A 7 year study showed that patients whose primary physician was a chiropractor experienced the following results:
60% Less Hospital Admissions
59% Less Days in the Hospital
62% Less Outpatient Surgeries
85% Less in Pharmaceutical Costs
Source, Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapy, May 2007. 33(4) 260-269.
Richard L. Sarnal MD, James Winterstein DC, Jarralyn A. Cambron DC, PhD
1) Turn Your Radio off.
Most people literally do not get 10 minutes a day in silence. Whether you listen to talk radio or even music, try turning off your radio to and from work. If you have a 30 minute drive to work, that’s an hour a day in silence. Enjoy the silence, collect your thoughts, and you will notice a big difference on how you attack your day.
Most people have no idea how to meditate, or are intimidated by it. I hear a lot, there is no way I can turn my brain off and sit in silence. Let me tell you, if I can do it, anyone can. And like most things, you only get better with practice. Incorporating meditation in to your daily routine will make a huge impact in your stress levels. Start with small blocks of time like 5 to 10 mins, as you get better you will find yourself being able to sit for 20 or 25 minutes with ease. I prefer to do it in the morning when I wake up. Find a quiet place that you won’t be disturbed. Find a cushion or blanket that you can sit on. If you want to look for one that is specifically designed for meditation they are called zafu’s. There are a few different poses you can practice, full lotus in pretty difficult for most people and requires quite a bit of flexibility. You can Google what a half lotus pose looks like or my favorite pose is hero’s pose. There are a few different options with what you can do with your hands, I simply place them on my thighs in hero’s pose. This gives you a sense of being grounded. Practice good posture, like a string is pulling your spine straight through the top of your head, like a puppet. Tilt your gaze, only your eyes, not your head, slightly downward. If you keep your eyes open you can stare at a wall, or for beginners closing your eyes may be easier to not let your mind wander. Begin by counting your breathes, 1 to 10, when you get to 10, start over. If you find yourself thinking about something, recognize the thought, then let it drift away, and start back at counting.
3) High Intensity Surges.
Everyone knows that exercise can help with stress levels, especially stress hormones, but this can literally be done at your desk throughout your day. Pick an exercise that you can do high intensity, like running in place. When you are feeling stressed, run in place fast as you can for 20 seconds, then take a 20 second break, repeat 3 times. These are little surges that will reduce stress hormones like cortisol and get you moving.
1. Used since the early 1900s
Donated amniotic membrane has been used to treat burns, reconstructive surgery grafts, and various other wounds for nearly 100 years. Since this time, it is now also used to treat difficult-to-heal wounds and soft tissue damage.
The membrane is the innermost layer of the placenta consisting of tissue layers which are collected after healthy labor and delivery, if not routinely discarded. The tissue possesses unique healing properties and is rich in collagen and growth factors, two major components of wound healing.
2. High concentration of growth factors
The amniotic membrane contains a high concentration of growth factors and other building blocks such as cytokines and stem cells which are able to enhance and accelerate the healing process as well as help your own cells regenerate damaged tissue.
Collagen serves as the base of all tissue, creating structural integrity. Growth factors stimulate tissue growth while hyaluronic acid acts as a natural lubricant within the joints.
3. Accelerated rate of healing
The number of stem cells available and determine the rate at which soft tissue or cartilage regenerates. The number of cells in our body decreases with age, slowing the natural rate of healing and leaving more time for secondary injuries, inflammation, or chronic pain.
4. Multipotent differentiation
The cells found within the amniotic tissue possess multipotent differentiation properties, meaning they have the ability to turn into a wide variety of cell types. Some studies and clinical trials show that adult stem cells harvested from fat or bone marrow have a lower proliferation and differentiation capacity than those derived from the amniotic membrane. Stem cells deriving from the amniotic membrane tend to sit between the multipotent properties of adult stem cells and the pluripotent properties of embryonic stem cells.
Scientists have more recently been studying the possibility of reprogramming stem cells derived from the amniotic fluid to possess pluripotent properties, meaning the ability to turn into any cell type in the human body. These cells are referred to as induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC).
Stem cells found in the amniotic tissue and fluid are immune-privileged, meaning they will not cause a reaction from the immune system. Some tissue groups are recognized as a foreign antigen and are rejected by the immune system causing inflammation which can either promote cell death or cell regeneration.
