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The Importance of Folic Acid in Diet

Posted on: June 9th, 2016 by admin No Comments

Folic acid is often a prescribed supplement during pregnancy as it is crucial in the development of a fetus into a healthy baby. The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) actually recommends that not only woman who are pregnant, but those who are planning to have a child should also get a certain level of folic acid daily- 0.4 to 0.8 milligrams to be exact. Folic acid can be consumed in supplements, but is also naturally found in many greens as well as fortified grains.

Folic acid helps prevent birth defects in growing fetuses, namely by thwarting a condition known as spina bifida, which occurs when the baby did not have enough folic acid and consists of anencephaly and potentially major mental defects. This shortage of folic acid is most dangerous in the first trimester of development of the baby. Unfortunately, many women are not aware of these risks and put their newborns at risk by not getting the USPSTF recommended daily amounts of folic acid.

A 2007-2012 survey of women across the United States found that only about 29 percent of women at childbearing age were taking a folic acid supplement. Of those who were taking a supplement, only half were taking the right amount. Part of the issue here is also that not all supplements that contain folic acid have enough to meet the requirement- this makes it important for women to read and understand the labels of products to know what is really in there. This is where provider education from health professionals including pharmacists, doctors, nurses, and chiropractic professionals is particularly important. These providers can have a positive outcome impact by educating their patients on the need for folic acid and how to obtain the right amount.

The good part of folic acid supplementation is that the tablets are generally very small in size, so most patients do not have an issue with them. Furthermore, since the supplement is existent in a number of foods, it is possible to obtain it that way. Finally, it does not cost much even out of pocket or over the counter, so people should not have many access issues with it (and if prescribed, the vast majority of insurance plans are likely to cover it under the pharmacy benefit due to the medical need and relatively low cost).

Patients and women of all ages should really be educated on the need for folic acid and how they can get it. There are not really any significant downsides or side effects to supplementation, so it is something all women should consider in order to protect the health of their future baby. The literature on this topic is fairly robust and there are many case reports and stronger clinical studies showing the impact that the lack of folic acid has had in certain women and their children- it is something easily avoidable and because of that worth the time to educate and teach about. If you are in a situation where you may have a child, it may be a good idea to talk to your doctor about folic acid supplementation.

Yoga and Cognitive Impairment

Posted on: May 28th, 2016 by admin No Comments

Yoga and Cognitive ImpairmentYoga is a hot and growing trend in many urban areas across the United States. Increasingly, you can find yoga studios all around the country, offering a variety of services from beginner level classes to more advanced and nuanced forms including hot yoga and traditional yoga. The trend has continued to retain fuel for the reason that it helps people not only relax, but get a good workout. The physical health benefits of yoga are fairly well documented and new research is helping to quantify the mental health impact as well.

A new study looking at 25 adults who had mild cognitive impairment were randomly assigned to either a three-month course of yoga or to memory-training exercises, which are known to help in staving off further cognitive impairment. Those who were in the interventional group (yoga) actually displayed bigger improvements in visual-spatial memory and had bigger reductions in symptoms of anxiety or depression compared to the control group (memory exercises). This research is promising for yoga, especially with increasing concerns about Alzheimer’s on a population level nationwide. That being said, this was a very small study and more research is needed to really drive home conclusions which might change clinical practice. It is also yet to be seen what type of yoga is more or less effective.

Either way, there is likely not any harm in doing yoga and we already know of other benefits that come with the exercises. So really there is potential for upside with no real downside for most people aside from the time it takes to do it. Yoga will likely continue to grow nationally as more people give the ancient activity a try in an attempt to improve their lives and their health. Many providers including chiropractic professionals are now recommending things like yoga to their patients in order to help them improve their lives, both physically and mentally.

