It might be "Plantar Fasciitis". We’ve had a recent increase in patients with plantar fasciitis. I tend to believe this is partly due to the nice weather we are having which results in people being more active and to better patient education on our part. So what is plantar fasciitis and how can a chiropractor help with it?
Plantar fasciitis is when the bottom of your foot becomes inflamed and results in pain. Most people report feeling “a marble” or “stone” in the bottom of their foot. Typically, the pain is worse in the morning, but can be present throughout the day.
What is “fascia”? Fascia is another term for connective tissue. Connective tissue hold different things together and is found throughout your body surrounding muscles, organs, and joints. Plantar fascia connects your heel bone (calcaneus) to the bones that make up your toes (metatarsals). It is relatively thick and tough as its job is to support your feet.
What causes the fascia to become inflamed? As your foot moves through the walking motion, the fascia is stretched, then relaxed. This repetitive motion can cause tears, thus leading to inflammation and pain. Most commonly, runners and athletes suffer from this condition, but we see it in a variety of patients. People who stand for long periods of time, people with very flat feet, or people who wear uncomfortable shoes also may have plantar fasciitis.
How can a chiropractor help this condition? In our office, we use a combination of therapies. First we will use an instrument assisted soft tissue therapy called ConnecTx. We are trained and certified in this therapy and have wonderful results with it. The idea behind ConnecTx is that we will break up any adhesions in the fascia and promote healing in the area. This will cause the body to form new fascia and with a few treatments, the new fascia will form in the correct manner without painful tears or adhesions. Then we will adjust the joints within the foot. We like to use a “speeder board” for the adjustments, but we also do typical manual adjusting as well. This promotes proper biomechanics and alignment of the foot during the healing process. Finally, we use Rock Tape to provide extra healing and support during the treatment. We are certified in Rock Tape and know the proper way to apply the tape for the best results. The tape increases blood flow to the area by lifting the layers of skin, fascia, and muscle. Fresh blood flow brings essential nutrients to the newly forming fascia.
Typically, we see an improvement after the first visit! After about 6 visits, the patients are reporting noticeably less pain and improvement in their activities. We’ve even had some patients cancel their steroid injection appointments because they were pain free! Pretty amazing right?
Try giving chiropractic care a chance for your plantar fasciitis pain! Wouldn’t it be great to stop taking pain medications and receiving steroid injections? A natural approach to this condition is so simple, but yet people don’t realize that chiropractors can help with it! If you know of anyone who may benefit from this therapy, pass the word along!
When thinking about how to connect chiropractic care to students, one thing comes to mind: Upper Crossed Syndrome (UCS). I even personally suffered from this during my college career and found relief through consistent chiropractic care. What is UCS you ask?
Upper Crossed Syndrome is caused by muscular imbalances in the upper body. The image below shows that the pectoral, upper trapezius, and levator scapulae are tight while the neck flexors, rhomboids, and serratus anterior are weak and inhibited. A forward head carriage is the main culprit of UCS.
I see this all the time in students who spend all day sitting in class and then hours studying in the evening and on the weekends. They are hunched over staring at their computer and books. But that isn't all. Think about when they are texting on their phones or playing video games- they assume the same position! Here are some great stretches to perform on a daily basis to help avoid this uncomfortable position:
Pectoralis Door-way stretches:
These are great for lengthening tight pectoral muscules. Placing one or both arms along the door way and slightly stepping forward will apply some pressure to the muscles. Be sure not to step too far forward and strain your low back by over extending it.
This is an easy stretch to do at your desk. This stretch will activate the muscles required to maintain proper head position. Sit up straight, now move your head slightly straight backwards creating the "double chin" effect. This will help combat the forward head carriage that many people suffer from.
How does chiropractic help? Chiropractic adjustments to the cervical and thoracic spine will help to restore motion to the vertebrae associated with these muscular imbalances. Also, triggerpoints will form in the tight muscles and chiropractors can help reduce and eliminate these painful triggerpoints thus allowing the muscle to respond to the adjustments and stretching. It's important to understand that UCS can be treated, but if left untreated, the muscular imbalances will only increase causing more pain and dysfunction.
So students, keep studying hard, but remember, do these stretches and make an appointment with Scatko Family Chiropractic to get your body back in alignment!
Valentine's Day is quickly approaching and the best gifts are flowers, wine, and CHOCOLATE! While milk chocolate and white chocolate are very sweet and tasty, dark chocolate contains many health benefits! Here are just a few of the main ones:
1. Dark chocolate starts out as the seed of the cacao tree. The less refined (less processed and less sugar), the better quality.
2. Dark chocolate contains fiber and many minerals!
Fiber, Iron, Magnesium, Copper, Manganese, Potassium, Phosphorus, Zinc, and Selenium!
3. Dark chocolate is an antioxidant! One study found that dark chocolate contains more antioxidant properties than blueberries or acai berries! Now just imagine dipping these in melted dark chocolate for a healthy treat!
4. Dark chocolate may help to lower blood pressure. Dark chocolate stimulates the release of Nitric Oxide (NO). NO causes the blood vessels to relax, thus lowering blood pressure. Is the stress at work causing your blood pressure to rise? Have a piece of dark chocolate and then stop by Scatko Family Chiropractic for a relaxing treatment!
