How your phone might be killing you! (Scroll below to listen to the Podcast)

How your phone might be killing you! (Scroll below to listen to the Podcast)

Main Points Covered:

  • What are EMFs and why are they a problem?
  • How EMFs are affecting your body on a cellular level
  • What is your cell phone manufacturer hiding from you?
  • Other sources of EMFs
  • How to check EMF exposure in your house and start taking action

With a title like this you must be asking yourself if this is real. The scary truth is, it is. Currently, there are over 5 billion active cell phones on earth. Cell phone use is a relatively new phenomenon, but humans have adopted it very quickly and become quite addicted.  Having the world at your fingertips is an amazing ability.  However, whether you are calling a friend, texting mom, posting pictures on social media, or simply carrying your phone on you, you are exposed to what are known as EMFs or electromagnetic fields, and this is a problem.  

What are EMFs and Why are they a Problem?

Again, EMFs are electromagnetic fields that come off of virtually everything electronic from cell phones to your wireless router to even baby monitors. Now, knowledge about EMFs is nothing new, they’ve been around for a while and do have different effects depending on the level and exposure time.  The concern with cell phones is that we have a high and frequent exposure to EMFs since a majority of us use our phones every day. We are on cell phones for an average of 3 hours a day. Plus, we usually have our phones somewhere on or next to our bodies 90% of our woken day.

EMFs are Affecting your Body on a Cellular Level

The reason this frequent exposure to EMFs is a problem and can be very unhealthy for our bodies, is because we are now realizing these frequencies are tied to cellular degradation.  And cellular degradation hurts our mitochondria, the powerhouse of our cells.  As our power plant, the mitochondria are pertinent to our cell function.  Most diseases can actually be linked to mitochondrial dysfunction. If we are changing how the mitochondria work, then we are changing our bodies on a cellular level.  Such changes can cause cancer, headaches, loss of energy, insomnia, and more.

Some of you may be thinking, what can we really do about this? We know that we aren’t going back to life without cell phones. Well, if we are going to live with electronic items such as cell phones, it is important to at least have a better understanding of them and practice safe measures for handling them. First and foremost, we can decrease the exposure of cell phones dramatically by being mindful of where we are placing these devices.  You should never keep your cell phone in any kind of pocket whether it’s a pants or shirt pocket. Men in particular should be careful about keeping their phones in their pockets because the most common cancer in men is prostate cancer. One in three men will get prostate cancer, and constant exposure from a cell phone in your pocket can increase that risk.  The same applies to women. They should not keep their cell phones near any kind of pocket or breast pocket especially, since breast cancer is so prevalent. Plus, when you’re not using your phone, especially at night, we recommend changing the mode to airplane mode. That will reduce the EMF exposure significantly.

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What is Your Cell Phone Manufacturer Hiding from You?

The most alarming concern is sitting in your cell phone’s legal files. These are files that limit the liability of the manufacturer. If you go to these files, you will see they recommend never having your phone against your body or holding it. They usually state to keep your phone at least 8-10 inches away, and they even state that you should not put your phone up to your face. They suggest using headphones for calls. Putting your phone up to your ear (against your brain) is the worst during a call. A phone call is when your phone is emitting the most EMFs. Headphones while on calls would lower this exposure. 

Other Sources of EMFs

Most of us who have cell phones typically also have internet routers in our house, so we can use wifi. Internet routers are another major culprit of EMFs and for good reason. Imagine if the safe level was at 10 and your router is rated a 1. This seems pretty safe and doesn’t alarm you. If you add in other routers, cell phones, microwaves, new wifi-enabled power meters, and other sources, this becomes a problem. Whenever you look for wifi signals we all see numerous routers. We are bombarded by 10 routers or more consistently. If you add all of these different devices together, it is no longer a low level. A good example is in an apartment building. You have a large amount of people living in a smaller space with numerous routers throughout the building. Yikes! Our tips for minimizing exposure from routers would be to at least place your own router in a spot that is away from your common area and not near your bed. Some routers can even be programmed to automatically turn off at night to reduce exposure, which would be ideal as well.

There are many other sources in your home or work that need to be addressed as well. Microwaves, for example, have an enormous amount of EMFs when in use. If we were to take an EMF meter while running the microwave, you would see it go off the charts. How many of you use microwaves everyday? Probably most. Great alternatives to microwaves would be convection ovens and steam ovens. They may not be quite as fast, but their cook times aren’t much longer, plus your food typically tastes better when you use them!  

