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chia seeds

When it comes to diet in America, I think it is prudent to focus on how delicious, nutritious foods can be just as convenient and immediately gratifying as fast food. Foods like flax seeds and chia seeds are the new salmon and blueberries. They are foods that provide a full serving in 2 tablespoons but contain a range of health benefits that can boggle the brain. The verdict is in: super foods make your life simple. 

Here are some of the foods that you should look for next time you make a pass through the grocery store. 

  • Chia seeds: omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, calcium and magnesium. What could be better for a person with arthritis than something packed with anti-inflammatory and bone strengthening properties. 
  • Hemp seeds: protein packed, containing all the essential amino acids necessary for growth and repair of muscle and also contain omega-3 and 6 fatty acids. 
  • Seaweed: Before you protest, it can be cooked deliciously. And when you consider the health benefits, it becomes a no-brainer: seaweed is packed with omega-3s, and is full of minerals that are important for bone health including calcium and magnesium. 

I selected these three superfoods because they all contain health properties that can be combined with a chiropractic treatment plan. Nutrition is amazing because it offers you the variety to specifically tailor a diet to your needs. Any and all of these foods can be found in concentrated forms such as powders that can be thrown into any meal for a boost. Sometimes, all it takes is a conversation to unlock the thirst for the power of nutrition in a person's life. At Espinosa Family Chiropractic, we are here to initiate this conversation. 

Dr. Raymond Espinosa, D.C.

 

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Honestly reflect for a second: How proactive are you in terms of spinal health at work? Do you give yourself the ergonomic support you need every hour of the day; do you take regular breaks to hydrate; do you stretch at least once an hour? An honest answer for many people is probably no: the 8 hours go by and, besides the lunch break, you were deskbound for long periods of time, allowing tension to accumulate. So how do we stop feeling stiff at the end of the day? The formula is simple and the sooner you start the better: it requires a mix of ergonomic support, hydration and nutrition, posture and regular stretching. The stretching is the part we will focus on today because it's the best way to immediately break any tension that is accumulating. 

The next time the thought strikes you, just stand up. Have a deep breath and reach for the ceiling, then stretch your arms out in front of you and hold them, with palms facing outward at full extension for about 5 seconds. Then walk to the water fountain or have a substantial drink from your water bottle. Before putting your head down and returning to work, try a stretch that works to relieve pressure in the shoulders, hips and back. 

  • Palms on lower back
  • Push with your hands and stretch your back in the direction of your palms. 
  • You should know have your pelvis and lower stomach pronounced.
  • Hold this position for 5 seconds and return to normal. Repeat this 3 times. 

It takes about 120 seconds to become a real workplace hero in this scenario. By being proactive about your own health you influence everyone around you. A culture that revolves around healthy workplace habits makes for a more productive employee pool. Give our office in Sacramento a call if you are serious about limiting the toll that the office is taking on your spine. 

Dr. Raymond Espinosa, D.C. 

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Getting wet could be your ticket to a healthier spine. We always tell people, when trying to improve the state of your spine, or to rehabilitate an injury, movement is key. Movement reduces pain, but pain reduces movement. The key is to get out of this cycle and we can help: our chiropractic adjustment will help improve range of motion and reduce inflammation so that you can get up and be active. One of the best destinations from here is the pool.

Swimming is a great, holistic exercise for the body. Low-impact and high reward, it actually strengthens joints rather than weakening them the way running does. The buoyancy of water provides support for the body by removing the pull of gravity but it also provides natural resistance as you glide through the water. The benefits are enormous. 

Water therapy also removes the pressure of gravity, but gets you moving in a less exhaustive manner. Certain programs can actually be used to target your specific back pain. 

Soaking is the easiest method, but it is not to be ignored. Warm water is great for healing joints, relaxing sore muscles and promoting blood circulation. 

Swimming is primal and perhaps this is why we feel so good in the water. At Espinosa Family Chiropractic, we want to see people start getting wet for the sake of their spine. Call our office to schedule an evaluation of your spine to find out if swimming could be right for you! You never know until you try, and it is never too late to start. 

Dr. Raymond Espinosa, D.C. 

calories

Counting calories is an unpleasant reality of aging. For people who spend most working days in the office, the struggle to maintain equilibrium can often tip in the favor of more calories consumed than burned. As we age and metabolism starts to slow, we start to see and feel the excess. So often the odds are stacked against us because we start at a point of disadvantage: the more weight we have to shed to achieve, the less likely we are to take the initiative and follow through with a weight loss plan. The best way we have found is to take it slow and do it together. 

When envisioning and implementing any weight loss plan, we want to keep sight of the primary equation. To maintain a healthy weight, calories consumed = calories burned. For people who are modestly overweight and looking to reach their personal, "healthy weight," it will take a coordinated effort between diet and exercise. This means limiting calories and increasing activity. 

Can you cut 2.5 hours out of every week to devote to moderate aerobic activity? Can you cut out 500 calories a day to lose 1 pound per week? Perhaps that sounds drastic, so we start where you feel comfortable and build on your success. Because each person's body is different, each person's caloric needs are specific to the individual.

 We help by keeping the structures and muscles of your body in proper working order, improving your circulation, and providing you with a natural energy boost that both improves state of mind and motivates you to get moving. From here it is a matter of small lifestyle adjustments and we help to provide an accountability and moral support team that boosts your chances of success.

Dr. Raymond Espinosa, D.C.

 

 

 

airplane food

The simple sight of an airplane or the thought of an airborne voyage can be enough to set some back-pain sufferers jittering with anticipation. The plane is one of the worst places for backs because of the confined spaces and poorly designed chairs. It is unfortunate that people actively avoid travelling to their dream destinations because they simply cannot put themselves through the pain of a flight. At Espinosa Family Chiropractic, we want to help you overcome this pain and get on the plane. To this end, we offer chiropractic adjustment to ensure that your back is free of subluxation and muscular imbalance that could contribute to debilitating pain. From here, we offer you our expertise on making the plane a more comfortable place to be:

  • Standing up: every 20 minutes while the seat belt sign is off, stand up and walk down the aisle and back. While you're up, keep your legs straight and reach for your toes. 
  • Stretching: from the chair, perform gentle neck twists, shoulder rolls and leg lifts to break the cycle of accumulating tension. 
  • Hydrating: drink plenty of water on the plane, to keep joints hydrated and reduce the chance of cramping. 
  • Using the complimentary pillow: to create as close to a properly supported resting position as may be possible, place the pillow in the curve of your lower back and sit up straight against it.

These tips will help you keep your blood circulating, helping to improve every function and system in your body. Utilizing proper posture will also help you prevent further degradation to the joints and structures of the back. For more help on creating a more comfortable travelling experience, give our office in Sacramento a call at (916) 457-8825.

Dr. Raymond Espinosa, D.C.