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Summer Sports and Chiropractic Care

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Summer is in full swing! People are heading outdoors and engaging in fun summer sporting activities like kayaking, tennis, golf, surfing, beach volleyball and more. Here are 3 common injuries as well as 3 important strategies people can implement to help reduce the risk of injury from their favorite activities:

Common Summer Sports Injuries:

1. Repetitive Motion: Summer sports including softball, baseball, tennis and golf can all cause repetitive motion injuries like “tennis elbow”. Repetitive motion injuries involve inflammation of the tendons due to improper motion during play.

2. Sprains and Strains: Fatigued muscles are sore, achy and tight and can lead to many injuries including sprains and strains of muscles and ligaments. Running, hiking, kayaking and biking are popular summer exercise routines for many people. When the body is moving in new ways that the muscles are not used to over long periods of time, fatigue sets in.

3. Tendonitis or Bursitis: This pain is caused by chronic inflammation of the tendons or bursa that are protecting the joints. Overuse of certain muscles and joints such as the hips and legs can cause this.

Strategies to Reduce Risk of Injury:

1. Strength Training and Stretching: Most injuries can be avoided by strengthening the muscles on a regular basis with a simple strength training routine that anyone can do. Stretching before and after exercise loosens the muscles and prepares the body to move more freely and recover more quickly. Chiropractors can recommend and customize a stretching routine specific to individual problem areas.

2. Chiropractic Care: Seek immediate treatment if you sustain any injury. Sports related injuries do not get better on their own so people should not ignore any pain or injury. Preventative and proactive Chiropractic care will help prepare the body for sports activity and can even improve performance. Chiropractors practice gentle manipulations and other non-invasive techniques to get the spine in proper alignment and relieve any nerve interference in the joint areas. Once properly aligned, the body can reach its maximum potential for sports and other activities.

3. Massage: Regular massage increases circulation and flushes out lactic acid and other toxins which prevent the muscles from fully recovering from a workout.

Make sure your body is ready for all the fun that summer has to offer! Dr. Jeffrey Clark, at Clark Chiropractic Clinic, evaluates and treats chiropractic patients of all ages from newborn babies to senior citizens. Please call (402) 881-8746 to schedule your initial consultation.

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Chiropractic Care Helps Alleviate Seasonal Allergies

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Seasonal allergies affect almost everyone from young children to the elderly. Many people who suffer from allergies turn to drugs to help alleviate the symptoms: sneezing, coughing, watery eyes and congestion. Although a decongestant or antihistamine can minimize symptoms for a time, eventually they’ll return until the underlying cause is addressed. It has been proven that allergy symptoms are the result of an improper immune system response. When the immune system is compromised it cannot defend itself against normally harmless substances we call allergens.

One of the primary advantages of allergy treatment through chiropractic is that it is more natural and manageable than the use of allergy medications, and is often safer for children. By strengthening the body’s defenses rather than reactively correcting symptoms, you can expect to feel better faster and to be less likely to deal with reoccurring symptoms.

The immune system, like every other system in the body, is controlled by the nervous system. The nervous system controls all functions in the body such as heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, gastrointestinal function, etc. When the immune system reacts to the allergens, our bodies release histamines which cause inflammation and other symptoms. This impacts the nervous system by way of the vertebral subluxation, a spinal misalignment that results in pressure or tension on the spinal cord near the level of the brain stem.

Chiropractic care provides a number of treatments that address these issues, and helps to prevent them. By addressing subluxations, the internal functions that keep us healthy are naturally restored. Various adjustment techniques and spinal manipulation can be used to correct nerve pressure and misalignments. These treatments can also help to release stress.

This allergy season, make sure your immune system is functioning properly by getting your nervous system checked by a Chiropractor.

Dr. Jeffrey Clark, at Clark Chiropractic Clinic, evaluates and treats chiropractic patients of all ages from newborn babies to senior citizens. Please call (402) 881-8746 to schedule an appointment.

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Auto Accidents and the Unseen Injuries

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Millions of people are involved in serious auto accidents or minor “fender-benders” every year. Speeds as low as 15 miles per hour can cause injury regardless of whether or not the occupants of the car wear a seat belt. While victims of serious accidents are treated in a hospital right away, victims of minor accidents usually walk away. These people do not even realize that they have been injured until days or even weeks after the event when they start to feel symptoms such as neck pain, back pain, headaches or dizziness. These unseen injuries are generally referred to as “soft tissue” injuries. Chiropractors are trained to evaluate and treat soft tissue injuries and to look for the causes of potential pain.