Check EMF Exposure in Your Household and Start Taking Action!

With all of these things in mind, it’s important to look at the big picture when it comes to EMFs. We are talking about preventing medical issues. Prevention is the best medicine and most any doctor would agree. It is much easier to prevent disease than to treat it head-on. To help you see what kind of daily exposure to EMFs you’re receiving, we recommend purchasing an EMF meter. These are relatively inexpensive on Ebay or Amazon. A meter will help you find trouble locations in your home and give you insight into the amount of exposure you receive daily.

The most important thing here is that we all take action and don’t sit idly by allowing this problem to manifest. Scientists and doctors have even begun comparing this issue to cigarettes. No one thought cigarettes would cause cancer and major health issues when they first debuted. We all know how that turned out. We want you to limit your EMF intake and be aware of what is attacking your body. With these small changes, we are confident you will feel better and be healthier!

 

We will be back on our next blog to increase your body’s longevity. Take care and take care of your body!

Top 4 Backpack Warning Signs for your Child’s Safety.

Top 4 Backpack Warning Signs for your Child’s Safety.

The start of a new school year can be hectic.  New schedules, new supplies, and sometimes even new schools can be thrown into the chaos.  Developing good habits now will set the trend for the rest of the school year.  One of the most important aspects is your child’s backpack.  As a parent, your child’s health and safety is top priority. Recognizing proper backpack usage is vital to ensuring your child is not causing long-term damage to their growing and developing spine.  Take a look at some stats and facts when it comes down to your child’s backpack:

  • More than 79 million children and adolescents carry backpacks--these can be crammed with gym clothes, books, binders, computers, school supplies and more
  • A report by Simmons College revealed that 55 percent of students surveyed between 5th and 8th grade were carrying packs weighing more than 15 percent their body weight—and a third of those students had experienced back pain
  • The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commision reported that in 2011 nearly 14,000 children, between the ages of 5 and 18, were hospitalized for backpack related injuries
  • Backpack related injuries include contusions, sprains and strains to the back and shoulders, and even fractures--not to mention long term health complications from developing bad posture

What is the cause of the problem?

Often these injuries are the result of a variety of factors.  As a parent, you want to take into account these 5 factors:

1. The weight of the backpack.  Your child’s backpack should weigh less than 10-20% of their overall body weight.  The lower percentage is especially important in younger children. When you’re carrying an overloaded or heavy backpack, it can cause your upper body to lean forward and your head to translate forward. This may cause strain to the back, neck and shoulders — over time this can seriously affect the healthy curvature of the spine.

2.  Size of the backpack in relation to the child’s body.   Remember, there is no such thing as one size fits all when choosing a backpack.  Use the manufacturer’s recommendation to determine what size is best.  There are even mini-packs designed for kids who go to daycare.

3.  The distribution of weight in the backpack.  Heavier books and items should be packed closer to the child’s back.  The lighter the item the farther away from the child it goes.  Also, keep in mind left to right weight distribution.  This will ensure even weight on both shoulders.

4.  Poorly designed straps.  Stay away from thin straps.  Also make sure the straps have extra padding for the shoulders.

5. Improper wear.  Make sure your child is wearing the backpack the way it is designed for.  Improper wear like slinging the backpack over one shoulder can cause issues.  Studies have shown that wearing a backpack on one shoulder may increase the curvature of the spine in scoliosis patients — a population which largely consists of girls between the ages of 10 to 15.

The 4 key backpack warning signs are:

  1. Complaints of pain or discomfort while wearing the backpack or even later in the day or week without the backpack on.
  2. Change in your child’s posture while wearing the backpack (i.e., leaning forward, tilting to one side, forward head carriage)
  3. Difficulty putting on the backpack or taking it off.
  4. Red marks on shoulders.

Action steps to ensure your child’s backpack is safe.

Make sure you purchase a quality backpack with wide padded straps.  A padded back or waist also helps. Make sure the backpack has an even distribution of weight—and keep the weight below 10 to 20 percent of your child’s body weight. If you’re not sure you have the proper pack for your child, consult with your chiropractor for more information, and make an appointment for a spinal evaluation.

