Celebrate World Health Day
April 7th is just around the corner, and while many may not know the significance of the date, we’d like to take a few minutes to pass along a bit of information about World Health Day 2016.
Each year, the World Health Organization dedicates one day to spreading awareness about a specific disease. This year, the organization has selected diabetes, a growing epidemic affecting more than 347 million people.
90% of the world’s diabetics are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, resulting from the body’s ineffective use of insulin. Health care professionals believe that the biggest factors in developing type 2 diabetes are obesity and physical inactivity.
Participate in World Health Day by reading more about this years cause, eating healthy, and continuing to stay active with your family. While chiropractic isn’t a treatment for diabetes, regular adjustments help keep your nervous system interference-free, allowing you to function in peak condition.
Sleeping Better with Pillows for Back Pain
Trying to get to sleep when you’re dealing with back pain can seem impossible. If you’re one of the many who toss and turn all night without relief, it’s possible that leveraging your body with pillows could be a solution.
Even if you can’t say ‘proper pillow posture’ three times fast, you can benefit by understanding the connection that could improve your sleeping habits.
If you sleep on either one of your sides, place a pillow between the knees to help alleviate strain on your lower back.
If you’re a back sleeper, keeping a pillow underneath the knees helps to minimize pressure on your lower back by flattening the lumbar spine.
Remember, using pillows may not be a solution for everyone. Get more input on how to combat back pain by scheduling an appointment.
Managing Sciatica Flare-ups
As the largest nerve in our bodies, it’s no wonder that so many people find themselves dealing with sciatic pain at some point in their lives.
While many reach for pills to manage this dull-to-sharp pain that can radiate from the legs, buttocks, and back, we’d like you to know that many find relief with natural methods.
While you may think that moving causes more pain, discomfort caused by sciatica actually worsens with prolonged sitting or standing in a fixed position. Taking a brief 15-minute walk can bring relief to your sciatic nerve. Other natural methods for relieving pain brought on by sciatica include ice packs, moist heat packs, yoga, and massage.
If you know someone suffering with sciatica who has been threatened with back surgery, make sure they give us a call first.