Monday, October 21, 2019

Foot, Ankle, Knee, Hip

 An aberrant condition in the foot often affects the related ankle, knee, and hip. This is known as a “kinematic chain.” Vice-versa, a hip or knee problem can reverberate downward and affect the ankle and foot.
For example, pronation in the foot causes ankle destabilization and results in rotation of the knee. This is easy to demonstrate in someone who pronates by having them stand barefooted, without support for the arch of the foot.
Abnormal rotation at the knee causes stress in the joint, leads to abnormal wear-and-tear, and contributes to degenerative breakdown of the joint tissues.
In turn, this aberrance at the knee reverberates upward and creates abnormal stress in the hip joint.
When patients present in my office with foot pronation, I check and balance their pelvis and entire lower extremities, and prescribe orthotics to support the foot and correct pronation.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Unrelieved Rib Pain

 Pain along a rib that has no preceeding trauma, is unresponsive to chiropractic adjustments, and persistently worsens may be the first stage of an outbreak of shingles. 
Anyone who has had chicken pox carries the herpes zoster virus in the nerve ganglia alongside their spine. The virus is dormant until conditions such as hyperthermia or stress trigger an outbreak.
A shingles viral outbreak follows the path of the related sensory nerve, called a “dermatome.” Dermatomes wrapping around from the thoracic spine resemble the paths of our ribs, so initial symptoms of shingles are often misinterpreted as rib pain.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Nature's "Pest Control Experts"

      Owls are Nature's "pest control experts"---they feed on rats, mice, and gophers.
      Rat poisons can sicken and kill wildlife and pets, because after rodents eat the poison, they go back into the wild and can take more than a week to die. Any animal that preys on them also becomes poisoned. 
     "Using poison to kill rodents has the long-term effect of actually increasing the rodent population, since the poison kills off the rodents’ natural predators, allowing the rodents to breed unchecked."
    Owls are one of the best non-toxic methods of rodent control. Attract owls to your property by putting up nest boxes; one owl can devour 1400+ rodents per year!