Drinking water is the simplest way to improve your health
Are you one of the 75% of Americans who walk around chronically dehydrated? Chronic dehydration is dangerous because your body may become used to functioning with insufficient H2O- that is, you may not be picking up on the classic signs of dehydration. Here’s what to look out for:
- Dry, sticky mouth
- Fatigue or mood swings
- Dry eyes and blurred vision
- No need to pee and dark urine
Perhaps you can’t remember your last drink of water, and if this is the case your body is certainly suffering. So stop delaying, and grab a cup of water today!
After the rush of the holidays, heading back to normal life can feel rather mundane
The gifts have been given and all the delicious food consumed; in the background, the christmas music persists, but it rings slightly hollow. All the build up is now over and the tree will soon be out the door- as the decorations come down we need to be wary about our moods dropping too. We identify this vaguely empty feeling as the post-Christmas blues; but it is no time to despair. Instead turn your attention to the new year and start getting excited for 2018 by designing some personal health initiatives.
Stress and pain feed off of eachother
The vicious cycle can start with either input: chronic pain causes mental anguish and stress that then causes muscle tension; chronic stress causes prolonged muscle tension which can pull your spine out of alignment and pressurize spinal nerves. The end result is more stress and more pain; the cycle perpetuates itself. At Hayes Family Chiropractic, we focus on using spinal alignment as a primary means of regulating the nervous system, reducing pain and alleviating stress.
A Christmas card from your Dunedin chiropractor
Once the glitter of your New Year’s celebration has settled, how is your back going to feel? This is a question that many of us ignore as we are mired in holiday engagements and pursuing unhealthy holiday habits. Each New Year, we inevitably see many a patient who’s back has taken a beating during the intense holiday schedule. From our perspective, that’s no way to start a new year!
This holiday season, focus on feeling less pain
The holiday season is a time of renewal that allows us to take a deep breath and a break from our standard busy lives. If you suffer with chronic back pain, it behooves you to take this time to focus on healing. While the holiday season is rife with challenges for back pain sufferers, as discussed in our previous blog post here, there is also plenty of time for restoration. Below you will find a few tips for releasing endorphins, your innate painkillers; these hormones are made in your body to help you experience less pain. Think of them as your holiday helpers- elves working in your body’s factory to prevent pain.
Christmas offers a unique challenge for people suffering with back pain
Nothing says Christmas like family. But for many of us in America, seeing our family requires traveling great distances. Whether by car, train or plane, there is no best option for people with back pain. The thought of hours spent in unsupportive seats is a true Christmas nightmare. If you are among the millions of Americans suffering with spinal problems this holiday season, be proactive about preventing many of the risk factors that contribute to your back pain.