Is water important to my chiropractic care?

Is water important to my chiropractic care? Water comprises roughly 70% of your body and nearly 85% of your brain. Not drinking enough water leads to decreased mental and physical function. Early signs of the lack of water are headiness, dizziness, irritability and headaches. The connective tissues in your spine are directly affected by how much water you drink. By reducing your water intake  below an acceptable level you risk losing your ligament’s flexibility and strength. Weakening  the tissues ability to hold the adjustment to your spine by dehydration affects how long the vertebra will stay in place and that causes you to return to our office more frequently. So yes, proper hydration is directly proportional to how quickly you may respond to chiropractic care.

Proper Hydration / Drinking Water

What is the optimum amount of water I should drink? To have healthy connective tissue in your spine you should drink Z number of ounces of water (Z= .5 x your body weight in pounds). So a 150 pound person should be drinking 75 ounces of water per day. Sweat Tea, Tea, and Soda Pop dehydrates your body and is not considered in the measurement at all and may cause you to increase the ounces of pure water needed to hydrate the body. Now that you have the basic rules (100% pure water) for hydration, take your body weight and divide it by two and that’s the amount of water in ounces you should consume daily.

Types of Water

There are different types of water? Yes, man has created many types of water. According to the EPA, these are the standard areas of contamination to our drinking water in the US:

  • Microorganisms
  • Disinfectants
  • Disinfection Byproducts
  • Inorganic Chemicals
  • Organic Chemicals
  • Radionuclides

These are the reasons that you should go to your local big box hardware warehouse and purchase a reverse osmosis system to reduce 99.5% of the pollutants that are coming out of your well and “city water” sources. Yes, there are different types of water…

1. Unfiltered water flows in from the source 
2. Source water contains various contaminants to be removed
3. Pressure is applied to force the source water through the RO membrane.  This process separates pure water molecules from impurities, producing water that is clean, fresh and “pure”.
4. Semi-permeable RO membrane with millions of microscopic holes 
5. Clean/filtered water fit for drinking
6. Contaminants concentrate water flows out

So now that you have a better understanding of how water can affect your chiropractic care, don’t panic, just make slow changes in your habits, make them long lasting, and this should assist  your chiropractor with your care.

Water content alters viscoelastic behaviour of the normal adolescent rabbit medial collateral ligament. – Study – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1639827

Dr. Trace Palmer – Chiropractor

Yours in Health,

Palmer Chiropractic

11400 Ford Ave

Richmond Hill, Ga  31324

912-756-3433

http://www.palmerchiroga.com

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Headaches and Migraines – Relief Update

Palmer Chiropractic in Richmond Hill –  Most headaches are not fatal but they negatively impact the quality of our lives. In bad cases,  headaches restrict our occupation and social life. Headaches have a wide range of causes including infection, hangovers, mal-nourishment, lack of sleep and even serious conditions, such as subluxations, aneurysms, tumors, and TIAs.

Get Relief - ChiropractorThe most common headaches include tension and migraine, which are associated with nervous system disorders. Almost 280 million people in the U.S. will experience some type of headache. Nearly 14 million people experience headaches on a near-daily basis (one in five women and one in twenty men, experience migraine headaches). About 10% of school-age children suffer from migraines. American employers lose more than $13 billion each year as a result of 113 million lost work days.  Migraines cost employers and employees billions of dollars.

In a migraine headache, the blood vessel on the outside of the skull under the skin of the temple enlarges. When this occurs, nerves around the artery stretches and releases compounds that cause irritation and severe pain. The larger the blood vessel gets, the more intense the pain.

Chiropractor - Adjustment

Most people know Chiropractic care can benefit patients for tension/cervicogenic headaches. But, can Chiropractic care help migraines too? Here’s what research dating all the way back to 1997 says… The study, published in the Journal Of Manipulative And Physiological Therapeutics (2011), compared  medication, spinal adjustments, and the combination of both medication and adjustments. There was a 4 week baseline period, followed by 8 weeks of treatment and then 4 weeks of follow-up on a total of 218 patients diagnosed with migraine headaches.

RESULTS: “Clinically important improvement was observed in both primary and secondary outcomes in all three study groups over time. The reduction in headache index scores during treatment compared with baseline was 49% for amitriptyline, 40% for spinal manipulation, and 41% for the combined group. During the post-treatment follow-up period, the reduction from baseline was 24% for amitriptyline, 42% for spinal manipulation, and 25% for the combined group.”

CONCLUSION: “There was no advantage to combining amitriptyline and spinal manipulation for the treatment of migraine headaches. Spinal manipulation seemed to be as effective as a well-established and efficacious treatment (amitriptyline). And on the basis of a benign side effects profile, it should be considered a treatment option for patients with frequent migraine headaches.”

Chiropractic is the science and art of finding and correcting vertebra that are misplaced and causing neurological dysfunction. By moving the vertebra back to its normal position and allowing the command and control system of the body (nervous system) to function at optimum performance, your body is free to function as it should. Call today to schedule an appointment with your chiropractor.

Yours in health,

Dr. Trace Palmer

Palmer Chiropractic

11400 Ford Ave

Richmond Hill, Ga 31324

912-756-3433

2011 Study – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21640251 JMPT

2010 Study – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19837005 Spine Journal

2001 Study – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11562654 JMPT

1998 Study – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9798179 JMPT

Hyperkyphosis can lead to an early death

As we get older posture  begins to decline in some, but if you take into effect the computer age , poor posture in our society is becoming an epidemic. Just go into our schools and see what our kids look like or pop into your teenagers room while they’re mindlessly staring into the computer. How heavy is your teenagers head getting in the picture to the right?

Recently, we had a 9 year old boy with slouched posture and 2 inches of head projection in a natural standing position. He suffers from asthma and ear aches. (we’ll post more on him as he progresses)

Teens are not the only vulnerable population, you are also. For every inch of head projection, you are putting 10 pounds of extra force on the spine. Two inches is equivalent to putting a 20 weight on top of your head while in a good posture.

A group that may be in an even higher risk group is women with breast augmentations. As we posted earlier about the possibilities of breast augmentation leading to hyperkyphosis, now we find a health study from 2009 Annals of Internal Medicine that points to worse possibilities. According to the hyperkyphosis study, that just the mere presence of a widows hump/poor  posture leads to early deaths without any other issues.

Posture can be corrected even in the bad environments, but first you must change the environment.

Ultimate Computer ChairHere is an example of the perfect conceptual computer environment with a base price of $2750 that can easily exceed $10,000 with the comfort package.

Since most of us don’t have 10k laying around, try these:

  1. Raise the monitor so they aren’t looking down at it (straight ahead in a nice posture)
  2. Work on correcting posture in seated and standing positions
  3. Do thoracic extension exercises that do not put strain on the spine
  4. Go to Straighten Up America  for great activities for all ages
  5. Consult your local chiropractor for help

Your chiropractor can locate and correct spinal misalignment that causes nervous system dysfunction.  Dysfunction in the nervous system can lead to poor muscle tone that regulates your posture. He or she can also recommend thing you may change in your environment that are not covered in the blog.

Act today, tomorrow is always a day away.

Yours in Health,

Dr. Trace Palmer – Chiropractor

Palmer Chiropractic

Richmond Hill, Ga

912-756-3433

How many long term studies have been done on augmentation procedures and what is the efficacy of the procures in long term protocols?

Hyperkyphosis Study – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2711520/?tool=pubmed

Hyperkyphosis Study –   http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19451575

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