How to Pick a Chiropractor

I’ve been practicing for over 7 years now so I’ve seen and heard it all.  From “I don’t believe in chiropractics to my doctor of chiropractic medicine is my medical doctor.”  Some have a great deal of faith, others have no clue what I do.  Most people that “believe” in chiropractic still have no idea how different I am amidst the profession.

I studied my postgraduate studies at Life University in Atlanta, GA.  In my early semester I was a bit concerned once I observed some dogmatic principles early on.  Despite, the few that were dogmatic in their beliefs we had a sound physical therapy program within.  Granted most of what I learned about treating REAL patients came with practicing overtime via successes and failures.

My primary goal when someone comes to see me in clinic is to get them out of pain as quickly as possible.  During the intake process the patient will receive a brief explanation of the chiropractic principle, but my main focus is the patient not preaching chiropractic.  I spend most of my time analyzing dysfunction which could be in the joints, the muscles, ligaments, fascia or organ systems.

Once I analyze the patient I recommend a course of corrective care which may include in office therapeutic exercises/stretches, spinal decompression, traction, manual therapy, extremity adjusting, custom orthotics or just straight chiropractic care.  Every case is different so I implement specific recommendations for the individual.

In being a results focused doctor I may send for additional imaging depending on progression of patient vs. what I’ve experienced prior with a similar case.  So let’s talk about this for a second.  There are a lot of chiropractors around town that aren’t very good at adjusting, case management or understanding how spinal manipulation fits into the medical paradigm.

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It’s not for me to influence any practitioner.  My job is to steer people to my clinic where I know they will receive the best I can give which is my experience:

  • Chiropractor to a professional lacrosse team (the Atlanta Blaze MLL)
  • Chiro to some NFL football players
  • Integrated Clinic Doctor in a Regenerative and Physical Medicine Clinic working alongside a MD and NP.
  • Certified in BioTE hormone replacement therapy for men’s and women’s health.
  • Expert Extremity Adjuster

When you chose a clinic that is the cheapest in town you are likely choosing a practitioner that is new to the profession or is running patients in and out like cattle.  This style of “chiropractic” is not patient-centered for helping people fix their pain long-term; these types of clinics are wellness clinics for someone that likes having their back “popped.”

If your chiropractor talks about how their technique is superior to other’s ie Palmer, Torque Release or Activator that might be a warning sign as well.  Every patient is unique so the great thing about my method is it’s never the same for any two people.  If you come back for a series of adjustments to my clinic you may notice I’ll so a similar series of adjustments.  I’ve even had new patients from other clinics because their patients feel like the “do the same thing every visit.”  I’m not saying this is right or wrong- I’m saying this is the patient’s interpretation.

If you’re looking for a chiropractor look for one that will co-manage you with other providers.  If the doc doesn’t play well with others in the sandbox find a better one.  There is no end all be all in health…

 

Written by Dr. Jason Pero DC

JP Chiropractic of Charleston, SC

How to Get Rid of the Keto Flu

If you didn’t do you research you’ve probably ended up here looking for answers.  This will help you bounce back quickly from the symptoms of the keto flu.  Some of the common symptoms experienced may be:

  • chills and sweats
  • nausea
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • difficulty focusing
  • fatigue
  • irritability

So, How do you Recover from the Keto Flu, Fast?!?

Follow these two steps to help you recover if you do get keto flu.

1 – GET PLENTY OF REST

Keto flu can leave you feeling drained and exhausted.  I got it once because I got back into keto forgetting about my electrolytes and was in bed for a day, but was fine the next day.

So take things easy while you recover – it shouldn’t last longer than a week and intensity will vary.  Scale back what you’re doing socially, workouts, etc…

2 – USE MY SECRET WEAPON: Bone Broth with chicken, celery and salt added to it.  It was a lifesaver for me.

You can speed up your recovery from keto flu by…

  • Eating more fats, eating more calories
  • consuming a few more clean carbs
  • drinking more water
  • adding more salt to your diet.

The easiest was to do all of this is to drink bone broth with a little added salt.  

 

 

 

The Keto Flu- Follow these 3 Steps to Avoid

HERE ARE THREE STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO AVOID GETTING KETO FLU

1 – ELIMINATE CARBS GRADUALLY

Avoid keto flu by gradually transitioning away from your normal diet to a keto diet.  Cutting carbs drastically overnight will make things difficult for your body.  Your body needs time to adapt from burning mainly carbohydrates to breaking down fats.

