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Edmond Chiropractor Reveals The Truth About Sit-Ups

Edmond Chiropractor: Saving You From Pain

Keeping with the theme of exercising in the new year, as we know many of you fine folks have planned to do for your New Year’s resolution, our Edmond chiropractor is here to discuss a few side effects of completing sit-ups. In the world of fitness sit-ups have been quite a controversial topic for quite some time. Some people say they’re they best thing for building core strength and other fitness experts are completely against the action. From a medical and a safety point of view, our Edmond chiropractor would suggest a few, safer alternatives for core strengthening.

Let’s take a look, first, at a few injuries that can be caused by doing sit-ups.

  • Sit-ups can cause force in the spine that can lead to disc bulge or disc herniation.
  • Sit-ups can cause Posterior Ulcers (basically blisters on your bottocks).
  • Sit-ups can work hip flexors and if they’re too tight or strong they’ll tug on the lower spine.

While sit-ups were once deemed to be the magical way to a slimmer waistline, safer alternatives have been emerging. Our Edmond chiropractor would recommend planks or leg lifts as two safer ways to achieve core strength without nearly as much injury risk. Of course, there is a proper way to do both of these exercises and we’re providing the details here.

The safest way to perform a plank: 

Allow your weight to bear through the forearms and toes, with the body maintained in a horizontal position elevated above the ground. Easy modifications can be made to make it even easier on your pelvic floor. Kneeling forward and putting the weight on your knees rather than your toes is one way to reduce the pressure and while it does work the abs a little less it’s still a very good workout for beginners.

The safest way to perform leg lifts:

Lie on your back (preferably on an exercise mat) with your legs together and extended in front of you. Place your arms down beside your torso, palms facing down. Try to keep your lower back on the floor to prevent injury and slowly lift your legs toward the ceiling while keeping them straight. Stop when your feet are over your hips. Lower your legs back down and repeat until you’re unable to control the movement. If your lower back lifts off the floor it’s a good indication that you’re tired and may need to relax for a few minutes or stop until you’re ready to go again.

Our Edmond chiropractor hopes that these tips help some of you out there to exercise safely and prevent injury in the new year. If you do find yourself in need of chiropractic care or massage therapy we’re here to help! To book an appointment with either our Edmond chiropractor or our massage therapist, give us a call @ 405-285-7325.

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Edmond Chiropractor Provides Information For Proper Push-ups

Edmond Chiropractor: Saving You From Lower Back Pain

One of the most popular “trouble spots” for men and women are their arms, chest, and triceps. Many men are self conscious about their upper body shape while many women are worried about the “pudge” that may form around the armpit region and their arms. Thus, these people tend to turn to push-ups as a primary way to exercise these troublesome areas, but be careful as bad form can lead to lower back pain. As the new year starts out with everyone aiming to get in shape, our Edmond chiropractor felt it would be a great time to provide some information on performing proper push-ups.

It sounds silly to hear our Edmond chiropractor say that as a side-effect of pushing yourself up improperly that you can cause stress on your spine, but it’s true. It is all in the way one positions themselves. For example, when you lower yourself down, do not let your hips sag as this is the most common mistake people make! Most often allowing the hips to dip too low is a result of having a weak core so it would be smart to focus on building up some core strength in the abs to help yourself prevent injury in the lower back (planks and leg lifts are a nice option).

Our Edmond chiropractor can adjust the spine and we do have massage therapists on staff to help with fatigued muscle pain, but injuring yourself beyond that is not worth the risk. To complete a proper push-up know that you should be creating a straight line with your body from your shoulders to your heels. You’re going to need to make use of your abs and quadriceps to keep yourself engaged in the proper form. As you lower down to the floor, it’s important to remember your straight line posture and push yourself back up in a steady motion. Don’t worry about pumping in the reps too quickly, just take it as slow as you need to go.

If you happen to get a little sore, that’s obviously normal and we’d love to help you recover faster. Our Edmond chiropractor would be happy to help you get adjusted or schedule you for a massage.

To book an appointment with either our Edmond chiropractor or our massage therapists, feel free to give us a call @ 405-285-7325.

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doTERRA Essential Oils At Edmond Chiropractor Office

Edmond Chiropractor: About Essential Oils

Have you ever visited our Edmond chiropractor’s office and smelled a nice scent wafting through the air? You may have noticed we use a diffuser to give off a pleasing aroma. The essential oils our Edmond chiropractor utilizes are not directly sold by the doctor himself, but they can be purchased at our office thanks to a local doTERRA essential oils distributor. For those of you who are no stranger to natural living, you won’t need an explanation about what these oils are all about, but there may be some of you wondering.

