Movement Deficiency Syndrome

Dr. James Chestnut coined the term ‘Movement Deficiency Syndrome’ to identify the necessity of both physical activity and exercise on human physiology, function, and health.  Physical activity and exercise are necessary components to keeping our bodies in working order, via supporting our genetic requirement for sufficient and pure movement. Our genes literally require movement to express healthy adaptation from our environment, Epigenetics 101. Unfortunately, according to a 2001 study “approximately 70% of adults in the United States do not undertake the recommended 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, five or more times per week, which includes those 24% of Americans who have no physical activity.” And this happens to only be the minimum amount that is required to avoid a chronic disease! (Brozinick et al.,Molecular Cell 7: 1085-1094, 2001)

We have a big job to do by teaching everyone we can about the exceptional benefits of physical movement and exercise. It could literally save someone’s life, is accessible, and all you just have to do is mimic our ancestral hunter-gatherer patterns. Daily physical activity is an integral part of our genetic make up. What we’ve found works best, is a rhythm of days of high intensity exercise, reminiscent of hunting, alternated with days of rest and light activity. Keep in mind, this exercise didn’t include basic physical activities of building and moving camp, cooking, cleaning, butchering, carrying water, and other requirements for survival also done on a daily basis. Many modern diseases, not including Osteoarthritis, did not exist when we lived as a society according to hunter-gatherer patterns in the pre agricultural age, about 10,000 years ago. Our genes have changed very little from that time period to now, however our day to day activity level has. As humans we require more exercise and movement to stay healthy. (Booth et al. J Appl Physiol 93: 3-30, 2002)

Unfortunately, most of us aren’t living in a society that innately supports lifestyles required for daily survival, i.e. walking to get water. The positive side of living in this day and age is we now have a clearer understanding of what is necessary to stay healthy. 

The short of it is, our genes require movement, and we have modern practices that can fulfill these requirements.

Daily Requirements:

  • Mobility: Moving our joints in all available ranges of motion as done during practices of stretching and Yoga. 
  • Cardiorespiratory: Elevation of your heart rate through movement and exercise for an absolute minimum of 30 min.  

3-5 Times Per Week Requirements:

  • Muscle Loading: Using our muscles to complete tasks such as carrying, climbing, and hunting. If you do not hunt or climb daily, this requirement can be fulfilled through body weight movements or external objects such as weights. 
  • High Intensity Activity:  Performing intervals of burst exercises such as a 1-3 repetition maximum weight lift, intervals of 100 meter sprints, or about 12 seconds of maximal exertion. Additionally we must perform a sub-maximal exertion for a moderate duration, such as intervals of 200-400 meter sprints.

At Platinum Chiropractic our goal is to provide each of our practice members with the best in Neuro-Structural care as well as the latest in health science information. When we improve the alignment and motion of the spine, we are adjusting your body and allowing it to regain its genetic requirement for movement and exercise. This is why moving well is one of our principles of health.

Pain

Pain is a fact of life we all experience at some points in our lives. And while it is unpleasant, it is also an important part of living life on earth. Pain is often ridiculed, but it is also very important to our survival.

So what is pain? Pain is a signal from our body alerting us that our behavior isn't congruent to nature’s laws. It is an alert telling us to pay attention. Pain not only stops us from further damaging ourselves, but it also sends signals to initiate healing. It operates as a feedback mechanism telling our brain to send white blood cells, and reparative enzymes to injured areas to repair and rebuild.

Chiropractic, regardless of whether you are currently experiencing pain or not, does a wonderful job at reducing and preventing future pains because it focuses on improving the structures and function of the body. Once the body's neuro-skeleton has been restored to its normal position and function, which takes time, and pressures are removed from soft nerves, the body has the best chance to heal and turn those pain signals off.  

This doesn't mean that pain goes away immediately. Healing takes time, often more time than we want. And we need to change our behaviors that are contributing to causing neuro-structural shifts, and therefore the pain; Poor daily habits, improper exercises, imbalances in muscles, and poor diets etc. all contribute to creating pain. More often than not, pain is a multifaceted problem that needs to be examined from many angles. That is why at Platinum Chiropractic we create a care plan that includes complimentary recommendations which address proper diet and exercises. Once you move well, eat well, and think well all together for a period of time, returning your body to a normal state of homeostasis, only then will your body turn off the alarm of pain signals.

