Androse and HRT: Men’s Health

Androse and HRT: Men’s Health

 

As men grow older, levels of free testosterone decrease and estrogen levels increase. In fact, the average 60-year old male has more circulating estrogen in his blood stream than the average 60-year old female! As if the decline in testosteron weren’t problematic enough, new research has shown that even small increases in estrogen may have detrimental effects on men’s cardiovascular health.

 

What is Andropause?

Andropause arrives in a man’s life when there is a drastic drop in hormone levels. Although total testosterone may not drop drastically, free testosterone, or the active form of testosterone, drops significantly with age. When levels of testosteron fall, the condition is called hypogonadism (hypo=low, gonad=testis). This age-related decline in free testosterone levels may result in diminishing energy, reduced libido, decreasing muscle mass, abdominal weight gain, depression, reduced cognitive function, and an increased risk of Heart Disease.

 

What is HRT and Testosterone Replacement?

Testosterone therapy for men is based on personal hormone test results to determine the testosterone dosage that fits the needs of the person. No two people are alike, and hormone needs differ from person to person. A  Hormone Replacement (HRT) program that includes Testosterone actually helps address the cause of the problem… not just the side-effects, while offering a combination of additional longer-term health benefits.

 

Are there any side effects?

Before testosteron replacement is initiated, your healthcare practitioner should order a PSA (prostate specific antigen) test, DHT (dihydrotestosterone) test, and Estradiol level test. All drugs taken in non-physiological doses have the potential to present adverse side effects. Talk to your healthcare practitioner or pharmacist for more information.

 

The Symptoms: Are You In Need?

Evaluate your hormone health. Have you regularly experienced, or are you currently experiencing:

 Decreased Erections  Depression
 Decreased Mental Ability  Decreased Libido
 Prostate Problems  Thinning Hair
 Decreased Muscle Mass  Insulin Resistance
 Increased Abdominal Fat  Anxiety
 Decreased Urine Flow  Acne/Oily Skin
 Increased Urinary Urge  Irritability
 Decreased Stamina  Bone Loss
 Decreased Flexibility  Aches & Pains
 Fatigue/Exhaustion  High Cholesterol
 Sleep Disturbances  Aggression
 Burned-Out Feeling  Arthritis
 Foggy Thinking  Night Sweats
 Elevated Triglycerides  Heart Palpitations
 Headaches  Nervousness

 

The Next Step:

If you experience two or more of these symptoms, you may suffer from Andropause. A BHRT program that includes Testosterone and/or DHEA has been shows to help relieve these symptoms, restore vitality, and aid in prevention of certain diseases. It starts with either a blood or saliva test to pinpoint your hormone levels, and a conversation about the dosage form that fits your lifestyle.

Want to Learn More About Andropause & HRT?

Contact our office for additional information about Men’s Health, Andropause, HRT, Diet, Nutrition, and Prescription Supplements.


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Dr. Bryan From Haven Chiropractic

Dr. Bryan from Haven Chiropractic.

Non-Specific Neck Pain and Chiropractic

images (5)What is Non Specific Neck Pain?

Everyone feels a certain amount of pain in the neck at some point in their life. There might be a sudden onset of sharp pain where you find yourself massaging your neck and wondering what exactly caused the sudden stinging neck pain.  Mostly the underlying cause is not a disease or a degenerative story; rather it is either bad posture or prolonged strain to the neck.

Symptoms of Non-Specific Neck Pain

Always remember that your neck supplies nerves to the shoulders, arms and hands. This means that any disruption in the neck can cause an equal amount of disruption in the areas that it transfers messages to. Analogically, when a route becomes dysfunctional on the road, it affects every trade that takes place via that route.

With stiffness in the neck, the pain is carried along to the aforementioned parts and can cause weakness, numbness and the like. These symptoms can hamper your everyday functioning. When the passageway for nerves is irritated, the messages carried forward to other parts of the body are distorted with painful signals. Hence, even though non-specific in nature, neck pain requires special attention.

Dealing with the Issue

Wondering why you should visit a chiropractic practitioner for a condition that is harmless? Well. The answer is that such sudden onset of pain can be dealt with under this practice. Under chiropractics, the purpose is not alleviation of neck pain but also providing guidance for preventing neck pain in future. The fact that posture and pain in neck are well connected in nature, your doctor can guide you to maintaining a good posture which will protect you against non specific neck pain.

Without the use of medicine, you can quickly be on the road to recovery with this method.  Utilizing the techniques of spine manipulation, a chiropractic practitioner will first locate the area of concern followed by a careful application of force on the spinal joints.

Why a Chiropractic Practitioner?

