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Prevent Back Pain While Working From Home

While working from home has become more of a reality for most of the world, due to COVID19, working with back pain isn’t something we knew we were signing up for. Many people are looking for ways to prevent back pain. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) encourages companies and businesses to be flexible in allowing employees to stay home if their work permits or to care for sick family members when needed. So, you may have found yourself in a new work environment, at your kitchen table.

How can I prevent back pain while working from home?

Studies find that most workplaces, while not mandated, typically have more ergonomic workstations or computer setups. While the average home has a work set up that usually consists of your bed, a makeshift office space, or the kitchen table. The average person is still getting used to making their home their long-term work setup. Your area and furniture may not meet the needs of your work demands and how often you have to be at a computer during the day.

Here are a few ways many Americans, just like you, prevent back pain while working from home:

Avoid Excessive Bending

Try placing your computer at eye-level or in a position where you can avoid looking down or bending over for hours.

No bed heads

Do your best to limit the amount of time you work from your bed. While it may feel like a comfortable position, in the long run, it could cause some pain because your back isn’t getting the proper support.

Stretch and take breaks

When you can, take a moment to stretch your arms and neck. Stretching helps to alleviate the pressure of your head and keeps your muscles engaged.

Hydrate

Taking frequent water breaks not only help to prevent back pain while working from home, but it promotes an overall healthy lifestyle

Are you ready to prevent back pain while working from home? I’m sure you are! Make sure you consult your physician for the best plan for you, but these are a few things you can implement to get your routine started. These suggestions may seem small, but as the weeks turn into months of working from home, you’ll be glad you did them.

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Stretches for Living with Sciatica Pain

What is Sciatica?

Have you ever experienced a sudden pain that radiates from your lower back down through your leg? Chances are that this pain is due to your sciatic nerve being affected or pinched in some way. Your sciatic nerve runs from your lower back all the way down through your leg. This large nerve can affect your comfort, and your mobility if the pain is bad enough. If you keep on reading on, we offer some useful stretches for living with sciatica pain! 

Potential Risk Factors Include:

  • Age: unfortunately, as we get older, our body undergoes changes, especially when it comes to our spine. 
  • Occupation: if you have a job where you are constantly lifting heavy things or twisting your back in an unnatural position, this can affect your sciatic nerve. On the opposite end of that, occupations where you’re sitting for prolonged periods of time can also place additional pressure on your spine and result in a pinched sciatic nerve. 
  • Obesity: being obese puts extra stress on your spine and is a leading cause of sciatica 
  • Diabetes: one of the major worries from diabetes is that (in addition to your blood sugar levels being difficult to manage) it can also increase your risk of being susceptible to nerve damage. 

Common causes of sciatica include herniated discs and narrowing of the spine, among other things. Often following traumatic injuries like being in a car accident, this pain can fall anywhere on a scale from mild to unbearable. Typically, pain caused by your pinched sciatica nerve only affects one side of your body. If your case is mild, it may go away on its own after time. If you feel like the discomfort is manageable, we recommend doing some of the following stretches at home to help relieve your pain. Here are helpful stretches for living with sciatica pain! 

6 stretches to help relieve sciatic nerve pain

Reclining Pigeon Pose

Lay on your back and bring your affected leg up placing your unaffected leg behind your ankle. Use your leg and hands and pull your leg towards your head slowly engaging the stretch through your sciatic nerve.

Sitting Pigeon Pose

Start sitting with your legs in front of you at a 90-degree angle. Bring your affected leg up to where your ankle is laying on top of your other knee. Slowly bend forward into the stretch while trying to touch your toes.

Forward Pigeon Pose

Start in a tabletop position with your arms placed shoulder-width apart and your knees on the ground underneath your hips. Slowly bring your affected leg underneath you and straighten your back leg, placing the majority of your weight on your legs and hips. Lean forward into the stretch and try to touch your nose to the ground. 

Knee to Opposite Shoulder

Laying down flat on your back, bring your affected leg into a 90-degree angle, grabbing onto your knee. While keeping your other leg straight, slowly rotate toward the side opposite of your pain (for example: if your nerve pain is on your right leg, you would rotate your hips to your left side). 

