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

Chiropractors Are Really Wellness Doctors!

Chiropractors understand that getting adjusted promotes increased immunity and general health.  Our profession has helped millions of people with not only musculoskeletal issues but other areas of the body, all without using drugs or surgery. Chiropractors are board certified doctors but not MDs and want to keep it that way.   MDs prescribe drugs to treat ailments but chiropractors help people with alternative measures instead of drugs and invasive therapies.  Our treatments allow the body to heal on its own naturally.   Now, that is remarkable.

We know that our brain and spinal cord affects the whole body! Here is how.  Every signal leaving the spine goes throughout the body and dictates your general health and function. This is why misalignments that put pressure and stress on the nerves can cause various symptoms.  Pain is commonly why people see a chiropractor initially but pain is not the only thing that occurs when a misalignment happens. Digestive issues, bowel issues, decreased sensations and other symptoms can happen as well.

Interference of the nerves and brain can be changed when alignment is assessed and if necessary corrected. Chiropractors are the only health care professionals specifically trained to locate and correct “spinal subluxations” which affect each nerve the joint is attached to. Each time a chiropractor administers an adjustment, the effects are felt in multiple systems instantaneously.

Chiropractic is not a science and can’t be proven can it? Well, yes it can….

Chiropractors have known for decades that chiropractic is not only beneficial for pain relief but also for general health. We are the people that are in most demand for any type of spinal syndrome but people are finally beginning to understand how we can effect health and wellness without drugs or surgery.

The Center for Disease Control now reports that one of the most popular forms of alternative medicine is chiropractic.

Research is catching up to what chiropractors have known for years. Normally, chiropractors do not have the means and funds for expensive studies but with the popularity and health effects it is beginning to open the eyes of researchers.

In a international study involving hundreds of chiropractors and thousands of chiropractic patients, researchers sought to measure the incidence of non-musculoskeletal responses to chiropractic therapy. This study found that patients had systemic improvements even when they did not mention these upon examination. The most common systems that were effected were breathing (27%), digestion (26%) and circulation (21%). Blood pressure was shown to be decreased after treatment to the neck in another study.

So, though chiropractors help with neck and back pain, wellness and prevention is really what chiropractic does. We prevent surgery and can keep you healthy without the reliance of drugs! It just isn’t marketed that way because most articles and research has been focused on pain.

References and sources:

1. Dagenais S, Gay RE, Tricco AC, Freeman MD & Mayer JM. NASS Contemporary Concepts in Spine Care: Spinal Manipulation Therapy for Acute Low Back Pain. Spine Journal 2010 (Oct.); 10(10): 918-940.

2. Bronfort G, Assendelft WJJ, Evans R, Haas M & Bouter L. Efficacy of Spinal Manipulation for Chronic Headache: A Systematic Review. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2001 (Sept.); 24(7): 457-466

3. Thiel HW & Bolton JE. Predic- tors For Immediate and Global Responses to Chiropractic Manipulation of the Cervical Spine. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2008 (Mar.); 31(3): 172-183.

4. Barnes PM, Bloom B, Nahin R. Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use Among Adults and Children: United States, 2007. CDC National Health Statistics Report #12. December 10, 2008.

5. Hannon SM. Objective Physiologic Changes and Associated Health Benefits of Chiro- practic Adjustments in Asymptom- atic Subjects: A Review of the Literature. J Vertebral Subluxation Research 2004 (Apr.): 1-9.

6. Leboeuf-Yde C, Pedersen EN, Bryner P, Cosman D, Hayek R, Meeker WC, Shaik J, Terrazas O, Tucker J & Walsh M. Self-reported Nonmusculoskeletal Responses to Chiropractic Intervention: A Multi- nation Survey. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2005 (Jun.); 28(5): 294-302.

7. Bakris G, Dickholtz M, Meyer PM, Kravitz G, Avery E, Miller M, Brown J, Woodfield C & Bell B. Atlas Vertebra Realignment and Achievement of Arterial Pressure Goal in Hypertensive Patients: A Pilot Study. Journal of Human Hypertension 2007 (May); 21(5): 347-352.

10 Reasons Why You Want To Do Cardio Exercise

What is Aerobic Exercise v. Cardio Exercise?

Aerobic exercise is the same as what we all know as cardio exercise. Cardio exercise is any exercise when blood starts pumping rapidly and sends oxygenated blood that has come from the heart to the muscles. Breathing starts to accelerate and the heart starts beating more rapidly.

