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8 Safety Tips For Hanging Holiday Decorations Without Injury

8 Safety Tips For Hanging Holiday Decorations Without Injury

Holiday lights and decorations put us in the holiday spirit, but the excitement can quickly extinguish if hanging them is not done safely. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says there have been 12,000 or more holiday-decorating emergency department visits each year in the U.S. since 2009. Here’s what you can do to get those holiday decorations installed safely and without injury.

Tip #1: Inspect the decorations before you hang them

Check the wiring of the holiday lights for cracked or frayed cords, missing lights, dead bulbs and other types of damage. If the product has been inspected for potential safety hazards, the label “UL” for the Underwriters Laboratory will be clearly displayed on the tag. A green UL mark means the lights are safe for indoor use only; a red UL means they are safe for indoor or outdoor use. Throw away any damaged strands. Before you move to the next steps, take a few moments to stretch your muscles to avoid injuries!

Tip #2: Clean your gutters and downspouts

Clear out any leaves, branches and other debris from nearby trees. Clogged and backed up gutters and downspouts can lead to water overflow onto your lights, causing an electrical hazard. This should be done before you install your decorations.

Tip #3: Secure your ladder

Make sure your ladder is secure and on level ground before you start climbing. Have someone be your spotter to hold the ladder as you climb up and down. This helps to minimize your risk of falls.

Tip #4: Don’t walk on your roof

Slippery shingles, angled roofs and water channels can make holiday decoration installation dangerous. Avoid the roof, or hire a professional with the proper tools and equipment to handle this for you.

Tip #5: Use plastic safety clips

Use plastic safety clips to secure hanging lights to the exterior of your home. They are both safe and affordable. Don’t hammer tacks or nails into the cord or use metal staples. This can damage wires and create small holes in the exterior of your home, giving rain and melted snow the opportunity to damage your home.

Tip #6: Use the appropriate extension cords

Heavy-duty extension cords made specifically for outdoor use are the safest ones to use for your holiday lights and decorations. Use no more than three sets of standard lights per extension cord to avoid overloading them.

Tip #7: Use ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs)

Plug all your outdoor lights and inflatable decorations into GFCIs. They will help prevent electric shock if different currents occur in the hot and neutral wires.

Tip #8: Take care of the cords

Place the cords against the house or other structures so they are not stepped on, walked on, mowed over or tripped on.

Live Well Chiropractic Center wants you to stay safe and avoid injury as you install your holiday decorations this season! If you are experiencing any pain, inflammation or soreness after putting up your festive décor, please schedule an appointment with us. We will help you stay healthy and pain-free so you can enjoy the holidays with your family and friends. Contact us today at 513-285-7482 to schedule an appointment, and be sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn for our latest tips and updates!

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How Chiropractic Care Can Help With Shoulder Pain

How Chiropractic Care Can Help With Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain is one of the most common forms of chronic pain for many adults. Left untreated, shoulder pain can be debilitating, preventing you from enjoying your favorite activities, working, and even leading to problems including neck and back pain or numbness in the arm and hands.

As a ball and socket joint, our shoulders are responsible for a large range of motion. The great mobility our shoulders give us also means that frequent use puts a great deal of strain on the four rotator cuff muscles that help shoulders move and provide stability. It’s here that most people often have chronic pain. Because most shoulder pain is associated with repetitive physical use, it can impact both adolescents and adults.

What Causes Shoulder Pain?

Because our shoulders are so versatile and offer a wide range of motion for different activities, there’s also different types of pain we can experience in our shoulders depending on how we use them. The most common type of pain is bursitis or tendinitis, which occurs when the bursa, a fluid-filled sac that helps movement by protecting the shoulder joint, becomes inflamed.

Other common causes of shoulder pain are injuries, rotator cuff tears due to overuse, arthritis, spinal issues and a condition called frozen shoulder, which happens when the lining of the capsule of the ball socket becomes inflamed.

Early signs and symptoms of shoulder pain include inflammation,  pain and limited range of motion. Recognizing the signs of chronic shoulder pain early can play a vital role in preventing long-term damage, which can lead to permanent chronic pain. So if you think you might be experiencing shoulder pain that won’t go away within a few days, make sure to schedule an appointment to have it looked at.

How Chiropractic Therapy Can Help

If you’re suffering from chronic shoulder pain, chiropractic treatment is a great alternative to invasive surgeries or prescription medication. Using gentle readjustments, regular chiropractic treatments help reduce inflammation and pain while restoring your range of motion and improving muscle strength.

