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Elbow or Wrist Pain? Chiropractic can help

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How Sugar Impacts your Overall Health

Have you ever thought about what sugar is doing to your health? Everyone likes the occasional sweet indulgence, but excess sugar can have an impact on your overall health. In addition to weight gain, you could experience tooth decay, an imbalance in your blood sugar levels, inflammation, and much more.

With North Americans consuming around 22 teaspoons of sugar each day and even more for children, it’s more important than ever to get our sugar intake in check. Take a look at how sugar impacts your health and how to regain control.

The effect of sugar in your bloodstream

It’s important to understand what happens when sugar hits the bloodstream. First it’s going to release insulin which will promote fat storage. This is the hormone that is intended to keep your blood sugar balanced but the increased insulin will hinder hormone growth along with depressing your white blood cells, which both lead to a depressed immune system. You’ll be triggering weight gain, elevating your triglycerides which could lead to cardiovascular disease, and increasing risk of heart disease, some forms of cancer, and diabetes from the triggered inflammation

Health deficits that occur

In addition to putting your body at risk for these health issues, you’ll be depleting yourself of essential vitamins and minerals. It’s also increases the excretion of some of the important vitamins and minerals leading to hormone imbalances.

Too much sugar can lead to a depletion of calcium, vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, B vitamins, chromium and phosphorus. You’ll be likely to excrete calcium and magnesium when you urinate which sets you up for a higher chance of osteoporosis. It only takes two teaspoons of sugar to raise your calcium levels and decrease your phosphorus levels leading to an imbalance of all of your other essential minerals.

Understand that sugar is addictive

North Americans consume around their own body weight in sugar each year and part of the reason is that it’s highly addicted. Many generations ago Americans were only consuming around 5lbs per year, but today we regularly consume 12ounce cans of soda, candy at the movie theater, and ice cream on hot summer days. Your soda alone will give you 10 teaspoons of sugar or 1/4th cup and that’s just one beverage in your day, not counting the sugars in desserts, dinner bread, condiments, and your morning juice.

Since sugar wasn’t always so common, our bodies weren’t designed to handle refined sugar well. Sugar was only really obtained through fruits that were also nutritious and seasonal. Today we add sugar to our fruits or include fruits in our sugar desserts. Any type of sugar consumption is likely to cause cravings for more since sugar is so addicting.

The reason sugar is so addictive is that it releases the chemical dopamine in the brain, the reward center of our brains, and our body gets addicted to this reward. When you activate that pleasure chemical, our bodies process it like it would alcohol or nicotine in which you are left craving more once it’s gone. In fact, sugar is likely changing your dopamine receptors where tolerance starts and it’s harder to quit. Think of sugar as way you are self-medicating, like an alcoholic would with alcohol or a smoker would with cigarettes, and notice that if you do try to stop that you’ll experience withdrawal symptoms

While sugar has an impact on your overall health, you can make the decision to quit entirely or majorly decrease it. Get educated on sugar in food and wean yourself off so that you can avoid hormone imbalance, a deficient in vitamins in your boy, and your risk of serious health conditions.

 

Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome with Chiropractic Care

Do you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome and feel like you’ve tried everything to recover from the symptoms associated with it? You may not have realized that Chiropractic care can help with your CTS symptoms.

It’s a common condition with more people getting diagnosed every year and being one of the most common surgeries performed here in North America. Common symptoms of CTS are tingling, burning, and numbness make it difficult to function on a daily basis, and you may even find that it’s a challenge to properly grasp things. While surgery and other treatments are available, Chiropractic care may actually be the best non-invasive option.

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

If you’re just learning about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, it’s a condition in which portions of the hand lose or are limited in feeling, and movement due to swelling of the carpal tunnel. The Carpal Tunnel is the narrow passageway in the wrist that allows the median nerve to pass through the tunnel extending from the spine to the hand. This condition can happen in men or women, but it is more likely to occur in women for reasons unknown.

