Happy March, everyone! You may consider yourself lucky to be healthy. But, the truth is, luck has little to do with it. Your wellness all depends on your lifestyle. Keep in mind the major aspects of health when trying to improve your wellness: Exercise, Hydration, Nutrition, Sleep & Rest, Diet, AND your Nervous System. That’s right, the nervous system plays a crucial role in nearly every aspect of our health and well-being. It guides everyday activities such as waking up; automatic activities such as breathing; and complex processes such as thinking, reading, remembering, and feeling emotions.
When you stop by the office, you’ll be sure to meet our Office Manager and our Front Desk Manager. But, we wanted you to get to know Diana and Vilmaris a little bit better! We asked a bunch of random questions on the fly and our team had to answer with the first things that came to mind. Enjoy a round of “speed questions” with this Meet Our Office special. Make sure to click the video to expand and watch in full view!
“If you have a headache, you’re not alone. Many people suffer from headaches — some are occasional, some frequent, some are dull and throbbing, and some cause debilitating pain and nausea.
What do you do when you suffer from a pounding headache? Do you grit your teeth and carry on? Lie down? Take pain medication and hope it goes away? There is an alternative.”
What Can You Do?
If you spend a large amount of time in one fixed position, such as in front of a computer or on a cell phone, typing, playing video games, or reading, take a break and stretch every 30 minutes to one hour. The stretches should take your head and neck through a comfortable range of motion.
Avoid teeth clenching. The upper teeth should never touch the lowers, except when swallowing. This results in stress at the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) – the two joints that connect your jaw to your skull – leading to TMJ irritation and a form of tension headaches.
Drink an adequate amount of water each day to help avoid dehydration, which can lead to headaches.
What Can a Chiropractor 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 relieve the recurring joint irritation and tension in the muscles of the neck and upper back.
Avoid the Following Food “Triggers”
Avoid caffeine. Foods such as chocolate, coffee, sodas, and cocoa contain high levels of stimulants.
Avoid foods with a high salt or sugar content. These foods may cause migraines resulting in sensitivity to light, noise, or abrupt movements.
Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages. These drinks can dehydrate you and cause headache pain.
Some headache sufferers may want to avoid not only caffeine, but also high-protein foods, dairy products, red meat, and salty foods.
Don’t forget to eat your greens! Here at Gulfshore Chiropractic Clinics, our whole team loves the amazing health benefits of leafy greens. Greens help support nutrition, oxygenation, alkalization, and detoxification. Health Benefits of Leafy Greens:
Help Your Heart
Feed Your Gut
Protect Against Toxins
Give the Body Folate
Feed Your Telomeres