The second way to improve brain function is through meditation. Meditation, or focused attention, allows us to develop self awareness. Self awareness is the most critical part of changing any behavior. Most people who are “stressed out” cannot meditate at first but, with practice, they are eventually able to. Meditation will also have a calming effect. If you meditate regularly, it will help turn off the stress chemicals in your brain so you can think more clearly.
The third way to improve your brain’s performance is complex video games. These games make you focus, use your short and long term memory, your visual skills and other executive brain functions. If you improve in these games, you have created positive brain changes which can apply to other aspects of your life.
- Back pain is the number one disability for those under age 45.
- In the United States of America alone, there is an expected 31 million people with lower back pain at any given time.
- Back pain runs second, after only the common cold, as the top reason for visiting a healthcare provider in the United States.
- Experts place the likelihood of any person to experience some type of back problem in their lifetime at about 80%. That’s four out of every fivepeople!
- Over 50 billion dollars are spent per year in the pursuit of clearing up cases of back pain.
- Around 30 to 40 percent of all workplace absences are due to back pain.
- Approximately one quarter of U. S. adults reported having low back pain lasting at least one whole day in the past three months, and 7. 6 percent reported at least one episode of severe acute low back pain within a one-year period.
- One-half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year.
- Approximately 2 percent of the U. S. work force is compensated for backinjuries each year.
- Lower back pain accounts for two thirds of all back pain-related cases.
- More than two-thirds of back strains are caused by lifting and other exertions like pulling and pushing.
- Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic—meaning they are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer.
The study in the December 2010 issue of JMPT entitled “Cost of Care for Common Back Pain Conditions Initiated with Chiropractic Doctor vs. Medical Doctor as First Physician” showed that the chiropractic patients had 20% percent lower healthcare costs than the medical patients. Dr. Rick McMichael, a chiropractor who is the ACA president stated: “As Doctors of Chiropractic, we know firsthand that our care often helps patients avoid or reduce more costly interventions such as drugs or surgery. It also demonstrates the value of chiropractic care at a critical time, when our nation is attempting to reform its health care system and contain runaway costs”.
Many previous studies have demonstrated that as well as lowering costs, patients who utilize chiropractic care are very satisfied with their care and would recommend chiropractic care for a family member or a friend.
The next time your back “goes out”, you should see your chiropractor instead of your medical doctor.
The most common “pinched nerve” is carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused when the median nerve is “trapped” at the wrist. You will have pain and loss of feeling in your thumb and first two fingers on the palm side. You will also have weakness in one of the muscles that moves your thumb. If your pain is in the back of your hand or different fingers, you do not have carpal tunnel syndrome. The classic case of carpal tunnel syndrome will wake you in the middle of the night, and you usually will have to shake your hands to get relief. If you have pain when you first wake in the morning, that is usually caused by a neck condition. Most patients that have carpal tunnel syndrome usually improve and do not require surgery.
Remember when your medical doctor or chiropractor tells you have a “pinched nerve”, ask her which nerve, and what is causing it.
Weight loss is not complicated. You have to burn more calories than you take in. It is that simple. Most people don’t realize how much they are eating and they do not monitor their food intake. The key to permanent weight loss is self awareness.
How do you develop self awareness? I recommend weighing yourself every day and writing down what you are eating. Weighing yourself everyday and journaling what you are eating puts you in control of your fork instead of your fork controlling you.
Exercise is very important, but most people cannot lose weight by just exercising. A recent government study said that the average women would have to exercise five hours per week just to keep her weight the same. Most women would read that and say, “I don’t have five hours per week to exercise”, and they don’t exercise at all. The study said you could eat less and not have to exercise as much. Eating habits are more important than exercising for permanent weight loss in most people.
When people have gastric bypass surgery, they are basically saying, “I do not have control of my brain and the only way I can lose weight is if I make my stomach the size of a walnut.” People that have gastric bypass surgery have to change their lifestyle after the surgery to have success with the procedure. Why not change your lifestyle and not have the surgery? You won’t have as fast a weight loss if you don’t have the surgery, but you also will not have the risks or complications of surgery.
A patient of mine was telling me the other day that four people in her office had gastric bypass surgery and all had gained the weight back. Why? They had not changed their lifestyles. I can teach you how to lose weight by rewiring your brain and developing self awareness. The magic bullet is your brain and learning how to use it.
~ Dr. Dave
Migraine headache is often misdiagnosed as sinus disease, because people who experience migraine headache usually will have pain over the eyes. With a sinus condition, you will have either blockage or drainage of that sinus. People often are treated for chronic sinus infection for years, but they actually have a type of migraine.
Once migraine is diagnosed, there are effective medicines to treat migraine.Tension headache is characterized by a feeling of tightness of your scalp. You feel like you have a band wrapped around your head. Often the muscles in the back of your neck are very tight. These headaches are aggravated by stress.
In my opinion, this type of headache responds very well to chiropractic care. The chiropractor can release the tension in your neck muscles by gently manipulating and massaging your upper neck. Headache is a very common complaint in clinical practice. Make sure you have an accurate diagnosis, so you can receive the best treatment.
Pain is a brain experience and unique to you. Pain is defined as an emotional response to tissue damage. How much pain you feel has no relationship to the amount of tissue damage.
With chronic pain all tissue healing has occurred but you still feel pain. Why?
If you are under emotional or physical stress, it can amplify or “turn up” your pain. Your body releases stress chemicals that make you more sensitive to pain. If you focus on your pain it will be worse, and if you are distracted you will feel better.
The longer you have chronic pain the worse it usually gets. This is because of brain plasticity or rewiring. The more you keep firing the pain pathways the stronger the connections become. It becomes almost hardwired in your brain even though all the tissue has healed. When you have chronic pain, the pain becomes the focus of your life. That is horrible for your brain and body. It usually leads to anxiety and depression.
You can get better if you suffer from chronic pain, but you are going to have to do some things differently. There are natural methods as well as medications that can relieve your suffering. The first thing is to decide you want to get better!
Before you have back surgery make sure you seek a second opinion. Other viable options are chiropractic care, physical therapy, acupuncture, and epidural injections. If you decide to have back surgery, my recommendations are to see a spine surgeon who only operates on backs.
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