Dr. Amanda is BACK!
After some severe road conditions due to the winter storm Dr. Amanda made it back from her chiropractic conference with plenty of new info. In our next issue she will reveal the new equipment she has purchased. Look forward to experiencing some new techniques in your future appointments.
Email/Text Message Reminders
Need another aid to remember your appointments? Ask us to add you to our email or text message reminder list. Receive your reminders the day of or one day before. Although this is a great way to keep track of your next appointments, it is a courtesy. Please write it on your calendar or schedule it in your phone too.
As our office is getting busier, a great way to get your desired appointment, time and day, would be to pre book your next appointments. Let us know and we would be happy to pre book your appointments so that you are guaranteed to get it, especially with the evening appointments.
Please be at least 5 minutes early for your scheduled appointment. If you know you are going to be late or running behind, please give us a call so we can try to accommodate. If you are more than 10 minutes late we may not be able to fit you into an already full schedule, and might have to reschedule for a later time or date. We try our best to stay on time, so we expect the same from you.
Most chiropractic appointments are scheduled every 15 minutes, and massage appointments only have a 15 minute buffer between appointments to have their clients dress, and for the RMT to change the sheets, so it is important that we have punctual clients. Thank you in advance.
Nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches, Foods, environment stimuli, and lifestyle factors like diet, sleep, tobacco use and emotional or physical stress can all trigger migraines. While causation is not always clear, what is clear is that Chiropractic can and should play a role in migraine treatment.
In 2001, researchers at Duke University's Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, NC, reported that spinal manipulation resulted in improvement for headaches originating in the neck. For tension headaches, Chiropractic adjustments offered a longer period of relief, with fewer side effects, than a commonly prescribed medication.
In 2000, Tuchin et al. conducted a randomized controlled trial of Chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy for migraine. Spinal manipulation therapy showed significant improvement in migraine frequency, duration, disability and medication use. The results were published in The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics.
In the same journal, researches reported not only on Chiropractic's efficacy for treating migraines, but "that those who ceased chiropractic treatment after four weeks experienced a sustained therapeutic benefit in contrast with those patients who received a commonly prescribed medication."
Stabilizing Orthotics are proven to help with posture and overall body alignment, and can be a powerful tool in your clinical toolbox for migraine treatment. "Although excessive foot pronation does not immediately come to most providers' minds when treating migraines, as Chiropractors, we catch things that others may miss," says Kevin Wong, DC. "When the foot arches collapse, the foot drops downward to stress the inner ankles; inwardly twisting the tibia/femur/pelvis/hips and creating stress clear up from the lumbar spine to the head/neck." Dr. Wong often prescribes Stabilizing Orthotics as part of his treatment plan for migraine sufferers.
To offer migraine sufferers relief, the ACA recommends the following:
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- "Perform spinal manipulation or Chiropractic adjustments to improve spinal function and alleviate the stress on your system.
- Provide nutritional advice, recommending a change in diet and perhaps the addition of B complex vitamins.
- Offer advice on posture, ergonomics (work postures), exercises and relaxation techniques. This advice should help to relieve the recurring joint irritation and tension in the muscles of the neck and upper back."
How Avocado can help improve your Cholesterol, Heart and Brain Health
By Dr. Mercola
Avocados are an excellent source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat that is easily burned for energy, while being low in fructose. Not surprisingly, improved weight management is one of the health benefits of avocado consumption, and its high-fat, low-sugar content is likely a key factor contributing to this effect.
Research has also found that avocados are helpful for regulating your blood sugar levels. This is an important benefit for most people, considering that one in four American are either diabetic or pre-diabetic.
According to the California Avocado Commission, a medium Hass avocado contains about 22.5 grams of fat, tow-thirds of which is monounsaturated. They also provide close to 20 essential health-boosting nutrients, including:
Due to its beneficial raw fat content, avocado enables your body to more efficiently absorb fat-soluble nutrients (such as alpha- and beta- carotene and lutein) in other foods eaten in conjunction.
- Vitamin E
- Folic acid
- Potassium(more than twice the amount found in a banana), which can help balance your vitally important potassium to sodium ratio
one 2005 study found that adding avocado to salad allowed the volunteers to absorb three to five times more carotenoids antioxidant molecules, which help protect your body again free radical damage.
For more information visit Dr. Mercola's Website (Mercola.com) or to see the full article please click here
How to Keep Your Health resolutions in 2015 (Not Just Through January)
It's week one of 2015, which generally brings high hopes when it comes to improving your health and wellness. Worldwide, millions upon millions join gyms, swear off soda and processed foods, and commit to making this the year they turn things around. But by February, many have already abandoned their goals, and with each passing month, more follow.
How can you turn 2015 into the year you keep your health resolutions? Here are a few suggestions to make 2015 your best year ever:
1. Move beyond the moment: Step 1 is getting beyond the "time to turn my life around this year" moment and dedicating yourself to the effort it takes to complete any resolution. After all, it wouldn't be on your list year after year if it were easy, right? This is a 365-day process that will have it's ups and downs (see step 2), and the quicker you realize that - and still believe you can succeed - the better.
2.Take a few steps back: OK, so ideally, your 2015 will be smooth sailing and you'll achieve all your goals. But as step 1 pointed out, if it were that easy, your resolution list would be blank - yet here we are again, resolving to lose weight, exercise more, etc. Taking a step back means two things int this context: remembering your past (why you're still not where you want to be) and not being afraid if everything doesn't go right this time. Note that this doesn't mean you accept failure; it means you embrace this difficult process with perspective. The No. 1 reason people fail - in just about anything - is because they give up the first time something "goes wrong."
