Remedy Tight Hamstrings, a Cause of Low Back Pain

3 Simple Stretches to Remedy Tight Hamstrings-  Cause of Low Back Pain

Most people don’t realize the connection between tight hamstrings and low back pain.  Stiffness in the hamstrings can cause disruptions in lumbar pelvic rhythms.  In layman’s terms, this means that tightness in the hamstring muscles can affect the pelvis, which in turn, effects a person’s posture.  By integrating a few simple stretches into a daily routine, low back pain can be significantly reduced by stretching the hamstrings.  

Where are the Hamstrings in the Body?

The hamstrings are actually a group of muscles and tendons located behind the thigh on the back of the leg. These are the bicep femoris, semitendinosus and semimembranosus.  The top of the bicep femoris is connected to the ischial tuberosity in the pelvis.  The bottom of the bicep femoris is connected to the linea aspera and the lateral supracondylar line behind the knee. 

What are the Functions of the Hamstring Muscles?

The hamstring plays a critical role in flexion (bending) of the knee, internal and external rotation of the leg and hip extension.  However, because of the connection to the bone in the pelvis, tightness in the bicep femoris or other muscles and ligaments can cause the pelvis to tilt.  This tilt creates pressure in the lumbar spine and surrounding muscles in the back.  Thus, maintaining flexibility in the hamstrings is important for proper posture.   

Stretches for the Hamstrings

  • Standing Forward Fold-  Start by standing with the feet hip width apart.  Toes should point forward.  Extend the arms overhead and fold forward with a flat back, folding forward from the hip. Gently begin to round the spine.  Hands may rest on the thighs, knees, shins or feet as each individual determines.  Move in and out of the position fluidly several times and hold the pose for 1-2 minutes for a deep stretch.

  • Seated Forward Fold-  Start by sitting on the floor with the legs extended in front.  Extend the arms overhead and fold forward, rounding gently from the lumbar spine, stretching the chest forward.  Hands may rest on the knees, shins or feet as determined by each individual.  Pillows or a bolster may be stacked on top of the legs for ease in folding forward.  This position can be held for up to 5 minutes.

  • Reclining Hand to Big Toe-  Start by lying on the floor.  Extend one leg into the air with a bent knee.  Wrap a strap around the bottom of the foot allowing the ends of the strap to fall down either side of the leg.  Hold one end of the strap with each hand and gently extend the leg straight toward the ceiling.  Increase or decrease tension in the strap as determined by each individual.  Hold the pose for 1-2 minutes, alternating sides.

Closing Thoughts from Dr. Tali

The origin of back pain does not always begin in the spine.  Because of the way our muscles, tendons and ligaments are connected, many muscles groups impact pain in the back.  Finding ways to treat the source of the pain can help promote wellness in the body.  Try these simple stretches for your hamstrings to decrease pressure on the low back.  Check in to let us know how these stretches worked for you. As always, if you need chiropractic care, give us a call at Radiant Health Chiropractic Care.  

In wellness,  

Dr. Tali


Why is Saliva Testing a Better Option for Hormone Deficiency or Imbalance?

Saliva testing is proving to be the most reliable medium for measuring hormone levels. Hormone levels in saliva accurately represent the amount of hormone delivered to receptors in the body, unlike serum which represents hormone levels that may or may not be delivered to receptors of the body.

Clinically, it is far more relevant to test the amount of hormones delivered to the tissue receptors as this is a reflection of the active hormone levels of the body.

The majority of hormones in the blood exist in one of two forms: free (5%) or protein bound (95%). While

95% of the hormones in the body are protein bound; it is only the 5% free hormones that are biologically active. Saliva measures the free, bioavailable hormone levels in the body, while serum measures only the protein bound non-bioavailable hormone levels. Therefore, serum is a much less accurate measurement than that of saliva when assessing functional hormone levels.

Saliva Measures the “Unbound” Biologically

Active or Free Hormone Levels in the Body:

When blood is filtered through the salivary glands, the bound hormone components are too large to pass through the cell membranes of the salivary glands. Only the unbound hormones pass through and into the saliva. What is measured in the saliva is considered the “free”, or bioavailable hormone, that which will be delivered to the receptors in the tissues of the body.

Serum Measures the “Protein Bound”

Biologically Inactive Hormone Levels in the

Body:

In order for steroid hormones to be detected in serum, they must be bound to circulating proteins. In this bound state, they are unable to fit into receptors in the body, and therefore will not be delivered to tissues. They are considered inactive, or non-bioavailable.

Only Saliva Testing Measures Topically Dosed

Hormones:

The discrepancy between free and protein bound hormones becomes especially important when monitoring topical, or transdermal, hormone therapy.

Studies show that this method of delivery results in increased tissue hormone levels (thus measurable in saliva), but no parallel increase in serum levels.

