Nutrition Guidelines For Older People

by Administrator 19. September 2012 05:18

As we age, the importance of eating a nutritious and well-balanced diet increases manifold. The benefits of following the recommended dietary guidelines for older people include stronger immunity, increased stamina, better management of disease, and increased energy levels. Apart from this, it also helps in the emotional well being of the elderly, keeping them positive and emotionally balanced.

An average meal for an elderly adult should consist of at least 300 calories, and should contain around 15g of protein, a rich whole-grain carbohydrate source, and a serving of vegetables. Ideally, the protein consumption in grams per day should be half the body weight in pounds.

It is also important to maintain a healthy calcium intake. Some of the richest sources of calcium are milk, yoghurt, cheese, tofu, almonds, etc. Also, getting enough Vitamin D is essential for the absorption of calcium. Since the skin's ability to synthesize Vitamin D decreases with age, the elderly might need to supplement levels of this vitamin through fortified foods or multivitamins.

The levels of Vitamin B 12 also drop in the elderly, due to the decreased secretion of gastric acid in the stomach after the age of 50, which interferes in the absorption of this vitamin. Since this vitamin is essential for the proper functioning of the nervous system, older people must ensure that they meet the recommended daily intake of vitamin B12, which is 2.4 mcg, through fortified foods or supplements.

The elderly need to consume at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables everyday.  Antioxidant-rich vegetables such as dark, green ones like kale, spinach, and broccoli and orange and yellow ones like carrots, squash, and yams are ideal for the elderly. Taking a cue from the Japanese and including 5 colors on the plate is a great idea for older people. Blackberries, melons, zucchini, and tomatoes are some great ideas to add to the food palette.

The elderly lose their ability to regulate fluid levels in their body, and also have a weakened sensation of thirst. It is thus important to ensure that they drink sufficient water throughout the day. Dehydration can lead to urinary tract infections, disorientation, and constipation, among other problems.

With weakened senses in the elderly, there is a tendency to add more salt and sugar too food, which might be harmful for the body, leading to problems like high blood pressure. Instead, older people should be advised to opt for natural seasonings like oregano, olive oil, garlic, herbs, pepper and other spices, honey, maple syrup, etc.

For more nutrition recommendations and dietary guidelines for older people , visit us at Corrective Chiropractic and Wellness, 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548 or call us at (254) 698-1600.

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Chiropractic Treatment For Chiari Malformation

by Administrator 12. September 2012 08:34

Chiari malformation is a structural disorder in the brain, which affects the outflow of the Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). This can be associated with various symptoms such as improper coordination, nausea, dizziness, headache, fatigue, and in extreme cases, even paralysis. The effect on the life of a patient varies according to the extent of the malformation. While in some cases the disease may have just a very slight impact, in other’s it might be severely affecting. The surgical treatment of the disease, which includes options like decompression, shunting, and duraplasty, is associated with several side effects and a high risk factor.

Chiropractic treatment for chiari malformation, on the other hand serves as a favorable alternative therapy, which is non-invasive, painless, and is not associated with any side effects. Patients undergoing chiropractic treatment begin to experience relief in around 6 months, with regular sessions. The treatment begins with an MRI scan which is used to ascertain the extent and nature of the malformation. This is followed by manual adjustments in the upper region of the spine, which are expertly performed to gradually bring the cerebellar tonsils to their correct position. It is advisable to continue getting periodic MRI scans so as to have a clear picture of the progress being made with the therapy.

However, if you opt for getting chiropractic treatment for your chiari malformation, it is important that you visit a certified chiropractor with proven expertise in treating the condition. The condition involves the brain, which makes it a disorder of very sensitive nature, and if a quack twists the neck randomly in an attempt to correct the malformation, there is a high risk of the condition worsening. However, a well-trained chiropractor will know better than twisting the neck of a patient with a chiari malformation, and will focus on correcting the upper cervical subluxation.

