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Post-Game Recovery Tips

At Optimal Health & Wellness Center we treat many athletes who are looking to boost their recovery process because it ends up helping them train smarter and harder, which gets them better results on the court or on the field of play.

Read on for a few tips that will help you boost your recovery, whether you're playing hoops as a part of March Madness or participate in any other sport that puts your body through wear and tear.

Stretch After Games

Incorporating a rigorous stretching routine after your games -- and every night for that matter -- will help increase your flexibility and your range of motion. Utilize some yoga moves to help your back, your legs, your neck, and every other part of your body. Many times athletes shortchange their stretching routine, and it always ends up coming back to hurt them. Literally.

Eat Healthily

Eating clean, whole foods will help energize you and make sure that your body and brain are firing on all cylinders. Incorporating collagen protein (which can be found in powders as well as bone broth in significant amounts) into your diet after your games and workouts will help your muscles and joints recover from any abuse you put them through.

Get Familiar with Your Local Chiropractor

Combining a chiropractic care plan with your training program will help you treat any injuries you sustain while also helping you avoid injuries down the road that can certainly take you out of the game. Chiropractic adjustments ensure your body and your mind are functioning at optimum capacity -- the drug-free way!

Contact Optimal Health & Wellness Center today to schedule your consultation. We have a long history of treating active patients.


3 Ways Basketball Players Benefit from Chiropractic Care

In the spirit of March Madness we thought we'd go over a few ways that chiropractic care (and spine adjustments in particular) helps out basketball players. At Optimal Health & Wellness Center we treat athletes and everyday people alike. Back injuries, not to mention neck, spine, and leg discomfort can come as the result of doing something strenuous like playing basketball, or it can happen while we're doing something more innocuous, like picking up something at work.

Below are a few ways that basketball players benefit from chiropractic care.

Improved Overall Performance

Chiropractic adjustments ensure that the body is performing at optimum capacity, not to mention the brain. Adjustments can also help improve the connection between the mind and the body!

Improved Recovery Time

Adjustments help relieve the irritation that occurs between misaligned vertebrae, ultimately helping to minimize healing time that comes along with an injury. Recovery quicker from workouts and injuries with chiropractic care!

Chiropractic Helps You Boost Your Training

Sure, chiropractic is great for treating injuries in a drug-free way, but it also helps heal joint pain, which helps you put more mileage on your body in games and during training.

If you have any additional questions about how chiropractic care can benefit you, contact Optimal Health & Wellness Center today to schedule your consultation.


3 Bonafide Superfoods to Enjoy Throughout the Day

Optimal Health & Wellness Center specializes in providing health and wellness services -- not simply just chiropractic care. A big part of what we do is provide educational materials to our patients and readership that will help this live active and healthy lives.

A big part of living an active healthy life is eating the right food. Below are a few superfoods that you can eat throughout your day that will help boost your wellness, improve your focus, and even boost your mood!

1.) Seeds and Nuts

Seeds and nuts have all sorts of great nutritional value such as Omega 3 fatty acids, protein, and boost your good cholesterol. Walnuts, for instance, help improve your mental clarity and improve your mood.

2.) Sweet Potatoes 

Sweet potatoes are a tasty treat just about any time of day and they're also rich in vitamin A, which strengthens your immune system, not to mention enrich and fortify eye and bone health.

3.) Beans

Beans may not be the most glamorous choice on the menu, but they're a great source of fiber and iron -- beans help keep your cholesterol levels at a good place. Beans have also been proven to help reduce heart disease, lower cancer risk, and energize your body.

If you have any additional questions about what you can do with your diet to maximize your potential, call Optimal Health & Wellness Center today.


How to Have a Healthy St. Patrick's Day Weekend

For those of us who shun the idea of going out to a crowded pub to hang out with all of the amateurs, Optimal Health & Wellness Center thought we'd go over a few ways you can maximize the weekend and get some good fitness time in, stay on top of your nutrition, and have of safe, overall progress in multiple areas of your life!

Sounds good, right? Right!

Read on for a few ways to have a healthy St. Patty's Day weekend.

Eat Your Greens

Make some St. Patrick's Day-themed salads -- maybe some kale, beets, carrots, broccoli, and corned beef, if you need some inspiration. You can pair your healthy salads with a green beer of your choice.

Get in Touch with Nature

Go on a nature hike and pretend that you're in the beautiful hills of Ireland. Going on a nice hike will help clear your mind, give you the opportunity to get some fresh air and sunlight, and also keep you away from the ruckus that tends to happen during these types of holidays at bars and clubs.

Cardio Dance Class

Instead of hitting up the bars and clubs to shake your tail, maybe consider taking a cardio dance class, that way you get your heart rate up while busting a move. It's a great way to mix up your fitness routine!

If you need any additional information about how to maximize your health, contact Optimal Health & Wellness Center. We help people live better lives through drug-free chiropractic treatments and wellness services.


3 Spinal Decompression Benefits

At Optimal Health & Wellness Center we specialize in non-invasive, drug-free treatments that help relieve a variety of pains and aches in the body. We treat chronic back and neck pain that can occur due to injury or everyday wear and tear. We offer spinal decompression treatments that help relieve pain and get you on the path back to regular activity.

Spinal decompression involves stretching the spine in a gentle fashion so that it takes the pressure off of your spinal discs, which act as cushions separating your vertebrae in the spine. Once we relieve the pressure, your bulging discs can go back into place, taking the pressure off of your nerves, allowing your body to heal naturally. Read on for a few benefits of spinal decompression treatments.

1.) Chiropractic Care is Non-Invasive

There are no incisions or surgical maneuvers associated with spinal decompression. Walk in and walk out after your procedure without the pain or recovery time associated with cumbersome surgical procedures.

2.) Chiropractic Care is Safe for All Ages

It doesn't matter if you're a senior citizen or a toddler, chiropractic care provides numerous health benefits to patients from all walks of life and of all ages.

3.) Chiropractic Care is Drug-Free

Chiropractic care focuses on holistic treatments that get to the root of the problem the all-natural way, without prescription medication (which can often be highly addictive).

If you think that you could benefit from a spinal decompression procedure, please contact Optimal Health & Wellness Center today to schedule your consultation.



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