8 Tips for Choosing (or staying with) your Chiropractor

Posted October 18, 2021

People increasingly prefer a holistic approach to healthcare that promotes healing & wellness w/o medications or surgery. Chiropractors are your partner in spine, muscle & joint health. You depend on your chiropractor’s knowledge & expertise to help you stay healthy or recover from an injury or musculoskeletal condition. How do you find the best chiropractor who is right for you? Are you truly with the right chiropractor? Here are 8 important factors to keep in mind. https://www.healthgrades.com/.../8-tips-for-choosing-a...
#chiropractic #sportschiropractic #pediatrics #sportsmedicine #backpain

Watch for these 5 Delayed Car Accident Symptoms that are the sign of a serious condition.

Posted October 15, 2021

Following a car accident, most people quickly realize they are injured. Fractures, lacerations or other injuries are typically obvious. However, even if you “walk away” from an accident, seemingly without a scratch, you should consider your health & get an evaluation. What seems to be a modest injury or a slight annoyance may be a sign of something more serious. Minor problems may quickly escalate into a significant injury & a lifetime of pain or problems if left untreated.

It is crucial to stay alert for delayed symptoms. Sometimes, serious injuries don’t result in symptoms for hours or days after a car accident. For example, did you know that fractures may not show up immediately on X-ray? Watch for these 5 Delayed Car Accident Symptoms that are the sign of a serious condition & should not be ignored:

1. Headaches or dizziness.

2. Back pain.

3. Pain in the shoulders or neck.

4. Tingling or numbness.

5. Abdominal Pain.


#whiplash #autoaccident #caraccident #carwreck #personalinjury

Chiropractic treatment effective for shoulder pain & impingement.

Posted October 11, 2021

Shoulder pain is extremely common. Shoulder impingement syndrome is believed to be the most common cause of shoulder pain, accounting for 44- 65% of all shoulder complaints.   

Chiropractic & surgical treatment of shoulder impingement syndrome led to similar outcomes for shoulder pain. However, patients who were managed without surgery returned to work significantly earlier than patients who had surgery. 

We successfully treat shoulder pain without Rx drugs or surgery. Discover why we are the Number One place for Sports Medicine in Cary.


#shoulderpain #shoulders #sportschiropractic #frozenshoulder

Chiropractic extremely helpful for knee problems.

Posted October 4, 2021

The knee is the largest joint & the most complex joint in our body. The knee is also the most likely joint in the body to be injured. Problems with the knee prevent people from enjoying life, limit activities & participation in sports.

Chiropractic focuses on biomechanics; addressing restrictions to movement, muscle imbalances, weight bearing issues & more. This is preferable to covering up the problems with Rx drugs or ignoring dysfunction leading to degeneration.


#kneepain #kneepainrelief #sportschiropractic #orthotics #chiropractic

Kids can have serious conditions!

Posted September 27, 2021

Due in part to year round participation in sports, there is an upward spike in pediatric musculoskeletal injury. We have seen an increase in kids presenting with low back pain, particularly young male patients. Persistent low back pain may be the sign of an impending spondylolisthesis. This condition may be diagnosed early using MRI with STIR sequence. Early diagnosis may prevent a more serious condition & allow the patient to be treated conservatively.

Come see why a Board Certified Sports Chiropractor can make all the difference!


#lowbackpain #sportschiropractic #pediatrics #backpain

Neck pain isn’t normal & is a sign something is wrong!

Posted September 23,2021

A painful neck is often debilitating & persistent. It can also be accompanied by arm pain or headaches. Neck pain may start following a trauma, such as a car crash. However, most commonly, it starts gradually, as the result of poor posture, an uncomfortable work position or stress.

Instead of covering up the pain & stiffness with daily drug use, (Yes, Virginia, Aleve, Tylenol & Motrin are drugs) chiropractic treatment relieves symptoms by restoring normal musculoskeletal movement & function.


