Health-E-News November 2012
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Chiropractic for Kids seen on the Ricki Lake show
10 Reasons Parents Take Healthy Children To Chiropractors
Some adults may wonder why more and more children are starting to see chiropractors. That's a good question and the answer is simple: whether we have a large spine or a tiny little spine, if that spine is creating nerve distress then our magnificent bodies may not operate smoothly.
The nervous system is the 'Master Controller'
The nervous system is the master controller of our body and if its communication channels become fuzzy, distorted or damaged then we experience all sorts of communication errors. For babies and children, this ineffective communication may play out as colic or irritability, an inability to suckle and breastfeed, poor sleep, developmental delays, digestion issues, asthma, behavioural problems, low energy, inability to concentrate, headaches, etc - the list is endless. In fact, regardlesss of what the end result or symptom may be, all roads lead back to the body's ability to self-regulate and function at a peak level.
While chiropractic may be able to help with a number of health issues, our focus is not treating or curing ailments; our focus is ensuring the nervous system has every opportunity to work efficiently and effectively.
10 reasons parents take their children to see chiropractic may help:
- To maximise their child's neural plasticity (brain and nerve development).
- To enhance their child's overall health and well being.
- To strengthen immunity and reduce the incidence of colds, ear-aches and general illness.
- To help with colic and Irritable Baby Syndrome.
- To help with asthma, breathing difficulties and allergies.
- To improve spinal posture.
- To improve their child's ability to concentrate.
- To assist with behavioural disorders and enhance emotional well being.
- To help alleviate digestive problems.
- To assist with bed-wetting and sleep issues.
Working out is good for the brain as well as the heart
Can a little bit of exercise make you smarter?
Or, stated more precisely, can regular activity help slow the cognitive declines associated with aging?
A small but intriguing study suggests that the answer to those two questions is Yes. Adults could, over a period of just a few months, significantly improve standard measures of cognition including the the ability to think clearly, recall and make quick decisions. Oh, and they also lost weight, shrunk their waist size, became more flexible and dramatically improved their endurance.
The key exercise was the interval training, which consisted of pedalling to maximum ability for 45 seconds, followed by 45 seconds rest, this for a total of 20 minutes. (The Montreal Heart Institute uses this method to help rehabilitate heart patients.)
"In the end, cognitive decline is largely a blood vessel problem. The brain is loaded with blood vessels and if you make those healthier with exercise, you reduce the risk of decline," he said. "It's very similar to the heart."
Being Fit in Middle Age Can Lower Risk of Disease Later in Life
Working out in middle age can result in fewer chronic diseases, including heart problems, diabetes, stroke, Alzheimer's disease and cancer. We all know that exercise is good for you - it keeps the heart healthy, works out the muscles and prepares you to take the stairs at work without fainting from exhaustion. But does all that activity actually prevent you from getting sick?
According to a study published online by the Archives of Internal Medicine, the answer is yes. Researchers say that people who are more fit when they are middle-aged have a lower rate of chronic diseases, including heart problems, diabetes, stroke, kidney disease, obstructive pulmonary conditions, lung cancer, colon cancer and Alzheimer's disease. Even more encouraging, says Berry, is the fact that those with the highest fitness levels battled fewer chronic conditions in the last five years of life, meaning they spent more of this time healthy rather than burdened by disease.
"The results show that fitness can not only delay morbidity but prevent it," says Berry.
So get fit and get healthy - get adjusted and start an exercise program. Ask us for details.
Breathing Exercises to Relax in 10 Minutes or Less
Overworked, underslept and feeling the pressure? There are plenty of ways to find calm, without investing in a four-hand spa massage. All you need is a pair of lungs, your breath and 10 minutes or less.
Here are 2 different breathing exercises to help:
1. Sama Vritti or "Equal Breathing"
How it's done: Balance can do a body good, beginning with the breath. To start, inhale for a count of four, then exhale for a count of four - all through the nose, which adds a natural resistance to the breath. Got the basic pranayama down? More advanced yogis can aim for six to eight counts per breath with the same goal in mind: calm the nervous system, increase focus and reduce stress, Pacheco says.
2. Abdominal Breathing Technique
How it's done: With one hand on the chest and the other on the belly, take a deep breath in through the nose, ensuring the diaphragm (not the chest) inflates with enough air to create a stretch in the lungs. The goal: Six to 10 deep, slow breaths per minute for 10 minutes each day to experience immediate reductions to heart rate and blood pressure, McConnell says. Keep at it for six to eight weeks, and those benefits might stick around even longer.