Having had a few patients come in to my chiropractic, nutrition and functional medicine clinic in Portland and email me with this questions, I thought I’d write a blog with some info and a couple of resources to help answer this problem. This blog is not meant to diagnose or treat anyone with any type of ailment and is written for information purposes only. If you truly want to differentiate between H1N1 and a cold, you should go see a healthcare provider or call a local nurse hotline.
Here’s some info to help you differentiate between H1Ni and a cold:
- Fever is rare with a cold.
- Fever is usually present with the flu in up to 80% of all flu cases. A temperature of 100°F or higher for 3 to 4 days is associated with the H1N1 flu.
- A hacking, productive (mucus- producing) cough is often present with a cold.
- A non-productive (non-mucus producing) cough is usually present with the H1N1 flu (sometimes referred to as dry cough).
- Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold.
- Severe aches and pains are common with the H1N1 flu.
- Stuffy nose is commonly present with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week.
- Stuffy nose is not commonly present with the H1N1 flu.
- Chills are uncommon with a cold.
- 60% of people who have the H1N1 flu experience chills.
- Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold.
- Tiredness is moderate to severe with the H1N1 flu.
- Sneezing is commonly present with a cold.
- Sneezing is not common with the H1N1 flu.
- Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days.
- The H1N1 flu has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours. The flu hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains.
- A headache is fairly uncommon with a cold.
- A headache is very common with the H1N1 flu, present in 80% of flu cases.
- Sore throat is commonly present with a cold.
- Sore throat is not commonly present with the H1N1 flu.
- Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold.
- Chest discomfort is often severe with the H1N1 flu.
Here are some more resources about H1N1:Yours in Health,Tim Irving DC, MS, LMTOptimum Function: 819 SE Morrison St. ste. 215, Portland, OR, 97215Optimum Function = Optimum Health
Here’s today’s video update; I am often asked some semblance of, “… can you help me get out of pain and stay out of pain?…”
I decided to shoot a quick video in hopes to shed some light on this type of question and how it’s dealt with at Optimum Function, my Portland Oregon clinic utilizing:
- Manual Medicine
- Graston Therapy
- Cold Laser
- Active Muscle Release Techniques
- Functional rehab.
- TRX suspension systems
- Bodyweight Exercises
- And more….
Enjoy this video update and stay tuned for more!
Hey everyone, I am now on Rate It All.com
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Here’s a short video that references the Consumer Reports article about low back pain treatments. In this reports, chiropractic care is ranked #1 for the treatment of low back pain. As a Portland, Oregon, chiropractor. I see many patients with low back pain and I can attest to the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment for low back pain personally; In fact, a severe bout with low back pain that was helped by chiropractic and massage was one of the reasons I became a chiropractor.
Here’s the video:
Are you one of the 80% who will experience low back pain in Portland, Oregon? If so, contact me by leaving a comment or going to my website by clicking on the following link: Portland, Oregon chiropractic at Optimum FunctionYours in Health,Tim Irving DC, MS, LMTOptimum Function: 819 SE Morrison St. ste. 215, Portland, OR, 97215Optimum Function = Optimum Health
While endorsements are fine and often scripted, I thought I’d post this video to illustrate that chiropractic care has entered a phase where it is widely accepted in the realm of the professional athlete. In my Portland, Oregon chiropractic clinic, Optimum Function, I treat a variety of athletes from the “weekend warrior” to the high-end, competitive triathlete, MMA fighter, snowboarder and more.
Being able to treat athletes and non-athletes in Portland, Oregon is a blessing; if you’re looking for a new chiropractor in Portland, Oregon or have never seen a chiropractor; contact me and I can help you make the decision on whether chiropractic can help. In addition, I also counsel my patient on their nutritional habits , perform body fat testing, evaluate lab work and more. For more information on my chiropractic clinic, Optimum Function, Click on the following link: Optimum Function: Portland, Oregon’s Premier Chiropractic and Nutrition Clinic featuring Dr. Tim Irving
Yours in Health, Tim Irving DC, MS, LMT, CKTP, GSTM cert, Nutritionist, Hypnotherapist Optimum Function: 819 SE Morrison St. ste. 215, Portland, OR, 97215 Optimum Function = Optimum Health
Yours in Health,Tim Irving DC, MS, LMTOptimum Function: 819 SE Morrison St. ste. 215, Portland, OR, 97215Optimum Function = Optimum Health
A study that spanned 4 years and followed 877 men found that lower creatinine levels were associated with the development of type II diabetes.
Creatinine is a by-product of muscle creatine phosphate breakdown during muscle contractions. Creatine phosphate is a substance that stores energy for the muscle to use when needed. After creatinine is released into the blood, it is excreted by the kidneys. Increased levels (over 1.5mg/dl) may indicate that the kidneys are not doing their job very well or are even damaged/failing but little attention has been given about creatinine being too low; especially if a person’s muscle mass seems reasonable.
