Proper Walking Techniques

Proper Walking Techniques

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Walking is such a great form of exercise for people of all ages. Walking is low impact and can provide the most health and longevity benefits. Over 80 million Americans consider themselves walkers. We see people walking day and night – indoors at malls, at parks and around our neighborhoods. Walking is second nature to us yet we have come to forget how to walk properly. There are simple walking techniques that we can use to keep our body balanced and in good form.

ACA spokesperson Karen Erickson, DC, FACC, was featured in a Shape magazine article on the best ways to improve posture, nix pain and boost confidence when walking. According to Dr. Erickson, “Most people don’t walk with proper alignment. From all of the sitting that we do during the day, our hip flexors are tight so we walk with our hips flexed, our back arched and our bum behind us.”

Be mindful of your form when walking. A great stride has good posture and purposeful movements. Follow the 7 points of proper walking techniques to get the most of your walks and to avoid imbalances that can cause misalignments and joint pain.

Proper Walking Techniques

  • Hold your head high
  • Look forward – not at the ground or your phone
  • Chin should be parallel to the ground
  • Move shoulders naturally – hands free from devices
  • Swing arms freely with your elbows slightly bent
  • Gently tighten your stomach muscles
  • Wear appropriate walking shoes & walk by rolling your foot from heel to toe

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Now Accepting New Patients: (513) 774-9800

HealthQuest Inc.

Dr. Rob Prewitt • Dr. Marc A. Littrell • Dr. Kyle Frederick • Dr. Scott D. Goodhart

3 Convenient Locations in Ohio!

HealthQuest of Fields Ertel, Inc.
11928 Montgomery Road #6
Cincinnati, Ohio, 45249
(513) 774-9800

HealthQuest of Blanchester, Inc.
661 W. Main St.
Blanchester, Ohio, 45107
(937) 783-3771

HealthQuest of Highland County, Inc.
1472 North High Street #900
Hillsboro, Ohio, 45133
(937) 393-2313

Be Proactive For Better Health

Be Proactive For Better Health

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The number of people experiencing some sort of chronic pain every day of their lives is alarming. In fact, many Americans have resigned themselves to pain because they simply feel it’s a normal condition. According to a recent survey by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), close to one in two Americans say pain is part of life, while another 41% believe pain is a standard part of the aging process. Check out some more statistics on how pain affects so many people today:

  • Experts estimate that over 80% of the population experience back pain in their lives.
  • Every 10 seconds, someone in the U.S. goes to the emergency room complaining of head pain and approximately 1.2 million visits are for acute migraine attacks.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that over 3% of employed 18-64 year olds report having carpal tunnel syndrome in the past 12 months.
  • CDC reports that approximately 30% of adults experience some type of joint pain during preceding 30 days.

Routine Chiropractic Care Can Turn This Around 

These numbers reveal a true crisis. Society has become reactive rather that proactive in maintaining good health. Maintaining good health means getting checked before a problem surfaces. Routine chiropractic checks should be the same as we routinely see a dentist for good dental health. See a chiropractor to keep the nervous system free from subluxations, to maintain good structure and to avoid pain and so many chronic conditions that can be avoided.

Now here is an interesting concept: Only 9% of the entire nervous system is set up for feeling pain. So, just think of possible things that can be corrected before you ever get the symptom of pain.  Be proactive and visit your chiropractor for the path of optimal wellness. Your overall health will benefit!

“Chiropractic embraces the science of life, the knowledge of how organisms act in health and disease and also the art of adjusting the neuroskeleton.” – Daniel D. Palmer

Now Accepting New Patients: (513) 774-9800

Now Accepting New Patients: (513) 774-9800

HealthQuest Inc.

Dr. Rob Prewitt • Dr. Marc A. Littrell • Dr. Kyle Frederick • Dr. Scott D. Goodhart

3 Convenient Locations in Ohio!

HealthQuest of Fields Ertel, Inc.
11928 Montgomery Road #6
Cincinnati, Ohio, 45249
(513) 774-9800

HealthQuest of Blanchester, Inc.
661 W. Main St.
Blanchester, Ohio, 45107
(937) 783-3771

HealthQuest of Highland County, Inc.
1472 North High Street #900
Hillsboro, Ohio, 45133
(937) 393-2313

Stretch Every Day And Avoid Low Back Pain

Stretch Every Day And Avoid Low Back Pain

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Low back pain is a common complaint among so many people today. For many, it is ‘normal’ to have low back pain on a daily basis – chronic low back pain. Chronic pain is often defined as pain lasting more than 12 weeks. A National Institute of Health Statistics survey indicates that at 27%, low back pain is the most common form of chronic pain. In fact, the American Chiropractic Association reports that 31 MILLION Americans experience low back pain at any given time. It is also found that back pain is the single leading cause of disability in Americans under 45 year old.