The condition is somewhat difficult to diagnose and it can be a challenge to pinpoint where the issue began. For example, sometimes repetitive motions can cause the condition, such as a construction worker or typing, while in other cases, it could be caused by genetics, or from having a smaller carpal tunnel than others.

When diagnosing the condition, the symptoms are often confused with arthritis, disc degeneration in the cervical portion of the spine causing median nerve irritation, or subluxations. It’s easy to misdiagnose with one of these conditions since they show the same symptoms of numbing or tingling.

Traditional treatments and what Chiropractic care can do

Your medical doctor may have you scheduled for surgery or offered an invasive treatment option such as steroid injections. Unfortunately, these are the most common treatment options and almost half of the time, surgical treatment isn’t successful. This is likely because many times patients have been misdiagnosed.

When you get alternative, non-invasive treatment such as Chiropractic care, you offer your body a natural solution before attempting anything more invasive. If you suspect you have CTS, talk to us about Chiropractic care to correct the problem before you have drugs or surgery administered.

As a Chiropractor, we are already familiar with adjusting the body to get things back to normal by gently adjusting areas of concern such as your wrist, elbow, or cervical spine where the median nerve originates. Rather than allowing the pain to continue and damage to occur to your hand or thumb, you can get the Chiropractic adjustments you need to get your body back into working order.

 

What’s Causing Your Elbow Pain?

Are you experiencing elbow pain but you can’t seem to find the source of the problem?  Often referred to as the “funny bone,” your elbow is a very sensitive place with many nerves running through the area. When you bump the ulnar nerve running through the elbow, you end up with that “funny” feeling that goes away shortly later.

When you have pain in the area, it’s sometimes referred to as “tennis elbow” or “golfer’s elbow;” but, what are these different elbow injuries and why does the area get injured easily? Take a look below to better understand your elbow pain and what’s causing it.

Different forms of elbow pain

If you’ve ever experienced elbow pain, you know how frustrating it can be and how helpless you feel in trying to treat it. It also can debilitate you in doing any regular activity, from picking up a glass of water to driving your car. It’s an area that we overuse but we also can’t go without using.

If you work in a profession or have a hobby that involves much gripping or sitting at a desk and typing all day, you are likely to develop elbow problems over time. Left untreated, these issues can get very serious.

Elbow pain can range from the medial area to the lateral area, depending on the injury. Pain at the medial part of the elbow, or the inside part, is referred to as golfer’s elbow, and can happen when there is repeatable or excess stress to the area, especially when you make forceful finger and wrist motions. On the other hand, you have tennis elbow which refers to the outside or lateral epicondylitis, where the muscles of your forearm in which you use to extend the fingers and wrist, are the most affected.

Your elbow pain could also be a result of a simple sprain or strain to the area, a fracture if you’ve broken a bone, or a dislocation. If it’s something that has been developing over time, it could be related to a more chronic type of condition such as arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, or bursitis.

Why do we injure the elbow easily?

Simply put, we tend to injure the elbow because it’s used so often throughout the day. You can’t pick up your coffee or get dressed for the day without using it. When you become athletic, you begin to use the elbow more frequently and can result in overuse or using incorrectly.

You can sometimes treat the pain symptoms at home if it’s an inflammation from a long day, but in most cases it’s best to see a professional. Even without sports in your life, you may be overusing your elbow at your office desk or gripping something often whether it’s a bar at the gym or your golf clubs.

Treating elbow injuries

While a minor discomfort can be treated at home with rest and an ice pack, untreated elbow injuries are serious. They need to be treated properly from the start because they will get worse if left alone. Regardless of where the injury is, you’ll end up with either weak extensors on the lateral side, or flexors that are too tight on the medial side. Seeing us right away is step one to avoid loss of function or activity level.

You’ll be able to diagnose the root of the problem and start correcting the issue with adjustments and therapeutic stretches. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary but an early diagnosis can prevent you from losing function or the issue exacerbating.

