Why do my feet prickle when I sit on them too long?

“Why do my feet prickle when I sit on them too long?”

That moment when you try to get up from the floor where you’ve been sitting on your legs for 20 minutes…

They feel like clubs, or someone else’s feet!  …and then it begins… the prickling!  It is not funny, but we laugh to keep from crying!

Eventually, the prickling stops and you can walk again, thankfully!  What caused that?  Some say it was because you cut off the blood supply for too long.  In reality, blood does not have feelings!  So it isn’t the blood supply.

It is actually the fact that you pinched the nerves that send messages to your feet.  When you unfloded your body, the nerves began to wake up and pain is the first sensation.

It’s the same thing that happens to segments of your spine when something (like a bone or a swollen tissue) is leaning on a nerve!  And that’s where I come in.  I move bones and stuff off of the nerves so they can wake up.  Sometimes, when they have been asleep too long, there will be that first sensation of pain.  But then the healing begins and the pain goes away.

The weird thing is, like sitting on your feet, you don’t know that something is asleep until the pinched nerve is un-pinched.  That is why I recommend that my patients get adjusted regularly, even when they are not in pain.

 

Stay Healthy!

Get Adjusted!

Dr. “Rocky” Stone

Why don’t you get sick?

Why Don’t You Get Sick?

The average person will catch between 2-6 colds during the year. So often I hear people ask, “why don’t you get sick?  What are you doing differently?”

My perspective is that we are all exposed to the sicknesses, and we may all “catch” the sickness, but some of us may express symptoms very subtly.  For example, when you get up in the morning and your nose is a little clogged or you need to clear your throat an bit…yep!  That was your cold. It just didn’t last very long!  The reason some people do not  get a full blown cold is because they are well adjusted, they supplement their nutrition, they cut out the junk food, in other words -they have a strong immune system!

Get adjusted today!

Stay healthy!

Dr. Stone

 

The Perils of Yard Work…

The Perils of Yard Work…

It’s spring!  The yard is calling…

Getting outside in the sunshine and working the earth can be very therapeutic for the mind, body, and soul.  However, sometimes the project is bigger than our bodies are prepared for.  When that happens, we really feel it the next day!  Remember to stay hydrated while you are working.  Change positions during the project to avoid tomorrow’s pain.  When you feel yourself stiffening up, stretch – slow, patient stretching can do a lot of good for your muscles.  If the stretching doesn’t do it, or if there is a “catch” or a “zinger”, come and see me.  Getting the joints of the body adjusted can allow the body to heal much faster.  If the ensuing problem is keeping you from doing your day job, we can always add a therapy to make the healing happen much faster!  Class IV laser therapy causes the cells to heal twice as fast as normal, introduces natural anti-inflammatory agents into the cells, and reduces pain.  Spinal decompression therapy can help reduce the nerve and muscle pain associated with disc impingements or injuries.  Simple things like sciatic pain and neck pain that goes into your arm can be improved with decompression therapy.  Also, remember to supplement your body with the natural building blocks that it needs.  Your body will thank you if you give it an herbal anti-inflammatory instead of an NSAID.

The top 10 things you can do to avoid the flu

One credible hypothesis that explains the seasonal nature of flu is that influenza is a vitamin D deficiency disease.  Vitamin D levels in your blood fall to their lowest point during the flu seasons.  Unable to be protected by the body’s own antibiotics (antimicrobial peptides) that are released by vitamin D, a person with low vitamin D blood level is more vulnerable to contracting colds, influenza, and other respiratory infections.  The more optimal the vitamin D level, the lower your risk of contracting colds, flu, and other respiratory tract infections.

#1 – Supplement with vitamin D-3

It makes sense -  since we’re not in the sun very much.  But it must be Vitamin D-3, not a synthetic D-2.  I would suggest a blood test to determine your current D-3 levels.  Meanwhile, talk to me about how much you can supplement with, and which product to use.

#2 – Exercise

Every time we are strenuously active we give ourselves a “fever.”  It is this temporary but significant elevation in core body temperature that destroys significant numbers of bacteria and viruses.  Immunity:  Use it or lose it!

#3 – Hot baths

Sitting immersed in a hot tub for 20 – 30 minutes can help raise your core temperature, effectively making viruses and bacteria uncomfortable and weak so your body can win the battle.

#4 – Eat the right foods

You know what I mean… avoid the sugar and snacks.  Viruses love them.

#5 – Strengthen your liver

The liver is the organ that removes toxins from your body.  You need to strengthen it so it can do its job properly thereby strengthening your immune system.  Check with me for proper supplementation.
#6 – Get adjusted

Studies show that getting a chiropractic adjustment stimulates the immune system.

#7 – Get adequate rest

Rest is always important to your immune system.

#8 – Drink adequate water

Cells can’t eliminate toxins if they are not properly hydrated.

#9 – Wash your hands frequently, and don’t share hand towels.

