21st Annual YMCA 5 Miler, presented by Swanson Chiropractic & Acupuncture

Cedar Park, TX

Dr. Jeff Swanson will be the presenting sponsor for the 21st Annual Cedar Park 5 Miler/ Kids 1K on Sunday Nov. 6th 2016. This is one of the longest running events in our community.  So plan on coming out to get some great exercise and also raise money for the YMCA “Y Mission”.

All kids running the Kids 1K will receive a medal! Get them started young!!

Click here to register online!

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WHERE YOUR MONEY GOES : Our Annual Campaign (formerly known as the Strong Kids Campaign) is central to the Y mission. By giving, you can help make sure that every boy and girl as well as their family can participate in life-enriching programs through the Y – regardless of their ability to pay. Every dollar you contribute makes a meaningful difference in the lives of families we serve and helps us give kids the power of values, so that they can grow up to become productive adults. One hundred percent of every dollar goes directly to children and families in need based on income, family size and economic circumstance. By pledging your gift and paying it throughout the year, you can assist more children.

Immediately following the race, we will have awards for top finishers in 16 age categories, plus Overall Male & Female, and Overall Masters Male & Female in 5 Miler. All Kids 1K runners will receive a finisher medal as they cross the finish line.

Directions:

Enter through the Camp Twin Lakes entrance or extra parking at Twin Lakes Family YMCA. Free parking will be available. Start/Finish line will be located at Camp Twin Lakes.

Race Course will be from Camp Twin Lakes down the paved road toward Twin Lakes Family YMCA, this will lead you into the Williamson County Trail, runners will continue to run out to the 5 Miler turnaround and run the same route back to the finish line.

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Dr. Jeff Swanson

CEDAR PARK CHIROPRACTIC & ACUPUNCTURE
345 Cypress Creek Rd Ste 103 Cedar Park, TX 78613

Friday Nov. 4 (4–6pm) and Saturday Nov. 5  (12–3pm)

REGISTRATION PRICES

5 Miler
Early birds before October 21st: $30
After October 21st: $35
Race Day: $40
No refunds will be given. This is a rain or shine event!

Kids 1K
Early birds before October 21st: $10
After October 21st: $12
Race Day: $15
No refunds will be given. This is a rain or shine event!

Kids 1K & 5 Miler
(Only for kids 12 & under doing both 1K & 5 Miler)
Early birds before October 21st: $30
After October 21st: $35
Race Day: $40
No refunds will be given. This is a rain or shine event!

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Chiropractic now a focus in concussion treatment

Trainers and doctors told him to find a quiet place, sit still and just wait. No outside activity, no exercise, no television. Merely rest and wait for the symptoms to subside.

Well, times have changed.

This AHL season, Rallo, a veteran forward for the Texas Stars, missed nearly two months with a concussion. It was a lengthy, frustrating process that included a headache that lingered for six weeks, but instead of sitting quietly in a dark room, Rallo tackled his symptoms head-on.

“It’s very different than it was last time,” Rallo said. “That was four years ago, and the rule was to sit still. Don’t watch TV, don’t do anything, until your symptoms are gone. This time I was working on eye exercises and improving throughout (my recovery).”

Rallo was injured Jan. 29, when Lake Erie’s Jamie Sifers took out his legs after Rallo scored a goal in a 3-2 loss. Rallo slammed his head on the ice and didn’t return to the Stars’ lineup until March 23.

After suffering his first concussion in four years as a result of Sifers’ hit, Rallo started down the road to recovery by working with a chiropractic neurologist. Through simple exercises — one called for him to put his hands straight out, close his eyes and march in place — Rallo worked to improve the tracking of his eyes, his heart rate and his cognition.

“Early on, I would open my eyes and I would be facing the complete opposite direction, having no idea I had moved,” Rallo said. “They would also do this thing were they would spin me in a chair real slow, and my heart rate would go up to 170, just for a slow spin. Eventually it was worked back to where I could spin in the chair and my heart rate would stay normal, even for a fast spin.”

The exercises helped him return to the ice, said Rallo, whose club will try to even its first-round playoff series against San Diego when the teams play Saturday night at the newly renamed H-E-B Center at Cedar Park.

During the AHL regular season, Stars coach Derek Laxdal became quite accustomed to dealing with players who had concussions.

Rallo and Travis Morin each missed more than a month with concussion symptoms, and Mattias Backman missed a couple of weeks earlier in the season. And just last week, Laxdal said forward Branden Troock’s season had come to an end after he suffered a concussion in a fight against San Jose defenseman Gus Young.

