Benefits of Healthcare Insurance

For some considering health care insurance is totally not an option. For others not pillsconsidering health care is absolutely no option at all.

Of course there will always be people coming with the argument of money involved: Health care insurance is simply too expensive (often added with: And when push comes to shove an insurance company won’t pay-out anyway). [Read more...]

How to Become a Chiropractor

Becoming a Chiropractor isn’t like getting a degree in nuclear physics. I’m saying that if I chiropractorcan do it, you can do it. There are clear steps to take and definite benefits to being a chiropractor. So if you like working with people and want to help them to get fitter, this might be a profession for you.

I’ll start with the benefits of being a Chiropractor and continue how the process works in the US. [Read more...]

Common Health Issues From Driving Too Long

Automobiles help to make getting around easy and convenient for millions of people. While cars and trucks make traveling more efficient; they also can impact a person’s health if they spend a lot of time out on the road. Common health problems such as back pain and fatigue usually show up in people who drive for a long period.

Back Pain

Back pain is a common problem that affects many people. This issue becomes magnified when people travel in their vehicles for days on end. Individuals that are employed in the transportation business typically suffer from back pain. The pain comes about because drivers have to stay in a seated position for many hours. Drivers should take frequent stretch breaks while out on the road.

Cardiovascular Problems

People who remain in a sitting position for a long period will reduce the flow of blood in their cardiovascular system. Drivers who spend a lot of time in their car could raise up their blood pressure or increase their overall chances of contracting heart disease. Lack of movement is not good for the body because a person’s heart and blood needs this stimulation to stay in good condition. People who drive for a long time should take walking breaks to get their cardiovascular system flowing.

Fatigue

When a person drives on the road for an extended period they usually become fatigued. Once a motorist become tired they can start to make bad decisions that could cause damage to another vehicle or serious injury (which is why getting a safe helmet is always a good idea). Fatigue is a major problem for people who have to drive all day and night. People who are tired should get off the road and get the rest they need so that they will remain safe while out on the road.

Mental Health Issues

Incidents involving aggressive driving or road rage have increased since the 2000s. For some reason people are becoming extremely angry while they drive around on the road. According to the NHTSA reports that road rage accounts causes thousands of deaths and a few fatalities each year. People who spend a lot of time driving have a tendency to become agitated and irritated. In order to relieve stress they should pull over to get some rest or try to drive for a shorter time period.

Poor Diet

People who drive a lot have a tendency to eat a poor diet. They usually stop to eat at restaurants, motels or gas stations. A drivers diet typically consists of foods that are high in cholesterol, fat, sodium and sugar. These four substances harmless in moderation but when people consume a large amount they can cause major health problems. Obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes could result over the years for many drivers because of their diet.

Motorists that have to stay out on the road for a long period of time should take frequent breaks to get their blood flowing. They also should make sure that they are eating a healthy diet and getting enough sleep while they travel.

Questions About How to Fix Back Problems from the Ground Up

I was recently speaking with a patient who works as a Fish and Game Warden and frequently finds himself hiking in our beautiful state and national parks. He was expressing his concerns to me about the amount of hiking he does and how sometimes after a day outdoors he will feel acute pain which comes and goes, usually after stopping for a rest. This was also impacting his free time with his son who also loved the outdoors and hiking and who had recently returned from college following in his dad’s law enforcement footsteps and informed him that of all the criminal justice departments, that Fish and Game Wardens were the most likely to suffer chiropractic issues. As he is out in the field when this happens, he’s often not able to make it in to the office for treatment in a timely manner and was looking for ways to reduce this pain or find the cause and stop it all together.

To start I asked him to show me what he wore to work, specifically his footwear and any packs he took with him. He often wears a small pack which I went over with him and examined how he was wearing it, the weight distribution and how it would affect his stride and how that could affect his back. All in all it seemed good as it had plenty of support straps, which securely fastened it to his body while hiking and it wasn’t overly heavy. Not a problem.

