Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Chiropractic Also Helps With Sinus Problems

Chiropractic Also Helps With Sinus Problems

Cold and Flu season is upon us. Sinuses can become inflamed and fill up with mucous. This will build up of pressure and in turn will cause sinus pain. There is a non-invasive, drug free approach to relieve Sinusitis. Yes it’s from your Chiropractor with as little as one treatment.
Let’s look at the anatomy first to understand where they are and how many we have. 

There are 4 pairs of sinuses: Frontal Sinuses are found on your forehead just above your eyes, Ethmoidal Sinuses are located just off to the sides of the bridge of the nose, Sphenoidal Sinuses are found underneath the Ethmoidal Sinuses between your eyes deeper in your scull, And the Maxillary Sinuses are under your eyes in your cheeks.
Now, that we know the anatomy. We need to consider what they actually do. Sinuses are air filled cavities along with a layer of tissue that produces mucous. They act as air filters in our nose to protect us from pollutants such as dust, dirt, and micro-organisms getting into our respiratory system. Sinuses also acts as humidifiers to keep our nose from drying up. A bonus tid bit is that Sinuses help our voice resonate. This is why we sound different when we are stuffed up.

Sinuses are usually empty with exception of the thin mucous lining. So if there was an invasion of bacteria, virus or pollutants previously mentioned. Sinuses will become inflamed. The irritation will cause on over production of mucous. This will then fill the cavities causing pressure, and pain. Due to the fact that surrounding sutures can’t expand any further.
The sinus drainage technique can be done manually and/or with an Activator with the patient in a prone position (lying on their backs). The Chiropractor applies gentle pressure over the sinuses, which are above and below the eyes to encourage drainage of the mucous to loosen and drain. Cervical adjustment is recommended after this portion of the treatment.

 However, cervical adjustments are not necessary with every patient. This will be discussed by you and your Chiropractor.The sinuses usually start to drain after the patient returns to an upright position. Relieving this pressure will help with headaches and head colds with a sinus component. This safe and effective technique is also very useful during allergy season.

For more information on Sinus drainage, or to schedule an appointment, please contact Family First Chiropractic and Wellness
Dr. Elton Clemence is a Chiropractor at Family First Chiropractic and Wellness, located In Red Deer, AB 142 Erickson Dr ,www.family1stchiro.ca 403-347-3261 to book an appointment.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Tips for Long Flights

Tips for Long Flights

Sitting for prolonged periods of time while traveling on a long airplane flight can put extra stress on the spine and nervous system causing pain and discomfort. Here are a few tips to prevent and alleviate that discomfort on you next flight to that vacation destination.
  • 1.      Choose an Aisle Seat – This will allow you to get up easily during the flight to stand up and walk up and down the aisle to keep your blood flowing and muscles loose.
  • 2.      Stay Hydrated – Drink plenty of water before and during the flight to prevent muscle spasms and headaches.
  • 3.      Pack Light – Prevent injury by avoiding lifting heavy bags at the airport or during your travels after the flights.
  • 4.      Bring Pillows – Bring a neck pillow along to support the neck during the flight and a small pillow to put behind your back to support the lower back.
  • 5.      Remove your shoes – Kick your shoes off to allow your body to be more comfortable during the flight.
  • 6.      Get Adjusted – Before a flight, ensure that you get adjusted to allow your body to have optimal spinal positioning. After flying, get adjusted as your body has been stressed from long periods of sitting in and upright position and the neck tilting from one side or to the other.

Dr. Joelle Johnson is located at 142 Erickson Drive, Red Deer T4R2C3 www.family1stchiro.ca

403-347-3261 to book your appointment. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Saline Nasal Wash

Saline Nasal Wash

With cold and flu season upon us already this is something that is really helpful and quite easy to do.
The practice of saline nasal wash or lavage (called Neti in the yoga tradition) is a time honored folk remedy for a variety of respiratory complaints, as well is a simple and effective tool for maintaining nasal health. The technique is simple, and if practiced correctly, provides gentle and immediate relief of nasal congestion.

The keys to comfortable nasal lavage are concentration and temperature. The solution should have the same salt concentration as your tears (0.9%) and be warmed to normal body temperature or a bit warmer. If the salt concentration is too low or too high, the experience can be very unpleasant (like getting water up your nose when you are swimming). Water that is too cool will cause the nasal membranes to swell, defeating the purpose of the wash. Water that is too hot will burn the sensitive nasal mucosa.

