I love technology. Anyone that knows me is aware of my love for gadgets and all things new and shiny. Technology can make life easier, I often think what it was like before I had a smart phone and how I couldn’t live without it now. However there is a downside to this technology and our continual use of it. Our bodies are not designed to continually look down at computer screen or mobile phones. I see the effects of this every day in practice. Neck and upper back pain, headaches, lower back problems, all stemming from poor posture. You may have seen an article floating around Facebook and the internet the last week, where the weight of your head changes depending on the angle you are looking at. What Dr Kenneth Hansrai found was very interesting and something we all should be aware of.
I have been practicing chiropractic care for a while now and know the benefits of a chiropractic adjustment. Being a small and relatively young profession, chiropractic care has in the past, lacked the research to back up what we do and the effect it can have on the body. This is definitely changing with numerous research projects helping explain what how chiropractic care works. In fact one of the foremost researchers in chiropractic care, Heidi Haavik, studied at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic (where I studied) and is the head of research at the college. She has some amazing projects on the go and was featured on Seven sharp a few weeks ago talking about the effect of chiropractic care and how it can improve your sex life! Watch it here. I recently came across a research paper looking at the effect of manual therapy in Resting-State Functional Connectivity and how this manual therapy can modulate or affect pain. The results of the research were quite interesting. Continue reading to find out what they found and what it means.
Optimal function of the body generally narrows down to one key point – Balance. If your body is not in balance, you are at risk of injury. One common problem that causes an imbalance, especially in men, is carrying and sitting on your wallet in the back pocket. More often than not these days, wallets tend to be quite bulky with all of the cards we need to carry. So why is sitting on a wallet in your back pocket a bad thing? Continue reading to find out.
I have always thought that your memory naturally gets worse as you age, but apparently, this does not have to be the case. In fact a healthy lifestyle can support brain health and can even encourage your brain to grow new neurons. This is called neurogenesis or neuroplasticity. Your hippocampus (the brains memory center) is particularly adaptable and is capable of growing new cells throughout your lifetime, so long as you give it the tools to do so. According to John J Ratey, the author of the book Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, there’s overwhelming evidence that exercise produces large cognitive gains and helps fight dementia. Some new research has shown that exercise may even be able to help with your study!
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