Chiropractic New Year’s Resolutions- Jan. 2002

Taking Control of Your Health

The Stern Chiropractic Newsletter

Referral Corner:
The Greatest Compliment my Patients Can Give is the Referral of Their Friends and Loved Ones. Thank You For Your Trust. This month, I would like to thank the following people for their trust: Heidi Stern, Wendy Frank, Samantha Lustig, Wendy Malin and Sue Wilner.

Charity Corner:
Stern Chiropractic is collecting donations for The Village of Buffalo Grove Scholarship Program. A matching contribution up to $500 will be made by Stern Chiropractic. Please join me in helping young minds grow.


In the wake of the events of September 11th, I hope we have all come to realize how important every moment is and how healthy and happy times spent with our families, friends and loved ones are so important. I hope the following information helps you to be happier and healthier, reduce the pain you are currently in and/or avoid the pain you may experience in the future.

1. I will eat healthier. Reduce saturated fat intake, increase essential fatty acid (especially omega 3 fats) intake, increase consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, and drink at least 64 oz. of water per day. By following these suggestions you will provide the proper nutrients to your body and help reduce the raw materials available to produce pain in your body.

2. I will incorporate exercise into my daily activities. Do yourself a favor, exercise. Cardiovascular exercise 3-4 times per week for 30 minutes per time will do wonders for your waist line, your heart and your head (clears your mind). Consult your chiropractor before you start a new exercise program.

3. I will reduce my stress. Mental stress is as hard on your body as physical stress. Find time for yourself. Try Tai Chi, Yoga, Meditation … Find something you like to do and do it.

4. I will stop wearing high heals. High heels alter the balanced position of your body and lead to many foot, knee, hip, back and neck problems especially when nicely matched with a color coordinated overweight purse.

5. I will not carry a heavy purse or briefcase with its strap over my shoulder, unless I place the strap over my head on the side opposite the bag. Wearing a shoulder strap over one shoulder unevenly places the weight of the bag on one side of the body, potentially causing shoulder and back problems.

6. I will not (or will not allow my children to) carry backpacks that weigh more than 10% of my (or their) body weight. Beyond that weight, the backpack will cause you to begin bending forward in an attempt to support the weight on your back rather than your shoulders.

7. I will not turn my torso while lifting relatively heavy objects. This rotates the spine and can bring on a “back attack.”

8. When lifting, I will not bend forward at the waist. The proper way to lift is by bending at the knees and holding the load (the thing you are picking up) close to your body. This will avoid placing an increased load and strain on your low back muscles.

9. When using a shovel, I will remember to push rather than lift, whenever it is possible. Lifting a load, especially when combined with rotation, can put tremendous strain on you low back and potentially cause damage to your low back discs.

10. I will use luggage with wheels whenever possible. Carrying, lifting and moving a heavy suitcase can ruin a vacation.

11. I will try to take micro-breaks at work every hour. To avoid bad posture getting the best of you, take a stretch break each hour, do Breuger’s Relief Position (I talk to all my patients that sit at desk about this), then get up, go get a drink of water and go back to work.

12. I will follow the “Golden Rule” of “Do Unto Others as You Would Have Them Do Unto You.” In other words, let’s continue treating each other with love, kindness, and respect. It will make the world a much nicer place to live.

I hope these health tid-bits help you have a happier and healthier new year.

Products of the Month : Chiropractic Care & Acupuncture

The goal is wellness, balance and increased performance in all of your activities of daily living. Prior to starting health maintenance through Chiropractic & acupuncture care, your deconditioned and over-taxed nervous system has all its resources being utilized to compensate for all the dysfunction you have accumulated over the years. Through chiropractic and acupuncture care, your body’s dysfunctions are corrected, your resources are freed-up and your nervous system is better able to respond to your surroundings. Many patients notice improvement in many aspects of their lives including, increased athletic performance, decreased intensity and frequency of headaches, allergies and PMS, decreased low back and neck pain; etc…

Start the new year off right and start living your life to its fullest. Maintain your health with chiropractic and acupuncture care.

I hope this information helps you take control of your health and your life! If you have any questions, feedback or have any suggestions for future topics, please call or email me.

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Don’t forget the importance of maintaining your health with regular chiropractic and acupuncture care.


Gregg Stern, D.C., FICPA