Several people believe that chiropractic is a pseudoscience and does not result in successful healing of your neck pain. On the contrary these doctors, if they feel you need attention from doctor with a different medical background, will recommend you further to another professional for proper treatment. Additionally, these doctors make you undergo thorough examinations before application of any spine related techniques.

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Heat Related Muscle Cramps

It can happen to just about anyone, physically active or not. During the NBA finals of 2014, LeBron James became the poster child of heat related cramps and how debilitating they can be. During the first game of the NBA finals, the superstar player had to leave the game late in the fourth quarter because he had developed severe leg cramps.

It doesn’t matter how physically active and well trained you are, when you exercise in temperatures exceeding 90 degrees, which is what happened during LeBron’s game when the air conditioner malfunctioned, you are at greater risk of developing heat related cramps. Unfortunately, his team lost the game.

One of the most common causes of muscle cramps is over-exercising in hot environments. The body sweats and loses fluids at an accelerated rate. In order to stay hydrated, the body needs to take in more fluids. When the body goes into a state of dehydration, the muscles are forced to take water from themselves and put it back into the body to keep your blood pumping. As a result, your muscles begin to cramp.

Muscles that get more activity than others generally cramp more often than other muscles. You’re also more likely to suffer heat cramping when you push yourself harder than usual.

My first experience with heat cramps came when I visited my hometown during a break from college. They were have a 5K run and because I’d been on the high school track team, they invited me to join the race. I hadn’t trained in over a year, but figured once you know how to run a couple miles, your body will remember how to do it.

I took the cups of water handed to the runners throughout the race, I spilled more than I drank. I didn’t mind, the water cooled me off.
It wasn’t until about halfway through that I realized that while I had been trying to rehydrate myself, in the extreme heat of that July run, I had stopped sweating.

I was young, ignorant, and figured it didn’t matter. The race was almost over, and sure enough on the last leg where we had to run once around the high school track to cross the finish line I had plenty of kick to finish the race.

About an hour later, however, I began to have the most unendurable cramps I have ever experienced in my life. A trip to the emergency room (yes, they were that bad) taught me that if you ever stop sweating during physical exertion, that is a very dangerous warning sign. It’s a lot like running your automobile engine without any coolant or water.

I came very close to a dangerous heat prostration event. My electrolytes were way out of balance, my heart rate erratic, to say nothing of the cramps. Once I was rehydrated, all my symptoms went away. It’s amazing how wonderful the human body is.

coconut-1391809572taEDrinking water helped, but because we also lose electrolytes when we sweat, we need to replace those as well. Coconut water, sports drinks, even pickle juice can help minimize the problems that I suffered. Since that time, I have the most profound respect for exercising in the heat.

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Birthday Bash – Patient Appreciation Day

Birthday Bash – Patient Appreciation Day at Haven Chiropractic

Music by The Black Eyed Peas, song “I Gotta Feeling”

Treating Sprained Ankles with Chiropractic

4851542278_edc36ae122_oSprained ankles are one of the most common sports injuries and can become a rather large hurdle in anyone’s life if left untreated. Moreover, the longer the injury is left untreated, the longer it will take to return to the sport. Fortunately, there is a quicker way around it: chiropractic treatment. By treating your injury with chiropractic rather than conventional methods, not only does your injury heal faster, but the affected area grows stronger.

Initial Analysis

The first step in any chiropractic treatment is to analyze the area and determine the degree of damage. In case of tears or any fracture, the person is usually sent to the hospital. It is important to note that if you do not know how to treat a sprain, we suggest you do not touch the sprained ankle until the swelling goes down. In case of severe pain, a hospital referral is recommended.

Reducing the Swelling

Just like many other sports injuries, a sprained ankle should be treated with an ice pack immediately. This will help reduce the swelling until you can reach proper medical help. In the case of a severe ankle sprain, the swelling does not go down very fast and, in order to recover faster, most people seek out chiropractic help.

Without using any drugs or any surgery, chiropractic reduces the swelling fast using chiropractic techniques such as ultrasound, Kinesio taping and light Graston.

Joint Manipulation

No chiropractic treatment will include joint manipulation until the swelling has gone down. Once it has, joint manipulation is usually performed. Here, the ankle is moved slowly in a variety of motions. This is done to increase blood circulation around the ankle and subsequently reduce recover time. This is usually done to properly gauge the level of damage to the ankle and check for any possible weaknesses.

Rehabilitation Training

Once the swelling has gone down and the ankle can move freely once again, it is important to place the person on the rehabilitation stage. During this stage of chiropractic, an expert trainer will help you do a range of motion extending exercises, usually without any sort of weight/resistance. However, in order to strengthen the body and the ankle, some resistance is placed after a while.

