In response to coronavirus and seasonal flu issues:
We recognize this is a serious situation, but we do not want to cause panic either. Many large events have now been postponed to reduce public gatherings – that’s the right response! However, pain issues, and being too sedentary, can actually increase your odds of getting sick, so we will continue to help you by continuing our tradition of offering a hygienic, 1-on-1 therapy setting.
All that, to say, we are still open and still taking patients while maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness and health protocols.
We promise to continue the practice of universal precautions in all our facilities.
We ask patients to postpone treatment with us if they feel unwell. We advise checking temperatures and seeking medical or hospital care if appropriate. Our providers have been advised to stay home if they feel ill as well.
We will have hand sanitizer stationed around the clinic that is available for our providers and patients.
Based on latest stats, we want to encourage anyone over age 60 or with existing conditions (heart disease, diabetes, cancer, very high blood pressure, autoimmune issues) to pause theirtreatment and stay home. These groups are are far greater risk than the general population and we want you to remain safe and healthy for many years to come. Your health is our number one priority.
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In response to coronavirus and seasonal flu issues:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been dominating news headlines as of late. Canned goods and hand sanitizer may be flying off the shelves faster than you can say zombie apocalypse, but the truth of the matter is that some of the best things you can do to avoid getting sick from Coronavirus are some of the same things recommended by the chiropractors at Preferred Choice Chiropractic to help you stay healthy when faced with a variety of illnesses, including the common cold and flu.
Yes, Coronavirus is concerning and more than a little scary. You may not even know where to begin to keep you and your family healthy but focusing on the basics is a good place to start.
Wash Your Hands
You’ve likely heard this a million times but get ready to make it 1,000,001 — you must wash your hands frequently. Simple handwashing with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds is your first line of defense from germs and is key to protecting yourself.
You should wash your hands before meals, after using the
restroom, and after you’ve been in public where people are actively spreading
germs, such as handling doorknobs and public touch screens. Also make sure not
to touch your face when you’re out and about because touching a germy object,
such as a door handle, then touching your face is a great way to expose
yourself to germs.
A healthy immune system starts in your gut. A balanced diet full of whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fats will keep the good bacteria in your gut happy. This microbiome is one of your body’s first lines of defense when it’s exposed to germs, so keep them healthy and you will keep yourself healthy too.
It’s a good idea to cut down on added sugars because they can
throw off the balance of good and bad bacteria in your gut. Make sure you stay
well hydrated, too.
It certainly doesn’t hurt to increase your intake of Vitamin C, either as a food source or supplement, or Vitamin D, which you can get from a few minutes in the sun, fortified foods, or as a supplement.
It may be difficult to get a good night’s rest when you’re worried about pandemics, but if you’re not getting a minimum of seven to eight hours of sleep each night, then you’re doing your body (and immune system) a serious disservice. When you sleep, your body uses the time to rest and rejuvenate. Sleep is integral to your overall health and wellness, so make sure you’re getting enough of it.
If you find that you have trouble sleeping, then check your sleep environment. The room should be cool, dark, and quiet. Also take a look at your nighttime routine, making sure that all electronics are turned off at least one hour before bed and you’re doing what you can to relax in that time to prepare your body for sleep. Scrolling through social media and reading about recent outbreaks probably isn’t going to help you get the sleep you need, so turn it off and tune it out.
See the Chiropractor
Chiropractic care focuses on the function of the central nervous system, which just so happens to regulate every single function in your body — including your immune system. Regular chiropractic adjustments focus on the removal of spinal joint dysfunctions that can impact how your central nervous system communicates with the rest of your body. When your body is able to communicate freely and efficiently, then every system can work optimally to help you stay healthy.
Increase your Vitamin-D and Vitamin-C intake as well.
You cannot control the Coronavirus (or the flu or common cold either!) but what you can control are the things you do to support your own health. There’s no new way to outsmart a virus, all you can do is go back to the basics to help you stay healthy.
The impact of heart disease is significant, since it affects the quality of life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States; one in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke, equal to 2,200 deaths per day.
The good news is that lifestyle changes can make a difference. Your physical therapist can play an important role in improving your heart health. Don’t wait until your physician tells you it’s time to exercise, take some pre-emptive action. Call our office today and ask us to craft a “heart healthy” exercise program. Even if you have never exercised before, we’ll improve the health of your heart with a safe, progressive exercise program. Expect to work closely with us, and together as a team, we’ll improve the way your heart functions.
If you currently suffer from heart related issues, your physical therapist can help you regain an active lifestyle by working on three specific areas:
- Mobility issues
- Healthy eating and lifestyle changes
- Physical activities geared towards your specific abilities and goals
The average heart rate of an average adult is 72 beats per minute. If you live to be 80 years old, your heart could beat almost 3 billion times. The heart is an amazing organ that keeps beating involuntarily and powers blood circulation for the entire body. Here are some important considerations for heart health.
