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Try These 3 Things for Better Posture

If you sit for long periods of time at work or engage in activities like basketball, weight lifting, running, hiking, and more, then you might be putting stress on your body. If you engage in these activities without paying attention to your posture, then you can do even more damage to your back, neck, and spine.

Below are a few simple measures you can take to improve your posture at home and work.

1.) Work in a Stretch Routine

When you're at work or find yourself sitting for long periods of time, take a break to work in a miniature stretch routine. This will help keep your muscles from cramping up and help you keep and maintain better posture.

2.) Focus on Your Alignment

Make sure that your ears are aligned over your shoulders and that your shoulders are aligned over your hips. Push your shoulders back and arrange your screen at your desk so you are looking straight ahead and slightly upwards. This will help you keep perfect posture.

3.) Stop Crossing Your Legs

When you're sitting make sure your feet sit flat on the ground and that your knees sit slightly lower than your hips so your legs don't cramp.

Sometimes, even in the face of practicing perfect posture, your back and neck can experience pain and discomfort. In those cases, contact Optimal Health & Wellness Center. We have a long history of getting patients back to active.


3 Keto-Friendly Foods for Your Super Bowl Celebration

If you're putting anything together for the Super Bowl yet still need to stick to your ketogenic diet, we have you covered at Optimal Health & Wellness Center. We provide chiropractic treatment that helps our patients treat injury and discomfort, not to mention avoid those two things down the road.

Another part of what we do is provide wellness services and patient education. The ketogenic diet provides a host of health benefits -- and we don't want you to have to cheat on your diet, which could end up compromising your results.

Read on for a few food ideas that will still keep you in good standing with your ketogenic diet.

1.) Bacon-Wrapped Sausages

Bacon-wrapped sausages provide protein and healthy fats -- two things that are synonymous with the ketogenic diet. Eat as many of these as you like -- just make sure that you opt for a sugar-free dipping sauce.

2.) Chicken Wings

Wings are a Super Bowl mainstay, and you can still enjoy these without going back on your ketogenic diet. Just make sure that the wings aren't breaded -- opt for grilled wings if you're able.

3.) Almond Flour Breadsticks

Just because you're on the ketogenic diet doesn't mean that you can't enjoy some doughy goodness. Use almond flour and make sure to pile on the mozzarella -- you can even add pepperoni or Calabrese to spice up this classic Super Bowl snack and stay within the parameters of your diet.

If you have any questions about the ketogenic diet and the many health benefits you stand to gain from it, contact Optimal Health & Wellness Center today. We'll answer any questions you have. Here's to your health Have a safe and happy Super Bowl weekend. 


Spine Problems and Headaches

Did you know that headaches are often one of the symptoms of underlying problems with the spine?

Cervicogenic Headaches, for instance, can often be related to excessive amounts of neck stress. This kind of a headache might result from:

  • Damaged Discs
  • Cervical Osteoarthritis
  • Whiplash
  • Compression of the Cervical Nerve

Your neck's bony structures (like facet joints), not to mention its soft tissues (muscles), can often both contribute Cervicogenic Headaches.

Other symptoms of Cervicogenic Headaches include blurred vision, pain in the arms, sensitivity to light and sound, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, or compromised motor skills.

Your spine and your head are connected. Spinal nerves help enable the communication that happens between your brain and the rest of your body via your spinal cord. You can think of it as a sophisticated telephone line. Many health professionals believe that the C1, C2, and the C3 are what cause Cervicogenic Headaches.

The fact of the matter is that you can be experiencing headaches when there is nothing wrong with your head. The source can certainly be the spine. At Optimal Health & Wellness Center we specialize in treating headaches, leg pain, and back pain. We utilize innovative and proven techniques to get you back to well again!


3 Ways to Treat Your Whiplash

If you've recently been in a car accident or have experienced a situation that has left you with whiplash you might be wondering what you can do to relieve your pain and obtain your range of motion back.

Optimal Health & Wellness Center sees many patients who have experienced an injury and are looking to get back to activity. Whiplash is another way of saying "neck strain," which means that a blow (more often than not from a car accident) or instance of impact causes the head to jerk in one direction or another. This sudden, excessive force can stretch and tear your neck's muscles and tendons.

1.) Pain Management

Our chiropractic treatment center is geared toward holistic, drug-free services. If you're experiencing excessive pain sometimes medication is an attractive option. We usually recommend rest, which can be especially helpful during your first 24 hours after you've experienced your injury.  After this one-day window, you don't want to give yourself excessive bed rest because this could delay your recovery.

2.) Hot or Cold Thereapy

Hot or cold temperatures applied to the region of pain for 15 minutes can help relieve pain. Do this no more than 6 times a day when you're experiencing whiplash.

3.) Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care is a form of physical therapy that will address areas of strain or tension. We can help increase your range of motion, and chiropractic care has been shown to provide pain relief and help speed recovery.

If you have any questions about how we can treat your whiplash or neck strain, contact Optimal Health & Wellness Center today. We'll get you back to your daily activities in no time!


Can Poor Posture Affect Your Mood?

It's no secret that having good posture yields all sorts of health benefits, especially when it comes to your back, neck, and spine.

But did you know that there is a suggested link between poor posture and having a bad mood? Read on to learn how.

Depression and Poor Posture

Usually, our body language speaks for us. When someone is depressed they're more likely to slouch or slump, exhibiting poor posture. Slouching has been shown to spark negative thoughts and emotions.

Bad Moods and Back Pain

Back pain also puts anyone in a poor mood. Those who deal with chronic pain can become preoccupied with it -- chronic pain can affect our production at work and seep into our social lives.

Kyphosis also results from spending large amounts of time hunched over the computer screen. This is characterized by the shoulders curling up while the head and neck bend and reach toward the screen. At the same time, the pectoral muscles tend to tighten up, causing the spine to sacrifice its vertical alignment.

Visiting your local chiropractor can help you reduce stress and improve your mood. Your chiropractor can also help improve your posture, which will help you enjoy new health benefits.

Contact Optimal Health & Wellness Center today to learn more about how you can optimize your health through chiropractic care.



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