Movement Deficiency Syndrome

Dr. James Chestnut, who we had the opportunity to present this weekend, 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.

Health Challenge Day 11: Gratitude

Platinum Health Challenge Day 11: Gratitude

Did you know that writing down 5 things you’re grateful for everyday can have significant beneficial affects on your brain and health? Let’s try it out! For Day 11, List 5 Things You are Grateful For.

The science is pretty solid, being grateful for the good things in your life — even the tiny ones — may be a way to train your brain to develop better habits and create a healthier future. It doesn’t do ALL the work for you, but it certainly seems like a good start. With that in mind, here are 5 brain changes that may result if you regularly practice gratitude: 

1) Your Brain Floods with Reward Chemicals: Gratitude focused on a specific person — i.e. thanking other people for their behavior towards you is flooded with positive chemicals of a unique kind. The brain’s response to gratitude is to activate a reward center, one specifically targeted at boosting our bonds with other people. 

2) Your Anxiety & Depression Symptoms May Lessen: Gratitude can help improve sleep, which can help reduce symptoms of anxiety. It’s also a challenge to negative thought patterns, which can be a core component of serious depression. 

3) Your Hypothalamus Works Better: That means gratitude can impact this part of the brain that controls our metabolism, hunger and other natural bodily functions and help them work more smoothly. 

4) You’re More Resistant to Stress: It impacts the body and brain’s ability to bounce back from seriously stressful events, like trauma, homelessness, grief or job loss. Studies show that people who are grateful recover more quickly from stressful situations.

5) You Fall Asleep More Easily: Grateful people fall asleep more easily, possibly because of the effects of stress reduction and better limbic system function (part of brain controlling instinct and mood as well as basic emotions (fear, pleasure, anger) and drives (hunger, sex, dominance, care of offspring).

Practicing gratitude doesn’t take much and the benefits are great. For our challenge, you can write them down for yourself of share them with us in a post. Either way, be sure to let us know you did the challenge by using the #platinumhealthchallenge.

How to Win:

  • Raffles include prizes from WholeFoods, ButcherBox, Beautycounter, Squatty Potty, and more!

  • To qualify for the raffles, post evidence of you and/or your family and friends completing the Challenge of the Day on social media.

  • This could be a photo or text on facebook, instagram, or twitter, sharing the original Challenge of the Day post, or commenting on the blog post.

  • Don't have Social Media? Talk to Kristen about how to qualify.

  • Be sure to include the #platinumhealthchallenge so we can find you!

  • To qualify for the Weekly Raffle Drawing, complete 5/7 challenges for the week (Sun - Sat). To qualify for the Grand Prize Raffle drawn at our Patient Appreciation Party on March 12 complete 13/21 challenges throughout the month.

**Weekly Raffles will be drawn on Sundays. To win you must be able to come by the practice to pickup your prize. We will not be mailing items.**

Health Challenge Day 10: Shoulder Mobility

Platinum Health Challenge Day 10: Shoulder Mobility

Now that our hips are all feeling great from yesterday’s challenge, it is time to give our shoulders some love. Day 10 is Shoulder Mobility! Check out this video from Dr. Karo showing some flexion and extension mobility for your shoulders. Accumulate 10 minutes throughout the day.

How to Win:

  • Raffles include prizes from WholeFoods, ButcherBox, Beautycounter, Squatty Potty, and more!

  • To qualify for the raffles, post evidence of you and/or your family and friends completing the Challenge of the Day on social media.

  • This could be a photo or text on facebook, instagram, or twitter, sharing the original Challenge of the Day post, or commenting on the blog post.

  • Don't have Social Media? Talk to Kristen about how to qualify.

  • Be sure to include the #platinumhealthchallenge so we can find you!

  • To qualify for the Weekly Raffle Drawing, complete 5/7 challenges for the week (Sun - Sat). To qualify for the Grand Prize Raffle complete 13/21 challenges throughout the month.

**Weekly Raffles will be drawn on Sundays. To win you must be able to come by the practice to pickup your prize. We will not be mailing items.**

Health Challenge Day 9: 8 min of Squatting

Platinum Health Challenge Day 9: 8 Minutes of Squatting

Ready for Day 9? Sit in that squat! We all used to be able to do it… You may not be able to remember it, but before a baby can walk, it can sit in a squat. That includes you.

