Tuesday, January 10, 2017

FIVE WAYS TO REDUCE STRESS

The modern world is suffering from an epidemic of stress. According to a report shared by the best local chiropractor, three quarters of all Americans say they have had at least one symptom of stress in the past 30 days. That number represents 182 million people, and that's just in the United States!




Stress is something that is affecting the lives of more people than diseases like cancer and diabetes. It's been identified as a factor in a host of ailments and diseases, both physical and mental.



What’s causing all this stress? A Warrington PA Chiropractor says that money and job issues are stressful for 60 percent or more of Americans, while family responsibilities are stressful for 47 percent, and personal health is stressful for 46 percent.

Whatever the cause of our stress, we need to learn to deal with it in a healthy manner, or it will cause problems for us. Here are five ways to handle your stress better.



Simplify -- A complicated life is a stress enabler. Prune away the activities in your life that don’t resonate with who you are, and you’ll be more relaxed.

Pay attention to your health -- Eat a healthy diet and get daily exercise, and you’ll be able to handle stress without letting it affect you negatively.

Be here now  -- Let go of the past, and stop worrying about the future. Live in the present, and you’ll be happier.

Practice peace -- The sages had it right: maintain a peaceful attitude, don’t hold grudges, and be slow to anger.

Say thank you -- Gratitude is a great stress-reducer. Count your blessings every day, and you’ll achieve serenity.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

HOW TO FIGHT THE SLOUCHING EFFECT

 
Alot of adults can probably remember a time in their teenage years when their parents constantly reminded them to "stop slouching". The teen years are awkward ones, when our bodies are changing rapidly and we experience growth spurts where we can grow several inches in a matter of months. According to a local Warrington chiropractor, teens often develop bad posture, because they're not used to the changes in their bodies (and if they've gotten taller they might slouch just to keep from getting noticed).



Unfortunately, that slouching habit can last far beyond the teenage years, and many adults still slouch when they stand or sit. Years of this poor posture can weaken our muscles, especially those in the shoulders, upper back, and all the way down to the abdominals.

When your muscles are working properly, they keep your body strong and minimize pain. When they’re stretched the wrong way because of slouching, it can lead to neck, shoulder, and lower back injuries. 

Here are some easy exercises to help you regain strength in your back muscles.

1. Pec Release. Face a wall while standing. Place a ball (a lacrosse ball works well for this) two inches below your collarbone and near your armpit. Lean into the ball and move back and forth until you find a tender area. Then, move your arm several times up and down and forward and back. Repeat for about a minute.

2. Wall Dips. Stand four feet from a wall and face it. Keep your feet shoulder width apart, with your knees bent. Lean forward and, with your arms straight, put your palms against the wall, thumbs up and fingers pointing sideways.

Bend forward at the waist, drop your chest toward the ground, and push your hips and butt backward.

Shrug your shoulder blades as you bend, and press your palms into the wall to make the upper back muscles engage.

Do 3 sets of 15 reps on each side.

These are just two exercises a Warrington PA chiropractor offers to help you strengthen your back. There are many more. The important thing is to work your back on a regular basis to fight the ill effects of slouching.

Monday, October 17, 2016

LISTEN BEFORE YOU CREATE AN EXERCISE PROGRAM

One of the biggest challenges for nursing home residents is staying active. There are many reasons why people fall into sedentary habits in nursing homes, including physical and mental limitations, fear of injury, the effects of depression, etc., but according to a Doylestown chiropractor, the truth is that physical activity prolongs health and life, and should be encouraged. There are many studies that show lack of exercise can increase the chances of a fall, or contribute to other health problems.


We all know this, and unfortunately staffers, local chiropractors, friends and family can sometimes put pressure on a nursing home resident to start an exercise program that's not right for them, just for the sake of doing something. There is no one-size-fits-all program, though, because nursing home residents are individuals with their own unique needs. Not everyone can get on the floor and do 45 minutes of hot yoga -- even a 25 year old, let alone a 65 year old -- nor should they.
 

