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Helpful Tips for Women to Stay Fit and Active

By Dr. Brent Wells

The ladies in the office are often talking about getting together at the gym to exercise. It seems that things go well for a while, then they drop out one by one for a variety of reasons. Within a short period of time, they are talking about getting together again, only to have the same thing happen. I give them credit. They’re trying. Sometimes it can be rather difficult to find enough time in the day for proper exercise; this is made even more difficult by career minded women, who are also struggling to manage a family and household. Sometimes it can feel as though it is a lost cause but do not fear, there are five simple things you can do to help increase your daily physical activity.

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Can Joint Injuries Really Cause or Accelerate Arthritis?

By Dr. Brent Wells

A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study performed from 2007-2009 showed that at least 22.2% of adult Americans suffered from arthritis. The actual number could be higher than the CDC estimate, though, because these were self-reported and doctor-diagnosed cases. Naturally, no one knows how many unreported cases there are. Still, it’s reasonable to believe that this percentage will only become higher as the population ages.

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The Best Sources of Fiber

By Dr. Brent wells

Getting adequate amounts of fiber in your diet is important for a variety of reasons. The primary ones are that it improves digestion and contributes to lowering your risk of contracting chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease. The FDA recommends that adults get at least 25 to 30 grams in their diet every day. However, our typical western diet, which is high in refined grains and processed food, provides the average person only about 15 grams of fiber per day.

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What is a “Slipped Disc”?

By Dr. Brent Wells

A slipped disc is the common term for a prolapsed or herniated spinal disc. These discs are set in position between the vertebrae and do not “slip”. Instead, the disc’s outer, fibrous ring tears, thereby allowing the soft, inner portion to extrude through the tear and press against the spinal nerves. Inflammatory chemicals may also be released as a result of the tear and may cause significant, long-term pain.

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Sleep well and regenerate!

By Dr. Brent Wells

Have you ever wondered why your doctor always tells you to make sure you get plenty of rest when you are sick or recovering from surgery or an injury? It is because sleep is our body’s way of increasing our healing and regenerative properties. During our sleep cycles, the antibodies and red blood cells that your body needs, are released in increased intervals. The same can be said for the body’s natural growth hormones and testosterone.

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Degenerative Disc Disease

By Dr. Brent Wells

I recently saw a patient who has degenerative disc disease. Now, this isn’t unusual for me. I see many patients with this. This patient, however, was particularly surprised as he’s only in his mid-thirties. While degenerative disc disease is a disorder usually encountered by older people, it can affect anyone at any age. In addition, some people can have degenerative disc disease and not ever experience any symptoms.

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5 Exercise Tips for Better Posture

By Dr. Brent Wells

I can usually tell when someone has been in the military by just one glance. How? Their posture is excellent. Military personnel are taught to stand straight with their shoulders back, chest out, stomach in, and the chin up. Not all of them started that way, I’m sure. I’ll be a good number of them had to be reminded, as they were growing up, to stand up straight! I know my mom was always after my brothers and I. (Thanks, Mom!)

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High Blood Pressure Facts and Fiction

By Dr. Brent Wells

High blood pressure (hypertension) is widespread, affecting approximately 25% of the population. If the condition remains untreated, it can lead to more serious health problems such as heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.
However, there are many myths about high blood pressure in the popular press. So in the following paragraphs we’ll separate fiction from fact to provide you with a more accurate understanding of this common health problem.

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Most Effective “Low Impact” Cardio Exercises

By Dr. Brent Wells

Why “low impact” cardio exercises? Imagine reaching your “golden years” with a buff beach body only to be told that you can’t jog or run anymore because your knee cartilage has been worn thin or you have damaged vertebrae. The last thing you want to do is ruin your body while trying to stay in shape. Here we present some good low impact cardio exercises that can help you maintain a healthy cardiovascular system without causing damage to your musculoskeletal system.

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Pain Relief From Chiropractic

By Dr. Brent Wells

The impetus for many people to seek chiropractic help is acute or chronic pain, most commonly in the lower back or neck and shoulders. Although patients want the chiropractor to help with the underlying problem, lessening their pain is a very important part of allowing them to get on with life in some degree of comfort.
Chiropractic treatment for pain rests on the principle that healing will occur as a natural function of the body once it is in correct alignment. Conversely, misalignment will lead to excess strain and wear on the body, resulting in pain. Misalignment can occur over time as the result of bad posture, repetitive activities (such as performing certain sports or occupations) and degenerative disease. It may also happen suddenly due to trauma from a road accident, a fall or a particular sports injury.

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