Summer Sports and Chiropractic Care

July 16th, 2013

Summer is in full swing! People are heading outdoors and engaging in fun summer sporting activities like kayaking, tennis, golf, surfing, beach volleyball and more. Here are 3 common injuries as well as 3 important strategies people can implement to help reduce the risk of injury from their favorite activities:

Common Summer Sports Injuries:

1. Repetitive Motion: Summer sports including softball, baseball, tennis and golf can all cause repetitive motion injuries like “tennis elbow”. Repetitive motion injuries involve inflammation of the tendons due to improper motion during play.

2. Sprains and Strains: Fatigued muscles are sore, achy and tight and can lead to many injuries including sprains and strains of muscles and ligaments. Running, hiking, kayaking and biking are popular summer exercise routines for many people. When the body is moving in new ways that the muscles are not used to over long periods of time, fatigue sets in.

3. Tendonitis or Bursitis: This pain is caused by chronic inflammation of the tendons or bursa that are protecting the joints. Overuse of certain muscles and joints such as the hips and legs can cause this.

Strategies to Reduce Risk of Injury:

1. Strength Training and Stretching: Most injuries can be avoided by strengthening the muscles on a regular basis with a simple strength training routine that anyone can do. Stretching before and after exercise loosens the muscles and prepares the body to move more freely and recover more quickly. Chiropractors can recommend and customize a stretching routine specific to individual problem areas.

2. Chiropractic Care: Seek immediate treatment if you sustain any injury. Sports related injuries do not get better on their own so people should not ignore any pain or injury. Preventative and proactive Chiropractic care will help prepare the body for sports activity and can even improve performance. Chiropractors practice gentle manipulations and other non-invasive techniques to get the spine in proper alignment and relieve any nerve interference in the joint areas. Once properly aligned, the body can reach its maximum potential for sports and other activities.

3. Massage: Regular massage increases circulation and flushes out lactic acid and other toxins which prevent the muscles from fully recovering from a workout.

Make sure your body is ready for all the fun that summer has to offer! Dr. Chad Stewart, at Stewart Chiropractic, treats back pain in patients of all ages. Call (480) 347-0382 to schedule your initial consultation.

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Chiropractic Care Helps Alleviate Seasonal Allergies

May 28th, 2013

Seasonal allergies affect almost everyone from young children to the elderly. Many people who suffer from allergies turn to drugs to help alleviate the symptoms: sneezing, coughing, watery eyes and congestion. Although a decongestant or antihistamine can minimize symptoms for a time, eventually they’ll return until the underlying cause is addressed. It has been proven that allergy symptoms are the result of an improper immune system response. When the immune system is compromised it cannot defend itself against normally harmless substances we call allergens.

One of the primary advantages of allergy treatment through chiropractic is that it is more natural and manageable than the use of allergy medications, and is often safer for children. By strengthening the body’s defenses rather than reactively correcting symptoms, you can expect to feel better faster and to be less likely to deal with reoccurring symptoms.

The immune system, like every other system in the body, is controlled by the nervous system. The nervous system controls all functions in the body such as heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, gastrointestinal function, etc. When the immune system reacts to the allergens, our bodies release histamines which cause inflammation and other symptoms. This impacts the nervous system by way of the vertebral subluxation, a spinal misalignment that results in pressure or tension on the spinal cord near the level of the brain stem.

Chiropractic care provides a number of treatments that address these issues, and helps to prevent them. By addressing subluxations, the internal functions that keep us healthy are naturally restored. Various adjustment techniques and spinal manipulation can be used to correct nerve pressure and misalignments. These treatments can also help to release stress.

This allergy season, make sure your immune system is functioning properly by getting your nervous system checked by a Chiropractor.

Dr. Chad Stewart, at Stewart Chiropractic, treats back pain in patients of all ages. Call (480) 347-0382 to schedule your initial consultation.

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Auto Accidents and the Unseen Injuries

February 7th, 2013

Millions of people are involved in serious auto accidents or minor “fender-benders” every year. Speeds as low as 15 miles per hour can cause injury regardless of whether or not the occupants of the car wear a seat belt. While victims of serious accidents are treated in a hospital right away, victims of minor accidents usually walk away. These people do not even realize that they have been injured until days or even weeks after the event when they start to feel symptoms such as neck pain, back pain, headaches or dizziness. These unseen injuries are generally referred to as “soft tissue” injuries. Chiropractors are trained to evaluate and treat soft tissue injuries and to look for the causes of potential pain.

After an auto accident, even if you are not feeling pain, it is highly recommended that you visit a Chiropractor. Here are some of the most common symptoms resulting from auto accidents that Chiropractors can evaluate and treat:

Whiplash: Whiplash is a term used to describe neck pain following an injury to the soft tissues of your neck (ligaments, tendons, and muscles). It is caused by an abnormal motion or force applied to your neck that causes movement beyond the neck’s normal range of motion.

