Common Cause of Low Back Pain

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

chiropractic-care-back-acheYour Low Back Pain Is From Slipped Joints, Not Slipped Discs

Many people experiencing lower back pain are told it is from a bad disc and need medications, injections or surgery. However, research has proven that those having low back pain in reality have spinal joint problems.

This article will explain what is the cause of most lower back pain and what can be done about it.

Let’s, initially, put to bed and extinguish the idea that lower back pain is caused by a bad disc. A recent study performed at the Mayo Clinic and published in The American Journal of Neuroradiology confirms that MRI scans showing intervertebral disc problems are not the source of back pain. The researchers found that MRI scans showing disc problems are exceedingly common in pain free people. In other words, people who have no lower back pain can have an MRI that can show a disc bulge, protrusion and degeneration and still have no pain.

back-injury-painThe researchers said that their study indicates that findings of narrowing of the disk space, disc degeneration, loss of disc height and other disc abnormalities are part of the normal aging process rather than pathological processes requiring intervention. They went further to say that most of the disk degenerative changes are no more significant than gray hair or crow’s feet around the eyes.

Let’s also clarify the term “slipped disc.” Medically a disc does not slip back and forth. It can bulge, protrude, herniate or degenerate. It does not slip back and forth or slip out of place. Slipped disc is a layman’s term similar to trick knee, cauliflower ear or double-jointed.

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Simple Tips to Managing Holiday Stress

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

christmas-shoppingLetting Go Of Perfect: One Major Tool For Managing Holiday Stress

One of the main reasons that many people experience so much holiday stress is that they have expectations that do not match reality and they keep trying to nudge reality to be more in line with their expectations.

The Holidays do not have to be perfect to be happy, merry, or enjoyable.

When you try to spend more resources than you have, you will experience stress. When you attempt to juggle spending your time, energy and money to try to find the perfect gift for each person, to plan and execute the perfect meal, and to host the perfect party with each guest enjoying every other guest, (plus the numerous other tasks you take on), you will be exhausted and disappointed. If you can settle for less than perfect, you can reduce your stress.

christmas-cards-decoratingHere are some examples of sanity saving shifts in thinking and behavior:

Instead of spending all that time and energy shopping for the perfect outfit to wear on Christmas or to that big Christmas party, consider adding a new holiday accessory to something that you that you already own, love and feel comfortable in.

That “perfect” Christmas card that you spent so much time and energy on last year is probably not remembered this year. The fact that you sent a Christmas card probably will be remembered. Don’t torture yourself for a Christmas card. Allocate your resources of time, energy and money according to your real needs and values.

When you feel compelled to keep spending until you feel assured of getting that certain someone’s attention, remind yourself that you don’t have to spend money that you don’t have or can ill afford to spend to let someone know that they matter.

holiday-expensesRemember that the amount you spend does not necessarily determine the quality of the gift. It might also help to remember that if you don’t spend outside your budget, you probably won’t have to be paying additional credit card expenses throughout the coming year.

When you feel obliged as a good neighbor, co-worker, friend, son/daughter, mother/father, or community member, to participate in all activities and get-togethers that you are invited to, you will end up exhausted and resentful. This is the time of year when you may have more invitations and social expectations than at any other time. When you are stressed out, these invitations can feel like demands for your time and attention.

When you can begin to believe that even “nice” people say “no” to some invitations, and allow yourself to do so, you can reduce a lot of stress.

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Thanksgiving Trivia Fun

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

roast-turkeyWhat comes to your mind when you think of Thanksgiving?

The big fat golden-brown turkey? Grandma’s pumpkin pie? Or the oh-so-nice cranberries and corn-on-the-cob?

Well well, all these ARE a major part of the Thanksgiving holiday. But there’s even more to this wonderful occasion of Thanksgiving!

The holiday of Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate the beauty and bounty around us, our marvelous friends and family, the gift of their love and many more such good things that we are thankful for !

thanksgiving-feastCelebrated every year on the last Thursday in November, the spirit of Thanksgiving Day sets the tone for a grand and joyous season.

