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September 2015 Health Newsletter


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» Blood Pressure
» Infant Care and Chiropractics
» Prenatal Chiropractic Care
» Headaches
» How Pillow Height Affects Muscle Activity and Perceived Comfort
» Bicycle-Related Injuries Increasing in the U.S.
» Struggles with Sleep May Increase Risk of Heart Disease

Blood Pressure

Blood Pressure

The cost of high blood pressure:

Only about half (47%) of people with
high blood pressure have their condition under control.
High blood pressure costs the nation $47.5
billion each year.
This total includes the cost of health care services,
medications to treat high blood pressure, and missed days of work.

Blood Pressure Levels vary by Age and Gender:

Women are about as likely as men to develop high blood
pressure during their lifetimes. However, for people younger than 45 years old, the
condition affects more men than women. For people 65 years old or older, high blood pressure
affects more women than men.







Author: Malissa Broughton
Source: www.heart.org, www.cdc.org
Copyright: Big Mountain Chiropractic 2014


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Infant Care and Chiropractics

Safe and Gentle Adjustments

Imagine how stressful the birthing process can be not only on the spine of the mother, but on the spine of a tiny infant. All of that pressure and stress is exhorted on the baby just to complete their journey into this world. Stress and nerve irritation can even be caused by awkward positioning of the baby while in the uterus. When the spine endures such a traumatic event, it is only natural for there to be symptoms. For an infant, these symptoms may include: colic, ear infections, trouble sleeping, digestion issues, trouble with breast feeding, colds, and general illnesses.

Chiropractic adjustments are very effective in reducing stress on the spine and relieving nerve irritation. Chiropractors use light pressure with each touch, which results in a very safe and gentle adjustment for the infant. Many chiropractors specialize in adjusting infants and know how to use the softest touch without even waking a sleeping baby. Mothers are quite satisfied with the results of a happy, healthy baby.

A chiropractors job is to help asses the spine and alleviate any irritations that can interfere with the communication from the brain to the body. The adjustments help prevent any future problems in your infant that may occur as they are growing. Just like a check up with the doctor or the dentist, regular adjustments at your friendly chiropractors office are very important and effective.

Author: Malissa Broughton, CA
Source: http://welladjustedbabies.com/why-parents-take-children-to-chiropractors/
Copyright: Big Mountain Chiropractic 2014


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Prenatal Chiropractic Care


Prenatal Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care during pregnancy is safe and gentle. Chiropractors are trained to adjust women who are pregnant; they use techniques that avoid discomfort for the mother and her growing baby. These techniques include special tools for adjusting, positions, and pillows.

Pregnancy creates a lot of changes in the female body, essentially affecting the curve of the spine, pelvic rotation, and other postural adaptations. A chiropractor is able to restore proper alignment and establish pelvic balance. If the pelvis is misaligned, then labor can be difficult and uncomfortable. Adjustments from a chiropractor increase an expecting mother’s chances of having a non-invasive, drug-free delivery.

The benefits of chiropractic care include: maintaining a healthier pregnancy, controlling morning sickness, minimizing time of labor and delivery, relieving neck and back pain, and prevent a potential cesarean.


Author: Malissa Broughton CA
Source: http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/chiropracticcare.html
Copyright: Big Mountain Chiropractic 2014


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Headaches



This month we are focusing on how chiropractic care can help you with your headaches and migraines!


Here at Big Mountain Chiropractic, we like to get our patients out of pain and prevent any future conditions.
Headaches are very common, and Dr. Smith specializes in treating them.

Those pesky headaches tend to start right at the top of the neck. The neck is called the cervical. The cervical consists of seven bones. The top two bones of the cervical are called the atlas and axis. When you have a subluxation within those two bones, the irritation will cause a headache or migraine.

When you get an adjustment, the pain of the headache will subside. Generally, it takes only a couple adjustments to relieve the pain of the headache, and multiple adjustments to prevent headaches in the future.


Keep us in mind if those headaches and migraines are a common occurrence. Popping pills can add to those headaches, and chiropractics is a much safer and proven alternative.



Author: Malissa Broughton CA
Source: http://www.acatoday.org/content_css.cfm?CID=2186
Copyright: Big Mountain Chiropractic 2014


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How Pillow Height Affects Muscle Activity and Perceived Comfort

A recent report studied how using foam pillows of three different heights affected the comfort and electromyographic (EMG) activity of the neck and mid-upper back muscles of participants. The study was performed by a team of therapists and researchers in the University of São Paulo School of Medicine in São Paulo, Brazil. Performed in 2014 and published in 2015, the study revealed the associations among pillow height, EMG activity, and perceived comfort. Twenty-one asymptomatic adults were observed using three different foam pillows of 5 cm, 10 cm and 14 cm, or approximately 2 inches, 4 inches and 5 1/2 inches. Study participants rated their comfort using a 100-mm visual analog scale, while researchers calculated EMG activity of the neck and mid-upper back muscles, called the sternocleidomastoid and upper and middle trapezius muscles. Participants considered height 1 (approximately 2 inches) to be the least comfortable and height 2 (approximately 4 inches) the most comfortable. In addition, all muscle groups showed statistical differences in EMG activity between heights 1 and 2, but not between heights 2 and 3. Individuals who prefer sleeping with a flat pillow may want to think twice, as a four-inch pillow may be the best choice for perceived comfort and back and neck support.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JMPT. Volume 38, Issue 6, Pages 375-381.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2015


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Bicycle-Related Injuries Increasing in the U.S.

Adult bicycling injuries increased sharply between 1998 and 2013, according to a new study that also reveals the increase is largely among cyclists over age 45. Bicycling is a popular among people of all ages for sport or commuting, but a growing number of adults embrace cycling as a low-impact exercise. The survey comes from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, which collects data that includes bicycle-related injuries of those over age 18. Between 1998-1999, there were an estimated 96 bicycle-related injuries and about 5 hospital admissions per 100,000 people. Between 2012-2013, however, those numbers rose to 123 injuries and about 11 hospital admissions per 100,000 people. Researchers further examining the data discovered the correlation between injuries and age. In 1998, 23% of reported injuries were in riders over age 45. In 2012, this figure rose to 42% of injuries. Compared to younger individuals, older riders are more likely to be hurt in crashes or collisions. The study found that extremity injuries are less common, but head and torso injuries have risen. These findings demonstrate the importance of wearing appropriate safety gear as well as the need for U.S. cities and communities to support better bicycle riding infrastructures.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: 
JAMA, online September 1, 2015.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2015


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Struggles with Sleep May Increase Risk of Heart Disease

A targeted study by researchers at the Kangbuk Samsung Hospital in Seoul, South Korea has found that getting too much or too little sleep can contribute to the "hardening" of arteries. This condition, caused by calcium buildup in the arteries, can be an early warning sign of heart disease or lead to heart attacks. The study involved over 47,000 men and women, with an average age of 42, who completed a sleep questionnaire and underwent a series of tests. These tests measured arterial stiffness and evaluated calcium and plaque deposits in arteries. The average duration of sleep among participants was 6.4 hours per night. Researchers categorized those who slept five hours or less each night as "short" sleepers, and those who slept nine hours or more each night as "long" sleepers. The study found that poor sleep quality can lead to stiffer arteries whether an individual sleeps too few or too many hours. Researchers subsequently determined that those who slept an average of seven hours per night and reported good sleep quality had the lowest levels of vascular disease.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, online September 10, 2015.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2015


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