Therefore, serum testing cannot be used to monitor topical hormone therapy.

Health Disclaimer: All information given about health conditions, treatments, products and dosages are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This is provided only as a suggested guideline.


Why aren't all Essential Fatty Acids- Omega 3s' the same?

May 8, 2019

Not all Essential Fatty Acids – omega 3s’ are the same

Nutrition

In my search for the ultimate Omega 3 supplementation and recommendations I can make to my patients, I am always on a quest to improve my knowledge. While Essential Fatty Acids are known as necessary for our bodies to function, many consider this among other vitamins and minerals “the doctor always talk about but don’s really pertain to me”. Here is the deal: We must ingest them or our body will function poorly if any at all. So many of the processes taking place in our body rely on the supply of high quality essential fatty acids, we really can’t continue to starve it, or supply it with poorly made or rancid oils.

Essential need for fatty acids


Only two fatty acids are known to be essential for humans: alpha linolenic acid  (an omega-3 fatty acid) and linoleic acid (an omega-6 fatty acid).[2][3]

Here are a few important facts about the viability of these supplements. Additionally you want to consider the condition of the oceans from which these are harvested. Are they imported from Japan where the 5 nuclear reactors have leaked and contaminated the Pacific Ocean? Are they safe? 

Radioactivity in the Ocean:
Diluted, But Far from Harmless

With contaminated water from Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear complex continuing to pour into the Pacific, scientists are concerned about how that radioactivity might affect marine life. Although the ocean’s capacity to dilute radiation is huge, signs are that nuclear isotopes are already moving up the local food chain.
by elizabeth grossman

http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Suppliers2/Marine-omega-3-sources-are-clearing-sustainability-bar-so-far

I find a safer way to supply the body these essential fats. Here are some examples of EFAs’ from plants, or harvested and purified at the labs of a high quality live foods company such as SP.
Sesame seed oil, Soybean lecithin, Tuna Omega 3 oil, Black Currant seed oil, Calamari Omega-3 liquid. 

Call today and ask for a consultation or Nutritional testing proven every time to uncover the weak organs and suggest the proper support made of live foods.

Dr. Tali Pariser

404-610-1090

Systemic Inflammatiom, if you have it what is the solution?

I often hear from my patients that they struggle with weight loss issues, aches and pains, general fatigue, cravings for sugar and carbs and more.

  • Have you tried numerous methods to lose weight but they failed?

  • Do you often feel fatigued for no apparent reason?

  • Do you often get sick or feel under the weather?

Systemic Inflammation can be the problem. It may cause many ailments and prevent the process of natural healing in your body if not treated properly.

The University of Maryland Medical Center published  research about natural supplements to aid in prevention and correction of systemic inflammatory response.

Great supplement for reduction of Systemic Inflammatory Response

Bromelain: digestive, Osteoarthritis and bone support

Bromelain is an extract derived from the stems of pineapples, although it exists in all parts of the fresh plant and fruit, which has many uses. It is thought to have anti-inflammatory effects. Bromelain also contains chemicals that might interfere with the growth of tumor but there is no peer review research showing efficacy for it.

The US National Institute of Health rates bromelain as only possibly effective against osteoarthritis, but only when taken in combination with trypsin and rutin (Phlogenzym).[1] The same institute has stated that it is possibly ineffective for preventing post-exercise muscle fatigue.

University of Maryland Medical Center  http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/bromelain
Overview

Bromelain is a mixture of enzymes that digest protein (proteolytic) that are found in pineapples (Ananas comosus). Pineapple has been used for centuries in Central and South America to treat indigestion and reduce inflammation. Bromelain, which is derived from the stem and juice of the pineapple, was first isolated from the pineapple plant in the late 1800s. The German Commission E approved bromelain to treat swelling and inflammation after surgery, particularly sinus surgery.

Bromelain can be used to treat a number of conditions, but it is particularly effective in reducing inflammation from infection and injuries.
Source: Bromelain | University of Maryland Medical Center http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/bromelain#ixzz2yZp4IXWy

Is Chiropractic good for the treatment of Back Pain?

Do Chiropractors treat back pain? Many of our patients come to us to solve all their problems with low back pain, neck pain, headaches, migraines, sciatica, or pain after car accidents. Although we find chiropractic care helpful for these problems, we have a larger goal. Our purpose is to remove the interference to the nervous system and restore as close to perfect as possible the nervous system flow so the body can heal itself. Our goal is to help patients regain their life back and participate in the activities that they stopped doing.

Dr. Tali Pariser BS DC

The following article from New Hampshire Magazine explains what our work as Doctors of Chiropractic focus on.

