Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Teachers

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At Apollo Chiropractic, we’re proud to provide a huge variety of chiropractic care services to a wide range of clients and needs. From basic massage therapy to specific chiropractic care for incidents like auto accident injuries or many others, we’re here to help no matter your physical needs, discomfort areas or daily habits that lead to these effects.

One group we’re particularly proud to provide service to, especially as they return to work during a difficult period in society, is teachers. You may not think of teaching as a physically demanding line of work, but teachers are exposed to certain kinds of unique strain in various parts of the body, including the spine. Here’s a quick primer on how teaching stresses the spine, plus how chiropractic care benefits teachers and some basic areas to be aware of here.

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Teaching and Spinal Stress

Not all physical stress comes from intense activity like sports or exercise, and teaching is a great example here. It’s true that teachers don’t necessarily have to lift extremely heavy objects or otherwise strain themselves in the moment – but this doesn’t mean their spines and other bodily areas don’t experience stress.

Specifically, teachers stand for hours at a time in many cases. They also spent lots of time craning their neck and spine for activities like writing on the whiteboard, bending down to assist students and numerous related areas. Many teachers report neck and back aches as a result, plus a higher incidence of headaches due to both this and the mental stress involved with teaching. Bodily areas impacted tend to include the shoulders, wrists, back, feet and knees.

How Chiropractic Care Helps

Chiropractic care is an excellent resource for many teachers who may be dealing with some of the issues listed above. Basic adjustments are ideal for limiting joint dysfunction and pain, helping various areas function optimally.

These benefits aren’t confined to physical ones, either. Chiropractic care is often a major plus in terms of stress reduction and mental health, for one, and our chiropractors regularly offer numerous at-home tips for maintaining these and physical care themes. Not only will you feel better, you’ll have more energy and stamina for the challenges of teaching.

Areas Chiropractic Care Won’t Cover

Now, it’s important for teachers and anyone else seeking chiropractic care to realize it’s not the same as other kinds of medical attention. You won’t be prescribed medication for pain; you also won’t be ordered invasive procedures.

Rather, treatment will be natural and focused on aligning the spine and other bodily elements. It will focus on hitting the root causes of your pain or discomfort, helping soothe them in ways that are beneficial long-term.

For more on the benefits of chiropractic care for teachers, or to learn about any of our chiropractic care or whiplash treatment services, speak to the staff at Apollo Chiropractic today.

Connection Between Hydration and Spinal Health, Part 2

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In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basic connections between body hydration and spinal health. Staying properly hydrated impacts numerous areas of the body, and the spine is at or near the top of this list.

At Apollo Chiropractic, our chiropractic treatments and massage therapy services are often focused directly on the spine and its impact on overall bodily health – plus the factors that play a role in it, including hydration. Today’s part two of our series will dig into several other areas of hydration and the spine, including how the spine may be at risk from dehydration, plus how it rehydrates within the body and how much water you should be drinking to ensure both the spine and your body as a whole are getting the proper hydration.
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Spinal Issues from Dehydration

We went over the spine’s need for hydration within discs in part one, and there are several risks if these are not properly hydrated. Instead of refilling with water, the discs in the spine remain compressed, which compromises function in several ways.

For starters, the immobility and range of motion are often impacted by discs that cannot properly work. In addition, cerebrospinal fluid will be diminished if the body is dehydrated, stopping it from moving properly and possibly even impacting brain function in the process.

Rehydration Themes

In addition to the above, it’s important to note that the spine isn’t the body’s top priority when it comes to hydration. It prioritizes the vital organs first on both ends of the spectrum: It will pull new water into these areas first when it’s brought into the body, plus will pull water from the spine or other extremities to make up for dehydration in the organs if this begins at any time.

This fact simply underscores the value of proper hydration levels for spine health. The spine will be one of the first areas negatively impacted upon dehydration, so keeping water intake at proper levels is very important, particularly for those with recurring spine or neck issues.

How Much Water is Enough?

Many have heard of the traditional “eight glasses of eight ounces of water per day” rule for water intake, and for many healthy adults this will serve as an adequate benchmark for hydration. However, this will vary significantly between people based on factors like body size, activity level, metabolism and more. One more adaptable format some choose is to drink half their body weight in ounces of water per day – if you weigh 200 pounds, then, you should drink 100 ounces of water per day by this method. This is also an area you may consult with your doctor, chiropractor or another medical professional about.

