Managing your stress with chiropractic care Tips To Manage Your Stress

The fact is, stress is real. It’s something you can actually track and measure. Science shows that higher stress levels can lead to a variety of health problems. The good news is your stress can be managed.

Stress management starts with identifying the sources of stress in your life. This isn’t as easy as it sounds. Your true sources of stress aren’t always obvious, and it’s all too easy to overlook your own stress-inducing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Sure, you may know that you’re constantly worried about work deadlines. But maybe it’s your procrastination, rather than the actual job demands, that leads to deadline stress.

If your methods of coping with stress aren’t contributing to your greater emotional and physical health, it’s time to find healthier ones. There are many healthy ways to manage and cope with stress, but they all require change. You can either change the situation or change your reaction. When deciding which option to choose, it’s helpful to think of the four A’s: avoid, alter, adapt, or accept.

Learn how to say “no”
Know your limits and stick to them. Whether in your personal or professional life, refuse to accept added responsibilities when you’re close to reaching the goal. Taking on more than you can handle is a surefire recipe for stress.

Avoid people who stress you out
If someone consistently causes stress in your life and you can’t turn the relationship around, limit the amount of time you spend with that person or end the relationship entirely.

Take control of your environment
If the evening news makes you anxious, turn the TV off. If traffic’s got you tense, take a longer but less-traveled route. If going to the market is an unpleasant chore, do your grocery shopping online.

Avoid hot-button topics

If you get upset over religion or politics, cross them off your conversation list. If you repeatedly argue about the same subject with the same people, stop bringing it up or excuse yourself when it’s the topic of discussion.

Pare down your to-do list

Analyze your schedule, responsibilities, and daily tasks. If you’ve got too much on your plate, distinguish between the “shoulds” and the “musts.” Drop tasks that aren’t truly necessary to the bottom of the list or eliminate them entirely.

Take time for yourself
It doesn’t have to be hours every day; even something simple can do the trick. A bubble bath before bed. Reading a chapter in a book when you get home from work. A great massage once a month. And your regular trip to the chiropractor to help keep your body in top shape.

You can take control of your stress – are you ready?

Want to improve your soccer game? Give chiropractic care a try. The benefits of chiropractic care for treating bone and muscle injuries, and improving the performance of professional athletes is becoming well known. Soccer players are especially poised to reap the benefits of a chiropractic alignment or therapy because of the physical nature and demands of the sport. There are several ways that chiropractic care benefits soccer players.

Chiropractic Care and Soccer How Chiropractic Care Can Help Your Soccer Game

Integrated Approach
Chiropractors consider the holistic relationship between all of the body systems. Likewise, soccer players rely on the strength of their bones and muscles, the endurance of their respiratory system, the speed of their reflexes and the efficiency of their cardiovascular system to keep them in top shape during a game. Chiropractic care addresses all of the areas required for top soccer players through an integrated approach to medicine that recognizes the connection of the body systems.

Treating Injuries
Injuries in soccer are common; stress injuries in particular are everyday affairs on the soccer field. When a player relies on pain killers to treat pain, he runs the risk of exacerbating the injury because he is only addressing the symptoms rather than the injury itself. Chiropractic treatments provide pain management as well as treatment for the injury itself. Chiropractic care for soccer players provides relief as well as recovery from injuries.

Improving Reflexes
Though much of chiropractic care focuses on joints and muscles, some research has shown that chiropractic medicine also have benefits in the nervous system. The nervous system interacts with the musculoskeletal system during the reflex actions required to guard a goal and measure a kick. Proper alignment promotes the flow of nerve messages and oxygenated blood throughout the body.

Lower Body Focus
Most soccer injuries occur in the lower half of the body including the knees, ankles and shins. Chiropractic medicine is especially effective in treating these problem areas for soccer players. Lower body alignments and massage are simple and routine procedures than can be tailored to a soccer player’s specific injuries or ailments.

Musculoskeletal Maintenance
Even without injuries, soccer players who receive regular chiropractic alignments report fewer injuries and pain as well as more comfort during playing time. The more comfortable a player feels, the better his performance during a game.

[Received a sports injury this summer? Ready to take your soccer game to the next level? Maybe its time you tried Watts Chiropractic. Helping kids and adults take their soccer game to the next level with chiropractic care.]

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iStock 000006992887XSmall Tips To Help With Back Pain Treatment

Pain in the lower back is a common concern for nearly 90% of the American population and will occur at some point in their lifetime.  This is not a specific disorder rather, it is often a symptom of a variety of causes such as: overexertion, injuries to muscles and bones, tumors, falls, improper lifting, ill-fitting shoes and a poor back support mattresses just to name a few.

