Quick Tip – Dr Weil’s Anti Inflammatories – Ginger and Turmeric

Ginger and Turmeric added to your diet may drastically decrease inflammation in your body. The Research is still ongoing but these appear to be powerful anti-inflammatory with very low side effects if any. Systemic inflammation is one of the major causes of modern heath problems from arthritis to diabetes to heart disease. Make your meals taste great and your body heal well with just slight changes to your seasonings.

Three Reasons to Eat Turmeric: by Dr. Weil a must read.

Dr. Paul R. Mahler

Mahler family Chiropractic Center Kingston and Wilkes Barre PA.

Health Benefits of Spinach

Health Benefits of Spinach Kingston chiropractic Wilkes Barre chiropractic

Spinach is packed with powerful nutrients and is an excellent source of folate, vitamin A, iron, and vitamin K. Like other leafy greens, spinach also provides fiber, magnesium and calcium

Sources of Whiplash Pain

whiplash_Kingston_PA_Wilkes_Barre_PASOURCES OF WHIPLASH PAIN

When the cervical spine (neck) is subject to whiplash (an abrupt backward and/or forward jerking motion of the head), there is usually a combination of factors that contribute to whiplash pain in the neck and back, and ultimately need to be addressed individually by a chiropractor.The doctor of chiropractic maintains a “holistic” view of the patient’s whiplash pain, specifically focusing on one or more of the following: joint dysfunction, muscle dysfunction, faulty movement patterns, and/or disc derangement.This newsletter explains how chiropractors approach treating neck pain,back pain, and/or other whiplash symptoms, and help patients. (Read more below)

Athletes and Heel Pain

How to evaluate and treat heel and foot pain.

Since I have become a chiropractor One of the things I love is treating complicated situations that are not the typical chiropractic case. I also love treating the spine and it is the bread and butter of the chiropractic industry, but some times you just need a change and challenge to keep life interesting.

One of theses areas is the treatment of heel or foot pain, in many cases this may be diagnosed as Planter fasciitis. A study was performed by Daniels and Morrell on plantar fasciitis and they found it “improved after a course of a multimodal treatment approach using chiropractic manipulation and soft tissue therapy in addition to exercise and stretching therapies.”(Daniels CJ, Morrell AP. Chiropractic management of pediatric plantar fasciitis: a case report.J Chiropr Med, 2012 Mar;11(1):58-63)

Many of my patients come in complaining of foot pain and this may also have an affect on there back and neck pain. In my 10 years of practice I have treated many athletes for back, shoulder, wrist, elbow, hip and Knee pain but as well as these complaints 10-15 percent also have heel and foot pain complaints at one time or another.

II have found that in some cases the foot pain may resolver with a few adjustments but in many cases this requires a multi modality approach. This approach often includes chiropractic adjustments of the foot and ankle joints, facial release techniques such as trigger-point, cold laser, and stretching as well as strengthening exercises. As a last resort special shoe inserts night be needed but not until the foot is aligned more normally. At this point

Anatomy of the Heel

The prominence at the posterior end of the foot is the heel and is crested by a projection from the calcaneus or heel bone. Other articulating bones of the ankle are the mortise (tibia and talus). When weight is applied to the foot the forces are distributed along the five toes or metatarsals. The lateral support stretches over the cuboid bone in the front to the heel and the medial support moves over the three cuneiform bones and the navicular to the heel. These bones form the three functional arches of the foot which are the medial longitudinal, lateral longitudinal, transverse arches. It is these arches that distribute compressive forces across an uneven terrain across the foot. Often when patients have foot pain they go to the drug store and buy arch supports but many of these supports only account for the main arch in the foot and as we know see there are three arches that need to be supported as well as the navicular bone and this is why in my office when arch supports are needed we recommend custom made orthodic supports. They are more expensive but worth the cost they many last up to 5 years if treated properly. Orthodics often help with the biomechanics of the foot. The heel is the actual point of contact during the heel-strike portion of the gait cycle. It is also an important point on which weight must be equally balanced from the forefoot and heel. When walking there needs to be a 50/50 weight distribution at the forefoot and hindfoot. Without this 50/50 distribution the gait and the standing positions are unhealthy.

