Benefits of Chiropractic for your Child

Soapbubbles-SteveEFThere are innumerable benefits of taking your child to a chiropractic doctor. Several of very serious and worrisome conditions that your child suffers from can be dealt with under this conservative care. The one major reason why chiropractic is considered a conservative mechanism is that it helps maintain the health and prevents it from unforeseen risks and issues.

Benefits

Several reasons worry you about your kids, and chiropractic treatments are a great way to tackle these reasons. You might have stumbled upon a few of these benefits earlier, however, chiropractic has success stories in a wide array of child related issues. Following is a list of benefits that attract parents to this form of care:

1. Alternative To Medicine– During pregnancy, women avoid all kinds of medication to ensure the safety of their developing baby from any physical or mental harm. Similarly, parents avoid medicines with their infants and young children. Chiropractic services are a healthy and active way of dealing with many issues.

2. Colic- For the first few months of an infant’s life, being in a colic state is one of the major headaches for the parents. With several spine manipulation techniques, this state can be overcome allowing the child to be at ease.

3. Sleep disturbance- Inadequate or disturbed sleep can constantly irritate the mood of an infant. Spine dysfunction is said to be associated with sleep issues and a chiropractic doctor can help alleviate the issues.

4. Bed wetting– Chiropractic practitioners manipulate the spine to adjust the functioning of the body. Running through the spine are nerve roots that carry signal and messages to and from different parts of the body. Spine manipulation can then allow the practitioner to adjust nerves that run to urinary system and treat the habit of bed wetting.

5. Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – A common psychological disorder amongst children, this is often dealt with the use of medication. The medications can have several negative side effects such as loss of memory etc. However, with a chiropractic doctor, the part of the brain that functions poorly can be stimulated through spine manipulation. Thus, conservative care can put forward promising results for ADHD.

Several other issues with which chiropractic care is effective include ear infections, allergies, asthma, headaches, constipation, cold, sore throat, body aches and many more.  The chiropractic doctor utilizes several manual therapies on the spine, and contributes to the healthy development and the overall wellness of your child.

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Treatment and Prevention of Muscle Cramps during Exercise

6253806401_9a9cd9a555Muscle cramps that are caused by exercise can be very painful and can cause athletes to drop out of competitions.  Muscle cramps can happen in any types of sports and are usually a result of muscle fatigue, a loss of electrolytes or dehydration.

Cramps are not limited to sports, they can happen even to people who are not involved in any type of sports.  Repetitive cramps can be healed by a chiropractor by aligning the vertebrae correctly in the spine using various techniques.

Causes of Cramps

The American College of Sports Medicine published a review on the causes of muscle cramps during exercise – two possible causes were identified that lead to muscle cramps.

The first was credited to muscle fatigue.  Neuromuscular systems are embedded into muscles to allow control of contraction of the muscles. When this system malfunctions, contraction of muscle takes place and then causes the cramps.

Muscles that are regularly used, such as those of an athlete or a person with a very active lifestyle, are at a higher risk of experiencing cramps or spasms.

The second major cause is a result of an excessive fluid loss from the body (sweat), which decreases the body’s electrolytes level.  This depletes the body of sodium.

Body’s Natural Cooling System

The body is designed to cool itself by sweating when body temperature starts to rise beyond normal levels.   The loss of electrolytes due to sweating can cause depletion of body’s electrolytes and if it is not replenished properly, it will cause cramps.

What are Electrolytes?

Electrolytes are minerals including sodium, chloride, magnesium and potassium. They are dissolved in the body and directly control the required muscle contractions and nerve conductions.

Consuming bananas to treat muscle cramps has no solid ground and there is no evidence to support such a remedy.

Treating Muscle Cramps

– Fatigued Muscles

Treatment of muscle cramps depends upon the initial cause.  For those people who experience a muscle cramp due to a strenuous workload such as exercise or sports, chiropractors recommend treatments such as a massage, application of cold packs to the affected muscles and passive stretching.

Proper rest must be given to those muscles which have experienced an overload due to stress.

– Cramps due to Loss of Electrolytes

For those people who suffer from cramps as a result of excessive sweating and a deficit of sodium, the same methods of treatment can be used besides replenishing the lost fluid levels.

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Ergonomic Essentials – Tips on Improving and Maintaining Good Posture

images (6)As the years pile on, poor posture can be brought about due to a number of reasons – sitting in office chairs and looking at computer screens, driving, or standing for extended periods at a time. Even sleeping in a mattress that’s too hard, too soft, or uneven can lead to postural problems.

