Stress, and its effect on our lives, is a popular topic of conversation and concern. We all live highly active, busy lives and are confronted with stress from every direction. A closer look at our stress reveals that it comes in many more forms than we may be consciously aware.
Stress is any physiological response by the body to any stimulus that creates an imbalance leading to cell breakdown. The key to dealing with stress is to recognize and repair the short-term effects of stress before they become long-term health concerns. Stress comes in many forms: physical, chemical, emotional, thermal and electromagnetic. All of these stresses have a common effect, stimulating the adrenal glands and this sets off a compensatory reaction throughout every system in the body.
The nervous system is the body's main communication system, telling all the other systems in the body what to do.
The nervous system tells the adrenal glands to react to a stressor. This process leads to a cascade of reactions throughout the body that affects every cell. Remember stress leads to sympathetic dominance which leads to short term survival, not long term health. Our bodies are not made to sustain this physiology and therefore this stress to the system contributes to the causes of many modern diseases: diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic pain, fatigue, decreased sex drive, etc. are the norm instead of the exception.
The sympathetic nervous system helps the body operate for short term survival not long term health. For millions of years if we ran into a tiger we had two choices; we would run from the tiger or we would fight the tiger. In this instance, the body needs all its energy for this life-threatening event.
Man, while operating in this sympathetic, “fight or flight” mode, has no need to digest his steak or perform the act of sex and therefore shuts off the parasympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system suppresses the immune system, suppresses cellular healing, increases free radicals (cell damage) and decreases every long term health promoting process in the body.
The parasympathetic nervous system controls digestion and reproduction. The body, while operating in this parasympathetic mode, is enhancing all long term health rejuvenating processes. For millions of years if man encountered a tiger twice a year he was having a bad year. However, today we encounter the tiger numerous times a day in various forms: being late for work, traffic, financial worries, relationship and/or family problems, eating processed refined foods, drinking soda, lack of rest, etc.
Patients suffering from stress should contact their Chiropractor or other Health Specialist who can develop a program to help repair the cellular injury caused by stress.
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Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) is a group of signs and symptoms that result from compression of the neurovascular supply to the upper limb in the supraclavicular area and the shoulder girdle.
You may experience a combination of signs and symptoms related to neurological, arterial, and venous factors. Those who have a history of a car accident have a much higher incident of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome in later years.
Chiropractic care identifies and corrects structural misalignments, soft tissue injury, and nerve injury relating to the cause of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) can be used to increase the speed, quality and tensile strength of tissue repair, resolve inflammation, and give pain relief. Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) has been found to offer superior healing and pain-relieving effects when compared to other electrotherapeutic modalities. The results are beneficial for early stages of acute injuries, and for chronic problems.
Patients suffering from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome should contact their Chiropractor who can develop a program to help repair the cellular injury caused by TOS.
The way you eat, the way you live.
Water is by far and above the most important nutrient in the body. Water helps maintain normal body temperature and is essential for carrying waste material out of the body. This process is extremely important during and after exercise. Replacing the water that is continually being lost through sweating and elimination is very important. Without adequate water, we would poison ourselves with our own metabolic wastes. The kidneys remove waste products, such as uric acid, urea, and lactic acid. If this process is diminished these substances would cause damage to the kidneys. Proper digestion and metabolism also rely on water for certain enzymatic and chemical reactions in the body.
Water is especially important for people who have musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis, or who are athletic, as it lubricates the joints. Water is essential for breathing as lung tissue must be moist to facilitate oxygen intake and carbon dioxide excretion. Exercise also promotes increased use of the respiratory system. Approximately one pint of liquid is lost each day through exhaling. If you do not take in enough water to maintain fluid balance, every bodily function can be impaired. And the more active you are, the more water you must consume in order to keep your body's water level in balance.
A common misconception is that consuming any liquid has the same effect as pure water intake. Tea, coffee, soda, juice, even water with lemon IS NOT WATER. These can actually make your body need more water. Only pure water is considered for adequate hydration.
Inadequate water consumption may contribute to excess body fat, poor muscle tone, digestive problems, decreased functioning of organs, decreased brain function, joint and muscle soreness, and water retention.
Water is needed to detoxify. Some water retention can be related to the person who has a high level of toxins in their body. The water retention is to dilute the toxic concentrations in the body. Just like clean water is needed to clean your house, it is also necessary to help flush out and keep internal tissues and organs clean.
Individual hydration needs may vary greatly. For decades it has been said to drink eight, 8-ounce glasses of water per day. This totals 64 ounces. This does not take into consideration body weight or activity. A more accurate formula is to take your body weight; divide by 2 and drink that many ounces per day, minimum.