“It’s all about the health of the player now,” Laxdal said. “This is a game, and it’s their job, but you have to make sure a guy has a life after hockey. It’s changed how we treat it. When I played, you could get (hit) pretty hard and no one would think about it. Today, we know it’s important to protect your brain.”

During his playing career, which stretched from 1982 to 2001, Laxdal said he hardly ever heard the word “concussion” mentioned.

“I remember during a game in junior (hockey), I got hit at center ice, had my head down and had to be taken off on a stretcher,” the coach recalled. “I spent the night in the hospital but still played two nights later. Think about that: I ran into a 6-foot-6-inch brick wall on skates with my head down and still played two days later.”

While the recognition of concussions and the treatment of them might have changed in hockey, the public transparency about head injuries in the sport remains cloudy.

The AHL doesn’t track concussions, and the league’s teams aren’t required to publicly disclose injuries. The teams that do disclose injuries often describe the ailments simply as “upper-body” or “lower-body” injuries.

While there aren’t hard numbers across the AHL, NHL officials claim the number of concussions suffered by players is declining.

According to league records, 2011 saw the largest number of concussions in NHL history. Among the players stricken was Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, the game’s marquee name, who missed 15 months while recovering.

Crosby’s injury raised awareness of the concussion issue in hockey circles, and the subject remains a hot-button topic. Former NHL enforcers Bob Probert, Derek Boogard and Steve Montador all died before age 50, and autopsies found that all three were suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative disease of the brain found in those with a history of repetitive brain trauma.

A class action lawsuit has been filed against the NHL, with more than 100 players alleging that the league failed to protect them from the long-term effects of head trauma.

“The biggest thing is people want change, and they want to be safer and know a player will be all there when they retire,” said a former NHL player from the mid-1990s who didn’t want to be identified. “I think this is bringing (the issue) the attention it deserves, and hopefully it continues to improve.”

The NHL and AHL have worked to reduce the occurrence of concussions by slowly weeding fighting out of the sport. This season, Texas had a league-low 16 fights, and this season was just the second time since 2000 that the AHL didn’t have a team with 100 major penalties for fighting.

“The age of two donkeys going out and swinging at each other is over,” Texas Stars defenseman Brennan Evans said. “Fighting is declining. It’s still part of the game, but not what it used to be by a long shot.”

In the AHL, if a player engages in two fights during a game, he’s ejected. Approved before the 2014-15 season, the rule change has been positive for the league, said AHL President and CEO Dave Andrews.“The number of players fighting multiple times has gone down, and that’s good,” Andrews said in a phone interview. “It’s always been part of the game, but I don’t think any of our teams market fighting to sell tickets. It’s a very good product on the ice. People don’t need a fight to enjoy it.”

There also are concussion spotters in each NHL press box who watch for players who take hits to the head, and players recovering from concussions face stricter standards before being cleared to return to the ice.Add all these changes together, a number of AHL and NHL players said, and they feel more comfortable reporting concussion like symptoms to a team trainer or a doctor.

“I’m not a doctor, and I can’t say exactly what happens in each case, but across our league players are treated with the best possible care,” Andrews said. “There are a few slight modifications, just from the number of personnel we have in the league, but overall if a player has a head injury, it’s treated just as seriously, if not more (in the AHL).”

The Texas Stars follow the same concussion protocol used in the NHL. If a player suffers a significant hit to the head or reports concussion like symptoms, his symptoms are assessed. If diagnosed with a concussion, the player must complete a six-step process before returning to game action. Twenty-four hours must pass after the completion of each step in the process, so any player recovering from a concussion is sidelined for at least a week.Before resuming full-contact practice — the fifth step in the process — the injured player’s results on his latest cognitive assessment must at least equal the baseline score he recorded before training camp opened.

Shay McGlynn, head athletic trainer for the Texas Stars, said 90 percent of players dealing with concussions see them subside within two weeks. If the symptoms linger longer, players are referred to a neurologist or neuropsychologist for additional treatment. That was the case for both Rallo and Morin, who was injured against Lake Erie on Feb. 14 and didn’t return to action until March 26.

“You understand why you wait,” Rallo said. “At least now it’s a better process.”

http://www.mystatesman.com/news/sports/hockey/heads-up-concussion-awareness-growing-in-hockey/nq9fy/

If you have questions regarding concussion treatment and how chiropractic plays an important roll, please contact Dr. Jeff Swanson, DC, CSCS, at 512-335-0641 or online at www.cedarparkchiro.com.  Dr. Swanson is the official team chiropractor for the Texas Stars Hockey Team.

