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How to Maintain Good Posture

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Posture is the way in which we position our body while sitting, standing, and lying down. Good posture correctly aligns the body to ideally bring the muscles and skeletal structure in line against gravity. Typically, proper posture is maintained on a subconscious level.

What is the importance of good posture?

Good posture allows us to sit, stand, walk, and lie down in positions that place the least amount of strain on the supporting muscles, joints, and skeletal structure as possible. Good posture:

  • Reduces stress on the ligaments that hold joints together, minimizing the chance of injuries.
  • Helps to keep the joints and bones in proper alignment, allowing them to work correctly. This reduces the amount of wearing on joint surfaces that could cause issues such as pain and degenerative arthritis.
  • Helps prevent overuse problems, muscular strains, and back, joint and muscular pain.
  • Allows the muscles to work as efficiently as possible, thereby causing minimal exertion during activities and maximizing endurance.

To keep good posture, adequate muscle strength and flexibility are necessary, as well as normal range of motion in the joints and spine. When these things are no longer functioning properly, maintaining good posture can be something that our subconscious alone can no longer provide and a conscious effort must be made to correct the problems.

What problems can poor posture cause?

Poor posture can lead to excess strain on various muscles that contribute to posture. This strain can eventually progress to injuries, back pain, and various long term health issues.

Many factors may contribute towards bad posture, including:

  • Stress
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity
  • Tight muscles
  • High-heel shoes
  • Reduced flexibility
  • Improper work or regular activity posture
  • Poor standing or sitting habits

So how do I sit properly?

  • When seated, there should be a small gap between the front of the seat and the back of your knees.
  • Your feet should be kept on the floor or on some other support if they can’t reach the floor.
  • Knees should be kept either level with or below the hips.
  • Legs should remain uncrossed. Ankles should remain in front of the knees.
  • The back rest of the chair should support both the lower and mid-back areas. Use a back support if necessary.
  • Do not sit in the same position for long periods of time, without getting up and moving around.
  • Shoulders should be relaxed and forearms kept parallel with the ground.

What is proper posture for standing?

  • Keep the majority of your weight on the balls of the feet.
  • Keep the feet around shoulder-width apart from each other.
  • Do not lock your knees. Keep them very slightly bent.
  • Keep your stomach tucked in. Do not allow the muscles of the stomach to relax.
  • Keep the torso upright with your shoulders pulled back slightly.
  • If you need to stand for a long period of time, shift your weight from your toes to your heels, or alternate from one foot to the other from time to time.

What is a Physical Therapist?

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What is a Physical Therapist?

A lot of people have a misconception of what physical therapists actually do.  While physical therapists do help individuals to recuperate from injuries, they offer far more than just injury recovery.  Their education encompasses an extensive background into the sciences, including such fields as anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, biomechanics, physics, and much more.  The education of a physical therapist encompasses various forms of study intended to allow therapists to have a maximum amount of ways to restore regular mobility and range of motion.

Some physical therapists focus on a particular area of specialization in order to assist those with unique or severe physical ailments.  Others tend to keep themselves broad, allowing themselves to assist the maximum number of clients possible.

Ultimately, physical therapists, regardless of their academic focus, are provided with a myriad of tools at their disposal to help individuals work on injuries, disease, and preventative care.  Some of the many fields of therapy they assist with are:

Acute Injury Care:

Assistance with acute medical issues, such as injuries or diseases that result in limitations in mobility, general health problems, loss of bodily functions, or skin integrity issues.  Many of these patients were hospitalized prior to physical therapy.  Others are children that have developmental disabilities.  Others are individuals of various ages that require therapy due to acute injury or illness.

For those working in acute care, therapy may focus on:

  • Fractures or trauma
  • Balance or fall risk concerns
  • Cardiovascular or pulmonary concerns
  • Pre and post-transplant issues
  • Acute wound care, including (but not limited to):
    • Infections
    • Burns
  • Stroke
  • Spinal injuries
  • Joint replacement therapy
  • Post-surgical care

Geriatrics:

Therapy in this area includes:

  • Individuals with medical issues that inhibit their mobility or ability to engage in regular activities independently.
  • Healthy adults who want to maintain their mobility and health, allowing them to continue their recreational activities while they age.
  • Elderly individuals who require rehabilitation after a surgical procedure.
  • Elderly in hospice care who want to remain as independent as they possibly can.
  • Fragile individuals who require short-term care.
  • Critically injured or ill who require acute care.