#neckpain #neckpainrelief #headache #migraine #shoulderpain

Neck Pain & Injury is Due to a Variety of Causes

Posted September 20, 2021

Our neck’s susceptibility to injury is due in part to biomechanics. Cervical biomechanics are damaged by; extended sitting, repetitive movements, accidents, falls & blows to the body or head, normal aging & everyday wear & tear. There is no pill or potion that compares to chiropractic in the restoration of normal biomechanics. https://www.acatoday.org/patie... #neckpain #neckpainrelief #headache #migraine #shoulderpain

Say Goodbye to Prescription Drugs!

Posted September 16, 2021

Americans increasingly want healthcare solutions that don’t involve prescription drugs or surgery. Chiropractic treatment is effective for neck/shoulder pain, tension & headaches.


#headache #neckpain #stiffneck #chiropracticadjustment #shoulderpain

Swank Chiropractic Sports Medicine Offers a Variety of Treatment Methods

Posted September 13, 2021

Some patients do not feel comfortable with traditional Chiropractic Adjustments & prefer an approach that does not involve twisting their neck or joint "popping." We understand & do not subscribe to the “one size fits all approach”. Our training & experience allows us to offer patients treatment options that are safe, effective & comfortable.


#chiropractic #chiropracticadjustment #sportschiropractic #carync


Want to make certain you have full Medicare Benefits when you retire?

Posted September 1, 2021

Remember, after age 65, 3 of 4 Americans no longer have private health insurance. So Medicare legislation will affect most of us at some point in our lives

The Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act (H.R. 2654) is legislation that will ensure that Medicare beneficiaries have full access to all the services that a Chiropractic Physician provides under his/her state’s scope of practice. This legislation will allow the nation’s more than 63 million Medicare beneficiaries to receive the full range of chiropractic services (as virtually all private insurers cover). Currently Medicare only covers the adjustment & this hasn’t changed since 1972

Email OR CALL your U.S. Representative & ask them to co-sponsor H.R. 2654, the Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act

Want to find contact information? https://www.house.gov/represen...

#chiropractic #chiropractor #hr2654 #legislation

Should I include Chiropractic Care in addition to taking my kids to the Pediatrician?

Posted August 30. 2021

The British Pediatric Rheumatology Group reported that of 4948 cases, 24% had mechanical/orthopedic disorders & 29% a diagnosis of ‘other’, which included muscle pain syndromes. This puts musculoskeletal pain among the most common forms of childhood pain. https://adc.bmj.com/content/77...

During development; holding up the head, sitting upright, crawling & walking are all affected by spinal mobility & function. As kids age; falls, sports injuries, heavy school bags, etc, place physical stress on growing frames. Bone is an ever-changing, dynamic organ; particularly in growing children. The skeleton is involved in up to 20% of childhood injuries, with 18%-30% of these occurring directly to the growth mechanism.

Chiropractors focus on musculoskeletal function in growing children. It is extremely important to correct mechanical problems as early as possible. This helps facilitate normal development. Parents may often brush off the falls, injuries & stress our kids experience as they grow. But, studies clearly show that many adult back/neck problems had childhood origins.

Chiropractic care is shown to be safe & effective for children. Parents appreciate our thorough evaluation of their kids’ complaints, particularly compared to many pediatric offices. So yes, informed parents include chiropractic care as part of their children’s healthcare.

#pediatrics #sportschiropractic #chiropractic

How to Know When it’s Time to See a New Chiropractor

Posted August 26, 2021

It’s important to find a Chiropractor who is qualified, caring & results oriented. This is different from a dynamic, likable Doctor with a strong personality who pressures patients. See a new Chiropractor if:

The Doctor Uses Scare Tactics: Patients visit Chiropractic Physicians for a variety of conditions, but it’s normally not a life or death issue. See your MD for life or death issues. Remember, there’s a big difference btwn true concern & someone who is simply trying to scare you into treatment.

