group exercise classWhen the calendar flips to January, approximately 40 percent of Americans set New Year’s resolutions, yet 75 percent abandon their goals by February.

At The Chiropractic Health Center of Glastonbury, we teach our patients that health and wellness are lifelong commitments. It’s much more effective to work towards small goals, rather than setting the bar too high and ultimately not reaching them.

We’re sharing 6 healthy habits for the New Year & New You!

1. Meditate Daily

In today’s fast-paced world, it can be hard to stop and focus on ourselves. Thoughts are constantly swirling around in our heads, which can lead to mental exhaustion. In 2020, we encourage everyone to reduce everyday stress by practicing mindful meditation.

Meditation is a type of mind and body training that focuses our brain and redirects thoughts to the present moment. The goals of this psychological practice include improved mood, controlled anxiety and enhanced self-awareness.

There are many different ways to meditate, from guided visualization to Tai Chi and yoga. For beginners, we recommend starting with focused breathing exercises. In a quiet place, sit or lie down with your eyes closed and focus your brain simply on inhaling and exhaling. As you become more comfortable with the practice, repeating a single word or mantra can help improve concentration.

Meditation has been proven to relieve pain, lower blood pressure, fight depression, aid in smoking cessation and improve insomnia, among other health benefits.

2. Drink More Water

The average human body is made up of 60 percent water, however many people do not drink enough to stay hydrated. Water helps with basic bodily functions, protects the spine and lubricates the joints.

For proper hydration, a good rule of thumb is half one’s body weight in ounces. For instance, a 150 pound person needs to drink 75 ounces of water per day. If you dislike the bland taste of water, fresh fruit slices add natural flavor.

3. Be Active Every Day

The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week. These activities may include jogging, aerobics, dancing, biking or tennis. Lower impact options include walking and swimming.

Chiropractic care keeps our patients feeling great and allows them to lead an active lifestyle. Our treatment helps improve form and posture, so the body can safely engage in exercise!

4. Focus on Posture

Although we’ve always been told to stand up straight, you might find yourself slouching throughout the day. Poor posture can lead to chronic back and neck discomfort that keeps us from our favorite activities. Focus on sitting and standing tall to relieve muscle tension and improve flexibility, experience less headaches and lower susceptibility to injury.

5. Get More Sleep

How many times have you neglected sleep to meet a deadline or catch the end of a game? A good night’s rest gives our bodies and minds the chance to heal, yet we often take its benefits for granted. Sleep helps us recall information, focus on tasks, reduces stress and makes us less susceptible to illness.

A chiropractor can identify reasons why you may struggle to fall asleep and suggest lifestyle changes to improve your nighttime routine.

6. Get Adjusted

Relieve your body from holiday and end-of-the-year stress with a chiropractic adjustment! Our doctors use gentle techniques to release muscle tension caused by compressed nerves and keep your spine and central nervous system aligned. Regular adjustments help maintain the integrity of the body’s core systems and keep you active all year!
 
For 28 years, our team has provided chiropractic care and wellness tips to patients throughout Connecticut. To learn more about what The Chiropractic Health Center of Glastonbury can offer you, contact us today!

