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Sitting on the Job

Many of us spend most if not all of our work day sitting! Compound that with the fact that we are sitting in front of a computer or other similar work station and performing on going and repetitive activities. Your work station should be your friend, not your enemy....it should be designed for maximum comfort and productivity. Below are suggestions to follow when setting up or re-organizing your work station.

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And by the way, don't "skimp" on a cheap chair. If you sit for a living, the chair is one of your most imortant tools. It should be "ergonomically" designed. Which in general terms means that all of its parts are "adjustable" and can be altered to fit your body shape, size and needs. So whether you are tall or short, thin or heavy-set, you can accomodate for your personal needs and comfort. The diagram above will give you general guidelines in organizing your personal work station. Feel free to download a copy for yourself. ...Have a good day!

For more advice and tips on sitting, I recommend reading: Sitting on the Job: How to Survive the Streses of Sitting Down to Work, A Practical Handbook -  by Scott Donkin

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Statins and CoQ10

What is a Statin Drug?

Statins are a classification of drugs used to lower cholesterol in the human body. The drugs limit the production of cholesterol in the liver.Statins800

What is Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a type of lipid (fat) molecule that is either manufactured in the liver or acquired when we eat meats, eggs or dairy products. Cholesterol in and of itself is not bad. Actually, you can't live without cholesterol which is manufactured daily in the liver and then transported to the blood where it assists in many body functions such as:

  • Manufacturing of sex hormones such as estrogen and testosterone
  • Manufacturing of adrenal hormones such as cortisol
  • One of several building block for bile in the liver
  • Converts sunshine to vitamin D
  • Insulates nerve fibers like the outer coating of an electric wire
  • Helps in the absorption of vitamin A, D, E, and K

Different Types of Cholesterol?

There are two basic types of cholesterol:

LDL or low density lipoproteins, also known as "Bad Cholesterol". LDL carries cholesterol form the liver to cells in the body. A harmful rise in LDL can cause arterial disease or fatty plaque build-up in the arteries.

HDL or high density lipoproteins, also known as "Good Cholesterol". HDL takes the cholesterol away from the cells and carries it back to the liver where it can be eliminated. HDL is believed to be able to prevent arterial disease or fatty plaque build-up in the arteries.

What are Triglycerides?

Triglycerides are the chemical forms of fat that are present in the blood. Cholesterol combined with triglycerides form the total fat in the blood.

Triglycerides enter the body through the fats in our diet but can also be formed by the body if it needs energy by converting stored carbohydrates into fats. Elevated triglyceride levels are also considered to be a risk factor for developing arterial disease. High LDL levels tend to run with high triglyceride levels.

Normal Cholesterol and Triglycerides Levels

CHOLESTEROL (Total)

  • Normal Range: 100-199 mg/dl
  • Borderline: 200-239 mg/dl
  • High: 240 and above mg/dl 

TRIGLYCERIDES

  • Normal Range: 150 mg/dl (or below)
  • Borderline: 150 - 199 mg/dl
  • High: 200 - 499 mg/dl
  • Extremely High: 500 mg/dl (or greater)

LDL

  • Normal Range: 0-99 mg/dl
  • Near Optimal: 100-129 mg/dl
  • Boderline High: 130-159
  • High: 160-189
  • Very High: 190 and above

HDL:

  • Optimal Range: 60 mg/dl (or greater)
  • Good Range: 50-59 mg/dl
  • Poor Range: 40-49 mg/dl (or below)

What Causes High Cholesterol Levels

POOR NUTRITION: consuming foods high in saturated fats such as red meat, sausage, milk, eggs, dairy, cheese and foods high in carbohydrates which turn into fat such as cakes, cookies, pies candy and junk food in general.

SEDENTARY LIFESTYLE: Lack of exercise and working in a job that involves a lot of sitting

BODYWEIGHT: Individuals who are Obese or overweight tend to have higher LDL levels and lower HDL levels.

SMOKING: Smokers tend to have higher LDL levels and lower HDL levels.

