Our body and human anatomy is meant to stand up straight to move and operate efficiently and effectively. But, when the spine begins to curve to one side in an S or C shape, it is called Scoliosis.
There are three types of Scoliosis:
FUNCTIONAL — Caused by musculoskeletal dysfunction/disorders
CONGENITAL — abnormality for bones in the spine at birth
IDIOPATHIC — 80% of Scoliosis cases with UNKNOWN causes (begins in adolescence)
Scoliosis causes your shoulders to misalign, and your back to look crooked. Functionally, it can also reduce the range of motion, limit athletic and exercising ability, and create muscle tension and pain (as gravity unevenly pulls on the body). Furthermore, if left unscreened, over time scoliosis can cause heart and lung problems, severe physical deformity, and osteoarthritis. But with proper treatment, these symptoms can be avoided!
At the Alpha Spine Center, scoliosis is treated naturally and non-invasively in a way that has consistently corrected or reduced the curvature WITHIN A MONTH. On the other hand, orthopedic surgeons who specialize in the spine monitor the curve, brace the spine and use invasive surgical means to correct scoliosis. The best time to get care for scoliosis is during adolescent and teenage years (10-18) when the body is still growing. This period of growth allows for scoliosis to naturally correct with proper treatment! At the ASC, they perform thorough examinations using neurological and orthopedic tests, nerve and muscle scans, as well as X-Ray analysis to detect scoliosis. A follow-up X-Ray examination is performed, giving the patient the ability to see the physical changes to the spinal curve and the difference in the degree of curvature! So if you or a loved one is diagnosed with scoliosis, don’t be discouraged! Ask an Alpha Spine Center doctor about how they can help you today, and protect your body in the long run!
SUNBLOCK: Helpful or Harmful?
The sun is shining and its time to get out of the office and into the pool and on that beach! But wait! Don’t forget to protect yourself before rushing out in the summer sun, or else you’ll get that all too familiar red sting of sunburn! But, did you know that some sunscreen can HARM your skin more than help? For all you fair skinned vacationers, don’t let this get you down about going outside, try these helpful tips to healthily protect your skin from the suns rays, alleviate burns, and even reduce risk of cancer! Some brands of commercially made sunscreen products contain various chemicals and pharmaceuticals that have the potential to cause skin reactions and contain cancer-causing irritants! The most problematic of sunscreen chemicals in the U.S. is oxybenzone, found in nearly every chemical sunscreen! EWG recommends that consumers AVOID this chemical because it can “penetrate the skin, cause allergic skin reactions, and may disrupt hormones!”
According to WebMD, retinyl palmitate is another chemical you should look out for! Multiple lab tests have found a connection to skin cancer. On top of that, wearing sunscreen blocks the body’s absorption of ultraviolet radiation that produces vitamin D in your skin! Studies show that Vitamin D prevents 77 percent of all cancers, so don’t isolate your skin from healthy sun exposure, rather limit the frequency and duration of time you wear sunblock! A great way to approach this is by soaking up some direct sunlight for 10-15 minutes before applying sunscreen. Also, try some natural brands or remedies to use! Studies show that coconut oil used as a sunscreen may not only be good for blocking the rays, but also promoting healthy skin!
If you do manage to get sunburned, try these remedies:
Take a refreshing shower or bath, soak in an oatmeal bath for itchy sunburns
Use lotion that contains aloe vera; it will soothe and moisturize skin.
Take ibuprofen to help relieve pain and inflammation
Apply lukewarm-cool (NOT cold) milk to your skin using a clean cloth. Milk will create a protein film that eases sunburn discomfort.
Take Vitamin E supplements to decrease inflammation caused by sunburn
Brew a fresh batch of black tea, cool it and apply to the skin. The tannic acid in black tea reportedly helps draw heat from sunburned skin, and it also aids in restoring an internal alkaline environment/pH balance.
Cucumbers have natural antioxidant and analgesic properties. Chill cucumbers and mash them in a blender into a past. Apply to affected areas, including the face.
Remember, the BEST remedy is PREVENTION. Use a sunscreen without the harmful chemicals, wear protective clothing (breathable long sleeve shirts, hats, etc.), and limit your exposure to direct sunlight!