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Did you know? Calcium helps the body fight infection

January 18, 2019, 6:17 pm

Microbial Pathogenesis
Volume 24, Issue 5, May 1998, Pages 309-320

Roles of calcium and annexins in phagocytosis and elimination of an attenuated strain of Mycobacterium tuberculosisin human neutrophils

Meytham Majeed, Nasrin Perskvistf1, Joel D. Ernst, Kristina Orselius and Olle Stendahl Department of Medical Microbiology, Linköping University, Linköping, S-581 85,
Sweden Division of Infectious Diseases and Rosalind Russell Research Laboratory, University of California, San Francisco and San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, CA,
U.S.A. Received 2 October 1997; accepted 31 December 1997. Available online 9 April 2002.

The phagocytic function of neutrophils is a crucial element in the host defense against invading microorganisms. We investigated phagocytosis and intracellular killing of an
attenuated strain of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (H37Ra) by human neutrophils focusing on the role of the cytosolic free calcium concentration [Ca2+]I and certain cytosolic
calcium-dependent membrane-binding proteins annexins. Phagocytic uptake did not trigger a calcium rise and occurred independently of different calcium conditions, and in
a serum-dependent manner. Changes in the viability of H37Ra were determined by agar plate colony count and a radiometric assay. Neutrophils showed a capacity to kill ingested mycobacteria and this occurred without a rise in [Ca2+] i. The ability to kill H37Ra [Mycobacterium tuberculosis] decreased in the absence of extracellular calcium and when intra-extracellular calcium was reduced. Immunofluorescence staining revealed that during phagocytosis of H37Ra, annexins III, IV and VI translocated localization of annexin I and V remained unchanged. The translocation of annexin IV occurred even when Ca2+-depleted neutrophils ingested H37Ra in the absence of extracellular calcium. We concluded that neutrophil-mediated killing of mycobacteria is a Ca2+-dependent process. The fact that the association of certain annexins to the membrane vesicle containing H37Ra differ from other phagosomes
suggests a selective regulatory mechanism during phagocytosis of mycobacteria by neutrophils.

Calcium spikes in activated macrophages during Fc receptor-mediated phagocytosis 

Jesse T. Myers and Joel A. Swanson Cellular and Molecular Biology Graduate Program and Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor Correspondence: Joel A. Swanson, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0620. E-mail: jswan@umich.edu

Rises in intracellular-free calcium ([Ca2+]i) have been variously associated with Fc
receptor (FcR)-mediated phagocytosis in macrophages. We show here that
activation of murine bone marrow-derived macrophages increases calcium spiking
after FcR ligation. Ratiometric fluorescence microscopy was used to measure [Ca2+]i
during phagocytosis of immunoglobulin G (IgG)-opsonized erythrocytes. Whereas 13%
of nonactivated macrophages increased [Ca2+]i in the form of one or more spikes, 56% of
those activated with lipopolysaccharides (LPS; 18 h at 100 ng/ml) and interferon- (IFN-
; 100 U/ml) and 73% of macrophages activated with LPS, IFN- , interleukin (IL)-6 (5
ng/ml), and anti-IL-10 IgG (5 μg/ml) spiked calcium during phagocytosis. Calcium
spikes were inhibited by thapsigargin (Tg), indicating that they originated from
endoplasmic reticulum. The fact that activated macrophages showed a more dramatic
response suggested that calcium spikes during phagocytosis mediate or regulate
biochemical mechanisms for microbicidal activities. However, lowering [Ca2+]i with
ethyleneglycol-bis(ß-aminoethylether)-N,N’-tetraacetic acid or inhibiting calcium spikes
with Tg did not inhibit phagosome-lysosome fusion or the generation of reactive oxygen
or nitrogen species. Thus, the increased calcium spiking in activated macrophages was not
directly associated with the mechanism of phagocytosis or the increased antimicrobial
activities of activated macrophages.

Cell Calcium. 1990 Nov-Dec;11(10):655-63.

Oxidase activation in individual neutrophils is dependent on the onset and magnitude of the Ca2+ signal.
Hallett MB, Davies EV, Campbell AK. Department of Surgery, University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff, UK.