#10 -  Take probiotics everyday

Research shows that probiotics (like acidophilus, bifidus, mulitdophilus) stimulate and enhance the immune system of the body.

Startling Facts about NSAID’s

With chronic, long term NSAID use the incidence of liver and kidney conditions increases, gastrointestinal bleeding and ulcers are well known adverse reactions, and research reveals that NSAIDs may actually decrease the body’s ability to produce the natural smooth cartilage inside our joints! So the very problem the drugs are made to treat, in this case joint pain and inflammation, might actually be part of the cause of the condition!

With this in mind, what are some other things we can try instead of reaching for the bottle of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories?

Eat a “non-inflammatory” diet. There are foods that contribute to inflammation, and others that suppress inflammation. When you are cooking or baking at home, try substituting all oils with olive oil. The other oils are omega 6 oils, which contribute to inflammation, whereas olive oil is an omega 9, which does not contribute to inflammation. Also, supplement your diet with fish oil (omega 3), which reduces inflammation. Krill oil is even better than regular fish oil.
Eliminate sugars, especially high fructose corn syrup from your diet. Research has shown that these products increase inflammation in the body, contributing to joint pain.
Research reveals that supplementing your diet with glucosamine sulfate can actually help repair cartilage tissues in the joints thereby reducing pain. Other supplements, like Protectin, (scutellaria baicelenesis extract and acacia catechu extract) have been found to reduce joint pain and inflammation. (I have these in my office… just in case you were wondering where you would find a good source.)
Warm up before you exercise! Stretch patiently every day! These activities allow your muscles and tendons to become more flexible, therefore causing less stress on your joints during activity.
Drink water! Don’t wait for thirst to remind you – drink all day!

Kid’s Nutrition

Kid’s Nutrition

How many times do you see parents allowing children to have candy, ice cream, soda and potato chips just to keep them quiet? For children, food provides the building blocks for healthy growth and development. Poor eating habits may result in a lack of energy during school and at play.

Synaptic growth is most significant during your baby’s first few years of life—when he or she is taking in all sorts of new input and acquiring new skills. By the time your child turns 3, each neuron has formed as many as 10,000 connections, making a total of about a quadrillion (1,000,000,000,000,000) throughout the brain. (That’s double the number of connections in your own brain.) Synapse formation slows after the toddler years, but continues throughout childhood and into adolescence, finally reaching adult levels when your child is anywhere from 15 to 18 years old.

Different sugars affect the brain in different ways, so it is only logical to conclude that certain sugars can adversely affect the thinking and actions of some children. The sugars at fault include glucose, dextrose, and sucrose, and the highly refined, highly processed “junk sugars” found in candy, icings, syrups, packaged baked goods, and table sugar. The worst among these is high fructose corn syrup. These sugars enter the bloodstream quickly, reaching high levels in a short time. This triggers the release of large amounts of insulin, the hormone needed to escort the sugars into the body’s cells. These sugars are used rapidly, and when they’re all used up, the blood sugar level plunges to a sugar low, or hypoglycemia . The low blood sugar triggers the release of adrenal hormones (called a “sugar high”) that squeezes stored sugar from the liver, sending blood sugar levels back up. This blood sugar roller-coaster affects moods and concentration in some children and adults, leading to “sugar highs”and “sugar blues.” The ups and downs of blood sugar and adrenal hormones can also stimulate neurotransmitter imbalance, causing the child to feel fidgety, irritable, inattentive, and even sleepy.

The best sugars for the brain are complex carbohydrates. These do not cause the roller-coaster mood swings that the junk sugars do. The molecules in complex carbs are long, so it takes longer for the intestines to break them down into the simple sugars the body can use. Thus, they provide a time-release source of steady energy rather than a sudden surge followed by a sudden drop.

Here are a few tips:

Always include protein with your child’s breakfast.
Replace empty calorie foods with fruits and vegetables.
Survey your own eating habits… What foods are on hand? What are the snack choices?
Increase the variety of fresh fruit you have on hand.
Serve the vegetables that your children like best as often as possible.
Ask your children to try new foods at mealtime.
Serve small portions of a variety of food.
Don’t require them to clean their plates!
Children need vitamin and anti-oxidant supplementation, as well as omega 3 supplementation. (check with me for proper types and amounts)

How do I power my brain?

Have you ever found sweat glistening on your forehead even when you weren’t doing any physical work? That’s the heat given off by the brain! The brain, which comprises only 2% of the body’s weight, uses more than 20% of the oxygen you breathe. The job of managing every cell in your body requires massive amounts of energy. When researchers began to look at the aging brain, they found that antioxidants played a critical role in maintaining optimal function. Memory, learning ability, and even mood are affected by antioxidant nutriture.

You can get antioxidants in my office that provide 9000 ORACs per day. That exceeds the American Cancer Society’s suggested amount of 7000 ORACs per day needed to curb cancer!