Next we looked over his footwear. He showed me a pair of what looked like normal cross trainers that looked like they had seen quite a few miles. Aha! When I asked him about them he said he liked them because they were comfortable and easy to tie up and take off, though from my perspective they looked like they weren’t providing the kind of support and traction he needed with the amount of hiking he does. I went over a list of some of the hiking boots that were on the market today and showed him some of the features they had that would help reduce his pain: things like reinforced mid-soles which reduce foot strain on long trips and better soles to prevent slipping. I recommended boots to him over shoes for the extra support they provide and because modern boots are now extremely lightweight and comfortable, which was a concern he had.

I always like to discuss these types of issues with patients when they come in with issues. We can treat the issues through adjustments and different techniques, however if there is not change in the daily habits which are the root cause of the problems, the issues will persist despite our best efforts. If someone spends the majority of their day on their feet it is important to look at standing posture, footwear, gait and other habits they may have. For office workers who are at a desk most of the time we also look at posture, though while seated, the correct angle to sit at, how to plant your feet as well as properly setting up your work space by having a chair the correct height for you and your desk and monitors angled correctly to keep your neck at a healthy angle.

It is important to remember that while we are able to treat many injuries through chiropractic measures it is also very important to live a healthy life and take preventative measures to prevent injury every day. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

How Construction Workers Can Avoid Work Related Back Pain

I have treated  numerous patients who work in the construction industry. They usually have the same problem. They suffer from backaches related to their work.

While it is a requirement to obtain a white card in Australia if you want to work in the construction business, this is not the case here in the US. Here, a high school graduate can walk up to a construction site and ask if they have an opening. If they do, he is hired on the spot. Some companies don't mind if the worker does not have previous training. He can be taught on the site.

I really prefer the system they use in Australia where construction workers have to undergo a white card safety training program before they can be granted an ID. Without this ID, you won't be able to work in construction. Why do I like it? Well, these workers are taught methods and techniques to avoid injuries in the construction site. On top of that, they are also taught how to do things the right way so they don't compromise the health of their back. I don't know the exact statistics but I'm willing to bet that there are fewer construction work-related back problems in Australia compared to the US.

However, construction workers in the US can take a proactive approach in learning ways on how to avoid work-related back injuries. How are they going to do this? Through the internet, of course. If there are websites that offer information on the best kitchen faucets, restaurants, or whatnot, there is surely a site that offers health tips for construction workers.

Let me start rolling the ball by offering a few tips of my own:

1. Wear boots to work.

Not a lot of people are aware of how shoes play an important role in spine health. It is imperative that the feet are well-cushioned because they carry the entire weight of the body. If your feet are not getting the support they need, the pressure falls on your back and hips. Keep in mind that construction work will require you to be on your feet almost all the time. Imagine how much weight your back and hips would be supporting just because you aren't wearing the right shoes.

2. Never lift more than half your body weight.

Most of my patients aren't aware that there is actually a limit to how much a person should carry. Many think that as long as they can lift it, it's not too heavy. This is common misconception among construction workers. They aren't aware that the muscles on their back are put through a lot when they carry something that is too heavy.

3. Rest even if don't need to.

A common mistake that construction workers make is thinking they're Energizer bunnies and they can go on and on and on. It is important to rest for at least 5 minutes every hour and stretch your back muscles to ensure blood is circulating properly in the area. This will avoid back muscles from cramping up and tearing. 

How Important is Mental Health?

I have written many different blog posts about different aspects of health. I usually focus on the things you can do for your body to promote good physical health, such as eating a healthy diet and getting adequate exercise. This also includes making sure you have a complete physical completed every year by your physician and addressing any potential health issues immediately.

However, one aspect of wellness that isn’t talk about nearly enough is that of mental wellness. There are so many things in our lives that create stress and fear and worry, all of which can create long-term health problems. Although mental health is equally important as physical health, many people do not realize that the two often go hand in hand.

Stress Can Create Long-Term Health Problems

It’s a fact that no one likes to talk about money, nor do people in general want to admit that a lack of money is the cause of incredible amounts of stress for people. However, living from paycheck to paycheck and not having the financial resources to provide daily necessities can create a host of problems for those impacted. For example, The Shriver Report talks about how childhood stress and poverty can contribute greatly to health issues such as:

  • Some types of heart disease
  • Depression
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Hepatitis

This partial list refers to diseases that show up later in life but that are directly impacted by poverty during childhood.