The cytokines within the amniotic concentration are natural anti-inflammatory agents that play a major role in cellular communication by directing cells where to go, what to do and how to act. This release of inflammation will also provide immediate pain relief.
Small tissue tears can become inflamed and cause chronic pain if not treated. If scar tissue forms, it could alter and slow the healing process. The amniotic membrane contains anti-adhesion properties which can prevent scarring.
The amniotic membrane is home to a wide variety of molecules, some of which have anti-bacterial properties used to fight infection and protect the fetus from protection before birth. These molecules are known to multiply near the time of delivery and maintain their presence one the membrane has been removed and dehydrated.
9. Readily available
The amniotic membrane is easily extracted during a healthy delivery and donated under the specific consent of the mother. Using amniotic tissue is generally safer for the patient for multiple reasons. First, there is no need to harvest tissue from the patient themselves, which can require a surgical procedure depending on the location. Secondly, amniotic tissue is immune privileged and will not put the patient in risk of infection after being injected into a tissue from which it did not derive.
10. Easy to administer
A concentration of amniotic tissue stem cells is a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure that is done in-office. Patients can return to low-intensity tasks almost immediately and receive a full recovery within weeks.
By Dr. Sherry McAllister, executive vice president, Foundation for Chiropractic Progress
Have you ever watched a toddler sit cross-legged? They sit with their backs straight, and it feels natural to them. Most adults don’t follow the example of young children. We hunch while we walk, slump at our desks and crane our necks forward staring at our phones. This poor posture can hurt our health. These ten reasons are why you need to start fixing your poor posture today:
1. It can cause tension headaches. Leaning forward with your head down and your neck slumped will strain your back and neck muscles. This tension can cause headaches, especially at the end of the day.
2. It makes you tired. Slouching puts pressure on your lungs, so you aren’t able to breathe as deeply. The less oxygen you get into your body, the more tired and fatigued you will start to feel.
3. It can make your gastrointestinal reflux worse. Your stomach and organs are all under pressure when you are leaning forward. This pressure can make your digestive system very unhappy, especially if you are already prone to digestive issues.
4. It causes back pain. The strain of poor posture puts your spine out of alignment which can cause back and muscle pain. Your doctor of chiropractic can provide regular adjustments to realign your spine. Ask for help on correcting your posture, too.
5. It increases your risk of cardiovascular disease. Poor posture can cause blood vessel constriction leading to blood clots and vein disorders. All of these issues can eventually turn into cardiovascular disease.
6. It can cause pinched nerves. Have you ever pinched a nerve? It hurts. It can happen in any part of your body, and it can be difficult to relieve the pain. Chiropractic adjustments can help.
7. It can increase knee pain. The misalignment of the spine that occurs from poor posture puts more pressure on your joints, especially your knees. If you have arthritis of the knee, it will gradually get worse over time. Your doctor of chiropractic can help to fix your alignment and relieve some of the pressure from your knees.
8. It can make ruin your mood. A 2014 Health Psychology report found that people who sat upright reported higher self-esteem, alertness, better mood and felt less fear. Sit up straight, and you’ll feel a little better.
9. It can wreck your bite. Poor spinal alignment can misalign your jaw joints. This can change the way you bite down. It can cause jaw pain, teeth issues or temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ).
10. It can affect your sexual function. Poor posture, while you are sitting, shortens and tightens your pelvic floor muscles. When these muscles start to get weak, it can affect your sexual performance and enjoyment.
These are just a few of the side effects of poor posture. Instead of dealing with any of these issues, see your doctor of chiropractic instead. He or she can help keep your spine healthy with regular adjustments. As you progress in your treatment, you can correct bad posture and the effects it may have on your overall health. Sit, stand and walk straight to feel healthier!
By Lauren Weiler
Losing weight can be tough. You want to slim down, but unless you have the stamina to dedicate the next few months to your body, you’ll also want to maintain a social life, which means cocktails after work and an occasional slice of pizza late at night. Most of us wake up, look at ourselves in the mirror, and decide that it’s time to make a change to lose weight. That change typically means better eating and more regular workouts, but it isn’t foolproof. There will be days when things don’t go as planned and a cupcake is consumed or a run is skipped.
