Your October Pain Free Report from Performance Health Center

Prolonged Sitting is Hazardous to Your Health!

Recent research has linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns, including obesity and “metabolic syndrome” — which is a combination of several conditions that includes high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholesterol, and excess body fat around the waist. Too much sitting is also linked to an increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer.

One study compared adults who spent less than two hours a day in front of the TV or other screen-based entertainment with those who logged more than four hours a day of recreational screen time. Those with greater screen time had:  A nearly 50 % increased risk of death from any cause, and about a 125% increased risk of events associated with cardiovascular disease, such as chest pain or heart attack.

Sitting in front of the TV isn’t the only concern. Any extended sitting, such as behind a desk at work or driving your car can be detrimental. These detrimental effects are not easily offset by spending a few hours a week at the gym or otherwise engaged in moderate or vigorous activity a few times per week. (Read More)



Is Your Wallet Causing You Pain???

How many of you are still walking around, or better yet sitting, with the good ol’ “George Costanza” wallet in your back pocket?  I bet many of you are  In all honestly, it doesn’t matter if the wallet is thick or thin, keeping it in one’s back pocket can definitely be the cause, or partial cause, of low back pain or sciatic symptoms.

Though made more popularly known by a “Seinfeld” episode on TV in the 90’s, there is published information on this topic as far back as 1966, in The New England Journal of Medicine.  This condition has become more and more common over the years.  I have seen dozens of patients in my office over the past 8 years in regards to having some generalized chronic low back pain come on, or various “sciatic” symptoms arise due to carrying and sitting on a wallet for prolonged periods of time.

In regards to sciatic pain caused by a wallet being sat on, the object presses on the piriformis muscle that lies underneath the gluteal (butt) muscle.  The sciatic nerve usually runs underneath the piriformis muscle.  Pressing on the muscle structure irritates the muscle over time and cause inflammation to and around the area.  This causes pressure to be put on the sciatic nerve (which runs down the back of the leg), then gradually provoking sciatic symptoms.

Some patients present with localized or generalized low back pain in regards to sitting on their wallet as well.  Over time, this being a gradual onset usually, the wallet causes one side of the person’s hip to be elevated.  This puts more pressure on one side of the low back then the other, usually causing localized and achy low back pain on one side verses the other. (Read More)



Rake Safe

With the warm September we had the leaves are staying green and hanging on longer than usual, but we all know that will change sooner or later. In the next few weeks the leaves will be falling and you’ll be pulling out your sweaters. Before you know it the leaves will start piling up and you will need to rake, whether you want to or not.

Here are some important raking tips so don’t wake up the next day in pain:

1) WARM UP: Professional athletes stretch before they go on the field. Your dog or cat stretches every time they get up and spontaneously throughout the day. Stretching gets the blood flowing and prepares your muscles and nervous system for action Never stretch to the point of pain, stretch until you just begin to feel a slight pull. Never bounce when you stretch or you can tear muscles. (if you need raking stretches just ask for a sheet next time you are in the office). When you are done raking, stretch again to cool down.

2) DRESS IN LAYERS: The air maybe brisk, but once you start using your body, you will warm up and start perspiring. (Read More)



2015 GRID Champion


Dr. V with Tim Paulson,
of the 2015 Grid Championship Team


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Posture Restoration 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 6:30-7:30 pm
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Upcoming Events

Performance Health Center Will Be Co-Sponsoring the Following Events.  We Hope to See You There:

John Tanner Memorial 5K Run and Walk
A Benefit for Our Promise to Nicholas
A Fund Raiser to Cure Batten Disease
Sunday, October 4,  11 AM
Wayland, MA
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12th Annual GFRC Busa Bushwack Trail Run
10 or 5.3 miles
Sunday, November 1, 9 am 
(Help Rich Celebrate His 86th Birthda
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We are specialists in getting people out of pain and on with their lives without drugs or surgery. We encourage and motivate our patients to stay healthy with wellness care which keeps them feeling good, maintains their mobility and finds and corrects health problems before they become symptomatic.  This attention slows the damaging effects of aging such as arthritis. We offer the best chiropractic care available, we tell it like it is, and we treat our patients as if they were family. We use a multidisciplinary approach and help our patients achieve their health care goals as quickly as possible.

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