Chiropractic Treatment for Cycling Knee Pain

Cycling Knee InjuriesMost cyclists, whether the competitive, Tour de France type cyclist or the recreational cyclist will experience aches and pains. One of the main injuries cyclist face is knee pain caused by improper bicycle fit, mileage/intensity and training regime.

Understanding the relationship between proper fit and stress at the knee is critical. Pain in the back of the knee may be a result of the seat being too high. Front knee pain may be a result of a seat that is too low.

If you do experience knee pain, monitor it closely and contact our office if the pain persists. Our office will normally recommend several days of rest and ice before returning to a limited schedule of activity. Limit your mileage and intensity to allow the injury to heal. Avoid hilly terrain and ride with easy resistance while gradually building back up to your normal activity.

Your training regime should include proper stretching and gradual increase in training. Understanding the cycling biomechanics will help you enjoy the sport and get the most out of your workout without creating additional stress.

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Chiropractic Treatment for Cycling Injuries

tucson cycling injuriesWith the Tour de France underway, it brings to mind the large cycling community we have in Tucson and the aches and pains they suffer.  Cyclist have a unique set of injuries, most notably lower back pain, neck pain and knee pain. Some of the causes can be:

1. Improper Bike Fit – Minor adjustments to your bike can prevent many of the injuries cyclist suffer.  The seat height can place stress on the front or back of the knee, depending on whether the seat is too high or too low.  The position of the handlebars can affect the lower back, neck and shoulders.

2. Prolonged Posture during Cycling – Prolonged forward posture during cycling adds stress to the spinal discs, muscles and joints.  Proper stretching before, during and after riding will help counteract this stress.  While riding, be conscious of your posture and adjust frequently.  Standing up periodically while riding, bending forward and arching backwards will help relieve the back tension the muscles are experiencing.  Stretching the neck muscles from side to side can keep those muscles from tightening.

3. Road Shock – The continual jarring a cyclist experiences while riding is another major factor in neck and back pain.  The constant road shock results in “Multiple Micro Whiplash” syndrome.  Using padding gloves and a light helmet can help decrease the potential harmful forces.  Wider tires with less inflation also act as a shock absorber.  Frequently changing hand positions and unlocking the elbows also help to dispel the shock.  Most importantly, gradually increasing training will help condition the body.

Having a good chiropractic foundation is the starting point for reducing the pain while cycling.  Also, our office can guide you in stretching exercises, both in warm ups and while riding that will help reduce the stress on your spinal discs, joints and muscles.

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Which Chiropractic Treatment is Right for Headaches – Dr. Jeffry Vendsel

Headaches are the third most common reason for seeking chiropractic care in the United States. Chiropractors commonly use a variety of treatment modalities to care for patients with headaches, including spinal manipulation, joint mobilization, massage, stretching exercises, and soft-tissue therapies.  Many studies on chiropractic for headache focus on a specific type of headache or specific treatment modality but few systematic reviews have examined the overall efficacy of chiropractic for headache.  Do certain headaches respond more favorably to chiropractic treatments?  Will a person with migraine need more exercise therapy compared to someone with tension-type headache?

To answer these questions, researchers from Canada sought to develop evidence-based guidelines for the chiropractic treatment for headache.  They performed an extensive literature review of the research on chiropractic for headache published through August, 2009.  The findings of the controlled clinical trials were assessed to assign an overall strength of evidence and to formulate practice recommendations.

Researchers found a need for further clinical research involving patients with headaches to confirm these benefits.  However, the available evidence suggests that chiropractic care, including spinal manipulations, improves many types of headaches.  Given the current knowledge regarding chiropractic care for headaches, the study authors formulated treatment recommendations based on the type of headache.

For episodic or chronic migraine headaches, spinal manipulations and physiotherapy such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and massage were found to be most effective.  For patients with tension-type headaches there is strong evidence that spinal manipulation is clinically effective.  Low-load craniocervical mobilization may also provide long-term benefits for patients with chronic or episodic tension-type headaches.  Spinal manipulation is recommended for cervicogenic headaches along with  deep neck flexor exercises that will also improve the symptoms associated with these headaches.

While each patient has his or her own set of symptoms and needs, these guidelines can assist doctors in the development of evidence-based treatment plans.

In a previous study, patients with cervicogenic headache experienced reductions in pain and headache intensity after receiving chiropractic or a combination of chiropractic exercise treatments.  And in another earlier study, patients had a 90% reduce in migraine treatment after receiving chiropractic adjustments.

