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Dr. Manison is now FMS Level 2 Certified…and why this is important for you!

Dr. Manison is now FMS Level 2 Certified…and why this is important for you!

We are proud to announce that Dr. Manison is FMS level 2 certified.  FMS, or Functional Movement Screen, is composed of a group of 7 movement and stability tests that are performed to assess necessary mobility and stability for athletes and laypeople alike.  This assessment addresses the full body.

Simply put, without proper mobility and stability, we are more prone to injury.  This isn’t to say that a high FMS score makes us impervious to injury, but the better we move and the more stable we are, the less compensation we have to make, and this tends to mean a lower risk of injury.  The FMS is also a gateway to the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), for those who experience any pain during the FMS.

The FMS is a vital screen for anyone participating in sports or who wishes to work to be in shape.  If you want to perform better at whatever you do, from golf to running to triathlons to power lifting to CrossFit workouts, and more, working to correct your movement imbalances should be of utmost importance.  Simply put, if your body cannot appropriately handle the demands of your workouts, you need to correct the imbalances to move forward.

Dr. Manison will be offering FMS evaluations for those who wish to go that ‘extra mile’ to perform at an optimal level.  The FMS score enables Dr. Manison to pinpoint errors in movement capacity and recommend specific corrective exercises to address the imbalances.  In fact, scores will be stored at Functionalmovement.com (HIPAA compliant), and each person will be given access to the Functional Movement website where individualized programs will be created by Dr. Manison for clients/patients for home participation.  The screen can be re-administered from time to time and exercises modified as necessary.  This allows the patient/client and Dr. Manison to use objective criteria to aid in improving mobility and stability.

The FMS certification gives Dr. Manison another phenomenal tool to go along with all of his training.  In conjunction with his SFMA training (more information on this coming soon), clients/patients will have access to an unrivaled level of movement assessment and treatment in the state of Maryland.  You do not need to be an active patient of Dr. Manison’s to get a FMS assessment or take part in the corrective exercises program.   The FMS evaluations will be made by appointment only and individualized corrective exercises will be offered at that point.  The exercises will be altered based upon progress of the assigned routines.  If you currently work with a personal trainer, you are encouraged to continue, but you should not ‘load’ the areas the FMS has found to be deficient until the region(s) can handle it.  This will be determined by your progress in the FMS scoring.  The goal is raise the FMS score to an acceptable level where the corrective exercises will not be necessary and the body will have the capacity to train at a higher level to perform better at whatever sport/activity you wish to maximize.

The FMS (and SFMA) are the science behind optimal training as before you begin any activity at any level, you should be sure your body has the capacity to partake in such.

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The Official Word on Sports Nutrition Regarding Diets and Body Composition…Discussion Over!

The Official Word on Sports Nutrition Regarding Diets and Body Composition…Discussion Over!

Let’s end this debate now.  The puzzle is now complete.  We have the data and we know what works.  We know the  ‘too much protein is bad for your kidneys’ talk that some doctors and others tout is wrong.  There is simply no data to validate this unless you have pre-existing, unrelated, kidney disease.  We know that fasting/cleansing is good for you, not bad.  For those who say ‘your body is always cleansing…that’s what the kidneys and liver are for,’ we can reply by showing them the research that far more can be done.  For those who say that ‘protein is protein, ‘  we can clearly demonstrate that this is not the case…not even close.  Many say ‘I’ve tried everything and nothing works.’  Maybe that person has tried other programs, but they most certainly have not incorporated caloric restriction and intermittent fasting.  If they had, they would’ve achieved the results they were looking for.  Being 80% of health and how we look is due to nutrition, whereas only 20% is due to exercise, it’s quite important to have a lifestyle system that addresses the 80% part.  By taking care of the 80% part, you will perform and recover better with the exercise part.  They are not mutually exclusive.  Lapses in nutrition will only get you more injuries.  I see this all too often.

You get the point.  It’s time to do what we know works instead of looking for excuses when it comes to diets and body modification.  This is about YOU and how you can feel, function, and look better.  Continue Reading →

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Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) and Some Ideas About How To Deal With It

Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) and Some Ideas About How To Deal With It

So you have had an active and/or stressful day and you lay down to go to bed.  Your leg or legs feel a bit twitchy and they won’t relax.  Finally, you get to sleep and you are awakened by a really uncomfortable pain in your legs.  This happens night after night and finally you cannot deal with it anymore.  What is wrong and what can be done?

Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) is considered by many to be a neurological problem but there are many causes of the condition. So many, in fact, that it’s really tough to categorize the condition into one simple issue.  What we need to do is consider any and all factors that could influence the condition and help minimize/eliminate it.  The medical approach is to turn to medications to help with the condition, but those have side effects.  There are natural ways to address RLS, and to many, it makes sense to start with these before going the medication route. Continue Reading →

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Why ALL Diabetics Should Be Incorporating Fasting

Why ALL Diabetics Should Be Incorporating Fasting

Okay, I’m not going to save the juicy part until the end of the blog.  So, here it is: fasting not only allows for better diabetes control but it also helps to reverse diabetes.  Science has now proven what many have already know for some time.  Do you know a diabetic?  Are they on a routine like me (Isagenix)?  If they’re not, they need to be if they want optimal health.

