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Vitamin D, a Necessity for Strong Bones

Posted on: May 18th, 2015 by owner No Comments

Vitamin D, a Necessity for Strong BonesGetting enough Vitamin D is a very important part of having good bone health and in turn, being a healthy person overall. While we often hear the importance of vitamin D stressed for children due to their growing bones, it is important to note that it is still very important in adults and especially in women, who become naturally at higher risk for bone diseases such as osteoporosis after they go through menopause. Thankfully, there are many different ways to ensure that you get enough vitamin D to keeps your bones strong and healthy throughout life.

Getting direct sunlight actually allows your body to produce its own vitamin D. Getting some exercise outside can be a great way to boost your vitamin D levels. Of course take caution and make sure you do not get sunburned or dehydrated, but sunlight can often be a good thing too! Then of course there are dietary options. It is best to talk to a pharmacist or doctor (or other healthcare professional; perhaps even a chiropractor) to figure out how much is best for you if you go that route.

Vitamin D is actually not a vitamin as was originally thought (and which led to the misnomer). It is actually a hormone which guides several processes within the body including the formation and maintenance of strong bones. Ensuring adequate intake is especially for children as they grow and women post-menopause. This is because other hormonal changes (namely estrogen) leads to reduced hormonal support of bones as a woman ages and puts them at risk of less dense or even brittle bones which can lead to fractures and other injuries. This is why women are often started on supplements past a certain age.

Aside from the impact on bones, vitamin D can be important for other bodily processes including your immune system and muscle health. So don’t put off talking to your doctor about your vitamin D levels and potentially getting them tested if your doctor thinks you are at risk. It is always better to find out about deficiencies before you actually suffer a grueling event that lands you in the hospital.

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Microwaves and Nutrients

Posted on: May 5th, 2015 by owner No Comments

Microwaves and NutrientsWe all know that it is important to have a diet rich in nutrients with foods like vegetables and protein-heavy components. We also know that the raw form of many foods, namely vegetables, are often choc-full of vitamins and minerals that are very important. One question that is often forgotten or asked but not answered is whether a particular form of food preparation will nullify or reduce any of these benefits prior to consumption. Microwaving is an especially popular cooking option that may change the chemical structure of foods and as a result potentially change the nutritional impact on the body. But it is not all bad and this effect certainly isn’t to the point where it makes eating healthy foods cooked via the microwave lose their benefit altogether.

While the microwave can degrade certain vitamins like vitamin C and B12, others are not affected or potentially even strengthened, such as some antioxidants which are “freed” as the proteins that bind them denature in the high temperatures of the microwave. These free antioxidants can then have a larger impact on the person consuming them. A recently Harvard Health Letter actually suggests that the best cooking methods are the ones that quickly heat up food and cook them for the shortest amount of time- traits that the microwave often has.

While the science is not established to really push one side without question, it is apparent that there are pros and con to heating food via the microwave and using different forms of cooking are probably the best way to go about maintaining a healthy diet. One of the downsides associated with microwaves is also the uneven cooking, which can often lead to nutrients and proteins being degraded in the ultra-hot part of the food and not at the cooler parts. This may lead the cooker to mix the food and then reheat it, leading to an overall loss in nutrients. This can be gotten around by making sure that foods do not get too cooked at once. By splitting up microwave cooking times into several bits (for example five, one minute cooking time periods as opposed to one five minute cook) and mixing the food or rotating it may help in avoiding the issues with uneven cooking and the impact it has on nutrition. Overall, it seems safe to say that microwaves can have very different impacts on our nutritional needs and the science on eating optimally with them is still emerging.

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Chiropractic Help for Headaches

Posted on: April 21st, 2015 by owner No Comments

Chiropractic Help for HeadachesGetting proper care for headaches can be crucial for long-run control. Headaches can be fickle and extremely unpleasant things and while there is no surefire way to avoid them at all costs, there are many different solutions that can help reduce the likelihood of them and when they do happen, to reduce the discomfort and pain. There are a number of medications available and medical procedures that may help with headaches depending on the type and cause. Many of these come with many risks including unwanted side effects and high cost. Other options for headaches include a number of chiropractic options via your local chiropractor.