New Hampshire Magazine Features Chiropractic

In the March 2014 issue of New Hampshire Magazine is an article with the title, “Chiropractic Care for Back Pain – Chiropractors treat back pain and a whole lot more.” The article, by Karen A. Jamrog, notes that although chiropractors are known in the public for seeing patients with musculoskeletal issues such as back problems, chiropractic has much more to offer.

The author interviewed several chiropractors in New Hampshire, one of whom explained chiropractic’s wide reach by saying, “We treat the spine, but not just for low-back pain. [Chiropractors] treat the spine, and the spine houses the nervous system. The nervous system makes absolutely everything in your body work. When we adjust somebody, all kinds of symptoms change and often get better.”

Article author Jamrog explains how chiropractic can affect the entire body when she says, “Chiropractic is based on the premise that spinal misalignments, or subluxations, create interference within the body’s communication system and hamper the body’s innate ability to heal itself. The idea is that the body cannot perform optimally when subluxations exist, because the misalignments obstruct the flow of information between your brain and the rest of your body.”

The article notes that physical, chemical, or psychological stressors, such as toxins and trauma can create subluxations. Subluxations then cause the body to function at less than its innate potential which can result in a variety of health issues.

In explaining how children with ear infections can be helped when subluxations are corrected with chiropractic adjustments, one of the NH chiropractors in the article explains, “When those are cleared, the body does exactly what it knows how to do, which is to heal itself. With that interference, those subluxations, the body isn’t as efficient in clearing out those problems.”

Dr. Michael McLean, president of the International Chiropractors Association explains. “One of the misconceptions about chiropractic that has caused confusion in the past is the concept that chiropractors treat all these illnesses. We do not.  We do not even really treat back pain. What we do is to remove interference to the nervous system, allowing the patient’s own body to address their health issues.”  McLean continued, “With a properly functioning nervous system, there is almost no limit to what the body is capable of doing. This is how people with such a wide variety of health problems can be helped by chiropractic care.”

The human body is precisely designed for optimal functioning if only we can uncover the secrets of balancing what we ingest.   

Alkaline vs. Acidic Diet

The human body is precisely designed for optimal functioning if only we can uncover the secrets of balancing what we ingest.  There has been much interest in a more alkaline diet in recent times.  In thinking about an alkaline versus acidic diet, understanding pH is important.  pH stands for “potential Hydrogen”.  This abbreviation, often used in chemistry,  describes the negative log of Hydrogen in a water-based solution.  Thus, every area of the body, which is mostly made up of water, can be measured on the pH scale.  

pH Values in the Body

The pH scale runs from 1-14.  The lower the number on the scale, the higher the acidity of the substance.  Conversely, the higher the number, the more alkaline a substance.  The following are average pH values in the human body:  

  • Skin- Between 4.0 and 6.5

  • Urine- Between 4.0 and 8.0

  • Stomach- Between 1.35 and 1.5

  • Spinal Fluid- 7.3

  • Blood- Between 7.35 and 7.4

 

pH Values in Foods

The foods we eat and the beverages we drink are also assigned pH values.  Fruits and vegetables are generally assigned higher pH values, while meats, grains and alcohol are more acidic.  Other foods are considered neutral like natural fats and carbohydrates.  Here are some sample foods and pH values:

  • Apples- Between 3.30 and 4.0

  • Asparagus- Between 6.0 and 6.7

  • Blueberries- Between 3.12 and 3.33

  • Bread- Between 5.0 and 6.2

  • Cottage Cheese- Between 4.75 and 5.02

  • Grapefruit- Between 3.0 and 3.75

  • Vinegar- Between 2.4 and 3.4

For a complete list of foods click here.

pH Levels and Illness

In order for systems to be healthy and balanced, pH levels should be within a specific range for different organs and areas within the body.  Highly acidic areas can cause diseases, inflammation and pain.  For example, the stomach is highly acidic in order to break down foods, while the blood is more alkaline.  Increasing acid in the stomach can cause issues of indigestion and ulcers.  When the blood is too alkaline, alkalosis is present.  With this condition, lung problems and/or kidney problems are usually present.  

Health Benefits of an Alkaline Diet

While there have been some unsubstantiated claims that an alkaline diet will help prevent cancer, the research does not support this theory.  However, there are some specific benefits to embracing an alkaline diet.  Overall health and wellness seem to be affected positively by ingesting an alkaline heavy diet.  Some of these benefits are: 

 

  • kidney health

  • prevent osteoporosis

  • improving growth hormone levels

  • reduces cardiovascular problems

  • improves respiratory function

  • reduces low back pain

Closing Thoughts from Dr. Tali

An alkaline diet is certainly not an easy way toward a magical cure for ailments; however, it is a healthy was to support the body’s ability to heal itself.  Most alkaline foods are fruit and vegetables, which are healthy for numerous reasons.  We are happy to recommend specific alkaline foods and those high in Vitamin D to aid in reduction of back pain.  Set up and appointment today for a free screening.  Not only will our helpful staff insure your spine is adjusted, we will also make lifestyle suggestions to get you functioning at your best level.  Call today!  404-610-1090

In wellness,  

Dr. Tali




Tips to Thaw Out Your Winter Workout

 

Tips to Thaw Out Your Winter Workout

 

Are the winter blues freezing out your workout routine? It is easy to let earlier sunsets, colder temperatures and harsh weather bring your fitness goals to a halt. When the winter weather sets in you have to come up with a game plan to stick to your fitness goals. Here are a few ways to stay active.

