If your fitness goals require you to work harder this year than last and you are struggling to lose weight, then these goals might not be good for you.
Adrenal fatigue, anxiety, insomnia and busyness all go hand in hand. Adrenal fatigue is physical burnout at its finest. Your body is so overtaxed, its hormones have stopped working right. “You feel tired but wired. You crave sugar, similar to an addict. You grow a muffintop.” –Dr. Sara Gottfried
If this sounds like you...then take a look at the other symptoms from Gottfried’s list of Adrenal Fatigue:
* Anxiety, especially in stressful situations
* Emotional instability or excessive emotions
* Frequent screaming or yelling
* Confusion, difficulty with focus, under stress
* Poor resilience to stress – stress feels too much or unfair
Active Sitting or dynamic often refers to sitting on a ball or unstable surface. I'd like to redefine this term because I like my definition better. Active Sitting or Dynamic Sitting refers to movement variation while sitting. Active Sitting to me means to sit in several different postures at your desk during your work hours.
If you have a sit/stand desk even better, now you have even more postures to choose from.
Sitting for a long time is bad; here are a few reasons why:
1. Abdominal atrophy - this means your abs weakened and get smaller in size
2. Sustained postural overload on your spine. This decreases joint lubrication and spinal joint stiffness.
3. Circulation of blood and lymph decreases particularly in the lower extremities, thus contributing to leg complaints while sitting.
Why is Active Sitting/Sitting variations better
Loading your joints several different ways, all day long will have less of a negative impact on your body as a whole. You will be loading joints differently...
The feeling that you are spinning or the room is spinning. Vertigo is defined differently than Dizziness. Dizziness is described as feeling faint or off balance. Nausea can accompany both of these conditions. Both can be a sign of other more serious conditions that may require referral to a medical doctor or neurologist.
There are 2 types of dizziness and vertigo that a chiropractor can treat successfully, proper diagnosis is key (If you have been reading these blogs, I sound like a broken record about diagnosis, but it truly is the most important component of treatment). There are always zebra diagnoses to suss out, but in medicine we have a saying, “When you hear hooves think horses, not zebras” A zebra diagnosis will typically not respond to a horse treatment.
Benign Paradoxyl Position Vertigo (BPPV):
This is defined as vertigo (spinning) in short duration 30-60sec with a movement of the head or rolling over in bed. This type of vertigo is caused by c...
What do these 4 conditions have in common? I co-manage these conditions in kids. As a pediatric chiropractor, I have special training in assessment and treatment of infants, toddlers and children. The above four conditions, along with reaching developmental milestones all have credible research to support the benefits of chiropractic care. I will discuss briefly how I help with each condition. There isn't enough blog space to get in depth, however, if you and your family are experiencing any of these conditions and are interested in finding out more feel free to email me any questions you might have.
1. Ear Infections: Often chronic in nature and typically have an inner ear drainage component. My philosophy is to change the biomechanics and reduce the root cause. If the inner ear isn't draining properly due to muscle function and alignment issues, resolve this and viola ear infections clear up.
2. Colic: This is clinically defined as three hours or more of inconsolable crying...
As a chiropractor, this is my jam! We diagnosis and treat this better than anyone else in the biz, blindfolded with 1 hand tied behind our back.
Sciatica is a general term used to describe pain, numbness, tingling or all the above into the glute and possibly down the leg. Sciatica is a descriptive word, but not a true diagnosis. The true diagnosis comes from a thorough history and physical exam. When pain that starts in the back and travels down into the glute, leg and especially if it crosses the knee, is probably not just a tight piriformis.
Sciatica can be either coming from the back or from the lateral rotators in the glute area with piriformis being the most common. Sciatica that starts in the glute area and travels to the back of the leg is typically referred to as piriformis syndrome. This is a pinched nerve at the sciatic nerve location.
Sciatica that starts initially as back pain then dissipates and turns into leg pain is referred to as radiculopathy. This i...
The rotator cuff is one of the most commonly injured muscle groups in the body. The glenohumeral joint or shoulder, as we know it, is the most unstable joint in the body. It is unstable because of the anatomic design and the amount of different types of movements it can perform.
There are 4 muscles that make up the rotator cuff and I refer to them as,
The 4 Horsemen:
All shoulder injuries are not just the rotator cuff. There are several injuries to the shoulder that I won’ discuss here to save time and stay focussed. Here is a very short list of others.
AC joint degenerative changes
The most common types of injuries to the rotator cuff are a strain/tear or tendinosis to one or more of the 4 Horsemen.
Most of us do not need a traumatic event to cause these types of injuries and repetitive daily activities are th...
It is a pain in the hip/groin area near the front of the hip instead of the back. It feels like a pinch or an ache and increasing in pain over time. It is associated with pinching pain in the hip with running, kicking, jumping, squatting and going upstairs. This is a tricky diagnosis to make, as there are plenty of other possible causes of this type of pain. Here are just a few other possibilities:
Femoral Acetabular Impingement
Tensor Fasciae Latae trigger point referral
L1 or L2 lumbar disc injury
This is why a physical exam and proper diagnosis is the key to treatment. Once the diagnosis is made the treatment can be straightforward.
Take rest for a limited period of time to help with pain management
Passive care via active release, laser therapy, etc
Begin stretching or rolling depending on the area’s sensitivity
Return normal range of motion through the above exercises and non-weighted exercises
Strengthen the muscle both concentrically and ec...