Using single-cell ratio imaging of Fura-2-loaded neutrophils, we demonstrate that
the heterogeneity and asynchrony of the oxidase response originates from
variability in the timing and magnitude of the cytosolic free Ca2+ signal. The
Ca2+ signals from individual cells could be classified into four types: (a) type 1, a
transient rise in Ca2+ occurring within 6 s; (b) type 2, an oscillating cytosolic free
Ca2+; (c) type 3, a latent Ca2+ transient significantly delayed (21-56 s); and (d)
type 4, no significant Ca2+ rise. These response types accounted for
approximately 41%, 15%, 26% and 18% of the population respectively for
stimulation with 1 microM f-met-leu-phe peptide (n = 27) and 52.5%, 15%,
11.5% and 21% respectively for 0.1 microM f-met-leu-phe peptide (n = 52). The
oxidase in neutrophils in which the cytosolic free Ca2+ concentration rose to
greater than 250 nM always became activated. In the presence of
extracellular Ca2+, cytosolic Ca2+ rose uniformly throughout the cell,
whereas in the absence of extracellular Ca2+, a localized Ca2+ ‘cloud’ was
observed in approximately 30% of cells. A localized activation of the oxidase
accompanied the presence of the Ca2+ ‘cloud’ when the 250 nM Ca2+
threshold was exceeded. The data presented here therefore demonstrate a
tight coupling in individual neutrophils between an elevation in cytosolic free
Ca2+ above a threshold of 250 nM and activation of the oxidase.

PMID: 1965710 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE] Science. 1986 Jun 20;232(4757):1554-6.

Calcium modulation activates Epstein-Barr virus genome in latently infected cells.
Faggioni A, Zompetta C, Grimaldi S, Barile G, Frati L, Lazdins J.

In many viral infections the host cell carries the viral genome without producing
viral particles, a phenomenon known as viral latency. The cellular mechanisms
by which viral latency is maintained or viral replication is induced are not
known. The modulation of intracellular calcium concentrations by calcium
ionophores induced Epstein-Barr viral antigens in lymphoblastoid cell lines
that carry the virus. When calcium ionophores were used in conjunction with
direct activators of protein kinase C (12-O-tetradecanoyl phorbol-13-acetate
and a synthetic diacylglycerol), a greater induction of viral antigens was
observed than with either agent alone. Activation of protein kinase C may be
required for the expression of the viral genome.

PMID: 3012779 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE] April 17, 2003

How do cells signal and attack foreign matter?
U-M Kellogg Eye Center researcher’s high-speed images show how cells mobilize for immune response
ANN ARBOR, MI – New high-speed imaging techniques are allowing scientists to show how a
single cell mobilizes its resources to activate its immune response, a news research study shows.
Howard R. Petty, Ph.D., professor and biophysicist at the University of Michigan Health System’s Kellogg Eye Center,
has dazzled his colleagues with movies of fluorescent-lit calcium waves that pulse through the cell, issuing an
intracellular call-to-arms to attack the pathogens within. He explains that these high-speed images provide
a level of detail about cell signaling that simply wasn’t possible just a few years ago.

In the April 15 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Petty provides more detail on cell
signaling, depicting what he calls the “molecular machinery” underlying the immune response. He has identified a
sequence of amino acids (LTL) that controls the calcium wave pathway and, crucially, the ability
of immune cells to destroy targets. The findings are important because they could eventually lead scientists to design drugs based
on the amino acid motif. “Our clinical goal,” explains Petty, “is to characterize the
immune cell’s signaling function so that we can interrupt it or somehow intervene when it begins to misfire.” The process
has implications for treating autoimmune diseases such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and the eye disorder uveitis.

Through images of phagocytosis, the process by which a cell engulfs and then destroys its
target, Petty is able to track the movement of calcium waves as they send signals to key
players in the immune response. The “calcium wave” is a stream of calcium ions coming into the cell, which is detected by the fluorescence emission of a calcium-sensing dye.

As a cell membrane begins to surround its target, two calcium waves begin to circulate. When the target is completely surrounded, one wave traveling
In phagocytosis, a wave traveling around the cell’s perimeter splits in two, with the
second wave encircling the phagosome or sac-like compartment. This second wave
allows the digestive enzymes to enter the phagosome and destroy the target.

When a mutation is introduced, phagocytosis is not completed because the
calcium wave circles the cell and bypasses the phagosome altogether.
around the cell’s perimeter splits in two, with the second wave encircling
the phagosome or sac-like compartment. This second wave allows the
digestive enzymes to enter the phagosome and finally destroy the target.

