Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Why Does My Back Hurt? Part 2

Last month, we discussed common causes of back pain including mattresses, shoes, diet, exercise, and posture. Here are some additional considerations…
6. OFFICE CHAIR: Because of vast differences between people’s height, weight, body type, and preference, it’s difficult—if not impossible—to find a one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to office chairs! In the ideal world, the option to sit, stand, walk, and stretch as needed would be perfect but this simply is not reality! Low back pain (LBP) from sitting is common due to the excess pressure it places on the joints and disks (the “shock-absorbers” of the spine). Here are some remedies: 1) Find a chair that FITS YOU. 2) Get up and move at least once every hour (set the timer on your smartphone as a reminder). 3) Place the computer monitor directly in front of you and keyboard/mouse so the elbows bend only 90°. 4) Keep your feet on the floor at your desk (use an upside down box if you have short legs). 5) Perform “in the chair” stretches when your timer goes off!
7. BODY TYPE: We’ve discussed obesity as an obvious cause of back pain, but other factors are important as well. A very common cause of back pain for women is breast size. Here, the topic of a supportive bra is important, as carrying more weight in front of you adds additional stress on the back and shoulders.
8. SHOULDER BAGS: Back pain can be caused and/or perpetuated by a heavy purse, bag, briefcase, and even a thick wallet in the back pocket! To keep your eyes level, your body has to compensate and assume a less-than-ideal posture that may place unnecessary stress on your back! So before leaving the house today, CLEAN OUT that bag and/or put your wallet in a front pocket and lessen the load on your spine!
9. SMOKING: Smoking can reduce the amount of oxygen that reaches your cells, which can cause them to function at a less than optimal state. You’ve perhaps heard that a conscientious back surgeon will NEVER operate on a smokers’ back due to both the prolonged healing time and subsequent bad outcomes. So in addition to giving your heart, lungs, and those around you a break, if you want your lower back to heal, STOP SMOKING! Studies also show smokers are TWICE as likely to develop LBP compared with non-smokers, so quit. Better yet, DON’T START in the first place!
10. STRESS & DEPRESSION: Remember, “health” is a balance between structure, chemistry, and mental factors. Stress increases muscle tightness and alters posture in a way that can lead to or exacerbate existing LBP. Exercise, meditate, eat smart, and resolve your differences with family members and friends to minimize this problem! When needed, your doctor of chiropractic can refer you for counseling!
11. ERGONOMICS: How we “fit” into our job, lifting properly, workstation set up, work pace, and work stressors ALL play into LBP management. Have an assessment to see what can be fixed!

We realize you have a choice in whom you consider for your health care provision and we sincerely appreciate your trust in choosing our service for those needs.  If you, a friend, or family member requires care for back pain, we would be honored to render our services. Visit http://www.olsonchiropracticcenter.com for more information.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Moving Beyond Fish Oil | YES Ultimate EFAs

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We have all been told that fish oil is good for your health.  This is now been proven wrong because it’s based on incomplete and flawed science.
Fish oil consists only of an inferior and potentially harmful for of Omega-3s called “derivatives.”  Omega-3 derivatives are NOT essential EFAs.
There are two essential fatty acids that must be ingested each day – Omega-6 and Omega-3.  The parent form of these EFAs can not be manufactured by your body.
Most supplement manufacturers and even nutritionists do not understand the importance of Parent EFAs.
Biological pathways clearly show that your body makes derivatives from the Parent as needed by the body.
Early literature on EFAs often overlooked this important and cricital fact.  While fish oil has many advocates, real-life clinical results prove that patients show marked improvements when they change their daily EFA supplementation from fish oil (Omega-3 derivatives) to a complete and biochemically correct blend of Parent Essential Oils (PEOs).
The proper combination of Parent Omega-6 and Parent Omega-3 is so far superior to fish oil and other EFA supplements, that it completely replaces everything else.

