Sitting Can Be Risky

Sitting for a long period significantly impacts your cardiovascular and metabolic function and can leave you at increased risk for heart failure and other heart-related problems as well as spine problems.

One report claims that working out may not be able to counter the cardiovascular risk caused by sitting. In fact, the study suggests that the positive health benefits of one hour of exercise can be unraveled by six hours of continuous sitting. The good news is that you have many options when it comes to how much time you sit. From office-friendly intermittent exercise to standing desks, to brief walks, all of it counts. Standing up or bending down increases the force of gravity on your body, and this is the key to counteracting the cellular degeneration that occurs when you’re sitting down. A recent study has been found that taking a five-minute walk for every hour you spend in your chair can reduce the heart disease risks associated with chronic sitting.

The effects of sitting for a prolonged time also has a negative effect on your spine.  Computer posture, as it is often called, leads to premature spinal degeneration, all of which can be minimized by taking brief breaks and moving your body.

We see people daily who have let their body break down and need special attention to restore their spine and housed nervous system to an optimal state of health.  Remember, prevention is worth its weight in gold, so keep motion in your life and in your spine.  Your body will thank you!


Target Heart Rate

A few days ago I was on the bike and was getting my pulse to make sure I was within my fat-burning zone.  It is a fairly easy calculation to make if you know the basic equation.  Watch the video below and learn how to figure out your target heart rate.

Sciatic Pain


A patient does a Facebook shout out

Did you ever wonder how chiropractors cure or heal people from conditions such as sciatic pain, a pain which runs down the back through the rear and often down the leg?

The truth is, we don’t heal anything… you do!  The chiropractor’s job is to find the obstruction to the healing process and reduce the interference, tuning the spine and nerves just like tuning a guitar.  By doing so, health returns. 

This is just one of many successful cases where Dr. Snyder helped to set the course for healing.  At Snyder Family Chiropractic, our goal is to provide a safe and comfortable atmosphere for you to get well and stay well, without the use of harmful drugs.

If you or someone you know is suffering needlessly with sciatic pain or other health concerns, Snyder Family Chiropractic may be able to help.  Contact us today.

Is Our Excessive Culture and Lifestyle Killing Us?

Everyone seems to be living in excessive these days.  Everything is taken to the limit… and then beyond.  Extreme sports are all the craze.  Working out until you basically drop and highly restrictive diets are both trending.  Other people choose to go excessive with their work or career.  They think high stress, sacrifice, and sleepless nights are simply what it takes to be number one in the workplace.  Well, what if excessiveness is not good for us?  What if we are meant to operate somewhere in the middle?

For example, a new study has found antioxidant supplements can speed up some cancers instead of protecting you from them.  Perhaps the most important piece one can take from the study is that just because a certain amount of something is good for you, it doesn’t automatically mean that more will be better.  A great example of this is water.  We all require water.  Water is real good for you.  But did you know that ingesting too much water can kill you?  There is truth to this.

Here is another fact:  Our bodies need a specific amount of nutrients from food.   So, could it be that antioxidants are good when a certain amount is consumed and bad when either less than or more than that amount is eaten?  Could it be that taking nutrition to the extreme and eating highly concentrated amounts of nutrients are  not good for you?  Could it be that moderation is the key and we simply do not need extreme amounts and levels of exercise, nutrients, stress, or whatever?

Could it be that more is not always better?  I truly hope we find out in the future, but it is definitely something we should all think about in the present.

Reduction in Arterial Blood Pressure Following Adjustment

Interesting study showing how chiropractic care can help people with high blood pressure.


Reduction in Arterial Blood Pressure Following Adjustment of Atlas to Correct Vertebral Subluxation: A Prospective Longitudinal Cohort Study

Scott Torns, DC Bio

Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research ~ August 11, 2014 ~ Pages 54-60


Objective:  This investigation was a placebo-control, randomized, prospective longitudinal cohort study to examine the long term effect Atlas Orthogonal (AO) upper cervical chiropractic care has on arterial blood pressure (ABP).

Methods: Twenty participants were computer randomized into a placebo-control group and a therapeutic group. All participants were examined radiographically, and coordinate values were calculated for Atlas dysfunction per AO Technique. The therapeutic group received an AO adjustment while controls received a sham adjustment. Pre and post therapeutic intervention ABP values were recorded for each participant. Subsequent measures for ABP were again recorded at one week, two weeks, four weeks, and lastly, six weeks after intervention. The Atlas was adjusted utilizing an AO Adjusting Instrument. No adverse reactions were recorded in either group.

Results: The therapeutic group demonstrated significant lowering of both their systolic and diastolic values. Improvements in systolic values continued to be statistically significant at six weeks. The effect on the diastolic values failed to reach significance after four weeks. There were no statistically significant differences detected in the systolic or diastolic values of the control group.

Conclusions: This investigation provides further evidence connecting upper cervical chiropractic care and ABP regulation. While the exact mechanism remains in question, data suggests an appropriate dose may be one upper cervical chiropractic visit per month for patients that suffer from high ABP.

