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Look Who Else Uses #Chiropractic Care: Professional Soccer Players

July 29, 2013


Professional soccer (or football, as it is called in parts of the world outside the U.S.) is a sport that is rough on the musculoskeletal system. It’s not uncommon to see a player suddenly drop to the ground holding his leg in apparent pain. Sometimes this is just a way of slowing down the game or trying to draw a penalty. However, it can also be a sign that the player has sustained a real injury.

Soccer involves movements that are particularly hard on the lower body. Players must often change direction very suddenly when running down the field. This means that they twist the upper body quickly in one direction while their feet are still planted in another. When this occurs, it places a great deal of stress on the tendons and ligaments in the knees, potentially resulting in injuries. Leg injuries can also occur when players are kicked repeatedly or are shoved or tackled when in vulnerable or awkward positions.

The legs aren’t the only part of a soccer player’s body that takes a beating. Their heads are often used to redirect a ball flying through the air at 60 or 70 mph, putting a strain on the entire spinal column. With all the twisting that soccer players do, it is easy for their spines to become misaligned, putting pressure on nerves and causing pain not only in the back, but in the limbs as well.

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With all this abuse, many professional soccer players have found that chiropractic care helps keep them on the field and performing at their best. Dr. Mike Foudy, who was the team chiropractor for the Women’s World Cup Championship team said, “all but one member of the team received regular chiropractic care during their training and on the days of their matches. Chiropractic adjustments balanced their spine, removed nerve pressure and optimized the function of their bodies. All the players felt like they healed quicker from injuries and that the care gave them a competitive edge.”

A former World Cup champion from Brazil, Carlos Alberto Torres, credits chiropractic with resolving chronic disabling back pain that had kept him relying on crutches to walk. Traditional medical treatments had not helped, and finally someone referred him to a chiropractor. The chiropractic care he received enabled him to have a quick and full recovery so he could walk again without crutches and free of pain.
With the 2014 FIFA World Cup coming up in Brazil, professional soccer players will no doubt be lining up for chiropractic services. As Dr. Erik Plasker, the team chiropractor for one of the top US youth soccer teams noted, “while the other teams are scrambling to change their lineups due to injuries, our team bounces back fast and brings an energetic advantage to championship games. The players and coach agree that chiropractic care helps them compete at the highest level and avoid injuries.”

If you are a soccer player or any athlete interested in chiropractic care, contact Dr. Carlisle at (404) 264-9553 (Buckhead) or (404) 781-2800 (Southwest Atlanta)

Benefits of Onsite #Chiropractic Care

July 22, 2013

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Chiropractic care provides a number of benefits for the people who choose to take advantage of it. Recent studies show that chiropractic care is more effective than medicine in relieving neck pain. Studies also show that including chiropractic care in an integrated healthcare approach can lead to a reduction in pharmaceutical costs and hospital admissions.
There is no denying that chiropractic care is beneficial, but does it have a place in on-site clinics? A recent study suggests that it might. A study conducted by Cerner Health Clinic in Kansas City, MO has found evidence that chiropractic services found in on-site health centers can lead to benefits for both employees and employers.
The study compared a group of patients who received chiropractic care at an off-site clinic against those who received care at an on-site clinic. Their results showed that the convenience of having on-site care led to more employees substituting chiropractic care for medical care. This led to fewer physical therapy visits and outpatient visits, saving employees time and money.
The study also shows that employees who take advantage of on-site chiropractic care may use fewer medical resources. Chiropractic care is comprised of conservative, non-invasive treatments, and patients undergoing this type of care may be able to avoid more costly surgery and hospitalization. Employers whose employees can receive on-site medical care may also benefit from a reduction in indirect costs, since healthy employees use fewer sick days and are more productive while they are at work. For example, think of an employee who receives medication to address a back ache. The pain reliever may impact his ability to think clearly and do his job to the best of his ability. Alternatively, he could have the problem addressed by a chiropractor and return to his desk clear headed and ready to work.
Finally, on-site chiropractic care can lead to a boost in morale that benefits both employees and employers. Employees will appreciate having convenient access to effective health care, resulting in a more positive work environment. Employers will enjoy improved relationships with their employees and benefit from increased productivity.
On-site chiropractic care can lead to a number of benefits for both employees and employers. The quality care that a chiropractor can give will help keep employees feeling at their best, allowing business to run smoothly and productively.

