January 2019 Health Newsletter

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Welcome to the Optimal Health & Chiropractic Monthly Newsletter!

Now serving both Fairmont and Jackson Communities!

Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner®

Dr. Kerri Henderson, DC, CCSP® is proud to announce her completion of advanced study in Chiropractic Sports Theory.  Only 5500 Chiropractors around the world have passed the rigorous testing to qualify for this additional credential.

If you are an athlete, talk to Dr. Henderson today about how she can help with enhancing performance and recovery from athletic events!

 


 Cold Laser Now Available

Cold laser therapy can stimulate all cell types including muscle, ligament, cartilage, nerves, etc., so a number of conditions can be treated by cold laser therapy. Some of conditions that may typically be treated by cold laser therapy include:

Arthritis pain
Neck/Back pain
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Tendonitis
Knee pain


 

Missed/Late Appointment Policy

Optimal Health & Chiropractic tries serve every patient within 10minutes of their scheduled appointment time.To enable us to provide this courtesy to all of our patients, we ask that our patients arrive on time for their scheduled appointments, or give our office a minimum of 2 hours notice if an appointment needs to be rescheduled to avoid Late/Missed appointment fees.

This allows us to find a more suitable time to your schedule, and fit in patients who may need emergency care, without disrupting anyone's plan of care. We reserve the right to charge a fee for any appointment that the patient has missed, cancelled, or arrived significantly late to their appointment without at least 2 hours notice. Thank you for helping us to remain respectful to your time and that of other patients.



Current Articles

» Decompression Therapy Available
» How Chiropractic Care Can Help Relieve “Forward Head Posture”
» Kids Aren’t the Only Ones Who Need Less Screen Time
» Over One-Quarter of the Entire World’s Population Doesn’t Get Enough Exercise

Decompression Therapy Available

Decompression Therapy is a hit at OHC!

Patients are reporting that our new state of the art decompression table is making a difference in their back pain! Decompression may be the pain relieving solution to your back pain, sciatica, stenosis or bulging disc pain that you've been searching for!

 

Available at both our Fairmont and Jackson locations!
If you have lasting back pain and other related symptoms, you know how disruptive to your life it can be. You may be unable to think of little else except finding relief. Some people turn to spinal decompression therapy -- either surgical or nonsurgical. Here's what you need to know to help decide whether it might be right for you.

What Is Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression?
Nonsurgical spinal decompression is a type of motorized therapy that may help relieve back pain. Spinal decompression works by gently stretching the spine. That changes the force and position of the spine. This change takes pressure off the spinal discs, which are gel-like cushions between the bones in your spine, by creating negative pressure in the disc. As a result, bulging or herniated disks may retract, taking pressure off nerves and other structures in your spine. This in turn, helps promote movement of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids into the disks so they can heal.

How Is Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression Done?
You are fully clothed during spinal decompression therapy. For low back decompression therapy, you lie on your back and the doctor fits you with a harness around your pelvis and another around your trunk. For neck decompression therapy, you lie on your back with your head cradled gently in the decompression device. Staff operates the computer controlled table, customizing treatment to your specific needs.

What should I expect?
The doctor will examine you and determine a treatment plan for your particular case based on your condition. Typically decompression is done as a series of  decompression sessions, coupled with periodic adjustments on some of those visits. Appointments are scheduled ahead of time. OHC provides package pricing for your treatment plan.

 

Author: Optimal Health & Chiropractic
Source: Optimal Health & Chiropractic
Copyright: OHC 2017


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How Chiropractic Care Can Help Relieve “Forward Head Posture”

If you spend a lot of time at the computer or looking down at your smartphone, you may be dealing with "forward head posture." Fortunately, this condition can be corrected with the right chiropractic care which often includes therapeutic exercises and stretches. 
What Is Forward Head Posture?
Forward head posture refers to when our head is not positioned properly over the body and is too far forward. This is typically caused by too much screen time in today’s computerized world although spending too much time at a desk or writing by hand, knitting or sewing could also cause an issue over time. Our head should be balanced on the top of our neck. This is often described as how a golf ball sits on top of a tee. The ears should be in line with the shoulders, not in front. The neck has a natural "C" curve when viewed from the side when the head is in the proper position. When the head is too far forward, that natural "C" curve can be reduced or lost increasing the tension on the structures of the neck and upper back. This can cause the upper back to become excessively curved in it's natural reversed "C" shape resulting in a condition called "kyphosis." When forward head posture becomes the norm for your body, it can lead to chronic neck pain, headaches, and spinal disc problems.
The Solution for Forward Head Posture
Fortunately, chiropractic care can significantly help. Additionally, many chiropractors not only utilize chiropractic-specific spinal adjustments to help correct these postural abnormalities, but additionally employ the use of in-office and/or at home therapeutic exercise regimen. If you are suffering from headaches, neck pain, or shoulder pain or discomfort, contact us today for a no-obligation evaluation.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JMPT: July–August, 2018 Volume 41, Issue 6, Pages 530–539.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2019


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Kids Aren’t the Only Ones Who Need Less Screen Time

A new doctor-authored resource for parents has some surprising news: Parents should limit their own screen time as well as their kids'. Here's why: Kids often mirror their parents' words and actions. According to Dr. Jenny Radesky, a co-writer of the resource in JAMA Pediatrics, this includes how parents interact with their smartphones – and how often. Dr. Radesky's research on the subject has revealed that parents preoccupied with their phones typically engage in less one-on-one interactions with their children, have more parent-child conflicts, and run into more behavioral issues with their kids. She also cites previous studies on TV-watching and parenting with similar results – parents who watched more television had kids who watched more television. Luckily, the parental resource Radesky co-authored with Dr. Megan Moreno has some suggestions for limiting your screen time and strengthening your family relationships. For instance, they recommend stepping back from your phone in instances where you would usually turn to it for stress-relief, distraction, or to avoid conflict. Instead, try something else, like breathing deeply. Engage with those around you and give them your full attention. The doctors promote establishing specific times when the whole family can unplug and do a single activity together. They also advise avoiding behaviors you wouldn’t want your kids to learn, like looking at your phone while driving your car, or ignoring others while using your phone.  In short, if you want your kids to learn good phone etiquette and safety, model it for them.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JAMA Pediatrics, online August 27, 2018.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2019


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Over One-Quarter of the Entire World’s Population Doesn’t Get Enough Exercise

About 1.4 billion people around the globe – about one-quarter of all the adults on earth – aren't getting enough physical activity in their day-to-day lives. According to a study from the World Health Organization, people who don't exercise enough daily are at higher risk for cancer, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, to start. To keep healthy, you need a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous, strenuous activity every week. According to the 2016 study, only one-third of women and one-fourth of men were not getting the recommended amounts.  The countries with the highest rates of inactivity were mostly Middle Eastern, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Iraq, as well as American Samoa. Over 50% of adults in these areas were not getting enough physical activity. Meanwhile, 40% of all U.S. adults, 14% of Chinese adults, and 36% of British adults were not active enough. In addition to the high rates of inactivity, the study found that these rates are staying stagnant despite growing research that proves how vital exercise is to health. In fact, inactivity is twice as high in richer countries versus poorer ones, and even increased during the years 2001-2016 by 5%. One big reason may be because sedentary occupations are becoming the norm in richer countries, while poorer countries have more active occupations.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Lancet Glob Health 2018; 6: e1077–86.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2019


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