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Depression and Chiropractic Care

  • Depression

Depression is a very tough subject to discuss, especially when you are the person affected.  It affects people’s physical day-to-day performance and is not simply their mind and also causes physical pain in some circumstances.  Eighteen percent of the U.S. population, age eighteen and older, in 2014 were diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.  Nearly half of those were also diagnosed with depression alongside their anxiety disorder.  This is typically associated with death, loss, or trauma of any kind.

A study from 2013 connected chiropractic care and easing the side effects from depression.    When people are depressed, it is easy to become careless about themselves.  Diet and personal care are most prominent to others around; however, simple tasks such as walking upright and keeping shoulders back take effort.  Depression is sometimes all consuming and it will take getting to the root of the depression first and foremost to turn it all around.  Chiropractic care has been shown to alleviate the secondary symptoms associated with slouching and the carelessness associated with self-worth and depression.

Find out what The Lavanga Group can do to help you manage your symptoms today!

Athletes Benefit From Chiropractic Care

  • Athletes

Chiropractor care can help athletes recover from and prevent future sport injuries.  Athletes often seek treatment for back and neck pain, but chiropractic care includes much more than that. It focuses on the relationship between the body’s construction and it’s purpose.  Daniel David Palmer, the founder of the chiropractic profession, observed the human body and found that it has a “natural healing ability.”  This natural process appeals to athletes who prefer a less invasive method of medicine.

Athletes put a tremendous amount of tension on their bodies.  Chiropractic care provides athletes with an alternative to surgery as well as a painkiller-free remedy.  This hands-on healing method can help athletes suffering from headaches as well as help prevent injuries.  Chiropractic physicians are popular among athletes because they understand how the human body works. This is important for athletes who want to try and avoid an injuring from recurring. Chiropractic physicians provide athletes where the plan to heal and prevent future pain.

Chiropractic care involves the idea that the body has the power to heal itself…it just needs a little help from a chiropractic physician! For more information about the benefits provided by chiropractic care, contact The Lavanga Group today!

Make Ahead and Freeze Paleo Crock Pot Meals

  • Paleo in Crock Pot

Eating Paleo has been linked to healthier lifestyles and improved wellness for quite some time now.  The theory in the Paleolithic (Paleo) diet is, if the cave people ate it, so do you.  Meal prep for Paleo eating is a chore to most; this can lead to “cheating” or worse, giving up on completely.  Here are seven Paleo meals that you can prep ahead of time and freeze then toss into your crock pot the day you want it for dinner!

Back in the days of single income households and milkmen, it was typical for men to go to work while women kept the house and prepared dinner every night.  In today’s America, single income households are far and few between.  Don’t be afraid to use your slow cooker!  Most slow cooker meals utilize high protein, fresh ingredients – in turn, leading to a healthier dinnertime!

Chiropractic Adjustments Have Many Benefits

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Chiropractic adjustments can be a scary thought for people – my doctor is going to do what?!  Why did they yell at us in school for cracking our knuckles if popping joints is a form of therapy?  The bright side is that there is a lot of research on the benefits of regularly scheduled chiropractic adjustments and this article explains some of them.

Writings all the way back to 2700 B.C. and 1500 B.C. mention schiropractic adjustments of the lower extremities to ease low back pain.  This practice has been proven to ease pain and discomfort in a majority of cases when a regimen is followed.


Helping to Motivate Others

  • Motivate

You can help motivate others at home and at work.  Inspiring your coworkers may help create a more efficient and effective work environment.  It may also create an enjoyable workplace where people are passionate about what they are doing.  Likewise, inspiring your spouse to exercise with you could help benefit his heath.  This may lead to the two of you enjoying a longer, healthier, and happier life together.  Helping others stay motivated can also help you stay on track.

Check out these tips on how you can help motivate others:

  1. Help them identify a purpose.  To motivate others you should try and help them understand the purpose of a particular job or task.  People are more likely to be motivated if they know what the purpose is.
  2. When helping to motivate others, try to create a sense of importance.  By emphasizing the importance of a task, you make them feel responsible to complete it.
  3. Explain the benefits.  It will be easier to keep others motivated if they know how it will benefit them.  For example, if you are trying to keep your child motivated to complete their chores, explain that you’ll reward the with ice cream or treat them to a movie.
  4. You can also motivate others by being supportive.  Encouraging others who lack motivation can help to inspire them to achieve their goals.

To learn more about motivating others, contact the Lavanga Group today!

Preventing Injuries from Falls

  • Injuries

A recent study has found that exercise and vitamin D help prevent older adults from sustaining injuries from falls. Finnish researchers took a study of 409 women, living at home, ranging from the age of 70 to 80. They were randomly assigned to one of four groups; the first group was a placebo without exercise, then a daily vitamin D supplement without exercise, the third group was a placebo with exercise, and lastly a vitamin D supplement with exercise.

