January 2015 Health Newsletter

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» School Baseball Tryouts 'To Do' List
» Do Pitching Mechanics Change After Surgery?
» What is your baseball offseason timeline?
» The Bennett Lesion: When getting a shoulder MRI in the absence of pain can be ha
» Chiropractic Pain Relief Seen On MRI
» “BPA-Free” Plastics Potentially Worse
» Insurance Provider Paying Members To Be Healthy

January Health News Review  

January Health News Review

January 6th, 2015

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CLICK HERE to register for Dr. Arnold's 2015 Arm Program!


Dr. Arnold's Latest Pitching Newsletter:  School Baseball Tryouts 'To Do' List


Now, on to the newsletter...


#5 - Brain inflammation a hallmark of autism, large-scale analysis shows - ScienceDaily December 5, 2014

"...the research team was able to narrow in on a specific type of support cell known as a microglial cell...In the autism brains, the microglia appeared to be perpetually activated, with their genes for inflammation responses turned on...given the known genetic contributors to autism, inflammation is unlikely to be its root cause."


#4 - Infusionarium Aims to Take Trauma Out of Chemotherapy for Young - NY Times December 15, 2014

"Matthew used to sob on nights before treatment, said his father, Kenneth Cobb. The boy didn’t want his siblings to accompany him. He hated the cramped cubicle. Now Matthew looks forward to treatment.

Matthew and his brother, Micah, 8, ran into the Infusionarium, grabbing controls for an Xbox game. The boys whooped, as Matthew, mask over mouth, bounded around the treatment chairs, an IV pole wobbling in his wake.

'When they play Xbox in the Infusionarium, it’s brother time. Matthew and Micah are always on a team together, fighting against the same villain'.”


#3 - Prenatal exposure to common household chemicals linked with substantial drop in child IQ - ScienceDaily December 10, 2014

"Children of mothers exposed during pregnancy to the highest concentrations of DnBP and DiBP had IQs 6.6 and 7.6 points lower, respectively, than children of mothers exposed to the lowest concentrations...While avoiding all phthalates in the United States is for now impossible, the researchers recommend that pregnant women take steps to limit exposure by not microwaving food in plastics, avoiding scented products as much as possible, including air fresheners, and dryer sheets, and not using recyclable plastics labeled as 3, 6, or 7.


#2
- Weigh In Once A Week or You'll Gain Weight - ScienceDaily December 17, 2014

"If you want to lose weight, it's best to weigh yourself every day. But if you weigh yourself only once a week, do it on Wednesday because that will give you the most accurate reading." -Dr. Brian Wasnick


#1 - British Regulator Urges Home Births Over Hospitals for Uncomplicated Pregnancies - NY Times December 3, 2014

"...first-time mothers with low birth risks would now be advised that a midwife-led unit would be particularly suitable for them, while mothers who already have given birth would be told that a home birth would be equally safe for the baby and safer for the mother than a hospital...With the exception of the Netherlands, where home births have long been popular and relatively widespread, few developed countries have significant numbers of women opting for nonhospital deliveries. In the United States, where a culture of litigation adds a layer of complication, only 1.36% of births took place outside a hospital in 2012."


NOW Foods article of the month: Knee Arthritis Progression Linked to Vitamin D Levels


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Author:Dr. Greg Arnold
Source:Self-research
Copyright:Dr. Greg Arnold 2015


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School Baseball Tryouts 'To Do' List  

School Baseball Tryouts 'To Do' List

January 6, 2015

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Have you registered for the January-February throwing/conditioning program?


With school tryouts 8 weeks away, here are 3 things you can do to get ready:


#3
- Long toss 3 times per week at 120 feet

While the current maximum long toss distance recommended by the American Sports Medicine is 180 feet, keep your throwing to 120 feet as it is January.  You can build up to 180 feet by March/April.

The purpose of long toss is NOT to increase arm strength but to PERFECT TIMING.

You can learn about long toss in my Baseball Video Library.



#2
- Don't get on the mound until you've long-tossed for at least 2 weeks


One of the biggest mistakes is getting on the mound too soon.  Pitching off a mound at 60 feet puts MORE stress on your arm than throwing 120 feet on flat ground throwing.


#3 - Make sure your shoulder is 'Baseball Strong'

Make an appointment to get your rotator cuff strength tested and make sure your shoulder is ready to handle the stresses of throwing again.


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Author:Dr. Greg Arnold
Source:Self-research
Copyright:Dr. Greg Arnold 2015


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Do Pitching Mechanics Change After Surgery?  

Do Pitching Mechanics Change After Surgery?

December 4, 2014

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Surgery to repair the pocket of the shoulder called the labrum, known as the “SLAP tear”, has increased 458% in the past 10 years.

And since only 57% of pitchers return to their previous pitching ability, do pitching mechanics change after surgery?

Now a new study say YES:


 Specifically…

Pitchers after SLAP shoulder surgery were 12.3% more upright at ball release, with a forward tilt trunk angle of 30.2 degrees compared to 34.4 degrees in pitchers with no surgery history.

As a result, the researchers concluded:



What is the towel drill? 

