Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Straighten Up! May is Posture Month!

Since the month of May is Posture Month, celebrate by resolving to improve your posture – you'll feel better and look better.
Posture: Your Body's Balancer If you don't balance, you fall down! Our bodies would fall forward without muscles pulling us back. We use our muscles reflexively to balance when we sit, stand,sleep, or work.
When you have an injury, your body will move differently to avoid pain. Over time, the body will adapt.
Even if there is no continued pain, unbalanced patternsof motion persist. The human body still MUST
balance to stand. So, the brain adapts and adopts new muscle and joint positions.We believe we are standing straight because our brain is being told by our senses that we are balanced, even though the mirror shows we are not.
The Human Body: Designed To Move It is much easier to walk for 30 minutes than to stand perfectly still for 30 minutes. When we walk (or run) we must balance our bodies. In order to balance we switch back and
forth between standing and shifting muscles. During walking, we use STANDING muscles to stand on one foot, and then SHIFTING muscles to shift to the other foot. Standing or sitting still primarily works the standing muscles, causing these muscles to fatigue with time. However, when we walk we alternate between using standing and shifting muscles. This allows each set of muscles a moment of rest, reducing fatigue. Straighten Up! May is Posture Month Your Body Learns What You Teach It
The body moves in patterns of motion which adapt to each individual's body type, history of
injuries, and daily habits. The body's motion patterns are like a folded piece of paper that continues to fold at a crease because the fibers have been bent in a pattern. Strong muscles lift more. Weak ligaments stretch more. The body posture adapts, creating a postural change, or distortion. Distortions are seen when looking at posture (how people stand) and gait (how people walk). Over time, adaptive patterns of body motion
cause increased body stress and breakdown. Here are some examples:
􀂄 If you sleep on your stomach
with your head turned to the right, when
standing you will find you head does not
turn as easily to the left.
􀂄 When you prop a phone under your neck
while talking on the phone your neck twists to that
􀂄 When driving or sitting in front of a
computer, day after day, the body folds forward in a
Our good and bad habits shape our bodies, our posture, and our patterns of motion. We adapt to doing whatever we do repeatedly. Re-Educate Your PostureHere are a few simple exercises* to help you
achieve and maintain good posture:
Exercise #1: Stand up against a wall and
face straight ahead. Gently pull your head back
towards the wall. Keeping your face level, without
looking up or down, jut your neck forward. Then
bring it straight back as if were on railroad tracks. You
should feel like a turtle pulling his head back into his
shell. Repeat five times.
Exercise #2: Lie on your stomach in a "pushup"
position. Slowly, with controlled motion, "press up"
your body. Keep your pelvis on the floor. Do not strain
the low back and only come up as high as you feel
comfortable. Slowly lower back down to your stomach,
and then repeat.
Exercise #3: Posture Ball** Stretch.
Postureballs are big inflatable balls used by chiropractors
and other health care providers to teach strength and
balance. Have someone spot you the first time you sit on
a postureball until you feel comfortable and balanced.
Sitting on the ball, slowly walk forward and roll down on
the ball until your head touches the ball. Then walk
backwards so your spine curves and lengthens over the
ball. When you feel comfortable, try and reach your arms
overhead. It is important to move slowly and with control.
Relax and stretch for 5 slow breaths.
Exercise #4: Posture Ball** HUG. Kneel in front
of the posture ball. Slowly, with controlled motion, roll
forward on the ball, letting the ball support your entire
weight. Keep your hands on the floor for balance only.
Gently roll forward on the ball until you are on your toes,
and then slowly roll back until your knees are on the floor
again. Repeat several times. Do not strain the low back
and only come as far forward as you feel comfortable.
Remember to take slow deep breaths as you stretch and
Stand Tall with Chiropractic Care
Your doctor of chiropractic is a trained posture
specialist. Ask your doctor of chiropractic for more
information on how to improve your posture. Regular
chiropractic care, along with regular exercise, good
nutrition, and a wellness outlook can help you become
and remain a happy, healthy human being!
This article was provided courtesy of Steven Weiniger, DC, the
founder of, an on-line health information resource
and national referral directory.
Contact Us at 719-573-2225! Back Essentials Chiropractic can help you re-gain your posture and confidence! 
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*Always consult your doctor before participating in any
exercise program. All posture exercises should be performed
without pain. If you experience pain or discomfort, stop the exercise
and consult your doctor.
**Choosing the proper ball for your body type is important. For
tips on choosing the size that’s right for you and for more exercises
consult your doctor of chiropractic. 􀂄

