Chiropractic Care for TMJ

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Temporomandibular joints or TMJ disorder is a painful jaw condition that affects many people. Pain can affect talking, sleeping or eating and have serious repercussions. TMJ has a variety of causes, and treatment aimed at resolving pain and reducing recurrence is best. TMJ can exacerbate other medical ailments such as a headache and tooth and neck pain. TMJ is similar to another condition known as Upper Cervical Dysfunction, and the two share overlapping symptoms, causes, and treatments. At Acupractic Natural Healing Center in Chapel Hill, NC, Dr. Oskardmay will perform a thorough physical exam and understand your history to diagnose and treat this painful condition accurately.

Jaw pain from TMJ occurs when the temporomandibular joint in the mouth is injured or damaged. Sufferers may experience pain in the head, face, ear, jaw, or mouth. This painful syndrome is caused by arthritis to the temporomandibular joint, tooth or jaw injury, misalignment to the teeth or jaw, tightness in the mouth musculature, and tooth grinding. Stress, poor posture, and gum chewing contribute to TMJ. Pain can be chronic. Tell your chiropractic physician about any mouth and head pain you have as TMJ is a treatable syndrome that can have serious repercussions if left untreated. Dr. Oskardmay will review your health history and palpate muscular areas related to your pain area. Tightness in facial muscles surrounding the mouth or around the neck and upper back are frequently found in both TMJ and Upper Cervical Dysfunction. Additionally, painful joints in the mouth, throat, and head may cause or be caused by the two conditions.

The tightness of the masseter muscle and tenderness of the TMJ joint can be relieved with hands-on techniques designed to mobilize irritated joints and relax and soothe tight muscles. Inflamed vertebral units in the neck and upper back contribute to jaw pain; this region can be adjusted with chiropractic techniques to take stress off these important supportive structures and help the nervous system fully function to heal the area. Stress reduction techniques may be helpful to reduce nighttime tooth grinding. Disposable or prescription mouth guards may assist in the healing process.

Chiropractic care aimed at relieving joint and muscle inflammation, posture and balance will help the dual syndromes of TMJ and Upper Cervical Dysfunction. If you’re looking for a chiropractor in Chapel Hill, NC call us today at (919) 929-1400, email us at or visit our website at to schedule your appointment today. We offer self-pay discounts, accept your HSA or FSA and participate with and submit claims electronically for you to most major insurance plans, including BCBS State and Federal, United Healthcare, Cigna, Aetna, Medicare, and others. Helping people of the Triangle since 1995, we look forward to helping you, too.

How Do You Choose a Chiropractor or Acupuncturist?

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Your decision to receive chiropractic or acupuncture care is a good one. A chiropractic physician or an acupuncturist are licensed healthcare professionals, both fields with a strong history of caring and healing the sick and injured. Many people wonder how to choose a practitioner and how to schedule that first appointment. The decision to select a particular practice is personal. Many people look to their alternative medicine provider for help and guidance over time, and it is essential to be comfortable with your decision.

Many people seek advice from their friends and loved ones or other healthcare providers regarding which chiropractor or acupuncturist to choose. Use this method in addition to different ways to find the help you need. Other ways to find a chiropractor or acupuncturist may be to check online reviews, ask your insurance for participating providers, and contact the Better Business Bureau. Former and current client reviews should be mostly positive and give you insight into the practitioner’s business. The insurance plan lists businesses that accept that insurance which may be significant. So-called ‘participating providers’ agree to take the insurance plan allowable rate for specific services and generally conform to bill insurance for you. Look for information about HSA or FSA accounts if you have those.

A practice’s website should be easy to navigate to find information such as address, phone number, and email, services offered and conditions treated, office photos, and Doctor or practitioner biography. Additional helpful website features can include a link to online scheduling, accepted insurance plans and billing information such as cost and payment methods, and reference areas such as links to more information about chiropractic and acupuncture. Some websites such as Acupractic Natural Healing Center in Chapel Hill, NC may include a set of blogs or resources with great details on a variety of topics such as back pain and chiropractic or how acupuncture treats headaches. Websites will frequently include practice reviews and recommendations from former clients; some will even have video reviews.

