Saturday, March 23, 2013


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Sometimes taking a walk is more about your mental health than your physical health.

Maintaining Mental Health

Maybe you know how to take care of yourself physically. You try to eat well, exercise, and sleep a fair number of hours every night. But what about your mental health? Do you have balance in your life? Are you feeling as good on the inside as you may look on the outside or is it all just a fa├žade to fool yourself and others?

Taking care of your mental health is just as important, if not even more important, than taking care of your physical health. They directly impact each other, so sometimes, when you feel depressed and anxious, you are more likely to get sick and vice versa. Staying in peak mental condition is especially important during the holiday season, when stress comes at you from all angles!

Here are some things to consider if you want to optimize your mental health:
  • Take care of your body – get enough rest, eat healthy foods, drink plenty of water, exercise, and don't forget your chiropractic appointments!
  • Surround yourself with positive people – "like attracts like" they say. If you want greater positivity in your life, pick positive people to be your friends!
  • Be good to you – take care of yourself – schedule a massage, read a book you’ve had for a while, see a film with a friend, treat yourself to dinner, and stop criticizing yourself and what you haven’t done. Remember, you are important too!
  • Reach out to others – sometimes the best way to feel good about yourself is through helping another person who needs you – it's amazing how that works – try it!
  • Make sure your goals/expectations are realistic – don't doom yourself to failure by expecting too much of yourself and others. Make a plan that you can work – then work the plan. If you don't get it all done, remember that tomorrow is another day! Don't over-commit and learn the word, "no!"
  • Learn how to simply be – go for a walk, stretch, get a hobby, listen to some music – find ways to de-stress that allow your mind to "take a breather."
If you are under stress, don't let it keep building. Stress is a neurological process. So make sure you are getting your regular chiropractic care. Don't wait for your health and relationships to deteriorate before taking action. To maintain a sound body it's vital that you have a sound mind.


Saturday, March 2, 2013



How our arch support restoring your foot posture
The Root Cause of Your Pain

If you suffer from any of the usual foot pains and deformities or even just foot fatigue, you want that to change and the sooner the better! There are many available “solutions” on the market for your feet. How do you know which ones are worthwhile?

There is a big difference between things that give temporary relief and those that offer a permanent solution to whatever is ailing your feet. Painkiller medications alleviate pain, for instance, but eventually wear off and nothing has changed (and nobody wants to take pills the rest of their lives). There are special pads and cushions you can get to avoid painful pressure spots, but these just shift more pressure somewhere else and can cause problems there. There are over-the-counter arch supports, one size fits all, that may help a little temporarily -but they really were not designed to help the unique shape of your foot. Even most of the typical custom foot orthotics dispensed in doctor’s offices do little more than what you can buy off the shelf at the drugstore. Why? Because, if they do not actually change your foot posture and function, the way you walk, they are not changing anything important over the long haul.

Feet, like any other part of the body, depend on proper bone alignment and function to remain healthy and avoid arthritis. Thanks to gravity, body weight, sedentary living and the hard, flat floors of modern life, your arches are gradually flattening over time. In fact, over 80% of all people are walking today with arches that are too flat.

So what if they are flat? The arch is there for a very important purpose: it gives the foot a range of motion and function from nearly rigid (arch high) to floppy (arch low). Since most of us have too little arch as we stand and walk, that means our feet are too floppy and do not function the way they are supposed to.

When feet do not function properly, the weight-bearing forces of everyday life start to break down the soft tissues and joints of the foot. This leads to the very familiar problems of bunions, plantar fasciitis or heel spur, hammertoes, metatarsalgia, mortons neuroma or just plain achy, tired feet. The big toe joint, more than any other joint in the foot, tends to develop arthritis. Many of these same complaints eventually require surgery to stop the pain.

The Effects of Postural Imbalance

When the arches of the feet slump, as most will at some point, they have negative effects on knee, hip and back posture. This is because, from the spine to the foot, all joints are connected and influenced by changes in any other joint in the chain. Fallen arches put a twist in the chain that effects everything up to the spine.

Since Sole Supports™ were designed to restore the proper arch height of the foot, wearing them can help improve the posture and health of the knee, hip and back as well.

Postural imbalances at any joint, especially ones that bear full body weight in standing like the knee, hip and spine, lead to excessive wear and tear that can cause arthritis or even disc degeneration in the spine. There are many other things necessary for healthy joints, such as good strength, endurance and flexibility, but using Sole Supports™ is an easy way to insure better joint health every day.

Why Choose Sole Supports?

Most foot care practitioners will tell you that you must choose between comfort and aggressive control in an arch support. They offer a soft, cushiony foam support for comfort and a rigid, hard platform for functional control. But wouldn’t it be great to have the best of both worlds: control and comfort?

It turns out that, when you cast the foot the way we do at Sole Supports™, you get both the best functional control and great comfort. How is that possible? For function we cast the foot with as high an arch as that foot will easily make, because it is the posture of the foot,more than the rigidity of the platform, that gives the foot its functional correction. That means we can make our support less rigid and more comfortable and still get much better functional control.
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Another reason why we can be more comfortable than the typical arch support or orthotic is our custom shape. Actually, it is your custom foot shape, the one we capture with our proprietary casting technique. The shape we use to make an exact match in the Sole Support. By making full contact in the exact shape of the bottom of your foot we are able to distribute all those corrective forces evenly, using the entire surface area of your foot to spread them out. You feel supported but comfortable.

With the new methods used by Sole Supports, you can now have the best functional control with great comfort. Once you get used to that feeling you won’t go anywhere without them.