Contact Dr. Carlisle at 404-264-9553 (Buckhead) or (404) 781-2800 (Southwest Atlanta) for more chiropractic information.

What is the Alexander Technique?

July 18, 2013


The Alexander Technique, named after its creator, Frederick Matthias Alexander, is a way of re-educating the body in proper posture and breathing that increases flexibility, reduces stress and reduces musculoskeletal pain, particularly of the neck and back. It is particularly favored among those in the performing arts who need their voices and bodies to convey a wide range of characters and emotions, but people from a wide variety of professions and lifestyles have benefited from the Alexander Technique.
Teachers of the Alexander technique say that our modern lifestyle has created an epidemic of people with perpetually tensed muscles in the head, neck and back due to misaligned posture and stress. The time spent sitting at a desk, hunched over a computer, texting, talking on the phone, or even just reading or driving can cause muscle tension that leads to chronic pain.
A randomized, controlled study performed by researchers at the University of Southampton in the UK and published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) found that 24 sessions of the Alexander technique may be helpful in relieving chronic and recurrent back pain, with six sessions followed by a prescription for exercise being nearly as effective as 24 in the long-term reduction of pain.
In the Alexander technique, a trained practitioner uses gentle hand contact and verbal guidance to help the student become aware of how they move and use their muscles in an ingrained way that causes and sustains pain. A teacher of the Alexander method will take note of a student’s posture, movements and the amount of muscular tension in their body as the student performs a variety of movements. It is not a form of exercise, but rather a way of re-training the body to sit and move in a healthy way.
Although the Alexander technique is not considered physical therapy, many people find it makes a huge difference in the amount of pain they experience. Dr. Jack Stern, professor of neurosurgery at the New York Medical College says, “By teaching people better body mechanics, it frequently enables patients to do away with pain – even the pain of a herniated disk – without having to undergo surgery.”
Alexander technique practitioners say that babies have perfect posture and move easily, but that at about the age when we learn to write, our muscles start to take on bad habits. The technique particularly targets the correct positioning of the head. With two-thirds of our head’s weight resting in front of the spine, it can put a lot of strain on our neck muscles, which work hard to keep it balanced, particularly when we are bent over our electronic devices. It is usual for most people to have their head and shoulders chronically misaligned, with the chin too far in, the head tilted too far back, etc. The Alexander technique teaches the student how to adopt a more relaxed posture that takes the stress off the neck and how to move in a way that keeps the head balanced while relaxing the neck muscles.
Using the Alexander technique together with regular chiropractic care can make a major difference in reducing chronic pain in a way that is non-invasive and drug-free.

Contact Dr. Carlisle for regular chiropractic care at (404) 264-9553 (Buckhead) and (404) 781-2800 (Southwest Atlanta)