 

Create a Home Gym

When it’s too cold or too dark for your after work run, consider instead working out from the warmth and comfort of your own home. Setting up a home gym can help your fitness goals stay on track. Some equipment you might want to add to your home gym includes:

 

●     Yoga mat

●     Dumbbells

●     Resistance band

●     Balance trainer

 

Learn Winter Sports

If you need to get more active during the winter months, try learning a winter sport. Not only will the exercise keep you fit and active, but you’ll also stimulate your mind by learning something new and broaden your social circle. Winter is an excellent time to try out skiing, skating, curling or fat biking.

 

Set a Goal

An effective way to stay active during the winter is to set a goal, like signing up for a race that starts at the first sign of spring. Then, purchase the gear you need to keep up training in the winter. If you’re a runner, consider sliding some ice cleats over your shoes. For cyclists, purchase a trainer for your bike and spin the miles away in your living room.

 

Winter comes with all kinds of challenges -- from winterizing your home to driving in the snow -- so why let your workout be one of them? From learning new routines to buying new gear, you can burst through the cold.

Yours in Balance,

Dr. Tali Pariser

 

Poor Posture Leads to Spinal Degeneration

Premature Aging:  Links to Posture

Healthy posture is important in preventing degenerative disc disease.  With progressive breaking down of the tissue between the vertebrae, pain and mobility can be affected.  Poor posture can have a lasting impact on a person’s health.

Degenerative Disc Disease

What exactly is degenerative disc disease?  The spinal column is comprised of vertebrae, discs and ligaments and tendons connecting everything together.  The discs between the vertebrae act as a cushion, promoting flexibility and range of motion.  These discs are primarily made of water, and as a body ages, the amount of water decreases.  The discs can slip, develop small cracks or bulge depending upon the type of pressure.  Any of these misalignments can cause pain.  Degenerative disc disease is most common in the cervical spine (neck) and lumbar spine (low back).  

Symptoms of Degenerative Disc Disease

Bulging, herniated or permeated discs can cause painful symptoms.  Living with pain can be debilitating.  The following may be a sign of discogenic pain:

·         sharp pain in a generalized area

·         aching pain

·         tingling in arms or legs

·         limited range of motion

How Posture Contributes to Degenerative Disc Disease

Prolonged sitting without intermittent breaks has been proven to cause changes in disc height.  Further, one study looked at yoga practitioners as compared to a control group of asymptomatic non-yoga practitioners.  This study found that the yoga group had significantly less degenerative disc disease than the other group.  Thus, motion and spinal alignment, coupled with exercise decrease the presence of disc problems as measured with MRI.  Conversely, poor posture can contribute to degenerative disc disease.  By hunching over, curving the spine or pulling the shoulders in, gradual pressure can be placed upon the spine creating disc issues.

How to Improve Posture

Specific techniques can be used to improve posture.  Exercise creates the production of synovial fluid, which acts as an agent that lubricates and helps the joints move more easily.  Try the following to improve posture:

·         Stretching and twisting of the spine

·         Be mindful of posture

·         Roll shoulders at least three times a day

·         Stand with back against a wall

·         Get regular chiropractic adjustments

Closing Thoughts from Dr. Tali

As the body ages, certain conditions arise.  Normal wear and tear can cause some degeneration in the discs.  Good posture can slow the progression of this degeneration.  Our next few articles will focus on exercises to improve posture and protect the integrity of the discs, thereby reducing the risk of posture-related degenerative disc disease.  

In wellness,  

Dr. Tali

 

Protein: The Primary Building Block for Muscular Health

As promised, this article will explore the importance of protein as the primary building block for healthy muscular maintenance and development.  For optimal wellness, strength and alignment, a strong muscular-skeletal system is a necessity.  Exercise and regular chiropractic adjustments are important components of this system maintenance, but diet is critical, as well.  Protein is the single most important dietary element in maintaining and building muscles.

What Is Protein?

