Beat the Pollen with This Delicious Drink

Pollen season has officially arrived (duh).  Many of us don’t need our freshly washed green cars to tell us the time has arrived.  Our crying eyes and nose faucets are happy to give us the heads up. This elixir is super simple and has seemingly magical benefits. Drink it throughout the day to help fight Mother Nature.

Ingredients:

Ginger root – the size of your thumb, peeled and chopped
4 cups water
Turmeric tea bag
1 juiced lemon
Stevia to taste
Water to dilute

Easy Directions:

Add the ginger to the water. Bring to a boil, reduce to a low simmer, loosely cover with a lid, and simmer for ½ hour.

While the ginger is brewing prepare the turmeric tea according to the directions on the box.  

Combine:            1. Ginger Water
                           2. Turmeric Tea 
                           3. Lemon

To the concentrated Elixir add water and stevia to taste. (Do NOT use fake sugars like Splenda, Sweet & Low, Equal, etc.)

Enjoy hot, room temperature, or cold.  Drink throughout the day.  Delicious, healthy, and healing.


* The tea I prefer is Numi Organic Turmeric Three roots. I buy it from Amazon or Whole Foods.

Dr. Deborah Pearson is a chiropractor serving Alpharetta, Johns Creek, and Roswell. Questions? Please contact us at 770-993-3200.

Solar Eclipse Tips

I hope eveyone is making plans to watch the eclipse.  I’ve personally been excited for it for the past 3 years.  I thought I’d give you all a few reminders to help you enjoy your day…

Remember, you’re going to be looking up for about three hours, plan on bringing either a reclining chair or laying flat on a blanket so you don’t hurt your neck (but if you do, I’ll be back at the office Tuesday morning).

If you are going to be in The Path of Totality, you can take off your glasses for the 2 1/2 minutes that the full eclipse is occuring. After, make sure you put them back on.

Plan ahead for healthy meals and snacks. You don’t want to feel bloated because you decided to pick up some taquitos from the QT.

Have a great time!

If you have any questions contact me, Dr. Deborah Pearson. A chiropractor serving Roswell, Alpharetta, and John’s Creek.

George’s Line

George’s Line

Synonyms… Posterior vertebral alignment line, posterior body line.

Procedure…
The posterior body surfaces are connected with a continuous line which traverses across the intervertebral disc. A straight line cannot be drawn due to the concavity of the posterior surface of the vertebral bodies. The key landmarks are the alignment of the superior and inferior posterior body corners noted on the lateral view of the cervical spine. The drawing of the line approximates the anatomical location of the posterior longitudinal ligament. A break in the smoothness of the line is a radiological indication of spinal instability due to fracture, dislocation, ligamentous laxity, or degenerative joint disease.

If you have any questions, please contact me, Dr. Deborah Pearson, a chiropractor serving Alpharetta, Johns Creek, and Roswell.

Pregnancy, Webster Tech., & Chiropractic

People are often surprised to find out that chiropractic care has had great results with pregnant moms and their babies. Why would a pregnant mom need chiropractic care?

The simple answer: misaligned vertebrae causes stress on the nerves, stress on the nerves causes stress to the body…….

  • A stressed mom = A stressed baby.

Chiropractors align vertebrae, alleviating nerve stress.

 

During pregnancy, there are many structural and hormonal changes that occur while creating and preparing a healthy environment for the baby. These changes can and do result in misalignments in the spine. Some examples:

  • Protruding Abdomen
  • Increased Back Curve (Sway Back)
  • Pelvic Changes
  • Postural Adaptations
  • Altered Gait

What are the Benefits of chiropractic care in pregnancy?

Potential benefits include:

  • Maintains a healthier pregnancy
  • Controls Nausea
  • Reduces Labor and Delivery Time
  • Helps prevent C-section delivery
  • Relieves Back, Neck, and Joint Pain

 

Breech Deliveries and Webster Technique

Approximately 4% of all pregnancies result in a breech presentation. Most birth practitioners are not concerned with this until a patient is 3 weeks along.

