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The Price Your Body Pays When Traveling Traveling is fun, but taking a trip can stress and strain your body in a variety of ways. Think of it like a travel tax that you unwittingly have to pay. I’ve listed some of these stressors below, with recommendations for how to reduce the toll they take on our bodies. 1) Carrying Luggage It starts with lugging a suitcase or duffle bag that weighs 15-30 lbs from your bedroom to the front door. From the front door to the car. From the car to the airport check-in area. If it’s a carry-on, you have to hoist it up onto the conveyor belt to be scanned by the TSA. From there, it gets wheeled or carried to the gate, forcing one arm/shoulder to do all the work. At the gate, you have to bring it over to the line where you wait to board. Then there’s the long walk from the terminal, down the jetway to the entrance of the plane. Next, you have to carefully maneuver down the narrow aisle until you find your seat, where you hoist it up into the overhead cabin, or scrunch down and push it underneath the seat in front of you. After you land, you essentially have to do all that again in reverse. And then again two more times for the trip home. Since most people aren’t terribly concerned with biomechanics and proper posture during this process, it adds up to a lot of body strain. Recommendation: If you don’t have to check luggage, don’t. Checked bags are always heavier; carry-on is the way to go. Pack as light as you can, and whether you have a rolling bag or standard duffle, remember to distribute the burden of transporting it equally between right and left shoulders.  2) Cramped Seat Unless you’re flying first class, you’ve probably got an uncomfortable seat. If it’s the aisle, you’re routinely bumped or jarred by flight attendants and passengers as they move throughout the cabin. Or you’re wedged against the window where the wall of the airline is curved. God help you if you’re stuck in the middle seat sandwiched between two passengers. There and back, this adds up to several hours of bodily stress. Recommendation: The “lesser of three evils” is the aisle seat. It offers the freedom of standing up to stretch without pissing off the people in your row. 3) Craning Your Neck to Look Out the Window Even when they’re not in a window seat, most passengers can’t help but stare out the tiny porthole during the flight. Without giving it much thought, passengers gaze through the small window for minutes at a time, which can apply considerable strain to one...

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            This blog post is dedicated to every rider who’s sick to death of those “motorcycles are so dangerous” conversations, to every mother who’s convinced her son or daughter is insane for riding, and for anyone who needs a really good excuse to go out and buy a bike. The bottom line is that riding a motorcycle is a form of low-impact exercise that improves muscle tone, can assist with weight loss, and has a multitude of health benefits. These health benefits include but are not limited to: Healthier, stronger knees and thighs: A well-known orthopedic surgeon in Indy once told me that motorcycle riders have fewer knee problems because riding a bike strengthens key muscles used to hold the patella and other bones in the knee in place. He told me that riding a motorcycle may reverse knee pain and problems and can most definitely prevent them. Most of the key muscles used to hold knee bones in place reside in the thigh. Ever notice that chicks that ride bikes have nice thighs? There’s a reason! Additionally, backing a bike into a parking spot, especially uphill, is basically like doing leg presses with a 600 pound weight. It works! Improved core strength:Again, all of the activities involved in steering a bike, moving it at slow speeds, etc., serve to strengthen muscles in the abdomen. It’s more fun that sit ups!! Increased insulin sensitivity:Because riding a motorcycle is a low-impact form of exercise, people who ride have improved insulin sensitivity for up to eight hours after a ride. Improved insulin sensitivity has a profound impact on weight loss, because insulin is a fat storage hormone. Having improved insulin sensitivity means your body will produce less insulin to counteract carbohydrates or to lower blood sugars, which means your body will be signaled to store less fat. The improved insulin sensitivity is also of great importance to anyone with Type 2 diabetes  Calorie burning:Riding a bike burns calories. Period. Getting everything ready for a ride takes time and burns calories, but there’s more. Think about it … it requires effort while riding to maintain balance, shift, brake, control the clutch, battle headwinds, etc., and that’s AFTER you burn calories backing the bike out of the garage! Riding into a headwind burns a significant amount of calories as your body tenses muscles to fight the wind and stay on the bike. This constant resistance exercise not only burns calories but serves to strengthens those muscles, which ultimately increases your metabolism. Additionally, the physical effort exerted while turning, especially at higher speeds, can be significant. Folks who ride...

