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Tip of the Week, July 20, 2015

NSAIDs Increase Risk of Stroke, Heart Attack
 

If you are reaching for ibuprofen or naproxen for back pain, be warned: the FDA is strengthening the warning that use of NSAID pain relievers increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, even for healthy adults. Chiropractic offers back pain relief without drugs or surgery.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic for back pain.


Tip of the Week, May 25, 2015

Sleeping Posture Is Important, Too
 

Even the way you sleep can affect your posture. Follow these tips:

  • Don't sleep on your stomach
  • If you sleep on your back, use a pillow under the knees
  • If you sleep on your side, use a pillow between the legs

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic if your sleeping posture is causing you back pain.


Tip of the Week, May 18, 2015

Keep Your Head Up
 

Widespread use of smart phones and tablets can lead to neck and head aches. Don't get tech neck! Bring the device up to eye level instead of looking down at it and use your eyes to look down, not your neck.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic if you have symptoms of tech neck.


Tip of the Week, May 4, 2015

May Is Correct Posture Month!
 

Good standing, sitting and sleeping posture is critical for spine health. Check out tips for improving posture on our site.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic to have your posture checked.


Tip of the Week, April 27, 2015

Warm Up Before Yard Work
 

Like any other exercise, you should warm up before you start working on your yard with some gentle stretches. When raking, remember to switch which side you're raking on from time to time to avoid repetitive strain.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic with more tips for preventing injuries from yard work


Tip of the Week, March 9, 2015

Stick Out Your Neck for Your Chiropractor
 

Up to 70 percent of people suffer from neck pain, which often leads to surgery. Chiropractic offers a less invasive, effective and drug-free approach to treating neck pain, according to the Neck Pain Task Force of the Bone and Joint Decade of the World Health Organization. Click here to read more. 

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic to help with your neck pain.


Tip of the Week, February 23, 2015

Chiropractic Effective for Back Pain, Neck Pain, Migraine and More
 

Harvard University's Health Publications has published that, "A recent review concluded that chiropractic spinal manipulation may be helpful for back pain, migraine, neck pain, and whiplash." The article also explains chiropractic may also be used to treat carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, headaches and other musculoskeletal issues. Click here for the full article.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic.


Tip of the Week, February 16, 2015

Treat Arthritis Flare Ups with Chiropractic
 

If the cold, wet winter is causing an arthritis flare up, reach for the phone instead of a bottle of pills and call a chiropractor. Doctors of chiropractic can relieve the pain of arthritis without the use of drugs, many of which may have serious side effects.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic.


Tip of the Week, February 9, 2015

What Do the Pats and the Seahawks Have in Common?
 

Both teams in last night's big game have a doctor of chiropractic on staff to help players perform at their peak. In fact, every pro football team in the NFL has a team chiropractor! Doctors of chiropractic keep athletes' bodies in alignment to assure they are at their best during the big game.

Click here to add a Georgia doctor of chiropractic to your team!


Tip of the Week, January 19, 2015

See a Chiropractor Before a Surgeon

 

The Centers for Disease Control estimate that 80 percent of people will experience back pain at some point in their lives, and a study of workers with back pain in Washington state found those who saw a chiropractor first were less likely to have to undergo back surgery.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic near you who can provide natural back pain relief.


Tip of the Week, January 12, 2015

Help Prevent Colds and Flu Naturally with a Cuppa

 

A Harvard University research study found people who drank five cups of black tea per day for two weeks produced more interferon, which helps prevent colds and the flu. 

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic near you who can provide more natural cold and flu prevention tips.


Tip of the Week, December 1, 2014

The Joint Commission Adding Chiropractic to Pain Management

 

The Joint Commission will revise the pain management standard in January to encourage patients and doctors to discuss nonpharmacological approaches to pain management, including chiropractic, in addition to pharmacological approaches. Click here to find out more.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic near you.


Tip of the Week, September 22, 2014

Chiropractic and Sciatica

 

Sciatica is characterized by leg pain radiating from the lower back due to a pinched sciatic nerve. Doctors of chiropractic can determine what is pinching the nerve and correct it, giving sufferers relief without drugs or surgery.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic near you.


Tip of the Week, September 15, 2014

Backpacks May Cause Back Strain in Kids

 

More children are heading to the chiropractor with back and neck pain due to improperly using backpacks and/or backpacks that are too heavy. Backpacks should not weigh more than five to ten percent of the child's body weight, and should be worn over both shoulders, with straps adjusted properly. Click here for more backpack safety tips.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic near you.


Tip of the Week, September 8, 2014

Workers Who Visit Chiropractor First Less Likely to Undergo Surgery

 

Workers with back injuries who visit a surgeon about the injury are far more likely to undergo surgery than those who visit a doctor of chiropractic first. Try conservative care first and reduce the likelihood of surgery for back injuries.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic near you.


Tip of the Week, August  25, 2014

Treat the Source of Back Pain with Chiropractic

 

While pain medication and NSAIDS can relieve back pain, they do not fix the problem. A doctor of chiropractic can treat AND relieve the source of the pain without drugs or surgery.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic near you.


Tip of the Week, August 11, 2014

Chiropractic Is Least Risky Treatment for Neck Pain and Headaches

 

Using chiropractic to treat neck pain and headaches is less risky to patients than even taking aspirin.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic near you.


Tip of the Week, August 4, 2014

Try Conservative Chiropractic Care First

 

Using chiropractic care can help patients avoid becoming reliant on painkillers and may reduce the need for invasive surgery.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic near you.


Tip of the Week, July 28, 2014

Chiropractic for Wellness

 

Chiropractic is not just for back pain. It can improve nervous system function, give patients a stronger immune system and lead to better sleep.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic near you.


Tip of the Week, July 21, 2014

Chiropractic Saves Time, Money

 

The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress cites a new study that shows the earlier a patient seeks chiropractic care for work-related back problems, the more money will be saved in medical costs and lost work time. Click here for more information.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic near you.


Tip of the Week, July 14, 2014

Chiropractic Is for Kids, Too!

 

Did you know chiropractic can help alleviate ear aches, bed wetting and colic in babies and children? Talk to your chiropractor about whether chiropractic is right for your child.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic near you.


Tip of the Week, July 7, 2014

Had a Crash? See Your Chiropractor!

 

Doctors of chiropractic are uniquely qualified to treat musculoskeletal injuries that occur as a result of a car crash without drugs or surgery.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic near you.


Tip of the Week, June 30, 2014

Gluten: Bad for All Guts

 

Gluten, which causes celiac disease in some people, causes inflammation in everyone. An inflamed gut can lead to leaky gut syndrome, which causes a myriad of gastrointestinal and psychological issues. To reduce gluten in the diet, click here to see what foods, besides cereals, breads and pastas, can contain gluten.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can advise you on other healthy eating habits.


Tip of the Week, June 23, 2014

Cook Your Way to a Healthier Heart

 

The Million Hearts initiative announced the launch of a new Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Resource Center, developed in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Eating-Well magazine. The resource center features lower-sodium, heart-healthy recipes and family-friendly meal plans, with an emphasis on  managing sodium intake, a major contributor to high blood pressure and heart disease. Click here to browse some delicious recipes.

 

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can advise you on other healthy eating habits.


Tip of the Week, June 16, 2014

Regular Adjustments Are Good For The Whole Body

 

Chiropractic specializes in the art of adjusting your spine to normalize neuromusculskeletal function and promotes proper balance, coordination, flexibility and spinal range of motion. Regular spinal adjustments maintain and restore proper function, which optimizes the body’s range of movement and flexibility.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic.


Tip of the Week, June 9, 2014

Chiropractic Perfect Fit for Athletes

 

Not only does chiropractic help keep athletes in top physical condition, which can prevent injuries, it also helps get athletes back on their feet after an injury, without drugs or surgery.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic.


Tip of the Week, June 2, 2014

Fight Inflammation with Diet

 

Chronic inflammation as a result of stress, poor diet and lack of exercise can cause cancer and heart disease. Eating a healthy diet, with anti-inflammatory foods, can help prevent inflammation. Click here for a good diet to follow.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can counsel you on other ways to avoid inflammation.


Tip of the Week, May 19, 2014

Bed Rest Not Always the Answer for Back Pain

 

When back pain strikes, many patients think bed rest will help, but studies have found those suffering from back pain who limit physical activity feel more pain than those who don't. Seeing a chiropractor at the onset of back pain can help alleviate it. A chiropractor can also recommend exercises to help with pain and prevent recurrence.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic.


Tip of the Week, May 12, 2014

Back Pain Is Leading Cause of Disability

 

Low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the Global Burden of Disease 2010, and is one of the most common reasons for missed work. Back pain is also the second most common reason for visits to the doctor. Heal back pain, instead of masking it with drugs, with chiropractic.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can provide relief and healing for back pain.


Tip of the Week, May 5, 2014

Natural Black Seed Shows Promise in Fighting, Preventing Disease

 

From type 2 diabetes, to high blood pressure to cancer, all natural black seed has shown promise in helping to fight a variety of diseases and conditions. The seed's anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties make it an alternative to harsher pharmaceutical pills. Read more about the benefits of black seed here.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can provide information on natural supplements to promote good health.


Tip of the Week, April 21, 2014

Straighten Up to Avoid Muscle Pain

 

Proper posture can prevent muscle and joint pain and help prevent injuries. For proper standing posture, the American Chiropractic Association recommends:

Bear your weight primarily on the balls of your feet.
• Keep your knees slightly bent.
• Keep your feet about shoulder-width apart.
• Let your arms hang naturally down the sides of the body.
• Stand straight and tall with your shoulders pulled backward.
• Tuck your stomach in.
• Keep your head level-your earlobes should be in line with your shoulders. Do not push your head forward, backward, or to the side.
• Shift your weight from your toes to your heels, or one foot to thFor more good posture tips,

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can give you more tips on posture.


Tip of the Week, April 14, 2014

Chiropractic May Help Ease Colic

 

Recent studies in Europe have found that spinal manipulation reduced crying in colicky infants. Read more here.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can help alleviate the effects of colic.


Tip of the Week, April 7, 2014

Pollen Affecting You? Try Chiropractic!

 

Chiropractic can improve overall health by correcting subluxations which can stress the nervous system. When subluxations are removed, the immune system can function more effectively, helping allergy sufferers more effectively fight allergens.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can help alleviate the effects of spring pollen.


Tip of the Week, March 31, 2014

Chronic Back Pain Affects Multiple Areas of Life

 

A recent survey by Spine Universe finds that 55 percent of people with back pain feel they have lost a job due to their pain, while 53 percent of respondents report suffering from depression because of their back pain.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can alleviate back pain without drugs or surgery.


Tip of the Week, March 24, 2014

Gardening Doesn't Have to Be a Pain

 

As the weather warms and you work in your yard, remember a few things to prevent back pain. Before doing any gardening, stretch out the muscles you'll be using. While working, switch which side of the body you're using frequently. For example, if you begin raking from the right side, switch to the left side half way through.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can give you more tips about preventing aches and pains associated with yard work.


Tip of the Week, March 17, 2014

Too Much Irish Jigging? Call a Chiropractor!

 

If your back is aching after celebrating St. Patrick's Day with a bit of Irish dancing, see your chiropractor, who can straighten out any kinks.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic.


Tip of the Week, March 10, 2014

Get Active to Prevent Strokes

 

People who are inactive have a 20 percent higher risk for having a stroke or mini-stroke than people who exercise enough to break a sweat at least four times a week. 

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can provide exercise tips for all ability levels.


Tip of the Week, March 3, 2014

Herbal Relief for Sciatica

 

In addition to regular chiropractic care, several herbs can help ease the pain of sciatica, including turmeric, Jamaican dogwood, kratom and arnica with DMSO. Read more here.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can provide relief for sciatica.


Tip of the Week, February 24, 2014

Lifestyle a Bigger Culprit in Type 2 Diabetes

 

A study by the Harvard School of Public Health suggests lifestyle plays a bigger role than genetics in determining who will contract Type 2 Diabetes. Lifting weights and aerobic activity can reduce the risk, as well as cutting out smoking and alcohol consumption. A healthy diet low in sugar can also prevent the disease.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can provide more advice for avoiding Type 2 diabetes.


