4 Myths About Back Pain, And Is Chocolate Really Good For You?

Health-E-News March 2017
empowering you to optimal health

 

Top 4 Myths You Should Know About Back Pain

Back pain can strike at any time and most people have some misconceptions about the commonality of it and the cause of it.  For some, the belief is that it’s just a normal part of aging, while others think that being physically active will prevent it.

There are a few common myths about back pain that can make people think a situation is worse than or not as serious as it truly is. Take a look at these four myths that have been busted in order to set the record straight for those that are misunderstanding their back pain.

Back pain means you’re going to need surgery

One common myth about back pain is that it automatically means that surgery is in your future. In reality, almost everyone ends up with back pain at one time or another. You won’t necessarily need surgery and if you do, it doesn’t always mean it’s going to be needed any time soon.

There are so many natural ways you can address the pain that may make the need for surgery obsolete. Chiropractic adjustments are one of the best treatments for back pain and can make a huge difference in correcting any problems causing pain.

Being active will prevent any potential of back pain

Another myth about back pain is that being physically active prevents any potential for back pain. While being physically active is a wise decision for keeping your body in peak condition, it doesn’t mean back pain won’t come find you too.

The best thing you can do to prevent the possibility of it is to continue to stay active, eat a highly nutritious diet, maintain great posture, and reduce stress in your environment. That is your best prevention for back pain, but it could still happen to you. Fortunately there are natural ways to heal your back pain, such as chiropractic adjustments, that will make it easier to treat a condition and will work wonderfully for someone who has been taking care of their health on a daily basis.

Back pain comes with aging anyways

Many people think that when you age, it’s inevitable you are going to get back pain. This is actually a big myth because back pain is not just a normal part of aging at all. While it’s common to end up with back pain as you age, this is because aging adults are more susceptible to illness and disease in general.

You can work on preventative care as you get older to keep your spine and back healthy, through proper exercise, nutrition, posture, removing stress, and getting adjustments.

Injuries aren’t as bad if the pain is low

Lastly, for those who get some minor back pain, they may assume that the injury isn’t so bad. Pain is actually an inaccurate indicator for the severity of back pain. Pain often takes days, or even weeks and months to really show itself. A mild back ache after an injury should not be taken as gospel of how serious the injury it is. Get it checked out and give it time to find out how serious the pain is going to get and how serious the injury actually was.

Any back pain should be checked out by your physician. If you haven’t experienced any, do the preventative maintenance to decrease your chances of getting it in the future.

 

How can You Improve a Bad Mood Naturally?

When we’re in the middle of the long winter season, bad moods may spring up more often than ever. If you find yourself in a bad mood, especially during the work day or while you’re trying to enjoy your family time at night, how do you cheer up in order to be your best self instead?

Sometimes you just have your bad days, but no matter what caused your bad mood, there are natural ways to cure the problem. You don’t need to call in sick or avoid your family dinner tonight; instead, you can use a few tricks to turn your day around. Each of these ideas only takes a few minutes and it can mean the difference between a day of complaining to a day that turned out to be really positive. Here are the tricks to improve your mood naturally.

Take a walk before you go to the office

If you’re dreading your work day, start the morning off differently by taking a short walk before leaving for work. Sometimes when you’re used to rushing around in the morning, getting the ice off the windshield, and trying to get through traffic, you find that there are days when you just can’t find the motivation to do it all. Today, take a short walk to get your blood pumping, get some vitamin D from the sun, and to enjoy the mood-enhancing endorphins that come with moving your body.

Clean your workspace

Another trick that will improve your work day is doing a little tidying at your work station. If you have a desk or office, make today the day you clean things, purge, file, and sort your belongings. Get in there and start dusting your workspace, making it sparkle, shine, and smell great in there.

Put things away and take care of projects that are burdening your mind. People always feel better with a clean desk and seeing projects get off their desk and done for good. You may find your focus and productivity improve big time for the rest of the day, making today a great day again.

