Monthly Archives: August 2009

A consize information about Chiropractic

chiropractic3Chiropractic is the third largest primary health care profession in the western world and works on the principle that a good spinal alignment and function is necessary for a better health and well being. Chiropractors specialize in the detection, correction and prevention of spinal joint dysfunctions, so called subluxations, and their affects on the nervous system and the body.

The reason Chiropractic is so effective for such are variety of conditions is that your brain and nervous system rely on proper movement for much of its information. We call this proprioception. Due to our modern lifestyles where many of us sit too much and exercise too little our spine absorbs much of this repetitive stress day in day out. As a consequence it becomes less mobile and more susceptible to symptoms (such as pain) developing. The chiropractic adjustment gently restores normal (specific) movement and neurological/brain function as well as facilitating healing around areas of stress. Other strengthening and proprioceptive (global) exercises are often used to compliment your progress.

Chiropractic is a natural, safe and effective treatment for all kinds of health problems ranging from those experienced by the newborn baby to the elderly. There are many different chiropractic techniques, some which involve adjustments by hand or other tools. Most adjustments actually feel good and will rarely cause any pain. Contrary to common belief you do not need a referral to visit a chiropractor.

Essentially, a straight chiropractor will attribute pain and even disease to what is referred to vertebral subluxation or poorly aligned joints of the spine.  For example, when a chiropractor manipulates the spine it is to open the flow of energy to the parts connected by the corresponding nerves.

The Palmers taught that spinal manipulations would correct the magnetic vibrations of the nervous system.  They even attributed their manipulations to an almost religious experience – allowing the presence of God to flow properly.  And it is perhaps due to this rather esoteric theory that chiropractic was shunned by the conventions of traditional medicine.

The Palmers instituted Palmer College of Chiropractic which exists to this day.  The College still teaches the original straight theory and techniques of spinal manipulation but it has expanded to add other holistic treatments.  While they no longer teach chiropractic as a metaphysical/religious practice per se, they still promote spinal manipulation as a means to open the flow of energy and thus healing, throughout the body.

Unfortunately, many people are brought up believing that if they do not experience any symptoms then they are well and healthy and hence, no need to consult any health practitioners. As the old saying goes “if it is not broken, why fix it?!!!” unfortunately, pain is a very poor indicator to your health. Quite simply, pain is a warning that some part of your body is not working as well as it should, however many health issues take a long time to manifest themselves with pain. The problem is “pain is the last thing to come, the first thing to go”!!! so do not wait until the pain comes, rather have a check up to make sure potentially harmful events to your health are removed in due time. As Chiropractor’s, we look to treat the cause and not just the symptom.

Plane crash kills 9 over Hudson River

hudson_mid_air_collision_nyA plane crash kills all 9 people aboard over Hudson River on Saturday, August 8 when a small plane collided with a sightseeing helicopter from the ‘Liberty Helicopter Tours’ carrying Italian tourists.

Another helicopter pilot on the ground at the heliport for Liberty Tours, which operated the doomed sightseeing craft, saw the plane approaching the helicopter and tried to radio an alert to the pilots, police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. The warning wasn’t heard or didn’t happen in time.

The collision, which Mayor Michael Bloomberg said was “not survivable,” happened just after noon and was seen by thousands of people enjoying a crystal-clear summer day from the New York and New Jersey sides of the river.

“First I saw a piece of something flying through the air. Then I saw the helicopter going down into the water,” said Kelly Owen, a Florida tourist at a Manhattan park. “I thought it was my imagination.”

The two aircraft went down just south of the stretch of river where a US Airways jet landed safely seven months ago. But this time, there was no miracle.

“This is not going to have a happy ending,” Bloomberg said. Hours after the collision, he said he thought it fair to say “this has changed from a rescue to a recovery mission.”

The National Transportation Safety Board was investigating the cause of the collision.

Two bodies were recovered in the water, one floating free and one in the wreckage, and other bodies were spotted in the debris in the river, the mayor said. The crash victims included five Italian tourists and a pilot on the helicopter and the three people on the plane, including a child, Bloomberg said.

Witnesses described seeing a low-flying plane smashing into the helicopter, and then wreckage scattering. One of the plane’s wings was severed by the impact.

Buzz Nahas was walking along the Hoboken, N.J., waterfront when he heard the impact, then looked up to see the plane without one of its wings “fluttering” into the water.

“There was a loud pop, almost like a car backfire,” he said. “The helicopter dropped like a rock.”

The plane, headed for Ocean City, N.J., left Teterboro Airport in New Jersey at 11:54 a.m., the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said in a statement. It had landed at the airport 25 minutes earlier with the pilot aboard to pick up two passengers.

The plane had started its journey in Pennsylvania, an official familiar with the plane’s flight path told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly.

Source: Yahoo

Endeavour completes its 16 day mission

endeavour_landsSpace shuttle Endeavour and a crew of seven astronauts touched down at 10:48 a.m. EDT at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, bringing an end to a complex mission to install the final section of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Kibo laboratory on the International Space Station. All of the STS-127 crew members are doing well after today’s landing.

The 16-day mission showcased the international partnerships involved in the space station effort. Astronauts from five space agencies were on board the orbiting complex. “It was truly an impressive demonstration of international collaboration all throughout this mission,” said Canadian Space Agency Director General of Operations Benoit Marcotte.

Endeavour’s smooth and punctual arrival, after more than two weeks in orbit, set off a steady stream of congratulations and an ecstatic welcoming reception for Koichi Wakata, the first Japanese astronaut to return from a long space journey. His space station mission lasted 4 1/2 months.

“We certainly miss being there, but there’s no place like home,” said shuttle commander Mark Polansky. He looked thrilled as he shook hands with senior managers and walked around his spaceship. “What a fantastic mission,” he said.

While visiting the space station, Polansky and his crew put on a new addition to Japan’s $1 billion lab, installed fresh batteries, and stockpiled some big spare parts. They accomplished all of their major objectives and were part of the biggest gathering ever in space: Counting the six station residents, the crowd totaled 13.

The shuttle flight lasted 16 days and spanned 6.5 million miles, one of NASA’s longest. It wrapped up a 138-day trip for Wakata, who moved into the space station last March. He swapped places with American Timothy Kopra, who rode up on Endeavour.

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