How often should your spine be adjusted?

This is one of the most basic questions that every chiropractor should continue to learn to answer. A recent study from Dr. David Taylor reviewed a theoretical basis for ongoing spinal care. The study reviewed research that demonstrated the effects of what happens when a spinal facet joint is immobile.

At 1 week, the articular surface of the joint starts to degenerate

At 4 weeks, soft tissue adhesions start to form around the joint and normal neurons that are in the joint to sense joint position start to atrophy and degenerate

At 8 weeks, moderate adhesions form and surrounding muscle starts to atrophy and develop fatty infiltration

At greater than 12 weeks, some of these changes may become irreversible.

Spinal adjusting has been demonstrated to gap the spinal facet joint and theoretically places a force through the capsule that will encourage spinal remodeling over time to improve the quality of the joint. There would also be an excitation of nerves that sense motion to improve input to the central nervous system.

Based on these studies, recommendations could be made to have spinal joint mobility assessed from professional every 4 weeks to prevent early degeneration, muscle and nerve atrophy, and ensure proper function.

How to Improve Your Metabolism and Accelerate Weight Loss – In your Sleep!

How to Improve Your Metabolism and Accelerate Weight Loss – In your Sleep!

A good night’s sleep can be difficult to come by in the modern world – smart phones, tablets, kindles, and laptops are constant and distracting fixtures in our households, in our bedrooms, and in our hands. The stressors of the day tend to stay with us at bedtime, creating anxiety and restlessness when we should be focusing on one of the most important aspects of overall well-being: quality sleep.

Chronic sleep deprivation and even poor quality sleep in the short-term has numerous detrimental effects on mental and physical capabilities as well as many of the body’s hormones.

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Vitamin D: How much do I need?

Vitamin D is a vitamin that we mainly get from sunlight; however, it is widely obtained as a nutritional supplement.    Vitamin D helps with the following:

  • Immune system, which helps you to fight infection
  • Muscle function
  • Cardiovascular function, for a healthy heart and circulation
  • Respiratory system, for healthy lungs and airways
  • Brain development
  • Anti-cancer effects

How much can I supplement?

There are many factors with Vitamin D supplementation that should be considered but knowing your current Vitamin D level is important.

Normal levels of Vitamin D are still widely debated but levels below 30ng/dL are generally considered low while some experts consider between 50-70ng/dL normal.

Supplementation should be based on several factors including weight, skin type, sun exposure, and other co-morbities but generally 5000 IU or greater for a short period of time has shown to positively improve Vitamin D levels, while 2000 IU has be shown to maintain levels.   Supplementation of less than 1000 IU has not demonstrated any effect.

What is your Vitamin D level?