- “The team wasn’t just riders. It was the mechanics, masseurs, chefs, soigneurs, and doctors. But the most important man on the team may have been the chiropractor.” - Lance Artmstrong, 7 time Tour de France Champion
- “When you get to the NFL, hits are a little bit harder. That’s why I see the chiropractor because after some of those hits, you know you’ll see your bodies not inline.”- Maurice Jones Drew, NFL Running Back, Jacksonville Jaguars
- “ …as long as I see the chiropractor, I feel like I’m one step ahead of the game.” - Tom Brady, New England Patriots ~ 3 time Super bowl Champion and 2 time Super bowl MVP
- “I believe in chiropractic, and I know it works. You probably know about my long and successful career in football. I’m flattered by the testimonials to my durability. Football is a very rough and vigorous sport. Chiropractic was the key to keeping me in the game.” - Jerry Rice, Wide Receiver ~ 3 time Super bowl Champion and Super bowl MVP
- “..Lifting weights and seeing a chiropractor on a regular basis has made me a better golfer. I’ve been going to chiropractors for as long as I can remember. It’s as important to my training as practicing my swing.” - Tiger Woods ~ 14 time PGA Championship Golfer
- “You obviously can’t compete at your fullest if you’re not in alignment. And your body can’t heal if your back is not in alignment. Every track and field athlete that I have ever met has seen a chiropractor at one time or another. In track and field, it is absolutely essential. Chiropractic care is one of the things I think that no one has denied or refuted”- Dan O’Brian, Olympic Gold Medalist ~ Decathlon
- “Bodybuilders and fitness people have been using chiropractic very extensively in order to stay healthy and fit. I found it was better to go to a chiropractor before you get injured. We are a perfect team – the world of fitness and the world of chiropractors.”- Arnold Schwarzenegger, 7 time Mr. Olympia, Governor of California
Did you know the Super bowl Champion Green Bay Packers Quarter Back Aaron Rodgers receives regular chiropractic care? In fact his dad is a chiropractor in Chico, California. Many athletes use chiropractor care to enhance their performance and keep their bodies in tip top shape. Here is what a few other famous athletes say about chiropractic care:
February is American Heart Month. Heart Disease is our Nation’s #1 Killer and costs American billions of dollars each year.
Although your family history and genetics do play a part, so do lifestyle choices like; smoking, excessive weight, stress, lack of physical activity, and diets high in saturated fat. You are probably aware that diet and exercise are key factors in preventing heart disease. However, you probably are not aware that chiropractic care may also help against heart disease.
Research has shown that, chiropractic adjustments to the upper neck can have a positive effect towards lowering your blood pressure for an extended period of time. Other studies have shown that: adjustments of the bones in your neck and lower back can stimulate particular nervous system reflexes, causing a decrease in overall heart rate and blood pressure. In addition to this, there are other positive effects to getting an regular chiropractic care. First, seeing a chiropractor gives you access to advice from a trained health care professional. The internet is often used as the first place to obtain health information. However, this can often causes an inaccurate self-diagnosis. Second, a chiropractor can provide you with the support and guidance you need to change and apply new healthly lifestyles. Also, regular chiropractic care can also relieve stress, which is great for your heart. Regular chiropractic care combined with positive lifestyle changes; proper nutrition and exercise can prove to be a powerful ally in the fight against heart disease!
Now is the time. The weather has gone from warm to crisp to cold. Snow is covering your driveway and sidewalks. If your body is not in condition, snow shoveling can lead to injury.
Bending and twisting when tossing a shovel of heavy snow can aggravate lower back problems. In addition, the overall physical exertion required for snow shoveling, without proper conditioning, often results in painful injuries. And lets be honest who does conditioning for snow shoveling. We don’t practice it until the snow falls.
Here are some tips that you should follow in order to stay injury free this shoveling season:
T’was the day before Christmas,
but there was no cheer.
No jingle bells jingled, no sound of reindeer.
The word had gone out that Santa was sick.
There would be no visit from jolly St. Nick.
The people were sad; no gaiety sounded.
For Christmas had come,
but Santa was grounded.
He drove down the road,
and what should he see?
But a sign for a doctor, who was a D.C.
Now Santa was not one to like a new tactic,
But all else had failed, so he tried Chiropractic.
He entered the office and saw at a glance,
in a place such as this, illness hasn’t a chance.
The office staff smiled, the music was sappy,
with all of the patients contented and happy.
In a very short time, to judge by the clock,
he was in the adjusting room, talking to Doc.
It must be the hurry, the tension and all,
I simply can’t seem to get on the ball.
Life used to be easy;
just kids, toys and whistles,
now I dodge smog, spaceships and missiles.
And Doc, take a look at the size of this pack!
Have you any idea what it does to my back?
Poor Santa was miserable and just barely able,
with the help of the Doctor, to get on the table.
The Doctor was gentle; without a fuss or a tussle
he examined the vertebrae and relaxed every muscle.
He spotted trouble and then with a click,
started aligning the spine of old St. Nick.
Santa felt aches and pains slipping away
and in no time at all he felt like shouting HOORAY!
The air was a tingle with new fallen snow
and a healthy Kris Kringle was rarin’ to go.
