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5 Tips for Staying Healthy this Summer

Date: July 20, 2017 | Time: 9:51am

It's summertime! Now is the time for BBQ, family vacations, and baseball. Summer can also be brutal on your muscles, bones, and joints. If you want to maintain strong joint health, then follow these quick summer tips:

Control the Humidity Levels in Your Home

The correlation between humidity and poor health is well documented. But you don't need a case study to prove what you already know. When the humidity is high your joints, bones, and muscles can all feel it. The joints in your body contain baroreceptors, which adjust blood flow to the joints and muscles depending on the humidity levels outside. If the air is already thick with moisture, then the baroreceptors will produce less blood to the vessels and the body will absorb less moisture. This can lead to exhaustion and stiffness in the joints.

Don't Overdo Your Summer Workouts

For those who are into hardcore fitness, summer seems to give you a reason to workout twice as hard outside more so than during the rest of the year. But with surging temperatures and high levels of humidity, your afternoon run could be more harmful than helpful. Limit your workouts in the hot heat and make sure to drink plenty of water. It is also recommended that you workout in the early morning hours or at dusk when temperatures are lower.

Go Swimming

If you have arthritis, back problems, or basically any pain in your joints, then jump in the water. Swimming is an excellent way to workout your arms, back, and legs. The greatest benefit to swimming is that, unlike running or other aerobics-style sports, swimming has zero bodily impact. That means that there is no movement that jolts the muscles and joints. Swimming is also good because your body rarely gets overheated or dehydrated. When swimming, concentrate on techniques that promote natural healthy movement in the joints.

Change Your Diet

Did you know that your eating habits can affect the health of your joints? Do yourself a favor this summer and change your diet without going on an overrated diet plan. That's right, just alter what you eat. Below are the best foods for joint health that you can eat during the summertime:

. Berries

. Nuts

. Orange vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes, and butternut squash

. Leafy green and cruciferous vegetables including broccoli, spinach, and brussels sprouts

. Oil-filled fish like salmon, mackerel, and sardines

. Apples

. Onions

. Basil

. Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

. Ginger

Limit the Number of Miles You Log in Your Flip Flops

Telling people on the beach to stop wearing flip flops during the summer is like asking Canadians to throw away their coats and long sleeves in January. Wearing flip flops all day long from March until October can result in all types of joint and muscle problems in your feet, ankles, legs, hips, and back. No, we're not promoting burning your favorite pair of sandals. When wearing them, however, avoid intense physical activity such as hiking and reduce the amount of time you put them on each day. Even when it's hot outside, the best thing to put on your feet are still socks and supportive tennis shoes.

If you would like to know more about how to relieve the joint pain this summer in your back, arms, neck, or legs, contact Sonnier Chiropractic Clinic. We provide a wide range of chiropractic services for patients in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana area. Call us today at 225-766-2952 or at our Zachary clinic at (225) 658-1407. You can also find us online at www.SonnChiro.com. We look forward to seeing you healthy!

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Date: July 20, 2017 | Time: 9:46am



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A BRIEF AND SLIGHTLY ENTERTAINING HISTORY OF CHIROPRACTIC

Date: July 7, 2017 | Time: 7:17pm

We all know that chiropractic medicine is a long-established practice. We have documentation showing that the first adjustment was performed on a deaf janitor in 1895. While the janitor, named Harvey, bent over a trash can, the office tenant noticed Harvey's spine was out of line. After asking some questions, he found out that the janitor became deaf after his back popped. Daniel Palmer, the office tenant, had Harvey lay down, and adjusted his spine. Later in the week, Harvey told him that his hearing was restored, and thus began the practice of chiropractic. So, this is what we thought was the oldest case.


New light has shined on even older practitioners. A recent study of hieroglyphics has given us a great new story. It seems that in about 35000 BC, a cave woman named Wanda began adjusting her mate's back after a close call with a Tyrannosaurus Rex.


