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Prevention.com – 4 Things You’re Doing That Are Ruining Your Joints

Dr Tim Legath forwarded me this article the other day and stated he thought it would be important if we linked it up on our blog! Before you go reading some of what has been copy and pasted below, you need to realize that we share this information for everyone’s benefit and that we are not trying to knock running, yoga, or pilates, but hoping that you need to realize that a wide variety of exercise and cross training best benefit your joints.

Prevention Magazine:  http://www.prevention.com/fitness/4-mistakes-making-joints-weak

The following is taken from the article written by CASSIE SHORTSLEEVE

“It used to be that joint replacements were a problem for older people. But today orthopedic surgeons are seeing people in their 40s, 50s, or younger. In fact, surgeons at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City say the number of people younger than 60 going under the knife is up at least 15% in the last 2 years. Plus, data from the National Center for Health Statistics finds the number of hip replacements more than doubled in a 10-year span, skyrocketing by 205% in people ages 45 to 54.
Surgeons attribute the rise to people wanting to stay active while they age, says Calin Moucha, MD, chief of adult reconstruction and joint replacement surgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital. Today’s implants also last longer than they once did, sometimes up to 40 years, he says. This means joint replacements are now an option at a younger age, since physicians aren’t as worried about having to replace them.”

So what does this all mean to you?  Well, our runners might not like what comes next…

“You’re a runner and only a runner.

Moucha says that many patients seeking joint replacement are in good cardiovascular health, but not necessarily good physical health. If you’re running marathons or triathlons only, you might have imbalances when it comes to muscle strength and flexibility. And this, paired with repetitive trauma over time, could lead to arthritis, he notes, causing your joints to wear away. 

“It’s important to cross-train,” says Moucha. Giving certain muscle groups (like the ones you use on long, slow jogs) a break once or twice a week while activating new muscles (like the ones you might use sprinting) can fend off injury, he notes. (You should consider working these strength-training moves into your exercise program.)”

Well what about all that Yoga that I do?  That’s probably good for me right?…

“You push yourself beyond your limits in yoga.

Intense workouts like HIIT and mud runs aren’t the only way to injure your joints. While yoga and Pilates are great ways to boost flexibility and strength, anything extreme when it comes to range of motion—like reaching for that pose your body’s not quite ready for—can put you at risk for a joint injury, notes Moucha. “When you create range of motion extremes, you can create bony spurs (projections along a bone’s edges) that may predispose you to arthritis,” he says. Your best bet isn’t to skip yoga but rather to stick with the modifications that work for you, and give yourself time before trying anything you might not be ready for.”

Check the article out for yourself today!  The link is below.

Prevention.com Article:  http://www.prevention.com/fitness/4-mistakes-making-joints-weak/

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Dr Mark Kemenosh – ELDOA Method – Colorado seminar this past weekend

Dr Mark Kemenosh and his daughter Jill Kemenosh, our future Pilates guru at the office both traveled to Colorado this past weekend to become certified in the Level 1 ELDOA Method which Dr. Mark started to do earlier this year when he studied under Guy Voyer, a DO who started the manual technique commonly referred to as “Joint Pumping”.  Dr. Kemenosh was exposed to Dr. Voyer who spoke at the Titlelist Performance Institute Wolf Golf Classic in late 2016 on the topics of articular joint pumping and the ELDOA method which has started to take fire in the golf training world.

Some of the techniques in the ELDOA method are greatly centered around techniques to help with injury prevention, reduce joint inflammation and arthrosis, delay disc degeneration, increase disc hydration, and to even possibly normalize disc bulges.

Here is some information from the ELDOA Methods webiste:

The ELDOA exercises and Myofascial Stretches are specific techniques created by world renowned osteopath, Guy VOYER DO. ELDOA METHOD Classes are semi private group classes organized by certified ELDOA/MFS Instructor, Stephanie McCusker, who uses a combination of these techniques as well as other Somatraining techniques to deliver the most beneficial sessions possible. The ELDOA METHOD classes were founded in Los Angeles, CA and are now being offered here in Auckland, NZ. These Classes are not based on a formula. Every class is designed to respect the proper progressions and order of the techniques as taught by Dr. Voyer to ensure quality. These classes will vary depending on the needs of those participating. There will be an intentional goal set for each designated class and will be ever changing to continually challenge each individual while encouraging their overall improvements.

