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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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.
In reviewing this weeks new articles on health and wellness, Came across this article which I wanted to summarize for you.
Weighing The Treatment Options For Scoliosis
Scoliosis, which affects about seven million Americans, can begin in infancy but most often is diagnosed in people between the ages of 10 and 15 – the peak years for growth and development. It can range from a mild curvature that usually doesn’t require treatment, to extreme deformities that can threaten the lungs and heart.
“At this point, we still don’t know who is going to get scoliosis, why they get it, whether it is going to progress, or how it will progress,” says Joseph O’Brien, president of the nonprofit National Scoliosis Foundation.
What Are The Best Treatment Options For Scoliosis?
Questions remain about the best treatment. While bracing has been used for decades, it doesn’t work for everyone; researchers are currently trying to identify when wearing a brace is most effective. Meanwhile, new surgical techniques that don’t require fusing are being developed to gradually straighten the spine as it grows.
It is also unclear when curvature caused by scoliosis is likely to get worse—girls tend to be at higher risk for this than boys, as are children who begin to develop scoliosis at a very young age. Some doctors are using a new genetic test to determine who is most likely to see the condition worsen.
Early Screening May Increase Treatment Options For Scoliosis
Schools once regularly tested for the condition, but the practice has fallen off since 2004, when a federal task force said there wasn’t enough evidence that showed the screenings were effective. I regularly see young children and adults with scoliosis who did not know they had it, even though they were screened at school. About 18 states still require schools to test children, but scoliosis is most often detected by doctors during regular checkups and sports physicals. Parents can also watch for signs, such as one shoulder blade that appears more prominent than the other, uneven hips or a child’s body leaning to one side.
As you can see, this is a very confusing for parents, seeking the best treatment for their children. Since I began practicing in Virginia Beach, near Mt. Trashmore in 1995, I have evaluated thousands of children and adults and helped them decide on treatment options for scoliosis. Sometimes we have to refer them to a surgeon, and sometimes with proper stretches, exercises and time phased physical therapy and chiropractic care we can reduce the curvature and keep the spine from worsening.
Advances In Technology Can Help Identify The Best Treatment Options For Scoliosis
In my field, chiropractic, we have a remarkable computerized instrument to determine if yours or your child’s scoliosis is related to joint challenges in the spine. The instrument is called the ProAdjuster (also called the Pulstar), developed by Sence technology. When vertebrae are not moving in their normal range of motion, it leads to nerve pressure, which causes isolated muscle spasms and muscle weakness. When the weakness and spasm occurs, it can lead to an imbalance in the axial frame (spine). This causes a person to slouch, lean to one side, have a high shoulder, or uneven hips, which all can lead to scoliosis.
The ProAdjuster is a computerized instrument that gently taps into the neck to determine if there is a lack of normal motion in the spine leading to scoliosis. The test is painless, accurate, and computerized, and it works great to see if the patient’s joint restrictions are a contributing factor to their scoliosis.
If the joint is not moving properly, the instrument will gently tap into the joint at a remarkable speed up to 90 times a second to establish proper motion and relieve pressure. This allows the muscles to relax, and in turn strengthen, which can reduce the scoliosis and even prevent it from worsening.
I am not saying that all scoliosis can be helped this way, but an evaluation including the computerized scan is a must to see if this effective and safe care choice is a viable choice for the patient.
According to the American Chiropractic Association 14% of the public who see chiropractors presently go for headache relief. For these patients, the good news has gotten even better!
New Study Shows Headache Relief Through Chiropractic Treatment More Effective Than Drugs
Researchers at Northwestern College of Chiropractic in Minnesota compared chiropractic care to certain drug therapies used for tension and migraine headaches, and found that headache relief through chiropractic treatment is significantly more effective.
The study, published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, followed 218 headache sufferers who were given either chiropractic care or drug therapy or both. Pain was reduced 40 – 50% in all groups initially. However, four weeks after all care was stopped, only the chiropractic group still retained the benefits; while those who received the drug therapy lost about half of their improvement.
Pain Killers Not A Long Term Solution For Headache Relief
The study really says a lot. The fact is relatively simple: pain killers whether over the counter or prescription are named appropriately “pain killers” not “pain fixers.” Although I firmly believe that medicine is extremely helpful for patients who suffer with headaches, unfortunately they do not address what is causing the issue. If a patient had a blood work done and the results came back “positive for Tylenol deficiency” then by all means treat with Tylenol. We all know that that blood test does not exist and never will. That is why pain medications should only be prescribed long term by your physician after extensive diagnostics have been ordered.
Could You Experience Headache Relief Through Chiropractic Treatment?
In my field, chiropractic, we have a remarkable computerized instrument to determine if your headaches are being caused by nerve pressure in the upper part your neck. You see, we have nerves in the upper neck that radiate into our head. If a vertebra in the upper neck is not moving properly, it can create pressure around that nerve and when stressed, and can trigger a headache.
The ProAdjuster is a computerized instrument that gently taps into the neck to determine if there is a lack of normal motion in the neck leading to headaches. The test is painless, accurate, and computerized, and it works great to see if the patient’s neck is a contributing factor to their headaches.
If the joint is not moving properly, the instrument will gently tap into the joint at a remarkable speed up to 90 times a second to establish proper motion and relieve pressure on the nerve – in turn relieving the headaches. Patients can experience instant headache relief. It’s amazing technology with amazing results.
If you are already taking over the counter or prescribed pain medications, please consult your doctor before altering your doses. Remember, always ask your doctor to help you determine what is causing your headaches, so you can get back to feeling great!
Headache Treatment Ask Dr. Maggio: When Should I See A Doctor About My Headache?
Headache treatment is confusing. There are so many types of Headache Treatment. Headaches are the most common type of pain that people experience, but that doesn’t make it “normal.” It’s a mistake to ignore them and simply accept regular headaches as a “fact of life.” While most headaches are a mere inconvenience, they are still a sign of dis-ease. In other words, even the mild annoying headaches are telling you something.
Most headaches point to that you’re simply dehydrated, your eyeglass prescription may need to be changed, or that you’re over stressed. So, when do you need to see a chiropractor about your headaches? When you start asking that question, that’s when.
When your headaches begin to concern you, it’s time to see a doctor.
Chances are, for whatever reason, your default reaction to stress (whether that stress is in the form of physical stress, lack of sleep, poor nutrition, emotional turmoil, or some combination of all of these) is most likely a headache. This is because you have a “weak link” in your central nervous system that allows for these headaches to manifest. That is correct headaches are aggregated by stress. Stress will attach the central nervous system. Attacks on the central nervous system leads to pain
Chiropractic adjustments can not only relieve your pain, they can also decrease the frequency of your headaches and — with regular adjustments — eliminate them. So, if you’re tolerating regular headaches, call the office and schedule your first — or next — visit with us. We can help.
There is amazing technical developments that can help to detect issues. Finding the weakness that causes headaches is valuable.
A simple holistic aide to headaches is valuable. When you feel a headache coming on , a 20 minute brisk walk can help. Give it a try.