The study that was recently published involved a weekly class of Kundalini yoga, which involves a combination of breathing exercises, meditation, and hand movements. There were some home exercises that participants were also asked to carry out on their own. While both groups showed improvement in brain memory as hypothesized, the group that did the yoga had better results overall. It will be interesting to see where future research takes this. More research into Kundalini yoga is likely, but equally interesting will be comparative studies between different types of yoga. This sort of research will really allow us to drill down into what aspects of yoga are particularly beneficial and for what populations. It is very likely that different people respond and react to different types of yoga or other exercises, so there will likely still remain health reasons for many different types of the practice to exist and be offered. The yoga in addition to memory tests intervention is also one that needs to be looked at, particularly in evaluating the effectiveness of the combination versus both standalone practices. Any synergistic effect could be especially important in helping fight off cognitive impairment.

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Getting Proper Sleep Means Defeating The Enemy

Posted on: March 9th, 2015 by admin No Comments

Getting Proper Sleep Means Defeating The EnemyWe’ve all seen those cartoons where a person is sleeping and a cloud balloon floats over their heads and inside it a fence with sheep leaping over it while the snoozer is counting them one by one.

That’s how people would try to get a good night’s sleep in the old days and perhaps it works even now, but the important thing is that without proper sleep, you’re in for big problems.

Sleep is essential.  A good 8 hours is what is recommended but not all sleep is remedial.  Too light a sleep and one won’t go into the various stages of sleep that the mind needs to do specific diagnostics and repairs.  The body needs varying corrections during sleep and so many systems to test and repair that there are levels of sleep from light to very deep that the body needs to utilize every sleeping period.

If there is too much and you could do all sorts of damage to your body and mind. Sleeping and dreaming are very complex processes that mankind has tried to fathom to this very day.  Dreams are theorized to be self diagnostic tools the mind engages in to reveal to the person problems that underlay their existence or as a means to challenge them into further action.  Without sleep, or like not rebooting your computer now and then, all sorts of problems arise.

Impediments to good sleep are many.  Often too much stress, bad nutrition, emotional upset, danger, illness, even back pains that only a chiropractic solution can remedy.

Yes, anyone with back pain, or worse chronic back pain can tell you, sleep is not an option.  Back pain is so ruthless and unmerciful that some people need major medication just to get a decent snooze on.  This is a horrible state of being for anyone and only medical science of the highest level and smart chiropractic therapy to help.

Believe it or not a chiropractor will allow for a regimen of nutritional solutions that they’ll work with you and your nutritionist.  Modern medicine doesn’t pay much attention to nutrition because it’s focused on chemical solutions such as pharmaceuticals and expensive surgery.  Having a simple, safe, and affordable solution is out of the picture for the Big Medicine industry and that’s a major reason why some people suffer and some don’t recover from sleeplessness.

Drugs, toxins, can also have an effect on your sleep pattern.  Stress, the just everyday kind of stress that might not appear to be a problem but has underlying ramifications that restlessness and insomnia bring about.  Yoga, a cup of tea, Tai Chi, regular exercise, even sex are great ways to reduce stress.

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Can the Chiropractic Services in Town Help Me Lose Weight?

Posted on: February 3rd, 2015 by admin No Comments

Can the Chiropractic Services in Town Help Me Lose Weight?Losing weight is something that we all strive for throughout our lifetimes, even if we don’t happen to be that overweight. The only thing you can take away from not losing weight is the fact that you aren’t making any progress, and in some cases you actually stop losing weight no matter how hard you try. This would be called “the wall” of weight loss, and it’s where you’ve lost so much weight that your body needs a bit of time before it can lose anymore. This is attributed to things like your metabolism or mental health as well, but you can also consider taking a visit to the chiropractors office too. Now we’re always going to be talking about those fad diets that stick around for way too long, but have you ever heard about getting chiropractic help to deal with your weight loss troubles? The chiropractor can actually help you with more illnesses than you would think, they aren’t just there to make sure that you’re back and joints are completely fine. Chiropractic centres also have the ability to give you things like nutritional recommendations, which you can turn around and use to lose that weight you’ve always wanted to drop. It’s tough to do, but a chiropractic service that’s professional should be able to assist you.

