My name is Janet and I am 77 years old. For several years I was plagued by seasons of constant pain. Any time I’d get up to walk across the room, my right hip would ache, and pain would flare up from the base of my skull to my shoulders. When the aches went dormant for a while, I didn’t have to worry about what was going on with my body, but when the symptoms came back I searched for aid through massage therapy, and other types of chiropractors. Even so, the familiar feeling would come back to me time and time again.
Eventually I found myself driving eighty minutes to visit the Alpha Spine Center. At first I was surprised at the gentleness of the treatment. But as I went through treatment, I began to move and drive without pain. Even more, at my age of 77 I have regained youthful stamina and can enjoy doing yard and house work without tiring. Thanks to the friendly and effective staff at the Alpha Spine Center, I can cope better with health issues, regain the energy I need for each day, and experience happier, healthier living!
If you have experienced chronic pain, seriously let Dr. Salminen check you out! This is NOT chiropractic as you know it!
The body is a regulated and controlled via chemical messages from the Nervous System. Each message sent - within the brain, brain to organ or organ to brain; from one nerve to another - is composed of very specific chemical sequences. Every chemical arrangement is specific to a task for the body. There are vast numbers of chemical signals in our body that are constantly being produced to start and stop intricate functions. Some examples of these are hydrochloric acid (HCL) and cortisol (hormone). HCl is made and used by the stomach for digestion and cortisol is produced by the adrenal glands, controlled by the pituitary and hypothalamus in the brain. Chemical balance in our body is maintained innately and can be altered via environmental experiences. For example, when we eat lunch at 11:30am every day, our body learns that it needs to start prepping for digestion at 11:30am via our biological clocks. If we skipped our lunch and ate at 3:30pm instead, our body will produce all the chemicals for digestion at both times. The body adapts to the environment, so it meets our needs in different situations. The environment and genetic make-up play a crucial role in the production and utilization of chemicals to carry out prominent bodily functions.
Stress is an excellent example of the environment influencing the production of chemicals. Cortisol is the primary hormone released in response to a fight and flight (stressful) situation, hence the word “stress hormone”. Cortisol is a steroid hormone that controls blood sugar levels, metabolism, anti-inflammatory processes, memory formation, salt-water balance, blood pressure and fetal development. It effectively changes our physiology in the event of stress, so the body can respond adequately without failing at the time of danger. One can experience prolonged (threatening or non-threatening) stress which, increases the amount of cortisol released over time. However, when the body is under large-amounts of stress it puts all bodily functions in over-drive, which drastically reduces the production of cortisol. In this case, the body fails to meet the expectations of the environment and one experiences a mental and physical crash. The diagram below depicts the relationship between increased stress and performance. As seen, optimal stress is productive, where as too much stress induces exhaustion, anxiety and breakdown.
In the US, a large population experiences prolonged stress also known as chronic stress. As mentioned above, chronic stress leads to reduced cortisol levels; which consequently causes bodily dysfunction and dis-ease such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic pelvic pain, low back pain and lumbar disc herniations. Research has recently correlated lumbar disc herniations to long-term stress and established a predictive relationship between reduced cortisol (pro-longed stress) and new-onset of musculoskeletal pain. Moreover, the decrease or absence of cortisol levels will increase inflammation contributing to pain in the joints. It is clear that prolonged-stress compromises the musculoskeletal structure, especially the spine.
True story of patient with prolonged stress
A mother named Mary, has been a care-taker of her husband battling with cancer for 8 years. Over the years I noticed her energy declining, she looks more worn out each time and is shrinking vertically. A few months back she began experiencing sharp neck and low-back pain. After thorough testing and MRI’s, she was diagnosed with multiple disc herniations in the lumbar spine. As mentioned above, it is scientifically proven that when a person is under high stress, they can experience degeneration of the spine. With pain in her spine and the lack of energy; she spends less time gardening and doing what she loves. Now she spends more time laying in bed and resting on the couch. She once mentioned to me, with tears in her eyes, that she is not enjoying gardening and it has become a chore. Even though she is mentally and physically exhausted with pain and stress, she attempts to push through the pain. It is sad to see she is not able to do what she is passionate about. Gardening was her way to get away from her real-life problems, but now she is in prolonged stress and pain with inflamed extremities and spinal joints.
