In our office, we often talk about the 3 types of stress that interfere with your body’s ability to heal, adapt & recover: physical stress, emotional stress, chemical stress.
Each and every one of these stressors disrupts your body’s ability to heal, adapt and recover. Regular chiropractic adjustments help your body to counteract these stressors of daily life!
We all know activity is important, but did you know that YOUR physical activity habits may be able to influence your child's physical activity level?
A study out the University of Essex in England had children perform a simple running test and were asked questions about their parents' perceived activity levels and fitness habits. The ones that knew at least one of their parents did some sort of physical activity or sport were more likely to meet and/or exceed the health-related fitness standards. When they knew both parents were physically active, they were even more likely to perform better than their peers on the physical tests.
Children who said their parents do almost no physical activity had a 50% greater risk of being unfit than children with more physically active parents.
What does this tell us?
In an ideal world, you'll spend your free time doing physical activity with your kids, but this study tells us that even if your child just OBSERVES you doing some form of physical activity, it can have an effect on them and their endurance, athletic ability and motivation to MOVE!
1. Voss, Christine & Sandercock, Gavin. (2012). Associations Between Perceived Parental Physical Activity and Aerobic Fitness in Schoolchildren. Journal of physical activity & health. 10. 10.1123/jpah.10.3.397. (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/229436048_Associations_Between_Perceived_Parental_Physical_Activity_and_Aerobic_Fitness_in_Schoolchildren)
What is the psoas?
What causes problems with the psoas?
Psoas dysfunction can present in many different ways, but will most commonly present as anterior hip and/or lower back pain. It can refer pain or discomfort to the anterior thigh. Common ways of irritating or aggravating the psoas are prolonged sitting (hello office workers!), sports that involve increased hip flexor motions (soccer, dance, gymnastics, hockey, etc). (1) In yoga and other eastern-based healthcare practices, the psoas muscle is said to “hold our stress” - this actually has a neurological basis: when we are stressed out, our body goes into a sympathetic or fight/flight response, which causes us to slightly bend forward or flex at our trunk. (Our body instinctively does this to protect us because it thinks we’re in danger.) When our body remains in this stressed-out state, our psoas muscle remains contracted, and sets the stage for problems with our body, bad posture, injuries or general dysfunction.
How do you know if you have a problem with your psoas?
1. Sajko S, Stuber K. Psoas Major: a case report and review of its anatomy, biomechanics, and clinical implications. J Can Chiropr Assoc. 2009;53(4):311–318.
Like most of you, I've also been stuck inside, not only trying to keep busy, but also trying to keep up with (some) of my health and wellness habits... I figured I'd make a list of some products that have been helping me!
This simple device adds extra benefit to any workout. Performing exercises on a vibrating place like the one above helps fire both slow and fast twitch muscle fibers simultaneously, which makes your body take more advantage of the workout you're doing in the same amount of time! It also has had a proven benefit on your hormonal, cardiovascular, lymphatic, and nervous systems simultaneously. I've been doing my squats, lunges, planks, calf raises and posture exercises on mine daily since I've been home. The BioQuake I got on Amazon (check it out here) is relatively cheap compared to some other models out there, and has a dual motor, which enables me to set it to vibration only, vs. a jarring back and forth motion, which can be harmful to the joints. I set mine at 30 Hz for all of my workouts, because that's what was proven by researchers as the frequency that was the most effective.
My FAVORITE supplement company has now pushed most of their manufacturing towards production of their immune-focused products. Their Ultra-Potent Vitamin C is my GO-TO for extra immune health. Because this type of vitamin c is buffered, it's easier on your GI system, which means you have have a higher dose without getting the GI upset you'd get with non-buffered Vitamin C. I like the chewables (1 tablet = 4 oranges!) or the powder (it doesn't taste great, but you get a high-dose of vitamin C in 1/4 teaspoon)! Metagenics is a brand that only offered through providers, and you can order directly through our website on our ONLINE SUPPLEMENT STORE. You can also access our supplement portal through the CURRENT PATIENTS tab at the top toolbar of our website. Even if they're back-ordered, you may receive them sooner than you think!
Magnesium Glycinate is one of my favorite supplements that can help calm the nervous system, and also help relax tight and stiff muscles. Magnesium Glycinate is a form of Magnesium that is better utilized by our body, and targets the nerves an muscles. You can order this through our ONLINE SUPPLEMENT STORE as well!
I'm lucky to have a job where I'm (luckily) not on the computer for the majority of the day. Now that I've been home, I've increased my computer time what feels like tenfold and my eyes were literally BURNING! (I don't know how all of you corporate-worlders do this everyday!) I got a pair of these blue light blocking glasses from Amazon, and I'm feeling much better. They block a lot of the blue light that gets emitted from our screens that can interfere with melatonin production and affect your sleep cycle.
We've discussed how being grateful can help stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system. This journal gives me guidance for acknowledging what I'm grateful for every morning and evening, along with setting intentions for the day. I love this book because it has specific prompts to fill in, and (literally) takes at the most 5 minutes out of my day!
I have a couple of these things plugged in around my apartment. They're easy and require practically NO maintenance. It helps to keep the air in here a bit fresher and cleaner while I'm stuck inside (and also cooking for what feels like ALL DAY, EVERY DAY)!
Dr. Cristina shares some insight about the benefits of Chiropractic as a vital part of your healthy lifestyle!