The decision to choose alternative medical care is one of the best ones you can make. Once you make a decision, based on advice or insurance considerations, call or visit that practice or that practice’s website to get more information. Your ‘first impression’ of the practice may be a helpful indicator as to the practice’s best fit for your needs- is the phone answered quickly by a cheerful voice? Are your questions answered? Is the website well organized with working ‘links’? Does the practice offer appointment openings that work with your schedule?

If you’re looking for a chiropractor or acupuncturist in Chapel Hill, NC call us today at (919) 929-1400, email us at or visit our website at to schedule your appointment today.

Chiropractic Reduces Pain and Improves Overall Health Naturally

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The benefits to receiving regular chiropractic care are well known by the millions of persons worldwide who have their spines adjusted. Reduced back pain, neck pain, shoulder, and hip pain are just some of the reasons chiropractic helps you feel better. Regular spinal mobilization (sometimes called adjustment or manipulation) is associated with improved mood, better overall physical health and body awareness and less overall cost than other medical treatments. Because it affects the back and spine, the chiropractic adjustment can also potentially reduce irritation on spinal nerves, thus benefitting many internal conditions in addition to reducing pain locally.

Chiropractic is a hands-on natural remedy for many pain conditions that can help the mind-body in many ways. At Acupractic Natural Healing Center, Dr. Oskardmay strives to help each person achieve health naturally. Chiropractic has been shown to help reduce sciatic pain, lower back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, hip pain, headaches, and other pain types. It gets to the root of the problem- nerve irritation, muscle spasm, and vertebral subluxation/misalignment; symptoms go away naturally as nerves that radiate from the irritated spine heal. Chiropractic is a very safe therapy. There may be mild soreness at the adjustment site, but most soreness heals quickly and patients benefit from lasting pain relief elsewhere.

Treatment does not depend on drugs or medications- many of which cover up symptoms and have negative side effects; nor does it utilize surgery which is invasive and can be slow to heal. The hands-on therapy can complement medical treatments, nonetheless; physical therapy modalities and medical care can be utilized with the chiropractic adjustment each of which can augment the effects of the other. For some people, regular chiropractic care enables them to reduce the number of medications they depend on or to avoid surgery. Always discuss your healthcare goals with your doctors.

Another terrific benefit of chiropractic care is its focus on the individual. From the initial examination to the creation and carrying out of a treatment plan, patient needs are considered and treatments can be modified each visit- no one-size-fits-all. Regular, periodic re-examination enables the practitioner and patient to assess care, discuss the care plan and make changes as needed. Chronic pain sufferers with fibromyalgia or other conditions might find that their pain takes a little longer to go away or diminish- be sure to discuss any concerns or needs you have.

Many chiropractors are well trained in nutrition therapy as well, and can provide you with healthy eating and supplement suggestions. Healthy food choices and diet changes help many people overcome acute as well as chronic conditions because healthy food intake and selective supplementation provides nutrients to heal on the cellular level that affects every structure. Chiropractic care is considered holistic healthcare because chiropractors treat the whole body through adjusting the spine and nervous system, promoting proper nutrition and diet and exercise regimens.

Acupractic Natural Healing Center has successfully treated many patients in the Chapel Hill community who lived with chronic pain for far too long. Call (919) 929-1400, email or visit our website to schedule your healthy appointment today.

Can the Elderly Visit a Chiropractor?

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Many people of advanced age are interested in chiropractic and other so-called ‘alternative’ therapies for their purported benefits and low risks. Elderly people, just like everyone else, need to assess the benefit and safety of any treatment they receive and they need to understand what that treatment entails prior to making that first appointment. That said, older people have special needs their doctor must take into consideration prior to applying treatment. Older people probably have more complicated health histories than their younger selves did, they may have more brittle bones and more arthritic joints. The Doctor of Chiropractic knows this and will apply appropriate measures to make sure the treatment corresponds to each person’s unique physical needs.

