The Benefits of CBD Oil

There has been a lot of talk on the use of CBD around the world.  Everyone is seeing the benefits and how it has helped with so many different conditions.  Well let’s talk about what these benefits really are.

CBD oil or Cannabidiol, along with THC (tertrahydrocannabinol) is found naturally within hemp.  While components in THC are responsible for the “high,” CBD is not psychoactive but has amazing health benefits.  Decreased stress, anxiety and pain are just a few of the common ones.  This makes CBD appealing because you can get the relief of symptoms without going into a mind-altering state.

Our bodies are composed of various different systems- 11 to be exact.  Examples of these are the nervous system, cardiovascular system and digestive system.  One thing many people don’t know is that there is often a 12th system considered. That 12th system is the Endocannabinoid system or the ECS.  The ECS supports the body’s natural response to pain, stress and anxiety; along with numerous other issues in the body.  It also regulates function of sleep, appetite, pain and immune system response.  CBD works by impacting receptors of the endocannabinoid system and signaling the body to produce more receptors and create homeostasis.  These receptors are in the brain, organs, muscles, glands and connective tissue.  The receptors are known as CB1 and CB2.  Many conditions are now classified as endocannabinoid deficiency.  This means that when using CBD as a treatment, it increase the receptors so there will no longer be deficiencies and the symptoms and conditions begin to improve.

Here are some of the top health benefits of CBD:

  • Pain relief and decreased inflammation

    • Inhibits pain pathways between the affected area and the brain

  • Reduction of anxiety and depression

    • Also useful in patients with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

    • PTSD is classified as a “clinical endocannabinoid deficiency”

  • Reduced Risk of Cancer

    • CBD produced anti-proliferative and pro-apoptotic effects that inhibit cancer cell growth and migration

    • It can also help with the side effects of cancer-related symptoms

    • Reduction in the spread of tumors

  • Reduction of Acne

    • The anti-inflammatory response helps to improve acne

  • Neuroprotective Properties- Neurological Disorders

    • Treatment of epileptic seizures

      •  Reduces the frequency and helps patients remain alert and improve their sleep

      • Epilepsy is classified as a “clinical endocannabinoid deficiency”

    • Relaxation of spastic muscles in the Multiple Sclerosis

    • Improved sleep and life quality for patients with Parkinson’s

  • Cardiovascular health

    • CBD can protect the heart against vascular damage

    • Natural high blood pressure reduction

  • Antipsychotic

    • Prevents experimental psychosis- example in patients with schizophrenia

  • Substance abuse treatment

    • Circuits in the brain that are wired in drug addiction can be modified by using CBD to make the patient not seek them

  • Diabetes prevention

    • Reduction of dependence on insulin as well as the anti-inflammatory affects.

  • Treatment of Arthritis

    • Anti-inflammatory response is a major component to help arthritis

  • Reduced nausea

    • Anti-nausea effects

 It is important to talk to a doctor before starting CBD and to make sure that it will not interact with any medications that you are currently taking. 

As you can see CBD helps with numerous health conditions, many of which are very common throughout the world.  Research is always on going with CBD oils and there is still a lot to learn but it is a very powerful natural treatment that should be considered.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/cbd-oil-benefits

https://www.organica.co.za/news/2018/06/proven-benefits-cbd

What to do after a Car Accident

Did you know that when you are in a car accident majority of the time your treatments are covered by insurance?  At, Clark Chiropractic we accept most major insurances and our staff are all trained on how to work with accident cases and work with insurance companies and lawyers.

The faster that you start receiving care the easier it is to get claims covered and the better you can recover.   Sometimes after accidents it takes days, weeks or even months before pain sets in, you don’t want wait till this occurs.   Whiplash, for example, can often take months to develop.  In the process your body is getting more inflammation and scar tissue is developing.   These all create decreased range of motion and pain.   There are numerous other conditions that can be triggered from a car accident. 

If you develop any of the following call for an appointment:

  • Headaches

  • Neck pain

  • Shoulder pain

  • Dizziness

  • Blurry vision

  • Lower back pain

  • Hip and knee pain

  • Soft tissue injuries

  • Reduced range of motion

At Clark Chiropractic we offer digital x-rays so we can take care of evaluations in office.  Our doctors are trained to take and evaluate the images and because of our digital system we can do so while the patient is in the office.   We also offer extensive options in treatments to be sure all needs of the patients are met, including adjustments, acupuncture and various therapies.

