Me Time: Good for your health?

Time for a Little “Me Time”

By Editorial Staff at “To Your Health”

At what point did your life become more about everyone else – work, family, etc. – and far too little about you? It’s OK to be selfish when it comes to your health; after all, if you lose your health, you won’t have the ability to do all the things you do for all the people in your life.

So take a little “me time” with these tips to get away from your busy day (week, month, year, life) and focus on becoming a healthier you:

1. Hit the Road: We talk a lot about the benefits of working out at home, but the disadvantage to that strategy is that unless you have a dedicated gym space, away from the hustle and bustle of the family, you never really get to enjoy you own private time. So schedule gym time 3-4 times a week and stick to it; that hour or so out of the house (even when surrounded by other gym enthusiasts) will feel like a refreshing, reinvigorating break from the daily household grind.

2. Wind Down: Even the busiest day can end the right way if you plan for it. Dedicate a good 45-60 minutes every night to an activity of your choosing that not only gets you “away from it all,” but also allows you time to wind down, relax and prepare for restful slumber. Prepare a hot bath, read a good book, do some yoga, or even just take a brisk solo walk and “discuss your day” with.

me time - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark3. Make a Plan: Dinner and the movies is a great plan that too often stays a great plan, rather than manifesting into reality. So schedule a date night and make it happen. Even the act of scheduling will do wonders for your day. Once you know it’s on the calendar, you’ll look forward to it – and worry less about the hectic moments in between.

4. Keep Learning: When we’re young, we’re always learning – new activities, new projects, new information. But somehow after a certain age, we’re too likely to stick to the “same old, same old.” That leads to boredom, burnout and dissatisfaction with the state of affairs. The solution? Try something new! Whether it’s a new hobby, a new jogging route or a new certification to take your career to the next level, you’ll be amazed how good you’ll feel.

We all need more “me time” in this crazy, overworked world – so make sure you’re getting enough. If not, you could pay the emotional and physical consequences.

How to Avoid Back Surgery: See a Chiropractor First

By Editorial Staff at “To Your Health”

According to the Mayo Clinic, “back surgery is needed in only a small percentage of cases. Most back problems can be taken care of with nonsurgical treatments, such as anti-inflammatory medication, ice, heat, gentle massage and physical therapy.” Accurate on face value, but missing an important piece of the puzzle.

Yes, while back pain is rampant, surgery is rarely required; even the Mayo Clinic admits that while “back pain is extremely common … surgery often fails to relieve it.” However, chiropracticis glaringly absent from the nonsurgical recommendations, despite ample research evidence supporting chiropractic care for back pain and increasing reliance on chiropractic as a first-line treatment option.

So, what determines whether a patient undergoes spinal surgery? A recent study attempted to answer that very question and came up with several predictive variables, perhaps the most interesting of which is the type of health care provider – namely a surgeon or a doctor of chiropractic – the back pain patient sees first. The study authors, who note that “there is little evidence spine surgery is associated with improved population outcomes, yet surgery rates have increased dramatically since the 1990s,” found that Washington state workers with an occupational back injury who visited a surgeon (orthopedic, neuro or general) first were significantly more likely to receive spine surgery within three years (42.7 percent of workers) than workers whose first visit was to a doctor of chiropractic (only 1.5 percent of workers). This association held true even when controlling for injury severity and other measures.

back surgery - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register MarkOf the 174 workers (9.2 percent of the subject population) who had a surgery during the three-year time frame, the vast majority were decompression procedures (78.7 percent), with 3.4 percent undergoing fusion without decompression and 17.8 percent undergoing both on the same day.

For more insights into the perils of spine surgery, read “Back Surgery: Too Many, Too Costly and Too Ineffective” by clicking here.