Stress related to poverty also negatively impacts the adults in charge of caring for their young children. Knowing that you may have to choose between paying the heating bill or purchasing food for your family creates a feeling of helplessness and despair. In turn, these emotions create additional stress and can cause debilitating problems.

Some Options to Alleviate Poverty

In some countries there are options for people who are living in poverty to gain some temporary relief. For example, some lenders in Australia offer cash loans for people on Centrelink. This can often help pay for unexpected medical expenses or car repairs, and can offer flexible and affordable repayment options. Having the ability to be able to weather these types of expenses can often alleviate stress for people who are unable to work temporarily.

Many people who are living in poverty often work full-time jobs and just can’t make ends meet. Typically, this scenario is caused by lack of adequate education, which forces people to take entry-level positions that pay poorly. One thing you can do to help break out of that cycle is to pursue a college degree.

Me? College?

For people who are living on the edge of homelessness, the idea of going to college seems both foreign and unattainable. However, some lenders specialize in offering bad credit personal loans. This website talks about what it takes to be able to qualify for a loan even if you have poor credit. For many people, this type of loan allows them to become debt-free, lower their monthly payments, and take less time to pay off debt.

In many cases, a bad credit personal loan can be a great way to pay off debt in order to be able to afford to go to college. Additionally, paying your loan payments on time can also improve your credit score!

It seems clear to me that taking good care of yourself mentally is just as important as taking care of yourself physically. If you work hard to combine mental and physical health, your overall satisfaction with life is bound to improve!

Sport Equipment for Your Home

People have been concerned of their overall body physique and health. To address that concern, there are establishments such as training and fitness centers. These establishments have been built in convenient locations – within the city, near offices and even inside the malls. It offers a complete package with different high tech equipment, fitness classes, fitness trainers and even a spa. All of these are conveniently located within one establishment.

Despite the many benefits one could get from these fitness centers, not everyone goes. One reason would be the hefty price. To be able to enjoy all these and more, you have to pay exclusive membership. The price would depend on the location, time and amenities. Another hindrance for people not to visit fitness center would be their availability. People would have the excuse, ‘I am too busy‘ or ‘I work 8 hours a day, I do not have time for that‘.

There is another way to enjoy using these sport equipment without the hefty membership fee. Plus, you could use it in your own time.

Sport stores sell different sport equipment that one could place inside their homes. Some of these equipment could be compactly stored to save space. Some may say these are too expensive. But the price outweighs all the long term benefits. In addition to that, you can use these before or after work, whichever is more convenient for you.

We have all heard of treadmills. It is an exercising machine wherein we walk or run at the same place. It could either be manual or electronic. The pace of the manual treadmill would depend on the pace of the user, the faster they walk or run, the faster the conveyer belt would move. Electronic treadmills are driven by an electric motor that moves a conveyer belt. One has to keep up with the pace of the conveyer belt. It has been very popular because it could measure heart rate, speed, and distance covered.

Elliptical trainer or cross trainer are equipment that mimic movement of a person walking or running up the stairs. There are two types of elliptical trainer – lower body movement, and both upper and lower body movement. For the former, only the legs move; there are handles that could support the arms. In the later, the arms could swing as the legs move. Just like treadmills, it could either be manual or electronic.

There are also exercise bikes or stationary bikes. Just like an ordinary bicycle it is composed of handles, peddles, and a seat, the only difference, it does not move anywhere. It is commonly used for general fitness and a training tool for bikers.

Weight benches or weight training benches look like ordinary benches but with cushions. Some weight benches are fixed horizontal, fixed inclined, fixed in a folded position, with adjustable portions, with racks, and so on. The use of a weight bench for home practice has decreased in the past years and has been replaced by the exercise ball.

The exercise ball is 14 to 24 inches in diameter ball filled with air. The exercise ball has different names such as the Swiss ball, balance ball, birth ball, body ball, fitness ball, gym ball, yoga ball and so on. Because one has to maintain balance while using the ball, more muscles are exercised and toned. This is a great workout tool, especially for women.

These are just some sport equipment you could purchase and use at your home. But remember, before engaging in any of these exercise, contact your doctor for any restrictions. If you feel unsure what to buy, ask a fitness trainer to help you.

