Health-E-News May 2013
empowering you to optimal health
How Your Posture Can Change You
More and more research is showing how your posture can alter your own body chemistry, people's perceptions of you and affect your income.
Amy Cuddy did a TED Talk recently on her research on body language. She shared how your posture can can change your own body chemistry, and change other people's perceptions about you.
Chiropractors are concerned about overall posture and adjustments help you maintain proper posture. So next time you receive Chiropractic care, know that it does more than straighten out your spine.
Sit Up Straight Now To Be A Healthy, Independent Senior
The shape of an older person's spine may predict their future need for home assistance or admission to a nursing home, according to a new study.
The study included more than 800 people aged 65 and older in Japan, who had their spinal posture assessed. It was found that seniors with an increase in the curve in their thoracic spine (area between your shoulders), suffered from the greatest degree of disability.
Over four and a half years, about 16 percent of the participants became dependent on help for basic daily activities. Those with the greatest curve in the thoracic spine were about three and a half times more likely to become dependent on help for basic daily activities than those with the least spinal inclination.
Chiropractic adjustments keep your spinal joints moving freely, allowing you to sit up properly and keep a flexible spine well into your senior years. Being adjusted is the perfect way to ensure spinal flexibility and vibrant senior years!
Walk, or Run, to Lower Heart Disease Risk: Benefits Are Similar
A brisk walk may be just as good as a run for keeping the the heart healthy.
Researchers studied 33,060 runners who were participating in the National Runners’ Health Study and 15,045 walkers enrolled in the National Walkers’ Health Study over six years. All the participants were between the ages of 18 to 80, with most in their 40s and 50s. The exercises answered questionnaires about their physical activity, and the researchers calculated how much energy they expended based on the distance the volunteers reported walking or running. They also recorded any doctor-diagnosed heart conditions.
Although walking isn't as intense as running, the study authors say both target the same muscle groups, which could explain why their results in improving heart health are so similar. The results suggest that the type of exercise may not be as important as how much people walk or run.
Keeping athletes in the game with Chiropractic
History has shown us that Chiropractic is widely recognized in the athletic arena. Professional sports teams understand the importance of retaining a team Chiropractor who can attend to players on the sidelines during games. The list of examples is endless (golf pros, MMA fighters, hockey players, extreme snowboarders, etc.). Whether an athlete is on a team or participating in an individual sport, Chiropractic has probably played a role in their athletic development. There is a staggering amount of evidence and research that supports the effectiveness of Chiropractic, but it is even more telling to note just how many athletes depend on chiropractors to keep them in the game.
The 2010 Winter Olympics were proud to be the first to fully integrate Chiropractic into host medical services. Even with this recent success, Chiropractic doctors were already working directly with sports teams and Olympic athletes decades before the Vancouver Games.
Of course, not all of us are pro athletes, but many of us still receive the benefit of Chiropractic care. Approximately 80% of all people will experience a spine or spine related problem and that’s not just the high performance types. The one thing we do have in common is that we all have a back, something all chiropractors understand very well.