How to Warm Up Effectively

Many folks think that getting a good stretch in before rigorous activity or a workout is ideal, when, in fact, warming up is a far better option pre-workout. Saving the stretching for after your workout is ideal, while warming up will actually help improve your range of motion and get your body and muscles ready for the task ahead.

Focus on Movement

Try to work in different types of leg movements that will help stretch and activate your hips, thighs, glutes, calves, etc. You’ll feel better as you engage in whatever workout you’re planning as a result.

Hydrate Correctly

Drink water the night before a workout and make sure to maintain hydration throughout your workout, but don’t overdo it during the activity in question, because you may get cramps.

Work Up a Sweat

The point of warming up is to gather a bit of a sweat before you engage in that activity at hand. By warming up you’ll be more flexible and your body will be more pliable, which will help you avoid injury.

Contact O’Connor Family Wellness Chiropractic today to learn more about how chiropractic treatments are the perfect companion to an active lifestyle.

3 Ways to Relieve Back Pain

Back pain is something that is experienced by over 80% of adults in the world, which means that you, too, could fall victim to some sort of back pain or back problems. Below O’Connor Family Wellness Chiropractic goes over a few ways to relieve back pain in various shapes and forms.

1.) Practice Good Posture

Practicing good posture will force you to strengthen stabilizer muscles and help you feel healthier and even more attractive!

2.) Exercise Your Back

When you hit the gym, make sure to exercise your back and your core muscle group, which will help strengthen the muscles in your back. You’ll also start to notice that your back will feel bad when you stop exercising it.

3.) Do Yoga

Yoga is a great way to relieve pain, improve flexibility, and increase your range of motion, all of which will help provide drug-free back pain relief.

Chiropractic treatment is also a great way to relieve back pain. If you have back pain that persists in the face of doing the things mentioned above, contact O’Connor Family Wellness Chiropractic today to schedule your consultation.

How Chiropractic Helps MMA Fighters

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Whether your practicing MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) for the conditioning or you’re practicing MMA competitively, it’s important to take care of your body along your path to learning the various disciplines of MMA, which usually entails Muay Thai, wrestling, grappling, and Jiu-Jitsu among other disciplines. 

Chiropractic treatments are a great way to give your body and your brain the boost it needs to endure the training and abuse on your body that comes along with practicing MMA.

Below are a few ways that chiropractic adjustments can benefit the martial artist.

Improved Range of Motion

By visiting the chiropractor, we’ll provide you with treatments that will improve your flexibility and range of motion. You’ll move around the mat/cage and you’ll be able to land strikes you used to not be able to.

Improved Reflexes

You drill and drill and drill some more so the moves become second nature and your mind computes the move to your body instantly. Chiropractic treatments have been shown to improve reflexes, which will help you with reaction time, which will make your countermoves faster and more effective.

Better Recovery

After a fight or a tough training session, chiropractic treatment will give you amazing recovery benefits, not to mention provide you with drug-free pain relief.

If you’re into MMA you should have a close relationship with your chiropractic care specialist. Contact O’Connor Family Wellness Chiropractic today to schedule your consultation.

Tips to Build Inner Happiness

For those of us who believe that true happiness comes from within, this means that achieving and living a happy life is essentially an inside job. Instead of focusing on large exterior forces that are basically out of our control, learning how to discipline and control ourselves is essential.

Below are a few ways to build your happiness from within.

Learn a New Skill

Start from scratch and learn a new skill, whether it’s computer coding or martial arts, it really doesn’t matter. Allowing ourselves to be lousy at something is a freeing experience, then slowly getting good at it gives us countless rewards, not to mention gives us more confidence and happiness.

Play Your Roles Well

Whether you’re a brother, sister, father, mother, boss, employee, play those roles with precision. It’s just like Shakespeare said, in this life, we play many roles and it’s important to be the best you can be at everything that you put on your plate.

Engage with Your Community

Volunteer when you can and make sure to give back to your community. Make sure that each day you come into contact with your neighbors, coworkers, and other community members in order to connect and feel a part of something larger than yourself.

Chiropractic care is another way to boost your inner happiness. Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to reduce anxiety and depression, not to mention help you achieve more restful sleep. To learn more about the countless additional benefits that chiropractic has in store for you, contact O’Connor Family Wellness Chiropractic today.

Tips to Win At the Gym

When some of us hit the gym, we might be focused on the wrong things. Maybe we’re distracted by that person at the gym we try hard not to stare at, or maybe we’re focused on racking up the weights and showing off to passerby.

There are better ways to go about going to the gym that will help you get far better and far more undeniable results. Read on for a few tips to win the gym every time.


Drinking at least half your body weight in ounces of water is crucial to maintaining balance with your body. Dehydration can result in headaches, lack of focus, low mental power, and more. You’ll be amazed by how much of a difference staying properly hydrated makes.

Engage Your Core

Start working the muscles that work for you. Your biceps, triceps, and pectoral muscles can take the back seat for a while. Instead, work your back, your midsection, your hips, and your legs — these are all muscle groups that do a tremendous amount of work for you in your day-to-day dealings. By strengthening your core muscle group you’ll also avoid injuries down the road.

Eat For Fuel

It’s okay if you have a Snicker’s Bar before working out, but make sure that your diet mainly consists of clean protein and vegetables. You’ll feel better and you’ll certainly perform better in the gym. Try also to find natural carbohydrates instead of eating foods packed with processed carbohydrates.

Chiropractic treatments are also another great way to be more effective in the gym. Chiropractic adjustments will help you relieve pain the drug-free way while also helping you treat and also avoid injury. Contact O’Connor Family Wellness Chiropractic to learn more.