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Chiropractic Care Can Enhance Your Health And Overall Well-Being

Thursday, May 19th, 2011
A chiropractor is able to alleviate a host of symptoms associated with your musculoskeletal system. The most common symptoms presented to a chiropractor are headaches, migraines, neck, back, and shoulder pain. Chiropractic is a holistic approach to pain management and the alleviation of symptoms associated with misalignments of the joints and vertebrae. Chiropractic care however is intended to extend health beyond just the alleviation of symptoms. Spinal adjustments allow the free flow of nerve impulses which facilitate overall health to the body. As every cell in the human body is governed by nerve impulses, it is vitally important that these nerves send information free of interference. The application of gentle spinal adjustments removes nerve pressure and allows proper nerve conduction.
The main focus in chiropractic care is placed upon the proper alignment of the vertebrae and associated joints. Proper balance and functioning of the joints is of importance to the continued health and well being of every patient. Attention is also placed upon the proper functioning of your neurological system, as pinched nerves and neuralgia can adversely affect a patient’s quality of life.
Posture correction therapy involves the use of exercises to strengthen your core muscles to help better support your entire frame. Once strengthened, they aid in supporting the correct positioning of your spinal column to ensure adequate flexibility and mobility for your entire frame.
An improper posture can result in neck and upper back pain and is a large contributor to headaches and shoulder blade pain. Tingling, burning and numbness experienced in the areas mentioned above are symptoms of pinched nerves and can be alleviated through chiropractic care.
A chiropractic adjustment is the usage of gentle physical pressure applied to an affected joint. The application of external pressure works to correct the misalignment therefore removing fixation of the joints and allowing proper mobility. Your chiropractor is also qualified to give advice to patients regarding nutrition, weight loss and safe exercise routines to help maintain health and fitness.

Taking Pain Medication Can Be Hazardous To Your Health

Saturday, March 12th, 2011
If you are like most in this society, when pain rears its ugly head, you immediately turn to some form of pain reliever. The kind of pain reliever that we take can depend on a variety of factors. These include the types of and causes of the pain, whether it is from acute injury or chronic disease processes, inflammation, swelling, fever, etc. If the pain is infrequent, you resort to over-the-counter pain reliever.
Over-the-counter pain reliever are those that are easily accessible and do not require a prescription from a doctor to obtain. They are available from pharmacies, grocery and convenience store. Because they are sold without a doctor’s prescription, we assume it’s safe to consume. This disregard for possible harmful side effects make each of us guilty of overusing pain reliever. So let us explore some of the improper ways of taking pain reliever that we usually consider harmless.
First, many of us take over-the-counter pain reliever like candy because they are readily available.  We take one pill and then another until we start feeling a little better, without paying attention to the proper dosage. Sometimes, we think that one pill is not enough and by taking two or three at a time, the effect will be stronger and the pain will go away faster.  When you are taking more than the maximum dosage recommended, we are now dealing with pain reliever addiction.
Second, frequent usage of certain medication over time will cause bad side effects such as lightheadedness,  trembling, extreme fatigue, rash, itching, hives, sore throat or fever, bleeding or bruising, anemia, yellowing of the skin or eyes, blood in urine, and painful or frequent urination . It is found that continued use of Ibuprofen can increase the risk of stroke and Acetaminophen such as Tylenol can cause serious liver and kidney damage.
Lastly, most of us do not know the chemical makeup of these pain reliever. It has become a habit for some people to combine or mix different kinds of pain reliever, either at the same time or switching back and forth between various types. Because of potential chemical interactions and toxicity levels that can build up in the bloodstream, mixing pain reliever, and any other medications, can be extremely dangerous. Some interaction could be fatal.

Which Exercise Is Best For Losing Weight?