Monday, April 22, 2013

Whiplash 101!

Whiplash 101

whip-lash (w p' - l sh) n.
1. An abrupt snapping motion or change of direction resembling the lash of a whip.
2. Also, whiplash injury, a neck injury caused by a sudden jerking backward, forward, or both, of the head.
Whiplash is most commonly associated with rear-end car collisions, in which the impact suddenly forces the car occupants' heads to "snap" back and forth. Other causes of whiplash include a sudden jerk of one or both arms, a violent blow to the head or chin, a reflex jerking of the head due to fright or a sudden loud noise, or any kind of fall that causes a forceful movement of the head and neck. Anyone can be subjected to whiplash, even in a low-force car crash at speeds as low as 5 m.p.h.
Where does it hurt?
The sudden, violent thrust and recoil of the neck and head damages the surrounding and supporting tissues, including muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Whiplash most commonly causes lingering (often serious) neck pain and stiffness, but there may also be back pain, headaches, blurred vision, nausea, ringing in the ears, numbness, and even dizziness. Whiplash symptoms may or may not appear right away. After a night's rest or even longer, you will usually experience stiffness or soreness of the neck. Often victims are stunned immediately after an accident and do not note any of the whiplash effects. It's possible that old whiplash
injuries can be the cause of many physical and psychological symptoms, even years after the accident, especially if a victim does not receive proper care quickly. Avoiding Whiplash Dr. Arthur Croft, a doctor of chiropractic who is a whiplash injury expert, shares six ways to minimize pain and suffering before and after a whiplash accident.
1. Shop for a Safer Car
Before you buy your next car, compare vehicle structural design, vehicle size and weight, and restraint systems – belts, air bags, head restraints, and crash avoidance features. Small cars put you and your
passengers at greater risk, so consider mass and crashworthiness. Also, check Insurance Institute Highway Safety ratings.
2. Keep head rests in UP position.
Eighty percent of cars have the head restraint adjusted in the LOW position, yet research reveals that having no head restraint is safer than having one in the LOW position.Some add-on head restraints are available, but check first for safety and ease of installation.
3. No crush, no crash?
Within a certain range of crash speeds, when there is NO DAMAGE to the vehicle, whiplash injuries are more prevelant than when the vehicle is damaged. The reason is that the energy that's used up in crushing parts of the car is not transmitted to the occupant.
4. Seek treatment immediately.
It is a huge advantage to a victim's recovery to begin treating the whiplash injury within two weeks after the accident. Immediate treatment will decrease the likelihood of a painful, chronic condition.
5. Do what your doctor orders.
Excercises, ice, nutrition, soft collars for the first few days, adjusted work stations, deep tissue work in the early stages – do exactly what your doctor prescribes.
6. Think ergonomically.
Positions to avoid, how to sleep, conditions at work – these are everyday factors that can hasten healing.
Chiropractic Can Help! Chiropractic techniques and the skills of doctors of chiropractic are particularly wellsuited to relieving the neck pain and other debilitating effects of whiplash. A recent study in the Journal of Orthopedic Medicine revealed the superiority of chiropractic care in whiplash injuries. Repeated and effective chiropractc adjustments have proved successful for many thousands of patients. If you've experienced a whiplash episode, don't delay – see your doctor of chiropractic today!
Prepare to Crash!
Most accidents happen lightningfast, but if you do have time to prepare, use these tips to minimize whiplash injury: Put your head and your neck all the way back so that you are in contact with the seat back and the properly adjusted head restraint. Straight-arm the steering wheel and get a good grip. If you are completely stopped, put your foot on the brake as hard as you can. Look straight ahead, not in the
rearview mirror. Do not have your head turned. Put your neck back slightly so your
eyes are looking at about the top of the windshield. Scrunch your shoulders up toward your ears and brace for impact.
This tips were provided by Dr. Arthur Croft
of The Spine Research Institute of San
Diego. He can be reached at, (800) 423-9860, or
visit the institute's web site a

