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Understanding the Link Between Circadian Rhythms and Lower Back Pain

Understanding the Link Between Circadian Rhythms and Lower Back Pain Today, we’re delving into the intriguing connection between circadian rhythms and lower back pain. This topic is particularly timely for people who travel between time zones and for all of us who are affected when the time changes due to Daylight Savings time. The Impact of Time Changes Each year, when the time changes, I notice an influx of patients reporting increased fatigue and difficulty adjusting to the new schedule. Personally, I’m no stranger to this struggle; when my routine is disrupted, my sleep quality suffers significantly. Interestingly, this disturbance in our circadian rhythm can also contribute to lower back pain, a common issue we frequently address in our clinic. Redefining Circadian Rhythm First, let’s redefine what circadian rhythm actually means. Many people automatically associate it with sleep cycles and shift work. However, the National Institute of Health offers...

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Best Exercises for High Blood Pressure

Best Exercises for High Blood Pressure I talk a lot about blood pressure here in our downtown Orlando chiropractic office. It’s almost a national epidemic that we’re going through where blood pressures are going higher and higher for a lot of Americans, what’s defined as high blood pressure here is 140 over 90 millimeters of mercury. That’s what we measure blood pressure in. And that’s really important to you if you’ve ever been told by your medical doctor or healthcare specialist, that you might have hypertension or high blood pressure. There are medications that can help you with your hypertension. But there are a lot of lifestyle modifications that you can do. That will also help your blood pressure so that you can maybe get off of those medications, things diet, exercise, stopping smoking, staying away from alcohol, all these things we know reduce blood...

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Chiropractic Care Across the Lifespan

Chiropractic Care Across the Lifespan Chiropractic care is a versatile and holistic approach to health that spans across generations. From the exuberance of childhood to the wisdom of senior years, chiropractic care offers unique benefits tailored to the specific needs of different age groups. In this blog post, we’ll explore the advantages of chiropractic care for children, adults, and seniors, emphasizing how this form of healthcare contributes to overall well-being at every stage of life. Chiropractic Care for Children: Developmental Support: Chiropractic care can be beneficial for children as their bodies undergo rapid growth and development. Gentle adjustments help ensure that the spine is properly aligned, supporting optimal nervous system function and contributing to overall well-being. Improved Immune Function: Children are often exposed to various environmental stressors. Chiropractic care can enhance their immune function by addressing any spinal misalignments that may interfere with nerve...

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Posture and Spinal Health: A Balancing Act with Chiropractic Care

Posture and Spinal Health: A Balancing Act with Chiropractic Care Maintaining good posture often takes a back seat in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. However, the way we carry ourselves has a profound impact on our spinal health and overall well-being. In this blog post, we’ll explore the importance of maintaining good posture and how chiropractic care emerges as a critical player in correcting and improving posture. The Foundation of Good Posture: Good posture is more than a matter of aesthetics; it is the foundation of a healthy spine and musculoskeletal system. When we maintain proper alignment, the spine is in its natural, supportive position, reducing stress on ligaments, preventing muscle strain, and enabling the body to function optimally. Effects of Poor Posture: Conversely, poor posture can have detrimental effects on our health. Prolonged periods of slouching or hunching can lead to misalignments in the spine,...

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Relieving Neck Pain While Traveling: Simple Tips for a Painless Journey

Relieving Neck Pain While Traveling: Simple Tips for a Painless Journey Traveling, whether for business or leisure, can be exciting but often comes with its share of discomforts. One common complaint that many people, including some of my patients here at Nightlight Chiropractic, share is neck pain after a journey. In this blog post, we’ll explore the most prevalent causes of neck pain during travel and provide easy tips to mitigate these issues. Let’s dive in! Addressing Pseudoscience Concerns: Before we delve into the causes of neck pain, it’s crucial to address any skepticism about the legitimacy of the advice. Because we are Doctors of Chiropractic here at our Orlando chiropractic office, we have some trolls who claim that all of our advice is pseudoscience. However, it’s important to note that the recommendations provided are rooted in science and medicine, backed by extensive research. Stress: The Culprit at the Airport...

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What’s the best way to walk to avoid back pain?

What’s the best way to walk to avoid back pain? Today we’re going to go over how you’re supposed to walk. You may not know that you are walking wrong, and you could be making things worse, maybe even increasing your back pain. I’ve been doing a lot of research recently about bio-archaeology. It is about how humans developed and moved away from our ancestors. I love this topic because our spines, in particular, are of great study because they’ve changed so much versus our nearest ancestors, which would be the chimpanzee.  Chimpanzees, being our nearest primate relative, have spines that are very, very different from our spines. And it all comes down to this: humans are built to walk. Chimpanzees are built to live in trees. And so what humans have done in the course of our evolution is to change our spines to allow us to walk...

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