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Date: October 25, 2016 | Time: 5:07pm | Posted By: Back To Health Chiropractic Clinic

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FREE Spring Nutrition Talk

Date: April 26, 2016 | Time: 1:17pm | Posted By: Back To Health Chiropractic Clinic


FREE Spring Nutrition Talk
Call (360) 253-4285 to Sign Up!

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If you put all the earth's ants in one pile, and all the earth's humans in another pile, the pile made of ants would be bigger
(have more mass.)

You are probably confused to how that fact relates to the title right? Well, it really doesn't but since I have your attention, I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to our FREE Spring Nutrition Talk happening on May 16, 2016 at 6:15 pm.
The talk will be hosted at:
Back to Health Chiropractic Clinic
6307 NE 117th Avenue, Suite C
Vancouver, WA 98662.

Nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels. We hear it all the time that being healthy is good for you and the great benefits of eating healthy but that's where it stops, we only hear it. We are never really educated enough to apply it to our lifestyles though. We would love for you to join us for this FREE 2 1/2 hour life changing class. We would love for you to give us the opportunity to teach you the natural foods that promote weight loss and how exercising 12 minutes a week could save you hours at the gym. You will also learn how to read labels on the foods we eat and what it all means.

We want you to look better, live longer and feel great!

Please call the office at (360) 253-4285 to sign up or feel free to sign up with the girls at the front desk.

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FREE Nutrition Talk

Date: September 28, 2015 | Time: 10:57am | Posted By: Back To Health Chiropractic Clinic

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Seasonal Superfoods for a Healthier You

Date: November 13, 2014 | Time: 2:25pm | Posted By: Back To Health Chiropractic


Seasonal Superfoods for a Healthier You

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Seasonal Health through better eating

With fall almost over and winter on the way, your personal health is even more important than ever. It's flu season once again, and that means sniffles, sneezes, and a compromised immune system. In addition to exercise and making sure to get enough sunlight every day, there's a lot you can do for your body from the inside out. Seasonal Superfoods are one of the tastiest and easiest ways to make sure you stay healthy this winter, but check with your local Chiropractor or Physician to rule out any allergies you may have before enjoying:

Brussels Sprouts

These are an excellent source of Vitamin K, which aids in blood coagulation and calcium binding. Also containing Folate and Iron, this member of the cabbage family is an excellent all-a-rounder. Though your mother may have steamed them and dipped them in mayonnaise, a light drizzle of olive oil and bake in the oven results in an excellent crispy shell and subtle nutty flavor.

Squash

Containing the highly sought after Omega-3 Fatty Acids of fish fame are enough to put squash on the list, but did you know they also contain a significant amount of Vitamin A? Vitamin A aids in a number of important functions, not the least of which is immune system functions and visual health. There's a number of excellent ways to prepare these fruits depending on the type. A local favorite is hollowed out, oven baked, brown sugar smothered Acorn Squash. It's one of the most surefire ways to get children to eat their vegetables.

Sweet Potatoes

These root vegetables share similar properties to our previous entries. As a great source of Vitamin A and Iron these come recommended, but I bet you weren't aware that they also have anti-inflammatory properties. When you get stiff joints and you're hungry to boot, roasting lends them an earthy, smokey flavor while the perennial favorite, sweet potato pie, brings out the natural sugary taste that gives them their name.
When those family get together's start occurring more regularly, don't forget that what you eat can have a major impact on how you feel. There's a lot of wonderful seasonal foods to explore, with a variety of benefits to enjoy, so keep your taste buds and your body happy and healthy this holiday season. For more information about how your diet can impact your health, contact your local Chiropractor.
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Chiropractic for Chronic Headaches

Date: October 30, 2014 | Time: 1:25pm | Posted By: Back To Health Chiropractic


Chiropractic for Chronic Headaches

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Victims of chronic headaches can begin to feel helpless in the throes of their pain. They cannot think, they are distracted at work, and they cannot enjoy their relaxation time. They may have tried all sorts of pills or therapies without consistent relief. However, there is a solution. A chiropractor in Vancouver WA can help many types of chronic headache pain.

Types of Headaches

By necessity, many headache sufferers become expert in pain symptoms. Some of the more common are:
  • Headaches with pain centered in the nose region - these are often caused by allergies or other sinus problems.
  • Pain over the front-top of the head, almost like the skin is on fire.
  • Strong temple pain, often accompanied by sensitivity to light or sound - this is often the symptoms of a migraine headache.
Headaches can be caused by a variety of reasons including stress, lack of sleep, or muscle tightness. Often, a visit to the chiropractor can help with all of these problems.

How Does Chiropractic Work?

Chiropractic manipulates the bones and joints in order to restore balance to the body. This is done through a variety of methods, including physical therapy, massage therapy, and exercise programs. For instance, one cause of a headache is an out-of-joint condition in the neck. The neck muscles strain in an attempt to bring the bones back to their natural position. Restoring the proper position through chiropractic relieves the stress on the muscles and lessens the headache pain.
Quick Headache Relief
Understandably, chronic headache patients hope for a quick relief to their pain. Many patients report immediate relief to some or all of their pain after their first visit. To complete therapy, they may come back several times over the following few weeks in order to help the body recover. In addition, many patients of chiropractic in Vancouver WA return on a regular monthly basis to maintain their body in healthy balance and help prevent future headaches. If you suffer debilitating head pain, please contact a chiropractor you trust.
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Chiropractic: the Sportsperson's Best Friend

Date: October 15, 2014 | Time: 1:24pm | Posted By: Back To Health Chiropractic


Chiropractic: the Sportsperson's Best Friend

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As far as physical health is concerned, weekend warriors can be their own worst enemy. They spend the entire work week looking forward to their time off, and then charge into their high-octane activities like there is no tomorrow. Unfortunately, they often end up paying the price on Monday. If this situation sounds familiar, consider a chiropractor in Vancouver WA to get you back up to par.

Why Use Chiropractic?

