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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!

Healthy Diet and Brain Health

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According to the American Academy of Neurology’s most recent study, eating healthy is linked to stronger cognitive health. Their healthy diet included not much red meat, moderate alcohol, and lots of fruits and vegetables, nuts and fish. The study included over 27,860 participants over the age of 55, from 40 different countries, and the participants were studied for an average of five years. However, certain health conditions were excluded at the start of the study, conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, or peripheral artery disease, and participants who had experienced stroke or heart disease during the study were no longer followed.

The baseline measure of cognitive health was a thinking and memory skill test at the start of the study, two years into the study, and finally five years from the beginning. Only 14% of those with the healthiest diets showed a decline in thinking and memory while 18% of those with the least healthy diets showed a decline. The numbers for the healthiest diets included 5,687 people, with 782 showing cognitive decline, and 5,459 participants with unhealthy diets, 987 showing a significant cognitive decline. The relative difference from these figures produces 24% lower likelihood of a drop in thinking and memory for people eating well.

However diet in later life is only part of the picture. Study author Dr. Andrew Smyth of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, says “Adoption of a healthy diet probably begins early in life, and a healthy diet might also go along with adoption of other healthy behaviors.

In conclusion, “we report that higher diet quality is associated with a reduced risk of cognitive decline. Improved diet quality represents an important potential target for reducing the global burden of cognitive decline.”

For help getting motivated to maintain a healthy diet, contact the Lavanga Group today, to discuss your options.

Sleep and your Mattress

Getting the right amount of sleep is important to our health.  In fact, a lack of adequate sleep over time can lead to a shortened lifespan.  In general, adults should get eight ours of sleep per night.  Many people believe that the need for sleep declines with age, however this is false.  Adults may be able to function with as little as six hours of sleep per night, but it is not recommended.

Sometimes falling asleep can seem impossible. One of the leading causes for sleepless nights can be attributed to your mattress.  In a four year-study, more than 16,000 nights of sleep were evaluated on 128 subjects.  This study looked at how different support levels of mattresses impacted the following: sleep, pain and daytime functioning.  This study by Research Triangle International and Drs. Andy Krystal and Jack Edinger from Duke University, found that even small differences in mattress support (soft, medium, firm) correlated with changes in sleep and pain.  The study revealed that mattresses really do matter when it comes to sleep.

Memory foam mattresses have been known to provide advanced comfort and support while sleeping.  However, this foam does not breathe well, which means it warms up with more exposure to your body heat.  Tempflow is a visco-elastic memory foam mattress that uses patented airflow circulation technology.  This technology allows your body heat to ventilate out of the mattress, while cooler air can flow through the layers.

To find out more information about Tempflow, contact Dr. Dan at the Lavanga Group today!

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.

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.  Mashable.com 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!

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 ChiroHosting.com, 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.

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!

The Importance of Stretching Before and After a Workout

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While warming up for a workout, it’s important to remember to stretch.  Stretching before a workout will help make your body more pliable and less prone to injury.  Make sure to stretch the main muscle groups that you plan on using during your workout.  Stretching helps to:

  • Reduce muscle tension
  • Make the body feel more relaxed
  • Prevent muscle strains and joint strains
  • Prepare the body for your workout
  • Promote circulation
  • Reduce muscular soreness

Post stretches are just as important as stretching prior to your workout.  After a workout, stretching will help you increase your flexibility and range of motion.  It’s important to gently stretch post workout and order to optimize range of motion and performance.  Listen to your body to make sure your not forcing the stretch.

Here are a few of the best post workout stretches to help prevent injury:

  • Quadricep Stretch is essential if you engage in strength training or high amounts of cardiovascular exercise.
  • Hamstring Stretch is a great stretch if you engage in high amounts of cardiovascular activity.
  • Side Stretches help focus on the abdominal muscles.
  • Calf Stretches will help loosen up the muscles in the lower part of your leg.

To learn more about how stretching can benefit your body, contact Lavanga Chiropractic today!

Music Helps Keep You Motivated and Focused

Music can help you stay motivated and focused. The act of listening to music can help you concentrate on a boring task. The Globe and Mail reported that, “Focusing on a favorite song combats de-motivating brain signals associated with fatigue or boredom.”  For example, listening to music while working on a boring task keeps you energized and in the zone.  People rely on music to get them through a tough workout or a long commute.  Think of how you can use music to your advantage!

A powerful song can change your mood instantly.  Music can be fun and uplifting or comforting and melancholy.  In fact, “Music’s energizing effects comes from its ability to engage the body’s sympathetic nervous system. The activation of this system readies the body for action whenever we face a challenge in our environment.”  Many people listen to music daily. Most people find that listening to music while driving can help you stay focused.  Imagine how boring road-trips would be if there wasn’t any music to pass the time.  Music can make you motivated to workout, clean, dance, sing, run, and so on.  Music can also be beneficial to your health—to find out how, check out this site!

To find out more information about how staying motivated can benefit your health, contact The Lavanga Group today!