A few quick and easy ideas if you are concerned about your posture

A few quick and easy ideas if you are concerned about your posture

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As a chiropractor, I see patients on a regular basis that have desk jobs that ultimately take a toll on their posture. During my initial consultation that I conduct with all of my patients, a majority of them agree that “posture” has contributed to their periodic back pain. I ensure my patients that we can typically help them with their posture fairly easily.

For years our parents told us if you just “sat up straight” you would automatically have good posture. Several recent Spine Research Studies show that even sitting in an upright position, with “good and proper posture”, for longer periods of time, can cause one to have back issues. Additional research indicates that you should try and modify your posture throughout the day and this will allow your spinal joints, along with its associated muscles, to more evenly distribute the cumulative stress that “normal” prolonged sitting and standing has on your back.

There are other methods to decrease stress on the spine, including the ability to increase your back’s capacity to be able to “bear the burden” of repetitive stress. Any form of a sedentary lifestyle or prolonged stationary posture will decrease the strength of your back and abdominal muscles. This area is typically referred to as your “core” and if not properly exercised, it can potentially leave your spine with limited support, other than ligaments, to keep it from buckling. If ligaments are tasked to support your spine for a prolonged period of time, they will become stretched and could cause additional pain or instability, leaving you susceptible to injury.

If you are concerned about your posture, try the “Brugger’s Relief Posture”, as it can be done at any type of workstation. You can perform this stretch for 5-20 seconds. Over time you will build muscle memory and your posture will become second nature. Please keep in mind that this “over accentuates” correct posture and will feel a little awkward at first, especially at the base of the skull and in front of the neck. This should not be painful though, and if it is, do not perform the stretch until you speak with a doctor.

For additional information on core strength exercises and lower back stability, please call our office at 714-891-7870 for a FREE consultation. www.ocultimatewellness.com

 

Chiropractic Care and Massage Therapy, a Great Combination

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If you have been into our office, then you aware that we promote hands on, unconventional and drug free pain relief as often as we can. When paired with our chiropractic treatments, massage therapy can help the recovery process and improve any discomfort you may be experiencing. Our deep tissue and sports specific massage helps you relax while producing endorphins that act naturally to relieve pain and discomfort.

An increase in circulation allows your blood to deliver nutrients to the areas of your body that need it most. When there is a slowing of your circulation, your body has to work harder to heal tissue and operate efficiently. When massage therapy and techniques are added to your treatment, it will immediately improve blood flow throughout all areas that are congested, relieving lactic acid and nerve pressure at the same time.

An additional immediate benefit of massage therapy is that it will improve your flexibility and muscle mobility. When you reduce knots and tension in the muscles, it allows your muscles, soft tissue and ligaments to move and flex in your body. This will significantly enhance your range of motion and reduce the chance of scar tissue which could become a limiting factor in your everyday activities.

When chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy a complete improvement is made, not only with the isolated area causing pain, but to the entire body. After an injury is sustained, your body relies on all parts to function together properly. From your soft tissues to your spinal cord, the body relies on every part to function properly together. When we treat a larger portion of your body, your overall healing and recovery time is improved.

After we complete successful adjustments, massage therapy works to relax muscles and release tension. When your muscles are calmed, the chiropractic adjustments are more likely to succeed and also easier to complete. When your muscles are tense it can cause poor alignment and can cause it not to remain properly adjusted.

At OC Ultimate Wellness, Dr. Randy Ramirez offers a number of combination services for pain relief and natural pain management, including both chiropractic alignments and massage therapy. You can schedule an appointment online at www.ocultimatewellness.com or call us at 714-891-7870.

Today’s Athletes “Stay in the Game” with Chiropractic Care

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Athletes at all levels today are exposed to an extremely competitive and challenging environment. Athletes are always looking for a way to get the competitive edge on their opponents. Today, more athletes are turning to chiropractic care to support and enhance their musculoskeletal health. The repetitive strain and stress on their bodies makes them more susceptible to injuries during and after they compete.

Athletes understand that they will perform at a higher level when their bodies are properly aligned. You don’t have to be a professional athlete to benefit from Chiropractic. You can be working out for maintenance or training for a 5K, whatever your situation might be proper alignment is key to your success.

Due to their additional demands on their bodies, competitive athletes have less time to heal and need a trained professional in their sport to help them recover in the shortest amount of time. This is why some professional and amateur teams have a chiropractor on their staff to be able to pinpoint the root of an issue and heal it effectively with the least amount of down time.

