Chiropractic Care For Better Health

Chiropractic Care For Better Health

Chiropractic care seeks to adjust the spinal bones into the correct alignment, thereby removing nerve interference, which then empowers the body to heal naturally without medication or surgery. Although the foundation of chiropractic care is spinal manipulation, the practice also involves a host of other treatments such as physical therapies, posture education, and ergonomics training, which focuses on the techniques of sitting, standing, and walking without exerting undue pressure on the spine.

Understanding the Chiropractic Approach 

Chiropractic care originates from the idea that faulty spinal alignment and resultant nerve interference affects a person’s overall health. The spine is so much more than a column of bones. By housing the central nervous system, it directly affects how the body processes pain and heals. The nerves spread out from the spine and travel to every cell, tissue and organ in the body, controlling and coordinating all body functions. 

As for pain, many joint and muscle pains occur when vertebral subluxation or misalignment occurs. This common condition can cause not only neck and back pain but also pain or tingling and numbness into the arms or legs, headaches and pains in other parts of the body. Joints can also become stuck or “fixated” and surely cause pain. Remember, all the body parts interconnect in one way or the other. When one part is misaligned, you can feel the effect in other seemingly unrelated body parts.

Our chiropractors use their hands and other chiropractic instruments to apply a carefully, controlled force to the spinal joints. With the spinal adjustment, chiropractors restore the spine’s alignment and alleviate pain in the process.

Woman receive chiropractic neck adjustment

Do Chiropractic Adjustments Hurt? 

With some chiropractic techniques, there is a cracking sound.  Despite the cracking sound, the procedure is virtually painless. In fact, you should experience an almost instant relief from your back, neck, or joint pain. The “click” signifies the vertebra moving back into its proper position. The chiropractic procedure takes place on a comfortable, padded chiropractic table where you lie face down or in any other suitable position depending on the body part to be aligned. Our highly experienced chiropractors go out of their way to put you at ease and ensure that you’re as relaxed as possible.  There are also many other chiropractic techniques in which there is no “crack” at all, yet are still very effective. You can decide along with our chiropractor which is most suitable for you. Our chiropractors are trained in many techniques.

Old man chiropractic adjustment

Benefits of Chiropractic Procedures 

Chiropractic care has grown exponentially in the recent years, as more people turn to natural healing methods. At Orange Wellness, we advocate for the enhancement of your overall health. Wouldn’t you rather adopt a lifestyle that helps you avoid illness in the first place? Unlike conventional medicine, which focuses on attempting to treat existing diseases, chiropractic care helps reduce the chances of being ill in the first place. Either way, chiropractic presents a host of short-term and long-term health benefits:

  • Relieves Pain From the Source 

Our chiropractic care pays precise attention to the spine, given that all the nerves in the body start within the spine. Pain radiates through the nerves. The nervous system regulates the reflexes of the body. By aligning the spine, we deal with pain from the source, as opposed to treating the symptoms. Chiropractic care is most common for treating back pain but is also successful with headaches, joint pain and stiffness, neck pain, and even ear infections, as well as various other conditions.

  • Avoids Side Effects of Prescription Medication 

Pain relievers may work, but only temporarily. Besides, you have to increase the dosage over time for a similar effect or settle for more potent medication. Most prescription drugs have harmful side effects when taken for a prolonged period. You also stand the risk of developing a dependency, where you can’t function without these drugs. You can avoid such risks by opting for chiropractic care, which not only relieves your condition but also minimizes your chances of falling ill in the first place. Remember, we do not necessarily apply chiropractic procedures in isolation; we can also use them to complement other forms of therapy to acquire health and wellness.

  • Customized Treatment Plan 

Chiropractic care examines each case individually, as opposed to a ‘one size fits all’ solution. Once you walk into Orange Wellness, we assign you to one of our expert chiropractors. Together, you will go over your symptoms and medical history. You will get a detailed account of the services that we offer and a recommendation of treatment best suited for your case.

  • Improves Joint Health 

We cannot underestimate the significance of our joints to our overall health. Chiropractic adjustment reduces joint pain and stiffness while increasing their range of motion. If you’re suffering from arthritis, you may be surprised to learn that you do not have to contend with constant medication and injections. Our non-invasive joint realignment, called an adjustment, can help you regain motion and prevent joint dysfunction. No matter what your situation is, engage with us, and let’s see how we can help improve your joint mobility. 

Man receiving chiropractic adjustment

The Orange Wellness Assurance 

Welcome to Orange Wellness, where our team of expert chiropractors is all set to tend to you. We deal with a vast range of conditions, including:

  • Personal injury
  • Physical therapy → Not a condition, It’s a service technically
  • Automobile accidents
  • Joint degeneration
  • Arthritis
  • Trigger-point injection → A service technically
  • Whiplash
  • Headaches
  • Back pains
  • Sciatica
  • Disc herniation

If you’re dealing with a condition that’s not listed above, we invite you to contact us so we can discuss your situation and work towards a solution. Any questions that we haven’t answered above? Get in touch and let us clarify any other detail to your satisfaction. Your pain and discomfort could soon be a thing of the past. Take advantage of Orlando’s greatest and most advanced chiropractic services. We look far beyond treating a condition; we want to minimize your chances of falling sick in the first place. Make the first step on the road to improving your health and overall well-being with The Orange Wellness experience.

