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1. Do your joints “click”?
2. Do you have leg, knee, buttock or hip pain?
3. Do you have low back weakness or pain? ...
4. Do you have neck pain?
5. Do you have headaches?
6. Have you been in a car accident?

Many people suffering from these disorders have turned to a different approach to health care; chiropractic. Chiropractic care treats a spinal problem called the vertebral subluxation complex. A subluxation describes what happen when spinal bones lose their normal position and motion from stress, trauma, or chemical imbalances. This is a common and serious condition identified by its five parts or categories:

SPINAL KINESIOPATHOLOGY (Abnormal Spinal Joint Movement) – This is a fancy way of saying the bones of the spine have lost their normal motion and position. It restricts your ability to turn and bend. It sets in motion the other four components.

NEUROPATHOPHYSIOLOGY (Abnormal Nerve Function) – Improper spinal function can choke, stretch, or irritate delicate nerve tissue. The resulting nervous system dysfunction can cause symptoms elsewhere in the body.

MYOPATHOLOGY (Abnormal Muscle Tone) – Muscles supporting the spine can weaken, atrophy or become tight and go into spasm. The resulting scar tissue changes muscle tone, requiring repeated spinal adjustments.

HISTOPATHOLOGY (Abnormal Chemical Balance) – A rise in temperature and a buildup of cellular chemical bi-products from an increase in blood and lymph supplies result in swelling and inflammation. Discs can bulge, herniated, tear or degenerate. Other soft tissues many suffer permanent damage.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY (Permanent Changes) – Bone spurs and other abnormal bony growths attempt to fuse malfunctioning spinal joints. This spinal decay, scar tissue and long-term nerve dysfunction can cause other systems of the body to malfunction.

If any of the above concerns describe you or others you know, give Apple Valley Wellness Center a call and see how we can help maximize your overall health! 

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Stress wears us out physically and emotionally. A majority of the patients we see every day tell us they believe that the problems they are experiencing are due to being stressed out.

Stress on our bodies does cause physical harm. The link between stress and heart disease, respiratory conditions like asthma, intestinal problems, and menstrual difficulties is well recognized. Also, common headaches and migraines can be brought on or worsened by stress. Stress also aggravate existing health problems. For example, it often exaggerates the symptoms of multiple sclerosis and diabetes. Emotional problems like anxiety and depression are frequently stress-related.

How do we counteract the affects of stress? A healthy lifestyle is, of course, necessary. This means a healthy diet and plenty of rest. However, the next best thing you can do to relieve the effects of stress is exercise! Exercise relieves stress in several ways and, according to a Surgeon General, provides the following benefits:
• Reduces the risk of dying prematurely
• Reduces the risk of dying of heart disease
• Reduces the risk of developing diabetes
• Helps reduce the risk of developing colon cancer
• Reduces feelings of depression and anxiety
• Helps control weight
• Helps build and maintain health bones, muscles, and joints
• Helps older adults become stronger and better able to move about without falling
• Promotes psychological well-being

If you need help with how to deal with stresses in your life, reach out to us at Apple Valley Wellness Center today!

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 Proper Sleeping Posture for ‘Brain Drain’

With a need to rest and recharge, human beings spend one-third of their lives in bed over the course of the lifespan. Proper sleep posture helps to prevent neck pain and back pain. In addition to preventing common musculoskeletal issues, did you know your sleep posture impacts ‘Brain Drain’?

What is ‘Brain Drain’?
‘Brain Drain’ refers to the glymphatic pathway, which is a functional waste clearance system for the central nervous system. The glymphatic pathway is similar to the lymphatic system of the body in reducing waste to promote good health.

According to Benviste (2016) “the glymphatic system consists of a brain wide pathway that facilitates the exchange of CSF with interstitial fluid to clear interstitial waste from the brain parenchyma. The waste is moved into perivenous pathways and ultimately cleared via cervical lymphatic vessels.”

The glymphatic pathway expedites clearance of waste, including soluble amyloid(A) to prevent amyloid plaques from accumulating in the brain. Researchers have shown that patients suffering from chronic impairment of glymphatic pathway function due to traumatic brain injury are vulnerable to tau aggregation and the onset of neurodegeneration. These patients have an increased chance of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease (Iliff et al., 2014).

Put simply, the glymphatic system eliminates brain waste to prevent diseases of the central nervous system such as dementia.

Sleep Posture and the Glymphatic System
Transport through this pathway is controlled by the brain’s arousal level, making sleep hygiene important to the glymphatic system. During sleep the brain’s interstitial space volume expands compared to its size during wakefulness or arousal. Increased interstitial space with sleep results in faster waste removal.

Humans exhibit different body postures during sleep, which may also affect waste removal. Therefore, not only the level of consciousness, but also body posture, might affect CSF–interstitial fluid (ISF) exchange efficiency throughout the night.

Researchers confirmed that glymphatic transport and clearance was superior in the lateral and supine sleeping positions. The researchers proposed that sleeping on your side has evolved to optimize waste removal during sleep and that posture is considered ideal for glymphatic transport.

The lateral sleeping position is also advantageous for your posture. To optimize ‘Brain Drain’ and to prevent musculoskeletal pain, consider the importance of your sleeping posture. Sleeping on your side with a small pillow between your legs is considered the ideal sleeping position.

This posture habit can greatly impact your health. Remember, it’s Posture by Design, Not by Circumstance.

References: American Posture Institute

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