Study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine shows Chiropractic Adjustments Superior to Prescription Medicines for Neck Pain.
Published May 12, 2021
Mechanical neck pain is a common condition that affects an estimated 70% of persons at some point in their lives. The study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine compared Chiropractic adjustment (spinal manipulation therapy (SMT)), medications, or home exercise with advice (HEA) for acute/subacute neck pain in both the short & long term.
The study found that 12 weeks of chiropractic treatment (SMT) led to greater pain relief than medication. For pain, Chiropractic adjustment (SMT) had a statistically significant advantage over medication after 8, 12, 26 & 52 weeks.
Interestingly, even home exercise was better than taking medicines. However, the home exercise program was quite involved. Instruction for Home exercise with advice (HEA) was provided in two 1-hour sessions, 1 to 2 weeks apart. Then, participants were instructed to do 5 to 10 repetitions of each exercise 6 to 8 times per day every day!
Why does Chiropractic treatment require multiple visits?
Posted May 10, 2021
It’s fairly straightforward. The goal of care is to correct the cause of pain/symptoms. Specifically, chiropractors restore normal musculoskeletal function (insofar as possible). Typically, patients present with either an acute injury or a problem that developed over months/years. After consultation & evaluation, the clinical decision is made to treat or refer. If the case is accepted, patients are placed on a decreasing frequency visit schedule. This is similar to a physical therapist or personal trainer. Most people understand that they will not look like Superman or learn to walk after surgery with just 1 visit. It takes time and effort!
Treatment schedules vary depending on condition. Top, reputable chiropractors agree that initial treatment should be 15-20 (or less) visits over many weeks on a deceasing frequency basis. Patients should be making progress & prescribed home/lifestyle activities to help with the process. Patients who are not making progress should be referred or co-managed with specialists.
Red Flags? Patients are asked to sign up for 50 office visits or are asked to pay cash up front, even though they have health insurance. These practitioners should be avoided. Also, find out if the chiropractic doctor regularly refers to specialists. Chiropractic has an enviable success record, but cannot fix everything.
Heard of polypharmacy? It is the use of at least 5 medications
Posted May 5, 2021
For decades, experts have warned that older Americans are taking too many unnecessary drugs. MDs say it is not uncommon to see patients taking >20 drugs to treat acid reflux, heart disease, depression or insomnia or other disorders.
The process starts slow, with 1 or 2 prescriptions. Over time, others are added to counteract the side effects of the original meds. Then other physicians will add their prescriptions. And so on…
Typical Americans are taking at least one Rx drug. Over 60; 2 in 5 are taking 5 or more drugs. Some may be lifesaving, such as for diabetes. However, "The majority of drugs approved probably aren't life-extending," says Lisa Schwartz, M.D.
A better choice? A healthy lifestyle including Chiropractic! Studies show that changes in your health & lifestyle can eliminate the need for many medications. The World Health Organization reports that if people would stop smoking, lose weight & exercise regularly, 80% of heart disease, stroke & diabetes & 40% of cancer cases would be prevented.
Is Using a Baby Carrier Backpack harmful to my back or my childs?
Posted April 30, 2021
Hiking popularity is at an all time high. Increasing numbers of Americans want to get outside, explore & see it in person. If you have an infant or small child, you’re going to want a Kid Backpack. But, which one? Turns out, you may carry your child behind you or in front of you. So how do you decide which is best? A lot has to do with the age of your child. https://www.madeformums.com/.../front-or-back-carrier.../
Maybe overdo a bit this weekend & now you’re really sore & stiff? It’s called Delayed Onset Muscular Soreness (DOMS).
Published April 28, 2021
Here are 5 scientifically proven ways to fight DOMS & feel better fast! https://www.nbcnews.com/.../5-scientifically-proven-ways...
Not surprisingly, massage therapy is on the list. Swank Chiropractic Sports Medicine has 3 Licensed Massage Therapists on staff available today. Their services may be covered by your health insurance.
#doms #musclesoreness #sportschiropractic #musclestiffness #sportsrehab #battlefrog
The Doctors & staff at Swank Chiropractic Sports Medicine are all fully vaccinated.
Published April 26, 2021
We encourage everyone (as we do at Swank Chiropractic) to continue to follow CDC, State & local guidelines. And, most importantly, get your vaccination! We all look forward to putting Covid-19 in the rear view mirror!
