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Practice Safe Sitting

bLOG TITLEPoor posture is a modern day epidemic.  In this technology age we are moving less and spending hours a day in a hunched over position on the computer or smart phones.  There are many consequences of poor posture.

  1. Spinal degeneration. Over time poor posture at work can result in serious spinal degeneration with associated symptoms of chronic back or neck pain, herniated spinal discs, numbness and/or tingling.
  2. Lowered Metabolic Rate: Sitting for long periods of time contributes to the onset of obesity, cardiovascular diseases and Type II Diabetes.
  3. Irreversible Damage: Research indicates that the body needs movement throughout the day to function properly.  The key for prevention of damage is intermittent movement throughout the day.  Lack of movement impedes many functions of the body that can be damaged for good.
  4. Respiratory dysfunction: Head and upper body in a forward flexed position puts compressive forces on your diaphragm limiting the amount of oxygen that can be brought in to your lungs.  This can result in fatigue.
  5. Individuals who present with an increased curve of their thoracic spine (hunch back) suffer a higher level of mortality by up to 144%. Your workspace could be taking years off your life.

With all this sitting you are destroying your posture.  We are not designed to be sitting all day.  We are meant to be moving.  You need to practice “Safe Sitting.”

Quick Tips

  1. Make sure you are sitting comfortably in your vehicle with good lumbar and head support.
  2. Try to avoid sitting any longer than 30 minutes. Set your phone to vibrate every 30 min and simply get up from your chair for 15 seconds.  This action resets your postural muscle
  3. Ensure your work station is set up properly with ergonomic design
  4. Remove your wallet from your back pocket while sitting.
  5. Drink plenty of water at your desk. Not just coffee.
  6. Eat a lunch with proteins and vegetables avoiding sugar.
  7. Keep your feet flat on the floor and avoid crossing your legs.
  8. Distribute your body weight evenly on both hips. Do not lean off to one side while sitting and standing.
At Johnston Health Center, we are here to help you with your concerns. Our team will Educate you on better health, Inspire you and help you Take Action.
Our mission at the Johnston Health Center is to help you live your best life possible. Everyone has their own health challenges and at JHC we are experts at helping to guide you to better health. You may need our 12 weeks to Better Posture Program, our gentle chiropractic care, Bioflex laser therapy for arthritis or sports injuries, our Stress Relief Therapy Program or a nutritional assessment.  
To book a consultation for you or a family member, contact us at info@johnstonhealthcenter.com or in Barrie at  705-728-3070 or in North Bay at 705-476-9111
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12240037_910261095711281_8607480127137580644_n“With chronic back pain following an accident 28 years ago, I was going to a pain clinic for over two years, With chronic back pain following an accident 28 years ago, I was going to a pain clinic for over two years, getting needles in my back bi-weekly and I was looking for anything that could help to get me off of my pain meds. Because my pain had been chronic for 28 years, it took a few visits to get things under control but within 6 weeks of regular visits, the BioFlex Laser Therapy that Erin and Will and the staff administered, my back pain went from a 9/10 to a 1 out of 10. My pain is GONE!!! What a life changer! I have not taken ANY pain meds for my back in over a year! I am now doing more physical things than ever thanks to the team at Johnston Health Center. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate the dedication and support that the team has given me to find a solution to my very serious issues. That I have eliminated pain meds from my daily ritual is the biggest change in my last 28 years. I so THANK YOU for everything that you have done to change my life. Ken needles in my back bi-weekly and I was looking for anything that could help to get me off of my pain meds. Because my pain had been chronic for 28 years, it took a few visits to get things under control but within 6 weeks of regular visits, the BioFlex Laser Therapy that Erin and Will and the staff administered, my back pain went from a 9/10 to a 1 out of 10. My pain is GONE!!! What a life changer! I have not taken ANY pain meds for my back in over a year! I am now doing more physical things than ever thanks to the team at Johnston Health Center. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate the dedication and support that the team has given me to find a solution to my very serious issues. That I have eliminated pain meds from my daily ritual is the biggest change in my last 28 years. I so THANK YOU for everything that you have done to change my life. ” Ken
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Stand Up Straight!

At one time or another in our lives, we have all heard this phrase uttered by an authority figure.  So, does this statement carry any weight? patient_brochure_template2_without_wounds_letter_blank

Absolutely, posture is a key component to optimal health and wellness.  Consider the benefits of good posture;
1. Optimizes breathing and circulation (slouch forward and take a deep breath now compare by standing up straight with chest up and shoulders back, dramatic isn’t it)
2. Improves organ function.
3. Keeps bones and joints in proper alignment decreasing the wear and tear on joints, a degenerative process also known as arthritis.
4.  Prevents backache, neck pain and other muscle problems.
5.  Proper posture is critical with decreasing the probability of spinal issues such as scoliosis.
6.  Prevents strains and overuse issues.
7. Lastly contributes to a good appearance.
Where does this poor posture come from?
Several factors may contribute to poor posture- most commonly stress, obesity, unhealthy sitting habits (cell phone use and other technology devices,sitting in front of a computer), unhealthy standing positions (factory workers holding unnatural positions repeatedly),  wearing high-heeled shoes and pregnancy.

 

Quick tip
Quick tip
If you are sitting at a computer, gaming or using your phone get up every 30 minutes for 15 seconds.  This simple technique turns your posture stabilizing muscles back on.  Set your phone to buzz every 30 minutes.  Over time your neck and back muscles will not be as tired at the end of a long day at work.
Being evaluated by a posture expert is critical to your health and well-being.  Postural correction is necessary to reach optimal health goals.  If you are doing your part by eating well, getting proper rest, exercise and spiritual well being, the missing piece is having your posture assessed by the doctors at the Johnston Health Center.  Our Doctors have extensive knowledge of postural evaluation and correction with gentle and effective methods.  Read a few of our testimonials below or visit our website at www.johnstonhealthcenter.com

 

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Today is THE Day to Ask About BioFlex Laser Therapy at Johnston Health Center

 Today is a good day to ask about BioFlex Laser Therapy – Disorders of the spine are a leading medical condition that interfere with an individual’s quality of life and the ability to work & play. They can occur in the cervical, thoracic or lumbar spine and are characterized by a wide range of symptoms including pain, muscle spasm, stiffness, restricted mobility and weakness of the extremities.

Laser therapy can be an effective treatment for disorders of the spine along with chronic pain and much more. View this case study to learn firsthand, how Laser Therapy can increase the quality of your life!

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Vitamin D & Wintertime

vitamin dWinter, when sun exposure is at its lowest, is the time of year when you need to be most concerned about the amount of vitamin D you receive. Your vitamin D levels can drop by up to 50% in the winter.  This vitamin helps fight infections, including colds and the flu, as it regulates the expression of genes that influence your immune system to attack and destroy bacteria and viruses.  We all know winter seems to be the season where we all become more prone to illness.
The best way to optimize your intake of this vital vitamin is through sun exposure, but for us northerners that is almost impossible. Therefore, supplementation with vitamin D is a must.
Speak with Dr. Will and Dr. Erin in regards to the amount of vitamin D you should be taking.
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