Music and laughter

Sometimes putting on some tunes or having a laugh with a friend is just what you need. Put some music on at your desk that offers a happy beat where you can relax and enjoy yourself a little more today. During your break, call a friend for a quick laugh or catch up with a coworker on anything funny going on in their lives. You could even search for a short comedy routine video online for a quick pick-me-up.

Take care of your body

Lastly, your body may be telling you you’re not taking care of it well enough this time of year. It’s time to make sure you are getting 8 hours of sleep and visiting your chiropractor for regular adjustments. That poor sleep, back pain, and achy joints from the daily grind and shoveling the snow needs to be corrected. Start scheduling regular adjustments and getting to bed at a reasonable hour and you may find your whole world turns around because of it.

Don’t let your bad mood ruin your day, your week, or the whole winter season. Use these tips to perk up and feel like a new person naturally!

 

Have you ever thought about the way food affects your body? Food can have a major effect on you, especially when it comes to the nervous system. While you may be guilty of choosing fast food for lunch or unhealthy snacks late at night, it’s important to cut that out of your life as much as possible.

That’s because making the decision to choose healthy foods like nuts and bananas instead of soda and candy can offer you major benefits that you’ll notice when it comes to brain function. Take a closer look at how you can keep your mind sharper through your diet, by eating these foods that benefit your nervous system.

 

How Food Can Benefit Your Nervous System

Nuts

You’ve probably enjoyed snacking on nuts on occasion and love when they are found in your favorite candy bar. It turns out that nuts like almonds and cashews are wonderful for your nervous system. These nuts are rich in magnesium and you’ll also found selenium found in the brazil nut. The brazil nut is one of the best sources for this, and it benefits you in that it will relax your nervous system. Nuts are the perfect midday snack!

Your morning fruit

Who doesn’t love some fruit in the morning with breakfast? Start choosing bananas and you’ll benefit in a major way from the potassium found in it. Athletes are known for choosing bananas before a big game because they help to keep you and your brain hydrated through its electrolytes. Think like an athlete and choose a banana before going for a run or heading to the big board meeting.

Add spinach to that salad

You love a lunchtime salad but ordering one with spinach in it will have wonderful benefits. Spinach is really high in folate, as well as Vitamin B and B6. These nutrients will help you prevent getting dementia because dark leafy greens like this are known for breaking down homocysteines. Start choosing spinach throughout the week and keep your brain healthy.

The best juice for your mind

You love orange juice and apple juice with your morning eggs, but swapping your juice for pomegranate will be a great way to keep your mind healthy. Pomegranate juice is known for fighting free radicals which keeps your mind active.

Cook with garlic

Garlic makes dinner taste so good and it turns out that adding garlic to your food can prevent the mind’s aging process. Your brain will stay sharper longer when you choose garlic because of the antioxidant properties.

Dark chocolate for the win

When you choose healthy foods to benefit your nervous system, you may be surprised to hear that your favorite treat makes the list. Dark chocolate or cacao is a great nutrient for calming the mind. It has L-tryptophan in it which is the neurotransmitter that calms the mind. Have some dark chocolate for dessert and don’t feel guilty about it!

These are a few of the foods that are easy to incorporate into your weekly diet that will have major benefits to your nervous system!

Chiropractic helps kids and seniors, and 7 ways to keep motivated

Health-E-News February 2017
empowering you to optimal health

 

Chiropractic helps young child suffering from chronic constipation, daily vomiting and leg pains

If you or your child suffers from constipation and have tried traditional medical approaches without success, Chiropractic care can help.

Constipation is defined as the difficulty or delays in defecation. It has been found to affect 30% of children between the ages 6-12 years old annually. The problem can first appear early at the ages of 2-4 years old and can last from several days to weeks. The causes of constipation can vary from a poor diet, lack of exercise, food allergies, spinal cord problems or irritable bowel syndrome. Other symptoms that may occur with constipation is painful defecations, small and hard stools and/or vomiting.

