Stability v. Mobility

Stability v. Mobility

Joints in the body are designed for stability and mobility.  If you wanted to further classify them you could sort them by design of stability or mobility based on what they are most likely to become deficient in.  For example: The knee usually fails in stability prior to mobility and the hip becomes immobile prior to unstable and so on.

Plantar Fasciitis PART DEUX:

Plantar Fasciitis PART DEUX:

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So last week we touched on what Plantar Fasciitis, what causes it and a few things you can do to alleviate it. This week we continue with palliative measures for short and longterm care and prevention.

braces like this won't help long term.  The muscles need to be retrained to prevent plantar fasciitis from returning.

braces like this won't help long term.  The muscles need to be retrained to prevent plantar fasciitis from returning.

Have you ever had your foot adjusted? Yeah, I said it. Why not? If a chiropractor can adjust a joint in the spine why cant he adjust a joint(s) in the foot!? If you consider there’s 28 bones in the foot responsible for the majority of the shock absorption when you walk, jog, run or jump; it makes sense. The foot is the #1 shock absorber in the body. If the bones/joints don't move like designed it becomes a rigid club, talking to you heel walkers out there, passing that shock/energy up the kinetic chain into the knees, hips and low back. This can explain why you may have low back, knee or hip pain as well? Chiropractors adjust more than just the spine. As a matter of fact, we’ve been instructed in numerous techniques that addresses every joint in the body, including the feet. Though not all do, some in our profession focus on other parts of the anatomy, but thats a conversation for another day. From my perspective, as a chiropractor, if you're having any sort of lower extremity problems you need to have your feet looked at to ensure the bones are articulating properly. Without proper motion in the foot your ceiling for improvement is limited.

Another form of passive, short term relief.  To simply treat the symptoms means your ignoring the problem!  

Another form of passive, short term relief.  To simply treat the symptoms means your ignoring the problem!  

Next, inserts for your shoes. This approach addresses the overpronation of the foot by giving it a hard barrier to keep it in a more natural position during the last part of the plant phase. Overpronation causes excessive stretch and forces to be placed on the plantar fascia which over time causes plantar fascitis. You can start by trying the foot station at your local pharmacy. These inserts are very generic, unlike you! But its a starting point and if it works then it was a cheap easy fix. If not, don’t be surprised if it doesn’t, you may look into getting fitted for a pair from a health care professional. You should be aware there are numerous options and not all are created equally, nor do all of them need to cost $300-500!! In the world of inserts there are heel lifts and full length inserts. On top of that there are arch supports for supination and over pronation designed to provide your foot gentle guidance into a more neutral/natural position during the plant stage of your stride. How do you know which one to use? Thats were the eye of a trained health care professional comes in. Proper analysis and testing is required to identify pathological movement patterns. FMS and SFMA are two reputable systems used to identify contributing factors. Even then its not always clear cut. Most times it takes a series of adjustments to both the foot and the insert based on your feedback/progress. You start simple, a small insert to start and as the body normalizes you increase the lift until symptomatology is minimized or even resolved. The one problem with this approach, its a passive fix. Its the equivalent of a brace, its not requiring the body to actively correct the muscle deficiency. Its simply a gentle reminder. Corrective exercises should be issued to aid the support.

At the end of the day, regardless of your unique scenario in which causes this dysfunction, you have to take responsibility for taking care of yourself. You essentially got yourself here and only you can get yourself out of it. And for those who think they are too busy to make time, This issue will only get worse and before you know it you will have all the time in the world to rehab when you are no longer able to bear it and cant work! Whats that our parents used to say: "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure". More true than we could have ever known.

A little about me.....

A little about me.....

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   To think all this time I've been here, 6 months at the end of this month, and not once have I thought to introduce myself properly to my fans (figure of speech).  Yeah, the website has a little blurb on my past but it doesn't really tell you much.  So allow me this time to give a little more explanation.  

   First and foremost I am a chiropractor.  Chiropractors adjust subluxations above all else.  No matter what you as the patient come in with, my first priority is to correct any subluxations present in the spine or extremities.  

