Facebook Neck Traction Device Not Recommended

I perform correct mechanical and manual neck traction in the office when indicated, but not like that which is shown in the facebook video-clip. The shortcoming with this devise is that it does not provide traction which is the pulling of the head away from the shoulders to lengthen the neck muscles. Instead this device elevates the neck like a regular pillow which shortens the muscle in the front of the neck. Forward traction should not be performed, but the use of a cervical pillow at night while sleeping (more or less a pillow with a hole in the middle which I have in the office) AND not looking down while typing, reading and watching TV are the two best home-remedies. Neck conditions change the naturally occurring forward curve in the neck by either flattening or reversing. If one already had purchased this devise, I would recommend after examining the neck and treating it, that the head strap be placed around the back of the neck. Dr Saracino

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Upper Neck Tightness Causes Many Disturbances

https://www.atlantotec.com/en/fundamentals/autonomic-nervous-system

If the top two bones in the neck are out-of-alignment or not moving well from sustained head-tilting and repetitive head movements the nerves that pass through the area over stimulate the adjacent nerves can cause: stomach upset, heart palpitations, fatigue, sleep disorders, irritability, upper neck stiffness and pain and headache and migraine.

 

Drugless Effective Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease

http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fnhum.2017.00338/full

Electric Muscle Stimulation to the muscles around the ear is starting to be researched and understood to be an effective method of treating Parkinson’s Disease. I suggest you read the short “Background” and “Conclusion” paragraphs.

Research Paper on Therapy I Perform for Chronic Concussion Syndrome

PUBLISHED TODAY! A chiropractic neurologist and his team of researchers, today, had a scientific paper describing the changes we render with our therapy in the Mental and Physical Health of Severe Concussion Patients is published!

The paper was presented this at the 12th World Congress on Brain Injury in New Orleans, LA, in March, 2017 and now it is available in Frontiers Neurology: Neurotrauma Section (Impact Factor 3.552) (see link below).

 

The short ‘Results and ‘Conclusion’ paragraphs are interesting and informative.

Context: There are approximately 1.8 to 3.6 million…
JOURNAL.FRONTIERSIN.ORG

An over-the-counter Amino Acid is Found to Lower Blood Pressure

A research study performed at my alma mater.

http://www.journalchiromed.com/article/S1556-3707(16)30002-5/fulltext

Results

The 7 meta-analyses that were included in this umbrella review reported significant positive benefits for reducing systolic and diastolic blood pressure in hypertensive adults by 2.2 to 5.4 mm Hg and 2.7 to 3.1 mm Hg, respectively, reducing diastolic blood pressure in pregnant women with gestational hypertension by 4.9 mm Hg, and reducing the length of stay in the hospital for surgical patients; in addition, 2 of the 3 meta-analyses indicated a 40% reduction in the incidence of hospital-acquired infections. However, these positive results should be considered with caution because statistically significant heterogeneity was observed in 5 of the 7 meta-analyses.

Conclusions

Some evidence appears to support the benefit of l-arginine supplementation for reducing systolic and diastolic blood pressure in hypertensive adults and reducing the incidence of hospital-acquired infections and the length of stay in the hospital for surgical patients. Given the limitations of the included studies, interpretations should be made with caution.

On Coffee and Espresso Drinking and Brewing

Espresso is less deleterious to drink than coffee. It’s brewing process which requires a higher temperature, shorter time while under high pressure extracts fewer of the toxins other forms of making coffee produce. Additionally, freshly ground beans for any coffee making process decreases the oxidation of the good components of the bean, namely minerals and antioxidants, which increases its beneficial nutritional content and flavor. The time of day one drinks either type of brew is important, as well. When our normally-occurring (diurnal, sleep-wake cycle) hormonal late-morning to early afternoon drop (11 am – 2 pm) in cortisol first occurs, this is the best time to consume. I have been drinking espresso, not coffee, grinding beans right before brewing and adhering to this drinking schedule daily for several years. I recommend it to those who drink coffee regularly. However, the nervous system stimulation that caffeine provides should not be abused. I believe, one should drink no more than one cup of coffee a day regardless of the brewing process.
 
 
I recommend you open the link and read of the benefits coffee provide.

Anatomic Diagram Correction on Largest Low Back Muscle- Psoas

Too often, anatomic diagrams are incorrect in their description of muscles and how they are drawn.

A 6/23/2015 facebook post to my professional facebook profile:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dr-Mark-Saracino/67386593584?ref=mf

…from a dancer and choreographer in Detroit had a diagram of the largest low back muscle which is deep inside the front of the spine behind the belly-button. My response to the incorrect post is as follows.

Pronounced “SO-iss” it is the primary thigh flexor muscle which is contrary to what most people think flexes the thigh forward- the large front-of-thigh muscle rectus femorus. Most folks over-work the psoas by performing abdominal exercises incorrectly. Flexing the leg onto the hip overworks the psoas, which also increases the curve in the low back, so instead of it decreasing low back pain leg-lifts and the like increases low back pain! The best way to exercise the abdominal muscles is to flex the rib cage onto the pelvis while exhaling WITHOUT flexing the thigh onto the hip, with cable-pull down techniques which I can demonstrate in the office.


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