The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment balances the pelvis properly, while reducing the stress to the ligaments that support the uterus, more specifically the round ligaments.

The round ligaments hold the uterus in suspension within the abdomen. However, as the pregnancy goes on, these round ligaments can become thin and tight like a rubber band pulled to tension, causing sharp, spastic pains and restricting the space in which the baby has to maneuver within the womb. Restriction of this movement can cause the baby to stay in a breech position beyond 37 week. Once the pelvis and sacrum are properly aligned, the Webster Technique focuses on relieving the tightness in the round ligaments. This allows the baby to shift comfortably and freely within the womb so that he or she may get into proper position for the big journey.

 

If you have any questions, please contact me, Dr. Deborah Pearson, a chiropractor serving Roswell, Johns Creek, and Alpharetta. http://www.DrDeborahPearson.com

 

 

 

Texting Is A Pain In Your Neck!

Text Neck as become the new buzzword in the healthcare industry to describe a very common issue that impacts people today. Text neck is a condition that formed when you overuse your neck, back and shoulder muscles by keeping yourself in a hunched over position, as in looking at a mobile device. When you keep yourself in thixxs position, it can cause serious strain on the spine. We used to only see this condition in teens, but now grandparents and grandkids are suffering from it too. Text Neck is a real issue and something that can cause daily pain and discomfort as well as life-long damage to your spine. While Text Neck is a real and serious issue, the good news is it is also one that can be improved with chiropractic care!
Important Facts on Text Neck
Before you start learning about some of the ways chiropractic care can help Text Neck, it is important to realize some of the most startling facts about this condition. If left untreated, long-term forward neck posture can lead to disc herniation and pinched nerves. It can also impact the natural curve you are supposed to have in your neck. If you look at the x-rays of a healthy individual without Text Neck, you will see a nice subtle curve in their spine. Someone with Text Neck will instead have an alarmingly straight spine that does not have this important curve.
The reason the neck changes so much when it is in this position, is that the average adult head weighs between 10-12 pounds, about the weight of a bowling ball, and when you tilt that head forward and down to look at your phone you are increasing the gravitational pull on your neck and applying a great deal of pressure to this delicate area of your spine. This force is the equivalent of 60 pounds of extra weight. Imagine holding 6 bowling balls on your shoulders?!?
Many people who suffer from Text Neck will start to feel pain, discomfort and tightness in their neck, shoulders and upper back. However, this condition also applies extra pressure to your nervous system, meaning it can lead to pain and discomfort all over the body and it can be causing issues in your arms and hands, in your low back and lead to headaches, and other serious health issues.
Visiting Your Chiropractor For Help
Text Neck is a serious issue and one of the first things that you can do to start combating the signs of Text Neck is to start improving your posture. Work on keeping your back straight, your shoulders back and try to maintain a neutral spine when using technology. This not only applies to mobile devices, but e-readers, tablets, laptops and computers as well.
Remember, when a patient comes to see me with this condition, it won’t necessarily be a quick fix to restore the curve in your neck and get them to be pain free. The damage they have done has been from hundreds of hours of keeping their head in this position. A problem that has been building this long, won’t be fixed in a matter of minutes. However, if they follow their care plans, the odds are in their favor that they will be to restore their health and start living the pain-free life they deserve!

If you have any more questions, contact your local chiropractor or email me in Alpharetta, John’s Creek, Roswell and Norcross GA, Dr.Deborah Pearson.

