Wellness Blog

Recognizing Pain: Sciatica

David Van : February 18, 2014 5:12 am : blog, Chiropractic

The sciatic nerve, which is the largest in the human body, can also cause some of the most frustrating pain. The sciatic nerve begins in the lower back, travels through the gluteus maximus and down the back of both legs. It also happens to control all the sensory and motor instructions to the legs.

When your lower back, thighs or calves  hurt, feel weak, tingle, go numb, cramp or ache, it can be a direct correlation to pressure on the sciatic nerve. It’s referred to as Sciatica, or sciatic nerve pain, and it’s not a disease: it’s a symptom of other issues. Sciatica is often the manifestation of a slipped or degenerative disc in the spine, which can be treated both thoroughly and efficiently by a chiropractor.

Don’t let your pain be a mystery. Start feeling better today!



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Morning Mobility

David Van : February 11, 2014 6:34 am : blog, Health Tips

Even if you love your job, kids, husband, or cat, sometimes it can be difficult to find the motivation to throw off the covers and get out of bed in the morning. We’ve put together some exercises to wake you up (gently, of course) and get you ready to face the day.

Arm Circles

Nothing to ferocious for your first big movement of the day. Stand with your feet apart, arms straight out, palms down, and make 20 circles (first forward, then backward) in the air.

Side Plank

Wake up your obliques before you even leave the bedroom! Make a 90 degree angle with your right arm and brace yourself either against the floor or your bed. You should look like a triangle, and you’re working the frame around your abs! Hold in place 30-60 seconds, then switch sides.

Exercising in the morning is not only a great way to wake up, but also to start the day off knowing you’ve already got a positive accomplishment under your belt!

What do you do to help you wake up in the morning?


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A Full Range of Motion

David Van : February 4, 2014 2:35 am : blog, Chiropractic, Health Tips

Sometimes, we’ve been living with injuries or pain for so long we forget what it was like to feel great. Our necks might not turn as far to the side as they used to, or we might not be able to bend down to pick things up anymore without stiffness- and we’re living within that limited range of motion.

We all know to take care of our transportation. We get oil changes every 3,000 miles for our cars or take them to the mechanic when the “check engine” light comes on. In the same way, your body is your vehicle to take you where you need to go. It needs love and care and maintenance, too!

A full range of motion can be defined as:

A strutural or functional compromise in the ability of a joint to move around an axis. (McGraw-Hill)
You don’t have to live with anything less than your full range of motion, especially if a few (chiropractic) adjustments could change your life. Just a reminder from Sigma Wellness: Listen to your body’s way of telling you to “check the engine”!
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Wellness Activity: Yoga

David Van : January 28, 2014 6:18 am : blog, Wellness Wisdom

Your overall wellness is characterized by how you are doing and feeling physically and emotionally. A great way to satisfy both the physical and emotional aspects of wellness is activity, and one of our favorite activities is yoga!

Yoga allows for:

Improved Balance

You may have doubts about being able to perform certain yoga positions, but fear not! Stroke, the American Heart Association journal, chronicled a test group new to yoga that was practicing twice a week for 8 weeks. The subjects showed dramatic improvement in balance, and decreased fear of falling.

Reduced Stress and Tension

There’s no better way to improve wellness than to reduce stress. Ohio State University released a study that reported women who practiced long-term yoga showed significantly less stress-related compounds in their systems than women who did not.

There are a variety of yoga types, and even more ways to experience it. Take classes with a studio, practice with a DVD, or even try it on the beach – anyway you do it, you are cultivating wellness!







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Improve Your Posture

David Van : January 20, 2014 5:15 pm : blog, Wellness Wisdom

Anyone who spends long hours standing, sitting, bending, reaching, or doing repetitive motions will agree: these motions can cause fatigue, pain, and injuries that develop slowly over time. Most of  the time, the best way to prevent these problems is through improved posture. Here are some examples of harmful behavior, and alternative options.

Do: Get a footstool to reach supplies on a high shelf.

Don’t: Reach overhead for supplies, as you put yourself at risk for back strain.

Do: Work with your back straight.

Don’t: Hunch/Slouch while standing or sitting. You’re bringing your head and shoulders forward, which can result in not only bad posture, but also shoulder pain, back pain and headaches.

Do: Place both feet on the floor, proportioning weight evenly when sitting or standing.

Don’t: Place more of your weight on one leg than the other or cross your legs, which places increased pressure on the lower spine ( and is harder to maintain without slouching).

Good posture can reduce physical fatigue, muscle strain, and presents an attractive image. So improve your posture today!

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