Luckily, these prime suspects that affect posture as a result of poor ergonomics are indeed within your control and you can turn things around. It’s never too late. Let’s take a brief look at how we can accomplish this. You might even come across some of these tips at chiropractic clinics.

Poor Ergonomics and Back Discomfort

In most cases, poor ergonomics and posture can be the cause of chronic back pain. Over the course of the day, your muscles tend to tire as you slouch and slump over your desk, pushing the limits to keep up with your respective deadlines. If this goes on for too long, you’re most likely going to experience undue stress in your neck and back. Change positions from time to time to maintain a relaxed but proper posture. Take a break from your desk every hour or so. Stretch a little, stand up and walk around. 2 to 3 minutes is all you need.

Make Use of Posture-friendly Props and Ergonomic Chairs   

Ergonomic-friendly “props” can really help take the load off your spine. In case ergonomic office chairs are in short supply, use footrests, portable lumbar back rests, or even a small pillow that supports the natural lumbar curve of your spine a bit better. Wearing the right spectacles that support your vision and keeping them clean in addition to positioning your computer screen properly, will prevent you from leaning or straining the neck just to view the contents properly. Avoid tilting your head forward.

Be Aware of Ergonomics in Every Setting Not Just Work 

One ought to be aware of ergonomics in every environmental setting, not just work. Instilling good posture in everyday activities is paramount. Try to establish a connection between episodes of pain and fatigue and certain situations where bad posture or ergonomics have been largely to blame. Make changes accordingly.

Exercising Promotes Good Posture 

Regular strength or cardio training really strengthens the core muscles – the abdominal and lower back region. Keep these running like a well-oiled machine, and you’re quite likely to never experience postural problems. A lot of therapeutic and chiropractic methods revolve around strengthening the core, while improving flexibility. This protects your entire spine, as that’s your “postural hub”.

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5 Common Symptoms of Poor Posture and How to Treat Them with Exercise

Good posture is very important when it comes to a healthy way of living.  Chiropractors help you maintaining one.  A lot of people don’t comprehend the importance of a good posture.  Some experience varying degrees of pain all over the body that gradually turns into major complications.  What people fail to realize is that the root of many of the simplest and even the complex of all health issues are usually linked to the body posture, in one way or another.

If someone is experiencing anything from the following symptoms, it would be a wise idea to get their posture evaluated to see if that is causing any of the complications.  Fortunately, a few relatively simple exercises can help in restoring the body posture and eliminate any problems associated with it.

1.    HEAD

Following symptoms may be felt in the head due to incorrect postures:

  • The person may have frequent headaches, including the ‘throbbing’ feeling
  • It feels that the head may split open
  • It feels as if something is pounding inside the head
  • The individual may suffer from dizziness and a loss of sense of balance
  • The sounds around them may seem way too loud to them along with a ringing sound in the ears

2.    EYES

The eyes may be subjected to the following:

  • The eye-sockets are painful and cause the eyes to feel sore
  • Rolling the eyes causes pain
  • Eyes lose their natural wetness
  • The vision starts to get blurry

3.    NECK

The neck is a quite sensitive area due to the passing spinal cord and is almost always affected by a bad posture.

  • Shooting neck pain
  • Muscle spasms occur regularly
  • The neck feels stiff

4.    JAW

The jaw bone is also affected by bad posture in the following way:

  • The individual may start experiencing TMJ pain
  • It gets painful to chew, and a popping sound is heard
  • The cheek muscles start to hurt
  • Shoulders are also significantly affected:
  • The person may feel pain in the socket
  • It may become difficult to raise arm or when trying to scratch the back

5.    SHOULDER

 

Exercise

Fortunately, before any complicated problems start happening, a chiropractor can prescribe exercises that are aimed at strengthening muscles and bones and help in restoring a proper body posture.  Many of the exercises are easy to do at home and are designed to relax stiff muscles, keep the spinal column in a correct shape and thereby improve the overall lifestyle.

Exercise is also a great way to avoid heart diseases, high blood pressures, diabetes and scores of other diseases that result from

THE POWER OF ESSENTIAL OILS & OIL PARTY!!

ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential Oils are natural compounds found in plants that have been used for thousands of years for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits.

 Essential Oils are extremely concentrated. They are 50x to 70x more powerful than dried herbs

 One drop of Peppermint Oil is as powerful as 28 cups of Peppermint Tea, commonly used for colds, flu, digestion and breathing disorders.

