August 2016 Health Newsletter

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» Posture
» Brain Chemicals
» Adrenal Fatigue
» Your Core!
» Metabolic Syndrome?
» Chiropractors Praise Federal Opioid Legislation
» Doctors of Chiropractic Provide Alternative to Opioids for Pain Management
» Sports Injuries and Academic Performance

August 2016

Happy August!

I hope you are having a great Summer!

I have been spending much time in the sun and in the woods camping. I have enjoyed every minute of it. If you have not spent time in nature, it's one of the most healing activities you can do. There are many beautiful trails and woods right here in Sandy Springs. Consider visiting the Big Trees Forest Preserve (http://www.bigtreesforest.com) just north of us off Roswell Road. We also have Sope Creek. 3 miles of trails and the old stone ruins of a paper mill located off Paper Mill Road. (http://www.atlantatrails.com/hiking-trails/a-getaway-close-to-home-sope-creek)

FYI: Dr. Saul will be taking some time off in August and you will receive detailed notifications regarding our schedule.

Lastly, we are sad to say that the wonderful Margie Harrell will be leaving us at the end July. Margie has worked magic for our patients and has the warmest smile and always exhudes an air of love and service. We wish her the best but dont be surprised if you see her face from time to time.

 

Please consider sharing our committment to Sandy Springs by leaving us reviews on Social Media like, Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Yelp and Kudzu. Your words matter and you make a difference with someone who is new to Natural and Alternative medicine.

 

I am grateful to know you.

 

Dr. Saul

 

 

 

Author: Dr. Steven Saul
Source: Dr. Steven Saul
Copyright: Dr. Steven Saul 2106


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Posture

Many of us are getting into terrible positions on our cell phones and computers. It is going to be more important than ever to make sure we get into good posture!

When I was growing up I was told "Chest out, stomach in, shoulders back, etc, etc". The problem is that following that advice caused a lot of tension in my body.

Here is how to get in good posture. Stand up. Allow you head to float up toward the ceiling. Or if you like, imagine that a hook at the top of your head is pulling your head toward the ceiling. Don't force it. Let is rise or float up.

Next, find the area under the front of your sternum (breastbone).  Its about the height of the crease of your elbow.

Now find your belly button. When you bend over, these 2 points will get closer. What we want is for these to points to get further apart!  This will naturally bring your shoulders back properly without tensing.

Thats it. Now you must practice this standing, walking and sitting. When you realize you are slumping, just repeat this process. Keep repeating for the rest of your life!

 

Dr. Saul

 

Author: Dr. Steven Saul
Source: Dr. Steven Saul
Copyright: Dr. Steven Saul 2015


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Brain Chemicals

Are you feeling more depressed than you think you should? Has your get up and go, got up and went? If so, you may be low in particular brain chemicals like Serotonin, GABA, Tyrosine or DPA.

Low Serotonin will make you feel like you are living under a dark cloud, while low tyrosine( an amino acid) will leave you feeling like you have the blah's. You may feel stressed out and could use some GABA (Gamma Amino Butyric Acid). GABA acts to make the body more tranquil.  If you feel too sensitive to life's pains, you may be low in endorphins. This can be raised by a supplement call DPA. The good new is that these supplements may work as well or better than the common anti-depressants you see on TV with less side-effects!

If you would like to find out more, call LIly and she will send you the brain chemical analysis worksheet.

All the best,

Dr., Saul

PS..My son is getting married on Saturday the 5th of October and I am excited!

Author: Dr. Steven Saul
Source: Dr. Steven Saul, The Mood Cure, Julia Ross
Copyright: Dr. Steven Saul 2013


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Adrenal Fatigue
Are you suffering with Adrenal fatigue? Here are the common signs.
1. Difficulty getting up in the morning.
2. Mid morning low.
3. You feel better after the noon meal.
4. You have an afternoon low.
5. You feel better from 6 to 9:30 pm and get a second wind from 11pm to 1:30am.
6. You feel better if you can sleep in an extra 2 hours in the morning.

Other common signs are low bloods sugar or hypoglycemia, craving sweets and/or salty foods, difficulty sleeping, lowered libido, taking longer to recover from illness or stress, respiratory problems that come back too soon, a feeling of overwhelm or mild depression and difficulty concentrating
There are multiple causes of adrenal fatigue, but the most common is prolonged periods of stress or acute injuries like auto accidents.

The good news is that we can help. If you think you are suffering from adrenal fatigue, call us to see if we can provide a way back to being the person you know yourself to be!

The most common groups of people who suffer from this are caregivers, social workers, police, doctors, nurses, single moms, lawyers and people working 2 jobs. Self employed people are likely candidates as well.
 

All the best,

Dr. Saul



Author: Dr. Steven Saul via Dr. James L Wilson
Source: ChiroEco No9 6/13
Copyright: Dr Steven Saul 2013


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Your Core!


Hi! This is so important, I may leave this up permanently!

Lets talk about Core strength. You hear this term a lot. So what exactly is your core? Here is what you need to know.