Reported in 2009 & 2008:
·         Fish oil Does Not Stop heart attacks
·         No benefits to taking fish oil supplements
·         Parent Omega-6 has powerful anti-inflammatory properties…
·         Body uses mostly Parent EFAs, then converts derivatives as needed.
The American Heart Association clearly states:
·         The need for Anti-inflammatory Parent Omega-6 in your diet.
·         Parent Omega-3, NOT fish oil, lowers risk of heart attack.
·         Reducing Omega-6 intake is more likely to increase risk for Chronic Heart Disease

Monday, October 12, 2015

What Makes Solutions4’s Whey Protein So Special!

Whey is one of two major components in milk.  When making cheese, whey is the liquid portion of the milk that separates from the curds.  Because it has a strong amino acid profile and can be easily absorbed, it is arguably the best way to supplement with protein.  Protein has been shown to support fat burning, improve insulin sensitivity, help regulate the appetite, and so much more!
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Whey protein is made by pushing the liquid portion of milk through a filter.  The material left behind is dried and forms whey protein concentrate.  Further cold processing creates whey isolate.  As whey concentrate is purified into whey isolate, some components can lose their biologic activity if harsh chemicals or heat are used.  We avoid these processing methods and instead use a microfiltration technique that, while more expensive, yields a whey isolate with more bioacctive peptides.  This preserves the integrity of the whey and ensures bioavailability.
The Solutions4 Nutritional Shake contains a blend of both whey isolate and whey concentrate.  Whey concentrate retains the highest portion of biologically active peptides (which are released more slowly in the digestive system), while isolate provides a more potent source of amino acids (which enter the blood stream rapidily).  The ideal approach for protein supplementation is to provide a blend of these two gently produced whey forms.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

What Can I Do To Stop A Migraine?

Migraines can be life-altering! They can stop us from being able to enjoy a child’s piano recital, participate in family events, go to work, or simply do household chores! Wouldn’t it be nice to have ways to self-manage these miserable, often disabling headaches? Here are some options!
1. RELAXATION THERAPY: Search for a calm environment, turn off the lights (photophobia, or light sensitivity, is a common migraine complaint), minimize sound/noise (due to “hyperacusis”), and sleep if possible. Monitor the room temperature and/or use hot/cold compresses to the head and/or neck regions to relax tight muscles (heat) and reduce pain and swelling (cold). Similarly, a warm shower or bath can have similar beneficial effects.
2. SLEEP WELL: Migraines can interfere with falling asleep, they can wake you up during the night, and they are often triggered by NOT getting a good night’s sleep. To improve your sleep quality: a) Establish regular sleeping hours. Wake up and go to bed at consistent times every day, including weekends. b) Keep daytime naps short (20-30 min. max). c) “Unwind” at the end of the day – try soothing music, a warm bath, or reading a favorite book (avoid suspenseful movies). d) Don’t eat/drink too much before bedtime as heavy meals, caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol can interfere with sleep. e) Don’t exercise intensely before bedtime (stretching is fine). f) Eliminate distractions in the bedroom, including TV and bringing work to bed. Close the bedroom door and use a fan to muffle out distracting noises. g) If you take any medications, check for known side effects, as many contain caffeine or other stimulants that can interfere with sleep – including some meds that treat migraines! Talk to your doctor and pharmacist!
3. EAT WELL: Be consistent about when you eat and don’t skip meals (fasting increases the risk for migraine). Keep a food journal to figure out your migraine triggers and avoid foods that commonly trigger migraines like chocolate, aged cheeses, caffeine, and alcohol. Try eliminating these and see how you feel!
4. EXERCISE REGULARLY:  This is MOST IMPORTANT for migraine management as it facilitates sleep cycles and stimulates the release of endorphins and enkephlins that help block pain. It also helps fight obesity, which is another risk factor for headaches.
We realize you have a choice in whom you consider for your health care provision and we sincerely appreciate your trust in choosing our service for those needs.  If you, a friend, or family member requires care for neck pain or headaches, we would be honored to render our services. Visit http://www.olsonchiropracticcenter.com for more information.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Why Does My Back Hurt? | Yankton Chiropractor