Low back pain can range from a dull constant ache to a sudden sharp pain. If it is left untreated, low back pain can significantly change quality of life and can lead to poor overall health and depression. Prevention is key and it is recommended to keep your body moving and to stretch often to prevent low back pain. Stretching keeps muscles ‘loose’ and strong. A great way to prepare for your day is with three simple stretches in the morning. Exercises to reduce low back pain are not complicated and can be done at home without any special equipment.

SUPER SIMPLE STRETCHES

  • Low back stretch:

Bring both knees to your chest by first raising one knee and holding it with both hands, then raising the other to join it. Gently pull both knees toward your chest and breathe. Hold for 20 seconds.

  • Pelvic tilt:

Lie on your back with your knees bent. Tighten your ab muscles so that the small of your back presses flat against the bed or floor. Hold for five seconds, then relax. Repeat three times.

  • Glute stretch:

Lying on your back with knees bent, cross left leg over your right. Gently pull your right knee toward your chest, so you feel a stretch in your left glute. Hold for 20 seconds; repeat on the other side.

STRETCH FOR LONG-TERM HEALTH

These exercises are super simple and can be done in little time. In addition to stretching, be aware of posture during all activities. Regular chiropractic check-ups can prevent injury and keep you and your family functioning in top form. Get your spine aligned for your nervous system to work at 100% potential and to be free from chronic pain.

Now Accepting New Patients: (513) 774-9800

Now Accepting New Patients: (513) 774-9800

HealthQuest Inc.

Dr. Rob Prewitt • Dr. Marc A. Littrell • Dr. Kyle Frederick • Dr. Scott D. Goodhart

3 Convenient Locations in Ohio!

HealthQuest of Fields Ertel, Inc.
11928 Montgomery Road #6
Cincinnati, Ohio, 45249
(513) 774-9800

HealthQuest of Blanchester, Inc.
661 W. Main St.
Blanchester, Ohio, 45107
(937) 783-3771

HealthQuest of Highland County, Inc.
1472 North High Street #900
Hillsboro, Ohio, 45133
(937) 393-2313

Healthy Living Habits

Healthy Living Habits

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The start of a new season brings awareness of the things that you may like to do in the coming months. Along with the goals you set and plans you make this fall, take time for yourself and make HEALTH part of your every day for the upcoming months. We are faced with so many demands of our time and attention that it becomes vital to pause. Consider incorporating lifestyle habits that will allow you to reap rewards in the long term. Try adding these few tips into your days and your health will thank you!

Start With Breakfast
Breakfast is an easy meal to skip, however, doing so can be the biggest mistake of the day! Your energy level will suffer and you’ll eat more during the day to compensate for your hunger. The National Weight Control Registry reports that 4000 participants who maintained at least a 30 pound weight loss for about 5 1/2 years, almost ALL said that they ate breakfast daily. The “breakfast of champions” has complex carbs, lean proteins & healthy fats.  A terrific option for a healthy breakfast on the go is a shake or smoothie with yogurt, leafy greens, fruits, and hemp seeds.

Do Something About The Aches 
It is found that four in five people suffer from back pain. It may actually begin to seem “normal” to deal with chronic pain on a daily basis. Back pain, headaches, carpal tunnel, knee pain, any chronic pain can affect EVERYTHING in our lives. See your chiropractor for natural treatments to help your body heal and all aspects of your life will improve.

Say No
It is key to understand that in reality, you can’t have it all. Something has to give. There is just too much to do to have it all. Stop saying “yes” to everything.  Admit that every “yes” means a “no” to something else. Saying “yes” to too many things will destroy your health and lead to failure. Someone or something will pay the price later, always. Sometimes less is more!

Make Health a Priority
You’ve probably heard the adage, “If you have your health, then you have it all.” Our bodies should be routinely “maintained and tuned up” just as we maintain our vehicles to keep things running properly and getting the best performance. Fuel and maintain your body with more sanctity. Make smart food choices and make time for exercise and quality sleep.

Breathe
Try a simple technique to release stress and anxiety. When feeling uneasy about a tricky situation or after a tough day, a simple technique is to BREATHE DEEP. Push out your belly and breathe through your nose until your lungs are filled. This super stress buster can be done anytime and anywhere and evokes your body’s natural relaxation response and changes your physical and mental state. Your heart beats slower, muscles relax, blood pressure decreases, and levels of nitric oxide increase. Your brain is clearer and this simple trick takes almost no time to work. Share this health tip with family and friends of all ages for the next time they feel stressed. The mantra is BREATHE!

Now Accepting New Patients: (513) 774-9800

Now Accepting New Patients: (513) 774-9800

HealthQuest Inc.

Dr. Rob Prewitt • Dr. Marc A. Littrell • Dr. Kyle Frederick • Dr. Scott D. Goodhart

3 Convenient Locations in Ohio!

HealthQuest of Fields Ertel, Inc.
11928 Montgomery Road #6
Cincinnati, Ohio, 45249
(513) 774-9800

HealthQuest of Blanchester, Inc.
661 W. Main St.
Blanchester, Ohio, 45107
(937) 783-3771

HealthQuest of Highland County, Inc.
1472 North High Street #900
Hillsboro, Ohio, 45133
(937) 393-2313

New Year Fitness Plan Without The Pain

New Year Fitness Plan Without The Pain

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Year after year, we find ourselves indulging during the holiday season and then we are left to make New Year’s resolutions.

