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News concerning Multiple Sclerosis

There could be some  new insight in the causes behind Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and other neurological conditions.

MS is a condition that affect mostly middle age women, in which demyelination occurs. The myelin sheath is sort of like the insulation around an electrical wire, it is responsible to speed-up the nerve impulse. That sheath is affected in patients with MS, and the individual loses part of it. This results in symptoms including pain, weakness, tingling and numbness in the upper extremities and neck, upper motor weakness, double vision and tremor among others.       Research lead by  the CDC and Standford University concluded that there was a correlation between viruses, particularly “Herpes” virus and MS. “herpes” virus exists in various forms, the most common to us causes “Shingles”. once the virus enters the body(host) it penetrates into the cell nucleus, site of our DNA. Once inside the cell the virus shades its outer layer, usually made from protein and tricks our body into thinking that it is part of us. Because a virus does not possess the necessary machinery to replicate(multiply), it uses our cell’s machinery to do so. Furthermore  the”Herpes” virus can stay dormant and undetected in our tissues for years where it will lodge itself in the central nervous system, especially in the “white matter”. When reactivated, the virus will potentially cause severe neurological problems. Specific antibodies tests to the “Herpes” virus are available. Drugs such as Acyclovir are deigned to stop the virus from multiplying. There is a live attenuated vaccine virus in the united States. it leads to antibody production and cell-mediated immunity.

Salvadore Kerkar DC.

Osteoporosis in women

 

Women are particularly at risk of osteoporosis after age forty says Dr. Sal. Osteoporosis is a progressive condition where bone mass decreases and therefore results in more fragile bones and more susceptible to fractures.

 

Foods that makes strong bones:

  • Vitamin A, D, K
  • Calcium, Magnesium
  • Flavonoids ( Soy, fruits, cocoa, nuts, wine, avocado …)
  • DHEAindex (2)

Avoid high amounts of sodium, sodas, sugar. increase your level of exercise as well.

The herb, Libisia Pumila is known to help bone strength and other female conditions.

It is also known to increase libido in women!

Back pain during pregnancy

 

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Dr. Sal  has had a lot of experience treating pregnant patients in the South Bay and is very educated in the subject. He received special training In Europe, while in graduate school and working with other health care practitioners.

Low back pain occurs in the area of the lumbar vertebrae in your lower back, and back of your hip, in the buttock area. Some women have symptoms of both types of low back pain.

You might also have pain that radiates to your legs in which case it is likely to be Sciatica. Sitting or standing for long periods of time and lifting usually make it worse, and it tends to be more intense at the end of the day.

It is very common during pregnancy and is due to compression of the nerves between the lower vertebrae. You should not ignore those issues says Dr. Sal as it will most likely worsen and cause a lot of discomfort.

Additionally, the pain does not always subside soon after delivery of the baby. Over the six-week period following delivery, the pelvic ligaments don’t regain their rigidity and this results in instability.

Conservative treatments:

  • Pregnancy Massage relieves the pain tremendously and safely.
  • Specific soft tissue techniques together with specific strengthening exercises will restore proper function in the lower back

Spinal decompression and gentle manipulations of the lower back or of the pelvis has provided relief and restored function for 91% of patients.

Keeping Your Spine Healthy Through the New Year

The Importance of Stretching for a Healthy Spine

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This time of year many people are starting their new exercise regimen as a new years resolution. Knowing the difference between each stretching technique and how to properly execute them is necessary for determining which stretch is best for your individual fitness goals. Inadequate stretching could lead to sprain/strains and dysfunction within the spine.  At Therapeutica, Dr. Sal stresses the importance of keeping your spine healthy by employing a variety of stretching techniques as an integrative part of his treatment protocol. Here are three of the most basic stretching techniques:

Static Stretching

The most common stretching technique, static stretching is executed by extending the targeted muscle group to its maximal point and holding it for 30 seconds or more. This type of stretching works best when the body is warmed up. The stretch can either be:

  • Active: Added force is applied by the individual for greater intensity
  • Passive: Added force is applied by an external force (such as a partner or device) to increase intensity

Dynamic Stretching

Dynamic stretching requires the use of continuous movement patterns that mimic the exercise or sport to be performed. The purpose of dynamic stretching is to improve flexibility for a specific sport or activity. For example, a long distance runner can do long exaggerated strides to elongate the leg muscles while improving flexibility.

Ballistic Stretching

This type of stretching is typically used for athletic drills and utilizes repeated bouncing movement to stretch the targeted muscle group. While these bouncing movements usually trigger the stretch reflex use with caution because it can cause an increased risk for injury. This type of stretching is best used with high performance athletes and well conditioned athletes.

