Friday, January 31, 2014

Chiropractic is for all ages.

Chiropractic is for all ages.

Day 5 of 10 Things most people don't know about chiropractic; 5. Chiropractic is for all ages. Many seniors aren’t aware of the benefits of chiropractic care which can help them not only with pain relief, but also increase range of motion, balance and coordination, and decrease joint degeneration. There’s no patient too young for chiropractic either! Chiropractors check infants moments after birth for misalignments of the upper vertebrae that may occur as a result of the birth process. In addition to supporting overall health and well-being, parents also take their children to chiropractors to encourage healthy brain and nervous system development, to assist with colic, asthma, allergies, bed-wetting and sleeping...Read More
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Expectations

Expectations

Sometimes they can be a little out of focus..
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Today I let the tension go !

Today I let the tension go !

Prolonged stress is never good for your health. It creates muscle tension that may lead to misalignments of your spine and pressure on your nerves.
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Trust In Yourself By Never Lying To Yourself

Trust In Yourself By Never Lying To Yourself


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Health should be everyone's #1 priority

Health should be everyone's #1 priority


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Chiropractic is for all ages.

Chiropractic is for all ages.

Day 5 of 10 Things most people don't know about chiropractic; 5. Chiropractic is for all ages. Many seniors aren’t aware of the benefits of chiropractic care which can help them not only with pain relief, but also increase range of motion, balance and coordination, and decrease joint degeneration. There’s no patient too young for chiropractic either! Chiropractors check infants moments after birth for misalignments of the upper vertebrae that may occur as a result of the birth process. In addition to supporting overall health and well-being, parents also take their children to chiropractors to encourage healthy brain and nervous system development, to assist with colic, asthma, allergies, bed-wetting and sleeping...Read More
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We know about more than your backbone!

We know about more than your backbone!

Day 6  of 10 Things most people don't know about chiropractic;  6. We know about more than your backbone!   This surprises many people who had no idea that chiropractors give advice on nutrition, fitness, ergonomics and lifestyle, screen fo ... r conditions unrelated to the musculoskeletal system and refer out to other practitioners when necessary. Chiropractors are also able to complete specialties in other areas such as pediatrics, sports rehabilitation, neurology, clinical nutrition, and addictions and compulsive disorders. Other than particular specialties and the differences in learning to adjust and learning to prescribe medication, our training hours are not dissimilar from that of medical doctor....Read More
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Invest In Yourself

Invest In Yourself


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Healthy Superbowl Snacks

Healthy Superbowl Snacks

You don't have to let the Superbowl derail your diet. There's some great healthy snack ideas in this article: http://www.wholeliving.com/136374/football-food-makeover-healthier-super-bowl-recipes
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More Young People with Hip Pain

More Young People with Hip PainHip pain is becoming a growing concern among younger and middle-aged patients, especially in teen athletes and weekend warriors.


Pain specialists at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center say they are seeing an increasing number of patients, from adolescents to baby boomers, who are suffering from a condition known as femoral acetabular impingement, or FAI.


“FAI has become much more common in the last 10 years, and in younger people these injuries tend to be sports-related,” explained Dr. Thomas Ellis, vice chair of the department of Orthopedics and chief of Hip Preservation at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center. “While it can happen in non-athletes and weekend warriors, we commonly see this condition in those who were year-round athletes before and during puberty.”


FAI develops in individuals who have bone abnormalities or spurs that cause the ball of the femur to not fit properly in the hip socket. This abnormality makes the hip joint vulnerable to cartilage destruction caused by repetitive motions involving hip flexion, rotation, and adduction. Over time, patients may develop osteoarthritis, as well as painful symptoms in the hip, back, buttocks, and groin. Sports such as soccer, cycling, ballet, and ice hockey frequently result in FAI.


Despite increased awareness of the condition, little is known about its exact etiology.The condition is often misdiagnosed as bursitis, Piriformis syndrome, back pain, hip flexor strain, groin pull, pinched nerve, and even endometriosis. Without proper diagnosis and treatment, patients may require hip replacement surgery.


According to a 2010 study, “chiropractors can play an important role in identifying patients with possible FAI syndrome, and in facilitating the appropriate management of this disorder.” Although the abnormality cannot be corrected through conservative treatment, chiropractic care and exercise therapies may help to reduce acute pain.


More research is needed to understand the causes and proper treatment of this debilitating condition.  However, for patients who have hip osteoarthritis, chiropractic care has also been found to be beneficial for reducing symptoms and improving overall function. If you are a young adult with hip pain, chiropractors can also discuss preventive strategies– like stretching, cross training, and rest— so you can enjoy your favorite sport free of pain.