When the foot is healthy the arches are working well together during gait and the heel strikes the ground in a slightly supinated position and during the gait cycle it moves into a slightly pronated position. Stand up and walk a few paces do you notice how it feels. A healthy gait is present in only only in about 10 percent of patients that I see. More often I see patient who are over pronating. This excessive pronation results in flattening of the arches and collapsing of the foot, this causes the heel to strike the ground in an over supinated position altered the heel-strike pattern and creating stress in the heel, but also altered biomechanical patterns of the foot. In the end this can lead to pain in the foot and heel. Excessive supination occurs much less frequently, most statistics suggest less than 5 percent, so its effects on the heel are not as profound.

Common Conditions

First there is the condition of Achilles tendinitis. This is due to excessive pronation of the feet and affects the tendon of the triceps surae. The collapse of the foot creates tension in the Achilles tendon, causing it to bow inward and this bowing is happening every time the foot over pronates creating microtrauma and stress to the Achilles tendon. If the Patient supinates, the bowing of the Achilles tendons is outward and creates similare strain and stress on the bones and soft tissue. Over time the body calcifies these tendons to support the joints that are unstable and spurs can develop on the posterior, superior portion of the calcaneus bone. Tight muscles and trigger-points may also form in the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles of the foot and lower leg. Achilles tendonitis is often debilitating due to the the pain and this continues to alter gait and mobility patterns to the point that it prohibits walking for any amount of time without pain. According to Papa “A combination of conservative rehabilitation strategies may be used by chiropractors to treat midportion Achilles tendinopathy and allow an individual to return to pain-free activities of daily living (ADLs) in a timely manner.” (Papa JA. Conservative management of Achilles tendinopathy: a case report.J Can Chiropr Assoc, 2012 Sep;56(3):216-24.)

Another common condition of the foot and heel is plantar fasciitis. A healthy plantar fascia ligament exhibits elastic properties but over time,the three arches of the foot tend to collapse. Over time this leads to excessive pronation and stresses the plantar fascia chronically. This causes the ligament to stay overstretched and it loose its elasticity and becomes longer due to the plastic deformation. Supination creates a thinner, tighter foot due to the tendency of the foot to roll outward creating a high instep with collapsed transverse and lateral arches in these patients. In either case, we can note biomechanical instability and irritation to the plantar fascia from its origin at the calcaneal tubercle across to the insertion on the metatarsal heads. In these patients symptoms begin as a dull ache in the underside of the heel that is more of an annoyance. Patients can still perform normal activities and sports, but over time the pain becomes more intense and sharp, these patients have to curtail or eventually stop their activities. In the later phases, pain can move off the heel and into the middle of the fascia, or at the insertion on the metatarsal heads.

We have all known some one with a sprained ankle. Ankle sprains range from the very mild kind to the severe, grades 1 through 3. The milder types are suggested when a patient complains of “turning the ankle.” This is like when someone missteps off a curb or a step. The opposite extreme is when ligaments and tendons are torn due to a traumatic injury. Either way, biomechanics, particularly of the calcaneus and talus, are compromised. The most common type an inversion ankle sprain, the calcaneus bone moves medial while the talus tends to move lateral. There is also an eversion sprain, where the talus bone moves medial while the calcaneus tends to move lateral. Recall that the bony anatomy allows inversion ankle sprains to occur much more frequently. In either case, the movement of the bones inhibits normal mobility. Since most people do not see a chiropractor after a sprained ankle, the bones stay out of alignment, leading to a slow rate of healing, chronic degree of tenderness and decreased function, and a tendency to repeatedly sprain the ankle in the future. Thus, it is imperative that chiropractors intervene and break this cycle. A 2004 study suggested “high velocity, low amplitude chiropractic manipulative therapy to the spine, pelvis, and extremities, particularly at the ankle, should be considered when managing young recreational athletes with functional chronic, recurrent, ankle inversion sprains.” (Gillman SF. The impact of chiropractic manipulative therapy on chronic recurrent lateral ankle sprain syndrome in two young athletes. J Chiropr Med, 2004 Autumn;3(4):153-9.)

Heel Spurs are a painful and common problem of the heel. As previously discussed, a heel spur forms at the posterior, superior calcaneus bone courtesy of Achilles tendinitis. The most common place we see a spur is on the underside of the foot at the calcaneal tubercle where the plantar fascia originates. The worse the chronic pull on the bone, the worse the spur. Spurs form when the body tries to stabilize an unstable joint. According to Wolf’s Law the Body will remove calcium from places where it is not needed and deposit it in areas were force and instability requirer it. We can’t take the spur away, of course, but we can help it from getting worse and if the joint stabilizes the body may even re-absorb some of the calcium reducing the size of the spur. Depending on how quickly you seek treatment for one or more of the above ailments, the faster they heal. If a patient is acute enough and there is sharp pain and inflammation, modalities like cold laser, ultrasound, ice, etc., are indicated. You can also provide light, soft-tissue therapy at this stage, making sure you apply the appropriate amount of pressure.

