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Friday, February 13, 2015

Healthy Back Tips

People have definitely increased their health awareness inthe last couple of years, which is great! We now watch what we eat, drink, what we put in our bodies and have beenincreasing the amount of Doctor questioning! At Doroski Chiropractic Neurology in the Woodbridge, Dale City Virginiaarea I love when a patient says but why. That gives me an opportunity to educate them even more and it shows theyare listening.  Patients no longer go totheir Doctors like sheep.  Here are somegeneral tips for a health spine.

A healthy spine is an often overlooked and essential part ofa healthy lifestyle. People who suffer from back pain, particularly if it islong-term, are generally less healthy than those who do not. In fact, back paincosts are staggering not only financially, but also in terms of lost time fromwork and because of psychosocial problems that arise during the healing processassociated with long-term back pain.

Unfortunately, approximately 80-90% of the populationsuffers from spinal pain at some point. People who are overweight or obese, andwho smoke, lift heavy objects, or had a previous episode of back pain, are morelikely to experience back pain.

Because so many people suffer from spine pain, it’simportant for you to try to keep your spine as healthy as possible. Followingsimple posture, lifting, and healthy lifestyle guidelines can help you keepyour back in good shape.



The American Chiropractic Association recommends thefollowing spinal health tips:

Standing

When standing, keep one foot slightly in front of the other,with your knees slightly bent. This position helps to take the pressure offyour low back.

Do not stand bent forward at the waist for prolonged periodsof time. The muscles in your low back become deconditioned in this position,which may lead to pain.

Lifting

At all times, avoid twisting while lifting. Twisting is oneof the most dangerous movements for your spine, especially while lifting.

If the item is too heavy to lift, pushing it is easier onyour back than pulling it. Whenever possible, use your legs, not your back orupper body, to push the item.

If you must lift a heavy item, get someone to help you.

Sitting

Keep your knees slightly higher than your hips, with yourhead up and back straight.

Avoid rolling your shoulders forward (slouching).

Try to maintain the natural curve in your low back.

Reaching and Bending

When reaching for something above shoulder level, stand on astool. Straining to reach such objects may not only hurt your mid-back andneck, but it can also bring on shoulder problems.

Do NOT bend over at the waist to pick up items from thefloor or a table.

Instead, kneel down on one knee, as close as possible to theitem you are lifting, with the other foot flat on the floor and pick the itemup.

Or bend at the knees, keep the item close to your body, andlift with your legs, not your back.

Carrying

When carrying objects, particularly if they are heavy, keepthem as close to your body as possible.
Carrying two small objects—one in each hand—is often easierto handle than one large one.

Healthy Diet and Exercise

While the proverbial jury is still out, we suspect thatextra weight puts undue strain on your spine. 

Keep within 10 lbs. of your idealweight for a healthier back.

“Beer belly” is likely the worst culprit, as it putsunwanted pressure on the muscles, ligaments and tendons in your low back.

The most efficient and effective way to reduce weight is byeating a sensible diet and exercising regularly.

Consult with your doctor before beginning any exerciseprogram, particularly if you have a health condition.

Sleeping

Sleeping on your back puts approximately 50 pounds ofpressure on your spine. Other positions may be better.

Placing a pillow under your knees while lying on your backcuts the pressure on your spine roughly in half.

Lying on your side with a pillow between your knees may alsoreduce the pressure on your back.

Never sleep in a position that causes a portion of yourspine to hurt. Most often, your body will tell you what position is best.

Quit Smoking

Smokers have more spine pain than nonsmokers, and they alsoheal more slowly when they have an episode of back pain because the chemicalsin tobacco smoke restrict the flow of blood to the tissues in and around yourspine.

While following these instructions is no guarantee thatyou’ll be free from back pain for your entire life, it can certainly reduceyour risk of developing it. These simple steps will help you keep your spine ingood shape, making you a healthier, happier person.


3122 Golansky Blvd, Ste 102
Woodbridge VA 22192
703 730 9588

Friday, January 9, 2015

Fibromyalgia

If you or your loved ones have been diagnosed withfibromyalgia, you may be wondering what the disorder means for you. Thecondition still remains a mystery, although an estimated 3 to 6 percent ofAmericans, predominantly women, have fibromyalgia syndrome.   At Doroski Chiropractic Neurology in theWoodbridge, Dale City Virginia area we see this condition daily.  Even diagnosing the condition can be complex:according to the National Fibromyalgia Association, it can take a patient up to4 years to be accurately diagnosed.

