Sunday, April 16, 2017

Chiropractic Benefits of Yoga

Dr. Debra DeMarco
DeMarco Wellness Care
Wellness Care/Chiropractor

The practice of yoga can range from a peaceful and meditative experience to a vigorous workout. Each variety has a different level of intensity, but any style of yoga is helpful for increasing strength and flexibility. Another recurring theme is focusing on posture and body alignment, which is why yoga can have great benefits for chiropractic health.

Types of Yoga
  • Ashtanga Yoga: This is a more intense form of yoga to challenge your strength and stamina
  • Bikram Yoga: Also called hot yoga, it is practiced in a warm room to encourage flexibility
  • Iyengar Yoga: Focuses on proper alignment with precise poses and stretching, which is recommended for those with back and neck pain
How it Helps
During a yoga pose, focusing on a breathing pattern helps hold the pose to gently strengthen muscles. Yoga poses are designed to engage back and abdominal muscles, and strengthening those muscle groups gives more support to the spine.

The stretching yoga involves relieves tension from muscles. If you have pain or an injury, muscles that have been carrying stress need to be relieved. Continued stretching will also improve flexibility and range of motion. Yoga poses also improve posture and spinal alignment. Training your body to function with better posture takes pressure off the spine and reduces back pain.

Chronic pain can often lead to a cycle of mental exhaustion and stress. The meditative origin of yoga encourages a quiet, relaxing environment in order to focus on exercise and breathing. The practice of yoga is also a preventative measure. Increasing your strength and flexibility helps your body defend against potential injury.

Where to Start
Patients with back issues who haven’t tried yoga may feel like it is beyond their capabilities, but you don’t need to be limber and flexible to begin. It is recommended to find an instructor who has experience working with patients who suffer from back pain and it’s important to learn by following an instructor before practicing on your own. Many yoga poses have modified versions for beginners or anyone with limitations. An instructor can demonstrate the use of blocks and straps, which help give beginners extra support and balance.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

I Want to Live in an “Active Adult” Community

By: Tom Callahan
       Only Seniors, LLC
       Crisis Manager and Consultant

I must admit, I love the term, “Active Adult Community.”  It makes it sound as though moving to one means that you are suddenly going to be able to jog 5 miles a day, take up hang gliding and live like you are on a cruise ship.  Its concept these communities were designed to inspire.  A life spent pursuing your hobbies and interests without the worries of home maintenance and neighborhood children stomping on your daisies. 

Usually, one must be at least 55 years old in order to move into a community.  So why then, do people wait till they are in their 70’s to move into one?  Could it be that inability to admit-we- are-aging-thing that so many people have?

Active Adult and Independent Living Communities are designed for people who no longer have children at home and who want to pursue a lifestyle not ruled by carpools and soccer games.  They are for people who embrace their aging and aren’t weighed down by the feeling they need to hang onto a house because of the memories it holds.  Houses don’t hold the memories of a lifetime.  We, as individuals do.  No matter where we go, the memories will follow.

Active Adult Communities should not be used as a “band aid” for the issues of aging.  If dad is 92 years old, has trouble walking and is on oxygen 24/7, then an active adult community is NOT the right place for him.

So, the issue really boils down to holding on to something longer than you should.  What’s so bad about freeing yourself up from daily burdens in order to pursue things that make you happy?  Like I said, I want to live in an Active Adult community and jog 5 miles a day…