Sitting Disease & Computer Ergonomics to Save You

     A study in 2013 (by Ergotron) found that 70% of all Americans have to sit all day at work.  When you combine the hours working with hours watching tv, playing games and lounging – that is a total of an average of 13 hours a day and sleeping an average of 8 hours resulting in a sedentary lifestyle of around 21 hours a day!  While Americans know about the importance of exercise, only 31 percent go to the gym.

The survey also found that the vast majority (93 percent) didn’t know what “Sitting Disease” is, but 74 percent believe that sitting too much could lead to an early death.  The term “Sitting Disease” has been coined by the scientific community and is commonly used when referring to metabolic syndrome and the ill-effects of an overly sedentary lifestyle.  Also in 2013, the American Medical Association adopted a policy recognizing potential risks of prolonged sitting and encouraging employers, employees and others to make available alternatives to sitting.

“Research is showing links between sedentary lifestyles and diabetes, several types of cancer, obesity and cardiovascular disease,” said Jane Payfer, an Ergotron spokesperson. “There is a significant opportunity for people to change their behavior in the workplace and for corporations to change their cultures. Standing increases energy, burns extra calories, tones muscles, improves posture, increases blood flow, reduces blood sugar levels and ramps up metabolism. Frequently overlooked, standing more is the simplest, easiest change someone can make.”  The World Health Organization (in 2015) stated that prolonged sitting, meaning sitting for eight to 12 hours or more a day, increased your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 90%.

So how do we combat ‘Sitting Disease’?

With proper computer ergonomics.  Working at a computer for long periods of time causes strain to our bodies, especially our spine, and results in many nerve system problems.  People at work or children at home who spend a lot of time on computers may be putting their health at risk due to an overload of stress to their spine.  Here are some practical tips that can reduce some of the spinal stress.

 

  • Take breaks from sitting throughout the day to walk around.
  • Invest in a standing work desk or one that converts from sitting to standing.
  • Exercise during your lunch break, even just walking around to promote movement, cardio and fitness.
  • Set your chair height so that your forearms are at a right angle to the upper arm and your wrist is straight. Your upper arm should hang comfortably at the side of your body.
  • Adjust the backrest of your chair to support your lumbar spine. Relaxed muscles will not fatigue over time.
  • Place a footrest under your desk so that you are leaning back into your chair, this prevents tension in the mid to upper back. This is very important because these are the nerves that control your heart, lung and stomach function.
  • Your knees should be level or slightly higher than your hips, so you may have to adjust your seat tilt. This helps to prevent swelling in the feet and calves and reduces pressure on your sciatic nerves.
  • Be sure to use a glare reducing screen and have no bright lights behind you or in front of you. Also, if your screen faces a window and the view is filled with sunlight at certain times of day, close your blinds or draw the curtains to decrease eyestrain.
  • Your eye level should be at the top or within the top half of your screen. Many people have their screen height too low, so grab some old telephone books and prop yours up if you need to.
  • Use a vertical copy stand to reduce tension in the neck and place it directly beside the screen.
  • Your mouse should be right beside the keyboard. If you have a keyboard tray and the mouse doesn’t fit, extensions are available.  This is a good investment because if you’re reaching for your mouse all day, you’re subluxated.
  • The distance between your wrists and your screen should be about 15 inches. Any more and you’ll be tempted to lean in.
  • The distance from your eye to the top of your screen should be 18-24 inches. Don’t sit too close and don’t sit too far away.
  • Have regular spinal check ups. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

We see success with many symptoms in our office, call us if you are ready to change your life!

“Dr. Matt” as he is known to his patients, is in private practice, an author, nationally sought after speaker, podcaster, visionary, Doctor of Chiropractic and health ambassador to the general public as he educates and empowers others about true health and well-being.  He works out of two health clinics in Roswell and Johns Creek, GA (both are just north of Atlanta) and has over 12 years of clinical experience.  You can reach him at (drmattcares@gmail.com)

Can Your Bad Posture Be Killing You?