We are currently running a $27 Online New Patient Special that includes a full Consultation, Exam, X-rays if needed, and Dr.'s Report of Findings. This would be a great way to have your child's spine checked for any damage, plus we can do a complimentary backpack safety check as well. To schedule this visit for your child, simply give us a call at our main line 615-915-1255 and mention the online special.

We do have two locations, East Nashville and Madison/Rivergate. The special is valid at both locations.

Top 5 Tips to Stay Hydrated

Top 5 Tips to Stay Hydrated

Summer has officially arrived in Nashville...which means 90 degree days are here. As you enjoy your outdoor summer activities, please remember to stay hydrated. Those hot temperatures make it much easier for you to become dehydrated, which would seriously limit your summer fun. Your body thrives on water and needs it to function properly. Water is essential to flushing out harmful toxins from your body as well as keeping you energized. If you’re receiving chiropractic adjustments regularly, proper hydration is especially necessary to help remove any extra toxins as well as facilitate your healing process. Water deficiency in general can spark a number of issues to arise such as headaches, loss of energy, reduced cognitive function, and even a slower metabolism. Below, we’ve provided you with our top 5 tips to keeping your body properly hydrated. Take these tips into consideration to allow your body to feel revitalized, refreshed, and ready to take on summer!

1) Know When You're Dehydrated

  Dry DesertDehydration is detrimental to your health, so understanding the signs is vital to avoiding the damaging affect it has on your body. What exactly are the best ways to determine dehydration? First and foremost, pay attention and listen to what your body is trying to tell you. Your body will give you subtle signs letting you know it needs to be replenishedFeeling thirsty is the most obvious symptom, but often times that means you’re already slightly dehydrated. There are several other signs you can look for that will further help you determine the necessity of an increased water intake. One of the easiest signs to check for is the color of your urine. If your urine is darker in color, that usually signifies dehydration, while lighter urine generally means your water consumption levels are just fine. Aside from urine color, other symptoms may include fatigue/sluggishness, dry skin, dry mouth, headaches, constipation, or joint aches. **Please Note:  If you ever reach the point of severe dehydration where you're experiencing faintness, dizziness, shriveled skin, or confusion then you need to seek medical attention immediately because such extreme situations can be very harmful and potentially even deadly.

2) Consume Fruits and VBlueberries - Unsplash Photoeggies

  Did you know drinking water is not the only way to keep your body refreshed and hydrated? You can actually eat your water too. That is by consuming fruits and veggies concentrated in high amounts of water. Such fruits and veggies can include cucumbers, celery, iceberg lettuce, spinach, bell peppers, cauliflower, watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, grapefruit, cantaloupe and many more.

3)  Drink Clean Water

  Water DropIn order to reap the benefits of proper hydration, it's important to drink water from a quality source. Tap water is generally not your best bet. Often times, tap water contains harmful and unhealthy substances such as fluoride, various chemicals, metals, and an array of other items that can do harm to your body especially if consumed frequently over long periods of time. If you’re interested to look at what’s in your TN water, you can view it on the EPA’s site here, http://water.epa.gov/drink/local/tn.cfm. Next, take caution with bottled water. Not all bottled water is created equal. Not only are the bottles harmful to the environment, but some bottled water contains just as many harmful substances and sometimes is actually just tap water. Research has shown that 25% or more of bottled water is tap water in a bottle that may or may not have been treated further. Also, aside from the questionable water quality, the plastic bottle itself can leach unhealthy substances into the water such as phthalates, bisphenol-A, and bisphenol-S (BPA/BPS). The best option that’s convenient for most people would be to have a high quality water filter system for your household and to use your own refillable water bottle.  

4) For Added Flavor, Use Natural Flavoring

  For many, it may be tempting to grab a sports drink, soda, or enhanced water beverage to rehydrate instead of plain water. As you’re all hopefully aware, there is no nutritional value to soda, so it should be avoided at all costs. As for sports drinks and enhanced waters, these items are often marketed as beveLemon Waterrages that will replenish and refuel your body with vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes. But, have you ever looked at the ingredients? These drinks are all often loaded with sugar, fructose, and artificial ingredients. All of which are not healthy, especially when consumed regularly. If you get bored of water and want to spice it up a bit with more flavor, try creating your own natural flavoring by adding items such as fresh fruit, lemon, or cucumber. You may even find that your own additions are much more refreshing than the artificial additives!

