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Training for the Birkie!

Dr. Longo is in training for the Birkie.
Here are some great stretches for you to do before you head out for outside sports!

Prevent Injury – Approximately 3 Minutes

Warm up by walking for several minutes with a big arm swing before stretching.

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5 seconds – 3 times

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10 seconds each side

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10 seconds

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10 seconds each side

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10-15 seconds each leg

quad stretch

10-15 seconds each leg

groin stetch

15-20 seconds

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Reasons to see a Chiropractor

DSC025251.Back Pain- relief and prevention-

Chiropractors are notorious for our results when it comes to resolving back pain. Even Consumer Reports rated Chiropractic the #1 solution to lower back pain over medical care, pharmaceuticals, acupuncture and physical therapy. Numerous studies show how patients seeking chiropractic care for low back pain get relief faster and the results last longer over time.

2Neck Pain- relief and prevention-
Chiropractic’s history with neck pain is just as impressive as our results with lower back pain. Recently, ABC news conducted a study which revealed that Chiropractic adjustments are superior to pharmaceuticals and physical therapy when it comes to neck pain. Similar to the back pain studies, they found chiropractic patients recovered twice as fast as those receiving traditional medical care.

3. Pain,Tingling and/or Numbness in an Extremity-
These patients who are suffering with Sciatica(in legs or feet), or a Cervical Radiculopathy(in arm or hand) usually seek medical intervention first due to the pain and discomfort. They eventually find their way to the chiropractor after these methods fail and the only other alternative is surgery. Chiropractic aims to remove the pressure on the nerves affected, thereby addressing the cause instead of covering up the symptoms. In most cases, Chiropractic can delay or even eliminate the need for drugs or surgery.

4. Headaches/ Migraines- relief and prevention-
Headaches are a very common condition, but they are never “normal”. They are a sign that you have excessive stress on your central nervous system. Chiropractic has been shown to help with all sorts of headaches. From the classic Migrains to Trigeminal Neuralgia, or Tic Deloroux. Chiropractic does not treat headaches. The Adjustments remove pressure off of nerves and allow the entire body to function better. As a result, many headaches tend to dissipate or even disappear. There is also published research on it’s effectiveness. If headaches are plaguing you, Chiropractic is a logical place to start.

5. Easier Pregnancy and Labor- 
Moms-to-be have been finding relief at the chiropractor for all sorts of common issues during pregnancy. Conditions such as back pain, heartburn & circulation problems all been shown to improve under chiropractic care. Patients who see chiropractors have also been shown to have shorter and less painful deliveries! This makes for happy moms, especially those choosing natural child births.

6. Improved Range of Motion and Peak Performance-
Many athletes see chiropractors on a regular basis. Professional athletes in every sport have endorsed chiropractic and given it credit, in part, to their level of success. Chiropractic helps the musculoskeletal system to perform more balanced. This tends to reduce injury and recover from it faster. People such as Tiger Woods, Jerry Rice, Evander Holyfield, Lance Armstrong and many others include Chiropractic as part of their lifestyle.

7. Healthier Children-
Mom and Dads have found relief in other ways through Chiropractic. More and more parents have been bringing their children to see the chiropractor for multiple reasons. Chiropractic care has helped many children recover from conditions such as acid reflux, ear infections, colic, asthma, ADD, ADHD and even Autism. It has an impeccable record when it comes to safety as well. Again, Chiropractic does NOT offer to diagnose or treat these conditions or any others. The chiropractic adjustment removes interferences in the central nervous system, allowing the entire body to express itself at a higher level. EVEN IN CHILDREN!

8. Relief from Menstrual Problems-
Due to the nervous system’s control over the menstrual cycle, chiropractic has helped women with not only the level of pain, but also abnormal cycles and even infertility. More mature women have also found relief in their menopausal symptoms. Are you starting to see why 80% of chiropractic patients are women?

9. Relief from Allergies-
Another issue people see chiropractors for, is Allergies and other sinus and respiratory issues. The efficiency of your Immune System to fight off allergens and infection is largely dependent on the integrity of your Central Nervous System. Chiropractic patients perceive less overall symptoms due to seasonal allergies without the need for over the counter medication.

10. Improved Overall Function-
As you can probably gather from the previous 9 reasons, the theme is pretty similar. The Power that Made the Body, Heals the Body. Chiropractic focuses on removing nerve interference called Subluxation, thereby improving the function and integrity of the entire body and mind. Since your Nervous System controls and coordinates all function, stresses in that system can create a state of dis-ease, which leads to dysfunction and eventually a symptom. Chiropractors do not treat symptoms. We focus on the cause and on removing the interferences in the normal transmission of mental impulses from brain to body, and body to brain. Then your body can get all the information it needs in order to function the best that it can. That is why 80% of the patients I see on a daily basis are feeling great! They come in for regular monthly visits in order to maintain that level of health and expression.

So, you see. There is much more to chiropractic than just a “crick” in the neck. Unfortunately that’s what most people think. Trends these days are changing though. More people are seeing the problem with over medicating and covering up symptoms. People are turning to more natural forms of healthcare and focusing on prevention through diet and exercise. Chiropractic is the leading alternative to the Allopathic, or Medical paradigm, and they’ve been teaching this lifestyle for over a century. So, don’t wait until you’re in pain to see a chiropractor. That’s like waiting until you have a cavity to see your dentist!