Chiropractors may be able to help with a variety of different types of headache including tension, sinus, toxic, cluster, and migraine headaches. Tension headaches are the most common of these with almost 80 percent of Americans suffering from them.  A chiropractic professional may be able to help reduce pressure that leads to this type of pain. There are also a number of allopathic remedies available. Toxic headaches are caused by toxins and may be cured or helped with various homeopathic detoxification remedies, although the science is not very strong on that.  It is important to understand what exactly might be causing the headache and to try to treat that if a treatment exists. Sinus headaches are often accompanied by the common cold or other ailments and may be treatment with some remedies like a vaporizer. Cluster headaches are likely the scariest or most painful of the bunch as they really target one area of the head and the pressure can be intense. Thankfully they are the least common, but for those who do suffer from them better management of the biological clock as guided by a chiropractor may help reduce the incidence in the longer run. The last type of headache is the migraine. They are a very painful and discomforting form of ailment that millions of people suffer from. Migraine headaches may have some homeopathic solutions, but avoiding triggers (these vary amongst patients but common ones include bright lights, loud noises, certain smells, etc.) can help as well.

There are many different homeopathic formulas available that may help treat the various types of headaches. Treatment options include things for the headaches themselves as well as tangential problems that may exacerbate the head pain. Given the large variety of options, seeing a chiropractic professional is likely the best course of action. The best treatment for most people will likely involve a combination of procedural intervention, medicine, and potentially some alternative remedies as well. It should also be noted that there are a number of treatments in traditional allopathic medicine for many of these headache types. It is best to talk with a professional (or potentially multiple professionals including both homeopathic and allopathic) about your personal history and needs before going with one option. Each option whether via a chiropractor or a traditional medical specialist, comes with its benefits and risks, so it is important to weigh those based on personal needs and preferences.

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Benefits of Chiropractic Care

Posted on: April 6th, 2015 by owner No Comments

Benefits of Chiropractic CareChiropractic care is an underrated and less discussed area in modern healthcare. Most people think that such care is limited to those who have back pain, but this common misconception is far from the truth! While pain and other issues of the back are certainly areas in which a chiropractor may be able to help, he or she can also help with a number of other ailments including headaches, digestive issues, and immune-related problems. The greatest thing about it is that chiropractors offer up potential solutions that are not based around medications which often come with unwanted and unpleasant side effects.

Many headaches are caused due to issues with the soft tissues in your neck (cervicogenic) and can be helped by a variety of physical techniques and therapy options that chiropractors are trained on. Tension headaches and migraines along with neck headaches are amongst the most common and can also be treated through chiropractic care. And this is great news for patients who frequently get these headaches because it offers another option at a disease that can otherwise be very inconvenient and potentially even debilitating. Chiropractic care is also a good option in this space because the medications available through more traditional care are not tremendously effective and many patients find themselves struggling to control the pain even after trying many different types and versions of medications. There are many studies that support the effectiveness of chiropractic care in reducing headache pain via spinal manipulation. The literature specifically has shown reductions in headache intensity, frequency, as well as duration.

An even less intuitive area in which chiropractic care offers patients solutions is with issues of the digestive system. The various organs associated with digestion are actually amongst the most innervated by neurons in the entire body outside of the brain. The high bundles of neurons and the many messages being sent and processed in the area are often referred to as the “digestive brain”. The digestive brain is connected to the spinal cord where nerve tissue communicates with the central nervous system. When there are issues with the spinal cord, this messaging system can have issues. This is where chiropractors can help- by fixing alignment and other issues of the spinal cord, downstream effects can include improved messaging between the central nervous system and the digestive brain. There have been published case reports that support this.

The large involvement of nerves in regulating inflammatory and other cells also makes the immune impact of the spinal cord significant. As a result, this is yet another area where a chiropractor can help with issues. And really even this can be extended to any other ailment within the body that is tied in some way to the nervous system. So while chiropractors can certainly help patients with back pain, they can often also treat or guide patients in a number of other seemingly unrelated (but usually not actually unrelated) ailments. In being able to do this, they can be a part of an effective holistic approach to healthcare.

