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16 Quick Ways to Stay Active!


Find it hard to stay active? Not anymore, read our guide to 16 quick ways to be active everyday!

 You may have heard by now, “sitting is the new smoking”. Studies show that sitting for prolonged periods may contribute to many health conditions, regardless if you exercise every day or not. If you are resolving to improve your health in 2019, strive to sit less and move more.   Here are 16 ways to help you achieve that goal.

Purchase a standing desk. If your occupation requires long hours of desk time, this may be a sound investment.

Drink more water. You’ll stay hydrated and be forced to get off your seat for more frequent trips to the restroom.

Take regular breaks from sitting. Aim to get up and walk or stretch every 30 minutes.

Stand while watching T.V. You could wash the dishes or stand and fold laundry while your favorite show is on.

Consider walking or riding a bike to work, school, or the store.

Get a step counter. It will help you track how many steps you’ve taken and may encourage you to move more.

Use an alarm. Be deliberate about setting up smartphone reminders to get up and be active.

Pace while talking on the phone.

Offer up your seat to someone who really needs it. Opt to stand any chance you can.

Plan for regular breaks on long car trips. Even a few minutes for a quick stroll around the car will help.

Visit your co-workers. Instead of emailing or calling, get up to visit co-workers at their office.

Schedule standing meetings. If there’s no need for a conference table, host a meeting without chairs.

Get active with your kids. Physical activities such as walking the dog and playing tag outside are great ways to connect with your children without sitting.

Walk up and down the field while your child is playing. Instead of sitting in the bleachers to watch your kids sporting events, walk and watch at the same time.

Cook your meals at home. You’ll get more activity by cooking, rather than picking up something to-go or dining in a restaurant.

Map out a plan each day. Before you head to work, list the ways you plan to cut back on your sitting time each day. This may change from day to day depending on what your schedule looks like, but if you have a plan in place, you’re more likely to follow it.

We hope you’ll be able to use at least a few of our tips to help combat excessive sitting in 2019. We wish you a healthy and happy new year!

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Got Headaches!


Got Headaches…

Did you know, 9 out of 10 Americans suffer from headaches? There are numerous types of headaches, with three of the most common ones are tension-type headaches, migraines and cervicogenic headaches. They often are debilitating, make us stay home from work or school or make us irritable. What do you do when you suffer from a pounding headache? Lie down in dark room? Pop a pill and hope it goes away?

Tension-Type headache are usually located on both sides of the head, and can travel from the back of the skull around the head to behind the eyes. It can be episodic (occurring 15 days per month), and usually last for 4-6 hours. Cause of this type of headache varies from emotional stress, sleep deprivation, dehydration, improper diet and poor postural habit.

Migraines are chronic neurological headaches with moderate-severe intensity. Onset is usually around puberty and more prevalent in female than male. The International Headache Society defines migraines as unilateral (one side of head), throbbing/pulsating, and can last up to few days. Along with pain, many experience with light and/or sound sensitivity, nausea and vomiting. Some also have aura present prior to the onset of headache.

Cervicogenic headache originates from the cervical spine. Muscle tension in the neck and shoulder attribute to this headache start from the base of the skull and travel to the side of the head and behind the eye. Most of them are unilateral and do not change side and can occur at any age. Often associated with poor postural habits, since Americans engage in more sedentary activities than in the past, such as sitting in front of a computer.

Doctor of Chiropractic is trained to ask various questions about the symptoms to determine the cause and type of headache patient is suffering. A Chiropractor also knows how to objectively determine if headaches are mechanical in nature, and if therapy is appropriate. Education on proper work station, ergonomics, therapeutic massage for the neck and shoulder muscles, as well as working on trigger points. Spinal manipulation to improve spinal function along with therapeutic exercises, nutritional advice, such as change in diet or adding supplements are all possible treatment for headache.

If you suffer from headaches, contact Chirocenter to schedule an appointment and begin your path to recovery.

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Best Ways to Avoid Injury When Racking Leaves, Shoveling Snow, Etc.


Who doesn’t love fall!? A cup of hot chocolate never tasted better, the leaves are beautiful colors, homes are cozy; holidays and precious time with friends and loved ones ensue.

However, autumn and winter does come with some challenges. And I’m not just referring to the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping! Truth is there are many tasks we must accomplish outside of our daily work routine during this season… such as yard work like shoveling snow and raking leaves!

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Benefits of Chiropractic with Massage Therapy

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Dr. Avani Shah is an experienced, licensed chiropractor serving Mount Prospect and Hanover Park, IL. Using chiropractic techniques, she has been freeing people from pain for years! Chiropractic is a completely natural health care solution that focuses on the health of the spine and nervous system, which, in case you didn’t know, is crucial for proper functioning of the entire body!

The benefits of chiropractic treatment are numerous. First of all, chiropractic makes you feel great! Additionally, chiropractic treats the cause of pain rather than just treating the symptoms. It restores normal nerve supply, improves mobility, improves athletic performance, improves posture, relieves headaches, allows for better sleep, and can stop or slow spinal degeneration. Chiropractic also leads to quicker recovery after injury and allows you to get back to your daily routine as fast as possible. In many cases, chiropractic offers instant relief from pain- and that’s without the use of drugs or surgery. Last but definitely not least, many of our patients are pleasantly surprised to find that chiropractic is also very affordable!