 Fibromyalgia istypically diagnosed in patients with:
Widespread pain in all 4 quadrants of the body for a minimumof 3 months; and
Tenderness or pain in at least 11 tender points whenpressure is applied. These tender points cluster around the neck, shoulder,chest, hip, knee, and elbow regions.
Some fibromyalgia experts say, however, that many people maystill have fibromyalgia with fewer than 11 tender points if they havewidespread pain and several other common symptoms, including:

Fatigue
Sleep disorders
Chronic headaches
Dizziness or lightheadedness
Cognitive or memory impairment
Malaise and muscle pain after exertion
Jaw pain
Morning stiffness
Menstrual cramping
Irritable bowels
Numbness and tingling sensations
Skin and chemical sensitivities

Correct Diagnosis Is Key
Correct diagnosis of fibromyalgia is very elusive, so if youare diagnosed with the disorder—or suspect that you have it—seek the opinion ofmore than 1 health care provider. Other conditions may create fibromyalgia—likepain, fatigue, and other symptoms. Ruling other conditions out first is veryimportant.



In addition to clinical evaluation that will assess possiblecauses of your pain, your doctor may need to order blood work to determine ifyou have:

Anemia
Hypothyroidism
Lyme disease
Other rheumatic diseases
Hormonal imbalances
Allergies and nutritional deficiencies
Disorders that cause pain, fatigue, and otherfibromyalgia-like symptoms.

If the tests show that you have 1 of these conditions,treatment will focus on addressing that problem first. If your pain is causedby a muscle or joint condition, chiropractic care may help relieve it moreeffectively than other therapies.

TreatmentAlternatives
If no underlying cause for your symptoms can be identified,you may have classic fibromyalgia. The traditional allopathic approach includesa prescription of prednisone, anti-inflammatory agents, antidepressants, sleepmedications, and muscle relaxants. These temporarily relieve the symptoms, butthey do produce side effects. If you prefer a natural approach, the followingsuggestions may be helpful:

Studies have shown that a combination of 300 to 600 mg ofmagnesium per day, along with malic acid, may significantly reduce maysignificantly reduce the number of tender points and the pain felt at thosethat remain. B vitamins may also be helpful.

Eating more omega-3 fatty acids and fewer saturated fats hasshown promise in fibromyalgia patients. Limit red meat and saturated fats andincrease the amounts of omega-3 fatty acids by including fish, flax, and walnutoils in your diet. Fatty acid deficiencies can interfere with the nervoussystem and brain function, resulting in depression and poor memory and concentration.

Improving the qualityof sleep can help reduce fatigue. Watch your caffeine intake, especially beforegoing to bed. Reduce TV and computer time. If you watch TV in the evening,choose relaxing, funny programs instead of programs with violent or disturbingcontent. Ask your doctor of chiropractic for other natural ways to help yousleep better.

Stress-managing strategies can also help address anxiety ordepression issues. Cognitive therapy has been shown helpful in relievingfibromyalgia patients’ negative emotions and depression by changing theirperception of themselves and attitudes toward others.

A traditional gym-based or aerobic exercise program mayexacerbate fibromyalgia symptoms and is not recommended. Instead, yoga,Pilates, or tai chi—which offer mild stretching, relaxation, and breathingtechniques—may work better than vigorous exercise.

Studies have shownthat acupuncture is another effective, conservative approach to treatingfibromyalgia symptoms and many doctors of chiropractic offer this service rightin their offices.
Chiropractic care has consistently ranked as one of thetherapeutic approaches that offer the most relief for the fibromyalgia patient.Your doctor of chiropractic can also include massage therapy, ultrasound and electricalstimulation in the treatment program, which may help relieve stress, pain, andother symptoms.

Your doctor of chiropractic has the knowledge, training, andexpertise to help you understand your problem and, in many cases, to manage itsuccessfully. Remember, however, that the treatment program can be successfulonly with your active participation. If your doctor of chiropractic feels thathe or she cannot help you, you will be directed to another health careprovider.