Not sure where to go? https://myspot.nc.gov/
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Have you heard about the revolutionary treatment for migraine headaches?
Posted April 23, 2021
Most recently, botulinum toxin (Botox) is the latest intervention. Botox is injected into the muscles of the neck, shoulders & head. The neurotoxins attach themselves to the nerve endings that surround the affected muscles. These toxins inhibit the release of a neurotransmitter that tells muscles to contract, causing relaxation. Possible side effects? Too many to list. https://www.rxlist.com/botox-s...
Interestingly, although we don’t recommend injecting botulinum toxin into your head & neck, they are on to something. By relaxing the muscles in the head, neck & shoulders, migraine suffers usually get relief! We have known this for years in the Chiropractic profession. We successfully manage migraine headaches; our patients report fewer migraines, with decreased intensity & length. This is because our treatment is designed to relax muscles, reduce tension, restore mobility & decrease pressure.
To be fair, sometimes migraine sufferers treated with chiropractic may still need medication for acute episodes (reduced to Advil for most, but prescription for some). However, & although we cannot help everyone, patients are very satisfied with the results. Without drugs &/or injections. https://headachejournal.online...
#migraine #headacherelief #neckpain #tensionheadache #migrainerelief
Common Back Pain Myths
Posted April 21, 2021
It might be a sharp stab. It might be a dull ache. Sooner or later, 8 out of 10 of us will have back pain. And back pain myths are almost as common. Let's look at seven things you have probably heard.
Twenty-five percent of all auto accidents happen within the first 3 minutes of driving.
Posted April 19, 2021
Notably, another 14% occur within the first 6 minutes. In addition, over half of all car accidents occur within a 5-mile radius of home & 69% within a 10-mile radius. The reason? Overconfident & distracted driving (after all, you’re close to home), parked vehicles, impaired driving (I’m just going up to the store), speeding & teenage drivers (new drivers stay closer to home).
The takeaway? Every trip in the car needs to be executed with focus & attention. Fasten your seatbelt, make your call or text before you go & pay attention.
If you’re involved in a crash, injuries typically involve damage to the neck &/or spine. Other common injuries include wrist/ankle, shoulders & head. These may seem mild or inconsequential at the time. but if left untreated, can lead to a lifetime of problems. Chiropractic care has the distinct advantage of offering genuine long-term healing. Medication, by contrast, only provides temporary symptom relief. When properly evaluated & treated, most auto accident injuries will heal & future problems are avoided.
#autoaccident #autoinjury #carcrash #whiplash #chiropractor
A National Institute of Health study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found chiropractic superior to medication for treatment of mechanical neck pain.
Posted April 14, 2021
The study tested the effectiveness of chiropractic for treating mechanical neck pain versus pain medication (over-the-counter pain relievers, narcotics & muscle relaxants) or exercise. After 12 weeks, the chiropractic group reported a more than 75% reduction in pain, compared to 48% with exercise & only 33% of the people in the medication group. Long term? After one year, about 53% continued to report at least a 75% reduction in pain, while the medication group soldiered on with about the same level of pain.
Chiropractic treatment will fix that “crick in your neck”
Posted April 12, 2021
The term “a crick in your neck” is sometimes used to describe a stiffness in the muscles that surround your lower neck & shoulder blades. Most often, the cause of this condition is simple. A crick in your neck can be caused by your neck being in an awkward position for a period of time.
Generally, the stiffness is mild & short lived. You may use ice, a heating pad/rice sock or stretching to help relieve symptoms. If pain lasts more than a day or two or is severe; chiropractic treatment will bring fairly quick relief.
Low back pain is the number one injury sustained by golfers!
Posted April 9, 2021
Golfers of all types, from the weekend warrior to the PGA touring pro, utilize Chiropractic treatment to enhance performance & reduce the chance of injury. Low back pain is the number one injury sustained by golfers, accounting for 34.5% of all golf injuries.
“Chiropractic care has been an instrumental component of my sports performance & preventive health strategy.” Notah Begay, III - 4 time PGA tour champion
“I’ve been going to a Chiropractor for as long as I can remember. It is as important to my training as the practice of my swing.” Tiger Woods - 4 time Masters Champion
3 time PGA major winner, Jordan Spieth has received regular chiropractic care since he was 14 to prevent injuries & optimize overall health & athletic performance.
