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Foam Rollers: A Fantastic Gift Idea and Supplement to Chiropractic Care

Today we'd like to go over a common health and wellness accessory that might make an amazing Christmas gift that will actually get used, instead of ending up in the rubbish pile after the holiday season. Foam Rollers are excellent for supporting your health and wellness plan and, also, when used correctly, beneficial to your back!

Make Sure that Foam Roller Gets Used Correctly

If you give a foam roller as a gift, make sure you let your gift recipient know how to use it correctly. Tell that special someone not to use their foam roller directly on their lower back, since there isn't a whole lot of protection down there. Instead, use the foam roller on the upper back, which has shoulder blades and larger muscles protecting the spine. Using a foam roller on the lower back might put pressure on the spinal muscles, causing them to contract and cause damage, especially if the back pain is coming from a lumbar spine condition.

Stop using the foam roller at the end of the ribcage. If you feel pain in your lower back, it might be relieved by using the foam roller on the glutes and the hip flexors, areas where tightness can contribute to lower back pain.

Roll it Out Slow

It's easy to be tempted to roll quickly to get the therapy out of the way. This technique may feel good, but it won't alleviate tightness. To alleviate tightness roll no more than an inch each second. This allows your muscles the requisite time to relax and adapt to the foam roller pressure.

If you have questions about using foam rollers, contact Optimal Health & Wellness Center today. Happy holiday season and happy shopping from us to you!

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3 Christmas Gift Ideas that Promote Back and Spine Health

It's that time of year again when we think of others more than we think of ourselves: the holiday season!

In honor of the gift-giving season, we thought we'd go over a few spine-friendly gift ideas that will help a loved one stay on top of their health and wellness. Somebody has to think of that, right? Read on for a few gift ideas that your gift recipient will appreciate in the long run.

1.) An Ergonomic Chair

It doesn't matter who you are these days, chances are, you end up sitting in front of a computer, or sitting at a desk, or sitting in a chair for some reason. Having an ergonomic chair benefits the home PC user as well as the office worker alike. They're good for the gamer and the TV watcher as well.

2.) Chiropractic Shoes

Getting shoes for a friend or family member might prove more difficult. There are different types of feet, of course. arch — attention should be paid to the arch of the foot when choosing footwear that benefits your back. There are 3 different types of arch shapes

  • Over-Pronation (Low)
  • Neutral
  • Excessive Supination (High)

Minimalist shoes might also benefit back pain as well. There are options available as far as inserts, insoles, and gel soles which have also been shown to reduce and relieve back pain.

Back/Neck Massager

There are some pretty sophisticated massagers that are available and they can help boost the benefits experienced after a session with Dr. Barton, not to mention help you relieve the wear and tear that is experienced day to day.

Bonus Gift Idea: The Gift of Chiropractic Care from Optimal Health & Wellness Center!

Contact Optimal Health & Wellness Center if you're interested in chiropractic care for yourself or you'd like to give the gift of chiropractic care to a friend or family member.

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Tips to Avoid Winter Back Problems

The winter time is an especially strenuous time for some, especially those who live in colder areas which experience snow. Snowboarding, skiing, even shoveling the sidewalk can all put a lot of stress on your back, neck, and spine. It's not uncommon for us to see many patients who suffer back pain during the winter time at Optimal Health & Wellness Center.

Are We More Vulnerable During the Winter?

We might be a little more prone to experiencing back pain or injury because the colder temperatures might stiffen the muscles more. It's also far more tempting to stay in bed a little longer instead of pulling yourself out of bed to get in that morning stretch routine.

Minimizing Your Winter Back Pain

As we hinted at above, it's a great idea to take 20-30 minutes to go through a full body stretch routine. Even if you can only spare 10 minutes, it goes a long way toward keeping a healthy body, not to mention spine. Incorporating yoga-style moves and deep breathing techniques will give your routine even more benefits.

You might be more prone to staying in and watching Netflix during the more frigid months with a blanket and a warm cup of cocoa, but try to work in some stretching between episodes.

Strengthen that Back While You're At it!

Working out is good for your back when you practice proper form. Make sure to incorporate lifts and workouts that engage your core and strengthen your upper, middle, and lower back.

We hope some of this helps! And if you experience any back pain this winter, be sure to contact Optimal Health & Wellness Center today to schedule a consultation.

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3 Signs You Have Arthritis

People who live with arthritis are living with a joint disorder -- people can be affected in areas of the body ranging from fingers, wrist, knees, and other parts of the body as well. Arthritis generally develops out of trauma (injury), infection, or even simply from the aging process. Pain associated with arthritis comes about from damage from disease, stiffness of the joints, and inflammation.

Joint pain from arthritis usually occurs in one area and usually shows up consistently. Below are a few tell-tale signs that you may have arthritis.

1.) Joint Pain

As mentioned above, joint pain occurs during arthritis -- it's actually the most common symptom. Arthritis may create problems with moving a particular joint. For instance, you may experience an inability to walk or use your hand properly. You might experience weight loss, trouble sleeping, loss of muscle flexibility, or muscle weakness.

2.) Lumps or Bumps Around the Joints

Look up the term "Jiu-Jitsu Fingers," and you'll get an idea what this symptom is all about. Pockets of fluid can build up in the joints, especially in the hands. These pockets of fluid are also called mucous cysts and can come along with pain associated with them.

3.) Warmness or Redness in the Joints

If you experience redness or warmth around the joint in question, this can also be symptomatic of arthritis.

If you're experiencing pain from arthritis, we can help you manage it the all-natural way. Optimal Health & Wellness Center provides chiropractic care and health and wellness services that will have you living your best life. 

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Chiropractic Care: It's Not Just for Adults!

Neck pain (NP), mid back pain (MBP), and lower back pain (LBP) can strike at any stage in life, and more and more evidence supports that even children can suffer from these types of pains. Don't just chalk everything up to growing pains -- the types of pain we're talking about here can seriously impede a child's ability to assert themselves properly in the classroom. Aggravated, adult levels of pain can be reached at 18 and younger, studies are finding on a consistent basis.

That's why it's important to take back and spine health seriously early on.

Chiropractic Care for Young Folks

Carrying books, playing sports, engaging in extracurricular activities -- these can all have a negative effect on your back, neck, and spine. Scheduling semi-regular visits to the chiropractor can also help make sure that your child is firing on all cylinders because chiropractic care has been shown to improve neurological function.

CC is also Holistic

Chiropractic Care takes advantage of natural, holistic remedies that avoid prescription medication, which is largely overprescribed and often abused by teens and even adults. Chiropractic care is a drug-free pain relief options that help kids reach the peak functionality, which helps in the classroom and in athletics. 

Find a Chiropractic Care Specialist Near You

Optimal Health & Wellness Center offers our services in San Antonio, TX, providing our community as well as visitors to our community comprehensive health and wellness services. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.

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