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Category: General Health

Tips for Healthy Hips and Joints

Hips play a bigger part in overall health and movement than you might realize. Maintaining the health of your hip joints is an important part of living an active, healthy lifestyle. Prioritizing hip flexibility and strength before problems arise will help you stay active, mobile, and agile.

 

The Function of Hip Joints

People frequently term the tops of the bones surrounding the belt line the hips, but this is incorrect. The hips are where the femur (thigh-bone) meets the ilium (pelvis). So, contrary to popular belief, the hip is actually lower and to the side.

The hip joint is a ball and socket joint. The femur has a ball-shaped top, and the ilium has a socket called the acetabulum where the femur’s head (ball) lies. The socket is lined with labrum, a cartilage-like substance that helps with gliding motion, and ligaments connect the bones together. Several muscles support the hip joint motion. This joint allows for lots of motion and mobility when it is working properly.

The following are examples of hip joint motions:

  • Flexion/Extension: Bringing the thigh up to the chest, moving the thigh behind the torso, or moving the thigh away from the chest.
  • Rotating: In and out rotation of the thigh and leg.
  • Adduction/Abduction: Bringing the thigh in and out to the sides.
  • Circumduction: Circular motion of the thigh or leg.

Healthy Hip Tips

Having a limited or improperly functioning hip joint can severely limit your ability to move effectively and feel your best. Hips become weaker when their flexibility deteriorates. However, there are several things you can do to keep your hips in good shape.

Flexibility – Stretching your hips daily is a key part of keeping your body in top shape, mobile, and pain-free. You could spend hours daily stretching the hips because there are many muscles involved, but this is not so realistic. However, stretching the iliopsoas (one main hip flexor) and external rotators is a great start.

Strength – Muscles that are always tight become weak. Doing simple workouts that engage and use the hip muscles are essential for joint health. The clam shell exercise helps to keep the hip joint healthy by engaging the glutes. The glute bridge is also a good exercise to strengthen the glute muscles which benefits hip health.

Chiropractic – Chiropractors can adjust the hip joint to correct any fixations and ensure that it moves as freely as possible. It is in your best interest to arrange a chiropractic exam if you are experiencing any hip pain. If you get regular chiropractic adjustments, have your doctor look at your hip mobility and adjust it if necessary.

At Dr. Michael St. Louis’s clinic in Winter Garden, Florida, we offer atlas orthogonal chiropractic treatments to restore spine function. If you have been suffering from pain or discomfort, make an appointment today for an assessment. At Atlas Injury to Health, we work with you to create a custom treatment plan to meet your needs. Call 407-656-0390 or email [email protected] for more information.

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The Importance of the Communication Highway

The human body is a complex machine. We often pay attention to it only when certain signs, symptoms, or issues appear. Chiropractic is all about helping the body to communicate correctly and achieving the best quality of life. Now let us talk about the communication highway to learn more about how your body works and what it takes to function.

 

Communication Highway

 

The brain sends electrical impulses to every cell, system, structure, and organ in your body. The brain accomplishes this through the spinal cord and miles of nerves. These cells, systems, structures, and organs then transfer information to the spinal cord and the brain through the nerves. The nervous system serves as a highway for communication. If you consider your entire body to be a machine, your brain is the central processing unit. It guides, controls, and/or changes functions based on the information it gets. This communication highway is how you function and operate your entire life.

 

Automatic Bodily Function

 

The communication highway controls everything your body does; making it a complex system. Consider all of the functions that your nervous system is handling, as well as those that you are unaware of. The system helps to repair and replace damaged cells, pump the heart, and help the lungs work. All of this is a part of the nervous system’s autonomic function. The organs and glands are also controlled by it. The communication highway is constantly controlling, guiding, and processing functions that you are unaware of, but keep you alive.

 

How Chiropractic Care Can Help

 

Chiropractic care aims to achieve healthy body communication and the best possible quality of life. The spine houses and protects the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). This system is much like a central frame of a machine (your body). The communication highway can interact properly only if the central nervous system is working properly. The highway’s ability to work at its best will be affected, if the center frame is not moving well, is stuck, or is decaying. By correcting improper motion and alignment in the central frame, chiropractic care helps the communication highway function properly. To improve and maintain the highest quality of function, health, and longevity, getting regular chiropractic adjustments is a worthwhile investment.