It’s been said that if you haven’t had back pain, just wait, because (statistically) some day you will! The following list is a list of “causes” that can be easily “fixed” to reduce your risk for a back pain episode.
1. MATTRESS: Which type of mattress is best? The “short answer”: there is no single mattress (style or type) for all people, primarily due to body type, size, gender, and what “feels good.” TRY laying on a variety of mattresses (for several minutes on your back and sides) and check out the difference between coiled, inner springs, foam (of different densities), air, waterbeds, etc. The thickness of a mattress can vary from 7 to 18 inches (~17-45 cm) deep. Avoid mattresses that feel like you’re sleeping in a hammock! A “good” mattress should maintain your natural spinal curves when lying on your sides or back (avoid stomach sleeping in most cases). Try placing a pillow between the knees and “hug” a pillow when side sleeping, as it can act like a “kick stand” and prevent you from rolling onto your stomach. If your budget is tight, you can “cheat” by placing a piece of plywood between the mattress and box spring as a short-term fix.
2. SHOES: Look at the bottom of your favorite pair of shoes and check out the “wear pattern.” If you have worn out soles or heels, you are way overdue for a new pair or a “re-sole” by your local shoe cobbler! If you work on your feet, then it’s even more important for both managing and preventing LBP!
3. DIET: A poor diet leads to obesity, which is a MAJOR cause of LBP. Consider the Paleo or Mediterranean Diet and STAY AWAY from fast food! Identify the two or three “food abuses” you have embraced and eliminate them – things with empty calories like soda, ice cream, chips… you get the picture! Keeping your BMI (Body Mass Index) between 20 and 25 is the goal! Positive “side-effects” include increased longevity, better overall health, and an improved quality of life!
4. EXERCISE: The most effective self-help approach to LBP management is exercise. Studies show those who exercise regularly hurt less, see doctors less, have a higher quality of life, and just feel better! This dovetails with diet in keeping your weight in check as well. Think of hamstring stretches and core strengthening as important LBP managers – USE PROPER TECHNIQUE AND FORM; YOUR DOCTOR OF CHIROPRACTIC CAN GUIDE YOU IN THIS PROCESS!
5. POSTURE: Another important “self-help” trick of the trade is to avoid sitting slumped over with an extreme forward head carriage positions. Remember that every inch your head pokes forwards places an additional ten pounds (~4.5 kg) of load on your upper back muscles to keep your head upright, and sitting slumped increases the load on your entire back!
We have only scratched the surface of some COMMON causes and/or contributors of back pain. Stay tuned next month as we continue this important conversation!
We realize you have a choice in whom you consider for your health care provision and we sincerely appreciate your trust in choosing our service for those needs.  If you, a friend, or family member requires care for back pain, we would be honored to render our services.  For more information visit www.olsonchiropracticcenter.com

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Is Sitting Bad For My Back?

