Weekly Health Update from your Napa Chiropractor

Mental Attitude: Having a Dog Helps Autistic Children Develop Stronger Social Skills. A survey of 70 families with at least one autistic child found that autistic children who lived with at least one dog had stronger social skills than autistic children who lived in dog-free homes. Social skills are typically difficult for kids with autism to develop, but the study showed those children who owned a dog were “more likely to engage in behaviors such as introducing themselves, asking for information or responding to other people’s questions.”
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, October 2014
Health Alert: E-Cigarettes May Lead to More Respiratory Infections. According to new laboratory findings, vapor from electronic cigarettes may increase young individuals’ risk for contracting respiratory infections due to the vapor impairing the immune response in the epithelial cells that line the inside of the lungs. Lead author Dr. Qun Wu writes, “Epithelial cells are the first line of defense in our airways. They protect our bodies from anything dangerous we might inhale. Even without nicotine, this liquid can hurt your epithelial defense system and you will be more likely to get sick.” Recently the American Association for Cancer Research and the American Society of Clinical Oncology issued a joint recommendation to bring e-cigarette regulations in line with those of traditional cigarettes. PLOS ONE, January 2015
Diet: Binge Drinking Affects the Immune System. Binge drinking can significantly disrupt the immune systems of young and otherwise healthy adults. In a recent study. investigators measured the immune responses of participants before they consumed any alcohol and at both two and five hours following peak intoxication. When alcohol was present in the blood samples, the researchers detected higher levels of cytokines, the proteins that signal the immune system to reduce activity. While drinkers understand how binge drinking can alter their behavior, there is less understanding of alcohol’s harmful effects in other areas, such as the immune system. Alcohol, December 2014
Exercise: Avoid Cold Weather Injuries. Even when the weather gets cooler, it is important to stay physically active. However, exercising outside in cold weather can lead to possible injuries. The National Athletic Trainers’ Association recommends the following to prevent injuries associated with low temperatures: dress in layers, take breaks to warm up, eat a healthy diet, stay hydrated, and avoid alcohol. National Athletic Trainers’ Association, December 2014
Chiropractic: Anxiety and Back Pain. Brazilian researchers claim there is a link between anxiety and back pain among individuals under the age of forty. While this does not prove cause and effect in either direction, previous research has shown that anxiety can increase muscle tension, affect posture, and increase sedentary behavior – all factors that could increase a person’s risk for back pain. Spine, January 2015
Wellness/Prevention: Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Vertebral Fragility Fractures. Blood samples from seniors who fractured one or more vertebrae as a result of a fall showed significantly lower vitamin D levels when compared with seniors who had not experienced such an injury. This suggest that older adults who are vitamin D deficient should take measures to improve their vitamin D levels because serious injuries related to falls can significantly impact both their independence and quality of life. The Bone & Joint Journal, January 2015
Quote: “The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis.’ One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger–but recognize the opportunity.” ~ John F. Kennedy

I found that Dr. Joe Megna is one of the best chiropractors I have found in the Napa region.

Weekly Health Update from your Napa Chiropractor

Mental Attitude: Learning to Play Music Improves Kids’ Brains. MRI scans of children who received musical training showed greater thickness in the areas of the brain that influence working memory, self-control, organization, and planning for the future. The research team claims their findings “underscore the vital importance of finding new and innovative ways to make music training more widely available to youths, beginning in childhood.”
Journal of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, December 2014
Health Alert: Cancer Death Rates in the US Continue to Drop. Death rates from cancer in the United States (US) continue to fall (down 22% since a peak in 1991), according to the annual report from the American Cancer Society (ACS). The ACS argues that continuing the fight against cancer across all segments of the population could lead to even greater reduction in cancer related deaths. Dr. John R. Seffrin, the CEO of ACS adds, “The change may be inevitable, but we can still lessen cancer’s deadly impact by making sure as many Americans as possible have access to the best tools to prevent, detect, and treat cancer.” American Cancer Society, January 2015
Diet: Eat Your Fruits and Veggies! A 24-year study including 9,112 Japanese men and women found that those who ate the most servings of fruits and vegetables each day had a 24% lower risk for total cardiovascular disease, a 20% lower risk for stroke, and a 43% lower risk for coronary heart disease when compared with their peers who ate the fewest daily servings of fruits and vegetables. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, January 2015
Exercise: Daily Physical Activity Helps Maintain Vascular Health. Researchers have found that reducing daily physical activity for even a few days can lead to decreased function in the inner lining of blood vessels in the legs of healthy, young individuals. However, their work demonstrates that it’s possible to start the repair process by walking at least 10,000 steps a day. Study co-author Dr. Paul Fadel adds, “The best treatment is to become more active, and our research lends proof to that concept. If you do not realize how harmful sitting around all day and not doing any activity is to your health, this proves it.” Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, December 2014
Chiropractic: Lumbar Manipulation & Exercise for Knee Pain? A new case study supports the use of lumbar spinal manipulation for anterior knee pain and quadriceps weakness. A 20-year-old man who underwent ACL reconstruction of the left knee with continued knee pain and quadriceps weakness presented for chiropractic care. He was prescribed exercises to improve his quadriceps strength and received side-lying rotational spinal manipulation. After a course of eight weekly treatments, he returned to pain-free participation in recreational sports.
International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, December 2014
Wellness/Prevention: Water Coolers at School Encourage Students to Drink More. When water dispensers were installed in a few New York City schools, students drank three times more water at lunchtime than students at schools that did not install water coolers in their lunch rooms. Researchers found that 80% of students noticed the water dispensers, two-thirds of those who noticed them actually used them, and 50% who noticed the coolers actually drank more water at lunchtime. Officials plan to install water dispensers in over 1,000 New York City public schools.
American Journal of Public Health, December 2014
Quote: “It is better to be alone than in bad company.” ~ George Washington

