Do I have "Cervical Myelopathy?"

Do I have "Cervical Myelopathy?"

Cervical myelopathy, or more specifically called "cervical spondylotic myelopathy" (CSM), is the most common spinal cord disorder in those over age 55. A spine under repeated stress often undergoes degenerative processes.  This abnormal normal wear and tear, can cause a narrowing of the space through which the spinal cord passes, compressing the nerves. OUCH!  Sound like you have CSM or would like to avoid it?  We don't blame ya...

Longmont Chiropractor Dr Jay Breitlow refers to this narrowing of the spinal cord as "Subluxation".  If left untreated this disorder (both subluxation and it's chronic cousin CSM) can cause pain and possible disability.  As time goes by cervical disc degeneration, (often common, but still not normal, in those over age 40) creates a narrowing of the space between the vertebrae when the disc either shrinks or bulges. Unfortunately, this degeneration also has a tendency to accelerate if not properly addressed.

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What Does a Chiropractic Clinical Neurologist (DACAN/DACNB) Do?

What Does a Chiropractic Clinical Neurologist (DACAN/DACNB) Do?

A chiropractic clinical neurologist (DACAN/DACNB) is a member of a select group of chiropractors who have gone beyond general practice. A DACAN/DACNB specializes in the chiropractic treatment of conditions of the nervous system. In short these Chiropractors have a special certificate that involves the successful completion of a 3-year post-doctoral program. A DACAN/DACNB is something of a super-expert at treating the nervous system.  

So what does this mean to you as an average human looking to optimize your life?  We are so glad you asked...

A chiropractor, such as Longmont's very own Dr Jay and Christina Breitlow use techniques that involve an adjustment to the spine to improve the patient's overall health. In particular, he or she is trying to improve the relationship between the body's musculoskeletal and nervous systems by optimizing your structure - aka putting all bones in their proper place.

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Unrealistic Weight Loss Expectations for Gluten-Free Diets?

Unrealistic Weight Loss Expectations for Gluten-Free Diets?

Many people take up a gluten-free diet with expectations of losing weight but they may find themselves disappointed. As US News reports, "But there's no hard evidence that a gluten-free diet is appropriate for weight loss or is any more effective at whittling waistlines than other diet plans". However, the article goes on to say, "Still, cutting out gluten can lead to weight loss, since the plan forces dieters to shun high-calorie refined carbohydrates. 'Tell anyone to cut down on bread and pasta, and they're likely going to drop calories and lose weight,' Politi [Elisabetta Politi, nutrition director at the Duke Diet and Fitness Center in Durham, N.C] says.

But gluten-free is no weight-loss panacea, either. 'If you're going down the grocery aisle grabbing gluten-free cookies and pasta and bread, you probably won't be as successful.' A gluten-free brownie is still a brownie.

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Drink Your Vegetables! Guide to the Best Vegetable Juice Options

Drink Your Vegetables! Guide to the Best Vegetable Juice Options

Experts recommend that we get 9 servings of fruit and vegetables each day in order to stay healthy and reduce our likelihood of a wide range of diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer. An evaluation of long-term studies conducted in Europe and the US found that those who ate more than 5 servings of fruit and vegetables daily had a 20 percent lower risk of stroke and coronary heart disease than those who ate fewer than 3 servings per day. Although fruit is very healthy (it provides lots of vitamins and fiber), it contains a lot of sugar in the form of fructose. This is why experts say that about three-fifths of those 9 servings of fruit and vegetables should be comprised of vegetables.

But it's not easy for a lot of people to get those all-important servings each day, given our increasingly busy schedules. Luckily, it's relatively simple to get your daily veggies from drinking juice. Just to be crystal clear on this point- it is generally better for you to eat whole vegetables either raw or very lightly cooked as often as possible.

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Memory Foam Mattresses and Back Health: The Pros and Cons

Memory Foam Mattresses and Back Health: The Pros and Cons

Could a memory foam mattress help you get a better night's sleep? Could it help relieve your aching back? If you're not getting enough sleep every night or you're waking up every morning with a backache, you might be willing to pay almost anything to stop the suffering. But should you? It's important to start with one important idea: Everyone's body is different. Some people swear by memory foam mattresses, and some people hate them.

