The more you understand your body and how it functions, the better equipped you'll be at taking care of yourself to achieve optimal health. Dr. Lewis wants to empower patients to take charge of your own health and future, educating you about your condition to decrease your need for future care. We've included the Patient Education section on our website to provide you with valuable, practical wellness information which you can incorporate into your lifestyle to improve the quality of your life. We hope you will turn to these pages whenever you have a question about health related issues and to make an appointment.

For more valuable information regarding the spine, discs, MRIs and injuries, visit www.chirogeek.com. This is a great web site for educating the general public.

The following are some common terms you may hear while in our office.

Adjustment - Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy is mobilizing vertebral segments and other joints in the body to realign to proper positioning and to restore normal joint function.

Electric Muscle Stimulation(EMS) - Also called stim. There are electric impulses delivered into the body of a muscle to elicit external control of the muscle. Ranges can be from slight muscle tension to complete muscle tetany. This can also be used to aid in reducing inflammation.

Ultrasound - This is high frequency sound waves which penetrate the tissue causing the molecules of the tissues to vibrate rapidly, causing heat.

Heat - This is application of moist heated packs used to loosen tight spastic muscles while providing mild soothing tissue reactions.

Ice - This is the application of ice packs to reduce excessive circulation, inflammation and swelling providing temporary anesthesia to the area.

Traction - This is mechanically delivered movement to each individual vertebral segment through a roller mechanism. This provides the return of proper nerve and blood flow to the area as well as promote normal joint mobility.Nervous System

Below are some common Chiropractic stretches. Click the links to download a demonstration document.

 

 

Like exercise, proper nutrition provides a wealth of benefits‚ both physical and emotional‚ that contribute to your body's strength and its ability to ward off disease and disability.

A healthy diet translates into a healthy body; the proper mix of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients are the best recipe for ensuring that your skeletal, muscular, nervous, and circulatory systems function smoothly.

Following are some dietary tips that will help you keep your spine, joints, and muscles healthy:

  • Ample amounts of water are essential from a dietary standpoint. Water keeps your cells hydrated and helps your blood work more efficiently in carrying nutrients throughout your body. Tea, coffee, sodas and alcohol actually have the opposite effect. Drinking excessive amounts of soda and other carbonated beverages could interfere with calcium absorption, which may lead to bone loss and osteoporosis.
  • Calcium (in milk, broccoli, salmon, and kale) keeps your bones strong.
  • Choose foods rich in fiber. A good rule to follow is an intake of 25 to 30 grams of fiber per day. Foods rich in fiber include whole-grain breads and cereals, beans, nuts and some fruits and vegetables.
  • Foods high in Vitamin C (such as broccoli, bell peppers, citrus fruits, cabbage, cauliflower, spinach, and strawberries) help ward off osteoarthritis. Vitamin B and amino acids may help reduce the pain from contact sports. Thiamine can help promote healing. Also consider Vitamin A to strengthen scar tissue. Fortified dairy products and fish rich in Vitamin D help preserve your cartilage.
  • Organically grown foods usually have smaller amounts of toxins in them, so they are arguably safer and healthier.

Raw foods retain vast amounts of minerals and other nutrients, which are destroyed or diminished by the process of cooking (canned tomatoes are the rare exception here). Eat the skins of fruits and vegetables because they often contain more nutrients than what's inside.


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