Posts Tagged ‘IL’

Reach Your Goals with Personal Training

Posted on: March 10th, 2014

Working with a personal trainer is one of the best ways to improve your quality of life.  A personal trainer’s job is to help his/her clients build strength & endurance, increase bone density, and potentially lose excess body fat.  There are lots of additional benefits of personal training such as disease prevention, weight loss, and enhancing your self-image.

Why do we hire personal trainers?  We all have our individual reasons but some of the most common are education, aesthetics, enjoyment, or escapism.  Accountability is an added benefit.   Keeping that appointment with the trainer will keep you on track for success.

Whether you are a high-performance athlete, a stay-at-home mom, or a senior citizen, personal training can guide you to a healthier, more fulfilled life.  Your trainer will discuss your goals and customize a plan based upon your unique needs and aspirations.

Your trainer will design a resistance training workout based upon the health and skill parameters that you want to train on.  Health related parameters include cardiovascular/muscular endurance, muscular strength, and flexibility.  Skill related parameters include balance, coordination, agility, speed, and power.

A personal trainer’s key responsibility is to make sure you do each exercise correctly, effectively, and safely.  Your trainer will help you find the optimal positioning for each movement based upon your own personal fitness level and exercise performed.  You will learn to master each exercise.  Selecting the right exercise and level of difficulty is also crucial. Too advanced of an exercise can lead to injury.

In addition, your trainer will help you find the inner strength and dedication to be successful.  Results may come slowly for some, so encouragement is needed to push through those tough spots.  Personal trainers are masters at helping you develop the mindset necessary to meet your goals.

So, why not take the plunge and jump into a personalized training program?   Align Wellness Center has several packages to choose from and a time to fit your busy schedule.  Call us at 847.564.9500 and let the health begin!

If you have any questions, please e-mail me at info@alignwc.com.  We provide pain management, rehabilitation, injury prevention, and wellness programs for Chicago and the northern suburbs of Chicago including Northbrook, Deerfield, Highland Park, Glencoe, and Glenview as part of a chiropractic wellness program.  To learn more about the office visit https://northbrookchiropractor.com.

10 Foods You Should Have in Your Diet

Posted on: March 3rd, 2014

Blueberries. Blueberries have been shown to help preserve memory function because they are so high in flavonoids.  They are also high in water content, which helps with hydrating your skin and other cells.

Pistachios. Pistachios are packed with fiber and protein. They are also low in calories.

Dark Chocolate. Dark chocolate is high in antioxidants and has been shown to lower blood pressure.

Egg Whites.  Egg whites are high in protein and fat free. Egg whites help to keep your muscles and bones strong and healthy.

Spinach. Spinach is stacked with antioxidants, including vitamin C. It’s also a good source of iron, which keeps your nails and hair healthy and strong.

Pumpkin.  Pumpkin contains many nutrients that help your bones, skin, and heart stay healthy. Nutrients found in pumpkin can also help reduce the risk of arthritis and lower blood pressure.

Red Bell Pepper. Red bell pepper is filled with vitamin C. In fact one red bell pepper has twice as much vitamin C as an orange.

Beans. Beans are rich in fiber and protein. Beans are also high in potassium and magnesium, which have been known to help lower blood pressure.

Bananas. Bananas are packed with potassium and fiber. Both of these nutrients are key to keeping you muscular and digestive systems working properly.

Oats. Oats are a great source of fiber, which helps with keeping blood sugar levels under control and lowering cholesterol.

 

If you have any questions, please e-mail me at info@alignwc.com.  We provide pain management, rehabilitation, injury prevention, and wellness programs for Chicago and the northern suburbs of Chicago including Northbrook, Deerfield, Highland Park, Glencoe, and Glenview as part of a chiropractic wellness program.  To learn more about the office visit https://northbrookchiropractor.com.

 

POST-SURGICAL SCAR TISSUE MASSAGE

Posted on: February 24th, 2014

Post-surgical scar technique is a focused deep tissue massage applied directly to the adhesion site which helps to loosen restrictions caused by scar tissue and other post-surgery conditions.  After surgery, scar tissue forms at the incision site.  This adhesion decreases mobility and strength and prolongs the healing process.

The overall purpose of a scar tissue massage is to control the development of a fresh scar.  It improves blood circulation and promotes collagen remodeling by the application of pressure to the scar.  Massage breaks down the thick layers of collagen, which in turn prevents tightening of the scar.