Sitting Spinal Stretch

Start in a seated position with your legs directly in front of you at a 90-degree angle. Bring your affected knee up and place it over your other leg so your foot is flat on the ground. Let’s say you were experiencing sciatica pain in your right leg. You’d bring your right leg up and cross it over your left. Using your left arm, you’d place your elbow behind your right knee and rotate your shoulders backward. This twist will help your spine decompress which releases pressure on your sciatic nerve.

Standing Hamstring Stretch

If you are able to, stand with your affected leg elevated up to a 90-degree angle. Slowly lean forward and touch your toes while keeping your other foot planted flat on the floor. To deepen the stretch, try touching your nose to your knee. 

For more severe cases of sciatica, these stretches will be helpful, but may not relieve as much of your pain. The important thing to know is that this pain, although it can feel uncomfortable or even debilitating, can have a natural solution.

What should I do if my sciatica is severe or worsens?

If these stretches for living with sciatica pain do not help and you are experiencing excruciating pain that lasts more than a week, we encourage you to reach out to a reputable chiropractor. In cases where you’re experiencing numbness or muscle weakness, ignoring it shouldn’t be an option. An experienced chiropractor, like Dr. Silvio Cozzetto at Be Well Lifestyle Centers, will be able to realign your spine and relieve pressure from your sciatic nerve. Many of our patients come to us searching for a solution and leave feeling ten times better than when they walked through our doors. 

Some of the common symptoms include:

  • Discomfort anywhere along the sciatic nerve path
  • Tightening of the thigh and calf
  • What may feel like an electric shock through your lower back and buttocks
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Muscle weakness and more

Contact us for natural pain relief!

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms or just have any back pain in general, Be Well Lifestyle Centers can help you. Our patients love our customized treatment plans and the comfortable atmosphere of our centers. For sciatic nerve pain relief, call us today at (248) 792-6570 or schedule an appointment online! The quicker you call, the faster you can get started living life with less pain.

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What are the benefits of Acupuncture?

We know the idea of acupuncture can seem scary. Needles aren’t exactly our favorite things either, but we promise the effects of acupuncture vastly outweigh the fear of the treatment. 

What happens during the process of acupuncture?

The process of acupuncture is quite simple. A specialist will insert extremely thin needles into a patient’s skin at various depths to activate pressure points throughout the body. This provides relief from pain, potentially helps to fight illness, and is said to help balance a patient’s energy, which ultimately restores balance in their lives. The treatment lasts for about 20 minutes, give or take, depending on your acupuncturist’s recommendation. 

Although the effects of this ancient Chinese treatment method are difficult to prove, so many people find relief from it that it has become a sought after natural source of pain relief. So on that note, we’re sure you’re wondering what benefits (aside from pain relief) that acupuncture can provide. Let’s explore these in greater detail, shall we?

Here are 5 Benefits of Acupuncture

1. Reduces Stress

You have demands that place additional stress on you, whether that be from work or happenings in your personal life. Acupuncture is known to act as a source of relief for that stress that you carry with you. It has been proven to reduce the stress hormone, boosting your mood and promoting more overall happiness.

2. Headache Relief

If you have chronic headaches or migraines, acupuncture may be a great therapy to try. By targeting pressure points, the treatment can reduce or alleviate tension in some areas, lowering your pain levels. Many people who use this therapy are in search of natural alternatives to medicine and feel a sense of euphoria after their treatment.

3. Boosts Immune System

It may sound strange, but acupuncture is also effective in boosting your immune system. It has been proven that with regular treatments, your body begins to produce more white blood cells, giving your body a better chance of fighting off a cold or the flu.

4. Lower levels of Back, Neck, and Joint Pain

A majority of your pain comes from inflammation and swelling as a result of straining your body. Acupuncture intentionally provides drug-free relief by targeting those areas of inflammation. By a specialist inserting small needles into the areas, it mitigates the tension. 

