Spinal Disc Herniation – Disc Injuries and Chiropractic Therapy

290644114_fa50ce417a (1)Spine and disc injuries are more common in individuals who lie in the 40 to 60 age bracket. While young individuals who engage in different strenuous work activities (which involve the lifting of heavy loads and operating on machinery for long hours) experience spine, neck and disc injuries which cause great pain. These injuries cause hindrance in the movement of the back and the neck, and are aggravated by continuous involvement in different laborious activities. Spinal disc herniation is a medical condition experienced by individuals because of over-exertion on the back and neck parts of the body. Chiropractors offer different treatment methods to relieve the pain and facilitate movement of the affected individual.

What Is Spinal Disc Herniation?

Spinal disc herniation is a medical condition in which a tear appears on the outer fibrous layer of the vertebra disc, which causes the inner soft nucleus material to bulge and squeeze out from the torn area of the disc.

The tear in the disc is usually attributed to old age in individuals, but may also be caused because of any trauma, straining and lifting injuries, experienced by a young individual, because of different work related and other everyday activities. The nature of the tear in the disc might cause inflammation in the surrounding area, which might put pressure on the nerves, resulting in pain for the individual. The bulging out of the inner pulpous material from the ruptured or torn disc results in a pressure on the spine and disc which causes extreme pain.

Spinal disc herniation is also called a slipped disc condition, though the disc is securely intact in between the vertebra. Individuals suffering from a minor case of spinal disc herniation are able to recover within a few weeks, with suitable rest. But, in cases of extreme damage to the spinal disc, the patient sometimes requires surgical treatment, which does not always provide good results.

Patients with acute spinal disc herniation in the upper, central or lower part of their spinal cord require physical therapy and medications for quick recovery.

Chiropractic Therapy for Spinal Disc Injuries

Chiropractors provide treatment and therapy for the effective recovery of individuals suffering from different forms of spine and disc injuries. They mobilize and manipulate the muscles of the spine and the neck, adjusting the different joints and muscles, to relieve the individual of the excruciating pain experienced because of the different musculoskeletal disorders.

Image used under Creative Commons Licensing: the neck thing. ouch. no really…ouch! by Beth Punches

Risks of Leaving the Sciatica Untreated

9605942387_6e2293b844Sciatica is very painful medical condition in which the patient experiences extreme pain and tingling sensations in his back, hip, legs and thighs. The pain is caused as a result of pressure exerted on the nerves, either due to any inflammation in the vertebra or the narrowing of the spinal canal. Piriformis syndrome, lumber spinal stenosis and spinal disc herniation are common causes of sciatica pain in individuals. Chiropractic treatment is highly effective for relieving the patients of the painful condition.

Why Is Prompt Identification And Treatment Important?

It is very important for patients to recognize the symptoms and seek professional medical assistance for their sciatica condition. The doctor takes prompt prescribed tests to identify the cause of the sciatica pain in order to focus his attention on the specific treatment required for the condition.

If a patient does not seek medical assistance for his sciatica problem, it may result in exaggerating his condition with the period of time. A number of possible problems can arise for the patient besides the continuous pain in the back and the hip region.

Permanent Nerve Damage

Patients who do not seek prompt medical help for their sciatica run a high risk of suffering from permanent nerve damage. In case of a permanent damage to the sciatica nerve, the patient will experience excruciating pain in the back and legs, which will not be alleviated to a satisfactory level, even with the use of pain relieving medication.

The different treatment methods like water and physical therapy become extremely painful for the patient because of his severe nerve damage.

Paralysis in the Affected Limb

The patient experiences a loss of feeling in the affected limb, which in some cases also leads to difficulty in movement, and ultimately paralysis. The affected leg becomes devoid of all sensation and movement, hampering the patient already troubled with the excruciating pain.

Loss of Bladder Control

Patients who do not get medical treatment for their sciatica problem can experience a loss of control in their bladder and bowels. This adds to the problems already faced by the patient while dealing with his sciatica condition.

A pressurized sciatica nerve causes severe pain, tingling and numbing sensations in the legs and thighs, and cramps along with fever. Patients should seek prompt medical assistance for the correct identification and treatment of sciatica before the condition becomes incurable. Chiropractic treatment is considered as very effective for the treatment of sciatica pain in individuals.

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DAY 21 – CONGRATULATIONS!!! You’ve made it!!! What to do now….