5) Drink the Amount Right for Your Body

  Water GlassesEveryone’s body is different, so to say you should drink 8 glasses of water a day is not an accurate statement. There really isn’t a perfect formula for everyone to follow each day because it depends on a variety of factors. Such factors can include your physical activity levels, weather conditions, etc.. If you're exercising frequently, than you need to consume more water than you would on days where you're more inactive because you lose more water when you sweat and exercise. The same goes for being outside in the heat vs. indoors. A general guideline you can use is to take your body weight and divide it by 2. The resulting amount is what you can aim to drink in ounces. For example, if you weigh 100 lbs, then your target water consumption can be 50 oz. However, it’s best to simply pay attention to your body’s thirst signals as we mentioned previously.

Make note of these recommendations and be smart this summer by staying hydrated. Dehydration affects many of us, but can be avoided if the necessary steps are taken. If you have any questions regarding proper hydration, please don't hesitate to ask!  Feel free to give us a call at 615-915-1255.  

  Website Sources: http://www.nrdc.org/water/drinking/qbw.asp http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/12/15/drinking-enough-water.aspx http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000982.htm http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20709014_16,00.html http://water.epa.gov/drink/local/tn.cfm        
5 Dangers of Sitting

5 Dangers of Sitting

Do you know the average time adults spend sitting each day? EIGHT HOURS. This equates to about HALF of our waking hours. Now, it's no secret that sitting is bad for you, we've been told this, but do you know exactly just how severe the effects can be? It's not that sitting is just bad for your health, it can actually be very deadly. Also, if you exercise regularly thinking that will counter the effects of sitting all day, think again. Studies are starting to show that even those who exercise are still at risk for developing health issues from sitting too long. Below, we’ve compiled a list of 5 damaging conditions & diseases prolonged sitters are at risk for developing. Also included are ways you can prevent these issues. We encourage you to read through and commit to making some changes to your current sitting habits. You may help add extra years to your life!
  1. Heart Disease:  When you sit for long periods of time, your blood flows slower and your muscles aren't able to burn as much fat. This can cause fatty acids to build up and clog your heart easier. Studies have also shown that sitting too long can increase your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. spaces
  2. Disc Damage:  Prolonged sitting wreaks havoc on your spine and posture. The more time you spend sitting, the more pressure builds up on your spine. The intense pressure compresses your discs and can cause them to lose their flexibility. This can increase your chances of herniated discs and cause uncomfortable back pain. Also, not only does sitting damage your discs, but your neck and shoulders can become severely strained and sore as well. spaces
  3. Brain Damage:  Your brain doesn't work as fast when you remain stationary and sedentary. When you aren't moving, your muscles aren't able to pump as much fresh blood and oxygen to the brain. This can restrict the release of brain and mood enhancing chemicals. spaces
  4. Cancer:  Some studies have linked excess sitting to several kinds of cancer such as lung cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer, and endometrial cancers. In a study by the American Cancer Society, they found that these chances were increased for women. The study showed that women who sat for an average of 6 hours or more each day have a 10% greater risk of developing cancer than women who sit for 3 hours of less. spaces
  5. Weight Gain:  When you are active and moving frequently, your body produces an enzyme called lipoprotein lipase (LPL), which helps burn fat. However, when you remain inactive for long periods of time, this enzyme can be restricted from being released.
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What Can You do to Prevent these Issues?