Chiropractic and Blood Pressure

Chiropractic management of musculoskeletal complaints such as low back pain, neck pain, headaches, and the like is well established in peer reviewed literature and recommended care guidelines throughout the world. Put simply, chiropractic care WORKS consistently well for many problems involving the neuromusculoskeletal system. What about its effects on cardiovascular health and in particular, blood pressure (BP)? Let’s take a look at the evidence, but let’s first define hypertension.

There is such a thing as “too low” of a BP (<90/60), technically called “hypotension” which includes symptoms of light headedness/dizziness, fatigue/weakness, fainting and when it’s severe, shock can occur. At some point, we’ve all felt the brief light headed sensation if we “stand up too fast” which simply means not enough oxygen is reaching our brains. Causes include infections (sepsis), hemorrhage (blood loss), certain toxins (including too much BP meds), hormonal conditions such as Addison’s disease, and eating disorders (particularly anorexia nervosa and bulimia). High blood pressure (“hypertension,” >140/90) can damage the brain over time (stroke), eyes (retinopathy), the heart (heart attack, enlargement), kidneys (renal failure) and the blood (high sugar levels). The heart is a pump, and like any pump, it can wear out if it pumps against too much resistance for too long a time. If the arteries the heart pumps blood into become rigid (hardening of the arteries – arteriosclerosis), the top number (systolic BP) goes up. The lower number (diastolic pressure) can go up with obesity, improper diet, and stress as well as smoking and a sedentary lifestyle.
So, can spinal adjustments lower blood pressure? In 2007, 25 patients in the early stages of hypertension received an upper cervical (upper neck) chiropractic adjustment vs. 25 patients who received a placebo adjustment. None of the patients took blood pressure medication for eight weeks and their blood pressure was measured at the start and end of the study period. Researchers were shocked to discover that those who received the chiropractic adjustment experienced decreases in blood pressure as significant as if they had been taking blood-pressure medications. While the study was limited to 50 patients and further research is warranted, it appears to show what chiropractic care has been demonstrating for over a century: spinal dysfunction prevents the body from functioning at an optimal level.
If you, a friend, or a family member requires care, we sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence shown by choosing our services and look forward in serving you and your family both presently and into the future.

Chiropractic and the “Common Cold”

Chiropractic has been utilized as a treatment for many ailments, but primarily those related to musculoskeletal (MSK) problems, especially back and neck pain. However, there are many people who seek chiropractic services for ailments other than MSK conditions such as colds, flus, or just to “feel better.” Similarly, as chiropractors, we have observed in our own practices that patients will sometimes demonstrate improvement related to the immune system such as reduction of allergy symptoms, a quicker recovery, decreased frequency and/or severity of colds or other respiratory infections, and so on. Back in 1975, the National Institute of Health sponsored a meeting of all the professions that utilize spinal manipulative therapy (SMT). The purpose of the meeting was to review what research existed to support the various theories of SMT benefits and to determine what additional research was needed. The immune system was included as an area of research that was promising but required additional studies. So the question is, what research exists today that supports the theory that SMT does indeed stimulate the immune system and hence, enhance our body’s ability to fight infections and other disease processes?

As one might imagine, conducting research in this area is very challenging. Case reports of isolated cases are available, but due to the difficulty of having a non-treatment control group, being double blinded in the study design, and having a large enough study group to draw strong conclusions (among other factors), gives rise to criticism that chiropractic adjustments or SMT enhances immune function. There is however, a growing body of research that is building the case that SMT does indeed benefit the immune process. For example, a decrease in “pro-inflammatory cytokines” (the “bad guy” chemicals that increase inflammation), and an increase in blood levels of “immunoregulatory cytokines” (the “good guy” chemicals that help stimulate and regulate the immune system) has been reported to occur when SMT is received.

Within the last 10 years, a series of studies have been published that describes this interplay between the nervous system and the immune system as “neural immunoregulation.” In other words, there is a balanced communication (reflexes) between our neurological and immune systems (through cytokines and neurotransmitters). This involves the discovery of a close relationship between the autonomic (sympathetic and parasympathetic) nervous system with white blood cells (macrophages and lymphocytes), which helps explain the “how” SMT helps to support the immune mechanism. The discovery of reflexes between the nervous system and neurotransmitters is an integral part of this process. This process has been shown to occur by a single thrust adjustment applied to the upper back region where the physiologic response by white blood cells increases via this “spinovisceral reflex,” thus reducing the inflammatory response that occurs with colds, flus, etc. This response is best achieved with spinal manipulation producing an audible release of gas (cavitation) or, the “cracking” sound typically found with SMT. Pain generating chemicals have also been found to decrease when SMT was applied in cases with headaches, neck pain/stiffness, and in post-whiplash cervical disk herniations. Other immune markers (IgG and IgM) were also found to increase at least temporarily in subjects receiving upper back SMT.

The “take-home message” here is that there is accumulating evidence that with little to no negative side effects, SMT does indeed enhance and support the immune system. Though these preliminary findings are exciting, we cannot conclude that SMT has the ability to stop or reverse infection, inflammation, or a disease processes. But, it appears appropriate to consider including SMT with other treatment approaches in this patient population – yet another needed area for future research!

If you, a friend, or a family member requires care, we sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence shown by choosing our services and look forward in serving you and your family both presently and into the future.

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