When Mary came to the Alpha Spine Center, she had lost all hope in getting her life back. After a few treatments Mary’s pain level has decreased in half and she is gardening once again. For this reason, I am so thankful Mary found her way to our practice. It brings her immense joy when she picks fresh cut flowers and puts them in a vase at her husband’s bedside.
The story above paints a picture of how a stressful situation can quickly take a toll on a perfectly healthy individual. Increased stress with decreased cortisol levels can have a negative effect on the body and reduce its ability to perform optimally. Chronic stress is a key contributor to disease and degenerative changes in spinal health despite exercise and healthy eating. If you know anyone like Mary in your life, please share this story with them so they can find hope and restoration as well.
In today’s day and age of processed foods and chemical products, countless diet fads, and GMO and hormone filled farm products; we are exposed to many toxins, heavy metals, and chemicals every single day. Though our bodies have a natural system for removing toxins, prolonged exposure to too much of any harmful substance can alter the chemical balance of our body.
A common way we can balance our chemical health is by eating clean and being aware of what your food and water are exposed to. These are some things to avoid:
· Ultra-Processed Foods: these are foods with many ingredients listed, many with big long names you probably can’t pronounce. These foods are linked to higher risk for cancer and include frozen dinners, sodas/diet sodas, and store bought pastries and boxed baking mixes.
· Non-Organic and GMO Produce: fruits and veggies that are sprayed with toxic pesticides and chemicals to kill off insects and other pests. These chemicals on their own can alter developmental growth and are known endocrine disruptors (which means they interfere with hormones and hormonal balance).
· Non- Free Range Chicken/Non-Grass Fed Beef/Non- Organic Dairy: These are massed produced chicken and cow products that are cooped up in small spaces and fed hormones for growth, as well as GMO corn products. This makes for chemically imbalanced animals. These chemicals are processed by our digestive system when we consume these animal products.
· Plastic Water Bottles: widespread testing of “safe” Non-BPA water bottles has shown that 93% of bottled water samples were contaminated with plastic particles and fibers.
· Unfiltered Tap Water: tap water can contain metals and other chemicals, which can vary in seriousness to our health depending on the local environment and treatment process.
Beyond our food and drinks, we are also exposed to chemicals through everyday items such as makeup, sunscreen, bug spray, and cleaning products. These are some other chemical concerns in our home products.
·Makeup: Under current law, the FDA doesn’t require safety assessments on cosmetic products. Some lipsticks and foundations have traces of lead in them. Quaternium-15 is a common ingredient in mascara that potentially causes cancer and is known to irritate the skin. Look for small batch brands or makeup that focuses on safe products. Annmarie is an excellent resource for safe makeup.
· Most Chemical Sunscreens: these sun protectors use chemical compound barriers to block the suns harmful rays. New research reveals that chemicals commonly used in sunscreens are endocrine disruptors. Also, stay far away from sunscreen with the chemical Oxybenzone. This chemical is found in 96% of common sunscreens and is a known endocrine disruptor. Even worse 40% of tested chemical sunblock increases the risk of skin cancer. Instead, try mineral sunscreens which use Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide as their primary active ingredients to block harmful UV rays.
· Cleaning Products: It is no surprise that cleaning solutions and bleach products are harmful to us since many of them are toxic to ingest. One way to reduce our exposure to cleaning chemicals is to choose more natural and eco-friendly products such as Method, Mrs. Meyer’s, or Green Works to name a few.
How to balance our Chemical Health!
It may seem like the world around us is teeming with dangerous toxins, but alongside our body’s ability to reduce toxins in our body, we can help our body’s chemical balance in by changing some lifestyle habits.
· Detox: Go on a detoxing diet, this can range from juice detoxes to clean eating diets as mentioned above.
