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Roots of Chiropractic

October is National Chiropractic Health Month, and just as the practice of chiropractic implies, its history has deep roots. The earliest known historical writings date back to ancient China and Greece. Hippocrates noted the importance of the spine in identifying and evaluating disease. In fact, the word “chiropractic” originates from the Greek words chiro (meaning hand) and practic (meaning practice or operation). However, David Daniel Palmer is most noted for his development of chiropractic as we know it today. He performed the first chiropractic adjustment in the U.S. in 1895, to a partially-deaf man, who, after receiving the adjustment, reported his deafness had been eliminated! Two years later, the first chiropractic school (Palmer School of Chiropractic) was opened!

It sounds simple, but there were actually many political and cultural influences shaping the world of health care at the turn of the 20th century. Many forms of treating disease were available, although unregulated. Charlatans took advantage of unsuspecting consumers, while others bottled completely toxic concoctions. Chiropractic was developed as an alternative to this chaotic medical atmosphere, but because the AMA (formed in 1847) had already begun forming ties with pharmaceutical companies, chiropractic was left outside the “mainstream” of disease prevention and medical treatment.

Since then, chiropractic has gained professional recognition in all 50 U.S. states. Medical research involving chiropractic began in the 1970’s, revealing the large-scale physical and economic benefits of chiropractic to the public. Chiropractic’s non-invasive method continues to be a preferred method of treatment for those looking for an alternative to long-term pharmaceutical use and/or surgery.

Doctors of Chiropractic (D.C.’s) often treat musculoskeletal problems (typical headaches, joint pain, sciatica etc..) but patients suffering from allergies, asthma, and digestive disorders have even found relief. The primary focus of chiropractors is the biomechanics, structure, and function of the spine, and how it interacts with the musculoskeletal and neurological systems. Understanding and respecting this relationship fosters an appreciation for the body’s natural ability to heal itself, given the right circumstances.

Today, we use X-rays, TENS (muscle stimulation), and other modern conveniences to enhance chiropractic adjustments, but overall its roots as a drug-free method of correcting vertebral subluxation in order to remove nerve interference, still hold true.

Happy National Chiropractic Month!!

 

Post-Summer Foot Pain?

Post-Summer Foot Pain?


We all love the open-air feeling of flip-flops, but if you’re feet tend to ache or sting after a summer of sandal-wearing, Plantar Fasciitis may be to blame. Plantar Fasciitis (fa-shee-EYE-tis) is a common condition affecting the plantar fascia (the thick bandof tissue which supports the arch of the foot). When the ligament is stretched too quickly (think when you first get out of bed) after the ligament has tightened (as it does from wearing unsupportive, flat shoes like flip-flops) burning, aching, or stabbing pain may result.


Imbalanced spinal alignment, along with poor arch support, is the most common contributing factor to Plantar Fasciitis. High heeled shoes, pregnancy, overuse (like long-distance running, or standing all day at a job), and being overweight can also worsen this condition.


Perhaps surprisingly, chiropractic can help treat and greatly improve plantar fasciitis! This is a classic situation where the traditional view of chiropractic being associated only with easing back pain is wholly inadequate. Because the biomechanics of the body are interdependent, problems with the spine can affect the feet, and vice versa. Therefore, treating both areas can help to properly re-align the joints, as well as remove pressure from stressed tissues and nerves. Also, proper alignment ensures a patient’s gait is balanced, and that weight is evenly distributed while walking.


Here’s to happy feet, and healthy spines!


Dr. Nicholas Deignan
Elite Chiropractic
3143 Western Row Rd
Mason, OH 45039
513-770-0534
www.elitechiromason.com
 

Sports Injuries—Can They Be Prevented?

Sports Injuries—Can They Be Prevented?


Last week I talked about re-vamping the traditional school lunch, and I thought this week focusing on proper athletic training would complement that nicely. Hopefully this information is helpful for parents, students, and weekend warriors  alike.

Explosion Fitness, the athletic training facility affiliated with Elite Chiropractic in Mason, can confirm the fact that athletes are specializing in a particular sport very early, while they are still growing and developing. For this reason, training focused on injury prevention is critical to performance and overall health.

Training should start slowly, before the season begins. Walking progressing to jogging, is a good way to ease into cardiovascular training. Strength training should also begin gradually. Proper strength training should target both major and stabilizing muscle groups, for a balanced approach to strength and injury prevention.

