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August 17th, 2017

How eSports Athletes Should Avoid Upper Back Pain

 

 

 

 

Pro gamers and eSports athletes have a daily routine that is a lot more rigorous than most people realize. Over  60 hours a week to practice video games at a competitive level is very common and can put serious strain on the body over time. For most pro gamers there is no true down time and running off of 4-6 hours of sleep can cause health problems. Not only is there a mental exhaustion while playing, the physical strain on the upper and lower back can turn a lucrative six-figure career into a long-term health problem.

Sitting long periods during just one session will cause a gamer to get muscle fatigue and this leads to poor posture, soreness and aching muscles. The “slouching”  elementary school teachers warned students about is nothing compared to what takes place with eSport athletes. The poor posture can cause a disorder called upper crossed syndrome. This is the result of the muscles in shoulders, neck and chest lose their proper balance of function and lead to health issues.

The muscles in the front of the neck and upper back become shortened and weak and other opposing muscles are overstretched. The most common activity that causes upper cross syndrome is computer use. Reading, biking, cell phone use and long-term television use have all been top causes for people suffering from this condition. The muscles that are “trained” in this position will create poor posture that can be challenging to correct if the activity continues.

Common symptoms of upper cross syndrome include:

  • headaches
  • neck pain
  • jaw pain
  • shoulder pain
  • chest tightness
  • Numbness or tingling in the shoulders and arms

It is very important that the elite gamer and pro eSport athlete monitor how they feel while practicing or performing to avoid upper back pain. Simple steps such as using the best gaming chair, taking short breaks and performing stretches for just a few minutes during the course of the day can prevent a career being shortened due to injury and insure the gaming future of the athlete. If the symptoms of upper crossed syndrome have already started it is very important to pay attention to the amount of time being spent playing and to develop a plan that will prevent the problem from getting worse. A set time period to allow for stretching and breaks is the most important. Staying hydrated will also help. Avoid caffeinated drinks and sodas to decrease inflammation in the body that can also increase discomfort and interfere with the body as it attempts to heal properly. 

 

June 22nd, 2017

eSports Injuries and How to Avoid Being Sidelined

eSports injuries

gamer wrist pain

The popularity of eSports has gained a lot of momentum in the past couple of years. What used to be considered a hobby and past time for kids has become a fully functional industry at the professional level. Just like the greats athletes of the NFL, NBA and MLB, constant hours of practice and competition will make their mark on the player and can limit the amount of time spent performing in the sport.

Common eSport injuries are being seen in the wrist, neck and low back. These are all considered overuse injuries and typical of what one would experience while working any type of job and staying in one position for many hours at a time for an extended length of time. Typical professional gamers will play a minimum of 10-12 hours per day. Often times with limited breaks during a playing session. Compound this amount of time by weeks, months and years of gaming and it begins to take it’s toll on the body. Pain of any sorts can cause issues with athletic performance. Pain with gaming athletes can be crucial because the pain is likely in an area of the body that has to be used in order to play. Gamer wrist pain can severely limit the amount of hours a player can spend practicing and competing, which will result in a loss of not only a competition but can have a dire impact on the player’s or  team’s financial winnings as well.

Playing through the pain is not a proper solution either. By the time a esports player injury is strong enough to be noticed there’s a strong indicator the problem has been developing for quite some time.

eSport injury symptoms you should give attention include the following:

  • Wrist pain – numbness or tingling in the hand or fingertips, weakness in grip strength and general discomfort
  • Low back pain – numbness or tingling into the buttocks, legs or feet. General back pain that increases after sitting long periods.
  • Upper back pain – tightness and general aching near the shoulders and at the base of the neck.

eSport injury solutions include taking notice of fatigue that changes your posture while playing and any discomfort that presents itself while playing. The best solution is to take breaks while you are playing and perform stretches just as if you were an athlete performing on the field or on a court. A proper stretching routine is mandatory for any professional eSport athlete.

 

 

 

 

April 21st, 2016

Should You Eat McDonald’s When You’re Hungry?