My story:  those who are familiar with me know  I began a particular nutrition/lifestyle program some time ago that involves caloric restriction and intermittent fasting to not only positively affect my athletic performance and recovery, but also to better lock down tighter blood glucose control.  As an insulin dependent diabetic for now over 35 years, I always want to do all I can to be as healthy as possible.  Sadly, I have found in my experience (and from discussions with many other diabetics over the years) that endocrinologists do not emphasize true prevention and nutritional intervention.  No, statins are not prevention…sorry.  More on that soon. On the topic of nutritional intervention to help diabetic control, there is a lot of research yet very few physicians touch on its importance.  This is rather unfortunate. With a bit of education and desire, it is easy to discover ways to better manage diabetes. Continue Reading →

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Introducing the InBody 570 Body Composition Analyzer Part 2

Introducing the InBody 570 Body Composition Analyzer Part 2

Part 2 of the discussion on the InBody 570 covers two of five important studies (and there are more) that help to validate the accuracy and legitimacy of the InBody 570.  This technical and may I say, ahem, somewhat boring information is important to discuss as your healthcare providers like to see objective health data. It’s time for the entire healthcare industry to understand and embrace what improvements in body composition can do not only for the individual patient, but also for the healthcare system as a whole.  Figure it this way: the more healthy we are, the less disease we will have.  This translates to less healthcare costs and this is good for everyone!  This blog and the next one serve to help educate not only our patients and those who will want to come to our office to get assessed, but also their healthcare providers who will be viewing these results.  Body composition is SO important.

Whether you are on our body modification program (caloric restriction and intermittent fasting…and most all of you should be interested in this to optimize your health) or are an athlete looking to improve your performance and recovery in your respective sport, the 570 is unmatched on the market, it is FDA approved, and it provides data that is vital to your health.  This is about your health.  It’s time to think of your future and what you should be doing to live longer and healthier!

The first study of interest is from 2004 and the lead author is Shinichi Demura.  The study was published in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology and Applied Human Science.  The name of this study is Percentage of Total Body Fat as Estimated by Three Automatic Bioelectrical Impedance Analyzers. Continue Reading →

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Introducing The InBody 570 Body Composition Analyzer Part 1

Introducing The InBody 570 Body Composition Analyzer Part 1

We are excited to be introducing our patients to the FDA approved  InBody 570 Body Composition Analyzer.

So, what does this incredible machine do?  Well, it does a LOT.  Simply put, it provides information about what you are made up of…do you have enough muscle, too much fat, are you more likely to have serious health issues due to too much visceral fat, too much systemic inflammation, etc…?  Did I mention this unit has cleared FDA testing?

It is now considered to be one of the gold standards for body composition assessment.  This might seem like an odd piece of equipment for a sports medicine chiropractic office, but in reality, all sports chiropractors should all have one.  It is vital to have a quality body composition analyzer as so many patients need to improve their muscle:fat ratio as an imbalance in this plays a direct role in a patient’s ability to recover.   In addition, we can determine the intracellular water weight vs. the extracellular water weight in the body.  This helps us in a unique and validated fashion to determine whether a patient has systemic inflammation. This is very important to be able to assess.  On the topic of visceral fat, the major contributor to vascular health and an indicator that most have probably never had checked, yes, the 570 has you covered (it’s validity has been compared to abdominal CT scans). Continue Reading →

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Do You Want Your Brain To Function Better?

Do You Want Your Brain To Function Better?

As a sports chiropractor, my training involves learning how to best treat the body to effect changes in many ways for dysfunctional joints, muscles, ligaments, cartilage, fascia, and more. We know that chiropractic adjustments alter neurological pathways that change joint mechanics and alter muscle tone and tension, allowing for a change in biomechanics at local and more global regions.  This is great and it works well, but what about all the ‘holistic’ training we receive? Chiropractors are supposed to take care of the whole body, inside and out, but most of us do not do that when we only treat the body from the outside.  This approach is not complete and it does not allow us to fully help our patients. Continue Reading →

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Why The A1C (Glycated Hemoglobin) Test For Diabetics Does NOT Give Us The Whole Picture

Why The A1C (Glycated Hemoglobin) Test For Diabetics Does NOT Give Us The Whole Picture

Diabetics are familiar with the A1C test.  It is performed to assess roughly a 90 day period of sugar that is attached to your hemoglobin.  It is supposed to tell us if we are taking good care of ourselves.  The test is performed every 3 months because the average life of a red blood cell is 90 days.

Diabetics are told that the A1C is the ‘holy grail’ of knowing if you are in good health or not.  It’s the aim of most every diabetic to get that number lower!  I’ve been diabetic for over 35 years and it’s great to learn new things.  What have I learned?  I now know that the A1C, although a great test to determine the ‘average’ blood sugar reading over 3 months, does really nothing more than that.  It does NOT accurately tell us all we need to know about our diabetic health.

