Are you, or someone you know trying to conceive and experiencing fertility issues?

Almost everyone I know, knows of someone who has struggled to get pregnant.  About 10% of women (6.1 million) in the US ages 15-44 have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Which based on my personal experience, I feel like this number is probably much higher than 10%.  Our world is changing, many of us are getting married in our 30s rather than our 20s which lowers our chances of getting pregnant. 

I had my daughter when I was almost 38 years old.  I was extremely lucky to have conceived, but when I finally decided to try for a second child, the journey was not as easy.  All of us have a story, and when you ask and dive deeper into a women’s story you will find that many struggle to conceive either their first or subsequent children.   The stories you hear of couples trying IVF, are heart breaking.  IVF is complex and expensive and only has a 20-25% success rate, and the older you are, your success rate drops.

Which is why I am so excited to announce and introduce Mercier Therapy, a Natural Fertility Program, with an 80% effectiveness rate!  I was introduced to Mercier Therapy through watching this documentary: Fertility – The Shared Journey with Mercier Therapy.  http://www.merciermovie.com/, which you can watch on Itunes or www.FMTV.com.   I was blown away and completely inspired by the movie and encouraged our Naturopath, Dr. Paris Stevens to watch the movie.  She also was touched and inspired and immediately called to find out when their next certified practitioner training was going to be held at.   She was excited to find out that their next training was in October, but unfortunately there was a waitlist for the class.

Well fate stepped in, Dr. Stevens got a call that they had a last minute cancellation and she could come and take the certification class!  Dr. Stevens re-arranged her teaching and client schedule to fly to Chicago to complete the course.  Now, we are proud to say that she is the only Certified Mercier Practitioner in the State of Colorado! 

Mercier Therapy is not just limited to helping women conceive, but it is also good for a myriad of other issues.  http://www.wellnessdenver.com/merciertherapy/

To celebrate Dr. Steven’s Mercier Therapy certification we are offering $200 off the total Shared Journey Package for anyone that signs up before December 31st, 2017!

Please share this with all of your friends that you know that are struggling with infertility.  Not only will this program inspire them, but it will also give them confidence in their own bodies to conceive naturally and Dr. Stevens will be there, the whole way as they move through their journeys.  Come on and jump in on this shared journey, you are not alone!

Celebrating you!

 

Meet Dr. Jennifer Mercier Founder of Mercier Therapy a Natural Fertility Program

by Dr. Jennifer Mercier

You’ve probably heard of complementary and alternative approaches to helping aid in infertility. Yoga and acupuncture chief among the most popular. If you’ve tried either of these modalities than you’ve probably realized at least one thing and that is that they promote relaxation.  In my practice I’ve noticed that most women that I care for are in a state of anxiety. Relaxation is crucial to managing infertility stress and if acupuncture or Yoga are the entry into meditative deeper breathing then so-be-it.  We, as Americans, tend to be higher strung when dealing with infertility and will do whatever means necessary to become pregnant. I was one of those women but knew that getting pregnant was going to be a slow process due to my diagnosis of stage 4 endometriosis.

My Personal Fertility Struggles

At age 35 and never having been pregnant I had done multiple rounds of acupuncture, meditation classes, yoga for fertility, tried numerous supplements, ate a clean diet and got plenty of gentle exercise. All of which helped me relax and feel a part of helping myself to become pregnant and deliver a healthy baby. Yet, I still wasn’t pregnant.
Knowing that my past had included 3 laparoscopies I knew that there had to be a great deal of scar tissue in my pelvis. Moving forward I was told by my reproductive endocrinologist that I needed IVF and in my heart I felt otherwise. He told me that my organs were in poor condition and that we’d have a 19% chance of conceiving on our own. We felt most comfortable with trying a drug called Follistim along with intrauterine insemination in which we did 3 cycles and I did not get pregnant.
Finally after a group of my professional Mercier Therapy students worked on me we conceived without drugs or insemination the very next cycle. I did go on to miscarry that pregnancy and the second one too. The fact was that I was getting pregnant and this was a very good sign. My third pregnancy was the charm! I was cared for by my midwife, Hillary Keiser, CNM, and delivered a healthy baby girl in October 2011.
I fully believe that if I hadn’t had some of my own medicine than we wouldn’t have our beautiful daughter today.

