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A Backbreaker – Holiday Travel

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Buckle up, our traveling season is upon us. Despite the saying “getting there is half the fun”, planes, trains, and automobiles can put a real strain on our holiday fun this season.  So let’s start this season off right, and follow these tips to survive the physically demanding prospect of traveling to your holiday destination even if your final destination is to just relax.

The Warmup

Travel should be looked on as a form of strenuous exercise that requires a period of warming up and cooling down. Warmup and stretch before you travel, and cool down with a brisk walk when you arrive to reinvigorate your hamstring and calf muscles.

Highway Miles

  • Seat Comfort: Adjust the seat so you are as close to the wheel as you can be while still feeling comfortable. Keep your knees just a little bit above the hips.
  • Back Support: Use a back support if the seat does not provide adequate support by design. A lumbar support will help reduce the risk of lower back pain and injury. A proper fitting support should be widest between the lowest ribs and the waist.
  • Keep Alert and Avoid Stiffness: Exercise your legs while driving to keep the blood flowing and limit any swelling or pain. We recommend counting to 10 while spreading your toes wide then counting to 5 while tightening your calf muscles. Follow this process with each of mucsle groups including your thigh muscles and your glutes (butt). Don’t forget to roll your shoulders back and forward (keeping your hands on the wheel!) along with stretching your neck.
  • Hands On the Wheel: Alternate holding the wheel with your hands at the 2 and 7 o’clock positions, and then the 10 and 5 o’clock positions.
  • Avoid Vice Grip: Try not to grip the wheel too tightly. The vice grip will reduce your circulation and increase fatigue in the muscles of your hands, wrists and arms.
  • Look Around: Vary your focal point to reduce eye strain and headaches, but keep your eyes on the road and don’t you dare text!
  • Rest Stops: Take frequent breaks from driving; remember that fatigue behind the wheel can be extremely dangerous.

Sky Miles

  • Onboard Luggage: Bags that are heavier than 5-10% of your body weight should ideally be checked in rather than carried on. But sometimes the added price out weighs back safety, so if lifting heavy bags into overhead compartments make sure you stand directly in front of the overhead and do not stretch or twist your back or neck when lifting.
  • Another Luggage Space to Fill: Under the seat luggage should not be forced in using feet or hands while standing, which can cause muscle spasms given the confined and awkward space between the seats. Instead, sit down first, then push it in using both your hands and feet.
  • Now the Ergonomically Incorrect Seats: Airline seats are incredibly spine-unfriendly. Our suggestion for long haul air travelers is that when you are investing in a neck roll to also invest in a lumbar roll. Can’t find one? Grab a small hand towel that you can roll and place in the small of your lower back.
  • Keep It Moving: While traveling move about in your seat frequently to keep the blood flowing and guard against cramps and pins and needles. Massage your thighs and calves, then push up with your toes to shift your knees up and down. Use a bag to raise your feet higher.
  • Air Flow: Don’t blast yourself with the overhead air vents which can cause your neck and shoulders to tense.

Car Seats and Kids:

  • Use an approved car seat appropriate to the age of the child when traveling in a car.
  • Infant car seats should always face rearwards so that any impact is spread around the back and shoulders and not taken directly by the neck.
  • A car seat should not be used in the front seat of a car where an airbag could deploy into it. Similarly, if the rear doors or the rear of the front seats are equipped with airbags, position the child seat in the center of the rear seat to avoid it being hit by any of them.
  • Secure the car seat as per instructions and make sure it is properly fixed in place and cannot shift. The seat should be at a 45-degree angle to properly support the child’s head.
  • Traveling by air, take your FAA approved car seat. Small children will be safer in a car seat rather than your lap. Your back will also thank you.

Get Bonus Miles

Before you head out to your travel destination, this season make sure to add a spinal health checkup to your list of preparations! We will make sure you are in tip-top condition so you may enjoy every minute of your holiday!

Suffering From Pinched Nerves?