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Have someone take a picture of your posture from the side…do you see Bad Neck Posture as shown in the image above?  Do you see a hump on the upper part of your back?  If you draw a straight line down from your ear, does it fall in front of the middle of your shoulder?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of these three questions – the quality or quantity of your life span may be shortened.

The fact is that your posture can be one of the biggest signs of disease without you knowing.  In fact, research has shown that decreased blood flow from abnormal posture is a major factor in all disease, including cancer (Reich W.The Discovery of the Orgone. New York; The Noonday Press, 197.)

The Sealy Institute has found that posture affects and moderates every physical function of the body!  The Sealy Institute has made observations of the striking influence posture mechanics has on function and symptomatology that has led to their hypothesis that posture effects and moderates every physiologic function from breathing to hormonal production.  Spinal pain, blood pressure, headaches, pulse, lung capacity and mood are only a small portion of the body’s functions that are most easily influenced by posture.

The most significant influences of posture are upon respiration, oxygenation, and nerve function. Ultimately, it appears that homeostasis (balance) and autonomic regulation are intimately connected with posture. The corollary of these observations is that many symptoms, including pain, may be moderated or eliminated by improving posture (J Lennon, BM, MM, C N Sealy, MD, R K Cady, MD, W Matta,PhD, R Cox, PhD, and W F Simpson, PhD, “Postural and Respiratory Modulation of Autonomic Function, Pain andHealth”. AJPM Vol. 4 No.1 January 1994 pp 36-39. BM, MM, C N Sealy, MD, R K Cady, MD, W Matta, PhD, R Cox, PhD, and W F Simpson, PhD, “Postural and Respiratory Modulation of Autonomic Function, Pain and Health”. AJPM Vol. 4 No.1 January 1994 pp 36-39).

Dr. Rene Cailliet, Director of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Southern California, reached the following conclusions regarding the mechanical derangement of both hard and soft tissues of the spine and the patients’ posture:

1. Lordotic curves of the cervical and lumbar spine are necessary for normal spinal function.

2. With a forward-extended head posture, normal lordosis is lost in both the cervical and lumbar spine, which in turn mechanically blocks optimal spinal function.

3. Head forward posture can add up to thirty (30) pounds of abnormal leverage on the spine; therefore, abnormal position of the head can pull the entire spine out of alignment.

4. Forward head posture results in loss of vital capacity. This is seen by the Lung capacity is depleted by as much as 30%. Shortness of breath can then lead to heart and blood vascular disease.

5. The entire gastrointestinal system is affected; particularly the large intestine. Loss of good bowel parastolic function and evacuation are a common sequel to forward head posture with loss of spinal curvatures.

6. Forward head posture with loss of cervical lordosis causes an increase in discomfort and pain. Motions of the first four cervical vertebrae are blocked. Normal movement of these vertebrae is a necessary stimulus for endorphin production by the brain and spinal cord. With inadequate endorphin production, many otherwise non-painful sensations are experienced as pain.

7. Forward head position alters head-spine posture and stance, as well as ones gait and body motions. One becomes hunched. The entire body becomes rigid and all body motions are lessened. The better the posture, the better one looks and feels (Cailliet R, M.D., Gross L, Rejuvenation Strategy. New York, Doubleday Co. 1987).

Also, Dr. Alf Alfred Breig (a neurosurgeon and Nobel Prize recipient) discovered that a loss of the cervical curve can stretch the spinal cord 5 to 7 cm and produce pathological tension, putting the body in a state of disease.  Also, every inch of forward head posture can increase the weight of the head on the spine by an additional 10 pounds (Kapandji, Physiology of Th e Joints, Vol. 3).

In addition, further spinal research has concluded that:

1. Posture affects all human functions, both consciously and unconsciously, from breathing to thinking.

2. Posture affects breathing and vital capacity, as well as influences vocal sounds. If sound is not optimally vocalized, the individual does not experience vocal expression.

3. Posture reflects mind and body interaction. Inefficient posture and resultant poor breathing eventually leads to pathologic dysfunction.

4. People with good posture ventilate and oxygenate their bodies optimally. These people sit and stand straight and tall. They invariably exude vitality and project a commanding vocal presence. That elusive attribute referred to as charisma appears to be a state of mind reflected in the visual and audible presence of individuals with properly adjusted posture.

