Chiropractic Helps Olympians, and How Your Diet Can Save You

Health-E-News September 2016
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Are orthotics for you?

Back pain will affect seventy to eighty percent of adults at some point in their life, with millions currently affected in North America. There are many causes of back pain such as degenerative disease of the spine and hips, nerve injury, musculoskeletal disorders, lower extremity joint disease, and many more according to the literature. Focusing on the role the lower extremity plays in back pain; disorders such as flat feet alter the function of the foot due to the loss of an arch and produce abnormal motion, which can affect the biomechanics of the rest of the body. A case study looking at the relationship between lower extremity dysfunction, pelvic disorder, and back pain is discussed below.

A 26-year old male came to a Chiropractor with chronic back, leg, and ankle pain. The back pain arose three years ago following an injury lifting bricks. The pain in his leg and ankle began nine years prior and was felt in both legs, however following a broken ankle the pain in his right leg went away. Being flat footed since childhood, it was reported that after his right ankle had broken an arch in his right foot had formed and the left foot remained flat.

Upon examination it was noted that subluxations were present in the upper cervical, mid thoracic, upper lumbar, and sacral regions. During an examination of the lower extremities it was revealed that there was abnormal function of the left foot, where the collapsed arch existed. Adjustments were delivered to the areas where subluxations were present three times a week. The lower back pain resolved within three weeks of care, however the leg pain persisted. The patient was then fitted with orthotics to correct the alignment of the feet.

During a follow up examination, the patient reported a significant decrease in leg pain. Alignment problems can arise from childhood injuries and manifest in different ways during adulthood. Through the use of chiropractic care and orthotics, there was a correction of a collapsed arch as well as resolution of chronic back, leg, and ankle pain.

Mattson, R. (2008). Resolution of Chronic Back, Leg and Ankle Pain Following Chiropractic Intervention and the Use of Orthotics. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation, 2008, 1-4.

 

7 Top Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet

/While the Mediterranean Diet may be well-known for benefits, such as helping your waistline and your heart, it may have other benefits you’re unaware of. This type of diet isn’t hard to shop for at a grocery store and contains plenty of nutrient-packed foods. It’s actually an older diet plan coming from the way people used to and still do eat in Spain, Italy, Turkey and Greece.

Not only will the Mediterranean diet provide all seven benefits found on this list, but it’s also a very tasty way to eat. If you’ve been searching for a new diet plan you can actually sustain, consider the benefits gained from the Mediterranean Diet.

  1. Type 2 Diabetes Protection: One of the major benefits you gain from practicing the Mediterranean diet is protection from type 2 diabetes. Since the diet includes many foods rich in fiber, it helps to slow down your digestion and keep your blood sugar from going haywire.
  2. Increases Longevity: One of the best-known benefits of the Mediterranean diet is an increase in longevity. Those practicing the diet as a way of life reduce their chances of developing cancer or heart disease. Studies have actually shown, those following the Mediterranean diet have a 20% less chance of dying, regardless of age.
  3. Better Bone Health: One of the newest benefits discovered about the Mediterranean Diet is better bone health. A study showed the quality of bone health in postmenopausal women improved after following the Mediterranean diet. This article details how the diet has proven to help with bone health.
  4. Great for Healthy Weight Loss: When you want to lose weight, you often choose a diet leaving you hungry and irritated. The Mediterranean diet won’t do that. It will provide the healthy benefit of helping you lose weight, but will also allow you to feel fuller. Since the diet is sustainable, it becomes a way of life instead of just a fad diet you practice for a month and forget about.
  5. Protects Cognitive Health: Following the Mediterranean diet has been shown to help with treating Parkinson’s disease and reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s. It’s an excellent choice for preserving your memory and helping keep your mind sharp.
  6. Help you Stay Agile: The nutrients found in foods consumed when following the Mediterranean diet may help to reduce muscle weakness in seniors. This diet has also show to help with other signs of frailty.
  7. Great for Relaxation and Relieving Stress: Those suffering from chronic stress often don’t live the quality of life they want. Following the Mediterranean diet has proven to reduce stress and help you relax. Eating at a slower pace and eating local foods nearly every day helps with your mood. Of course, adding in regular physical activity will also help to reduce stress.

Whether you’re worried you might be at risk for disease or you just want to shed a few pounds in a healthy way, the Mediterranean diet may be the answer. It’s a wonderful way to eat, live and remain happy without feeling hungry or like you’re stuck hating what you eat. If you want to diet in a better way, make the Mediterranean diet your new lifestyle choice.

 

4 Top Advantages of Chiropractic Care for Athletes

Chiropractic care has become more widely accepted over the 100-year history. Many athletes, from high school football stars to Olympians, count on chiropractors to help with physical ailments. Chiropractic focuses on the nervous system and the musculoskeletal system allowing for plenty of support for all types of injuries and ailments athletes may face.

