Stopping Neck Pain So You Can Start Moving in the Right Direction

Who’s a Batman fan!? You know, I’m a huge superhero fan, my two-year-old runs around talking about the Avengers. I’m definitely a Batman fan, but every time I watch those old Batman movies, the ones with Michael Keaton in them, I keep thinking that he’s going to get his butt kick because he can’t turn his head left and right because of that stupid costume. It’s like when superheroes wear capes, it’s like the dumbest thing ever! Yeah they look cool but someone’s going to choke him with it. I watch Batman he can’t turn is head, I’m worried he’s getting his butt kicked. I like Batman, I want him to win. Hi, I’m Doctor Christopher Hood and I’m not here to talk about Batman today I’m here to talk about something I see my patient deal with. When they walk around looking like Batman in that stupid costume because their neck hurts so bad they can’t turn their head. Let’s get real, you’re not Batman, you’re not worried about fighting crime. What you are worried about is driving the car with the kids to get them to school and you can’t turn your head right or left and you’ll get hit by a car. Or you can’t sleep at night because it hurts so bad you’re afraid to even lay down on the pillow cause it’s going to go into spasms. Or you’re like me, where your kids want you to wrestle with them and you can’t wrestle with them because you know that if you move a certain way it’s going to hurt all the way down into your arm. I’m Doctor Christopher Hood, I want to get real I want to help you guys, give you some good information that you can do right now to stop that, so you can start moving in the right direction. So, there’s a couple things about this. Every once in a whole, like me, you’ll be wrestling with the kids, you hurt your neck maybe you slept funny. Grandma use to say, “Did you sleep in a draft?” where it hurts your neck and you wake up and it’s a bit stiff that’s a onetime occurrence, no big deal right? But if it starts to occur repetitively over time it’s definitely a sign that’s there’s a larger problem going on in there. Everyone gets something going once in a while. But if its repetitive then I want you to take some action. First thing I want you to do is know what you’re doing. You if can place your fingers in there and feel that it’s in a specific area once you develop that neck pain and really stiff neck which will actually call torticollis, that’s the clinical term you can feel it in there when you’re prodding you can feel a real specific trigger point in there. Do yourself a favor and ice it, don’t heat it! Wet paper towel on your bare skin, ice pack on the wet paper towel. 20 minutes at a time, only! That’s what you want to do, but if it’s the entire side of your neck where you feel it up to the back of your skull, down into your neck, down into your shoulder that’s when you want to apply heat. I see it all the time, where patients are heating it every time or icing it every time. This is one of those times where you want to be really general and specific by what you’re doing. So again, pin point problem, ice, large area being invoked, heat it up. Same thing, nice easy gentle, 20 minutes at a time, ice or heat. My concern with it is when it’s a long term repetitive problem. Is it’s not the wrestling the kids, the sleeping in the draft. But when you’re feeling it consistently, that’s what you call a forward head posture problem or a spinal misalignment problem. So, what we want to look at is your posture. So, when you look at posture you guys ever seen as people get old they start looking like they get this forward head posture, they get that hump on their back. When you have chronic neck issues, if its chronic its happening all the time for you and its repetitive, it’s the gateway to developing that old man old lady posture and that hump on your back. What happens is there individual spinal vertebra in your neck, they should have a normal curve in them. I’m always baffled when I talk to patients about this and they think the spine should be straight, but if you’re looking at the x-ray of the neck from the side. It should have this normal mark of curve where each bone lines up over the tip and the bones should be nice and square and white with no rough edges or arthritis, and the spaces in between, your disks should be nice and big and open. You have to understand the nerves that are actually running from your neck muscles down into your arm, heart, lungs, are coming from the space between our bones and the disks. So, what happens to us in our modern Pokémon Go society, where we’re all texting, spending a life time on computers, if we lose that natural curve in the neck and that curve begins to straighten out. When it does, the weight of the head, which is like that of a bowling ball, which is about 12 pounds, shifts from the back-posture part of the joints where its designs to be, supported by big thick bone to the front which is no bueno, it’s not design to support weight, so as the head moves forward the muscles are grabbing it, trying to stop that and that’s when we get the long term repetitive problems with the neck. If you have that, it’s a sign that your spine is miss aligned the weight of the head is causing arthritis or degeneration on the front of the bones cause it’s no weighted properly and over with like a rusty hinged on a door won’t open or close, that’s when you start seeing that old age posture, that hump on your back. That comes with problem like balance issues. So, what we want to do is we want to evaluate you. You want to go to a chiropractor like myself, that evaluates that curve and starts getting you correct through exercise and adjustment to get that natural curve back in your neck. So that it stops it from being a problem and more importantly stops the old man posture the old lady posture and the hump on your back and long term disability ratings. I hate it when I see patients that we could have helped if they just done something about it when they were in their 20 and 30s now there in there 70 and 80s and they can barely move and their worried about walking down the street with the cane. So, if that’s you and you’re to the point where you want to do something about it now, where you’re proactive before you have to be reactive. Go to www.hoodchiropractic.com log in, click on our website and come see us. If you like this, go ahead and follow us on Facebook, like us on Twitter, follow us on Instagram. Subscribe on Youtube where we’re always coming at out with new videos. The real goal there is to teach you guys the truth about your health, get you moving in the right direction and make sure you have a long, strong, active and healthy life. Cause its easier to stay well then to get well. I’m Doctor Christopher Hood and it’s a pleasure to serve you guys. God bless.

