Because the spinal cord is housed by the spine and the exiting nerve roots communicate with the autonomic nerves that basically run our organ function, maintaining alignment of the spine and pelvis is very important to minimize nerve irritation and subsequent health-related problems. The focus of this article is on leg length, its effect on our posture, methods of assessment, and treatment.
Leg length plays and important role in posture. When there is a difference in leg length, the pelvis cannot maintain a level position, and because the spine’s base is the pelvis, it cannot stay straight if there is a leg length discrepancy.
Doctors of all disciplines realize the importance of leg length, especially orthopedic surgeons as they consider a hip or knee replacement! There are many causes of leg length issues, and some include a genetic predisposition (inherited) or trauma during bone growth years.
From a treatment standpoint, a heel lift (with or without arch supports) can be placed into the shoe on the short leg side. Unfortunately, there is not a 1 to 1 mm correction of the leg length deficiency with heel lifts. In adults, it has been reported that about a 66% correction occurs, which means a 10 mm lift would result in around a 6.6mm leg length deficiency correction.
Many doctors have found that it is usually wise to GRADUALLY increase the amount of heel lifting, and so patients often start with a 5mm lift and at one week intervals, increase it to the next height, such as 7mm, followed by 9mm, and so on. At 12mm (0.5”), problems with the heel lift being pushed out of the shoe and/or sliding forwards in the shoe may prohibit the use of these thicker lifts after which point the bottom of the shoe can be built up by a shoe cobbler (some services can be found online as well).
The new school year is well into action. It’s a time of joy, new beginnings, and possible new injury risks. Here are some tips to stack the odds in your family’s favor.
Healthy school lunches and healthy exercise together are an opportunity to protect your child’s heart, decrease future diabetes and arthritis risks. Healthy exercise can be as simple as a daily walk, and innovative communities have established safe walking routes to and from school. Children should travel in groups, and need to be aware of traffic and potential human hazards. Should your child choose more intense forms of exercise such as recreational or organized sports, be sure they do so safely.
Another major risk to your children’s safety is right behind them: their backpacks. Heavy backpacks can cause growing frames to experience temporary backaches, joint pain, even muscle strains and headaches; and some children may begin a lifetime of these problems. Here’s a simple tip: Weigh your child, and then weigh his or her backpack. Only 4% of parents do this simple test, yet the children of those “4 percenters” carry the lighter backpacks. If you care about your child’s health and well-being -- and you know you do -- pull out the scale, and use it. A child’s daily backpack shouldn’t weigh more than 10% of total body weight, and some sources suggest a maximum of 5-10%. Simply put, your 100 pound child’s backpack should weigh under 10 pounds. For a 150 pound child, 15 pounds is the recommended maximum. For a 75 pound child, 7 1/2 pounds is the most he or she may be able to safely carry on their back.
In addition to stressing young frames and growing structures, heavy backpacks cause acute injuries. In fact, a study in Pediatrics showed that emergency room visits associated with backpacks are most highly correlated with tripping, with the head and face being the most commonly seriously injured body parts. Why not protect your kids with a simple device that most of us already own-- specifically, the bathroom scale?
Please, do take advantage of the opportunity to live… well… with chiropractic care. Our role is to help you feel and FUNCTION at your best — whether you are in pain, feeling better, or feeling great. If you're ready to work toward living a pain-free life, schedule an appointment and ask us how we can help. Call us at 757-220-8552 to schedule an appointment today. Click here to request an appointment online.
Asparagus is a superfood that should not be overlooked because of its strange appearance and sometimes intimidating fickleness in preparation. This bright-green treat is packed with vitamins A, C, E, K, and the energy generator, B6. It is also packed with minerals like folate, iron, copper, and calcium, and it also contains the protein and fiber your body craves!
Asparagus is low in fat and calories and high concentration of insoluble fiber makes it a great choice for anyone trying to get their weight under control. Eating this great veggie makes you feel fuller for a longer period of time, helping you control your munchies by helping you feel satiated.
High levels of amino acid asparagine make it a natural diuretic. This helps to flush your body of excess fluid and salt from your body, helping to reduce the risk of urinary tract infections. The antioxidants (especially high in purple asparagus) comes from the high levels of anthocyanins in asparagus. This antioxidant is much more potent if asparagus is not overcooked, but undercooking does not allow for the powerful nutrients to be better released.
Vitamin E helps to protect the immune system and cells from the harmful effects of free radicals. Using olive oil when preparing your asparagus, your body will better absorb the vitamin E because it is better absorbed alongside a healthy fat.
Thanks to all of that soluble and insoluble fiber, asparagus is great in helping your overcome bloating. Prebiotics contained in asparagus help encourage a healthy balance of good bacteria (probiotics) in the digestive track, reducing gas. All of this happens along with the natural diuretic properties, combating that frustrating belly bulge that happens with bloating.