   "What is a subluxation" you ask?  In the chiropractic world the subluxation is what we base our profession.  Put simply a subluxation is a misalignment of a joint, very small in nature, which results in nerve interference.  Which can manifest as pain, altered sensation, muscle weakness and many other forms of dysfunction.  In my world, to be a chiropractor and NOT adjust subluxations constitutes subpar care to you the patient.  In saying that, it is also a disservice to the patient if ALL I do is adjust.  The current level of information available on the body and how the musculoskeletal system operates there needs to be more done with soft tissue and neurology.

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   Soft tissue isn't just a massage but more in depth in terms of recognizing muscle imbalances and kinetic chain dysfunction.  The Functional Movement Assessment is a good tool to identify functional capacity of each patien, which can be utilized by personal trainers as well as health care professionals.  The Selective Functional Movement Assessment is a more focused tool utilized specifically by health care professional to pinpoint functional instability and provide exercises designed to correct and improve patient functionality and stability.

   Neurology is much simpler than it sounds.  Where the soft tissue side of things my require difficult exercises in awkward positions the neurology side of things involves generally effortless movements that can be boring and tedious but rarely involve sweating or heavy breathing.  

   When treating athletes committed to a high level of competition its imperative all 3 aspects are considered in order to achieve the desired results as well as keeping them healthy and back to play following an injury.  As a former Athlete I love taking an athlete and showing them there weaknesses, that they were unaware of, and giving them the tools to fix it and seeing how they're performance increases when they do what I prescribe!  goodness knows I've been done that way a number of times in school.

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   So how do I adjust? how is it different from the guy down the street? What makes me better?  First of all, I am a large man that if I'm not paying attention could easily hurt a patient with too much thrust on any given adjustment.  I am extremely conscious of this When adjusting which is why I go the extra mile to ensure my adjustment is more forceful than absolutely necessary.  My analysis is a mixture of muscle testing, palpation and range of motion findings.  I use these objective measures in a effort to be as specific as possible when adjusting and to help the patient understand what I'm trying to accomplish with my adjustment.  For example:  when the patient fails a muscle test, I adjust, then retest the same muscle test and they now pass it demonstrates that I'm not there to simply make things go pop in hopes they make things better.  And an added benefit to that approach is that if I fail to generate that trademark "pop" and I retest and the patient passes then I've gotten the job done.  More "popping" doesn't necessarily mean better care!! And if you're not a fan of having your neck "cracked" I've got an alternative, minimal force instrument assisted method of getting the job done just the same.  

   I also have a very good handle on extremity adjusting: hands, elbows, shoulders, hips, knees and feet: I can take care of them all!  If you're current chiropractor isn't adjusting at your feet and you just can't seem to get rid of that back or hip pain, maybe he should or perhaps let see what I can do!

   At the end of the day my focus is to get you back to 100% sooner rather than later, generally inside 4-6 visits.  And if I cant figure it out in a couple weeks I'll send you to someone who can!  Thats my promise to you as a doctor, to get you the care you need!  

A little about Kiniesiotape......

A little about Kiniesiotape......

K-tape can be found in numerous colors and patterns.  My favorite is Rock Tape's blu/pink argyle!

K-tape can be found in numerous colors and patterns.  My favorite is Rock Tape's blu/pink argyle!

   So what do you know about kiniesiotape (K-tape)?  A little, a lot or nothing at all?  Have you even ever heard of it? Have you ever used it; at home or with a trainer/chiropractor etc.? If yes, what do you know about it?  Was the purpose explained or did they just slap it on you and send you on your way?  For those of you interested in understanding this new tape you seem to see on everyone these days, this is for you!  

     First and foremost it's important that you understand K-tape is not a cure-all.  It doesn't fix anything or replace proper assessment and corrective treatment.  It's designed to augment treatment.  If you have plantar fascitis and the tape makes the foot feel better, great! but if you thats all you're doing for the plantar fascitis you're doing yourself a disservice.  It's presence on the skin is simply making the brain aware of that body part, if nothing else.  as a result of lifestyle certain parts or muscles can be forgotten by the brain.  Applying K-tape over a patch a skin is a nuerosensory reminder or "cue" for the brain to activate that muscle.  Fortunately this isn't the limit of its power.