Good examples of aerobic exercises are running, swimming, walking, dancing, boxing. If a person performs these at too high of a level, it will then become anaerobe exercise.

Anaerobic exercise is a quick exercise that puts out a lot of energy but then you are quickly winded and have to stop. Sprinting or heavy weight lifting are good examples of anaerobic exercise.

All exercise is great for your health. It can improve your emotional health as well as your physical health. Diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, heart issues and even osteoporosis can be reduced and even prevented by exercise.

So what is the big deal? Why is getting aerobic exercise so important and what affects does it have on the body?
Keeps you slim. Oxygen is necessary for your body to lose weight. Increasing oxygen in the bodies muscles will help keep weight off and fight off any extra calories you took in for that day.

  • Increases your stamina and reduces fatigue
  • Raises your immune system leading to better health and fights off the flu and other contagious diseases.
  • Decreases your risk of obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke and certain types of cancers.
  • Keeps your blood sugar levels controlled.  Leading to less cravings for sugar
  • Makes your heart stronger and pumps blood more efficiently. This improves how blood flows through your whole body keeping you healthy.
  • Keeps your cholesterol low
  • Improves you mood. Anxiety, depression have all been proven to reduce with regular exercise.
  • Helps keep you mobile as you age. Aerobic exercise allow your muscles to stay strong and the more you move, the easier it is to move when you get older.
  • Live longer! Studies have shown that people who exercise regularly live longer than those who don’t.

These all sound like great reasons to me! Try and get at least 3 days a week in for exercise, your body will love it.   Here are some places in Redwood City that offer aerobic classes:

  •  24 hour Fitness: 1050 Broadway
  • Powerhouse Gym: 2075 Broadway
  • Heartcore: 930 Main Street

Good luck!

9 Tips For Cutting Down Cell Phone Rays

Most people don’t think about how much radiation is emitted from cell phones and may not understand ways to decrease exposure so I wanted to send this message out to anyone that may have concerns of ill effects of cell phones on the human body.

In a study in 2010, by The National Toxicology Program under the National Institutes of Health.  The study showed that  cell phone radiation exposure levels within the currently allowable safety limits are the “likely cause” of brain and heart cancers in animals.  This is according to Dr. John Bucher, Associate Director of the NTP.

Experts have been warning users that research has shown a link with increased headaches, high blood pressure, Cancer and earlier onset of Alzheimers.   This is pretty scary so limited usage of cell phones would be a good idea.

Here are some ideas that can potentially reduce your risk of exposure just to be safe:

1. Keep your phone time limited:  Only use your cell phone when necessary and keep them brief.  Research has shown that a short, two-minute call can alter the natural electrical activity of the brain up to one hour.

2. Text when you can. Not while driving of course but in cases where you can pay attention to texts, do this instead of making a phone call.

3. There are low-radiation phones, you may want to invest in one: Did you know what happens when you receive or send off a call?  Well, your signal sends electromagnetic waves which travel to and from satellite towers.  It is not known the long term effects on health yet so cutting down the radiation is probably a good idea.

4. Use a headset or speaker. Right now, there isn’t enough research to determine whether using a speaker or headset.  I don’t recommend using a blue tooth because rays are constantly being submitted back and forth which can’t be good.
5. Don’t put the phone by your body or on your waist during use.   Again, rays will be emitted while the phone is on and your body.  One study suggested that men who attach their cell phones near their waste could see their sperm count reduced by as much as one-third.

6. Delayed use. If you’re using your phone without a headset, wait for your call to connect before putting it next to your ear.  Trying to connect sends off more rays than when it is fully connected.

7. Avoid use in metal boxes. Elevators and cars cuts signal strength and forces the phone to use more power to connect.

8. A word about EMFs. Protect yourself from EMFs – electromagnetic fields. You can do that by purchasing a scientifically validated EMF protection device.   They are inexpensive and in my opinion better to have on your phone and not take any chances.

9. Supplements to fight the atmospheric toxins:  Anti-oxidants such as catalase, glutathione, and Coq10 can be quite helpful. You can also supplement with melatonin, Zinc and Gingo Biloba.

If you are interested in reading the results of the 2010 study, here is the link: http://www.globalresearch.ca/cell-phone-radiation-study-confirms-cancer-risk/5535843

Chiropractic Helps You Sleep And Stay Healthy!

