Several ways scar tissue can lead to musculoskeletal problems

Scars from old injuries surgeries (procedures) are over looked quite a bit after they have “healed”. Your skin is the largest organ and is very complicated as is much of the human body. After closing, the tissue can inhibit proper movement of the body leading to pain and injuries.

Normal muscle fibers run parallel to each other in a neat and orderly fashion. When scar tissue happens it is in a haphazard pattern. Just like a scar on the outside of your skin there are fibers inside your body that can not be seen. All scar tissue is knotty and twisted. So, if you have had a C-section, athletic injury or car accident injury, wherever that scar is can create improper movement of the kinetic chain it is attached to. This means, if you have had a C-Section, it can affect your core and even your Glutes since they move with the core as well.

Scar tissue is not elastic and will not move with the muscles as easily as did pre-injury. Because of its effect on movement, it will effect the joints which may lead to future complications.

After surgeries or injuries scar tissue is usually a bit sensitive. It will become less sensitive but just because you can’t feel it on the scar during a workout, does not mean that it can’t hurt you.

Chronic pain around the scar tissue should be treated by a doctor, and that is where I come in. We can do releases to the scar and test any weak muscle or joint to see how movement has been changed and enhanced. We can also accelerate healing with our Amino Neuro Frequency therapy, cold laser or other methods for natural and safe healing and keep you getting better and well.

We are located in downtown Redwood City and would love to meet you!
Precise Moves Chiropractic Wellness and Sports
(650) 353-1133
www.precisemoves.com

Why people have misconceptions of chiropractors

Chiropractic was discovered in 1895.  This was a new, natural method of helping people generate the innate healing properties of the human body.  Symptoms would start going away naturally without drugs or surgery by the use of feeling the spine and creating movement in areas that were stuck or as chiropractors call it “subluxated”.   This approach was gaining recognition and getting results.

Because of this, the medical community was losing money as well as pharmaceutical companies who make money from people needing to take drugs for long periods of time or even for life.

So how did chiropractors start getting a reputation of being “quacks” or selling snake oil?  Well, chiropractic started to expand and people started spreading the word about the benefits of this alternative and natural process.  This resulted in persecution and conspiracy in the late 60’s through the early 70’s by the American Medical Association (AMA).

The AMA launched a covert campaign to “contain and eliminate the chiropractic profession” (that is the actual terminology used by the AMA to describe the campaign). The AMA distributed what were called “Quack Packs” to new medical students describing how dangerous chiropractors are, and that they are killing patients with their treatments which was untrue. They made it illegal for a medical doctor to associate with a chiropractor in any way (including hospitals, etc.); if they associated with a chiropractor, they could lose their license.

If this is hard for you to believe, please review the actual paperwork where the AMA was sued for an “illegal boycott” of the chiropractic profession.  It is named Wilk v. AMA. The AMA lost the case and all appeals. Here s information that came from those documents:

In the early 1960s, the AMA decided to contain and eliminate chiropractic as a profession. In 1963 the AMA’s Committee on Quackery was formed. The committee worked aggressively — both overtly and covertly — to eliminate chiropractic. One of the principal means used by the AMA to achieve its goal was to make it unethical for medical physicians to professionally associate with chiropractors. Under Principle 3 of the AMA’s Principles of Medical Ethics, it was unethical for a physician to associate with an “unscientific practitioner,” and in 1966 the AMA’s House of Delegates passed a resolution calling chiropractic an unscientific cult. To complete the circle, in 1967 the AMA’s Judicial Council issued an opinion under Principle 3 holding that it was unethical for a physician to associate professionally with chiropractors.

The AMA’s purpose was to prevent medical physicians from referring patients to chiropractors and accepting referrals of patients from chiropractors, to prevent chiropractors from obtaining access to hospital diagnostic services and membership on hospital medical staffs, to prevent medical physicians from teaching at chiropractic colleges or engaging in any joint research, and to prevent any cooperation between the two groups in the delivery of health care services.

They also mentioned during the trial of chiropractors as “competition”.

Competition between medical physicians and chiropractors was recognized by Dr. Joseph A. Sabatier, a member of the Committee on Quackery and a former defendant in this case, as early as 1964. At one point, Dr. Sabatier stated, “it would be well to get across that the doctor of chiropractic is stealing [the young medical physician’s] money.”