The answer to the questions is ‘Yes, the elderly can visit a chiropractor.’

At Acupractic Natural Healing Center, Dr. Oskardmay will perform a thorough examination prior to creating a treatment plan or performing a spinal adjustment. This examination, consisting of: history, vital sign assessment, range of motion of and palpation of spine and extremities, orthopedic and neurological assessment of involved and connected areas, and necessary imaging and other tests; will give necessary information. Be prepared to also provide your chiropractor a list of medications and supplements you take- many medications and supplements, while helpful may have negative side-effects that need to be considered for your health’s sake.

Following the exam, your chiropractor will create a treatment plan, generally consisting of a plan to adjust vertebral bodies that are irritated and to sooth irritated areas with physical therapy modalities for several visits. The goals of the treatment plan will be to reduce spinal subluxations- spinal vertebral units that are inflamed and/or misaligned sending pain and irritation along their paths. Sometimes these subluxations are new, sometimes the subluxations have been negatively affecting the patient for many years- reducing their vitality and creating pain. The chiropractic adjustment helps reduce that subluxation, reduce the corresponding pain and improve the patient’s vitality.

For older people who have delicate bones and joints, the best chiropractic adjustment therapy may be the gentle activator instrument adjustor, or another gentle technique sacral occipital technique. Gentle massage and physical therapy techniques such as cold or heat application, transcutaneous electrostimulation (TENS) application, ultrasound application may be prescribed and applied in office to relax and rehabilitate injured and irritated nerves, muscles and tissues.

Elderly people can, and should, visit a chiropractor. In our office, we love working with older patients and look forward to helping them return to greater levels of vitality with less pain- naturally. Call (919) 929-1400, email or visit our website to schedule your appointment today.

Chiropractic Treatment for Headaches

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If you live in Chapel Hill, NC and are suffering from migraines, Dr. Lisa Oskardmay at Acupractic Natural Healing Center may be able to relieve your pain. Dr. Oskardmay has helped many patients who felt occasional or chronic headaches. As a respected and longtime headache doctor in Chapel Hill, NC, Dr. Oskardmay offers non-surgical treatment without the use of prescription medications. So-called ‘alternative medicine’ treatments such as chiropractic and acupuncture are now used by millions for natural lasting relief that harnesses your body’s healing response.

Nine out of ten people in the United States suffer from headaches on a regular basis. Though the form of the headache may vary—some experience infrequent pain while others suffer from them on a daily basis; people who experience the headache symptoms know how debilitating these symptoms can be. Dr. Oskardmay provides skilled chiropractic care in the form of gentle spinal mobilization and soft tissue massage. Acupuncture may also be applied to facilitate healing on many levels. Physical therapy modalities, exercise and dietary nutrition prescription may be added as needed. This is an effective technique for relieving the pain and tension associated with headaches, particularly those that originate from the patient’s neck.

Common Causes of Headaches

Causes of headaches are often referred to as “triggers.” What triggers a headache for one person, may not have the same effect on another. Some of the most common headache triggers include:

  • An environmental stimulus or circumstance such as noise, light, stress, blood sugar change, excessive exercise, insomnia, etc.
  • Misalignment of the spinal column or other area of the body.
  • Eye strain.
  • Sleeping, sitting or standing posture.
  • Muscle tension or joint irritation in the neck, back, or other area of the body.

How Chiropractic Treatment for Headaches Can Make a Difference

Chiropractors recognize the importance of proper neck posture and vertebral motion regarding headache treatment and prevention. The cervical spine is a series of seven bony vertebral units with eight cervical nerves emanating from them. The eight cervical nerves and associated ganglia are responsible for conducting nerve energy from the spinal cord to the head, neck, shoulders, diaphragm, lungs, heart, and other important areas such as the trachea and thyroid gland. Irritation of the nerves arising from the neck due to misalignment of the vertebrae, foraminal encroachment or even muscle tightness can affect the functioning of these important nerves creating stress and malfunction in the body.