Crack Stress Before It Cracks You

Crack Stress Before It Cracks You

 

Studies have shown that stress not only contributes to weight gain and weight loss but also causes a process of overeating that can lead to imbalances and spikes within the body. For example, cortisol and insulin are the two most common hormones that can do real damage if left unchecked.  These hormones contribute to fat being stored around the mid-section and hips that ultimately produce inflammation, diabetes and heart disease. These are symptoms of stress and should be dealt immediately.

The damaging effects of stress impact weight, hormones, self-confidence, and overall health and should be regarded as highly detrimental if not taken care of properly. Stress is almost like death and taxes, it’s going to happen one way or another.  The best part that most people don’t know is that  your body has the ability to respond to stress on its own. It was designed that way. The key is giving your body the best chance to do so and often that involves lifestyle changes. We can help you navigate that.

Disease is something that your body knows how to handle, but because of poor lifestyle choices, it can turn into an illness. By applying healthier principles in your life, you will improve how your body naturally responds to stress and restore health and healing to your body.

3 Ways To Help Eliminate Stress

Exercise 

Exercise is an effective way to maximize your response to stress.  It will lower cortisol, balance insulin, spike glutathione levels and trigger hormones that make you feel happier and more elated.  A misconception is that exercise combats stress or cures it, but that is simply not a true statement. It only helps the body to function at a more efficient and safe level for taking care of stress naturally.

Don’t Panic

When you panic and become anxious, your body goes into overload.  If you panic, you’ve already lost the battle, as anyone that suffers from anxiety, panic attacks, asthma or any other stress related condition fully knows too well.  The secret is not to add additional mental and emotional stress to any situation, because adding this stress compounds the problem. Find the calming solution that works for you – whether it’s counting slowly backward from 100 or putting yourself in a timeout, identify it and put it to use when you feel your anxiety rising!

Putting Yourself In A Stress-Free Environment

A prime example is taking some time in nature or going for a walk alone. So your body and your mind have time to take in some fresh air. Another example might be to find a quiet place you feel safe and turn everything off and breathe slowly by taking deep breathes until the heart stabilizes and slows down the panic mode it has been put in. This may seem ridiculous, but it is very effective to be able to step away and re-focus your body’s systems.  These solutions won’t eliminate stress but they will help your body respond to the stress at the best of your ability.

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Pass The Pumpkin Please!

Pass The Pumpkin Please!

 

Pumpkin season has finally arrived, so we thought it appropriate to carve out some time for dishing out some impressive health benefits of this yummy seasonal favorite. No more feeling anxious about what you’re bringing to family gatherings, now you can feel good about all of your pumpkin recipes this fall and brag away about how healthy they are.

Check out our 6 favorite health benefits of pumpkin and feel free to share them with everyone, unless you want to hog all the credit for yourself, in which case we won’t tell anyone.

Top 6 Health Benefits of Pumpkin

1. Pumpkin Seeds Are Heart Healthy

Seeds and nuts no matter what kind are actually all heart healthy, and of course that includes our favorite pumpkin seed. They contain what are called phytosterols, a plant-based molecule that acts in the intestine to lower bad cholesterol absorption. Pumpkin seeds can lower cholesterol by 10% when taking 2g per day, which is a little less than 1oz. If not being used as a garnish for a delicious recipe, raw pumpkin seeds are great snacks that can be picked up at most local grocery stores. Snack away!

2. Pumpkin Can Boost Your Mood

Unless you’re just a Scrooge around the holiday season, who doesn’t like to be happy? Pumpkins contain an amino acid called tryptophan, a key ingredient in producing serotonin. In case you were unaware, serotonin is huge when it comes to our mood, so partaking in a bit of pumpkin this season will help chase those moody blues away. And unlike Cinderella, this pumpkin will last past midnight.

3. Pumpkin Helps Boost Your Immune System

Packed FULL of vitamin C, it’s hard not to get excited about pumpkin during the season that is famous for cold and flu assaults. The recommended daily dose for vitamin C is 65mg, and one cup of cooked pumpkin contains nearly 20% of that recommended dose. Sounds like a winning combo to us, so start pumping your body with some pumpkin before sickness has a chance to set in.

4. Pumpkin May Reduce Cancer Risk

The orange family of vegetables all have something in common, and we’re talking about carrots, sweet potatoes, butternut squash and of course pumpkin. They all have strong levels of beta-carotene, and according to the National Cancer Institute, it may have a strong link to preventing certain cancers. Seems silly NOT to plate up some pumpkin this season, there’s really nothing to lose.

