What is the difference between a spa massage and a doctor’s office massage?

Most people who want a massage are looking for stress or pain relief. Those people who want to “relax” normally visit a spa where they can be pampered and get some stress relief. Other people who have hurt themselves playing a sport or wake up with pain are normally looking for a more clinical massage.

I hear many massage therapists and consumers denigrate spa massage as lesser than clinical massage, and each time it makes me cringe; all professional massage has therapeutic value! However, I also hear an equal number of therapists misrepresent clinical massage. I would like to provide clear and reasonable distinctions to these two types of massage, and hopefully help move both industries forward in a productive way.
Modalities

Spa massage: Most therapists are aimed at providing a relaxing massage that will satisfy the client and make them feel addressed and cared for. There is usually fancy water, a robe and multiple therapeutic menus available like hot stone and foot massages. They want you to come back for the stress relief and pampering portion of the treatment.

Clinical Massage:

Focus is on promoting proper function, working out and finding out causes of discomfort. Client satisfaction is also a factor but the massages are geared toward healing and not pampering. This massage is aimed at restoring the body back to health and not merely relaxation.

When coming to a doctor’s office for massage, the focus is going to be on care as well as having the patient leave feeling taken care of and having their issue addressed. Remember that it is not a spa and you are paying for the expertise of the therapist along with being able to use your insurance for massage (if covered).

Redwood City Weekend Events March 17-19

Here are some events that can kick off your weekend.  These are happening in Redwood City and the Peninsula:

Thursday March 16, 2017:

  • All You Can Jump: Sky High Sports (5am whew!)
  • Alex Edelmen: Rooster T Feathers Comedy Club in Sunnyvale: http://roostertfeathers.laughstub.com/event.cfm?cart&id=476710

Friday, March 17, 2017:  Happy St. Patricks Day!

  • The producers: 6pm at the Fox Theatre
  • St. Patrick’s Day Show with The Claddah: 9pm Old Princeton Landing: Public House and Grill (El Granada)
  • Tommy Castro: Smoking Pig BBQ, Fremont 9pm: http://www.1077thebone.com/amp-events/march-17-tommy-castro-the-painkillers-at-smoking-pig-bbq-fremont/
  • St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl at The Patio in Palo Alto

Saturday, March 18, 2017:

  • Molly’s Revenge in Pacifica, CA 7:30pm: https://www.mollysrevenge.com/home?calendar_page=2

Research Shows Stress Hides In Your Body: How Chiropractic Can Help!

Stress hides in the body.  If it is not forced out it will stay and get comfortable making you uncomfortable.

“The type of stress that human beings are under really differs from animals in the wild” according to Stanford neurobiologist Robert Sapolsky, Ph.D who wrote the book “Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers.  Animals in the wild normally encounter stress for around 3 minutes and then it is over or they end up deceased. But we are human beings and we have different types of stress.  For instance a demanding boss, work deadlines, unpaid bills, children to look after or elderly parents that need care on top of all of the other daily duties someone may have going on.

Stress left unattended and not taken care of will lead to symptoms.  Here are some of the places you will see symptoms and how chiropractic can help.

1. Hormones: When stressed, your body secretes a hormone called cortisol.  It can lead to memory loss, depression, and causes swelling in the body.

2. Your Hair: Researchers at the University of Western Ontario found that chronic stress contributes to heart attacks by conducting a study on individuals admitted to the hospital who had heart attacks and took hair samples from each.  They found higher levels of cortisol on these individuals which affirmed their hypothesis.

3. Your Nervous System: When you’re stressed, your sympathetic nervous system kicks in which elevates the same hormones used primitively when we were cave people.  This system is called “fight or flight” sharpens your vision, pumps your blood faster, makes you breathe faster and puts your muscles in active mode ready to flee or protect yourself.

The amount of stress each person has can lead to different levels but most times it leads to tightness in the neck, shoulders and back.  It can also lead to constipation/diarrhea, headaches, loss of sleep etc.  All of these areas and basically any area of the body are controlled by the nervous system.