The Chiropractor recommends an Extensive Treatment: Don’t trust a Chiropractor who suggests you need to “sign up” for a 50 visit plan. Treatment is typically <20 visits over several weeks. Treatment is individual & based on your exam, history, etc. While you may improve with excessive treatment, why spend the time & money when the rest of the profession could help you for a fraction of the time, treatment & cost?

Chiropractic is Faith or Religion based: Nope. The goal of Chiropractic treatment is to restore normal biomechical function to the frame with physical medicine. No faith or religion to it.

Chiropractor insists on Upfront Payment: Almost all insurance carriers cover chiropractic treatment. There is usually little reason to pay in advance for treatment.

More questions? Call today & discover why the right Chiropractor makes all the difference!

#sportschiropractic #chiropractic #chiropractor #backpain #carync


First visit to a Chiropractic Physician?

Posted August 23, 2021

Although pretty much the same as seeing your family doctor or medical specialist; knowing what to expect can make your appointment less stressful and more comfortable. https://www.painscale.com/article/what-to-expect-during-a-chiropractic-session

#sportschiropractic #chiropractor #chiropractic #lowbackpain #backpain #sciatica

Been told you need back surgery? Many people are unaware of this effective alternative.

Posted August 20, 2021

Been told you need back surgery? Many people are unaware there is an effective, safe alternative.  

At Swank Chiropractic Sports Medicine we offer non-Surgical Spinal Decompression (NSSD). Spinal Decompression is an effective treatment for neck & back pain due to slipped, bulging or herniated discs, arthritis, sciatica & more. Spinal Decompression slowly lengthens & takes pressure off the tissues in the spine, creating negative pressures within the disc. This vacuum effect pulls oxygen & nutrient-rich fluids back into the disc space. This process also repositions the bulging disc & pulls the disc material back into place, taking pressure off sensitive structures like our nerve roots.

#spinaldecompression #backpain #lowbackpain #slippeddisc #hnp #herniateddisc #sciatica

Patients express high satisfaction with Swank Chiropractic Sports Medicine.

Posted August 18, 2021

Satisfaction levels with chiropractic care are quite high (83% of persons are satisfied or very satisfied). High satisfaction is related to several factors, including whether the chiropractor orders & interprets laboratory tests, whether the chiropractor displays concern about patient's overall health & the extent to which the chiropractor explains the condition & the treatment.

We’ve earned our excellent reputation. We are Caring, Thorough, Communicative & we do not over treat. Discover why the right Chiropractic Physicians make all the difference!

#sportschiropractic #chiropractic #backpain #lowbackpain

Chiropractic Care is One of the Best Things We Can Do For Arthritis.

Posted August 16, 2021

Arthritis is one of the most common conditions affecting the joints worldwide. There’s a myth that physical activity will cause more pain and joint damage if you have OA. But that’s just not true. In fact, keeping joints moving with chiropractic & exercise is the best arthritis pain reliever in your toolbox.


#arthritis #sportschiropractic #jointpain #jointswelling

The 2020 Paralympics start August 24 in Tokyo!

Published August 9, 2021

The United States finished the 2020 Olympics with the most Gold medals & most medals overall! But Team USA is nowhere near done winning! Leading the charge is Cary swimmer Morgan Stickney @morganstickney. Morgan will represent the U.S. in the 100m & 400m freestyle! We couldn’t be more excited! Learn more about Morgan: https://www.wralsportsfan.com/...

To support Morgan & Team USA:


#2020paralympics #paralympicgames #sportschiropractic #teamusa

Do not get sold on drug advertising! Prescription drug ads are a multibillion-dollar industry that promotes treatments you probably don't need.

Posted August 6, 2021

In 1997, drug companies spent $1.3 billion on direct-to-consumer advertising for prescription drugs. In 2016, that figure reached $6 billion. There was a shift toward advertising biologic drugs & cancer immunotherapies, which are among the most expensive treatments. Over the same 20yrs, consumer out-of-pocket spending on Rx drugs soared from $116.5 to $328.6 billion. Consumers need to realize that drug ads is that they are just that—advertisements. Their goal is not to help the consumer, but to sell you the product. "The information is designed to tell you what it is for & why you need it—but not if you need it," says Dr. Sarpatwari. Read more: https://www.health.harvard.edu...  

