February 2015 Health Newsletter

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» February Health News Review
» Revisiting 3 Pitching Mechanics Myths, Part 1: The Myth of the Balance Point
» School Baseball Tryouts 'To Do' List
» Leg Pain Relief From Chiropractic Care
» Back Surgery Even More Risky In The Obese

» ACA Statement on NIH Expert Panel Final Report on Use of Opioids in Chronic Pain

February Health News Review  

February Health News Review

February 5, 2015

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Dr. Arnold's Latest Pitching Newsletter - Revisiting the "Big 3" pitching myths. Myth #1: The Balance Point


#5 - Good bedtime habits equals better sleep for kids - ScienceDaily January 26, 2015

"...although the majority of parents endorsed the importance of sleep, 90% of children did not sleep the full amount of time recommended for their age group. Some of the primary consequences of poor sleep among children and adolescents are behavioral problems, impaired learning and school performance, sports injuries, problems with mood and emotional regulation, and a worsening of health-related issues including obesity."


#4
- Mom's exercise habits good for blood pressure in kids - Science Daily January 5, 2015

"...regular exercise...during the third trimester was associated with lower blood pressure in their children...children whose mothers exercised at recommended or higher levels of activity displayed significantly lower systolic blood pressures at 8 to 10 years old."


#3 - Nearly one in five women who undergo an hysterectomy may  not need the procedure - ScienceDaily January 6, 2015

"...1 in 3 women in the U.S. will have had a hysterectomy by the age of 60...Nearly two in five women under 40 (38%) had pathologic findings that did not support undergoing a hysterectomy versus 12% of those aged 40-50 and 7.5% of those over 50 years."


#2 - Yeast Supplement Significantly Reduces Cold and Flu Symptoms - NOW Foods January 9, 2015

EpiCor, a dried yeast supplement, "“a modified yeast-based dietary supplement taken daily appears to significantly reduce the incidence and duration of cold and flu-like symptoms."


#1 - Kevin Smith unrecognizable after weight loss, inspired by 'Fed Up' - DietsInReview.com November 7th, 2014

“Basically, you bring your diet down to things you make yourself. If you can’t or wouldn’t make it, don’t eat it. Like Cheez-Its, man, no one would ever make those. I love Cheeze-Its just as much as the next guy, but do you know how long it would take you to make Cheeze-Its?” -Kevin Smith


Testimonial of the month:

"Dr. Arnold was able to diagnose my problem very quickly...he healed me within 3 visits!" -Carrie, Farmindgale


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


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Revisiting 3 Pitching Mechanics Myths, Part 1: The Myth of the Balance Point  

Revisiting 3 Pitching Mechanics Myths

Part 1: The Myth of the Balance Point

February 6, 2015

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In part 1 of this 3-part series, I'm addressing one of the most commonly taught INCORRECT pitching concepts: to have a balance point during the leg kick.   I first covered this in a 2009 newsletter but will go into greater depth here.


I taught this concept for years to my pitching students...BUT IT'S WRONG.


A 2004 study compared pitchers who used a balance point and those who did not:



They found that pitchers using a balance point had MORE HEAD MOVEMENT which resulted in LOWER VELOCITY and DECREASED ACCURACY.


This led the researchers to conclude:



This can be seen with video analysis.  You can see a pitching video analysis here.


IN SUMMARY, having a balance point during the leg kick:

1) Creates an un-athletic posture

2) Decreases quickness to the plate = decreased momentum = slower velocity
('Be Quick but Don't Hurry'!)

3) Slows delivery tempo = poor timing = decreased accuracy


Coming up next month, Part 2: The myth of 'tucking the glove.'

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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.


Questions About This Newsletter? 

Contact (631-352-7654 / PitchingDoc@msn.com) Dr. Arnold!



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


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Leg Pain Relief From Chiropractic Care  


New research indicates chiropractic care coupled with exercise and pain management techniques is more successful at easing back-related leg pain than simply exercise and pain management techniques alone. Researchers at the University of Minnesota recruited 192 patients suffering from back pain with pain radiating into the legs - commonly referred to as sciatica. Patients received either therapeutic exercises and basic pain management advice, or, therapeutic exercises and basic pain management advice along with 12 weeks of chiropractic spinal manipulation. After 12 weeks, twice as many of the patients receiving the added chiropractic spinal manipulation experienced a 75 percent or greater reduction in leg pain as compared with those who did not receive chiropractic spinal manipulation; 37 percent as compared with 19 percent. After one year, patients who received the added chiropractic spinal manipulation still had higher scores for overall improvement and satisfaction.


Author:ChiroPlanet.com
Source:Annals of Internal Medicine, online September 15, 2014.
Copyright:ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2015


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Back Surgery Even More Risky In The Obese
  

Surgery always comes with the risk of serious complications, even including death. Findings from a recent study indicate obese patients who undergo lumbar fusion have an even greater risk of blood loss, longer hospital stay, higher risk of complication and worse functional outcome than do non-obese patients. According to researchers of the study, "These findings suggest that both surgeons and patients should acknowledge the significantly increased morbidity profile of obese patients after lumbar fusion." Whether you're obese or not, chiropractic care offers a safe, natural, non-invasive treatment approach for dealing with back, neck and spinal related pain and discomfort. Chiropractic care not only focuses on providing relief, but it does so by dealing with the cause of the pain and discomfort rather than just masking the symptoms. If you're in pain or discomfort and/or are considering back surgery, call your local doctor of chiropractic today and setup a no-obligation consultation. And remember, back pain can often be reversed - back surgery, cannot.


Author:ChiroPlanet.com
Source:Spine: 01 January 2015 - Vol. 40 - Issue 1.
Copyright:ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2015


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ACA Statement on NIH Expert Panel Final Report on Use of Opioids in Chronic Pain  

Arlington, Va. -  American Chiropractic Association (ACA) President Anthony Hamm, DC, issued the following comment today on a new report released by an independent National Institutes of Health (NIH) panel about the need for individualized, patient-centered care to treat and monitor the estimated 100 million Americans living with chronic pain. "ACA commends NIH for recognizing the value of an individual, patient-centered and multi-faceted approach to managing chronic pain. It is also interesting to read the conclusion from the panel that widespread opioid use does not provide an effective single approach for the chronic pain patient. Services provided by chiropractic physicians, including those being delivered in integrated community health centers, have proven effective with respect to patient satisfaction. ACA encourages NIH to study all complementary and integrated approaches to chronic pain management, including chiropractic. These integrated approaches can offer a higher degree of patient safety and reduce the use of medications."

Author:American Chiropractic Association.
Source:Acatoday.com - January 16, 2015.
Copyright:American Chiropractic Association. 2015


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