Our Denver Chiropractor shows you some basic stretches that can help prevent neck pain. As always, make sure you check with a a doctor first, not a substitute for medical treatment / advice. User assumes all risk.
I am back from a 4-Day Active Release Techniques (ART) advanced class in Colorado Springs. It was an awesome weekend learning new protocols that I’ve already started using in the office. If you need need us, call us @ 303.300.0424
Here is this week’s 1-Page Health News:
Mental Attitude: An Active Brain and Body May Stave Off Dementia. The findings of a multi-decade study involving over 800 Swedish women suggest that being more physically and mentally active in middle age is associated with a reduced risk for dementia in old age. Neurology, February 2019
Health Alert: New Way to Measure Vitamin D. Researchers from Trinity College Dublin and St. James’s Hospital report that human hair can be used to measure vitamin D. This is important, as traditional blood analysis captures only a moment in time, while hair can reflect vitamin D status over several months capturing the large seasonal differences in vitamin D status. Study co-author Dr. Martin Healy explains, “The finding that vitamin D can be measured in hair samples potentially opens up a new approach to epidemiological studies relating the vitamin to bone and non-bone related medical conditions which have been associated with its deficiency.” Nutrients, February 2019
Diet: Fish Oil During Pregnancy Offers Benefits to Kids. The results of a new study involving 171 mother-child pairs suggest that taking a daily 600mg DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) supplement during pregnancy may help protect kids from high blood pressure in childhood. The findings may lead to changes in the amount of DHA found in prenatal supplements, as current levels are usually much lower. JAMA Network Open, February 2019
Exercise: Unfit Teens More Likely to Be Disabled Later in Life. Staying fit during adolescence may pay dividends throughout life. In this study, researchers reviewed health data concerning 1,079,128 Swedish men from age 16 to about age 46 and found that those with poor cardiorespiratory fitness as they entered adulthood were over three times more likely to be out of the workforce due to disability by midlife. Annals of Internal Medicine, February 2019
Chiropractic: What Research Says About Manipulative Therapies… A recent article published in the American Family Physician notes that spinal manipulative therapy can provide short-term improvement in patients with acute or chronic low back pain and is comparable to other standard treatments. For patients with neck pain, the current research shows cervical manipulation/mobilization provides better short-term pain relief and improved function when compared with oral analgesics. The authors of the article add that manipulative therapies may be as effective as the prescription medication amitriptyline for managing patients with migraines. Doctors of chiropractic are highly skilled in the art of manipulation and mobilization techniques, which they utilize in the management of musculoskeletal conditions. American Family Physicians, February 2019
We have our latest video below for you: Neck stretches Level 1 and 2. You can watch it on our vimeo page by clicking the image below. If you prefer your videos on facebook you can use this link to get there:
As always, use common sense and make sure this video is appropriate for you.
Happy April Fools Day 2019! No jokes here, we are simply here to help you (and friends or family if there’s anyone you know who could use our help). It all starts with a phone call 303.300.0424. Have a great week! We’ll be back on Thursday with a brand new video on neck stretches.
Here is this week’s 1-Page Health News:
Mental Attitude: Anxiety Late in Life Linked to Alzheimer’s. Using data from the Zaragoza Dementia and Depression Study, researchers report that seniors with clinically significant late-life anxiety have up to a 400% greater risk for Alzheimer’s disease when compared to older adults without an anxiety disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders, February 2019
Health Alert: Opioid Deaths Up Fourfold in Last 20 Years. Researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine, Harvard University, and the University of Toronto report that opioid-related deaths in the United States have jumped fourfold in the last two decades, with Eastern states being hit the hardest. According to the data, the highest rates of opioid-related deaths occurred in Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. The researchers hope that identification and characterization of opioid “hot spots” will allow for better-targeted policies that address the current state of the opioid epidemic and the needs of the population. JAMA Network Open, February 2019
Exercise: Fitness Protects Against Lung Cancer. A new study that followed nearly 5,000 older men for a decade found that not only are physically fit men less likely to develop lung cancer, but they are significantly more likely to survive the disease should it occur. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, April 2019
Chiropractic: Mid-Back Adjustments for Neck Pain? In a study involving 30 patients with chronic neck pain, researchers observed that spinal manipulative therapy applied to the mid-back resulted in improvements in both neck pain and the range of motion of the upper limbs. While neck pain is commonly associated with dysfunction in the cervical spine, past research has demonstrated that the thoracic spine plays a limited role in cervical rotation and flexion, which may explain why mid-back adjustments benefited the chronic neck pain patients in this study. Journal of Physical Therapy Science, February 2019
Wellness/Prevention: Reduce CTS Risk. Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a condition that occurs when pressure is placed on the median nerve as it passes through the wrist. To reduce your risk for CTS, the NYU School of Medicine recommends the following: minimize repetitive hand movements, keep wrists straight, alternate between activities or tasks, and avoid holding an object the same way for long periods. NYU School of Medicine, March 2019. Note – We treat Carpal Tunnel very effectively with Active Release Technique Soft Tissue Treatment.