· Fasting: Simply said, not eating. There are different ways to fast, and it doesn’t mean to starve your body. It can stimulate weight loss, promote human growth hormone, and can regulate levels of insulin, ghrelin, and triglyceride.
· Alkaline Diet: This is a diet that is meant to regulate the ph levels in your body. It limits dietary acid intake and promotes essential minerals our body needs. An alkaline diet can protect bone density and muscle mass, lower risk for stroke or hypertension, reduce inflammation, and improve immune function and cancer prevention.
“I can take a deep breath, I feel my sinuses have finally opened up and feel more calm after an adjustment” states Pamela Peterson owner of I heart Pilates after her first NUCCA adjustment at Alpha Spine Center. Most patients often feel this calmness and ability to breathe more deeply after their adjustment. Ever wondered why that is?
The Scientific Explanation.
The central nervous system has a subsystem called the autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system (ANS) is responsible for automatic or involuntary bodily functions that we do not need to perform consciously or actively, such as breathing. The ANS is responsible for controlling the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system response. The sympathetic nervous system (SNS) is responsible for the “Fight or Flight” response in which the body gets prepared for danger. It does so by dilating the lungs for rapid breathing causing the heart to beat faster and stronger, increases blood circulation to the muscles and increases the adrenaline rush in your body so it can either fight the danger or run away from the danger. Where as, the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) is responsible for conserving and restoring energy through bodily functions like digestion.
Definition: Central Nervous system: Consists of the brain and spinal cord, which is the integrating and control center.
How does a NUCCA adjustment affect the Parasympathetic Nervous System?
The parasympathetic nervous system stems from the level of the brainstem (Upper cervical: C1 and C2) and sacral region of the spine and the sympathetic nervous system stems from the thoracic and lumbar region of the spine. Therefore, if the nerves in the brainstem and sacral region were activated then a parasympathetic response should illicit. This was proven by Welch and Boone published in 2008, in which they found a decrease in diastolic blood pressure in subjects that received an upper cervical adjustment. So the pressure in the heart decreased further as it filled up with blood. Indicating that activation of the parasympathetic nervous system upon an upper cervical adjustment.
Definition: Diastolic pressure: minimum arterial pressure during relaxation and dilation of the ventricles during filling of blood in the heart.
The scientific explanation helps understand the feeling of being relaxed, calm and the ability to take a deep breath after a NUCCA adjustment at the Alpha Spine Center. If you know a loved one in constant “fight or flight”, stress or sympathetic mode that can’t seem to dial down and be calm; refer them to Alpha Spine Center to determine if they qualify for NUCCA care.
Methods of evaluation of autonomic nervous system function. Zygmunt, A., Stanczyk, J. Arch Med Sci. 2010; 6(1): 11-18.
Upper Cervical Subluxation Complex. A Review of the Chiropractic and Medical Literature. Eriksen, K. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 2004
It is so difficult to be “ON” all the time. We shake off our sleepiness and get ready each morning, yearning for that cup of coffee to get us back to our normal selves. Between the balance of interacting with people all day, working with intense focus, and somehow fitting time for meals and the other activities we do, our moods and levels of energy shift and change. During all this time, some of us can be anxious and build up stress; others may use the constant go going as a means of not dealing with the emotions and thoughts they carry inside. Whatever occupation or stage of life you are in, we all deal with emotional stress; with the high and lows of each day, and we all deal with it in different ways. This emotional health is a significant part of having BALANCE in our lives as it has an impact on the other facets of our health (physical, chemical, social, and spiritual).
In 2018, people are more depressed and anxious than ever. The millennial generation is considered generation stress. Left unchecked stress can cause us to be irritable and angry straining relationships with family and friends. It also can also increase the production of the hormone Cortisol in our bodies. This chemical engages our fight or flight responses. Having continuously elevated levels of cortisol can interfere with our learning and memory, increase the risk of heart disease, increased risk of depression, mental illness, and lowers our immunity to sickness. On top of this, our disconnect through social media and the technology have gradually amplified our anxieties as we are now able to see all the exciting things everyone else is doing as we sit alone in our bed or stuck in an office. We are losing our ability to communicate and connect with people in person comfortably, and in turn, don’t receive the stress-relieving benefits of genuine human connection. The constant stimulus and business have stopped us from getting the adequate rest we need.
