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What are some of the main health issues of concern to women?
Women have most of the same health concerns that men have. But women face many health problems unique to them or that more often or more seriously affect women than men. Doctors of chiropractic have always recognized this and have developed and provided a wide variety of treatment options specifically suited to women’s health needs.
Because of this (and because most women tend to have a heightened awareness of their physical condition and are accustomed to seeking help from health professionals), more women than men regularly rely on chiropractic care.
Women must contend with specific health concerns raised by their female physiology, by the fact that the female body is designed to be able to bear children. Issues involving pregnancy and the menstrual cycle are centrally important health matters for women. Being pregnant, preparing for pregnancy, and recovering from childbirth are female indispositions. Pain during the menstrual period (dysmenorrhea), premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and chronic pelvic pain are among the distressing conditions which disturb the otherwise healthy lives of many women.
Older women are much more likely than men to develop such serious ailments as Alzheimer’s disease (which burdens the afflicted with near-total memory loss and reduced mental functioning) and osteoporosis (in which the bones become weak, brittle, and porous; the posture stooped with the shoulders rounded). These are just two of the problems of aging that women must be aware of and can take steps to prevent.
Less ominous, but more pervasive, are headaches. Women may get headaches during menstrual periods and pregnancy, as well as under ordinary circumstances. They are more likely to be troubled enough by headache pain to find a way to overcome it. Similarly, women are often victims of osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease) and have a 200 to 300 percent greater chance than men of suffering rheumatoid arthritis.
What can chiropractic do?
Chiropractic offers demonstrated relief for many of women’s health problems. Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to lessen the discomfort of dysmenorrhea and chronic pelvic pain. Numerous back disorders that strike women are addressed and remedied daily, all over the world, by chiropractors skilled in treating those problems and in improving their patients’ capacity to cope and to improve.
More and more women have become interested in diet, nutrition, weight loss, exercise, sports and physical activity, and methods for maintaining wellness and general fitness – about which chiropractors have considerable knowledge that they are eager to share with their patients. Chiropractic wellness programs are particularly well-suited to the special needs of pregnant women, new mothers, women who are overweight, who are in stressful situations, and others who need to protect and strengthen their bones, nerves, joints, muscles and overall health.
Great numbers of women rely on chiropractors because of the caring interaction that develops between patient and doctor and because of chiropractic’s effective combination of expert diagnosis, effective spinal adjustments and soft tissue therapy, exercise and nutritional guidance, and lifestyle counseling.
Dr. Madalyn Perry has helped many women with a variety of issues and concerns about their health. Performance Chiropractic Center is located in Wauwatosa,WI on the boarder of Brookfield and Elm Grove, WI.
One-Third of Americans Suffer Joint Pain
The leading causes of disability in the U.S. are arthritis and related rheumatic conditions, which cause joint pain and inflammation in sufferers. Arthritis results from immune system disorders or wearing down of the cartilage and tissues of the joints.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the prevalence of arthritis and chronic joint pain and stiffness may be higher than previously thought.
Questionnaires administered to randomly chosen adults in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico provided data on arthritis incidence. Arthritis prevalence was defined as doctor diagnosis; prevalence of chronic joint symptoms, or CJS, was determined when patients responded “yes” to “pain, aching, stiffness, or swelling in or around a joint” in the previous year during “most days for at least a month.”
The overall prevalence of CJS/arthritis was 33%, or approximately 70 million adults. By categories, the percentages of American adults estimated to suffer from specific conditions were: arthritis (11%), CJS (10%) and both CJS and physician-diagnosed arthritis (12%).
Arthritis symptoms can affect anyone, particularly the elderly, women and those who are overweight and lead sedentary lives. The best way to avoid developing arthritis is to maintain a healthy diet and weight and get adequate sleep. Conservative treatments for arthritis include low-impact regular aerobic exercise, massage, acupuncture and heat and cold therapy.
Bolen J, Helmick CG, et al. Prevalence of self-reported arthritis or chronic joint symptoms among adults – United States, 2001. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (CDC) 2002:51(42), pp. 948-950.
Dr. Jeff Grosskopf and Dr. Madalyn Perry work with all types of patients to improve their joint function and slow down the degeneration process. Performance Chiropractic Center is located in Wauwatosa, WI near Elm Grove and Brookfield.
The following is an article written by Dr. Joseph Mercola concerning the facts about flu, the flu vaccination, and the effects of the vaccination.