Headaches: Many accident victims will experience headaches. Post traumatic headaches that get better in four to six weeks are considered acute headaches, but those that stay at the same pain level, start to get worse, or go beyond six weeks are more concerning.

Numbness: Numbness and tingling down the arms and legs, also known as paresthesia, can also include symptoms such as pain, burning, pricking, or creeping along the skin. These symptoms generally indicate a malfunction of sensory nerves. Chiropractors can examine the spine to check for injuries.

Dizziness (Vertigo): Dizziness is a common description for many different feelings and can be hard to describe. Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) is one form of Vertigo. Vertigo is a medical term to describe the feeling of spinning, whirling, or motion either of yourself or your surroundings.

Lower Back Pain: Back pain is one of the most prevalent types of chronic pain resulting from spinal injury caused by a car accident. The forces created during a high speed car accident are enough to cause vertebral fracture and spinal instability which results in pain throughout the back. Chiropractic treatment takes the pressure off the joints of your spine, calming the nerves and relieving the pain.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, or have recently been involved in an auto accident, contact your local Chiropractor, Dr. Chad Stewart to schedule an initial consultation and exam. Dr. Chad Stewart, at Stewart Chiropractic, treats back pain in patients of all ages. Call (480) 347-0382 to schedule your initial consultation.

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Protect Your Back During Fall Yard Clean Up

November 13th, 2012

Leaves are falling and it’s time to block off your weekend for fall yard clean up. Before you tackle the daunting task of raking and bagging all those leaves, read these helpful, common sense tips to help prevent potential back aches and pains.

Warm Up and Stretch: Raking leaves is considered exercise and like any pre-workout regimen you need to warm up your cold muscles to prevent injury and strains. Jogging in place for a few minutes will get your heart rate up and blood flowing to all your muscle groups. Stretch your back muscles by bending forward to touch your toes. Another important stretch is to squat into deep knee bends without twisting at the waist. Don’t forget to stretch your shoulders and arms. Hold each stretch for 8 seconds, release and repeat at least 2 times.

Choose Your Rake: The best rake to use will be one that allows you to reach leaves a short distance away from your feet without having to bend or twist. Rakes that are too tall or too short will force you to contort your body and cause muscle strain and pain. A new rake is worth the investment and can last for years.

Maintain Good Form: Don’t hunch over the rake. Proper position for raking will require you to keep your legs slightly bent, to keep your weight centered and to reach with your arms and not your back. While raking do not keep your feet planted in one position. Pivot your feet in the direction you are raking. While bagging the leaves be sure to squat and use your knees instead of bending over at the waist.

Take Breaks: Raking requires a series of repetitive motions which exhaust muscles. You should focus on switching your lead arm throughout your leaf raking session. For example, rake with your right arm forward for 10 minutes and then switch to your left arm for 10 minutes. Take stretching breaks often and drink lots of water!

Recover: After the work is done, be sure to stretch again. If you feel discomfort use ice to soothe the muscles.

Dr. Chad Stewart, at Stewart Chiropractic, treats back pain in patients of all ages. Call (480) 347-0382 to schedule your initial consultation.

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“Back” to School: Backpacks 101

September 20th, 2012

Back to School means Backpack season. Whether you have a 1st grader proudly wearing his new Star Wars backpack or a college student schlepping the same backpack since high school, we should all be aware of the issues and pain that backpacks can cause at any age.
Applying a little common sense and choosing the right backpack can make a big difference in comfort and help prevent injuries. Here are some helpful tips:

One Size Does NOT Fit All!
Choose the smallest possible backpack that will meet all your needs. Paying a little extra for these features will pay off in the long run. Choose a backpack made with adjustable padded shoulder straps at least 2 inches wide. The backpack should be made with lightweight but durable material and it should include a padded back. Choose a backpack with hip straps or waist belts that when fastened, will redistribute the weight from the shoulders and back to the pelvis.
Also, consider a rolling backpack which will allow your child to pull their bag instead of carrying it. This solution allows for children to carry much heavier loads. Just be sure that they can still safely and effectively carry the backpack up the stairs or on and off the bus.

