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5 Tips for Fast, Natural Headache Relief

5 Tips for Fast, Natural Headache Relief
Published Thursday, 29 March 2018

When you have a headache, no matter where you are, you want it gone fast. There are many different types of headaches ranging from mild to debilitating. Remember to always seek medical attention if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed here, but if you’re having a less intense headache, there are pain-relief methods you can pursue at home.

Natural Headache Relief Tip #1: Essential Oils

We’ve all heard about the many ways you can use essential oils as natural medicines, but did you know peppermint and lavender essential oils are proven to provide headache relief? Peppermint and lavender can be combined with a carrier oil (jojoba, grapeseed, and coconut oil are all examples of a carrier oil) and rubbed on the temples, forehead, and wrists, to alleviate headache symptoms.

essential oils for headache relief

Peppermint significantly increases the blood flow to the forehead, which can decrease muscle contractions causing a headache. Lavender is a known mood stabilizer and sedative, so it has a very relaxing effect on the body.

Natural Headache Relief Tip #2: Water

drink water for headache relief

A headache can be a sign of dehydration. If you are experiences headache symptoms and haven’t had any water recently, try drinking a glass or two while you sit down and relax. This might allow your body to rehydrate and your headache to dissipate.

Natural Headache Relief Tip #3: Stretching

man stretching at desk

Headaches can happen because of tension and muscle soreness. Stretching can help reduce these causes and give you headache relief. Try the following stretches for headache relief:

  • Backward Shoulder Roll: Roll your shoulders backward while squeezing your shoulder blades together.
  • Look Behind You Stretch: Turn your head over your shoulder to look behind you, and bring your chin down toward your shoulder. Repeat on the other side.
  • The Bear Hug: While standing, extend your arms in front of you like you’re going to give someone a hug, and then lace your fingers together while pulling your chin toward your chest.

Natural Headache Relief Tip #4: Ginger Root

ginger tea for headache relief

Ginger root is a natural way to soothe the inflammation causing your headache. For severe headaches and migraines, other symptoms such as nausea may occur, and ginger root provides a natural way to settle your stomach.

Cut three slices of raw ginger root, simmer in two cups of water for 30 minutes, pour into a cup, and sip. The slices can be removed or stay in the tea.

Natural Headache Relief Tip #5: Apple Cider Vinegar

apple cider vinegar for headache relief

Apple Cider Vinegar has been in all our news feeds lately for its weight loss properties. While these are not scientifically proven, apple cider vinegar has been used as a natural headache relief agent. It has high levels of potassium, which helps prevent migraines, and inhaling the vapors may relieve sinus headaches. Here are three ways you can use apple cider vinegar for natural headache relief:

  1. Mix and drink 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon of honey, and 8 ounces of water.
  2. Make a cold compress and put apple cider vinegar on the compress before laying it across the forehead or neck.
  3. Boil ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar with 2 cups of water and carefully place your head over the mixture and inhale the steam

If you are suffering from frequent headaches, call our team of doctors at South Orange Chiropractic Center to learn more about how natural remedies and regular chiropractic care can help lessen their frequency and severity.

[VIDEO] What are Some of the Surprising Results Patients Have Achieved?

Published Thursday, 22 March 2018

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Video Transcript

Dr. Mark Roczey: 

Well, throughout my 13 years of being a chiropractor, it's been an incredible story. I've seen so many people come in with just back pain and neck pain, and come out with some miracles. We had one couple, when I first started and they were trying to have a baby. And for many years, they've been going through shots and injections all through the medical procedure. The next thing you know, they haven't done anything for months. The one thing did change was chiropractic care.

Another condition, which one patient came in with, was just neck pain. And throughout her three months of coming here, she was asking me questions. Does the adjustment help me sleep better, does the adjustment help reduce stress, does the adjustment help her immunity? And, all of these questions were yeses. And this patient noticed not only did her neck pain reduce, but she was living a life that she's been searching for all these years. 

The adjustment is so powerful. Many people don't realize that when you're adjusted, it affects the quality and condition of your brain. More and more studies show now, after an adjustment the brain is powered up by up to 20% in your pre-frontal cortex. And that's known for higher thinking, better balance, spatial awareness, immunity, less stress, better memory retention and regurgitation. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. More and more people are gonna start to see that when they get adjusted, their body can perform optimally. 

Pain Relief for People on Their Feet All Day

Pain Relief for People on Their Feet All Day
Published Thursday, 15 March 2018

There are so many jobs and careers which require employees to stand for 8+ hours in a row. Even those with jobs requiring standing in shorter shifts know how difficult it can be on the body to stand for so long.

Servers, bartenders, and kitchen staff are constantly on their feet moving around. Retail associates almost never have a chance to sit down. Factory workers and other people who work in manufacturing jobs can stand in the same spot for hours on end with only minutes to take a break.