The treatment varies from patient to patient, and is influenced by the results of a cervical analysis, the symptoms being experienced by the patient, and the cause of the disorder. While some patients experience immediate relief after 2-3 sessions, others might need more prolonged treatment for the effect to be visible. Since the disease takes place on a purely physical level, with the cerebellar tonsils being displaced into the upper cervical spinal cord, it is only logical that its treatment should also be carried out using a physical technique. Chiropractic treatment does just that, and with collaboration with other medical experts can significantly reduce symptoms associated with chiari malformation.

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Chiropractic Care For TMJ

by Administrator 27. July 2012 07:22

TMJ, short for Tempomandibular Joint disorder, is a condition associated with severe pain in the mouth region, caused by an inflammation in the tempomandibular joint, which connects the skull to the mandible; or in the muscles involved in jaw movements. It is closely related to bruxism (grinding/ clenching of teeth), with the underlying cause being an abnormality in the oral musculoskeletal system. It could be caused by altered function of the muscles of mastication, or disc displacement. The most common symptom of the disease is pain, which can also be associated with loss of function in the affected region.

Other symptoms that are commonly experienced by patients with TMJ include- involuntary blinking, difficulty while chewing, grating sound in the mouth, impaired ability to close and open mouth, headache and ear pain (mostly in the morning), dizziness, shoulder pain, neck pain, etc.  With most of the conventional forms of treatment for TMJ being high-risk and irreversible, or merely symptomatic, chiropractic treatment of the disease is emerging as a widely-sought option.

Chiropractic treatment lays its major focus on correcting disorders in bones and joints, which makes it a favorable choice for TMJ patients.
The treatment usually begins with a thorough physical and lifestyle examination, which will include a check into your family history, an X-ray examination, a posture evaluation, a palpation test, and any other tests that your chiropractor might consider significant. If the X-ray examination indicates improper positioning of the condyle head, this might be corrected with the help of an intra-oral splint. In case of TMJ caused by stress, various stress-relieving therapies like massage, counseling, meditation, lifestyle modifications, etc. might be suggested. The programs in the chiropractic treatment of this disease are individually tailored and non-invasive. Certain techniques like electric stimulation, ultrasound, heat, etc. can also be a part of the treatment.

Chiropractic treatment for TMJ also involves joint manipulation, in which the tension in the affected region is relieved by manipulating certain points known as “trigger points”. These points are highly-sensitive knot-like structures rich in muscle fibers. A chiropractor is trained in identifying and manipulating these trigger points for TMJ, hence resulting in pain management. If the jaw misalignment is a result of poor posture, spinal adjustments might offer relief to the patient. Apart from this, your chiropractor is also likely to recommend some home exercises that will aim at strengthening the affected joints, and relieving tension in the tight muscles. The overall effect of the treatment is improved jaw motion and relief from the symptoms of this disorder.

For more information, visit us at Corrective Chiropractic and Wellness located at 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548. You can also call us at (254) 698-1600.

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Chiropractic Care For Vertigo

by Administrator 27. June 2012 07:20

Vertigo is a broad term that is used to describe different forms of dizziness. Patients experience a variety of symptoms, which include a spinning sensation, lightheadedness, nausea, balance problems and a false perception of movement. Vertigo can stem from underlying health conditions, which include ear disease, head trauma, neck trauma, and nervous system disturbances. Chiropractic treatment has gained popularity for the treatment of the condition in chronic sufferers.

It works by correcting the misalignment in the cervical vertebrae, which are usually affected in patients with the condition.  The realignment of these vertebrae is efficient in curing most types of vertigo, especially those that arise due to trauma.  The first step in the treatment of vertigo by chiropractic methods is the identification of the affected joints in the upper neck region. These vertebrae have a direct effect on the transmission of nerve impulses to the brain, and are responsible for the generation of false perceptions of movement and imbalance. Known as cervicogenic vertigo, 90% of the cases of this vertigo are treated with chiropractic techniques.

Another major cause of vertigo is the accumulation of debris in the vestibulocochlear system of the inner ear. This affects the fluid-filled tubes and the hair sensors, which have a key role in maintaining the body’s balance and transmitting signals to the brain. A chiropractic technique known as the Epley Maneuver is adopted in patients with this type of vertigo. This technique shifts the position of the debris, leading to a restoration of the correct transmission of signals in the inner ear.

