The Chiro Corner

Headaches Getting You Down?

Unfortunately headaches are truly a pain!!! Some people suffer with them daily and it can affect their job performance and even social life.

Research shows that spinal manipulation – one of the primary treatments provided by doctors of chiropractic – may be an effective treatment option for tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck. A 2014 report in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) found that interventions commonly used in chiropractic care improved outcomes for the treatment of acute and chronic neck pain and increased benefit was shown in several instances where a multimodal approach to neck pain had been used1. Also, a 2011 JMPT study found that chiropractic care, including spinal manipulation, improves migraine and cervicogenic headaches.

What Can a Doctor of Chiropractic Do?

  • Your doctor of chiropractic may do one or more of the following if you suffer from a primary headache:
  • Perform spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustments to improve spinal function and alleviate the stress on your system.
  • Provide nutritional advice, recommending a change in diet and perhaps the addition of B complex vitamins.
  • Offer advice on posture, ergonomics (work postures), exercises and relaxation techniques. This advice should help to relieve the recurring joint irritation and tension in the muscles of the neck and upper back.

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10 Ways to Jump Start Your Metabolism

Summer time is a great way to jump start that metabolism. Walking throughout festivals, hiking on the trails, camping and fishing. There are so many fun and active things to do during the summer. For those looking for a little more to get your metabolism going check out our “TOP 5” food and supplement picks that might be able to help you out. As always, before your start something new please check it out and get approval from your health care physician. At DYC, we can customize a health eating plan for you to meet your goals.

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Our Pick for Top 5 Foods

1. Almonds! Unless of course you have a nut allergy. Research suggests that almonds and other tree nuts can help you out due to the essential fatty acids they contain.

2. Salad any one? Cabbage, Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli, Cauliflower, and others has a healthy effect on your metabolism and your fiber intake.

3. Drink green tea. It has catching in it… and according to the University of Maryland Medical Center it may help temporarily boost your metabolism.

4. Coconut oil. It tastes great and is full of the good fatty acids your body needs.

5. Good Old H2O! Keep all of your organs and muscles functioning the way they should be making sure you get enough water each day.

Our Pick for Top 5 Supplements

1. l-Carnitine, the bioactive form of carnitine, has been shown to play a key role in muscle fuel metabolism during exercise, resulting in increased fatty acid oxidation and energy expenditure.

2. Spice it up!!!! Hot spices contain capsaicin, which increases heat production in the digestive process thus temporarily boosting your metabolic rate.

3. Take your “B’s”. With enough B vitamins (especially if you are not eating enough of #2 foods), your body will metabolize more efficiently and boost energy production.

4. Co-Enzyme Q10 (aka CoQ10). By making more oxygen available to muscle cells, CoQ10 can help increase the strength and efficiency of muscles.

5. Creatine. This is at the bottom of the list because it’s not for everyone, but definitely for those that are living a very active lifestyle and those working out frequently. Creatine is a compound that muscles use to store energy. And it’s also widely used as an ergogenic aid to enhance athletic performance.

 

You may notice that #’s and amounts are not on the list. That’s because the recommended value depends on your weight, activities of daily living, and other factors.

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