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Our modern digital age has brought us many conveniences. BlackBerry devices, iPhones, tablets and e-readers allow us to communicate and be entertained with the push of a button. Technology can improve our quality of life, but it comes with a price: being huddled over devices for long period of times can do more harm than good. 

Using certain devices for extended periods of time can easily lead to neck strain, headaches, and pain in the shoulders, arms and hands. 

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Anyone who has used a cellphone or tablet for an extensive amount of time has probably experienced the peculiar strain it puts on your upper body. These conditions even have their own name now: Text Neck.

Here are some simple strategies to help shut down text neck strain: 

Take frequent breaks

Taking frequent breaks and looking up from your device can provide your neck with some relief from the pressure of looking down. 

Sit up straight

It is important to sit up straight while texting. This way you can maintain good posture, relieving your back and shoulders from the strain of being hunched over. 

Hold the phone a little higher

Holding the phone closer to eye level helps maintain a healthy posture and puts less strain on the neck.

Stretch

Be sure to stretch often between long periods of extended use of devices. You can rotate your shoulders with your arms by your sides to relieve tension. You can also tuck your chin down to your neck and then look up – this helps to relieve some of the tension in your neck built from the common forward-down position you adopt when looking at your device.

Get Adjusted

Only 10% of the population currently has a regular chiropractic visit. Ensuring your spine is healthy and in proper alignment is the most important step towards avoiding pains and strains. 

 

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Dr. Matthew Posa

Milton Chiropractor at The Healthy Family Chiropractic

 

 

 

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One of the most important aspects of chiropractic care is understanding subluxation and why everyone from newborns to 95 year old grand parents need to be under care. Truthfully, If I only had to take care of one person in the family, it would be the YOUNGEST. Growing healthy children is much easier than fixing injured adults.

 

Some of you may have seen a Facebook post where students asked the effects of stress over time and the teacher used a water bottle to help explain. Since Subluxation is the most dangerous stress you can have, I believe it is pivotal to understand how it applies to you and your health.

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Imagine I gave you a bottle of water and asked you to hold it in your hands with your arm stretched out. Then I asked you how much it weighs. What would you say? 1 lbs, .5 lbs, 2 lbs?  The truth is, it doesn’t matter. What matters is how long you hold onto the bottle. If you hold the bottle of water for 1 minute, you will probably not notice the weight. If I hold it for 5 minutes your arm will start to feel tired and heavy. If you held it for 15 minutes your fingers would probably go numb and if you did it for an hour you probably would lose complete function in your arm and strain the supporting muscles.

 

The way we need to view subluxation is quite simple. Subluxations are correctable but what truly matters is how long it has been there. The longer it has been there, the more impact (weight) it has on your body. Subluxations are only detectable by those trained to detect it and you will never hear from your medical doctor about something they are not trained in. b2ap3_thumbnail_subluxation.jpg

 

Research confirms subluxation is not a bone pressing on a nerve. Research has shown the body is smarter than that (duh) and will go into a defense mechanism. When a certain spinal vertebrae Subluxates, the nerves around that segment and the spinal cord directly behind it begins to shrink so that nothing will press on it. However, this is meant to be a short term (adaptive) solution. If undetected and not adjusted, the longer it stays that way, the greater the impact to the body. This is why it does not cause a symptom and if symptoms are present, we have a much bigger problem on our hands.

 

Subluxations are truly a silent killer. They do not press on nerves, they cause the body to alter its state to avoid any structures pressing on it. The brain then enters a stressful (sympathetic) response. In this stressed and altered state, your ability to self regulate, produce hormones, drugs, healing, repair, function, think..etc are directly affected. Left undetected for days, weeks, months, years will all have varying effects on your health from headaches, tight muscles, anxiety, diabetes, blood pressure (insert symptom or disease here). It all comes down to how long it has been there. The higher in the spine the Subluxation the greater the altered physiology.

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Getting your spine checked and adjusted for Subluxation is the most powerful health choice you have made. How long Subluxation has been there will not only determine how long it will take to correct it but also how severe of an impact it will have. Health is our greatest asset. Being proactive and not reactive means you give your brain the ability to fight disease before it consumes you.

If you have any questions, please comment and I will personally answer all questions. You can visit our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TheHealthyFamily for more information.

