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Seat Belts Save Lives

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One of the safest choices drivers and passengers can make is to buckle up. Many Americans understand the lifesaving value of the seat belt – the national use rate was at 89.6% in 2018 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Seat belt use in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 14,955 lives in 2017. Understand the potentially fatal consequences of not wearing a seat belt and learn what you can do to make sure you and your family are properly buckled up every time.

Preventing Auto Injuries

1. Buckling up helps keep you safe and secure inside your vehicle, whereas not buckling up can result in being totally ejected from the vehicle in a crash, which is almost always deadly.

2. Air bags are not enough to protect you; in fact, the force of an air bag can seriously injure or even kill you if you’re not buckled up.

3. Improperly wearing a seat belt, such as putting the strap below your arm, puts you and your children at risk in a crash.

The Benefits of Buckling:

  • If you buckle up in the front seat of a passenger car, you can reduce your risk of moderate to critical injury (including spine and neck injury) by 50%
  • If you buckle up in a light truck, you can reduce your risk of moderate to critical injury (including spine and neck injury) by 65% (NHTSA, 1984)

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What Should I Do if I Am Involved in a Crash?

Seek immediate medical attention, even if you think you are not injured, regardless of whether you’re the driver or passenger. With timely care, Dr. Zuber will help you to recover from your auto injury.

Yours in health,

M. Zuber, D.C., Frisco’s Sports and Auto Injury Chiropractor

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RockTape

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RockTape is the world’s best kinesiology tape. It can be used to treat sports and non-sports injuries, including shin splints, plantar fasciitis, runner’s knee and back pain. RockTape microscopically lifts the skin away from the muscle and fascia below, creating a decompressive effect. Stretchier, stickier and stronger than the competition, RockTape is engineered to meet the demands of endurance athletes like runners, swimmers and cyclists. Unlike other products, RockTape can be used both to apply compression to promote recovery, or decompression to relieve pain and swelling.

RockTape helps:

  • Enhance performance
  • Prevent fatigue
  • Promote circulation
  • Remove lactic acid

 

How It Works

Turns down the volume on pain*

More specifically, it runs interference on pain*. Ever whack your shin and rub it, and suddenly realize you feel better? RockTape on the skin can interfere with pain*ful signals which are directed to the brain.

When the signals arriving to the brain are altered, it does not produce the sensation of pain*. When kinesiology tape is properly applied, many of our customers call it “magic” or think that it fixed their injury instantly. In fact, it helps to change how your body interprets pain*, turning down the pain* “volume” that your body hears.

Decompresses swelling and inflammation

When RockTape is applied to the skin, it has a microscopic lifting effect underneath the skin and between the many layers. This allows the by-products created by inflammation to be removed more quickly.

Delays fatigue

Research has shown that RockTape on skin can attenuate muscle fatigue. In rehab, this is very important, not only for the parts of your body that are currently hurting, but also for the surrounding areas as they help to pick up the slack for muscles that are currently not working well.

Normalizes muscle tone

When someone is injured, fatigued, sick, or inflamed, the symphony of muscle action that normally takes place with great accuracy often falls out of tune. This can happen all over the body. For instance, research has shown that people who sprain their ankle tend to have altered activity of their hip muscle as a result. RockTape helps bring dormant muscle back to life and help calm down the overactive muscles. It helps your body coordinate movement as if it weren’t hurt, hence allowing it to heal properly.

Distributes physical stress

Unlike conventional taping, which prevents movement – RockTape allows full movement of a taped area.  Through elastic properties and quick recoil, RockTape can help distribute forces to other nearby areas through the fascia, ligaments, and even bones.

If you want an edge on your upcoming competition or performance, sports chiropractor Dr. Mark Zuber can RockTape you to go stronger, longer.

Yours in health,

M. Zuber, D.C., Frisco’s Sports Chiropractor

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February Is Heart Health Month

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When it comes to your heart, what you eat matters. Follow these tips from HealthFinder.gov for heart-healthy eating:

  1. Eat less saturated fats. Cut back on fatty meats, high-fat dairy, cakes, cookies, and butter. This includes pizza, burgers, and foods with creamy sauce or gravy.
  2. Cut down on sodium (salt). Read the Nutrition Facts label and choose foods that are lower in sodium. Look for the low-sodium or “no salt added” types of canned soups, vegetables, packaged meals, snack foods, and lunch meats.
  3. Get more fiber. Eat vegetables, fruits, and whole grains to add fiber to your diet.