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Are you suffering from pinched nerves? It is possible for a “Pinched” nerve to happen anywhere in your spine; they can affect nerves that go to your arms, fingers, wrist, neck, back, shoulder, head, legs, muscles, and internal organs, and can affect your general health, posture, energy level, resistance to disease – even your emotional health. “Pinched” nerves can merely put a pinch in your daily life.

Your Nervous System

There are billions of nerve fibers in your body, often arranged in bundles called nerves. Many billions of them travel inside the spinal column as part of the spinal cord and exit through openings between the vertebrae. After leaving the spinal column, the nerves separate into smaller and smaller bundles and travel to every system and organ in your body.

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Without nerves, you couldn’t see, hear, touch, taste or smell. You also wouldn’t be able to feel hot, cold, pain or pleasure. Your body would be the ultimate sensory deprivation tank; you’d be completely cut off from existence. Without nerves, you would be paralyzed entirely – no muscles could move. Your body wouldn’t be able to respond to any of your commands, and you’d be a prisoner within yourself.

The Nerve Regulator

Nerves regulate your breathing, sweating, shivering, internal organ function, heartbeat, digestion, excretion, blood supply to different organs and blood pressure. Without healthy nerves, your body would be quite useless.

Why Do Pinched Nerves Occur?

When the nerves come down from the brain, they travel through a bony canal formed by vertebrae. If the vertebrae are misaligned slightly, they may cause the nerves to be irritated, compressed or stretched. Nerves send electrical impulses, or chemical nutrients, which are necessary for muscle and whole system health.

What can cause nerve pinching or impingement?

A fall or an accident, even a very mild one that happened years ago may be enough to misalign your spine. Some common causes are unnatural sleeping positions, poor posture, fatigue, dental work, a difficult birth, emotional stress, poor nutrition or a combination of them all.

Symptoms Of Pinched Nerves Manifest Differently

When the spinal column is misaligned, the entire skeletal system will become off balance, which can cause fatigue and exhaustion. When the misaligned vertebrae compress the nerves, their impulses are altered and can affect the area that the nerve is delivering the message to in the body. Over time a weakening of your body’s functions may result. This “dis-ease” sets the stage for diseases of all kinds. Some of these include ulcers, constipation, diarrhea, lung conditions such as asthma, fevers, headaches, seizures, allergies, bed-wetting, colds, hearing, vision and a host of other problems.

Do All Pinched Nerves Hurt?

Less than 10% of the nerve system can feel pain, so you don’t always know if there’s a problem.

Most people with pinched nerves are not in pain. People with painful pinched nerves might be considered the lucky ones – they know they have a problem in their spine and they (hopefully) will get themselves checked by a chiropractor.

But what about the ones without pain?

Your Pinched Nerve Solution

Our team of experts specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of “pinched” and trapped nerves.  If you suffer from pinched nerves which could include the conditions of sciatica or carpal tunnel syndrome, call today and let us remove the painful pinch from your health.

Help For Chronic Knee Pain

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Old sports injuries, general wear and tear, past accidents, do you attribute any of these to your chronic knee pain? You suffer and either have decided to live with it or are searching for solutions where knee replacement surgery is your final and reluctant option.

Remember, you are not alone.  Many people like yourselves are relentlessly searching their knee pain condition online to find nonsurgical solutions.
We are glad you searched and found us. Please take a moment to read about chronic knee conditions and a solution we may have for you.

Understanding the Causes of Knee Pain

First, we must understand that there are a variety of causes for the knee pain inclusive of injury, overuse, or underlying conditions like arthritis. For the best proper treatment, the cause of the pain needs to be determined before any treatments can be offered as the root cause determine the best way to first help with the stiffness and inflammation.