There are certain exercises that are included in the chiropractic treatment of vertigo, which target the vestibulocochlear system, along with focusing the awareness of the mind and body on balance. When the C1 vertebra of the patient is being corrected using chiropractic techniques, the pressure on the upper spinal cord and brain stem is lifted, which increases the efficiency of the nervous system. On the other hand, if this subluxation is left untreated, the brain stem remains under pressure, and this affects the ability of the nervous system to coordinate movements in the body, which in turn causes vertigo.

With chiropractic manipulation of the atlas, the communication between the brain and the body is restored, and this helps to correct vertigo. Hence, chiropractic care for vertigo is not limited to vertigo caused by trauma, and can be equally effective in other types of the disorder as well.

To know more about chiropractic care and its benefits, visit us at Corrective Chiropractic And Wellness. We are located at 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548 or call us at (254) 698-1600.

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Musculoskeletal Problems (MSD) And Chiropractic Care

by Administrator 25. May 2012 19:15

A musculoskeletal disorder arises when a particular muscle, bone, ligament, nerve or joint is stressed beyond a certain limit repeatedly. This may either be a result of trauma, or may be caused by repetitive use beyond the normal range of motion. Work-related MSDs make for the most common form of the disorder, and are caused by improper posture, prolonged sitting, and a sedentary lifestyle. Upper limbs, necks, shoulder, and the back are the most commonly targeted regions by MSDs. The degree of severity ranges from minor discomfort and acute pain, to chronic pain and immobility. 

Chiropractic treatment employs a variety of techniques involving manual stimulation, and has been found to be effective in tackling the MSDs. This treatment is especially useful in the alleviation of neck pain, and upper and lower back pain. The physiological movement and sound soft tissue shifting techniques employed in the chiropractic treatment for MSDs are effective in treating the disorders that have an underlying biological etiology. 

Several studies have ascertained the efficacy of chiropractic treatment for MSDs, making it emerge as one of the most sought treatment options for this modern-age epidemic. This treatment has been accepted for centuries as an alternative and non-invasive mode of treatment for these disorders. The treatment generally starts with the employment of advanced diagnostic techniques to determine the underlying cause of the disease, and further treatment is based on eradicating this root cause, instead of merely suppressing the symptoms.

Spinal manipulation and spinal readjustment is the basis of the therapy, in which the chiropractor gently applies pressure on the affected vertebrae, with an aim of correcting the misalignment. This practice is usually very soothing and relaxing for the patient. The correction of this subluxation usually results in immediate relief from the symptoms. This treatment has been found to be equally effective in all age-groups of patients suffering from musculoskeletal disorders, and is one of the most documented applications of chiropractic treatment.

Considering how an increasing number of children and adolescents are falling victim to MSDs, which affect their quality of life at a very early stage, chiropractic treatment for these disorders in the young population comes as a welcome ray of hope. The fact that it gives these patients freedom from the harmful side effects of medication and surgery that they would otherwise have to undergo; makes it an option worth considering.

To know more about chiropractics and its benefits, visit us at Corrective Chiropractic and Wellness. We are located at 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548. You can also call us at (254) 698-1600.

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What Is Spinal Curve Restoration?

by Administrator 18. May 2012 17:34

A disoriented spinal curve, more commonly known as a “hunchback”, is something that nearly everyone in the present age of sedentary lifestyles suffers from. Apart from simply looking unsightly, this problem might also manifest in physical symptoms like neck and back pain over time. The most common indications of a spinal curve that need restoration are-

  • Head that extends forward, away from the rest of the body
  • Rounded shoulders
  • Arched upper back
  • Suppressed rib-cage
  • Neck pain
  • Upper back pain
  • Tightness in upper shoulders
  • Stiff neck

This is commonly caused by hours of prolonged sitting, as is demanded by most office jobs, and hunching over laptops, TV screens, smart phones, and other gadgets. Spinal curve restoration is a chiropractic technique that employs various spinal manipulations and advanced equipment designed for the purpose, to offer relief from pain and discomfort in the spinal region. It also enhances the overall appearance of the patient, making them look taller and more confident.

