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April Newsletter '09




- Tips to maintaingin good posture

At Dopps Chiropractic in Wichita, we often hear that good posture is essential for good health. Poor posture is formed as a result of pinched and irritated nerves. This irritation will cause us to slump or slouch to decrease the pressure on the nerves. Only few people have a real grasp of the importance and necessity of good posture.

We ask you Wichita, why is good posture important? Good posture helps us stand, walk, sit and lie in positions that place the least strain our spine and on supporting muscles and ligaments during movement and weight bearing activities. Correct posture helps us keep bones and joints in correct alignment so that our muscles are used correctly, decreasing the abnormal wearing of joint surfaces that could result in degenerative arthritis and joint pain. Correct posture also reduces the stress on the ligaments holding the spinal joints together, minimizing the likelihood of injury. This allows muscles to work more efficiently, allowing the body to use less energy and, therefore, preventing muscle fatigue.

Several factors contribute to poor posture-most commonly; stress, obesity, pregnancy, weak core muscles, abnormally tight extremity muscles, and high-heeled shoes (we will learn about those later). In addition, decreased flexibility, a poor work environment, incorrect working posture, and unhealthy sitting and standing habits can also contribute to poor body positioning.

So what is good posture? Click here to continue reading more about how to sit, stand and lay. Ask Dr. Dopps at Dopps Chiropractic in Wichita, to check you and your families posture next office visit to insure you are doing it correctly.

- Nutrition Advice for a Healthy New You

At Dopps Chiropractic in Wichita, we know that there is no better way to rejuvenate your health than by eating more nutritiously. In fact, even a few simple changes in your diet and lifestyle can have a positive impact on your health-and can also prevent a variety of health problems in the future. The traditional coffee and doughnuts for breakfast; a hamburger for lunch-or no lunch; candy, cookies, and a soft drink for a snack; followed by a huge dinner with more protein than a person needs: are unhealthy dietary choices. As a result, younger people are starting to suffer from heart disease-not only because of poor diet, but also because of an epidemic of inactivity.

To reverse this alarming trend, many doctors of chiropractic urge patients to stop smoking, eat a balanced diet, drink plenty of water, exercise regularly, and augment their balanced diet with appropriate nutritional supplements.

What else can you do? Check for more ideas on improving your nutritional intake.

- Today's Fashion Can Be Tomorrow's Pain
At Dopps Chiropractic in West Wichita, we know that looking your best might not always be the best thing for you. Today's society is extremely fashion and style conscious. Unfortunately, clothing designers and stylists aim to please by creating unique looks that might not always be practical or even comfortable. The look of the season shows runway models in high platform heels and tight skirts or pants. Models have perfected the runway "walk", but the popular looks and accessories are frequently impractical and could create leg, back, and spine or neck problems.

Women generally wear high heels to complement an outfit, not for comfort, but some might not realize that these shoes can cause serious discomfort in the feet and can also exacerbate back pain. High heels alter the balanced position of a person's body. When a woman wears high heels, a new dynamic equilibrium occurs. Comparing the musculoskeletal system to a mobile, hanging in dynamic equilibrium, each part balancing the other; if one part becomes “fixed”, the whole system will compensate with a movement or restriction. Essentially, wearing high heels for any length of time increases the normal forward curve of the back and causes the pelvis to tip forward. This alters the normal configuration of the pelvis and spine necessary for the body to maintain a center of gravity.

For more information and other example of how high heels will cause skeletal changes in your body, click here to continue reading

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