Sunday, February 13th, 2011
Most people already know the importance of exercise for a healthy life, but still fail to get started with a proper regime and routine for themselves. It is a well documented and well accepted fact that exercise is vital and essential for ensuring that all bodily systems and functions work properly. People who do not exercise on a regular basis suffer from various ailments and diseases as they grow older, and also have to face the problem of obesity.
So what exactly is it about exercise that makes possible all these wonderful benefits, especially when it comes to burning fat. We need energy to move and stay alive. It is the basis for all the things we do. The energy source supplied to your body comes from the foods we eat, which fall into three types: carbohydrates, protein and fats. For these food to function as energy, they must first be converted into a form the body can use, namely adenosine triphosphate or ATP. Our body needs a continuous supply of ATP in order to perform any type of physical activity. It can get the ATP from three sources: your muscles, aerobic metabolism, and anaerobic metabolism.
There are 2 kinds of cardio exercises: aerobic and anaerobic. Aerobic (fat burning process which uses carbohydrates, fat and oxygen to produce the ATP) exercise are activities such as jogging, speed walking, bicycling, swimming or any activity that raises your heart rate for an extended amount of time. Aerobic exercise causes your body to start the beneficial process of aerobic metabolism. This process uses the fat stored in your body, therefore starting the desired state of fat burning.
Anaerobic exercise on the other hand, uses anaerobic metabolism, which is fat burning process in the absence of oxygen. One common anaerobic exercise that most people recognize is resistance training which can be defined as any exercise in which force must be applied to move an external object. The first type of resistance training that comes to mind for many is of course weight lifting. However, the use of one’s own body weight, thera-bands and isometrics are also forms of resistance training. Resistance training helps you burn fat when anaerobic metabolism uses carbohydrates to create ATP, during your resting period. Basal metabolic rate or BMR is the minimum caloric requirement needed to sustain life when at rest and can be responsible for burning up to 70% of the total calories expended. This value varies, however, and is dependent on such factors as genetics, gender, age, diet and exercise.
Where resistance training plays a part in this process pertains to your lean body mass. Lean body mass burns more calories than the fat on your body. Resistance training builds more lean mass such as muscles and as a result increases your BMR. If you ever saw the headline “Burn Fat While You Sleep” and the product doesn’t involve drugs, then this in all likelihood is what they’re referring to. So if you want to burn fat while you sleep, you need to perform resistance exercises to build more lean muscle mass.Lose weight. Visit

Benefits Of Chiropractic On Arthritis

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

“Can chiropractic help arthritis?” Although most medical doctors will say arthritis can not be reverse, studies have shown that it can. There are two different conditions known as “arthritis”. By definition, “arthritis” is inflammation of the joints. First, there’s osteoarthritis, sometimes referred to as “wear and tear” arthritis. This includes DJD or Degenerative Disc Disease. Then, there’s several variations of rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis or “wear and tear arthritis” is just that, a sort of wearing away of the joint. It usually shows up as we age or after years of excessive use or wear on a joint. DJD or osteoarthritis in the spine, is usually caused by several bones in the spine that are out of alignment. When your car is out of alignment, these parts will wear out quicker than the rest of the car. Your spine is no different. If you have misalignments in your spine, the discs and bones surrounding that joint will develop arthritis faster than other areas of your body. On x-ray, this reaction looks like little bone spurs. The body reacts this way in an attempt to stabilize your spine. Over time, this process will cause fusion. Usually, the problem is not noticed until the disc is about gone and the spurs (or osteophytes) start to press on nerves, causing pain.

The typical medical approach to dealing with this type of arthritis is self-medication with over-the-counter painkillers or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like Tylenol, Advil, etc. If not resolved, you can end up on steroids or prescription painkillers that can lead to addiction. The eventual medical solution is surgery, sometimes very risky surgery with long-term consequences.

The other kind of arthritis, called rheumatoid arthritis, is an inflammatory autoimmune condition that causes pain, swelling and disfiguration, usually seen in the hands. As with most autoimmune conditions, the cause is unknown. Yet, treatments start with over-the-counter painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs, then prescription painkillers, then immunosuppressant drugs. That just means that the drug you’re taking actually retards your immune system. The mandatory warnings on these drugs warn you of infection, disease and even death. Since we don’t know the cause, should we be treating the effect with potentially lethal drugs?

