Top

Ah! It’s Spring Time Again…..

March 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s finally March. A time when the weather begins to warm-up and we as a population begin to spend much more time outdoors involved in our favorite activities. So let’s get outside, shake off the rust, and build towards optimal health and well being with Venti Chiropractic & Sports Health. Enjoy Reading…

Twice The Workout, Half The Time

Whether you’re an exercise veteran, new to the game or somewhere in between, you’ve probably already learned one of the most important lessons: You have to make time to work out. Chances are your daily schedule isn’t going to open wide anytime soon and give you hour after hour of unfilled time slots to hit the gym.

Everyone’s busier than ever, which means creative ways to stay fit – without going into fits – are becoming increasingly desirable.

Resistance training and cardiovascular exercise are two vital components of a successful, healthy fitness routine. Why not combine the two and get more done – in less time? Here are a few suggestions on how to get a fat-burning, heart-strengthening, aerobic and muscle toning workout in 20 minutes or less:

Push and Punch: One of the best ways to combine strength training and cardiovascular exercise in one fell swoop is the simplest one. Alternate 30-second bursts of push-ups (as many as you can in 30 seconds), followed immediately by 30 seconds of air punches (elbows tight to sides, punch left arm, then right, out in front of your chest). A nice progression to add to the difficulty (and aerobic effect) is to jog in place as fast as you can while punching. Do a few sets of this combination and your body will respond, big time.

Is for Super Sets: Looking to save time and combine exercises? Sounds as if super setting is ideal for you. Pick 3-4 of your favorite exercises; let’s go with biceps curls, bench dips, wall squats and planks. You’re probably used to doing a few sets of curls, and then a few sets of dips, etc. Not this time! Instead, do 2-3 sets of the entire progression, pausing only to change equipment / position as necessary. We’re talking 15 reps of curls followed immediately by 15 bench dips, then 15 squats and a 30-second plank. Trust us, you’ll be sweating in no time – and taking your workout to the next level in the process.
Power of the Burpee: The “burpee” is one of the best multi-muscle exercises out there, and once we explain how to perform it, you’ll realize how good it is at combining resistance and cardiovascular exercise. There are several variations, but here’s a common one: 1) In a standing position, feet shoulder-width apart, drop down quickly into a push-up position, kicking your feet back. Perform the push-up, then pull your legs / feet in toward your chest as you stand back up, jumping into the air as high as you can and clapping hands overhead. Repeat for 10-15 total reps, 2-3 sets (if you can handle it!).

The time-saving element in all three of the above is that you’re combining movements and taking little to no time in between – which is the modern formula for getting the most out of your workout in the least amount of time possible. Talk to your doctor for more great ideas to keep you on track for your fitness goals.

Holiday Crack Attack Words of Wisdom

December 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

With the New Year upon us, there has never been a better time to pursue a “New Lifestyle” of optimal health, peak performance, ideal weight, maximum vitality and positive a attitude!

Six Benefits of Exercise

     1. Wakes You Up. If you feel too fatigued to do anything after a long day of work, spending 20 minutes just two or three times each week performing some form of exercise will increase your endurance and your energy will skyrocket.

     2. Exercise Makes You Smile. Reach for your sneakers instead of a Snickers when you’re feeling down, stressed or angry. A study performed at Duke University shows that just eight to ten minutes of strenuous exercise can dramatically reduce negative feelings and make you feel better. Exercise releases chemicals from the brain known as endorphins, which naturally make you feel good.

     3. Exercise Helps Prevent Cancer. Regular exercise proves to be a key factor in cancer prevention. Research continues to confirm that exercise reduces the risk of developing cancer. Researchers theorize that it may boost the immune system’s ability to detect and kill cancer cells.

     4. Exercise Soothes Arthritic Joints. Stretching exercises, swimming and range of motion exercises all help to reduce arthritic pain and increase joint mobility. Strength training builds muscles and keeps joints moving well.

