Physical Symptoms: How and why do they appear?

Why do symptoms keep coming up when I have been doing really healthy things for a while now? I hear this all of the time. One thing to know is that a symptom may have been lurking for years and now after stressing your body’s systems for months, years or even decades, it has now presented itself.

Pain and symptoms can go away easily if you start making necessary changes in your life but just because you have a really good week doesn’t mean that the symptoms are gone for good. Lifestyle changes are necessary for long term results.

Think of dieting. If you diet for one month and lose a bit of weight but go back to your old eating habits, you will gain the weight back quickly. That is also how the body works. Even though you have eaten really well and even exercised a bit, once the body is stressed, it will present a symptom.

Here is a great video that explains how symptoms happen and what can be done:

Precise Moves Chiropractic in Redwood City is a Wellness and Sports clinic that can help and guide you to a healthier life. We have years of experience and tailor our treatments to each individual. Call us at 650-353-1133 or go online to our 24 hour scheduler https://www.schedulicity.com/scheduling/PMCXQ9.

Pain Explained!

Most patients that come to see me are in pain. Most of them do not know why they have pain and how it happened. Acute or chronic pain can be explained and there is a reason why your body is expressing pain. Pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. The cause may not even be in the area you are experiencing pain!

Here is a great video that explains how our brain perceives pain even if there is no tissue damage.

 

Can chiropractic care effect the lungs?

Your spine is very important because it protects your spinal cord.  Your cord has nerves that branch out of an area called the Foramina.  These nerves are then sent out to communicate with other areas of  the body.  Chiropractic doctors and other doctors have shown that nerves send signals throughout the body and communicate.   If those nerves are impaired, those signals are impaired and have stressful effects on the areas they go out to.  If those nerves are functioning well, so is the body.

 

In an Australian study of 15 patients with moderate chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), five received soft tissue therapy, five received soft tissue plus spinal manipulation, and the remaining five received soft tissue therapy, manipulation and exercise.  Lung function was measured before and at the end of four weeks. Those in the group that received all three treatments had better lung capacity and walked longer distances. Those who received manipulations had less gasping for breath and no one in the study experienced any negative side effects.

How does this happen?  If the ribs and tissues don’t move properly, COPD will increase symptomatically.  Allowing the body to move freely and provide blood flow to the nerves improves the symptoms and allows the body to heal. Manipulation of the spine is great for mobility and adding some soft tissue therapy will enhance motion and  decrease muscle spasticity.   This results in breathing better and less work on the muscles of the chest.  Now the patient can breathe easier and relax the musculature.

Breathing is controlled by the brain stem.   This stem is located right beneath the skull.  Neurons are in the brain stem that send signals to the diaphragm and muscles in between the ribs.  The neck bones call the cervical spine is involved in keeping these nerve roots safe and functioning properly.  Bad posture, texting, sitting with head held down, sleeping in awkward positions can put stress on the muscles and nerves creating problems with the signals to the nerves that determine breathing rates, heart rate, muscle contraction etc.  That is why it is key to have treatment to make sure these areas are free from stress and are working properly.

Chiropractic treatments enhance the body’s ability to work at its highest capability.  Most chiropractors also know about nutrition, exercise and general lifestyle necessities that enhance health and vitality naturally.

If you are someone that is experiencing a problem or just want to stay healthy, our Redwood City Chiropractic Wellness and Sports Facility is here to help you with all of your needs.  Call or make an appointment today on our 24 hour scheduler!

Website: www.precisemoves.com

Scheduler: https://www.schedulicity.com/scheduling/PMCXQ9

References: https://copd.newlifeoutlook.com/chiropractic-care-for-copd/

Chiropractic treatments work like a cell phone. Find out How!

When someone makes a cell phone call, the cell phone transforms the voice into a radio wave and sends signals through the phone antenna.  The antenna then sends this wave to the nearest cell tower or satellite.  Upon receiving the signal, the cell tower then sends the radio wave back to the person calling.   I will keep it to one person here for examples of how the brain and spinal cord act the same way.

Here is how chiropractic is similar to cell phone use:
When chiropractic treatment is administered to someone, we are sending electrical impulses along the spinal cord which then transmit to the brain.  Just like the radio waves go to the satellite.  The brain takes this information and sends impulses back through the body. There needs to be a clear line so the signals can reach the area intended. Just like radio waves to a cell phone tower.

