Connection Between Chiropractic Care and Nutrition

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Many of us have made New Year’s resolutions within the last few weeks, and for some, these resolutions tend to focus around diet and nutrition. This is often a great time to re-assess your eating habits and strive for a healthier diet, an area that brings numerous bodily benefits – and also has some direct connections to body treatments like chiropractic care.

At Apollo Chiropractic, we’re happy to provide chiropractic care services for a variety of needs, from auto accident recovery and whiplash treatment to general chiropractic care, physical therapy and more. Our chiropractors will be quick to remind you of the value of a good diet in several areas, including some of those that our services tend to touch on. Here’s a primer on the connection between nutrition and chiropractic treatment in terms of the common areas they look to promote.

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You Are What You Eat

Okay, so this phrase isn’t literally true. But the meaning is obvious: What you put into your body plays a major role in your health throughout numerous areas. This means if you regularly put unhealthy food into the body, it will respond – those with poor diets are much more susceptible to issues like low energy, tiredness and health concerns like chronic pain, inflammation and joint risks. Some don’t truly appreciate the level of this connection, but it’s significant.

Nutrition and Systems

On the flip side, if the body is regularly getting the nutrition it needs, it will operate more efficiently across several systems. First and foremost here is the impact on the immune system, an area our chiropractors are often focused heavily on; a great diet improves the immune system and not only fights disease more effectively, but also heals faster from pain or injury issues. Promote foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins, all of which will improve the body’s systems.

Chiropractic Care Themes

As we mentioned, many of the same themes that apply to good nutrition are also relevant within chiropractic care. As we just noted, spinal alignments are often directed at keeping the entire system balanced, including the nervous and immune systems – through a combination of healthy living and the right chiropractic adjustments, you’ll allow the body’s systems to remain in optimal communications at all times.

This, in turn, helps you avoid various pain and dysfunction risks, from headaches and migraines to joint aches and other types of chronic pain – many of which arise from misalignments in the body. Those who combine these areas find wellness and long-term benefits that improve their lives.

For more on the combination of nutrition with chiropractic care, or to learn about any of our chiropractic care services, speak to the staff at Apollo Chiropractic today.

General Holiday Spine and Neck Posture Tips

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One of the great misconceptions about the human body is that it requires major impact or straining to create physical pain. Especially in areas like the spine, neck and others, this could not be further from the truth – there are many instances where built-up stress and strain, even of the sort that doesn’t feel too invasive in the moment, can create pain and discomfort in several bodily areas.

At Apollo Chiropractic, we’re here to provide quality chiropractic care to all who need it, from immediate traumas like car accident treatments to other forms of discomfort that may form more subtly over time. With the holiday season upon us, you might be surprised how many of our patients actually report overuse or bodily stress symptoms based on certain activities that become more common during this time of the year. Here are some brief tips our chiropractors commonly offer those in this position, tips related to general posture and how to maintain it during unique holiday activities.

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Travel Tips

First and foremost: As we’re all well aware, this is a highly unique year and holiday season for those doing any traveling. Due to COVID-19, you should be taking extreme safety precautions while traveling, including wearing masks, carrying hand sanitizer and distancing from others where possible.

From a posture standpoint, there are also a few important themes to remember. You’re likely to spend plenty of time sitting – do your best to maintain posture while in a seated position, including sitting up straight and avoiding slouching. If possible, try to stand up and move around at least once every hour or so, plus do some light stretching. There are also in-seat stretches our staff will be happy to show you for situations where standing isn’t an option.

Decorating Themes

Holiday decorations can strain the body, especially for those who go all-out and decorate on their roof and other areas of the home. Not only should you be taking great care during these kinds of decorations, with themes like ladder safety and others, you should also keep posture in mind. If carrying heavy decorations or items, lift properly from the legs, not using your back. If you’ve had back or spine issues and are unsure about carrying a given load, do not attempt it – ask for help.

Shopping Considerations

Like with travel, shopping comes with its own set of care needs due to COVID-19 – wear a mask and be diligent at all times in public. In addition, since holiday shopping sessions often require long periods of time spent on your feet, be sure to wear supportive footwear. Also try to avoid carrying heavy shopping bags around for too long; if you know you’ll be purchasing something heavy as part of your trip, plan to visit this store last.

For more on how to maintain posture and spinal health during the holidays, or to learn about any of our chiropractic care services, speak to the staff at Apollo Chiropractic today.

Chiropractic Care Benefits for Adolescents with Scoliosis

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There are a few physical conditions that tend to impact certain groups far more than others, and one example of this within the spine is scoliosis. Generally impacting children and adolescents, scoliosis is a condition that refers to an improper curvature of the spine, one that may cause several potential issues.

