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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:

Exacerbate Arthritis

Increased pressure on certain joints and muscles can make existing arthritis worse.

Shoulder, Neck & Back Pain

Tightness caused by bad posture can lead to even more body pain.

Breathing Issues

Your diaphragm needs to have space to properly release and contract so that you breathe properly. If you are always hunched over, that can’t happen.

Mood

Bad posture can cause a bad mood. In fact, it has been proven that when sitting with good posture, people spoke with more positivity and noticed reduced fatigue.

Fixing your posture can be harder than it may sound. As humans, we are creatures of habit and most times, we don’t even realize how we are sitting. 

Create a new habit to check your posture multiple times throughout the day, not just when sitting, but also when standing and walking. 

Here are some other ways you can improve your posture:

Move Around

Sitting in one position for an extended period of time is not good for your body. Get up and walk around for a couple of minutes every hour.

Stretch

Stretching can help you adjust your posture. Two of our favorite stretches are child’s pose and the shoulder blade squeeze.

Child’s Pose

Begin on all fours and sink your hips down towards your feet. While walking your hands out in front of you, place your forehead on the floor with your arms extended in front of you.

Shoulder Blade Squeeze

Stand tall with your arms at your side. Pull your shoulders back and downward, like you want them to touch.

Set a Reminder

Use your phone for an hourly reminder to check your posture. Soon, it’ll become a habit!

If you’d like a custom plan to address your poor posture and the negative health impacts of slouching, call our office today to schedule a consultation!

Information in this article was taken from HealthLine.com and USNews.com.

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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 can help with your athletic performance:

  1. Preventative Care: Your chiropractor or physical therapist will create a custom treatment plan to target areas where you’re most susceptible to injury based on your medical history, and your exercise routine and athletic performance. Your treatment will include learning and practicing techniques and exercises specifically designed for you to maintain strength, balance and overall health to prevent injuries from happening
  2. Peak Performance: We will help you train more and test your limits while decreasing the risk of injury. In addition to athlete-specific exercises, treatment will help you increase flexibility and strength, further your range of motion, and improve mobility.
  3. Decrease Recovery Time: Because we treat your pain at its root, rather than through oral medication, regular chiropractic adjustments can help you recover from an injury quicker.
  4. Avoid Surgery: Effective physical therapy treatment can eliminate the need for surgery, which means no time in a hospital and a faster, drug-free recovery.

At Albany Chiropractic & Physical Therapy, all of our medical professionals have experience working with athletes, ensuring you receive the best-customized physical therapy and chiropractic care. Contact us today for more information!

Content from this article was found on ChiropracticSportsCare.com and EndeavorRehab.com.

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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 Approach
    This approach focuses on caring for your entire body rather than a disease or illness’ symptoms. The Holistic Approach uses food and natural treatment instead of medicine to improve and maintain your health.
  • Nutrition Adjusting Subluxations
    Your nutrition, including the food you eat and the supplements you take, can influence your physical wellbeing. For example, low levels of Vitamin D can cause lower back pain while vitamin B can prevent liver dysfunction.

Taking vitamin and supplements is an easy way to take care of your body now and in the future. 

Still not convinced? Here are how some supplements and vitamins can impact your health.

  • Potassium regulates nerve impulses and therefore can prevent uncontrolled signaling of nerves, which can lead to conditions like epilepsy.
  • Calcium is a major element of your bones and helps them to grow and remain strong. Since it’s an important mineral to numerous body systems, your body will take calcium from your bones if you aren’t getting enough of it elsewhere in your body.
  • Vitamin D promotes bone growth and development. It is one of the most important nutrients for proper bone health, as it helps your body process and absorb calcium.
  • Vitamin B12 is essential for your nervous system and metabolism. It breaks down complex carbohydrates into simplistic glucose that your brain then uses for basic functions. It also helps maintain a healthy amount of the nerve insulator, myelin, which is used for nerve transmission. 

Interested in taking a natural approach to health and wellness? Contact Albany Chiropractic & Physical Therapy to learn how we can provide you with drug-free treatment!

