Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Hope this blog finds everyone doing great! I have a favor to ask of you. Can you go to http://www.chirovoice.org/signup/signup_form.cfm and sign up? Chirovoice has been set up like a petition to show that there are millions of chiropractic patients that want Chiropractic Care to be a priority in the National HealthCare reform. Your support will help make sure that Chiropractic is still a covered benefit for insurances. Hopefully change will allow insurance coverage of even more services that we are able to provide for you.
If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call or send an email.
Thanks so much!
Dr. Susan Carter
Monday, April 13, 2009
As competition increases trying to beat your family members, it is easy to get carried away and hurt yourself. I have done this myself, and so have many of my new patients. I have seen a lot of injuries lately from playing Wii. My sister suggested I rename my practice to Carter Chiropractic and Wiihab (instead of rehab:)). People have injured their necks, shoulders, elbow, mid and low backs in the throws of competition.
In order to avoid injury, here are a couple of tips....When you play a new sport, you are going to use muscles that you do not normally exert. This will make them sore. Make sure to warm up before you play with some light cardiovascular activity and some stretching. ONLY play one or two games, and then wait a day or two before playing again. Then, depending on how sore you are, play two or three games. Build up SLOWLY the amount of games you play and the effort you use to play.
If you feel you are straining yourself at all when you are playing, then STOP. If you know that you "overdid it", put ice on the injured area and give my office a call. Make sure to stay out of the hot tub. That will usually make you worse.
To get in contact with my office, please visit http://www.drsusancarter.com/.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
It is gentle, safe if you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis or osteopenia, and effective in restoring proper function to the nerves. Pain and stiffness in your joints will decrease over a series of adjustments. For more information about the Activator Technique, please visit http://www.activator.com/.
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Wednesday, April 1, 2009
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Thursday, March 19, 2009
Put your purse on your shoulder and take a look in the mirror. Does one shoulder look higher than the other? If it does, imagine standing in a line for 20 minutes with your purse on your shoulder. I hope you agree that this is going to put some stress on your muscles and spine.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
The experts recommend you should not wear high heels for more than 2 hours at a time. I have developed a compromise that is actually effective. I call it the Four Hour Rule. Do not wear high heels for more than four hours at a time. These four hours would best be spent when you are socializing and want to dress up. If you must wear high heels for that morning presentation in the office, bring a pair of flats with good support with you to change into.
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I have to dedicate this Blog to one of my awesome patients that is in severe low back pain and continues to wear her heels. She is such a great dresser, and my mission is to convince her to wear flats during the day:)
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Osteoporosis is a gradual weakening of your bones as you age, which affects 28 million Americans. It is a huge issue, particularly among post menopausal, Caucasian females. Osteoporosis takes years and years to develop and does not have any symptoms. Early detection is important. One in two women over the age of 65 risk having a fracture caused by poor bone density. If a female has osteoporosis and has a fall, she risks fracturing her hip. Statistics post hip fracture are not promising.
As a Chiropractic Physician, osteoporosis is a huge concern. When I perform chiropractic adjustments on patients, I am releasing joints. Joints are the connection area of 2 bones. If the bones are weak due to osteoporosis, there is a risk of fracture. Awareness is key. Bone Density tests, which measure the strength of your bone, are recommended for women after the age of 65. Bone density tests are easy and painless.
The results of bone density tests arrive in four categories, and the number that is assigned to the bone density is called a T score. The first category is normal, which is a T score of zero or higher. The second category is low normal, which is a T score of 0 to -1.0. The third category is a T score from -1.0 to -2.5. This range is consider to be osteopenia, which is not as bad as osteoporosis. A T score of -2.5 or lower is considered to be osteoporosis.
Weight bearing exercise, sunlight, and including foods rich in calcium in your diet are extremely important to fighting osteoporosis. Developing these practices long term will help keep your bone density up. Bone is always being remodeled, which means that it is constantly being broken down and rebuilt. Constant nourishment is important because as people age, their ability to absorb calcium and other materials needed to rebuild bone decreases.