Tip of the Week, February 17, 2014

Tip of the Week, February 17, 2014

Try Chiropractic for Arthritis Pain

 

While most treatments for arthritis pain include over the counter and prescription drugs, those who wish to manage arthritis without drugs can turn to chiropractic care, which can relieve joint pain and swelling and improve range of motion.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can help effectively manage arthritis symptoms without drugs.


Tip of the Week, February 10, 2014

Make Your Heart Healthy for Valentine's Day

 

The American Heart Association has seven lifestyle tips to make sure your heart is healthy:

  1. don’t smoke;
  2. maintain a healthy weight;
  3. engage in regular physical activity;
  4. eat a healthy diet;
  5. manage blood pressure;
  6. take charge of cholesterol; and
  7. keep blood sugar, or glucose, at healthy levels.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can recommend healthy eating and exercise tips for a healthy heart.


Tip of the Week, January 27, 2014

Prevent Osteoporosis

 

Osteoporosis makes bones less resistant to stress and more likely to fracture. Caused by hormonal changes, calcium and vitamin D deficiencies, and a decrease in physical activity, osteoporosis is a chief cause of fractures in older adults, especially women.

 

To help limit the effects of osteoporosis, be sure to eat or drink sufficient calcium. Calcium-rich foods include milk, yogurt, cheese, fish and shellfish, broccoli, soybeans, collards and turnip greens, tofu and almonds. In addition, consume sufficient amounts of vitamin D to enhance the absorption of calcium into the bloodstream. Vitamin D is formed naturally in the body after exposure to sunlight, but older adults may need a supplement.

 

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can recommend other strategies for combatting osteoporosis.


Tip of the Week, January 20, 2014

Pregnancy-Related Back Pain? Manage It with Chiropractic Care

 

Studies have found that about half of all expectant mothers will develop low-back pain at some point during their pregnancies. This is especially true during late pregnancy, when the baby's head presses down on a woman's back, legs, and buttocks, irritating her sciatic nerve. And for those who already suffer from low-back pain, the problem can become even worse. Chiropractic care is a safe, drugless approach to managing this pain for pregnant women.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can relieve pregnancy-related back pain.


Tip of the Week, January 13, 2014

Chiropractic Is Less Risky for Neck Pain

 

Neck pain can be effectively managed without risky prescription pain killers or surgery with chiropractic care.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can relieve neck pain..


Tip of the Week, January 6, 2014

Stay Warm!

 

During this unusual cold snap, make sure to stay warm while exercising outdoors. Wear several thin layers, a hat and a scarf, and make sure to rehydrate regularly.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can counsel you on proper nutrition and exercise.


Tip of the Week, December 16, 2013

Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

 

As temperatures plummet and holiday goodies make an entrance, maintaining a healthy body weight can be tough. Try some indoor exercise like dancing or yoga to keep in shape over the holidays and try to resist eating too many Christmas cookies!

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can counsel you on proper nutrition and exercise.


Tip of the Week, December 2, 2013

Think Chiropractic for Colic

 

If your infant suffers from colic, consider chiropractic. Research finds chiropractic care improved symptoms in 94 percent of cases.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic.


Tip of the Week, November 25, 2013

Have a Happy "Thin"ksgiving

 

You don't have to blow your diet during Thanksgiving. Choosing white meat turkey, plain vegetables and smaller portions of higher calorie foods can keep you on track. Skip the seconds and take a walk after dinner to keep your calorie intake balanced.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can provide nutritional information.


Tip of the Week, November 18, 2013

High Blood Pressure? Try Chiropractic

 

A study shows that  the adjustment of the atlas vertebra at the top of the spine can reduce high blood pressure significantly. Click here to read more.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic.


Tip of the Week, November 4, 2013

Frequent Stretching Is Good for Joints

 

If your body feels stiff when you stand up after working at the computer, you have been sitting too long. According to the American Chiropractic Association, Spending hours working at a computer helps keep the finger joints in good shape (for those who use all 10 fingers to type), but it can be hard on all of the other joints in the body—especially those joints that make up the spine. The body was designed to move. Experts tell us that we should optimally get up and stretch at least every 20 minutes.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can provide additional information about keeping joints healthy.


Tip of the Week, October 28, 2013

Anti-Inflammatory Diet Contributes to Good Health

 

Chronic inflammation from a sedentary lifestyle can damage blood vessels and has been linked to stroke, diabetes, lupus and Parkinson's. In addition to exercising, eating an anti-inflammatory diet can lead to better health. Here are some tips from the American Chiropractic Association:
 
  • Avoid white sugar and white flour.
  • Include carbohydrates, fat, and protein at each meal.
  • Read labels in the grocery store—avoid anything that is “hydrogenated” or even “partially hydrogenated.”
  • Keep saturated fats found in butter, cream, high-fat cheeses, cottage cheese, yogurt, unskinned chicken, and fatty meats to a bare minimum.
  • Extra-virgin olive oil should be your main cooking oil.
  • Small amounts of avocados and nuts are good—especially walnuts, cashews, almonds, and nut butters.
  • Decrease consumption of animal protein except for fish and moderate quantities of high-quality low-fat natural cheeses and yogurt.
  • Experiment with vegetable protein, especially from beans.
  • Remember your fiber. Fruits (especially berries), vegetables (especially beans), and whole grains are rich in fiber.
  • Fruits and vegetables should reflect all colors of the rainbow—and should especially include berries, tomatoes, orange and yellow fruits, and dark leafy greens. Together with mushrooms, these provide a healthy dose of your daily required phytonutrients.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can provide additional nutrition information.


Tip of the Week, October 14, 2013

Protect Your Joints

 

Most joints in the body are lined with cartilage—a firm but pliable tissue that covers the surfaces of the bones that make up the joint. Cartilage within a joint is nourished by synovial fluid, which is “forced” into the joint cartilage through a process called imbibition. The pressure within the joint
that provides nourishment to
the cartilage occurs only when the joint moves. Moving joints such as knees, shoulders, ankles and spine through their complete range of motion is important toe "feed" the joint and prevent injury.

 

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can suggest exercises to keep your joints healthy.


Tip of the Week, October 7, 2013

Food as Medicine?

 

While antibiotics are often prescribed by medical doctors, you can keep yourself healthy by consuming foods with antibiotic properties, including raw garlic and lemon juice. Read more here.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can tell you about other foods to keep you healthy during cold and flu season.


Tip of the Week, September 30, 2013

Need An Energy Boost?

 

Instead of reaching for a sugary, caffeinated soda, try some natural energy boosters, such as cinnamon, ginseng, goji berries or coconut milk.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can give you sound nutritional information to keep your body running at its peak.


Tip of the Week, September 23, 2013

Natural Cold & Flu Prevention

 

While many people choose to be vaccinated for the flu, another way to ward off the flu and colds is to make sure your immune system is healthy. Getting an adequate amount of sleep, proper nutrition and chiropractic adjustments can help ensure you remain healthy.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can give you advice about keeping your immune system healthy.


Tip of the Week, September 16, 2013

Chiropractic Is for Kids, Too

 

Did you know chiropractic can help children with the following issues:

  • Asthma and allergies
  • Bedwetting
  • Ear aches
  • Posture
  • Colic

And more?

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can adjust your children.


Tip of the Week, September 9, 2013

Stand Up!

 

Researcher James Levine, M.D., Ph.D. of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN suggests that "sitting is the new smoking." Every moment we spend sitting our skeletal muscles are deprived of necessary contractions- the same contractions that utilize excess blood sugar to help prevent diabetes. What we consider rest is actually depriving our muscles of the movements they crave and were designed for.

Dr. Levine's research suggests more sedentary lifestyles, like that of the average adult which consist of 50-70% of the day spent sitting, result in decreased life expectancy regardless of amount of exercise incurred during the day. 30 minutes of exercise may meet the quota recommended by the typical general practitioner, but the remaining 23.5 hours of the day are just as crucial.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can provide counseling on how to decrease the amount of time you spend sitting.


Tip of the Week, September 2, 2013

What to Eat Before Working Out

 

Next time you go to work out, eat an orange first. Not only will it keep you hydrated during your workout, it will also help promote less muscle soreness.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can provide counseling on good nutrition and exercise.


Tip of the Week, August 26, 2013

Does Fish Oil Really Cause Prostate Cancer?

 

Recent news reports have suggested fish oil supplements can cause prostate cancer. However, the results of the study the media is reporting on simply say men who take fish oil supplements have a one percent greater risk of developing prostate cancer, according to David Seaman, D.C. In fact, prostate cancer is rare in Inuit Eskimos consuming a traditional diet that includes extremely large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can provide counseling on appropriate supplementation.


Tip of the Week, August 19, 2013

Make Sports Safe for Kids

 

While playing sports is great exercise and helps children develop team skills, some sports can also be dangerous. However, properly warming up and cooling down, wearing the correct gear for the sport and good nutrition can help children avoid injuries. Click here for more tips on making sports more safe for your kids.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can help if your child is injured playing sports.


Tip of the Week, August 12, 2013

Lighten the Backpack Load for Students

 

More and more children are experiencing back pain from overloaded backpacks, which they often carry over one shoulder, instead of evenly distributing the load over both shoulders. Some tips to help avoid back and neck pain from backpacks:

  • Backpacks should not exceed 5-10% of your child's body weight
  • Urge your child to wear both shoulder straps. Carrying a backpack by one strap can cause the disproportionate shift of weight to one side, leading to neck and muscle spasms, as well as low-back pain.
  • Wide, padded straps are very important. Non-padded straps are uncomfortable, and can dig into your child's shoulders.

For more tips, click here.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can provide back pain relief.


Tip of the Week, July 29, 2013

New Study Finds Many Patients Treated Too Aggressively for Back Pain

 

A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has found that many patients are being treated too aggressively for back pain. The study found narcotic prescriptions went up 10 percent for patients between 1999 and 2010, while the use of over-the-counter drugs dropped 12 percent. Click here to read more about the study.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can provide back pain relief without the use of narcotics.


Tip of the Week, July 8, 2013

Repel Mosquitos Naturally

 

With all the rain in Georgia this summer, mosquitos are multiplying. Avoid harsh chemicals like DEET in mosquito repellents by planting herbs (rosemary, basil or lemongrass), marigolds and catnip in your yard. Eating garlic and rubbing tea tree oil onto the skin has also been shown to repel the pests.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can offer advice on natural remedies for a variety of problems.


Tip of the Week, July 1, 2013

Poison or Chiropractic for Migraines?

 

Migraine headaches can be extremely debilitating, and the medications that treat them are very strong. One new medication for migraines is Botox, which is made from the deadly botulism toxin. Before subjecting your body to this poison, why not try chiropractic?

A 2005 study found 72 percent of migraine sufferers noticed significant improvement after chiropractic care. Click here to read the results.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can provide migraine relief.


Tip of the Week, June 24, 2013

Tune Up Your Car and Body Before Vacation

 

Before you head out on vacation, you're probably going to get your car tuned up, right? Why not get a body tune up, too? Get an adjustment before you go on vacation so you can enjoy your vacation even more! 

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can give your body a great tune up.


Tip of the Week, June 17, 2013

Surgery Less Likely If You See a Chiropractor First

 

After analyzing three years of Washington state’s workman compensation disability claims for back injuries, researchers reported in the journal Spine  that patients who first consulted a surgeon as compared with those who first consulted a chiropractor were 28 times more likely to undergo surgery. Only 1.5 percent of the chiropractic patients went on to require back surgery to treat their injuries compared with 43 percent of those patients who first visited with a surgeon. 

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic to treat a back injury.


 

Tip of the Week, June 10, 2013

Fun in the Sun

 

As summer approaches, make sure your time outdoors is safe. Drink lots of water while outdoors and don't forget to wear sunscreen. A floppy hat can also protect your face from harmful rays.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic.


 

Tip of the Week, June 3, 2013

Take a Trip to the Mediterranean

 

The Mediterranean diet has been shown to reduce the chance of heart attack and stroke. The diet is rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains, as well as some chicken and fish. Olive oil is the main source of fat. Click here to learn more about this heart healthy diet.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can counsel you on good nutrition.


Tip of the Week, May 27, 2013

Avoid a Pain in the Neck

 

Continually looking down to read texts on your smart phone can cause loss of curvature in the neck, resulting in neck and shoulder pain and headaches. Bring your phone up to eye level to avoid these problems.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can help relieve neck and shoulder pain.


