5 Easy Exercises to Improve Posture

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5 Easy Exercises to Improve Posture

The natural curve of the spine is reinforced by correct posture. Posture not only influences how you look but helps you breathe, improves concentration, supports vital organ function and stimulates overall well-being.

Ignoring harmful postural habits leads to illness, discomfort and pain, and increases the risk for the development of disease in the body.  You can improve your posture and nervous system function and improve your quality of life significantly.

At the bottom of this article, you will discover a video and narrative for 5 exercises that will help you correct defects and optimize your posture in minutes each day.  Much like we brush and floss our teeth for dental health, we need to work on our posture each and every day!

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Spinal Curve Dictates Health

The body was built with a curve in the spine to provide support and balance to the musculoskeletal system. It is essential for preventing deformation to bones, joints, muscles and tendons. Correct posture protects against disc degeneration that can lead to inflammatory conditions and disease. It is also critical for protecting the central nervous system. (1)

Postural experts understand that poor posture weakens the body’s ability to defend itself against infectious and chronic diseases.  They also view poor posture as a marker for the presence of chronic illness.  Today, many posture focused doctors such as chiropractors advocate for health measures in schools to educate students about correct posture techniques to reduce the current posture epidemic brought on by modern technologies such as cell phones that force us into a forward head shift. (4)

Doctors refer to the natural curve of the neck as the “arch of life.” This arch should have a 40-45 degree curve.  As the arch reduces it becomes unstable and results in a forward head shift, which depending upon the severity can add up to 30 pounds of additional weight on the spinal discs, ligaments and tendons.

This postural issue causes major stress on the musculoskeletal system. Loss of the spine’s natural curve inhibits normal physiological and nervous system functions.  The ability to protect the brain stem and support the communication of nerve impulses throughout the body becomes suppressed.

Effects of Subluxation

Unfortunately, we are a modern age characterized by reoccurring activities that creates stress on the supporting spinal column. Slouching, crossing legs, cell phone use, and incorrect ergonomic practices at home, school and work causes poor posture. This leads to the abnormal curvature of the spine and abnormal stress on the nervous system, which is known as subluxation.

Subluxation interferes with nerve impulses and can manifest in numerous physical symptoms. Examples include: (2, 3)

  • Neuropathy
  • Back pain or neck pain
  • Chronic pain common in the hips, joints, lower back, pelvis and knees
  • Irritation of a specific area such as arm pain
  • Weakened immune system
  • Organ dysfunction
  • Inability to move or exercise normally
  • Dizziness and loss of balance
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Fatigue

Although our very own chronic habits lead to forward head posture, the spine is also susceptible to trauma from birth, regular physical activities from exercise and sports, as well as accidental injury from car accidents and falls.

Depending on the type of injury and which nerve pathways of the spine become disrupted, spinal subluxations can increase the risk for weakened immunity and lowered quality of life (5).

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Dangers of Forward Head Posture

Vanity is of least concern when it comes to the problems associated with forward head posture. As the head shifts forward, the thoracic spine moves and the weakening of the shoulder blades causes slouching and the appearance of hunchback. These harmful effects trigger the descent downward of vital organs in the chest. There is a decrease in lung capacity, a reduced flow of oxygen into the diaphragm and a lower rate of oxygen reaching the cells.

A reduction in circulating oxygen in the body poses serious health threats. Oxygen is essential for survival because it maintains homeostatic functions including hormone balance, supports blood flow, protects the body from chronic disease and cancer, fuels nutrient absorption and protects the health and healing of cells, tissues and organs. (9)

Studies have shown that forward head posture is an indication of poor health and is reported to cause the impairment of simple activities including walking or sitting comfortably. It is likely that physical limitations of the body marked by poor posture accelerate the aging process and increases inflammation. This is a result of the body’s inability to manage stress and tissue trauma appropriately. (6)

Other evidence supports that the correction of forward head posture: (7, 8)

  • Alleviates symptoms of respiratory complications such as asthma
  • Increases breathing and lung oxygenation essential for physical fitness
  • Strengthens abdominal muscles
  • Restores enlarged tonsils
  • Improves glandular function in the head and neck

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Improvements from Chiropractic Care:

Chiropractic adjustments can help compensate for postural abnormalities leading to an improvement in the health of the spine and the whole body. Research performed by Dr. Morningstar and Dr. Jockers found that chiropractic adjustments and rehabilitation exercises lead to the correction of forward head posture and cervical lordosis and restored pulmonary function. (10)

Findings of the study also suggests that chiropractic care can improve the function of the autonomic nervous system by relieving tension that hinders the vital communication between the brain and body.

Corrective care chiropractors are able to identify abnormal features of the spine using x-rays, postural pictures, nerve scans and various technologies. Doctors then develop a specific care plan used to treat each individual’s concern focusing on chiropractic adjustments and rehabilitative techniques like the 5 exercises that follow.