Weight loss is going to draw in an entirely different type of crowd, for the mot part its people whom are desperate enough to try anything and everything. People will buy up all of those pesky little supplement brands (that are usually just placebos most of the time) in the hopes that they’ll somehow manage to lose the weight. The thing is that people don’t want to work for anything these days, whether it be money or a nice body to call your own. Talk to your chiropractor about your weight loss needs if you’re trying to make a big difference in your life, odds are they will be able to point you in the right direction. You need to start your journey to a lower weight with a specific goal in mind, so try to keep a goal that you can actually achieve at hand. Make sure it;s something like lose ten pounds in a month or something like that, you don’t want to over exert yourself at all (especially if you’re just getting into the habit of weight loss).

Treating Migraines through Chiropractic Care

Posted on: December 22nd, 2014 by admin No Comments

Treating Migraines through Chiropractic CareChiropractors don’t get a lot of respect when it comes to the migraine side of human ailments, but that’s essentially due to the fact that there are tons of people forgetting about it. Chiropractors can help in an abundance of different situations, even when you feel like they wouldn’t really serve a purpose at all. It’s pure fact that your body’s wellbeing has a lot to do with the alignment of your spine, as well as many other things that chiropractors happen to specialize in. If you’re suffering from these head pains then you should already know just how painful they can really be, and they can have a toll on things outside of head pain as well. The head pain could lead to you not being able to sleep properly, which would (of course) garner you much more tired every single day than you would normally be. Not only that, but some people suffer from cluster headaches, which is like having a headache attack (it feels like you’re having ten different headaches at once, it’s quite a terrible problem!) and have found refuge in chiropractic clinics all over the world. It isn’t just a fad people, they really do help and you should be making prevalent use of them.

Every single time you have a migraine there are two things that you feel, pain in your head and pain in random region around your body. Back pain and spinal alignment can play a large role in how well you’re able to maintain not having migraines, even in those who has conditions that rectify the risk of getting one randomly. They aren’t pleasant and can be treated through rather simple means in most cases, so why would you refuse yourself the right to be free from all of your troubles?

There was a legitimate study conducted by the UMM (University of Maryland Medical Center) that focussed on chiropractic alignment protocols and headaches. It was proven that around 22% of the patients whom were given the alignment treatment actually saw improvement when it came to their migraine issues, and even though it’s a low percentage it’s still quite promising. It’s definitely better than no results at all, and if even a little bit of hope isn’t enough to have you try and fight the problem yourself than we can’t really help you out anymore! Take your life back into your own hands.

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Exercise Does Repair Aging Skin

Posted on: November 17th, 2014 by admin No Comments

Exercise Does Repair Aging SkinIn a study that has provided quite a surprise, it was found that those people who used exercise regularly were able to prevent and reverse the aging and damage of the skin.

The study took a number of people in their 40s and older and had them do some exercises for a few times a week and had a control group of the same age and in some cases culturally and genetically similar and had them exercise while the others were sedentary.  As a result it was found that the exercising group did indeed look a decade, sometimes half their present age.

This is because the skin has an outer layer and inner layer.  The outer layer is composed of dead skin cells, sort of like armor.  Without exercise this layer thickens and the inner layer of fresh, youthful skin cells gets thin.  When exercise is engaged in the opposite effect occurs. The inner layer of fresh skin cells thickens and the outer layer thins.  This provides for better elasticity and the ability of the skin to better protect the body.

The skin is our first major line of defense against disease, radiation, chemicals, dirt, and grime.  Keeping it healthy means it can operate at higher efficiency.  Not only that, but skin helps to regulate certain vitamins and metabolism.  With damaged skin these processes are compromised and the body is put in peril.

With this new data, the various doctors should look at how your skin can be improved by this.  It may well fall into a chiropractic venue as well.  It would be negligence to not engage in sound physical fitness and engage in a healthy diet regimen.  Not just to revitalize the skin but to also live a healthy lifestyle.  Exercise prevents many maladies and helps to remedy others.  It doesn’t take a lot of effort either.  Just three times a week of 30 minutes of walking can do the trick.  More is better but not to overdo it.