 

If you have never seen a chiropractor to keep your central frame in good shape, you should do so. Please contact Atlas Injury to Health if you have any questions. Dr. Michael St. Louis uses atlas orthogonal chiropractic treatments at our clinic in Winter Garden, Florida. These treatments help to repair the spine and improve general body function. Make an appointment today if you have been experiencing any bodily pain or discomfort. Call us at 407-656-0390 or send us an email at [email protected].

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Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Seniors

Chiropractic care is both safe and effective for people of all ages, which makes it so beneficial. Common physical issues are often linked to the stages of life. For example, falls are common for children starting to walk. Similarly, chronic postural issues are typical in students who sit all day at school. But how can people get benefit chiropractic care for seniors?

 

Boost Your Immune System

The brain communicates with and directs the actions of every cell, organ, structure, and system in the body. The brain then receives information from these cells, organs, structures, and systems. The better this communication loop works, the better the body, including the immune system, functions. This communication system is both housed and protected by the spine. The ability of the communication system to work efficiently is hindered when the spinal joints are restricted, or the spine is not functioning properly.

According to research, adjusting the lower cervical spine and higher thoracic spine improves immune system performance and functions. This only becomes more important as people (and their immune systems) age.

 

Flexibility and Range of Motion

As people get older, they tend to move less. For many, jobs lead to a sedentary lifestyle. After years of working such a job, inactivity starts to take its toll on the body. The body’s 360 joints are meant to be mobile and agile. Joints grow stiff and can lose general mobility when they do not move as intended. When this happens, the muscles that attach to the joints suffer from a loss of flexibility. Chiropractic Care for Seniors can help you regain and restore joint range of motion, increasing joint strength and performance. Proper nerve communication, regeneration, and operation all rely on a healthy range of motion – especially as people grow older.

 

Pain Relief

Chiropractic adjustments help the body’s natural healing process. Pain relief is a typical side effect of chiropractic adjustments. This is true for people of all ages. Once joint function has recovered, the brain is better equipped to communicate with the body and vice versa. Because the pain receptors are no longer stimulated, the body can relax and feel at ease – providing long-term pain relief.

People of any age should be able to receive the natural health care they deserve. Contact Atlas Injury to Health if you have any questions concerning your joint and spinal health. Dr. Michael St. Louis is a Winter Garden chiropractor who utilizes atlas orthogonal chiropractic techniques. These treatments work to restore the body’s natural healing abilities and restore physical balance. Schedule an appointment if you are interested in learning if this is right for you. Call 407-656-0390 or email [email protected] for more information.

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Easy Exercises for Health and Good Posture

When it comes to your spine’s health, posture is important. It is that simple. Good posture can help to prevent back pain and discomfort however, it does require some effort. It is important to be aware of your posture throughout your everyday activities. You should also work to build and strengthen the muscles that support the spine. Continue reading for some easy exercises that can help you maintain good posture, no matter your fitness level.

Importance of Core Muscles

The muscles that form your core in the pelvis and trunk are important because they assist you in various ways. Some include:

  • Improvement of Stability and Balance – Exercises that target your core muscles in the hips, lower back, pelvis, and abdomen can improve stability and balance.
  • Increase in Muscle Tone – It is easy to lose tone in your core muscles, especially if you spend most of your day sitting. Trying the following exercises will help you tone your muscles, which will help to improve the appearance of your core.
  • Daily Tasks are Made Easier – Core muscles are responsible for everything; strong core muscles assist you in carrying out your everyday tasks. Try to also maintain good posture while doing so.

Core Exercises

If you want to better your posture by strengthening your core, try these exercises:

  • Planks – Keep your body straight while you face the floor, with your forearms and feet supporting you. Raise your torso and form a straight line from your heels to your head. Keep your knees and feet together and your elbows underneath your shoulders. Hold this position for ten seconds to start, then try to add a few seconds each time for a challenge.
  • Bridge – Lay flat on your back with your feet on the floor and your legs bent at a 90-degree angle. Raise your hips and lower your back off the floor slowly, forming a straight line between your knees and shoulders. Each time hold this position for five to ten seconds.
  • Superman – Lie on your stomach with your legs extended behind you and your arms extended in front of you. Raise your head, left arm, and right leg for three seconds, then hold. Lower your arm and leg, then lift the right arm and left leg, holding for three seconds before lowering them.

These three exercises are simple to include in your everyday life since you do not need equipment or a gym. You may find it easier to have good posture throughout the day as your core muscles improve.

