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Back Pain Related To Lifestyle

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According to WebMd there are several possible causes of lower back pain that relate to one’s lifestyle. Maintaining a healthy weight is imperative for your health. Carrying around those extra pounds puts added stress on your joints. What can you do today to improve your health? Maybe take a walk for 15 minutes, drink more water, and/or try getting an extra half an hour of sleep.

Cigarette smoking is known to increase the likelihood of lower back pain. Patients with a history of alcohol abuse or depression are four times more likely to suffer from back pain. Are you struggling with managing your emotions? Have you had some setbacks and are having a confidence crisis? Everyone needs help sometime. Do something today to improve your situation. There is no shame in asking for help. Building consistent healthy habits daily impacts how you feel and many times it helps transform other areas of your life. Start one small healthy change and implement it daily. Then slowly start adding to your daily activity to take care of yourself.  This study just reiterates another way how having healthy habits impacts your body. What you do daily take care of yourself stay connected with your values helps transform your life.

If you or someone you know is suffering from back pain it is important to get help from a professional. Call Lavanga Chiropractic today.

Juggle Work, Family, and Earning a Degree With the Least Amount of Stress

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Forty years ago, you didn’t need a degree to make something of yourself after high school.  You did have to work harder (at the very least) without a degree; however, it wasn’t mandated across the board.  Nowadays, college grads (with an undergraduate degree) are even having a hard time finding the career, not the job, they went to school for.  The “baby boomers” mostly retired from the job they got right out of high school and now, young adults have four or more jobs before they get their annual evaluation!

More and more adults who have careers and families are going back to, or starting college for the first time!  There is even an entire education sector dedicated to online schooling – to make education readily available to all who have internet!  Earning a degree for some is a right of passage – for others, they will be the first in their families to ever graduate from college.  For those who wait until later in life to earn a degree, don’t fear – it IS possible to succeed and maintain yourself and your life prior to school.

Today, you can find a lot of advice on how to juggle work and earning a degree.  You can even find advice on raising a family and earning a degree.  Here, you can read advice on how to juggle all three and still maintain a sense of self and still keep up with all of your obligations.  The article even touts that you can manage all three and “Still pick the kids up from school”.  There are no indicators for if this article is for single parents or not; however, the rules still apply in one way or another.



Happy People Do These Things Just After Waking to Ensure a Good Day

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Have you ever noticed the “happy morning people” and thought to yourself – UGH how do they do it?!  It is hard to find a relationship between morning people and their average hours of sleep/night.  Some folks say they slept “too long” and they are drowsy all day; others don’t get enough sleep and drag for hours. The suggested eight hours is not very attainable for most working adults.

Simple adjustments to your morning routine can drastically change your mood for the entire day!  This article explains the eight things happy people do in the first 5 minutes of their day.  Imagine just five minutes improving your mood every single day – then you can be one of the “happy morning people”.

How To Use A Stability Ball

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Stability Ball

You know that big round ball you see in gyms and say to yourself “Hmm I wonder what you use that for?”

Well that big bouncy ball is a balance ball; otherwise known as a stability ball, exercise ball, swiss ball, or fitness ball. The purpose of the ball is to help improve strength, cardio, stability, endurance, and balance.

In Sophia Breene’s article she gives 20 effective stability ball exercises that will help your lower body, upper body, and core. To see the exercises click HERE 

To experience that big bouncy ball call Lavanga Chiropractic for times on our stability ball classes!

The Importance of Motivating Students

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Motivation involves setting goals.  To get motivated one must engage in activity, whether physical or mental.  Goals lead to action, which is why it’s important for students to set goals.  Students tend to perform better in school when they are properly motivated.  However, the struggle is getting their attention, especially with all of the technology distractions today. reported the following, “87% of teachers said technology is creating an easily distracted generation with short attention spans.  And 64% of teachers (from middle and high schools) say today’s digital technologies do more to distract students than to help them academically.”

To keep students motivated to learn, try the following tips:

  • Create learning activities that relate to the students’ lives.
  • Give them options.  Research shows that students have increased motivation when they “feel some sense of autonomy in the learning process.”
  • Provide challenging activities. “Scaffolding is one instructional technique where the challenge level is gradually raised as students are capable of more complex tasks.”
  • Use role models as examples to help them draw connections.  The positive influences may also help keep them engaged.
  • Watching a peer succeed at a task is a great way for other pupils to learn.
  • Supportive teaching styles can help keep increase student interest, enjoyment, engagement and performance.
  • Teach them how to learn.  If they are struggling, break down the learning process to help keep them motivated.

To learn more about motivation and why it’s important to the learning process, contact the Lavanga Group today!

