Exercise in Palm Coast Together

A reemerging health trend is beginning to gain popularity in parts of the country.  It’s the idea for new urban and community Fitness Courts that have no mechanical equipment, but instead use gravity as the resistance.  If you like to exercise in Palm Coast, this could be you new favorite way to spend you workout outdoors. There are no moving parts to break down, which means these fitness courts last a long time.

This is as basic as it gets.  But sometimes going back to the basics is a great idea.It is aimed at getting more people active while connecting members of the community in new ways.  With people becoming more budget-conscious, some are going back to the roots of exercise and finding a highly effective way of keeping healthy that doesn’t break the bank.

A major advocate of this movement back to low tech exercise is the National Fitness Campaign.  They have just completed a community fitness court in the San Francisco Bay area and are looking to build more to foster a healthier nation.  We would love to see a place in our community for people to come together and stay healthy.  With your help we could even have one built in Palm Coast for exercise and health!

These centers, placed in schools and parks, have durable exercise bars, jump boxes, and pads that can be used for almost any exercise in Palm Coast the imagination can dream up.  Therefore, you can come and go as you please without the need for a membership. The great thing about these fitness locations are open to everyone to use, fostering community interaction and outdoor physical activity.  Groups can meet at the location and using only body weight, get a fantastic workout that will increase brain and heart function while decreasing risk of disease. An entire family could go to the location and have good, clean fun that will be available at any time of day or season.  Here in Palm Coast, that equals a lot of opportunity for use given the our great climate.

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Sports Chiropractic Boosts Performance

Have you ever wondered why every major league team in the country, as well as all big colleges in in Florida have chiropractors on staff to treat athletes?  The answer is in the goal of the coaches and the well-being of the team.  We now know the benefits of sports chiropractic care and has even garnered considerable endorsements by high level athletes.

Whereas most people who see us at New Spring Chiropractic are simply active and exercise to stay fit and healthy, we also see athletes who compete at different levels in Palm Coast and the surrounding area.  A major focus at our office is preventing injuries with sports chiropractic before they occur.  One aspect of an athlete’s structure we regularly assess is the extremities, meaning the arms and legs.  Shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, and the feet are more likely to be displaced from normal functioning positions when competing due to increased stress placed on those parts of the body.  Once this occurs, the biomechanics of running, throwing, jumping, and catching will be compromised, making it harder for an athlete to do their best during a game or event.

We can help to find underlying stress to joints and correct them before they cause more problems.  This includes making sure there is normal nerve function to the muscles, bones, and joints of the upper and lower body.  Once any compromises are corrected, athletes can experience faster times, more goals, and less fatigue and injury on the track and court.

The important thing to remember is that we see people of all activity levels at our office.  Once a weakness is found, we can tailor the care to exactly what is needed.  So whether you are wanting to take a few strokes off your golf game, or simply want to function and feel better, rest assured that we have your best in mind.

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Prenatal Chiropractor and Pregnancy

When talking about health for babies and mothers, you’ve likely heard of the importance of B vitamins, namely B9 or Folate.  A prenatal chiropractor will be able to guide you to making wise decisions in your health for the next 9 months of pregnancy and should know the role folate plays in the development of your child.

Folate plays a vital role in the healthy development of the neural system during and is essential for normal functions.   This includes growing children, women getting chiropractic during pregnancy, and men as well.  It is water-soluble, meaning it becomes active in the body when water is present. Excess folate is then excreted in the urine after being processed by the kidneys. Folate is very important when considering the impact it has on energy production and cell metabolism. When the body uses B vitamins like folate, it allows cells to produce energy needed for an array of different functions in cells and tissues.

The vitamin is actually more like a special enzyme, which allows your own DNA to make amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. Proteins are needed for almost every function in the body, one of which is building muscle. As a developing fetus, it helps to ensure proper cell division, and as an adult it prevents you from developing a certain kind of anemia where the cell enlarges due to lack of iron. But did you or your prenatal chiropractor know that there are different sources and qualities of folate?

Folate is typically found in food products in the form of folic acid. If pregnant, a doctor may advise a folic acid supplement. But did you know folic acid is not the same as folate? Folic acid may be chemically altered in the body to become folate, but they have different effects on the body. Folate is a naturally occurring vitamin found in foods like beef liver, leafy green vegetables, and legumes (green beans, black beans, peanuts). Folic acid is a cheap synthetic form of B9 that the government mandated to be added to foods back in 1998. It was done to decrease neural tube defects, and has been very successful in that aspect.

But research is showing that this form is unusable in as much as 45% of the population due to a genetic defect that makes it impossible to convert folic acid to folate. Decreased folate in the body means an increased risk for heart disease, anemia, cancers, and developmental growth problems. One study also showed that high folic acid consumption was linked to cognitive decline later in life.

“So how can this be avoided?” By choosing whole foods with folate, you cannot overdose on this vitamin because naturally occurring foods with folate have balanced levels and contain other synergistic nutrients to help the body make energy as efficient as possible. When at the store, the only way to know what form you’re eating is by reading the label. Only then can you know what you’re eating and take a stand for the health of you and your baby if pregnant.  Reach out to us if you are interested in finding a prenatal chiropractor.

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