Essential oils are small organic molecules from plants that are made by a unique method of distillation. The oils can range from thin to thick depending upon the type of plant, but almost always the scent is quite aromatic. This is the main reason people love to include doTERRA essential oils in aromatherapy sessions.

Of course, our Edmond chiropractor will never force anyone to use anything they aren’t comfortable with. In case you’re interested in knowing more about reasons to use these wonderfully potent oils, read on.

Some patients have reported that by combining regular adjustments from our Edmond chiropractor and using various doTERRA oils they have been helped with things like:

  • Being More Relaxed & Sleeping Better
  • Elevating Mood
  • Warding Off Illness
  • Breathing Easier
  • Relieving Pain
  • Improving Cognitive Function

In many cases essential oils are applied on the spine as this is part of Central Nervous System which coordinates with the rest of the body. The thought here is that the oil will disperse through the system more quickly.

As our Edmond chiropractor will tell you, it’s mostly just the application that jumpstarts your body into healing itself. It’s much the same way with our spinal adjustments. Our hands don’t do the healing, we just do the work that allows your body to do the healing!

If you’d like to know more about doTERRA essential oils when you visit our office, feel free to ask! If you’d like to book an appointment with our Edmond chiropractor feel free to give us a call @ 405-285-7325 or click here.

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Edmond Chiropractor: Preventing Hip Fractures This Winter

Edmond Chiropractor: Safety Tips For Not Falling

Winter time in Oklahoma can be quite brutal, mostly due to the fact that it’s unpredictable. Our Edmond chiropractor likes to prepare as much as possible in the event that icy conditions become a problem during the winter months. Taking precautions is important, because unexpected falling can lead to hip fractures, especially for the elderly. Today, our Edmond chiropractor would like to provide some safety tips to keep you upright so that hip fractures can be avoided this winter.

  • Wear appropriate shoes: Choose a practical shoe with good traction when having to walk on slippery sidewalks, stairs, and slopes.
  • Take a cell phone for help: If you find yourself leaving the house during inclement weather having a cell phone to connect with friends or family is a smart move. In case you do fall down you’ll have the necessary means to call for help.
  • Use that sidewalk salt: It may be silly to only purchase salt for a minimal time, but the salt does work to keep pathways clear so that you can avoid slips.
  • Try exercising indoors: If you’re an avid exerciser remember that winter conditions may make it unsafe for you to stay active outside. That doesn’t mean stop working out! Simply consider moving your routine indoors.
  • Get regular adjustments: Taking care of your body on an ongoing basis is the best way to ensure strong bones. Getting adjustments by our Edmond chiropractor may be able to help you prevent injuries by allowing your bones to stay strong.
  • Eat a healthy diet: Maintaining your health and forming strong bones starts with your diet, too. Consider plenty of foods rich in calcium and Vitamin D.

We hope you’ve found this informative!

If you should fall down and find that your hip isn’t fractured, but there is still some obvious pain radiating from anywhere in your middle spine down to your hips, legs, or feet you could have something out of place. In this case, our Edmond chiropractor would be happy to adjust your spine and get things back in alignment.

To book an appointment with our Edmond chiropractor give us a call @ 405-285-7325 or click here.

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Edmond Chiropractor & Massage Therapists Help Fight Holiday Stress

Edmond Chiropractor & Massage Therapists: Beat Stress Of The Season

Thousands of Americans are feeling the strain of the holiday season as they rush about to get Thanksgiving foods stored away and shop for Christmas gifts. If you’re among the stressed out crowd there is a greater risk of allowing illness to come upon your body. The flu season is not a time when you want your body to be susceptible to disease. Having stress of the holidays added to the daily stress factors of heavy traffic, important deadlines, and bills can have a negative impact on your mind and body. A lot of people aren’t great at learning to “let go” and they often feel guilty when they finally do allow themselves a moment of peace. We’re here to encourage you to take that moment for yourself and our Edmond chiropractor and massage therapists can help!

Why do we feel more stress during the holidays than at any other time? It just seems that during the holidays, stress takes on a different character than at other times of the year. People simply feel a duty to make the holidays the best they can for their families. That doesn’t have to mean forgetting to do something nice for yourself.