A Chiropractor’s Education and Training

Doctors of chiropractic are educated as primary care health providers, with an emphasis on diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the musculoskeletal system (the muscles, ligaments and joints of the spine and extremities) and the nerves that supply them. Educational requirements for doctors of chiropractic are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions. The typical applicant for chiropractic college has acquired four years of pre-medical undergraduate college education, including courses in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology and related lab work. Once accepted into an accredited chiropractic college, the requirements become even more demanding — four to five academic years of professional study are the standard. Doctors of chiropractic are educated in orthopedics, neurology, physiology, human anatomy, clinical diagnosis including laboratory procedures, diagnostic imaging, exercise, nutrition rehabilitation and more. Because chiropractic care includes highly skilled adjusting techniques, a significant portion of time is spent in clinical technique training to master these important procedures. In total, the chiropractic college curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. The course of study is approved by an accrediting agency that is fully recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. After completion of the Doctor of Chiropractic degree, the chiropractic boards must be passed. All liscensed Doctors of Chiorpractic must maintain continuing education credits every year to remain liscensed in the state of Georgia.

Make A Happy Peaceful Holiday

I often hear my patients say, “oh, it’s just stress”. No big deal, right? Um, not.
This is how your body reacts to holiday stress…

Nervous System – the so called “stress hormones” are released… you know, that “OMG” feeling you have when you’re almost in a car accident, chased by a bear, abducted by aliens, or experiencing holiday stress, that’s the stress hormones. It makes the heart beat faster, raises blood pressure, slows digestion (that’s where the phrase “I almost crapped my pants” comes from), and increases glucose levels in the blood.
Musculoskeletal System – Muscles tense up and may trigger headaches, migraines, low back pain, etc.
Respiratory System – Rapid breathing, can lead to panic attacks.
Cardiovascular System – Increases heart rate with stronger heart muscle contractions. Repeated episodes can cause inflammation of the coronary arteries which is a precursor to heart attacks.
Endocrine System – The “stress hormones”, cortisol and epinephrine are released, the liver produces more glucose.
Gastrointestinal SystemEsophagus: Stress may prompt you to eat/drink more producing acid reflux or heartburn.  Stomach: Nausea, pain, or even vomiting if the stress is severe.  Bowels: Stress can cause diarrhea, constipation, or both.

So here is my BIG holiday present to you… drugs. From the highest quality pharmacy in the world, your brain. It’s the happy hormones. That feeling you get when you play with a puppy or see a little kid open his favorite present on Christmas morning. The happy hormones are endorphins, serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin.

Here is the recipe…
Do in any order, in varied amounts until desired effect is achieved.
– Give a hug.
– Hold the door open for a stranger.
– The next person that is mean to you, make a goal of being nice back to them until they smile.
– Eat something healthy.
– Get Your Chiropractic Adjustment.
– Dance with grandma (yours or someone else’s).
– Tell you dad, brother, son, or all three that you are proud of them.
Feel free to make substitutions as needed.

Have a Happy, Peaceful Holiday.

Dr. Deborah Pearson, a Chiropractor serving Roswell, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, and Norcross.

Fat and Happy

What makes you happy? Hormones.

What makes you sad? Hormones.

What causes weight fluctuations, bloating and other health symptoms throughout the course of a month? Hormones.

What causes men to naturally put on muscle more easily or lose weight more quickly? Hormones.

What is a huge contributing factor of growth in children? Hormones.

What controls ovulation, reproduction, pregnancy, etc? Hormones.

Endocrine glands make hormones. The major endocrine glands are the pituitary, pineal, thymus, thyroid, adrenal glands and pancreas. In addition, men produce hormones in their testes and women produce them in their ovaries. These glands depend on beneficial fats.

The healthy chiropractic lifestyle suggests one choose fats like coconut oil, real butter, olive oil (don’t heat it!) and animal fats (tallow, lard) from healthy sources instead and eat lots of high Omega-3 fish. Don’t eat fats like vegetable oil, peanut oil, canola oil, soybean oil, margarine, shortening, or other chemically altered fats.

So why has fat gotten such a bad rap? It began 50 years ago…

A new article published by NPR and JAMA Internal Medicine reveals that in the 1960s, the sugar industry funded research that downplayed the risks of sugar and highlighted the hazards of fat.
The article draws on internal documents to show that an industry group called the Sugar Research Foundation wanted to “refute” concerns about sugar’s possible role in heart disease.

