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From Pee Wee to Varsity to Professional sports athletes at every level face similar challenges namely, they want to perform at their best and avoid injuries on the field. And when the inevitable damage does occur, whether from accidents or over training, they look to get back in the game as fast as possible. In this situation, the doctor of chiropractic is often the essential solution.

And chiropractors are on staff with virtually all professional sports franchises and are highly visible at the Olympic Games.

An MD will largely look to address trauma and treat with medication, a DC is attuned to movement, mechanics, and musculoskeletal concerns. Furthermore, the list of banned substances for athletes is a long one-highlighting the importance of a non-pharmacological approach to healthcare and wellness. A chiropractor also has a number of treatment modalities that are noninvasive, such as low-level laser therapy and kinesiology taping, which work in conjunction with the adjustment to achieve results that other healthcare professionals can’t deliver.

A key to being a sports chiropractor is educating the athlete on the benefits of not just resolving their injuries, but using chiropractic for prevention and maximizing performance.


Pes Anserine Bursitis!

Pes anserine bursitis is the result of inflammation of a bursal sac at the medical aspect of the knee. The pes anserinus is the anatomic term used to infentify the insertion of conjoined tendons sartorius, gracilis, and semitendinous into anteromedical proximal tibia.

This type of bursitis is a fairly common finding, pronation of the feet should be suspected and evaluated.

History, such as that he or she has been experiencing medical knee pain after taking a long walk or hike. Custom -made, flexible functional orthodics can reduce the effects of medical knee pain. The knee joint is the largest in the body!

Bursae are closed sacs with synovia that contain fluid. They are located adjacent to areas of friction where tendons may rub against themselves or bones.

Direct trauma, excessive pronation of the feet, and a consequential increased Q-angle are common causes of pes anserine bursitis.

Adjunctive physiotherapy, including interferential muscle stimulation, ultrasound, and cold laser, may prove helpful. Nutritional supplements to quiet the inflammation and benefit the tissue repair should also be considered.

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.

Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) and its two divisions: the sympathetic and parasympathetic.

Our practices are filled with patients regardless of chief complaint, who have digestive problems, poor immune response and slow healing. They do not rest well and are unable to get adequate amounts of sleep. Those are signs of Sympathetic Exhaustion.

For tissues to respond to Sympathetic stimulation, calcium must be present in adequate amounts in the extracellular fluid(ECF).


Symptoms Commonly Associated with Calcium Deficiency

  1. History of bone disorders, spurs, osteoporosis, etc.
  2. Muscle Soreness, weakness, and cramps.
  3. Frequent symptoms of irritability and anxiety.
  4. Restlessness, including restless legs at night.
  5. Low back pain, weak joints and ligaments, and fallen arches.

If there is a relative intracellular increase in potassium over calcium due to a calcium/protein deficiency in the ECF, the patient complains of excessive symptoms of an inappropriate need for rest, the inability to heal or recuperate, and reproductive problems.

In our present society, long-term stress reactions result from any form of stress-visceral, structural, or emotional. When the brain sends the signal without adequate nutrition, tissue cannot respond appropriately and symptoms appear.


The adult human body of 2016 is actually different compared to 50-100 years ago. We are now a chronically inflamed population.

Patients with metabolic syndrome are more likely to suffer from musculoskeletal pain syndromes, including spine pain, radiculopathy, tendinopathy, and widespread pain.

Five markers are used to identify the metabolic syndrome, including blood pressure, waist circumference, and fasting glucose, HDL cholesterol, and triglycerides, Three of the five markers must be present to make the diagnosis of metabolic syndrome.

The real culprit is the over-consumption of sugar and flour, each of which elevates blood glucose, which the liver converts into saturated fatty acids. triglycerides, and cholesterol. For the average American, sugar and flour represent approximately 40% of all the total calories consumed..

An important study appeared in JAMA Psychiatry in June 2016, providing additional evidence that high blood levels of Vitamin B12 can slow the shrinking of the brain that commonly occurs after age 60. Previous studies have shown that vitamin  B12 and other B vitamins (folic acid and vitamin B6) can slow the rate of brain atrophy in older subjects with mild cognitive impairment and decrease the risk of progression to Alzheimer’s disease.