Proteins are composed of chains of amino acids.  These compounds come together to create structural body tissues, particularly muscles.  Broken down into the smallest parts, protein consists of the following:  

  • carbon

  • hydrogen

  • nitrogen

  • oxygen

  • sulfur

Protein in Your Body

The body requires different macronutrients to function and live: protein, carbohydrates and fat.  These macronutrients provide the fuel a body needs for operation.  The bulk of a person’s daily caloric intake, approximately 65%, comes from carbohydrates.  Fat makes up less than 10% of a person’s diet.  Protein intake should be approximately 15% of an average diet. However, other factors impact the amount of protein necessary for optimal performance.  People hoping to build muscle mass through workout regimes require more protein.  Further, as the body ages, more protein is required to maintain muscle mass.  

How Much Protein Do I Need?

Research shows an average individual requires a minimum of .8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight.  However, studies indicate these minimum requirements can fall short given a variety of factors.  Exercise and weight training require higher amounts of protein for greater synthesis and athletic performance.  High intensity exercise can require up to 2.4 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. Further, recent scientific studies show older populations require between 1.0 and 1.2 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight to maintain muscle mass.  

 

What Are the Best Sources of Dietary Protein?

Protein comes from the food you eat.  There are many animal sources of protein, but there are other sources, as well.  The following are high in protein and lower in fat:

  • lean meat

  • poultry

  • seafood

  • soy

  • eggs

  • beans

  • peas

  • seeds and nuts

 

Closing Thoughts from Dr. Tali

Our clients at Radiant Health are looking for optimal health and wellness.  While we seek to treat pain and illness, we also strive to build healthy practices for our patients.  This series on protein will continue next week.  We will discuss how protein works with metabolism and how it builds critical amino acids for optimal skeletal-muscular functioning.  Let us work with you to develop a healthy diet and exercise routine to support your chiropractic wellness.  Call today for a free consultation.

In wellness,  

Dr. Tali

Dietary Considerations: What's in a Healthy Diet

Diet is critical to wellness.  Beyond merely fueling the body, building muscle and maintaining proper weight, a healthy diet can prevent illness and ensure greater overall well-being.

However, a quick search of the Internet will reveal as many opinions about diet as people out there writing about nutrition. With so many experts, it can be confusing to determine which diet may be a good fit.  The next series of articles will explore specific components of diet and how each of these affects the body systems.

What Foods Make Up a Healthy Diet?

Anyone who has taken even an elementary health class, understands that variety in diet is important.  While experts often differ on specific portion guidelines for diet, most agree that the human body requires a range of nutrients and vitamins for proper functioning.  Healthy diets include portions of the following foods:

  • Fruits

  • Vegetables

  • Whole Grains

  • Lean Meats

  • Low-Fat Dairy

  • Small Amounts of Fats or Oils

How Much of Each Food Does My Body Require?

This is a difficult question to answer.  Different research has churned out varying results.  According to the USDA, how much food a body needs is dependent upon age, weight, gender and activity level.  There are simple ways of calculating what your body needs based on an expansive body of research. However, different experts across the country offer passionate arguments about specific diet choices.  Vegans promote a plant-based diet with no supplementing of animal products, while some fitness experts insist a high protein diet is best. Consulting specifically with your physician before starting a diet you aren’t sure about is always your best bet.  

Vitamins, Proteins and Fat

Regardless of which diet you choose, and which expert you believe, there are some simple nutritional truths that everyone agrees upon.  First, your body gets vitamins and minerals from the food you eat. These vitamins are necessary for the body’s systems to function properly.  For example, Vitamin C is extremely important in supporting the immune system. Proteins are also an essential nutritional element. Higher protein diets have been shown to build muscle effectively for those working on muscle development, with no ill side effects for increasing protein intakes up to four times the recommended daily allowance.   Most reasonable research concludes that fat intake should be limited to prevent obesity, but a diet requires some healthy oils. In fact, a diet with recommended amounts of olive oil and/or coconut oil has been shown to decrease incidents of cardiovascular disease and cancer.

How Do I Calculate My Dietary Needs?

The research is always improving and studies are constantly being done.  However, the USDA has commissioned an impressive amount of research over a long period of time.  As new things are discovered, the information is updated. This link is a great resource in helping a person determine how much of each nutrient and protein a body needs.  

 

Closing Thoughts from Dr. Tali

This article is merely an introduction to the importance of nutrition for health and wellness.  Next week, we will explore how critical protein is with regard to building and maintaining muscle, losing and/or maintaining a healthy weight, and allowing proper functioning of body systems.  For those seeking chiropractic care, the skeletal-muscular system is often experiencing some level of dysfunction. Knowing how protein works in the body can help you make positive dietary choices to promote optimal functioning of this system.  At Radiant Health Chiropractic, we hope to educate our clients and improve every area of physical wellness. Stay tuned for our next articles about protein to build and maintain a strong skeletal-muscular system. Call today for a consult regarding nutrition, range of motion or treating any problematic condition.  

In wellness,  

Dr. Tali

Stomach aches, cramps, lack of energy and more serious issues can result when the digestive system isn’t working well. 

