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AROMATHERAPY FOR YOUR STRESS

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We live in an increasingly stressful world, and yet science tells us that stress can be bad for our health. Stress has been linked to a range of physical ailments, including hypertension, headaches, asthma, diabetes, depression, and anxiety, to name just a few.

There are many remedies for dealing with stress, and things like meditation, yoga, exercise, massage at your local chiropractor office and even a cup of herbal tea work for various people. Aromatherapy is another stress reliever, and many people swear by its calming properties.

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The aroma from essential oils is believed to penetrate cell membranes in the brain and reach the emotional centers quickly. Certain smells can trigger feelings of peace and serenity, and they can bring you back to calmer times in your life, which immediately slows your heartbeat and breathing, and makes your mind more peaceful.

There are many varieties of essential oils available, each with its own properties. The ones most commonly associated with stress relief are: Lavender, Patchouli, Citrus Oils, Clary Sage, and Ylang-Ylang.

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However, the very best way to find a good de-stressing oil is to simply sample it. Smell the oil, and pay attention to how it makes your body and mind feel. The ultimate test is how it affects you, not what the label says. Once you find an oil that works, purchase it from a Jamison chiropractor and put a few drops of it on a handkerchief. That way you can carry it around with you all day long, and pull it out for a sniff whenever you need to de-stress.

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Avoid Back Pain With Good Posture

One of the most common causes of joint and muscle pain is poor posture. Slouching, slumping, and other postural bad habits create imbalances that in the long term can cause pain and discomfort.

The problem is that poor posture is something most of us don’t even notice. We’re so used to it that we can actually be surprised when someone points out that we’re slumping, or when we catch a glimpse of ourselves in a mirror and see the curvature of our spine.

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There’s no magic formula that will give us good posture says a Jamison chiropractor. It’s just a question of reminding ourselves to practice good posture many times throughout the day. Here are a few tips to help you.

. Sit correctly. Most of us spend hours sitting every day, and this is why sitting with good posture is crucial. A Jamison chiropractor says you should sit as though your head were being pulled up on a string, and you should not dip your head forward. Keep your feet flat on the floor and make sure your knees are bent at a 90 degree angle.

. Avoid heels. High heels may be attractive, but they’re not good for your posture. According to a local chiropractor, standing in heels makes a pronounced curve in your lower spine, putting more pressure on that area. Sitting in heels makes it impossible to get the 90 degree knee bend you need for good posture.

. Stand tall. Proper standing posture is similar to sitting, in that you should keep the head aligned at the top of your spine. Also, your feet should be shoulder width apart, with the weight evenly distributed.

Remind yourself to follow these posture rules every day, and before long you’ll establish healthier posture habits.

Doylestown Chiropractor Discusses Cymbalta Commercial

I was home the other day for lunch and a Cymbalta commercial came on.  During the commercial, the voice over said how effective Cymbalta was for chronic musculoskeletal pain, which I was not aware it was used for.

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However 2 other things that stood out the most to me was that the recommended dosage was once a day and the long list of side effects.  According to their website:

Cymbalta should generally be administered once daily without regard to meals.

In clinical studies, the most common side effects identified in people taking Cymbalta included:

  • Nausea
  • Dry mouth
  • Sleepiness
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Decreased appetite
  • Increased sweating

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Cymbalta may be associated with serious side effects. Call your healthcare provider right away or seek emergency help if you experience any of the following:

  • Itching, right upper-belly pain, dark urine, yellow skin/eyes, or unexplained flu-like symptoms, which may be signs of life-threatening liver problems. Severe liver problems, some fatal, have been reported
  • High fever, confusion, stiff muscles, muscle twitching, or racing heart rate, which may be signs of serotonin syndrome, a potentially life-threatening condition
  • Abnormal bleeding, especially if Cymbalta is taken with aspirin, NSAID pain relievers (like ibuprofen or naproxen), or blood thinners
  • Serious, possibly life-threatening skin reactions, which may include skin blisters, peeling rash, mouth sores, hives, or other allergic reactions
  • Abnormal mood (mania), which may include greatly increased energy, severe trouble sleeping, racing thoughts, talking more or faster than usual, and reckless behavior
  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Decreased blood pressure upon standing, which can cause dizziness or fainting, mostly when first starting or increasing the dose. Cymbalta can also increase blood pressure. Your healthcare provider should check your blood pressure prior to and while taking Cymbalta
  • Headache, weakness or feeling unsteady, confusion, problems concentrating, or memory problems, which may be signs of low sodium levels in the blood. Elderly people may be at greater risk
  • Problems with urination, including decreased flow or inability to pass any urine
  • Changes in appetite or weight. Children and adolescents should have height and weight monitored

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I know in my Doylestown chiropractic practice, that if I were to suggest that someone come see me everyday for their back pain AND I told them that you may experience any or all of the listed side effects, people would think that I am crazy!

