Circle Of Thought

Dealing With Stress

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How do we improve how we deal with stress? What is the best way to deal with competing demands?  We live in a fast paced world. It is no wonder that with our constant connection to technology and how most of people never unplug that we are feeling overwhelmed.  For most people when they are stressed their breath becomes shallow.  It is a natural reaction to take shallow breaths during times of stress.  The next time you feel overwhelmed and are feeling stressed stop for a moment.  Notice how you are breathing. Is it shallow? What are you focusing on? Most likely you are scared of something like missing a deadline at work?  What is your body posture like? Are you slumped over?  Try radically changing your posture and your breathing.  You will want to fully oxygenate your brain with deep breaths and good posture in order to face your challenges.  Ask yourself what is it that you want in this moment?  What can I do right now to improve this situation? Next time you feel stressed take a deep breath and focus on what you want and then proceed. It may sound simple but this works.  To read more about stress management, click here.

For more ideas on dealing with stress contact The Lavanga Group today.

Desk Job Posture and Its Importance

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It is a safe assumption that most desk job workers (let alone most of society) do not have proper posture all day long. For most, it takes a conscious effort to maintain good posture at all.  Constant hunching over and leaning can cause major aches in your back which will last far longer than the desk you are sitting at.  Right now, while reading this, I bet you are adjusting your position in your chair.

While it is unavoidable to slip every now and then, you can follow a few simple tips to ensure you are maintaining good posture more often than not.  The simplest way is to utilize props – a lumbar support pillow for your lower back, an alarm to make you get out of the chair and move every 30-60 minutes at work, post pictures of proper posture at your desk, etc.  This article gives some other suggestions to maintaining proper posture for a desk job – although good posture is important for everyone!

If the damage is already done, try yoga to correct your spine damage caused by your desk job.   Yoga is a low-to-no impact stretching exercise that will help get your muscles in gear to make good posture even easier from day to day.  By working your muscles regularly, it will be easier to maintain good posture because your muscles will do most of the work for you!

Chiropractic Care Effectively Treats Headaches

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Do you suffer from frequent headaches or migraines?  Those suffering may benefit from chiropractic care to relieve their pain.  Research shows that chiropractic care is effective in treating patients that suffer from headaches and migraines.

Birmingham chiropractor Dr. Scott Duca found significant success treating patients for headaches by using non-invasive pain management techniques such as chiropractic care.  “Tension headaches can strike without warning, leaving a patient feeling as if their head is trapped in a vice,” said Dr. Duca. “Research shows that tension headaches can be triggered by spasms of the RCPM muscle. These spams can be caused by a loss of the normal cervical curvature in the neck or pressure from a cervical spine misalignment. By correcting the curve and misalignment, we relieve pressure on the muscle and stop the spasms, thereby reducing the likelihood that a patient will develop recurring tension headaches.”

Although chiropractic care cannot eliminate all headaches, regular adjustments do help many patients maintain proper spinal alignment.  This may play a role in reducing the frequency and severity of headaches.  Chiropractic care focuses on healing the underlying causes of pain.

If you are suffering from frequent headaches or migraines, contact Lavanga Chiropractic to schedule an appointment today!

Resistance Bands Strengthen Muscles

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Resistance bands provide an inexpensive, safe, and effective workout.  They are frequently used in physical therapy; however, they can be used as an exercise tool for people of all ages.  Johns Hopkins Medicine states that using resistance bands is “one of the safest methods to increase bone strength and help prevent osteoporosis.”  Resistance bands are a great weight-bearing exercise that can help strengthen and tone your muscles.

A major benefit of resistance bands is their versatility.  You can exercise your whole body with resistance bands!  The bands can be used for many different exercises and do not require you to change weights like other exercise equipment.  Another added bonus of these bands is your ability to take them with you wherever you go!  If you travel frequently these bands won’t take up space in your luggage.  These bands also provide you with a safe workout.  You won’t have to worry about dropping any weights on your feet.

These bands also provide you with a great way to deepen your stretch and increase your flexibility.  You can use these bands to stretch your hamstrings, inner thighs, hip, upper back, chest, quads, and sides.  To learn how to properly do these stretches using resistance bands, check out this site.

To find out which exercises can help improve your health, contact Lavanga Chiropractic today!

The Health Benefits of Walking

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With today’s fast paced lifestyle and culture, it is sometimes easy to miss out on the simple things in life that will have a positive effect on your health: meditation, yoga, healthy eating and most importantly walking.  Most of us walk in some way, shape or form every day.  We walk to and from the car, around the office or at work, around the house – but do just as many of us walk for our health?  Some people take walks to clear their heads and have some alone time while others take group walks to catch up with friends or family as a way to stay in touch!