July 2011 Newsletter

Why do I need to be adjusted if I’m not in pain??
Every science of healing has what is known as an “avenue of approach.” In the field of medicine, a hypodermic needle injects drugs through the skin; a pill is swallowed and goes into the stomach. There need not be anything wrong with either the skin or the stomach. They are merely the “avenues” through which the drugs gain access to the body.

In the field of chiropractic, the ‘avenue of approach’ is primarily the spine, for this is the framework which houses and protects the spinal cord, the ‘switchboard’ of the nervous system. From the brain, nerves pass down the spinal cord and out to different parts of the body. The nerves leave the spinal cord through openings between the spinal bones, or vertebrae.
When these vertebrae get out of alignment, interference with the normal activity of the nerves can result. Since science has proven that every function of the entire body is under the control of the nervous system, this interference can disturb normal function throughout.

Now you know why you need to be adjusted regularly!

Homeopathic Injectables

Homeopathic injections are available at Stone Chiropractic in Pleasant Grove, UT.  Here is an introduction to homeopathic injectables to help you decide if this avenue of healing  is one you should try.

By Dr. Wilfried Stock

Homeopathic injectables must be manufactured in accordance with the rules of the official
European pharmacopoeia if they claim to be homeopathic. They are used therapeutically in
various “special” forms of treatment such as anthroposophic medicine, antihomotoxic medicine,
combination homeopathy and classic homeopathy.
More than 120 million ampoules of homeopathic or anthroposophic medicinal products are now
manufactured and distributed in the EU every year. Over 90% of these products are produced by
German homeopathic and anthroposophic manufacturers.
The parenteral dosage form was first described in the specialist homeopathic literature in the 19th
century [1]. Since then, homeopathic therapists have studied and made practical use of what was
at that time, a method of administration completely new to homeopathy [2].
Bergmann [l.c., 2] expressly states that it is advantageous for the homeopathic remedy if it does
not have to pass through the gastrointestinal tract where it is severely altered by the gastric and
intestinal juices. In this author’s view, potentized homeopathic remedies work best when applied
unchanged to the mucosa or – even better – injected under the skin or into the bloodstream.
However, the same author mentions that not all cases of disease can be treated using parenteral
administration, and that it is up to the doctor to make the appropriate choice. He also recommends
using the “injection method” only when the symptoms of the disease leave no doubt as to the
choice of the right “similar” and treatment via the internal (oral) route has failed to have any effect.
The new method of administration does not in any way alter the homeopathic character of the
remedy in question, the author continues. It also does not alter the validity of the Law of Similars,
as is impressively demonstrated by specimen cases.
In the same study the author also describes “injections” of high potencies (D 30 and D 300).
The mother tincture was prepared by succussion with water instead of alcohol [l.c. 2, p. 67].
The number of injections given depended on the course of the healing process.

As already indicated above, subcutaneous and intravenous administrations were the first
parenteral forms of administrations used in homeopathy. They have been joined in the past
50 years by others such as intramuscular, intracutaneous, intraarticular and
periarticular forms of administration.  These were among other things a result of the

introduction of new treatment techniques such as homeosiniatry [3], neural therapy and

biopuncture by J. Kersschot [4]. All these invasive techniques exploit the advantage gained by administering the homeopathicremedy locally, directly to acupuncture points or trigger points.
These treatment techniques are used mainly to treat injuries, various types of headache,
muscular pain and tendon pain, and acute and chronic inflammatory processes [4].
The main reason for injecting homeopathic solutions into trigger points or into particular
acupuncture points is that injecting the homeopathic remedy at that point markedly
intensifies the healing effect. In the case of administration at an acupuncture point,
the penetration of the injection cannula produces a stimulus similar to that of an
acupuncture needle.

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Pregnancy & Chiropractic

How can I get rid of the back pain I get during pregnancy? I don’t want to use medicines if I don’t have to.

Lower back pain and pregnancy are almost synonymous.  In fact, several studies revealed that over 70% of pregnant women will experience lower back pain.  A study reported in the prestigious medical journal Obstetrics and Gynecology revealed the leading cause of lower back pain was due to a mechanical dysfunction (or subluxation in chiropractic terms) in the sacroiliac joint.  The journal Family Practice Resources reported a study completed by the Rochester School of Medicine where they reported that manipulation (adjustment) for sacroiliac subluxation was 91% effective in relieving back pain during pregnancy!

In addition to helping with back pain, it has been suggested that chiropractic care during pregnancy may reduce the time of labor and delivery between 24%  (for the first child) and 39% (for the second child).

A recent study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiologic Therapeutics reported that the Webster Technique may be effective in relieving the musculoskeletal causes of breech presentations that are unlikely to spontaneously change to normal in the 8th month of pregnancy.

I have a special table in my office that is designed to accommodate the pregnant body.  Many women receive great relief from pain by having chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy.

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