     5. Exercise Keeps You Young. As we grow older, our bodies manufacture less human growth hormone (HGH), a substance that improves our immune system, builds muscles, burns fat and contributes to our general feeling of well-being. Lower body exercises with weights can help slow down age related decline by stimulating the production of HGH.

     6. Exercise “Knocks You Out.” Exercise helps you sleep better. Studies from the University of Arizona, Tucson, found fewer sleep disorders among young men and women who took exercise classes or who walked briskly at least six blocks each day.

Fascinating Facts To Think About…

An active lifestyle has many benefits. People who devised ways to integrate activity into their daily life, such as briskly walking the dog or frequently pulling weeds made fitness gains similar to those put on a specific exercise regimen, according to The Cooper Institute for Aerobics.

Naturally lowering blood pressure is possible through good nutrition. A low-fat diet rich in fruits and vegetables can lower blood pressure significantly, according to studies done by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

Sleep stabilizes appetite-regulating hormones, according to a study in the Annals Of Internal Medicine. In subjects who slept four hours on two consecutive nights, levels of lepton (the stoplight for eating) were 18 percent lower and levels of ghrelin (the hunger trigger) were 28 percent higher than when they spent ten hours in bed. The sleep-deprived group reported feeling hungrier for calorie and carbohydrate rich foods. Source: Natural Health, May 2005

What not to do for the flu. Taking aspirin or acetaminophen may prolong the flu up to three and a half days, according to the study in Pharmacotherapy. It’s reported that the drugs interfere with the body’s infection-fighting power. Researchers recommend sticking to time-honored cures instead: bed rest and lots of liquids.

Headache Relief

May 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Without the proper chiropractic care, this may be you!

Resolution of Cluster Headaches with Chiropractic — Case Study

A case study published in the February 9, 2011, issue of the scientific periodical, the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research documented the case of a woman who was suffering from cluster headaches and was helped with chiropractic. Cluster headaches are one of the most painful types of headaches and get their name because they occur in cyclical patterns or clusters.

The authors of the study noted that headaches are one of the most common complaints presented for medical treatment leading to 18 million doctor visits per year. They also report that according to the National Center for Health Statistics, headaches cause an estimated 5.5 million days of activity restrictions per year in the United States which leads to $61.2 billion per year in restricted activity costs and medical expenses.

In this case, a 47-year-old woman came to the chiropractor with a history of severe headaches over the past two years. The study notes that her headaches were right sided, behind her right eye, lasting fifteen to forty-five minutes and occurring five to eight times per day.

According to this case study, she was originally misdiagnosed with migraine headaches. Standard medical treatment for migraine headaches was initiated which consisted of Imitrix, Maxalt, and oxygen. She got only some minor relief from her headaches with these treatments but after six weeks of non-retractable pain, she was later diagnosed with cluster headaches.

The authors of the study reported that chiropractors see nearly 38 million patients per year with headache complaints. Out of desperation, the woman in this case went to a chiropractor to see if she could be helped. A chiropractic examination was performed and a determination was made that vertebral subluxations were present. A course of specific chiropractic adjustments was initiated.

After the woman’s first chiropractic adjustment, and in consultation with her medical physician, her medication was reduced. Additionally, she reported that she was sleeping better and felt more relaxed. She reported that after the initiation of her chiropractic care, she experienced a significant decrease in the severity of her headache episodes.

Within five months of beginning chiropractic care, the woman was able to discontinue the use of all medication and her headaches had resolved completely. The study authors wrote, “Currently, she reports being headache and drug free, and reports an increase in the quality of her life. She received a job promotion and is now attending college.”

Venti Chiropractic & Sports Health would like to take this opportunity to thank those of you that have maintained your regularly scheduled care-plan and to remind those of you that are have not been to our office recently, to call or email the office for an appointment today.  Remember!  ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.’  See you soon!

Yours In Health,

Dr. Steven R. Ventimiglia, D.C.