If your cell phone signal does not reach the tower, you will not have reception or a connection.  The spinal nerves function the same way.  If the nerves are blocked, stressed or impeded, the signals from those nerves will not be sent to the areas they are designated for.

This can lead to digestive issues, immune problems, heart, lung, headaches, dizziness or basically anything that is connected to that particular nerve area.  Your brain uses signals to figure out how to function and figure out what to do.  This is why chiropractic is more than just neck and back pain.

The video below provides a good example of how this works. Enjoy.

Wellness Care v. Sick Care. What is the real difference?

What is real wellness care?

Most people who live in the United States believe they are getting health care when purchasing an insurance plan or when using one.  Sadly, most insurance plans cover “sick” care.  Health care should focus on health, not on sickness.  

According to to Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), it has been proven that prevention is the main element to better health.  Disease prevention could save millions of people in the United States from pain and suffering.  

People want a system that allow them to stay well, not only treat them when they are sick.  Real wellness helps guide patients to healthy lifestyle choices that lead to a strong mind and body, not one that is dis-eased and low functioning.  Knowing what to eat and how to nourish the body, proper exercise, normal sleeping patterns,  stress relief or anything that may need to be modified to help each individual thrive as a person is real wellness. Being free from pain is not wellness, it is a holding pattern until bad habits lead to symptoms.  

Getting a dexascan, mammogram, annual exam are great to detect if anything is abnormal but finding out what is leading to any problems with the body is real prevention, health and wellness.  

According to the TFHA, americans are not as healthy as they used to be.  Rates of preventable problems like diabetes, stroke and heart disease are on the rise even though we know what causes them in most cases.  The U.S. has very high health care costs and because people are sicker (along with tons of mandatory paperwork).  

Healthy lifestyle prevention programs can help decrease costs at work, increase productivity and less days off from work.  Quality of life goes up and people are happier, energetic and more creative if they are healthy.  It can only take $10 per person per year in programs provided by the community to increase physical activity, help with nutrition and get people off of tobacco.  Doing this could save 16 billion dollars each year.  Yes, 16 billion dollars.  

Pesticides in our food, fast food, sedentary lifestyles, high stress at work and home are all leading to ill health and people are starting to think that having a headache from time to time is normal. It is not.  Digestive issues are rampant in the states and this is from the food we are eating not because our body doesn’t digest well when we get older.  Patients often tell me that pain is to be anticipated when getting older and it is not. Pain is a sign that something is wrong, not of old age.  

Staying healthy and well is hard work.  It takes dedication and education along the way.  Taking the time to give your body what it needs like bodywork, proper nutrition and exercise is a life long process.  It is work, but well worth it.  You and your body deserve it!

At Precise Moves Chiropractic, we cover the full spectrum of wellness care.  We help guide our patients along the way with any advice they may need to get them functioning at a high capacity.  Our Redwood City office is conveniently downtown and close to all methods of transportation.  Give us a call or see our 24 hour online scheduler to make an appointment.  Your body will thank you for it!

Is sun exposure enough for sufficient Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is necessary to keep your immune system functioning properly and can help everything from high blood pressure, cancer and many auto immune issues.  It also assists with bone strength.  

Vitamin D is fat-soluble which means you need to have fat in your diet in order to have it absorb efficiently.   Low vitamin D can cause many issues like depression, fatigue, weak muscles, weak bones, Rickets (bone deformity in kids) and many other issues.

We produce Vitamin D when we get ultraviolet B rays (UVB).  UVB interacts with 7-dehydrocholesterol (7-DHC) in our skin.  Even though we get this from the sun, sometimes the exposure isn’t enough and we need to take a supplement even in the summer months.  Caucasians need less sun times during the day because of the light pigment of the skin but for darker skin individuals UV alone may not be enough and can suffer from low doses of Vit D.  

Sun exposure also puts each person under risk of skin cancer, photoaging (skin aging), cataracts and eye damage.  If you are at low risk of skin cancer and get checked regularly then you should be okay with sun exposure but it is recommended to take supplements in order to get what is needed.  Recommendations are 600 IU for people ages 1-70 and 800 IU a day for 70 and older.  Kids under a year old should only get 400 IUs per day.  

