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GRD Health and Healing
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March, 2000


Be sure to check out our upcoming classes (below).


"Accept all humans as your equals and let them be your only sect."
-Guru Nanak


This Month's Tip

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN MY SPINE GOES "POP"?...
         It's a question I hear almost every day!  A common fallacy is that the sound comes
                from bones clicking against each other as they move.  Some people use the word
                "crack", as in "getting my back cracked", to describe this sound.  Unfortunately, this
                expression has probably scared off more than a few people from getting chiropractic
                care.
Let's take a look at what really happens to cause that noise you often hear when you
get adjusted.  First, you must understand the structure of a joint.  Where two bones
come together, there is a smooth surface on  each end which fits very snugly so that
they can glide across each other.
Inside the joint, between the two bones, is a fluid that allows the joint to glide easily
and freely. Surrounding the joint on all sides are ligaments which hold the bones very
tightly together and keep this lubricating fluid from escaping. These ligaments actually
form a tight capsule that seals off the joint from the rest of the body.
All fluids in our bodies have gases dissolved in them; for instance, oxygen is dissolved
in the blood.  The lubricating fluid of joints contains dissolved gases—primarily
nitrogen, which is an inert (non-active) gas.   Whenever a stretch is applied to the joint,
the ligaments that make up the joint capsule are also stretched.

This causes the space between the two bones to get wider.  The pressure which is
normally exerted on the joint fluid is rapidly diminished.  When you look at a bottle of
soda water under pressure, it looks like   regular water, but as soon as you open the
cap and release the pressure, bubbles of gas seemingly start coming out of nowhere.
This is because the gas was dissolved in the water and under pressure.

In the same way, when the joint is stretched and the pressure is taken off, the inert
gas dissolved in the joint fluid bubbles out of solution and makes a popping sound
similar to the sound of opening a bottle of  champagne.  This can happen with any joint in
the body: spine, shoulders, knees and of course everybody's favorite—knuckles!
After a joint has been "popped", it takes about a half hour for the gas bubble to
become reabsorbed into the fluid. That is why you cannot pop a joint two times in a row
without a few minutes wait in between.

Sometimes an adjustment will not cause a pop, which doesn't necessarily mean the
adjustment wasn't successful or that the doctor didn't "get it".  Research has shown
that a joint space must open up about 40 per cent to create a popping sound.  When
there is no pop it simply means that the joint was not opened enough to cause the
bubble to pop out of solution...BUT IT MAY HAVE BEEN OPENED ENOUGH TO
RESTORE PROPER MOVEMENT TO THE JOINT.

When your chiropractor adjusts a joint, he is not trying to create a pop—she is trying to
restore joint motion.  While a pop is not necessary, when the joint DOES pop it means
the joint has definitely opened up and moved a good 40 per cent.

When you are exercising or stretching and you hear a pop this does NOT mean that you
have just successfully adjusted your spine.  It DOES mean that you have opened up a
joint. For instance, let's say you have a stuck (fixated) joint in your lower back and to
compensate for it you also have a loose joint that moves too much.

If you stretch out your lower back, can you guess which joint is going to open up and
cause a pop?  The looser joint of course.  But the joint that needs to open up is the
fixated joint and this can only be done by applying a specific thrust to the specific joint
that is locked up. This is exactly what happens when you get adjusted (get a
chiropractic treatment).

It is true that stretching and hearing a pop does seem to release some pressure and
make you feel more relaxed.  This is because opening up a joint does stimulate
circulation to the area.  Sometimes a joint that is just beginning to stiffen due to
muscular tension will loosen up this way.  (That's one reason why, although exercise
can't correct a spinal fixation, it CAN often help prevent it from developing.)

The popping also stimulates the nerves in the area to relax a little.  So it is not harmful
to stretch gently and hear your spine pop.  However, if you feel the need to do this
repeatedly, many times during the day, it is likely that there is some significant spinal
fixation(s) present that needs to be checked and specifically adjusted by your
chiropractor.


Bonus Tip

PREVENTING GARDENING ACHES AND PAINS

Are you a “weekend warrior”?  Do you sit behind a desk 5 days a week and then try to
redesign your entire backyard in one weekend?  Here are some tips to ease you into
spring and a less painful gardening experience.