Seeing a Chiropractor as a Preventive Measure

A chiropractor can provide great relief for individuals suffering from spine, limb and neck pain as well as a number of other related ailments. Most people only turn to a chiropractor when they are suffering from a sports injury or have been injured in a car accident.

This, however, is not recommended. You don't have to be injured to see a chiropractor. In fact, health professionals advise their patients to see a chiropractor from time to time to ensure that their spine is in good shape.

People engaged in strenuous activities like sports or heavy manual labour need basic knowledge in chiropractic practices. This area of alternative medicine emphasizes in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine. This kind of knowhow can only be obtained by seeking a chiropractor.

Many daily activities involve bending. However, most spinal injuries these days are related to improper posture when lighting weights at the gym. Gym rats who don't know any better make the mistake of putting pressure on their spinal cord when lifting heavy weights from the ground. To avoid this, proper posture is a must and this involves bending at the knees before lifting.

To protect your back, remember to bend your knees and use your legs and not your back to lift. You also need to make sure that your back is straight when lifting. Never twist and lift at the same time.

In the supermarket setting, shopping carts are recommended for moving heavy boxes and bags from one space to another. Carts will help keep you from straining your back, neck and shoulders.

Today, majority of the world's population spend a lot of hours in front of a computer, notepad, or smartphone. This can usually cause pain and stiffness if proper sitting posture is not observed. Chiropractors recommend sitting with your feet flat on the floor and your back naturally against the chair's back rest. Your shoulders should be relaxed. Also, it is important to take regular breaks to walk around and stretch.

Many people make mistakes out of ignorance. Those who prefer to watch their weight through self therapies at home are likely to make slight blunders during weight lifting. It is recommended that the load is always carried on both hands and spread at mid-torso.

Alternatively, one can go for lipoplasty to do away with excess fat in their bodies at an affordable price.

However, not a lot of people go for this type of procedure because they are afraid of the costs. The truth is, liposuction prices vary depending on a number of factors. Before you see a plastic surgeon for a consultation, it is important to do a little research so you know how to negotiate the cost for your procedure.

Spinal injury patients who are advised to lose weight can also consider HCG therapy. This type of diet plan has received a lot of good feedback from people who have tried it. HCG injections can help a patient slim down quickly.

HCG injections can be bought from a licensed healthcare professional or online. The latter is a cheaper alternative as more often than not, online sellers offer better prices. If you choose to buy HCG injections online however, make sure you are dealing with reputable seller to ensure you are getting quality injections.

Blurry Vision, Eye Emergencies, and LASIK: A Chiropractor’s Point of View

You may not realize it, but there can be a connection between your vision and my practice as a chiropractor. I actually have a vision chart in my office because sometimes the headaches my patients complain of are actually caused or exacerbated by vision problems. Alternatively, some kinds of vision difficulties can be addressed under the care of a chiropractor. It has been hypothesized that supply of blood to the eye can be restricted by misalignment of the neck causing cells in the eyes to malfunction.

There are documented cases of people with watery, wandering, or blurry eyes having their conditions improved through chiropractic treatment. This is not to suggest that all vision problems are really chiropractic issues, but it does give me an opportunity to address vision more directly. As a doctor, I am concerned not only with the area of your health that falls directly under my care, but with your well being as a whole.

Whatever the causes of vision problems, it is important to seek appropriate diagnosis and treatment. It is also vital to understand the difference between something you may want to schedule an adjustment for and a vision problem that is an emergency, such as a detached retina. A colleague of mine recently sent a patient to the emergency room because they came in complaining of a feeling of heaviness in their eyes, a symptom of retinal detachment. It was lucky for the patient that she did this because permanent eye injury or even blindness can result from this condition if not treated within 24 – 72 hours.

The initial symptoms of a posterior vitreous detachment (the state that precedes retinal detachment) may be something you would be inclined to ignore, such as:

  • An increase in the number of floaters
  • Brief flashes of light in the peripheral vision
  • Sensation of heaviness in the eye

These can escalate to a series of symptoms that even the hardiest of individuals would find difficult to ignore such as a darkness that closes in from the outside to the center of the eye or a complete loss of central vision. These types of experiences indicate a retinal detachment and need to be treated immediately with ophthalmic medical attention. Seeking medical attention before retinal detachment means that it could be possible to have tears in the retina detected and repaired through laser surgery.

