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.
The day following the 2016 election was pretty stressful for people in the Bay Area. Most of my patients came in the day after crying and extremely upset. The next few months following, my patients began not showing up for appointments, not working and becoming ill.
Emotional stress takes a toll on not only you but others around you. Every day there are tweets from Trump, constant new articles, Facebook postings, alarming executive orders, Russian allegations and racial tensions regarding number 45. We are bombarded with it 24 hours a day.
People are worried. Will I have healthcare? Will we go to war? Will I have civil rights? Am I safe if I am black or Muslim? This is a lot to deal with. It is more than just a simple policy change, these are life and death issues.
According to Nervous Nation, they found that more than 1/2 of Americans (around 59%) are anxious after the election and 50% are still trying to find ways to cope with the negative environment that has started after this election. This is not the Bay Area, this is the entire U.S.
More than 1/4 of the U.S. is engaging in some sort of negative behavior like drinking, smoking, over eating or arguing with loved ones more frequently because of high amounts of stress.
We have got to find a way to handle this barrage of bad press and energy we are encountering each day.
Here are some tips to help you sort out the emotions that may be effecting you in negative ways:
- Do something to gain back some power:
Write letters to the government to be heard, protest and demonstrate, call your congress representative, join an organization that supports your state of mind. This can get you to be with people that may offer some different insight and help you cope a bit better with the day to day bombardments we have been getting in the press, online and from the community.
2. Contact friends, family, co-workers and have some real face time. Not texting or tweeting, real interaction.
3. Meditate: Getting into a daily ritual of meditation can help you appreciate aspects of your life that may be looked over with all that is going on each day. Get connected to who you are and what you want out of life and find a goal to pursue to keep you happy and fulfilled.
4. Get some exercise: Working out at least 20-30 minutes each day have shown to decrease anxiety.
5. Journal: Keep a notepad by the bed, couch or desk to write down thoughts and get them out of your system. It helps you to get rid of the anxiety of such thoughts and move you along with your day. It also lets you know where you are in your state of mind so that you can evaluate how you are feeling. Some times we don’t know how life is effecting us until it is pointed out in some way.
6. Plan for the worst and hope for the best: If you write down or keep track of what the worst scenerio will be and prepare your mind for it, it can help you deal with anything. Being prepared helps gives you peace of mind that there is nothing you can’t handle. Now anything can happen and you got this!
7. Hope, hope and more hope: Did you know your thoughts most often become your reality? They do! Keep positive and don’t let the negativity become your reality.
Hope this helps….
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.
Did you know that more than 30 million people do yoga around the world? 14 million are in the United States who have a prescription from their doctor. Yoga has been known to help with back pain, better posture and cardio health.
With any exercise there come risks of injury. There have been back injuries, ribs that come out of place, neck strains, elbow tendonitis and many other injuries if not done correctly.
There are many poses that are difficult and starting such poses before you are ready can lead to an injury.
Handstands, bending backward and inversions require strong core and body mechanics so if you are not ready to do these poses, you can pay the price and spend a while rehabilitating injuries and not being able to engage in yoga for a time period.
The New York Times did an investigation to find out how common yoga related injuries occur. Pulling, tearing and sprained muscles are becoming more common with yoga participants. So why are injuries becoming more common with yoga? There are a lot of people who go for exercise but there are many people that go because they are trying to work on a injury that is why they got a prescription from their doctor.
With the increase in technology and jobs in High Tech and gaming, sedentary lifestyles are increasing as well. There are many people who sit for hours at a time and are taking yoga to improve the function of muscles that are tight or weak.
Yoga is great but new students who sit for long hours per day may need a lot more instruction. Instructors need to guide these individuals differently because of shortened and tight muscles and long periods of inactivity. Pushing through these exercises even if the student really persists may be a big mistake. Don’t allow students who have not been practicing to push past comfortable stretching and make sure they get the attention that they need which can be hard when there are several people in a class.
How often do people sustain yoga injuries?
Australia’s International Journal “Yogafound” stated that 20 percent of all yoga instructors have experienced a yoga based injury. Opposing views in a survey from Ashtanga Vinyasa which is a bit more intense than beginners yoga stated that 62% of instructors have having at least one injury which lasted more than 30 days.
In a 2013 published review in PLOSone they investigated cases related to adverse effects of doing yoga and discovered the most common types of yoga injuries.
Here is the data: About 35% were the musculoskeletal system, 18% related to the nerves and 9% were optical. Around 20% of all of these percentages became fully recovered with 1% who reported a chronic long term injury. They also stated that there was one death that was coorelated with yoga practice.
On the positive side, in this 2013 after this study another published study by the International Journal of Yoga found that only around 1 percent of yoga instructors reported any side effects from performing regular yoga classes and poses.
Most common injuries were back pain, joint pains in the hips, ankles and wrists. Only around 33% sought out medical intervention. So, if done right, injuries should be rare. Just make sure you are ready to get into such poses.
Here are the poses that should be prevented unless you are ready: If you don’t know what these are then you are probably not ready….
- Shoulder Stand or Plow Pose
- Back Bends (Updog, Lotus, Bridge, Wheel, Cobra, Camel)
- Any pose that pulls or tugs at the sciatic nerve in the lower back
How can you avoid injuries during your yoga workouts?
- A great way to avoid injuries with yoga and basically any exercise is to stretch or massage out any tight or restricted areas. Get to class early and do some stretching even before the warm up stretches to make sure you are addressing any unique areas that may not be addressed for the workout to come.
- Again, don’t do any poses that are too hard and if you try a new pose let the instructor know so they can help you.
- Use the gadgets the yoga studios put out for you for support of moves that you may need a little bit of help with.
If you do get injured, chiropractic is a great way to get the joints moving properly again, reduce pain and inflammation and discuss what needs to be done to rehab your injury. Waiting will only tighten up the body more and keep you immobile which is not going to help the situation.
Our Redwood City Chiropractic office is located in downtown Redwood City and we are experts on body mechanics, sports injury and all around wellness care.