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The Different Types of Chiropractic Treatment

You have low back pain, neck stiffness, or  headaches and you are considering chiropractic treatments, did you know that there are different kinds of chiropractic adjustments?  Understanding the principles of chiropractic treatments and the mail differences between them will help you select the right professional for the treatment of your condition.

Pain Relief

Most people seek out a chiropractor when they are already experiencing pain.  Pain relief is one of the main benefits of chiropractic treatments.

All chiropractic treatment start with a detailed history and examination.  X-rays may need to be taken as well.

A chiropractor will perform manual adjustive procedures to decompress the joints, reduce the muscle stiffness and free the fixations.  Some chiropractors may also use other forms of treatment such as electric stimulation to amplify the benefits of the therapy.  The duration of the treatment will depend on the problem and the severity of the symptoms.

Corrective Treatment

Corrective treatments can take place whether the patient is experiencing pain and discomfort or not.  These procedures are used to correct spinal problems that have been occurring for a long period of time.

Poor posture, stiffness, and coordination issues all result from long term spinal misalignment.  Both children and adults can suffer from such problems.  Chiropractors can asses these problems and outline a program that can correct these issues.

Once the spine has been realigned, the patients will no longer experience unpleasant symptoms.

Preventive Therapies

Maintenance and preventive therapies are two other possibilities for individuals interested in chiropractic treatments.

The body has a way of healing itself and many chiropractors suggest supportive care as a way to stay healthy.  Making sure that the vertebrae are properly aligned is one of the most important steps towards guaranteeing health and high quality of life.

Some of the most Common Chiropractic Techniques

Now that you know the difference  between treatments, it is time to take a look at the most common chiropractic techniques.

It is interesting to point out that there are more than 50 chiropractic adjustive techniques that can be used to relieve pain and prevent the appearances of problems in the future.  Bio energetic synchronization is a common technique that relies on very light touch.  It is used to deal with pinched nerves and to restore the flow of energy through the body.

The sacro occiptal technique (SOT) is used to deal with vertebral subluxations near the sacrum or the base of the spin.  It is one of the key techniques used to address nerve inflammation and improper functioning.

Finally, con flexion distraction is the technique that is used to relieve chronic lower back pain.  Lower back pain aches result from disc compression and a series of stretching manipulations can result in significant symptom reduction.

These are some of the most common techniques that chiropractors can use on their patients.  The technique used by your doctor will be the one best suited for your health problems

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Cleaning Naturally

Cleaning Products

It was in the early 1900’s that our government began the “Cleanliness is close to Godliness” campaign and today we haven’t forgotten it.  It shows in all aspects of our lives and particularly in our homes.  There are numerous kinds of cleaning products sporting different smells and promising the best results.  But have you ever thought about what is actually in these products and how they may affect your health or that of your child?

It may surprise you to know that many of the main ingredients of household cleaners are deadly.  Chlorine which is found in many cleaning products, swimming pools and our water is actually a carcinogen.  Sodium laurel sulfate, a cleaning agent and is also used in many personal hygiene products, lowers brain acuity and is linked to blindness.  Very commonly used in household cleaning items are diethanolsamine a liver poison and naphthalene a central nervous system depressant.  Among the never ending list are formaldehyde and ammonia whose fumes kill brain cells.

The worst thing is that it isn’t just while we use these things that they harm us, it is their build up that continues the negative process.  In fact chemical levels of the air inside your house are 70 times higher than the air outside.  And because of this housewives have a 55% higher chance of having breast cancer than women who work outside the home.  Can you imagine what these chemicals do to children when their respiration rate is 3 times that of an adult?

Look at the bigger picture.  Whatever you put into the water today, you may be drinking tomorrow.  Unfortunately many of the chemicals that we put down our drains, the sanitation companies are not yet equipped to deal with.  And if we as humans are 60 to 70% water, think about what else you are getting as you drink away.  Be good to your earth and be good to you!

For the Future!

Dr. Jeffry T. Vendsel, Advanced Chiropractic, holds an Advanced Certification of Competency Whiplash and Brain Traumatology Certificate from the Spine Research Institute of San Diego as well as being recognized as a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician by the American Board of Chiropractic Sports Physicians.