Friday, April 19, 2013

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012


Are you educated enough on vaccines?!

Friday, June 8, 2012

A Reminder on the Importance of Ergonomics

Here is a really good video on how to properly position yourself when working on a laptop. It’s no secret that for many people, posture and pain are two things that usually accompany computer work. This is a good reminder we can all follow, myself included. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Monday, June 4, 2012

Chiropractic and diabetes - The connection between blood sugar and the spine

(NaturalNews) The possibility for chiropractic care to help people with diabetes is an up and coming area of research, and it is an important one. Roughly one out of every three men and two out of every five women born in the year 2000 will suffer from diabetes in their lifetime.

Research points to evidence that chiropractic care may make a valuable contribution to a wellness protocol that helps those diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes is the fifth deadliest disease in the United States and a growing epidemic worldwide, so help is desperately needed!

The average person may not recognize how diabetes and chiropractic are connected. What does the back have to do with blood sugar? Often, an electrician understands this faster than most people. Interfere with the current flowing through the wires and the appliances or areas of the house lose normal function or might even catch fire.

If the nerve supply from the upper neck or middle back (the two areas that supply the pancreas) are disturbed, pancreatic function suffers; maybe in it's ability to produce enzymes to digest proteins, fats and carbohydrates, or maybe insulin production, or both. Blood sugar and digestion become unbalanced, resulting in either in diabetes or hypoglycemia.

Studies suggest a chiropractic-spine-nerve-blood sugar connection

A study published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research illustrated the positive effects of chiropractic when used as part of an integrative treatment for adult onset diabetes diagnosed by a medical doctor. Along with chiropractic care, the patient also received nutritional and exercise guidance.

After one month of being on the program, the patient's glucose blood and urine levels normalized and remained stable. His medical doctor, who monitored his progress, said the patient would not need insulin if the condition remained stable.

Canada is currently leading the research effort

The National Post reported: "DIABETES BREAKTHROUGH: In a discovery that has stunned even those behind it, scientists at a Toronto hospital say they have proof the body's nervous system helps trigger diabetes, opening the door to a potential near-cure of the disease that affects millions of Canadians. Diabetic mice became healthy virtually overnight after researchers injected a substance to counteract the effect of malfunctioning pain neurons in the pancreas.

'I couldn't believe it,' said Dr. Michael Salter, a pain expert at the Hospital for Sick Children. 'Mice with diabetes suddenly didn't have diabetes any more.' The excitement of the team from Sick Kids, whose work is being published today in the journal Cell, is almost palpable.

A recent case study published in the November 2011 edition of the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, & Family Health documents a case of a four-year-old child who had terrific results stabilizing her blood sugar through chiropractic care. The patient was diagnosed with spinal subluxation in the upper cervical region. She began chiropractic care and was seen a total of 24 times over a two-month period. During this two-month period, she experienced a decrease in hemoglobin A1C from 7.2 percent to 6.5 percent. She also decreased the amount of insulin used from 15 units to 11 units per day.

These results are quite remarkable because the literature states that intensive medical treatment of type I diabetes often does not succeed in lowering A1C levels under 7.0 percent. Chiropractic care works by optimizing the neural connections throughout the body. This enhanced brain-body connection works to better coordinate immunity and hormone function throughout the body.

Article contributed by Murray Galbraith, D.C., of Galbraith Chiropractic.

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