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Fall '13
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Office News:


More spacious waiting room:
The waiting room renovations are finally finished. We thank those of you that offered us valuable feedback and all of you for your patience during the process.


Combination of Massage & Chiropractic services proven to be very popular!
This spring we introduced 15-minute massages prior to receiving chiropractic services. They have proven to be very popular. Especially popular have been t
wo new massage services offered by Heidi. Reiki and Craniosacral Therapy. The 15 minute sessions serve as a brief introduction and several patients have rebooked longer sessions and enjoyed the full benefits of the service

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New Massage Techniques:
Reiki and CranioSacral Therapy
Heidi Scott, LMT joined our staff in May of this year. She has over 10 years experience and brings to our office a new skill set to benefit your health and wellness.

Reiki

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. The therapist administers "laying on hands" to balance one's "life force energy".

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It is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy."

A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and well being. Many have reported miraculous results.

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.

  Craniosacral Therapy
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CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance.

There are two major schools / styles. Heidi is trained by the Upledger Institute. Osteopathic Physician John E. Upledger pioneered and developed the technique after years of clinical testing and research at Michigan State University where he served as professor of biomechanics.

Using a soft touch which is generally no greater than 5 grams – about the weight of a nickel – practitioners release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system. CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and it's effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.

What conditions does CranioSacral Therapy address?

Migraines and Headaches
Chronic Neck and Back Pain
Autism
Stress and Tension-Related Disorders
Motor-Coordination Impairments
Infant and Childhood Disorders
Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
Chronic Fatigue
Fibromyalgia
TMJ Syndrome
Scoliosis
Central Nervous System Disorders
Learning Disabilities
ADD/ADHD
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Orthopedic Problems
And Many Other Conditions

The following link offers more detailed information:
http://www.upledger.com/content.asp?id=26

Heidi is certified in both techniques and has appointments available on Wednesdays all day and Thursdays after 2 p.m.

 

Mind Body Connection
Health Benefits of Meditation
People are either indifferent about meditation or swear by it. What often accounts for the divide is lack concrete evidence that it actually has an effect on our body. Many research studies have been able to bridge that gap and make difficult to ignore the health benefits one could reap from the practice.

A study in 2011 demonstrated that those who meditated for about 30 minutes a day for eight weeks had measurable changes in gray-matter density in parts of the brain associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress. http://www.psyn-journal.com/article/S0925-4927%2810%2900288-X/abstract

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The American Heart Association actually recommends one form of mediation, Transcendental Meditation, as a way to lower blood pressure. The practice is associated with substantially reduced rates of death, heart attack and stroke.

The AHA scientific statement also concludes that alternative treatments including Transcendental Meditation are recommended in treatment plans for all individuals with blood pressure over 120/80 mm Hg.
*Brook RD et al., Beyond Medications and Diet: Alternative Approaches to Lowering Blood Pressure. A Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association. Hypertension, 61:00, 2013.

The following is an outline of various health benefits validated by research:

Reduced High Blood Pressure and Death Rates
American Journal of Cardiology
Reduced High Blood Pressure and
Reduced Hypertensive Medication

American Journal of Hypertension
Reduced Atherosclerosis
American Journal of Cardiology
Reduced Thickening of Coronary Arteries
The American Heart Association’s Stroke
Reduced Constriction of Blood Vessels
Psychosomatic Medicine
Reduced Blood Pressure
International Journal of Neuroscience
Reduced Myocardial Eschemia
American Journal of Cardiology
Slowing of Aging
International Journal of Neuroscience
Reduced Hospitalization Rates
American Journal of Managed Care
Decreased Medical Care
Utilization and Hospitalization

Psychosomatic Medicine
Increased Creativity
Journal of Creative Behavior
Improved Memory
Memory and Cognition
Increased Intelligence
Intelligence
Decreased Anxiety
Journal of Clinical Psychology
Reduced Alcohol Abuse
American Journal of Psychiatry
Increased Productivity
Academy of Management Journal
Reduced Blood Pressure: Comparisons with Other Procedures
The American Heart Association’s
Hypertension

The plethora of health benefits is difficult to ignore. At the very least the cardiovascular and cognitive benefits should allow one to live a healthier, enjoyable and longer life. I would think that this evidence would make it easier to make time for something so simple and yet important.

Being a busy parent myself I realize that time is at a premium. Even though some of the aforementioned studies reference 30 minute sessions, you will have benefits even with shorter sessions to start.

True / deep meditation is difficult to achieve and hold for very long. The process of quiet time with no stimulation, being present in the moment and centered in one's own body will offer some benefits even practiced for a few minutes a day (say before bed time).

For local organizational assistance or introduction to meditation you may consider visiting : www.maumboston.org


 

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Fall Allergy Season Is Here
Prevention and Natural Remedies
Prevention

Many people associate seasonal allergies with springtime, when plants, flowers, and grasses begin to bloom. But fall is also a difficult time for allergy sufferers, particularly those sensitive to ragweed pollen. This yellow-flowered plant begins producing pollen in late summer, and continues into the fall. And like many types of pollen, ragweed pollen travels on the wind and can be carried hundreds of miles — so you don't need to live near it to be affected by it.

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Here are several tips to minimize exposure:

  • Stay indoors when the pollen count is high, especially on dry, windy days.
  • Stay indoors between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m., when airborne pollen is likely to be at its highest each day.
  • Keep windows closed at home and in the car.
  • Change the car air filter frequently.
  • Keep the car vent circulation (car icon with arrow circulating in the car) shut.
  • Vacuum and dust frequently.
  • Keep shoes, jackets, or other clothing worn outdoors outside the house (closed foyer / garage / laundry room).
  • Use a dehumidifier large enough for your space, clean filter regularly, and keep humidity levels at least below 60%.
  • Do not keep cardboard boxes or store clothes etc in cardboard boxes (use well sealed plastic boxes instead).

 

Natural Remedies

Quercetin: Natural Antihistamine tempers immune response. Buy a pure supplement with 100 - 200 mg. Take 200 mg.
Boswelia: Natural Anti-inflammatory. Take 200-500 mg.
Stinging Nettle Leaf Extract: It contains active compounds that reduce allergy inflammatory factors by blocking the genetic factor that activates them.
QC nasal spray: A homeopathic remedy; The Q stands for Quercetin - a proven anti-inflammatory that slows down release of histamine (chemical that triggers the allergic immune response). Other anti-oxidants soothe and hydrate the air-passage ways.
Sinus saline rinses: The Neti pot is a great way to keep the mucosa (nasal lining) hydrated and flush mucous (relieve congestion / pressure).  You may get a version at Walgreens or CVS or our office. The spray bottle versions are not recommended (too much pressure). 

Diet

Decrease mucus / inflammation causing foods:
Minimize alcohol, sugars / sweets, dairy, and wheat products. Alcohol, sugars and wheat lead the body more towards inflammation and sensitize the immune response. Dairy creates a lot of mucus.
Drink plenty of water: Loosens mucus.
Take fish oil (or flax seed oil if you are allergic) and anti-oxidants:
They help decrease inflammation and temper the immune response.

Get Adjusted

Chiropractic Manipulation has been shown to optimize the immune response, and also reduce air passage way spasm (brochiole-spasms). In combination with lymphatic drainage it helps to drain the sinuses and reduce congestion.

 



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