Archive for May 2019
Q2 Check-In: What’s Up with Your Wellness?
Many of us make fairly specific goals at the first of the year, only to have our ambitions diminish after the first few months. Doing an end of Q2 spot-check on yourself is a great way to see how your actions have been stacking up against your goals.
Below are a few ways to judge whether or not you’ve had a successful Q2, which will give you new direction heading into Q3 of 2019.
How Do You Feel?
If you’ve been staying active and eating healthy, you might notice a change in how you think and feel compared to when you weren’t making such informed decisions. If you’re feeling great, keep doing what you’re doing (and maybe even do more of it!). If you’re feeling lousy, maybe it’s time to rethink a few things.
Is There Room for Improvement?
The answer is always yes. Try to adjust your goals and recalibrate for the rest of the year. Improve upon any weak areas and continue to double-down on your strong areas.
Do More Cardio
We could always be doing more cardio. Making sure we mix it up with running, hiking, climbing, paddleboarding, and more will help make sure you’re not getting bored with the hours of cardio a week you want to be putting in.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Chiropractor
Scheduling an end of Q2 appointment with your chirorpactor is essential to gauging where your body is and how it is responding to your wellness routine. Contact Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture of Park Slope to schedule your consultation today!
Having a Safe, Healthy and Happy Memorial Day
At Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture of Park Slope we provide chiropractic care and wellness services that help your patients achieve a better quality of life on a daily basis. But we also provide education to our patients that will help them optimize their health and wellness, which will end up paying off in dividends!
Below are a few tips we give in order to have a safe and healthy Memorial Day weekend.
If you’re planning on taking a trip to the beach, try to hike a mile or two before you sit in the sun. Swimming for 20-45 minutes is also a great way to get a workout in before Memorial Day festivities.
In lieu of hot dogs and hamburgers try to opt for veggie burgers or find a way to incorporate fruits and vegetables. Your body and brain will thank you!
Staying hydrated should actually be at the top of the list. Long periods out in the sun (especially if adult beverages in play) can seriously dehydrate the body. Drink at least half your body weight in ounces while you’re out and about.
If you experience an injury during Memorial Day or if you’re simply due for a chiropractic adjustment, contact Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture of Park Slope today to schedule your consultation.
Health Benefits of Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Medicine which aims to balance your yin and yang. These types of medicines also aim to harmonize the flow of Qi through the all of the body’s meridians, tissues, and organs.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treatments also boost your wellness by promoting spiritual peace, not to mention well-being. TCM and accupuncture provide a safe, drug-free and all-natural path to wellness. An experienced acupuncurist uses clean needle techniques, cupping, moxabustion, Tai-Chi, and Tue Na in order to boost patient wellness and vitality.
Below Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture of Park Slope goes over a few benefits from acupuncture.
Whether we work a busy job or multiple jobs or take care of a child or multiple children, life stresses can seem like an ongoing onslaught at times. Acupuncture has been proven to lower stress levels, moderate mood, and reduce overall anxiety.
Whether pain comes from sitting or standing for long periods of time at work, or even from the extracurricular activities we engage in, acupuncture is a drug-free pain relief solutions that also reduces inflammation and swelling.
Less Sick Days
Our acupuncture treatments will help you fight off invading pathogens, boosting the body’s immune system in the process. Having acupuncture done while sick can also lessen your duration of being sick and relieve debilitating symptoms that would normally keep you away from your work.
If you’d like to learn more about the health benefits of acupuncture and chiropractic care, contact Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture of Park Slope today.
Health Benefits of Yoga
Yoga is a great way to rehabilitate the body, re-energize, boost awareness and mental clarity, and a great way to increase flexibility and improve range of motion. Yoga is an excellent companion to experienced chiropractic care. Below, Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture of Park Slope goes over a few health benefits yoga offers those who make the choice incorporate it into their wellness routines.
Yoga will help you gain flexibility, which will help you avoid injury.
