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We care about your back — we care about how the back pain can effect what you can and cannot do daily, such as lift up your kids or unload the groceries. We also care that when your back is strong and healthy you can rake the leaves or sit to watch an entire television show with ease. These back pain exercises can help.
Women’s Health Magazine shares our concerns. While most people want to exercise to make sure that their back looks good in a form-fitting outfit, they know that a strong back can help improve your posture, and help eliminate some common back pain issues.
That’s why here at Mecca Integrated Medical Center we are happy to share these 4 back pain exercise moves that they recommend incorporating into your workout schedule 2-3 times a week, performing 3 sets of each exercise, working up to 12 reps a set.
Make sure to click the link to get details instructions on how to correctly perform back pain exercise.
Move 1 – Pullup
Move 2-Pushup – Position Row
Move 3- Superwoman
Move 4 – Lat Pulldown
If you are worried about incorporating these back pain exercise moves into your workout routine, speak with your doctor. It can also help to chat with a trainer at your gym to ensure proper form during each exercise.
A stronger back can be yours before the fall season ends – with the help of these moves, and chiropractic care, of course !
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Livestrong recently posted a blog highlighting 4 moves that you can do to workout what can sometimes be ignored – the back of your body!
Are you guilty of only working out what you can see in the mirror? If that is the case, check out these exercises for your back, courtsey of Livestrong.com.
Your upper back dictates your posture, Livestrong writes. Performing lawnmower rows, making sure to squeeze your shoulder blades together and not to rock your hips. Click the link above to watch a video demonstration of the exercise, taking note of what proper form looks like. You can perform this exercise in front of a mirror to make sure you are doing the exercise correctly.
When you hear plank, most people think working your abs – well, it works your ENTIRE core, back included! This exercise is great because you just use your body – no equipment required. Just make sure not to sag your hips. Also, don’t look up and chat with a friend during this exercise – looking down ensures that you keep a neutral neck and spine. You don’t have to be a superhero – when you feel your form starting to lag, stop to avoid injury. The link above will show you how to properly hold a plank for all those newbies out there.
What other exercises do you like to do to strengthen your back?
When a patient walks into our office, our chiropractor will perform a thorough exam, taking note of their health history as well. Sometimes, diagnostic studies can be helpful in identifying structural abnormalities that aid a chiropractor in diagnosis, as well as treatment.
One of our most common diagnostic studies that is prescribed is an MRI. MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging, and helps chiropractors get a clearer image of the spine and extremity joints. They are often used to confirm or exclude a possible diagnosis. A major benefit is that unlike X-Rays, an MRI does not expose you to radiation.
What is MRI?
Per American Chiropractic Association (ACA)-
MRIs create images of the internal structures of the body based on the energy released from hydrogren atoms. Essentially, a radio frequency is used to move the hydrogen atoms in your cells around and as they move back into their natural alignment, they emit a tiny electrical signal. The MRI scanner contains magnets in special coils to detect this electric signal and then a computer uses this signal to create an image of your tissue. With an MRI, doctors can see structures, such as ligaments and tendons, inside the body that can’t necessarily be seen or felt by hand.
You have heard this before – taking a walk after eating a big meal, such as Thanksgiving dinner, or after any meal, for that matter – can help with digestion. It is better than lying down in a food coma, they say, falling asleep on the couch with your hands on your full belly. But is this a myth, or it is the truth?
Turns out, New York Times reported that this is in fact not a myth. This is true.
You have heard us tout the benefits of daily walks before. Now there is even MORE incentive to get moving… especially after eating a meal. The New York Times notes that researchers have found that walking after consuming a meal will aid digestions and improve blood sugar levels.
“Researchers say that a post-meal stroll helps clear glucose from the bloodstream in part because more of it is taken up by the muscles,” the article states.
Worried that you don’t have time to squeeze in a long walk after cooking, doing the dishes, putting the kids to bed, etc, etc, etc? Not to worry, researchers say the benefits can be seen in as little as 15 minutes. So leash up the dog, put the kids in the stroller, and take a walk around your neighborhood. You will meet some of your neighbors, relieve some stress, and help that meal move along!
Scrolling through our Twitter feed recently, I came across SkinMedica‘s article outlining just how much is a proper dosage for your beauty products. I think that this a wonderful topic to address – because it applies to everyone.
The main idea that they drive home? “A little bit goes a long way” – and here’s why.
Most products, such as the SkinMedica products that The Spa at Mecca offers, are formulated with specific levels of concentration for ingredients, so following the products instructions will ensure proper dosage. Because some of these ingredients can be quite strong, for example, retinol, increasing the dosage can lead to red, irritated skin, rather than better results. For the TNS Essential or the TNS Recovery, the pump system ensures that the correct amount, every single time. Just tap the back of the bottle a few times on your palm, and pump once. Easy.
When using topical acne treatments, again, make sure to read the directions. Spot treatment is usually all that is recommended, so that the ingredients work on the pimple and don’t irritate the skin surrounding it.
There is one exception to this “Less is More” ruling. Sunscreen. That’s right people, feel free to fill your palm up with that SPF 30 and cover up every area. ”Experts suggest using at least a shot glass full of sunscreen to cover the entire body,” the article stated.
Our aesthetian, Alexa, wanted me to note that just using enough sunscreen for one application isn’t enough. Make sure to reapply throughout the day – especially when you are out in the sun.
If you have questions about how much of a product to use, you can always as the salesperson at the counter, your doctor, or Alexa.