The solution should be prepared with water and a pure, non-iodized salt. Canning and pickling salt is pure (99.95% NaCl), cheap, and readily available (you can buy it at any supermarket that carries canning supplies). Kosher salt is an acceptable alternative, as well as sea salt.
The amount of salt you need to add will depend upon both the volume of water you use and the texture of the salt you select (the coarser the grind, the more you need). 
1 scant teaspoon canning and pickling salt
2 cups filtered water

Pour about 1/2 cup of this solution into a Neti pot or squeeze bottle. (A Neti pot is a small ceramic vessel, shaped like an Aladdin's lamp that is specifically designed for nasal lavage. Neti pots are available in some health food stores and yoga supply shops.  Bending over a sink, hold the spout to one nostril, tilt your head and pour the solution through so it flows out the other nostril. After rinsing, gently blow the loosened mucus out and repeat as needed. If you prefer, the same solution can be used in a spray bottle.

It may be very difficult to get past the initial revulsion and fear of choking, but once tried it can be both comfortable and soothing.

Jeannette Raskin practices at Family First Chiropractic, 142 Erickson Drive, Red Deer, Alberta.  403-347-3261. www.family1stchiro.ca

Tuesday, November 08, 2016



Artificial sweeteners are found in over 6,000 different processed food products. It appears sales of soda products have reached an all-time low in response to consumers’ demand for healthier alternatives.
Sales figures demonstrate bottled water is poised to overtake soda as the largest beverage category. The switch from soda, packed with more chemicals than just aspartame, to bottled water as a drink of choice, is a good trend.
However, it’s important to remember that other products on your grocery store shelves also contain zero- or low-calorie high-intensity sweeteners to tempt your palate.
Aspartame can be found in a variety of different products from chewing gum and frozen desserts to condiments, ice tea and vegetable drinks. A wide range of over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drugs also contain aspartame. Brand names are NutraSweet or Equal. In 1996 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had approved aspartame as a “general purpose sweetener.”
Sugar has become an inseparable part of the manufacture of processed foods. Manufacturers spend hours on research and development to find just the right combination of sugar, fat and salt in their products to increase the taste value and potential addiction to their foods. This is called the bliss point.
Following research that identified the role sugar plays in neurodegenerative disorders, metabolic dysfunction and increasing challenges with weight management, manufacturers turned to sugar substitutes to reduce calories and meet public demand.
More than one-third of adults are obese and slightly more than 70 percent are either overweight or obese. Obesity is related to some of the leading causes of preventable death, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and certain cancers. The rising epidemic of obesity fueled an increased use of artificial sweeteners. Even after years of research demonstrating poor health outcomes, the use of aspartame continues to gather supporters who rely on industry-funded research.

California is reviewing the safety of aspartame. Most of the research allegedly demonstrating safety of the chemical is industry-funded, while those demonstrating side effects are from independent sources. All of the industry-sponsored studies concluded that aspartame was safe and 92 percent of the independently funded studies identified adverse effects of aspartame consumption. It is not industry research, per se, that is the problem. It is the type of funding. What is needed are safeguards and also having industry contributing to a common pot to fund food safety research.

The major chemical components of aspartame are methanol, phenylalanine and aspartic acid. While the latter two components are amino acids your body uses to function optimally, the amount consumed in the number of aspartame-containing foods you eat each day may be excessive. Methanol, or wood alcohol is not a substance your body needs or uses. Methanol found in whole foods is bound firmly to pectin and is excreted from your body without affecting your cells. The methanol in aspartame, on the other hand, is bound weakly to the phenylalanine and breaks easily during digestion. Once released, your body converts the methanol to formaldehyde, one of the ingredients in embalming fluid, a known carcinogen and neurotoxin.
Both animals and humans have small structures called peroxisomes, which are designed to detoxify a variety of chemicals. When methanol enters the peroxisome of every animal except humans, it gets converted to harmless formic acid. Humans cannot do this. Researchers have found that mice, dogs and other research animals efficiently breakdown methanol or formaldehyde without the neurotoxic effects it has on humans.
Aspartame and Cancer?
A cancer researcher from Italy, found that even in doses much lower than accepted in the U.S. and Europe, animals were developing several different forms of cancer when fed aspartame. In his study, researchers exposed rats to aspartame from before birth until their natural death. Lifetime exposure to the chemical during research more closely represents the results you may experience. The same study demonstrated that when first exposed before birth, the risk of developing cancer was significantly higher.