Reference:
Virginia Hill Chiropractic, K. Peterson,October 3, 2012

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Chiropractic for Back Pain

What Does Chiropractic for Back Pain Involve?spinepain
A chiropractor first takes a medical history, performs a physical examination, and may use lab tests or diagnostic imaging to determine if treatment is appropriate for your back pain.

The treatment plan may involve one or more manual adjustments in which the doctor manipulates the joints, using a controlled, sudden force to improve range and quality of motion. Many chiropractors also incorporate nutritional counseling and exercise/rehabilitation into the treatment plan. The goals of chiropractic care include the restoration of function and prevention of injury in addition to back pain relief.

What Are the Benefits and Risks of Chiropractic Care?
Spinal manipulation and chiropractic care is generally considered a safe, effective treatment for acute low back pain, the type of sudden injury that results from moving furniture or getting tackled. Acute back pain, which is more common than chronic pain, lasts no more than six weeks and typically gets better on its own.

Research has also shown chiropractic to be helpful in treating neck pain and headaches. In addition, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia may respond to the moderate pressure used both by chiropractors and practitioners of deep tissue massage

People who have osteoporosis, spinal cord compression, or inflammatory arthritis, or who take blood-thinning medications should not undergo spinal manipulation. In addition, patients with a history of cancer should first obtain clearance from their medical doctor before undergoing spinal manipulation.

All treatment is based on an accurate diagnosis of your back pain. The chiropractor should be well informed regarding your medical history, including ongoing medical conditions, current medications, traumatic/surgical history, and lifestyle factors. Although rare, there have been cases in which treatment worsened a herniated or slipped disc, or neck manipulation resulted in stroke or spinal cord injury. To be safe, always inform your primary health care provider whenever you use chiropractic or other pain relief alternatives.

Source: WebMD

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You Can Take Charge of Your Health

Responsibility – You Can Take Charge of Your Health

Responsibility – Please read the following definitions prior to reading the essay.
Responsibilitylegally or ethically accountable for the care and welfare of another.
Primary – occurring first in time or sequence; earliest; original.
Cause – that which produces an effect, or result or consequence.
Determine – to decide or settle conclusively and authoritatively.
Perspective – any of various techniques for representing three-dimensional objects and depth relations on a two-dimensional surface; any picture in perspective.
Susceptible – readily subject to an influence, agency or force.
Cope – to contend or strive.
Dysfunction – disordered or impaired functioning of a bodily system or organ.
Predicament – a troublesome, embarrassing situation or ludicrous situation.

You are personally responsible for your own health.To be responsible for one’s own health requires that one shift his/her attitude to one of ownership of the condition of one’s body. It assumes that the individual is willing to consider himself or herself the primary cause over their health.
To consider oneself the cause of their health is to assume that one’s own actions determine how healthy one will be. With this perspective, the individual shift from blaming either the environment or their body for the condition of their health.

For example, if one smokes cigarettes for ten years and developed heart disease or lung cancer, they are responsible for the fact that their own bad habits caused the problem. If we recognize that a person must first be susceptible to disease before one gets it, then our bad habits can lead us to be susceptible to colds, ulcers, infections, etc. If one fails to eat properly, cope successfully with emotional stress, exercise and do those things that promote an elevated resistance to body dysfunction, then you, in effect can cause your own ill health.

This is also true when one develops allergies, multiple sclerosis or diabetes, seemingly out of nowhere. Such conditions, however, do not develop out of nowhere. Although the symptom complex from which the disease is named may arise quickly, the body must first go through several stages of breakdown before the condition manifest. Physical, chemical or emotional stress beyond the body’s ability to cope leads to neurological imbalance, then body dysfunction and lowered resistance and ultimately symptoms and disease. In the case of a traumatic injury from an accident, you are responsible for taking those steps to regain your health.

Being responsible for one’s own health would require the individual to move towards a lifestyle that promotes their own well-being. Any loss of health would lead the individual to analyze their own conduct physically and mentally that may have led to their current predicament. obviously, the way to prevent ill health is to deal successfully with life’s stresses as well as removing neurotic imbalance before it causes lowered resistance and dysfunction.

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Whiplash, Neck Injuries & Chiropractic Pt3

Whiplash, Neck Injuries & Chiropractic Pt3

Old Whiplash?
Anyone who has ever had a whiplash injury, no matter how long ago, should see a chiropractor. The M.D.s may have sent them home after x-rays and MRI or CT scans and found nothing broken or ruptured, yet the spine may still be structurally unsound. Without structural integrity, the spine will not heal properly and may develop problems years later. Arthritis and disc problems may develop years after he accident (and the legal settlements) because chiropractors were not consulted for spinal integrity.Vertebral Subluxation Complex
A whiplash injury is a dramatic example of subluxations produced by sudden accident or trauma. Other subluxations may be caused by poor posture, repeated stressful movements, poor sleeping positions, bad diet, fatigue, constant emotional stress or even extensive dental work.

If you’ve ever been involved in a whiplash-type accident see your doctor of chiropractic as soon as possible to make sure you heal as completely as possible.

Postscript: You can always benefit from a healthy spine no matter what disease or condition you have. It is as important for healing as good nutrition, water and sleep.
A doctor of chiropractic will remove your spinal nerve stress (vertebral subluxation complex) tholepin you better tune in to your natural innate healing ability (your internal healer) for better physical, mental and emotional healing. That is the goal of your doctor of chiropractic: to strengthen your inner healing ability.
Are you, your family and your friends carrying the silent killer, the vertebral subluxation complex, in your spines? Only a chiropractic spinal checkup can tell.

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