Just Do This — Part 2

Strengthen your balance every day

Fit­ness requires a lot more than just mus­cle strength and car­dio con­di­tion­ing.  You also need to strength­en your brain and sense of bal­ance.  Here are some easy-to-imple­ment strate­gies

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Guest Post — Dr. Karen Erickson’s Rules for Health

Thanks to my col­league Karen Erick­son, DC for today’s arti­cle out­lin­ing the sim­ple rules of health.

Breaking the Rules

The rules are sim­ple. You prob­a­bly already know them.

Turns out, the qual­i­ty of our health is the result of a set of very sim­ple rules. Play by the rules and you have the best chance for opti­mum health. Break the rules and you’ll pay for it. Not always imme­di­ate­ly, but even­tu­al­ly.

Just about every­one knows the rules. Here are 10 of the most obvi­ous ones:

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Tendonitis Symptoms and Our New Knowledge Base

Chiropractic was a bit ahead of its time

Back in the old days of med­i­cine (say 35 years ago when I was in chi­ro­prac­tic school) ten­don injuries seemed much sim­pler.

We had a basic mod­el of ten­don injuries:

  • If you over­loaded your mus­cle, the ten­don would part­ly tear.
  • It would swell up.
  • Then it would set­tle down and rebuild itself.  Maybe you’d take some anti-inflam­ma­to­ry drugs to resolve the swelling a lit­tle faster.

In real life, though, things were nev­er so sim­ple.  Plen­ty of peo­ple had nag­ging injuries that just nev­er seemed to go away.  And oth­er peo­ple had mus­cle and ten­don prob­lems that curi­ous­ly shift­ed from limb to limb.
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Knee Injections Not Recommended by Orthopedic Association

The Amer­i­can Acad­e­my of Ortho­pe­dic Sur­geons new report sum­ma­rizes the evi­dence about the use of hyaluron­ic acid injec­tions (“Syn­visc”) into arthrit­ic knees.  Despite the grow­ing pop­u­lar­i­ty of the pro­ce­dure, the bot­tom line is that they haven’t been shown to be effec­tive.  The Acad­e­my strong­ly rec­om­mends that they not be used.

needles

That doesn’t leave many options for some­one with symp­to­matic osteoarthri­tis of the knees.

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Breathing Exercises for Natural Anxiety Relief, Pain Control and More

Most of the time you don’t have to wor­ry about breath­ing – it will hap­pen by itself. But some­times you can give your­self a men­tal or phys­i­cal boost by pay­ing atten­tion to this most basic of body func­tions.

Breath­ing exer­cis­es can be used for relax­ation, relief of anx­i­ety, pain con­trol, and improved self-aware­ness.

Here are a few of my favorite breath­ing exer­cis­es, along with a few point­ers about how to get the most from them.
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Why Doctors Push Diagnostic Tests You Don’t Need

I wish I had a dol­lar for each patient I’ve spared from an unneed­ed MRI, CT scan, X-ray, or oth­er diag­nos­tic test.

Though occa­sion­al­ly one of these tests is need­ed, my local radi­ol­o­gy lab would go broke if they were count­ing on me for refer­rals.

Still, that doesn’t mean I like shoot­ing in the dark and tak­ing undue risks with my patients’ health.  For­tu­nate­ly, I have three diag­nos­tic meth­ods to rely on.

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Guest Article: What Is Biofeedback Therapy for Chronic Pain?

Thanks to Dr. Lawrence Thomas, Direc­tor of The Brain Clin­ic, for today’s arti­cle.

Biofeedback for Chronic Pain

The term chron­ic pain cov­ers a vast area, from very spe­cif­ic sites of pain to more glob­al pain expe­ri­enced by the patient all over their body.  More than one-third of the pop­u­la­tion expe­ri­ences chron­ic pain in their lives at some notice­able lev­el (Bon­i­ca, 1992).  Biofeed­back has been found to help at both lev­els of chron­ic pain, some­times with tech­niques that are under­stood to influ­ence the whole phys­i­ol­o­gy, and some meth­ods are more focused on the para­me­ters of the par­tic­u­lar dis­or­der.

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What Causes a Loss of Smell and What You Can Do About It

Stop to smell the cumin (and the cinnamon, peppermint, and even the roses, too)

smell the roses

Your sense of smell is a huge com­po­nent of over­all health.  Unfor­tu­nate­ly, up to one-quar­ter of peo­ple over age 50 have some loss of smell (called olfac­tion in med­ical lin­go.)  Sur­pris­ing­ly, many peo­ple who have a dimin­ished sense of smell aren’t con­scious­ly aware of it, even though it can have a pro­found impact on health and qual­i­ty of life.
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New Evidence on NeuroTactile ™ Therapy (bindegewebsmassage)

NeuroTactile Therapy Raises Skin Temperature, Boosts Blood Flow

The phys­i­cal med­i­cine treat­ment Bindegeweb­s­mas­sage (Neu­ro­Tac­tile ™ Ther­a­py) has been around for more than 80 years.  There’s still a lot to learn about its effects.

bindegewebsmassage, neurotactile therapy

Research from the Teesside Uni­ver­si­ty in the UK has shown that a sin­gle appli­ca­tion of this tech­nique caus­es dis­tinct skin tem­per­a­ture changes for an hour or more.  That means that there’s been a shift in the auto­nom­ic ner­vous sys­tem that con­trols the cal­iber of your periph­er­al blood ves­sels.

Neu­ro­tac­tile Ther­a­py has a wide range of clin­i­cal appli­ca­tions.  Here are a few:

  • Speed­ing the heal­ing of injuries
  • Shift­ing the expe­ri­ence of chron­ic pain
  • Alle­vi­at­ing migraines
  • Pre­vent­ing the onset of dia­bet­ic neu­ropa­thy

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The best test for auto­nom­ic nerve func­tion - heart rate vari­abil­i­ty

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Nutritional Value of Mushrooms

mushrooms

The hum­ble mush­room is gain­ing in pop­u­lar­i­ty as a healthy food, and for good rea­son. They are a source of impor­tant nutri­ents like riboflavin, niacin, potas­si­um and sele­ni­um. They are also very low in fat and calo­ries, but are filled with lots of water and fiber, so they can make you feel full. They have been pro­mot­ed as a weight-loss food for this effect.

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