5. Correct spinal position and correct posture allow physical activities that improve mental and physical health and feelings of well being. Feeling of mental and physical well being appears to encourage the person to further exude confidence that is reflected in their posture, stance and gait.

 

Take a few moments to read through our patient Success Stories and you will see that Dr. Matthew Eisen and the Enhanced Wellness team have experience in helping patients live life to the fullest. If you are ready to try a new approach today in maintaining your health and wellness, then contact us at (770) 552-7500 to make an appointment.

Dr_Matthew_Eisen“Dr. Matt” as he is known to his patients, is in private practice, an author, nationally sought after speaker, visionary, Maximized Living Doctor of Chiropractic and health ambassador to the general public as he educates and empowers others about true health and well-being.  He works out of two health clinics in Roswell and Johns Creek, GA (both are just north of Atlanta) and has over 11 years of clinical experience.  You can reach him at drmattcares@gmail.com

Key Ingredients in Stress Reduction

Always running late, dealing with traffic, and balancing the budget, are a few of the stressful moments in life that many individuals experience on a regular basis. Not all people respond to stress in the same way, but it is important to keep in mind that stress can be reduced in life with proper physical activity, nutrition, and rest.Pilates in Roswell

Physical Activity

The Mayo Clinic suggest at least thirty minutes a day of exercise. This may come in the form of walking, hiking, jogging, running, or taking part in the Pilates classes we offer right here at Enhanced Wellness. Our Pilates instructors are nationally certified, and classes are educational and fun.

Nutrition

Vitamins, minerals, and hydration are all important in helping provide what the body needs. It is generally a good ideas to stay away from processed, fatty, and sugary foods. If working hard on a project, or exerting energy in physical activity such as a sports competition it is important to rehydrate and re-nourish the body afterward with a healthy snack or meal. Keep in mind that athletes and physically active individuals often need more water than the average person.

Rest

Rest is crucial when it comes to managing stress. According toWebMD an adult should get at least 7.5-8 hours of sleep each night. It is important to take time out from hectic schedules or high demands with work to relax and allow the mind and body to rest. Afterall, rest involves more than just sleep. One site that has assisted with successful mid-day rest breaks for people is calm.com.

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care in another factor that may help in managing stress. When the body experiences stress, it suffers from subluxations. These areas of the body which are unaligned may cause mental and emotional stress. For the optimal in chiropractic care in Roswell, visit Enhanced Wellness.

Contact us with any questions that you may have at (770) 552-7500, or to make an appointment.

Dr_Matthew_Eisen“Dr. Matt” as he is known to his patients, is in private practice, an author, nationally sought after speaker, visionary and health ambassador to the general public as he educates and empowers others about true health and well-being.  He works in a health clinic in Roswell, GA (just north of Atlanta) and has over 10 years of clinical experience.  You can reach him at drmattcares@gmail.com

Disclaimer: The entire contents of this email are based upon the opinions of the author, unless otherwise noted. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information presented is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician. The information here is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice.  © Copyright  Dr. Matthew Eisen.  All rights reserved.

 

The Incredible Benefits of Coconut Oil

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If you created a list of the top super-foods that provide incredible nutrition, health, body-care and medicinal benefits, coconut oil would be in the top ten. Millions of people from around the world have always used it for these properties for thousands of years. Used as traditional medicine in Asia and in the Pacific, it has been considered the cure for all illnesses as it is called the ‘Tree of Life.’ Here in the west, we had false reports that the saturated fats in coconut oil and butter were bad for us by causing a myriad of health problems. In fact, when the research was conducted, we found the opposite to be true.

Coconut oil is a medium chain fatty acid which means that it is easier to permeate through our cell membranes, making it easier for cellular metabolism, digestion and it can go directly into the liver as an immediate and abundant energy source. You can take coconut oil one tablespoon 1-2 times a day with meals, salads, sauces or cooking meals.