Here is a link that shows the data for this case:

http://www.leagle.com/decision/19872136671FSupp1465_11917/WILK%20v.%20AMERICAN%20MEDICAL%20ASS’N

So why does the general population still sometimes think that chiropractors are quacks or shysters?  Well, there was plenty of media published by the AMA to the general public that still is believed today.  Here is an example:

Medicine’s opposition to chiropractic was at its strongest under the leadership of Morris Fishbein. Fishbein, served as Secretary of the American Medical Association (AMA) from 1924 to 194.  He lead a 25 year anti-chiropractic campaign in both professional publications and the public media.  Fishbein called chiropractors “rabid dogs” and referred to them as “playful and cute… but killers.” He tried to portray chiropractors as members of an unscientific cult, caring about nothing but taking their patients’ money.  I still hear this from people today.  This couldn’t be farther from the truth.  Chiropractic care is way more affordable than years of pharmaceuticals and surgery.

In 1949, Fishbein was no longer associated with the AMA but the AMA continued its anti-chiropractic campaign.  In 1971, H. Doyle Taylor, the Director of the AMA Department of Investigation, and Secretary of its Committee on Quackery (COQ), submitted a memo to the AMA Board of Trustees stating:

“Since the AMA Board of Trustees decision, at its meeting on November 2-3, 1963, to establish a Committee on Quackery, the Committee has considered its prime mission to be, first, the containment of chiropractic and ultimately, the elimination of chiropractic.”

Personally, when I was a youth in the 80s I heard this propaganda and would not see a chiropractor until my sister experienced headaches for days and weeks at a time.  She tried drugs, physical therapy and other western medicine doctors with no relief.  She tried chiropractic apprehensively but felt like she had little option.  She stated that after one visit “my pain decreased in half”.  She was my big sister and I trusted her so after an athletic injury I went to a chiropractor for relief and got it quickly and easily so I decided to investigate and fell in love with this natural way of healing and decided to become a chiropractor.

We get a lot of people dis-crediting us because we are not MDs.  That is right, we are not.  We are doctors who have a specialty just like a dentist, podiatrist, osteopath.  Our philosophy and outlook on how the body operates and heals sometimes differs from MDs.  We treat and understand the body as a unit and not as parts.  Not everyone responds the same to specific modalities or techniques and not everyone wants the same treatment.  We offer alternatives when other methods are not working.

I personally see MDs, acupuncturists as well as holistic healers.  All have a different affect on patients and all offer different angles of healing.  What chiropractors do works.  If you ever read chiropractic reviews, they are normally pretty positive.  It is a shame that so many people have heard disparaging statements about what we do.  Even in the case of a bad experience with a chiropractor, that doesn’t mean the whole profession is bad or unethical.  MDs can sometimes hurt patients, does this mean the whole profession is bad and should be avoided?  If you get one bad haircut does that mean all hair dressers are not qualified and you should never get another haircut?

Chiropractors have worked hard to continue to grow our reputation and help others to see the benefits of allowing your nervous system to maintain its health and keep the body functioning and normalizing.  Our nervous system is connected to every body part (showed in every medical resource) and needs to work in the best way it can to keep our body healthy.

I hope this clears up any doubt you have about our profession that I love and cherish so much.

 

 

 

When I chiropractor says I am subluxated, what does that mean?

The word “subluxated” is used by many chiropractors.  According to the dictionary, the definition is “a partial dislocation” or “a slight misalignment of the vertebrae, regarded in chiropractic theory as the cause of many health problems”.  

Everyone has heard of a “dislocation”.  This is very painful and can be debilitating.  Well, a subluxation is a bit less painful at first but if left untreated, in time it can lead to pain and body dysfunction.

Your spine and spinal nerves send signals to specific areas and effect certain organs.  Keeping them working optimal keeps you at your best!

Here is an informative video to explain what a Subluxation is:

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Positive Thinking Leads to Positive Health: 5 Strategies to building a better you!

Low self-esteem can effect not only your mental health but your physical health as well. Low self-esteem is normally accompanied by feelings of stress, anxiety and negative feelings. It has been shown to increase the risk of heart disease. It is true, the mind effects the body.

