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Health Professionals Opinions About Chiropractic

Many health professionals express their opinions about chiropractic. Some highly recommend chiropractic; some don’t recommend chiropractic.

Whether a health professional recommends chiropractic or not, it’s a generalized statement. Thus, positive or negative statements lack full knowledge of chiropractic techniques.

Many Opinions Over 200 Chiropractic Techniques

There are over 200 different chiropractic techniques; all of which mostly focus on CGM (Conventional General Manipulation). The vast minority focus on SCA (Specific Corrective Adjustment) techniques which include Structural Chiropractic.

Thus, saying, “Don’t go to a chiropractor.” suggests this individual has experienced all techniques. Their statement makes no sense.

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Belief That All Chiropractors Are The Same

Most health professionals “believe” all chiropractors are the same. All patient care is synonymous with general “pop and crack” manipulation. That belief is similar to getting beef at a fast food restaurant vs a nice steak house. It’s not the same.

A Specific Corrective Adjustment has nothing in common with Conventional General Manipulation. Structural chiropractic uses gentle and specific adjustments based on an objective structural examination.

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The nervous system is the body’s electric highway. Keep it free of obstructions.

Finding The Underlying Cause

Structural shifts exist. Unfortunately, not all healthcare professionals have current knowledge about innovations in health. Some believe that calories from an apple is the same as a bag of chips.

A structural shift is a physical obstruction that prevents proper operation of the nervous system. The nervous system is the body’s electrical highway. Thus, structural shifts can potentially wreak havoc on the internal structure of the human body.

Consequently, structural shifts are typically the underlying cause of arm pain, disc herniation, dizziness, headaches, and migraines.

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Headaches can stem from structural shifts.

Conventional healthcare will prescribe a medication or refer to a therapist. Usually, both recommendations patch or band-aid the underlying cause. It’s not a solution.

Lastly, Core Chiropractic offers a complimentary consultation, followed by a complete, objective Structural Examination.  Using the information we gather from the examination, we will create a customized plan of care that focuses on correcting your condition.

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Immune Boost And Strengthen Bones Simultaneously

A simultaneous immune boost and bone strengthening seems too good to be true. Guess what? It’s not. In fact, there is a scientific law that backs the previous statement. Wolff’s law states bones naturally strengthen under stress.

Additionally, the stress on bones increases the production of immune, virus-fighting cells.

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Bones produce specialized bone building and virus fighting cells.

Training For The Immune and Bone Boost

How do we create stress on bones and improve our health and skeletal system at the same time?

The simplest way is resistance training or jogging. You can do resistance training with body weight. Pushups, planks, and squats can be done at home or office. Make sure the intensity of the work-out gets the heart rate pumping. Doing this will ensure the stress on the bones is adequate. The best way to increase bone stress is the use of resistance bands or weights.

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Home gym equipment is convenient and cheap.

 

Stave Off Sickness And Prevent Osteoporosis

As we age, people have an increased risk of sickness and bone depletion. Doctors call bone depletion osteoporosis. The natural depletion of bone occurs in your late 20’s and early 30’s. We can prevent bone depletion with the use of resistance training, vitamin D3, and healthy diet.

Vitamin D3 is important for bone health, and it keeps us from getting sick. Fortunately, vitamin D3 is free. We absorb it from the sun. If you stay inside often, then supplementation is important. The best supplementation product is vitamin D3 with K2.

Additionally, certain foods provide us the right kinds of nutrients for bones and health. Leafy greens, nuts, and colorful vegetables and fruits pack the most nutrients. Even mushrooms contain trace amounts of vitamin D3.

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The Good Kind Of Stress

Unfortunately, all stress isn’t equal. Spinal bones undergo abnormal stress when a structural shift occurs. Most people are unaware there is a normal spinal structure similar to a normal blood pressure or eyesight. When spinal bones shift outside a normal range, imbalances occur.

Imbalances will create abnormal stress on the adjacent bones. Abnormal stress will cause depletion of bones or degenerative joint disease. Depletion of joints can occur in the knee, hip, and ankle joints. Thus, it’s important to have a spinal exam to look for spinal shifts. Corrected spinal shifts will remove abnormal stress on bones.

