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How Subluxation Can Negatively Impact Your Health

In simple terms, a subluxation or Vertebral Subluxation is a condition when one or multiple bones of the vertebrae or spine move out of proper position. In this condition, the spine either creates unnecessary pressure on spinal nerves or irritates them. These nerves are the ones that reach out from between each of the bones in the spine. The irritation or pressure on the spinal nerves causes those to malfunction. In addition to this, they also interfere with the numerous signals traveling through those nerves. subluxation

Familiarized by most professional chiropractors, a lot of people wonder how this condition affects the human body. It is important to understand that the nervous system coordinates and controls all the bodily functions. If there’s any interference to the signals traveling through the nerves, some body parts won’t get appropriate nerve messages. Thus, they won’t function at maximum capacity. In other words, it’s possible that some body parts cease to function properly. This is why professional chiropractic care can help.

How Does Subluxation Affect Your Health?

According to most chiropractors, there are two different stages by which your spinal nerves or spinal cord may be damaged after the trauma. In the beginning, you may experience primary tissue damage from:

  • Direct Mechanical Disruption.
  • Vascular and Biochemical Events

When the cellular membrane integrity in your body is disrupted, a wide range of biochemical reactions are initiated, including a major release of free radicals, toxic amino acids, oxygen free radicals, free fatty acids, vasoactive agents and more. Such complex membrane changes can cause intracellular potassium, calcium and sodium ion changes. They can affect the injured nerve, and make the condition severe.

On the other hand, when there is a significant decrease in the blood flow to damaged nerves because of direct mechanical compression from your subluxated vertebra, disc material or bone spur, it cause hemorrhage and vasospasm. This causes nerve ischemia, which can lead to axonal degeneration, cytotoxic edema, abnormal impulse transmission, cell death, demyelination, conduction block and other issues. All these problems can have a major impact on your health and quality of life. Fortunately, a professional chiropractor in Bloomington, IL can offer a sound solution.

How Can Advanced Chiropractors Help?

Chiropractic care is the best choice to find a cure for subluxation. Top Berkeley chiropractors always try to find the underlying cause of the problem. They focus on the misalignment of your vertebrae or spinal cord, and make sure it is properly aligned. With some manipulation techniques, an advanced chiropractic will be able to provide you with some relief, and cure this condition.

An advanced chiropractic applies a precisely and carefully directed pressure on your spine in a quick manner. This may be done by some special instrument or hand. With such techniques, the chiropractor can restore normal function and motion to your spine. This either reduces or eliminates the subluxation complex.

If you’ve been noticing any symptoms of Vertebral Subluxation Complex, chiropractic care will be your best help. A chiropractor will be able to resolve your problem without the use of harmful drugs or other treatments that may cause side effects. You just need to make sure you choose someone with a lot of experience.

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5 Tips for Rapid Injury Recovery

Injury Recovery RunnerFor sport enthusiasts and athletes something tragic can happen at the worst possible moment, tearing a muscle, breaking a bone, or spraining an ankle. You may be out on the trail, on the squat rack, or just walking down the street.

A wide range of injuries are possible - everything is just hunky-dory when out of the blue, something tragic happens. Maybe you pull/tear a muscle, sprain an ankle or break a bone. You may be on the squat rack, out on the trail or just jogging in the park.

There is a wide range of injuries that can happen to active people and each of them takes different amounts of rest to heal. However, there are some things you can do to help it healing faster. We will discuss here 5 tips for rapid injury recovery.

Adjust Your Diet

Even if your ability to train is impaired by your injury for a while, you can still maintain a great body shape and also help heal faster with the proper nutrition. In case that your injury doesn’t totally prevent you to continue your regular workout then you need to maintain your current intake of nutrients. However, if your injury is likely to make you miss most of your workouts, you need to reduce a little your food intake. Just adjust your diet to your level of physical activity.

Some macronutrients can help you heal your injury faster. Good nutrition will increase the supply of nutrients carried by the blood flow to the area of the injury. Some foods accelerate healing and have anti-inflammatory proprieties. Avoid foods that promote inflammation such as eggplant, fried foods, cayenne, processed white flour, potatoes, tomatoes, and hot peppers.

Consume instead foods that can accelerate the healing of your injury, such as fresh juice made from raw, fresh and organic vegetables, fresh ginger, foods high in omega 3 fatty acids, radishes, garlic, and beets. These foods are high in important nutrients that accelerate healing: manganese, zinc, silica, calcium, multivitamin, glucosamine sulfate, essential fatty acids, and BCAA’s.

Deep Tissue Massage

Professional massage for athletes includes the deep tissue massage therapy that is proved to relieve severe muscle tension, decrease pain and accelerate healing of the injured area. This form of massage treatment is recommended to athletes dealing with injury, people involved in accidents, and those who experience consistent pain.

