Happy New Year!

New Year’s Resolutions …

So, I might have asked you during your adjustment in the past week if you have any goals or resolutions for 2019. “No” was a very popular answer. So below are a few encouraging and simple ideas that can assist you in being a better version of you in 365 days. Hey, if Apple can change a couple things to an iPhone and call it a whole new phone, why can’t we do the same, right 😊

  1. Get at least 30 minutes of daily exercise. Many of the benefits of regular exercise can be experienced with as little as 30 minutes of physical activity a day. Not only will you decrease your risk of obesity and diabetes, you’ll also experience a reduction in back pain, migraine, and other neuro-musculoskeletal symptoms.

  2. Deep breathing. Meditation, going on walks, and taking breaks throughout the day can all aide in stress reduction. Lowering your stress can make your immune system more resilient and decrease chronic pain flare-ups.

  3. Laugh more often. Laughter doesn’t just relieve mental stress; it also fires off a cascade of physical reactions that benefit your health. Studies show that laughing can stimulate the heart, muscles, and lungs — not to mention the flurry of endorphins that are released after a good giggling session.

  1. Eat your greens. Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and kale, which are rich in calcium, can help to decrease your risk of osteoarthritis. Spinach, lentils, and beans are high in magnesium, a vitamin shown to benefit patients with back pain.

  2. Quit smoking. Cigarette smoking increases your risk of spinal conditions and arthritis. Smoking cessation has been tied to an improvement in spinal pain. As a bonus, new research shows that smokers who attempt to quit in January are more successful because of the extra motivation the New Year provides.

  3. Lose weight. Carrying extra weight increase the load on your spine and joints, making you more susceptible to sciatica, disc herniation, and osteoarthritis.

  4. See a chiropractor. The spine plays an important role in your overall health by ensuring that your nervous system is functioning smoothly.

Need some encouragement to try some of the above suggestions? Please join up with our New Year New You -- Wellness Bingo. Lisa can help you out with getting you set up with that. It will run now until February 14th 2019.

Make it a better than great day!!

Dr Owen

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