The best strategy is to get the nursing home resident involved in the decision about starting an exercise and wellness plan. If they have personal involvement it will help them stay motivated. Staffers and family should listen carefully to residents and find out what they like to do, what their goals are, and what would give them a sense of accomplishment. Forcing an exercise program on someone is just a recipe for failure. For instance, a resident who just wants to be able to walk well enough to go outside and stroll around the garden on a sunny day will only get frustrated by a program with more rigorous goals, and will soon give up.

Listening well is the most important step in creating a successful exercise program for a nursing home resident.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

YOGA POSES TO HELP YOU SLEEP BETTER


We all lead busy lives, and some of us cram so much into our day that we don't pay attention to the need for sleep. A local chiropractor tells us that a good night's sleep plays a key role in health and longevity, and it's important to get the proper quantity and quality of sleep.

The problem is that even when we go to bed at a reasonable hour, we sometimes can't fall asleep because our bodies and minds are full of the residue of stress from our busy day. Our muscles are tense and our minds are agitated, so we're not able to fall into a deep, restorative sleep.

Yoga, offered by a chiropractor near me, is great for stretching and soothing tense muscles and relaxing an agitated mind. Here are a few yoga poses to help you get a better night's sleep.
 

. Child’s Pose. Kneel on the floor with your big toes touching but your knees spread apart. Slowly bend forward and walk your hands outward on the floor till your arms are straight. Touch your forehead to the floor and breathe in and out through your nose ten times.

. Forward Fold. From a standing position with your feet together, inhale and bring your hands up to the ceiling. Then, exhale as you bend forward, bringing your chest toward your thighs. Caution: to avoid back strain, keep your knees bent. This is a great pose for releasing tension in your neck. Hold the pose for as long as you’re comfortable, letting it relax and stretch your back and leg muscles.

. Straight Leg Twist. Sit on the floor with your right leg straight and your left knee bent, with the left foot flat on the floor. Wrap your right arm around your left knee and turn your body so you’re looking over your left shoulder. For support, place your left hand on the floor behind your left shoulder. Hold the pose for a few seconds, then repeat on the other side.

. Waterfall. Lie with your back on the floor next to a wall. Slowly walk your feet up the wall as you move your bottom till it touches the base of the wall. Spread your arms out to the side. Close your eyes and breathe deeply for as long as you are comfortable. This is a great way to stimulate blood flow, relieve aches and pains in your legs, and calm your mind before sleep. 

With these simple yoga poses from your Doylestown chiropractor, you’ll be able to release the tension from your day and prepare yourself for a great night’s sleep.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Doylestown Chiropractor Discusses Cymbalta Commercial

I was home the other day for lunch and a Cymbalta commercial came on.  During the commercial, the voice over said how effective Cymbalta was for chronic musculoskeletal pain, which I was not aware it was used for.
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However 2 other things that stood out the most to me was that the recommended dosage was once a day and the long list of side effects.  According to their website:
Cymbalta should generally be administered once daily without regard to meals.
In clinical studies, the most common side effects identified in people taking Cymbalta included:
  • Nausea
  • Dry mouth
  • Sleepiness
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Decreased appetite
  • Increased sweating
ALSO:
Cymbalta may be associated with serious side effects. Call your healthcare provider right away or seek emergency help if you experience any of the following:
  • Itching, right upper-belly pain, dark urine, yellow skin/eyes, or unexplained flu-like symptoms, which may be signs of life-threatening liver problems. Severe liver problems, some fatal, have been reported
  • High fever, confusion, stiff muscles, muscle twitching, or racing heart rate, which may be signs of serotonin syndrome, a potentially life-threatening condition
  • Abnormal bleeding, especially if Cymbalta is taken with aspirin, NSAID pain relievers (like ibuprofen or naproxen), or blood thinners
  • Serious, possibly life-threatening skin reactions, which may include skin blisters, peeling rash, mouth sores, hives, or other allergic reactions
  • Abnormal mood (mania), which may include greatly increased energy, severe trouble sleeping, racing thoughts, talking more or faster than usual, and reckless behavior
  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Decreased blood pressure upon standing, which can cause dizziness or fainting, mostly when first starting or increasing the dose. Cymbalta can also increase blood pressure. Your healthcare provider should check your blood pressure prior to and while taking Cymbalta
  • Headache, weakness or feeling unsteady, confusion, problems concentrating, or memory problems, which may be signs of low sodium levels in the blood. Elderly people may be at greater risk
  • Problems with urination, including decreased flow or inability to pass any urine
  • Changes in appetite or weight. Children and adolescents should have height and weight monitored
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I know in my Doylestown chiropractic practice, that if I were to suggest that someone come see me everyday for their back pain AND I told them that you may experience any or all of the listed side effects, people would think that I am crazy!
So my question is, why are so many willing to take a prescription drug everyday, with this long list of potentially deadly side effects, yet so many balk at seeing a chiropractor 1-2 times a month?  At my office we have been helping the residents of Doylestown, Jamison, Warrington, Chalfont and the entire Central Bucks area rediscover a life without pain for over 15.  If you want to get off that medication train and start a non-surgical, drugless approach to your pain, give my office a call today.
Azzatori Chiropractic-Doylestown
Dr. Jeff McQuaite
295 Logan Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
267-247-7000