Coconut oil offers an incredible cooking solution because it can be heated to high temperatures without it turning rancid as vegetable oil does. When looking for a high quality bottle, look for all natural, organic, unrefined, unbleached and unprocessed brands. Keep at warm room temperatures as storing it in a cold place will cause it to solidify and clumping.

Coconut oil is a powerful anti-microbial as it helps kill bacteria causing urinary tract infections (UTI’s), gonorrhea, measles, gum disease, staphylococcus, etc.). It is a anti-viral that can be used to fend off the flu, influenza, typhoid, HIV and other viral infectious diseases. It is a anti-protozoan as it battles tapeworm, giardia and others.

Coconut oil can be used to help battle obesity. It helps stabilize blood sugar and insulin production. The healthy fat, coconut oil is allows it be used by the body to create more energy and increased metabolism allowing for an ideal setting for weight loss. Coconut oil or coconut water can be a great alternative to the sugar-filled sports drinks because it helps with hydration, energy and endurance due to its high content of natural electrolytes.

It can be used as a natural topical treatment as a moisturizing lotion that helps soften dry skin and provide a healthy skin barrier. It has been found to reduce bags, puffiness and wrinkles around the eyes. It helps firm skin as in the case of preventing age spots, sagging and wrinkles. It also preps the skin prior to shaving, removes make-up, eliminates head lice and can prevent nosebleeds by applying a thin coat inside the nostrils. It can be used to condition hair, prevent split ends, reduce frizz and help to control dandruff. It can be used to soothe sunburns as it promotes healing of burns and blisters. For new moms, it helps remove scars, stretch marks, diaper rash and eases cracked and sore nipples from nursing. Mixed with baking soda, coconut oil can be used as a toothpaste. Other random uses for coconut oil:

– Eases acid reflux, Gallbladder disease and Pancreatitis
– Improves proper bowel movements
– Lowers hemorrhoid incidents and topical application can relieve hemorrhoid pain and swelling.
– Relieves and healths ulcers, IBS, colitis and Crohn’s disease
– Relieves diabetic neuropathies
– Protects against osteoporosis with improved calcium and magnesium absorption
– Reduces inflammation while supporting the repair of cellular tissues
– Regulates thyroid functioning and reduces incidence of epileptic seizures
– Protects against Colon, Breast and Digestive tract cancers.
– Protects against Alzheimers disease
– Strengthen Heart and Circulatory system and protecting against Heart disease and Arthrosclerosis
– Has antioxidants that fights off free radicals that are cancer causing.
– Stabilizes female hormones during menopause and reduces hot flashes
– Reduces the chance of men’s prostate enlargement

 

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“Dr. Matt” as he is known to his patients, is in private practice, an author, nationally sought after speaker, visionary and health ambassador to the general public as he educates and empowers others about true health and well-being.  He works in a health clinic in Roswell, GA (just north of Atlanta) and has over 10 years of clinical experience.  You can reach him at drmattcares@gmail.com

Disclaimer: The entire contents of this email are based upon the opinions of the author, unless otherwise noted. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information presented is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician. The information here is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice.  © Copyright  Dr. Matthew Eisen.  All rights reserved.

Skin Issues, Allergies and Immunity Helped with Chiropractic

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Chiropractic and Medical research have shown that spinal misalignments (subluxations) can create visceral disease and immune dysfunction.  In 2004, one major medical study had a controlled group who had vertebral correction (Chiropractic adjustments) to reduce the vertebral misalignments in patients with atopic dermatitis and bronchial asthma.  The study also focused on the connections between visceral / immune dysfunction and the vertebral deformities (subluxations).

Among 120 atopic dermatitis patients who received spinal correction treatments each day, 106 (88%) showed improvement in skin itching and 86 (72%) showed improvement in skin condition.  Among 240 atopic dermatitis patients who did not receive spinal correction treatments each day, they could not obtain a sure treatment effect as well as the Chiropractic controlled group.

There was over a 70 percent improvement in allergic diseases as well. It was found that vertebral misalignment is a common and characteristic finding in patients with atopic dermatitis and bronchial asthma.