Chiropractic treatment for foot and ankle injuries!

Adjusting the bones of the feet to restore healthy biomechanics is extremely important. Adjusting the calcaneus, talus, navicular and cuboid bones is particularly helpful. If you don’t get in there and move those bones, they will not heal very well and will be prone to future injuries.

Another helpful tool is stabilizing orthotics. These are flexible, have all three arches and are custom molded and help to support the patient’s feet as well as the rest of their body. A 2002 study suggests the effectiveness of applying orthotics and ankle braces during the acute and subacute phases of ankle rehabilitation. (Mattacola CG, Dwyer MK. Rehabilitation of the ankle after acute sprain or chronic instability. J Athl Train, 2002 Dec;37(4):413-429.) The use of orthotics, when necessary, has been a part of chiropractic practice as well as my practice. They help to maintain proper biomechanics and structural integrate as well as helping hold the adjustments longer.

Ankle stretches and stabilization exercises also can be provided, and they are helpful as well as easy. A passive exercise (Doctor performs) would be to have the patient cross the affected ankle over the opposite leg and passively dorsiflex, plantarflex, invert and evert the foot. Another exercise is to have the patient stand on the edge of a step or a door frame and stretch the calf muscles, each repetition should be held for 30 seconds. Stabilization exercises should be performed with elastic tubing. The patient performs the following active movements of the foot and ankle dorsiflexion, plantarflexion, eversion and inversion. Elastic tubing is easy and convenient, and you can change the resistance quickly.

It is common for patients to walk into our office complaining of ankle and foot pain. At our office we take a few moments to listen, look and feel so we can help them in a manner that isn’t complicated or time consuming. Since the ankle is such an important stability structure for the entire body, our patients benefit tremendously from our expertise and care of their ankle and their entire body.

By: Dr. Paul R. Mahler
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UNDERSTANDING OSTEOARTHRITIS: THE MOST COMMON FORM OF ARTHRITIS

HOW GOOD POSTURE HELPS REDUCE BACK PAIN

Want to start an exercise program? How about yoga?

IS EXERCISE THE KEY TO BEATING BACK PAIN?

Exercise is an element found in almost every back and neck pain
treatment plan. Proper exercise can improve flexibility, increase
strength, reduce existing pain and prevent future occurrences. It can
be used successfully alone in certain cases or in conjunction with
other treatments. However, exercise isn’t easy and it’s important for
back pain patients to do the right kind of exercises given their
specific back conditions.

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Chiropractic Quick Tip: How Much Water Do You Really Need?

Why do we need water and how much do we need? In modern society we often think that tea, espresso, alcohol, pop, and other types of manufactured drinks are attractive substitutes for the daily pure natural water requirements of the body. This may be a harmful mistake. Water is the solvent in our bodies, and as a result, water is used in all activities performed by our bodies. Think for a minute of just a couple of the features that water regulates:

  • The activity of body
  • The transfer of nutritional elements in to our cells
  • The action of waste removal out of our cells
  • The flow of lymph fluid
  • The activity of nerve impulses through our nerves
  • The activity of hormones through the duration of our anatomies
  • The working of our minds

We are able to perform quite well and for extended periods of time without adequate water. Your body quickly adjusts and begins removing more water from your own feces for instance. Less water is flushed by the kidneys to limit water loss. There are several health authorities who declare that your system does very well on 2 glasses of any type of fluid each day; plus the water present in the meals you eat. But adaptation is confused by these authorities with health. Adaptation fundamentally leads to compromise, which leads to reduced health over time.

Eventually it might be proven that drinking over 2 glasses of water a day has no health advantages, but that day hasn’t arrived yet. Your kidneys expel 1-2 liters of water each day. When you breath the water vapor you expel needs to be replaced. (On a hot day, you are able to sweat out up to 8.5 quarts of water.) Consequently, until it’s actually confirmed you should drink between 8-16 glasses (8oz per glass) of pure water a day. Fruit and vegetable juices may be taken for a small amount and also limited amounts of non-diuretic herbal teas (without sugar). Some foods, such as vegetables have a lot of water but in general you should use mostly pure water.

