• Minor Fitness Mistakes Can Slow Results

    October 17, 2014 06:00 PM

    It can be difficult for some to get motivated to exercise. However, once you get started, setting a routine is easy! Be careful though. It’s all too easy to get into a routine of minor fitness mistakes. These small errors in how you exercise can slow your progress.

     

    Stretch!

    Don’t forget to stretch before and after you work out! Stretching beforehand helps prepare your body for exercise. Ensuring you stretch following your exercise routine will help prevent overuse injuries and achiness.

     

    Switch It Up!

    Performing the same exercise routine every day will get results because you are exercising. However, by doing the same exact routine each time you work out, you are limiting your results. For example, doing a 30 day sit-up challenge you found on Pinterest or Facebook will make your abdominal muscles stronger. But, by doing sit-ups every day (or 6 out of 7 days a week, as many challenges call for), you are likely to overwork your abdominal muscles. Or, perhaps you love to run. While running has many benefits, by not changing your routine, you may see slower results or a plateau in your progress. So, instead of doing the same exact routine daily, switch it up! Try doing yoga one day a week, cardio another day, focusing on core muscle groups another, etc.

     

    Discuss your fitness routine and the best exercise options with your chiropractor. Call one of our convenient locations today to schedule an appointment.

    Posted by: Dr. Betsy Case-Luca
  • Don't Get "Old" With Age

    October 10, 2014 12:17 PM

    Health and Wellness Exercise

    As our bodies age, we hear more creaking and often notice more aches and pains. The years are passing and you may notice that you occasionally groan and resolve, “I’m getting old.” But, just because your body is aging, you can still feel young. For the same reasons as when you are younger, your body benefits from healthy eating, exercise, and chiropractic care.

    Diet

    Ensuring you are eating foods that are rich in certain vitamins and nutrients can help keep your body healthier as you age. Vitamin D, found in foods such as salmon and eggs, helps prevent disease such as osteoporosis and diabetes. Dairy, leafy greens, and beans are great sources of calcium which helps with bone density. Read more about the benefits of eating well as you age here.

    Exercise

    Hearing the word exercise can make you cringe if you have achy joints. There are many forms of exercise that are less strenuous on the body, yet still beneficial. Stretching, water aerobics, yoga and going for walks regularly can improve your health as you age. By exercising regularly, you can not only improve your health, but also promote balance, helping to prevent falls as your body ages.

    Chiropractic Care

    Regular chiropractic care is beneficial at all ages. However, as you age, visiting the chiropractor every 3 to 6 weeks can slow the effects of degenerative disc disease, joint issues, and much more. Regular maintenance visits will also keep the nervous system healthy and functioning well.

    Call one of Chiropractic Partners convenient locations to make an appointment and learn what you can do to stay healthy as you grow older.

    Posted by: Dr. Nick Ferez
  • Fall Weather Doesn't Have to Mean Falling Ill!

    October 02, 2014 05:39 PM

    Health and Wellness Nutrition

    It's that wonderful time of year again! The temperatures are 70 to 80 degrees during the day, the 50s and 60s in the evening and the leaves are starting to change colors. Unfortunately, Fall weather often brings with it colds and the flu. Here are just a few tips to stay healthy as the weather turns cooler.

    Eating Healthy

    While there are fewer options for in season fruits and vegetables in the Fall, eating seasonal fruits and veggies ensures your produce will be less expensive, more nutritious and taste better. With Summer ending, Fall superfoods like pumpkins, apples and Brussels sprouts are ripening. Also, add color to your diet! Raspberries and other colorful fruits are high in antioxidants. Keeping your diet full of these and other healthy foods can help boost your immune system.

    Vitamins

    Talking a daily multivitamin can keep you healthy year round. It will ensure you're getting a daily dose of the vitamins that are most essential to your health and wellness. Be sure you are getting enough omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin D3. Stay hydrated by drinking juice, water or green tea instead of soda.

    Get Adjusted!