A Proper Diagnosis

It is crucial that the cause of the pain be diagnosed to offer the best treatment. Here are some common diagnoses:

  • Arthritis – Generally tends to be the most widespread cause of knee pain and there is a selection of treatments on offer.
  • Ligament Injuries – These can be caused or exacerbated during sports or athletic activities leading to discomfort and instability.
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injury
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Injury
  • Cartilage Injuries | Meniscal Tear – This is a common knee pain cause in young and old.
  • Patellar Tendonitis – Tendonitis around the joint is most commonly of the patellar tendon, the large tendon over the front of the knee.
  • Chondromalacia Patella – Chondromalacia is a softening of the cartilage which leads to under the kneecap, this is common among the 15-35-year-old age group.
  • Dislocating Kneecap – This causes acute symptoms during the dislocation, but can also lead to chronic knee pain.
  • Baker’s Cyst – This is a swelling in the rear of the joint, and is usually a sign of another underlying problem such as a meniscus tear.
  • Bursitis – The most common bursa affected around the joint is that just above the kneecap, commonly this is found in people that kneel during their work.
  • Plica Syndrome – This is an uncommon cause of knee pain and can be tricky to diagnose. Diagnosis is usually made at the time of an arthroscopy.
  • Osgood-Schlatter Disease – This is a condition seen in adolescents and is due to irritation of the growth plate just at the front of the joint.
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans – (OCD) is another condition seen in adolescents due to the growth of the bone around the joint.
  • Gout – This is not a common cause for knee pain, but patients with a history of this condition may find it is the cause of knee pain.

We Are Ready To Help You With Your Knee Pain!

If you are ready to step back into the activities you have been avoiding due to your chronic knee pain, take the first pain-free step of scheduling a consultation with our office.  Our team will run preform examinations to help find the cause of your discomfort and offer options for getting you back into life without knee pain!

How Do You Spell Pain Relief?

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Carefully listen next time you are watching television, and a new drug is being advertised. The last 20 seconds after the sell is the long list of side effects. Wow! The effects are far worse than the condition they are treating.

By comparison now, the simple over-the-counter pain relievers look virtually harmless. Unfortunately, it is those low dosage pain relievers that mask the pain, which is the body’s alarm system that alerts you when a limit of dysfunction has been reached, and the body is no longer equipped to handle the activity and unable to adapt further.

If you take painkillers regularly, you are not alone. Unfortunately far too many of us rely on these drugs to mask the pain, until the point of complete dysfunction.

What Is The Problem With Painkillers?

Acetaminophen, sold under the brand name Tylenol, among others, may be among the most dangerous medicines on the market. That’s alarming as almost every household has a bottle of this and does not think twice about using it.  Acetaminophen overdoses are the leading cause for calls to Poison Control Centers across the U.S., with upwards of 100,000 cases per year. This statistic includes 56,000 emergency room visits, 2,600 hospitalizations and an estimated 458 deaths due to acute liver failure.

Am I Taking Medication At A Toxic Level?

Acetaminophen can be much more dangerous than you previously suspected because it can be toxic to your liver even at recommended doses when taken daily for just a couple of weeks.  The risk of severe liver damage or death increases significantly if you:

  1. Take more than one regular strength (325 mg) acetaminophen in combination with a narcotic analgesic like codeine or hydrocodone.
  2. Take more than the prescribed dose of an acetaminophen-containing product in a 24-hour period.
  3. Take more than one acetaminophen-containing product at the same time.
  4. Drink alcohol while taking an acetaminophen product.

How Long Is Too Long?

Unfortunately, dosage and misuse have been statistically recorded and reported for over fifty years. The problem is that acetaminophen is considered relatively safe when taken as prescribed as the margin between a safe dose and potentially lethal one is minimal.  An FDA advisory panel recommended adding a warning label about liver damage to acetaminophen as early as 1977, but it was not done until 2009.

It has been only in the last five years that the FDA finally issued a statement urging doctors and other health professionals to discontinue prescribing and dispensing prescription combination drug products that contain more than 325 milligrams (mg) of acetaminophen per tablet, capsule, or other dosage units. They also go on to say that no evidence is found that by taking a higher dosage there is any benefit that outweighs the risk of severe liver damage.

A High Dose of Natural Health

Here at our practice, our expert team understands the pain that you are suffering with and we are here to help you break the bad habits of masking the pain and begin your healing process by addressing the cause.  Call today before your health suffers another self-inflicted setback!

Your Health’s Circuit Board

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In our office, we strive to not only help you get well but to stay well.  The best way for us to achieve this is not only taking the actions to help you get well but by explaining the “how” and “why” of how our bodies work and what we can do to maintain the results that we can help you achieve.

