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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Buying Another Purse May Improve Your Health…

Sean P. Konrad, DC

Can more purses mean better health??!

For many women, handbags are one of the most expensive items on their shopping list, as well as one of the most satisfying purchases as shown by retail surveys. The pleasure associated with buying a new fashionable purse often trumps the excitement of getting that new pair of heels.

Purses although fun and exciting for many women, may also lead to great stress on your body. Certain purse designs or carrying habits may add undue stress to and become the primary culprit for various types of back pain, neck pain and shoulder conditions.

Here are three purse carrying traits that can have a negative impact on your health:

1.      Carrying your purse on the same side of your body. This is the most common purse carrying mistake that women make. Many activities are done using either a right or left handed preference. However some activities allow us to be ambidextrous without too much thought or practice.

Lugging a purse around is one of those instances in which sharing the stress between both sides of your body throughout the day will prove to be a significant stress reducer. However many women choose their favorite shoulder to carry their purse on and rarely switch. This can lead to body asymmetries and structural health issues.

2.      Patients who have a chronic hand condition may find that their purse is one of the stressors that have a negative effect on their hand problem. Conditions such as trigger finger and hand arthritis can be aggravated by carrying a purse with a flimsy strap or handle.

This applies when hand carrying your purse, and also when temporarily holding it before placing the strap over your shoulder.

A firm handle will allow even weight distribution across your fingers. This will lessen the stress on the tiny finger and hand joints, especially on the pinky and index fingers because they tend to take the brunt of the trauma associated with carrying a purse by hand.

3.      Carrying the same purse or similar design of handbag every day can lead to a routine pattern of sustained stress. If you don’t regularly alter the style of purse you use, your body may potentially develop an abnormal postural asymmetry.

Some purses may contain fewer items and the weight will vary. Other purses will have a different thickness to the handle or strap, which will distribute the weight differently across your shoulder.

With a shorter purse handle you’d be inclined to carry it by hand verses over your shoulder.

If you use an assortment of handbags, each one with a slightly different shape, size and weight, you’ll notice some variations in how you lift and handle them. Because of that, you’ll experience a variety of changing stress patterns versus the same routine stress pattern on a daily basis. This will have an overall positive effect on your body.

Wearing a fanny pack occasionally would also reduce body stress. More people are scaling down on how many things they take with them, thus making the fanny pack a viable option for some.

With Christmas rapidly approaching, what a great holiday wish list idea – more purses!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Popping Is For Corn Kernels, Not Knuckles!

Life in Motion Chiropractic and Wellness, Ridgway, PA

Have you ever wondered what's actually happening when you pop your knuckles? Is it bad to do so? What makes that loud cracking sound?

The knuckle is a joint where two finger bones meet. This joint is encased by ligaments known as the joint capsule. The capsule is an enclosed space around the joint, filled with a lubricating substance called synovial fluid.

Synovial fluid contains tiny gas bubbles, which escape the joint capsule when you pop your knuckles. This is what produces the popping sound.

If you are a chronic popper you are constantly placing higher than normal stress on these tiny ligaments and capsules, and over time they may become more lax.
Hand and Foot Chiropractor

This can cause the joints to become “hyper- mobile”, where the finger joints become slightly unstable. The abnormal motion in the finger joints can lead to irritation and increased discomfort.

The act of popping your knuckles may provide instantaneous relief, but it’s only temporary. Poppers find the urge and need to continue popping their knuckles in order to experience another dose of temporary relief. Habitual poppers often complain of stiff, painful and uncomfortable finger joints that become progressively worse over time.

Why is it okay to receive a chiropractic hand adjustment, but not pop your own knuckles?

When you self-pop your joints you’re inflicting a random stress to the ligaments and capsule, which may eventually cause the joints to become hypermobile and misaligned. On the other hand, a chiropractic adjustment is a specific procedure where we strategically, gently realign the misaligned bones and joints. Through gentle adjustments the finger and hand joints will regain their healthy alignment. The chiropractic adjustment is a specific movement in a precise direction, versus a generalized, random movement when you pop your own knuckles.

If you are a long-time knuckle popper or suffer with hand or finger stiffness and often feel the urge to pop your knuckles, you are in luck! Most chiropractors focus primarily on treating the spine; however our clinic is one of the few in your area which also adjusts the hands. If you suffer with a hand problem, be sure to schedule a chiropractic evaluation with us to see if we can improve your condition.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

A Simple Exercise to Strengthen Foot Arches

Life in Motion Chiropractic and Wellness, Ridgway

Some flat footed people have experienced a dropping of their arches over a period of time, whereas others may have grown up from a young age, never having developed an arch.

In either case it’s important to understand that a reduction in the arches of the feet is not due to a malformation of the feet, rather it’s due to a misalignment of the 26 bones in each foot.

That’s why chiropractic adjustments to the bones and joints of the feet can lead to an improvement and increased height of the arches. Better foot bone and joint alignment is consistent with better foot function and arch support.

In addition to chiropractic foot adjustments, patients with reduced arches should adopt a regular routine of rehabilitative exercises to help improve arch function and strength.
One of the most effective, and yet a very simple foot exercise to perform is known as toe curls. You can do this exercise with ease and in the comfort of your home.

