May 2017 Health Newsletter

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» How to Avoid Pregnancy Back Pain
» Drug-Free Headache Relief
» Leaning While Texting May Result in Health Problems
» Painkillers Should Not Be Kept Within Reach of Small Children
» Dangers of Energy Drinks

How to Avoid Pregnancy Back Pain

Ask almost any pregnant woman how her back is feeling and you'll inevitably receive a moan or a groan in response. Its no secret that a majority of women experience regular back pain during the later months of pregnancy. Which is easy to understand. The added weight of their bundle of joy adds pressure to lower back joints causing greater levels of pain that is difficult to relieve. A variety of studies have shown that chiropractic care can help some women experience less pain and in addition, help with a safer, less complicated delivery. With exercise guidance, prenatal nutrition advice and regular soft tissue work, as your Denver chiropractor we look to make your pregnancy and delivery as pain-free and enjoyable as possible. Follow these guidelines for a smooth and healthy pregnancy:

  • Move everyday - Though it may be difficult at times, everyday exercise helps keep joints and muscles pliable and flexible.
  • Pamper your feet - Make sure to keep your feet supported as the extra weight of your baby adds more pressure. Wear flat shoes and always choose to wear arch support.
  • Relieve the pressure at night - A pillow placed between your legs while sleeping will keep your spine better aligned, relieving pressure and pain.
  • Get adjusted regularly - Your chiropractor can help keep your skeletal structure in line and healthy with regular adjustments. 

 

Author: Denver Chiropractor
Source: 5280 chiropractic
Copyright: Dr. Jason Kroese 2015


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Drug-Free Headache Relief

After as many years practicing chiropractic care in Denver as we have, we’ve become very familiar with those patients that suffer from chronic and repeated headaches. Often, our newer patients also have the unfortunate experience of dealing with migraines on a fairly routine basis and seek out a chiropractor in Denver in hopes of alleviating the pain. Recurring headaches are some of the most common complaint we hear from clients, rating just under neck and back pain. But where headaches themselves seem to be as ubiquitous to modern life as mobile devices, their causes and types can be highly varied.

According to the National Headache Foundation, more than 45 million Americans suffer from several types of recurring headaches. The most common of these include:

  • Tension headaches – Usually caused by tightening muscle contractions and cause mild to moderate pain that is known to come and go.
  • Migraines – Where the cause of migraines still remains a mystery, it is estimated that 28 million Americans suffer from the pain that can be at times, quite severe. Symptoms that are associated with migraines include nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, vomiting and abdominal and stomach pain and upset. Migraines have been known to last anywhere from a few hours to three days in length.
  • Cluster headaches – With severe pain located behind one eye or in the eye region, cluster headaches, though fairly rare are considered to be the most severe of headaches. These headaches are so intense in nature that sufferers are often unable to relax or sit still. They are referred to clusters as they seem to come in groups, with attacks happening daily for time periods that can last for up to three months.
  • Hormone headaches – Often associated with changing hormone levels that result from menstruation, pregnancy and menopause, hormone headaches can last come and go during the duration of the cycle the woman is experiencing.

We provide innovative nonsurgical care that can quickly get you out of pain and teach you how to keep it from ever coming back. Schedule your chiropractic treatment appointment with our wellness center team by calling us at 303-371-5280 now.

Author: 5280 Chiropractic
Source: National Headache Foundation, 5280 Chiropractic
Copyright: Dr. Jason Kroese 2015


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Leaning While Texting May Result in Health Problems

Recent increases in the number of patients suffering from upper-back and neck pain may be related to poor posture during prolonged smartphone use. Many young people are reporting herniated disks and alignment problems. As these health issues more so typically affect middle-aged and elderly people, the new surge of problems in youth may have to do with the way the neck bends when a person is texting. The normal curvature of the neck is reversed when people look down, such as when using and viewing a phone. Overtime, continuation of this unnatural position leads to stresses and imbalances in the supporting tissues of the neck and upper back. Pain, soreness, fatigue and even reversal of the normal curvature of the neck and upper back can occur. Given that some young people text for hours a day, itís no wonder experts are seeing an increase in neck and back issues.† Studies show the problem is present mainly when people use mobile devices, as using laptops doesnít require any abnormal or unnatural posture. The 45-degree angle many people hold their neck at while texting on mobile devices can lead to issues which may become even worse if the person is sitting. This impact on the back worsens at higher flexed postures. With a 15-degree flex, the head (which weighs roughly 10-12 pounds) can feel over twice as heavy. The stress increase on the spine can lead to a 60-degree flex feeling like an additional 60 pounds of pressure. There is a serious concern among professionals about the effects this will have on young people.†† Fortunately, doctors of chiropractic are specifically trained to evaluate and treat neck and back issues. If you or a loved one is suffering from neck and/or back issues including those that may be related to the use of a phone, book a no obligation consultation today!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: The Spine Journal, online March 20, 2017.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2017


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Painkillers Should Not Be Kept Within Reach of Small Children

Most homes carry some type of pain relievers. More specifically, opioids like hydrocodone and codeine are common across the country. Unfortunately, these medicines arenít always kept out of the reach of small children.† Roughly a third of adults store prescription opioid mediation in cabinets with locks. Less than 10 percent of adults with kids and teenagers recall storing these substances properly.† Researchers have noted a near doubling of hospitalization rates for issues related to medicine over the past few decades. While some parents may feel that they know their children well enough to pass on locking up these substances, the prevalence of these medicines in the home warrants safe and secure storage.† A survey conducted with adults who consume these medicines relievers within the past year and who had kids in the home revealed that a third of those with children under 7 said they secured their medicine. That number was slashed by roughly two-thirds when it comes to households with teens, and less than one-third of families with both kids and teens used lockable storage for their medicine. Adults with young kids were usually more concerned about the medicine being accessed, while those with teens were less likely to view this as a concern.† The use of this medication has skyrocketed in the US in recent years, with most opioid medication being used for post-surgery pain.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Pediatrics, online February 23, 2017.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2017


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Dangers of Energy Drinks

According to a new study, consuming enough energy drink can lead to certain concerning characteristics in heart function and blood pressure outside of those seen solely from caffeine.† Energy drinks are extremely popular with hundreds of versions currently available for sale. Unfortunately, these beverages have become associated with emergency-room visits and even death. While the makers of energy drinks claim that the products pose no more dangers than those related to caffeine, the evidence does not necessarily reflect this assertion. Caffeine in certain doses is considered normal by the FDA. For example, approximately 400 mg of caffeine can be found in about five cups of coffee. While the dangers of energy drinks are usually related to their caffeine content, it is the other ingredients which may pose the risk. The physical changes in a group of subjects (both male and female) were observed after the subjects had consumed an energy drink and a caffeinated beverage that lacked the other types of ingredients energy drinks are known for. These additional ingredients include 4 ounces of sugar, taurine, B vitamins, and other contents found in brand-name energy drinks like Red Bull, 5-Hour Energy, and Monster. The results showed certain concerning cardiovascular changes including an increase in blood pressure after the consumption of energy drinks. Be smart and play it safe. If you choose to consume energy drinks, do so in moderation and ensure you do not suffer from any sort of cardiovascular conditions or issues or other health ailments that could result in a visit to the emergency room or worse.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Journal of the American Heart Association, online April 26, 2017.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2017


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