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Posted by on Oct 9, 2012 | 0 comments

Renewing Summer Skin

With Labor Day behind us, trips to the beach and tanning session on the deck have become scarce. After a summer-long sun session, your skin might be looking bronzed, but a bit lackluster. Here are some tips to help getting your skin to glow (and I’m not talking a nice, red, sunburned glow).

Moisturize – Every minute that you spend out in the sun drys out your skin. A quality moisturizer will help restore the moisture you lost from all that time in the sun. To ensure that your skin stays clear of pimples, look for non-comedogenic to the bottle, which won’t block your pores.

Exfoliate– Using scrubs or masks will remove the dead, sun-damaged skin. It can also help brighten your complexion and help with hyperpigmentation or darkening.

Nourish– You’ve hear it before. Increasing your water intake can help making your skin look more hydrated – which equals more luminous. Eating a good variety of fruits and veggies, plus keeping up with your supplements, can help you glow from the inside out.

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Posted by on Jul 24, 2012 | 0 comments

Can Chiropractors Adjust Too Much?

BY DR. ADAM TANASE

When it comes to how often patients should be adjusted, there’s a difference of opinion amongst chiropractors: Is it better to over-adjust or under-adjust? In other words, is a patient better off receiving more adjustments than necessary, or can chiropractors adjust too often?

I’ve met chiropractors who proudly recommend over 100+ adjustments per year! On the opposite end of the spectrum, I know chiropractors who only recommend semi-annual checkups.

Personally, I’m of the opinion that the fewer adjustments a person needs, the better off they’ll be… More importantly, the longer they go without needing to be re-adjusted, the healthier their spine and nervous system are… But let’s see what the developer of the Chiropractic profession had to say about this issue (emphasis his):

“Frequently over-adjusting CREATES new conditions which average Chiropractor may alibi as retracing when in fact it is what HE is doing that creates NEW dis-ease growths.”

Bear in mind, the intended audience for this statement was his fellow chiropractor, not patients. So please forgive the technical jargon… Here’s the basic translation: “Doctors, if you adjust patients too often, you’re going to create new problems. When this happens, don’t try and justify it by saying it’s part of the healing process.”

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Posted by on Jul 19, 2012 | 0 comments

Understanding Your Spine

By: Stephanie Burke

 

Inside Your SpineSpinal anatomy is a remarkable combination of strong bones, flexible ligaments and tendons, large muscles and extremely sensitive nerves and nerve roots. Without question, the anatomy of the spine is a marvel of nature.

Importantly, the spine provides our bodies with:

  • Structure to allow us to stand upright and move with precision
  • Protection for the spinal cord and nerve roots to safely relay messages to and from the brain and the rest of the body
  • Shock absorption capability as we move about
  • Flexibility at the joints to allow us to bend, twist, move our heads and adjust to a wide variety of positions.
  • Strength provided by the bones, discs, joints and supportive muscles and connective tissue.

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Most of us take this juxtaposition of strength, structure and flexibility for granted – until something goes wrong. Once we have neck pain or back pain, we’re driven by a need to know exactly what is wrong and what it will take to relieve the pain and prevent a recurrence.

Starting at the Top of the Spine

The cervical spine (neck) supports the weight of your head and protects the nerves that come from your brain to the rest of the body. This section of the spine has seven vertebral bodies (bones) that get smaller as they get closer to the base of the skull.

  • The top two segments are unique: The top cervical segment (C1) is a ring that is attached to and rotates around the second vertebral body (C2), which acts as a post. Most of the rotation in the neck is located in these top two segments.
  • The next five vertebral segments (C3 – C7) are like the rest of the spine, with three joints at each segment, including one disc in the front and paired facet joints in the back.

Most episodes of acute neck pain are due to a muscle, ligament or tendon strain. This type of injury is usually caused by a sudden force (e.g.whiplash from a car accident), or from straining the neck (e.g. carrying something heavy, cradling the phone on your shoulder for too long).

For patients with neck pain that lasts longer than two weeks to three months, or with predominantly arm pain, numbness or tingling, there is often a specific anatomic abnormality causing the symptoms (such as aherniated discspinal stenosis, etc.). Treatment options will differ depending on the diagnosis. For more information, see the following article:

The Upper Back Is Not Usually a Source of Pain

The 12 vertebral bodies in the upper back that are attached to the rib cage make up the thoracic spine (middle or upper back). The firm attachment of the rib cage at each level of the thoracic spine provides for a great deal of stability and structural support, and very little motion.

Because there is limited motion in the upper back, it is rare for a thoracic disc to herniate or degenerate. However, irritation of the large back and shoulder muscles or joint dysfunction in this area can be very painful. For more information, see the following article:

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