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SITTING VS STANDING: IS ONE REALLY BETTER THAN THE OTHER?

When you were a child, how many times during your youth do you remember your teacher, parents and other adults telling you to SIT STILL? It’s probably something you even tell your own children now, but is sitting without moving actually healthy, or even natural?

According to the latest research, the answer is a resounding, “NO”!

Before we traded in our hunter-gatherer lifestyles for a position behind a desk, our bodies were in almost constant motion. They had to be for us to survive, since the plants and animals that we rely on to nourish us weren’t exactly running up to our feet screaming, “here I am, please eat me”.

Of course, things are much different now, as all we need to do to secure a meal is step into a grocery store or a restaurant. As we’ve transitioned from the field to the office, we’ve created a whole list of health problems.

You may have heard the phrase, “sitting is the new smoking”, and there is no doubt that sitting for prolonged periods is hazardous to your health. Spending 8 hours a day hunched over a computer has caused a significant uptick in heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, muscle atrophy, soft bones, poor blood circulation, strained necks, backs and shoulders and, with all of that, increased mortality. According to one study, people who watched the most TV have a 61% greater risk of dying than those that watched less than one our per day.

Since computer jobs aren’t going away any time soon, many people have opted for using a standing desk. While these can be a better option, they aren’t exactly the best option, either. But why?

At the end of the day, it’s much less about sitting vs standing and much more about MOVEMENT!

As it turns out, the kids were right all along. Our bodies were designed to move, and there is simply no substitute. If you have an office job, there are some things you can do to help. Try to get up and take a brisk walk for 5 minutes every hour. Some people argue that they don’t have time for this at work, but that short walk can clear the mental fog that comes with lack of movement and boost your production. You can also transition between sitting and standing every 60-90 minutes. This keeps you working different muscle groups throughout the day.

To really boost the benefits of standing at work, dig in your pocket and spend some money on a standing wobble board. Many of these are quite expensive, but there is one readily available on the market (Simply Fit Balance Board) that is basically indestructible and it’s only about $40. Using one of these for 5 minutes every hour while you’re standing activates every muscle in your body and really charges up your brain. It’s the best thing going right now for those of us that are anchored to the same spot all day.

Each of these measures help, but there is absolutely no substitute for movement. Your body NEEDS exercise. I know, I know, you don’t have the time…or do you? Check out the video below and I’ll explain why you absolutely have enough time to exercise every day.

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The Single Most Effective Exercise To Help Eliminate Neck Pain

If you’re suffering with neck pain and stiffness, you’re certainly not alone. Neck pain has become so common that many people just assume it’s a normal part of aging. But make no mistake, just because neck pain is common doesn’t mean it’s normal. More often than not, it’s your body’s way of telling you something is wrong.

If neck pain and stiffness has become an expected part of your life, it’s really best to go and get checked by a chiropractor first to make sure that pain isn’t a result of restricted joints in your spine. This is a very common cause of neck pain and exercises alone won’t correct that problem.

However, another common cause of neck pain is actually weakness. Oddly enough, even when your neck feels stiff, performing the right kind of exercise is usually more effective than stretching.Neck pain exercise atlanta

Due to the increased amount of time we spend on our computers slouched over at our desks, sitting on our couches, driving our vehicles and ESPECIALLY looking down at our cell phones while we text, we’re putting more stress on our neck and shoulders than ever before. When we do this, we’re actually strengthening the big muscles on the outside of our neck, but making the small ones that lie deep inside very weak. It’s the weakening of those small, deep muscles that can set us up for neck pain.

The easiest and most effective way to strengthen your deep neck muscles is to do the following exercise:

1. Lie face-up on the floor and tuck your chin as shown in the picture on the left below

2. Keep your chin tucked and lift your head just one inch off the floor and start counting the seconds. Remember, you MUST keep your chin tucked the entire time.

3. Hold your head in that position and remember to keep breathing. As soon as you head begins to shake or you are unable to keep your chin tucked, let your head relax down to the floor.

Normally, you should be able to hold your head in that position for at least 30 seconds. Many people I see in my office struggle with 7 seconds!

Let’s say you could only hold that for 10 seconds. Your job is to do this every day and only hold it for the 10 seconds but do 3 repetitions. After 2 days of doing this exercise, try for 12 seconds – then 14, 16, etc.

Like the title of this blog suggests, this is the single BEST exercise to help you say goodbye to your neck pain!

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Did your auto accident injure you or create physical issues?

While everyone has their own reasons for exercising, one of the biggest motivating factors is preventing disease and increasing one’s life span. But how do you know if you’re doing the right kind and amount of exercise to prolong your life? How good of shape are you really in and how does that relate to longevity?Injured in an auto accident atlanta

Wouldn’t it be great if there was some sort of easy test you could take to let you know?

Well, lucky for you, there is!

The European Journal of Cardiology published a study that showed a link between the ability of people age 51-80 to go from a standing position into a seated cross-legged position and then return to standing with how long someone was likely to live. Before you get too excited thinking, “hey, I can do that easily” you should know there’s a catch. You’re not able to use your arms to help you.

It may sound strange that there could be a link between lifespan and standing up, but this (seemingly) simple action requires strength, flexibility, coordination and balance – things that we tend to lose the older we get.

