December 2011 Newsletter

December 2011

Volume 2, Number 12

Office News and Updates:

Holiday Gift Certificate Program

Advanced Chiropractic + Wellness Centre is happy to announce the return of our Holiday Gift Certificate program.

Starting December 1st each of our current patients is entitled to receive one gift certificate for a FREE Initial Visit with the Chiropractor (valued at $80).

This year give the gift of health.  Ask for your gift certificate TODAY!

Sprains vs. Strains – Which is Which?

Written by: Dayle Tengnagel, RMT

With temperatures changing and winter being just around the corner, some of the most common injuries of the season are sprains and strains. These injuries can occur due to the variety of winter elements that await us during these cold months.  Sprains and strains can happen from a simple slip in the ice, shovelling the driveway, or having fun playing in the snow.

Definitions:

Strain: Is an injury to the musculotendinous unit (muscle) or tendon.  When a muscle contracts it pulls on a tendon, which is connected to a bone, which results in movement.

Sprain: Is an injury to a ligament.  A ligament is a thick, fibrous tissue that connects bones together.

Causes:

The cause of a sprain or strain are generally the same.  The overstretching of either the muscle, or ligament is the primary cause of a sprain or strain. Specifically, a sprain injury (ligamentus) is commonly caused by falls which involve an increased force on the joint.  Ligaments prevent abnormal movements, but a ligament can be injured by being stretched too far from the normal position.  Common injury sites are the knee, ankle and wrist.

Strains occur by the muscle/tendon being overstretched in one direction while the muscle is actually being contracted in the opposite direction.  Strains can also occur from repetitive movements or use of the joint that causes overstretching of the muscle fibers.

Signs and Symptoms:

Common symptoms of a strain or sprain are pain, swelling and bruising of the affected joint or muscle.  Symptoms will vary depending on the severity of the injury.  The stability of the joint or injured muscles and your ability to use it decreases with increased severity.  With less severe injuries you may only notice mild pain with movement.

Treatment:

The treatment protocols for a sprain or strain are very similar.  The method of treatment is called ‘RICE’.  If you are unsure of the severity of your injury contact your doctor before beginning any treatment.  ‘RICE’ is an acronym for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.  The following is a brief explanation of how to apply ‘RICE’ for a sprain/strain injury.

  • Rest: It is important that during the first 24-48 hours after the injury to discontinue any activities that cause increased pain to the joint.  One may use the injury site gradually, but a splint, sling or crutches are generally used to prevent use of the injured joint or muscle.
  • Ice: During the first 48 hours post injury it is important to use ice over the sprain/strain for 20 minutes each time every 3-4 hours.  This will help decrease inflammation in the area and reduce pain.
  • Compression: Use an Ace bandage, or wrap to help support the site.  The wrap should be snug, but not cutting off the circulation.  If fingers or toes becomes cold, blue or tingle, re-wrap the injury site.
  • Elevate: Keep the injured limb elevated higher than your heart if possible.  This helps drain the joint of built up inflammation.  At night elevate the injured arm or leg with pillows.

Focus on Health: Traumeel

Traumeel works directly at the root of pain, inflammation and bruising associated with injuries such as sprains, dislocations and contusions.  It also accelerates the healing process.  Scientifically proven to relieve muscle and joint pain, Traumeel is suitable for the entire family and is a true alternative to conventional painkillers.

Benefits of Traumeel

  • Works deep down to help treat inflammation and relieve pain.
  • Accelerates the healing process as opposed to simply masking the injury.
  • Suitable and safe to use for the entire family.
  • Better tolerated than NSAIDs as it does not cause adverse effects on the renal, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, hepatic and nervous systems.
  • No known medicinal interactions and can therefore be combined with conventional or natural medications.
  • Available in multiple forms – cream, gel, tablets, oral drops and ear drops.

Traumeel Offer

For the month of December all Traumeel products will be 20% OFF!

Recipe: Molasses Sugar Cookies

A wonderful chewy spice cookie that keeps exceptionally well. A perfect holiday gift!

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cups shortening
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. Melt shortening in a large pan on the stove, and cool.
  2. Add sugar, eggs, and molasses, beat well.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift dry ingredients together and add to the pan.  Mix well and chill 3 hours or overnight.
  4. Form into walnut-size balls. Roll in granulated sugar.  Place on a greased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 8-10 minutes.
  6. Store in an airtight container to keep from getting overly crisp.  If they do lose their softness, an easy way to restore it is to place one slice of fresh bread in the container with the cookies for a couple of hours or overnight and they will be soft again!

Did You Know?

Pain signals travel through the body at 350 feet per second!

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