October 2017 Health Newsletter

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Current Articles

» Tips for Back Pain Prevention
» Graston Technique
» Walking and Cycling Linked to Reduced Risk of Being Hospitalized with Sciatica
» Mindful Coffee Consumption Can Lead to Better Health

Tips for Back Pain Prevention
  • Maintain a healthy diet and weight
  • Remain active-under the supervision of your doctor of chirpractic
  • Avoid prolonged inactivity or bed rest
  • Warm up or stretch before exercising or other physical activities
  • Maintain proper posture
  • Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes
  • Sleep on a mattress of medium firmness
  • Lift with your knees, keep the object close to your body, and do not twist when lifting.
  • Quit smoking. Smoking impairs blood flow, resulting in oxygen and nutrient deprivation to spinal tissues.
  • Ensure that your work station is ergonomically correct.

Author: Health Care Center
Source: Newsletter
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Graston Technique
The Health Care Center is now offering Graston Technique.  Graston technique utilizes special instruments that effectively break down scar tissue and reduce inflammation that causes pain and restricted mobility. The stainless steel instruments comb over and "catch" on fibrotic tissue, which immediately identifies areas of restriction.  The instruments enable clinicians to treat soft tissue lesions with the depth, pressure and specificity necessary to affect the condition at the site of the pain, as well as following the kinetic chain to find and treat the cause. Once the tissue dysfunction has been identified, the instruments break up the scar tissue so it can be absorbed by the body. By incorporating stretching, strengthening and ice in the treatment and rehab process, clinicians can rebuild the soft tissue injury into healthy functioning tissue. Graston Technique is clinically proven to achieve quicker and better outcomes in treating: Achilles tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain, tennis elbow, back pain, knee pain, plantar fasciitis, rotator cuff tendonitis, scar tissue, and many more conditions. The Graston Technique has had positive outcomes in 75-90 percent of all conditions treated! It is equally effective in restoring function to acute and chronic injuries, and pre– and post surgical patients.

Author: Graston
Source: GrastonTechnique.com
Copyright: Graston Technique 2011


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Walking and Cycling Linked to Reduced Risk of Being Hospitalized with Sciatica

Perhaps you’re already aware that a number of lifestyle factors increase a person’s risk of developing sciatica, including smoking and obesity. However, new research reveals that cycling and walking could have an equally effective opposite effect. A recent study followed a group of over 35,000 people for up to 30 years. It discovered that the risk of being hospitalized for sciatica was increased by 33% if people smoked or were obese, while regularly commuting to work by bicycle or on foot lowered their risk by 33%.

The Risks Involved in Developing Sciatica
The study reported that up to 5% of people suffer from sciatica, an often painful condition. Sciatica normally originates from a compressed nerve root and herniated disc, which causes shooting pains along the sciatic nerve. This extends from the lower back right down the back of a person’s legs. Even though it rarely leads to hospitalization or surgery, it’s often considered a more severe and long-lasting source of low back pain. Four long-term studies were analyzed by the team in Finland, with a total of 1,259 hospitalizations for sciatica occurring during the follow-up time of 12-30 years. The researchers looked at various risk factors, including occupation, education, sex, age, obesity, body mass index, and smoking, along with the duration, intensity, and frequency of physical activity. Although smokers saw an increased risk of 33%, former smokers didn’t share this same risk. Furthermore, the risk of hospitalization was increased by 36% in obese patients – with abdominal fat increasing the risk to 41%. However, regardless of any other activity or the body weight of the patient, commuting to work via bicycle or on foot reduced their risk by 33%.

Overcoming Sciatica
Speaking about the study, lead author, Dr. Rahman Shiri, said they were surprised to see that no effect on hospitalization was witnessed by any other form of leisure time physical activities. However, they believe this may be due to the fact that regular, moderate activities like cycling and walking don’t add strain to the back as opposed to higher-intensity exercises that will. Although the study was limited by the fact that it only used self-reported data and couldn’t verify additional health factors for sciatica hospitalization, it does emphasize the benefits of moving around frequently, maintaining a healthy weight, and not smoking. Furthermore, studies have indicated that sciatica patients noticed a significant improvement when they underwent a number of treatments, including spinal manipulation. This process is carried out by a licensed doctor of chiropractic to reduce the nerve irritability that causes pain, muscle spasm, inflammation, and other symptoms associated with sciatica. If your sciatica is causing you discomfort and pain, contact your local chiropractor today.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: American Journal of Medicine, online July 24, 2017.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2017


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Mindful Coffee Consumption Can Lead to Better Health
Mindfulness is a popular concept these days, and it is often used as a way to help individuals make better life and health choices. And while it’s no secret that reducing your sugar consumption can help with weight loss and general improvement in health, both are often easier said than done. A recent study conducted at the University of Minnesota has shown that mindfully consuming your coffee without sugar may help with not only weight loss but also a more focused approach to choices.

Drinking Unsweetened Coffee Can Lead to Mindfulness
Participants in the University of Minnesota study were divided into three groups. One group went cold turkey and immediately began drinking unsweetened coffee. A second group was allowed to gradually reduce the amount of sugar they added to their coffee. A third group was taught how to discern different flavors and tastes in coffee, and was instructed to mindfully drink their sugar-free brew by focusing on the sensations and the different flavors that were present in the beverage. They learned how to be mentally present to the action of drinking coffee, and in some cases to enjoy the beverage more than they had in the past.  After one month, the mindfulness group drinkers were more likely to enjoy their coffee and the drinking experience. They also continued to drink coffee sugar free more often than the other two groups who immediately eliminated or gradually reduced the amount of sweetener they added to their coffee.

Reducing Sugar Intake can Help Promote Food Awareness
Researchers suggest that the combination of reducing sugar intake as a tool to promote health, in conjunction with being mindful about the action, may lead to a longer-term healthier lifestyle. It is believed that making a conscious decision, in this case eliminating sugar in coffee, focuses attention on actions and being a participant in the choice, which can lead to mindfulness in other life choices. In an interview one of the researchers noted that beginning a lifestyle change is relatively easy, but sustaining change is very challenging. Researchers anticipated that most participants would go back to adding sweetener to their coffee, yet the majority of participants in the mindfulness group continued drinking their coffee sugar-free.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: J Health Psychol 2017.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2017


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