Athletes gain several advantages from regular chiropractic care before, during and after performing. Chiropractic care has become so common in sports medicine, that every NFL team has their own team Chiropractor. Here are four of the main advantages gained by athletes using regular chiropractic care.

  1. Helps Undo Punishment on the Body from Sports: When speaking of their personal successes, many athletes state that chiropractic care was a huge part of it. Top athletes, such as Dan O’Brien, Barry Bonds, and Arnold Schwarzenegger say their ability to perform was partly due to the chiropractor they saw regularly.
  2. Drug-Free Treatment/Non-Invasive: The last thing an athlete wants to do is become hooked on pain medicine or go through an invasive surgery. Surgery could mean the end of the season or even the end of a career for some athletes, such as Prince Fielder. However, with chiropractic care, athletes get the help their body needs in order to continue to perform at their best. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady believes chiropractic care helps with performance. He even says he feels about three inches taller after seeing his chiropractor.
  3. Improved Mobility: Seeing a chiropractor regularly also helps to increase mobility, which is a must for athletes. Chiropractic care fundamentally increases joint flexibility and allows for pain-free movement. Football players, weight lifters, runners and many others have all noticed an improvement in flexibility after receiving Chiropractic care.
  4. Improved Strength and Endurance: Along with increased mobility, athletes using chiropractic care often show improved strength and endurance. World-class Olympic athletes have worked with chiropractors for many years to help with range of motion, strength and endurance when training. These athletes even take their own Chiropractor to the Olympic Games.

Olympic athletes need to do everything they can to shave off mili-seconds and they rely on Chiropractic to help them. Imagine what Chiropractic can do for you!

 

Great Reasons to Eat More Fruits & Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables should play a huge role in any diet. It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to lose weight or just trying to eat healthy, making sure you get plenty of fruits and vegetables will provide plenty of necessary health benefits. There are several excellent reasons to eat more fruits and vegetables. Here are five of the most important.

Disease Prevention

The old adage, “an apple a day will keep the doctor away,” rings pretty true. Many fruits and vegetables help to prevent cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and some forms of cancer.

Fruits and vegetables with a high fiber content help protect you from coronary heart disease. In addition, potassium-rich foods, such as strawberries, bananas and potatoes can help to reduce blood pressure and decrease bone loss. Many fruits and vegetables also provide antioxidants and phytochemicals, which help to ensure healthy cells.

Low in Calories

One of the best reasons to eat more fruits and vegetables is the calorie content. Most are very low in calories. Reaching for an apple or a few grapes instead of a sugary snack is a great way to lose weight and maintain a healthier body. Some vegetables contain so few calories that you may burn more calories during the eating process than the vegetable actually provides.

Filling up on fruits and vegetables may help with weight loss, as well. Making substitutions, such as fresh applesauce for oil in a muffin recipe may not only provide a delicious treat, but a healthier one. You can also add sautéed vegetables to an omelet to fill up at breakfast without adding many calories.

Packed with Nutrients

Vegetables are rich in fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin A and vitamin C. Folate-rich foods, such as tomatoes, bell peppers and spinach are especially important for women of childbearing age. These foods help to prevent certain birth defects in babies.
Eating foods rich in vitamin A, such as carrots and sweet potatoes helps with eye health and skin health. The high content of fiber in vegetables, such as broccoli can also help with digestion.
Fruits are also packed with vitamins, fiber, folate and potassium. High fiber fruits help to protect against heart disease and fruits rich in vitamin C, such as oranges and strawberries help wounds heal and keep teeth healthy.

Convenient

You don’t have to cook most fruits and vegetables to enjoy them. Grabbing an apple, grapes or even a few carrots is effortless compared to the time it takes to cook a meal or prepare certain snacks. Even making a salad takes less prep time than most meals.
If you want to add something nutritious and delicious to your diet, add fruits and vegetables. You can fill up without consuming too many calories and your body will thank you for the many needed nutrients.

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Chiropractic Does Affect Brain Function

We do know that spinal function does affect brain function. A recent study, published in the Journal of Neural Plasticity provides solid evidence that adjusting the spine changes brain function. This is the fourth time that the effect of adjusting the spine has on the brain has been studied.

This study indicates that adjustments impact the function of the prefrontal cortex. The significance of this finding is that the prefrontal cortex is the ‘conductor’ in the brain, controlling many functions within the body.

Such a finding can explain many of the previous findings of Chiropractic’s effects such as improvements in sensorimotor function relevant to falls-prevention; better joint-position sense in both the upper limb and the lower limb; improved muscle strength in lower limb muscles; better pelvic floor control; and better ability to carry out mental rotation of objects.

If, as this research suggests, adjusting improves prefrontal cortex activity, a part of the brain that is responsible for just so much higher level function, then what does this mean in terms of chiropractic’s impact on things like behaviour, decision making, memory and attention, intelligence, processing of pain and emotional responses, and more.