Stop Worrying About the Flu
By Dr. Joseph Mercola
Like diehard fans camping out overnight to be the first in line for concert tickets to their favorite performer, people are waiting in long lines hoping to get the flu vaccine. Yes, it’s that time of year — flu season and the media and the government have stirred the public into complete panic mode. Headlines flood newspapers reading, “Vaccine shortage leads public crisis” and on the hour radio broadcasts are bombarding the public with reports that the flu epidemic is coming and there aren’t enough vaccines to fight it.
Before You Run Out to Get the Flu Shot … Do Your Homework
It’s becoming increasingly difficult to separate facts from the hype created by the media and government officials. In order to make an informed decision of whether or not to get the flu shot, it is of utmost importance to do your homework. This involves doing thorough research of the safety issues surrounding the flu vaccination and then learning the preventative measures against getting the flu in the first place.
The Target Markets for the Flu Vaccine: Elderly and Children
Generally, the flu vaccine is recommended for people ages 65 and older and to those with serious medical conditions that could quickly worsen as a result of serious complications from the flu. Reports from medical journals widely vary in the effectiveness for the elderly, ranging from 0 to 85 percent.
The CDC reports that 90 percent of deaths from influenza occur among the elderly. These kinds of statistics make it nearly impossible to credit the flu vaccine for prolonging lives in this age group, as 65 percent of all deaths (regardless of the cause) happen among the elderly.
Further, there are potential dangers to the flu vaccine, particularly to the already vulnerable elderly population. Dr. Hugh Fudenberg, one of the world’s leading immunogeneticists, states the chances of getting Alzheimer’s disease is 10 times higher if an individual has five consecutive shots than if they have one, two or no shots. This is likely due to the thimerosol (a mercury-derived preservative) and aluminum content of the vaccine.
Recommendations to give flu vaccinations to children were adopted on March 1, 2003. These recommendations include vaccinating children between 2 and 18 years who live in households containing children younger than 2 years of age. The most common type of flu vaccine given to children is called Fluzone, with each dose containing 25 ug of mercury. CDC recommendations include administering the flu vaccine to children beginning at six months of age and then on an annual basis, for the rest of their lives.
Does the Flu Vaccine Really Work?
The flu vaccine can actually weaken the immune system and make you more predisposed to the illness.
The flu vaccine, whether in the shot or nasal form, is worthless at best and should be avoided. Not only are they loaded with toxic chemicals including mercury and aluminum, but many people come down with the flu shortly after receiving the shot. This is because it actually weakens the immune system, making the person more predisposed to the illness.
The Dangers You Need to Know About FluMist
First, it is important to familiarize yourself with the side effects of FluMist, which include cough, runny nose/nasal congestion, irritability, headaches, chills, muscle aches and fever. Ironically, all of these symptoms bear striking similarities to the symptoms of the flu.
In addition, research has shown an increased risk of Bell palsy following intranasal flu vaccination, according to the Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS). The makers of the nasal flu vaccine in the study decided not to market it the following season due to the risk. According to GACVS, the greater risk of Bell palsy following immunization with this vaccine may have been due to specific vaccine components, or simply to use of the intranasal administration route. It is therefore possible that such complications of vaccine administration may also apply to other nasal vaccines.
The new live-virus vaccine (FLUMIST), which is squirted up the nose, was licensed by the FDA in June 2003 for use in healthy individuals between the ages of five and 50. It is not recommended for pregnant women or those with asthma, chronic lung or heart disease; chronic underlying medical conditions such as diabetes or kidney disorders; immune suppression or immune system problems; children or adolescents receiving aspirin therapy, anyone allergic to eggs; or those with a history of Guillain Barre syndrome. It should not be given simultaneously with other vaccines.
FLUMIST’s vaccine live virus is shed after vaccination so the vaccinated are advised to avoid close contact with immune-compromised individuals for at least 21 days. Some hospital personnel are asking those recently vaccinated with FLUMIST to avoid visiting patients in hospitals to prevent the risk of transmitting the vaccine strain virus to sick patients.
Dr. Madalyn Perry works with patients to naturally boost their immune systems. Performance Chiropractic Center is located in Wauwatosa, WI on the border of Brookfield, WI and Elm Grove, WI.
The Cholesterol Myth that is Harming Your Health
Posted By Dr. Mercola | August 10 2010
The following is an article written by Dr. Mercola.
Cholesterol could easily be described as the smoking gun of the last two decades.
It”s been responsible for demonizing entire categories of foods (like eggs and saturated fats) and blamed for just about every case of heart disease in the last 20 years.
Yet when I first opened my medical practice in the mid 80s, cholesterol, and the fear that yours was too high was rarely talked about.
Somewhere along the way however, cholesterol became a household word — something that you must keep as low as possible, or suffer the consequences.
You are probably aware that there are many myths that portray fat and cholesterol as one of the worst foods you can consume. Please understand that these myths are actually harming your health.
