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» Strong Spine, Healthy Mobility
» Probiotics and Health
» Nutrition and Immunity
» Maintaining Musculoskeletal Health
» Back and neck Pain from Working at Home
» Staying Fit and Healthy
» Staying Healthy
» Dr. Oz Revealed These Handy Tips For Giving Your Immune System A Much-Needed Boost
» What Should You Know About Spinal Decompression Therapy
» Studies Show Chiropractic “Maintenance Care” Beneficial for Back Pain

Strong Spine, Healthy Mobility

Strong Spine, Healthy Mobility

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"Lots of body systems work together to enable to seemingly simple act of walking, but your spine is what allows your body to be in a stable, upright position. Just as a strong spine and good posture are essential to healthy mobility, a painful spine can eliminate it.

Mobility is more than just your ability to walk. Mobility is your independence. By recognizing the role your spine plays in your mobility’s health, you are protecting your long-term quality of life."

 

For more information, please visit: https://www.spineuniverse.com/wellness/mobility/strong-spine-healthy-mobility

 

Author: Dr. Benjamin T. Bjerke
Source: Remedy Health Media


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Probiotics and Health

Probiotics and Health

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"When you consider ways to stay healthy as cold and flu season approaches, consuming live bacteria may not be at the top of your list. But not all bacteria are bad for you. In fact, "good" bacteria found in food and dietary supplements may help you ward off illness this winter and throughout the year. The supplements are called probiotics. "Probiotics have been shown to secrete protective substances which turn on the immune system and prevent pathogens from taking hold and creating major disease," says Dr. Allan Walker, director of the Division of Nutrition at Harvard Medical School and a world-renowned expert in the probiotics field."

 

For more information, please visit: https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/what-you-should-know-about-probiotics

Author: Harvard Medical School
Source: Harvard University


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Nutrition and Immunity

Nutrition and Immunity

 

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"During the flu season or times of illness, people often seek special foods or vitamin supplements that are believed to boost immunity. Vitamin C and foods like citrus fruits, chicken soup, and tea with honey are popular examples. Yet the design of our immune system is complex and influenced by an ideal balance of many factors, not just diet, and especially not by any one specific food or nutrient. However, a balanced diet consisting of a range of vitamins and minerals, combined with healthy lifestyle factors like adequate sleep and exercise and low stress, most effectively primes the body to fight infection and disease."

 

For more information, please visit: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/nutrition-and-immunity/

Author: The President and Fellows of Harvard College
Source: 2020 The President and Fellows of Harvard College


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Maintaining Musculoskeletal Health

Maintaining Musculoskeletal Health 

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Many people with arthritis resist regular physical activity or exercise because they fear it will increase pain or further damage their joints. The body is supposed to move; our joints allow for movement.
In fact, movement eases joint stiffness, reduces joint pain, strengthens the muscles which surround the joints, and help us maintain a healthy weight. The benefits are real, so keep moving!

 

For more information, please visit: https://www.verywellhealth.com/ways-to-keep-your-joints-healthy-189256

 

Author: Carol Eustice
Source: verywell health


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Back and neck Pain from Working at Home

Back and neck Pain from Working at Home

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"The COVID-19 pandemic has more Americans working from home. The resulting uptick in makeshift home offices has also led to more reports of back and neck pain. 92% of chiropractors reported seeing more neck and back pain complaints since stay-at-home orders took effect in March.
If you're experiencing these symptoms while working from home, a chiropractor can help."

 

For more information, please visit: https://www.okeefechiropractic.net/index.php?p=544019&action=view&post_id=4275

Author: O'Keefe Chiropractic Center
Source: ProfessionalPlanets.com


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Staying Fit and Healthy

Staying Fit and Healthy

ASN Logo"There is a direct relationship between your diet, physical activity, and health. Your nutrition is a key player when it comes to physical, mental, and social well-being. And it’s important for preventing disease.
Lifestyle factors may also determine if you’re going to get sick or remain healthy. One of those factors is physical activity (PA). A sedentary lifestyle is usually associated with an increased risk for chronic disease, loss of movement, and decreased immune health. For those reasons, physical activity and movement are extremely important during the coronavirus pandemic. With that in mind, I will cover the benefits of PA, where your focus should be, how to think about exercising, equipment, how much you should be doing, and much more."

 

For more information, visit: https://nutrition.org/how-to-stay-fit-and-healthy-during-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic/

 

Author: Antonio Faneite
Source: American Society for Nutrition


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Staying Healthy

Staying Healthy

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"There are measures that we can take to stay healthy. Maintaining your overall health strengthens your immune system.
1. Eat a well balanced diet abundant in fruits, vegetables, and protein. Minimize sugar intake. Do not eat at night. If you have dietary questions, please ask. We can provide sample diets.
2. Exercise 3x per week. Taking a walk 3x per week can fulfill this goal.
3. Get 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night
4. Stay hydrated. Drink water everyday"

For more information, please visit: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/water/art-20044256#:~:text=You've%20probably%20heard%20the,a%20day%20might%20be%20enough.

