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THE HEALTH CENTER OF HILLSBOROUGH

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The Health Center of Hillsborough
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401 Meadowlands Drive, #101
Hillsborough, NC 27278
 

I have been in practice since 1984. In 2010, I opened the Health Center of Hillsborough with the idea of bringing several natural healing solutions under one roof. Years before, although I had attended Duke University Medical College with the objective of becoming a medical doctor, I chose instead to enroll at Logan University where I earned a doctoral degree as a chiropractic physician, certified in acupuncture and cranial. Rather than learning about medications, I fine-tuned working with the body through natural means. After two years of taking anatomy, chemistry and more, it was time to begin adjusting others. Placing my hands gently on my class partner, I knew that I was created to do this incredibly important work.

The Path to Balance Might Begin With a Walk

By Paul Aaron, DC

Balance. As kids we hardly give balance a second thought, yet it is the essence of how we manage. Sitting, walking, skating, dancing, skiing—all use balance as the essence of ability. But the need for balance goes way beyond motion. At any age, we can “trip” physically, mentally, even emotionally or ethically. At the Health Center—using tools such as mindfulness and hypnosis—we teach the many aspects of balance so as to keep our bodies and our minds—even our relationships—safe from “tripping” and “falling.”

Paul Aaron, DC

Walking Towards Balance

It’s worth noting that even sitting takes balance. But a lot of sitting is not a sign of a healthy, balanced body. In fact, it’s said that “sitting is the new smoking.” The new lifestyle too many of us lead—of working most of our days sitting in front of a computer—has been shown to be hazardous to our health. In fact, studies indicate that those who sit for more than eight hours a day with no physical activity have a risk of dying similar to the risks posed by obesity and smoking.

In that case then, walking is the new longevity workout—man’s or woman’s best friend. Any physical activity, including walking, is a boon to your overall health. But walking in particular comes with a host of benefits—from weight regulation to improved immune function. In short: walking is a way of addressing the imbalances that affect your health.

So, take a walk—make it a habit.

Take a Walk?

Walking may be one of the most useful health habits you can cultivate. Among its many benefits: burning calories, improving muscle tone, boosting energy and immune functions, decreasing joint pain, lowering blood sugar, and improving heart health. It’s also a mood enhancer—especially on these beautiful fall days and in company with others.

With that in mind, let us help you cultivate that habit. We invite you to join members of the Health Center for a walk at 1:30 each Sunday afternoon. Call and leave your phone number or email if you are interested so we can watch for weather interference together.

If you’ve not been exercising, do a physical check up with your doctor. Here are the things to consider: the condition of your heart and lungs; your balance; your diet; your muscularity; your ligamentous integrity; your eyesight; and your independence, or willingness to accept help from a friend, family member, or professional. Taking an inventory of these things can help you to develop a walking habit that’s safe.

Fortunately, there are many wonderful professional health practitioners in the Hillsborough vicinity or in your own neighborhood to be with you if you are frail. Check-ups are also available here at the Health Center of Hillsborough, and we offer a special exam for walkers. We can evaluate your shoes to make sure they will support that beautiful body of yours and scan your feet to design custom-made-orthotics for optimum walking.

Our first goal at the Health Center is simply to get you out walking and finding the joy and health benefits it offers. As you progress, we can help you reach for additional health goals—through weight training or therapeutic yoga, for example—or guide you to safely engage in higher levels of physical exertion such as exuberant dance, running, or cycling.

Fast Start or Slow?

We suggest a fast walk for some and a slow start for others if needed. Why slow? Pretend your body is like that of a newborn; you don’t want to drop a newborn even once. In my job, I have patients who come in after an auto accident, an injury or an over-exertion. I tell them to start slower than they think they should; to use lower weights than they think they should; to dance more gently than they think they should—because otherwise they will be back to see me sooner than either they or I would like.

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