Other important and often overlooked, athletic training components include: nutrition, hydration, rest, proper stretching, and chiropractic care. I see too many athletes making poor food choices, opting for soda over water, and not getting enough sleep on a regular basis. No amount of training, stretching or rest can make up for these important factors. Conversely, there are those students who discipline themselves when it comes to nutrition, but push too hard on their workouts, or neglect stretching and/or chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractic care and activity-appropriate stretching are an excellent injury preventative, so find out from us, and the trainers at Explosion, what you should focus on for your particular sport or position.

Most kids don’t think about the long-term effects of sports injuries, but as parents we know we have to help protect their overall health, rather than just “get them through” the season or “push through the pain.” Pain means extra attention is needed in that particular area. Early injury detection usually means less time off and a shorter recovery period, so don’t wait to seek out treatment.

Sports injuries can still occur, even among those with strict regimens and preventative routines. However, focusing on steadily increasing workout intensity, while honoring the body’s need for whole food, water, rest, and regular occasional chiropractic adjustment, sports injuries can be a minimal part of your student’s athletic experience.

Yours in Health,

Dr. Nicholas Deignan
Elite Chiropractic
3143 Western Row Rd
Mason,OH 45039
513-770-0534
www.elitechiromason.com
 

Makeover: School Lunch Edition

Makeover: School Lunch Edition


School lunch often evokes images of rubber hot dogs, soggy pizza, and questionable meat sources, right? It may have improved slightly over the years, but I still question the quality of nutrition in the standard school fare. If you or your kids aren’t excited about the school lunch calendar this year, here are some fresh ideas from Elite Chiropractic in Mason, Ohio to try in the lunchbox this year:

Ditch the white bread for turkey and cheese lettuce wraps.

Replace dip or dressing with hummus (some stores carry individual servings).

Almond butter is a sweet pair for celery, carrots, or apples, and packs more nutrients than peanut butter.

Hard-boiled eggs are a convenient, satisfying punch of protein that’s easy to prep ahead of time.

Trail mix (try sunflower seeds, raisins, cranberries, and cashews or almonds) is a popular favorite.

Water is really the best beverage for kids to sip on throughout the day. Even juice doesn’t really offer much of a health benefit unless it’s freshly squeezed at home.

Avoid packaged snacks. They will almost always be hiding some sort of additive, trans-fat, or added sugar that depletes energy levels, and/or makes focusing in school difficult. New research keeps coming out that confirms the link between a child’s diet, and their cognitive function and memory. Fresh meals take a small amount of prep time, and it is so worth your kids’ health, not to mention a better report card!

Look at the library or online for healthy kids recipes…we will pass some along on Facebook and in the office as we find new ones too! Then involve your kids in trying a new food! My kids like to pick out a new fruit or veggie at Jungle Jim’s (I think it will be years until we get through them all!), then we find a recipe to incorporate it. Usually kids will embrace nutritious eating once they realize it can still be tasty, and that the whole family is committed to it. If someone does fuss, maybe offer a non-food reward for healthy eating choices throughout the week. Over time, they will recognize how much better they feel, and come to be proud of the positive health habits they’re creating.

Here’s to a year of fresh school lunches! And remember, ketchup is not a vegetable!!!

Yours in health,

Dr. Delphine Deignan
Elite Chiropractic
3143 western Row Rd
Mason, OH 45039
513-770-0534
www.elitechiromason.com
 

Chiropractic: A Competitive Edge

Chiropractic: A Competitive Edge


What do Lance Armstrong, Emmit Smith, Jerry Rice, Tiger Woods, Tom Brady, Wayne Gretzky, and Usain Bolt all have in common? Surprisingly enough, it’s chiropractic! They all receive chiropractic adjustments as part of their regular training regimen. In fact, several of these athletes professed that regular chiropractic care is as critical to their performance as is practicing their actual sport!

Various studies have been conducted, but overall athletic performance is typically improved 10-20%, depending on the factor being tested. That’s a decent competitive edge, but even if you’re not a professional athlete, you can certainly still benefit from chiropractic. We all know that sitting at a desk all day can be just as strenuous as hitting baseballs or biking 50 miles, right? In fact, every daily activity presents its own potential issues due to repetitive motion, improper movement, or overuse…so even sweeping up runaway Cheerios, lifting kids into car seats, weeding the yard, or the daily commute can wreak havoc on our spines and joints.

Consider chiropractic for the youngest athletes in your home. If they participate in recreational sports, chiropractic is important to prevent or correct injury, and encourage full range of motion. For the budding pro’s, chiropractic might be just the edge your young athlete needs to get ahead and stay strong. Let us know if we can answer any questions regarding specific chiropractic care or exercises related to athletic training, and remember, even a weekend warrior or aspiring gym member can benefit from regular chiropractic adjustments!

