What Pro-Athletes Know That We Don’t?

Top athletes and performers challenge their physical and mental limits everyday. They don’t wait until they get sick or injured to take care of themselves. They fine tune their bodies regularly with Chiropractic lifestyle care.

   A recent study found that athletes who participated in regular Chiropractic care enjoyed a 10% improvement in their overall performance time and results compared to athletes who were not under chiropractic care. World-class athletes like Lance Armstrong, Roger Craig, Emmitt Smith, the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team and others know that Chiropractic care can give you the extra edge you need in your athletic performance and in life.  In fact, many amateur and professional athletes would not even consider competing without first being adjusted by their Chiropractor. Olympic gold medalist, Dan O’Brien said, “You obviously can’t compete at your fullest if you’re not in alignment.  Chiropractic is essential for my training.Pentz Family Chiropractic Usain Bolt Gets Adjusted

   A 10% improvement in athletic performance is a huge amount for an athlete or for anyone. Just think about it. 10% can mean the difference between running a 10 second hundred-meter dash or an 11 second hundred-meter dash. For a runner it could mean winning the race versus not even making the team.

   What if your immune system functioned 10% better and you got 10 % better sleep? Chiropractic can help you heal quickly, maximize your athletic potential and make the most of your training. On the other side of the coin, what if your spine had a subluxation, spinal injury with nerve pressure, and your body functioned 10% worse?

   With the right support team in place, pro-athletes, and young athletes alike, can increase their performance while they maximize their future health potential.

   Research has shown that spinal nerves are much more susceptible to pressure than previously thought.  A University of Colorado study concluded that only 5-10mm of mercury pressure (about the weight of a dime) can reduce nerve transmission while the stretching of a nerve by as little as 6% can decrease its strength by up to 70%. Unbalanced spines lead to increased incidence of sports injury and disc degeneration while also affecting the function of your entire body.

Coaches, athletes, and doctors are realizing that pain-killing drugs are not the answer to sports-related injuries. They merely cover up the symptoms, deceiving the athlete into actions which could make the injury more serious.

   Chiropractic lifestyle care can get you in the best health possible.  These check ups will ensure that your spine is growing and developing in a healthy, balanced way without pressure on the nerves or spinal cord.

   Too many amateur and professional athletes are sidelined with injuries that could be avoided. Others sit it out on the bench because their injuries are not responding to common treatments. Still others are playing, but at less than peak efficiency, simply because their spine is out of balance.

Make Chiropractic care a part of your lifestyle today. If your body were functioning at a 10% higher level, the difference over time would be extraordinary!!

Pentz Family Chiropractic Life Center located in beautiful Summerville, South Carolina (843) 879-9824 pentzfamilychiropractic.com

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Enjoy a Healthy, Pain Free Pregnancy

 Pregnancy is a beautiful and natural process.  From the moment of conception and throughout pregnancy, your body’s Innate Intelligence is busy coordinating the physical and hormonal changes that are necessary for creating the perfect environment for your developing baby while also preparing the mom’s body for a healthy delivery.

   Some of these changes such as gaining weight, bulging abdomen, increased back curve, pelvic ligament laxity, and postural changes can result in subluxations to the spine and pressure on the nervous system that make pregnancy a painful experience, rather than a joyful one.Pentz Family Chiropractic Summerville Wellness Blog Enjoy a Healthy Pain-Free Pregnancy

   Your nervous system is the master communication system to all the body systems including the reproductive system.  Keeping the spine aligned helps the entire body work more effectively and adapt to these changes with ease. Imbalances in the pelvis and lower back can put pressure on these nerves causing mom to experience pain or other health problems that may be “blamed” on pregnancy, when they are really caused by pressure on the nerves.

   Establishing pelvic balance and alignment is vital during pregnancy for the baby as well.  When the mother’s pelvis is misaligned it may reduce the amount of room available for the developing baby.  This restriction is called intrauterine constraint.  A misaligned pelvis may also make it difficult for the baby to get into the best position for delivery.

   Chiropractic care during pregnancy can provide the following benefits:

  • Maintaining a healthier pregnancy
  • Controlling symptoms of nausea
  • Reducing the time of labor and delivery (by nearly 25% reduction in the average labor times in those receiving chiropractic care versus the generally accepted average labor time in women who had given birth in the past, there was a 33% reduction in average labor time (Fallon J. International Chiropractic Association, 1994 – Virginia)
  • Relieving back, neck or joint pain (Researchers found 7/10 women were helped by spinal manipulation in this study: Bery G, Hammar M,Moller-Nielsen J et al. Obstet and Gynecol 72:71-75, 1988)
  • Preventing a potential cesarean section

   Currently, the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association recommends that women receive chiropractic care throughout pregnancy to establish pelvic balance and optimize the room a baby has for development throughout pregnancy. With a balanced pelvis, babies have a greater chance of moving into the correct position for birth, and the crisis and worry associated with breech and posterior presentations can be avoided altogether.  Optimal baby positioning at the time of birth also eliminates the potential for dystocia (difficult labor) and therefore results in easier and safer deliveries for both the mother and baby.

   Many obstetricians and midwives work closely with chiropractors, as a team, to ensure the healthiest pregnancy for mom, and the safest delivery for baby.

