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Newark's Top Chiro Team Offers Simple Advice on Posture

Newark's Top Chiro Team Offers Simple Advice on Posture

Darren Kincaid - Thursday, June 21, 2018
Vida Chiropractic - Corrects and Treats Bad Posture in Newark, NJ

Hello again dear friends from Dr. Pereria, Dr. Arteta, and the entire team at Vida Chiropractic here in Newark, NJ.  Let's talk posture!

We often hear that good posture is essential for good health. Good posture affects your overall wellbeing specifically when it pertains to neck and spine health. We recognize poor posture when we see it in the form of unnatural body positions formed as a result of bad habits carried out over years. Chiropractors in general have a real grasp of the importance and necessity of good posture.

What is posture? Posture is the position in which we hold our bodies while standing, sitting, or lying down. Good posture is the correct alignment of body parts supported by the right amount of muscle tension against gravity. Without posture and the muscles that control it, we would simply fall to the ground.

Normally, we do not consciously maintain normal posture. Instead, certain muscles do it for us, and we don't even have to think about it. Several muscle groups, including the hamstrings and large back muscles, are critically important in maintaining good posture. While the ligaments help to hold the skeleton together, these postural muscles, when functioning properly, prevent the forces of gravity from pushing us over forward. Postural muscles also maintain our posture and balance during movement.

What are the consequences of poor posture? Poor posture can lead to excessive strain on our postural muscles. We typically see this in people who bend forward at the waist for a prolonged time in the workplace. Their postural muscles are more prone to injury and back pain. Persistent pain leads to the need for professional treatment such as spinal decompression or electrical muscle stimulation.  While we provide these chiropractic treatment options, we'd simply prefer you correct your posture and both end your pain and the need lengthy treatment.

Can I correct my poor posture? In a word, yes. Remember, however, that long-standing postural problems will typically take longer to address than short-lived ones, as often the joints have adapted to your long-standing poor posture. Conscious awareness of your own posture and knowing what posture is correct will help you consciously correct yourself. With practice, the correct posture for standing, sitting, and lying down will gradually replace your old posture. In turn, this will help you move toward a better and healthier body position.

How can our team at Vida Chiropractic help? Those of you with long-standing postural problems will benefit from the professional chiropractic services of Dr. Pereria or Dr. Arteta to teach both your brain and your body to correct your bad posture. The doctors can assist you with proper posture, including recommending exercises to strengthen your core postural muscles. With the use of certain chiropractic techniques, Dr.'s Pereria and Arteta can also assist you with choosing proper postures during your activities and thus help reduce your risk of injury. 

Call us to learn about how Vida Chiropractic can help you correct bad posture, eradicate your back pain, and dramatically increase the overall quality of your life!


A Chiropractor's Take on Fad Diets

A Chiropractor's Take on Fad Diets

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 06, 2018
Vida Chiropractic - Cervical Manipulation to treat back pain, Newark, NJ

Today, more than ever, fad diets are becoming a popular way to lose weight fast. Diets are based on everything from a person’s blood type, skin color, eye color, counting carbs, and some are based on nothing at all. Many of these diets are about deprivation. The basic idea behind many of these diets is the depriving your body of something that it wants and craves. While I don’t believe that you should eat everything that you can get a hold of, your body craves things for a reason.

A lot of times women crave chocolate at certain times of the month, that is due to the high concentration of magnesium in chocolate, a nutrient which becomes depleted. While there may be better ways to get magnesium, your body is very intelligent and knows what it needs to survive. Why would you not want to listen to your own internal regulation system? Losing weight has and always will be about eating less and exercising more. However, depravity is not part of that equation necessarily.

Mostly all of these diets will make you lose weight quickly but an extremely high percentage gain all of the weight back just as fast. Your body burns approximately 1200 calories per day while lying in bed. If you work during the day, you can burn nearly 2000 calories a day not doing anything for exercise. So, how many calories are you eating a day? 3000? 4000? The key to losing weight and maintaining that loss is to equal that balance and then to exceed the calorie intake by 500 per day. A bottle of soda has about 250 calories in it. Therefore, if you drank two bottles of soda a day, switch to water, you would essentially lose a pound per week if all other intakes were even.

Small changes can make a big difference: take the longer walk to work, park your car across the parking lot, take the dog for a walk, cut out soda, take the stairs instead of elevator, little things like this can make a large impact. Simply working out for twenty minutes a day, three to five times a week, and cutting 500 calories out of your diet every day, you will lose one to two pounds per week, healthily, happily, and without depriving your body. It is the little things that matter most in this world and the same applies to becoming healthy, little changes everyday, add up to big changes in the end.