Virginia Beach Chiropractic Blog
Welcome To Our Chiropractic Blog
We are glad you decided to visit our Virginia Beach Chiropractic Blog! At the ProAdjuster Chiropractic Clinic of Virginia Beach, Dr. Maggio not only wants to serve his patients while they are in our office, but he also wants to serve them while they are at home. One of the easiest ways for us to do that is to update our weekly chiropractic blog.
Dr. Maggio constantly scours the internet for new information that can be helpful for patients to help them with their health goals. Regular chiropractic care is one of the steps you can take to achieve good health. In combination with your chiropractic care, it is important to include regular exercise, good nutrition and stress reduction strategies to your good health plan. We know that, to help you achieve success, you will need some key information. We can give you advice on how to exercise, how to eat, and how to relax. Please use our Virginia Beach Chiropractic Blog for your health education and reading enjoyment.
Some of the key topics we have found the most interesting to our patients are already included in our Virginia Beach Chiropractic Blog. These include information on new medical procedures, stretching and exercises, dietary changes, supplement information and more. As we know, some of our patients prefer chiropractic blogs sent to them in written form. Other patients like the convenient video updates that Dr. Maggio presents, on a weekly basis.
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Our Blog Posts
Chiropractic Treatment Wins Gold In London Olympics
The world finally knows the value of chiropractic treatment. At this year’s Summer Olympics, as well as at the 2008 Summer Games, chiropractors can be found in the same treatment areas as medical doctors. This is a huge step-up from prior Olympics where chiropractic treatment was grouped with what I call the “feel good” folks like massage therapists, acupuncturists, and nutritionists. We are so much more!
Chiropractors Help Athletes Maximize Performance
Chiropractors who specialize in treating athletes are known as Functional Chiropractic Neurologists, and they can play a key role in maximizing performance levels for the Games. Because Olympic athletes push their bodies hard, they need to make sure that their muscles and joints are working at optimum levels beyond what a non-athlete would need.
For example, lack of alignment in the low back and hips of runners means that their feet can flair out with every step. Eventually, they will not run in a straight line but will start listing to the right or left which will slow their performance.
As runners move around the track, their brain tells them to keep moving to the left to a certain degree. If there’s an alignment issue then this movement may be over- or under-exaggerated, causing the body to take extra steps and impact the athlete’s overall performance.
This is true for bikers and swimmers, as well. Chiropractors will focus on making sure that the upper extremities are aligned in swimmers so fewer strokes are needed during an event.
Chiropractic Treatment Is Becoming Mainstream Care For Professional Athletes
Beyond the Olympics, chiropractic care is being seen as a higher level of medical treatment and is now considered mainstream for all athletes. Almost every NHL, NFL, MLB, and MBA team uses chiropractic treatment. Of the 120 different teams in these groups, at least 105 have an on-staff chiropractor working directly with them.
As part of their training and treatment, professional athletes will have chiropractic treatment before, during, and after an event, be it during training or an actual competition. Getting treatment multiple times a day keeps their conditioning ultra fine-tuned to an optimum level.
Additional Benefits Of Regular Chiropractic Care
Athletes under the care of a chiropractor will have increased body stability, improved coordination of movement, better oxygen transportation throughout their bodies, and more overall stamina. But that’s not all. This treatment also improves the neurological senses: better visual and auditory acuity to know where they are in relation to their competitors and overall better reaction time to take advantage of every opportunity.
Chiropractic treatment is a proven way to keep your body functioning at peak performance, whether you’re an athlete or just someone who values overall good health.
If you’re an athlete looking for a Virginia Beach chiropractor, I can help you reach and maintain a higher level of performance. Call me today at 757-473-9900 to set up an appointment!
According to recent research, the extensive use of video games is affecting children’s bodies as well as their minds. When I started as a chiropractor in 1995, only about 1 in 20 of the kids I screened had scoliosis, or curvature of the spine. Today about 75 percent of the kids we’re analyzing have some form of this condition, and it’s largely due to our modern technology.
