Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Until recently, most of us considered athletic shoes an important and essential part of our athletic training gear. Every year since the mid-1970s, the big running shoe companies have introduced new product lines based on shoes with increased cushion and support. Today, however, there has been an uprising among subgroups of runners, cross-fitness enthusiasts and weight lifters: Less shoe is better, and no shoe is best.
The premise behind barefoot running is essentially that the intrinsic muscles, joints, ligaments and mechanoreceptors of the feet require stimulation to function properly. And this optimal function is inhibited by highly supportive and cushioned shoes.
If you’re interested in trying out barefoot running, consider this advice before you begin.
* Start with walking barefoot or in minimalist shoes, and gradually work into running.
* Progress to short runs. Begin running only five minutes per run, and gradually increase.
* Rather than going totally barefoot, use a minimalist shoe to protect your feet from thorns, glass, nails, stones and other debris.
* Stop barefoot running at the earliest sign of pain.
* Avoid running barefoot in freezing temperatures. Shoes protect us from frostbite if nothing else.
* Be prepared for blisters and calluses to form as you transition to barefoot running.
Runblogger's Guide to Minimalist Running Shoes
2011 Minimalist and Barefoot Style Running Shoes
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011
I just wanted to share the following study that a fellow chiropractor shared with me. It is a research study called “Relationship Between Vertebral Deformities And Allergic Diseases” by Yasuhiko Takeda and Shouji Arai published in The Internet Journal of Orthopedic Surgery.
This study shows a correlation between two types of allergic diseases (atopic dermatitis and bronchial asthma) and immune dysfunction that is secondary to vertebral misalignments. They found a common area for misalignment of the spine in the patients with these two types of allergic diseases to be the lower thoracic spine or mid-back. This study links the misalignments as a cause by pointing out that this area of the spine is what innervates the adrenal glands. It was shown that the patients they studied had chronic decline in the adrenal function that was impart due to the nerve compression (from the misalignments of the spine).
This study is quoted by saying:
“There is an expectation of alleviation, and prevention of development of symptoms by correcting the changes in the vertebrae caused by chronic vertebral misalignments, which is common in allergic disease patients.”
One can gather from this that not only do these researchers believe that there is benefit for patients with allergic diseases from chiropractic care but that by correcting these misalignments early in life there might be a prevention of the symptoms in the first place.
Chiropractors have known about the effect that a well functioning nervous system can have on the entire body now for decades, but it is great to finally see more and more studies like this one that confirm this.
Citation: Y. Takeda & S. Arai : Relationship Between Vertebral Deformities And Allergic Diseases . The Internet Journal of Orthopedic Surgery. 2004 Volume 2 Number 1.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
As always you can check out this blog for the latest Chirotoons or find them twice a month in the Dyersville Commercial.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
If you can relate to this call us for an appointment today and also check out our previous post that has plenty of helpful sleep tips: 'A Better Night Sleep'.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
It is great that we as chiropractors are able to help our young patients that suffer from chronic ear infections, however, it is even better that children that get adjusted routinely are less likely to ever have ear infections in the first place. So if you would like your child to be less likely to have ear infections or other common illnesses then give chiropractic a try. Chiropractic is truly meant for all ages and is more effective the earlier you start.
Monday, February 28, 2011
Another topic in the video answers a question that most chiropractic patients have, which is how and why do subluxations (spinal misalignments) occur? Dr. Rosen answers that question and links many of the spinal issues we have as adults with thing that happen to us as children.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Some of the studies pointed out that it only takes a loss of 30 minutes of sleep to impair your problem-solving and verbal skills, reaction time and stamina. Also found was that individuals that get less than 7 hours of sleep per night are at and increased risk for cardiovascular disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. Finally there was evidence to show that dieters that get a lack of sleep have a harder time losing weight, because it is believed that lower levels of sleep alter hormones that regulate sugar and appetite.
This article goes on to list several sleeping tips that you can do to ensure you get a better night's sleep. A few of the tips are to avoid large meals and caffeine late in the day, go to sleep and wake up at the same times each day, set a cut off time for watching TV, texting, and computer usage, and try a new mattress (they add that 78% of problem sleepers said that a new bed helped them get a good night's sleep).
This entire article, including additional tips on sleeping and some myths about sleeping that they correct, can be found in the March, 2011 issue of Consumer Reports.
The one thing I would like to add that this article left out if you are experiencing some troubles with sleep are chiropractic adjustments. Having a body that is in alignment will cut down on the feelings of uneasiness, stiffness, and achiness that make it hard to get comfortable in bed or disrupt us from our sleep.