Home Health:

This form of care provides therapeutical services in the individual’s residence, a hospital ICU, a nursing facility, a residential care facility, hospice, group care home, or other locations throughout the community.

For physical therapists working in home health, commonly seen conditions are:

  • Fall risks
  • Chronic pains
  • Dementia
  • General wounds and injuries
  • Joint replacements
  • Bone fractures
  • Incontinence issues
  • Cardiac arrest patients

Pediatrics:

Pediatric physical therapists work with children ranging from birth up to 21 years of age.  These individuals may have various developmental disabilities and it is the therapist’s goal to improve quality of life for these individuals through things such as restoring or developing mobility.

Some of the common conditions treated by pediatrics are:

  • Autism
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Down syndrome
  • Spina bifida
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Developmental delays

There are a variety of other fields that physical therapists work in as well, such as sports, orthopedics, oncology, women’s health, neurology, aquatics, pulmonary and cardiovascular, and more.  So, if you are wondering if a physical can therapist would be able to help you or someone you know, reach out to one today to see what they have to offer.

Knee Pain

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Knee Pain

Most people suffer from a knee injury at some point or another.  This can come from various movements that we do throughout our day, overuse, as well as gradual wear and tear over the years.  Since the knee is the largest joint in the body, it is no wonder why having knee problems can be so detrimental to our daily activities.  However, knee pain can come from a variety of different sources.  As such, we explore a few of the causes today and what can be done to try to help them.

 

Injury to the Knee Ligaments

The ligaments in the knee are what connect the bones of the lower leg to the thigh bones.  They function as a means to hold the bones together as well as stabilize the knee joint.  Most commonly seen with sports injuries, these ligaments are susceptible to tears and sprains.  Things you may have heard such as an “ACL tear” is actually an injury to one of these particular ligaments.  These types of injuries are usually associated with severe knee pain and as such, are rarely overlooked.  Depending on the extent of the injury, these types of injuries may require surgery to fix.

 

Knee Arthritis

Arthritis is a common cause of knee pain and discomfort.  Arthritis is something that should not be taken lightly, as it is a degenerative condition, meaning it will only get worse over time.  The less you take care of your knees, the faster the degeneration will occur.  Continued degeneration can even lead to required surgery.  There are a wide variety of types of arthritis one can suffer from.  The most common types are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and post-traumatic arthritis.  The most common symptoms are swelling in the knee, stiffness, and a restricted range of motion (difficulty bending the knee).

 

Knee Cartilage Tears

Cartilage is a rubbery substance found at the ends of bones which serve to protect the bones as a sort of “shock-absorber.”  Most likely, at some point or another, you have heard of something called a meniscus tear.  This is yet another common injury of the knee and is one that typically requires surgery.

 

Diagnosis and Treatment

Medical professionals typically diagnose knee pain with a combination of x-rays and a full physical evaluation.  They will ask about the flexibility and function of the joint, general mobility, and your pain level.  If they suspect the issue may be arthritis, several other specialized types of examinations may be used to identify the specific type of arthritis it is.  Once diagnosed, proper treatment can begin.  Some treatments can be as simple as weight loss, wraps, pain relievers, or exercises intended to strengthen the injured area.  There are many alternatives to surgery and the sooner a knee issue is diagnosed, the better the chances are that surgery can be avoided.  Even in instances where surgery may be necessary, the sooner an issue is diagnosed, the better the chances of a faster recovery after surgery, as the longer an issue is avoided, the worse it usually becomes.  So, if you have knee problems and they are not improving, see your healthcare professional as soon as possible to get a proper diagnosis and you will have the best chances at maintaining your knees.

Shoulder Pain

Common Causes for Shoulder Pain

Because it’s the most mobile joint in the body, the shoulder joint is also the most susceptible to injury. However, not all pain is caused from the same thing. Only a medical professional can properly diagnose your shoulder issues, but the information below can help assist you in getting a general idea of what your particular problem may be prior to visiting your physician.

The majority of shoulder problems fall into one of the four following categories:

• A variety of arthritis
• A bone fracture
• Joint Instability
• Tendon Inflammation or tear

Less common shoulder issues can stem from nerve issues, tumors as well as infections.