Food Poisoning

Stats & Facts About Food Poisoning

  • More than 200 known diseases are transmitted through food!
  • Norovirus is the leading cause of illness and outbreaks from contaminated food in the United States.
  • Salmonella is the second leading cause to food poisoning. There are almost 7,000 serotyped Salmonella isolates.
  • Long-term effects from food poisoning include Kidney disease from E. coli and possible arthritis from Salmonella, among others.
  • Campylobacter infection causes more than a third of Guillain-Barre Syndrome cases.
  • Most people don’t realize they have food poisoning because most do not get sick enough to have the laboratory tests required to confirm an organism caused their illness. For example, for every one case of Salmonella illness confirmed in the laboratory, there are approximately 30 cases of Salmonella illness that were not confirmed.

Other Misconceptions

An Arizona Department of Health Services epidemiologist shed light on why food poisoning is so tricky to diagnose.

  • Most of the time, the last thing you ate isn’t what made you sick.
  • Many foodborne diseases don’t produce the toxins until after they are in your intestines, and once the process begins, it can take days to weeks for levels to increase enough to cause problems.
  • The same pathogen can affect different people differently.

Sleep Disorder Improvements Have Been Linked to Chiropractic Care.

According to SLEEPMED of Santa Barbara:

Insomnia Statistics

Stress Headaches

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By Laurie Mueller, BA, DC, CFMP

Origins of the Stress Headache..

Headaches are a common condition presenting to chiropractic offices. This article will focus on the specific anatomy contributing to the stress headache, also known as the muscle tension headache. Stress can come from mental or physical sources. Emotionally it can come from small things, like irritation in traffic, or from something more serious, like going through a divorce, having anxiety or worry, or having a difficult time at work. Day-to-day demands are certainly a source of stress for many people. Physical stress can be another strong contributor. It can stem from poor posture, prolonged ill-positioning, repetitive motions (assembly line at work for example), or injuries (sprain/strain or whiplash). Whether mental physical, or both, the final result can be muscle tension. This is commonly seen in today’s world where so many individuals are over-stressed with life’s responsibilities. Sedentary lifestyles and workstations, such as sitting at desks and computers for long hours at a time, can also contribute to the problem.

Muscles and Bones

Many different muscles can be involved with tension, but for headaches, our top muscular culprits include the suboccuipital muscle group and the trapezius. This is especially true of our desk workers who may be ill positioned ergonomically, with their heads hanging forward in anterior weight bearing, putting tension into the suboccipitals.

The suboccipitals include rectus capitis minor and major, and obliquus capitis inferior and superior. We’ll also knowledge a few neck muscles that cancontribute like the splenius, semispinalis, and SCM. These all have attachments on the skull, most of them on the occipital bone at the back of the skull. The different muscles insert at various locations in the upper cervicals and all the way down to the upper thoracics.

Tension in these muscles can easily cause stress to other muscles of the skull and contribute to subluxations of the occiput, neck, and upper back.

The trapezius is our giant diamond-shaped muscle that covers the back. We see the left half of it in this diagram. It has attachments on the occiput, nuchal ligament, spinous process of C7-T12, lateral third of the clavicle, and scapula. When someone gives you a shoulder rub, they are actually massaging the upper belly of the trapezius muscle. That muscle belly is a common place to find spasm and trigger points, and it is a big contributor to neck discomfort and headache.

Management of Stress Headache

Ergonomics, how the patients position themselves at their workstations, will be an issue that the doctor will explore and try to remedy with the patient. If positioning is bad and not corrected, then the patients may find themselves in an endless cycle of muscle spasm and subluxation. The goal is to find causative factors and help remedy them.

During the course of examination and diagnosis, the doctor will also rule out other headache headache types (such as migraine, which could have a different origin), or other conditions such as food sensitivities. Occasionally, doctors may even find or suspect serious, such as brain tumors, and need to refer out.

Headaches invariably go hand in hand with muscle spasm and subluxations, and so adjusting the needed segments is a first line of defense in a chiropractic office.

Muscle/trigger-point work/stretching should be expected. The doctor may perform this technique if the office doesn’t have a massage therapist in-house. This can be coupled with muscle strengthening exercises that the patient performs at home.

Passive care modalities can also be used and are often administrated by the CA. This could include ice, heat, ultrasound, or electric stimulation (EMS) over the spasmed muscles.

Special Considerations

Note that we never perform EMS over the thyroid gland or the carotid sinus area. Why? Because stimulation of the gland could cause a hormonal surge, and the carotidsinus is full of baroreceptors, which tell the brain about blood pressure. Stimulation in this region can cause a dramatic drop in blood pressure and the patient could pass out.