In his famous Tarzan novels, Edgar Rice Burroughs describes the unique ability of the ape-man to wake instantly from a deep sleep and spring into action. Unfortunately, the body does not work that way. During sleep or inactivity, the body goes into a goes into a state of altered consciousness where sensory activity is inhibited, along with the full activity of nearly all the voluntary muscles. Bringing the muscles to activity requires a wakeup process. This can be enhanced by proper warm-up activities.
Unfortunately, not all sportspersons respect the need for proper warm-up. In addition, many push themselves too hard during their weekend activities. This can cause the body to be put out of balance. Symptoms of this imbalance can include:
o Pain in the neck or back
o A lump in a muscle or joint
o Headaches
High-Impact Sports
The need for chiropractic increases for high-impact sports. These can include:
o Soccer
o Football
o Racquetball
o Tennis
o Martial arts

Sports and Chiropractic Care

In each of these sports, the muscles are called on to make quick, powerful movements. For example, a proper racquetball hit requires a drop in the knees, a twist of the back, and a swing of the racquet arm. These all affect vulnerable areas of the body.
For these reasons, many feel they should abandon their favorite sports for such low-impact activities as walking or bike riding. However, this is not strictly necessary when chiropractic is available.
Fast Pain Relief
Many patients experience immediate relief after only a single visit for chiropractic in Vancouver WA. A regimen of visits helps maintain balance after an injury. Otherwise, regular monthly visits keep the body in fine-tuned condition.
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Adaptogens: Nature's Stress Relief, Part II

Date: September 22, 2014 | Time: 1:23pm | Posted By: Back To Health Chiropractic


Adaptogens: Nature's Stress Relief, Part II

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This second part of the two-part series on adaptogens will continue listing seven powerful, commonly used adaptogens. Part one discussed what adaptogens are, how the effect the body, and went over the benefits of rhodiola, ashwagandha, and ginkgo biloba. Part two will focus on the benefits of astragalus, licorice root, eleuthero root, and goji berries. Feel free to contact Back to Health Chiropractic for more information on nutrition in Vancouver WA.

Why Care About Adaptogens?

To recap, adaptogens are powerhouses in fighting the stress reaction in the body. Stress reactions can result from the traditional, emotional stress that may first come to mind when you think of stress. However, they also fight the effects of environmental stressors such as poor diet, pollution, and overexertion, as well as the internal negative effects of oxidation. Each adaptogen has its specific strengths and are, therefore, taken for specific results-but all of them have multiple positive health benefits and reduce the impact of stress on the body.

Astragalus

Serious research is just getting underway on astragalus and its ability to increase the production of telomerase. Telomerase is an enzyme having to do with the replacement of DNA. The research being done suggests that the function of telomerase may have a lot to do with a cell's response to viruses such as HIV as well as those in the case of cancer. Besides fighting bacterial and viral infections and cancer prevention, astragalus has also been used as a tonic to clean the liver. It is a good way to combat a cold, fight fatigue, fight high blood pressure, and strengthen the kidneys as well as the immune system. In Chinese medicine astragalus has long been used in increase vitality and improve energy.

Licorice Root

You may only think of black licorice candy when this root comes to mind. Besides flavoring foods, licorice root is helpful for soothing stomach and digestive conditions. Additionally, it is antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and helps prevents autoimmune disorders. It has been used in Chinese medicine, in combination with other herbs, to strengthen the adrenal function-which in an important way to fight the effects of stress.

Eleuthero Root/Siberian Ginseng

Not strictly a ginseng, eleuthero root is more commonly known as Siberian Ginseng. Though the misnomer is common, it is not to be confused with Panax ginseng, which is commonly just called "ginseng." People take this root for anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antidepressant effects. It is also thought to improve immune function, increased memory and cognitive function, as well as to fight against fatigue.

Gojo Berry

The goji berry, or wolfberry, originally comes from China. This adaptogen is packed full of nutrients, making it a "super food." It has been used in Chinese medicine for heart health and protect eyes sight from age deterioration. Additionally, it has been used to combat fatigue, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Goji berries are being studied for their preventative effects from cancer. They are also a strong antioxidant, fighting against free radical damage in the body-a major cause of aging.
This list of adaptogen is a stepping off place to get started researching the benefits of these potent herbs. The benefits vary for each. What all adaptogens have in common is a wide range of health-boosting benefits. The long list of benefits makes them well worth looking into.
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Adaptogens: Nature's Stress Relief, Part I

Date: September 8, 2014 | Time: 1:22pm | Posted By: Back To Health Chiropractic


Adaptogens: Nature's Stress Relief, Part I

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What exactly is an adaptogen? When the body is stressed it sets off a certain response. The type of stress-diet related, physical, emotional, or circumstantial-all create basically the same metabolic reaction. This reaction can be lessened when taking adapotgenic herbs. Additionally, each of these herbs creates a variety of positive effects. Different herbs work in different ways, so each one is taken to elicit specific results. They tend to be used for things such as minimizing aging, improving memory, increasing energy, improving immunity, and lessening fatigue.
In this two-part blog we will discuss the benefits of seven amazing adaptogens. For more specific information on nutrition in Vancouver WA you can give us a call.

What Is an Adaptogen?

So let's start with a definition. What exactly is an adaptogen? Google defines it as: "(in herbal medicine) a natural substance considered to help the body adapt to stress and to exert a normalizing effect upon bodily processes." Herbal supplements categorized as adaptogen have been gaining popularity in the West, though ancient practices such as Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda have been using many of them for centuries as a way to improve health.
The idea of how adaptogens work is in its name. They help your body adapt to stressors in the environment. One way adaptogens help the body is through reducing the production of stress hormones. They also have an effect on DNA replication, producing proteins that the body uses to manage the effects of stress.

Which Adaptogens Do What?

Of course each person reacts differently, so it is important you consult a physician about any medical concerns you may have. This blog article is not meant to replace or offer medical advice. With that in mind, here are some common-but far from all-inclusive-uses for adaptogens:

Rhodiola

This little power house grows in colder climates and is well know throughout Central Asia. Rhodiola has been shown to reduce fatigue while increasing mental acuity and concentration. Additionally, Rhodiola has been shown to reduce mild to moderate depression.

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha, also known as Indian ginseng, is well known in Ayurvedic medicine. Its benefits are many and could have an article written on this one herb alone. Here are a few documented benefits of Ashwagandha: Improved immunity, reduces anxiety and depression, lowers cholesterol, works as an anti-inflammatory, lowers blood sugar, inhibits the growth of tumors, reduces ADHD, imporves liver function, and combats signs of aging. With a list like this, the question is more: Why not take Ashwagandha?