Also, structural shifts cause headaches, migraines, neck pain, sciatica, TMJ pain, and fatigue.

You Can Do It Easily

Finally, pressure sensing cells around the bone activate the cells for immunity and bone strength. It’s easy to active those pressure sensing cells to improve your health. In addition to the other recommendations, you’ll be on your way to a bone and health boost.

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Tips To Keep Your Back In Shape

Most people will have back pain at some point in life. Unfortunately, the recommendations or tools to prevent future problems are unknown. You’ll learn a few tips to keep your back in shape.

Prevention is better than looking for relief in excruciating pain. Without proper spinal recommendations, spinal deterioration occurs. Just like knee cartilage, there is spinal cartilage or discs that provide cushion between spinal segments. Preservation of these discs is important. So, how can we keep our back and neck functioning at optimal?

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Tip 1. Prolonged Abnormal Positions Stress Spinal Structures

When we look at phones or hunch over a computer for prolonged periods, spinal structures are under stress. This leads to damage of discs and dysfunction of muscles and ligaments. Usually treatment is medication. Unfortunately, medication only bandages the ill-effects of structural shift. Place phones and computer screens in front of your eyes. This will help position spinal structures in a normal position.

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A good core exercise is a plank.

Tips 2. Wrong Core Exercises Are Problematic

Sit-ups and crunches create stress on the lower spine through low back flexion. Spinal flexion flattens the normal curvature of the low back. Thus, a sit-up or crunch motion is no different than bending over with your knees straight. That’s when discs tend bulge or herniate unexpectedly. Utilize planks instead of sit-ups and crunches. Lastly, perform dead-lifts properly. Without great technique, dead-lifts will destroy the lower spine.

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Make sure your shoes have good support.

Tip 3. Look Into Your Sole

Worn-out shoe soles can cause lower spine dysfunction. Additionally, it’s important that your shoes have proper support. Different shoe brands and models support many different foot shapes. Go into a shoe store and try-on multiple pairs to get the best support. Many stores have a return policy if the shoe doesn’t fit well.

These tips will keep your spinal structures and discs healthy. The “Normal Structure” picture is a great visual. If spinal structures are within a normal range, function will be optimal.

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Keep Arthritis Away With Optimal Joint Function

Arthritis can affect many joints. Different joints exist in the body with varying degrees of movement. For instance, a knee joint moves less freely than spinal joints.

Life comes with bumps and bruises or long days at work. These daily challenges cause all joints not just those in the shoulder, neck, knees, and back to potentially function abnormally.

Dysfunction may not be apparent at first, but symptoms are a poor indicator of health. It’s similar to not knowing you have a cavity until a dental examination. So what are the best ways to keep joints healthy?

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Joint Health And Movement Assessment

Early abnormal joint detection is key. Normal movement while lifting an object or simply sitting to standing can be assessed. Abnormal mechanics or positioning of bones and spinal segments will cause abnormal amounts of pressure on joints. This is not ideal because joints have discs or cushioning between bones.

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Unfortunately, discs can degenerate or thin due to abnormal structure and movement. Disc thinning, if left untreated, leads to dysfunction and pain. A quick assessment can be done at home to see if your neck has normal ranges of motion.

For example, more head rotation to the left verses the right is an indicator of joint dysfunction. This abnormal motion could lead to disc thinning between spinal segments. Additionally, doctors have the ability to spot abnormalities during certain functional movements.

Joint Supplementation

Many people take a supplement or an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory to help with joint health or pain. The most common supplement is chondroitin glucosamine with MSM. Chondroitin glucosamine helps with normal joint lubrication, and MSM provides nutritional support for the production of joint structures like discs.

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Omega-3 is a great supplement for joints too.

A popular anti-inflammatory is a curcumin supplement. Curcumin is the active component of the turmeric plant. Joint and anti-inflammatory supplementation should be used in conjunction with a proper structural examination to determine possible treatment.