You may be wondering what Mercier Therapy is? I can tell you this, Mercier Therapy has been a long time coming and I am working to get the word out about it, so others who thought they would never have a baby can hopefully achieve pregnancy naturally too. Before I get to exactly what this therapy is, I think it is important to hear how I came to create this unique therapy for women with infertility…

The Path that Lead Me to Create Mercier Therapy

The field of massage therapy is changing and evolving to allow a more clinical application for very specific consumer needs for areas such as woman’s health, cancer care, and elder therapy. I went to massage therapy school in 1994 and at that time our profession was very sports therapy oriented. Most of the elective classes were whole body focused and rehabilitative or for relaxation. Once I finished with school I started to notice some variations for more bodywork modalities that seemed of interest to me because of the clinical aspect being addressed.

The Next Step

Over time I took an interest in women’s health so Bodywork for the Childbearing Year with Kate Jordan seemed to be the best next step for me. I loved the work which slowly lead me to training as a midwife, and for 2 years during my undergrad I worked in my own private practice and simultaneously as a fertility clinician at a large Reproductive Endocrinology practice, where I learned so much. I learned how to monitor a woman through a medically assisted reproductive cycle such as in vitro fertilization and perform intrauterine insemination. It was fascinating to me and puzzling at the same time. I would notice on an ultrasound or through insemination the fixation of the uterus. The uterus was literally fixed in place without good movement. Little did I know at that point my path was set.

I proceeded to learn as much as I could about women’s pelvic pathology and anatomy. My path lead me to traditional osteopathic manipulation and Gynecology. My undergrad training had prepared me for medical school, so naturally I set out to seek the next best step for my upcoming career. A friend of mine, Richard Demir, MD who is an Ob/Gyn allowed me to follow him to observe many gynecologic surgical cases where I’d watch him perform hysterectomies, laparotomies, and laparoscopies. I learned so much during this time, concerning how a surgeon thinks and operates with regard to dissecting scar tissue from prior pelvic surgery or damage from a reproductive health issue. I observed how important the length of time in which to finish the surgical procedure was to the health of the patient. Surgeons work to employ very careful techniques during surgery, so as not to cause damage to the female organs and surrounding structures.
It was eye opening and confirming to me that scar tissue is one of the main culprits concerning lack of organ mobility. The time that it took to clear the area of this tissue needed to be kept to a minimum so the patient was not unnecessarily under anesthesia longer than needed. Once the scope was placed into the abdomen it was clear to me the organs weren’t moving effortlessly against one another for proper blood flow and optimal function. I now felt I had the building blocks to create a truly revolutionary way to improve women’s reproductive health.

The Birth of a New Way to Help Women Struggling to Conceive

In creating my practice I knew that I wanted to specialize in women’s health but couldn’t really find the right course of study that was appropriate for my scope of licensure. Pregnancy massage was wonderful but what about women that were trying to conceive? Was there a good training solution for us therapists that wanted to help in this capacity? I found none. At the time, most courses geared toward physical therapists who wanted to help women conceive focused on female hormones and pathologies, medical fertility cycles, gynecological surgical procedures and vaginal (pelvic floor) work.

So I ventured on a course of discovery of how I could come up with a training program suitable and easily implemented for all licensed health professionals. My journey took me to France, Mexico, Jamaica, Switzerland, Holland, Austria and Italy and along the way I learned that I had a pretty staunch case of endometriosis. At that time I was in my early 20’s, and my own reproductive health circumstances only fueled my desire to hone Mercier Therapy techniques even more.