You are made of Bones, Muscles, Tendons, Ligaments, and Fascia. If there is a breakdown in any of these systems you will have a loss of function which will lead to pain and dis-ease. We evaluate your body to find out the source of the problem.


What are the Core Muscles named and why are they so Important?

 
The core is made of all the muscles that ultimately attach to the pelvis.  These muscles can be divided into two sections based on their anatomical functions. One provides stabilization and the others provide movement.

    1. Deep stabilization system
    2. Superficial movement system


Anatomically, the muscles that are deeper in the body work more to stabilize the pelvis and spine, and the muscles that are located more superficially are more important for moving the pelvis and spine.

1. Deep Stabilization System


Core Training places a lot of emphasis on working the deep muscles of the core. Research shows that the deep muscles contract first before any movement is initiated. The body is brilliant!  It is wired to be stable first before it engages action.

The deep muscles are close to the spine and pelvis and they can help to move the body, but their primary role is to stabilize the pelvis and lower back. This protects these areas and gives you a strong foundation for the upcoming activity.

The core muscles that make the deep stabilization system are:

The transversus abdominus is one of the most important core muscles. It attaches to the pubic bone and fascia in the front. It compresses the abdominal contents, thus adding stability to the lower back and pelvis.

The lumbar multifidus runs on an angle and it helps with rotational stability. Research shows that people with chronic lower back pain have significant atrophy (wasting away) of the multifidus.

The pelvic floor muscles connect the sacrum and pelvis to the pubic bone. Their primary job is to stabilize the bottom of the abdominal cavity. The pelvis floor works with the transversus abdominus and multifidus to stabilize the pelvis. Kegel exercises are a great way to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.

The diaphragm is the main respiratory muscle. It attaches to the ribs and spine. The diaphragm also forms the roof of the abdominal cavity, so it stabilizes the top of the abdominal cavity.

The internal oblique is the deeper of the 2 oblique muscles. It runs on an angle from the pelvis up to the ribs. Its primary role is in stabilizing the core, but it also helps to move the spine.

The transverso-spinalis muscles focus on segmental stability of the spine because they span just a few vertebrae in length. These muscles are also important for rotational stability.

All of the deep core muscles are important. When you perform exercises that require your spine to be stable, you challenge these core muscles. The plank exercise  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiA9j-dR0oM, bridges, alternate arm and leg raises, and the drawing in maneuver are examples of exercises that can increase core stability. Any exercise or piece of equipment that requires your muscles to work harder to keep your spine stable will increase the muscle work in the deep stabilization system of the core.

2) Superficial Movement System


When the pelvis moves, the hips move, and when the hip move, the lower back moves. If the pelvis is stable, the lower back and hip are stable, so any muscle that attaches to the pelvis is part of the core as well.

The latissimus dorsi (lats), which helps you do pull ups, is most often thought of as a back and shoulder muscle, but it also attaches to the upper border of the hip bone, (pelvis), lumbar vertebrae, thoracic vertebrae, and ribs. The lats can help to tilt the pelvis forwards or to the side, and it can negatively affect lower back posture when tight and inflexible.

The erector spinae are the group of muscles that people most commonly think of when they talk about lower back muscles. They are a group of superficial muscles that run the entire length of the spine. As the name suggests, these muscles help to keep the spine erect and they also pull the spine backwards. Every lower back exercise will place some emphasis on the erector spinae muscles.

The iliopsoas is the main hip flexor muscle. It attaches to the front of the lumbar spine and pelvis. It is primarily responsible for bending the hip, but it can also help to stabilize the pelvis, lower back, and hip.

The adductors are the muscles of the inner thigh. Most people don't think of the inner thigh muscles as core muscles, but all of the adductor muscles attach to the pubic bone, which is the front part of the pelvis. Because they attach to the pubic bone they can help to stabilize the pelvis, especially when standing on 1 leg.

The hip abductors (gluteus medius and minimus) also attach to the pelvis. The gluteus medius and minimus are very important for hip stability, and they are especially important for stabilizing the hip and pelvis when standing on one leg. This is one of the reasons I say that balance exercises are so important in core training.

The hamstrings are the muscles on the back of the thigh, and they attach to the bottom of the pelvis. Strong hamstrings can help to anchor and stabilize the pelvis, and tight inflexible hamstrings can pull on the pelvis and negatively affect lower back posture.

The gluteus maximus is the largest muscle in the body and it attaches to the back of the pelvis. It extends thigh at the hip, and assists in laterally rotating the thigh. It works with the hamstrings to move the pelvis and also helps to stabilize the pelvis. Bridges can be considered a core exercise because it works the glutes while keeping the spine stable.

The external obliques attach to the ribs and pelvis but they are located superficially compared to the internal obliques. The external obliques are designed slightly more for moving the spine than stabilizing, but the external obliques  also help to stabilize the pelvis and lower back.

The rectus abdominus (6 pack)
is probably the most popular core muscle. It runs down the front of the spine, and it is the main muscle for flexing and bending. It is the main muscle for core exercises such as crunches and sit-ups.

So, what exercises, will help strengthen your core? Primarily we recommend yoga..http://www.springsyoga.com

and Pilates. We also know some private instructors if you need one. Just give us a call.