Tip of the Week, May 20, 2013

JAMA Suggests Chiropractic Before Surgery

 

The Journal of the American Medical Association suggests patients suffering from low back pain try exercise, chiropractic and acupuncture to alleviate symptoms before turning to surgery. Read the article here.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can help relieve back pain without drugs or surgery.


Tip of the Week, May 13, 2013

Go Bananas

 

Bananas are extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making them perfect to beat blood pressure So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration allows the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can recommend other foods to make your body healthier.


Tip of the Week, May 6, 2013

Supplement Your Health

 

Most of us don't eat the recommended daily allowance of fruits, vegetables and whole grains recommended for maximum health. High quality vitamins and supplements can ensure your body receives all the nutrition it needs to function at full capacity. Many doctors of chiropractic can recommend supplements to help you reach your peak potential.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic.


Tip of the Week, April 29, 2013

Extremities Pain? Chiropractic Can Help!

 

While doctors of chiropractic are best known for their work on the spine, many also can help with pain in the legs, feet, knees, wrists and shoulders. 

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic to help alleviate extremities pain.


Tip of the Week, April 22, 2013

Add Fresh Spring Veggies to Your Diet

 

Spring is here and so are delicious spring fruits and vegetables, like asparagus, peas, radishes, carrots, artichokes, rhubarb, strawberries and leeks. Add variety to your diet by using these ingredients when they are at the peak of freshness. Click here for recipe ideas.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can help you improve your diet.


Tip of the Week, April 15, 2013

Spice Up Your Diet for Good Health

 

Adding spices and herbs to your diet can have a great impact on your health. Cinnamon, chili peppers, turmeric, garlic, oregano, basil, thyme, and rosemary contain antioxidants. Plus, using herbs and spices such as these adds flavor to foods, reducing the need for salt or sugar.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can help you improve your diet.


Tip of the Week, April 8, 2013

The Pollen Has Arrived. Schedule an Adjustment!

 

Springtime in Georgia means azaleas, dogwoods and, unfortunately, pollen. Having regular chiropractic adjustments can boost your immune system and help reduce pollen-related allergies.

Click here to schedule an adjustment with a Georgia doctor of chiropractic.


Tip of the Week, April 1, 2013

Adjust Your Stress Level

 

Stress is an underlying cause for a variety of serious ailments including hypertension, obesity and fibromyalgia, in addition to many others. Reduce stress with some of these techniques:

  • Excercise regularly.
  • Spend part of each day quietly meditating or practicing yoga.
  • Accept there are events you cannot control.
  • Have a chiropractic adjustment to release stress stored in the body.
  • Click here for more stress-reducing tips.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can provide more stress reducing tips.


Tip of the Week, March 25, 2013

Are You Ready for Bathing Suit Season?

 

It's hard to get motivated to exercise during the dark and dreary winter months and easy to gain a few pounds. Get ready for swimsuit season by shedding those winter pounds.

  • Take advantage of longer days by taking a walk after dinner.
  • Add more vegetables to your diet. Spring vegetables in season include peas, strawberries, artichokes, asparagus, avocado and Vidalia onions.
  • Get out in the yard and play with your kids or dog.
  • Don't forget to warm up before any strenuous activity.

Schedule a spring tune up with your chiropractor to make sure you're ready for increased activity and to learn other exercises you can do to get your body ready for the summer!

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic.


Tip of the Week, March 18, 2013

Warm Up Before You Start Yardwork

 

Spring is here, and many people are out enjoying the warmer weather and working in the yard. Like any exercise, you should warm up before you start working in the yard to avoid injury. Also remember not to do all the work on one side of your body; switch sides to avoid repetitive motion injury.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic for specific warm up ideas.


Tip of the Week, March 11, 2013

Chiropractic May Play a Role in Reducing Colds

 

Many chiropractors have noticed that chiropractic adjustments have helped prevent or reduce the duration of their patients’ colds. Preliminary results of an ongoing chiropractic study show that chiropractic may increase immunoglobulin A levels and that it decreases the levels of glucocorticoid cortisol, a major component of stress, which has been shown to increase the risk of catching a cold.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic.


Tip of the Week, February 25, 2013

Try Chiropractic Before Antibiotics for Ear Infections

 

The American Academy of Pediatrics released new guidelines for treating ear infections today, stating that antibiotics may not be needed for all ear infections, as many may clear up on their own.

An alternative to antibiotics treatment of ear infections is chiropractic. Dr. Joan Fallon, a chiropractor who practices in Yonkers, New York, has published research showing that, after receiving a series of chiropractic adjustments, nearly 80 percent of the children treated were free of ear infections for at least the six-month period following their initial visits (a period that also included maintenance treatments every four to six weeks).

"Chiropractic mobilizes drainage of the ear in children, and if they can continue to drain without a buildup of fluid and subsequent infection, they build up their own antibodies and recover more quickly," explains Dr. Fallon.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic.


Tip of the Week, February 18, 2013

Fight Osteoporosis

 

According to the American Chiropractic Association, osteoporosis is a chronic, progressive condition that steals bone from the body, leading to fractures of the hip, spine and wrist. Older people can suffer disability and even death from osteoporosis-related fractures. Alarmingly, one in two women and one in eight men will suffer from an osteoporosis-related fracture in his or her lifetime. Maintain bone health with these tips:

  • Start a regular exercise program. Walking, skipping rope, jogging, playing racquet sports, swimming and aerobics are all helpful in reducing the risk of osteoporosis. Exercising for 20 minutes, three times a week, is helpful.
  • Those with severe osteoporosis and who have suffered from fractures may find Tai Chi, a form of martial arts, to be a beneficial strength training exercise system.
  • Be sure to include calcium in your daily diet. The National Institutes of Health's recommendations are 1,000 mg/day for post-menopausal women taking estrogen; 1,500 mg/day for postmenopausal women not taking estrogen, and 1,500 mg/day for men and women over 65 years of age.
  • If you are looking for a calcium supplement, try one that's highly absorbable, such as microcrystalline hydroxyapatite concentrate (MCHC), or one of the malates, fumarates, succinates, glutarates, or citrates. But don't overdo it. Taking more than the recommended amount of calcium may cause kidney stones.
  • Consider taking additional nutritional supplements, such as vitamin D, C, magnesium, zinc and silica after consulting with your doctor of chiropractic.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet, including fresh vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds. Try broccoli, kale, collard greens, cabbage and turnip greens. Experiment with tofu, salmon, sardines and grains. Low-fat milk and/or yogurt are good sources of calcium. (A glass of low-fat milk and a cup of yogurt add 600 mg of calcium to your daily diet.)

For more tips on maintaining bone health, click here.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can provided recommended diet and exercises for healthy bones.


Tip of the Week, February 11, 2013

Can the Diet Soda

 

A recent 10 year study (of almost 500 diet soda drinkers) at the University of Texas showed that people who drink 2 or more diet sodas per day had a 500% greater increase in waist size compared to non-diet soda drinkers.

According to Sharon Fowler, obesity researcher at UT Health Science Center at San Diego, “Artificial sweeteners could have the effect of triggering appetite but unlike regular sugars they don’t deliver something that will squelch the appetite.” Since the brain is not satisfied, the result is that diet soda drinkers will crave MORE sugar, MORE carbs, and MORE calories.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can counsel you on this and other diet and nutrition topics.


Tip of the Week, February 4, 2013

Avoid Surgery. See a Chiropractor First.

 

A new study in the journal Spine has found that workers who sustain back injuries are less likely to have surgery if the first provider they see is a doctor of chiropractic. In the study, of the workers who saw a surgeon first, 42.7 percent had surgery, while only 1.5 percent of those who saw a chiropractor first had surgery.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic.


Tip of the Week, January 28, 2013

Need Sleep? A Chiropractor Can Help

 

As wellness experts, doctors of chiropractic can provide patients with a different approach to their sleeping problems— without the use of sleeping pills. To start, here are a few helpful tips:

  • Exercise regularly. Exercising in the morning is best, but if you must exercise in the evening, do so at least two or three hours before bedtime. Any later, and your increased heart rate can interfere with your sleep.
  • Limit your intake of caffeinated beverages such as coffee, colas and tea—try to avoid them altogether late in the day and near bedtime. In addition, for each cup of caffeinated beverages you drink each day, drink an equal amount of water.
  • If you have trouble sleeping and then get thirsty, drink tap water at room temperature (cold water may disturb the digestive system).
  • Eat an early dinner. Eating after 6 p.m. may interfere with sleep as your body works to digest the food you’ve eaten.
  • Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning. The routine will help your body know when it is time to rest.
  • Keep your bedroom at a cool, comfortable temperature and try to make it as dark as possible when you’re ready for bed.

A chiropractor can also recommend the right mattress and pillow to maximize your sleep environment. Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic. 


Tip of the Week, January 21, 2013

Treat the Cold and Flu Naturally

 

Avoid medications with some of these natural remedies for cold and flu relief:

  • Drink a lot of hot black or green tea to boost your immune system and promote sinus drainage
  • Clear sinuses by using a neti pot, or by inhaling steam from boiling, salted water
  • Eat more garlic while sick to boost immune system
  • Sleep as much as you can

Doctors of chiropractic can also help promote sinus drainage. Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic. 


Tip of the Week, January 14, 2013

Let's Get Physical

 

Chiropractic can correct many physical ailments, from back and neck pain to carpal tunnel syndrome. Make sure you're functioning at peak physical performance by scheduling an appointment with a chiropractor today.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic. 


Tip of the Week, December 17, 2012

Santa and His Helpers Need Chiropractic, Too!

 

Carrying around heavy shopping bags and sacks full of toys for good girls and boys can take a toll on your spine. Treat yourself to a chiropractic adjustment this Christmas to start the new year aligned!

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic. 


Tip of the Week, December 10, 2012

It's Winter! But You Still Need to Hydrate!

 

With cooler temperatures here for winter, you many not be carrying around water to cool off. But just because you're not as hot doesn't mean you should stop drinking water. Remaining properly hydrated in the winter months is just as important to prevent dry skin and to cool your body down when you're wearing warmer clothes in heated rooms.

For more nutritional advice, click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic. 


Tip of the Week, December 3, 2012

Avoid the Christmas Blues

 

With shorter days and hectic holiday schedules, the Christmas season can be draining, and for some, depressing. To combat the Christmas blues, exercise more, make sure you get enough sleep and say no to parties if they overload your schedule. Making sure your body is functioning at peak level can help, too. See your chiropractor for an adjustment and ask about what vitamins or supplements might help keep your energy level up.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic. 


Tip of the Week, November 26, 2012

Keep Your Spine Aligned

 

Did you know that some spinal misalignments don't cause pain? If left untreated, they can cause spinal degeneration. Be sure to get regular spinal checkups from your chiropractor to keep your spine aligned.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic. 


Tip of the Week, November 19, 2012

Don't Get Stuffed on Thanksgiving!

 

Some simple tips can help you maintain a healthy weight despite the temptations of the Thanksgiving table:

  • Eat white meat turkey that has less fat and calories than dark meat
  • Choose plain or roasted vegetables instead of casseroles
  • Opt for pumpkin pie instead of others; it has fewer calories and more nutrients
  • Take smaller portions of your calorie-laden favorites
  • Avoid seconds

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight. 


Tip of the Week, November 12, 2012

Happy Veterans Day! Have You Seen Your Chiropractor?

 

With heavy uniforms and gear, U.S. soldiers and veterans are prone to musculoskeletal problems. Doctors of chiropractic are uniquely qualified to help treat these problems without drugs or surgery.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can help alleviate the pain of musculoskeletal injuries. 


Tip of the Week, November 5, 2012

Chiropractic and Ear Infections

 

Ear infections are the number one reason parents take their babies and children to the pediatrician. Many are treated with antibiotics, but for children with chronic ear infections, this can lead to drug resistant strains of infections. Even worse, many children end up having tubes surgically inserted into their ears to help prevent ear infections.

More parents are now considering chiropractic to help children with chronic ear infections. According to the American Chiropractic Association, Dr. Joan Fallon, a chiropractor who practices in Yonkers, New York, has published research showing that, after receiving a series of chiropractic adjustments, nearly 80 percent of the children treated were free of ear infections for at least the six-month period following their initial visits (a period that also included maintenance treatments every four to six weeks).

