July 2021 Health Newsletter

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Current Articles

» Our Office Policy re. Sars-CoV-2 Virus & Covid-19 Disease
» New Study: Vitamin D3 + Calcium Decreases Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain
» Reminder: We Sell High-Quality Wellness Products In Office and Online
» Understanding Why Your Health History Is Critical to Excellent Chiropractic Care
» Are Arthritis Sufferers Hesitating to Pursue Relief?
» Stop Drinking Soda & Coffee for Energy – Climb the Stairs Instead!

Our Office Policy re. Sars-CoV-2 Virus & Covid-19 Disease

From Dr. Collins: Our office is open normal hours and days and serving our patients as usual with some special modifications. Despite the loosening of regulations in the offices, retail and restaurant sectors, Chiropractic healthcare offices in Oregon must follow all applicable Covid-19-related laws and rules established by the OHA, the OBCE and Oregon State OSHA and therefore, our rules are stricter. We still require the wearing of masks, while in our office. Additionally, any/all patients with recent-onset influenza-like symptoms and/or recent-onset Covid-19-like symptoms may not enter our office. Our up to date Covid-19 policy can be found on our Facebook Page Thank you!

Author: John J Collins DC
Source: John J Collins, DC

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New Study: Vitamin D3 + Calcium Decreases Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain

From Dr. John- A newly published scientific study  concluded that "supplementation with vitamin D and calcium decreases chronic non-specific musculoskeletal pain!" See the graphic below which shows a 43% decreae in pain after 3 months of supplementation.

Goyal Pain Scores Chart

Finally. You may know that I strongly urge all of my adult patients to please consider supplementing with high quality, evidence-based supplements. The program that I promote (and sell) at our office will actually deliver nutrient levels fairly similar to those used in this study. Whether you suffer from chonic pain or not, high-quality, evidence-based supplementation is a good idea. Our recommended program costs $50/month. See the link for more info. Thank you.

Link to Dr. John's supplement program.

Author: John J Collins DC
Source: John J Collins, DC

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Reminder: We Sell High-Quality Wellness Products In Office and Online

From Dr. John:

Folks: There is no shortage of vitamins, supplements and health-related gizmos/gadgets/devices being constantly pushed on American consumers. After over 25 years in healthcare, I can assure you that most of these products are a waste of your money! That said, not all of the products are a waste of money. A small percentage of health-related products are very helpful and can make a big difference in a person's health, but most consumers do not have the education or exprience to be able to know the difference. I take great pride in searching the product offerings to try to find the very few helpful and valuable products that are out there. Please check out our website store or stop by and check out our in-office offerings. Let us know if you have ANY questions at all.

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Author: John J Collins, DC
Source: John J Collins, DC

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Understanding Why Your Health History Is Critical to Excellent Chiropractic Care

Chiropractors gather a new patient's full health history before the first round of care because it's crucial to providing not just the right care, but also the right chiropractic care. It's more than giving an adjustment. It's also about treating you as a whole. The human body is intricate and interconnected, making every last piece of your physical and mental health valuable. Missing information can thwart even the most experienced chiropractor's effort to help you heal.

Health History and Whole Body Chiropractic

Filling out that health history form is a necessary process. Your health history sets the stage for what kind of care you need. It also offers clues to health issues you might not be aware of, and helps your doctor arrive at the right conclusion when seeking a diagnosis. It’s critical to treating you as a whole instead of just your symptoms.

Health history reveals a lot about your lifestyle, too. For example, if you come in with neck pain and your health history shows a change in lifestyle that revolves around a desk job, which coincides with developing neck pain, not only can your chiropractor adjust chiropractic methods to meet your needs, s/he can offer you lifestyle guidance on how to prevent desk job-induced neck pain.

Health history also serves the purpose of identifying the root cause of your health issue(s). Say that same neck pain patient was also in a car accident a year previous to the appointment. That's going to trigger another set of questions to determine whether it was the car accident or the desk job causing neck pain. The true root cause determines the best way to treat you. Your chiropractor can make connections you might have never considered.

