Symptoms of Gluten Intolerance

By Regina Chanté

bakery_assortmentI am cautious about calling out individual foods as being the source of our suffering without seeing the bigger picture.  We have to also take into account additives in our foods, water, air, medications, cleaning agents and toxins in our home and office environments that may, collectively, wreak havoc on our immune systems. Having said that, many people in my practice and personal life are going gluten-free and feeling better. If reducing aggravating foods to reduce internal inflammation and histamine overload helps us think and feel better then that’s a good place to start. Reduced inflammation also means you can you can experience greater relaxation and circulation from your massage and bodywork! Below are five common symptoms of gluten intolerance:

1. Headaches and/or migraines can be common after eating gluten.

2. Gastrointestinal (GI), stomach, and digestive issues. This can show up as one or more of the following: bloating, queasiness, gas, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, constipation, or an alternating combination of both – IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).

3. Fatigue can appear chronically or after every meal that contains gluten. Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a syndrome, not a disease. If a doctor diagnoses you with CFS, they are simply stating they cannot locate the cause of your fatigue.

4. Sudden changes in mood and emotions. Irritability or irrational changes in feelings can also be a symptom.

5. A number of neurological issues can also be present. These include: difficulty balancing, dizziness, and peripheral neuropathy affecting nerves outside the central nervous system which results in pain, weakness, tingling or numbness in the extremities.

To read the full article please click on the link below.

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2013/08/17/5-signs-that-you-might-have-a-sensitivity-to-gluten-not-know-it/

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Levator Scapulae: The ‘Computing’ Muscle

By Brittany S. Wilson, LMT 
LevScapImageBefore you read any further, try this exercise: Take a deep inhale and slowly exhale.

As you exhale, release your shoulders and allow them to drop down into a fully rested position. Did you notice a full inch or more of movement? These are your levator scapulae muscles, and they are rarely relaxed. They are responsible for elevating the shoulders, rotating the head, and keeping the head from falling forward.

Between typing, driving, looking down to text, and holding the phone between the ear and shoulder; the levators are constantly working. Not only are they overworked, they are often the culprit of neck pain, shoulder pain, and the dreaded ‘stiff neck’.  Overuse of these muscles can lead to chronic tension and painful trigger points. Read on for some common bad habits that lead to levator scapulae pain and how to correct them!

 

 

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Problem: Typing at a desk with a keyboard positioned higher than the elbows, forcing the levators to raise the arms to reach the work surface

Solution: Keyboard and work surface should be level with the elbows in their relaxed state, with the arms at a 90 degree angle, allowing the levators to relax. Consider using a chair with arm supports or keyboard tray to get the perfect angle.

Problem: Holding a phone to the ear, or pinning a phone between the ear and shoulder for extended periods of time

Solution: If talking on the phone is part of your job, consider an ear piece or head set, which will prevent excessive one-sided use of the levator.

Problem: Stress-induced “turtle head” and all around poor posture

Solution: Bring awareness to your posture several times a day by checking in with your head and shoulder position relative to the rest of your body. Roll shoulders back and down into a natural, resting position. Allow the head to float up and back to sit on top of the body, avoiding the “forward head” posture that excessively lengthens and strains the levators.

If you are dealing with neck and shoulder pain, chiropractic and massage therapy can not only alleviate symptoms, but help address and correct any dysfunction within the structures. Treatments include cervical (neck) adjustments and manual therapy not only on the levators, but the trapezius, splenii muscles, sternocleidomastoid and scalenes, all important muscles that work together to ensure proper function of our head, neck and shoulders. Make an appointment with one of our providers to get an examination and treatment plan underway!

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What is Chiropractic?

healthy_backChiropractic is a type of integrative health care profession focused on the diagnosis and treatment of neurological and musculoskeletal disorders mainly of the spine and extremities.  However, chiropractic care does focus on the body as a whole.  It is a non-invasive approach to healing, typically without the use of pharmaceuticals.

A chiropractic adjustment, also called a manipulation, is one of the most common procedures completed by a doctor of chiropractic.  The purpose of the chiropractic adjustment is to manually apply a gentle force into joints that have become restricted in their movement, restoring joint mobility due to tissue injury.  This may be caused by a single traumatic event, such as lifting a heavy object.  It may also be cause by sustained postures such as sitting or standing for long periods of time or by repetitive stresses such as computer work or repetitive lifting.  Joints and surrounding tissues can undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and decreased function for people.  Manipulation or a chiropractic adjustment of the affected joints and tissues restores mobility, decreases pain and inflammation, which allows tissues to heal.