Foods high in Vitamin D are:

Food Serving Size IUs Per Serving
Cod liver oil 1 tbsp. 1,360
Vitamin D-fortified

soy milk

8 oz. Up to 120
Vitamin D-fortified orange juice 8 oz. 98
Vitamin D-fortified milk 8 oz. 98
Vitamin D-fortified yogurt 6 oz. Up to 80
Vitamin D-fortified margarine 1 tbsp. 60
Vitamin D-fortified

cereal

6-8 oz. 40
Egg yolk 1 yolk 0
Beef liver, cooked 3.5 oz. 15

It is also recommended to take vitamin B along with Vitamin D to help with absorption.

WebMD article states Chiropractic Cuts Blood Pressure!

In an article dated March 16, 2007, high blood pressure can be significantly decreased by a neck adjustment according to a control study.

Chiropractic treatment to the neck had the same effect as taking two medications for high blood pressure.  

George Bakris, MD, tells WebMD. “And it seems to be adverse-event free. We saw no side effects and no problems,” adds Bakris, director of the University of Chicago hypertension center.

There were two groups in this control study.  One that were given real chiropractic treatment to the neck and others with what they referred to as a “sham” adjustment (not a chiropractic treatment).  8 weeks after the chiropractic treatments to the neck, 25 patients who had early signs of high blood pressure produces much lower blood pressure.  The other 25 “sham” patients did not.  

X-rays were taken and showed that the first bone in the neck called the Atlas was realigned with the real chiropractic treatment but not in the “sham” group of patients.  

Sham v. real chiropractic treated subjects:

Real: Saw an average of a 14mm Hg greater drop in systolic blood pressure and an average of 8 mm Hg greater drop in diastolic blood pressure.  

Sham: no drop in blood pressure

In the article it was stated that “When the statistician brought me the data, I actually didn’t believe it. It was way too good to be true,” Bakris says. “The statistician said, ‘I don’t even believe it.’ But we checked for everything, and there it was.”

Why adjust the Atlas?

This bone holds up the head and is aligned with the brain stem.  

“At the base of the brain are two centers that control all the muscles of the body. If you pinch the base of the brain — if the Atlas gets locked in a position as little as a half a millimeter out of line — it doesn’t cause any pain but it upsets these centers,” Dickholtz tells WebMD.

I know most people come to see chiropractors for pain but the effects that we have on the whole body are amazing!  We can effect blood pressure, the immune system, all organ systems (GI system, Lungs etc.), glands and all tissues of the body.  We do more than just pain work, we do holistic body work.  

Our office has 24 hour scheduling available online and we are located conveniently in downtown Redwood City.

References: http://www.webmd.com/hypertension-high-blood-pressure/news/20070316/chiropractic-cuts-blood-pressure#1

What sugar substitutes are the healthiest?

When wanting something sweet, here are some substitutes that will satisfy your palate and help you stay healthy:
1. Raw Honey

First we want to make sure it says raw on the label or we get it from a local organic source.

Honey is a natural food and it has amino acids, electrolytes, antioxidants and antimicrobial compounds that help and support the bodies systems. Now just because it is healthy doesn’t mean you go crazy and eat everything with honey on it. One tablespoon daily should be all you need.

It has been shown to decrease allergy symptoms for people who get the honey locally. This is because the pollen is local and the body can adapt to it.

In fact, research in the International Archives of Allergy and Immunology tested this theory and discovered that pre-seasonal use of birch pollen honey helped people with birch pollen allergies by lowering total symptoms by 60 percent.
2. Stevia

You may want to use this on a regular basis. If you have blood sugar issues, over weight or have diabetes this is a good substitute for you. It has zero calories and comes from a plant so it is natural. Green leaf stevia is the best. Make sure any stevia you get is not a GMO product. There are some out there.

In fact, a study published in the Journal of Dietary Supplements performed on diabetic rats found stevia improved diabetic symptoms and insulin reactions after 30 days of stevia consumption. (4)

Again, don’t go crazy with this stuff. Moderation is always the key to health. Just a few drops in tea or morning drink should be fine.

3. Dates

Just like raisins, apricots, other dried fruit and pineapple juices these are sweet but a healthy alternative to some of the foods out there. They are high in fiber, potassium and other vitamins and minerals.

Now in terms of phytochemicals that heal the body, honey is the highest, but in terms of actually vitamins and minerals and fiber content dates are the highest. That fiber actually slows down sugar absorption.