Another cause of blurred vision could be the development of cataracts. This is, generally speaking, not an emergency but certainly something that you will want to have treated – and that is easily treatable. An ophthalmologist can diagnose cataracts and perform the lens replacement surgery necessary to correct the condition. In cataract surgery a lens implant, called an intraocular lens (IOL) is used to replace the cloudy lens and the IOL prescription will actually leave you with improved vision.

The lens replacement surgery for cataracts can improve your vision, but if you don’t have cataracts and simply want improved vision, LASIK is an increasingly popular option. One of the great benefits of LASIK is it removes your dependence on glasses. As people’s vision changes, sometimes nearly impercetably, the glasses that they have been using may no longer be the correct prescription. This can cause significant head and eye discomfort. Clearly, this can be corrected by continually keeping your glasses prescriptions up to date, however given the price and turn around time of replacement lenses (and the cost of any pairs that you lose or break!) it may be more cost effective to have LASIK surgery to eliminate the vision problem once and for all.

In other words, eye problems and headaches may be an issue that has a chiropractic answer or it may be an emergency requiring and ophthalmologist but no matter what, it is something that you should pay attention to. Don’t dismiss chiropractic attention because it’s difficult to see the direct impact of alignment on your eyes because in some cases, you may find we can help clear the way to clearer vision.

The Importance of Proper Housekeeping Tools and Techniques in Preventing Injuries

I have treated numerous patients suffering from injuries caused simply by doing house chores. Of course, my list of patients also includes professional housekeepers. If simple house chores can cause back strain and injuries, what are you to do? Stop cleaning? That's impossible. What you can do is educate yourself.

Common Causes of Back Pain and Injuries According to the Housekeeping Channel

  • Slipping
  • Improper lifting
  • Standing for long periods
  • Bending

 

Tips for Preventing Injuries While Doing House Chores

 

1. Use proper techniques when lifting heavy items and bending.

If you need to lift a heavy object, make sure to always bend your knees. Do not bend at the waist because this will cause you to put all the weight unto your spine. If you bend your knees, the weight is put on your legs. Before you lift, clench your abdominal muscles so your spine has more support. If you need to rest, put the object down slowly. Again, bend your knees. Stretch and take a breath. When you're ready, start again.

The same goes for bending over to load the dishwasher or the washing machine. You need to bend your knees. Do not just bend your back. I know it's easy to forget this when you're rushing. So don't rush. Remember, prevention is always better than any cure.

2. Use housekeeping tools and equipment.

It is very important to have the right housekeeping tools and equipment around your home. Steam mops, brooms, long handled dust pans, and other types of housekeeping tools are not only meant to make house chores easier. They also help prevent injuries.

Invest in quality housekeeping equipment. With the type of technology available today, you can actually save more by investing in a housekeeping tool with a lot of functionalities. Of course, you would have to spend a little more initially. However, it will be worth it in the long run. Do your research before you buy anything.

If you're looking to buy a tool for cleaning your floors, read steam mop reviews posted at http://www.thesteammopguy.com/. These reviews can help you decide the right steam mop for your needs.  

3. Don't overdo it.

One of the most common reasons for back injuries while doing house chores is overdoing it. I understand  you want to get everything done so you can enjoy the rest of the day. However, rest is just as important. When you feel tired, stop and take a breather. Sit down for a few minutes so you muscles can relax. Trust me. Pacing yourself will be very beneficial in the long run.

4. Live a healthy lifestyle.

You've probably already heard it before but I will say it again. Living a healthy lifestyle is the best way to prevent injuries and illnesses. Regular exercise will strengthen your muscles  and improve your posture. The North American Spine Society recommends strength training for overall fitness and prevention of back injuries.

Finally, stop smoking! You may be surprised to learn that smoking actually contributes to back pain. Nicotine and other components cause blood vessels to constrict. Since blood vessels in the spine are small, smoking can affect blood circulation in the area. Thus, when a smoker injures his or her spine, it takes longer to heal. 

