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September 2012 Health Newsletter


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» Your Core!
» How do you know what you need?
» Those Pregnancy Related Pains
» Fit At 50 Means Less Chronic Disease
» "Organic" May Not Necessarily Mean "More Nutritious"
» Autism Linked To Father's Age?

August

Hi. Its hot! We set 3200 temperature records in June alone. Is this due to Climate Change or is it just what the earth does from time to time? The debate has taken us off what I believe is the real issue. Pollution! No one talks about it as much now, but we are continuing to pollute the planet and it's probably getting quite upset! Even if the earth is heating up on its own, don't you think we should stop polluting?

What about your own body? Are you polluting it? Do you think your headache is caused by a lack of aspirin? Do you know that drugs are made of chemicals which cause toxicity in your body?

When I discovered the Art, Science and Philosophy of Chiropractic in 1975, I was a pill taker. After all, if you had a headache you simply took an aspirin. I never questioned it.

Then I found out that a headache is not due to an aspirin deficiency! I loved the idea that your body was designed to be healthy unless something interfered with the natural expression of health.

By removing interference, (subluxations) Chiropractic helps to restore your body to its optimal state!

And you know what? It works! Not for everyone or everything, but if you have a friend or family member that is not getting adjusted, they are missing out on a great opportunity to have a healthier and happier life! Don't be selfish. Share Chiropractic. Your friends will thank you!



Author: Dr. Steven Saul
Source: Dr. Steven Saul
Copyright: Dr. Steven Saul 2012


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Your Core!


Hi! This is so important, I may leave this up permanently!

Lets talk about Core strength. You hear this term a lot. So what exactly is your core? Here is what you need to know.

You are made of Bones, Muscles, Tendons, Ligaments, and Fascia. If there is a breakdown in any of these systems you will have a loss of function which will lead to pain and dis-ease. We evaluate your body to find out the source of the problem.


What are the Core Muscles named and why are they so Important?

 
The core is made of all the muscles that ultimately attach to the pelvis.  These muscles can be divided into two sections based on their anatomical functions. One provides stabilization and the others provide movement.

    1. Deep stabilization system
    2. Superficial movement system


Anatomically, the muscles that are deeper in the body work more to stabilize the pelvis and spine, and the muscles that are located more superficially are more important for moving the pelvis and spine.

1. Deep Stabilization System


Core Training places a lot of emphasis on working the deep muscles of the core. Research shows that the deep muscles contract first before any movement is initiated. The body is brilliant!  It is wired to be stable first before it engages action.

The deep muscles are close to the spine and pelvis and they can help to move the body, but their primary role is to stabilize the pelvis and lower back. This protects these areas and gives you a strong foundation for the upcoming activity.

The core muscles that make the deep stabilization system are:

The transversus abdominus is one of the most important core muscles. It attaches to the pubic bone and fascia in the front. It compresses the abdominal contents, thus adding stability to the lower back and pelvis.

The lumbar multifidus runs on an angle and it helps with rotational stability. Research shows that people with chronic lower back pain have significant atrophy (wasting away) of the multifidus.

The pelvic floor muscles connect the sacrum and pelvis to the pubic bone. Their primary job is to stabilize the bottom of the abdominal cavity. The pelvis floor works with the transversus abdominus and multifidus to stabilize the pelvis. Kegel exercises are a great way to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.

The diaphragm is the main respiratory muscle. It attaches to the ribs and spine. The diaphragm also forms the roof of the abdominal cavity, so it stabilizes the top of the abdominal cavity.

The internal oblique is the deeper of the 2 oblique muscles. It runs on an angle from the pelvis up to the ribs. Its primary role is in stabilizing the core, but it also helps to move the spine.

The transverso-spinalis muscles focus on segmental stability of the spine because they span just a few vertebrae in length. These muscles are also important for rotational stability.

