Acupuncture- What is it?

Posted on: January 7th, 2017 by
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Acupuncture works by using needles to access the Qi (pronounced “chee”) or vital energy at acupuncture points. The energy is then adjusted to restore the proper flow of energy through the meridians, or pathways for Qi in the body. Meridians are similar to little energy highways in the body.  Whenever Qi is stuck in a specific area, something happens like a traffic jam on a highway, and that part of the body will respond, becoming painful or will show some other type of symptom. Similarly, when there is not enough Qi flowing in a certain meridian, symptoms such as weakness and fatigue may occur, signaling that not enough nourishment is being circulated to all or part of the body.

 

The following are conditions that respond well to acupuncture:

  • Acute and chronic pain anywhere in the body
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Muscle spasms and contractures
  • Anxiety, stress
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine syndromes
  • Bursitis, tendonitis, tendonosis, carpal tunnel
  • Sprains, strains and contusions
  • Plantar fascitis
  • Arthritis
  • TMJ
  • Insomnia
  • Drug detoxification
  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Neuralgias (trigemnial , Herpes Zoster, postherpetic, other)
  • Irritable bowel, GERD
  • Vertigo (Meniere’s), tinnitus
  • In fractures, assisting in pain-control, edema, and enhancing healing process
  • Dysmenorrhea, pelvic pain
  • Allergic sinusitis
  • Persistent hiccups
  • Constipation, diarrhea
  • Cough

For any further questions regarding this article, chiropractic, acupuncture, exercise, nutrition, massage or physical therapy, consult Dr. Erica Vislobokova, D.C. at Azul Wellness in Brickell.

 

 

 


A link between injury Prevention and Winning

Posted on: November 25th, 2015 by
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In a recent study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine, FIFA athletes who underwent an injury prevention protocol were able to reduce the number of total injuries affecting all body areas.  The research also showed teams that used the prevention program were more likely to win than teams that did not use a similar program. Even more interesting, atheletes were able to reduce their missed days by 1/3 as well.

For any further questions regarding this article, chiropractic, exercise, nutrition, massage or physical therapy, consult Dr. Erica Vislobokova, D.C. at Azul Wellness in Brickell.

 

For more information, see New Study Finds Link Between Injury Prevention and Winning.


Brown Fat, the Good Fat that No One is Talking About Until Now

Posted on: August 3rd, 2014 by
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Brown fat has been getting a lot of press as of late, and for good reason. A recent study found that adults have brown fat, a type of fat full of the energy producing mitochondria that burn calories and keep us warm. Until now, it was assumed newborns had large amounts of brown fat that were lost as they matured into childhood. It is only now, that researchers have realized, adults too have brown fat, but it is only apparent when they are cold.

The new study promotes the idea that being cold increases our levels of brown fat, burning more calories and keeping us skinnier. There is also some positive data supporting that exercise can promote production of brown fat as well. Brown fat levels have also been found to be present in much higher levels in skinnier people. This theory still requires further research, but for now, feel free to crank your AC & get to the gym to produce a little extra brown fat.

 


Foods to Get Fit in 2014

Posted on: December 29th, 2013 by
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Now that the holidays are past, it’s time to get fit for another new year.

  • Start your day right with a protein shake. It will keep you fuller longer and it can be completely customized with fruits, nuts, seeds and vegetables as part of a smoothie. We will get in depth on which protein shake to choose in our next blog.
  • Other sources of protein that are beneficial are: organic free range eggs, grass fed beef, antibiotic and hormone-free poultry, as well as wild fish. Try your best to always have more vegetables than meat on your plate.
  • Incorporate good fats into your diet. Fats will not make you fat. Don’t hesitate to throw half an avocado in a sandwich or salad. Use dressings made with extra virgin olive oil (preferably organic, and from California or Mexico- most olive oil imported from Europe has been found to not actually contain olive oil. Also remember not to heat olive oil, it is fragile and loses all of its health benefits. If you are cooking with oils, use the more stable coconut oil. It is full of strong saturated fats that can handle the heat. If you don’t like the taste of coconut, refined coconut oil has a milder coconut flavor, but otherwise try to stick to the unrefined extra virgin organic coconut oil.
  • Eat your veggies. Vegetables are packed full of nutrients. Try to keep your meal as colorful as possible. Each color signifies a different set of vitamins. In general, vegetables are lower in calories so you can eat more of them.

Use the Super food plate as a basis for healthy eating & enjoy feeling better with more energy.

For any further questions regarding this article, chiropractic, exercise, nutrition, massage and physical therapy, consult Dr. Erica Vislobokova, D.C. at Azul Wellness in Brickell.

 

 


The Fertility Diet. What Can You Eat to Improve Your Chances?

Posted on: November 3rd, 2013 by
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If you are trying to get pregnant, there are a few things you can add to your diet to drastically increase your chances of pregnancy. Since it takes two, there are recommendations for both males and females. I am going to list a percentage next to some of the following. This percentage represents the reduction of the chance of infertility.

For a woman, make sure to do the following…

  • Reduce dietary trans fats
  • Replace dietary animal proteins (about 5% of your total calories) with plant proteins (52%)
  • Eat a low glycemic index diet
  • Eat fish 2 times per week

Adding the following supplements will also drastically boost your chances:

  • Multivitamin (59%)
  • Folic Acid – 800 mg (55%)
  • Iron- 65 mg (48%)
  • B6- 50mg
  • Vitamin D- 5,000 IU (7%)
  • Vitamin C- 750-1,000 mg

Additional lifestyle recommendations

  • Avoid smoking, alcohol and caffeine
  • Try to exercise 30 minutes per day

By implementing the above criteria, a woman can reduce their chance of infertility by 84%.