Wink had barely managed to crawl home after being slammed into a tree while hunting. He was focused on his prey; a Pterodactyl with an injured wing. The Rex was as surprised as Wink was, and the resulting tail fling caught Wink mid-stride.


After several days of recovery time, Wink was still in severe pain, and Wanda knew that if she didn't get him on the road to health, she would be required to hunt, in addition to foraging for berries and roots, gathering firewood, and tending to the children.


With this in mind, one evening Wanda removed two stones from the fire pit, and when they cooled sufficiently, she wrapped them in a Mammoth hide and laid them on Wink's back. After grunting in surprise, he soon relaxed. As she moved them around his back, she could see his muscles smooth out. When he had become still, she began to knead his muscles, and then checked all of his bones. A little pulling and pushing seemed to put him back in a straight line, and she then gave him a tea of bark and weeds to help him sleep.


The next morning, Wink was upright for the first time since his close call. When the other colony mates saw him, they came to Wanda for help. As Wink headed off for the hunt, the word spread. She began keeping stones warm by the fire, and showed others how to gather bark and weeds for tea. Soon, she was known in all the cave communities as the one to see. Her days were filled with cave men and women whose daily work had them bent or stooped or limping. As the children played nearby, she traded blankets, meat, and berries for her help, and the family flourished. She was the most esteemed member of the cave clan. Wink continued to hunt, but no longer took the outrageous chances which led to his near demise.


Wanda may have been the first chiropractor AND the first woman entrepreneur.
Although the first paragraph is historically accurate, the rest of this blog is the work of the author, and totally for your entertainment. This is how we think it may have gone down. Have a great holiday weekend, be careful out there, and call Sonnier Chiropractic if your day to day activities have you bent, stooped, or limping.


For more informative and entertaining chiropractic facts, contact our office today. Sonnier Chiropractic provides the Baton Rouge area with quality care. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us in Baton Rouge at (225) 766-2952 or at our Zachary clinic at (225) 658-1407. You can also find us online at www.SonnChiro.com. We look forward to seeing you healthy!


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Date: June 30, 2017 | Time: 7:10am



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Carrying Heavy Bags-How It Effects Your Body

Date: June 22, 2017 | Time: 2:48pm

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Your body goes through many changes in life, but did you know that just carrying a heavy bag could take a negative toll on your body? Common injuries and conditions can be scoliosis, kyphosis, neck pain, soreness, and an overall imbalance in your body. The two main culprits that cause this damage are backpacks and shoulder bags. With these tips, you will be able to live a healthier life:

Shoulder bags can be a saving grace for storage but who knew this commonly used gear could cause serious injuries? When you're packing your bag for the day think about what you're toting because just by adding that extra book or tablet can cause an unnecessary strain on your shoulder. When you're carrying your bag on one side of your shoulder, it's creating an imbalance from you putting all the pressure on that one shoulder. After shouldering that bag all day, the strain can cause your muscles to tighten up and stay stiff for awhile. With these tips, you will have less pain by changing your daily habits. Remember: Don't text while carrying your bag, alternate shoulders frequently to prevent imbalance and stiffness and buy a carryall with larger straps for support.

Backpacks bring forth memories of carrying oversized books for school, but did you ever think that the literature could injure your back? You may not worry about getting scoliosis from carrying a heavy backpack but you do need to worry about the possibility of getting kyphosis which, is plain terms, is having a hunch back. How this damage can come about is that when you're carrying your backpack it is causing your bag to pull you backward which then is causing your back muscles to work harder to keep you upright. According to an article on WebMD, "Most students said they hurt, at least a bit, from their backpacks; 64% reported having back pain at some time." This source verifies that heavy backpacks are causing children in school pain and discomfort. Some simple fixes to the situation can prevent these injuries and those being: buy a rolling backpack, wear both straps, keep shoulder straps snug, and above all: carry only what's necessary, don't strain yourself.

Back injuries are one of the worst injuries to deal with on a daily basis, so the next time you're packing your bag, think of only the essentials. Don't let your back take the toll. Make sure to exercise frequently because it will also promote a healthy lifestyle and a healthy back.