Benefits of Regular Scar Massage:

  1. Tissue is softer and pliable
  2. Reduction of redness, itching, and pain
  3. Stimulation of new tissue growth
  4. Reduction of keloids
  5. Prevention of scar from being dry, cracked, and sore

 

Techniques used in Scar Massage:

  1. Cross-fiber Friction – Massage is performed perpendicular to the scar line.  This helps break down or loosen collagen fibers.
  2. Myofascial Release – Massage is gently using traction and twisting strokes to achieve full reflex range of the muscle.
  3. Stretching – This technique is used to help elongate the tissue and improve overall mobility.

 

It is important to seek a massage therapist right after surgery so that unnecessary suffering does not occur due to contractures, muscle adhesions, guarding muscles, and scar tissue resulting in lessened range of motions in the area of the surgical scar.

If you have any questions, please e-mail me at info@alignwc.com.  We provide pain management, rehabilitation, injury prevention, and wellness programs for Chicago and the northern suburbs of Chicago including Northbrook, Deerfield, Highland Park, Glencoe, and Glenview as part of a chiropractic wellness program.  To learn more about the office visit https://northbrookchiropractor.com.

 

Turn Off Your Brain and Turn On Your Heart

Posted on: February 14th, 2014

Valentines Day is here and what I love about it is that it reminds us to use our heart.  It’s a day to give, to hug, and to kiss. As humans we forget to do these things on a daily basis, we get lost in our schedules and our busy lives that we forget what really matters!

Feeling like your heart is closed off? Try these amazing heart openers that will leave you ready to love!

Upward Facing dog    –  This is one of the most used poses in yoga

Fish pose (my favorite)  –  This opens your heart as well as your throat.

Bow pose  –  Opens the heart, as well as the shoulders.

Wheel  –  This is a full back-bend which increases flexibility in the spine, opens the shoulders, and of course the heart.

Camel  – Stretches the quads, shoulders, abdominal, and heart.

 

If you have any questions, please e-mail me at info@alignwc.com.  We provide pain management, rehabilitation, injury prevention, and wellness programs for Chicago and the northern suburbs of Chicago including Northbrook, Deerfield, Highland Park, Glencoe, and Glenview as part of a chiropractic wellness program.  To learn more about the office visit https://northbrookchiropractor.com.

How to Beat the Winter Blues

Posted on: February 7th, 2014

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that occurs at a certain time of the year, usually winter.  The body’s internal clock is mostly controlled my melatonin.  Melatonin is a hormone that regulates sleep and wake cycles.  During the winter, longer nights cause the brain to produce and release more melatonin.  But this is done at the expense of serotonin, a neurotransmitter associated with the feeling of well-being.  The reduced production of serotonin from less daylight triggers mood-depleting feelings and behaviors.

Symptoms associated with Seasonal Affective Disorder:

  1. Increased appetite with weight gain
  2. Increased sleep
  3. Less energy and the ability to concentrate
  4. Loss of interest in work or other activities
  5. Unhappiness
  6. Irritability

 

What you can do to brighten these dark days:

  1. Use of a light box. A light box mimics sunlight and resets the body’s clock.
  2. Avoid Sweets. Craving sweet foods in the winter time may actually represent a depression-busting instinct.  Simple carbohydrates trigger and increase insulin.  This produces a rush of good feelings, but it does not last very long.
  3. Supplements. Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids help the brain use serotonin.  Fish oil supplements can reduce inflammation and help elevate mood.
  4. Exercise. A good workout is a great defense against winter depression. Exercise increases the neurotransmitter, dopamine, and helps in thinking clearly.
  5. Sleep. Excessive sleeping is a symptom of SAD.  Sleep quality counts as much as sleep quantity.  Getting up at the same time every day can help in enjoying the sunlight that is available during the winter months.
  6. Mind the Mind. Practicing yoga or meditation can help combat depression by chemically altering the brain thru mindfulness.
  7. Treat Yourself. Don’t forget to reward your body with a treat now and then. Whether it be booking a massage, an hour at the spa, or reading. A happy body and a happy mind are good companions.

 

Remember that a balanced combination of diet, exercise, and regular sleep can help most people overcome the winter blues.  In addition, continuing chiropractic care is essential to maximizing immunity and overall well-being. Follow the seven simple rules above during the winter months and you will be well equipped to battle the winter blues.

If you have any questions, please e-mail me at info@alignwc.com.  We provide pain management, rehabilitation, injury prevention, and wellness programs for Chicago and the northern suburbs of Chicago including Northbrook, Deerfield, Highland Park, Glencoe, and Glenview as part of a chiropractic wellness program.  To learn more about the office visit https://northbrookchiropractor.com.


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