It’s that time again – the beginning of the New Year when resolutions are in full swing. We wish you a healthy and happy New Year.
Here are a few suggestions to help keep you and your spine functioning optimally this year:
Exercise daily. Get moving. As little as 30 minutes of exercise a day isn’t just good for your spine, it’s great for your entire body.
Laugh often. Did you know that laughter can stimulate your muscles, lungs and heart? It’s also a great stress reliever. When you’re experiencing less stress, you have a better chance of experiencing whole body wellness.
Forgive others. Physical well being starts with emotional well being. Forgive everyone for everything. (Including yourself!).
Get adjusted. Many of our regulars report that they don’t seem to get the bugs that are always going around. Remember, it’s easier to stay well than to get well.
Adjusting Cause, Not Effect
You may notice that your adjustments aren’t delivered where your symptoms seem to be originating. How come? Chiropractors see the spine as an integrated whole. By doing so, we often see a problem in one area is being offset by a problem in another. We call these compensation reactions.
For example. Someone complaining of low back pain often has a compensatory issue going on in his or her upper neck. Their lower back problem may be a reaction to what’s going on in their neck. As we adjust their upper spine (where there are no symptoms) it can better support the weight of the body. And voilà! Their low back pain resolves. Or vice versa.
So, while adjustments are specific and precise, our focus is on the integrity of your entire spine, not merely the area exhibiting symptoms. It’s one more reason why you can’t judge your health by how you feel.
Four Foods to Help You Feel Younger
You’re never too old to start eating right and taking care of your body. The easiest place to start is with the foods you eat. Try to incorporate these into your diet to reduce inflammation and feel younger:
- Apples — it’s true. They can help keep the doctor away. Plus, they can help keep your digestive system going strong.
- Ginger — for aches and pains, ginger is packed with powerful antioxidants to help fight inflammation and calm aching muscles.
- Cherry juice — it’s best to sleep on our side during our golden years. If you’re having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, opt for cherry juice in the evening as it contains melatonin.
- Spinach — full of magnesium, spinach can help maintain nerve function and regulate blood sugar. Wondering what else you can do to keep your body feeling young? Naturally our first recommendation is calming your nervous system with regular chiropractic care.
~ Cousineau Chiropractic