Ginkgo Biloba

This herb has gained populatiry in the West over the last couple of decades for its ability to improve memory and cognitive function. Ginkgo biloba has been shown to improve blood flow to the brain. This is especially of interest for people suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia. Additional studies suggest that ginkgo biloba may decrease the symptoms of PMS as well as help with vascular diseases and pain caused by blood clots.
Stay tuned for our second part of Adaptogens: Nature's Stress Relief, where we will discuss the benefits of licorice root, eleuthero root, astragalus, and goji berries.
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Massage: What Can it Do for You?

Date: August 22, 2014 | Time: 1:21pm | Posted By: Back To Health Chiropractic


Massage: What Can it Do for You?

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Everyone knows massage feels good and reduces stress. Even a back rub from a friend can do wonders in making us take a deep breath and relax. But did you know massage can have other benefits to your health? Massage in Vancouver, WA can improve immune function by moving lymph around. The loosening of muscles improves range of motion and flexibility which help the body better resist injury. Massage can speed up healing after and injury or surgery. It can also help reduce pain. Massage has so many health benefit it is a great idea for everyone to try.

Improved Immune Function

The lymphatic system moves fluid between the body's organs and the blood system. As the lymph passes through the lymph nodes it is cleaned of pathogens and abnormal cells. The lymph is moved around the body by muscle contraction. Many people work in offices these days, where they do not get much exercise. This lack of muscles contraction means lymphatic fluid sits still. Not moving this fluid means the body's tissue is not getting cleansed. Toxins can build up, making a person feel even more lethargic and allowing infection to grow. During a massage this fluid is moved toward the lymph nodes where can be cleaned.
A person's blood circulation is aided during massage as well. A person relaxes and breathes deeply during a massage. Their blood and lymph are assisted in circulating through the body. This brings oxygen and nutrients to the organs where they are needed. Organ function is improved, which improves immunity and overall health.

Reduce Risk of Injury and Shorten Healing Time

Massage relaxes muscles. Areas where knots have formed are softened and smoothed out. When a muscle is relaxed the the joints and bones attached to it can move more freely and without restriction. Muscles that are too tight cause bones to be pulled out of place. That is often why a person goes to picks something up and suddenly gets a kink in his or her neck. Tight muscles can also get so tight they pinch nerves or cause certain motions to become painful to preform. Having a massage therapist keep muscles relaxed and limber makes it less likely for these kind of injuries to occur.
Massage can also help a person heal faster after an injury or surgery. Massage aids in moving fluid, or swelling, out of an area. Swelling makes healing take longer, so moving the fluid out of an injury site will speed up the body's progress. Massage also breaks up the formation of scar tissue. Scar tissue is less flexible so not allowing it to form will improve range of motion. Often after an injury or surgery a person is less active. This inability to move the injured area often causes the muscle to shrink. Massage helps to prevent this. By applying circulation, movement, and stretching massage keeps the injured area active and supple.

Decreases Pain

There are several ways massage can help reduce pain. Muscle tension and spasms are often painful. Massage relaxes both muscle tension and spasms. It also causes the body to release endorphins which are the body's natural painkillers. Additionally, the improved circulation and relaxed muscles go a long way in aiding people who suffer migraines and back pain-both of which are frequently cause by muscle tension.
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Why You Should Use A Chiropractor

Date: August 10, 2014 | Time: 1:20pm | Posted By: Back To Health Chiropractic


Why You Should Use A Chiropractor

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If you have had an accident, suffered an injury, or are otherwise experiencing any sort of pain, an experienced chiropractor in Vancouver, WA could be exactly what you need. A chiropractor office will offer many different services that you can take advantage of, including sports injury recovery, accident injury recovery, and simple regular treatments to keep you fit. A good health clinic can even offer nutrition advice that you can take advantage of as well. If you are experiencing any sort of discomfort within your everyday life as you go about your daily routines, there are many reasons you should choose a chiropractor for treatment.
Recognized Field
Chiropractic care is a recognized field that is highly valued within alternative medicine. It is a highly effective treatment for millions of people all over the world, and can help you recover from your injuries much faster than traditional methods would. No matter the type of injury, be it a sprained ankle from sports or a muscle injury from some strenuous activity, a chiropractor will be able to design a treatment suited to your specific needs and help you through the recovery process.
Personal Treatment Plans
One thing that a chiropractic clinic can do far better than traditional treatments is design a treatment plan that is customized for you personal lifestyle. Many other clinics have treatment plans that are designed for the population in general and do not take into account personal needs and requirements. Because of this, you may not get the treatment you need to recover completely. At a chiropractic clinic, you and your chiropractor can work together to form a treatment plan that will work for you and your unique lifestyle.
Reduction in Stress
If you see a chiropractor, you will know that chiropractic care can help reduce stress in your daily life. This is because it helps your body achieve a balance that it would not normally have as you go through the daily stresses of your life. With regular chiropractic care, you can lower your average stress level and experience a much happier life overall. You will also be much healthier in the long run if you do not have stress to weigh you down.
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Injury Services Offered By A Chiropractor