Keep your feet flat on the ground and find a relaxed resting squat position as low as you can. If you need a little assistance, you can elevate your heels by an inch or two using a book, ledge, or curb to make it easier on your hips. You can also hold on to something in front of you like a door frame or post if you feel you’re falling backwards.  

We find the best way to approach a challenge like this is to pick a trigger and do the task every time you walk by that trigger. For example, say your trigger is the kitchen sink. Every time you walk by the kitchen sink, hang out in a resting squat for 30 seconds. You will accumulate 8 minutes in no time!

How to Win:

  • Raffles include prizes from WholeFoods, ButcherBox, Beautycounter, Squatty Potty, and more!

  • To qualify for the raffles, post evidence of you and/or your family and friends completing the Challenge of the Day on social media.

  • This could be a photo or text on facebook, instagram, or twitter, sharing the original Challenge of the Day post, or commenting on the blog post. Don't have Social Media? Talk to Kristen about how to qualify.

  • Be sure to include the #platinumhealthchallenge so we can find you!

  • To qualify for the Weekly Raffle Drawing, complete 5/7 challenges for the week (Sun - Sat). To qualify for the Grand Prize Raffle complete 13/21 challenges throughout the month.

**Weekly Raffles will be drawn on Sundays. To win you must be able to come by the practice to pickup your prize. We will not be mailing items.**

Health Challenge Day 8: Stay Hydrated

Platinum Health Challenge Day 8: Stay Hydrated

Platinum Health Challenge Day 8: Stay Hydrated

We all know we should be drinking water, but how much? For Day 8 your challenge is to Stay Hydrated. The formula below can help you figure it you.

Take your body weight in pounds and divide in half. Your answer is how many oz of water you should get each day. But here is the trick. Every time you have a liquid that dehydrates you such as coffee or tea (even decaffeinated), soda, juice or alcohol you have to make that up with the same amount of water!

Wait, did you say coffee, tea, soda, juice, and alcohol all dehydrate! Yes we did. Coffee and tea, even decaffeinated or herbal, are diuretics, which mean they dehydrate you. Soda and juice are both high in sugar, which also causes dehydration. And we all know that alcohol leads to dehydration.

Remember to post using the #platinumhealthchallenge for raffle points.

How to Win:

  • Raffles include prizes from WholeFoods, ButcherBox, Beautycounter, Squatty Potty, and more!

  • To qualify for the raffles, post evidence of you and/or your family and friends completing the Challenge of the Day on social media.

  • This could be a photo or text on facebook, instagram, or twitter, sharing the original Challenge of the Day post, or commenting on the blog post. Don't have Social Media? Talk to Kristen about how to qualify.

  • Be sure to include the #platinumhealthchallenge so we can find you!

  • To qualify for the Weekly Raffle Drawing, complete 5/7 challenges for the week (Sun - Sat). To qualify for the Grand Prize Raffle complete 13/21 challenges throughout the month.

**Weekly Raffles will be drawn on Sundays. To win you must be able to come by the practice to pickup your prize. We will not be mailing items.**

Health Challenge Day 7: Meditate for 10 minutes

Platinum Health Challenge Day 7: Meditate for 10 minutes

Can you believe we are already on the last day of week 1 for our #platinumhealthchallenge ? Which means it is almost raffle time! This week’s raffle… a $50 gift card to WholeFoods!

For Day 7 we are back to focusing on a healthy mind… On Monday you did 5 min, now you are ready to level up to 10! Meditate for 10 minutes. 

Again, feel free to meditate using any technique you like, but a basic meditation is outlined for your reference below: 

Sit up tall with your spine straight, either in a chair or on the floor. You could also do a walking meditation if sitting is troublesome for you. Close your eyes or just gaze softly downward. Breathe slowly and fully through your nose. As thoughts go through your mind, return your focus to the sensation of your breathing. Set a timer so you know when you’re done, or try a guided meditation via a meditation app.

Be sure to post all of your challenges for this week by Sunday Feb 23 at 6 pm to qualify for this week’s raffle. The raffle winner will be announced on Monday morning.

