WNEW Radio: Prevent Injuries When Shoveling Snow

Get your shovels ready–more snow is on the way. While you may consider shoveling snow to be a chore, Dr. Brian Paris, owner and chiropractor of Advanced Wellness Systems in Rockville, MD, says you should regard it as a physical sport. Shoveling snow is an intense activity that could cause injuries if you don’t do it right.

To prevent injuries, Dr. Paris advises you to:

Warm Up: Do a few squat exercises and push ups before you start. The squats can be in and out of a chair, if the regular variety are too difficult. Push-ups can be on the floor, or if you prefer, against the wall. Once outside, do some lunges to start sweating before you shovel.

Hydrate: Drink plenty of water

Use Correct Form: The proper foot placement can prevent injury. Try a split stance by placing your left foot in front of the other, with your hands associated properly on the shovel. Then switch and put the other foot forward. The same goes for you hands. Switching your footing and your hand placement assures you’re not always twisting and throwing the snow in the same direction. An ergonomic shovel can also be a big help.

If you’ve been out shoveling snow and you feel like you might have pulled a muscle, Dr. Paris recommends you:

Stop Immediately: If you feel you’re in pain, take some time to rest.

Treat Your Injury: Depending on what feels better, use either a hot or cold compress for the pain.

But another way to avoid an injury, is just to pay a neighborhood kid to shovel. Dr. Paris got his start in business by shoveling snow as a teen, and thinks it’s is a much better deal to pay than to put yourself at risk. Plus, it helps entrepreneurship.

 

Everything You Need to Know about Migraines

Migraines top the list of complaints to doctors. The debilitating pain goes beyond the physical. It impacts sufferers’ careers and relationships. Here is everything you need to know about migraines.

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Turning Headaches into History

Headaches top the list of complaints to doctors. In the United States, more than 37 million men and women suffer from chronic headaches and migraines. Almost 5 million people experience at least one migraine attack per month, while more than 11 million people blame migraines for causing moderate to severe disability.

The debilitating pain goes beyond the physical. It impacts sufferers’ careers and relationships. Ninety-one percent miss work or can’t function normally during an attack. More than 59 percent have missed family or social events, and 70 percent say migraines causes problems in their relationships.

But Dr. Brian Paris of Advanced Wellness Systems says a breakthrough treatment provides new hope of turning headaches into history. Tx360® is a long-term solution designed to free patients from headaches and migraine in four to six weeks without addictive drugs or time-consuming surgery. It’s ideal for those looking to get rid of the pain and frustration of tension, migraines, cluster, and other types of chronic headaches.

The first part of treatment deals with stopping the pain with Tx360®. In the above video, Dr. Brian Paris explains how the FDA-approved device shuts off the pain coming from the sphenopalatine ganglion, the group of nerves that controls head, neck and face pain. “It’s like resetting the fuse for pain,” notes Dr. Paris. Unlike an old-fashioned nerve block, which requires radiation and needles, Tx360® is a small device administered through the nose.

After cutting off the pain, the underlying causes of the patient’s headaches or migraines is identified and treated. This component could include anything from physical therapy to chiropractic adjustments, corrective ergonomic recommendations, diet modifications, or stress management therapy.

Visit HeadachesGoAway.com to start your journey to relief.