Dr. Saul and Staff


Author: Dr. Steven Saul
Source: Internet Articles ,Kinetic Spine and Sports
Copyright: Dr. Steven Saul 2012


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Metabolic Syndrome?

Metabolic syndrome is a disorder of energy utilization and storage, diagnosed by a co-occurrence of 3 out of five of the following medical conditions: abdominal (central) obesity, elevated blood pressure, elevated fasting plasma glucose, high serum triglycerides, and low high-density cholesterol (HDL) levels. Some studies have shown the prevalence  in the USA to be an estimated 34% of the adult population, and the prevalence increases with age.

Metabolic syndrome is also known as metabolic syndrome X, cardiometabolic syndrome, syndrome X, insulin resistance syndrome, Reaven's syndrome, and CHAOS (in Australia).

Metabolic syndrome and prediabetes appears to be the same disorder, just diagnosed by a different set of biomarkers.

Your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke increases with the number of metabolic risk factors you have. In general, a person who has metabolic syndrome is twice as likely to develop heart disease and five times as likely to develop diabetes as someone who doesn't have metabolic syndrome.

If you think you have this condition, we can help! Call us for information on the best supplements and dietary changes to help this condition!

All the best,
Dr. Saul

Author: Dr. Steven Saul
Source: Wikipedia, NIH
Copyright: Wikipedia, NIH 2014


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Chiropractors Praise Federal Opioid Legislation

Since March, both the Senate and the House of Representatives have pushed forward legislation to control opioid use in the United States. The legislation included the John Thomas Decker Act, which aims to increase research on opioid education available to athletes and their families, provisions for alternatives to opioids, and drug-addiction resources. These federal actions have earned the praise of the American Chiropractic Association because of the prevalence of opioid use for neck and back pain.  Opioid pain medications are not uncommon methods of treatment for chronic neck and back pain. However, these medications simply mask the pain rather than treat the source of the discomfort, and can result in devastating consequences like addition, depressed respiration (slowed breathing), brain damage, and in the case of overdoses, even death. Particularly for back and neck pain, as well as soft tissue injuries like those to the ligaments and tendons, opioid prescription is common and widespread, and can lead to long-term use.  While legislation to control opioid use is an important step, ACA President David Herd explained that there is still more to do. "Efforts must now be directed toward educating health care providers and the public about conservative forms of pain management," he said, adding that "chiropractic physicians are well positioned to serve as a first line of defense in the conservative management of acute and chronic pain." Rather than relying on long-term opioid use to manage chronic pain, chiropractic care is a non-invasive, safe, and effective alternative that addresses and resolves the source of pain. Rethinking chronic pain and treatment in a way that places focus on the cause of the pain, and not the symptoms, can pave the way for better health outcomes for patients.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: American Chiropractic Association. May 24, 2016
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2016


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Doctors of Chiropractic Provide Alternative to Opioids for Pain Management

"Chiropractic services are an important first line of defense against pain and, in some cases, can lessen a patient's reliance on addictive painkillers or prevent their use altogether," said ACA President David Herd, DC. "It makes sense to exhaust conservative forms of treatment such as chiropractic before moving on to riskier, potentially addictive pain medications." Statistics show that as many as one in four patients who receive prescription opioids long-term for non-cancer pain in primary care settings struggles with addiction. In addition, every day more than 1,000 people are treated in the emergency room for misusing prescription opioids. Using treatments such as spinal manipulation, chiropractic physicians take a drug-free approach to treating back pain, neck pain and other musculoskeletal disorders. High-quality research has found spinal manipulation to be effective for acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain. In the wake of the opioid epidemic, many respected health care organizations now recommend non-drug treatments. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in its 2016 guidelines for prescribing opioids, notes that nonpharmacologic therapies are preferred for treating chronic pain. In addition, the National Pain Strategy, an initiative by several federal agencies, recognizes chiropractic's value as a method for pain management.

Author: American Chiropractic Association
Source: American Chiropractic Association. July 19, 2016
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association 2016


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Sports Injuries and Academic Performance

After a sports-related injury, high school and college students can have trouble returning to their studies. But new research from the American Journal of Public Health reveals that concussed students are particularly at-risk. The researchers found that students with extremity injuries had more trouble in school than uninjured students, and concussed students performed even worse. One component of the study was a questionnaire which ranked academic dysfunction on a scale from 0 to 174. One week after injury, the average score for non-concussed students was 48, while that of concussed students was 68. These numbers stabilized after approximately one month, except for students with a history of multiple concussions. Sports injuries in students highlight the importance of proper protection and injury prevention for both academic performance and overall well-being. Student athletes should always consult with healthcare providers to help ensure effective protection and prevention against injury. Many DCs (Doctors of Chiropractic) are experts in providing sports physicals and assistance in equipping athletes with the best possible protection. DCs can also treat soft-tissue injuries from sports-related activities, minimizing recovery time and post-injury stress, and are a valuable member of a student athlete's healthcare team.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: American Journal of Public Health: July 2016, Vol. 106, No. 7, pp. 1247-1253.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2016


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