 COME LEARN HOW TO REPLACE THE TOXIC CHEMICALS IN YOUR MEDICINE CABINET WITH SAFE, EFFECTIVE AND NON-TOXIC ESSENTIAL OILS.  YOU WILL BE AMAZED HOW POWERFUL THEY ARE. 

 The WELLNESS CLASS this Thursday will be set in a PARTY ATMOSPHERE.  We will have food here at the clinic made with the very oils themselves…. LEMON TREATS, ORANGE CHICKEN…   So, you will also learn how to cook with these powerful oils. 

 Did you know doTERRA oils are so clean you can breath them, put them on your skin… you can even digest them.  They are some of the purest oils on the planet.  Come, See, Learn & Play….

 

WELLNESS SERIES EVERY THURSDAY

THE POWER OF ESSENTIAL OILS & OIL PARTY!!

THIS WEEK

Thursday, April 25, 6:30pm

Green Valley Chiropractic & Wellness Center

2720 Green Valley Parkway, Henderson, NV, 89014

PLEASE RSVP: 702.451.0480

UPCOMING WELLNESS CLASSES

Thursday, April 25, 6:30pm   

    THE AMAZING POWER OF ESSENTIAL OILS    &     OIL PARTY

      at Green Valley Chiropractic & Wellness Center

Thursday, May 2, 6:30-8:00    

    LASER-LIKE PATCHES                   

       at Nacho Daddy’s Restaurant on Eastern (Food Provided)

 Laser-like Patches for PAIN / SLEEP / CRAVINGS / STRESS / ENERGY / ANTI-AGING

Thursday, May 9, 6:30pm       

     WEIGHT LOSS & PURIFICATION    

      at Green Valley Chiropractic & Wellness Center

 Thursday, May 16 , 12:30pm

   THE POWER OF ALKALINITY                

      at Green Valley Chiropractic & Wellness Center

 Thursday, May 23, 6:30pm

     INFLAMMATION & IT’S DEVASTATING EFFECTS / HOW TO ELIMINATE IT!!

    at Green Valley Chiropractic & Wellness Center

 

 This is a WEEKLY HEALTH NEWSLETTER published each Monday. I will share a health tip and will invite you to our free WELLNESS CLASS which we hold every Thursday.

DAY TWO – ENERGY & TOXIN RELEASE

I hope everyone is doing well….   This is when it is common to experience increased fatigue, possible headaches and a general feeling of malaise (just feeling “crummy”). 

As toxins are leaving your body, which they are doing very efficiently at this very minute, your energy levels may drop because it takes alot of energy to move the toxins out of your body.  The whole food supplements you are taking are increasing your body’s ability to move the toxins properly out of your body through your skin, lungs, urine and GI tract.  When you feel up to it, cardio exercise is an excellent way to improve your body’s ability to clear your toxins.

Once the toxins in your system start to clear from your system, energy levels will start to climb.  In some cases, as much as 2-4 times normal.  This is not a “speedy” feeling.  It’s just an overall feeling of elevated well being.

KEEP THE FAITH!!!   YOU ARE DOING GREAT!!!

SHAKES – For those of you struggling with your shakes, try my favorite recipe:

  • 3/4 cup Frozen Pineapple Chunks from Trader Joe’s
  • 3/4 cup Frozen Mango from Trader Joe’s
  • Add purified water and blend thoroughly to the consistancy of a thin shake
  • Add two level scoops of SP Complete Powder
  • If you feel you must, for flavor, add Stevia or Blue Agave from Trader Joe’s
  •      (It is best to go without the sweetener as your sugar cravings will reduce faster without the sweeteners)
  • You can also try adding some cinnamon to flavor
  • Susie’s suggestion – When using Strawberries – thaw them out first before adding to increase flavor

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK – THIS IS THE MOST CHALLENGING TIME – JUST WAIT UNTIL DAY 5 WHEN YOUR ENERGY STARTS TO CLIMB!!!

Dr. Roles

Board Certified Chiropractic Internist & Clinical Nutritionist

Understanding Ergonomics – How Seat Design Plays a Vital Role

FreedomChairIt is estimated that at least 50% individuals in the industrialized world suffer from some kind of back problem, most notably due to a poor or inadequate seat design. How we sit all day in front of our workstations has a marked impact on the overall health of our spine. As a result of bad posture, the lumbar region in the back bone is what takes the most pounding. Here’s what you need to know, and many chiropractors will stand by it.

There is no universal seat that’s designed to accommodate every single person. But there are a number or ergonomic factors that come into play when we’re talking seat design. These generally work well for the average person.