Venti Chiropractic & Sports Health

Two Ravinia Drive

Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30346

Phone: (678) 520-4578

Email: drventi@ventichiropractic.com

Aaron Rodgers, 2011 Super Bowl MVP, Raised With Chiropractic Care

March 4, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The Green Bay Packers are the 2011 Super Bowl champions. Their quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, is the game’s MVP. This news has been covered and talked about ever since the conclusion of America’s most popular single sporting event. But what many do not know is that Aaron Rodger’s father, Dr. Edward Rodgers, is a chiropractor.

Many athletes have reported that chiropractic care enables them to perform at a higher level. Aaron Rodgers is yet another example of how chiropractic care creates a situation whereby the athlete’s nervous system can function at a higher level. One can only imaging how much pounding football players take during their careers and the devastating effects this has on their spines and nervous systems if not corrected with chiropractic.

Aaron Rodgers is not alone when it comes to athletes touting the benefits of chiropractic. Over the years, many have stepped forward to testify how chiropractic has helped them. Below are some quotes from athletes who have seen how chiropractic has enhanced their athletic careers.

“The team wasn’t just riders. It was the mechanics, masseurs, chefs, and doctors. But the most important man on the team may have been the chiropractor.” – Lance Armstrong, seven-time Tour de France Champion

“As long as I see the chiropractor, I feel like I’m one step ahead of the game.”, Tom Brady, New England Patriots, three-time Super Bowl Champion and two-time Super Bowl MVP

“Those are the guys that put me on the field when I didn’t think I had a chance to be on the field. These are professionals, and God put them in my life for a reason.”, Terrell Owens, NFL wide receiver

“I believe in chiropractic, and I know it works. You probably know about my long and successful career in football. I’m flattered by the testimonials to my durability. Football is a very rough and vigorous sport. Chiropractic was the key to keeping me in the game.”, Jerry Rice, wide receiver, three-time Super Bowl champion and Super Bowl MVP

“Seeing a chiropractor on a regular basis has made me a better golfer. I’ve been going to chiropractors for as long as I can remember. It’s as important to my training as practicing my swing”, Tiger Woods, 14 time PGA Championship golfer

“Without chiropractic, I wouldn’t be able to play consistently throughout the season.”, Johnny Damon, MLB center fielder and two-time World Series champion

“You obviously can’t compete at your fullest if you’re not in alignment. And your body can’t heal if your back is not in alignment. Every track and field athlete that I have ever met has seen a chiropractor at one time or another. In track and field, it is absolutely essential. Chiropractic care is one of the things I think that no one has denied or refuted.”, Dan O’Brien, Olympic Gold Medalist in the decathlon

“Bodybuilders and fitness people have been using chiropractic very extensively in order to stay healthy and fit. I found it was better to go to a chiropractor before you get injured. We are a perfect team, the world of fitness and the world of chiropractors.”, Arnold Schwarzenegger, seven-time Mr. Olympia, former governor of California

Jerry Rice Cracks His Back

February 8, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Jerry Rice, Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee, Gives Credit to His Longevity to Chiropractic

     A release on Business News Wire on August 3, 2010 carried a title that read, “The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress Congratulates Jerry Rice on his Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction”. Jerry Rice, a football superstar and longtime user of chiropractic is also a spokesperson for the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP).

     The F4CP release noted that, “August 7, 2010, Jerry Rice and six other National Football League (NFL) icons will be honored in Canton, Ohio, as they become the latest members to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.” During his career, Rice made 13 trips to the NFL Pro bowl and holds 38 different NFL records.

     The F4CP release quotes Jerry Rice’s support of chiropractic when he stated, “Chiropractic care helped me stay healthy and succeed in the league for as long as I did.”

     The story reports that Rice’s first experience with chiropractic care took place during Super Bowl XXIII, where he witnessed first-hand how chiropractic care helped his injured 49er teammates perform, resulting in a win over the Cincinnati Bengals. One of these teammates was another long time supporter of chiropractic, Hall of Famer Joe Montana.

     Jerry Rice continued with chiropractic after he left football. He credits chiropractic with his ability to perform on the TV show Dancing With The Stars. Rice was quoted as saying, “‘Dancing with the Stars’ was every bit as exhausting and challenging — though not nearly as brutal — as football,” says Rice. “I had aches and pains that I never had before. Again, chiropractic care made the difference — and kept me dancing and in the competition.”

