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Corporate Wellness and Fitness

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Corporate Wellness and Fitness Get active at work!
By Jina Schaefer

Our bodies were made for an environment where calories are scarce and exercise is unavoidable. However, we live in an environment where exercise is scarce and calories are unavoidable. Our bodies were meant to move for the majority of the day: gathering food, hunting for food, out-running predators, travelling from one place to another… This is a drastic change from the life we lead today. Most of us are almost completely sedentary compliments of computers, cars, phones, etc. All the technology around us is great and makes life easier for the most part, but because of this, we just have work harder at getting physical activity.

Ideally we’d be active throughout the day, but If your job does not allow that then setting aside time before throughout the day to be active is needed. Below are some ideas for getting more activity throughout the day.

Your commute to work:
Ride the bus? Get off a stop or two before yours and walk the rest of the way.
Live close to work? Biking or walking to work might be an option.
Driving to work? Park your car in one of the spaces farthest from the door to get in a few more steps.

At your desk:
Look for opportunities to stand. Some employers are starting to install desks that can be adjusted to a standing position. If this is not the case, try standing on your next conference call.
Go to the bathroom on another floor or at the other end of the building.
Walk over to a co-workers desk to chat instead of using the phone or email.
Coffee break? Use this time to do some stretches or to go for a brisk walk. Organizing a lunch walking group will help keep you and other motivated.

Traveling for work:
Before booking your hotel go online or call to see what kind of exercise facility they have. Walking paths in the area might also be an option.
Carry a resistance band in your suitcase. Wake up and do some toning exercises to wake up your mind and muscles.
While walking through the airport walk briskly. Remember to stand tall, and keep your shoulders relaxed.

Whether you use the tips above to get started being more active or to supplement your exercise routine, remember every little bit helps.

Chiropractic and Babies: One Plymouth Chiropractors Viewpoint

Friday, August 5th, 2011

A new patient was recently sitting in my Plymouth chiropractic office. It was her very first time to my clinic. The two patients in front of her were both under the age of one. Never having been to a chiropractor she asked me why you would want to adjust a baby. My little patient’s mom said it best, “if you were crammed up inside a tight little space for nine months and then shoved out of a bony pelvis, wouldn’t you want an adjustment?” Good point mom!

You are probably curious of what conditions bring babies in to chiropractic offices. I have seen babies for colic, ear infections, diarrhea, constipation and many other issues. Does chiropractic cure any of those conditions? No. What chiropractic does is remove pressure on the nervous system. That pressure is caused by bones that don’t move properly which causes the nerves to not work the way they should. Helping the bones have more freedom of movement will allow the nervous system to function better and what ever is attached to it will work better too.

What are signs that your baby should be adjusted? If you notice that your baby tends to tip his head to the same side all the time, it is a good indicator there is a problem in the neck. Also-if your baby seems more comfortable breast feeding on one side versus the other it tells us that the range of motion in the neck is restricted on one side. If you notice your baby arching her back a lot or throwing her head back or to one side it is a sign that she is trying to make herself more comfortable.

Chiropractic adjustments with babies are very gentle and resemble a directed massage more than the traditional adjustment an adult would have. Some babies do cry but most enjoy being worked on after they become comfortable.

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