Seat height should be set in a way so as to support a knee angle of 90 degrees. This takes undue stress off the thighs and buttocks. A chair that’s too high will increase the pressure at the underside of the knees, reducing blood flow and increasing unnecessary pressure on the nerve.

A chair that’s too low places pressure on the ischial tuberosities – this is where the upper thigh originates in the gluteus maximus region. Normally, the glutes cover them in the upright position, but they are exposed and at an ergonomic disadvantage when we’re sitting.

Optimal seat depth is recommended at 16.5”; between 14” and 18.5” for adjustable seats.

You should avoid hard seats. Seat pan contouring and cushioning should be designed in a way so that pressure is distributed over a larger area and the pelvis rotates forward – this encourages better posture.

Ideal seat cushioning is about 2” thick. The cushioning needs to be firmer and thicker in the back, while being less firm and thinner at the front. Too much cushioning and your body is going to sink into the chair, restricting movement. A soft chair may be very welcoming and comfortable at first, but it goes against basic ergonomic sense; as the body sinks, blood flow is reduced and skin temperature rises as you experience more compression under the thighs. At the end of the day – more discomfort.

A seat width that’s between 20” and 23” generally works well.

An ideal seat angle helps you maintain good contact with the backrest; a 5 to 10 degree angle is good.

There many more ergonomic factors related to optimal seating, and these are just some of them at a glance. A good chiropractor can help you determine exactly what type of chair best suits your body type.

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DAY 19 – FOOD RE-INTRODUCTION

“Re-Introduction” Phase                               food-intolerance.pdf

To begin the “Re-Introduction Phase”, start by consuming one “new food” on day 1 of your  trial. Begin with the food you previously ate most frequently and really miss. In most cases, the best place to start is with one of the “Big 5” offenders such as: Wheat, Dairy, Corn, Soy and Egg. Eggs are an especially good place to start as they are least likely to react and are a good source of nutrition and satisfaction.  Eat the trial food 2-3 times during that day and then do not eat it again for at least 48 hours, ideally 72 hours or 3 days. You should now be back on your “Baseline Diet”. If you have a reaction to the food during the next 48 hours, record it on your “Food Experience Journal” (p. 30 of your Post-Purification booklet) and do not eat it again for at least 3-6 months. If you are uncertain whether you had a reaction, re-test that food after the 72 hours. It is very helpful to create a chart or spreadsheet of your offending foods and the reactions you experienced for future reference.

 

Introduce a new/suspect food every 72 hours (3 days) and chart your progress or reactions

accordingly.

 

A Note on Reactions

If you have a reaction or symptoms occur, record it in your “Food Experience Journal”, along with the day and time. Contact the office as soon as you can and explain your symptoms to Dr. Roles or Lisa, along with how many hours/days it took to react after eating that new food.  By considering the timing of the introduction of the new food, Dr. Roles will likely be able to tell you which of the new foods you ate is suspicious.

 

As an example, let’s say you started eating one new food every three days and after day 7 you began to get abdominal cramps 6 hours after eating. The most likely foods to be suspicious of are milk, cheese, gluten, nuts, apples, coffee and pork. Dr. Roles would be able to help you determine which, if any of these, is the culprit. 

 

Or say you suddenly experienced a migraine 12 hours after eating. Highly suspicious foods would be chocolate, coffee, soy, corn, nuts, cola and foods containing MSG. Again, Dr. Roles is there to help you in determining which if these is most likely affecting you. 

 

Remember, the key to successfully identifying the culprit is maintaining good records of your re-introduction. It is always best to work closely with Dr. Roles in performing this “Elimination/Reintroduction” trial. Guidance from Dr. Roles can increase results. Hang in there with this important program – the results can change your life!

 

Suggested Order of Food Group Re-Introduction

DAY 22

EGGS

          Eat cooked eggs or a hard-boiled egg 2-3 times on Day 22

DAY 22-24  (Monday – Wednesday)

          KEEP PROGRAM THE SAME AS DAYS 11-21

DAY 25 (Thursday)

          GRAINS (Use Ezekial sprouted whole-grain bread)

                   Eat 2-3 slices at different times of the day

DAYS 25-27  (Thursday – Saturday)

          KEEP PROGRAM THE SAME AS DAYS 11-21

DAY 28 (Sunday)

          DAIRY (you can choose milk or cheese)

                   Eat 2-3 servings spread throughout the day

DAYS 28-30 (Sunday – Tuesday)

          KEEP PROGRAM THE SAME AS DAYS 11-21

 

HAVE THE IDEA?  Keep this pattern the same until you have tested all the foods you would like to possibly eat in the future.  If you have no reaction to a food, it is ok to eat that food again, but, remember, if you have the desire to lose more weight, you should continue to remain off the wheat and dairy.  (Use almond or rice milk in place of cow’s milk.  Goat yogurt is also a good choice)  Eggs are great if you do not react to them.