4. Your Gut
Stress can even alter the way your body processes fat, causing you to store more acid in your abdomen.  This leads to acid reflux heartburn and pain in the abdomen.

So how does chiropractic help with this?  Well, we don’t only help people with athletic injuries and neck and back pain.  Those are things that we have great success with but when we administer our treatment we ignite the power of your nervous system to work at its best.

The nervous system (brain and spinal cord) is connected to all of the organs, muscles and basically anything in the body.  Stress builds up and tries to hide in these areas but once treatment has been administered to the spinal cord, the stress can clear its way out.  That is the amazing thing about what we do!   Not to mention, I use a machine that tracks stress in the body and tells me where it is so I can monitor it and track progress through care.

My sports background allows me to help with injuries and pain but while we are working on that, we might as well work on YOU to make sure you are getting the most out of life as stress free as you can be!

New Evidence Showing “No Excess Risk Of Carotid Artery Stroke After Chiropractic Care”

In this article they state that patients with carotid artery dissection can present with neck pain and/or headache before experiencing a stroke. These are common symptoms seen by both chiropractors and primary care physicians (PCPs). This study aimed to find out what risks there are of a carotid artery stroke after chiropractic care by comparing association between chiropractic and PCP visits and subsequent stroke.

Here is what happened:

A population-based, case-crossover study was undertaken in Ontario, Canada. All incident cases of carotid artery stroke admitted to hospitals over a 9-year period were identified. Cases served as their own controls. Exposures to chiropractic and PCP services were determined from health billing records.

Results

We compared 15,523 cases to 62,092 control periods using exposure windows of 1, 3, 7, and 14 days prior to the stroke. Positive associations were found for both chiropractic and PCP visits and subsequent stroke in patients less than 45 years of age. These associations tended to increase when analyses were limited to visits for neck pain and headache-related diagnoses. There was no significant difference between chiropractic and PCP risk estimates. They found NO ASSOCIATION between chiropractic visits and stroke in those 45 years of age or older.

Conclusions

No excess risk of carotid artery stroke after chiropractic care was found in this study. Associations between chiropractic and PCP visits and stroke were similar and likely due to patients with early dissection-related symptoms seeking care prior to developing their strokes.

References: 2016 National Stroke Association. Published by Elsevier Inc.

Doula Or Midwife? What To Consider When Choosing Between Them

Looking for some help during pregnancy?  Here is what to consider when deciding on whether you want to use a Doula or Midwife when you are pregnant:

First, lets talk about the differences between a Doula and a Midwife. A Doula provides emotional and physical support during pregnancy and childbirth. They are not medical professionals and do not deliver babies.

So, what do they do?
Doula’s have different roles and can provide certain services depending on what you need.
1. Support women who are on bed rest to help prevent early births
2. Provide support during the birth process
3. After birth they help the mom during the first few weeks to help with feeding the baby and household tasks.
How does this work?

Before the actual birth a Doula usually:
– Meets with you to go over how they can help you and get acquainted. (normally during the 2nd and 3rd trimester).
– Instruct moms on relaxation and breathing techniques.
– Answer any questions about the birth process and what to expect.
– Go over labor and delivery and talk to moms about any possible complications and how they are handled.
– Develop a birth plan.

When labor occurs a Doula will:
– Administer Constant support
– Massage to help mother relax
– Guide you to comfortable positions
– Make sure fluids and nutrition is kept up during birth process
– Be an advocate to communicate preferences to medical staff
– Support soon to be dad

– After delivery:
– Support to parents when bringing baby home
– Teach care methods to parents
– Breast feeding education
– Keep mom hydrated, fed and rested

Studies have shown that moms to be that use a Doula have shorter labor, need less medication and are less likely to have a C-section.

Now lets go over what a Midwife does:

A midwife is a trained health professional. They assist with labor, delivery, and after after birth. Midwives can deliver babies at birthing centers, home or at a hospital.
Most families who choose a Midwife want little medical intervention and have no complications during their pregnancy.