How to Win:

  • Raffles include prizes from WholeFoods, ButcherBox, Beautycounter, Squatty Potty, and more!

  • To qualify for the raffles, post evidence of you and/or your family and friends completing the Challenge of the Day on social media.

  • This could be a photo or text on facebook, instagram, or twitter, sharing the original Challenge of the Day post, or commenting on the blog post. Don't have Social Media? Talk to Kristen about how to qualify.

  • Be sure to include the #platinumhealthchallenge so we can find you!

  • To qualify for the Weekly Raffle Drawing, complete 5/7 challenges for the week (Sun - Sat). To qualify for the Grand Prize Raffle complete 13/21 challenges throughout the month.

**Weekly Raffles will be drawn on Sundays. To win you must be able to come by the practice to pickup your prize. We will not be mailing items.**

What to Eat & Why

Nutrition Workshop Recap

During our nutrition workshop we talked about how the health of the people of the United States has been drastically decreasing and how our nutrition is hugely to blame. We have an entire industry selling medication for preventable diseases… What if we could reverse this trend?

The fundamental problems with our nutrition is that 

  • we over eat, 

  • we're malnourished, and 

  • we're overburdened with toxicity and unwanted chemicals that take energy to digest and eliminate from our bodies. 

Good nutrition requires a healthy gut system and microbiome in our bodies, which was the focus of the lecture. We talked about the kinds of behaviors and foods that cause a leaky and dysfunctional gut which predisposes us to becoming allergic to our foods and our environment. This in turn has caused a drastic rate of increase of auto immunity in our communities. Our microbiome, the probiotics and prebiotics, are what keep our guts healthy and we should be striving to include these in our diet. 

We also touched on macro and micro nutrients, how they add up to give us what we need for proper metabolism, and how they can be neglected and cause weight gain and malnourishment.

Here in the practice we focus on Neuro-Strucural Correction which looks at restoring the connection between the brain and the body (like the digestive system)

Here in the practice we focus on Neuro-Strucural Correction which looks at restoring the connection between the brain and the body (like the digestive system). We shared a study about irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) being caused by improper nerve signals to the gut. This is why so many of our patients report having better digestion when they are under regular care. 

In the end we reiterated that nutrition needs to focus on healing the gut, eating whole nutritious foods, and how supplementation can help to round out our nutrition so that we make sure we're getting everything we need to live a healthy life free of disease.

Health Challenge Day 6: Exercise Outside for 20 min

Platinum Health Challenge Day 6: Get Outside and Walk of Run for 20 minutes

Friday is National Walking the Dog Day so for Day 6 we are challenging you to Get outside to walk/jog/or run for at least 20 minutes. We just checked the weather and it is supposed to be sunny and 55 tomorrow… no excuses!

Don’t have a dog? Grab a friend or walk yourself ;) Check out how to qualify for the raffle prize below!

How to Win:

  • Raffles include prizes from WholeFoods, ButcherBox, Beautycounter, Squatty Potty, and more!

  • To qualify for the raffles, post evidence of you and/or your family and friends completing the Challenge of the Day on social media.

  • This could be a photo or text on facebook, instagram, or twitter, sharing the original Challenge of the Day post, or commenting on the blog post. Don't have Social Media? Talk to Kristen about how to qualify.

  • Be sure to include the #platinumhealthchallenge so we can find you!

  • To qualify for the Weekly Raffle Drawing, complete 5/7 challenges for the week (Sun - Sat). To qualify for the Grand Prize Raffle complete 13/21 challenges throughout the month.

**Weekly Raffles will be drawn on Sundays. To win you must be able to come by the practice to pickup your prize. We will not be mailing items.**

Health Challenge Day 5: Read for 20 minutes

Platinum Health Challenge Day 5: Read for 20 minutes from a book or journal

Platinum Health Challenge Day 5: Read for 20 minutes from a book or journal

For Day 5 your challenge is to Read for 20 minutes, from a book or journal.

The idea here is to make some time for yourself away from your computer and other devices. Instead of reading in a reactionary way from a feed of information that the news, algorithms, and other people put out to you, set aside 20 minutes to read that book or article you have been meaning to get to.