When Petty introduced a mutation in the gene (FcyRIIA) that controls phagocytosis, he found that
the calcium wave simply circled the cell and bypassed the phagosome altogether. As a result, the
immune cell could engulf, but could not carry out the destruction of its target. This led him to
conclude that the LTL sequence orchestrates the cell signaling process.
The sequence may also have a role in directing other cell activities, for example signaling the
endoplasmic reticulum to form a spindle that connects the phagosome and the outer cell
membrane. “The spindle seems to act as an extension cord that signals the calcium wave into the
phagosome to finish the attack,” suggests Petty.
Petty explains that many of these findings are possible thanks to high-speed imaging techniques
that enable him to merge knowledge of physics with cell and molecular biology. He uses high
sensitivity fluorescence imaging with shutter speeds 600,000 times faster than video frames.
“Before the advent of high-speed imaging, you could not ask many of these questions because
we had no way to see the movement of calcium waves,” he says. “With conventional imaging you
ended up with a blur of calcium.” By contrast, Petty’s images resemble the movement of a comet
across the night sky.

In the study reported in PNAS, Petty used leucocytes as a model for the process. The amino acid
sequence is in the region of the gene FcyRIIA. He is currently studying the same phenomena in
the eye, where phagocytosis disposes of the regularly-shed remnants of photoreceptor cells.
The paper, Signal sequence within FcRIIA controls calcium wave propagation patterns: Apparent
role in phagolysosome fusion, also appears on the PNAS internet site at www.pnas.org.
In addition to Petty, authors on the paper include Randall G. Worth, Moo-Kyung Kim, Andrei L.
Kindzelskii, and Alan D. Schreiber.

Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences (CMLS)
Publisher: Birkhäuser Verlag AG ISSN: 1420-682X
Issue: Volume 58, Number 11/October 2001 Pages: 1727 – 1733

Role of serum components in the binding and phagocytosis of oxidatively damaged erythrocytes by autologous mouse macrophages
K Tanaka A1, Y Usui A1, S Kojo A1
A1 Department of Food Science and Nutrition, Nara Women’s University, Nara
630-8506 (Japan), Fax + 81 742 302459, e-mail: kojo@cc.nara-wu.ac.jp


Abstract. To investigate the role of autologous serum components in the
recognition of damaged cells by macrophages, we examined the binding and
phagocytosis of damage oxidatively damaged red blood cells with Cu2+ and
ascorbate (oxRBCs — oxidatively damaged red blood cells) by autologous resident
mouse peritoneal macrophages. The binding of oxRBCs by macrophages was
independent of the presence of serum. However, phagocytosis by macrophages
increased with serum concentration, and macrophages showed little ingestion of
oxRBCs in a serum-free medium. Macrophages neither bound nor appreciably
ingested native RBCs (before oxidation) in either the absence or presence of
autologous serum. Mouse macrophages ingested significantly more native as
well as oxRBCs in the presence of heat-inactivated fetal calf serum than in the
presence of heat-inactivated mouse serum. Pretreated oxRBCs with normal
serum were rarely ingested by macrophages in a serum-free medium.
Phagocytosis of oxRBCs was significantly inhibited by depletion
of IgG* or calcium from serum, by heat inactivation of
complement, or by antiserum against mouse C3. These results
demonstrate that serum components such as IgG, C3, and
calcium are involved in phagocytosis of oxRBCs by autologous

* IgG : A class of immunoglobulins that include the most common antibodies circulating in the
blood, that facilitate the phagocytic destruction of microorganisms foreign to the body, that bind to
and activate complement, and that are the only immunoglobulins to cross over the placenta.

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January 17, 2019, 9:16 pm

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4 Ways to Prevent and Treat Headaches Without Medication

November 21, 2018, 9:27 pm

Headaches are common, NOT normal.  And because they are so common, most people think that getting a headache is just a normal part of life!  It doesn’t have to be……

4 Ways to Prevent and Treat Headaches Without Medications:Headache, man holding front of head, Chiropractic and Acupuncture Institute

  1. Drink more Water.  Most people do not consume enough water each day.  Dehydration can lead to headaches! Keep a water bottle with you throughout the day and drink at least 8 cups (64 oz.) each day.
  2. Take a break from electronic devices.  When you are continuously looking at a computer, and especially when looking down at a phone or other device, the muscles in your eyes and neck get strained.  Taking short breaks and stretching your neck for a few minutes will make a big difference (and feels great!)
  3. Acupuncture/acupressure.  Studies show acupuncture to be an effective treatment for headaches.  We have had a lot of success at our clinic treating people who have headaches with acupuncture or acupressure, especially when combined with chiropractic care.
  4. Chiropractic adjustments. Many people find relief from their headaches with chiropractic adjustments.  The Institute of Chiropractic and Acupuncture Therapy has helped many people get drug-free results, drastically reducing and/or totally eliminating their headaches!  Some estimates suggest that 25% of the population has a headache right now…are you one of them?

