October 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
» National Chiropractic Health Month: Take Steps to Better Musculoskeletal Health
» Vegetarians May Live Longer
» “BPA-Free” Plastics Potentially Worse

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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National Chiropractic Health Month: Take Steps to Better Musculoskeletal Health

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and chiropractors nationwide are encouraging the public to take simple steps toward better musculoskeletal (MSK) health during National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) this October. The MSK system is comprised of the spine as well as all the muscles, bones and joints of the body. Keeping this vital system strong is the focus of 2019’s "Strength. Stability. Success." campaign.

When the MSK system functions well, we feel stronger and healthier; however, when there's a problem we might experience pain and even disability. More than one in two adults report experiencing an MSK condition such as back pain, neck pain, joint pain, arthritis or osteoporosis. They are the most commonly reported medical conditions among those under age 65 and the second most common condition for people age 65 and older. Low back pain alone is the leading cause of disability worldwide.

"Chiropractors provide care that helps people improve musculoskeletal health and relieve conditions such as low back pain naturally, sometimes enabling them to avoid or reduce the need for riskier treatments such as prescription opioid pain medications and surgery," notes ACA President Robert C. Jones, DC.

This October, set yourself up for future stability and success by taking steps to improve the strength of your musculoskeletal system:

  1. Move more. Bones, muscles and joints need movement to stay healthy. The U.S. surgeon general recommends adults get at least 150 minutes weekly of moderate physical activity (such as walking, yardwork, recreational swimming) or at least 75 minutes of intense weekly activity (jogging, hiking uphill, basketball).
  2. Eat a balanced diet. Proper nutrition is just as important to musculoskeletal health as it is to overall health. Eat a balanced diet that includes whole fresh foods and try to avoid processed foods. Be sure to get enough calcium and vitamin D for your bones and lean protein to build and maintain strong muscles.
  3. Go outside. The sun helps our bodies produce Vitamin D, which in turn helps us to absorb calcium and strengthen bones.
  4. Do weight-bearing exercises. Walking, jogging and resistance exercises such as weightlifting can improve bone density. Planks and squats can also strengthen core muscles. (Non-weight-bearing exercises such as swimming and biking can benefit the MSK system as well, especially for people unable to walk or jog while recovering from back, hip or knee pain.)
  5. Stay hydrated. Drinking water makes muscles stronger by carrying oxygen to the cells of the body. It also helps lubricate and cushion joints.
  6. Quit smoking. Smoking contributes not only to cardiovascular disease but also osteoporosis and bone fracture as we age.
  7. Get adequate rest. A good night's sleep enables your body to repair muscles and joints that are strained or injured during the day.
  8. Don’t drink too much alcohol. Drinking alcohol excessively can lead to osteoporosis and bone fracture.

We can also reduce the risk of pain and injury to our MSK system by improving our posture and movement techniques as well the ergonomics of our work and home environments. Learn more at www.acatoday.org/NCHM.

Author: American Chiropractic Association
Source: Acatoday.org. September 10, 2019.
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association 2019


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Vegetarians May Live Longer

A five year study of people's eating habits suggests that people who limit or eliminate meat from their diets are less likely to die over time. Researchers at Loma Linda University in California studied data from over 70,000 participants and found that people who eat mostly fruits and vegetables enjoyed a reduced risk of heart disease and other diet-related causes of death. In the test group, 8 percent of subjects described themselves as vegans who didn't eat any animal products, 29 percent were lacto-ovo-vegetarians who didn't eat fish or meat but did eat dairy and egg products, and 15 percent occasionally ate meat and fish. The researchers found that while seven out of 1000 individuals died in any given period of time, the death rate among vegetarians and occasional meat-eaters dropped to five or six individuals in the same time period. However, the researchers were reluctant to attribute the effect solely to the test subject's diet choices. They pointed out that the vegetarians also generally worked out more, were better educated, less likely to smoke and weighed less, all of which contributed to their decreased mortality rate. Still, they concluded that the data suggests that reducing or eliminating animal products from your diet could lead to healthier overall outcomes.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JAMA Internal Medicine, online June 3, 2013.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2013


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“BPA-Free” Plastics Potentially Worse

If you’ve purchased plastic related drinking containers you’ve surely noticed many products touting their "BPA-free" status. BPA or bisphenol-A is a chemical used to harden plastic and has received much bad press over the recent years due to studies linking it to brain and behavior issues in children and infants, altered hormone levels, obesity and cancer, to name a few. Unfortunately, new research from Canada shows the replacement being used for BPA, BPS or bisphenol-S, has now also become a cause for concern. Researchers from the University of Calgary have now found BPS to cause changes in the brain development of zebra fish embryos at extremely low doses. Authors of the study state their findings are directly relevant to humans, especially for women in their second trimester of pregnancy.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Jan 12, 2015.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2015


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