"Chiropractic mobilizes drainage of the ear in children, and if they can continue to drain without a buildup of fluid and subsequent infection, they build up their own antibodies and recover more quickly," explains Dr. Fallon. She'd like to see her pilot study used as a basis for larger-scale trials of chiropractic as a therapeutic modality for otitis media.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can help children with chronic ear infections. 


Tip of the Week, October 29, 2012

Try Chiropractic Before Injections

 

Avoid the risks associated with steroid injections by trying chiropractic first for low back pain. Chiropractic is a natural, drug free way to relieve back pain and headaches.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic. 


Tip of the Week, October 23, 2012

GCA Celebrates Its 100th Anniversary

 

The Georgia Chiropractic Association celebrated its 100th anniversary last weekend. The association is dedicated to assuring patient access to chiropractic care, as well as providing doctors of chiropractic cutting edge continuing education to ensure patients receive the best care possible.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic. 


Tip of the Week, October 8, 2012

Put Some Pep in Your Step

 

Try to get more sleep at night, and if the three o’clock slump hits, recharge with a glass of
pomegranate juice and a brisk walk (not another cup of coffee). Rest, exercise and good nutrition can help put pep back into your step.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can recommend other ways to increase energy. 


Tip of the Week, October 1, 2012

Celebrate National Chiropractic Health Month!

 

You may not represent the U.S. in sporting events, but that doesn’t mean you have to live your life on the sidelines. This fall, the American Chiropractic Association, the Georgia Chiropractic Association and doctors of chiropractic (DCs) across the country will highlight ways you can feel your best every day, regardless of your age, occupation or fitness level, during National Chiropractic Health Month in October. This year’s theme — “Discover Chiropractic: Find Your Game” —focuses on how everyone can take steps toward optimal health, wellness and functioning.

So what’s your health goal? Do you want to finish a local 5k road race? Maybe you want to have more energy after work, or play with your grandkids without pain. The good news is that all of these everyday victories are possible with just a few healthy lifestyle changes.

If you don’t know where to start, your doctor of chiropractic can help you by providing nutrition counseling, exercise recommendations, lifestyle advice and natural, drug-free approaches to treating aches and pains such as spinal manipulation. Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic. Click here for more tips.


Tip of the Week, September 24, 2012

Proper Sleeping Positions

 

The way you sleep can cause or exacerbate back and neck pain. Try these positions recommended by the American Chiropractic Association for maximum comfort:

  • Find the mattress that is right for you. While a firm mattress is generally recommended, some people find that softer mattresses reduce their back pain. Your comfort is important.
  • Sleep with a pillow. Special pillows are available to help with postural problems resulting from a poor sleeping position.
  • Avoid sleeping on your stomach.
  • Sleeping on your side or back is more often helpful for back pain.
  • If you sleep on your side, place a pillow between your legs.
  • If you sleep on your back, keep a pillow under your knees.

Your chiropractor can recommend special pillows to help your sleeping position. Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic.


Tip of the Week, September 17, 2012

Sitting Posture as Important as Standing

 

While most people know the way their standing posture is important to good back health, sitting posture is equally important. To avoid back strain, the American Chiropractic Association recommends the following for correct sitting posture:

• Keep your feet on the floor or on a footrest, if they don't reach the floor.
• Don't cross your legs. Your ankles should be in front of your knees.
• Keep a small gap between the back of your knees and the front of your seat.
• Your knees should be at or below the level of your hips.
• Adjust the backrest of your chair to support your low- and mid-back or use a back support.
• Relax your shoulders and keep your forearms parallel to the ground.
• Avoid sitting in the same position for long periods of time.

Your chiropractor can also recommend exercises to help improve posture. Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic.


Tip of the Week, September 10, 2012

Stand Up Straight

 

According to the American Chiropractic Association, good posture helps us stand, walk, sit, and lie in positions that place the least strain on supporting muscles and ligaments during movement and weight-bearing activities. Correct posture:

  • Helps us keep bones and joints in correct alignment so that our muscles are used correctly, decreasing the abnormal wearing of joint surfaces that could result in degenerative arthritis and joint pain.
  • Reduces the stress on the ligaments holding the spinal joints together, minimizing the likelihood of injury.
  • Allows muscles to work more efficiently, allowing the body to use less energy and, therefore, preventing muscle fatigue.
  • Helps prevent muscle strain, overuse disorders, and even back and muscular pain.

Several factors contribute to poor posture-most commonly, stress, obesity, pregnancy, weak postural muscles, abnormally tight muscles, and high-heeled shoes. In addition, decreased flexibility, a poor work environment, incorrect working posture, and unhealthy sitting and standing habits can also contribute to poor body positioning.

Click here for tips on improving posture.

Your chiropractor can also recommend exercises to help improve posture. Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic.


Tip of the Week, September 3, 2012

Prevent West Nile Virus Naturally

 

The West Nile virus is more prevalent this year due to the unusually mild winter season. Instead of spraying yourself with chemicals to prevent mosquito bites, try repelling them naturally:

  • Plant basil, catnip, rosemary, marigolds and/or mums around your porch or patio. Mosquitoes do not like these scents.
  • Make an herbal tea of any of the above herbs and spray it on exposed areas.
  • Burn citronella candles.
  • Rub lemongrass over your exposed skin.

For more ideas, click here.

For other ways to reduce exposure to chemicals, click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic.


Tip of the Week, August 27, 2012

Computer Ergonomics for Kids

 

As more and more elementary school students are using computers, chiropractors are treating younger children for repetitive motion injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and back and neck strain, according to  the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). Part of the problem is that children are using computer workstations that are designed for adults. To reduce the chances of injuries, try the following:

  • If children and adults in your home share the same computer workstation, make certain that the workstation can be modified for each child's use.
  • Position the computer monitor so the top of the screen is at or below the child's eye level. This can be accomplished by taking the computer off its base or stand, or having the child sit on firm pillows or phone books to reach the desired height.
  • Make sure the chair at the workstation fits the child correctly. An ergonomic back cushion, pillow or a rolled-up towel can be placed in the small of the child's back for added back support. There should be two inches between the front edge of the seat and the back of the knees. The chair should have arm supports so that elbows are resting within a 70- to 135-degree angle to the computer keyboard.
  • Wrists should be held in a neutral position while typing - not angled up or down. The mousing surface should be close to the keyboard so your child doesn't have to reach or hold the arm away from the body.
  • Limit your child's time at the computer and make sure he or she takes periodic stretch breaks during computing time. Stretches can include: clenching hands into fists and moving them in 10 circles inward and 10 circles outward; placing hands in a praying position and squeezing them together for 10 seconds and then pointing them downward and squeezing them together for 10 seconds; spreading fingers apart and then closing them one by one; standing and wrapping arms around the body and turning all the way to the left and then all the way to the right.

For more tips, click here.

If your child is suffering from repetitive motion injuries, click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can help.


Tip of the Week, August 20, 2012

Back to School Backpack Tips

 

Young children are suffering from back pain much earlier than previous generations, and the use of overweight backpacks is a contributing factor, according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). Some tips for preventing back pain associated with backpack use include:

  • Make sure your child's backpack weighs no more than 5 to 10 percent of his or her body weight. A heavier backpack will cause your child to bend forward in an attempt to support the weight on his or her back, rather than on the shoulders, by the straps.
  • The backpack should never hang more than four inches below the waistline. A backpack that hangs too low increases the weight on the shoulders, causing your child to lean forward when walking.
  • Urge your child to wear both shoulder straps. Lugging the backpack around by one strap can cause the disproportionate shift of weight to one side, leading to neck and muscle spasms, as well as low-back pain.
  • Wide, padded straps are very important. Non-padded straps are uncomfortable, and can dig into your child's shoulders.

For more tips, click here.

If your child already has back pain, click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can help.


Tip of the Week, August 13, 2012

What the Best Olympic Athletes are Wearing

 

Viewers of the Olympics may have noticed many athletes sporting colorful tape on various parts of their bodies. The tape, known as kinesiology tape, has elasticity built into the weave pattern of the cotton fabric, which mimics the elasticity and thickness of human skin, allowing it to integrate, support and stabilize without adversely affecting healthy ranges of motion.

Many doctors of chiropractic use kinesiology tape to help patients. Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can assess whether kinesiology tape could help you.


Tip of the Week, August 6, 2012

Protect Your Skin from Summer Sun

 

While getting out in the sunshine for 15 or 20 minutes without sunscreen is the best way to improve your levels of Vitamin D, if you're in the sun for longer than that, make sure to use sunscreen to protect against skin cancer and damage to skin. Click here for some more tips about keeping skin healthy.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can provide further advice on what vitamins will nourish your skin from the inside.


Tip of the Week, July 30, 2012

Stay Hydrated with These Foods

 

During these record-high temperatures, you should drink plenty of water. But you can also find hydration in fruits and vegetables, such as cucumbers, watermelon, pineapple, lettuce, tomato, blueberries, celery cantaloupe, grapefruit and pears.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can provide other nutrition tips for staying healthy and hydrated.


Tip of the Week, July 23, 2012

Olympians Turn to Chiropractic; So Should You

 

Nine members of the U.S. Olympics medical staff are doctors of chiropractic, including GCA member Dr. Josh Glass. D.C.s are the perfect choice for preventing and treating sports injuries and can help athletes of all calibres improve performance and minimize the risk of injuries. 

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic to help improve your athletic performance.


Tip of the Week, July 16, 2012

Eat Healthily With Tasty Summer Produce

 

The healthiest people eat all the colors of the rainbow, and in the summer, finding colorful produce is a snap. 

Toss some blueberries onto your cereal, slice up a juicy tomato, throw some corn on the cob, eggplant or squash on the grill and savor the sweetness of watermelon. Click here for some great ways to use summer produce.

Click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can recommend healthy diet options.


Tip of the Week, July 9, 2012

Treat Cause of Back Pain with Chiropractic

 

Avoid drugs and surgery by treating the cause of your back pain, not just the symptoms, with chiropractic. 

A March 2004 study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that chiropractic care is more effective than medical care at treating chronic low-back pain in patients who have been experiencing the symptoms for one year or less. In addition, a study published in the July 15, 2003, edition of the journal Spine found that manual manipulation provides better short-term relief of chronic spinal pain than a variety of medications.

If you are experiencing back pain, click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic who can help.


Tip of the Week, July 2, 2012

Keep Cool During Record Temperatures

 

With record heat in Georgia the past few days, keeping cool can be a challenge. Try these tips:

  • Wear loose, light colored clothes, preferably made from cotton.
  • Use fans, even in an air conditioned home, to circulate cooler air.
  • If you don't have air conditioning, visit a library or shopping mall during the hottest part of the day.
  • Keep a spray bottle of water in the fridge and spray your face with it.
  • Drink plenty of water.

For more tips, click here.

A Georgia doctor of chiropractic can help you find ways to exercise and stay in shape during the hot summer months. Find one near you by clicking here.


Tip of the Week, June 25, 2012

High Heels = High Risk

 

While high heels can make a woman's legs look great, they're not so great on her back. According to the American Chiropractic Association, High heels alter the balanced position of a person's body, and when a woman wears them, a new dynamic equilibrium occurs. This can cause an increase in the normal forward curve of the back and the pelvis to tip forward.

To correct back pain caused by high heels, consult a Georgia doctor of chiropractic by clicking here.


Tip of the Week, June 18, 2012

Beware of Hidden Sugar

 

Eating too many sweetened foods can lead to diabetes, which leads to a plethora of other health conditions. Many foods you wouldn't expect contain sugar or high fructose corn syrup - like spaghetti sauce, ketchup, milk and many processed foods, such as stuffing and bread. To avoid consuming too much sugar, eat fewer processed foods and shop around the perimeter of the grocery store for fruits, vegetables and lean meats.

For more nutrition tips, consult a Georgia doctor of chiropractic by clicking here.


Tip of the Week, June 11, 2012

Try Chiropractic Before Surgery for Back Pain

 

Chiropractic can provide safe, noninvasive relief for back pain, while back surgery is not always effective in relieving pain. In fact so many patients are not relieved of pain after back surgery, that there is a name for the phenomenon: Failed Back Surgery Syndrome.

Before you head to a surgeon, consult a Georgia doctor of chiropractic by clicking here.