After an auto accident, even if you are not feeling pain, it is highly recommended that you visit a Chiropractor. Here are some of the most common symptoms resulting from auto accidents that Chiropractors can evaluate and treat:

Whiplash: Whiplash is a term used to describe neck pain following an injury to the soft tissues of your neck (ligaments, tendons, and muscles). It is caused by an abnormal motion or force applied to your neck that causes movement beyond the neck’s normal range of motion.

Headaches: Many accident victims will experience headaches. Post traumatic headaches that get better in four to six weeks are considered acute headaches, but those that stay at the same pain level, start to get worse, or go beyond six weeks are more concerning.

Numbness: Numbness and tingling down the arms and legs, also known as paresthesia, can also include symptoms such as pain, burning, pricking, or creeping along the skin. These symptoms generally indicate a malfunction of sensory nerves. Chiropractors can examine the spine to check for injuries.

Dizziness (Vertigo): Dizziness is a common description for many different feelings and can be hard to describe. Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) is one form of Vertigo. Vertigo is a medical term to describe the feeling of spinning, whirling, or motion either of yourself or your surroundings.

Lower Back Pain: Back pain is one of the most prevalent types of chronic pain resulting from spinal injury caused by a car accident. The forces created during a high speed car accident are enough to cause vertebral fracture and spinal instability which results in pain throughout the back. Chiropractic treatment takes the pressure off the joints of your spine, calming the nerves and relieving the pain.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, or have recently been involved in an auto accident, contact your local Chiropractor, Dr. Jeffrey Clark to schedule an initial consultation and exam. Dr. Jeffrey Clark, at Clark Chiropractic Clinic, evaluates and treats chiropractic patients of all ages from newborn babies to senior citizens. Please call (402) 881-8746 to schedule an appointment.

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Protect Your Back During Fall Yard Clean Up

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Leaves are falling and it’s time to block off your weekend for fall yard clean up. Before you tackle the daunting task of raking and bagging all those leaves, read these helpful, common sense tips to help prevent potential back aches and pains.

Warm Up and Stretch: Raking leaves is considered exercise and like any pre-workout regimen you need to warm up your cold muscles to prevent injury and strains. Jogging in place for a few minutes will get your heart rate up and blood flowing to all your muscle groups. Stretch your back muscles by bending forward to touch your toes. Another important stretch is to squat into deep knee bends without twisting at the waist. Don’t forget to stretch your shoulders and arms. Hold each stretch for 8 seconds, release and repeat at least 2 times.

Choose Your Rake: The best rake to use will be one that allows you to reach leaves a short distance away from your feet without having to bend or twist. Rakes that are too tall or too short will force you to contort your body and cause muscle strain and pain. A new rake is worth the investment and can last for years.

Maintain Good Form: Don’t hunch over the rake. Proper position for raking will require you to keep your legs slightly bent, to keep your weight centered and to reach with your arms and not your back. While raking do not keep your feet planted in one position. Pivot your feet in the direction you are raking. While bagging the leaves be sure to squat and use your knees instead of bending over at the waist.

Take Breaks: Raking requires a series of repetitive motions which exhaust muscles. You should focus on switching your lead arm throughout your leaf raking session. For example, rake with your right arm forward for 10 minutes and then switch to your left arm for 10 minutes. Take stretching breaks often and drink lots of water!

Recover: After the work is done, be sure to stretch again. If you feel discomfort use ice to soothe the muscles.

Dr. Jeffrey Clark, at Clark Chiropractic Clinic, evaluates and treats chiropractic patients of all ages from newborn babies to senior citizens. Please call (402) 881-8746 to schedule an appointment.

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“Back” to School: Backpacks 101

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Back to School means Backpack season. Whether you have a 1st grader proudly wearing his new Star Wars backpack or a college student schlepping the same backpack since high school, we should all be aware of the issues and pain that backpacks can cause at any age.
Applying a little common sense and choosing the right backpack can make a big difference in comfort and help prevent injuries. Here are some helpful tips:

One Size Does NOT Fit All!
Choose the smallest possible backpack that will meet all your needs. Paying a little extra for these features will pay off in the long run. Choose a backpack made with adjustable padded shoulder straps at least 2 inches wide. The backpack should be made with lightweight but durable material and it should include a padded back. Choose a backpack with hip straps or waist belts that when fastened, will redistribute the weight from the shoulders and back to the pelvis.
Also, consider a rolling backback which will allow your child to pull their bag instead of carrying it. This solution allows for children to carry much heavier loads. Just be sure that they can still safely and effectively carry the backpack up the stairs or on and off the bus.

