Dr. Edward J. Hartey
600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Matamoras, Pa 18336
Certified Chiropractic Sports Physicians
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Volume 17 No.6
WHY HAVE I DEVELOPED BACK PAIN THIS WINTER?
Autumn is ebbing and winter is on our doorstep -- Christmas and Hanukkah are rounding the corner and snow is on the horizon. Nationwide, chiropractors are gearing up for the seasonally high numbers of back and neck pain sufferers. With the cooling weather, fall chores are changing from mowing, raking, and seeding to shoveling, scraping, hauling, and worst of all, hibernating. For a few short months people perform unaccustomed chores. Shoveling, scraping, and hauling require twisting, bending, and lifting motions which tend to harm our back when proper care and technique is not taken. Multiple studies reveal that forward bending with simultaneous twisting frequently cause back strains and joint disorders. "Hibernating" seems to be a major factor in back pain resulting from the underutilization of joints and muscles. Joints and muscles that are regularly used and properly strengthened are more resilient and will prevent "everyday" strains.
To prevent the injuries, plan for the task accordingly. Make sure to have the proper equipment for the job, such as a snow shovel for snow removal instead of an ordinary dirt shovel; or a sharp axe as opposed to a dull one. Gently warm up your muscles with light stretches and range of motion exercises, which your chiropractor will be glad to teach you. Dress warmly, paying special attention to feet, hands, nose, and ears. Try to push snow with front of you. If u have to lift it, pick up small amounts and lift with your legs, not your back. Do not toss snow over your shoulder or to the side.
Take frequent breaks and try to be efficient with your tasks--- use rock salt or de-icing compounds to remove ice from steps, walkways, and sidewalks. Sand placed on walkways may also help preventing slipping. Remember with any chore where bending and twisting is required, move your body like a robot and move your feet with the rest of the body.
Most of all stay active this winter, and think about the task at hand before starting. If injuries do occur, do not think it will just go away; seeking chiropractic care immediately can dramatically increase your chances of pain relief and prevent it from becoming a long-term problem.
WOMEN AND CHIROPRACTIC CARE
Doctors of Chiropractic have always recognized that women face many health problems unique to them because of their female physiology--including the obvious fact that their bodies are designed to be able to bear children. Pregnancy and the menstrual cycle are two of the most important health matters fro women. Pregnancy and it's recovery, pain during the menstrual period (dysmenorrhea), premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and chronic pelvic pain are four of the most distressing and unique conditions of the female body that can be treated with chiropractic. In particular, chiropractic has been shown to lesson the discomfort of dysmenorrhea and chronic pelvic pain.
Also, more and more women are becoming interested in diet, nutrition, weight loss, and methods for maintaining wellness and general fitness -- an area in which chiropractors have considerable knowledge and are eager to share with our patients.
Increasing numbers of women are relying on chiropractic, not only because of the caring interaction that develops between patient and doctor, but because of the chiropractor's effective spinal adjustments, and exercise guidance that many women are seeking from their health care providers.
Give us a call if you are concerned about any of these issues. We are eager and happy to help you with health concerns specific to females.
MY SYMPTOMS ARE GONE! WHAT NOW!!
Maintain the gain. After six months of wearing braces on protruding teeth, the teeth could be straight and we could throw the braces away. But our common sense tells us that if we dispose of the braces too soon, the teeth will have a tendency to gradually go back where they were before the braces were put on.
The same holds true for spinal corrections. The symptoms may be totally gone but to prevent their return and to maintain the gain, following the plan of regularly scheduled adjustments that your doctor of Chiropractic designs for you is very often an essential part of regaining better health.
DOES COLD AND RAINY WEATHER REALLY MAKE YOUR JOINTS ACHE?
Over the years thousands of people complain that their joints and muscles seem to be stiffer and ache more during cold and rainy weather. In a recent study by researchers at New York University, 75 arthritis patients were observed over a three month period, which concluded that overall joint pain complaints did increase on cold and rainy days. A direct reason for this is still in debate. the leading theory is that cold weather decreases circulation in the peripheral area in order to conserve the warm blood for your vital organs. In the 70's there was a study where people were placed in a chamber with atmospheric to simulate rainy conditions. The majority of the participants experienced increased pain sensitivity in their joints and muscles.