“One thing I know through experience is that I need to keep seeing my chiropractor, even when I have a few weeks off from golf. Getting on-going chiropractic care helps me to stay injury-free. It also helps me to deal with issues when they begin, so that they don’t turn into bigger injuries down the road.” Padraig Harrington 3-time PGA Major Champion
Studies confirm what professional golfers already know; Chiropractic care can improve their golf swing & increase how far you can hit a golf ball. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2786229/
#golfswing #golferselbow #sportsinjury #lowbackpain
What’s the difference between golfer's elbow & tennis elbow?
Posted April 7, 2021
Golfer's elbow is not as common as its cousin, tennis elbow. Both are forms of tendinitis, which causes inflammation & pain. The difference? Tennis elbow is injury to tendons on the outside of the elbow, while golfer's elbow is tendon injury on the inside.
Both conditions are self-limiting. However, without treatment, the avg patient (89%) will recover in about 1 year.
Sports Chiropractors have specific training to speed healing & get you back in the game faster. We may utilize, manipulation, physiotherapy, bracing, Dry Needling, etc.
Plus, because posture has been implicated as one of the causes of these conditions, we will insure your frame moves as needed to help prevent re-occurrence!
Americans use more opioid painkillers than any other nation in the world.
Posted April 5, 2021
Americans are in more pain than any other population around the world. At least, that’s the conclusion that can be drawn from one startling number from recent years: Approximately 80% of the global opioid supply is consumed in the United States.
#opiod #painkillers #lowbackpain #sciatica #sportschiropractic
Injuries are common as kids learn a proper swing. Sports Chiropractic effectively treats these injuries.
Posted March 29, 2021
At Swank Chiropractic Sports Medicine, your treatment includes compassion.
Posted March 26, 2021
#compassion #sportschiropractic #BackPain #sportsinjury
It’s well established that chiropractic care is extremely effective for lower back pain.
Posted March 24, 2021
https://www.webmd.com/back-pain/news/20140325/low-back-pain-leading-cause-of-disability-worldwide-study#1 #lowbackpain #sciatica #backpain #Dryneedling #sportsinjury
Here’s Why My OB/Gyn Referred Me to Swank Chiropractic Sports Medicine.
Posted March 19, 2021
Top OB/Gyn’s refer for chiropractic care during pregnancy because they know the benefits!
Chiropractic care during pregnancy benefits include:
Reducing the time of labor & delivery. In fact, a retrospective review of statistics showed that pregnant women receiving chiropractic care experienced, on average, 31% shorter labor times.
Relieving back, neck or joint pain w/o drugs/meds. Researchers Grauer & Sabino, found the incidence of lower back pain in pregnant women is 50-80%. It is well established that chiropractic relieves low back pain. In contrast, the most commonly recommended medication, Tylenol, may not help low back pain at all! https://www.prevention.com/health/a20454880/tylenol-and-achy-joints/
Preventing a potential cesarean delivery. About 4% of all pregnancies result in a breech presentation. The Journal of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics reported an 82% success rate of babies turning vertex when Chiropractic Physicians used the Webster Technique.
Controlling symptoms of nausea. Many women struggle with morning sickness or nausea, especially during their first trimester. Pregnant chiropractic patients report less morning sickness during 1st trimester or other digestive issues like heartburn & constipation which happen later in the 2nd & 3rd trimesters. https://www.facebook.com/swank...
Here’s a myth about back pain: it happens because your back is weak.
Posted March 15, 2021
Theoretically, if your back muscles are weak, you are prone to pain & injury. And to be fair, this is partially correct. However, the truth is most back pain isn’t because of a weak back.
To our experience, back problems are more the result of dysfunctional joints, over tight/ overused muscles & a weak core.
Remember, our back & frame is a complex, coordinated mechanism requiring each joint to move freely, in concert & coordination with the surrounding joints.
When joints don’t function properly, causing pain & stiffness, the best place to turn is chiropractic treatment. We restore normal joint movement (insofar as possible).
Tight, overused muscles need to be relaxed, stretched & healed. We address this with physiotherapy, licensed massage therapy & home stretches.
Lastly, a weak core causes the back muscles to overcompensate. The core includes: abdominal muscles, hip flexors, gluteal & paraspinal muscles. Slowing working to strengthen the core will help provide the support your back/frame needs to function properly.
At Swank Chiropractic Sports Medicine, we utilize a comprehensive approach to your healthcare. Working as your partner, we provide the tools you need to participate in a quick recovery & keep your pain/symptoms from returning. #sportschiropractor #backpain #neckpain #sports #lowbackpain
Overdo it on your Run or Hike? We may Help!