#prescription #opioids #sportschiropractic #drugfree

I had an MRI & I have a Slipped disc. Will I require surgery?

Posted August 2, 2021

In an overwhelming majority of cases; slipped, herniated or bulging discs will not require surgery & can be managed conservatively. Surgery is required only for severe or non resolving cases. You should always try less invasive treatments first. Non-surgical interventions, such as Chiropractic & Spinal Decompression, usually provide needed relief from pain & symptoms. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.go...

Patients should know that they may find faster relief with surgery. However, studies show they tend to have more problems in the future, than those who were treated conservatively. Plus, there are major risks to major back surgery.

At Swank Chiropractic Sports Medicine, we utilize the state-of-the-art Chattanooga Triton® DTS™ Decompression System. Our computerized 600 Series table is one of the most technologically advanced units available. No other office has a more “sophisticated” spinal decompression system. And no other facility offers more affordable treatment. Been told you require back surgery? Call us first! https://www.swankchiro.com/spi... #hnp #slippeddisc #herniateddisc #sciatica #spinesurgery

Eating foods high in flavonoids could slow down cognitive decline, a study says

Posted July 30, 2021

Want to stay sharp, with great recall & clarity? Eating a plate full of colorful foods like strawberries & peppers, which include flavonoids, could slow your cognitive decline, a new study found. Find out more: https://www.cnn.com/.../flavon...

Research shows that the active ingredients in products like Prevagen, may not actually be getting to our brains. However, basic constituents in fruits/vegetables are quickly assimilated. For those who find it difficult to eat properly, Swank Chiropractic Sports Medicine has supplements containing flavonoids & other important nutrients to keep you young & healthy! Ask Dr Neill or Dr Swank at your next visit!

#flavonoids #nutrition #longevity #mentalhealth #sportschiropractic

Want to avoid running overuse injuries? Don't lean forward so much, says study.

Published July 29, 2021

The ubiquitous overuse injuries that nag runners may stem from an unlikely culprit: how far you lean forward. A new study has found that greater trunk flexion has significant impact on stride length, joint movements, & ground reaction forces. How you lean may be one of the contributors to your knee pain, medial tibial stress syndrome, or back pain. Find out more: https://www.sciencedaily.com/r...

"The big picture takeaway is that running is not all about what is happening from the trunk down -- it's a whole-body experience," said Warrener. "Researchers should think about the downstream effects of trunk flexion when studying running biomechanics."

At Swank Chiropractic Sports Medicine, we carefully diagnose & treat the cause of your condition, so that you are better & stronger when you return to your activities. In addition to the highest quality care from our Chiropractic physicians, we offer comprehensive services for our patients including; on-site X-Ray & physiotherapy. For more complex cases, we utilize advanced imaging such as MRI & work in tandem w/ our physical therapy & orthopedic partners.

#kneepain #anklepain #hippain #sportschiropractic #overuse #lowbackpain

The 2021 Olympic Games starts in Tokyo today! Go USA!

Posted July 23, 2021

No list of Olympic athletes could encompass all the stories of human achievement on display at the Summer Games. But if you’re looking for some names to root for (or against) in Tokyo, here are a few to start with: https://www.nytimes.com/articl...

On Saturday, Cary’s own Claire Curzan, a Cardinal Gibbons Senior will compete in the 100-meter-butterfly. The qualifying heats begin at 6:25 a.m. The semifinals start at 9:40 p.m. Claire is the daughter of Dr. & Mrs. Mark Curzan of Cary Orthopaedics.

Here’s the full Olympic Schedule: https://www.nbcolympics.com/fu...

#sportschiropractic #Olympics #olympics2021 #teamusa @claire.curzan #caryortho #cardinalgibbonsathletics

Some suntan lotions are not considered safe.

