If you would like to help spare yourself an injury while doing any kind of sport, buy yourself and few different types of comfortable sneakers that coincide with the type of sport or training you are doing. Rotate your sneakers daily. Researchers of a 22-week study found that recreational runners who regularly rotated between pairs (most used completely different brands or models) were 39% less likely to suffer a running-related injury than those who run in the same shoes every time. Most of the participants who experienced leg or low-back pain that sidelined them from running for a at least a day ran in just one kind of shoe.
Training in the same shoe everyday will enhance any deficiets by working all the same muscles the same way, while rotating shoes allows for use of all the differently activated muscles.
I also like people to rotate on low-impact days to do some "barefoot" training to help improve balance and toe strength.
Dr. Kimberly Maziarz Carlucci, DC
86 Valley Rd, Montclair, NJ 07042
Foam Roller? What is it and why should I use it?
Yes, it is true, prolonged static stretching during your warm-up can decrease performance in your workout, decrease strength and perhaps leave you open to injury. Static stretching is the old, touch your toes stretch. Study's have found that active stretching and myofascial release is a more effective way to stretch.
A study from the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research shows that myofascial release with a foam roller can dramatically increase your range of motion without any negative effects on strength. The study tested 11 well-trained men. Each man was tested for strength on something similar to a leg-extension machine. The men then foam rolled for two minutes on the quadriceps, seeking to put the entire body weight on the foam roller. After foam rolling, his strength was retested.
Researchers found that the foam rolling did not negatively impact strength. Some previous studies have shown that massage and prolonged stretching can reduce strength, so this was a surprise. Another surprise was how much extra range of motion resulted from the foam rolling. The average was 7-10 degrees of improved knee flexion, but some participants improved by up to 20 degrees.
Foam rolling smooths and lengthens your muscles, and breaks up adhesions and scar tissue. Another benefit is that it helps your muscles relax by activating the sensory receptors connecting your muscle fibers to your tendons. The net effect is better blood circulation, which in turn speeds workout recovery and boosts performance.
On our foam roller page is a video showing an example of how to use a foam roller. Please watch the video. If you hit a sore spot, hold it there for 15 to 30 seconds—you found a tight area that needs special attention. Yes, foam rolling can be painful, but you need only 5 to 10 minutes to reap the benefit. I prefer foam rolling post exercise, but you can roll both before and after for maximum benefit. This helps your muscles return to the proper length and recover even faster because it can prevent the buildup of scar tissue. You can watch the video at the link below or use the lower button link at the end of the post to bring you there directly:
In my practice, I also like to use "The Stick" myofascial roller. This similarly helps to break of adhesions and create circulation in the muscles. The beauty of the stick is that you can stick it in your bag or suitcase and take it to work. The great thing about the foam roller is that you can add extra pressure by using your body weight. The combination of the two is the best!
We sell both products on our "shop our products" page. http://www.forwardmotion.net/shop-our-products.html
Yours in health, Dr. Kim Maziarz Carlucci
Body builders and fitness professionals have been using chiropractic in order to stay healthy and fit. Should you be getting adjusted....and why? In addition to serving athletes at the 2009 World Games in Taiwan, in 2010 Chiropractic was fully integrated in caring for athletes at the Olympic games. 77% of the NFL use chiropractic and have one on staff. Baseball pro 's like Mark Texiera use them all the time. Most professional teams employ chiropractors. Long term chiropractic advocate Arnold Schwarzenegger has used chiropractic long before it was in vogue. In the 1930's, Dr. Erle Painter, DC was Babe Ruth's chiropractor and worked on the NY Yankees.
Why is chiropractic so popular among athletes?
Chiropractic helps to improve and enhance athletic performance and Chiropractic helps keep athletes on the field and helps to prevent minor injuries from becoming major ones.
Fifty athletes were divided into two groups. One group received chiropractic care while the control group did not receive care while the control group did not receive care. They were tested for agility, balance, power, speed and hand reaction time. After 12 weeks, the chiropractic group's improvement was 16.7% including a more then 30% improvement in reaction time! Journal of Chiropractic Research and Clinical Investigations 1991;6(4):84-87
This is only one of many studies on chiropractic and sports enhancement.
Hey coach's, need a sports doctor for your team? Many doctors of chiropractic get involved with their local little league, neighborhood and school teams. Why not ask your chiropractor if he or she might be interested in providing chiropractic care to your athletes or sponsoring a team?