Tip of the Week, June 4, 2012

Eat Smart on Vacation

 

Just because you're on vacation, doesn't mean you have to blow your diet. Here are some tips to make sure you enjoy your vacation without packing on the pounds:

  • Limit your treats to one per day
  • Take a walk or swim each day
  • Only eat when you're hungry, and stop when you've had enough
  • Try healthier choices at fast food restaurants, or at least hold the mayo

Click here for more tips.

Find a Georgia chiropractor for more nutritional advice by clicking here.


Tip of the Week, May 28, 2012

Try Chiropractic for Painful Knees

 

Sore or injured knees can inhibit mobility and cause a lot of pain. Many doctors of chiropractic can help remove the cause of this pain through joint manipulation or stretching, avoiding the need for drugs or surgery.

Find a Georgia chiropractor who provides extremity adjusting by clicking here.


Tip of the Week, May 21, 2012

More Olympians Turning to Chiropractic

 

More top Olympic athletes are turning to chiropractic to increase endurance, reduce the risk of injury and enhance their performance, according to the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress.

In fact, the winter Olympics in Vancouver included chiropractic care in its Olympic Village Polyclinic. Chiropractic's conservative, drug-free approach meets the Olympics' regulations, while helping athletes attain peak performance.

Contact a Georgia chiropractor to improve your sports performance by clicking here.


Tip of the Week, May 14, 2012

Eating Healthily on a Budget

 

Improve your diet without hurting your check book with some of these money saving tips:

  • Plan ahead for the week and include stews, casseroles or stir fries on the menu to stretch expensive meat ingredients into more servings
  • Buy meat in bulk
  • Try beans as the protein in a meal
  • Choose produce that is in season
  • Check out the grocery store's Web site or flyer for coupons and specials

For more tips, click here.

Contact a Georgia chiropractor for advice on healthy eating by clicking here.


Tip of the Week, May 7, 2012

Treat Whiplash with Chiropractic

 

Whiplash, a painful neck condition that results from the neck being violently jolted in one direction and then another, can be effectively treated without drugs with chiropractic. In addition to manipulation and adjustment, e-stim, ultrasound, heat and/or ice application can relieve the pain and facilitate the healing process.

Contact a Georgia chiropractor to heal your whiplash injury by clicking here.


Tip of the Week, April 23, 2012

Get Adjusted Before You Head Out to the Links

 

Many golfers turn to chiropractic to help improve their game. Chiropractic improves balance, joint mobility and flexibility and can provide relief for the tendinitis that often occurs in golfers. Click here for more information on the benefits of chiropractic for golfers. 

Contact a Georgia chiropractor to improve your golf game by clicking here.


Tip of the Week, April 16, 2012

Why Water Is Good For You

 

About 75 percent of your body is water. Replenishing the water in the body helps flush out waste and toxins, ensures cells function properly, helps convert food to energy and much more. Click here for a calculator to determine how much water you should be drinking per day.

Contact a Georgia chiropractor for more nutritional advice by clicking here.


Tip of the Week, April 9, 2012

Improve Athletic Performance with Chiropractic

 

While many athletes seek chiropractic care after an injury, routine chiropractic care can help improve athletic performance by assuring the body is functioning at its peak. Subluxation and misalignment put pressure on the nerves and spine and inhibits optimum functioning. Regular chiropractic care removes pressure and irritation on the nervous system, allowing the body to run more efficiently.

Contact a Georgia chiropractor to help assure your body fuctions at the highest level by clicking here.


Tip of the Week, April 2, 2012

Drug-Free Relief for Pregnancy-Related Pain

 

Many pregnant women have found that chiropractic adjustments provide relief from low back pain brought on by pregnancy. Chiropractic manipulation is safe for the pregnant woman and her baby and is especially attractive to those who wish to avoid medications during pregnancy. Doctors of chiropractic can also offer nutrition, ergonomic, and exercise advice to help a woman enjoy a healthy pregnancy.

Contact a Georgia chiropractor to help treat pregnancy-related back pain by clicking here.


Tip of the Week, March 26, 2012

Prevent Diabetes and Heart Disease with Good Nutrition

 

A new study has found surgery can help cure diabetes and the related health issues. But wouldn't preventing diabetes in the first place be better? The American Chiropractic Association has some tips to healthier lifestyles:

Lifestyle Changes

  • Exercise at least 20 to 30 minutes three or four days a week.
  • Eat out more sparingly. Food preparation methods in restaurants often involve high amounts-and the wrong types-of fat and sugar.
  • Brown-bag your lunch to control your fat and sugar content while adding nutritious fruits, vegetables, and grains.
  • Limit your intake of alcohol and quit smoking. Drinking alcohol excessively and/or smoking hinder your body's ability to absorb nutrients from your food.

Dietary Changes

  • Eat more raw foods. Cooking and canning destroys much of the nutrition in foods. With the exception of canned tomatoes, which can help prevent prostate cancer,1 fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables always have more natural vitamins and minerals.
  • Select organically grown foods when possible, because they have lower amounts of toxic elements, such as pesticides and heavy metals.
  • Consume 25 to 30 grams of fiber a day. Whole-grain breads and cereals, beans, nuts, and some fruits and vegetables are good sources of fiber. High-fiber diets can help prevent digestive disorders, heart disease, and colon cancer.
  • Drink eight to ten 8-ounce glasses of water a day. Coffee, tea, soft drinks, and alcohol are dehydrators. Don't substitute them for water.

For more nutrition tips, click here or contact a Georgia chiropractor for personalized advice and information on healthy lifestyles by clicking here.


Tip of the Week, March 19, 2012

Treat Low Back Pain with Chiropractic

 

Chiropractic spinal manipulation is a safe and effective spine pain treatment. It reduces pain, decreases medication, rapidly advances physical therapy and requires very few passive forms of treatment, such as bed rest.

In fact, after an extensive study of all currently available care for low back problems, the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research—a federal government research organization—recommended that low back pain sufferers choose the most conservative care first. And it recommended spinal manipulation as the only safe and effective, drugless form of initial professional treatment for acute low back problems in adults.

 

If you are suffering from low back pain, click here to find a Georgia chiropractor who can help.

 


Tip of the Week, March 12, 2012

Bonding with Babies

 

Heading to the great outdoors? Why not bring your baby along? Products such as jogging strollers and bike trailers make including your baby in these activities safer than ever. Click here for more tips from the American Chiropractic Association on safely enjoying nature with your baby.

If you or your baby experience any discomfort after your adventure, click here to find a Georgia chiropractor who can help.

 


Tip of the Week, March 5, 2012

Don't Overload Your Purse

 

Doctors recommend purses weigh only one or two pounds, but many women's purses weigh between 10 and 15 pounds, which can lead to shoulder and back pain and even headaches. Choose a smaller purse that can't hold as many items or take a hard look at what's in your purse and decide what you can do without.

If your heavy purse is already causing you pain, click here to find a Georgia chiropractor who can help.

 


Tip of the Week, February 27, 2012

Prevent Back Injuries

 

Back pain is the second most common reason for visiting a doctor. Prevent back pain by maintaining a healthy diet and weight, being active, avoiding long periods of inactivity and warming up before exercising or activity. Click here for more tips on preventing back problems.

Already suffering from back pain? Click here to find a Georgia chiropractor who can help.

 


Tip of the Week, February 20, 2012

Report Determines Chiropractic Care Reduces Pain

 

The National Prevention Council has found spinal manipulation can reduce neck and back pain and urges all health care providers to collaborate with each other to help patients reach maximum wellness. 

 

Click here to find a Georgia chiropractor who can help relieve back and neck pain.

 


Tip of the Week, February 13, 2012

Engage Your Kids in Healthy Eating

 

In many families, participating in planning and preparing meals can help children buy into weight management. Involve children in shopping and food preparation. Have the child start thinking, "I am doing this to be strong and healthy." 

 

Try some healthier alternatives to snacks together, such as creating your own trail mix, making fruit smoothies or having veggies and low fat ranch dressing instead of cookies or chips.

 

Click here to find a Georgia chiropractor for more healthy eating ideas.

 


Tip of the Week, February 6, 2012

Stretching Can Ease Back Pain

 

Stretching is often recommended to help speed recovery after a back injury. Continued stretching after the injury has healed can help prevent future injuries, as well.

Click here to find some common stretches recommended by doctors of chiropractic to ease back pain.

Click here to find a Georgia chiropractor for specialized stretches.

 


Tip of the Week, January 30, 2012

Big Game Athletes Use Chiropractic

 

New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady sees a chiropractor. So do many other pro athletes including receiver Jerry Rice and boxer Evander Holyfield. 

Chiropractic can not only help athletes heal from sports-related injuries. It can also prevent injuries and help athletes perform in peak condition.

Learn more about how chiropractic can enhance athletic performance by clicking here.

Click here to find a Georgia chiropractor.

 


Tip of the Week, January 23, 2012

Fighting ADHD with Chiropractic

 

Doctors of chiropractic and chiropractic neurologists offer a non-drug and non-invasive treatment alternative for ADHD patients that targets the underlying problems, not just symptoms. "Motor activity—especially development of the postural muscles—is the baseline function of brain activity. Anything affecting postural muscles will influence brain development. Musculoskeletal imbalance will create imbalance of brain activity, and one part of the brain will develop faster than the other, and that's what's happening in ADHD patients," says Dr. Robert Melillo, a chiropractic neurologist.

Chiropractic neurologists are trained to identify the underfunctioning part of the brain and find treatments to correct the problem, to help that hemisphere grow. "On every patient, we perform a brain function exam," says Dr. Frederick Carrick, president of the ACA Council on Neurology. "We test visual and auditory reflexes through, for example, flashing light in the eye, or asking patients to listen to music in one or the other ear."

When the problem is identified, patients are placed on a treatment program—and most of the therapies can be done at home. "Patients are asked to smell certain things several times a day ... or wear special glasses," says Dr. Mark S. Smith, a chiropractic neurologist. "We also focus on their individual problems. Some children, for example, have difficulty with planning, organization, and coordination—so they benefit from timing therapies. They learn to clap or tap to the metronome, perform spinning and balancing exercises."

Although currently no studies comparing chiropractic neurological and medical treatment for ADHD are available, chiropractic neurologists are compiling the data. "We test children before they start the treatment and then every three months," says Dr. Melillo. "Within the first three months, the children get a two-grade-level increase on average—which is pretty dramatic. With children on medications, the improvement in academic performance is short term and lasts only as long as they take the medication. Our programs change the brain function and the improvement doesn't go away."

For more information on how chiropractic can help with ADHD, click here.

Click here to find a Georgia chiropractor.

 


Tip of the Week, January 16, 2012

Diet Soda Drinkers Gain, Not Lose, Weight

 

New studies show diet soda drinkers gain five more pounds and gain two inches around their waists than those who don't drink diet soda. Read the research here. Instead of diet soda, try sweetening tea with organic honey or organic coconut nectar.

Click here to find a Georgia chiropractor who can provide nutritional counseling and help you lose weight.

 


Tip of the Week, January 9, 2012

Chiropractic More Effective for Neck Pain

 

A new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine has found chiropractic to be more effective at relieving neck pain than medication. 

After 12 weeks, 32 percent of patients treated with chiropractic reported being pain free, while only 13 percent of patients treated with medication reported the same.

If you are suffering from neck pain, click here to find a chiropractor in Georgia.

 


Tip of the Week, January 2, 2012

Keep Your Diet Resolution

 

One of the top resolutions each New Year's is to lose weight, but this resolution can also be difficult to achieve. Dr. Mehmet Oz shared his tips on keeping your diet resolution on The Today Show:

  1. Write it down.
  2. Declare it publicly.
  3. Change your environment.
  4. Track your progress.

Your chiropractor can give you tips to help you safely and effectively lose weight as well. To find a chiropractor in Georgia, click here.

 


Tip of the Week, December 12, 2011

Don't Let the Holidays Stress You Out

 

Between shopping, going to parties and cooking, the holiday season can be a little hectic and can lead to stress, which can negatively impact your body. 

You can reduce stress in a variety of ways, such as going for a massage, exercising, listening to music and aromatherapy. For more ways to combat stress, click here.

Your chiropractor can give you more tips on avoiding the negative effects of stress on your body. To find a chiropractor in Georgia, click here.

 


Tip of the Week, December 5, 2011

Chiropractic Can Help Cure Chronic Ear Infections

 

Children prone to ear infections can risk becoming resistant to antibiotics if they continually take medication each time they come down with one.

