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About those Rolls

If you have been to Focus Chiropractic, then you have likely been advised to use a pair of rolls. They are a small, simple tool with a big impact. There is a chance though, that you don’t know or understand what that Big Impact actually is.

What are Cervical and Lumbar Rolls?

They are soft, cylinders that are meant to be placed under your body while lying face up. One is used on the cervical spine and the other is used on the lumbar spine. They are progressive, meaning you start by spending a small amount of time on them, and you gradually work your way up in time!

What purpose do they serve?

Your spine is designed to have three curves. When three proper curves exist in the spine, there is balance and comfort. Let’s refer to that as Ease. Just like anything, overtime things change, and the activities that we do each and every day will start to impact the shape and condition of our body. The spine is not exempt from this! Commonly, head forward posture (looking down at your phone, looking down toward a keyboard, doing chores and taking care of children) can start to pull the normal curve of our spine out of proper alignment and in turn, those curves begin to lessen. Let’s call this dis-Ease.  For all the time that we spend bent forward in a day, we should aim to spend the same amount of time supporting the natural curve of the spine, and helping your body to maintain its proper shape. This is where the rolls come in!

Lying down on the rolls, puts the body back into its natural curves. It helps train our bodies into the proper positioning. It will facilitate increased blood flow, and lessen stiffness.

Another benefit is they help train you to lay, and therefore sleep on your back. This is the best position for sleeping, as it encourages proper alignment rather than working against your spine!

When a headache starts, or neck pain kicks in – use your rolls, support your spine!

There is simply always a benefit to positioning your spine in its properly curved position.

Where can you get them?

If you live in Winnipeg – we are a Chiropractor near you! Come see us at Focus Chiropractic and our Doctor, or Chiropractic assistants will be happy to show you our cervical and lumbar roll options.

Limiting Toxin Exposure

Limiting Toxicity in our homes and environment is something that our population is starting to look at as a huge priority. Minimizing exposure and clearing toxins from your body resets your body’s natural balance and allows it to function and heal at its fullest potential.

The problem is that there isn’t enough education on what toxins are exactly, where they can be found and too many dangerous ingredients are being allowed into our everyday household and personal care products that are causing more harm to our bodies than good.

The average person puts over 500 chemicals onto their bodies every single day, and 60% of what we put onto our bodies gets absorbed into our skin.

Toxic and harmful ingredients surround our everyday lives, they can be found in everything from household cleaners, cook wear, air pollutants, personal care products, plastic containers, over the counter medications, and the food we eat (80% of packaged foods sold in the Canada and the U.S contain chemicals that are banned in other countries).

These ingredients can affect our bodies in different ways. It can cause subluxation (interference) in your spine, hormone disruption, respiratory issues as well as causing generalized and chronic disease.

Making changes starts with guidance, education, and lifestyle choices to limit and reduce the toxins that we allow into our homes and bodies.

Here are some of our favorite tips if you are looking to start reducing your toxic exposure for optimal health!

  1. Choose glass containers to store food, don’t heat in plastic containers as the plastic can melt into your food causing damage to your hormone receptors, increased fatigue and risk for illness and disease.
     
  2. Avoid Environmental Endocrine Disruptors (EEDs) these are toxins that can be found in synthetic or artificial fragrance products and household cleaning items that can cause overall hormone dysfunction and hormone related issues.
  3. Take care of your body, exercise and routine Chiropractic adjustments can be one of the best ways to detox your body, boost your entire system and detox your body.
  1. Filter your tap water, opt for whole, organic and natural ingredients, avoid artificial sweeteners, flavors, and food colors, avoid canned or processed foods and added preservatives.
  2. Indoor air can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air, opening windows when weather permitted, and investing in some plants are great ways to natural air purifying.
  3. Most importantly, pay attention to your food labels and ingredient lists on your personal and household items. Look out for things like: Parabens, Sulphites, Fragrance or Parfum, Phthalates, BPA, Chlorine, Radon, Lead, and Pesticides.