To start with, our newsletter and website is a change that I'll be keeping up on. I have asked you for your email address to add to you to our newsletter and here it is finally. I will be sending it out periodically. Once a month or a couple of times a year:). Please visit Communitychiro.org and like us on facebook.
Our office is keeping busy being a presence in our community. We attended an open house for Crossfit Sonora, took part in some work out classes and met some wonderful people. We had a booth at the 4th annual Spirit Mind Body Expo at the Sonora Opera Hall. Introduced Dr. Jose Barajas, DC and explained to many of you about new Neurofeedback therapy from Clearmindcenter.com (more about this later). Most recently we were at the ICES children's resource fair at the Motherlode Fairgrounds letting parents know that chiropractic is for children too! I got a first hand feel at how it is to stand on cement floors all day. I tried to pay my children/husband to massage my feet but had no takers.
This weekend we will be participating in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. It is a 24 hour walk to raise money to fight cancer. We are Team Melody representing and honoring Melody Holloway who had liver cancer when she was 3. She will be turning 6 this summer and we are so grateful for spirit and will. Please join us at Sonora Elementary May 2nd at 9 am for the survivor lap and walk with us to fight cancer. .
I would like to introduce Dr. Jose Barajas. He has joined us here at Community Chiropractic maintaining his independent practice. He comes to us as a 5 year graduate from Palmer Chiropractic College West, in the bay area. He is from Modesto and looking forward to moving to Tuolumne County soon. He is able to see patients same day and take walk-ins. Part of the interview process is giving me an adjustment, and he passed with flying colors. I trust him with my spine, you can too.
Keeping with the current theme of exercise and fitness here is an article from Mercola.com
New Study Shows Exercises and Chiropractic Care Beat Drugs for Neck Pain
According to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine and funded by the National Institutes of Health, medication is not the best option for treating neck pain.
After following 272 neck-pain patients for 12 weeks, those who used a chiropractor or exercise were more than twice as likely to be pain free compared to those who took medication.
32 percent who received chiropractic care became pain free
30 percent of those who exercised became pain free
13 percent of those treated with medication became pain free
"For participants with acute and subacute neck pain, SMT [spinal manipulation therapy] was more effective than medication in both the short and long term. However, a few instructional sessions of HEA [home exercise with advice] resulted in similar outcomes at most time points."
Why Exercise is Essential if You Have Neck Pain
Because exercise often leads to improved posture, range of motion and functionality of your body, it can help treat the underlying source of your pain as well as help prevent chronic neck pain from developing in the first place. Exercise helps prevent and relieve pain through a number of mechanisms including strengthening key supportive muscles and restoring flexibility.
Not surprisingly, repetitive strain injuries have become increasingly common as so many people spend most of their work days sitting in front of computers. Computer work is associated with neck pain specifically originating from the trapezius muscle, also referred to as trapezius myalgia, and many types of neck pain can be traced back to poor posture at work or during your commute.
It's a vicious cycle as poor sitting posture leads to neck pain and once neck pain develops, it can make your posture even worse. For instance, one study showed people with chronic neck pain demonstrate a reduced ability to maintain an upright posture when distracted.iii
The same study further revealed, however, that after following a specific exercise program, people with neck pain had an improved ability to maintain a neutral cervical posture during prolonged sitting, which suggests it may help break the poor posture/neck pain cycle. Other research has similarly shown that exercise is incredibly beneficial for treating neck pain including:
Research in the Journal of Applied Physiology found that repetitive strain injury caused by office work can be reduced using certain strength training exercises.iv
A study published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism showed that strength training targeting the neck and shoulder muscles is the most beneficial treatment for women with chronic neck muscle pain as opposed to a general fitness routine.v