How To Stay Healthy This Labor Day Weekend

With Labor Day weekend upon us everyone wants to know how they can stay on track with their nutrition and health goals while still partaking in activities and enjoying time with friends and family.  So,  what’s the deal with alcohol and weight loss? Can I still consume alcohol and lose weight? The answer is YES and the explanation is simpler than you might think!

·        Alcohol is 7 calories per gram, second only to fat which is 9 calories per gram, while protein and carbohydrates clock in at 4 calories per gram.

·        Often-times, the alcohol itself isn’t the culprit in over-consumption of calories. It’s what you mix it with. Soda, juices, and other high calorie liquids can add hundreds of calories to your day without you even thinking about it.

·        When we consume alcohol, it is recognized as a toxin by our body; So, it is top priority to metabolize that alcohol before anything else. This can contribute to fat storage or carbohydrates being stored as fat when they are not broken down and utilized as energy for our cells.

·        Alcohol also slows down muscle protein synthesis, or MPS (a fancy name for building muscle). What this means is if you’re in the gym working hard for that muscle, consuming too much alcohol especially too soon after your training session can hinder your progress. Also, bear in mind that the more muscle tissue you have, the higher your metabolism is and the easier it is for you to lose body fat.

·        Alcohol consumption can impair our judgment, and this also includes our will power to say “no” to unhealthy food options…late night Taco Bell, anyone?

·        In addition to impairing our judgement, alcohol naturally increases our appetite as the quantity we consume increases.

·        Many commonly enjoyed alcoholic beverages, like beer and fruity cocktails are very easy to drink so you are more prone to over consuming those types of things. Consequently, those beverages also have more calories than some of the alternatives we will discuss later.

·        Alcohol also depletes the body of essential vitamins and minerals. This, along with dehydration is what causes the dreaded hangover. Enjoy responsibly and order a water between each alcoholic beverage. This will help combat dehydration, as well as your consumption.

·        Hangovers can lead to poor lifestyle choices the day after drinking, delaying progress even further. 

 

Making Smart Adult Beverage Choices

My top choices for alcoholic beverages that won’t break the calorie bank. Still enjoy responsibly and in moderation! 😊

Top tips:

1)     Any clear liquor can be mixed with water or tonic then a water enhancer such as Mio or crystal light can be used for added flavor.

2)     Stick with one type of alcohol for the duration of the time you are drinking to minimize ill effects the next day

3)     Diet soda or light juices are the best mixers for any type of alcohol

4)     Light beers or spiked sparkling waters are the smarter way to indulge in a malt beverage.

5)     If you are going out for a night on the town, once you start drinking, stop eating. It will reduce the temptation to overeat or to eat something you may not normally eat.

6)     There is no need to overcomplicate the process or feel any guilt if you deviate from your plan…simply get right back on track tomorrow and use it as a learning experience.

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Acupuncture- How Does It Work

We often have people ask us how acupuncture works, what it treats and why it can be beneficial.  Here is a summary of the basics of these questions.  Please give the office a call for more information or other questions about acupuncture.

Acupuncture uses a physical stimulation of various points using very thin needles.  These points are in locations throughout the body and are used in different combinations to promote healing.  The needles are inserted into the skin and stimulate nerves to send signals to the brain.  The brain is then triggered to release hormones, which in turn can decrease the pain and give the patients a relaxed and happy feeling.  Acupuncture uses the philosophy of balancing yin and yang to create a healthy body.  This allows energy, or qi, to flow through the body and prevent pain, dysfunction and illness. By using combinations of the points acupuncture can affect the nervous system, immune system, digestive system, vascular system and endocrine system.

Acupuncture is well known for how it can help with pain.  When the needles stimulate the nerves, they send signals to the brain to produce extra hormones.  These hormones increase pain thresholds, decrease pain receptors, and reduce inflammatory markers.  The American College of Physicians recommends trying acupuncture along with chiropractic care and yoga for treatment options of pain before surgery and to avoid to use of opioids.  While acupuncture is great for treatment of pain, it also has benefits for anxiety, improved blood flow, relaxation, increased energy, hormone imbalances, improved sleep, reproductive issues, nerve regeneration and so much more.   These work similarly to the treatment of pain in that the body sends signals to the brain to send hormones to the areas being treated.  For instance; when working with someone who has weakness, numbness, or tingling in the hands or feet, using acupuncture needles to stimulate the brain to secrete nerve growth factor and help with the regeneration of nerves.   The stimulation of blood flow is helpful in numerous different conditions because it plays a large role in the general healing process.   Balancing hormones, another benefit, contributes to reproductive health.  This can help with fertility and pregnancy, pain (such with PCOS) and even stimulation of labor for over due or late stage pregnancies.