Is Sitting Bad For My Back?
A major manufacturer of workstations reports that 86% of work computer users have to sit all day, and when they do rise from sitting, more than half (56%) use food as the excuse to get up and move. In addition to sitting at work, for meals, and commuting to/from work, 36% sit another one to two hours watching TV, 10% sit one to two hours for gaming, 25% sit one to two hours for reading/lounging, and 29% use their home computer for one to two hours. In summary, the average American sits for thirteen hours a day and sleep for eight hours. That’s a total of 21 hours a day off their feet!
The manufacturer’s survey also notes 93% of work computer users don’t know what “Sitting Disease” is but 74% believe that sitting too much can lead to an early death. “Sitting Disease” represents the ill-effects of an overly sedentary lifestyle and includes conditions like “metabolic syndrome” (obesity and diabetes), which is rapidly becoming more prevalent, especially in the young – even in adolescence and teenagers! Recently, the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted a policy encouraging employers, employees, and others to sit less citing the many risks associated with sitting including (but not limited to): diabetes, cancer, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. Standing is SO MUCH BETTER as it burns more calories than sitting, tones muscles, improves posture, increases blood flow, reduces blood sugar, and improves metabolism. Standing is frequently overlooked as “an exercise” and it’s both simple and easy to do!
So, what about the low back and sitting? You guessed it – sitting is hard on the back! The pressure inside of our disks, those “shock absorbers” that lie between each vertebra in our spine (22 disks in total) is higher when we sit compared with simply standing or lying down. It’s estimated that when we lay down, the pressure on our disks is the lowest at 25mm. When lying on one side, it increases to 75mm, standing increases disk pressure to 100mm, and bending over from standing pushes disk pressure to 220mm. When we sit with good posture, our disk pressure may reach 140mm but that can increase to 190mm with poor posture. To help relieve the pressure on our disks, experts recommend: 1) Getting up periodically and standing; 2) Sitting back in your chair and avoiding slouched positions; 3) Placing a lumbar roll (about the size of your forearm) behind the low back and chair/car seat; and 4) Changing your position frequently when sitting.
Because certain low back conditions “favor” one position over another, these “rules” may need modification. For example, most herniated disk patients prefer low back extension while bending over or slouching hurts. In those with lumbar sprain/strains, bending forwards usually feels good and extension hurts. Modifying your position to the one that is most comfortable is perhaps the best advice.
We realize you have a choice in whom you consider for your health care provision and we sincerely appreciate your trust in choosing our service for those needs.  If you, a friend, or family member requires care for back pain, we would be honored to render our services.  Visit www.olsonchiropracticcenter.com or call 605-665-2434 for more information.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression
Dr. Brian Olson, Yankton chiropractor, offers non-surgical spinal decompression therapy for disc related neck and low back pain.  Honest, effective, and affordable decompression therapy.
Visit www.olsonchiropracticcenter.com for more info or call 605-665-2434.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

EFAC Hope Science | How does EFAC compare to other joint products?

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Thursday, August 27, 2015


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The Great Challenge: Chiropractic Adjustments vs. Acupuncture vs. NSAIDs!

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could assess three common types of treatment for neck and back pain to determine which is the most effective? Here is a look at three studies that compared three popular forms of care for chronic spinal pain to determine the short-term and more importantly, the LONG-TERM benefits of chiropractic manipulation, acupuncture, and non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, like Advil).
The FIRST published study included a pilot group of 77 patients complaining of chronic spinal pain (neck, mid-back, or low-back pain). These patients were separated into one of the three treatment groups and received either NSAIDs, acupuncture, or chiropractic manipulation. Patients received care for four weeks with outcome measures (questionnaires) used to assess changes in pain and disability. After a 30-day time frame, only patients who received chiropractic manipulation (CM) reached a level of statistically significant improvement, supporting CM to offer the best SHORT-TERM BENEFITS for those with chronic back/neck pain.
The SECOND study included 115 patients, again randomized, to receive either one of the same three treatments, but this time the outcome data was gathered two, five, and nine weeks after the start of treatment. Again, those who received chiropractic manipulation (CM) experienced the best overall improvement at nine weeks.
The THIRD study involved follow-up from the same patient group from the SECOND study two years later. Once again, participants completed outcome assessments that measure pain and disability. This time, the results showed that only patients in the chiropractic manipulation group maintained long-term improvements in pain and disability.
There have been other studies looking at the efficacy and benefits of SMT (spinal manipulative therapy) both in comparison with other forms of care (as presented here) as well as with different conditions or diagnoses. Perhaps the most exciting results were published in 2008 by the International Bone and Joint Decade 2000-2010 Task Force on Neck Pain. They divided patients into four groups (Group 1: Neck pain with little to no interference with activities of daily living – ADLs; Group 2: Neck pain that limits ADLs; Group 3: Neck pain with radiculopathy or radiating arm pain from a pinched nerve; Group 4: Neck pain with serious pathology such as cancer, fracture, infection, and/or systemic disease.) The researchers concluded that chiropractic care was highly recommended especially in Grades 1 and 2 (which includes the majority of neck pain sufferers). Interestingly, many multidisciplinary physician groups now incorporate chiropractic care as part of their “team” approach, which also offer pain management in the form of medications, injections, PT, and when necessary, surgery. They have seen the value of spinal manipulation for neck pain and often seek out chiropractic because it’s safe, beneficial, and cost effective!
We realize you have a choice in whom you consider for your health care provision and we sincerely appreciate your trust in choosing our service for those needs.  If you, a friend, or family member requires care for neck pain or headaches, we would be honored to render our services.  Visit http://www.olsonchiropracticcenter.com for more information.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Neck Pain - When Should I Come In?