Now to share some interesting trivia associated with the Thanksgiving holiday.

Like most trivia, the Thanksgiving trivia are just as much a fun read.

Check these out:

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What are the Benefits of Physical Therapy?

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

physical-therapy-clinic8 Benefits of Physical Therapy

If you suffered an injury and want quick recovery, we suggest that you check out physical therapy.

A good physical therapist will help you get your wellness back. They will help you choose the right therapies so you can get recovered as soon as possible.

The exercises are designed to solve problems that you may be suffering from. After the therapy, your range of motion and flexibility will get better. Aside from this, physical therapy will help you to reduce pain and inflammation.

Given below are 8 benefits of physical therapy.

Reducing Pain

After an injury, pain is what you suffer from. If the injury was severe, the pain may also be severe. For pain reduction, your therapist may recommend manual therapy techniques and therapeutic exercises to help you get rid of joint and muscle pain. Aside from this, the therapy will also help you prevent the pain from coming back.

Regaining Balance

After an injury, if you became bed-ridden, it may be hard for you to maintain your balance while walking. Physical therapy can help you regain your balance so you can prevent falls. Apart from this, the exercises will enable you to boost your coordination.

spinal-disc-back-conditionsAvoiding surgery

After an injury, the doctors will decide if you need surgery. Since surgery involves complex procedures, you may want to avoid it if possible.

Physical therapy reduces pain. As a result, you don’t have to opt for surgery. Even if you have to get surgery, the therapy will help you get stronger for the procedure. Afterwards, you will be able to recover faster.

Improving mobility

Another benefit that you can enjoy is stretching and strengthening of your muscle. No matter what type of daily activities you perform, physical therapy will help you improve your motion. As a result, you can perform better.

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10 Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep

Monday, November 6th, 2017

bedroom-organization-feng-shui10 Ways to Get a Better Night’s Sleep

Whether you have a physically demanding job, lead a hectic lifestyle or spend all day anchored to a chair at an office desk, we all understand the importance of getting a good night’s sleep.

Rest replenishes our minds and our bodies and is necessary for healthy functioning. It helps to regulate our mood, improves our memory and strengthens our learning capabilities.

However, for a lot of us, getting a good night’s sleep is often easier said than done, as our daily lifestyles don’t always allow us the time needed to have an optimal rest. For this reason, we’ve developed a quick and easy guide to help everyone enjoy a more adequate bedtime slumber.

Delving into the science behind sleep reveals that it is largely controlled by biological rhythms, known as circadian rhythms, which play an important role in determining our sleep patterns. These rhythms are in turn governed by our body’s master clock which is responsible for producing melatonin, a hormone that makes us feel drowsy and helps to lower our body temperature.

jogging-at-the-beachUnderstanding the mechanics behind sleep has enabled us to create a list of things we can all do on a daily basis to help encourage a more effective sleep:

Do some exercise at the beginning of your day – this helps to fortify your body’s cortisol rhythm, which is greater during early mornings. Cortisol is an important hormone that activates the body’s anti-stress and anti-inflammatory functions

Expose yourself to some sunlight – our skin contains photoreceptors that help balance the levels of serotonin and melatonin in our bodies

Adjust smartphone brightness levels – engage the night time settings on your smartphone which decrease screen brightness levels at night

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Patient Testimonials for the Grappin Clinic

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Collection of a few Patient Testimonials for Chiropractic Care received at the Grappin Clinic in North Port, Florida

Visit our Patient Testimonials Page to view more video reviews

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3 Ways to Lose Weight on a Gluten-Free Diet

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

gluten-free-cakeThree Ways to Have Fun and Avoid Weight-Gain on a Gluten-Free Diet

Once upon a time a woman who adored her cookies and cakes found out that she was much better off without them.

How sad her life seemed as she looked for alternatives to gluten. The gluten-free cookies, cakes, and mixes were extremely high in carbohydrates like tapioca starch, bean flours, potato starch, and rice flour, the highest-glycemic level grain there is! You see, she was also border-line hypoglycemic and certainly didn’t want to become diabetic on top of everything else.

gluten-free-muffinsOh what to do, what to do? She loved to bake and eat her sweets, so she used her creative imagination to come up with recipes made from almond meal flour before anyone (including her) had ever heard of it. She ground almonds in her blender and became braver and bolder each time she experimented with precious, food-stained recipes handed down from her mother.