                Loosen up before working.  Walk briskly around the block and stretch.  Give your
                muscles a chance to warm up.
 
Use long handled tools to keep from bending while raking and hoeing.  Pushing or pulling
in a bending position can strain shoulders or your lower back.

Switch hands frequently while raking or hoeing.  This avoids prolonged strain on one
side of the body, which can cause muscle spasms.

Use short strokes instead of long, forceful ones when using a trimming edger and keep
your back straight.

Carry only manageable loads of debris to avoid strain on your arms and back.  Get a                          large wheeled wheelbarrow to ease the strain of heavy loads.

Pace yourself.  Don't try to do it all in one day.  When your muscles tire, take a walk to
balance and relax them.

Be careful of the sun.  Drink lots of water.  Keep your head covered as much as                          possible.

At the end of the day (besides a nice massage by your significant other) take an
arnica supplement.  Arnica is a homeopathic remedy good for strains, aches, bruises
and bumps.


Herbs and Nutrition for Health

TOFU

Protein is an essential building block of life.  To stay healthy, you must eat a certain amount of it every day.

Most Americans eat more than enough protein.  Unfortunately most protein sources contain  unacceptably high levels of fat and cholesterol, which cause a tremendous amount of chronic disease when consumed over the course of a lifetime (cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in the USA).  Most beef, pork and other meat sources, as well as dairy products and eggs, are not suitable for frequent consumption for this reason.  As more and more people realize this fact, they are beginning to look for practical protein alternatives.

Tofu is an economical , healthful and potentially tasty source of excellent, well-balanced, high-quality protein.  It is also a good source of calcium.  Raw tofu can be found in water packed squares in the dairy or produce section of any supermarket.

The simplest way to prepare it is to slice it thin, place it on a cookie sheet, sprinkle with tamari (soy sauce) and maybe a little nutritional yeast, and bake it at 350 degrees for about half an hour.  This home-baked tofu can be eaten with vegetables, put in sandwiches, or just eaten as finger food.

Tofu can easily be sautéed with vegetables, cooked in casseroles, or added to almost any dish.  It has a nice consistency when cooked, and absorbs the flavor of whatever spices or foods you cook it with.

Here's an example of the simple, nifty things you can do with tofu...

Scrambled Tofu

1 16 oz. packaged firm tofu        1 T tamari soy sauce         1 large onion
1/4 tsp. garlic powder                1 tsp. of curry powder      1 pinch of black pepper

Chop onion into small pieces and sauté in a small amount of butter (or water) until soft.  Add spices and cook for another 2 min.  Then add cubed tofu and cook for 5 to 10 min. over a low flame, stirring frequently.  (Add small amounts of water as necessary to prevent sticking.)  Serve with rice, on toast, or with steamed vegetables.      Serves 2-4 people.


Upcoming Classes

Detoxification:  Is Toxicity Robbing You of Vibrant Health?

Two of the most important keys to health, wellness and longevity are proper exercise and decreasing the toxic load on our body.  Toxins come from the outside (air pollution, water pollution, insecticides, pesticides) and from within (the waste products of our metabolism).  We'll discuss the downside and dangers of toxic buildup and ways to enhance your body's ability to eliminate toxins more efficiently.

Tuesday, April 25, 2000 7:00 p.m. — 8:30 p.m.
Call 770-551-0155 to register.  No charge



Kundalini Yoga Classes
Make space in your busy schedule for relaxation and self growth time.  Known as the Mother of all yogas, Kundalini yoga incorporates stretching, breathing, meditation and relaxation.  This yoga is more aerobic and at times more vigorous than Hatha Yoga, providing you not only with stress reduction, relaxation, inner growth and expansion, but also a good workout.

Call Mukta Khalsa at 770.512.0558 for class times and information


Kundalini Yoga Teachers Training and Certification

A wonderful intensive designed for the serious student of yoga.  This course will be an in depth, 130 hour course on the anatomy and physiology of yoga, the science of mantra and mudra, healing, diet, communication, chakras, the mind and much more.  This course is intended for those people interested in becoming Kundalini Yoga teachers and/or students who want to develop a deeper understanding and personal practice of Yoga.

Call Mukta Khalsa at 770.512.0558 for class times and information