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Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the leading cause of disability and death in children and adolescents in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the two age groups at greatest risk for TBI are age 0-4 and 15-19. Among those ages 0 to 19, each year an average of 564,000 children are seen in hospital emergency departments for TBI and released. Traumatic brain injury is frequently referred to as closed head injury when the skull has not been fractured. Society in general, including some health care providers, have the mistaken notion that in order for a person to have traumatic brain injury, he or she must suffer coma, skull fracture, lacerations and broken bones, or at least have been rendered unconscious. However, many brain injuries occur from motor vehicle accidents in which a person suffers a whiplash injury, or from more minor blows to the head that do not cause loss of consciousness. Many of those children seen in hospital emergency departments and then released continue to have symptoms years and sometimes even decades later. The most common symptoms are: Cognitive problems (Inattention, memory loss, mental confusion, etc.) Headaches/Migraines  Fatigue Insomnia/Sleep Disorders Dizziness/Vertigo Anxiety/Depression Speech Problems Neck and Back pain A Natural Approach Dr. Erin Elster an upper cervical chiropractor and former WCA researcher of the year posted several case studies about the effects of upper cervical misalignments on children who suffered head injuries resulting in traumatic brain injuries or mild spinal cord injuries. Here are summaries of two examples below: An 8-year-old male fell hard on the school playground hitting his head. He had moments of tingling in his arms and legs when he fell and was diagnosed with a spinal cord injury by his physicians. He also began suffering from loss of bowel control and urgency and found himself rushing to the bathroom multiple times per day to avoid an accident. When the bowel problems continued 6 months later, his mother brought her son in for an upper cervical evaluation upon recommendation by a friend. During this boy’s initial evaluation, an upper neck injury was discovered during digital infrared imaging and radiographic diagnostics. Most likely, the severe blow to his head caused the displacement of his skull slightly from his upper neck, injuring his spinal cord and causing the bowel malfunction. After his initial neck correction, normal bowel activity was restored quickly. Here is another example… A 6-year-old boy suffered a traumatic head injury when a television fell off of a cabinet and landed on his head while he was lying on the floor. The T.V. fell on top of his face causing...

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Does Your Back Hurt?  If you have back pain you know how debilitating it can be. It is extremely common with 80% of people experiencing it at some point in their lives. In fact, it is now the single leading cause of disability worldwide. So if your back hurts, what can you do about it? Well, here are 5 simple steps to help you conquer that nagging back injury.   Clean up Your Diet   Nutrition can play a major role in chronic conditions like lower back pain.  Minimizing your intake of processed foods containing trans fats, sugar, gluten, etc. can make a big difference in the amount of inflammation your body is producing. Dietary changes don’t have to happen overnight. The important thing is to start. Pick one thing on the list and commit to doing that one for now. Cutting out processed foods is a good place to start. Make sure you’re getting plenty of vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to chronic lower back pain, , so make sure that your getting your 20 minutes of sun on your face and arms every day and also it may be necessary for you to take a vitamin D supplement.   Change Your Sleeping Habits   In my experience, regularly sleeping on your stomach can create severe damage in your neck and back. If you are a stomach sleeper make sure you make the change to your side or back as quickly as possible. If you are a stomach sleeper, tonight, make the decision to begin to sleep on your side. It is very difficult to move from your stomach (the worst) to sleeping on your back (the best).  Remember, if your back hurts in this side sleeping position, you can place a pillow between your knees to alleviate pressure on the lower back.   Commit to a Regular Exercise Routine   The best exercise is the one that you will do consistently. A sedentary lifestyle of sitting around all day has been linked to lower back pain. Whether it is swimming, fast walking, Pilates, yoga or another exercise program, the key is consistency. Exercise has been shown to improve lower back pain.   Care and Postural Evaluation   When the spine is not properly aligned due to accidents and injuries, lower back pain can frequently develop. Scientific research tells us that Chiropractic adjustments are effective for helping people with lower back problems. Chiropractic care has also been shown to be more cost-effective than the medical approach of drugs or surgery. In addition, chiropractic patients report a greater level of satisfaction with chiropractic care, compared to...