As an example; a 200 lb. man and divide by 2 = 100 oz. per day.
You still may need more water based upon exercise or exertion. Individual needs are important to consider.
Human beings can survive without food for thirty to forty days, but without water life would be in danger in three to five days. The average person's body is composed of approximately 70 percent water. For example blood, heart, lungs, and kidneys are approximately 80 percent water. Muscles, brain, spleen, and intestines are 75 percent water, bones are 22 percent water and fat is 10 percent.
Cleaning up the most important nutrient for the body will have a significant eﬀect on health long term. Anything that can be done to filter tap and/or shower water will have health benefits and may be curative in some cases.
Dehydration is very common in today’s population. Many individuals overlook the importance that water has on their health. They will look for complicated solutions instead of looking at the answer that oﬀers a significant impact on the body; a suﬃcient amount of quality drinking water.
Consuming adequate quantities of quality water is beneficial for virtually all disorders known to humankind. Some forms of headaches can be attributed to dehydration. If not enough water is consumed, toxins can build up in the system and cause headaches. Water flushes these toxins out. Other symptoms such as anxiety attacks, food intolerances, "acid stomach", heartburn, muscle pains, bladder and bowel problems, colitis pain, hot flashes, and many other discomforts and disorders can be eased by rehydrating the body. Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is another disorder that benefits by consuming adequate amounts of quality water daily to flush out toxins and other substances that contribute to muscle aches and extreme fatigue.
Drinking recommended amounts of quality water can slow the aging process and is necessary for healthy skin. Adequate water consumption can help to prevent or improve arthritis, kidney stones, obesity, constipation, arteriosclerosis, glaucoma, cataracts, diabetes, hypoglycemia, and many other diseases.
Other helpful hydration tips:
Avoid chlorinated water and for many fluoridated water. Today more than half of the cities in the United States add fluoride to the residential water supply. The salts used to fluoridate our nation's water supply are sodium fluoride and fluorosalicic acid. These are actually industrial byproducts that are never found in nature. They are also toxic compounds which are also found in rat poison and insecticides. The naturally occurring form of fluoride is calcium fluoride. This naturally occurring element may not have the same negative side eﬀects as the artificially added fluorides.
Chlorine has long been added to public water supplies to kill disease-causing bacteria. However, the levels of chlorine in drinking water today can be quite high, and some byproducts of chlorine known as trihalomethanes are carcinogens.
Most people assume that when they turn on the kitchen tap, they are getting clean, safe, healthy drinking water. This often is not the case. Regardless of the original source of tap water, it is susceptible to a number of diﬀerent types of contaminants, harmful chemicals and inorganic minerals that the body cannot use. It is well documented that chlorine aggravates asthma. Chlorine is also linked to a greater incidence of bowel, bladder and breast cancer as well as malignant melanoma and congenital anomalies. Children who swim often have an increased risk of these conditions. Chlorinated water destroys friendly bacteria. These bacteria, also referred to as probiotics, help aid digestion, boost immunity, and are responsible for the manufacturing of vitamin B12 and vitamin K.
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Whiplash is a common occurrence that can lead to numerous injury conditions and symptoms. Before looking at the different injuries, a basic understanding of the mechanism is warranted.
Nearly 1/3 of all automobile accidents are rear-end collisions. It is this type of accident that is responsible for most of the whiplash injuries. A basic whiplash accident occurs when a driver in the front car is stopped at a traffic light, generally relaxed, and unaware of an impending impact. The rear car is moving forward and upon impact, the energy of the rear car is transferred to the front car. An object continues either at rest or in a state of motion in a straight line unless it is acted upon by an external force (Newton’s first law). Thus, the front car is moved forward by the external force of the rear car. The car seat of the front car pushes the occupant forward, however, many times the head is not supported properly by the headrest and the head remains stationary resulting in a backward motion relative to the body. At some point, the front vehicle stops (hitting another object or by braking) simultaneously throwing the body forward against the rapidly decelerating motion of the car.
The overextended head and neck follow in a slingshot motion. If the occupant is not wearing a seat belt they may hit the steering wheel or windshield. If the person is wearing a seatbelt/shoulder restraint the head will be thrown forward with a simultaneous twisting motion.
In collisions over 10 miles per hour, the hyperextension of the head and neck causes most of the damage. Research shows that neck extension of 120 degrees is not uncommon, compared to the 70 - 90 degrees normal range movement. Injuries also occur due to the compressive forces, on the neck, experienced during the hyper-flexion stages. This will be more prevalent in the car initiating the rear end collision.
Common injuries with varying degrees experienced in whiplash accidents are:
Patients suffering from whiplash should contact their Chiropractor or other health professional who can develop a program to help repair the injury caused by whiplash.