Now that the jury is in regarding exercise and skin rehabilitation further studies can be conducted to see which exercises do the best job.

Finally, talk to your doctor before engaging in an exercise regimen.  The doctor will check you out and give some recommendations as to which exercises you should and shouldn’t be doing.  In addition they might also suggest other techniques like chiropractor or resistance training.  It’s always wise to consult a qualified physician when starting an exercise regimen.

Treat Your Shoulder Arthritis Through Chiropractic Care

Posted on: November 4th, 2014 by admin No Comments

Treat Your Shoulder Arthritis Through Chiropractic CareArthritis that’s located anywhere in your body isn’t something you want to deal with, but people don’ get a choice most of the time (if they did they probably wouldn’t be suffering from the pains in the first place). Arthritis is usually referenced when somebody thinks that they’re getting old, but it isn’t a disorder that only comes into play when you’ve reached a certain age. Younger people have the ability to develop shoulder arthritis just as much as any older person does, which is why it’s so important to know how you can go about treating it. If you’ve injured your shoulder at any point in your life than you’ve got a higher risk of developing shoulder arthritis, so if you’ve have a dislocated (or even fractured) shoulder at one point than you’re going to be at risk.

The shoulder is made up of two different joints, both of which are quite large and play a very crucial role in how your go about your day. If your shoulder is aching than you aren’t going to be yourself, it’s as simple as that. The first joint of your shoulder is the glenohumeral joint, it’s a ball and socket sort of deal that actually allows your shoulder to move in the many directions it can. The other joint is the acromiocalvicular, and if you’ve heard the term clavicle before than you already know that it’s relatively important (this is also the joint that actually meets with your collarbone).

Seeing a chiropractor for your shoulder pains might actually make a rather large difference, when you have a pain that simply won’t go away with shoulder arthritis you’re going to need a little bit of help. When you have this disorder your shoulder can actually degenerate, which is essentially break down. Seeing the chiropractor before this process starts to take place can save your shoulder and even lessen the pain (and in some cases actually remove it completely). Most people wouldn’t think that this could be a reasonable treatment option, but most people wouldn’t be willing to try new things. If you’ve felt the pain that’s associated with this disorder than you already know that you’ll do whatever it takes to get rid of it.

You’ll never know if it works unless you try it for yourself, so contact your local chiropractor and book yourself an appointment.

Chiropractors in Sports

Posted on: October 6th, 2014 by admin No Comments

Chiropractors in SportsSports are incredibly popular no matter where you are in the world, there’s always going to be some sort of athletic competition on and that’s just how we work as humans. We’re always striving to be bigger and better than the competition, and that’s why we work our bodies to the point of breaking sometimes. A chiropractor can be incredibly beneficial in just about every single sport you can name, the fact of the matter is that they can help you out even if you’re not playing sports. Taking care of your spine is really important is sports like basketball or football, and in the end it’s just important in general. Spinal cord injuries have the potential to get worse over time if you don’t get them taken care of, and sometimes you could be feeling pain that easily resolved. A trip to a chiropractic clinic is something you won’t forget, take a trip and you’ll see for yourself.

Back pain is something that plenty of athletes deal with on a daily basis, sometimes it can get so painful that they can’t go out and do their job they’re being paid to accomplish. The worst thing in the world you can deal with as an athlete is an injury, and when there’s one that’s just constantly nagging at you it’s going to play a role in how well you perform on the field (or wherever you happen to be competing, whether it be a court or even an ice rink). Finding a sport chiropractor that you can trust and rely on is just as important as understanding when you need to see one, because what’s the point if you can’t even trust the opinion of your physician?

Use the internet to scout out online reviews of specific chiropractors in your region, these alone should give you a great ideas as to which person you should go to for your back problems. Sometimes it might be a lot bigger of a problem than you thought, and sometimes it might just be something that’s minimal. Check out your local listings and find somebody you can rely on, and once you’ve found them make sure you build a lasting relationship! You never know when they’re going to save you from constant back aches, and many of us know how awful that feeling can really be (and most of you reading this more than likely do as well).