Imagine your stress is in the boxing ring and it’s about to get a double whammy punch from an Edmond chiropractor on one side and a massage therapist on the other. Our Edmond chiropractor is a champion adjuster! He can adjust your spine, releasing tension that builds up in your neck, back, hips, and legs. Follow that up with a soothing massage from any of our team therapists and you’ll practically be “walking jello”. Imagine for a moment the calming music, the low-light setting, and the stress melting away.

You could be saying goodbye to holiday stress and hello to feeling at ease. So what if you have one hundred more things on your to-do list? It’s only a short break from the chaos of the holiday season. Don’t feel guilty for taking care of yourself for a little bit.

Start feeling a little more relaxed by visiting with our Edmond chiropractor and/or a massage therapist. Give us a call to book your appointment 405-285-7325.

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Edmond Chiropractor: Using Robotic Tables For Adjustment

Edmond Chiropractor & The “Mermaid” Machine

Our Edmond chiropractor offers many forms of advanced spinal correction to enhance and complement hands on techniques. Some physiological therapeutic procedures that our Edmond chiropractor will often utilize include various forms of mechanical traction. Some patients aren’t sure what to think when they see the robotic tables for adjustment, but let us clear the air by explaining that although they are some of the newest chiropractic techniques they are actually very safe.

A lot of times, patients feel even more comfortable being able to take advantage of the robotic machines and feel as though their treatments, when combined with hands on therapy are more effective than ever before. One robotic table we use is often thought of as the “mermaid” machine by young children. This is due to the nature of the lower body rotations.

This machine is useful for what our Edmond chiropractor may refer to as flexion-distraction. For lower back pains the machine offers great support. The lower legs being rotated from the pelvic area is a great way to help increase range of motion, especially after an injury. The robotic table isn’t just a useful tool for those with specific injuries, it’s also a good way to offer gentle adjustment opportunities for those with aging bones.

As an Edmond chiropractor who cares about utilizing the most advanced chiropractic techniques, Dr. Clifford Hooper has years of training, expertise and experience in helping patients get pain relief for back pain, neck pain, headaches, and other related conditions originating from the spine. Should you hear that your treatment plan may include the usage of robotic equipment, we hope that you’ll feel a bit more at ease knowing that these machines are safe and are used for a good purpose.

If you have any aches or pains you may be due for a spinal adjustment. Don’t hesitate to give our Edmond chiropractor a call and book your appointment. We can be reached at 405-285-7325.

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Edmond Chiropractor Gives 5 Tips For Fighting Against Sinus Pain

Edmond Chiropractor: Fighting Sinus Headaches And Other Pains

When seasons change it’s common for different allergens to cause people to suffer from sinus pain. There are different types of pain that people experience which can include throbbing headaches to pressure around the eyes, nose and cheeks. When things get really painful it may be a case of sinusitis. This pain can be the result of bacteria in the mucus causing inflammation. When that happens it is better known as a sinus infection. So, what can you do? Today, our Edmond chiropractor is listing tips to help you fight against sinus pain.

1.) Avoid smoke: Try to avoid going around people who smoke and if you smoke, it might be a good time to consider quitting. Cigarette smoke irritates the sinus passages causing them to swell and restrict the flow of mucus.

2.) Use a humidifier: Regulating the moisture in the air of your home can help cut back on sinus irritation from dry air. The level of humidity should be 30-60%.

3.) Inhale steam: Taking a warm bath or hovering over a bowl of warm water with a towel over your head can unclog sinuses and decrease pain temporarily. Try putting some Eucalyptus oil in the water to breathe in. A hot shower can also do wonders.

4.) Eat properly: They say you are what you eat. That’s why it’s important to eat a well-balanced, healthy diet. Try some warm foods and don’t be afraid to add a little spice like cayenne pepper to really open up the nasal passages.

5.) Get rest: Sleeping is important in general, but even more so when your body is off balance. When your sinuses act up get a good night’s sleep to help your immune system fight off germs that cause infections.

These are just a few simple rules to follow that may help you find some relief or even to prevent sinus infections from happening. If you experience an episode of sinusitis and need relief, you can visit our Edmond chiropractor for a series of adjustments. Many patients report relief from sinus pressure after getting their neck and spine aligned.

Our Edmond chiropractor loves making people feel better with just a simple adjustment. If you would like to schedule your appointment with our Edmond chiropractor please give us a call @ 405-285-7325.