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Being Thankful for Chiropractic  We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with plenty of Turkey, Cranberries, stuffing, and all of the wonderful fixings that go into making a Thanksgiving dinner. We hope you had plenty of things to be thankful for because we know we did. Did you know that C.L. Butch Otter, Idaho’s Governor, declared November “Idaho Chiropractic Health and Wellness Month.” So, while November is come and gone, you’ve started your shopping for the holiday season, and you’re getting ready to go out and buy or cut down that perfect Christmas tree, it’s not too late to become aware of the benefits of chiropractic. In fact, the Governor’s proclamation speaks of some of the financial benefits we all enjoy from preventative care because of chiropractic.   Chiropractic Benefits   85% reduction in drug costs 62% reduction in MRI’s and surgeries 60.2% reduction of in-hospital admissions 59% reduction in hospital days Benefits of Upper Cervical Chiropractic to You   While we are honored to be among a distinguished group of doctors recognized for the benefits we’ve brought to the healthcare industry, and these are wonderful financial benefits as a whole, we want to remind you of the enormous individual benefits of Chiropractic care. Of course, we are partial to Upper Cervical Chiropractic, which focuses on misalignments in the upper neck vertebrae. When your Atlas and Axis vertebrae are out of alignment by even ¼ of a millimeter, that hinders the brain’s ability to communicate with the body via the brainstem. Upper Cervical Care focuses on addressing the underlying causes of various issues by realigning your upper neck vertebrae. So, this holiday season, whether you injure your back from carrying that turkey or all of those toys for your kids, make sure to take the time to take care of your own health and wellness. We can help you improve your health if you suffer from Fibromyalgia, sciatica, whiplash, or many other conditions leading to pain and other symptoms throughout your body. We can also take preventative measures now to help lower the risks of any of those or other issues that you may be at risk for later in life.   What to Do Next   To find a Doctor in your area go to www.upCspine.com or if you are in the Boise Idaho area to schedule a consultation to discuss your health concerns click the button below:   Schedule an Appointment   Dr. Alan Fox of Advanced Upper Cervical Chiropractic Wellness in Boise, Idaho has been helping people with a variety of different problems for over 30 years. He is one of only a few doctors in...

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Migraines with Aura  One of the symptoms that is less commonly seen in migraine sufferers is aura. This set of symptoms generally occurs before the onset of the migraine. It includes things like temporary vision impairment, flashes of light, and tingling feelings in the hands or face. It may also be accompanied by physical weakness. What causes this type of migraine? The causes of migraines in general are still disputed, and why some people experience aura while others do not is also unknown. However, researchers are fairly certain that it has something to do with chemicals in the brain being suddenly released. The two in particular that seem to be connected to aura are dopamine and serotonin.   Treatment for Migraines with Aura   The good news is that treatment for migraines with aura is basically the same as treatment for a standard migraine. Since aura is also often experienced before a seizure, some physicians have prescribed anti-seizure medications for migraines. Also, antidepressants have been used as a treatment since these work to control the levels of the same chemicals that seem to be related to migraines. The problem with medications prescribed for migraines is they all have side effects and can lead to rebound headaches and a worsening of symptoms over time. For those who are looking for drug free treatment of their migraines, many have turned to upper cervical chiropractic. This is a natural way to relieve symptoms, reduce the frequency of migraines or eliminate migraine headaches completely. Since many migraines are a result of a misalignment of the C1 and C2 vertebrae. Since these vertebrae can affect the brain stem and spinal cord, a misalignment can have far reaching effects on the body including migraine headaches.   What to Do Next   To find a Doctor in your area go to www.upCspine.com or if you are in the Boise Idaho area to schedule a consultation to discuss your health concerns click the button below: Schedule an Appointment   Dr. Alan Fox of Advanced Upper Cervical Chiropractic Wellness in Boise, Idaho has been helping people with a variety of different problems for over 30 years. He is one of only a few doctors in the entire state of Idaho who are trained in specialized upper cervical chiropractic procedures. His upper cervical clinic also serves the communities of Meridian, Nampa, Mountain Home and across the country and around the world. He is board certified in Orthospinology and specializes in correcting problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be...

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