Dr. Dennis Weinstein, from Innate Chiropractic Center in Lansing, and his dog Hienz won the Run for the Animals 5k in Grand Ledge Michigan. Their finishing time was 20 minutes and led the entire race from the beginning. Dr. Dennis contributes and supports the Humane Society’s national organization, donating hundreds of dollars each year. The Run and Walk for the Animals is Lansing’s largest fundraiser and its proceeds benefit the 6,000 animals that they care for. They raised over $70,000 on race day. The shelter relies on the generosity of donors to help provide love, food, shelter and medical care to homeless and abandoned animals.
Here is a simple exercise that you can do at home with no equipment.
It works the peroneus longus/brevis, tibialis anterior, tibialis posterior, gastrocnemius, soleus muscles.
The purpose of this exercise is to improve muscular endurance, ankle strength, and proprioception.
By doing this exercise you can have the benefits of Improved stability, functional strength and injury prevention.
Begin seated in a chair with good posture.
Attempt to write alphabet from A through Z with toes, moving ankle in all directions.
Repeat for prescribed sets.
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The demanding activities and tasks at the workplace and the lifting of heavy objects at home, causes pain in the back and neck region of the body, which if not treated appropriately, can result in serious disc injuries. Thoracic spine herniation is a medical condition, for which chiropractic offers effective treatment methods.
What Is Thoracic Disc Herniation?
Thoracic disc herniation is a type of disc injury in which the upper back region of the body is affected and a tingling pain permeates throughout the affected area. In some cases, the patient might feel pain in his chest and rib cage, which might be because of the pressure exerted on the nerves in the area.
The thoracic spine of the body consists of 12 vertebra, referred to by doctors as T1 to T12. The thoracic spine begins at the base of the neck, and continues until the end of the rib cage, where the T12 vertebra joins with the first vertebra of the lumbar region.
Thoracic disc herniation is a medical condition caused by the bulging or swelling of the pulpous and nerve material, located in the center of the disc. The material squeezes out of its narrow space and becomes exposed. The pressure exerted by the disc on the exposed nerves causes extreme pain to the individual which hampers him in engaging in different everyday activities.
Disc generation is also a probable cause of thoracic disc herniation, as the disc experiences wear and tear due to age and strenuous usage. This medical condition is more likely to develop in individuals who are in the 40 to 60 year age bracket.
Medical professionals conduct MRI scans in order to determine that there is no pressure and damage to the spinal cord because of the degeneration of the disc. In extreme cases, where the herniated disc exerts pressure on the spinal cord and the nerves, an individual can even suffer from a paralysis in the lower region of the body.
If the disc herniation is more to the side, it might cause pressure or impingement on the nerve root, causing pain in the abdomen and chest walls. In other cases, the pressure on the nerves might cause a combination of different symptoms ranging from upper back pain to tingling sensations all down the spine.
Chiropractic and Disc Injuries
Chiropractic offer non-invasive treatment methods for different spine, neck and disc injuries. They provide services for joint adjustment and relief from various musculoskeletal disorders. Chiropractic is gaining popularity for effective treatment of different painful muscle strains and disorders.
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Dr. Dennis Weinstein, owner of Innate Chiropractic, chose Angel House and Child & Family Services for their local fund raising event.
Angel House, located in Mason, is a crisis center for children. It was created to provide a stable, homelike environment for children who are waiting to be placed in foster homes. They experience less pain and suffering actually enjoy their stay.
Dr. Weinstein, who is a volunteer at Angel House, thought that he could make a difference in a child’s life by giving back to the local community and raising $540. “We offered people, as part of a community invitation program, a chance to receive an introductory visit into my office for $27. The money collected from the visit and was then sent to Angel House at the end of the promotional period,” he said.
“I’m exceptionally proud of our staff here at Innate Chiropractic and everyone who contributed to this worthy cause.”
Chiropractors that are experienced in chiropractic and pregnancy know the importance of proper back care during such a sensitive period. All chiropractors are trained to work with women especially when it comes to back conditions that are associated with pregnancy. This is because chiropractic and pregnancy involves the maintenance of the spinal column, discs, bone geometry and the related nerves without the inclusion of invasive surgery. In other words, the medical practice adjusts the misalignment of joints especially when it comes to the spine.
Any formerly pregnant woman can attest to the muscle strain that is a part and parcel to pregnancy. Researchers say that almost half of all expecting mothers will experience lower back pain at some point during their pregnancy. Spinal surgery is out of the question when it comes to the well being of two lives and this is exactly why chiropractic care is the perfect non-invasive solution for such problems.
Why does a Pregnant Woman need Chiropractic care?
The human body undergoes a series of physiological and endocrine changes to prepare itself to sustain a life during pregnancy. No one knows that better than expecting mothers. However, such a sensitive stage may also cause misaligned joints that are symptomatic of –
- Pelvic changes
- Protruding abdomen and curved back
- Poor posture
A woman’s pelvis may not have enough room for a developing baby if it is misaligned. This is also why establishing pelvic balance is such an important task in chiropractic and pregnancy care. A pelvis that is misaligned may also cause complications during the actual birth as well. This may also prevent the expecting mother from having a natural birth and her doctor to resort to invasive c-sections.
Chiropractic care during pregnancy also comes with the following benefits –
- Ensuring a healthy pregnancy
- Relief from back, neck and joint pain
- Prevention of a potential cesarean delivery
- Reducing the time of labor and delivery
- Reduce morning sickness
The benefits of chiropractic and pregnancy speak for themselves. This is also why more women are seeking chiropractic care now more than ever before and why health care providers recommend such services to expecting mothers. It is easy to see why. Medical specialists who specialize in back care invest more in the fertility and overall wellness of pregnant women or women who try to conceive.
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