BENEFITS OF ELDOA METHOD Classes

ELDOAs and Myofascial Stretches are very specific and complex techniques that require strong attention to form and correct progressions. Everyone will benefit from the effects of ELDOAs and MFS but each person is different and without proper instruction and help from a Certified ELDOA/MFS Instructor, these techniques will not be as effective. By attending the classes, you not only receive instruction from a certified instructor but the full hour dedicated to stretching enhances the many benefits including:

  • Normalize Disc Bulges
  • Reduced Degrees of Scoliosis
  • Increased Flexibility
  • Improved Muscle Performance and Tone
  • Normalization of Visceral Function
  • Reduced Stress
  • Injury Recovery and Prevention
  • Reduced Joint Inflammation and Arthrosis
  • Delayed Disc Degeneration
  • Increased Disc Hydration
  • Increased Blood Flow
  • Improved Posture
  • Relief of Chronic and Acute Back Pain
  • Relief of Neck and Shoulder Tension
  • Improved Awareness and Overall Wellbeing
  • Improved Recovery Time for Sports and Training
  • Reduced Forward Head Posture

**DISCLAIMER**

The ELDOA METHOD classes and website are not meant to diagnose or offer medical advice.  Do not rely on the information provided as an alternative to medical advise from your doctor or other registered health care providers. If you have specific questions about any medical matter, please consult your physician or professional health care provider. All those with a chronic/acute injury or medical condition who wish to attend the ELDOA METHOD Classes must first receive clearance from their doctor or registered health professional prior to participation.

Here are some pictures from Dr. Mark and Jill’s seminar!  There might be videos to come but they couldn’t easily email those back to home base here in South Jersey!

Just like Pilates, we feel that the ELDOA Methods will greatly benefit our patients suffering with spine related issues and even more so with core stability and strength!  Both Pilates and ELDOA are very core-centric types of exercise for correcting and improving posture and the resting nature of the joints surrounding spine.  If you have questions about your issues or need to have questions answers, feel free to call us at 856-228-3100 or email us below!

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Very nice summation of Chiropractic at Harvard Health’s website!

Up until last year the “Chiropractic” write up on Harvard Health’s website was very bland and vanilla.  It was more or less a very basic article.  At some point in 2016, they updated it and it truly aligns with the feelings of our office and how we approach our piece of medicine!

Article Link:  http://www.health.harvard.edu/pain/chiropractic-care-for-pain-relief?inf_contact_key=cd3df7fb1bc932636c26c98ec9f77b669326fbb8a84664eeb96b5eb28d57211b

Some VERY valuable outtakes from the article are:

“Most research on chiropractic has focused on spinal manipulation for back pain. Chiropractic treatment for many other problems—including other musculoskeletal pain, headaches, asthma, carpal tunnel syndrome, and fibromyalgia—has also been studied. A recent review concluded that chiropractic spinal manipulation may be helpful for back pain, migraine, neck pain, and whiplash.”

AND…

“In addition, a chiropractor may advise you about changing your biomechanics and posture and suggest other treatments and techniques. The ultimate goal of chiropractic is to help relieve pain and help patients better manage their condition at home.”

Those two statements align extremely strongly with our views here at the office.  All of the associates here at the office, Dr. Andrew, Dr. Craig, and Dr. Tim found a great deal of ease working with Dr. Kemenosh because he always feels strongly that you treat the conditions we know we can help with and we refer out to other medical professionals whenever that is the best options for the patient!

If you are suffering with pain, and old sports injury, a relatively new sports injury, or some type of dysfunction in the body, we may be able to help!  If you have questions, you can always call our main line at 856-228.3100 or reach out to us on our CONTACT US PAGE BELOW!

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If you have been diagnosed with a disc herniation and you want to get better, you better not smoke!

While reading and trying to stay up to date on some research on intravertebral disc herniation, I came across a study by Tsarouhas et al in 2011 which stated that smoking resulted in more severe pain with disc injury which then also was coupled to a longer resorption time of herniated disc material and that smokers also have a longer duration of symptoms. 

The exact statement we found particularly powerful in the study was:

— Smoking habits were found to have a negative dose-dependent effect on the transcript levels of MMP-3 and MMP-13 and a positive correlation with pain intensity, suggesting an unfavorable role for smoking in the regression process of herniated disc fragments.

And

— Specifically, smoking was found to be negatively correlate to the duration of symptoms and positively correlated to the intensity of pain.

You can read the entire study for free on PubMed:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Tsarouhas+smoking+2011

We share this information primarily to help our patients realize that smoking is bad (Yeah, we know you already knew that, it says so right on the package doc!  However, this specific study shows the correlation with disc issues and smoking which is something a lot of patients present to us for.)  We also have Dr. Andrew Gross and Dr. Tim Legath in our office who are Chiropractors certified in the McKenzie Method for treating the spine which is a very strong system for diagnosing and treating disc herniations.  Dr. Craig Evans has also completed post grad work in the Cox Technique which is a system of treating and diagnosing cervical and lumbar disc issues.

We plan to blog more in the future about the use of the McKenzie Method, however if you would like bit of reading in the mean time, you can get the basics at:

http://www.spine-health.com/wellness/exercise/what-mckenzie-method-back-pain-and-neck-pain

In closing, we just had to share this angry little guy to remind you that smoking is bad for everything!

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