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Chiropractors put your best foot forward

Posted on: July 14th, 2014 by admin No Comments

Foot chiropractor Little to many people realize that chiropractors handle more than just back pain and problems.  No, on the contrary you’ll find chiropractors in demand and useful in other areas that their expertise calls for.

One of these is the feet.  The feet are not to be underestimated in regard to thte overall health and well being of the individual.  The feet support the body throughout the day and take continual pressure and punishment of tens of thousands of pounds of impact, twisting, turning, jumping, running,.  The toll on the feet can be astonishing as well as the connective tissue.  Muscles, tendons, bones, ligaments all go into action when the feet are in operation.  Let one of the dozen or so bones go wrong from toes to ankles and you have a person unable to walk or function.

That’s where the chiropractor comes in.  The doctor has to know the body up and down and just what bones go where and how much damage is done.  A full professional analysis is done and then the chiropractor then makes their assessment as to what is going on and then plans for the regimen to remedy the situation.  This is delicate because the foot is a marvel of engineering.  It has so much designed into it to cover so much that it takes an expert to figure out what is going on and how to fix it.

A foot out of place, especially in the ankle can cause havoc to the hips, sacrum, spine, neck.  It might snot look like it but it’s true.  Only a chiropractor can determine this but that’s why they’re chosen.  They have to do the detective work not you.

Once it’s determined what the problem is the real technical stuff happens.  Your chiropractor knows each bone, the stress levels it can take and how it interacts with the foot structure.  Alignment and mending are imperative here as one mistake can mean a person will have to start all over again.  The chiropractor will wait to see if surgery is recommended by your primary physician.  If not then they’ll work with your primary to see how chiropractic techniques can help.  Careful observation will be used so that your doctors can assess things each step of the way to map out and record the most successful strategies.

Overall, foot care is indeed part of a professional chiropractor’s work.  Getting it done right means a healthier you.

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What Are You Doing That’s Causing Back Pain?

Posted on: July 1st, 2014 by admin No Comments

back pain chiropracticChronic back pain is the bane of the existence of millions of people worldwide. They suffer from it and often don’t realize that there’s something they can do to prevent it. Looking at what you are doing to that is causing your back pain is the first step.

First of all lets realize that the back is a combination of bone, muscle, tendons, ligaments. One thing out of step and the rest can cascade into pain. We often see injury from accidents, fights, disease as causes of back pain and that’s true but there are things one can watch out for, keep away from and prevent such back pain from occurring in the first place.

Posture. Posture is the most important thing regarding the prevention of back pain. We slouch too much and that means we put our backs in jeopardy. Far too often people are unaware of posture. They used to teach it in schools just for this primary reason. Standing straight when walking or running, sitting or in any activity where the body is upright is important. It allows for the body to circulate blood more evenly, relieves gravity stress on other parts of the body that can lead to a collapse and back pain. Without proper posture you’re in danger 24/7.

Lounging. When we relax we lay down or sink into a soft chair. Sometimes outside we’ll crash out on the ground or up against a tree or wall. Without proper positioning this can lead to misalignment and subsequently serious back pain. Back pain from misalignment coming from lounging and relaxing can creep up on a person. They don’t realize it at the time but little by little that problem grows until it manifests itself into pain.

Improper form. There is a way to pick something up, exercise, or handle objects about. Without proper form one can throw one’s back out or work the wrong muscle and bone groups that will lead to serious problems. This is of utmost importance because this is one of the leading causes of back injury outside of accidents and disease. Learn how to lift an object or handle a heavy object properly.

Stress. Sometimes back pain is caused by nothing more than our own minds. The stress of daily living can take a toll on a body and the back and neck are the first to go. This kind of back pain calls for a chiropractor to handle as they’ll be able to look at all the tests involved and determine if a back problem is physical or mental. It takes fine tuned skills to do this and that’s why you go to a certified chiropractor instead of some know-it-all.

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