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Chiropractic Tips for Fall Season

Autumn is full of some of our favorite things. But it’s also one of the busiest times of year. In a blink of an eye, your calendar can quickly fill up with family gatherings, school functions, outdoor activities, and seasonal chores to prepare for the colder weather. It can also lead to big changes to your body and bring new physical stressors to handle. So before you jump into your fall routine, take a moment to remember your health and wellness.

Chiropractic care helps you deal with the changes brought on by this time of year. Here are some tips to prepare for the season:

  • Remember to wear supportive shoes. If you’re raking leaves, taking a walk, or shopping for groceries and gifts, wearing shoes with firm arch support should be your go-to. This can prevent future back pain.
  • Pay attention to your knees. If you’re lifting or heaving anything, bend at your knees rather than your waist or your back. This protects your spine and muscles from unnecessary strain. 
  • Take supplements or vitamins to boost your immune system. Also, schedule your chiropractic visits to help your body recuperate, renew and gain strength. Spinal adjustments help keep your nerve system clear, which allows your immune system to react more efficiently against infections.
  • Reduce stress with chiropractic care. The autumn season can be very stressful. Last-minute shopping and running errands can be overwhelming, which can lead to headaches and body pain. Various techniques through chiropractic care can help minimize stress.
  • Manage any seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Less exposure to sunlight and gloomy weather can trigger SAD, which may cause you to lose interest, energy and motivation. Chiropractic adjustments can regulate your levels of melatonin and serotonin. Routine visits may help you control emotions and adjust to lifestyle changes.

For many people, fall is the best time of year. So enjoy the season by preparing for it in advance. If you need a chiropractor appointment, contact us at our clinic in Clinton, MD. We look forward to serving you.

Chiropractors: The real MVP

The fall sports season is here. Whether you actively participate or watch from the sidelines, it can cause risk to your body. With injuries ranging from aches and cramps to back pain or concussion, this can be serious. Fortunately, chiropractic care is an excellent treatment for players and spectators alike. When it comes to relieving the pain from common sports injuries, chiropractors are the real MVPs. Here’s what you need to know:

Improve joint health:
Even if you train rigorously, you still may suffer a huge blow during a game. Any serious impact can disrupt spinal alignment and restrict movement, which leads to pain and tension in the joints. With chiropractic care, your body heals faster and helps minimize future injuries.

Increase mobility:
Like many of us, your hip’s flexion/extension may not be top of mind. But hips are important for both running and/or sitting. The hip rotation is key for athletic movements like turning, twisting, crouching, and pivoting. It’s also essential when cheering, jumping or sitting for long periods of time. With regular chiropractic care, your body can either play or celebrate with increased mobility and full range of motion.

Evaluate and treat concessions:
In addition to treating head and neck injuries, chiropractors can identify the signs of a concussion. Chiropractors also provide post-concussion syndrome treatment, including migraine headaches treatment and other remedies.

Stay lubricated:
Whether you’re an athlete or a fan, you should drink plenty of water, especially during warmer climates. Proper hydration improves movement, which keeps the joints loose. Also, regular chiropractic care can help joints maintain lubrication. 

Manage pain with adjustments:
Chiropractic adjustments can benefit everyone. For athletes, the adjustment improves your performance to optimal levels. For fans, adjustments help ease the effects from long periods of standing and immobility on hard seats.

Winning games feels good, but chiropractic care can help you feel your best. No matter if you’re on the roster or in the stands, there is a chiropractic treatment for you. Contact us at our clinic in Clinton, Md. We look forward to serving you.

School’s in session, it’s time to call the chiropractor

Ready or not, school is officially back in session. For many of us, this means packing lunches, helping with homework and meeting with teachers. On your long to-do list, don’t forget to add chiropractic care.

The back-to-school transition can be a stressful time for the body. The physical effects of exposure to germs, heavy backpacks, sitting all day, and high-impact sports can be harmful. Let’s look at some chiropractic tips to help make this a healthy school season.

Keep illness at bay
A classroom is the perfect environment for germs to circulate, but chiropractic treatments can reduce the risk of getting sick. Chiropractic adjustments help boost the immune system by ensuring their nervous system is functioning at 100%.  

The right backpack matters
Popular backpacks look cool today, but can lead to back pain tomorrow. Purchase backpacks with wide and padded ergonomic straps. When packing it, put the heaviest items closest to the body and adjust straps so weight is evenly distributed. The backpack weight should not exceed 10-15% of your child’s body weight. 