These kinds of physical, manual labor can wreak havoc on people’s backs, knees, hips, ankles, and feet. Here are some ways people who work on their feet all day can combat the physical aches, pains, and injuries associated with high amounts of standing.

Tip to Reduce Pain #1: Exercise

Exercise for Back Pain Relief

As with so many other ailments, exercise is the first step in making your body feel better. Exercising to strengthen the back muscles and core muscles will help keep you standing stronger for longer without pain. Use yoga poses to ease the aches and pains associated with standing on your feet all day.

End of Day Poses:

  • Legs up the wall - Lie down on the floor next to a wall, put your feet up the wall, and straighten your legs. Start with just a few minutes, eventually working up to 20 minutes at a time.
  • Knee to chest - Lie down on your back and pull one knee at a time up to your chest. Hold here for 10-30 seconds. Repeat with the other leg.
  • Figure Four - Lie down on your back, pull your right foot over your left knee, then raise your left leg toward your chest. Hold for 10-30 seconds. Repeat with the other leg.

During the Day Poses:

  • Standing Half Moon Pose - Reach your arms to the ceiling and interlace your fingers. Lean to the right for 10-15 seconds, then lean to the left for 10-15 seconds
  • Tree Pose - While standing, place your left foot onto your right leg at about thigh level, and balance there. Then do the same thing with your right foot on your left leg.
  • Standing Forward Fold - Standing, bend at the waist and reach toward the floor, then roll up one vertebrae at a time, until standing straight again.

Tip to Reduce Pain #2: What to Wear

A good pair of shoes can help reduce back and leg pain

A good pair of shoes is a life saver for anyone who is on their feet all day. Everyone has had the experience of wearing an uncomfortable shoes at a party or event where you are on your feet a lot, and how much that hurts at the end of the day. If you have the kind of job where standing for hours on end happens every day, you cannot afford to have an uncomfortable pair of shoes. Make sure to check with the recommendations of the shoes you buy as to how often they need to be replaced for maximum comfort and support.

Compression socks or compression hose can be very beneficial for those on their feet all day as well. These socks or hose prevent blood from pooling in the legs or feet, which can cause discomfort. They also reduce your risk of blood clots.

Tip to Reduce Pain #3: What to Stand On

An anti-fatigue mat can be helpful for those who stand on their feet all day.

Some jobs requiring standing all day also have people walking and moving, so there is not constant pressure on your back, legs, and feet. However, if you work in a factory, teach classes, or even cook on a kitchen line, you may stand in a very small space for long periods of time. In this case, it might be worth looking into getting an anti-fatigue mat or mats. These mats add cushion to concrete and other unforgiving floors. Less pressure on your back, knees, and feet will allow you to stand for longer without feeling pain and fatigue.

If you stand on your feet all day long to make a living, call our team of doctors at South Orange Chiropractic Center for more ideas on how to reduce the pain, and see how chiropractic care can benefit you.

[VIDEO] If My Back Hurts, Does that Mean the Problem Originates in the Spine?

Published Thursday, 08 March 2018

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Video Transcript

Dr. Mark S. Sielski: 

Absolutely not. That's why we do a detailed history, comprehensive exam, and we do X-rays so that we can find out what the cause is. But there are different causes for back pain.

You can have injuries to the kidneys, you can have some sort of pathology, there are a lot of different things that can give you what we call referred pain to the back, that are not necessarily originating in the spine.

Sneaky Ways to Add More Vegetables to Every Meal

Sneaky Ways to Add More Vegetables to Every Meal
Published Thursday, 01 March 2018

“No dessert until you’ve finished your broccoli.”

“You’re not allowed to leave the table until that spinach is gone.”

"No, the dog cannot have your brussel sprouts!" 

Sound familiar? Getting kids to eat their vegetables can be a struggle, but they aren’t the only ones who have a hard time consuming the recommended daily serving. According to American dietary guidelines, 3-5 servings of vegetables per day are recommended for a healthy diet. Typically, a serving equals 1 cup of a vegetable - for instance, 1 medium size potato or even a ¾ cup of vegetable juice. Unfortunately, most people (even adults!) have a hard time following those guidelines.

 

Luckily, we’ve thought of some easy and sneaky ways to add more vegetables to each of your daily meals!

More Vegetables for Breakfast

One of the easiest ways to add vegetables to your breakfast is to make a frittata. Scramble up some eggs and throw in any vegetable you like. Red onions, peas, artichokes, broccoli, tomatoes - the sky's the limit for the vegetables you can use to make a frittata more filling and flavorful!

Another great way to add in veggies to your breakfast is to puree vegetables to mix in with your pancakes. Puree a butternut squash and combine it with your favorite pancake or waffle mix for a delicious and nutritious start to your day.

Pre-Prep Veggies for Snacking

When it comes to snack foods, preparation is key. When you have the option either to munch on a bag of chips or to cut up carrots or peppers to dip in hummus, the more convenient choice will most often win. Setting aside time each week to prep healthy veggies for snacking can make it easier to choose the healthier option during those times.

