How Chiropractic Helps Dizziness & Vertigo

Today I wanted to talk to you about vertigo, balance dizziness, and how chiropractic might be of help for you or finding a Thornton Chiropractor to help you with that. Basically, when it comes to the ears, they have two functions. One, for you to hear, but the other is for balance. And so, instantly, when someone says they have vertigo, we’re trying to figure out if they have one of two things going on. Is it the ear that’s causing the problem where you actually have the little stones that are in your ear?  You could Google BPPV–Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo and they’ll show you the inner ear and how there are little stones in there that can kind of get dislodged in the cochlea.

So the inner ear can have these stones that get dislodged and basically if that’s happening, there are exercises and different maneuvers that we can do to actually treat that and help those stones get back into a better place to where it’s not creating this major vertigo.  Vertigo in short is what happens any time you move your head in a certain position and the room begins to spin a ton, and some people, to the point where they’re actually vomiting or getting sick.

The second thing we like to consider or rule out is the upper neck. There are tons of nerves coming out of the upper neck right by the atlas, they’re going into and supplying the ears where the balance center is. So if you have a vertebra like your atlas in your upper neck out, of course it can cause any sort of symptom besides neck pain like ear pain, dizziness, vertigo, what have you.  So I hope that helps you understand a little bit more about vertigo, dizziness and how a chiropractor would evaluate the ears. and the difference between the ears and the upper neck.  If you or someone you know suffers from vertigo or dizziness, please share this information or contact Thornton Chiropractor to schedule a consultation!

Exercise, Stress, and the Brain

Exercise is interesting in terms of effects on the brain because it works in about 4 or 5 different ways. One of the most obvious ways is blood flow. If you get your heart working, your brain is going to be filled with oxygen rich blood and nutrients, so that’s the main way that it helps. The other way that’s sort of interesting, is it’s been thought that exercise produces new neurons.

Exercise Induces Production of Growth Factors

So exercise induces the production of growth factors. One is called BDNF, or brain-derived neurotrophic factor,  and it actually stimulates the production of new brain cells. 20 years ago we were told you can’t get any new brain cells, so when you’re born, that’s your lot and you’re not going to make any more. But more recently we’ve found that exercise is a really good way of stimulating brain cell production and some of these are functional.  So just this notion, that something that you can do can generate new brain cells, is a really great thing to think about.

How Exercise Helps The Brain

You might be wondering why exercise helps the brain. Well, what one theory is, is that it just reduces stress. So maybe it’s not that blood is coming to the brain, but maybe you are less stressed. This theory was something that imaging allowed us to test.  So scans and imaging were done on people with high cortisol levels.  High cortisol levels occur if you’re stressed, if you’re angry about something, or even if you’re stuck in traffic!  One of the things found is that the people with high cortisol levels, lost brain tissue faster and that is a serious problem! So if we now know that high cortisol levels enables the body to lose brain tissue faster, we can now look at ways of reducing your cortisol.

Ways To Reduce Cortisol Levels

We can reduce our cortisol levels and decrease stress by exercising, walking, taking breaks.  You can eat a good diet, you can exercise, you can reduce stress, you can make sure you’re well educated on health topics so these things just build up a sort of mental bank account for the future. Even though it seems like work is hard, you’re building a store of brain connections that you’ll need the for the rest of your life. So take care of your brain!  If you need help with coming up with a plan to reduce stress and to lead a healthier lifestyle, contact Thornton Chiropractor to schedule a consultation.  We are happy to help you out!

Is Sitting Around Really Bad For You?

Is sitting around really bad for you?

Couple on sofa with TV remote

With all the craziness going on outside in today’s world, you might be tempted to snuggle down into the safety of your sofa and simply avoid all the bad stuff out there. But is sitting around more dangerous than you think? It’s a sad fact of life that everything we do – including the things we decide not to do – has consequences. And there’s mounting evidence that prolonged periods of physical inactivity are not good for us.

In 2011, researchers examined a large group of subjects and found that sedentary behavior – sitting around in other words – was associated with a whole host of undesirable effects. These included increased waist circumference, elevated cholesterol, and blood-sugar levels, and early markers for heart disease. “Big deal,” you might say, “tell me something I don’t know!”

Well how about this: these trends were independent of the subjects’ exercise levels. In other words, even following a regular exercise routine may not counter the effects of excessive sitting. A bummer in more ways than one! So what’s the solution?

What’s The Solution?

The answer may be a simple as taking a stand – quite literally. Recent studies have identified a number of positive effects associated with intermittent breaks in sedentary activity. For instance, it seems that simply standing for a few minutes every half an hour or so may reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease by stimulating your metabolism. And while regular cardio sessions are important, low to medium levels of physical activities such as walking or doing household chores have also been associated with similar health benefits.

There are plenty of obvious risks we need to navigate around each day. But there is increasing evidence that our year-round habit of sitting on our backsides may be a risky proposition than we’d ever thought. So don’t forget to stretch your legs!  Need more health tips or a regimented routine?  Visit Discover Thornton Colorado Chiropractors or give us a call for a consultation.