Dr. Matthew Posa, Milton Chiropractor at The Healthy Family Chiropractic

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I want to share with you a great article by a great chiropractor in Ottawa and someone I look up to, Dr. Paul Groulx. He put together some NON-SURGICAL DIY tips to help with neck pain and back pain relief that I know will help you and others.  Ottawa, just like Milton, is filled with people who work at a desk all day long.

As a Chiropractor I see people with neck pain and back pain every day and all of them need back pain relief.

Most of it comes from postures they are subjected to while working at the most common jobs.

The desk job.

Even if you’re someone who would normally have a great posture (by your Chiropractor’s standard), you spend so many hours seated at a desk, your posture starts to collapse, your pelvis tilts forward, your head drops forward and you’re sitting at a computer for hours a day, week after week, year after year.2016-09-17_2048

Even when you are standing that translates into a posture where your shoulders are rolled forward, your head’s forward, your pelvis is dropped forward.

That can tend to create this ugly looking tummy that doesn’t actually exist, but it just looks like it does. It’s all about the posture.

The first thing we need to stretch are something called “hip flexors”. There’s a muscle that goes between your thigh and your spine that gets shortened over time.

The first step is to show you how to stretch out your hip flexor.

What you can try to do is something called a “simple lunge.” 2016-09-17_2050

The stretch you’re going to feel is going to be all in through your thigh and into the front of your hip.

You may find that as you’re doing this, it’s hard to balance, so you just use the table or a chair beside you.

Hold the stretch for 30-45 seconds.

Couple of mistakes I want you to watch out for:

1.  Your knee should never drop forward in front of your toes.  You want to keep knee over your ankle.

2.  There’s a tendency to go rest on your leg by bending forward on your forward leg.

Although that seems appealing, it tends to round out the back, and actually leads to more back problems.

You’ll notice that as you do this, not only is it a good stretch, but your opposite leg is going to really burn as well!

The next stretch is to stretch out your “glutes”. 

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Start from a seated position.

Before we bend forward, really the first step is to lengthen your thoracic spine.

2016-09-17_2101 Take one leg and you’re going to cross it over  the other as though you would casually sit on a chair.

Bend forward, but don’t bend forward by rounding your back out.  Hinge at the hips.

Lift up your rib cage, keep your head straight, and just start to bring your chest down towards your leg.

  1. I want you to hold that for 30 to 45 seconds each time. Come up slowly, keeping your back straight.

  2. Repeat for the other leg.

The best time to do this is after you’re already warmed up.  Generally speaking, it’s not a good idea to do any kind of stretch on a cold muscle.  You’re asking for more injuries.

Next is a very simple “bridge” exercise to tone your “glutes”, as well as your lower back.

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Start on your back, activate (flex) your glutes and bend your knees to a 90 degree angle, keeping your knees together.

Raise your bum right up off the table. That strengthens the glutes and the lower back.

You can hold that for anywhere between 10 and 30 seconds.

You can do ten, fifteen repetitions, until you start to feel like your muscles have been activated.

The last exercise I’m going to teach you is actually how to pull your shoulders back. If you’re seated at a computer and your head is forward, and you want to start pulling your head back, you will quickly realize that you can’t just pull your head back because your shoulders are pulled forward, blocking your head from being pulled back.

The first step in getting your head pulled back, is actually to get your shoulders pulled back.  Only then, are you able to correct the posture in your upper spine.

To do this you will need to master the “Y-T-W” exercise.

The first exercise is to lay on your belly and make the letter “Y” with your arms. Pull your arms up off the floor  which will pull your shoulder blades together. That’s the letter Y. 2016-09-17_2127

Now you can move that down to a letter “T”, squeezing the shoulder blades together and lifting the arms up as high as you can without overextending it too much.

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Then, pull down into a letter “W”. When you pull the letter “W”, the arms come down. That’s pulling the bottom of your should blades together.

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Hold each position for up to 10 seconds.

If you find The Y-T-W too much of a challenge, you can try something called “Superman”. “Superman” is when the left arm goes up and the right leg goes up.

What I don’t want you to do is raise your leg so high that you’re compressing your lower back. What I want you to do is just raise it up a little bit and then point your toe.

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Imagine you are reaching for the wall in front of you and reaching for the wall behind you. Now you are activating all of the muscles from your shoulder, down through the spine and into the leg.

Slowly alternate.

These DIY tips for neck pain and back pain relief are approved by your Milton Chiropractor, Dr. Matthew Posa!

