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Stepping into Summer

summerfootwearWarm weather is arriving soon, and inevitably you’ll be seeing and wearing more sandals and flip-flops around town.

This time of year presents both fun and for some challenges.  Your shoes can either contribute to their health and whole-body wellness or to your misery and musculoskeletal complaints.

Why you may ask?

The average American takes 5,117 steps a day, improper footwear can lead to degenerative changes in the muscles, joints and connective tissues in the feet over time.

This can often lead to foot pain, knee pain, hip pain and lower back pain.

Of all the harmful summer footwear out there, traditional flip-flops are perhaps the most damaging. Traditional flip-flops are notoriously flat, offering little support or cushioning to the foot. Not surprisingly, reported rates of heel pain, frequently due to plantar fasciitis, statistically rise in the spring as flip-flop wearers shed their winter footwear in favor of the popular sandal. The problem worsens when the wearer is overweight or sedentary.3

Researchers at Auburn University found that wearing traditional flip-flops can alter gait, “which can result in problems and pain from the foot up into the hips and lower back,” according to biomechanics doctoral student Justin Schroyer, the study’s lead author. “Variations like this at the foot can result in changes up the kinetic chain, which in this case can extend upward in the wearer’s body,” Schroyer adds.4

Yours for Better Health, Dr. Shapero
EXPECT MIRACLES – WE DO
www.premierhealthcaresc.com

1  “National Foot Health Assessment 2012”; http://www.ipfh.org/resources/surveys/national-foot-health-assessment-2012/.
2  Frey, C. Foot health and shoewear for women. Clin Orthop 200; 372: 32-34.
3  Shroyer JF, Weimar WH. Comparative analysis of human gait while wearing thong-style flip-flops versus sneakers. J Am Podiatr Med Assoc 2010;100(4):251-257.
4  Zhang J. Chiropractic adjustments and orthotics reduced symptoms for standing workers. J Chiropr Med 2005; 4(4): 177–181.

 

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Happy New Year 2017

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Let’s look at streamlining things and in this case I say throw away the resolutions list.  You will be glad you did.  Throw it away and I guarantee you will feel the pressure come off.  For many people starting the year means taking a fresh start and old habits.  However, if you are truly ready for change then keep reading.  If you want to continue getting the same results you have always gotten and are not wanting to change you can stop reading now.  But before you do please leave a nice comment about my blog, thank you.

For the rest of you keep reading to kick start yourself for a simple way to achieve your goals and resolutions.  No goals ever got done by making a list.  It is in the action so let’s take action now.  Don’t set yourself up to fail and don’t give all the credit to the prize at the end of the goal.  Let’s enjoy the journey and by doing that we will create a life not only worth living but one worth talking about.

Next just make a list of the top three things that are important for you to get done in the next 30 days.  Make another list of what the next step needs to be to accomplish that goal along with why it is so important to you.  Just write down the next step only.

Resolutions and goals do not come about by making lists they come about by taking action.  If changing your health is important, come on in and get a complete evaluation and make one change.  If learning a new skill is important then this week research how you can get on to a course to learn that skill.

If you need help or not sure how to go about this then drop me a line or email.  My GIFT to you is a consultation to help you outline your journey and I enjoy helping people just like you.  Oh, you may wonder if there is a catch or some hidden charge.  Okay, there is one catch and I will share it here so it does not catch you by surprise.  If you find the initial service or consultation helpful and of value I only ask that you leave a comment about your experience on one of our online review sites.  Other than that it is truly free.   Also, if you have any questions that you would like to have answered here on the blog please let me know.

Building a better life starts with developing better habits.

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As we start the New Year I will be posting some articles about how to help yourself be as healthy as you can be and how to have more energy, sleep better have a strong immune system and much more.

Yours for Better Health, Dr. Shapero
EXPECT MIRACLES – WE DO
www.premierhealthcaresc.com

Asking a friend and the expert next door . . . .

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As the disclaimer goes the names have been changed to protect the embarrassed.

One may imagine that as a wellness doctor I hear quite a number of referenced experts from some of my patients.

Hearing things like, “I read it on the internet.”  Or “My neighbor said . . . . “  Once in awhile I hear something that must be shared so that others will at least think twice before proceeding with certain remedies.  I have no problem with someone eating a tasty meal and then at some time in the near future having the idea that, “I can do that.” Then proceeding to experiment in the kitchen.  However, truly not a good idea with herbs or that toothache you may be feeling.

Also, it’s a good idea to leave the nerve system to the experts.

