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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.

2. Bundle Up

In the winter months, your muscles are forced to work harder to make up for the lack of warmth. Bundling up with a sweatshirt and heavy winter coat, along with gloves, scarves, and hats will prevent your body temperature from dropping and forcing your muscles to work harder.

3. Have the Right Equipment Handy

By investing in the proper equipment, you are basically investing in your body health! Snow blowers are great tools to limit physical strain during snow removal, but can be expensive. Ergonomic shovels are budget-friendly alternatives that can help you prevent injury. There are many options in the market, but experts say to stick with plastic shovels with steel or aluminum tips. Using the right shovel will help prevent back strain and other injuries. 

When it comes to clearing off your car, use an ice scraper that is comfortable to hold, and the right size for your car. Are you interested in receiving a FREE ice scraper? Leave us a review on Google or Facebook, show one of our staff members, and receive an ergonomic friendly ice scraper! Please note, only previous and current patients or their legal guardians are eligible to participate.

4. Lift With Your Legs, Not Your Back

The most common mistake people make when shoveling is lifting with their back. Avoid painful back-related injuries by using your legs to lift and toss heavy snow. Make sure to go slow and if necessary, work in shifts to avoid over-exerting your body.

5. Handling an Injury

Don’t ignore your pain! If you notice anything abnormal during or after shoveling, stop immediately. If you are experiencing ongoing, persistent pain, schedule an appointment with one of our experienced physical therapists or chiropractors so we can evaluate your situation and get you on the right, drug-free treatment plan!

Please note, this blog was written with information from MarthaStewart.com and Health.com.

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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 guideline recommends spinal manipulation along with heat, massage, and acupuncture.”

The most popular and positive research about chiropractic care centers around spinal manipulation for lower back pain – which is where most patients experience pain. While “spinal manipulation” sounds like a daunting practice, it is simply a term used to describe the therapeutic movement that chiropractors use to adjust your spine. Typically this involves a quick but strong pressure application on a certain joint between two vertebrae on your spine.

In addition to chiropractic adjustments, your chiropractor may discuss your lifestyle, diet, exercise routine, etc. to better increase your chances of alleviating your body pain. Many chiropractors believe that changing things such as your diet, along with a consistent exercise routine, can help your body achieve maximum health – naturally!

“Less than optimal lifestyle choices, such as smoking or eating a lot of processed foods, will very often slow down the healing process,” says ACPT Chiropractor, Dr. Sheryl Drake. “In the case of smoking, blood supply is reduced. Eating processed foods often makes the body work harder just to detoxify, so healing takes a backseat also. We try to prepare those patients that you may not bounce right back after an injury.”

Pain medication is a simple, quick fix for anyone who may be experiencing any type of pain – but it isn’t the best option for you, your recovery, and your body.

Pain medication touches the surface of your pain but doesn’t fully treat it and prevent it from returning – which leads many people to become reliant on painkillers. In contrast, your chiropractor’s main focus is treating your pain at its source, which helps to prevent pain from coming back. 

Seeing a chiropractor on a regular basis and making simple lifestyle changes enables your body to naturally heal itself, reducing the need for pain medicine.

So, ditch the painkillers and call our office at (518) 869-3884 today to treat your pain in a way your body will love!

Content in this article was written with information from Harvard Health Publishing and Patch.

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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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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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Improve Your Golf Swing with Chiropractic Care

Golf season is upon us, and this challenging (and sometimes frustrating) sport can take a toll on your body. Repetitive movements, such as swinging and putting, require core strength and balance in conjunction with ample muscle movement.

Due to its physical requirements, it’s no surprise that Professional Golfers Association (PGA) Chiropractor Dr. Tom LaFountain found 80% of injuries suffered on the links are back injuries.

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Other common injuries include shoulder and neck pain, ankle and feet stiffness, and hip discomfort.

Chiropractic care can improve your body’s performance and comfort level, thus helping you improve your score on the green. In fact, according to Dr. LaFountain, 72% of pro golfers receive regular chiropractic care. One of the most prominent adjustments golfers can receive is the removal of a vertebrae misalignment. Once these subluxations (misalignments) are removed from your lower back, you’ll have a greater range of motion in your swing thus increasing your range.

In addition to receiving regular chiropractic treatment, golfers can keep their bodies at optimal performance on the green by…

>> Drinking water

Water keeps your body functioning properly, and drinking the recommended amount of water daily will help prevent muscle fatigue and cramps while on the course.

>> Stretching before you play

Stretching your arms, back, and hips before beginning a round will increase your flexibility while decreasing the chance of injury.

>> Exercise your hips and supporting muscles

Strengthen the muscles that support your hips through kinetic exercises such as lunges, squats, leg curls, and push-ups.