Here’s what I’d like you to do next. Share this blog post with people that you think might benefit so they can see the content and get the help that they need. The other thing you can do, leave your questions in the comment section below, and I will answer!

 

Dr. Matthew Posa

Milton Chiropractor at The Healthy Family Chiropractic

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I can't thank you enough! Last month was a huge month and I want to thank everyone who participated in our March contest. Your testimonials were very touching to read and I love the feedback. Remember, each and every Progressive Exam you have is a great opportunity for you to express what you are feeling and how you are progressing. Please also take this time let us know on the bottom of the form if there are any areas you believe we can improve. Health is a journey and we are in this together. 

We are making some changes to help the flow of the office as we continue to grow. The sign in computer now faces the sign in desk. This is typically where Dr. Denise will be to greet you but also help you with your visit, guide you if you have a progressive exam or share any information with you for that visit. Lisa will be in her typical area but will better be able to help you with your schedule, finances and any other future appointments.

Each week, I will have a special Dr. Matt's Message for that week. I will use this time to discuss any important events but more importantly, share with you some life changing information about the advanced chiropractic care you are receiving and some other important additional health information to help you get the most out of your care.

Did you notice any other changes? We are now happy so provide you with Chlorophyll Water. What is Chlorophyll? This green gem is now popping up in juice bars and in the supplement section on supermarket shelves — in both pill and liquid form — claiming health benefits from weight loss to cancer prevention. 

- Cancer: Preliminary research has shown that chlorophyll can help to mitigate the oxidative damage from cancer-causing chemicals and radiation. Chlorophyll forms a complex with the carcinogens that your body has a difficult time absorbing, so your body eliminates these complexes through feces, helping to prevent cancer.
- Liquid chlorophyll also has the ability to bind and remove toxic heavy metals like mercury from your body. Additionally, liquid chlorophyll aids your body in destroying and removing germs and helps to prevent the growth of new germs. Moreover, it is a good and effective source of magnesium that can alkalinize your body. It’s also an antioxidant, preventing harmful oxidation in the body.
- Bad breath? Digestive issues? Topical chlorophyll has been used for decades in clinical settings to help reduce odor from open wounds. From this, doctors began to provide chlorophyll orally to reduce urine and fecal odors; liquid chlorophyll can function as a deodorizer and a promoter of good digestive function. 

Remember, health is made up of four main categories. Nutrition, Movement, Thinking and Brain-Body. Which one does chiropractic help? Chiropractic is less about movement and more about brain. 90% of the nutrition to your brain comes from the stimulation and movement of your spine. When there is subluxation, your brain has a difficult time connecting and receiving information from that part of the body which results in altered AFFERENT(signal from body up to the brain) input causing the brain to respond with poor EFFERENT stimulus back to the body. Each adjustment restores balance and therefore nutrition to your brain. 

God bless,

Dr. Matt

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Chiropractic Care vs. Injection Therapy: Which is Best For Cervical Disc Herniation

Dr. Matthew Posa DC  The Healthy Family Chiropractic Milton

Article Taken from: http://circleofdocs.com/chiropractic-care-vs-injection-therapy-which-is-best-for-cervical-disc-herniation/

There is a large portion of the population who are dealing with various pain syndromes which includes neck pain from cervical disc herniations. According to Peterson, Schmid, Leemann, Anklin, and Humphreys (2013), this occurs in 83.2 out of every 100,000 people where symptoms range from mild to severe, but all negatively affect a person’s quality of life. To improve one’s quality of life, it becomes necessary to choose ways to manage and alleviate pain while reducing the side-effects of the actual treatment.  Common methods range from simple masking of symptoms with over-the-counter medications to prescription opiates and invasive surgeries.  Most people look for ways to manage pain and return to daily living activities without risky procedures and their inherent complications.

The use of over-the-counter medications and narcotics such as codeine and/or an oxycodone-acetaminophen combination like Percocet, is a common form of treatment by many primary care physicians and medical specialists alike.  Kuehn (2013) reported:

“The FDA is concerned about inappropriate use of [opioid pain medications], which has reached epidemic proportions in the United States,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, MD, during a press briefing in September.

