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Avoiding Back Pain from Shoveling Snow

Friday, December 5th, 2014

I thought an article on avoiding back pain from shoveling snow would be appropriate this December. Looking out my window, I am seeing an above average amount of white for this time of year. There are a couple tips I have that will help you if you continue to ignore my advice on plow services being less expensive than chiropractors.

#1 Machine beats man every time when it comes to avoiding back pain from shoveling snow. Unless you are one of my fitness fanatics (Tony are you reading this?) don’t lift thousands of pounds of snow. If you refuse to hire a plow service, at least get a snow blower. If you don’t want to spend the money, go on Craigslist.org. There are plenty of former home owners that have gotten sick of waking up at 5am after a snow storm and have relocated to condos where they don’t need these anymore. They will be happy to get it out of their garage at a discount.

#2- For the people that have to shovel. This includes me at the new office. Shoveling kills my shoulder, even light snows. Using a battery operated leaf blower for the light snows is much easier. My landlord taught me that one and it works great. (unless he brings the battery home with him!) Also, again, if you have to shovel something heavier, make sure you get a shovel with a bend in it and take small scoops.

#3 I can help your back more when problems are small. A little preventative maintenance in the form of an adjustment immediately before and following a big snow is a lot better than waiting until your back is in full spasm and me having to tug your spasm-ing body up my stairs.

#4 On top of all of these tips, you will injure your back less when your core muscles are strong and your spinal muscles are strong. ¬†If you are not at your healthy weight and fitness level, time to get there. ¬†Whether you are a gym person or an outdoor lover, there are plenty of options so that you don’t really have a legitimate excuse.

Feel free to share this article with your friends and family. People often ask me if I am really busy when people hurt themselves shoveling during the winter. My reply is no, they usually wait until the problem get really bad until the spring. That is my busiest season and unfortunately for them the problem is much more set in then requiring a lot more adjustments and money to fix.

I can always be reached at 763-553-0387 to answer any questions you have or check out my website www.activefamilychiropractic.com

Improve your Immunity Naturally

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Want to learn how to improve your immunity naturally? “Tis the season for colds and flu. I have five tips to keep yourself healthy long term. While most of them will be things you have already heard, the question is, “do you follow the advice?”

#1- Research shows that the people who consistently get between 7-8 hours of sleep have stronger immune systems and are sick less. Going to bed and waking up at the same time each day will help you get a longer, better, less interrupted night’s sleep.

#2- Eat veggies and fruits, not sugary processed snacks. Vitamins, minerals and micronutrients in your food are what sustain your body and keep it healthy. What you eat becomes the building blocks of your cells. Literally, “you are what you eat”. Research has shown over and over again that sugar attacks your immune system and shuts its protective abilities down.

#3 Exercise- 30 minutes of exercise a day eliminates waste products from your body, allows it to work more efficiently, gets your blood pumping and again improves your immunity.

#4 Regular Chiropractic adjustments- It has been documented that people who receive regular chiropractic adjustments report being sick less often. In my personal experience, I have seen this in my office regularly with those who have chronic sinus infections.

#5- Drink plenty of water. Multiply your weight by 67% and add more when you are active. (i.e. every time you work out) This will also help filter the waste products out of your body.

Hopefully these tips have been helpful and if you follow them odds are that you will be much healthier this winter. Cheers to a strong immune system in 2015!

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