Lastly, a structural examination involves imaging, digital analysis, and motion assessment. Without a structural examination, joints may be in a degenerative process which will get worse without proper medical attention.

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Eye Strain and Sinus Issues Causing Headaches?

One of the most common ailments that patients report are headaches. Of those reported headaches, approximately 10% are migraines. With any type of migraine or headache, a thorough consultation and examination is important. Otherwise, many important signs and patterns may be missed. If missed, ineffective therapies such as shots and sedatives can deny the patient possible relief.

Headaches From Eye Strain

Eye strain is a possible cause of headaches. Usually eye strain occurs from poor lighting or long periods of eye use- this can occur during computer work or high cell phone usage. If a headache occurs upon waking up, eye strain is not the underlying cause. Although yearly eye check-ups are important, going to an optician may not be the first step for headache relief.

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Is It Sinus Headache?

Sinus inflammation can be acute or chronic; however, both types of inflammation can cause a headache. Chronic inflammation may be a sinus infection; therefore, schedule an appointment with your general physician. Acute sinus inflammation occurs with rapid weather or seasonal changes.  When acute sinus inflammation and headache can occur together, the underlying issue isn’t a sinus problem. The problem stems from malfunctioning blood vessels surrounding the face and head. How does blood vessel malfunction happen?

Shift Of Spinal Segments

Before the blood vessel malfunction explanation, a short lesson on spinal structure. 98.6 degrees is normal body temperature. And just like body temperature, there is a normal spinal structure. These spinal structures can shift from its normal range through daily challenges like sedentary office work and working-out. The further spinal segments shift from normal the more likely symptoms will occur like headaches, migraines, spinal pain, TMJ pain, and shoulder pain.

As spinal segments shift, nerves connected to blood vessels will be blocked. Therefore, headaches and migraines will occur due to blood vessels surrounding the head not properly functioning. It’s imperative to correct these blockages to improve headaches and migraines. No matter the “trigger” like weather changes, keeping your spine free of segmental shifts will reduces the chances of symptoms.

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Skin Care Product With Lasting Effects

As we age, we lose water content, elasticity, and wrinkles become more abundant. Besides aging, low humidity and UV ray can do damage. There are a large variety of skin care options to help prevent or reduce wrinkles; however, collagen is one you should consider. Collagen is the structural support for your skin, and by age 18, we begin to lose collagen. Topical collagen products are great for temporary and cosmetic effects, but oral collagen products may have the most long-term effects.

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Oral Consumption of Collagen

Collagen is broken down into smaller components by heat or enzymes. After a thermal or enzymatic process, it’s hydrolyzed collagen. This process is essential for optimal absorption. When buying an oral supplement, chose a product with collagen types I, II, and III which are most prevalent in skin and joints. Most hydrolyzed collagen products use a marine or bovine source. Bone broth is a popular source, but the collagen content is unknown. Therefore, bone broth may not provide therapeutic effects. Bone broth does have other benefits for weight control. Read here.

Skin Care Restoration

By age 18, collagen content reduces. Fortunately, studies cite improvements in hydration, facial lines, wrinkles, and elasticity. Elasticity is the skin’s ability to retain its original shape after it’s stretched. Studied formulas, in addition to collagen, have vitamin C and E, biotin, chondroitin sulfate, or zinc in various amounts. There is no standard collagen dose. Lastly, a good diet and water will maximize the benefits of oral collagen.

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Structural Chiropractic and Physical Therapy

You can use physical therapy and structural chiropractic together to work on the skeletal and muscular system. However, their is a distinct difference between the professions.

