Tuesday, February 9, 2010

How Moore Family Chiropractic Can Help You!

All chiropractic techniques have something of value to offer. The chiropractic profession actually serves as an umbrella to a large number of alternative approaches to health care. So it's not surprising that there are so many definitions to what chiropractic is and what it is not.

The Council of Chiropractic Education says that, chiropractic care has been proven to reduce pain, increase range of motion, and reduce muscular spasm. That having been said, there are many techniques that take the next step in care & offer additional benefits.

At Moore Family Chiropractic, we focus on structural correction of the spine. While our initial interest is the elimination of your pain, our fundamental goal is to restore your spine to as close to normal alignment as possible. While this is not always possible, it's important to understand that the closer the human body is to its normal alignment, the better it will perform.

Because of our commitment to your health, we focus our sights on the true cause of your conditions, nit simply the symptoms. Symptoms are important, but alleviating a symptom doesn't mean the problem has been corrected. Does a pain down the left arm indicate a problem with that arm or could is also be a heart related problem? Unfortunately, many people have become accustomed to temporary fixes & medication ( which simply masks your pain).

It has been well established by peer-reviewed scientific research that the loss of the normal alignment of the spine is the likely cause of many musculo-skeletal related conditions. The loss of the normal spinal curvatures create the perfect recipe for neck & low back conditions. Additionally, the function of the spinal nerves & their pathways to every call in the human body, is likely to be compromised. Unfortunately, the human body doesn't always give us a warning signal until the damage is already done.

As doctors that focus on structural chiropractic care, we naturally will take a look at your posture, which is like a window to your spine. In fact, it's an excellent indicator as to what we'll find when we exam your X-rays. Most people are very surprised to find out that years of poor posture (sitting at a computer, slouching, hours in a car,taking care of children) progressively cause shifts in the spine, which in turn can lead to debilitating conditions.

The following is a short list of common conditions (secondary) that can occur due to abnormal spinal curves (primary).
  • Headaches
  • Neck Pain & Stiffness
  • Muscle Tension/Spasms
  • Arm/Hand Pain, Numbness
  • Low Back Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Hip Pain
  • Plantar Fascitis
  • Rotator Cuff issues
  • Degenerative Discs & Vertebra

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Vitamin D

If you've been anywhere online or watching any TV, you've probably heard some things about Vitamin D. Some of it may be confusing , so I'm going to give you a brief synopsis on what you need to know about this very important vitamin.

Vitamin D is responsible for maintaining normal blood levels of Calcium & Phosphorus. It aids in Calcium absorption for strong teeth & bones. Without it, your bones can become soft, change shape & begin to demineralize.

Exposure to natural sunlight is a major source of Vitamin D. Ultraviolet rays from the sun trigger vitamin D synthesis in your skin. Spending 20-30 minutes in the sun produces approximately 10,000 IU of vitamin D in your body. Of course, depending on the latitude of where you live (the further from the equator you are, the lower your Vitamin D levels) and the season will determine your sunlight exposure & hence your circulating levels of Vitamin D.

It's estimated that approximately 25 million adult Americans are at risk for developing osteoporosis, in part due to low levels of Vitamin D. Current research has implicated vitamin D deficiency to a variety of different cancers, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, heart disease & many more.

So what should you do? Have your Vitamin D levels tested to get a baseline & then begin supplementing. Optimal Vitamin D levels are 50-65 ng/ml.

When sunny weather prevails, get outside & expose yourself to the sun; vreate vitamin D naturally. You'll be doing your body a world of good.