Lighten The Load!
Backpacks allow individuals to carry a heavy load and distribute the weight across the back and shoulder muscles. Overloading backpacks can strain these muscles over a period of time. The natural curves in the middle and lower back will be distorted which causes irritation to the spine joints. More obvious effects of carrying an overloaded backpack include the rounding of the shoulders. This forward-leaning posture can reduce balance and make children more likely to trip and fall. If you notice your child walking with rounded, hunched over shoulders, you should adjust the backpack and eliminate any excess weight. Try to limit the weight of the backpack to approximately 10% of the child’s body weight. If your child complains about the weight, make it lighter! Here are some tips to teach your children the proper and safe way to wear a backpack:
1. Load the backpack with the heaviest objects on the bottom.
2. Wear it on your back with BOTH shoulder straps on.
3. Adjust the straps as follows: Adjust the straps to fit the backpack snugly to your body, holding the bottom of the backpack 2 inches above the waist and keeping the top just below the base of the skull
4. Do not carry the backpack low near the buttocks

Be Proactive!
There are simple ways we can help to prevent any long-term back problems in our children while at the same time making their day-to-day routine more comfortable:
Listen to your children when they complain that their backpack is too heavy.
Remind them to use both shoulder straps if they are only using one and trying to look “cool”.
Help them clean out their backpacks and determine if they are carrying books or other objects unnecessarily.
Offer to take them shopping for a new backpack or a rolling backpack that will work better for them.

Dr. Chad Stewart, at Stewart Chiropractic, treats back pain in patients of all ages. Call (480) 347-0382 to schedule your initial consultation.

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Digestive Disorders Part1

May 29th, 2011

Chiropractic care has been shown effective in the treatment of patients with digestive problems. According to one study, infants with infrequent bowel syndrome showed sudden improvement of their symptoms after chiropractic sessions.

Also, a comprehensive study determined a link between spinal misalignments and Crohn’s disease. Affecting any region of the digestive tract, Crohn’s disease causes inflammation along the small intestine. In addition to pain, this inflammation results in frequent emptying of the intestines and diarrhea.

According to prevailing theory, Crohn’s disease is an immune system response to a bacterium or virus. To treat the inflammation of Crohn’s disease, the traditional approach is to use corticosteroids. Corticosteroids’ side-effects are worrisome, though, as they can induce more proneness to infection. Employed also are drugs that inhibit the immunological system. In a search for drug-free treatment approaches, researchers explored methods that assisted the immunological system, as opposed to blocking it.

Another study revealed the link between spinal misalignments and a wide range of conditions including ulcerative colitis, asthma, Crohn’s disease, and irritable bowel disorder. According to this study, Crohn’s disease symptoms may receive marked improvement when those spinal misalignments are corrected. Research indicates that there’s added value to chiropractic care. Chiropractic care does not only address the digestive condition. It also improves the patients’ well being.

To receive a thorough assessment of your particular digestive condition, call you chiropractic doctor
What chiropractors do is correct misalignments that get in the way of nerve function. Such issues are corrected in a painless way. Once the misalignment is treated, the troublesome symptoms will likely go away as well.

By rehabilitating the digestive process, chiropractic care can help patients who suffer through digestive conditions. Along with spinal manipulation, a doctor of chiropractic could also offer nutritional counseling. Your chiropractor could also recommend mineral supplements, healing herbs, and vitamins as part of the overall care.

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Hearth Health Part1

May 14th, 2011

If heart disease runs in your family, you might worry you’ll also have it. It’s reasonable to feel concerned, as yearly there are nearly 1 million heart-linked deaths in America. But also take into account that genetic tendencies do not single-handedly determine your likelihood of getting heart disease. There are quite a few measures that can outweigh genetic predisposition, bringing long-term benefits to your heart health. Bearing in mind a few tips, you can enhance and preserve the health of your heart.

Tips for a Healthy Heart
An inactive lifestyle and imbalanced diet add up to an alarming situation, for it can cause many different types of health issues (coronary artery disease, for example). Make lifestyle changes now, and you’ll keep heart trouble at bay. Below are some useful suggestions that can have a pronounced effect on your heart.
* In your diet, include lots of foods that are healthy for your heart (fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and foods with a lot of fiber).
* Include seafood in your diet, and make sure to have at least two portions of fish weekly.
* Carefully watch your intake of trans fat and saturated fat, as well as cholesterol. No more than 30% of your daily calories should come from fat. One way of lowering your intake of saturated fat is to reduce the amount of animal fat you eat. To reduce trans fat in your diet, avoid hydrogenated vegetable oils.
* Lower your intake of sodium. Going easy on the salt will help your heart.
* Select reduced fat options of dairy products.
* Look to get nutrients from your food as opposed to just your vitamins. The vitamins and minerals contained in artichokes, for instance, are pleasant tasting and provide a lot of health advantages.
* If you’re sedentary, start exercising. To keep your heart strong, exercise is an essential must. Exercising helps keep tabs on cholesterol and blood pressure, and has a preventative role with diabetes. Benefits that will last you a lifetime ensue from working out for 30 minutes, five days a week. It is okay to exercise for 15 minutes in the morning and in the afternoon; you don’t have to fulfill your 30 minutes in one go. Since fad diet don’t deliver on their promises and don’t work over the long term, stay away from them if you’re overweight. They also put a strain on your heart and system.
* Tai chi is good for the heart, helps posture and balance, and can be practiced by people of all conditions and age groups. Try it!
* If you smoke, quit. This is an essential element in ensuring the health of your heart.

