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Is technology a pain in your neck? Find out what "Tech-neck" is here and how it can be helped! Practice good posture daily until it becomes habit.

Do You have "Tech Neck"?

Do You have "Tech Neck"?

We use our devices (cell phones iPads, tabs, laptops and our desktops) everyday. We hunch over them like our lives depend on it. I’m guilty of this too. Well, this is not good for any of us. Studies have proven that our heads are the about 12 pounds. Imagine a 12 pound bowling ball slumped over and pulling on your spine. That’s precisely what is happening every time we stoop over to look at our cell phones.

The weight seen by the spine dramatically increases when flexing the head forward at varying degrees. Loss of the natural curve of the cervical spine leads to incrementally increased stresses about the cervical spine. Theses stresses may lead to early wear and tear, degeneration, and possibly surgeries.

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Ice Vs. Heat

Ice Vs. Heat

If you've ever been confused about whether to use ice or heat, here's a handy infographic that might be able to help you out.  And, as always, if you are experiencing any sort of ache or pain, give us a call at 303-776-6767 to see how we can help you out! 

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Memory Foam Mattresses and Back Health: The Pros and Cons

Memory Foam Mattresses and Back Health: The Pros and Cons

Could a memory foam mattress help you get a better night's sleep? Could it help relieve your aching back? If you're not getting enough sleep every night or you're waking up every morning with a backache, you might be willing to pay almost anything to stop the suffering. But should you? It's important to start with one important idea: Everyone's body is different. Some people swear by memory foam mattresses, and some people hate them.

But first, let's examine what a memory foam mattress actually is. As the name suggests, these mattresses are made of a foam-like material that cushions the body. Designed for NASA in the mid-1960s, this material was perfect for cushioning astronauts from the heavy forces of acceleration during liftoff. The qualities of the memory foam mattress allow it to custom fit any person. The specially-made foam molds around the body, giving way to pressure and temperature to mold to each person's unique shape. The foam is designed to spring back to its original shape once the person gets up.

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Are We Sitting Ourselves to Death?

Are We Sitting Ourselves to Death?

Whether we like to admit it or not, much of the technology in our lives is used, sadly, while sitting down.  As time passes and the year tick by, we are starting to see that sitting is contributing to a growing list of health problems in our society. Those who sit at a desk for long stretches of the day or sit behind the wheel of a car/truck with little or no exercise are big-time increased risk for a number of chronic health problems.

According to the Mayo Clinic, those who have such a sedentary lifestyle are in danger of things like "obesity, metabolic syndrome, increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, decreased energy, and abnormal cholesterol levels." Another study showed that those who spend a large amount of time in front of a television or other forms of screen entertainment had a 50% greater risk of death from any source.

It's not difficult to imagine why this might be the case. Greater body weight combined with lower strength, low stamina, reduced balance, little flexibility means we are seeing more humans with less agility, decreased durability, and frankly a litany of health concerns. Not even to mention the likelihood of more accidents and injuries. The same study showed a 125% greater risk of problems from cardiovascular disease.

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Chiropractic Care for Herniated Discs?

Chiropractic Care for Herniated Discs?

One of the most painful causes of lower back pain occurs when the spinal discs in the lumbar area become "herniated." A herniated disc happens when the soft inner core between the bones bulges out into the spine.  This places pressure on the spinal nerve root, and often the spinal cord itself!  OUCH!   The result can be pain in the lower back as well as numbness, tingling, or weakness in the legs and buttocks.  DOUBLE OUCH!

Medical doctors tend to treat acutely herniated disks with oral steroids and epidural injections of cortisone, both of which have limited success rates and adverse side effects. Recently, however, a major study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiologic Therapeutics has found that both chronic and acute herniated disks can be effectively treated by chiropractic adjustments. Woohoo!

The year-long study followed 148 patients whose lumbar herniations had been confirmed by MRI scans. All patients suffered from a form of back pain, sciatica, and radiating leg symptoms, and 79 of them had experienced these symptoms without noticeable relief for over three months. The patients in the study were treated with chiropractic adjustments appropriate for their individual cases, characterized by the researchers as "high-velocity, low-amplitude spinal manipulation." This is what your Longmont Chiropractors at New Leaf Chiropractic do! Triple WOOHOO!

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Good Posture: The "800-Pound Gorilla" of Health of Wellness

Good Posture: The "800-Pound Gorilla" of Health of Wellness

Good posture isn't exactly a high priority for many Americans. For millions of us, the number-one priority is working to provide for our families-and sitting all day at a desk is how we achieve that. However, poor posture while sitting at work for many hours every day can actually lead to poor posture while standing the rest of the time-and that's a more serious problem than one might think.  Posture is  the 800-pound gorilla when it comes to health. We see the spine  being critical to a patient's functionality and their satisfaction with their life.

This means that many Americans' habit of sitting all day with no thought to their posture has severe consequences-without good posture, many people can develop serious neck, shoulder, and back pain, leading to a sharp decline in their quality of life. Sitting all day with poor posture can lead to muscular back pain, herniated discs, and even pinched back nerves. Poor sitting posture can also cause tension headaches, diminished breathing, and fatigue.

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How Do Chiropractors Measure Range of Motion?

How Do Chiropractors Measure Range of Motion?

Limited range of motion is usually caused by an injury in a specific joint or by a chronic condition such as osteoarthritis, and is often accompanied by stiffness, pain, and swelling. At some point, limited range of motion can interfere with a patient's ability to perform day-to-day activities. When this happens, range of motion testing becomes a very important. At New Leaf Chiropractic, we measure a patient's range of motion to set a baseline, design an appropriate treatment plan and monitor progress over time.

Range of motion-the movement of a joint from full flexion (flexed) to full extension, usually measured in degrees-is a very important concept in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal problems that affect joint function, and it can be measured in several different ways depending on the part of the body in question. Each joint has a different range of motion, and the parameters of a "normal" range of motion are arrived at by observation and general consensus within the chiropractic community.

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Where Does Good Balance and Coordination Come From?

Where Does Good Balance and Coordination Come From?

Proprioception is a complex system of anatomical checks and balances, neural impulses, and brain functions that controls our sense of balance, coordination, and agility. Put simply, proprioception is the "sixth sense" that enables you to scratch your head without looking in a mirror or climb a flight of stairs without having to look at each step. Most of us are so accustomed to proprioception that we take it for granted.

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Chiropractic Helps Reduce Golf Injuries and Improve Performance

Chiropractic Helps Reduce Golf Injuries and Improve Performance

Can chiropractic care improve your golf game? As a golfer, you may have pondered this very question-and now you're in luck. A recent Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) study showed that a combination of chiropractic care and stretching enables golfers to increase their drive distance by nearly 10%. PGA golfers such as Tiger Woods and Padraig Harrington certainly believe this to be true, as they've incorporated chiropractic treatment into their training regimens for years.

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