In this case study, a 6 year old boy was brought to see a Chiropractor seeking an alternative approach to his health-related issues, the primary issues including constipation and leg pain and secondary issues including vomiting, weight and appetite loss. The child has been experiencing these issues since the age of 2 and it was noted that the child has missed 45 days of school per year due to the pain. During an endoscopic examination, it was revealed that a small stomach ulcer was present. Prior to consulting chiropractic care, the child first visited a medical physician that suggested of change in diet and intake in more fluids would solve the child’s constipation. However, the child’s condition was more severe than expected and at the age of 4, he was provided medical prescriptions. Although medication assisted in the child experiencing bowel movements, it was described as being “hard and painful”. It was only at the age of 6 that the child was consulted to chiropractic care.

During the physical examination, it visually evident that there the child suffered from poor posture as his head tilted to the right and his right shoulder was elevated. After the consultation, the child was adjusted 3 times a week for 6 weeks. Multiple techniques such as the Diversified Technique and HVLA-type adjustments were used. Within the first week of chiropractic care, the child reported daily bowel movements that were no longer painful. After seeing much improvements, the child withdrew from the medication, had gained weight and had an increased appetite and no longer had leg pains.

Mills, M. & Alcantara, J. (2013). Resolution of Severe Constipation, Vomiting and Leg Pain in a Child Undergoing Subluxation Based Chiropractic Care: A Case Report. Journal Of Pediatric, Maternal, & Family Health – Chiropractic4, 4(2)

 

Chiropractic care significantly improved an older male subject’s anxiety and hypertension.

If you or anyone you know suffers from hypertension and/or anxiety, chiropractic care has been shown to significantly reduce both conditions.

 

Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental illnesses among individuals in North America. These anxiety disorders are associated with dread or fear about certain events in the future. This anxiety can essentially take over one’s thoughts and emotions and find it difficult to concentrate, sleep and experience irritability and muscle tension. Hypertension is an accumulation of high blood pressure over a longer period of time. A correlation between hypertension and anxiety has been shown. Both conditions are generally treated with medical prescriptions and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

The person that was studied in this case was a 60-year-old male who suffered from both anxiety and hypertension. He was also reported to have a severe automobile accident 10 years prior to starting chiropractic care. He used to resort to drugs and alcohol at a younger age to deal with his anxiety. However, he had stopped this and got help from a medical doctor, who prescribed him medicine that would reduce his anxiety that he has been taking for over 20 years.

This individual began chiropractic care (Thompson Technique) at 60 years old. It was noted after a physical exam that the patient had multiple subluxations at all three levels of the spine. The patient received chiropractic care twice a week for a total of six months. He reported extraordinary results, his blood pressure had dropped significantly and after consulting with his medical doctor he was in good enough condition to stop the use of the prescribed drugs.

Prater-Manor, S., Clifton, E., & York, A. (2015). Resolution of Anxiety & Hypertension in a 60-Year-Old Male Following Subluxation Based Chiropractic Care: A Case Study & Review of the Literature. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research.

 

7 Ways to Continue Your 2017 Fitness Goals

It’s now January and it’s time to start those fitness goals you set for yourself during your new year’s resolutions! It’s an exciting time to take on the challenge and make this change. What better time than the start of 2017 to make sure you get yourself in shape, healthy, and ready for warmer weather?

Most people that look great in the summer worked for it the winter before, making no time like the present to get started. How do you get in the workout spirit when the weather’s cold, the holidays are over, and you’re craving a beach vacation? Use these seven tips to kick start your 2017 fitness goals knowing that you’ll feel great in that swimsuit when it’s time for that beach vacation later this year!

Go shopping

While you were excited about those fitness goals when you wrote them down, you may not be feeling the excitement now. The hardest part about this process will be actually getting started and one way to make the process exciting from the start is to go shopping for some new workout gear. Get rid of your old baggy t-shirts and worn out running shoes; it’s time go shopping.

Treating yourself to some great new kicks, your favorite new sports bra, and comfortable clothes that fit you well will make working out more comfortable and enjoyable. The best part is that it will be easy to feel the pounds coming off when you notice these same clothes start to fit differently in a few month after you’ve put the work in. Then you can go shopping again when you’re ready for some new gear!

