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Importance of Posture

The Importance of Posture

Most people don’t realize the importance of posture and the effects it can have on your overall health. Having poor posture is one of the top three reasons for all visits to the doctor, and worsening posture over the years can decrease your life expectancy. Here are a few reasons why maintaining good posture is important to your health.

Preventing back problems

One of the biggest problems that can occur from poor posture is temporary or chronic back pain due to the pressure put on your joints, nerves, and muscles from slouching. If you have a job that requires you to sit at a desk for most of the day, make sure you are sitting up straight.

Improving athletic performance and preventing injuries

Even if you are a star athlete, poor posture can impact your performance and cause injuries, especially if you spend most of your day sitting for long periods of time. In order to enhance your posture when you are off the field or outside of the gym, make sure to take regular breaks throughout the day that involve some activity. Even taking a 15-minute walk can help improve your posture and ultimately your athletic performance.

Lowering the risk for chronic health problems

The natural height that we lose with age brings a greater chance for having a curved spine, which can cause tightness around many of your internal organs. These restrictions increase the chances for chronic health problems such as digestive issues, stroke and heart disease. In order to reduce the risk for these health-related issues, treat your posture with the same level of care as you would with other habits, like healthy eating, exercise, and brushing your teeth.

Boosting your mood and energy levels

Having good posture can impact more than how you appear. A study from the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry states that “adopting an upright posture may increase positive affect, reduce fatigue and decrease self-focus in people with mild to moderate depression.” The tension caused by poor posture can also decrease your energy levels due to the compression in your spine. In order to keep both your body and mind strong, be sure to incorporate flexibility exercises such as yoga into your workout routine.

Live Well specializes in chiropractic services that improve posture including spinal alignment, decompression therapy, and preventative exercises. We can also help your children improve their posture before bad habits become ingrained. To schedule an appointment, email us at info@livewellcc.com or call at 513-285-7682. If you have general questions, feel free to send us a message.

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How to Stay Safe on the Court

How to Stay Safe on the Court

Tennis is an amazing sport for many reasons. It’s a great aerobic workout that also strengthens your muscles, betters your balance and increases your physical stamina. Another bonus is that tennis is played in a social setting, has a degree of friendly competition and can be played almost anywhere throughout the year.

While tennis-related injuries happen less frequently than other high-impact sports, there are a number of ways that you can minimize the chance for injury on the court and ultimately up your tennis game. Here’s how.

Warm Up Properly

Tennis is so fun that it’s common to want to jump right into the game, but warming up is an imperative part of any sports-related activity or workout routine. Failure to do proper warm-ups before heading onto the court can be harmful to your muscles and joints. Gentle stretches and basic aerobic warm-ups like jumping jacks, running in place and lunges for several minutes will not only prevent injuries but will also increase your performance.

Stay Hydrated

Drinking enough water not only makes you feel and play better, but it also helps your muscles. Dehydration can cause sodium and potassium levels to be abnormal, which is directly related to muscle strains. Make sure to drink water before, during and after your tennis matches to prevent dehydration, especially during the summer.

Prevent Overexertion

Playing tennis frequently can be fun and exciting, but it can also increase the risk of injury, especially in your dominant arm. Tennis elbow is a common condition that occurs when the tendons in the lateral epicondylitis are being overused from the twisting motions in your arms. 70 percent of active tennis players develop tennis elbow at some point in time.

The condition can cause severe pain on your elbow, forearms, and wrists that make everyday activities difficult. A common misconception about tennis elbow is that it occurs only from playing tennis. Many other sports, hobbies, and professions that require an intense or repetitive grip, like using a computer mouse all day, can also be a cause.

If you’ve treated the pain from tennis elbow with at-home remedies such as over-the-counter pain relievers, icing, heating and rest and are still experiencing symptoms, it may be time to see a physician. While chiropractors are generally associated with providing treatments for the back, their techniques are also applied with great success to eliminate tennis elbow.

Dr. Kim can treat tennis elbow by using adjusting techniques and rehabilitative exercises that focus on the fascia, or the soft connective tissues between your muscles. To schedule an appointment at Live Well Chiropractic Center, email us at info@livewellcc.com or call at 513-285-7682. If you have general questions, feel free to send us a message.

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Health Care

Cold Weather Chilling You To Your Bones?

Are you the kind of person who knows when the weather will begin to get colder because you can feel it in your bones? While medical and scientific researchers do not yet have a definitive answer to the question about cold weather’s impact on your bones, there are some theories that support the idea.

How Does Cold Weather Impact Your Bones?