Yoga is great for heart health and improves overall circulation.
Improved Daily Performance
Yoga will improve cognitive function and help you body achieve new levels of flexibility and range of motion, which will help you perform better in your daily duties, not to mention during athletic endeavors.
Just like chiropractic care, yoga can be a great help in helping patients prevent energy. When the body is feeling light, loose, and in shape, we perform at our best and our body responds in an optimum way, helping us avoid injury.
If you have any questions about yoga or how chiropractic care can help you on a daily basis, contact Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture of Park Slope today.
The 3 Cs of Quality Chiropractic Care
Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture of Park Slope believes that quality chiropractic care should provide patients with both quality treatments and a quality experience, from start to finish. When choosing the chiropractor that is right for you, it’s important to consider your options and make sure your chiropractor crosses off all of the boxes listed below.
Make sure that your chiropractor is experienced and went to a good school. Also, make sure that they have a license to practice! Take a look on their website, their Facebook page, and their Yelp page to see how they present themselves, the treatments they offer, and, most importantly, what their patients are saying about them.
2.) Compassionate Care
Your chiropractor’s main goal should be to get you back to active and well again. A quality chiropractor will go the extra mile to make sure that you feel taken care of. They should treat you like a member of their own family.
3.) Cutting-Edge Treatments
Your chiropractor should utilize the latest treatments and technologies to help treat injuries, reduce pain, and provide wellness-boosting benefits.
Your chiropractor should not be cutting corners in any of the areas listed above. They should also have a friendly staff and budget-friendly prices that can fit your current lifestyle. Contact Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture of Park Slope today to schedule your consultation.
Back-Saving Tips for Runners
Running is great for cardiovascular health, but it’s hard on your joints and on your back, neck, and spine. Nearly as often as you get in those miles you should be getting in stretching sessions, yoga classes, and even visits with your local chiropractic care specialists.
Below are a few tips for runners that may end up saving you from pain and discomfort associated with running.
1.) Engage in Active Recovery
If you’re vegging out on your days off, stop! It’s better to go on a nice long walk or a hike, or even to take a weekend yoga class low in intensity. Your body will remain active yet have the space it needs to recover from a previous workout.
2.) Stretch it Out
Whether you stretch at home, watch yoga videos from home, or attend a yoga class multiple times a week, you should be stretching out your body and relieving tension that running certainly attributes to.
3.) Invest in Good Shoes
You have to figure a good pair of running shoes will last you 300-400 miles. Your running shoes should be some of your most expensive and supportive shoes. Try to get them made custom if you’re willing to spring for it because they’re worth it.
Another thing you can do to save your back and your joints is schedule regular visits with Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture of Park Slope. We have a long history of keeping our patients healthy and well, as well as treating any pain and discomfort that comes about from living an active lifestyle.
Most Common Reasons for Back Pain
Back pain comes in many shapes and sizes and can come about from a variety of everyday activities, not to mention strenuous activities of any sort.
When back pain strikes it’s hardly ever at a convenient time. Back pain can disrupt your daily routine and even leave you unable to perform your function at work. Back pain is actually the 3rd most common reason patients visit a physician, behind skin disorders and joint disorders.
Below are some of the most common reasons for back pain.
Improper Lifting Technique
Many of our back pains can be chalked up to trying to lift something the wrong way, which can seriously tweak our back, neck, and spine.
Car accidents are among the most common reasons patients experience back pain, usually in the form of whiplash.
Workplace injuries happen quite commonly. Injuries occur while lifting something the wrong way at work, from performing the same motion over and over, or sitting at an uncomfortable desk for hours on end.
Disks are made up of soft material that can bulge or rupture, which can then press on a nerve, creating back pain.
One simple, drug-free solution to back pain is visiting your local chiropractor in Brooklyn, NY. Community Chiropractic & Accupuncture of Park Slope has a long track record of keeping our patients healthy and well.