Published March 12, 2021
Muscle strains, ligament & tendon injuries are common in athletics. In runners, Achilles tendonitis is one of many conditions that require for a full-frame assessment. Obviously, the calf & tendon are the painful area. However, in Sports Chiropractic, we look at the entire picture to determine why the effected Achilles failed in the first place. Often this muscle is chronically overloaded, ultimately resulting in an injury.
Therefore, we may perform a gait analysis to evaluate biomechanical function. Additionally, we evaluate the spine/pelvis because painful/dysfunctional joints may cause individuals to alter their movement to compensate. We evaluate the arches of the feet, looking for fallen arches, over-pronation, etc.
Our goal is to uncover the cause or the source of the problem. And, insofar as possible, correct it! Obviously, fixing the problem is preferable to covering it up with prescription meds. Or sadly, many people will simply stop the activity altogether. This results in the slow, downward spiral of life
Swank Chiropractic Sports Medicine is the #1 choice for the evaluation & treatment of athletic injuries. Find out why we make all the difference!
#runner #Achilles #sportschiropractor #tendonitis #carync
Pediatric sports injuries are on the rise.
Published March 10, 2021
According to the CDC, more than 8.6 million sports & recreational activities injuries are reported each year. Additionally, male children ages of 5-14, are at higher risk.
However, research is finding that there are even more factors that are placing today’s athletes at greater risk of injury, reinforcing chiropractic sports medicine popularity. One is sport specialization
The Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine published a study involving >10k youth which found that females specializing in just one sport had a greater risk of injury. Researchers found risk increased as these girls’ total hours of vigorous activity increase
At Swank Chiropractic Sports Medicine, we work w/ athletes in these high-injury risk groups, reducing injury by ensuring a healthy structural foundation by improving posture, flexibility & range of motion
Intelligent, motivated, successful athletes include regular chiropractic care. Pro-athletes like; Tom Brady, Jordan Spieth, Michael Jordan & Cristiano Ronaldo, include chiropractic to help keep them at the top of their game.
Call Dr Abbie Swank, a former NCAA athlete, or Dr Parker Neill to find out how chiropractic can help keep you in the game.
#sports #sportschiropractor #children #pediatrics #backpain
Back Pain in Children & Adolescents continues to increase
Published March 8, 2021
Back pain had long been considered an uncommon complaint in the pediatric population. Time was, children with back pain were often not taken seriously, they were diagnosed with “growing pains” or they were just prescribed medications. However, studies are showing an increasing number of pediatric patients are presenting with back pain & it is often difficult for a pediatrician to know the appropriate management. This, in turn, places an increasing amount of pressure on pediatricians to accurately assess & manage their patients presenting with complaints of back pain. Studies & review articles show that the prevalence of back pain increases throughout childhood & is associated with both increased physical activity & a sedentary lifestyle.
Doctors of Chiropractic are well trained to diagnose & treat pediatric back/joint pain. And parents appreciate that we take complaints seriously, we are thorough, we communicate & we don’t just prescribe medications.
Read the article by Micah Lamb, DO & Joel S. Brenner, MD, MPH
#backpain #pediatrics #children #kids #pain #sportschiropractor
People are surprised that one of the best ways to reduce inflammation lies not in taking medication, but in the refrigerator. By eating anti-inflammatory foods you can fight off inflammation for good.Published March 1, 2021
Our immune system becomes activated when the body recognizes anything that is foreign; an invading microbe, plant pollen or chemical. This often triggers a process called inflammation. Intermittent bouts of inflammation directed at truly threatening invaders protect our health.
However, sometimes inflammation persists, day in & day out, even when you are not threatened by a foreign invader. That's when inflammation can become your enemy. Many major diseases that plague us: including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, depression & Alzheimer's, have been linked to chronic inflammation.
One of the most powerful tools to combat inflammation comes not from the pharmacy, but from the grocery store. "Many experimental studies have shown that components of foods or beverages may have anti-inflammatory effects," says Dr. Frank Hu, professor of nutrition & epidemiology in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Choose the right anti-inflammatory foods, & you may be able to reduce your risk of illness. Consistently pick the wrong ones, & you could accelerate the inflammatory disease process.
At Swank Chiropractic Sports Medicine, we are concerned w/ your total health. To learn more go to https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/foods-that-fight-inflammation
What is this Red Light Therapy that people are talking about?
