December 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
» A Cure For The Holiday Blues
» Tips To Stay Healthy During The Holiday Season
» Skipping Breakfast May Lead to Essential Nutrient Shortfall

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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A Cure For The Holiday Blues  


The holidays can be a wonderful time for family and friends to relax and spend time together. For some, it can also be a time of increased stress and heightened depression. Research suggests those seeking relief from a case of the holiday blues could add exercise into their routine. According to a new review of current research including 35 past trials, moderate exercise provides moderate relief in those with depressive symptoms. Although more studies are required, the current findings suggest that over time, moderate exercise reduces depressive symptoms as much as psychotherapy or antidepressant medications. Researchers state that the frequency and intensity of exercise is important. For instance, walking at a slow pace has no positive effect on depression. So if the holidays are bringing you down or you are just looking for a mood and energy boost, put down the cookies and get exercising!


Author:ChiroPlanet.com
Source:The Cochrane Library, online September 11, 2013.
Copyright:ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2013


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Tips To Stay Healthy During The Holiday Season  

Whether you're scheduled for a long road trip, shopping for a small army of friends and family members, wrapping dozens and dozens of gifts or camping out in the kitchen to get all your cooking complete, major holidays can easily put your body at risk of injury. Prolonged sitting, prolonged standing, extensive walking, awkward positions, overeating and plain old mental exhaustion are all common when the holiday season comes into full swing. Here are a few common sense tips to assist in keeping you healthy and pain-free this holiday season:

  • Traveling: bring water and small snacks to stay well hydrated and to keep your blood sugar levels stable, wear comfortable shoes and clothing, bring along a small blanket and travel pillow, bring all required travel documents as well as any maps or reservations for rental cars and hotels, be careful and obtain assistance when handling heavy/bulky luggage and gifts - use a push cart or dolly and obtain assistance whenever appropriate and/or possible
  • Shopping: bring water and small snacks to stay well hydrated and to keep your blood sugar stable, wear comfortable shoes and clothing, have your shopping day pre-planned in regards to locations to visit and gifts to purchase, use shopping carts when available and take gifts to your vehicle frequently rather than risking injury by lugging pounds of gifts from store to store, be careful and obtain assistance when handling heavy/bulky gifts
  • Cooking: maintain proper posture while at the counter/sink, alternate between sitting and standing positions, take frequent breaks, stretch often, careful when using knives and other sharp objects
  • Gift Wrapping: maintain proper posture, stretch frequently, be careful not to leave scissors or sharp cutting objects on the floor where they can be accidentally stepped on or where they can be accessed by small children or animals, be careful and obtain assistance when moving or wrapping larger or bulky gifts
  • Holiday Eats and Treats: do your best to avoid over indulgence of those holiday eats and treats, maintain activity levels to counter act all that holiday feasting, avoid driving when you've consumed those holiday spirits
  • Treat Your Body To A Holiday Gift: if you find those aches and pains creeping in or just want to be in tiptop shape this holiday season, stop by your chiropractor's office and treat your body to the most valuable gift of all... the gift of health!

Author:ChiroPlanet.com
Source:ChiroPlanet.com
Copyright:ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2014


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Skipping Breakfast May Lead to Essential Nutrient Shortfall  

It is commonly held that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but until recently the prevailing argument was simply that breakfast eaters started the day with sounder cognitive function and set themselves up for overall better performance and achievement as the day progressed.

However, a recent study out of Kings College London in the UK suggests that children who skip breakfast on a regular basis are likely missing out on all recommended essential nutrients throughout the day.

In general studies conducted over many years, skipping breakfast has been proven to increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease, reduced memory function, and weight gain. However, only recently have studies of nutrition shown the effects of missing out on micronutrients such as vitamins C, D, E, B-complex and K, folic acid and beta-carotene, and the correlation of obtaining these nutrients beginning with a meal at breakfast.

Iron and Calcium Deficiencies May Be Linked to Skipping Breakfast
Detailed statistics of participants in the Kings College study show that more than 30% of children who skip breakfast are low on iron, and more than 20% of the children are deficient in calcium. Comparatively, only 3% of children who eat breakfast regularly were low in iron and or calcium. Not surprisingly, fat intake throughout the day was higher when children did not eat breakfast.

Researchers determined that older children, those aged 11 to 18 years, were more likely than their younger peers (ages 4 -10 years) to skip breakfast. And girls were more likely than boys to begin their day without a meal. But the missing micronutrients in the younger breakfast skippers was greater than in the older group, indicating that the younger you are, the more important it is to eat breakfast so that your body can derive and process nutrition throughout the day.

Even children in the study who ate a nutritionally balanced diet despite not eating breakfast were still found, when tested, to be lacking in essential nutrients, further indicating that breakfast may be key to establishing efficient and balanced dietary intake. The study also indicated that children who did not eat breakfast ended up consuming the same number or fewer total calories as children who ate breakfast every day.

Author:ChiroPlanet.com
Source:British Journal of Nutrition, online August 17, 2017.
Copyright:ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2017


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