So, thank your body and your soul by getting yourself some asparagus today! To help you, your favorite chiropractor in Williamsburg, VA, Pinto Chiropractic & Rehabilitation wants to encourage you to try one of our favorite recipes using asparagus. Check out the recipe below.
Oven Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan
Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, garlic, salt, and pepper. Arrange the spears into a single layer on a baking sheet and place in the oven for 12-15 minutes, or until just tender. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with lemon juice.
Serve your new favorite way to prepare asparagus!
Ankle pain can be caused by something as minor as an ill-fitting shoe or as major as an injury. Many kinds of ankle pain originate on the outer, or lateral, side of the ankle. People with ankle pain often complain about difficulty walking or participating in sports. Some types of ankle pain are constant and dull and can be accompanied by imbalance, swelling, stiffness, or tenderness. More serious types of ankle pain can be caused by a sprain, which happens when the ligaments between the bones are stretched or torn. Without medical attention and/or physical therapy, an untreated ankle sprain will often leave your ankle permanently disabled or weak, leaving you open to repeated sprains and other injuries.
Another kind of ankle pain is neuropathic, or nerve-related. This happens when the nerves that pass through the ankle become pinched or stretched, torn, injured by a direct blow, or under pressure.
Other sources of ankle pain include:
A misalignment along the spine means your entire body could be misaligned. This causes the body to compensate, leaning or standing in misalignment, or over compensating by using the opposite side to help alleviate pressure on the misalignment.
Our goal is to make you feel great and enjoy a healthy life without the need for drugs or surgery. We look forward in helping to provide a healthy solution in dealing with your pain. We are here to help you feel better, heal better, and live better. Call now to see how Pinto Chiropractic & Rehabilitation in Williamsburg, Virginia, can help you.
A 2003 study published in the journal Neurology asserted that chiropractic treatments were the culprit in a patient’s stroke, claiming that a cervical adjustment led to a vertebral artery dissection (VAD). According to the American Chiropractic Association, the study is fraught with design flaws and needlessly alarms the public about a safe and effective form of treatment for neck pain and headaches.
The ACA claims that VAD is a rare type of stroke associated with many other commonplace activities such as talking on the telephone, swimming, stargazing, overhead work, hair shampooing, and even sleeping. In fact, according to the ACA, a recent biomechanical study found that the forces transmitted to the artery during cervical manipulation are less than one-ninth the force necessary to stretch or otherwise damage a normal vertebral artery.
“Based upon this study and other recent evidence, many experts now believe that it is physically impossible for a competently performed neck manipulation or adjustment, as provided by a trained doctor of chiropractic, to cause a vertebral artery dissection unless the artery already has a significant pre-existing weakness,” according to the ACA.
Do not let fear keep you from reaching your optimal health through chiropractic. Call Pinto Chiropractic & Rehabilitation in Williamsburg, VA today and take your first steps to feeling better, healing better, and living better.
Plump dots of sweetness that burst in your mouth is the best way to describe perfect blueberries. In Virginia, they are perfectly available in season from May through July, and now that we are in the very beginning of August, enthusiasts are making their way to farmers markets and supermarkets to get the last of the best blueberries available.
However, year-round, they are a perfect snack to pop throughout your day. This classic fruit is clinically proven to protect against memory loss by simply eating one serving a week. The 2012 study suggested that this weekly serving slowed cognitive decline by several years by clearing toxins that accumulate in the brain.
A compound called anthocyanin is what gives blueberries their beautiful blue color and is what gives the blueberry its many health benefits. This incredible antioxidant can help heart health, skin health, bone strength, help regulate blood pressure, help prevent cancer, and improve your mental health.
One cup of blueberries provides 24% of your daily recommended amount of vitamin C, and they also contain a high level of vitamin K. Blueberries also contain an incredible number of minerals such as iron, phosphorous, magnesium, calcium, zinc, and manganese. The collagen produced by our own bodies relies on vitamin C, and with blueberries being packed with vitamin C, they can help prevent sun, pollution, and smoke damage to the skin. This also helps improve the body’s ability to smooth wrinkles and enhance your overall skin texture.
So, thank your body and your soul by getting yourself some blueberries today! To help you, your favorite chiropractor in Williamsburg, VA, Pinto Chiropractic & Rehabilitation wants to encourage you to try one of our favorite recipes using blueberries. Check out the recipe below.
Blueberry Topper for Vanilla Yogurt
Stir in your blueberries and continue to boil for another minute. Remove from heat and discard the vanilla bean pods. Stir in the lemon peel and allow to cool.
Serve over your favorite vanilla yogurt.
What a great way to enjoy your favorite sweet blueberries!
Drs. Anne & Bob
Robert and Anne Pinto started their journey on July 17th, 1989 when they first opened their practice.