August 2018 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
» Spinal Surgery is Not the Answer for Pain
» Increased Weight... Increased Cancer Risk
» Boost Performance - Eat Your Breakfast

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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Spinal Surgery is Not the Answer for Pain

People with chronic back pain sometimes consider lumbar fusion surgery to reduce their dependence on pain medications, particularly opioids. But a new study has found that more than three-quarters of spinal fusion patients continue taking opioids for pain post-surgery. Spinal fusion surgery corrects issues with the spinal vertebrae by fusing painful or damaged vertebrae into one solid bone — in a process similar to welding the bones together. Many patients choose this invasive procedure because they believe it will relieve their need to take opioids for pain. However, a study published in the journal PAIN, discovered that 14 percent of patients who underwent spinal fusion still used opioids for occasional pain and a significant 77 percent continued to use them long-term. Only 9 percent of spinal fusion patients were able to discontinue their use of opioids completely. Dr. Richard Deyo of Oregon Health and Science and his colleagues used Oregon’s program for monitoring prescription drugs to determine the opioid dosages used by patients before and after the surgery.  Interestingly, of the patients who were prescribed opioids pre-surgery, only 34 percent of them were able to lower their dosage afterwards. Forty-five percent actually received a higher dose after undergoing spinal fusion.  After studying the data, Dr. Devo concluded that the higher the dosage of opioids before surgery, the more likely the patient would continue to use them afterward. Before considering an invasive treatment like spinal fusion, see a chiropractor for effective, drug-free pain management options.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: PAIN, online March 6, 2018.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2018


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Increased Weight... Increased Cancer Risk

Most are aware of the negative effects that excess bodyweight has on the cardiovascular system, increasing the risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. However according to the WHO (World Health Organization), obesity and excessive weight are also responsible for half a million cancer cases annually. In North America, the number of diagnosed obesity-related cancers for 2012 was estimated at approximately 111,000. Cancers associated with increased bodyweight or BMI over 25 (body mass index) affect the esophagus, colon, rectum, kidney, pancreas, gallbladder, postmenopausal breast, ovary and endometrium. Fortunately the majority of us have control over our bodyweight with the decisions we make daily in regards to physical activity and dietary habits and choices.  Committing to regular and ongoing physical activity coupled with a healthy diet is the answer. Get up, get out, move around, watch what you eat and when you eat, and get and stay healthy!


Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Reuters. November 26, 2014.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2014


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Boost Performance - Eat Your Breakfast

Skipping breakfast can lead to a reduced athletic performance later in the day according to U.K. researchers. In a group of 10 males, researchers compared performance later in the day when eating breakfast as well as when skipping breakfast. In this particular group of individuals, when breakfast was skipped, even though more calories tended to be consumed during lunch (an average of approximately 200 additional calories), their later day performance was still reduced. More studies will need to be performed but if you're an athlete with an athletic performance later it the day, making a decision to skip breakfast may reduce your overall performance, even if more calories are consumed later in the day.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, online May 12, 2015.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2015


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