Sports injuries, particularly ankle sprains, can become a big problem for anyone, especially athletes. Fortunately, Chiropractic treatment helps the ankle heal faster but extends the ankle’s degree of movement, allowing it to move more freely than before. Finally, it helps prevent any further injuries.

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Back Pain – Understanding Spinal Manipulation Techniques

images (21)The time comes when every home remedy you’ve experimented with simply doesn’t get rid of that nagging back pain, and you’re left with no choice but to get a professional opinion.

Lucky for you, chiropractors are well-versed experts who have been trained in the art of remedying back problems and it certainly pays to get to know some of the spinal manipulation techniques that are employed.

Spinal Manipulation Vs Spinal Mobilization 

Remedial techniques essentially zero in on a common objective – restoring or improving joint function by significantly reducing joint inflammation as well as general discomfort due to back pain. Certain approaches make use of more force, such as spinal manipulation, while others are comparatively more gentle – spinal mobilization.

What originally came to be known as spinal manipulation is referred to by many chiropractors as “high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust (HVLA). Newer spinal adjustment approaches entail a variation of existing techniques and often borrow their names from the chiropractor responsible for developing them.

Specific treatment plans are adapted to meet individual needs of every patient. In order to curb back pain, forceful and less forceful spinal adjustment techniques are administered either in a single visit or multiple ones.

Let’s take a closer look at spinal manipulation and mobilization techniques commonly practiced today.

 Spinal Manipulation – HVLA

The HVLA thrust is the most frequently used technique in spinal manipulation today. Your practitioner uses his/her hands to apply a controlled force that is quick and focused, resulting in an audible “pop”. You will be asked to position your body a certain way so as to target a specific joint.

Spinal Mobilization – Low-force / Gentle Chiropractic Techniques

Certain pre-existing conditions like osteoporosis and patient-specific factors – comfort level, size, pathology, preference – warrant a gentler approach. Also, some patients and even clinics simply prefer going with mild spinal mobilization techniques that leave twisting the body or a forceful thrust, out of the equation.

Apart from manipulation, a lot of chiropractors make use of adjunctive therapy like ice or heat. Other physical modalities include electric stimulation and ultrasound that form part of the overall program. As a patient, you need to discuss your symptoms and preferences beforehand, so that a thorough examination can be conducted to determine an ideal course of action.

Chiropractors are among the most well-trained, learned and experienced health care practitioners who serve as a homing beacon for those suffering from continuous back pain and other more serious conditions.

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Trisha 32 Days down 33.5 Pounds!

So here is our first check in on Trisha, She is on day 32 on the protocol and has lost 33.5 pounds!

She is doing awesome!

This picture is her with her bra extender!!  She used to have 2 of them and now she is down to the smallest clip on her bra!
Day 32 on the protocol and 33.5 PDS down!     Trisha before pic!

Day 32 on the protocol and 33.5 PDS down!                         Trish Before Pic!

 

MOMENT OF TRUTH!!! Here she is, Trisha has lost 33.5 Pounds in 32 days! We are so proud of her and her commitment to losing weight!  Yes we do know how to get it off fast, but our real goal is to teach our patients how to keep it off!  Who really cares if we lose 80 pounds but then gain it right back!  Getting it off is the easy part! Give Trisha some love and cheer her on!  I know she is really appreciating it! Here is her first video!  Thanks Trish for letting us follow you on this journey!  We have tons of amazing patients here we want them to all know how proud we are of them!  If your ready to lose your weight but more importantly make a change and keep it off, call us today we would love to help you!  FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION HERE!! 909-945-9982!

 

We are so excited to announce that Trisha is allowing us to follow her on her weight loss journey!  Trisha has decided it is time to lose the weight but more importantly keep it off!  She is doing one of our most popular programs, our 18 week fast track program!  Our goal in 18 weeks is 80 pounds, our males usually will lose between 90 to 100 pounds during this 18 week period.  Weight loss is a commitment, there is no magic pill, cream, or drug that will keep it off!  Sure we can have some extra help along the way, but in the end we have to make the commitment that we are going to change our eating habits and keep it off!  Here at RC Medical center and weight loss, we are committed to helping our patients lose the weight but more importantly teach them a new lifestyle on how to keep it off!  Yes we have many recourses that can help us along the journey to keep us motivated and achieve fast results!  At RC Medical Center we don’t believe in low carb, low calorie, diet food, that is not a lifestyle!  That is a phase that might last a week or a year, but if we don’t change our lifestyle the weight will come back!  We teach our patients how to stay balance, we don’t take anything out of your eating but we teach our patients how to balance there carbs, protein, and fats, so there metabolism can run at the optimal level!  At RC Medical Center we believe in results!  We know we have to keep our patients motivated by seeing results every single week!  We watch our patients very closely and monitor them at all times!  We have a 90% success rate, and we take pride in that!  We do not let our patients fail!  Failure is not an option at RC Medical Center! 

