Causes of Back Pain

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

back-pain-bad-postureAre You at Risk of Back Pain?

To put it in simple terms, back or spine pain can threaten us in two ways. The first (and most worrying) factors are those that we cannot control. This may include:

  • Being middle-aged or older
  • Having a family history of back pain
  • Having suffered a back injury before
  • Being pregnant. A woman’s back is significantly stressed by carrying a baby
  • Having had a compression fracture of the spine
  • Having had back surgery before
  • Having congenital spine problems (problems present since birth).

stress-chiropractic-careEven though uncontrollable risk factors often cause the most worry, the majority of people who experience back ache or pain do so as a result of external/ lifestyle influences.

Remember that up to 80% of people suffer from back ache at some point or another. Out of that 80%, only a small portion of people would have had back problems since birth, been pregnant or suffered compression fractures of the spine.

Only a small percentage would have experienced back problems as a result of uncontrollable risks. In other words, many people are at risk of developing back pain because of the lifestyle choices they make.

These may include:

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Link between Gluten Intolerance and Thyroid Disease?

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

thyroidAITD (Auto-Immune Thyroid Disease) and Gluten Intolerance

There have been several studies conducted which have shown the strong link between gluten intolerance and autoimmune thyroid diseases or AITD such as Grave’s and Hashimoto’s diseases. The researchers in the study highly recommend that anyone diagnosed should also be checked for AITD and vice versa.

Apparently the cause is a case of mistaken identity. This is because gliadin, which is a type of protein found in gluten has a close resemblance with that of the thyroid. When gliadin penetrates into the bloodstream by breaking the protective barrier that is found in a person’s gut, the immune system will immediately target it for destruction. After an intolerance occurs, if you keep on eating foods that contain gluten, your immune system will also keep on attacking your own thyroid.

Unfortunately, our body’s immune response to gluten may last for six months. Sadly, the 80/20 rule does not apply to intolerance. This would mean that a diet that is “mostly” gluten-free does not completely put an end to this autoimmune attack.

If you really want to prevent the immune destruction of your thyroid, you have to be firm about being 100% gluten-free.

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How to Recover from Auto Accident Injury

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

car-accident-auto-injury-factsChiropractic Spinal Adjustments – How to Quickly Recover From an Auto Accident

Auto accident injuries can be completely devastating. They can limit your mobility and keep you from going to work.

Depending on the severity of these injuries one may feel pain in all areas of their body for many years and in some cases for the rest of one’s life.

The one type of injury associated with a car wreck is whiplash, but there are other injuries one can sustain as well. Even minor fender benders can produce pain in the back, neck, hips and shoulders. Some people even suffer from chronic headaches after such an accident.

neck-pain-whiplash-injuryThe pain results from the way the body is slammed about, often being violently jerked forwards and backwards in an instant. Even when you are rear ended at a low speed your muscles can get pulled and damaged.

How does a trip to a chiropractic clinic help these problems, you may ask? Well they have treatments which can manipulate your back muscles and your spine. They are your core muscles so when your chiropractor gets these back into alignment and relaxed then the surrounding muscles follow suit.

Also, typically when your muscles are in a tense ball then the blood flow is restricted. Blood flow is a major healing agent. So anytime chiropractors can get more openness in your spine and back muscles you heal more quickly.

Your back and spine rarely fix themselves so some trips to your local chiropractor right after a car accident is your best way to not suffer long-term damage and chronic pain.

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Chiropractic Care for Sciatica

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

sciatica-pain-tingling-numbnessWhy Choose Chiropractic Care for Sciatica?

Sciatica refers to pain, numbness, tingling or weakness in the legs. This leg pain can take on the form of a bad leg cramp. However, it can also take the form of shooting pains that make everything from sitting to standing uncomfortable. Sciatica can occur suddenly or develop overtime. The pain of sciatica can be made worse when you sneeze or cough.

Sciatica can be one of the most painful and most persistent conditions around. Millions of individuals each year make the trip to a doctor’s office with the goal of curing sciatica. What many people don’t realize is that chiropractic care for sciatica is actually quite popular.

The goal of chiropractic care for sciatica is to help the body’s potential to heal itself. Chiropractic care of sciatica is based on the scientific principle that restricted spinal movements can lead to pain and minimize function as well as performance. By choosing chiropractic care for sciatica, you are opting for drug-free and non-invasive care.

Chiropractors use a variety of different therapies based on the cause of each individual patient’s sciatica. A chiropractic treatment plan for sciatica may include:

chiropcractic-adjustment-dr-lee-slideCold Therapy. Your chiropractic care for sciatica may include ice or cold therapy. This helps to reduce inflammation and control the pain associated with sciatica. Cold therapy is also a process that you can learn to engage in at home for even more relief of your sciatica symptoms.

Ultrasound Therapy. Ultrasound applies gentle heat to the body by means of sound waves that can penetrate deep down into your tissues. As part of chiropractic care for sciatica, ultrasound helps to increase circulation. Ultrasound can also reduce muscle spasms, cramps, stiffness, pain and swelling.