The distortion of the ideal spinal curve is a gradual process that develops over years, which is why it takes some effort and time to undo it. The spine can be compared to a chain. When one link of the chain is distorted, the complete functioning gets disrupted. Similarly, when we begin to extend our heads forward, this shift in the spine is duplicated in the upper back, and so on right until the end of the spine, in an attempt to make up for the elongation. The result is a spine that’s shifted forward, and hence misaligned.

Spinal curve restoration using chiropractic techniques employs an ideal blend of compression and extension, applied all along the spine’s length. This, when combined with therapeutic exercises for spinal curve restoration, shows positive results within several weeks. Your chiropractor might also suggest the use of certain equipment such as a linear traction neck pillow, a neck exerciser, or a cervical traction unit, depending on your condition. Some patients find it relieving to use hot and cold therapy for pain relief in the initial stages of therapy.

Before signing up for any such program, be sure to look into the professional experience of the chiropractor in the procedure. You should also ask for a lateral post x-ray examination before and after the treatment, so that you can see the visible changes.

To know more about Spinal Curve Restoration and its benefits, visit us at Corrective chiropractic and Wellness. We are located at 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548. You can also call us at (254) 698-1600.

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Dietary Guidelines For Women

by Administrator 10. May 2012 14:33

Eating right is imperative for our wellbeing, no matter what is the age. However, being a woman, this becomes even more important, considering the plethora of physical changes that her body goes through. In addition, as a woman plays the role of a nurturer to a baby, she is responsible for not just her health, but also that of another human being, making it vital for her to pay attention to what she eats.

Being caught up in busy routines, most of the women are aware of the fact that they aren’t getting all the nutritional requirements that they need, yet they keep ignoring it, until a severe health complication arises. In this simple guide, we take a look at the most important elements that every woman needs to include in her diet, and tell you how much of them you need, and where you can get them from.

  • Carbohydrates: These make for the bulk of diet, and serve as a source of energy. Ideally, you should be getting 65% of your daily calorie requirement from carbohydrates. Avoid refined, processed, fatty, sugary, and salty foods. Some of the best sources of carbohydrates are wholegrain cereals, fruits, and starch-rich veggies.
  • Proteins: Proteins should make for 10-35% of your food requirements. The best sources of proteins are beans, lentils, nuts, eggs, soy products, cheese, and lean/ low fat meat.
  • Fats: Contrary to common belief, fats are not always bad for you. In fact, they are important for the absorption of certain vitamins, for maintaining cell structure, and for the proper functioning of the immune system. Go for unsaturated fats like olive oil, fish, lean poultry, and other nut oils. Avoid fast food, which often contains high levels of trans fats, which are bad for your heart.
  • Iron: Considering all the iron that’s lost during menstruation, most women are deficient in iron. Make sure that your diet contains iron-rich foods like green vegetables, red meat, and iron-fortified breakfast cereals.
  • Calcium: As a woman, one of the most important minerals that you’ll need to keep your bones healthy and to keep osteoporosis at bay is calcium. Get regular servings of dairy products, calcium-rich tofu and greens, and calcium-fortified orange juice to fulfill your calcium requirements.
  • Zinc and Vitamin B12: While non-vegetarians usually get plenty of these nutrients, vegetarians and vegans need to look for alternative sources. Red meat, fish, shellfish, eggs, soy milk, and milk are good sources are great sources of Vitamin B12. Zinc can be obtained from meats, especially oysters, and whole grains like wheat germ.

For more dietary guidelines for you and your family , visit us at Corrective Chiropractic and Wellness, 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548. You can also call us at (254) 698-1600.

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Benefits Of Interferential Therapy

by Administrator 3. May 2012 05:25

Interferential therapy is a form of physical therapy which employs electrical stimulation to release the body’s natural painkillers, which result in a wide variety of benefits. The basic mechanism, by which this therapy works, is that the region that needs to be treated is subjected to electrical impulses of low frequency. When these impulses intersect below the skin, they stimulate the release of endorphins, which are a class of chemicals that the body naturally releases to combat pain. These endorphins then get to work at the particular region, resulting in pain relief along with a host of other benefits.