     New Hall of Famer, Jerry Rice, remains active and summed up his support for chiropractic by saying, “I have been blessed with a long and healthy career as a professional athlete, and as I move forward into the next stage of my life, chiropractic care will continue to be an important part of my game plan.”

Newsletter From Venti Chiropractic & Sports Health.

November 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Muscle Cramps

  Unfortunately, the exact cause of muscle cramping is largely unknown. Researchers believe that there are many factors which may be contributory to cramping such as:

Have you ever experienced a sudden, tight and intense pain caused by a muscle locked in

spasm? Have you ever been woken up by muscle contractions that you can’t stop? If you

answered yes, then you are like most people who have experienced muscle cramps. A cramp is an involuntary and forcibly contracted muscle that does not relax. They can affect almost any muscle but are most common in those which cross two joints. Most commonly cramps affect the calf, front of the thigh and back of the thigh. Cramps vary in intensity from a slight tic to an agonizing pain and tend to vary in duration from a few seconds to fifteen minutes.

Causes:

· Inadequate stretching Muscle fatigue Working in intense heat Dehydration Depletion of Salt and Minerals Structural Disorders (ie: Flat Feet) Prolonged sitting Just about everyone will experience muscle cramps at some point in their life. It can happen when you do any form of exercise. It can also happen while you sit, walk, or sleep. Some people are predisposed to muscle cramps and get them regularly with any physical exertion. Those at greatest risk are infants and young children, people over 65, and those who are ill, overweight, or use drugs or certain medications. Cramps are also very common in people who overexert themselves and in endurance athletes. Don’t be fooled though, cramps can affect anyone! Cramps usually go away and do not require medical attention. Consider the following tips to reduce the chances of experiencing cramps: Stop doing the activity that caused the cramping! Drink six to eight glasses of water daily to prevent dehydration Gently stretch the cramping muscle, holding it in the stretched position until the cramp Take a hot shower or warm bath while you’re cramping Stretch regularly throughout the day and in the evening before bedtime Apply heat to tense/tight muscles and cold to sore/tender muscles Wear proper footwear with adequate support Keep blankets loose at the foot of the bed to limit nocturnal cramps Work towards better overall fitness

·

·

·

·

·

·

Less common causes of cramping include diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, hypoglycemia, anemia, thyroid and endocrine disorders as well as the use of some medications.

Who Gets Cramps:

Treatment and Prevention:

·

·

·

goes away

·

·

·

·

·

·

Newsletter From Venti Chiropractic & Sports Health

July 2, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Doctor, I feel so tired all the time.”  Lack of energy is one of the most common complaints patients have.  Doctors hear it all the time.  While a medical doctor may recommend “uppers” or stimulant prescription drugs, most simply “self-medicate.”

Every morning, literally tons of coffee and sodas are swallowed by a population needing their morning “fix.”  Donuts along with other sugar filled snacks and junk food are eaten giving us that “high” followed by the mid-morning crash…which is usually followed by another sugar high.  While riding this roller coaster, a person’s health deteriorates.

What Causes Energy Depletion?

     One of the most common causes of energy loss is an imbalance in body structure.  It drains your energy.  How?

Let’s imagine that you carried a bowling ball by your side for a few minutes.  “No problem,” you may say.  But, now move that bowling ball a few inches away from your body and try it.  “Whew, it’s getting heavy,” you might say.  That’s because it takes a lot more energy to hold it away from you.

It’s the same with your body.  If you head, neck, hips, or any other body part were out of alignment even a little bit, along with (gravity), it would drain your energy.  Muscles that are used to keep you upright would be out-of-balance working much harder to tighten and in some cases, even spasm.  While others would be loose and weak.  Pretty exhausting, hunh?

