Grand Strand Health and Wellness - October 2019

October 2019

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THE ‘WHY’ BEHIND THE ‘HOW’

Improving the Health of Your Neurological and MSK Systems A t Grand Strand Health and Wellness, we try to convey the “why” behind the “how” by letting our patients know why we recommend certain exercises,

the major muscle groups. These stretches combined give patients a way to holistically strengthen their joints and muscles. If you’re in a place where you can exercise, we always recommend low impact activities, such as swimming or biking, to get a cardio workout without putting unnecessary strain on your knees, ankles, and other joints. Along with stretching and exercising, you should make sure you have a properly supplemented diet. Dietary supplementation is very individualized because it revolves around your metabolism, your chemical makeup, and your diet. You’ll get most of the vitamins and minerals you need from the food you eat, provided you have a healthy, well-balanced diet. That being said, vitamin D3, vitamin B12, and alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) supplements do benefit a lot of people. Taking these supplements directly can be an easier way for some people to get all the vitamins they need. For example, the primary source of vitamin D3 is sunlight, so, if you’re indoors for most of the day, a D3 supplement could really help you. High impact exercises may benefit your physical health in the short run, but I tend to recommend against them for our patients’ long-term health. Steer clear of any type of plyometrics, or exercises that involve a lot of jumping, like P90X. All that up-and-down motion is not good for your joints. Even running in the long term will wear them out over time. My wife was a marathon runner for a long time, and for about a week after one of her races, she had persistent back

diets, and other lifestyle choices. But, in case you don’t already know the “why,” this month is National Chiropractic Health Month, and the American Chiropractic Association is focusing on how the health of your musculoskeletal (MSK) and nervous systems leads to strength, stability, and, ultimately, success. Because of that focus, we thought this month’s newsletter would be a good opportunity to talk about how you can improve your MSK and nervous systems outside the clinic, and why these things work. When it comes to helping improve our patients’ strength and balance, we often prescribe a series of eight stretches for them to do at home: the doorway stretch, the calf stretch, shoulder rolls, knee to chest stretches, ankle rolls, heel to toe walking, sitting to standing, and bicep curls. This list isn’t meant to be a magical cure-all for your MSK and neurological ailments, but it is a fairly comprehensive list of stretches that target “Ultimately, what I want our patients to understand is that holistic health is not about how good you feel today, tomorrow, or next month. It’s about what’s going to help your health decades from now.”

pain as a result of the long miles and rigorous training. She was in her 30s at the time. That was her last marathon. Ultimately, what I want our patients to understand is that holistic health is not about how good you feel today, tomorrow, or next month. It’s about what’s going to help your health decades from now. Over time, high-impact exercises and insufficient diets can wear people out and break them down. Don’t wait until you’re old and in pain to start caring about your MSK health. Get a head start on it today. –Dr. Chris Garner

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