Vineland Chiropractor DAILY HEALTH UPDATE

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 Courtesy of: Back Pain Relief Center

Vineland Chiropractor: Mental Attitude: Bullying May Be Rewarding to Some. A new study has uncovered why some people might find unwarranted aggression so satisfying. Using mice, researchers demonstrated that bullying behavior activates a primary brain reward circuit that makes it a pleasurable activity to a subset of individuals. Furthermore, they found that altering the activity in this particular brain circuit in the mice appears to mitigate such aggressive behaviors. Nature, June 2016

Health Alert: Genetic Disorder Significantly Boosts Heart Risks. Heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia is a genetic condition that prevents the liver from removing LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol from the blood. Experts believe this condition currently affects about 1.5 million people in the United States. A review of past studies found that those with familial hypercholesterolemia have a five times greater risk for developing heart disease and are also more likely be diagnosed with diseases caused by hardening of the arteries than people with average LDL cholesterol levels. Circulation, June 2016

Diet: Walnuts May Cut Colon Cancer Risk. In a new animal-based study, researchers found that mice fed a walnut-rich diet (10.5% of total calories) developed fewer instances of colon cancer. Investigator Dr. Daniel W. Rosenberg writes, “There is accumulating evidence that eating walnuts may offer a variety of benefits related to health issues like cancer. This study shows that walnuts may also act as a probiotic to make the colon healthy, which in turn offers protection against colon tumors.”

University of Connecticut, July 2016

Exercise: Walking Meetings Promote Exercise Among White-Collar Workers. White-collar jobs are known to involve a large amount of sitting time, which can increase one’s risk of becoming overweight or obese. In this study, participants who engaged in one weekly meeting that took place on foot increased the amount of time they spent in moderate/vigorous physical activity by about 10% each week. The findings suggest that walking meetings are a feasible, accepted, and a successful approach to increasing physical activity among office workers. Preventing Chronic Disease, June 2016

Chiropractic: Musculoskeletal Pain in Physiotherapists. Physiotherapists, also known as physical therapists, work with people to help with a range of problems that affect movement using exercise, massage, and other techniques. Their work can require stooping, lifting, carrying loads, and repetitions—all of which can tax the musculoskeletal system. A recent study investigated the rate of musculoskeletal complaints among a sample of physiotherapists and found that nearly 65% of those surveyed had low back pain, 55.6% suffered from neck pain, and 31.5% reported pain in the wrists and fingers. The findings reveal that physiotherapists dealing with manual therapy and exercise physiotherapy are particularly susceptible to musculoskeletal overload. The authors of the study conclude that improvements in ergonomics among physiotherapists may reduce the occurrence of musculoskeletal complaints among members of this profession. Work, June 2016

Wellness/Prevention: A Foot Wrap May Treat Restless Legs Syndrome. It’s estimated that ten percent of the Americans suffer from restless legs syndrome (RLS), a disorder of the nervous system that causes unpleasant sensations and an overwhelming, irresistible urge to move the legs when at rest. A pilot study has revealed that an adjustable foot wrap that applies pressure to two muscles in the foot may offer some relief for patients with RLS. The study included 30 adults and found that the foot wrap device was 1.4 times more effective than standard drug treatment at reducing RLS symptoms. Researcher leader by Dr. Phyllis Kuhn explains, “By putting pressure on specific muscles in the feet, we are able to create a response in the brain that relaxes the muscles activated during RLS. It’s a near perfect example of the body regulating itself without drugs, many of which have the potential for significant adverse side effects.” The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, July 2016

Quote: “Don’t mistake activity with achievement.”~ John Wooden

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