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Weight Vest Dos and Don'ts

Those who are looking to up their game when it comes to crosstraining might be considering the merits of incorporating a weight vest into their routine.

Weight vests can certainly supplement an exercise routine, making you faster, stronger, as well as boosting your cardio and endurance. There are weight vests on the market (such as those manufactured by MIR Weighted Vests) which have adjustable/removable weights, so you can customize your workouts as-needed.

But, just as with anything in fitness, there are both benefits and drawbacks to using weight vests. And there are things to do and things not to do when you incorporate them into your fitness routine.

DO: Buy a Quality Vest

It's important that you make a top notch purchase when you're buying a weighted vest. MIR is a great quality vest for instance. There are some definite stinkers out there, too, vests that can't even stand one single high-intensity workout without ripping or tearing.

DON'T: Wear Weight Vests too Often

You can mess up your equilibrium and your body's default stabilizing system by wearing a weight vest for too long and too often. The ideal circumstance is to do pull ups, push ups, body squats, and speed intervals, as well as shorter distance hikes (1-5 miles). You don't want to go on super long distance runs with a lot of weight, because it can really do some wear and tear to your joints and your spine and discs.

DO: Wear Your Weight Vest Snugly

Make sure that your weight vest is secure against your body. If the weights are bouncing around, this will intensify decompression and create problems in the spine and lower back.

DON'T: Push Your Workouts too Hard too Fast

Add weight slowly to your workouts, so you know your body is up for it. Adding too much too fast could land you an injury or at the very least put undue stress on your body.

If you do experience back, neck, spine, or leg pain due to weight vest training, contact Optimal Health and Wellness Center today. We'll schedule your consultation with Dr. Suggs and get you back on the footpath to wellness again.

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Most Common Work Injuries

The Bureau of Labor Statistics asserts that in 2016 nearly 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses occurred -- 892,300 of which were considered severe cases (meaning the injured employee or person in question required one day or multiple days off from work.

In our grind-heavy culture, it's easy to understand why many folks simply cannot afford to miss days or weeks that come along with a workplace injury. Being as such, we thought we'd go over a few of the most common workplace injuries as a way to offer preventive medicine for our patients. Knowing some of the more common pitfalls individuals face at work might help you avoid injury in the future.

Steer Clear of Overexertion

Overexertion is a common culprit of the workplace injury. This can mean pulling long hours, lifting, pushing, holding, carrying, or even throwing objects or engaging in overstrenuous activities at work. Overexertion is not only the number one workplace injury, it's also the most expensive, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Slipping, Tripping, and Falling from Heights

Falling from an elevated area is also common in the workplace -- it can happen on roofs, ladders, and even stairways. Negligence and faulty equipment often play a role in these sorts of workplace accidents. Wearing protective gear and engaging in a safety protocol can help avoid these pitfalls. 

Slipping and tripping happen to be the number 2 cause of all workplace injuries. Wet and slippery floors can facilitate injuries like these, even tripping over loose objects lying on the floor. Keeping a clean and organized workplace can help avoid injury, same with promoting employee safety and alertness, as well as limiting horseplay.

Machine or Vehicle Accidents

Vocations that involve heavy machinery or driving on the job come with an increased safety risk. Knowing the equipment and vehicle inside and out can often help, as well as practicing safe driving and operation.

At Optimal Health & Wellness Center, we are focused on treating each of our patient's health problems. Dr. Clay Suggs spends listens carefully in order to understand your concerns and we always respond with the best possible treatment options catered to each individual patient. We have a professional staff, providing expert treatment and comprehensive aftercare.

Your health is our primary concern! We proudly serve the San Antonio, TX area and its surrounding communities.

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Reasons to Consider Chiropractic Care in San Antonio, TX

It's a sad reality that, by and large, one only considers pursuing chiropractic care when in pain or after an injury. Sure, those times are crucial to see a chiropractic care specialist, but your spine and neck should be taken care of year-round, as a part of your comprehensive wellness plan.

Maybe you've experienced whiplash, maybe you just need an adjustment after spending 60 hours a week in front of a computer screen. It's important to build a practice to maintain your body, which goes through everyday wear and tear just like any other well-oiled machine.

Spinal decompression, for example, can create an "electric shock" feeling, not to mention numbness in certain areas, sharp, sudden pains, and a number of additional unusual sensations and discomforts. These unpleasant symptoms of the extremities are often due to nerve tissue compression, which results in the interruption of essential nerve signals. Problems with your spine can seriously interfere with your overall health and wellness, keeping you from enjoying your favorite activities, even keeping you away from work.

Staying active, feeling good, and functioning at 100% are all reasons to consider chiropractic care. You could be suffering from symptoms of subluxation that you might not even be aware of!

Comprehensive Chiropractic Care Services in San Antonio, TX

We offer a comprehensive suite of services that will get you back to active in no time, including treatments for:

  • Spinal Decompression
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Whiplash
  • Sports Injuries
  • Auto Injuries
  • Work Injuries
  • Joint Disorders
  • Neck Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Leg Pain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sleep Apnea
  • And more!

Contact Optimal Health & Wellness Center today to get started on your new wellness plan.

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