October 2017 Health Newsletter

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.



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Current Articles

» Decompression Therapy Available
» Walking and Cycling Linked to Reduced Risk of Being Hospitalized with Sciatica
» Mindful Coffee Consumption Can Lead to Better Health

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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Walking and Cycling Linked to Reduced Risk of Being Hospitalized with Sciatica  

Perhaps youíre already aware that a number of lifestyle factors increase a personís risk of developing sciatica, including smoking and obesity. However, new research reveals that cycling and walking could have an equally effective opposite effect. A recent study followed a group of over 35,000 people for up to 30 years. It discovered that the risk of being hospitalized for sciatica was increased by 33% if people smoked or were obese, while regularly commuting to work by bicycle or on foot lowered their risk by 33%.

The Risks Involved in Developing Sciatica
The study reported that up to 5% of people suffer from sciatica, an often painful condition. Sciatica normally originates from a compressed nerve root and herniated disc, which causes shooting pains along the sciatic nerve. This extends from the lower back right down the back of a personís legs. Even though it rarely leads to hospitalization or surgery, itís often considered a more severe and long-lasting source of low back pain. Four long-term studies were analyzed by the team in Finland, with a total of 1,259 hospitalizations for sciatica occurring during the follow-up time of 12-30 years. The researchers looked at various risk factors, including occupation, education, sex, age, obesity, body mass index, and smoking, along with the duration, intensity, and frequency of physical activity. Although smokers saw an increased risk of 33%, former smokers didnít share this same risk. Furthermore, the risk of hospitalization was increased by 36% in obese patients Ė with abdominal fat increasing the risk to 41%. However, regardless of any other activity or the body weight of the patient, commuting to work via bicycle or on foot reduced their risk by 33%.

Overcoming Sciatica
Speaking about the study, lead author, Dr. Rahman Shiri, said they were surprised to see that no effect on hospitalization was witnessed by any other form of leisure time physical activities. However, they believe this may be due to the fact that regular, moderate activities like cycling and walking donít add strain to the back as opposed to higher-intensity exercises that will. Although the study was limited by the fact that it only used self-reported data and couldnít verify additional health factors for sciatica hospitalization, it does emphasize the benefits of moving around frequently, maintaining a healthy weight, and not smoking. Furthermore, studies have indicated that sciatica patients noticed a significant improvement when they underwent a number of treatments, including spinal manipulation. This process is carried out by a licensed doctor of chiropractic to reduce the nerve irritability that causes pain, muscle spasm, inflammation, and other symptoms associated with sciatica. If your sciatica is causing you discomfort and pain, contact your local chiropractor today.

Author:ChiroPlanet.com
Source:American Journal of Medicine, online July 24, 2017.
Copyright:ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2017


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Mindful Coffee Consumption Can Lead to Better Health  
Mindfulness is a popular concept these days, and it is often used as a way to help individuals make better life and health choices. And while itís no secret that reducing your sugar consumption can help with weight loss and general improvement in health, both are often easier said than done. A recent study conducted at the University of Minnesota has shown that mindfully consuming your coffee without sugar may help with not only weight loss but also a more focused approach to choices.

Drinking Unsweetened Coffee Can Lead to Mindfulness
Participants in the University of Minnesota study were divided into three groups. One group went cold turkey and immediately began drinking unsweetened coffee. A second group was allowed to gradually reduce the amount of sugar they added to their coffee. A third group was taught how to discern different flavors and tastes in coffee, and was instructed to mindfully drink their sugar-free brew by focusing on the sensations and the different flavors that were present in the beverage. They learned how to be mentally present to the action of drinking coffee, and in some cases to enjoy the beverage more than they had in the past.† After one month, the mindfulness group drinkers were more likely to enjoy their coffee and the drinking experience. They also continued to drink coffee sugar free more often than the other two groups who immediately eliminated or gradually reduced the amount of sweetener they added to their coffee.

Reducing Sugar Intake can Help Promote Food Awareness
Researchers suggest that the combination of reducing sugar intake as a tool to promote health, in conjunction with being mindful about the action, may lead to a longer-term healthier lifestyle. It is believed that making a conscious decision, in this case eliminating sugar in coffee, focuses attention on actions and being a participant in the choice, which can lead to mindfulness in other life choices. In an interview one of the researchers noted that beginning a lifestyle change is relatively easy, but sustaining change is very challenging. Researchers anticipated that most participants would go back to adding sweetener to their coffee, yet the majority of participants in the mindfulness group continued drinking their coffee sugar-free.

Author:ChiroPlanet.com
Source:J Health Psychol 2017.
Copyright:ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2017


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