Live Your Best Life
Lifestyle is a collection of decisions and actions we take on a daily basis. Chiropractic can be great for occasional pain relief. However, the best results are achieved when one receives regular chiropractic care. Explore things that the chiropractic lifestyle can help with.
In this time and age, gastrointestinal problems are becoming more common than ever. This can be attributed to the change in the way we live, eat food, and many other factors like genetics that complicate things.
Gastrointestinal issues can range from heartburn in the esophagus, bloating in the stomach, and feeling that you are not able to empty your bowels completely. The cause of these symptoms varies greatly. A thorough evaluation of the symptoms is required to identify the root cause of these. In some cases, blood testing is required to better understand the internal environment of the body. Recently, it has been discovered that neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s originate in the guts. Other disorders like diabetes and autoimmunities are also tightly related to the intestine environment.
According to Lawlor et al (2000), “A population approach is not on the GPs’ agenda. Participating GPs largely saw their role as managing patients’ medical problems. They felt that they had received little training in providing lifestyle advice and that there was little incentive for them to take on the burden of this work”. As chiropractors, we celebrate life and everything that promotes it! As symptoms develop, we are here to help reduce the symptoms and promote a healthier version of yourself.
Check out our blog to learn more about how gastrointestinal issues are linked to disease, autoimmunities, and some home exercises you can perform to stimulate the vagus nerve (the king of wellness): Wellness and Lifestyle Blog
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Scoliosis is a great deal at any age. It is more concerning in younger individuals because they haven’t reached skeletal maturity and there is a high chance there will be a progression of the curvature.
Scoliosis describes any curvature that is 15 degrees or more. This can be found anywhere in the spine, however, the thoracic and lumbar areas are the ones where scoliosis is predominantly found. In young children, the causes of scoliosis are not yet understood and so it is termed “idiopathic” scoliosis. Although less common, scoliosis can happen in the elder population due to degenerative changes in the spine.
The involvement of the cerebellum in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis has gained more publicity over the last decade. According to Shi and colleagues (2013), “Because of the fact that posterior cerebellum and flocculonodular lobe have extensive afferent and efferent connections with vestibular nuclei, the function and morphology of the cerebellum should be involved in AIS study.”. What this means is that by affecting the cerebellum and vestibular nuclei, we are able to have an effect on adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.
Weiss, H. R., & Goodall, D. (2008). The treatment of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) according to present evidence. A systematic review. European journal of physical and rehabilitation medicine, 44(2), 177.
Shi, L., Wang, D., Hui, S. C., Tong, M. C., Cheng, J. C., & Chu, W. C. (2013). Volumetric changes in cerebellar regions in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis compared with healthy controls. The Spine Journal, 13(12), 1904-1911.
One could say that poor posture is the bread and butter of the chiropractic profession. The reason being, we evaluate the body as a whole and not segments of it. The human body is arranged in such a way that one part of it affects all of it.
One way to demonstrate this is through emotions. Think about your posture when you are happy. You are standing up tall with good biomechanics and a smile on your face. When you’re sad or upset, the head goes down, shoulders are rounded and everything is a little cloudy, regardless of what the weather is like.
As chiropractors, we look at 3 things in all our patients, Trauma, Toxins, and Thoughts. With trauma, we mean the physical part of the body with a focus on the spine. With toxins, we refer to all the nutritional habits that our patients partake in. And with thoughts, we refer to their mental state, not only emotionally but also neurologically. Every time we see a patient, we look at all these components and aim to have a positive impact any way we can.
Not a lot of things in our bodies are a one-way street. We just examined how emotions can alter posture, but we believe that posture can alter emotions too. Poor posture leads to chronic pain and stiffness. Prolonged pain and stiffness lead to an altered mental state of aggression, depression, and others.
The feeling we all get after a long day. Fatigue is our body’s way of saying that it’s time to take a break. It slows us down physically but also mentally. For the majority of people, this is only temporary and they will return back to the same energy level and mental clarity once sufficiently rested. For some others, the story is a little different.
In chronic fatigue syndrome, constantly feels the need to rest is not a lifestyle choice. According to the diagnostic criteria, this feeling of low energy and lethargy must be present for 6 months or more. A complete understanding of the pathophysiology of chronic fatigue syndrome is not fully understood yet. According to Naviaux (2016), a group of metabolites has been identified that can help with the diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome, but also with the pathways that are involved. While others like Sotzny (2018), have found a correlation between autoimmunity and chronic fatigue syndrome, it is important to understand that the body works as a whole and not in system groups.
At PEAKiropractic, we use the latest scientific evidence to identify the cause of your symptoms and provide Precise, Effective, in an Alternative way Kiropractic.
Sotzny, F., Blanco, J., Capelli, E., Castro-Marrero, J., Steiner, S., Murovska, M., & Scheibenbogen, C. (2018). Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome–evidence for an autoimmune disease. Autoimmunity reviews, 17(6), 601-609.
Naviaux, R. K., Naviaux, J. C., Li, K., Bright, A. T., Alaynick, W. A., Wang, L., … & Gordon, E. (2016). Metabolic features of chronic fatigue syndrome. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113(37), E5472-E5480.
Everyone has experienced sore muscles at some point in their life. It’s something you get after a workout, or after a very physically demanding day. It’s your muscles’ way of saying that they are tired. Muscle soreness is a symptom experienced by a person after several physiological changes take place in the tissue. Protein degradation, cell death, and inflammation are part of this process.
Generally, soreness in the muscles can be improved with home remedies like rest and stretching of the involved areas. Many times, however, muscle soreness can develop from poor postures, scoliosis, restricted motion in joints, or muscle imbalances. This happens because the body is always adapting to its environment and by doing so it activates certain muscles to prevent injuries.
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Hotfiel, T., Freiwald, J., Hoppe, M. W., Lutter, C., Forst, R., Grim, C., … & Heiss, R. (2018). Advances in delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS): Part I: Pathogenesis and diagnostics. Sportverletzung· Sportschaden, 32(04), 243-250.
In the age of constant go-go, it is not surprising that sleep is not a priority. Sleep problems are common in the 21st century. Others cannot fall asleep, others cannot stay asleep, and others wake up way before their wake up time.
The causes of sleep problems are innumerable. Ranging from hormone and neurotransmitter imbalances, psychological and other disorders. The implications of the lack of sleep are huge. Memory loss, brain fog, and agitation are only but a few symptoms of reduced sleep time. It has even been linked to improper immune activation and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.
A thorough history and evaluation are necessary to identify the root cause of sleep disturbances. Treatment may include pain relief and lifestyle modifications.
Sleep is vital for the proper functioning of the body. Do not let it slip away because you can’t ever catch up to it.
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