Back Pain and How to Relieve it

Did you ever wake up in the morning after sleeping and you’re like “OH MY BACK!!” you get out of bed and you can’t move. Or maybe you worked all weekend in the yard and you have a great day and you’re like “Oh! I pulled my back while twisting” and you get that cold drink and sit down in the lazy boy and you go to get up and can’t even move cause your leg is numb. Hi I’m Doctor Christopher Hood from Hood Chiropractic and I will tell you I’ve been in back pain before. I know it can be debilitating and it happens to all kinds of people in all kinds of different ways. So, if you’re reading this now, I’m going to give you three quick and easy things you can do right now, where if you’re in this situation wither it just happened, wither its chronic and it happens all this time for you, it can give you a bit of relief.

Okay so, here we go. Number one. When it bothers you, wither its happening all the time or its just grabbing you from the twisting it in the back yard. You don’t want to hate it up. So many people say heat feels good, man I get that. I like hot showers too and heat does make the muscles feel better. The problem is, someone with back muscle spasms, if you heat it, you’re bringing more blood to the area. So people are going in the hot shower and twisting it up. That’s the wrong thing to do! You’re going to bring more blood to the area. You’re going to sit on grandmas heating pad, flip that switch on you’re going to lay there for an hour then you’re going to get up and not be able to walk. Heat brings more blood to the area it’ll tighten up. So, what you’re going to do instead. Number one, you’re going to ice it. Wet paper towel on your bare skin. You don’t want to just slap a bag of peas on there, it’s going to burn you. What you’re going to do is get a wet paper towel it’s going to insulate you. You’re going to put it on your bare skin where ever the injury is. Bag of peas, ice pack, bag of ice I don’t care. 20 minutes only. If you ice pass 20 minutes, your body has a nature reflect where it brings more blood to the area, it’s going to bring more blood to the area just like putting hate on it. 20 minutes on 40 minutes off. That’s the first thing. Ice not heat. The second thing you’re going to do is you’re going to want to use some kind of natural anti-inflammatory. My subjection for that is flaxseed oil, fish oil, extra virgin olive oil. This are omega fat oils you guys hear about in the news everyone all crazy about taking fish oil, there natural anti-inflammatory. Its’s food man, just natural food. Couple of those everyday will start bringing the inflammation down along with the ice goes a long way. Number three, third thing. Most of the injuries that I see are actually not really accruing in the lower back. But are coming from tight hamstrings and hip flexors. So many patients that I have in my office don’t actually take the time to exercise or stretch anymore. So, when they go to be that weekend warrior who’s going to plow the back forty of their house and pull weeds and get everything done, it’s just too much on their bodies. So, a regular stretching regimen is important. Now when I say hip flexors, there’s a muscle called the piriformis and the piriformis muscle actually is the hip flexor and it attached to the disked in your back. So if you pull that muscle man, it’s going to feel like you blow a disk in your back. You can walk in my office with a cane. You’ll be 20 years old but you’re moving like your 90. Be like “doc I pulled my back!!” some people come in and are like “I pulled my scgatica” and I’m like “scgatica?” there like “my scgaitca hurts!!!” and I’m like “Oh sciatica!” different, right? That muscle the sciatica nerve runs through that muscle. If you put that in spasm. Man, you’re going to feel that all the way down your legs. So preformist stretch, nice and simple, you cross your leg over, you stretch. By the way if you haven’t stretched in 30 years. Stretching happens when you exhale. So, people go to scratch and they lean over to stretch and there like *gasp* it hurts and they hold their breath. Nice easy deep breathing. I don’t believe in biolistic stretching, biolistic stretching like the swimmer getting ready to swim. Don’t do that nice easy stretching on that muscle. The reason this happens to most people is, number one, they’re not flexible. Number 2 their spine is misaligned in there lower back and pelvis from an accident or injury when they were a child. But really, what I see clinically, we sit too much!!! We’re in cars all day, we’re sitting in desks on computers all day long and its putting us in this old ages posture. If you look at a normal x-ray of a spine from the side. The loser back is this natural ‘C’ shape curve and when you have that natural curve the muscles are attaching the way they want so when you bend and move things work properly and the nerves that go into your legs are nice and health. But since we’re sitting all day long our backs lose that natural curve. We just sit so darn much it brings the pelvis underneath and straightens that curve out. Then we go to do something, you know you shouldn’t pick up the newspaper and blow your back out. You should be able to pick up the paper, but because you lose the curve in our lower back you don’t have the muscle, they won’t act correctly, so when you do something you should be able to do, like weed the garden or sleep and the muscles grab and pull. So, in my office on top of the three things we were talking about, what I would want to do to fix that curve is actually find the cause of why you’re having it. So, we want to take an x-ray of an abnormal straighten curve into a natural relaxed curve and you would do that through some genital adjusting and through some very physical exercises both here at the office and at home to get that natural curve back in your lower back. You know why? Because we want the change to be permanent. I want you to be able to pick of your kids and go play golf. Do the things you like but as times progress and that curve continues to straighten out it’s not going to get better it’s going to get worse. So, if these tips have helped you, that’s wonderful you can like us on Facebook, like us on Instagram, follow is on twitter. We try to create a lot of valuable content for the community. We like to say “it’s all good in the hood”. We’re here to help you, God bless you guys. ALL GOOD IN THE HOOD. See ya

