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I am so excited to share information I have accumulated over the past 25 years on mind, body and spirit health! My goal is to create a monthly newsletter that is informative, easy to read and easy to put into everyday practice. If you have any suggestions or topics you would like me to cover, please feel free to contact me at Info@IHCchiro.com. Thank you!EMAIL ME
Shoulder problems are a frequent occurrence among my patients, namely with the rotator cuff (RC) and bicipital tendon. The shoulder is com- prised of the humerus, clavicle (collar bone) and scapula (shoulder blade). The RC is comprised of four muscles and their tendons: the supraspina- tus, infraspinatus, teres minor and subscapularis muscles. The bicipital tendon comes off the bicip- ital muscle and progresses into the shoulder and is stabilized by the acromion process of the front of the scapula. As we age arthritis can accumu- late in the shoulder joint from repetitive use and injury, the tendons from the bicep and RC can fray, tear and inflame. Arthritis in the joint is an accumulation of calcification and can limit the ranges of motion in the joint as well as cause inflammation when the joint is irritated from prolonged use. If the tendons of the RC are torn, frayed or inflamed, they can also limit range of motion and cause a lot of pain in the posterior shoulder especially in the evening in bed. The bicipital tendon can slip off the acromion process and limit the range of motion and cause a lot of pain in the anterior shoulder. Both of these issues can be improved with adjustments to the shoulder and manipulation of the muscles and tendons. Also, a strict regimen of stretching and performing exercises 4-5 times/week targeting these muscles will greatly improve your strength in the area and create more stability. If you have a complete tear of any of the RC tendons, then it is advisable to speak with an orthopedist spe- cializing in shoulders as this issue may require arthroscopic surgery to re-stabilize the shoulder joint.
As 2023 began, I knew this was going to be a year of transition in many ways. In May, my front desk/receptionist, Marissa, left for Physical Therapy school and in late August, Melissa, my office manager of S+years, left to attend nursing school full-time. I am thrilled for their success in pursuing their goals and achieving high marks along the way, however, it saddens me as I will miss them dearly. It’s been very rewarding to see so many employees over the years reach their goals scholastically and be successful in their fields of study.
So, transition …..you will see new faces in the office, and I have learned and am learning to ride the wave of change and not to stress over things I cannot control or know the outcome of. Covid taught me that and I have chosen to keep that mindset and it has definitely minimized the self-induced stress that was once so prominent in my life. Change happens, and when it does, not knowing where it may lead you can be exciting and thrilling but it can also add a little trepidation to your life. My point is, live your life moment to moment and it’s ok to change lanes now and then as you never know what’s around the corner and that can be a beautiful thing!
Stay Refreshed …
Last summer I started juicing lemons and limes and storing it in my fridge for easy access whenever I needed the juice. I frequently put the juice in my water as a cleanser and detoxifying agent. What I discovered is if you take a La Croix lemon soda water, add ice and the lemon/lime juice, it’s so refreshing especially in this heat. I feel like a little kid drinking lemonade and it makes me smile. Lemon and lime juice added to your water gives you a boost of vitamin C which is an antioxidant. Vitamin C also helps your body synthesize collagen, absorb iron and produce hormones. By adding the juice to your water, it may help you drink more, which helps prevent hydration and helps you avoid sugary drinks which are harmful to your health and teeth. The citric acid in lemons cleanses your kidneys and helpful for a healthy pH balance. If you want to lessen the effect of the citric acid on your tooth enamel, drink the lemon water through a straw.