Sources:
5 Essential Vitamins to Complement Chiropractic Care
Nutrition & Chiropractic: Why it Matters

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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 Pain
    Therapeutic exercises and manual therapy delivered through a custom regimen helps to restore joint and muscle function.
  • Improve Mobility
    Stretching and strengthening exercises will improve standing, walking, and moving ability.
  • Improve Balance
    Reduce the risk of hurtful falls through a custom exercise regimen to safely and carefully increase your balance to improve coordination.
  • Manage Medical Issues
    Address pain and discomfort from illnesses such as arthritis and osteoporosis.

Understanding the benefits of physical therapy is important to removing discomfort about making your first appointment; however, it is beneficial to know what to expect when you arrive at our office. 

Our team of physical therapy professionals begins your appointment with a consultation and evaluation so we can fully understand your current condition and health history. After we have discussed those, we will create a custom treatment plan based on your level of function, the amount of pain you feel, your strength, and your lifestyle.

Whatever your condition may be, we guarantee your experience at Albany Chiropractic & Physical Therapy will be positive! We pride ourselves on providing you with the highest-quality treatment. Contact us today to schedule your physical therapy consultation. 

Content from this blog post came from ASC Care.

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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 this mean for your sleep patterns?

Through chiropractic treatment the pain and tension you feel in your spine will be released, and overall your body will feel more relaxed, making it easier for you to get comfortable and fall asleep. Interestingly, one-third of people who have had a chiropractic adjustment report that they experience improvement in their sleep immediately. (Source)

How else can my chiropractor help my sleep patterns?

In addition to diagnosing and treating spinal problems with adjustments, we offer suggestions for getting better sleep. After discussing your current sleeping habits, like positions, pillows, and mattress, we provide customized suggestions to improve those habits to help you get more and better sleep. Recommendations may include alternate sleeping positions and the best position for your body and its needs, and whether your pillow and mattress are to blame for your sleeping issues.

If you would like to improve your sleep through drug-free treatment, call our office today to set up your appointment!

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How Custom Orthotics Can Help Relieve Your Pain

Do your feet ache? Does that pain travel into your hips and spine? If you answered yes to these questions, consider getting custom orthotics. Orthotics work particularly well for athletes, runners, and those who spend a lot of time on their feet as they serve to alleviate pain and imbalance in your feet.

Your feet are the foundation of your body and custom orthotics help to maintain their structural and functional balance, while also keeping them stable throughout the day. As we get older, our arches tend to drop or fall, and when they do they are unable to offer as much support to the feet and subsequently the knees, hips, and back. 

The process of getting custom orthotics is easy. 

All you need to do is set up an appointment with your chiropractor or physical therapist and tell them about the pain you experience. They will then give your feet a quick 3-D digital scan. This is quite simple, as you’ll only be asked to rest one or both feet on a sensor plate with your knee bent. A computerized image of your feet is generated for the doctor to review. If your practitioner notices an irregular weight-bearing pattern, they will then fit you for your custom orthotics. 

You can get your orthotics in two different forms: orthotic shoes and shoe inserts. 

Orthotic Shoes are custom-created shoes that have your orthotics imprinted in them. Alternatively, shoe inserts are, as you might have guessed, inserts that are custom made for your foot. You can move your inserts into any shoe you’d like, making them more versatile than orthotic shoes. Which solution you use depends on your needs, doctor recommendations, and preferences.

While orthotics will likely decrease your pain, you should still schedule a follow-up appointment with your chiropractor or physical therapist to ensure the orthotics are working properly and meeting your body’s needs. If you are having trouble with your orthotics, this follow up appointment is an opportune time to tell your practitioner about your continued pain or issues.

At Albany Chiropractic & Physical Therapy, we offer free digital foot scans to help you determine if orthotics are the right fit for you. Take a pain-free step in the right direction and schedule your appointment with one of our medical professionals today! 

This article was written with information from PodiatryToday and WebMD.

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3 Chiropractic Treatments to Relieve Your Headache Pain

3 Chiropractic Treatments to Relieve Your Headache Pain

There are many different variations of headaches including tension headaches, cluster headaches, and migraines – the most common type being tension headaches. According to the Canadian Chiropractic Association, nearly 37% of women and about 21% of men report that they suffer from tension headaches regularly (source).

So what causes these headaches?