Tips for Raising More Active Kids

July 16, 2013

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With rates of childhood obesity at epidemic levels, there has been a greater push to get children to eat healthier and be more active. Diet is an important part of raising healthy children, but so is exercise. Unfortunately, many areas of the country have had their educational budgets cut to the point where physical education programs are being sharply reduced or even eliminated. Many schools are also shortening recess periods in an effort to increase instruction time. Combine these developments with the fact that many kids get little or no physical activity at home, and it’s easy to see why exercise has become a focus in the effort to curb childhood obesity rates.
Frances Berg, an expert in childhood obesity, says “Because young children naturally move around a lot, many people assume they are getting all the physical activity they need. But today TV and videos often keep them still for longer periods than parents realize.” And any parent knows how difficult it can be to tear kids away from the TV or computer. The trick is to make the alternatives interesting for them. Berg says, “Physical activity should be a fun part of daily life and never forced. If children begin to associate being active with having fun, they’re more likely to stay active as they grow up.” Following are a few tips for raising more active kids.
• Limit electronics– Time sitting in front of the TV or computer should be limited. Children should spend no more than an hour or two of each day with these devices. One way of keeping them active while playing a video game is to invest in a Wii, which at least gets them up and moving.
• Start a garden – Gardening is very active work, and kids love to watch the seeds they planted grow.
• Walk or bike to school – It’s a great way of getting exercise at least twice a day, and you don’t have to worry about getting stuck in traffic! It’s also a good time to hear about your child’s concerns or talk about how their day went.
• Wash the car together ¬– Kids love playing around with water and suds, and in the end you’ll have a clean car too.
• Take a hike – Pack a healthy picnic lunch and go for a hike with your kids. You can make it more interesting for them by having them be on the lookout for certain birds or animals as you hike.
• Dance around the house ¬– Put some music on while preparing dinner and dance around the kitchen with your kids.
• Throw a ball or Frisbee – Not only will it provide fun exercise, it will build eye-hand coordination as well.
• Set a good example – Take the stairs instead of the elevator, park far from the entrance to a store, etc. This will get your kids in the habit of being more active.
Encouraging your children to be more active will help to burn off the excess energy they have, making them happier and more able to focus during quiet times. It will also help them build healthier lifestyle habits for the future!

Contact Dr. Carlisle if you need help getting your kids adjusted to a healthy lifestyle at (404) 264-9553 (Buckhead) and (404) 781-2800 (Southwest Atlanta).

Bursitis Causes and Treatment Options

July 10, 2013


Bodily movement is assisted by over 150 fluid-filled sacs called bursae. Bursae help to cushion your bones, ligaments, and tendons as they move against each other. When in good health these bursae ensure that your joins have a full range of motion. However, these sacs can become swollen and irritated, creating a condition known as bursitis.
The most common cause of bursitis is overuse of the joint. Repetitive movements can irritate the bursae, leading to pain, swelling, and tenderness. Common movements that may lead to bursitis are extensive kneeling (scrubbing the floor or laying carpet, for example), lifting heavy objects (lifting a bag of groceries into the car), and athletic injuries (an aggressive tennis swing). These movements cause the sac to fill with fluids. The resulting swelling puts pressure on the tissue around the sac, causing pain and tenderness.
Other less-common causes of bursitis include gout and infection. Gout crystals can form in the elbow, causing pain and inflammation. Bursae in the knee and elbow lie just below the skin. This leaves them vulnerable to puncture injuries, which can lead to infection.
People become more susceptible to bursitis as they age. Because the shoulder is the most used joint in the body, it is the place where it is most likely to be felt. People over the age of 65 should be especially cautious when carrying out activities that put stress on the shoulder joint.
Treating bursitis begins with conservative measures. Because bursitis due to injury and repetitive movement often goes away on its own, these treatments focus on relieving pain and making the sufferer more comfortable. Treatments for this situation include ice packs, rest, and over the counter anti-inflammatory pain relievers (such as Aleve or Advil).
In more severe cases, a physician may inject a corticosteroid into the inflamed sac. He or she may also use a needle to draw fluid out of the bursae, relieving pressure and quickly reducing pain. In very rare cases of persistent bursitis, surgical intervention may be necessary to remove the problematic bursa.
Part of bursitis treatment is giving the body enough rest to heal the inflamed bursae. Patients should be careful not to overuse the affected area. Immobilization is best, as is getting plenty of rest. After the swelling and pain have receded, patients should be careful in how they treat the problematic area to reduce the chances of the problem recurring.
Bursitis can be painful, but for most people the discomfort will fade with time and rest. If the pain lasts for more than a week or two, or if it becomes so intense that you cannot carry out your daily activities, consult with your doctor.

If you would like to treat your bursitis using conservative methods, please contact Dr. Carlisle at (404) 264-9553 (Buckhead) or (404) 781-2800 (Southwest Atlanta).