Sit up straight
Sitting at a desk for long hours can put enormous stress on the back. Teach your child proper posture, which means books/tablets held at eye level, feet flat on the floor, and backs against their seat. This reduces the chance of suffering from back, neck, and shoulder pain. 

Stretch it out
Gym class, sports practice and physical outdoor play time could lead to injuries if your child’s spine is misaligned. Reduce the chance of new injuries by visiting the chiropractor. Also, reinforce the importance of stretching before any strenuous activity, which helps prevent injury to muscles.

Prioritize Consistent Sleep
Summer throws off a child’s sleep pattern, so encourage your child to stick to a consistent bedtime. Without at least 8 hours of sleep per night, your child’s body and brain functions can suffer.

If you want to learn more about our services, do not hesitate to schedule an appointment at our clinic in Clinton, Md. We look forward to serving you.

Sports medicine chiropractor care leads to a healthier you

Is a sports medicine or Sports Medicine Chiropractor right for you? The answer may surprise you. Anyone who participates in athletic activities can greatly benefit from a sports medicine chiropractor. Despite the name, this type of chiropractic treatment is not limited to only athletes. It administers care for acute injuries and can play a role in preventing injuries for anyone, whether you’re an athlete or not. The truth is, no matter where you are in your health journey, you’re likely to suffer an injury or experience pain if you’re physically active. Chiropractic care aims to help people enjoy the benefits of an active lifestyle.

Sports Medicine Chiropractors take a holistic approach to sports medicine. This means that they treat your body in its entirety, rather than just the injury. They may use a variety of methods, including, but not limited to: spinal realignment, massage therapy, hot or cold treatment, and ultrasound therapy.

Let’s look at how a sports chiropractor can help you stay healthy and improve your body’s overall health. Sports Medicine chiropractic care can:

  • Treat minor and major injuries, from ankle and foot injuries to head and neck issues, using various methods to address the root cause of the pain.

  • Help relieve the spinal strains, whether it is a disc, muscular, ligaments or nerves.

  • Improve your range of motion, which will help to prevent future injuries and can greatly enhance your overall performance, energy and health.

  • Eliminate the need for painkillers and possibly surgical procedures. The adjustments and methods of treatment are both safe and non-invasive. 

Now is the time to take a step closer toward fully enjoying the benefits of an active lifestyle. At Dr. Anane’s Spine Wellness Center, we place the utmost value on delivering tailored treatment and services. Depending on your condition, we will design a customized chiropractic care that addresses your needs.

If you want to learn more about our services, do not hesitate to schedule an appointment at our clinic in Clinton, Md. We look forward to serving you.

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Let their experiences speak for us

Proper chiropractic care can change your life, but don’t just take our word for it. To help guide
your health care choices, see what our happy customers are saying.

Amazing service and treatment
The adjustment was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING and truly left me speechless. The (Spine
Wellness Center provided) me with instant relief, care, and communication. Aaliyah helped me
relax with electrode therapy, heating pack, and light stretches. Dr. Anane and his staff truly care
about every single patient. – Dominique Seldon

Immediate results after the first visit
I made my appointment at the Spine Wellness Center after waking up to Sciatica pain. (At the
office) I (experienced discomfort) as I (prepared to) receive my treatment. Afterward, I found that
I was able to (move around) with EASE! I was beyond amazed at how good I felt walking out of
his office! (If you’re looking) for a place that goes above and beyond, visit The Spine Wellness
Center. – Kamilah Wills

Effective treatment and welcoming environment
I’ve had a few nagging aches that wouldn’t go away. The treatments I received helped me
tremendously. The office space is beautiful and Dr. Anane and his staff are always polite and
welcoming. – Lauren Washington

Five star treatment
If I could give more than 5 stars, I would! Within the past 5 years, I've been involved in 2 auto
accidents. As a result, I have constant lower back pain. Dr. Anane’s THOROUGH assessment
found that there were multiple factors contributing to my lower back pain. Additionally, Dr.
Anane performed the Graston technique on my back. I'm looking forward to my “road to relief.”
– M Turner

Dr. Anane is in a league of his own
I’ve been Dr. Hayford Anane’s client for two years. As a percussionist and healthcare
professional, I needed a long-term fix to occasional lower back tightness. Dr. Anane is truly in a
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Are you ready to start your road to relief? Join our happy customers and begin your chiropractic
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Top Workplace Ergonomics Tips

As a child, you may have heard someone tell you to “sit up straight, don’t slouch, keep both feet flat on the ground and keep your head up.” At the time, you didn’t realize these instructions would be valuable in workplace. But they are as relevant today as they were back then.

