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A Sedentary Lifestyle Will Increase Your Risk of Death!

By Anthony Galante

Did You Know…

Archives of Internal Medicine study clearly demonstrates a sedentary lifestyle will increase your risk of death from ALL causes!  “Move it or lose it,” takes on a whole new meaning!

Dr. Galante is a Chiropractor in Algonquin IL Who is Committed to Helping You!

We are sharing this information with you to keep you informed, improve your health and well-being and help you understand critical health care information and how it impacts your health and your wallet. So what are the implications?

In today’s culture it is common to get up in the morning, drive an hour to work, sit most of the day at work, drive an hour (or more) home and watch TV in the evenings. We can now see in the graph above that type of lifestyle will increase our chance of death by 40%!

Prolonged Sitting by Algonquin Chiropractic CenterWe also know that sedentary work and prolonged periods of sitting will increase your risk of low back pain.

For people who don’t like a structured exercise program here are a few tips:

A Sedentary Lifestyle Will Increase Your Risk of Death! by Algonquin Chiropractic Center1. Get a pedometer – it will track the number of steps you take per day. Wear it for a week and get an average of the number of steps you take per day. Lets say its is 6000 steps per day. Now try to increase that number by 10%, shoot for 6600 steps. How?

2. Easy – park in the back of parking lots at work, malls, grocery stores, etc.., take the stairs instead of elevator/escalator, on bathroom breaks at work take the long way to the bathroom, walk for 10 minutes at lunch, walk the flight of stairs in your house 5 times, etc….

3. When stuck sitting for prolonged periods, do chair exercises – Pelvic tilts, hamstring stretches, low back stretch (move your feet apart and lean forward), shoulder blade squeezes, shoulder rolls, neck stretches, etc..

4. Prolonged periods of sitting will eventually lead to poor posture, strengthening core/posture muscles is important.

“Move it or lose it!” Your life depends on it!

Remember health is a journey and not a destination. What you do in the practice of health care will go miles and pay dividends over time.

If you still feel that you are struggling in creating a healthy living plan, you will be thrilled to know that Dr. Galante is a Chiropractor in Algonquin IL with powerful programs that will teach you the specific steps that will help you to become and stay healthier.

Our MissionTo educate and inform patients so you can make educated decisions to improve your health.

Call 847-854-2000 today for your consultation. Mention this article and receive $25 off your initial visit!

Headaches and Chiropractic in Algonquin Illinois

headaches-and-chiropractic-algonquin-chiropracticBy Anthony Galante

If you have a headache, you’re not alone. Nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches. Research shows that spinal manipulation – the primary form of care provided by doctors of chiropractic – may be an effective treatment option for tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck.

Headache Triggers

Foods, environmental stimuli (noises, lights, stress, etc.) and/or behaviors (insomnia, excessive exercise, blood sugar changes, etc.). About 5 percent of all headaches are warning signals caused by physical problems.

 What You Can Do

  • Stretch every 30 minutes to one hour. The stretches should take your head and neck through a comfortable range of motion.
  • Low-impact exercise such as walking and low-impact aerobics.
  • Avoid teeth clenching.
  • Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.

What Can a Doctor of Chiropractic Do?

  • Perform spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustments to improve spinal function and alleviate the stress on your system.
  • Provide nutritional advice, recommending a change in diet and perhaps the addition of B complex vitamins.
  • Offer advice on posture, ergonomics (work postures), exercises and relaxation techniques. This advice should help to relieve the recurring joint irritation and tension in the muscles of the neck and upper back.

3 Phases of Soft Tissue Healing with Physical Therapy

With Physical Therapy, Tissue Healing Goes Through These Three Phases

Soft tissues such as muscle, tendon, ligament, and fascia go through THREE distinct phases of healing when they are injured. These injuries require physical therapy to bring you back up to speed. The treatment approach will be different for each stage of healing.

Dr. Galante is Committed to Helping You!

We are sharing this information with you to keep you informed and improve your health and well-being. It’ll also help you understand critical health care information, physical therapy, and how it impacts your health and your wallet. So what are the implications?

The three phases are:

1Soft Tissue: Three Phases of Healing by Algonquin Chiropractic Center) Acute Inflammatory Phase – This is what happens immediately after the injury to about 72 hours after the  injury. It is the inflammatory response that causes pain, swelling, redness and warmth around the injured area.

2) Repair Phase – This is when the inflammation has gone down and your body begins to repair the injured  area. The body lays down “type 3 collagen” which is weaker than normal collagen. It easily stretches and tears. This process last from 72 hours to six weeks after the injury.

3) Remodeling Phase –  The collagen is similar to sticky glue at
first. Your body molds it along lines of stress. That way, it perform the functional capabilities of the tissue it is replacing. This phase is largely one of an improvement in the quality, orientation and tensile strength of the collagen. This phase last from 3 weeks to 12 months (some research is  showing up to 2 years).

How Do We Treat Each Phase and Where Does Physical Therapy Come In?

Acute Phase

Goals include decreasing pain and inflammation.

  • Rest and if the injury is in the lower extremity, non-weight bearing.
  • Ice – Many different forms are available and effective. You could use ice massage, cold gel packs, cold packs designed to be worn over a specific body part, ice cubes in a baggie and of course, frozen peas!
  • Compression – Ace bandage, elastic compression sleeve, the idea is to keep pressure on the injured tissue to keep swelling down.
  • Elevation – Elevating the injured body part will decrease pain and swelling.
  • The above recommendations are fairly standard, for acute injuries, we also do electrical stimulation, gentle mobilization, anti-inflammatory nutrition, kineseotape and topical analgesics.

Repair Phase

You generate type 3 collagen, which is easily stretched and torn. Due to this fact, we see a lot of ups and downs of symptoms the first few weeks of treatment.

In this phase, we may perform manipulation, mobilizations, and physical therapy. That includes massage therapy, stretching and strengthening exercises, nutrition to repair soft tissues, orthotic therapy and the patient has an increase in activity as pain allows.

Remodeling Phase

We continue to utilize many of the treatments above, as well as an increase in functional exercises and activity level, including physical therapy.  Patients and athletes get back to their respective sports here.

We individualize each treatment plan to the specific needs of a patient with respect to their specific problem and phase of soft tissue injury they are in.

For example, we’ll treat a 16 year old track athlete with sudden onset of low back pain differently than a 55 year old with a 10 year history of low back pain.

Our goal is to get the patient back to their job/sport/activities as soon as humanly possible!

Remember health is a journey and not a destination. What you do in the practice of health care will go miles and pay dividends over time.

If you still feel that you are struggling in creating a healthy living plan, you will be thrilled to know that Dr. Galante has powerful programs that will teach you the specific steps that will help you to become and stay healthier.

Call for your consultation 847-854-2000 with a local Algonquin and Lake in the Hills Chiropractor. Mention this blog post and receive $25 off your initial visit.

Our MissionTo educate and inform patients so you can make educated decisions to improve your health.

Water – The Foundation of a Healthy Lifestyle

By Anthony Galante

Numerous studies show that the minimal water requirements of inactive adults who live in normal temperate climates are approximately 1 to 3.1 liters a day.

Cool beverages of 50-60 degrees are the best forms of fluid for the body.

Fluids with salt are beneficial because they increase thirst and helps replace what’s lost through sweat.

Avoid fruit juices, carbohydrate gels, sodas, alcohol, and high-sugar sports drinks.

Signs of Dehydration
Thirst
Weakness
Nausea
Irritability
Dizziness
Confusion
Decreased performance
Headache

Water – The Foundation of a Healthy Lifestyle

Sources:
www.acatoday.org

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