April 2020 Newsletter: Injury Prevention – Office COVID19 Response
by Dr. Jeremiah Davis
As I was pondering possible topics for our monthly newsletter, I considered doing an article on men’s health. This led me to think about the number of men who utilize chiropractic services within the health offices at Riverview Chiropractic Health. I have noticed that men, and specifically dads, seem to be an underserved segment of the population as three of the practitioners within our office treat mainly women and children within their practices. While it is true that women and children can benefit from chiropractic care, so can men.
If men are underserved within our office, one must ask the question: why? I probed a little deeper and asked our front desk staff. They said that one of the most common rationale they heard for scheduling a follow up appointment was: “I’ll come back when it hurts”. Perhaps this is because in our society men seem to be held in high esteem when they are tough and put down when they “act” weak. The problem is how our society paints a picture of what is weak and what is strong. Most men desire to be providers for their family. Combine this with the drive to be tough through giving up appointments in favor of letting their other family go first, and you have a recipe for some pretty hurting dads. I am here to propose a paradigm shift from seeking care as a sign of weakness (whether real or societal) to the view of seeking care as a means to be at your best so you can care well for your family.
One example of a dad in my own practice is a male between the ages of 30-50 who recently had a new addition to his family. This father came to me seeking care as his back was hurting from the repetitive lifting of his current child and his recent newborn. He was able to come in and within a few visits he was back to feeling good. With some postural and lifting techniques to reduce the stress, this man was feeling pretty good and was able to better care for his family who needed his help. This is not weakness, but rather a strong loving father who wanted to stay healthy so he could provide for the needs of his family.
So why is waiting until it hurts a bad thing, you may ask? The way most musculoskeletal injuries work is that injuries build up over time and therefore become symptomatic as a result of repetitive stress without adequate time to recover. The body is very good at adapting to stress placed on it and can easily overcome small stressors as long as there is enough time afterwards to recover. It’s like when you intentionally work out different muscle groups on different days and in so doing give the other muscles a chance to rest and rebuild the tissues. The problem occurs when too much stress is added at once or too many stressors are repeated over time. Here the body tries to adapt, but after a certain time it can no longer do so. This is the point at which symptoms appear. In treatment of an injury, symptoms (pain), are the last thing to show up and the first thing to go away. This often results in someone seeking care later than they should if they are looking to maintain optimal health and be symptom-free. (It should be noted that all of the doctors are here to help no matter at what stage you come in). When symptoms leave after a few treatments one could assume that the injury that caused them to seek treatment is also healed. Another good analogy which explains why this is inaccurate is the analogy of a bank account. If you overdraw on your account and go into the red (injury with symptoms), it is fairly simple to just pay the fees and put some money in to bring it back up to zero and you are in the black. That is, until the next withdrawal (or injury/stressor) goes through and you are back in the same situation. Instead, the doctors at Riverview Chiropractic strive for our patients to be optimally healthy. This means treating an injury until symptoms are gone and continuing care usually at a lesser rate for a period of time after to allow the body to heal. Then when the next stressor comes along the body will have more in the bank of health so it won’t go into the red (symptoms) as easily.
When I started this article it was supposed to be on a topic in the realm of men’s health. In a roundabout way it was, just that it ended up being on injury prevention in general. Here at Riverview Chiropractic Health we strive to provide you with articles as tools to help you better your health and become more knowledgeable about the cause of injury. With that said, I would like to hear from you – our readers. Men, perhaps you have a topic you are interested in hearing more about related to men’s health specifically or health in general? If so, feel free to send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The providers who share space at Riverview Chiropractic Health would like to let you know we are and will remain open to serve the health needs of you and your family unless we are told otherwise. We are practicing all of the guidelines set before us by our Chiropractic and Massage Associations, WHO, CDS, OSHA, NYS-DOH and Erie County-DOH. This is an unprecedented time in the health care of our world. Truly, there is no greater need than maintaining your physical health. There are a host of very important reasons to get adjusted and a massage in addition to helping your immune system during this crisis. The strain and anxiety can cause its own health challenges.
If you are experiencing a respiratory challenge to your health or a fever, please notify us before you enter the building so that we may take the necessary precautions. We ask that you not wait in our reception area, but rather in the car until we can talk to you. We will assess if we can proceed, then get you adjusted and disinfect the room afterwards. If you feel that you need a test for COVID-19, please leave a message at the extension of your Chiropractic provider. He/She can help to get you to the designated agency to help you.
Dr. Alaina Rowswell-Kulikowski is the owner of our shared offices. If you need to contact someone after hours, please use her cell phone (716) 930-6644. However, our front desk will be staffed during 7am-6pm Mon-Fr and Sat 8am-noon.
If you have traveled to China, Italy, South Korea or Japan or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is quarantined because of the virus we respectfully ask that you not come to the office. We are hoping there will be providers that can come and adjust those who fall under this category. But, at this time, we do not.
If you need information on COVID-19, please check your local Department of Health Websites regularly. www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/
The greatest help for your immune system is available with non-pharmacological measures.
- Get outside! Fresh air is extremely important.
- Sleep well
- Use Nasal saline washes
- Take your vitamins
- Increase your consumption of anti-oxidant and nutrient-dense infection-fighting foods like:
organic blueberries, raspberries, spinach, sprouts, garlic, onions, ginger, parsley, cilantro,
spirulina, celery juice, bone broth and fermented foods and beverages.
- Drink Warm water and herbal teas
- Reduce your sugar intake.
- There are non-pharmaceutical viral inhibitors. Place a call to your chiropractic
provider to help with these questions
- Get adjusted or get a massage
Recipe of the Month
CRISPY SKILLET LASANGA
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MAKES 4 SERVINGS
PREP TIME 20MIN.
TOTAL TIME: 55MIN.
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 medium onion
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1 lb. extra-lean ground turkey
1 can no-salt-added diced tomatoes
1 can Campbell’s Healthy Request Tomato Soup
1/2 c. lowfat, small-curd cottage cheese
1/2 c. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
4 oz. part-skim mozzarella
6 no-boil lasagna noodles
- Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Heat the oil in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, oregano, red pepper flakes, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until just tender, 5 to 6 minutes.
- Add the turkey and cook, breaking it up with a spoon into very small pieces, until no longer pink, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and soup and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 4 to 6 minutes (this should still be a loose mixture; it will thicken in the oven).
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the cottage cheese, parsley, and 1/2 cup mozzarella.
- Transfer 3/4 cups sauce to a bowl. Lay one-third of the noodles evenly over the sauce in the skillet. Dollop with half the cheese mixture, then spoon 1 cup of the remaining sauce over the top; repeat once.
- Top with the remaining noodles and sauce. Cover the pan tightly with foil and bake until the noodles are tender, 23 to 25 minutes.
- Remove the foil. Broil until some of the noodle edges begin to crisp, 3 to 4 minutes. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella and broil until the top is golden brown and the edges of the noodles are crispy, 1 to 2 minutes more. Let rest 5 minutes before serving.
recipe and photo © womansday.com