Look Who Else Uses Chiropractic Care: Elite Cheerleaders

July 9, 2013


Sprains, strains and lower back pain are very, very common among cheerleaders. In fact, the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research lists cheerleading as the most dangerous sport for women. Anyone who watches elite cheerleaders in action, either during a game or at competitions, has some idea why this might be.
Cheerleading is a very physically demanding sport, particularly when participants perform routines that involve gymnastics or acrobatics or execute maneuvers that require them to support a lot of weight. Performing well as a cheerleader requires excellent balance, strength and range of motion. Chiropractic care can help prevent injuries and—when they do happen—can help cheerleaders recover more quickly.
In fact, chiropractic has made such a difference in professional cheerleading that the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders joined the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress to let others know how much chiropractic care helps both their performance and their musculoskeletal health. Both cheerleader training and the performances during the game take a toll on the body. Redskins cheerleader Amanda Mitchell says, “People don’t view cheerleading as a competitive sport, but you have to try out every single year in this industry and it takes a large toll on your body. Without chiropractic care I would not have made it past my first year. After receiving treatment, I began to notice the pain starting to subside as well as improvement in flexibility during performances.”
And when injuries occur—and they are very common among cheerleaders—getting back in condition as soon as possible is important. Professional cheerleaders find that with the help of chiropractic care they can be back in performance mode much faster. According to Redskins cheerleader Chelsea Causey, “I’ve experienced multiple injuries during my career as a cheerleader—everything from pulled hamstrings to sprains and even lower back pain—setbacks that chiropractic care has always helped me recover from.”
Studies show that chiropractic is an effective tool to prevent and treat sports-related injuries. One study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics was performed by Dr. Jay Greenstein and colleagues on 43 professional football cheerleaders who underwent a season-long chiropractic hamstring intervention. Hamstring and other lower body strains account for half of all cheerleading injuries. Greenstein notes that “After the season closed, we found that those who had reported hamstring injury-related pain between June and September showed a significant decrease in pain after receiving treatment.”
Dr. Alex Vidan, chiropractor to the St. Louis Rams cheerleaders says, “The benefits of chiropractic treatment are felt immediately. Along with providing relief from pain, chiropractic also facilitates healing, which means there’s less downtime after an injury.” He added, “The squad performs a lot more than people think, making special appearances, and there’s a lot of travel involved, all of which can take their toll physically. The Rams cheerleaders, like many others, have found that chiropractic methods, which are gentle and noninvasive, offer relief and foster sound physical health.”

If you are a cheerleader, and you would like to be introduced to chiropractic care, call Dr. Carlisle at (404) 264-9553 (Buckhead) or (404) 781-2800 (Southwest Atlanta) for your appointment.

How Chiropractic Care Has Helped Me: Introducing Brigadier General Becky Halstead