3122 Golansky Blvd, Ste 102
Woodbridge VA 22192
703 730 9588

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Headache prevention

With the holidays over and the in-laws out of town you havedecreased your chances of a headache about 60%. Doroski Chiropractic Neurology in the Woodbridge, Dale City Virginiaarea would like to give you some tips on avoiding the other 40%

Headaches are more common in adults, although they candevelop at any time in life. Approximately 4 out of 5 children have headachesat some point, but most are benign and self-resolving. In fact, many adults whosuffer from headaches report having the first headache in childhood.
Headache symptoms usually begin gradually. In fact, thesudden onset of severe headache may signify a serious problem and requiresimmediate medical attention. Common headache is often described as achy, dullor throbbing pain. It typically begins at the base of the skull/upper part ofthe neck and may radiate into the eye(s), the temple, or other locations.Headaches may be felt on one or both sides of the head. Often loud noises orbright lights may make them worse. Some patients may become nauseated orexperience odd smells, sounds, or sights before and during the headache attack.

How Is a Headache Evaluated?
Early diagnosis and treatment are important in identifying aserious underlying cause for your headache. In most cases, an in-depth historyand physical examination can help determine if your symptoms are related to aneasily treated problem, or if it is more serious.
Your doctor can use other tests that reproduce the symptomsof your headache to help develop a specific management plan for your condition,or refer you to another health care provider. X-rays, laboratory tests and evenadvanced imaging studies like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may benecessary. 

Your doctor may ask you to complete a headache diary, recording:
day and time of the headache
headache location
what the headache feels like
what you were doing when the headache began
how long the headache lasts
what makes it feel better or worse
anything else you notice before, during, or after theattacks

What Is the Treatment for Headaches?
Headache treatment is cause-related. Doctors of chiropracticoften treat patients with tension-type headaches and headaches caused byproblems with the joints and muscles in the neck, as well.

Joint manipulation and mobilization of the neck, along withstretching and strengthening exercises, have been demonstrated to be effectivein the treatment of this type of headache.
Massage and other forms of soft-tissue treatment cansometimes be helpful.
Scientists are also investigating other therapies, such asacupuncture, to prevent and treat this disorder. Over-the-counter painrelievers, such as acetaminophen, can be used for an occasional headache, butnot for long-term headache management.
More serious causes of headache require aggressive treatment,and your doctor of chiropractic can assist you in finding a medical headachespecialist.  The majority of patientswith headache recover completely after treatment. Unfortunately, the recurrencerate is relatively high, particularly with tension-type headache. If you haveany questions or concerns about headache, feel free to discuss them with yourdoctor or chiropractic.

What Causes Headaches?
Headaches can be primary and secondary. Primary headaches donot result from some other health condition.
The most common type of primary headache is caused byproblems with the neck muscles. Changes in the blood vessels inside the skullusually cause migraines. Other common types of headache include “cluster”headaches—headaches grouped together over weeks at a time; sinus headaches,associated with allergies and/or sinus infection; and headaches from poorvision.
Secondary headache results from some other cause orcondition—head injury, concussion, blood vessel problems, or high bloodpressure—or from side effects of some medications, infections in the head orsinuses or elsewhere in the body. Rare headache causes include tumors,aneurysms and other abnormal growths inside the skull, and toxic substances inthe blood. Certain foods, such as monosodium glutamate (MSG), a food flavorenhancer, may cause headaches, as well.

 How Can Headaches BePrevented?
Muscle-tension headaches can often be avoided by maintainingproper posture and neck movements while performing your normal activities. Youshould:
Avoid slouching
Avoid reading with your neck bent forward
Keep your computer monitor at eye level
Take frequent breaks from reading and working on thecomputer.
Try a low-fat, high-complex carbohydrate diet. A recentstudy demonstrated that such a diet can dramatically lower the frequency,intensity, and\duration of migraine headaches.



3122 Golansky Blvd, Ste 102
Woodbridge VA 22192
703 730 9588

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Winter Running

As we all know runners can be a bit neurotic!  I am one of them so when winter comes aroundit is time to bust out the proper winter running gear.  The better the gear, the more enjoyable yourrun will be.  Doroski Chiropractic Neurologyin the Woodbridge, Dale City Virginia area has some suggests for you on what towear.

What Should I Wear?
It's important to have the proper equipment for winterrunning. Everything from your head to your feet should be covered in some kindof moisture-wicking fabric. This is not the time to wear your cotton hoodie andwool gloves. You need fabrics that are going to wick away moisture from yourbody.
Cotton and other similar materials don't evaporate yoursweat fast enough. If you wear too much cotton while running, your clothing canbecome cold and wet. This is a great way to get hypothermia.
Here is a comprehensive list of all the clothing you'll needto brave the weather outdoors.