 

Consider a multi vitamin supplement to fill in any gaps where you may be lacking in your diet

https://www.accutrition.com/pure-encapsulations-mens-pure-pack-30-packets.html

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If you have questions, please feel free to ask. We are here to help!

O'Keefe Chiropractic Center
609-654-4299
[email protected]

 

Author: Mayoclinic
Source: Mayoclinic


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Dr. Oz Revealed These Handy Tips For Giving Your Immune System A Much-Needed Boost

Dr. Oz Revealed These Handy Tips For Giving Your Immune System A Much-Needed Boost

Dr. Mehmet Oz spends his days doling out medical advice and health tips on his eponymous TV series. And now the famous health expert has shared a helpful set of tips to keep the immune system strong – and some of them are way easier than you might think.
It’s vital to your health that you keep your immune system in tip-top shape – regardless of the presence of a global viral threat. This group of cells, bodily chemicals and processes does its part to battle the toxins, bacteria and viruses that enter your system. In the face of coronavirus, then, it is worth keeping all of these defenses at the ready
Because of the novelty of the coronavirus, it’s unclear just how contagious – or deadly – it can be. But it has spread rapidly around the globe from its origin in Wuhan, China, and it has a mortality rate so far of between one and three percent. For that reason alone, it’s a good idea to fortify your immune system now – and Dr. Oz has shared his best methods for doing so.
What experts do know are the symptoms that come with this novel strain of coronavirus. The World Health Organization (WHO) has listed the most common symptoms as fever, dry cough and tiredness. On top of that, some have experienced aches and pains, nasal congestion, a runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea.

https://scribol.com/lifestyle/health-and-body/dr-oz-coronavirus-tips-boost-immunity-survival-guide/14/

 

Author: Andrea Marchiano
Source: Scribol April 3, 2020


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What Should You Know About Spinal Decompression Therapy

What Should You Know About Spinal Decompression Therapy

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"If you have lasting back pain and other related symptoms, you know how disruptive to your life it can be. You may be unable to think of little else except finding relief. Some people turn to spinal decompression therapy -- either surgical or nonsurgical"

"Nonsurgical spinal decompression is a type of motorized traction that may help relieve back pain. Spinal decompression works by gently stretching the spine. That changes the force and position of the spine. This change takes pressure off the spinal disks -- gel-like cushions between the bones in your spine -- by creating negative pressure in the disc. As a result, bulging or herniated disks may retract, taking pressure off nerves and other structures in your spine. This helps promote movement of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids into the disks so they can heal."

Author: Ross Brakeville
Source: https://www.webmd.com/back-pain/qa/what-is-non-surgical-spinal-decompression-the


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Studies Show Chiropractic “Maintenance Care” Beneficial for Back Pain

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) states that approximately 31 million Americans suffer from back pain at any given time. This adds up to over $50 billion in healthcare costs annually. And then that price tag more than doubles when you factor in lost wages and decreased job productivity.

For decades, chiropractors have not only been saying chiropractic maintenance care for back pain is beneficial, it’s also cost effective. A research project called "The Nordic Maintenance Care Program" was launched with the aim to increase knowledge regarding maintenance care, utilizing chiropractors in Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway. A leading chiropractic publication, Chiropractic Economics, explained that this team put in hard work from 2008-2018 with four objectives:

  1. To define the concept of maintenance care and the indications for its use.
  2. To describe chiropractors’ belief in maintenance care and patients’ acceptance of it.
  3. To establish the prevalence with which chiropractors use maintenance care and possible characteristics of the chiropractors associated with its use.
  4. To determine its efficacy and cost-effectiveness for various types of conditions.

Maintenance

One study specifically investigated the patient perspective of maintenance care; patients were interviewed and asked to explain why they would visit their chiropractor on a regular basis. Patients stated that the purpose was:  

  • To prevent recurrences (78%);
  • To remain pain-free (68%);
  • Maintenance care as a wellness approach (17%).

Regarding the spacing of maintenance care treatments, most visits were scheduled by patients within a range of 1-3 months.

Cost-Effectiveness

A health-care register-based study found that health care use was smallest among the patients who received maintenance care from a chiropractor as opposed to those receiving care from other health care professionals.

A 2015 study by Simon Dagenais, et. al., gathered data from over 1300 studies. They discovered that compared to private health plans, chiropractic health care costs were lower. There are a lot of variables to control, but the bottom line is chiropractic maintenance care can be more effective and less costly than other forms of back pain care.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: PLoS One. 2018; 13(9): e0203029


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