• Taking the Headache Out of the New Year

    Do you ever get tension headaches? If so, you’re probably getting a lot of them right about now! Even holidays like Valentine’s Day can be stressful.

    If you’re working in an industry that manages Valentine’s Day for the public, your headaches might be increasing. Here’s why you should look into a Chattanooga, TN chiropractor visit ASAP.

    What Causes Tension Headaches

    The interesting fact of the matter is that the exact source of tension headaches isn’t known. You’d think it would be pretty straightforward—when you get tense from stress, the muscles in your neck and shoulders contract, cutting off blood supply to muscles in the head. But according to Mayo Clinic , research suggests that muscle contractions aren’t the cause.

    We do know what triggers them, though. Mayo Clinic suggests stress is the biggest hitter. This British health website lists other common tension headache triggers as anxiety, squinting, poor posture, dehydration, skipping meals, bright lights, loud sounds, and certain smells. You may also find that you get a headache if you wear a headband too long or wear your hair up in a bun all day.

    During winter in Chattanooga, the most common trigger is still probably stress. For anyone working in retail or dealing with the public in early February, the pressure to get purchases out the door to please customers can bring on a headache more than once a day.

    What an Adjustment Does

    Chiropractic is good for treating tension headaches without adding medication to your bloodstream or calling for an invasive procedure. It can be a reliable place to turn if you don’t like popping ibuprofen or are having a hard time getting rid of them on your own.

    In an adjustment, the bones in your spine are aligned correctly. When this occurs, the muscles in your back that were compensating for an off-balance back can be released from their tension, leading to release of tension all over the body. Makes sense that it would affect the muscles in your neck and shoulders that are contributing to a tension headache, doesn’t it? This chiropractic article goes into depth about how chiropractic care works with your body to relieve headaches.

    How to Keep Tension Headaches Away

    Any Chattanooga, TN chiropractor will tell you that there are a few tried-and-true ways to avoid getting tension headaches. One answer is simply put: to avoid your triggers. But there are other tips to steer your lifestyle away from the triggers.

    The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) offers a few easy tips.

    • For one thing, if your work demands that you sit in the same position for long periods of time, it’s time to start moving. Take frequent breaks (every 30 or 60 minutes) to move around and stretch if you sit in front of a computer all day, work at a sewing machine or other table-based trade, or need to sit and read a lot. Stretches like these on breaks will help keep your blood circulating.
    • If you feel a headache coming on, a low-impact aerobic exercise like walking or swimming will often help.
    • Drink 8 glasses of water a day to avoid dehydration.
    • Don’t clench your teeth. Your teeth should never actually touch unless you are swallowing. Clenching your teeth places tension on the muscles surrounding your TMJ joint, leading to TMJ irritation and tension headaches.

    Once you learn how to avoid triggers by maintaining a lifestyle that keeps muscles from remaining tense, you will probably find that your tension headaches decrease in frequency. But remember, a Chattanooga, TN chiropractor is always available to help your body relax, too.

    Have you ever seen a chiropractor during a holiday?

    Chiropractors in Chattanooga do usually see an influx of patients around the new year, for many more reasons than just tension headaches. But that doesn’t rule out the beginning of the year as the perfect time to start seeing a chiropractor in Chattanooga! Try one out today if you have repeated tension headaches.

    Have you ever seen a chiropractor for tension headaches? Or been to one during a holiday? We want to know your story, so leave us a comment right now!

  • Healthy Home: Make Your Own Dishwasher Detergent!

    Looking for ways to make your Chattanooga house healthier in the new year? Make 2016 a year to use fewer toxins in your household goods. The benefits are surprising.

    For one thing, you’ll be using products that aren’t toxic if you accidentally touch them, and that’s always nice, right? Plus it’ll save you money and help the environment. But let’s look at it more closely.

    Health Benefits

    If your Chattanooga, TN chiropractor has ever talked to you about reducing VOCs in your life, you’re in the right place. Commercial detergents for dishwashers may make your dishes sparkly, might suds up really well, and might smell good, but the chemicals required to do these things end up being toxic for your home’s air and the water system.

    VOCs, or volatile organic compounds , are organic chemicals that can cause damage to living creatures over a long period of time. So even though harmful VOCs (contained in many scents and odors) are not very toxic at any given point in time, their buildup eventually may cause harm. However, because of this long-term nature, research in this area is tricky, so you won’t see warning labels on products that contain VOCs.

    As a consumer, you’re on your own to determine what’s best for your family. So do a little research and find out how helpful it is to eliminate as many VOCs as you can by limiting what products contain them—dishwasher detergent being one of them.

    Wallet Benefits

    But keeping your Chattanooga-based family healthy isn’t the only thing making your own dishwasher detergent does. By mixing together bulk ingredients, you make up batches of detergent when you need them without costing you every time.

    For example, the ingredients in dishwasher detergent include borax, washing powder, and salt. These are all common, natural goods that you can find in any Chattanooga grocery store. One box of each of these things may last up to a year or more—meaning even if they collectively cost the same or a little more than a bottle of dishwasher detergent, you won’t be buying any more for a long time, so you save the cost of that bottle several times over throughout the year!

    This Chattanooga news article even points out that making your own cleaners is a way to save money, not to mention save anyone in your family from allergies. The woman in the article we just mentioned started making her own cleaning products in college to save money, but found out how helpful it was for other things, like preventing eczema from being aggravated by laundry detergent. The blog we mention in the next section breaks down the average cost for you.

    The Recipe

    At this point you are probably wondering how to make this dishwasher detergent that your Chattanooga, TN chiropractor would approve of.

    The ingredients are simple:

    • 1 cup Borax
    • 1 cup Washing powder (not baking soda!)
    • ½ cup Kosher salt
    • ½ cup Citric acid or LemiShine
    • 1 teaspoon Rice to prevent caking

    Once you’ve got the ingredients together, find a reusable air-tight container for storage. Follow the tips in this blog to get the best results, and to read about what each ingredient does. None of these products release VOCs, so you’re safe using it all the time.

    Have you ever made your own detergent before?

    Have you ever considered making your own dishwasher or laundry detergent before? Not only is it healthy and cost effective, it’s empowering to be in control of what your household uses. You know exactly what is contained each time someone runs a load of dishes, and that’s a very good feeling.

    Have you ever made your own detergent before? Tell us about it. Was it easy? Difficult? Fun? Leave us a comment below!