Repair the Physical Damage:  Consistent chiropractic adjustments can help restore function and alignment to your spine. Adjustments also help alleviate pain and tension in the body that gets built up from sitting too long. Take Daily Breaks from Sitting:  Set a daily alarm for yourself to take breaks from sitting throughout your day. Here are some examples of activities you can do to break up your day of sitting:
  • Yoga Poses
    1. Downward Facing Dog - This pose is excellent for stretching, lengthening, and strengthening the body. To come into downward facing dog, simply place your hands in front of you, lift your hips, and form an inverted V shape. This helps relax the neck, release tension in your shoulders and back, stretch your legs, and increase the blood flow to the brain.
    2. Cat - Cow Stretch Cat-cow stretches and opens up your back and spine. The movement also helps your neck return to it's natural position, which should be over your spine and not forward. To move into this position, start with your hands and knees on the floor in tabletop. Inhale, arch your back and lift your chest to come into the cow pose. On the exhale, curve your spine upwards into the cat position. 
    3. Forward Fold - Forward folds are incredibly beneficial for relieving stress in the body. To get into a forward fold, place your feet hip's distance apart, then slowly bend forward from your hips to come into a forward bend. You can bend your knees slightly, which will help release tension from your lower back. This is especially great if you find yourself experiencing anxiety and stress during your work day because the bend provides a relaxing feeling of release. spaces
  • Walking:  Whether you take a break to walk around your office, house, or outside, any kind of walking movement is better than remaining stationary. We recommend you take your breaks every hour and move for at least 5-10minutes.
Improve Your Workspace:  Instead of being stuck at a seated desk all day, look into investing in a standing desk. The cool thing about standing desks is there are a variety of different kinds you can purchase for various prices. Some come in pieces that you can actually place on top of your desk when you want to stand, or you can buy a full desk that is completely designed for standing. 
Do you find yourself in pain after sitting at a desk all day or after a long commute? If so, give us a call at our main line, 615-915-1255, to receive a Free Consultation.  With the consultation, you'll be able to talk with our chiropractors to see how we can help you repair damage that has been inflicted on your spine from sitting too long.

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Leave Health to Choice, Not Chance

Leave Health to Choice, Not Chance

Today, I want to discuss health plans with you. And no, I’m not talking about your insurance health plan here. I’m talking about a real, legitimate plan of action for your individual health. Do you currently have a plan that you’re following this year to be healthy? For most people the answer is no. The good news is, it’s not your fault. As Americans, we're trained to put more thought into planning a vacation than into planning our own health. We make plans for where we’re traveling, who we’re traveling with, what our budget will be, what we want to see, what we want to do, etc.. Usually, this is all planned out well in advance. Imagine the potential if we put that same intention into our own health. We would be way ahead of the curve, when it comes to true health. I know getting started can seem overwhelming and frustrating. Well here's the good news, we’re going to show you the exact steps you can take to get started on the right path.  

STEP 1

The first and most important step in getting started with a health plan is, as Steven Covey author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People suggests, to “begin with the end in mind.” This is absolutely critical. In order to get started on a health plan, you need to have an end goal in mind. Whether that may be to think clearer, feel younger, have more energy, eliminate pain issues, reduce the effects of aging, or simply improve the overall function of your body, a clear and definitive end goal is a must.

STEP 2

Once you have your target set, write it down. The act of simply writing down your goal, takes it out of your mind and makes it tangible and real. You can touch it, you can see it, and you're one step closer to realizing it. This step will help you enforce a stronger focus on the outcome. Allowing you to get the wheels turning to figure out the smaller details and steps you will take to accomplish your goal. Once you have the main goal set, you can start to work out the details by setting your monthly, weekly, and daily rituals. As you work on the outcome, you will begin to develop habits that will make your goals easier to obtain.

You have the power to leave health to choice just by following a simple plan and committing to it. Don’t leave your health to chance. Be proactive and make 2017 your healthiest year yet!

 
Chiropractic for Musicians

Chiropractic for Musicians

Since Vibrance Family Chiropractic is based in Nashville, or Music City, we want to make sure all of our talented musicians here in town are staying healthy and able to play/sing to the best of their ability! Chiropractic care is essential for musicians. Playing instruments or singing in the same position, using specific muscle groups for hours, can put a lot of strain on your body. Over time that strain can start to cause shifts in your bones and place pressure on the nerves, resulting in a misalignment of the spine. Misalignments restrict your body's ability to perform at it's best level, and can cause you to experience pain and discomfort. All things you don't want to have to deal with when playing music. Think of your body as if it's an instrument. Do you tune your instrument to get the best sound out of it? Well, your body requires the same treatment. Chiropractic adjustments are like a tune up for your body, restoring alignment in your spine, thus allowing your body to properly function at it's best level. When you free your body from nerve interferences and blockages, you’ll start to see an enhanced performance, more energy, and the ability to practice more efficiently and effectively.    Some of the specific issues chiropractic helps musicians with includes the following:
  • Low Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Vocal Cord Strain
  • Hand, Wrist, & Finger Pain
  • Shoulder & Elbow Pain
Several of our staff members are actually musicians, so we have a very good understanding of how to help musicians with their health. We recommend every musician receive a chiropractic assessment, even if you feel like you're not in pain or the pain is minimal. What often happens, is a nerve interference can be building up pressure in your body for a very long time without you ever knowing it. Once you reach the point of pain, that usually indicates that the pressure has become severe. Pain is a warning sign that something is not right. That's why we recommend a proactive approach to spinal health rather than reactive. It's much easier to maintain a healthy body than it is to bring a body back from severe damage. The first step in being proactive with your spinal health is to take get evaluated. If you're a musician in Nashville, come check us out. We currently have two locations in the Nashville area, East Nashville and RivergateWe'd love to help you feel energized, healthy, and ready to take on the music world!
Chiropractic for Athletes