A headache can be an indication that a subluxation exists that needs correction. Muscle tightness in the suboccipital region resulting from vertebral subluxation in the upper cervical region will produce tightness in that region and affect brain function. Muscle tightness in the sternocleidomastoid muscles on the sides of the neck will affect vertebral motion, nerve flow of nerves c3456, and can affect blood flow to the brain. Irritation to the lower cervical region at the transition between the cervical and thoracic spine levels will affect shoulder muscle tightness and arm function. Chiropractors recognize the need for proper cervical and thoracic spine motion and health and take steps to diagnose and treat problems in the neck that can contribute to headaches.

Many people today spend a lot of time with their heads bent forward because they use this position to type on computers and cell phones. This position of increased cervical lordosis has serious health implications and can cause headaches, in addition to other health concerns. The resultant neck pain indicates the presence of inflammation in the muscles and cervical vertebrae – a harbinger for future damage. Lingering inflammation at any joint will result in joint destruction and nerve impairment; in the neck it will also result in headaches. Your chiropractic physician will diagnose and treat the cervical subluxation before it interferes with your health in other ways, and will help improve posture with spinal adjustments and home exercises.

Dr.Oskardmay and her team at Acupractic Natural Healing Center offer a variety of effective treatments that are specific to a patient’s condition. With more than two decades of experience as a headache doctor, she offers solutions that address a patient’s unique health concerns. After a thorough exam, Dr. Oskardmay may determine that one or more of the following treatments will be the optimum approach for a patient suffering from a primary headache:

  • Provide a chiropractic adjustment or spinal manipulation to alleviate stress on the patient’s system by improving spinal function.
  • Perform acupuncture therapy on one or more meridians or channels to harness the body’s natural healing potential
  • Provide diet and nutrition guidance with suggestions for improving the patient’s nutrition intake, overall diet, and the addition of specific vitamins and other non-prescription medication supplements.
  • Provide guidance for improving posture as well as relaxation techniques, specific exercises, and ergonomic approaches for daily routines (including sitting at a desk). Dr. Oskardmay uses ‘Posture Pro’ and other techniques to help you make the most of your sitting and standing postures to reduce neck pain and headaches.

A chiropractor can help reduce headache pain in many ways. They will also work with your medical doctor or other health practitioners to help you get the care you need.

Make an Appointment Today

If you suffer from headaches, there may be a painless, drug-free solution that does not require surgery or complicated procedures. Acupractic Natural Healing Center has successfully treated many patients in the Chapel Hill community who lived with chronic pain for far too long. Call (919) 929-1400, email or visit our website to schedule your appointment today.

Treatment of Stomach Pain and Bloating with Chiropractic Medicine

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During times of stress and hardship, many people experience abdominal irritation. As a chiropractic physician with over 25 years of experience, Dr.Oskardmay recognizes the vital role the stomach plays in health and the crucial connection between malaise and abdominal function. Whether hardship comes from physical pain such as back strain, headache or acid reflux, or mental suffering such as anxiety, depression, or loneliness, abdominal malfunction should not be ignored or coated with drugs that may have adverse side effects. At Acupractic Natural Healing Center, Dr. Oskardmay strives to help each person achieve health naturally.

The stomach is the central part of our body and is also the center of the transformation of nutrients. Bacteria in the gut break down nutrients and enzymes assist in the process. Our food choices play a large role in stomach function because each food can benefit or injure these components. Protein and nutrient-rich foods provide many vital building blocks for good health. Probiotic-rich foods such as yogurt and tempeh support gut diversity and assist stomach function. Foods rich in fiber, such as most fruits and vegetables, provide a haven for these beneficial bacteria. Medications such as antibiotics, while sometimes useful, have been shown to reduce healthy gut flora diversity and can create an inflammation-prone gut. Likewise, foods high in sugar, preservatives, trans fats, and other unhealthy substances can also create an unstable digestive system. Dr. Oskardmay will discuss these topics with patients because she recognizes the pivotal role the stomach has in healing and mind-body health.