5. Improves Mental Clarity

With a stronger immune system, having less stress, relief from headaches, back pain, and more, it is easy to see how acupuncture can provide you with improved mental clarity. It is also known for improving patient’s sleep deprivation, like those with insomnia. 

When you try acupuncture treatments, you’ll have more energy to tackle your day and feel better doing it.

Does an acupuncture treatment hurt?

Although you may feel the needles in your skin, the treatment isn’t extremely painful. Upon entry, you might experience a pinch or sting, but once they are there, you won’t notice them unless your acupuncturist spins them to manipulate the pressure point. 

However, if you are ever trying acupuncture and you feel uncomfortable or like you are in pain, you should alert your acupuncturist right away.

Contact us to start acupuncture therapy!

If you are interested in trying acupuncture treatment, we would encourage you to speak with a doctor or an experienced acupuncturist. As with any treatment, there could be side effects. In this case, the most common side effects are pain from needle entry and minor bleeding once the needles are taken out. 

If you have any questions or concerns about acupuncture, we’d be happy to speak with you about it. If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with us, contact our center at (248) 792-6570. We’ll get you the soonest appointment available, so we can help you start to feel better. We look forward to speaking with you!

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5 Easy Ways to Relieve Back Pain at Work

Hey you! Yes, you… we see you over there slouching. Even as you’re reading this, you’re hunched over your phone, tablet, or computer taking in this scolding and denying that we can actually see you. 

While all of that is true, the ironic part is that while you clicked on an article about how to relieve back pain, you are probably currently sitting or standing in a position that directly causes your back pain. So we’re going to challenge you to sit the way you’re supposed to sit for the next 3 minutes. Put your shoulders back, keep your head up, plant your feet firmly on the ground, and read on my friends.

Time starts… NOW!

Back pain is more common than you think

A large majority of our customers come to us because they are experiencing back pain in one form or another. The reality is, at least eight out of ten people in America will experience back pain at some point in their life. Astoundingly, a large majority of this back pain will become chronic back pain after a patient experiences regular discomfort over a period of at least three months. Perhaps you wouldn’t guess this, but our friends that work in offices and sit at desks all day are more likely to suffer from chronic back pain than are people who work in physically demanding jobs. 

This fact might surprise you, but when you ponder over it, it makes sense. When you are sitting for a long period of time in the same spot, your spine begins to feel added pressure to it because it’s stuck in an unnaturally curved state. In fact, 100% Chiropractic says, “Sitting in this position puts around 200 pounds of pressure on your lumbar spine, or your lower back.” No wonder you experience so much back pain. 

Luckily, we have some simple solutions to reduce or alleviate some of your back pain. These tips are easy to implement and can result in a huge difference in the amount of back pain you feel daily. 

Still sitting with good posture? Let’s jump in. 

5 Tips for Minimizing Back Pain at the Office

1. Check your chair

In a perfect world, all office chairs would have lower lumbar support to comfortably accommodate the natural curvature of your spine, allowing you to sit back comfortably. However, the reality is that most office chairs don’t. Does this mean that you should continue to have posture like the Hunchback of Notre Dame? NO. Bring in a pillow, blanket, or a towel to position behind your lower back to make sitting more comfortable.

Also, be sure to adjust the height of your chair so that your feet can rest flat on the floor. This will help keep your legs, knees, hips, and spine in better alignment. 

Side note: If you can switch your chair for an exercise ball, that will always be better than any office chair. 

2. Mind your monitor

When possible, keep your monitor high enough that you don’t have to look down at it. This will prevent your neck from being out of alignment. Lots of us work on laptops which makes it harder not to look down. We recommend propping your laptop up on books, boxes, anything that elevates it enough to where you’re not hunched over it. It’s also a good idea to have your screen about an arm’s length away from you.

3. Rock your body

Get up and move your body during the day! Don’t be stuck in the same position in the same place for eight hours a day. Stretch, dance (to NSYNC), wiggle, take a jog to the door you can’t wait to go through at the end of the day. Whatever and however you move is better than being a statue. Take short breaks, even five minutes will do, and walk around to restore your spine to its correct position and get your blood flowing. 

