October 2012 Newsletter

October 2012

Volume 3, Number 10

Office Updates:

Thanksgiving Long Weekend Hours

Saturday October 6th – 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

  • Open massage therapy ONLY

Monday October 8th – CLOSED

  • Enjoy your turkey!!

If you have any questions or concerns about our upcoming office hours please contact us at 905-591-2591.

New Faces at Advanced Chiropractic

Autumn has brought some changes to the Advanced Chiropractic team.  Please join us in welcoming Nathalie and Kayla, our two new Chiropractic Assistants.

We also said a fond farewell to Correne, who is expecting her first child with her husband Paul.  We wish her and her new family all the best and we can’t wait to meet the little one!

And the Winner Is…

Thank you to all our patients who participated in our “Like Us on Facebook” event!

The winner of the Night Out at the Movies is:  DAVID WATSON!  Congratulations!!

Focus on Health: Intraoral Massage

Written by: Dayle Tengnagel, RMT

Intraoral massage is a form of massage that is offered at Advanced Chiropractic and Wellness that many do not know of, or have never heard of. Intraoral massage is a group of techniques used to help treat those who are suffering from TMJ dysfunction/jaw pain from both the outside and inside of the mouth.

The TMJ joint is a short form term for the Temporomandibular Joint which connects the mandible to the skull. TMJ dysfunction is an umbrella term that covers many different problems affecting the joint from acute to chronic pain, muscle spasms, to locking and clicking of the joint. When most people experience jaw pain, they automatically go and see their dentist, unsure if the pain stems from their teeth, or the jaw itself. As therapists, we always recommend you to see either your family doctor, or dentist if you are unsure of the cause of pain for any form of joint pain.

Now, one may wonder, how can a massage therapist treat the inside of a person’s mouth, isn’t there health precautions, and other things to consider? When treating the inside of a patient’s mouth, you take into consideration the same precautions that a dentist takes. The hand used for the treatment is gloved and the therapist can use water to help prevent the sticking of the glove to the inside cheek.  The patient is informed to place their hand on the therapist’s arm, the one being used for the treatment, in case they become uncomfortable and wish to stop the therapist at any time. The muscles that are being treated during the intraoral massage are the medial pterygoid, lateral pterygoid and the masseter muscle. Each of these muscles assists with the opening and closing of the jaw during mastication.

During an intraoral massage, it is common for a therapist to also treat the head, neck and shoulders to help with pain in compensating structures, and other symptoms involved with TMJ Dysfunction. Some of these common symptoms are headaches, ear congestion/pain, vertigo, ringing in the ears, clenching, grinding and loose teeth.

If anyone has further questions regarding intraoral massage, and TMJ dysfunction please feel free to talk to any of our therapists or Dr. Ting.

Does an Apple a Day Keep the Doctor Away?

Written by: Michelle Chin, ND

This common saying actually is true.  Apples are a good source of fiber and antioxidants.  Apples nutritional value can help reduce cholesterol levels, relieve constipation, boost the immune system, and overall promote optimal health.

Apples contain both insoluble and soluble fiber.  Insoluble fiber binds to LDL cholesterol and removes it from the body, while the soluble fiber slows digestion down to stabilize blood sugar levels and permit better absorption of nutrients.  An unpeeled apple contains more fiber than a peeled apple.  These two types of fiber help relieve constipation, reduce cholesterol, and reduce the risk of arteries hardening, heart attack and diabetes.

Apples also contain flavonoids, which are commonly known for their antioxidant activity.  Flavonoids, which are found high in apple peels, prevent oxidation (cell damage) in our bodies.  This antioxidant effect helps boost the immune system, reduces damage to the arteries, and helps protect the body against cancer.

Therefore, yes, an apple a day does keep the doctor away.  Eating apples are an easy and inexpensive way to help protect the body and promote optimal health.

Recipe: Decadent Pumpkin Muffins

Recipe from allrecipes.com

The crisp fall air brings with it local squashes, apples and of course pumpkins.  While many of us simply use pumpkins as decoration for Halloween, they are a tasty local food that can be prepared in a variety of ways including deserts, soups and side dishes.

Ingredients:

  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 cups canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 ½ cups white sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup applesauce
  •  1 cup vanilla yogurt (regular or fat free)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup raisins

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line two 12 cup muffins pans with paper muffin liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon and cloves.  In a large bowl, beat together the pumpkin, white sugar, brown sugar, applesauce, yogurt, and eggs.  Blend the flour mixture into the sugar mixture to form a smooth batter.  Fold in the raisins.  Transfer to the prepared muffin pans.
  3. Bake 16 to 18 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted in the centre of a muffin comes out clean.  Cool on wire racks.

Did You Know?

“Pumpkin” first appeared in literature in the 17th century when the Cinderella fairy tale was written.

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