Are you experiencing numbness or shooting pain from in the elbow, arm, or hands? You need to meet with your us right away to figure out what’s causing your elbow pain and to get it treated professionally in order to avoid a more serious injury or a chronic condition from forming.

 

Do you suffer from Text Neck Syndrome?

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Chiropractic Care for Text Neck Syndrome

Are you addicted to your smartphone? If so, you may be due for a visit to the chiropractor. That’s because there is a new, silent epidemic known as “text neck” that is becoming increasingly more prevalent among people everywhere that are simply straining the neck during smart phone use.

What is “text neck” and is it serious? Not only is this an epidemic, but it could wreck your spine. Take a closer look at what many chiropractors are adding to their list of physical ailments to treat and why you need to visit your chiropractor now before it’s too late.

What is Text Neck

A new term that may start to come up in your conversations this year is “text neck,” a phrase to refer to the burden on the spine from keeping the neck bent forward and down on a regular basis for use of a smart device.

Since people are on their phones for hours and hours each day, it’s putting the neck and spine at a 15-60 degree angle with the weight of the human head taking effect on the cervical spine.  Text neck is a health condition affecting more and more as many choose to hunch over to text, navigate the web, watch videos, and more on their smart devices for several minutes and even hours at a time.

The modern day Forward Head Posture

While text neck is a relatively new term, it does take a play on an older health condition known as Forward Head Posture. Texting has only been around for a dozen or so years, while Forward Head Posture, or FHP, was the original health condition describing this positioning of the head forward from the center of the shoulders causing the head to shift the body’s gravity and cause serious health conditions. Being a completely preventable condition doesn’t keep many from getting it, since people are often attached to their phones for their work and personal lives.

Preventing and treating Text Neck

With proper exercise and awareness of your posture, you can prevent and correct text neck from happening to you. It’s important to keep your spine and posture aligned regularly, which means that when it’s time to use your smart device, you need to be aware of your posture and positioning of your body. With the right exercises and techniques to hold your device properly, you can limit the strain on your neck and spine.

Not only can text neck cause pain to the neck, shoulders, and spine, but it could lead to other conditions including migraine and disc herniation. This is why it’s more important than ever to avoid hunching over and keeping your posture nice and straight, while paying a visit to the chiropractor to get adjustments and realigned.

Be sure to hold your phone at eye level going forward, otherwise you could end up with a spine curvature, pain, and other side effects. Taking a break from texting or navigating and relying on a laptop or browsing by voice-activated Bluetooth technology will allow you to better focus on what you’re doing, keep your body safe from poor posture, and make it easier to connect with less disruption to your daily life.

If you’re experiencing tightness or discomfort around your neck, shoulders, and upper back, it may be a sign that you are experiencing the effects of Text Neck that your chiropractor will need to help you correct. Improve your posture going forward so that you can enjoy the perks of technology in your hands without harming your body in order to do so.

CBC’s Article: Smartphone-related neck pain on the increase

 

Chiropractic Care for Treating Disc Problems

Do you suffer with disc problems that are causing pain in your spine and other areas? Disc problems can really burden the sufferer between the stiffness in the back, the pain in different areas, and the tingling and weakness affecting the nerves. Chiropractors are constantly seeing people needing treatment for disc herniation and bulging disc problems. Take a look at what it means to have a disc problem and how chiropractors are treating them.

What do spinal discs do?

Spinal discs are those spongy pads that live on the spinal column between your vertebrae. These discs are flat, sensitive, circular capsules only about an inch in diameter and covered in a tougher outer membrane. They are your spine’s shock absorbers during movement and they work to hold the spine in place.

While these sacs are only fluid-filled sacs in childhood, they begin to solidify into adulthood in which the bloody supply stops so that the inner material can harden. Adults are more prone to disc injuries and degeneration since discs harden with age and become like hard rubber by middle age.

