June 2021 Health Newsletter

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Hi everyone,

Spring and early summer DIY projects, yard work, gardening, and other activities can produce inevitable aches and pains that may subside after several days. Those aches and pains are warning signals that something in your body has gone wrong and ignoring those signals will lead to long-term damage to your joints, mainly in the form of arthritis and disc degeneration. Chiropractic care restores normal joint function which slows the creation and progression of degeneration and reduces and eliminates pain. In fact, patients who saw a doctor of chiropractic as their initial provider for lower back pain had 90% decreased odds of both early and long-term opioid use. Chiropractors are responsible for ZERO percent of opioid prescriptions. Thomas Edison stated that the doctor of the future would give no medicine, but would interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease. It has been said that pain is inevitable but suffering is optional. Don't ignore these warning signs. Call us at 763-427-0820 for an appointment.

More and more patients are realizing the benefits of our custom spinal pelvic stabilizer orthotics. Our sandals with prescription orthotics are extremely popular this spring. If you haven't gotten your free laser scan, you are really missing out. Call us to get supportive sandals for summer. 

Record setting high temperatures in early June are unwelcome to most. Some predictions indicate a warmer than normal summer in store for us. It is so important to drink plenty of fresh water during each day. Many people tell me they aren't thirsty so they don't need water. In reality, by the time you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Water is essential to our survival. The average human is about 55-60% water. Water cushions and lubricates our joints, regulates our body temperature, and nourishes our brain and spinal cord. The lungs are 83% water, the brain and heart are about 75% water, and even our bones are composed of 31% water. We lose water every day from bowel movements, perspiration, urination, and even breathing. Without replenishing our water, we will experience decreased energy, mood changes, reduced cognitive function, dry skin, and blood pressure problems. The brain must work harder when it is deficient in water and actually shrinks in size without adequate hydration. Your weight and your environment dictate you daily water needs but a simple rule of thumb is to drink a minimum of half your body weight in ounces. If you are outdoors, physically active, or in hot temperatures, you need even more. By increasing your water intake on a daily basis, you are reducing your risk of stroke, cancer, and diabetes. Drink up!

I wanted to alert you about our foods. I recently purchased several food items that I thought were healthy. I began eating them and realized their packaging indicated they were genetically engineered, meaning they were not produced naturally and were exposed to glyphosates- chemicals known to cause cancer. These products were from popular brands, with one based locally. Please be aware that we are heading towards foods made in a lab with chemicals instead of sunshine, soil, and water. 

Are you feeling like you need a tune up but don't have any significant pain? We offer affordable maintenance/wellness chiropractic care packages. Call us at 763-427-0820 for details. 

Happy Father's Day to all the dads and dad-figures out there. I hope you are able to spend time with your loved ones. 

Please pass this newsletter on to your friends, family, and co-workers if you find the information beneficial. 

Dr. Tracy


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» Orthotic Footwear
» Research Supports The Effectiveness of Chiropractic Care for Chronic Headaches
» Slow and Steady Is the Best Way to Lose Weight
» Dangers of Energy Drinks

Orthotic Footwear






Author: Tracy Andrews
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Research Supports The Effectiveness of Chiropractic Care for Chronic Headaches

Research is catching up to what chiropractors and satisfied headache patients have known for decades: there's a positive correlation between chiropractic care and relief from chronic headaches. And the research confirms multiple positive benefits that include reduced headache intensity, duration and frequency.

4 Major Research Studies

The first major waves came from a 2012 migraine study published in the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. While small (10 patients), there was a 100% success rate in reducing migraine headache pain by implementing a combination of neck massage and chiropractic care on the neck. Eight of the 10 patients reported that their pain was cut in at least half.

Four years later, a larger study on cervicogenic headaches—headache pain that originates from the neck— supported the 2012 study. Researchers followed 110 patients and the effects a neck and spinal adjustments had on headache intensity, frequency, duration and more. Patients reported improvement in all three measures within a week.

In 2018, an even larger study on 256 cervicogenic headache patients was conducted. This particular study set out to determine not so much if chiropractic was beneficial, but rather the impact of chiropractic care on headaches based on how many treatment sessions patients underwent.

Researchers discovered what’s called a linear dose-response, meaning the numbers got steadily better for those who underwent the most sessions. Patients reported improvements similar to the aforementioned studies, along with reduced medication use.

The only thing data doesn’t show yet is where the Goldilocks zone of chiropractic care is for headaches. In other words, what is the ideal range of chiropractic treatments required to provide relief.

And then in October 2020, the European Journal of Pain published a meta-analysis on seven studies evaluating how spinal manipulation therapy impacted cervicogenic headaches. Once again, chiropractic care came through for providing pain relief, reducing the number of and intensity.

Why Chiropractic Works for Headaches

Simply put, chiropractors utilize techniques that specifically target headache-inducing spinal fixations, muscle spasms and neurologic malfunctioning, allowing your body to restore normal spinal joint function, relax muscles, increase blood flow, calm inflammation and restore normal nerve function.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/ejp.1632

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Slow and Steady Is the Best Way to Lose Weight

We all know about the story of the tortoise and the hare and how steady and consistent pacing wins the race.  Well it turns out that applies to long-term weight loss as well. Individuals who lose small amounts of weight over a consistent period of time show more sustained overall weight loss than those who crash diet.

Successful Dieters Lose Consistent Amounts of Weight Weekly

Researchers out of Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA examined data on 183 overweight and obese adults who were participating in a weight loss program. The program offered meal replacement and structure for calorie monitoring and exercise. Over the course of the two-year program, the most successful dieters were those who showed a steady, consistent weight loss in the first three months, as opposed to those participants who had more variable weight loss on a week-to-week basis.

According to psychology researchers at Drexel, some participants go into the program trying to lose as much weight as possible right way. However, despite showing big losses one week, they are typically hungry and anxious and unable to sustain the diet program for more than a week or so. Frustrated, they regain some of the weight, get upset and try to lose as much as they can again, creating a cycles of losing and gaining.

Those dieters who set more modest goals typically were able to sustain their calorie and exercise goals over a prolonged period of time, leading to greater weight loss and improved health.

Consistent Behavior May Be the Key to Success

The study further showed that participants who were emotional eaters, binge eaters, or preoccupied with food at the beginning of the program tended to have greater weight loss variability and generally lost less weight overall. This suggests that effectively losing weight may have more to do with steady consistent behavior than changing one’s relationship with food.

While sometimes the best you can do is get back on track, it may be better in the long run to set modest, attainable goals rather than try to completely change beliefs and ideologies in the pursuit of improved health.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Obesity. September 2017. Volume 25, Issue 9, Pages 1461–1640.

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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.

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