Some may consider gardening a sport. It may not be a competitive sport (unless you’re competing with your neighbor for who can grow the biggest tomato), but nonetheless; it requires physical activity to perform and therefore may be considered a “sport” to serious enthusiasts. Digging, pulling weeds, adding mulch, and raking can all make you feel like you’ve had a workout at the gym, so it’s essential to use the following safety precautions to prevent injuries.
SAFETY TIP #1 - WARM UP
Take a few minutes to warm up the muscles you’ll be using. Do a short, brisk walk and then lightly stretch your shoulders, back, legs, arms, and wrists. If you need inspiration, consider these two stretches:
Wrist Flexor Stretch
Corner Pectoral Stretch
SAFETY TIP #2 – USE CORRECT POSTURE
Back pain is a common ailment in gardeners, so be mindful of your posture at all times, whether you’re standing or kneeling. When lifting, bend at your knees and keep your back straight. Imagine that your spine has been strapped to a broomstick. Do not bend at your waist or twist your torso. Keep the load you are carrying close to your body.
SAFETY TIP #3 – SWITCH UP YOUR TASKS
Vary your tasks often so that you are not holding the same position for prolonged periods. Walk around and stretch a little in between tasks to help prevent stiffness and improve your circulation.
SAFETY TIP #4 – USE THE RIGHT TOOLS
If you’re using a rake that is too short for your height, you’ll be forced to bend over excessively and cause yourself some back pain. If you need to bend down frequently, consider purchasing kneepads or a mat.
SAFETY TIP #5 –DRINK WATER
Staying hydrated should always be a priority, and it’s especially important when you’re out in the sun doing physical activity. Have a drink of water at least every 15-20 minutes.
If you feel any pain after a day of gardening, apply ice to the affected area. If you still have discomfort after 24- 48 hours, give us a call to schedule a check-up. Happy Gardening!
What if the missing key to achieving your fat loss, anti-aging, and health goals was … light?
Most people think of light as just the opposite of darkness – it’s just what lights up a room and allows us to see. But thousands of studies have now proven that LIGHT may be as important to our health as the food we eat.
But the big problem is that, just as many people eat diets of processed junk food and fast food, most people are eating “light diets” of “junk light” and end up with chronic “mal-illumination.”
To give you an idea of what I mean, consider this:
Sunlight and vitamin D deficiency (note: we synthesize vitamin D from UVB light from the sun) have been linked with numerous diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Diabetes, many types of cancer, Parkinson’s disease, heart disease and obesity.
As another example of mal-illumination, artificial light exposure at night (from electronic devices like phones, TVs, computers, indoor lighting, etc.) disrupt our body’s biological rhythms and have been linked with numerous diseases, like numerous types of cancer, depression, obesity, insomnia, and psychological disorders.
There is even research that suggests that low levels of sun exposure are a risk factor for human health equivalent to that of being a cigarette smoker! A Swedish study looked at nearly 30,000 women for 20 years (note: studies with this many people that are this long-term are exceedingly rare) and found that women with the lowest sun exposure had a 200% higher rate of death compared to the women with the most sun exposure!
While many people know about UV light and vitamin D, few are aware that there is another type of light that is just as vital to our health – red and near-infrared light. And studies have now shown that this type of light has absolutely incredible anti-aging, fat loss, and health benefits.
Think it’s all just hype?
Think again! Red and near-infrared light can literally stimulate our body to produce more energy at the cellular level – and has been proven in over 3,000 scientific studies to combat various medical conditions and help us reach our health, anti-aging and body composition goals.
These studies have PROVEN that red light therapy can help you:
• Fight skin aging, wrinkles, and cellulite and look 10 years younger
• Lose fat (nearly DOUBLE the amount of fat loss compared to diet and exercise alone)
• Rid your body of chronic inflammation
• Increase strength, endurance, and muscle mass
• Decrease pain and help regenerate worn joints
• Optimize your brain function and mood
• Overcome fatigue and improve energy levels
Schedule a FREE consult to learn how we use red/near-infrared light therapy to get powerful fat loss, brain enhancing, energy enhancing and anti-aging benefits.
Not only will you learn about cutting-edge science, and the latest technologies to promote health and well-being, but you will also experience a DISCOUNTED RED-RED-360 session.
Red and near-infrared light therapy is one of the biggest health breakthroughs in the last half century. If you’re serious about your health, it’s time to start using this powerful tool in your life.
You have a chance here to experience LIFE-CHANGING technology that can add years to your life, make you look significantly younger, and help you transform your body.
Call my office today at: 772-286-5277 and speak with Lynne to schedule your session.
We have a limited number of slots available for this offer to try out the latest Red and Near Infrared technology called RED-RED-360.
