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How Balanced Is Your Life? Use the Health Wheel to find out
This graphic tool allows you to easily see where your life needs attention. Making improvements in these areas will enable you to experience a fuller more optimal life.
Each color on the wheel represents a different aspect of your life. Place an “X” on the chart for each. Use the numbers to show how satisfied you are with that part of your life. A “0” is you are miserable, totally dissatisfied, it cannot possibly be any worse. A “10” is you are totally satisfied, it is awesome and you cannot imagine it being any better.
Now connect all the “X’s” and see what you have. It’s a wheel, so ideal is all the areas are fairly equal. In that case, your wheel will roll nicely. If you find your wheel is jagged and has peaks and valleys, it will not roll well at all. You need help in the areas to make you wheel more rounded.
Watch the video for a complete explanation. Better yet, bring your wheel to Dr Marks and have him take a look and offer advise on how to improve it.
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Dr Barry Marks chiropractor explains Sciatica Pain vs Sacroiliac Joint Pain as a cause of lower back and leg pain
Sciatica (pronounced “sy-AT-ik-uh”) is a painful condition causing burning, shooting, electrical or tingling pain radiating from your lower back to your lower extremity. The pain can radiate anywhere to your buttocks or all the way down to your toes. It get’s its name from the sciatic (“sy-AT-ik”) nerve; the largest nerve in the body comprised of several nerves from the lower spine to supply the lower leg with nerve impulses. Most noteworthy is butt or leg pain when you stretch out your leg.
Sciatica or sciatic neuritis occurs when your sciatic nerve becomes irritated and inflamed. This can occur due to an injury to the low back and leg, from arthritis in the lower spine, from disc bulges or herniations, tumors or even a spasm in the buttocks muscles. The condition can range from mild and annoying to very severe and debilitating.
Diagnosing sciatica is through history and description of the pain and physical examination. Physical maneuvers that stretch the nerve will result in nerve pain indicating nerve irritation. X-rays or MRI often helps to rule out the exact cause of your sciatica.
Treatment for sciatica pain involves reducing inflammation of the sciatic nerve. Physiotherapy modalities such as heat, electrical stimulation and cold laser as well as stretching exercises can reduce inflammation. Chiropractic manipulation is also helpful to reduce irritation on your nerve at the source in the lumbar spine by unlocking stuck spinal bones.
The sacroiliac (pronounced “sakro-il-ee-ak”) joint (SI joint) is an articulation between the ilium bone of the hip region with the sacral (tail) bone. The joint is a very tough joint that has very limited movement normally and is crucial in walking and turning. Your SI’s can malfunction and become fixated or stuck (chiropractors call this a subluxation) with injuries usually involving a sudden twisting or turning of the pelvis, car accidents, slips and falls and heavy lifting.Sacroiliac joint pain is usually a dull pain at rest in the area overlying the joint and sharp pain on movement. The pain may radiate to your buttocks or upwards around the hip and lower back, BUT IT DOES NOT GO DOWN YOUR LEG. This is the crucial delineation between sciatica and sacroiliac pain.
Diagnosis of SI joint malfunction is on history and description of pain and physical exam. Your doctor will place the joint under stress by hand to reproduce the characteristic pain. X-rays may be obtained to see if the joint is arthritic, which is common.
SI joint pain treatment is primarily through manual chiropractic manipulation (adjustments) of the joint to unlock it. Physiotherapy such as electrical stim or laser to relieve local inflammation is helpful. Your doctor will give you exercises to maintain proper joint motion.
Sleep Hygiene Tips Chiropractor in Orange CA Dr Barry Marks
Have sleep trouble? Please read this information on Sleep Hygiene Tips Chiropractor and start sleeping better.
A good night’s sleep is not just to feel rested. Time spent sleeping is your body’s chance to reboot and rebuild. There are many important and complex chemical activities that only occur while sleeping. If you’re not sleeping, your body cannot carry out these activities. Every cell, tissue and organ needs this rest.
Heart: Lack of sleep raises blood pressure.
Brain: Not enough sleep is associated with brain fog and earlier onset of Alzheimer’s
Metabolism: People who do not get proper sleep, have difficulty losing and maintaining proper weight
Emotions: Depression and mood disorders are more common in sleep deprived people
Immune system: Viruses and other illnesses more common in those who sleep less
Prepare your brain for sleep 1 hour before bed.
If you can’t sleep
Everyone is different and your age and activity level play a role in sleep.
Signs you need more sleep:
Hours of sleep based on age group:
Do you have to sleep all at once or can you break it up with a few short stints of sleeping?
Your body needs a certain amount of hours of continuous sleep to do what it needs to be healthy. Sleeping in three 3-hour stints is not equal to sleeping 9 hours continuously. Your strategy should be to get as many continuous hours of sleep as possible. When you fall short, a nap during the day is helpful, but cannot make up all the sleep benefits you’ve lost.
Exercise: doing at least 30 min of exercise during the day makes sleeping easier and more restful
Chiropractic care: people who get adjusted report better sleep mostly due to removing interference from the nerve system
Release emotions: when you have stressful events or conflict, talk it out, try to resolve the issues before bed time