If you or anybody that you love has ever dealt with sciatica, then you can relate to how frustrating of a trouble it may be. More annoying than the pain itself is how it can negatively effect almost all aspects of your daily life. The razor-sharp, stinging, tender, stabbing ache that you just can’t seem to find a solution for. Not being readily able to do the stuff you really like to do… play tennis, drive in the car, go to see a movie, you name it. We questioned Dr. Matt Dunn, a Peachtree City Spinal Decompression about the problem and what all new improvements have been discovered in medical science in the past few decades. Dr. Dunn was kind enough to explain to us that brand-new research has come out that demonstrates that this variety of pain could very well be treated safely and most significantly with out having to take dangerous pain pills or going through very painful, chancy surgery. Dr. Matt Dunn went on and illustrated for us that the vertebrae in the back, the spinal vertebrae, are exceptionally solid but also very delicate structures. If someone has a physical injury: something as little as having a hard fall whilst participating in sports, or an accident as alarming and life threatening as a motor vehicle accident, if a man or a woman goes through those forms of trauma, the bones in the spine column could get out of proper alignment. If you suffer a trauma of that nature, and the spinal bones can become malaligned, what can happen is that the muscles and ligaments that are around the backbone can start to spasm. The muscle tissues tighten-down so as to guard the spinal column, we know this as the human body’s innate security system. Generally speaking this can be thought of as the bodies manner of seeking to prevent you from reinjuring the surrounding tissues. Although this is a key way of self-protection and natural self-preservation, it can also have perhaps unconstructive counsequences. When the spinal vertebrae become misaligned, and the muscular areas spasm around them to protect the region, it can perhaps lead to the body healing those vertebrae in the wrong place. In the event that those spinal bones improperly heal in the improper posture, it prevents the vertebrae of the spine from having correct movement and working adequately in that region. “When a section of the spine loses the integrity of it’s biomechanics, it begins to decay…” describes Dr. Matt Dunn, a Spinal Decompression Peachtree City. It can cause the spinal disks in that section of the backbone to degenerate. The disks are designed to act as load balancers in between the spinal bones, in order to make it easy for the vertebrae to move, bend forward and flex freely and with no pain. In cases where those spinal discs wear out, that process on it’s own can bring about soreness. But more serious than that, when the intervertebral discs break-down, it can shut off the small gaps where the spinal nerves leave from the backbone to go to every tissue, organ and cell of the body. Any time this transpires, it’s tough to estimate all of the lousy results that can occur, but there tend to be many them. With less than 100% nerve flow to an area of the body, we have no reason to anticipate that body region to perform optimally, or at all. The good news is that Doctors of Chiropractic are uniquely prepared to discover and adjust these regions of misalignment so that they do not bring about weakening of the back bone and they don’t lead to long term complications. “It’s certainly an art, and it’s established over a number of years of training and practice…” states Peachtree City Spinal Decompression, Dr. Matt Dunn. If you’ve suffered spinal injury previously, then you must definitely take into consideration scheduling a visit with a specially educated, board certified Doctor of Chiropractic in your town. It just may help save you from many years of heartache down the road.
Archive for September, 2011
If you are familiar with doing genealogy queries online, or at least using computer databases, you may have come across the option to do a Soundex search. Understanding how that works can be a great help with all your future genealogy searching.
We all know how easy it is for names to be misspelled or transcribed incorrectly, leading to a large number of potential options when trying to do a genealogy search for a specific surname. Your Jones relative may be recorded on file as having the last name James because of a census-takers bad handwriting, for example. Using Soundex codes can help you make broader genealogy queries that (hopefully) will eliminate the many variations so you have to search less often.
The basic concept is that a code is created from the last name, based on the main sounds. It may seem complex, but it does work and it can help you. Though transcription errors can be based on what letters look like, and misreading poor handwriting, the majority of errors in genealogical records are based on what names sound like. People who hear a name and record it improperly, thus making genealogy queries difficult.
Each Soundex code has one letter and 3 numbers. The letter is the first letter of the surname, and the remaining 3 numbers are assigned based on the consonants. Consonants with similar sounds (such as C and K, or D and T) have the same number. The full coding sequence isn’t necessary in order for you to understand how to use this in a genealogy search.
So to use Black as an example, it has the Soundex code of B420. Other similar names such as Block, Blick, Blagg and Blake all have the same code because they sound alike. So if you were using an online search and wanted the similar variants of Black, you could do a Soundex search for all names with a code of B420 instead.
These codes will be the most help when doing genealogy queries through records where the person in question would have stated their name for someone else to record. It can also help in situations when people immigrate to a new area, and change their names. They often keep the general sound of their name, while adapting the spelling to suit their new home.
If you keep your genealogy files on paper, then you will have to calculate the Soundex codes for each name when doing genealogy queries. There are several websites with free calculators that can work that out for you. But if you maintain your genealogy records using family tree software, it will likely figure out the Soundex codes for you and have them as part of each person’s entry. So you will have the information handy next time you are doing a genealogy search.
Codes won’t help when you are doing a genealogy search by leafing through old newspapers, books or collections of paper files. But any computerized search system, either a webpage or an internal database at a library can usually handle these codes for you.
Unfortunately, this system was intended for English names and may not be as helpful with other nationalities. Still worth giving it a try on your next genealogy search.