Taken from: http://natural-fertility-info.com/mercier-therapy.html

Read an interview with Jennifer Mercier.  

Dr. Paris Stevens is a Certified Mercier Therapist 

For more information please call: 303-357-9355 to book a consultation with Dr. Stevens.

For more information on Mercier Therapy: http://www.expectamiracle.life/

 

 

Musing on Parenting in the 20th Century

Now that I am a parent, I am reading a bunch of parenting books.  My most recent reads have been, Hold Onto Your Kids, by Gordon Neufeld and Gabor Mate and How to Raise an Adult, Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare your Kid for Success, by Julie Lythcott-Haims .  Did you notice?  The titles on these 2 books sound contradictory. 

Hold Onto Your Kids is all about losing your authority and influence over your children, and in replace of you, children instead look towards their peers.  While peer interaction is very important, it is more important that your children still look to you for guidance.  Advice between peers, more often than not can be the worst advice for your children.  Children are wired to want to follow someone, typically their parents, but when peers become the center of your child’s life then it is something to take note of, to take time to “reclaim or hold onto” your children.  It seems like a simple concept, but in reality we can unassumingly push our kids towards their peers and lose our connection to them.

 As I read this book, I reflected on my childhood.  I remember distinctly through my tween and teen years, that my parents did not allow me to go out with Friends on the weekends.  I was allowed to go out if I was involved with a school event, extracurricular activity or working in the family business.  I was not allowed to just go and “hang” out with my friends.  During the time, I felt this rule was very unfair.  I would be frustrated/angry with my father that he did not allow me to go out.  One day, I blurted out to my father, “why do I have to just hang out here at home?  I mean we are not even doing anything together.”  My father’s response, “that is exactly the point.”

His point was the weekends were time to be home and spend time with the family, even if it was doing our own independent activities in different parts of the house.  The key was that we were together and we would have our meals together and just “be”.  Having weekday dinners together was also a high priority for my parents.  Even if my mom and I would be working in our family business until 8pm at night, my father and typically my siblings always waited and we had dinner together. 

These 2 things while simple, I think really influenced me to become a successful adult.

1)      I always saw my parents as the authority, and was never strongly influenced by my peers.  Even when my peers were sneaking out, drinking and experimenting with drugs.  I had no desire to participate even with peer pressure. In college I opted to live on the substance free floor, where residents commit to not drinking or doing drugs in their dorm rooms. 

2)      Working in the family business really boosted my self-esteem and my belief in my own abilities.  At age 18 I was pretty much the co-manager for the business with my mom.  I certainly gave me the confidence to start The Wellness Center 16 years ago. 

Now onto the current book I am reading, How to Raise an Adult.  This book is about helicopter parenting and the negative effects it can have on your child/children.  It is very very eye opening.  A majority of parents today are helicopter parenting to some degree.  I fit this category also.  We naturally want to do things for our children to make their lives easier, but when we do too much we end up stunting their ability to learn to do things on their own.  If we never let them fail, when they actually become adults and experience failure it can be a lot more devastating.  The author asserts that we need to start at a young age, teaching our children to do things on their own.  It is not only good for them to develop independence, but it is also key to helping them develop their self-esteem and confidence levels.  When we trust that kids are capable of doing certain things independently, it gives them confidence in their own abilities.  Also, if a child has small set-backs or failures, they can learn how to cope with disappointment under the safety of your watch.  If your child has set-backs and can bounce back it is giving them the powerful characteristic of “grit” that has been deemed as a key characteristic of successful adults.    

Here are some things you can do to combat overparenting:

1)      STOP doing everything for your child, starting in pre-school.  Give them age appropriate chores, that become routine (and do not give them allowance for this).  These are habits for living independently, and they will not be paid for them when they are on their own. 

