Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy's Blog

Posts for: November, 2012

By drkollias@sheldonroadchiropractic.com
November 21, 2012
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged



Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy in Tampa is very

for all of our wonderful patients and their families.


We hope everyone enjoys this special time of year

&

We wish everyone a healthy and safe holiday!
 

 

-The Staff at Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy


Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy
10930 Sheldon Road
Tampa, FL 33626
813.884.1457

www.sheldonroadchiropractic.com 

 

 


By drkollias@sheldonroadchiropractic.com
November 21, 2012
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged


Core strength is a concept often talked about in health centers, gyms and yoga studios but what is it and why does it matter?

In human beings, the majority of movement originates from the lower part of the torso (the lumbar spine and abdomen).  This is the part of the body that tenses first and keeps the body balanced during running, lifting, twisting and other normal day-to-day movements.  Strength in this region is a basic building block from which to develop power in other areas of the body and is fundamental to maintaining good posture and spinal alignment.

Anatomically speaking, the core region of the body consists of the lower back, abdomen, pelvis and diaphragm.  The main muscle groups include the transversus abdominus, internal and external obliques, rectus abdominis and erector spinae.  It is these muscles that often need strengthening due to the fact that on a daily basis most of us are far less active than our ancestors who worked at more physically demanding jobs.

We’ve known about the importance of core strength for a long time.  Yoga and Pilates teachers, martial artists and qi gong practitioners all move from the same center of gravity and balance in the core region and view this area as the nexus of human power and energy.  They stress the importance of strengthening the core through breathing exercises and meditation as well as physical movement.  Since the core region of the body contains the diaphragm, ease of breathing is both a sign and result of good core strength.  Back pain, on the other hand, may well be a sign that core strength needs to be improved. 

For those who practice sports, proper alignment is particularly important to prevent injuries during physical exertion.  If the core muscles are not strong enough to support the spine during movement, then other muscle groups will be used to perform the action with a much greater risk of damage.  The rest of us also need to be conscious of our core strength since we all engage in strenuous action at various points in our lives (lifting boxes, running to catch a bus, playfully swinging a child, etc.). 

 While chiropractors are always willing to help patients in need of treatment, the ultimate goal of chiropractic care is for everyone to have the best possible spinal health.  Good core strength definitely contributes to that, whether you are otherwise healthy or have an ongoing postural problem.  If you want to improve your spinal health and posture and reduce your chance of injury, working on core strength through a balanced program of exercise is a very good, and inexpensive, way of going about it.

Dr. Kollias always suggest these simple yet very effective Back Exercises for strengthening the core muscles. Any questions regarding proper implementation should be directed to either himself or Dr. Karen Derr.

Cheers to core strengthening! 

 

Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy
10930 Sheldon Road
Tampa, FL 33626
813.884.1457

www.sheldonroadchiropractic.com 


By drkollias@sheldonroadchiropractic.com
November 16, 2012
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged



How many times did we hear from our parents when we were children, “sit up straight”?  Our parents were not telling us to do this merely to keep us from looking like a boiled noodle.  Good posture is important for a variety of health reasons as well.  It helps us to breathe properly, increases concentration, reduces the risk of neck and back pain and increases our sense of well-being.  

And yet most people have bad posture.  It is not surprising, given how many hours we spend sitting at a desk.  Both bad ergonomics and the number of hours spent sitting without getting up and moving around has led to an epidemic of bad posture – and subsequently many cases of back and neck pain.

According to Dr. Roger Sperry, who received a Nobel Prize for brain research, “The more mechanically distorted a person is, the less energy is available for thinking, metabolism and healing.” Proper posture opens the airways and expands the rib cage, allowing us to breathe more deeply. Our lung capacity is reduced by as much as 30% when we slouch.  A brain receiving its full measure of oxygen is more powerful and has a better ability to concentrate.  Your muscles and organs will also benefit from added oxygen, giving you more energy.

Poor posture also makes you tire more easily.  Our skeletal system was designed to perform optimally when we are in the correct posture. The spine takes the majority of the weight-bearing stress both when we are moving and sitting.  However, bad posture moves the weight to areas of the skeleton that were not designed to take a great amount of force.  This makes our muscles, tendons and ligaments work harder to keep us upright and puts excessive stress on less sturdy parts of our bones and joints.  Over time, bad posture causes changes to the spine that can become permanent, constricting nerves and blood vessels and leading to chronic pain.

Studies have shown that people experiencing depression felt markedly better when their posture improved, and it also increases self-confidence.  A study by researchers at Ohio State University instructed subjects to sit up straight or to slouch.  Of those who sat up straight, “Their confident, upright posture gave them more confidence in their own thoughts, whether they were positive or negative,” according to co-author of the study, Richard Perry, a professor of psychology at the university.

If you have proper posture you should be able to draw a straight line down from the earlobe through the shoulder, hip, knee and mid-ankle. Your chin should be parallel with the floor. Most people’s heads jut forward due to crouching over laptops and hand-held devices like mobile phones and tablets.  When the head juts only an inch forward from the spine it essentially doubles the amount of head weight the musculoskeletal system must absorb.

To help maintain your posture throughout the day, choose an office chair that is ergonomically designed, with extra support for the lower back. You should also get up and move around regularly throughout the day.  Furthermore, it’s important to strengthen your back and core muscles, which help to promote good posture. Yoga and Pilates are good forms of exercise for overall stretching and strengthening and will enable you to maintain good posture. Any questions about how you can improve your posture, please consult Dr. Kollias or Dr. Karen and they will be happy to help!


Suggestions from our Doctors to Support Proper Posture:  
(items available in office)

Back Vitalizer-- 
 

 





Back Huggar Lumbar Support--


 

Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy
10930 Sheldon Road
Tampa, FL 33626
813.884.1457

www.sheldonroadchiropractic.com

 


By drkollias@sheldonroadchiropractic.com
November 16, 2012
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged


Christina Gimenez!!! Thank you for participating in our Facebook 1-hour massage therapy drawing! Please give myself or Debbie a call at 813.884.1457 and we will be happy to schedule the hour for you or send you a gift certificate in the mail.

If you didn't win this time, don't fret! We will be hosting Facebook drawings on the 15th of every month. All you need to do to qualify is "Like" us on our Facebook page here and a winner will be randomly selected each time.

Thank you for your participation and good luck on our future drawings!

-:- Laura
 

Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy
10930 Sheldon Road
Tampa, FL 33626
813.884.1457

www.sheldonroadchiropractic.com


By drkollias@sheldonroadchiropractic.com
November 14, 2012
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

 





If the "Close Enough" picture depicts how you feel at times while working at your home or work computer station please consult Dr. Kollias or Dr. Karen to see how they can help you. 

Our body can really take a toll depending on the ergonomics of our environment; this is why it is in our best interest to consult our Tampa Chiropractor to see how Chiropractic Care can help!

 


Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy
10930 Sheldon Road
Tampa, FL 33626
813.884.1457

www.sheldonroadchiropractic.com