All is not lost though; there are some lifestyle choices we can make to keep ourselves emotionally healthy.
1. Get Regular Physical Activity- Going on hikes, going to the gym, throwing a Frisbee at the park, kickboxing, and swimming are all great ways to release that built up cortisol and stress. It also allows us to feel more self-confident and happy as we build strength, get out in the sun, and release endorphins. Even if you have a busy schedule, try finding ways to fit in daily activity on your lunch break or even 15 minutes before you sleep.
2. Intentional Social Connectivity- when we aren’t feeling ourselves or feel overly anxious, a typical response is to isolate ourselves from social situations, only increasing our cortisol and stress-related issues. Close-knit bonds with family, friends, and partners are vital for our mental health. Try intentionally talking about your day or struggles with someone you trust. When you find yourself wanting to back out of social commitments because of anxiety and stress, try forcing yourself to go to that small group meeting, that night out or that day hike with your friends.
3. Take Time for Self-Reflection and Prayer- a great way to balance our emotions is to take time to reflect alone, unplugged from our text messages, emails, and constant notifications. For starters take 10 minutes each morning to reflect on yourself, have your morning devotional and prayer time, read a self-reflective book that encourages you. Not only does this allow you to have a sense of calmness, it’s a great way to center yourself and reflect on your life before you dive back into the hustle bustle of life.
4. Talk to A Counselor or Professional- We all have things we struggle with and deal with, and it is so important to express them instead of bottling them up. This could be as simple as finding a trusted friend or counselor to discuss your stresses and thoughts. Seeing a trained and trusted psychologist is a great way to have a third party listen to your struggles and give you valuable insight into who you are, how you are dealing with things, and how you can move forward in light of it.
5. Learn to Have Boundaries- “Good fences make good neighbors.” Good boundaries make life easier, reduce conflict and improve relationships. Boundaries are those invisible lines of protection you draw around yourself that let people know your limits on what they can say or do around you, and they give you space and time to do what you need to do for you. Boundaries give you freedom in relating and connecting with others. Make them too solid, and you build walls, too weak, and you allow other’s actions to harm you and run your life. To begin thinking about how well balanced your boundaries are pay attention to your language. Do you tend to use “you” and “we” statements rather than “I” statements? “I” statements let others know where YOU stand and don’t come off as offensively as “you” statements. Another way is to begin noticing how clear you are with the words “yes” and “no.” Do you sit on the fence with decision-making? Are you someone who has a hard time committing verbally to things? Knowing how to say yes and no effectively won’t only allow for better-defined relationships, but it will let you feel more confident in your own decisions and life.
Making these lifestyle changes and creating boundaries takes attention and intention, but with practice and discipline, you will experience much more freedom and balance in your emotional health and day-to-day lives!
What is Balanced Health?
Most of us have heard that we should get regular exercise and eat a balanced diet: Lose the weight, stay in shape, and eat our vegetables, etc., etc. It’s good advice to take care of our body, but is this balanced health? Not entirely. A balanced lifestyle not only focuses on our physical and nutritional health (healthy food, exercise, sleep), it recognizes the Mental/Emotional, Social, and Spirituals needs and their impact on our overall health.
5 Key Components to Balanced Health
Mental-Emotional health relates to how we feel, and how our emotional needs are met. It deals with how we are satisfied mentally. Continuously learning, being aware of our emotions, and having a positive outlook on life helps our emotional, mental health.
Social health has to do with our relationships. As relational beings, we need to connect with others and create companionship. Dysfunctional and unresolved conflict in our existing relationships, dealing with loneliness, and lack of community are some things that can affect social health.
Physical health focuses on our physical fitness and the condition of our physical body. Getting adequate rest, having a healthy environment and living space, and taking proper care of injuries are some examples of taking care of physical health.