Chiropractic Evaluation Aides in Determining Where Problems Exist

There are three distinct internal areas of stomach control: myogenic or muscle, hormonal, and neural control. Muscles, hormones, and nerves work together to move food through the digestive system, breakdown the food, and absorb or release it from the body. Symptoms such as constipation, bloating, diarrhea, stomachache, even malnutrition indicate problems in the stomach and connected digestive pathways that need attention. Chiropractic evaluation of the spine and nervous system can help determine where problems exist in the nervous system and muscles.

A licensed chiropractic physician, Dr. Oskardmay, can provide chiropractic adjustments to irritated spinal segments impacting nerves that affect the stomach and digestive system to aid in healing. Additionally, she can apply massage and acupuncture where needed to restore vitality and nerve and blood flow. Stagnation from impaired nerve or muscle function or lack of movement impairs energy flow. In combination with rejuvenating massage and meridian therapy, the chiropractic adjustment supports good qi flow.

A healthy body and mind depend on a healthy stomach and digestive system. This is a central tenet of Chinese Medicine, and Dr. Oskardmay provides guidance and treatment to support the central core. Call (919) 929-1400, email or visit our website to schedule your healthy appointment today. During this time of high stress during the pandemic, we take extra precautions to protect your office’s health. We sanitize surfaces regularly, maintain social distancing, and provide masks for all clients who need them. We care about you and look forward to serving your healthcare needs using natural chiropractic and ac

Medical Doctor Referrals at Acupractic Natural Healing Center

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At the chiropractic and acupuncture offices of Dr. Lisa Oskardmay, we appreciate referrals from many local medical doctors and the proximity of many fine medical establishments such as UNC Medical Center, Duke Medical Centers, and others. Many medical doctors understand that the chiropractic adjustment is safe when performed by licensed practitioners. Still, they appreciate the variety of techniques Dr. Oskardmay uses in her office to help people get well quickly and safely. Some medical doctors and patients alike may be concerned that some high-velocity chiropractic techniques would be unsafe or cause patients pain. Dr. Oskardmay utilizes both low velocity and high-velocity adjusting techniques depending on patient needs, so patients and referring physicians can rest assured she will provide safe, effective care to patients experiencing back or neck pain.

Many people over the age of 55 experience back pain and want to avoid drugs and surgery. At our office, Dr. Oskardmay provides hands-on and activator chiropractic spinal mobilization to reduce pain, restore pain-free range of motion, improve nerve flow, and postural integrity. The chiropractic adjustment is a very safe procedure. Patients who receive the treatment experience less pain and improved functionality in the short term and the long run. Patients interested in trying chiropractic can have confidence in their decision to use alternative medicine, which has none of the adverse side effects of traditional medical care such as drugs and surgery.

In fact, in the 2009 Journal of Manipulative and Physical Therapy, a peer-reviewed medical journal, an article entitled A Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Two Types of Spinal Manipulation and Minimal Medical Conservative Care for Adults 55 and Older of Adults with Subacute or Chronic Low Back Pain discussed this topic. There are terrific benefits and safety from both high velocity and low-velocity adjustment procedures. Both techniques types performed at our office show marked improvement over other types of medical care for this population with back pain. Medical doctors want the best for their patients and appreciate the research-based conclusions that referral to our office benefits patients.

At Acupractic Natural Healing Center, we love taking care of our patients safely and effectively using low-risk chiropractic techniques. Chiropractic helps to reduce back and neck pain naturally. The research highlighted in this JMPT article proves the safety and effectiveness of our treatments that thousands have already experienced.

If you or a loved one is looking for high-quality, safe, and effective acupuncturist Chapel Hill, NC residents recommend. Call our office today to schedule an appointment. We are here for you!

Epidural Steroid Injections Increase Risk of Vertebral Body Fracture

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Approximately 9 million epidural steroid injections are performed annually in this country for back pain and other conditions.  Steroid injections appear not to be as safe nor as beneficial as some believe, but many people are unaware of the risks associated with this type of injection. At the chiropractic and acupuncture offices of Dr. Lisa Oskardmay in Chapel Hill, NC, we strive to educate patients and potential patients regarding the risk-benefits of different care types while providing effective, safe, and gentle care.  This post summarizes an article in the peer-reviewed medical Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery to clarify some of the severe side effects of epidural steroid injections.