Quote: “Try not to become a (person) of success, but rather try to become a (person) of value.” ~ Albert Einstein
Our Denver Chiropractor, Dr. Glenn Hyman, thinks this is a great way to improve your posture, prevent knee pain and improve muscular endurance in your quads and glutes. Check with a doctor first!
We have a short week this week, as we will be in Monday-Wednesday (and out Thurs and Fri). Our schedule for this VERY short week is filling up VERY quickly, so call us at 303.300.0424 and we will get you in!
Here is this week’s 1-Page Health News:
Mental Attitude: Money Worries Have Americans Anxious. A nationwide poll of more than 1,000 adults revealed that 39% of respondents are more anxious than they were a year ago, with finances, safety, and health topping the list as sources of anxiety. American Psychiatric Association, May 2018
Health Alert: Illnesses Tied to Ticks and Mosquitoes Soaring in US. Diseases transmitted by ticks and mosquitoes in the United States (US) have more than tripled over the past decade from about 27,000 cases in 2004 to over 96,000 cases in 2016. Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) adds, “Zika, West Nile, Lyme, and chikungunya—a growing list of diseases caused by the bite of an infected mosquito, tick or flea— have confronted the US in recent years, making a lot of people sick. And we don’t know what will threaten Americans next.” The report reveals the need for an increased effort to both combat the spread of these pests and better educate the public how to prevent bites. CDC Vital Signs Report, May 2018
Diet: Eating More Produce Lowers Depression Risk. An analysis of data from 18 published studies found that each 100-gram increase in daily fruit and vegetable intake reduces an individual’s risk for depression by 3%. British Journal of Nutrition, May 2018
Exercise: Can Exercise Make Your Heart Younger? In this study, researchers found that mice that ran the equivalent of 3.1 miles (5 km) per day generated about 4.5 times more new heart muscle cells than mice that abstained from exercise. The investigators report that these findings demonstrate how exercise can increases the heart’s capacity to regenerate. Researcher Dr. Anthony Rosenzweig notes, “Maintaining a healthy heart requires balancing the loss of heart muscle cells due to injury or aging with the regeneration or birth of new heart muscle cells. Our study suggests exercise can help tip the balance in favor of regeneration.” Nature Communications, April 2018
Chiropractic: Shoulder Strength Affected By Posture. A recent study assessed the effect of various sitting postures on the external rotator muscle strength of the shoulder. Among a group of 100 participants, researchers observed that shoulder external rotator strength declined 8% following five minutes of sitting in a forward head rounded shoulder posture. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, February 2018
While our #1 team will always be the Broncos, Philly is still in our hearts (I’m from there). Here are the boys and I before the game. My 72-year-old Dad was very happy to finally see his team win the Super Bowl. We hope you all had a great weekend.
We are here to help you. If you need us, call us and we will get you in. 303.300.0424 We can help you with:
Hip and sciatica problems
Wrists and hands
Knees and ankles
We’re back in the office after my family and I took a long weekend in the Aspen-Snowmass area. Since we’re still not ready to ski (waiting for some better snow to build up), we went snowshoeing. Man, is that an awesome workout. If you want to get your heart rate up without pounding on your joints, try snowshoeing in a hilly area. Wow!
Our schedule is getting pretty full for the rest of this week, so If you want to come see us, call us today: 303.300.0424 and we will get you in. We’ve opened a few extra spots today (Thurs 1/25) and tomorrow (Friday 1/26).