According to research done by Joan Fallon, D.C., chiropractic can promote ear drainage in children, and if the child's ear continues to drain without buildup of fluid which could lead to another infection, the child builds up antibodies and recovers more quickly.

Fallon uses primarily upper-cervical manipulation on children with otitis media, focusing particularly on the occiput, or back of the skull, and atlas, or the first vertebra in the neck. "Adjusting the occiput, in particular, will get the middle ear to drain.," she said.

For more information on curing chronic ear infections with chiropractic, click here. To find a chiropractor in Georgia, click here.

 


Tip of the Week, November 28, 2011

Arthritis and Chiropractic Care

 

Chiropractic can help relieve the symptoms of many types of arthritis. In some cases, it can reduce the need for anti-inflammatory medications. In addition to adjustments, some doctors of chiropractic may use modalities such as joint mobilization, ultrasound, cold laser therapy, massage, electro-therapy and gentle exercise to relieve arthritis pain.

If you suffer from arthritis, click here to find a doctor of chiropractic in Georgia.

 


Tip of the Week, November 21, 2011

Don't Get Stuffed this Thanksgiving

 

Thanksgiving is when Americans show off their culinary prowess, and eating healthily can be a challenge. If you don't want to get stuffed on Thanksgiving, choose healthier options like white meat turkey, vegetables, roasted potatoes and pumpkin pie. Also, slow down the speed of eating by putting your fork down between bites, which may help you feel fuller, faster, and keep you from going back for seconds.

If you are concerned about your weight, click here to find a doctor of chiropractic in Georgia who can help you reach your ideal weight safely.

 


Tip of the Week, November 14, 2011

Relieve Fibromyalgia Symptoms with Chiropractic

 

The pain of fibromyalgia can be debilitating. Chiropractic adjustments can help relieve the pain without drugs, which also helps alleviate associated symptoms of fibromyalgia such as fatigue, problems sleeping and even depression.

If you suffer from fibromyalgia, click here to find a doctor of chiropractic in Georgia.

 


Tip of the Week, November 7, 2011

Combat Seasonal Affect Disorder Naturally

 

Shorter, colder days can lead to lowered mood, and in some people, seasonal affect disorder. A variety of techniques can be used to prevent the winter blahs, including letting more sunlight into your home by opening blinds or adding a skylight; spending time outdoors during the day; and, making sure you exercise. For more severe cases, a special light therapy box that mimics daylight may be used.

 


Tip of the Week, October 31, 2011

Prevent Injuries with Proper Use of Mouse

 

If you have a job where you use a computer mouse extensively, you could be at risk for repetitive use injuries. The further away the mouse is from you, the more strain you put on your neck, according to the American Chiropractic Association.

To avoid neck strain:

  • Change your position to keep your elbows relaxed at your sides with the mouse directly in front of you, not to the side.
  • For precision tasks, move the mouse from the wrist, not the fingers. For tasks not requiring as much precision, try to move the whole arm to avoid overuse.
  • Make sure the mouse fits your hand. If it is too small, squeezing the mouse may cause hand cramping. This also places strain on your wrist and may cause pressure on the median nerve in the carpal tunnel.
  • Remove watches or bracelets that interfere with movement.
  • If you keep resting on your wrist, consider putting a thin gel pad under it for support.
  • Adjust your cursor speed. If it is too fast, you will grip the mouse tighter to gain control. If it is too slow, you will repeatedly grasp and pick up the mouse to reposition it.

For more information on avoiding mouse-related injuries, click here. If you are already experiencing neck pain due to mouse overuse, click here to find a doctor of chiropractic in Georgia.


Tip of the Week, October 24, 2011

Reduce PDA Use to Avoid Injury

 

Mobile technological devices, such as digital personal assistants (PDAs) and smartphones have made our lives more convenient. We can now send e-mails, access the Internet, manage our schedules and use spreadsheets and other office software from our phones.

Before these advances in technology, our bodies moved as we used the phone and the computer, we walked to the fax machine and flipped through our calendars. Now we slump over a small screen with little change in our position. Our bodies are made to move—not to maintain the same posture for long periods of time. This doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice these modern conveniences for your health, but you should minimize the risks with these tips from the American Chiropractic Association:

  • Return only urgent e-mails on the PDA. Respond to other e-mails from your computer.
  • Use key shortcuts (cut, paste, etc.) and abbreviations.
  • Enter all contact info on the computer, and synchronize the devices to transfer the data to the PDA.
  • Monitor the time spent on the phone or PDA.
  • Avoid, or at least minimize, using word processing and spreadsheet programs on your PDA.
  • Take breaks to stretch and shake out the hands.
  • Turn the PDA off when possible! If it is on all the time, it’s more likely to be overused.

For more information on how overusing PDAs can affect your health, click here. If you are already experiencing neck or thumb pain from overusing your PDA, click here to find a doctor of chiropractic in Georgia.


Tip of the Week, October 17, 2011

A More Comfortable Work Space

 

A typical office worker sits at a desk for eight hours a day—probably with poor posture—and seldom stands up. Workplace injuries, a common cause of time off, cost employers and employees billions of dollars every year. Some of the more common workplace injuries are carpal tunnel syndrome (a nerve entrapment at the wrist seen in computer users), low-back pain, tendinitis, bursitis, and neck pain or headaches.

The American Chiropractic Association recommends the following to avoid workplace injuries:

  • Choose a desk that is the proper height.
  • Your feet should touch the floor, with your legs forming a 90 degree angle.
  • Keep your body straight with the head and neck upright.
  • When typing, keep your wrists straight, shoulders perpendicular to the floor and forearms parallel to the floor.
  • If possible, use a headseat when talking on the phone.
  • Stand up and stretch your legs with a short walk every 30 minutes.
  • Take micro-breaks often, stretching your neck, arms and wrists, back and legs with neck rotations, fist clenches, arm dangles and shoulder shrugs.

For more information on avoiding repetitive stress injuries, click here. To find a doctor of chiropractic in Georgia to alleviate symptoms, click here.


Tip of the Week, October 10, 2011

Heal Texting Injuries

 

If you are a chronic texter, you are at risk for "Blacberry Thumb," a condition that can cause joint and wrist pain and inflammation. If you already suffer from this condition, a doctor of chiropractic can help, without the use of drugs.

According to the American Chiropractic Association, typical chiropractic treatment for Blackberry Thumb may include a program of rest, thumb strapping and gentle stretches or targeted massage. A DC may decide to use Instrument-Assisted SoftTissue Mobilization (IASTM) to help alleviate the problem. One of the better-known of such techniques is Graston Technique®, which utilizes stainless steel instruments in the hands of practitioners skilled at treating damaged soft tissues.

For information on avoiding Blackberry Thumb, click here. To find a doctor of chiropractic in Georgia to alleviate symptoms, click here.


Tip of the Week, October 3, 2011

Avoid Text Neck

 

Long hours of texting or playing games on a cell phone can cause neck pain. As part of National Chiopractic Health Month, the American Chiropractic Association recommends these tips to avoid text neck:

  • Sit up straight with your chest out and your shoulders back
  • Bring your arms up in front of your eyes so you don't need to look down at the screen
  • Tuck your chin into your chest to look down rather than dropping your head forward
  • Invest in an external keyboard for lengthy typing
  • Rest your forearms on a pillow while typing
  • Avoid using mobile devices in bright sunlight; straining to see the screen leads to jutting the chin forward, shifting work from the spine to the muscles that hold up the head.

For more tips and stretches, click here. If you're already suffering from text neck, find a Georgia chiropractor by clicking here.

 


Tip of the Week, September 26, 2011

Prevent Back Pain Before It Starts

 

The best way to avoid back injuries is to ensure the muscles supporting your spinal column are strong. Click here for some exercises that will strengthen your core and help protect your back. For more core strengthening tips, click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic.

 


Tip of the Week, September 19, 2011

Don't Be a Fashion Victim!

 

While high heels make women's legs look great, they can cause harm as well. High heels put stress on the knees and hips and can also result in lower back and even neck pain. To avoid this stress on the body, Dr. Gerald W. Clum of the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress advises to wear heels for less than two hours at a time or stick to heels that are 2 inches tall or less. If high heels have already caused you pain, find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic here


Tip of the Week, September 12, 2011

Avoid Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

 

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome causes burning, itchiness and numbness in the hand and can be caused by repetitive motion, such as using vibrating hand tools. To avoid developing CTS, the American Chiropractic Association recommends the following: 

  • Perform on-the-job conditioning, such as stretching and light exercises.
  • Take frequent rest breaks.
  • Wear splints to help keep the wrists straight.
  • Use fingerless gloves to help keep the hands warm and flexible.
  • Use correct posture and wrist position.
  • To minimize workplace injuries, jobs can be rotated among workers. Employers can also develop programs in ergonomics—the process of adapting workplace conditions and job demands to workers’ physical capabilities.

 If CTS develops, a doctor of chiropractic can help. Click here to find one in Georgia and click here for more information on CTS.


Tip of the Week, September 5, 2011

Reduce Stress to Lose Weight

 

A lot of stress can push people into overeating or choosing high calorie food options they normally wouldn't eat. In fact, WebMD reports up to 75 percent of overeating is related to stress and emotions. When you are stressed, choose healthier options to deal with it, like breathing exercises, yoga or exercise, instead of turning to food. Click here to learn more or find a Georgia chiropractor to help you meet your weight loss goals.


Tip of the Week, August 29, 2011

Relieve Pregnancy-Related Back Pain

 

Many women experience low back pain during pregnancy, and seeing a doctor of chiropractic can help. In addition to providing drug-free pain relief through an adjustment, doctors of chiropractic can offer ergonomic and nutritional advice to assure a healthy pregnancy. To find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic, click here.

 


Tip of the Week, August 22, 2011

Chiropractors are Ready for Football

 

Ending up at the bottom of a pile of linebackers can be tough on your spine. But most NFL and college football players know seeing a chiropractor can help heal their necks and backs and keep them in peak condition, even when they're not injured. Find out more about chiropractic and football here. Locate a Georgia doctor of chiropractic by clicking here.

 


Tip of the Week, August 15, 2011

Sock It to Sciatica

 

A study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics recently found chiropractic care just as effective as microdiscectomy in most patients with sciatica secondary to lumbar disc herniation. Sixty percent of the patients in the study were able to avoid surgery by seeing a chiropractor. Find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic by clicking here.

 


Tip of the Week, August 8, 2011

Lunch Box Safety

 

Many Georgia children are heading back to school this week. Make sure your child's lunch box is safe from bacteria:

  • Choose an insulated lunch box instead of using a paper bag.
  • Use frozen gel packs to keep perishable items, like lunch meat and yogurt, at 40 degrees.
  • If you don't have gel packs, freeze a bottle of water or juice box to help keep food cold.

Tip of the Week, August 1, 2011

Hidden Barriers to Weight Loss

 

If  you are eating well and exercising regularly, but still gaining weight, you may be experiencing one of four hidden barriers to weight loss:

  • People who sleep less than five hours a night don't make enough leptin, the hormone that signals satiety and can cause you to eat more.
  • Excessive cortisol production, which is a result of exercising more than 45-60 minutes or from stress, sleep deprivation, too much caffeine or dehydration, can lead to storing fat in the deep abdomen.
  • Dehydration slows the metabolism.
  • Many prescription drugs can cause weight gain.

For tips on battling these barriers, click here to find a chiropractor in your area.


Tip of the Week, July 25, 2011

Is Your Glass Half Full?

 

Research shows optimistic people live longer, healthier lives. If you tend to see the glass half empty, you can change your outlook by surrounding yourself with positive people, identifying areas of your life about which you are negative and being more kind and gentle in your own self-talk. For more tips, click here.


Tip of the Week, July 18, 2011

Try Meatless Monday

 

With farm stands and farmers' markets everywhere, summer is the best time to find the freshest fruits and vegetables. Try replacing one dinner a week with a lighter, healthier vegetarian meal, such as a big salad, sauteed squash and onions with fresh herbs or a hearty tomato, basil and mozzarella panini. Your body, and your tastebuds, will thank you.

 


Tip of the Week, July 11, 2011

More Comfortable Car Trips

 

Protect your lower back from strain on your next long car trip with these tips from the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress:

  • Sit near the pedals, with your arms bent slightly in a 10 a.m.–2 p.m. position on the wheel.
  • Don’t stash a wallet or other items in your back pocket when sitting.
  • Break up long journeys.
  • Place a small pillow in the small of your back to improve posture.