If you just completed the SP Purification Program and have not had a consultation with me, please call the office to schedule an appointment, either at the office or over the phone.  In the meantime, ask yourself these questions… and consider these options…

o   How did things go for you?

o   Did you achieve the goals you set out to achieve?

o   Where would you like your current health direction to go?

o   Do you wish to stay on the program?   Yes – No                              How Long?

o   Do you want to re-introduce any foods?  Yes – No

o   What foods do you want to introduce?

o The healthiest foods to re-introduce are:

   §  Hummis

   §  Beans

   §  Eggs

   §  Meat (Organic Free-Range)

   §  Raw Nuts (be very careful on portion control – just enough to fit in the palm of your hand)

o A good food to add is Goat Yogurt (plain) from Trader Joe’s (you can add in the fruit)

§  Foods to watch very carefully are:

§  Bread

§  Pasta

§  Cereal

§  Milk

§  Cheese

§  FOODS TO AVOID CONTINUE TO BE:

§  Wine

§  Beer

§  Sugar

§  Caffiene

§  White Rice, white bread, white pasta…

 

o   RE-INTRODUCTION OF YOUR FOODS

o   ROTATE –

§  start a new food group every three days

§  Watch for any changes in

·        Your energy

·        Your overall sense of well-being

·        Your sleeping

·        Your bowel movements

·        Your digestion

o   Indigestion / heartburn / gas

o   FOOD RE-INTRODUCTION JOURNAL

§  Make notes of the food you re-introduced, when you introduced it and what, if any, changes you noted

o   WEIGHT-LOSS

o   To maximize your weight loss, keep on the same food program

o   Ok to increase protein servings to 2-4 per day

o   Coleus Forte is a helpful “fat burner” to add to your program

o   SUPPLEMENTS

o   BASIC

             §  MULTIPLE                        Catalyn                                              3-3

§  MINERALS                        Trace Minerals B12                      3-3

§  OILS                                    Tuna Fish Oil                                  2-2

o   ADDITIONS

§  Do you want to keep drinking your shake daily?

·        SP Complete Shake        1 shake per day                             

§  How are your bowel movements?

·        Gastrofiber or Whole Food fiber                                          

·        GF                                                                                     3-3

·        WFF                                                                                 1 scoop / day

§  Do you want additional aid for weight loss?

·        Coleus Forte                                                                     2/day                 

§  If you want extra protection against breast cancer you can add

·        Black Currant Seed (GLA)                                               2/day                    

o   DO YOU HAVE ANY HEALTH CONCERNS YOU WOULD LIKE TO CHANGE?

o   You can schedule a private consultation with me to discuss these concerns

o   No charge

o   FOLLOW-UP

o   Check in with Lisa or Susie once / month when you pick up your supplements

o   I am always available for private consultation for your assistance

Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy: The Benefits

7004627103_10658cb981Back pain is a common problem faced by women during their pregnancy. This occurs when pregnant women put on extra weight causing extra pressure on the spine. Receiving spinal treatments can reduce such pains through chiropractic, and pregnancy issues like delivery can be made more comfortable and faster.

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care is a conservative form of treatment that addresses the spinal cord, discs and related nerves without the use of surgery or drugs. It involves the adjustment of spine to align it back to its normal position. This reduces the spinal nerve stress which can cause various other health complications in the woman and later on in the child. Hence, chiropractic treatment addresses the whole body to promote health and well being.

Safe during Pregnancy

Many complications can occur during pregnancy that can be triggered by spinal problems. These complications can get transferred to the newborn, as they affect the nervous system of a mother. Babies can develop colic, breathing problems, allergic reactions, bedwetting, and neural disorders. The Webster Technique is commonly employed for pregnant women to reduce the spinal nerve stress and balance pelvis, ligaments and muscles.

Throughout the stages of pregnancy, specialized chiropractic care plans are devised to suit the patient. Research shows there are no known potential contradictions to chiropractic treatment during pregnancy. Chiropractic professionals are known to adjust treatments to better suit the body of a pregnant woman. They follow tables and employ techniques which avoid unnecessary pressure on the stomach.

Benefits of Chiropractic Care

Many medical experts recommend chiropractic care during pregnancy as it helps maintain pelvic balance. A balanced pelvis gives a baby more room to move into the correct birth position. This avoids some of the potential fallbacks of delivery. Other benefits include:

  • Reducing back, neck and joint pain
  • Reducing nerve stress to promote healthy development of the mother and baby
  • Relieving pressure from the spine and maintaining better posture
  • Restoring joints to ensure optimum range of motion
  • Reducing symptoms of nausea
  • Reducing time of labor and delivery
  • Stimulates optimal functioning of reproductive organs
  • Preventing potential cases of cesarean
  • Maintaining a healthy pregnancy

 

A visit to the chiropractic clinic begins with physical evaluations, and then a treatment plan is made, involving therapies, nutrition and exercise. Chiropractic care aims to provide comfort for mothers during and after pregnancy, and also ensuring their babies enjoy proper bone and neural development.