   Pain mitigation:  K-tape reduces nociception, a fancy word for pain, to the brain which works two fold:  A. Nobody likes being in pain and reducing pain is always a good thing. B. Pain causes altered motor patterns so by reducing pain signals movement patterns are normalized.  How you ask?  Well, theres a theory called "The Gate Control Theory of Pain" that can help.  The sensory nerves responsible for pain are of the faster transmitting nerves in the body.  Luckily the nerves for touch are faster so when you bump your elbow and start rubbing it to feel better those signals are getting to the spinal chord faster and override the pain signals.  K-tape does the same for pain anywhere its placed, being on the skin its constantly stimulating those light touch receptors which are then bombarding the brain with information that overrides the pain signals.

Notice in the image to the left the increased subcutaneous space with the rippling of the skin caused by K-tape.

Notice in the image to the left the increased subcutaneous space with the rippling of the skin caused by K-tape.

   Decompression:  K-tape provides decompression of the skin, or fascia, overlying muscle.  Many times, due to numerous reasons like dehydration or injury, the muscle and fascia can become adhesed making the normal glide during movement difficult.  The stretch of K-tape, when applied correctly, creates ripple or convolutions in the skin.  Side note: K-tape comes, on the reel before you take the paper off, with 15% stretch built in.  So when you just slap it on without tension it will naturally recoil the skin creating wrinkles in the skin.  These wrinkles are the skin being lifted up from the muscles creating a subcutaneous space allowing for better movement between the skin and muscles as they contract.  

a diagram demonstrating how s=kin is represented in the brain.   

a diagram demonstrating how s=kin is represented in the brain.   

    Neural stimulation:  The skin is the largest organ in the body, heavily innervated with sensory neurons for tactile stimulation (touch, pressure, pain, heat etc.).  The brain and the skin are from the same developmental tissue which results in a strong connection.  The sense of touch can cause numerous reactions, some good and some bad.  Ever known someone that doesn't like being touched?  Ever considered why?  Its possibly because its too much stimulation.  their brain and skin are so closely wired that just being touched sends them into sensory overload.  The application of K-tape stimulates sensory receptors and creates awareness in the brain, through touch.  This neural stimulation results in improved joint position sense, joint stability, muscle activation and body awareness.  Now as stated before, this isn't the fix, its just an intervention.

This type of taping is a good example of whats called "tactile cueing" where the tape is a constant remainder to activate muscle for increased stability.

This type of taping is a good example of whats called "tactile cueing" where the tape is a constant remainder to activate muscle for increased stability.

       To sum it all up and put all these parts together:  Proper application of K-tape improves function by decreasing fascial tension on muscles, increases sensory stimulation to the brain reducing pain sensation which results in increased muscle activity and joint stability during movement.  K-tape can be used for all these or just one.  Patients having recently experienced a traumatic event are more in need of taping than increased motion so I'll use it just to reduce pain and worry about the other stuff later.  Sporting events is where we see it utilized most often.  the important thing to understand is that what you see on the athletes is supportive in nature.  Like ankle taping, the athletes don't walk around with that tape on all the time, just for the event.  Hopefully this has been helpful in understanding the use and benefits of kiniesiotaping.  If for some reason you have any questions, comments or concerns please don't hesitate to reach out, thats what I'm here for!

Mark Aylor D.C.

Thoughts on TMJ disorder.

Thoughts on TMJ disorder.

TMJ pain can be alleviated with simple, noninvasive, adjustments in just a few adjustments.

The importance of your home exercises.....

The importance of your home exercises.....

The Straighten Up America campaign is one of the more successful efforts to correct bad posture.  Its comprised of a series of exercises done daily for a few minutes anytime during the day to balance the muscle of the torso, front to back.

Staying hydrated in the summer heat.

    Most folks in the Denver area are pretty good about staying hydrated.  Most restaurants I've visited automatically bring water to the table, great for the tourists unaware of how dry it can be at altitude.  

