Health-E-News July 2011
empowering you to optimal health
Gardening Tips - The 10 Chiropractic Golden Rules of Gardening
Here are some simple tips to ensure you stay in optimal health while you work on your beloved gardens:
- Warm up your muscles to a task a few minutes before you embark on a tough project.
- Don't bend over for long periods of time without taking standing breaks.
- Don't lift more than you can handle.
- Wear clothing that does not restrict or confine your movements.
- Wear flat, comfortable shoes that offer firm support.
- Use the proper tool for each job.
- Avoid becoming overheated or chilled. Avoid iced drinks when overheated.
- Avoid doing work from awkward positions.
- If you injure yourself or have aches or pains, consult us immediately.
- For an ounce of prevention against health problems, have regular chiropractic spinal check ups.
Don't let beautiful flowers give you an ugly pain in the back!
Children Suffering from 'Wii-itis'? Try Chiropractic!
An article just indexed on Medline and published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine indicates that chiropractic care may be highly effective in caring for children with electronic game overuse injuries (a.k.a. "Wii-itis").
The study, conducted at Life University in Marietta, Georgia, followed four children aged 3 to 9 years. The patients all had a triad of injuries commonly referred to as Wii-itis: 1) spinal pain, 2) spinal joint
dysfunction and 3) related extremity pain. They also reported prolonged playing of the Nintendo Wii.
All the children in the study experienced relief with Chiropractic care.
"Children in the new era of portable electronic devices are presenting to chiropractic offices with a set of symptoms directly related to overuse or repetitive strain from prolonged play on these systems," conclude the study's authors.
Journal of Chiropractic Medicine - June 2010;9:84-9.
Curcumin Helps Relive Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Many people may avoid curry if they suffer from inflammatory bowel disease. However curcumin, the active ingredient in the curry spice turmeric, may ease the pain of inflammatory bowel disease (including ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease). These findings are from a review study.
Researchers found two studies on curcumin for inflammatory bowel disease, including a total of 99 subjects. Both studies showed "promising" results. In one study patients reduced the amount of corticoid steroid medication they were taking. In another, some were able to discontinue medication altogether.
However, all authors conclude that large-scale, double-blind trials need to be conducted to establish a role for curcumin in the treatment of ulcerative colitis. In addition to improving results when used in conjunction with conventional medications for UC, curcumin may pose a less-expensive alternative.
Alternative Medicine Reviews - June 2011;16:152-156.
Apples Do Indeed Keep Your Strong
Apple peels contain a substance that may ward off muscle atrophy and promote muscle growth, according to a University of Iowa study.
"Muscle atrophy causes big problems. It's also very common - it affects most people at some point in their lives, during illness or aging. But, there's no medicine for it," notes Dr. Christopher Adams, senior author of the study. "We studied muscle gene activity in people with atrophy and used that information to find chemicals that might block atrophy. One of those chemicals was especially interesting. It's called ursolic acid and it's particularly concentrated in apple peels.
"The old saying goes that 'an apple a day keeps the doctor away.' So, we tested ursolic acid in mice, and found that it increased the size and strength of their muscles," Adams adds. "It did this by helping two hormones that build muscle: insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF1) and insulin. Because ursolic acid increased muscle, it reduced muscle atrophy. Surprisingly, it had some other beneficial effects in mice: for example, it reduced body fat, and lowered blood glucose and cholesterol."
Cell Metabolism - June 2011
Chiropractic care effective in eliminating headaches
Headache is one of the most common conditions seen in chiropractic offices. Over the last decade headache represented 13% of chiropractic patient's presenting complaints. Headaches not only have a significant adverse impact on adults but "frequent or severe headaches including migraine in the past 12 months were reported in 17.1% of children." Extensive research has addressed the many types of headache and the last year has seen several important publications investigating the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment and spinal manipulation.
A new Dutch study of chronic tension type headache (CTTH) compared treatment from medical providers in general practice (GP) to chiropractic. That study concluded that "Manual therapy is more effective than usual GP care in the short- and longer term in reducing symptoms of CTTH."
Chiropractors Help Elite Athletes Perform At Their Best
Chiropractors helping the elite athletes in the Tour de France are once again in the media.
American cyclist, David Zabriskie plans to try something entirely new: Riding the Tour on a vegan diet. After his Chiropractor tested him for food allergies and muscle inflammation, he decided to go vegan. And to the surprise of everyone, the new diet has improved his performance.
Having a team of health professionals can help take your health to new levels. Ask us for simple things you can change in order to dramatically improve your health.