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To be as healthy as possible, you need to change the right things. What better time for a change than the New Year??? The New Year reminds us of change, yet the best time is when you are READY! The emotional eating, couch potato syndrome and seasonal affective disorder common in the winter has many of us not feeling well, gaining weight and just plain feeling blah! Resolutions are cliché, yet the resolve to change can be inspired and augmented by a partner who is committed to your goals and needs.
Oftentimes people jump on the next fad and get a good start, yet lose steam after awhile as it is too hard, too uncomfortable or the results just aren’t coming. As a physician studying and practicing Lifestyle Medicine for 37 years, I have learned that one must optimize the body’s resources to help achieve lasting results. A physician needs to approach a patient's individual needs to get the body “doing the right thing”. There is no one size fits all program.
Conditions like obesity, depression and malaise, diabetes, high blood pressure and/ or cholesterol, insomnia, inability to handle stress, and generalized aches and pains can all be tied together and basically remedied over time with a comprehensive approach. Just going to the gym or cutting out carbohydrates may not be THE answer, but are certainly part of the solution.
Inflammation is the cornerstone of many of our diseases and you do not have to be overweight to be inflamed. While belly fat is surely inflammatory, even thin people have inflammation stored deep inside their cells and arteries. There are so many different ways to assess this condition and it MUST be eradicated to be a part of any lasting heath solution. Blood tests, Urine Analysis and Hormonal Saliva tests in addition to a thorough dietary assessment are key to uncovering the extent of the inflammation.
Most of us are actually eating an inflammation-promoting diet, so that habit, coupled with excessive stress, becomes part of our dis-ease profile. Need the proper enzymes and minerals for our hormones to function well and for us to digest our healthy food. Eradicating certain foods while enhancing the balance of others will certainly make a difference over time. Having a less acidic pH is key to achieving the first step of de-inflaming your body. Of course ridding your body of toxins via exercise, water and good sleep patterns are complimentary to our goals of a healthier you.
The body will adapt to destructive or productive changes that you make. Why not make 2017 the year of coaching and training your metabolism to work FOR you? Check out our Shape ReClaimed program to be better informed. Ask the doctor if this program is right for you or if there is another way to go that suits you better? We want the best for you! Gaining health, while lowering stress and losing weight is a great plan for every one.
About The Author : Dr. Sharon Fitelson , Chiropractic Physician, is the founder and clinic director of InMotion Health Center in St. Louis, MO. Dr. Fitelson is committed to empowering others to take care of themselves. A natural extension of this has been education, of herself and of others. As an avid speaker in the St. Louis area, she lectures widely on Health and Wellness, Exercise, Diet and Nutrition (for adults and children), Golf, Skiing, Carpal Tunnel, Women’s Hormones and Losing Weight (men included), Acupuncture and Stress.
We treat chronic misalignment and pain all day everyday as Chiropractors. As biomechanical engineers, we look at the big picture and how it contributes to the problem. Most times chronic conditions need to be corrected with exercises , yet proper alignment comes from the foot up and needs to be addressed as well. Bearing weight over a lifetime can alter how our entire kinetic chain works.
The kinetic chain begins at the foot when it plants and then pushes off. If the arch is too flat or too high and / or just weak thereby rolling over, then problems can be transmitted into the shin, knee, hamstrings , hip, low back and up the spine even to the head. All of the muscles need to adapt to the forces that are being placed on them from our infrastructure or bones, and so our bodies create “ posture ”. As we adapt to these forces then, if not found and then corrected, we are left with chronic pain.
Chronic pain therefore needs a complete assessment from the feet up. At InMotion Health Center part of our assessment is to have the patient walk down the hall and observe how their feet plant and push off and thereby how the knee and hip and on up is affected. Orthotics are often recommended as part of the long term plan after the pain is gone and when the exercises are in full swing as part of the rehabilitation.
Our orthotics are custom fit in house by the doctors and mold instantly to your feet in the weight bearing position. Each individual orthotic is adapted to the foot as needed with wedges, lifts and foam pads and can be changed over time as the foot does change. They are comfortable, low cost and adaptable. The orthotic comes in different thicknesses so they can be ordered for sport/workout shoes or even high heels and or dress shoes.
I have been an orthotic enthusiast for years and wear them always when exercising and walking a lot. My feet pronate which means they roll in as I push off when walking. These mechanics then torque my ankle and my knee. The stress on my knee has weakened it over time and thus has affected my hip and low back creating an increase in the curve. Luckily, Chiropractic adjustments, proper exercise and orthotics have saved me from years of chronic pain.
The takeaway is that you do not have to have foot pain to benefit from orthotics! This can be a part of a prevention program and is well worth checking out to see if there is a need.