2)      Try not to over-direct and schedule your child’s life.   Today’s children are overscheduled, and have little free time to play or do chores for that matter.  Create space in your week for household duties and down time. 

3)      Your child doesn’t need to be perfect and get straight As, and be the highest in their class.  All of us want the best for our child, but we can put too much pressure on our children to become something that we want them to be, not necessarily what they want.

4)      Don’t hover, give your kids some independence.  If you have a project you would like them to do, explain it to them and then walk away, don’t jump in when they express frustration. 

While the book can be a little redundant, I would still recommend for all parents.  If you have tendencies to overparent like I do.  Just start where you are, and make small changes.  I have already moved all of my daughters cups, bowls and breakfast items to a drawer she can reach.  Now she can make her own breakfast in the morning, and she can also pack her own snack for school.  I will also be implementing a “fun” short list of chores for her to do on a daily and weekly basis.  My husband and I say we should have Maya pick up her toys… more often than not we end up doing it. 

Parenting certainly is not easy, but at the end of the day we want to create thriving young adults.  We don’t want kids always having to look to us for support and help.  We want them to develop resiliency.  When things get hard or they experience failure, we want them to under our watch.  When they are off on their own, we will know that they will be able handle the inevitable tough times and setbacks that life brings.

Onwards and Upwards,

Protecting you and your family from the flu this season!

Dr. Binder, Naturopathic Physician is now offering a homeopathic flu vaccination called Influenzium.

Influenzium is the only homeopathic flu product that that is updated each year based on the flu strains predicted by the World Health Organization. Influenzium is specially formulated to stimulate the body’s own defense system to resist the onset of the season’s flu strains. Research has shown this protocol year after year to be effective at preventing the flu and supporting the immune system. This formula can be a great alternative for people who have chosen not to have the flu shot, although it can helpful to anyone whether they have had the flu shot or not. Please follow your doctor’s advice about whether the flu shot is right for you.

Dosing recommendations are to be taken for several weeks and is most effective if started early November. Protocol details will be given with each order.

Already feeling under the weather? The Wellness Center also offers a homeopathic medicine called Ossocillinum that is used for treatment of the flu. This is to be taken at the first signs of the flu…sore throat, achy body, fever or run down feeling etc. and taken 3 times per day until symptoms are better. We have vials for individuals as well as family packs. This is great to have on the shelf just in case! And of course, if you experience flu symptoms it is wise to contact your doctor for support.

Wondering if you should get the flu shot?  Click here to watch this video by fellow Naturopathic Physician Mary Shackelton in Boulder, CO.

For orders or inquiries, please call the front desk (303)-357-9355 or stop by our Center, located inside the Whole Foods Market off, S. Colorado Blvd., Glendale, CO 80246.  

Arianna Huffington on the 4 pillars of life

Most recently I got to see Arianna Huffington speak at a conference.  I enjoyed her message, it was all about: WELL-BEING ~ WISDOM ~ WONDER ~ GIVING

Well-being is the first pillar to a life well lived.  Well-being is a very broad term… what does it mean exactly?  The essence of your own personal well-being it to be connected to your authentic self, until you are connected deeply to who you are, it is only then that you can be truly connected to others. This connection to ourselves and our own well-being is elusive to many of us.  It is even harder to connect with yourself when you are constantly being distracted or consumed by social media, the internet and your phone.  Many of us don’t allow ourselves to be “bored” which in many ways is how we tap into our own well-being, which is why meditation is so powerful and important.  She recommends putting your phone “to bed” at night and tucking it in, so you can truly get a good night’s sleep.

Wisdom builds naturally with life experience.  When you are re-charged and well rested you make better decisions, which in turn lead to living a better life.  This is one of the best things about getting older… you generally get wiser because of your life experiences.

88% of Americans watched the eclipse, which tells us how hungry we are for Wonder in our lives.  Stop walking and texting, and instead look around while you walk, look at the sky, the trees, the buildings and the people around you.  Recently, I was in Chicago and I visited the Bean.  I loved just watching people interact with the Bean, and to admire the beauty of this amazing sculpture.