Now, this study shows us clinicians/doctors that levels below .60mg/dl may be an indication that you are at risk of developing type II diabetes….especially if you are a male between 40-55 years of age.
In my clinic (Click here for more info: Optimum Function: chiropractic, nutrition and functional medicine in Portland, Oregon), I like to see creatinine levels between 0.8-1.1 mg/dl.
Do you want to have your blood work run in a complete and thorough way? I will do your lab work through Quest Diagnostics, running creatinine and many other important blood chemistry markers like glucose, homocysteine, hemoglobin A1c and more. Click on the following link for more details Portland, Oregon Chiropractic, Nutrition and Functional Medicine; you can also email me at info@OptFunction.com or call me at 503-866-9739 for more info.
Yours in Health,
Tim Irving DC, LMT, MScan. CKTP, CHt, Nutritionist
Optimum Function: Portland, OR, 97214
Chiropractic, Nutrition, Functional Movement, Functional Medicine, Graston, Kinesiotape, Body Fat/Composition Testing, Clinical Hypnosis
Source: Nobuko Harita, MD, Tomoshige Hayashi, MD, PHD, et. al. Lower Serum Creatinine Is a New Risk Factor of Type 2 Diabetes; Diabetes Care 32:424-426, 2009 Yours in Health,Tim Irving DC, MS, LMTOptimum Function: 819 SE Morrison St. ste. 215, Portland, OR, 97215Optimum Function = Optimum Health
I am pleased to report that we are coming out of our “carb-phobia” that was so prevalent in the 90′s and early 2000′s. What many of us are finally telling our patients/clients is that protein, fat or carbs are not to be demonized; rather, the particular protein, fat, carbohydrates are to be carefully selected to maintain a healthy diet. Dr. John Berardi has once again written about a subject that is dear to my heart as a doctor.
Click on the following link to go to his article on which carbohydrates you should include in your diet: The Safe Carbs – Whole Grains.
Do you want to learn how to eat healthy foods that will decrease your risk of developing many of the major diseases that plague us today? Click on the following link to learn how the Precision Nutrition program at Optimum Function can help you: Portland, Oregon, Nurition ProgramYours in Health, Tim Irving DC, LMT, MScan. CKTP, CHt, Nutritionist Optimum Function: Portland, OR, 97214 Optimum Function = Optimum Health www.OptFunction.com
Chiropractic, Nutrition, Functional Medicine, Functional Movement, Graston, Kinesiotape, Body fat/composition testingYours in Health,Tim Irving DC, MS, LMTOptimum Function: 819 SE Morrison St. ste. 215, Portland, OR, 97215Optimum Function = Optimum Health
Manipulations and adjustments lie at the root of chiropractic care; which was first developed by D.D. Palmer over 100 years ago. The chiropractic adjustment, as it is commonly called, is the key element in mobility problems of just about every joint in the body.
The chiropractic adjustment works by restoring normal joint function, position and helping to reduce pain. If a joint does not have full, pain-free range of motion, other joints adjacent or within the same functional unit will have to compensate. This compensation can occur a number of different ways; by altering its position or range of motion or by sending improper signals to the brain about its position in space. In addition, these compensatory patterns can cause important stabilization muscles to reduce their activity and other, more powerful yet less precise muscles to increase their activity. This can all lead to pain and dysfunction and can put you at risk for developing injuries elsewhere.
Joint alignment is extremely important because their position determines how efficiently they work. According to James Cyriax, a British orthopedic surgeon, a mal-position of as small as 1mm in between your vertebrae will change the articular function and congruity by 98%! This means that the amount of contact surfaces between joints changes dramatically with very little mal-position. This lack of congruity can cause early degenerative changes as well as all of the problems mentioned previously. Think of a mal-position like stacking a bunch of similar bowls on top of each other. If you move one bowl aside 1/4 of an inch, the whole stack s affected.
It is important, for the sake of keeping the bowls from falling, that they stay positioned correctly. This same type of congruity is important in joints throughout your body; not just your spine. By restoring alignment and joint function, chiropractic manipulative therapy the first line of therapy when treating joints sprains, muscular strains and other degenerative conditions.
Manipulation is generally a painless procedure and it can be provided through a variety of techniques. To be therapeutic, the adjustment must be directed in a very specific direction or plane of the joint. It is a process, whereby, the joint in question is moderately distracted while a very fast, yet shallow thrust is applied through the joint space to restore normal positions and function of that joint. This thrust moves the joint into what is known as “the paraphysiological space”. A common side effect of the manipulation is an audible ‘popping’ sound. This is simply a pressure change within the joint when it moves into the paraphysiological space, where C02 or nitrogen, in liquid forms, transforms into a gas form under pressure change. This same type of popping sound results when you open a can of pop or other carbonated beverage. Common misconceptions are that this popping sound is the sound of bones moving against each other. It is not as this type of movement would be painful and not therapeutic whatsoever. After the manipulation the distance between the joint surfaces art increased, reducing joint compression; pain is usually reduced and the joint now moves more freely allowing your muscles and adjacent joints to work the way they need to.