Published February 24, 2021
In the 1990s, RLT was used by scientists to help grow plants in space. They discovered the intense red light-emitting diodes promoted growth & photosynthesis of plant cells.
Red light is thought to work by producing a biochemical effect in cells that strengthens mitochondria. Mitochondria are our cell powerplants; it’s where the cell’s energy is created. By increasing mitochondria function, cells can make more energy (ATP). With more energy, cells can function more efficiently, rejuvenate themselves, & repair damage.
There’s promising RLT evidence, there’s still a lot to learn. Many studies show encouraging results, but red light therapy is still controversial. That being said, there’s evidence to suggest that RLT may have musculoskeletal benefits for tissue repair, joint health, pain & inflammation relief & other conditions.
Bottom line? RLT isn’t a treatment that we recommend. It has shown promising results in treating some conditions, but within the scientific community, there’s not much consensus about the benefits. Keep in mind that RLT isn’t FDA-approved for most conditions or covered by insurance companies.
We would like to hear if you have some experience with RLT.
I was in an auto accident...what are common injuries?
Posted February 22, 2021
Serious traumatic injuries are treated immediately by emergency professionals. However, other significant symptoms may be delayed for as long as a month. If you are involved in a car accident, no matter whether it is major or minor, it is important to receive a thorough &comprehensive evaluation.
Head Injuries. Injuries to the head are a common result of an auto accident. In addition to whiplash, impact with the window or steering wheel can cause bruises, scrapes, or deep cuts. Concussions may result. Even a short black out or brief loss of time may be an indication of serious head injury.
Chest Injuries. Chest injuries are usually contusions or bruises. Seat belts commonly cause bruising to the chest during impact, but the deployment of the Air Bag may also injure occupants.
Soft Tissue. Damage to the muscles, ligaments, or tendons is common. Whiplash is the over-stretching of neck muscles & ligaments.
Scrapes & Cuts. Loose objects in your car may be launched during a collision. These objects, not to mention broken glass & metal, may cause serious injury. Airbags are known to cause cuts, scrapes & bruises during deployment.
Arm & Leg Injuries. Injuries to your arms & legs are caused by sudden direction changes or stops. Front seat occupants commonly hit their knees on the bottom of the dashboard.
We have experience in the diagnosis & treatment of your injuries. Call Today!
People don’t know there is a relationship btwn low back pain & biomechanical foot dysfunction.
Published February 19, 2021
Our feet are the foundation for the musculoskeletal system & are our connection to the ground. Therefore, deficiencies of the feet will affect the entire skeleton. This is due to von Baeyer’s Closed Chain of Links, which states “malalignment or irregularity in function or position of one part affects the entire chain”. Our feet are the only unyielding point from which the rest of the body can stabilize.
In other words, what happens to our feet effects everything above.
On a technical level, our custom orthotics are effective in helping treat low back pain through the elimination of abnormal pronation w/ a reduction of the lumbosacral angle & secondary low back tightness or spasm. Our orthotics are semi-rigid so that they flex while supporting the foot. This is in contrast to the rock-hard orthotics dispensed by podiatrists/orthopedists. Important if you’re an athlete or are on your feet all day!
At Swank Chiropractic Sports Medicine is the number one choice for Chiropractic Services in the Triangle because of our comprehensive, straight forward, common sense & personalized treatment. Our patients are pleased to discover they can live pain-free & get back to enjoying life again. Athletes discover increased performance & fewer injuries.
Is The Mirror a good alternative to a gym membership?
Published February 2, 2021
Patients at Swank Chiropractic Sports Medicine know we stress the importance of staying happy, flexible & active. That includes regular exercise. To that end, most of us have found alternatives to gym /YMCA memberships. For people like me, we can continue to run & bike outside. But if you like group classes & have favorite instructors, there is a good option for your home.
The Mirror is a reflective screen that turns any room in your house into a gym. At 5’ x 2’, it doesn’t take up a lot of wall space & is a normal mirror when off. Once paired with an app, you have access to1000’s of classes.
Of course, nothing compares to real-life instructors who motivate & correct you during workouts or meeting w/ friends at the gym. However, The Mirror offers a variety of workouts that range in type, difficulty & time. You can do yoga or cardio workouts, strength train & more.
The Mirror isn’t cheap ($1,495 + $39/month subscription). But, compared to gym membership, the difference may not be that much.