Side note: if you work on strengthening your core muscles, this will also help improve your posture and reduce back pain. 

4. If you're going to be a statue, be a standing statue

If you are unable to move from your desk, better than sitting all day is to stand at your desk. Standing not only helps take the pressure off of your back, but it also will help you improve your productivity due to easier blood flow and limited opportunity for lethargicness.

5. Make an appointment with your chiropractor

If nothing else, we encourage you to an appointment with a reputable chiropractor. They will be able to restore your spine to its correct alignment, reducing your back pain and helping you to live a better life. 

Your appointment doesn’t have to be with the amazing Dr. Silvio Cozzetto if our Birmingham, MI location is too far away for you (although we’d love to welcome you to our family). Your health and wellness is more important to us than your business, and we know you deserve more than to simply accept your back pain.

However, if you are looking for one of the best chiropractors in the SE Michigan area, we highly recommend you contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cozzetto today. Our treatments are specially designed to fit your needs. Call us at (248) 792-6570 or schedule your appointment online today!

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Athletic Recovery and Performance Improvement

When you hear the word athlete, many people presume this applies only to professionals that you watch on your television or in stadiums. However, athletic activity is not limited to only those that play sports for a living.  

In fact, there are far more athletes outside of the professional stadiums than inside of them. When Be Well Lifestyle Centers talks about helping athletes on their road to recovery and performance improvement, we are talking about the woman who goes to the gym regularly. We’re talking about the boy on the high school football team. The people who don’t have a professional chiropractor or physical therapist on hand at a moment’s notice- THOSE are our people.

Chiropractic care, physical therapy, and massages from Be Well will:

  • Improve your body’s stability
  • Correct asymmetries
  • Extend your range of motion
  • Help you heal faster from injury
  • Boost your athletic performance

How can chiropractic care, physical therapy, and massages help recovering athletes?

When you are athletic and suffer from an injury or if you’ve been out of a sport for a while and want to ease back into it without injuring yourself, Be Well can help you. We love helping our athletes regain their strength through chiropractic and physical therapy. The transformation from weakness to strength or conditioning to betterment is very dear to our hearts. 

Here, we have professionals to help you understand how your body works, why it works that way, and how to keep it safe from injury during athletic activity. We want to inform you of all the ways your body may be at risk of being pushed past its limits, and then help you gain control through recovery therapy and knowledge to prevent it from happening again. 

Our treatments can help you improve your stability by strengthening the muscles and ligaments around your joints as well as correcting asymmetries in your legs. By doing this, it improves your athletic performance because your body is entirely in alignment and as prepared for activity. 

In addition to chiropractic and physical therapy, we offer a range of massages to reduce tension throughout your entire body. All of these services combined are a strong combination for improving your athletic performance.

Chiropractic care plans tailored to your needs

We see patients with all kinds of injuries from ankle sprains to back and neck pains. Have you torn a ligament in your leg such as your ACL or MCL? We’ll put you on a physical therapy program that is specifically designed to help you recover as quickly as possible. 

We want to restore and expand on your body’s functions and range of motion. We can do this by stretching, stimulating pain points, and releasing pressure from your joints throughout your body. 

It’s important to understand that we are not personal trainers that will help you build your muscle mass. However, we can help you understand how not to injure yourself when you’re bulking up, or give you good ideas of stretches to warm your body up before your performance in the gym or on the field. 

The risk of injuring or reinjuring yourself isn’t worth the stubbornness of not doing anything about it. Chiropractic care, physical therapy, and massages from Be Well will improve your body’s stability, correct asymmetries in your legs and arms, extend your range of motion, help you heal faster from injury, and boost your athletic performance.

If you need help identifying and mending your body’s areas of weakness; or if you want recommendations of the best equipment and exercises to use to get you back into your athletic shape, contact us at (248) 792-6570 or visit our website to schedule an appointment with us today!

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Is Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy Safe?

