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Increase Bone and Joint Integrity with Glucosamine and MSM

March 17, 2010

A recent conversation with Dr. Ron Grabowski, my old nutrition professor at Texas Chiropractic College, reminds me of supplements that support the increase of bone and joint integrity.

Many of my patients want more than the quick fix.  They do not come in for a few visits and leave only with improved range of motion and no pain.  They want to fully support their bodies with good food and supplementation to build healthy tissues through out a lifetime.  If this fits you, I encourage you to take Dr. Graboski’s advice.

He encourages patients to follow this regiment to support bone and joint health.  “Here are the recommended dosages for glucosamine (1500mg/day)and MSM (2000-3000mg/day) I am not a big fan of chondroitin due to it’s large chemical structure.”

Contrary to what we are told about chondroitin, Dr. G feels that the chemical structure of the compound is so large, the efficacy is very low.   I encourage all of my patients to follow his advice…as I call him my “Nutrition Guru”.

Hope this helps!
Dr. Misty Funk

Heat Verses Ice: The Verdict

November 24, 2009

One of the most common misconceptions when dealing with pain, is at figuring out when to use heat verses ice.  Many patients come into the office with a new, very acute pain tell me that they are using heat.  PLEASE DON”T!!! For a new pain or a re-exacerbation (re-injury) of an old pain, ALWAYS USE ICE!

The Mechanism:  Their is an easy explanation for when to use ice and when to use heat.  The reason is simple science.  It how ice and heat affect the body differently affect the human body.  Heat increased blood flow, therefore, increasing the inflammatory response at the location where the heat was applied.  If you are already inflammed (due to an acute injury), you will only increase pain, swelling, and stiffness to the area if you apply heat.

Ice, on the other hand, temporarily decreases blood flow.  Decreased blood flow = Decrease Inflammation = Decreased pressure on pain receptors (nociceptors) = Decreased Pain.  Therefore using ice on an acute injury will reduce pain and inflammation.

Dr. Misty Funk’s Advice:  For the first 3-5 days after a new injury or re-injury of a chronic pain, use ice for 15-20 minutes several times a day to reduce the inflammatory response and pain. After 3-5 days, start experimenting with heat.  If you feel the area is more swollen or more painful after the heat, then continue to use ice for another day or two. Heat is best used on chronic pain or chronic muscle soreness.

Simply put, always think  ICE for acute pain and  HEAT for chronic pain or muscle soreness/tension (pain or tension that is always there).

Chiropractic: The Greek Meaning

October 28, 2009

I love the study of words.  It’s a strange obsession.  To satisfy my craving, I receive  a daily e-mail called A.Word.A.Day by Anu Garg, and I was wondering today as I read my word of the day (manichean…if you’re curious) what are the root words for chiropractic, my beloved profession.

CHIROPRACTIC comes from the Greek words “praxis” and “cheir“, meaning to practice or to treat using hands.  It’s kind of amazing when you think about it.  Doctors who do not use drugs or chemicals; doctors who leverage the body’s ability to heal itself.  When I think about my profession in this way, I feel so proud to be a doctor of chiropractic!  (I’m smiling as I type.)

I have never appreciated my hands so much!  I have amazing hands that heal…