Tuesday, June 22, 2010

WellnessTip: Understanding Osteoarthritis

For decades, osteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disease, has been considered a part of aging. Recent research points out, however, that older people don’t have to suffer from osteoarthritic pain. And, surprisingly, people much younger than 65 can develop osteoarthritis.

What Is Osteoarthritis?
  • Osteoarthritis affects the cartilage—slippery tissue on the ends of bones that meet in a joint. Normally, cartilage helps bones glide over one another. In a patient with osteoarthritis, however, the cartilage is broken down and eventually wears away. As a result, instead of gliding, bones rub against each other, causing pain, swelling and loss of motion.
  • Although the majority of patients with osteoarthritis are 65 and older, recent research shows that osteoarthritis is not a by-product of aging. Family history of osteoarthritis, being overweight, lack of exercise and prior joint injuries are suggested risk factors.
  • Osteoarthritis is diagnosed through a combination of clinical history, patient examination and X-rays. Other tests, such as drawing fluid from the joint, are sometimes used.

What Are Signs of Osteoarthritis?
  • Steady or intermittent joint pain
  • Joint stiffness after sitting, sleeping or otherwise not moving for a long time
  • Swelling or tenderness in the joints
  • A crunching feeling or the sound of bones rubbing against each other

Should Osteoarthritis Patients Exercise?

  • Exercise is one of the best forms of osteoarthritis treatment and prevention. It strengthens the muscular support around the joints and improves and maintains joint mobility and function.
  • Exercise helps control weight and improve the patient’s mood and outlook.
  • Low-impact or non-weight-bearing activities, such as walking, stationary training, and light weight training, work best for patients with osteoarthritis.
  • Strengthening exercises help tone the key muscle groups that relate to the function of the joints that may be weakened by the degeneration.
  • If you are overweight, start exercising carefully, so as not to put too much stress on the knee and ankle joints.
  • Stair climbing, water aerobics, Theraband workouts and similar exercises will help to keep the joints mobile without straining them.
  • When exercising, learn to read the body’s signals and know when to stop, slow down or rest.

How Can Your Doctor of Chiropractic Help?

  • Doctors of chiropractic, by the nature of their work, can detect the earliest degenerative changes in the joints. They see the impact of degenerative changes in the spine, as well as in the hips, knees and other weight-bearing joints.
  • Doctors of chiropractic are also trained to relieve the pain and improve joint function through natural therapies, such as chiropractic manipulation, trigger-point therapy or some massage techniques.
  • Doctors of chiropractic can provide exercise counseling, helping you choose exercises that are best for you. If a sore or swollen joint prevents you from exercising, talk to your doctor of chiropractic about other drug-free pain-relief options, such as applying heat or cold to the affected area.
  • Your doctor of chiropractic can help you choose proper supplements that play important roles in osteoarthritis prevention and treatment.
 From the ChiroVoice Newsletter


    Sprouts and Their Health Effects

    Due to their potent antioxidant activity, plant sprouts have been touted as a health food in many cultures—and, according to research, their use may be warranted. Studies show that sprouts contain a far superior amount of vitamins, proteins, minerals, enzymes and phytochemicals than mature vegetables. The high concentration of nutrients in sprouts may make them a handy tool in the fight to prevent chronic disease. Here are a few highlights from studies:
    • Broccoli sprouts have been found to significantly inhibit bladder cancer development and show promise for bladder cancer prevention and treatment.
    • In animal studies, buckwheat sprouts show potent antioxidative capabilities, as well as the ability to reduce cholesterol and triglycerides.
    • Wheat sprouts have been shown to contain highly potent antioxidants, which may inhibit the development of colon cancer.
    Sprouts can be added to tossed salads, soups, wraps, sandwiches and vegetable dips. While some types of sprouts are available at supermarkets, they can also be grown at home or in a garden. Remember that sprouts are hard to clean, so take extra care when using them to prevent the spread of bacteria.

    article from the American Chiropractic Association's  Newsletter (ChiroVoice)

    Thursday, June 17, 2010

    Become an Ambassador of good health for Center for Chiropractic & Wellness

    Our patients are not only our livelihood, they are also our purpose, our mission and our spirit. We feel privileged every day to do business in such a wonderfully supportive community. The positivity surrounding us seems to never end, nor do we wish it to! In efforts to keep our mission alive we ask that you join our new ambassador program and help us to spread the word of core Health &Wellness by nominating us for N.C's 2010 Small Business of the Year

    By winning  the 2010 Best in the Triangle for the following three categories: Holistic Medicine, Chiropractic & Acupuncture, we have gotten a lot of positive response from new patients looking for maintenance care and healing. As a result our practice continues to grow. We thank you profusely for your patronage and  your support and ask that you help us continue to spread awareness to the triangle community.