Reports of neurological and behavioral disturbances after ingestion of aspartame include an increase in headaches, migraine headaches, insomnia and seizures.
Another study demonstrated that a high-aspartame diet resulted in more headaches, irritable mood, depression and poor performance on spatial orientation tests. A large concern is that the “high-aspartame diet” consisted of half the amount of aspartame the FDA considers safe for daily ingestion.

Dr. H.J. Roberts, a board-certified internist and author of the book, “Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic,” coined the phrase “aspartame disease” to describe the negative health conditions associated with it. These include changes in mood, seizures, memory loss, fibromyalgia-type symptoms and fatigue.
The approval of aspartame was one of the most contested in FDA history, having been denied four times for safety reasons, only to be approved after political maneuvers were made to put an FDA director in place who looked favorably upon the approval.
This is all food for thought as to what we put in our bodies.

Dr. Stephen Kelly D.C.

Dr. Kelly practices at Family First Chiropractic located at 142 Erickson drive in Red Deer. Call us today to book an appointment (403)347-3261 or visit us at www.family1stchiro.ca

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Repetitive Strain Injuries

Repetitive Strain Injuries

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) most commonly known as damage to nerves, tendons, tendon sheaths, muscles, joints of the wrists, forearm, elbow, shoulder and neck. Repetitive Strain Injuries can be confusing in that patients don’t understand the symptoms related and the causes or even more importantly how can it be treated.

Causes of RSI

Repetitive Strain Injuries occur through overuse, poor posture and/or poor technique particularly while using the hands. Repeated awkward or forceful tasks for sustained periods of time are major factors causing RSI. Workers do not make the connection between their aches and pains developing in the work place or in the field. Repeated vibrations, forceful impacts or compressions for periods of time cause microscopic tears in the tendons and muscles. Over time the sheaths around the tendons start to chafe causing tendons to become inflamed. Inflammation of the sheath compresses against adjacent nerves, which compromises the nerves nearby.  

Symptoms of RSI

Symptoms of RSI can range from discomfort to excruciating pain. Symptoms occur in the fingers, palm, wrist, forearm, shoulders, and neck. Pain in one area of the body may radiate to other connecting parts. General symptoms include:

-Aching or shooting pain (May be strongest at night).
-Tingling and burning sensations.
-Clumsiness of hands (loss of ability to grasp items, impaired thumb and finger dexterity).
-Swelling of hand and wrist.
-Hands feel cold.
-Wasting of Muscles at the base of the thumb.
- Stiffness or restricted movement.

Common Types of Repetitive Strain Injuries

Rapid, repetitive, and repeated twisting movement of the forearms and hands. Patients that do a lot of keyboard work, and/or using tools such as pliers can tenosynovitis. Tenosynovitis and tendonitis sound similar. The difference is that tendonitis is inflammation of the tendons. While Tenosynovitis is inflammation of the tendon sheaths usually in the hand or wrist.
DeQuarvain’s Syndrome

This is a type of tenosynovitis that is known as “trigger thumb” or “Washerwoman’s Sprain”. It also affects the sheath common to the two tendons of the thumb just above the wrist. This repetitive strain injury is caused by repeated trigger-like movement involving the wrist.

Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
Carpel tunnel is tingling, numbness and/or weakness in your hand due to pressure on the median nerve in your wrist. Carpel tunnel is the small space in your wrist that the median nerve and several tendons runs from you forearm into your hand.  The median nerve controls movement and feeling in your thumb and first three fingers. This area becomes compromised when there is repetitive finger movement, pinching and squeezing of fingertips, excessive use of the index finger, hand exertions with bending and twisting of the wrist, and overly tight grip for long periods of time.

Chiropractic for RSI
Chiropractic is an effective treatment option for RSI. Our Chiropractic physicians will conduct an interview, review medical history, and perform a thorough examination. If diagnosed with RSI, the Chiropractor will set up a treatment plan specific to your situation, and needs. So if you suffer from pain in fingers, hand, wrist, forearm, shoulder, neck, or back seek a chiropractic physician. The sooner you do, the better you will feel.

Dr. Elton Clemence practices at Family First Chiropractic and Wellness at 142 Erickson Drive. www.family1stchiro.ca

Call 403-347-3261 for a consultation today