To schedule an appointment, call our office at 314-644-2081 or use our online scheduling .
After years of being an effective Chiropractor in St. Louis , I decided to bring two very useful programs to our patients so they could, in effect, be empowered to continue their good results and not HAVE to endure repetitive episodes of ongoing pain and distress. And, in fact, so many of our motivated patients have wanted to know how to stay out of pain and what they can do for themselves!
Chiropractic care is very effective at moving spinal segments and enhancing the balance that needs to be in place once movement is in play. Biomechanical factors that affect the spine are foot and ankle dysfunction, pelvic unleveling due to short anatomical or functional legs, scoliosis and other abnormal curves. Add to that the postures of work and sport that are repetitive, and then you have ongoing stressors that play into the pain.
Strengthening your Core and thereby improving your Posture can keep you out of pain and support all of the good work that you have done with your Chiropractor to enhance proper spinal motion. The muscles that surround and support the spine are inherently weak and need proper strengthening. Often people hurt themselves trying to strengthen those muscles and that is what brings them into our office.
Our Posture program is aimed at systematically addressing an individual’s overall posture and starts with “before” pictures and end with “after” pictures that show the differences. Great attention to detail and explanation of how their weakness and imbalance exist are woven into the exercises and the patient is thereby very informed. A series of exercises take place over 7 consecutive weeks and address the upper back/neck and the trunk/low back ultimately as an integrated and synergistic functioning unit. 10 minutes per day at home is recommended for best results and is to be continued after the program is completed!
The Core program is more advanced and is a 30 minute workout that encompasses the entire body including arms and legs, not just the Core. This is for people without current pain who are in need of a thorough program to do on their own which will employ a “safe” back workout. The doctors have input into this program so our patients get the best workout for their body. This is an 8 week program and many people continue into phases 2 and 3 which are more advanced.
Our initial examinations always include postural biomechanics and are explained in great detail to the patient in their Report of Findings. Often people will say “I will try to sit up straighter and pull my shoulders back”. Unfortunately we do not remember to do that all of the time. Our biggest ally is muscle memory created by effectively building the muscles that will do the job and stretching the others. Unfortunately so many people hurt themselves at the gym. These programs ARE great to bridge the gap and finalize the rehabilitative process!To schedule an appointment for initial evaluation, please call us at 314-644-2081 or book online .
Our patients are coming in and complaining over and over again about how their allergies are so bad and dominating their health this spring. Having practiced now for 36 spring seasons, I can honestly say this is not a new complaint. Most patients do not understand how MUCH we can help with not only the symptoms, but with the underlying reason that their bodies succumb yearly!
This year with such a mild winter, St Louis is getting a heavy dose of earlier and more severe allergies. The reason for the severity is that the trees are full of pollen early due to the warmth and the bees are not here to pollinate the flowers. The response then is more available and accessible pollen in the air.
An allergic response is due to an overly sensitive immune system that is unable to neutralize a normally harmless irritant effectively. A histamine response takes over and this is characterized by watery and swollen eyes, runny and stuffy nose, itching throat and eyes and or sinus pressure to name a few.
Genes and environmental/lifestyle factors play a large role in these sensitivities. If one is relatively stressed out and not able to cope well from a physiological standpoint, the adrenal glands fail to function adequately. The adrenal glands have an inefficient use of cortisol which doesn’t effectively neutralize the irritants and then this forces the histamine reaction.
Allergies are an immune issue and can be helped with many other treatments besides medications and allergy shots. It may take a while to build the immune system and yet immediate short term relief can still be given with natural antihistamines, foods, acupuncture and even chiropractic treatments.
Remedies that you can employ include a diet rich in antioxidants such as FRESH fruits and vegetables which can be well supplemented with Juice Plus . Eating local honey will also help build immunity. Omega 3 EPA/DHA supplementation helps with inflammation. Minimizing alcohol and any fermented products will help. Taking grains out of your diet may help if your digestive system is weakened with Leaky Gut Syndrome. Increasing Vitamin C rich foods, and adding Quercetin supplements and Magnesium also build your constitution.
Consider an immune package for yourself which will include an acupuncture assessment followed by a series of treatments. The length of the treatment series depends on the overall health of the person, the severity of the symptoms and the goals, either short or long term. This is accomplished by moving energy in the lung/large intestine and spleen/stomach meridians primarily. Enhancing the flow of the chi is what will build the immunity.
Supplementation will vary from short term antihistamine supplements to longer acting Chinese Herbs , glandular supplements and dietary recommendations. The prescription varies with the individual yet includes some of all of these.
I hope I have shed some light on suffering from allergies and asthma for you. Questions are invited and feel free to answer here, set up an appointment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.