An epidural steroid injection is a technique in which a corticosteroid and a local anesthetic are injected into the epidural space around the spinal cord. The article mentioned above, entitled A Retrospective Analysis of Vertebral Body Fracture Following Epidural Steroid Injections, shows that these injections do not yield long term benefits for patients. Equally problematic, this type of medical treatment increases spine bone fracture risk substantially, as summarized in this medical journal article. The risk of vertebral body fracture increases markedly with each injection received and, since patients frequently get several of these injections over time, this raises many flags. Natural, hands-on chiropractic and acupuncture care may be a better option for many persons.

At Acupractic Natural Healing Center and Acupuncture at Eastowne LLC, Dr. Oskardmay uses low force chiropractic adjustments, thumper massage, and acupuncture with patients who have back pain with the risk of fracture. Spinal mobilization at the hands of a licensed chiropractic physician such as Dr. Lisa Oskardmay improves vertebral motion and function in several important ways. It restores range of motion between vertebrae, reduces adhesions between spinal bones, and removes nerve compression to restore influence to affected organs and muscles. Spinal mobilization also relaxes connected muscles to reduce muscle pain and improve balance while causing the release of endorphins which relax the body-mind naturally.

Dr. Oskardmay is aware that persons who have received steroid epidural injections will be at higher risk of fracture, so she helps patients with pain reduction techniques that promote overall body wellness and pain reduction. As a wellness educator since 1995, when she opened her first chiropractic and acupuncture wellness center in Durham, NC, she teaches patients how to achieve a healthy lifestyle with exercise education, relaxation technique promotion, and nutrition support.

At our new office location at 205 Providence Rd. in Chapel Hill, NC, we are close by and available to help patients looking to achieve a healthier lifestyle with less pain and better overall health and well being. If you or a loved one is considering getting an epidural steroid injection, make sure that you understand the procedure’s risks and benefits. If you choose to receive natural healing treatments, contact our office today to make an appointment with a chiropractor Chapel Hill, NC patients recommend that supports body-mind wellness and reduces pain naturally. Call us at Acupractic.

Chiropractic Care Outperforms NSAID Use

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Back pain afflicts millions of people and is a significant cause of disability. Medications such as over the counter and prescribed NSAIDs do not provide as much benefit as previously assumed, and they have serious side-effects.  Importantly as well, nerves exiting the spine suffer impingement with many types of back pain, contributing to additional problems that NSAIDS do not correct. At the chiropractic and acupuncture offices of Dr. Lisa Oskardmay, we realize the need for effective back pain care because the spine affects so much of our health. A former researcher herself at the NIH, Dr. Oskardmay, understands the benefits of high-quality medical research and uses this to provide better care for patients every day.

Patients seeking relief from back pain look to their medical providers for assistance, and those providers rely on research to guide their decisions. When providers review high-quality news outlets such as Spine journal for information, they will find that the chiropractic adjustment provides safe and practical benefits for patients and feel comfortable referring patients for chiropractic care for back pain and other disorders.

A Spine article published in April of 2013 is called ‘Spinal High-Velocity Low Amplitude Manipulation in Acute Nonspecific Low Back Pain Versus Commonly Prescribed Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs.’ This study is of high value because it was randomized, double-blinded, and placebo-controlled. The study reviewed several NSAIDs, such as Diclofenac, one of the most commonly prescribed NSAIDs for back pain- the first line of defense against back pain in many medical offices. Other standard tools include rest, PT, and surgery and, increasingly, chiropractic referral.

Researchers found that the chiropractic adjustment provides superior symptom relief when compared to placebo and when compared to NSAID use. Results were clinically significant and should provide patients and referring providers another avenue to back pain care besides NSAIDs, which don’t work as well and which have substantial adverse side effects. At Acupractic Natural Healing Center and Acupuncture at Eastowne, Dr. Oskardmay has provided quality care since 1995. She appreciates referrals from other local healthcare providers for situations of back pain and other conditions.