    The reason I've brought up the subject is more focused at the weekend warriors and aspiring young athletes who may not be aware of the importance of drinking water.  Consuming plenty of fluids is important but not as important as choosing water above all else.  Gatorade, Powerade and the like are all nice but they aren't as effective as plain old water!  These alternatives are loaded with sugars that can impede water absorption of muscle tissue.  "Yeah but they have electrolytes" is what some might say!  Yeah and thats what those multi billion dollar companies would have you believe is needed.  Not true.  Who knows what an electrolyte is?  EXACTLY!!  Just a fancy word for sodium and potassium, the two elements responsible for cell action potentials.  Trust me when I say we all have plenty of those two in our system!  

    Some might suggest you need the sugar to provide energy to compete. Wrong again!  any energy stores used for competition were secured 24-72 hours prior to competition.  The exception being the ultra marathon types that are going for 4+ hours.  Any carbohydrates (sugars converted to energy in the body) consumed during competition have minimal effect of performance.  Its the carb loading and hydration done the 2 days leading up to the event that make the difference!  

   For those of you in two-a-days going on in the heat of the summer, Salt pills and bananas don't cure cramps on the spot.  Salt pills can actually make things worse!  If your prone to cramping during fitness you're not drinking enough water.  Regardless of what the coaches say, just keep drinking water!  Before, during and after practice, water should be your only drink during this 2-4 weeks of intense exertion in the summer heat.   

    I know water isn't flashy or super tasty, I've actually had people tell me they don't like the taste of water.  I don't even know what to say to that!?  I'm a big fan of the old saying "Keep it Simple Silly" (K.I.S.S.).  When you keep it simple things work like they are meant to with fewer complications.  Oh and while I'm at it, The energy drinks like Red Bull and Monster are the absolute worse thing for you before a competition!  Excessive water, 8+ hours of sleep and quality food are the 3 best things for anybody serious about competing!  And yes, I'm aware its not necessary to do these things but if you're serious and in it for the long haul, its the only sustainable means of accomplishing what you want as an athlete!  Cheers

  

A BIG thanks to Rock Blades!!

A BIG thanks to Rock Blades!!

Keep it simple!  Rock Blades come in a set of two tools where many other companies have 6 or more tools that can be difficult to understand when to use which one!

Thoughts on Crossfit.....

   Until recently I hadn't been a fan of Crossfit.  For no other reason than I prefer to be outside playing some sort of high intensity game!  After meeting with Sarge down at Longmont Crossfit I a few of his comments stuck with me: 1. Crossfit was originally started as a sort of not in the gym workout.  2. Family.  The crossfit community is a close knit family.  They work, compete and celebrate their accomplishments together!  So it looks like I'll be heading to the gym, or thereabouts in the near future for a reintroduction to crossfit with a more open mind.  But in doing so I'm doing so intelligently.  

    1. Start slow:  Most people coming into Crossfit are looking for fast results for bikini season or even a wedding in few weeks so they try to go big early.  This usually ends up with them on the couch with an ice pack or at the Chiropractors office (specifically Power Advanced Chiropractic) for a couple weeks and they never go back for fear of getting hurt again.  Take it slow the first couple weeks people, the body needs time to adjust to the new stress and strain your new workout has on it.  

   2. Know my limits:  Even after a few weeks or months nobody is setting new records for the WOD.  When those other participants are doing the same workout in half the time, sometime even faster, it doesn't mean your slacking, not necessarily anyway.  Just cause a girl is using more weight doesn't mean anything either, other than she might be BA!?  You have no idea how long she's been working at it and if you just started it may take you a little while to catch up.  Not to mention she may be a former olympic weight lifter, which means you're not the only guy in there she's out lifting!  

3. Proper form is key:  One of my initial problems with crossfit, good for my business, was people and gyms weren't bothering with proper form.  This lead to injuries and time out of the gym for no good reason.  If you play long enough you'll have enough injuries so why be lazy and invite even more injury!  I see too many times where the competitive nature gets the better of an athlete, they ignore good form and spend the next couple weeks on the training table (again, good for my business but not them).  You have to be aware of your form at all times or you wont be around long!