The study went on to say, “according to the results of this study the possibility may be considered that chronic nerve compression secondary to vertebral deformity in the thoracic region had a significant effect on the immune function of atopic dermatitis and bronchial asthma patients. The adrenal cortex functions of these allergy patients may be in the chronic decline condition with this chronic nerve compression” (1).

Understanding  the devastating effects of a Vertebral subluxation and the power of a Chiropractic adjustment, makes one study the laws of ‘adaptive physiology’.  When your body goes into a “Fight or Flight” response due to a stressor (when you are being chased by a mountain lion or hearing bad news) your body will respond by raising your blood pressure, heart rate, LDL cholesterol, insulin, and glucose.  this allows your body to adapt to your new environment stressors properly. Your cell-mediated immune system goes down which decreases your hormones that bind globulin resulting in a higher level of hormones in your blood that over time that can make you more susceptible to developing such illnesses as cancer, colds, influenza, and other infections.

Also, your body will decreases serotonin which down regulates learning and up regulates anxiety and fear centers in your brain so that your body can react properly to the stressor as well.  However, this may lead to increased anxiety, fear, depression, learning and attention deficit disorders.  This response is essentially adaptive physiology (2).  As great as this is when your being chased by a mountain lion, but this can be very harmful when this occurs all day, every day and you’re trying to live a healthy lifestyle.

During an adjustment, the movement of the spine creates a stimulation of proprioceptors in the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and discs.  This proprioception and mechanoreception are essential nutrients for balance and health of the brain and body.  With a vertebral subluxation, proprioception is diminished which is recognized by the body as a stressor.  This elicits the stress response, putting the body into adaptive physiology (3).  If it is not removed, the stressor stays there chronically and may cause the cascade of negative health conditions.

When you analyze the 95% of chronic illness, they are all the result of chronic adaptive physiology due to a stressor: cancer, diabetes, chronic pain, obesity, heart disease, fatigue, depression, infertility, decreased libido, insomnia, acid reflux, constipation, auto-immune issues, Alzheimer’s, dementia, etc.

“The 2004 Journal of Orthopedic Surgery” did a study and proved the relationship between vertebral deformities and allergic diseases (4).  They concluded that chronic nerve compression secondary to vertebral deformity in the thoracic region had a significant effect on the immune function of atopic dermatitis and bronchial asthma patients. The adrenal cortex functions of these allergy patients may be in the chronic decline condition with this chronic nerve compression. A sure treatment effect cannot be obtained without considering the nature and the function of the autonomous nerves.

So, in conclusion, if you yourself or if you know of someone suffering with any skin issues, asthma or immune system deficiencies (they get sick more often and easier than others), recommend them to visit our clinic for a Chiropractic evaluation. Chiropractors are the only types of healthcare professionals and doctors that directly treat nerve-impinging subluxations with specific Chiropractic adjustments.

 

Dr_Matthew_Eisen

“Dr. Matt” as he is known to his patients, is in private practice, an author, nationally sought after speaker, visionary and health ambassador to the general public as he educates and empowers others about true health and well-being.  He works in a health clinic in Roswell, GA (just north of Atlanta) and has over 10 years of clinical experience.  You can reach him at drmattcares@gmail.com

Disclaimer: The entire contents of this email are based upon the opinions of the author, unless otherwise noted. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information presented is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician. The information here is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice.  © Copyright  Dr. Matthew Eisen.  All rights reserved.

SOURCES:

1 Y. Takeda & S. Arai : Relationship Between Vertebral Deformities And Allergic Diseases . The Internet Journal of Orthopedic Surgery. 2004 Volume 2 Number 1
2 McEwen, Bruce. Central effects of stress hormones in health and disease:understanding the protective and damaging effects of stress and stress mediators. Eur J Pharmacol. 2008 April 7;583(2-3): 174-185.
3 Seaman, D.R. Dysafferentation: a novel term to describe the neuropathophysiological affects of joint complex dysfunction.  JMPT 1998 21 (4)
4 Y. Takeda & S. Arai : Relationship Between Vertebral Deformities And Allergic Diseases . The Internet Journal of Orthopedic Surgery. 2004 Volume 2 Number 1