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5 Tips to Avoid Snow Related Injuries This Winter

Living in New York’s Capital Region means a cold, snowy winter – which means shoveling. Although the snow is beautiful, shoveling it isn’t as pretty. If done improperly, it can be dangerous and lead to serious pain due to the twisting, bending, and tossing of snow. However, with the right technique and equipment, it can be a breeze! Nobody wants to experience snow-related injuries. Here are some ways to prevent that from happening: 1. Do a Proper Warm-Up Before shoveling, warm up your muscles. Give your body 30 to 45 minutes to ‘wake up’ before heading outside. Your neck, shoulders, and lower back are the muscles that experience the most damage from shoveling, so be sure to stretch and warm up those areas before starting. […]

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3 Vitamin Supplements to Boost Your Immune System

3 Vitamin Supplements to Boost Your Immune System

Using vitamin supplements as part of your daily routine is proven to boost your immune system — naturally. COVID-19 has made a strong immune system a top priority for many people. But while everyone can use a boost to their immune system, you may be confused about how to do so.  Because vitamins help make your bodily systems work better, they must supplement a healthy, balanced diet.  While taking some form of daily vitamins will help improve your health, you should never substitute vitamins for a healthy and balanced diet. Some people think they can rely on vitamins alone — a common misconception. Staying healthy and protecting yourself from infection and disease are likely at the top of our priority list right now, so it […]

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Get Fit in 2021 With These 5 PT-Approved Exercises

Get Fit in 2021 With These 5 PT-Approved Exercises

What a better time to start your fitness journey than at the start of a new year? The New Year always gets people motivating and moving, whether that means creating a fitness resolution or amping up a current goal. Although you have the motivation to start this journey, do you have the time? Did you know that many people don’t complete their New Year’s resolutions due to lack of time? Here are 5 Physical Therapist-approved exercises that are easy to work into your schedule and help you get fit in the New Year! Cervical Forward Bend While standing with feet shoulder-width apart, slowly bend the head forward, with chin toward the chest. Bend until you feel a gentle stretch in the neck. Hold for 7-10 […]

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How to Treat Chronic Pain Using Chiropractic Care — Not Medication

The main goal of the Chiropractic health care profession is to correctly align your body, alleviate pain, and support your body’s ability to heal itself naturally. Forms of treatment include gentle chiropractic adjustments or mobilization. Chiropractic care is a non-invasive, hands-on approach to treating your spine, muscles, joints, and most importantly, your nervous system. At your first appointment, your chiropractor will identify the source of your pain and because chiropractors take a holistic approach, your physician will determine the best ways to treat your pain naturally. For example, if you are experiencing neck pain, your doctor may determine that your pain stems from your hips being out of alignment and begin hands-on treatment, rather than prescribing medicines. “The American College of Physicians‘ low back pain […]

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Why Movement Matters

Why Movement Matters

Physical therapy, which treats diseases and injury through physical methods such as exercise and stretching, is often thought of as guided exercise to rehabilitate your body; however, there is much more to physical therapy than you may think. Because October is National Physical Therapy Month, we are diving into what physical therapy is and why movement is an important piece to your overall health. Physical therapy is different from other forms of treatment, and physical therapists use their skills and expertise to improve their patients’ daily lives through drug-free treatment. When recovering from most injuries or chronic pain, physical therapy is often one of the first steps you can take towards a full recovery. Most patients think they know how to move properly…until their treatment […]

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How Bad Posture Affects Your Body

Are you always being told to sit up straight or pick up your shoulders? While these statements can seem nagging, your health can be impacted by following the advice.  Poor posture can have a negative effect on your health and even cause major health issues somewhere along the line. “Since the introduction of mobile devices such as cell phones and laptops into our everyday lives, we have seen almost an epidemic of poor posture. This is because we are hunched over these devices for hours each day, especially now that many of us are working from home, meeting via video conference, and learning virtually,” says Albany Chiropractic & Physical Therapy’s Dr. Traudt. There are many ways poor posture can negatively impact your health, such as: […]

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Optimize Your Athletic Performance With Chiropractic Care & Physical Therapy

Optimize Your Athletic Performance With Chiropractic Care and Physical Therapy

When you think of an athlete, some of the first words that likely come to mind are healthy and fit. But surprisingly, that isn’t the case for most athletes. Now, we aren’t saying that athletes are unhealthy; instead, we are pointing out that many have some sort of muscular and/or bone issue. Athletes put their bodies through a lot, such as jumping, running, smashing, or tackling – all of which take a toll on your bones and muscles. While a typical method of treatment, painkillers won’t address your deeper needs; whereas, drug-free treatment from a Physical Therapist or Chiropractor can address the root of the problem and help you improve without taking any unnecessary medication.  Here are some ways that seeing a PT or Chiropractor […]

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How Vitamins & Supplements Can Support Your Chiropractic Care

How Vitamins and Supplements Can Support Your Chiropractic Care

As Chiropractors, we believe nutrition, including diet and fitness, plays an important role in your overall health and wellness. When treating you during your appointments, we focus on two major systems in your body: the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system.  There are many things you can do to help your body’s systems work better, and taking vitamins and supplements is one of the most popular options. According to a recent study from the National Institute of Health, 80% of chiropractors in NYS reported that they counsel their patients in nutrition in addition to the chiropractic treatment (Source). Not sure why that is? Here are some ways Chiropractic Care and nutrition counseling work best together: Holistic ApproachThis approach focuses on caring for your entire body […]

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Seniors, Keep Moving! Staying Active Through Physical Therapy

Seniors, Keep Moving! Staying Active Through Physical Therapy

As you grow older, your joints and bones age too. This could cause you to lose strength, stability, and movement. However, physical therapy can slow that process and keep our bodies in motion.  Physical therapy can help older adults maintain and reestablish their independence, especially those who are managing long-term illnesses. Falls are the most common reason why most aging adults require physical therapy treatment. Physical therapy improves functions you tend to lose as you grow older, such as flexibility, strength, balance, and mobility. Customized physical therapy programs ensure older adults can address specific and personal areas of concern while also increasing levels of function and preventing future injuries. So, why should aging adults seek physical therapy treatment? Reduce & Eliminate PainTherapeutic exercises and manual […]

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How to Improve Your Sleep With Chiropractic Treatment

How to Improve Your Sleep with Chiropractic Treatment

One of the most common complaints from adults is issues sleeping. Trouble sleeping can be caused by many simple factors, such as pillow type, sleeping positions, or even your mattress, or not-so-simple factors such as: Insomnia is when you’re unable to fall asleep or wake up in the middle of the night and cannot fall back asleep. Common causes of Insomnia include stress, anxiety, depression, and certain medications you may be taking daily. Sleep Apnea could cause you to experience symptoms such as sudden waking and gasping for air, snoring, sleepiness during the day, extreme dry mouth upon waking, and literal pauses in breathing through the night. (Source) We all know that chiropractors’ main focus is to correct any misalignments in the spine. What does […]

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