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Are Energy Drinks Bad for Your Heart?

Are Energy Drinks Bad for Your Heart?
Published Thursday, 15 February 2018

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We all have our morning routines. Most of us shower, brush our teeth, get dressed, and eat breakfast. Chances are some caffeinated beverage helps to jump-start your morning, like coffee, tea, or an energy drink. Caffeinated drinks can do wonders for college students heading out to an early morning class after pulling an all nighter or an exhausted mother of three in the middle of a particularly nasty flu season. In doses under 400 milligrams, caffeine is considered safe for consumption by the FDA, and a regular 8-ounce coffee from your corner shop only has 95 milligrams on average. According to an April 2017 study, however, what caffeinated drink you choose can greatly impact your heart’s health.

Much research has already been done about the cardiovascular safety profile of caffeine, but scientists at the David Grant Medical Center on Travis Air Force Base were interested in how energy drinks may affect the heart. The team compared blood pressure and EKG results of healthy individuals after they drank an energy drink or a regular caffeinated beverage. The caffeinated beverage had the same amount of caffeine as the energy drink, but none of the other ingredients, such as sugar, various B vitamins, and taurine, which are found in many of the common energy drinks available now.  

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The results were interesting. The participants who drank the energy drink had elevated blood pressure for up to six hours after consuming the beverage. The participants who drank the caffeinated beverage had only a slight rise in blood pressure. The EKG results were even more revealing. Twenty-four hours after they had the beverage, the results of those who had drunk the energy drink were the same as those associated with life-threatening irregularities in the heart.

Energy drinks are often marketed under the guise they will keep you awake for longer than a cup of coffee or any other caffeinated beverage on the market. There is no research available that says an energy drink with the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee will do more for your energy levels or focus. However, a 2015 Mayo Clinic Study showed that just one 16-ounce energy drink increases blood pressure and stress hormones enough to induce a cardiovascular event.

Natural, Heart-Healthy Energy Boost

If you are a healthy man or woman, consuming a moderate amount of caffeine is fine. However, for an energy boost without caffeine, and with the added benefits of maximizing physical performance, preventing or treating headaches, and increasing weight loss - have a glass of water! Your energy levels are decreased significantly if your body is dehydrated.

February is American Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, but making small lifestyle choices can significantly reduce your risk. For more information on heart healthy habits, consult with the doctors of South Orange Chiropractic Center.

[VIDEO] How Many Treatments until My Back Pain Goes Away?

Published Thursday, 08 February 2018

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Dr. Mark S. Sielski:

Well a lot of patients will ask that and it definitely is on a case by case basis. We don't do cookbook care. We take everything into consideration, the patient's age, their health status, their weight, there's just so many different variables for each patient. So, we want to do more individualized care, as opposed to just the same care for everybody. 

 

6 Easy Exercises to Help Relieve Sciatica Pain

6 Easy Exercises to Help Relieve Sciatica Pain
Published Thursday, 01 February 2018

If you’ve ever experienced Sciatica Pain, you know it, though you may not have known what to call it at the time. Researchers estimate that 43 percent of the population will experience this pain at some point during their lives. Sciatica pain comes from the lower back, and travels down through the buttock into one or both legs. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body, and therefore can produce serious pain down your entire body, even into your toes. You may experience pain in the form of tingling, numbness or weakness in your lower back, buttock, legs, and toes.

There are many different treatments for sciatica pain:

  • Pain medication
  • Steroid injections
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic manipulation
  • Massage therapy

However, taking pain medication or having injections can disrupt your day to day life as well as your overall health. Thankfully, there are some easy exercises you can do regularly to help manage your pain.

Knees to Chest

For this exercise, lay down flat on your back, and slowly hug your knees to your chest for 30 seconds. Try repeating this three times in a row a couple of times a day.

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Modified Cobra Stretch

To do a cobra stretch, lie on your stomach with your legs together and extended, toes pointing. Rest your forearms and palms on the floor close to your body. Then push up from your palms to partially straighten your elbows, bringing your chest and stomach up off the floor. Hold this pose for five seconds before laying back down on the floor. Repeat this up to ten times.

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Seated Spinal Twist

Sit up with your legs out in front of you on the floor. Bend your right leg and place your right foot on the outside of your left knee. Twist your body toward the right. Hold this for 15-30 seconds, and repeat on the opposite side.

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Low Lunge

Step your right leg out in front of you and bend your knee to a 90 degree angle. Place your left knee on the ground. The top of your left foot should be flat against the ground. Lift your torso and put your hands on your right thigh. Make sure to keep your right knee from going over your toes, lifting your torso to feel the stretch in your hips. Keep this position for thirty seconds. Then switch to do the same thing with your left leg forward and bent with knee over ankle, and right leg behind you on the ground. To feel an extra stretch, raise your arms straight above your body, with your elbows close to your ears.

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Pigeon Pose

This yoga pose is especially helpful for sciatica pain. Bring your right leg out in front of you, and left leg flat on the ground, like you would for a low lunge. Then take your right foot, calf, and knee to the ground. Your right foot should be next to your left arm. Slowly lay yourself down on your forearms, feeling the stretch in your right thigh. Hold here for 30 seconds and repeat with the left leg in front and on the floor, and your right leg behind you.