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Chiropractors’ Role in Arthritis and Other Diseases

Posted on: March 23rd, 2015 by owner No Comments

Chiropractors’ Role in Arthritis and Other DiseasesChiropractors are complementary medicine professionals who specialize in issues of the joints and spinal cord. They utilize a holistic approach that looks at wellness endpoints instead of just focusing on curing sickness. In looking at the bigger picture and preventative measures, there are a number of ways that chiropractors can help patients. From helping establish healthy diet plans to planning exercise regimens to helping with skeletal alignment issues, many chiropractors can offer a wide range of services. Many insurance plans cover some or all of these procedures as a result.

One of the disease states in which chiropractors can have an especially positive impact is arthritis. Arthritis is joint pain and stiffness which can limit movement and make for a very uncomfortable time even when doing daily tasks. It happens due to inflammation of the joints and can occur in virtually any joint in the body, although the hands and feet are most common. Arthritis has the potential to cause damage beyond just the joints and can even harm soft tissues and muscles including the heart.

Although most common in the elderly, arthritis can occur at any age. There are over a hundred different types of the disease with the most common including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and septic arthritis. Each type has its own cause and the severity and patient presentation can drastically vary depending on the type and how far along the disease has progressed. There are various tests that can help establish a diagnosis, but generally physical examination with radiographic scans and potentially blood work are the standard. The primary complaint that patients come in with before diagnosis is joint pain.

Chiropractors can play an active and very important role in the management of arthritis. They can help in reducing inflammation and reducing pain via procedural intervention as well as coaching patients through best practices to minimize flare-ups in their daily lives. A key part of the chiropractic philosophy as relevant to arthritis is that people often put their bodies in suboptimal physical positions throughout the day and by reducing those occurrences, outcomes can be improved.

Many medications exist that can help with arthritis, but a chiropractor can serve as a longer-term coach and potentially help reduce the reliance on medications which can often have unwanted side effects.  Many medications also only help with the symptoms and do not affect the underlying issues that cause the disease. While chiropractors cannot cure arthritis or help with all aspects of its management, they are part of a comprehensive approach to effectively limiting the effect of the disease on one’s life.

With a focus on the spinal cord and how it affects various parts of the body, chiropractors often take a very different approach at treating arthritis and other diseases compared to other health professionals including medical doctors. Some patients find this approach more effective, especially when it comes to ailments like back pain. As patients who have suffered from diseases like arthritis for a long time know, everyone’s disease is slightly different and as a result there isn’t only one thing that works. Chiropractic solutions are one of many possibilities in treating the disease and hopefully bettering a patient’s life.

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Spinal Decompression Gives The Chiropractor A New Technique

Posted on: February 24th, 2015 by owner No Comments

 Spinal Decompression Gives The Chiropractor A New TechiqueAnyone who is suffering from back pain knows that it is nowhere near a fun thing. A compressed spine in particular can yield any number of associated physical problems that are just too horrific.

A compressed spine can lead to numbness, excruciating pain, sexualch dysfunction, numbness, and other problems. This usually happens when there is too much weight on the spine causing the disks in the spinal column to compress thus not allowing the brain to send and receive the proper signals.

Normally, surgery is the only option along with sometimes weight loss. Often, putting on excess weight can cause the spine to compress and if it goes on for an extended period of time it can cause the spine to bend or bow as well as compress. Surgery however isn’t the be all and end all of treatments and spinal decompression from a qualified chiropractor just might be the solution.

The process should only be done by a professional. You’ll need to do your due diligence and read up on the process so you’ll be better prepared for what you’ll need to have done. It doesn’t require drugs or surgery and the chiropractor will walk you through the entire procedure in coordination with your regular doctor. It’s about educating yourself about the procedure as well as knowing what to expect. If you’re a good candidate for the procedure then it’s best to follow the instructions and guidance all the way through.

