Thursday, October 18, 2012

Chiropractic treatment recognizes PAIN as a WARNING sign of a deeper problem.

Its been so long since my last post. Moving a clinic is much harder than it seems. Well anyway, despite the lack of posting, I have been doing some interesting research into Posture and Autism, The liberation of weight control, and anti-aging 101 all to follow.

Today, I am breaking down chiropractic "philosophy". This could be called philosophy but every word is supported by numerous scientific articles so lets look at it as Chiropractic science, a holistic view of back pain. Thanks to Dr. D for the concise synopsis below.

Introduction to Chiropractic Treatment

Chiropractors specialize in the care of the spine. The spine has two functions:

1) The spine protects the spinal cord, the river carrying information throughout your body. A healthy spine is ESSENTIAL to our overall heath. The way your body works is; the brain sends and receives signals up and down the spinal cord and out through the joints in the spine, to and from all the muscles and organs in your body.

2) The spine supports you and holds you upright against the force of gravity. This is called your POSTURE. If you have bad posture, your spine is in a high risk position that will be more prone to injury and your joints will wear out sooner.

Because of different stresses in our lives, some sudden and some over time, the bones in our spine shift out of place, distorting our posture and placing abnormal loads on joints. The majority of postural distortions don’t initially cause pain. However, as our posture weakens, joints begin to wear under the pressure, becoming swollen and eventually developing degeneration. By the time you are in PAIN, the effected joints have released chemicals that INFLAME nerves and your body is in a CRISIS.

The pain is your WARNING that there is an underlying problem. You are not lacking pain medication, you are lacking postural control and stability. Some people get to the point where the nerve signals traveling through the spinal cord are actually impaired; leading to numbness and tingling in the hands or feet, radiating pain into the legs, and even organ dysfunction and disease.

The various types of postural abnormalities represent a PROGRESSIVE condition. They will not correct themselves and will continue to get worse under the constant force of gravity. This is made worse if you gain weight as you age.

At Banic Chiropractic and Massage Clinic, we have implemented a system of care that has helped our patients achieve phenomenal results in recovering their health in a relatively short period of time, EVEN where other systems, Chiropractic, PT or surgical, have failed. We can correct postural and spinal conditions, moving you from the crisis of pain to a position of strength and resilience.

Monday, February 27, 2012

New common wisdom may not be so wise

As I have sufferred from Sleep Maintnenance Insommnia for years, I was absolutley amazing by the concepts discussed in the linked article.

In 2001, historian Roger Ekirch of Virginia Tech published a seminal paper, drawn from 16 years of research, revealing a wealth of historical evidence that humans used to sleep in two distinct chunks. Modern research has backed his findings in an interesting study where, when exposed to a fourteen hour darkness, subjects developed a distinct pattern of a four hour sleep, then wakefullness, then another four hour sleep. Erkirch describes a "First Sleep" followed by a period of one or two hours awake, and then a "Second Sleep" until morning.

This concept has interesting cognitive implications. I frequently wake up around two in the morning. This generally fills me with anxiety and I toss and turn in dread, fearing lack of energy the next day, which leads me to lose more sleep. After reading this amazing article, I still woke up last night, but just looked forward to reading and peacefully fell back asleep in an hour and woke rested....well I did get woken up at four to sleep with a kid but I still felt rested. I am so excited by this makes me wonder what other "common wisdom" we have lost over the years that could help explain major health issues in our society. I know there is missing wisdom regarding food preparation and enjoyment, posture maintenance, daily exercise and more. If anyone knows of a book I would love to read it.

The concept of the "first" and "second" sleep has important clinical implications as well. Read this link which characterizes sleep medications as akin to cigarettes in terms of health risk. They attribute the dangerous effects to hypnotic sleep medications, which includes everything from Ambien to over the counter sleeping pills and antihystamines. Lets all try together to cut out the pills and embrace the night.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Ideal Protein, Back Pain, anything....If you fail to plan....You plan to fail!

It has been awhile since my last comments on dieting and I wonder how my weight maintainers are doing. I have been looking at the research on weight maintenance and it is a bit frustruating. The ultimate goal of the successful wieght maintainer should be a healthy relationship with food, regular but enjoyable moderate exercise, and a feeling of empowerment that you can make the right choices and remain at a healthy weight. (The same applies to former back pain sufferers, hopefully you have been empowered to understand how you developed back pain and how to avoid it.) I would love to know our effect as clinicians either way if you wouldn't mind. I would like to share a hopeful article that stresses that steeling yourself for a challenge and anticipating that it will be difficult to achieve your goals actually helps people to do better. The second article deals with the vicious cycle many people find themselves on when it comes to their weight. Please don't be depressed by it but use this information to recognize that your attempts are a difficult challenge that you should acknowledge, in order to have the strength to keep fighting and to understand that many, many people face the same challenges. And don't underestimate the power of habits! We are creatures of habit. Rely on your healthy fallback dinners in times of stress, plan your weekly meals on Sundays(and do your shopping), schedule time for yourself, if its back pain, know your weak points and practice postural awareness, most important....have a plan ...any plan....don't wait until you are ravenous and then just grab whatever is the closest thing. Anyway, read these articles....they are interesting.....and let me know how you are doing. We welcome people to begin Ideal Protein again with no start-up fees, just to get back on track with your healthy lifestyle.

[Acknowledge Your Obstacles - Here’s a counterintuitive little piece of goal wisdom: “Women who imagined that the path to weight loss would be easy lost an average of 24 pounds less than those who imagined themselves having a hard time resisting temptation,” Halvorson tells us.
Fascinating. And it’s not just a fluke in a single study.
“[Gabriele] Oettingen [PhD] and her colleagues have found the same pattern when looking at students in search of high-paying jobs after college, at single individuals looking to form lasting romantic relationships, and at seniors recovering from hip replacement surgery. No matter who they are and what they are trying to do, we find that successful people not only have confidence that they will eventually succeed, but are equally confident that they will have a tough time getting there.”
This is a really Big Idea. I’ve read a lot of goal-setting and general self-development books, and I can’t remember reading one that referenced these studies — perhaps because people don’t like to hear that reaching their goals will be challenging. But apparently, acknowledging likely obstacles is an important element in improving our chances for success.
So grab your pen and paper again and jot down some of the obstacles you suspect you’re going to face on your way to your No. 1 challenging goal.
If you’re already well aware of the obstacles, but lack confidence in your ability to succeed, Halvorson has advice for you: “If you believe that you are having a hard time reaching your goal because you lack the necessary ability, and that you can’t do much to change that . . well, there’s no way to put this nicely: You are wrong. Effort, planning, persistence and good strategies are what it really takes to succeed.”]

[The Fat Trap By TARA PARKER-POPEFor 15 years, Joseph Proietto has been helping people lose weight.When these obese patients arrive at his weight-loss clinic inAustralia, they are determined to slim down. And most of the time, he says, they do just that, sticking to the clinic’s program and dropping excess pounds. But then, almost without exception, the weight begins to creep back. In a matter of months or years, the entire effort has come undone, and the patient is fat again. “It has always seemed strange to me,” says Proietto, who is a physician at the University ofMelbourne. “These are people who are very motivated to lose weight,who achieve weight loss most of the time without too much trouble and yet, inevitably, gradually, they regain the weight.” Anyone who has ever dieted knows that lost pounds often return, and most of us assume the reason is a lack of discipline or a failure of willpower. But Proietto suspected that there was more to it, and he decided to take a closer look at the biological state of the body after weight loss.