Is Your ‘Neck Pain’ Serious?

When is a pain in the neck more than just a pain in the neck? When is it the sign that something more serious may be involved?

Typically, neck pain is caused by a muscle strain, and one side of the neck may experience more pain more than the other. But when neck pain is accompanied by other symptoms , it may be cause for concern.

For example, neck pain with vomiting and a stiff neck may indicate meningitis. If you cannot touch your chin to your chest and experience drowsiness, confusion and/or sensitivity to bright lights – call a medical doctor right away.

Neck pain with weakness in the arms and tingling in the fingers may indicate a herniated disc, which is pressure on a nerve root due to a narrowing of the spinal cord canal. Call my office immediately.

Neck pain and trouble moving your head without pain? This could signal fibromyalgia, a condition that causes pain in your muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons. It could also be a symptom of rheumatoid arthritis , an autoimmune disorder that affects your joints, particularly those in your feet, knees and hands.

Neck pain after a traffic accident is usually referred to as “whiplash,” because the neck, when you are in a car that is hit, tends to snap suddenly forward and then backward, causing what is known as cervical acceleration/deceleration (CAD) trauma or syndrome. Again call me immediately following an accident, no matter how minor.

Most people experience neck pain at some time in their lives. I’ve received training that helps me to locate the causes of your neck pain, restoring normal mobility in your neck and other affected body parts.

In addition, I’ll determine whether you have a relatively minor issue, or whether you require a more intense treatment plan. Please advise us regarding any neck pain you are experiencing, whether or not the pain is severe. Your pain may start out SMALL, but it can get really bad, and this usually happens late at night or on the weekends, so CALL ME NOW if you have pain or some of the symptoms I mentioned.

After you call, I’ll examine you thoroughly. I try to restore normal feeling and function in your neck and other affected body parts as quickly as possible. Continued care will help ensure that the muscles and joints in your neck and back remain in optimal working condition to keep you living life to your fullest potential, without restriction. Pain is something that you never want to cover up before you find out what’s causing it.

Disc lesions are serious. If you have neck pain or any other types of pain, call my office now. Chiropractors are experts at being able to distinguish different types of neck problems, so make that call or give this to a friend that needs assistance. We are here for one thing, to help you!

CANDIDA AND WEIGHT LOSS

Candida overgrowth can be a significant barrier to you losing weight, and any weight loss for that matter. You may not know this but Candida is a naturally occurring yeast in the intestinal tract, and is vital for healthy digestion.

However, when Candida overgrowth occurs, (and 80% of Americans have this problem) it can create problems, both with digestive function (gas, bloating etc) and more systemically with fatigue, headaches, brain fog and so on.

In looking at the association between Candida and weight gain, the first thing you as a consumer need to examine is the fuel source for yeast (and subsequently Candida). Yeast feeds off of good old sugar – that is its preferred fuel source. Subsequently an individual with a “hefty” yeast overgrowth is going to crave sugars and carbs, as that is what the yeast is craving.

Part of the dilemma is that the sugar/carb phenomenon is a catch-22. Here’s what I mean by that. Yeast feeds off of the sugar you eat, so a diet high in sugars and carbs will perpetuate Candida overgrowth; and yet Candida overgrowth will set you up for more cravings for more sugars and carbs. This is one reason you might have a hard time breaking this cycle.

Furthermore, yeast will crave not only sugar, but more yeast . What is alcohol? Sugar and yeast. What is wine? Same thing. Plus a bunch of “empty” calories. I know many individuals who crave wine or beer – not because they have a drinking problem – but because they have a yeast overgrowth and they’re predisposed to that because of Candida. High yeast foods can be a trigger also – things like vinegars, mushrooms, and breads to name a few.

Anti-fungal treatment can often help curb cravings for sugars, carbs and alcohol, and these are three things that will be very helpful in maintaining a healthy weight.

Also, treating yeast overgrowth with something called Ultra Cleanse can help reduce intestinal bloating – which makes one more feel more rotund, even if it’s NOT true body fat. Addressing yeast overgrowth will also boost your energy levels which in turn makes exercise a more viable and appealing proposition.

Candida overgrowth also compromises proper absorption of nutrients. It is associated with “leaky gut”, which means the gap between the intestinal cells widens . This then leads to nutrients not being well absorbed, as well as larger-than-normal food molecules escaping into the blood stream triggering immune reactions and inflammation. You may be taking vitamins and minerals, but if you have Candida, they aren’t being absorbed properly.

Addressing Candida overgrowth can be done through your diet, although even the most rigid anti-Candida diets are rarely enough to eradicate the problem. That’s why seven or more rounds of Ultra Cleanse can help you eliminate this overgrowth of Candida from your system.

The balanced option is dietary modifications, coupled with Ultra Cleanse. Many people find that once yeast overgrowth is addressed, their cravings for sugars and carbs are reduced and then they find out that their weight loss is much easier. You can get your supply at this office today. It’s not found on Amazon, or any place on the internet. Get it here today.

What Is Fibromyalgia, And What Causes It?