Dr. Steve and His Knees

May 11, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Chiropractic and Knee Injuries

Most knee injuries are not the full blown “buckling” of the knee (which might require surgery), but much simpler sprain/strains of the knee. These injuries are comprised of muscle spasm, tendonitis and swelling.

We restore normal function to the knee by treating the muscles of the thigh (which attach to the tendons of the knee) as well as treating the tendons of the knee. Most people with knee pain don’t know that their thigh muscles are in involved, but they are! All these muscles of course are attached to the bony structure of the human frame. “A chiropractic specialty.” Structure of the body will almost always dictate the function of the body.
Injuries that require surgery or an orthopedic consult (tearing of ligaments, tendons and meniscus) will be referred out to the appropriate physician.
Thanks For Reading!
Dr. Steven R. Ventimiglia, D.C.

Golfer’s Elbow

April 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Golfer’s Elbow is a common name given to pain originating on the inside or medial side of the elbow.  This condition arises from irritation or inflammation of the tendons of one or several forearm muscles.at their attachment point, a bony protuberance known as the medial epicondyle.  The medical term used for this condition is Medial Epicondylitis.  If this condition is located on the outside or lateral portion of the elbow, it is commonly referred to as Tennis Elbow or Lateral Epicondylitis.  Tennis Elbow is much more common than Golfer’s Elbow, but more manageable.
 
Causes
 
There are many causes for Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis, not just tennis and golf.  Any activity that involves repetitive gripping of objects can cause this condition.  Many people develop golfer’s or tennis elbow from computer work that involves improper arm and wrist posture, carrying heavy bags, or knitting.  Since I don’t believe we have many readers that knit, this condition is often seen in sports when an individual is “new” to a certain sport, using improper technique,  trying out new clubs, raquets, equipment, etc. or performing such tasks for a long duration without proper preparation.  In many instances, a person may have a difficult time gripping one’s coffee cup.
 
Some cases of golfer’s and tennis elbow can be attributed to problems further up the arm or even in the neck.  If someone has a spinal disc condition or subluxation.  The nerves that control the forearm muscles can become irritated causing the muscles to tense up which causes tendonous attachments to strain and eventually swell.  In this instance, it predisposes an individual to having elbow pain from any of the above mentioned causes.  If left untreated it will created a consistent dysfunction, complicating the condition.
 
Treatment
 
Epicondylitis is a conditon that rarely resolves on its own, thus, requiring proper medical management.  A qualified medical professional such as a chiropractor can determine the exact cause of the problem and initiate proper care and treatment.  This could include modalities such as ultrasound therapy, massage, cold treatment, stretching and exercises at home.  Chiropractic care has proven extremely effective in the overall management of this problem.
Dr. V.

Caffeine, Deaths and a Reminder

March 5, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Caffeine-A Pain In The Head

Many of us rely on that coffee-caffeine kick to get things rolling in the morning.

New research indicates all that caffeine could also bring us to a screeching halt.

It appears that dietary and medicinal caffeine consumption is associated with chronic daily headaches. These new findings indicate this to be true, regardless of the type of chronic headache the person is suffering from.

If you consume moderate to high quantities of caffeine and suffer from chronic headaches, consider lowering your caffeine intake. We also recommend scheduling an appointment to have yourself checked out.

Chiropractors have great results with many types of headaches, including the most common, muscle tension headaches.

SOURCE: Neurology- December 14, 2004; Vol. 63, No. 11

Iatrogenic Death and Injuries

Iatrogenic death and injury is defined by the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) as “…induced inadvertently by a physician or surgeon or medical treatment or diagnosis procedures.”  250,000 people die each year from Iatrogenic causes!  Consider that 60,000 people were killed in the ENTIRE Vietnam War.

And, there are some people who say that health care does not need to be changed?  It’s your health, and you only have one.  Take charge of it!

Venti Chiropractic & Sports Health, the leader in Atlanta chiropractic techniques, would like to remind those of you that have not been to our office in quite some time to not wait until something goes wrong to get checked out.  Stay ahead of the game and maintain your body’s optimal performance.  Call or email for an appointment today!  See you soon!

Next Page »

Bottom