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5 Exercises:

In 30 to 90 days you can improve posture, breathe better, boost oxygenation throughout your body and alleviate tension and pain. Performing each of the following exercises for 1 minute twice a day will boost your body’s total healing potential, reduce your risk of developing degenerative disease and help you to thrive in life.

1)  Hummingbird:

Remove the slouch from poor posture and realign the head with the spine by practicing the hummingbird. This exercise strengthens the muscles between the shoulder blades, improves muscle fibers around the thoracic spinal column, opens up pectoral muscles and lifts the rib cage.

Instructions for Exercise:

  1. Lift arms so that they are parallel to the floor.
  2. Bend elbows and face palms forward to form a 90 degree angle between the bicep and forearm.
  3. Rotate arms backwards in a circular movement while squeezing shoulder blades together.
  4. Repeat for 1 minute.

2)  The Eagle:

With this exercise imagine opening up your arms just like an eagle spreads its wings. Stretching your arms overhead will open up the lungs. This boosts oxygen intake to stimulate tissue regeneration in the body and increase blood flow.

Instructions for Exercise:

  1. Stand with feet shoulder-width apart.
  2. Start with arms lowered and adjacent to sides.
  3. Simultaneously lift arms above the head,
  4. Pause for a moment; and
  5. Lower arms back down to sides in a slow and controlled movement.
  6. Repeat for 1 minute.

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3)  Butterfly:

The butterfly is an extraordinary exercise to correct forward head posture. Performing this exercise regularly targets muscles in the neck and shoulders that give rise to chronic neck pain.

Instructions for Exercise:

  1. Focus on lifting chest toward the ceiling.
  2. Bring hands back against head so that thumbs point down. *Optional: If reduced flexibility hinders your ability to lift arms and hands behind head, perform exercise standing flat against a wall. You can also align back of head against car seat.
  3. Use about 10% of strength to push head backward while keeping head straight.
  4. Pause for approximately 10 seconds.
  5. Relax and repeat for 1 minute.

4)  Chin Tuck:

An opposing exercise to the butterfly is the chin tuck. This exercise provides balance to the opposite core muscles in the neck by strengthening the deep neck flexors. Performing the chin tuck helps balance the head and neck reducing the occurrence of forward head shift.

Instructions for Exercise:

  1. Focus on lifting chest toward the ceiling.
  2. Maintain head position with ears over the neck.
  3. Place 1 hand on forehead; and
  4. Gently push forward with about 10% of strength (muscles in neck should contract and head should appear immobile).
  5. Repeat for 1 minute.

5)  Trap Opener:

The trapezius muscles stabilize the shoulder blades providing support for head and neck movement. Habitual forward head posture pulls and weakens the shoulder blades which consequently also relocates the ribcage.

Unlike the previous four exercise, the trap opener is a favorite amongst patients and is not intended to stretch or strengthen the trap muscles. Rather, perform this exercise to release stress from the trapezius muscles and get rid of the so called “monkey” on your back.

Instructions for Exercise:

  1. Relax shoulders.
  2. Drop the chin towards the chest.
  3. Roll head slightly to the right side.
  4. Use right hand to massage trapezius muscles on the upper left side of the back.
  5. Repeat exercise for opposite side.
  6. Perform for 1 minute.

Summary:

Don’t ignore the signs of poor posture that can impact your ability to sleep restfully at night or concentrate clearly during the day. Poor posture has devastating effects on the body that can only be treated with mindful practices. Utilize these 5 exercises to improve your posture and reap its benefits reflected in overall health and well being.

Sources for this Article Include:

  1. Kim D, Cho M, Park Y, Yang Y. Effect of an exercise program for posture correction on musculoskeletal pain.Journal of Physical Therapy Science. 2015; 27(6):1791-1794. PMCID: 4499985
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  3. Owens EF. Chiropractic subluxation assessment: what the research tells us.The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association. 2002; 46(4):215-220. PMCID: 2505023
  4. Kim MH, Yi CH, Kwon OY, Cho SH, Yoo WG. Changes in neck muscle electromyography and forward head posture of children when carrying schoolbags. Ergonomics. 2008 Jun;51(6):890-901. PMID: 18484402
  5. Wenban AB, Nielsen MK. Chiropractic maintenance care and quality of life of a patient presenting with chronic low back pain. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2005 Feb;28(2):136-42. PMID: 15800514
  6. Deborah M. Kado, Mei-Hua Huang, Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, Gail A. Greendale; Hyperkyphotic Posture and Poor Physical Functional Ability in Older Community-Dwelling Men and Women: The Rancho Bernardo Study.J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 2005; 60 (5): 633-637. Link Here
  7. Ozbek MM, et al. Natural head posture, upper airway morphology and obstructive sleep apnoea severity in adults. Eur J Orthod. 1998 Apr; 20(2): 133-43. PMID: 9633167
  8. Okuro, Renata Tiemi, Morcillo, André Moreno, Ribeiro, Maria Ângela Gonçalves Oliveira, Sakano, Eulália, Conti, Patrícia Blau Margosian, & Ribeiro, José Dirceu. (2011). Mouth breathing and forward head posture: effects on respiratory biomechanics and exercise capacity in children.Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia37(4), 471-479. Link Here
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  10. Morningstar M, and Jockers D. Improvement in Forward Head Posture, Cervical Lordosis, and Pulmonary Function with Chiropractic Care, Anterior Head Weighting and Whole Body Vibration: A Retrospective Study. J Pediatric, Mat Fam Health. 2009 Oct. Link Here