Hey I’m going to tell you something today that you might not know. No doctor knows everything. And that goes for me as well. I love to learn, and I attend a lot of conferences all over the U.S. to try and stay up with technology, but I don’t know everything. But you’ll like what I’m going to share with you if you have fibromyalgia.

Medical science is yet to discover the cause for this condition. I think I know, but that’s another story, for another handout.

Because there are so many different symptoms associated with fibromyalgia, there are just as many theories for what causes it.

Since those with (FM) fibromyalgia often experience an altered mood – such as depression – many experts focus on the psychologi­cal aspect of the disease. Others feel that FM is more a physiological entity, and has its origins in physical trauma or chronic postural alterations.

Some suggest that FM is a central nervous system disorder, with imbalances in neurochemicals – since those with FM are hypersensitive to even the slightest stimuli.

They often have a pain response to normally non-painful pressure or activity. It’s not even out of the question that a combination of psycho­logical and physical triggers can result in the onset of many of FM symptoms.

I offer my skills to FM patients , hoping to relieve some of their symptoms. In fact, evidence suggests that those with FM consult with chiropractors like me quite regularly. According to a study conducted at a tertiary Mayo Clinic , 37% of the 300+ FM patients surveyed had visited a chiropractor in the previous 6 months.

But does chiropractic work for them ? Great question.

Some recent studies indicate it does and I feel it does. In ONE example, chiropractors surveyed FM patients before, during and after a series of treatments to see if they responded favorably to chiroprac­tic adjustments combined with a specific soft tissue technique known as ischemic compression.

In this prelimi­nary study , 60% of the subjects who were treated with this protocol experi­enced a significant improvement – with respect to pain reduction, improved sleep and decreased fatigue. If you had one of those symptoms, wouldn’t you want to get rid of them? Sure you would.

Although pure scientific research on the chiropractic treatment of fibromyal­gia is lacking, some early studies are showing that chiropractic could help improve FM patients’ quality of life.

As a doctor of chiropractic I am trained as a neuromus­culoskeletal specialist, and one of the main focuses of chiropractic care over the long haul is the positive effects it can have on a person’s nervous system.

Since all information from the outside world is collected and analyzed by the nervous system, it’s logical to assume that if a person with FM is sensitive to a stimulus that others are not, there may be something wrong with this system. Their nervous system, and the only thing that will help with that is specific chiropractic adjustments to the right area, at the prescribed times, on an ongoing schedule.

Your Secret Weapon To Losing ~WEIGHT~

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ou’re going to like this secret. It’s water. Yup. Drinking water before each meal has been shown to help promote weight loss , according to a new study. Drinking just two 8-ounce glasses of water before meals helps people melt pounds away. The study is being presented at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society .

Here’s what they said. Increased water consumption is an effective weight loss strategy

“We found in earlier studies that middle aged and older people who drank two cups of water right before eating a meal ate between 75 and 90 fewer calories during the meal.”

Many people substitute sweet-tasting calorie-containing beverages for water.

If you look at research on beverage consumption trends, our average intake as normal human beings of sugar-sweetened beverages has increased dramatically in the past three or four decades, so likely we are drinking other beverages in place of water.”

Drinking Water and Weight Loss

There was a study done and it included 48 adults between age 55 and 75 who were divided into two groups.

One group drank two cups of water before meals and the other didn’t. All participants ate a low-calorie diet throughout the study.

After 12 weeks, water drinkers lost about 15.5 pounds, compared to non-water-drinking dieters, who lost only 11 pounds.

These study participants drank about 1.5 cups of water per day prior to joining in the study. Not only were those who drank water before meals more successful after 12 weeks, but they also kept “the weight off for a full year after the weight loss study.

Even better, most water drinkers, followed for an additional 12 months, not only kept weight off but “even lost another 1 to 2 pounds.”

The message is clear: “People should drink more pH water and less sugary, high-calorie drinks if they want to drop weight and KEEP it OFF.”

Is Getting Surgery The Right Or Safe Way To Lose Weight?

I got up this morning and I thought I’d do a little research on weight loss surgery and make a post for you to answer that question.

I’m going to address weight loss surgery today in this short post. This is a question that I get asked all the time. “Is Surgery A Safe Way To Lose Weight?”

What do you think the correct answer is?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the obesity rate in America is somewhere between 26-32%, almost 1 in 3 Americans.

Since 1988, the average American male has gained over 17 pounds while the average female has gained about 15 ½, Spotlight on Obesity reports.

If these trends continue, and there is no research that says it won’t, we could end up with nearly 43% of all Americans being obese by 2018.

The CDC also reports that the annual medical cost of obesity in America is $147 billion (which is a lot of money) and the annual medical cost for obese persons versus average weight individuals is $1,429 more.

Complications : bleeding occurs in about 4% of patients, Tachycardia 4.4%, wound infections in about 5% of all cases, deep vein thrombosis up to 1.3% and the rate of pulmonary embolism ranged up to 1.1%. Not great numbers.

If you’re tired of that extra baggage you’re carrying around, don’t want to risk death or infection from surgery, plus you’d like to get healthier, feel better, and look younger, talk to me about our weight loss program.