For more on hydration and the spine, or to learn about any of our chiropractic services or whiplash therapy treatments, speak to the staff at Apollo Chiropractic today.

Connection Between Hydration and Spinal Health, Part 1

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We’re square in the dead of summer, and most Utahns are well aware that hydration is important this time of year for several reasons. For those with back pain or related issues, however, did you realize there’s actually a direct connection between proper hydration and spinal health?

At Apollo Chiropractic, we’re proud to offer a wide range of chiropractic services and others that often focus heavily on spinal health, including auto accident recovery and whiplash treatments. In this two-part blog series, we’ll go over everything you need to know about how hydration and the spine relate, plus some general tips on how much water you should be drinking and some other expertise for keeping your spine in good shape.

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Hydration and Overall Health

For starters, it’s important to understand how water and hydration impact your overall health – an area that has several close connections with the spine as well. Many aren’t aware, but the human body contains around 65% water, and must be continually hydrated to function properly.

Here are several of the functions water performs or assists with in the body:

  • Keeps joints and muscles lubricated
  • Moistens skin and tissue areas
  • Flushes out waste in the liver and kidney
  • Regulates temperature
  • Carries oxygen and various nutrients to cells
  • Helps the body dissolve said nutrients
  • Protects organs and various bodily tissues
  • Helps with metabolism

Spinal Construction

Next, it’s good to understand how the spine is constructed to get an idea of how water impacts it. First are vertebrae, or the row of bones you’re familiar with the forms the basic spine. Between each of these is a disc, which works to absorb shock and impact as you move to prevent friction and other issues.

Each disc is made of two parts, and the center is almost completely water. Over time, ensuring proper hydration allows discs to have the right level of water to allow you to function.

Hydration and Spinal Health

Each time you move the spine, it compresses and small amounts of the water in each disc is squeezed out. As you may expect, then, the body needs to be able to replenish this moisture content in the spinal discs – if it does not, you’ll experience pain, mobility issues and a much higher risk of injury in your spine.

This is one of several reasons it’s so important to drink enough water on a daily basis. In part two of our series, we’ll go over the amounts you need to drink and some other basic tips for those looking to keep the spine and other bodily areas hydrated.

For more on this or any of our chiropractic services or massage therapy programs, speak to the staff at Apollo Chiropractic today.

Top Supplement Choices for Immune System Health, Part 2

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In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the top supplement choices out there to boost your immune system. The immune system, which is your body’s primary line of defense against pathogens and disease, is a diverse group of bodily systems that can be impacted by several external factors, including the kinds of substances put in your body.

At Apollo Chiropractic, many of our services – from chiropractic care to massage therapy and others – relate directly to the immune system and improving its function. In addition, we also recently launched an online supplement dispensary that has several fantastic supplements, including many that show specific benefits to the immune system. In today’s part two of our series, we’ll go over some more great natural supplements to boost immune function and related areas within the body.

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Melatonin

Many people are well aware of melatonin based on its usefulness within the sleep realm. Melatonin is a natural hormone produced by the body’s pineal gland, and its primary function is to help the body begin the onset of sleep by communicating when it’s become dark outside. This area itself has direct impact on the immune system based on sleep quality.

However, melatonin also has several additional bodily impacts in addition to assisting with sleep. It’s also a strong antioxidant, for instance, which helps regulate several parts of the innate immune response if you pick up a virus. Melatonin supplements have also shown increases in bone marrow and the number of macrophage cells.

Curcumin

A spice extracted from the turmeric plant, curcumin is known for both helping limit body inflammation and boosting the immune system. It enhances the body’s antibody response, for one, and has also been shown to promote immune response of white blood cells.

One tip if you’re considering curcumin supplements: Look for an optimized supplement that circumvents low bioavailability concerns (it has poor solubility in water and may not be absorbed well in its native form).

Other Vitamins

We went over vitamin D as an enormously helpful addition to the immune system in supplement form in part one, but it’s not the only vitamin supplement that may have beneficial results here. There are several other vitamins, including vitamin C, vitamin E and various B complex vitamins, that can all have varying impacts on immune system response in various individuals. Vitamin E is the most questionable of these based on research – both vitamins C and B areas have shown enormous potential impacts in several areas, from antioxidant benefits to the body’s actual reliance on B vitamins to create immune cells.

For more on various supplements that are great for immune system boosting, or to learn about any of our chiropractic care or massage therapy services, speak to the staff at Apollo Chiropractic today.