Think you do just fine on five or six hours of shut-eye? Chances are, you are among the many millions who unwittingly shortchange themselves on sleep.

Research shows that most people require seven or eight hours of sleep to function optimally. Failing to get enough sleep night after night can compromise your health and may even shorten your life. From infancy to old age, the effects of inadequate sleep can profoundly affect memory, learning, creativity, productivity and emotional stability, as well as your physical health.

According to sleep specialists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, among others, a number of bodily systems are negatively affected by inadequate sleep: the heart, lungs and kidneys; appetite, metabolism and weight control; immune function and disease resistance; sensitivity to pain; reaction time; mood; and brain function.

Poor sleep is also a risk factor for depression and substance abuse, especially among people with post-traumatic stress disorder, according to Anne Germain, associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. People with PTSD tend to relive their trauma when they try to sleep, which keeps their brains in a heightened state of alertness.

Dr. Germain is studying what happens in the brains of sleeping veterans with PTSD in hopes of developing more effective treatments for them and for people with lesser degrees of stress that interfere with a good night’s sleep.

The elderly are especially vulnerable. Timothy H. Monk, who directs the Human Chronobiology Research Program at Western Psychiatric, heads a five-year federally funded study of circadian rhythms, sleep strength, stress reactivity, brain function and genetics among the elderly. “The circadian signal isn’t as strong as people get older,” he said.

He is finding that many are helped by standard behavioral treatments for insomnia, like maintaining a regular sleep schedule, avoiding late-in-day naps and caffeine, and reducing distractions from light, noise and pets.

It should come as no surprise that myriad bodily systems can be harmed by chronically shortened nights. “Sleep affects almost every tissue in our bodies,” said Dr. Michael J. Twery, a sleep specialist at the National Institutes of Health.

Several studies have linked insufficient sleep to weight gain. Not only do night owls with shortchanged sleep have more time to eat, drink and snack, but levels of the hormone leptin, which tells the brain enough food has been consumed, are lower in the sleep-deprived while levels of ghrelin, which stimulates appetite, are higher.

In addition, metabolism slows when one’s circadian rhythm and sleep are disrupted; if not counteracted by increased exercise or reduced caloric intake, this slowdown could add up to 10 extra pounds in a year.

The body’s ability to process glucose is also adversely affected, which may ultimately result in Type 2 diabetes. In one study, healthy young men prevented from sleeping more than four hours a night for six nights in a row ended up with insulin and blood sugar levels like those of people deemed prediabetic. The risks of cardiovascular diseases and stroke are higher in people who sleep less than six hours a night. Even a single night of inadequate sleep can cause daylong elevations in blood pressure in people with hypertension.  Inadequate sleep is also associated with calcification of coronary arteries and raised levels of inflammatory factors linked to heart disease. (In terms of cardiovascular disease, sleeping too much may also be risky. Higher rates of heart disease have been found among women who sleep more than nine hours nightly.)

The risk of cancer may also be elevated in people who fail to get enough sleep. A Japanese study of nearly 24,000 women ages 40 to 79 found that those who slept less than six hours a night were more likely to develop breast cancer than women who slept longer. The increased risk may result from diminished secretion of the sleep hormone melatonin. Among participants in the Nurses Health Study, Eva S. Schernhammer of Harvard Medical School found a link between low melatonin levels and an increased risk of breast cancer.

A study of 1,240 people by researchers at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland found an increased risk of potentially cancerous colorectal polyps in those who slept fewer than six hours nightly.

Children can also experience hormonal disruptions from inadequate sleep. Growth hormone is released during deep sleep; it not only stimulates growth in children, but also boosts muscle mass and repairs damaged cells and tissues in both children and adults.

Dr. Vatsal G. Thakkar, a psychiatrist affiliated with New York University, recently described evidence associating inadequate sleep with an erroneous diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children.  In one study, 28 percent of children with sleep problems had symptoms of the disorder, but not the disorder.

During sleep, the body produces cytokines, cellular hormones that help fight infections. Thus, short sleepers may be more susceptible to everyday infections like colds and flu. In a study of 153 healthy men and women, Sheldon Cohen and colleagues at Carnegie Mellon University found that those who slept less than seven hours a night were three times more likely to develop cold symptoms when exposed to a cold-causing virus than were people who slept eight or more hours.