All athletes, regardless of discipline or level, should always seek out the assistance and advice of a chiropractor to ensure that they are taking a proactive approach to their health, rather than reacting after an injury has occurred.

A chiropractor can quickly diagnose a problem by utilizing a range of diagnostic tests like X-rays, MRIs, and a physical exam. When the issue has been diagnosed and the source of your pain has been located, a chiropractor can then suggest an effective course of treatment. When it is determined where the pain is located, an alignment, a series of exercises or other methods of treating and strengthening the area will be recommended.

 

A few tips to help you manage Chronic Pain

“Healthy Habits” are an easy and effective way to help you manage chronic pain. I have identified many different ways and habits that can help you manage chronic pain. The following five have worked with our patients and provided them relief. Although some may seem obvious, they are often overlooked.

Improve your lifestyle – The easiest way to do this is to replace bad habits with good habits. Instead of a cigarette after a meal, go for a 10 minute walk. Instead of a glass of wine, add some after dinner stretches to your routine. Yoga and meditation are shown to help with chronic joint pain. Replace your existing habits with healthier choices!

Reduce Stress – Everyone is stressed out these days and our health is suffering as a result. Stress is known to intensify pain but, there are many ways to reduce it.  Most stress is a part of our thought process, so you have to change your mind to change your level of stress. If you can change the way you see a situation, your priorities will change and your stress can be reduced.

Distract yourself – Find a great book, a book club, or a hobby – like gardening, painting or walking. A hobby is a great way that you can take your focus off pain and is an effective pain management coping skill. It is well known that patients that have hobbies take fewer pain medications.

Find an activity you love – Create a bucket list; follow your passion in your life. When you engage in activities that you have always wanted to do, your pain will be easier to manage.

Phone a friend – Stay connected with people will help you be strong and enjoy life. There are many support groups and clubs that can help you get started as no one understands your pain better than a person who is also in it.

Please feel free to call us at any time to schedule a consultation or if you need information on who and where to contact different groups.

The Benefits of Stretching

  1. When you look back, it was only in the last 25 years or so that we really started to understand the value and benefits of exercise. It was readily believed that just a good diet and rest was all that you needed to be and remain healthy.

    As the interest and the popularity of exercise grew, many studies confirmed that stretching is a proven and important part of all exercise routines for your overall health.

    There are many people who stretch instinctively and also for exercise. This elongation of the muscles, during stretching, provides many benefits as it primarily elongates a group of muscles. If you think of it, when you wake up, you stretch automatically. The goal of stretching is to elongate a specific or group of muscles. The flexibility that is provided creates a multitude of benefits. I have highlighted a few below:

    1. Improved Cardiovascular Health. Many studies have shown that stretching can improve function and flow of arteries. It can also help to lower your blood pressure.
    2. Reduce Stress. Stress causes muscles to constrict and become tense. Gentle stretching can relax these tense muscles as it releases endorphins, which also improves your mood.
    3. Help Alleviate Low Back Pain.There are millions of people who suffer from chronic low back pain. Stretching is an excellent way to strengthen the lower back muscles to help alleviate soreness and pain. Stretching helps with pain in the lower back, hamstrings, buttocks and hips.
    4. Improves Posture. Stretching can prevent muscles and joints from “locking”. It allows for better elasticity which naturally improves your posture.
    5. Balance & Coordination Improvement.Stretching improves your range of motion which provides better balance. This keeps you more mobile and less susceptible to falling.

    These are some of the top benefits of stretching. As you wake up and your body wants to stretch, go ahead, enjoy and build a healthy routine that will help your whole body. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at our office.


Chiropractor Myths

Today, more people than ever are trying alternative medicine. Many people are turning to chiropractic care when modern medicine has failed them. However, there are many others that are afraid to try chiropractic care because they may have heard a story, rumor or myth.

I have attached the top “Chiropractic Myth’s” along with the associated facts on the profession:

  1. Myth:Chiropractic adjustments are dangerous.

Truth: Studies have shown that Chiropractic adjustments are safer than many common activities getting a haircut, dancing and star watching.

  1. Myth:Prescription and non-prescription drugs are safe.

Truth: Adverse reactions to properly prescribed medications are the third leading cause of death in America. Chiropractic care offers a safe, alternative to many ailments, drug free.

