Monday, January 27, 2020

Status of the Feet Affects the Whole Body

  What’s happening at our feet is integrally related to the state of our entire frame---our skeleton, our bones, our joints---to its overall equilibrium or disequilibrium.
For example, people who have fallen arches or who pronate need to support their feet with orthotics, not just for comfort, but also because these conditions in the feet reverberate up into the knees, hips, and pelvis and cause problems. 
Some may need prescription orthotics, but many people will find over-the-counter orthotics can do the job.
When the inside of your foot drops inward toward the floor when you’re standing, it’s called “pronation,” and is often seen in combination with fallen arches, or “flat feet.” This often creates abnormal stress on the Achilles tendon, causing a visible and abnormal inward curving. You can see this by standing behind someone who pronates and looking at the backs of their ankles. 
Pronation can cause foot pain and fatigue, but it also negatively affects the knees, and can reverberate upward to cause abnormal stresses in the hips and pelvis.
These abnormal stresses cause wear and tear that can lead to instability, pain, impairment of function, and eventually to osteoarthritis.
     Abnormalities at the feet should be properly addressed. My treatment plan includes precise assessment of feet, ankles, knees, hips, and pelvic joints and gentle, precise corrections with the  Activator instrument,.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Five "Secrets" About Fender Benders

1.  Despite insurance companies’ using it as the main criterion, the visual damage to your car is not necessarily an indicator of the consequences of the collision on your body.
2.  Feeling confused, "fuzzy," disoriented, and irritable often follows even a minor collision.
3. Symptoms may have delayed onset; you may "feel fine" for the first few days, or even longer. Be cautious about signing off on an insurance claim too soon; give yourself time for any consequences to your body to show up.
4. The sooner you receive proper care, the sooner you will recover. I encourage patients to come in as soon as possible after (an even minor) collision, to get their entire body checked & balanced, to better their chances for a speedy recovery.
5.  If you don't have Medpay on your auto policy, get it. If you have it, and you're in an accident, your own insurance will cover your care, so you or your doctor won't have to wait for the other party's insurance to pay. It's insurance that's reasonably priced and really worthwhile.

Monday, January 13, 2020

A Fall That Affects the Shoulder

  Instinctively in a fall, we reach out to brace our body’s impact with our arm(s) and hand(s). Among the upper extremity consequences of this instinctive reaction are injuries to the shoulder(s), which can be serious and painful.
Depending on the angle and direction of impact, forces driven up the arm may cause the head of the humerus, the bone in our upper arm, to misalign from its normal position at the glenoid fossa, a shallow “cup-like” socket which is part of the scapula.
This painful misalignment is commonly posterior, or backwards, occurring in falls forward such as tripping or stumbling, but can be anterior / superior, as when one’s foot slips forward and the body falls backward, with arm(s) instinctively extended backward to break the fall.
Carelul assessment of the shoulder after a fall and gentle, precise corrections of misalignments are essential to relieve pain, support healing, maintain normal range of motion, and prevent future degenerative changes that lead to arthritis.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Gratitude Is Healing

  Taking time to be grateful for the good in one’s life has positive physiological and psychological affects on our health. Focusing on gratitude relieves stress and unhappiness, and actually stimulates healing from illnesses.
Gratitude triggers release of mood-regulating neurotransmitters such as serotonin, inhibits the stress hormone cortisol, and stimulates the areas of the brain that produce pleasurable feelings.
Being grateful helps depression, reduces pain and inflammation, lowers blood sugar, and helps immune function.
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