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I found that Dr. Joe Megna is one of the best chiropractors I have found in the Napa region.

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Napa Chiropractor Dr. Joseph Megna is magical says S.M. from Ventura!

“This review is long overdue. The reason for it taking so long is simply because Dr. Megna has a magical way of making your pain go away. And it’s gone so quickly that you forget you ever had it.

I hobbled in with such extreme back pain I couldn’t lift my purse. I’m 30 and a veteran of back pain, so it takes someone fantastic and qualified, such as Dr. Megna, to keep me coming back.

I have him on speed dial.

I’ve recommended him to others and their experience has been identical. He works on shoulders, knees, etc.
He is very fairly priced and very very worth it. Your first consultation is an hour, but only because he wants to fully understand your injury, sprain, strain, etc. The actual adjustment is only 10 minutes and it’s not completely comfortable, but definitely not painful. It seems like what he’s doing is minor, but the results are huge.”

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Chiropractic Pain Relief or Disc Replacement Surgery?

After undergoing Spinal Kinetics M6 Disc Replacement surgery in 2012. Retief Goosen, two-time PGA U.S. Open champion has been pain-free for more than a year.

But when is surgery the right choice over less invasive techniques like chiropractic pain relief?

OK so Tiger Woods returns to competition after Micro Discectomy Surgery. Why Discectomy surgery?
How long before that disc herniates again? Who Knows!

One thing we don’t see is golfers returning after Fusion surgery!

More and more individuals each day are discovering how innovative chiropractic care can help them avoid or recover from invasive surgery. Why go through a serious Discectomy surgery when it is rarely even a permanent solution?

Read more about Retief Goosen and The Spinal Kinetics M6 Disc Replacement here > >

Welcome to your Napa Chiropractor Site by Dr. Joe Megna

How can you benefit from your local Chiropractor in Napa and by using Dr. Joe Megna’s gentle pain relieving methods?

1. This is  a natural, effective way to decrease pain, swelling and stiffness and increase flexibility and mobility without the use of aspirin or other drugs.

2. We can offer an effective means of improving circulation, replacing fatigue with renewed energy, and relieving stress and tension.

3. We can offer relief of back and neck pain caused by postural stress and over exertion. Office and construction workers, as well as those who frequently exercise find that occasional visits to a Chiropractor even improves their work and play performance, thanks to more relaxed pain free movement.

Pain, incidentally, is something that you should not ignore. Frequent headaches, neck, shoulder and arm pain as well as low back, knee and foot pain are all signs that something is physically not right! If left untreated, spine and joint problems can develop into even more serious and irreversible degenerative joint problems down the road.

Increased pain free movement is one of the main benefits of visiting your Napa Chiropractor. Given my training and experience, in most instances, I can pinpoint the exact location of the cause of your pain, stiffness, numbness or weakness.

Eliminating stress and pressure on nerves is another wonderful benefit of my care. Using my education, training, and experience, with my hands, and a state of the art computerized adjusting instrument, I can pinpoint stiff muscles and areas of abnormal restriction and gently release the pressure and stiffness. This in turn stimulates the body’s own self-healing processes. Some of my patients have told me that my technique is nothing less than a miracle!

Megna Chiropractic is your Napa Chiropractor