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!

The Great Effects of Frankincense Oil – Fight Cancer

Frankincense oil has been found to be helpful in treating rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease and even different types of cancer.

 Frankincense For Cancer, how is it helpful?

It helps kill the cancer cells associated with ovarian cancer, as well as brain, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers.  How it works is by regulating cells which promote healing of cells and fights off the effects of cell mutation leading to cancer on otherwise healthy cells.

According to a study by the University of Leicester in the UK, it found that AKBA (acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid), a chemical compound in the resin that actually targets and kills cancer cells without harming healthy cells. AKBA potently suppress human cancers including brain, breast, lung, colon, pancreatic, prostate and stomach. Frankincense is taken by many people with no known side effects.

Other Health Benefits Of Frankincense Oil

The health benefits of frankincense oil are mostly attributed to its anti-inflammatory, astringent, antiseptic, disinfectant, digestive, diuretic, and expectorant properties.

Anti-Anxiety

Frankincense Oil is also very sedative, because it induces a feeling of mental peace, relaxation, satisfaction and spirituality. It calms you naturally and can lower anxiety, anger and stress.

Anti-inflammatory

The resin from the trunk of Boswellia trees contains anti-inflammatory substances, it lowers symptoms of joint pain or muscle pain related to conditions like arthritis, digestive disorders, and asthma. Due to powerful anti-inflammatory properties, people frankincense oil for chronic inflammatory conditions such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and osteoarthritis.

Relieve arthritis pain and swelling

Mix with a carrier and rub into aching joints at night before bed and throughout the day.

Prevent insomnia

Diffuse frankincense at bedtime to help you slow down your breathing and relieve nervous tension and anxiety. You will sleep like a baby.

Strong immune system

The antiseptic properties of Frankincense make it ideal for supporting a strong immune system. Massage a few drops into the balls of your feet every day. In addition, try diffusing it throughout your home and especially in the bedroom at night. This is especially good during cold and flu season.

References: www.naturalnews.com

10 Reasons To Use Cold Laser

Cold lasers have been used for medical use for over 30 years and have a long record of successful clinical studies demonstrating medical efficacy and safety.

Studies have shown that the it can significantly accelerate and enhance your body’s natural defense, decrease inflammation and increase rehabilitation and repair after an injury allowing you to heal quicker and keep your body working at its highest level.

Here are some of the 10 reasons and advantages to using cold laser:

  1. Increased collagen production
  2. Enhanced nerve regeneration
  3. Increased vasodilation
  4. Reduced inflammatory duration and magnitude
  5. Increased cell metabolism
  6. Increased cell membrane potential
  7. Increased microcirculation
  8. Increased tissue and bone repair
  9. Increased lymphatic response
  10. Increased enzyme response

HOW IT WORKS:

Laser therapy stimulates your body’s natural healing power at a cellular level. The Cold Laser uses what is called “Photon energy” which is basically the energy produced by light, to stimulate the activity of your cell and its components.

This therapy is effective, painless and best of all you don’t have to take a drug to feel the effects.

WHAT CAN COLD LASER HELP WITH?

  1. Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSI)
  2. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
  3. Tennis/Golf elbow
  4. Sport Injuries
  5. Headaches & TMJ disorders
  6. Arthritis
  7. Tendonitis
  8. Fibromyalgia
  9. Shoulder / Rotator Cuff
  10. Soft Tissue Injuries
  11. Knee & Ankle pain
  12. Bursitis & Soft Tissue Swelling

    We use the Microlight ML830® Laser at our facility for anyone that has inflammation or an acute injury such as a sprain or fracture.  It is a handheld, noninvasive, light-emitting, medical device. It has been approved by the FDA for use in the treatment of a variety of soft tissue problems and neurological disorders and is categorized as a low energy cold laser.

If you are interested in finding out how this may help you, please give us a call at (650) 353-1133

Sjogren’s Syndrome, what can you do?

Sjogren’s (SHOW-grins) syndrome is a disorder of your immune system identified by its two most common symptoms — dry eyes and a dry mouth.

Sjogren’s syndrome often accompanies other immune-system disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. In Sjogren’s syndrome, the mucous membranes and moisture-secreting glands of your eyes and mouth are usually affected first — resulting in decreased production of tears and saliva.

Although you can develop Sjogren’s syndrome at any age, most people are older than 40 at the time of diagnosis. The condition is much more common in women.

There is no known cure for Sjogren’s and treatment focuses on treating symptoms, which often subside with time.

 

References: http://www.Sjogrens.org

 

Good Posture Is Important

Why is posture so important?

Posture is as important as eating a healthy diet, sleeping 7-9 hours a day, avoiding harmful substances like drugs, alcohol and tobacco.  Keeping good posture means that your bones, joints, ligaments are working the way that they should.  It also means that there is no pulling or tugging on your organs so they can function properly.  It also contributes to normal function of your nervous system.

When posture is bad, your health and function are compromised.  Long term effects may effect your digestion, breathing, muscles, joints and ligaments.  It can also effect your bodies ability to release toxins in your body.  We can avoid these problems caused by bad posture and  The good news is that most everyone can avoid problems caused by bad posture and it doesn’t matter how old you are, improvements can happen and you can get great results!

How Does it Happen?

Often, poor posture develops as a result of an accident or fall. In the majority of cases, it develops from environmental factors or bad habits. This means that you have control and can avoid getting symptoms.
In most cases, poor posture results from a combination of several factors, which can include:
1. Accidents, injuries and falls
2. Poor sleep support (mattress)
3. Excessive weight
4. Visual or emotional difficulties
5. Foot problems or improper shoes
6. Weak muscles, muscle imbalance
7. Careless sitting, standing, sleeping habits
8. Negative self image
9. Occupational stress
10. Poorly designed work space

Poor Posture & Pain – A lifetime of poor posture can start a progression of symptoms in the average adult. It can start with:

1. Fatigue – Your muscles have to work hard just to hold you up if you have poor posture. You waste energy just moving, leaving you without the extra energy you need to feel good.