Want the whole family to join in the fun? Feel free to read to/with your kids, partner, or friends.

How to Win:

To qualify to win the raffles, post evidence of you and/or your family and friends completing the Challenge of the Day on social media.

  • This could be a photo or text on facebook, instagram, or twitter, sharing the original Challenge of the Day post, or commenting on the blog post. Don't have Social Media? Talk to Kristen about how to qualify.

  • Be sure to include the #platinumhealthchallenge so we can find you!

To qualify for the Weekly Raffle Drawing, complete 5/7 challenges for the week (Sun - Sat). To qualify for the Grand Prize Raffle complete 13/21 challenges throughout the month.

**Weekly Raffles will be drawn on Sundays. To win you must be able to come by the practice to pickup your prize. We will not be mailing items.**

Health Challenge Day 4: No Added Sugar

Health Challenge Day 4:  No Added Sugar

Health Challenge Day 4: No Added Sugar

Everyone feeling limber from your spinal mobility? Now imagine if you did that every day! You would be a new person.

For Day 4 we are moving in the the nutrition side of our challenge with… No added sugar.

What counts as added sugar? Anything where the sugar doesn’t come naturally with the food. So fruit is approved, however adding sugar or honey to your coffee is not.

Be sure to check out your nutrition labels. You might find yourself surprised by how much sugar is in seemingly healthy items you eat every day. People are often surprised by how much sugar is in salad dressings, smoothies and other pre-made “health drinks”, bread, cereal, milk, yogurt, and even supplements. If you find your supplements have added sugar, let us know and we can recommend some higher quality options for you.

How to Win:

To qualify to win the raffles, post evidence of you and/or your family and friends completing the Challenge of the Day on social media.

  • This could be a photo or text on facebook, instagram, or twitter, sharing the original Challenge of the Day post, or commenting on the blog post. Don't have Social Media? Talk to Kristen about how to qualify.

  • Be sure to include the #platinumhealthchallenge so we can find you!

To qualify for the weekly raffle drawing, complete 5/7 challenges for the week (Sun - Sat). To qualify for the Grand Prize Raffle complete 13/21 challenges throughout the month.

**Weekly Raffles will be drawn on Sundays. To win you must be able to come by the practice to pickup your prize. We will not be mailing items.**

Health Challenge Day 3: Spinal Mobility

Health Challenge Day 3: Spinal Mobility

For Day 3 it’s time for everyone’s favorite…. Spinal Mobility! Accumulate at least 6 minutes throughout the day.

6 MINUTES!!!

Does that sound like a lot to you? Check out this video for some inspiration. Try out each of these movements for 2 minutes each and you’ll have completed the challenge. Easy Peasy!

How to Win:

To qualify to win the raffles, post evidence of you and/or your family and friends completing the Challenge of the Day on social media.

  • This could be a photo or text on facebook, instagram, or twitter, sharing the original Challenge of the Day post, or commenting on the blog post. Don't have Social Media? Talk to Kristen about how to qualify.

  • Be sure to include the #platinumhealthchallenge so we can find you!

To qualify for the weekly raffle drawing, complete 5/7 challenges for the week (Sun - Sat). To qualify for the Grand Prize Raffle complete 13/21 challenges throughout the month.

**Weekly Raffles will be drawn on Sundays. To win you must be able to come by the practice to pickup your prize. We will not be mailing items.**

Health Challenge Day 2: Meditate for 5 Min

Platinum Health Challenge Day 2: Meditate for 5 Minutes

Great job on complimenting 5 people today. How did it make you feel?

For Day 2 we are moving inward: Meditate for 5 Minutes.

Feel free to meditate using any technique you like, but here’s a basic meditation: Sit up tall with your spine straight, either in a chair or on the floor. You could also do a walking meditation if sitting is troublesome for you. Close your eyes or just gaze softly downward. Breathe slowly and fully through your nose. As thoughts go through your mind, return your focus to the sensation of your breathing. Set a timer so you know when your done, or try a guided meditation via a meditation app.

How to Win:

To qualify to win the raffles, post evidence of you and/or your family and friends completing the Challenge of the Day on social media.