Date: July 24, 2014 | Time: 1:19pm | Posted By: Back To Health Chiropractic


Injury Services Offered By A Chiropractor

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A chiropractor in Vancouver, WA will offer you many different options for injury recovery. Injury services are designed to help you bounce back and recover from a variety of different issues. You do not want to be out of service for too long, as you most likely have many professional and social responsibilities that need to be taken care of in a timely manner. Injury makes accomplishing these tasks more difficult. A chiropractor will offer injury services so you can get back to your daily routine without too much worry or concern. There are many injury services that cover a wide range of injury situations that you may be going through.
Work Related Injury
Injury on the job can be detrimental to your health, especially if your job depends on a lot of physical strength and activity. Work injuries, depending on the severity, can keep you out of action for a long time. This means you miss out on wages that you would otherwise have access to. The important thing with work injuries is to not rush back, as you risk more injury in the long run. A chiropractor who offers injury services will be able to get you back to work as soon as possible so you don't miss out on wages.
Sports Injuries
If you live an active life and participate in numerous sports, your chances of injury are higher. Whether it be something common like a twisted ankle or something severe like a broken extremity, a chiropractor who offers injury services can help get you back to your sport as quickly as possible. Many times, muscle soreness and body adjustments can help you heal more quickly from sport-related injury. If you suffer an injury due to sports activity, a chiropractor who offers injury services can help get you the treatment you need.
Automobile Accidents
An automobile accident is a terrifying thing to go through. More often than not, you will sustain some form of injury from the accident, be it from whiplash or something even more serious. Auto accident injuries can take a while to recover from, as they come in many forms, but a trained chiropractor who offers injury services will be able to treat your injuries and help you through the recovery process as quickly as possible. The main thing is to take recovery slow and build your strength back. A chiropractor will be able to set a treatment plan that works for you and gets you back to your lifestyle before too long.
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Tips For Finding a Chiropractor

Date: July 7, 2014 | Time: 1:18pm | Posted By: Back To Health Chiropractic


Tips For Finding A Chiropractor

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When it comes to your health, there are a number of options and programs that are available to you to follow. Each will tell you of the benefits of using the program and how your lifestyle will change. Chiropractic care has been around for a long time and will continue to benefits millions of people in their quests to live a healthier lifestyle. It is not a fad that is doomed to fail. If you are in the market for a trusted chiropractor in Vancouver, WA, there are a few different things you can do to narrow your search. Finding a chiropractor you can trust can be complicated, especially if you are unfamiliar with the process. However, there are methods you can use.
Recommendations
The first strategy you should use is to acquire recommendations from friends and family member who you can trust. Getting recommendations from people you know is a great way to find a good chiropractor who you can trust. There are so many offices out there that it can be difficult to narrow your list down. That is why getting recommendations is the best way to go. Friends and family can also tell you who to avoid if they had a bad experience with a chiropractor.
Talk With Candidates
Once you have formed a list of a few different chiropractor offices, you will want to talk to these choices and determine which one is the best fit. Make sure you communicate well with the doctor on hand. You will be forming a good relationship with the chiropractor you choose, so you want to be sure that you are choosing one that you can communicate with without any trouble. There is nothing worse than getting into an appointment and experiencing some form of miscommunication. Your chiropractor should be easy to talk to and develop a plan with.
Medical Details
You will want to make sure that your insurance covers the chiropractor you choose. Most offices will honor the majority of insurance options, meaning you shouldn't have too much trouble finding one that your insurance will back up. If you do not have insurance, you will want to work with an office that will work closely with you to set up a payment plan that fits for everyone involved.
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The Best Vegetables To Eat For Weight Loss Results

Date: June 25, 2014 | Time: 1:18pm | Posted By: Back To Health Chiropractic


The Best Vegetables To Eat For Weight Loss Results

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Vegetables are a main part of the diets of millions of people around the world. They are very good for your body, boosting your immune system and giving you energy you may not otherwise have. Nutrition is very important to everyone in the world, and vegetables are a huge part of having good nutrition. Many weight loss in Vancouver professionals also say that vegetables can help you reach a body weight you are happy with. If you want to lose weight and be healthy while doing it, there are several vegetables that you can focus on introducing to your diet.
Cucumber
While one of the most common and, perhaps, boring vegetables, cucumbers can greatly help those who are interested in weight loss. The cucumber is extremely low in calories and contains a lot of water inside of it. Cucumber can be sliced and served by itself, or introduced in salads alongside other varieties of vegetables. If you like, you can even grill cucumbers before eating to give them even more flavor.
Broccoli
Broccoli is another vegetable that is perfect for weight loss. Broccoli contains absolutely no fat at all, while including good carbohydrates that are slow to release, meaning you will have more energy overall once you have eaten a few. Broccoli can also be prepared in numerous ways, from boiling to steaming to grilling.
Spinach
Spinach is widely available and has significant health benefits for humans. You can include it with a sandwich or a salad, or even cook it in sauces that will give it a little flavor. Spinach contains many antioxidants that will give you energy and promote lower cholesterol and a healthy heart.
Carrots
Carrots contain a good amount of antioxidants that promote healthy vision and a healthy immune system. Carrots can be prepared in a wide variety of ways as well. You can put them in salads, eat them raw, or chop them up and mix them with other ingredients.
Celery
Celery is similar to cucumbers in that it contains a lot of water and hardly any calories. Celery makes a fantastic snack when you are on the go, as it can be eaten raw or cooked with other ingredients, and it contains a lot of antioxidants that fight cancer and promote a healthy immune system.
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Nuts That Can Be Great For Your Health

Date: June 11, 2014 | Time: 12:00am | Posted By: Back To Health Chiropractic


Nuts That Can Be Great For Your Health

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Introducing a variety of nuts to your everyday snack routine can be a great way to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Many experts have gone on record to say that nuts are fantastic choices for those interested in nutrition in Vancouver. Nuts have been linked to a number of health benefits, including lower cholesterol, heart health, weight control, and even cancer prevention. While some people tend to stay away from nuts due to fat and calorie intake, a small handful every once in a while can actually give you a lot of benefits and lead to you enjoying a healthy lifestyle.
Walnuts
Walnuts contain the most antioxidants of all the nuts. These antioxidants protect your body from cellular damage and premature aging. Walnuts are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are a huge part of battling inflammation. If you do not enjoy too much seafood in your diet, walnuts can be especially beneficial to you, as they are a great way to get these healthy, unsaturated fats.
Almonds
If fiber is one of your concerns, introduce a few almonds into snack time. Almonds have about three grams of fiber for every ounce, and they also contain the most vitamin E, which is a very powerful antioxidant. Almonds are fantastic for those worried about blood sugar levels as well, as people who snack on almonds can see cholesterol levels and insulin resistance decrease over time. Almonds raise the amount of good bacteria in your gut as well, which can help boost your immune system.
Cashew
For iron and zinc intake, the cashew is your best option. Iron helps with the delivery of oxygen to all of your cells, which prevents anemia. Zinc is a crucial component of immune system and vision health. Cashews also contain large levels of magnesium, which helps fight memory loss in those who suffer from it.
Pecans
Pecans are fantastic for your heart, and can improve your heart health over a period of time. They are among the nuts most rich in antioxidants, and can contribute greatly to lowered cholesterol. Some reported a thirty-three percent decrease in their cholesterol levels. They can also contribute to your brain health, keeping your mind sharp and aware for a longer period of time, as well as prevent age related brain deterioration. Pecans have also been noted to help fight and prevent Lou Gehrig's disease.
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Basic Nutrition Advice To Keep In Mind

