance of their health?
- Can you imagine a group of people who are able to handle and adapt to the normal stresses in life?
- Can you imagine a group of people who have incredible levels of energy?
- Can you imagine a group of people who have mental clarity and can deliver better results?
This can become possible once I speak with your group!
My passion is health, wellness, and personal performance. My years of studies and my work with 1,000’s of people will enable me to truly empower and educate your group to dramatically improve their lives.
Please call our office so that we can arrange a time to assess whether my message is something that will benefit your group and remember:
“You never know how far reaching something you think, say or do today, will affect the lives of millions tomorrow.” – BJ Palmer
What do you think of when you hear the word “Chiropractor”? It means so much, we thought we’d share this quick overview with you.