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Thursday, February 4, 2010
We've mentioned this before, but in case you won't take our word for it, here are some perspectives from someone more accustomed to getting heavy snow week after week: a Canadian chiropractor.
Dr. Evans' Tips for a Healthy Back while shoveling snow.
Warm up: Before beginning any snow shoveling, warm-up for five to ten minutes to get the joints moving and increase blood circulation. To do this march on the spot, climb stairs, or go for a quick walk around the block. Follow this with gentle stretches for the back (knee to chest), arms and shoulders (body hug), and legs (forward bends from a seated position). This will ensure that your body is ready for action.
Don't let the snow pile up: Removing small amounts of snow on a frequent basis is less strenuous in the long run.
Pick the right shovel: Use a lightweight, non-stick, push-style shovel.
Push, don't throw:Push the snow to one side and avoid throwing. If you must throw, avoid twisting and turning. Position yourself to throw straight at the snow pile.
Bend your knees: Use your knees, leg, and arm muscles to do the pushing and lifting while keeping your back straight.
Watch for ice: Course sand, ice salt, ice melter, or kitty litter can help give where you walk and drive more traction, reducing the chance of a slip or fall.
Wear proper footwear: Shoes and boots with solid treads on the soles can help to minimize the risk of slips and falls.
Take a break: If you feel tired or short of breath, stop and take a rest. Make it a habit to rest for a moment or two for every 10 to 15 minutes of shoveling. This is especially important if the snow is wet and heavy. Stop shoveling immediately if you feel chest or back pain.
Back Problem Warning Signs
Leg pain with numbness, tingling, and/or weakness.
Back or leg pain with coughing or sneezing.
Difficulty standing up after sitting for any period of time.
Stiffness in the morning that decreases when you move around.
Pain in your hip, buttock, thigh, knee, or foot.
Inability to turn or bend to each side equally.
Unbalanced posture, when your head, neck, or shoulder may be higher on one side than the other.
Pain which prevents you from sleeping well.
Pain that persists or worsens after 48 hours.
Thanks Dr. Evans! If you think you may have overdone it, remember that your local chiropractor is there to serve you. You don't need to go all the way to Toronto when Waldorf will more than do! Be safe out there.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Recent donations made possible the first post earthquake chiropractic mission trip to Haiti.
Because of what we experienced, we are planning a succession of trips for continued relief aid, support, and care. We were instrumental in saving many lives and offering relief to those in dire distress. No matter what you see on CNN or any other news outlet, the devastation, suffering, despair and death is far worse than portrayed.
Reaching Haiti was challenging as the infrastructure of the country has been destroyed and with the help of Stepping Stone Ministries, we were able to arrive and render help.
We brought food and five water filtration systems in five different locations to people hadn't had 1 drop of water or food in 6 days. We also brought medical supplies that were critical, yet grossly inadequate.
We brought chiropractic tables and adjusted thousands in ´Tent City" refugee camps around the corner from the Capitol building and in the outlying areas. The next day we ventured into the fields behind the US Embassy where we offered low tech bandaging and wound care in Civil War conditions.
2 of our team worked in the hospitals assisting in amputations and delivering babies. As a result of the lack of accessibility to doctors and medicine, Haiti is becoming a country of amputees and that has to stop.
The people we worked with begged us to not forget them and we will not; we are going back and this time, staying.
We need volunteers serving a few days at a time, so we can staff the effort continually and we need your money to continue to save lives.
We have teamed with Stepping Stone Ministries, an organization recognized by the Haitian Consulate, who are accepting donations on our behalf. Please click below and be very generous, lives depend upon it. Make sure to indicate CHIROPRACTIC when donating, so the money gets to the chiropractic relief mission.
If you have already donated, another $100 will not change your life, it will however, save others
…Thank you …Peter Morgan DC
Donation Web site: www.steppingstonesminstries.com
Monday, December 21, 2009
By Brendan Farrington
Every winter people hurt themselves shoveling snow, ranging from minor aches and pulled muscles to fatal heart attacks.
What people often fail to realize is that shoveling is more than just a chore. It puts a lot of stress on the body in a short period of time.
"People don't understand when you start shoveling snow, it's like picking up weights," says Denis Isrow, a North Dakota State University professor of health, physical education and recreation.
So if you're older or out of shape, there's much more of a chance of hurting yourself by shoveling. Even people who regularly exercise can find shoveling to be strenuous if they try to tackle the job quickly without taking breaks.
"One of the biggest problems we have is people saying 'I'm not going to quit until I get this done,'" Isrow says.
Some signs you should stop shoveling are shortness of breath, heavy sweating or any kind of pain.
"Anything that's not normal is a warning sign," he says.
Most at Risk
Julie Garden-Robinson prepared a report for the university's extension service warning that shoveling causes a quick increase in the heart rate and blood pressure.
According to her report, those most at risk during shoveling are people who have had a heart attack, people with a history of heart disease, those with high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels, smokers and people who lead a sedentary lifestyle.
Garden-Robinson and Isrow give several tips for safe shoveling:
Use a smaller shovel
Make sure your shovel isn't bent, tilting or otherwise damaged
Take frequent breaks, even if only for a couple of minutes
Stop and go inside if you become overheated
Don't try to fling snow long distances
Stop any time you feel pain
If you fear you're unable to tackle this tiring task, look into spending a few bucks and having a neighborhood kid shovel after a storm; or having a contractor plow it when heavy snow falls. It's probably money well spent.
Monday, December 14, 2009
RECOGNIZE the signs: Sudden numbness/weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially if only on one side; Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or understanding; Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes; Sudden loss of balance, coordination or trouble walking; Sudden severe headache with no obvious known cause.
Remember STR: Ask them to Smile; Talk: Ask them to repeat a simple sentence; ask them to Raise both arms. Trouble with -Any- of these is strong indication they've had a stroke.
CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY: They may balk at that, but let the EMT deal with that. Getting a stroke victim proper medical care quickly is the single most important thing you can do. Neurological evidence shows that getting proper medical care within a few hours of the stroke is vital.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Sites to visit are: http://web.stlawu.edu/health/hands.htm; or http://www.henrythehand.com (the originators of this 'celebration').
-Yours in health, Life Care Center & Dr. Sharman