Use Ice, NOT Heat!!!

When I ask a prospective new patient what they have been doing at home to help with their problem, 80% tell me they have been using heat, and that it helps for a while. Please take the time to read why ICE is what you should use,

What Ice Does:

Ice contracts tissue, pushing excess blood and lymph out into the general circulation. When you remove the ice after 15 minutes, your Innate Intelligence directs more blood and lymph into the area to warm it up, bringing fresh oxygen and nutrition to the inflamed tissue. In the 45 minutes after the ice application, the blood and lymph are picking up the inflammatory chemicals (histamines and prostaglandins) that are produced during the inflammatory process. When you re-apply the ice, it again contracts the tissue, literally “pumping” the blood and lymph saturated with those inflammatory products back into general circulation. That pumping action is accomplishing “out with the bad, in with the good”.

What Heat Does:

When you use heat, it brings more blood and lymph into the area. 20 or so minutes after you remove the heat, the tissue in the area that was not inflamed goes back to “normal”. The tissue that was already inflamed before you applied heat stays more congested, decreasing the exchange of blood and lymph and generally delaying the healing process.

The Most Therapeutically Effective Ice Protocol:

15 minutes on

45 min off

15 min on

45 min off

15 min on

Wait an hour and a half – to two hours and repeat

If you use ice with this protocol, you will find better healing and pain relief for most all conditions except chronic arthritis.

If you have any questions, or are interested in seeing if chiropractic is an appropriate approach for health concerns, please call us at 325-5700 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Davis.

Arthritis: The Result of Ignoring The Problem

Arthritis is a term that literally means inflammation in a joint.There are over 100 forms of arthritis, with osteoarthritis being the most common. Other common forms are rheumatoid, psoriatic, and septic arthritis. I’ll discuss them in a later blog.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the result of the bodies adaptation to years of abnormal joint motion. Wofff’s law states, in effect, that bone under stress remodels to that stress. Examples show in the arms and shoulders of tennis players, the bones of weight lifters, and martial artists at strike points. The opposite happens in astronauts returning to earth after as little as 2 weeks in space without gravity, they lose bone density as well as muscle mass.

When joints of the spinal column (or any other joint) are not moving as designed, the first signs are instability and inflammation. If ignored, the inflammation becomes chronic and the bones on each side of the joint begin to remodel to help stabilize the joint. The body is smart enough to add calcium to the area to make it stronger and more stable. While this does increase the stability in the area, there are some other effects we don’t enjoy, like: limited motion, increased pain with movement, less strength, swelling, aching, and continued degeneration.

The continued degeneration is the key. This means that the OA process is continuing and cumulative, robbing you of comfort, sleep, movement, and the ability to do the things you love to do. No one wants to have arthritis and no one wants it to get worse!

There is an answer! Restore the joints to as near normal movement and alignment as possible and keep them there! Specific Chiropractic care has been proven to decrease the rate of degenerative changes over time. Call 325-5700 now for a free consultation (mention the blog!) and Kindra will be happy to schedule you as soon as possible!