Constipation- Real Talk

When the digestive system isn’t working well, a host of complications can arise.  Stomach aches, cramps, lack of energy and more serious issues can result.  Constipation is not a particularly pleasant topic to discuss, but it is an issue many people struggle with daily.  This article will focus on ways to combat constipation and improve overall digestive functioning. 

How Do I Know I am Constipated?

Healthy digestion is individual based upon each person’s unique make up.  People can have bowel movements as often as three times a day or as little as three times a week, depending upon the amount of food ingested, the types of foods eaten, and a person’s metabolism.  You know you are constipated if you are having difficulty using the restroom and are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

·      Cramping

·      Bloating

·      Gas

·      Pebble-like pellets

·      Heavy, hard bowel movements

·      Inability to pass a full bowel movement

What Does Your Poop Look Like?

Noticing the characteristics of your bowel movements is important.  If you are having difficulty using the bathroom, you may need to seek advice from a health care professional.  In this instance, you will need to provide information about the appearance of your bowel movements.  Generally, your poop should be brown in color.  Also, your poop should float in the toilet.  This indicates a healthy, fibrous diet.  Sinking poop or small, hard pellets indicate dehydration.  Watching your poop and determining any unhealthy qualities can inspire a change in diet.

How Do I Improve My Digestive System?

Some simple lifestyle changes can help treat constipation and prevent it from recurring.  First, it is very important to drink enough water.  If you are constipated, dehydration can be a serious contributor to the problem.  A minimum of 8 glasses of water per day can help get things moving again.  Adding fiber to your diet is important, as well.  Healthy grains, fruits and vegetables are essential to eliminating waste efficiently from the digestive system.  You may also try to following treatments to aid in treating constipation:

 

·      Enemas

·      Drink coffee

·      Add olive oil to your diet

·      Exercise

·      Use a “squat position”- Special potties and stools are available to help change the pooping position.

 

Can Chiropractic Care Help Digestion?

Interestingly, studies show that chiropractic adjustments can also help improve digestion and treat constipation.  Removing blockages occurring in the spine can help the system flow in all areas, including the digestive system.  With weekly adjustments, constipation is often alleviated along with any other underlying conditions related to dysfunctional systems in the body.

 

Closing Thoughts from Dr. Tali

Constipation is a nagging problem.  If left untreated, more serious complications can result.  Dealing with an impacted colon is miserable and can lead to intestinal rupture, fissures and sometimes even surgery.  Simple changes in diet, exercise and regular chiropractic adjustments can restore the body’s natural systems.  At Radiant Health Chiropractic, we care about helping you to live your best life.  Call today to let us help restore you to “All systems GO!” 

In wellness, 

Dr. Tali

 

 

 

 

If you have been exposed to mold, you could be suffering from long-term illness. The next question is simply, “What do I do now?”

Treatment Course for Mold Exposure

If you have been exposed to mold, you could be suffering from long-term illness.  The next question is simply, “What do I do now?”  This article will explore how to best treat mold exposure and Multiple Chemical Syndrome (MCS) using a combined approach of traditional, alternative and chiropractic therapies. 

Clean the Environment

First, the irritant must be removed from the environment.  Making sure the area is mold-free will prevent symptoms from recurring after treatment has begun.  Using a bleach solution for obvious areas will effectively clean mold.  In hidden places like vents, behind walls or under flooring, professional services must be acquired to insure every bit of mold is removed.  In many instances, old materials must be completely removed and replaced.

Testing and Traditional Treatment

Seeing a medical doctor may be the first course in the long process of treating mold exposure.  Allergy specialists can conduct skin prick tests to determine specific allergic reactions and medications to help treat symptoms.  Further, in some cases in which mold has colonized in the lungs, sputum cultures must be collected and sent to a lab for testing.  Different molds can be identified.  Common molds known to colonize in the lungs and other organs are:

·      Aspergillus

·      Candida

·      Scedosporium

·      Exophialia dermatitidis

·      Acrophialophora fusispora

·      Trichosporun

These molds can create problems breathing, including shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing and sinus irregularities.  Headaches and migraines can also accompany a mold infection.  Typically, there are two primary medications used to treat fungal infections:  Itraconazole and Voriconazole.  Voriconazole is typically administered via IV, while Itraconazole is an oral medication.  These medications are administered twice a day.  Usually, for serious infections, a course of IV medication is followed by months of oral anti-fungal therapy.

Alternative Therapies

Herbal remedies (garlic extract, grapeseed, and olive leaf) are often recommended supplements for long-term anti-fungal therapy.  There are also essential oils that have been proven to kills specific types of mold and fungus:  oregano, garlic, tea tree and lavender are common oils to treat fungal infections, as well.  Probiotics are recommended, as well.  Diet is an important part of treating a mold infection.  Sugar and artificial sweeteners should be banned from the diet.  Fruits and vegetables should be aplenty in an anti-fungal diet.  Building immunity with vitamin-rich foods is important to fight the infection and make the internal environment less attractive for opportunistic fungal infections. 

