Patient Appreciation Days – November 2012 Newsletter

Office Updates:

To express our thanks and appreciation to of all our wonderful patients, we will be having Patient Appreciation Days on Thursday November 22 & Friday November 23.

Drop in during our regular business hours to enjoy complimentary refreshments, and enter your name in a draw to win a 30-MINUTE MASSAGE by one of our RMTs, or a CHIROFLOW WATERBASE PILLOW.  Also, if you are booked for a chiropractic adjustment on one of those 2 days, you might be the lucky one we randomly pick to receive a FREE treatment that day! You must have booked your appointment prior to the day of the giveaway to be eligible.  You will also get the chance to meet Michelle, our Naturopath.

Look out for our Holiday Gift Certificates starting December 1st

Start thinking about who in your surrounding should be the lucky recipient of a FREE initial visit with Dr. Ting.

DIVA Day:  

On October 11, Dayle and Dr. Ting happily participated in the first annual DIVA Day, hosted by the ‘Alzheimer Society of York Region’.  Dayle gave free 15-minute massages to the ladies attending that night to support this good cause, and Dr. Ting did postural screenings. Everyone had a great time, and all the proceeds went towards building a Centre of Excellence in Dementia that will provide support for families in York Region dealing with Alzheimer or Dementia.

4th Annual Uxbridge Health Show:

On October 13, we headed out to The Uxbridge Health Show, held by ‘Today’s Natural Solutions Health Store’.  It was nice to see some of you there, and Dr. Ting’s presentation was very well received by all.

Focus on Health:

Preventing Falls in Older Adults

By Dr. Trina Ting

Falls and their subsequent injuries are something that chiropractors see every day.  It might take a relatively brief course of treatment, but most healthy adults will recover without complication.  For the senior population, falls can be more than a temporary grievance.  They can be a source of serious pathology, such as a fracture, which may already weaken those in a fragile state.  With our healthcare advances, our aging population is ever increasing and falls are a major source of hospital visits.

As we age, our eyes, ears, and sense of balance slowly decline.  The nerves that travel to the muscles that keep us upright may not function as quickly, and our reaction time and response can also slow down.  This is a normal part of aging, but may also contribute to why the elderly are prone to falling.

The good news is that there are many things that we can all do to prevent such accidents.  Some tips to prevent falls:

Get Your Eyes Checked: Age related loss of vision or other pathologies such as glaucoma or cataracts will dull your depth of perception, so stairs may not seem as steep or deep.  Ensure you also have the right eyeglass or lens prescription, and clean your glass lens often.

Check Your House:  Inspect your house for obvious hazards such as loose rugs or wires, uneven flooring, slippery areas, or items on the floor.  Remove and reposition as necessary.  If you go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, ensure you have a clear pathway to minimize the risk of falling in the dark.

Lighting:  Ensure well-travelled areas of the house have adequate lighting.  This includes your front and back porches, which often have short staircases.

Exercise Regularly:  Simple routines such as walking can greatly improve coordination and balance, as well as flexibility and strength. This can greatly reduce the risk of falling.

Prevent Osteoporosis: A spontaneous break in one’s osteoporotic leg or hip may actually precede a fall.  Have your bone density checked, and consume calcium through supplements and through your diet.  Good dietary sources of calcium include dark leafy vegetables such as spinach, salmon with soft bones mixed right in, and supplemented orange juice, soy or dairy milk.

Check Your Medications: Some medications may cause dizziness, especially in interactions with other drugs or with alcohol. Check the side effects of your prescriptions and speak to your medical doctor if you notice you are feeling lightheaded or vertigo-like sensations.

If you live alone, try to have a buddy system where someone can check in on you once a day.  There are also emergency monitoring companies that can monitor you remotely all day.  It’s important to live your life with confidence, but also to be prepared what to do should you fall, or have an elderly relative who you are concerned about.  The best method as with most health issues is prevention, so these tips should go a long way.

Recipe: Sweet Potato and Chipotle Soup

Recipe from marthastewart.com

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 medium sweet potatoes (2 pounds total), peeled and cut
  • 1/2 to 1 chipotle chile in adobo, chopped
  • 7 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • Sour cream, for serving
  • Toasted flour tortilla wedges, for serving (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high. Add onion, season with salt and pepper, and cook until beginning to brown around edges, about 7 minutes. Add cumin and garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in sweet potatoes, chile, and broth. Bring to a boil; reduce to a rapid simmer, partially cover, and cook until sweet potatoes can be mashed easily with a spoon, 20 to 25 minutes.
  2. Let soup cool slightly. Working in batches, transfer soup to a blender and puree until smooth (use caution when blending hot liquids). Return pureed soup to pot over low heat and season with salt and pepper. Top soup with sour cream and serve with tortilla wedges, if desired.

Did You Know?

You burn more calories when you’re sleeping than when you’re laying on the couch watching television.  Try to get up during commercial breaks and move around; or even better, do sit-ups, lunges, stationary walk, or jumping rope!

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