Chemical health is what we put in and on our bodies, as well as how our body reacts to substances. This includes our nutrition, being aware of allergies and food intolerances, as well as reducing the use of harmful substances (alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and certain pharmaceutical chemicals.
Spiritual health deals with our connection to our values and actions, and a sense of greater purpose. It is time spent in reflection on our values and spiritual relationships. Engaging in prayer, quiet time, and connection with God gives a sense of direction, harmony, and peace in our lives.
By balancing these five areas of our overall health, we can achieve a healthy balanced lifestyle, but letting any one of the areas slide can negatively impact the rest of your health! Someone who struggles with being out of shape or obesity may have social insecurities related to their weight or appearance, find themselves with less energy to physical activities, and are 25% more susceptible to mood disorders such as depression (Everyday Health). Those who struggle with emotional, mental depression suffer in their physical health due to lack of appetite and a lack of desire to take care of themselves. They also will suffer in their social health as they isolate themselves from others. Without spiritual purpose or direction, life can feel like chaos, leading to addictions, not eating well, and emotional volatility.
On the other hand, working on any area of our health helps the other three components as well. Working out creates chemicals called endorphins that make us feel happy, and it creates the discipline that gives us a sense of accomplishment. Spending quality time with friends allows us to physically and mentally relax from the stresses of work and life. Having trust in God and taking quite time to reflect on Him takes off the emotional and mental pressure to have all the answers, and can even provide community through religious gatherings.
Here at the Alpha Spine Center, we know how wellness goes beyond the physical care we provide, and our doctors are always willing to address the emotional, social, and spiritual impacts on your health. It is important for us to bring awareness to these different areas of overall health so that you can continue to live a healthy balanced lifestyle and retake charge of your life as we help you with all of your spinal health needs.
Thompson, Dennis. “Depression and Obesity.” EverydayHealth.com, Everyday Health, 15 July 2011, www.everydayhealth.com/depression/depression-and-obesity.aspx.
“Wellness: Seven Dimensions of Wellness.” Wellness: Seven Dimensions of Wellness, University of California, Riverside, wellness.ucr.edu/seven_dimensions.html.
Teenage years are the best years of your life, filled with future hopes, dreams and aspirations. These are the times when you are motivated to conquer the world. Imagine being 18 years of age and your life gets put on hold and all your vivacious hopes, dreams and future aspirations are taken away from you with a blink of an eye.
On a beautiful spring day of May 2015 K.D. experienced a significant loss in life: the optimal functioning of her body. That day, K.D. couldn’t move the entire right side of her body, the words coming out of her mouth were slurred, her vision began to blur, she had a major migraine with TMJ pain. After a few more episodes, she sought help. She saw stroke specialists, neurologists, heart doctors, physical, occupational and speech therapists, she had taken medications but nothing helped. Unfortunately, she had to drop out of college and move in with her parents as she could no longer read, write, type, speak or take care of herself. Three months had passed, with no resolution and 70 migraine episodes that lasted days or weeks with $200, 000 in medical expenses.
On August 28th of 2015 her parents drove 60 miles (2 hours) from McDonough, GA to Alpha Spine Center, with a gleam of hope and a diagnosis of a complex-stroke migraine or hemiplegic migraine and conversion disorder.
K.D. presented into the office on a wheelchair desperately waiting for a solution to her debilitating state. During the consultation, it was daunting to see her struggle as she tried to express herself through the process. Dr. Salminen performed a thorough examination on K.D. and determined that she was a perfect candidate for NUCCA care. It brought her joy and tears in her eyes, as she was relieved that there was a cause and solution for her stroke-like migraines. Dr. Salminen gently carried K.D. from her wheelchair and placed her onto the adjusting table. Moments after the adjustment K.D. clearly, uttered the words “I am better”, and sat herself up. She could finally feel the right side of her body move!
After a couple of months of NUCCA care with Dr. Salminen, K.D.’s excitement returned as her hopes and dreams evolved again. She returned to college, as she could read, write, type and speak again. The motor control of the right side of her body increased with precision. This allowed her to drive and start working again. K.D. gained her life back; she didn’t have to wonder whether she’ll have the opportunity graduate college or get a professional job or even get married.