 


Tip of the Week, July 4, 2011

Backpack Tips

 

With summer vacations, camping and hiking, adults and children alike are using backpacks. But improper use of backpacks can cause injury. The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress suggests the following to avoid back problems:

  • Don't carry more than 10 - 15% of your body weight
  • Use both shoulder straps
  • Use a pack with padded shoulder straps and lumbar support

These same tips hold true for children using backpacks for school. For more information, click here.

 


Tip of the Week, June 27, 2011

Chiropractic Most Effective for Low Back Pain

 

A new study has found patients who saw a doctor of chiropractic instead of medical doctor or physical therapist  for work-related low back pain had fewer disability recurrences and shorter initial periods of disability. Find out more about the study by clicking here.

 


Tip of the Week, June 20, 2011

Stay Cool During Summer Activities

 

Summer time is full of fun outdoor activities and sports. Georgians should take precautions before embarking on any strenuous activities during the hot summer months. Some tips include:

  • Plan activities for morning or evening, avoiding the heat of the mid-day sun
  • Wear loose, light colored clothing
  • Drink plenty of fluids

 


Tip of the Week, June 13, 2011

Come on in, the Water's Fine!

 

Cool off this summer with a dip in the pool, lake or ocean. In addition to providing relief from the heat, swimming is great cardiovascular exercise and can keep you moving even if you're sore from an injury or other types of exercise.

 


Tip of the Week, June 6, 2011

Beach Overload

 

A trip to the beach is always fun, but hauling towels, chairs, rafts and food can leave you with an aching back and shoulders. To avoid strain, consider using a rolling cooler for your drinks, and instead of a beach bag, use a backpack with two shoulder straps to evenly distribute the weight of your items.

 


Tip of the Week, May 30, 2011

Berry Delicious

 

Take advantage of the health benefits berries this summer. Eat a cup of mixed berries, such as blueberries, strawberries and blackberries, each day. Berries are loaded with antioxidants and fiber as well as Vitamin C, and they make a perfect summer dessert!

 


Tip of the Week, May 23, 2011

Fun in the Sun

 

Protect your skin from damaging rays by applying sunscreen to dry skin 15 - 20 minutes before sun exposure. Adults should use about an ounce of sunscreen to provide adequate coverage, while children need about a half ounce.

 


Tip of the Week, May 16, 2011

Just 10 Minutes More

 

A women's weight loss study found women who exercised for 40 minutes, five days each week lost 3.1 kg MORE than women who exercised 30 - 39 minutes for five days each week. Losing weight can significantly reduce the risk of cancer, coronary disease, stroke and diabetes. 

 


Tip of the Week, May 9, 2011

Yard Work Doesn't Have to Be Back Breaking

 

Remember these tips when working in the yard to avoid undue stress on the back:

  • Don’t stretch your arm to pick something up. Instead, pull the item to the center of your body and then pick it up to avoid shoulder and back strain.
  • Keep the back straight when picking something up and instead use the thighs to do the lifting.
  • Take frequent breaks for stretching and walking to counteract bending, stooping or digging.

 If you do strain your back, despite your best efforts, click here to find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic.

 


Tip of the Week, May 2, 2011

Home Remedies for Acute Injuries

 

If you've been injured and can't see a doctor of chiropractic immediately, you can help relieve your pain by icing the injured area in 20-minute increments. For acute back injuries, in addition to icing, the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research recommends patients keep moving, within limits. Walking may help, for example. To find a Georgia doctor of chiropractic, click here.

 


Tip of the Week, April 25, 2011

Avoid Repetitive Use Strains from Chores

 

In the spring, many people tackle home improvement projects like painting and sprucing up the yard. In addition to stretching before these activities, consider using electric tools instead of heavier gas-powered ones; switch hands regularly to avoid all the strain on one side of your body; and, use tools with shoulder straps to more evenly distribute the weight.

 


Tip of the Week, April 18, 2011

Stretch It Out

 

Most people make a point of stretching before playing sports or exercising, but many don't consider stretching before common tasks like gardening. General fitness stretches before any physical activity, whether a chore or exercise, warms the body up and protects you from strains. Next time you tackle those weeds, remember to warm up first.

 


Tip of the Week, April 11, 2011

Are You Taking in Enough Fluids?

 

Every system in your body depends on water. For example, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues. To assure you are replacing the fluids that your body releases each day, the Institute of Medicine recommends men consume roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day and women consume 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day.

 


Tip of the Week, April 4, 2011

Improve Your Golf Game

 

Many pro golfers know seeing a doctor of chiropractic can improve their games. The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress says regular chiropractic care can relieve golfers' tendinitis, while improving balance and joint mobility and flexibility.

 


Tip of the Week, March 28, 2011

Avoid a Pain in the Neck

 

If your job requires you to use the phone frequently, consider asking for a headset to avoid neck strain. Holding the phone to your ear with your shoulder may particularly cause neck problems. 

 


Tip of the Week, March 21, 2011

Call the Chiropractor for Headache Relief

 

A Duke University study found chiropractic spinal manipulations quickly relieved headaches that originated in the neck without the use of drugs that may cause side effects. To find a doctor of chiropractic in Georgia, click here.

 


Tip of the Week, March 14, 2011

Get a Little Green this St. Patrick's Day

 

If you're planning on corned beef this St. Patrick's Day, why not add the traditional accompaniment, cabbage? This vegetable is chock full of vitamin C and glutamine, which has anti-inflammatory properties. Like broccoli, cabbage also contains indole-3-carbinol, a chemical that may block the growth of cancer.

 


Tip of the Week, March 7, 2011

Try Chiropractic Before Surgery for Neck Pain

 

Thousands of people undergo surgery each year for neck pain. But a study by the Neck Pain Task Force of the Bone and Joint Decade of the World Health Organization finds that surgery for neck pain that is not accompanied by consistent radiating pain in the shoulder and arm should only rarely be recommended. Instead, chiropractic treatment may alleviate the pain without surgery. Download the entire article from the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress. To find a doctor of chiropractic in Georgia, click here.

 


Tip of the Week, February 28, 2011

Avoid Cell Phone Elbow

 

Holding a cell phone to your ear all the time can cause cubital tunnel syndrome, which can lead to aching, numbness and tingling in your arm. The best way to avoid "cell phone elbow" is to go hands free, according to the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, but if you're already experiencing problems, a chiropractor can help alleviate the symptoms. Click here to find a chiropractor in Georgia.

 


Tip of the Week, February 21, 2011

Lighten Your Load

 

Carrying a purse that is heavier than one or two pounds can cause back, neck and shoulder pain, according to the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress. If your purse is overloaded, try switching to one with two straps that can be worn as a backpack. Click here for more tips on preventing purse-related aches and pains.

 


Tip of the Week, February 14, 2011

Have a Heart-Healthy Valentine's Day!

 

This Valentine's Day, skip the candy and take your sweetie dancing or on a romantic walk. If you plan to go out for dinner, check out this guide from the American Heart Association on finding healthy meals at restaurants. Better yet, why not stay in and cook something healthy and flavorful together?

 


Tip of the Week, February 7, 2011

Shop Healthier

 

Eating healthier can be much easier with this simple tip: shop around the outer perimeter of your grocery store. Most stores stock these areas with whole foods like meat, dairy and fresh produce, while the inner aisles are stocked with prepared foods which can be high in fat, calories and sodium. 

 


Tip of the Week, January 31, 2011

Sunshine in a Pill

 

Your body manufactures Vitamin D, an essential nutrient for healthy bones, with exposure to sunlight. Using sunscreen to protect against skin cancer or lack of exposure to the sun during cloudy winter months can lead to Vitamin D deficiencies. The Institute of Medicine recommends most people supplement their diets with 600 IUs per day of Vitamin D. People older than 70 may increase that dose to 800 IUs.

Click here

for more information on Vitamin D's benefits and supplement information.


 

Tip of the Week, January 24, 2011

Combat Winter Dry Skin

 

Indoor heating during cold winter months can dry out your skin. Try these tips to prevent itchy winter skin:

  • Take warm showers, not hot ones
  • Use mild soap, such as Dove or soaps formulated for sensitive skin
  • Apply a moisturizer immediately following your shower to seal in moisture and reapply frequently throughout the day
  • Use a humidifier to add moisture back into the air

 


Tip of the Week, January 17, 2011

Beat the Winter Blahs

 

Dark and dreary weather and shorter days can leave you feeling out of sorts during the cold winter months. Try these tips to beat the winter blahs:

  • Open your blinds on sunny days to enjoy the natural light
  • Take a walk or participate in winter sports
  • Rearrange your furniture or declutter the house
  • Meet a friend for lunch or coffee

 


Tip of the Week, January 4, 2011

Straight Talk on Supplements

 

New farming techniques since the 1940s have stripped many of the nutrients found in food that the body needs to function at its peak. Consider taking high quality nutritional supplements to make up for that deficiency. Look for fish oil, multivitamin and mineral supplements made from whole foods, not chemicals. Consult your chiropractor or nutritionist for specific information on vitamins, minerals or enzymes that will help you achieve wellness.

 


Tip of the Week, December 20, 2010

Resolve to Be Healthier in 2011

 

As 2011 approaches, many people are thinking about making some New Year's resolutions. Why not make a few that will make you and your family healthier this year? Some easily attainable resolutions might be:

  • Eat healthier - make sure your family is eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains. If your kids are picky eaters, check out these cookbooks: "The Sneaky Chef" or "Deceptively Delicious," both of which provide tips on "hiding" vegetables in dishes that kids will eat.
  • Move more - plan family activities that include some kind of physical activity, such as taking hikes, bowling, mini golf or even a trip to the mall.
  • Grow closer - studies show people with close personal relationships are happier. Spend time with your family by instituting family game night, volunteering at a local charity or looking through family photos.

Best wishes for a happy, healthy New Year!

 


Tip of the Week, December 13, 2010

Healthier Holiday Parties

 

The holidays are filled with tempting treats. You can still enjoy them without completely ruining your waist line with a few tips.

  • Don't arrive at a party hungry. Have a small, healthy snack at home first.
  • Drink plenty of water to help you feel fuller.
  • Make wise choices - try a modest hand full of nuts instead of chips or a cookie instead of a slice of pie.
  • Monitor your portions. Try a small bite, instead of a full serving.

For tips on what foods to avoid, click here.

 

 


Tip of the Week, December 6, 2010

Avoid the Flu

 

Stay healthy during cold and flu season with a few common sense tips. Wash your hands often with warm, soapy water and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. If you do get sick, prevent the spread of illness to those you love by covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and stay home from work or school for at least 24 hours AFTER your fever has gone.

 

 


Tip of the Week, November 29, 2010

Keep Fit in Cold Weather

 

While cold winter weather may keep you indoors, it doesn't have to keep you from exercising. Try some indoor activities like yoga, pilates or dancing this season to stay fit.

 

 


Tip of the Week, November 22, 2010

Have a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

 

Thanksgiving (and Christmas and Hanukkah) is a happy time of year spent with family and friends. But with the whirlwind of activity, it can also be very stressful. Here are some tips for making the holidays a little more peaceful:

  • Don't try to do everything yourself. Ask your guests to bring their favorite holiday dish to share.
  • Avoid people who ruin the holiday.
  • Write everything you need to do down in one place, such as a special notebook or file on your computer.
  • Take time to exercise, even if it's just a stroll around the neighborhood.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Georgia Chiropractic Association!

 

 


Tip of the Week, November 15, 2010

Stuff the Turkey, Not Yourself

 

Don't overeat this Thanksgiving with a few easy steps:

  • Eat breakfast and lunch so you're not starving before the big meal
  • Exercise before dinner so your metabolism will kick in
  • Drink 2-3 glasses of water before dinner
  • Don't overload your plate
  • Don't take seconds

These tips can be used throughout the year to help you eat less at regular or holiday meals.

 


Tip of the Week, November 8, 2010

Take a Deep Breath

 

A lot of stress can negatively impact your health and well being. One of the most effective ways to combat it is deep breathing. Follow the technique below to bring your body back in balance when you are stressed.

