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McRae Testimonial – Healthy For Life Chiropractic uses the Webster Technique

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Listen as the McRae’s share their story of how Healthy For Life Chiropractic and Dr. Cara Davis used the Webster Technique to care for baby Ellaina and continues to use the Activator Technique to care for the entire family!

McRae Testimonial – Healthy For Life Chiropractic – YouTube.

Improve Your Posture

Monday, July 8th, 2013

 

Tips to Maintain Good Posture

 from the ACA (American Chiropractic Association)

We often hear that good posture is essential for good health. We recognize poor posture when we see it formed as a result of bad habits carried out over years and evident in many adults. But only few people have a real grasp of the importance and necessity of good posture.

 

What is posture?

Posture is the position in which we hold our bodies while standing, sitting, or lying down. Good posture is the correct alignment of body parts supported by the right amount of muscle tension against gravity. Without posture and the muscles that control it, we would simply fall to the ground.

 

Normally, we do not consciously maintain normal posture. Instead, certain muscles do it for us, and we don’t even have to think about it. Several muscle groups, including the hamstrings and large back muscles, are critically important in maintaining good posture. While the ligaments help to hold the skeleton together, these postural muscles, when functioning properly, prevent the forces of gravity from pushing us over forward. Postural muscles also maintain our posture and balance during movement.

 

Why is good posture important?

Good posture helps us stand, walk, sit, and lie in positions that place the least strain on supporting muscles and ligaments during movement and weight-bearing activities. Correct posture:

  • Helps us keep bones and joints in correct alignment so that our muscles are used correctly, decreasing the abnormal wearing of joint surfaces that could result in degenerative arthritis and joint pain.
  • Reduces the stress on the ligaments holding the spinal joints together, minimizing the likelihood of injury.
  • Allows muscles to work more efficiently, allowing the body to use less energy and, therefore, preventing muscle fatigue.
  • Helps prevent muscle strain, overuse disorders, and even back and muscular pain.

To maintain proper posture, you need to have adequate muscle flexibility and strength, normal joint motion in the spine and other body regions, as well as efficient postural muscles that are balanced on both sides of the spine. In addition, you must recognize your postural habits at home and in the workplace and work to correct them, if necessary.

 

Consequences of poor posture

Poor posture can lead to excessive strain on our postural muscles and may even cause them to relax, when held in certain positions for long periods of time. For example, you can typically see this in people who bend forward at the waist for a prolonged time in the workplace. Their postural muscles are more prone to injury and back pain.

 

Several factors contribute to poor posture-most commonly, stress, obesity, pregnancy, weak postural muscles, abnormally tight muscles, and high-heeled shoes.  In addition, decreased flexibility, a poor work environment, incorrect working posture, and unhealthy sitting and standing habits can also contribute to poor body positioning.

 

How do I sit properly?

  • Keep your feet on the floor or on a footrest, if they don’t reach the floor.
  • Don’t cross your legs. Your ankles should be in front of your knees.
  • Keep a small gap between the back of your knees and the front of your seat.
  • Your knees should be at or below the level of your hips.
  • Adjust the backrest of your chair to support your low- and mid-back or use a back support.
  • Relax your shoulders and keep your forearms parallel to the ground.
  • Avoid sitting in the same position for long periods of time.

How do I stand properly?

  • Bear your weight primarily on the balls of your feet.
  • Keep your knees slightly bent.
  • Keep your feet about shoulder-width apart.
  • Let your arms hang naturally down the sides of the body.
  • Stand straight and tall with your shoulders pulled backward.
  • Tuck your stomach in.
  • Keep your head level-your earlobes should be in line with your shoulders. Do not push your head forward, backward, or to the side.
  • Shift your weight from your toes to your heels, or one foot to the other, if you have to stand for a long time.

What is the proper lying position?

  • Find the mattress that is right for you. While a firm mattress is generally recommended, some people find that softer mattresses reduce their back pain. Your comfort is important.
  • Sleep with a pillow. Special pillows are available to help with postural problems resulting from a poor sleeping position.
  • Avoid sleeping on your stomach.
  • Sleeping on your side or back is more often helpful for back pain.
  • If you sleep on your side, place a pillow between your legs.
  • If you sleep on your back, keep a pillow under your knees.

Can I correct my poor posture?

In a word, yes. Remember, however, that long-standing postural problems will typically take longer to address than short-lived ones, as often the joints have adapted to your long-standing poor posture. Conscious awareness of your own posture and knowing what posture is correct will help you consciously correct yourself. With much practice, the correct posture for standing, sitting, and lying down will gradually replace your old posture. This, in turn, will help you move toward a better and healthier body position.

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Call Healthy For Life Chiropractic today and let Dr. Cara Davis help your overall well being (and posture) through Chiropractic Adjustments!

Dr. Cara’s First Blooper Reel

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Dr Cara Blooper Reel – YouTube.

My first stab at the new world of Video…I’m sure this won’t be my last blooper reel!  Big thanks to my Husband (who worked the camera!)

Toxic Overload? Time for Purification!

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

I trust you’re enjoying the blogs I’ve posted thus far about staying healthy and obtaining the best nutrition possible through diet & whole food supplements.  In keeping with this theme, I thought it would be fitting to delve into a topic that can compromise your ability to function optimally.  Toxicity!

