A TED Talk about creating true happiness:
When I was in middle school, I started receiving letters from Harvard. No, these letters weren't recruiting me to their prestigious university. These envelopes contained multiple choice questions asking me about my health, feelings, hobbies and regular activities. I thought they were just work with no reward, but my mom would continue to push me to fill them out year after year.
It wasn't until this video came out that I started to understand the purpose of the Harvard study. I had no idea it was going on for over 75 years. I had no idea I was part of such a great idea and commitment to continue seeing it through for all these years. I have to agree, however, that the study was dead on accurate.
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We’ve all had mornings where we wake up, and we’re just plain uncomfortable. If you’ve slept funny for one night, you might wake up with a crick in your neck, or an aching lower back. Being uncomfortable when you are trying to rest can cause sleep deprivation, which is very bad for your overall health. If you find yourself waking up in pain consistently, you may need to change something about the way you’re sleeping. There are options for you, like updating the kind of mattress you sleep on, your pillows, or finding a chiropractor. But it is incredibly important to avoid losing sleep on a regular basis because chronic sleep deprivation will cause problems in your daily life.
We knew that losing sleep can make you more irritable. What scientists are still learning about is this: Losing sleep reduces your pain tolerance, according to the New York Times, as well as your response to pain medications, according to a study by the National Institute of Health. These studies suggest that sleep-deprived people may have more pain for longer, and not be able to do as much about it with medication.
Scientists theorize that loss of sleep affects the body by increasing inflammation throughout the body, which could have an impact on the treatment of patients with chronic pain.
“These two vital functions, sleep, and pain, interact in complex ways that ultimately impact the biological and behavioral capacity of the individual,” the abstract of a 2005 study states. "Polysomnographic studies of patients experiencing acute pain during postoperative recovery show shortened and fragmented sleep with reduced amounts of slow wave and rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, and the recovery is accompanied by normalization of sleep.”
One way to deal with chronic back pain from your sleep environment is to improve it by buying a mattress with the right amount of support, firmness, and durability. Experts generally recommend a medium-firm mattress for back pain. Sleeping on a bed that is too soft, or has lost its support from use, will increase your chances of being too uncomfortable to sleep well. Slipping a disk in your back or having your spine become misaligned is not comfortable in the least, and you should avoid it at all costs.
You should also make sure you’re using the right kind of pillow for the way you sleep, and see if adding additional pillows for body support will help with the aches and pains.
Another way to deal with the problems is to work with a chiropractor to figure out a better way to sleep and get the kinks worked out in your body when the pain meds just aren’t cutting it. A chiropractor can help you find the perfect solution for your body’s specific needs. They can teach you exercises to reduce pain in a certain area, or stretches to avoid having that pain in the first place.
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They say health is wealth so why not take care of the one body you have all your life? Chiropractic adds life to your years and years to your life.
These are some simple ways to enrich your life and make each day more meaningful. Chiropractic care should also be on here but we ran out of room ;)
There are a number of different reasons why patients decide to seek out chiropractic care. Whether you are getting adjusted for headaches, low back pain, or anything in between, there are a number of ways that spinal adjustments can help your overall health. Taking care of your spine means taking care of your entire nervous system. When you take care of your nervous system, your entire body can benefit. This is why there are so many great benefits of chiropractic care that the average person doesn’t even know about. Here are some of the best benefits of chiropractic care that could help improve your life.
2. Improve Posture
Over time, regular chiropractic adjustments can help align tilting and curves in your spine and help you improve your posture. This can be particularly beneficial when it comes to the curve in your neck. Many people develop neck issues younger than ever, due to their constant position sitting in front of a computer screen or hunched over a phone. With regularly chiropractic care you can improve this posture and stand taller and stronger.
3. Improve Your Mood
When you get adjusted, you are balancing your body’s entire system. This includes your body’s chemistry. This means that those who are suffering from certain chemical imbalances often benefit from chiropractic care. Many people dealing with depression can see an improvement in their mood with regular chiropractic care. Many individuals with ADHD have also seen great benefits with regular adjustments.
4. Improve Your Immune System
When you get adjusted, your chiropractor is removing subluxations that are preventing your nervous system from working properly. Your nervous system is in charge of sending and receiving information, including sending information to and from your immune system. Keeping your nervous system working properly keeps your immune system working properly, meaning your immune system will start working better and you will start recovering from illnesses faster.
5. A Greater Activity Level
The more active and mobile you are, the easier time your body is going to have fighting off any germs that find their way into your body. With less pain and a better sense of well-being, which are two direct results of chiropractic care, the more active you can be. Exercise, general activity, and taking care of yourself is easier, more enjoyable, and a routine that you can keep up with all season long.
Benefits of routine chiropractic care may include any of the following:
1. Piriformis Stretch
Lie on your back with arms outstretched. Bring the left knee to your chest and pull it from left to right using your right arm. Hold for 2 minutes and switch to the right knee. Stretch both sides 2x.
2. Iliopsoas Stretch
3. Quadratus Lumborum Stretch
4. Core Stability Exercises
5. Gluteus Medius Strenghening Exercise
The last exercise strengthens a muscle which is usually very weak on most people. Lying on your side, keep a slight bend in your knees. Open the knees up while keeping the feet together. Do this exercise 20 times and switch to the other side.
These exercises work great to stretch and strengthen muscles in the core and pelvis which can wreak havoc on many people. Jobs which require long hours of sitting or standing can cause muscles to tighten over time. Imbalances between muscle groups slowly cause more and more issues where tight muscles become tighter and weak muscles continue to weaken even more. Getting after these imbalances as quickly as possible can make a huge difference in reducing symptoms and greatly improving life and sleep quality. Remember to stay consistent with these exercises and know that its a marathon, not a race with any workout routine.
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Thomas R. Pellatt, DC
Chiropractor and Owner of ChiroElite Chiropractic + Rehab in Altoona, WI