Hayes Family Chiropractic

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Starting Your Day With Your Spine in Mind

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The best way to ensure you get off to a good start each day

Approach your day like a really long exercise routine- whether your job involves a lot of moving or barely any movement at all is immaterial. Each type of job comes with a unique set of risk factors for your spine. One way to prevent these risk factors from doing damage to your spine is to prevent them altogether by strengthening and stretching the supporting back muscles as soon as you wake up. A morning stretch routine has the further advantage of: 

  • Getting your blood moving
  • Decreasing tension in the musculature
  • Improving range of motion in your spinal joints

Read on to find out about a few key yoga poses that can be done every morning, even in a hurry.

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Tight Hips Spell Trouble for Your Spine

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The importance of hip mobility 

When it comes to spinal health, your hips can go both ways: tight hips cause instability at the base of the spine and lower back pain; loose hips improve your body’s ability to stabilize and transfer forces, helping to prevent injury. Opening your hips is a key way to release many regions from the tightness and tension of daily life. Fortunately, you can practice strengthening and stretching your hips from anywhere at any time. 

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Changing Alignment Habits for Less Pain

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Your body is a conformist

Many of us have led ourselves down the road toward back pain through bad habits. Some of these habits are more subconscious than others, such as the way we position our bodies as we perform repetitive tasks. If you work at a computer all day, and pay little attention to posture, chances are good that your body is training itself into holding patterns that are pulling your body out of alignment and contributing to tension and pain. In order to start feeling less pain, we need to seriously look at the holding patterns that our bodies have established over the years.

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Protecting Your Back with Layers of Prevention

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Keeping yourself free of back pain is a lifelong struggle

The sooner you start, the more likely you are to be successful in keeping back pain at bay. The simple truth is that our current healthcare system does not set our citizens up for success; western medicine is predicated upon waiting until the problem happens, and then treating it accordingly. At Hayes Family Chiropractic, we disagree with this course of events. As we have iterated before, the spine is a finite structure- because of the extraordinary amount of responsibilities it has, as well as the enormous amount of pressure that is put on it daily, it is likely to degrade over time. The speed at which this degradation occurs, however, is partially controlled by you! 

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Your Instinct Tells You to Stretch: Daily Decompression for Embattled Spines

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There is no better time than now to start stretching for your spine

Spinal compression is with you from the word go- the force of gravity is always pushing downwards, creating strain in the spinal discs that serve as the cushions between your vertebrae. Modern lifestyles then exacerbate the problem by adding lack of activity, poor posture, lack of hydration and many other malefactors into the mix. It's no wonder that our aging population is suffering from more stiffness, pain and nerve problems than ever before. The effect of back pain on quality of life is palpable- chronic back pain sufferers are more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression and cognitive dysfunction because of the omnipresence of physical pain. At Hayes Family Chiropractic, we believe in being proactive about mitigating the forces that seek to compress our spines and interfere with our lives. 

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Cervicogenic Vertigo: It’s All in Your Neck

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Vertigo is sensory confusion at its finest

By far the most common cause of vertigo is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), a condition that causes a sensation of spinning, either inside or outside of your head. The most common cause of BBPV is thought to be head injuries which alter the way your brain perceives the position and balance of your head, often involving dysfunction in the vestibular apparatus located in the inner ear. But there is another, less common, cause of vertigo known as cervicogenic dizziness, which is entirely different in nature. 

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