Her favorite was carrot cake and so she spent years perfecting it, including making a dairy-free “cream-cheese” icing recipe for her friends that could not handle the cow milk products.

Many years of experimenting brought her (meJ ) to a few successfully-slimming food conclusions:

almonds1. For Flours – Lower the carbohydrate level by using almond meal flour and any seed or nut flours in all baking. Not that quinoa and amaranth are considered seeds, which is why they are higher in protein than other grains. Dry flours, like coconut flour and amaranth flour will absorb moisture from “wetter” flours like quinoa. Find the balance you need for the recipe.

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360 View Virtual Tour

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Google 360 View Interactive Virtual Tour of Grappin Clinic North Port, FL

Simply Click and Drag Screen to Rotate 360 degrees and Click on Arrows to Navigate through Tour of Grappin Chiropractic and Acupuncuture Clinic in North Port, Florida.

 

Type 2 Diabetes and Your Heart Rate

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

anti-aging-diet-elderlyType 2 Diabetes – Physical Activity Improves the Variation in Your Heart Rate

Although heart rates are regular in healthy people, some changes along the way are necessary as well.

The nervous system reacts to the need for more or less blood flow throughout the body by altering the speed of the heartbeats.

In Type 2 diabetes the heart rate can stay the same more than is preferred because the condition damages the nervous system.

diabetes-health-exercisePhysicians recommend physical activity for people who have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes for many reasons, including improved nerve function and the regeneration of nerves in the skin.

A healthy number of changes in the heart rate is associated with better health and a longer life. Scientists at the Universidad Extremadura in Caceres, Spain, and the Universidad Autonoma de Talca in Chile reviewed several articles showing aerobic exercise followed by muscle training could help improve changes in the heart rate.

Their work reported on in September 2017 in the journal Current Diabetes Reports, pooled the information from fifteen studies on the subject of exercise and heart rate changes. Improvements were seen in nine of the studies. The nine studies demonstrated three days of aerobic exercise each week along with some strength training, improved the number of changes in the heart rate.

From this information, the investigators concluded heartbeat rate changes should be measured in people with Type 2 diabetes to help plan routines for preventing diabetic neuropathy and death.

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Chiropractic Care for Sports & Auto Accident Injuries

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

sports-injuriesChiropractic Treatment for Sports and Auto-Accident Injuries

Each of us experiences different kinds of physical injury once in a while.

While most of them can be managed without taking it to a medical doctor, there are those types that should not be taken out of serious consideration as they might further deteriorate and could cause more complications.

Of so many types of injury, auto-accident and sports injury are among the most familiar. Each can be further break into a number of classifications and some of them are the following:

car-accident-injuriesFor auto-accident injuries, they can be…

Middle and lower back pain – another type injury that can be obtained in auto accident, most especially when a sudden external force hit your car.
Whiplash – this is common in auto accident; a type of injury that one can get when hit from behind and suddenly and forcefully projects your head or neck forward and then back.
Joint injury – a type of physical injury that is common not only in auto accident but in sports as well; this is all about injury to any joint in the body, which could involve damage to the bones, ligaments, or other tissues.

tendonitis-elbow-painSport injuries can be…

    Joint dislocations – a type of injury where bones in a joint are displaced or misaligned, which is usually caused by a sudden impact to the joint.
Concussions – this is another type of injury common in sports; this is a type of traumatic brain injury that is often caused by a blow to the head or body, a fall, or any other circumstances that shake the brain.
On-the-field injuries – those that are obtained while in the game; injuries from accident while playing
Sprains and strains – sprain is a type of injury caused by a stretch and/or tear of a ligament, the fibrous band of connective tissue that connects the end of one bone with another. On the other hand, strain is another common sport injury that is caused by muscle and/or tendon damage.

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