The Circuit Board

When an appliance in a home is not working properly, it has the potential to short circuit and causes a fire that could burn down the entire house. But thankfully, the appliance has been hardwired with a mechanism that when there is too much ‘charge’ detected; a signal relayed back to a connection where the entire power supply to the house.  This location is known as the fuse or circuit breaker box.  The fuse box will “blow a fuse” or simply shut off the power to the appliance and everything on that circuit supply.  Therefore, no fire results and the house remains safe.

Your Body’s Circuit Board

Now if you can understand this simple analogy, I hope you can grasp how one of the processes of the most complex system in your body works – your central nervous system.

Follow along for a second. In our previous example, the power supply is your brain, the house is your body, and the fuse box and power points are your nervous system. This nervous system supplies all your organs, just as the electricity supplies the necessary energy for the appliances in the house to work.

When an appliance is not working correctly in your house, there is always a reason.  The first obvious one is that the there is a problem with the power supply – either the powerpoint is not turned on, or the fuse is still blown from a previous problem.  The second is that there is an issue with the appliance itself.

Now, back to our body – when a part of it is not correctly working what is your first thought?  Do you ever think about the connection or power supply?

The Best Team Electricians For Your Health

Our expert team has been designed for just this reason.  We want to provide our community with the care that will not only restore function but help you learn to maintain the long-lasting results you have achieved to extend the quality and life of your body.

A Full Court Press Against Back Pain

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Back pain needs a good defense and offense just like a top-rated basketball team.  Whether we are high caliber athletes or weekend warriors, it’s time to stop defending the backcourt and invest in the proper shoes to avoid future injuries. This way we can make the slam dunk of the season – without any lasting consequences.

Fashion Over Function – Crazy Hang Time

The majority of people choose fashion over function when purchasing athletic shoes. This need for style can often lead to poorly fitting shoes which will not only leave you with painful feet at the end of the day but pain throughout your body too. Because footwear plays such an essential role in the function of bones and joints, you choosing the right shoe can help prevent pain in your back, hips, knees, and feet.

Unfortunately, there is no such thing as the perfect athletic shoe—every pair of feet is different, every shoe has various features, and overall comfort is a very personal decision. For this reason, it is best if you first determine your foot type: normal, flat, or high-arched. Below is a quick description of the various types of feet.

The Normal Foot

Normal feet have a normal-sized arch and will leave a wet footprint that has a flare but shows the forefoot and heel connected by a wide band. A normal foot lands on the outside of the heel and rolls slightly inward to absorb shock. Best shoes: Stability shoes with a slightly curved shape.

The Flat Foot

This type of foot has a low arch and leaves a print that looks like the whole sole. It usually indicates an over-pronated foot—one that strikes on the outside of the heel and rolls excessively inward (pronates). Over time, this can cause overuse injuries. Best shoes: Motion-control shoes or high-stability shoes with firm midsoles. These shoes should be fairly resistant to twisting or bending. Stay away from highly cushioned, highly curved shoes, which lack stability features.

The High-Arched Foot

The high-arched foot leaves a print showing a very narrow band—or no band at all—between the forefoot and the heel. A curved, highly arched foot is generally supinated or under-pronated. Because the foot doesn’t pronate enough, usually it’s not an effective shock absorber. Best shoes: Cushioned shoes with plenty of flexibility to encourage foot motion. Stay away from motion-control or stability shoes, which reduce foot mobility.

When determining your foot type, consult with a chiropractor and their amazing team. He or she can help determine your specific foot type, assess your gait, and then suggest the best shoe match or suggest an orthotic to help keep your body in balance.

