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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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5 Myths About Back Pain

How much do you really know about back pain?  Test your knowledge with these 5 common myths that have been debunked about back pain.

Myth 1: Severe back pain correlates to the level of back damage

The amount of damage to your back isn’t always parallel to the extent of your pain. Most people are under the assumption that if they don’t feel any pain that there is nothing wrong with them – that they are healthy. Unfortunately, pain is a very poor indicator of health. In fact, pain and other symptoms frequently only appear after a disease or other condition has become advanced.

For example, consider a cavity in your tooth. Does it hurt when it first develops or only after it has become serious? How about heart disease? Regardless of whether you are talking about cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stress or problems with the spine, pain is usually the last thing to appear. When you begin chiropractic care, pain is also the first symptom to disappear, even though much of the underlying condition remains.

Myth 2: Back pain is hereditary.

For the most part, your genetics do not play a significant role in the cause of your back pain. Just because your parents or immediate family suffer from back pain, doesn’t mean you are doomed to as well. What can be passed down, however, is lifestyle choices. If your family does not live a healthy lifestyle of eating right and exercising, this can influence your actions which, in turn, can lead to serious back aches.

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Myth 3: There is a generalized cure for most symptoms of back pain.

Every body is unique and different and therefore, each person requires a unique and customized treatment and wellness plan. The treatment we provide you is based on several factors such as your health-related issues and concerns, types of treatments you are open to, results from the neurologic and orthopedic testing, x-ray results (if needed), and your past medical history. We take each of these into consideration when suggesting the most effective treatment for your unique condition.

Myth 4: Staying in bed is the key to recovering from back pain.

Although bed rest will help alleviate back pain, it is only recommended for a couple of days. Inactivity can even worsen your pain if you remain immobile for an extended period. Rehabilitation and physical therapy are highly recommended to get you back up and moving.

Myth 5: Sitting up straight will prevent back pain.

Your posture should be relaxed with the natural curvature of your spine. If you are positioning your body at an over exaggerated, ninety-degree angle, you will put a strain on your spinal disks and associated muscles and tendons. This type of “perfect posture,” tightens your muscles and positions your back in an unnatural way. There is no perfect posture that can be held for a significant about of time. You should change your position throughout the day, even if you are simply sitting at your desk.

If you have any questions on what is true and what is a myth about back pain, feel free to email us or give us a call today! Contact our office here.

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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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With Great Summers Come Post Summer Aches

Summers in Northeast Ohio are full of fun adventures. Hiking, biking, kayaking, and outdoor activities are great for bonding with family and friends, while staying in shape, but they take a toll on your body and can leave your muscles tired and weak.

These physical activities often performed in the summer-time can lead to improper biomechanics of spinal joints, muscles, and connective tissue. The following are a few lesser known summer activities that can cause damage to your body.

Summer Traveling

Summer travel can also lead to spinal dysfunction and therefore pain in the back and/or neck. Hours spent in a cramped plane or car can cause your body to be in uncomfortable and damaging positions. Traveling can also mean you will be sleeping in an unfamiliar bed, which often causes your body to ache.

Outdoor Sporting Events

When your child is involved in sports, summertime can become hectic when running around from game to game. While it’s exciting to watch them play, cheering them on in the bleachers can cause spinal dysfunction and pain in your lower back and neck. Stadium seating is typically not supportive or comfortable to sit on for an extended period. Over the course of the summer, these bleachers will leave your body suffering.

Gardening and Yardwork

Gardening and yard work can lead to overreaching, improper twisting and bending, and poor posture. These can harm your body, stress your muscles, and may cause spinal injuries. Using shovels and heavy tools for yard work physically exerts your body and can cause long-term effects.

It is important to remember that pain is not the only indicator that something is structurally wrong. Getting in tune with your body is extremely important. It is best to regularly get checked out to make sure that your body is in optimal condition for summer activities. 

Before you resort to taking pills for temporary relief, try visiting your local chiropractor. Our team can diagnose what is dysfunctional in your body and find the best, natural and drug-free solution to relieve your pain. Your joints will function more optimally and you will be able to engage in more of the activities you love. Just request an appointment and you’ll be ready for your next adventure! 