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5 Fast Pain Relief Strategies

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5 Fast Pain Relief Strategies

Greater than 70 million Americans suffer from chronic pain in today’s stressed out society. Rather than learning the root cause of their pain and treating it long term most individuals reach for temporary relief from medicine. Today the misuse of prescription drugs continues to lead to increased hospitalizations, admission to addiction clinics and fatalities (3).

Even children are taking too many pain medications like ibuprofen and aspirin which wreak havoc on the body’s detoxification organs like the liver and kidneys. Pain medications can lead to damage in the gut which increases inflammation and weakens the immune response by contributing to the likelihood of developing food allergies and stomach ulcers (4).

If you seek to get out of pain naturally using simple techniques with no adverse side effects, use these 5 strategies to find long term pain relief.

1)  Super Hydration

Optimal water intake is necessary to eliminate toxins from the body. Water hydrates the lymphatic and circulatory system so that they can flush out waste. The lymphatic system alone is composed of 95% water and is a critical part of detoxification (2).

Dehydration can lead to an imbalance of electrolytes, fatigue, increased inflammation and symptoms such as headache and even hunger pains. One study showed that people who drank the most water had the greatest improvement in managing headache symptoms (1).

We are often told to drink half of our body weight in ounces daily. Instead, consider drinking this recommended about of water before noon each day. Throughout the remainder of the day you should aim to hydrate your body with a total of 1 gallon purified water. Super hydration will help you eliminate the chronic pain you are experiencing by feeding your cells and tissue the most vital resource it requires.

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2)  Motion and Massage

Adding motion to your various joints boost your body’s total healing powers by promoting lymphatic drainage, increasing oxygenation to cells and reducing muscle tension and spasms. Here is a list of ways you can add motion and massage into your lifestyle to inhibit pain from disturbing your daily routine:

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See a Chiropractor:

Remove stressors that are inhibiting the optimal function of your nervous system by receiving chiropractic care. Many jobs today have us tense and hunched over at computers during the day and too fatigued in the evening to be mindful of the consequences of slouching on the couch.

Seeing a chiropractor can help you remove physical stressors and spinal imbalances that may be inhibiting the ability of your nervous system to function optimally. Chiropractic care is shown to provide pain relief to patients healing from cancer, reduce pain associated with pregnancy and labor, and help approximately 96% of sufferers of chronic low back pain without surgical interventions (18, 19, 20).

Receiving regular adjustments helps restore health to the spine and balance to the body to relieve chronic pain.

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Enjoy a Massage

Whether you visit a massage therapist or you use an at home massaging device, massage helps move fluid through your body to promote toxic waste removal. Massage therapists are specialized in finding pressure points that help reduce the stress response associated with pain such as headaches. Shiatsu massage has been shown to reduce pain and improve the quality of life in patients with fibromyalgia (12).

You alone can add motion to your body by using a foam roller to apply pressure to your muscles. For instance, if you are experiencing lower back pain, your chiropractor or physical therapist can show you how to gently use the roller to massage your back while lying down. Using a tennis ball is another cheap and easy technique to apply pressure to your soft muscle tissue to increase fluidity and relieve pain in the back and leg muscles around the knee.

Stretch

Stretching a joint such as adding traction to the neck or wrist is an excellent way to reduce inflammation in that joint. Gentle stretching can reduce stiffness in the body, relieve tension and provide stress relief that may be contributing to your pain.

When self-stretching techniques were employed in one study of 81 individuals, a significant reduction of pain associated with the neck, shoulders, lower back and lower extremities after a short 4 week period (21).

Exercise

Exercising regularly is one of the best things you can do to improve your overall health and manage pain. Exercise boosts lymphatic system drainage removing toxic waste and improves the oxygenation of blood to cells and tissue (11). Both high intensity aerobic exercises as well as low impact yoga and Pilates are beneficial to reducing stress and pain.

3)  Advanced Supplementation

Certain supplements can have a powerful impact on down regulation the inflammation that is associated with pain.  I use 2 major supplement for individuals with pain, a purified fish oil that is high in EPA, DHA and GLA as well as a liposomal curcumin which crosses the lipid barrier and gets right into the cells for immediate use.