  • Sit comfortably with your back straight. Put one hand on your chest and the other on your stomach.
  • Breathe in through your nose. The hand on your stomach should rise. The hand on your chest should move very little.
  • Exhale through your mouth, pushing out as much air as you can while contracting your abdominal muscles. The hand on your stomach should move in as you exhale, but your other hand should move very little.
  • Continue to breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Try to inhale enough so that your lower abdomen rises and falls. Count slowly as you exhale.

For more relaxation techniques,

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Tip of the Week, October 25, 2010

Ward Off Diseases With Superfoods

 

Some common foods that may already be in your diet can help reduce your risk for cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other chronic illnesses. 

Add these foods to your diet to maintain your best health: beans, blueberries, broccoli, oats, oranges, pumpkin, salmon, soy, spinach, green or black tea, tomatoes, turkey, walnuts and yogurt.

For more information on how these foods affect your health, click here.

 


Tip of the Week, October 18, 2010

Save Time & Eat Healthier

 

One of the biggest barriers to eating healthily is lack of time to prepare nutritious meals and snacks. Try some of these tips to save time during busy weeks:

  • Boil eggs in the evening for a quick breakfast the next morning
  • Make larger amounts of healthy dinners and use the leftovers for lunch
  • Grill chicken breasts and chop veggies on the weekend for easy-to-assemble salads during the week

A little planning can go a long way to healthier meals for you and your family.

 


Tip of the Week, October 11, 2010

Make Healthier Choices

 

While eating whole foods you prepare at home is the best way to ensure you're eating properly, sometimes fast food is your only option. Even fast food restaurants have some healthier alternatives. Choose a salad with grilled chicken and low fat or fat free dressing instead of a burger and fries. Holding the mayo or other special sauces on sandwiches can also cut fat and calories.

 


Tip of the Week, October 4, 2010

Develop a Sleep Routine

 

Sleeping well is essential to good health, but many people find falling to sleep difficult. Developing a sleep routine may help. First, go to bed and wake up at the same time EVERY day. Then, prepare yourself for sleep by listening to soft music, reading for 15 minutes, drinking a cup of hot, decaffeinated tea or doing relaxation exercises. For more tips on good sleep, click here.

 


Tip of the Week, September 27, 2010

Go Fish

 

Adding fish rich in Omega 3 fatty acids to your diet, such as herring, sardines, albacore tuna and salmon, can help prevent heart disease, maintain good blood pressure and cholesterol levels, relieve joint pain and improve memory function. If you don't like fish, try a fish oil supplement. Choose one that comes from the whole fish, NOT just the liver of the fish. Liver oils can sometimes be too high in vitamin A.

 


Tip of the Week, September 20, 2010

On the Side

 

Dressings, condiments and creamy sauces can make a relatively healthy meal full of fat and calories. Next time you're in a restaurant, ask for these on the side and use a smaller amount. Or, dip your fork in the sauce or dressing before you take a bite.

 


Tip of the Week, September 13, 2010

Take a Hike!

 

Enjoy the cooler weather and fall colors with a nature hike. Georgia is full of hiking trails, from easy to difficult, offering a wide variety of options for everyone to get some fresh air and exercise. Visit the Georgia Trails Web site to find a trail near you!

 


Tip of the Week, September 6, 2010

Avoid Neck Strain with a Comfortable
Computer Workstation

 

Whether at work or at home, a proper computer workstation is key to avoiding neck strain and promoting the proper, 90 degree angle for your elbows. Use the following guidelines to set up your workstation:

  • Desk should be 26" high
  • Keyboard home key should be between 28 - 31"
  • Computer monitor should have a 14 - 18" viewing distance
  • The viewing angle of the monitor should allow you to look up 15 degrees or down 30 degrees without moving your head

 

 


Tip of the Week, August 30, 2010

Spice Up Meals to Slim Down

 

A study in the Journal of Proteome Research has found that capsaicin, the component in chili peppers that makes them spicy, may be an effective method to fighting obesity.

Researchers fed rats high-fat diets with and without capsaicin. The rats with capsaicin in their diet lost 8 percent of their body weight. Other studies have shown capsaicin also helps fight prostate cancer, prevent sinus infections and promote a healthy heart

Add some spice to your diet with these recipes.

 


Tip of the Week, August 23, 2010

Berry Good For You

 

One of the great pleasures of summer is the abundance of delicious berries. In addition to being a yummy dessert, berries promote good health.  One berry in particular is at the top of the list of foods rich in cancer-fighting antioxidants ... the blueberry. In addition, blueberries are high in Vitamin C and low in calories. Take advantage of the powerful health benefits blueberries offer this summer by throwing a handful into your cereal, adding them to yogurt or trying dried blueberries in your trail mix.  

 


Tip of the Week, August 16, 2010

 

Stretch to Prevent Sports Injuries

 

Most everyone stretches to warm up before heading out on the field, track, court or course. But are you cooling down after you participate in a sport? Dr. Josh Glass of Georgia Sports Chiropractic in Atlanta says stretching after a sporting event is equally important to warming up before it.

"Stretch the opposing muscle groups to the ones you were using during the activity," he advises. 

 


Tip of the Week, August 9, 2010

Proper Sleeping Positions for Healthy Backs

 

The way you sleep can affect your back health. Try these positions for optimum back health and posture:

  • Don't sleep on your stomach. 
  • When sleeping on your side, use a pillow the same thickness as the distance between the side of your head and the side of your shoulder, so your head is level with your shoulders. Also, put a pillow between your knees to prevent your pelvis from torquing.
  • If you sleep on your back, use a thin pillow under your head and one under your knees.

 


Tip of the Week, August 2, 2010

Protect Your Spine from Repetitive Action Injuries

 

Some of the activities you do daily can pull your spine out of alignment. To avoid some of the most common repetitive action injuries, try the following:

  • Carry a lighter purse or one with two straps that can be worn like a backpack. 
  • Use a phone headset or switch sides frequently. 
  • Switch which side of the couch you sit on from time to time, so you're not always in the same position.
  • Make sure where your nose goes, your toes goes ... in other words, your feet and face should be facing in the same direction.

 


 Tip of the Week, July 26, 2010

Sit Down

 

Did you know the way you sit can negatively affect your spine? Here are some tips to minimize the impact sitting can have on your spine:

  • Sit with your feet flat on the floor.
  • Do not cross your feet at the ankles with one foot rolled to the side.
  • Sit firmly against the back of your chair, with the lower back supported.
  • Avoid sitting in one place for too long.
  • Don't sit on your foot.

 


 

Tip of the Week, July 19, 2010

Lighten Up!

 

Look great in that bathing suit by lightening up how you eat. Here are a few tips to make your recipes more figure-friendly:

  • Omit salt and oil when cooking pasta or rice
  • Use egg substitute
  • If you don't like the taste of fat free products, try combining them with reduced fat products
  • Try using half the salt in a recipe

For more tips on healthier eating, visit Cooking Light.

 

 

 


Tip of the Week, July 12, 2010

How to Carry Your Cooler

 

With summer activities like picnics and trips to the beach, you're likely spending a lot of time hauling coolers, picnic baskets and tote bags. Here are some lifting tips to make sure you protect your back:

  • Pivot on your feet, not at the waist.
  • Always carry weight close to your body.
  • Bend your elbows slightly, engaging the triceps and biceps, and protecting the rotator cuff muscles.

 


Tip of the Week, July 5, 2010

 

Ice vs. Heat for Sports Injuries

 

Participating in summer sports is a great way to stay healthy and in shape. But if you're injured, should you turn to ice or heat for relief?

The answer is ice. While heat can have help with pain, it only loosens up muscles. Ice, however, promotes healing as well as offering pain relief. Place an ice pack wrapped in a towel or cloth (NOT directly on your skin) on the affected area for 20 or 30 minutes. If you still have pain, wait 20 or 30 minutes then re-apply.


 Tip of the Week, June 28, 2010

Stay Cool!

 

As temperatures continue to rise this summer, stay cool with these common sense tips:

  • Drink six to eight, eight ounce glasses of water a day; include sports drinks or fitness water if you're doing strenuous outdoor activities
  • Wear loose, light clothing made of natural fibers that "breathe" such as cotton or linen
  • Wear a hat
  • Sit in the shade when outdoors
  • Apply a cold compress or washcloth to your forehead
  • Fill a spray bottle with cool water and spritz yourself periodically
Keeping your body temperature moderated is important to avoid heat stroke and fully enjoy the season!
 

 Tip of the Week, June 21, 2010

Avoid Grilling Health Risks

Cooking meat at high temperatures, as on a grill, can produce chemicals that pose cancer and disease risks. Adjusting the way you grill can help reduce these risks:
  • Grill at lower temperatures
  • Marinate the meat with acidic marinades to reduce formation of chemicals
  • Use spices such as turmeric, rosemary and fingerroot which also reduce the formation of chemicals
  • Reduce grill flare ups by turning meat with tongs instead of a fork and moving it further away from the flame using a cedar plank or elevated grill rack
 

 Tip of the Week, Mar 30, 2009

Fit It In

Exercise: If you fit it in to your schedule, you’ll be more likely to fit in to your favorite pair of jeans. But if you’re like the millions of Americans that lead harried lives, it may be difficult to get into the gym. Here are some simple workout ideas that you can do:

Walk – Just walk! Lace up your sneakers and walk around the block after dinner tonight.

Commercial Breaks – Don’t just zone out in front of your favorite TV program. When the commercials come on, pick one exercise to do each time. For example, do crunches for the entire first commercial break. Then do squats for the entire second break.

Little Opportunities – Don’t aim for the parking space closest to the grocery store. Don’t take the elevator when there are stairs.

Follow the above “tricks” to fit exercise into your schedule, and you’ll be seeing a difference in no time.


 Tip of the Week, Mar 23, 2009

You Are What You Eat

If you are trying to eat healthfully, consider mindful eating. Mindful eating consists of never eating until you are truly hungry and then taking the time to truly enjoy your food. Next time you sit down to a meal, turn off the TV and put away any other distractions. Then, try putting down your fork between each bite. You might just be surprised about how fast you ate before!


 Tip of the Week, Mar 16, 2009

Don’t Let Spring Cleaning Be A Pain In Your Neck

A tradition in many households is the annual “spring clean,” but this type of deep cleaning can lead to moving around in awkward positions … that can then lead to back pain. But this is no excuse to skip your spring-cleaning! Consider washing dishes. Open the cabinets beneath the sink, rest one of your feet on the ledge, and lean against the counter so that some of your weight is supported from the front. Now, THAT is smart thinking! Happy cleaning!


 Tip of the Week, Mar 9, 2009

Take Care When Gardening, and Have a Beautiful Summer!

As the weather warms up, many of us are outside, sprucing up our gardens! But gardening can be a real pain the neck … literally. To reduce the risk of back injury, remember to stretch for five to ten minutes prior to activity. A great exercise is to wrap your arms around your chest (as though you are hugging yourself) and rotate slowly to one side for ten seconds, then reverse.


 Tip of the Week, Mar 2, 2009

Make Your Work Station Back Friendly!

Like millions of Americans, you probably spend much of your workday sitting down and staring at a computer screen. This position can wreak havoc on your body, particularly causing back pain and eye strain. To ease any problems, remember to position your computer monitor and chair so that your eyes are level with the top of the monitor. Sit with both feet on the floor so that your body weight is positioned evenly, creating no unnecessary strain on your spine. And remember to take mini-breaks every so often to walk around and stretch. For further information, visit your nearest GCA chiropractor to learn more about how to turn your work environment into an ergonomic station!


 Tip of the Week, Feb 23, 2009

A Little Goes a Long Way

People who exercise moderately have been found to enjoy greater health benefits than those who work out vigorously. One of the reasons behind this is that people are more likely to stick to an exercise regime that is gentle and not strict. Try a 30-minute walk five to six days a week.


 Tip of the Week, Feb 16, 2009

It’s More Than Just Brain Food

Research has shown that eating several servings of fish high in omega-3 fatty acids a week may reduce the risk of heart disease. Fish high in omega-3 include mackerel, lake trout, herring and salmon.


 Tip of the Week, Feb 9, 2009

Not Just For Vampires

Research shows that five cloves of raw or cooked garlic a week can reduce the risk of stomach and colon cancer, while also reducing clotting tendencies and having a modest positive effect on cholesterol levels. Garlic can be incorporated into many dishes including soups, casseroles and even salad dressings.