If you run, walk, jog, or hike more than a mile per week – this is important!
If you want to overcome (or avoid) pain in the foot, knee, hip or low back – this is important!
If you want to avoid a knee or hip replacement in the future… yep, you guessed it – this is important!
Ever feel like one leg is shorter than the other?
According to research it is actually quite common. Some researchers say that nearly 80% of the population has one leg that is anatomically shorter than the other.
Many do not realize it as they have never been properly evaluated for short leg syndrome, also referred to as leg length inequality (LLI).
Sadly, like a cavity in a tooth that goes undetected, LLI can wreak havoc in our body.
Common complaints associated with LLI include:
- Pain in the foot, ankle, knee, or hip
- Low back pain
- IT band syndrome
- Leg muscle asymmetry/imbalance
- Plantar fasciitis
These issues get worse with time, especially if we put heavy demands on our body via work and exercise.
WARNING: short leg syndrome is often missed or misdiagnosed by “experts” in the health and fitness industry.
Having a short leg is like having a front end alignment problem with your vehicle. It reduces performance of the vehicle. It produces excess wear and tire on the vehicle.
Whether you are an athlete, a weekend warrior, or just someone that wants your body to work right and last longer… this is something we need to be on top of, right?
How do we know if we have it and what can we do about it?
Well known doctor explains more in this short video.
Important items from this video:
- The one critical step to knowing if you have it or not?
- The healthcare professional most qualified to assess you?
- What can happen if you have it and do nothing about it?
- How can leg length inequality be fixed or improved?
One last thing…
As a Doctor of Chiropractic, I recommend that every child have a proper assessment like that mentioned in the video above. Whether a person has symptoms or not, they should know if they have LLI and what their options are before medication and surgery become their only option.
If you know someone that has any of the complaints listed above, please share this information with them today.
If you need help…
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The Dental Hygiene Analogy
Should we have been taught to go to a Chiropractor like we go to a Dentist?
The answer to the question is in the analogy…
Important details you might need:
- Daily stress on our spine is like bacteria in a tooth
- Spinal stress (injury or non-injury related) affects children as much as it affects adults
- Spinal stress will cause premature decay of the joints, muscles, discs, and nerves
- A Doctor of Chiropractic can find spinal stress like a Doctor of Dentistry can find a cavity
- A healthy mouth and a healthy spine require a well designed hygiene routine
- Without a spinal & dental hygiene routine, consequences are inevitable
Let’s think it through and ask ourselves the tough question…
Spinal stress is like bacteria in a tooth… spinal stress stems from bad posture, old injuries, slips and falls, rough housing and sports, poor work & school related ergonomics, etc… spinal stress creates excess pressure and chronic tension on important parts of our body… with all this being true and logical… why do so many of us neglect our spine by not having a spinal hygiene routine and refusing to go to a Chiropractor on a regular basis?
Let’s look at it from a different angle…
We were taught that if we don’t take care of our teeth, we will regret it later in life. This is why every man, woman, and child has a dental hygiene routine and sees a Doctor of Dentistry on a regular basis.
Maybe it is time for us to finally “get it” when it comes to spinal hygiene… every man, woman, and child should have a well designed spinal hygiene routine and proactively visit a Doctor of Chiropractic on a regular basis.
See how important the Dental Hygiene Analogy actually is? Can you see how important spinal hygiene is to maintaining health and preventing dysfunction or disease?
“We would be wise to keep our spine and nerve system well adjusted with chiropractic care. We would be wise to keep our spine ‘cavity-free’ for life.”
CONCLUSION: The Dental Hygiene Analogy easily explains how not having a Chiropractor and a spinal hygiene routine can impact our future well-being. Is this not a great reason to keep our spine healthy with chiropractic? Is this not a good reason to help every man, woman, and child you know get under the care of a good wellness-based Doctor of Chiropractic? We think so, and we hope you do too.
Should we have been taught to go to a Chiropractor like we go to a Dentist?
Please tell everyone you know about what you just learned, okay?
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Hugging is definitely a powerful way to improve anyone’s day, especially when done a certain way. More on that in a moment.
But first, are you aware of just how much a hug can benefit you chemically and electrically?