The causes can be as varied as the treatments subscribed to affect relief.  Simple, over the counter types of aspirin, analgesic muscle rubs, soaking in a tepid bath with Epsom Salts are the most common forms of relief and are appropriate for short-term back pain.  Persistent lower back pain can be harder to diagnose and sometimes even more difficult to deliver relief.  The majority of physicians will at first subscribe mild to moderate pharmaceutical medications and muscle relaxants then monitor the patient’s progress.  However, when these don’t work, more than half begin to look elsewhere, and look towards chiropractic care.

If your spine is mis-aligned or you have soft tissue damage that is causing pain, there is no pharmaceutical that can fix it.  Chiropractors provide physical solutions to help the body heal from many conditions that are physical in origin.  Spinal manipulation can be quite beneficial during the first signs of lower back pain.  If the spine is in its proper alignment, muscles and nerves resort to their natural path in conjunction with the body.  The objective of chiropractic adjustment reduces pressure on the spine, which results in increased range of motion. It reduces nerve irritability and muscle spasms, which results in reduced pain and improved mobility.

Chiropractors are licensed and recognized health care providers with training and standards as rigorous as any medical student.  They are subjected to the same testing procedures and monitoring by state and national peer-review boards.  Medicare, Medicaid and Workers’ Compensation programs all cover chiropractic care.  And study after study shows the superiority of chiropractic in helping patients with a host of conditions. And the best benefit of all is that it is a non addictive form of pain relief.

The next time you incur mild to moderate lower back pain, consider making an appointment with your local chiropractor first and experience for yourself the non-pharmaceutical benefits of spinal manipulation.

The pharmaceutical drug industry is the most profitable business on the planet.  In fact, it is an industry so profitable, they are able to spend $16 Billion (Billion with a B) on advertising each year.

How Safe Are Our Prescription Drugs How Safe Are Our Prescription DrugsYes, there are times when the drugs that they produce save lives.  I am not disputing that.  However, most of the drugs they produce and market have nothing to do with saving lives; they are symptom cover ups and quick fixes for things that healthy living and a positive attitude would correct.  It’s a branch of legal drug trade that I have a problem with.  We now have 1 in 6 adults in this country on Prozac or a similar “lifestyle” drugs, we have nearly 8 million children on Ritalin, we have antibiotics that are over prescribed by at least 50%, and the list goes on and on.

Let’s face it; we have a massive drug problem.  In 1998 the U.S. spent $93 Billion on prescription drugs, and in the same year, spent $96 Billion to treat the side effects of those drugs.  Not to mention the real kicker:  prescription drugs properly prescribed and taken KILL 106,000 Americans each year, and that’s only in hospitals and does not take into account nursing homes, people taking drugs at home or any drugs that are taken or given improperly.

You may ask why I encourage patients to stay drug-free or why I push you to refer friends and family to our office for what chiropractic has to offer – well – look at the alternative!

The scariest part of it all is that while you are reading this article the legal drug trade has marketing executives in fancy suits, in fancy board rooms figuring out ways to get more drugs into you, your friends and your family.  To make it even worse, some of those executives are there just to figure out how to get more drugs to our children.

In the words of the band, the Temptations, “I ain’t too proud to beg!”  I beg you to tell people you care about to try chiropractic, to come find out what chiropractic has to offer.  If we can merely keep someone you love from taking unnecessary medication we may literally save their life!  We may keep them from becoming one of the 106,000 Americans that lose their lives to the most profitable business on the planet:  The legal drug trade.

Many asthma sufferers seek asthma help through a range of treatments. From emergency inhalers to vaporizer treatments, allergy shots to daily oral medication, people with asthma are willing to go to great lengths to control their asthma symptoms. In addition to primary care doctors and allergy specialists, chiropractors may also be able to offer asthma help to those with the chronic breathing condition. chiropractic and asthma How Your Chiropractor Can Help With Your Asthma

It seems a bit counterintuitive to visit a chiropractor, whose specialty is in bones and muscles, for asthma help, but chiropractors also specialize in restricted blood and nerve pathways. Spinal realignments are intended to properly align the vertebra to reduce constricted blood vessels and nerves. Blood vessels and nerves that are impaired reduce the effectiveness of several body systems because of the reduced capacity to transmit oxygenates blood or signals from the brain.

Several research studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of chiropractic treatments for asthma control. Dr. Ray Hayek of Iowa conducted a study in which over four hundred asthma sufferers were given a range of manual therapy treatments for symptom management. He found that the patient group that received spiral alignments showed the most improvement in symptoms, suggesting that chiropractors can be utilized for asthma treatment.

The precise reasoning behind the promising results are not entirely clear, but many experts believe that spinal alignments improve overall immune system function and therefore reduce the likelihood of asthma attacks. Though the fact remains that asthma has no cure, research suggests that the benefits of chiropractic medicine extends beyond what had been previously believed. Chiropractics are no longer relegated to the world of bone and muscle treatment; with one more treatment plan in the queue, asthma patients may just breathe a little easier.