Toxins are in the air, in our water, and in our food.  There’s pretty much no escaping them.  We hear about pesticides (toxin), pollution (toxin), and preservatives (toxin) all the time!  What you may not know is that our bodies also produce natural toxins, like ammonia and carbon dioxide, which can linger in the body if they are not broken down properly.  Now, there’s good news and bad news.  The good news is: your body is made to filter these toxins out!  The bad news is: if your body is overloaded, these toxins will build up and your body will become inefficient.  If your body isn’t working properly, how can you operate at full capacity?  The answer: you can’t.  As a result, you may experience:

  • Weight Gain
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Digestive Problems
  • Disruption in Your Immune System

If you’ve experienced any one of these, and definitely if you’re experiencing two or more of these conditions, it may be time for purification.  Notice I did not say diet or even cleanse.  Purification is not a diet; it’s a lifestyle change that cleanses your body internally.  It will require healthy choices, but these can be small, easy changes that will greatly impact your quality of life!  I’m ready to help you understand the process, and guide you through a program that will help your body purify and rebuild itself, naturally, from the inside out!  Please call today if you are interested in achieving a greater level of health and healing naturally.  There’s no time like today to start living HEALTHY FOR LIFE!

 Dr. Cara

Healthy For Life Chiropractic

864.313.0210

Why You Need Whole Food Supplements

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

 


I think it’s safe to say that most people who are concerned about staying healthy take some sort of daily supplement or vitamin. The problem is, not all vitamins and supplements are created equal!

To the untrained eye they seem to be, but labels can (and often do) mislead consumers into thinking bigger is better.

Do you remember the eye-opening documentary “Super-Size Me?”  If you don’t, Google it. We need to understand that quality is so much better than quantity – and this most certainly applies to your daily supplements!

Let’s be honest, we all have tendencies to eat convenient (fast) foods that have little or no nutritional value as our schedules get busier and busier. So taking supplements or multivitamins to help us maintain our health makes us feel better about it.  CONSIDER THIS: Where do the nutrients in your vitamins come from? And is it doing its job to replace the missing nutrients from your diet?

There are some very important factors to consider when choosing the right nutritional supplements. The most important factor is the source of RAW materials – Is it Whole Food Based?

When comparing the labels on any nutritional supplement, always examine the source of the ingredients. Manmade compounds, like those found in typical retail multivitamins are often just synthetic forms of the vitamins and minerals we need. Would you eat a synthetic piece of broccoli? What about a synthetic carrot?  I hope not!  So make sure your supplement is from WHOLE FOOD sources with all natural ingredients!  Most doctors with advanced nutritional training & a thorough understanding of physiology will tell you that a small amount of a whole food source (quality) is better than large amounts of synthetic vitamins (quantity)!

If you are unsure about whether the supplement you are taking is in all-natural, whole food forms please do not hesitate to contact me! I am always here to answer any questions you may have regarding your nutrition, because I want my patients to be well-informed about nutrition and achieve the best health possible!

Dr. Cara

Healthy For Life Chiropractic

864.313.0210

Be Healthy in 2013!!

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

As the new year begins, I can’t help but notice that EVERYONE IS SICK!! People on social media are talking about how sick they are, the news is reporting how the flu is now an epidemic, and everywhere I look people are coughing, sneezing, and wheezing!  I want to take a moment to let you know WHY you might be sick and how to AVOID getting sick in the future.  Let’s be honest-who wants to be sick & who has the time?

*Sugar

You may not know this, but sugar will SUPPRESS your immune system. Sugar decreases your body’s ability to attack bacteria. Eating just 75 -100 grams of sugar can decrease the ability of white blood cells to destroy bacteria that can make you sick. Be aware of how much sugar you are consuming!  Also keep in mind that sugar does NOT only come from cakes, cookies & pie.  Carbohydrates convert to sugar, so monitor all sources of carbohydrate intake including pasta, rice, bread, etc.

*Nutrition

A diet rich in nutrients can significantly boost immunity to help fight infection.  These are found in citrus fruits, kale, spinach, carrots, etc. Basically, make sure you are eating your fruits and veggies!  Find yourself too busy to eat properly? Whole food supplements are a huge benefit. Notice I said WHOLE FOOD – this is important because not all supplements (vitamins) are plant based! Just like the food we eat can be processed with chemicals, so can vitamins (and they often are)! To give your body the best nutrition possible, make sure your supplement is whole food based. Just as you wouldn’t expect your car to run without gas, your body cannot properly function without nutrients! (We will talk more in-depth on this subject in future blogs. Stay tuned!)

*Adequate sleep

Fatigue greatly increases your chances of getting sick. It is imperative that adults sleep 7-9 hours every night. So DVR your favorite show if you have to – if you want your immune system to operate to the best of its ability, you must give your body the rest it needs!

There are a lot more things that you can do to stay healthy, but these are the things that can and will directly influence your immune system. I want my family, friends, and patients healthy in 2013!

I trust that 2013 is off to a great start for you, and please don’t hesitate to call my office if you want to talk nutrition – I’m always ready and willing to help!

Dr. Cara

Healthy for Life Chiropractic

864.313.0210

New Look – Same Great Service

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

We’re really happy to announce Healthy for Life Chiropractic’s new website is live!

Our entire website has been redesigned to better provide our patients with news and information.  We saw the need to make changes to the website to provide a richer experience to our patients.  We wanted a website which provides you with an easy to navigate site in order for you to easily find information about our practice in a timely manner.

We approached Red Spark Marketing to help us with getting the website up and running.  Scott and his team did a great job addressing our needs and building a website which has more functionality and a cleaner look than out previous website.  They were able to do it quickly and efficiently, making what can be a stressful experience, every easy.

We hope you enjoy the new website, be sure to bookmark us and check back often for useful information concerning reducing back and neck pain.