Can Your Pet Help You De-stress?
They’re cute, cuddly and never argue with us. Our pets also can help us live healthier lives for a number of reasons, with stress reduction being a major one. Exercise, yoga and meditation help many people de-stress but spending time with our pets is another habit that’s good for the body and soul.
Our animals show us unconditional love and are there for support during good times and bad. They also are the ideal workout companion. With dogs, in particular, you can walk them, run with them or have them retrieve a ball.
If you have allergies, consider getting fish or a hypoallergenic animal. Watching fish swim in a bowl or aquarium is profoundly relaxing and can lower stress levels.
Of course, another excellent way to reduce stress is with chiropractic care as it helps to reduce muscle tension and keep your nervous system healthy.
Diet Overhaul to Decrease Arthritis Symptoms
Imagine a world where 13% of your loved ones over the age of 18 are diagnosed with arthritis. By 2030, this is estimated to be the new normal. The good news? Managing or reducing symptoms of arthritis is as close as your kitchen.
What you eat can have a dramatic impact on symptoms such as swelling or stiffness. Grains and refined sugar, for example, cause inflammation in the body. Reducing or removing these from your diet may help to diminish the aches and pains associated with arthritis.
Taking turmeric supplements or cooking with it also may help to reduce inflammation. Also, choose to consume good fats such as monosaturated ones. Avoid eating foods that contain hydrogenated oils. It’s also an excellent idea to consume more fruits and vegetables, eat free-range chicken, grass-fed beef and only low-mercury fish.
Regular chiropractic care may help reduce the inflammation from misaligned or malfunctioning joints.
My Feet Are Killing Me!
If you know someone who suffers from back pain, they probably think they have a back problem. But it could be their feet that are causing their back pain! Surprised?
The arches of the feet and the joints in the ankle, knee and hip serve as shock absorbers as we deal with gravity when we walk, run and move. Even the slightest loss of normal joint movement can produce a compensation reaction felt further up the spine.
Chiropractic is unique in that we look at the person with the problem—not just the problem in the person.
Is the loss of proper arch support, the wearing of high heels or the outward flaring of either foot the underlying cause of all low back pain? Of course not.
However, with a thorough physical, orthopedic and chiropractic examination we can find out. Encourage your friend or family member to schedule an appointment and discover natural relief.