• Enjoy the Holidays Without Regrets

    November 20, 2014 07:07 AM

    Here we are again, almost Thanksgiving. People often overindulge in the tasty treats that come with the holiday season or fail to stick to their normal schedule because “it’s the holidays.” Here are a few tips to enjoying the upcoming holiday season without regret!

    -          Stick to a Schedule! Having holiday parties to attend, shopping to get done and family to see can make it feel like your schedule is non-existent during the holiday season. Sticking to a routine is key to your health and happiness. If you already go to the gym 3 times a week, make time to continue this – even if you have to adjust which days/times you exercise. Continue going to bed at your “normal” bedtime as well. Lack of a routine sleep schedule can lower your metabolism.

    -          Enjoy, Don’t Overindulge! It’s easy to start the holidays off thinking, “I’ll just have one slice of pie,” or the like. Unfortunately, as the holiday season progresses, it is all too easy to have that second slice of pie or an extra helping at dinner. We all deserve a “treat” every once in a while. Enjoy that slice of pie or extra helping of potatoes at Thanksgiving dinner! Just remember not to overindulge all season long.

    -          Don’t Give Up! If you have worked all year to eat healthy food and get in better shape, don’t give up on that until the new year. Keep up the good work throughout the holiday season. Enjoy your “treats” but don’t forget to continue your healthy lifestyle.

    Talk to your chiropractor about ways to stay healthy through the holidays. Ask for nutritional and exercise tips to stay on a path to wellness! Call one of our convenient locations today to make an appointment!

    Posted by: Dr. Michael Krasnov
  • It’s Too Cold to Exercise!

    November 12, 2014 03:18 PM

    Exercise

     
    As the weather gets colder, the desire to exercise can easily dwindle. This especially applies to those who love to run or play outdoor sports. Exercising as the weather gets cooler can become more difficult physically as well.
     
    - Dress warmly! Make sure you wear layers. Don’t forget a hat, gloves, and thicker socks. Wear clothing made of lightweight, synthetic materials that will wick the moisture away from your body. Cotton absorbs sweat and can cause your body to stay colder longer.
     
    - Stay hydrated! It is always important to drink plenty of fluids while exercising. Dehydration symptoms can be amplified by the cold weather. 
     
    - Have a plan! Use the buddy system and have a friend exercise with you. However, be sure to tell someone where you will be if you are running or doing a form of exercise alone. While this is always important, it is even more so when the weather is colder. Hypothermia can set in very quickly and if someone notices you have not returned home, help will come sooner.
     
    - Change your routine! The best way to work out while it is colder outside is to workout inside! Find a class to go to or join your local gym.
     
    Talk to your Raleigh area chiropractor about the best way to stay active during the colder weather. Call or visit one of our locations today!
    Posted by: Dr. Greg Baldy
  • Pumpkin, Pumpkin Everywhere!

    November 07, 2014 05:24 PM

    Health and Wellness Nutrition

    It’s “that time of year.” Everywhere you go to eat, there is pumpkin flavored something. Whether it’s your latte, a pastry, pasta, or something else, pumpkin is offered in a variety of edible ways. But pumpkin isn’t just a tasty treat. There are many health benefits to eating pumpkin.

    Pumpkin isn’t just pretty; it’s good for your vision! Pumpkin is filled with nutrients that convert to vitamin A. Vitamin A helps promote good eye sight.

    Pumpkin is a great source of fiber! Increasing your fiber intake is good for your digestive system and can also help you feel fuller longer; causing you to eat less and helping you lose weight. So, instead of a handful of M&Ms, grab a handful of pumpkin seeds for a snack!

    Boost your immunity! Pumpkin is chock full of vitamin C. It is a great way to get your vitamin C if you are tired of orange juice or taking a pill!

    So, before you throw away your pumpkins because Halloween has come and gone, consider the possibilities and benefits! But be careful when you are out getting that latte or pastry. Pumpkin flavored isn’t the same as the real deal. Check out some great pumpkin recipes here.

    Next time you are visiting Chiropractic Partners, discuss nutrition and the benefits of having certain foods in your diet. Call or visit one of our many locations today!

    Posted by: Dr. Aaron Rickelman
  • Kids, Sports, and Chiropractic

    November 02, 2014 08:51 PM

    Sports and Chiropractic Health and Wellness Exercise

    Recently, reading up on some of my favorite sports teams, it brought to mind patients we see who play sports. Often times, they are just kids, ranging from tee ball players, to cheerleaders, to collegiate athletes. Whether the sport of choice is “low impact” (such as basketball) or “high impact” (such as football), protecting your children is always your top priority. There are some key things you can do to keep your child healthy and help prevent injury while participating in any sport.

    -          Wear Protective Equipment – If your kids participate in a sport in which protective equipment is necessary, make sure they wear it! Whether its football pads, shin guards for soccer, knee pads for volleyball, or something else, it’s important to follow the guidelines of the sport when it comes to protective equipment. These pieces of equipment were created specifically to help with impact related injuries such as tackles, being kicked, or falling.

    -          Eat Well and Take Vitamins! – Feeding your children balanced meals is always important. When they are maintaining a high level of physical activity while involved in sports, a healthy diet is key to their health and performance. Be sure your children are taking a multivitamin as well. Getting essential vitamins can promote muscle and bone strength, helping to prevent injury.

    -          Rest Up! – Ensure your children are well rested by maintaining a regular sleep schedule.

    -          Get Adjusted! – Regular chiropractic adjustments benefit those of all ages. The higher the level of activity, the more stress your children can be putting on their spine, and in turn, their nervous system as a whole. Regular chiropractic adjustments can help keep your child’s nervous system healthy and functioning properly.

    Talk to Chiropractic Partners today about nutrition and preventing sports injury. Call one of our convenient locations to schedule an appointment!

    Posted by: Dr. Brian Ransone
  • Oh, My Aching Feet!

    October 23, 2014 02:21 PM

    Back Pain Neck Pain Sports and Chiropractic

    Whether you are on your feet for 5 minutes at a time or 5 hours at a time, by the end of the day, you are likely ready to rest your feet and back. Wearing shoes that are uncomfortable or are not supportive can cause discomfort in your back, knees, feet, and other areas. The use of custom-fit, flexible orthotics can not only increase your comfort and decrease your pain, but also can potentially help you perform better in your favorite sport.

     

    So, what can the use of orthotics do for you? Wearing custom orthotics can improve your standing posture, causing a decrease in neck and back pain. If you notice joint pain in your knees, hips, or ankles following going for a walk or playing your favorite sport, orthotics may be able to help. Also, by wearing orthotics that are designed to support your arch correctly, your posture will improve and help reduce strain on your joints. Orthotics can also be used to alleviate symptoms of plantar fasciitis and other conditions.

     

    Talk to Dr. Presas’ office today about orthotics by calling 919-572-2312. We are an approved supplier of FootLevelers.  We can do a foot scan in the office and the doctor can discuss with you how you can benefit from wearing orthotics.

    Posted by: Dr. Arturo Presas