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Adjust to a Healthier Lifestyle in 2018!

With 2018 approaching, it’s time to start thinking about how you can improve your overall health and well-being. Ault Chiropractic encourages you to start the year off right by committing to a healthier lifestyle. Making strides to your health now will make a positive impact on the year ahead and help prevent painful injuries in 2018. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

Exercising Properly.

We teach our patients special “blueprint” exercises designed just for them to help strengthen and correct their own unique problem. These exercises can be performed in the comfort of your own home and can improve the effectiveness of your spinal correction. In addition to skeletal misalignment, muscles and connective tissues can be out of place or strained by improper alignment and use. Specific exercises and stretches can help your body stay in balance and in health.

Not only will proper exercising decrease your risk of obesity and diabetes, it can also help reduce back pain and other neuromusculoskeletal symptoms. Increasing the amount of moderate activity such as brisk walking, riding a bike, or general gardening by less than 20 minutes a day can reduce back pain.

Balanced Lifestyle.

We often find it helpful to “coach” our patients on certain activities they should avoid or do differently to avoid aggravating their health challenge. Our goal is to help every patient achieve a fulfilling and happy lifestyle full of the activities they enjoy most. We recognize that each our patient is a whole person, and help them reach true health and wellness is a collaborate effort between our professionals and our patients.

Eating Right.

We provide specific recommendations on nutritional supplements and healthy food choices to enhance our patient´s return to optimal health. We can provide a structured nutritional program based on your individual needs.

Hydrating is also key to keeping your body happy and healthy. Stick to water, natural juices, and other decaffeinated beverages.

Avoid Over-Medicating.

Every day, more than 1,000 people are treated in the ER for misusing prescription opioids. From 2000 to 2015 more than half a million people died from drug overdoses. Nine Ohioans die every day from an opioid overdose according to Ohio Atty General Mike DeWine.

Beyond the risks of addiction and overdose, prescription drugs that numb pain may convince a patient that a musculoskeletal condition is less severe than it is or that it has healed. This misunderstanding can lead to overexertion and a delay in the healing process…or even permanent injury.

A non-invasive, non-drug treatment like chiropractic’s approach to pain management is an important first line of defense against pain and addiction caused by the overuse of prescription opioid pain medications.

Be Conscious of Your Posture.

The stress from poor posture can lead to back pain by causing problems with your muscles, discs, and joints. While walking, it’s important to look straight ahead of you and to keep your head balanced straight above your spine. Avoid dropping your shoulders. When sitting, keep your arms flexed at a 75 to 90-degree angle at the elbows.

If you lift something heavy, bend your knees and keep your back straight. This way, your leg muscles will do most of the work.

Maintenance is Key to Healthy Living.

Just like continuing an exercise program and eating well to sustain the benefits of exercise and proper diet, it is necessary to continue chiropractic care to ensure the health of your musculoskeletal system. Research has shown that routine chiropractic adjustments help maintain proper biomechanics of the spine, reduces the stress hormone cortisol and boosts the presence of infection-fighting antibodies in the body.

When you make routine chiropractic care a part of your lifestyle, you avoid many of the aches and pains that so many people suffer through.  Also, your joints will last longer, and you will be able to engage in more of the activities you love.

Implementing a well-balanced diet and lifestyle will help make 2018 the best year yet! For more guidance, contact us today.

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Are School Sports Affecting Your Child’s Physical Development?

Pediatric Chiropractic

School is back in session! While focusing on school work can exhaust your child’s mind, school sports are also taking a toll on their body. Participating in school sports allows your child to exercise and stay active, but it can come at a price if you are not careful. Youth sports can physically strain your child’s developing structure and can affect their growth. Fortunately, with the proper education and preventative measures, you can lessen sports-related injuries to your child, and let them get back to enjoying their games!

A study of athletes by the Journal of Chiropractic Research and Clinical Investigation concluded that athletes who received 12 weeks of chiropractic care exhibited 30 percent improvement in reaction time, versus a group with no chiropractic care.

The Statistics.

  • The number of kids who play organized sports each year – 36,250,000
  • Percent of parents who are worried about injuries in youth sports – 87 %
  • Percent of kids who play sports outside of school – 60 %
  • Percent of boys who play organized sports – 66 %
  • Percent of girls who play organized sports – 52 %

More than 3.5 million children ages 14 and younger get hurt annually playing sports or participating in recreational activities. More than 775,000 children, ages 14 and younger, are treated in hospital emergency rooms for sports-related injuries each year. Most of the injuries occurred because of falls, being struck by an object, collisions, and overexertion during unorganized or informal sports activities.

According to the CDC, more than half of all sports injuries are preventable. Overuse injuries are responsible for nearly half of all sports injuries to middle and high school students. 

Younger athletes are more susceptible to injuries because they have slower reaction times than adults, they are less coordinated, and they are still growing and developing. Many injuries result from overuse, which comes from placing stress on the musculoskeletal system.

Benefits of seeing a Chiropractor for youth sports
Seeing a chiropractor when involved in youth sports helps prevent injuries and/or manages existing injuries while improving athletic performance. The chiropractic physicians at Ault Chiropractic can educate you and your children on wellness techniques as well as biomechanical injuries and their treatment options. Implementing routine chiropractic care throughout sports-related activities can decrease neck and back pain and will allow your children’s joints to function better in the activities that they love.

Tips to consider

  • Always wear protective equipment correctly.
  • Make sure your coach is properly training your kids (only 1 in 5 coaches of youth teams of children under age 14 say they have been properly trained).
  • Drink plenty of water and eat well-balanced meals.
  • Stretch and warm-up accordingly before practice and cool-down after practice.
  • Get plenty of rest and avoid being overworked.
  • Work on managing the mental stress competitive sports can cause.

Be sure to keep you kids in prime playing condition and encourage you to add chiropractic to your child’s training schedule! Also, Drs. Robert and Rebecca Ault are Certified Chiropractic Sports Physicians, which makes them uniquely qualified chiropractic physicians. They are experts in helping your children with their sports injury and wellness needs.

Make an appointment for your athlete at our Hudson Chiropractic Office or our Brimfield Chiropractic Office here.

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