The day will come when drinking 8 cups of water a day fails when we forsake what we’ve known for years and what commonsense tells us. A day may come when science shows that water, soda, and coffee are one and exactly the same. It is not today. So until then please drink a minimum of 8 glasses of pure water a day.

By Paul R. Mahler Jr. DC

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Health Care or insurance in the USA

What is true health?

Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled on health care, and now every one is arguing about what this means for health care. The problem is that we are not arguing about health or health care at this point. Health care is what we do to our selves and our bodies through out life. By the time you need to use your health insurance it is no-longer health care it is sick care. Once you are in pain or organs stop functioning you are no-longer healthy you are sick. It should not be called health insurance it should be called sick insurance. The real key to cutting health care costs is to stay well not tho treat illness. The big lie is that health insurance companies and the pharmaceutical companies promote health they do not. They prey on illness and disease. by the time you need them you are no-longer healthy. Do we need them at times in our life. The answer is yes. At times in our life things can go very wrong and we need sick care but lets get it right this is sick care. Health is promoted by lifestyle, diet, exercise, and prevention. Heath is not found in a pill or a surgery. This is sick or emergency care.

As Americans we have been sold a bill of goods that health comes in a pill or a bottle and it should be free. The truth is the health costs and takes work to maintain throughout your life. Until Americans understand this and start to pay for health in small amounts thorough there life through hard work diet, exercise  and life style it will always require expensive medications and insurances and it doesn’t mater if you pay for it with tax dollars, your dollars, your employers dollars or though a lifetime of hard work and vigilance it will always cost you much.

The truth is health care costs in one form or another the great news is that it is worth every penny. If people would understand that they are responsible for their health and not some third party and if they would realize that they pay for it one way or another there would be no health care crises (aka. sick care crisis).

The bottom line is you are responsible for your health but most Americans believe it is the health insurance, the pharmaceutical companies, and even their doctors who are responsible for their health. Until america wakes up and realizes they are personal responsible for their health this will never change and the costs financially will continue to go up. It is not directly your fault the message that your health is someone else responsibility has been sent into every living-room for decades but it is time for this to change. See our post on real health care. This is a principal that I have preached for over a decade.We do need sick care in our life but it is time for a paradigm shift and it is time that we understand what real health is and how it works. Health is a gift given to us at birth that must be protected by us it is not a responsibility that can be passed to anther we can ask for help at times but true health is an individual responsibility.

By Dr. Paul Mahler

Mahler Family Chiropractic Center

1144 Wyoming Ave Kingston PA 18702

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Ionic Bracelets And The Chi In Our Bodies

Many people are now wearing their own bracelet. Especially in our times of ever impending stress, economic issues, health problems and all the shenanigans happening, we find comfort in many things, and find remedies outside of traditional medicine. Ionic bracelet have become popular the fast couple of years, with many claims from different people of the benefits that it provide.

Ionic bracelets supposedly would align the chi in the body. What is meant by chi here is the electromagnetic currents of the body. With a combination of different metals, it is believed that ionic bracelets can align electromagnetic current in the body.

Peoples of ancient Asia have known the concept of chi ever since. Changing the electromagnetic currents of the body and the environment has well been thought of by age old Asian religious and traditional concepts. With a person’s chi aligned with the earth, it is believed that the body and spirit become sound and healthy, thus repelling all types of sickness and ailments.

With the current political and social situation of western countries, many people are now looking for alternatives that the cultures of these countries do not permit. Among these are these sabona bracelets. Even when asked, almost every athlete would say yes and wear an ionic bracelet.

There are no established claims on the benefits of these bracelets. You can get various claims from different customers, some are good, some are not so good. Think of it this way, these bracelets are not even harmful to begin with. So whether the claims are true or not, there is no way that we are not gonna go through.

The bracelets become a scam if we believe in something that was not even told to us. But if a person wears an ionic bracelet like a Sabona bracelet or a Phiten X30, with the consent that these bracelets may or may not work means the person was not scammed.

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I have included tis post from another individual because I think it answers the question of ionic bracelets well and I am often asked my opinions on these bracelets. I am not one hundred percent certain my self but I am sure they do no harm and since we are are positive and negative charges at the anatomic level then with the correct frequency it should help but I am not convinced that anyone knows how to mach that frequency for each individual.

This is what Dr. Mahler Thinks what do you think post your comments?

