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Foam Rolling Benefits

By:   Dr. Kyle Knox, DC CCSP.  Chiropractor in Westlake Village CA.  Synergy Health Chiropractic Foam Rolling Benefits Foam rolling has been taking the scene of athletics by storm.  It is hard to find a sports Chiropractor, trainer, or physical therapist without finding this new cylindrical foam piece close at hand.  Throughout our day we are constantly creating tightness.  If it is poor posture at work, driving a car, riding a bike for hours at a time, running 3 miles or swimming 3,000 yards there are muscles and tissues that cause imbalances in our body.  Foam rolling allows us to flush out the muscles daily and lead us towards better posture. “Posture?  How does posture relate to muscle balance?” Muscles and spinal alignment have everything to do with posture.  Posture is essential to proper movement.  Think of trying to lift your arms over your head while hunched forward sitting.  It is almost impossible.  Now if you sit nice and tall and then do the same, your arms fly above your head.  If the spine or joints are not moving correctly or are in bad position, the muscles have no chance in doing their job correctly.  In turn if the muscles are over used and become tight, they restrict motion of the joints and irritate the nearby nervous system.  This is why foam rolling has become essential for home care or “Daily Healthy Habits.”  Home care is important for the hard core triathlete, office worker, weekend warrior, and everyone in between.  With the re-alignment of the spine and joints during Chiropractic care, the foam roller helps balance the muscles daily and...

Avoid the “Diet Mentality” with Healthy Eating

By: Bernadette Lueck, Conejo Valley Nutritionist and Diet Coach, Owner of Scaling Down Synergy Health Chiropractic Guest Blogger The holidays are looming, and it’s that time of year again: this is the season when many give in to the overabundance of sweets, comfort foods and alcohol, only to find themselves seriously overweight by the end of the year. But not to worry, January is the time for lofty weight loss resolutions and better health, right? And when spring and summer approach, the motivations are all the greater to “diet” and lose that unwanted weight, right? This approach to dieting can involve radical changes in our eating habits, and is often accompanied by a good deal of anxiety, personal discomfort and lots of frustration. I, too, used to embrace these ritualistic eating habits. I rode the diet roller coaster for several years. After a good deal of frustration, I made a conscious decision that I no longer wanted to be in the ranks of the overweight, and committed myself to finding a better way to lose my weight and get healthy. I found that weight loss is attainable through good, nutritionally sound eating and healthy living habits. (You can read my story on the “Press” page of my website). Adapting good eating habits and healthier living takes some time and effort, but brings vastly better quality to our lives. It not only brings weight loss, but greater energy levels, clearer thinking, healthier looks, and the confidence of knowing that you have habits that you can easily maintain your entire life. At the core of healthy eating and living is abandoning...

Shoulder Pain – USA Water Polo Chiropractor Dr. Kyle Knox

By: Dr. Kyle Knox, Sports Chiropractor in Westlake Village CA and owner of Synergy Health Chiropractic If you are a swimmer, or have ever taken up the sport in the past, you know that occasional shoulder pain comes with the territory. I can remember the events that led me into specializing with shoulders. Triathlons had become a passion of mine during the 4th quarter of Chiropractic school. Swimming had never been my strong suit, so I took lessons, and like a lot of new triathletes over-trained. Well I started to have pain right on the top and in front of my shoulder. Right away I thought there was a rotator cuff tear or something seriously wrong. I stopped swimming and stressed about the pain in my shoulder because of the field of work I was getting into. The sports Chiropractor I was seeing at the time was also taking care of a lot of triathletes in the San Jose area. He diagnosed me with bicipital tendonosis. In my mind I thought “how can my shoulder be hurting if it is coming from the bicept?” He adjusted my mid back, neck, and then continued to work on the muscles into the shoulder. I was amazed at how fast I had recovered within three visits and started to ask the questions. This led me into a focus of sports chiropractic, and eventually a position of head Chiropractor for USA Water Polo. I wanted to share this with you because the hardest thing for an athlete sometimes is taking the time to recover or find out the WHY for pain. Shoulders are...

Fatigue – Tip of the week

Weakness is described as the loss of strength or ability to contract a muscle and requires more effort to carry out daily tasks. Fatigue is a feeling of exhaustion, tiredness, or lack of energy. If you are feeling any of the two symptoms, they should not be ignored and no it is usually not due to a lack of coffee in the morning. Although there are a few serious health concerns that can relate to the weakness or fatigue, most of the time a simple lifestyle change can fix the problem. Here is a simple list of common deficiencies that will lead to fatigue: Hydration Exercise Stress Lack of sleep Daily nutrients This is in no way a complete list. Having said that take a simple test I have made down below. See where you fall and be honest with yourself. A. Hydration How many glasses of water do you drink per day? B. Exercise How many days a week do you work out? (at least 30 minutes) C. Stress Out of 10, where would you rate your stress level on a daily basis? D. Sleep On an average, how many hours a night do you sleep? E. Nutrition How many servings of fruits and vegetables do you eat daily? (average) GRADE YOUR TEST! (A+B+D+E) – (C) = Your health score Goal Score (8 + 5 + 8 + 7) – (3) = 25 References: http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/weakness-and-fatigue-topic-overview http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/vegetables-full-story/ http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/water/NU00283 http://www.cdc.gov/features/sleep/...

Monday Morning Quick Tip #1 – Posture Alarm Clock

By: Dr. Kyle Knox, Chiropractor in Westlake Village CA Posture Alarm Clock Setting up your posture alarm clock. If you are on the computer more than one hour a day, set up your posture alarm clock. Every 45 minutes get up out of your chair, stretch your arms to the sky and do a little stretch for posture. This will only take 2-5 minutes and it is amazing how different you will feel towards the end of the day.  Check out Dr. Kyle’s daily rolling routine.  Click Here Only perform stretches that you are comfortable doing. If you are dealing with any issues or injuries, consult a Chiropractor before performing the...

Do kids have headaches?

By: Dr. Kyle Knox – Chiropractor in Westlake Village CA – Headaches Have you ever asked your children if their head hurts or have headaches during the week? It has become very common that a young athlete comes into my door for shoulder, neck, back, or hip pain and through my exam a good majority of them have regular headaches.  Think about having a headache while trying to learn something new in school. Reasons for headaches can range from tension, birth trauma, nutrition, head trauma (concussion), neurological, circulation and the list goes on.  I wanted to focus on kids today because headaches are common, but are not talked about.  With the increasing time in front of homework, video games, texting, facebook, etc.  Tension in the upper back and neck is created from the poor posture and headaches are created from the imbalance in neck muscles.  You can do something about this.  With Re-alignment of the spine and daily posture stretching, the body will NATURALLY decrease overall tension.  Have your child checked today and lets create a healthier tomorrow. Call (818)...