The benefits of this therapy include:

  • Pain reduction
  • Decrease in swelling and edema
  • Improved muscle tone
  • Increased range of motion
  • Relief from strained, sprained, and stiff muscles and joints
  • Increased local blood flow
  • Restoration of the body’s normal movements
  • Relief from muscle spasms

Apart from these common disorders, this therapy can also be used for various other purposes. If you are suffering from a particular condition, and think that you might benefit from interferential therapy, you can consult your health care provider to evaluate the likelihood of the therapy being suited to you. The procedure is completely painless, with one feeling just a ‘pins and needles’ kind of sensation. It is a short process, and has a relaxing and soothing overall effect.

Since the therapy works on the excitable tissues of the body, it is most effective in the conditions that are directly related to these tissues, such as pain and muscle stiffness. The other benefits experienced are as a secondary effect to this. The three most common methods of inducing the effect are by the use of pad electrodes, sponge covers, and electro-conductive gels. The suction-electrode method can be employed in case the treatment is to be administered over a curved area, such as the shoulder blade, hip, or knee.

Despite the multiple benefits offered by interferential therapy, there are certain conditions in which it can be harmful. For instance, the procedure should not be done on the abdominal region of a pregnant woman. Patients with pacemakers should also not opt for this therapy. It is advised that all patients should check with their doctor or chiropractor, and get an assessment of whether the procedure is safe for them, before opting for it.

To know more about interferential therapy and its benefits, visit us at Corrective chiropractic and Wellness. We are located at 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548. You can also call us at (254) 698-1600.

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Constipation: Chiropractic Care For Constipation

by Administrator 12. April 2012 13:03

Constipation is defined as a condition in which there is a decrease in bowel movements, usually less than three a week, and difficulty in passing stools. Stools are usually hard and small in patients with constipation. The condition can be associated with bloating and abdominal discomfort. 

Causes:

  • Dehydration
  • Diet with low fiber
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Holding stools despite urge to defecate
  • Travel
  • Other diseases like irritable bowel syndrome, hypothyroidism, cystic fibrosis, and other neurological and metabolic disorders.
  • Mental conditions like stress and depression
  • Certain medications like hydrocodone, meperedine, phenytoin, valproic acid, amitriptyline, aspirin, acetaminophen etc. 

Chiropractic care:

Even though most cases of constipation can be treated by making certain lifestyle modifications, like increasing dietary fiber intake, increasing physical activity, drinking at least eight glasses of water a day etc., some severe cases can be chronic, and can require medical intervention. 

Chiropractic care for constipation has been found to be efficient in treating long-term constipation that was not curable by any other mode of treatment. The treatment focuses on the lower part of the spine, in which the celiac ganglion connect. These nerves are responsible for supplying signals to the gallbladder, stomach, small intestine, spleen, liver, kidney and colon. Pressure on these nerves can result in constipation. 

Chiropractic methods are used for spinal adjustment in this region, as well as in upper cervical and cranial regions. Stimulation of these ganglion results in the restoration of their function, which is to push stool out from the anus. Chiropractic care also works in increasing the physical activity of the patient, which is a major cause of constipation in patients with sedentary lifestyles. 

The following case studies illustrates the efficacy of chiropractic care in the treatment of constipation:

  • The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics published the case of a young boy who had been experiencing chronic constipation since birth, and was found to have a subluxation in his pelvis, upon chiropractic examination. Adjustment of the subluxation, followed by massaging along the course of the colon, resulted in immediate improvement in his condition, and he experienced 3 bowel movements in 4 days, without any discomfort. After a few chiropractic sessions, he was reported to have recovered from the condition completely.
  • A study published in the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics, shows that an infant who was suffering from constipation due to a broken left clavicle during birth experienced relief with cervical adjustments using chiropractic techniques.
  • According to a case study published in Chiropractic Technique, a spine and cranial adjustment relieved a 7-month-old girl's chronic constipation. 

For more information, visit us at Corrective Chiropractic and Wellness, 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548. You can also call us at (254) 698-1600.

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