Some of the most insidious effects of too little sleep involve mental processes like learning, memory, judgment and problem-solving. During sleep, new learning and memory pathways become encoded in the brain, and adequate sleep is necessary for those pathways to work optimally. People who are well rested are better able to learn a task and more likely to remember what they learned. The cognitive decline that so often accompanies aging may in part result from chronically poor sleep.

With insufficient sleep, thinking slows, it is harder to focus and pay attention, and people are more likely to make poor decisions and take undue risks. As you might guess, these effects can be disastrous when operating a motor vehicle or dangerous machine.

In driving tests, sleep-deprived people perform as if drunk, and no amount of caffeine or cold air can negate the ill effects.

Sleep duration and quality can be as important to your health as your blood pressure and cholesterol level.  Chiropractic adjustments take stress out of the body and actually allow you to get a better nights sleep.  Something to think about…

References: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/17/cheating-ourselves-of-sleep/?ref=health

Blood Pressure go up when seeing a doctor? That is called White Coat Hypertension

White-Coat Hypertension is the name given to a phenomenon whereby people visiting a doctor, and having their blood pressure checked, experience an abnormally high blood pressure reading only while at the doctor’s office. An article discussing this condition appeared in the March 25, 2003 edition of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

In the article, William B. White, MD. professor and head of the hypertension and clinical pharmacology program at the University of Connecticut Health Center said, “This alarmingly high blood pressure occurs only when the patient is in a physician’s office. The patient’s blood pressure is remarkably higher when measured by a doctor but lower when measured in a different setting, such as a senior center or at home.” Dr. White also estimated that one-third of senior citizens with mild hypertension suffer from the condition and are often treated with unneeded medications.

“I was treating a gentleman for uncontrolled and resistant [to medication] high blood pressure,’ says White. ‘One day he walked in, jumped up on the table and mentioned he’d just come from playing nine holes of golf. He looked great and felt great. I took his blood pressure and it was 298 over 100. [Normal is 130/90.] I asked him how he felt, and he said terrific. It just didn’t make any sense, until he mentioned that his blood pressure was always lower when it was measured anywhere other than a doctor’s office.”

Most folks admit to feeling nervous during a doctor’s visit. But for some, the stress of being in a medical setting goes well beyond being anxious about an exam or a shot. The article offered two suggestions to those who feel they might be a candidate for this phenomenon. First they recommend that you also have your blood pressure monitored somewhere other than the doctors office, and secondly if you’ve noticed a persistent discrepancy between your blood pressure readings at your doctor’s office and those taken elsewhere, you should let your health care provider know.

There are many places to get blood pressure cuffs so you can take your blood pressure at home too.  These are affordable and if you are working out, eating right and taking care of your stress, your readings should be in the normal range so if you believe they are high, you might want to check it at home yourself.  Also, there have been numerous studies showing that getting regular chiropractic adjustments lower blood pressure so getting treatment may help not only your general health, but your heart as well!

At Precise Moves Chiropractic in Redwood City, we do not wear white coats.  It can be scary for little kids and we want a relaxed atmosphere where you feel safe and cared for.  We also play fun and energetic music to keep your spirits up as well.  No hypertension here!

http://www.chiropracticresearch.org/

Waist Size Helps Predict Heart Risk In Teenagers

A new study uses waist measurements and body mass index to help predict health risks in teenagers.

Using waist measurements together with body mass index may better predict a teenager’s cardiovascular risk than using B.M.I. alone, a new study finds.

Pediatricians and medical groups routinely use B.M.I. as a measure of unhealthy weight in children.  This index, calculates by dividing a person’s weight in kilograms by the square foot of their height in meters.   It cannot differentiate between fatty and lean tissue. So if you are muscular and use just B.M.I, these measurements would classify you as obese even though you are not.

Some researchers have suggested using either a waist circumference or waist to height ratio to measure health.  A study in Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine disputes using either measure alone was not enough.

Dr. Brian W. McCrindle (and colleagues) performed a study at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.  They gathered detailed data on more than 4,000 14- and 15-year-olds. All kids selected had a B.M.I. in the 85th to 95th percentile for their age.  The 85th percentile classified them as overweight.   The 95th percentile classified them as obese.

They took measurements of the waist to height ratios, measured their cholesterol levels (good and bad).   Teenagers whose B.M.I. had put them in the obese category showed a trend toward higher blood pressure with higher waist-to-height ratios.

Waist size should be half of height or less, the researchers found. Above that ratio, they began seeing associations with cardiovascular risk factors.  This is in high school kids.