Headaches are most often a sign that something is not right in your body.  There are many types of headaches and many things can cause them. Medications cover up the pain, but don’t correct the underlying cause. If you can treat the cause of the headache, it will go away!

For more information on how chiropractic, acupuncture, and other wellness therapies can help your headaches, please see our What We Do page at SuperDocDC.com.

Dr. Trent Burrup is a chiropractor and graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic.  He provides chiropractic care in Salt Lake City and surrounding areas including West Jordan, South Jordan, Sandy, Draper, Taylorsville, Murray, Riverton, Herriman, Bluffdale, Cottonwood Heights, and Holiday.  We have patients from Utah County and as far north as Logan, even some from out of state!  Come experience the difference at The Institute!


October 26, 2018, 3:07 pm

Chiropractic Care For Misaligned Ribs

Chiropractic, rib cage imageChiropractors can adjust misaligned ribs.  This can be a common problem, and there are many reasons a person may experience a rib “out of place”.

The ribs are attached to the thoracic spine, and their primary function is to protect internal organs, primarily the heart and lungs. Ribs constantly move while you breathe, allowing your chest to contract and expand.  Since your ribs are in constant motion, it doesn’t take much for a misalignment to occur. Usually a person will notice a pinching sensation in the front or back of the chest area if a rib is out of alignment.

Some common reasons for misaligned ribs include: Poor posture, Pregnancy, Yard work, Working out, Heavy Lifting, Extreme Coughing and Sneezing, and anything else that puts pressure on the rib cage.

Chiropractors are trained to know how to address misaligned ribs and put them back into place. Regular Chiropractic adjustments can also help prevent the misalignment of ribs. If you are constantly in pain from rib misalignment, there may be an underlying problem that needs to be addressed, warranting chiropractic care.

For more information on how chiropractic adjustments can help your misaligned ribs and other health problems, please see our home page at SuperDocDC.com.

The Institute of Chiropractic and Acupuncture Therapy provides chiropractic, acupuncture, and other wellness therapies to patients in West Jordan, and the Salt Lake City Metro Area.  Our chiropractor, Dr. Trent Burrup focuses on wellness through chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture treatments and numerous other holistic therapies. Come experience the difference at The Institute!

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10 Ways to Prevent Neck Pain

August 21, 2018, 4:57 pm

We found a great article on Neck Pain Prevention from www.healthcentral.com. In addition to regular chiropractic visits, these are things you can do every day to prevent neck pain.whiplash, woman in pain holding neck

Life can be a real pain in the neck. Don’t let it happen to you! Here are 10 ways to prevent neck pain from slowing your life down.

1.      Beware of Bifocal and Trifocal Glasses: If you are reading this through the bottom section of your glasses, then you are likely positioning your head and neck in an awkward position to do so. The best way to avoiding pinching your neck in order to utilize all portions of your prescription lenses is to have dedicated mono-focal prescription lenses that you can use for reading.

2.      Adjust your Computer Screen to You: If your computer monitor is too high, you will be looking up for hours. If your computer monitor is too low, you will be looking down for hours. These sustained postures are likely to cause a pain in your neck. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has some great tips to help you adjust your monitor and prevent neck pain.

 3.      Monitor Your Chin: Maintaining a neutral, stress-free posture when reading or using a computer can be simple if you monitor the position of your chin. If your chin is more than a five finger breadths away from your chest, that means that you’re arching your neck. If your chin is less than three finger breadths away from your chest, then that means that you’re flexing your neck. Check with your doctor or physical therapist to find the best position for your chin and neck.

4.      Keep Your Shoulders Back and Your Chest Forward: The shoulders provide the base of support for your neck. Shoulders that drift to far forward, as the chest caves in, causes the head and neck to careening forward as if you were a turtle. Without a good foundation of support starting with your upper torso and shoulders, the neck tends to crumble.

5.      Maintain Good Shoulder Strength: The shoulders are a foundation of support, and because of this they need to be strong. Good muscle tone especially between the shoulder blades, where the rhomboid muscles reside, is critical for preventing neck pain.

6.      Use Arm Rests Whenever Possible: No matter how strong your shoulder and neck muscles are, you need to give them a rest sometimes. Armrests are an important way to keep the weight of your arms from constantly pulling on the neck muscles. Fatigue in these muscles eventually causes neck pain.