There are different types of Midwives:
1. Certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) are registered nurses who have graduated from an accredited nurse-midwifery education program and have passed a national exam. They can practice in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

2. Certified midwives (CMs) are non-nurse midwives who have a bachelor’s degree or higher in a health field, have completed an accredited midwifery education program, and have passed a national exam. Only a few states permit CMs to practice.

3. Certified professional midwives (CPMs) are non-nurse midwives who have training and clinical experience in childbirth, including childbirth outside of the hospital, and have passed a national exam. Not all states permit CPMs to practice.

What do Midwives do?

As stated above they can provide care before, during and after birth. They also can help with family planning, prenatal exams, order tests, monitor physical and psychological health, provide birthing plans, advise about diet, exercise, medicine and keeping healthy during pregnancy.

Here are some other tasks a Midwife can help with:
– Educating parents about childbirth and newborn care
– Support parents during labor
– Admit or discharge from the hospital
– Deliver babies
– Refer to doctors as needed

Reasons for a Midwife:

1. You want your childbirth to be as natural as possible with little medical intervention, such as an episiotomy, fetal monitoring, labor induction, etc.
2. You want the emotional, practical, and social support that midwives provide.

Hopefully this answers some of your questions about choosing a Doula or a Midwife. Good luck and Congratulations!

3 Reasons To See A Chiropractor After An Injury

Athletes and non-athletes can roll their ankle when walking, running, dancing etc.

As an athlete, the demands put on the body can lead to wear and tear and injuries do sometimes occur. Even more so when we get older. Since our bones and muscles age right along with us, our bodies are more prone to get tweaked and sustain an injury. Seeing a chiropractor for treatment not only can help prevent injuries by keeping the body moving properly and keeping it strong, but if an athlete sustains an injury, it can help with a more speedy recovery. How you may ask?

Well, as you may know many professional athletic teams have added chiropractors to the staff to consult on treatment options when a player is injured. Chiropractors not only treat the spine but any joint that moves. This means not only the spine but extremities too! The full body is assessed and treated.

Here are 3 examples of what chiropractors can do to help with injuries:
1.Faster Healing
A sport injury gone untreated or even just left alone can lead to chronic injuries if the cause is not treated. Chiropractic care improves movement and blood flow to your muscles and soft tissues by allowing them to receive more oxygen and necessary nutrients. Regular chiropractic adjustments also reduce swelling by taking stress off of the area and take pressure produced by inadequate movement of the joints which put strain on the soft tissues and nerve roots which leads to swelling.

2. Better Mobility
Chiropractic care allows for proper movement in the body. This is spinal and extra-spinal. We also perform soft tissue work as well as cold laser at our facility. Increased flexibility and less strain on the body leads to decreased injuries, increased athletic performance and better health.

3. Find issues before there is pain: As most of you know, you get a warning sign before pain will set in. Lack of movement, tightness, a “tweak”, pulling or some sort of dysfunction normally occurs before there is discomfort. If you take care of your body, it will reward you with feeling great and working great! Chiropractic allows the body to do what it is supposed to do, function at its highest capacity!

Remember, if you do get an injury, ice for 15-20 minutes every couple hours for the first 24 hours to take down the swelling. Then after the swelling is down, move! This doesn’t mean go out and run or put a large strain on it but get the joint to move, it will decrease how long it takes to rehabilitate the area.

3 Phases Of Chiropractic Care… What Are They?

Most patients that see me for the first time usually have symptoms. I know that the major goal at that point is to GETTING out of pain but what about STAYING out of pain?

There are 3 phases of care that people must go through to make sure you don’t get back in pain and can live life without major restrictions.

1. Relief Care: This phase provides temporary relief of your symptoms. Normally, when a patient is in this phase and get relief it is because inflammation is decreased and joint function is restored through spinal adjustments.  Ice, heat or cold laser may also be used to help the symptoms start to subside.   However, symptom relief is likely to be temporary if the underlying cause is not addressed after the pain subsides. In many cases the cause of your symptoms are improper body mechanics, repetitive movements, micro-trauma or postural issues that need to be rectified before real change can occur. Faulty muscle patterns consisting of weak or overly tight muscles need to be addressed and monitored for lasting results.

