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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!