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Every year, Sportscare Center issues the November Appointment Challenge: For each appointment kept during the month of November, Dr. Duddey donates $1 to a local charity.
This year, Project Hope Alliance based in Costa Mesa was the recipient. We presented a check for $919 to Project Hope Alliance, which will use the funds to break the cycle of homelessness for Orange County’s 32,000 homeless children. Since 2012, Project Hope Alliance has moved 120 families into permanent homes.
Learn more about Project Hope Alliance’s Mission and simple ways you can help here: http://www.projecthopealliance.org
If you attended our June Wine Down with Yoga event and are interested in adding yoga to your wellness regimen, download our yoga class and event calendar.More
Our good neighbor Cleber Luciano dropped by Sportscare Center today to show off what he’ll be wearing during his MMA match at the Bren Center on Friday night.
Luciano is a mixed martial arts (MMA) competitor who owns Cleber Jiu Jitsu in the same center as Sportscare Center.
We wish him all the best on Friday night and can only imagine how much harder that right leg will kick with our logo on it.More
Our first two wellness talks have been quite good! Folks have been asking good questions and getting solid answers.
In September, Dr. Duddey addressed the need to come in for regular maintenance checks to maintain wellness.
In October, we introduced Milissa Gillen L.Ac., MAOM, the newest addition to the Sportscare Center family, and our acupuncturist. She introduced the audience to acupuncture and discussed her approach to this ancient Chinese approach to wellness.
UPCOMING WELLNESS TALKS
Our next two wellness talks are scheduled for November 12, 2014 and December 10, 2014 and will be held at 7:30 p.m. We are still deciding on topics and are open to suggestions. What do YOU want to learn more about?
These talks are designed to give you good information about maintaining wellness and keeping you at your best. They provide a forum where you can get answers to your questions and see that others share your commitment to wellness.
Mark your calendars. We look forward to seeing you there!
We hope to see you all there for our grand opening celebration.
Come see all the additions to our wellness center, including:
- Physical Therapy
- Essential Oils
- Nutritional Support
We are looking forward to seeing you! Be sure you’re there in time to take part in the ribbon cutting ceremony with the Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce.More
As you’re reading this now, take a moment to reflect on how you are sitting at your desk. Are you slouching? Uncomfortable? You could be making your back pain worse.
Back pain affects almost all of us from time to time and because it is so common, we tend to ignore the first few painful twitches or spasms and put it down to a minor strain that will eventually go away.
But our hectic lifestyles often mean that back pain is a content source of misery for long periods of time. Anyone from sports players to stay-at-home moms can have issues with their back, and for a variety of reasons. Injuries, heavy lifting, bad posture and even stress can be the underlying causes of back pain.
Are You Sitting Comfortably?
Poor posture is a very common cause of minor back pain, because we spent more and more time sitting at desks in the office or at home in front of the computer, and we might not even notice we’re doing it.
If you find yourself slouching forward, try sitting upright with your knees slightly lower than your hips and at a 90° angle to the floor. Feet should be flat on the ground, although sometimes people find a footrest more comfortable.
Your eyes should be level with the top of your screen and your elbows should be at a comfortable height at your sides, with you just being able to rest your arms lightly on the keyboard.
Your back should be straight, but don’t force yourself into an unnatural upright position — this is just as bad and can get very uncomfortable very quickly!
Ergonomically designed back rests that fit onto chairs can help with maintaining the correct posture, so find out who’s responsible for equipping the office and ask them to order one for you. It might also be worth investing in a good quality chair at home too.
Exercise Is King
Exercise is one thing we should all do, yet something very few of us are doing regularly. Exercise can both prevent and help ease back pain, and walking or swimming are easy activities that strengthen the muscles you use in your back.
Gentle exercises, such as pilates or yoga are also great preventative measures against back pain and encourage muscle flexibility as well as overall wellbeing.
Heavy Lifting — The Safe Way
Whether you’re lifting heavy loads in a shipping yard or just carrying shopping into your house, the safe way to lift things and prevent serious injury is always the same. Here’s a few basic steps to remember when lifting heavy loads:
First, check the load. If it’s very heavy or an awkward shape, ask for help!
When you’ve assessed the situation, stand with feet slightly apart and one foot behind the object you are lifting, and one to the side of it. This helps maintain balance.
Bend your knees (very important!) and keep your back straight, but not vertical. Grab the object firmly with the palms of your hands and fingers. Make sure it’s secure.
When lifting, keep your back straight and lift using your legs (they’re the strongest muscles in the body, so it makes sense that they do all the work).
Carry the load close to your chest — don’t hold it at arm’s length.
- Bend the knees when putting the object back down again.