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Fish Oil:

A purified fish oil supplement is high in essential omega-3 fatty acids and is one of the most bioavailable forms of long chain EPA and DHA (15). High doses of fish oil significantly help lower inflammation in the body by improving cellular communication and repair, enhancing the immune response, improving joint motion, treating symptoms of gut dysbiosis and stimulating overall health and wellbeing (16, 17).

Consider taking 3-6g of a high quality EPA and DHA fish oil supplement daily for proactive support against pain.

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Curcumin:

The active antioxidant compound in turmeric is curcumin. Curcumin is so effective at suppressing inflammation that it is a top nutrient used to fight numerous cancers (13).

Take 2g of curcumin 2 to 3 times daily with food to relieve pain fast.  The anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin improve the immune system response by healing tissue damage and controlling inflammatory pathways associated with histamine release and digestive problems such as leaky gut and bowel diseases (14).

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4)  Deep Breathing

Stop adding to the stress response in your body that comes with frequent shallow breaths. The average person takes 12 to 18 breaths every minute which deprives the body of oxygen and contributes to a fight or flight stress response. Inadequate respiration cycles leads to elevated levels of carbon dioxide in the blood which is known to induce the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines and increase inflammation in the lungs (22).

Take time throughout the day to focus on your breathing to reduce inflammatory stress and help you get out of pain. You can complete this breathing technique sitting at a computer at work, along your daily commute, before you eat a meal and at bedtime to reduce the stress your body is burdened to carry.

  • Inhale for 4 a second count.
  • Pause for 2 seconds.
  • Exhale for another 4 second count.

Repeat this exercise for 5 minutes 2 to 3 times daily and you will see a noticeable improvement in your pain management.

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5)  Intermittent Fasting:

The restriction of food from the body is one of the most effective ways to down regulate inflammation. The average American diet consist of toxic foods high in sugar, processed meats and trans-fats which cause gut dysbiosis. Even healthy foods stimulate stress because inflammatory pathways must be used to degrade calories and the mechanical act of digestion requires energy and immune surveillance.

While fasting supplement vitamins and minerals into your body by drinking organic broth, herbal teas  and lemon water while increasing your overall water intake. Fasting has been shown to improve the immune system and fight inflammation in the following ways:

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Increases Human Growth Hormone (HGH)

When insulin is secreted from the intake of carbohydrates, it inhibits the secretion of HGH. Naturally, fasting boosts the release of HGH so that it can regulate inflammatory pathways (8).

HGH repairs collagen in tissue to aid in the healing of bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons. It supports efficient energy metabolism by better distributing proteins for use, regulates endocrine hormones and improves the health of detoxification organs like the liver for an improved immune response (9).

Decreases Inflammation and Free Radicals

The two major cytokines related to inflammation, Interleukin-6 and Tumor Necrosis Factor Alpha, have been found in research to significantly decrease with fasting (6). Fasting for no less than 12 hours and total caloric restriction both resulted in this benefit in study. (7)

Promotes Cellular Regenerative Processes 

Animals intrinsically know that when they are battling an infection that is best to starve themselves of food. Unfortunately, humans have lost this wisdom and consume food when sick which interferes with the immune system’s demands to heal the body.

Fasting not only suppresses insulin secretion and upregulates human growth hormone for regulating cellular processes, but it also stimulates autophagy (“cellular eating”). Autophagy is a cellular process that removes damaged debris from the body reducing its toxic burden on tissue and suppressing inflammation.

Fasting increases antioxidant powerhouses like SOD (superoxide dismutase), improves mitochondrial function and limits oxidative stressors that damage tissue. (10)  This process promotes cellular regenerative processes and overall tissue repair.

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Summary:

If you want to get out of pain, apply these 5 strategies to your everyday life. When you do sit down to a meal, adjust your diet to eat clean, anti-inflammatory whole foods that upregulate detoxification processes (5).

Increase the amount of foods containing sulfur like broccoli, kale, sprouts, onions and garlic. Eat foods rich in healthy fats such as avocados, nuts, olive oil and wild-caught salmon. Limit your toxic intake by buying organic produce and 100% grass-fed meats and eggs locally when available.

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Bad Posture Results in Bad Health

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Bad Posture Results in Bad Health

Bad posture is a modern day health epidemic that is much worse than most people naturally assume.  Posture is the window into your spine.  The spine has a powerful relationship with the brain, spinal cord, and overall organ function.  This intimate connection means that poor posture and spinal health will lead to an overall decrease in brain and organ function.

Nobel Prize recipient Dr. Roger Sperry says that the spine is the motor that drives the brain.  According to his research “90% of the stimulation and nutrition to the brain is generated by the movement of the spine.”Only 10% of our brain’s energy goes into thinking, metabolism, immunity, and healing.  Sperry demonstrated that 90% of brain energy goes into processing and maintaining the body’s relationship with gravity (1).

Loss of Natural Curves Affects Health:

One of the worst types of health problems people experience is a loss of the natural curves of their spine (2, 3, 4).  Ideally, we should have a 40-45 degree curve in our neck that many chiropractors & neurosurgeons refer to as “the arc of life.”  This curve helps to protect the brain stem and the spinal canal for the spinal cord and nerves that travel to every region of our body.