But in the ’60s, the SRF became aware of “flowing reports that sugar is a less desirable dietary source of calories than other carbohydrates,” as John Hickson, SRF vice president and director of research, put it in one document.

Documents were uncovered that recommended the industry fund its own studies — “Then we can publish the data and refute our detractors. “If Americans could be persuaded to eat a lower-fat diet — for the sake of their health — they would need to replace that fat with something else. America’s per capita sugar consumption could go up by a third. The documents in question are five decades old, but the larger issue is of the moment, as Marion Nestle notes in a commentary in the same issue of JAMA Internal Medicine:

“Is it really true that food companies deliberately set out to manipulate research in their favor? Yes, it is, and the practice continues. In 2015, the New York Times obtained emails revealing Coca-Cola’s cozy relationships with sponsored researchers who were conducting studies aimed at minimizing the effects of sugary drinks on obesity. Even more recently, the Associated Press obtained emails showing how a candy trade association funded and influenced studies to show that children who eat sweets have healthier body weights than those who do not.”

What’s the bottom line…I recommend taking advice with a grain of salt (pun intended). Use common sense when making food choices and before blindly believing in published research find out who is really behind the funding.

Lastly, eat fat and be happy!

Chiropractic for Stress

Chiropractors work primarily with the spine, the root of the nervous system through which nerve impulses travel from the brain to the rest of the body. One effect of chronic stress is prolonged muscle tension and contraction. This muscle tension creates uneven pressures on the body and it leads to misalignment of the spinal column, known as subluxations.
Chronic stress also leads to nerve irritation. The adjustments of a chiropractor release muscle tension that helps the body return to a more balanced and relaxed state. Adjustments also reduce spinal nerve irritation and improve blood circulation.

In addition, preliminary research demonstrates that chiropractic adjustments may ease depressive symptoms by increasing endorphins. New patients discover that chiropractic care jump starts them toward a more wellness oriented lifestyle, simply because they can move more and with less pain leading to improved function and an increased ability to stick to a regular exercise programs. Overall, patients enjoy improved quality of life, including sleep quality due to a reduction in pain and anxiety which often interferes with sleep patterns. Improved sleep enhances immunity and your ability to fight disease.

Exercise With Chiropractic Care

Exercise often leads to improved posture and range of motion and functionality of your body. It can help treat the underlying source of your pain as well as help prevent chronic neck pain from developing in the first place. Exercise helps prevent and relieve pain through a number of mechanisms including strengthening key supportive muscles and restoring flexibility.

Repetitive strain injuries are common because so many people spend most of their work days sitting in front of computers. Computer work is associated with neck pain specifically originating from the trapezius muscle, and many types of neck pain can be traced back to poor posture at work. As poor sitting posture leads to neck pain and once neck pain develops, it can make your posture even worse.

Studies have shown that after following a specific exercise program, people with neck pain had an improved ability to maintain a neutral cervical posture during prolonged sitting, which suggests it may help break the poor posture/neck pain cycle. Other research has similarly shown that exercise is incredibly beneficial for treating neck pain including:

Research in the Journal of Applied Physiology found that repetitive strain injury caused by office work can be reduced using certain strength training exercises.
A study published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism showed that strength training targeting the neck and shoulder muscles is the most beneficial treatment for women with chronic neck muscle pain as opposed to a general fitness routine. This pushes the goal of the treatment program away from simple pain relief and more toward reactivation and restoration of function. Chiropractic care with the correct exercise program helps patients play an active role in their treatment program and allows for a renewed sense of self reliance, and an ability to perform activities of daily living without undue fear or risk of injury.

 

Feel Better Now. That is our Mission Statement, that is our aim, that is what we do at Dr. Deborah Pearson's Sports & Family Chiropractic