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Chiropractic And Pregnancy

March 23, 2014
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better pregnancyRecently, there has been increased attention given to the harmful effects of acetaminophen for women during pregnancy. In a report published in the current issue of JAMA Pediatrics, researchers from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health show that taking acetaminophen during pregnancy is associated with a higher risk of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder among children.

Jeff Chap MD, director of maternal fetal medicine at Cleveland Clinic is quoted, “We really should start looking at non-pharmacological ways to deal with pain.”

Chiropractic provides a conservative alternative to pain relief and wellness for women during pregnancy. For years, Dr. Courtney Centrelli has been helping pregnant women experience a pain-free and more comfortable pregnancy.  She is a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and is certified in Webster Technique. The Webster technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and diversified adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral/pelvic subluxation and/or SI joint dysfunction. In so doing neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is improved (http://icpa4kids.com/seminars/webster_technique.htm). She has received a certification from the Academy of Chiropractic Family Practice’s Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics (C.A.C.C.P.). Dr. Centrelli is continually attending seminars and postgraduate programs to keep up to date on the latest advances in health care.

ESPN Reporter gives a chiro shout out!

March 18, 2014
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Chiropractic Miracle: Keeping Athletes In The Game?

I’ve heard so many people talked about how incredible Chiropractic is and how their lives were changed forever.

What is Chiropractic?

Is a system of complementary medicine based on the diagnosis and manipulative treatment of misalignment of the joints especially those of the spinal column, which are held to cause other disorders by affecting the nerves, muscles, and organs.

Chiropractic doctors are very active nowadays in the sports community, treating high performance athletes and working with professional sports teams, but the question is, do athletes treated by chiropractors obtain performance advantages from specific treatment techniques?

Well, I guess this video says it all!

Myofascial foam rolling has become a popular tool as part of both warm-up and cool down prior to activity. Despite its popularity, little research has been performed on the mechanisms or efficacy of foam rolling. Researchers at Memorial University in Canada have led the way with the first published studies on the effectiveness of foam rolling.  In 2013, they published a paper in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research that found as little as 2 minutes of foam rolling on the quadriceps muscle increased knee range of motion by 10%, which was significantly more than a control group. In addition, they showed the immediate increase in flexibility did not affect muscle performance

. These findings suggest foam rolling can increase range of motion as effectively as muscle stretching without the immediate decrease in performance seen with static stretching as part of a warm-up. More recently, the Memorial University researchers published a paper in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise on the effects of foam rolling after intense physical activity as a recovery tool. The researchers wanted to investigate the effectiveness of foam rolling on delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and identify potential mechanisms of action. They randomly assigned 20 healthy males with strength training experience to either a foam-rolling group or to a control group. Both groups performed squats to induce DOMS in their legs. The foam-rolling group then performed 5 different rolling techniques on their anterior, lateral, poster ior, medial thigh, and gluteal muscles. They performed each of the 5 exercises on both legs for 60 seconds each, for a total of about 20 minutes.

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Foam rolling substantially reduced muscle soreness while also increasing range of motion compared to the control group. In addition, the foam-rolling subjects had improved vertical jump and muscle activation levels compared to the controls. In contrast, the control group suffered substantial deficits in muscle performance. Because there were no effects on isolated muscle function with the foam rolling, the researchers suggested that foam rolling might affect the neurological system and connective tissue more than the muscle itself. DOMS is thought to result from damage to connective tissue with resultant inflammation. In conclusion, the researchers stated, “The improved recovery rate in muscle soreness in the foam rolling group signifies that foam rolling is an effective tool to treat DOMS.”

If you have been watching Dr. Oz or just perusing through the internet you may have stumbled upon the term “functional medicine.”  Functional medicine is concerned with helping an individual with their symptoms in a natural, holistic manner first prior to integrating conventional medications.  Many of the illnesses today are based on lifestyle factors – not enough sleep, eating processed food devoid of nutrients, not exercising, too much work/school/family stress, etc.  These lifestyle patterns can cause many conditions that range from autoimmune diseases (celiac, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, etc.) to mental illnesses (depression, anxiety, dementia, etc.) to cardiovascular issues (high cholesterol, blood pressure, and triglycerides) to even pain syndromes (migraines, joint pain, etc.)!

A functional medicine practitioner takes all the lifestyle factors into account and seeks to find ways to help a person naturally through diet modifications, exercise routines, and stress reduction strategies.  They may run blood tests to see if you are reacting to any foods that may be causing inflammatory damage in your body and subsequent autoimmune disease states.  Furthermore, they may recommend certain natural supplements or suggest certain cleanses to help heal the gut and body.

Just as important, however, is that they recognize when a patient needs conventional medicine intervention.  For example, a strep infection requires antibiotics and if a person is in dire depressive state, they may need that anti-depressant initially to get them on the right track while you change lifestyle changes slowly.

Dr. Michael Teytelbaum, board-certified in Chiropractic Functional Neurology, incorporates functional medicine in practice as well.  For more information, you can schedule a phone consultation at 973-467-9011 or Email Dr. Teytelbaum directly at ChiroMikeT@gmail.com