All of the deep core muscles are important. When you perform exercises that require your spine to be stable, you challenge these core muscles. The plank exercise  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiA9j-dR0oM, bridges, alternate arm and leg raises, and the drawing in maneuver are examples of exercises that can increase core stability. Any exercise or piece of equipment that requires your muscles to work harder to keep your spine stable will increase the muscle work in the deep stabilization system of the core.

2) Superficial Movement System


When the pelvis moves, the hips move, and when the hip move, the lower back moves. If the pelvis is stable, the lower back and hip are stable, so any muscle that attaches to the pelvis is part of the core as well.

The latissimus dorsi (lats), which helps you do pull ups, is most often thought of as a back and shoulder muscle, but it also attaches to the upper border of the hip bone, (pelvis), lumbar vertebrae, thoracic vertebrae, and ribs. The lats can help to tilt the pelvis forwards or to the side, and it can negatively affect lower back posture when tight and inflexible.

The erector spinae are the group of muscles that people most commonly think of when they talk about lower back muscles. They are a group of superficial muscles that run the entire length of the spine. As the name suggests, these muscles help to keep the spine erect and they also pull the spine backwards. Every lower back exercise will place some emphasis on the erector spinae muscles.

The iliopsoas is the main hip flexor muscle. It attaches to the front of the lumbar spine and pelvis. It is primarily responsible for bending the hip, but it can also help to stabilize the pelvis, lower back, and hip.

The adductors are the muscles of the inner thigh. Most people don't think of the inner thigh muscles as core muscles, but all of the adductor muscles attach to the pubic bone, which is the front part of the pelvis. Because they attach to the pubic bone they can help to stabilize the pelvis, especially when standing on 1 leg.

The hip abductors (gluteus medius and minimus) also attach to the pelvis. The gluteus medius and minimus are very important for hip stability, and they are especially important for stabilizing the hip and pelvis when standing on one leg. This is one of the reasons I say that balance exercises are so important in core training.

The hamstrings are the muscles on the back of the thigh, and they attach to the bottom of the pelvis. Strong hamstrings can help to anchor and stabilize the pelvis, and tight inflexible hamstrings can pull on the pelvis and negatively affect lower back posture.

The gluteus maximus is the largest muscle in the body and it attaches to the back of the pelvis. It extends thigh at the hip, and assists in laterally rotating the thigh. It works with the hamstrings to move the pelvis and also helps to stabilize the pelvis. Bridges can be considered a core exercise because it works the glutes while keeping the spine stable.

The external obliques attach to the ribs and pelvis but they are located superficially compared to the internal obliques. The external obliques are designed slightly more for moving the spine than stabilizing, but the external obliques  also help to stabilize the pelvis and lower back.

The rectus abdominus (6 pack)
is probably the most popular core muscle. It runs down the front of the spine, and it is the main muscle for flexing and bending. It is the main muscle for core exercises such as crunches and sit-ups.

So, what exercises, will help strengthen your core? Primarily we recommend yoga..http://www.springsyoga.com

and Pilates. We also know some private instructors if you need one. Just give us a call.


Dr. Saul and Staff


Author: Dr. Steven Saul
Source: Internet Articles ,Kinetic Spine and Sports
Copyright: Dr. Steven Saul 2012


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How do you know what you need?


How do you know what supplements you need? Due to the over rotation of crops and the demineralization of the soil, foods no longer contain the nutrients we need!

Our Advanced Body Chemistry Test checks 11 key Bio-markers to help you achieve Biochemical balance and wellness.

These include  Acid-Alkaline Balance, Adrenal Stress, Cellular Respiration and Oxidative stress levels and Free Radical production.

The test determines exactly what nutritional support is needed to get these Bio Markers in range for optimal health. It has changed peoples lives!

If you would like more information, please contact the office at 404 252 0014.