Most people seem happy with The Mirror. It provides engaging workouts & offers a variety of intensities with a huge number of classes. Workouts don’t require equipment, but adding resistance or weights can make exercises more challenging. And most importantly, you can exercise safely on your own schedule, which is valuable in this time of social distancing.
Bottom line, The Mirror is a convenient & effective way to exercise at home. To find out more go to https://www.mirror.co
Why it is important to improve proprioception.
Published January 18, 2021
Proprioception is our body’s ability to understand & recognize its position in space. Our body is constantly using its sensory systems to plan, react & move with function & performance in mind. Proprioception is important for performance in every sport, but also just moving through a typical day. Throughout our lives, proprioception tends to decrease. This is due to stresses, strains, injuries, metabolic changes, etc. Impaired proprioception results in less accurate detection of body position. The result? Abnormal joint biomechanics leading to degenerative joint disease. We also see decreased athletic performance & increased risk of falls. Regular physical activity helps to preserve proprioception. However, when we suffer back, neck or extremity problems, it is often difficult to regain lost proprioception. This is where a vibration plate is helpful. As vibration forces the muscles to hold position, our body recruits & activates more motor points in order to maintain contraction. Hence, injured or rarely exercised motor points are effectively utilized. Our brain seeks to utilize increasing muscle groups in an effort to counterbalance & support the body. Vibration rehab improves flexibility, coordination, stability & better balance. Muscle flexibility & coordination is essential to smooth body movements within its full range of motion.
I’ve heard that Swank Chiropractic Sports Medicine offers Dry Needling. Is this a procedure that may help me?
Published January 7, 2021
Chronically tight, injured or dysfunctional muscles may develop knotted areas called trigger points. They often cause referred pain (or pain affecting another part of the body). Dr Neill treats these points by applying hair- thin solid needles into these trigger points. The needles stimulate the tissue, not inject medication. Pain affects how our body moves. Dry needling affects how the brain & muscles talk to each other to let the system return to a more normal movement pattern. Dry needling may be recommended as a part of your overall plan of treatment. Dry needling is an effective way to increase range of motion that is limited due to pain, muscle tension or scar tissue. Dry needling may be recommended for: Disk problems Tendinitis Migraine & tension-type headaches Whiplash Repetitive motion disorders (like carpal tunnel syndrome) Spinal problems Pelvic pain Night cramps (restless leg syndrome) Jaw & mouth problems, such as TMJ (TMD) Joint problems Muscle spasm Myofascial pain Pain left behind by shingles Scar-tissue buildup Most people require at least 2-3 dry needling sessions to reach the full effects of treatment, though some may need up to 6 office visits. Dry needling may be performed 1 or 2x a week. In rare cases, minor adverse side effects occur or if you do not wish to continue receiving dry needling, therapy can be discontinued w/o issue & we will recommend different procedures or treatments.
For 2021, I want to increase my fitness. However, I really don’t have any more free time than I had last year. What are my options?
Published January 4, 2021
Good news! It turns out that short, intense exercise may be healthier than longer, moderate workouts. Research reveals vigorous exercise reduces the risk of developing metabolic syndrome up to 2/3; compared to moderate/low intensity exercise, even when burning the same number of calories. Vigorous exercise includes activities such as running & jumping rope; moderate exercise includes walking or an easy bike ride.
Metabolic syndrome includes excess weight around the waist, higher blood sugar levels, high blood pressure. Metabolic syndrome increases risk of heart disease, stroke & diabetes. Current guidelines suggest at least 150 min of moderate-intensity or 75 min of vigorous exercise/wk. Research shows that in general, active people lower their risk of metabolic syndrome. However, vigorous exercise appears more beneficial than moderate exercise. In a recent study, people who performed 150 min of moderate exercise were about 2.4X more likely to develop metabolic syndrome than those who did 75 min/wk of vigorous exercise.
By the way, moderate intensity is 64-76% of max heart rate. Vigorous is considered 77- 93% of max. You can determine your heart rate zones by this simple formula; 220 minus your age times the percent you want to achieve. https://www.cdc.gov/physicalac... It’s best to ramp up slowly & of course be sure you don’t have any underlying health problems that would limit intensity. Not sure? Schedule your annual medical physical before you hit those higher zones.
My son & his friends, insist on wearing shorts when it's freezing cold outside. Should I be concerned?