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (more commonly known as a TENS unit). A TENS unit is a small, box-shaped, portable device that is designed to help stimulate muscles. With a variety of intensities when it comes to electrical current, a TENS unit helps to control acute pain as well as reduce muscle spasms.

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Can Acupuncture Help You to Quit Smoking?

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

how-to-quit-smokingAcupuncture – Does it Help Quit Smoking?

Acupuncture is one of the most ancient medical sciences to heal the body from various medical ailments. It is a Chinese way to treat diseases and their associated signs and symptoms. Since centuries, this unique way of treating body has been used as major health science in various parts of the world, especially China and other Southeast Asian countries.

Acupuncture – a pricking way to stop smoking

Acupuncture can also work in erasing the desire and the need of smoking. In fact, for many holistic health care providers, it has become a preferred way to help quit smoking. With a success rate between 85-90% in decreasing the physical and emotional craving, acupuncture is the most promiscuous and most well-off way to get rid of smoking.

Acupuncturists say that there are very few withdrawal symptoms experienced since this unique treatment antagonizes the effects of abusing substances present in cigarette. The smoker feels calmness and tranquility once successfully undergone acupuncture treatment. The best part of treating addiction of smoking using acupuncture is it does not harm, alter or affect any of the bodily system.

effects-of-smokingThe mechanism of acupuncture to quit smoking

There are some portions on the outer ear those are focused by acupuncturist. The treatment is nearly painless and blissfully relaxing. The treatment uses ion pellet which is taped on the ear, with an advice that the smoker touch it whenever there is a craving to smoke. This has the effect of alleviating urges for nicotine. The cravings would be under control since acupuncture will stimulate endorphins that come from the CNS (central nervous system) which are the body’s natural opiates. They are considered to be thousands time stronger as compared to morphine to relieve the stress. Generally, a series of 4-5 acupuncture shots are recommended to quit smoking.

Acupuncture treatment for any health ailment is nearly pain free and the effects come for long period. The World Health organization (WHO) of the United Nations has recognized 47 different health ailments those can be successfully treated using acupuncture, nicotine addiction, being one of them.

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Heart Attacks, What Increases Your Risk?

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

heart-attack-risksWhat Triggers a Heart Attack?

THE FOLLOWING RISK FACTORS MAY TRIGGER A HEART ATTACK:

Smoking: Did you know that nicotine and carbon monoxide put a lot of stress on the heart by forcing it to work faster? This, in turn, accelerates the risk of blood clots. Besides, the presence of different chemicals in the smoke injures the lining of your coronary arteries. It is estimated that smoking can enhance heart risk by 24 percent.

High blood pressure: Hypertension tends to deteriorate the coronary arteries, thus making them absolutely vulnerable to coronary heart disease. Hence, a person with high blood pressure is at a high risk of attacks and coronary heart disease.

Diabetes: When blood glucose levels associated with type 1 and type 2 diabetes increases, there is a certain amount of damage to the victim’s coronary arteries. As a result, the risk of coronary heart disease increases.
heart-attack-dietObesity: People who are obese or are highly overweight may not be directly at risk of an attack, but they are at a greater risk of developing hypertension and diabetes. Overweight individuals also tend to have high cholesterol level that results from eating fat-rich diet.

Alcohol: Uncontrolled consumption of alcohol can develop high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure, thus augmenting the risk of coronary heart disease. Also, heavy drinkers tend to follow unhealthy lifestyles such as physical inactivity, consumption of high fat-diet and smoking.

Family history: If you have an immediate relative with a history of heart attack, then your chances of getting a stroke or attack doubles up in comparison to the general population with no immediate family history of an attack.
heart-attack-triggers

Age and Sex: With age comes greater risk of an attack and coronary heart disease. In addition, research suggests that men are at a greater risk of suffering from an attack than their female counterparts.
Intense outbursts of anger: Sudden and intense bouts of anger may also trigger a heart attack. In fact, it is estimated that there is an 8.5 times more tendency for a heart attack to occur within the initial two hours of an anger outburst.

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How Acupuncture Helps with Stress

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

stress-chiropractic-careStress: Research Shows How Acupuncture Helps

Some people don’t see stress as a big problem because it is a natural aspect of life. Nevertheless, many health concerns come from the ravages of stress. Many of the world’s greatest health concerns come from the harsh effects of continued stress on the body. Heart disease, obesity, headaches, sleep disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, and digestive problems have all been directly linked to stress.

Dealing with Stress

Everyone wants to lead a happy and healthy life. Unfortunately for many, stress creates myriad health problems that result in a less than optimal situation in their lives. People deal with stress in a variety of ways. Some of those ways can be just as or more detrimental than the stress itself. If you are abusing drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, or food to alleviate stress, then you are definitely on the wrong path.

If you are dealing with stress or anxiety in a way that is either ineffectual or harmful, you should consider acupuncture and its related treatments. Acupuncture could help you have more calm, serene days and restful, sleep-filled nights. Unfortunately, until recently there was a dearth of biological evidence proving how this occurs. A new study on stress and acupuncture is giving new insights into the biological processes.

acupuncture-medicalA Study on the Benefits of Acupuncture for Stress Relief

According to study researcher Dr. Ladan Eshkevari, who is an associate professor of nursing at Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies, this new study explores the biological mechanisms involved in acupuncture’s stress-relieving properties and helps us “understand what’s going on at a molecular level that helps explain acupuncture’s benefit.”