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

“Do You Take My Insurance?”
Doylestown Chiropractor Health Insurance
 
This is one of the first questions that is usually asked when a new patient calls our office says Dr. Jeff McQuaite, a chiropractor in Doylestown.  To be honest, this is not as easy to answer as you would think.  While we work with most major insurances, there are so many different plans out there, and so many different policies within those plans, it is very difficult to say immediately.
While most patients think that their “health” insurance helps them to get healthy, most are surprised by how little their policy actually covers in the way of health and wellness.  I feel that the term “health insurance” is actually a misnomer.  What I feel that most people have and what I see in my practice is that most people have “sick” or “catastrophic” insurance, where God forbid you need surgery or are admitted to the hospital, instead of a $100,000 bill, you will have a $10,000 bill.

 
We routinely see patients who think that they have “good” insurance that covers everything.  To be honest, most “good’ insurance plans these days have $40, $50, or even $75 co-pays in addition to those that have several thousand dollars of “in-network” deductibles!  With these high copays and deductibles, while you may technically have chiropractic coverage, there may actually be NO re-imbursement from the insurance carrier to the doctor.
So to answer the question, “Do you take my insurance?”  The answer is yes, but…..!  What we do at our office that is different than most offices in the area is that your first visit is $69, which includes an exam, 2-xrays, treatment and your second visit.  On that first visit, we will submit your insurance card to our billing company and on the second visit, we will go over your policy and everything that may or may not be covered.  At that time, we will decide what is in your best interests before we proceed.  If you have these high co-pays, high deductibles or even no insurance, you will be surprised how reasonable are fees our, usually no more than $40 a visit and at times considerably less!
If you would like more information or would like to make an appointment, please call our office today and someone from my team will be more than happy to help you.
Azzatori Chiropractic-Doylestown
295 Logan Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
267-247-7000

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Headache Sufferers, Let's Do The Math!


The "average" headache sufferer has 15 headaches a month and takes 1000mg of OTC medications (approximately 2-4 pills) for these headaches.  This "average" person has been suffering for about 7 years:
  • 1000mg x 15 headaches/month = 15,000 mg/month
  • 15,000mg/month x 12 months = 180,000mg/ year
  • 180,000mg/year x 7 years = 1,260,000mg of OTC pain killers
  • 1,260,000mg = approximately 3 pounds of OTC medications!


So, let me ask you, if 3 POUNDS of medication has not gotten rid of
your headaches, how much more will it take?!?

Let us show you how to safely and effectively get rid of
headaches and migraines without the use of medications!

Numerous studies have shown the benefits of chiropractic adjustments with patients suffering from headcahes and migraines:
  •  The Boline Study: 2 groups of headache sufferers, half went to a chiropractor, half took amiltriptyline, a prescription medication.  After 6 weeks, the chiropractic patients experienced almost no side effects and they continued to report fewer headaches when treatment ended.
  •  Duke University Study: Showed that chiropractic care resulted in almost immediate improvement, fewer side effects and longer lasting relief of headaches than precribed medication.
  •  Journal of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics: A study performed at Institute of Medical Biology, University of Odense, Denmark, showed that patients under chiropractic care used 36% prescription medication, their headache frequency decreased by 70% and the intensity decreased by 36%!
Contact our office so that you may begin living free from headaches and migraines!

295 Logan Street
Doylestown, PA. 18901
267-247-7000