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Stress goes up, down and all over the place during the holidays 

Take a 40-hour/week worker and pile on another 10 hours/week of holiday commitments like myriad dinners with family and friends, parties, and other holiday events. That is the reality for many of us and it is enough to jack our stress levels up even if these are supposed to be relaxing, stress-relieving affairs. So how do we stay centered amidst the holiday hustle? We use techniques to be proactive about stress reduction and the maintenance of our well-being. Here's how:

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It doesn't have to be a huge change! 

Osteoporosis: bone loss. Osteoporosis: old age. Osteoporosis: not my problem. Few people ever think that osteoporosis will become their fate. Outwardly, there are no symptoms- osteoporosis doesn't cause pain, nor does it manifest itself in any visible way. Most people never even consider the word until they break a bone and pay a visit to their doctor. The fact is, bone loss is reality for everyone on earth- after our thirties, bone loss begins, and our lifestyles either slow or accelerate this natural process. Diet is the number one way you can control bone loss and prevent weaker bones from causing problems in your life. 

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Muscle spasms happen

It is a brutal reality but the first step to treating a muscle spasm is to accept that it is happening- fighting it is only going to make the problem worse. Take a deep breath and commit to laying low for up to 72 hours (longer in extreme cases).

Step 1 is to ice. Muscle spasms represent a breaking point: what got you here was a set of soft tissue strains and sprains that went unaddressed until they could be borne no longer. In order to prevent a serious injury from occurring, your body goes into spasm. Unfortunately, at this point, a certain degree of injury has already occurred, and the accompanying inflammation is a good indicator of this. So step 1 is to use ice to reduce inflammation in the immediate aftermath of a spasm. 

Step 2 is switch to heat. After the inflammation has been reduced and the pain has receded, we need to start the healing process. Heat helps tight tissues relax, encourages blood circulation and brings the nutrients your body needs to heal.

Step 3 is to repair. After the spasms have stopped, you need to gently reintroduce your body to purposeful exercise, with a focus on strengthening the region of injury so that the spasms will not recur. 

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It all starts with a conversation

What do you need? How does your back feel? How does the condition of your spine affect the way you live your life? These are questions that need to be asked before you can receive truly effective healthcare. In tandem with a full diagnostic and physical examination, a conversation can give us the clues that direct us to getting you the right type of care. Even if that means we need to refer you elsewhere, we are absolutely dedicated to advancing your well-being in the appropriate manner. 

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Dehydration is unacceptable

If you are guilty of a low consumption of fluids, we urge you to take a look at how this affects you in the long run. Dehydration is implicated in a number of conditions which contribute to poor spinal health, including:

  • Weight gain 
  • Drying out of the intervertebral discs
  • Muscle spasms
  • Mental stress
  • Poor blood circulation 

Hydrating is one of the easiest things you can do daily to immediately improve your spinal health. This begs the question: why are Americans chronically dehydrated? 

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