Image Used Under Creative Commons Licensing: Profile of a pregnant woman by Jason Pier in DC

Compassion and Empathy

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There is a lot of talk today about being happy and how to get there. According to the Dalai Lama, “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” Radio personality Dr. Laura Schlesinger gave advice to people who were seriously unhappy to go out and help other people. Helping others appears to be one way to finding happiness.

What does this have to do with compassion and empathy? Everything. When we practice empathy, that is extending our imagination to where we can experience what someone else is going through in a different situation. Practicing compassion means to be loving and kind toward others.

Some people claim that they don’t feel that they naturally have any empathy or compassion for others. This doesn’t let you off the hook. In fact, it’s a cop-out. Developing compassion and empathy is a skill that can be developed over time. If you want to be happy, check and see where you might be able to improve your compassion and empathy IQ.

Look for common experiences. This is a key to positive and productive networking. But if you’re not genuine it won’t go anywhere. Put some authenticity behind it and suddenly you’ll find yourself very socially connected with people who genuinely enjoy your company. Our sense of compassion actually increases when there is a common connection between people.

Reduce the emphasis on financial reward. We already know that money can’t buy happiness. That also means that money doesn’t buy compassion either. As people climb in social status, their compassion for others tends to decline. Take a look at the monied class (celebrities, politicians, tycoons) to see how out of touch they are with the middle class.

Love Yourself. You thought I was going to say you have to love others, right? Yes, that’s the end goal. But if you don’t love yourself, it’s very difficult to be compassionate and loving toward others. Being gentle with your own human traits and habits is a much faster way to overcome problems than to beat yourself up about it. Other people respond better to compassionate understanding than being bullied too. Try it in the workplace sometime.

Be Present. When talking with others, be sure to focus on that person. Don’t worry about the beep or buzz from your cell phone notifying you of a text or email. Put yourself fully in the moment with the person you’re talking to in order to practice compassion and empathy. They’ll appreciate it and you’ll feel better.

Think back to times when someone has done something compassionate for you. It feels great. That’s a step toward happiness. Thank people who treat you with compassion and empathy and you’ll be on the road to feeling happier than you did before.

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DAY 12

Welcome to Day 12 of the Purification Program.

Most likely you have enjoyed a day of reintroducing meat back into your diet.  Hopefully you stuck to the amounts recommended and didn’t overdo it.  Remember to pace yourself, as you do not want to spoil 11 days of hard work!

How Should I Feel Today?

You should feel good after the reintroduction of meat into your diet.  Many people find that they have more energy, especially at the gym, after reintroducing protein from food (as opposed to simply adding the whey protein into their shakes).

If you do not feel good, you should ensure you are tracking how you feel and what you are eating in your Daily Intake Journal.  This is a key component of identifying what foods ‘agree’ with you and which ones don’t.  If you find that something you have reintroduced makes you feel less than 100%, experiment with not having that again for a day or so, then reintroduce it and see if the same negative reactions return.  If they do, flag that food as a potential allergen and discuss this with your health care provider.

Weight Loss

Have you not lost weight on the program so far?  Well, don’t give up.  Are your clothes fitting better?  Do you notice that your face is looking healthier?  It is entirely possible that you are losing fat even if you are not losing pounds.  This is actually quite common and you will find that as you continue to eat healthy and exercise the pounds will then begin to come off.

As you are reintroducing meat into your diet, remember that you should not ‘fill up’ on meat.  It is VERY important that you are eating lots of healthy vegetables and limiting your fruit intake.  It is these vegetables (especially cruciferous vegetables) that will help you to become healthier and lose weight.

CRUCIFEROUS VEGETABLES  – click on   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cruciferous_vegetables    to learn more about what cruciferous vegetables

Reminders

Points to Ponder: Cruciferous vegetables have been shown in numerous studies to dramatically reduce your chance of getting cancer, especially hormonal cancers like breast, prostate and ovarian.  Some studies have even shown a reduction in bladder and lung cancer.

References: (Take a quick look!)

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/09/050915003652.htm

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17317210

http://cebp.aacrjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/17/4/938

http://jn.nutrition.org/cgi/content/abstract/138/3/526

http://www.reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUSARM78181220080317

Eating these powerful foods daily can make dramatic changes in the outcome of your life, so make them part of your diet from now on.  Don’t let the good habits you develop during the purification program go to waste.

One patient said, “I had to learn to eat to live and not just live to eat.”  Great advice!  In reality, good foods taste good and after the 21 days you will surprised to find that almost any meal you like can be made in a healthier manner.  The key is learning to use the right oils, right flour and right sugar (i.e. natural, unrefined sugar cane).  Once you start cooking healthier you will feel better and love the way it tastes.