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Foam Roller- Hip Rotator

If you are feeling pain in your hips and buttock, implementing the use of a foam roller is a great way to relieve the sciatic pain. Sit on the foam roller with your knees bent, and feet flat on the floor. Put your right hand on the floor behind you, leaning back slightly. Next, cross your right leg over your left thigh. Roll back and forth, supporting yourself with your right hand and left foot. Do this for 30-60 seconds, and then repeat crossing your left leg over your right thigh.

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The doctors at South Orange Chiropractic Center can help you manage and relieve your sciatic nerve pain with regular chiropractic adjustments. Contact us today to get natural pain relief and start living a life of improved health and wellness.

[VIDEO] How Many Sessions until I Experience Headache Relief?

Published Thursday, 25 January 2018

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Video Transcript

Dr. Steven Levine: 

How long does it take for any condition? You know, if we're talking about headaches or any type of pain, the question that we're used to handling is, "Doctor, how long will it take for me to get better?" And I wish I had a crystal ball or I wish I had a magic wand to say, "In your case, it's going to take this exact number of visits," but everybody is different. So, we take into effect different criteria. How long have you had the problem? What is your age? What is your occupation? What is your weight? And these are certain criteria. Is there arthritic or degenerative changes that we see on film that's going to slow the process down? What do you do when you're not in the office? If we're doing a corrective chiropractic adjustment to take the pressure off the nerve, to improve the body's ability to heal itself, so what happens when you go out and maybe you're eating fast food, too much coffee, alcohol, maybe smoking, maybe not getting enough water? So, we take that into consideration also. What is your lifestyle?

So, headaches have many different variabilities. Sleep is a factor. Position of sleep, posture. We spend so much time on our devices and our computers that we choke off the nerve supply by forward head posture. So, all this is a factor, and it can take dozens of visits or it can take just a few. Everybody is an individual.

[VIDEO] How Long before My Shoulder Pain Starts to Feel Better?

Published Thursday, 11 January 2018

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Dr. Mark Roczey:

We see so many people in our practice with shoulder pain and injuries, and commonly that's a question that we hear often: "How long will it take to get well?" Typically what we find is we have to take in a couple of factors such as the patient's age, their weight, their history, their condition, and what their occupation is.

Every patient who comes into our office with a shoulder condition wants to be out of pain overnight. Most commonly it takes about two to four weeks to get somebody out of discomfort, increase their range of motion, and get the relief that they want. What's most important is the patient who's typically searching for answers has to realize that the condition didn't start overnight and it's going to take some time to heal.

It could take anywhere for two to four dozen visits over six to eight months to get somebody strong, stable, and well.

 

[VIDEO] How is Back Pain Diagnosed?

Published Thursday, 28 December 2017

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Video Transcript

Dr. Mark S. Sielski:

First, we do a consult with the patient to find out exactly what's going on with them. Then, we do a thermal scan on their back to find, basically hot areas, where there's areas of a lot of activity, or the muscles are really tight. Then, we do a comprehensive exam. And then we follow that up with X-rays. And we take all the information that we get from all these different sources, put 'em together, and that's how we come with a treatment plan.

[VIDEO] Do You Do Adjustments During the First Visit for Back Pain?

Published Thursday, 14 December 2017

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Dr. Mark S. Sielski:

We normally don't do them the first visit, they're usually done on a second visit where we have their reported findings. This way we go over the x-rays, we go over the exam findings and we answer the patients' questions and then at that point once we take them in as patients then we will adjust them.

It's very tough to go over x-rays, go over exam findings and take care of the patient all at the same time.

We all sit down and put our heads together, so this way we can come up with a really precise treatment plan for that specific patient.

[VIDEO] How Do Chiropractic Adjustments Help Headache Pain?

Published Thursday, 30 November 2017

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Dr. Stephen Levine:

We have a great deal of patients that come in and one of their complaints, in addition to maybe neck or back, because we want to know the whole history, they say, "Oh, by the way, I get headaches." So, part of our consultation is we want to qualify and quantify what about the headache. Is it happening in the morning? Is it in the afternoon? Is it before you eat? Is it after you eat? What is the location of the headache? Is it frontal, on the side, is it on top, does it start at the back? And how long does it last?

We get all the information we can, and that's part of our consultation. The fact of the matter is there's over 137 classifications of headaches. The number one and most common headache is called cervicogenic, meaning starting at the cervical spine or the neck. We want to eliminate that first, since that's the most common. Once we do our thermal scan and our physical exam and then take a digital film, we can see if the vertebrae is out of alignment and if the scan shows up hot, so that we can come up with a type of care or treatment to help the patient feel better with headaches. That could be either traditional, hands-on adjusting, or the instrumentation.

So, the machine I have behind me, which is the Sigma Ultralign, has a specific protocol just for headaches. If you can see, we use the handheld instrument and we put on a specialized tip that works in the suboccipital area, or on the base of the skull, and very gently the instrument will relax the muscles, the suboccipital muscles, increase circulation, push the lactic acid out and help us relieve those headache symptoms.

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