This is a great article from Mercola. I sleep on a grounding mat I made for about $25.00 in materials from the hardware store. I sleep better and feel much better. Life changing stuff, almost too good to be true.
Here is Dr. Jeff Aberle getting treated with ABC method chiropractic.
Winter is coming and the lack of sunlight leads to low levels of vitamin D. Low vitamin D levels have been associated with persistant, nonspecific, musculoskeletal pain.(fibromyalgia) and depression. As more research is being done, low D levels are being implicated in thyroid disorders, autoimmune disease, diabetes and more.
A recent study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings tested 150 patients with chronic pain. 93% or 140 of them had low vitamin D levels. An interesting finding was that 100% of all African American, East African, Hispanic and American Indians were deficient in Vitamin D. The study concluded that “All patients with persistant, nonspecific musculoskeletal pain are at high risk for the consequences of unrecognized and untreated severe hypovitaminosis D.”
I talk about vitamin D a lot in my practice. Too little vitamin D is common, especially in the Wisconsin climate. Typically the symptoms of hypovitaminosis D are treated with drugs that don’t do anything to fix the problem and in fact can deplete the body even more.
I have found many patients that have severe vitamin D issues. We get their vitamin D levels tested, base the corrective dose on those tests, and then follow up in three months to see if the problem is corrected. Patients feel much better when their vitamin D level gets corrected. I highly recommend testing and supplementation for everyone.
Anyone who has treated chronic pain patients will tell you that patients seem to feel worse on days when the weather is bad. Particularly when it is cold and damp.
In an research paper titled “The Relationship of Diagnosis and Weather Sensitivity in Chronic Pain Patients” (JNMS Vol.3, No.1, Spring 1995) the authors found that people with many different types of pain syndromes were adversely affected by bad weather.
They said “The onset of aching and tenderness around joints as an indication of impending storms has been a wives’ tale for centuries. Clinicians have long observed that the weather seems to influence a number of physical conditions. Numerous past surveys have reported weather sensitivity in patients with chronic pain. Accounts date back to Hippocrates…”
So, the pain you may feel when the weather changes is not a psychological, “all in your head”, made up thing. It is real.
The authors also found that this type of pain indicates bone and joint problems and not muscle problems. So if you are experiencing this type of pain, treatments that focus on muscles won’t help it. Treatments, like chiropractic, that focus on the joints, will.
The authors found that spine pain, bulging discs, carpal tunnel syndrome, spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease were the most weather affected conditions. In clinical practice, I have found that arthritis in the knee is very often worse in patients during bad weather. Though this isn’t mentioned in the article.
If you are suffering from joint pain that gets aggravated by bad weather, you should know that there is help for you. Check out this video on ABC method chiropractic.
Can Chronic Back Pain Shrink the Brain ?
By: Paul Kramer DC
If you’re one of the millions of people with chronic back pain, scientists say your brain may age up to 20 times faster than normal.
In the first study of its kind, researchers from Northwestern University have found that chronic back pain actually shrinks the brain by as much as 11%. Specifically, it shrinks the gray matter, which makes up the part of the brain responsible for memory and information processing.
It is well documented that chronic back pain negatively impacts quality of life and increases anxiety and depression, but it has been assumed that any brain changes revert to a normal state after the pain stops. This is according to researcher A. Vania Apkarian who has an article in the Nov. 23, 2004 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience.
Apkarian and colleagues compared 26 healthy volunteers with 26 patients who had chronic back pain in the lower region for more than a year. Some patients’ pain radiated through the buttock, thigh, and leg — a sign of sciatic nerve damage, or sciatica. The source of the pain was not considered.
MRI brain images and other sophisticated imaging tests, which measured gray matter size, were performed on all patients. After adjusting for age and gender factors, scientists found that, overall, chronic back pain patients lost about 5%-11% of gray matter a year — about the same as 10 to 20 years or normal aging, the researchers say. Typically, normal aging results in only about 0.5% of gray matter loss each year, they add.
Those with chronic back pain with sciatica had the largest decrease in gray matter. In addition, the more years someone has chronic back pain, the more brain loss they suffered.
What’s Behind the Brain Shrinkage?
By definition, chronic back pain is a state of persistent pain with associated negative mood and stress, says Apkarian. Therefore, one possible explanation for the decreased gray matter is that nerve cells are working overtime.
The researchers hypothesize that as chronic back pain persists, it may become more irreversible and less responsive to treatment due to these brain changes.
The good news is that chiropractic has been found to be a very effective and long lasting treatment for chronic low back pain. The elimination of chronic pain now, may prevent future problems of anxiety, depression and dementia.
It is in your best interest to look at all the options available to you if you suffer from chronic pain. For a free no obligation chronic back pain consultation, call my office at 262-293-3790, your body will thank you. (and so will your brain 🙂
By Paul Kramer DC
Barefoot running has become increasingly popular in the last few years, due in large part to the book “Born to Run”.
The author, Christopher McDougall, details his quest to find a way to run without pain. You see, he was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, a very painful type of tendonitis of the foot. After he was diagnosed, he saw some of the top foot doctors in the country. All of them prescribed arch supports for his feet, and recommended he stop running. These recommendations only made his foot problem worse.
He then started studying the world’s top distance runners and found that many of them run barefoot. Going against what the top doctors in America told him, he started to give barefoot running a try. To make a long story short, he now runs 50 mile races without plantar fascitis.
As someone who has made the transition to barefoot running myself, I can tell you that it isn’t an easy thing to do. It can be painful until you get used to it. Here are some tips that will make it easier for you:
-I recommend wearing Vibram Five Finger shoes, because they will protect your feet and at the same time allow them to move naturally as you run.
-Start by running on grass, pavement is too tough on your feet early on.
-It will take 2 to 3 months for your feet to toughen up enough to run on pavement. The bones of the feet de-mineralize and weaken as the result of wearing shoes with arch supports. It will take a few months for the bones to harden up again.
-Concentrate on standing tall when you run, especially as you get tired. Good posture is essential when you run barefoot. If you lean forward too much, your feet will hurt almost immediately.
-During your stride, do not put your foot down until it stops moving forward. You will avoid pounding your joints and it makes you run faster.
-Push off with your toes in the back of your stride. You will run faster and feel better. This sets up a kinetic chain that will actually help straighten your back and fix alignment problems in your body. This is why so many people feel better after switching to barefoot running.
If you are suffering from plantar fascitis and are looking for a doctor who not only will help the pain, but help you achieve long term health for your feet, call us at 262-293-3790. You can set up a free no obligation consultation where we can discuss your situation and what it will take to get you back to 100%.
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