Sun Safety!

2015 was the hottest year on record and experts says 2016 will bring even more heat.

Now more than ever, we need to actively work on protecting ourselves and our families from the damaging effects of the seemingly unending heatwave here in California.

Before discussing solutions, let’s talk about skin cancer. Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. It occurs when un-repaired DNA damage to skin cells (most often caused by ultraviolet radiation from sunshine or tanning beds) triggers mutations or genetic defects.

Only a few blistering sunburns in childhood can double a person’s lifetime chances of developing serious forms of skin cancer.

Sunlight is our best source of Vitamin D, which is vital for metabolism regulation, boost our immune system, and growing strong bones. Over 1 billion people are deficient in this imperative vitamin, so avoiding the sun altogether is not an option.

So what changes can you and your family implement to be safe from the sun this summer?

Clothing: Sun shirts and sun hats are a great option as a first line of defense. In seconds half of the body is covered and safe from burns. They also cover the most commonly burned areas: shoulders, backs, and faces.

Planning: Have you heard of Safe Sun Hours? Safe Sun Hours (in California) are before 10am and after 3pm. During these hours you’ll find the sun isn’t beaming down on you the same way it would be at noon. During these time periods our skin is also much less susceptible to sun damage.

Choose the Right Sunscreen: Nearly every conventional sunscreen is bad for you and many “green” sunscreen brands can be worse. It’s important to keep an eye on your sunscreen’s active ingredients and familiarize yourself with dangerous chemicals with apps like Think Dirty, which allows you to scan barcodes and give any and every product a grade based on levels of toxicity.

At DeMoss Chiropractic, we host health and lifestyle workshops monthly that are meant to keep you informed and healthy. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter and check out our website for updates regarding upcoming health and wellness workshops held within our practice.

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8 Reasons Chiropractic Maintenance Care Works!

Chiropractic results are best when chiropractic is utilized consistently. Consistency is key! For this reason, many experts compare chiropractic care to brushing your teeth. The following points come from a a study (one of many) proving the efficacy and value of chiropractic wellness care!

8 Major Points of the Study:

1. In animal studies, fixation of facet joints for 4-8 weeks causes degenerative changes and osteophyte formation of the articular surfaces with facet articular surface degeneration beginning at less than 1 week.

2. Facet joint fixation resulted in synovial fibrotic adhesions that “progressed to mild adhesions in 4 weeks, moderate adhesions in 8 weeks, and severe adhesions after 12 weeks.

3. In humans, it can be hypothesized that there is a period where the adhesions are forming WITHOUT CLINICAL SYMPTOMS. This would support the common weekly or monthly spinal adjustment despite the presence of symptoms.

4. Four weeks of joint immobilization has been found to cause a time dependent loss of neurons that become progressively worse thereafter.

5. Joint immobilization has also been shown to cause muscle weakness, atrophy, and fatty infiltration and deposition into the muscle.

6. It is demonstrated that the spinal adjustment gaps the facet joints which may break up adhesions, preventing the fibrotic or degenerative process to continue.

7. There may be a possibility of reversal of the neuronal degeneration and muscular weakness through adjustments and remobilization of the joint.

8. Due to the neurological and bio-mechanical consequences of manipulative therapy, it is both logical and scientifically accurate that monthly spinal adjustive care prevents the progression of adhesion formation, joint degeneration, neuronal changes, and changes in muscular strength and recruitment.

Research shows that those who utilized chiropractic care before or after pain or symptoms were present, achieved the greatest benefit! Regular Chiropractic check ups and adjustments (when necessary) improves function, prevents future problems, and saves money by addressing the cause.

*Source: Journal of Chiropractic Humanities. 2011 Dec; 18(1): 74–85.