Subluxation is the term for misalignments of the spine that cause compression and irritation of nerve pathways affecting organ systems of the body (5, 6).  Subluxations can manifest as pain, but since only a small portion of spinal nerves transmit pain sensations they are often unnoticeable by the individual.

Losing the arc of life in the neck, forward head posture, and scoliosis are three of the most dangerous forms of subluxation.

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The Formation of Subluxation:

Subluxation patterns such as forward head posture and loss of the neck curve are most often created by trauma and/or poor posture. Examples of trauma include the birth process (especially with forceps delivery), falls, car accidents, & sporting activities.

The typical individual in our society today spends at least 3-4 hours a day slumped in front of a television, computer, and texting on a cell phone.  These behaviors cause the head to shift forward and create a lasting posture pattern called forward head posture (7).

This ‘forward head posture’ can add up to 30 pounds of abnormal leverage pulling the entire spine out of alignment and may result in the loss of 30% of vital lung capacity.” says University of California’s director of physical medicine and rehabilitation, Rene Cailliet (8).

Forward Head Posture Affects Oxygenation:

As forward head posture decreases lung capacity it affects the body from effectively oxygenating cells.  This can lead to asthmatic conditions, blood vessel problems and heart disease (9, 10, 11, 12). The oxygen deficit affects the entire gastrointestinal system leading to altered nutrient absorption and peristaltic activity.

Lowered oxygen states also decrease endorphin production turning the perception of non-painful sensation into pain experiences (13).

Corrective Chiropractic Care:

Studies have shown that corrective based chiropractic care effectively reduces forward head posture and enhances the arc of life (14).  A 2009 study by Morningstar and Jockers showed that this corrective process dramatically enhanced lung function (15).

As the respiration process improves more oxygen gets into the body.  This improves blood flow into every organ system of the body dramatically improving overall function .

Corrective Care Chiropractic:

Corrective care chiropractors specialize in techniques that reduce or eliminate forward head posture and restore the natural curves of the body.  These corrective chiropractors are able to demonstrate these changes to the individual with pre-post x-rays, nerve scans, postural pictures and other technology.

This is done through gentle & specific adjustments that take pressure off of the brain stem and nerve pathways and enhance function to the body.  Corrective rehabilitative exercises are prescribed to address postural abnormalities & create lasting objective postural and x-ray changes.

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10 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Headaches

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10 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Headaches

Headaches are not only triggered by loud music but more commonly from stressors of everyday life. Maybe you have a work deadline and you feel overwhelmed or perhaps the way your in-laws try to help around the home offering their advice has your head feeling as if it is being squeezed in a vice?  Most often headache sufferers will readily reach for a painkiller to numb the throbbing and relieve the pressure.

The frequent use of painkillers for chronic headaches can mask a potentially dangerous health issue. Your headache is likely a sign that your body is lacking something. A headache may be your body’s voice of communicating with you that you are in need of water, a specific nutrient, or that you simply need a reminder to take a deep breath.

Headaches are caused by insufficient rest or sleep, stress, improper posture, eyestrain, hormonal imbalance, nutritional deficiencies, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), poor diet, allergies and alcohol or drugs. Learn to recognize your headaches as notification that your body is not functioning optimally.  These 10 natural ways to get rid of headaches will have you leaving the painkillers behind.

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1. Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care is a drug-free strategy to heal your body naturally without the need for surgery. Stress from our emotions, physical wellbeing and environment affect the body’s ability to function. A 2003 study showed that individuals who receive chiropractic care over more than 2 years had significantly higher levels of antioxidant compounds in the body (1).

Antioxidants neutralize free radicals which damage cells and tissue and are known triggers for degenerative disease. When free radicals are higher in presence in the body than their counterpart antioxidants, oxidative stress leads to DNA damage, protein and lipid damage and essential cellular abnormalities.

Other clinical tests support that chiropractic care helps to naturally heal migraine headaches. Such studies conducted show that people experience up 90% fewer migraine attacks and close to 50% of individuals experience a weakening in the intensity of the migraine headache. Other studies show that chiropractic care works as effectively at relieving migraines and exhibit fewer side effects from treatment. (2)

Chiropractic adjustments remove stress on the body’s system. Research thus far concludes that chiropractic care significantly benefits individuals with tension and migraine headaches. A review of 729 patients, 613 whom received chiropractic adjustments showed that this form of therapy is a better mode of treatment than the use of ice, stretching and medication (3). As a whole, research supports the use of chiropractic care a better treatment option at minimum when compared to nothing at all.