Walking has many positive impacts on your health and well being that have little to do with weight.  Taking a daily walk, even as slow as two miles per hour, can improve heart health and cardiovascular endurance!  The average adult is suggested to require 10,000 steps per day – minimum.  This seems like a LOT of work; however, taking a stroll at your lunch hour at work can take up a large chunk of those steps!  Most smart phones are even compatible with apps to track these steps.  Maintaining good posture during these walks will also improve your muscles required to maintain good posture while sitting and other non-walking activities!

For those who aren’t used to a more aggressive exercise regimen, walking is a great place to start!  Take the time you need and the pace that is (not too) simple for you and get started.  As with all exercise, consult with your doctor prior to starting a new regimen.  Contact Lavanga Chiropractic today to assist with your plan today!

Depression and Chiropractic Care

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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!

The Benefits of Chiropractic Care

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People often seek chiropractic care for back pain.  About 35% of Americans who visit chiropractors annually seek relief from back pain.  However, chiropractors also treat patients suffering from neck pain, headaches, injuries, muscle strains, arthritis and more.  Recent studies reveal that chiropractic care may be more effective than medication in relieving neck pain.  Chiropractic care also focuses on on-going preventive and wellness care.  It promotes overall health and wellness by reducing the stress and irritation of the spinal nerve roots.

Chiropractic care can help reduce pain, improve joint range of motion, and even enhance your quality of life.  Chiropractors seek to develop treatment plans for their patients that will optimize their overall health.  Instead of resulting to medication for a “quick-fix,” chiropractic care focuses on relieving your pain and developing a plan to prevent similar injuries from occurring.  In “Dynamic Chiropractic,” Dr. Charles Masarsky explains that chiropractic care may also have long-term health benefits.  He identifies these long-term benefits as, “Retention of lung capacity, improved visual acuity, reaction time and balance, and enhanced cardiovascular health.”  Chiropractic care provides both short-term and long-term health benefits.  To find out more information about how chiropractic care can benefit your health, contact Lavanga Chiropractic today!

Benefits of Personal Training

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Sometimes getting motivated to exercise feels impossible.  If you are struggling to reach your see results, a personal trainer can help you develop the right workout plan to meet your goals!  Personal trainers provide endless benefits to your health!  Personal training is great for if you need help losing a few pounds, toning your arms, flattening your stomach, learning new exercises, and so on.  Seeking out a personal trainer means that you are ready to make a commitment to your health and fitness.

The following are just a few ways personal training can benefit you!

  • Getting started.  Half of the struggle is starting to workout.  Personal training will help you get started and develop an exercise routine that is tailored to your fitness goals!
  • Learn proper technique and form.  Personal training allows you to learn how to properly do an exercise.  This benefits your health in the long-term and helps to prevent potential injuries.
  • Achieve your goals.  If you are striving to reach significant fitness goals, personal training will help keep you on track!
    If you are interested in personal training, try out a trainer, look for qualifications and style, search online, and ask yourself how well they teach.

Personal Training is now available at Lavanga Chiropractic!  Call (215) 364-1112 for more information!

Dark Chocolate Health Benefits

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To all you chocoholics out there, we have some good news!  Dark chocolate has numerous health benefits that can help satisfy your sweet tooth!  Studies have shown that eating dark chocolate can have a positive impact on your health if incorporated into your diet responsibly.

Eating small amounts of dark chocolate a few times a week can help lower high blood pressure.  When you’re out shopping and are craving something sweet, make sure to choose dark chocolate as it helps improve blood flow.  The increase in blood flow to the brain and heart can also help improve cognitive function and reduce the risk of stroke.

Do you ever notice feeling happier after eating chocolate?  Your change in mood may be the result of a chemical found in chocolate called phenulethylamine (PEA).  FitDay.com reports that, “PEA encourages your break to release endorphins, so eating dark chocolate will make you feel happier.”  Eating a few pieces of dark chocolate a week can positively impact your mood—so instead of feeling guilty after binging on sweets, swap them for dark chocolate and be guilt-free!

While most sweets damage your teeth, dark chocolate actually hardens tooth enamel.  In other words, dark chocolate is less likely to give you cavities!  With that being said make sure you don’t over do it—dark chocolate has its benefits but it should be consumed in moderation.

To learn more about nutrition contact the The Lavanga Group today!

Improve your Body’s Physical Function with Chiropractic Care

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Chiropractic adjustment is defined as a procedure in which chiropractors use their hands or a small instrument to apply a controlled, sudden force to a spinal joint.  Chiropractic adjustment is also referred to as spinal manipulation.  The goal of chiropractic adjustment is to correct structural alignment.  Chiropractic care helps to improve your body’s physical function.

Chiropractic care can be effective in treating lower back pain.  Studies suggest that chiropractic treatment also may be effective for those suffering fro headaches, and other spine-related conditions, such as neck pain. Chiropractic treatment helps to improve your body’s physical function by promoting self-healing.  No preparation is required before a chiropractic adjustment.  Some patients may require a series of visits to your chiropractor.

To find out how chiropractic care can help improve your physical function, contact Lavanga Chiropractic today!