In today’s work environment, many of us are sitting longer at computers and other workstations. The longer we sit, the more prone we are to back and shoulder pain. However, despite the discomfort, very few of us are thinking about proper workplace ergonomics.

Workplace ergonomics can play a key role in helping to treat and prevent pain and injuries. Ergonomics means “fitting a job to a person” and when that is done correctly, it can help lessen muscle fatigue, increase productivity, and reduce the number and severity of work-related injuries.

Some of the common injuries are carpal tunnel syndrome (wrist), low-back pain, tendinitis (an inflammation in arm or leg), bursitis (inflammation in shoulder or elbow), neck pain and headaches.

  1. Fortunately, these are treatable with ergonomic adjustments, such as:
    Sitting up straight: Good posture helps prevent injury and pain while improving your mood and reducing stress on your muscles, joints, and spine.
  2. Adjusting chair position: The chair’s height should allow your feet to rest flat on the floor and knees at a 90° angle.
  3. Adjusting your screen: The screen should be adjusted to the proper level so that your eyes are level with or slightly higher than the top of the monitor.
  4. Standing and stretching: To maintain proper workplace ergonomics, take breaks to move and stretch frequently.

If you feel that you’re suffering from musculoskeletal issues or back pain, you may benefit from a chiropractic adjustment. Contact our office today to request your appointment.

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No pain, no problem: 5 Reasons athletes need chiropractor care

If you’re an athlete, you probably wait until an injury occurs before visiting a chiropractor. But the truth is that you can, and should, seek chiropractic care before pain strikes. In fact, regular chiropractic visits may even help you prevent injuries from happening in the first place. 

According to the American Chiropractic Association, approximately 90% of world-class athletes use chiropractic care to help increase performance and prevent sports-related pain. If it works for top athletes, it makes sense that amateur athletes, gym enthusiasts, afternoon golfers, low-impact athletes, weekend warriors, and child athletes should do the same. It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting a healthy lifestyle journey, playing recreationally, or at the top of your game in your chosen sport—chiropractic care offers incredible benefits to improve overall health and fitness level.

 Here are 5 reasons to visit a chiropractor:

    • Faster Workout Recovery – Chiropractic care helps improve your overall body function and speed up your recovery time, making the most of every workout you complete.

    • Increases Range of Motion – Part of athletic performance hinges upon your range of motion. Regular chiropractic treatment can help you increase flexibility through regular adjustments to keep muscles and joints limber.

    • Prepares for Competition or Games – Staying in top-notch shape is key for any competition or games. This means identifying any abnormal or faulty movements that can lead to injury. Chiropractic care keeps you in prime shape and helps you cope with the inherent wear and tear involved in any sport.

    • Helps Promote Faster Healing – Chiropractic adjustments of tendons, muscles, ligaments, and bones help your body align well and promote adequate healing.

    • Improves Asymmetries and Performance – Physically demanding activities may also cause issues like muscle imbalances or spinal misalignment. With regular adjustments, you can improve your posture and keep your spines functioning properly.

If you are an athlete and would like to maximize your body’s health and performance, give us a call at Dr. Anane of Spine Wellness Center in Clinton, MD. Visit us for a chiropractic evaluation.

Beyond your back: Five reasons to call your chiropractor

What comes to mind when thinking of chiropractic care? Back and neck pain? Whiplash? If so, you’re not alone. These are the top reasons for most patient visits. But, beyond your back, regular chiropractic care can also help improve your emotional and physical wellbeing. Below are five reasons to help determine if you should make that call:

