We are bombarded these days with information on how our sedentary lifestyles are bad for our health. We are told that we need to move regularly in order to break up the amount of time we spend sitting at our desk, in the car or on the couch. A recent study in American Journal of Preventative medicine has suggested that fidgeting could decrease the risk of mortality in those who sit all day. I am a fidgeter from way back so this comes as good news for me. Continue reading to see what they found.
Being outdoors can have great health benefits. The fresh air and being in nature can have a big effect on our health and performance. A study in 2008 at the University of Michigan showed that after just an hour of interacting with nature, memory performance and attention spans improved by 20%. Another study from the University of Kansas reported a 50% boost in creativity for people who were out in nature for a few days.
With our busy lifestyles I know it is not possible to be able to head out into nature regularly. In fact, a lot of people actually spend the majority of their time inside. The paint and synthetic materials in buildings can actually off-gas noxious chemicals which can lead to asthma, allergies etc. This has been referred to as “Sick building syndrome”.
It is possible to bring some nature into your home and office though. One way of doing this is with plants. Anyone who knows me, knows that I like to research things and choosing the right plants for my office was no different. During my search I came across some interesting research from NASA. NASA did a study to find which plants would be best to purify the air in a closed environment. We know that plants are important for turning carbon dioxide into oxygen, but interestingly, some plants are able to absorb hazardous chemicals (benzene, formaldehyde and/or trichloroethylene) from the air. Continue reading to see what plants made the list.
I have found through my experience that children and babies can benefit greatly from chiropractic care. I have seen some great results over the years and more recently I have noticed it first hand with my own child. That is her in the photo. I wanted to try and answer and clarify a few of the common questions I get asked in regards to chiropractic care for babies and children. These are some of the main questions I get asked. If you have any other questions, please contact me and I will try to answer them for you. Continue reading to see the FAQs.
Back pain is a very common problem. Most people will experience some back pain at some point in their lives. A new study out of Sydney has looked at common causes or triggers of acute lower back pain. They looked at 999 people who had had recent episodes of acute lower back pain and asked them to report exposure to 12 physical or psychosocial factors in the 4 days before the onset of back pain. They then created an odds ratio (OR) on the chance of injuring yourself. I am sure you will agree that prevention is better than cure, so knowing what things may trigger an episode makes it easier to try and avoid them. Continue reading to see what they found and what time of the day injuries are more likely to happen.
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