Purchase a big bag of baby carrots or peapods, and portion them into snack-size bags. Cut peppers and cucumbers for dipping, or have mixed greens on hand for an easy salad. These simple and quick ways can help you and your family ensure that you’re getting your daily servings of veggies in — and reducing the amount of junk food that you consume!

Bulk Up Lunch and Dinner Vegetable Servings

Pureeing vegetables might sound like adding baby food to your dishes, but it is a great way to get your servings of vegetables while also adding flavor to your foods. This is also an excellent way to get your kids or your picky spouse to eat a wider variety of vegetables.

Spinach can be pureed and mixed in with a red sauce, and cauliflower can be pureed and added to meatballs. Spaghetti and meatballs never looked so healthy!

Speaking of spaghetti, why not try your hand at veggie noodles? Zucchini, squash, and even sweet potatoes all make a great vegetable noodle. You can skip the carbs and add plentiful servings of veggies to your meals, and even the kids will enjoy it.

Sneaky Vegetable Adding - Ninja Level

We’ve talked about adding vegetables into all three daily meals - but what about adding vegetables into desserts? Chocolate is such a strong and delicious flavor that it can hide almost any pureed vegetable, making it a great way to sneak some healthy additions into desserts like brownies, chocolate cake, or cookies.

Avocados are a healthy fruit that can be added in by stealth to a sweet treat. Avocado chocolate pudding is a great example, and if you don’t spill the beans, no one will ever guess they are getting a part of their daily fruit requirement in their pudding!

Getting your five servings of veggies each day is just the start of ensuring that you’re living a healthy lifestyle. For more nutritional advice, consult with the doctors at South Orange Chiropractic Center.

[VIDEO] How Soon Can I Get an Appointment?

Published Thursday, 22 February 2018

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Video Transcript 

Dr. Mark Roczey:

Since we have three full-time chiropractors on staff five days a week, it's pretty easy to get an appointment here. We're always willing to accept patients, and we're always willing to go out of our way to make sure that we can accommodate people who need to be here.

Are Energy Drinks Bad for Your Heart?

Are Energy Drinks Bad for Your Heart?
Published Thursday, 15 February 2018

Must. Have. Caffeine.

We all have our morning routines. Most of us shower, brush our teeth, get dressed, and eat breakfast. Chances are some caffeinated beverage helps to jump-start your morning, like coffee, tea, or an energy drink. Caffeinated drinks can do wonders for college students heading out to an early morning class after pulling an all nighter or an exhausted mother of three in the middle of a particularly nasty flu season. In doses under 400 milligrams, caffeine is considered safe for consumption by the FDA, and a regular 8-ounce coffee from your corner shop only has 95 milligrams on average. According to an April 2017 study, however, what caffeinated drink you choose can greatly impact your heart’s health.

Much research has already been done about the cardiovascular safety profile of caffeine, but scientists at the David Grant Medical Center on Travis Air Force Base were interested in how energy drinks may affect the heart. The team compared blood pressure and EKG results of healthy individuals after they drank an energy drink or a regular caffeinated beverage. The caffeinated beverage had the same amount of caffeine as the energy drink, but none of the other ingredients, such as sugar, various B vitamins, and taurine, which are found in many of the common energy drinks available now.  

Your Heart on Energy Drinks

The results were interesting. The participants who drank the energy drink had elevated blood pressure for up to six hours after consuming the beverage. The participants who drank the caffeinated beverage had only a slight rise in blood pressure. The EKG results were even more revealing. Twenty-four hours after they had the beverage, the results of those who had drunk the energy drink were the same as those associated with life-threatening irregularities in the heart.

Energy drinks are often marketed under the guise they will keep you awake for longer than a cup of coffee or any other caffeinated beverage on the market. There is no research available that says an energy drink with the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee will do more for your energy levels or focus. However, a 2015 Mayo Clinic Study showed that just one 16-ounce energy drink increases blood pressure and stress hormones enough to induce a cardiovascular event.

Natural, Heart-Healthy Energy Boost

If you are a healthy man or woman, consuming a moderate amount of caffeine is fine. However, for an energy boost without caffeine, and with the added benefits of maximizing physical performance, preventing or treating headaches, and increasing weight loss - have a glass of water! Your energy levels are decreased significantly if your body is dehydrated.

February is American Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, but making small lifestyle choices can significantly reduce your risk. For more information on heart healthy habits, consult with the doctors of South Orange Chiropractic Center.

[VIDEO] How Many Treatments until My Back Pain Goes Away?

Published Thursday, 08 February 2018

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Video Transcript

Dr. Mark S. Sielski:

Well a lot of patients will ask that and it definitely is on a case by case basis. We don't do cookbook care. We take everything into consideration, the patient's age, their health status, their weight, there's just so many different variables for each patient. So, we want to do more individualized care, as opposed to just the same care for everybody. 

 

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