Yours in health,
Dr. Kimberly Maziarz Carlucci, DC
Unless having a sure diagnosis of Celiac Disease which means no gluten what-so-ever, I believe in an 80%/20% diet which consists of just the lower 20% reserved for high quality, no GMO grains. The other 80% should consist of good fats (olive oil, coconut oil, grape-seed oil), proteins (fish such as wild pacific salmon, grass-fed beef, free range and non hormone chickens and eggs) and mostly vegetables consisting of as many different colors you can get in each meal, some raw, some lightly cooked and none with pesticides, preservatives, hormones or artificial flavors or colors. Cheese should be from grass-fed, free range animals and should be raw, such as a good, aged parmigiana. Milk products are worse for you and un-digestible the more the pasteurization and homogenization. Ultra-pasteurized is not only useless for the body but inflammatory. If you actually keep a diary of what you are eating daily for a week, I think you will be surprised at how many "fillers" such as breads, muffins, grains you are actually eating. The rule of thumb is to think about how you feel about an hour after you have eaten something. If you feel terrible, remove it from the diet for a couple of weeks and then see how you feel if you eat it again. You should have some functional blood-work to look for inflammatory bowel issues that might be causing deficiencies in your system. If you have any questions on these types of tests, please do not hesitate to contact me. I feel best myself in the 90%/10% range and try to reserve my 10% for when I am "cheating" or at a party. Please remember if you think you may have Celiac or gluten sensitivity/intolerance, on average it takes many different doctors and about 4 years of missed diagnoses and treatments. Don't stop looking for your answer until you feel energetic and vibrant again!
Yours in health,
Dr. Kimberly Maziarz Carlucci, DC
In 2007, nearly 1000 persons per day died of drug overdoses in the United States which was three times higher than in 1991. Prescription drugs have accounted for most of the increase in those death rates. Prominent among these prescription drug-related deaths and Emergency Room Visits are opioid pain relievers, also known as narcotic or opioid analgesics, a class of drugs that includes oxycodone, methadone, and hydrocodone, among others, OPR now account for more overdose deaths than heroin and cocaine combined!
Cifuentes, Willets, and Wasiak (2011) reported in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: "In work-related nonspecific low back pain, the use of health maintenance care provided by physical therapists or physician services was associated with a higher disability recurrence than in chiropractic services or no treatment." They went on to report, "In general...those cases treated by chiropractors consistently tended to have a lower proportion in each of the categories for severity proxy compared to the other groups; fewer used opiates and had surgery. In addition, people who were mostly treated by chiropractors had, on average, less expensive medical services and shorter initial periods of disability than cases treated by other providers" (Cifuentes et al., 2011, p.396)
It makes sense that chiropractic being the first-line referral, the doctor of chiropractic gets to educate and treat the patient in a non-drug environment while offering a real solution to both the opioid epidemic and the vast array of solutions to other issues that chiropractic can offer.
Taken from Dr. Mark Studin DC's article in the American Chiropractor
It is very easy to get used to taking something medicine wise in order to hid a symptom. The problem, the body builds a tolerance and is always looking for a higher, stronger dosage. Your chiropractor is trained to guide you in natural alternatives to pain medication, including diet and exercise, and it is our goal to get to the cause of the problem, not to just control the symptoms. Another thought, what mindset are we teaching our children? If it hurts pop a pill? If your sick there is always a medicine for that? If your sad, take something? Just a thought.
Yours in health,
Dr. Kimberly Maziarz Carlucci DC
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It has long been known that chiropractic care has helped millions of children's bodies resolve ear infections without the use of antibiotiotcs. When an adjustment is applied to a mis-aligned spine, the immune system boosts, the body balances itself, the sinuses and ear tubes begin to drain, and the body begins the process of healing. The benefit of healing naturally is this: When the body fights and defeats an illness without the use of medicines, it remembers how to defeat the illness the next time the perons comes in contact with the same illness, thus getting off the antibiotic rollercoaster. Underlying causes of ear infections range from mis-aligned vertebrae, food allergies, airbourne allergies, and a high toxic load/body burden. The following is an interesting study done by my collegues.
