March 2018 Health Newsletter

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Welcome to the Optimal Health & Chiropractic Monthly Newsletter!

Now serving both Fairmont and Jackson Communities!

Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner®

Dr. Kerri Henderson, DC, CCSP® is proud to announce her completion of advanced study in Chiropractic Sports Theory.  Only 5500 Chiropractors around the world have passed the rigorous testing to qualify for this additional credential.

If you are an athlete, talk to Dr. Henderson today about how she can help with enhancing performance and recovery from athletic events!


 Cold Laser Now Available

Cold laser therapy can stimulate all cell types including muscle, ligament, cartilage, nerves, etc., so a number of conditions can be treated by cold laser therapy. Some of conditions that may typically be treated by cold laser therapy include:

Arthritis pain
Neck/Back pain
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Knee pain


Missed/Late Appointment Policy

Optimal Health & Chiropractic tries serve every patient within 10minutes of their scheduled appointment time.To enable us to provide this courtesy to all of our patients, we ask that our patients arrive on time for their scheduled appointments, or give our office a minimum of 2 hours notice if an appointment needs to be rescheduled to avoid Late/Missed appointment fees.

This allows us to find a more suitable time to your schedule, and fit in patients who may need emergency care, without disrupting anyone's plan of care. We reserve the right to charge a fee for any appointment that the patient has missed, cancelled, or arrived significantly late to their appointment without at least 2 hours notice. Thank you for helping us to remain respectful to your time and that of other patients.

Current Articles

» Decompression Therapy Available
» House Introduces Bill to Expand Chiropractic Access...Military Retirees Families
» Jump For Your Adjustment!
» Obesity Linked to Chronic Back Pain

Decompression Therapy Available

Decompression Therapy is a hit at OHC!

Patients are reporting that our new state of the art decompression table is making a difference in their back pain! Decompression may be the pain relieving solution to your back pain, sciatica, stenosis or bulging disc pain that you've been searching for!


Available at both our Fairmont and Jackson locations!
If you have lasting back pain and other related symptoms, you know how disruptive to your life it can be. You may be unable to think of little else except finding relief. Some people turn to spinal decompression therapy -- either surgical or nonsurgical. Here's what you need to know to help decide whether it might be right for you.

What Is Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression?
Nonsurgical spinal decompression is a type of motorized therapy that may help relieve back pain. Spinal decompression works by gently stretching the spine. That changes the force and position of the spine. This change takes pressure off the spinal discs, which are gel-like cushions between the bones in your spine, by creating negative pressure in the disc. As a result, bulging or herniated disks may retract, taking pressure off nerves and other structures in your spine. This in turn, helps promote movement of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids into the disks so they can heal.

How Is Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression Done?
You are fully clothed during spinal decompression therapy. For low back decompression therapy, you lie on your back and the doctor fits you with a harness around your pelvis and another around your trunk. For neck decompression therapy, you lie on your back with your head cradled gently in the decompression device. Staff operates the computer controlled table, customizing treatment to your specific needs.

What should I expect?
The doctor will examine you and determine a treatment plan for your particular case based on your condition. Typically decompression is done as a series of  decompression sessions, coupled with periodic adjustments on some of those visits. Appointments are scheduled ahead of time. OHC provides package pricing for your treatment plan.


Author: Optimal Health & Chiropractic
Source: Optimal Health & Chiropractic
Copyright: OHC 2017

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House Introduces Bill to Expand Chiropractic Access...Military Retirees Families

A bill introduced last week in the House of Representatives and supported by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) would expand access to chiropractic services to military retirees, dependents and survivors through the Department of Defense TRICARE health program. The legislation (H.R. 4973), introduced by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) and Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa), would not only enable those who currently receive chiropractic care to continue their treatment but would also establish, in the wake of the nationwide opioid crisis, an important non-drug option for pain management in the program. "Chiropractors have become valued members of the military health care team. Their non-drug, non-addictive and noninvasive approach to pain management has proven effective in helping members of the military to recover from injuries, manage chronic pain and enhance their readiness for duty," said ACA President David Herd, DC. "This bill would ensure that military retirees and military family members have access to the same quality care." Chiropractic services were first made available to active-duty military personnel following the enactment in 2000 of legislation to create a permanent chiropractic benefit within the Department of Defense health care system. As part of the pilot program before full implementation, retirees, dependents and survivors were also granted access to chiropractic services on a space-available basis. At the time, it was found that the benefit was valued within the TRICARE community. Today, chiropractic is available only to active-duty service members at more than 60 military treatment facilities in the United States, as well as bases in Germany and Japan. Chiropractors focus on disorders of the musculoskeletal system, most often treating complaints such as back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs and headaches. Widely known for their expertise in spinal manipulation, chiropractors are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, and to provide dietary and lifestyle counseling.

Author: American Chiropractic Association
Source: online, February 14, 2018.
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association 2018

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Jump For Your Adjustment!

Looking to increase athletic performance and possibly your vertical jump height? Give an adjustment a try! A small blinded trial was conducted recently in young female athletes who were suffering from ankle joint dysfunction to see if an adjustment to the joint could affect their vertical jump height. The ankle joint, more technically referred to as the talocrural joint, is the joint formed from the ends of the lower leg bones (tibia and fibula) and the top bone of the ankle, the talus. Half of the female athletes with ankle joint dysfunction received an adjustment to their ankle joint once a week for three weeks while the other half received a sham treatment once a week for three weeks. On average, those receiving the adjustment to their ankle joint saw an average 0.47 cm increase in their vertical jump as compared with the sham group. It’s important to recognize that adjustments provided by doctors of chiropractic can be delivered to and benefit more than just the joints of the spine. If you or someone you know is suffering from pain or dysfunction, or is simply looking to enhance their physical performance and overall health, give your local chiropractor a call today!

Source: JMPT. February 2014. Vol. 37; Issue 2.
Copyright: LLC 2014

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Obesity Linked to Chronic Back Pain

In a study published in the January 2013 issue of Spine, researchers in Norway have established a positive link between obesity and chronic lower back pain. The study was backed by census data of nearly twenty thousand men and women, aged 30-69 years and collected over a decade. Participants were divided into two groups; people without chronic back pain and those already experiencing chronic back pain. For the purposes of the study, 'chronic back pain' was defined as pain persisting for at least three months continuously over a year. The results, adjusted for age, physical activity levels, and other health factors indicated that the subjects who were 30 or more pounds overweight were 28 percent more likely to experience chronic lower back pain. The researchers pointed out that while the obesity may lead to the lower back pain, it is also possible that the lower back pain may lead to an increase in the subjects' obesity, due to decreased physical activity.

Source: Spine: 15 January 2013 - Volume 38 - Issue 2 - p 133–139.
Copyright: LLC 2013

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