But first, let's examine what a memory foam mattress actually is. As the name suggests, these mattresses are made of a foam-like material that cushions the body. Designed for NASA in the mid-1960s, this material was perfect for cushioning astronauts from the heavy forces of acceleration during liftoff. The qualities of the memory foam mattress allow it to custom fit any person. The specially-made foam molds around the body, giving way to pressure and temperature to mold to each person's unique shape. The foam is designed to spring back to its original shape once the person gets up.

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Top Foods for Longmont Residents Concerned With Healthy Joints

Top Foods for Longmont Residents Concerned With Healthy Joints

Keeping our joints healthy is one of the most important things we can do to remain independent and active as we age. Life is awfully challenging for humanBEings who are immobilized by joint pain.  Captain Obvious says "it can result in reduced physical and social activity as well as a higher risk of psychological and emotional problems. "

When it comes to joint health, exercise is very important, perhaps just as important as what goes in the pie hole - but what you EAT also plays a significant part. Here are some of our Longmont area favorite joint-friendly foods:

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What Are the Best Sources of Fiber?

What Are the Best Sources of Fiber?

Getting adequate amounts of fiber in your diet is important for a variety of reasons. The primary benefit is that it improves digestion and contributes to lowering your risk of contracting chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

The FDA recommends that adults get at least 25 to 30 grams of fiber in their diet every day. However, our typical western diet, which is high in refined grains and processed food, provides the average person only about 15 grams of fiber per day.

There are two different types of dietary fiber:

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Best Nutritional Supplements for Children

Best Nutritional Supplements for Children

Do you think that children who eat a healthy, balanced diet, that they should not generally require nutritional supplements? If you said yes, you would be correct. However, not only do very few children actually eat a wide enough variety of foods to get the all the nutrients their growing bodies need, but additionally our food sources have become so modified that most food is stripped of it's nutrients.

So we do recommend most children, and toddlers, even infants supplement.  And to help you choose the best nutritional supplements for your children, we discuss the most important ones below.

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Are We Sitting Ourselves to Death?

Are We Sitting Ourselves to Death?

Whether we like to admit it or not, much of the technology in our lives is used, sadly, while sitting down.  As time passes and the year tick by, we are starting to see that sitting is contributing to a growing list of health problems in our society. Those who sit at a desk for long stretches of the day or sit behind the wheel of a car/truck with little or no exercise are big-time increased risk for a number of chronic health problems.

According to the Mayo Clinic, those who have such a sedentary lifestyle are in danger of things like "obesity, metabolic syndrome, increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, decreased energy, and abnormal cholesterol levels." Another study showed that those who spend a large amount of time in front of a television or other forms of screen entertainment had a 50% greater risk of death from any source.

It's not difficult to imagine why this might be the case. Greater body weight combined with lower strength, low stamina, reduced balance, little flexibility means we are seeing more humans with less agility, decreased durability, and frankly a litany of health concerns. Not even to mention the likelihood of more accidents and injuries. The same study showed a 125% greater risk of problems from cardiovascular disease.

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5 Exercise Tips for Better Posture

5 Exercise Tips for Better Posture

"Good posture" is more than an indication of whether you paid attention as a kid when your parents admonished you to "Stand up straighter" or "Don't slump your shoulders like that". Posture is the position in which you naturally hold your body when you are standing, sitting, and even lying down.

"Good posture" is what you do to maintain the correct alignment of your body parts.  This means you are supported by the right amounts of muscle tension against the pull of gravity. Most of us normally give no thought to our posture. Our muscles tend to "do it for us," without us even thinking about it.

The problem with this largely unconscious process is that over time our muscles can become weak or improperly trained to hold our bodies in less than an optimum position. This is bad-news-bears because proper posture helps us to keep our bones in correct alignment so that their supporting muscles are used correctly

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You don't need to lift more weight, to put on muscle? C'mon...

You don't need to lift more weight, to put on muscle? C'mon...

The Argument for Lower-Weight, Higher-Rep Workouts

Lifting very heavy weights can be dangerous.  Nobody has to tell you twice that if you decided to lift a horse, you are gonna wake up hurting in the morning... and many mornings to come.  But we are not talking about farm animals here, we are talking about lifting weights in the gym to stay healthy.

Bench pressing, squatting, curling etc at a very heavy weigh makes it more likely that you will be susceptible to injury.  This is because technique will likely deteriorate thus raising the risk of injury from bad form and increasing the likelihood of sudden adjustments - with nothing to say of actually dropping weights on body parts. This is double trouble if you're new to weight training.

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