Think You May Have Metabolic Syndrome?

Think You May Have Metabolic Syndrome?

Metabolic Syndrome is commonly referred to as Syndrome X or Pre-Diabetes. It is perhaps the most dangerous of all health conditions because untreated it can lead to diabetes, heart disease and early death. Being just “a little overweight” is enough over time in many of us to lead to metabolic syndrome.

If you’re not sure what to ask our doctors, here are some basic questions:

  • Are the symptoms I’m experiencing now related to metabolic syndrome or some other condition?
  • What kinds of tests do I need to best manage my condition?
  • What else can I do to improve my health?
  • What other options do I have to manage the conditions that cause metabolic syndrome?
  • How do best manage all of these conditions together?
  • What restrictions do I need to follow?

One More Thing to Think About

We’re seeing more and more metabolic syndrome in younger patient populations.  And one of the first symptoms they experience is peripheral neuropathy.  Because nerve tissues are especially vulnerable to damage from diseases that affect the body’s ability to transform nutrients into energy or produce some of the components of cell repair (think diabetes), nerve damage and the resulting peripheral neuropathy is very common.

Classic symptoms of peripheral neuropathy are:

  • Tingling and/or burning in hands and feet
  • Neuralgic-like pains
  • Loss of the sense of touch or an inability to feel vibration
  • Temperature changes in the flesh – do your extremities feel excessively warm or cold?
  • Serious sleep disturbances with resultant depression or side effects from pain medication

If you have suspect a diagnosis of metabolic syndrome and are now experiencing any of these symptoms, you don’t have to just live with it.

Please call us to schedule a visit at 781-659-7989 today!

Chiropractic Treatment and The Immune System

In today’s age of health and fitness, more and more kids are involved in sporting activities. Although being part of a football, soccer, or Little League team is an important rite of passage for many kids, parents and their children could be overlooking the importance of proper nutrition and body conditioning needed for preventing injuries on and off the playing field.

“The majority, if not all, sports are good, provided that the child prepares appropriately,” says Dr. Carl Heigl, president of the American Chiropractic Association’s Council on Sports Injuries and Physical Fitness. “Without proper preparation, playing any sport can turn into a bad experience. There are structural and physical developmental issues that need to be taken into consideration before children undertake certain sports.”

Highly competitive sports such as football, gymnastics and wrestling follow rigorous training schedules that can be potentially dangerous to an adolescent or teenager.

The best advice for parents who have young athletes in the family is to help them prepare their bodies and to learn to protect themselves from sports-related injuries before they happen.

“Proper warm up, stretching and weight-lifting exercises are essential for kids involved in sports, but many kids learn improper stretching or weight-lifting techniques, making them more susceptible to injury,” says Dr. Steve Horwitz, an ACA member from Silver Spring, Maryland, and former member of the U.S. Summer Olympics medical team. “Parents need to work with their kids and make sure they receive the proper sports training.”

“Young athletes should begin with a slow jog to warm up the legs and arms and stretch all the major muscle groups,” says Dr. Horwitz. “Kids involved in football, baseball, gymnastics and swimming should develop a routine that includes strengthening exercises for the abdomen, the low-back muscles, arms and shoulders.”

Proper nutrition and hydration are also extremely vital. “A student athlete may need to drink eight to ten 8-ounce glasses of water for proper absorption. Breakfast should be the most important meal of the day. Also, eating a healthy meal before and after practice or a game allows for proper replenishment and refuels the body,” adds Dr. Horwitz.

Young athletes today often think they are invincible. The following tips can help ensure your child does not miss a step when it comes to proper fitness, stretching, training and rest that the body needs to engage in sporting activities.

Encourage your child to:

  • Wear the proper equipment
  • Eat healthy meals
  • Avoid high-fat foods
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Drink water
  • Drink milk
  • Avoid sugar-loaded, caffeinated and carbonated drinks
  • Follow a warm-up routine
  • Take vitamins daily
  • Avoid trendy supplements
  • Get plenty of rest—Sluggishness, irritability and loss of interest could indicate that your child is fatigued.

