Massage therapy is a nourishing, healing and wise self-care tool to utilize throughout the stages of life and benefiting the female body, and mind in many ways. It releases hormones and neurotransmitters like oxytocin, serotonin, endorphins and dopamine, into the system. These chemical messengers relieve stress and anxiety, promote healthy sleep, growth and healing, boost the immune system and give us a sense of peace and overall well being. Massage increases circulation which can be very helpful for PMS, PCOS, supporting fertility (abdominal massage specifically brings blood-flow to the reproductive organs, stimulating ovulation and regulating menstruation), and pregnancy (for baby and mommy) and as we age by bringing oxygen and nutrients into the tissues, and supporting the removal of toxins through the lymphatic system. Ethical bodywork with a skilled practitioner is one of the only places where we can fully receive, without anyone wanting or needing anything from us. I often feel a skillful massage is akin to being held in motherly arms where I can hand over the pressures of life and simply let go.
Spending a lot of time in front of the computer? Aren’t we all and chances are you take small breaks like me just to look at your phone. Well there is a realistic chance that just like many of us you have begun to develop forward head posture or as we call it in the industry – tech neck.
Tech neck is horrible for so many reasons: It can create headaches, makes you look unattractive (don’t believe me stick your chin out and look in the mirror) and can even result in jaw pain. Fret not because Onsight has a couple of exercises to help you out on YouTube.
- Chin retractions: This one is as simple as pulling in your chin as far back as you can while looking straight forward. Do these while driving your car by pushing back against the headrest and do as many as you can.
- Deep neck flexor training: Lying on your back, bring your chin in and pretend like you are scraping your chest with your chin. Make sure your shoulders stay down for the entire duration of the exercise. This one is more advanced and can leave you sore so stick to about 10 reps.
Contact Dr. Nick Predtechensky if you have questions or comments: DrNick@onsightchiro.com
20% off during February from Onsight, guidance from Dr. Johanna Lelke
What people say about THIS 21-day cleanse:
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“The 21-day Standard Process Purification Program isn’t just a cleanse diet. It’s a structured program that brings healthy lifestyle habits into focus. It’s designed to purify, nourish and help patients maintain a healthy body weight by eating whole foods, exercising, drinking nutritious shakes and taking supplements made with whole food and other ingredients. The menu includes a varied abundance of fresh vegetables and fruits for the first 10 days, with select proteins added on day 11. The supplements support the body’s ability to remove naturally occurring toxins. This promotes a state that allows for toxin release.” -Standard Process
Want to get started? Email Health@Onsightchiro.com to purchase.
Explicit cleanse directions will be sent to each customer, or upon request, by Dr. Johanna. Guidelines and recipes are also found in the purification guide, and when you sign up for the online challenge at www.standardprocess.com/challenge. Please email DrJohanna@Onsightchiro.com with any questions or concerns before deciding to do the cleanse yourself this winter.
Standard Process (SP) items to purchase per person (all are vegetarian and gluten-free):
1. SP 21-day purification program guide
2. 2 containers of SP Complete Vanilla or SP Complete Dairy Free protein powder
3. 1 bottle SP Cleanse capsule supplements (150 caps)
4. 2 bottles Whole Food Fiber (7oz bottles)
5. 1 bottle SP Green Food (150 caps)
For our February sale, Onsight customers receive a 20% promotional discount* on the SP 21-day cleanse: $210 per person [instead of $262.50] + tax and $13 shipping or free in-office pick-up.
*Our rates are much lower than on Amazon because Dr. Johanna is a medical professional distributor with SP. Standard Process’ and MediHerb’s entire line of 360+ supplements are always discounted by 10% for Onsight customers.
McKenzie Press up for pain:
-Place arms under shoulders and press up to your level of comfort
– Aim to fully straighten arms but only press up to your comfort level, propping up to forearms is a safer alternative
– 10-20 reps or 2 minute hold
– Breathe out completely before coming back down
*** It is okay to feel some discomfort while you are performing this but it should decrease the more you hold or perform this movement.
Bird-Dog for stability:
– Hands and knees are directly under shoulders / hips
– Perform a “cat/camel” to find neutral spine
– Start with raising one limb at a time, progress to opposite arm/leg
– Spine should not move, only limbs
– Attempt to hold each pose for 5 seconds/ 10 reps
Hip hinge to restore motion:
– Therapeutic when repeated
– Use a golf club, broom, or dowel to ensure neutral spine
– After 8-12 reps, switch to picking something up to load the spine
– Perform another 8-12 reps w/ weight remember to brace the core by holding a big breath (back pack, laundry detergent, car battery are great alternatives to a kettle bell)
Tinnitus, Teeth Grinding, and Jaw Pain
Getting in the way of sleep, focus and energy?
Over the years, we’ve met lots of patients who’ve experienced the terrible trio of tinnitus (ringing in the ears), teeth grinding, and jaw or head pain. As they know too well, these are usually chronic and debilitating conditions. Most of them didn’t know that we could help them until they asked.
Muscle tensions in these patients get “stuck” because the brain is reinforcing a signal to contract, contract, contract, contract. The pattern that we want is contract, relax, contract, relax, correlating with use and rest. For example, we need our jaw muscles to contract when we’re chewing or speaking, and to relax when we’re not.
The intervention that has worked for so many people entails a complete neuromusculoskeletal approach. Put simply, we use exercises to help regulate your nervous system, hands-on myofascial release to relax muscle spasms, and chiropractic adjustments or mobilizations to regain joint ranges of motion in your neck, head and jaw.
If you’re afflicted by any part of this terrible trio, then I imagine you’re waiting for the day when your concentration, focus, ease of sleep, and energy return to normal! Let’s give you a little more detail on how our approach results in alleviation of headaches, jaw and neck pain, ear ringing, and even reduction of teeth grinding.
Factors like stress, anxiety, sleeplessness, and generally being overworked all contribute to a sympathetic nervous system dominance. The fight-flight mode becomes too pervasive and overrides our body’s ability to move back into the normal state of a parasympathetic (relaxed) nervous system. Our doctors train our patients in a number of appropriate exercises that incorporate eye movements, balance, and breathing techniques.
In order to break the cycle of muscle spasm, your body needs to receive the appropriate therapeutic contact. AMR (a technique called Advanced Muscle Reconditioning) works extremely well for these patients. It’s a hands-on therapy technique that relaxes the muscle trigger points that are commonly found around your head, neck and jaw. Sometimes, thickened adhesions build up in the muscles which renders them both tight and weak. For this problem, we often use a light scraping technique with Graston instruments.
Skeletal or Joint Approach
Chiropractic adjustments, or slower mobilizations, are usually the final step in a typical treatment session. In order to improve and render pain-free neck and jaw ranges of motion, our docs use their hands to apply the right amount of torque into a neck and/or head joint. Decades of academic research supports the observation that patients who receive chiropractic adjustments experience a calming input to their nervous systems and a relaxation of guarding muscle spasms around those joints.
Just as the debilitating aspects of these conditions arose gradually over time, the healing is also expected to take time to resolve completely. As doctors, we evaluate and offer a treatment plan that we believe, based on clinical experience, will resolve your problem as swiftly as possible. Patients respond at a rate that is dependent upon many health factors. Whereas some patients experience dramatic shifts early on in their care, others may shift more slowly over the course of treatment.
If I can answer any further questions about this topic, please don’t hesitate to reach me, Dr. Johanna Lelke, at DrJohanna@onsightchiro.com.