What To Expect From Your First Appointment

All of our practitioners are thorough.  They ask questions about your prior, family, and current health history.  The practitioner will then spend time going over your paperwork with you to make sure they have a clear understanding of your health care concerns.  They will proceed with an exam and/or assessment of the areas of concern.  With your permission, they will complete the appropriate treatment, which may include therapeutic exercises and/or nutritional advice.

Call us to schedule your chiropractic appointment.

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Calm Mind, Healthy Body

By Regina Chanté, LMT

ocean-meditationIt is challenging to eat well and have the energy to accomplish our goals if our hormones are out of balance. Likewise, our hormone levels are affected by our diet, sleep patterns, and state of mind. Below are some helpful tips to create a positive mood, stable weight, and increased energy:

*  Ease up on the simple carbs (breads, white pasta, white flour, refined sugars) and gently bump up your tryptophan-rich protein. For vegetarians, protein snacks several times a day might include cottage cheese, nuts & nut butter, cheese, or eggs. Adding colorful veggies and fruits to your meals will release natural sugars into your system more evenly than a quick carby snack.

*  Include a daily dose of healthy fats for balancing your mood, such coconut oil, avocado, nut and olive oil.

*  Add B vitamin complex to your daily regimen. B6, in particular, supports the brain’s production of seratonin, melatonin and dopamine, all very necessary hormones for a peaceful state of mind

*  Gentle to moderate exercise each day revs up mood boosting hormones seratonine and dopamine. No time (or money) for the gym? Try adding a yoga, tai chi, or qigong routine during your lunch break to burn calories, relieve stress, strengthen your core muscles and calm the mind.

*  Substitute herbal teas and lemon water for pop and caffeinated ‘power’ drinks. One of my favorite homemade ’soda’ drinks is fresh lemon squeezed into bubbly mineral water with a touch of Stevia, a natural sweetener with 0 calories and safe for diabetics.

*  Make time throughout the day to breathe deep, meditate, pray, or chant/tone. A perfect way to distract the monkey chatter brain, center and ground in the moment, and collect your scattered energies from the sensory- overload world we live in.

*  Before bed give your body a deeply relaxing stretch routine. Find a good book, and dab some pleasant essential oils to your pillow such as vanilla,  lavender, chamomile, wild orange, marjoram, ylang ylang, frankincense, clary sage or whatever appeals to you. Essential oils have an immediate impact on brain chemistry and provide a more comforting sleep state.

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Acupuncture in Health Care

acupunctureAcupuncture has been employed as a health care modality for over 3,000 years.

 

Practitioners of this ancient medical practice have experienced clinical success with a variety of health issues.  Today, acupuncture is receiving wide acceptance as a respected, valid and effective form of health care.

When most people think about acupuncture, they are familiar with its use for pain control. But acupuncture has a proven track record of treating and addressing a variety of endocrine, circulatory and systemic conditions.

Acupuncture and modern medicine combined together have the potential to support, strengthen and nurture a patient to regain vital health and well-being.  Evidence also points to positive clinical trials that suggest acupuncture may be a reasonable option for a number of clinical conditions, including addiction, stroke rehabilitation, carpal tunnel syndrome, osteoarthritis, and headache.  Research has also suggested that acupuncture treatment may be helpful for other conditions such as asthma, postoperative pain, myofascial pain and low back pain.

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The Health Benefits of Massage

Professional massage therapy is designed to massasge-therapyoptimize the body’s performance and to be included as part of one’s preventative health maintenance plan. Why a plan?  Because you deserve it.  Your body works hard for you every day of your life.  With regular care and maintenance through rest, proper nutrition, daily stretching/exercise, and massage you can greatly extend the life and well-being of your faithful companion, your body.

Receiving a professional massage once a month (considered a basic maintenance schedule) will improve your health on many levels.  Think of it as an investment in yourself!  As the saying goes: Put the money into preventative care now, or put it into repair care later.  The repair care is much more costly and not nearly as enjoyable.

Below is a sample list of all the amazing health benefits you can receive from a regularly scheduled, professional massage:

Receive healthy touch • Reduce stress • Decrease physical pain • Increase physical performance • Enhance mental focus and productivity • Reduce occurrence of injuries • Relieve muscle tension and stiffness • Increase flexibility • Promote general well-being • Reduce emotional pain • Reduce anxiety • Improve circulation • Encourage sound sleep • Reduce edema • Increase stamina • Accelerate injury rehabilitation • Experience relaxation • Feel pampered • Improve overall health • Enhance mobility

Feeling motivated to treat your body right? Call Equilibrium today to schedule your professional massage.  It’s possible that your insurance might cover part of the cost so ask us about checking your benefits.

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