Go fish

The American Heart Association recommends eating fish (particularly fatty fish) at least two times (two servings) a week. Each serving is 3.5 ounce cooked, or about ¾ cup of flaked fish. Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, herring, lake trout, sardines and albacore tuna are high in omega-3 fatty acids.

Increasing omega-3 fatty acid consumption through foods is preferable. However, those with coronary artery disease, may not get enough omega-3 by diet alone. These people may want to talk to their doctor about supplements. And for those with high triglycerides, even larger doses could help.

Patients taking more than 3 grams of omega-3 fatty acids from capsules should do so only under a physician’s care. High intakes could cause excessive bleeding in some people.

Eating fish, is there a catch?

Some types of fish may contain high levels of mercury, PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), dioxins and other environmental contaminants. Levels of these substances are generally highest in older, larger, predatory fish and marine mammals.

The benefits and risks of eating fish vary depending on a person’s stage of life.

  • Children and pregnant women are advised by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to avoid eating those fish with the potential for the highest level of mercury contamination (e.g., shark, swordfish, king mackerel or tilefish); to eat up to 12 ounces (two average meals) per week of a variety of fish and shellfish that are lower in mercury (e.g., canned light tuna, salmon, pollock, catfish); and check local advisories about the safety of fish caught by family and friends in local lakes, rivers and coastal areas.
  • For middle-aged and older men and postmenopausal women, the benefits of fish consumption far outweigh the potential risks when the amount of fish are eaten is within the recommendations established by the FDA and Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Eating a variety of fish will help minimize any potentially adverse effects due to environmental pollutants.

Five of the most commonly eaten fish or shellfish that are low in mercury are shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock, and catfish. Avoid eating shark, swordfish, king Mackerel, or tilefish because they contain high levels of mercury.

CBD Oil

A Short Guide to Understanding CBD Oil

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If you’re interested in CBD oil, you’re trying to learn more of the benefits of the product. You’re not reading this to become a biology major or to create flashcards about the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) or the many compounds that work with the ECS to control different functions of the body. At best, you just want to find a way to find relief that doesn’t involve living in a fantasy world.

It’s probably why some articles are frustrating to read when it comes to scientific explanations. Some are far too general, while others treat you like you have a freshly minted PhD in molecular biology! But there are ways to break it down so that you can actually get a firm grasp on how it all works. Use this as your basic guide to getting started with CBD oil.

The Gist of Cannabis

There are two major parts of the cannabis plant: THC and CBD. THC causes the stereotypical giddy feelings while CBD does not. CBD may make you feel more relaxed, but it won’t interfere with your mental capacity or bodily functions. There are lots of strains of cannabis, each with its own concentration of compounds. You don’t necessarily have to learn them all if you’re not planning to go into the industry.

The Gist of CBD

CBD is used most often to treat anxiety and depression, though the wonders definitely don’t end there. CBD serves as an anti-inflammatory that works with different parts of the brain to create harmony within our often turbulent cells. The potential of CBD seems unlimited, even if research most certainly is not.

The Research

Run away screaming from anyone who tells you they have all of the answers about CBD. It just isn’t possible because the research is incomplete at absolute best. However, the research we do have to go on is either good or neutral. The same goes for reports of people who take CBD oil — either they love it or they’re neutral to it. The World Health Organization (WHO) has found no threats to the product, and the FDA should be right behind them. (Although that’s a whole other can of worms.) To fully understand CBD oil, we’re going to need a lot more controlled studies that truly delve into the nature of the oil.

The Side Effects

Side effects of CBD oil few and far between, and they’re generally reported as very mild. Dry mouth, lightheadedness, and lowered blood pressure are all on the list, and CBD may interfere with the efficacy of certain liver medications. These mild reactions are not only rare, they’re also nothing compared to side effects of legal drugs (which may include death.) And though it affects each person differently, most people find the benefits to far outweigh any side effects they feel.

The Expense

CBD oil isn’t exactly cheap, but the prices reflect a few basic things about it. One is for fairly obvious reasons: it does work. The demand for CBD is popping up all over the world, especially amongst people who are tired of the side effects they’ve been experiencing due to prescription medications. That demand isn’t popping up because it’s the equivalent of a sugar pill. Organic CBD oil is a completely natural way to treat a variety of conditions that appeal to people from every walk of life. But CBD oil also needs to be fully extracted from the plant, which is a laborious process. To truly ‘weed’ out the THC from the CBD oil, it takes time and skilled labor. As with everything in life, you get what you pay for.