References


Emary P. Femoroacetabular impingement syndrome: a narrative review for the chiropractor. Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association 2010; 54(3): 164–76. 


Gliedt, JA. Clinical brief: femoroacetabular impingement syndrome. Topics in Integrative Health Care 2012, Vol. 3(2)   ID: 3.2004 . 


 Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. (2013, December 2). Don’t ignore hip pain: Impingement a growing problem among young, active. ScienceDaily. Retrieved January 30, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131202152042.htm



More Young People with Hip Pain

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Exercise Sometimes Needs Motivation

Exercise Sometimes Needs Motivation


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What Chiropractors Do

What Chiropractors Do


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Foundation for Chiropractic Progress Showcases...

Foundation for Chiropractic Progress Showcases...

The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP) produces an ad series entitled: Champions of Chiropractic, which features more than 30 well-known celebrities and their chiropractors.  Check out the ad with current paralympian world champion, Allison Jones, which has appeared in prominent publications nationwide.
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Nature makes you HAPPY!

Nature makes you HAPPY!

Studies show that direct exposure to nature will elevate levels of serotonin which elevate ones feeling of happiness. Just 20 minutes of outdoor exposure a day will also boost energy levels and helps build a more resistance immune system. It was also found that if you cannot get outside and be with nature the simple act of imagining yourself outdoors or recalling an outdoor experience will also elevate mood. So next time you are stressed, irritated or angry try visualizing yourself sitting under a tree feeling the breeze on your face or at the beach watching a sunset. Before you know it your mood will likely be elevated.
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Prescription for Happiness

Prescription for Happiness

On this gray winter day, here is your prescription for happiness...and remember to get adjusted regularly and take Vitamin D daily!
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True words

True words


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Health Defined

“The first wealth is health.” Ralph Waldo Emerson



Health Defined


“The first wealth is health.” Ralph Waldo Emerson




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Health Defined

Health Defined

"The first wealth is health." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Health Defined

"The first wealth is health." Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Greater Muscle Strength Saves Teens

A study of over 1 million teens found that muscle strength has an impact on their risk of death at an early age. The authors found that:


“High muscular strength in adolescence, as assessed by knee extension and handgrip tests, was associated with a 20-35% lower risk of premature mortality (death) due to any cause or cardiovascular disease, independently of body mass index or blood pressure; no association was observed with mortality due to cancer. Stronger adolescents had a 20-30% lower risk of death from suicide and were 15-65% less likely to have any psychiatric diagnosis (such as schizophrenia and mood disorders). Adolescents in the lowest tenth of muscular strength showed by far the highest risk of mortality for different causes.”


These findings support the importance to fitness beginning at an early age.


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Greater Muscle Strength Saves Teens

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Chiropractic Enhances The Body's Function

Chiropractic Enhances The Body's Function


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One-Moment Meditation: "How to Meditate in a...

One-Moment Meditation: "How to Meditate in a...


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Health Defined

"The first wealth is health." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Health Defined

"The first wealth is health." Ralph Waldo Emerson
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You Can Do It!

You Can Do It!

Make it a priority to start your day off with exercise. You will get a burst of energy, burn calories all day long, and run into fewer scheduling conflicts. You can do it!
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Back Pain Affects Entire Nervous System

Back Pain Affects Entire Nervous System - Chiropractic NewsMore and more research is suggesting that back pain can have significant ramifications for the health of the central nervous system. A new study confirmed that patients with lower back pain show signs of reduced pain tolerance along the entire spinal cord, which may indicate a hypersensitized central nervous system.


Researchers publishing in the journal Spine tested pressure pain thresholds in 20 patients with chronic lower back pain and 20 healthy individuals. In most of the structures analyzed in the spinal cord, patients with back pain had reduced pressure pain thresholds than healthy patients. The authors suggested that this demonstrates what’s known as hyperalgesia, or a hypersensitivity to pain, indicative of central sensitization.


Central sensitization occurs when the entire central nervous system, made up of the spinal cord, brain, and spinal nerves, becomes overly sensitized to pain. After an injury or triggering event, pain receptors alert the brain to the perceived threat, setting off a string of automatic protective responses. However, sometimes these pain receptors can kick into overdrive, and like an alarm system that never turns off, they continue sending pain signals to the brain even in the absence of danger. The result is a highly-sensitized nervous system that is quick to react at the slightest sign of a threat.


This disrupted pain response has been documented in patients with musculoskeletal disorders like back pain, fibromyalgia, and whiplash. Central sensitization helps to explain widespread chronic pain after an auto collision, or seemingly random flare-ups in chronic pain in patients with fibromyalgia.