5. Dark chocolate can help lower LDL (the bad cholesterol). LDL can become oxidized within the body and this will result in damage to the heart and blood vessels. Since dark chocolate is a natural antioxidant, it will help to remove the oxidized LDL and reduce the chance for damage.
6. Dark chocolate also helps protect the skin! The flavanols found within dark chocolate are known to protect the skin from damaging UVB rays. A study showed that consuming dark chocolate on a regular basis over 12 weeks helped double the skin's protection against UVB rays. This seems like an easy and tasty way to prepare for your next beach trip!
7. Dark chocolate also helps stimulate brain function! The amounts of caffeine and theobromine found within dark chocolate stimulate the brain which results in better brain functioning. Feeling the mid-day slump at work? Snack on a piece of dark chocolate for a brain boost!
Wow! Dark chocolate is really impressive when it comes to being nutritious and healthy! However, not all dark chocolate is created equal. Look for organic dark chocolate with at least 70% cacao.
An easy way to enjoy the benefits of dark chocolate this Valentine's Day is to melt high quality chocolate (as described above) in a double boiler and then dip strawberries in it. Let them cool on wax paper and enjoy!
Have a great Valentine's Day everyone!
For many avid archery hunters shoulder pain can be a deterring factor to continue on with the hunt. The shoulder joint is a very complex joint that allows the arm to move in almost all directions. When a joint has the ability to move in almost all directions this most likely means that it can be very susceptible to injury. The group of muscles that mainly control the shoulder are called the rotator cuff muscles. When and injury takes places to one or more of the rotator muscles it can be very pain full and limit the shoulders motion greatly. Dr. Mike Scatko knows all too well about the pain associated with shoulder injuries. He has had surgery to repair his rotator cuff that was injured during high school sports. Now he is an avid hunter that enjoys that extra time in the woods that archery offers. When using a compound bow although technology has made it much easier to draw back, there is still a great deal of forces being placed through the draw shoulder and the stabilizing hand. When you draw back for a shot the shoulder in placed into an awkward position that is not a stable environment for the joint complex. As most hunters know this position might have to be held for a great deal of time until the shot is there to take. This is the position that might not be reachable when your shoulder is in pain. Dr. Scatko has specific techniques for injured shoulders that will get you back into the woods enjoying the hunt in a matter of no time. So stop into Scatko Family Chiropractic and get that irritating shoulder looked at!
Beef and Veggie Stir Fry:
8oz of bonless beef
1/3 cup of cold water
2 1/2 teaspoon of corn starch
3 tablespoons of soy sauce( reduced sodium)
1 tablespoon of sherry or chicken broth
4 teaspoons of Veg oil
2 teaspoons of grated ginger
2 garlic cloves minced
1 onion cut up into bite size slices
1/2 cup of thin sliced carrots
1/2 cup of sliced celery
1/2 of a seedless jalapeno
1 cup of sliced red or green sweet pepper
1 cup of sliced mushrooms
1 cup of sliced zucchini
1 1/3 cups of brown rice
2 tablespoons of minced peanuts
1. Start by slicing the beef in thin slices. For the sauce in a sauce pan pour the cold water into the pan with the corn starch. Stir in the dry sherry and soy sauce and set aside.
2. Using a large skillet add all of the veggies with the rest of the ingredients and cook for 15 minutes. Then remove the veggies and cook the meat to the desired tenderness. At the end add the veggies to the meat and stir and garnish with the minced peanuts.
Per serving : 275 cal.
10g of fat
34mg of chol.
548mg of sodium
18g of protien
Veggie Mac and Cheese:
1/2 cup of panko bread crumbs
1/4 teaspoon paprika
8 oz of dried whole grain elbow macaroni
1 cup of sliced carrots
1 cup 1 in. pieces of green beans
2/3 of chopped onion
2 cups of broccoli florets
1 3/4 cup of fat free milk
3 tablespoons of all purpose flower
3 oz of reduced fat cream cheese
1 1/2 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
2 cups of shredded reduced fat Mexican
four cheese blend
Preparing The meal
1.) Preheat broiler. In small bowl stir together panko and paprika; set aside.
2.) In a large saucepan cook macaroni, carrots, beans, and onions according to the macaroni directions add the broccoli during the last 3 minutes of cooking. Drain the mixture and return to the sauce pan.
3.) Meanwhile in a medium sauce pan whisk together milk, flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper. Cook and stir over heat until there is a slight boil. Remove from heat and slowly add the cheese to the mixture stirring slowly until melted.
4.) Immediately pour the cheese mixture over the macaroni mixture toss to coat the mac with the cheese. Spoon the mixture into a boiler proof pan.
5.) Use the panko chips mixture lightly on the macaroni top. Broil from 5-7 inches and for 1-2 minutes until browned.
Per serving = 1 cup of cooked mixture
Fat: 8g ( 5g sat)
24 mg of chol.
495 mg sodium
34 g carb
4g of fiber, 6g of sugar
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