Why Scoliosis Is On the Rise
When a kid is playing/typing/texting for hours on a computer, iPad or cellphone, it puts the body in a state where the shoulders roll forward. This in turn causes tightness in the pectoral muscles in the front of the chest, and those muscles continue to pull the shoulders further and further forward. The forward position of the shoulders then tightens the trapezius muscles in the upper back.
Why this all matters is because when muscles become tight, they actually become weak, allowing gravity to start pulling the person off center in two different ways.
First, the spine can curve front to back, causing the person to lean forward and look like the proverbial old lady or old man. The other possible outcome is the spine curving side to side. These issues are cosmetic but they can also create some serious health problems both now and in the future.
Old Before Their Time
The spinal disks of people with scoliosis degenerate 15 to 20 years faster than those without it, meaning early osteoarthritis is likely.
Rounding of the shoulders can lead to hyperkyphosis, a condition where the shoulders move so far forward that the ear is literally just in front of the shoulder. If this develops, the person has a 10- to 12-year lower life expectancy that someone with good posture. The hunched position compresses the heart and lungs which creates a higher risk of cardiovascular and respiratory problems.
So catching and straightening any curvature in the spine early on will not only keep the condition from getting worse, but it could also prevent some of those major health problems down the road.
Is Prevention Possible?
To lessen the prevalence of scoliosis in today’s kids, two things definitely need to happen.
Whenever a child is sitting in front of an electronic device, he or she should be treated like someone on the job at a workstation. The chair, desk and computer should all be ergonomically correct. This means sitting at right angles, feet flat on the floor, spine straight up and down. If needed, use a lumbar support on the chair to push the belly forward and the shoulders back.
Along with this, have kids stretch at regular intervals. Good stretches would include bringing the arms back to stretch out the front of the body. This will keep the chest muscles from getting tight and weak which starts the downward spiral to scoliosis.
A third option is to find a good chiropractor for the initial screening/diagnosis and for on-going treatment should the condition develop. A combined effort can help today’s technology kids have a long and healthy life.
If you’re looking for a Virginia Beach chiropractor, I am extremely experienced in the screening, diagnosis and treatment of scoliosis. Call me today at 757-473-9900 to set up an appointment!
Healthy Eating Can Ease Arthritis Symptoms
For those suffering from the painful, swollen joints of arthritis, movement can be quite a challenge. However, as a chiropractor I know that eating certain foods – and staying away from others – can reduce a lot of the inflammation that comes with this condition.
Certain Foods Can Help Or Hinder Symptoms
Any foods that promote swelling in the body should be avoided. These include anything high in salt, MSG or preservatives like pork and bacon. Diet soda and coffee are also bad choices.
Good foods would include leafy green vegetables, peppers, broccoli, pineapples, cantaloupe and watermelon. All these help the body rid itself of the excess water that can cause or increase inflammation. Certain foods like salmon, walnuts and olive oil also have valuable omega 3 fatty acids that naturally reduce inflammation.
A chiropractor will often recommend supplements as part of their treatment. With arthritis, supplements like coenzyme 210, Vitamin C, fish oil, and bromelain (an extract of pineapple) can also significantly reduce symptoms, but you should talk to your physician before starting on any of these. He or she may want to run tests to have a baseline of where you are before starting a supplement regimen.
For Longer Term Relief, Change Your Diet
This can certainly be difficult, but there are two ways to approach it.
First, think about the foods you eat. If you just enjoy something but don’t feel a strong need to have it, you can probably just quit. However, if you feel you really need to have something, then you’re addicted to it. There’s really no reason for the body to crave something that’s not good for it other than addiction.
In this situation, just quitting a food cold turkey brings withdrawal symptoms just like someone coming off cigarettes or drugs. These can include headaches, upset stomach, or flu-like symptoms. If you can deal with these symptoms for one to two weeks, they will get better. The first two to three days are the most intense and then things lessen. If you can’t do this, you need to take another approach and start reducing your serving sizes gradually.