Low levels of self esteem can lead to unhealthy habits such as smoking, alcohol and bad behavioral decisions. In a large majority of cases, people with low levels will avoid exercise or improvement of their life and tend to remain sedentary physically and emotionally.

A low self-esteem increases stress and leads to unhealthy behaviors such as smoking and alcohol abuse. Not surprisingly this unhealthy combination of low self-esteem and stress also affects social behavior. In addition people with low self-esteem have no incentive to care for themselves. Instead of exercising and trying to improve their health and increase their self esteem levels they tend to remain inactive and passive.

Research by the University College of London conducted a study where a they took a sample of 200 adults up to 59 years old. Results showed that individuals who were more positive, optimistic and joyful on a consistent basis had better physiological function than those who did not.

This study also showed that positive thinkers had lower levels of cortisol (a stress hormone) which is correlated with Hypertension, Diabetes Mellitus. Their heart rates and blood pressure were healthier than those with low self-esteem and were at lower risk of cardiac issues. Even if individuals have a predisposition to diabetes, heart issues, they are at lower risk and may never have such issues with a positive mental status.

The connection of mind/body is real and stress is the leading reason why individuals contract colds, viruses and a plethora of other physical complaints.

Here are some signs that you may need some help raising your self esteem:
1. No confidence
2. Difficulty trusting your natural instincts
3. Internal negative voice (I can’t, or I am not good enough)
4. A feeling of helplessness and lack of self care

What you feel and think of yourself matters. How you picture yourself in the world makes a huge difference on how you interact with other people and experience the world. The body follows the mind so it is imperative that you keep your mind strong. I know it is tough sometimes but working on you has its rewards. Successful people will tell you that they just kept hope and kept moving forward until they reached their goals. You can do that with your health as well.

Here are some advantages of a healthy positive self esteem:
1. More laughter: humor ignites the immune system
2. Decreased visits to the hospital
3. Optimism will assist in a quick recovery after an unfortunate event and decreases heart attacks by 50%

Here is a list to help you build up your self esteem if you need to:

1. Keep a list of things you have achieved. You may realize you have done more than you think.
2. Start with small steps to do new challenges and then move to other tasks you may not have thought you could do.
3. Talk to yourself like you would to a person you love and respect. Give yourself encouragement and credit for the things you achieve.
4. Switch to healthy habits. Try and eat a little healthier, do small amounts of exercise and move your way to 30 minutes five days a week.
5. Hangout with people who pick you up, not knock you down. Anyone that is constantly criticizing you is imposing stress on you and pushing you back. You want to elevate not deflate.

When you have a positive outlook on life, life has a positive outlook on you and will follow. Really…it is Quantum Physics!

How does chiropractic help headaches?

Head pain is very common when people play sports or experience stress in their lives. Chiropractic has shown significant improvement in headache symptoms.

Perceived pain is called “nociception”. Pain occurs when a stimuli is sent to the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). This is what happens:

1. Contact with a stimuli like pressure, cut, puncture, heat, cold.

2. Reception: The nerve now senses the stimuli

3. Transmission: The nerve sends a signal to the brain by communicating with other nerves in the body.

4. Pain Reception: Brain receives the information and determines its action to the stimuli

Headaches can be very painful and prevent you from working, playing and living your life the way you would like. Chiropractic can help with headaches and a plethora of other issues. If you would like to be a healthier you call our Redwood City Chiropractic office today!  If you would like to book an appointment with us, you may do so online at www.precisemoves.com.

5 HEALTH RISKS OF FLYING

When flying for the first time, one of the most common fears is the plane crashing. Of course this is scary but after flying a few times and understanding the risks of crashing, people normally relax a bit more and understand that the risk of crashing is pretty low.

However, that does not mean that flying is healthy when your plane safely arrives. Here are some common risks to your body when flying on airplane.

1 Severe Dehydration:

Air on airplanes is pretty dry. Most airlines have beverage trays that come through during the flight. Make sure to get water. Stay hydrated and drink around a pint of H2O every 3 hours. Try to refrain from coffee, tea, alcohol. If you do consume these drinks, make sure you are drinking water as well. Dehydration can cause headaches and can stress your body making you more susceptible to the colds and viruses.