Hope your week is off to a great start! The next couple of emails I will be a part of a series on GMO’s, Genetically Modified Organisms. This is such a vast topic to cover with lots of information and it’s best if it’s broken up. This random and kind of funny sparked this conversation…
PART 1
A couple of weeks ago during a pretty hard rain a man came up to the window of my car and said… “Excuse me sir, I’m a homeless veteran and I would like to ask you for some money so I can get a meal from  Waffle House”.  I reached into my pocket, gave him the couple bucks I had on me and we exchanged well wishes to one another.
Just as I handed him the money a woman pulls up and starts honking her horn to get my attention. She lowered her window, held up a McDonald’s bag and says. “that man told me he was hungry… I just bought him this sandwich from McDonald’s and he won’t take it”. We both kind of shook our heads over the situation and as I drove off two things occurred to me:
1) I guess he really wanted Waffle House
2) Even a hungry, homeless man who’s standing in the rain knows it’s not wise to eat McDonald’s!
The first thing we’ll cover is what makes a food or product GMO.
GMO – are foods that have been changed from the way they would naturally occur.
Here’s a common example – Scientist changing the DNA of corn so it’s resistant to a chemical treatments that a farmer would use to kill insects that traditionally would have also killed a natural grain of corn. GMO foods typically produce more yield and are better for a company’s bottom line because there’s more control over the product.
The major issue is the impact that this has on people after we consume these products and the overall impact it can have on your health over the long term. This is not something that will cause an immediate problem. However, the long term effects are frightening.
Next time we’ll cover the foods and products that are the most common GMO’s, why they are harmful to you and then we’ll get into what types of health problems arise from consuming these foods. Stay tuned….
As always, I appreciate all of the feedback from these messages and be blessed until we speak again!

 

March 24th, 2016

Stop Pollen Allergies The Quick & Easy Way

Happy Spring to you! I can always tell when it’s spring because I have a black car… which means during the months of March through June I have a “powdered” green car.

Yup, pollen season is officially here…which also means that you can expect to see more people with
  • puffy eyes
  • noses that run faster than an Olympic sprinter
  • sore throats and coughing attacks.
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You may even have some of these symptoms of spring and pollen allergies. Tis’ the season right?
I want to share a simple, inexpensive and effective solution to stop pollen allergies with you that I’m sure will give you a more enjoyable outdoor experience during the spring and summer months if you suffer during pollen season.

Eat LOCAL RAW HONEY. What’s that you say? How in the world does eating honey help with my allergies?

Here’s a breakdown on why “local” raw honey helps allergies.

1) The buzzin’ bees in your area pollinate plants and flowers

2) They bring pollen grain back to the hive and make their honey.

3) When you eat the honey a small dosage of that pollen grain is introduced into your system and then the magic happens.  

If pollen is your nemesis, your immune system kicks in and develops a natural defense. This is the process your body takes for any allergen it faces and the method behind allergy shots. The shot introduces a small dosage of an allergen, your immune system then recognizes it as a problem, fights it off and then develops antibodies that prevent future allergic reactions.

So long story short, you can stop pollen allergies by consuming locally produced raw honey is similar to taking a natural allergy shot.

This data is from a recent birch pollen study from a group of patients who consumed raw honey:

  • 60 percent reduction in symptoms

  • Twice as many asymptomatic days

  • 70 percent fewer days with severe symptoms

  • 50 percent decrease in usage of antihistamines

**TWO IMPORTANT WARNINGS**

Uno – Don’t give honey to infants, specifically babies less than 12 months old because there may be bacterial spores that can cause botulism. Botulism?! Cool if you want to remove wrinkle lines using botox…not cool for babies.

Dos – While I’m all for the natural approach to handling health problems you should take note that some people actually have allergic reactions to honey. If you’ve ever had this problem then this information is not for you and you should simply pass it on.

Until next time be well and be healthy. Always feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or input!

 

February 10th, 2016

Control Blood Sugar Naturally? Yeah – Right!

Just another story from a recent patient’s experience with making the right changes to help reduce some of the health issues she was suffering from. High blood pressure, diabetes, joint pain and insomnia do not have to run your life and can be handled in a relatively short period of time. It’s amazing what the body can do when you treat it with a little TLC!