Posted July 19, 2021

Traces of a chemical tied to blood cancers including leukemia have been detected in dozens of popular sunscreens & after-sun products, according to tests conducted by online pharmacy & lab Valisure.

Benzene, a known carcinogen, was found in 78 of nearly 300 sprays & lotions tested- about 27% -including products sold by Banana Boat & CVS, according to Valisure.

Look for sunscreens that use zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide as the active ingredients to shield from UVA/UVB rays; such as Burt’s Bees Nourishing mineral sunscreen.


#sportschiropractic #benzene #sunscreen #BurtsBees

In the habit of reaching for an Energy Drink? Read this!

Posted June 30, 2021

A growing body of scientific evidence shows that energy drinks can have serious health effects, particularly in children, teenagers & young adults. A typical energy drink may contain 160 mg or more of caffeine, artificial sweeteners & herbs/substances associated w/ mental alertness & performance but that lack scientific evidence w/ controlled trials (taurine, panax ginseng root extract, L-carnitine, L-tartarate, guarana seed extract, B vitamins). After water, sugar is the main ingredient in energy drinks. A 12-oz soda contains about 39 grams of sugar, 41 grams of sugar in an energy drink. Research has found that consuming high-sugar drinks of any kind can lead to weight gain, increased risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease & gout. The American Heart Association recommends women consume <20 grams & men <36 grams of sugar daily. https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/n... #sugar #energydrink #sportsdrink #sportschiropractic

Pregnancy isn’t easy! Most pregnant women will tell you every day brings new aches, pains & other unexpected surprises.

Posted June 25, 2021

Use of medications during pregnancy is the topic of debate. Meds generally easily cross through the placenta to the baby. Acetaminophen (Tylenol), the “go to” medication & considered safe for mom & baby, doesn’t appear to help musculoskeletal pain. Instead, many OB/GYN practices refer to Chiropractic Physicians. Studies show that Chiropractic treatment; reduces in-utero constraints, shortens time in labor, reduces back pain, eases pregnancy symptom & improves postpartum recovery. Plus, the Webster technique is successful in converting breech presentations to a normal cephalic presentation. https://www.caryobgyn.com/chir... https://www.cbsnews.com/news/t... #pregnancy #webstertechnique #caryobgyn #backpain

Over 70% of People with cervicogenic headaches find relief with chiropractic care.

Poster June 23, 2021

Cervicogenic headaches can mimic migraines, so it may be difficult to distinguish one from the other. Migraine headaches are rooted in the brain & cervicogenic headaches are rooted in the cervical spine (neck) or base of the skull. Cervicogenic headaches are different because they are caused by problems with the nerves, bones or muscles in your neck. Although you may feel pain in your head, it doesn’t start there. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.go... #migraine #headache #headacherelief #painrelief #chiropractic

Patients are talking about our Cold Laser Therapy & Pain Management!

Posted June 21, 2021

Cold Laser Therapy or Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) uses light to help the healing process. It is effective for decreasing pain, swelling, spasms & increase functionality.

At Swank Chiropractic Sports Medicine, we use cold laser therapy in the treatment of injuries & sprains such as: ligament sprains, muscle strains, tendonitis, bursitis, tennis elbow, back & neck pain & muscle spasms. We also use it to help reduce swelling & promote healing of the joints/soft tissue. #coldlaser #sportschiropractic #sportsinjury #painmanagement

Does Swank Chiropractic Sports Medicine successfully treat slipped, herniated or bulging discs?

Posted June 18, 2021

We do! We utilize the state-of-the-art Chattanooga Triton® DTS™ Decompression System. Our computerized 600 Series table is one of the most technologically advanced units available. No other office has a more “sophisticated” spinal decompression system. And no other facility offers more affordable treatment. Been told you require back surgery? Call us first! https://www.swankchiro.com/spi... #hnp #slippeddisc #herniateddisc #sciatica #spinesurgery

Wrist Pain from Hockey

Posted June 16, 2021

Hockey players use their wrists extensively in hitting the puck with their sticks. The wrist shot is probably the most effective shot in hockey & can reach speeds up to 80 mph. The energy in a wrist shot is generated when a player presses down on the hockey stick & then suddenly releases it w/ a flick of the wrists. This sort of force, which is applied repeatedly in a hockey game as well as in practice, can cause wrist pain & injury. 

