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 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.
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:
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.
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!
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.
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. It’s clear to see, if you are looking, renewehiconlineuk.com published an article comparing the priorities in the American care system and that of Europe’s.
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!
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|
|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|
|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.
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.
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.
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.
If you are trying to find a diet plan that works for you visit https://prodiets.org/nutrisystem-vs-jennycraig/. (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.
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!