Chiropractic Care Can Help…

Doctors of chiropractic are trained and licensed to treat the entire neuromusculoskeletal system and can provide advice on sports training, nutrition and injury prevention to young athletes.

Please call us at 781-659-7989 to schedule an evaluation today!

 

Chiropractic and Fitness Training

In today’s age of health and fitness, more and more kids are involved in sporting activities requiring chiropractic treatment at a younger age.

Although being part of a football, soccer or Little League team is an important rite of passage for many kids, parents and their children could be overlooking the importance of proper nutrition and body conditioning needed for preventing injuries on and off the playing field. Chiropractic care can sometimes be a great alternative to other types of medical treatment

Highly competitive sports such as football, gymnastics and wrestling follow rigorous training schedules that can be potentially dangerous to an adolescent or teenager.

The best advice for parents who have young athletes in the family is to help them prepare their bodies and to learn to protect themselves from sports-related injuries before they happen.

“Proper warm up, stretching and weight-lifting exercises are essential for kids involved in sports, but many kids learn improper stretching or weight-lifting techniques, making them more susceptible to injury,” says Dr. Steve Horwitz, an ACA member from Silver Spring, Maryland, and former member of the U.S. Summer Olympics medical team. “Parents need to work with their kids and make sure they receive the proper sports training.”

“Young athletes should begin with a slow jog to warm up the legs and arms and stretch all the major muscle groups,” says Dr. Horwitz. “Kids involved in football, baseball, gymnastics and swimming should develop a routine that includes strengthening exercises for the abdomen, the low-back muscles, arms and shoulders.”

Proper nutrition and hydration are also extremely vital. “A student athlete may need to drink eight to ten 8-ounce glasses of water for proper absorption. Breakfast should be the most important meal of the day. Also, eating a healthy meal before and after practice or a game allows for proper replenishment and refuels the body,” adds Dr. Horwitz.

Young athletes today often think they are invincible. The following tips can help ensure your child does not miss a step when it comes to proper fitness, stretching, training and rest that the body needs to engage in sporting activities.

Encourage your child to:

* Wear the proper equipment.
* Eat healthy meals.
* Maintain a healthy weight.
* Drink water.
* Drink milk.
* Follow a warm-up routine.
* Take vitamins daily.
* Avoid trendy supplements.
* Get plenty of rest.

Chiropractic Care Can Help…

Doctors of chiropractic are trained and licensed to treat the entire neuromusculoskeletal system and can provide advice on sports training, nutrition and injury prevention to young athletes.

We can always work with you or your loved one to determine the best treatment for your condition.

Please call us at 781-659-7989 at to schedule a consultation today !

 

Heel Pain: Common Causes and Treatments

If you’ve been experiencing a sharp pain in your heel, particularly after long periods of sitting or resting, plantar fasciitis could be to blame. With this painful condition, the tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes – called the plantar fascia – becomes inflamed or irritated. One of the most common causes of heel pain, plantar fasciitis typically brings about a stabbing sensation with each step you take, although the pain usually decreases the more you walk (the tissue become more stretched, easing some of the tension on your heel bone).

What are some causes of plantar fasciitis?

Typically, the plantar fascia acts as somewhat of a shock absorber for the arch in your foot. Too much tension, however, can leave tiny tears in the tissue; excessive tearing can lead to irritation and, with it, the condition of plantar fasciitis.

A few factors that could lead to plantar fasciitis include:

Weight: Being overweight can add too much stress on your plantar fascia, stretching it to the point of inflammation and pain.

Age: Plantar fasciitis is most often found in patients between the ages of 40 and 60.

Gender: Women, particularly during pregnancy, are more prone to plantar fasciitis than men.

Activity: Exercises and activities that place an unusual amount of stress on the heel – such as running and certain forms of dancing – can lead to plantar fasciitis.