2. Lung Damage from Breathing in Polluted Air:

How does this happen if you are in a plane with no open windows? Fumes from the engine do manage to seep into the plane but airlines state that when the plane is flying there is an air filtering system that flushes out the fumes but the data on this doesn’t yet prove this to be true. Keeping the fan on overhead can help blow this around but when you are in an enclosed space it is going to circulate around and end up coming back your way. The time you are most at risk for fumes is when the plane is not taking off and idling waiting for the air traffic controllers okay to take off.

3. Lice and Bedbugs:

Planes are normally pretty cool in temperature and blankets and pillows are commonly provided on long flights. If it is a connecting flight, blankets and pillows are not new or cleaned. This means you can be exposed to lice or bugs.

Each individual plane can fly between two to eight trips per day, depending on the size of the aircraft and distance of travel. A plane can take 4-16 flights in two days. Dozens of people may have sat in the seat you are in and lice can live up to 2 days without food. I have personally never had a lice or bed bug issue when flying but it could happen.

Bring your own pillow or blanket on carry on. It can help. Also Tea Tree oil is a great tool because bugs don’t like it and it can keep them at bay.

4. Increased Cancer Risk: Studies have shown that female flight attendants are 5x more likely to contract breast cancer and other crew members are at a higher risk of melanomas.

Long flights stress out the internal body clock. When this happens hormone levels change and can create an imbalance putting them at risk of tumor growth. Also, flying at high altitudes has thinner air and passengers and faculty are exposed to radiation that is 100 to 300 times higher then on the ground.

5. Deep Vein Thrombosis:

This problem is common with the obese and elderly but the changing of air pressure effects We all know this condition, also known as DVT, can affect the obese and the elderly. But the changes in air pressure do effect the normal circulation of the blood from the legs back to the heart and lungs.

Changes in air pressure can effect the blood in the veins and force fluid out of the circulation and into the soft tissue of the lower legs. This can lead to swelling and begin to form clots. Studies have shown that during a simulated transatlantic flight, as much as four kilograms of fluid can shift from the circulation to the legs.

When on flights, get up and move around. Stretch your legs and low back. You may even want to bring some type of heat or topical ointment to improve circulation. Turmeric, Coconut oil, Cayenne pepper, massage or rubbing of legs all keep your circulation moving.

Make sure you are taking care of yourself when flying, your trip will go more smoothly and you will come back home happy and healthy!

For more information and blogs, go to our website at www.precisemoves.com. Our office is located in Redwood City, CA.

80/20 Rule: What does this really mean for health and wellness?

This rule means to make the best lifestyle choices 80% of the time. This rule can be used for work, diet, exercising and basically anything you encounter.

Exercise:
There are many excuses for not exercising. Long hours at work, kids, traveling, fatigue. Working out is a commitment and getting into a routine is key but sometimes our lives are not routine. Then what do we do? We make it a priority. We all know we should exercise but making it a must will get you there with no excuses. Wake up 20 minutes early when traveling or working long work hours. 20 minutes can be fit into any day and you will gain more energy to work and spend time with the family. You don’t have to work out everyday. It would be a great plan but one that would be hard to keep, so work out 3-4 days a week for at least 20 minutes. You will feel stronger and more productive.

Work:
People are working longer hours these days. It is not uncommon for people to work 12-14 hours per day. This means you need to take a break once in a while. Working 80% of the time but make sure there are time for breaks to stretch, drink water, take a few deep breaths. This can keep you from common repetitive stress injuries that are out there today like Carpal Tunnel, Sciatica, Text neck, restless leg syndrome or a plethora of other injuries caused by a sedentary lifestyle.

80/20 rule is pretty easy to remember but motivation is key. It may help to have a post-it on the fridge, car dash, mirror or in a place you can see it everyday until it becomes a habit. Once it is a habit, you are good to go. Now it is a lifestyle change for the better!

Remember that 20% is so you don’t have the pressure of being perfect. You can cheat once in a while and get that icecream cone on a hot day or eat some chips and salsa. You can also take a day here or there and not workout to give your muscles a break. That is okay, we all need to induldge once in a while. It is all about moderation.

I get asked all of the time how to lose weight and keep it off. Well, using this rule will help get you into shape and keep you there.

Now for the hardest part,

Eating:

There are parties, vacations, meetings with food provided. Choose the best choices for eating and just because there is food there does not mean that you have to eat it. If it is sandwiches with chips and sodas, probably not the best choice. Look for salads, water and lean proteins. This will keep you on track.