A patient entered my office today.  This person has been in my office for a variety of reasons over the years.  Today, however, the visit was prefaced with, “You are NOT going to be very happy when you hear what I did.”  Which in my mind I was thinking, “This patient is already NOT happy about what she did so I certainly do not want to make her feel any worse.”

Then it comes out.  “My friend said he has a sister who is a chiropractor and he said he knew how to twist my neck.”  As the story unfolded I could see that she was in much pain.  I also could see she was not moving very well.  All the friend could do is say “I’m sorry.”

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After examining the area and making some corrections I was able to get her feeling much better.  She is VERY fortunate to get through this with just some torn muscles and soreness.  Which is typical of a minor whiplash injury.  However, I have seen many other more severe which resulted in permanent damage and severe injury.

However, it is worth emphasizing that just because you know someone in a particular profession, or have seen a professional performing does NOT make one an expert in the area.

Twisting someone’s neck can be very dangerous.  Especially when you are not trained in this nor is it likely you know the anatomy well enough to assess what is going on.

If you or someone you know has given you health advice and you are not sure if it is valid or not sure if it is sound I welcome you to contact my office and I would be happy to guide you in the correct direction.

Yours for Better Health, Dr. Shapero
EXPECT MIRACLES – WE DO
www.premierhealthcaresc.com

Beyond Halloween 2016 -What Gives You a Scare?

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What is it that brings you fear?

What are you afraid of? The loss of financial security? rejection? Making a mistake? Being abandoned? Some type of Animal? Heights? Dementia? Being noticed? Being ignored? Getting a disease? Flying? Dying? Public speaking? Becoming disfigured? Getting sued? Divorced? Held up at gunpoint? Falling? Failing? Getting audited? Losing your license? Bankruptcy? Your best-ever staff person quitting? Accidentally injuring someone? Becoming injured yourself? The IRS? Incredible success?

Fear is an emotion as well as a form of spiritual oppression. Those who are up to something regularly encounter this force. In fact, it is your relationship with fear that often determines whether you will be a force to be reckoned with, or merely a casualty, quickly forgotten after you pass.

Consider this a reminder to risk something, start something, create something or most importantly, be something this week and make a ruckus. Which thing? The thing that scares you. You know the one. YES, that one.

Yours for Better Health, Dr. Shapero
EXPECT MIRACLES – WE DO
www.premierhealthcaresc.com

Happy Thanksgiving 2015

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Blessings from OUR Home to Yours,
In Health, Dr. Shapero and Family

Guess Who?

Here is a beautiful writing which is fun to read and can make you think as well. Stephanie Lewis is a wonderful writer and very special to me. Please enjoy it and leave a comment with your thoughts.

Once Upon Your Prime

photo (15)Remember the game where you snuck up behind an unsuspecting individual, covered their eyes and shrieked, “Guess who?” If your tuna smelling fingers didn’t give you away, your friend could whip their face around, instantly revealing your identity.

But suppose you could touch someone while staying incognito indefinitely?

Anonymous has been a presence that’s figured prominently throughout my life. Here’s how:

  •  In 2nd grade, a pretty and popular girl in my class received cards throughout the school semester from “Your Secret Pal.” You know those cutesy, colorful ones with little kittens or teddy bears saying things like, “Although you may not know my name, I think you’re terrific just the same!” She barely stopped to read them before running off to play dodge-ball because she was team captain. “Your Secret Pal” was probably shy, couldn’t spell anonymous, and was always chosen last.

  •  In 5th grade drama class, an…

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“We Interrupt This Sentence…”

Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritation and resentments slip away, and a sunny spirit takes their place. ~Mark Twain
Give yourself some levity and enjoy this marvelous work of humor.

In Health, Dr. Shapero

Once Upon Your Prime

photo 1-10Today  I  am excited.  I just want to share with someone.  Anyone.  But, maybe not.  Listen . . .

ME:  Guess what?  I’m in a Huff . . .

MY MOTHER:  Well dear, why should today be any different?  You’re always in a foul mood about something.  Go do some Yoga.

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ME:  Hi Honey.  Wanna hear my story about Huff. . . ?

SON:  No, Mommy.  I’m sick of the 3 Little Pigs and the big bad wolf who Huffed & Puffed and blew the house down.  I wanna hear Peter Pan.

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ME:  Hi Grandma, I have something to announce – – today I’m in the Huff. . .

GRANDMOTHER:  Tsk, you young people today.  And your silly Nudist fads.  Well, have fun.

ME:  What???  No, Grandma,  I didn’t say “I’m in the Buff.”    Gram?  Grammy? …

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