Chiropractic Health Tips

New Spring Chiropractic wants every patient to reach a higher level of health and maintain better function and feeling.  Being that we are all dynamic and unique individuals, every person does not need the same approach to their health and the care to get back to health.  Realizing this truth, we strive to address complex issues with appropriate complimentary recommendations. One way of addressing certain problems falls under lifestyle guidance and modification.  One of our chiropractic health tips is with the addition of certain vegetables and supplementation.

If you’re not aware, vegetables are essential in every person’s diet and should be a part of every meal if possible. They are packed with nutrients that you simply can’t replace with vitamins alone and add so much flavor in every recipe they’re used.  There is exciting discoveries that support this fact even more, and I want to share how it choosing a special vegetable can help you in your pursuit of being healthier.

This vegetable is no other than broccoli and broccoli sprouts. These sprouts are packed with health promoting properties. Research has shown that eating these has been associated with decreased incidence, multiplicity, and tumor growth in animal cancer models. The vegetable has a highly studied metabolite called sulforaphane.  It is a naturally occurring metabolite in broccoli and is a powerful antioxidant.  Besides that, it is also antibacterial, and has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties.  This equates to less free radicals (which advance the aging process), less sickness from infections, and heart-protecting factors, all in one vegetable!

Studies are being done to see its effects on vascular health, certain cancers, upper respiratory inflammation, as well as its effect on stomach harming bacteria called H. Pylori.   The sprouts can be found in tablet form, or you can opt for broccoli florets for great health benefits too. So we recommend you to reach for these tasty green at your next meal. You may be protecting your long-term health of you and your family.

 

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Structural Correction Video Example

Watch This Video To See An Example of a Structural Correction.

 

The woman featured in the video reported to the office after falling off a horse and fell on her head.  She developed a number of problems, including mood changes, irritability, neck pain, lower back pain, headaches and chronic pain that would prevent her from normal sleep.  But through precise examination and diligent analysis of her x-rays, the doctor was able to create a three dimensional representation of her neck and determine the degree of structural shift present.  The doctor was then able to gently correct the shift, resulting in a reduction of all her symptoms.

Our office focuses on doing just this.  We start by doing a thorough exam including any necessary diagnostic images needed to determine the amount of structural shift present in your spine.  If structural shift is found to be present in the spine, this will help our doctors know how to best care for your needs by delivering the most precise adjustment possible.

When thorough exams and analysis of diagnostic imaging is coupled with precise and safe adjustments, the results can be similar to what is shown here with this woman.  Blood flow increases to the brain stem, nerves are able to function better due to less irritation, and fluid flow is increased in vital areas of the brain and spinal canal.

Her results were quite amazing.  She was able to return to her previous activities and stated she felt better than the entire previous year before getting treatment.  The great news is that you may also be able to have results like this.  If you are wondering if Structural Chiropractic care can help you, please give us a call.  We would love to be able to help you reach you health goals today.

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Precise corrections for low back pain

With all the options available in healthcare today, we are often asked what makes Structural Correction a good choice for certain conditions like low back pain. There are many reasons why we are unique, but a major reason is the analysis we provide on each and every person we see in our office.  A test can never be useful without high accuracy, and is vital when dealing with health issues.  This begins with a detailed analysis to find out exactly where the source of the problem is coming from.  The doctors at New Spring Chiropractic will find out whether the location of pain or discomfort is the source of pain or if the problem is caused is coming from somewhere else.

If pain happens in one place, but is caused by a problem in another area, this is called referred pain.  A common example of this can happen during a heart attack.  “What is a common symptom for males having a heart attack?”  A male may have pain in his arm, but the pain is not coming from his arm in this case.  The heart of the problem (pun intended) is the heart organ itself, not the arm.  low back pain can also have referred pain.  In our office, sometimes the pain is caused by problems in the low back, from another area, or multiple areas that contribute to the overall pain felt by an individual.

One of the ways we can develop a better understanding of an individual’s source of low back pain or neck pain is with our on-site imaging facility.  Through our digital analysis, we are able to create a three-dimensional recreation of the area of concern and form what is called a Vector. This vector, a specific point in space with a directional component, allows us to perform very precise and gentle care. We call it image-guided adjustments.

The benefits of added precision typically equates to less visits, faster recovery, and longer relief after the corrections have taken place.  Plus, objectively measuring different health parameters allows the doctor to track a person’s progress throughout care without any guessing involved.

Just like an acrobatic plane or high speed dragster requires fine tuning to achieve top performance, so does your body. Anything less could mean big or small setbacks in your life So, “will you settle for anything less than precision when dealing with low back pain?”

 

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Healthy Skin All Year Round

 

“Wow!  Can you believe how great the weather is today? ” Being in Palm Coast, this is a common phrase we hear and say thanks to the wonderful climate we enjoy year round.  Snowbird or not, you know exactly what I mean.  The sunshine we love is like a medicine to many.  We laugh and play in it, it can give us a new spring in our step, and its a great way to get those vital nutrients like vitamin D.    But when you go outside, I hope you take protective measures from getting overexposed to those ultraviolet rays to maintain healthy skin.  This should be a combination of the right protection, which include choosing the right clothing at the right time, and sun screen when necessary.
First, it is important to realize that the major consensus is that sunscreen tends to inhibit the production of vitamin D, which is made when the skin is exposed to the sun’s rays.  So if you have limited time in the sun, it may be best to wait 20 minutes before applying sunscreen.  This is unless you easily burn or have an established condition or medication that effects the skin.  If you are on any medication, be sure to check the label.  It may advise against prolonged or excessive sun exposure due to how the medication is metabolized in the body.
It is also vital to know the effects of some sunscreens could be harmful to you and your loved ones depending of what’s in the bottle. This will require you to look at the ingredient list, but these tips will help you make an easy and fast decision when comparing different brands and lotions.   The most important ingredient to look for is what blocks UVB rays.  The ones you want to see listed (typically the first ingredient) is either Aluminum Oxide or Titanium Dioxide.  These are considered nanoparticles and generally are not absorbed by healthy skin and aren’t energized by the sun, which can cause skin damage when that occurs.
Others are less safe.  Why?  Many are considered to be what is referred to as hormone disrupters.  This basically means they can alter the normal balance of hormones in your body.  That is not something considered safe or healthy for anyone!  Unsafe ingredients include: Avobenzone  Octocrylene, and Oxybenzone.
Lastly, having a good ratio of UBA to UVB protection is important.  Why UVA?  These rays are also harmful to the skin and cause advance the aging process,  making healthy skin prone to wrinkles, dark spot, and increases your risk of skin cancer.

 

Overall Takeaways:

  • If on medicine, check label before prolonged sun exposure.
  • Based on your skin pigment levels, you may or may not require more time in the sun to absorb Vitamin D.
  • The best times to be outside is between 10am- 2pm.  You will absorb more Vitamin D generally during that time.
  • Choose sunscreens with Aluminum Oxide or Titanium Dioxide
  • Avoid sunscreens with Avobenzone  Octocrylene, and Oxybenzone.
  • UVA rays are harmful too and your sunscreen should protect against both UVA and UVB.
  • Limit excessive exposure to the sun this season by choosing clothing with UVA/UVB protection.

 

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