Structural Chiropractic

Structural Chiropractic thoroughly analyzes the spinal segments. Spinal segments encase the nervous system which is the body’s electric wiring, and muscles attach to spinal segments. If a structural chiropractor finds evidence of a structural shift, it’s important to specifically correct them for optimal health and function.
Structural chiropractic is different than conventional chiropractic care. Conventional offices focus on temporary pain relief. Structural chiropractic focuses on creating a long-term solution to a patients condition.
Structural Chiropractic and Physical Therapy

Anterior head syndrome causes many secondary conditions.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy analyzes the muscular system to improve function of muscles. PT will utilize superficial modalities, generalized manipulation, needling, and exercises to work on muscles.
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Conventional Chiropractic and Physical Therapy

Conventional chiropractic and physical therapists do a great job of improving muscle range of motion. Both focus on temporary pain relief. It’s difficult to distinguish between the two.
Optimizing spinal segments through Structural Chiropractic fully addresses many conditions that may seem muscular on the surface. A structural Chiropractor will perform an in-depth analysis of the spine. A thorough analysis is vital to create a solution to any condition. A doctor doesn’t perform chemotherapy without blood work or imaging of cancer.
After a thorough analysis, patients will experience specific, gentle corrections to spinal segments that have shifted. In addition to corrections, recommendations like structural exercises and ergonomic changes will be explained.
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Influenza and Bacterial Shielding Vitamin D3 and K2

Influenza and colds occur at higher rates during winter months. This leads to increased hospitalization rates and doctor visits. During this time, slowly adding healthy diet and exercise routines reduces chances of severe sickness. Additionally, Vitamin D3 with K2 will maximize your immune system potential.

Vitamin D3 Worldwide Deficiency

We usually get pre-vitamin D3 from the absorption of UV-rays from the sun. With modernized jobs and work-from-home situations,  it’s hard to get enough sun. Also, UV-ray absorption varies by skin color, time of day, season, and geographical region. Therefore, supplementation is typically necessary to reach baseline levels of D3. With substandard levels of vitamin D3, hospitals cite an increased rate of mortality and increased likelihood of severe sickness with CV-19. Link here. Other studies show positive results with other common diseases.

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What’s Vitamin D3 Baseline?

Serum Vitamin D3 levels become deficient at <20 ng/ml. Therefore, having levels around 30-40 ng/ml is optimal. In studies of Vitamin D3 levels of African hunter-gathers, serum Vitamin D3 levels were 48 ng/ml. Hypercalcemia is a possible issue that can arise with Vitamin D3 supplementation. However, taking a supplement with a combination of vitamin D3 and K2 can reduce this side-effect. K2 activates cells that deposit calcium in bone thereby helping to prevent hypercalcemia. Optimal amounts of vitamin D3 active anti-inflammatory cells and decrease activity of inflammatory substances.

Testing Your Levels

The best test to check vitamin D3 levels is the 25-hydroxy vitamin D test. Tests are available at your local physicians office. Risk for influenza, infections, and other common disease are less common and less severe with optimal vitamin D3 levels.

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Omega-3 Importance For Optimal Health

Studies show omega-3 is a good fat for optimal health. Most studies cite improvements in heart health. As new studies are published, many other benefits are understood. The pro research far outweighs the negative. Even the American Heart Association recommends 2-4 3.5 servings of fish a week because it’s loaded with omega-3. The following is a collection of important studies from prenatal to adult health. First let’s start with the heart health benefits.

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Omega-3 Decreases Cardiovascular Events

Usually, there are no warning signs for most major cardiovascular events. Thus, eating fish or supplementation will improve omega-3 levels. Studies show participants in the upper echelon of omega-3 blood levels have a 39% lower risk of a cardiovascular disease. Additionally, participants have a 34% lower risk of death from any cause.

Omega Ratio Matters

Usually, most western diets don’t have a balanced omega-3 and omega-6 ratio. Western diets are close to a 1:15 ratio. This potentially leads to inflammation and other health hazards. Foods like nuts, seeds, and vegetables oils contain mostly omega-6. Caveat. Don’t worry about consuming too many seeds and nuts. Focus on the increase of omega-3 consumption through supplementation or fresh fish.

Fresh Fish For the Brain

This particular study cites the importance of fresh fish. Link here. At 2 years of age, an electronic visual test (pVep) was used to determine visual function. The best performances during the visual test were children whose mother ate at least 3 servings of fish during their 3rd trimester. Visual function is a great measure of the whole brain. For instance, people with degenerative brain disease like dementia can have abnormal visual testing. Read more here.