During pregnancy, a woman’s body changes in extraordinary ways to grow another human being. Among the largest of these changes includes additional tension being placed on the mother’s spine, and as a result, her nervous system. Is chiropractic care during pregnancy safe? Yes, it is! Through chiropractic therapy, we can help release the strain by returning her spine to its proper alignment. Doing this can not only make the journey of pregnancy a more comfortable and enjoyable one, but it also keeps the mother and baby in good health.

How can chiropractic therapy help with sciatic nerve pain (sciatica)?

Your sciatic nerve exits from the lower part of your back (lumbar) through your thigh. As your pregnancy progresses, more weight will be added to your pelvis and your hips. This may cause you to feel pain throughout your buttocks, down through your thigh, and into your foot. This is your sciatic nerve reacting to the baby’s weight and the transformation your body is undergoing. Regardless of whether the pain is dull and numbing, or it’s sharp and shoots down through your leg when you stand or walk, it is uncomfortable, and Be Well Lifestyle Centers can help you get pain relief. 

How can a chiropractor relieve my back pain during pregnancy?

Between 50-80% of women reportedly have back pain during their pregnancy, according to an article published on healthline.com. That means out of all of the women on the planet, a vast majority of them will experience some form of back pain during pregnancy, be it a result of sciatica or another source. The good news is that there are safe solutions that can help reduce the tension you may be feeling. 

Chiropractic therapy, as well as physical therapy, are some of the safest approved forms of pain relief available to pregnant women. At Be Well Lifestyle Centers, our therapists are specially trained to work with expectant mothers who are experiencing bodily discomfort. We will return your spine to its proper alignment while avoiding placing pressure on your abdomen area. This will help restore your back and nervous system while keeping your baby safe. In addition, we will also share some safe techniques and at-home stretches that can help you keep your body loose.

Where can I schedule my pregnancy chiropractic care appointment?

We dedicate ourselves to helping women on their pregnancy journey. When you make an appointment with us, you can be sure that you and your baby are in the best hands. Pregnancy is too beautiful to spend it in pain. Let us help you get back to a place of bliss with chiropractic and physical therapy today! 

To schedule your pregnancy appointment with us, call us at (248) 792-6570, or fill out our contact form and someone will be in touch with you shortly!

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Top 7 Reasons to See a Chiropractor

Chiropractors provide relief to patients that experience all kinds of pain throughout their bodies. 

Most people think that you only need to see a chiropractor after you have been injured, or when you feel discomfort. Although these are both great circumstances in which you should seek chiropractic care, there are not the only instances in which seeing a chiropractor would be helpful. Let’s take a deeper dive into the top 7 reasons to see a chiropractor.

Suffering from Neck and Back Pain

Body pain can result from a multitude of things, including major or minor spinal injuries, bad posture, uncomfortable sleeping conditions. When your spine comes out of alignment, neck and back pain can throw your entire day off, making you irritable, uncomfortable, and unproductive. The good news is that a skilled chiropractor such as Dr. Cozzetto can correct your spine’s alignment in as little as once visit. Treating the source of your pain is far more important than treating the symptom when the ultimate goal is to be pain-free.

Continuous Headaches

Piggybacking off of neck and back pain, headaches are often a symptom of your spine being out of alignment. This can put pressure on where your head connects to your neck. Often, the treatment for painful headaches may lay in adjusting your spine or neck to relieve the pressure from your nerves.

Exhaustion or Fatigue

If your body feels like it is tired all of the time, this could have something to do with your central nervous system’s lousy performance. Often, you don’t even realize the stress your body is undergoing until you are in the thick of dragging fatigue. Visiting a chiropractor can help you identify where your exhaustion may be coming from.

Athletes Recovering From Injury

Another one of the top 7 reasons to see a chiropractor is when an athlete is recovering from a serious injury. Chiropractors are notorious for working with athletes who have been injured while exercising or playing sports. Chiropractic therapy is personalized to the patient and based on their injury, the chiropractor will determine a plan to help get the athlete back on their way to normal mobility once more.