    One of the best ways to stay healthy is to get adjusted regularly. By going to your chiropractor for wellness visits, you can keep yourself healthy and boost your immune system. Since the nervous system is connected to the spine, just one misalignment, or subluxation, can cause your immune system to be compromised. Talk to your chiropractor about which vitamins and supplements are best for you, ways to adjust your diet, and how often you should get adjusted. Everyone is different in what works for them and your chiropractor can help figure out the best routine for you.

    Call your local Chiropractic Partners office today for your appointment!

    Posted by: Dr. Richard Armstrong
  • Cutting Edge Class IV MLS Laser Therapy Offered by Dr. Baldy and Dr. Houfek

    September 23, 2014 04:05 PM

    Back Pain Health and Wellness Sports and Chiropractic Neck Pain

    Dr. Baldy and Dr. Houfek in Raleigh are excited to be offering patients the newest highly effective treatment in cold laser technology. The office has just received a brand new robotic class IV (4) laser. The doctors and staff are excited to begin treating patients and are looking forward to seeing the significant results this treatment has to offer!

    You're likely wondering what laser therapy is and how it may benefit you. By using specific wavelengths of light, laser therapy aids significantly in the treatment of many painful conditions. Inter-cellular activity is stimulated by the use of light energy to reduce pain and speed up the healing process of damaged cells.

    This painless therapy produces positive results in most patients within 1 to 3 treatments. Studies have proven that the use of a class IV laser effectively treats sore muscles due to strains, tears, or inflammation. It also is effective in treating tendon and ligament injuries, degenerative joint conditions, bruising, neurological pain and conditions, musculoskeletal disorders, and much more!

    The positive results you can expect range from rapid pain relief and resolution of swelling to improved blood circulation and rapid recovery of the structural integrity of an injured area. If any of these are the results you are looking for, call (919) 787-8883 today to schedule a free consultation.

    Posted by: Dr. Greg Baldy
  • Chiropractic for Infants

    September 13, 2014 02:22 PM

    Pregnancy

    We often get phone calls from pregnant women complaining of back pain or headaches. They are seeking relief from their discomfort as they carry their precious cargo through the remaining nine months.  While receiving chiropractic care for themselves, most women are surprised to learn that, upon their arrival in this world, their baby can also be adjusted.

     

    If you're a parent, grandparent, aunt, or uncle, you may be wondering how on earth a baby can be adjusted. Better yet, why would they need to be?

     

    How

    The how is actually quite simple. Because an infant's muscle tone is virtually non-existent, your chiropractor doesn't have to adjust him or her in the same manner as they would adjust an adult. Many chiropractors use a small instrument that "taps" up and down the spine, allowing for movement and realignment of the vertebrae. Minor manual manipulation is done by simply applying gentle pressure with the fingers. It can be comparable to the amount of pressure you would put on your eyeball when putting in a contact or removing an eyelash from your eye.

     

    Why

    Why not? While babies don't have the stresses of the world to cause muscle tension, consider what they have been through. That "fetal position" your baby has been in for nine months and then loves so much once arriving can cause strain on the spine. In addition, while birth is hard on the mother's body, it is also difficult for a tiny baby's body to endure. The trauma of childbirth can cause subluxations in a baby's spine.

     

    What do chiropractors treat babies for?

    When you take an infant to see your chiropractor, they can simply check your child's spine to make sure he or she does not have any issues and that your baby is developing well. Taking your child to a chiropractor in the early days of his or her life to have their spine checked can be not only beneficial to the child but also to mom and dad's peace of mind! Many infants suffer from reflux issues or colic. Your chiropractor may be able to help! Subluxations in the spine can often cause these issues. Usually a few adjustments can help to alleviate reflux or colic issues. As your child goes through the normal stages of development such as learning to crawl and walk, he or she will likely fall, run into things, or have trouble with balance. Getting your child adjusted during these early developmental stages can help keep him or her healthy for years to come.

     

    There are many reasons to have your infant checked by your chiropractor. If you have questions or concerns, Chiropractic Partners is happy to address them anytime. Call us today.

    Posted by: Dr. Russ Redd