According to the Mayo Clinic, you can experience tension headaches due to the overactivity of or functional issues with pain-sensitive structures in the brain (source). The nerves, joints, and muscles that surround your skull and neck can be the main reason why you get headaches. The other common things that can cause headaches may include:

  • Lack of sleep
  • Poor posture
  • Stress
  • Certain foods
  • Alcohol

Chiropractors can help reduce headaches and even prevent them from happening. 

At your first appointment, our team of chiropractic physicians determine the cause of your headaches and discuss your treatment options with you. Some chiropractic treatments that can help alleviate your headache pain include.

1. Spinal Manipulation

This type of treatment involves mobilizing and restoring function to fixated pressure in certain areas, reduce inflammation, and improve nerve function. This is one of the most common treatments for any type of headaches.

2. Soft Tissue Therapy

This type of treatment involves manipulating the soft body tissues (think muscles, connective tissues, tendons, joints) and helps to reduce pain in certain areas. Because the chiropractor works through your tissue to locate the root cause of pain or tension, this type of therapy can be tender at first.

3. Lifestyle changes or education

If your chiropractor thinks your headaches stem from a lifestyle issue, they will provide information and recommendations to help you make a change and alleviate your pain naturally. Recommended strategies include eating a healthy diet, taking vitamins, exercising regularly, and reducing cell phone use.

You may think the pain will go away, but then pain quickly becomes your new normal. When you seek chiropractic care, you will likely be flabbergasted when your headaches go away so easily. If you’re like our other patients, you’ll say you wish you hadn’t let yourself suffer for so long! 

Don’t miss out on drug-free headache relief! Contact our office to schedule your next appointment.

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4 Benefits of Chiropractic Treatment for Pregnant Women

4 Benefits of Chiropractic Treatment for Pregnant Women

Periodic pains and aches in the hips and lower back are common in pregnant women. In fact, according to recent studies, up to 50 percent of expectant mothers will have back pain at one point or the other before they deliver.

This situation is caused by several physical and hormonal changes that women experience during this period – these changes can affect your comfort and posture. As the baby continues to develop and becomes heavier, your center of gravity – and posture – also shift accordingly. For example, the following changes are bound to occur physically:

  • Intense changes to the pelvis as your body prepares itself for labor
  • A protruding belly, which causes the curve of your back to increase significantly
  • Adaptations to your carriage

All these physical changes ultimately affect your spine, thereby resulting in a misaligned backbone and causing severe pain and aches.

One of the best ways to address this issue is chiropractic care. Chiropractic adjustments can re-establish balance as well as alignment to your spine and pelvis.

According to a collaborative medical and chiropractic study conducted on expectant mothers and their experience with chiropractic care, at least 75 percent of pregnant women undergoing chiropractic care reported incredible relief from back and hip pain

Here are some ways pregnant women can benefit from chiropractic treatment:

1. Fortify the Joints for Proper Support

When the uterus expands in response to the growing fetus, the hips, and legs, as well as the ankles and feet, start feeling the strain.  An experienced chiropractor can help expectant mothers by treating their bodies so that their tendons become fortified to bear or support the added pressure and weight. When this happens, their bodies have an excellent chance of getting healed. This will eliminate or prevent additional strain on their bodies later on.

2. Boost the Ability to Bounce Back

The human body is an interesting phenomenon that tries to repair itself, especially soon after childbirth. Women who maintain their health regime throughout their pregnancies don’t do much work when trying to restore their bodies to pre-pregnancy states.

Eating a well-balanced diet and regular exercise will do an excellent job of restoring the body to its former state. However, the majority of expectant mothers who follow the schedule of a chiropractor consistently often cite less discomfort and pain as well as increased mobility.

3. A Well-Aligned Spine

Average expectant women gain up to 40 pounds during this period, and this additional weight can put a lot of strain on their bodies. As the pregnancy progresses from one month to the next, the pressure increases, causing the spine to go out of alignment. This is a subtle occurrence that may not be visible to the human eye but surely felt by the expectant mother.

The need for consistent chiropractic treatment for an expectant mother with a misaligned spine cannot be overemphasized. This is because this condition brings on symptoms that range from chronic stiffness to severe, debilitating pain.

Chiropractic treatment will help the spine remain in alignment. The chiropractor will also make sure that the tendons that support the spine are properly supporting the physical changes and added weight.