The exercises were done at a regular pace for the length of two years. They concentrated on balance, weight bearing, strength, and agility. Although neither the vitamin D supplement nor exercise reduced amount of falls those who took vitamin D alone were 16 percent less likely to sustain an injury, those who were in the placebo with exercise were 54 percent less likely, and those who took both the vitamin D and exercise were 62 percent less likely to sustain an injury from the fall than from the placebo without exercise group.

The researchers suggest that taking vitamin D and physical conditioning increases bone density, which helps in preventing injury. However, as for vitamin D if you have sufficient levels taking more vitamin D will not help you.

If you are suffering from an injury due to a fall, contact Lavanga Chiropractic today!

Kinesio Taping and Regular Chiropractic Adjustments

  • kinesio taping

Kinesio taping can be traced back to the 1970’s when Dr. Kase was searching for a method to ease strained muscles and joints.  This taping method has been used for decades by athletes and others who are attempting to ease their joint and muscle discomfort, as well as back pain experienced late in pregnancy.  Kinesio taping should only be performed under the supervision of a trained physician.  They will guide you on placement, frequency and duration of your therapy plan based on your pain history.

Kinesio taping earned its claim to fame in the 1988 Olympics – unlike its sports tape counterparts, kinesio offers more flexibility and range of motion than others.  Regularly scheduled chiropractic adjustments, in addition to kinesio tape therapy, can prolong the health and repair of your joints and muscles.  While chiropractic care maintains proper alignment of the human body, kinesio tape helps maintain muscle placement and movement between appointments.

Find out what The Lavanga Group can do to help you manage your pain in addition to kinesio taping today!

Brain Foods that Benefit Your Health

  • Brain Foods

Eating right can have numerous health benefits.  In fact, eating what are referred to as brain foods can help you maintain a healthy brain!  Your brain uses more than 20% of your daily energy intake.  This means that your brain demands energy to work efficiently.  Therefore, the foods we consume have a major impact on brain function.  Certain foods have the power to keep your mind sharp and nourished.  Brain foods are known to improve your memory, mood, concentration, and even overall clarity.

One of the most popular brain foods are blueberries.  Blueberries are rich in antioxidants and improve memory function.  Researchers found that blueberries also have the power to help improve motor function, balance, and coordination.  Eating breakfast is essential to fueling your brain throughout the day.  Researchers recommend starting your day off with high-fiber whole grains, diary, and fruits.  Salmon is also known to help increase brainpower.  The omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon also have been known to help fight against Alzheimer’s disease.  Brain foods also include flax seeds, coffee, mixed nuts, avocados, eggs, whole grains, chocolate, and broccoli.  To find out more about brain foods and how they can help improve your memory, mood, and concentration, visit this site.

To learn more about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, contact Lavanga Chiropractic today!

Bad Posture Affects Your Health

  • Bad Posture Affects Your Health

Bad posture can have many negative affects on your body and health.  Repeating poor posture can actually change and adapt your body’s alignment, causing you to experience pain.  Bad posture can cause what is referred to as a hunchback.  This is when your back forms a C shape at the top of your spinal column.  Bad posture can also cause rounded shoulders, which is common for people who work mostly at a desk.  To find out what may be causing your bad posture and ways to correct it, check out this site!

While a slow, slumped walk tends to make you drowsy, skipping helps you to avoid bad posture and raise energy levels.  A great exercise to help stretch your back and boost your energy levels is skipping.  According to an experiment, you are more likely to feel or think of something positive when you are sitting up straight.  Having good posture is important to your health and overall happiness.  In fact, your body language has the power to shape your personality and even change your hormones.  Check out Amy Cuddy’s famous Ted Talk to learn more!

If you are suffering from back pain due to bad posture, contact Lavanga Chiropractic today!

Shoes Can Cause Back Pain

  • Shoes Can Cause Back Pain

Feet are the foundation of the body.  Wearing shoes that don’t give proper support could contribute or even cause lower back pain.  To avoid nagging back pain, it’s important to try and find footwear with that have extra cushioning.  It may also be helpful to use insoles or inserts to help provide extra support.

One way to avoid back pain is to replace your sneakers when you notice that they aren’t providing enough support.  If you run or jog regularly, make sure to invest in a high-quality pair of athletic shoes.  By investing in a more supportive shoe, you’ll be able to get more use out of them and benefit from the extra cushioning.

Another shoe that throws off the alignment of the body are high heels.  When wearing high heels, you’re not walking in a natural position.  This can cause stress and strain on the lower back.  It is recommended to wear lower heels when possible.  Another way to avoid the strain caused by high heels is to limit the duration you wear them.  For example, while walking to-and-from work, wear your sneakers and switch into your heels when you arrive at the office!

Flip-flops are a less supportive shoe that can lead to stress and strain on joints and tendons.  In fact, wearing flip-flops for a long period of time can cause arch pain, heel pan, ankle pain or knee pain.  Flip flops are ideal shoes for the summer, but if you know you’ll be walking long distances, try to wear your sneakers!

To find out more information about how your shoes can have an impact on your back pain, contact Lavanga Chiropractic!