K.D’s migraines were debilitating! It put her life on hold. If you know anyone experiencing one of the above types of migraines, please get them in immediately at the Alpha Spine Center to be evaluated on whether they are a candidate for NUCCA care.
Migraine Facts. Migraine Research Foundation. http://migraineresearchfoundation.org/about-migraine/migraine-facts/.
The Migraine – Stroke Connection. Lee, Mi Ji; Lee, Chungbin; Chung, Chin-Sang. Journal of Stroke. Vol 18(2); 2016
What if your spine looked like this?
Imagine having to go through open spinal surgery for rods to be placed in your spine or being an adult with severe degeneration and a hunchback. Imagine how difficult it would be for you to perform simple tasks such as bending over to pick up a pencil, or standing for no more than 30 minutes at a time.
What is scoliosis?
The natural anatomy of the human spine is designed to be straight when looking at it from the front or back. However, when the spine shifts from the center to either side by 10 degrees or more, it is called scoliosis. The most common types of scoliosis are functional (musculoskeletal dysfunction) and congenital (abnormality of the bone in the spine at birth). Scoliosis is screened for in young children by their chiropractors, pediatricians, family doctors and middle schools.
DOCTORS AT ALPHA SPINE CENTER ARE EXPERTS IN DETECTING AND CORRECTING SCOLIOSIS.
Why is it important to screen for scoliosis?
A shift in the spine creates stress on the function of the nervous system. It also causes heart and lung problems, severe physical deformity, chronic back pain, and osteoarthritis. Curves should be detected early during childhood as they progress through adulthood.
How is scoliosis managed?
The doctors at the Alpha Spine Center (ASC) manage scoliosis by re-aligning the spine naturally. They have consistently seen straightening of the curve by more than a couple of degrees within a MONTH. On the other hand, orthopedic surgeons specializing in the spine will monitor the curve, brace the curve, or correct the curve through a surgical procedure. Patient Story at Alpha Spine Center.
Elizabeth Seago a 28-year-old young business owner of Mitties Café in Alpharetta, GA came to the Alpha Spine Center (ASC) on September 26, 2016, with chronic low back pain and headaches. Since middle school, she had been experiencing pressure behind eyes, neck pain, shoulder pain, poor posture, knee and sharp leg pain and had a family history of scoliosis. When the doctors at ASC took images of her spine, they found a 17.4-degree thoracic curve to the left and a 14.4-degree lumbar curve to the right. Elizabeth had no idea she had scoliosis. Can you imagine what was going through her head when she saw those curves? The look on her face was of shock. Right after her first NUCCA adjustment, she started to feel a difference. When she was re-evaluated a month later, her images showed a decrease of her thoracic spine by 8 degrees and a reduction of her lumber spine by 9 degrees, making her SCOLIOSIS FREE! We are proud to say at the Alpha Spine Center that straightening of the spine is consistent after just 5 visits! Elizabeth is just one of the success stories and stated she was feeling 65% better since she started. Now she can function better and is able to run her business more efficiently with no pains and a straighter spine. She can focus on her restaurant, rather than the pain. Below are images of her spine before and after NUCCA care.
Upper Cervical Subluxation Complex: A review of the Chiropractic and Medical Literature
By: Kirk Eriksen
Published: 2004 Lippincott & Wilkins
Essentials of Skeletal Radiology, 2nd Ed. Vol 1. p 307 Scoliosis.