 

“I will admit I was a little skeptical about trying the Wellness Plan with Dr. Evans.  I was really struggling with being able to sleep and  my joint pain almost had me at a halt with any type of physical activity.  The last straw was being diagnosed with borderline diabetes and I just knew I had to try something different.  I completed the 21-day purification program and could tell immediate results.  My joint pain became almost non-existent.  I was able to get a full night sleep and start my day with a lot more energy.  My blood sugar levels fell down into a normal range.  I think participating in this plan was one of the smartest moves I’ve made in a long time.  It has definitely improved my overall quality of life.  Dr. Evans was there to answer any questions and support me through the entire program.  I can’t thank him enough for helping me turn my health around.  Thanks Dr. Evans!

 

Thanks again Dr. Evans.  I can really tell a difference when I’m eating right.  I can even pinpoint which foods are contributing to my sleeplessness and my joint pain.  I can’t thank you enough!”

February 18th, 2015

Disc Injury After Auto Accident

Following a rear end collision it is common for the patient to have whiplash from the impact of the accident.  The sudden impact of being rear ended forces the body into different and opposing directions at a speed that is uncontrollable and near impossible to stop while it’s occurring.

Another term for whiplash is cervical acceleration-deceleration syndrome. The sudden impact causes the head and neck to quickly move in one direction and then another in the opposite direction and this causes the soft tissue to become injured in the process.

Immediately following an accident it is always advised to have an evaluation as soon as possible to rule out any fractures or any life threatening conditions. Most of the time an injured person will be sent home and instructed to follow the R.I.C.E. method to begin the healing process. Soft tissue injuries such as sprains and strains are typically what follow a slight rear end collision but there are times when they develop into more serious grades of injury that involve a more complex treatment.

In about 25% of those cases a disc injury is caused and can become a chronic problem. Most disc related injuries involve a tear in the outer portion of the disc and the nerve endings in them get torn and cause pain. It can take months for those tears to heal and with proper treatment that person can return to their normal daily activities without any residual problems.

Some of the symptoms that a person may experience following whiplash can be;
Dizziness
Headaches
Stiffness
Visual changes
Memory changes
Jaw pain

Some symptoms related to a disc herniation from whiplash are:
Neck pain
Shoulder pain
Tingling or burning sensation in the arm, hand or fingers

Herniated disc are generally diagnosed from a combination of the medical history, examination and imaging studies from MRI. There are different approaches and strategies for the person who was injured in an accident to insure proper healing in order to get back to their normal routine as fast as possible. A common treatment technique for many practitioners is called McKenzie method. These exercises are used to extend or stretch the area of the spine that is injured and helps decrease the pain levels of the person who was injured.

Chiropractic care and home exercises are beneficial and non invasive ways to manage pain following certain types of disc injury following an auto accident.

September 30th, 2014

The Low Back Pain And Enlarged Prostate Connection

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With this being the end of Prostate Awareness Month it’s always a good idea to cover some of the basics about back pain and referred pain that can come from a problem with an enlarged prostate gland. Some patients come into the office for treatment of low back symptoms that seem fairly straight forward that have ended up being referrals for further evaluation with their primary care physician because of a few key factors.

As men get older the size of the prostate naturally increases. For most men this is just a normal occurrence and does not lead to any significant problems. For others it may be an indicator for more serious prostate related illnesses such as infections or cancer. The most common symptoms of and enlarged prostate relate to the frequency and strength of flow while urinating.

Symptoms of enlarged prostate can include:
A weak or slow urinary stream
A feeling of incomplete bladder emptying
Difficulty starting urination
Frequent urination
Urgency to urinate
Getting up frequently at night to urinate
A urinary stream that starts and stops
Straining to urinate
Continued dribbling of urine
Returning to urinate again minutes after finishing

Saw Palmetto is a great natural solution to help decrease the symptoms of an enlarged prostate.

For chiropractors low back pain is one of the most popular reasons for a visit to the office. The key is being able to differentiate what is generalized low back pain and what is a complaint of low back pain that can be related to something other than a misalignment and poor posture. Generalized low back pain is typically related to a specific event or a persons lifestyle over a period of time that causes an ache or stiffness. But when a middle aged male has low back pain and also fits, even a few, of the other symptoms that relate to prostate issues and has low back pain further investigation is very important.