If you have any questions about your core muscles, spinal health, or posture, contact Atlas Injury to Health. At our clinic in Winter Garden, Florida, Dr. Michael St. Louis repairs the spine and body function, using atlas orthogonal chiropractic techniques. If you have been suffering from pain or discomfort, feel free to make an appointment. Call 407-656-0390 or email [email protected] for more information.

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Meditation

Meditation is a practice that has been utilized around the world for thousands of years. In recent years, scientists have found that meditation may have the ability to positively affect an individual’s mental health, productivity, sleep, and cardiovascular health. Despite the many benefits of meditation, many people misunderstand what the practice involves. As depicted in movies or TV shows, meditation is often misinterpreted as an act of worship of some kind when that is not the case. This interpretation is misleading, which can significantly influence someone’s perception of this practice. Although meditation may not be for everyone, its simplicity and numerous benefits should be enough encouragement to those willing to give it a try.

 

Common Misconceptions about Meditation

 

  1. Meditation doesn’t have to take long

One of the most common misconceptions about meditation is that it can take hours when it is possible to meditate for only a few minutes. Meditation requires a clear mind, a still body, and focus on breathing. All you have to do is start with a few deep breaths to calm your body and clear your mind. Focusing on breathing at a steady rate can be difficult at first but becoming aware of how you are breathing for about one minute can help when starting out.

 

  1. Meditation doesn’t require a special space

Although you don’t need to meditate in a specific location, some places can be more effective. Finding a spot that is both comfortable and free of any distractions can be beneficial and helpful when starting out.

 

  1. There’s no way to fail at meditation

The ultimate goal of meditation is to help you gain control over your own mind and emotions—thus, losing focus during this practice may feel as though you aren’t reaching that goal. If you think of meditation as an exercise for your mind, it can help you realize that losing focus isn’t a failure, rather, it is a training of the mind and body. When we exercise, we repeat movements to gain strength. When we meditate, we train our minds to stay focused for a longer period.

 

  1. You do not need to be religious to meditate

Quieting your mind does not require religion although, many religious individuals do utilize the practice of meditation. No matter your religion, practicing meditation allows you to experience a peaceful break from a racing mind. In essence, the act of mediation is either a secular or religious practice—it is up to the individual to decide.

 

Chiropractic and Meditation

It is no surprise to learn that there is a correlation between a person’s emotional well-being and physical health. Our emotional well-being can impact our bodies much like chronic emotional stress can affect our bodies’ ability to heal. Because chiropractic aids the body by slowing the system down, it can significantly help you reap the many benefits of meditation. At Atlas Injury to Health, Dr. St. Louis has been a clinical-treating chiropractor that has assisted thousands of patients who are dealing with chronic pain, performance injuries, and upper cervical pain. If you are seeking to improve your physical well-being, please feel free to contact Atlas Injury to Health for assistance.

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3 Health Tips That Will Actually Make Your Life Better

Taking good care of health can be arduous for some people, because their routine doesn’t allow it. Most health-related issues arise because we are satisfying the needs of the body. One will need to take on miniature and consistent efforts, and the good news is most of these exertions don’t  require a lot of physical activity (YAY!)

Your health and wellness should be your foremost priority, and if you fail to take some time out for yourself from your everyday frenzied routine, then things can start to unravel. Below, we have recommended 3 easy ways to keep your body healthy!

Staying Hydrated Cleanses Your Body

Drinking 8 ounces of water is one of the pre-eminent things you can do for your health. Keeping your body hydrated will balance your body temperature, keep your joints lubricated, and give your body’s cells proper nutrients. It is imperative to keep a glass of water by your side when you are working, about to sleep, or doing any work that requires you to stay in the same posture for hours. I mean really….have a glass of water at all times! You never know when you will get the urge to drink water and avoid carbonated or alcoholic drinks, as they will always keep your mind hyperactive. If you’re thirsty, it means your body has been dehydrated for awhile.

Listening To Joyful Music Decreases Stress Levels

Stress and anxiety can have very adverse effects on your health; you cannot just cut off stress and depression from your life at once, but you can distract your mind and slowly but surely retrain your brain. Listening to blissful music will help you evoke your emotions, and light up your mood. Emotions are connected with health, one cannot control them completely, but listening to light music can potentially diminish depression and anxiety. Additionally, music is a medicine that doesn’t have any side effects, and is considered a valid therapy to boost self-esteem.

