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The Best Doctors Recommend Balance & Stability Training

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(Published in Lincoln, Lancaster)

Elderly people are at a higher risk for broken bones and injuries than the rest of the population. While this is usually simply attributed to “old age” that doesn’t mean that nothing can be done to help the situation. The health professionals at Holmes Lake Chiropractic in Lincoln, NE know that there are lots of different types of therapy that can improve the quality of life for the aging.

More and more it is becoming clear that balance and stability training is vital for an independent and strong elderly population. Balance, like any physical skill, can be strengthened and developed with practice. For elderly individuals the fear of falling can be very real. The types of injuries that a young person might overcome in a few weeks with ease can take an elderly person months, and the rehabilitation may not be as complete. That’s why balance and stability training is so important as a precautionary measure.

When seniors have better balance and stability it lessens the likelihood that they will fall or have an accident in the first place. This not only helps prevent injury it also builds their confidence and independence. When elderly people feel strong and stable they are more likely to be active. Active older people are consistently happier, healthier, and more mentally sharp than older people who are inactive; so what begins with enhancing physical wellbeing ends up enhancing overall quality of life.

People who begin treatments at Holmes Lake Chiropractic, whether it be for pain management options or for general bone & joint health, are astonished by the results. The chiropractic doctor’s from Holmes Lake Chiropractic can help you do things you never though possible and lead a life with less pain and more activity. Call them today at (402) 483-4409 or visit them online.and learn about what balance and stability training can do for you.

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Athletic Injuries

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Athletic Injuries

Participation in sports or exercise is an important step in maintaining your health. Exercise strengthens your heart, bones, and joints and reduces stress, among many other benefits. Unfortunately, injuries during participation in sports are all too common. Often, these injuries occur in someone who is just taking up sports as a form of activity, doesn’t use proper safety equipment, or becomes overzealous about the exercise regimen.

The more commonly injured areas of the body are the ankles, knees, shoulders, elbows, and spine. Remember that you should discuss any exercise program with your doctor of chiropractic before undertaking such activities.

Strains and Sprains
Although bones can sometimes be fractured with acute sports injuries, the most commonly injured structures are the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Tendons attach muscles to bones, and ligaments attach one bone to another.

An acute twisting or overextension of a joint can lead to tears of muscles and tendons, called “strains,” and tears of ligaments result in “sprains.” These tears range from mild to severe. In mild injuries, just a few fibers are torn or stretched. Severe injuries, where there is a tear through the full thickness of the structure, are most often considered unstable injuries and frequently require surgical intervention. The intervertebral disc, a ligament between the vertebrae of the spine that works as a shock absorber, can also be torn, resulting in a disc bulge and/or herniation.

Ankle sprains most often involve tears of one or more of the ligaments along the outside of the ankle. Knee ligaments, including the larger external supportive ligaments and the smaller internal stabilizing ligaments, can also be torn. The cartilage on the back of the patella (knee-cap) can also become eroded from overuse, leading to a condition termed chondromalacia patella.

In those who are training too much, overuse of a particular joint or joints in the body can result in pain and dysfunction. These injuries are called “overuse syndromes.” A common overuse injury is tendinosis, also called tendinitis. In this condition, the tendon becomes inflamed from repetitive use. In the shoulder, the rotator cuff (a complex of muscles that stabilizes and moves the shoulder) becomes inflamed, resulting in rotator cuff tendinitis. Tennis elbow is another form of tendinitis that occurs along the outside of the elbow, most commonly in tennis players. In golfer’s elbow, the tendons on the inside of the elbow are affected.

Stress Fractures
Some athletes may experience a stress fracture, also called a fatigue fracture. This type of fracture occurs when an abnormal amount of stress is placed on a normal bone. This might occur in a runner who rapidly increases the amount of mileage while training for a race. Stress fractures also occur in people who begin running as a form of exercise but overdo it from the start, rather than gradually progress to longer distances.

One final common injury is worth mentioning, and that is shin splints. This overuse injury is caused by microfractures on the front surface of the tibia (shin bone). This is most often seen in runners, although other athletes can also be affected.

Diagnosis and Treatment
Sports injuries are most often diagnosed from the history of the activity that brought on the pain, along with a physical examination. In some cases, x-rays are necessary to rule out a fracture. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and diagnostic ultrasound are also used in finding soft-tissue injuries, like tendinitis and sprains.

Fractures require the application of some stabilizing device, such as a cast, after the bone is put back into position. Rarely, surgical intervention is required. There is a relatively standard treatment protocol for most of the other overuse types of injuries. This protocol involves the following:

Generally no more than 48 hours of rest and/or immobilization is needed, depending on the severity of the injury. In most cases, the sooner the person becomes active after an injury, the more rapid is the recovery. In fact, long-term immobilization can sometimes be harmful to recovery. Your doctor of chiropractic will guide this process, as too early a return to activity, choosing the wrong type of activity, or excessive activity can be detrimental.

Ice or heat
Ice or heat can be helpful with pain reduction and tissue healing.

