New Year’s Resolution

Dear Friends,

It has been two weeks since New Year’s Day.  Have the changes you set out to make stuck?  Sometimes we need to make it simple.

For me, I made a resolution to read something positive or in my field at least 10 minutes a day (something that either helps me be a better person or a better doctor),  and then to journal three positive or good things that happened throughout the day.  I find that I’m more mindful, peaceful, and get more done with a little journaling.

If your resolution included something like to get healthier or start an exercise program, the little steps may be to start, such as walking 15 minutes a day or do a little food prep on Sundays, so you can eat meals at home for the week.

And if its been a while since you’ve been in for a tune-up, give our office a call and we will help you start of the New Year right with a spine and nervous system that’s in alignment with your goals.

See you soon,

Dr. Teri

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This post was written by wisdoc on January 15, 2018

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How Does Chiropractic Work?

Many people seek chiropractic care when their back goes out or their neck tightens up. But how does this form of care actually work? What are the benefits of receiving chiropractic care for nerve dysfunction compared with other healthcare options? Let’s take a look!

First, let’s discuss how the nervous system “works.” We have three divisions of the nervous system: the central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems. The central nervous system (CNS) includes the brain and spinal cord, and it’s essentially the main processing portion of the nervous system. The spinal cord is like a multi-lane highway that brings information to the brain for processing (sensory division) and returns information back to the toes, feet, legs, and upper extremities from which the information originated (motor division). For example, hiking on a mountain trail or simply walking requires constant input to and from the CNS so we can adjust our balance accordingly and not fall. These “sensory-motor pathways” are essential and allow us to complete our daily tasks in an efficient, safe manner as information is constantly bouncing back and forth between the brain and the rest of the body.

The peripheral nervous system (PNS) includes a similar sensory/motor “two-way street” system relaying information back and forth from our toes/feet/legs and fingers/hands/arms to the spinal cord (CNS). And if this isn’t complicated enough, we also have “reflexes” that, for example, allow us to QUICKLY pull our hand away from a hot stove to minimize burning our fingers.

Reflexes allow the information to “skip” the brain’s processing part so quicker reactions can occur. The autonomic nervous system (ANS) includes the sympathetic and parasympathetic divisions that basically “run” our automatic (organ) functions like breathing, heart rate, digestion, hormonal output, and more. There is constant communication between the ANS, PNS, and CNS that allow us to function in a normal, balanced way… unless something disrupts them.

There are obvious conditions that interfere with this communication process that include (but are not limited to) diabetes (with neuropathy), frost bitten or burned fingers, peripheral nerve damage from conditions like carpal/cubital tunnel syndromes, thoracic outlet syndrome, and/or pinched nerves in the neck, mid-back, low-back spinal regions, as well as conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS), Guillain-Barre Syndrome, after a stroke (spinal cord or brain), and after trauma with resulting fractures where nerve, spinal cord, and/or brain damage can occur. These are “obvious” reasons for delayed or blocked neurotransmission.

There are many other less obvious injuries or conditions that can result in faulty neuromotor patterns and nerve transmission of which chiropractic services can benefit. The “subluxation complex” is a term some chiropractors use to describe the compromised nerve transmission that may occur if a nerve is compressed or irritated due to faulty bone or joint position along the nerve’s course. Reducing such nerve compression typically allows for a restoration of function. A good illustration of this is a patient who suffers from a herniated disk in the neck with numbness and tingling down the arm to the hand. The goal of treatment (for all healthcare professionals) is to remove the pinch of the nerve.

To realize this goal, doctors of chiropractic utilize spinal manipulation and mobilization in addition to other non-surgical, non-drug approaches that may include exercises, nutritional advice, home-care such as a cervical traction unit, and other anti-inflammatory measures (ice, modalities like low level and class IV laser, electric stimulation, pulsed magnetic field, and more). Given the minimal side-effect risks and well-reported benefits, it only makes sense to try chiropractic FIRST and if you’re not satisfied, your doctor will help you find the next level of care.

