• 1, 2, 3 – Get More Energy!

    August 27, 2014 09:30 PM

    On any normal day in any chiropractor’s office, the response to the question, “How are you?,” is often, “Tired!” There are plenty of ways to boost your energy level. Here are just a few simple ones you can easily work into your normal routine.

     

    The Early Bird Gets the Worm

    If you aren't a “morning person” and think the best way to increase your energy level is to stay in bed all day, you’re wrong. Try getting up earlier consistently. You’ll be surprised by how much more energy you have and how much more productive you are! Start the day with a brisk walk or jog followed by a balanced meal, and your body and mind will be renewed and ready for the rest of the day.

    Escape for a Few

    There are many things in life that will drain your energy. One of the best ways to re-energize and refocus is to “escape” for a few minutes. Take a short walk, a fresh air break or find a place at work and at home to get away from the stresses for a few minutes. You will find that by just taking a couple of minutes away from stressful situations you will help to renew your energy for the rest of the day.

    De-Stress and Decompress!

    Even if you start the day off with plenty of energy and you replenish it throughout the day, by the end of your day, it is likely you are exhausted. Both mental and physical exhaustion are actually key causes for getting restless, little, or no sleep. One of the best ways to keep this from happening is to decompress in the evening. Whether you enjoy reading a book, taking a bath, or meditating, take a little bit of time at the end of your day to relax and get away from the worries and stresses in your everyday life.

     

    Following these few steps and incorporating them into your daily routine will likely be much easier than you anticipate. Call your local Chiropractic Partners office to discuss more ways to increase your energy level at your next visit.

    Posted by: Dr. Brook Wallace
  • Four Ways to Keep Your Kids Active

    August 21, 2014 11:57 AM

    1. Show Them the Way!

    Parents have a tremendous influence, for better or worse, on their children. As a parent, if you are constantly on the couch, not getting up and moving or getting out and being active, you are showing your children that this is an okay lifestyle. However, if you get up and show your kids the value of an active life and physical activity, you will show them the road to a healthy lifestyle!http://load.exelator.com/load/?lb=AA30553

    2. Unplug for Awhile

    Often, after a long day at work, all we want to do is to sit on the couch and watch TV, play video games, or surf the internet on the computer. This makes it all too easy for us to become “couch potatoes.” While there's not a simple solution, establishing a daily time limit on these activities is a great start.

    3. Make Time

    With busy schedules involving work, driving the kids to and from school, and various other activities, we often forget to make time for things such as walks in the park or getting the kids involved in soccer, gymnastics, or the like. Allow time in your busy schedule for extracurricular activities that involve physical activity. Find out what your kids are interested in and be sure to make time in your weekly schedule for it.

    4. Make It Fun

    No matter your age, you're more likely to stick with an activity if you enjoy it. Unfortunately, exercise often becomes a chore instead of a pleasing activity. This usually begins at a young age, basically as soon as children get involved in the rigors of organized sports. While it's never all fun and games, exercise should never be a dreaded activity if you do it right. Be creative with physical activities and teach your children that being active is fun at any age.

    Call Chiropractic Partners to make an appointment today and ask your local chiropractor what steps you can take to get more physically active or ideas for getting your children interested in being more active!

    Posted by: Dr. John Smith
  • What does that “healthy” buzzword really mean?

    August 07, 2014 09:44 PM

    Nutrition Health and Wellness

    Often, when at the grocery store, we’ll see words such as “organic,” “whole-grain,” and “low fat.” Unfortunately, these words can often mislead us to think that the food is healthier than other options.

    Researchers have recently completed a study that found most people want to make healthy food choices and these buzzwords are often deceptive. Wording can motivate people to purchase and consume foods that are actually contributing to conditions such as obesity and diabetes. Once consumers read the nutrition panel on food packaging, usually on the side or back of a product, they will realize that the words appearing on the front of packages don't always match what they are really consuming.

    Study participants were asked to look at two versions of a product: the real one and one with terms such as "organic" or "whole grain" removed. In each case, participants found the version with buzzwords included to be significantly more healthful. Some examples: Annie's Bunny Fruit Snacks, with and without "organic"; cherry 7-Up, with and without "antioxidants"; and Tostitos tortilla chips, with and without "all natural."

    Then they were asked to look at two nutrition panels. They were told the category, such as cereal, but not the name of the product. They were asked to rate healthfulness. Based just on the nutrition panel numbers, 33% of participants chose Spam as more healthful than salmon, for example. Seventy-nine percent chose the less healthy cereal in a pair. But participants did choose juice over soda and carrots over potato chips.

    The moral of the story? Think about what you are putting in your body! If you think potato chips aren’t good for you, you are likely correct. “All natural” doesn’t mean that they weren’t fried or covered in oil. “Organic” doesn’t necessarily mean that something is better for you. Ask your chiropractor for more information on nutrition and diet. Your local Chiropractic Partners doctor can provide guidance on what is best for you and your overall health. Call today for an appointment!