1. Baselayer
Merino wool wicks moisture the best and stays the warmest.Buy several. Look into buying at least one synthetic layer with a hood.

2. Jacket
This should not be confused with a winter coat. Your jacketshould be a wind and water resistant shell coat with a little bit of lining tokeep you warm. When you're running—except in extremely cold temperatures—heavywinter coats are unnecessarily warm and bulky. Your core can generate more thanenough warmth to keep you toasty with just a baselayer and shell in mostweather.

3. Running Tights
This is winter running's greatest invention. Learn to lovethem. Tights are the single most versatile piece of clothing in your winterrunning arsenal. They are thin enough to keep you cool in the fall, but tightenough to keep you warm in the winter. This is due to the magic of compression.Compression means more blood flow in the thighs. The result is warmth.

4. Wind-Resistant Pants
There are some situations where running tights alone won'tcut it. When it's really cold, or really windy, wearing tights can feel likeyou're wearing fish nets. You may want a pair of winter running pants to goover your tights. You can also wear them with long underwear.


3122 Golansky Blvd, Ste 102
Woodbridge VA 22192
703 730 9588

Friday, December 19, 2014

Better Posture for Less Pain

I often tell my patients at my Woodbridge, Dale CityVirginia Chiropractic office that their posture is part of the reason theirbacks and necks hurt.  The way we sit,stand and sleep all play a major role in how we feel and how our backsfunction.   Saying you need to do itcorrectly is easy but making the changes can be very difficult of the patientas well as the Doctor.  As I am sittinghere typing this I noticed I had melted into my chair!  Here are some tips from the ACA on how to doit properly.



Why is good posture important?
Good posture helps us stand, walk, sit, and lie in positionsthat place the least strain on supporting muscles and ligaments during movementand weight-bearing activities. Correct posture:
? Helps us keep bones and joints in correct alignment sothat our muscles are used correctly, decreasing the abnormal wearing of jointsurfaces that could result in degenerative arthritis and joint pain.
? Reduces the stress on the ligaments holding the spinaljoints together, minimizing the likelihood of injury.
? Allows muscles to work more efficiently, allowing the bodyto use less energy and, therefore, preventing muscle fatigue.
? Helps prevent muscle strain, overuse disorders, and evenback and muscular pain.
Several factors contribute to poor posture-most commonly,stress, obesity, pregnancy, weak postural muscles, abnormally tight muscles,and high-heeled shoes. In addition, decreased flexibility, a poor workenvironment, incorrect working posture, and unhealthy sitting and standinghabits can also contribute to poor body positioning.

How do I sit properly?
? Keep your feet on the floor or on a footrest, if theydon't reach the floor.
? Don't cross your legs. Your ankles should be in front ofyour knees.
? Keep a small gap between the back of your knees and thefront of your seat.
? Your knees should be at or below the level of your hips.
? Adjust the backrest of your chair to support your low- andmid-back or use a back support.
? Relax your shoulders and keep your forearms parallel tothe ground.
? Avoid sitting in the same position for long periods oftime.

How do I stand properly? 
? Bear your weight primarily on the balls of your feet.
? Keep your knees slightly bent.
? Keep your feet about shoulder-width apart.
? Let your arms hang naturally down the sides of the body.
? Stand straight and tall with your shoulders pulledbackward.
? Tuck your stomach in.
? Keep your head level-your earlobes should be in line withyour shoulders. Do not push your head forward, backward, or to the side.
? Shift your weight from your toes to your heels, or onefoot to the other, if you have to stand for a long time.

What is the proper lying position?
? Find the mattress that is right for you. While a firmmattress is generally recommended, some people find that softer mattressesreduce their back pain. Your comfort is important.
? Sleep with a pillow. Special pillows are available to helpwith postural problems resulting from a poor sleeping position.
? Avoid sleeping on your stomach.
? Sleeping on your side or back is more often helpful forback pain.
? If you sleep on your side, place a pillow between yourlegs.
? If you sleep on your back, keep a pillow under your knees.
Your doctor of chiropractic can assist you with properposture, including recommending exercises to strengthen your core posturalmuscles. He or she can also assist you with choosing proper postures duringyour activities, helping reduce your risk of injury.


