Posts Tagged ‘symptoms’

Beautycounter

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC

You’re Invited

Please join us for what will be the first in a series of Beautycounter Business
Opportunity events featuring local, certified-health practitioners who will speak about current trends in Health and Wellness.

 Our very own Dr. Jordan Leasure, Certified Chiropractic Wellness Practitioner will be talking about A to Zinc supplements and regulation issues. She will also discuss the importance of supplements given the state of ever- diminishing nutrients in our foods.

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Muscle of the Month: Pec Major & Minor

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC

When people want to start exercising more, one of the first muscles they want to work on is their chest. Most people have heard of large muscle pectoralis major but seem to forget about pectoralis minor. Both need to work together in order to function at their highest capacity.

The pectoralis major muscle is a large muscle in the upper chest, fanning across the chest from the shoulder to the breastbone. The two pectoralis major muscles, commonly referred to as the “pecs,” are the muscles that create the bulk of the chest. The pectorals are predominantly used to control the movement of the arm and also play a part in deep inhalation, pulling the ribcage to create room for the lungs to expand. Six separate sets of muscle fibers are identified within the pectoralis major muscle. This enables each portion of the pectoralis major muscle to be moved separately by the nervous system.

The pectoralis minor is a thin, flat muscle found immediately underneath the pectoralis major. This is the smaller of the two pectoral muscles, or muscles of the chest. This muscle extends from three origins on the third, fourth, and fifth ribs on each side of the ribcage to the coracoid process (a small, hook-like structure) of the scapula, or shoulder blade.

The following events listed below can aggravate the Pec Major:

  • Unusual postures like head leaned forward for a long time, shoulders deliberately pushed forward, sunken-chest posture
  • Sitting in front of computer or working at a stretch on a desk may cause distorted postures
  • Sudden jerks during weight lifting with the arms out in front of the body
  • Already fatigued muscles if further used for heavy jobs may lead to simple to severe pain in the muscles.
  • Intensive anxiety over a long period of time or recurring panic attacks

The following events listed below can aggravate the Pec Minor:

  • Trauma to the chest caused by a car accident, such as whiplash
  • Major or minor fracture or strain of the upper ribs.
  • Use of crutches for a long time
  • Hyperventilation or heavy breathing
  • Mental stress for a long time
  • Carrying heavy backpack or similar things over a period of time.
  • Keeping the head forward for a long time, and sunken-chest posture that are common in people who work on computers for longer periods
  • Previous or irregular cardiac pain from a heart attack or angina pectoris

Here are some common symptoms for Pec Major and Pec Minor:

  • Pectoralis major pain may occur in the form of chest pain, shoulder pain particularly frontal part, and pain in the inside of arm to the elbow. This pain may sometimes be confused as cardiac pain which can be confirmed by medical experts
  • Impaired lymphatic drainage may cause the breast to enlarge
  • Pain may spread into the ring finger and little finger of the hand for pec major
  • A pain in between the shoulder blade may occur simultaneously
  • Pain may be felt while stretching the hands on two sides
  • Severe pain may cause a feeling of constriction in the chest which much resembles to that of angina pectoris
  • Pain may be irregular which is felt while actively using the upper arms
  • Pain may be one-sided initially, but if not treated may spread to the other side of the chest
  • A feeling of pain coming from the inside part of the elbow that is often confused with the pain of “golfer’s elbow” or medial epicondylitis may be a symptom of pec minor
  • Pain that is originating in the inside of the arm and extending up to the middle, ring and little finger may be a symptom of pec minor as well as numbness in the hand and forearm
  • Difficulty in stretching the arm forward and up may be painful

*If you think you are having chest pain and is not sure if it is muscle related or if you are having a heart attack please go to emergency room and/or check in with your medical doctor

If your symptoms are related more to pec major or pec minor here are some things to do.

  • Rest would be very important since these muscle do so much work
  • Icing the area a few times a day for 15-20 minutes at each session
  • Some sort of anti-inflammatory to control the inflammation
  • Treatment at our office would be with Low Level Light Therapy, chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy for stretching and to start implementing an exercises routine. Massage therapy to try and relax the tight and aggravated muscles. As well as a posture program to make sure the correct muscles are working properly

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Vocal Cord Disorder Is More Popular Than You Think

by Dr. Jordan Leasure

VCD-EILO also know as Vocal Cord Dysfunction-Exercise Induced Laryngeal Obstruction is often being misdiagnosed as asthma. VCD-EILO is a type of vocal cord dysfunction that is triggered by exercise. Rather than opening, the vocal cord and laryngeal tissue close, affecting the athlete’s breathing pattern, stress level and performance. The apparent symptom is shortness of breath which may relate to asthma.

The best way to diagnosis VCD-EILO is to have an endoscopic study to monitor the vocal cords when they are in the height if exercises. If this can not be done then the physician will make the diagnosis if the athlete meets the parameters of vocal cord dysfunction. Early recognition or early suspicion can be helpful to refer to the appropriate expert. 

