Monday, March 30, 2015

One Simple Way to Fight Stress

What do you feel when you're stressed? If you're experiencing a high level of stress right now, this may be an easy exercise for you. For many people, the physical reaction can include a sense of painful, stiff weight on the neck and shoulders; as if some mysterious force is pulling you down, urging you to curl up into a little ball and avoid the stress triggers. That's stress in a nutshell, and one of the consequences, as you might imagine from the above picture, is poor posture.

According to a recent study, stress might not only cause poor posture; the opposite might actually be the case. The study compared upright, seated posture to slumped seated posture to evaluate how different postures affected emotions / mood, particularly in the face of stress. Results showed that "upright participants reported higher self-esteem, more arousal, better mood, and lower fear, compared to slumped participants." Another study found that sitting up straight also gives people more confidence in their own thoughts.

The researchers' concluding remarks were even more revealing: "Adopting an upright seated posture in the face of stress can maintain self-esteem, reduce negative mood, and increase positive mood compared to a slumped posture. Furthermore, sitting upright increases rate of speech and reduces self-focus. Sitting upright may be a simple behavioral strategy to help build resilience to stress."

The take-home message: Sit up straight and reduce your stress! By the way, proper posture is also a great way to prevent spine-related aches and pains. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Doran for more information!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Harvard Medical School Supports Chiropractic

A recent article in the Harvard Health Publication for Harvard Medical School pointed out many of the benefits of chiropractic. Referencing recent studies, the article stated:

"Chiropractic spinal manipulation may be helpful for back pain, migraine, neck pain, and whiplash."

While musculoskeletal pain and headaches are two of the most common conditions treated by a chiropractor, people with asthma, carpal tunnel syndrome, and fibromyalgia frequently see improvement with chiropractic as well.

The physicians at Harvard also noted that although there have been some reports of stroke following spinal manipulation, "...this is very rare and some studies suggest this may not be directly caused by the (chiropractic) treatment."

If you are suffering from any conditions or complaints you feel could benefit from chiropractic, call our office for a free consultation today!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Another Reason Chiropractic Can Help Relieve Your Back Pain...

Doctors of chiropractic are known for treating low back pain and preventing its recurrence. Now recent research emphasizes the science underlying their effectiveness. A recent study suggests chiropractic care (spinal manipulation) can reduce LBP, but it also suggests chiropractic can increase spinal disc height.

Why is that important? Because a loss of intervertebral disc height is one of the traits of low back pain. Discs are the ligaments between the bony vertebrae that act as shock absorbers for the spine. As we get older, our discs have a tendency to get smaller, which can lead to all kinds of problems, including pain. Fortunately, as this study suggests, chiropractic can help.

That's good to know no matter your age and the condition of your spine. Make an appointment with Dr. Doran to learn more. Remember, a healthy spine means a healthy you!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Prozac For Weight Loss?

The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers that OxyELITE Pro Super Thermogenic, a supplement marketed for weight loss, contains antidepressant fluoxetine, or Prozac.

Consumers should "not purchase or use" the product, officials said in a public notice posted Saturday, noting that it contains the FDA-approved drug Prozac, a selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI).

"SSRIs have been associated with serious side effects including suicidal thinking, abnormal bleeding, and seizures," the notice reads, which was posted to draw attention to supplements that do not post certain drugs or chemicals on their labels.

Officials found the drug in the supplement "during an examination of international mail shipments," according to the notice, and its existence was confirmed at an FDA laboratory.

The manufacturer of the supplement, USPlabs, faced similar issues in 2011, when officials found an earlier version of the product to contain the synthetic stimulant DMAA, which has life-threatening side effects.

"These products are typically promoted for sexual enhancement, weight loss and body building and are often represented as being 'all natural,’ “ the FDA said, suggesting consumers be cautious when purchasing dietary supplements.

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