  • This could be a photo or text on facebook, instagram, or twitter, sharing the original Challenge of the Day post, or commenting on the blog post. Don't have Social Media? Talk to Kristen about how to qualify.

  • Be sure to include the #platinumhealthchallenge so we can find you!

To qualify for the weekly raffle drawing, complete 5/7 challenges for the week (Sun - Sat). To qualify for the Grand Prize Raffle complete 13/21 challenges throughout the month.

**Weekly Raffles will be drawn on Sundays. To win you must be able to come by the practice to pickup your prize. We will not be mailing items.**

Health Challenge Day 1: Compliment 5 People

Platinum Health Challenge Day 1: Compliment 5 People

Tomorrow we kickoff our Platinum Health Challenge with a little positivity: Compliment 5 People.

Give a sincere compliment to 5 different people throughout the day. Positive words and thoughts tend to crowd out negative ones, making us and those around us less stressed, happier, and more productive. Plus, as you fight the instinct to notice the negative in others, it’s like draining a poison from your system. Your stress level will go down, and life will become a much happier, enjoyable journey.

To qualify to win the raffles, post evidence of you and/or your family and friends completing the Challenge of the Day on social media.

  • This could be a photo or text on facebook, instagram, or twitter, sharing the original Challenge of the Day post, or commenting on the blog post. Don't have Social Media? Talk to Kristen about how to qualify.

  • Be sure to include the #platinumhealthchallenge so we can find you!

To qualify for the weekly raffle drawing, complete 5/7 challenges for the week (Sun - Sat). To qualify for the Grand Prize Raffle complete 13/21 challenges throughout the month.

**Weekly Raffles will be drawn on Sundays. To win you must be able to come by the practice to pickup your prize. We will not be mailing items.**

Platinum Health Challenge

Our annual Platinum Health Challenge starts tomorrow, Sunday Feb 17th. Don’t miss our on your chance to win raffle prizes and practice some healthy habits while you are at it!

Platinum Health Challenge starts SUNDAY and this year we have added more chances to win and even cooler prizes including items from 

  • WholeFoods, 

  • ButcherBox, 

  • BeautyCounter, 

  • Squatty Potty,

  • and more! 

How to Win: 

  • Complete the Challenge of the Day, posted at 6 pm the night before on our Blog, Facebook Group & Page, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn) Sun Feb 17 - Fri March 8

  • Post evidence of you and/or your family and friends completing the Challenge of the Day on social media. This could be a photo or text, sharing the original Challenge of the Day post, or commenting here on our Blog. Be sure to include the #platinumhealthchallenge so we can find you!

  • Collect points to qualify for raffles.

    • Weekly Raffle: Complete 5/7 raffles for the week (Sun - Sat)

    • Grand Prize Raffle: 13/21 raffles through the month 

Previews for the week of challenges will be in our newsletter the Platinum Advisor. If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe via the form on our sidebar. 

**To win you must be able to come by the practice to pickup your prize. We will not be mailing items.**

Nutrition Workshop: What to Eat & Why

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February’s Worksop is on Nutrition: What to Eat and Why.

We know you are all full of burning questions when it comes nutrition does and dont’s. Come to our workshop on Tuesday Feb 12 at 6:30 pm and bring your questions!

  • Learn the why behind what we should eat and what to avoid for lasting health

  • Discuss tips for better nutrition decision making

  • Learn the most common misconceptions that mess up your progress.

PLUS… Patient Appreciation Month Kickoff!

  • Come learn the details of our Health Challenge running Feb 17 - March 8, how you and your family can participate, win some awesome prizes, and learn healthy habits while you are at it!

RSVP via the form below because space is limited!

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Why Cut What Can Be Untied?

The Rubber Band Game... Ever played?

When the physical obstruction leading to secondary issues (loss of circulation, finger ache, skin color changes) is removed, the finger can eventually return to more normal feeling AND function (assuming the damage isn't irreparable).

Here's how the 'game' works: Wrap a rubber band around one of your fingers. Within a period of time you'll observe how the skin begins to change color and the finger aches as the the blood and nerves are being obstructed.