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Yours in health,
Dr. Kimberly Maziarz Carlucci, DC
Charmaine Lanjopoulos, D.C.Bio & Damaris Lanjopoulos, D.C. Bio Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health - Chiropractic ~ Volume 2012 ~ Issue 3 ~ Pages 81-84 Abstract Objective: To describe chiropractic care of a 2-year-old female with chronic otitis media, difficulty sleeping, irritability, skin sensitivities to clothes and being held or touched. Clinical Features: A two year old female was brought into the office by her mother with complaints of chronic otitis media, inability to sleep through the night, and skin sensitivities/tactile hypersensitivity to clothes and touch. Medical doctors had diagnosed the patient with chronic ear infections and a fractured clavicle due to birth trauma. The patient also had episodes of temper tantrums and violence towards her older sister. Subluxations were detected in the cervical, dorsal, lumbar and sacroiliac region according to Activator Methods protocol. Intervention and Outcomes: The patient received chiropractic care utilizing the Activator Methods Technique. After three adjustments the patient slept through the night for the first time. After four months of care she no longer had ear infections, she was consistently sleeping through the night, was less irritable, able to wear clothes without discomfort, and much more willing to hug and be held. Conclusion: A positive outcome in a case of a two year old with chronic otitis media, sleeping difficulties, tactile hypersensitivity and vertebral subluxation is described. Research has shown a relationship between chronic ear infections and upper cervical subluxations as well as a relationship between upper cervical subluxations and sleeping difficulties. There is a need for further research to show the connection between vertebral subluxations, chronic otitis media, sleeping difficulties, and sensory integration. Key Words: Chiropractic, otitis media, sleep, Activator Methods, adjustment, skin sensitivities, sensory integration dysfunction, autism spectrum, tactile hypersensitivity, vertebral subluxation
“Back to the Basics…”
“God breathed into man the breath of life—we add—and left within, a body manager to regulate body functions including reproduction of cells. There is a power within you—you recognize it in others as the ability to move-see-hear-speak breathe. What is this power? Who can answer? We call that power INNATE INTELLIGENCE. You look around you and recognize there is a power that governs and controls the universe and all things in it. You may call it NATURE or you may say it is AN ACT OF GOD. But whatever you choose to call it, you do recognize a FORCE.
“Within YOU is a ‘grain’ of the universal power. If there were not, you would cease to move, see, hear, breathe, feel—exist as a HUMAN INTELLIGENT BEING. As long as that power within you has control of your body a state of HEALTH exists. Should something interfere with normal control of that internal power—then you cease to enjoy your birthright—HEALTH—instead a state of dis-ease becomes prominent.
“Healing is a process afforded you by your Creator and is above and beyond the control of man. Your Chiropractor does everything possible to help Innate heal—but he cannot heal nor can anyone else produce healing for you. When the right adjustment is made, Innate goes to work. You feel the results when dis-ease turns to ease.” – BJ Palmer
Chiropractic's famous first adjustment is recognized each year on Founder's Day, commemorating September 18th, 1895, when Dr. Daniel David Palmer administered his initial specific chiropractic adjustment on Harvey Lillard in Davenport, Iowa. Dr. D.D. Palmer delivered the first chiropractic adjustment with the specific intent of realigning a malpositioned vertebra, restoring its normal position, in an attempt to restore a hearing defect. That attempt, as the world now knows, was successful.
From an innovative scientific concept, the science and practice of chiropractic rapidly gained official status through the legislatures of the various states under the authorities reserved to the states in the U.S. Constitution to "regulate the professions and the trades." The legal development of chiropractic began shortly after the initial articulation of chiropractic principles and, by the 1920s, chiropractic was well on the way to formal legal recognition and regulation through licensure in numerous states.
Suffering from poor circulation, constipation, depression, fatigue, thinning bones, weight gain, or memory loss? These are just a few things that exercise can improve. The newest research shows the surest way to build brain power is by exercising. I know you are busy and you think that you do not need to exercise because you are "running around all day", but the truth is, that is not exercising. Exercise is putting aside time to focus only on moving your body. If you do not know how, start to walk, then seek out a friend who likes to exercise, and exercise with them. I always feel that you cannot push yourself like a personal trainer can, so I am a huge advocate of hiring a personal trainer. After a couple of sessions, you will start to see the changes in your body, your sleep, your anxiety levels and after a few months you will see it on your blood work. So start moving! Below is a great article, please read it.
We chiropractors think it is ironic that health care is called "health care". What you are buying is "sick" care. You go to the medical doctor when you are sick and have symptoms.
Health care should be used for healthy choices that keep you from getting sick, i.e. the gym, massage, chiropractic adjustments, yoga, prayer and good food.
I know a secret! If you maintain your health, maintain your spinal alignment, keep pressure off nerves, eat well, sleep well and exercise.....this is health care, this is what chiropractic is.
Hippocrates, the father of medicine stated: "Look well to the spine for the cause of disease".
If you maintain your spine and live a healthy chiropractic lifestyle, you will find that health follows.
Dr. Kim Maziarz Carlucci, DC
I have been a chiropractor for since 1996 but an athlete since I played baseball with the boys in the early pee wee leagues. I continued with sports throughout my high school career: softball, basketball, skiing and competitive horseback riding. In chiropractic school I was introduced to functional exercise and structural rehabilitation and continue to do this type of exercise to this day with great success.
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