2. Corrective Care: This phase takes longer because it addresses the cause of the issue that is normally a long term problem. Progress is analyzed and care is modified depending on consistent results. Some people respond quicker than others depending on the condition and integrity of the spinal column, the age and physical condition of the patient, the severity of the injury and the duration of the problem.  Consistency without exacerbation of the original issue is tracked as well as anything that may hinder your progress. Stabilization is the goal.

Maintenance: This is what ensures optimal health and is the final stage of health. Day to day activities put biomechanical strain on our bodies. We are constantly exposed to stress and we must continue to monitor the health and condition of your spine through periodic evaluations to make sure that you don’t go back to the beginning.  Regular chiropractic adjustments will help insure you are living at your optimum level of health and function.

The benefits of maintenance care are that minor misalignments can be detected before they become symptomatic or well-established. We have specialized tests to track the spinal column, muscles and organs to make sure you maintain health and can track any issues that may be festering and ready to become problematic. Maintenance chiropractic care allows for improved posture, enhanced function, better athletic performance, reduced injuries and an overall enjoyable pain-free lifestyle.  This type of preventative or wellness care can also save time and money by keeping minor problems from becoming more serious and preventing you from starting back from scratch.

16 Reasons Why People Stop Going To A Chiropractor

I hear a lot of reasons why people either start care and stop, or don’t see a chiropractor at all. Here are a few reasons people feel that they don’t need to see a chiropractor.

1. “Chiropractic is too expensive”:
Research clearly disproves this myth. Chiropractic care has been consistently shown to be cost effective in a number of government and workers’ compensation board studies. According to The Manga Report, a 1993 Canadian government commissioned study, “There would be highly significant cost savings if more management of low-back pain was transferred from physicians to chiropractors… Users of chiropractic care have substantially lower health care costs, especially inpatient costs, than those who use medical care only.”

According to an economic analysis conducted in Richmond, Virginia, “By every test of cost and effectiveness, the general weight of evidence shows chiropractic to provide important therapeutic benefits, at economical costs. Additionally, these benefits are achieved with apparently minimal, even negligible, impacts on the costs of health insurance.”

When the State of Florida’s Workers’ Compensation Board conducted research in 1988 on treatment costs associated with injured workers who received care from either chiropractic doctors or medical doctors, they found chiropractic treatment costs were 58.8 percent of the treatments costs rendered by medical doctors ($558 vs. $1,100 per case)

According to Web MD Report who performed research on 1 Million people over a 4 year period. One group had chiropractic care and one did not. Here are the results:

· Chiropractic cut the cost of treating back pain by 28% compared to those who did not have chiropractic care.
Back surgeries were reduced by 32% (that is 1 in every 3 people)
1/3 fewer surgeries which reduced hospitalization by 41%.

This study reported a 95% satisfaction rate with chiropractic care!
2. “I don’t need a chiropractor for general health, just for pain”.
Yes, we can help with back and neck pain, but we also affect the body in so many other ways.

Research has shown that the best way to prevent meningitis, colds, cases of flu, and other illness, is to maintain a strong immune system. This is not debated by either MDs or Chiropractors. Developing a strong immune system relies on optimal communication between all systems of the body. Chiropractic allows this to happen by taking misalignments out of the spine. Our goal is to remove interference in the nervous system. This system controls and coordinates all other parts of the body.

How can there be interference in the spine and nervous system? Interference is caused by subluxations or misalignments in the spine which hinder communication from the adjacent nerves.

When subluxations are corrected, our nervous system can send signals efficiently optimally boosting immune functioning. In fact, individuals who receive chiropractic care have 200% greater immune competence than individuals who don’t. This is why it is vital to receive regular chiropractic adjustments. We not only help you function better for athletic competitions, we keep your body stress free and working optimally preventing illness.

How is that for total health!
3. “I don’t have enough time”:
Yes, staying healthy takes time and commitment, so does being in pain and unable to work! So does spending time in the hospital re-cooperating from a surgery that could have been prevented.