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Recover Faster- RICE it!

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When our athletes suffer an injury, we tell them to RICE it.

 

R is REST

Get off your feet and give yourself time to heal. More activity can lead to more damage.

I is ICE

Yes, ice, not heat. Heat can increase swelling and inflammation. Cold numbs pain and reduces swelling by constricting blood vessels. After injury, wrap an ice pack in a cloth and apply for 20 minutes, remove for 20 minutes, reapply for 20 minutes and so on. To prevent frostbite, do not apply ice directly to the skin.

C is COMPRESSION

Elastic bandages do a good job of compressing a new injury or inflammation and help keep swelling down. However, there’s a limit to how long you should compress an injury. At some point, blood flow to the injured area needs to increase to encourage healing. Use an elastic bandage like an Ace bandage for the first 24-28 hours.

E is Elavate

Elevate the injured part of the body above heart level. This provides a downward path for draining fluid back to the heart, which may reduce swelling and pain.

If your pain and swelling don’t begin to reduce after 48 hours, you should see your doctor. With the right care, sports chiropractor Dr. Mark Zuber will have you pain free and performing better in short order!

Yours in health,

M. Zuber, D.C., Frisco’s Sports Chiropractor

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Auto Accident Injury

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AUTO ACCIDENTS CAN LEAD TO PERMANENT CONDITIONS

Motor vehicle collisions can have a significant affect on your body–  more so than you realize! Obviously, a car’s body can withstand the impact of a crash much better then a human body.  When a car is struck, the human driver and passengers take more of the energy transfer; it could be an impact very similar to an NFL linebacker tackling a 5 year old! But what looks like a “minor” accident because there is minimal car damage, can actually result in severe human injury. This is why 50% of whiplash injuries happen without any visible damage to the vehicle.

TIME IS TISSUE

Many car accident victims do not even realize just how badly they are injured, and sadly, these injuries can get much worse in the first few days to weeks following an accident.  The common medical phrase “time is tissue” means that the longer the tissues go without treatment, the more tissue damage can develop.  Even worse, scar tissue begins to form in the first 3-5 days.  If scar tissue isn’t “taught” how to be of good quality, then it develops very tightly and causes problems to the joints, nerves and blood vessels around it. So ignoring the slight soreness after a collision can lead to bigger problems.

Things to remember if you are in a car accident:

  1. Get evaluated for injuries ASAP.  Even mild damage to a car can lead to major damage to you.
  2. Use ice on the injured areas for the initial phase. Do NOT use heat.  It will lead to more bleeding and scar tissue.
  3. Try to keep as normal a routine as possible.

Types of injuries common to car accidents:

  1. Whiplash/ neck injuries including herniated discs, nerve damage, permanent loss of motion
  2. Upper back pain
  3. Low back pain
  4. Sacroiliac injuries affecting the hip joint
  5. Brain injuries
  6. TMJ (jaw) issues

head neck whiplash auto injuryWhiplash is a neck injury that is due to a forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck, like the cracking of a whip. Over 3 million whiplash injuries occur each year resulting from motor vehicle crashes. Of these whiplash injuries, 500,000 people will develop chronic pain, and up to 300,000 will have some degree of disability. When left untreated, whiplash can lead to chronic neck pain, back pain, headaches, sciatica or long term pain which can lead to arthritis.

 

With timely care, Frisco chiropractor Dr. Mark Zuber will help you to recover from your auto injury.

Yours in health,

M. Zuber, D.C., Frisco’s Sports Chiropractor

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Pronation Distortion

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As a runner, have you ever wondered how you can have a really fast race one day, and never get comfortable during another?  Have you wondered why you can’t run or jump as well as you could when you were younger?  Over time runners develop movement dysfunction patterns that can create a chain reaction that affects performance and may lead to injury.

Plantar fasciitis, knee pain, IT Band issues, hip pain and limping often stem from a syndrome called Pronation Distortion.  Don’t worry it is not as bad as it sounds, and more importantly it is very treatable!

 

What is Pronation Distortion and how do we correct it?

The National Academy of Sports Medicine describes Pronation Distortion Syndrome as a “common lower extremity postural distortion pattern that can lead to other movement dysfunction patterns throughout the kinetic chain and ultimately, injury. By incorporating static and dynamic assessments of the foot and ankle complex, a provider can help to identify this distortion pattern.”

