Water – Water is the body's principal chemical component and makes up about 60% of the body's weight. Every system in the body depends on water including skin, muscles, eyes, mouth, etc. Water flushes toxins out of vital organs and carries nutrients to cells of the body providing a moist environment for the body's tissues. Lack of water can lead to dehydration, which can drain energy and make a person tired. Water is lost everyday through breathing, perspiring, and bowel and bladder functions. Therefore, the depleted water must be replenished in order for the body to function correctly. The minimum amount of water that most men have to drink per day is 12-13 cups of water while women should drink approximately 8-9 cups of water per day. With increased daily activity, water intake requirements will also increase. Keep in mind sodas, tea, and coffee do not count as a part of the daily required water intake .
Exercise – With or without pain, exercise is one of the main factors in a healthy body. When treating a patient, exercises can account for 50% of what the patient needs to have a full recover. For people who don't currently have pain, exercise can still provide many benefits in their lives. Some of these benefits include decreasing the risk of strokes, maintaining a healthy weight, decreasing blood pressure, decreasing blood cholesterol levels, and decreasing the chance of developing osteoporosis.
Nutrition/Diet – What we eat on a daily basis is very important to our general health. Some say "we are what we eat" which can be true. You can't expect to be healthy when all you eat is fats and sugars. At a young age, most people can still manage to live without many changes in their health but poor diets eventually catch up to people. It is best to maintain a well balanced diet that will provide all of the vitamins and minerals for our bodily systems to function correctly. Also, having a diet consisting of the correct amounts of grains, vegetables, fruits, milk, meats, and fats can help maintain weight and ensure an individual receives the correct amount of nutrients in the body. In order to see the recommended amounts of each food group created by the US Department of Agriculture, please click on the following link: https://www.choosemyplate.gov/SuperTracker/myplan.aspx
Posture – Everybody suffers from poor posture at some point during their lifetime. Even though sitting or standing with the correct posture can be uncomfortable at times, it is best to keep the body in a straight up and down for as long as possible. Hear are some guidelines to follow. Your head, shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles should be in a line. Your shoulders should be square, not rounded. Hold your pelvis in mid-position with a slight hollow in the low back. Keep your knees relaxed, not locked straight. Place your feet a few inches apart with your weight evenly distributed.
Ergonomics – How you position your body at work is very important because that is where most people spend their day at least 5 days a week and approximately 8 hours a day. Patients with office jobs that involve mostly sitting in front of a computer should remember a few rules. Always keep the low back straight/slightly arched inwards with a good lumbar support. Rest your arms on an adjustable armrest so that the elbows are bent at approx 90° and the shoulders are relaxed. Ensure that the desk is high enough for the arm rests to be positioned underneath. Rest your feet comfortably on the floor. The center of the computer monitor should be positioned at nose level with no glare. The wrists should be relaxed on the keyboard and not tilted in either direction. Lastly, break from sitting at least every 20-30 minutes. For patients who stand at work, make sure you can sit down every hour or so. When standing, do not drop one hip causing a curve in the spine and an imbalance in the muscles of the back and hip region. If heavy lifting is involved, use a lumbar support. Try to lift things only at waist level and not overhead. Twisting motions in the spine should not occur when moving objects. The whole body should pivot to the direction the person is trying to turn to.
Sleep – Sleep is one of the most important factors in living a healthy life. When we sleep, our body relaxes and helps heal any wounds and gives all of our internal systems a chance to rest. Without enough sleep, energy levels would decrease along with functionality of the immune system causing us to have an increased risk of developing diseases. The required amount of sleep varies depending on age. A newborn needs anywhere from 12-18 hours of sleep and the amount decreases with age and stops at 7-9 hours of sleep for an adult.
Relaxation – With the stresses of everyday life, it seems pretty difficult to know how to relax but relaxation is very important in improving our health. Everyone needs at least 10 minutes in a day to wind down and relax. Some methods of relaxation include just meditating for a little over 5 minutes, learning deep breathing exercises which can replenish oxygen to the blood and brain, take a hot or bubble bath at the end of the day, listening to relaxing music, doing yoga, and massage. Relaxing helps slow down your heart and breathing rate, lowers blood pressure, improves concentration, reduces anger and frustration, and reduces muscle tension.
The following are services we provide in our office. Every patient that walks into our clinic will have a chiropractic examination performed by a doctor of chiropractic. Everything else will be based on what the doctor deems is medically necessary after the examination.
The following are a list of conditions and areas of the body that are treated by the doctors at Vu's Chiropratic. For more detailed descriptions of each condition, please scroll further down the page.
Water, Exercises, Nutrition, Posture, Ergonomics,Sleep, and Relation