ICE VS. HEAT

One of the most common questions patients ask is whether to apply ice or heat to a musculoskeletal pain or injury. Most importantly is what feels better and works best for you, however here are a few suggestions. ICE: Typically, ice is used for acute or new conditions. This stops the bleeding, swelling and bruising. […]

ENGAGE YOUR CORE

Most of us think of “core strength” as the collection of muscles that help stabilize the spine. As true as that is, I like to use the term for something far different. I think of our “core strength” as our inner determination, our personal power, values and mental strength. Just as your physical muscles hold […]

PUTTING THE BRAKES ON STRESS

Stress is commonly referred to as the body’s fight or flight response. This is handled by a part of our body called the Sympathetic Nervous System. I like to think of it as our gas pedal. When you’re busy during the day with to-do lists, high performance demands, deadlines and multi-tasking, your gas pedal is […]

DON’T FORGET TO HYDRATE THIS SUMMER

Drinking adequate water is so easy to forget. The recommended amount of water we should intake per day is 50% of our body weight in ounces. If you weigh 180 pounds, you should consume 90 ounces of water per day. If you sweat excessively due to work or exercise, drink even more. This recommendation is […]

THRIVE NOT SURVIVE

Join me and my staff as we tweak our health to THRIVE NOT SURVIVE. Enroll online or in our office for this series of classes that will begin in January. Class topics include:  Muscle and Joint Health: Foods and supplements to decrease inflammation and muscle spasms and improve hydration and flexibility. Better Gut Health: Better food choices […]

TAKE TIME TO SMELL THE ROSES

The most common excuse I hear from patients is “I don’t have time to exercise”. I am about to make you feel very guilty, because here is a one minute exercise that will leave you refreshed and relaxed. Take a deep breath in. Feel your belly swell and get larger as you inhale. Don’t worry […]

PURIFICATION PROGRAM

Coming January 1, 2016! In reviewing several “detox” programs, I personally endorse the Standard Process 21 Day Purification Program. This detoxification includes a combination of a whole food, nonprocessed diet, along with eliminating the two most common food irritants, dairy and gluten. Along with a completely clean eating program, it includes whole food nutrition to help flush […]

KINTSUGI

As I studied Asian medicine, I was reminded of a lesson I heard in a church sermon. Kintsugi is an ancient Japanese art form. The origin of Kintsugi began when a servant went to serve the emperor his morning tea and she dropped his revered tea bowl. The bowl broke into pieces and she was […]

BACK TO SCHOOL TIPS

It’s already back to school time! Here are a few tips to keep kids’ backs safer and brains working. Breakfast of Champions: Most kids tend to grab a quick bowl of cereal with milk for breakfast, but even complex grains with low fat milk just break down to sugar. In the morning, our bodies need […]