ALCOHOL: Individuals who consume too much alcohol tend to have higher LDL levels and lower HDL levels.

Natural Treatment of High Cholesterol Levels

  • Regular Exercise
  • Good Nutrition
  • Avoid Foods High in Saturated Fats
  • Weight Loss
  • Avoid Alcohol
  • Stop Smoking

Cholesterol Controlling Medications

Statins - A group of medicines that block an enzyme (HMG-CoA reductase) in your liver that produces cholesterol. Some examples of these medications are as follows:

  • Lipitor
  • Lovastatin
  • Fluvastatin
  • Pravastatin
  • Simvastatin
  • Atorvastatin
  • Rosuvastatin
  • Zocor
  • Crestor
  • Pravachol

The Problem with Statins

In blocking the enzyme (HMG-CoA reductase) to reduce the amount of cholesterol your liver produces, an essential nutrient responsible for energy production of your muscle system is also disturbed. This essential nutrient is known as CoQ10, or coenzyme Q10. It is more scientifically known as ubiquinone. As a result the most common reported side effect of statin use is muscular aches and pains.

Other common side effects include:

  • Muscle Weakness and Fatigue
  • Rhabdomyolysis
  • Memory Loss, Thinking and Concentration Difficulties
  • Altered Liver Function
  • Depression and Irritability
  • Headaches, Joint pains and Abdominal pains
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep Problems

Supplement with CoQ10

Studies show that Statins can reduce Cholesterol levels by 40-50%. It only makes sense that there is a similar corresponding reduction in your CoQ10 levels which can trigger many of the side effects previously mentioned. There are no known side effects to proper supplementation of CoQ10 making an addition of the supplement to your daily intake regimen just plain old common sense.

Suggested Dose of CoQ10:

100 mg - one to two times per day

Benefits of Supplementing Your Diet with CoQ10

According to an article on the Mayo Clinic Website, supplementing your diet with CoQ10 can be beneficial in helping the following disorders:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Angina (Chest Pains)
  • Asthma
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Gum Disease (Periodontitis)
  • Heart Attack Recovery
  • Lipid Lowering Adjunct to Statin Therapy
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Parkinson's Disease

For more information, this article can be referenced at:

https://www.mayoclinic.com/health/coenzyme-q10/NS_patient-coenzymeq10/DSECTION=evidence

If you, or a loved one, are experiencing pain contact our office to schedule a free NO obligation consultation with the doctor or email Dr. Garber with a question concerning your case for a quick response. Garber Chiropractic Care Center 770-386-7707
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Joint Compound GC-MSM 3550

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Progressive Labs ...... GC-MSM 3550

Research reveals that specific nutritional support is available for the disc's of your spine and the joints of your body in the form of naturally occurring substances that are known to help cartilage maintenance and repair. Although there are numerous nutritional substances that can assist in this process, there are five essential ingredients that any good joint support formula must have to be considered on the cutting edge of nutritional support for the joints:
  1. Glucosamine Sulfate
  2. Chondroitin Sulfate
  3. Perna Canaliculus
  4. MSM
  5. Hyaluronic Acid

ALL FIVE OF THESE INGREDIENTS ARE FOUND IN

Progressive Labs GC-MSM 3550

GLUCOSAMINE / CHONDROITIN SULFATE - These are naturally  occurring substances  that assist  the chondrocytes, or specialized cells in cartilage, which produce new cartilage and help to  maintain the existing cartilage.   In general terms, glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are the raw materials that your body needs to make new cartilage and repair damaged cartilage. Glucosamine forms the basic building blocks or proteins known as proteoglycans that form new cartilage, while Chondroitin acts like a magnet to attract fluid into the proteins. This is important because the fluid acts as a shock absorber and also helps to transport nutrients into the cartilage. As you can see both substances are sulfur containing compounds which is important because sulfur is an essential nutrient for joint cartilage stabilization as well as stopping some of the "cartilage chewing enzymes" that lead to cartilage destruction.   

Patients receiving Glucosamine Sulfate improved 71% in their symptoms as compared to a placebo group ......