How to Reduce Your Stress Today
Many pains and injuries that we experience throughout our lives are due to stress. Many of us are living the grind culture, which has us working 40+ hours a week, some of us raising families on top of that — all while trying to keep a healthy diet, maintain and keep healthy relationships, and find a little time for ourselves in between.
Below are a few ways you can reduce your stress levels to increase your well-being and help you achieve new levels of health and wellness.
1.) Eat Well
Eating the right foods (which should include plenty of vegetables) is paramount to keeping a healthy body and mind. Eating too much sugar and having too much caffeine can make us feel jittery, anxious, and increase overall stress levels.
2.) Work Out Hard
Pushing yourself to physical exertion is a great way to reduce stress, relieve anxiety, and let your body do what it needs to do. You’ll get a restful night of sleep as a result.
3.) Chill Out
Meditating and taking the time to practice deep breathing exercises will help reduce your stress, increase mental clarity, and help put your mind at ease in an oftentimes chaotic world.
Chiropractic adjustments are also a great way to manage pain, reduce chances of injury, and help you maintain optimum physical and mental health.
If you have any additional questions about how you can reduce your stress levels for peak wellness, contact Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture of Park Slope today to schedule your consultation.
4 Easy Ways to Achieve More Restful Sleep
Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture of Park Slope would like to remind our patients that living a healthy lifestyle is the cornerstone of achieving peak wellness, not to mention avoiding injury.
Making sure that you get a restful night of sleep is paramount to staying well and making sure that you’re alert and focused when you need to be throughout your day. Below we go over a few ways that are in your power to achieve a more restful night of sleep.
1.) Get 7-8 Hours In
Making sure that you get the requisite amount of sleep each night is your first step toward restful sleep. Try to stick to a routine — your body will start waking up on its own; no alarm clock needed!
2.) Nap if You’re Not Getting Enough Sleep
Try not to lean on napping too much, but it’s a great way to refresh and re-energize, say, if you only get 5 or 6 hours of sleep on occasion.
3.) Cut Caffeine After 4 PM
If you need to be in bed around 10pm, then your last caffeine drink should be no later than 4pm. Having a cup of joe any later than that can seriously disrupt your sleep cycle.
4.) Be More Active During the Day
Nothing will give you a better night of sleep than pushing your body to exertion.
Another great way to boost your quality of sleep is to visit Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture of Park Slope. We help our patients achieve more restful sleep with drug-free treatments and innovative chiropractic techniques. Call today to schedule your consultation.
3 Hidden Health Benefits of Chiropractic Care
So we all know that chiropractic adjustments have been shown to be beneficial in pain management and in the treatment of back pain, neck injuries, leg pain, and more, but here are a host of additional benefits that patients who pursue chiropractic care get from their efforts.
Below Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture of Park Slope goes over a few of the health benefits of chiropractic care that you might not have heard about.
1.) Treatment of Neurological Conditions
There is some exciting research being conducted around MRI scans that support the idea of upper cervical adjustments having a beneficial effect on various brain-based conditions. These scans have revealed that cerebral spinal fluid and blood flow are showing marked improvement and increasing after a series of chiropractic adjustments.
2.) Chiropractic Helps Treat Colic, Acid Reflux and Ear Infections (in Children)
Chiropractic is beneficial for patients of all ages! A 2011 review published in Explore that included a review of 26 articles found that chiropractic adjustments were shown to greatly reduce colic symptoms. Also, there are many case studies which support that children suffering from ear infections or acid reflux experience complete to near-complete resolution of adverse symptoms after only a few visits to the chiropractor.
3.) Insomnia Treatment
For patients who have insomnia or trouble sleeping tied to pain, anxiety or trouble breathing properly, chiropractic adjustments have been shown to work wonders in helping patients get a restful night of sleep.
If you have any additional questions about how chiropractic can help you in your everyday life, contact Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture of Park Slope today.