Date: May 24, 2014 | Time: 1:16pm | Posted By: Back To Health Chiropractic


Basic Nutrition Advice To Keep In Mind

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Proper nutrition can be intimidating for someone who is unfamiliar with the finer points of dietary science. However, if you are interested in eating better overall and increasing your health, knowing how your diet can affect your body is the first step. For many people, an improved diet goes together with a more active lifestyle and better health overall. Getting started with proper nutrition in Vancouver is only the first step to overall health. You will also want to mix in massage therapy and other methods offered by a professional health clinic. You can use these basic nutrition tips to help you get started on the road to better health.
Do Not Overeat
Stuffing yourself full of whatever you can find is not the best way to handle a diet. You should focus on finding a good balance between hunger and fullness that leaves you comfortable but not starving. Food is energy for your body, but too much food can limit you and make you feel even worse in the long run. Only eat what your body requires and you will feel a lot better about yourself and your lifestyle.
Natural Food is Best
Try to focus your diet on things that grow and come around naturally. You want to input fruits, vegetables, beans, and lean sources of meat into your diet, and stay away from processed foods and other items that come from the factory. This is not always an easy thing to do, so be sure to check labels to find out what is being put into the food you eat. Processed foods and too much sugar can have negative effects on your metabolism and will leave you feeling rotten in the long run.
Avoid Artificial Toxins
Artificial sweeteners are very bad for you. You should think of these as toxins that slow your body's metabolism and have other negative effects on your health. Diet sodas and other sugar free products should be taken away from your diet completely, as they provide nothing but negative effects on your body.
Other advice includes drinking a lot of water and limiting your portion sizes. Eat slowly and enjoy the meal, as there will be less of it, even though you should be satisfied afterward. Overeating and portion sizes are enemies of a proper diet, so controlling your intake and knowing what you are eating is always preferable. There are many more details to a healthy diet, but the above tips should help you get started.
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Massage Services You Can Use

Date: May 10, 2014 | Time: 1:15pm | Posted By: Back To Health Chiropractic


Massage Services You Can Use

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Muscle pain is very common for many different people. In a lot of cases, this pain can be eased by a professional massage from a professional massage in Vancouver therapy service. Massages promote relaxation, calmness, and well-being. Pain comes in a variety of different forms, whether it be muscle pain, neck stiffness, or lower back pain. Massages can aid you in the healing process and even enhance your muscle function over an extended period of time. If you are feeling more pain and pressure by the day, it may be worth your time to go in for one of the many massage services that are available to you through a professional clinic.
Regular Massage
A regular massage is one that is designed to ease any muscle pain you may be experiencing. This could be a onetime appointment, or you could set up a regular schedule to make sure you are always cared for. The effects you may experience include a reduced danger of certain diseases, as well as an enhanced healing process that can make you feel like brand new once again. Regular massages can even decrease your blood pressure and improve your circulation, which would make you much healthier overall. Introducing regular massage therapy into your life can do great things for your overall well-being.
Education
Many massage therapy clinics also offer educational talks so you can learn more about caring for your body and improving your overall lifestyle so you can be healthier for a long period of time. These classes can help you understand how your lifestyle can affect your body and your wellness. If you wish to improve your lifestyle, these educational talks can be a great benefit.
Nutrition
A nutrition guide is also typically offered by a massage therapy clinic and can help you increase your health even more. Eating right and choosing the best foods for your body can go a long way to improving your health and wellness. It can also help you with recovering from any injuries you sustain and with aches and pains you may experience. If you have nutrition questions, or simply want to increase your knowledge of dietary health, a nutrition guide can help you out quite a bit.
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Chiropractic Visits During Pregnancy

Date: April 21, 2014 | Time: 12:30pm | Posted By: Back To Health Chiropractic


Chiropractic Visits During Pregnancy

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Is it safe?
There have been no known risk factors seen when women see a chiropractor in Vancouver while pregnant. All chiropractors are trained to work with a variety of types of patients, including those who are pregnant. If you have any concerns, ask your chiropractor for his or her experience in the subject. You may also ask to see their credentials as some have sought out more training in a specified filled. Abbreviations to look for are DACCP: Diplomat with ICPA reflecting highest level of advanced training, CACCP: Certified with the ICPA reflecting advanced training, Member of ICPA reflecting special interest, Webster Certified : trained to work specifically with pelvic balance in pregnancy. Offices that do have a number of patients who are pregnant will most often than not have a table specifically made for the pregnant body so that not to put too much unnecessary pressure on the abdomen and baby.
Benefits of seeing a chiropractor
Many women find that sometime during their pregnancy they begin to have back problems. From simple aches and pains to pinched nerves, there are endless amounts of problems that may arise due to the baby pushing on the spine and all the nerves. With seeing a chiropractor, you will be able to relieve more of the pain and perhaps tension and pressure on your back, control symptoms of nausea by helping to position baby in another area, reduce the time that labor and delivery takes and can also prevent a mother from having to have a cesarean delivery.
Help for Breech babies
Studies have shown that babies who are in a breech position after 37 weeks, have benefited from their mothers seeing a chiropractor. The reason being, adjustments help to realign and position the body, thus while pregnant, a chiropractor would help to readjust the pelvis and reduce the pressure which allows for the most desirable fetal positioning.
Chiropractic care is a great way to remain healthy and fit during pregnancy. It can have significant benefits for the child as well as the mother. Readjustments can make the baby more comfortable in the womb, which may result in a birth that is far less complicated.
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An Overview Of TMJ Disorders