Research shows that a good hug has many benefits for sickness, dis-ease, loneliness, anxiety, depression, and stress.
Here are 9 good reasons to hug more often:
- The act of hugging instinctually builds trust, safety and a sense of community. This helps encourage healthy communication and a sense of being connected with others.
- Hugs can instantly boost oxytocin levels. Oxytocin is a powerful hormone that acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain. It helps with loneliness, isolation, or anger. Hugs are like a drug, but without side effects. In this case, addiction is encouraged.
- Holding a hug for an extended period of time can increase serotonin levels (another powerful neurotransmitter), thus elevating mood and creating a sense of well-being and happiness. It’s as if our internal pharmacy relies on hugs to keep the doors open.
- Hugs strengthen the immune system. The gentle pressure on the sternum combined with the emotional charge of a hug can stimulate the solar plexus (a nerve bundle in the abdomen). This can stimulate the thymus gland, which regulates and balances the body’s production of white blood cells.
- Hugging can relax muscles and reduce tension by increasing circulation within soft tissues.
- Hugging boosts self-esteem and the ability to love thyself. All the attention and tactile stimulation we received though hugs as children leaves an imprint or memory within our nervous system. Hugging reminds us that we are important and worthy of love.
- Hugs balance out the nervous system. The galvanic skin response of giving and receiving a hug shows a a change in skin conductance. These changes suggest that a hug initiates a more relaxed, parasympathetic state within the nerve system.
- Hugs teach us that there is equal value to giving and receiving in life. Hugs remind us that love is meant to be given and received.
- Hugs are like a mini yoga or mediation session. They teach us to be present and in the moment. They remind us to be conscious of our heart, our feelings, our breath, and the moments that matter most in life.
As Chiropractors we advocate the importance of a healthy nervous system, which makes hugging a side effect free prescription for better health.
There is a saying by Virginia Satir, a respected family therapist, “We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need twelve hugs a day for growth.”
One last thing…
If only a proper hug will benefit us so greatly, what constitutes a proper hug?
Well, hugging someone like they have cuddies or as a mere courtesy will not do. It needs to be a full embrace with a sense of meaning and intention.
Just commit to it. You deserve it. So do they.
On a personal note…
As a loving husband, I get plenty of hugs from my beautiful wife every single day. But, after writing this article I am inclined to double my dosage.
Truth is, the most important part of my day for the last several years is the hug we have upon delivery of the coffee to her bedside. Apparently, I innately knew that this is the best way to start the day.
Now, we just have a few other reasons to keep doing it forever and ever, Amen?
written by Dr. Craig Burns, DC
How Can We “Turn The Power On” In Our Body, And Keep It On For The Rest Of Our Lives?
This poster actually says a lot about how our body works, don’t you think? Have you ever thought about how nerve energy runs our body or how it influences our state of health and happiness?
Sadly, most of us were never taught this. Fortunately, it’s never too late to learn more about a big idea like this and use it to our advantage.
What Is The Short & Simple Explanation?
Our body is an electrical system… nerve energy is what regulates bodily function… it flows from our brain down to our body through our spinal column… it flows through channels formed by the bones out to organs, glands and muscles… it supplies everything with much needed energy and information.
What happens if the flow of nerve energy becomes compromised?
- Abnormal function and dis-ease
What Is The Short & Simple Conclusion?
Let’s keep the electricity flowing properly through our spine and keep the “lights on” to all the pieces and parts that those nerves go to.
Let’s keep our POWER ON with chiropractic.
This is just what smart, health conscious people know and do nowadays.
Would you agree?
Real World Examples Of This Principle?
It may be you or it may be someone you know… but, if it looks or feels like the power is not on… please know that there is hope. Find a good wellness-based Doctor of Chiropractic. They can do things for us and teach us things that nobody else can.
It’s not just okay, it is perhaps the best thing a parent could do for their child’s health and well-being.
Truth is, we are very rough on our body when we are young and reckless.
Ever slide down the stairs on your butt, jump off of something you shouldn’t have, or play sports as a child? Much of what children do in their youth would put a middle aged body on bedrest for a week.
The truth is, these developing bodies need more attention than we were led to believe.