Top Purchasing Tips

Consider the following tips before you purchase your next pair of athletic shoes:

  • Match the shoe to the activity. Select a shoe specifically for the sport in which you will participate. Running shoes are primarily made to absorb shock as the heel strikes the ground. In contrast, tennis shoes provide more side-to-side stability. Walking shoes allow the foot to roll and push off naturally during walking, and they usually have a fairly rigid arch, a well-cushioned sole, and stiff heel support for stability.
  • If possible, shop at a specialty store. It’s best to shop at a store that specializes in athletic shoes. Employees at these stores are often trained to recommend a shoe that best matches your foot type (shown above) and stride pattern.
  • Shop late in the day. If possible, shop for shoes at the end of the day or after a workout when your feet are generally at their largest. Wear the type of socks you usually wear during exercise, and if you use orthotic devices for postural support, make sure you wear them when trying on shoes.
  • Have your feet measured every time. It’s important to have the length and width of both feet measured every time you shop for shoes since foot size often changes with age and most people have one foot that is larger than the other. Also, many podiatrists suggest that you measure your foot while standing in a weight-bearing position because the foot elongates and flattens when you stand, affecting the measurement and the fit of the shoe.
  • Make sure the shoe fits correctly. Choose shoes for their fit, not by the size you’ve worn in the past. The shoe should fit with an index finger’s width between the end of the shoe and the longest toe. The toe box should have adequate room and not feel tight. The heel of your foot should fit snugly against the back of the shoe without sliding up or down as you walk or run. If possible, keep the shoe on for ten minutes to make sure it remains comfortable.

When Should I Retire My Shoes?

Once you have purchased a pair of athletic shoes, don’t run them into the ground. While estimates vary as to when the best time to replace old shoes is, most experts agree that between 300 and 500 miles are optimal. Most shoes should be replaced even before they begin to show signs of moderate wear. Once the shoes show wear and tear, especially in the cushioning layer, they also start to lose their shock absorption. Failure to replace worn shoes is one of the leading causes of injuries like shin splints, heel spurs, and plantar fasciitis.

Questions?

Our team wants to help you defeat back pain on and off the court of life. Call us and let us help you slam dunk a victory in better health!

Holiday Stress Headaches Now?

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Enter any store and mall, and there are already signs of the upcoming seasonal holidays. However, this season’s good cheer does not need to include tears, neck pain, shoulder pain, stress headaches, and a weakened immune system too. Let’s face it the combination of the wrong food, too much alcohol, late nights, rushing around carrying heavy bags, and, family stress, can all lead to physical overload, and stress or migraine headaches. So this season let’s plan to conquer this year’s holidays in better health.  

Here are some great tips to keep you in tip-top condition for anything this holiday throws at you like…

Marathon Shopping – Yes, Even on Amazon

  • Stay well-hydrated. Drink eight to ten 8-ounce glasses of water every day, and do not substitute any of that with coffee, tea, soft drinks, and alcohol, because those are diuretics and will end up robbing you of water.
  • Stretch both before and after a long day of finding goodies on foot or the computer. Shopping can be stressful, and your muscles need all the help they can get to stay relaxed.
  • When you are out shopping choose shoes for their comfort, not style. You will need plenty of cushioning to counteract those endless hours on your feet.
  • Wear comfortable clothing as well, and, if it’s cold out, have a few layers so you can peel them off and pile them on as you move from the streets to the warm shop interiors and back out again.
  • Keep your purse size small, and try to keep its contents to the bare minimum.
  • Any slight aches and pains you feel after a day out shopping, grab an ice pack and apply to the affected area for 20 minutes, before removing for at least two hours. Repeat several times over the next day or two.

Carve Time to Relax

  • When completing a marathon shop, take a break every 45 minutes, or more often if you feel the need.
  • Park in a convenient location so that you may drop your bags in the trunk every so often.
  • If you’re hungry, eat something light, or you may feel very sluggish when you resume shopping.
  • Feeling like a Starbucks? Coffee may seem like a good idea as a quick pick-me-up, but it adds extra stress to the system. Try also to avoid soda. Stick with water.

Avoid Mixing A Headache Cocktail

  • Children and extended shopping trips don’t go together. Not only will they tire before you do and want to go home, but they will also want to buy everything in every shop. That’s a double whammy of whining that’s going to stress you out. Try and get someone to look after them instead.

Ready To Conquer the Season!

Here at our practice, our expert team is ready to make sure your spine and body are in tip-top condition to not only to have the physical stamina to endure the season but to be able to battle the bustling crowds and conquer the overwhelming checklists.  