This study showed that Chiropractic care doesn’t just alter brain function a little, it increases the prefrontal cortex activity by 20%! This means every time you receive a Chiropractic adjustment, the part of the brain that is responsible for ‘higher level functions’ is being stimulated, increasing body awareness and allowing your body to function at a much higher level.

1. Lelic et al. “Manipulation of dysfunctional spinal joints affects sensorimotor integration in the pre-frontal cortex: A brain source localization study,” Neural Plasticity, Volume 2016. Original Report

 

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Top Benefits Of Seeing A Chiropractor

One of the most sought after forms of alternative healing is Chiropractic care. Amongst cancer survivors who seek chiropractic therapy, 84% do so to alleviate pain, improve mood and sleeping habits, as well as to relieve stress.

WellnessMedia_Chiropractic_00032The purpose of Chiropractic treatment is not only to relieve pain, but to improve quality of life by alleviating systemic problems relating to muscles and the central nervous system. Given the researched benefits of chiropractic care, it is likely that you or someone you know could benefit from this alternative therapy.

Here are the top 10 reasons why almost anyone can benefit from chiropractic therapy:

  1. Elevates Sports Performance
  2. Reduces Headaches
  3. Stimulates the Immune System
  4. Wellness & Prevention – treats underlying health problems
  5. Alleviates Allergies & Asthma
  6. Pregnancy – balancing the muscles, pelvis, and ligaments to relieve pressure on the uterus
  7. Mitigates Chronic Pain
  8. Manages Behavioral and Learning Disabilities
  9. Weakens Dependence on Medication and Medical Interventions
  10. Normalizes Blood Pressure

 

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How Effective Is Chiropractic Care For The Treatment Of Headaches?

Very!

Research has shown that the Chiropractic care is incredibly effective in treating headaches that are caused by neck problems. In 2014, the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) stated that chiropractic treatment often results in marked improvement in patients with chronic neck pain and headaches originating from neck problems.

Some headaches are caused by a triggers such as: lights, stress, noise, foods, insomnia, changes in blood sugar, and more. Of the different classifications of headaches, “primary” headaches include cluster, migraine and tension headaches; and it is these types of headaches that Chiropractic typically helps.

Most primary headaches are due to tension, stress and irritation to the neck muscles and nerves. Inactive lifestyles, poor posture, and mis-alignment of the neck vertebrae all cause irritation of the nerves in the neck. It’s when these nerves become irritated, they cause muscle tension, neck pain and headaches.

Chiropractors check the alignment of the bones in your neck, ensuring they are moving properly and not causing nerve irritation. When the vertebrae, or bones, in the neck are moving properly, the irritation to the nerves is eliminated, allowing the muscles and body function smoothly.

Other than Chiropractic, frequent movement is crucial if you spend a lot of time in one position. If you sit in front of a computer, for instance, getting up and moving every 30-60 minutes is perfect to reduce the tension in your neck. Even going for a walk at lunch is a perfect activity to help loosen up the tight muscles and joints in your neck.

 

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Doing these 4 things dramatically reduce your risk of cancer

Health-E-News June 2016
empowering you to optimal health

Chiropractic helps relieve pain of 30 year old pregnant nurse with a baby in a malposition

If you would wish the constant pains with pregnancy would go away, or know of someone who does, Chiropractic is definitely something to consider.

Pregnancy can cause a lot of stress on the body. It causes the release of several hormones in the body which change many internal structures to accommodate the growing baby. This includes the loosening of many joints around the pelvis, as well as causing the pelvis to tilt. These structural changes position the body in an unusual way that the body is not quite made for, causing the muscles to take up more work to also accommodate this. Much pain stems from these now overworking muscles, resulting in pelvic or low back pain.

In this case, a thirty-year-old nurse was brought to see a Chiropractor at 34 weeks of pregnancy, with her baby lying in her stomach in an unfavourable orientation. She expressed a variety of pain-related issues including: sharp left hip pain and right sided sciatica which increased when she stood up after sitting for long periods of time. It was noted that her previous child was delivered with extensive back labour.

Within a short time and routine of Chiropractic care her hip, leg, lower back, and pelvic pains subsided, and it was noted her child turned from the unfavourable orientation to a more favourable one for child birthing. She gave birth to the child without serious back labour or serious complications.

Alcantara, J., & Edwards, J., (2015) The Chiropractic Care of a Pregnant Patient Experiencing Multiple Fetal Positional Changes. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, & Family Health –Chiropractic 4, 4(2)

 

Roughly Half of all Cancer Deaths Could Be Eliminated By Doing These Four Things

Roughly half of cancer deaths in the United States could be prevented or forestalled if people quit smoking, cut back on drinking, maintained a healthful weight and got at least 150 minutes of exercise each week, according to a new report.

