How many times were you told as a child to “stand up straight?” More than likely your parents recognized the importance of good posture and maybe even regretted that theirs wasn’t what it should be. In addition to the superficial advantages of looking up to 10 pounds lighter and leaner when you stand up tall, proper posture balances your body and keeps everything aligned. It also assists in muscle and joint function and helps to prevent back pain.
When your body is tired and aching, most people assume that a good night’s sleep is the answer to finding relief. And they’re right! Rest is often exactly what your body needs to heal itself. What most people don’t realize, however, is that where you rest might actually be what’s causing your pain. We spend nearly one third of our lives lying in bed, so it’s important to make sure you have a mattress that is going to reduce discomfort, keep your spine naturally aligned and promote sound sleep to rejuvenate your muscles and joints.
Today is National Backpack Awareness Day! Most students look forward to back to school shopping and getting a new backpack for the upcoming school year. With so many colors and styles to choose from, their backpack is a prominent way for a student to show their personality and individuality. Sadly, it won’t be long after school starts that they dread carrying it to class and back.
With September being Healthy Aging Month, we wanted to focus on Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and look beyond the physical symptoms. PD is classified as a motor system disorder and generally afflicts people around the age of 60. The most common symptoms are:
August is Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Awareness month. SMA is a genetic disease that attacks nerve cells, called motor neurons, in your spinal cord. These neurons communicate with your voluntary muscles – the ones you can control, like in your arms and legs. As you lose the neurons, your muscles weaken. This can affect walking, crawling, breathing, swallowing and head and neck control.