As he went out the door, he threw them a kiss;
why, it had been centuries since he felt good as this!
Then once more he shoulderedthe bag full of toys, his heart overflowing with true Christmas joys.
Have a safe and happy holiday!
Sean Stephenson has a HUGE goal.
He wants to rid the world of insecurity.
You might think that’s completely crazy.
You might think that’s impossible.
You might think it could never happen.
But let me tell you, he’s well on his way to making it happen.
How did he do it you ask?
By making the video above.
It’s already got well over 600,000 views.
Sean’s goal is to get a million views, because when he does that,
You Tube will pay attention to what he’s got going on,
and it will open a HUGE door toward making this goal a reality.
So here’s what we’re asking.
Take a look at the video for yourself.
If it makes your day, then tell as many people as you can about this video.
Thanks and have a Dance Party today!
Here are some tips from Hales Chiropractic to make your Thanksgiving holiday weekend enjoyable, and pain-free:
•Avoid bending directly over the oven door to lift out the turkey. Crouch down, pull out the oven shelf, and use your legs for better balance. Avoid putting all the weight-bearing stress on the lower spine. This helps reduce the sharp leverage on the lower spine.
•If you have to drive more than two hours to visit friends and relatives, take a break; get out of your vehicle and stretch. This temporarily restores normal posture, which will help prevent a recurrence of neck or low back conditions.
•When loading your vehicle for the trip, organize your luggage and packages into smaller loads, as opposed to one large suitcase, cardboard box or carrying case.
•Wear your seatbelt. Adjust vehicle headrests so that the top is no more than two inches below the top of the back of the head. Many of the estimated 20 million car accident victims suffering whiplash injuries in North America could have prevented much of the injury had their vehicle seat headrests been adjusted properly.
•Make sure your children have support. Use the proper car seat/booster seat with a head rest or a child-sized neck pillow so that they do not flop over if they fall asleep in the car. Flopping forward can impact your child’s ability to breathe and flopping over sideways can cause misalignments in your child’s neck vertebrae.
•It’s OK to be a couch potato this weekend, but don’t slouch on the sofa and don’t fall asleep on the recliner, as two or three vertebrae in the spine can assume a sharp angle. When you sit up, the normal movement isn’t restored. We often see people walking into our office with their heads sideways, because by slouching, the position of the joints irritates the nerves and blood vessels, causing muscle spasm.
Don’t get me wrong: I love Thanksgiving dinner. But did you know that most Americans gain at least 1 pound every holiday season — and keep it permanently? Don’t worry; you don’t have to be a dieting downer to be health conscious on Thanksgiving. Here are some ways to have your pie…and eat it too!
1. Exercise Before You Eat. Maintaining a healthy weight is about one thing and one thing only: consuming less than you burn. So make up for the extra calories by exercising while the turkey’s in the oven! Some families even create fun traditions around exercising, such as an informal 5K race or a group aerobics class or dance contest in the living room. Be creative and work up an appetite together!
2. Eat Breakfast. Some people try to “save” calories by refusing food until the big meal, but the fact is, this strategy usually backfires. Not only do you stress yourself out with hunger pangs, but you make yourself so ravenous that you wind up eating more, faster, than you would if you’d had a sensible breakfast! Stick with something simple, such as an egg and slice of toast or bowl of oatmeal.
3. Portion Control. Instead of telling yourself there’s food you “can’t” eat, give yourself permission to have a little bit of all of it! But resist the temptation to go back for more. Instead, save room for dessert and enjoy the leftovers over the next few days.
4. Eat Slower. This is a once-a-year feast! Take the time to savor each bite. Not only will you enjoy your meal more, but you’ll end up eating less…WITHOUT feeling the least bit deprived.
5. Be Realistic. For most people, the holidays aren’t ideal for weight loss, so think more along the lines of maintenance. Most importantly, enjoy and have fun!
And have a happy and safe Thanksgiving…from all of us here at Hales Chiropractic!
Thursday, November 18th is "The National Great American Smokeout Day." It is a challenge for people to quite smoking or at least quite smoking for that 24 hour period. Even if you don't go on to quit permanently, you will have learned that you can quit for a day and that many others around you are taking the step, too.
Most people do not know the full risks of smoking. I doubt we know them all. Smoking does have direct links to the spine. Studies have linked smoking to joint restrictions, osteoporosis, compression fractures, back pain, disc degeneration and decreased healing times. It may or may not be the smoke that causes joint dysfunction/subluxations, but smokers are more likely than non-smokers to have them. They also take longer to recover from them. Chiropractors are trained for and concerned with wellness. That is more than just your back. That involves your whole body function. It’s true we're not going to directly treat your lung cancer, but we will provide or recommend treatments, diet or lifestyle changes that will help your body to do it’s best in fighting that cancer. As well as to direct you with help to stop smoking. If you let your chiropractor help you in your path to wellness they will provide a great many more benefits than just back pain relief.
Hales Chiropractic has always made patient health and wellness a priority. We started this blog to feature some tips on health and wellness called our "Hales Health Tips". We will post wonderful facts and information about health and wellness that should be utilized in someway or another into most everyone's life. If you have any questions about what has been posted or if you would like further information please contact us at 801-773-1821.
Thank you and enjoy!