Lighten The Load!
Backpacks allow individuals to carry a heavy load and distribute the weight across the back and shoulder muscles. Overloading backpacks can strain these muscles over a period of time. The natural curves in the middle and lower back will be distorted which causes irritation to the spine joints. More obvious effects of carrying an overloaded backpack include the rounding of the shoulders. This forward-leaning posture can reduce balance and make children more likely to trip and fall. If you notice your child walking with rounded, hunched over shoulders, you should adjust the backpack and eliminate any excess weight. Try to limit the weight of the backpack to approximately 10% of the child’s body weight. If your child complains about the weight, make it lighter! Here are some tips to teach your children the proper and safe way to wear a backpack:
1. Load the backpack with the heaviest objects on the bottom.
2. Wear it on your back with BOTH shoulder straps on.
3. Adjust the straps as follows: Adjust the straps to fit the backpack snugly to your body, holding the bottom of the backpack 2 inches above the waist and keeping the top just below the base of the skull
4. Do not carry the backpack low near the buttocks

Be Proactive!
There are simple ways we can help to prevent any long-term back problems in our children while at the same time making their day-to-day routine more comfortable:
Listen to your children when they complain that their backpack is too heavy.
Remind them to use both shoulder straps if they are only using one and trying to look “cool”.
Help them clean out their backpacks and determine if they are carrying books or other objects unnecessarily.
Offer to take them shopping for a new backpack or a rolling backpack that will work better for them.

Dr. Jeffrey Clark, at Clark Chiropractic Clinic, evaluates and treats chiropractic patients of all ages from newborn babies to senior citizens.  Please call 402-881-8746 to schedule an appointment.

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Digestive Disorders Part1

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

Chiropractic care, as evidenced by many studies, is an effective method of treatment for conditions of a digestive nature. One study showed how infants with infrequent bowel syndrome receiving chiropractic care experienced almost immediate improvement after sessions.

Another extensive study showed a direct connection between Crohn’s disease and spinal misalignments. Crohn’s disease results in inflammation along the small intestine, affecting any part of the digestive tract. In addition to pain, this inflammation results in frequent emptying of the intestines and diarrhea.

The prevailing theory around the cause of Crohn’s disease is that the immune system is acting in response to a virus or bacterium. Corticosteroids are traditionally recommended for the treatment of inflammation of Crohn’s disease. However, the side-effects of corticosteroids can be serious, possibly prompting greater vulnerability to infection. Medication that inhibits the immune system is also commonly recommended. Researchers of the study sought to look for treatment options that boosted the immune system (as opposed to suppressing it) in a way that did not rely on the use of drugs.

Another study revealed the link between spinal misalignments and a wide range of conditions including ulcerative colitis, asthma, Crohn’s disease, and irritable bowel disorder. It showed that correcting those displacements caused improvement (and sometimes complete remission) of symptoms of Crohn’s disease. Findings demonstrate that chiropractic care also offers another benefit. Not only is there improvement of digestive disorders following chiropractic care but also an overall improvement of patients’ quality of life.

When you contact your chiropractic doctor, you’ll receive the appropriate evaluation for your digestive condition
Chiropractors adjust misalignments of the spine that interfere with nerve function. These problems can be painlessly corrected. Once the misalignment is treated, the troublesome symptoms will likely go away as well.

Chiropractic care can benefit those suffering from digestive disorders by restoring the digestive processes’ natural rhythm. Nutritional counseling might also be a part of your chiropractor’s treatment scope (this is addition to spinal manipulation). Vitamin and mineral supplements, healing herbs, as well as other complementary approaches may also be suggested.

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Hearth Health Part1

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Those who come from a family with heart disease tend to worry they’ll inherit it. This is not surprising, considering that every year almost 1 million Americans die of issues related to the heart. Even so, there’s no reason to fret. Genetic predisposition is not the only factor that can play a part in your getting heart disease. Various other factors can offset genetic predisposition; altogether, these approaches will affect your heart health over the long term in a more significant way. Here follows some suggestions for nurturing and safeguarding your heart’s health.

Healthy Heart Tips
The combination of lack of exercise and poor diet is problematic, as it can bring on many types of health conditions, such as coronary artery disease. If you change some unhealthy habits now, you’re less likely to have heart issues down the road. Here follows some workable tips that can significantly impact your heart.
* Take in generous portions of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and other fiber-rich foods, as they’re all helpful for your heart.
* Seafood should be included in your diet. Make sure you eat at least two servings of fish weekly.
* Be careful with the amount of trans and saturated fat you eat, and watch your cholesterol. At most, 30% of your daily caloric intake should come from fat. By reducing your consumption of animal fat, you can lower the saturated fat you take in. To cut back on trans fat, steer clear of hydrogenated vegetable oils.
* Cut back on sodium. Avoiding salt promotes heart health.
* Look for fat-free or low-fat versions of dairy products.
* Attempt to receive nutrients from food instead of just relying on vitamins. Beans, for example, taste good and provide many benefits with its vitamins and minerals.
* Start exercising, if you don’t currently do so. It’s essential for a strong heart. As well as regulating blood pressure and cholesterol, exercise also helps prevent diabetes. Exercising for half an hour five times per week will benefit you throughout life. 30 minutes can be broken in 15 minutes at a time; for example you can swim in the morning and late afternoon. However, stay away from fad diets if you are overweight, as these diets do not provide long-term benefits. Such diets also place a burden on your body as well as your heart.
* Look into tai chi. Suitable for people of various age groups and conditions, it works on posture and balance, and it’s also helpful for the heart.
* Quit smoking. This is a must for maintaining your heart’s health.

