Archive for October, 2016

The lumbar spine and pelvis balance on the lower extremities during standing, walking, and running. If leg or foot asymmetries or misalignments exist, abnormal forces transmitted along the closed kinetic chain can interfere with spinal function.

Most chronic low-back pain is the result of some form of structural weakness or failure. The cause of chronic lumbar and spine breakdown is micro-trauma, which is produced by the following conditions:

  • Biomechanical errors
  • Structural asymmetries
  • Tissue weaknesses
  • Excessive external loads

That source is often found to be an imbalance condition in one or both of the feet. The feet are the foundation of the body.

When excessive pronation or arch collapse of the foot is present, a torque force produces internal rotation stresses to the leg, hip, pelvis, and low back.

In patients with degenerative changes in the lumbar discs and facets, the external force of heel strike may aggravate and perpetuate low-back pain.

An anatomical difference in leg length produces abnormal structural strains on the pelvis and low back.


Back In Balance

Premenstrual syndrome is a treatable condition.

In 2004, The University of Iowa published a report in Primary Psychiatry¬†titled “The Epidemiology of Premenstrual Syndrome.”

  • PMS and premenstrual dysphoric disorder affect approximately 20 to 30 percent of menstruating women, and the average age women with PMS seek treatment is in their 30’s.
  • Women with PMS usually present with physical and mood complaints, with irritability as the hallmark symptom.
  • The major impairment associated with PMS is an adverse effect on personal relationships.
  • Whereas use of over-the-counter (OTC) remedies is common among women with any degree of symptoms, few women with severe symptoms use prescribed drugs.

Some studies have reported that PMS includes “more than 150 symptoms.” Nutritional and Chiropractic intervention may very well be the answer.

Is it possible that chiropractic clinicians are uniquely qualified to diagnose the cause and render specific nutrient and structural therapeutic procedures to help each woman suffering from PMS?

In many cases, nutrition is the root cause of deviations from normal in woman’s reproductive health.

-What are signs and symptoms of protein deficiency and how do they relate to PMS?

  • Menstrual cramps and muscle cramping at rest. These are related to the relationship of protein and calcium.

Loss of menstrual blood alone is often cited as a loss of protein and hemoglobin itself is a protein molecule.