Does winter equal comfort food and Netflix binges on the couch because going outside seems like it is too much effort? Well you are not alone! It is only natural to want to hibernate when the weather starts to cool down, but there is plenty you can do to stay fit, healthy and happy during Ballarat’s short 9 month winter.
Four Ways To Keep Active
Four More Ways To Keep Healthy
Another Four Ways To Keep Happy
And of course, don’t forget to get your spine checked! Especially if you’re feeling ‘under the weather,’ the adjustment helps calm the nervous system, increasing your white blood cell count (the guys that fight off nasty bugs). Don’t worry about getting the chiro sick, ALL of them get adjusted… and have little ones that go to school/daycare/snot sharing parties. Getting adjusted also helps rewire the connections between your brain and body that regulate mood hormones, helping to relieve some of the stress from being stuck inside.1 The adjustment is also amazing at firing up proprioceptive feedback to get a better brain:body blueprint going which can lead to a reduction in cold start injuries (plus making you stronger and have more endurance). Another common presentation in winter is the hunched over posture which can fire up the part of the brainstem that says ‘we’re under attack’ causing a prolonged exposure to higher levels of stress hormones. We love chatting about the things you can do to maintain your posture in winter. And we’re super happy to tell your kids off for slouching all the time too!!!!
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By Dr. Kristian
Chiropractic is the gentle, effective and safe1 way to care for the whole family. Nurturing your child’s spine and developing nervous system is one of the best ways to get them a great head start to life. There’s no “too young” or “too late” when it comes to improving the health of your family.
There is an emerging body of evidence to support chiropractic care, which is cool; the research is finally catching up to what we already knew! Chiropractic can help your kids function better, it helps their balance, improves fine and gross motor coordination, improves cognitive concentration and it even boosts the immune system!2 Doesn’t that make for a more relaxed household (and a more relaxed mum!)?
Our family appointments are heaps of fun too! If you like, everyone gets adjusted one after the other, with everyone in the same room. It can get a little noisy and chaotic, but we like it that way. Everyone gets together, we do balancing games to improve cerebellar function with the little ones, mind games and puzzles with the older kids to challenge cognitive abilities and allow for better spatial awareness. Sometimes we will give some fun homework to keep up the gross motor learning at home, think rolling around on the floor and crawling races up the hallway.
Developmental milestones are an interesting and slightly divisive subject; kids that hit them are “great, keep it up, we love it”, but the kids that don’t tend to be seen as “it’s ok, they’ll catch up.” Yeah, they probably will… eventually, but there are heaps of ways you can help PRIME the brain and nervous system to help them catch up quicker. A recent study published by the Australian Spinal Research Foundation showed that a 15 month old with motor delays (wasn’t crawling, standing or even sitting unaided) was walking after the seventh visit.4 I know first-hand that our second child went from commando crawling to cross crawling literally the afternoon, following an adjustment (at 5 and a half months *proud dad*). The research also links developmental delays in babies with behavioural issues as children AND increased parenting stress, so why not get your kids checked by a chiropractor if it could help you be less stressed.
It is even possible that chiropractic adjustments could help your children concentrate better at school. Chiropractic adjustments take stress off the nervous system, allowing the brain to concentrate on higher order thinking5 (AKA academia). Now, we’re not saying we can get your kids straight A’s, but being able to concentrate and learn better would have to help, right?
Many adults choose to get adjusted because it makes them feel and function so much better, why not offer that same amazing feeling for your kids who are still developing?! Give us a call today to get the whole family checked. We feel so strongly about getting the whole family checked that we offer a family discount to make it very affordable*.
1 - https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S016147541400178X
2 - http://welladjusted.co/blog/2015/06/26/adjustments-and-the-immune-system-how-chiropractic-helps-you-resist-colds-and-flus/
3 – https://scinapse.io/papers/2154865829
4 – https://spinalresearch.com.au/case-study-15-month-old-with-motor-developmental-delay-improves-under-chiropractic-care/
5 - https://spinalresearch.com.au/research-beyond-doubt-adjusting-subluxated-spine-changes-brain-function/
As a mum to two young kids, trust me when I say I know how hard it is to get time to yourself. Being a mum is a 24/7 job (that doesn’t pay overtime!), so it is important to recognise when you need a break. So here are a few simple ideas to help you have a little time for yourself and recharge your batteries, while still getting things done!
So what does it actually mean for your health when you get adjusted?
Something that has always fascinated me is the ‘offhand comments’ patients give when I ask them how they’re going. Comments like, ‘better movement, less pain,’ are really common, but my favourite thing to hear is ‘I can now do activity X again.’ If we want to get serious about our health, then we need to be active and mobile, the way we are supposed to be!
Another personal favourite of mine is “I feel stronger!” Whether you’re a competitive weightlifter or just want to get out of a chair easier, this one is super important. We now know that getting your spine adjusted changes your brain’s blueprint of your body, increasing your proprioceptive feedback. Proprioception is the brain’s perception of where the body is, what it’s doing, and good proprioception means better muscle control, which translates to strength.
One more important benefit of having a regular check-in with a health professional is being able to ask health related questions. Things like ‘What can I do to maintain and improve my health?’ Last month we talked about chocolate, cortisol and chiropractic, which introduced us to the idea of better health via nutrition, which is definitely a great way to help improve your health. Good quality foods and a balanced diet are fantastic, but unfortunately, we can’t always get all our nutritional needs from our food. For example, to get the required Omega 3-6 balance right, we would have to eat so much fresh, deep-sea fish that we would basically get Mercury poisoning! A fish oil supplement is a much savvier approach in my opinion. Probiotics are another great way to boost your gut health, because not everyone likes fermented foods. Magnesium is another mineral we usually use more of than we consume and it is an easy supplement to get your hands on. And the research supports the regular use of supplements.
As chiropractors, we're always talking about stress on the body, the physical (things like poor posture and injuries), the emotional stress (we all know about that one) and chemical stress (who's had a headache after too much sugar before?).
So here are 10 simple ways to beat these stresses out of your everyday life.
Chocolate is actually good for you.
But it can be not so good for you too.
So is it possible to have these same positive effects, without the fat and sugar (and brain deterioration!), potential for addiction and subsequent weight gain?
And the Chiropractic
Yes it is! And it is as easy as going to see your chiropractor.
Just like chocolate:
This is us.
At Ballarat and District Chiropractic we know you want to be empowered when it comes your health so we want to help you by sharing all our knowledge about Chiropractic.