Published December 21, 2020
Unless you have an adolescent boy (and frankly, some dad’s), you may not realize this is a thing. However, for many parents, shorts are an annual controversy.
Expert opinions vary on this topic. For the most part; shorts are going to be ok. If it's 40 degrees or even in the 30’s & your kid is outside for brief periods, you probably shouldn’t worry. However, parents should be concerned about prolonged exposure to the cold. Wearing shorts in sub-freezing temperatures resulting in long periods of exposure isn't a good idea.
Parents shorts policy should be based on several variables. We need to consider; the temperature & exposure times, if it’s going to be a wet/damp day & wind chill. When temps are below 30 degrees, insist on pants. And remember, frostbite is possible at 40F due to wind chill. On wet, damp days, we tend to lose heat more quickly. So, again, wear pants.
Parents should weigh all factors for the day when deciding about shorts. The ultimate goal is the safely of our kids. On those “questionable” days, tossing some sweatpants in the backpack is a good compromise.
We lose body heat through whatever surface is uncovered fairly equally. By the way, it’s a myth that we lose most of our body heat through our heads.
There is an Online Tool that Estimates when You will be Able to Receive the Covid Vaccine
Published December 18, 2020
How long until you can get COVID vaccine in North Carolina? We can use this new tool to get an idea. A new online tool uses age, county of residence, profession and underlying health conditions to determine how many people are ahead of you to get the vaccine. The New York Times, which created the tool with the Surgo Foundation and Ariadne Labs, said the results are just one possibility, and the amount of time for distribution “is also an open question.”
To use the new tool Click here: https://www.nytimes.com/intera...
Or visit the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/c..
Want to enjoy the season, without all the New Years regret? Here are some tips that will keep you on track.
Published Dec 02, 2020
On average; Americans gain 1-2 lbs over the holidays. That may not sound like much, but studies show that most people will not lose that extra pound or two over the year.
- Eat early. Don't skip breakfast
- Graze. Eat small meals during the day
- Work out. Exercise elevates metabolism, helping burn calories & elevate your mood
- Stay hydrated. Choose water. Multiply your weight by 2/3. That’s how many ozs of H20 per day
- Pack snacks. Heading out for the day? Bring some healthy snacks, instead of stopping at McDonalds
- Skip the comfy pants. Loose-fitting clothes make it easier to overeat
- Simply sip. Make that drink last longer by sipping. You'll cut down on calories
- Veg out. Hit the crunchy vegetables. They'll fill you up, making you less likely to overeat
- Go lean. Choose lean proteins like turkey (w/o the skin), fish & pork
- Enjoy the season stuff. Eat special holiday foods in moderation, but limit foods you can get all year, like mashed potatoes
- Give in. If a tiny portion of pie won't cut it, then eat a full slice
- Think small. Use a small plate if there’s a choice. This keeps portions modest.
- Don’t crowd your plate. Avoid piling food on your plate
- Do it yourself. Contribute your own tasty, low-cal dish
- Move aside. When done eating, move away from the table. This keeps us from nibbling
- Have one bite. Can’t decide? Divide desserts into “bite-size” & share.
- Choose fruit. Create a big fruit salad. The sugars in fruit can squelch your desire for other sweets
- Savor your food. Take time to enjoy each bite #weightloss #holidayseason #chiropractic
Dr Parker Neill has received certification to perform dry needling for Swank Chiropractic Sports Medicine patients.
Published Nov 27, 2020
Since the 1980s, dry needling involves careful placement of hair-thin needles into myofascial trigger points; small muscle knots that are highly sensitive & painful to the touch. This procedure relieves pain, improves joint range of motion & addresses neuromuscular conditions.
A minimally invasive treatment w/ low risk of complication, research shows dry needling is effective in relieving acute & chronic pain when used along with other treatments including Chiropractic adjustments, stretching, massage therapy, therapeutic ultrasound & electrical muscle stimulation.
We may use dry needling to treat:
- Disk problems
- Jaw & mouth problems, such as TMJ (TMD)
- Joint problems
- Muscle spasm
- Myofascial pain
- Migraine & tension-type headaches
- Pelvic pain
- Phantom pain
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7 Incredible Health Benefits of Walking 30 Minutes a Day
Published Nov 05, 2019
Taking a 30-minute walk a day is kind of like that proverbial apple: There's a good chance it'll keep the doctor away. From helping you lose weight and de-stress to lowering your blood pressure and reducing your risk of many chronic diseases—going for regular walks is one of the best and easiest things you can do for your health, says Melina B. Jampolis, MD, author of The Doctor on Demand Diet. "Walking is the number one exercise I recommend to most of my patients because it is very easy to do, requires nothing but a pair of tennis shoes, and has tremendous mental and physical benefits," she says. Here's what you can expect when you start walking for just 30 minutes every day, most days of the week.