4.  Ask questions:  If you aren't sure about something ASK QUESTIONS!  high intensity workouts aren't something to be "shooting from the hip" with.  Serious injuries, both soft tissue and hard tissue injuries can be incurred with this stuff if you're not careful.  If for some reason the trainers or participants make you feel uncomfortable asking questions about how to execute a particular movement your either at the wrong gym or in the wrong class.  The instructors should be able to breakdown any movement clearly to keep you healthy and participating.

5. Have goals:  Each person needs to know what they want out of the experience.  For some its to lose a few pounds, others use it to start a healthier lifestyle and the more serious ones are competitors at the higher levels.  You don't have to know day one but the sooner you figure it out the better.  When the weekend warrior types try to keep up with the high end athletes they get hurt more times than not.

6. Nutrition:  These workouts aren't easy on the body.  If you choose not to hydrate, eat quality food and stay hydrated your workouts will suffer as will your times and eventually the body will fail and you'll be back in the chiropractor's office for a couple weeks.  The nice thing is that you don't even have to go as far as eating all organic or vegan or vegetarian.  Its more a simple decision to drink water instead of pop.  Pasta instead of McDonalds.  Get 7+ hours of sleep instead of your regular 3-5.  

    I'm looking forward to the new challenge and the new friends to come.  I'm sure its nothing like playing rugby but it seems to be a pretty good group of people and who doesn't like a little competition amongst friends!

Cheers

The Good, The bad and The Ugly..... Pain!

The Good, The bad and The Ugly..... Pain!

    Some say, "Pain is weakness leaving the body" or even, "No pain no gain!"  While there is some value and I would agree with both of those statements it's important to know the difference between good and bad pain!  So what is the difference and how can I tell?

When working out, if your pushing your body to its upper limits, there should accompanied by pain or discomfort for short periods.  It's part of the tearing down to build back up process.  This pain should subside shortly after completion of the workout.

When working out, if your pushing your body to its upper limits, there should accompanied by pain or discomfort for short periods.  It's part of the tearing down to build back up process.  This pain should subside shortly after completion of the workout.

    The Good:  The good sort of pain that the above expressions are describing can be best described as the burning lungs following an uphill sprint, the burn in the muscles when doing low weight high repetition weights, that slow onset pain that comes when you push your body to cardiovascular or muscular limits during a workout.  Its the type of pain that is a result of the workout process naturally.  Its the bodies way of telling you you're tearing the body down in small increments in a manner conducive to rebuilding a stronger muscular system over a period of time.  Its also short lived.  This type of pain could last as little as a couple seconds or minutes, as you recuperate the oxygen debt to your cells following a high intensity sprint, or even a couple days, as in the case of DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) following you first workout in MONTHS (we all know this pain)!  This pain is usually felt in the muscle itself, not a joint, in all ranges of motion, as opposed to when you perform a specific motion.  Its not necessarily present prior to your workout and is usually gone shortly after the workout.  

    The Bad: Bad pain is what many of us are very familiar with on a daily basis.  Its there when we wake up, when we go to work, when we eat lunch, when we go to bed.  It may be less or more throughout the day but almost always present.  You feel it with certain movements or all movements.  it can be local or it can cause numbness or weakness in the arm, leg or foot.  It will keep you from working, working out, taking care of the kids or even taking care of yourself!  This pain may be a result of a single event or lifestyle.  It can be fast onset or slow onset.  This type of pain is usually a result of local, regional or systematic failure of the body to maintain adaptation to imposed demands resulting in dysfunction.  

      The Ugly:  Unfortunately pain is one of the last signs of dysfunction.  Which means, for most of us, when it comes to fixing the problem there have been months or years of muscle imbalance in need of identifying and correcting.  Which in turn means numerous treatments for long lasting results.  Years of bad habits, which put you in the position you're in now, aren't changed overnight!  It would be nice, but thats just not how it works!  The truth is that the longer you wait to correct your dysfunction the longer it takes to recover fully.  If you're lucky you get to the chiropractor, like myself (haha, shameless plug), during the acute phase of injury (first couple of days after an ankle sprain, for example) for care to minimize secondary damage to the body part injured.  Most of us walk it off not realizing the ramifications of our indifference towards a significant injury to the kinetic chain.