VCD-EILO Symptoms                Asthma Symptoms

Breathing sounds high pitched, grating        Breathing sounds like wheezing

Struggle with inhalation                Struggle with exhalation

Tightness in the throat                    Tightness in the chest

  Rapid onset, rapid recovery                Gradual onset, gradual recovery

VCD-EILO Treatment Options

See a speech language pathologist

Adjust breathing from mouth to breathing to nasal 

Practice diaphragmatic breathing and relaxation techniques

Practice breathing-recovery exercises to stop attack from turning into a episode

Asthma Treatment Options

See a physician, allergist or immunologist

Take medication- such as an inhaler

Learn what triggers the asthma and try to avoid as much as possible

Know the early signs of an attack to stop it from turning into a episode
By: Kristin Stromberg, Licensed Athletic Trainer

For more information visit: www.nata.org/nata-news-blob/spl-team-increase-awareness-vocal-cord-disorder

Concussions

by Dr. Jordan Leasure

We have all heard the symptoms of a concussion in young athletes; loss of consciousness, confusion, dizziness, nausea, and so on. But did you know a Second Impact concussion could cause devastating and permanent injury?

Second Impact Syndrome is when a second concussion occurs before a first concussion has properly healed. This causes rapid and severe brain swelling and often catastrophic results. Second Impact Syndrome can result from even a very mild concussion that occurs days or weeks after the initial concussion.

Many young athletes are eager to return to their sport but it is imperative to allow their developing bodies adequate time to heal. Respiratory failure, permanent brain injury and even death are a reality if athletes don’t fully recover from a concussion before incurring another.

It is imperative following a concussion that you avoid all external stimulation from touchscreen phones, computers, ipads and televisions.  You must report to your doctor any changes in nausea, dizziness, mood, headaches and behavior.  There are some great supplements and laser treatments available to help speed up the healing process.

If you or someone you know has experienced a concussion and have questions that we may be able to answer, please don’t hesitate to contact our office at 847-362-4476.
Information on concussion and second impact symptoms can be found at  http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/concussion/basics/complications/con-20019272

Strain vs. Sprain

by Dr. Jordan Leasure

The Difference Between a Strain and a Sprain

A strain is a slight stretching or complete rupture/tear of muscle fibers.  This injury usually occurs

between the muscle belly and the tendon of the muscle.  This can occur within muscle fibers when the

fibers become over stretched or when the muscle generates more forces than it can stand.  There are

three degrees for muscles strains:

  •  First-degree: involves over stretching of some of the muscle fibers which can cause point tenderness in the involved area, mild swelling, and pain with muscle contraction.
  •  Second-degree: involves some of the muscle fibers actually tearing. Some of the symptoms include point tenderness to the involved muscle, swelling, bruising, and pain with muscle contraction.
  •  Third-degree: involves a complete rupture/tear to the muscle fibers and blood vessels. Symptoms for this include pain, loss of function, evident defect where the muscle ruptured, swelling, and bruising.

A sprain is a slight stretching or complete tear of ligaments within a joint. This injury most commonly

occurs in the knee and ankle.  There are three degrees of sprains:

  •  First-degree: involves stretching of the ligament fibers. Symptoms include pain at the site of injury, mild swelling and point tenderness.
  •  Second-degree: involves slight tearing of ligament fibers. Symptoms includes joint laxity, pain, swelling, and loss of range of motion in the affected joint.
  •  Third-degree: involves complete tearing of the ligament and possible nerves being torn, as well. Symptoms include instability, excessive joint laxity, severe swelling, pain (depending on if nerves were torn or not), and complete loss of function for the affected joint.

Up All Night – Newborn Symptoms

by Dr. Jordan Leasure

Over the years we’ve seen numerous women throughout and following their pregnancy.  Many of these women bring their newborns in for treatment as well.  As we check in with mom we always check in to see how their babies are doing.  Are they sleeping enough?  Are their cries satisfied with changing or being fed? Are they pooping enough or too much?

As simple as these questions are, there are many times the answers are no to more than one of the above questions.  When a baby is struggling, the first question has to lead to diet of baby and mom.  If our patient is breast feeding, then we need to address her diet to find out where the babies distress is coming from.  

There are many foods that infants prove to be sensitive to causing symptoms such as colic, sleeping difficulties, diarrhea, constipation, digestive distress and gas.  Every patient is different, but the first foods to remove from the diet include:

  • Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Caffeine
  • Chocolate
  • Citrus
  • Cow’s Milk (Including byproducts)
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Nuts
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Wheat

Step one is to review the list and see what the breastfeeding mother might be eating on a regular basis.  This may be daily, or a few times each week.  Try to cut those foods out for a week and see if the babies symptoms improve.  Sometimes it is as easy as a diet change and the colic, crying and constant distress is solved!

When a baby is formula fed and has the same types of symptoms, it is time to address the formula.  Goat milk has proven to be the top substitute since it is the closest to human milk.  This is very easy to digest as long as the goat milk is certified  “free of BGH and antibiotics”.  There are of course other options that we would review with the family on a case by case basis.

It is important to have babies with any type of symptom evaluated by a trusted health professional to find the most appropriate and natural solutions for the babies symptoms as to not add toxins to their systems.  If you or someone you know is noticing these types of symptoms with their newborns, do not hesitate to have them contact our office with questions.