Now, imagine what would happen if you left the rubber band on your finger for the next hour, day, week, or even longer? The symptoms your finger is experiencing will keep getting worse and eventually will suffer irreparable damage!

So, let's think about the options to address this issue. Which would you choose?

  1. Exercise the finger. This might make your finger feel better; but it doesn't correct the cause of this particular problem.

  2. Massage the finger. This can offer temporary relief; however, the rubber band is still there causing the obstruction.

  3. Apply some pain relieving cream or medicine on the finger. This can also offer temporary relief, but does not remove the actual cause.

  4. Cut the finger off. This can certainly remove the obstruction (and more). Now there's also permanent damage in the body.

  5. Remove the rubber band. When the physical obstruction leading to secondary issues (loss of circulation, finger ache, skin color changes) is removed, the finger can eventually return to more normal feeling AND function (assuming the damage isn't irreparable).

Why are we talking about fingers & rubber bands?

You see, a Neuro-Structural shift in the spine is very similar. It places an obstruction on the nervous system, blood vessels, and other connective tissues just like the rubber band on your finger. This obstruction can lead to secondary issues like back and neck pain, migraines, numbness & tingling, muscle tension, and even lowered immunity.

When people first visit us at Platinum Chiropractic, many people have previously tried the other common solutions to their problems such as taking medicine, going to physical therapy, or having a massage in order to resolve the secondary issue(s) or symptoms they're dealing with.

Our unique focus as an office is that we look for the underlying structural cause of the problem and apply a results-driven plan of Neuro-Structural Correction to FIX it. The adjusting of the Neuro-Structural shift is how we can remove the obstruction to the nervous system and reduce the frequency of it coming back.

Schedule a Complimentary Consultation today!

The Thyroid

Your Questions Answered

Since January is Thyroid Awareness Month we thought we would talk about your thyroid’s roll in your body, what happens when it isn’t working correctly, and what you can do to support your thyroid’s function, including Neuro-Structural chiropractic care.

Still have questions? Contact our practice in Santa Clara, CA to schedule a Complimentary Consultation.

Patients often ask us about thyroid problems and if chiropractic can help. Since January is Thyroid Awareness Month we thought we would talk about your thyroid’s roll in your body, what happens when it isn’t working correctly, and what you can do to support your thyroid’s function.

As you may already know, your thyroid is an endocrine (hormone) gland located in your neck right under your voice box. This gland influences every cell in your body. It regulates your metabolism, controls fat burning, and influences the growth and development of nearly every process in your body. Pretty important right? Additionally, its nerve supply and connection to your brain comes from the Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve, which is a branch of the Vagus nerve, located at the C4-T1 levels of the cervical (neck) spine.  

Many people in the United States have problems with their thyroid function. It is estimated that 40% of the Adult population has Hypothyroidism. (N Eng J Med, 315:1486; 1986)  And “women are five to eight times more likely than men to have thyroid problems.” (American Thyroid Association)

So, now that we know what our thyroid glands are and what they do, we can talk about what happens whey they are not functioning correctly. An unhealthy thyroid can lead to many health issues such as fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, acne, eczema, gum disease, infertility, cancer, and autoimmune diseases. 

Some of the symptoms of thyroid inadequacy (hypoactive) are:

  • Cold hands / feet or cold sensitivity

  • Constipation

  • Infertility

  • Muscle cramping

  • Increased serum cholesterol 

  • Dry, rough skin/ dry hair and brittle nails

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Difficulty losing weight

  • Swollen hands / feet or puffy face, or abdominal bloating

Hyperactive thyroid has similar symptoms, but also some opposite effects like:

  • Feeling restless, nervous, emotional, irritable, and as if you're always on the go

  • Sleeping poorly

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Frequent bowel movements

  • Irregular menstrual periods in women

  • Weight loss (or weight gain, in rare cases)

  • Rapid, forceful, or irregular heartbeat 

  • Lack of menstrual periods in women

  • Protruding eyes or exophthalmos

The best way to diagnose a thyroid issue is through blood tests and a full thyroid panel. A lot of times a standard blood test isn’t complete enough to get a full picture and will often times under diagnose a thyroid problem. 