Chiropractic can help patients with arthritis in two ways:  biomechanically and neurologically. If you do, indeed, have spinal misalignments (subluxations) that can cause the discs to wear down more quickly, we help correct those misalignments with gentle, specific adjustments. As your body stays in its proper alignment, pressure is taken off the nerves and your nervous system. When that happens, your symptoms tend to clear up. If you maintain that proper alignment of the spine, there will be less nerve pressure therefore less likely for your symptoms to come back.  Biomechanically, chiropractic can increase your mobility and flexibility because of a proper aligned spine.  Neurologically , chiropractic help take stress off your nervous system, therefore allowing your body to rest, relax, and heal naturally.

Researchers May Have Discovered Mother Nature’s Staph Infection Blocker.

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

As a chiropractor in San Diego, I see all sorts of conditions relating to back pain. And with many patients come all sorts of questions about different health related problems. Staph infections are something that we see at the clinic in San Diego when it comes to sports injuries.

Staphylococcus aureus can cause a bunch of health problems, including minor skin rashes to serious skin and life threatening blood infections that require immediate hospitalization. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, is a growing public health problem in hospitals, nursing homes, and other institutions because it doesn’t respond to most antibiotics.

“Staph” causes infections by first adhering to the host. This is usually made by contact with the skin – especially if the skin is scraped or cut. The “staph” clings to the host and multiplies rapidly – forming a group or colony called a biofilm. According to ScienceDaily, a recent study tested healthy females and found that drinking cranberry juice cocktail stopped both E. Coli and Staphylococcus aureus from forming biofilms.

E. Coli is the bacteria responsible for urinary tract infections. Researchers believe the bacteria cannot cause infections if it cannot adhere to the surface and from biofilms. Terri Camesano, Professor of Chemical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) said, “What was surprising is that Staphylococcus aureus showed the most significant results in this study. We saw essentially no biofilm in the staph samples, which is very surprising because Staph aureus is usually very good at forming biofilms. That’s what makes it such a health problem.”

Researchers also said these results “create more questions than answers.” More research needs to be done – but drinking a little cranberry juice might not be a bad idea. More information and some of the latest research can be seen by going to Carissa Hang can be reached at New Century Spine Centers in San Diego by calling 619-630-9153.

Getting rid of mid back pain with Chiropractic care.

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

Mid back pain is pain in the area below the neck and above the low back. The middle back is composed of 12 vertebral bones. This section of the back is called the thoracic region of the spine. The middle back is naturally strong and stable. The elastic cartilages which are found between each bone are called discs and they serve as shock absorbers.

There are many different problems that could trigger mid back pain. Muscle strains are the most common cause of pain in the middle back. Other causes of mid back pain include poor posture, emotional stress, improper lifting, traumatic accidents, standing for hours, sleeping uncomfortably, and overexertion.

Persistent mid back pain may indicate a more serious condition wherein if it continues for more than a couple of months, it would need medical advice. If the thoracic spine is directly injured, it can cause misalignment of the bones and create impingement of the spinal nerves therefore causing dysfunction to the nervous system. Within the spinal region, there are pairs of spinal nerves emitting from the middle back to various digestive parts which includes stomach, liver, gall bladder, and small intestine. Problems in communication with the nerves may lead to numerous digestive disorders.

Upon examination, it is common to find a certain type of back misalignment. Mid back pain is a common problem like low back pain. Back pain of that kind can be addressed using chiropractic treatment. Chiropractic care has been highly successful in treating patients seeking alternative health care. Without the use of drugs or scalpels, a chiropractor does multiple exams and takes x-rays to identify the underlying cause of the patient’s problem.

Once the x-rays are reviewed, the doctor will go over the treatment plan with the patient.  When the patient agrees with the treatment protocol, the chiropractor will perform an adjustment by applying precise and gentle pressure to the specific areas of misalignment. Other forms of conservative treatments that chiropractors may use are massage, electrical stimulation, hot/cold packs, and ultra sound.

Additional services chiropractors provide include exercise, pelvic stabilization, ergonomics, and education on diet. Exercise and rehabilitation are very important to prevent the pain from coming back. Many patients are relieved from their mid back pain after a few visits and others choose to continue into maintenance care because it keeps their bodies in optimum condition.