Editing your life because of sickness takes time too. Having to modify your life and not being able to do the things you enjoy in life not only takes time as well but prevents you from being the person you want to be. That is a big sacrifice!

Everyone tries to take the time to work out but it is only part of the process to optimal health. Eating well and taking care of your body to enable you to continue going to the gym injury free is also part of the process. We can help with that in addition to keeping the rest of your body healthy. Getting adjusted normally takes 5-15 minutes with a little time for travel. Most times you are not going more than 2x per week. That is a bit over 30 minutes per week.

Tip: See your chiropractor before a workout if you can…get both out together and then go on with the rest of your day!

You are worth the time, your body needs it and your body will thrive once it gets it.
4. “It takes too much time to see results”:
It may take some time but think about wanting to lose weight and get in shape, both of those take time. That is how the body works! You can’t eat one meal or work out once and think you are going to have long-term results. You have to continue to keep the results you have gained.

Eventually, after getting in shape, you don’t have to work out as hard or eat as lean as you did to get to your goal but you do have to continue…your body needs consistency to get consistent results.
Remember…. health is not an event it is a process!
5. “I feel good” (pain-free):
This is a very common response I hear. Pain is not an indicator of health. It is the bodies signal that it is in an emergency situation and needs help immediately. Pain will make you focus on the area of discomfort; that is what the body wants you to focus on because it is injured. Being pain-free doesn’t mean you are in good health. Everyone has heard the story of a loved one or friend who felt great and the next day they had a heart attack. There was no pain, but there was a health problem that was going on and they didn’t know it.

That is why we do scans to see what your health status is so we can address any issues that you may not feel now and prevent any unwanted health situation.

6. “The chiropractor does the same thing every time”:
It may feel like this ut that is because your body has developed a pattern and that pattern has to be re-trained. For example, if you are sitting all day long, there will be areas that will be stressed more than others. If you sleep in a certain position and don’t have proper posture, this will have a pattern too. Holding on to emotional stress will affect your body as well and eating food that is not good for you will store stress in the body leading to tightness and malfunction.

On each visit, we check to see what areas need to be addressed for misalignments of the vertebrae and improper movement. If there is a change, we will notice it when doing tests and palpation.

7. “I don’t feel any results after 1 or 2 visits”:
Again, think about wanting to lose weight, get in shape, all of those take time and you don’t see results right away. You should start to feel results of symptom relief within 6-12 visits. If there is still no result, then you will be referred to another practitioner that may be able to help.

8. “My MD says I should stop”:
Most of the time this is not warranted. There may be the rare occasion where there is a joint that should be avoided if there is a fracture or tear but even in those cases, cold laser or other modalities have been shown to increase healing time and aligning the spine will boost your immune system and allow for quicker recovery.

9. “Insurance won’t pay for more visits”:
Money is always an issue, but many insurance plans are not set up for you to get the necessary care you need. “Health” insurance plans are really a misnomer. They are really “sick care” plans. Insurance companies don’t want to pay out. They want you to use as little of your benefits as possible. Getting 12 visits per year is only in case something happens and you are in pain and need help. Other than that, keeping you healthy is not the real concern of insurance. It is set up on a “sick care” plan instead of a health and wellness care plan where you really see results.

I set up my plans to make sure you are doing well in life. I want you to be able to be the person you want to be and have a long plentiful life. This may not coordinate with your insurance. In such cases, we have affordable plans that are not much more than a gym membership. If you choose not to continue after your benefits have run out that is your health choice and I will respect your decision.

10. “Chiropractor doesn’t spend enough time with me”:
When you came in for care originally we did tests to determine what was going on with you and your general health. Most chiropractors spend a lot of time on your first visit to find out what is going on by doing necessary tests, asking questions and providing care. We don’t want to put a band-aid on your problem, we want to figure out the source and help you heal.

Since your body has a pattern it is easy for us to evaluate what is happening. Also, since most chiropractors have seen thousands of spines, it doesn’t take us long to see what the patterns are. So, it may seem a short time but we understand the body very well and it takes repetition of the plan to get results. We are fast and efficient at what we do and sometimes that looks as though we are not paying attention when in fact we are! We make it look easy but it is years of practice that allows us to make it look that way.