Between 80% and 90% of the general population will experience an episode of lower back pain (LBP) at least once during their lives. When it affects the young to middle-aged, we often use the term “non-specific LBP” to describe the condition. The geriatric population suffers from the “aging effects” of the spine—things like degenerative joint disease, degenerative disk disease, and spinal stenosis. Fractures caused by osteoporosis can also result in back pain.
The “good news” is that there are rare times when your doctor must consider a serious cause of LBP. That’s why he or she will ask about or check the following during your initial consultation: 1) Have you had bowel or bladder control problems? (This is to make sure a patient doesn’t have “cauda equina syndrome”—a very severely pinched nerve.) 2) Take a patient’s temperature and ask about any recent urinary or respiratory tract infections to rule out spinal infections. 3) To rule out cancer, a doctor may ask about a family or personal history of cancer, recent unexplained weight loss, LBP that won’t go away with time, or sleep interruptions that are out of the ordinary. 4) To rule out fractures, a doctor may also take x-rays if a patient is over age 70 regardless of trauma due to osteoporosis, over age 50 with minor trauma, and at any age with major trauma.
Once a doctor of chiropractic can rule out the “dangerous” causes of LBP, the “KEY” form of treatment is giving reassurance that LBP is manageable and advise LBP sufferers of ALL ages (especially the elderly) to KEEP MOVING! Of course, the speed at which we move depends on many things—first is safety, but perhaps more importantly is to NOT BECOME AFRAID to do things! As we age, we gradually fall out of shape and end up blaming our age for the inability to do simple normal activities. Regardless of age, we must GRADUALLY increase our activities to avoid the trap of sedentary habits resulting in deconditioning followed “fear avoidant behavior!”
Here are a few “surprising” reasons your back may be “killing you”: 1) You’re feeling down – That’s right, having “the blues” and more serious mood disorders, like depression, can make it more difficult to cope with pain. Also, depression often reduces the drive to exercise, may disturb sleep, and can affect dietary decisions—all of which are LBP contributors. 2) Your phone – Poor posture caused by holding a phone between your bent head and shoulder (get a headset!) or prolonged mobile phone use can increase your risk for spinal pain. 3) Your feet hurt, which makes you walk with an altered gait pattern, forcing compensatory movements up the “kinetic chain” leading to LBP. 4) Core muscle weakness, especially if you add to that a “pendulous abdomen” from being overweight—this is a recipe for disaster for LBP. 5) Tight short muscles such as hamstrings, hip rotator muscles, and/or tight hip joint capsules are common problems that contribute to LBP. Stretching exercises can REALLY help!
Previously, we discussed how herniated disks can resorb all by themselves, especially large herniated disks. But what about a damaged nerve—can it self-repair too?
First, it’s important to realize that damage can occur when enough pressure is applied to any living tissue. The anatomy of our nerves includes many micro-structures such as the blood vessels that bring needed oxygen to the several layers of the nerve. If the nerve is deprived of oxygen long enough, there can be damage to its infrastructure, similar to a heart attack damaging the heart muscle.
A pinched nerve results in symptoms that include numbness, tingling, weakness, and in some cases, burning sensations. There are three stages of nerve damage that can be simplified into mild, moderate, and severe, and the ability for nerves to regenerate depends largely on the amount of damage and the length of time that has passed before treatment is sought out.
Generally speaking, it has been well reported that the nerves that make up the peripheral nervous system (the nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord) have the ability to regenerate, while those within the central nervous system (CNS) generally do not. However, there is hope. Researchers have begun to identify the molecular mechanisms that can promote axon regeneration in CNS injuries. Much of the knowledge and insight derived from these studies comes from the experimental use of fruit flies, as is referred to as “Drosophila models of axonal regrowth.”
The activation of an important receptor (called “insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor or IGF-1R) appears to be an essential step for axonal regeneration to occur in adult CNS neurons. Studies utilizing Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1) as a form of treatment in animal models after a brain injury found IGF-1 to be “neuroprotective” in the early stages of brain injury, and blood levels are often elevated soon after an injury.
In a study of 45 patients who suffered traumatic spinal cord injuries, researchers detected higher levels of IGF-1 blood serum levels in those who had clinically documented neurological resolution as compared to lower levels that were found in those who did not have neurological remission.
Unfortunately, researchers need to identify some of the missing pieces of the CNS-injury recovery puzzle before a consistent and predictable outcome can be expected for people who have sustained a serious spinal cord injury.
Doctors of chiropractic are trained to identify injuries to peripheral nerves as well as to the spinal cord and they can also work closely with other experts who manage the more significant neurological injuries, all in the quest of getting you back on the road to as much recovery as possible!
Sitting on a long flight and carrying around heavy luggage can be torture to someone who suffers from back pain - but it does not need to stop you from seeing the world. Here are some tips to help you arrive at your destination more comfortably.
Follow these tips to make your next flight as comfortable and pain-free as possible. If you’re concerned about your back pain, call us for a pre- or post-vacation check-up.