    For more information on health buzzwords to beware of, click here.

    Posted by: Dr. Matt Schmid
  • Krasnov Helps Athletes at IAAF Jr. World Championships

    July 30, 2014 10:13 PM

    Sports and Chiropractic

    Dr. Michael Krasnov returned to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon July 22-27, 2014 to provide chiropractic services to the competing athletes. This is an international event for track and field athletes 19 years old or younger. In this year’s competition, there were 1600 athletes from 200 countries participating.

    Dr. Krasnov has been doing National or International championship level work since he worked with the 1996 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team. His advanced certifications, Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP), Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioner (CCEP) as well as certifications in various techniques that are applicable to treating athletes such as Active Release Technique (ART) are some of the reasons Dr. Krasnov continues to be invited to work at these prestigious events. In addition, his work experience demonstrates a level of excellence in sports chiropractic and his history with this and similar events speaks volumes.

    Dr. Krasnov likes challenging his skills by working on the world's greatest athletes. He shared, “To have someone come see you with a nagging problem, and then feel better once you’ve worked on them…and THEN go out and perform a lifetime best or even get a gold medal is very rewarding!” In fact, seeing the benefits of your work is often the reward since this type of work is volunteer based. Expenses may be covered but usually medical professionals are not paid.  In some cases, a team may hire a physician as their team chiropractor, but most medical professionals do these events for the experience and the reward.

    Some of the large teams bring their own physical therapists or massage therapist and even occasionally a Doctor of Chiropractic.  But many teams, especially those from small countries who might only be sending a few athletes do not take any type of health care personnel. Even for some of the larger countries like China, chiropractic work is new to them.

    “At an international event like this, I end up working on people who do not speak a single word of English. It is somewhat hard to get all the clinical information you might want such as, “What movement makes it hurt?”  But I get by with sign language, hand gestures and when they get up from the table, a thumbs up or a nodding of their head lets me know they feel better. While this will hardly solve the world’s political problems, it is nice to be able to exchange chiropractic service for a foreign athlete’s gratitude,” Krasnov explained.

    Dr. Krasnov told of a funny experience he had with a physiotherapist from the Ukraine.  The physiotherapist was observing Dr. Krasnov, later asking him about his work. He only spoke about 10 words of English so the communication was mainly through hand gestures.  When Dr. Krasnov presented his business card, the Ukrainian saw the name Krasnov (which has a Russian origin) followed by, “CCSP” which stands for Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician.  At first glance, he mistakenly thought it read, “CCCP”, the former designation for the Soviet Union. The Ukrainian backed up and his expression changed from friendly to wary until Dr. Krasnov was able to point out that it said, “CCSP” not, “CCCP.”  Luckily, they were able to clear things up and return to exchanging techniques.

    He notes that he always learns something by being around the world's best sports chiropractors as well as great ATC's and physical therapists. “The patients in my practice will benefit from the honing of my skills and knowledge that occurs at these events,” Dr. Krasnov comments. He also enjoys the sense of camaraderie and fellowship in working with many of the same people over the years. Lastly, he believes most people like being a part of something bigger than themselves and providing services to these world class athletes is one way to achieve that.

    The IAAF World Junior Championships are held biennially and have been since 1986. To learn more about this organization and the events it sponsors, click here

    Posted by: Shawn Jackson
  • Mama Always Said, "Sit Up Straight!"

    July 23, 2014 12:24 PM

    Back Pain Exercise Neck Pain

    I’m sure you remember your mother telling you to “Sit up straight!” at dinner or at your desk. While it probably felt like she was nagging and just “being mom,” she was trying to help you have a healthier, pain-free future. The loss of proper posture can cause many things including headaches, joint pain, back pain, and more.

    So, you may be wondering what you can do differently now that you find yourself slouching in front of your computer, desk, or TV. Here are a few tips to help be more conscious of your posture and begin correcting the issue.

    What kind of chair are you sitting in? When you are working at a desk, is your chair “ergonomically” designed for proper posture? In other words, is it comfortable and supportive? If not, talk to your boss about getting a chair that is better designed for you or get a lumbar support cushion to help support your lower back and create the proper sitting position.

    Stretch! Get up and stretch! Sitting still for long periods of time can cause you to feel tired and puts extra strain on your spine. Stretching gets your blood flowing again!

    Exercise! This does not necessarily mean you need to go to the gym for hours or take classes. There are simple exercises that can strengthen the muscles surrounding your spine so that they become stronger, making it less uncomfortable for you to sit at your desk.

    Ask your chiropractor for more information on stretches, office ergonomics, and exercises when you see him or her next! Call one of our convenient locations throughout the Triangle. Chiropractic Partners can see you today!

    Posted by: Dr. Ira Rubin