Chiropractic for Athletes

Did you know many of the top athletes in this country are under chiropractic care? Do you know why many of them choose chiropractic? Because chiropractic care helps optimize and enhance their athletic performance, while also reducing the risk of serious injuries. Whether you play sports professionally or recreationally in Nashville, the fact is, sports can be incredibly strenuous on the body. It doesn't matter if you play football, basketball, baseball, tennis, track, soccer, dance, etc., all sports can put immense stress on your spine and entire body. Often times, what we see happens to athletes, is they will have a subluxation or misalignment in the spine that goes unnoticed or ignored for a very long time until it causes an injury to occur. We all know that sometimes all it takes is that one crippling injury to destroy your athletic career, which is devastating and something we never want you to experience! That's why it's incredibly important to take a proactive approach rather than reactive with your spinal health. We know it can be tempting to take pain relievers as a means to temporarily avoid pain just to make it through a game or practice. But doing that over time can turn what may have been a minor injury into something much more serious. Chiropractors work to constantly keep your body in proper alignment, so that it can perform at it's optimal level, function better, and avoid serious injury. Aside from preventing serious injuries, receiving chiropractic care on a regular basis has a number of other great benefits for athletes. Restoring function to the body can help athletes with the following:
  • Balance
  • Coordination
  • Agility
  • Range of Motion
  • Joint Health
  • Faster Recovery Time from Minor Injuries
Partaking in the sports you love should be enjoyable. Optimize your athletic performance with chiropractic. To meet with one of our skilled chiropractors, feel free to schedule an appointment at one of our locations, East Nashville or Rivergate.
Chiropractic for Wellness Care

Chiropractic for Wellness Care

Many people assume that you only go to the chiropractor when you're feeling in pain or threw out your back. While yes, chiropractic does help eliminate pain, it can also be used as part of an overall wellness lifestyle.

When aiming for overall health and wellness, your body needs to be functioning at 100%. Your nervous system is the core system of the body that controls every function and organ. Chiropractic helps keep the nervous system operating smoothly, thus allowing for you to achieve and maintain optimum health and wellness.

Maintaining a healthy nervous system should become a norm much like maintaining your car, teeth, fitness, or family. It's just as important, if not more than most of those things because a healthy nervous system, helps improve quality of life and can prevent injuries and other serious conditions from occurring. When you're healthy and don't have pain or disease restricting you, you're generally able to get more out of life.

So if you're looking to be the healthiest you possible and feel amazing, than we suggest adding chiropractic care to your routine. You'll have more energy and feel more vibrant. Our motto here is, to Live, Thrive, Vibe. We want people to feel their best. Chiropractic coupled with exercise and healthy nutrition makes for an amazing combination of overall health and wellness.

Take control of your health today. Don't wait until you're sick or in pain to start doing something. There is never a better time than now to begin focusing on living a healthy lifestyle everyday! For more information about our chiropractic offices, feel free to check out one of our two locations, East Nashville or Rivergate.

 

Free Your Body from Stress

Free Your Body from Stress

Stress...unfortunately just about everyone experiences it in some way or another, and it's literally killing us. Did you know that 3 out of 4 visits to the doctor are from stress-related illnesses? And that stress is a basic cause of 60% of illnesses and diseases? That's pretty alarming. Not to mention, stress significantly increases your chance of heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes. Nothing good can come from chronic stress. Period. And we need to do something about it. Obviously there are certain things life just throws your way that are out of your control and can add significant stress to your life. But, often times there are daily habits and routines you can work into your life to help you at least minimize stress. Below are a few of our recommendations to help you free your body and mind from unwanted stress. If you already do some of these, great, if not, we definitely suggest giving them a try or finding what works best for you. Living a stressful life is simply not worth it, and we want to help you improve your quality of life.