  1. Myth:Once you go to the Chiropractor, you’ll always have to go.

Truth: Regular adjustments are a part of a healthy lifestyle. The choice to continue is entirely yours.

  1. Myth:Chiropractic care is not effective.

Truth: Millions of people have benefited from regular Chiropractic care, including: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tiger Woods, Christie Brinkley and many others.

  1. Myth: Children don’t need Chiropractic adjustments.

Truth: Chiropractic care is safe for children of all ages.

  1. Myth:Childhood bumps and bruises are harmless.

Truth: OSHA estimates that a child sustains 1,500 spinal–related traumas before the age of 5. Regular chiropractic care can correct and help minimize the adverse effects.

  1. Myth:Chiropractors aren’t real doctors.

Truth: Chiropractic students receive 4,485 of college classroom instruction vs. 4,248 hours for Medical students.

  1. Myth:It’s safe and beneficial to perform self-adjustments.

Truth: While self-adjustments can give temporary relief and a false sense of correcting the problem. It could potentially lead to arthritis.

  1. Myth:Your bones grind against each other during an adjustment.

Truth: The noise is the release of CO2 gas from the spine that creates the popping sound you hear after an adjustment.

  1. Myth:Chiropractic care is expensive.

Truth: Many insurance companies, including Medicare, cover adjustments because they have statistically quantified the benefits of preventative care versus drugs and surgery.

The myths may continue to surround chiropractic care but continual research is confirming the results. Please call us at schedule a consultation.

The Benefits of Acupuncture

As you may be aware, Acupuncture is an ancient therapy that stems from thousands of years of art, science and philosophy. It is, and has been, a highly respected and scientifically proven valuable resource for the treatment of chronic pain, migraines, carpal tunnel syndrome, depression and much more. The acupuncturists at our practice have helped many patients with different conditions for several years.

Like many words we use every day, “acupuncture” is not an English word. It’s Latin, translated to mean, “to puncture with a needle.” The prefix “acu” is a form of the word “acus,” which means, “needle.” When connected to the term “puncture,” the meaning of the word is easy to understand.

The origins of acupuncture began in China. Acupuncture therapy has a long and interesting history that began long before we started utilizing it in our practice in Orange County, CA. In Chinese, the word acupuncture is a composite word, “zhen jiu”. This is similar to its Latin phrase, and translates almost precisely to describe what acupuncture does.

The Chinese term “zhen” means needles, while “jiu” refers to moxibustion. Moxibustion is the application of heat to the body, often through the use of heating herbs. Over the centuries acupuncture has evolved to what the acupuncturists at our practice use today.

The misspelling of the word acupuncture is very common and we would not want that to stop you from finding our office in Westminster, CA. and experiencing this therapy that can have a meaningful impact on your health. The good news is that even if acupuncture is misspelled as “accupuncture,” your body can still benefit from this treatment to overcome many serious health conditions.

If you are interested in learning more about Acupuncture Therapy, please call us at any time to schedule a consultation.

Active Release Techniques – The Gold Standard in Soft Tissue Treatment

I have been using the Active Release Techniques (ART) for patients for several years now. It is a patented, state of the art soft tissue based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. I have been certified and have incorporated this technique and soft tissue treatment to help my patients who suffer from headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, plantar fasciitis, knee problems and tennis elbow. These are just a few of the more common conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with Active Release Techniques. I also remind patients that these conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.

I am often asked from patients about how “overuse” conditions occur in muscles? All soft tissues and overused muscles change in many ways, but primarily three important ways:

  1. An accumulation of small tears (micro – trauma)
  2. Acute conditions ( including pulls, collisions and tears)
  3. Hypoxia – (muscles not getting enough oxygen)

The above changes can cause your body to produce dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue actually binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As the additional scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker. This tension on the tendons can cause tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped and seriously damaged causing reduced range of motion, pain and loss of strength. The affected areas can also experience tingling, numbness, and weakness.

An ART treatment session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The evaluation determines the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements. The treatments are unique protocols, specific to the area, with moves and actions that are unique to ART. This technique and protocol allows me to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient.

Active Release Techniques have been developed, refined, and patented by P. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP.  Dr. Leahy noticed early in his career that his patient’s symptoms seemed to be related to changes in their soft tissue that could be felt by hand. By observing how muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves responded to different types of work, Dr. Leahy was able to consistently resolve over 90% of his patients’ problems. He now teaches and certifies health care providers all over the world to use ART.