One of the more popular resolutions is to get in shape but very often, February rolls around and this is a real challenge.  Motivation may be a factor but for many people, pain often gets in the way of their fitness goals. Our commitment to regular exercise can easily be derailed by nagging ailments and injuries.

Your chiropractor can help you devise some strategies to get back on track!

  • Allow your chiropractor to give you a full exam and evaluation. A small injury can become a much bigger problem if you delay seeking treatment. Once the source and cause of your pain has been determined, your chiropractor can create a custom plan for your rehabilitation.
  • Stick with your rehabilitation program! As you heal, your treatment program may need to be reviewed and revised. So, be sure to have your progress monitored by your chiropractor. Apply dedication and determination to your quest to recover.
  • Learn preventative measures. Your chiropractor can teach you exercises and stretches specifically for you and your activities that can help you avoid re-injury. Learning correct techniques associated with your sport can also reduce the risk of an injury re-occurrence.

Start the New Year with the resolution to reach optimal health. Remember that good health brings more energy and vitality to our lives. Your chiropractor can help you reach your goals!

Now Accepting New Patients: (513) 774-9800

Now Accepting New Patients: (513) 774-9800

HealthQuest Inc.

Dr. Rob Prewitt • Dr. Marc A. Littrell • Dr. Kyle Frederick • Dr. Scott D. Goodhart

3 Convenient Locations in Ohio!

HealthQuest of Fields Ertel, Inc.
11928 Montgomery Road #6
Cincinnati, Ohio, 45249
(513) 774-9800

HealthQuest of Blanchester, Inc.
661 W. Main St.
Blanchester, Ohio, 45107
(937) 783-3771

HealthQuest of Highland County, Inc.
1472 North High Street #900
Hillsboro, Ohio, 45133
(937) 393-2313

Do Not Ignore Scoliosis

Do Not Ignore Scoliosis

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It is estimated that 5 to 7 million people in the United States are affected by scoliosis. Although there are many common back conditions, scoliosis has the most potential to create a great amount of discomfort and immobility. Luckily, chiropractors can provide relief for patients and getting proper care for this issue is vital for quality of life and day-to-day activities.

What is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis can be described as the sideways curvature of the spine.  Patients who do not have scoliosis typically have a spine that is vertical and straight.  Scoliosis can affect any part of the spine but the chest area and lower section of the back are the most common regions.  In many cases, the cause of the curvature is unknown.  Neurological diseases, trauma and tumors are said to be responsible in about only 20% of patients.

Scoliosis is found to be two times more common in women than men.  The curvature can be seen at any age and is more common when the patient is older than 10.  Scoliosis is said to be hereditary, which means people who have scoliosis are more likely to have children with scoliosis as well.  However, when it comes to the severity of the curves, there is no correlation between one generation to the next.

Types of Scoliosis

  • Idiopathic Curve – no real cause of the spinal curve
  • Congenital Curve – the spinal curve was present at birth
  • Paralytic Curve – resulting from a spinal curve injury
  • Myopathic Deformity – the muscles do not work properly to support the spine
  • Secondary – other conditions such as osteoporosis or osteomalacia cause the curvature

How A Chiropractor Can Help

When treating scoliosis, many chiropractors will look for joints that are “stuck” in the spine and try to make them “unstuck.”  However, the issue of joint mobility is not the main problem with scoliosis.  The main problem is the location of the joint.  Chiropractors will not take the traditional approach to correcting this issue because they do not want to add more pressure on the spinal joint.  Once this happens, the surrounding nerves will be aggravated and make the condition worse.

The first thing that needs to happen in a patient with scoliosis is the repositioning of the joints in the spine.  Aside from that, the muscles need to be relaxed and the brain needs to be trained to use the muscles and spinal joints differently.  In order for scoliosis to be effectively treated, all of these things need to happen together.  It is because of this that chiropractors may include scoliosis massages, stretches and exercises.  Scoliosis-specific adjustments are incorporated for the best results.

Scoliosis should not be ignored. For more information, contact your chiropractor.

Now Accepting New Patients: (513) 774-9800

Now Accepting New Patients: (513) 774-9800

HealthQuest Inc.

Dr. Rob Prewitt • Dr. Marc A. Littrell • Dr. Kyle Frederick • Dr. Scott D. Goodhart

3 Convenient Locations in Ohio!

HealthQuest of Fields Ertel, Inc.
11928 Montgomery Road #6
Cincinnati, Ohio, 45249
(513) 774-9800

HealthQuest of Blanchester, Inc.
661 W. Main St.
Blanchester, Ohio, 45107
(937) 783-3771

HealthQuest of Highland County, Inc.
1472 North High Street #900
Hillsboro, Ohio, 45133
(937) 393-2313