There was a 300% increase in prescribing of opioid pain medications between 1999 and 2010, a period in which the number of painkiller overdose deaths among women increased 5-fold and the number of such overdose deaths among men increased 3.6 times, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2013:62[26];537-542). In 2010 alone, more than 15,000 US deaths were attributed to drug overdoses, and of the 10,000 overdose deaths in which a drug was identified, nearly two-thirds involved opioid pain medications…

The announcement comes after growing calls for the agency to tighten restrictions on the use of these drugs. In July 2012, Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP), a group that includes prominent specialists in addiction, public health, emergency medicine, and pain medicine, petitioned the FDA to change the labeling for this class of drugs to discourage inappropriate use (Kuehn BM.JAMA. 2012;308[12]:1194-1196). The group argued that the drugs’ indications were overly broad and not consistent with the evidence base and may have been facilitating marketing for broader use than was appropriate. Specifically, the group argued that the agency should drop moderate chronic non-cancer pain as an indication, set a maximum daily dose, and add a maximum duration of use of 90 days. (p. 1547).

The problem, as acknowledged by the FDA, is that the AMA and many in medical academia appear to concur with the addictive qualities of the medications. The alternative option is the chiropractic spinal adjustment and it has been concluded in scientific outcomes to be a superior avenue for the relief of pain and reduction of disability with few side effects.

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The earlier discussed study by Peterson et al. (2013) has confirmed that spinal adjustments (manipulations) provide significant improvement for patients with neck pain from cervical herniated discs, as well as arm pain (cervical radiculopathy) without the inclusion of opiates or surgery. In addition, this improvement was seen at all times, particularly at 3 months. In addition, in this Swiss study, it was found that the presence of radiating arm pain (radiculopathy) was not a contraindication to chiropractic treatment nor was it a negative forecaster of outcomes.

This study also found that with cervical herniated discs with radiculopathy, 85.7% of the patients experiencing acute pain reported significant improvement by three months with no patients being worse. For the sub-acute patients, 76.2% reported significant improvement by three months with no patients being worse with their disability indexes which were reduced from the onset of chiropractic care.

 

85.7% decrease in pain with spinal adjustments

25% decrease in pain with injection therapy

 

Another form of treatment for neck and arm pain commonly used is cervical spinal injections. In the same study compares cervical injection provided a 25% reduction in patients’ symptoms. The results of this current study of spinal adjustment (manipulation) treatments had substantially better results with more than 85% of acute patients and 76% of sub-acute patient improving, with a 65% reduction in arm pain as well as 59% reduction in neck pain at three months.

Chiropractic is one of the safest treatments currently available in healthcare and when there is a treatment where the potential for benefits far outweighs any risk, it deserves serious consideration, particularly as a first line treatment. Whedon, Mackenzie, Phillips, and Lurie (2015) based their study on 6,669,603 subjects after the unqualified subjects had been removed from the study and accounted for 24,068,808 office visits. They concluded, “No mechanism by which SM [spinal manipulation] induces injury in normal healthy tissues has been identified” (Whedon et al., 2015, p. 265). One risk factor for chiropractic care is a disc herniation. A properly credentialed chiropractor who has been trained to differentially diagnose and appropriately triage the patient is clinically indicated in this population of patients. The chiropractor can engage in co-management with medical specialists.

To best serve patients, a clear understanding of the outcomes and risks of procedures becomes necessary. Further research into the efficacy of chiropractic manipulation provides a clearly safe and effective treatment to the above-referenced condition. Examination of the research provides insight of avenues for relief of symptoms upon which physicians can undoubtedly rely.

Reference:

1. Peterson, C. K., Schmid, C., Leemann, S., Anklin, B., & Humphreys, B. K. (2013). Outcomes from magnetic resonance imaging–confirmed symptomatic cervical disk herniation patients treated with high-velocity, low-amplitude spinal manipulative therapy: A prospective cohort study with 3-month follow-up. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 36(8), 461-467

2. Kuehn, B. M. (2013). FDA tightens indications for using long-acting and extended-release opioids to treat chronic pain.The Journal of the American Medical Association310(15), 1547-1548.

3. Whedon, J. M., Mackenzie, T. A., Phillips, R. B., & Lurie, J. D. (2015). Risk of traumatic injury associated with chiropractic spinal manipulation in Medicare Part B beneficiaries aged 66-69 years. Spine, 40(4), 264-270.

Written By:  Mark Studin DC, FASBE(C), DAAPM, DAAMLPMark C. Zientek, DC DAAMLP, CHCQM and William J. Owens DC, DAAMLP

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