So my question is, why are so many willing to take a prescription drug everyday, with this long list of potentially deadly side effects, yet so many balk at seeing a chiropractor 1-2 times a month?  At my office we have been helping the residents of Doylestown, Jamison, Warrington, Chalfont and the entire Central Bucks area rediscover a life without pain for over 15.  If you want to get off that medication train and start a non-surgical, drugless approach to your pain, give my office a call today.

Azzatori Chiropractic-Doylestown

Dr. Jeff McQuaite

295 Logan Street

Doylestown, PA 18901

267-247-7000

www.mcquaitechiropractic.com

Doylestown Chiropractor Discusses Backpack Safety As The New School Year Approaches

Kid’s Overloaded Backpacks May Cause Back Pain

As the new school year starts, and parents and children are planning their “back-to-school” lists, Dr. Jeff McQuaite a Doylestown chiropractor, is urging them to keep backpack safety in mind and to work as a team with Central Bucks Schools to “lighten the load”.

According to Lisa A. Haney, Director of Rehabilitation Services at Pennsylvania Hospital, “More than 40 million U.S. students carry backpacks, and most of them are unaware that overloading them or carrying them incorrectly can set them up for a lifetime of problems,” says Ms. Haney. “It’s up to parents, teachers and schools to help spread the word about backpack safety and help our kids lighten their loads.”  About 20 million carry in those packs more than the recommended weigh. This backpack “overload” sent over 8,000 children last year to hospital emergency rooms for injuries related to backpack. A 2004 study from the University of California showed that 64% of students between ages 11-15 reported back pain from their backpacks, with 21% reporting the pain lasted more than 6 months.

These numbers were expected to rise (and they have) as schools around the country, for security reasons, remove or restrict access to lockers, forcing students to rely more heavily on backpacks to carry books and personal belongings.

Dr. McQuaite notes “Each year, I grow more concerned as I see more and more children with problems associated with backpacks. Complaints include back pain, headaches, neck and shoulder pain, and numbness into the arms and hands. Studies show a direct connection to these problems being associated to overloaded and ill-fitted backpacks. The body is trying to compensate for the change caused by the backpack’s added weight. The spine in particular can be affected as it bends and twists to reposition this added backpack weight. When this happens pain usually results.”

Other problems associated with backpack overload are conditions called “Cervicobrachial syndrome and or Thoracic Outlet Syndrome”. A heavily loaded backpack causes the shoulder straps to compress delicate nerves, arteries and veins passing underneath. This can lead to numbness and tingling in the arms.

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.”

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 15% of his or her body weight. This means a child who weighs 100 pounds shouldn’t wear a backpack heavier than 15 pounds.

2.         Load heaviest items closest to the child’s back and arrange books and materials to prevent them from sliding.

3.         Always wear both shoulder straps. Wearing only one strap can cause a child to lean to one side, curving the spine and causing pain or discomfort.

4.         Select a pack with well-padded shoulder straps. Too much pressure on shoulders and necks can cause pain and tingling.

5.         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.

6.         Use the waist belt, if the backpack has one, to help distribute the pack’s weight more evenly.

7.         Check what your child carries to school and brings home to make sure the items are necessary to the day’s activities.

8.         If the backpack is too heavy, consider using a book bag on wheels if your child’s school allows it.

9.         Choose the right size pack for your child’s back as well as one with enough room for necessary school items.

10.       If a student is experiencing back pain or neck soreness, consult your physician or chiropractor.

Dr. McQuaite also points out that parents shouldn’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.

He also recommends that parents put their child’s contact information somewhere in the bag, just in case anything happens to them.

Dr. Jeff McQuaite, the local doctor for BackpackSafety America is pleased to announce that September 19, 2012 has been declared National School Backpack Awareness Day.

Dr. Jeff McQuaite

Azzatori Chiropractic

295 Logan Street

Doylestown, Pa. 18901

267-247-7000