Pharmatherapeutica 1981; 2: 504-8

42 patients with osteoarthritis of the knee were given 800mg of Chondroitin Sulfate or a placebo. The Chondroitin Sulfate patients showed less pain, better mobilitiy and stabilization of joint space narrowing whereas the placebo patients osteoarthritis just continued to progress ....

Journal of Osteoarthritis and Cartilage 1998; 68(A) : 39-46

PERNA CANALICULUS - A naturally occurring form of Chondroitin Sulfate extracted from the Green Lipped Mussel (shellfish; those allergic to shellfish should be cautious)  that according to an article in the Journal of Arthritis Research is the "single most effective" item for relief of the joint pain and inflammation associated with disc injuries and osteoarthritis. Chondroitin Sulfate is one of the most popular substances used by doctors in Europe for treating arthritis.
 
77% of those taking it reported reduced inflammation - which was 42% higher than those taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Perna Canaliculus has been shown to have genuine anti-inflammatory effects.

Journal of Arthritis Research 1994; Sept; 15--22

MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) - A naturally occurring nutrient found in small amounts in many foods such as cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables. Most of it is lost or destroyed during food preparation, drastically reducing the amount of MSM we consume. MSM is believed to deliver sulfur to the body in a way that it can be used. MSM contains a lot of sulfur, 34% by weight. Sulfur helps maintain the structure of cartilage and other sulfur dependent tissues by forming cross-linkages in the proteins through sulfur bonds. The special proteins that make up joint cartilage, called Glycosamineglycans, are linked together by sulfur bonds. In general it is believed that sulfur strengthens the tissues that make up a joint. 

Compared to a placebo, those taking MSM had statistically significant reductions in pain and difficulty performing daily activities ....

Journal of Osteoarthritis and Cartilage 2006; 14:286-94

MSM improved pain and physical function in people with knee osteoarthritis when compared to a placebo...>

International Journal of Anti-Aging Medicine 1998;1(1):50

Hyaluronic Acid -  Another important naturally occurring substance in the formation and repair of joint cartilage and spinal disc's. Concerning joints, Hyaluronic acid helps to keep the joint cartilage strong and flexible while also assisting in the production of "Synovial Fluid" which is the joints naturally occurring lubricant. Hyaluronic acid is actually present in every tissue of the body. In tissues that have no blood supply, such as joint cartilage or spinal disc's, it helps to deliver nutrients "in" and waste products "out". Hyaluronic acid assists cartilage in retaining water which keeps it from drying out and deteriorating. It simply helps keep cartilage moist and healthy. GC-MSM 3550 is available at Garber Chiropractic Center. It's use is recommended during any acute joint or disc injury or for maintenance of healthy joints. We suggest that you stay on this product for at least 90 days to determine its effectiveness in your case.

The Information on this Website is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional. You should not use the information on this Websites for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication or other treatment. The preceding information is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, treat, or cure any illness or disease and is strictly for informational purposes only.

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How to Lift

One of the most common ways the back is injured is through improper lifting. This occurs just as easily at home as it can on the job. When lifting is done properly and in a safe manner, the risk of injury to the lower back is diminished.

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Before you lift you should always, STOP, LOOK, LISTEN and THINK. Don't just randomly grab and lift without the 3 P's .....Proper Prior Preparation. Let's look at "How Not to Lift."

OK ...so what is wrong with this picture?
  1. Knees locked and legs straight
  2. Item being lifted is away from the body
  3. Back is bent forward and center of gravity is in front of the body
  4. Arms are away from the body
  5. About to raise up and lift with the back, not the legs

THIS IS A RECEPIE FOR DISASTER, A LOW BACK INJURY WAIING TO HAPPEN




Let's take a look at how to properly lift...