- Understand the impact of lifestyle – While genetics play a part in heart disease, lifestyle choices have a significant impact. Smoking, overeating, eating unhealthy food and a sedentary lifestyle are factors that must be improved, especially when heart disease runs in the family.
- Eat healthy – Minimize the consumption of sodium and trans fats. Eat healthy fruits and vegetables daily (try frozen versions when fresh produce is not in season as they hold the most nutrients).
- Join heart healthy programs – Several programs can help you achieve a heart healthy lifestyle. In September 2011, the CDC launched a national initiative called A Million Hearts that includes a list of partners (federal and private sector) committed to keeping people heart healthy. Among those participating are the American Heart Association, the YMCA, Walgreens, and numerous health insurance companies. You may want to consider challenging your family and friends to take the Million Hearts™ pledge (or taking the pledge yourself) at www.millionhearts.hhs.gov
- Keep Moving – Being active doesn’t mean having to run on a treadmill or attend a workout class. Simple things like taking a daily walk, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking farther away from your destination and walking to it can make a difference. Just keep moving!
Although exercise is an important part of heart disease prevention, it is important to remember the ABCS of a healthy heart. Consult your physician for more information on these four key factors:
A – an Aspirin a day can help keep your heart healthy. Ask your physician if low dose aspirin is a good idea for you.
B – know your Blood pressure numbers. If your blood pressure remains high for a period of time, you may be at risk for heart disease. Ask your physician for more information.
C – know your Cholesterol levels – your body has ‘good’ cholesterol and ‘bad’ cholesterol. The ratio between these numbers is an important determinant of heart health.
S – there’s no question Smoking is detrimental to the heart! Smoking has a detrimental effect on other organs including your lungs and has been proven to cause cancer.
As your physical therapists, we are committed to helping you live a healthy lifestyle brimming with energy and abundance. A strong, healthy heart is the first step, and we want to help you. Don’t wait, just give us a call today and ask us for more information. You owe it to your heart.
The hamstring muscles, located at the back of the thigh, are comprised of three muscle groups. Injuries to this muscle are common in athletes participating in sports such as football or basketball. They are also common in ‘weekend warriors’ and individuals who participate in walking, jogging or running without a period of adequate warm up and stretching.
This muscle group allows your knee to bend, and plays a critical role in every activity involving the lower body. Your hamstrings are contracting every single time you take a step, climb a flight of stairs or get in and out of your car.
The anatomy of this muscle group
The three muscle groups that comprise the hamstrings include the biceps femoris, semi-membranosus and semi-tendinosus. A partial or complete tear of either of these muscles is a likely possibility in hamstring injuries.
Cause of hamstring muscle injury
A sudden, excessive stress on this muscle group is a common cause of injury. An individual with a previous history of hamstring injuries is more likely to get re-injured. Hamstring muscle tightness and inadequate warm-up can also cause injuries.
The role of the physical therapist is extremely important in managing patients with hamstring injuries. Prior to treatment, the therapist will obtain a detailed history and perform a clinical examination to ascertain the degree of injury and the muscle groups involved. This will help create a foundation for a safe and effective treatment program.
If the injury was sustained recently, the therapist will recommend rest, since the primary goal is to avoid an increase in pain and excessive strain on sensitive muscles and ligaments. You may be asked to avoid exercise and in some cases, avoid walking. You may be asked to use crutches for support.
In an effort to deal with the pain associated with such injuries, the therapist may recommend an ice pack and a compression bandage to reduce swelling.
Physical therapists will prescribe and supervise a structured exercise program once the acute injury phase (and the associated pain and swelling) has subsided. These can include –
1. Muscle strength exercises – including static and dynamic strength exercises to help regain strength as quickly as possible.
2. Range of motion – including active and passive range of motion exercises that can be partial, or complete range of motion. This helps maintain mobility and minimize muscle tightness.
3. Provision of support devices – The use of assistive devices like crutches, walkers or canes to walk short distances is helpful for patients during the recovery phase. The physical therapist will help analyze the need for such a device, identify the right device (if needed) and assist in acquiring such a device.
In addition to the restoration of strength and mobility, an important objective of physical therapy is the restoration of muscle control and balance following hamstring injuries.
When the hamstrings are injured, the strength ratio between the quadriceps (muscles at the front of the thigh) and the hamstrings is also impacted. Weakness or tightness in the hamstrings (as a result of an injury) can also put you at an increased risk of injury to the ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, which is a ligament that facilitates with knee stability.
Exercises involving balance, weight bearing and unexpected shifts in direction can improve strength and stability in the hamstring muscles. For an athlete recovering from hamstring injuries, a physical therapist will work on motor control and help train sport-specific movements.
Whether you are a weekend warrior or an athlete suffering from a hamstring injury, physical therapy can help. In fact, the scope of physical therapy extends far beyond hamstring injuries and includes pain relief and restoration of function for any muscle injury in the body. Give us a call, and we’ll help you regain control of your muscles as quickly as possible.