At Therapeutica, Dr. Sal and his staff can aid in the rehabilitation of your body by using different myofascial release techniques for muscles that are in constant motion. Bring in the whole family for better health and fitness tips.

Injuries from a car accident?

Have you had any car accidents, personal injuries, or work related accidents?

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If you were involved in a car accident makes sure you follow up as your condition might likely worsen if left alone. It is important to not underestimate the impact a car accident can have on your health. Dr. Sal and his staff at Therapeutica encourages you to bring in your family for a wellness check even if you are not experiencing pain. Dysfunction does not always have to manifest in pain so we highly encourage you to get your spine checked out.

Christmas Invitation

Dr. Sal invites you to celebrate this holiday season at Therapeutica!

 

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Volunteer Your Time For Those In Need

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Celebrate Thanksgiving by helping those in need.

Every year Dr. Sal volunteers at the Mission serving and organizing dinners for those in need. We are looking for a group of eight people to help Dr. Sal on Thanksgiving Day.  For more information and details call 310-373-5656.

How To Stay in Shape During the Holiday Season

How Dr. Sal recommends staying in good health and in shape during the holiday season

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Compelling research shows that the ideal form of exercise is short bursts of high intensity exercise. Exercising at a very high intensity interspersed with periods of moderate rest is a program known as high-intensity interval training (HIIT). It is acknowledged as one of the best ways to get in shape. HIIT is especially accommodating for the busy mom whose schedule does not allow for a detailed exercise program. HIIT involves as little as four minutes of intense activity combined with rest for a total workout of only around 20 minutes. Since HIIT is quite intense the program is recommended two to three times a week max. Not only does it beat conventional cardio as the most effective and efficient form of exercise, it also provides health benefits you simply cannot get from regular aerobics. Dr. Sal employs this regimen on a daily basis himself and has found profound results among his athletes.

At Therapeutica, Dr. Sal acknowledges the importance of fitness. As a sports medicine chiropractor he recommends exercising 4-5 times a week, eating nutritious meals, and coming in for regular treatments. Treatment during the holidays depending on your individual needs can include:

  •  Acupuncture- Regulates the hormones that might fluctuate during the stressful times of Christmas shopping and meal planning. In addition, acupuncture aids in the stimulation of digestion and the clearing the toxins from the body.
  • Physiotherapy-Calms muscles that have been in chronic spasm due to compensations in the spine
  • Chiropractic- Regular adjustments aid in the support of a healthy and healing immune system.
  • Active care regimen-Dr. Sal individualizes active care exercises and stretches based on you needs and severity of your condition. He incorporates lengthening muscles that have been chronically shortened and advises for certain strength training programs to build muscle endurance.
  • Soft tissue therapy-Aids in the reduction of stress and the stimulation of blood flow to areas that are lacking an adequate supply of oxygen.
  • Sports related conditions- Individualized treatment can help prevent injuries during the cold winter season. Mobilization of the joints and muscles can significantly decrease the pathological compensations in the body.

 

 

Womens Health Expo

Dr. Sal’s involvement in The Women’s Health Expo was a success!

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Some of the topics covered at the event were:

  • Effects of high heels on the biomechanics. We know that it’s hard to give up those cute high heels so there are some things that we can help you with at Therapeutica.   See what happens…Read more

 

 

 

 

Combating The Effects of Osteoporosis

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Osteoporosis occurs when bone density decreases due to the loss of bone tissues. The decreasing density could lead to pathological compression fractures and fragility. Osteoporosis begins to affect women in their forties especially after menopause and increases in incidence as ones age progresses.

Throughout one’s life new bone tissues are being produced continuously, but old bone tissues are also being eliminated. If the speed of breaking down bones progresses faster than that of bone tissue growth it can lead a person to suffer from osteoporosis.

At Therapeutica, Dr. Sal emphasizes the importance of holistic wellness care that encompasses a variety of modalities including:

  • Chiropractic mobilization- Allows bones to have increased segmental functioning and an increased range of motion. It also prevents a buildup of inflammation that could alter biomechanics that could lead eventually lead to chronic pain.
  • Therapeutic exercises-Promotes neuromuscular functioning that in turn fuels of bone growth.
  • Acupuncture- Specific acupuncture points can stimulate the growth of bone tissues to prevent the decrease in bone density. Acupuncture treatments can also strengthen the muscles to support the body weight, causing less pressure on the bones.
  • Nutrition-Dr. Sal examines nutritional intake to determine levels of calcium and vitamin D. Deficiencies found in diet are evaluated and supplementation