Supplementation is very important in preventing osteoporosis, especially in the low normal bone density and osteopenia categories. What is used as supplementation is very important. The aim is to get the material that will be most absorbed by your bones. For example, calcium carbonate, which is found in tums, is the cheapest source of calcium. However, it is not a complete bone food, it may be malabsorbed by people with poor digestion, and the antacid effect may interfere with digestion and cause gas. Calcium Citrate is a much better option. It is well absorbed, it reduces the risk of kidney stones, and it is absorbed by people with poor digestion. The BEST form of calcium supplement is Microcrystalline Hydroxyapatite Concentrate. It is a well absorbed Calcium source, it provides comprehensive bone support, and is provides organic constituents and mineral components.
A comprehensive supplement that contains Microcrystalline Hydroxyapatite Concentrate is available at Carter Chiropractic and Wellness in Naples, FL.
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Tuesday, March 10, 2009
One of the main ingredients in Artriphen is Glucosamine Sulfate, which protects your cartilage and helps the body to continue to manufacture the components that cartilage is made up of. Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) helps to reduce inflammation and pain in the body. Chondroitin Sulfate attracts water to cartilage, which helps make cartilage strong and flexible. Hyaluronic Acid helps to reduce pain and inflammation in the body. It also supports and creates a watery cushion for your joints. Vitamin C is a key ingredient in making collagen, which is the baseline component of your skin, cartilage, muscles, bones, ligaments, and tendons. Manganese is a key ingredient in normal bone development and growth and also helps the body to make the ingredients for cartilage. Vitamin E and Selenium help to protect tissues from everyday wear and tear.
These ingredients are an army that take on the everyday stresses in your body that lead to degeneration or arthritis.
For more information about Artriphen, which is carried by Carter Chiropractic and Wellness, please visit http://www.drsusancarter.com/.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Of course, there is a catch....Long term use of NSAIDs causes many health complications such as severe digestive issues.
Bethesda, Maryland (Jan. 3, 2005) – According to a study published today in the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, chronic users of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have an increased risk of bleeding and visible damage to their small intestine.
Xymogen, a nutriceutical company, makes a great product called DolorX that can be used in place of NSAIDs. DoloroX is for moderate to severe joint pain and low back pain. It also protects your cartilage. DoloroX does not create the digestive issues that NSAIDs do. This is a herbal product that contains an effective combination of Devil's Claw, Black Currant, Green-Lipped Mussel, Willow Bark, Feverfew, Meadowsweet, and Birch. The precautions are do not take if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, on blood thinners, on anti-arrhythmic medications, have allergies to shellfish, and are sensitive to salicylates. The dosage is 2 capsules in the morning and 2 capsules in the evening. You can visit http://www.xymogen.com/ for more information on DoloroX.
All of the ingredients in Dolorox have therapeutic effects. Devil's Claw has anti-inflammatory and pain relieving benefits. Black Currant decreases pain and joint tenderness. Green-Lipped Mussel is a shellfish that contains 20% omega 3 fatty acids, which is excellent. The omega 3 fatty acids and other materials available in Green-Lipped Mussel help to reduce joint pain. Willow Bark helps to reduce joint pain by getting in the way of the release of pain causing substances by the body. Feverfew also slows the release of pain causing substances by the body. Meadowsweet is high in antioxidants, which help counteract pain causing substances, and it has been used for centuries as a pain numbing agent. Birch is used to help heal sores and relieve pain. Birch also helps decrease inflammation and muscle spasm.
There are numerous natural pain relief options in the market. It is important to use the most reputable companies in the market in order to get the best and most effective product. Xymogen only dispenses it top quality products to physicians. DoloroX is available at Carter Chiropractic and Wellness as a natural option for pain relief.
Please visit http://www.drsusancarter.com/ for more information. Stay tuned for the next Blog about another Xymogen product excellent for arthritis.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
How to stretch the Sternocleidomastoid Muscle:
These are 6 great stretches for your neck that stretch all the major muscles and many more. Doing these stretches on a regular basis will keep your neck in great shape.
For more information: please visit http://www.drsusancarter.com/.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
The subocciptial muscles are a group of muscles known as the "headache muscles." The suboccipital muscles are a group of muscles that include the rectis capitus posterior major and minor and the obliquus capitus superior and inferior. When these muscles get tight, they can refer pain from the back of your head to your temples. Three out of the four of these muscles start at the back of your head and attach to the upper vertebrae in your neck. These are not the easiest muscles to stretch because they are so small.
