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Five Reasons to Get Acupuncture for Low Back Pain

Statistics show eight out of 10 people will experience low back pain at some point during their life. Seeking medical treatment for back pain is very common. Typically back pain is fleeting and can be easily resolved with rest, heat and an occasional anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen. However, once the damage is done, the recurrence of back pain can be as high as 50 percent. Part of this is because as we age, things like muscles and tendons become less flexible and pliable. It is also very well known in the United States, people are too sedentary and this leads to excess weight gain that can create added pressure on the body, especially the low back. continue reading »

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Listen to Your Body

Dialed in: Listening to What Your Body is Telling You

 

Have you switched your body’s alert system to ‘silent?’ In today’s fast-paced, hectic world, it’s all too easy to keep slugging along at the expense of physical health. No one ever got ahead by focusing on every ache and pain, you tell yourself. There’s no rest for the weary. Ignore the racing heartbeat that accompanies anxious thoughts. Pay no mind to the extra weight.

 

Adopt that attitude, and you’ve subdued your body’s physical alarms. When the body significantly deteriorates and the signals finally break through your mental block, the result may be disastrous. Take yourself off a health collision course and switch your body alert system to “on.”

 

Take note: This doesn’t mean you should become a hypochondriac. Every small sniffle does not indicate cancer any more than a sprained ankle means a lifetime of lameness. Still, there is huge benefit to investigating those twinges. Have they been lingering? Do you notice a difference in your ability to go about your day with vitality? If so, it’s time to seek medical attention.

 

Many of us are so out of tune with our physicality that it takes real focus to return to that mindset. Consider the following strategies as you strive to become dialed in, and expect health and happiness to follow.

 

  • Acupuncture – There is a sense of wellbeing reported by many acupuncture patients after a session that leads to better awareness of self. Before any needles are inserted, the physician will ask you about any specific concerns in your daily life. Armed with that information, she can deduce what type of treatment plan you may need and will place the needles accordingly.
  • Neutraceuticals – Are you missing a vital vitamin or mineral in your diet? An omission can make a huge difference in your health.
  • Meditation – Get to know yourself at your basest level through this practice, which brings about a deep sense of relaxation. In this state, you are aware of your presence as you shut out the concerns of the outside world. You are able to simply ‘be,’ without emotion or worry. Meditation can give you a solid foundation as a person by allowing you to deal better with stress and become more in tune with your spirituality.

 

No matter the strategies you choose to employ, it is paramount that you listen to what your body is telling you. Too often, we keep pressing onward, afraid of showing weakness, letting that nagging health concern bury in the back of the mind. It’s not until the heart attack or debilitating illness results that we realize it was unwise to ignore. Do yourself and your loved ones a huge favor: Become more mindful of your body signals and see a health practitioner before they become huge problems.

 

Dont ignore your body.  We have a toolbox just for you.  We can give back something new and regenerating.

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Healthy Eating , What’s that All About?

At The Caporale Center where we care about our patients, we often lecture on Healthy Eating and relieving pain in the GI tract,  Do you have IBS, ulcerative colitis, crohn’s?   We can help you with the challenges.

 

These days, society is overthinking healthy eating. The prospect is not rocket science, it’s common sense – but in a world filled with Twinkies and Big Macs, people seem to be agonizing more and more about what is “right” and what is “wrong” to ingest. Hundreds of years ago, there were no talks about carbohydrates, fats, glucose or sodium. People simply ate what was caught or harvested. Today, we are lucky to have so many choices at the grocery store – or are we? When healthy eating is decoded, it seems that our ancestors may have been on a better path.

 

Read below as we discuss how progress has not necessarily been a wonderful thing for our waistlines, and learn how you can eat more like our forefathers for better health.

 

  • Ancient man ate grass-fed beef and organic barley and corn; in fact, all their eatables were organic. These days, chemicals are added to fertilizers to make crop yields increase. Tomatoes swell to the size of fists; apples grow to mammoth proportions. However, as with all in life, quantity is not always a fitting substitute for quality. We are ingesting these chemicals and arguably leaving ourselves susceptible to cancers and more. The cure? Eat organic when you can. You don’t need to break the bank to do so; consider purchasing organic fruits and vegetables that are notoriously on the “Dirty Dozen” list, such as peaches. You’ll avoid some of the most widely used pesticides.
  • There were no fast food restaurants out on the prairie. Obesity was likely not a widespread concern. Consider your food source before you drive through those golden arches. The more removed a meal is from its natural state the higher probability there is that it will be unhealthy. There is little merit in meat that is pumped full of fillers and chemicals. Pretend you are out on the frontier when you are tempted to go the easy route. Those additives may be addictive, driving you to visit the restaurant again and again and resulting in the consumption of high calorie counts and minimal nutrition.
  • Remember this rule: If man made the food, it is likely not something you want to add to your plate. When grocery shopping, operate around the perimeter of the store, where the fresh fruit, vegetables, cheeses and milk are located. When you venture down the aisles, you’ll notice plenty of choices that are questionable as “food.” Oatmeal cream pies? –Definitely not found in nature, and definitely not the best fuel you can give your body.

 

It’s not difficult to eat a healthy diet. Simply remember that although mankind has brought about much advancement in our world, you don’t have to celebrate that fact by choosing Lunchables for your noon meal. Have something in common with our ancestors: Choose fresh, healthy foods to fuel your body right.

Thoughts Can Define US

The Importance Thoughts Have on Your Health

 

Remember the old adage: “I think, therefore I am?” Many people believe that the saying can be accurately amended to: “I think positively, therefore I am healthy.” Certainly, positive thoughts do not in themselves act as warriors inside the human body; if so, every cancer patient would be made to watch reruns of Seinfeld as part of their treatment protocol. Still, there is definitely something to be said about the merits of a positive attitude. Your thoughts can directly affect your health status. Read below and learn what can happen when you harness your positivity – and what can occur when you become a “Negative Nelly.”

 

  • Worriers can bet on increased stress levels. This isn’t some New Age theory; scientists have proven that the hormone cortisol (commonly known as the ‘fight or flight’ hormone) is released during times of duress, and cortisol has been found to weaken the immune system. By itself, excess cortisol is worrisome. Coupled with the high blood pressure worriers are susceptible to, it is a downright health hazard. Imagine worrying incessantly on top of having a diagnosed malady. Instead of just needing to treat the disease, you now need to also deal with the cortisol and high blood pressure. That is not the right direction toward a cure.
  • Positive thinkers make the best of a bad situation. This doesn’t mean that they aren’t practical. A patient who hears a doctor explain that their life expectancy is 2-4 years understands he may not have much longer to live. Instead of dwelling on what he cannot change, though, the positive thinker begins to live fully and richly, ticking items off his bucket list and growing closer with friends and family. Give a negative thinker the same diagnosis, and he becomes withdrawn and unsociable, a person who disappears into the background of humanity. Cure or not, that is no way to live.
  • The power of mindfulness inspires an increased state of consciousness. The world’s possibilities open to a person who is willing to embrace them. This realization can lead to lowered stress levels and a profound sense of calm, giving the body the opportunity to heal itself.

 

No, positive thinking is never going to be written on the prescription pad. But the alternative, negativity, can be downright hazardous to your health status. What do you have to lose in finding the silver lining in your situation? You may well have your health to gain.