You can click here to see the towel drill encouraged by the National Pitching Association:


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Author:Dr. Greg Arnold
Source:Self-research
Copyright:Dr. Greg Arnold 2014


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What is your baseball offseason timeline?  

What Is Your Baseball Offseason Timeline? 

October 7, 2014

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Thank you!  Enrollment in the Winter Conditioning Program has grown from 8 attendees in 2012 to 20 in 2013 to 35 attendees this year.  A most sincere 'Thank you' for your trust in training your children this winter.


'Offseason Conditioning' video now available
in my Baseball Video Library that discusses the offseason timeline and provides an offseason exercise program specific to baseball.  Click here to learn more.


Since year-round baseball is the #1 risk factor for arm injury, it's time to set your offseason timeline using these principles:


#1 - Get off the field!
 
As recommended by the American Sports Medicine Institute: no throwing for 2-3 months and no competitive pitching for 4 months.


#2 - Get 'Baseball Strong'. 
There is a very specific way the baseball shoulder needs to be trained and it's the central approach in the Winter Conditioning Program.  If you are unable to attend the winter program, you can make a pitching lesson appointment and I will show the exercises that need to be done over the winter.


#3 - How strong & flexible is your shoulder?
  The baseball shoulder needs to have a certain balance of strength and flexibility.  This can be done by getting measured and strength tested in my office.


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Author:Dr. Greg Arnold
Source:Self-research
Copyright:Dr. Greg Arnold 2014


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The Bennett Lesion: When getting a shoulder MRI in the absence of pain can be ha  

The Bennett Lesion

When getting a shoulder MRI in the absence of pain can be harmful

September 4, 2014
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Have you registered for the Winter Program yet? 
Click here to watch a 3-minute video on WHY the program is so important.


Now, on to the newsletter...

2 months ago I received a phone call from a nervous father whose son had a shoulder MRI despite having no arm pain "to make sure everything was OK".

Well, the report stated:

"There is a chronic avulsion fracture...compatible with a Bennett Lesion."

It was the word "fracture" that threw the father into a panic, causing him to believe something was wrong with his son's pitching shoulder.

The good news?  There was nothing wrong with his son's pitching shoulder.

Why? Because the Bennett Lesion is a common change that happens in pitching shoulders.


A 2004 study showed that not only is The Bennett Lesion common in pitchers:



For pitchers with no arm pain, there is no need to be concerned:



This is the danger of getting a shoulder MRI in the absence of pain in pitchers.  It causes unnecessary panic.


Pitching for several years WILL cause changes in your shoulder, it's only natural.

ONLY get an MRI if you have pain!  As Dr. James Andrews says:

"If you want an excuse for surgery, get an MRI."


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Author:Dr. Greg Arnold
Source:Self-research
Copyright:Dr. Greg Arnold 2014


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Chiropractic Pain Relief Seen On MRI  


What if back pain relief could be immediately experienced from a simple, safe and natural procedure being applied to your back. Well say hello to chiropractic! According to researchers, they’ve been able to view changes in the areas of the brain that process and modulate pain using an MRI immediately following chiropractic spinal manipulation and spinal mobilization. In this recent study, researchers induced low back pain in a group of participants, then provided three forms of care: spinal manipulation, spinal mobilization and therapeutic touch. During this period, participants underwent functional MRI studies to measure changes in regions of the brain dealing with the experience of pain. Researchers concluded that chiropractic spinal manipulation, spinal mobilization and therapeutic touch all offered an immediate effect on the pain processing and modulating areas within the brain and that these changes could be why so many patients experience immediate pain relief or pain reduction after chiropractic care.

Author:ChiroPlanet.com
Source:JMPT. Vol 37, Issue 9, Nov-Dec 2014.
Copyright:ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2015


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“BPA-Free” Plastics Potentially Worse  


If you’ve purchased plastic related drinking containers you’ve surely noticed many products touting their "BPA-free" status. BPA or bisphenol-A is a chemical used to harden plastic and has received much bad press over the recent years due to studies linking it to brain and behavior issues in children and infants, altered hormone levels, obesity and cancer, to name a few. Unfortunately, new research from Canada shows the replacement being used for BPA, BPS or bisphenol-S, has now also become a cause for concern. Researchers from the University of Calgary have now found BPS to cause changes in the brain development of zebra fish embryos at extremely low doses. Authors of the study state their findings are directly relevant to humans, especially for women in their second trimester of pregnancy.


Author:ChiroPlanet.com
Source:Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Jan 12, 2015.
Copyright:ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2015


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Insurance Provider Paying Members To Be Healthy  


Ring in the new year with some increased physical activity and your health insurance company just may reward you! New York and New Jersey health plan provider Oscar Health Insurance will pay its members up to $240 per year in Amazon.com gift cards from simply walking. Members who sign up for their walking program consisting of wearable watches that communicate with tracking software can walk their way to rewards. Since increased walking is associated with positive health benefits and healthy people cost insurance companies far less to insure, it seems like a win-win for members and the insurance provider.


Author:ChiroPlanet.com
Source:Reuters. December 9, 2014.
Copyright:ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2015


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