Newsletter Archives > Monthly Health Newsletter: February 2014 Health Newsletter

February 2014 Health Newsletter

Current Articles

» Tips for Back Pain Prevention
» Graston Technique
» Jump For Your Adjustment!
» Sugar. How Sweet It Is, Not.
» Weight Fluctuations & Strategies

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
Copyright: 0 0

page toppage toppage top

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 preĖ and post surgical patients.

Author: Graston
Copyright: Graston Technique 2011

page toppage toppage top

Jump For Your Adjustment!

Looking to increase athletic performance and possibly your vertical jump height? Give an adjustment a try! A small blinded trial was conducted recently in young female athletes who were suffering from ankle joint dysfunction to see if an adjustment to the joint could affect their vertical jump height. The ankle joint, more technically referred to as the talocrural joint, is the joint formed from the ends of the lower leg bones (tibia and fibula) and the top bone of the ankle, the talus. Half of the female athletes with ankle joint dysfunction received an adjustment to their ankle joint once a week for three weeks while the other half received a sham treatment once a week for three weeks. On average, those receiving the adjustment to their ankle joint saw an average 0.47 cm increase in their vertical jump as compared with the sham group. Itís important to recognize that adjustments provided by doctors of chiropractic can be delivered to and benefit more than just the joints of the spine. If you or someone you know is suffering from pain or dysfunction, or is simply looking to enhance their physical performance and overall health, give your local chiropractor a call today!

Source: JMPT. February 2014. Vol. 37; Issue 2.
Copyright: LLC 2014

page toppage toppage top

Sugar. How Sweet It Is, Not.

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states Americans are eating too much sugar and itís killing us. As the consumption of added sugars rises, so too does oneís risk of dying from heart disease. According to the data, compared with those individuals who got less than 10% of their daily calories from sugar, those with 10-25% of their daily calories coming from sugar were 30% more likely to die of cardiovascular disease and those with more than 25% of their daily calories coming from sugar were twice as likely to die of cardiovascular disease. This becomes even more significant considering that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. The concern isnít related to the sugars occurring naturally in fruits and vegetables. Instead, itís the added sugars in foods such as sugary drinks and beverages, candy, desserts and other sweetened carbohydrate snacks. In fact, most processed foods we consume have added sugar to make them taste better. So, read the nutritional labels on food packaging and strive to stick to what the American Heart Association recommends: Limiting your daily consumption of added sugars to 150 calories for men and 100 calories for women.

Source: JAMA Internal Medicine, online February 3, 2014.

Copyright: LLC 2014

page toppage toppage top

Weight Fluctuations & Strategies

New research indicates it may not be a bad idea to let your eating habits relax during the weekend, so long as itís done in moderation. In fact, long-term weight loss might be more effective if dieters focus more on stricter weekday diets and allow themselves room to cheat somewhat on the weekends - A strategy that researchers say can allow reasonable weekend splurges while not derailing oneís motivation and weight loss efforts.  In this new study, the self-recorded daily weights of 80 adults were evaluated for periods up to 10 months. Data revealed that for the 18 of 80 adults who lost 3% or more of their bodyweight during the weigh-ins, there appeared to be a pattern of weight gain over the weekends and weight loss during the weekdays, with subjects weighing the most on Sunday/Mondays and weighing the least on Fridays. This pattern seemed strongest in those who either lost weight or maintained their bodyweight during the study. In those subjects who gained weight during the study, this pattern was less reflective of their weight changes. Researchers concluded that weight variations between the weekend and weekday are normal and a focus of tightening up oneís dietary habits during the weekdays and loosening them somewhat during the weekend could assist many in achieving their weight loss goals and maintaining a healthy bodyweight longterm.

Source: Obesity Facts, online January 31, 2014.
Copyright: LLC 2014

page toppage toppage top

Articles 1-5 of 5 << first < previous next > last >