At Optimum Function, I look at a complex balance between mobility and stability. As I just wrote about, mobility is wonderfully and efficiently improved by the chiropractic adjustment and other techniques. Stability comes from orchestrating the concert of all of you small (intrinsic) and larger (extrinsic) muscles s they can create the beautiful music that is pain-free optimal movement. From there, things like performance, power speed and strength can be built onto a stable and moveable base.
To find out more about my Optimal Movement screen and treatments, you can click on this link Portland, Oregon Functional Movement Program or go to www.OptMovement.com. To learn more about all o the programs offered at Optimum Function including; chiropractic, nutrition, diet therapy and food plan generation, body transformation, functional medicine and clinical hypnosis, you can go to www.OptFunction.com or click on this link Portland, Oregon Chiropractor. If you wish to email or call you can do so at info@OptFunction.com or call 503-866-9739.
Yours in Health,
Tim Irving DC, MScan., LMT, CKTP, CHt, Nutritionist, Body Transformation Specialist.
Optimum Function: Portland, OR, 97214
Optimum Function = Optimum Health
Chiropractic, Precision Nutrition Programs, Functional Medicine, Clinical HypnosisYours in Health,Tim Irving DC, MS, LMTOptimum Function: 819 SE Morrison St. ste. 215, Portland, OR, 97215Optimum Function = Optimum Health
Efficient movement patterns are the foundation of obtaining strength, power and performance. In order to perform functional movements patterns correctly and efficiently, you first must understand and realize the importance of primitive movement patterns. Primitive movement patterns are used to describe those movements most humans explore during growth and development. These foundational movements include rolling, pushing up, being sturdy on your hands and knees and crawling; in that order. Then progressive but still primitive patterns like squatting, touching your toes and the ability to bear weight on one leg develop.
It may be hard to understand how “simple” movements like crawling or rolling relate to strength, power and performance; bear with me as I try and explain. All movements, no matter how simple or complex, exist because of a balance between mobility and stability. When we all learned these primitive movement patterns, we did not, for the most part, have any mobility issues so the ability to perform these primitive patterns relied almost completely on stability. Now, to go back and revisit and many times, relearn these patterns, you must first deal with any mobility issues that you almost certainly have. Then, you will relearn these patterns and see how even more complex movement and tasks become easier and more efficient. I recently received a call from a patient who has been participating in my optimal movement screening and treatment program; he informed me that he played basketball for the first time in “years” and was able to dunk the ball; a feat that he had not be able to do in a while. This foundation, these primitive patterns are often neglected while training, recreating and working-out. You have been literally “learning how to run before you can efficiently walk”.
The first rule of functional training, performance and optimal movement is not forgetting the foundation, these primitive movement patterns. You entered this world as an being with unrestricted mobility; you then learned to stabilize quickly progressing to more complex movement. In order to do this, you first learned to reflexively stabilize your spine, in order to control movement more distally in your arms and legs. This happened naturally during growth and development; however, many individuals lose the ability to naturally stabilize with age due to left and right differences, minor and major injuries, poor training or repetitive daily activities. You, like many of us, have developed compensatory movements, which then create inefficiency and asymmetry with respect to movement. This slowly affects strength, endurance, performance, power and will eventually lead to injury.
Exercise professionals, manual medicine doctors and physical therapists often overlook these primitive patterns because highly active individuals can often perform many high level movements without easily observable deficits. My Optimal Movement Screen consists of techinques introduced by Gray Cook and other functional movement gurus and it gives me greater relative insight into primitive patterns by identifying limitations and asymmetries. It allows me to assess whether you have a primary mobility problem, primary stability problem or some combination of the two. I will almost always begin with helping your mobility to improve before moving to developing better stability. These two components will always come before looking to improve dynamic movements and performance although you, like my other patients in my Optimal Movement program, will undoubtedly notice a greater efficiency in you day-to-day movements and activities. You may, however notice a change in your performance if you are a high-end athlete. This is because I will need to “peel-off” the layers of performance that was built on a shaky movement foundation.
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Yours in Health
Tim Irving DC, LMT, Nutritionist, CKTP, MScan.
Optimum Function: Portland, Oregon
Optimum Function = Optimum Health
Chiropractic, Graston Therapy, Kinesiotape, Cold Laser, Nutrition, Functional MedicineYours in Health,Tim Irving DC, MS, LMTOptimum Function: 819 SE Morrison St. ste. 215, Portland, OR, 97215Optimum Function = Optimum Health