 Sincerely,

 Dr. Saul

Author: Dr. Steven Saul
Source: Dr. Steven Saul
Copyright: Dr. Steven Saul 2009


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Those Pregnancy Related Pains

Pregnancy is a time of rapid physiological changes with the most dramatic being physical. Those physical changes are often associated with pain and discomfort. For those expecting mothers who do experience pain and discomfort, the primary location is in the region of the lower back, pelvic girdle and legs. A recent study conducted by the Spain National Health Service indicated that more than half of pregnant women experience low back pain (71%) and pelvic girdle pain (65%), and close to half (46%) experience leg pain. Results came from 61 clinicians across 5 regions in Spain consisting of 1158 pregnant women in their 31st through 38th week of pregnancy. Chiropractors have thorough training to assist with the physical pain and discomfort often associated with pregnancy. There are a number of chiropractic techniques as well as exercise and stretching regimes that can be utilized to help reduce the pain and discomfort of pregnancy and keep the future mom on track for the big day. If you're an expecting mother experiencing those pregnancy related pains and discomfort, why not consider safe, natural chiropractic care.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Spine: 01 August 2012 - Volume 37 - Issue 17.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2012


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Fit At 50 Means Less Chronic Disease

In a finding that should come as a surprise to no one, a new U.S. study concluded that physically fit 50 year olds suffered less from chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease and colon cancer, as they aged. The study of over 18,600 men and women, linked treadmill tests, done at the age of 50 and meant to establish cardiovascular health, to an additional 26 years of Medicare claims. Men in the lowest fifth of fitness scores in the initial evaluation experienced a rate of chronic disease of 28 percent per year. In contrast, the the rate of the top fifth was 16 percent per year. In women, the rates were 20 percent and 11 percent. Currently, national guidelines recommend 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise or 75 minutes of high-intensity exercise per week. While the findings do not prove that exercise cuts the risk of chronic disease, it does appear that it makes a difference as we age. However, researchers added that the study did not take into account genetic and environmental factors which may affect the chronic disease rates.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Archives of Internal Medicine, online August 27, 2012.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2012


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"Organic" May Not Necessarily Mean "More Nutritious"

A team of researchers from Stanford University recently concluded that organic produce and meat isn't any better for you than non-organic food when it comes to vitamin and nutrient content. The study compiled over 200 other studies that compared the health of people eating organic versus conventional foods, along with the nutrient and contaminant levels of the foods themselves. The researchers found there was no difference in the amount of vitamins in the plant and animal products, and only a slight difference in the nutrient values. To be considered "organic", U. S. Department of Agriculture guidelines require that farms avoid the use of synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, hormones and antibiotics and that livestock have access to pastures while grazing. Unsurprisingly, the researchers noted that the organic foods generally reduced exposure to pesticides and antibiotic-resistant bacteria. In the studies, more than a third of the conventional produce had detectable pesticide residues, compared to just seven percent of the organic samples. Conventional pork and chicken were 33 percent more likely to carry antibiotic resistant bacteria than their organic counterparts. However, because both the organic and non-organic samples fell well within acceptable pesticide residue levels as set by the USDA, the Stanford team added that more research is needed to explore the benefits of organic foods before drawing any further conclusions of it's effects on human health.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Ann Intern Med. 4 September 2012;157(5):348-366.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2012


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Autism Linked To Father's Age?

A study of 78 families with children diagnosed with autism found that the age of the father when the child was conceived was key to the risk of the disorders developing. Autism spectrum disorders can range from the relatively mild social engagement difficulties seen in people with Asperger's syndrome, to severe mental retardation with a profound inability to communicate. Currently in the United States an estimated 1 in 88 children have autism. The study, led by researchers in Iceland and recently published in Nature found that, as men age, the number of hereditary mutations in their sperm increased. These mutations proportionally increased the chance their offspring would develop autism or schizophrenia. It is estimated that an average of two new gene mutations occurred for every year in the father's age past puberty; meaning the chance for new mutations being passed on to offspring doubled every 16.5 years from puberty on. The Icelandic study's findings also supported three recent American studies which found that fathers were four times more likely to pass on these mutations than mothers. The average age of Icelandic fathers in the study was 33 years. But, the researchers pointed out that because there are so many factors that contribute to the health of offspring, it is not possible to say at what age this could be a concern to an expectant father.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Nature 488, 439 (23 August 2012).
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2012


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