They say Giving is one of the best things a person can do to increase their happiness level.  Volunteering and giving one’s time to something they feel passionate about can give a person meaning to their life.  This year I have more time, and I found that I have wanted to fill that time with volunteering and being involved in social justice causes.  I have to say it makes me feel good to see the direct impact of my time and energy into a cause that I believe in.

Arianna’s latest project?  www.thriveglobal.com, share your personal story of burnout or finding your best life.

In Arianna’s words:

Upwards, Onwards and Inwards!

In life, accidents happen-  4 things you can do for a safe and quick recovery

Life throws us so many various curves and roadblocks that we need a gentle place to heal and recover.  Finding those places internally and externally can be life-changing and needed. Those roadblocks can include accidents and those come in many forms.  Whether it is from a fall, slip, car accident, skiing accident, etc. Often times these incidents result in whiplash and can be very painful.  The jerking motion strains the neck and body, causing injury in the spine, discs, ligaments, muscles, nerves and tissues.  The head jerks beyond its usual range of motion and can cause fibers to tear.  Not only is this painful, but it can cause digestive issues, headaches, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, difficulty sleeping and concentrating, and memory problems.  Recovery can be a long, but you can expedite the process by being pro-active.

#1:  Craniosacral Therapy–  One of the first things you can do following an accident it to receive Craniosacral therapy.  Craniosacral therapy is a very gentle and subtle form of therapeutic touch, that can have profound impacts on the body.  Craniosacral massage works with the cranio-sacral system, which includes the bones in your spine and head as well as the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds and protects the brain and spinal column.

Have you ever noticed that after a fall or accident that sometime you feel light headed or just not “grounded” in your own body?  Craniosacral can rebalance your system through cradling your neck, shoulders and head to tune into and manipulate the pulse of the fluid that flows in this area. Tiny adjustments to the position of the skull bones are made allowing the body to naturally heal and come into a renewed place of homeostasis.

#2: Chiropractic Care– After Craniosacral, we recommend seeing a Chiropractor.  There are many different forms of Chiropractic Care, take some time to find a practitioner that you feel comfortable with.  Chiropractic adjustments help to restore normal joint movement and function, along with treating subluxations from the whiplash incident.  This involves joint manipulations, mobilization, to reduce stress/strain on the body.  Rehabilitative exercises and stretches from your chiropractor are also very beneficial in the healing process.  Each individual symptom you are feeling can signal specific areas of the spine the chiropractor can highlight and work on.

#3: Therapeutic Massage– Bodywork is an effective treatment for breaking up and realigning scar issue.  Using cross-fiber friction is a technique used to loosen adhesions and decrease scar tissue.  Myofascial release, static compression, and deep-oriented massages are wonderful tools to help in the healing from trauma on the body.  Myofascial release technique helps to loosen restricted muscles and fascia to improve range of motion, while unlocking dysfunctional fascial patterns created at the time of injury.  Static compression is applied to affected trigger points to help increase oxygen flow to those injured muscles.  Finally, Therapeutic, deep oriented massage can get into affected fascia, adhesions, and scar tissue, which can help release tension from nerves around the injury.

#4: Home Care– The final area of healing is using essential oils, hot and cold therapy, and soaking in Epsom salt baths to help release the tension and soreness in the body.  Rest is also extremely important in the recovery process, so taking it easy on yourself and letting your body heal.  Hot and cold therapy can vary a bit on a case by case basis, so listening to your therapist or doctor is vital.  Icing for 10-15 minutes and then taking a break for 10-15 minutes helps to prevent frost bite on the skin.  After 72 hours of ice, sufferers can switch to heat to help loosen the muscles.  Again, use the advice of your practitioner for your individual case as these are basic guidelines.  Essential oil therapy can help relieve some tension, stress, and pain during your healing journey as well.  Wintergreen, peppermint, blue tansy, and camphor all have pain relieving properties along with anti-inflammatory properties as well.  Marjoram, lavender, and black pepper essential oils help to relax the muscles and improve blood circulation.  Black pepper specifically has antioxidant properties.  The beta-carotene found in black pepper essential oil helps to fight free radicals in your skin and lessen inflammation.