5. Pumpkin Protects The Skin

Hello best beauty product ever! Ok, maybe a bit too far but seriously how awesome is that?! Carotenoids contained in pumpkin act as protective antioxidants that not only protect the body against free radicals that damage the body but also keep the skin wrinkle-free. So don’t feel bad to ask for seconds when the pumpkin’s being passed around. Your skin just might thank you.

6. Pumpkin Supports Natural Weight Loss

When we think of fiber, we hardly think of pumpkin, but it has surprisingly large amounts of fiber within that bright orange packaging. For every 1 cup of pumpkin, there are 3 grams of fiber and only 49 calories. It’s common knowledge that a fiber-rich diet actually helps people feel fuller longer and eat less, giving them the ability to lose some of those pesky pounds. PLUS pumpkin is just yummy to eat. Wins all around!

 

These top health benefits are yours to take advantage of this fall season, so pop into your local farmer’s market or grocer and grab some pumpkin before it’s all gone! If you have any questions about how your diet plays a part in balancing the body and its function, then we’d love to help. Give our team a call today!

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The Effect Of Sugar On The Body

The Effect Of Sugar On The Body

 

That chocolate cupcake has been calling your name all afternoon. Yes, it’s time for your sugar break before you hit “the work wall”, and you know what? It’s fine. There is, believe it or not, an allotted amount of sugar your body can consume each day, but the problem is we love excess, don’t we?

We’re all guilty of eating that late night candy bar or ten gallons of sweet tea. Whatever your most favorite way to consume it, the point is you consume it, and a lot of it. Do you know what this magical fairy dust we call sugar actually does to our bodies?

As a matter of fact, we do know, and that’s what we want to share with you. Love it or leave it, sugar isn’t the best thing to consume in massive quantities because of how our bodies respond to it. We want to point you in the right direction, so here are the 5 not so great effects sugar can have on your body. Our advice? Try to steer clear of the sweet stuff!

GIVES YOU FAT ORGANS

You know what fructose is right? It’s the element within that ordinary table sugar that we heap on top of our Cheerios, and it’s found in “added sugars”. So, fructose triggers your liver to store fat more efficiently, and in weird places. Over time, a diet high in fructose could lead to fat building up around your liver, a precursor to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, something rarely seen before 1980. Unless, you don’t want to say you couldn’t fit into those pants because you had a fat liver, skip that daily sweet tea run.

EFFECTS YOUR HAPPINESS

Ever heard someone say they’re an “emotional eater”, well usually it involves lots of sugar and sweet yummy treats. Reaching for sugar to feel better or forget something is actually creating the opposite effect within our body, and most people don’t even know it. Public Health Journal did a study involving nearly 9,000 people to try and discover a link between depression and sugar or fast food. After six years, the junk food junkies faced a nearly 40% greater risk of developing depression. Looks like the brain releases lower levels of feel-good dopamine when competing with those yummy white crystals. Not so yummy anymore, eh?

CREATES A ZOMBIE

You know that wall we talked about? Well, when you grab a chocolate candy bar and get that brief jolt of energy, you feel like you’ve made the right choice, like you can conquer the world. Nope! Soon that jolt is replaced by ceaseless fatigue. Science says it takes just 30 minutes or less to go from a sugar rush to a full-on sugar crash. This just sets you up to want more sugar—a vicious cycle. Let’s add insult to injury shall we? Sugar also triggers the release of serotonin, a sleep regulator. Ugh! Good-bye energy, hello walking dead!

TURNS YOU INTO A JUNKIE

Anytime sugar is ingested, it sets off a release of chemicals to the brain’s pleasure center, much like a street drug. And as they do with street drugs, people get addicted, meaning they need more sugar for a feel-good “fix.” A study involving rats have shown that when sugar is taken away they experience the same symptoms any drug addict would once they’re cut off from their “high”. Symptoms like chattering teeth, shakes, and anxiety, are chief among them. You may be treading dangerous ground, so watch your stash.

TRASHES YOUR FACE

Let’s do a little math. When you ADD sugar into your bloodstream, PLUS the proteins that are already there, you’re creating a new molecule called AGEs. This harmful new creation stands for “Advanced Glycation End Products” and they are like invaders who attack other proteins causing damage. Some of these common proteins under attack make up the collagen in your skin that is what keeps your skin firm and elastic. Go ahead and drink that super smoothie with the added sugar, it’ll just give you dry, brittle protein fibers that lead to wrinkles and saggy skin, no biggie. As if that wasn’t bad enough, AGEs promote the growth of fragile collagen and deactivate your body’s natural antioxidant enzymes. Basically, this opens the door to the sun creating even more of a skin problem.

Bottom line. Sugar will flat out do you wrong, so beware of its effects on you and your health.

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