Slowly remove all the processed carbs from your diet, then eliminate the grains and finally phase out the fruit and starchy vegetables. This will give your body the time it needs to adjust.  This process can easily be done in 3 days, but if you feel like you need more time take a week.  There’s no right or wrong way to transition.

2 – INCREASE YOUR INTAKE OF ELECTROLYTES (most important!!!)

The keto flu is caused by an electrolyte imbalance.

Switching to a keto diet means we stop eating processed foods which are high in sodium (table salt).  This decreases water retention and the electrolytes are released with excess water, unfortunately.

How to keep your Electrolyte Levels Up to Avoid the Keto Flu

  • Increase the amount of salt you add to your food.
  • Try and opt for healthy Himalayan Pink Salt if you can.
  • Consume more bone broth.  Either use it as the base for a soup or drink it straight out of a mug.
  • Take magnesium supplements.
  • Eat foods which are high in potassium.  Ex) salmon, avocados, nuts, mushrooms and leafy green veggies.

3 – DRINK MORE WATER

If you’re not careful, you’ll get dehydrated and experience symptoms like fatigue, nausea and headaches.  A good way to check for dehydration is to look at your urine: it should be clear and if not, you need to drink more water.

You don’t have to let keto flu get the better of you!  By taking a few simple steps, you can minimize any discomfort you experience (and avoid being stuck in bed for a day or a week).  The keto diet can be a great tool to boost your wellbeing, so don’t let the idea of keto flu scare you away from trying it.

Keto Research (latest)

I’m scheduled to be interviewed on a podcast tomorrow to discuss the keto diet.  If you know me well you know that I yo-yo in an out of keto week-to-week.  The ketogenic diet is relatively easy so the fact that I yo-yo is because I like my cheat meals/days.

So, let’s take a look at the current research and myths around the keto diet.  First off, if you are one of those people that are anxious about trying keto because of the keto flu don’t be.  You can easily avoid the keto flu and to learn more about that click here.

One of the major criticisms of the keto diet is that people tend to eat too much protein.

For mildly active adults you should intake 80% of your weight in protein.  So I weigh 220 lbs which means I need to eat 176 grams of protein daily.

How much food is 176g of protein?

  • 1 large egg (6g) – I need to eat about 30 eggs/day
  • 1 chicken breast (54g)- I need 3 1/4 chicken breasts per day
  • 1 cup of peanuts (38g)- 4.6 cups of peanuts

This seems like a lot of protein and to be honest I can only eat so much chicken or red meat.  So I do the sensible thing and consume protein powders.  To read about different types of protein powders click here.

Can too much protein be harmful?

The short answer is yes. As with most things in life, there can be too much of a good thing and if you eat too much protein, there may be a price to pay. Among the conditions linked by association to high protein diets are:

  • High cholesterol and a higher risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Increased cancer risk
  • Kidney disease and kidney stones
  • Weight gain (yes, this seems odd)
  • Constipation or diarrhea

These are associations not causation.  There’s a huge difference.

 

Click here to see the Harvard article

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition- Protein Summit 2.0

 

Prehab vs Rehab

It’s a real thing to the avid athlete, but it gets lost in translation to the average adult. If you follow any of the Instagram influencers in the physical therapy or chiropractic realm you’ll see these words utilized quite often. What’s the difference between prehab and rehab anyway? I mean shouldn’t it be prehab and posthab. I guess posthab assumes automatic injury which isn’t the case unless you’re training like an imbecile. And if you haven’t figured it out yet prehab is short for pre-rehabilitation. I don’t like the word because the context doesn’t fit but it exists so here we are.

Your fundamental goal as a human being should be for you to be an athlete of life. When I say this I mean you a built to handle the activities of daily living with relative ease. When you are fit enough to survive and thrive rather than just exist you have done enough prehab in my book. But if you have specific goals where it being weight training or fitness goals some prehab is necessary to prevent injury and to coordinate muscle activation for better more efficient and injury free lifts.

The basics…

So , like I previously stated prehab depends on your goals. Let’s look at a couple examples of what I mean.

Ex1) I call save the knees please…My fat to fit prehab… take care of the knees. Less high impact more stabilization movements to get ready for running since it’s probably the best hiit add-on there is for fat loss. Exercises to gain an and adductor balance as well as hamstring strengthening and hip mobility work.

Ex2) improve power moves like bench and squat. Ensure to externally rotate the hip and shoulder for more anchored power to push your limits. So a great prehab to PR in either is to strengthen the external rotators.

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