At Live Well Chiropractic Center, we believe in providing the best service and care by identifying the root causes of pain and helping get your body back to maximum function. Contact us today to schedule an appointment so you can start healing. Be sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn for our latest updates and tips!

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Managing Knee Pain With Non-Invasive Treatment

Managing Knee Pain With Non-Invasive Treatment

Whether it pops when you bend it or there’s a persistent ache or stinging, dealing with knee pain is difficult. Knee pain impacts millions of people, whether it’s caused by a minor or serious injury, aging, arthritis or other medical issues. Left untreated, knee pain and injuries limit mobility and impact daily activities including walking, climbing stairs, getting out of bed in the morning and even using the restroom.

Types of Knee Pain

Knee pain falls into one of two categories: acute or chronic. Acute knee pain often occurs when tendons are injured, causing swelling and limiting range of motion. Left untreated, this can lead to a serious injury such as a tear or ruptured tendon.

Chronic pain is caused when joints and cartilage wear down, resulting in steady, regular pain as joints rub directly against each other. Often this is due to arthritis or osteoporosis, a bone disease. Other causes of chronic knee pain include degenerative joint disorders, which cause joints to quickly wear down.

Common Causes of Chronic Knee Pain

The knee is comprised of interconnected tendons, ligaments and cartilage, which can wear down over time. Because the knee is a major weight-bearing joint, any increased stress can lead to inflammation, chronic pain and/or injury if left untreated. Knee pain can take a variety of forms. If your knees lock or click when you bend them, you have difficulty with your knee’s range of motion, or experience swelling, numbness or discoloration, it’s a sign that something’s wrong.

One of the most common causes of knee pain is bursitis, which affects people who spend a lot of time on their feet. Like our shoulders and other joints, our knees have fluid-filled sacs called bursae that cushion the outside of the joint. Bursitis is caused when these sacs swell or become inflamed.

Other common causes include fractures, bacterial infections, and uric acid build-up, which occurs when uric acid crystals build up in the joints and cause inflammation.

How Chiropractic Treatment Can Help

Luckily, these problems can be treated with non-invasive chiropractic treatment. Not only can an experienced chiropractor provide physical therapy along with knee and hip manipulation that can help reduce pain and inflammation, but she can also help reduce stress on your knees with spinal readjustments and realignment.

Whether you’re dealing with acute or chronic knee pain, Dr. Kimberly Muhlenkamp-Wermert of Live Well Chiropractic Center can help you understand the underlying causes of knee pain, and reduce inflammation with a customized treatment plan so you can start enjoying a pain-free, active lifestyle again. Contact us today to schedule an appointment, and be sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn for our latest updates and tips!

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TMJ: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

TMJ: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

The temporomandibular joint (more known as TMJ) acts like a sliding hinge, connecting your jawbone to your skull. When there is an issue with the TMJ, symptoms include: pain while chewing; pain in the ear, face, jaw and neck; clicking, grating, or popping sounds in the jaw when you open or close your mouth; locking of the jaw joint and headaches. Sometimes, the pain is so intense that it is difficult to eat certain foods or enjoy daily activities.

What Causes TMJ Disorders?

The exact cause of a TMJ disorder is often difficult to determine. Pain may be due to a combination of factors, such as genetics, jaw injury, infections, or degenerative joint and/or autoimmune diseases. Some people who have jaw pain also tend to clench or grind their teeth, although many people habitually clench or grind their teeth and never develop TMJ disorders.

How Many People Have TMJ Disorders?

While we don’t know for certain how many people have TMJ disorders, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research estimates 12 percent of Americans are impacted. The condition appears to be more common in women than men, and women using either supplemental estrogen or oral contraceptives are more likely to seek treatment for these conditions.

Non-Invasive TMJ Treatments

The most effective way to treat TMJ disorders is with professional treatment. Your physician or dentist may decide on a surgical treatment plan in rare cases, but a far less invasive course of chiropractic care has been proven to treat the issue.

An experienced chiropractor will focus on three key muscles: the masseter, the temporalis and the pterygoid. She will also treat the suboccipital muscles, the jaw joint itself and the top two vertebrae to make sure everything is aligned properly. In addition, your chiropractor can prescribe exercises to strengthen and relax the jaw muscles, increase jaw mobility, reduce jaw clicking and promote healing.

Dr. Kimberly Muhlenkamp-Wermert and the team at Live Well Chiropractic Center are experienced in treating TMJ disorders to help you get and stay pain-free. To schedule an appointment, email us at info@livewellcc.com or call 513-285-7682. Be sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn for our latest updates and tips!