A healthy diet should contain the following:

Sufficient amounts of proteins (meat, fish, and eggs)
Fruits and Vegetables (these contain great vitamins and produce fiber
Fats (olive oil, nuts, seeds)

Stay away from starches, breads, pastas, rice and processed sugar and drink half your body weight in ounces of water per day.

Good luck, I know you can do it!

Precise Moves Chiropractic is here to help you with your health and lifestyle needs. We are located in downtown redwood city. Call or schedule an appointment today!

How safe is Chiropractic? Can it cause Strokes?

Once in a while, I get a patient who comes to see me for the first time stating that they heard from an medical doctor, friend or collegue that a chiropractor killed or caused someone to have a stroke after an adjustment.  I normally don’t like to post anything with a negative connotation but after hearing this a couple of times in the past couple of months, I wanted to address it.

First of all, chiropractic care is safe and natural.  We are not moving the neck or body in any way that is not the normal range of motion for each person.  I have also not heard, seen or experienced anyone having a stroke after receiving care from a chiropractor.   There is also no actual proof out there that we have caused a stroke after an adjustment.   I have read stories which claim stroke after an adjustment but the there are way too many variables to lay claim on the chiropractor.

We also do not “break necks” as I have heard people state to me when coming to me the first time with fear of a chiropractic adjustment.  We are highly trained and board certified.  We go through rigourous training and have been taught to adjust safely and efficiently.   So efficiently that our malpractice insurance is very low compared to other doctors because the risk of harm is so low.

I have been seeing numerous chiropractors for years and have never experienced a stroke after an adjustment, not even close.  I know hundreds of chiropractors who have never killed or caused a stroke and I have personally seen thousands of patients, none of them have had any severe side effects other than a bit of soreness after care which does happen when the body is treated.

So, what are the risks of injury after getting chiropractic treatment? Well, mostly soreness that goes away in a couple of days. Here is the latest data on the risks of chiropractic care:

Chiropractic can help with balance, position and clumsiness!

Remember when you were a kid and or even practiced closing your eyes and touching your nose with your finger while your eyes were closed?  You could do it right?  You can also drive your car and hit the brake and gas pedal without looking.

The ability to do this is known as our body’s proprioception.  This is when our brain senses where our body parts are and where we are in space.   Proprioception is commonly known as our 6th sense.  Sight, sound, smell, taste and touch are the five senses we are most familiar with and have learned in school.
When we move our bodies, muscles, tendons, ligaments and tissues move and send signals to our proprioceptors.  Small activating particles are transferred into the proprioceptor cell, allowing it to fire electrical impulses from the brain and spinal cord to our limbs.  This  happens in milliseconds.  Pretty amazing huh?
Our brain also figures out where we are in space when we close our eyes.  Try standing with one leg up with your eyes open and then with your eyes closed.  It is much harder with your eyes closed but with time, your brain figures out where you are in space and improves your balance.  Your nervous system learns and is very complex.Here is a quick video explaining proprioception and how keeping the signals working properly help improve balance and clumsiness: Enjoy!

Precise Moves Chiropractic a Redwood City Chiropractic Wellness and Sports Clinic can help keep your body functioning pain free and stress free.  We help people of all ages get the care they need.  Call us today at 650-353-1133 or schedule an appointment on our 24 hour scheduler on our website: www.precisemoves.com

What is “text neck”and what does prolonged bad posture effect?

The invention of computers, smartphones, ipads, ipods, videogames and high tech gadgets have made us more connected to information but people are now pretty dependent on the internet and all its benefits.

With this “addiction”, people have been developing habits that in time become health issues. Slouching, looking down, sitting for long periods of time all take a toll on your body even if you are active in your off hours.

Most US workers are at work at least 8 hours a day, often without long enough breaks to eat properly and get their sympathetic nervous system parasympathetic nervous system to be able to fluctuate. Not only does working put stress on your anatomy but your whole system.

Here is a great video (about 4 minutes) that will demonstrate the effects of bad posture and what is referred to as “text neck”.

Precise Moves Chiropractic is dedicated to educating all of our patients and helping each person learn lifestyle habits that will not only make them healhier, but happier! If you are not in the physical wellness state that you would like to be in, contact us at our Redwood City office, we can help.