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October 2016 Health Newsletter


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» How to Avoid Pregnancy Back Pain
» Drug-Free Headache Relief
» New Findings on Acetaminophen and Pregnancy
» Can Your Mental Workload Affect Your Muscles?
» Unsafe Drinking Water: Millions of Americans Exposed to Toxic Chemicals

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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New Findings on Acetaminophen and Pregnancy
During pregnancy, it's all about the healthy development of the mother and child. There is a host of medical providers and practitioners who focus on prenatal care through vitamins, check-ups, and health tips – including what to avoid.  It's no longer news that alcohol and tobacco are among the substances to avoid during pregnancy, but a new study suggests that acetaminophen, the active ingredient in certain painkillers, may be added to that list.  Last month, a new study was published in JAMA Pediatrics that explored the relationship between acetaminophen use during pregnancy and childhood behavioral problems. These findings concluded that while further investigations are needed to clarify the relationship between the pain medication and abnormal fetal neurodevelopment, children appear to be more at-risk of developing behavioral problems if the mother took acetaminophen while pregnant.  No matter the drug, healthcare providers suggest using the lowest effective dose or avoiding pain medications whenever possible during pregnancy.  It is very common for women to experience pains during pregnancy. In fact, 50 percent or more of women experience back pain while pregnant. Physical and hormonal changes can cause pain leading to stress and anxiety – both of which can negatively impact both the mother and the baby.  But with new research suggesting that pain medications may lead to potentially serious side effects for fetal neurodevelopment, mothers may wonder what to do about their pain. Fortunately, doctors of chiropractic have a solution.  Chiropractic care is a safe, gentle, and effective method of treating soft tissue and joint pains that arise during pregnancy. And as chiropractic treatment focuses on the source of pain rather than masking symptoms, doctors of chiropractic are important members of a pregnant mother's healthcare team to support her overall well-being both before and after childbirth.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JAMA Pediatr. 2016;170(10):964-970. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.1775
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2016


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Can Your Mental Workload Affect Your Muscles?

It's no secret that hard manual labor can have an effect on the body. But a new study suggests there may be a connection between musculoskeletal disorders and mental workload, too.  How does mental stress affect our bodies? Research published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics investigated bank workers' mental workload against pain throughout nine different musculoskeletal regions. The results demonstrated that the more subjective mental workload the employees experienced, the higher their musculoskeletal pain, particularly in the neck and back. Over time, we are beginning to understand the relationship between mental stress and musculoskeletal pain. Last year, a similar study was conducted on hospital nurses, revealing similar results, suggesting that increased mental stress leads to increased musculoskeletal pains.  For doctors of chiropractic, this research highlights a philosophy that chiropractic care has always embraced: the importance of holistic care. Exceptional and effective chiropractic care relies on a comprehensive approach that sees the body as a complete entity. Through a multifaceted approach including physical therapy, spinal manipulation, massage, nutrition, and more, chiropractic care helps individuals manage both their pain and their lifestyle to improve and eliminate discomfort from the source. Particularly for those with mentally stressful jobs, good posture can be easy to forget about, for instance. Emphasis and instruction on proper techniques and form for employees who stand or sit at a computer for long periods of time is an excellent example of preventing musculoskeletal aches and pains from developing. By taking appropriate breaks and learning tips and methods for minimizing physical and mental stress at work, a doctor of chiropractic can help guide stressed out workers towards a holistic method of resolving their mental and physical fatigue.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2016 Jul-Aug;39(6):420-6.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2016


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Unsafe Drinking Water: Millions of Americans Exposed to Toxic Chemicals

There are three things humans need to survive: safe food, air and water. Unfortunately, with all of the pollutants in the environment, more and more people are being exposed to unsafe drinking water. A study conducted by Harvard researchers found that substances called PFASs (poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances) are showing up in drinking water. PFASs are used in fabricating commercial and industrial products, as well as aqueous film-forming foams (used in fire fighter training). These toxic chemicals are produced at industrial sites, military and fire rescue training facilities, wastewater treatment plants and airports. Over six million people live close to such facilities and are at risk for exposure. PFASs have been linked to testicular and kidney cancers, obesity, and the disruption of hormones. Because of their small size, toxic chemicals can quickly accumulate in a child’s body. Adults, on the other hand, need to be exposed to higher levels of toxins or exposed for longer periods of time before getting sick. Harvard researchers recently studied over 500 children, aged 13 years. They tested the concentration levels of PFASs, as well as tetanus and diphtheria antibodies. Children exposed to higher PFAS levels had a 25 percent decrease in antibodies. The theory is that PFASs interfere with a child’s immune function and reduce the effectiveness of vaccines. The best option is to purchase and use a quality water filtration system in your home, and maintain and change your filters as recommended. Then, simply pack water with you wherever you go within a PBA-free container. If purchasing bottled water, ensure you safely recycle all your plastic water bottles.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Environmental Health Perspectives, online August 9, 2016.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2016


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