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2. Essential Oils

Essential oils are powerful headache remedies which can treat the root cause of pain. Calming and pain relieving properties of lavender and peppermint oil are excellent choices to provide headache relief. Lavender oil has been used in a variety of healing purposes including to stabilize mood, relieve hypertension and treat symptoms of anxiety amongst many more. Once case study showed that the inhalation of lavender oil for 15 minutes was an effective treatment for relieving headache symptoms. (4)

The effects of peppermint oil provide a cool and long lasting effect on the skin. This essential plant oil has been shown to alleviate headache suffering by inhibiting the smooth muscle contractions and increasing the flow of blood beneath the skin when applied to the forehead (5). This muscle-relaxing effect combined with the cool tingling of peppermint oil naturally inhibits the triggers of headaches.

Both essential lavender and peppermint oil are safe and effective treatments for natural headache relief. To get results using this remedy, place a few drops of one or a combination of the oils into the palms of your hands and rub the blend onto the back of your neck, temples and forehead. If you are sensitive to the potent smell of the oils, dilute the blend with an oil like coconut oil, almond or avocado oil. These oils will add additional benefits such as moisture and the use of coconut oil can help to balance hormones and reduce signs of wrinkles.

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3. Use Healing Herbs

Headaches triggered by tension can naturally be remedied through the use of some herbs. Specifically, feverfew has been demonstrated in study at The School of Postgraduate Medicine and Health Science, U.K. to effectively aid in the prevention of migraine headaches without a major concern for side effects (6). This herb has traditionally been used in the treatment of numerous health ailments such as fever, stomach ache, severe migraine headache and headache relief, as well as to reduce the sensitivity of light and sound.

Feverfew products are easy to find and purchase if you are interested in this natural way to get rid of your headaches. You can find dry feverfew leaves, fresh or freeze-dried feverfew, and also tablets or liquid capsules containing feverfew extract. It is recommended to supplement with 50-100 milligrams of feverfew extract to reduce the frequency of headaches.

Another excellent herb useful in reducing headache symptoms is butterbur. Butterbur limits pro-inflammatory chemicals which result in headaches and migraines. Butterbur exhibits comparable effects as do beta blockers which normalizes blood flow to the brain.

Research completed at Albert Einstein College of Medicine found that butterbur is an effective mechanism to reduce the frequency of migraine attacks and provide symptom relief. Patients involved in the study who consumed 75 mg of butterbur extract twice daily reported 48% fewer migraine occurrences. The study also found that individuals who consumed less at only 50 mg did not experience benefits greater than the placebo. Thus a dose of 75 mg of butterbur twice daily is best recommended for optimal headache relief. (7)

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4: Magnesium

Magnesium is popularly recommended for headache relief and is significantly much safer than masking pain with medication. Chronic headache and migraine sufferers commonly have low concentrations of magnesium. Are you deficient in magnesium and can this nutrient reduce the occurrence of headaches and migraine attacks in your life?

People most at risk for magnesium deficiency include individuals with heart disease, alcoholism, diabetes and people taking diuretics to regulate blood pressure. Magnesium aids in preventing chemicals that transmit pain in the brain from firing and it supports platelet function. Magnesium improves the body’s healing processes and can inhibit cortical spreading depression. This occurrence is of brain wave signaling produces both sensory and visual changes evident during a headache and migraine. (8)

Adding more fiber containing foods into your diet is a simple approach to improving your magnesium deficiency. Magnesium rich foods include dark leafy greens, beans, nuts, seeds, broccoli and squash. Other foods with magnesium include raw chocolate, grass-fed meats and organic dairy products as well as coffee.

You may also consider consuming 500-1000 mg of magnesium daily to reduce your run in with headaches. Magnesium is a safe supplement when used by women who are pregnant and is available in both oral and intravenous forms (8). Magnesium supplements are safe and easily found. The most common side effect to magnesium supplementation is diarrhea so you may want to begin taking the lower recommended dose to begin working up to find the concentration that works best for you.

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5: B-Complex Vitamin

People who suffer from migraine headaches are commonly deficient in many B vitamins. Millions of Americans do not receive the necessary recommendation of B vitamins in their diets. These vitamins are essential in the formation of serotonin and other neurotransmitters in the brain. Deficiency in B vitamins often results in fatigue, poor adrenal function, abnormal blood cells, impaired cognitive thought and symptoms of headache and migraines.

The vitamins composed in a B-complex vitamin include 8 water-soluble sources including riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, pantothenic acid, thiamine, biotin, and folate. This complex of B vitamins improves the health of the cardiovascular system, increases circulation and optimizes brain cell function and immune function.

Consuming too many B vitamins is rare as these vitamins are water-soluble meaning that the extra nutrients will be excreted in urine. Although the benefits of consuming a B-complex vitamin heal the body beyond headache relief, vitamin B2 has been shown to limit migraine frequency and duration and vitamin B3 supports blood flow, which eases blood vessel tension and relieving vascular headaches.

