Health-E-News June 2015
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2015 Masters Tournament Winner, Jordan Spieth, Credits Chiropractic Care for Good Health and Peak Performance
Following a record-breaking win at the 2015 Masters Tournament, 21-year-old Jordan Spieth recognized those who significantly contributed to his victory, including his doctor of chiropractic Troy Van Biezen, Dallas, Texas. Since the age of 14, Spieth has relied upon chiropractic care to prevent injuries as well as optimize overall health and athletic performance.
“Dr. Van Biezen is an important member of my team and, thanks to his care, my all-time dream of winning the Masters Tournament has now become a reality,” states Jordan Spieth.
Noting that four out of five golfers experience back pain as a result of repetitive swinging, Dr. Van Biezen says, “Since a very young age, Jordan has aspired to win the Masters and has since applied great discipline to achieve this goal. Many athletes, and especially golfers, understand the significance to spinal and pelvic motion to functional performance.”
“Regular chiropractic care helps to alleviate back pain and greatly improve an athlete's game,” states Dr. Van Biezen, a graduate of Parker University. “Back pain is the most common complaint among golfers, but isn't the only pain experienced. Neck, shoulder, elbow and hip pain are also common complaints among golfers of all ages. Regular chiropractic care offers an effective non-pharmacologic solution for golfers seeking to rid themselves of pain and properly prepare for a successful and enjoyable game.”
Strength Training Bay Prevent Tension Headaches
Strength training may help prevent tension headaches, or at least reduce their pain. Researchers found that neck and shoulder muscles were up to 26 per cent weaker in people with regular tension headaches, compared with those without. They also saw strength imbalances between sets of muscles that hold the head straight.
People with tension-type headaches may feel like they have a tight band wrapped around their head but with less pain than is felt from cluster headaches or migraines, which tend to strike one side of the head. Cluster headaches are often accompanied by sinus congestion or runny nose, while migraines cause throbbing, moderate-to-severe pain and sometimes nausea and/or vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound.
The healthy people in the study had 26 per cent stronger neck extension (looking up) than those with tension-type headaches, but there was only a slight difference between groups in neck flexor (looking down) strength. As a result, the ratio of extension and flexion strength was 12 per cent larger in the healthy comparison group.
Past studies have also shown that forward-leaning head posture and weaker neck extension might be contributing to tension headaches.
The use of computers, laptops and tablets has increased in recent years, and this may increase the time sitting with a forward head posture.
Along with watching your posture, neck, shoulder and upper back exercises are key to strengthening your back muscles.
If you are unsure about what exercise is best for you, be sure to ask us.
3 Simple But Effective Tricks To Keep Exercising
Struggling with self-discipline doesn't mean you have to raise the white flag and declare your efforts to improve your habits a complete failure. Instead, work to increase the chances that you'll stick to your healthier habits - even when you don't feel like it.
These tricks can help you stick to your good habits over the long haul:
1. Plan ahead to reduce the excuses. When it comes to bad habits, we often look for excuses to give ourselves. Proper planning, however, makes it less likely that you'll be able to find excuses to give up. Put your gym shoes next to the bed at night so you'll see them first thing in the morning. Pack your lunch the night before so you can't convince yourself you don't have time. Look for strategies that will decrease your ability to make excuses for ditching your good habits.
2. Make it harder to give into temptation during a moment of weakness. We all have vulnerabilities that can sidetrack us from reaching our goals. Recognize the times when you're most likely to give into temptation and make it harder for a single moment of weakness to sabotage your best efforts.
3. Create a list of all the reasons you should keep going. Giving in and giving up are decisions often made based on emotion, rather than logic. Reading a list of the reasons why it's important to reach your goals can increase the likelihood that you'll stick to your good habits.
The Limits of Tylenol for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is widely recommended for the relief of back pain and the pain of knee and hip arthritis. But a systematic review of randomized trials has found that it works no better than a placebo.
The review, published online in BMJ, found high quality evidence that Tylenol is ineffective in treating low back pain or disability. It also found evidence that the drug quadruples the risk of an abnormal liver function test, but the clinical significance of that finding is unclear.
Clinical guidelines from medical groups typically recommend acetaminophen for pain relief, but “the American guidelines were published in 2007, when the evidence was weaker,” said the senior author, Manuela L. Ferreira, an associate professor at the George Institute for Global Health in Sydney. “This new evidence — the highest quality evidence from papers all over the world — shows that it is time to review the recommendations on acetaminophen.”
The lead author, Gustavo C. Machado, added that patients should talk to their doctors and “discuss what are the best treatment options, and what are the risks and benefits. And they should be aware that this review shows that acetaminophen should not be recommended as a first line analgesic for these conditions.”