Time

Getting the kids off to baseball and softball practice.  Grocery shopping.  Weeding the garden and mowing the lawn.  Dinner with friends.  Work.  Laundry. Cleaning  the house.  What do all of these things have in common?  Time.  It takes time to do all of these things that are so important to our existence.  Take care of the family.  Have some fun.  Keep a nice place to live.  It’s all good.  These are all common everyday things that we fill our days with.  These all take up precious time.

Time for prayer.  Time for quiet meditation/mindfulness.  Time for visualization about your day ahead.  Time for exercise in all different forms- strength, cardiovascular/interval/ mobility/flexibility training.  Time for journaling.  Time for reading or listening to meaningful/helpful books.  Quality time with family, no phones or television, only good conversation and fun.  Time to prepare healthy foods to properly fuel your body.  Time to get to your chiropractor to clear out your nervous system.  These are all things commonly missing in people’s lives on a daily basis.

Time to get to your medical doctor for yet another sinus infection.  Time to get to the pharmacist to refill your blood pressure medication.  Time off work because you are sick.  Time you cannot be outside playing with your children/grandchildren because you are in pain.  Time in the hospital from your heart attack.  Time spent getting your chemo and radiation therapy.  Time sitting in dialysis.  Time you will no longer have if you don’t get your health back on track.

If any of this sounds way too familiar to you, please give us a call at 732-683-0200 to schedule an appointment. We promise it will be time well spent.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

You are out for the evening enjoying a special night with the family, or perhaps you are out on a hike for the day, when suddenly out of nowhere it feels like your bowels are about to explode.  You have to get to a bathroom and stat!  It’s happened to all of us at some point in time, but for 10-15% of the population this is a common occurrence that happens on a daily basis.  This is a symptom of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).  Since April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome awareness month, I wanted to address this topic.

The American Medical Association classifies IBS as a functional disorder which means there is a functional problem causing it as opposed to an inflammatory problem such as the case with ulcerative colitis or Crohns Disease.  We live in a world of cause and effect which means for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.  IBS is the effect or reaction of an underlying functional problem causing these symptoms.  The medical model has no answer for IBS.  The standard treatment revolves around symptomatic management.  Why not find the cause?

In pharmaceutical commercials, IBS is depicted as a cute, pink intestine running around to find a bathroom.  Yet for millions of Americans, this problem is far from cute.  It is a major disruption to one’s quality of life.  Many people are satisfied with managing the problem.  But, if you are somebody who likes to fix problems, come visit the Active Healing Center for a consultation.  It all starts by conducting a personalized Wellness Score. Your Wellness Score looks at how your body is functioning by analyzing the following health components:

  • Functional fitness: core strength, core flexibility, body fat percentage.
  • Nutritional Health: blood glucose, cholesterol, C-reactive protein, etc.
  • General Health: blood pressure, waist circumference, body mass index, etc.
  • Neurological/Spinal Health: spinal degeneration, a.k.a arthritis, motion restriction, etc.

Based on the function of your body and any areas of breakdown or degeneration, a corrective program can be implemented to fix your problems.  IBS is a serious health problem that can disrupt your entire life.  Find out how your body is functioning and what you can do to improve your overall health.

Why am I so tired?

There are four primary factors that contribute to fatigue. These same four major factors also determine your overall health:

  • Physical Form and Function – The overall structure (form) of your body and how well it moves and works at all levels (function) is vital to your overall health.
  • Nutrition – The quality of the food going into your body impacts your health.
  • Stress – Your ability to cope with and manage the stress in your life greatly affects your overall health.
  • Sleep – The quality of your sleep is a major factor in determining your health.

All four of these factors play primary roles in how healthy you are. Fortunately, you have control over these factors and the ability to change each one of them.

Let’s examine each factor more closely to see how they relate to fatigue:

Physical Form and Function

The vast majority of energy used by your brain and body is for one job: holding your head/body upright against gravity. There has been research stating that upwards of 90% of the energy output of your brain is for this sole purpose. When the body is balanced and symmetrical, this system works extremely well and efficiently, keeping us healthy and happy. However, when proper balance and symmetry is lost, more energy output is required to hold us upright. This makes less energy available to do everything else, including keeping your eyes open.

Nutrition

Look at what you are eating. In general, the lower the quality of food you are consuming (processed foods; foods with high sugar/salt/flour content; foods high in industrial-agricultural chemicals; and foods comprised of any man-made substances) the harder your body has to work to digest and eliminate it from your body. A substance that is not meant to be in your body will have to be eliminated and your body will have to detoxify itself. The more energy your body has to use to digest/cleanse itself on a daily basis, the more fatigued you will be.

Stress

How much stress do you have in your life? More importantly, how well do you handle that stress? Quick, short bursts of stress are healthy for your body. Long, drawn-out periods of stress are draining. It wears your nervous system down, which diminishes your entire body’s ability to function. When the nervous system is constantly overworked, your energy levels plummet. Therefore, it’s so important to look for healthy ways to cope with those stressors in your life. Meditation, prayer, exercise, and breathing exercises are all good coping mechanisms.

Sleep

How much sleep do you get per night? A better question: how much quality sleep do you get per night, every night? A lack of quality sleep results in waking up tired, as well as waking with headaches, soreness and irritability. Obviously, a lack of quality sleep means you will be tired, but it also leads to other more serious health issues, including weight gain, heart disease, chronic illness and depression, just to name a few. The general goal is to improve your overall health (mentally, physically, and spiritually) which will lead to better quality sleep.

Take a good look at your life and your health, and you will understand why you are so tired. When you are ready to improve your quality of life, give us a call. To schedule an appointment, contact us at (732) 683-0200 or via e-mail at tom@activehealingcenternj.com.

Is Osteoarthritis Normal?

 “Isn’t Arthritis (Osteoarthritis) a normal part of getting older?”

As a chiropractor, I am asked that question all the time. The American Medical Association has more descriptively termed osteoarthritis – Degenerative Joint Disease, or if it occurs in the spine, Degenerative Disc Disease. To be clear, osteoarthritis is a disease. So to answer the question, Osteoarthritis is absolutely not a normal part of aging. No disease is normal. Osteoarthritis is a mechanical breakdown of proper form and function of a joint, the surrounding soft-tissue, muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage or disc of the spine. When left untreated or treated solely with medication, the degenerative process is allowed to progress, which is to say, worsen. The surgical option can be of help for many areas – knee, hip, shoulder – but with the spine, it is not a preferred remedy. The one key element to the spine is it’s all about function. The less functional, the more degeneration occurs. Spinal fusions diminish function which allows the degenerative process to continue at other levels of the spine.
Age is, however, a factor. The longer joints and soft-tissue remain dysfunctional, the more damage is done. The body in its architecture is simply amazing. For a lack of better words, it is truly built to last. Your body is designed to keep itself healthy, active, and functional for a long time. All it asks is that we keep everything functioning the way it was designed. Once we let things falter, the body will break down at a faster rate than intended. That faster rate of breakdown or degeneration leads to major disability and illness, which is not intended.

The positive side to this is when you work the body correctly – stimulate the joints, muscles, ligaments, cartilage, and discs appropriately – it does respond very well. The joints and soft-tissue can be trained to function at normal or near normal levels, maintaining their health. If degeneration has occurred, progression can be stopped. Discs can heal, but need to be worked very specifically in order to be retrained.

The primary concern when dealing with arthritis, especially in the spine, is to not let the condition continue to deteriorate. The more degeneration that occurs, the more difficult it is to correct.
To be evaluated and determine if you are a candidate for our program, please contact us today!  732-683-0200  www.ActiveHealingCenterNJ.com