It has been estimated that up to 98% of the population suffers from effects of Pronation Distortion to some degree.  As we develop in adolescence, our arches develop elastic plasticity.  Simply put, they lose some of their strength and start to bend and bounce as we step. This bounce causes our foot to roll inward, our ankle and knee to roll inward, and our hip to jut outward.  Typically worse on one side, this actually causes one foot to appear larger in size than the other and causes your shoes to wear out to the outside of the heel.  This elasticity causes an array of soft tissue problems.  As the soft tissue changes, the biomechanics across those joints change, and not for the better!  Faulty biomechanics lead to a large number of sports injuries such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, patellofemoral syndrome, IT Band syndrome, and hip issues.  It can even leave an athlete more susceptible to the dreaded ACL tear!

The most effective protocol for treating this has several stages.  The joints that have now become “stuck” need to be cleared.  One side of the joint will have muscles and soft tissue that are spastic, short and tight.  These need to be released with one of many available soft tissue techniques—techniques that not all providers are experienced with.  Finally, the other side of the joint will have “lazy” muscles that have forgotten how to contract.  These need some simple exercises to wake them back up.

Depending on how severe your Pronation Distortion is, it will likely need a short, intense course of treatment for correction and periodic follow-ups to prevent its return.  With the right care, sports chiropractor Dr. Mark Zuber will have you pain free and performing better in short order!

Yours in health,

M. Zuber, D.C., Frisco’s Sports Chiropractor

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Tech Neck

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Most of us have experienced neck pain and soreness after a long work day or road trip.  Once you add in technology to our everyday lifestyle, you have created the perfect storm. It even has its own term now, “tech neck.”  It frequently causes sore and tight shoulders, loss of the ability to look over your shoulder, and even shoulder and wrist problems such as shoulder impingement and carpal tunnel.  

In the world of biomechanics, the condition is known as Upper Crossed Syndrome.  It leads to rounded shoulders, a head that “slumps”, and the tight muscles we mentioned above.  

FightDoc aggressively fights to get Upper Cross Syndrome to submit. Left untreated, it can even lead to neck fusion!  The most effective protocol for treating this has several stages.  The joints that have now become “stuck” need to be cleared.   This includes the neck and upper back,, AND any affected extremities in the arm.  Not all medical providers have extremity experience.   One side of the joint will have muscles and soft tissue that are spastic, short and tight.  These need to be released with one of many available soft tissue techniques.  Again, not all providers have the requisite experience.  Finally, the other side of the joint will have “lazy” muscles that have forgotten how to contract.  These need some simple exercises to wake them back up.

Depending on how severe the syndrome is, it will likely need a short intense course of treatment to get ahead of it and periodic follow-ups to prevent its return.  With the right care, a patient will be pain free and performing better in short order!

Yours in health,

M. Zuber, D.C., Frisco’s Sports Chiropractor

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The Magic Supplement

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Here in the office, we are asked practically every day what supplements are best for maintaining your health and maximizing your performance.  A quick stroll thru any vitamin store will show you just how confusing it can all be.  But it’s true, there IS a magic supplement that will both help you stay healthy and improve performance!

Even better, if you don’t take this supplement, then all other additions will not work properly.  And the best part, it cost nothing!  So what is this magic supplement?

That’s right, good ol’ water! When a person does not take in enough water, several negative things happen.  The metabolism slows down, digestion becomes poor, cell inflammation increases, and tissues weaken.  How much is enough water you ask?  If you are sedentary, then approximately 75% of your body weight in pounds is about right (If you weigh 160 pounds, then 120 ounces of water).  If you are active and sweat a lot, then increase that accordingly.  Elite athletes might even double their body weight.

The CDC offers these tips for making sure you get enough water in your system:

  • Carry a water bottle for easy access when you are at work of running errands.
  • Freeze some freezer safe water bottles. Take one with you for ice-cold water all day long.
  • Choose water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages. This can also help with weight management. Substituting water for one 20-ounce sugar sweetened soda will save you about 240 calories. For example, during the school day students should have access to drinking water, giving them a healthy alternative to sugar-sweetened beverages.
  • Choose water when eating out. Generally, you will save money and reduce calories.
  • Add a wedge of lime or lemon to your water. This can help improve the taste and help you drink more water than you usually do.

Remember, in order to achieve true health you must hydrate your body and drink water every day. Motivate. Hydrate. Feel great!

Yours in health,

M. Zuber, D.C., Frisco’s Sports Chiropractor

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Dr. Mark Zuber
8765 Stockard Drive, Suite 303, Frisco TX 75034

 

(972) 733-0915