chiropractic

Dr. Tom’s Turkey Day Tips

 

Dr. Thomas WachtmannThanksgiving is just a couple days away and for many of us it’s an opportunity to eat twice as much as any other day.  Sure, this one meal isn’t going to make you fat, but don’t let this start a trend of overeating through the holiday season.  After all, who needs those extra pounds and all the stress they put on our bodies.

Here’s a couple of tips from Dr. Tom to get you through Turkey Day without the extra weight:

Have a good healthy breakfast.  Studies show that people who eat breakfast actually eat less throughout the day. Protein is a good choice as it will stay with you throughout the day.

Get moving. Enjoy a workout or walk. Why not burn a few calories before the big meal? And by all means, take a walk after dinner.

Drink lots of water.  It will fill you up and prevent nibbling all those extra chips and dip. Add some lemon or lime for extra flavor.

Portion, portion, portion ~ Enjoy a little bit of everything but keep the portion small.  A serving of meat is the size of a deck of cards. Enjoy a smaller portion and a lot less guilt. And, have some dessert.  You’ve waited all year for pumpkin pie…enjoy!

Savor each bite and chew food slowly and thoroughly.  Taste your food.  Put down your fork and enjoy some conversation. Allow your food to digest (around 20 minutes) allowing your stomach to signal your brain that it’s filling up!

Go easy on the alcohol.

Enjoy that delicious Thanksgiving meal and feel good too!

Wishing you a Healthy and Happy Thanksgiving!

Dr. Tom Wachtmann

Need A Hand Chiropractic, Breinigsville, PA

Link Chiropractic Clinic, Fleetwood, PA

 

 

 

Chiropractic – Your Spine Works Harder Than You Think!

Woman having back pain while sitting at desk in office
Are you working hard?  Your spine is working even harder!

Most of us—80% of Americans—experience back or neck pain at some time in our life.

More than half of sufferers say that sitting in the same position for long periods at a time has the most negative impact on their back health and thousands of workers admit that they spend virtually the whole day in the same position.

Sitting causes up to twice as much pressure on the spine as standing, so your back is always hard at work even when you think it’s resting.

Research suggests that one half of all working Americans have back pain symptoms each year.

Here are some helpful tips:

  • Sit up straight: Have your bottom against the seat back and shoulder blades touching the back of the chair. Keep arms relaxed and close to the body and placed on the desk when typing.
  • Drive well: Drivers’ seats should be set slightly backwards, and elbows should be at a comfortable and relaxed angle.
  • Be computer compatible: The top of the screen should be level with your eyebrows and the chair titled slightly forward – knees should be lower than hips and feet flat on the floor.
  • Take regular breaks: Don’t sit for more than 30 minutes without standing to stretch or taking a little walk. Use your feet instead of the internal phone or have meetings standing up.
  • Drink Up: Try drinking water instead of tea or coffee.

Most times we don’t realize how hard we are working our spines – actually abusing our spines!  Our spine and pelvis may be out of alignment, keeping us from sitting straight, and we don’t realize it until we experience PAIN. Since the health of our entire body may depend on being in alignment, it is wise to have regular Chiropractic adjustments to insure that we live a healthy life. Your chiropractor can also advise you on simple daily exercise regimes to combat the stress of sitting.

We take our cars for routine check-ups!  Do you do that for your spine?

We take our cars to the garage if it is running poorly!  Do you see a Chiropractor if your back is working poorly?

Chiropractic Care is available at Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, 628 Twin Ponds Rd., Breinigsville, PA, West Lehigh Valley

Be smart…if you are experiencing pain or if you want to prevent pain,

Call 610-841-3395 today for an appointment.

 

 

 

Joints hurt? Arthritis is NO fun!

 

Nutritional counseling, a priority treatment for arthritis, can greatly reduce the painful symptoms.  Most people with arthritis don’t realize how much nutrition can improve the way they feel.

Nutrition Counseling and  Lifestyle Coaching are your first line of defense against disease. They teach you that self-care is the “finest health care.” Then you realize that doctors have a very small role to play in your staying healthy.

Of all the different types of arthritis, the two most common are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. As anyone with arthritis can tell you, osteoarthritis sufferers truly suffer as their knees wear down, rheumatoid arthritis can twist and deform the fingers, and gout can make the simple act of walking agony.  Chiropractic care is a great modality to help with painful joints.

Eliminating the following will help:

·        Fried & Processed Foods

·        Sugars & Refined  Foods

·        Alcohol & Tobacco

·        Salt & Preservatives

·        Genetically modified oils (Omega-6) – soy, corn, cottonseed, sunflower, and canola                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Ease your painful symptoms of arthritis by eating plenty of foods and ingredients that naturally reduce inflammation such as these:

Omega-3 Fats – The best foods for omega-3 fatty acids are salmon (wild, fresh or canned), herring, mackerel (not king), sardines, anchovies, rainbow trout, Pacific oysters, flaxseeds (ground and oil), chia seeds, and walnuts.