    Now for The Good (once more):  When treatment is started during the acute phase, 1-4 days of injury, the following benefits can be expected, as specific to chiropractic sports care: 1. Reduction of inflammation. 2. Reduced secondary injury from excessive inflammation. 3. Reduced recovery time needed.  4. Proper joint motion maintained.  5. Identification of possible compensations resulting from injury.  6. Preventative rehab to maintain proper muscle balance in the kinetic chain.  Theres a reason pro sports have trainers, chiropractors and medics field side for competition!  When you've got that much money invested in an athlete you need the best care to keep him/her healthy and on the field!  

     You should take your health no less serious.  you may not be making 7 figures to play a game but you have just the same responsibility to your family and self to keep food on the table, get the kids to school or sport.  If you neglect your body there will come a day, not an "if" but a "when", when you cant perform those duties.  At which point the cost of missed work and rehabilitative care will be more than most people care to pay for, not to mention the reduced quality of life associated with the financial burden!  So to add to the above expressions, I'll close with this: "An ounce of prevention is worth an ounce of cure!"  Be smart and be proactive with your body so you don't miss the big game, yours or the kid's, for a silly injury you never took care of when you had the chance...... get adjusted!

 

Cheers

Mark Aylor D.C.

Tune Up Your Body With  Sports Massage Therapy

Tune Up Your Body With  Sports Massage Therapy

We often tend to do more routine maintenance and care on our cars than our bodies!  Here are some ideas for a good maintenance program that will help assure the best performance and quickest recovery of your hard working muscles!!

2017 St. Vrain Invitational Track meet

   I want to take this time to give a big THANK YOU to the organizers of this years St. Vrain Invitational track meet!  It was a fabulous event on a breathtaking spring day!   I couldn't have asked for a better scenario to demonstrate the wonderful power of chiropractic medicine.

    As a the "New guy" in town I'm constantly looking for way to get into the community to serve and help grow awareness of chiropractic.  When I found out about this event I jumped at the chance to work with our local talent!  With the help of James Davis, Jeff Boele and Mark Roberts the day went flawlessly.  The day started off a little slowly but once a few of the braver kids saw the benefits of my work they started lining up towards the end of the day.  One young lady in particular, that I'm aware of, was very appreciative.  She came to me prior to her race inquiring when she should get adjusted, before or after her race?  After explaining the benefits of chiropractic to her and her mother she agreed to a pre race adjustment.  An hour later, as i was finishing with another patient, I see the biggest smile running at me.  The same young lady had just ran her personal best in her event!  I couldn't have been happier for her!  

    Some might discount the benefits of chiropractic care in part or in full but when you're a competitive athlete the mental preparation aspect accounts heavily towards success.  I've seen and heard too many funky pre-game rituals, baseball players I'm talking to you, to be convinced otherwise!  Nobody wears the same pair of socks for weeks if it didn't help keep the streak alive!  When you combine an athletes belief and reproducible results its hard to deny the positive effect chiropractic adjustments can have on athletes!  As a former high level athlete I know what worked for me and after being exposed to chiropractic at the tail end of my career, there wasn't a game I didn't get adjusted before the match!  

    So to all the athletes running, throwing or jumping at the state meet this coming week, I would like to wish you all the best of luck and I wish i could be there to offer my services!  

Cheers,

Interesting patient comment.......

Interesting patient comment.......

"Why get adjusted if I'm just gonna knock it back out of alignment sooner or later?"

   This was the comment I got from an acquaintance while showing them how I analyze for subluxation.  After testing a little weak on a muscle test, I isolated the location of subluxation and asked if they'd like me to fix the problem and got the above reply.  To their credit they had not come to the office to get adjusted so I may have caught them off guard, just as I was caught off guard by that response.  So after a bit of contemplation I've come up with a better. more thought out, answer to better illustrate the importance of chiropractic adjustments.

