September 2019 Health Newsletter

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Current Articles

» Calendar of Events & Monthly Affirmation
» Knee Pain: A Common Injury with a Complex Cause
» Reasons to Get Checked This Spring
» Why Chiropractic Care for Baby?
» Gardening Ergonomics
» Dairy Free Artichoke Dip
» House Plants for Health
» A Little Exercise, A Longer Life
» Chiropractic Care Beneficial For Disc Herniations
» Sleep Longer For A Healthier Brain

Calendar of Events & Monthly Affirmation

Calendar of Events

May 17-21, 2019 office closed

 

 

Monthly Affirmation

I am creating my life—one thought, one action, one feeling at a time.

 

 

Author: Power Health
Source: May 2019 Newsletter
Copyright: Power Health 2019


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Knee Pain: A Common Injury with a Complex Cause

We see many patients in the office who are experiencing knee pain.  Often a first thought can be pain in the knee must be the result of something going on just in the knee, but in reality, the knee is very interconnected with other joints and tissues.  ART (Active Release Technique) is a highly effective way of addressing knee pain, looking at all the integrated causes for reduced mobility and function.  Read more about the role of ART in knee pain here

Author: Power Health
Source: April 2019 Newsletter
Copyright: Power Health 2019


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Reasons to Get Checked This Spring

  • Easter break road trips or flights can leave you sitting for long periods of time.
  • To remove any interference in the nervous system that could compromise immune response.
  • To keep your body moving well as you tackle your spring cleaning projects.
  • To feel great getting back into outdoor activities like running, soccer or golf (just to name a few).
  • To support optimal functioning of the respiratory and immune systems as pollen and dust are encountered.
  • To address stress and tension from studying/writing final exams.
  • To support healthy habits you may be implementing during this season of growth and renewal.

 

Author: Power Health
Source: April 2019 Newsletter
Copyright: Power Health 2019


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Why Chiropractic Care for Baby?

"Being born is tough work for both mothers and babies. There are a lot of pressures and forces being exerted onto your baby during their journey into the world."  

Seeing new mothers and babies in our office is one of the best parts of family chiropractic!  Babies can benefit from chiropractic care right from birth.  This article gives a great overview of the stresses baby can experience during birth, and how chiropractic works to reduce any interference in the nervous system - allowing optimal expression of function.  Read more from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association here

Author: ICPA
Source: May 2019 Newsletter
Copyright: ICPA 2019


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Gardening Ergonomics

Yardwork and garden prep are in full swing, including lots of bending, twisting, reaching and pulling.  Avoid injuries and aggravation by keeping a few tips in mind:

Þ Stretch first.  Gardening may be a relaxing pastime, but it is physical.  Warm muscles are more efficient and less likely to become injured.

Þ Avoid twisting your body.  Squarely face what you’re doing, and keep moving close to your work. 

Þ If you’re task involves lots of digging, keep your elbows partially bent.

Þ Avoid long stretches of reaching above to prune or water—get a ladder or step stool instead to reduce shoulder stress.

Þ When pulling or using shears, hold objects with as light a grasp as the task permits, avoid a tight sustained grip.

Þ Use the right tool for you.  Garden tools are not one-size fits-all.  Find the appropriate size handle, weight and length for you.

Þ Maintain your adjustment schedule.  Let us know if something has changed!

 

Author: Power Health
Source: May 2019 Newsletter
Copyright: Power Health 2019


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Dairy Free Artichoke Dip

If you are having a gathering at your place, maybe even indulging in a Game of Thrones viewing party, then you have to try this delicious and dairy-free take on artichoke dip.  Serve warm on some gluten-free bread of with raw veggies - SO delicious. This recipe is another favourite of ours from Danielle Walker.  She has shared the recipe on Facebook, you can find it at:

https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=Whole30%20artichoke%20dip&epa=SEARCH_BOX

Author: Power Health
Source: May 2019 Newsletter
Copyright: Power Health 2019


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House Plants for Health

A quick browse of Instagram, or any home décor magazine will tell you that house plants have been making a big comeback.  From big tropicals, to easy to care for succulents and air plants, it feels good to nurture something and watch it thrive, to spend time around something that doesn't’ plug in—create a sanctuary!

Besides aesthetics, house plants confer many health benefits evidenced in research:

Air quality:  Plants release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide.  They also reduce levels of carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and other indoor air pollutants.

Increases air humidity—often a very welcome benefit in southern Alberta. 

A study from the University of Norway showed in addition to reducing stress, and improving well-being and mood, plants also reduce dry skin and incidence of colds, sore throats and dry coughs.

Kansas State University looked at the effect of plants in the rooms of post-surgical patients and found that patients with plants had lower blood pressure, less pain, anxiety and fatigue.

Keeping plants in your home and work environments improves concentration, memory, and productivity.

Do you have some “plant babies” ?

Show us on Instagram @powerhealthchiropractic

Or on Facebook

@ChiropractorLethbridge

 

Author: Power Health
Source: May 2019 Newsletter
Copyright: Power Health 2019


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A Little Exercise, A Longer Life

Individuals partaking in even just a small amount of low-intensity exercise are significantly less likely to die prematurely than their sedentary counterparts, according to researchers.  The findings come from examining data from 10 previous studies of more than 36,000 older subjects.  The evidence is becoming more clear – stop moving, and the risk of death increases significantly.  Being sedentary 10 hours a day increased death during the close to 7-year study by 48%.  Those that pushed their sedentary lifestyle to 12 hours a day nearly tripled their risk of death during this time frame.  The good news is that researchers found that literally any level of physical activity level was beneficial.  Thus, you don’t need to run a marathon or even run to reap the benefits.  Simply get up, get out and just move!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: BMJ 2019;366:l5051
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2019


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Chiropractic Care Beneficial For Disc Herniations

A recently published study has found chiropractic spinal manipulation provides beneficial effects for individuals with painful disc herniations. The study included 148 patients suffering from acute and chronic low back pain and leg pain with visible lumbar (lower back) disc herniations as seen on MRI. Patients were treated with chiropractic spinal manipulation - the most common treatment provided by chiropractors. Researchers reported significant improvements for all outcomes at all points of follow-up. At the 3 month mark, approximately 91% of patients were "improved" with 88% "improved" at the 1 year mark. Although acute patients improved faster by 3 months, 82% of chronic patients reported "improvement" with 89% "improved" at 1 year. Importantly, there were no adverse events reported from receiving their chiropractic care. If you are suffering from back pain, leg pain and/or have a known disc herniation, contact your local chiropractor for a consultation today.


Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JMPT. Volume 37, Issue 3, March 2014.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2014


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Sleep Longer For A Healthier Brain

Numerous sleep studies have been conducted to determine how sleep affects the human body and overall health. However, no studies have specifically looked into how sleep affects the brain in aging adults. In efforts to answer this question, Chinese researchers reviewed MRI scans, health questionnaires and cognitive tests on 66 Chinese adults over the age of 55. They then repeated this 2 years later and compared the data. Their findings indicate that those who slept less had more age-related brain shrinkage and an increased decline in cognitive performance. Sleep plays a crucial role in cellular repair and memory consolidation. Lack sleep and you’ll starve your body’s ability to heal, repair and regenerate. Researchers offered the following tips to those who struggle with adequate sleep - Avoid napping during the day, keep your bedroom dark and quiet, have a comfortable mattress, avoid alcohol and cigarettes, and avoid activities that excite your brain and body close to bedtime.


Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Sleep. July 1, 2014.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2014


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