“While B.M.I. is a useful number,” Dr. McCrindle said, “using it together with waist circumference might give you a better indicator of what someone’s risk is for complications associated with obesity.”

References: Taken from article written by ANAHAD O’CONNOR, Reporter

Drugs Are Overused In The United States

According to a survey conducted for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), more than half (51%) of U.S. adults take two or more medications per day, (including over-the-counter drugs). In this study, it showed that 46% take at least one prescription medication daily and 28% take multiple prescription drugs per day. Those are high numbers in my opinion and sometimes absolutely unnecessary.  There are many healthy solutions out there but it is easy to get a drug from an MD or over the counter.

These figures from ASHP show that an alarming rate of the adult population in the United States uses drugs of some kind. You may think it is mostly the elderly and you are right. People over 65 years old have the highest daily usage (79%) and take at least one medication daily.  They also average 4 medications per day!

In my opinion taking so many medications can cause problems because of different interactions and increase the chance of having side effects.  Keeping your cholesterol down, blood pressure at normal levels can easily be done with food and exercise, even in your later years.  Several herbs can be replaced instead of using synthetic drugs and there are limited side effects. The intake of drugs, is hard on your liver, kidneys, pancreas and other vital organs.  Treat your body well…it will repay you in return!

References: January 16 2001 PRnewswire

Why Are Corporate Wellness Programs Important?

Corporate wellness programs are designed to help employee moral and prevent  health issues such as chronic stress, high blood pressure, heart conditions and illness.

Many of the diseases that lead to employee disabilities, workers compensation, absenteeism and inability to perform at optimum levels are related to lifestyle choices. Lifestyle and posture are learned behaviors that can be altered and reconditioned.  You may be thinking it is the employee, not the employer, who should take ownership of their health and that may be true, but sedentary lifestyles because of working at a desk for 8 or more hours a day without implementing any type of stress relief will only lead to illness and this will effect the company.

So, what are the effects of Corporate Wellness Programs?

  • Decreased use of health care benefits
  • Decreased rates of absenteeism
  • Decreased numbers of accidents and injuries
  • Reduction of  employee turnover.
  • Increased enthusiasm and passion for work
  • Increased energy and productivity

Studies:

The National Safety Council in 1999 estimated the cost of workplace injuries in the United States to be $125 billion.

A 4-year study of Xerox Corporation according to the Chicago Tribune:

Employers may have another reason to encourage employees to stay fit, trim and healthy: reducing the $128 billion lost each year to workplace injuries.

For years, advocates of workplace wellness programs have promoted them as a way to reduce the cost of health care and employer-financed health insurance. Now, a four-year study of Xerox Corp. workers has found significant reduction in the frequency and seriousness of workplace injuries among those who participate in a wellness program.

The study examined on-the-job injuries among 3,338 workers at a Xerox’s Rochester, N.Y., manufacturing complex in 1996-99. The results were published in the July issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Among those who participated in the health risk appraisal, 5.6 percent made workers compensation claims, compared with 8.9 percent of non-participants. And when they did get hurt on the job, the health appraisal participants had an average cost per injury of $6,506, compared with $9,482 for non-participants, the study found.

So, it can be costly for companies if they do not start helping their employees stay healthy.  On-site chiropractic can help keep disability and workers compensation costs down and keep employees productive and happy.  Call us today to see how we can help.

Hypertension, Health And The DASH Diet

Hypertension is defined as having blood pressure greater or equal to 140/90 on 3 or more visits to the doctor.

To combat this problem it is very important to exercise while keeping track of your heart rate as well as eating what is called the DASH diet.  This includes a diet high in fruits and vegetables with decreased dairy products and saturated fats.  If you follow this plan, you will see not only great results in our cholesterol level and blood pressure, but will probably lose some inches too!

Here is a list of what is recommended by DASHdiet.org:

Type of food Number of servings for 1600 – 3100 Calorie diets Servings on a 2000 Calorie diet
Grains and grain products
(include at least 3 whole grain foods each day)
6 – 12 7 – 8
Fruits 4 – 6 4 – 5
Vegetables 4 – 6 4 – 5
Low fat or non fat dairy foods 2 – 4 2 – 3
Lean meats, fish, poultry 1.5 – 2.5 2 or less
Nuts, seeds, and legumes 3 – 6 per week 4 – 5 per week
Fats and sweets 2 – 4 limited