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Foods to Build Your Immune System

No matter if it is the “Flu season” or the middle of the summer, your body is constantly fighting off allergens, bacteria and viruses.  Most of the time, while your immune system is fighting off these things, you do not feel anything.  You may not exhibit any symptoms at all.  However, when you do have symptoms this is just your body’s natural way of ridding toxins from itself.  For about the last 100 years the tendency has been to run to the “medicine chest” and inundate your body with a substance that promises to “cure” you.  It is good to know that more times than not, your body does not really need any help.  These medicines actually do more harm than good by presenting the immune system with yet another toxin with which it must deal.

Foods to help build your Immune System

Vitamin C: a great start to building your immune system, and also helps to form collagen and elastin in the event of injury.  The following are food high in Vitamin C.

Kiwi – twice the C as Oranges                                  Broccoli

Chili Peppers – red and green ones                           Cauliflower

Brussels sprouts – eat ‘em up                                    Papayas and Guava

Nuts: while high in fat, many nuts can help reduce your LDL cholesterol by 7% to 10%.  Try switching from Peanut butter and nuts to Almond butter though, because Peanuts do not have the same effect.

Fish Oil: time for those Omega 3 oils.  Not only do fish oils help to reduce inflammation, but they also prevent arterial sclerosis and boosts your immune system.

“Fatty” cold water fish ~  Salmon Haddock Mackerel Tuna

Alkalizing foods: It is now known that is an acidic environment in which bacteria and viruses can thrive.  Eating large amounts of sugar, protein and fungus causes acidity.  Eating foods that are alkalizing not only combats acid levels, but boosts your immune system as well.

Tomatoes                    Cucumbers                  Almonds                    Avocados

Lemons                       Sprouts – including sprouted grains          Wheat grass

Soy                             Radishes                     Chia seeds                  Cabbages

Celery                         Garlic                         Spinach                      Kamut

Carrots                        Beets                           Zucchini                    Turnips

Dr. Jeffry T. Vendsel, Advanced Chiropractic, holds an Advanced Certification of Competency Whiplash and Brain Traumatology Certificate from the Spine Research Institute of San Diego as well as being recognized as a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician by the American Board of Chiropractic Sports Physicians.

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Time To Start Living Naturally

It has never before been as easy to find ways to live healthy, naturally!  But why?

Living in America today, it is also very easy to bombard your body with chemicals and toxins.  One of the ways that these toxins can enter the body is through the largest organ, your skin!

Your skin is extremely porous and what you put on it can pass through it into your blood stream.  This includes dish soap, body soap, shampoo and conditioner, antiperspirant, bug spray, and lotion.  Unfortunately, many of these items include ingredients that are harmful not just to your skin but to your body as a whole.

Antiperspirant contains aluminum dioxide which has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease.  The reason for the use of aluminum is that it stops you from sweating, which is your body’s natural way of releasing toxins and also works to cool you down.  Instead of polluting yourself, try a natural deodorant from your local health food store.

Many lotions contain ingredients such as propylene glycol, which is essentially anti-freeze, and propyl paraben, which is essentially an industrial lubricant.  Ask yourself if you want that on your skin, or in your body!  Again, be encouraged to find a healthier way of moisturizing and beautifying your skin.  Check for natural ingredients and preservatives like tea tree oil, grapefruit seed extract and citric acid, instead of things you can’t pronounce.

Deet is the most widely used ingredient in bug spray.  It has been proven to be a carcinogen.  No wonder it keeps the bug away!

Here are a couple of alternatives!

Bug Off Body Oil Spray

30ml Carrier Oil
5 drops Cedar wood EO
4 drops Lemon EO
2 drops Geranium EO
1 drop Citronella EO
Apply to the skin as desired avoiding eye area

Essential oils to repel:

Mosquitoes: basil, cedar, citronella, eucalyptus, geranium, juniper, lavender, lemongrass & rosemary

Ants & Mice: All mints, peppermint, spearmint, etc.

After a bite: Try Lavender essential oil, applying 1 drop neat on the skin!

Be patient, and allow your body time to heal completely!

Dr. Jeffry T. Vendsel, Advanced Chiropractic, holds an Advanced Certification of Competency Whiplash and Brain Traumatology Certificate from the Spine Research Institute of San Diego as well as being recognized as a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician by the American Board of Chiropractic Sports Physicians.

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Monsoons and joint pains … why? Dr. Jeffry Vendsel

Have you ever hear someone say “Its going to rain… I can feel it in my bones.” ?  Did you look at them like they were nuts??  You’d better listen to them!  When meteorologists like Chuck George tell us hat the monsoons are coming…people like I mentioned above are feeling the effects of the pressure build ups.