Prenatal Discomfort

What women’s bodies do during pregnancy is incredible. The rearrangement of their organs within their stomach and abdomen is a daunting task, not to mention the additional weight that comes with preparing to bring a child into this world. Expectantly so, this places a great deal of tension on the spine, swelling, and new joint tension or stiffness. At Be Well Lifestyle Centers, we specialize in treating pregnant mothers. We are here to help alleviate your pain and discomfort as much as possible.

Arthritis and Joint Pain

Many chiropractic patients suffer from arthritis and joint pain. When joints become inflamed, it can affect everyday activities such as walking and driving. Chiropractic therapy provides relief to patients who suffer from joint pain and also acts proactively to ward off any joint flare-ups in the future.

Holistic Alternatives To Medicine or Surgery

Chiropractic care is also a highly sought-after practice as an alternative to traditional medical solutions. Sometimes, surgery or medications may not be the best answer. Instead (when appropriate) we work to find natural solutions to relieve pain therapeutically.

We are here to treat the source of your pain, not just the symptoms. At Be Well Lifestyle Centers, we listen to our patients to discover where their pain stems from. Life is too short to live with pain. Call us at (248) 792-6570 or visit our Birmingham, MI location to schedule a chiropractic appointment today!

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How Does Sleep Affect Your Health?

Do you really understand your relationship between sleep and your health?  

Sure, we all know that we should get enough sleep so our body can rest and repair itself, but do you know the consequences of not getting enough sleep? Beyond constant fatigue, there are serious health consequences you can subject your body to by not getting an adequate amount of sleep every night. 

Note: this article is directed toward people who consistently do not get enough sleep (not just one night here and there). However, it is beneficial for everyone to have a complete understanding of how your body works and its relationship with sleep, so read on.

Soon, we’ll dive deeper into the relationship sleep has with different aspects of your life, but first, we want to get some generalities out of the way. 

Yes, everyone should get an appropriate amount of sleep, but that doesn’t come down to a singular number for everyone. In fact, there are many people who feel great after only getting 5-6 hours of sleep rather than 8-10. 

A night’s sleep for some might look like an 8 PM bedtime and waking up at 7 AM and they will still be tired, even after 11 hours of sleep. For others, they don’t fall asleep until 11:30 PM and they can wake up at 6 AM feeling well rested and ready to tackle their day. Either way, you should know (within reason) how much sleep you need to get in order to wake up and feel energized. 

Children and young adults tend to need more hours of sleep for them to be able to process information and be fully rested for the next day, but again, it depends on the individual. But how does sleep affect your health? 

With all of that being said, let’s look at the relationship between your sleep and your body weight, potential diseases, immune system, mental health, and relationships with others. 

 

Sleep's Relationship with your Body Weight

Lack of sleep has been connected to being overweight or obese. When you sleep, your body produces a chemical called leptin that helps your body to feel full and one called ghrelin that drives your hunger. No sleep = No leptin or ghrelin. This means no chemicals to help control your hunger. 

Sleep's Relationship with Potential Diseases

There have been many studies in which sleep deprivation has increased the likelihood of your chances to be diagnosed with Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, hypertension, high blood pressure, and more. Conversely, studies have also shown that getting an appropriate amount of sleep can reverse this and help prevent diseases such as those aforementioned. 

Sleep's Relationship with your Immune System

When you are unable to spend time in deep sleep (see below), it affects your immune system directly. This can also increase inflammatory mediators, reducing the body’s ability to heal. Your body is less able to fight off bacteria, resulting in more colds and flus.

Sleep's Relationship with Mental Health

Your brain, as much as your body, needs adequate time to rest. No matter how old you are, the amount of information needed to process everything that happens in a day is immeasurable and can fluctuate between good and bad days. Lack of sleep can also potentially have effects on mental illness, anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders. 

Sleep's Relationship with your Life

There is no question that a lack of sleep can be equivalent to lack of motivation, lack of friendliness, and lack of engagement. It also leaves your irritable, snappy, and of course, tired. This means that all of your relationships and friendships are affected. We know you don’t want to be tired all of the time. Feeling drained doesn’t make you feel good. That’s why we can’t stress enough the importance of getting a goodnight’s sleep.