Can The Lack Of A Forklift Licence Kill You?

My title might sound a little strange however I’m seeking to emphasise a particular point. My point is that the work you do might impact your health.

Of course there’s a whole range of jobs that might impact your health but today I wanted to focus on high risk work which requires specific training and qualifications.

As occupational health and safety is more in the spotlight our government is seeking, quite rightly, to reduce the number of workplace accidents. Workplace accidents result in enormous numbers of people killed or injured, and this has terrible consequences for the individuals concerned, their friends and family as well as for the community in general.

Obviously having a worker killed or injured at work is a major disaster for the worker and his family and friends. In many cases a workplace accident can leave people permanently disabled. Even in minor cases the disruption to the lives of the worker and his family can be huge.

Of course there is also a significant risk to the business of any employer who has a worker injured at work from a workplace accident. At worst an employer may be prosecuted and even if the employer is not prosecuted there are various financial ramifications to having an employee injured in the workplace.

And of course the implications for society generally are also significant. For example where a person is permanently disabled as a result of a workplace accident there are normally financial burdens placed on the taxpayer to support that person.

So it’s a very good thing that the government is seeking to formalise training and qualifications for various types of work which carry a very high risk of injury or accident.

So today we wanted to relate a personal story of a friend. This person was employed to drive a forklift of a small warehouse. There are very specific rules and regulations about driving forklifts, and forklift drivers are all required to be appropriately trained and have a current forklift licence (find out more here).

However, we assume in an effort to save money, the employer overlooked the fact that our friend was untrained and put him to work as a forklift driver without either training or the appropriate licence.

Within a number of days our friend had been involved in a serious accident. Turning a corner he failed to notice the presence of another worker and crushed that work against a pile of pallets before panicking, turning quickly and tipping the forklift on its side.

Our friend was also badly injured.

Of course our friend should have undertaken the appropriate training before commencing work. He should have been enrolled in an approved forklift training course, completed the course, sat the test for the licence and demonstrated his ability by qualifying for his forklift licence.

Only after that should he have been allowed to operate a forklift in a workplace.

Of course the accident is as much, or more, the fault of the employer for failing to ensure that their forklift driver was either adequately trained or licensed. We expect the employer to be prosecuted.

But that is little comfort to either our friend or to the other worker injured, and both will have lifelong consequences.

Fortunately neither were killed, but this was probably more due to luck than anything else.

The bottom line is that if you are undertaking dangerous work, or employing people who are undertaking dangerous work, you, or they, must be sufficiently trained and licensed before starting work.

Your life, or their life, might depend on it.

Liposuction May Be Part of Maintaining a Pain-Free Lower Back

The state of your back is affected by a lot of different factors. Most people envision back injury and back pain as a result of lifting heavy objects or car accidents. However, carrying around extra weight can also put a strain on your back and is often overlooked as a contributing factor in chronic back pain complaints. There is, therefore, an interesting and sometimes unthought-of connection between the health of your back and what are viewed as ‘cosmetic’ liposuction procedures.

I really began to think about this connection several years ago, after a patient (we’ll call her Laura) came to see me for pain in her lower back and found that while she felt an immediate relief after her session, the pain returned within a day or two. Laura is a small woman but she had a very heavy chest, disproportionate to the rest of her small frame. The relative weight carried high on her body caused her to put extra strain on her back. Like hanging something very heavy at the top of a small Christmas tree causes the trunk to bend to one side, she was constantly trying to pull herself upright to compensate.

After having a frank conversation with her, she decided to consult a plastic surgeon. I saw her again several months after her breast reduction liposuction and she told me that she no longer experienced the constant backache that she had come to accept as part of her every day life. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons liposuction is the most common plastic surgery so it’s something quite common nowdays. Female breast liposuction will cost you $3’000 – $7’500, which is not that big of a price for a lifetime free of back pain.

The medical field and the chiropractic profession has not overlooked the relationship between body fat and back pain. This has taken a couple of different paths for investigation. The first is the extra weight that is being carried around and how that impacts the alignment of the spine, and therefore generates nerve stimulation or discomfort. The second is the atrophy of muscles that can occur in the lower back in combination with the build up of fatty deposits.