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Organic Food Part1

May 2nd, 2011

Does organic food really contribute to better health, or are the pluses of going organic insignificant? Countless consumers have been asking themselves this question of late.

We’ll begin by checking out what the term organic means with regard to food. An organic farm is one that is dedicated to particular principles with regard to the environment, humans, and animals. Organic farms leave chemicals out of the equation and cultivate their food naturally. Causing less damage to the environment, wildlife, and human beings is a big focus nowadays, and organic farming is just a part of it. The worth of the global organic market is over $27 billion. The approximate size of land devoted to it is as big as Italy.

The Organic Label
If you see an organic label on a product, then you can be sure that it comes from a farm, and that those who process and/or import it have been certified. Nearly all agricultural ingredients of a processed food (95%) must be approved as organic. The remaining 5% don’t need to be organic, but the contents must be approved.

Organic food producers have to follow these guidelines to achieve organic certification: Natural methods must be employed to keep the soil fertile; no chemical fertilizers can be used. This is possible through rotating planted crops, which leaves natural nutrients behind, and also by using manure. Pesticides must also not be used. In the alternative, bugs are kept at bay by other insects, as well as by weeding and planting other crops next to each other in order to deal with each one’s pests.

Preservatives can’t be used. Nor can artificial colorings or most other additives. Animals must be given space and free range areas, and farmers have to follow minimum slaughter age requirements. They also must feed their animals organically, and treat all their animals in a humane manner.

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Genetics And Chiropractic Part1

April 18th, 2011

Evidence is on the side of wellness care offered by doctors of chiropractic for positively affecting behaviors and wellness, as well as reducing the cost of health care overall. However, it was not until recently that information surfaced about how chiropractic adjustments could influence the chemistry of biological processes on a cellular level. Thus, chiropractic care merged with genetics.

A study found that chiropractic care could affect the basic physiological processes that influenced oxidative stress and how DNA repairs itself. What these findings do is show, in a scientific way, the beneficial effects that chiropractic patients report. Although more information is needed to solidify this assertion about chiropractic, the current information is on the side of chiropractic care.

Researchers measured serum thiol level in patients under both short-term and long-term chiropractic care, with the results being evaluated against those who were treated with non-chiropractic methods. Serum thiols are primary antioxidants that measure human health status. Its test offers a substitute estimate of DNA repair enzyme activity that is shown to coincide with lifespan health and aging factors. A wide variety of patients could benefit from long-term chiropractic care, for it could repair abnormal physiological states. Patients who were free of symptoms while undergoing chiropractic care regimens showed higher mean serum thiol levels than patients with an ongoing disease. The patients who did not show any symptoms also demonstrated higher concentrations of serum thiol in comparison to the typical wellness values.

There are many factors that affect how the nervous system runs throughout a person’s life, may it be physical, emotional, or chemical stress. Experts stipulate that nerve function could affect oxidative stress and DNA repair on a cellular level. A widely accepted theory claims that oxidative stress, which comes in the form of metabolically-generating free radicals, is how we age and develop disease. DNA’s ability to repair itself is affected by oxidative stress; in this way, oxidative stress is a damaging agent. DNA repair is the way to fix the damage caused by environmental impact.

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Asthma Chiropractic Treatment

March 16th, 2011

Asthma is classified as a reversible obstructive respiratory disorder. Asthma is also known as “hyperactive airways”. If asthma is not managed property, it can potentially become life threatening problem called status asthmaticus.

When the smooth muscles in the bronchioles have spastic contractions, asthma occurs and makes it very hard to breathe. Asthma is a hypersensitive reaction to foreign substances in the air in the bronchioles, states Dr Chad Stewart DC. In 70% of asthma cases in those under 30 years old, the asthma is an allergic hypersensitivity. Older patients with asthma are usually affected by non-allergic factors in the air, such as smog, rather than foreign particles. With asthma, the person usually can inspire quite adequately but has great difficulty expiring.

If you receive proper management for asthma, you can live an active life and be symptom-free most of the time. Regardless of your current condition, you should continue with AZ asthma treatment, even if you feel fine. It is of utmost importance to stay away from things that trigger asthmatic symptoms like cold air, smog, and smoke. Other allergies and viruses can also act as an asthma inducer, so try your best to avoid them as well. A person who keeps up with regular asthma treatment can keep the asthma under control.

Chiropractic care has been successful in managing asthma symptoms, so visit your Laveen chiropractor for more information.

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