The toe curl exercise will require a couple common pieces of household equipment. You’ll need a chair and a bath towel. You can do this exercise pretty much anywhere, however it’s best to find a location with a smooth, hard floor.
Corrective Exercise for arch of foot
Toe Scrunches

Place the towel on the floor and smooth it out in front of the chair. Sit and rest one foot on top of the towel with your heel near the edge and your toes pointing toward the center. While your foot is resting comfortably on the towel, flex (curl) all five toes pulling the towel toward your heel.

With each toe curl you’ll only move the towel an inch or two toward your heel. Repeat the process again and again until you’ve successfully pulled the entire length of the towel toward your heel. Continue to flatten the towel out across the floor and repeat the process several times for both feet.

This toe curl exercise will strengthen the tiny muscles that work to lift and support the arches.

Flat footed patients who have had their feet adjusted for a period of time will experience better results from arch strengthening foot exercises. The process of having your foot bones and joints realigned  through chiropractic will better prepare your feet for arch strengthening exercises.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Chiropractors - Primary Care Professionals for Spinal Health and Well-being

Primary Care Professionals for Spinal Health

In an age of increasing specialization, decreasing availability of primary care providers, and increasing bureaucracy in accessing care, patients need to interact with care providers who can assess and treat their musculoskeletal complaints. However, what is even more necessary is a focus on wellness and health optimization. This is the wheelhouse of a chiropractor.

As primary care professionals for spinal health and well-being, doctors of chiropractic provide qualified, effective care that promotes health, alleviates pain and improves quality of life. Doctors of chiropractic are extensively educated in the assessment and management of conditions affecting the spinal and extremity joints and associated neurology, and based on examination findings and indication for care, the chiropractor will recommend a short course of care to help relieve pain and improve function.

Chiropractic patient management includes manual techniques with particular competency in joint adjustment and/or manipulation, myofascial/trigger point therapy, rehabilitation exercises, patient education in lifestyle and nutritional modification, and the use of adjunctive therapeutic modalities, orthotics and other supports.

The benefits of chiropractic care include:

- Relief from pregnancy-related backache []

- Correction of hip, gait, and foot problems []

- Improved flexibility, stability, balance and coordination []

- Prevention of work-related muscle and joint injuries

- Treatment of sports related injury []

- Improved function and ability to better perform the activities of daily living []


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Importance of Posture as It Relates to Injury


How a person physically presents themself in an upright standing position is considered the base from which an individual moves and reflects the alignment of the body. Posture provides the foundation from which the arms and legs function. As with any structure, a weak foundation leads to secondary problems elsewhere in the system. For example, if the foundation of your house has shifted it will not become noticeable until cracks appear in the walls or problems occur at the roof.

One of the functional methods utilized by the doctors at Life in Motion Chiropractic and Wellness is a postural assessment which helps to identify muscle imbalances. Postural assessment is an excellent evaluation tool that can help to clarify a person’s musculoskeletal complaint(s) and assists with the development of a treatment plan that will address the causative factors of the complaint  rather than simply treating the symptoms.

As with the house example mentioned earlier, it is easy to add a bit more plaster to a crack in the wall, sand it out, and paint over it. However, if the weakened and shifted foundation of the house is left as is, the visible cracks in the wall will return, or perhaps become larger and be accompanied by problems with the ceiling. Eventually simply patching the structure will no longer work and will lead to an overall renovation or quite possibly reconstruction. The same is true within the body.

Treating musculoskeletal symptoms with over the counter or prescription medications, modification of activities, or simply pushing through the pain, all lead to further dysfunction and cumulative layers of structural and neuromuscular adaptations. By identifying the causative factors of the inflammation, discomfort, or poor performance, our chiropractors can implement the most effective intervention to assist you in alleviating the dysfunction and provide the pain-free functional outcomes you are trying to achieve.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Joint Dysfunction - #ThinkChiropractic

Over time the human body can and will experience static malalignments that alter the optimal resting length and tension of the muscles within the musculoskeletal system. Common static malalignments include joint fixation and myofascial adhesions that lead to or can be caused by poor posture.

Joint dysfunction (a.k.a. hypomobility) is one of the most common causes of pain in the human body.[1] [2] Once a joint has lost its normal range of motion, the muscles around that joint may tighten to minimize the stress at the involved segment (altering the length-tension relationship) or become overactive to prevent movement and further injury (altering the force-couple relationships).[1] [2] This process initiates the cumulative injury cycle which subsequently alters normal movement patterns and leads to structural and functional inefficiency.[3] [4] [5]
Chiropractors Treat Joint Dysfunction
Joint Dysfunction

The doctors at Life in Motion Chiropractic & Wellness have been specifically trained to assess and treat joint dysfunction, myofascial adhesions, as well as a variety of other musculoskeletal disorders. The goal of treatment at Life in Motion Chiropractic and Wellness is to restore balance, flexibility, and control which instills self-efficacy and helps to keep your body moving naturally, feeling good, and aging well.

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[2] Lewit K. Muscular and articular factors in movement restriction. Man Med . 1985;1:83-85.
[3] Sahrmann SA. Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement Impairment Syndromes . St. Louis, MO: Mosby; 2002.
[4] Chaitow L. Muscle Energy Techniques . New York, NY: Churchill Livingstone; 1997.
[5] Sahrmann SA. Does postural assessment contribute to patient care? J Orthop Sports Phys Th er . 2002;32:376-379.