This is how the test is performed:

1. Stand in loose clothing with nothing on your feet

2. Without using your arms for support, lower yourself into a seated position – legs crossed

3. Stand back up, but try not to use your hands, knees, forearms or sides of your legs

If you can do that perfectly, congratulations, you get your full 10 points – 5 for sitting down and another 5 for standing. If you can’t, you need to deduct one point for each of the following actions:

? Your hand touches the ground

? Your knee touches the ground

? Your forearm touches the ground

? Your hand touches your thigh or knee

? You push off the floor with the side of your lower leg

Also, any time you lose your balance you need to take of 0.5 points.

So, how’d you do? The study revealed that people who scored lower than 8 on the test were two times as likely to die within the next 6 years as those that scored higher. People that scored three or fewer points were more than 5 times as likely to die within that same 6 years.

So, give it a try and see for yourself. If you score lower than an 8, it’s time to get that body moving!

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Texting and Driving in Atlanta: It Can Wait

We all know we shouldn’t do it, and most of us don’t, but for some people the temptation to text while driving is just too much to overcome.

We see a lot of patients in our office that come to us because of injuries they’ve sustained in an auto accidents. It’s safe to assume that many of them could have avoided the collision altogether if they would have just kept their phones off. According to www.textinganddrivingsafety.com, 23% of all auto collisions in 2011 involved cell phones. If you’re sending a text, the MINIMUM amount of time it takes is 5 seconds. At 55mph, you could travel the entire length of a football field before looking up to see where you are on the road.auto accident chiropractor atlanta

It’s no secret that texting and driving is dangerous, so why do some people still do it?

The reason has to do with texting’s effects on the brain. You may not know it, but the sound that a text or Facebook notification makes on your phone releases feel-good chemicals in your brain. It activates the same pleasure centers of the brain that are activated when using cocaine!

That’s why people still do it – they are literally addicted.

Another interesting thing about our brains is that they are not fully developed until about our mid-twenties. One of the hallmark signs of a fully developed brain is the ability to plan ahead and exhibit impulse control. That’s one reason that teens are especially susceptible to texting and driving. They literally can’t help themselves.

The best way to avoid texting and driving is to silence your phone and put it where you can’t reach it.

That eliminates the sound of a text or notification (and thus the brain’s reaction) and puts the phone out of sight.

Parents, you don’t hesitate to talk with your kids about other potentially dangerous activities – don’t neglect to talk with your kids about texting and driving, too.

How to Choose the Best Chiropractor for Your Auto Accident Case

 

When you’re in a car accident, everything can feel overwhelming. Being without your vehicle is distressing enough, but the injuries sustained in a crash can completely change your entire life in an instant. Not only can they can keep you out of work, but they can even keep you from doing basic things like cooking and cleaning.

In this instance, it’s not difficult to see that you need the help of a chiropractor that focuses on caring for people involved in car crashes to get you functioning again – but which one? How can you tell whom to turn to and whom to trust?

Here’s a short list of things you should look for in a chiropractor when you’ve been involved in an auto accident:

  1. They offer a complimentary consultation

You shouldn’t have to commit to treatment before getting to speak directly with a doctor. It’s likely you have lots of questions. If a doctor doesn’t have the time to meet with you face-to-face to discuss your concerns upfront, that’s a red flag that you’re likely not going to get much personal attention later on, either.

  1. They have all the latest technology on site

Technology alone doesn’t make a good doctor, but at a minimum your auto accident chiropractor should have the following items:

  • Dual Digitalized Inclinometer
  • Digitalized Muscle Testing
  • Digital Radiography Testing

These three pieces of equipment not only allow your chiropractor to complete a full and detailed evaluation of your condition to better treat your injuries, but they also help insure that the car insurance company will pay you a fair settlement.

  1. They have an extensive network of doctors and lawyers they work with

Navigating the world of auto accidents, or “personal injury” cases can be very confusing, and even scary. It’s incredibly important to work with a chiropractor that has a large referral network. If your injuries necessitate that you be checked by another doctor or your case is best suited to be handled by an attorney, a good chiropractor will be able to not only let you know, but also provide you with a list of people they work with and trust to take good care of you.

Car accident? Listen to your bodys engine light!

According to some car insurance estimates, every American that drives will file a claim for an auto accident about once every 18 years. Now, that’s assuming your driving skills are average (and, while I hate to break it to you, half of you reading this have skills below average).

That means if you got your license at age 16, odds are you’ll be involved in some kind of crash by the time you’re 34, at the latest. Over the course of your life, it’s not unrealistic to assume you’ll have a total of three to four accidents.

So, it’s safe to say that, if you live long enough, it’s only a matter of time until you get into your first car crash. Based on my experience over the years of treating patients involved in auto accidents, I can tell you it’s also safe to say that when this happens to you, you’re likely to be more concerned about the health of your crashed car than your injured body.

Strange as it may sound, people often put think of themselves LAST when they’re involved in a car crash. “It’s just a little soreness” or, “I only have just a few small bruises” are some things patients often tell me during their examination after a crash. Oddly, people often get more emotional about totaling a car they loved than the injuries they’ve sustained.

Since people often put their car before themselves, we put together a quick video that I think you’ll enjoy –  “How to Listen to Your Body’s Check Engine Light”. Check it out and see why those aches and pains following a car crash shouldn’t just be brushed off.