Eat Greens & Leave Your Coffee/Tea Addiction Behind

Eating processed food may save your time, but it is not considered a healthy diet. Have you ever heard the saying, you are what you eat? Well, it’s true.  “Eating the right food at the right time” is a quality health rule you can never ignore. You have built a strong understanding of your body’s nutritional needs. Fiber, vitamins, minerals are vital for a healthy life, and fruits/vegetables are their primary sources. Eating fruits and greens will help you maintain weight; your sugar levels will always be in control; your cholesterol and skin tone will be improved.

You have no idea to what extent your addiction to coffee or tea can do to your body. Some people drink more than eight cups of coffee daily, which weakens their immune system and increases their risk of developing anxiety, insomnia, and muscle breakdown. Instead of coffee or tea, you should go for fresh juices, as they possess loads of antioxidants and nutrients that have such glaring effects on health.

 

We could go on and on with ways to stay as healthy as possible. In conjunction with all of the tips listed above, chiropractic treatment is a great way to relieve your body from physical stress caused by misalignment. Atlas Injury to Health offers an array of services to help your pain be something of the past. Call our office today!

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Bemer Therapy

We can go without food or water for days and still survive. But if we stop breathing, we die within minutes. Oxygen cannot be stored. It must be replenished continuously and steadily.

The blood circulation system transports oxygen all over the body, down to the smallest of cells. As we discussed in last week’s article, Sitting is the New Smoking, good blood circulation is vital for optimal health. If your blood circulation is not functioning at its best, cells and tissues don’t get enough nutrients. In addition, waste products start to build up. Over time, this starts to have an impact on your overall health.

Symptoms of Poor Blood Circulation

A poor supply of nutrients and a chronic build-up of waste products in your cells can start to show up in the following ways:

  • Stress
  • Discomfort
  • Restlessness
  • Lack of focus
  • Low energy
  • Exhaustion

These are all very general symptoms. If you were to go to your primary care doctor and complain about these issues, they would probably tell you that it is part of getting old and that you should try to get more rest. However, they can all be signs of poor blood circulation.

BEMER Therapy Improves Blood Circulation

For over two decades, Bemer Therapy technology has been improving blood circulation with a non-invasive, non-chemical mechanism that improves blood flow. A 2015 study showed that BEMER physical vascular therapy reduced pain and fatigue in the short term in patients with chronic low back pain, while long-term therapy appeared to be beneficial in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee. Findings from another study that focussed on dementia, showed that BEMER therapy may contribute to an improvement of blood flow to the brain. This could improve the quality of life in people who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.

Simply put, when your body’s cells, tissues, and organs are adequately nourished and metabolic waste products are regularly removed, your body becomes healthy and functions properly.

How does BEMER Therapy Work?

BEMER technology is simple to use. It consists of a mat-type application on which you can sit or lie down. Using electromagnetically transmitted signals, it stimulates the pumping movement of the smallest blood vessels. In an ideal situation, BEMER treatment should be applied for 8-16 minutes twice a day. Even once a day for 5 days a week will have remarkable benefits.

Is It Safe?

There are no known side effects of BEMER treatment. You generally feel relaxed while having treatment, although some may feel a slight tingle as the flow of blood improves. The amount of electromagnetic energy administered is less than that of the earth’s natural magnetism.

To find out more about our BEMER Therapy options, call us at 407-656-0390. It may well be the answer you are looking for to improve your health.

Dr. Michael St. Louis at Atlas Injury to Health Winter Garden FL is a highly experienced chiropractor, who is passionate about delivering meaningful chiropractic solutions that result in peace of mind and well-being. If you would like to learn more about chiropractic care, there are many ways to get in touch with us. You can call our dedicated, friendly staff at 407-656-0390, send us an email at [email protected] or message us on Facebook

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aith52x January 29, 2020 0 Comments

Sitting is the New Smoking

We all know that sitting too much and not exercising is bad for our waistline. But did you know it is also bad for your health? In fact, sitting is so bad for your health that some people say it is the new smoking. Why is sitting so damaging to our bodies? One of the reasons is that it slows down our blood circulation. Poor circulation is linked to several chronic diseases including heart disease, stroke, and respiratory disorders.

What is Blood Circulation?

We need good circulation in our bodies. Our blood vessels are our body’s transportation system: from the multi-lane highways and freeways all the way down to small streets and narrow lanes. These blood vessels are making the deliveries of food and oxygen that is vital for our organs, muscles, and tissues to be able to do their job. These same blood vessels are also taking away the garbage, the waste products our body no longer needs. Now that you have an idea of how our circulation works, imagine traffic on these roads not moving more than 25 mph. It is not a good situation. And the same goes for your blood circulation. It means that blood is not getting to where it needs to be.

