Today's women, no matter what their age, fulfill many roles often at the same time. Every day life has become very complicated and stressful, with so many demands on time, energy and emotions. Dealing with all this on a daily basis isn't easy and trying to deal with it while going through menopause can seem daunting. However, there are several ways to keep humming along, without suffering all the effects of menopause.
Menopause causes hot flashes, sleep deprivation, weight gain and general fatigue. All of these effects are caused by the system being flooded with hormones, which are the chemicals that the glands in body release into your blood system. These hormones affect your body in different ways: one's metabolism how the body converts food to energy, sexual function, reproduction and mood.
The adrenal glands sit on top of your kidneys and release three different kinds of hormones. Cortisol is the one that gives the "fight or flight" response, the one that enables a 110-pound woman to lift a car off her loved one. Stress, either physical or emotional, causes the adrenals to release more adrenaline and cortisol. Add menopause to everyday chronic stress, and the adrenals will release excessive amounts of cortisol, leaving the woman fatigued.
A woman's normal response to these extreme fluctuations in her body's chemistry is to crave sugary and/or salty foods and pump her body full of caffeine-enriched drinks to keep her going. Unfortunately, the extra snacks put the weight on and the caffeine wreaks havoc on an already over-worked adrenal system.
So, what can a woman do to get through menopause more smoothly? For one thing, stay away from the sugar, salt and caffeine. She can stay away from processed foods and those having a lot of sugar and salt in them, because these things can and do affect mood and waistlines. Her doctor can set her up with a healthy diet that she can follow. For example, some women may benefit from eating smaller meals throughout the day to even out blood sugar and energy levels.
Unless we grow it ourselves, we do not know how our food has been grown or processed. It is important to add Whole Food nutritional supplements that help support the adrenal system. Dr. Jeremy Hozjan, a Natural Healing Expert, can recommend natural supplements that specifically target the adrenals for better health and smoother sailing through menopause. Menopausal women are great candidates for Whole Body Purification!
What's your lifestyle? Are you a walker or runner? Do you play a sport? Or are you rather sedentary but enjoy gardening? Whatever it is, your overall health depends on a healthy musculoskeletal system, the body's web of bones, cartilage, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and other connective tissue that support all your organs and provide movement.
Every part of your musculoskeletal works together to ease pressure on its separate parts, give you balance and protect your organs. Whether you participate in repetitive motion sports like tennis or cycling, run marathons or are a mall walker, it's important to keep this system in top-notch shape.
Like every other part of your body, change is constantly occurring in the musculoskeletal system. The bone tissue is always being replaced with new cells so that almost every 10 years, the bones are remodeled or renewed totally. To help with this process and the maintenance of bone density and strength, it is important to do weight-bearing exercise coupled with the necessary nutrients, minerals and vitamins, especially calcium and vitamin D, that contribute to healthy bones with sufficient bone density and strength.
After age 30 the aging process affects bone density. This occurs in both men and women. However, for women it is more rapid after menopause. The need for extra minerals and vitamins is increased and the need for continued weight-bearing exercise is essential. Another effect of aging on the musculoskeletal system is the loss of resiliency in the joints and overall flexibility in the ligaments and tendons. Exercise programs such as yoga and Pilates can be very helpful. Of course, a healthy diet, drinking lots of water and taking high quality Whole Food nutritional supplements to support movement are essential.
To keep moving can be a challenge as you grow older, but Dr. Hozjan can help set up a regimen for you that may include chiropractic treatment, natural Whole Food supplements and/or an exercise program. So, whether you're a ballroom dancer, a daily jogger or cycler or play in a tennis or volleyball league, Dr. Hozjan can help you continue to enjoy these activities, without pain and with good range of motion.
A patient of mine told me, when she was turning 50, that she would fight this aging thing all the way. Of course, there are all sorts of cosmetic and surgical ways not to look old, but the body's degeneration is still going to happen.
The body's aging process manifests itself as osteoarthritis, stiffening of the joints, circulation problems, constipation, and other annoying problems. But one doesn't have to suffer from them. Sure, there are prescription and over-the-counter medications one can take, but they only mask the symptoms and can have harmful side effects.
So, what's a body to do? Research has shown that regular chiropractic care can alleviate much of the unpleasantness of aging, including:
- Better range of motion: When your ability to move is impaired, your level of activity diminishes and your circle of friends becomes smaller. Chiropractic care works to keep you moving, thereby reducing pain and increasing your feeling of well being.
- Improved wellness: Now that chiropractic care has improved your range of motion, you will find your all around health has improved. By relieving the tensions built up from misalignment of the spine, circulation improves. You stand straighter and taller and breathe more easily and are better able to maintain or enhance the quality of life you enjoy.
- Better quality of care: In a recent survey on patient satisfaction of patients of primary care physicians compared to those patients of chiropractice physicians, the results showed 34 percent of patients of primary care physicians were satisfied, compared to 59 percent of patients of chiropractic physicians. Plus, 88 percent of those patients reported that spinal manipulations were successful. (Consumer Reports, May 2009)
Yours in Health,
Dr. Jeremy Hozjan
Up to 40% of athletes suffer from back pain, and many are forced to sit on the sidelines as a result of their disability. With dozens of treatment options available, you may wonder which will allow you to return to play as quickly and as safely as possible.
A recent study suggests that chiropractic is the best option for athletes with back pain.
The study compared various treatments including several different medications, acupuncture, massage, physical therapy, chiropractic, laser treatments, ultrasound, and cold/heat therapy.
Out of all those treatments, chiropractic adjustments and heat therapy produced the strongest clinical benefits with the least amount of side effects.
If back pain is keeping you out of the game, a chiropractor can identify the source of your symptoms and develop an individualized treatment plan to make your return to play efficient and safe.
Contact our office to learn more.
Petering R and Webb C. Treatment options for low back pain in athletes. Sports Health 2011; 3(6): 550555.
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Fortunately, a recent study offers hope to sciatica patients: chiropractic care can speed the recovery from sciatica flare ups and allow patients to return to work sooner (2).
The study evaluated 44 Norwegian workers after they came to the hospital with severe sciatica pain. Most of those patients had been experiencing pain for three or more weeks prior to their hospital visit.
The hospital chiropractor examined each patient to evaluate his/her posture and gait, range of motion, and palpation of the lumbar spine.
The chiropractic then performed various joint adjustments to the spine and other limbs that had been injured through patients compensating for pain. Ice treatment was also used to relieve soft tissue soreness.Patients were treated daily in the hospital and later three times a week for the first two weeks. Some patients needed additional follow-up treatment but typically did not exceed 14 treatments.
In matter of 21 days, 91% of patients returned to work full-time. Two patients returned to work part time. Researchers concluded this study demonstrates the potent benefits of collaboration between chiropractors and orthopedic surgeons. Chiropractic care can put an end to your sciatica pain so you can begin living your life fully again.
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- Arana E, Marti-Bonmati L, Vega M, et al. Relationship between low back pain, disability, MR imaging findings and health care provider. Skeletal Radiology 2006;35(9):641-7.
- Orlin JR, Didriksen A. Results of chiropractic treatment of lumbopelvic fixation in 44 patients admitted to an orthopedic department. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2007;30:135-139.