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credit: Steven Depolo

credit: Steven Depolo

You’ve probably heard physical therapists, chiropractors, and other bodyworkers say that the spine is the key to living pain free—and they’re right. A healthy spine, coupled with a healthy nervous system, is crucial in terms of maintaining whole body health. A strong spine can also make you look taller and thinner, and feel more powerful.

On the other hand, though, your spine in many ways is the command center for your physical self—it’s connected to so many other systems in your body that that slightest change to that equilibrium can lead to problems. Rounded shoulders and discomfort are frequently the first noticeable issues, but by no means are they the only problems. Thankfully, simply knowing your way around your spine can help avoid many of them.

Your spine has three distinct parts, each with different functions and different methods of self-care. So consider this a guide to that part of yourself you never see, but could never do without. Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

3 Ways You Can Reduce Inflammation for Better Health

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When you’ve been injured or have an infection, your body will likely respond with an increase in C-reactive protein, also known as CRP. Let’s take a closer look at why.

Zooming into the blood on a microscopic level, when there’s injury or infection, or if there’s anything in your bloodstream that’s not supposed to be there, macrophages will show up in droves. Macrophages are specialized white blood cells that chase, chomp down, and destroy foreign substances, cancer cells, and infectious bacteria. (See a macrophage in action here—after giving chase, it finally engulfs the invaders at :19 This is a good thing. Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Trigger-Point Massage for Longer, Stronger Muscles

massageIs there a part of your body that feels weak or uncoordinated? Is there pain that comes back no matter how many times you stretch? Are there actions that you just can’t do, for no real reason? This could be a musculoskeletal issue caused by trigger points. Known to many as “pressure points,” they’re areas within a muscle where actin and myosin fibers are locked in perpetual contraction, which can cause pain or spasm.
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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Be Your Best Self: Relax, Relax, Relax

 

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Even those who have nutrition, exercise, and supplementation under control can suffer from increased long-term health risks due to chronic stress. Don’t be that person! Take time to yourself, leave your phone home from time to time, and let your mind unwind.

Follow these tips to stop stress in its tracks today!

  • Don’t underestimate the power of a moment alone. Taking ten minutes to yourself can help hit ‘reset’ on all the troubles of the day. Take a walk around the block. Leave the phone behind!

  • A family yoga session can open up the muscles, allow you to breathe, and help you bond with the loved ones, all at the same time.

  • Consider meditating a few minutes every day. According to New York physician Dr. Kulkarni, meditation automatically reduces heart rate, lowers blood pressure, reduces muscle tension, and improves breathing.

  • Listening to music, hitting the gym, or even something as simple as loading pictures from your favorite vacation onto your work computer can go a long way in knocking out stress.

  • WellnessFX practitioner Kathie Madonna Swift, RD, MS suggests seeking the great outdoors this holiday season. “Being in nature, whether it is taking a long hike, rollerblading, biking, kayaking or swimming in a pristine lake is nourishing to your body, mind and spirit,” she says. “Make a point to step outdoors each and every day this summer and take in the sights, sounds and scents of this soothing season.”

  • Ten deep breaths can go a long way in relieving immediate stress, says WellnessFX practitioner Janelle Deeds. Dr. Andrew Weill, a physician who focuses on integrative medicine, states that “practicing regular, mindful breathing can be calming and energizing and can even help with stress-related health problems ranging from panic attacks to digestive disorder.”

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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

10 Reasons You Should Be Meditating

Today’s guest post comes from Dr. Kulkarni on the importance of adding meditation to your daily wellness routine.

Meditation has countless benefits on your health and life in general. Here are some great reasons to make meditation a part (even if it is a small part) of your daily rountine.

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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.