As more and more people continue to hunker down in their homes to self-quarantine, it's a good idea to start putting some restrictions on your screen time, which is bad for your eyes and can also lead to headaches and neck pain.
We spend a lot of time on our phones and on the computer while at home. And what do we do when we're not looking at those two screens? We stare at the television! That's a whole lot of screen time when it comes down to it.
Instead, try to give yourself a break by reading hard copies of books if you have them. Listen to podcasts and audiobooks to expand your horizon a bit and give your eyes and necks a rest while your ears pick up a bit of the slack.
Exercising is always a good excuse to get off the computer and off the couch, but we know that can be a challenge when gyms are closed and we don't have a whole lot of mobility.
If you must stare at your computer or smartphone screen, try to keep your neck straight. Stop craning your neck down to look at your smartphone -- it's really detrimental for your spine and your posture.
If you have head or neck pain that persists, even in the face of limiting your screen time, contact Barton Chiropractic Clinic today to learn more about how our treatments can get you back to 100% well. We're still here to provide essential drug-free services to those who need -- all while keeping the highest standards of cleanliness and safety. Call today to learn more.
In this day and age, many of us are hard-pressed to identify a time in our recent lives where we took a day away from screens -- whether it be the computer, TV, or our smartphones. As a result, many people out there suffer from neck tension, neck pain, and some even tendonitis in the neck.
Tendonitis has to due with tendons suffering from inflammation which generally comes about from overuse and failing to practice good posture.
Many athletes experience neck tendonitis, especially MMA fighters, who often spend time "in the clinch," which really does a number on the neck. That's probably why many professional MMA fighters have close relationships with their local chiropractors.
The good news is that there are things you can do at home to help treat neck pain and tendonitis. For one, start stretching in the morning and in the evening -- even just 10 minutes each time will do your neck a tremendous amount of good.
Next, make sure that you limit excessive neck movement while you perform your own PT. Give yourself a week or two of limiting extraneous movement. Make sure you practice perfect posture and try to limit the amount of time you spend sitting during the day by standing.
Do minimal resistance exercises with your neck -- make sure not to overdo it, because you'll end up doing more harm than good. Slowly building your surrounding neck muscles will give you more support and provide pain relief.
Massage your neck -- do it with your own hands, if you have to. There are tons of good products on the market, but make sure you consult with a professional to make some recommendations.
Chiropractic treatment is also a drug-free alternative to medication and surgery that will help treat your neck pain the all-natural way. Contact Barton Chiropractic Clinic today to learn more.
When it comes to diets and individual's bodies, not all are created equal. Some diets get good results for certain types of people, and certain people's bodies respond better to certain types of food than others.
During this time of Coronavirus pandemic and paranoia, it's important to dial in your nutrition regiment so it gets the results you're looking for during this time.
First, you want to eat plenty of foods that will boost your immune system. Red peppers have even more Vitamin C than oranges if you can believe it, and none of the sugar.
You'll want to stay away from foods with processed sugar, which will drive inflammation, which will actually compromise your immune system.
If you're going to drink caffeine, try to stick with black coffee -- and only drink one or two cups daily. Over-caffeinating will mess with your sleep and increase your anxiety -- which is a horrible recipe during this time.
Ginger and turmeric root are two amazing ingredients to any diet that will improve circulation and reduce inflammation. Put them both in a veggie smoothie for a green rush of energy each morning.
Try to limit your cheat days to once per week, and have it come well-earned at the end of a week of making good choices for yourself, that way it comes with zero guilt.
Contact Barton Chiropractic Clinic today if you have any questions about how to boost your health during this trying time. We're here for anything you need.
As millions of Americans in various cities begin to shelter in place, as week two of the COVID-19 pandemic finishes up, we're starting to get a little clearer picture of what we can expect in the coming weeks.
For many of us who live in bigger cities, this means more rigorous enforcement of shelter in place regulations, meaning that most people are to stay at home and only venture out for essentials, such as groceries, gas, and medical treatment.
We've witnessed kids on Spring break defiantly refusing to give up their fun for the greater good. We've seen people hoarding toilet paper. But we've also seen people coming together to help those less fortunate. In many ways, the country is coming together in efforts to manufacture ventilators and provide food, shelter, and medical equipment for those in need.
As week two finishes up, it's important to remember to keep a solid routine in these times. It's that sort of discipline that will keep you productive and in good spirits, which will help you make the most of this time we have.
Make sure to get outside for a walk when you can -- but make sure not to abuse your privilege. Keep away from others -- remain six feet away from anyone outside of your household. Avoid having people over during this time. It's for the benefit of everyone!
Many of us are getting notices that this will go on at least until April 19th, 2020, so it's important for us all to stay positive. Contact Barton Chiropractic Clinic today to learn more about how our treatments can help improve your immune system. Our office is available to those who need us. Please know that we're doing everything required to keep our patients healthy and safe.
For those of us who are practicing safe social distancing, it's important for us to get the exercise we need, especially as many of us fight our bouts with cabin fever over the coming weeks as we figure out how life is going to proceed. Below, Barton Chiropractic Clinic goes over a few ways to get your exercise in at home, which will help you reduce anxiety and stay in shape.
Use Your Body Weight
Do body squats, push-ups, and, if you have the means, break out a pull-up bar that you can install in your doorway easily. You'll be able to get a total body workout as a result. Kettlebells are also a great investment and there are countless lifts/throws you can do that will incorporate your core muscle group.
Run in place, do jumping jacks, or jump ropes if you have a floor surface and space that permits. This way you can get a good cardio workout as well as a strength-training workout indoors.
Stretch it Out
After your at-home workout, make sure to get a good stretch in. Incorporate some yoga poses in order to help your body relieve the tension that is sure to come about from this adjustment. Contact Barton Chiropractic Clinic today to learn about how our treatments go hand in hand with an active lifestyle. We're open during this time to give our patients the drug-free health solutions they need to weather this storm. Our facility is the standard in cleanliness and up to code in all of our practices in order to provide the safest environment possible for our patients.