Dr. Edward J. Hartey
600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Matamoras, Pa 18336
Certified Chiropractic Sports Physicians
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Volume 22 No. 4
Nearly eight out of every ten people will have back and neck problems during their lifetime. Seven million new victims join their ranks each year. Five million of these are partly disabled in that they can work but are physically limited. Two million are unable to work at all.
Some of the major contributing factors behind summertime back and neck pain problems are to little exercise, to much sitting, too much weight and too much stress.
On top of being out of shape and out of condition, most summertime athletes don't usually do warm-up and stretching exercises before participating in "good ole sports activities."
It is hard for most of us to believe that our muscles and joints aren't in just as good condition this summer as they have been in summers past.
But when we push our body's joints and muscles beyond their aging and unconditioned limits, injuries ten to happen.
This summer, literally thousands of unconditioned and out-of-shape backyard sports enthusiasts will incur musculoskeletal injuries. Many of them will hardly be aware of the extent of their injury until days, weeks, or even months after the injury.
After being physically clobbered at the picnic ball game and we're asked "Are you Okay?", we almost always say, "I'm Okay," as we cover up our hurts and brush ourselves off.
For the next few days, we are aware of the soreness and stiffness but anticipate that the symptoms will go away with a little time.
However, when the skeletal framework has been jolted out of its normal alignment and the muscles are unable to pull the skeleton, especially the spine, back into balance, muscle soreness and stiffness can last indefinitely with the possibility of the symptoms becoming rheumatoid or arthritic in nature. Gentle spinal adjustments are generally all that is needed to help bring the spine and skeleton back into normal alignment.
To help prevent summertime back and neck injuries, it is important to keep ourselves in shape with a regular exercise routine. And then, before participating in any sports activities, be sure to do warm-up and stretching exercises.
The need and desire to participate in summertime activities should not be overshadowed by a fear of injury.
However, in the event of a back or neck injury, everyone should be checked for a musculoskeletal misalignment. Call us!
HYDRATION IS A TOP PRIORITY
Everyone probably knows that we should drink between six and eight glasses of water a day every day, but very few of us do. Everyone is drinking carbonated drinks, tea and coffee, instead. As we learn more about the importance of water and about the impurities of contaminant that it may carry many Americans are thinking seriously about what comes out of the tap.
People need clean water to survive. A human can live for weeks without food, but will die after only four days without water. Reports warn that populations around the world are growing together with demand for more and more good drinking water. Blood is two-thirds water. Our brain is 70 to 80 percent water. Water is necessary to make the respiratory and digestive systems work. The disc space between the vertebrae is mostly water. When you're dehydrated, discs are harder to heal and easier to damage. Safe, abundant water is crucial to human survival.
Chiropractors urge patients to hydrate themselves, many people balk at the taste and quality of the country's water supply. Polls show that Americans believe community water systems need significant upgrades to meet federal standards for drinking water and wastewater treatment. EPA projections show that 55,000 community water systems will have to spend nearly $140 billion over the next 20 years to upgrade. New York City alone will require nearly $12.5 billion in water infrastructure improvements over the next 10 years. The EPA says that more than 50 million American residents were exposed to contaminated municipal water in 1995. Nearly 900 communities, including New York and Washington D.C., have had to issue orders to boil water since 1991.
Find your best source of clean water and have a glass today.
DON'T FORGET YOUR CHILD'S CHECKUP
If your car was pulling to the left or there was a vibration in the front end, you would take it to the alignment shop and see what was wrong. Tire damage and even the risk of an accident are possible.
So, if your child's spine is out of alignment, should you seek help? How do you know if the child's spine is out of alignment?
Does your child tilt his/her head to one side most of the time? Check the level of the ears.
Does your child carry one shoulder higher than the other?
Does your child appear to have one leg shorter than the other? To find out, have your child lie across the bed with his shoes on. If one hell appears to be shorter than the other, then they more than likely need chiropractic treatment.
These are all signs of structural problems that can cause nerve interferences or subluxations. Balance needs to be established to free up nerve pathways by correcting spinal subluxations.
A subluxation is when one or more vertebrae is out of it's normal alignment or fixated so as to interfere with the normal flow of nerve energy between the brain and spinal nerves supplying the organs and functions of the body.
Spinal subluxations in children can result in growing pains (leg pains), chronic headaches, allergies, ear infections, bed-wetting, irritability, etc.
All children should have regular spinal check-ups. Call our office for an appointment today!
AUTO ACCIDENT INJURIES
None of us want to experience an auto accident. They just happen.... and often. Road conditions, not paying attention and speeding are common causes of automobile accidents.
When in an accident you need to seek help immediately. Many problems that arise from an accident are not immediately obvious. You may not notice the whiplash or back injuries that can occur in an auto accident.
There is an increased awareness among the general public to seek out the aid of a doctor of chiropractic for treatment of symptoms due to injuries received in an auto accident.
Insurance companies also realize the effectiveness of chiropractic care involving whiplash and musculoskeletal injuries and routinely cover these costs for care of the injured. We can help answer insurance questions if you're unsure.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "More than 80 percent of all car crashes occur at speeds less than 20 m.p.h. Fatalities involving non-belted occupants of cars have been recorded as low as 12 m.p.h. That's about the speed you'd be driving in a parking lot".
People involved in "minor" accidents tend to believe that the accident couldn't affect them very much either NOT TRUE!
Anyone experiencing any of the symptoms following an auto accident should come into our office for a check-up and to establish a confirmation of the injury before signing any insurance release papers. Also, the sooner the injury is treated, the faster the healing response.
BE CAREFUL THIS SUMMER
There are approximately 1000 water slides throughout the U.S. They are one of the biggest growth items in the amusement park business.
Riders slide down a curving, steep chute on a sheet of water at speeds of up to 20 miles an hour.
Besides experiencing the exhilarating speed, adults, as well as children, have also experienced concussions, fractured vertebrae, bruises, sprains and various forms of back injuries.
Approximately 30 percent of emergency room admissions from amusement parks are caused by water slides!
If you must tempt injury by riding water slide, don't ride in tandem with other daredevil. It increases the risk of back injuries. Try to relax and let the ride take its course. We know that is hard to do.
Remember, as you slide off to fun and glory, if you ever need us, we are only a phone call away