4. Appropriate Pelvic Alignment

If the pelvis is not aligned correctly, then an expectant mother may face challenges during birth. For example, a misaligned pelvis will not provide enough room for the baby to get in position, causing a breech condition.

A well-trained chiropractor who specializes in prenatal care can help an expectant mother to align her pelvis, promoting a non-invasive birth.

There are many ways chiropractic treatment can benefit pregnant women, helping great a more comfortable pregnancy.

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4 Reasons to Treat Student-Athlete Injuries with Physical Therapy

4 Reasons to Treat Student-Athlete Injuries with Physical Therapy

Sports injuries are common among athletes – both professional and high-school student-athletes. However, as a high school athlete, your injuries are a bit different because your body is still growing. The growth of bones, tendons, and muscles don’t occur at the same rate. Sports injuries not only affect your physical activity but also can cause stress, anger, and fear so it is imperative you take appropriate measures to tackle and prevent injuries.

Physical therapy has been proven to be one of the most effective methods to deal with sports injuries, especially because of the customized treatment each patient receives. Here are just some of the ways you can benefit from physical therapy treatment:

Guidance

ACPT’s physical therapists are well experienced when it comes to sports injuries. They can offer overall advice on how to prevent injuries as well as sport-specific tips. If you’re already battling injuries or soreness, a physical therapist will also guide you on ways to quickly recover.

Proper exercises

Through physical therapy, you can learn the best exercises and the ones that are right for you. This helps prevent new injuries and manage existing pain. A physical therapist will evaluate the level of your injury and offer you tailored exercises to help you recover fast.

Returning to sports activities

So many high-school student-athletes make the mistake of returning to full sporting activities when it is not the right time. Even though your body looks as though you’ve fully recovered, and you want to return to playing, doing so may eventually result in another injury. Seek the advice of your physical therapist who knows the severity of your injury and wait for their green light to return to the game.

Preventing future injuries

Preventative care is very important for every athlete. After all, you don’t want to get another injury immediately after your rehabilitation! A physical therapist can recommend the best protective equipment to prevent injuries depending on the type of sport, such as shin pads and orthotic shoe inserts, as well as exercises to help strengthen your weak areas and prepare you for games yet to come.

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5 Ways to Reduce Gardening’s Impact on Your Body

5 Ways to Reduce Gardening’s Impact on Your Body

Despite gardening’s peaceful and relaxing nature, it is often challenging on your body and can lead to all kinds of injuries and pain — such as back pain, knee pain, and pulled muscles. No matter how strong and fit you may be, frequent gardening will take a toll on your muscles and joints sooner or later.

Common Pains Associated with Gardening

Gardener’s Knee

Since your knee supports nearly the entire weight of your body, it is involved in most of your day-to-day mobility. The pressure placed on your kneecap during repeated or prolonged kneeling causes Gardener’s Knee, a common form of bursitis, which is typical when gardening.

Back Pain

In addition to knee injuries, gardening can also cause back cramps due to the significant amount of bending and shoveling. According to a recent Gallup poll of more than 2,000 adults, working in the garden is the leading cause for adults experiencing back pain.

Reduce Gardening’s Negative Impact

Despite the physical impact gardening takes on your body, you don’t have to stop enjoying the outdoors and tending to your plants! Here are some simple ways you can avoid the aches and pains that are associated with gardening:

1. Knee Pads

Kneel on a cushioned knee pad while working in the garden to absorb some of the pressure placed on your knee cap while kneeling. We recommend investing in a gardener kneeler like this one because its handles act as supports when you move from kneeling to standing.

2. Change Positions

Much of the pain caused by gardening is due to prolonged or repeated action, such as bending over and kneeling. Try switching positions frequently to avoid overextending particular muscles for long periods of time.

3. Warm-Up

Just as you would with any exercise or physical activity, it is important to warm up and prepare your muscles for the work they’re about to do. Take a brisk walk around your yard and gently stretch before you tend to your garden.

4. Use tools

Gardening tools, such as wheelbarrows, can prevent you from doing more than you’re physically capable of, like carrying too many bags of heavy soil.

5. Physical Therapy & Chiropractic

Address any pain you experience with your doctor of chiropractic. Physical Therapists can help provide highly effective and drug-free pain treatment to address any challenges keeping you from tending to your garden.