The mainstream medical industry is starting to see the value of spinal decompression. It’s due to the statistics of both further clinical studies of both the top medical institutions as well as top chiropractors. The patients’ success stories add up too. This amount of growing data that shows the advantages of spinal decompression is making heads turn.

Word of mouth goes along with this too as patients tell their friends and family about the procedure. They ask their chiropractors and doctors about it as well as study up on the process. This growing interest will certainly usher in the spinal decompression age. This is why, if one is suffering from back pain and the diagnosis is spinal decompression, you’ll have an option other than the standard that might not help you, or if you’re concerned about surgery and medication.
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Weight Loss: The Truth about Protein

Posted on: January 26th, 2015 by owner No Comments

Weight Loss: The Truth about ProteinAs a chiropractic practitioner you need to be aware of what can actually put you in a position to better your life. This means losing weight and getting into a reasonable diet of course, but this isn’t exactly information that you would want to hear from a chiropractor. You might not know this, but chiropractic workers are well versed in just about every single medical field you could think of. They may specialize in backs and joints, but that doesn’t mean they won’t have useful information regarding weight loss for you. Protein is going to be a cornerstone of every single muscle-building diet out there, and the ultimate goal in the physique world is to get as much muscle as you possibly can. Weight loss is a very shady topic, tons of people just focus on trying to turn a profit instead of actually helping people with their problems.

General Tips

These generalized tips should get you in the perfect frame of mind when it comes to losing weight, because the mind frame that you’re currently in is going to play an important role no matter what. Don’t fall into the trend of buying supplements and new diet programs, this is just a way to suck you dry of your money and make sure that the company selling that junk is still in business. You can easily look up anything they’ll try and sell you on the internet for yourself, you just need to be ready and willing when it comes to the search. If you want to lose weight there needs to be something called a caloric deficit, which is essentially taking in a lesser amount of calories than your body can burn in a day.

That’s why working out is a necessary evil when looking to lose weight, because it burns a lot more calories than just sitting around all day.

Why Protein?

As a chiropractor weight loss is going to help you take pressure off of your joints and back, but you can’t forget about protein. Protein will ensure that the muscle you’re breaking down while working out will build back up stronger than it ever was, which is how most people who go to the gym train. They make use of protein powders in order to see optimal results in a quicker amount of time, and who wouldn’t want that!?

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Why You Should See Your Chiropractor Over the Holidays

Posted on: January 5th, 2015 by owner No Comments

Why You Should See Your Chiropractor Over the HolidaysSome of us are constantly worried about or health and our bodies, and that’s completely normal. It’s one thing to be worried about the little things, but considering your body is what you’ll be spending your entire life inside of you should be keeping track of its ups and downs. Back pain can turn Christmas into a nightmare, you’ll be lifting heavy presents into the back of your car and then hauling off 20 gift bags in each hand for the rest of your extended family. It’s the season of joy and giving, but it’s also the season of back pains and muscular problems. The older we get the weaker our bones becomes, as well as our muscle systems and such. It’s kind of a bummer, but that’s just how life works and we’ve got to get used to it!

Your chiropractor isn’t just good for the whole “crack my back and make me feel amazing” routine, they can actually help you cope with many other things like stress or even joint pain if that’s something you’ve been suffering from. We’re going to go through a small list of symptoms that would enable you to head to the chiropractors over the holidays, and you’ll be surprised as to how common they can be. Chiropractic care is the real deal!

Stress

Stress is always going to come hand in hand with the Christmas season, buying gifts that everybody will love can be a bit overwhelming (especially if it’s taking a toll on your life financially). Stress can actually attribute to you throwing your back out as well, which is essentially lifting something so heavy that your back just gives up. Stress can also have you dealing with headaches and many other types of pain prominent in your head, jaw and even your neck. Stress is easily fixed through mental training and trying to put yourself first before others, but seeing as its Christmas you might just be better off seeing a qualified chiropractor.

