There is a definite philosophy behind what we do at Barton Chiropractic Clinic. Our practice blends an effective combination of critical, practical thinking, a certain open-mindedness, and an appreciation of nature as well as natural order. It's a holistic solution to our prescription-heavy culture.
Chiropractic care, when practiced effectively, focuses on the establishing a wellness practice and making chiropractic care a part of that protocol. It's a great way for those who take advantage to get in touch with their body as well as their environment -- creating a full-functional sense of well-being.
Chiropractic care specialists put an de-emphasize surgical procedures and focus instead on a patient's recuperative abilities, setting forth a balance between lifestyle, health, and the surrounding environment. Chiropractic care is about treating underlying problems and underlying causes, not simply relieving symptoms.
The Center of Things
Chiropractic care puts an emphasis on the central nervous system, treating the neck, spine, and more, investigating their intimate relationships and the capacities they unlock in the rest of the human body. Balance is another central theme here -- especially when considering the benefits along with the risks of more clinical or surgical interventions.
Barton Chiropractic Clinic also focuses on early intervention and preventive medicine that keeps patients active and free of injury. We have a long track record of getting patients back to active and a lot of it is due to keeping true to these ideals. Contact Barton Chiropractic Clinic to learn more about our process and treatments today.
As we continue through the dog days of summer, it's important that we remind ourselves to stay hydrated. It's easy to forget for long periods of time to drink water -- and please don't consider your morning coffee as your first glass of water.
Instead, drink half your body weight in ounces -- which is the requisite amount of water to consume in a day. You want your urine (sorry) to be mostly clear. If it's intensely yellow or even brownish in color, you're already dehydrated.
Below are a few reasons why it's a good idea to stay hydrated -- for your health!
1.) It's Good for Your Joints
If there's ever been such a thing as a magical elixir, it's H2O. Making sure you're properly hydrated ensure toxins get flushed out of your body. Water helps your joints stay well-lubricated -- it even helps prevent bouts with gout!
2.) Staying Hydrated Fight Inflammation
Because staying hydrated helps flush toxins out of your body, this reduces the body's inflammation. Inflammation can lead to all sorts of health problems,
including (but not limited to) certain types of cancers as well as rheumatoid arthritis.
3.) Dehydration is Hard on Your Heart
When you're dehydrated, your blood volume gets lower, so that means your heart has to work harder in order to pump this reduced amount of blood to supply your cells with oxygen. Everyday activities become harder when you're dehydrated -- simple tasks like walking up stairs, not to mention exercise.
So stay hydrated out there as a part of your overall wellness plan. Another part of your overall wellness plan is regular visits to your chiropractic treatment specialist in Homewood, IL. Contact Barton Chiropractic Clinic to schedule your consultation today.
In the spirit of the summer season (which is still very much in full swing), we'd like to talk about one possible outdoor activity that is great for your back and core -- both of which are instrumental in your spine health.
Today's blog goes over a few reasons why paddle-boarding is worth your consideration. Read on and maybe we'll make a believer out of you.
1.) It's a total body workout
All of your main muscle groups become activated as you paddle and stabilize yourself on the board. Your mid back muscles (latissimus Dorsi), abs, arms (biceps and triceps), and shoulders (deltoids) are all incorporated, not to mention your thighs and calves. Paddle-boarding really is a workout that incorporates your entire body -- all you're doing is reaping physical rewards from engaging your core.
2.) It's soothing
Usually, paddle-boarding will have you out on a scenic lake, taking in the visuals, breathing fresh air, and becoming one with mother nature. Stress is a key contributor to subluxation (spine misalignment), so it's important to take some time out from the daily grind to do something good for yourself.
3.) It's a well-balanced activity
Getting outdoors and in nature will help your mind and your spirit. The rigorous activity will help your body. It's a great activity to strengthen your back and your core, which will help you enjoy lasting wellness and spine health.
If you're feeling anything less than 100% when it comes to your back, neck, or even your legs, contact Barton Chiropractic Clinic today. We'll schedule your consultation and get you back to active!
Barton Chiropractic Clinic is a big proponent of preventive medicine, which involves strength training and conditioning as a way to avoid pain and costly injuries down the road. Though we are happy and capable of providing comprehensive, drug-free chiropractic care to get our patients up and running again, we also like to provide education as a means of prevention.
Below are a few exercises to avoid, especially if you've been experiencing lower back pain -- which might come as a result of sitting at work too much, carrying something or lifting something in an improper way, automobile accidents, and a number of other possibilities.
Toe Touch? No Thanks!
Toe touches are sort of an outdated exercise. It puts a lot of pressure on your back and often has you in a poor posture position. And what does this exercise or stretch benefit? Mostly just your hamstrings. However, a standing toe touch stretch can be beneficial in a yoga setting when you slightly bend the knees -- as long as you've warmed up over the course of an intelligently designed routine. Otherwise, standing toe touches tend to put a greater amount of stress on your discs and ligaments. You can also end up overstretching your lower back muscles as well as those hamstrings you were trying to give some TLC.
Say "No" to Sit-Ups
Talk about an outdated exercise. Sit-ups might still be an exercise you'll have to do if you join the military, but if you're trying to devise a rigorous strength training routine, you can leave this one out. Besides, most people tend to utilize their hip muscles when doing this exercise more than their abdominals. Sit-ups also put a great amount of pressure on the discs in your spine. Try partial crunches instead to achieve more optimium benefits!
Experience Chiropractor in Homewood, IL
We could go on, but we'll save it for another blog. And if you experience any sort of back pain that persists in the face of exercise and stretching, then maybe it's time to enlist the services of an experienced chiropratci care specialist in Homewood, IL. Contact Barton Chiropractic Clinic today to schedule your consultation.
In our final installments of our blog series dedicated to the 5 sections of the spine we go over the rest of the spine, which includes your lumbar, sacrum, and the coccyx which refers to the lower back -- the place where the spine curves inward. It starts about 5 or 6 inches below your shoulder blades, connecting with your thoracic spine at the top, then extending downward to the sacral spine.
The lumbar spine contains 5 or 6 vertebrae (L1 through L5 or L6), while the sacral spine (located in the pelvis) contains 5 fused vertebrae (S1 through S5). Lastly, you have your coccyx (tailbone), which contains 4 fused vertebrae located at the very end of the spinal column (Co1 through Co4). All of these structures are weight-bearing and are integral to your body's functionality during key activities like walking, standing and sitting.
If you're having trouble with your spine or your back -- any section -- Barton Chiropractic Clinic offers a variety of hollistic, drug-free treatments that will get you back to active in no time. We have a long track record of helping patients recover from injury and chronic back pain.
Contact us today to schedule your consultation. We'll custom tailor a specialized treatment plan that works for you.