Food Timing: Mind Blowing Information on Eating Right

Hey everybody. Are you tired all the time? Like, you get up and you’re tired and you get through your day and you’re tired? And you wake up and you need coffee to revive, then at lunch time you need caffeinated soda to revive? And at dinnertime you hardly have enough energy to be with your family?

If you suffer from that I can help. I’m Doctor Christopher Hood from Hood Chiropractic and today I know right now at this stage, as you’re working through the month, you’re like “I’m getting my health back on track. I’m exercising now. I’ve been losing a couple pounds. I’m eating right” It’s January, it’s a new year, we want to be building that. You guys are working through that right now. Now’s the time to implement something that I call, Food Timing. See, I’m going to blow your mind with this information. Cause most of us are taught when growing up that we need to eat and balance carbohydrates, proteins and fats at every meal. Like “if I balance this stuff every day and like at breakfast I need to ratio that and lunch I need to-“  We’ve even heard diets like that, it’s not true. The truth is your body needs different sources of fuel at different times during the day. SO, what we have to do to really maximize our weight lost and our fitness and our bodies changing, we need to actually time what you’re eating at different times. Let me explain, so, food timing. Your body is prominently made out of proteins and fats. So, when you sleep at night, we’ll start with dinner and we’ll work our way through to breakfast. When you’re sleeping at night, you need building blocks to rebuild your health and rebuild our strength. So your last meal of the day should be really high in proteins and really high in good healthy fats. That’s kind of counter to what the Standard American Diet is. You’ve heard me call that sad before. The Standard American Diet is a lot of carbohydrates, lots of pasta, loading up at the end of the day cause you probably haven’t eaten all day long. So, the last meal of the day, if you want to super charge your fitness at this stage of the game, last meal of the day, high in proteins, high in healthy fats like avocado, nuts or seeds and lots and lots of green leafy vegetables. No calories there, that’s your last meal.  Your body’s than rebuilding all night long, it’s been utilizing energy, to use those proteins and fat to build healthy strong cells, muscles, tissues, heart, lungs, whatever. So, your first meal of the day needs to replenish your energy supply. So, that should be good carbohydrates. No proteins no fats, good carbohydrates. What do I mean? No pancakes with butter and syrup, were talking about oatmeal with almond slivers on it, little bit of natural honey, or we could use a sweet potato here. I know it’s not chic right now to be eating a sweet potato for breakfast. But that’s what we’re taking about. First meal of the day we’re replenishing that energy. I prefer the oatmeal, gluten free, steal cut oatmeal. It works really good, you can put some dry fruit in there, like raises, dried cherries, something like that. Then your lunch meal. Your lunch meal should really be the traditional dinner meal. That’s when you’re going to balance your carbohydrates, like some good aromatic rice. I would stay away from the pastas, but some vegetables and proteins. So, the balance of the carbohydrates, proteins and fats are there. Now if you really want to pour kerosene on the fat burning fire here, the other thing you’re going to do is you’re going to snack during the day because the more you eat, I’ve talked about this in a previous blog, but the number one user of energy in the human body is digestion. So, if you’ve gone through the fasting stages we’ve talked about and now you want to start eating more meals to keep that digestion cranking. You’ll do the breakfast meal than you’ll do a snack. You’re going to eat now every two to three hours. So your first snack is going to be high in carbohydrates, that’s where you’re going to have an apple or a fruit. Then the lunch meal is going to be the balance. So, you’re working towards cutting out the carbohydrates and moving towards proteins, fats and vegetables for dinner. So, you’re afternoon snack would be nuts or seed or even broccoli, or pees or green beans, raw vegetables would be fine there, or steamed vegetables for the afternoon snack. And then what we talked about for dinner. And if you’re really still hungry after dinner, that’s when in my family instated the protein shacks. We use protein shakes there, blend it in with a lot of ice, makes it feel like it’s a milkshake. That’s the goal there. Food Timing, it’s key to keeping your weight loss and your health building as we work through the month.