A seemingly insignificant fall or jarring event can literally alter the course of their future by altering the health of their spine and posture. Shockingly, it’s not just the bones in their back that we need to be worried about. It’s what inside that matters most.
No, this is not your momma’s speech about self-confidence. We are talking about the spinal cord and the spinal nerves (our body’s central nervous system). This complex electrical system is basically our body’s operating system. If that gets even mildly irritated or stressed, we’ve got problems!
Just think about this for a second… how important is it that the operating system on your computer or mobile device, or the one in your vehicle or home actually works properly on a regular basis? Sadly, we were never taught to think about the one inside our own body, were we? This is why we cannot allow stress in our spine to promote interference or disturbance to our nervous system (our body’s operating system).
Chiropractors refer to this common problem as a subluxation… a condition whereby the spine is not aligned properly or moving properly which promotes dysfunction of the muscles and joints, the nerves and organs, and even the brain.
Can you see how all those slips and falls, the rough housing, the backpacks, and the long hours sitting in school can take a toll? In fact, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) states that the average child will fall over 2,000+ times before they hit puberty, and many of those falls will be traumatic enough to cause bigger problems later in life if not adequately addressed.
Besides helping a child grow and develop properly (i.e. avoid scoliosis and bad posture), chiropractic care has been shown to help with a host of other common issues like bedwetting, a weak immune system, allergies and asthma, ADD / ADHD / SPD, etc. How is this possible? Again, it comes down to how the relationship between the spine and the nerve system can influence bodily function from the inside-out.
If you think about it, a well-cared for spine and nerve system is essential to a healthy childhood. Chiropractic care is known to reduce nerve stress and improve nerve function. Again, what is coordinating the growth and development of that little body? That’s right, it is our central nervous system, which just so happens to run through our spinal column.
So, with all this being said, could the benefits of chiropractic care not only help a child achieve optimal growth and development, but also determine their potential for health and happiness later in life? Many health experts nowadays are saying YES!
This is why every family should see a wellness-based Doctor of Chiropractic. It’s not just for aches and pains. It’s because they can do things for us, and teach us things, that nobody else can.
“One day every parent will come to see that taking their children to the Chiropractor is as necessary and beneficial as taking them to the Dentist.”
How To Find The Best Chiropractor Near You For Pediatric Care & Advice?
Tip #1: Call ahead and ask if they specialize in seeing kids and infants. Some do. Some do not. It’s always best to simply ask.
Tip #2: Look for the most popular Chiropractor near you. Look at how many Google reviews they have from happy clients and customers. For example, you could perform a Google search like Chiropractor in Centennial Colorado to check their online review status. Check neighboring towns as well. The best ones are worth driving to!
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Do You Know Someone That HAS EVER BEEN…
In A Car Accident Of 5mph Or More?
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Our Blueprint For Solving These Problems:
- Get a chiropractic evaluation after every accident (new or old)
- Get expert advice that can prevent future problems
- Never assume the accident was “too tiny” to cause problems
- Never assume children are fine after ANY car accident
ADVICE: Find a trusted Doctor of Chiropractic who can properly assess for ANY DAMAGE that may have happened (even the small one, even if they happened long ago). They can help you more than you know.
REMEMBER: Small problems now always lead to bigger problems later. (think cavities versus root canals)
LASTLY: If you have never been properly evaluated, call us today. AND, if you know someone that this information might apply to, please help them find their way to our office, or an office just like ours – before it’s too late!
What Every Parent Ought To Know About Vitamin-D For Kids…
Secrets Of The Super Healthy Revealed!
- How important Vitamin-D is for your child?
- Who to trust for specific and accurate advice?
- Exactly what to buy – and, what not to buy?
There is a vast body of science showing the many health benefits of vitamin D. You may be surprised to learn the important role that vitamin D plays in your child’s health.
- Bone health
- Dental cavities
- Gluten intolerance
- Infections, bacterial/viral
Vitamin D Helps Regulate Your Child’s Immune System?
Vitamin D3 is a potent immune system modulator. There is plenty of scientific evidence that vitamin D has several different effects on immune system function that may enhance your child’s immunity and inhibit the development of autoimmune disorders.
Good Question: Could vitamin D help my child’s allergies, asthma, eczema, food hypersensitivity issues, propensity for colds and infections?