At Apollo Chiropractic, we’re proud to offer chiropractic care for a number of pain conditions or symptoms, from car accidents and whiplash treatment to expert chiropractic services targeted at a number of other possible conditions. What is scoliosis, how can you tell if it’s impacting you or your child, and what are some of the areas where a chiropractor will help? Let’s go over a quick primer.

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Scoliosis Basics and Effects

As we noted above, scoliosis refers to a sideways curvature of the spine. It’s most commonly seen in children and teens just before they hit their pre-puberty growth spurt, and impacts roughly 3% of adolescents in this age range. In certain cases, conditions like muscular dystrophy or cerebral palsy may cause scoliosis; in others, there is no known cause.

Luckily, many of these cases are minor and will resolve on their own over time, or with minor treatment. However, some other cases will be more severe, leading to significant spinal deformities with age and even causing disability if not treated. In the worst cases, the spine’s abnormal curve can lead to breathing issues due to impact on chest space, and children with these issues may need to wear a brace or even get surgery.

Common Symptoms

How can you tell if your child is experiencing scoliosis rather than other common growing pains? A few general signs:

  • Uneven shoulders, or one shoulder blade that’s more prominent or noticeable than the other
  • One hip is noticeably higher than the other
  • The waist is significantly uneven
  • For severe cases: The spine will rotate or twist on top of curving, leading to ribs protruding from one side of the body much further than the other

Chiropractic Benefits

For starters, we want to be clear: Severe cases of scoliosis require medical attention from a family doctor, including regular X-rays and possible braces or other treatments. However, chiropractic care is often a fantastic complement to this care, including for minor cases.

Chiropractic care is both safe and non-invasive, allowing for a professional chiropractor to target gentle adjustments to various areas of the spine. These reduce joint and muscle restrictions while helping align the spine, a major area of interest for those with scoliosis symptoms. Over time, scoliosis patients who receive chiropractic care tend to notice less pain and discomfort, improved flexibility, less inflammation and the ability to perform more normal activities with a wider range of motion. While there is no technical “cure” for scoliosis, this kind of treatment goes a long way toward limiting its symptoms.

For more on scoliosis and how chiropractic treatment helps limit symptoms, or to learn about any of our chiropractic services, speak to the staff at Apollo Chiropractic today.

Chiropractic Care for Sciatica

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Sciatica is a condition centered in the lower back, usually on one side, that causes pain to radiate along the sciatic nerve and down the leg. Here at Apollo Chiropractic of Salt Lake City, we treat many patients with sciatica, helping to relieve this painful and sometimes even debilitating condition.

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Origins of Sciatic Back Pain

Sciatica is different from many other types of back pain because it’s rooted in the central nervous system. For this reason, the pain is often accompanied by numbness and tingling.

In order for the sciatic nerve to trigger pain, it must be impinged. It’s important to determine specifically what is impinging this nerve in order to administer proper treatment.

The Mayo Clinic lists common allopathic treatments for sciatica, which include prescribing anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, narcotics and anti-depressants, some of which can be addictive and even deadly. Plus, they exert little effect on the cause of the pain, regardless of what it is. The Cleveland Clinic recommends chiropractic therapy to treat sciatica.

Our chiropractors use a number of different techniques to treat sciatica, depending on its cause.

Chiropractic Services for Sciatica

While back pain can result from a variety of causes, many of them are due to poor body mechanics, extended periods of sitting, muscle weakness and tension.

When a knot forms in the muscles, this knot can sometimes press on the sciatic nerve, sending shooting pain from the lower back through the buttock and down the leg. Deep tissue massage helps to loosen and smooth knots in muscles, and it also helps to reduce inflammation.

Another technique that can improve sciatic nerve pain is chiropractic stretching. With regular practice, stretching lengthens your muscles and improves flexibility. This takes pressure off the joints and — you guessed it! — the sciatic nerve.

Issues with the spine can be another cause of sciatica. These include herniated discs, spinal stenosis and improper spinal alignment. If we believe any of these is the cause of your sciatica, we may perform a spinal manipulation.

As part of your treatment, we also spend time talking to you about your daily habits. We observe your walking and sitting patterns as well, and then we give you advice for keeping sciatic pain at bay. We may prescribe exercises for you to do at home to strengthen your back muscles to help prevent further issues.

Chiropractic Therapy for Sciatica

If you suffer from back pain — whether it’s rooted in the sciatic nerve, the spine, the muscles or another part of your body, make an appointment with the chiropractors at Apollo Chiropractic in Salt Lake City. We will determine the source of your pain and treat it — without dangerous drugs or unnecessary surgery.

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.