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Benefits of Walking

Walking is the number one exercise I recommend to most of my patients because it is quite easy to do, requires nothing but a pair of supportive walking shoes, and has tremendous mental and physical benefits.

Exercise supports a healthy immune system, is a mood booster and helps manage anxiety and stress—something we can all benefit from to help us stay calm during the pandemic. One of the easiest ways to shed the weight, stay healthy, and live longer is so shockingly simple; all you need to do is put one foot in front of the other… and then keep going.

And whether you decide to lace up your sneakers and walk before work, take a walk during a lunch break, or take an after dinner walk – walking will improve your mood, making your brain sharper and your heart happier.  Make a daily plan to get outside for at least 30 minutes a day to enjoy sunshine, fresh air, and natures beauty. Remember: “MOTION IS LOTION!” Summer comes and goes quickly, make the most of it!

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Do You or Someone You Love Suffer from Persistent Headaches?

Headaches are an incredibly common problem, the physical and mental toll migraines and other headaches take on those who suffer with them can be quite significant. It is important to seek treatment to minimize their occurrence and their impact.

Some of the more common types of headache we treat at Forward Health include cervicogenic headaches, tension-type headaches, and of course, migraines. Cervicogenic headaches originate from the cervical spine (neck), versus the tension-type headaches are related to muscle tension in the forehead, face and neck. Migraines are a neuro-vascular cause of headaches and are related to altered activity of the brainstem and nerve tissue.

We can diagnose your specific type of headache according to key characteristics such as:

  • Area of pain
  • Severity of pain
  • Chronicity (length of time you have suffered with headaches) and length of each episode
  • Regularity of episodes
  • The presence or absence of light/sound sensitivity

One of the most helpful things you can do is keep a headache diary. Each time you get a headache, jot down these details that might help determine possible headache triggers.

• Date and Time – can reveal symptom patterns.
• Duration and Intensity – Rate your headache pain on a scale from: 1 to 10 (mild to severe)
• Triggers – List possible triggers that might have caused your headache, such as certain foods, sounds, odors, physical activity or oversleeping.
• Symptoms – What else were you experiencing before the headache?

Recent research suggests the joints, muscles and nerve tissue in the neck may have a significant role to play when it comes to headaches and migraines, indicating chiropractic as an effective treatment option. If you or someone you know suffers from headaches or migraines, we are here to help!

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