Chiropractic Care for Mold Infection

How can chiropractic care help with mold infection?  Simply, chiropractic helps every system to work optimally.  Studies show people who receive regular adjustments have a stronger immune system.  Chiropractic care improves lung function, circulation and nervous system functioning.  Improved systems allow the body to more effectively fight fungal infection.

Closing Thoughts from Dr. Tali

 

The journey back to health after mold exposure and infection can be long and arduous.  Nagging cough, sinus symptoms, digestive issues and even chronic immune diseases can accompany a mold infection.  Seeking a multi-modality treatment for mold infection that includes a variety of therapies is best for long-term wellness.  Recovering from mold exposure takes time, but it is not impossible.  Let us evaluation your specific concerns at Radiant Health Chiropractic.  . 

In wellness, 

Dr. Tali

 

As promised, this article will explore specific illnesses that have been linked to mold exposure. 

Multiple Chemical Syndrome:  Is It Related to Mold Exposure?

As promised, this article will explore specific illnesses that have been linked to mold exposure.  If you or someone you love has begun having unexplained symptoms like breathing issues, sinus symptoms or even strange rashes, doctors may be scratching their heads with how best to diagnose a specific condition.  European countries have begun researching a condition called Multiple Chemical Syndrome (MCS) and speculating connections to mold exposure-related illness. 

What is Multiple Chemical Syndrome (MCS)?

Multiple Chemical Syndrome (MCS) is an illness characterized as a chronic condition with recurring symptoms.  Multiple organ systems are often involved.  Further, chemicals and other agents or combinations are often found as culprits in this illness.  When the irritants are identified, found and removed, the illness clears up.  Often mold is found to be one irritant present in combination with others. 

What Symptoms are Present with MCS?

Truly, the symptoms can be as individual and patients and the environments in which they live and work; however, one specific Finnish study identifies several conditions that are often linked to MCS.  The following diagnosis in concert with other symptoms may indicate the presence of MCS: 

·      Hypothyroidism

·      Breast Cancer

·      Lymphoma

·      Chronic Respiratory Illness

·      Neurological Symptoms (Migraines)

·      Throat Infections

·      Eye Infections

This is a limited list of some illnesses that can be connected to prolonged mold exposure.

When Should I Test for Mold?

If you are living or working in a place where more than one person begins exhibiting illness symptoms, it may be time to test for mold.  In some homes where mold colonization has taken place, even the family pets have begun exhibiting symptoms.  It can be hard to determine what differentiates MCS from seasonal allergies; however, remember that with MCS when mold allergens are present, often multiple conditions are present.  

What Can Happen with Prolonged Mold Exposure?

Sometimes people can develop significant chronic illnesses due to MCS that cause debilitating conditions.  In some cases, these illnesses can also cause untimely death.  An increase in morbidity sometimes occurs because doctors are unable to diagnose the root cause of MCS without environmental studies.  Most doctors do not recommend environmental studies in the case of the following serious diagnoses: 

·      Different Types of Cancer

·      Autoimmune Disorders

·      Respiratory Diseases

Closing Thoughts from Dr. Tali

 

MCS with the presence of mold toxins can be deadly.  Mold can impair the body’s immune system making the conditions ripe for development of serious diagnoses like cancer, neurological disorders or autoimmune issues.  If unexplained illness develops, looking for mold coupled with other chemical agents or irritants that cause MCS can be critical.  Of course, at Radiant Health Chiropractic, we will support any health needs to promote your wellness.  Call today to set an appointment.  Your health is our primary concern. 

In wellness, 

Dr. Tali

 

 

 

 

KT Tape can benefit your Chiropractic care plan

 Kinesiology Therapeutic Sports Tape has become popular among sports enthusiasts, runners and weight lifters.  This strong, elastic tape is made of cloth, stretchy fibers and can be found in bright colors or more subdued, natural tones.  While some may believe this tape is just a fad used by athletes in Cross Fit games or on the shins of marathon runners, it offers real benefits for anyone recovering from a muscle or tissue injury.  When applied properly to a specific area, KT tape can relieve pressure on sensitive muscles, tissues and ligaments to relieve pain and promote healing. 

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History of KT Tape

Dr. Kenzo Kase, a Japanese chiropractor and acupuncturist, was searching for a therapy to allow patients to heal. He noted that sports tapes offered support, but were very stiff and didn’t allow a range of motion for patients.  In the 1970’s, therapies were mainly limited to taping an area or immobilizing a joint or limb after an injury.  Dr. Kase developed the tape to mimic human skin and replicate the elasticity of muscles, allowing for support and flexibility during the healing process. 