Why Do We Need Good Blood Flow?

Our heart is the main pump in our body and is the driving force behind our blood circulation. In addition, when we move our bodies, the movement of our muscles puts pressure on the blood vessels and squeezes them. This helps to move the blood and fluid all around the body even down to the tips of your toes. Our blood circulation suffers when we sit all day hunched over our screens or laptops. When our circulation is impaired, it slows or blocks the blood flow. That means the cells in your body can’t get all the oxygen and nutrients they need.

Can You Improve Your Circulation?

What can you do if your job requires you to sit in front of a screen all day? Standing up every hour and moving around will help. You could also consider getting a standing desk. Obviously, exercising and working out a few times a week will improve your circulation. But what else can you do? Chiropractic is great at improving the flow of blood and fluid in your tissues. By gently adjusting and manipulating the bones in your spine and other parts of your body, the pressure on muscles and nerve tissues is released, and this allows the blood to flow more freely throughout your body.

Introducing BEMER Therapy

A great supplemental treatment to Chiropractic care that helps to improve blood circulation is BEMER Therapy. BEMER Therapy improves microcirculation and promotes the blood flow in the smallest blood vessels. Next week we will go into detail about what exactly BEMER Therapy is and why everyone should consider using it to improve their health.

Dr. Michael St. Louis at Atlas Injury to Health is a highly experienced chiropractor, who is passionate about delivering meaningful chiropractic solutions that result in peace of mind and well-being. If you would like to learn more about chiropractic care, there are many ways to get in touch with us. You can call our dedicated, friendly staff at 407-656-0390, send us an email at [email protected] or message us on Facebook

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Can A Chiropractor Help My Headaches?

Most people don’t think of heading to a chiropractor when they have a headache. It might surprise you to learn, however, that after back pain and whiplash, headaches are one of the most common reasons people seek out chiropractic care. Can a chiropractor help your headaches and how does chiropractic care help?

Not All Headaches Are the Same

Before we discuss how chiropractic treats headache pain, let’s talk about the different kinds of headache.

  • Tension Headaches
    Tension headaches are probably the most common type of headache out there. When you mix stress with repetitive movement and bad posture, you have a recipe for pain. Most people describe a tension headache as a feeling of a tight band around their forehead. It’s the kind that has you rubbing your eyes and massaging your temples to try to make it go away. It’s a dull type of pain that ruins your day and makes you reach for the ibuprofen. If you experience tension headaches on a frequent basis, it’s time to talk to your doctor or headache chiropractor.
  • Migraine Headaches
    A migraine is not your average headache. People who suffer from migraines not only experience throbbing or pulsing pain in one or both sides of their head, but they also feel nauseous. Often, they are so sensitive to light and noise when they are having a full-blown migraine, that they have no choice but to lie down in a dark room until the migraine goes away. Migraines can sometimes last for 2 days or more. Migraines have a severe impact on the quality of life.
  • Cluster Headache
    A cluster headache is commonly described as intense pain in or around one eye on one side of your head. They usually occur in a series of relatively short but extremely painful episodes every day for weeks or months at a time.

Standard Treatments for Headaches

Over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen or aspirin can help a tension headache. Migraines, however, usually require much stronger prescription painkillers that are specific to migraines. They are called triptans. Many adults are also prescribed a narcotic painkiller, such as OxyContin and Vicodin. These types of drugs have strong side-effects and can be addictive because your body develops a tolerance to the medication. This means you need to take a higher dose to get pain relief. Often a person is unable to work or go about their daily life while on these medications.

Chiropractic: a Drug-Free Alternative

Getting chiropractic treatment is a safe, drug-free alternative for headaches and migraines.
Research shows that spinal manipulation – one of the primary treatments provided by doctors of chiropractic – may be an effective treatment option for tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck.

Nine out of 10 Americans suffer from headaches. The pain of headaches and migraines impacts your quality of life. Anyone who suffers from severe migraines will attest to this. There is no need to suffer month after month. Headache chiropractor can offer the pain relief you are looking for.

Dr. Michael St. Louis at Atlas Injury to Health Winter Garden, FL is a highly experienced chiropractor, who is passionate about delivering meaningful chiropractic solutions that result in peace of mind and well-being. If you would like to learn more about chiropractic care, there are many ways to get in touch with us. You can call our dedicated, friendly staff at 407-656-0390, send us an email at [email protected] or message us on Facebook

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