Wrist pain in hockey (or from any cause) can be a symptom of overuse, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, cysts, tendonitis, a sprain or a fracture. It is important for athletes of all ages to receive a correct diagnosis & proper treatment. Injuries in youth sports have increased as much as 500% in some sports. 

Our Rockstar, Ethan, is a member of Konixx Raleigh Speed 10U @KonixxRaleighSpeed & stays in top form with regular chiropractic care. https://www.konixxraleighspeed.com/

#sportschiropractic #sportsinjury #youthsports #wristshot #wristpain

There are Many Positive Benefits to Healthy Relationships!

Posted June 11, 2021

People in healthy relationships tend to experience less stress, better healing, healthier behaviors, a greater sense of purpose & a longer life.


#healthylifestyle #sportschiropractic #longevity #relationships

Lifestyle choices are more important than genetics for a longer life!

Posted June 9, 2021

Scientists find that lifestyle is a stronger determinant of health & life span than genetics until about age 75. Turns out eating well, limiting alcohol consumption, avoiding tobacco & staying physically active help people attain a healthy old age; genetics then appears to play a progressively important role in keeping individuals healthy as they age into their 80’s & beyond.  https://medlineplus.gov/genetics/understanding/traits/longevity/

Want to find out how long you’ll live? Follow this link to a Life Expectancy Calculator: https://calcuworld.com/health-calculators/life-expectancy-calculator/

Chiropractic adjustments help keep you moving & active. There is no pill or potion that has the same benefit.

#healthylifestyle #health #longevity #sportschiropractic #wellness

Swank Chiropractic Sports Medicine uses RockTape for athletes & for patients following injury.

Posted June 7, 2021

When applied correctly, RockTape creates:
•    Fluid effect- improving blood & lymphatic flow in the taped area
•    Mechanical effect- improving the slide & glide between tissue layers
•    Neurological effect- decreasing pain perception& improving proprioception.

Ask us about the benefits of RockTape.
#rocktape #sportsinjury #sportschiropractic

Dr Neill & Dr Swank participated on Saturday at the Open House of SportHQ

Posted May 24, 2021

SportHQ offers sports camps focusing on soccer, futsal, basketball, flag football, lacrosse, floor hockey & more. They offer day camps year round, so parents may take advantage of track outs, holidays, winter & summer break! https://sporthq.org  

WE are huge fans of youth sports! Research shows that participating in youth sports leads to immediate & long-term benefits for our kids, their families &communities.  


The fact that Sports chiropractic care helps athletes improve their level of strength is just one of the many benefits of sports chiropractic.

Posted May 19, 2021


Sports Chiropractors offer a host of benefits specifically for patients who are athletic in nature. Here are the top five to consider: Faster injury recovery, injury prevention, improved strength, enhanced sports performance & increased flexibility.

And, as an added benefit, people who are active & exercise have a decreased risk of developing cancers.


Remember, any chiropractor may treat athletes, but very few are trained in Sports Chiropractic.


#sportschiropractic #sport #injuryprevention #carync

Chiropractic & Ear Infections

Posted May 17, 2021


5 out of 6 kids will have at least 1 ear infection by age 3. In fact, ear infections are the most common reason parents bring their child to a doctor.

Pediatric ear infections are usually caused by bacteria drawn into the middle ear.  This infection causes fluid build-up behind the eardrum.

Traditional treatment has been anti-biotics and/or tubes (tympanostomy tubes). For chronic cases: adenoidectomy. These treatments have their drawbacks; anti-biotic resistance is common, the problems associated w/ tube surgery & kids in particular need their adenoids (adenoids help fight infection).

