We are here to provide Moms with the support and information they need to grow naturally as a mother, individual and partner.
This month the Franson Family Chiropractic Moms’ Tribe is discussing Time Management. Come for the information, stay for the support.
Call the office at 978-927-8466 or visit our Facebook page for more information.
Having spent the last sixteen years seeing a couple of hundred patients a day in my Chiropractic clinic, I have pretty much seen and heard it all. Although the lay population finds new and interesting ways to hurt themselves every year, some crowd favorites clearly rise to the top. I resist writing articles like this for fear that I am reinforcing the false popular notion that chiropractic care is for “people with bad backs.” However, I do recognize that there is a growing population of better-informed people who sincerely want to learn more about curbing the likelihood of joining the masses sidelined by low-back injury.
Here is a quick survival guide for those of us who are fortunate enough to live at a latitude that seems to mock the global warming projections.
5 Tips To Prevent A Shoveling Catastrophe:
* Practice the 2015 Technique: Find a 15 year old, and give them $20 to do it for you.
* If this is not possible, follow these rules:
- Warm-up for fifteen minutes before you begin. Never exert yourself without sufficiently warming up – go for a walk, jump on the treadmill, do 50 burpees…whatever. Never shovel “cold” (pun intended).
- Walk quietly and carry a small shovel. Using a smaller shovel will reduce load and strain, and prevent a catastrophe. The shoveling position puts your spine at risk by nature of mechanics (your vertebral discs hate the combination of rotation, flexion and lateral flexion). The last thing that you should do is put a heavy weight at the end of a long stick, twist and try to throw it. Paraphrasing Bill Clinton’s infamous comment on the economy: “It’s physics, stupid.”
- Keep it below the belt. Good shoveling form takes place below the belt. Think of shoveling as a highly dynamic deadlift. Start with your feet. When you shovel, stay on your heels. Keep your lower back flat (in extension) to keep your posterior chain engaged (read: your hamstrings and glutes). Always point your feet where your hands are working. Never twist; move your feet instead. When you exert yourself, engage your core muscles. Find these by imagining someone punching you in the belly. Inhale and hold your air as you lift or toss, tightening those core muscles.
- Ice when you are finished. There is no excuse - there is always plenty of ice around if you are shoveling snow. It’s free and readily available – and as long as you don’t put it directly on the skin or use it for more than 20 minutes, there are no side effects.
- See your chiropractor regularly. Adjustments are preparatory, not custodial. Yes, it is wise to get your spine checked after any physical stress or trauma, but a more effective strategy is to get adjusted before strenuous activity. Think about it. Spinal misalignment and vertebral Subluxations are weak links in your structure. You are much less likely to experience an injury without a pre-existing weakness. I’m just sayin’…
From the Department of Silver Linings: shoveling snow burns approximately 395 calories per hour for an average 145-pound person!
Now go book that vacation.
Chocolate might be one of the greatest foods on the planet. It’s heavenly to eat, and it has significant benefits for your health – from supporting major organs and brain function, to helping you avoid disease. (As it turns out, your vice is actually good for you!)
To get all of the momentous benefits of chocolate, you need to be eating the right kind! So, to help you make sure that you’re getting the most out of your chocolate, read below!
The Benefits of Chocolate
- Lower risk of stroke
- A study showed that those who ate 45 grams of chocolate a week had a 20% lower risk of stroke than those who ate fewer than 9 grams
- Lower blood pressure
- Lower LDL (“bad”) Cholesterol
- Lower risk of heart disease
- Increases insulin sensitivity, lowering risk of diabetes
- Contains anti-aging properties, helping those who eat it younger for longer
- Anti-inflammatory, which helps prevent disease
- Contains a large amount of fiber, which helps you feel full longer (so you’ll eat less!)
- A serving of one 87% cacao chocolate bar contains 8g of fiber
- Contains flavonoids (antioxidants), which protect from UV damage
- Contains theobromine, which helps reduce cough-attacks
- Contains anti-clotting properties that improve blood flow and circulation
- Increased blood flow also results in making you feel more alert
- Encourages your brain to produce endorphins and serotonin, which improve your mood and make you feel amazing
- It tastes great and is one of the many pleasures of life!
