Core strength exercises and proper ergonomics are good for your back.

Chiropractic: Core Strength and Ergonomics Good for the Back.
Researchers recently set out to evaluate the effect of a ten-week core and mobility training program among individuals with a history of lower back pain. Compared with participants who continued their usual activities, the investigators found that those in the exercise group experienced significant improvements in both back pain and functional disability. The study demonstrates the potential benefits of core strengthening in the management of back pain.
Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, March 2018

Wellness/Prevention: Risks for Developing Insomnia. 
Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep. This condition affects more women than men and usually older people more than the younger individuals. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, risk factors for insomnia include the following: stress, depression or emotional health issues, night shift work or frequent changes in work hours, time zone changes, and lack of regular exercise.
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, March 2018

Mental Attitude: Past Failures May Improve Future Performance. 
Insights from past failures could be a key to boosting performance on new tasks. In this study, researchers found that critically writing about past setbacks led to lower levels of stress and more careful choices when facing new stressful tasks, resulting in better performance. Investigator Dr. Brynne DiMenichi explains, “We didn’t find that writing itself had a direct relationship on the body’s stress responses. Instead, our results suggest that, in a future stressful situation, having previously written about a past failure causes the body’s stress response to look more similar to someone who isn’t exposed to stress at all.”
Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, March 2018

Health Alert: Hearing Loss Can Make You Prone to Accidents. 
An analysis of data from a large national health survey found that when compared to respondents who had excellent hearing, those with poor hearing were almost twice as likely to sustain an accidental injury. Senior study author Dr. Neil Bhattacharyya explains that the findings suggest “a strong relationship between poorer hearing and accidental injury, especially since the rate of injury increased steadily as the reported hearing worsened.”
JAMA Otolaryngology, March 2018

Diet: Eating Grilled Meat May Increase Blood Pressure. 
According to a recent analysis of data concerning over 100,000 men and women from three different studies, individuals who consume grilled, broiled, or roasted beef, chicken, or fish at least 15 times per month have up to a 17% greater risk of developing high blood pressure than those who consume these foods less than four times per month.
American Heart Association, March 2018

Exercise: Intense Exercise May Prevent Weight Gain Among Those Taking Anti-Psychotic Meds. 
Olanzapine is an anti-psychotic medication that causes blood sugar to rise, predisposing users to diabetes and cardiovascular disease. In a study involving mice, researchers found that intense exercise prevented the rise in blood sugar levels that usually occurs when taking the drug. Although these findings are encouraging, study author Dr. David Wright notes, “Translating these findings to humans will be difficult, especially considering that patients taking anti-psychotics have a very low level of exercise adherence.”
Scientific Reports, March 2018

These health updates are from Dr. Thomas Ogi, D.C.
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