3122 Golansky Blvd, Ste 102
Woodbridge VA 22192
703 730 9588

Friday, December 12, 2014

Winter Injury Prevention

I love my summer time weekend warriors!  You know the ones that roll right in tosummer and begin running and climbing like they did when they were 18.  They usually call for appointments aroundweek two of the softball league.  Afterthey recover we go over that list of ideas I gave them last year to preventthese injuries.  Doroski Chiropractic Neurologyin the Woodbridge, Dale City Virginia area would like to give you some tips toprevent the same injuries now that winter is here.

When snow, ice and frigid weather blast into town, watchout, says the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). Winter recreationalactivities and chores can pose problems for the outdoor enthusiast whose bodyis not in condition. Winter sports like skating, skiing and sledding can causepainful muscle spasms, strains or tears if you're not in shape. Even shovelingsnow the wrong way, clambering awkwardly over snow banks, slipping on sidewalksand wearing the wrong kinds of clothing can all pose the potential for spasms,strains and sprains.

Simply walking outside in the freezing weather withoutlayers of warm clothing can intensify older joint problems and cause a greatdeal of pain. As muscles and blood vessels contract to conserve the body'sheat, the blood supply to extremities is reduced. This lowers the functionalcapacity of many muscles, particularly among the physically unfit. Preparationfor an outdoor winter activity, including conditioning the areas of the bodythat are most vulnerable, can help avoid injury and costly health care bills.




"Simply put, warming up is essential," saysOlympic speedskating gold and silver medalist Derek Parra. "In fact, whenpressed for time, it's better to shorten the length of your workout and keep agood warm-up than to skip the warm-up and dive right into the workout. 

Skippingyour warm-up is the best way to get hurt." Parra, who took both the goldand silver medals during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, UT, addsthat, "You can complete a good warm-up in 15-20 minutes. And believe me,it will make your workout more pleasant and safe."

Derek Parra and the ACA suggest that you start with somelight aerobic activity (jogging, biking, fast walking) for about 7-10 minutes.Then follow these tips to help you fight back the winter weather:

Skiing - do 10 to 15 squats. Stand with your legsshoulder width apart, knees aligned over your feet. Slowly lower your buttocksas you bend your knees over your feet. Stand up straight again.

Skating - do several lunges. Take a moderately advancedstep with one foot. Let your back knee come down to the floor while keepingyour shoulders in position over your hips. Repeat the process with your otherfoot.

Sledding/tobogganing - do knee-to-chest stretches tofight compression injuries caused by repetitive bouncing over the snow. Eithersitting or lying on your back, pull your knees to your chest and hold for up to30 seconds.

Don't forget cool-down stretching for all of these sports- At the bottom of the sledding hill, for instance, before trudging back up, dosome more knees-to-chest stretches, or repetitive squatting movements torestore flexibility.

Shoveling snow can also wreak havoc on themusculoskeletal system. The ACA suggests the following tips for exercise of thesnow shoveling variety:
If you must shovel snow, be careful. Listen to weatherforecasts so you can rise early and have time to shovel before work.

Layer clothing to keep your muscles warm and flexible.

Shoveling can strain "de-conditioned" musclesbetween your shoulders, in your upper back, lower back, buttocks and legs. So,do some warm-up stretching before you grab that shovel.
When you do shovel, push the snow straight ahead. Don'ttry to throw it. Walk it to the snow bank. Avoid sudden twisting and turningmotions.

Bend your knees to lift when shoveling. Let the musclesof your legs and arms do the work, not your back.

Take frequent rest breaks to take the strain off yourmuscles. A fatigued body asks for injury.

Stop if you feel chest pain, or get really tired or haveshortness of breath. You may need immediate professional help.

After any of these activities, if you are sore, apply anice bag to the affected area for 20 minutes, then take it off for a couple ofhours. Repeat a couple of times each day over the next day or two.

If you continue to feel soreness, pain or strain afterfollowing these tips, it may be time to visit a doctor of chiropractic."I've always believed in chiropractic care," says Parra. "I'veused a lot of other treatments for injuries and pain, but the problem doesn'tget fixed until I go to a doctor of chiropractic."



3122 Golansky Blvd, Ste 102
Woodbridge VA 22192
703 730 9588


Friday, November 21, 2014

Holiday Survival

Holiday Survival
Chiropractors get asked all the time about ways to preventinjuries.  Well with shopping season uponus here are some survival tips from your Woodbridge, Dale City VirginiaChiropractor.

The holidays seem to come earlier and earlier every year --and along with them, the stresses and strains of frenzied holiday shopping.Take a stroll through your local mall, and you'll already see symbols of theapproaching holiday season -- from Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations tonotices of blowout sales. As your muscles tense with each passing day, theAmerican Chiropractic Association (ACA) asks, "Are you ready for theholiday shopping challenge?"