Pleased stay tuned for my next Blog to learn how to stretch a muscle that strarts behind your ear and ends up at the front of your chest.
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Sunday, March 1, 2009
How To Stretch The Posterior Scalene:
2.) Keeping head bent down, bend head to side
3.) Hold for 20 seconds
4.) Repeat for opposite side
The next Blog will teach you how the stretch the suboccipital or "headache" muscles.
For more information, please visit http://www.drsusancarter.com/.
Your Scalene Muscles are in the front of you neck. There are 3 muscles that make up the scalenes. They are the anterior, middle, and posterior scalenes. The anterior scalene attaches to the front of your neck at the C3-C6 levels and goes to the first rib. In addition to your lymph nodes, a group of nerves called your brachial plexus runs under the anterior scalene muscle. If this muscle gets too tight, it will compress the nerves and cause thoracic outlet syndrome.
2.) Look up toward ceiling
3.) Should feel stretch in front of neck
4.) Hold for 20 seconds
5.) Repeat for opposite side
Saturday, February 28, 2009
The Levator Scapulae Muscle is always involved in neck and shoulder pain because it attaches to the neck on the first four cervical vertebrae and shoulder on the scapula. The translation of the name of this muscle literally means to "lift the scapula." This muscle is also involved with whiplash injuries.
How To Stretch the Levator Scapulae
1.) Pull arm (behind you) to side
2.) Bend head straight down towards floor
3.) Bend head to side you are pulling
4.) While holding positions 2 and 3, rotate head to floor of side you are pulling
5.) Hold for 20 seconds, do not bounceRepeat 1 through
My next Blog will teach you how to stretch your anterior scalenes or "star-gazing" muscles.
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Friday, February 27, 2009
So, the first stretch is the Trapezius Stretch:
The Trapezius Muscle goes from the top of your neck down to the middle of your back and out to your shoulder on both sides of your back. This muscle is the most superficial, which means it is closest to your skin. If you touch the area between your neck and shoulders, you are probably touching the Trapezius Muscle. This muscle frequently gets tight when you are stressed or angry. If you sit at a desk looking at a computer for most of the day and have poor posture, then the trapezius muscle will be affected.
1) Pull arm (behind you) to side
2) Bend head to side you are pulling
3) Rotate head to opposite ceiling hold for 20 seconds
4) Repeat 1 through 3 for opposite side
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
It is the liver's job to get rid of all the toxins that we are constantly exposed to on a daily basis. However, these days the liver is over burdened. Toxins are brought to the liver where they go through 2 phases that make them harmless. After this process in the liver, they are simply excreted from your body.
What happens is that the liver gets backed up. When the liver is backed up it desperately stores these toxins or free radicals into our fat. Then when we burn a little more energy than normal and use our fat stores, the toxins are released into the blood stream where they attack our organs. This causes our body to undergo oxidative stress, which some theorize can lead to cancer.
The idea of a detoxification program is the cleanse the liver to make it more efficient. Supplements are used to release all of the junk that is backed up into the liver. Other supplements, known as antioxidants, find these free radicals and turn them into the harmless substances they were supposed to be in the first place. Antioxidants are the good guys and free radicals are the bad guys.
It is important to put as little load on the liver as possible while it is being cleaned out. Therefore, a strict diet must be followed. There are many different types of programs that are recommended. Some involve only liquids over a short period of time. I prefer a less demanding program that allows a reasonable variety of foods. You just follow the plan for a longer amount of time.
I have to warn you. If you decide to undergo a detox program, you will probably lose weight and be healthier. Your skin will probably clear up, your aches and pains will decrease, and over time you will have more energy. The first 2 weeks are usually not very fun, but once you get over the hump, you will probably suffer some of the above side effects.
For more information on Detox Programs and Dr. Susan Carter, please visit http://www.drsusancarter.com/.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Cold Laser is different than Hot Laser. Hot Lasers use a wavelength of 800 nanometers or above, they have a thermal effect. They are used to cut and cauterize tissue. When you hear of Laser Surgery, they are referring to Hot Lasers. Cold Laser is used to stimulate tissue, not destroy it.
