MEDITATION REDUCES STRESS

November 27, 2017 Leave a comment

We live in stressful times, it seems, and many people suffer from stress-related ailments. Research by a Doylestown chiropractor has shown that stress produces harmful reactions in the body, including an increase in cortisol, amyloid plaque, and cytokines — all of which can lead to inflammation, chronic pain, and more serious problems.

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A Jamison chiropractor is finding that ancient methods like meditation can play a major role in the body’s stress response, which lessens pain and increases overall health. Meditation has been show to produce chemical changes in the brain that regulate hormones, reduce blood pressure, and benefit the body in many other ways. Meditation can lessen chronic pain, and patients can actually reduce the use of drugs to manage their pain through regular meditation.

Here are three types of meditation that can help reduce stress.

  1. In this type of meditation you mentally scan your body, taking note of areas of stress or tension and releasing it. You can augment this with positive affirmations, like, “I am relaxed,” or, “I am feeling peaceful”.
  2. By simply focusing on our breath for 20 minutes, we can calm our mind and relax our body. All you have to do is feel the breath entering and leaving your body, and when distracting thoughts pop up, simply let them pass without getting attached to them.
  3. Loving kindness. By calming ourselves and then focusing on feelings of love for people in our lives (including the difficult ones), we experience the joy and compassion that love can bring, and this feeling activates the body’s healing process.Meditation

Meditation may seem easy to do, but it is always good to take a course by the best local chiropractor or find a teacher, rather than trying to start this practice on your own. Fortunately, there are a lot of good meditation classes out there. Do yourself a favor and find one today!

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THE HEALTH PROPERTIES OF ZINC

September 20, 2017 Leave a comment

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Nutrition researchers are finding the mineral zinc has many properties that can benefit mental and physical health. Here are five of them.

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. It strengthens the immune system. According to a Doylestown Pa chiropractor, a deficiency in zinc can compromise your immune system and make you more susceptible to infections.

. It boosts the healing properties of your skin. Zinc plays a role in the healing of wounds and skin ailments like acne and psoriasis.

. It plays a role in digestive health. Harmful bacteria in the intestines and stomach can cause many digestive problems, including acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome. Zinc has been proven to play a role in increasing the secretion of hydrochloric acid, which is necessary for good digestion, click here to learn more.

. It increases fertility. Low levels of zinc have been linked with low sperm counts, and zinc has also been proven to boost testosterone in men, which improves sperm motility.  In addition, zinc’s ability to boost the immune system can help to prevent prenatal infections. Although it’s not understood completely, it appears that increased levels of zinc can lessen the chance of premature births by 14 percent.

. It improves mental health. Research going back more than fifty years has shown a relationship between low zinc levels and depression. Zinc deficiencies have been found in patients with other types of psychiatric problems as well. Some researchers are studying the use of zinc supplements in treating mental health disorders, and it seems to play a role in protecting various areas of the brain from the harmful effects of stress.

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The research suggests that for many people, a zinc supplement from their best chiropractor would be a good addition to their daily nutrition intake.

YOGA HAS MANY BENEFITS

September 12, 2017 Leave a comment

Yoga has had an enormous surge in popularity in the last two decades, and there are millions of people who do yoga on a regular basis for its health benefits. Many studies have shown the benefits of yoga on various systems of the body. Here is a rundown from a Jamison chiropractor of some of the latest studies on how yoga can make you healthier.

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It reduces inflammation. Studies show that a yoga session reduces cytokines, which are chemicals that play a role in inflammation of tissues. Cytokines have been identified as a factor in diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and autoimmune conditions. Yogic meditation has been found to reduce our body’s stress responses that lead to inflammation, according to studies at the University of California.
It helps with bladder problems. Women can benefit from yoga postures because they strengthen the pelvic floor area, which can help with bladder issues that occur after menopause or childbirth.
It benefits the heart. Yoga has been proven to lower blood pressure and lessen the risk of heart disease. It actually can lower heart disease risk as much as cardio exercises like cycling or walking, according to a study from the European Society of Cardiology.
It eases our pain. Many studies have shown that utilizing a Warrington chiropractor and yoga can reduce pain in our bodies and offer relief from conditions like arthritis, back pain or fibromyalgia.

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Modern medicine continues to find positive benefits in this ancient system of health. It’s a good idea to take up the regular practice of yoga — your body will thank you for it!

Back To School Backpack Safety Tips

September 6, 2017 Leave a comment

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As another school year is upon us, and parents and students alike are making their back to school lists, Dr. Jeff is reminding his patients that back-to-school is tough enough. Your child’s backpack shouldn’t make it tougher.

Dr. Jeff says “In my Doylestown chiropractic practice, I have seen more and more elementary and middle school aged children who are complaining about back, neck and shoulder pain.”  “The first question I typically ask is do you carry a backpack to school and almost 100% of the time the answer is yes.”

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This back pain trend among younger students isn’t surprising when you consider the amount of weight they carry in their backpacks, and usually slung over one shoulder.  Some of the statistics are outstanding:

According to US Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2013, over 14,000 students sought medical treatment for injuries, ranging from sprain/strains to dislocations and fractures.  Another study from the University of California showed that 64% of students between 11-15 reported back pain from their backpacks and 21% of them had pain for more than 6 months.

Dr. Jeff says “A lot of these problems can be addressed by using proper body mechanics.  While they may not be “cool”, it will help prevent the possibility of long term damage.”