Travelling

When you have to travel for work you’re not going to be in the comfort of your own home, and sometimes that can have you cramped up. You’ll sit on a plane for 12 hours and then take a 2 hour cab ride from the airport to your hotel room, after that you get to go back inside of a cab to get to your conference; at that point your back is on fire and you’re more stressed out than you ever thought possible! Extensive travelling is quite common around the holidays, and that means carrying heavy luggage bags and toting around vein heavier presents for your family.

Flu Season

Seeing as it’s technically flu season that’s just another reason as to why you should be getting “adjusted” (through your chiropractor) on a consistent basis. It will allow for your immune system to strengthen itself over time and thus allow you to combat the flu and colds much more efficiently! That’s ideal for the holidays after all, so it’s a rather great idea.

Getting Better Sleep: Ask Your Chiropractor!

Posted on: December 3rd, 2014 by owner No Comments

Getting Better Sleep: Ask Your Chiropractor!Chiropractors are always going to be reliable sources when it comes to the treatment of your aches and pains, and when those ailments have a very large part to play in your insomnia (which is the inability to fall asleep with ease) you’re going to be searching high and low for answers. If you’ve never had to struggle when it comes to going to sleep at night than you don’t even know how terrible it is, the sleep you get is going to determine your energy levels for the next day and that’s why it’s so crucial. The long days at work are going to take a toll on you sooner or later, and if you’ve been dealing with certain aches while you lay down (or even sit at your office desk) there’s going to be a dire need for relief.

Head over to your chiropractor and see what they have to say on the matter, odds are they’re going to understand what you need in order to treat your problems (And usually only a chiropractor can tell you what you’re in need of). There are certain products that can also make sleeping way easier, things like mattress toppers and specific brands of mattresses are going to make sleeping much easier, even if you suffer from tons of different aches and pains. There are even specific versions of pillows and such that your chiropractor can recommend to you, which will actually make a difference whether you’re aware of it or not! It’s all about keeping yourself prepared, and taking a trip to the chiropractor is the easiest way to go about doing so.

Back pain is one of the more popular causes of sleeplessness in people all over the world, and that’s why treating it properly should be a top priority to most people. Your back does a lot for you throughout your life, and the moment it gives out or becomes injured you’re going to be a changed person. Take care of yourself and you’ll see that it translates into other branches of life, and if you can feel good about sleeping you’ll feel good about everything else. Contact your physician today and see if there’s anything they can do for you when it comes to getting a better sleep, especially if the problem happens to be interfering with your work schedule (or anything along the lines of that).

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Treating Stress Through Alternative Means (and a Chiropractor!)

Posted on: November 24th, 2014 by owner No Comments

Treating Stress Through Alternative MeansAs we grow older we seem to lose our child within, which is actually a bad thing when you look at it in the proper light. Toddlers are said to be the giggly type, as the average number of times a toddler laughs per day is 400! That’s astounding when you compare it alongside the average number of time an adult laughs per day, which is a measly 15. When we get older it seems like we have way too many problems to deal with, when we’re young we always believe that the world is about peace and love. Little did we know that we would be working to make a living, as well as dealing with the problems that people deal with every single day (that is if they aren’t children). Stress can really play a big part in how happy you’ll be living your life, and whenever there’s a chance to relieve yourself of said ailment you should be taking.

Stress can mean a lot to some people, it can make you feel terrible physically and it can just drain you emotionally as well. Stress is one thing that just about every single human has to deal with, there are going to be certain situations in your life that you aren’t going to be completely happy with. The right chiropractor actually has the ability to completely relieve of any stress that you’re feeling, that is if it’s within reason of course. Sometimes stress being built up in your body can be due to tense muscles and things like that, which is why a chiropractor can help you so much. Stress itself is actually a chemical, and according to the balance of your body (when it comes to your spine and such) some people are going to produce more than others.

This stress can result in many different things, but usually results in aches and pains regarding your shoulder, neck, back or any other portion of your body that is typically at risk when it comes to aching pains. The right chiropractor is going to make a large difference when it comes to dealing with your stress levels, so try it out for yourself and see what kind of results you’ll come out with. Tons of others are doing, so it must mean that it’s working in one way or another.

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