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:
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
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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
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!
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
A protruding belly, which causes the curve of your back to
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.
Here are some ways pregnant women can benefit from chiropractic
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Golf can be challenging (and sometimes frustrating).
A lot of golfers believe that the psychological aspect of the sport is its greatest challenge, and they undervalue the conditioning and biomechanics that are involved during the game. This is a big mistake that may eventually result in poor playing skills or even injury.
Although enjoyable, swinging regularly at golf balls can put your body in awkward positions, increasing the risk of injury. An extreme quantity of compressive force – about 10x your body weight – is usually exerted on the spinal cord during a golf swing and each joint involved in your swing is stretched to its maximum limit. If your body isn’t properly prepared to cope with such force, a physical injury will be the eventual outcome.
Some golfers manage their pain by taking over the counter medicine, while others reduce their playing time or retire altogether. Opting for chiropractic care, however, provides highly effective, drug-free pain treatment-allowing you to get off the recliner and back onto the course.
Prevent injuries from developing
Periodic chiropractic adjustments to the spine keep your body operating at maximum capacity and reduce the likelihood of injuries. If your neck is properly aligned with your back, awkward positions like golf swings will have fewer consequences.
Chiropractic therapy can reduce pain
By treating the factors causing your pain, rather than just the symptoms, chiropractors can help you reduce and manage your pain.
Both amateur and pro golfers are aware of the importance of mobility to their game. Chiropractic treatment increases your body’s overall flexibility and strength, which can prevent injury and may even take a few strokes off your score!
Improve Your Game
Whether you’re an avid golfer or new to the game, regular chiropractic care can help you improve your game, prevent injuries, and find drug-free pain relief. Contact us to schedule a free consultation so our talented team of chiropractors and physical therapists can get you (and your golf game) better than ever!
86% of people working in America spend up to eight hours sitting down in the office.
Most likely, you are sitting down as you read this. Most likely, you have been sitting for a number of hours today. Modern technology is not helping. You no longer have to walk and get something; everything is just a single click away. This is a dangerous trend, as there are many health risks associated with sitting more than you move.These health risks include:
Computer Blue Light & Bacteria
Staring at a computer screen for hours can harm your eyes. You can experience migraines and headaches due to the unnatural screen light. Consider applying an eye protecting screen cover, such as Reticare, on your devices. Furthermore, the keyboards and the mouse are perfect grounds for bacteria to breed. According to microbiologists, the keyboard can have more bacteria than the bathroom. Keep your keyboard clean by wiping it down with disinfectant regularly.
Aches & Pains From Prolonged Sitting
Sitting down for long hours feels harmless, but after some time you start experiencing pains and aches. Excessive sitting can cause you to develop poor posture, reduced blood circulation, and weight gain, even if you work out regularly. Try changing your position every few minutes and get up and move around at least once or twice per hour.
Lack of Proper Sunlight
Staying indoors can mess with your internal clock, leading to lack of sleep and proper concentration. According to a study by the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, employees who did not get natural light slept 46 minutes less every night compared to their peers who had access to the sunlight. Try heading outside on your lunch break to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.
Working in an office can be inevitable depending on your career. Fortunately, you can seek creative but simple solutions to remain healthy while in the office and you can search for ways to get active outside of the office to reduce and reverse some of the dangers of this traditional office setting.
Perhaps it’s time to start a company softball team?
Do you remember the fitness goals you set in 2018? These resolutions
probably went something like: “I am going to hit the gym 5 times per week;” “I
will do hot yoga at 6 am before work;” I’m going to cut out all carbs.”
When reflecting on the past year, think about your progress. Did you achieve these goals as expected? If not, you’re not alone. In fact, according to Forbes, only 8% of people actually achieve their New Year’s resolution,
When considering your resolutions for 2019, you can promote a healthier
lifestyle without focusing solely on fitness or dieting. There are a lot of
other wellness goals you can set that are achievable but make an impact on your
Below are some unique and manageable goals you can set for yourself in
2019 focused on wellness, not fitness.
1. Eat more fruits and vegetables.
Cutting out complete food groups can be a rather difficult feat.
However, incorporating more fruits and vegetables in your daily diet is a
simple yet effective way to promote disease prevention, longevity, and overall
wellness. Try having at least one or two vegetables or fruits with every meal,
perhaps even swapping out unhealthy choices to make room on your plate.
2. Drink enough water.
Drinking enough water helps to flush out
toxins, increase your energy, boost your immunity, and improve your skin
complexion. While the rule of thumb mandates 64 ounces of water per day, you
may need more or less depending on your own personal situation, such as gender
or if you are pregnant. Click here to
discover how much water you should drink daily.
If you don’t like plain water, try infusing it with different fruit and
herb combinations, such as lemon raspberry or mint lime. You can use a water
bottle like this one from
Amazon to make your infusion process simple.
Moreover, when you are considering your budget, going natural is best
for you. It helps you save cost and at the same time promotes your overall
3. Find a workout buddy.
One of the reasons why people don’t stick to their fitness routine is
because they do it alone. You can easily tire out and lose motivation when you
go to the gym by yourself. This year, find a workout buddy to make your fitness
routine fun and push yourself to achieve the fitness goals you set together. A
workout buddy can also help you conquer the anxiety of going to the gym.
4. Practice meditation regularly.
Find a space in your home or office where you can meditate daily. Meditation
doesn’t have to be you sitting cross-legged on the floor; instead, you can try journaling,
praying, or studying. Meditation can help you recharge and stay motivated.
There are a variety of meditation resources, such as guided imagery,
from iTunes. Headspace is one of the most
popular guided meditation smartphone apps on the market.
5. Break down your goals into bite-sized pieces.
Be realistic and don’t try to do too much. Instead, break your goal down
into sub-tasks and goals that are short-term and achievable. This will get you
adapted and prevent the loss of motivation, while also ensuring you don’t hurt
6. Go natural for your bath and beauty products.
Some products that aren’t regulated can contain harmful chemicals.
Consider swapping out your shampoo, conditioner, dish soap, and similar
products with natural, organic versions.
7. Experiment with spices.
Some spices like turmeric, garlic, and cinnamon have a number of health
benefits. For example, studies have shown that
these spices contain antioxidants that help to lower inflammation. Experiment
with different spices to create new flavors and promote a healthy lifestyle.
8. Eat more beans.
Beans provide protein and are high in fiber, which is good for your
internal body processes and systems. Incorporate beans into your meals to
enhance their health benefits. For example, add white beans to soups to make them
creamier or add beans to your favorite pasta or “zoodles” dishes.
9. Keep healthy snacks close.
Sometimes you can get cravings for sweets or salty foods, especially is
those items are typically in your diet. These cravings can tempt you to eat unhealthy
foods, such as chips or candy. Keep healthy snacks close, like in your backpack,
purse, and desk, to alleviate cravings with healthy ingredients.
10. Sip on hot water in the morning.
Start your morning with a cup of warm water, perhaps flavored with fresh
lemon slices, to increase your energy level and rehydrate your body to promote
proper functioning of your systems and organs.
This year, when setting your New Year’s Resolutions, don’t focus solely
on fitness. Instead, consider overall wellness so that you can improve your
overall health through manageable and achievable goals.