Chiropractic and Massage Therapy Month
Chiropractic (Greek: done by hand)
- Can be traced back to the beginning of recorded time. Writings from China and Greece written in 2700 B.C. and 1500 B.C. mention spinal manipulation and the maneuvering of the lower extremities to ease low back pain. Hippocrates, the Greek physician, in one of his writings he declares, "Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases".
- Chiropractic arose as a separate profession in the United States in the 1890s
- It was isolated from the mainstream of health care until 1950s
- Improvement of education and licensing standards, significant research and legal recognition created a broader acceptance in the 60s and 70s
- Doctors of chiropractic must complete four to five years at an accredited chiropractic college. The complete curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. Approximately 555 hours are devoted to learning about adjustive techniques and spinal analysis in colleges of chiropractic.
- The chiropractic and medical school curricula are extremely rigorous and virtually identical
- chiropractors have more hours of classroom education than their medical counterparts.
- Medical doctors are trained in the use of medicines (chemicals that affect your internal biochemistry) and surgery. Therefore, if you have a chemical problem, such as diabetes, hypothyroidism, or an infection, medical doctors can be very helpful.
- The biggest difference between chiropractors and medical doctors lies not in their level of education, but in their preferred method of caring for people
- A chiropractor's education, however, never ends. Most doctors complete regular postgraduate instruction for license renewal and to stay current on the latest research and adjustment techniques.
- Research demonstrates that the primary reasons patients consult chiropractors are back pain (approximately 60%), other musculoskeletal pain such as pain in the neck, shoulder, extremities and arthritic pain (20%) and headaches including migraine (10%).
- Low back pain is the fifth most common reason for all physician visits in the United States.
- Back pain is the most frequent cause of activity limitation in people younger than 45 years old.
- Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic—meaning they are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer.
- Americans spend at least $50 Billion per year on back pain
- It is estimated that there are 300,000 to 350,000 massage therapists and massage school students in the United States.
- According to the U.S. Department of Labor in 2012, employment for massage therapists is expected to increase 20 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than average for all occupations.
- Between July 2012 and July 2013, roughly 35 million adult Americans (16 percent) had a massage at least once.
Today's massage therapists are...
Education and credentials in the massage therapy profession
- predominantly female (88 percent)
- at a median age of 44 years old. forty-one percent were younger than 35 in 2013
- in massage therapy as a second career
- there are more than 360 accredited massage therapy schools and programs in the US
- massage therapists have an average of 642 hours of initial training
Dr. Amanda Everaert B.H.K., D.C.
- Dr. Amanda first obtained a bachelor's degree form the University of Windsor for Human Kinetics, majoring in movement science
- She moved to St. Louis, Missouri and graduated from Logan College of Chiropractic in April 2011
- She worked for a year at Defiance Chiropractic Clinic in Defiance Ohio, taking over for a retiring chiropractor. She was 1 of 6 chiropractors in the clinic, along with 2 massage therapist, a reflexologist, full nutrition store, and many chiropractic assistants. During this time she also was a volunteer volleyball coach with Defiance College
- She holds a 50 hour certificate in Craniopathy, along with many other specialized courses in pediatrics, nutrition, sports injury etc.
- An athlete herself, Dr. Amanda finished her first half marathon in 2010. She still continues to play adult recreational volleyball, runs occasionally, and has started a walking group out of the office. Along with staying active she has coached many different levels of volleyball in Kingsville, and surrounding area.
John Jones B.H.K., RMT
- John is a lifelong resident of Kingsville.
- In 1991 he graduated from the University of Windsor with a bachelor's degree in Human Kinetics majoring in Teaching and Coaching.
- John spent one year as personal trainer before returning to school to pursue a career in health care.
- John worked for several years as a Personal Support Worker at the Sun Parlor Nursing Home in Leamington.
- In 1997 John returned to school to become a Registered Massage therapist, a career he has been at for the past 16 years.
- He is an active member with Delta Waterfowl and Safari Club International.
Nicala Codling RMT
- Nicala graduated from the Massage Therapy program at Everest College in 2010.
- Prior to returning to school Nicala worked as a Developmental Services Worker, and after 12 years in the field she wanted to offer clients with disabilities alternative approaches to wellness.
- Nicala is an instructor in the Massage Therapy Program at Everest College since 2012, where she enjoys applying her skills and knowledge to help new students gain success in their field of employment.
- Throughout her years as an RMT she has also gained training in other modalities including: Craniosacral therapy and Reiki.
Massage Therapy for Mental Wellness
Massage therapy is a popular treatment for the relief of sports injuries, strains, and muscle soreness. But its benefits are more than just physical: it is also an effective way to alleviate depression and anxiety—and improve sleep quality.
Although life stresses are unavoidable, we can counter negative feelings and insomnia with the positive benefits that massage therapy offers.