Neck Pain – When Should I Come In?

Neck pain is one of the most common complaints patients have when they come to a
chiropractic office for the first time, second only to low back pain. Neck pain
affects all of us at some point in life, and for some, it can become a chronic,
permanent problem that can interfere with many desired activities and lower
their quality of life. There are many different causes, and prompt evaluation
and treatment is important is some cases.

Neck pain and stiffness are the two most common symptoms that present for
evaluation and treatment. This can be located in the middle of the neck and/or
on either side and can extend down to the shoulders and / or chest. It can
contribute to or cause tension headaches that can travel up the back of the head
and sometimes behind the eyes. Pain often increases with neck movement, such as
when turning the head to check traffic while driving and/or it can hurt at rest
while held in static positions, such as when reading a book. Neck pain can come
on gradually or quickly and often cannot be traced to a specific injury or cause
making it a challenge to figure out. While neck pain is often not serious or
life-threatening, there are causes that should be evaluated promptly. If you
wake up with acute neck pain associated with very limited range of motion, this
may be due to torticollis, or wry neck, and prompt treatment helps it resolve
more quickly than “waiting it out.” Torticollis can be caused by exposure to a
draft, changes in weather, trauma, or after a cold or flu. When in doubt, come
in for an evaluation and treatment, as anxiety associated with the “fear of the
unknown” only adds to the stress associated with neck pain and it’s ALWAYS best
to be “…safe than sorry!”

Numbness or tingling may accompany neck pain and can be located in the face,
arms, hands, and/or fingers. This is one of those times to come in promptly, as
these symptoms may indicate the pinching of a nerve root in the neck. There are
MANY chiropractic treatment approaches that effectively treat nerve root
pinching, and treatment should NOT be delayed. Other common symptoms may include
clicking, crunching, or grinding noises, technically called crepitus, which may
or may not be benign. If the noise is accompanied by pain, especially if it
radiates down to the shoulder blades or arms (either side or both), it’s time to
promptly come in. Any time symptoms occur acutely or come on fast, it’s best to
get evaluated as soon as possible.

Dizziness is another common symptom that can result from neck problems and is
often associated with movement such as rising from laying or sitting. Certain
positions of the neck can also bring on dizziness. This is sometimes caused by
the “stones” in the inner ear shifting out of position and is technically called
BPPV or “benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.” When this occurs, we can usually
manage it very well with treatment and specific BPPV exercises. Other times,
dizziness may be due to a restriction in blood flow reaching the brain. In which
case, a prompt evaluation is VERY appropriate, especially if blackouts occur.

Sleep interruption or difficulty falling asleep are other good reasons to seek
prompt evaluation and treatment. Sleep loss can lead to many problems such as
excessive fatigue, tiredness, irritability, and just generally feeling poor!
Remember, prompt care usually results in prompt resolution!

We realize you have a choice in whom you consider for your health care provision
and we sincerely appreciate your trust in choosing our service for those needs.
If you, a friend, or family member requires care for neck pain, we would be
honored to render our services.  Visit http://www.olsonchiropracticcenter.com for
more information.