Deep tissue massage therapy can accelerate healing in personal injury recovery, sports injury recovery, chronic muscle pain relief, and car accident recovery.

Chiropractic Care

Injury Recovery ChiropracticThe Active Release Technique (ART) is used in chiropractic care for treating nerves, tendons, muscles, ligaments, and as soft tissue injuries. This chiropractic technique is a non-invasive hands-on therapy for professional and amateur athletes who need help with rapid injury recovery.

In fact many chiropractors are starting to adopt ART and other forms of treatment like acupuncture and massage. One of the Bloomington chiropractors at Bly-Hillman Chiropractic specializes in ART as supplemental therapy for injury relief. This is just one example of how chiropractic care is become more integrated.

Yoga, Stretching, & Mobility Exercises

After an injury is not recommended to cease all sports activity, but rather continue with yoga, mobility exercises, stretching, and easy “injury prevention” style workouts. This will help your muscles recover faster from an injury and prevent in the same time muscular atrophy that is a significant strength loss which can install after just three weeks of inactivity.

Epson Salts Compress with Heat

Heat promotes relaxation in tissues and muscles. Epsom salts baths and Epson salt compresses with heat can enhance relaxation, help decreasing muscle soreness, and displace the calcium ions that accumulate in muscle tissue during workouts. Epsom salts deliver magnesium sulfate, an active compound that work well for injury recovery.

Magnesium is a mineral essential for over 300 reactions in your body, including protein formation, muscle contraction and relaxation, nerve and cardiac function, and synthesis of ATP-based energy.

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5 Injury Recovery Strategies for Endurance Athletes

Injury RecoveryIf you're an endurance athlete who is trying to recovery from an injury, we feel your pain. Injuries are never easy to deal with, both physically and psychologically. So in this blog post, we highlight a number of different strategies to help you become better and bounce back from you injury will full mobility and confidence.

Stay Supple

Sports injuries often occur because of poor mobility, which is typically a result of tight soft tissues and horrible flexibility. Address you injury by assessing all of the surrounding soft tissues. So for instance, if you knee is in pain, check to see how tight your quads, hamstrings, and calves are. If they're freakishly tight, roll them out with a stiff foam roller, stretch them out, and smash them with other tools, such as a lacrosse ball. For more ways to stay supple, check out Mobility WOD which is jammed-pack with great ideas to work on your mobility.

Check Your Alignment

Skeletal and muscular imbalances are also a common way in which injuries can arise. Because not everyone has access to a sports physical therapist, consulting with holistic health professional, such as a chiropractor, can help you pinpoint such alignment and imbalance issues. Find a local chiropractor who can perform some basic tests and give you can X-ray.

Deep Tissue Work

In addition to working on your mobility at home, you can also see specialists to deep tissue work. Sports massage therapists and ART (active release technque) professionals are who you want to go to first. These individuals will help work out the adhesions and knots found in your tissues, helping to restore blood flow and mobility in areas that need it most.

Nutrient Dense Foods

When recovering from an injury, one of the most overlooked ways to encourage rapid recovery is to eat nutrient dense foods. Opt for dark leafy greens, colorful fruits and vegetables, and lots and lots of healthy fats, particularly omega-3 fatty acids. The latter will help restore the sliding muscle surface in knotted-up areas of your body, while everything else will help with healing. Also consume anti-inflammatory foods like ginger, green tea extract, and garlic, to name a few.

Epsom Salt Baths

In the PM hours of the evening, relax with an epsom salt bath or compress. Epsom salts are rich in magnesium, which is a mineral that's often depleted during strenous endurance training. Pour 2-3 cups of empsom salt in you batch and soak for 15-20 minutes. Not only will you body feel relaxed, but your muscles will feel softened, too.

So whether you're trying to heal and become a better triathlete or cross-country skier, all of these treatment protocals can help you recovery from injuries faster.

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5 Ways to Increase Soft Tissue Mobility & Range of Motion

Soft Tissue MobilityIf you regularly participate in some kind of sporting activity, then some form of soft tissue damage seems almost inevitable. Eventually, most people take a particularly hard knock, or land too hard on a knee or ankle, or just overstress their muscles for too long without allowing adequate rest periods for recovery.

Soft tissue damage can haunt you for years, causing near-constant pain that many athletes and sports enthusiasts just learn to ignore, or dull with painkillers. This does not need to be the way! With a bit of work, soft tissue damage can almost always be repaired. You can have your muscle mobility and full range of motion back! Here are five simple tips to help repair your soft tissue damage:

Get a professional sports massage

Many athletes are already using sports massages to remove built up lactic acid from their muscles. This greatly shortens recovery time, allowing athletes to go into their next event feeling fresh, and be able to push that little bit harder. The same principles can be used to help your soft tissue injuries. In the interest of full disclosure, I should warn you that this is going to hurt. A lot. But the positive effects of sports and deep tissue massage therapy will be more than worth the pain.