It is important to know that it is not the length of time spent with the doctor but what the doctor knows and applies.

11. “Massage makes it feel better for a while so I can just do that”:

Don’t get me wrong, massage is amazing and necessary for losing up joints getting better movement in the body. However, if your body is not aligned the muscles are not working right and will go back to doing what they were doing before. You are not really fixing the problem, you are making it more comfortable for the time being. Remember, the nervous system is the system that tells the muscles what to do so it is important that it is aligned and sending the proper signals to the muscles making your body function properly.

A massage feels great and will get stress out of the tissues, get blood flowing and relax the muscles. It feels great for a while but if you are not aligned properly and go back and doing stressful things to your body, it will come back. This is why it is so important to get adjusted. Not only for general health but for proper musculoskeletal health as well!

12. “Sometimes I am sore after adjustments”:
As with any body manipulation (exercise included), sometimes there is soreness because the body is not used to either being in the position it is now in or having a manipulation to that area. It can sometimes inflame after body work so that is why you are sore. Ice usually helps to take the swelling away. If it persists then there are other options we can use for your to help with inflammation.

13. “I Will never reach excellent health so why bother”:
We all can always work toward excellent health (if this is what you want. Excellent health is obviously a matter of living a full life without as much restriction as possible. Bad health is dealing pain, disease, and limits. You may not be excellent but you can keep that goal in mind and be the best that YOU can be. It is better than doing nothing and getting the same results that brought you into the office in the first place!

14. “I think I can manage on my own”:
I hear this a lot. Depending on what age you are, you have been doing a lot of things right and a lot of things wrong as far as your health is concerned. There are lifestyle habits that are hard to kick and probably brought you into the office to begin with. Knowing the proper exercises and trying to track your body’s health by how it feels will work for a while but eventually cause you some sort of discomfort. Why not make sure you are doing what worked to keep your body at ease and will continue to do so? You are worth it and why take a chance on your health?

15. “Yoga or workouts are all I need to stay healthy”:
Again, exercise is great for you; especially yoga and its focus on breathing and stretching. However, we are constantly exposed to stress in our lives. In the past, it didn’t take many adjustments or massages to get you functioning well and staying that way. Unfortunately, our society has constant stress. Long work hours, sitting for long periods of time, demanding deadlines, traffic, processed food, pesticides in food, and athletic injuries all lead to compromised nervous system function leading to problems with digestion, elimination, heart issues and some type of organ weakness.

As Arnold Schwarzenegger says: “Chiropractic is a necessity!”

Workouts take the stress out of the body but they can also put a strain on the body. Making sure the body is functioning properly will allow for a better workout and the muscles and organs to respond optimally.

16. My medical doctor, friends or family think it is not safe or a waste of time:
Most of the time people who tell you it is unsafe haven’t been to a chiropractor and haven’t read articles on both sides of the issue. They are either listening to old propaganda or focusing on only negative articles without seeing the latest data.

According to recent research:
Neck and spinal manipulation are remarkably safe procedures. While some reports have associated upper high-velocity neck manipulation with a certain kind of stroke, or vertebral artery dissection, the best evidence3 suggests that this type of arterial injury often takes place spontaneously, or following everyday activities such as turning the head while driving, swimming, or having a shampoo in a hair salon.

Patients with this condition may experience neck pain and headache that leads them to seek professional care—often at the office of a doctor of chiropractic or family physician—but that care is not the cause of the injury.

In addition to being a safe form of treatment, spinal manipulation is incredibly effective, getting patients back on their feet faster than traditional medical care. A March 2004 study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that chiropractic care is more effective than medical care at treating chronic low-back pain in patients who have experienced symptoms for one year or less. Similarly, a study published in the July 15, 2003, edition of the medical journal Spine found that manual manipulation provides better short-term relief of chronic spinal pain than a variety of medications. Moreover, a 2012 study in Spine found that only 1.5 percent of workers with back injuries whose first point of treatment was a doctor of chiropractic required surgery, compared to the 42.7 percent of workers whose first contact was a surgeon.

