Health-E-News November 2013
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Back Pain is the # 1 cause of disability in North America
The 5 lumbar bones of the lower spine not only support the body but protect the spinal cord and nerves. Between the vertebrae are shock absorbent fluid-filled discs. Damage to these bones and nerves can cause debilitating pain and numbness, making it difficult to work or even perform basic acts of daily living.
Back injuries can result from heavy lifting, sports, twisting while lifting, or even gardening, any time you're using the lower back muscles for activities that they aren't used to. The “new” activity causes muscle spasms, sprained ligaments or herniated (slipped) discs. And pain. It can also be caused by inactivity such as sitting too much and lack of regular movement, leading to premature degeneration of joints and discs. Halting physical activity, with the belief that the pain will disappear, may seem logical but can actually make it all worse.
Seeing your Chiropractor on a regular basis, and incorporating regular physical exercise into your life can make all the difference, and keep back pain at bay.
Could The Consumption Of Refined Grains And Sugars Be Linked To Developing Alzheimer's Disease?
Turns out that they could be. According to research conducted over the past 8 years, Alzheimer's is revealing itself as a metabolic disease, similar in part with Type 2 Diabetes. In fact, Alzheimer's has been nicknamed “Type 3 Diabetes” because of the apparent relationship between it, abnormal blood sugars and developing insulin resistance. Being overweight, inactive and eating an unhealthy diet can set us up for developing this debilitating disease later on in life. There is still so much more to learn about this intriguing relationship, such as investigating slowing the progression of Alzheimer's through the use of anti-diabetic drugs.
Yet another reason to eat healthy (reduce your intake of added sugars and carbohydrates, eat your fruits and vegetables etc.), maintain a healthy weight and waist measurement (40 inches for men, 35 inches for women), and exercise regularly (moderate intensity for 2.5 hours a week).
iPosture Being Blamed for Back Pain Among Young Adults
We have iPods, iPhones, iPads and now we have iPosture!
An alarming number of 18 to 24-year olds are reporting back pain, and hand held electronics seem to be the cause. The pain is a product of the stooped body posture adopted by those who are texting, emailing or playing games on their iPods, iPhones, iPads and all other hand held electronic devices. The reported pain is leading to more lost work days per year as compared to previous generations.
When operating your gadgets, hold them out in front of you or view them on a table propped at an angle, and maintain good posture. Taking a break from viewing the screen every 15 minutes helps too. Stretch your neck, move your head from side to side, and shift your hands and weight (stand if seated, sit down if standing). Keep your shoulders relaxed, and elbows close to the body. Keep your hands, wrists, forearms and thighs parallel to the floor.
To minimize the stress on your spine, put down the electronics, take a break, stretch and see us for a spinal check to ensure you are not damaging your spine.
Exercise Is As Effective As Medication For Treating Heart Disease And Diabetes
Over and over again the benefits of regular exercise are being touted, and yet so many fail to take action for one reason or another. We know that just a brisk walk a day (moderate intensity for 2.5 hours a week) can help lower the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol.
How about exercising so as to avoid taking medication, specifically in regards to heart disease and diabetes?
Researchers from the London School of Economics, Harvard Medical School and Stanford University School of Medicine wanted to find out if exercise was as effective as medication in preventing and treating chronic illnesses. They compared the effect of exercise to that of drug therapy on four different health outcomes: heart disease, recovery from stroke, heart failure treatment and the prevention of diabetes. They found that diabetes was prevented equally between groups that were taking medication and those who exercised. And heart patients did not experience any additional events when taking medications as compared to exercise alone. As for patients who had experienced a stroke, physical activity was a more powerful healer than medication. In fact, the only group that didn't benefit from exercise as compared to medication involved those with heart failure, due to the fact that physical activity is often limited as it can be too strenuous.