Wednesday, December 16, 2009

"Stretch Your Way to Good Health"

When you talk about fitness and exercise, many people ignore one important aspect of a healthy fitness regime, stretching every day.
While it’s important to get enough cardiovascular and weight bearing exercise every week, it’s also extremely important to stretch.
That’s right!
No matter what your age or activity level, stretching should be a part of your daily routine.
What’s so great about stretching?
Well, as we age we have less range of motion in our joints, and our muscles also become tighter. If you are like many people, at one time or another you’ve probably bent over to pick up something you’ve dropped and realized that it was not as easy as it once was. Maybe you’re not quite as limber as you used to be, or you have lost some range of motion.
People who stretch on a regular basis enjoy the benefits of more flexible muscles and joints, which gives them increased function.
One of the best things about stretching is that everyone can do it, and everyone should do it every day. You don’t have to be incredibly fit to stretch, nor do you have to have tons of time.
There is no excuse not to stretch. Many people do it and do not even realize they are doing it.
So when should you stretch?
Always do it in the morning right when you get up. It is also a good idea to stretch right before you go to bed. Stretch while you are watching television, at your desk or computer, or even while doing chores like making dinner or folding laundry. If you have been exercising you have a natural tendency to stretch out more frequently.
If you participate in cardiovascular or weight bearing exercises, stretch both before and after your workouts to keep muscles and joints warm, limber, and injury free. In the beginning of exercise you want to warm up large muscle groups with big body movements. You do not want to take it to the end range of your joints. This may cause an injury or strain on the muscle tissues. At the end of a workout, when your body is all warmed up you can really stretch to the limits. Especially after lifting weights when you do a lot of stretching you lengthen your muscle fibers, and this actually makes you stronger.
In addition to keeping joints and muscles in good shape, there are other benefits to stretching. Stretching enhances muscle coordination, and also increases blood circulation. Stretching also breaks up and prevents the formation of fibrous adhesions that form in the tissues. This scar tissue leads to pain and other symptoms. Stretching also increases your energy levels. Not to mention stretching just feels great!
So be kind to your muscles and joints and add stretching to your daily routine. In addition to stretching, treat your muscles and joints right by taking care of your spine. Getting chiropractic adjustments on a regular basis helps to ensure your spine is in proper alignment. When your spine is in line your body will function at its highest possible level, and that will ensure your muscles don't get tight.

For more information on this topic and other health related topics please contact our website at www.roachchiro.com

Thursday, December 10, 2009

ADHD

In chiropractic we do not treat ADHD, or any dis-ease, we treat the spine and nervous system. By removing the interference in the system that controls everything in our bodies, your body can then heal itself. There are a number of things that your chiropractor can do to help eliminate things that stress a child's nervous system.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is becoming a more and more common condition that tends to emerge in children during their early school years. The most common signs of ADHD are:

• Inattention
• Disrespect
• Hyperactivity
• Impulsive Behavior
• Difficulty Concentrating
• Non cooperation

It is estimated that between 3 and 5 percent of children have ADHD - approximately 2 million children in the United States. This is being seen less common in girls than boys. Boys have a natural tendency to be more active than girls. In most cases they need more play time to burn off the extra energy, not medication to chill out.

This means that in your child’s classroom which is typically 25 to 30 children, it is likely that at least one child will be diagnosed with and be medicated for ADHD. However, because many normal children may show some of these same behaviors as well, it is important that a child receive a thorough examination and appropriate diagnosis before any treatment is considered.

It is not entirely certain what causes ADHD, but the current thought is that it is a combination of an overactive nervous system, coupled with a decrease in the brain's ability to filter out extraneous sights, sounds, thoughts and emotions. Many of these behaviors are a result of the diet. There is overconsumption of refined sugars and flours, an increased exposure to toxins, too many sugary drinks instead of water, and an overall lack of physical activity. There are a number of things that your chiropractor can do to help eliminate things that stress a child's nervous system, such as:

• Remove spinal subluxations that put pressure on the nervous system
• Suggest dietary changes
• Add organic whole food supplements
• Test for allergies that may be stressing the nervous system
• Coach the parents to choose a healthier lifestyle

The most common medical treatment is the use of the drug methylphenidate, also known as Ritalin. Ritalin is actually a stimulant drug that normally speeds up the activity of the nervous system. But for reasons that are not entirely clear, it tends to have a calming effect on those who suffer from ADHD; possibly by increasing the activity in the area of the brain responsible for filtering out extraneous sensation. The problem with taking Ritalin is that is does not do anything to resolve the cause of the ADHD, it only masks the symptoms. Continued use of Ritalin over long periods of time has also been shown to have detrimental effects on the brain itself.

It is important for parents to look at all treatment options before placing your child on Ritalin or other harmful medications. Chiropractic care is a great place to start. Not only will chiropractic adjustments remove interference in the nervous system naturally, they help to calm and balance.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Why do I need to get adjusted more than once?

Many times people come in to see me for pain relief. They are shocked when I tell them that pain is not their problem. You have pain and symptoms because there is a physiological and neurological change that has taken place in your body. This is due to a subluxation. A subluxation is when one of the bones in your spine shifts out of the normal position in relation to the other bones above and below. When this happens it pinches down on the nerves that exit the sides of the bone. This pinching produces interference in the systems that controls everything in your whole body, thus producing pain, symptoms and disease processes if it is allowed to go on for an extended period of time.
So we know this is true. If you want to make changes to internal structures it is going to take place over a period of time. It took a period of time for it to get into the position that it is currently in, so it is going to take some time to get back to where it once was. We do this by a series of adjustments, therapies, exercises, and stretching. Every time we give an adjustment we make a slight physiological change to the body. The response of the brain is to go back to the position it was just in, because that is what it is used to. So in order for us to make a structural change we must continue to make these small physiological changes on a regular basis for an extended period of time. That is how we can move bones over time and correct spinal posture. The brain and muscles need to reset with "normal".
That is why there is no "miracle adjustment", you must return on a regular basis until you reach a point of stability where you can just maintain. Then you will have optimal function, the true definition of health.