I found a sinus treatment protocol thanks to my husband. We were married last November, and a couple of weeks before the wedding he came down with a bad sinus infection. He went to the doctor and was prescribed antibiotics and a steroid nose spray. The antibiotics helped with the infection, but he was still congested in his sinuses after the steroid nose spray ran out. I was too busy with wedding preparations to notice, but he started using Afrin a daily basis because he was congested. The doctor suggested Afrin, but did warn him not to use it on a long term basis. Three months later, he was complaining that he could not taste or smell very well. He finally got my attention.
I found a sinus protocol for the Erchonia Cold Laser. I treated him 3 times a week for 3 weeks. It is a very easy and quick treatment. Cold Laser is painless. Cold Laser has been around for 26 years and not one side effect has been reported since it has been in use. I purchased my Cold Laser from a company called Erchonia because it was the first laser to gain FDA approval in 2002 and again in 2007.
Back to my husband, he did great with treatment. He is no longer using Afrin and he can taste and smell again. I feel like a bad wife for not paying attention to this in the first place:)
Word got out about how well my husband did with Cold Laser Treatment for his sinus problems and several people wanted me to use the protocol on them. Results have been remarkable. All have seen decreased congestion, decreased sinus pain, and decreased sinus pressure. They describe that their sinuses "drain" as early as a half hour to a day later after the treatment. They also report that they feel air in their sinus passages, which a lot of people with chronic sinus problems do not feel.
For more information on Carter Chiropractic and Wellness and Dr. Susan Carter, please visit http://www.drsusancarter.com/.
Monday, February 16, 2009
I opened Carter Chiropractic and Wellness in October 2008. My website with my practice information is www.drsusancarter.com. I am a graduate of National University of Health Sciences in Chicago, Illinois.
After graduation from Chiropractic School, I started my first position at Allied Health and Chiropractic located at Lutheran Hospital. As I described in my first blog, I loved working in a hospital environment. This experience helped me to see how, as a Chiropractor, I could offer an alternative approach to patients suffering from spine related issues. I see myself on the dividing line between the alternative world and the medical world. I am able to determine if patients can benefit from conservative care and I will tell the patient if I feel they need further opinions and testing because their condition is more advanced.
After practicing at Allied Health and Chiropractic for over 2 years, I decided to move to Ypsilanti Michigan. I took a position at Belleville Chiropractic and Wellness Center in Belleville Michigan as a Chiropractic Associate. Dr. Harold Gable was the head Chiropractic Physician in the practice. I really enjoyed learning from him because he had a completely different perspective than what I had learned in Chiropractic School and at Allied Health and Chiropractic. Dr. Gable believed that misalignment in the spine caused most of the health problems in the body, and adjusting a patient would correct them over time. He did not use many physical therapy modalities. It was amazing to see him at work. He helped so many people, and through adjusting alone the patients healed.
Moving to Florida was always my goal. I have family all along the west coast, and I loved visiting them growing up. Florida administers it's own state board exam, which would be the fifth set of boards I have taken. Florida's test is rumored to be the most difficult board exam to pass in the United States for Chiropractic. I had a great time studying for it, and I passed it with flying colors. I also was able to meet many smart and talented Chiropractor's in the process.
After earning my Florida State Chiropractic License, I decided to work at Naples Chiropractic Center. This was a unique challenge because I had to basically start my own practice within someone else's practice. I did not realize how much fun it was going to be also. I learned a lot. Dr. Homayoun Bidabadi was the owner of the practice. He is very knowlegdable in the area of nutrition, and he taught me so much about how important nutrition is to maintain a healthy lifestyle and avoid diseases. I implemented his nutritional suggestions in my lifestyle, and I have never been healthier. He influenced me to start learning more about nutrition, and I have begun the process of earning my Diplomate in Nutrition through the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
As my patient base in Naples grew over a couple of years, I decided that I needed my own space to be able to open more hours to serve their needs better. The Orion Bank Centre on Immokalee Road was a great place to start. My practice is in a great location in North Naples near Greentree Plaza. There is plenty of parking in the back of the building, and easy elevator access to my office for people who are having difficulty walking in because they are in severe pain. I have implemented the latest treatment and administrative technology, which I will decribe further in more detail.