2. Tight, achy muscles in the neck, back, arms and legs – By this stage, there may be a change in your muscles and ligaments and you may have a stiff, tight painful feeling. More than 80% of the neck and back problems are the result of tight, achy muscles brought on by years of bad posture.

3. Joint stiffness and pain – At risk for “wear and tear” arthritis, or what is termed degenerative osteoarthritis. Poor posture and limited mobility increase the likelihood of this condition in later years.

What are some common symptoms of poor posture?

Headaches, neck pain, arthritis, muscle strain, muscle spasms, pinched nerves, disc injury, carpal tunnel syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, TMJ, fibromyalgia, fatigue, numbness or tingling in hands/legs, and low back pain.

From the ICA web page. For more information write to: International Chiropractors Association, 1110 N. Glebe Road, Suite 1000, Arlington, VA 22201 (703) 528-5000.

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Anyway?

RA is an autoimmune inflammatory disorder that affects the synovial joints in the hands and feet. This arthritis affects the lining of your joints. This begins to swell the area and cause pain. Eventually it causes the joints to deform. It can also feel like muscle soreness, fatigue and fever.

Women are 3x as likely as men to get RA. The most common ages where the signs of RA begin are from the age of 40 to 60. There are treatments that can help with the symptoms of RA. Here is a list of common symptoms:

  1. Joint pain and swelling
  2. Joints are tender when pushed on
  3. Hands are discolored (red) and puffy
  4. Firm bumps may occur under the skin on the arm
  5. Fatigue
  6. Morning stiffness that lingers throughout the day
  7. Fever
  8. Weight loss

Where is RA going to hit first?
It tends to go after the small joints first. Hand/fingers, wrists, ankles, feet/toes. After a few years it may move to the larger joints such as the shoulder, knees, elbows, hips, jaw and neck. It also occurs on both sides of the body, meaning if one shoulder is affected so with the other shoulder.

Symptoms aren’t always present
Severity may differ for each individual and there are times when arthritis feels fine and other times when there are “flare ups”. This is dependent on the activity, foods and weather. Stay away from “nightshade foods” such as eggplant, tomatoes, potatoes. These are inflammatory foods and can trigger a flare up.  There are also other foods that can be inflammatory to the body in general that are not talked about but can inflame the organs, tissues and joints.  Bad carbs like wheat, rice, pasta and processed sugar all influence the bodies inflammatory response.  Low amounts of these foods could reduce inflammatory episodes.

What are the risk factors of RA?

  1. Sex (women 3x more likely to develop RA than men)
  2. Age (40-60 years)
  3. Genetics (if your parents had it, you have a high chance of getting it)
  4. Smoking

You can still lead an active life with RA. Again, stay away from inflammatory foods, keep fit and take Omega 3 (fish oil). Soft tissue work along with stretching has shown great results in my office. Realize that you may not function at 100% but you can still be active.

6 Tips For Managing Ankylosing Spondylitis

What is Ankylosing Spondylitis?

Ankylosing Spondylitis (“AS”) is also known as Mari Struempell disease or Bechterew’s disease.  This is an inflammatory arthritis that results in fusion of the spine, pelvis and sacral joints.  It can affect other joints in the body as well.  Spondylitis is defined as inflammation of the joints of the body.   When AS forms on bones, it begins to grow more bone and eventually fuse the joints together causing pain, stiffness and decreased movement in the body.

Symptoms:

Joint pain in the low back is the most common symptom but may be ignored and called “growing pains” because signs and symptoms can occur at 15 years of age or younger.  Other symptoms are

1. Stiffness especially in the morning in the Sacroiliac joint and spine,
2. Aches in low back which interrupt sleep
3. Pain that goes down the legs and groin area
4. Pain in the morning, after waking up
5. Aches in buttock, neck, shoulders, hips and upper back
6. Weight loss and fatigue
7. Eye inflammation, heart, lung, nervous system, bowel dysfunction
8. An increase of the curve of the thoracic spine may occur.

What can be done to decrease the symptoms of AS?

A. Flexibility exercises to keep the muscles and tissues moving as much as possible.
B. Keep weight within normal limits to keep the strain off of the joints of the body
C. Avoid quick movements which may inflame the body
D. When pain and stiffness occur, use heat.
E. Swimming, yoga and pilates is the best exercise for AS
F. Omega 3 rich diet.

What can your doctor do to help with this problem?

1. X-rays can show fusion of the joints to confirm the diagnosis of AS
2. Assist with an exercise program to keep mobility and correct posture
3. Massage and muscle therapy included in the treatment plan to increase flexibility

Keeping proper movement and flexibility in your body can drastically decrease the affects of AS.  Chiropractic care that incorporates soft tissue work can keep you healthy and functioning at the highest level possible.

This was presented by Dr. Amie Gregory, D.C. of Precise Moves Chiropractic in Redwood City, CA

Got Joint Pain?

Joint pain is common after participating in sports and with those who have arthritis.

Glucosamine and Chondroitin is recommended for repairing and retention of elasticity.  Glucosamine  promotes  repair of cartilage and chondroitin promotes water retention and elasticity which inhibit enzymes that break down cartilage.  When you buy Glucosamine, chondroitin is usually included in the mix!

Dosage is recommended as 1, 500 mg per day.  If you are really athletic, make sure you take extra vitamin C to help absorb it!

Joint pain is not fun, and this can really help!