You may try different diets, calorie counting, or increasing your workouts, but sometimes the lack of weight loss could be due to something you’re not even aware of. As it turns out, the healthy foods you’re relying on to slim down may be to blame.
1. Diet soda
2. Carb-only snacks
4. Low-fat foods
6. Frozen meals
7. 100-calorie snacks
9. Sweetened yogurt
10. Packaged vegetable chips
We have all heard the phrase, raising your vibration. But what does it mean? I think it’s something hard to define, but I think we have all felt it. You are feeling good, and the people around you can feel it off of you, and more people want to be around you because of it. You become like a magnet. Well, here are 7 simple ways to raise your vibration that I have found key in maintaining a sense of well-being.
1. Drink More Water.
We have all heard this one, but most of us are guilty of not getting enough in. The rule of thumb I use is at least 3 Liters per day. That’s more than the standard rule you’ve heard, of eight 10oz glasses per day. The more, the better. You won’t believe how much better you will feel by drinking more water.
2. Meditate/ Pray.
I’m a big fan of both! They will reduce stress levels, making you more clear headed, and ready to attack each day.
3. Show Gratitude.
Sometimes we get so caught up in our hectic lifestyles to slow down and show appreciation, for even the small stuff. A beautiful flower, or a good waiter. Give it and it comes back.
4. Break a sweat.
Everyone knows that exercise is good for them. But you know that feeling you get right after you work out? Yea it feels good doesn’t it? Strive to get that at least 3 days a week.
5. Affirmations/ Incantations.
Positive reinforcing words or phrases that you write down, place somewhere that you see every day. Say them out loud (incantations), incorporate body motions while you say them to produce more central nervous system stimulation.
6. Wake up Earlier.
This could be titled go to bed earlier, waking up earlier will dramatically improve your morning performance. But this may mean you need to go to bed earlier to make sure you are still getting enough ZZZ’s.
7. Read More Watch Less.
Let’s face it, watching the Kardashian’s isn’t making you any smarter. Watch less reality TV, and grab a book. Even better, there have been studies showing that people who write at least 500 words per day have a better outlook on life. Why do you think I write this blog? 🙂
By Adam Meakins
Foods containing high amounts of refined carbohydrates and omega-6 fatty acids are considered significant factors in the development and severity of chronic pain according to a recent study.
Modern corn based foods have very high ratios of pro inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids compared to anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids.
This leads to increased prostaglandin synthesis and increased sensitization of C-fibres and neurogenic inflammatory pain.
Foods that can help reduce neurogenic inflammatory mediated pain:
Foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, selenium, magnesium, zinc, curcumin, and flavonoids can all significantly help the pain reducing effects of other therapy treatments for chronic pain.
By Zawn Villines
Belly fat is more than just a superficial concern. It is also a significant risk factor for serious health problems such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Not all fat is the same. Subcutaneous belly fat is the most visible type of fat, located just under the skin. Everyone has some belly fat, but large quantities of this subcutaneous fat can signal a weight problem. Pills, surgeries, miracle cures, and herbal remedies will not safely remove belly fat. It is, however, possible to get rid of belly fat naturally with a healthy combination of diet and exercise.
Visceral fat, sometimes called "active" fat because of its active role in producing various hormones is the harmful type of belly fat. A higher BMI can mean a greater risk for cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndromes, such as diabetes. For people who have active lifestyles and healthy body weights, subcutaneous fat, even if the belly protrudes a little, is not dangerous.
Some research even suggests that surgery to remove subcutaneous fat will not improve health and may even be a risk factor for more visceral fat , particularly if surgery is not accompanied by healthful lifestyle changes.
Visceral fat is very dangerous. It releases hormones that can cause diabetes and inflammation. Inflammation is a risk factor for a variety of health problems, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes. In women, visceral fat may increase the likelihood of needing gallbladder surgery. Visceral fat is also linked to breast cancer.
-Belly fat tends to increase with age, particularly for women.
-Having a high body mass index (BMI) often correlates with more belly fat.
-Visceral belly fat is highly responsive to diet.
-Exercise is a key factor in eliminating belly fat.
Reducing Belly Fat
-Eliminate sugary drinks.
-Reduce simple carbohydrate intake.
-Eat more fruits and vegetables.
-Consume lean protein.
-Reduce unhealthy fats.
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