Your Emotional Health and Whole Body Chiropractic

Emotions manifest physically in so many ways. Positive emotions are life-giving while negative emotions can manifest as pain, hormone imbalances, impede organ function, give you headaches, rob you of sleep, upset your stomach, make you gain weight and so much more.

If a patient has so much pent up stress and anxiety, chiropractic doctors want to address that and make referrals as necessary. Sometimes a misalignment in the spine can lead to emotional distress, which then leads to physical ailments tied to where the misalignment is, like how high anxiety can give a person stomach issues. Addressing the root cause of your emotional imbalances can empower you to achieve true healing.

Chiropractic can help with emotional health in so many ways because of how it helps you physically. One of the most powerful ways is how the right adjustment in the right place can help restore proper neurological function. For example, that anxious patient with stomach issues likely has a lot of tension interfering with nerve signaling to the stomach. Chiropractic can help your body relax enough to curb anxiety and restore proper nerve signals, alleviating stomach issues in the process.

Your Current Health and Whole Body Chiropractic

Beyond the obvious that you’re at your trusted local chiropractor for obvious reasons, delving into your current health often unearths clues as to what’s going on. Candid conversations with your chiropractor help them get a better picture of what’s going on inside your body and gives them a better idea on how to best help you.

Your chiropractor wants to help you and connect you with the right care whenever your needs are best addressed by a different kind of health professional. There are so many ways chiropractic can do so much to help your body heal and achieve optimal health when they have the complete health history picture.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: ChiroPlanet.com

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Are Arthritis Sufferers Hesitating to Pursue Relief?

Arthritis is a serious and frustrating condition that affects tens of millions. This type of ailment can make a person’s daily routine much more difficult than it should be. Those afflicted with arthritis may have trouble lifting things, and they may even be inhibited from being mobile without facing serious pain. According to the CDC, more than 54 million adults in the US suffer from arthritis. The total number of afflicted individuals has increased by about 20 percent over the past 15 years. Not only is the condition's widespread prevalence concerning to the medical industry, but the lack of attention given to arthritis' status as a serious disability is also alarming.  One of the main reasons that people may be holding off on pursuing solutions for this condition is that the way to handle it can sometimes result in more pain in the short-term. A healthy amount of physical activity has been proven to help reduce arthritis pain. However, since exercise can be painful for someone who is already suffering from arthritis, some people avoid it altogether.  Though movement can be difficult for a person with this type of disability, it can be used to help ease the severity of the issue. The growing number of sufferers indicates that people are holding off on pursuing relief, though doing so could benefit them in the long-term.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: CDC, online March 7, 2017.

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Stop Drinking Soda & Coffee for Energy – Climb the Stairs Instead!

Drinking coffee first thing in the morning may seem like the logical way to perk up low energy levels. Researchers have found, though, that caffeine – either from soda, energy drinks, coffee, or tea – has less of an effect on a person’s energy as does physical activity. The physical activity promoted in this recent study: stair climbing. Climbing the stairs may be the last thing a person wants to do when they’ve had a long night, but according to a study in Reuters, taking the stairs has a more profound effect on energy than caffeine. The study followed young, busy women, as this is a demographic that is largely often sleep deprived. The women in the study averaged less than 6.5 hours of sleep each night. Some of the women were given a placebo, others a 50mg dose of caffeine, and the last group had to climb stairs for 10 minutes. After this, they were asked to describe their level of energy, and were also tested for cognitive awareness and function. This included testing their memory and reaction times. The women who climbed the stairs felt significantly more energized, particularly right after their exercise. According to Men’s Health, the activity didn’t reduce the participant’s cognitive function, which means that when a person exerts themselves physically they don’t exhaust themselves mentally. Medical News Today reports that the participants even had greater motivation to work after their jaunt up the stairs. So, after a sleepless night – ditch the caffeine and hit the stairs. You’ll feel better!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Physiology and Behavior, online March 14, 2017.

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