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Edmond Chiropractor Can Help During Flu Season

Edmond Chiropractor: Naturally Helping To Keep Flu Away

Every year influenza (flu) statistics are released by the Oklahoma State Department of Health to indicate that society is still greatly impacted by the illness. Hundreds of people are hospitalized and several persons have died from the flu. Did you know that aside from getting treatment at an urgent care, our Edmond chiropractor can help during the flu season to keep your family feeling healthy?

In case you’re not sure whether you have the flu or not, here are some symptoms that are common signs:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Fatigue

While some people do get very serious flu symptoms that need treatment, others may experience only mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. If you get sick with flu symptoms, in most cases, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care.

Our Edmond chiropractor would say that the best thing to do is to be proactive and take care of yourself before you actually get sick. When treated right, your body will be your best defense against infections like the flu. All too often, patients allow their bodies to function at a less than optimal level which compromises the immune system.

Since your spine is the main hub for all of your body’s signals, getting the spine adjusted regularly is suggested to keep your immune system working its very best. Our Edmond chiropractor has already seen signs of the flu appearing and we’d love to help you fight off germs and viruses during this nasty season.

To book an appointment with our Edmond chiropractor, please call us at 405-285-7325.

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Lowering Blood Pressure With Chiropractic Care

Could Chiropractic Care Help Your Blood Pressure?

Many people are under the impression that blood pressure can only be regulated by taking medication to balance chemicals in the body. The truth is that medications for this are actually made of substances not naturally found in the body. What if we told you it is possible for chiropractic care to help you reduce your high blood pressure? Our Edmond chiropractor would like you to know a bit more about why this can work.

The body has its own ways to maintain a normal blood pressure by utilizing sensors found in the walls of the arteries and sending signals to the heart, arterioles, veins, and the kidneys. Then, as a result these various points of origin make appropriate changes to lower or increase blood pressure. When blood pressure increases for any reason, these sensors send nerve signals to the blood pressure regulating center located in the lower portion of the brain.

Did you catch that last part? That’s right, nerve signals. The central nervous system is made up of the brain and spinal cord. The peripheral nervous system is made up of the nerve fibers that branch off from the spinal cord and extend to all parts of the body. As our Edmond chiropractor has mentioned in previous posts, and as you’ve probably heard before, the field of chiropractic care was founded on the basis that adjusting the spine helps the nervous system to work at its best.

With that being said, our Edmond chiropractor may need to be your next stop if you’re trying to correct the underlying cause of your blood pressure problems. Lowering your blood pressure really can be as simple as getting adjusted by your local, Edmond chiropractor. We look forward to seeing you and working towards restoring proper communication between the brain, heart, and arteries which will reduce blood pressure.

To book your next appointment with our Edmond chiropractor, please click here or call us at 405-285-7325.

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Getting Adjusted After A Car Accident

Pain Relief After A Car Accident

Getting into a car accident is not only emotionally stressful, but it has the potential to cause some serious physical pain. Various injuries, such as head trauma, or internal ruptures will obviously require that people pay a visit to the emergency room. Once the noticeable injuries are addressed it’s important to gage your pain elsewhere. Even the most minor car accidents can cause soft tissue injuries that can lead to arthritic issues if left untreated. Sometimes, the pain doesn’t start kicking in until weeks or months after the accident. If you wait too long you may forfeit your right to insurance coverage. To keep yourself and your finances protected it’s a good to idea to seek attention from a chiropractor within two weeks.

After you’ve been in a car accident it’s possible to have limited mobility in certain areas of the body, even if there isn’t any pain. Our Edmond chiropractor is well versed in detecting hidden injuries by testing range of motion, finding out if you have joint pain, feeling for spinal misalignments, and even determining if nerves may be pinched. When the scope of your injuries is revealed a personalized care plan will be developed for you.

These help to restore your spine, hips, arms, legs and neck back to their correct positions. The surrounding muscles and tissue will also be relieved, allowing your bones to naturally heal. Within weeks you can start to see full mobility again and be pain free. If adjustments alone aren’t enough to get you back to feeling great there may be some additional steps our Edmond chiropractor will suggest. Since adjustments by our Edmond chiropractor aren’t the only to relieve pain your personal care plan could also include massages, acupressure and trigger point stimulation.

If you have recently had a car accident and you’re looking for pain relief you may schedule an appointment with our Edmond chiropractor by calling 405-285-7325.