How to Eat Chocolate
- The higher percentage of cacao (cocoa), the better!
- Look for 70% cacao or higher for optimal nutritional value
- Dark chocolate isn’t standardized in the U.S. – some can contain as little as 30% cacao
- Avoid chocolate that has been “processed with alkali”
- Changes pH of the chocolate
- Reduces health properties
- Avoid GMOs (including GMO Soy Lecithin)
- Choose 100% organic
- Choose dark chocolate only
- Milk can prohibit the absorption of antioxidants
- Eat in moderation
- One (small) piece of chocolate a day is great for you – but don’t overdo it
- Chocolate contains caffeine, so watch how much you eat before bed
- Make chocolate part of a balanced diet, complete with fresh, natural foods
Don’t Miss Our Practice Appreciation Event:
SWEET SNACKIN’ FOR CHOCOLATE LOVERS
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18TH AT 6:45 PM
Bring your favorite healthy snack, your sweet tooth, and your friends!
Experience all the joys of healthy snacking and chocolate at our upcoming practice appreciation night, Chocoholics Anonymous: Sweet Snackin’ for Chocolate Lovers.
Tuesday, February 18th, at 6:45pm
- Decadent chocolate and healthy snack tasting
- Socialization with other chocoholics
- Friendly competition for the best recipe
- Healthy snack recipe sharing
- A fun evening out
Register now by clicking here.
Make sure you bring your favorite healthy snack AND the recipe. We will be compiling all the recipes from the evening to create a Franson Family Chiropractic Healthy Snacking Cookbook, free to all guests.
You know you’re in love when you don’t want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams. —Dr. Seuss
The beauty of love is that it is all encompassing AND it is the most magnetic emotion!
This is why we are driven to help you EXPAND your love during the month of February with our Spread the Love special opportunity!
We have seen such wonderful success stories manifest due to the chiropractic lifestyle and it is time that the people YOU LOVE so dearly are able to experience this as well.
During the month of February, we’re giving out Spread the Love valentines cards for you to give to anyone of your choice! These cards are only $14 and all proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Card in hand, your guest will receive a complete initial chiropractic consultation, examination and any necessary x-rays.
Our motivation for offering this opportunity is to donate at least $150 AND to LOVE the people YOU LOVE by means of the chiropractic lifestyle.
Check out our updated Testimonial Page for more amazing stories from our practice members and their journeys towards better health through Chiropractic care. Our mission: to educate and adjust as many families back towards optimal health through natural chiropractic care.
There are no more excuses! The time to take charge of your health and fitness is NOW.
We know… We know… sometimes starting a fitness routine for the first time can be a challenge …
But maybe you just haven’t found something that you love to do yet!
We want to help! Please join us for our Get Moving in the New Year Workshop on Thursday, January 30th at 6:45 PM where you will learn all about a range of fitness routines to help you incorporate movement into your lifestyle.
You’ll hear all about the benefits of moving your body and how it can impact your physical and mental function – trust us, there are countless benefits beyond just fitting into those skinny jeans!
After this event, our goal is that you will be get moving EVERY DAY after the holidays, as you get fit, look better, feel more confident, and establish a healthy lifestyle – so you can keep up these great habits for years to come!
This workshop is for anyone who wants to get a healthy jumpstart to their New Year. You don’t have to go it alone – let us help you reach your goals!
Thank you EVERYONE for your generous contributions to the Healing Abuse Working for Change (HAWC) Holiday Store!
Boxes and boxes of clothes, gifts, and toys were donated by the Franson Family Chiropractic family of patients and staff. In addition, nearly $200 was collected and donated to the HAWC Utility Fund. We are blessed to be surrounded by so many who give so much.
HAWC exists to support the healing process of abuse and to change social norms and behaviors that perpetuate violence and oppression. For 35 years, in cities and towns from Saugus to Cape Ann, HAWC has supported individuals experiencing domestic violence. We strongly urge you to support their mission all year long. More information can be found here: http://hawcdv.org.