Date: April 7, 2014 | Time: 10:31am | Posted By: Back To Health Chiropractic


An Overview Of TMJ Disorders


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What does TMJ stand for?
TMJ stands for "Temporomandibular Joint". The Area located anteriorly to your ear and medial to the opening of the ear canal. When you move your mouth to do things such as open and close it to chew, you can place your finger on the location stated above and feel a notch moving. That is where the joint is, connecting the lower jaw to the temporal bone of the skull.
What is the cause of TMD?
There are no definitive reasons that a Temporomandibular Disorder will occur, however, science shows that the muscles of the jaw and the other connecting parts of the joint itself are weakened. This could be caused from accidents such as injuries to the jaw, the temporomandibular joint itself, or the muscles of the head and neck such as a heavy blow to the head and neck or whiplash. If you have experienced anything like this, seek help from a professional as soon as you can.
Other possible causes that are less noticeable or thought of as hazardous to the jaw itself are:
Grinding or clenching of teeth as well as stress causing pressure to build up on the joint
Dislocation of the ball and socket joint through force
Arthritis or osteoarthritis due to the fact that your joints become inflamed and will then shy away from the proper location
Signs and symptoms
Pain or tenderness in the face, joint area, neck and shoulders
Pain in the ear or around it when chewing, speaking, or opening up your mouth too wide
Jaws that get "stuck" or "lock" in the open- or closed-mouth position
Unusual sounds in the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth which may be accompanied with pain
Unusual sounds when chewing, such as a popping noise
The feeling as though the upper and lower teeth are not fitting together properly, like your jaw is out of line. Most common if you have had a blow to the face like in high impact sports.
Swelling, especially near the joint on the side of the face near the ear
Other symptoms may include toothaches, headaches, neck aches, dizziness, earaches, hearing problems, upper shoulder pain and tinnitus which is the ringing you hear in your ears.
Prevention
Other than taking precautionary measures while playing high impact sports, there is not much you can do to prevent the disorder from happening. If you know that you grind your teeth, you may want to talk to your dentist about ways to control or limit the amount of grinding and pressure, something as small easy as wearing a mouth guard at night could be a quick fix.
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Coping with Stress

Date: March 10, 2014 | Time: 5:34pm | Posted By: Back To Health Chiropractic


Coping with Stress and Depression

Dealing with Stress and Depression
As the weather outside becomes gray and work becomes dauntingly slow, despite the holidays, we can have a tendency to become overwhelmed with seasonal depression or stress. But there are ways to cope with this that are much more simple than one might think. It starts by simply living a healthy lifestyle.
First of all, you need to understand that this is something everyone experiences at least once, if not many more times, in their life. Although you may feel hopeless and unfulfilled with things that used to bring you joy, there is hope! It is simply a condition and everyone has the means to overcome it and avoid it in the future. It is strongly advised for someone who is depressed to seek help from a professional. However, there are additional day-to-day things you can do to cope with or prevent it, which is what this post will focus on.
It is important to get daily exercise in order to get your blood pumping, improve your circulation, contribute to detoxification, provide an outlet for your frustrations, and release the body's natural feel-good chemicals.
Eating right is another way to keep your mind and body healthy. Indulging on fatty, over-processed, and sugar-filled foods will not only weigh you down, but cause fatigue and harmful chemicals to be released in your body. It is important to get a nutritional diet filled with nutrients and all parts of the food group. This includes lean meats, dairy, whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and plenty of water! Some of the most common nutrient deficiencies that have been connected to mood disorders are omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, B vitamins, zinc, folate, chromium, iron, iodine, and amino acids. It is also important to note that these nutrients are absorbed much better when they are provided by foods, rather than taking store-bought vitamins. Foods that contain these nutrients can easily be found online or through your doctor.
Meditation is another way that many people find relief from the stresses of everyday life. Take the time to relax, breathe in deeply, and focus on your own mind and body for a little bit each day. This will allow more oxygen to your brain and body as you breathe in deeply, which will also help to combat some of the physical pains that often come from stress, depression, and mood disorders.
Make sure you are getting at least eight hours of sleep each day, limiting alcohol consumption, getting natural sunlight, and taking some time each day to do something fun for yourself! In addition to exercising, laughing is another easy way to boost the levels of the natural feel-good chemicals in your body. When we're faced with a long and stressful to-do list on a daily basis, it can be easy to forget to do things for ourselves, but nonetheless, it is actually very important for your physical and mental health.
So if you're starting to feel down in the dumps lately, or more on-edge than usual, try incorporating these things into your daily life, it certainly won't hurt to try!
If your experiencing physical pain from stress, you should also consider visiting a chiropractor. We offer a variety of services that will surely relieve your pain and get you back on track with a healthy body. For chiropractic care in Vancouver, Washington, contact Back to Health Chiropractic for an appointment!
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Cold and Flu Guide

Date: March 10, 2014 | Time: 4:54pm | Posted By: Back To Health Chiropractic



Health Maintenance - Winter Cold and Flu Guide

Cold Season

Winter is here! And if it hasn't hit you already, be prepared; tis the season for the cold and flu.
Contrary to what many people think, however, the cold weather is not the reason for our increased susceptibility to some of these nasty viruses, but rather, the fact that winter often brings a bit of slacking when it comes to our health. If you're being extra conscious of your daily health routine, you may be more immune than some others. But for many, neglecting your health will result in a suppressed immune system, meaning increased vulnerability to the cold and flu.

Avoid Getting Sick By Strengthening Your Immune System

Some of the common causes for a suppressed immune system may be unhealthy eating, vitamin D deficiency, insufficient sleep and exercise, and high stress.
Some of the harmful foods we tend to overeat include sugar and grains. These foods should be eaten in moderation because they are highly detrimental to your immune system, which lies mostly in your gut. As always, it's important to eat a balanced, nutritional diet. Vitamin C, antioxidants, and probiotics are excellent things to look for in food, especially when you're trying to avoid a cold. And keep in mind that vitamins and nutrients are best absorbed through food, rather than pills.
Most importantly, wash your hands! Especially when you're around anyone who's sick.

What To Do When You Think You're Sick

Studies have been shown that vitamin D, otherwise known as the sunshine vitamin, can not only help you prevent a flu or cold, but also help get rid of it faster. If you aren't able to get regular access to the sun, you might want to consider enriching your diet with vitamin D3 supplements.
Zinc has also been proven to help, and should be taken at the first sign of a cold or flu, as well as the other nutrients mentioned above. If you're looking for a hot beverage that will contribute to the cause, try drinking some green tea.