Arthritis –Arthritis essentially boils down to inflammation in the joints that is painful, stiffening and restricts the joint’s movement. The most common type of arthritis found in the shoulders is called osteoarthritis, more commonly known as “wear and tear arthritis.” This type of arthritis sets in very gradually. Over time, it becomes more and more painful as the swelling, pain, and stiffness become more severe. Since this is a “wear and tear” condition, it typically doesn’t begin to settle in until middle age.

Fracture – Sometimes, people can fracture a bone and not even realize it. These fractures can cause both severe swelling and pain. If the fracture is near the shoulder joint often times it can be interpreted as a shoulder joint problem, when in actuality, it is a bone issue. While the cause in younger patients is usually a high-impact injury, such as a sport or motorcycle injury, with older patients, it could be something as simple as a slip and fall. If a shoulder problem occurs shortly after a fall, a fracture may very well be the culprit.

Joint Instability – When the arm bone is forced out of the socket of the shoulder joint it loosens the connective tissues around the shoulder joint. Since these dislocations of the socket can be partial, they can sometimes occur without the individual being aware the joint has actually dislocated. However, dislocation can weaken, stretch or even tear the connective tissues, making the joint more susceptible to future dislocations or injuries. Repeated dislocations can also lead to arthritis. Dislocations will typically cause discomfort and a feeling of instability when raising the arm or outstretching it.

Bursitis – As far as tendon inflammation, oftentimes there is more than one culprit causing the problem. Bursitis is where bursae, tiny, liquid-filled sacs in the shoulder joint, become inflamed and swell up. Bursitis often goes hand-in-hand with tendinitis in the rotator cuff. The inflammation can be quite painful and can make daily tasks such as brushing your teeth or even putting your clothes on an agonizing and arduous process.

Tendonitis – Tendonitis is a result of the tendons, tough cord-like structures that connect muscle to bone, getting worn down. There are two primary types of tendonitis – acute and chronic. Acute tendonitis is typically caused by sports injuries, such as frequent throwing of a baseball or frequent heavy overhead work. Chronic tendonitis is caused by issues like arthritis or even simple wear and tear over time due to usage of the connective tissues.

Stem Cell Therapy- The Ultimate Cure

Stem Cell Therapy for regeneration

By Dr. Jason Weigner

According to medical researchers, stem cell therapy is nothing less than a miracle cure. Stem cell therapy is believed to have the ability to cure multiple diseases and conditions. It is a potential agent in reducing the suffering of hundreds of thousands of people across the globe. This method of therapy has made it possible for medical experts to replace tissues that have been diseased or damaged in the human body. The most notable highlight in this treatment is that there is no risk of your body rejecting the treatment.

What Are Stem Cells?

Stem cells play a crucial role in the development of organisms. One of their properties is that they are non-specialized cells, meaning that stem cells are not attached to a particular organ or body part. This leads to the most interesting property of stem cells, which is their ability to create specialized cells. These specialized cells include blood cells, brain cells, tissue cells or muscle cells. Stem cells are present throughout the body. While some stem cells have the ability to create other cells, others can only replace or repair tissues or cells that have been damaged.

How Does Stem Cell Therapy Work?

Stem cell therapy requires new healthy cells to be introduced into affected tissues in order for the disease, disorder or injury to be treated. Stem cells can renew themselves, as well as produce a generation of new cells that possess the ability to multiply further. One example is the replacement of neural cells found in the brain and the spinal cord by healthy stem cells. These cells create brain and spinal cord cells, with the new cells possessing the ability to multiply. All of these regenerative cells can then repair any damage in the injured or diseased cell area. The possibilities are nearly limitless for medical advancement in stem cell therapy, as the stem cells can grow into almost any type of cell and therefore regenerate and repair damaged areas.

Stem Cell Therapy for Cancer Treatment and More

Stem cell therapy has also found a very useful application in the treatment of cancer. Radiation and chemotherapy often destroy cells. These cells can now be replaced by stem cells that effectively adapt to the area that has been affected. Some areas where this therapy works well are the brain, lungs, heart, liver and essentially almost every other area on the human body. Besides cancer treatment, the stem cell therapy can be carried out to replace any kind of dead cell with healthy new cells. This is all due thanks to the fact that stem cells are highly flexible. Due to the potential of stem cells, research and investment is being poured into expanding the field of regenerative stem cell therapy.