Chiropractic care can help to calm these chronic pain flare-ups, and correct any spinal dysfunctions that could be contributing or causing your symptoms. A 2011 study suggested that chiropractic patients back pain had a lower risk for recurring symptoms compared to patients under standard medical care. Chiropractors specialize not just in pain relief, but in maintaining the proper health of the central nervous system for improved health.



Imamura M, et al. Changes in pressure pain threshold in patients with chronic nonspecific low back pain. Spine 2013; 38(24):2098-107. doi: 10.1097/01.brs.0000435027.50317.d7. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24026153


Lasich, Christina. What is Central Sensitization-Symptoms- Chronic Pain. HealthCentral. July 12, 2010. 



Back Pain Affects Entire Nervous System

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Improve You Eating Habits With Organic

For a list of the "dirty dozen," foods you should always buy organic, click here: http://goo.gl/MYLWgG

Improve You Eating Habits With Organic

For a list of the "dirty dozen," foods you should always buy organic, click here: http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ALB00035/The-Dirty-Dozen-Foods-You-Should-Always-Buy-Organic.html
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Get Your Diet Back On Track

Just in case you over indulged on candy, here are some healthy snack ideas.

Get Your Diet Back On Track

Just in case you over indulged on candy, here are some healthy snack ideas.
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Connect All the Pieces with Chiropractic

Chiropractors put all the pieces together making your body function at an optimal level.

Connect All the Pieces with Chiropractic

Your body is formed by collection of pieces. When these pieces do not correlate with one another the body falters. Your brain, spine, tissue connection is the most imperative of all. Connect these pieces correctly so that your messages, thoughts, intuitions, and actions can be expressed to the best of your ability. Chiropractors put all the pieces together making your body function at an optimal level.
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Strengthen your brain before and after concussion

Strengthen your brain before and after concussion

Post concussion has traditionally been a frustrating time for any athlete. Basically a recommendation of rest and no brain stimulation (video games, reading, TV, etc. . . ) until the athlete is cleared. And even then, step two is light aerobic exercise such as walking or stationary cycling, no resistance training or weight lifting.(1) For any competitive athlete, sitting around is paramount to torture. And often this can last up to 3 weeks post injury. Well, here’s some research from the Journal of Neurotrauma(2) that you can do to help strengthen your brain and speed your return to sport. It’s really quite simple. Supplement with omega 3, or as the researchers call it docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Typical recommendations...Read More
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Amazing Feats of Chiropractic

Amazing Feats of Chiropractic


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Chiropractic care for scoliosis

Chiropractic care for scoliosis

"Chiropractic treatment was associated with a reduction in the degree of curvature of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis",   "after half a year of conventional medical treatment had failed to stop curve progression."  J Alternative Complement Med. 2008 (Jul);   14 (6):   749–751
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Drink Up Today!

Be kind to your body. Drink lots of water today!

Drink Up Today!

Be kind to your body. Drink lots of water today!
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The 13 Winter Superfoods You Should Be Eating...

The 13 Winter Superfoods You Should Be Eating...

Just because the polar vortex is back, doesn't mean you can't have fresh produce. Believe it or not, some fruits and veggies are in their prime this time of year. Sharon Richter, RD walks us through some of the best picks and the tastiest ways to serve them. Read on for her top 13 of the season! 1. Chicories Kale may be getting all the attention lately, but let some chicories into your life now. Not only are they packed with flavor (and folate), they're also hearty and ideal...Read More
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Eat Whole Foods & See Your Chiropractor

Eat Whole Foods & See Your Chiropractor


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It's all in the Way you Choose to Look at it

It's all in the Way you Choose to Look at it

Ever been told by someone or even by your own self-talk, "It's impossible", about something you wish to accomplish or overcome? Choose to change the way you think, look at it and look at that word. Whatever it is, it's NOT "impossible", it's "I'mPossible". Now go do it!
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Keep your body more aware!

Keep aware...

Keep your body more aware!


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Chiropractic & the 2012 London Olympics

Chiropractic & the 2012 London Olympics


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Would Grandma Know?

Eat whole, local, and fresh first! ​

Would Grandma Know?

Eat whole, local, and fresh first!
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Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain?

Lower Back Pain

Improperly positioned monitors are a big source of back pain. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) advises that you w ork with your doctor of chiropractic to ensure that your computer work station is ergonomically correct. You can also review these OSHA guidelines for setting up your work station: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/ etools/ computerworkstations/
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Neck Adjustments Effective for Cervicogenic Headache

Neck Adjustments for Cervicogenic Headache-Chiropractic News


Most people with chronic headache depend on medication to get by, but a recent study reminds us of the power of drug-free treatments.