What To Do When You Know You're Sick

It is best to try to avoid some of the over the counter medicines, if you're able to. Some of these medications can actually slow down your healing process by interfering with the body's natural way of combating the virus. For instance, a slight fever and fatigue occur naturally; it means your body is fighting off the cold, so interfering with that will only make it take longer. As long as your fever is not more than 102, you should let your immune system do its magic and simply rest as much as possible while getting all the nutrients you can and drinking plenty of water.
If you're temperature is above 102, and you're experiencing shortness of breath, uncontrollable cough, and/or pain around the eyes or ears, you should call your physician.

Overall, Be Healthy!

Your fate this cold and flu system really lies in your own hands. Get lots of sleep, drink lots of water, exercise, get some sun, eat healthy, and take some time to relax and laugh each day to maintain good mental health. And don't forget to wash your hands of course!
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Benefits of Body Weight Excercise

Date: March 10, 2014 | Time: 4:00pm | Posted By: Back To Health Chiropractic



The Benefits Of Body Weight Exercising


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Body weight exercising is a great way to stay in shape if you have no access to a gym or other exercise equipment. Even if you do have access to these things, body weight exercise may be a better choice for you. By using your own body weight as resistance, you get a number of benefits that other styles cannot compete with.

Convenience

Time is the great exercise killer. Many people who are too busy to go to a gym or dedicate themselves to an intense, equipment-filled workout may find that body weight training is a perfect fit. Not only can you exercise anywhere and any time, but the workouts are generally fifteen to thirty minutes long. This is because it is so easy to move from one exercise to the next. Body weight training is very versatile and eliminates the traditional two-hour workouts.

Tailored to Suit Your Needs

Another great benefit of body weight exercising is that your routine can be easily modified to fit your unique body type. If you cannot do regular push-ups, do wall push-ups, then slowly introduce greater resistance as you build up more strength. This works for every muscle group. Your body type is unique, and with body weight exercising, your workout routine can be unique as well.

Mix it Up

Regular weight training and cardio routines can get very boring over time. You end up doing the same exercises over and over again. With body weight training, there are many different exercises available for each muscle group, as well as different blocks that are designed to vary your set and rep counts. By mixing up the exercises and introducing a more varied approach, you keep your muscle groups from getting comfortable and keep your interest level high.

Combine Cardio and Strength

In between strength exercises, you can do cardio workouts like jumping jacks or burpees, which will keep your heart rate up and get you a full body workout that other methods cannot compare to. This is especially helpful if you don't have time to go for a run every day or climb on a Stairmaster for thirty minutes.

Affordable

With body weight exercising, you don't need to purchase an expensive gym membership. You won't need to spend large amounts of money on any equipment either. There may be a few minor pieces, such as a pull-up bar, that you will want to invest in, but the overall cost will be minuscule compared to other exercise programs and methods.

Low Injury Risk

One of the worst exercising experiences is being sidelined for months because of an injury. Since body weight resistance routines do not require heavy, awkward equipment, the risk for injury is minimal. Most exercises work with natural body movements that keep your muscles active and healthy.


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After An Accident

Date: March 10, 2014 | Time: 3:04pm | Posted By: Back To Health Chiropractic


After An Accident

Remodeling:

When you're in a motor vehicle accident, your head and body are violently thrown. This causes ripping and tearing of your muscles, tendons and ligaments. The body naturally heals on its own. The body will send out cells that produce collagen fibers. If left to heal naturally without care, the collagen fibers will randomly place themselves and produce tight scar-like tissues. Here it Back to Health Chiropractic we use the most advanced chiropractic and massage treatment to help remodel the collagen tissues back to their elastic nature. By manipulating the small intricate muscles, tendons and ligaments, they return back to the normal resiliency they were prior to the accident. Chiropractic adjustments, if done correctly, have proven to be the most effective treatment to remodel the damaged tissue back to its normal elasticity. The chiropractic adjustments are capable stretching these fibers to their normal para-physical limit. No other therapy has been proven capable. This is the key to proper healing of the intricate tissues that surround the spine. In conjunction with chiropractic adjustments, we use massage therapy to help rehabilitate the larger tissue damage in the larger muscles, tendons and ligaments. By using both chiropractic and massage therapy we help the body heal and remodel as near to pre-accident status as possible.

Degeneration:

If the body does not receive proper care, these tight scar fibers will cause the joints in your spine to wear down faster than normal. This wearing and tearing is called degenerative arthritis. If left untreated, the arthritis produces degenerative spurs. The arthritis will also degenerate the discs in the spine. The discs play an important role in the spine. They act like little shock absorbers in your spine. As you walk, jump and run they cushion the vertebrae. As degenerative arthritis is produced in the body, your body's range of motion decreases. It is important to realize that life is motion. The degeneration of the vertebrae and discs can cause your vertebrae to fuse together if left untreated for a prolonged period of time. If the vertebrae become fused together there is no motion. It is important to your health that you receive the proper care to prevent this degeneration from taking place.

Posture:

The body's posture is drastically changed due to ripping and tearing of the muscles, tendons and ligaments. Your posture is extremely important to your health... at Back to Health Chiropractic, we use many in office and home therapies to help restore your posture to its original or better than original state.

Reinnervation:

The ripping and tearing of the muscle, tendons and ligaments also causes another problem, reinnervation... If left untreated the body will produce new nerve endings in the damaged area. This is called reinnervation. This causes your pain threshold to decrease. The lower pain threshold means that it takes less stimuli to produce pain. This is the cause of chronic pain. It is ever so important to repair these tissues as quick as possible to prevent reinnervation from taking place.

Nerve Pressure:

The ripping and tearing of the spinal tissues also cause pressure on the nerves coming from the spinal cord out through the vertebrae. This abnormal pressure can cause many problems. First and most prominent is pain. The other important factor is if this pressure is great enough, it can affect different organs in the body. If the nerves have pressure on them, they don't communicate as well to the organs of your body. This lack of communication can have detrimental effects on your health. Here at back to health chiropractic, we use the latest techniques and adjustments to eliminate this nerve pressure to allow your body to be in the best health possible.

