Well­ness Arti­cles

Chi­ro­prac­tic Res­o­lu­tions For A Healthy, Pain-​Free Year

The above is a Decem­ber 24, 2006 head­line of an arti­cle that appeared in an unlikely source, the Med­ical News Today. The arti­cle con­tains rec­om­men­da­tions from a release from the Amer­i­can Chi­ro­prac­tic Asso­ci­a­tion, (ACA). The Med­ical News Today arti­cle begins with great words to enter 2007, “Start the new year off right by com­mit­ting to a health­ier lifestyle.”

This ACA release urges Amer­i­cans to adopt the fol­low­ing 10 healthy New Years res­o­lu­tions. They are:

  1. I will limit my intake of caf­feinated cof­fee, sodas and teas. The caf­feine in these drinks can cause dehy­dra­tion and can rob the body of essen­tial nutri­ents. Stick to water, nat­ural juices and other decaf­feinated beverages.
  2. I will avoid over med­icat­ing myself and my fam­ily. Many over-​the– counter and pre­scrip­tion med­ica­tions have unknown side effects. Dis­cuss alter­na­tive reme­dies with a doc­tor of chiropractic.
  3. I will not carry a heavy purse or brief­case with its strap over my shoul­der, unless I place the strap over my head on the side oppo­site the bag. Wear­ing a shoul­der strap over one shoul­der unevenly places the weight of the bag on one side of the body, poten­tially caus­ing shoul­der and back pain.
  4. I will not allow my chil­dren to carry back­packs that weigh more than 10 per­cent of their body weight. Beyond that weight, the back­pack can cause the wearer to bend for­ward in an attempt to sup­port the weight on his or her back, instead of the shoulders.
  5. I will not lift heavy objects over my head. These types of move­ments can strain mus­cles and affect nerves, caus­ing severe neck, shoul­der and arm problems.
  6. I will not turn my torso while lift­ing rel­a­tively heavy objects. This rotates the spine and can bring on a “back attack.”
  7. I will avoid the habit of con­sis­tently cross­ing the same knee over the other. Such a habit can also even­tu­ally cause mis­align­ment of the spine.
  8. I will try to keep mov­ing while I’m at work. If seden­tary for the major­ity of the work day, it is very impor­tant to take peri­odic stretch breaks. Get up from the desk and take a brief walk, and stretch arms and legs as fre­quently as pos­si­ble to avoid pos­tural and spinal stress.
  9. I will, when using a shovel — in win­ter or sum­mer — remem­ber to push rather than lift, when­ever possible.
  10. I will use lug­gage with wheels when­ever pos­si­ble. Car­ry­ing, lift­ing and mov­ing a heavy suit­case can ruin a vacation.

Ran­dom Article

The above head­line comes from a fea­ture arti­cle in the Jan­u­ary 6, 2005 issue of Investors Busi­ness Daily. The arti­cle starts off by

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