Long periods of standing: People who spend their days on their feet on hard surfaces, such as teachers and waitresses, often find themselves suffering from plantar fasciitis.

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

Often, plantar fasciitis is associated with pain that:

• Comes about gradually (as opposed to a noticeable tear or strain)
• Is experienced in just one foot (although it can occur in both feet at the same time)
• Is significantly worse after long periods of rest, such as first thing in the morning

If you’ve been sitting or resting for a long period of time, make an effort to stretch the affected foot before standing. Slowly flex your foot, pulling it gently toward your leg, and then move it from side to side. You might also move your foot in large circles or try writing the alphabet with your toes. These movements can help stretch the plantar fascia, leaving it less tense when you put weight on your foot (and therefore decreasing the pain of first impact!).

Get Your Feet Moving to Keep Healthy!

Depending on the severity of your condition, chiropractic treatment might consist of:

• Ultrasound treatments
• Soft tissue mobilization
• Stretching
• Chiropractic adjustments
• Cold laser treatments
• Taping/bracing the injured foot

We can work with you or your loved one to determine the best treatment for your condition.

Please call us at 781-659-7989 at to schedule a consultation today

The PPW team

Functional Health: Healthy Recovery From Injury (Exercise Myths and Truths)

After sustaining an injury, many people have common misconceptions about exercise during the recovery period. The goal of this newsletter is to help dispel some of the most commonly-held myths about exercise after injury.

Myth #1: You should avoid exercise altogether after an injury.

Fact: The right workout plan can help you keep your muscles strong and limber to help you avoid further injury. Avoiding exercise can leave you weak and unbalanced and more prone to injury than not exercising at all.

Myth #2: If you worked out regularly before your injury, you should jump back into your regular routine as soon as possible.

Fact: While it is important to keep yourself moving, you also need to be careful about the type of exercises you do. Even if you were in tip-top shape before your injury, your body still needs time to recuperate. You should start off slowly and ease into a regular exercise regime that incorporates safe exercises and plenty of rest on your off days.

Myth #3: If you’re not getting quick results, you should just give up.

Fact: Recovery from any injury takes time, so you shouldn’t get discouraged if you can’t pick up where you left off. You will likely need to build up your strength again, which can be frustrating, and it’s possible that your injury will prevent you from reaching your previous level of exercise intensity. That doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy physical activity again, however. It just means that you may need to switch up your exercise routine. Which leads us to our next myth…

Myth #4: Now is not the time to try new things.

Fact: On the contrary, an injury is the perfect excuse to make changes to your exercise regime. If you were a seasoned runner who experienced a leg injury and find running difficult now, you may want to consider low-impact activities such as Pilates or water aerobics.

Myth #5: I should keep my eye on the prize (i.e. ultimate recovery).

Fact: You’d do better to set attainable short-term goals for yourself. Ask us to help you choose goals that will push you just enough to keep you moving toward recovery without straining your injury too much. Also, try to keep a positive mindset; instead of thinking about all the things you can’t do now that you used to be able to do, think about all the things that you can do now that you couldn’t right after your injury.

Water fitness programs are safe and beneficial for most exercisers.

Research has shown that water exercise can be effective for improving overall fitness as well as losing weight. Many people already know that water exercise is good for older people and those that are injured, but they aren’t the only ones who can benefit from aquatic exercise. In fact, some top athletes religiously implement a water fitness program in their exercise routines. The best part is that water workouts are easy on the joints, so chances of injury are slim. If you’re already suffering an injury that makes exercise difficult, aquatic workout is a great way to keep yourself fit without aggravating your injury.

Practice safe exercise techniques to reduce the risk of injury.

Whenever you work out, you need to make sure that you’re using the right techniques for each exercise, or you risk hurting yourself.

When in doubt, our staff can offer supervised exercise sessions, in addition to providing pointers for safe exercise.

And remember we can work with you or your loved ones to determine the best treatment plans for your health and fitness issues.

Please call us to schedule a visit at 781-659-7989 today!