3 Tips to Help Fall Allergies

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Minnesota in the fall is breathtaking.  Red, yellow and orange leaves, while spectacular, also mean fall allergies. Below you’ll find our 3 top tips for keeping your fall allergies in check and concentrating on enjoying the colorful view!

  • Filter, Filter, Filter
    Minimize your exposure to fall allergies by keeping windows closed and the air conditioning on. And remember to replace air conditioning and furnace filters regularly.  The best type of filter are highly high efficiency particulate absolute (HEPA) filters.
  • Exercise
    Exercising boosts the immune system. If you work-out indoors, it can be anytime of the day, but if you exercise outdoors, make sure you check the pollen levels and go out when they are low.
  • Water Works Wonders
    Shower nightly to get the pollen off so it is don’t bring it into the bed when you’re sleeping.  A warm, steamy shower also opens us the sinuses and makes breathing easier.

Allergies are a hypersensitive response to the immune system from an element that comes in contact with the body. A weak immune system is more likely to become alarmed by something non-threatening and attack it. A stronger immune system enables your body to be more equipped to fight off allergies.  We’re experts at strengthening the immune system, call today to find out how we can help you!

What is Text Neck?

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Text Neck is an overuse, or repetitive stress injury to the neck caused by holding your head in a downward and forward position for extended periods of time. Excessive amounts of tension is created in the deep muscles of the neck and across the shoulders when holding your head in the aforementioned position.

There is an increase in but acute and chronic pain with the increase of popularity and hours individuals spend on the handheld devices; i.e. smartphones, e-readers, tablets …etc.

Signs and Symptoms
• Instant neck or upper back pain when using a handheld device
• Intermittent or constant headache made worse when looking down or using a computer
• Shoulder pain and tightness
Pain in the neck or shoulders that slowly increases throughout the day

Treatment
At AdvaCare, we have a variety of treatments that reduce the tension within the neck muscles, reduce neck pain and address the posture that aggravate the symptoms.

Healthy Habits

1. Set time limits – limit the amount of time and frequency of use of handheld devices.
2. Take breaks – if you have to use the device, develop a habit of taking a three-minute break every 15-20 minutes.
3. Use a tablet holder – a holder will help to elevate your device to significantly reduce the amount of neck flexion and forward positioning. Try to keep the device as close to eye-level as possible.
4. Be aware – that holding your head flexed and forward while looking down places your cervical spine in a tenuous position. It is critical to understand that poor posture can create unwanted health issues.
5. Pay attention to your body – if you experience neck or shoulder pain, numbness or tingling in the arms, as well as frequent headaches you may be experiencing Text Neck.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, give us a call 952-835-6653.