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There are dangers in everyday life, from slipping in the shower to getting mowed down by the next door neighbor’s teenage driver. The risk doesn’t end once we are safely behind our desks, because… sitting is killing us!
Seriously, while not really trying to commit murder, our computer, desk, office chair and keyboard are not our friends. We spend hours each day sitting, typing, staring at the computer screen, and this inactivity is wreaking havoc on our health in a variety of ways.
Asthma is a chronic lung disease that has afflicted more people in the last 20 years than ever. Some doctors attribute the increase to the pollutants in the air, the changes in the modern diet, and lack of adequate ventilation in homes.
According to the Mayo Clinic, asthma symptoms vary by individuals and may be mild, severe, or somewhere in between. Shortness of breath and tightness in the chest, along with a wheezing sound when exhaling are common asthma symptoms. Common treatments include inhalers and other medications.
Meet Aleisha: she’s been a great patient and friend for over 10 years since an auto accident. She’s a personal trainer and puts her body to the test on a daily basis. She’s had chronic rib, shoulder, and scapular pain since the accident. I’ve used laser, e-stim, myofascial release and specific focused adjustments with good results but the pain would return with hardcore workouts. After my training from OTZ Methods, I adjusted her a few weeks ago. I didn’t just adjust her, I ROCKED that spine. With ONE adjustment I changed TEN years of chronic pain. Watch Aleisha’s Video
Fibromyalgia is one of today’s most common chronic pain conditions. According to the American College of Rheumatology, around 1 in 50 Americans currently suffer from fibromyalgia. Unfortunately, the condition is difficult to diagnose, and, being chronic in nature, can linger for several months or even years. Fibromyalgia typically causes pain throughout the body and creates areas so tender that the slightest pressure hurts.
It’s no big secret that exercise is good for you. Many articles and books have been written and studies completed on the subject of physical fitness. However, lately it’s been discussed as to whether that five mile run or spin class is really enough. Is our work environment undoing any positive effort we put into staying healthy?
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a serious, painful nerve injury that affects many people in the United States. CTS occurs when the median nerve, which runs down a person’s forearm to his or her hand, gets compressed in the eight bones in the wrist called the carpal tunnel. This injury is frequently caused over time by repetitive motion such as assembly line work, and is the most expensive work-related injury. Symptoms of CTS include pain and numbness of the hand and wrist. While there are a variety of treatment options available to those who are afflicted with carpal tunnel syndrome up to and including surgery, chiropractic care has become a popular and effective option.
Here are four ways patients with carpal tunnel syndrome benefit from chiropractic care.
While back pain is a known and widely-studied issue in adults, its prevalence in school-aged children has received comparatively little scientific attention. Elementary, middle, and high school students must often carry backpacks that weigh enough to cause chronic back pain, poor posture, and even decreased lung volume. Recently, several studies reveal the truths behind childhood back pain and ways to mitigate it.
40 million people suffer from frozen shoulder syndrome. Traditional treatment is painful, long and often not successful. I spent the weekend in Dallas Tx learning from Dr Francis Murphy, Dr Michael Hall, and Dr Louis D’Amico and Dr Murphy’s intern Matt how to determine the true cause of frozen shoulder. The basics can be summed up by this, if your head is not sitting on your neck right, nothing is going to function at its best. There’s a nerve that exits the brain that controls one of the main muscles of the neck and shoulder. An abnormal tilt of your head can impinge that nerve causing it to misfire and the obvious result is a decrease in function of the shoulder.
Not so obvious issues are decreased rib and diaphragm function leading to shallow breathing causing fatigue and cardiac problems. As the brain tries to keep our eyes level, it twists and torques the neck and rest of the body to keep us from falling over. This leads to poor posture with terrible tension headaches, upper back and chest pain, which alters sleep, and overloads us with stress. This is especially common in women as they make up the majority of frozen shoulder patients.
I learned how to find and correct the root joint problem in the two joints that connect the head to the neck. We also learned how to follow the trail from top to bottom and clear out the secondary problems that come about from the altered function and motion of that most primary joint. Problems like rib and sternal (chest) fixations, mid back tension and pain and ultimately the entire body as it accommodates the head sitting wrong on the neck. Amazing stuff I’m excited about using monday morning on my patients.
I had dozens of patients I thought about during this seminar and how I could hopefully make a bigger change in their life.
Neck pain is nobody’s friend, and it is definitely not an ideal sleeping companion. Pain-filled nights can leave a person dull, groggy, and not ready to face the day in the morning. Unfortunately, certain sleeping positions can further aggravate neck pain to the point it robs a person of a good night’s sleep.