We hope you will follow along with us and watch Trisha transform her life!  Trisha has been doing the program so far for 30 days, and has lost 28.5 LBS!!We are so excited for her! Check Back every Thursday to see her results! We will be posting another pic next week, so stay tuned! chiropractor rancho cucamonga Meet Brittney!! Come Follow Her Journey! Her goal 18 Weeks 80 Pounds! HCG

 

 

Chiropractors – Helping Alleviate Back Pain, One Treatment at a Time

download (2)Back pain is a problem that affects 15-20% of all Americans every year. From the general rigors of every day work to the excess weight many carry around on their body, back pain gets to us all. However, there is an easy and non-invasive way to that very pain. Chiropractors have worked for over a hundred years, perfecting their art and liberate people from their back pain.

Causes of Back Pain

For most people, back pain is usually moderate to severe. For most, the cause of pain is simply the rigors of a busy life. For others, it is a consequence of obesity. However, depending on the weight of the person and the extent of their current back pain, the pain can naturally vanish or may become worse.

Techniques

Most chiropractors use a range of techniques such as spinal manipulation and mobilization to help the joints in the spinal column enjoy a greater degree of freedom, alleviating back pain. For example, many spinal manipulation techniques help realign the spinal column and bring it back into its original form. However, this requires multiple treatments. Then again, spinal mobilization is a gentler technique many chiropractors use to treat patients.

Reasons for Preference

Possibly the most important reason why over 40 million Americans prefer their chiropractors to regular physicians is the fact that they use non-invasive techniques to alleviate pain. Without using drugs and surgery, the risk of side effects and infection is virtually zero.

Another reason why most people prefer chiropractors to regular physicians is due to the fear of pain. Regular medication may prove to be discomforting or painful, as in the case of surgery. Fortunately, the alternative is not.

Chiropractors use their hands at certain points to help your body not only relax but adjust itself to a better spinal position. By combining adjunctive therapy with spinal mobilization, not only are they able to ‘work out the kinks’ but ensure that the pain does not happen again, at least for a while. You need to remember that most long-lasting effects are obtained through constant periodic treatment.

Chiropractors have spent over a century trying to perfect their art and help people without ever having to make an incision or provide harmful drugs. Using their hands and the body itself, they are able to not only help alleviate back pain but also prevent it – one treatment at a time.

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Ergonomics and Employee Productivity

020614-N-0552D-001Ergonomics has become a very popular field, which deals with designing suitable furniture, which is comfortable for individuals, both at home and in the office environment. The absence of ergonomically fit furniture and surroundings, results in different muscular problems in individuals like back pain, neck ache, strains, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Chiropractors provide treatment for alleviating the pain caused because of engaging in strenuous activities throughout the day.

How Is Employee Productivity Linked To Ergonomics?

Ergonomics or human factors, focuses on designing furniture and workplaces, so as to ensure convenience and ease for individuals, both at home and at the office. An ergonomically fit work environment is designed to ensure, that the working stations and the furniture used, are in accordance with the industry standards. It facilitates the functioning and activity of employees, engaged in work at the computer or at the factory floor.

Employees working in an environment, in which the work spaces and the computer equipment are stationed within easy reach, and do not cause any strain, will remain fit and healthy, resulting in efficient productivity. A considerable percentage of employees, contract different muscular pains and strains, which affects their work efficiency. In cases of extreme pain, sometimes individuals have to take time off from work in order to regain enough fitness to resume work.

Benefits of Ergonomically Fit Surroundings

An office having a work station and space, specifically designed keeping in mind the ergonomic standards prevalent in the industry, facilitates the factory workers and office employees in performing their duties efficiently and on time. This improves the overall productivity, resulting in increasing profits for the business.

By designing a safe and ergonomically fit factory production site, companies can ensure minimum accidents and absences of workers. The suitably designed production lines, with the appropriate equipment, increase productivity and worker efficiency, and reduce the wastes to a minimum.

The correct usage of lights and space in the workplace improves productivity and minimizes errors, which results in high job satisfaction.

An ergonomically fit work place is not only convenient for the employees and workers, but it also benefits the business by improving the productivity levels of the company. The improved morale and work efficiency of the employees, increases job satisfaction, and also minimizes the risk of accidents and muscular strains, caused because of inconveniently and unsuitably designed work places. Chiropractors provide treatment to employees suffering from various muscular strains and pains, contracted while working in an office.

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