Because of the delicacy of the area in trauma, always proceed with caution and be mindful of your specific reactions to your body.  Consult with your doctor or physician on taking steps to make sure you are being cared for and healing properly.  Using this healing time to really take it easy on yourself, your psyche, and your body is very important. These times can be trying and frustrating, so reach out to those who are willing and able to help you.  Most practitioners and therapists went into their fields because they are passionate about helping people. Graciously use their healing energy and work to get you back on your feet and living the life you want to live. 

12 Months of Wellness | Month 10 – Immune System

It’s officially fall and that means shorter days and dropping temperatures. It also means cold and flu season is upon us. So how do you protect yourself and your family from catching the crud that’s inevitably going around? Tending to your immune system is your first defense against the aches and pains and stuffy noses of the colder months. This month we wanted to share advice from our Naturopathic Doctors, Dr. Tiffany Binder  and Dr. Paris Stevens, to help you stay healthy this fall and winter.

How to support your immune system:

  • Make it a habit to have your vitamin D tested every fall/winter. Good vitamin D levels will keep your immune system in tip top shape. For the fall and winter take Vitamin D daily, if your level is low take Vitamin D Supreme (1 capsule with food).  If your levels are normal take Vitamin D Synergy (1 daily with food).
  • Make sure you are taking a high quality multi-vitamin daily. If you are skipping out on this your body is missing out on essential nutrients that keep you healthy and ward off any unwanted viruses from attacking your system. Not all multi-vitamins are created equal, be sure you buy a high grade multi-vitamin. We recommend our Twice daily multi from Designs for Health (take 2 per day). NOTE: It is important to get a multi-vitamin without iron unless you are anemic. If you are a female add a calcium supplement, such as Osteoforce (take 2 per day).
  • Take a daily probiotic. Probiotics help boost your immune system and help with gut health. Take Probiotic Synergy once a day with food. NOTE: Don’t take if on a blood thinning medication.
  • Take fish oil daily and quality matters, there are so many brands on the market that are low grade fish oils. Omega Avail Marine by Designs for Health is a top notch fish oil (take 2 per day).

This is also a great time to test to find out which micronutrients you are deficient in.  At The Wellness Center, we offer the Comprehensive Micronutrient Panel by Spectracell Laboratories.  It is a wonderful test, that measures the function of 35 nutritional components including vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and amino acids within our white blood cells. For more information visit Spectracell. If you are interested in finding out more information on the test please call us at 303-357-9355 to schedule a 30 minute consultation with one of our Doctors.

What to do if you still catch a cold or virus:

Even after taking and doing all of the above, if you still feel a cold coming on (symptoms: sore/scratchy throat), the best thing to do is treat it ASAP. Take the following at the 1st onset of any symptoms within a few hours, don’t wait.

  • Silvercillin (take ¼ cup orally, 4xs per day or can be put in a nasal spray for the sinuses, spray into the nose after you properly netti pot)
  • Cold Arrest I or Chinese Tea (3 scoops/capsules- 3 to 4xs per day)
  • Septonsil (take 25 drops 4x per day, may take with Chinese Tea)
  • Syinfect (take 1 every 30 minutes under the tongue)
  • Netti Pot with warm salt (sold in Whole Foods)

And REST, REST, REST, drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol and sugar at all costs. Once the virus has set in, it is much harder to treat.

Here are my intentions for the month to keep me healthy all season:

If you have any other questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to book an appointment with Dr. Binder or Dr. Stephens at our office or call: 303-357-9355 and we can address any questions over the phone.