Vitamin C – It is important to make vitamin C-rich foods — such as guava, bell peppers (yellow, red, orange, and green), oranges, grapefruits, strawberries, pineapple, broccoli, kidney beans, kiwi, and cauliflower — a part of your daily diet. (High-dose vitamin C supplements can actually be harmful for osteoarthritis sufferers, so talk to your doctor about what’s right for you.)

Olive Oil Contains a natural compound called oleocanthal which may help prevent arthritis-related inflammation. This compound blocks the same inflammatory pathways as ibuprofen and aspirin, medications commonly used to fight arthritis pain

Carotenes beta carotene: found in foods like cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots, kale, butternut squash, and spinach; and beta-cryptoxanthin, found in foods like winter squash, pumpkin, persimmons, papaya, tangerines, red peppers, corn, oranges and apricots.

Anthocyanins Some of the best foods include: cherries, blackberries, black currents, blueberries, eggplant, elderberries, raspberries, boysenberries, red and black grapes, strawberries, and plums.

Spices Among the most promising anti-inflammatory spices: turmeric, the Asian mustard yellow spice found in curry, and ginger because it contains chemicals that work similarly to some anti–inflammatory medications.

Many people with arthritis don’t realize how much their food choices and lack of exercise can worsen the pain or, on the flip side, improve the way they feel. It is important to work with a professional to get the support, encouragement, and knowledge to make the diet and lifestyle changes that will enable you to lead a pain free, productive life.

Call today for an appointment with Gale Maleskey, MS, RD.

 

 

Nutritional Counseling, Wellness Coaching, and Chiropractic Care (incl. Functional Medicine) are offered for arthritis sufferers at Twin Ponds Integrative Center 610-395-3355

Chiropractic Care: Eliminate Pain…Restore Quality of Life

I had a patient come in a couple months ago with significant low back and right elbow pain.  Originally he injured himself about a year ago while pushing a wheelbarrow load of wet concrete mix in his back yard.  He slipped and fell, dumped the concrete all over the grass, wrenched his back and hurt his right elbow in the process.

At the time, he was living in North Carolina and went to a local Chiropractor for help.  With treatment, his low back was improving, but he wasn’t getting results with his elbow and continued to live with pain.  Not long after his fall, he and his family moved to this area and his symptoms and pain got worse again.

He tried several other Chiropractors in this area, but wasn’t satisfied with the way he was being adjusted and with the results he was getting.  He started up as a new patient in my office and after the first treatment, was amazed with how much better he felt.

I started him at two treatments per week and was quickly able to taper him down to one treatment every other week.  After about eight treatments, he is virtually pain free. He is so pleased with his progress that he will be bringing in his wife and four children for wellness care.

As a doctor of Chiropractic, I derive a great psychological income by helping a patient enjoy a greater quality of life.  When a patient is happy enough, satisfied enough, and trusts me enough to refer their spouse and children, it’s the greatest compliment I can receive.  That’s what makes practicing the art of Chiropractic truly worthwhile.

by: Dr. Tom Wachtmann, DC, Chiropractic, Functional Diagnostic Medicine,                                     Neurologically Focused Treatments  (incl. Non Surgical Spinal Decompression)

Arthritis Pain – Techniques For Relief

About 6 months ago I had a patient come in complaining of severe neck pain with associated muscle spasm in the right side of her upper back.  It began gradually, without injury and was getting worse.  Her X-Rays revealed very bad arthritic degenerative changes in the vertebrae of her lower neck.  I tried several “regular” hands-on Chiropractic adjustments, but the joints in her neck were so stiff, I wasn’t able to make much of a correction.

Most of the time hands-on adjustments do the trick, but with her they weren’t working. 

As a result, her symptoms continued to get worse.  I then mentioned the success I’d seen with other patients that underwent Non Surgical Spinal Decompression. I explained to her that the X-Rays revealed the discs between her vertebrae were very degenerated, worn out and thin.  This has a tendency to place pressure on the nerve roots where they are given off from the spinal cord.  This in turn causes the pain and muscle spasm that she was experiencing.

I also explained that Non Surgical Spinal Decompression Table is a very effective, yet gentle and non-invasive way of increasing the space between the vertebrae which takes pressure off the nerve roots.  By doing this, the pain goes away.  It also helps to re-hydrate and improve the health of the discs which helps keep the pain from coming back.

The patient agreed to give it a try and after 12 treatments she stated, “This is the best I’ve felt in years.”  It’s been several months since her last Decompression treatment and she still feels great!

She now comes in every 2 weeks for a gentle hands-on Chiropractic wellness adjustment that helps her maintain the gains she made with the Decompression Therapy and greets me with a big smile and a hug every time. 

Helping people in this manner is the greatest part of my profession and is what makes me proud to be a Doctor of Chiropractic!