The back pain being felt may or may not be related to the prostate but it is always best to err on the side of caution when dealing with a potential serious problem such as prostate cancer.

Many prostate related issues are easily treated when discovered and addressed. Some indicators to be aware of men being over the age of 50, of African American descent who have a family history of prostate cancer and eat fatty foods. Make sure to visit a chiropractor in your area if you have been dealing with back pain for an extended period of time and that doctor will be able to refer you to the proper referral should you need one.

November 11th, 2013

Why Sitting at a Desk Causes Upper Back Pain

Desk jobs are a common and typical type of job in today’s society. Spending hours at a desk for over the course of a few years can have detrimental effects on the body.

A person with upper cross syndrome  or UCS has inadvertently trained some of their back and neck muscles to become over active and others the opportunity to remain weaker than they should be.

Someone with UCS will have the appearance of someone who walks around with their head lowered as if they are looking towards the ground. Their shoulders have that rounded over look to them and their elbows will point outward with the palms of their hands facing towards the rear of their body. This is due to muscle weaknesses in the scapular region allowing them to “wing” outward, coupled with tightness in the chest muscles pulling the structures where they attach inward.

Chest stretch

A way to reverse this problem is to:

1) do stretching exercises for the chest muscles and

2) strengthening exercises for the muscles that keep the shoulders back.

This will increase posture and remove some of the stress that causes mis-alignments to occur which in turn will decrease the symptoms that are related to this part of UCS.

November 5th, 2013

Can Slumped Shoulders Cause Jaw Pain?

I want to introduce you to a common problem called Upper Cross Syndrome or UCS. Upper cross syndrome is a chronic issue that generally  takes years to develop. However, once symptoms arise they can cause problems and be very symptomatic,  ultimately leading you to contact your local chiropractor for help.

Headaches, neck pain and jaw pain are often related to misalignments or subluxation in the cervical spine.  If you’ve been reading  post on this site you can recall that subluxations occur when certain muscles attached to the individual segments of the spine (vertebrae), tighten and can move those segments away from their normal position. This in turn causes negative effects that go beyond the general area in question.

Inflammation will begin around the nervous tissue and the nerves function less than optimally and decrease communication signals needed from the spinal cord to their desired location in the body.

 

headaches, neck pain, jaw pain

headaches, neck pain, jaw pain

If you have UCS you will notice that if you look at yourself in the mirror from the side, your head is forward and your shoulders are rounded towards the front of your body and your chest is somewhat slumped inwards. This type of posture is due to the muscle imbalances in the upper body responsible for keeping you upright and stable while walking around. When you do begin your treatment plan make sure that certain things are being addressed to help you overcome and correct this issue as fast as possible.

Spinal adjustments and postural exercises are the most effective way to restore proper balance in the areas affected by the long term onset of UCS. Over the next few weeks continue to read these post as I share the best ways you can begin working on UCS to reduce the symptoms you have dealt with.

October 28th, 2013

The reason lower cross syndrome causes low back pain for people who live sedentary lifestyles is fairly simple. I’m often asked “How can sitting too long cause back pain?”

Muscles that attach to the spine get tight and start to pull the segments out of place and that leads to pain and discomfort. So…the logical question would be how or what can be done to fix the problem? There are a few things that should be done. As mentioned LCS begins when a set of muscles from being in the seated position for too long are contracted longer than they should be. And conversely muscles that are opposite of those become weak and too flexible. Basically the balance is not there.

Chiropractic adjustments to the segments of the spine that are subluxated are vital for removing pressure and interference present on the nervous system.

Stretching Hip Flexors

Chiropractic solutions for LCS

Strengthening the inner core and gluteal muscles is the most efficient way to reverse lower cross syndrome and regain the proper posture for your spinal alignment.

Also stretching the tight muscles of the hip flexors and low back muscles are crucial to reverse the pulling that is taking place at the locations where muscles have been overly contracted. This will help bring the strength back to the core muscles that support the body while it’s in the upright position and provide the proper balance to regain the correct posture.