July 3, 2013


Retired Brigadier General Becky Halstead is no stranger to pain. She spent her entire adult life in the military, and was the first female graduate from West Point to become a general officer. She has seen battle all over the world, including in Iraq. But she has also fought her own personal battle—with fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia is a condition that is still not fully understood, but it involves symptoms that include headaches, fatigue, muscle pain, anxiety and depression. “It’s as if your whole body is a bruise … You hurt everywhere,” Halstead says. Even something as simple as showering was painful. “The water hitting your skin, it would feel like it was tearing.”
The conventional treatment for fibromyalgia involves pharmaceuticals, which Halstead took for a number of years. However, the drugs have only limited effectiveness, and she did not want them to affect her job. She said “I knew it wasn’t going to kill me—I was just in pain, so I took myself off all prescription drugs when I went into combat. I was in charge of 20,000 soldiers. That’s a huge command, a huge responsibility. I wasn’t going to have someone doubt or wonder whether the prescriptions influenced me or my decisions.”
However, it became impossible to continue in the military while dealing with debilitating pain, so she retired from the army in 2008. It was then that she began semi-monthly visits to a chiropractor, and that’s when her health began to turn around. Within a year of beginning chiropractic treatment, she was able to discontinue taking pharmaceuticals entirely by combining regular chiropractic spinal adjustments with nutritional supplements.
Halstead says of chiropractic care and how it has helped her, “It’s not like you’re cured, but you feel so much better. They set me on a path of getting well. I’m the healthiest I’ve been in 10 years. I was taking eight or 10 prescription drugs in 2008. The more I went to the chiropractor, the less prescriptions I needed.” She continued, “When I retired, my pain was easily a 9 or 10 (on a 10-point scale) every single day. My pain now is a 2 or 3, and maybe even sometimes a 1. I don’t think I’ve hit a 10 since I started regularly seeing a chiropractor.”
“If I had known how much chiropractic care would help me when I was a commander in Iraq and in the United States, I could have taken better care of my soldiers.” Although chiropractic care for military personnel was approved by congress, there are still many treatment facilities that do not have a chiropractor on staff, which Halstead would like to see changed.
“Until we’ve done that we have not fulfilled our leadership responsibility,” Halstead said. “If you want to help them, see a congressman and ask ‘aren’t our men and women getting these benefits?’ I’m not a chiropractor I’m a satisfied patient, a beneficiary of their talented hands, minds, and hearts. Go find yourself a chiropractor and change your life!” (first of a 4-part series)

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Musculoskeletal Injuries in the Workplace: What the Statistics Tell Us

July 1, 2013

Musculoskeletal injuries in the workplace account for a full third of all cases of injury and illness that require days off from work in order to recuperate. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says that musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) “are injuries or illnesses affecting the connective tissues of the body such as muscles, nerves, tendons, joints, cartilage, or spinal disks.” Following are some interesting 2011 BLS statistics regarding musculoskeletal injuries in the workplace in America:
• The total number of injury and illness cases that required days away from work to recuperate: 1,181,290.

• Of all the cases of injury and illness, 387,820 cases related to musculoskeletal disorders.

• Six occupations account for 26% of all MSD cases: nursing assistants, laborers, janitors and cleaners, heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers, registered nurses and stock clerks.

• Injuries and illnesses due to repetitive motion involving microtasks (such as typing) accounted for only 3 percent of all occupational injury and illness cases. However, those with this kind of injury required nearly 3 times as many days away from work as for all other types of injuries and illness – a median of 23 days.

• Sprains, strains, and tears accounted for 38 percent of the total injury and illness cases that required days off from work.

• Of the 447,200 sprains, strains, and tears, 22% were due to overexertion when lifting or lowering, 12% were due to falls on the same level, the back was injured in 36% of cases, and injuries to the shoulders and knees accounted for 12% each.

• MSDs accounted for 39 cases out of every 10,000 full-time workers.

• Workers with musculoskeletal disorders required a median of 11 days of recuperation before being able to return to work, compared with 8 days for other types of illness and injury cases.

• The greatest number of MSD cases were nursing assistants (25,010).

• Those with the greatest number of median days spent off from work in order to recuperate from an MSD were heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers (21 days).

• The back was the primary site of MSD injuries in 42 percent of all cases across all occupations, requiring a median time off to recuperate of 7 days.

• Although it accounts for only 13% of all MSDs, the shoulder was the area with the most severe injuries, requiring a median of 21 days off of work to recuperate.

The BLS estimates that nearly all MSDs are caused by overexertion. It is no wonder that the nursing professions have among the highest number of injuries, given the long hours worked and the necessity of having to frequently lift patients while in awkward positions. And considering all the heavy loads that truck drivers must pick up and deliver, their high rate of MSD is no surprise.
Experts advise that to help prevent MSD injuries, you take frequent breaks during your work day to stretch your muscles and get your blood circulating. A program of regular stretching and strengthening exercises may be important for those who have professions that are physically taxing.
If you’re interested in even more detail, this November 8, 2012 BLS news release is for you!

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