The Scope for Stem Cell Therapy

Research in the field of stem cell therapy can produce life-saving results. A wide variety of medical issues can be solved through this breakthrough development. In fact, stem cell therapy could perhaps provide the cure to some diseases that cannot otherwise be treated. Such medical conditions include Parkinson’s disease, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, injuries to the spinal cord and serious birth defects.

How Stem Cells Can Help You Avoid Joint Surgery

Stem Cells to regenerate joints and muscles

By Dr. Jason Weigner

Want to avoid surgery and rebuild your joint or bone injury to full capacity quickly? Stem cell regenerative therapy could be the treatment to help you rebuild and repair torn ligaments or joint pain. So, what exactly are stem cells and how do they work?

What are stem cells?

Stem cells are biological cells that are undifferentiated. This means that they have no specific or identified purpose within the body. However, this is what makes stem cells so amazing. They can differentiate to almost any cell type found in the human body. In adult humans, stem cells act as the repair system for all of the bodies tissue functions. This means that stem cells natural purpose in adults is to repair the body. This is also the reason they are so effective at repairing damaged ligaments, joints and bone.

While there are many types of stem cells, the cells used primarily in regeneration methods are amniotic stem cells, derived from amniotic fluid or the amniotic sac. This means that the extraction process never harms or jeopardizes the fetus in any way. Even the Vatican recently called amniotic stem cells, “the future of medicine”.

Stem cells have been approved to treat many conditions, including:

  • Repair injuries
  • Diabetes
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Spinal cord repair
  • Restore hearing
  • Restore vision

Research continues on how stem cells can restore and repair a host of other diseases, injuries or conditions.

How do stem cells work?

Once the source of pain or injury is diagnosed in a patient, and stem cells are determined to be the appropriate treatment for the joint pain or damage, stem cells are injected into the source of the pain or injury. Once the stem cells interact with the cells around the damaged area of the body, they begin to mimic the makeup of the cells in that area. Then stem cells begin their work. They are a natural anti-inflammatory, so they can help reduce swelling or fluid in the joint. In addition, properly placed stem cells will speed up the body’s natural healing process and jumpstart injury regeneration. This means that your body will repair itself naturally with the boost provided by stem cells. Stem cells can also act as natural lubricants on the joints to improve mobility and functionality quickly.

Are stem cells safe?

Utilizing amniotic stem cells in treatments ensures the body will not reject the stem cells. In addition, stem cell regenerative treatment is a non-invasive and non-surgical procedure designed to bypass surgery and all of the possible complications and post-operation treatment methods. When a patient is using stem cells to regenerate and repair joints and cartilage, they will begin to rebuild the joint to its pre-injury strength. So not only does the patient avoid surgery altogether, but the patient also does not need to suffer through months of time consuming and taxing rehabilitation sessions. Stem cells will repair while treatment is ongoing.

Ultimately, the choice to use surgical alternatives is the choice of the patient. However, by avoiding surgery, you avoid all of the risks and dangers that accompany joint surgery. This includes the dangers from anesthesia, bleeding, blood clots, breathing troubles and in worst cases, death.

If you are looking for a non-invasive alternative to surgery, consider stem cell regenerative therapy for any pain, discomfort or injury. The Vatican was right, stem cells are the future of medicine. The only difference is, the future is now.

chiropractic

Sick and tired of being sick and tired?

Are YOU living with pain and discomfort?

If YOU are sick and tired of living with pain and discomfort…   Are you asking yourself, “What is going on?”

Americans are popping more pills than ever before.  Even though BIG Drug Companies would lead you to believe that pills are the fast and easy solution.  There are better ways to improve your physical condition, without poisoning your body with highly toxic and damaging drugs.

Correct what is going on within your body that caused the PAIN to begin with.

A Chiropractor can work with YOU to get your body back to peak physical health!  Would you put a band aide on a broken arm? No of course not.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY, because it’s the only one you get!

Chiropractic can get you closer to your goal of achieving better health and vitality, naturally!

We will take care of YOU, using the latest safest and most gentle chiropractic techniques available today.  Chiropractic is the SAFE and Natural approach to health care.  Better health can lead to not only more years in your life, but more life in those years!

No Time?

We understand that your time is valuable and that it’s difficult to balance work, family, errands, etc.  It is those very factors why it is necessary to carve out an hour to take care of yourself for a consultation and exam before the condition worsens.  Remember, there are many people depending on you being at your best.  If you can’t do it for yourself, do it for them!