Cervicogenic headache is estimated to affect between 20-25% of the adult population, but because the symptoms often mimic migraine and tension-type headache, the diagnosis can be easily overlooked.


This headache type is caused by musculoskeletal impairments in the cervical spine, or neck, that cause pain at the base of the skull or above the eyes. Patients also often report dizziness and lightheadedness. Both invasive and non-invasive treatments are available for CGH, but more research was needed to confirm the effectiveness of non-invasive approaches.


A recent study included a meta-analysis of six randomized, controlled trials on the effects of manual therapies for CGH. The interventions assessed included therapist-driven cervical manipulation and mobilization (neck adjustments); self-applied cervical mobilization; cervico-scapular strengthening; and therapist-driven cervical and thoracic manipulation.


Patients in all but one study reported a decrease in disability and pain after these treatments, as well as an improvement in function. The researchers found that a combined treatment of therapist-driven cervical manipulation and mobilization, along with strengthening exercises, were the most effective for minimizing pain.


These results add to previous research demonstrating the efficacy of a combined chiropractic and exercise treatment for CGH. Before you reach for medication for your headache, consider seeing a chiropractor who can help to diagnose and treat your headache once and for all.



References


Jull G, Trott P, Potter H, et al. A randomized controlled trail of exercise and manipulative therapy for cervicogenic headache. Spine 2002; 27(17):1835-1843.


Racicki S, et al. Conservative physical therapy management for the treatment of cervicogenic headache: a systemic review. Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy 2013; 21(2): 113-124. 



Neck Adjustments Effective for Cervicogenic Headache

Drug Company Research Biased?

A study was conducted comparing research paid for by drug and device companies with studies by independent authors. Not surprisingly the “sponsorship of drug and device studies by the manufacturing company leads to more favorable results and conclusions than sponsorship by other sources.”


Researchers noted that “our analyses suggest the existence of an industry bias that cannot be explained by standard ‘Risk of bias’ assessments.” Something to think about when reading reports on how effective a drug is for your ailment.


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Monday, January 27, 2014

The Spine Stimulates The Brain

The Spine Stimulates The Brain


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Chiropractic Saves

Chiropractic Saves

Did you know that besides being more cost-effective in treating back problems and headaches than traditional medical care, Chiropractic can also reduce hospitalizations and the need for pharmaceutical drugs?
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Awaken the healing force within

Awaken the healing force within

There is a force within your body that knows how to keep you whole & healthy.
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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Insomnia

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Insomnia

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) estimates that as many as 500,000 Americans suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It is a syndrome that affects many, right here in the Nazareth community. MedicineNet.com defines Chronic Fatigue Syndrome as, “a debilitating and complex disorder characterized by profound fatigue of six months or longer duration that is not improved by bed rest and that may be worsened by physical or mental activity.” Chronic Fatigue patients come to us and say they get sick more often than normal, they are in a constant mental “fog”, they have muscle or joint pains such as of the knees/hips/shoulders, and/or they are not sleeping well. The National Sleep Foundation estimated in 2002 that...Read More
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Movement Increases Rate Of Regenerating Brain...

Movement Increases Rate Of Regenerating Brain...

Exercise and Chiropractic help your brain more than you think.
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Avoid Text Neck

Avoid Text Neck

Technology is great, but it can also be a pain in the neck. Read up on how to avoid those aches and pains caused by your electronics: http://www.yourback-health.com/lifestyle/text-neck/
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Now you can take your community with you!

My favorite chiropractic website is now a mobile app!

Now you can take your community with you!

Going mobile is easy! Just open this link with your mobile device and install the FREE app: http://bit.ly/AmpLIFEiedApp
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Burn More Fat

​Who couldn't use more ways to burn fat? Give these a try!

Burn More Fat

Who couldn't use more ways to burn fat? Give these a try!
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Benefits of Squash

Vegetables that are local and in season have more nutrients than those stored then shipped long distances.

Benefits of Squash

Squash is in season now, and vegetables that are local and in season have more nutrients than those stored then shipped long distances. Do you have a favorite squash recipe?
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Who do you surround yourself with?

Who do you surround yourself with?

Who do you surround yourself with? It makes a difference!
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Vitalistic Philosophy

How will chiropractic change your life?

Vitalistic Philosophy


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Chiropractic Care Makes It Better

​Add life to years and years to life with chiropractic!

Chiropractic Care Makes It Better

Add life to years and years to life with chiropractic!
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