Top Supplement Choices for Immune System Health, Part 1

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When it comes to long-term health and wellness, few elements of the body are more vital than the immune system. Responsible for defending the body against various invading pathogens, the immune system is a diverse, broad system that can be impacted by numerous factors, from your diet and exercise to several other areas of your health.

At Apollo Chiropractic, not only do we offer expert chiropractor services that benefit the immune system and numerous other related areas – the immune system has several direct tie-ins with the spine – we have also recently launched an online supplement dispensary that includes numerous supplements known to benefit immune health. What are some of the supplements and natural elements that tend to show the greatest benefit for the immune system? This two-part blog series will dig into everything you need to know here.

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Immune System Basics

For starters, just a few more words on the immune system. This system is actually comprised of numerous immune-related cells that defend against pathogens, plus others that produce antibodies to remember past infections and fight them off if they show up again in the future.

There are numerous factors that play a role in the immune system’s operation. These range from underlying health factors and stress levels to sleep quality, nutrition and exercise. The immune system may also be benefitted by several supplements or additions, which we’ll go over for the remainder of our series.

Vitamin D

One of the most well-known vitamins or minerals when it comes to health and the immune system is vitamin D, and its reputation is well-earned. Vitamin D helps with both innate and adaptive immune responses – that is, it both prevents pathogens from entering the system and assists with removing them if they do make it in.

Unfortunately, many Americans do not get enough vitamin D in their diets. For this reason, dietary sources or supplements containing vitamin D are often vital for immune health.

Omega 3s

A non-vitamin area that’s shown major impact on the immune system is increased consumption of omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce cell stress responses and improve immune cell functions. These are in contrast to omega-6 fatty acids, which actually raise stress responses – and like vitamin D, many Americans are out-of-balance here and have too much omega-6 and not enough omega-3 in their diet. Luckily, both supplements and dietary increases of omega-3s are valuable.

Probiotics

Probiotics actually refer to live microorganisms that bring health benefits, including to the immune system. These tiny organisms activate multiple immune mechanisms within the body, such as limiting pathogen growth by competing for nutrients and other methods. Probiotics also increase immune cell responses in several areas, with supplements showing results from the intestines and spleen to connective tissues, beneficial bacteria and many others.

For more on the kinds of supplements that best benefit immune health, or to learn about any of our chiropractic care services, speak to the staff at Apollo Chiropractic today.

Keeping Both Mind and Body Healthy at Home

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During the recent outbreak of COVID-19 that has led to social distancing and isolation periods, both mental and physical health are important considerations for those staying at home more often. It’s important to keep both the mind and body active during this time, and this may require some pursuits outside your normal routines.

At Apollo Chiropractic, our chiropractic care services include attention to both these poles of wellness. Chiropractic adjustments not only align the spine and body, but also assist with limiting stress and other mental blockages. In addition to our services, there are many ways you can promote these themes from home, particularly during periods where other forms of exercise are not as accessible. Here’s a primer on some basic themes and approaches we recommend.

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Routines

While your normal daily routines may need to change significantly during this period, there’s no rule saying you can’t create new, temporary ones moving forward. Look for intelligent alternatives to the areas you most enjoyed or prioritized within your previous routine.

This often begins with a balanced breakfast and a shower in the morning, ways to get you up and moving so you don’t waste away the day in bed. If you are lucky enough to be working from home, make your work day a part of this routine and stick to it.

Importance of Stretching

Whether in relation to exercise or on its own, stretching is a great way to keep both the body and mind healthy during the stay-at-home period. Do you normally do some stretches or basic movements in the office to stay limber between hours of sitting? Continue these however you can at home.

For many, this is also a great opportunity to pick up a stretching-related activity like yoga or targeted stretching. Our staff will be happy to recommend various activities here.

At-Home Workouts

Many of us are really missing the ability to go to the gym and work out, but even if you don’t have any such equipment at home, you can find ways to supplement things here. There are numerous at-home workouts available online, and once again our team will be happy to inform you of ideal exercises if you’ve dealt with prior back pain or any other spinal issues.

Other Semi-Active Hobbies

Even when you aren’t actively exercising, there are numerous engaging hobbies that keep you moving even just in small ways. We’re talking about things like sewing, crocheting, baking, scrapbooking, puzzles or a variety of other low-impact home activities that don’t strain your body in any way, but keep it in motion while also engaging your mental muscles.

For more on keeping both the mind and body active at home during this period, or to learn about any of our chiropractic care or auto accident recovery services, speak to the staff at Apollo Chiropractic today.