Some of the most common factors contributing to the development of a thyroid problem are:

  • Halogens in the environment like Chlorine, Flouride, Bromine

  • Poor gut health 

  • Lack of nutrients like Zinc, Copper, B vitamins, Vitamin C, Iodine, and Selenium

  • Structural shifts in the cervical and thoracic spine

Treatments for thyroid related problems vary from standard medical hormone replacement to more natural ways with nutrition and lifestyle changes. Regardless of which course of treatment is chosen, changes to your lifestyle are imperative because a thyroid issue is typically a symptom of a larger problem. If you are only treating the symptoms, the underlying root cause will not be addresses and will manifest differently later in life. 

Some of these lifestyle changes and supplementation are:

  • Essential fatty acids (omega 3’s available in the office)

  • Healing your gut (probiotics, soon tone available in the office)

  • Vitamins and mineral like B’s, C, Iodine, Selenium, Zinc (soon to be available in the office)

  • Avoid toxins like Chlorine and Flourine

  • Avoid plastic containers

  • Avoid processed food 

  • Exercise

  • Neuro-Structural Chiropractic Adjustments

  • Get enough rest 

At Platinum Chiropractic our goal is Neuro-Structural Correction of the spine and nervous system. In this way we improve and normalize the function and connection of the nerve supply from the brain to the body, allowing glands such as your thyroid and other bodily systems to work properly. We have many patients who have seen incredible improvements in their thyroid function as a result of specific chiropractic adjustments.  

Have more questions? Schedule a Complimentary Consultation to speak with a doctor.

5 Easy Tips to Improve Your Home Air Quality

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As promised in our Houseplant appreciation post, here are 5 Easy Tips to Improve Your Home Air Quality. 

  1. Utilize floor mat at every door: All sorts of chemicals can enter your home via the dirt on shoes. Door mats reduce the amount of dirt, pesticides, and other pollutants from getting into your home.

  2. Avoid artificial/synthetic fragrances: You may associate that lemon or piney fresh scent with a clean home. Unfortunately synthetic fragrances in laundry products and air fresheners emit dozens of different chemicals into the air. Most fragrances are derived from petroleum products, and generally haven’t been tested to see if they have any significant adverse health effects in humans when they are inhaled.

  3. House plants: Many house plants are known for their ability for cleaning the air in your home. Check out our recent post on Facebook and Instagram for suggestions on specific plants.

  4. Increase your Ventilation: Most home heating and cooling systems, including forced air heating systems, do not mechanically bring fresh air into the house. Opening windows and doors, utilizing window or attic fans, or running a window air conditioner with the vent control open increases the outdoor ventilation rate.

  5. Keep your sheets and clothes clean: Dust mites are a leading cause of poor air quality. They often hang out in the fabric of your homes such as bedding, cushions, and curtains. Clean these items regularly in low allergenic washing soap, including your pillows, to get rid of those mites.

Mobility Workshop Tuesday Jan 15

RSVP for the Head to Toe Spinal Show below. This will be an interactive mobility class featuring exercises and movements to help you heal faster, need less care, and see better results in both the short and long term.

Start 2019 off on the right foot by joining us for the Head to Toe Spinal Show, an interactive mobility based workshop. The doctor will be going over corrective exercises that rehabilitate your body, keep your joints healthy, and improve your mobility. 

Areas of focus will include tactics you can do on your own to relieve

  • Neck Pain

  • Shoulder Pain

  • Hip Pain

  • Low Back Pain

Reserve your spot today… space is limited. Friends and Family are always welcome.

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Anti-Aging Secret!

Anti aging, your health, and what you can do.

As times goes by, we all notice the effects of aging. What if we could slow down this decline? Science is starting to really look at how we can control or help our genetics to perform better.

One of the ways that DNA is measured is through the telomere length on the end of a DNA strand. Telomeres are the strand of DNA that is attributed to aging and healthy cell function. Throughout your life, they are essentially "used up" to create the cells in your body. Once your telomeres are used up, you no longer produce healthy normal cells, and you begin to decline.

Fortunately there is some good news. One of the features of consistent chiropractic care is its positive affect on DNA. Consistent chiropractic care lengthens these telomere strands, which result in normal production of healthy cell tissue, wow!

Check out this pdf article for more information.