October is National Chiropractic Health Month and Dr. Darcie Anselment, owner of Evidence Based Chiropractic, and other doctors of chiropractic across the country will promote the importance of joint health and the vital role physical activity plays in keeping joints healthy and pain-free.
This year’s theme — “Get Vertical” — focuses on getting off the couch or out of the office chair, and standing or moving more each day. Most people nowadays know someone with joint pain, and joint replacement surgery — particularly involving hips and knees — is commonplace. What many do not know is that simple lifestyle changes can help prevent the necessity for this type of surgery and keep joints healthier longer.
In honor of National Chiropractic Health Month, Dr. Anselment offers these tips to help you get vertical and stay pain-free:
• Stand up. Office dwellers can look into using standing desks or treadmill desks, but if you’re stuck sitting all day, you can still stretch your legs with a short walk about every 20 to 30 minutes.
• Take micro-breaks. Frequently stretch your neck, arms and wrists, back, and legs. Simple stretches include neck rotations, fist clenches, arm dangles and shoulder shrugs.
• Get moving. You don’t have to work out like a pro-athlete, just aim for a minimum of 20 to 30 minutes of exercise three to five days a week.
• Eat right. A healthy diet — rich in fruits, vegetables and healthy fats — can help reduce inflammation and joint pain. Also limit red meat, refined sugar and white flour. Just a few simple changes can have a positive impact on your health.
For more tips on healthy, pain-free living, visit www.ChiroHealthy.com.
Sponsored by the American Chiropractic Association, National Chiropractic Health Month is a nationwide observance held each October. The event helps raise public awareness of the benefits of chiropractic care and its natural, whole-person, patient-centered approach to health and wellness.
Dr. Darcie Anselment can be reached at (724) 801-8622. Her office is located in the R&P Building at 655 Church St., Indiana.