|THE ROAD TO AN OPTIMAL LIFE BEGINS WITH OPTIMAL HEALTH|
Essentially, we stopped falling. As children, you are able to fall with very little consequence compared to being an adult; this serves as an example of how our youthful, pliant muscles keep us agile and supple and less prone to injury. Then something happens- as adults we are taller, heavier and a fall hurts more. We take on responsibilities that cause us to move less; we forget how to sit, stand and move with good posture and all this is set against the backdrop of natural degeneration of our body's structures that comes with age. As we let ourselves go down this dangerous road, flexibility starts to fall away, our muscles become less pliant and we become more vulnerable to injury from seemingly innocuous movements: the twists, turns, lifts, dips, grabs and reaches, many of which are subconscious, that define our daily existence. But it doesn't have to be this way!
Keeping an open, flexible mind allows us to remain open to new ideas- for example, taking on a simple stretching routine that will negate much of the harm caused by sitting too much. No matter how inflexible you may feel, you can start adding flexibility into your life bit by bit, if only you know where to start. Here is an idea for an easy routine that will help you get started today:
Upper shoulder stretch
At your Park Slope chiropractor, we know that keeping muscles pliant and flexible is one of the best ways to keep ourselves in a state of fitness as we age. In fact, it can make the difference between an old age of chronic pain and one of independence. Let's stop the stiffness today! Give our office in Brooklyn a call to schedule an appointment today.
Dr. Karen Thomas, D.C.
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A useful and fun way to add more movement into your nightly routine? Yes, please. Use the power of yoga to turn your down time into something healthy. Child's pose has a variety of health benefits and is particularly useful for people suffering from lower back pain.
Child's pose: How to
The benefits of child's pose:
Think of your body as it slowly tightens, accumulating more and more tension as you press the button for that next episode. The healthy thinker wants to break this cycle of tightening. Child's pose is an easy and fun way to do this from the comfort of your own living room. Give it a try next time the thought strikes you and see much better your body feels. To optimize every aspect of your life and change toward a more holistic and healthy back care life style, call our office in Brooklyn at to schedule an appointment today.
Dr. Karen Thomas, D.C., L.Ac.
What Our Patients Are Saying
Dr. Burt Fletcher was injured when he fell from a horse many years ago.
"I have known Karen for 20 years. Because of her skill in alleviating musculoskeletal pain, I am one of her patients. I refer my own patients in need of chiropractic care to Dr. Thomas".
B. Fletcher, MD, Internal Medicine, Park Slope, Brooklyn
Talie is a serious triathalete who needs maximal biomechanical performance to minimize injury and enhance recovery time.
"As a personal trainer, triathalete and artist, my body is my instrument. With Dr. Thomas' care, I have worked from pain and discomfort back to optimum performance. She has helped to 'finely tune my instrument'. I highly recommend her services and refer family, friends and clients to her."
Talie M, Certified Fitness Professional, NYC
Joe and his wife tried for 6 years to have children. After only three acupuncture treatments, Gloria became pregnant. They are now the proud parents of a healthy son.
"My wife and I have been seeing Dr. Thomas for the past 3 years. We are impressed with her outstanding skill. She was able to help us with problems that no other physicians were able to address. We also appreciate Dr. Thomas' 'bedside manner'. She is always personable and accommodating. We recommend her highly."
Joseph T, General Contractor, Brooklyn
Mallory is a beauty professional and entrepreneur who maintains her general health and well-being with regular chiropractic and acupuncture care. Over the years, she has had symptoms associated with peri-menopause as well as stress.
"Dr. Thomas has been my doctor for more than seven years. She treats my body aches, yes, but she treats my mind and spirit as well. I come for treatments not only to address my symptoms but for the comprehensive health of my entire being."
Mallory R., Owner, MYR and Elementi, Park Slope
After several failed attempts, Caleb was desperate to quit smoking when he learned he was about to become a father. With his first acupuncture treatment, he stopped smoking and with the second, the urge to smoke diminished.
"After 10 years working and playing in environments conducive to smoking I quit smoking with Dr. Karen's Chinese Acupuncture treatment. She listens to her patients and she knows how to treat the underlying cause of the problem."
Caleb C, Filmmaker, New York City
Annie is a university professor who loves to run and stay active with her young family, so optimal health and keeping fit are important to her.
"Dr. Karen Thomas has hands of gold and keen skill. With this combination, she finds the trouble spots, adjusts and heals my aching body. I have crawled into her office, a body of gristle, wracked with pain and spasm, and walked out greatly relieved."
Annie H., University Professor