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Genetics And Chiropractic Part1

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Holistic care, such as the care provided by chiropractors, is deemed effective by experts. This type of care can benefit behaviors, overall wellness, and cuts down the price of health care. Lately, though, new evidence has shown that chiropractic adjustments can actually affect the chemistry of biological processes (on a cellular level). Chiropractic is now emerged in the world of genetics.

One finding asserted that chiropractic care can influence the physiological processes responsible for oxidative stress and DNA’s ability to repair itself. Many patients receiving chiropractic care have described its positive effects with scientific reasoning. Although more information is needed to solidify this assertion about chiropractic, the current information is on the side of chiropractic care.

In the study, researchers evaluated serum thiol levels (in those undergoing both short-term and long-term chiropractic care), comparing the results against patients who were not receiving chiropractic care. Serum thiol acts as primary antioxidants (measuring human health status). The test provides a substitute estimate of DNA’s repair enzyme activity that is associated with lifespan health. These results indicated that chiropractic care over the long term is able to restore many patients’ normal physiological states. The patients with the highest mean serum thiol levels were those who did not show symptoms while undergoing chiropractic care as opposed to those with a present disease. These symptom-free patients also displayed levels of serum thiol in greater concentrations when compared to regular wellness values.

There are many factors that affect how the nervous system runs throughout a person’s life, may it be physical, emotional, or chemical stress. Experts have asserted that nerve function is related to oxidative stress, and DNA repair (cellular). According to experts, oxidative stress (free radicals that are churned in the metabolism) affects how we develop diseases and how we age. Oxidative stress presents itself as an agent of DNA damage, which hinders DNA’s ability to repair itself. DNA repair makes up for the damage that the environment causes.

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Organic Food Part1

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Lately, a common question among consumers has been, Is it really better to go organic, or is there not much of a difference between organic and non-organic food?

Firstly, let’s evaluate the word organic and how it is applied To farm organically is to adhere to a set of rules regarding humans, animals, and the environment. Organic farming forgoes the use of chemical products in growing food. Organic farming is part of a larger movement that is concerned with not harming the environment, human beings, and wildlife. The worldwide worth of the organic marketplace is more than $27 billion, and an amount of land equal to the size of Italy is committed to it.

Organic Labeling
An organic label means two things: that any processors or importers used in association with this food product have been approved, and that it comes from a farm. If a food item is processed, then 95% of the farmed ingredients must be certified as organic. Regarding the remaining 5%, they do not have to be organic, but they do have to meet certain guidelines.

To receive certification that their food is organic, food producers have follow these rules: No fertilizer can be used, as it has nitrous oxide. Other methods are used to keep soil fertile, such as manure and the rotation of crops. Crop rotation alternates planted crops so natural nutrients are left behind. Pesticides are forbidden. Bugs have to be dealt with by using other insects, or by weeding and planting alternating crops next to each other, which enables them to take care of each other’s bugs.

Most additives, such as coloring and preservatives, are out of the question. Humane treatment of animals is a priority. They must be given space to roam, be fed organic food, and farmers must follow minimum slaughter age rules. There are many other humane treatment guidelines for animals.

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Infantile Colic Chiropractor Therapy

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

When a normal baby has crying spells for over three hours at a time, at least three days a week in a 3-week span, the infant most likely has NE infantile colic. There are some suggestions as to why infantile colic occurs. They include excessive gas, food intolerance/allergy, and abnormal peristalsis.

In a normal, growing infant, infantile colic can begin between the first and second week of life. After it reaches a peak at around week six, infantile colic ceases during the second to third month. Actually, 20-30% of newborns have infantile colic in Omaha. It is normal for the baby to start showing signs of infantile colic at the end of the day and at around the age when sleep deprivation has really hit the parents. It is no wonder that with colic babies, parents can become frustrated, discouraged, and depressed.

The first visit to the doctor of chiropractic, Dr Jeffrey Clark DC, will include a detailed health history and initial examination; this will determine the extent of the infantile colic. The chiropractor will then design a specific treatment plan for your child.

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