People who see a chiropractor regularly have fewer injuries, better posture, fewer colds and fewer cases of flu. Just like going to the dentist is necessary to keep your teeth healthy, going to a chiropractor keeps your brain and nerves healthy. Your brain function is pretty important don’t you think?

References: http://www.acatoday.org/Patients-Why-Choose-Chiropractic-Chiropractic-A-

Common Risks And Symptoms Of Osteoarthritis (OA)

Osteoarthritis or a”OA” is the most common joint disorder. It is caused by stress to the joints or what is know as “wear and tear” on a joint.

High intensity sports, lifestyles, bad posture and movement, repetitive movements can all cause “OA”. If the joint is stressed so much that the body can’t take it, it swells up, elicits pain and become stiff. The joint will also try to stabilize by fusing if the body deems it too unstable.

Osteophytes that look like teeth can (bone spurs) appear in the spine and joints in the other parts of the body will grow larger if stressed too much.

Fact: Before age 55, OA occurs equally in men and women. After age 55, it is more common in women.
Risk Factors:

1. Weight gain. Those extra pounds put a lot of strain on the hips, knees, ankles and feet. Putting more of a load on the joints will lead to bone growth.

2. Fractures or other joint injuries can lead to “OA”. This is not only related to the bone. Cartilage and ligament injuries can also lead to this type of arthritis. This includes injuries to the cartilage and ligaments in your joints.

Physical jobs that require kneeling, squatting, lifting, climbing stairs, or walking for long periods of time.

4. Sports with large impacts on the joint:  Football, basketball, soccer and sports with throwing will increase the risk.

Symptoms: Usually come on in middle age but have been starting to show up sooner now a days with the large amount of stress people put on their body’s daily.

– Pain, stiffness in joints. Worse after exercise or putting weight or stress on the joint.
– Rubbing, scraping, or crackling sound when you move the joint.
– Some people might not have symptoms, even though x-rays show the changes of OA.
– “OA” can be helped and prevented from getting worse with proper movement in the body which will decrease the stress on the joint.

Chiropractic is used by athletes to help them improve their game by having close to perfect body mechanics and helps with the stress and strain of the activity. If you want to stay healthy and keep your body as young and healthy as it can be….we can help!

Pregnancy: What To Expect In The First Trimester

Chiropractic care is very helpful during pregnancy and especially if your baby is breech.  Keeping your pelvis aligned will allow your baby to have room in the uterus and keep the pelvic outlet open and unrestricted for an easier birth.

For new expectant mothers, pregnancy can be both exciting and scary.  This is because there are a lot of people telling you many things and you want to do the best for your new addition.

There will be changes in your body during this 9 month process and here are the most common ways your body will change.

1. Morning sickness: Around the 5th week of pregnancy you may feel nauseous.  Ginger tea, eating small meals and trigger point massage can help alleviate this.  This doesn’t only happen in the morning

2. Tender breasts: Breasts will become bigger, more tender and may even feel a bit tingly.  This happens around week 6.

3. Mood Changes:  Normally around week 7, little things may set you off that may have not before.  It is okay, hormones are changing in the body and it is something that will come up on you when you least expect it.

You may also experience heartburn, constipation, food cravings, taking a disliking to foods that you never have before, headaches.

Weight of the baby at this point is pretty small so you may only gain 3 to 4 pounds.  You may even crave food a bit less and lose a couple pounds.  That is not out of the ordinary and you should not be alarmed.  Your weight should start to increase the second and third trimester.

Light meals such as avacados, bananas, crackers, bread will help keep your weight up.

Things to look out for:  Risk of miscarriage is the highest in the first trimester.  Here are some symptoms to look out for to call your Obstetrician:

Heavy vaginal bleeding
Severe abdominal pain
Sudden immense thirst
Painful urination
Fever (over 101.5), chills or backache
Severe puffiness of the hands and face
Vision problems.

If you experience any of the above symptoms, call your Obstetrician’s office right away. If you don’t get someone on the phone within a few minutes, head to the nearest ER.