This chiropractic tips page is about the small things that make for better health.
This series consists of 7 emails, full of ideas about enriching your life. From lower back exercises to suggestions on stimulating the mind and the spirit; and on unusual subjects not expected on a chiropractic help site, such as pubic-pain and osteoporosis.
You will enjoy these little gems. They come only every two-weeks so you will not end up with information overload.
Along with our monthly newsletter where we include information on various conditions and nutritional information on arthritis for example; these flashes will increase your knowledge about what you can do to help yourself.
The chiropractic tips are simple suggestions that you can easily incorporate in your everyday lifestyle, that will help you to avert illness. These days prevention is the buzzword because health care has become so prohibitively expensive, so learning how to nip disease in the bud makes a lot of sense; a lot less pain too.
Often one is faced with two divergent roads. Either you invest some time and energy in your own well-being by exercising and better habits, or you will spend a lot more hours, and money, not to mention the pain and disability coping with a diseased body.
Many of these changes are not difficult; like eating half an apple or a few prunes every morning and taking a short ten-minute walk at lunchtime.
However, some of them are immensely hard; losing fifty or more pounds to save yourself from disabling knee arthritis will not be easy. It can be done by grasping the meaning of glycemic index; usually it is processed carbohydrate that makes us fat. Could you give up refined rice and white bread for ever?
Sure you could to save yourself from total misery.
Banting has some merit but I am totally against banning all legumes and the healthy carbohydrates like butternut; they have a low GI in any case.
I recommend the road less travelled; the one that leads, often admittedly with twists and turns, to better health.
Enjoy the whole of The Road Not Taken, at Core Poems.
Number one of our chiropractic tips is simply starting our 40 second lower back exercises programme every morning before getting out of bed; I have absolutely no doubt they will make a vital difference to your life. I do them myself every morning; I never miss. Subscribe now to Chiropractic tips; it's free.
The second is to avoid the back pocket wallet syndrome.
And feel free to forward them to friends and family if you find them beneficial.
Originally written for medical doctors, they are equally relevant to for our profession.
Many patients are on analgesic medication daily, month in and out, because of chronic joint pain causes; what are they, and are there alternatives to bucketfuls of pills every day?
Give the patient high blood pressure pills, rather than persuade him to lose weight or stop smoking. Don't organise any rehabilitation and get the patient exercising, that way he's more likely to hurt his back again. That's the cop out for both doctor and patient.
After all, if you do not look after your body, where are you planning to live, eh?
The tough part is that you have to invest that time and energy first, when you are are young and strong; generally when you are convinced that illness only pertains to others. And then the benefits flow from your commitment to wellness living.
These tips cut right across that, and some of it may be uncomfortable for you. The Dutch have a nice saying; those who will not listen, must feel. And so it is.
Follow these chiropractic tips, and our monthly newsletters, and you will stay out of your doctors' clutches; and that includes your chiropractor too. Just starting our lower back exercises would make a profound difference to the well-being of your spine; could you commit two minutes every single morning before getting out of bed? Of course, but will you?
Having said that, for many people, an adjustment every few months does seem to prevent acute episodes. My experience is that patients who come for half a dozen visits a year, and do their exercises, end up having much less pain and fewer treatments too.
Wellness chiropractic management may be controversial but it's no different to the way medicine manages the patient with diabetes, dangerously high blood pressure, kidney disease and a whole lot of others.
Will you take two minutes in the morning to crack three pecan nuts or walnuts, eat an apple or a few prunes, and a squeeze an orange instead of drinking juice from a carton? Would you make up a bowl of oats based muesli? If raw oats gives you a belly ache, boil it for five minutes.
Spend the time, or get ready to spend many more hours consulting doctors.
There's an enormous difference between your own orange juice and OJ. The latter has a very high glycemic index and has many of the nutrients removed. Freshly cracked pecans and those out of a packet are chalk and cheese. The vulnerable fatty acids in nuts are oxidised once you open them, leaving foul tasting and toxic rancid breakdown products.
Chemicals, preservatives, emulsifiers, flavour enhancers are added to almost every conceivable food the industry can get its hands on. Yes, going back to basic cooking does take time, but our slogan is slow food, made fast. Our quick hummus you can make in five minutes with a bit of practice, for example. I make a large tub at least twice a week.
Even baking our low GI bread takes only five minutes.
Incidentally, this is very large site; finding how to make hummus or homemade low GI bread, can be difficult; use the site search function in the navigation bar on your left; with 460 pages at Chiropractic Help, you'll be surprised what you'll find.
Now, how do you crack a pecan nut? The Helpful Elf brings you this chiropractic tip.
The RATIONALE for the Chiropractic adjustment
Basic science is now providing solid backing for the "Chiropractic Adjustment" proving that fixations cause immobilisation arthritis, increasing bombardment of the spinal cord with noxious input and much more ...
Is your Chiropractor always running late?
Getting far behind schedule is a common complaint heard in doctors' rooms in general.
If you are fed up, here are a few thoughts on the subject at RUNNING LATE.
About 5-10 people contact our help desk every day asking for advice about this or that; at least half of them are suffering from pain or tingling in arms and hands. Much of chiropractic tips addresses these questions.
That could be from a large number of conditions like:
and many others too numerous to mention. Another common problem causing tingling in arms and hands is a fixated first rib causing what is known as a thoracic outlet syndrome.
Do you suffer from frequent episodes of crippling LBP? Half the secret is spending two minutes every morning, in bed, before arising doing some simple lower back exercises. It is one of our most important chiropractic tips.
The very basic programme takes only forty seconds; that would be a good start. Could you do that EVERY morning to save yourself from the misery of a very sore back? Sure you could; even when you have had no pain for months, same as you do with brushing and flossing.
The full programme takes less than two minutes. I never miss myself. Do doctors get sick? Can chiropractors hurt their own backs? You can read about my own particular misery at femoral nerve damage; ouf, it was sore and it's only thanks to a very skilled DC, my daughter that I was spared the knife.
I do my lower back exercises! Few things will ruin your retirement sentiments like a back operation.
I wrote this page after treating a few women with what I thought was a fairly rare problem; little did I realise the interest there would be in the page. In its worst form sex becomes impossible since the women cannot open their legs.
Ouch, pubic bone pain really hurts; chiropractic treatment isn't usually very unpleasant, but this may be. I am afraid there are no home tips that I know of that will help.
Slow food, made fast is our slogan; it is one of my most important chiropractic tips. Look for healthy basic recipes that your grandmother would have used, but don't hours to prepare. She almost certainly didn't work outside the home and enjoyed the luxury of time.
We might summarise this by suggesting that this is a good place to start.
"Anti-inflammatory omega 3" is found most richly in fatty fish and freshly-ground flaxseeds. Find out more using the Site Search function above.
Dips made with cream cheese make any salad a lot more interesting. Let's increase the number of coloured foods we are enjoying.
"Low GI bread" has less effect on blood glucose; use that same Site Search function key.
In one very important domain we as a profession have been seriously founding wanting. Walk into any large bookshop and you will find many texts on holistic, alternative and complementary healthcare; but the chiropractic shelf will likely be bare. There is very little for the general public who are wanting to find out more.
Reading Chiropractic seeks in some small way to fill this gap.
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