Yoga

A regular yoga practice can significantly help you reduce stress and anxiety. Yoga combines physical poses, focused breathing, and meditation, which makes for a powerful mind-body connection. This combination can help you strengthen and stretch your body, quiet your mind and help you focus on the present moment instead of worrying about the future. It's been an effective tool for many to help refocus the mind and gain better control of stress. If you're looking to try a relaxing yoga class, we offer a free class at Vibrance every Wednesday from 6pm - 6:45pm. It's very basic and a wonderful way to unwind after a stressful day at work. Come try it out sometime!

Regular Chiropractic Adjustments

Chiropractic care can help your body have a healthier response to stress. Constant stress wears down the body tremendously. When we're stressed, it causes our bodies to tense up, especially in areas such as your neck, shoulders, back, or even in the form of headaches or stomach aches. Long term tension from stress can have a negative impact on your overall mood and energy as well. Chiropractic helps relieve that physical build up of tension to allow your body to better recover from stress and respond healthier to future stress. Often times, many individuals find that chiropractic adjustments provide a great sense of relief instantly following the adjustment. If you're someone who is consistently under a significant amount of stress, we suggest you stay on a regular chiropractic plan. The regular adjustments will help your body stay healthier, which in turn will help your mind be healthier.

Consistent Exercise

As you're all hopefully aware, exercise helps your body stay physically fit and helps fight disease. When you exercise, you release endorphins. Those endorphins are chemicals from the brain that actually act as natural pain killers and give you a euphoric feeling, which can lessen the negative effects of stress. When you exercise regularly, you may start to see that your sleeping has improved, you're in a better mood, and you have more energy. Since stress can worsen your sleeping habits and energy levels, it's vital to stay active to prevent stress from wearing you down completely.

Hot Baths w/Essential Oil

Hot baths with epsom salt and relaxing essential oils such as lavender oil, are amazing for helping your body and mind be at peace. Water can have a very calming effect on the mind and helps soothe any tension in your body and muscles.

We're here to help you manage your stress. If you have further questions about managing stress, feel free to give us a call at 615-915-1255. 

  Sources: The American Institute of Stress Mayo Clinic    
3 Reasons to Jump in the Pool

3 Reasons to Jump in the Pool

Who finds themselves at the pool or the lake every weekend to escape the hot Nashville heat? We most definitely do at Vibrance! Swimming is incredibly refreshing and a must in the summer time. As an added bonus, swimming is also a great form of exercise and very beneficial for the body. Here are three more reasons to add swimming to your list of summer to do's (if it's not on there already). 1) Good for Your Joints Swimming is one of the best low impact forms of aerobic exercise.  Because swimming doesn't place intense pressure on your joints, it reduces the stress on joints that you could otherwise experience while running or doing other high impact workouts. Plus, the low stress can help your body handle a longer workout. Not only does swimming reduce stress on the body, but it also builds up your muscles around the joints to help make you stronger. If you suffer from regular joint pain, are recovering from an injury, or have arthritis or osteoporosis, than swimming is really one of the best forms of exercise for you. It allows you to exercise regularly without being in pain. And, water has a very calming and soothing affect on your joints and muscles, which is an added bonus. 2) Boosts Your Mood Studies have actually shown that water-based exercise like swimming can reduce depression and improve your mood. As we know, exercise in general releases endorphins, which significantly give a boost to your mood. Swimming is a smooth form of exercise that requires you to stretch and lengthen the body, while also following a certain breathing cycle. The overall repetitive nature of swimming has been shown to have a relaxing and calming effect on the mind similar to when one practices yoga. 3) Works the Entire Body The great thing about swimming is that it works all of your muscles. In order to swim laps and keep your body afloat through the water, you have to use all of your muscles. From your abs, to your legs, arms, shoulders, and feet, all major areas of the body are working. Not to mention, swimming is beneficial for your heart and lungs. Also, because of the range of motion used to swim, your flexibility will improve with regular swimming workouts.  

You really can't go wrong with a good workout in the pool. If swimming isn't part of your exercise routine, maybe try adding it this summer. It will feel amazing in the heat and help your entire body get leaner and stronger! 

  Sources: Pysch Central