    As an ambassador to CCW you will be the first to be notified of service specials, events, updates and more. After nominating us HERE please send a copy of the nomination to ccwwellness@gmail.com to be put on our Ambassador list. It takes less than a minute, and the result will help not only you, but also your community! Other ways to join the ambassador program are to recommend atleast 3 patients to our practice for any of our services, or to link your website, blog, or social media sites to two of our online sources from the following list:
    When you do so please send me a link of your website, blog, etc. so I can verify your link and add you to the list. If you recommend people ask that they put your name on their new patient paperwork under "recommended by:" Once our ambassador program grows we will be offering incentives to members. So please help us get it up and running...

    As always...dedicated to your health & wellness,

    Jennifer Campbell

    Tuesday, June 15, 2010

    Link Lovin': Spread the Love with a Click (or a few)

    Here is the second Link Lovin' source list for June:

    Food Renegade is one of my favorite blogs. In this article dated May 13 this wonderful blogger discusses research 
    should you wear sunscreen? Already has 15K viewers!
    For more on this topic let me refer back to the Environmental Working Groups
    Shopper's Guide to Safer Sunscreens.

    Now, as school is out for many students right now, what a better time than the present to start your kids eating better. For helpful tips on a truly nourishing diet check out the Nourishing Our Children Foundation

    For a tasty bite try Karina's Kitchen 
    Pomegranate Smoothie...it promises to be drool-worthy and full of antioxidants!

    Friday, June 11, 2010

    Kathy's Summer Massage Specials for active families

    Youth Special
    Summer is a time for children's active play, summer swim team, soccer and other sports camps. It is a fun time but the constant go-go-go can wear on your kids muscles, especially if they are not engaging in proper stretching before and after activity. If your child has been active this summer consider treating your children to a 1/2 hour sports massage.

    Adults who play like kids special
    Are you an active adult? Gym Junkie, Trail Runner, Triathlete, Marathon Runner, Masters Swimmer, or just plain active parent busy running after your kids? Then take advantage of our massage special.

    Both Specials consist of a 1/2 hour sports massage for $30.
    We look forward to treating you!

    Thursday, June 10, 2010

    Center for Chiropractic & Wellness Voted Best in the Triangle 2010!

    Center for Chiropractic &Wellness has been nominated and selected as the best in the triangle 2010 for Acupuncture, Chiropractic and Holistic Medicine. Thank you to all of our friends and patrons who thought us worthy to receive this honor. We accept it with love and appreciation to you all! 

    Please share this good news with all your friends and family. The more people we help the more we are able to further our mission of health &wellness for the triangle!



    Friday, June 4, 2010

    Link Lovin': Spread the Love with a Click (or a few)

    Today as I was reading one of my favorite blogs out there (Food Renegade) I realized that this savvy blogger has a great initiative called "Link Love" where she links directly to current and interesting bloggers and web sources from the month.

    What a Great Idea! I decided I had to jump on this band wagon and not turn back...so here is my link lovin' for June:

    FIrst of all, let me start with a reference to Food Renegade herself. In this article dated April 21st she discusses research debunking the myth that saturate fat causes heart disease...

    Next lets look at ChiroOrg as they discuss the top 6 Alternative Medicine Modalities to treat back pain and their effectiveness. Chiropractic takes the top spot, Massage and Acupuncture also seem to help. As we offer all three here at CCW it's no wonder that our patients leave feeling amazingly whole!

    Acupuncture Today's current issue has a wonderfully descriptive article about the low fat phenomenon's relation to obesity titled the "Snackwell Effect" that I highly recommend.

    For a tasty bite try Karina's Kitchen Quinoa taco salad...it promises to be drool-worthy

    And Finally for some summer sun safety check out the Environmental Working Groups Shopper's Guide to Safer Sunscreens.

    I hope you enjoy my first bit of "link lovin'" and continue to read on!