3. Master the selfie: Whether it's done with your cellphone or mental snapshots, become a master of the selfie, tracking the person you were and the person you're becoming, day by day. If it's weight loss you're after, snap a photo every time you see a difference. Looking to stress less? Take plenty of selfies of you enjoying life more â€“ while on that vacation you vowed to finally take, spending a lazy spring day with your family (that never would have happened in 2014, 2013, etc.), or just relaxing in your own backyard on a much-needed day off.
4. Write your 2016 resolutions now: Want to maximize the chances you'll polish off your 2015 resolutions? Write your 2016 resolutions today â€“ and don't mention any of your 2015 resolutions. After all, why write down resolutions that won't be needed anymore? In fact, go one step further by crafting 2016 resolutions based on the person you'll be after completing your 2015 resolutions. If you're losing weight in 2015, resolve to take a vacation to a beach destination in 2016 â€“ and wear that bathing suit you know you'll fit into by then. Trying to eat better in 2015? Then put "Make more healthy meals from scratch" on your 2016 list, after you've learned how to eat right this year. Resolutions can motivate and empower, or they can just remind you of what you couldn't accomplish year after year. In 2015, rely on the past, the present and the future to ensure 2015 â€“ and the year after that, and the year after that â€“ gives you a great big reason to smile.
For more information please refer to To Your Health, click here
5 Tips for Selecting an Office Chair
When shopping for the best ergonomic office chair, getting a chair that fits your unique needs should be the top priority. Not every chair labeled "ergonomic" has all the adjustment features necessary to truly be ergonomic. Here are the top 5 things you need to consider to help you make a better selection.
1. Seat pan comfort and shape
When you sit in the chair the seat pan should be a least one inch wider than your hips and thighs on either side. The seat pan should not be too long for your legs otherwise it will either catch you behind the knees or it will prevent you from leaning fully back against the lumbar support. Most ergonomic chairs have a seat pan with a waterfall front that prevents the seat from catching you behind the knees. The seat pan should also be contoured to allow even weight distribution and it should be comfortable to sit on.
2. Think adjustable
Always ensure that your chair is pneumatically adjustable so that you can adjust seat pan height while you are sitting on the chair.
You should be able to adjust the height of the seat pan so that the front of your knees is level or slightly below level and your feet are firmly on the ground. In most cases there should be no need for you to use a footrest. The mechanism to adjust seat height should be easy to reach and operate when you are seated.
3. Lumbar support is key
Many chairs have cushioned lumbar supports that can be adjusted up and down and forwards and backwards to best fit your shape. If the chair will be used by multiple users then this level of adjustment may be required. However if you are the primary user of the chair then a fixed lumbar support may be acceptable, if it feels comfortable.
4. Don't forget about the hips
A chair that doesn't provide enough hip room can make you sit too far forwards on the seat pan, which doesn't provide so that you will not have enough thigh support.
5. Have a long-term strategy
Think about how the chair will feel after 60 or 120 minutes. Low-density foam seat pans can become permanently deformed after long term use which can affect cushioned support leading to discomfort, imbalance and hip and back fatigue.
And one bonus tip!
6. Chair covers 101
There is a whole range of upholstery material available, each of which has benefits and concerns. Vinyl and vinyl-like coverings are easy to clean and spill resistant, but they don't breathe and if the chair begins to heat up under the thighs uncomfortable amounts of moisture can accumulate. Cloth upholstery is the most common covering, but this is less resist to spills and more difficult to clean. A cloth covered seat pan can also become warm and moisture laden, and cloth covered foam seat pans can be a significant source of dust mite allergen. When selecting your chair covering think about cleaning and maintenance issues and plan appropriately.
For more information and other articles check out the Ontario Chiropractic Association Website (chiropractic.on.ca)
Foot Levelers: Orthopedic Notes
A heel spur is a degenerative outgrowth of bone on the calcaneus. While the heel spur itself is often painless, the condition is commonly associated with Plantar Fasciitis.
When there is an increase in tensile stress on the fascia under the longitudinal arch, a low-grade inflammation develops at the point of attachment on the calcaneus. If the increased stress and inflammation continues, calcium is deposited, and a bony outcropping builds up.
Studies suggest that heel spurs themselves are not what causes pain; rather, spurs occur in 50-75% of heels afflicted with painful plantar fasciitis, (though they have also been found in up to 63% of asymptomatic heels). Patients may report a sharp pain in the heel, which may radiate to the bottom of the foot. Symptoms can interfere significantly with walking, especially with the first steps out of bed in the morning. Palpation of the foot will result in pain and tenderness with direct pressure over the medial tubercle of the calcaneus.
Surgery can be costly, risky, and is rarely necessary. Recovery time - between 3 to 6 months or more to return to weight-bearing activities - can also be a deterrent.
Conservative treatment, on the other hand, is shown to be quite effective. The pain and irritation experienced by at least 90% of your patients will respond favorably to conservative measures.
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- Wear Foot Levelers orthotics in all shoes.
- Frequently stretch foot and calf.
- Icing the heel can help bring down swelling.
- The Foot Levelers Thera-Ciser is often recommended for heel spurs because it can be used to strengthen the foot arch, which helps keep it posturally stable.
- Depending on patient's needs, weight loss, graduated athletic training schedule, better shoes for long-term may be helpful.