How KT Tape Works

When an injury is present or a muscle is overused, it loses its elasticity.  This creates tightness and tension in the muscle.  When joints are misaligned, the surrounding tissues can become inflamed and swollen.  By taping the affected area with varying degrees of tension, KT tape supports the affected area.  This support relieves pressure and reduces the number of pain signals sent from the brain to the damaged region.  Nerve endings lie near the surface of the skin.  When the tape is applied, the skin is slightly lifted allowing better blood and lymph flow.  Thus, when KT tape is applied properly, many painful conditions are relieved. 

Where Can KT Tape Be Applied?

Honestly, KT tape can be used anywhere there is pain.  Its effectiveness varies from condition to condition, but because it is a mild, non-invasive support, taping an area is certainly worth a try in the pursuit of pain relief.  KT tape has been found particularly beneficial for some of the following conditions:

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  •     Herniated discs in lumbar, thoracic or cervical regions
  •     Plantar fasciitis
  •     Shin splints
  •     Tendonitis
  •     Rotator Cuff Injuries
  •     Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
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Chiropractic Adjustments and KT Tape

Your chiropractor should fully evaluate your condition by reviewing x-rays and developing a treatment plan to get you back to pain-free motion.  KT tape is one tool that can help in this goal.  After an adjustment, applying tape to a specific area, may help relieve pain as your treatment course progresses.  Many videos available on YouTube demonstrate how to apply the tape based upon the area that is hurting.  Your chiropractor may have specific application techniques and recommendations, as well.

Closing Thoughts from Dr. Tali

For patients looking for drug-free pain relief, KT tape can be extremely helpful.  By supporting an injured area, while allowing flexibility and range of motion, patients are able to function during the healing process.  Exercise routines, work and daily living should not be negatively impacted by annoying pain symptoms.  Talk to your chiropractor about how best to use KT tape for your specific condition.  At Radiant Health Chiropractic, we are happy to consult about this tool or other available supports to get you back to the life you deserve.  

In wellness, 

 

Dr. Tali

Strengthening the Immune System with Chiropractic Care

Flu diagnosis have been at epidemic proportions this season.  Data gathered by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicate increasing outbreaks weekly from October of 2017 to February of 2018.  Record numbers have been admitted to hospitals across the U.S. during this outbreak.  In addition to basic hygiene and fastidious handwashing procedures, it is important to protect and support the immune system during a time when many in the community are sick.  Chiropractic care can help maintain wellness and support individual immunity during this outbreak of flu and pneumonia. 

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Immune System

The immune system in the human body is miraculously designed to fight off disease.  A network of germ-fighting cells join forces to defend against invading microorganisms.  The immune system is made of leukocytes, phagocytes and lymphocytes.  Within the lymphocytes there are two types of cells:  T-cells and B-cells.  T-cells, sometimes called “killer t-cells”, find infection and kill it.  B-cells make antibodies as a barrier to infection from the invading bacteria and viruses.

Defending Against Viruses and Bacteria

Micro-invaders are constantly changing and getting stronger.  This is why there has been a recent awareness in overprescribing antibiotics.  The bacteria are getting smarter and finding ways to resist antibiotics, making illness more difficult to treat.  T-Cells and B-Cells are able to recognize an invading organism and multiply quickly to protect against it.  Thus, finding ways to aid the immune system in the production of these illness fighters is the best way to promote wellness even when surrounded by a host of germs.

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How Can I Boost My Immune System?

There are many products that claim to help boost immune health.  A quick search of the Internet will reveal numerous vitamins and supplements claiming to improve your immune system.  A review of the literature reveals the following supplements support immune health:

  •      Vitamin A
  •      Vitamin C
  •      Vitamin D
  •      Vitamin E
  •      Ginseng

However, in addition to adding a good multivitamin and Ginseng tablet to your diet, did you know chiropractic also supports immune health without ingesting a pill?  Studies show the immune system function improves by 48% 24-48 hours after receiving a regular chiropractic adjustment. When fighter T-Cells are working at their optimum, it is much easier to fight the flu and other viral and bacterial illnesses.  When the spine is adjusted properly, neural pathways are open to receive messages identifying harmful invaders in the system. 

 

Closing Thoughts from Dr. Tali

No one can afford to miss work, school or day-to-day life with the flu or any other illness.  Feeling your best is critical to enjoying all that life has to offer.  During this flu epidemic that is sweeping the nation, take time to invest in your health.  Chiropractic care will boost your immune system, helping your body to naturally fight off pesky invaders.  You owe it to yourself to promote optimal wellness.  Call us today to schedule an appointment to assess your personal situation.  If you are struggling with autoimmune disorders or specific illnesses, we are happy to evaluate your condition to determine if chiropractic care is right for you. 

In wellness, 

Dr. Tali