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This post was written by wisdoc on June 6, 2017

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Benefits of Massage Therapy

What is in your stocking? This Christmas treat a family member, friend, loved one, or even yourself to a massage. Did you know that massage is helpful in so many aspects of ones life. Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. Massage Therapy is beneficial in reducing stress (especially around the holidays), pain management, enhanced sleep quality, increased circulation, reduces recovery time, reduced fatigue, and greater energy. Not only that, if you suffer from anxiety, arthritis, high or low blood pressure, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, and chronic migraines and tension headaches, massage can help regulate and balance your bodily system. Research continues to show the enormous benefits of touch—which range from treating chronic diseases, neurological disorders, and injuries, to alleviating the tensions of modern lifestyles. Getting a massage can do you a world of good. And getting massage frequently can do even more. This is the beauty of bodywork. Taking part in this form of regularly scheduled self-care can play a huge part in how healthy you’ll be and how youthful you’ll remain with each passing year. Budgeting time and money for bodywork at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your health. Consider massage appointments as a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan, and work with us to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs. For appointments and scheduling please contact us at 714-779-2318…. Happy Holidays and may everyone have a stress free year!

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This post was written by wisdoc on December 12, 2016

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Be Happy!

I came across a gem this weekend.  ”The 5 simple things you can do every day, that if you do them consistently over time, will make you significantly, noticeably, measurably happier.”  This was from The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor.

1.  Each morning, write down three things your’re grateful for.  Three new things every day.

2.  Journal for 2 minutes a day about a positive experience you’ve had over the past 24 hours.

3.  Meditate daily.

4.  Do a random act of kindness over the coarse of each day.  It can be as simple as an e-mail of praise or thanks.

5.  Exercise for 15 minutes daily.  Studies show that exercise is as powerful as any anti-depressants and  safer.

Pick one.  Start today and if done faithfully over the next 3 weeks, only 21 days, you will have a happy, healthy habit.  Then add another habit!

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This post was written by wisdoc on August 29, 2016

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Concussions in the news

Another great article that was published by the magazine Time, by Alice Park.  ”How Concussions can lead to poor grades.”

Here is the just of it….

“In a study published in the journal Pediatrics, Danielle Ransom, a postdoctoral fellow in neuropsychology, and her colleagues found that children who had concussions may experience more problems concentrating, keeping up and paying attention in school. The symptoms are worse for students who have recently been injured, but remained significant even for those who had recovered.”

Here’s the link to read the whole article:  time.com/3852458/how-concussions-affect-school-grades/

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This post was written by wisdoc on July 31, 2016

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HBOT Therapy and Concussions

I just ran across a great article on concussions and how to treat them.  It reminded me of a young athlete, I’ll call him “Sam,” that we treated a couple of years ago.  He was a football player who had three concussions in one year! Sam was having migraines, problems concentrating and articulating what he was thinking.  He saw a neurologist and had a SPECT scan that showed moderate brain damage in the temporal lobe.  He started on a protocol of 40 treatments of HBOT (hyperbaric oxygen therapy) and brain healing, anti-oxident supplements.

Within the first month of treatment, he noticed that he “could explain things better,” and he was “no longer having problems processing information.”  After the treatments, he re-took his SATs (had taken them prior to starting his brain healing treatments) and scored 200+ points higher without any other prep class or studying.  The higher score made the difference of his being accepted to the college that he really wanted to attend.

For more information on his story or on HBOT therapy, give the office a call.

And you can read the whole article on brain healing at this link, http://wiinnebago.com/press-releases/treatment-for-concussion-is-available-all-over-the-usa-if-you-know-where-to-look/.

Hope your having a great week!

Dr. Teri Wisner

Posted under Announcement, Chiropractic, Current News, Doc's Rant, Health Watch!, Hyperbaric Therapy News, News You Can Use, Newsletter

This post was written by wisdoc on July 30, 2016

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