Top
 

Blog

St. Louis chiropractic blog & videos by Dr. Jeffrey S. O'Guin

Is it Safe to Crack My Own Neck

Is it Safe? There is no conclusive research that would lead us to come down hard on this question. So in order to understand the relationship between joint popping and joint health we should take a closer look at what a spinal manipulation accomplishes. A spinal manipulation is meant to firstly increase the range of motion of a joint. For instance, if you find that you can turn your head farther the right than the left, a spinal manipulation would likely help the joint recover that extra mobility on the left side. Aside from increasing range of motion spinal manipulations can often relieve pain and even improve muscle relaxation for an individual. It is important to note that the popping/cracking noise that you hear during a spinal manipulation is merely a byproduct of the manipulation and not the goal of the adjustment. It is a result of the pulling apart of...

Refined foods and the overfed state

I was blessed with a speedy metabolism and ability to eat large quantities of just about anything with no consequences; or so I thought. I assumed that because I didn't gain weight it didn't matter what or how much I ate. As I've learned more about nutrition and implemented healthy eating plans, I have been able to change the way I feel and perform. When I look back on my childhood and most of my adult life, I can  recount underlying issues that were definitely related to the foods that I ate. I suffered from ADD and had an incredibly difficult time focusing (I made horrible grades). There were also digestive issues I thought I had to live with and a poor functioning immune system. I now know that avoiding refined foods and overfeeding = I feel better, think better, have more energy and an overall stronger/healthier body. When centenarians (people...

Share

What’s the deal with gluten?

With gluten free products springing up everywhere, many are left wondering what all of the fuss is about. They are asking; what is gluten and why is it so bad? Gluten is a name given to a group of proteins found mostly in wheat, rye and barley. Because these grains are used to make breads, pastas, flours, and to thicken most sauces/soups, they're encountered in almost everything the typical American eats. The reason that grains have been demonized lately is due to the popularity of diets such as the paleo and ketogenic diets. There's also the anti-inflammatory diet which uses the motto that 'grains inflame'.  Additionally, there has been a recent surge in people being diagnosed with gluten sensitivities (causes low grade digestive issues and inflammation). I'm not referring to Celiac disease which is a major health issue. The gluten sensitivity that is gaining attention causes people to suffer from digestive...

Share

What the hell can I eat?

With hundreds of diets to choose from and thousands of specialists and celebrities to listen to, figuring out what to eat can be crazy difficult. The ever changing research telling us what's good or bad is overwhelming. Eating whole grains is good for you but gluten is horrible (gluten is in grains)! If you find yourself questioning the bombardment of information, but at the same time want good relevant information, then keep reading. The first thing to understand is that there's not one perfect diet that works for everyone. This is because there are variations in metabolic and hormone responses between different people and the foods they eat. As just one example of this, consider eating something as simple as a banana. For some people there is a very slow and steady rise and fall of blood sugar levels after eating the banana. For others, there may be a sharp peak...

Share

Low Back Pain From Deadlifts

Getting low back pain after performing a deadlift is becoming more common with this exercise gaining so much more popularity. This used to be an exercise almost exclusively done by power lifters. With core stability becoming a big buzz word, this exercise is being recognized as a great option. The 'Core' muscles include all muscles that connect to the pelvis. Most importantly, the abdominal muscles and the glutes. The core is the center of gravity and the foundation for all other movements. Keeping these muscles strong can have far reaching health benefits, including helping with back pains. What makes the deadlift so appealing is that it uses so many muscles all with one movement. If the deadlift is so great, why do so many people hurt themselves while doing it? There are a couple of answers to that. First, most people don't use correct form and posture. Proper pelvis alignment while doing...

Relieving Low Back Pain from Sitting

This video will help to give you some ideas for managing low back pain from sitting. This type of low back pain is sometimes called flexion intolerant low back pain because flexion or rounding of the low back is what is painful or not tolerated. The pain generator from this type of low back pain is usually the discs in between the vertebrae (bones) of the spine. Sitting in a rounded position for too long of periods of time is a common way to irritate those discs. The idea for managing this is to get into positions where the spine is not in that excessive flexion for long periods. Sometimes an easy fix can be as simple as putting a small rolled up towel in the small of your back. You can also buy a lumbar spine support and use that between the chair and the small of your back. Other options...

Acupuncture and How it Works

Acupuncture is becoming an increasingly sought after treatment for a wide variety of conditions. For some people it is appealing because of its ancient and mysterious origins. For others, they have heard of the wonderful benefits obtained from acupuncture sessions by friends or family members. More recently however, acupuncture is becoming mainstream even within western medicine because research is showing it to be an effective option with little to no side effects. When it comes to acupuncture and how it works, there are a few different theories. Acupuncture is probably the most common form of treatment within Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The theory according to TCM is that acupuncture is used to balance energy systems within the body. Throughout Asia, there is a concept of the body as having a ‘life force’ or ‘vital energy’ that flows within it. This energy or force is responsible for optimal health and healing processes....

I Think I Have A Pinched Nerve

As a chiropractor, I deal with neck and back pain on a daily basis.  The majority of the time when a new patient comes in, they tell me right away that they have a pinched nerve.  Because I hear this so often, and because it is usually wrong, I want to go through the most common causes of neck and back pain with you.  If you are reading this, I assume either you or someone close to you is having pain right now, and you are looking for options to relieve the pain.  It is my hope that the following will assist you in making an informed decision on the appropriate treatment to seek out. Let me start out by saying that probably 90% of most back or neck pain is related to muscles or joints.  These are things that are work related, posture related, sleep related, stress related, etc.  For...

Share