Vitamin - D

Read more below to find out.

Read more below to find out.

Vitamin D is a profoundly important nutrient that provides a vast array of health benefits. The question is, do we really need to supplement? And if we do, what's the proper dosage? 

It is estimated that up to 85% of people have insufficient levels of vitamin D and are unaware of their deficient state. While conventional media and medicine promote sun avoidance, doing so can actually put your health in grave danger and cause vitamin D deficiency (Mercola.com). 

Vitamin D is a very special vitamin because it has so many uses in the body; it’s actually more like a hormone. Over 3,000 genes that we know of are symbiotically using Vitamin D. 

Dr. Robert Heaney, a professor and one of the most well respected researchers in the field, has studied osteoporosis, vitamin D, and calcium physiology for over 50 years. Trained as a physician and endocrinologist, he has been working at the Creighton University’s Osteoporosis Research Center, which he founded, since the late 1960s, with a focus on bone biology. "Inevitably, when you deal with bones, sooner or later, your path crosses with vitamin D, which is vital and important for a whole host of functions," says Heaney. According to him, vitamin D is involved in the biochemical cellular machinery of all cells and tissues in your body. When you do not have enough, that “machinery” does not work very well. Consequently, your entire body struggles to operate as programmed into our genomes. 

Optimal vitamin D levels can slash your risk of cancer by as much as 60%. Keeping your levels optimized can help prevent at least 16 different types of cancer, including pancreatic, lung, ovarian, prostate, and skin cancers. Moreover, vitamin D can build your defenses against cancer and other diseases by:

  • Enhancing the self-destruction of mutated cells (which can replicate and cause cancer)
  • Slowing down the production and spread of cancer cells
  • Reducing the risk of other conditions as well, including type 2 diabetes, chronic inflammation, age-related macular degeneration (the leading cause of blindness), and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Exhibiting its infection-fighting abilities in the treatment of tuberculosis, pneumonia, colds, and flu. 
  • Improving seizure control in epileptics.

The best way to attain Vitamin D is through sun exposure without the use of sun block between 10am and 2pm. The sun provides beneficial UVB wavelengths that are needed to optimize your levels. It emits two types of wavelengths at different periods in a day: UVA rays and UVB rays. Your body requires UVB for vitamin D production. Unless you’re living in a tropical region, you can not get vitamin D from the sun year round.That is why a good vitamin D supplement is essential for health. Experts agree that adults need about 5,000 IU’s and children need about 3,000 IU’s per day to maintain healthy levels. The best vitamin D supplement we have found is the one we have at our office. It’s comes from Innate Choice, contains Vitamin D3 from lanolin in a base of certified organic virgin olive oil.

Ear Infections, Vertigo, Balance Issues

1) C1 (Atlas) meeting your skull   2) C2 (Axis)   *) Eustachian Tubes

1) C1 (Atlas) meeting your skull
2) C2 (Axis)
*) Eustachian Tubes

Ear infections, vertigo, and balance issues... What do these things have in common?

All of them can be caused by a shift in the upper neck. Here's how. 

The upper portion of your neck (cervical spine) goes all the way up to your skull. And if you trace from where your neck and skull meet around the front towards your face, you end up right behind your ear. Behind your ear are several anatomical structures such as your throat and Eustachian tubes, which are the draining tubes for the ears. When there's a shift in the upper part of your neck, it can put pressure on this tube; restricting its ability to drain fluid properly. This fluid can become backed up and stagnant. When that happens it becomes a perfect breading ground for bacteria to take hold and cause an infection, pressure on the ear drum, pressure on the inner ear, vertigo, and balance issues. At Platinum Chiropractic we do a focused exam of your upper cervical area to identify if you have a shift putting pressure on this vital area and causing those secondary conditions. Remember, your body strives to heal itself and be functional, we just need to remove any interference to that healing capacity.