SLEEP

SLEEP

Healthy sleep has been empirically proven to be the single most important determinate in predicting longevity,  more important than diet, exercise, or heredity

William Dement, MD, PhD
Did you know that SLEEP provides for deep restoration and healing of your mind and body?
Did you know that your mind is resting and being rejuvenated when you are DREAMING?
Which of the following can ROB you of your sleep?
a) Aspirin
B) Caffeine
c) Poor Mattress
d) Water
Which of the following can IMPROVE our sleep?
a) Good diet
b) Sleeping in every once in a while
c) Watching TV at night
d) Taking a long nap during the day – 2 hours

I will share the answers in next week’s newsletter.  If you can’t wait, come to our class this week to learn the answers and much more.   Our class is on SLEEP & WHOLE FOOD NUTRITION.  The class will be a lunch time class this week.

 

WELLNESS SERIES EVERY THURSDAY

SLEEP & WHOLE FOOD NUTRITION

LUNCH TIME CLASS

THIS WEEK, Thursday, 12:30-1:30pm

Green Valley Chiropractic & Wellness Center

2720 Green Valley Parkway, Henderson, NV, 89014

PLEASE RSVP: 702.451.0480

UPCOMING WELLNESS CLASSES

Thursday, April 18, 12:30pm

    SLEEP & WHOLE FOOD NUTRITION                  

      at Green Valley Chiropractic & Wellness Center

Thursday, April 25, 6:30pm   

    THE AMAZING POWER OF ESSENTIAL OILS     

      at Green Valley Chiropractic & Wellness Center

Thursday, May 2, 6:30-8:00    

    LASER-LIKE PATCHES                   

       at Nacho Daddy’s Restaurant on Eastern (Food Provided)

 Laser-like Patches for PAIN / SLEEP / CRAVINGS / STRESS / ENERGY / ANTI-AGING

Thursday, May 9, 6:30pm       

     WEIGHT LOSS & PURIFICATION    

      at Green Valley Chiropractic & Wellness Center

 

This is a WEEKLY HEALTH NEWSLETTER which will arrive in your in-bin each Monday. I will share a health tip and will invite you to our free WELLNESS CLASS which we hold every Thursday.  Please let us know if you would prefer not to receive my emails.

 

Nutrition and Diet for Scoliosis

150px-Blausen_0785_Scoliosis_01A chiropractor will advise a scoliosis patient to follow a specific type of diet. Scoliosis is a medical condition in which the spine bends to one side. The lower part of the spine is the most common area in which the condition occurs.

The condition is more prevalent in girls rather than boys and usually happens during puberty when the child experiences a growth spurt. Back specialists recommend an adequate amount of nutrition for children who suffer from the condition. The diet is meant to increase bone mass.

Since the condition is hereditary a proper diet might not prevent the onset of scoliosis. However foods that support bone mass are likely to prevent osteoporosis. In fact, according to the University of Washington Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine osteoporosis can actually worsen scoliosis since it can worsen the curve of the spine when the child reaches adulthood.

If your child suffers from scoliosis it is best that you enrich his/her diet with foods that contain vitamin D and Calcium. Not only do they increase bone mass, they also prevent osteoporosis.

Calcium

Children who suffer from scoliosis are recommended to consume between 1200 to 1500mg of calcium on a daily basis. Just make sure that any low fat sources of calcium do not contain high levels of saturated fats. For example, such a diet should contain food items such as skim cheese or yogurt.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D helps a person’s body absorb calcium. This is also why your mom nagged you about consuming milk on a daily basis. It is packed with the nutrient. Other sources of Vitamin D include saltwater fish, eggs, cod liver oil and cereal.

The nutrient phosphorous is also responsible for bone growth. The human body also uses phosphorus to maintain a healthy level of vitamin D and encourage proper absorption of calcium.

Vitamin E

Vitamin D and calcium aren’t the only nutrients that can prevent a case of scoliosis from getting worse. After all, a child who suffers from the condition will also need a healthy dose of Vitamin E everyday to build strong muscles to support a compromised spine.

Some of the best sources of the nutrient include liver walnuts, almonds, mayonnaise, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, safflower oil, olive oil and others.

Remember a child who suffers from scoliosis needs a diet that prevents his/her condition from getting worse especially after puberty.

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