Recipe of the Day

Fish Creole

Ingredients: 

1 tablespoon organic extra virgin olive oil

1/3 cup celery, thinly sliced

1 medium onion, chopped

¼ cup green pepper, chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

1 bay leaf

2 ½ tablespoon fresh parsley or 2 ½ teaspoon dried parsley

¼ teaspoon chopped rosemary

1 28 oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes with liquid (or regular)

1 ½ pounds fish fillet (tilapia, sole, etc. try to find wild versus farm raised)

2 cups cooked short grain brown rice (once reintroducing whole grains)

Directions:

1.

In a large saucepan, heat oil and lightly sauté the onion, celery, pepper and garlic until soft.

2.

Add parsley, bay leaf, rosemary and tomatoes.

3.

Leave uncovered and simmer for about 25 minutes.

4.

Add the fish fillets, which have been cut into small pieces.

5.

Simmer till cooked through – approximately 10-12 minutes.

6.

Remove the bay leaf and serve alone or with brown rice if directed by physician.

21 DAY FREEDOM PLAN – DETOXIFICATION

Many of our participants are sharing experiences of low energy, needing to sleep more, malaise, hunger…… This is when you want to CELEBRATE!!! You may not want to…. but your body is. We have a saying in our office, “Better OUT than IN”. These are all symptoms of DETOXIFICATION and are extremely healing for your body. Your body is going to want to rest more and you may crave your old patterns of addiction to make you feel better. STAY TRUE TO THE COURSE!!! Nothing of value comes without some sacrifice and perseverance. Your energy will start to climb in 2-3 days and you will start to feel the benefit of a healthy body. YOU ARE ALL DOING A GREAT JOB!!!

REVERSING TYPE II DIABETES – Part One

PURIFICATION PROGRAM
Consider doing a purification program. Our systems are typically so toxic from the processed foods, sugars, and the medications we take, and the toxins we are exposed to in the environment; this is a powerful FIRST STEP.

I am a strong proponent of at least a 21 day cleanse which includes the liver, skin, stomach, colon, kidneys and lungs. By supporting all the avenues of toxin elimination, we create a more successful environment for purification.

Most common changes:
* Weight Loss (8-12 pounds over 21 days)
* Energy Gain (typically doubles)
* improved Digestion (often removing the need for antacids)
* Improved Sleep

We support the STANDARD PROCESS PURIFICATIOIN PROGRAM. It is the most successful and effective purification program I have used in my 30 years of practice.

Stay tuned for more information.

You may also email me at dr@gvwellness.com

FREE CLASS – THURSDAY NIGHT – 6:15-8:00pm

Come and join us to learn how to eat on a WHOLE FOOD, PLANT-BASED DIET.  Those of you on the PURIFICATION PROGRAM, bring one of your favorite dishes to share along with a typed recipe.  And be prepared to share some of your daily tips on food preparation that you have found to be helpful. We will have a fun night of sharing, both food and new ideas.  If you are not on the program, come and join us to learn how you, too, can experience the incredible benefits of “eating healthy.”

How Lack of Exercise Affects Health

The_'weigh'_he_was_--_weightloss_at_GuantanamoA lack of exercise results in numerous health problems, starting from seemingly harmless weight gain to cardiovascular diseases and a much higher chance of suffering a stroke.  Research has concluded that as many people die because of the effects of lack of exercise as the number that die from smoking.

This is why chiropractic exercises are strongly recommended to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle and avoid all complications that can lead up to a stroke.

The following problems can occur due to lack of exercise:

1. Obesity

Obesity is one of the major effects of a lack of exercise.  Various health problems can surface due to obesity such as diabetes, breathing issues, high blood pressure and a far greater risk of suffering a heart attack.

Besides the physical effects, many psychological effects also accompany obese people.  Low self-esteem that leads to depression can be a devastating experience.

It is no doubt that obesity can result from genetic factors, but a lack of exercise is usually a major reason.

2. High Blood Pressure

Being overweight can lead to hypertension.  The blood vessels clog up which restricts blood flow.  Hypertension exposes a person to various other risks, such as heart attack, kidney failure and many other ailments.  A hypertensive individual is more likely to develop diabetes.

3. Decline in Brain Function

Exercise helps in increasing the flow of blood to the brain, while lack of exercise does the opposite.  A brain that is deprived of blood cannot function normally as it would otherwise.  The brain can also physically shrink due to the lack of blood supply – a research states that this ‘shrinkage’ can be avoided and mental abilities can be enhanced by regular exercise.

4. Reduction in Strength of Bones and Muscles

A sedentary lifestyle can weaken the bones and muscles, thus exposing an individual to a greater chance of injury as well as diseases such as arthritis.  Lack of exercise can make a person more prone to fractures in case of a fall along with knee-joint and hip problems later on.

5. Increased Chances of Developing Cancer

Research was carried over several years and the results show an increased chance of cancer from a lack of exercise.  Also, people who were physically fit when they developed cancer had a far greater chance of survival than those who had led a sedentary lifestyle.

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