 

 

 

 

Infertility Helped With Chiropractic

Infertility Helped With Chiropractic

In the scientific periodical the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics (JCCP), comes a study that involved the literature review of 10 different papers of the cases of 11 women who were suffering from infertility. The review, published in the bi-yearly JCCP March 2008 issue, reviewed the case studies of 11 women ages 22 to 42 who were diagnosed as suffering from Infertility.

According to the article, Infertility is defined as an inability to conceive after a year of unprotected intercourse or to carry a pregnancy to term.”  The author of the review Stacy Bula D.C., notes that in the US infertility impacts six million women between the ages of 15 and 54.  According to the study the US Centers for Disease Control reported that in 2004 there were 127,977 artificial reproductive procedures performed to try to help women get pregnant. The study notes that although only 34% of the medical procedures attempted will result in a live birth, the costs can range up to $30,000 per menstrual cycle attempt.

In the cases reported in this literature review study, the cases of eleven female patients were reviewed from 10 separate documented case studies. Their histories included one natural childbirth, two miscarriages, two failed in-vitro fertilizations, and three failed artificial inseminations. In some of these cases the women sought chiropractic care for a variety of other problems in addition to infertility.  Some of the additional problems that brought the women to a chiropractor included, ulcerative colitis, lower back pain, neck pain, menstrual cycle problems, diabetes and joint pains.

The average age of the women in the various studies was 32.  In 10 of the 11 cases the women were actively trying to become pregnant and were unsuccessful.  Several had unsuccessfully tried more expensive and risky procedures.  The author noted that the standard medical care for infertility, “..can have serious health problems for both the mother and child.”

The results from these various case studies showed that all 11 women got pregnant shortly after the start of chiropractic care.  The author of the review noted that 9 of the 11 did not receive any further medical care to become pregnant.  The care rendered in all of these cases was specific correction of vertebral subluxations using a variety of chiropractic analyses and techniques.  The author noted that correction of vertebral subluxations caused an improvement in function which allowed the women of these studies to become pregnant.

In her conclusion, Dr. Bula  stated, “The ten case studies examined in this paper suggest that regardless of the type of chiropractic technique used, when subluxations of the vertebral spine were adjusted there was a simultaneous improvement in function of the reproductive organs and related endocrine system.”

Hockey Player Scores with Chiropractic

Hockey Player Scores with Chiropractic

The above is the headline from an article which appeared on September 6, 2013, on the Toronto Star news website. The article features former NHL hockey player Gary Roberts who explains how chiropractic saved his professional hockey career.

When Roberts was 30 years old and a left winger for the Calgary Flames, he suffered a neck injury that left him with severe nerve damage and numbness in his arms. Even after repeated surgeries and rehab he was no better. “I couldn’t hold a steak knife to cut my food,” he recalls. “My career was over. I was a pretty lost soul.”

Then in 1996, Roberts decided to see a chiropractor. The end result was not only did he recover from his injury, but he continued to play professional hockey for another 13 years.

Roberts stated in the article how he felt when describing his recovery with chiropractic, “It saved my life.” He went on in the article to explain, “[Whether] you’re a professional athlete or a weekend warrior, the results are the same – your body gets beaten up. Chiropractors have taken sports to a new level.”

Dr. John Theodoropoulos, an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, was also quoted in the article talking about athletes’ affinity for chiropractic care, “Everyone is high-level, everyone takes sports seriously now.” He continued, “When athletes refer to their doctor, their doctor is usually a doctor of chiropractic.”

Other sports and athletes have also recognized the value of chiropractic for high level performance. It was reported on September 3, 2013, in Chiropractic Economics that Logan College of Chiropractic has been named the official chiropractic college of the NFL Rams.

“The St. Louis Rams are proud to partner with Logan University, one of the nation’s leaders in chiropractic education,” said Bob Reif, executive vice president of the St. Louis Rams. “Chiropractic treatments are essential to the health and wellness of our Rams players and Logan alumnus, Dr. Mike Murphy, has been treating our world-class athletes for several years. With this partnership, we are pleased to deepen our relationship with one of the most prestigious schools in chiropractic education.”

Please contact our office at 512-335-0641 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jeff Swanson or visit our website at www.cedarparkchiro.com

Chiropractic is Best Option for Neck Pain

A study from the prestigious medical journal The Annals of Internal Medicine reports that chiropractic is more effective for neck pain than medication.

Chiropractic best for neck pain

In the study, 272 patients with acute or subacute neck pain were given one of three treatments: medication, exercise with the advice of a health practitioner, or chiropractic care. After 12 weeks of treatment, patients in the chiropractic and exercise groups experienced the most pain reduction. When compared to the medication group, both exercise and chiropractic had more than doubled the likelihood that participants experienced complete relief of their pain. For chiropractic patients, these benefits lasted for at least a year, demonstrating that chiropractic can provide long-term relief.