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4 Ways Chiropractic Care Can Help During Pregnancy

4 Ways Chiropractic Care Can Help During Pregnancy

Carrying a child is one of the most beautiful experiences a woman can have — and it can be one of the most physically uncomfortable experiences as well. From morning sickness to the near super-powered sense of smell, every woman’s experiences are different, but nearly all women report suffering some sort of pregnancy-related pain. Here are a few of the most common pain points, and how to get relief naturally that can help you and your baby have a stress-free birth.

Low Back Pain, Headaches and Neck Pain

Pregnancy back pain typically happens where the pelvis meets your spine, at the sacroiliac joint. This is typically caused by weight gain, stress, hormone changes and natural muscle separation as your uterus grows and your body prepares for birth. Carrying a child temporarily changes your center of gravity and impacts your flexibility, both of which alters your posture. These changes can also cause pain in the neck and headaches.

It is crucial to adjust and align your spine appropriately so you can feel well while your body changes and your baby grows. This process continues to open the spine and allow the nervous system to function effortlessly, reducing low back pain, neck pain and headaches.

Pelvic Balance

Establishing pelvic balance and alignment is another reason to have chiropractic care during pregnancy. When the pelvis is misaligned, it may reduce the amount of room available for your growing baby. A misaligned pelvis may also make it difficult for the baby to get into the best possible position. This can lead to Breech positions or the need for a C-section.

Working with a Webster Technique certified chiropractor may help you achieve a more balanced pelvic alignment. With proper nerve supply, the labor process will flow smoothly and naturally with the least amount of pain to you, and less stress and trauma on your newborn.

Live Well Chiropractic Center’s Dr. Kimberly Muhlenkamp-Wermert is one of the few female chiropractors in the Cincinnati area that is certified by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association in the Webster Technique. She specializes in chiropractic care in all phases of pregnancy from pre-conception to post-delivery. If you’d like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kim, email us at info@livewellcc.com or call us at 513-285-7682. Be sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn for our latest updates and tips!

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Eight Health Tips to Start Your Year Off Right

Our mission at Live Well Chiropractic Center is to keep you healthy. Unfortunately, this time of year is particularly hard on our bodies because of the weather, the germs circulating around, and the innate desire in all of us to hunker down, eat lots of comfort foods and stay inside where it’s nice and warm.

Part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, though, is taking care of yourself and not always giving in to those temptations which can cause you to forgo exercise, healthy eating and other healthy habits. Plus, the sooner you adopt healthy habits, the easier it will be to keep up these lifestyle changes all year long. Even though we can’t be with you every second of every day, what we can do is share our best tips for keeping yourself healthy in between visits.

1. Visit Your Chiropractor With regular chiropractic visits, we can help your body remain in proper alignment, which gives your body its maximum potential to heal itself.

2. Exercise It’s difficult to get up and moving when the weather is cold and your motivation is low. However, according to the Mayo Clinic, exercise not only helps control your weight, but it can also keep you healthy, act as a mood, libido and energy booster, help you sleep better and it’s fun. If you are stuck for a place to exercise, check out these great indoor walking spots.

3. Get Plenty of Sleep Sleep is crucial for good health. Aim to get at least seven to nine hours of sleep a night to ensure better physical and mental health and a better quality of life.

4. Hydrate Experts recommend you drink at least eight cups of water a day. If you have a tough time drinking water, try having a glass when you first wake up, right before you go to bed and before each meal. It can also help to have water with you at all times. If you don’t like the taste, add lemon, cucumber, orange or lime slices. Adding whole or sliced berries also makes for a great tasting glass of water!

5. Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables Experts recommend eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day for optimum health. Sneak spinach into your smoothies, snack on a banana with peanut butter or turn a side salad into a main meal with or without a lean protein on top.

6. Wash Your Hands Hand washing is the number one way to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Remember to wash your hands before you eat, after you go to the bathroom and after you come into contact with other sick people or heavily-populated areas where germs thrive (public transportation, gyms, shopping centers, credit card machines, etc.).

7. Practice Mindfulness Mindfulness is an overarching practice that extends to every part of your well-being. You can do this in the form of meditation, setting aside quiet time, turning off all electronics, spending time in nature or practicing deep breathing.

8. Socialize Being around friends and family in a social setting gives your brain and body a healthy boost and lowers your risk of diseases such as dementia. Enjoy a physical activity or share a healthy meal with someone else and double up on your healthy activities for added benefit.

For more in-person healthy living tips, visit us at Live Well Chiropractic Center. With chiropractic care from our clinic, you can expect to live your healthiest life, no matter the season. Call us today at 513-285-7482 or email info@livewellcc.com to schedule your consultation to learn more about the health benefits of our brand of chiropractic care.

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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.