Compression of the area may reduce the amount of swelling from the injury. Your doctor of chiropractic will determine if this will be beneficial in your case.

Elevation of the injured arm or leg above the level of the heart is thought to be helpful in reducing swelling.

Pain relievers
Recent research has demonstrated that some nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may actually slow the healing process by restricting the body’s natural healing mechanisms, so they should be used sparingly.

Joint manipulation
Recent research has shown us that, in some cases, joint manipulation can be helpful with pain reduction and more rapid recovery. Your doctor of chiropractic will determine if this procedure will be helpful in your case.

A Word about Prevention
In many cases, sports injuries can be prevented. Proper conditioning and warm-up and cool-down procedures, as well as appropriate safety equipment, can substantially reduce injuries. Understanding proper techniques can also go a long way toward preventing injuries.
Sufficient water intake is also an important preventive measure.

Source: American Chiropractic Association

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How Chiropractic Helps with Ear Infections

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How can chiropractic help my kids ear infections and keep it from coming back?

Ear problems can be excruciatingly painful, especially in children. With 10 million new cases every year, ear infections (otitis media) are the most common illness affecting babies and young children and the number one reason for visits to the pediatrician—accounting for more than 35 percent of all pediatric visits.

Almost half of all children will have at least one middle ear infection before they’re a year old, and two-thirds of them will have had at least one such infection by age 3. The symptoms can include ear pain, fever, and irritability. Otitis media can be either bacterial or viral in origin, and frequently results from another illness such as a cold. For many children, it can become a chronic problem, requiring treatment year after year, and putting the child at risk of permanent hearing damage and associated speech and developmental problems.

Standard treatment for most cases of otitis media is with antibiotics, which can be effective if the culprit is bacterial (antibiotics, of course, do nothing to fight off viruses). But, according to many research studies, antibiotics are often not much more effective than the body’s own immune system. And repeated doses of antibiotics can lead to drug-resistant bacteria that scoff at the drugs, while leaving the child screaming in pain. 

Frequent ear infections are also the second most common reason for surgery in children under 2 (with circumcision being the first).  Although the treatment is effective, it has to be repeated in some 20 to 30 percent of cases. And this kind of surgery requires general anesthesia, never a minor thing in a small child. If the infection persists even after tube placement and removal, children sometimes undergo adenoidectomy (surgical removal of the adenoids)—an option that is effective mostly through the first year after surgery.

Before yet another round of “maybe-they’ll-work-and-maybe-they-won’t” antibiotics or the drastic step of surgery, more parents are considering chiropractic to help children with chronic ear infections. Dr. Joan Fallon, a chiropractor who practices in Yonkers, New York, has published research showing that, after receiving a series of chiropractic adjustments, nearly 80 percent of the children treated were free of ear infections for at least the six-month period following their initial visits (a period that also included maintenance treatments every four to six weeks).

“Chiropractic mobilizes drainage of the ear in children, and if they can continue to drain without a buildup of fluid and subsequent infection, they build up their own antibodies and recover more quickly,” explains Dr. Fallon. She’d like to see her pilot study used as a basis for larger-scale trials of chiropractic as a therapeutic modality for otitis media.

Dr. Fallon uses primarily upper-cervical manipulation on children with otitis media, focusing particularly on the occiput, or back of the skull, and atlas, or the first vertebra in the neck. “Adjusting the occiput, in particular, will get the middle ear to drain. Depending on how chronic it’s been and on where they are in their cycle of antibiotics, children generally need to get through one bout of fluid and fight it off themselves.” That means, for the average child, between six and eight treatments. If a child’s case is acute, Dr. Fallon will check the ear every day, using a tympanogram to measure the ear and track the movement of the eardrum to make sure that it’s draining. “I’ll do adjustments every day or every other day for a couple of days if they’re acute, and then decrease frequency over time.”

Chiropractic Care Can Help…

Talk to your doctor of chiropractic about your child’s ear infections. Doctors of chiropractic are licensed and trained to diagnose and treat patients of all ages and will use a gentler type of treatment for children.

Read the complete article from the ACA by clicking here


Helpful Tip!

To reduce the severity and length of ear infections and the common cold, avoid foods that are mucus-thickening like cow’s milk, orange juice, peanuts, peanut butter, bananas, wheat, sugar, additives. These items can complicate the healing process.

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What Is Chiropractic

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Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health.  Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.

Doctors of Chiropractic – often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians – practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.

The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment.”   The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile – or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the sufferer. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.

Chiropractic adjustment rarely causes discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours.

In many cases, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care may be the primary method of treatment. When other medical conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.

Doctors of chiropractic may assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and other diagnostic interventions to determine when chiropractic treatment is appropriate or when it is not appropriate.  Chiropractors will readily refer patients to the appropriate health care provider when chiropractic care is not suitable for the patient’s condition, or the condition warrants co-management in conjunction with other members of the health care team.

