A Healthy Holiday Season
Dr. Shima Shahidy, (Hon) B.Sc., DC
Chiropractor, Acupuncture & Graston Technique Provider
While I often deal with the aches and pains of joints and muscles, it is clear to me that our mental well-being has a significant effect on our experience of pain and ability to heal. The way we experience pain often has more to do with our collective life experience than the severity of the injury itself.
The discussion of pain is a long and complex one but there are many things we can do to help ourselves cope with illness or injury. A healthy diet and regular exercise are key as well as paying attention to our emotions. The holidays are an emotional time and this can be positive or negative. While for many people, it's a time of enjoyment, for others it may be a reminder of loss or loneliness or bring back negative memories. This stress can be a big factor in your health.
Dedicate some time and energy into thinking positively this holiday season. Remember the true meaning of the holidays and take the focus off of buying things, getting gifts and doing "special" things. Keep it simple and remember that building relationships, helping those in need and spending stress-free time with people you love is likely to result in greater contentment in the long run than any expensive gift.
If you're already exercising, don't slide out of the habit over the holidays! The physical and mental benefits are even more important during times of greater stress and obligation. And as always, Wellness for the Body is here should you find you need some time to rejuvenate and re-energize. To view our holiday schedule, click here.
I do wish everyone a wonderful healthy holiday season and a fabulous new year!
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Gout and Osteopathic
Lisa Marie Foreman, B.Sc, RMT, C.Ac
Registered Massage Therapist & Apprentice of Osteopathy
A disease in which defective metabolism of uric acid (monosodium urate) causes arthritis, especially in the smaller bones of the feet, deposition of chalk-stones, and episodes of acute pain. It may also affect the heel, ankle, hand, wrist, or elbow. It affects the spine often enough to be a factor in back pain. Gout usually comes on suddenly, and will then dissipate after 5 – 10 days. It is five times more common in men.
In many cases, the gout attack begins in the middle of the night. The pain is often so excruciating that the sufferer cannot bear weight on the joint or tolerate the pressure of bedcovers. The inflamed skin over the joint may be red, shiny, and dry, and the inflammation may be accompanied by a mild fever. Over time, attacks of gout recur more frequently, last longer, and affect more joints. Eventually, stone-like deposits known as tophi may build up in the joints, ligaments, and tendons, leading to permanent joint deformity and decreased motion.
Hyperuricemia results from either decreased kidney excretion (which occurs in 90% of gout patients) or hyperproduction of uric acid or a disorder of purine metabolism (due to liver dysfunction). In either case, uric acid crystals from and then accumulate in body areas where blood flow is too sluggish to remove the crystals. If found between the joint, the surrounding tissue becomes inflamed. Nerve endings then become irritated and this causes extreme pain. Poor elimination, and its associated and resultant condition, inadequate assimilation, seem to be a part of the picture in Gout
Osteopathic View Of Organs/Systems Affected
Lack of the activity of the liver as it is related to the gall bladder and its function, in producing "solvents" for assisting in the assimilation of foods for the body. These produce an inflammatory reaction as the health of the blood becomes compromised.
Nerve and blood supply of the organs themselves, that is, the lungs, heart, liver and kidneys, as well as the superficial circulation are all affected. As these are all organs of elimination, the blood becomes toxic and the toxins eventually form tophi in the joints. The spleen and lymphatics as blood filter and blood homeostatic regulator respectively, are also involved in the quality of the blood. The intestines have a major role in protein digestion, absorption and assimilation, which in turn, affect the quality of the blood. All of these systems are affected in the condition of GOUT.
Osteopathic treatment focuses on liberating the blood, nerve and lymphatic supply to all of the above organs by normalizing the surrounding bony structures and soft tissues. Osteopathic treatment aims to remove obstructions any where in the body so that it may self heal and self-regulate.
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