14

July

What is Your Posture?

Posture is the position in which we hold our bodies while standing, sitting, or lying down. Your posture directly affects your health. When posture is bad, unwanted pressure on your spine is increased. This can lead to tension, soreness, headaches, back pain and fatigue. Postural imbalance also compresses your internal organs, reducing their ability to function. This may cause issues such as respiratory problems, chest tightness, high blood pressure or poor digestion.

How to check your posture:

Observe someone standing from behind.

Check the level of their:

Shoulders and
Hips

These levels should be even on

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14

July

Zinc

The role of Zinc:

Activates over 200 enzyme systems in the body
Has anti-viral activity
Improves immunity
Is important for brain development and cognitive function
Involved in DNA and RNA synthesis
Helps absorb B vitamins
Is important for healthy thyroid function
Has a role in taste sensitivity
Improves carbon dioxide transport in the lungs
Reduces lactic acid levels in overworked muscles
Supports insulin action and blood sugar regulation
Is essential for wound healing
Enhances healthy sperm production
Is involved in production of testosterone
Assists production and secretion of HCl acid in the digestive system to help break down food and delivery nutrients to tissues.

Signs &

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14

July

Managing Migraines

Throbbing headache, nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound and visual disturbances are typical symptoms for a migraine sufferer.This can last up to 72 hours.

Predisposing factors to migraines include premenstral and menstural hormones, the Pill, magnesium levels and a poorly functioning spine and nervous system.

Foods known to trigger migraines include:

Cheese
Chocolate
Red wine
Caffeine
Citrus fruits

Stress is also a major culpri. Studies have shown stress releases cortisol, which alters the hormone balance in your body giving rise to a migraine.

Chiropractic adjustments nourish the nervous system and improve the function of your spine thereby reducing

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14

July

Magnesium

Historically, magnesium comes from ‘Magnesia’ an ancient Greek city where large deposits of magnesium were found. In the form of Epsom salts, magnesium has long been used therapeuticallty as a foot soak to soften rough spots and absorb foot odour and as a bath additive to ease muscle aches and pains. Magnesium plays an essential role in a wide range of biological reactions within the body including: energy metabolism, nerve conduction, muscle activity and immune function.

Those deficient in magnesium may experience the following symptoms:

Muscle weakness and spasm
Numbness, tingling, cramps
Vertigo, ataxia
Lethargy
Depression
Cardiac

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14

July

Medically Induced Birth: Pitocin

Childbirth can occur naturally, oxytocin, or medically, Pitocin. Either or, there is a difference in the progression and outcomes of your birth.

Oxytocin: Natural

Oxytocin is produced by the pituitary gland. It is a naturally occurring neurochemical that crosses the blood-brain barrier and circulates in the blood stream and brain. During the birthing process, it allows brain to then release further homones required for labor.

It is released in spurts during the birth process causing contractions of the uterus, then easing off. This contracts and relaxes your uterus in a synchronous fashion, allowing your

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14

July

Acute Otitis Media: Ear Infection

The great majority of ear complaints in children consulted to chiropractors involve infection of the middle ear. While spontaneous recovery from acute otitis media is common, the administration of chiropractic care may be effective in both shortening the natural history and reducing the severity of symptoms. 

Ear infections are extremely common in children as their eustachian tubes (ear canals) are horizontal, as they start to grow and develop these tubes will become more vertical allowing for efficient drainage of fluid.

 Chiropractors inspect the ear both internally and externally and perform hearing tests

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14

July

Breastfeeding and Mastitis

As you may know, breastfeeding has many benefits for both mum and baby; from easy digestion to building immunity and improving mother-baby bonding. Along with the positives come some negatives such as pain and frustration. Signs and symptoms a mother may experience include, nipple pain, tenderness, redness, bleeding and cracking.

Some commonly attributing factors include:

Inadequate sucking from the baby (an anterior rather than a posterior suck)
Improper breaking of the baby’s suck after their feed
Poorly fitting bra, and
Poor physical health.

Mothers may feel it is the way they breastfeed and feel disempowered when

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14

July

I Feel Great, Why Should I see a Chiropractor

Traditionally, we see doctors when we have some type of obvious ache or pain. Yet, waiting for obvious symptoms to appear before seeking help is becoming an increasing burden on our economy and our well-being. While it’s called “health” care, it’s actually sick care.

Chiropractors are leading the way with wellness care. And the preliminary research is supportive!

Researchers, Blanks, Schuster and Dobson published the results of a retrospective assessment of subluxation-based chiropractic care on self-related health, wellness and quality of life. After surveying 2,818 respondents in 156 clinics, a strong connection

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14

July

Why You Should Consider Massage Therapy…

Massage therapy a popular choice in complementary medicine. It has transcended into modern society as many now use it for a diverse range of health purposes.

Many recent studies have explored the effectiveness of therapeutic massage and what results it achieves, and millions more have used therapeutic massage to help other conditions.

Relieving Stress:Stress can be a harmful factor when it comes to the effects of such chronic diseases as cancer and diabetes. The use of massage therapy in some studies has shown that it may help lower your heart rate and

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14

July

Probiotics: Definitely Worth Your While During Pregnancy

Are you pregnant? Maybe you’re currently feeling lethargic and unwell with all of those undesirable pregnancy symptoms? If any of that sounds like you, there is hope and it’s in the form of probiotics. Chances are you’ve heard of probiotics, and you may even have taken them before. What you may not know is that probiotics can be highly beneficial to you – and your baby – if you take them during your pregnancy and in the months following childbirth.

In a nutshell, probiotics help promote a strong immune system and

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