Chiropractors can help with:


  • Neck/Low Back Pain
  • Headaches
  • Sciatica
  • Whiplash
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Disc Problems
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Colic
  • Menopausal “Hot Flashes”
  • Bed wetting
  • Pregnancy issues
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Infant latching issues
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Stiff/Sore Joints
  • Digestive Issues
  • Heartburn
  • Constipation
  • Menstrual Issues
  • And Many More!

For more information on chiropractic please visit American Chiropractic Association for a detailed explanation

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8 Steps to Beat the Cold and Flu!

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There are many lifestyle factors which will directly contribute to maintaining your good health and well-being, especially during the cold and flu season.  Many of these factors are directly under your control and may help you keep your immune system strong!  This is good news!

1.  START NOW!  Rather than waiting for a cold or flu to strike, be proactive and congratulate yourself for taking an active and vital role in your healthcare.  Consider regular chiropractic care.  Regular chiropractic adjustments strengthen and optimize the functioning of the master control system of your body – your amazing nervous system.  Your nervous system controls all of the functions in your mind and body – including your immune system.  

2. DON’T FEED THE BUGS! – Cold and flu bugs like to feed on sugar, so limit your intake of sugar and refined (simple) carbohydrates, especially during the cold and flu season.  Sugar, white flour and other processed foods create stress and inflammation in your body and mind.  This will also slow down your ability to heal.  If you are using nutrition supplements or vitamins, talk with Dr. Weaver about what vitamin supplements you are taking, so he can help you determine if you are getting the most benefit from them.

3. EXERCISE – Engaging in regular exercise benefits not only your body and your mind but regular exercise also strengthens your immune system!   In his best-selling book, SPARK, John Ratey, M.D. explains the new scientific discoveries regarding the role of exercise in improving mood and attention, strengthening your immune system and lowering stress and anxiety.  Regular exercise also appears to guard against and even reverse some of the effects of aging on the brain.  Dr. Ratey says: “In order for your brain to function at its peak, your body needs to MOVE”.  Check with Dr. Weaver about the right exercise program for you.

4. HAVE YOUR VITAMIN D LEVELS CHECKED – Vitamin D deficiency has now been linked to lowered immunity.  A recent review of the medical literature published in the New England Journal of Medicine (N Engl J Med, 2007; 357:  266-281), strongly suggests that a Vitamin D deficiency may be a contributing factor in the development of infections – such as the flu.  We do not get the sun exposure in the winter months, like we do in the summer.  This has been found to be a direct correlation as to why there are much fewer colds and flu in the summer.  Boost that immunity with Vitamin D3

5.  CONSIDER USING PROBIOTICS – Probiotics are the “good” bacteria which live in your gut and help keep your immune system strong.  “Good” bacteria protect us from germs, viruses and other microorganisms that could cause disease.  “Good” bacteria also assist us with the digestion of food and the absorption of nutrients.  Probiotics are available in dietary supplements.  Yogurt also contains probiotics (but stay away from yogurt with lots of added sugar, remember…“don’t feed the bugs”).   Most often, these “good” bacteria come from two groups, Lactobacillus (best for adults) or Bifidobacterium (best for children).

6. DEVELOP SKILLFUL STRATEGIES FOR WORKING WITH STRESS – Stress is a part of life.  However, there are many scientific studies which now suggest that overwhelming physical, emotional and chemical stresses (if left untreated) can weaken your immune system and may make you more prone to colds and the flu.  If we are overwhelmed by too much stress, our minds and bodies will respond as if our survival is being threatened, even if the “threat” is one we have created only in our minds, by getting “stressed out”.  This is called your “fight or flight” or stress response.   As part of your ”fight or flight” response,  the body will TAKE ENERGY AWAY FROM YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM (the immune system requires a lot of energy to function) and use that energy to try and maintain your stress response and ensure, first and foremost, that you “survive”.   

7.  PRACTICE MINDFUL LIVING – Take time each day to enjoy being fully present with people (with face-to-face interactions rather than Facebook).  Take a little break from the computer and engage in meaningful events and/or hobbies that are not computer-related.  Live mindfully, in the present moment.  Take yourself outdoors, if possible, and surround yourself with meaningful and inspiring experiences.
8.  BE KIND TO YOURSELF AND STAY POSITIVE – Sometimes life can be very challenging and stressful.  So, despite our best efforts, the functioning of our immune system may be lowered by too much stress and we might develop cold and flu symptoms.  Stay positive, and remember that your body has an extraordinary capacity to heal itself if given the time and the right conditions.  So, if you develop symptoms, take it easy, slow down and take care of yourself.  Get plenty of restful sleep – this is the time when your body does the most healing.  Drinking plenty of water will also help the healing process.  Talk with Dr. Weaver about additional vitamins & nutrition supplements which will help you to strengthen and support your immune system.  If symptoms persist, he will also recommend you seek further attention from your primary care doctor.

We appreciate the opportunity to be part of your healthcare team.  Please share this information with family & friends to help them stay well too!

Be Active Be Healthy,Dr. Austin Weaver, DC


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Dr. Austin Weaver
Spine & Sport Chiropractic
4130 Pioneer Woods Dr, Suite 3
Lincoln, NE 68506

Phone: (402) 483-4409

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