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Can Chiropractic Help During Pregnancy?

Pregnancy Chiropractic

Keeping the spine and pelvis aligned helps the body work more efficiently. This is important before, during, and after pregnancy. Chiropractic can be a safe alternative to medications, and some studies show decreased labor times in mothers under chiropractic care. Chiropractic physicians diagnose spinal or pelvic imbalances that may contribute to discomfort during pregnancy or neuromusculoskeletal problems after childbirth. Chiropractic can provide relief from back and hip pain that can increase, due to the shift in center of gravity, rapid weight gain, and/or increased stress on the body, due to developing baby.

Dr. Rebecca Ault is certified in the Webster’s prenatal chiropractic technique through the International Chiropractic Pediatrics Association. She is currently obtaining her pediatrics specialty. Both doctors enjoy helping “moms to be” have a comfortable and healthy birth process.

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Is My Pain Serious Enough to See a Chiropractic Physician?

How do you know whether your pain needs to be evaluated by your chiropractic physician?

How do you know whether your pain needs to be evaluated by your chiropractic physician? This is the age-old question. The answer needs to be specific to your particular problem, rather than a one-size-fits all solution. But there are good guidelines that everyone can follow.

Is your pain deep and boring? Deep and boring pain usually means something is seriously wrong. If you’re woken up at night by this type of pain, a visit to a chiropractic physician or family physician is in order.

If you’re experiencing pain that radiates down your leg, or have numbness or tingling sensations traveling down your leg, you should call a chiropractic physician and ask to be seen right away. Or, if you don’t have any radiating pain, but sneezing or coughing does provoke a radiating sensation, take the same action. Similarly, the amount of pain you’re having will determine what you do. If the pain is severe, see your chiropractic physician.

If none of these criteria are present, decision-making gets a bit murky. How you handle your problem will depend on your tolerance for pain. If you have low tolerance, make an appointment to see a chiropractic physician and get some expert treatment. If you have a higher pain threshold, you might still call for an appointment just to make sure that nothing is seriously wrong. Certainly, if you haven’t improved at all after 2 to 3 days, you need to see a chiropractic physician.

These guidelines provide a sound basis for decision-making, but please remember they are just that – guidelines. Each person needs to be comfortable with their own process. And, of course, it’s always much better to be safe than sorry. A chiropractic physician is always available to help you sort out these kinds of problems. Contact us today to learn more.

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Why Do I Feel So Tired???

Do you feel tired all the time?

Lots of people do. It’s a sign of our overbooked times. You may wonder if you’re doing too much. But surprise! The most likely answer is just the opposite: You’re not doing enough.

3 Changes to Make Now

There are three key lifestyle changes that can make a big difference in your energy level — starting now:

  1. What you eat. Reaching for caffeine and sugar can backfire, leaving you more fatigued as your blood sugar levels fluctuate wildly. Instead, go for a balanced, healthy diet replete with fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and fiber. Fruits and vegetables provide healthy antioxidants and lots of nutrition. Protein and fiber so digestion and thus keeps blood sugar levels more level throughout the day and not constantly spiking and falling.
  2. How much you sleep. You saw this one coming, right? Many people don’t get enough sleep. If you’re one of them, avoid caffeine and alcohol in the hours just before bedtime, turn off the TV before bed, and keep your bedroom dark, cool, and quiet. Most experts agree that adults need 7 – 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep to function optimally.
  3. How much you exercise. This is the biggie! If you think that exercise would just make you more tired, there’s good news: Exercise breeds energy. Almost all the studies that have looked at this question have found the same thing: Sedentary people who start exercising feel much less fatigue than those who stay idle. It’s one of those surprising truths: move more and you’ll get more energy.

Studies suggest getting 40 minutes of exercise at least four days a week, to get you going. Finish at least three hours before bedtime, so you have time to wind down. Do that, and a month from now, you should notice some improvement. Keep with it for three to six months more, and you should feel much better.

If you have done these 3 things and are still feeling chronically fatigued contact your family medical or chiropractic physician to be evaluated for something more serious.

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