Dates are good to use in baking and there are plenty of ice cream recipes out there too. The potassium in dates is great for flushing out toxins and balancing electrolytes in the body. It is a great source for athletes to take for keeping the electrolytes even. Dates have also been shown to decrease cholesterol, decrease constipation and boost energy.
4. Coconut Sugar

It is full of potassium, electrolytes and nutrients. So if you’re looking for equal comparison to sugar that’s nontoxic, non-GMO, that your body’s going to be able to digest better, organic coconut sugar is the way to go.

All of these substitutes are lower on the glycemic index than sugar. Regular table sugar scores 100 and many of these sweeteners score closer to a 50. This means your pancreas will thank you for not having to work double time. It puts you at a lower risk for diabetes.

5. Maple Syrup

100 percent pure organic maple syrup is what to look for. Get grade B or even grade C that is USDA-certified organic.

It is high on anti-oxidants and according Pharmaceutical Biology, pure maple syrup contains up to 24 different antioxidants. These antioxidants, in the form of phenolic compounds, are beneficial for reducing free radical damage that can cause inflammation and contribute to the formation of various chronic diseases like auto immune issues.

So, before reaching for that table sugar, experiment with some of these…your body will thank you for it!

Why do people get Bunions?

Have you seen anyone in sandals with their toes hanging over the side?  This is a Bunion.  Bunions are a malformed bony bump on the outside portion of the big toe.  It becomes enlarged and angles toward the second toe putting pressure on the foot.  This can be very painful.

So how does this happen?  Wearing shoes that are not supportive or move properly which leads to a person “toeing off” on the outside of the toe.

In the past, we were barefoot walking on dirt, sand and soft surfaces.  Now we walk on hard surfaces and put a lot more force on the foot leading to dropping of the arch , Plantar Fasciitis and Bunions.

Here are the symptoms of a bunion:

  • Bump or angulation on the outside of the first toe
  • Swelling, redness and tenderness of the big toe
  • Thickening of the skin on the bottom of your foot under the big toe
  • Corns or calluses
  • Pain of the first toe
  • Restricted movement

Women are more likely to get bunions because of wearing high heels or shoes that don’t fit properly. Improper shoes can cause foot problems because the big toe begins to push on other toes and tissues.

Doctors that do not specialize in the management and function of extremities may not know that bunion formation can be caused by several dysfunctions of the foot.  Bad body mechanics may go unnoticed until symptoms become more prominent.  Improper walking or standing puts added stress on the foot and prevents toes from moving and gliding the way they should.

Wearing shoes that are too tight or loose can get bones stuck together and prevent the toes from functioning normally.  Now the foot, ankle, knees and hips begin to pay the price.   Many people have been told there is nothing that can be done to change or manage this problem except tape the toe, put a divider between the big toe and second toe or have surgery where part of the toe is shaved off.  This is just a short term solution and will result in further destruction of the foot.

At Precise Moves Chiropractic we specialize in extremities and can help you relieve foot problems and help you walk and stand better resulting in less pain and stress on your foot.  We can also teach you the right things to do for your feet so you don’t continue to have problems.

Give our Redwood City Chiropractic office a call today to start your journey to long term health!

When Is Stretching Necessary?

I see a lot of athletes in my practice and one thing that is pretty common among amateur athletes is not stretching enough or not stretching the proper muscles before and after a workout.  Another big problem is people working sedentary jobs.  Sitting shortens muscles, decreases blood flow and puts added strains on the low back, neck, shoulders.

In everyday life, we get tight.  This is because we get tighter as we get older but we also have emotional (work/family), chemical (toxins in food/junk food) and physical stress on a daily basis.  We have to stretch just to get some of this out of our system.  So sitting or standing all day stretches some muscles and tightens others.  This leads to asymmetry in the body and can lead to injuries.  Just bending down and picking something up from the ground or lifting a light object can create the last straw on the camels back.  Stretch everyday, even if you aren’t working out.  It gets the body moving freely and oxygen flowing!

For those of you who do work out, it is recommended to warm up before and after lifting weights, running, zumba class, bootcamp even yoga. It helps to get your muscle ready for the load you are about to put on it and can help work out any knots that may have accumulated during the workout.

At our Redwood City Wellness Center, we can guide you with proper exercises and stretches to help you get the body aligned properly as well as help your joints move properly with our treatments.  We want you to continue to live the happy, healthy life you are used to! We can also help you to be at the peak of your game!

Call us today for an appointment!