Massage yourself with specialized tools

This is the massage option, but without the massage price tag. You can pick up (or make yourself) purpose built foam rollers or balls. (I'm told that you can also just repurpose a lacrosse ball) There are plenty of videos on the internet detailing how to use these tools effectively to help combat the effects of soft tissue damage, so I'm not going to go into the specifics of how to do it here.

As with the massage option above, this option is going to hurt. The first time that you use a foam roller, you are going to think to yourself "This can't be right. Nothing that hurts this much could possibly be helping!" but you will be wrong. Stick with it, and you will find yourself pain-free in no time.

Stretch

One of the easiest ways to increase flexibility and range of motion in soft tissue is to stretch. This is different to the short, dynamic stretches that you perform before a workout or sports match. To permanently increase range of motion, a stretch should last as much as twenty minutes. This is something that you can do in your downtime.

If you're sitting around with the family in the evening watching a two hour movie, you should see that as an opportunity to perform six different stretches for increasing your flexibility. Again, the internet has already done a much better job of detailing which stretches are most effective that I could ever do here, so I won't try to cover it.

Try a Yin Yoga class

Yin Yoga has much of the same benefits of the stretching program above, except that Yin Yoga classes are taught by professionals who can critique your performance and offer tips for helping to restore your specific soft tissue injury. Yin Yoga is a slow moving yoga style, where each position is held for an extended period of time.

This is an ideal way to increase mobility and range of motion. Yin Yoga classes are available across most of North America and Europe, but if you live elsewhere, it is still worth searching for a local Yoga class.

Physiotherapy

When nothing else works, go to the professionals. Physiotherapists are highly trained in repair of soft tissue injuries, and they will design you a customized recovery program. It is very likely that they will want you to come back once a week or once a fortnight until you have made a full recovery from your injury. During these meetings, they will test your mobility levels, and adjust your recovery program accordingly.

With all of these options readily available, there is just no need for soft tissue injury to control your life anymore. Get your mobility back. Get pain free. There is no excuse not to!

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5 Exercises for Greater Hip Mobility & Range of Motion

Hip Monbility ExercisesThe hips play an essential role in movement; propelling the body to walk forward, climb, kneel and even squat, the hips are an essential element of most sporting activities.

One’s ability to muster the strength and flexibility of their hips can often make the difference between success and failure in sports.

However, the daily efforts of life tend to inhibit the functionality of the hips. This is an even more prominent issue among athletes, the tightness of whose hips can cause stiffness over time, complicating the process of holding certain positions. This signals the need to practice specific hip mobility exercises for greater range of motion.

5 Powerful Hip Mobility Exercises

The key to maintaining hip mobility and flexibility is consistent practice of hip mobility exercises and proper training. To attain the required results, one is encouraged to approach these exercises in moderation, starting with a gentle level of intensity and progressing as required with the passing of time, some of those most effective hip mobility exercises including the following:

The Goblet Squat

Goblet SquatYou will need a kettle bell for this exercise. Lift your chest while keeping the kettle bell close to your body. Your feet should be hip distance apart. Sink to the lowest possible point where you can hold a squat, moving slowly and steadily.

Keeping the weight on your heels, the elbows pressed to your knees (in order to drive them out), settle in this position for about thirty seconds before setting the kettle bell down and standing. Shake some life into your legs before repeating the exercise a few more times.

Clamshell

First, lie on your side, with your legs and ankles together, and knees slightly bent. With outstretched arms cushioning your head, open and close your knees like a clam. Your feet must remain together throughout this exercise. And endeavor to move as slowly as possible in order to work all the right muscles. A resistance band might prove essential for this exercise.

Single Leg Deadlift

This exercise, though effective, is pretty easy to execute. First, find some dumbbells and hold one in each hand. With arms straight, lower the dumbbells to the floor while raising your trail leg back.

Endeavor to keep your back rigid even while keeping the knee of the supporting leg bent. Allow the dumbbells to touch the floor before returning to your initial position. Five sets of this exercise executed on each leg should do.

TRX Lunge

You will need TRX suspension training to perform this exercise. Configure the TRX system in a manner that allows the handles to hang down to your calves. Hang your right foot in the straps (in such a way that the shoelaces are pointed to the floor), and then step forward (or out) with the left.

Use this left leg to squat, with your shin remaining vertical. Ensure to maintain a tight core. Stand up and repeat the action another 8 or so times. You could also hold dumbbells in your hands to add resistance.

