Healthy Resolutions for a New You.
Well the New Year is here. Happy New Year everyone! It seems that we always have the best of intentions at this time of year, a fresh start and a new beginning. Most New Year’s resolutions include something to the effect of taking better care of ourselves and more specifically, our health. We tend to let ourselves go wild over the holidays with the notion that we will start our new diet and /or exercise program “after the new year”. The time is now.
To help ensure success, here are a few steps that we can take to head in that direction. First we can clean up our diet by eliminating sugar and reducing our carbohydrate intake. Too much of these can lead to weight gain which is unhealthy for a lot of reasons, one of which includes putting undue stress on your spine. Especially if the weight goes straight to the abdominal area creating a forward pulling stress on the spine. This can lead to subluxation, which in simplest terms is when one or more bones of the spine (vertebrae) move out of position and creates interference, pressure or irritation to the spinal nerves. This interference causes the nerves to malfunction by altering the signals traveling over those nerves. Depending on where these nerves go, other symptoms can develop. In other words some part of your body will not be working properly.
Joining a gym is a good idea, in order to exercise and burn calories to lose this excess weight, however we have to follow through and actually go. And when we do, we need to be careful and sensible about our exercise program. Too many of us overdo it thinking more is better and we exert too much stress on our muscles and can create injuries and /or subluxations.
Other preventions we can take at this time of year in order to avoid injuries is keeping our home environment safe and free from ice. It is especially important to clean our steps and walkways of ice and snow to keep from slipping and falling. Keep a shovel with some ice melt nearby. Hopefully we will have a mild winter and not have to worry about this too much. If an injury does occur, this trauma also can cause a subluxation. The only way to know for sure is to see a chiropractor who is the only professional who undergoes years of training to be experts at detecting and correcting subluxations.
Correcting subluxations not only helps one recover from trauma but research has shown that general health status improves with chiropractic. The fall 1999 issue of the Chiropractic Research Journal (vol.6, no.2), reports that patients under chiropractic care reported an improvement in their general health status after receiving chiropractic adjustments. The study used the RAND (SF-36) Health Survey and the Global Well Being Scale (GWBS) as measures of improvement. Researchers also measured changes in misalignment of spinal vertebrae (subluxations) by using x-rays before and after adjustments. The findings showed that while all areas such as physical function, bodily pain, general health, vitality, social function, emotional and mental health that the area which showed the most improvement was the physical area with an average improvement of 39 points on a scale of 100. By way of commentary it comes as no surprise that patients reported a general improvement in health after beginning chiropractic care. Chiropractic has longed maintained that a body free from interference is able to function at and maintain a higher level of health than one that is affected with vertebral subluxation. The only way to know for sure whether you have a subluxation or not, is to get screened at my office located at 465 Route 25A Miller Place, across from the Star Car Wash. Call 631 714-7300 to schedule an appointment today.
Just as we need to keep our steps clean outside of our house, the inside needs it too. Keep exposed floors dry from wet shoes and boots trudging in snow and slush to avoid slipping. Keep your stairs clutter free and call the professionals at Teresa’s Family Cleaning to ensure a clean sweep and resolve to keep your house clean in 2013!