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In an effort to cut down on the number of these injuries, Dr. McQuaite offers parents the following backpack safety advice:

  1. Never let a child carry more than 10% of his or her body weight. A heavier backpack will cause the child to bend forward in an attempt to support the weight. In our office, we have seen backpacks weighing more than 40% of the child’s weight.
  2. Load heaviest items closest to the child’s back and arrange books and materials to prevent them from sliding.
  3. Always wear both well-padded shoulder straps. Wearing only one strap can cause a child to lean to one side, curving the spine and causing pain or discomfort.
  4. Adjust the shoulder straps so that the pack fits snugly to the child’s back. The bottom of the pack should rest in the curve of the lower back, never more than four inches below the child’s waistline.
  5. Use the waist belt, if the backpack has one, to help distribute the pack’s weight more evenly.
  6. Choose the right size pack for your child’s back, bigger isn’t necessarily better.
  7. Dr. McQuaite urges that parents don’t put a child’s name on the outside of a backpack, for safety reasons: When the child is walking home from school, you don’t want a predator to be able to call him or her by name
  8. If a student is experiencing back pain or neck soreness, consult your physician or chiropractor.

SHOULD YOU GET AN MRI?

Let’s say you’ve been experiencing back pain for a while, and you’ve tried popping over the counter painkillers or anti-inflammatory agents, and perhaps you’ve even tried applying heat and ice to the affected area, but nothing has made the pain go away. So, you go to your local chiropractor and describe the problem, and the doc says, “We need to get an MRI to see what’s going on in that area. We’ll get a good picture of any injuries or abnormalities, and then we’ll get to the source of the pain.” You immediately feel better, because now Modern Medical Science is going to subject you to the latest technology, and with all the sophisticated tools at its disposal, it’s only a matter of time before you’ll find out exactly what’s happening with your back.

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Well, maybe not.

A study published a few years ago in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that  many referrals from physicians for MRI tests because of back pain were unnecessary, and the tests did not accurately diagnose the cause of the pain.

The reason is that back pain can have many causes, and some of them are hard to pinpoint on an MRI or Digital X-ray. Also, many times these instruments are so sensitive they show abnormalities even for people who have no back pain.

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The problem is that if a scan shows an abnormality, your physician may recommend a surgical procedure that won’t address the real cause of the pain. Studies have actually shown that in many cases back pain goes away on its own, so surgery is not necessary.

The best approach is to try non-invasive treatments first, like chiropractic care or physical therapy.  Yoga, massage, acupuncture, and Tai Chi, among other things, can alleviate your pain and make a difference in your back health.

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Modern medical science has many amazing tools, but just remember that they are not perfect.

TO DE-STRESS, EAT MORE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

Most of us know we should pay more attention to our nutrition, but it’s hard to break the burger and fries habits of a lifetime. Research by a Warrington chiropractor is finding more evidence, however, that good nutrition habits can affect many areas of our physical and mental health. Now there’s research that shows loading up on the fruits and vegetables can help you lower your stress levels. A recent study carried out in Australia involving 60,000 people aged 45 and older found that eating more fruits and vegetables can reduce stress.

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The numbers are pretty impressive. The study referred to by a Central Bucks chiropractic office showed that folks who ate 3-4 servings of vegetables every day had a 12 percent lower risk of stress than those who ate 0-1 servings daily. The results are even more striking when you focus on women. Females who ate 5-7 daily servings of fruit and vegetables had 23 percent lower stress than their counterparts who ate 0-1 servings each day.

The study clearly shows that eating fruits and vegetables every day plays a role in stress reduction, but perhaps the biggest surprise is that as you increase the amount, it keeps lowering your stress level. People who ate 5-7 daily servings of fruit and vegetables had lower stress than those who ate 3-4 servings, and the ones who ate 3-4 servings had lower stress than the ones who ate only 0-1 servings daily. However, it appears that there is an upper limit — if you increase your fruit and vegetable intake to more than 7 times a day, it does not lower your stress levels any further.

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The bottom line is that if you want a good remedy for the high levels of stress in today’s world, eat more fruit and veggies!

SIMPLE WAYS TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR BACK

If you’ve experienced back pain as an adult, you’re not in the minority. Studies show that as many as 80 percent of people have an episode of back pain that lasts more than three days at some point in their lives. The spine is a complex organ that bears a heavy load, and the stresses on it can result in pain and injury. The good news is that most back pain can be treated successfully with simple methods, including non-prescription painkillers, ice and heat treatments, physical therapy, and Doylestown chiropractic treatments. The more serious cases may need surgical treatment, but most of us are not in that category.

Even better news is that there are simple lifestyle adjustments that can go a long way toward preventing back problems. Here are some things recommended by experts.

Lose weight. Excess weight, especially in the midsection, puts stress on the muscles, tendons, and spinal structure. Shedding as little as five or ten pounds can make a difference, and many people find that their back pain ceases altogether if they lose enough weight.

Exercise. Spending time every day to do yoga, Pilates, or even simple stretching exercises can increase your overall strength and flexibility, which will ease the pressure on your back.

Follow sound ergonomics principles. Many people spend hours a day in front of a computer screen, and that’s a recipe for back trouble. Sitting or standing in the same position for too long weakens the back muscles and can compress the discs in your spine. If you remember to move around and stretch at regular intervals, you’ll have better back health.

If you invest the time in taking care of your back with a Doylestown Chiropractor, you’ll feel better and avoid pain.