There are approximately 113 different cannabinoids that have been isolated from cannabis, and those that have been studied exhibit a variety of effects 1. In the marketplace, we have access to about six: THC, CBD, THCa, CBDa, CBN, and CBG. As technology improves and companies mature, new products featuring additional cannabinoids are beginning to become available, including products with delta-8 THC, THCv, and CBC. This blog will focus on CBG.
There is little research exploring the effects of CBG—research is currently limited to in vitro (tests done in test tubes, culture dishes, or anywhere outside of a living organism) and in rodent models—there exists no clinical research in humans. One reason that so little research exists is that CBG is not typically found in high concentrations in dried or cured cannabis plants, except in industrial hemp varieties 2.
The data that is available suggests that CBG might be effective at treating the following conditions:
A study published in 20133 stated that CBG has anti-inflammatory properties and that it could be considered as a treatment for patients suffering from intestinal bowel disease.
A 2009 study4 demonstrated that CBG might have therapeutic potential for the treatment of glaucoma as it might increase fluid drainage and decrease pressure in the eye.
In a study completed in early 20155 CBG demonstrated neuroprotective effects in mice with Huntington’s disease (it protects and preserves the nerves of the brain from injury, disease, and degeneration). There is currently no effective treatment for Huntington’s disease. CBG might also provide neuroprotection in patients with Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and stroke patients.
A study from 20146 demonstrated that CBG inhibited the progression of colon cancer in mice7 and another study8 suggested that CBG might also help protect from prostate cancer. A very old study9 done on mice suggested that CBG might be effective at treating skin melanoma cells.
A study10 done in vitro suggested that CBG was the most effective cannabinoid for treating bladder dysfunctions because it decreased bladder contractions.
CBG has been shown to increase appetite in two rat-based studies conducted by researchers at the University of Reading (UK) in 201611 and 201712.
Dr. Bonni Goldstein has suggested that CBG can decrease anxiety and muscle tension, and appears to have antidepressant and some modest antifungal properties.
CBG might be a treatment for sexual dysfunction in men. Of course, reasons for sexual dysfunction are complex, and the current research is very limited. Additionally, our patients have reported success when using CBG to help treat anxiety, migraines, mild pain, and hot flashes.
Overall, CBG is very safe. It has no impairing effects, no toxic dose, no withdrawal effects, and no risk of addiction. CBG can be a safe option for use in pediatric and geriatric populations and in patients with a history of psychosis or schizophrenia.
Reprinted via MH Blog 2019
We in the healthcare management world are all biased. If a patient with neck and arm pain presents to chiropractic clinic, the doctor of chiropractic will usually recommend a non-surgical trial of care as long as “red flags” don’t exist (that is, “bad” things like bowel/bladder weakness, rapidly worsening symptoms, and a few others). Frequently, the patient asks, “…should I just have the surgery…am I just postponing the inevitable?” Here’s what we know…
In a 2015 study addressing this very question, the authors compared a non-surgical physical therapy approach using neck-specific general exercises, pain relief, coping strategies, and improving self-management strategies against surgical treatment (ACDF – anterior cervical decompression and fusion) with post-surgical physical therapy. Twelve months following the conclusion of treatment, they found 87% of the 31 patients in the surgical group reported a “better/much better” result compared with 62% of the 32 patients in the non-surgical group. However, at the two-year point, the satisfaction numbers were 81% (surgical) and 69% (non-surgical). The study’s “conclusion” states that a structured NON-SURGICAL treatment approach “…should be tried before surgery is chosen.”
More importantly, at the one year point, 62% of those treated WITHOUT surgery reported a “better/much better” result, which improved to 69% by year two while those receiving surgery DROPPED from 87% to 81% after two years. It would be interesting to see this split at three, four, and five-year time-points, as it is well known that degeneration occurs more rapidly above and below a fusion due to the increased biomechanical load. This can lead to the need for further treatment.
A very similar 2013 study followed 50 patients with herniated cervical disks and arm pain who received chiropractic treatment. After two weeks of care, 55.3% reported they were “better” or “much better.” After one month, 68.9% reported improvement and the percentage increased to 85.7% after three months.
The good news is that guidelines for treating neck pain that radiates into an arm recommend that patients undergo a course of “conservative” (non-surgical) care FIRST before progressing to surgical care. In fact, many guidelines DON’T even recommend MRI or EMG/NCV initially unless the result from the non-surgical care is not satisfactory, usually by the four-to-six week point into treatment.
These studies show that patients with neck and arm pain (most commonly caused by herniated disks) are frequently successfully managed WITHOUT SURGERY and hence, this approach should be tried FIRST and surgery be reserved ONLY to the non-responders.
We realize you have a choice in whom you consider for your health care provision and we sincerely appreciate your trust in choosing our service for those needs. If you, a friend, or family member requires care for neck pain or headaches, we would be honored to render our services.
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Cliff Atwell, B.S., D.C.