Schedule a Quick and Easy Spinal Check-Up Today and Turbo Boost Your Immune System and Avoid Holiday Headaches!

Tips For Faster Injury Recovery

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Are you sitting or standing on the bench due to an injury? For most athletes and health enthusiasts, recovering from an injury can be a workout in itself. For a serious athlete, being told that you have to reduce or halt activity altogether to let a bone or muscle heal is equivalent to torture. However, there are a few things you can do to help speed the healing process so you can heal like a pro and get back to your athletic activities as soon as possible.

Understanding The Difference In Pain Relief Options

When cells are damaged in a fracture, large amounts of prostaglandins are released. Prostaglandins are a group of lipids made at sites of tissue damage or infection that are involved in dealing with injury and illness. They control processes such as inflammation, blood flow, the formation of blood clots and the induction of labor.   Although this is what causes you to feel the pain, the production of these lipids is also instrumental in the early stages of tissue repair.

Here is the catch.  Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are prescribed to alleviate pain and stop the action of prostaglandins, but the prostaglandins are quintessential to the healing process.   The best suggestion would be to stop taking the NSAIDs as soon as possible after suffering a broken bone.  Alternatively, you could take non-NSAID pain medication such as acetaminophen for pain relief, for it does not have the same effect on prostaglandins.

Another Reason To Stop Smoking/Vaping

It is scientifically proven that the broken bones of people who smoke take longer to heal. The smoke reduces blood flow, therefore, reduces the number of nutrients and oxygen traveling to the injury site. The chemicals released into the blood from smoking damages the cells that form bone. This process and significantly decrease healing time or prevent complete healing altogether.

Your New Besties – Calcium, Magnesium, & Vitamins D and K

These vitamins and minerals are all integral to healthy bone growth. We have all heard about how important calcium is in the diet, but if you take a lot of calcium without accompanying it with magnesium and vitamins D and K, much of that calcium will not be absorbed by your bones. Dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, collard greens, and Swiss chard are among the best sources of not only calcium but magnesium and vitamin K as well. If you live in a sunny climate, you can get a good supply of vitamin D by sitting in the sun for 15-20 minutes a day with arms and legs exposed and using no sunblock. For those who live in less sun-drenched locations (and those of us waiting out the winter months), you can get vitamin D from fortified milk products, or you can take a vitamin D supplement.

Sideline the Coffee and Sodas

Caffeine and sugar both increase the excretion of calcium from the bones by 25-50 percent. So try to avoid the comfort foods!

Just become a Lean, Mean, Protein Consuming Machine!

Top Sport Performance Tips

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Almost everyone knows the symbolic goal of Mount Midoriyama. The pinnacle test which American Ninja warrior contestants will train year round to reach and push their bodies to the edge of better, stronger, and faster. Whether we are active participants or avid watchers, we witness the incredible strides in the performance that our bodies continue to make when the right elements, techniques, and training are applied.

The miraculous nature of our sports performance techniques is not only building strength to strength but maximizing the small or large repair cycle of the human frame to continue to create a top athlete.

Research on the Secrets of Sports Performance

We long to discover and duplicate the secret recipe of a top athlete. We avidly search to find a person or team who can help you build a better stronger body while increasing performance but know the secret to rehabilitate an injured area and rejuvenate the area to better and stronger than before.

A research project published in the September 2005 edition of The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics showed that spinal dysfunction affects reaction times and performance. It was merely able to prove that spinal dysfunction is related to slower and less accurate reaction times and cognitive function.

Another double-blind, randomized, study was also performed on thirty volunteers who had presented with what the researchers called “cervical spinal joint dysfunction.”  This study consisted of a range of computer-based tasks performed by the volunteers to determine various reaction times. Researchers at the New Zealand Chiropractic College examined the volunteers to assess areas of spinal dysfunction.  A baseline note was made on each subject indicating the number of regions of spinal dysfunctions they had. The reaction times of the volunteers were then compared to their number of areas of spinal dysfunctions to see if there was any relationship.