Please note if you are pregnant please consult Dr. Binder or Sr. Stephens before taking any supplements

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Everyone’s Unique Life Journeys…

Recently I have been thinking a lot about the choices that we make, that influence the direction that life can take. One of the biggest decisions for me was whom I was going to marry.  I could have married in my twenties or early thirties.   For one reason or another, the guys that I could have married, I had doubts about.  I have a mantra in my life, if the answer to a question is not a clear “YES” then it is a “NO.”  This is hard to stick by, because sometimes because our  “monkey” minds create so much doubt about the decisions that we make.  This mantra has served me well in my personal life.

For example, I was engaged to this wonderful man, we were super compatible and perfect for each other. When it came to actually putting a date on the calendar and planning my wedding, I kept hesitating. I made a list of pros to try to convince myself that I should marry this man, but I always came back to this tiny voice in my mind that had doubts. For that decision it wasn’t a clear “YES” so the answer became a “NO.” That was one of the hardest break-ups for me. I took a year off, and when I was ready to date again, I met Ross, who is now my husband of 6 years.

We dated for a year and I told him I was ready to get engaged and married. I certainly wasn’t getting any younger and I wanted to have at least one child. He of course freaked out, we broke up for about a month and he came back ready to propose. After we got engaged, I had no problems setting a wedding date and I loved planning my wedding. It was one of the best days of my life.

I was 37 when we got married. I knew I wanted to have at least one child, we started trying right away and gratefully, I had no problems conceiving and we had our beautiful daughter Maya. After we had Maya, my husband was content with just one child. I myself was on the fence and didn’t feel that strongly about having a second child, when I turned 40… I started getting baby fever, thinking that it would be nice to expand our family. I wanted to ensure that Ross was on board, so it took some time for him become open to the idea of a second child.

I knew that I ultimately, was going to leave it up to the universe and fate.  If another child was meant to come into our lives, I would conceive easily and naturally.  Did you know that after you turn 40, you have a 25% chance of getting pregnant?  Fast forward 3 years and we still have not conceived. I will admit I am sad that biology ultimately rules when it comes to having children. This is the hardest part of marrying later in life.  I could try to do expensive fertility treatments, but doing that is not a clear “YES” for me so I have decided to not go that route.

I certainly have no regrets… I am glad that I waited to get married later in life.  I am sad that I haven’t gotten pregnant, but I also realize that this is part of my life’s journey, some women don’t marry until their mid-40s or later, while some marry in the early 20s.  Each of us, is on this Earth with unique backgrounds and experiences.  Embrace and enjoy your own personal journey.

In Health,

Chiropractic and Sports Injuries

Whether you are a weekend, competitive or aspiring professional athlete – you want to perform at your very best, and AVOID injury at all cost (because that means not doing the things we truly love). There are a host of ways to achieve this that include proper training, massage, acupuncture, nutrition, AND chiropractic care.

Injury Prevention
It is essential, especially for athletes, to align the structure of the body so all muscles work effectively and ergonomically.  This functional integrity allows for increased:
•    Strength
•    Flexibility
•    Coordination
•    Circulation
All of these things dramatically reduce the risk for most injury as well as arthritis, inflammation, and general aches and pains.


Injury Treatment

The bad news is if you play, and train, hard you will eventually and inevitably sustain an injury. The good news is chiropractic adjustments and chiropractic care can get you back in action in no time.
Injuries can be sustained in a one-time traumatic event (think kicking a soccer ball and pulling a hamstring muscle, ouch) or overtime from overuse or incorrect training, weight lifting, etc. Either way, the joint and/or muscles are inflamed. Techniques that help heal include chiropractic adjustment, soft tissue rehabilitation and Kinesio taping.