Your mood will improve
You know how sometimes it takes a glass of wine or a square (or three) of dark chocolate to blunt the edge of a rough day? Well, going for a walk is a zero-calorie strategy with the same benefits, says Dr. Jampolis. "Research shows that regular walking actually modifies your nervous system so much that you'll experience a decrease in anger and hostility," she says. What's more, when you make your walks social—you stride with, say, your partner, a neighbor, or a good friend—that interaction helps you feel connected, says Dr. Jampolis, which boosts mood. Finally, walking outdoors exposes you to natural sunlight, which can help stave off Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)—making it a potential antidote for the winter blues, says Dr. Jampolis.
Your creative juices will start flowing
hether you're feeling stuck at work or you've been searching for a solution to a tricky problem, research shows it's a good idea to get moving: According to a 2014 study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, Learning, Memory, and Cognition, going for a walk can spark creativity. "Researchers administered creative-thinking tests to subjects while seated and while walking and found that the walkers thought more creatively than the sitters," says Dr. Jampolis.
Your jeans will get a little looser
This one may seem obvious, but it's certainly a happy benefit for those who start walking regularly, says Dr. Jampolis. "As you continue to walk, you may notice your pants begin to fit more loosely around your midsection, even if the number on the scale isn't moving much," she says. "That's because regular walking can help improve your body's response to insulin, which can help reduce belly fat." Ariel Iasevoli, a personal trainer at Crunch gyms in New York City, adds that walking every day is one of the most effective low-impact ways to mobilize fat and positively alter body composition. "Daily walking increases metabolism by burning extra calories and by preventing muscle loss, which is particularly important as we get older," says Iasevoli. The best part? You don't have to slog it out on a treadmill at the gym to see these benefits. "One of my clients reduced her body fat by 2% in just one month by walking home from work each day, which was just under a mile," she says.
You'll slash your risk of chronic disease
The statistics are impressive: The American Diabetes Association says walking lowers your blood sugar levels and your overall risk for diabetes. Researchers at the University of Boulder Colorado and the University of Tennessee found that regular walking lowered blood pressure by as much as 11 points and may reduce the risk of stroke by 20% to 40%. One of the most cited studies on walking and health, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2002, found that those who walked enough to meet physical activity guidelines (30 or more minutes of moderate activity on 5 or more days per week) had a 30% lower risk of cardiovascular disease, compared with those who did not walk regularly. "The physical benefits of walking are well documented," says Scott Danberg, director of fitness at Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa in Miami. With impressive results like these, there's a good chance you'll get a pat on the back from your doc at your next checkup.
You'll keep your legs looking great
As we age, our risk of unsightly varicose veins increases—it's just not fair. However, walking is a proven way to prevent those unsightly lines from developing, says Luis Navarro, MD, founder, and director of The Vein Treatment Center in New York City. "The venous system includes a circulatory section known as 'the second heart,' which is formed by muscles, veins, and valves located in our calf and foot," he explains. "This system works to push blood back up to the heart and lungs—and walking strengthens this secondary circulatory system by strengthening and preserving leg muscle, which boosts healthy blood flow." If you already suffer from varicose veins, daily walking can help ease related swelling and restlessness in your legs, says Dr. Navarro. "Also, if you are genetically predisposed to have varicose and/or spider veins, walking daily can help delay the onset."
Your digestion will improve
If you currently praise coffee for keeping your digestive system going strong, get ready to start thanking your morning walk instead. That's because a regular walking routine can greatly improve gastric mobility, says Tara Alaichamy, DPT, a physical therapist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America. "One of the very first things an abdominal surgery patient is required to do is to walk because it utilizes core and abdominal muscles, encouraging movement in our GI system," she says. (Check out these 7 things your poop says about your health.)
Your other goals will start to seem more reachable
When you become a regular walker, you will have established a regular routine—and when you have a routine, you are more likely to continue with the activity and take on new healthy behaviors. "I firmly believe that walking regularly can help you to accomplish other goals you set your mind to," says Kim Evans, a personal trainer, and daily walker.