Acupuncture is something we consider a valuable addition to our office and have seen it help numerous patients.  Please call the office and talk to our staff about how it can help you.

 

https://circleofdocs.com/fda-proposes-that-doctors-learn-about-acupuncture-for-pain-management/

http://cim.ucsd.edu/clinical-care/acupuncture.shtml

 

Back To School with Clark Chiropractic

 

With another new school year getting underway checking your child’s posture should become part of your daily routine.  Poor posture is always something talked about with adults, but what about the kids? It has now become an epidemic and many don’t realize what kind of effects if can have on long-term health.

Poor Posture can be caused by heavy backpacks, looking down at a phone, slouching over an iPad, sinking into the couch playing video games, and sitting a desk or table and doing homework for hours- just to name a few. 

Proper backpack use should include: padded shoulder straps with both straps worn at all times, use of a waist strap, a size the same as a child’s torso, and weighs less then 15% of body weight with heavy items packed closest to the body.

Poor posture in a child that is left untreated can lead to a lifetime of poor posture and aches and pains.  This also can lead to weakened abdominal and lower back musculature.  More specifically here are a few health risks with poor posture:

Spinal Curves: Our bodies are created to have an “S” curve shape down the spine from front to back.   As we sit in slouched positions with our heads hanging down and our shoulders rolled forward we remove this pattern and create misalignments/subluxations.  When these misalignments occur they place pressure on nerves and our body is no longer functioning at its best.

Neck and Back Pain:  When our spine becomes misaligned the pressure placed on the nerves can create pain and muscle tightness.  This makes it more difficult to correct their posture become the body begins to see this as the “new normal.”    Keep in mind that kids don’t always express pain the same as adults so it might be harder to detect.

Organ Function: Our nervous system not only controls our muscles but our organs as well.   When the misalignments from poor posture place pressure on the nerves they can’t supply the organs in a proper manner.  An unhealthy shape of our spine can lead to unhealthy function of our organs.

You can get help from our chiropractors at Clark Chiropractic on take home tips and getting your kids their adjustments to maintain posture and defeat misalignments.

 

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/27/what-heavy-backpacks-are-doing-to-kids-bodies-_n_5700485.html

http://circleofdocs.com/the-effect-of-backpacks-on-the-lumbar-spine-in-children-a-standing-magnetic-resonance-imaging-study/

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Clark Chiropractic Opens Office in Downtown Edwardsville

Edwardsville, Ill., Apr. 5, 2018 – In a space once occupied by Bin 51 Wine and Spirits, Clark Chiropractic has recently opened its doors and is accepting new patients. Located at 200 S. Buchanan Street, the new, beautifully updated office space occupies over 2500 sq. ft. to accommodate their many service offerings which include manual and instrument manipulation, trigger point therapy, acupuncture, doctor assisted weight loss and more.

This will be the second location for Dr. Jeremy Clark, a practicing chiropractor with over 18 years of experience. Clark and his family have lived in the Edwardsville community for almost two decades, with the office’s first branch located in Vandalia, Illinois. As an Edwardsville resident, he felt it was time to expand his practice closer to home and bring his expertise in chiropractic, injury and wellness care to Edwardsville and its surrounding communities.

“I believe in a higher level of care for a higher quality of life for my patients”, said Clark. “I’ve worked hard to maintain a successful practice in Vandalia, and I’m excited about our move to Edwardsville and the opportunity it provides. I think what differentiates us from the other chiropractors in town is our attention to detail as well as our digital x-ray facility, offering patients the convenience of on-site x-rays, when necessary.” Clark has a full administrative staff as well as a personal trainer and MS exercise physiologist ready to assist patients in their complete wellness goals.

For more information or to schedule an appointment at their new Edwardsville facility, call (618) 659-8889, find them online at www.clarkchiropracticedwardsville.com, or follow them on Facebook and Instagram.