Chiropractic adjustments are especially helpful with misaligned or fixated joints (joints where injury has caused there to be friction and reduction of movement). Bringing the body back into proper alignment increases the circulation to the joints which boosts fluid and nutrient exchange. Proper joint function increases muscle strength, coordination and mobility.
Soft tissue rehabilitation brings muscles, tendons and ligaments back to their proper function. There is a variety of techniques. The most effective include:

1.    Electrical stimulation – Or commonly called TENS, is the popularized name for electrical stimulation used on muscles and tissues to treat pain and inflammation.

2.    Active Release Technique (ART) –  Massage technique for overused soft tissue that has built up scar tissue, thus decreasing their proper function. ART providers use his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements. Check out the official ART website for more info – www.activerelease.com
3.    PNF Stretching – Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation is not really a type of stretching but is a technique of combining passive stretching and isometric stretching in order to achieve flexibility. It works great for preventing injuries because the muscles tension is lowered promoting greater flexibility and therefore reducing the risk of strained or sprained muscles.

Kinesio Taping – This is a technique that uses stretchy, cloth tape to facilitate the proper function of the physical body. It includes muscle relaxation and activation by applying the following methodology:
•    Taping over and around muscles in order to assist and give support or to prevent over-contraction.
•    Utilizing a number of corrective techniques to promote correct muscle and joint function
•    Affecting change in deeper layers of fascia by manipulating the skin and muscle.
•    Creating space underneath the skin to improve circulation and lymphatic drainage.
•    Pain relief by targeting the pain and the source of the pain

 

Meet the Wellness Center Chirporactors

Dr. Tim Price, D.C.

Dr. Price graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2007.  He specializes in several techniques including Diversified, Thompson, Gonstead, activator protocol, as well as Impulse low-force, non-rotational adjusting for those who prefer an alternate method of experiencing adjustments. He has also been trained and certified to do extremity adjustments – ankle, wrist, elbow and shoulders. Additionally, he is certified in Pediatric Chiropractic and greatly enjoys working with small children and infants to provide relief for colic, croop, ear or sinus infections, digestive or sleep issues, and more.

 

Dr. Julia Fischel, D.C.

Dr. Julia moved to Colorado with her husband to start a new life away from the hustle and bustle of New York City. She graduated from Life University in Marietta, Georgia in 1999 and prides herself on keeping her patients at their optimal health. She employs many different techniques including SOT, Activator, Pin & Stretch, Flexion Distraction and Diversified. Her primary approach to adjustments is a gentle, non-force technique that draws women and children to her practice.

 

 

LEARN MORE HERE ABOUT BOTH CHIROPRACTORS

12 Months of Wellness | Month 9 – Yoga & Stretching

12Wellness_9_StretchingYoga-HeaderSeptember is National Yoga Month and we’re inspired to help educate you about the health benefits of yoga and stretching. Yoga is a mind-body practice. What this means is yoga helps to strengthen the interconnection between your mind and body. Research shows the importance of your mind on your overall health and vise versa. Your thoughts, beliefs and emotions can directly affect your physical health. This can be a positive or negative influence depending on the quality of your mind. The connection goes both ways. The condition of your body, what you eat and how often you exercise can have a direct affect on your mental state.

Let’s first take a look at how yoga and stretching affect your body. In a yoga class you are lead through a series of poses to stretch and strengthen your body. Consistent stretching exercises are important to your physical health because your entire body is interconnected. Tightness in the muscles and ligaments can cause back pain, improper alignment, and poor posture.

Beyond just stretching and increasing your flexibility; yoga strengthens your muscles, increases blood flow, helps to prevent joint degeneration, reduces blood pressure, and ups your immune function.

Yoga also affects your mental well-being in positive ways. It improves your overall mood, reduces stress and increases your self esteem. Yoga benefits your mind and body making it a wonderful practice to incorporate into your healthy lifestyle.

Here are my intentions for the month:

September-Answers

*Sources: Yoga Journal & University of Minnesota

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