Not everybody likes getting their neck cracked
Of course, as doctors of chiropractic, we don’t like to talk about “cracking” your neck.
Instead, we call the maneuver a spinal adjustment or joint manipulation. When it results in a cracking sound, we call that an “audible release” or “joint cavitation.”
But whatever you call it, a lot of patients feel protective about their neck and the idea of a cracking noise gives them the creeps.
What’s the purpose of spinal adjustments?
Actually, the cracking noise is an incidental side-effect of a joint adjustment.
Your brain has to perform many different types of calculations all at the same time:
- processing sensory input
- checking your internal emotional signals
- responding to social cues
- being alert to danger
- running simulations to predict the outcome of numerous possible actions
- orchestrating muscle activity
- and much much more
With all of these simultaneous activities competing for resources, your brain can easily get overloaded.
The multi-faceted phenomenon known as “depression” has a substantial negative impact on most aspects of health, affecting mood, pain, the immune system, blood pressure, stress-resilience, and far more.
Fortunately, there are many many non-drug steps you can take to combat the symptoms of depression.
A Canadian neuroscientist is researching a promising way to attack depression symptoms using probiotics — extra doses of the beneficial bacteria that live in your digestive tract. It seems to work for some people.
As I write this (in November 2017), the opioid epidemic is dominating the news reports.
The recent numbers are staggering — 90 Americans die every day from drug overdoses. That even dwarfs the (shamefully high) number — 35 or so — who die each day from gun violence. And it comes close to the equally shamefully high number of deaths from car crashes — about 100 per day.
Over the course of my career I’ve been a first hand witness to the entire arc of the opioid crisis.
It wasn’t always like this.
Hamstring strain is a common athletic injury, especially among athletes who run, jump, and make quick lateral movements. It can knock you out of competition (or training) for weeks or even months, and take an annoyingly long time to heal. What’s more, if you return to full activity too soon, the risk of recurrence is high. The injury can also resurface a year or more later.
What’s the best way to prevent a hamstring strain? Or stop the problem from recurring?
I’m convinced I have the most important job in the world. As well as one of the most personally satisfying. Looking back on my formative years, I can identify three personal threads that have combined to make chiropractic the most perfectly-suited career for me.
A recent analysis of many published research studies concluded that taking anti-depressants results in a 33% rise in mortality.
Like many other drugs, anti-depressants interfere with multiple biochemical processes in the body, sometimes in ways we don’t fully understand. There can be unpredictable interactions from these biochemical disruptions, and they can result in significant illness, even though the illness is never identified as a “side effect.”
Roundup is one of the world’s most widely used herbicides. And it’s made a pile of money for Monsanto.
But is it safe?
To maintain and rebuild bone density, it’s not enough to take your calcium supplements and enjoy the occasional walk around the block for fitness. You’ve got to include regular weight training.
Here’s the link to the original research.