   If you're a gardner and you have weeds in your roses you wouldn't NOT pull (excellent grammer huh!) the weeds on the basis of "well they're just gonna grow back right!".  If your house gets hit with hail, perhaps too soon for those in Denver, would you not get the roof repaired because its EVENTUALLY gonna hail again!?  I could go on but I think you get my point.  But perhaps those are examples in which we can all relate to because we all have a little experience with such situations, either personally or a family member has complained about it over thanksgiving dinner cause nobody wanted to hear about how much he/she loves/hates Donald Trump as president!  So perhaps its a lack of education or even exposure that explains that comment.  So lets see if I cant help everyone understand what a chiropractic adjustment is, Cliff's notes version for the sake of all our sanity. 

   So the chiropractic adjustment is designed to correct minuscule joint misalignments effecting nervous system (NS) and musculoskeletal (MS) function.  "How does it do that" you may think?  Well when you consider everything is connected and the NS is responsible for all bodily functions, it may be a little clearer.  The NS takes information in, from the 5 senses, to the brain and sends nerve impulses out to the body to react appropriately.  When the body is free of subluxation, stimuli perceived from the senses is accurate and unimpeded to the brain and used properly to create the correct physical/physiological response.  In the presence of subluxation both incoming and outgoing stimuli are altered in someway that can lead to negative responses.  Autoimmune disease, where the body attacks its own cells, patients can see drastic changes with regular adjustments.  

    As it applies to the MS system the adjustment can be understood a little better from a mechanical approach.  If you can see the MS system as a complex machine with numerous moving parts, like a car, you can appreciate the idea that when put together there is a certain way the moving parts are designed to move with each other.  Certain surfaces are designed to articulate with others, usually having some sort of padding (cartilage in the knee or hip) to cushion the impact or allow for a smooth glide when sliding across the other bone surface.  Well, when those surfaces, designed for said wear, are not aligned properly you get excessive wear and tear in the joint which leads to deformation of joint (bones) that leads to irreversible arthritic pain and disease.  just like weight gain, it doesn't happen over night.  One day you wake up and your back hurts and you cant even stand up straight and you don't know why!  Even worse, its gonna take weeks to get you back to moving normal again?? What the.....? How did this happen?? Yeah, I know what you're thinking!!  

    So to recap:  Why should you get adjusted when you're just gonna knock it out again at some point?  Put simply, You get adjusted to keep your central and peripheral nervous systems functioning as designed and to ensure your joints are properly aligned, preventing excessive wear and tear that leads to early onset arthritic changes!  We are only getting older and with age comes pain and dysfunction, the dreaded downward spiral!  The difference is how fast you allow that decline to occur.  Are you the careless, crash and burn, type needing hip replacement in you 40's or early 50's or slow and steady type thats still playing ultimate frisbee with the grandkids in your 60's and 70's?  Whats that your Grandmama use to say.... "an once of prevention is worth a pound of cure!"  When it come to your body, she couldn't have been more right!!  

   Hope this was helpful and provided some insight to understanding the importance of chiropractic care more and as always, please feel free ask any questions!  Cheers

Mark Aylor D.C.

Why your feet should be getting adjusted....

Why your feet should be getting adjusted....

     What do you know about your feet? Yes, they have a tendency to bark or even ache on a daily basis. Ever wonder why or even better, who on earth first compared foot pain to dogs barking? Well unfortunately I'm only able to answer ONE of Life's mysteries today!

      In the chiropractic world general foot dysfunction can be related to a number of other dysfunctions, further up the kinetic chain. Knee, hip, and low back pain to name a couple. When the foot is subluxed shock absorption is hindered and energy the excess energy from impact is sent up the kinetic chain (ie energy goes where energy flows) much like water, taking the pass of least resistance. This energy is absorbed in numerous other joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments in the lower extremity and back. Over time double duty leads to pain and dysfunction in more than just the foot.

Lets start with a couple facts: 1. there are 26 bones in the foot. 2. The foot is the primary shock absorber when walking/jogging/running.  3. The foot is meant to be supple and accommodating during impact and becomes a rigid lever for push off.   4. Energy goes where energy flows.

Lets start with a couple facts: 1. there are 26 bones in the foot. 2. The foot is the primary shock absorber when walking/jogging/running.  3. The foot is meant to be supple and accommodating during impact and becomes a rigid lever for push off.   4. Energy goes where energy flows.