For more tips to maintain health and wellness, contact our office today. Sonnier Chiropractic provides the Baton Rouge area with quality chiropractic care. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us in Baton Rouge at (225) 766-2952 or at our Zachary clinic at (225) 658-1407. You can also find us online at www.SonnChiro.com. We look forward to seeing you healthy!

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Date: June 16, 2017 | Time: 11:40am



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HOW CAN CHIROPRACTIC CARE HELP WITH KNEE PAIN

Date: June 8, 2017 | Time: 1:06pm

Are daily activities like walking, bending, climbing stairs, or standing for extended periods of time causing chronic knee pain? Have you limited your physical activities or began taking pain or arthritis medication to manage your pain? While some aches and pains are to be expected as we grow older, chronic knee pain can be successfully treated with chiropractic care. You may think that chiropractors only treat back and neck problems, but they can offer many options outside of surgery and/or medication, to help put a spring back into your step.

The knee is a complex joint that relies heavily on connecting ligaments and muscles for stability. For example, repetitive movements that cause strain on your lower back or hips may actually be the cause of your knee pain. A licensed chiropractor has extensive knowledge of complex joint and soft-tissue problems that may be the true cause of your chronic pain.

Some of the common diagnoses associated with knee pain are:

Tendinitis - pain in the front of the knee that is made worse when climbing, taking stairs, or walking up an incline

Bursitis - inflammation caused by repeated overuse or injury of the knee

Meniscus Tear - a rupture in one or more of the cartilage in the knee

Torn Ligament - tear in one of the four ligaments in the knee - the most commonly injured ligament is the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)

IT Band Syndrome - tightness in a muscle along the side of the leg that pulls on the knee and causes pain on the outside of the knee.

Runner's Knee - pain in the front of the knee from the quads pulling on their attachment.

Osteoarthritis - pain, inflammation, and joint destruction caused by degeneration and deterioration of the joint

Chiropractic care can involve more than adjusting the spine, neck, and other joints, says Scott Bautch, chairman, and CEO of Wisconsin-based Allied Health Chiropractic Centers. "We look at a broad spectrum of issues and address them in various ways to minimize damage, slow the pace of the condition and ease the pain," he says. "We want to get the joint as comfortable as possible."

Chiropractic treatment for knee pain relief can include a combination of techniques to help alleviate pain, including:

Chiropractic Adjustments: Gentle, controlled, and directed adjustments delivered to your knee and spinal joints and tissues to restore optimal movement and function.

Myofascial Release (MFR): Knee pain can be associated with overly tight and overworked muscles in the legs, hip, and low back. MFR works with the muscles and the soft tissues between the muscles to relax them and optimize their function. Similar to massage, MFR is a more focused and deep treatment of the soft tissues to relieve pain and restore movement.

Active Release Technique (ART): This is a very targeted treatment of specific regions in the muscles and other soft tissues to release scar tissue, and improve muscle function. This is also effective for restoring motion of the meniscus, one of the more common causes of knee pain.

Rehabilitation: Teaching you methods to help prevent your knee pain in the future! Rehabilitation incorporates stretches, exercises and foam rolling, which can be performed in the comfort of your own home or at your workplace.

Whether your knee condition is acute (injury related) or chronic (wear and tear related) the importance of getting a good diagnosis and receiving the proper treatment cannot be understated. You don't have to suffer from consistent knee pain, limit your daily activities, or rely on medication to manage your pain. A consultation with a chiropractor can help you determine just how much you can do to improve the condition of your knees and your quality of life.

Sonnier Chiropractic provides the Baton Rouge area with quality chiropractic care. We encourage a healthy lifestyle, a healthy diet, and a healthy you. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us in Baton Rouge at (225) 766-2952 or at our Zachary clinic at (225) 658-1407. You can also find us online at www.SonnChiro.com. We look forward to seeing you healthy!

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Date: May 25, 2017 | Time: 10:50am



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