Why massage therapy?
Massage has been practiced for centuries. In ancient India massage therapists kneaded patients with herbs and oils to relieve tiredness, increase energy, and improve overall health. In fifth-century Greece Hippocrates was quoted as saying, “The physician must be experienced in many things, but assuredly in rubbing.” And it’s no secret why massage is still popular today—it feels wonderful.
For overall mental wellness
According to Heidi Ezzat, a registered massage therapist (RMT) practicing in Pitt Meadows, BC, “Massage therapy is an excellent tool in treating anxiety, depression, and insomnia because it helps your body to relax, which in turn helps you to de-stress.” She explains that massage therapy is effective in treating these disorders because “the state of calm [achieved] allows one to have a better chance of using coping skills that have been acquired in other therapies such as counselling.”
According to Health Canada, 11 percent of men and 16 percent of women will experience severe depression over the course of their lives. Studies show, however, that massage therapy can be an effective tool for dealing with depression.
In a study published in Support Care Cancer (2010), breast cancer patients who received two 30-minute massages weekly for five weeks reported significant reductions in depression and anxious depression compared to those who received no massage therapy.
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by Amy Wood, Source: Alive, Your complete source for natural health and wellness
5 Exercise Tips for Busy People
A normal day for most busy people consists of a constant string of tasks: go to work, get the kids ready for school, unload the dishwasher, mow the lawn, etc. The problem is, there isn’t any room in the day for exercise! At least, it seems so. Students in college, professors, businessmen and women, and others from all fields of work often confront this same dilemma. There are many pressures on how we spend our bit of free time. However, the quality of the exercise done often trumps the quantity of it. Here are some ways to get the most out of your few minutes of exercise time.
1. Take a walk
If you have few options, taking a 10-15 minute walk over your lunch break is a nice way to relax and get your daily quota of exercise. It also has the added benefit of not being terribly strenuous, so you shouldn’t come back to the office dripping with sweat.
2. Forget the gym
It takes both time and money to dedicate to working out at a gym. If you don’t mind the great outdoors, pick up your running/walking shoes and step out your front door. This is, perhaps, the most relaxing way to unwind after a stressful day, especially if you live in an area with pretty scenery. Drivers are one thing to keep in mind if you are exercising on the road in the evening. It might be a good idea to keep a runners’ reflective vest on hand for the times you can’t get out before the sunset, and be aware that motorists may not always see you, even with the vest.
3. Skip the elevator
This is perhaps the easiest way to get some good, quick exercise. Simply wave goodbye to the elevator and take the stairs each day. There is a reason athletes run up and down stairs all the time…
4. Back to school
One other way to make sure you are able to exercise is to take a college or community sponsored class. Many of the prior two institutions have classes for pilates, some sports, dance, yoga and weight training. Any of these would be an interesting way to try something new and keep exercise fun! Another benefit is that taking the class will make sure that you have time already set aside for your daily routine.
5. Walk to work
If you live close enough to work, one other option is to walk or ride a bicycle to work for the day. If the weather is warm where you live, it might be a good idea to keep your work clothes at your destination and change once you are there. That way you don’t have to worry so much about working up a sweat. An added bonus for this is that you don’t use any gas that day. This could save a sizable amount of money in a few years.
By Anna Carpenter http://www.productivity501.com/5-exercise-tips-for-busy-people/3100/
How can chiropractors benefit your health?
Back and neck pain are the chief complaints for which patients seek chiropractic help. Through manual spinal manipulation, chiropractic care is a holistic therapy that focuses on maintaining healthy musculoskeletal and nervous systems to ensure overall wellness.
The research about chiropractic care is growing. According to the Annals of Internal Medicine, recent studies show that spinal manipulative therapy performed by a chiropractor, along with exercise, relieve neck pain more effectively than medication.
Furthermore, the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reported that an integrated approach to health care -- including chiropractic care -- results in a 51.8 percent reduction in pharmaceutical costs and 43 percent fewer hospital admissions.
You should consider seeing a chiropractor if you experience frequent pain in your back, neck or joints, as well as headaches. This is especially so if intense soreness follows accidents, household chores or prolonged periods of poor posture.
Back and neck pain
Chiropractors are best known for safely and effectively treating acute back and neck pain, as well as headaches. Whereas a medical doctor might prescribe pain medicine, muscle relaxers or anti-inflammatory drugs, and an orthopedic doctor might suggest surgery, a chiropractor will treat your back problems by hand, through manipulation of the spine.
Nancy Elwartowski-Cooper, a pediatric and prenatal chiropractor, sees more and more referrals from medical doctors: "They (patients) are tired of the drugs and want answers to what is causing their problems."
