Words of Wellness


WORDS OF WELLNESS WITH DR. CATHY                         JANUARY 2015

Dr. Cathy

Welcome to our first newsletter of 2015! The focus of Florence Chiropractic Center remains on the best care for our patients. I believe it’s easier to stay well versus get well. Because of this, nutrition will become a priority of mine in practice this year. Many of you know I have a degree in nutrition (Diplomate in Nutrition) as well as being a Certified Clinical Nutritionist. My interest in nutrition is based on my true nature and belief that “we are what we eat”. My desire to obtain a formal nutrition degree came with my dad’s terminal cancer diagnosis in 1996. I devoured any and all information on alternative treatments of his illness. The wide range of nutritional treatments were confusing and potentially dangerous. I chose at that time to become formally educated with the most current and safest treatments available. Unfortunately my dad passed away from cancer, but I continued with my thirst for   knowledge and my quest to become more well informed on nutrition. I am passionate about being able to share what I have learned with others.

Nutrition classes will be available on select Wednesday evenings in the lower level of my office. The classes will range from basic nutrition and meal planning to natural arthritis treatments and hormone balancing for men and women. Registration is required, so please call the main office to reserve your spot.

I will also be offering private nutrition counseling on Fridays. Counseling sessions will comprise of two meetings, an initial 30 minute consultation and a 60 minute follow-up. The goal of nutrition counseling if not to put you on a diet, but to help establish a healthy eating lifestyle change.

I am looking forward to sharing all the wonderful changes and adventures this new year has in store!

Dr. Cathy

Fitness Wellness


snow-shovling Although we have not had much snow this year, January is upon us. With snow comes shoveling and with shoveling typically comes back pain. There are many ways to prevent and treat back pain associated with shoveling.

  •  I recommend the “old fashioned” straight shovel versus the bent handle variety. I believe you can get a firmer, steadier grip making shoveling easier.
  • Pick up smaller amounts of snow, making the shovel less heavy.
  • Lift with your knees and thighs, not your lower back. Keep the twisting motion to a minimum.
  • If you have problems with your lower back, use a lumbar support brace. These are velcro, elastic wraps meant to keep the lower back protected and strong. They also help to remind you to lift with your legs.
  • Don’t shovel for more than 30 minutes at a time before taking a break, going inside and stretching your lower back. To stretch, lay on your stomach with your elbows bent and your forearms and palms facing down. Lift your head to cause a slight curve in your back. Hold for a couple seconds. Then turn over onto your back and pull one knee at a time towards your chest. Repeat three times with each knee. Then pull one knee at a time towards the opposite shoulder. Repeat three times with each knee.
  • Do not use only heat to treat back pain from shoveling. Although tempting in the cold weather, heat increases blood flow to an overworked or injured area. The heat will initially feel good, but quickly you will begin experiencing spasms and pain. Instead, I recommend taking a warm, wet towel and wringing it as dry as you can. Place this damp, warm towel across the bare skin of your lower back. Lay an ice pack over the damp, warm towel. Keep the ice on for 10 minutes. You can repeat this every 30 minutes.



As a chiropractor who treats mainly back disorders, I can tell you the foundation of your body, your feet, are critical to back health. If your arches drop, your feet and knees roll in, putting wear and tear on the medical meniscus (the portion of the knee most likely to form arthritis) and stress on the lower spinal discs. This can lead to disc prolapses and herniations, as well as arthritis and degeneration. Patients who purchase orthotics show a much greater recovery from knee and lower back conditions. Even neck problems can improve with the simple addition of orthotics. In my opinion orthotics are absolutely mandatory for patients with Plantar Fasciitis, heel spurs, bunions or hammer toes. Florence Chiropractic Center sells PowerStep, which are non-custom orthotics, ranging from $30-40. They are an easy and affordable way to see if orthotics make a difference in your pain.