Barometric pressures changes will directly affect the joints in the human body that are somewhat compromised.  From a slight joint malalignment to a severe arthritic breakdown, the fluid in the joints are not balanced.  When this occurs it can increase swelling within the joints and when the fluid has no where to go, it will produce pressure.  Pressure within the body produces pain and there you go.  You are your own meteorologist!

Many times I have seen people who will come and say to me, “I didn’t do anything, Doc…this pain came out of nowhere!”  They are correct, they may not have done anything wrong but the body is reacting to the pressure.  If you have ever wondered when the best time to get an adjustment was…do it before a rain storm, it will ease the build up of the pressure and allow your body to handle it much better and if you don’t but pain accompanies the rain…that is your cue to come and get your adjustment!

Our bodies know what they need, we just need to listen to them.  So… pain, with no known causes with a forecast of rain, pretty much says it all… I’d better bring and umbrella and I’d better see my Chiropractor!

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Are Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke the same thing? Dr. Jeffry Vendsel

Many people are under the impression that heat exhaustion and heat stroke are the same thing.  They couldn’t be more wrong!

Heat Exhaustion is a condition all on its own that could lead to heat stroke.  Heat Exhaustion is a condition that develops when you are exposed to high temperatures over a number of days and you have become dehydrated because your electrolytes have become imbalanced.  Symptoms can be the following:

  1. Confusion
  2. Dark colored urine
  3. Dizziness
  4. Fainting
  5. Headache
  6. Muscle cramps
  7. Profuse sweating
  8. Rapid Heartbeat+

Heat Stroke is a major medical emergency where the core temperature of your body reaches 105 degrees or higher.  Symptoms of Heat Stroke are:

  1. Throbbing Headache
  2. Dizziness
  3. LACK OF SWEATING (that is the major difference)
  4. Muscles weakness and cramping
  5. Rapid heartbeat and breathing
  6. Seizures
  7. Unconsciousness

Both conditions are preventable if you use your head.  Hydration with water and/or electrolyte liquid products are best.  Avoidance of caffeinated and alcoholic beverages is encouraged.  Clothing should be loose and breathable.  Wear a hat of some kind.  Limit your exposure to extreme heat conditions whenever possible and exercise smartly.

Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke are not the same thing.  Common sense in our Arizona desert climate is a must for all of us to avoid these conditions!

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Healing Takes Time

Nowadays, with the hussle-bussle of the world today, we want everything NOW!  The greatest marketing tool is the boasting of speed.  Copiers are printing out 60 pages per minute, our food can be made in 3 min. or less, our clothes are clean and dry in an hour, as well as our film developed and printed.  We even blow dry our hair.  And if we are late for work, we can make up the time by speeding off in a little fast car.  It seems that the only thing that cannot keep up with the fast paced life of today is the human body!

It is no surprise that when we are sick or have an injury that we seek ways to help or make our bodies heal faster.  Unfortunately, regardless of the sometimes extreme measures that we take, our bodies really just heal on their own time lines.  Many times taking a drug, going to work or working out to soon can make the dis-ease of the body worse.  Really, the best thing to do is to be patient and trust in the body’s ability to heal itself.

We were created by an intelligence that we cannot possibly fathom.  Into each of us was given a gift called the innate intelligence that allows us to grow, heal and reproduce without even needing to think about it.  This all happens without “help” from outside the body.  All we have to do is trust the power within and remember that we heal on God’s time, not our own.  It is all his anyway.

Below are descriptions of the average amount of healing time required for each of the following diseases.

  • Inflammation ~ 3-4 days
  • Tissue Repair ~ 2-6 weeks
  • Tissue Remodeling ~ 3 wks to 1 yr
  • Angiogenesis ~ months to complete
  • Ligaments ~ 50% in 6 months
    80% in 1 year – 100% in 1-3 yrs
  • Muscle Tension ~ 10 days–10 wks
    Proprioceptive adaptation ~8-10 weeks
  • Nerve Regeneration ~ 1mm per day (in a healthy body)
  • Bone regrowth ~ 6 wks to 10 yrs

Be patient, and allow your body time to heal completely!

Dr. Jeffry T. Vendsel, Advanced Chiropractic, holds an Advanced Certification of Competency Whiplash and Brain Traumatology Certificate from the Spine Research Institute of San Diego as well as being recognized as a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician by the American Board of Chiropractic Sports Physicians.

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