A recent study by surgeons at Bellaria Hospital Neurological Services in Italy found that patients who had experienced muscle loss in the lower back as a result, for example, of a hernia injury experienced lower back pain as the muscles that atrophied were replaced by fatty deposits. The presence of these deposits slowed their recovery as muscle could not displace the fat and therefore failed to develop. The doctors found that a high percentage of patients exhibiting that particular pathology had their level of pain significantly decreased after receiving lumbosacral liposuction to remove the excess fat. This removal allowed room for the development of new muscle and a strong and healthy musculature is an essential part of relieving or preventing back pain.

The back is only one half of equation, however. It must also be complemented by strong abdominal muscles. Bad posture caused by excessive or poorly distributed weight can be a cause for chronic back pain. A procedure known commonly as a tummy tuck can actually be more than a rejuvenating makeover because your surgeon may move the abdominal wall muscles to a new position during the abdominoplasty that will more effectively support your back.

As a result of the increased understanding of the connection between extra fat and back pain, some chiropractic clinics are now expanding to include plastic surgeons specializing in liposuction. After all, our goal is to help our patients to feel better not just by treating the symptoms but by getting to the very root of their discomfort. Sometimes it lies fully within our practice, but any time there are additional factors that contribute to their problem, it is equally important to address those.

Chiropactors Recommend Safe Diet and Hair Removal Options

If you are looking dramatically to improve your look and life, there are many resources available to you that can help you get started. Many Chiropractors recommend a variety of safe diet options and insist that hair removal procedures are safe as well. To achieve a maximum level of health, you are going to have to start paying attention to what you put into your body. There are many food items that if you consume, will work to prevent you from reaching your weight loss goal. For the best results in transforming your life, to be healthy, feeling good, and looking your best, try a safe diet and high-quality hair removal for your body.

How to start a safe diet

A safe diet would be one that is natural and organic, this way you are receiving many healthy nutrients from your food that are natural and not highly processed and potentially dangerous to consume. A safe diet might be one that consists of weight loss supplements that are going to be safe and are risk-free for you. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of different weight loss supplements on the market today, so it can be challenging to find one that works and one that’s nutritionally beneficial. For the best results from supplements, it’s best to purchase the highest quality that you can find, and usually this means purchasing an organic variety that doesn’t come from genetically-modified ingredients or other. Check this resource if you’re looking for the best juicer to help you in starting a healthy diet.

It’s not easy to make drastic changes to your lifestyle, but it will help bring you success with your life transformation, focus on your safe diet as the most important aspect of becoming healthy and feeling good. You need to figure out what works best for you and your body, tailor a safe diet that meets your own specific needs for your body and health overall.

Healthy dieting vs unhealthy dieting

There is healthy dieting and unhealthy dieting; the healthy variety is the one that consists of you taking your time to do it properly. There is no quick-fix to losing weight and looking your best. If you are determined to live at an optimal level of health, to feel good, and to look great, you are going to need to take the time to consider what changes you are going to make in your life. If you have been eating the wrong things, consider a safe diet and meal plan that can help you get back on track to looking your best. You need to be pro-active in how you design your meals and essentially your own life. For vast lifestyle improvement, it takes an overhaul of your thinking as well, how you think about the food you eat. Trying to stick with a safe diet is going to benefit your body’s nutrition in a big way.

Hair removal options

There are many hair removal services that are also cost-effective and safe to use. Sometimes hair removal options can be painful or annoying, if you are tired of waxing, shaving, and cutting, there are new devices in laser hair removal so that you can easily remove your hair. Many Chiropractors recommend hair removal services that are pain-free. The hair removal costs vary per practitioner. They have helped thousands of people successfully to remove their unwanted hair in a safe and easy, painless way. New laser hair removal techniques are making shaving and waxing a thing of the past. An increasing number of women are turning to this safe and efficient method to help them keep their body looking and feeling great.