      A few things you can do to keep your feet healthy: 1. periodic if not regular chiropractic adjustments to ensure proper alignment and movement of the spine and extremities. 2. change your shoes every 4-6 months. Even the best running shoes are only built to last 6 months under the best conditions and depending on your build (heavier individuals will wear the soul of the shoe down faster) you may need a new pair every 3-4 months. 3. Get a functional movement screen, this can help determine how functional the lower extremity is, especially differentiating between a pathological and anatomical flat feet. 4. Stop pounding the pavement so much! If you're a runner I would suggest you mix in other forms of cardio. The impact that goes into the foot with every step is up to 8000 N of force (1800 lbs) and those of us that are larger than the average bear, its even more. It adds up!! There are numerous other activities that can accomplish the same results with considerably less trauma to the body! 5. Lose weight. Very few of us are at an ideal weight. I personally would like to lose 10-15 pounds permanently over the next couple years, now that my rugby career is over I have no need for an extra 15 pounds of mass that weighs me down every day.
      At the end of the day we have to take care of our bodies! One of the biggest keys to longevity in life is mobility. in old age those of us resigned to wheelchairs don't stick around as long as those able to get up and move and exercise. getting adjusted periodically, eating right and being smart about our exercise are a couple easy ways to start! Hope you enjoyed my little blurb, feel free to ask any questions and hope to see you soone rather than later!

Cheers
Mark Aylor D.C.

Understanding how to start on the road to recovery

Understanding how to start on the road to recovery

    Whether a high level athlete recovering from an injury or an accountant run down by tax season, most everyone would agree they need to start living a little better or healthier.  It seems one of the issues is that many don’t know where to start.  I get it!  If it weren’t for my education and the knowledge I gained while playing for the USA rugby team, nutritional education came with the territory, I’d probably be as lost as most everyone else!  So where to start?  How about a fundamental understanding of how the body works at the cellular level?

    Who’s heard the name Bruce Lipton and “Epigenetics”?  If you’ve heard of one you most likely heard the other.  If you’ve heard of neither, not to worry they may still be well kept secrets!  Epigenetics is not a new concept, just one that’s beginning to gain momentum in the scientific community.   Dr. Lipton has been a well-known author and respected developmental biologist in the scientific community for many years.  His works include:  The Biology of Belief, The honeymoon effect, Spontaneous evolution and The Wisdom of your cells.

    Epigenetics, put simply, is the idea that our genes respond, either positively or negatively, to their environment.  What does this mean?  It means that the old saying we’ve all heard since we were kids “you are what you eat” is truer than we ever thought.  If you CHOOSE to pump toxins ( ie cigarettes, fast food, alcohol, processed sugars, etc.) your genetics will react accordingly, garbage in garbage out!  But if you CHOOSE to keep your diet clean with healthy food choices, proper hydration, age appropriate cardiovascular challenges, periodic chiropractic adjustments and sufficient sleep; the result is a favorable environment for proper genetic development and healing. 

   Our genes, or chromosomes, are the key to health and disease!  Genetic information is being unleashed every second of our lives.  There’s a saying “change is hard” well on top of that, it’s slow too!  Which is why we don’t see or feel the results of our bad decisions the same day, week or even month in most cases.  If that wasn’t the case I’m sure most people wouldn’t bother with McDonalds after that first Big Mac!  Unfortunately it takes years of abuse for the pain, obesity and cancer to surface.  At which point many times it takes years to undo all the damage, if it’s even possible! 

    So do yourself a favor and have a look at this epigenetics concept on your own, if you’re serious about turning a new page!  You may surprise yourself with what you find.  How simple of a concept it is to implement in your daily life.  Best of luck, hope to see you in the office soon and I’m always happy to help.

 

Cheers,

Mark Aylor D.C.

Pre-season Injuries

Pre-season Injuries

One of the benefits of being a patient of a sports specialist is finding your weaknesses and getting accurate information on how you can train them into strengths to keep you on the field of competition instead of on the side-line with recurring injuries.