The researchers discovered that stress hormones were lower in rats that had received electronic acupuncture. Their results were published in the Journal of Endocrinology. They were able to show that the healing practice of acupuncture reduces stress and anxiety in those who receive it.

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How Chiropractic Care Can Help Your Body to Heal

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

back-pain-bad-postureWhy Chiropractic Treatment Promotes Self Healing

If you suffer from acute or chronic back pain then you may be considering a visit to a chiropractor. You’ve probably heard that chiropractors offer relief from pain and other uncomfortable symptoms, but if you’re like many people, you may not know exactly what makes this treatment option so successful.

Firstly, it’s important to understand that although a large proportion of chiropractic treatment is focused around the spine, the positive effects can be wide-reaching.

As the spine is the home residence of the central nervous system (which is responsible for the functioning of everything in the body), spine-centric adjustments can actually benefit symptoms in other parts of the body. So, for example, a patient may seek chiropractic help initially to treat lower back pain and end up with an improved immune system as well.

Chiropractors typically treat a wide span of musculoskeletal conditions that affect the body’s bones, joints, nerves and muscles. Based on the principle that misalignments of the spine can hinder the body’s natural self-healing abilities, chiropractic treatment can contribute to overall optimum health. Chiropractors believe that the body cannot function to its maximum potential when spinal misalignments exist, because they block the stream of information between the brain and the body.

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Natural Ways to Treat Arthritis

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

arthritis-supplements-natural-careWhat Are The Natural Ways Of Treating Arthritis?

Arthritis is the inflammation of a joint or joints of the body. The inflammation occurs when the autoimmune system is affected, and it attacks the joints instead of repairing the body, hence the ligaments and tendons in the joints become inflamed.

There are many types of arthritis, and this depends on the causes, but the most common ones are rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune disorder and osteoarthritis which happens when the cartilage wears down.

The common symptoms of arthritis are stiffness, joint pain, and swellings of the affected joints. The symptoms are mostly noticed in the morning after they have rested the bones the whole night.

The treatment of arthritis varies as one can visit a doctor and also use natural herbal medicines and ways. The natural ways that you can use when you have arthritis will help one to reduce the pain, inflammation, and stiffness.

healthy-exerciseSome of the best natural ways include:

1. Exercising

Exercises are important for our daily lives, and they are great for arthritis patients. Exercises help control the amount of weight that you have, lubricates the joints, and strengthens the joint muscles hence you can move around easily. When you are not exercising, the synovial fluid in the joints turns and becomes a thick gel, hence makes the joint stiff, but exercising makes the fluid viscous hence the joints become lubricated. You don’t have to exercise much, but can take a walk for about 15-30minutes each day, do joint exercise or stretches to help get rid of the stiffness and also cycle.

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How Acupuncture Helps Us Heal

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

acupuncture-healing-bodyHow Acupuncture Restores Balance and Helps Us Heal Ourselves

“The driving idea behind acupuncture is that you’re already in possession of everything you need to be well. Rather than focusing on what’s missing, and adding something to fill the gap, acupuncture takes what’s already there and rearranges it to restore balance. Acupuncture engages the body’s own healing mechanisms to address underlying problems.”

– AcuTake Website

Have you ever gone for an acupuncture treatment?

If not, you might find the experience surprisingly… enjoyable.

I have been going for acupuncture treatments for more than three years now and love it. The original reason I wanted to try acupuncture was for the tendinitis in my wrists (due to writing).

But like many people, I suspect, I didn’t get around to trying acupuncture until my mid-forties because I was wary of the needles. Okay, truthfully, the needles freaked me right out! I couldn’t figure out how all those needles – I don’t care what size they are – going into my skin couldn’t hurt.

acupuncture-needlesBut they don’t. Honest.

Instead, what the needles do, for me at least, is create an incredible sense of well-being and relaxation. Within minutes of the first needles being inserted, I begin to drift into a deeper level of consciousness.

My acupuncturist usually begins with my ears, for overall re-balancing, and then moves on to whatever area – often my forearms or shoulder – that needs attention.

After all the needles have been inserted, she waves some sort of nicely scented oil (such as lavender) near my face, then puts on the ocean-waves-lapping-against-the-shore music and leaves the room.

And for the next 40 minutes, that’s pretty much how I feel: like I’m floating on my back in the ocean.

So my acupuncturist sees two very different versions of yours truly on treatment day. There’s the bouncy, arms-waving-while-talking-a-mile-a-minute me who arrives for her appointment (with seconds to spare) and then there’s the quiet, relaxed, Zen-like (rarely sighted in public) version who drifts out an hour later.

As for my tendinitis? It is significantly better now that I am managing it in multiple ways: daily stretches, wearing wrist guards whenever I am typing, regular massage therapy and acupuncture.

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