The A1C for a non-diabetic person is about 5.7%.  A ‘well-controlled’ diabetic will have an A1C at 6.5% or lower.  If someone’s A1C is 8.0% or higher, then they are generally in trouble!  Long-term high blood sugar levels lead to high levels of oxidative stress (free radical damage).  This damage is mostly what is responsible for killing diabetics.  Afterall, 65% of diabetics will die from heart disease/stroke and this damage is caused by, you guessed it, poor blood sugar control. Continue Reading →

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Teaching An Old Dog New Tricks: My Personal Experience With Caloric Restriction and Intermittent Fasting

Teaching An Old Dog New Tricks: My Personal Experience With Caloric Restriction and Intermittent Fasting

INTRODUCTION

I’ve been in the health and fitness business for close to 20 years.  I’ve worked with many supplement and nutrition companies but none could fully deliver what I needed for both my patients and me. I’ve always considered myself to be ‘in great shape’, but there is never a time that more cannot be done for a diabetic, like me.  I’ve always looked for products or systems that could lower my oxidative stress (high free radical levels) so that there would not be cumulative damage to my body by such stressors. There are options, but they are all allopathic in nature…meaning, they treat an existent problem yet do nothing to reduce/eliminate what is causing the problem.  With diabetes and most other health issues, this is too late.  I needed to find a system that could get to the cause of the oxidative stress.

My evolution led me to a program that I have now discovered is unmatched by any other in the industry for my health, and for yours.  Period. Continue Reading →

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Sarcopenia is a Killer and You Should Know About It

Sarcopenia is a Killer and You Should Know About It

Sarcopenia is a condition that we are ALL at risk of getting and it’s really quite scary.  It is defined as a process of reduction in skeletal muscle mass and muscular function that begins after the third decade of life (yeah, by age 40) and progresses as we age.  If we look at the body as having hundreds of thousands of different proteins/enzymes, and each muscle is made up of primarily protein, this problem begins to look really bad.  It’s one thing to have loss of skeletal muscle and be able to see yourself getting softer and weaker as you age, it’s another to not be able to see the decay in our heart and other organs.  Think about it…you are not just losing muscle mass and health on the outside, it’s occurring on the inside as well.   The problem is that this will not be identified usually until you have a significant health problem…and who wants that?  Sarcopenia is a condition of malnutrition yet almost nobody in the US does anything about it until it causes serious health issues.

Healthcare costs in the year 2000 were 18.5 billion dollars for the treatment of Sarcopenia and its related disease processes and that number is far greater now (this amount constituted 1.5% of the total health care cost of the nation in 2000).  Sarcopenia is well studied in the literature and all physicians should be discussing this topic with their adult patients (before they become geriatric patients). Sarcopenia has a direct link to COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), contributes to osteoporosis and related fractures, increases hip fracture riskcontributes to mental disorders, increases the risk of postoperative complications, and more.

One of the bigger concerns with Sarcopenia is that it has a link to mitochondrial damage.  This is a big deal as mitochondrial damage is linked to almost all disease processes in the human body. So, listen up…if you are near 40, at 40, or over 40, you need to pay attention if you want to be healthy and maximize your life!  This is nothing to laugh about.  As a society, we are getting softer and weaker as we age and yes, we can do something about it.

For those out there who still think we get enough protein, the easy way to prove this point wrong is by looking at our population as a whole and recognizing that Sarcopenia affects a large amount of our adult population.  Simply put, we are wasting away…yikes!  We have to concede that very little is being done to address this serious problem. The great thing is that with some basic lifestyle improvements, we can get healthier…yes, it’s that simple!

We have to keep in mind that the out of date notion that ‘don’t eat too much protein as it leads to positive nitrogen balance or kidney damage’ is simply that: out of date.  This blog falls on the heels of my last blog that discussed what caloric restricted resistance training athletes need for protein needs.  To many, this amount of protein would seem high, but the research, for some time, has been showing that we are not consuming enough high quality protein.  It’s time for healthcare professionals to update their knowledge on protein and make proper recommendations.  More protein isn’t needed just for those who are lean and active, it’s needed for everyone!

Treatment for sarcopenia involves being active/exercising and eating more protein to offset the age-related loss.  A 2015 double blind randomized study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition determined that a Vitamin D and leucine enriched whey (protein) ‘nutritional supplement’ improved muscle mass and lowered the risk of Sarcopenia.  Another study from 2015, this one a review study, suggests at least 25-30gm of ‘high quality’ protein at each meal to prevent Sarcopenia.  Beasley et. al authored a great study in 2013 in Nutrition in Clinical Practice that discussed how whey protein works better than other proteins at muscle protein synthesis (MPS) and his study makes recommendations to consider protein supplementation for those who are Sarcopenic and are not getting in enough protein (this basically means all of them).   

In the next few blogs, I’ll be writing about the best ways to extend your life/reduce diseases as per the literature.  In regards to Sarcopenia, we need to get in more high quality protein.  So this begs the question: what is the best protein to ingest, how do I compare protein sources,  and where do I get the best stuff?  To whet your appetite, I’ll mention that the literature shows that whey is the best protein.  As to where to get it, ask me now or wait until I write about it.

More on its way…stay tuned!

 

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