May 6, 2016

General Health Examination


AltCare Health Center is offering a health examination to existing and new patients. This exam will include: height, weight, blood pressure, pulse, respiration, blood oxygen %, and spinal screening. All this for 49.00! Optional is a blood sugar and cholesterol test for an additional 49.00. These are not competitive prices, they are slashed prices!
If you have not had a wellness examination recently or would like to check in with yourself about your stats, call the office today at 708.848.9900 for an appointment.

May 7, 2014

Proper Lifting Technique to Avoid Low-Back Pain


 

Using incorrect lifting techniques can cause injury resulting in sudden and severe pain. Without a doubt, this type of injury can almost always be prevented if proper lifting techniques had been used.
Never bend over at the waist to lift something; in fact you should make it a habit not to bend over at the waist at all because this will put unnecessary stress on your lower back. Bending at the waist alone can cause an acute episode of low back pain. Minimize the risk of injury and damage using the following lifting technique:
* Immediately before you lift and right after you are done lifting you want to stand upright and bend backward five or six times. This ensures that any distortion in the curve of your lower back is worked out.
* Stand close to the object you are going to lift. Don’t have your feet together; use a shoulder width stance for balance and support.
* Bend at the knees, keeping your back straight, until you can comfortably get your hands under the object.
* Keep the object as close to your body as you can so you are not extending your reach. Extending your reach will put pressure on your lower back even if you are bent at the knees.
* Lean back slightly, this will help with your balance. Straighten up using the muscles in your legs to lift yourself up and using a smooth, steady motion.
* If the object is very heavy, lift it to your knees and rest it there before straightening up.
* To turn with the load in your arms, use your feet. In other words, do not twist your torso.
Of special concern to me are those who have already developed recurring back problems. It is my practice to always advise these patients to seek help when lifting. I know this is not always possible. It is important that you develop a proper lifting technique even when you have help.
In addition to using a proper lifting technique, it is also important to work on your core muscles such as your abdominals and gluteals to develop a strong lower back. Consciously implementing this type of lifting technique and developing a strong core has the potential to make a pronounced difference in your life particularly if you suffer from chronic lower back pain. For more information about core strengthening contact the AltCare office at (708) 848-9900.

April 17, 2014

Sciatica and Chiropractic Care


The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body. It originates in the spinal cord and runs down through the buttocks and into the leg to the foot. Sometimes, a trauma can occur. The trauma may not be severe or even noticeable, but it causes pressure on the sciatic nerve, which then radiates down into the leg or foot. Due to the size of the nerve, this is extremely painful and can make walking, sitting, standing, and lying down painful.

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April 7, 2014

Top 4 Reasons Your Health Might Be Deteriorating


It seems we have many things to blame for our deteriorating health. We have our less than stellar genetics, our chronological age, and other “unknown factors”. However, these are not the main reasons our health is going downhill, and it’s time to reveal the main culprits.

Lack of enzymes

Enzymes are one of the most essential elements in the body. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to breathe, swallow, drink, eat, or digest your food. Enzymes are required to help perform these tasks, and therefore, are a necessity to live.

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April 3, 2014

Free Massage


I wanted you to know immediately about a new offer that will bring you relaxation and the satisfaction that making someone else’s life better can bring.

For each and every person who comes in as a new chiropractic patient resulting from a referral you made, you will receive a free hour massage. This offer will never expire!

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April 5, 2011

Welcome To Our New Website


And welcome to the new home of AltCare Health Center.

I have some exciting news to share with you. We have completely redesigned and retooled our website! We want to better serve you by reflecting all our services and provide a more communicative presence on the web.

This is where you come in.

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April 5, 2011

Choosing To Live Your Full Potential


We are sometimes only as healthy as we are expected to be by our peers, family and doctors.

But there is more. Only you create the limits or boundless possibility for your own life. We have the capacity to change our lives dramatically. But it takes belief, knowledge, understanding, prioritizing, commitment and consistency.

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