Perhaps the most important thing to remember about your sleep is this:

Overall, the quality of sleep you get is more important that the quantity (number of hours) you get. If you are sleeping for a long time, but it isn’t a deep, restful sleep, it doesn’t matter that you slept for 12 hours. If you don’t know anything about REM and NREM sleep, here’s a brief overview:

NREM (No Rapid Eye Movement):

When your body is falling asleep (or back to sleep). It has three phases:

Stage 1: Your eyes are closed but it’s still fairly easy to wake you up. 

Stage 2: This is when you’re sleeping lightly and your body begins to slow down your heart rate, lowering your body temperature slightly.

Stage 3: This is where the magic happens (and no we aren’t talking about dreams- yet). This is when your body goes into deep sleep and has the ability to begin repairing itself by regenerating tissue, multiplying blood cells, building your immune system, building muscle, and lengthening your bones. Typically, this happens after the first 20 minutes you’ve been asleep and can last longer than an hour. 

After that, your body goes into REM (Rapid Eye Movement):

This is sleep that starts in small increments and can increase through the night. This is when you dream. When you come out of REM sleep, most of the time you jump back into Stage 3, or deep sleep, and rotate through the NREM and REM cycle. 

All of this is to reiterate the idea that if you’re sleeping lightly for a long amount of time, this doesn’t do nearly as much for your body as it would if you were to sleep for less time but have multiple opportunities for deep sleep. 

According to the experts at Harvard University’s Medical School

“…Experts have concluded that getting enough high-quality sleep may be as important to health and well-being as nutrition and exercise.” 

(Harvard Medical School, 2008).

Guys, nothing about this has changed over the last 10+ years. Sleep is still an incredibly important thing and should be considered something in the forefront of your mind instead of an afterthought at night.

Contact us for tips and treatments to help you sleep at night!

Although we at Be Well are not sleep doctors, we can provide services and guidance that will help you to get a better night’s sleep. Make an appointment for chiropractic care, massage therapy, and more to help relieve pain and stress to help you sleep better at night. You may also want to stop in for some healthy, delicious snacks and lunches from our vegan cafe. Don’t leave without getting one of your fresh juices and smoothies. Call us at (248) 792-6570 or schedule your appointment online. We look forward to helping you achieve better sleep!

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5 Reasons Why a Standing Desk is a Good Idea

Whether you work in an office or work from home, researchers stated that sitting too much is not suitable for your health. Not only does sitting burn very few calories, which contributes to weight gain, but people who sit a lot every day have an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and early death. This is a problem for those of us who continuously sit all day to complete work. Fortunately, standing desks are becoming increasingly more and more popular and affordable. Now you may be asking, why should I consider using a standing desk? Surprisingly, there are various health benefits to using a standing desk in contrast to sitting down at a desk.  Here are 5 reasons why a standing desk is a good idea:

Lowers Risk of Weight Gain

One of the 5 reasons why a standing desk is a good idea is that it lowers risk of weight gain. Research shows that standing helps reduce the risk of weight gain as it burns more calories than sitting down. While exercise is the most effective way to burn calories, merely choosing to stand instead of sitting can also be beneficial. Compared to an afternoon of sedentary work, an equal amount of time spent standing has been shown to burn over 170 additional calories. Per week, that is almost 1,000 calories you are burning by simply standing! 

Reduces Back Pain

One of the most common complaints from office workers who sit all-day is back pain. Thankfully, research has shown that standing desks help improve one’s posture as well as reduce back pain. Instead of sitting down at your desk, standing helps take the pressure off your neck and lower back. Although, it is not enough to correct more severe problems, such as scoliosis or a bulging disc. 

Improves Mood and Energy Levels

In addition to this, standing desks appear to have a positive influence on one’s mood and energy levels. Participants who use standing desks have reported less stress and fatigue than those who remained seated the entire workday. Additionally, 87% of those using standing desks reported increased vigor and energy throughout the day. Through broader research on sitting and mental health, it has been discovered that a sedentary work life increases the risk of depression and anxiety. 