New Tissue:

The first 45 days after an accident are when most of the scar tissue is formed. This is a golden period to help the remodeling of the tissue. Though the tissues can be remodeled after this period, it is best to treat them as quick as possible. The sooner you get chiropractic and massage therapy treatment, the better the results will be.
Most Auto insurances pay 100%. You do not need a M.D. referral to a chiropractor to use your auto insurance.
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Injury Recovery

Date: March 10, 2014 | Time: 12:13pm | Posted By: Back To Health Chiropractic



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Injury Recovery Methods at Back to Health Chiropractic


People who live an active lifestyle are more likely to suffer injuries, and those injuries can be frustrating to go through. If you have sustained an injury, be it from work, sports, or accident, you will want to utilize recovery methods that can get you back to one hundred percent as soon as possible. With Back to Health Chiropractic, your wellbeing and comfort are the top priority, and we will put you on a path to recovery that works best with your unique situation. The professionals on our staff know how to diagnose and properly treat many different injuries, and we can help you heal and recover from injuries you never thought possible. There are several different methods to use when recovering from injury.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is primarily focused on relieving you of your pain and suffering and getting you back to performing your daily activities in comfort. As you recover, physical therapy treatments evolve to build on the functions you have and slowly introduce more resistance to the injured areas. Under the direct supervision of a trained physical therapist, it is usually possible to make a full recovery. Physical therapy can even shorten your recovery time, as exercising your injured joints, ligaments, or tendons will prevent them from becoming stiff and help them gain strength faster.

Massage Therapy

Massages can contribute a lot to the recovery process. Not only will a massage enhance relaxation and muscle function, but it can also help with the mental aspect of recovery. Massages are known to help with sleeping and strengthening your immune system, which can go a long way in helping you fully recover. If your joints are sore after a physical therapy session or are aching from an old injury, a massage can restore functionality and help you go about your daily activities in far less pain. Our specialists at Back to Health Chiropractic are trained in all aspects of massage, meaning you will leave feeling refreshed and in less pain than when you came in.

Exercise

A personalized exercise program is essential to recovering from sports-related injuries. Rather than let your joints and ligaments get stiff, which will prolong your recovery time, it is best to slowly ease into exercising. This will shorten your recovery time and work to strengthen your body. Remaining as active as possible is always better for your recovery time, and our specialists at Back to Health Chiropractic can help you form an exercise program that will work best for you.
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Natural Ways To Treat Arthritis Pain

Date: March 5, 2014 | Time: 1:11pm | Posted By: Back To Health Chiropractic



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Natural Ways To Treat Arthritis Pain


Arthritis pain is a condition featuring inflammation in the joints that causes stiffness and pain. It typically gets worse with age, as the joints suffer more wear and tear and aging factors. While the condition is typically treated with anti-inflammation medications, there are several techniques you can use at home that may provide relief.

Weight Loss

Reducing the strain on your joints can go a long way to relieving your pain. Losing weight can contribute a lot to the amount of pressure your joints are exposed to on a daily basis. Extra weight makes it more difficult for your knees, hips, and feet. By losing the weight, you can also prevent future damage from occurring.

Exercise More Often

Regular movement helps your joints maintain flexibility and motion. However, there are varying degrees of exercise, and some forms, like running, can actually do further damage. Stick to low-stress exercises like swimming to reduce the strain on your joints and keep the flexibility intact.

Heating and Cooling Methods

Warm showers or baths in the morning can help with the stiffness in your joints, thus relieving a little pain every day. An electric blanket or heating pad at night can keep your joints loose throughout the evening hours and provide relief as well. If your joints are causing you bad pain, an ice pack or bag of frozen vegetables can do a lot to help you.

Meditation

Meditation and relaxation techniques can actually be very beneficial to your overall health. By reducing your stress and increasing your relaxation, you can better cope with arthritis pain. Those who suffer from other conditions on top of arthritis, like depression or bipolar disorder, are even more likely to experience benefits from regular meditation and relaxation techniques.

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is excellent for joint and muscle pain, and can be a huge benefit for those who suffer from arthritis. Massages can take stress from the joints and loosen them up, while also improving your range of motion. Many massage therapists are trained for working with arthritis patients, and will work directly with you to improve your condition.
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The Benefits Of Massage Therapy

Date: March 4, 2014 | Time: 3:10pm | Posted By: Back To Health Chiropractic



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The Benefits Of Massage Therapy


Massage therapy, once relegated to spas and resorts, has become a main component of the alternative medicine movement. There is good reason for this, as massage therapy offers a number of benefits that can improve your overall health dramatically. Whether you are an athlete preparing for or recovering from the strenuous daily workouts, or worker who wants some relief from the stresses of an average day, massage therapy can help you and your body feel refreshed and rejuvenated.

It Relieves Stress

Stress can come in many different forms and have weird effects on people. Many illnesses and muscle pains are linked to stress, and its presence is only growing in the fast-paced world around us. Massage therapy cannot completely eliminate stress, for obvious reasons, but it can help manage it. A relaxing massage can lead to lower anxiety, better sleep, and more energy, all of which can help you manage your stress and keep your attitude positive as you go about your day.

It Helps With Muscle Pain

Muscle pain affects everyone as some point, whether it be from lifting heavy machinery all day or from sitting at a desk for too long. Massage therapy relieves tension in these muscles and helps them to relax, which means less pain for you. With less pain, your range of motion increases, letting you perform more actions and perform them at a higher level than before. This is especially beneficial for athletes, as their bodies take a lot of strain from daily activity. If you are experiencing muscle pain, give massage therapy a try. It can help with your pain and give your muscles the relief they are craving.

Injury Recovery

If you have recently been injured, massage therapy can be a very helpful part of your recovery process. Car accidents or sports injuries can be detrimental to your body's overall health, and massage therapy can contribute to you getting back where you want to be.
If you feel like your life has become too stressful, or your muscle pain has become unbearable, make an appointment with a massage therapist and try it out for yourself. You can relieve your stress, help your muscles recover, and increase your overall health. With frequent visits, you may find that there are even more benefits you would not have known of otherwise.
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