It’s a pleasure to serve you guys, again, Dr. Christopher Hood from Hood Chiropractic. It’s all good in the hood. God bless you guys and I’ll talk to you again soon.

Intermittent Fasting: A way to lose weight without working out or without trying

Alright quick question for everyone. What if you can lose weight without working out?!

How many people want to lose weight without working out or without trying. Well, I’m here to tell you how to do that. I’m Doctor Christopher Hood from Hood Chiropractic and here we go into 2017. New Year New You is the theme for everyone I speak to in the community right now. The number one thing that comes up is “I want to lose weight, I want to get in shape, but I don’t really want to work out. So how do I do that?” First thing we’re going to teach today, which I think is just a blessing to you guys this year is Incremental Fasting. Now, you can go read on this, my good friend, Dr. Joseph Mercola, he talks about this if you want to follow up, but Intermittent fasting is how all the stars that you see in Hollywood lose weight quick for roles. That’s it. I know you say, “well how do lose their baby weight? How do they get thin quicker? How do they get lean and mean?” They do it like this. The last meal you eat during the day is before midnight. Just be with me here. I’m not telling you to fast or starve yourself. When I say, Intermittent fasting people get afraid of it. What I’m telling you to do is that your last meal of the day is like midnight, and you don’t eat again until 11 o’clock the next day, 12 o’clock if you can push it. So, you’re literally going another 12 hours without eating. Now your first meal after you do this needs to be high in protein and fat. So, you don’t want to like, go for a big carbonated smoothie or a go get an egg and cheese biscuit from a fast food restaurant. It needs to be high in protein and fat. The way it works is one of the number one users of energy by the human body is digestion. And so you’re constantly using energy to digest food. And when that happens, think about it like this, your digestive system, your liver, your pancreas, it never gets a brake. So, your pancreas is always producing insulin to break down sugar. So, what happens when you Intermittent fast is your body resets its response called leptin. It’s a hormone, leptin response. And so there for your metabolism starts to pick back up your blood sugar levels starts to stabilize. You don’t have to do this for a long period of time, I recommend something like thirty days. And listen, if you’re a diabetic or you have health challenges you like, the average Joe or Josephine, you want to go to your doctor and just double check that it’ll work for you. But this is what everyone does, this is what stars do, my wife and I entered this phase as of January 1st. Cause we gained a couple extra pounds through the holidays. But it’s called Intermittent fasting. http://www.mercola.com/ has a great article properly if you want some more information. Not that I want to promote someone else’s website, you should be going to mine. http://www.hoodchiropratic.com. but I just want you to know, detailed information is on Joe Mercola’s website. Intermittent fasting the secret to losing weight quickly and healthy and easy, not hard on the body. Everyone says to me, gosh I’m going to be so hungry if I don’t’ eat. First day or two, and then after that when your blood sugar stabilizes, you feel better your energy level goes up, you’re not even hungry when you do it. You can use caffeine in the morning by the way if you are hungry, like coffee or tea, just don’t put any milk or cream in that, I recommend a little bit of coconut oil in the coffee and that kind of cuts the acidity of the coffee and it tastes great, especially if you like coconut. So, I hope that helps, Intermittent fasting. I’m Doctor Christopher Hood from Hood Chiropractic. Remember to share this information with your friends. A lot of people right now really want to lose weight, get healthy from the holidays. And we want to help you do that. Again, that’s Doctor Christopher Hood from Hood Chiropractic, it’s all good in the hood, God bless you guys and we will see you all soon.