Get Healthy With Omega-3

When compared to consuming olive oil, omega-3 fish oil shows children with higher measures of lean mass, bone mass, and fat mass. You may be raising an eyebrow at increase fat mass? Interestingly, with an increase in fat mass the percentage of fat did not increase. As you know, percentage takes into account other measures like muscle and bone mass. An increase in fat mass is normal with high muscle and bone mass. Read more here.

Supplement Or Consumption?

When choosing fish, chose small fish from cold waters. Big fish eat small fish which increases the possibility of toxic contaminants. What if you don’t like to eat fish? I recommend a fish oil supplement that uses molecular distillation which removes toxic contaminants. Potency is important too. Find a product that contains at least a 1,000 mg of fish oil per capsule.

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Natural Shield Against Infection

A natural shield exists to keep the body healthy from infection. Therefore, it’s important to understand some basics of how the immune system works to kill viruses and bacteria.

Two Lines of Defense

The immune system has two lines of defense: the innate and adaptive immune system. In order to infect the body, a microscopic virus must get past the innate immune system, the first line of defense.

The innate immune system is comprised of the skin, cilia (e.g. microscopic hair), lining of the lungs and stomach, and mucus.These physical barriers are highly effective in shielding us from the daily threat of viruses.

The innate immune system also uses phagocytes, natural killer cells, and inflammation to kill pathogens. Phagocytes (e.g. neutrophils and macrophages) engulf and destruct the virus. They also signal the adaptive immune system, the second line of defense.

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You Better Recognize

Host cells have the ability to recognize a viral infection. Host cells infected by a virus destruct material used to “clone” itself to prevent spread. During the destruction of cloning material, the cell produces interferons to attract natural killer cells. Natural killer cells invoke self-destruction of the infected cell. During the destruction of the virus, interferons also signal the adaptive immune system.

Bringing The Heat

Lastly, inflammation occurs at the sight of infection. Inflammation is caused by our body bringing blood and proteins that create swelling, redness, and pain. Inflammation drives all the immune system troops and sentinels to the infection site. Also, the inflammatory process elicits a fever which increases the effectiveness of the immune army and destroys pathogens.

The Second Line Of Defense

Before we discuss the adaptive immune system, let’s briefly review the autonomic nervous system (ANS) from last week’s article. The ANS extends from the Central Nervous System (CNS), the brain, and the spinal cord. An alternate name for the ANS is the peripheral nervous system.

The ANS controls bodily functions that don’t involve consciousness such as your heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, digestion, sweat, and much more. Also, the ANS controls the immune system defenses. The immune system has two lines of defense: the innate and adaptive. The innate defense attacks viruses within minutes and alerts the the adaptive immune system which takes 1 to 2 weeks to take full effect.

Lasting Protection From Infection

The adaptive immune system is highly specific and can provide long lasting effects against some viruses by using T and B cells. B cells secrete antibodies that attach to a virus to prevent reproduction of the virus and tag them for other defenses to destroy. These antibodies can provide a long lasting defense against the same virus. T cells directly break up viruses into pieces, and signal other cells to dispose of the infected pieces. Once is a virus is destroyed, memory B and T cells are produced. Memory B and T cells remain in the body in case the same virus reinfects the body. With memory B and T cells present, certain viruses may not cause reinfection. In most cases, it can create a natural immunity.

The above happens under optimal ANS control. There are instances when the immune response goes haywire. This is observed with autoimmune diseases – a self destruction of the body. Therefore, it’s extremely important to have constant communication between the ANS and the immune defensive army.

How does this relate to Structural Chiropractic?

The spinal cord (i.e. the main communicative highway) connects the brain and immune system response. We want to immune system response working at optimum levels. Therefore, it’s important to keep the spinal cord free of obstructions. Obstructions stem from spinal segment shifts that occur from daily challenges to the spine. Daily challenges to the spine can occur from the following: working out, poor postural habits, working on a computer, sitting for too long, and improper pillows – just to name a few. Our comprehensive care and specific adjustments, remove obstructions from the spinal cord.

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