Why Rowing is the Perfect Exercise Option

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For many people, losing weight and staying fit is a challenge they are often forced to undertake all their lives. While a lucky few are able to gain or lose weight on a whim, there are plenty of others who struggle with their weight, and consequently their own self-esteem. Despite the fact that everyone is human, there are still so many variables that even tried-and-tested methods for losing weight end up being a complete nightmare to some. Fortunately, there are some methods that have been widely accepted by the general public, and one such method is through the use of a rowing machine.

A home rowing machine feels like a very large investment – mainly because it really is a big deal. You want to be certain that a rowing machine can help you lose weight and stay fit. Fortunately, this is a promise that this particular exercise machine can keep. Cardio is one of the easiest ways to stay healthy and lose all that unwanted weight, and a rowing machine is a complete cardio exercise. If you are worried about your current level of fitness, rowing is truly the right option for you as working on a rowing machine can cause your fitness to rise to levels you never thought possible.

Many people say that utilizing a rowing machine for an average of thirty minutes can burn over 130 calories – a good amount for a simple exercise like rowing. One of the main reasons why rowing machines are so effective is because a workout with this machine affects all of the major muscle groups. Areas of the body such as the shoulders, chest, arms, legs and abdomen are all affected by working out with a rowing machine. It has become such an effective means of working out that in recent studies, many people who have gym equipment at home prefer rowing machines second only to the treadmill.

It also will not tire you out the way running or jogging can. Unlike cardio exercises such as those, you will be able to last for far longer, which means you will be able to burn more calories in a shorter amount of time. A rowing machine at home is definitely worth the investment because of how much unwanted weight you can lose in the long term. Paired with a healthy diet, a rowing machine is all you will ever need at home to stay fit.

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Health and Wellness Guide

I once read in the ‘Ask the Doctor’ part of a health and wellness magazine about a girl asking advice on her problems with her monthly menstruation. It said there that the girl has an irregular menstrual cycle, and so she asks the doctor what she should do. The doctor then replied to her by saying that the best solution to her problem is to go see a doctor. She recalled a patient of hers before who had the same problem as the girl asking for advice. That patient of the doctor did not seek professional help even when she knew that she has an irregular menstrual cycle. The patient only went to her when she was about 22 years old, a few years after she learned of her problem. It was a shock to both her and the doctor when they found out that her problem became so much more dreadful: she was menopausal at only 22 years old.

 

This right here is a perfect example of why we should have regular check-ups with the doctor, no matter what health problem we have, and even if we feel perfectly fine. It’s sort of the same logic as saving up for retirement while you’re still young…It’s only one of the many tips that medical professionals give, that unfortunately most of us tend to neglect.

 

The following are some other tips that we can (or should) follow to live a healthy life, and avoid unexpected problems in the future.

 

Choose to have a healthy diet

‘Diet’ does not necessarily mean cutting on your carbs, skipping meals, or drinking slimming pills, all of which are usually done to decrease one’s weight. A healthy diet means eating healthy, providing your body with the essential nutrients it needs. You don’t have to drastically change your diet at once; small steps will do already. You can ask your doctor on the proper diet you need.

 

Do not smoke (or quit smoking)

Smoking does a lot of bad things to your body, if you still don’t know it. It’s an unfortunate thing that so many people still continue the deed. Not only does it harm your body, it also harms the environment, and affects the people around you more than it affects you- that’s secondhand smoking. If that’s not enough yet, Cancer may be the key to your aversion to smoking.

 

Exercise daily

You don’t have to be a chiropractor or any kind of doctor to know this one. In order for one to live a healthy and full life, although not so many actually follow it. Exercising daily gets your heart to pump more blood to your body, giving out cleaner and healthier blood. Your muscles will also get toned, and your whole body will get better in the process. In addition to that, you can also get to enjoy the outdoors and the scenic views when you exercise outside (jogging is the most common thing you can do). Why not start now?

 

Exercise your mind as well

It’s not just your body that needs exercise; your mind also needs it as much as your body does. Puzzles, word and board games, or simply reading books and listening to music are some activities that you can do to keep your mind alert and active. An active mind is not only a healthy mind; it’s also a sexy mind.

 

These are just a few tips that you can follow. There are lots and lots of things that you can do to have a healthy body as well as a great financial life. Start living your life the healthiest way possible with just these, and the rest will follow.