7.      Use a Good Supportive Pillow: While you are sleeping, you need to maintain good sleep posture. A pillow that is too thin can cause your head to reach for the pillow. A pillow that is too thick can force your neck to bend a certain direction all night. If you wake up with neck pain, try a different pillow.

8.      Adjust the Vehicle Headrest to a Proper HeightThe Insurance Institute For Highway Safety (IIHS) recommends that the vehicle headrest be positioned at the center of your head. In the event of a sudden stop, the headrest can then help to prevent the neck from whipping back and forth.

9.      DO NOT SMOKE: Smoking is the fastest way to ruin your spine! According to a study reported in Spine 2004, spinal discs can degenerate very rapidly in smokers. A smoker’s spine does not heal quickly after an injury or surgery if at all. In fact, if you quit smoking now, you will probably have less pain later.

10.   Watch Your Weight: You may not realize that your body weight affects your neck, but it sure does. Your arms get heavier and your breasts get heavier as you gain weight. Furthermore, your shoulder blades spread apart as you gain weight also. All of these changes in an obese body increase your likelihood of developing neck pain.

Exercise Tip: One of the most important exercises for preventing neck pain is rowing.

(Article Published On: April 02, 2012)
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The Institute of Chiropractic & Acupuncture Therapy provides chiropractic and other wellness care in Salt Lake City and surrounding areas including West Jordan, South Jordan, Sandy, Draper, Taylorsville, Murray, Riverton, Herriman, Bluffdale, Cottonwood Heights, Holiday, Millcreek, West Valley City, and South Salt Lake.  We also provide chiropractic service to patients that come from the Utah County area and as far north as Logan, and even some from out of state…come experience the difference at The Institute of Chiropractic!


July 25, 2018, 5:17 pm

Chiropractors have tremendous success treating neck pain, back pain, and headaches. However, chiropractic can help many other health conditions not typically associated with chiropractic.

Many people come to The Institute of Chiropractic and Acupuncture Therapy because they have had little or no response to medical treatment or other chiropractic treatments.  Here are some common conditions we see in our clinic that have had successful outcomes with chiropractic treatments:

Headaches              Chiropractor Adjustment of Woman in White Shirt, Image         Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Back and neck pain           Fibromyalgia

Auto injuries/whiplash       Hormone Imbalances

Sports Injuries                  Digestive issues

Depression                       Allergies


There are many different chiropractic techniques that can be used for adjustments.  At The Institute some of the specific chiropractic techniques and methods Dr. Burrup has been trained in include Gonstead, Activator, Diversified, Thompson, Toggle Recoil, Nimmo, sports injury and extremity adjustment.

The goal of our clinic is to help our patients become empowered with their health, achieving their optimal wellness goals.  If you are suffering needlessly from pain, have a condition that has not responded well to medical care or other chiropractic treatments, or are trying to achieve optimal wellness in your life, chiropractic can help you on the road back to better health!

Dr. Trent Burrup is a chiropractor who provides care in Salt Lake City and surrounding areas including Sandy, Draper, South Jordan, West Jordan, Murray, and all other Salt Lake Metro areas. Come experience the difference at The Institute!

Chiropractic and Your Feet…the Foundation of Your Body

July 2, 2018, 8:59 am

Have you ever had foot pain?  Watch our video below and see our chiropractor, Dr. Trent Burrup, explain how your FEET are the foundation of your whole body, how they affect the whole body, and a simple trick to keep your feet relaxed and feeling good!

For more information on chiropractic and how it can help you, please see our website at SuperDocDC.com.

Dr. Trent Burrup provides chiropractic, acupuncture, and other wellness therapies in Salt Lake City and surrounding areas.  We have patients that come from Utah County, Davis County, and as far north as Logan, even some from out of State!  Come experience the difference at the Institute! 

The Institute of Chiropractic is located in West Jordan.

CranioSacral Therapy: What Is It?

June 20, 2018, 8:05 pm

Have you heard of CranioSacral Therapy?  Watch the video below to see Dr. Trent Burrup explain what it is, see a CranioSacral treatment, and learn how it can help you.

Dr. Trent Burrup is a chiropractor and CranioSacral Therapist certified through the Upledger Institute of CranioSacral Therapy.  At the Institute Dr. Burrup uses CranioSacral Therapy to assist in treating a wide range of illnesses, pain, and dysfunction, including:

  • Migraines and Headaches
  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain
  • Motor-Coordination Impairments
  • Stress and Tension-Related Problems
  • Infantile Disorders
  • Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Scoliosis
  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Emotional Difficulties
  • Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Orthopedic Problems
  • Many other conditions


To learn more about CranioSacral Therapy, please see our CranioSacral Therapy page.