The strong success of chiropractic and exercise is likely due to the fact that both treatments address the cause of neck pain, rather than just masking the symptoms. Whether your neck pain is a result of an injury or sitting at a desk for long hours, chiropractic care can restore your normal health free of pain, without the adverse effects of drugs.

Bronfort, Gert, Roni Evans, Alfred Anderson, Kenneth Svendsen, Yiscah Bracha, and Richard Grimm. Spinal Manipulation, Medication, or Home Exercise With Advice for Acute and Subacute Neck Pain: A Randomized Trial. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2012, January; 156 (1): 1-10.

Resolution of Morton’s Neuroma in Foot with Chiropractic Care

Resolution of Morton's Neuroma in Foot with Chiropractic - Austin TX Chiropractor central best yelp google reviews 5 starsIn describing this condition, the Mayo Clinic website states, “Morton’s neuroma is a painful condition that affects the ball of your foot, most commonly the area between your third and fourth toes. Morton’s neuroma involves a thickening of the tissue around one of the nerves leading to your toes.”

The authors of this case study note that chiropractic care is not the treatment of feet. The goal of chiropractic is to allow the body to heal itself. They describe, “The goal of chiropractic care is to optimize the body’s function by restoring nerve system integrity through the correction of vertebral subluxation. Vertebral subluxation can be defined as ‘a complex of functional and/or structural and/or pathological articular changes that compromise neural integrity and may influence organ system function and general health’.”

In this case, a 63-year-old woman went to the New Zealand College of Chiropractic Clinic with a variety of symptoms. She noted that she had been suffering from right foot numbness and tingling for ten years, as well as neck and low back pain for as long as she could remember. Additionally, she reported headaches for the past three years.

A chiropractic examination was performed for the presence of subluxations. Care was started for correction of her subluxations at the rate of three visits per week for a month. The results of the study showed that by the second visit the patient was noticing an increased overall range of body motion. She also reported that her posture had improved by about visit 5 or 6.

By the 10th visit, the woman reported that the numbness in her toes had been corrected. This was followed by complete resolution of the toes tingling by the next visit. At the one month point of care, she reported improvements in walking, standing, sitting, lying, sleeping, digestion, and exercise.

In their discussion, the authors of the study summed up this case by saying, “This case study reports on the positive improvement in a 63-year-old woman with Morton’s neuroma receiving chiropractic care. This case study adds to the growing body of evidence that chiropractic care can positively influence the physical health and function of individuals with Morton’s neuroma.”

 

Disc Herniation with Extruded Fragment Helped With Chiropractic Care

The Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research published a study on November 19, 2015, documenting the case of a patient suffering from left-sided low back pain that radiated down the left leg being helped by chiropractic.

The authors of the study report that lower back pain (LBP) is one of the most common health issues in society. It is estimated that between 6.3% and 15.4% of the general population suffers from low back pain for the first time each year. The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners’ Practice Analysis of Chiropractic 2015 reports that LBP is the most common condition seen in a chiropractor’s office accounting for 23.6% of new patients.

In this case, a 43-year-old man went to the chiropractor complaining of severe pain in his lower back that radiated down his left leg to his ankle and foot. The man had received an MRI and was diagnosed with a left L4-L5 focal disc protrusion with an extruded fragment. The man rated the pain on a 1 to 10 scale (10 worst) as being between 8 and 10. The pain was worse upon sitting and lying down.

The medical care the man received consisted of prescription drugs including 200 mg. of Advil, 5 mg-325 mg of Percocet , 5 mg. of Valium, and Tramadol. The drugs only provided minor help for short periods of time. Due to the lack of progress, a friend told the man to see a chiropractor.

Upon entering the chiropractor’s office, a history and examination were performed. It was noticed that the patient had an antalgic lean due to the pain. He also had muscle spasms and swelling in the lower back area. Motion of his lower back was reduced and painful.

Based on the results of the chiropractic examination and the severity of his condition, chiropractic care was initiated daily for the first week followed by three times per week for the next three weeks, after which a reassessment was performed.

At the time of the reassessment, the patient had improved to the point where he was able to work 12-hour days feeling slightly stiff and was able to sleep through the night without pain. He also reported that he was able to sit and lay down without any pain. His slight remaining pain at the one month point of care was rated as only a 2 out of 10, and his muscle strength and movement were greatly improved.

