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Wednesday, 18 July 2018 08:29

Not By Strength Alone

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When you are training, or recovering from injury, you need, of course, a certain amount of strength work to feel well physically and to perform at your best. But, you cannot achieve your goals with strength alone. And, too much of it, at the expense of other ingredients, can get you into a very unbalanced situation and, thus, into trouble.
Here are five elements you need in addition to strength.
Self-awareness. You need to know what you are doing. Then, you can do what you want. And, you can avoid doing what you do not want. This knowing includes intellectual understanding of body mechanics and well-developed kinesthetic sensation.
Coordination. The body is an assembly of many bones and muscles, organized through joints. Humans have many more possibilities of physical expression than other animals, but they also have the possibility of going bad in a way that animals do not. As an example, your cat is always graceful, but she will never do a pirouette.
Variability. It is not good for your body, and it is boring for your mind and emotions, to do the same thing over and over. All the parts of the self need for you to mix it up – to create fresh challenges, fresh contexts and fresh insights.
Breathing. The breath needs to participate in everything you do. Too often, the breath is held. The consequences are many and include, muscle tension, joint damage, reduced stamina, and strain in performance, which is felt both by the athlete or musician and the observer.
A higher purpose. Why are you training? Where is your horizon – psychically? Spiritually? Clarifying this makes a difference in how you perform and how you feel.
By including these five elements in your training, along with strength, you can look forward to physical and musical performance that enriches you and the people around you, and that gives a basis for longevity.

Procrastination is bad – except when it comes to the body getting old. So, why not procrastinate – on purpose? Not all bodies get old at the same time. Some are lively into their nineties. Let’s try to be like them. What helps? Movement can play a big part. All sorts of movement are good. But there are special advantages to twists.
In the photo you can clearly see the identifiers of a twist. The young woman’s lower body is turned to the side, but her upper body remains facing the ceiling, helped out by her extended arms.
Is this a good twist? It is a big twist because the legs are totally on the side. But in terms of extending youthfulness, the key thing to look for is the contribution from the ribs. They are the bridge between the hips and the shoulders. What shape do they take?  To speak in another way, the hips have given a signal. And, how have the ribs responded?
In a twist the hips set a pattern of “one high, one low”. Here, the right hip is high – toward the ceiling – and the left hip is low – toward the floor. By contrast, both shoulders remain low.
The pattern of “one high, one low” is strongest near the waist and diminishes as it reaches the shoulders. For the young woman the ribs respond nicely, in a graceful, gentle arc.
Less visible, but just as important, are how the vertebrae respond. They are asked to rotate “one (side) high, one (side) low” in the same manner as the ribs. In this young woman, most likely, they do.
In a body, though, that is not as young, or that has gotten stiff through injury or for some other reason, the ribs would not respond as well, nor would the vertebrae. Some place would be stuck. Then, very likely, pain would develop at the level where “responsive torso” intersects with “non-responsive torso.”
Pain can be relieved by clarifying and improving the pathway of the twist through the torso. Besides pain relief, a well-executed twist is important for many things. 
Walking is twisting. And, many every day movements of the arms and legs depend on barely visible twists in the torso. Thus, it is worth some time to maintain the ability to twist easily and well.

More people every day are looking for a safer more effective way to manage their hormones, with consistent results, and without serious potential side effects. Most men and women hormone levels start to decrease rapidly after age 35 and some even earlier. How quickly we look old and feel old has a lot to do with the balance of hormone levels.

Data supports that hormone replacement therapy with pellet implants is an effective bio-identical method to deliver hormones in both men and women. Implants, placed under the skin, consistently release small, physiologic doses of hormones.

Over 70 years of research has illustrated the benefits of pellet implants in administering hormones in both men and women.

Pellet implants deliver consistent, physiologic levels of hormones.

The consistent and physiologic dosing has been shown to maintain and improve bone density.

Pellet implants bypass the liver and don’t negatively impact clotting factors, blood pressure, lipid levels, glucose, or liver function.

Pellet implants have consistently been shown to improve:

• Cardiovascular health

• Sex drive and libido

• Headaches and migraines

• Insomnia

• Hot flashes

• Mood and depression

• Joint aches and pains

What is BHRT? An individualized approach to hormone replacement therapy, using bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), pinpoints a person’s exact hormone levels, and what hormones are needed to balance their hormone deficiency.

The differences between synthetic and biologically identical hormones are in their chemical structures and functionality. Biologically identical hormones have the same chemical structure as the hormones created naturally in the human body.

What are BHRT Fused Hormone Pellets? Fused pellet implants are compounded using biologically identical hormones (most often Estradiol or Testosterone). The hormones are pressed/fused into very small cylinders. Pellet insertion is a relatively simple in-office procedure done under local anesthesia.

Fused Pellet Implants typically last between 3-5 months, depending on how rapidly the hormones are metabolized. Some patients begin to feel symptom relief within 48 hours, while others may take up to two weeks to notice a marked difference.

Before starting any hormone replacement therapy, patients should work directly with a knowledgeable healthcare practitioner to have hormone testing done to evaluate their personal hormone profile. Based on existing hormone levels and health history, the practitioner will make a hormone replacement recommendation. Once pellets have been inserted, hormone levels will be re-evaluated prior to the insertion of the next round of pellets. After the first year of therapy, the practitioner may suggest testing less frequently based upon patient feedback and prior hormone levels.

At this time most insurance companies cover the exam, consultation and the bloodwork but not the pellet insertion process. They cover the pharmaceutical hormone approach, but not the bioidentical pellet as its closer to a natural alternative treatment.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018 00:00

Intervertebral Discopathy

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Intervertebral discopathy is one of the most painful and physically debilitating health issues that chiropractors encounter. The spine is composed of a series of 26 bones that are designed to enclose and protect the spinal cord. Between these vertebrae lie the intervertebral discs which act as shock absorbers and permit the various movements of the spine.

Discopathy is any disease of the intervertebral discs. When discopathy occurs, the soft tissue and nerves that exit the spine in the region of injury can be irritated, resulting in a very painful condition.

In the center of the intervertebral disc is a gel-like substance called the nucleus pulposus. Enclosing the nucleus pulposus are several rings of tough, fibrous tissue called the annulus fibrosus. Together the nucleus pulposus and annulus fibrosus work to withstand the compressive forces placed on the spine.

If there is any injury to these structures, the disc’s ability to withstand the compressive stress is impaired and the disc will most likely fail. If this occurs, the nucleus may push against the rings of the annulus causing the disc to push outward. This is called a disc bulge. Additionally, if the rings of the annulus fail and are torn, the nucleus may itself protrude through the annulus forming a disc herniation.

Both of these conditions can be terribly painful and disabling due to the injured disc material applying pressure to the nerves that exit at that level of the spine. Frequently, those suffering from discopathy are forced to seek surgical intervention.

There is an effective, conservative alternative to surgery known as spinal decompression. When administered, spinal decompression applies a stretching, decompressing force to the spine in a manner that maximizes spinal elongation. When elongated, the vertebrae of the spine are spread apart and the disc material which was displaced may be drawn back in place.

Spinal decompression also decreases the pressure within the disc, thus drawing nutrient and oxygen filled fluid into the injured disc. Spinal decompression relieves the pressure on the disc and nerves and promotes healing of the impaired structure.

Discopathies are a common contributor to approximately 916,000 spinal surgeries annually in the US. Although sometimes necessary, surgery is not always the best option.

If you or a loved one suffers from spinal discopathy, there is a good chance that a Chiropractor administering spinal decompression can help. The debilitating and life altering effects of discopathy can be reversed.

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