3 Ways Chiropractic can Help Runners

June 14, 2018, 4:30 pm

3 Ways Chiropractic Can Help Runners

Chiropractor Trent Burrup runs St. George Marathon in 2014

Dr. Trent Burrup, Chiropractor, runs St. George Marathon in 2014

Running is a favorite form of exercise for many people.  Simply put, it is popular because it can be done almost anywhere, burns up lots of calories, and uses no special equipment.  Running is also great for your health! It helps decrease stress, control weight, increase stamina and energy, and is great for your heart.

The downside of the benefits is that running causes its share of injuries to the body.

Tendonitis, ankle sprains, shin splints, and knee strains are a few of the many injuries brought on or exacerbated by a regular running routine.

So what do you do? It’s important to take precautions to not get injured in the first place. Running in high quality shoes, stretching, and knowing your body’s limits are 3 ways to help reduce injuries.

Another great choice is getting regular chiropractic care. Runners can reap many positive benefits from visiting a chiropractor. Three big benefits chiropractic care offers to runners and other athletes are the following:

Increased Range of Motion: Loose and relaxed joints allow for greater flexibility and movement.  This will in turn benefit a runner’s gait and running time. Chiropractic care helps loosen joints and increase range of motion, which in turn helps a runner move more freely and better avoid running injuries.

Decreased Healing Time for Injuries: By using chiropractic adjustments, chiropractors can promote healing in the body as a whole, as well as treating specific injuries.  Specific treatments can include extremity adjustments and laser therapy to decrease pain and accelerate healing.  This allows runners to get back to running quicker and minimize time lost in improving times or preparing for races.

More Resistance to Becoming Injured: One common way runners get hurt is by one part of the body compensating for another. Chiropractic treatment helps to keep the spine and extremities in alignment, allowing all parts of the body to function properly, and reduces the negative impact of the jarring motion of running.

Running is a popular exercise routine for many, and has many positive benefits in a person’s health and well-being. By taking proper steps to minimize the chance of injury, runners can enjoy the benefits of running and minimize the risks.

Chiropractic care can be an effective part of making certain your body is in prime running condition and resistant to injury. If a person does get an injury, chiropractic care can help increase healing time and decrease time needed to recover.

Ready! Set! Run!

For more information on Chiropractic and how it can help you, please see our home page at SuperDocDC.com.

5 Best Ways to Reduce Your Risk for Sciatica

June 9, 2018, 6:01 pm

Sciatica is persistent pain along the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back, through the buttock, and into the lower leg.  The Sciatic Nerve is the longest and widest nerve in your body.  Sciatic pain usually develops from general use, and wear and tear  of your lower spine, not as a result of injury.

Low Back Pain image, man holding low backThe 5 Best Ways to Reduce Your Risk for Sciatica:

  1. Maintain proper posture:  People who have good posture help their body to have proper nerve and blood flow, which may be impaired by prolonged poor posture.  Poor posture can cause aching, pain, and impaired nerve function over time.
  2. Exercise regularly:  The risk for sciatica is much lower when the muscles and tissues of your body are strong and healthy.
  3. Maintain a healthy diet and weight:  I know, the last thing you want to hear…but it is so true!  The better you eat, the better the body works, and a healthy weight puts less pressure on nerves and blood flow, directly affecting the sciatic nerve.
  4. Use good body mechanics when lifting:  Injury is less common as a reason for developing sciatica.  However, when injury is involved, poor lifting techniques are a common reason for injury that leads to sciatica.
  5. Get regular chiropractic care:  Chiropractic adjustments offer a drug-free, non-invasive treatment option as well as preventive care for sciatica.  The goal of chiropractic treatment is to restore/maintain spinal movement, which improves function while decreasing pain and inflammation.  Depending on the cause of the sciatica, your chiropractor may use ice/heat therapy, ultrasound, and rehab exercises in addition to chiropractic adjustments in your treatment.

While it is not always possible to prevent sciatica, these suggestions improve spinal health and the overall health of the body, and can greatly lower your risk for developing sciatica.

The Institute of Chiropractic and Acupuncture Therapy provides chiropractic and wellness care for sciatica and many other conditions.  We provide chiropractic and other wellness services to patients in West Jordan and the Salt Lake City Metro area.  Come experience the difference at The Institute!

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