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What is your Waist Telling you?

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Forget BMI- your waist can tell you much more about your health

There is this obsession in the fitness world, among bloggers and even doctors in the tell-all properties of BMI. But really, it does little more than classify people broadly based on a rather simple calculation of dividing weight by height.  The problem with BMI is that it doesn't tell you the specifics: after all, where you carry your weight can be just as important as how much.

A much more effective indicator of overall health is the simple circumference of your waistline, taken using a measuring tape around your abdomen between hips and rib cage. Anything above 39 inches is an indicator that you are carrying too much weight. A further measurement is the waist-to-hip ratio. This is taken by:

  • Measuring the circumference of hips and buttocks
  • Divide waist circumference by hip measurement

This tells you where you are carrying your fat. A health ratio above .85 for women and .9 for men puts you in the abdominally obese category, meaning that your risk for serious conditions including stroke, heart attack and type-2 diabetes are considerably higher. 

Why does a chiropractor care about your waist

Besides putting an extra strain on your heart and other vital organs, abdominal obesity is an indicator that your spine is being overburdened, which leaves it vulnerable to conditions such as herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, pinched nerves and other painful complications. Another reason we care is that we can help you lose weight by getting your body in a conducive shape for exercise. Many abdominal-obese people face the prospect of losing weight with a body that isn't ready to take on exercise. Chiropractic adjustment ensures that your spine is aligned and your body balanced so that you can start exercising with a lower risk for injury. We can support you every step of the way to ensure that you are losing weight in a healthy manner and at a healthy pace. 

If you are interested in finding out about the power of chiropractic to help with weight loss plans, give our office a call to schedule an appointment today. 

Preventative Healthcare: The Chiropractic Approach

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Chiropractic can change the way you think about your healthcare 

Chiropractic theory treats the spine as the foundation upon which all good health is built. Your spine is important in two fundamental ways: firstly, by conducting the flow of nerve communication between brain and body; secondly, by stabilizing the body and providing us with our ability to remain upright. Every single movement has a degree of impact on the spine. Therefore, daily movements and forces are incessantly conspiring to move the spine out of alignment and cause dysfunction along the way. 

Read more: Preventative Healthcare: The Chiropractic Approach

What Makes Today a Great Day for a Massage

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Massage is relaxation

In terms of relaxation, research shows that massage decreases levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the body while simultaneously stimulating the chemicals of the brain which influence rest and feelings of happiness. What does this mean for you? 

  • Less stress, both physical and mental
  • Promotes a relaxed state of mind 
  • Improves mood

But the benefits don't stop there...we can also use massage to treat injuries and dysfunction in the body. 

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The Best Way YOU can Care for your Back

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Begin by identifying what you are doing wrong

If we are honest with ourselves, we can probably put a finger on how one of the following factors is affecting our health and causing our back pain: 

  • Posture
  • Excessive sitting
  • Lack of exercise
  • Overweight/obesity
  • Poor diet
  • Repetitive stress injuries

Being honest is the first way to start healing your back: are their malefactors present in your life that you can take steps to limit? Chances are high; for example, when we are overweight, the part of the body which receives the biggest toll is the lower back. When we slouch or slump, the part of the body that takes the biggest hit is the spine. 

Read more: The Best Way YOU can Care for your Back

Are your Muscles Starved of Oxygen?

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What happens when you don't circulate enough oxygen through your body? 

Quite simply, you are leaving your body vulnerable to dysfunction and disease. Every cell in the body needs a steadily refreshing supply of oxygen to maintain (at least) and thrive. Without oxygen, cells cannot respire and toxins are allowed to accumulate. What does this mean for muscles? Atrophy occurs when anaerobic or oxygen deprived cells die. What causes us to not get enough oxygen? 

Read more: Are your Muscles Starved of Oxygen?