Benefits of Chiropractic Care to Children and Teens, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the numerous benefits of taking your child or teen to a chiropractor regularly. From vital developmental areas to injury treatment and several others, chiropractic care can hold just as many benefits to younger people as to adults – and sometimes even more.

At Apollo Chiropractic, we’re proud to offer a variety of chiropractic care services, from whiplash recovery to neck pain relief and many others. We also happily serve younger adults and children who are in need of adjustments, massage therapy or any of our services. In today’s part two, we’ll go over a few other major factors and benefits associated with chiropractic care for children and teens.

Teens and Posture

One vital area for many children and teens, both in the short- and long-term, is posture. Teens and adolescents, in particular, are often known for having extremely poor posture developed over years of sitting in classrooms and at desks all day. Computers, cell phones and other items that lead to slouching just contribute even further to these issues.

Poor posture can lead to concerns both now and in the future. Many young adults already begin having back or neck pain even in their teenage years due to poor posture, and this also risks long-term spinal alignment problems such as a straight neck.

Nervous System

It’s important to note that the spine is not only a major bodily area in need of care for its own reasons – it also protects other areas, and one of the most important is the nervous system. A misaligned spine will lead to several issues directly related to the nervous system, including several that speak directly to child development over the next period of years.

In fact, many parents have no idea how connected the spine and nervous system are to many of the common conditions some children or teens experience. Did you realize ear infections can be limited or prevented by a strong spine and nervous system, but are more common in children with poor spinal alignment? The same can be said about issues like asthma, allergies and even the tendency to wet the bed in young children.

Neural Plasticity

Finally, chiropractic care has several positive effects on the development of both the brain and nerves, areas known as neural plasticity. It can be enormously beneficial to many children in terms of proper development, plus is valuable for proper awareness on conditions like ADHD, SID and other neurodevelopment risks.

For more on the numerous benefits of chiropractic care and related services for children and young adults, or to learn about any of our massage therapy or other services, speak to the staff at Apollo Chiropractic today.

Risks of Untreated Whiplash and Other Auto Accident Injuries

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For those who have been in a recent vehicle accident, the proper treatment in the aftermath of the incident is extremely important. From whiplash to head issues and several other potential injuries, it’s vital to receive proper medical care and future treatment to avoid both long-term and short-term risks.

At Apollo Chiropractic, we provide a variety of car accident therapy and pain relief services to those in these situations. We assist with everything from auto accident whiplash to other bodily areas, providing physical therapy and chiropractic care that will limit your long-term pain risks and keep you comfortable.

Sadly, whether due to adrenaline, delayed symptoms or some other reason, many people involved in vehicle accidents do not seek the proper care for their injuries. Here are some of the major risks of foregoing treatment for common car accident injuries.

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Untreated Whiplash Concerns

Whiplash is a curious and often confusing condition, in that in many cases its symptoms are not immediately visible. It’s not uncommon for people to be in a vehicle accident, then not experience whiplash for hours or even days afterward, often due to their adrenaline spiking during the accident and remaining high for a significant period of time.

Even if you experience symptoms like neck pain, headaches and other related concerns that don’t come until hours or days after the accident, seeking treatment is still very important. Untreated whiplash can lead to chronic pain, constant headaches and even damage to the inner muscles of the neck, which can be permanent in severe cases. Massage therapy and chiropractic adjustments, however, help strengthen the area and allow the muscles to recover before these long-term effects take place.

Untreated Back Injuries

Back injuries are also relatively common in car accidents, and one of the only ways to get a true idea of how your spine has been impacted is to get a proper examination and diagnosis from a doctor or chiropractor. Untreated back injuries often lead to chronic back pain, and many have also suffered from poor posture that often becomes a permanent concern and eventually causes muscle spasms, pinched nerve risks and other forms of extreme pain.

Untreated Brain Trauma

While this is often an area that should be handled primarily at a hospital, it’s significant enough that it deserves mention here as well. Issues like concussions and other potential brain issues also may have delayed symptoms, but it’s vital they be identified and treated, as they can lead to insomnia, permanent memory damage and long-term mood changes in those who do not seek treatment. Some severe cases have even led to major depression diagnoses later in life.

For more on the value of immediate treatment following a car accident, plus continued chiropractic care and physical therapy to prevent long-term issues, speak to the staff at Apollo Chiropractic today.