Talk to a trainer

Perhaps you struggle with motivation or knowing how to work out properly. It’s a great time to work with a trainer to get in shape and to do it safely. Many gyms offer free trainers with your membership and in other cases, you could hire a trainer that helps you train outdoors or accompanies you to the gym.

You may even like the idea of fitness classes where you are following the lead of an instructor, like CrossFit, yoga, Pilates, cycling, or a fitness boot camp. Sometimes it takes the push of a leader to help you through the motions and be available for questions.

Grab a partner

Do you have more fun working out when you have a friend to join you? It’s a great time to recruit a workout buddy to make working out fun. You could even grab a whole group that works out together or grab a few friends to take a class together. Friends will not only make it more fun, but they’ll keep you motivated and excited about your next gym day.

Change your diet

If you’re in the process of learning about healthier food options, start with small changes while you get the hang of things. Swap out your fries for a salad, your pancakes for eggs and sausage, and remove as much sugar from your diet as possible. Once you start to learn about healthier options, you’ll find that your favorite breads, pastas, and hamburgers can be substituted for better options too.

Increase the water

While you’re increasing your exercise and cutting from your diet, make sure you are hydrating more than ever. Sometimes when you’re hungry, it’s your body telling you that you’re actually dehydrated. Bring water with you to your workouts and be sure to drink water before meals and when you wake up in the morning.

Set reasonable goal

Take a look at your goals to make sure you’ve set realistic ones in the first place. It’s important to set achievable goals so that you can meat different milestones throughout the process. Committing to working out 7 days per week doesn’t give your body a rest while once per week may be too little to meet your goals.

Committing to a certain weight by a certain date may be a challenge too. Focus on meeting your fitness and healthy eating goals and watch the weight change and muscles improve naturally without a deadline or unhealthy tactics.

Technology is your friend

Lastly, a great trick that many are using these days is getting technology involved in their goals. Using online trackers like MyFitnessPal will help you to track your food and burnt calories. Get a wearable device that will help you track your heart rate, calories burnt, and even your sleep. Seeing weight loss or progress in your workout time will keep you motivated too.

It’s a hard time of year to be motivated in anything but you can do it with a few tricks. Try these seven ways to get you started to meet your 2017 goals!

 

 

 

 

Chiropractic Care and Ear Infections

How Chiropractic Care Helps Ear Aches

Many parents bring their children into our office asking us to treat their ear infections. My first response is that the purpose of chiropractic care is not the treatment of conditions or diseases; rather, it is the restoration of normal body function. I explain that as chiropractors, we work with the nervous system via gentle spinal adjustments. We reduce stress related interference to the nervous system, thereby enhancing all overall body function. I further explain that all systems of the body—muscular, glandular, respiratory, circulatory, digestive, eliminatory, hormonal and immunological—depend on the optimal function of the nervous system. With chiropractic, we focus on nerve system function to enhance all the body’s systems.Because many parents are unaware of the variety of options available for the treatment of ear infections, I continue, “As a parent, you have some choices to make. You can either treat the ear infection, or not—that’s your right as a parent. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a watch-and-wait approach, because the evidence-based research about antibiotics is showing that not only are they ineffective at treating ear infections, but they will actually lead to repeated ear infections in your child.

As a parent, you can choose to treat or not to treat. “If you do choose to treat, you again have some options. You can treat the ear infections allopathically (the typical medical/ drug route) or naturally. If you choose to go the usual route to a pediatrician, she may take a watch-and-wait approach.

More likely, she will prescribe an antibiotic. If, however, you would prefer to treat the ear infections more naturally, there are several options for you to consider. A naturopath will explore herbs and nutrition; a homeopath will assess your child for a specific remedy; an acupuncturist will work with specific meridian points for healing.

“It is so important that you as a parent realize you have choices, and the right to make these choices for your family.

