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Protecting your Runner's High by Preventing Running Injuries

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As many as 1 in 2 runners will suffer a sport-related injury every year.

For a seemingly innocuous activity, running causes its fair share of pain. There is a misconception that running is a low-impact sport; and while the trauma you sustain may not be the same as say repeated direct tackles in football, there is a constant accumulation of micro-trauma involved in running. What's more, it tends to target the same muscles, causing overuse injury and consistently causes stress to the joints which absorb the shock of each step: in the knees, ankles and lower back. Because running has so many other healthful benefits, we want to make sure that the positives keep outweighing the negatives.

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Musculoskeletal Health: The Difference Between Ligaments and Tendons

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Ligaments and tendons are essential for movement

And while they each serve a different role, they are made of the same material (dense layers of connective tissue), and they combine to help you perform all essential movements. Here's how:

  • Ligaments attach bone to bone 
  • Tendons attach muscle to bone 

Ligaments allow for the proper articulation of joints, simultaneously stabilizing the joints to prevent excessive movement from causing damage. Tendons provide further stability because they resist high tensile forces, while also allowing for the healthy conduction of forces across the body. The health of both ligaments and tendons is an essential focus at your Bay Area Spine Care Office.

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Circulation is Vitality: We Need More of It

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Is your lifestyle contributing to good circulation?

Movement makes your blood flow. When you just get up from your chair, go for a walk, or stretch; when you work out aerobically, lift weights, or go for endurance; your body responds by increasing blood circulation. As your blood flows through your body, it brings nutrients and oxygen to cells in need and it takes away cell waste and lymphatic material that is constantly accumulating. This idea that movement catalyzes blood circulation is a simple but critical formula that we seem to be losing sight of as we move forward with our sedentary lifestyles. 

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Stretching Before Bed Helps you Fall Asleep

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What is stopping you from sleeping?

Your bed is beckoning but once you are safely under the covers you find it hard to switch off and fall asleep? Join the ranks of Americans who find that their non-stop lifestyle leaves them spun out at the end of the day, tossing and turning with anxiety rather than sleeping and replenishing their energy stores. The simple truth is that your choices leading up to bedtime make or break your ability to fall and stay asleep. It is becoming more normal for people to wind down with a television series than a book these days, an activity that keeps your brain stimulated and prevents it from seeking rest. At Basco Chiropractic, we propose another method for getting ready to rest: stretching. 

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Why Do I Want An Aligned Spine?

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Spinal alignment is important for physical and mental wellness 

Good spinal alignment is more than just a buzz-worthy topic: 21st century lifestyles are putting spines under more pressure than ever before. With cell phones, forward head posture, sedentary jobs and recreation, it's no wonder that we are seeing more people than ever (and younger than ever) coming into the chiropractor with back pain. A key to preventing this pain is spinal alignment! 

Let's focus on the only definition of spinal alignment that matters: the position that puts the least pressure on your spine. The aligning points, or nodes, include: the head, shoulders, spine, hips, knees and ankles. Spinal alignment is critical for the following things:

  • Better body mechanics and fewer injuries
  • An optimized nervous system
  • Better functioning of all major bodily systems.
  • Less back pain

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