It is possible for the cold weather to impact your bones in more than one way. However, researchers are still solving the riddle of just how it happens. The one way in which we can be sure we’re impacted by the seasonal downturn in temperatures is that we become less active. When our bodies are less active, circulation to our organs and bones decreases. This decreased circulation can cause weakness or pain in your joints. Additionally, the main theory about cold weather’s direct impact on your bones and joints relates to barometric pressure. Some studies have shown that when barometric pressure drops just before a cold spell, it seems to coincide with an uptick in complaints of bone and joint pain.

How to Protect Your Bones

The two actions you can take to prevent the cold from slowing you down with pain may seem like common sense, but they are worth mentioning. The first is to adapt your activity schedule to the change in temperature. If you normally jog, run or walk outdoors, don’t quit for the winter. Find an indoor track or gym – or use a treadmill at home – to keep up your exercise routine. Exercise will keep your blood flowing and lessen the negative effects of winter inactivity. Secondly, when you venture outdoors in frigid weather, dress appropriately. Keeping your head and trunk warm will conserve most of your body heat and therefore reduce the occurrence of your blood vessels constricting. Wearing insulated, waterproof gloves and boots will also help to keep your finger and toe joints from suffering the effects of low temperatures.

When to See a Professional about Bone Pain

Bone and joint pain are not something to take lightly. While rest and medications may be helpful in reducing temporary aches and pains, pay attention to – and seek treatment for – any new pains that occur during the winter months. As well, seek treatment from a healthcare professional for any severe pain you experience that includes swelling or that makes normal movement impossible.

One option for managing your bone and joint pain in these winter months is chiropractic care from our clinic. At Live Well Chiropractic Center, we help treat and prevent pain and injury through preventative health services with a focus on nutrition, exercise and spinal health. Call us today at 513-285-7482 or email info@livewellcc.com to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kim. Her extensive understanding of body mechanics will get you feeling better!

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Thanksgiving

Three Modern, Healthy Alternatives to Traditional Thanksgiving Side Dishes To Offer Your Guests

Thanksgiving is the day when many who celebrate often over-indulge in eating. Many of those delicious side dishes, however, also tend to be the calorie culprits. This year for Thanksgiving, try creating some new, healthy alternatives to the traditional starchy, fattening or sweet side dishes. These three healthy side dishes will not only ease your mind about nutritional value, but they also taste good and will blend right in with your Thanksgiving fare.

Glazed Cooked Carrots

Although glazed carrots – usually baby carrots – occupy a place among traditional Thanksgiving side dishes, here is a new twist on the old standard. These glazed carrots have no brown sugar in the recipe!

Simply cook your carrots as you would normally. The secret is in the sauce. Simply add a tablespoon or two of maple syrup to your cooked carrots. Next, sprinkle in a dash of cayenne pepper for a little added heat. Want to really mix it up? Don’t use baby carrots, but use full-sized organic carrots (washed first), with the greens attached. Then, drizzle your maple syrup and sprinkle your cayenne pepper!

Potato-less Mashed Broccoli

At most Thanksgiving dinner tables, nearly everyone looks for the mashed potatoes, whether they’re mashed from white or sweet potatoes. This year provide your family and guests with something mashed that’s not potatoes: Mashed broccoli!

Boil fresh, cut broccoli – stems and tops – until they’re soft enough to mash. Drain the water, and while mashing, add just enough coconut milk for a smooth consistency. Season with a pinch of salt and some freshly ground black pepper. Although some of your guests may ask, “Why are the mashed potatoes green?” Your answer can be, “Because they’re healthy – and they’re not potatoes.”

Roasted Cauliflower with Garlic

This side dish not only tastes good and is good for you, but it will make your house smell great, too.

Bake your washed and cut cauliflower pieces incoconut oil and minced garlic on a baking sheet for about 20 minutes at 300 degrees, turning once. Bake until the cauliflower is soft, breaks easilyand has a lightly toasted look to it. While still hot, turn the cauliflower into a serving bowl, and lightly season with parsley, salt and pepper, and freshly ground Parmesan cheese. The scent-blend of the garlic, cauliflower and Parmesan cheese will have your Thanksgiving guests asking, “What are you making that smells so delicious?”

Good nutrition is just one aspect of healthy living that Live Well Chiropractic Center focuses on. We also promote exercise and spinal health to help treat and prevent pain and injury. With chiropractic care from our clinic, you can expect to feel better. Call us today at 513-285-7482 or email info@livewellcc.com to schedule a free, no-obligation consultationto learn more about the health benefits of our brand of chiropractic care.