Stop The Pain!

Pain and other symptoms are your body letting you know that SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT and you better do something about it BEFORE IT GETS WORSE.  Come in for the introductory offer and see what other options are out there- other than drugging yourself with pain killers (that only masks the problem).

Expensive?

Do not let the concern of cost deter you from finding out if chiropractic can help you with your condition.  Put yourself first.  Find out if you are a good candidate for chiropractic by coming in on the special being offered to new patients.  If you decide you would like to proceed and become a patient, know that we are willing to work with committed people, to help them gain back their health.

Chiropractic vs. Other Types Of Doctors

Maybe you have only been to a chiropractor a few times, or perhaps never at all.   You may be used to seeing another type of doctor for your symptoms and health concerns.  Know that you may come in for an introductory offer to see if this is something you would like to pursue.  Of course, no treatment of any kind would be done without your consent and the doctor accepting you as a patient first.  A doctor of Chiropractic is the least invasive and most conservative type of doctor available.  Check out this very effective, yet gentle option first.  You owe it to yourself and those that count on you.

Call Now to Schedule Your Consultation!

 





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Pinched Nerves – Cause Long Term Pain and Discomfort!

Do You Have A Pinched Nerve?

A pinched nerve is really a nerve that has pressure upon it due to your spine being out of alignment.  The nerves send signals from the brain out to all your body parts.

When your spine is out of alignment, your nerves will be affected.

Depending on what nerves are being pinched, and the area of the body that nerve connects to, will determine what possible side effects you will feel. These many effects can include pain, discomfort, malfunction, and difficult or restricted motion.

The only way to fix the problem…

The only way to fix the problem of a pinched nerve is to get the pressure off of the affected nerves.  Who does this?  A chiropractor.

Yes, they are often thought of as back doctors, but truly they are nervous system doctors.  When a chiropractor give someone an adjustment, they are putting the spine back into alignment so that the flows are open from the brain, out to all the body parts.  They correct the restrictions upon the nerves, or pinched nerves as some people call them.

Do YOU want Relief?

Once your pinched nerve is relieved of the pressure, your body can heal itself, naturally!

We will take care of YOU, using the latest safest and most gentle chiropractic techniques available today.  Chiropractic is the SAFE and Natural approach to health care.  Better health can lead to not only more years in your life, but more life in those years!

No Time?

We understand that your time is valuable and that it’s difficult to balance work, family, errands, etc.  It is those very factors why it is necessary to carve out an hour to take care of yourself for a consultation and exam before the condition worsens.  Remember, there are many people depending on you being at your best.  If you can’t do it for yourself, do it for them!

Stop The Pain!

Pain and other symptoms are your body letting you know that SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT and you better do something about it BEFORE IT GETS WORSE.  Come in for the introductory offer and see what other options are out there- other than drugging yourself with pain killers (that only masks the problem).

Expensive?

Do not let the concern of cost deter you from finding out if chiropractic can help you with your condition.  Put yourself first.  Find out if you are a good candidate for chiropractic by coming in on the special being offered to new patients.  If you decide you would like to proceed and become a patient, know that we are willing to work with committed people, to help them gain back their health.

Chiropractic vs. Other Types Of Doctors

Maybe you have only been to a chiropractor a few times, or perhaps never at all.  You may be used to seeing another type of doctor for your symptoms and health concerns.  Know that you may come in for an introductory offer to see if this is something you would like to pursue.  Of course, no treatment of any kind would be done without your consent and the doctor accepting you as a patient first.  A doctor of Chiropractic is the least invasive and most conservative type of doctor available.  Check out this very effective, yet gentle option first. You owe it to yourself and those that count on you.

Is This The Right Place For Disc Pain?

Disc pain is truly a “pain in the neck”.  Or for you, it may be a pain in your back.  Wherever your disc pain or trouble is, it definitely requires attention before it worsens and spreads.  Have you ever met anyone who has said they have had a successful back or neck surgery?  Have you ever known anyone that has had back or neck surgery?  Did they seem to have a better quality of life afterwards?  Did they have greater range of motion afterwards?  Less physical complaints?  We haven’t met these people either.  Don’t allow yourself to join this group.  See if a chiropractor can help you before you reach for drugs or schedule a surgery.

Call Now to Schedule Your Consultation!