October is National Chiropractic Health Month!

‘Move 4 Life’ to Prevent Back Pain, Reduce Disability and Stay Healthy and Strong for a Lifetime

For National Chiropractic Health Month 2018 this October, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is encouraging the public to move more – to “Move 4 Life” — to improve and maintain musculoskeletal and overall health.

Movement is vitally important to overall health. Physical activity not only helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and even some cancers, it also strengthens our bones and muscles. As we age, the health of our bones, muscles and joints — also known as our musculoskeletal system — is especially important in reducing the frequency and severity of back pain as well as preventing falls and other injuries that can lead to disability and limit our ability to engage in daily activities. For these reasons, it’s essential to move now, to move later, to move for life, and to stay healthy, strong, active and engaged.

Back pain remains one of the most prevalent and disabling conditions worldwide. It is one of the most common reasons that patients visit their doctors, and one of the most common conditions for which opioid pain medications are prescribed. Since the overuse and abuse of prescription opioid painkillers in the United States remains a top public health concern, it’s essential for health care consumers and providers to understand that spinal manipulation and other conservative approaches can get you moving by treating musculoskeletal conditions such as low back pain safely and effectively.

Make sure you our moving at least 30 minutes per day.  Visit our Facebook page for tips to stay healthy all month long!

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May is Posture Month!

Why is posture so important?  Strong posture is a good indication that the spine is properly aligned, thus avoiding pain and dysfunction related to poor posture.  Poor posture can also interfere with breathing or circulation.  We believe it has never been more crucial to have your posture assessed.  We live in a society built around technology, which forces our heads forward towards a screen and shoulders rounded to type or hold a device in front of us.  So how do you correct weak or poor posture?  Schedule your assessment and Dr. Hodne would be happy to suggest exercises to strengthen weak muscles.  Other helpful hints include keeping our keyboard as close to the body as possible.  Typing with your arms fully extended puts unwanted pressure on your neck and shoulders.  Also, try a standing desk.  Sitting has been deemed the new smoking.  Sitting 8 hours or more per day can be detrimental to circulation and posture.  How do you stack up?

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National Chiropractic Health Month

(NCHM) 2016 will be observed in October. This year’s theme is #Chiropractic1st. The campaign seeks to promote the use of chiropractic services and other non-drug approaches to pain management before turning to riskier options such as prescription opioids. We offer a gentle non-invasive approach to treating your aches and pains. If you are experiencing musculoskeletal pain, try chiropractic first!

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Zinc

As cold and flu season quickly approach, I want to inform you about the benefits of zinc.  Zinc is a biologically-essential trace mineral that supports homeostasis and enhances healthy aging.  Zinc has also been scientifically proven to shorten the duration of a cold.  So at the start of a scratchy throat or runny nose, grab for a bottle of zinc supplements or a zinc lozenge.  It may help you fight that virus a little faster!

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Headaches

I have patients who ask if chiropractic can help with headaches.  There are many different causes of headaches.  However, the most common types of headaches usually involve tightening of the neck musculature, which can be helped with a combination of electric muscle stimulation, massage, and adjustments.  So the next time you have a headache, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment!

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Breathe Right Nasal Strips

I know it seems I just keep touting products here, but these are the products I stand by and if it helps you get a better nights sleep, then it is well worth the read.  Recently my sons, aged 4 and 6, woke up with a croup cough, which turned into a stuffy nose the following day.  My oldest was up all night complaining he couldn’t breathe, but yet refused to blow his nose.  The next day I promised myself I wouldn’t go through another night without sleep.  I don’t like to give my kids medicine, so I went to Hopkinton Drug (one of THE BEST pharmacies around) and found children’s nasal strips.  It was like a miracle.  He slept through the night.  A few days later, my nephew came to visit and also complained he couldn’t breathe through his nose and wouldn’t be able to sleep.  We used another nasal strip and got the same result…a restful nights sleep!  They work and are very affordable.

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AdvoCare

A number of my patients have been asking, “so what is this AdvoCare thing all about?”  I was introduced to AdvoCare a few months ago and it has literally changed my life.  AdvoCare is a health, wellness, and nutrition line that was introduced to me by a personal trainer/nutrition specialist.  I was always so hesitant to take a regimen of supplements from just any company because there are so many out there filled with binders and fillers, which is a complete waste of money.  However, when I started the 24-Day Challenge, I lost 10 pounds and felt amazing!  This is “baby weight” (my boys are 4 and 6) that I hadn’t been able to shed.  I have since been able to keep the weight off.  They make the routine very easy to follow.  Shortly thereafter, AdvoCare became the official nutrition sponsor of Major League Soccer.  They also carry a performance elite line, skin care products, etc.  You can also earn up to a 40% discount with the company if you become an independent distributor.  There is so much more to this wonderful company that I could sit here and write about it all day.  For more details click the AdvoCare tab on Beacon Family Chiropractic’s website.

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