"Dr. D has been providing an integrative approach to the health and well being of my family for over 25 years. He is not only a highly skilled practitioner, but is a compassionate and caring person, not only to his patients but to the community.
Susan Keane
"I have been a patient for over a year and have seen terrific results from my plan of care. I was introduced to the office by a friend after I told him I was having back pain. The staff and doctors have been outstanding. They took some x-rays and ruled out certain things and put me on a plan of care that helped get me straight and pain free. I can't thank them enough."
Matt Udal
"My whole family goes to Chiropractic Health Center of Glastonbury. My other half has been getting adjustments for years and he has been the driving force for the family to get checked out. He says since he has been coming here, if his back has any issues or is out, it seems to get better much faster than ever before. If you've had any problems with your back, you'll know that speaks volumes. We trust this group!"
Maggie P.
"I'm a very active individual and lower back pain was getting in the way of activities I love. While my back is still a work in progress, the time spent with Dr. D has been well worth it. I just ran 2 marathons in 2 weeks and these sessions helped me run these races with no back pain."
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"I strained my lower back a month prior to an Ironman race. I was unable to sleep, walk or sit, never mind continue training as planned. The entire office staff is beyond kind, caring, professional and runs extremely smooth. I was explained every step and procedure, along with a patient education class that really helped me understand what was wrong with my back and steps to fix it. Dr Wade was able to get me sleeping, walking and able to compete in my triathlon. 5 stars for many reasons and would highly recommend."
Dylan Howley
"I strained my lower back a month prior to an Ironman race. I was unable to sleep, walk or sit, never mind continue training as planned. The entire office staff is beyond kind, caring, professional and runs extremely smooth. I was explained every step and procedure, along with a patient education class that really helped me understand what was wrong with my back and steps to fix it. Dr Wade was able to get me sleeping, walking and able to compete in my triathlon. 5 stars for many reasons and would highly recommend."
Dylan Howley
"I love Dr. D and his great staff. I have been going to him for about 16 years and I would gladly recommend him to anyone looking for a chiropractor. He has helped me immeasurably."
Lelaneia Dubay
"I felt heard, taken care of, treated with kindness and respect. Wonderful positive experience. A very welcoming office and staff. Definitely a five star establishment!"
Beth Melzen
When I first came, I was out of alignment and had joint soreness but through my continual sessions, my overall health has improved 100%. I want to thank all the staff for their support and education."
Benjamin Israel
"Dr DeFrancesco is the best. I can’t say enough good things about him. He is a genuine and caring person. It is his help that has allowed me to continue to go to work every day and provide for my family. The staff is always super accommodating and pleasant to deal with. I have never received an attitude. When Dr DeFrancesco is not available, I am fortunate that he leaves me in the talented hands of Dr Wade and Dr LeFavor."
Robert Zdrojeski
"I just finished my 30 session program and went over my x-rays with Dr. Wade. The improvement in my scoliosis shown in the x-rays was remarkable and corresponded with the greater mobility and wellbeing I have been experiencing. Dr. Wade is very professional and always willing to answer questions and address specific concerns. I highly recommend him."
Austin Lyons
"Dr. D has been providing an integrative approach to the health and well being of my family for over 25 years. He is not only a highly skilled practitioner, but is a compassionate and caring person, not only to his patients but to the community.
Susan Keane
"I strained my lower back a month prior to an Ironman race. I was unable to sleep, walk or sit, never mind continue training as planned. The entire office staff is beyond kind, caring, professional and runs extremely smooth. I was explained every step and procedure, along with a patient education class that really helped me understand what was wrong with my back and steps to fix it. Dr Wade was able to get me sleeping, walking and able to compete in my triathlon. 5 stars for many reasons and would highly recommend."
Dylan Howley
"Dr. Wade has been wonderful! I never thought spinal care was a preventative health measure until I started here. The entire staff are very accommodating and friendly! My back has never felt better! I plan to continue to come for maintenance."
Amanda Smith
"I absolutely love the care I receive here. I have been coming for the last 3 going on 4 years and my migraines and back pain are gone."
Renee Danielle
"I started my chiropractic journey a few weeks before having my 3rd baby. They were amazing, patient and gentle during the pregnancy. They weren't pushy when I took my time, post pregnancy, to come back. They were amazing with my schedule and did everything to work with me. I felt so comfortable with them that I brought my new born baby and my 3 year old in to get adjusted!"
Candace Lozowski
"Our family has been clients since 1994 and since 2005, we have been one of his long distance clients moving to New Hampshire! We have continued with monthly adjustments as he is truly The Best of The Best!"
Skip Gilman
"Our family has been clients since 1994 and since 2005, we have been one of his long distance clients moving to New Hampshire! We have continued with monthly adjustments as he is truly The Best of The Best!"
Skip Gilman
"I started my chiropractic journey a few weeks before having my 3rd baby. They were amazing, patient and gentle during the pregnancy. They weren't pushy when I took my time, post pregnancy, to come back. They were amazing with my schedule and did everything to work with me. I felt so comfortable with them that I brought my new born baby and my 3 year old in to get adjusted!"
Candace Lozowski
"I absolutely love the care I receive here. I have been coming for the last 3 going on 4 years and my migraines and back pain are gone."
Renee Danielle
"I absolutely love the care I receive here. I have been coming for the last 3 going on 4 years and my migraines and back pain are gone."
Renee Danielle
"I just finished my 30 session program and went over my x-rays with Dr. Wade. The improvement in my scoliosis shown in the x-rays was remarkable and corresponded with the greater mobility and wellbeing I have been experiencing. Dr. Wade is very professional and always willing to answer questions and address specific concerns. I highly recommend him."
Austin Lyons
"Been going to The Chiropractic Health Center of Glastonbury for over 5 years and it is always been a great, safe and welcoming experience! Cannot recommend it enough."
Olivia Mott
"I started my chiropractic journey a few weeks before having my 3rd baby. They were amazing, patient and gentle during the pregnancy. They weren't pushy when I took my time, post pregnancy, to come back. They were amazing with my schedule and did everything to work with me. I felt so comfortable with them that I brought my new born baby and my 3 year old in to get adjusted!"
Candace Lozowski
"Dr Francesco and the staff are outstanding. I am so glad I found out about this chiropractic practice and am forever grateful for how much better I am feeling since getting treatments there."
Jody Lefkowitz
"There is no better place than Chiropractic Health Center, from the moment you step into the office, you are welcomed with a smile and they even manage to remember every patients name. They put a lot of emphasis on your care, you start feeling better with every visit. I would recommend this practice over any other possible treatment/office in the state."
Carlos Vivar-Zuniga
"Amazing place to get realigned! Everyone in here is highly knowledgeable and genuine. I've been a patient here for 10+ years and recommended it frequently!"
Kyle Maglio
When I first came, I was out of alignment and had joint soreness but through my continual sessions, my overall health has improved 100%. I want to thank all the staff for their support and education."
Benjamin Israel
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