Now for the men…

  • Eat an omega-3 rich diet- flax, chia seeds, fish, olive oil and walnuts
  • Replace some of your animal protein with plant based proteins. Think beans (with the exception of soy), peas, lentils, and nuts.
  • Eat more veggies
  • Add fish 2 times a week- avoid tilapia, bronzini, and anything farm raised

The following vitamins have been found to improve sperm motility and sperm count.

  • Fish oil (1-2 g)
  • Vitamin C (2000 mg)
  • Vitamin D (5,000 IU)
  • CoQ10 (200 mg)

Also try to…

  • Quit smoking
  • Limit alcohol, aspirin and caffeine consumption
  • Bike 5 hours or less per week
  • Keep BMI under 25

For any further questions regarding this article, chiropractic, exercise, nutrition, massage and physical therapy, consult Dr. Erica Vislobokova, D.C. at Azul Wellness in Brickell.


The Basics of Good Posture and Preventing Back Pain

Posted on: August 17th, 2013 by
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The basics of good Posture and preventing back pain wrapped into one video. The key is to find a chair that supports the curves of the back. You also want to make sure your feet are not dangling. Even a small support under your feet can take a great amount of tension off of your low back.

Make sure your monitor is arms length away at eye level. You also want to avoid crossing your legs whenever possible as it can put strain on the sacroiliac (SI) joints in the low back.

As far as your neck goes, try to keep your head over your body. Every inch your neck moves forward is an additional 10 lbs of force on the discs. Since the discs are not meant to hold weight, this causes premature degeneration and arthritis.

Try to move and stretch once every 30 minutes. Whatever you can do aside from sitting is beneficial for you back.

For any further questions regarding this article, chiropractic, exercise, nutrition, massage and physical therapy, consult Dr. Erica Vislobokova, D.C. at Azul Wellness in Brickell.


Graston Promotes Post-Surgical Scar Heeling

Posted on: June 28th, 2013 by
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If you have had a surgery performed in which certain muscles are harvested and transported to another region of your body, you may have scar tissue and adhesions in the region of origin of the tissues, and at the site of the surgery. An example of this is an ACL repair. The surgeon removes a piece of the hamstrings called the semitendinosus, and transports it in place of the ACL ligament.

If you have had a surgery that resulted in painful scar tissue, consult Dr. Vislobokova to see if Graston may be beneficial for you. She may also utilize chiropractic adjustments and kinesio taping to help restore range of motion in the joints and reduce swelling.

For any further questions regarding this article, chiropractic, exercise, nutrition, massage and physical therapy, consult Dr. Erica Vislobokova, D.C. at Azul Wellness in Brickell.

 

 


The Evidence Based Workout in 7 Minutes

Posted on: May 10th, 2013 by
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If you constantly find yourself saying you don’t have enough time to squeeze in a workout then this workout is for you.

Each exercise should be performed at an intensity of 8/10 for 30 seconds with a 10 second break between exercises. The exercises alternate between upper and lower body, and must be done in this order to give the appropriate muscles a period of rest. After performing this workout you should experience the same benefit you would if you had lifted weights and gone for a run.

This workout will be intense, but it’s just 7 minutes right?

To see the research this article was based on read:
HIGH-INTENSITY CIRCUIT TRAINING USING BODY WEIGHT: Maximum Results With Minimal Investment in the ACSM’S Health & Fitness Journal.

For any further questions regarding this article, chiropractic, exercise, nutrition, massage and physical therapy, consult Dr. Erica Vislobokova, D.C. at Azul Wellness in Brickell.


Benefits of Prenatal Massage

Posted on: March 16th, 2013 by
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A study that came out of the University of Miami Medical School in 2009 showed that not only did prenatal massage reduce the risk of prematurity, but also the chance of low birth rate and postpartum depression. It is recommended that you consult your OB/GYN before receiving a massage during pregnancy.

Field T, Diego M, Hernandez-Reif M, Deeds O, Figueiredo B. Infant Behav Dev. 2009 Dec;32(4):454-60. doi: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2009.07.001. Epub 2009 Jul 30.

 

For any further questions regarding this article, chiropractic, exercise, nutrition, massage and physical therapy, consult Dr. Erica Vislobokova, D.C. at Azul Wellness in Brickell.


Should You See a Chiropractor?

Posted on: March 1st, 2013 by
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Washington State recently examined workers injured on the job with low back pain over a period of 3 years. Of the group of injured workers who saw an orthopaedic surgeon initially, 42.7% underwent surgery. In comparison, a mere 1.5% of those who saw a chiropractor were treated surgically.

From this study, one can conclude that chiropractic should be the gateway to medical treatment for the low back. Only after a patient has failed a round of conservative chiropractic and rehabilitative care, should they be referred for a surgical consultation.

This study was performed with the help of the following academic and government institutions:

The Department of Orthopaedics, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington School of Public Health the Department of ∫Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington School of Medicine the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine the Department of Division of Health Services Management and Policy, Ohio State University College of Public Health Biostatistics, University of Washington School of Public Health the Department of *Health Services, University of Washington School of Public Health Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, Olympia, WA.

Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2012 Dec 12.
Early Predictors of Lumbar Spine Surgery after Occupational Back Injury: Results from a Prospective Study of Workers in Washington State.
Keeney BJ, Fulton-Kehoe D, Turner JA, Wickizer TM, Chan KC, Franklin GM.

For any further questions regarding this article, chiropractic, exercise, nutrition, massage and physical therapy, consult Dr. Erica Vislobokova, D.C. at Azul Wellness in Brickell.