Vitamin D Helps Regulate Your Child’s Blood Sugar?
The active form of vitamin D plays a role in insulin secretion under conditions of increased insulin demand. There is reason to suggest that insufficient vitamin D levels may have an adverse effect on insulin secretion and glucose tolerance in type 2 diabetes.
Good Question: Could vitamin D3 help regulate my child’s blood sugar and help ward off the development of diabetes?
Vitamin D Enhances Your Child’s Brain Function?
Vitamin D isn’t just good for boosting hormone levels and promoting bone health. There are actually receptors for Vitamin D in the central nervous system and in the hippocampus (memory and spatial recognition) region of the brain – and in these areas, Vitamin D not only protects neurons, but also regulates enzymes in the brain and cerebrospinal fluid that are involved in neurotransmitter synthesis and nerve growth.
One recent study investigating Vitamin D and cognitive function found that the lower the Vitamin D levels, the more negative the performance is on mental tests. Another study found that people with lower vitamin D levels have slower ability to process information.
Good Question: Could increasing vitamin D enhance my child’s brain chemistry and overall mental abilities?
The Right Kind, The Right Dose!
Here are a few links to what we take and recommend to parents. We prefer LifeSource, a Christian based company that offers high quality products at very affordable prices.
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Vitamin D Specifications For Kids
Type: Vitamin D3 is the only option. This is the natural form of vitamin D. Typically prescription vitamin D is in the form of vitamin D2, the synthetic version (not good). We prefer liquid vitamin D3. It is far easier to consume than pill version, especially when you need to adjust dosage for child versus adult or for maintenance versus recovery.
Dosage: The are 4 modes of thinking here (child, adult, maintenance, recovery). Maintenance versus recovery refers to maintaining optimal immune system function (not sick) versus improving a weakened or challenged immune system (being sick).
- Child (maintenance) = 2,000 i/u per day
- Child (recovery/sick) = 4,000 i/u per day
- Adult (maintenance) = 5,000 i/u per day
- Adult (recovery/sick) = 10,000 i/u per day
NOTE: There is more inaccurate and outdated information about vitamin-D on the internet today than there is good information. The guidelines above come from a large volume of personal research cross referenced with the most credible sources we know of. You can, and perhaps should, get your vitamin D levels checked. We never have. We just follow the guidelines listed above!
Massive Scientific Error Reported Regarding Daily Dosage
A recent investigation that went viral was Researchers at UC San Diego and Creighton University have challenged the intake of vitamin D recommended by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Institute of Medicine (IOM), stating that their Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for vitamin D underestimates the need by a factor of ten.
In a letter published in the journal Nutrients the scientists confirmed a calculation error noted by other investigators, by using a data set from a different population. Dr. Cedric F. Garland, Dr.P.H., adjunct professor at UC San Diego’s Department of Family Medicine and Public Health said his group was able to confirm findings published by Dr. Paul Veugelers from the University of Alberta School of Public Health that were reported last October in the same journal.
“Both these studies suggest that the IOM underestimated the requirement substantially,” said Garland. “The error has broad implications for public health regarding disease prevention and achieving the stated goal of ensuring that the whole population has enough vitamin D to maintain bone health.”
The recommended intake of vitamin D specified by the IOM is 600 IU/day through age 70 years, and 800 IU/day for older ages. “Calculations by us and other researchers have shown that these doses are only about one-tenth those needed to cut incidence of diseases related to vitamin D deficiency,” Garland explained.
Robert Heaney, M.D., of Creighton University wrote: “We call for the NAS-IOM and all public health authorities concerned with transmitting accurate nutritional information to the public to designate, as the RDA, a value of approximately 7,000 IU/day from all sources.”
The above post is reprinted from materials provided by Creighton University. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.
Paul Veugelers, John Ekwaru. A Statistical Error in the Estimation of the Recommended Dietary Allowance for Vitamin D. Nutrients, 2014; 6 (10): 4472 DOI: 10.3390/nu6104472
One Last Thing…
Stay away from the sugary, highly preserved, artificially fortified vitamin options you find in your local grocery stores. That is why we recommend LifeSource and Juice Plus. Quality is key, especially when it comes to children!
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