Dr. William Thimmel, DC Chiropractic Orthopedist

Let’s get physical

Physical Activity Pyramid

People of all ages enjoy physical activity. The benefits of sport are many; yet, aches, pains, and injuries are a risk. How can you minimize your down-time and risk of injury, so that you can participate in all of the fun activities you and your family enjoy? Here are some facts and tips:

Avoid temperature-caused injuries. When it's cold, bundle up. Likewise when it's hot, wear suitable clothing, and ensure you're properly hydrated. When feasible, consider working out in cooler conditions, such as moving a mid-day run to the morning. 

Wear proper equipment. Tennis shoes are not appropriate for basketball and running. In contact sports, be sure that protective equipment is worn at all times; and be sure it fits properly, especially with growing children. Even if your league doesn't require mouth guards or eye protection, forget about what's 'cool' and put on the goggles or whatever equipment that might save you pain and suffering later. 

Use and learn correct form. There's no substitute for pure grit and determination, but it has been said, 'Practice doesn't make perfect. PERFECT practice makes perfect.' Find a coach, or a peer group, that can guide you to your goals.

Trust the health care professionals and the experts in human performance. Doctors of chiropractic (DCs) are uniquely trained to analyze and optimize the function of the nervous system and the human frame and are excellent choices for athletes seeking to overcome injury, or preventing it in the first place. 

DCs work with collegiate teams, and most professional sports teams have official relationships with chiropractic physicians. When the world comes together at the Olympic Games, the nations also bring their officially credentialed DCs with them. 

To learn more about staying healthy while playing sports, or to get help in recovering from an injury, click below, or call us anytime at (201) 794-6868.
 

 

 

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Stress

good-vs-bad-stress

Facts about stress:

Most common factors cited as sources of stress for Americans

1.Money
2.Work
3.Economic outlook
4.Family
5.Relationships

(American Psychological Association survey 2010)

 

Cortisol is the stress hormone:  is responsible to suppress our immune system

Elevates blood sugar

Impedes bone formation

(association with high cortisol in mothers during late pregnancy and lower IQs in their children at age 7 (Univeristy of California at San franscisco)

 

Part of our brain (primate hippocampus) which is central to learning and memory is damaged by long term exposure to cortisol

Illness rarely happens because an ailment attacks us from outside in.

Our bodies are full of bacteria and viruses on a daily basis.  Those of us who don’t express illness, have a higher resistance to these stressors. They have to ability to break these stressors down.

Research supports that the body’s breakdown occurs most easily when our resistance is lowered.  At that point, the symptoms escalate and it becomes evident that we are ill.  Once again, the stressors are not the problem, but our response to them – our lifestyle.  Our choices in posture, food, exercise, prayer. sleep and all the factors which can raise or lower our “resistance”.

Therefore, it is strengthening our resistance that should be our primary concern.  This, we can have a part in controlling.  We will never be able to control stress.  Let’s now take an oath to control the only things we are aloud to, our “factors for resistance”.

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Get fit, FIT BIT the new healthy competitive accountability way to get in shape

Gary B      If you have not been in the office lately then you don't know about the buzz that our Wellness plan Fit Bit competition has been creating.  Check this technology wireless app based Activity tracker (pedometer) on the web page www.fitbit.com and then come in the office and ask me or any of our staff about our program and free give away Fit Bit zip. Many patients have joined our group and a friendly, healthy competition has begun.  Patients of all ages and of various degrees of "in shape-ness" are participating.  Get involved, have some fun and stay accountable.

 

Dr. Bill

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