Dr. Gibson: Can Your Job Be a Pain in the Neck?

– by Dr. Jean Gibson, D.C. BioVeda Health & Wellness Center of Fayetteville, AR Have you experienced neck pain after a long day at work? There are many cause of neck pain, but one of the most common causes is related to poor posture, muscle fatigue and stress while in front of your computer or while at your desk. Your head, which weighs approximately 10 pounds, is balanced on your cervical spine (the neck) and is controlled by muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It’s like balancing a bowling ball on a broom stick using dental floss and twine – if you don’t keep the bowling ball perfectly balanced on the stick, the ball will pull on the floss and twine, which will stretch and ultimately the ball will not stay in place! While your head will not fall off your neck, the damage done to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments by poor posture does require intervention. Many of us have our work stations set up for us by either our employer or the previous person in the office. We never think to personalize the placement of our computer keyboard, mouse, monitor and telephone to fit our body. Just a few changes in the set up of your office can make a big difference in your neck pain: Make sure your desk, chair, table and work station are at the right height for you. Position your computer at eye level or just below eye level. You do not want to be looking up at the screen or looking down at a sharp angle at the screen. Keep all paperwork as close...

Hypertension Solutions – Be In Control of Your Numbers, Naturally

– by Andrea Dobrich, D.C.  BioVeda Health and Wellness Center of Harrisburg, NC Hypertension (high blood pressure) seems to be an ever evolving healthcare crisis in the U.S. This progressive disease is also known as “the silent killer” because there are not always noticeable symptoms associated with hypertension until it has been chronic and organs become diseased. High blood pressure can affect your blood vessels, heart, brain, kidneys and eyes. Chronic hypertension left untreated can lead to headaches, eye/vision damage, aneurysms, kidney failure, heart attack and stroke. However, there are a number of holistic approaches to effectively bring your numbers down naturally before resorting to prescription medications. Dietary approaches are recommended by both mainstream and integrative medical practitioners as a first-line approach to manage hypertension. A diet high in vegetables, fruits, and other nutritious foods that are rich in potassium, calcium, and magnesium is suggested. People should also decrease saturated fats and replace them with foods high in monounsaturated fats and omega 3 fatty acids (like those found in fish.) Lifestyle changes that have been proven in eliminating hypertension and bringing your numbers into the normal range are exercising, quitting smoking, losing weight, chiropractic care, and using natural supplements (i.e. Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Magnesium, Potassium, Calcium, Garlic, Black Cohosh, Cayenne, Valerian Root and Kelp). Salt restriction is also necessary and should not exceed 2400 mg or 1 tsp per day. Chiropractic care is a gentle and natural therapy that has helped lower blood pressure to normal. As one Dobrich Chiropractic patient states, her systolic reading (top number) dropped from being in the high 150′s to now consistently being...

Complete Chiropractic Care is Not Just for Back Pain Anymore!

– by Dr. Ray Nannis, BioVeda Health and Wellness Center of Richardson, TX Japanese researchers have found home-based exercises to be more effective in the treatment of chronic low back pain than prescribed NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). While NSAIDs can reduce inflammation and pain, they are a form of passive care that fails to address functionality issues such as limited motion, muscular weakness and muscular imbalances, not to mention the many negative side effects associated with NSAID use. Home-based exercises are not only natural and far safer, they specifically address functional issues and deficiencies in a proactive manner. And thus, it goes to reason that both men and women (mean age of approx. 42 years) who participated in the home-based exercises versus the NSAIDs during the 12-month study experienced more significant improvements in both reported low back pain and overall disability. If you’re not sure of what type of home-based exercises you should be doing, consider visiting a Chiropractor for guidance. Of course we think of visiting a Chiropractor when we have an injury or pain in our lower back or neck. We also tend to think of them following an automobile accident. While these are all great reasons to schedule your visit with a Chiropractor, there are also many other reasons we should be considering Chiropractic care.  Every practitioner is different and specializes in different types of treatment options. There are many reasons to visit a Chiropractor aside from spinal related items; however I want to share just a few of them with you. Fertility– That’s right. Fertility. When trying to conceive a child there are many things...

Is Your Connectivity All It Can Be?

– by Dr. Jean Gibson, BioVeda Health & Wellness Center of Fayetteville, AR Being connected is very important in our modern world. Could you imagine how you’d feel if you left your cell phone at home?  For most adults, cell phones are lifelines. What about web connectivity? Many of us begin to experience withdrawal symptoms if we’re separated from our Internet connection for more than a hour. Others check their email every few minutes, ongoingly, throughout the day. We may feel secure if we’re well connected in the external electronic world, but it’s even more important to be well connected in the internal physiologic world. In the external world we think in terms of networks, primarily in terms of Internet connections. In the internal world networks are the key, too – neurologic networks, of which our nerve system is comprised.1,2 The nerve system consists of the brain, cranial nerves, spinal cord, spinal nerves, and miles of peripheral nerves which connect the spinal cord and spinal nerves to every other cell in the body. In the body, the rules are simple. If a cell is not connected to the nerve system, the cell’s activities become disorganized and it becomes diseased and eventually dies. In a related scenario a cell may be connected, but the nerve signals it is receiving are inaccurate or inappropriate, due to problems within the nerve system itself. The results are the same –  the cell’s activities become disorganized and it becomes diseased and eventually dies. If enough cells are affected, the person develops symptoms and becomes sick. “Problems” within the nerve system often result from spinal...

Back Pain: Incidence, Causes, and Treatment

Dr. Andrew Moore, BioVeda of Alamo Heights, and Dr. Eric Herman, BioVeda of Bethlehem, explore back pain relief this week on their BioVeda blogs: Although chiropractors care for more than just  back pain, many patients visit chiropractors looking for relief from this pervasive condition. In fact, 31 million Americans experience lower back pain at any given time. One half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year. Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work. In fact, back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic-meaning they are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer. Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain- and that’s just for the most easily identified costs. Experts estimate that as many as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in our lives. What causes back pain? The back is a complicated structure of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles. You can sprain ligaments, strain muscles, rupture disks, and irritate joints, all of which can leas to back pain. While sport injuries or accidents can cause back pain, sometimes the simplest of movements- for example, picking up a pencil from the floor – can have painful results. in addition, arthritis, poor posture, obesity, and psychological stress can cause or complicate back pain. Back pain can also directly result from disease of the internal organs, such as kidney stones, kidney infections, blood clots, or bone loss....

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