Not only is cholesterol most likely not going to destroy your health (as you have been led to believe), but it is also not the cause of heart disease.
And for those of you taking cholesterol-lowering drugs, the information that follows could not have been given to you fast enough. But before I delve into this life-changing information, let”s get some basics down first.
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Dr. Madalyn Perry works with all types of patients to improve every aspect of their health. Performance Chiropractic Center is located in Wauwatosa, WI on the border of Elm Grove and Brookfield, WI.
Wauwatosa Chiropactor discusses how Chiropractic care can help with carpel tunnel, hand, and wrist problems. Patients with complaints of hand and wrist problems are finding relief in Wauwatosa from their Chiropractor at Performance Chiropractic Center. If you have been diagnosed with carpel tunnel syndrome, tendonitis in the hand, wrist, or forearm, it’s time to see if a Chiropractor can help…without drugs or surgery.
Believe it or not but Chiropractic isn’t simple a treatment for back and neck pain. People come to my office with a variety of health complaints. I know some people are often surprised to find out that Chiropractic care can help with shoulder problems.
I personally found great benefit while playing high school and college baseball. By age 15 I had horrible shoulder pain when I threw a baseball. The orthopedics and physical therapists told me to do what I was already doing: stretch, ice, and strengthen. But that didn’t help me. I found that the medical community was great at labeling what was wrong but offered me nothing to get better. I mean truly better. Not just something to numb the pain.
My mom took me to a Chiropractor. After the first treatment I felt like I had a new shoulder. He addressed the cause of my problems and did something to make me better. That was something no other doctor or therapist had ever done for me. I credit the fact that I was able to continuing playing baseball through high school and college to my Chiropractor.
The muscles, bones, and nerves that support optimal function of the shoulder are connected to and dependent on the neck, mid back, and even the pelvis.
As a Chiropractor I am able to adjust not only the spine but the shoulder (or any joint for that matter) and improve its function immediately. I have seen several patients that have been told they have torn rotator cuffs, need surgery, or are permanently disabled and been able to help. I love to do what my Chiropractor did for me…actually get people better in my office!
Stress hormones can save your life in an emergency. Think about how you would feel if you were to come across a lion. Your heart rate would immediately go up, your muscles tension, your mind in an anxious state. Those are some of the effects of stress hormones. The problem is that people in our society are walking around all day long with stress hormones wreaking havoc on their bodies. Here is a list of some more effects and symptoms of chronically circulating stress hormones:
Reduce immune function (cancers), raise LDL cholesterol, increased blood pressure, weight gain (especially around the belly), insulin resistance (diabetes), decreases serotonin (depression), sleeplessness, salt cravings, chronic fatigue, decreased attention (ADD), anxiety, decreased sex drive, increased respiratory stress…just to name a few.
A simple way to lower stress hormones
Moving your spine sends signals to the brain, through the nervous system, to lower stress hormones. That’s why exercise can be very calming. When a person receives a Chiropractic adjustment, signals fire off that tell your body its okay to lower stress hormones. There is some great neurological research showing how the spine runs, powers, and modulates the brain and in turn coordinates proper function of hormones in your body.
It would be impossible for a person to expect to be well and not have their spine well-adjusted. When was the last time you had your spine checked?
Every week people come in to my office sharing a common complaint…not enough energy. It would seem our country is suffering from chronic fatigue. Just take a look at cooler next time you’re in a gas station. They are packed full of energy drinks. Why is everyone so tired and what can Chiropractic do about it?
I believe the number one reason we are so tired is our sedentary lifestyles. It sounds crazy but the less movement and activity we get the more fatigued we are. Did you know the average westerner will sit for a total of 32 years of their life?!
I meet a lot of people that tell me they don’t sit around too much but I believe these people are simply comparing themselves to a sick and motionless society. Our ancestors as early as 500 years ago spent 12 or more hours a day on their feet and moving. Today we are lucky to spend 3 hours a day on our feet.
A simple solution: Move your spine. Get adjusted.
Did you know that your spine moving is analogous to a windmill spinning to generate electricity for the brain? Any movement such as standing, bending, twisting, extending, stretching etc. of the spine helps wake you up. Ever notice how a dog or cat stretches when they wake up or how that tired office worker arches back when their tired? It is natural reflex that moves the spine and signals the brain to become alert.
Years of sitting (starting in grade school) will slowing rob motion from your spine and reduce your ability to fully move and wake up. Even 1 millimeter of lost motion can cause your body to release stress hormones and make you tired. Chiropractic care is essential to maintaining full range of motion in your spine and support optimal energy levels.
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