The hypothesis for this is that as air pressure decreases, any active inflamed tissue in and around the joints will swell and cause increased pain. This could be the main reason arthritis sufferers can sense changes in air pressure, and therefore the arrival of rain. Others believe that even though the above provide some explanation, they believe that this type of weather causes people to be more depressed and inactive, thereby creating another reason for pain. With all three of these reasons being debated, there is a common thread here---which is the need for increased activity of all major muscle and joint groups in order to keep joints and muscles lubricated.
OSTEOPOROSIS, THE SILENT WEAKNESS!
Osteoporosis is a chronic, progressive condition that leaches bone from the body, often leading to fractures of the hip, spine, and wrists. Elderly people suffer from disability or worse from osteoporosis-related fractures. Studies suggest that the complications from these fractures are more fatal to women annually than deaths related to cervical and breast cancer combined.
While one in three women suffers from an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime, one in then males will as well!
Often chiropractors are approached with questions that relate osteoporosis with arthritis. Many people confuse these two, and wait for painful joints before going to a doctor. Even though osteoporosis is painless (until a fracture occurs), it is important to find out how healthy your bones are--and to make the proper lifestyle, dietary, and exercise changes
There are many risk factors for Osteoporosis including: female age 50 or older, post-menopausal, prolonged hormone imbalances, ovaries removed, poor intake of Calcium or Vitamin D in food, poor physical activity, family history of Osteoporosis, small fragile Caucasian frame, high intake of cigarettes, caffeine, or alcohol use, excessive use of medicines (including corticosteroids).
Doctors of Chiropractic are well trained in the treatment and prevention of Osteoporosis. Prevention should begin with an increase in Calcium absorption to at least 1000 mg per day making sure it is in an absorbable forum such as calcium citrate, gluconate, lactonate or chelate and try to steer clean of calcium carbonate because it is poorly absorbed. Vitamin D and Magnesium must be included. Last, but not least, weight bearing exercise needs to be performed on a consistent basis. If u already have Osteoporosis, make sure to contact your health care practitioner before starting an exercise program. Osteoporosis is called the silent weakness, because it sneaks up on you if not checked for regularly.
HOLIDAY STRESS TIP: WHAT YOU EAT = HOW YOU FEEL
We've all heard the expression, "You are what you eat." According to a study conducted at Texas A&M University, what we eat may affect our mood, as well. The study showed a decline in depression for over one-third of those who were on a diet restricting them from foods containing caffeine or refined sugar. So, doesn't it make sense during the stressful holiday season, as well as other stressful times, when we need to feel our best, to cut back on sugar and caffeine products? When the urge hits you for something sweet to eat, try a nice cold orange or a crisp ripe apple to "curb the urge." You might be surprised at how much better you feel and others will be thankful for your change in attitude.
EAR INFECTION? HOLD OFF ON THE ANTIBIOTICS...
NBC's Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Bob Arnot told America on the Today Show that, "Up to 80% of earaches will clear up on their own" without the use of antibiotics. Dr. Arnot reported on a study indicating that 24-48 hours was all it took for the body's own healing system to handle the earache without antibiotics. Considering the bulk of new evidence warning against over-use of antibiotics and the danger of creating "super bugs", holding off on that prescription seems wise. Arnot included the warning that there is a "real risk of antibiotic over-use"
Should someone in your family suffer frequent ear infections, it may be a symptom of misaligned spinal vertebrae. Misalignment of the spinal bones can interfere with the nerves supplying the parts of the ear responsible for providing proper drainage of fighting infection. We need to check for misalignments right away.
NEW STUDY SHOWS HIGHER USAGE OF CHIROPRACTIC FOR ARTHRITIS
You are not alone; thousands of others are seeking complementary care for arthritis as well. A recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine has observed that 63% of people who visited a rheumatologist for arthritis also seek some treatment from "complementary and alternative" practitioners.
Chiropractic was the most sought after form of conservative care and was found to be the most helpful as well. Of the patients utilizing chiropractic care, 73% of patients found the treatment to be helpful. Other forms utilized were spiritual healing, acupuncture, and herbal therapies. This study helps further progress the knowledge chiropractors have been relaying for decades. Spinal manipulation is a key to restoring function to a joint and easing the pain related to arthritis. For more specifics on how it works, contact our office today.