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OK... so what is right with this picture?
  1. Individual about to lift is aware, thinking and preparing for the lift.
  2. Individual lifting is up close to the item being lifted.
  3. Individual lifting has knees bent and back straight and has lowered her center of gravity as close to the item being lifted as is possible.
  4. Individual lifting has a firm grasp of the item, has her hands inside of the knees and has the item pulled up close to her body.
  5. Individual lifting is looking forward, keeping back straight and protected and is also aware of the surrounding environment.
  6. Individual lifting just raised her body with the use of her and LEGS not her BACK.
  7. Individual lifting has elbows slightly bent, and is pulling the item toward her body with elbows/arms close in to the sides of her body.
  8. Individual lifting is upright, back straight, with item pulled close in to body.
  9. Individual lifting is looking around at the surrounding environment to avoid tripping or stumbling on an unforeseen object.

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REMEMBER...  Proper Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance. Before lifting always STOP, LOOK, LISTEN, and THINK before you lift...

Don't Forget...

IF IT LOOKS LIKE A TWO MAN JOB, IT IS A TWO MAN JOB....GET HELP!

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Low Back Exercises

lower back exerciseThe following exercises are designed to be done:

1. During the onset of lower back pain

2. During the healing process of a lower back pain episode

3. After resolution of lower back pain, for future prevention

The first three exercises are safe enough to be done during the initial and most painful period of your lower back condition. They are to be done slowly and only to the point of mild discomfort and not any further.  The old saying "NO PAIN, NO GAIN" does not apply to episodes of severe lower back pain. As your pain decreases you can move further into the exercise positions, as well as increasing your repetitions. Exercise #4 can be added to the first three in increments, starting with mild, proceeding to moderate when capable, and performing advanced when able.

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Exercises #5 and #6 can be started when you are able to get comfortably on your knees to attempt them. Exercises #7 thru #14 are not to be attempted until your are at least 50% better. When ready, start to bring these into your daily routine slowly and gradually as you feel capable. Exercise #13 is not for everyone and should only be attempted by those with an advanced level of physical fitness.

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Always keep in mind that if any of these exercises appear to be aggravating your condition STOP and try again later in the day or the next day. If any of the exercises appear to be impossible, then don't attempt them until you feel like you are able or not at all.

Ice the painful area of your back for 20-30 minutes after each exercise session.

Additional recommendations:

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A. Don't sit unless it is absolutely the only position you can get relief in. Research reveals that sitting increases the pressure in the lower back and can aggravate the condition.

B. Don't lift anything heavier than a fork or a sandwich.

C. When resting, find the "sweet spot" or that position that provides the greatest amount of relief.

D. When laying on your back, try 2-3 pillows under your knees to take the pressure off the legs and lower back.

E. When laying on your side, try to put 1-2 pillows between your bent knees. This keeps your back from twisting.

F. If you have to cough or sneeze, try and brace yourself against a wall to keep from jerking your body.

G. Wear a lower back brace tight and snug and for as long as it is providing relief. You can sleep in it.

H. During the initial and most painful phase of you lower back problem, ice the painful area frequently. While resting in the most comfortable position possible, apply a flexible gel ice pack to the pain for 20-30 minutes every 2-3 hours. When you are at least 50% improved, you can then alternate Hot and Cold to the area of pain. Do this in 15 minute cycles, for example ......15 minutes of cold, followed by 15 minute of heat and so on. 

I. If constipation occurs, which is common with lower back pain, take a laxative or stool softener to help you avoid straining which can aggravate your condition.

J. Men, when you do sit, remove the wallet from your back pocket. This will help avoid imbalance of your spine which could aggravate your condition. 

K. If you have Sciatica (leg pain) with your condition, be aware of the "Sciatic Pain Cycle." Sciatica is serious business and involves inflammation of a Spinal Nerve. It is easy to aggravate Sciatica with your activities, duties and responsibilities. It is common to have flare-ups during the healing process, so be careful, as you begin to feel better, not to aggravate the Sciatica by doing too much, too soon. Avoid all bending, lifting and twisting that might cause a flare up. Learn how to lift properly! 

If you, or a loved one, are experiencing pain contact our office to schedule a free NO obligation consultation with the doctor or email Dr. Garber with a question concerning your case for a quick response. Garber Chiropractic Care Center 770-386-7707
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