These same measures would also reduce the number of new cancer diagnoses by 40% to 70%.

For men, universal embrace of this lifestyle could avert or delay 67% of cancer deaths and prevent 63% of new malignancies each year, researchers calculated. If all of the nation’s women did the same, their yearly cancer mortality rates would fall by 59% and new cancers would drop 41%

The findings, published online this week in the journal JAMA Oncology, underscore how extensively public health measures aimed at fostering healthful lifestyles could cut into a disease that will claim the lives of 600,000 Americans this year and upend the lives of 1.6 million by turning them into newly diagnosed patients.

The effect of a healthful lifestyle varied according to gender and cancer type. For instance, women who followed the strictures on smoking, drinking, weight and exercise could reduce their lung cancer risk by 85% and their colorectal cancer risk by 60%. For men, the corresponding figures were 90% and 50%.

The results suggest the most effective way to fight cancer is to promote healthful habits that foster cancer prevention.

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Sadly, Even Children Suffer From Headaches

If your child or a friend’s suffers from headaches, Chiropractic can help.

People tend to think that painful headaches only affect teenagers and adults, sadly that isn’t the case. Some research has shown as many as 30% of children younger than 7 suffer from headaches. Fortunately, Chiropractic can help children as much as it can help adults who suffer from headaches.

A six-year-old boy suffering from headaches began a program of Chiropractic care, receiving a total of 10 visits. The child suffered from chronic headaches of two years duration before beginning Chiropractic care. Prior to Chiropractic care, the child had used standard medical over-the-counter ibuprofen. Unfortunately the medication did not help. A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan and a computer tomography (CT) scan could not address the issue at hand, nor did a consultation with a neurologist.

The pediatrician suggested the mother and patient seek chiropractic care. During the Chiropractor’s examination, it was determined that the child suffered from subluxations in his neck. After the 5th visit, the patient no longer reported experiencing any headaches.

The article highlights the impact of Chiropractic care. It took over two years before the thought of Chiropractic intervention was introduced. Society is so reliant in medicine and drugs that we forget the alternative, and less intrusive, medical interventions. Before looking into additional invasive medical tests, it’s recommend to seek safe, alternative care options, such as Chiropractic.

Ryan Olsen, D.C.1& Joel Alcantara, D.C. Resolution of Chronic Cervicogenic Headaches in 6-Year-Old Male Following Care Directed at Vertebral Subluxations: A Case Report. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic ~ Volume 2014 ~ Issue 4 ~ Pages 81-86

Your posture, the health of your spine, and diet all play a vital role in your health. If you are suffering with headaches, or back pain, seek safe care options like Chiropractic.

There Is A Single Nerve That Connects All Of Your Vital Organs

Chiropractors have known for over 100 years, that a healthy nerve system is vital for health. A recent article written from a neurologist has some interesting insights.

Kevin Tracey, a neurosurgeon based in New York, is a man with a mission. “My mother died from a brain tumor when I was five years old. It was very sudden and unexpected,” he says. “And I learned from that experience that the brain – nerves – are responsible for health.”

In the late 1990s, Tracey was experimenting with a rat’s brain. “We’d injected an anti-inflammatory drug into the brain because we were studying the beneficial effect of blocking inflammation during a stroke,” he recalls. “We were surprised to find that when the drug was present in the brain, it also blocked inflammation in the spleen and in other organs in the rest of the body. Yet the amount of drug we’d injected was far too small to have got into the bloodstream and traveled to the rest of the body.”

After months puzzling over this, he finally hit upon the idea that the brain might be using the nervous system – specifically the vagus nerve – to tell the spleen to switch off inflammation everywhere.

It was an extraordinary idea – if Tracey was right, inflammation in body tissues was being directly regulated by the brain. Communication between the immune system’s specialist cells in our organs and bloodstream and the electrical connections of the nervous system had been considered impossible. Now Tracey was apparently discovering that the two systems were intricately linked.

The vagus nerve was determined to be one of the vital nerves within your nerve system. It travels down each side of the neck, across the chest and down through the abdomen. ‘Vagus’ is Latin for ‘wandering’ and indeed this bundle of nerve fibres roves through the body, networking the brain with the stomach and digestive tract, the lungs, heart, spleen, intestines, liver and kidneys, not to mention a range of other nerves that are involved in speech, eye contact, facial expressions and even your ability to tune in to other people’s voices.

The vagus nerve is made of thousands and thousands of fibres and 80 per cent of them are sensory, meaning that the vagus nerve reports back to your brain what is going on in your organs.

Operating far below the level of our conscious minds, the vagus nerve is vital for keeping our bodies healthy.

Chiropractors check the alignment and movement of the cervical (neck) vertebrae in order to ensure the vagus nerve is functioning optimally, thus keeping your body healthy.

 

 

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