"Our bodies have the capacity to do a little more thanwe normally do," says Dr. Scott Bautch, past president of the ACA'sCouncil on Occupational Health. "But our bodies do not adapt very well todoing a lot more than we normally do. Since the added demands of this seasoncan stress the capacity of our bodies, we need to do everything we can to helpourselves. Eat right, drink plenty of water, stretch, exercise and take a fewminutes to slow down and reflect on what the season is all about."
So relax and enjoy the holidays! Dr. Bautch and the ACA encourageyou to consider the following tips to help keep you and your loved oneshealthy, happy and safe this season.

Treat Holiday Shopping As An Athletic Event

Stay hydrated! Drink eight to ten 8-ounce glasses of water aday. (Coffee, tea, soft drinks and alcohol are dehydrators. Don't substitutethem for water.) On shopping days, you may need to drink even more water.
Be sure to stretch before and after a long day of shopping.When you are stressed-out, your muscles are less flexible than usual.
Wear shoes with plenty of cushioning in the soles to absorbthe impact of walking on those hard shopping mall floors.
Make sure your clothing is as comfortable as possible. It'sa good idea to wear layers, because you may be going from a cold environment(outdoors) to a warm environment (indoors).
Leave your purse at home. Wear a light fanny pack, or ifnecessary, a light backpack instead. Pack only those items that are absolutelyessential (driver's license, credit card, etc.).
If you start to feel some pain, nip it in the bud. Apply anice bag to the affected area for 20 minutes, then take it off for a couple ofhours. Repeat a couple of times each day over the next day or two.
"During the holiday season, we're running at absolutemaximum capacity, which can lead to stress and even depression," says Dr.Bautch. "We need to stretch and stay hydrated to increase our capacity, sowe are not overwhelmed by the activities of the season."

Plan Frequent Breaks Into Your Shopping Day

During a day of heavy shopping, most people should take abreak every 45 minutes. Those with less stamina may even need to take breaksmore frequently.
If possible, obtain a locker. Lockers can help cut downdramatically on how much you have to carry around. You can take a load off byscheduling trips to your locker into your breaks.
If your mall or shopping center doesn't offer lockers, tryto plan trips to your car. Don't carry around more than is absolutely necessaryat one time.
When taking breaks, try to eat light foods. A salad and somefruit is a much better option than a burger and fries.
Skip the coffee break! Coffee and sodas contain caffeine andsugar, which add even more stress to your body. Pass on the designer coffee atthe java stand and keep drinking water.
"We actually need to eat better than normal during theholiday season," explains Dr. Bautch. "On average, people gain fiveto six pounds during the holidays. And heart attacks occur more often duringthe holidays as well. Eating a heavy meal and then running out on an exhaustingshopping trip can be very dangerous."



Shopping With Children

If at all possible, DO NOT bring children along on a holidayshopping trip. Most children simply do not have the stamina for such an event,and you and your child will only become frustrated with one another. Don't addthis type of stress to an already stressful situation.
Try to split "child duty" up with a spouse oranother parent. They'll watch your kids while you shop, and vice-versa.
"Shopping with children is just a bad idea," saysDr. Bautch. "If your hands are loaded with shopping bags, you may not beable to hold your child's hand, which could increase the chances he or shemight wander away from you. Take whatever steps necessary to not have to bringyour child along."

Wrapping Your Gifts

Since there is no "ideal" position for wrappinggifts, the most important thing to remember is to vary your positions. Forexample, try standing at a table or countertop for one package, sitting on abed for another, sitting in a comfortable chair for another, etc.
Do not wrap packages while sitting on the floor. Wrappingpackages while sitting on a hard floor can wreak havoc on your posture, andshould be avoided.
Always stretch before and after you wrap gifts.
"When wrapping presents, it's a good idea to 'stretchthe opposites,'" says Dr. Bautch. "In other words, if you are leaningforward when wrapping your gifts, stretch backward when you are done."

Chiropractic Care Can Help

If you experience pain or discomfort as a result of holidayshopping, consider a visit to your doctor of chiropractic. Your doctor ofchiropractic can help alleviate your pain naturally, so you can enjoy theholiday season as it was meant to be.



3122 Golansky Blvd, Ste 102
Woodbridge VA 22192
703 730 9588