Massage Benefits: Wellness You May Not Know About

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Sometimes the relaxing period of time after getting a massage makes us forget that a regular massage benefits our health!  The most noticed benefit is the relaxation that follows immediately – you will even be asked to sit up slowly and take a glass of water before you are on your way out.  Massages are a great way to reduce stress and bring back tranquility and peace to your life – even if it is only for a short time during the actual massage.  The more unnoticed massage benefits include help for the following conditions:

  • Anxiety
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia related to stress
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Paresthesias and nerve pain
  • Soft tissue strains or injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Temporomandibular joint pain

Types of massage

Swedish massage is a gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize you.

Deep massage is among the more common.  This massage technique uses slower, more-forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, commonly to help with muscle damage from injuries.

Sports massage is similar to Swedish massage, but it’s geared toward people involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries.

Trigger point massage focuses on areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse.

You masseuse can identify which form of massage will be best suited for your needs.  As with all other forms of pain relief and exercise, be sure to check with your doctor before you start a new regimen.  Read more about massage benefits here.


To enjoy massage benefits The Lavanga Group has to offer, and to schedule your massage, contact Lavanga Holistic Center today!  Now through February 14, 2015 single massages are only $59.00 or schedule a couples massage for $119.00(a $30.00 savings!).  What a great way to reconnect and simply be with your loved one!

Staying Active With Back Pain

Back pain can be very painful which can make it difficult to do even simple tasks.  Staying active can help you recover faster from back pain.  Michael Melton, the CEO of, states that those engage in physical activity while experiencing back pain will heal faster than those who are inactive.

Working out at the gym is not your only option—you can stay active while having fun!  Try playing a game of tennis with your neighbor or going to the batting cages.  Going to the park is one way for parents to stay active and spend time with their children.  Setting time aside to get exercise is not always easy.  Try to make it into a habit–this way you can heal from your back pain and prevent future pain.  Another simple way to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine is by walking your dog around the neighborhood.  Any physical activity is better than none.  In addition to healing back pain, physical activity contributes to your overall health.  A study found that, “Leisure-time physical activity improves mood and quality of life and prevents social isolation and loneliness.”  Whether or not you are experiencing back pain, staying active is beneficial to your health.

To learn more about how you can stay active while experiencing back pain, contact the Lavanga Group.

Fatty Acids and Your Health

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The FDA recommends eating two servings of fatty fish per week to maintain a health level of fatty acids in your body.  While a lot of people either don’t like fish or have little time to go to get fresh fish to cook during their busy schedules (fresh fish is preferred), this protein is encouraged for more than just a “round diet”.  If you fall into the category of folks who dislike fish, do yourself a favor and take Omega-3 fatty acid supplements regularly!

Fatty acids have been linked to some major health benefits explained in more detail here:

Heart Health

By following the recommended 1-2 servings of fatty fish per week, people were found less likely to develop arrhythmia’s, lower triglyceride levels, slowed growth rate of atherosclerotic plaque, and even lower blood pressure!  These are all major points to keep your heart in tip top shape and functioning properly.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Fatty acids found in fish have been linked to reducing pain and inflammation from diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis when coupled with NSAIDs.  Imagine less chronic pain and discomfort from a simple dietary change.

Current Research

There are currently clinical trials being conducted to link fatty acids and their positive effects on: diabetes, osteoporosis, ADHD, IBD, breast cancer, prostate cancer and many more!

Scared to take the plunge?  Try using regular supplements and cooking fish sparingly until you find “your fish”.  Fish is such a versatile protein that is often shrugged off because of fear of how to cook it at home.  When you order fish at a restaurant, it’s typically much more expensive and cooked in a way that may seem intimidating. has a lot of easy to follow recipes that are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and are relatively simple to make!

How To Use A Stability Ball

    Stability Ball

You know that big round ball you see in gyms and say to yourself “Hmm I wonder what you use that for?”

Well that big bouncy ball is a balance ball; otherwise known as a stability ball, exercise ball, swiss ball, or fitness ball. The purpose of the ball is to help improve strength, cardio, stability, endurance, and balance.

In Sophia Breene’s article she gives 20 effective stability ball exercises that will help your lower body, upper body, and core. To see the exercises click HERE 

To experience that big bouncy ball call Lavanga Chiropractic for times on our stability ball classes!


Do You Have a Vision?

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One of the key elements in reaching our goals is having a clear and compelling vision for what we want. Most people could tell you easily what they do not want in their lives.  Take some time today to write down your vision for your life and why you want it for you life.  The most important step in this process is your why.  For example, if you are looking to make a career change what will that do for you and your family?  Next think about what kind of person would you have to be in order for this vision to come true?  What skills and knowledge would you have to possess to make this dream come true?  What habits would you have to have in order to have this vision for your life come true? Who do you know that could help with this vision? Where do the people that have achieved these goals spend their time? Is there an association?  A networking group you can join? What steps can you do today to move yourself forward in the direction of your vision? At any moment you can choose to turn your life around. You want to have a gut- wrenching why to achieve your vision because when the obstacles arrive you need to review your why to give you fuel to keep going.  Know that you can always change your mind at any time to make a better tomorrow.

For help putting your vision into action, contact the Lavanga Group today!