A group of 60 individuals participated in a study which assessed their psychological strain, anxiety, work demand, personality and mood in an environment of chronic work stress. The study lasted 3 months in which some participants received concentrations of B-complex vitamins. (9)

Following 12 weeks, those individuals receiving daily doses of B vitamins reported significantly reduced levels of “personal strain”, confused thought, depression or saddened mood. This research supports the use of a B-complex vitamin to improve the body’s perceived occupational stress on cognitive processing, mood and psyche.

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6: Proper Hydration

Next time you feel the pressure building in your head and your eyes beginning to tighten from signs of a headache, quickly sip on a couple cups of water. Headaches triggered by dehydration is easily avoidable but too often caused by increased consumption of sugary beverages, alcohol and coffee instead of pure water. Water is necessary for the normal function of the brain and supports the healthy balance of electrolytes. Remaining properly hydrated is a simple strategy to prevent headaches, help you feel energized and even relieve hunger pains we may mistake for needing food.

Research supports that headaches caused by the deprivation of water is a common occurrence. Dehydration can lead to reduce cognitive thought and irritability although the phenomenon is not significantly detailed in research. One study found that individuals with a headache who consumed the great concentration of water generally had the greatest reduction in the duration of the headache symptoms. (10)

7: Deep Breathing

Deep breathing is an easy relaxation technique that you can perform sitting at your work computer, behind the wheel stuck in traffic or before you spring out of bed in the morning. Deep breathing positively changes the response to stress hormones in the body which can trigger tension and headaches.

Deep breathing calms the heart rate, reduces stress hormones and relieves muscle tension. Most participants in relaxation studies continue the use of deep breathing relaxation following clinical tests because of its positive benefits, flexibility for use at home, at the workplace and while on the go. (12)

Studies show that deep breathing reduces physiological tension in individuals with high anxiety and alleviates psychological stressors (11). A deep sigh from frustration for example is a type of breathing strategy innate in animals to relieve both psychological and physiological stress.

So how can you incorporate deep breathing into your daily life to reduce the occurrence or severity of your headaches? Take 10 seconds in your day to deep breath whenever you are feeling stressed. Complete this technique for several rounds depending on your time and ability as many times throughout the day as you find appropriate.

  1. Inhale through your nose slowly over the course of 4 seconds.
  2. Hold your breath for 2 seconds.
  3. Exhale out your mouth slowly over another 4 seconds.

If feasible, find a dark and comfortable room away from stressors. Adding a wet, cool cloth to your forehead while you practice deep breathing can be soothing and calming. Try practicing deep breathing before bed to silence your thoughts and provide you with quick shut eye. Do you have 10 seconds in your day to find relief from your headache and migraines?

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8: Perform Stretching Exercises

Body tension is easily triggered from sitting behind a desk or remaining in one place for long periods of time. This tension in the neck and shoulders especially exacerbates symptoms of headaches. The modern ailment referred to as “texting neck” also afflicts many people today because constantly positioned with your head bent forward places a dangerous 20-30 extra pounds of pressure on the neck.

Avoid this major cause of tension headaches and take a break from sitting at your computer no more than every 60 minutes. Rotate your head in a circular motion both clockwise and counterclockwise while stretching your neck in the process. This exercise with help you alleviate built up tension that promotes headaches.

Performing yoga is another excellent exercise technique to loosen up your muscles and clear your line of thought. Yoga stimulates respiration and the circulatory system, improves muscle strength and promotes overall vitality. Next time you feel the beginning stages of a headache, take the time to perform a couple yoga poses such as downward dog to ease tension and support blood flow.

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Finland performed a study in 2012 analyzing the effects of stretching on 60 women (13). A stretching program that lasted 12 months supported the decline in headache frequency and severity of symptoms by 69%. When individuals combined muscle endurance and strength training to their program there were further health improvements reported. Pain in the upper extremity region such as to the neck and head was greatly reduced.

9: Detox Baths

A detoxifying bath may be just what your body needs to flush the toxins out making you sick. In fact, ridding your body of these harmful agents can be one of the most useful tools in preventing headaches. Filling a bath with hot water that cools as you remain it draws toxins to the skin’s surface and effectively removes them from your body.

Here are a few strategies you can use to improve the tension-relieving factor of your detox bath:

  • Soak in a hot bath containing 1 cup of baking soda. Baking soda cleans the skin, destroys bacterial, improves skin conditions and leaves you feeling smooth all over. Add in 2 cups of magnesium salt to help draw deep circulation toxins to the surface.
  • Add your favorite essential oils for additional calming benefits. Lemongrass, lavender, peppermint, frankincense and sandalwood oil have soothing, invigorating and cooling properties which can help your body release built up stress and tension. Choose the scents that are most appealing to your mood.
  • Pour 2 cups of apple cider vinegar into your hot water bath. This vinegar has healing benefits for arthritis, gout, and provides headache relief. Apple cider vinegar does this by drawing uric acid out of the body and it can also provide additional skin toning benefits and heal the body from fungus, poison ivy and sunburn.