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How to Choose High Quality Supplements


It’s very difficult to get all of our nutritional needs from food alone. This is why supplementation is so popular. Whether you have a serious health issue or if you just need a little help meeting your dietary requirements, supplements can be extremely helpful. The great thing about nutritional supplements is that they usually carry a very low risk of side effects, if any, when compared to pharmaceutical drugs.

But choosing the best high quality supplements can be challenging! With thousands of brands on the market these days, how do you choose?

When a supplement is high quality, the utmost care has been taken in all phases of its production, from the growing of its ingredients, to manufacturing, and testing for effectiveness. There are too many companies offering cheap supplements of questionable quality. One of the main differences between nutritional supplement brands is whether the vitamins are synthetic or natural. Synthetic vitamins are usually cheaper, but whenever possible, you should go with natural. It is easier for the body to absorb and utilize natural ingredients. Another difference has to do with the additional ingredients used to make the product- so watch out for artificial coloring and flavoring, as well as added sugar. Only buy from honest companies that have no problem listing all of their ingredients. Also, it’s better to go with a smaller dosage that you can take more frequently over the course of the day as opposed to mega-dosing. This increases absorption and provides your body with a steady supply of the supplement.

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Chiropractic: Not Just A Treatment For Back Pain!


Most people don’t fully understand what chiropractic is, or the wide range of conditions we can treat here at ChiroCenter.

When most people think of chiropractic treatment, they envision a man or a woman, wincing, hunched over, and holding their back. Then, they see that person lying on a table, getting their spine adjusted while things pop and crack…

It’s true, chiropractic is best known for treating back and neck pain. And it’s true, sometimes you will experience an (oh so satisfying) crack or two during an adjustment, but there is so much more to the art and science of chiropractic and we definitely help you with more than just back and neck pain! We treat headaches, sciatica, whiplash, stress, allergies, and more! In addition, here at ChiroCenter, we take a holistic approach to your healing and offer lifestyle and nutritional counseling as well.

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Back Pain: A Common Complaint


Did you know that back pain is one of the most common medical complaints? According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), about half of all working Americans experience back pain each year! And almost all of us will have back pain at some point in our lives. In fact, the number one reason patients flock to ChiroCenter is because they are seeking relief from back pain. Although back pain sometimes goes away without treatment, it’s usually a difficult and frustrating problem.

So What Causes Back Pain?

Muscle strain, ligament sprain, ruptured discs, fractures, and irritated joints can all cause back pain. These can occur during a sports injury, car accident, or heavy lifting; but occasionally, even something really simple, like picking up a pencil from the floor can lead to injury! Also, arthritis, obesity, poor posture and stress, can cause or exacerbate your pain. Rarely, back pain can be a symptom of a serious underlying condition, such as disease of the internal organs, blood clots, or bone loss.

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Your First Appointment With Dr. Avani Shah

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Thank you for choosing ChiroCenter! Your journey to healing will begin as soon as you set foot in our cozy, relaxing clinic. Your first visit will last approximately 1.5 hours, and is designed for us to get to know you better, discuss your concerns, answer any questions you may have, and get started with your treatment.

Upon entering the clinic, expect to be greeted by our friendly staff, and introduced to Dr. Shah. Your comfort and well-being are very important to us, so we encourage you to enjoy our complimentary bottled water, assortment of delicious coffee, and nutritional snacks as you fill out the new patient forms. This paperwork will provide us with vital information such as your main concerns and past medical history. During this visit we will also verify your insurance. Don’t worry, most insurance plans are accepted at our office. If your insurance does not cover our services, we are more than happy to work with you on a flexible payment plan. At this point we will also review your food diary and discuss your current nutritional intake. 

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Welcome to ChiroCenter.


Welcome to ChiroCenter. We are very excited to launch our new blog!

As you follow us, expect to see weekly updates on a variety of hot topics in the field of holistic wellness, nutrition, herbal supplements and of course, chiropractic care.

But for now, we would like to take a moment to introduce the doctor, our clinic, and our values.

Dr. Avani Shah is an experienced, licensed chiropractor serving the northwest suburbs of Chicago. She has been freeing people from pain for years! Dr. Shah is unique in that she doesn’t just treat the symptoms. Dr. Shah’s approach to wellness means looking for underlying causes of sickness and pain, while creating an individualized intervention plan to suit your goals and lifestyle. Furthermore, Dr. Shah is committed to promoting the health and well-being of her patients by keeping up with recent chiropractic science and state-of-the-art technology, utilizing only the most advanced techniques, procedures and therapies.

What is chiropractic? It is a completely natural health care solution that focuses on the health of the spine and nervous system, which is crucial for proper functioning of the entire body! Common chiropractic techniques include adjustment of the spine and cranial bones, as well as applied pressure to various muscles and joints. At ChiroCenter, we promise to provide you with the best chiropractic treatment that will relieve your pain and assist you on your journey to health. We have years of experience and a passion for wellness. At our clinic, you will always be treated with respect and courtesy. Our staff is fully trained and will give you the specialized care you need and deserve. Our mission is to provide you with the most effective chiropractic treatment, so that the healing process is accelerated, allowing you to return to your daily routine as fast as possible. In addition, you will be educated on maintenance techniques, such as stretching and strengthening exercises, so that you will be able to continue your rehabilitation at home. We are not happy until you reach optimal health. All of our patients are satisfied with their results and we know you will be too.

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