Phases of Care

PHASE ONE: RELIEF CARE / ACUTE PHASE

INITIAL TREATMENT: Many people seek out chiropractic care because they are in pain. During the first phase of care, the main goal is to reduce your symptoms, including the pain. Sometimes this will require daily visits, or two to three visits per week for a time. During this phase of care it is important to retrain soft tissue. To retrain soft tissue it must hold the new pattern for at lest one week therefore treatment cycles of over one week do not accomplish this goal.

One of the many misconceptions when patients start treatment is “if I don’t feel any pain that there is nothing wrong with me – I am healthy.” Unfortunately, pain is a very poor indicator of health and often pain and other symptoms only appear after a disease or other condition have become advanced.  Pain is the typically the last indicator that something is wrong and the first one to leve. It is for this reason that people often re-injure themselves or drop out of care to soon.

For example, consider a cavity in your tooth. Does it hurt when it first develops or only after it has become serious? How about heart disease or cancer? Often a paper cut hurts worse than any of these conditions do in the early stages. Regardless of whether you are talking about cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stress or problems with the spine, pain is usually the last thing to appear. When you begin chiropractic care, pain is also the first symptom to disappear, even though much of the underlying condition remains.

PHASE TWO: CORRECTIVE CARE / STRENGTHENING PHASE

The easiest part of the chiropractor’s job is the elimination of pain. If all that the chiropractor does is to reduce the pain and stop, the chances of the condition recurring are much greater. It is at this point that the patient is most likely to  re-injure themselves. In order to prevent a rapid recurrence of symptoms, it is necessary to continue receiving care even though the PAIN symptom is gone.

During the correction / restorative phase of your care the chiropractic adjustment is important but not the only treatment required. The patient moves into a strengthening period,  and exercise as well as other therapies to improve rang of motion and proprioception are used in conjunction with the chiropractic adjustments.  During this phase of care, depending on your particular circumstances, you may begin doing exercises and stretches at the office as well as at home to help accelerate your healing.

Do not be discouraged if you have mild flare-ups of your symptoms on occasion. This is normal. Flare-ups are bound to occur during this phase because your body has not fully healed. Depending on the severity of your injury or condition and how long you have been suffering, this phase of your care may last anywhere from a few months to a couple of years.

PHASE THREE: WELLNESS CARE / WELLNESS PHASE

The key to health is maintainance and once your body has fully healed, routine chiropractic care can help ensure that your physical problems do not return, and keep your body in optimal condition. It is important to think of spinal hygiene at this point. Just like dental hygiene your spine need ongoing care from you chiropractor as well as home maintenance such as exercise and stretching. Just like continuing an exercise program and eating well in order to sustain the benefits of exercise and proper diet, it is necessary to continue chiropractic care to ensure the health of your musculoskeletal system.

When you make routine chiropractic care a part of your lifestyle, you avoid many of the aches and pains that so many people suffer through, your joints will last longer, and you will be able to engage in more of the activities you love. Spinal hygiene is important for everyone.

Paul R. Mahler Jr. DC
Mahler Family Chiropractic Center
1144 wyoming Ave.
Kingston, PA. 18704
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What is Health?

Is health the absents of illness? To may of us we may answer yes but this is far from the truth. Health is the ability to Play with our children and grandchildren. It is the ability to smile and laugh with our friends and to climb that mountain or staircase when we want to for our enjoyment and pleasure. In many ways real health is tied to our happiness.

This may be an answer that is different from what we often hear but I state this emphatically for several reasons. If you are not living life to its fullest for yourself and others in happiness and grace then you are not living a full healthy life. The second reason is that our bodies are never devoid of disease, at all times of the day our bodies are removing cancer cells, fighting off foreign bodies (toxins, bacteria and viruses), and repairing damaged systems such as tendinitis, gastrointestinal problems, fibromyalgia and the list goes on.

So these two realisations bring use back to the question, what is true health? It is the body’s ability to adapt to the changing internal and external environment. It is not the lack of disease! Disease is always present. If this disease is kept in check by the body then we can play with the kids, climb that mountain, and laugh with our friends and family.

So if this is true health and you are not doing this today then why not. No one can heal you it is up to you to decide to heal yourself. As a chiropractor my goal is to help create the environment for this healing to occur but all healing is from within and giving to use by the power that created use. The power that allowed use to grow from a single cell to the great and wonderful human being you are today.

That means that your health is in your hands and the power to regain it is yours. It is my job and the job of all health care professionals to advise you of how to reach this goal but only you can define your true happiness and therefore your measure of health.

So go out today and start taking steps to be happy and healthy today.

Dr. Paul R. Mahler Jr.

www.mahler-chiropractic.com

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