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10: Elimination Diet

Individuals whom suffer from gastrointestinal (GI) complications and also suffer from chronic headaches and migraine headaches may likely benefit from an elimination diet. Individuals with pain or bloating in their gut associated with symptoms of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and other inflammatory digestive conditions like celiac disease have been shown to have reduced symptoms of both migraines and GI complications following the elimination of specific foods in their diet (14).

Your body has a specific immune response to a variety of foods. Some common allergens such as MSG, gluten, shellfish and casein or lactose found in dairy trigger the release of inflammatory antibodies. Although a headache may present itself within the hour or 1 day later, identifying your food sensitivities can cause a significant improvement in your quality of life when you learn what foods to avoid.

Food sensitivity is a topic that has been researched since the 1900s and yet the role of diet and its influence on migraine attacks is still controversial and lacking adequate research. Approximately 25% of people report migraine attacks being triggered from a food intolerance. Could you be amongst this population of migraine sufferers? (15)

Use the following elimination diet protocol to determine if you have a positive reaction from the elimination of specific foods in your diet:

  1. Avoid common allergen or food irritants for about 3 weeks.
  2. Be sure to read all labels to avoid added ingredients like gluten and MSG.
  3. Complete a food diary journaling what foods you eat over this period of time and any positive or negative symptoms you experience.
  4. Slowly begin adding one fringe food item back into your diet at a single time. Consume the food for 3 days if possible while journaling your symptoms and any changes you observe. Only add 1 food item back into your diet until you can identify your sensitivities.
  5. If symptoms arise after you begin eating this fringe food again, eliminate the food immediately. If the food source was the only additional stress on your body during the period of time you noticed symptoms, remove this food from your diet.

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Chiropractic Improves Anti-Oxidant Levels

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Chiropractic Improves Anti-Oxidant Levels

Our body is in a constant and never ending struggle for survival.  Scientists estimate that each of our cells must withstand around 10,000 individual assaults from reactive oxygen species (ROS) or free radicals every second (1).

Amazingly, God created the body with an incredible system of self-healing that withstands the onslaught and rebuilds what has been damaged.  Chiropractic care has been shown to be a powerful method of stabilizing and enhancing this self-healing ability.

How the Nervous System Works

The central nervous system is the primary system that controls all function and healing within the body.  This flow of nerve energy from the brain to the body coordinates all the trillions of cells to action.

The brain is then fed through movement information that it receives from skin, joint, & muscle receptors.  This movement information is called “proprioception.” The brain depends on adequate proprioception for optimal function (2, 3, 4).

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Physical Nerve Stress Destroys Our Body:

Physical nerve stress occurs when the spinal bones are twisted or thrown out of alignment.  This is caused everyday by macro traumas such as falls, car accidents, & sporting activities.  Micro traumas such as bad posture, repetitive movements, and poor sleeping habits can damage the spine & nervous system as well.

Physical nerve stress causes a deficiency in healthy brain-body signaling and an increased release of the stress hormone cortisol.  This disrupts the body’s ability to heal (5, 6). Chiropractic adjustments remove this built-up pressure on the nervous system allowing the body to heal as it was designed.  Many studies have shown chiropractic care to be a powerful form of anti-aging (7, 8, 9).

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Oxidative Stress Damages the Cell:

In 2005, a landmark study published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation (JVSR) found evidence that chiropractic care can reduce oxidative stress in the body (10).  Oxidative stress is the damage that occurs when free radicals outnumber the body’s antioxidants.

Oxidative stress damages all body cell components: proteins, lipids and DNA.  In fact, researchers have found that one out of every three proteins is rendered dysfunctional by unchecked free radical damage (11).  Thiols are sulfur containing compounds in the body that act as antioxidants  They react with free radicals to neutralize them.

Serum levels of thiols reflect DNA’s capacity to repair itself, report scientists of Biomedical Diagnostic Research, Inc, and can be used to measure aging and disease status. In a 2003 study published in the Journal of Anti Aging Medicine, low serum thiol levels were found in nine different categories of human sickness and disease. (12)

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Chiropractic Boosts Anti-Oxidants:

The study published in JVSR consisted of 76 participants: one group received short-term chiropractic care; a second group received long-term chiropractic care; and the third group received no chiropractic care.  The study qualified participants for age, sex and the use of nutritional supplements.

Healthy individuals that received chiropractic care for 2 or more years had higher serum thiol levels than those with disease. Some of the chiropractic patients had serum thiol levels higher than what is associated with normal wellness.

Chiropractor Dr. Christopher Kent explained: “Oxidative stress, metabolically generating free radicals, is now a broadly accepted theory of how we age and develop disease.”

“Going through life,” he adds, “we experience physical, chemical and emotional stress. These stresses affect the function of the nervous system. We hypothesized that these disturbances in nerve function could affect oxidative stress and DNA repair on a cellular level.”

“Chiropractic care appears to improve the ability of the body to adapt to stress.” concluded Kent.

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