The results showed that there was a connection between the number of areas of spinal dysfunction and certain types of reaction times.  Researchers also noted that the variety of reaction times affected by multiple areas of spinal dysfunction were therefore related to impaired cortical processing and significantly less accurate response selection. They found that the more areas of spinal dysfunction, the more it affected reaction times.

Finally, a follow-on study by the researchers concluded that certain types of reactions times improved with spinal adjustments in regions of spinal dysfunctions.  The ramifications of this study not only supported the effects of chiropractic adjustments on general health but offer the basis of training and rehabilitation benefits to top athletes.

Top Notch Sports Medicine Top Team Tips:

In addition to adding chiropractic and spinal rehabilitative care, top healthcare experts recommend following the tips below to ensure you are well-prepared to play full-out in any sport:

Proper Nutrition

  • Eat a well-balanced diet and avoid skipping meals.
  • Follow dietary rules that are imposed on participants of certain sports, without which optimum performance is unlikely.
  • Maintain a healthy weight while in training.  Be aware of calorie intake to burn ratio.

Proper Hydration

  • Hydration is vital to optimal fitness.
  • Drink at least 8 eight-ounce glasses of water a day.
  • Ask for advice when considering using a good quality sports drink for a source of replenishment.

Stretching and Warm ups

  • Before every event – competition or practice – Warm Up!
  • Jogging, jumping rope, lifting light weights are all good ways to avoid torn or ripped muscles.

Nutritional Boost

  • Multi-vitamins may help avoid a deficiency.
  • B-complex vitamins and amino acids can help reduce pain after contact sports.
  • Thiamine helps promote healing.
  • Vitamin A is good for scar tissue.

Proper Rest

  • Get eight hours of sleep a night to avoid adversely affecting performance.
  • Fatigue can appear as irritability and a loss of interest in the sport.

 Join Our Team!

As many of the top athletes know, being in the top 1% includes having regular chiropractic care.  Having their bodies in optimal health and alignment allows them to achieve optimal results.

Our expert team was designed with that premise in mind.  To play like a pro, you must train, heal, and recover like a pro for maximized potential and ultimate success.

Fast Track Your Immune System

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The engine of the autumn season is now officially in overdrive.  As the rushing to school, sports events or other important functions are on the fast track so may the attack on you and your family’s immune systems.  So this month let us all commit to making ourselves a little healthier by choosing one or more of these healthy habits to practice regularly for a victoriously healthy season.

Create a Great Game Plan:

  • Goal for at least seven hours of sleep each night – Better sleep means a healthier immune system. Remember our brain and body recover from the day’s stresses while we sleep.
  • Get Adjusted — Have you and your family’s spine, and nervous system checked? In the fall season goal to have your spine and nervous system checked each week because your central nervous system runs your immune system. Chiropractic kids are freakishly healthy — This is just one great reason why!
  • Avoid Sugar and Snacks – Aim to lower the intake of sugary, salty or fried foods, or foods with pesticides or preservatives in them.  Although you may not be able to entirely avoid those foods, limit foods rich in those ingredients where you can.  Steer your family towards fruit and vegetables instead.  Need a fast fun suggestion? How about a fabulous power smoothie!
  • Reduce Dairy — Try using almond or rice milk instead. Take any child with asthma or ear infections off of dairy, and they improve – just about every time.  Add in some adjustments, and the healing is even faster.
  • Exercise Regularly — Make sure you and your kids exercise each day. Even better, do a small workout in the morning before school together that is fun.  It immediately cuts down on whiny morning behavior and best of all It also gets their lymphatic systems moving which makes for healthier kids.
  • Avoid Medications and Let Fevers Ride. When children do get colds, do not immediately lower their fevers.  Comfort, cuddle them, and monitor them closely while they have the fever, but try not to lower the fever.  A fever is the body’s way of combating the “bugs” and learning how to protect itself in the future from the unwanted invaders.  Far too commonly we see that family’s that use fever-reducing drugs often seem to have colds that last for a week or longer.
  • Eat Breakfast Every Morning – that’s why they call it “breaking the fast,” so get your day started with a healthy meal.

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