Chiropractors bring the musculoskeletal structure into proper alignment. Chiropractors change the position of your body and apply pressure to particular points along the spine that are not properly aligned. This results in a popping noise similar to the one created when you crack your knuckles. The noise is created by a change in pressure in your joints as gas bubbles are released.
By adjusting the spine with their hands at particular pressure points, chiropractors unblock nerve energy and allow it to flow better down your spin and throughout your entire body. Repeated visits can, over time, realign your spine to optimize overall health.
Chiropractor Brian Elwartowski said the brain sends messages down the spinal cord and out through the nerves to the rest of your body. If certain nerves are squeezed by a twist in the spine, they won't function as well as if they were straight. "Chiropractic [care] allows the nerves to work at their most optimum ability," he said, "allowing the body to heal at its optimum ability."
Many chiropractors seek to care for the whole person, from general wellness to disease prevention. They examine every patient, not only for the reason of their visit but also their level of health. After diagnosis, a chiropractor develops a treatment plan. Keith Overland, president of the American Chiropractic Association, said, "This may include combinations of chiropractic manipulation, physical therapy and rehabilitative procedures for many musculoskeletal problems."
Some chiropractors provide nutrition advice, exercise recommendations, ergonomic and lifestyle counseling and so on. The successful management of chronic conditions may require a combination of these major components. This holistic approach can reduce the need for potentially addictive pain medication or invasive surgery.
Published May 02, 2012, NewsCore, FOX NEWS
Benefits of Exercise
Step right up! It's the miracle cure we've all been waiting for.
It can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and lower your risk of early death by up to 30%.
It’s free, easy to take, has an immediate effect and you don’t need a GP to get some. Its name? Exercise.
Exercise is the miracle cure we’ve always had, but for too long we’ve neglected to take our recommended dose. Our health is now suffering as a consequence.
This is no snake oil. Whatever your age, there's strong scientific evidence that being physically active can help you lead a healthier and even happier life.
People who do regular activity have a lower risk of many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and some cancers.
Research shows that physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress, depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Given the overwhelming evidence, it seems obvious that we should all be physically active. It's essential if you want to live a healthy and fulfilling life into old age.It's medically proven that people who do regular physical activity have:
- up to a 35% lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
- up to a 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes
- up to a 50% lower risk of colon cancer
- up to a 20% lower risk of breast cancer
- a 30% lower risk of early death
- up to an 83% lower risk of osteoarthritis
- up to a 68% lower risk of hip fracture
- a 30% lower risk of falls (among older adults)
- up to a 30% lower risk of depression
- up to a 30% lower risk of dementia
Moderate-intensity aerobic activity means you're working hard enough to raise your heart rate and break a sweat. One way to tell if you're working at a moderate intensity is if you can still talk but you can't sing the words to a song.
Examples of moderate-intensity aerobic activities are: walking fast, water aerobics, riding a bike on level ground or with few hills, playing doubles tennis, pushing a lawn mower
Daily chores such as shopping, cooking or housework don't count towards your 150 minutes. This is because the effort needed to do them isn’t hard enough to get your heart rate up.
A Modern Problem
People are less active nowadays, partly because technology has made our lives easier. We drive cars or take public transport. Machines wash our clothes. We entertain ourselves in front of a TV or computer screen. Fewer people are doing manual work, and most of us have jobs that involve little physical effort.
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Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds
The nutrition in pumpkin seeds improves with age; they are among the few foods that increase in nutritive value as they decompose. According to tests made at the Massachusetts Experimental Station, squash and pumpkin seeds stored for more than five months show a marked increase in protein content. Although pumpkin seeds are high in calories, about 559 calories per 100 g, they still have many benefits.
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- Are filled with lots of minerals including phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, iron and copper.
- Are a good source of vitamin K.
- Contain phytosterols, compounds that that have been shown to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol.
- Contain L-tryptophan, which helps with good sleep and lowering depression. Tryptophan is converted into serotonin and niacin. Serotonin is also very helpful in helping us to have a good night’s sleep.
- Are high in zinc, making them a natural protector against osteoporosis. Low intake of zinc is linked to higher rates of osteoporosis. In a study of almost 400 men (age from 45-92) published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition they found a correlation between low dietary intake of zinc, low blood levels of the trace mineral and osteoporosis at the hip and spine.
- Are a good source vitamin E; they contain about 35.10 mg of tocopherol per 100 g.
- Are the most alkaline-forming seed.
- Are an excellent source of vitamin B group (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine) and folates).
- Contain good quality protein. 100 g seeds provide 30 g.
- According to studies, pumpkin seeds prevent calcium oxalate kidney stone formation.
- Reduce inflammation for arthritis without the side effects of anti-inflammatory drugs.
- Are used in many cultures as a natural treatment for tapeworms and other parasites.
- Are good for prostate health! The oil in pumpkin seeds alleviates difficult urination that happens with an enlarged prostate