Do you think you're getting enough water throughout your day? If not, this illustration could put the positives into perspective and help you avoid the negatives of not drinking enough.
If your feet and low back hurt by the end of the day, it's not normal. It could be effectively treated with a simple change of your shoes.
I had heard all about barefoot shoes for years before trying them myself. The Vibram Five Fingers were the popular choice and I had tried them early on at the store. However, I disliked the fabric between my toes and the need for special socks so I decided not to buy.
Fast forward 5 years and many hours a day on my feet later. I began to experience incredible soreness in the soles of my feet along with low back stiffness. The last thing I considered were my shoes. Especially since I had purchased expensive running shoes with plenty of squishy comfort. I was even given gifted a pair of custom made orthotics from my previous employer, which actually made my feet hurt more.
Nothing helped until I revisited the barefoot shoe. I was at a running store in Park Ridge, IL and came upon a sale on New Balance Minimus shoes. They were the last ones in stock, my size and only $40. I began wearing the shoes at work and quickly noticed a difference. By the end of the day, I had zero pain in my feet and my low back was still ready to go eight more hours. I began wearing those shoes everywhere.
Being able to feel the ground underneath you as you walk and even notice slight inconsistencies within the sidewalk was an interesting concept. I no longer stubbed my toes and over time began noticing better overall balance as I walked over uneven terrain. I was hooked and haven't gone back since.
Barefoot shoes seem to work much like a bicycle seat.
If you look at all the seats available for bicycles, you notice there are more than just a handful. There are gel, foam, leather, skinny, fat, etc. The extremely comfy and thick ones can actually be bad for you. Your sit bones in your pelvis need to be properly supported and if not, your tailbone may begin taking on some of the weight. Your tailbone is not a good support structure for weight and if irritated can lead to pilidonal cysts. You'll notice long distance cyclists have some of the hardest seats even though they're riding for hundreds of miles. It can be either leather or fabric, but in either instance there's hardly any squishy comfort.
Now going back to barefoot shoes. The feet should be properly supported by your heel, toes and the ball of your foot with the arches intact and not touching the insert of your shoe. If there's too much cushion, your arches no longer have an effect as your entire foot sinks down into the sole. If your arches are no longer needed, wouldn't it make sense that they would begin to lose strength and slowly flatten? Improper arch support then has a laundry list of health problems including plantar fasciitis, uneven gait, knee pain, hip pain, low back pain, etc, etc.
Here's the summary to this post. If you are working long hours on your feet, have fallen arches or would just like a more natural walking/running gait; look to barefoot shoes for relief.
Written by: Dr. Thomas R Pellatt, DC
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Thank You to everyone who voted us #1 Chiropractor, #1 Health-Related Business and #1 New Business!
Its official, ChiroElite Chiropractic + Rehab won! And we won big in multiple categories thanks to everyone who voted. Its a real honor to receive so many votes to make us first in Best Chiropractor, Best Health-Related Business and Best New Business. Thank you so much!! If you've never been to ChiroElite Chiropractic and are looking for a chiropractor in the Eau Claire WI area, please don't hesitate to call us for an initial chiropractic appointment at 715.832.9725.
Elliott Hulse shows everyone how to balance your neck musculature to decrease neck pain and forward head carriage.
Do you work at a desk all day, play video games, text on a cell phone or drive long hours? Do you notice your head sitting unnaturally forward compared to your shoulders? You might experience upper back pain and maybe even a bump at the base of your neck. This all could be due to a loss of cervical curve and an imbalance in the musculature of the neck. Treating the curvature in the neck is simple: contact your local chiropractor. Strengthening the muscles in the neck is also easy: see the video below to find out how.
Eau Claire, WI ranked #59 most livable city on Livability.com
Meaning “clear waters” in French, Eau Claire is situated along the scenic Eau Claire River and bills itself as the Horseradish Capital of the World. The city enjoys a thriving music scene while four colleges serve the community, and its main employment sectors are in health care, retail and education. -Livability.com
Livability.com has ranked the city of Eau Claire, Wisconsin number 59 in the top 100 best places to live in the United States. It's not the first time Eau Claire has been ranked at being a great place to live and it can only get better as downtown continues to enjoy revitalization.
Eau Claire's "Livability" Scores
Health Care: 75
Social/Civic capital: 67
Livability Score: 628
Everyone can benefit from a better night's rest.
This is a great summary of a study done by Indiana University.
Walking at work has been touted as a great way to normalize blood flow, decrease low back pain and increase morale in the workplace. This video sums everything up nicely from a walking study done by Indiana University. An increase in muscle activity thus creating better blood flow was shown to normalize arterial function in the body. If workers are allowed to sit for periods, blood tends to pool in the legs since muscles are not effectively helping circulation go back to the heart as talked about in this video from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Working out and exercising can be one of the best things you can do for yourself both mentally and physically. It releves stress, maintains a healthy weight and increases strength and endurance. There are a few common things many people forget when they start a new workout regimen or have even been working out for years. Here's a list of the main ones according to Dr. Mercola.
1. Skipping the Warm-Up
2. Not Feeding Your Muscles After a Strenuous Workout
3. Concentrating on a Single Body Area and Using a Limited Range of Motion
4. Training Too Long and Too Frequently
5. Inadequate Sleep
6. Talking Too Much
7. Using Incorrect Form
To read more about these seven workout mistakes, click here.
Workouts and fitness are complimented well by chiropractic care and massage. A healthy diet and stress free life is also essential.
Contact Dr. Pellatt at ChiroElite Chiropractic in Altoona, WI if you'd like to find out more on these topics.
Health and Wellness Blog
Thomas R. Pellatt, DC
Chiropractor and Owner of ChiroElite Chiropractic + Rehab in Altoona, WI