   Chiropractic care can also help mom even after the baby is born. In the eight weeks after delivery, the ligaments that loosened during pregnancy begin to tighten again. Aligning the spine and pelvis as these ligaments return to their normal state can speed the healing from deliver and ensure a healthy future. And don’t forget to make sure your new baby’s spine and nervous system is healthy with a simple chiropractic checkup immediately after they are born.

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Cardiovascular Disease: Taking a Dive with Chiropractic Care?

Cardiovascular disease is believed to be controlled through diet, exercise, controlling blood cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as getting sleep and banning cigarettes.  Yet, studies have revealed Chiropractic care may have a more dominant impact on lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease!

Dysfunctions in spinal alignment may be a significant factor in a number of disorders according to researchers.  Such imbalances can aggravate a person’s nervous system and lead to a variety of different dysfunctions!

The first study found that adjustments to patients helped lower heart rates for those with higher heart rates.  Chiropractic care is therapeutic for the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems, which can directly affect heart rate variability.
Pentz Family Chiropractic Summerville Wellness blog Researchers have proposed that back pain and heightened stress can cause a raise in heart rates.  Thus, researchers have suggested that Chiropractic intervention went right to the cause of the problem.

Another study investigated the connection between blood pressure and anxiety levels and the changes after subjects received chiropractic care.  Results showed a lowering in not only blood pressure, but also anxiety, again boosting hope that cardiovascular disease may lower with Chiropractic care.

Finally, a man at age 54 pursued chiropractic care and his lipid panel normalized.  Only Chiropractic care – not traditional care – was applied in his treatment.  The man went to the chiropractic office seeking care for abnormal lipid levels with a history of heart attack and angioplasty.  His lipid panel showed abnormal levels of cholesterol, LDL, HDL and triglycerides.  Additional complaints included emotional instability, constipation and stiff muscles in his neck.  He was also suffering from depression.

The Chiropractor evaluated him and found vertebral subluxations.  As a result of ongoing Chiropractic care, the man’s cholesterol, HDL, LDL and triglycerides had all improved and he reported an improvement in emotional and cognitive function.  Dr. Matthew McCoy published and conducted the above case study.  he both a Chiropractor and health researcher.  He stated that, ” All of these findings make sense because lowering nerve interference is the key to reducing problems related to cardiovascular disease, which is what the man in the case study experienced.”

Regular procedures for patients with heart disease include prescriptions for statin drugs.  This medication can cause harmful side effects and they DO NOT extend a person’s life span.

Instead of limiting Chiropractic care to pain and injury therapy, it is important everyone learns how Chiropractic can benefit their entire nervous system!

Reference: Cheney, Danelle.  Nov. 24, 2013 http://guardianlv.com/2013/11/cardiovascular-disease-may-take-a-dive-with-chiropractic-care/

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This Is Your Year to Make’em. Keep ’em.

Happy New Year!  Whether you made your New Year’s Resolutions as a formal written plan or you just have some thoughts wandering in your head about how you would like your life to change, these tips will help you.  We are here to help you, your family and friends make their lives better in 2015.

Draw a line in the sand.  Research shows that more than fifty percent of the people who make New Year’s Resolutions do not keep them.
Pentz Family Chiropractic Summerville Dr. April Leary New Year Pic
If not now, when?  How many years in a row have you made similar resolutions?  Whether it is to lose weight, take care of your spine, improve your relationships, start that new venture or give up abusive habits, these goals will not be reached until you commit to making the changes that YOU know YOU need to make.

Write down the things you know you want to change.  List the immediate and log term changes and make a note as to why those changes matter to you.  Make your reasons compelling so that you have the lasting motivation to stick with it and draw a line in the sand.  Stay conscious about that changes by keeping this list with you to remind you of your commitments and draw a line for yourself by not tolerating going back.

Think about what you are gaining.  Too many people give up on their New Year’s Resolutions because they think about what they are depriving themselves of and not about what they are gaining.  As an example, when you lose weight you are also gaining energy and a feeling of youthfulness.

There are so many “gains” that will improve your life with your commitment to your New Year’s Resolutions.  Shifting the way you think will result in a more positive attitude towards life, people. you work and your skills.  You will begin to feel a sense of control over your situation and circumstances.  You will begin to have more fun.  By thinking this way you will discover an innate sense of energy that will fuel your new habits and new life during this New Year.

Make your health your top priority.  When you lose your health, everything stops.  Many people list different ways they can improve their health.  Chiropractic Lifestyle Care belongs at the top of the list.  Pain relief is on thing and having your body function at a very high level is another.  Maybe this will be your year to get off the pain and sickness roller coaster ride and take your health to the next level.  if you or your loved ones have been crisis motivated, then consider it a crisis that you have made the same resolution over and over again and not kept them.  It’s a crisis if you life revolves around pain relief and symptom masking drugs, feeling tired and sluggish and are not expressing your innate, genetic capabilities to the fullest.  Don’t wait for a heart attack, herniated disc or serious illness!  Make this your year that you turn your power on.

Adjust your lifestyle today and every day in 2015 and this will be your best year ever!

Call 843-879-9824 to schedule your New Year appointment with Pentz Family Chiropractic today! http://www.pentzfamilychiropractic.com