For example, to stop drinking coffee you would begin the first week by cutting back from eight ounces to six ounces, the next week you’d drop to four ounces, then two ounces until you’re done. During this time you should also drink large amounts of bottled or filtered water, not from the tap. The right amount to drink is half your body weight in ounces of water per day. Drinking water filters out toxins and reduces withdrawal symptoms.
If you’re looking for a Virginia Beach chiropractor, I offer a wide range of options, including nutritional consultation and chiropractic treatment, for alleviating arthritis pain. Call me today at 757-473-9900 and start feeling better!
Arthritis help used to be considered simply another “downside” of aging, something you have to combat by slowing down, limiting your activity, and taking medications to stay pain-free. Fortunately, those dealing with this painful condition today — characterized by joint swelling, pain, and stiffness — have many additional options, including — of course — chiropractic. Meet Madonna.
We don’t treat 56-year old “Madonna,” but we couldn’t agree more with this chiropractic patients’ reasoning for why she chose chiropractic care to relieve her arthritic pain. Here’s what she says:
“This approach [chiropractic care and yoga] has brought me back to a state of full integrated healing and strength. Taking a pill to further suppress the immune system to relieve rheumatoid arthritis is not what I would ever recommend or do for myself.”
In full disclosure, these aren’t the words of “the” Madonna, although the “material girl” IS a devotee of chiropractic care, even bringing her chiropractor with her on tour in 2009. Still, arthritic pain is immobilizing and debilitating for far too many Hampton Roads residents, and the standard approach to dealing with arthritis involves:
- self-medicating with over the counter drugs to alleviate pain;
- if that doesn’t work — or no longer works — patients often end up on steroids and / or prescription pain killers;
- eventually, in the case of “wear and tear arthritis,” risky surgery is often considered as patients in pain seek a solution.
The good news is… your Virginia Beach chiropractor can help, and I can help you in multiple ways. First, I can help your spine stay in alignment. When you are not in alignment, the discs in your spine can wear down more quickly. When you are in alignment, you put less pressure on your nerves and proper motion is restored, reducing your body’s need to build up painful defenses (arthritic areas) to stabilize your spine. In short, we help our arthritic patients move with more ease and comfort.
But, that’s just the beginning. Rheumatoid arthritis is considered an autoimmune disease, and these type of diseases are only exasperated by stress. Chiropractic care also provides neurological support to the arthritic patient, taking stress off of your nervous system so you can rest and heal, and get back to living the life the way you used to.
I recently went fishing with my neighbor and good friend, who is a lifelong cigarette smoker. Spending time with him is quite enjoyable.
One of the issues that we have is that I don’t like the smell of cigarette smoke, nor do I like to be around it. About this time last year he switched to the popular E-Cigarettes he is under the impression that E-Cigarettes are much safer and healthier than regular cigarettes. This quite possibly could be true, however I would like to share this latest information with you so that you may determine this for yourself.
Tobacco causes almost half a million deaths in the United States each year. Due to that fact experts say quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health. Recently the American Lung Association reviewed the influx of scientific studies on e- cigarette usage. Their conclusion was there is not enough evidence to determine if e-cigarettes are more helpful or harmful for smokers who are trying to quit. The latest recommendation is for people to use other techniques to stop smoking.
Companies who make e-cigarettes are claiming that they can help smokers quit. The FDA has not found that any research that show that e-cigarettes are a safe and effective way to help smokers quit. The current stat is that 70 percent of e-cigarette smokers also use traditional tobacco. As with most health care trends most of the confusion around e-cigarettes is because of a lack of regulation. Worries about e-cigarettes include inhaling substances such as metals and propaleinglysol and high toxins released. Another concern is the usage of Formaldehyde in e-cigarettes. There has been much delay in the FDA utilizing research to determine if e-cigarettes ar3e safe or not safe. There have been theories but at this point they are just simply theories. The American Lung Association is looking for more research to be done to help smokers quit and to also determine if e-cigarettes are safe in short term and long term use.