Chiropractic may be of benefit due to simple anatomy. It is proposed that spinal manipulation affects the tensor veli palatini muscle. This muscle is attached to the eustachian tube & helps open the tube to equalize pressure. The thought is that the chiropractic adjustment positively affects this muscle allowing the middle ear to drain; relieving pressure & normalizing the middle ear. Admittedly, more research is required to determine the exact mechanism. However, chiropractic treatment has had many successes with middle ear infections over the years. While we continue to work in tandem w/ our medical colleagues; we offer an additional solution to help treat this condition. Plus, unlike medications & surgery, there are no adverse reactions in the literature due to chiropractic treatment for middles ear infections.


#earinfections #otitismedia #chiropractor

Swank Chiropractic Sports Medicine is the Number 1 choice of athletes of all ages in Cary, NC.

Posted May 14, 2021


For over 30 years, our comprehensive facility in Preston offers top rated Chiropractic Physicians, Radiology, Physiotherapy, Nutrition services, Licensed massage therapists, Rehab services, Dry needling & an incredible, caring, talented staff.

#sportschiropractic #chiropractic #chiropracticadjustment

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!

https://www.acpjournals.org/.../0003-4819-156-1-201201030...& #neckpain #tension #tensionheadache #shoulderpain #chiropractic

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.

#sportschiropractic #chiropractic #chiropracticcare #chiropracticadjustment

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.

#longevity #healthylifestyle #health #sportschiropractic

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.../

#hiking #sportschiropractic #healthylifestyle #HealthyLiving #chiropractic

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/

Want to know more reasons to receive a Covid-19 immunization?


#COVID19 #covid #chiropractic #carync

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.


#backpain #lowbackpain #backpainrelief #neckpain

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.


#neckpain #stiffneck #headacherelief #headache #shoulderpain

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.

#neckpain #stiffneck #shoulderpain #torticollis

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!


#tenniselbow #golferselbow #sportschiropractic #sportsinjury


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


#pediatrics #sportschiropractic #Sportsinjury #youthbaseball  

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...

#pregnancy #webstertechnique #breechbaby #laboranddelivery

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

#nutrition #inflammation #holistic #sportsnutrition #carync

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.

#redlighttherapy #painrelief

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!

#autoaccident #chiropractor #whiplash #personalinjury

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.

  1. Eat early. Don't skip breakfast
  2. Graze. Eat small meals during the day
  3. Work out. Exercise elevates metabolism, helping burn calories & elevate your mood
  4. Stay hydrated. Choose water. Multiply your weight by 2/3. That’s how many ozs of H20 per day
  5. Pack snacks. Heading out for the day? Bring some healthy snacks, instead of stopping at McDonalds
  6. Skip the comfy pants. Loose-fitting clothes make it easier to overeat
  7. Simply sip. Make that drink last longer by sipping. You'll cut down on calories
  8. Veg out. Hit the crunchy vegetables. They'll fill you up, making you less likely to overeat
  9. Go lean. Choose lean proteins like turkey (w/o the skin), fish & pork
  10. Enjoy the season stuff. Eat special holiday foods in moderation, but limit foods you can get all year, like mashed potatoes
  11. Give in. If a tiny portion of pie won't cut it, then eat a full slice
  12. Think small. Use a small plate if there’s a choice. This keeps portions modest.
  13. Don’t crowd your plate. Avoid piling food on your plate
  14. Do it yourself. Contribute your own tasty, low-cal dish
  15. Move aside. When done eating, move away from the table. This keeps us from nibbling
  16. Have one bite. Can’t decide? Divide desserts into “bite-size” & share.
  17. Choose fruit. Create a big fruit salad. The sugars in fruit can squelch your desire for other sweets
  18. 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:

Trigger points are believed to be caused by an excess of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, leading to a taut band forming within the muscle. A natural protective measure in response to injury, repetitive motion, or sustained postures, these bands can become knots if left unresolved.

Most people require at least 2 or 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.

Call today to discover how dry needling may help! 919-460-6098

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.

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