Types of disc problems

Some of the disc problems people sometimes encounter are slipped discs or bulging discus. A herniated disc is a bulging disc that occurs when fluid pushes out through a crack in the exterior. This can cause pain or numbness to the nearby nerves in your arm or leg, but in some cases, no symptoms occur from the herniated disc.

If you get a herniated disc, you will either have a prolapse or a protrusion. A protrusion means that the disc is bulging and pushing it out of shape while a prolapsed disc is one that bulges out so much that it becomes separated from the other discs. A severe prolapsed disc could be bad enough to affect daily activities like sitting, standing, and walking.

Symptoms and treatment

Do you have pain in your leg, buttock, or foot? Do you find it painful to do certain movements in your arm, neck, or shoulder? Is your spine stiff or tender? Do you have unexplained numbness, weakness, or tingling in certain body parties? These are all signs and symptoms of disc issues in your spine.

Chiropractic can definitely help you with this problem. There are safe ways to treat bulging or herniated discs. Your chiropractor will likely take digital images and ask about your history to see what type of issue may be occurring and how to treat it.

If you are suffering from a disc problem, talk to us right away so that you can get your spine issues corrected and get back to your daily routines again.

 

How Clothing and Shoes Might be Hurting You

There are millions of things in this world that could harm you every day, but the least thing you’d probably guess is that your clothes would be one of them. Believe it or not, your clothing and shoes are more likely to hurt you than anything else, seeing that improper clothing is on your body all day long, all throughout the week.

You probably had your suspicions that your high heel pain wasn’t great for your feet and that the oversized purse was harming your shoulders. Take a look at these clothing items and more that you may not have suspected are hurting you every day.

Your favorite pair of jeans

You love rocking a pair of skinny jeans on a night out in the city or when you want to dress up for a shopping excursion. Did you know that those skinny jeans, while looking great, are actually restricting your hips and your knees from total movement?

While you’ve probably already noticed some restriction, over time this can change the way we hold our bodies and even the way we walk. In the long-term, you’ll end up with a change on posture in movement which puts unfamiliar pressure on your joints that will decrease your shock absorption. This will lead to more wear and tear on your joints.

Those high heels you wear to work

While you want to look professional and feel confident at work, those high heels you are wearing to the office each day are horrible for your body. With the feet’s normal function to be a shock absorber for the skeleton, weight distribution is off when the high heels force the body’s weight to be on the balls of the feet. Your normal balance is off, your nerves and bones will get damaged, and your hips will misalign.

Heavy jewelry will cause a strain

You love that beautiful necklace you were gifted at your last birthday, but have you noticed the weight of it is straining your body? When you wear bulky, heavy, chunky jewelry, you end up with weight on the back of your neck and even your shoulders, which leads to neck and shoulder strain, posture issues, and even headaches. Opt for dainty pieces or lightweight jewelry.

Your favorite oversized purse

Who doesn’t love a huge bag that you can just throw anything in to? An oversized purse, often referred to as a Mary Poppins bag, is likely to become really heavy when overstuffed thanks to all the extra room inside. When it becomes too heavy, your favorite shoulder for carrying purses will end up imbalanced and misaligned, while pulling your strained neck and shoulders.

Shoes and coats

Lastly, be sure to watch out for lesser known clothing and shoe options that harm the body. Backless shoes are really popular this time of year, but your balance will have to work harder without support of the back of the shoe.

Your legs and lower back may feel strained with a backless shoe this spring and summer. When the weather cools down and it’s time to choose a warm coat, watch out for hooded coats with the heavy fur that will just end up restricting movement and weighing down your neck, back, and shoulders.

Don’t let your clothing choices harm your body when you have so many other things to think about in the day. Avoid these no-no’s next time you shop, and talk to us about getting an adjustment if you’ve already been doing these things. Your body will thank you for smarter clothing choices and preventative care.