This research and other studies demonstrate the benefits of the hands-on chiropractic adjustment that many people have already discovered. The first research article related to chiropractic of this type is published in Spine journal, surprising perhaps since chiropractic is used by many patients worldwide. Nonetheless, medical research into the benefits of chiropractic is growing, and we look forward to additional research in the future.

For more information about chiropractic care, contact a chiropractor Chapel Hill, NC residents recommend. Call Acupractic, we love helping patients get well naturally, and Dr. Oskardmay appreciates the benefits of research to help her help patients every day.

Paddleboarding in the Carolinas Safely for Health’s Sake

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Paddleboarding started as a new exercise in Hawaii in the 1940s when a surfer grew tired of all the sitting and standing involved with regular surfing. Nowadays, many people perform this activity every day on lakes, pools, deep rivers, even out in the ocean beyond the breaking waves. It is a great way to spend time outside, work the upper and lower body muscles, and the muscles involved with overall body balance. If you are interested in this sport, talk with Dr. Oskardmay about some essential considerations.

Paddleboarding in the Carolinas Safely for Health's Sake

Have Dr. Oskardmay do a spinal evaluation before you go out for your first time to correct any misalignments that could affect balance, strength, and back pain. She may provide some exercises to strengthen weak body areas in preparation, besides, to make your experience safer and more enjoyable. Vertebrae in the neck surround nerves going to the shoulders, arms, and hands; spinal subluxation in the cervical spine can affect upper body strength and also the ability to balance and turn the neck comfortably. Spinal nerves from the lower back lumbar spine travel to the hips, legs, and feet, all crucial areas for paddleboarding and balance. Performed with a flat, buoyant paddle boat made of resin, paddleboarders balance atop the paddle boat and move through the water using one free-standing long-handed oar. The activity requires good balance- even getting onto the paddleboard can be a challenge! Paddleboarders stand in one spot with legs slightly bent for the duration of the event (unless they jump in the water or sit down); this requires adequate leg strength and stamina. Also, the arms get quite a workout from rowing, and boarders need to be able to row using both arms to maneuver the paddle boat. After a fall or jump in the water, getting back on the board requires some strength and flexibility.

Be sure to wear a lifejacket and water shoes or the like while paddleboarding. For your first visit, consider going through a company such as Express Watersports in Murrells Inlet, SC, that provides paddleboard experiences for first-time boarders on the inlet. They supply all necessary gear and the board and give a short, but adequate lesson in how to paddleboard. They even take a photo of you at the beginning that you can get at the end. The author and her husband used this company’s services on their last visit to the Myrtle Beach area and enjoyed the staff’s experience and helpfulness in all areas. The experience can be as short as two hours, which is about right for most beginning paddleboarders.

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There are options for more experienced paddleboarders who need to rent equipment, as well. Uwharrie Hoof and Paddle near Uwharrie National Forest in Troy, NC is a family-owned facility that rents paddleboards and life-preservers for full-day (9 am-4 pm)  self-guided tours of Badin Lake in the National Forest. There is ample opportunity to get off the board and swim to cool off and relax on the shore. The company also delivers and picks-up the equipment, very helpful because a paddleboard is quite substantial.

Paddleboarding in the Carolinas Safely for Health's Sake 3Paddleboarding provides a superb opportunity to spend time in nature while exercising safely and with social-distancing. Of particular interest to the author is that opportunity to gently and quietly approach parts of life usually only seen in a book or through binoculars. The biggest challenge is learning how to deal with `wakes` created by the wind or other boaters; with a little experience, however, paddleboarding can be a high summer activity. Ask Dr. Oskardmay about how you can add the water activity to your summertime plans.

For more information about how to prepare for paddleboarding safely, contact an experienced chiropractor Chapel Hill, NC residents recommend. Call Acupractic today.

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