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Month: June 2015

“The Best Medicine” Has Workplace Benefits, Too

Do you have fun at work?

fun at work

We do!

Healthcare is serious business, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for fun and laughter too! After all, laughter can actually improve health–reducing stress levels and boosting feelings of well-being.  

Research shows it’s good for the workplace, too. 

pie throwing

Here’s a recent picture of what happens when our CEO loses a friendly bet with the Customer Service Department. That’s him (Kent) on the left along with Dawn, a Senior Vice President. The entire executive team got “pied” recently.

pie smash with Steve Stone

Steve, another Sr. VP at Foot Levelers, braces himself for pie time

“Experts say play at work can boost creativity and productivity in people of all ages,” writes Laurie Tarkan in an article posted to Foxnews.com. “Play can also lower your stress levels, boost your optimism, and increase your motivation to move up in a company and improve concentration and perseverance. There’s some evidence from animal studies that engaging in play opens up new neural connections in the brain, leading to greater creativity.” read more

“But Doctor, My Feet Don’t Hurt”

Has your Chiropractor examined your feet lately?

But doctor, my feet don't hurt

If not… Request a foot exam.  Feet are the foundation of the body–often, problems or pain with the legs, knees, hips, and spine start with problems with the feet.

Don’t wait until you have foot pain to talk to your doctor about your body’s foundation.  “Asymptomatic” (symptom-free) feet does NOT equal problem-free feet. Subluxated  or mis-positioned joints may not be painful, but they can cause biomechanical issues, neurological deficits and other problems not necessarily related to pain. read more

A Beautiful Spine

“Stand up straight!”the familiar battle cry of moms and teachers everywhere.

It’s time to listen up — because poor posture doesn’t just look frumpy, it takes a serious toll on health.  Here are just a few of the results:

  • Muscle soreness
  • Subluxations
  • Blood vessel constriction
  • Nerve constriction

…As the years pile up, so do the problems, resulting in pain, restricted motion, and making the body more and more susceptible to injury and disease. (Read more about the posture-health connection here).

After all, your spine does more than keep your body upright: it’s the way that Command Central (the brain) “talks” to everything else.  read more

Pick Your Perfect Shoe, Protect Your Body’s Foundation

What’s in a shoe?

Consider this: the average American takes 5,900 steps a day.1  Most people will walk thousands of miles over a lifetime.

With each step, improper footwear can cause degenerative changes in the muscles, joints and connective tissues of the feet.  Feet are the body’s foundation—when that’s compromised, everything above may shift. A body out of alignment is a body in pain, one that’s more prone to injury and disease.

woman stretching in sand

Ladies—we hope you’re listening (!), because you, especially, are at risk.  A survey on women’s shoes found that 88% of women were wearing shoes that were smaller than their feet (by an avg. of 12 cm!). Is it any wonder that 80%  reported “some foot pain” and that 76% of the women surveyed were found to have one or more foot deformity? read more

Acetaminophen: World’s Most Overdosed Drug, and a Dud at Treating Low Back Pain

low back pain relief not helped by overdosed drugs

Mounting evidence against acetaminophen, sold under common brand names like Tylenol: a report in the prestigious British Medical Journal provides shows it’s ineffective for reducing pain intensity, disability, or improving short-term quality of life for those with low back pain. Nonetheless, the drug is widely used in an attempt to relieve symptoms, which is concerning—it’s one of the most commonly overdosed drugs in the world. Sixty-thousand Americans end up in the hospital every year due to overdose, and several hundred die. Overdose can cause liver failure. read more

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