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At a time of year when sniffles abound and everyone seems to be armed with a pocketful of tissues, it is important to take special care in supporting your body’s natural defense systems. The essential function of our exquisitely designed immune system is to defend against the millions of bacteria, microbes, toxins, parasites and viruses that look to invade it. When the immune system is working optimally, our lymphocytes are able to engulf the germs we are exposed to daily. A strong immune system helps foster a healthier, more active and enjoyable life. However, when stressors exist, immune system helps foster a healthier, more active andenjoyable life. However, when stressors exist, they may disrupt this delicate balance, resulting in sickness or disease. Don’t wait until it’s too late—there are many simple and effective steps that you can take each day to build your immune system:
- follow a nutrient-dense diet
- exercise daily
- get solid sleep: 8-9 hours and try an Earthing sheet
- maintain a healthy weight
- drink plenty of purified, mineralized water
- avoid excesses
Superfood supplements can also boost your body’s defenses by providing powerful nutrients and cofactors it needs to ideal protection and rapid healing. Try a general multi-vitamin in addition to vitamin C (500mg), B vitamins, vitamin D (5000 I.U. daily), magnesium (400mg), and zinc (30mg).
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The training load for Ultra Marathons is rigorous and breaks the legs down. Having ran for almost two years with various nagging injuries and more recently, been plagued with frustrating IT band complications, I started to think my Ultra Marathon days were over. Since being treated by Dr. Johanna, my IT band issues and related nagging injuries have no longer been a problem. Every time I leave a treatment, I feel lighter, faster and stronger. My fire for running has been reignited as a result of the treatment performed by Dr. Johanna.
Dr. Lelke has helped me heal from SI joint dysfunction and sciatica. I always feel much better after her adjustments. The ART techniques she performs are very effective. She’s great at answering questions and explaining my condition to me. I’ve learned how to better take care of myself so that I can look forward to more pain-free days. After lots of hip work, it’s always a bonus when she also releases tension in my spine. =)
A movement-based style of deep massage patented by P. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP, ART® allows access to more than three hundred muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia and nerves. Through examination, orthopedic testing and precise palpation, Dr. Lelke simultaneously diagnoses and treats overused musculature, evaluating texture, tightness and range of motion before combining directed pressure with selections from more than ﬁve hundred prescribed patient movements. ART® reduces scar tissue from accumulated micro-tears, injury or hypoxia, ultimately lengthening, strengthening and releasing compromised areas of the body.
When I strained a rotator cuff muscle while rock climbing, I came to Dr. Lelke to “ﬁx it up.” I was immediately impressed with her and the techniques she employed. But she didn’t stop there. Dr. Lelke provided me with an extensive routine of stretching and strengthening exercises that not only helped me recover, but also helped strengthen my arm against future injury. I’m back to full strength and climbing better than before!
I’m an athlete who’s received excellent treatment from Dr. Lelke, and a Berkeley-based bodyworker who’s referred my own clients to her. Why? A holistic approach to chiropractic that emphasizes soft-tissue work alongside the usual adjustments. No quick cracks, then back to the car, where your still-tight musculature will ruin your recent treatment. Dr. Lelke backs up her clinical knowledge with an approachable, interested and down-to-earth tableside manner.
Johanna is very professional, knowledgeable and cautious. I also appreciate how skillfully she integrates Pilates and yoga exercises to actively build up targeted muscle groups, aiding long-term healing rather than a short-term ﬁx. My lower back issues are gone after ART® and core exercises, and I have returned to my active lifestyle.
Dr. Lelke was able to pinpoint the exact place where I was injured in my ankle (my prior chiropractor couldn’t identify the right spot), and with super strong ﬁngers, I could feel the healing occur. Dr. Lelke is understanding, very professional, and always sensitive to my pain levels. She is a fantastic practitioner, highly recommended for active folks who want to be in top shape for their sport or activity.