By Yochum and Rowe
Summer is an awesome time of the year! Full of family gatherings, vacations and plenty of time outside. Kids will be out of school spending loads of time playing outdoors with their buddies. What one of the most popular and yet incredibly harmful activities kids love to do is jump on a trampoline. They are extremely dangerous if not used correctly. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly advises that even with nets: “Parents should never purchase a home trampoline or allow children to use home trampolines.” Children 6 and under should never bounce on a trampoline. But let’s face it someone in your neighborhood has a trampoline. Kids are just going to bounce and bounce without a care for their safety. The absolute worst thing children can do and will is jump with multiple friends at once. Double bouncing and playing “popcorn” doubly increases their chances of a severe injury. Even with adult supervision, the “one child bounce at a time” rule isn't necessarily in place. The statistic is that 75% of trampoline injuries occur when several kids are jumping at once. Also, many insurance companies won’t insure homeowners that have a trampoline on the premises and/or may not cover trampoline-related claims. Coverage is highly variable.
You might be asking yourself then, how bad can a trampoline be? They are super fun! It's simple physics really. A trampoline creates a rebounding force into the spine causing your joints to compress. The harder you jump, the more force it creates into the body thus increasing the chance of severe trauma to the body. While kids can maintain some control on the up motion, it’s the down motion that is harder to control. This is where injury usually happens. Lacerations, sprains to ligaments, strains to muscle fibers, broken arms and legs and hyperextended knees are just some of the injuries that can occur. And those are the minor ones! Avulsion fractures can occur where a fragment of bone tears away from the main mass of bone. Yikes! Not to mention the occurrence of concussions and disc herniations to the spinal structure. Furthermore, injuries sustained on a trampoline can be equal to or sometimes worse than an auto accident whiplash!
If you or your child have any soreness after bouncing on a trampoline, you can be sure that there has been damage to your body. It is imperative that you call a N.U.C.C.A. doctor immediately. The sooner, the better! N.U.C.C.A. is ideal for addressing trampoline injuries. The most important thing when injured is to realign the spine and extremities and allow them to heal properly. It takes muscles 4-6 weeks to recover, ligaments 6-8 weeks, and nerves 3-4 months. This can ruin summertime fun! We at Alpha Spine Center have seen 100’s of children over the years with minor to major injuries from bouncing on a trampoline. What is our advice to parents? Say no to trampolines (and bounce houses for that matter)! With the warmer weather upon us, we expect to see these preventable injuries. The statistics over the last couple of decades speak for themselves. Just because there isn’t an outright ban of these dangerous “toys” doesn’t mean they are safe. We urge you, parents, to ask yourselves whether a few minutes of “innocent," joyful bouncing is really worth the risk of a catastrophic injury to your child’s developing brain and bones.
By: Dr. Tanvi Desai, D.C.
Ever wondered why you bite your tongue while chewing or talking? Some cultures believe when you bite your tongue it is an indication of someone cursing at you. Which would not make sense for anyone that is a left brainer or anyone who requires the facts. When I began to wonder why I bite my tongue, I was one day talking and happened to which created a bump. As the day went by the bump never subsided. However, when I sat for dinner, I bit my tongue in the same spot AGAIN! Really?! Which brought the question up as what is the reasoning for anyone to bite their own tongue?
As a chiropractor, the most logical reasoning would be that there is a spinal misalignment, causing the jaw to shift from its original positioning. The atlas vertebrae sits directly behind the jaw or more specifically the mandible. When the atlas moves out of alignment, it takes up some of the space between the atlas and mandible (the area right below the ear). This causes the jaw to move out its original place (to create space) as it opens. Now the jaw opens in a slanted and zig- zag pattern confusing the tongue about its spatial placement while it makes specific movements as we talk and chew, thus compromising itself between the teeth. Ouch!
The opposite is true too that the jaw can cause the atlas to move out of alignment. The jaw's position is compromised by postural abnormalities created by tight and weak muscles in the neck and mouth region, therefore causing the atlas to move out of its way.
As NUCCA chiropractors that specialize in the atlas bone, we will analyze and understand its relationship to the mandible, and address the issue by aligning the spine first, and the jaw second. So do you really need to see your chiropractor for that?Yes, Of course! Your atlas is the outlet for all communication between your brain, spinal cord and the rest of your body. If the mechanics are disturbed by its misalignment, then there is an increased probability of pressure on the brainstem. Next time you catch yourself biting your tongue, come to the Alpha Spine Center to be sure everything is aligned.