In their conclusion the authors wrote, “This case report described the successful chiropractic care of a patient with a chief complaint of low back pain associated disc protrusion at the L5-S1 functional spinal unit.”

If you or anyone you know could benefit from a better functioning nervous system, please call us at 512-335-0641 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Swanson.

Gallup Poll: Majority in U.S. Say Chiropractic Works for Neck and Back Pain

A new Gallup Poll released on September 8, 2015, showed that a large number of people in the United States have used chiropractic and believe it to be of help for a number of conditions. The poll, commissioned by Palmer College of Chiropractic, was based on the results from a Gallup Panel study of 5,442 adults, aged 18 and older, conducted February 16 through May 6, 2015.

Some of the highlights of the Gallup Poll reveal:

  • Two-thirds say chiropractic is effective for neck and back pain.
  • Many adults say chiropractors think of a patient’s best interest.
  • More than 33 million U.S. adults saw a chiropractor last year.

Overall, about half of U.S. adults have seen a chiropractor sometime in their lives. Each year about 14% of the adult population goes to a chiropractor. Additionally, most people think chiropractors have their patient’s best interest in mind and are trustworthy.

In spite of decades of organized opposition from the medical society, only a small percentage of the population had a negative view of chiropractic or chiropractors thinking they did not have their patient’s best interests in mind (8%), or were not trustworthy (9%). People who went to chiropractors were more likely to have a positive opinion of chiropractic than those who did not.

The poll also showed that there were no specific groups of people more likely to go to a chiropractor. Income level and education was not a significant factor in who utilized chiropractic care. The poll did show that people aged 35 and older (56%) are more likely than younger adults (37%) to go to a chiropractor. Also, the poll reported that blacks are less likely than whites or Hispanics to use chiropractic care. Additionally, women are slightly more likely to see a chiropractor than men.

The poll did point out that the public had two areas where their knowledge related to chiropractic was failing. The first area was in relation to the rigorous education needed to become a chiropractor, and the second was the extent to which their insurance covered chiropractic services. The poll researchers estimated that chiropractic utilization would be even higher if the public were aware of the level of education a chiropractor is required to have, and if information on insurance coverage for chiropractic were more readily available.

In their conclusion the authors wrote, “Adults younger than 50 represent a unique opportunity for the future of chiropractic because this group is more likely than older respondents to say a chiropractor would be their first choice to see about neck or back pain. However, adults aged 18 to 34 are more sensitive to chiropractic costs than are older adults.”

A copy of the full Gallup poll can be found at http://www.palmer.edu/uploadedfiles/pages/alumni/gallop-report-palmer-college.pdf

Contact us at www.CedarParkChiro.com or at 512-335-0641 for more information.

Reduction in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Following Chiropractic Care: A Case Study

The above is the title of a research case study published on April 11, 2013 in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health.  The author of the study describes Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) as,  “a spinal curvature that presents from the age of 10 until skeletal maturity.”  It is more common in girls than in boys. 

In this case a fourteen year old girl came to the chiropractor concerned about her right hip being higher than her left. She was not experiencing any pain. An initial chiropractic examination showed that her range of motion was within normal limits. A postural analysis showed that her head was rotated to the left and tilted to the right.  She also had a right high shoulder and hip and her left foot was rotated outward.

Palpation of the girl’s spine showed multiple areas of increased sensitivity as well as muscle spasm along her spine. X-rays of the girls spine were taken which confirmed the presence of a scoliosis. Using a standard measuring system called the “Cobb” it was determined that the girl had a scoliosis with a Cobb angle that measured 17.2 degrees in the mid back area of her spine.

A series of specific chiropractic adjustments were given over the next 13 weeks. The girl was also given home spinal exercises to aid in the corrections.  Assessments were done twice during the course of the 13 week period and improvements were noted each time.

The author noted that the first reassessment showed obvious postural improvements with the head and neck. There was still muscle spasm noted, but it had decreased. Her head rotation had improved and the head tilt had totally corrected. The author notes that the girl was pleased with the changes she was able to notice.

On the second assessment, further improvement was noted in posture and positioning.  A second set of x-rays was taken that documented an improvement in the spinal curvature from a Cobb angle of 17.2 degrees down to 13.5 degrees. This improvement represents only the 13 week time frame of the study as published.

In her discussion the author comments, “Conservative methods of treatment for scoliosis should continue to focus on the prevention of the progression of scoliosis until the etiology is known.” She continues and elaborates on the chiropractic approach by noting, “Regardless of the technique used, the majority of chiropractors are focused on detecting and removing vertebral subluxations to reinstate normality to function.”

Contact us at www.CedarParkChiro.com or at 512-335-0641 for more information.