Psoas Gut SmashPsoas Gut Smash

Lie Prone on the floor, position a lacrosse ball two inches to the right of your belly button, using your forearms for support. Using small movements, roll the ball down to your femur. The purpose of this exercise is to decrease hip extensions even while accelerating hip flexion. It is particularly effective for runners.

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Spine Surgery: 5 Safe & Effective Forms of Spinal Surgery

In most cases, individuals seek spine surgery to minimize pain and maximize mobility associated with the region between the neck and the sacrum (particularly the low back.) Highly-sought by older adults and athletes alike, many individuals seek the professional guidance and services of a spine surgeon.

Most individuals dealing with debilitating back pain or spinal malfunctions educate themselves about their ailments and their options to correct such issues. To help, below we highlight five safe and effective forms of spinal surgery for you to consider if you're dealing with side-lining pain or mobility issues in the spine.New Jersey Spine Surgeon Dr. Rovner

1. Anterior Cervical Discectomy & Fusion

Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion is a form of spine surgery that is recommended after failure of non-surgical methods to relieve pain on the neck and arms as a result of the spinal nerves being under pressure.

During the spinal surgery, the herniated disc is removed partially or wholly to prevent risk of damage to the spinal nerves and cord. Thereafter a bone graft is inserted between the vertebrae in place of the disc. This is to prevent the vertebrae from rubbing onto each other and collapsing.

The bone graft and vertebrae are fixed in place with screws and metal plates and overtime will join together to form a solid piece of bone. Recovery with this type of spine surgery is usually 4-6 weeks. However, the relief from the pain areas occurs soon after being discharged.

2. Cervical Disc Replacement

Cervical disc replacement is a form a spinal surgery that is only done after failure of non-surgical methods. An incision is done at the front of the neck to replace damaged and protruding discs with artificial discs. This is as result of the damaged discs irritating the spinal nerves that are supported by roots in the spinal cord. The damaged discs lead to pain and numbness in the neck and arms.

After replacement of the disc, a bone graft is inserted to ensure the bones fuse after sometime. The patient can go home that day, then recovery and relief will start almost immediately. This method is not recommended on children.

3. Minimally Invasive Lumbar Discectomy

A patient needing minimally invasive lumbar discectomy may be having symptoms including pain in the lower back, muscle weakness in the lower extremities and numbness.

The aim of this type of spinal surgery is to treat the herniated disc in the lower region of the back as a result of irritation of spinal nerves which have roots near the spinal cord, which is near the disc.

An incision is done in the lower back to avoid damaging the muscles and also to ensure quick recovery. Below is short video by Dr. Joshua Rovner that goes into greater detail about this particular spine surgery procedure. Dr. Joshua Rovner is one of the most reputable spine surgeons in New Jersey who provides all of the spine surgery procedures mentioned in this post.

During this spinal surgery procedure, muscles are then removed temporarily from the bone and part of the bone is then removed in order to reach the disc. Either part or the whole herniated disc is removed to relieve pressure and pain on the lower back. The patient can go home immediately after the surgery and recovery process may take a few weeks.

4. Lumbar Spinal Fusion

spine surgeryLumbar spinal fusion applicable where non-surgical means do not apply. The purpose of this form of spine surgery is to stabilize the lumbar spine more. Symptoms include: Pain in hips, lower back and spinal stenosis.

Lumbar spinal fusion surgery is done through a vertical incision in the lower back region but over the spine. During the spine surgery procedure, the muscle is temporarily removed from the bone in order to reach the vertebrae, lumbar discectomy is done to remove part of the vertebrae so as to reach the damaged disc. This is done either partially or wholly. A bone graft is inserted between the vertebrae for support and stability. The patient goes home after few days. The recovery period is between 4-6 weeks although full recovery takes few more months.

5. Revision Spine Surgery

Revision spine surgery is done due to: Post-surgical complications, previous wrong diagnosis and infection in the surgical area. The main purpose is to reduce pain. It is more complex as it deals with scar and bone tissues.

In conclusion, since spine surgery is recommended only after non-surgical methods have failed, the need for a well-trained orthopaedic or neurosurgeon is vital. This is to avoid the revision of spine surgery because of reasons such as misdiagnosis. To learn more about these types of spine surgery, or to connect with a professional and highly experienced orthopaedic spine surgeon, contact Dr. Joshua Rovner, a reputable spine surgeon in New Jersey.

Progressive Spine & Orthopaedics
440 Curry Avenue, Suite A
Englewood, NJ 07631
ProgressiveSpine.com

You can also check out New Jersey spine surgeon, Dr. Rovner, on Google+ and Facebook to see some of his reviews.

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