The Value of Chiropractic Care and Massage During the Holidays

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For many people, the holiday season is both a wonderful time of year and a potentially stressful period. It’s great to see family and friends in a festive atmosphere, but for those organizing events or taking on additional responsibilities at work or home, it’s important to balance seasonal cheer with relaxation and some time for yourself.

At Apollo Chiropractic, we’re here to help in these efforts through our chiropractic care services, massage therapy solutions and many related areas. We’ll help you channel your holiday energy in positive ways, plus keep your body aligned while helping limit your stress and any physical effects it may be having on you. In today’s blog, we’ll go over some of the common holiday issues chiropractic care and massage therapy can assist with, plus a few additional tips on staying balanced and healthy this season.

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Common Holiday Issues

While the holidays are generally a positive and cheery time, there are a few ways you can get yourself into trouble this time of year, both physically and mentally. These include:

  • Taking on too much stress and responsibility, often leading to physical symptoms or exacerbation of current injuries
  • Limited emphasis on exercise and overall health and wellness due to other responsibilities
  • Overeating, particularly consuming too much sugar and throwing the body out of whack
  • Exposure to a greater number of people and places, potentially leading to increased flu or cold risks

How Chiropractic Care Can Help

Luckily, chiropractic care and massage therapy are services that can help you avoid or mitigate virtually all of these risks. Many people are well aware of the de-stressing effect of such services – in fact, many receive regular adjustments specifically for this purpose, and it’s a fantastic outlet for those who might be a bit busier than usual this time of year.

In addition, regular adjustments will help maintain spinal and overall wellness even if your ability to exercise is somewhat limited over the holidays. It strengthens the immune system, helping keep you safe from illness risks and even helping your body adjust to, shall we say, altered dietary habits this time of year.

Exercise and Health Tips

In addition to taking advantage of our chiropractic and massage services, it’s important to do your best to maintain exercise and other bodily health areas. Setting aside even 30 minutes per day for light to moderate exercise can have a huge impact, especially if you’re planning to eat a few unusually large meals this season. In addition, even as you’re enjoying the various seasonal food items available, look for ways to still consume lots of green vegetables, lean protein and complex carbohydrates to keep the body properly fueled and functioning well.

For more on how to utilize chiropractic care, massage therapy and our other services during the holidays, speak to the staff at Apollo Chiropractic today.

How Chiropractic Care Benefits the Elderly

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For those who utilize it, chiropractic care is a vital service for overall body health and wellness, from spinal function and mobility to nervous system health and increased energy. A huge variety of different patients can benefit from chiropractic care, including one particular group we want to highlight here: Elderly individuals.

At Apollo Chiropractic, we’re proud to offer chiropractic services for a wide range of patients, including seniors or any older adults beginning to struggle with chronic pain, movement issues or other related concerns. Today’s blog will go over the additional stress an older adult’s body often faces, plus how chiropractic care can benefit such people in several distinct areas.
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Seniors and Bodily Stress

Unfortunately, it’s a simple reality that the older we get, the more likely we are to have issues like spinal discomfort, joint or disc degeneration and increased pain symptoms. This is because the joints, bones and muscles in our body have been put under decades of cumulative stress, which builds up with each passing year and can weaken several areas.

As certain muscle groups, bones or joint areas become weaker, they not only exhibit pain but may also lead to increased imbalances in other areas. This can become something of a vicious cycle, with one pain symptom giving way to another, and so on. This is where many older adults can benefit from chiropractic care that will help keep the body in alignment and limit this stress wherever possible.

Gentle Chiropractic Care

Because of the facts we just noted about weaker and more brittle bodies as we age, our chiropractors take great care when serving older individuals. Not only are joints and bones potentially weaker, but so are arteries, nerves, veins and other important areas – and we’ll take care to be very gentle here.

Through our services, which are performed in coordination with any care contradictions or previous spinal issues, we’ll help re-align the spine and other bodily areas. We will often utilize instruments for senior treatment, as these can be gentler and more effective than manual treatments in many cases. Our services not only help with pain management, but also help ward off the potential for certain conditions.

Beneficial Areas

Some of the specific benefits our chiropractic services offer to the elderly include:

  • Pain relief and pain management
  • Increased joint and disc function through limitation of degeneration
  • Increased immune system function through balancing and spinal alignment
  • Increased range of motion and movement capability, particularly for those who have struggled with mobility issues due to spinal concerns.

For more on the kinds of care we can provide to seniors and the benefits many elderly people receive from chiropractic care, or to learn about any of our physical therapy or massage services, speak to the staff at Apollo Chiropractic today.