“Regardless of the choices you make, the chiropractic approach will improve your child’s inherent ability to function. Doesn’t it make sense to have your child function at an optimal level for healing no matter how (or if ) you choose to treat? We will assess your child’s spine, make the necessary adjustments to improve nerve system function and offer lifestyle suggestions to reduce nerve system stress for your child. We will also support any decision you make in your choice to treat the infection or not. This is your right as a parent, and we stand behind informed choice.”

It is important that parents realize the role chiropractic plays in whole-body wellness. So, too, is it important for parents to know, when reading the following testimonials, that chiropractic adjustments have allowed these children to express a greater state of health and wholeness, and that their systems were able to overcome repeated infections because neuro-immunology function was restored.

Chiropractic—The Best Thing We’ve Done!

I started taking my 2-year-old daughter to the chiropractor as a last resort. She had had monthly ear infections for about nine months. We had recently scheduled surgery for her to have tubes put in, but it just didn’t feel right to put her through surgery without exhausting all of our other options.

Taking her to a chiropractor was the best thing we could have done for her! We canceled her surgery, and she has not had one ear infection since we started going. It’s a miracle, especially since she has had a couple of colds that would have definitely turned into ear infections without chiropractic care. We took her to the chiropractor immediately after she came down with her last cold, and the cold was practically gone the next day. We have also seen an improvement in my daughter’s temperament since we started care. She gets sick less often, and seems more content overall. I recommend chiropractic for anyone wanting to improve his or her overall health and well-being.

Chiropractor: Dr Debra Bell
Location: Cary, NC

Watching Her Innate Power at Work

Our chiropractors have educated us that the body’s innate ability to heal itself can only work when subluxations (nerve interferences) are not present. That is why when my 3-yearold daughter, Anna, woke up and couldn’t open her eyes, like they were glued shut, I knew what had to be done. We brought her in to our chiropractor and within a couple of hours after just one adjustment, her eyes had cleared completely. It was amazing to watch Anna’s innate power at work! That power needed to be turned on again the next day. She worked just fine, but later that day, she developed an excruciating earache. I drove her to our chiropractor for another adjustment, and her earache was gone just a short while later. The pain never returned.

And now? We return for regular adjustments and always will. If your family is sick, don’t feel pressured by society to give them Tylenol, Motrin and antibiotics. Give them a gift from God…chiropractic.

Chiropractor: Dr Felicity Keough
Location: Englewood, FL


Goodbye to Drugs

Christopher was on his fourth round of antibiotics when I first brought him to the chiropractor. Since beginning chiropractic care, he has not had an ear infection! Before chiropractic, it would take him three weeks to get over a cold (no kidding), and the doctor would put him on so many meds, decongestants, antihistamines, cough suppressants and antibiotics. He hasn’t taken one prescription since beginning chiropractic care. I noticed changes immediately.

Chiropractor: Dr. Dennis Brown
Location: Atlantic Highlands, NJ


Committed to Lifetime Care

CJ was about 2½ years old when I hit the end of my rope with traditional medicine. We had gone to so many doctors, all of them poking him in order to give us their two cents. None of their advice had made a difference in the long-term healing of CJ’s most serious issues. He had GERD, chronic ear infections and reactive airway disease. The pediatrician put him on expensive medications, changed his formula and sent us home. As CJ grew, the reflux and ear infections got worse and the medications got stronger. The ear infections started to impair his hearing. At 14 months of age, he had ear tubes put in. I was told that things would get better. Twenty ear infections and about one year later, I received a fact sheet from one of my friends about chiropractic and ear infections.

I had gone for adjustments myself a few times and felt comfortable with this chiropractor, so I brought CJ in for an evaluation. CJ loved it from the first moment. The difference in him from when we walked in to when we left was indescribable. In a very short and happy time, CJ has gone from having weekly ear infections to NO ear infections. CJ and I are now committed to lifetime care! I feel like I have done a huge service for my son by not listening to people who do not understand. CJ has become a happier little person who no longer aches constantly. Go with your gut and make the commitment.

Chiropractor: Dr. Damien Ciasullo
Location: Philadelphia, PA

This article was originally written by Jeanne Ohm for Pathways to Family Wellness magazine.