Lowers Blood Sugar

Another health benefit of utilizing a standing desk is that it helps lower blood sugar. According to a small study of 10 office workers who stand for 180 minutes after lunch reduced the blood sugar spike by 43% compared to sitting for the same amount of time. Both groups had taken the same number of steps, indicating that the smaller spike was due to standing rather than additional physical movements around the office.

Boosts Productivity

While standing at your desk may be strange and take some time to get used to, it has been proven that standing desks help boost productivity. Although many are concerned that it may hinder daily tasks, standing desks appear to have no significant impact on typical work tasks. In fact, standing stimulates circulation, which sends more oxygen and nutrients to your brain. On the other hand, sitting inhibits circulation and starts negatively impacting your blood flow in as few as 10 minutes. The physical movement also encourages new brain cells, specifically in the regions of the brain associated with critical thinking.

All in all, a standing desk is a good idea because it can improve physical, metabolic, and mental health. Which is why sitting less and standing more is such a significant lifestyle change in your work life. If you are interested in trying out a standing desk, you can purchase one online or even check out stores that sell office furniture. Make wellness a way of life!

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Benefits of Physical Therapy

What is physical therapy? Physical therapy (PT) or physiotherapy is a treatment of disease, injury, or deformity by physical methods such as massage, heat treatment, and exercise rather than by drugs or surgery. Physical therapy is known to assist people of all ages who have medical conditions, illnesses, or injuries that limit their natural ability to move and function. By following through with physical therapy, individuals can return to their prior level of functioning and encourage activities that can help prevent further injury and improve overall health and well being. What makes it so beneficial? Here are five benefits of physical therapy you may not have been aware of before! 

Relieves Pain

Therapeutic exercises and manual therapy techniques such as joint and soft tissue mobilization can help relieve pain and restore muscle and joint function to reduce pain. In addition to this, treatments such as ultrasound, taping, or electrical stimulation can diminish pain. The following therapies can also prevent pain from returning. Pain-free movement is crucial to your quality of life, your ability to earn a living, and your independence.

Improves Mobility

No matter what your age, if you are having trouble standing or walking, physical therapy can improve your mobility. By incorporating stretches and strengthening exercises into your daily routine will help restore your ability to move. If necessary, our physical therapists can also correctly fit individuals with a cane, crutches, or other assistive devices to improve their overall mobility.

Avoid Opioids

In some situations, one may be dosed appropriately with prescription opioids as an appropriate part of medical treatment. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging healthcare providers to reduce the use of opioids in favor of an alternative like physical therapy for long-term pain. The risks of opioid use include depression, overdose, and addiction, plus withdrawal symptoms when stopping use. If possible, ask if you can try out physical therapy before taking opioids to treat pain.

Helps Manage Age-Related Issues

Another benefit of physical therapy is that it helps manage age-related issues. As we age, we may develop arthritis or osteoporosis or need a joint replacement. Physical therapists are experts in helping patients recover from joint replacement and manage arthritic or osteoporotic conditions to improve their overall quality of life.

Improves Your Balance and Prevents Falls

Three systems in your body work together to provide stability and balance; this includes your vision, your vestibular system — your inner ear, and your proprioceptive system — the nerves in your feet and legs. Physical therapy helps improve your balance by determining which of these systems is causing the loss of coordination; once discovered, your physical therapist will develop a customized set of exercises. Examples of balance exercises include tandem walking with a heel-to-toe pattern and a single-leg stance. Besides having you perform specific stretches or activities, your physical therapist may also use specialized tools to help improve your balance. 

These are only a few benefits of physical therapy, but if any of these issues apply to you (or your loved one), feel free to consider physical therapy as an option. If you have questions about how physical therapy may help you or someone you care about, please don’t hesitate to ask us! At Be Well Lifestyle Centers, our physical therapy team will help you heal and achieve your goals through specialized treatment. To schedule your appointment today, call us at (248) 792-6570 or schedule an appointment online for as soon as tomorrow. We want you to feel better!