Yours in Health,

Dr. Nicholas Deignan

Elite Chiropractic
3143 Western Row Rd
Mason,OH45039
513-770-0534
www.elitechiromason.com
 

Backpack Safety

Backpack Safety


August means back to school for most, which is a great time to review backpack safety. It may seem trivial, but I see too many kids with overloaded packs, or just backpacks that aren’t carried properly. This can cause strain over time, producing injury, subluxation, muscle strain, and/or pain. Here are a few tips when selecting, and carrying, a backpack:

1) Choose Right—most backpacks are safe when worn properly. However, there is a backpack called DC Backpack designed specifically by chiropractors with back safety in mind. You can find more information at www.backpacksafe.com.

2) Pack Right—a full backpack should weigh no more than 15% of a person’s body weight. Only carry necessary items, and if needed, carry a few heavier items in your arms.

3) Lift Right—Bendat the knees, and lift with the legs when picking up a full backpack. We’ve all heard this advice before, but make sure your kids know it too!

4) Wear Right—Wear a backpack on both shoulders so the weight is evenly distributed. Use a waist strap as well, if available.

If you’re wondering how to “fit” your child for a backpack, here’s another great tip from www.backpacksafe.com on how to measure and find the right size backpack:

1) Measure from the imaginary line connecting the points of the child's shoulder blades down to the waist.

2) Multiply by .75.

3) Choose a backpack whose height is closest to that number.

Remember posture is a window to your spine!!!


Dr. Nicholas Deignan
Elite Chiropractic
3143 Western Row Rd
Mason,OH45039
513-770-0534
www.elitechiromason.com

 

Eating For Two: Beyond the Womb

The fact is, you actually need to consume more calories while breastfeeding than you did while pregnant! I was both excited and overwhelmed when I heard this. Caring for a new baby is a full-time job, and now eating is too!

The best advice I can offer is: make your calories count! Eliminate or minimize “empty calorie” items like soda, cakes and pastries, fried foods, and processed snacks (especially those containing hydrogenated oils and refined flour).

Eat a variety of foods, including: a variety of fruits and vegetables, lean meat, eggs, nuts, full-fat dairy (preferably minimally processed), and whole grains (raw or sprouted if possible). Additional “superfoods” you can include if accessible are: avocado, fresh raw vegetable juice, wild-caught tuna or salmon, and sea vegetables (like dulse or wakame) for their high mineral content. Organic, raw and/or minimally processed foods are best, but do the best you can with your budget, and shopping selection.

Small meals are best to keep up your energy and allow for maximum food variety. You may need to eat every 2-3 hours, so make sure you drink plenty of pure, clean water in between in order to remain hydrated. Again, eating healthy can seem like quite a feat while juggling all the responsibilities of becoming a new mom (not to mention the lack of sleep!), so take it one day at a time and have “go-to” snacks when you’re in a time crunch, or just tired of preparing food all the time. Almonds, veggies and hummus, fruit, yogurt, or cheese slices are all quick, nutritious options.

Beginning an exercise routine presents additional caloric requirements, so check with a trusted healthcare practitioner to make recommendations based on your level and frequency of activity.

Bon appetit!

Dr. Delphine Deignan
Elite Chiropractic
Mason,OH 45039
513.770.0534

 
 

Eating Healthy... Tips and Ideas!

Health and wellness is all the craze these days, but HOW is the BIG question. Hopefully, I can help with some insight on eating healthy.

When I talk to patients about eating healthy I always tell them to pick their battles. We want to eat healthy but we want to enjoy ourselves also. I love ice cream, not exactly healthy for me, but I also love my fruits and vegetables, I look to balance my diet so I can still enjoy myself and eat as healthy as possible.

A great way to start is to read your food labels when walking in the grocery store. Take one extra second and grab the product with healthier ingredients, less preservatives and words you can read!!! The less ingredients, usually, the better.

Also, check your organic section. When I walk through the grocery store, I start in the organic section and check the prices, a lot of the time the prices are the same… SO… why would you not buy the organic produce? An example, at Kroger a 3 lb bag of organic apples are exactly the same price as regular 3 lb bag of regular apples. That makes the choice easy!

Attached is a link that will help guide you on which are the best produce to buy organic.

http://www.delish.com/food/recalls-reviews/environmental-working-group-dirty-dozen-plus

I hope this helps get you started. At Elite Chiropractic we are a resource to our patients, please contact us with any questions.

Dr. Nicholas Deignan
Elite Chiropractic
3143 Western Row Rd
Mason, Oh 45039
513-770-0534