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Month: June 2016 (page 1 of 2)

Walk This Way! (to Good Health)

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We talk a lot to you athletes and weekend warriors out there (hey, you guys are some of our favorite people and biggest supporters!) But not everyone is destined for sports greatness, or frankly even interested in pushing their limits in the gym/field/track/road/etc. That’s OK. There’s more than one way to stay active, and simple, low key activities like walking can have incredible health benefits, too.

In addition to helping maintain a healthy weight, walking…

  • Lowers stress, lifts mood, and helps the heart
  • Improves circulation
  • Slows mental decline
  • Improves sleep
  • Encourages a feeling of connection with nature and with your thoughts

…All that and no special equipment is required–plus, walking is easier on the joints than running and is an exercise that folks of most ages and fitness levels can take on. Learn more about the wonders of walking here!

Junior Achievement of Southwest Virginia to Honor Foot Levelers’ CEO

This just in: Junior Achievement of Southwest Virginia has selected Foot Levelers’ Chairman and CEO Kent S. Greenawalt to induct into its Business Hall of Fame!  The event is marked by a special awards dinner November 1, 2016 in Roanoke, Virginia, Foot Levelers’ hometown. Community business leaders are selected by a committee of their peers to recognize “their significant contributions to the Southwest Virginia region.”

If you’re in the area and want to attend the region’s “biggest night in business,” you can buy tickets here. The dinner takes place at the historic Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center downtown.

We’ll be counting down until the big day! And in the meantime, thanks Junior Achievement of Southwest Virginia and congratulations Kent!

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New Athletic TIPS: Treating Over-Pronation in Football Players

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Check out this new Athletic TIPS from Dr. Pat Kennedy: “Treating Excessive Pronation in Football Players.” By some estimates, 77% of the population over-pronates–that’s 3 out of 4 adults! –making the entire body more susceptible to injury and disease (not just the feet). In a game as rough as football, it’s essential that athletes who over-pronate get treatment, and Chiropractic care + custom-made orthotics offer research-proven results.

(…But you don’t have to take our word for it. Just ask the NFL!)

Want to learn more about pronation? You can dig a little deeper into the topic here.

The Best of Summer

We <3 summer! Foot Levelers’ custom orthotic flip-flops help balance the body’s foundation and give you the support you need through all your summer activities!

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Foot Pain: An Epidemic that Affects Nearly Everyone

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Learn more at FootLevelers.com and Foot.com.

New Athletic TIPS™: Prevention and Treatment of Shin Splints in Young Runners

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Check out this new TIP on keeping young runners injury-free from our friends at Athletic TIPS! Step 1: Fit the athlete “for custom-made flexible orthotics for support, symmetry of the arches, and shock absorption.” A body balanced at its foundation works better, stronger, and is less likely to get injured. Read more here!

 

 

Countdown to the U.S. Open!

It’s almost time for the U.S. Open! Golf + Chiropractic are a natural fit–just ask defending champion Jordan Spieth! FL’s ParFlex custom-made orthotics are research-proven to help on the green, too–learn more here!

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New Athletic TIPS™: Treating Plantar Fasciitis in Basketball Players

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DCs and athletes! Check out this short and sweet article on treating plantar fasciitis in basketball players from our friends at Athletic TIPS™ (Toward Injury Prevention in Sports). The mission of Athletic TIPS is to educate healthcare providers, trainers, coaches and other professionals on ways to keep the athletes under their care injury-free.

Among several recommendations, the article states custom-made orthotics play an important role in treating this painful and complex condition.  Learn more here!

 

 

“Chiropractic: A Safer Strategy Than Opioids”

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Our friends at The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP) just released a new positioning paper, “Chiropractic: A Safer Strategy Than Opioids,” which talks about the value of a conservative, drug-free approach to chronic pain–especially for back and neck pain, headaches, neuro-musculoskeletal conditions and more.

The paper follows up on recent recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control  (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), which urge a shift away from opioid use in treating chronic pain. Nearly 30,000 Americans died from opioid overdose in 2014, a number that has tripled since 2000. That’s “ten 9/11s every single year.”  For comparison, about 5,000 die annually from cocaine overdose.

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A Chiropractic treatment gets underway at the Monte H. Greenawalt Life West Health Center, a Chiropractic clinic and teaching facility serving the San Francisco Bay Area. Photo courtesy of Life Chiropractic College West

 

We know that Chiropractic offers a safe and powerful alternative for treating both chronic and acute pain.  Again and again, research proves positive outcomes, cost effectiveness, and high patient satisfaction rates.

We applaud the Foundation for this powerful statement. You can read it in full here.

Chiropractic: The Safe Choice for Pain

Drug companies are making a killing off us–nearly 30,000 Americans have lost their lives due to opioid overdose. Learn more here.

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