  1. You suffer from chronic headaches and migraines
    If you’re struggling with regular headaches and migraines, consider calling your chiropractor. Most times, muscle tension in the neck and spine misalignment can cause this pain. A chiropractor helps alleviate your symptoms by enhancing blood flow and increasing the oxygen supply to the brain.
  2. You have Plantar Fasciitis
    Plantar fasciitis, a common and painful foot condition, responds very well to chiropractic care. A chiropractor can help you perform specific stretches, exercises, and movements that not only alleviate aches and pains, but can reduce inflammation, ultimately helping to treat the condition.
  3. You have insomnia or trouble sleeping
    Sleep issues is one of the biggest epidemics in America. Studies show that chiropractic manipulation can improve your sleeping patterns, reducing all the tossing and turning throughout the night. Also, regular chiropractic adjustments to your neck may decrease chances of ever developing sleep apnea.
  4. You are struggling to get pregnant
    Dealing with infertility? Consider calling your chiropractor for a safe and natural solution. Research shows that chiropractic care is a way for women to enhance the way their body functions and performs. Proper treatment and adjustment can help align the spin and clear excessive interference from the nervous system, which may help increase fertility.
  5. You have sinus congestion
    If you dread certain seasons due to sinus problems, don’t reach for the medicine. Instead, consider calling your chiropractor. Sinus pressure or related issues are often caused by inflammation in the sinus cavities. Proper chiropractic care can reduce inflammation and create a better immune response.

    So, is it time to make that call? If so, Dr. Anane of Spine Wellness Center in Clinton, MD can help you on your journey to wellness and pain relief.

After an Auto Accident, Timing is Everything

Life can change in an instant. One moment you’re driving down the road and the next thing you know, you’re in an auto accident. If this happens, do you know how soon you should contact a chiropractor?  Timing is everything when it comes to injuries. If not addressed soon enough, a split-second collision can lead to long-term injuries with lasting effects.

The Critical First 72 Hours
Seeing a chiropractor within 72 hours is critical to ensure there’s no damage. Even if you aren’t experiencing symptoms, proper chiropractic care can assess and identify injuries that may go unnoticed. This critical step helps ensure that there are no permanent consequences from your accident.

Types of Hidden Injuries
Auto accident injuries can be hidden, not revealing pain or limited mobility until months or years later. For example, the symptoms of whiplash – soreness, body aches, headaches, and dizziness – may not show up for several days and can last for weeks. Chiropractors can perform orthopedic and neurological tests to assess signs of injury, such as: soft tissue damage, structural damage, muscle strength, range of motion, joint and nerve function. 

Immediate Chiropractic Care is Key
In addition to diagnosing hidden injuries, there are other reasons why the timing of chiropractic treatment is important after an auto accident. 

  • Avoid additional damage: The longer you wait, the more damage or injury can be caused to the affected area 
  • Faster recovery: Seeing a chiropractor within 72 hours after an accident can greatly improve your chances of having a quick, easy recovery from any injuries
  • Legal documentation: In some auto accidents, victims pursue a personal injury case in court, which requires documentation of all injuries. Your chiropractor can provide the required medical documents in a timely manner
  • Insurance claims: Receiving care immediately after an auto accident can strengthen your insurance claim. If you wait too long to receive treatment, an insurance company may not cover injuries reported after a long delay

Dr. Anane of Spine Wellness Center in Clinton, MD helps assess and treat injuries caused from auto accidents. Visit us for a chiropractic evaluation.

The importance of Chiropractic Care in Sports

Chiropractic care is beneficial to those with an active lifestyle.  Whether you are a professional athlete or weekend warrior, regular visits to a licensed chiropractor can help maximize performance or prevent and treat injuries without reliance on drugs or surgeries.

Injuries are an unfortunate side effect of strenuous activity.  Non-existent warm-up routines, ineffective stretching and poor performance techniques can lead to pain that puts you on the sideline.  It is never a good idea to ignore this pain as it is your body’s way of indicating an injury has occurred.  If not treated properly or in a timely fashion, an injury can evolve into something more significant and even permanent.  Prescription drugs only dull the pain but do not address the injury and can be addictive, while surgery is invasive and has significant recovery times.  In many instances, chiropractic care at the onset of an injury can be effective in addressing the problem and preventing further damage.  The spine can be knocked out of alignment in common injuries, resulting in stress on joints, muscles, nerves and ligaments.  A chiropractor is trained in realigning the spine, which may alleviate this stress and the pain of these injuries with reduced recovery times.  Furthermore, having a properly aligned spine may even prevent injuries from occurring in the first place.  Proper spine alignment has also been linked to improvement in overall performance and can allow athletes to train more effectively.  Because of this, the use of chiropractic care has gained popularity among professional teams and athletic trainers.

Athletes and active individuals of all levels can benefit from chiropractic care.  If you are in the Clinton, MD area, make an appointment with Dr. Hayford Anane to help you stay off the sidelines and at peak performance.