April 2016 Newsletter

In this month’s newsletter:

  • No Chiropractic Appointments on April 22nd
  • Now Offering Text Message Appointment Reminders
  • Essential Oil Classes 4/19 and 5/21
  • Benefits of Meditation and an App to Get Started
  • MRI: How much do they tell us?
  • BMI: A Poor Measure for Health
  • Recipe of the Month: Spring Vegetable Paleo Pasta

Chiropractic Office Closed on Friday, April 22nd

The office will be closed for chiropractic appointments Friday, April 22nd. Please contact Kelly Nickel,LMT, Chrisanthi Fekkos, LMT and Allyson Trebbi LAc. to schedule appointments that day.

Now Offering Text Message Appointment Reminders

We can now send you an automatic text message reminder 24 hours before your chiropractic appointments.  If you would like to begin receiving these reminders, simply reply to this email with your cell phone number and we will set you up!

Essential Oils Classes: 4/19-6:00 PM & 5/21-11:00AM

Kristin Worley, owner of Flourish Massage,  will be teaching two upcoming classes on essential oils at Thrive. Please RSVP directly to Kristin or ask any questions at [email protected] or call 513-739-5977. Kristin describes the classes:

April 19th at 6:00 PM – Natural Solutions for Healthy, Empowered Living
Do you want to have more energy, get sick less often, have less pain in your body, have a healthy and happy digestive system, decrease stress, improve mental clarity and more?  Join Kristin Worley, owner of Flourish Massage & Bodywork, for a fun and informative class on natural living solutions.  Everyone that attends will receive a free sample and will be entered into a drawing to win a free prize! We will be learning the basics of what essential oils are and how to safely and effectively use them, as well as learning simple lifestyle changes to create abundance in you own health.

May 21st at 11:00AM – Healthy Kids, Happy Mom!
Do your kids get sick, have trouble listening, seem completely out of control and leave you feeling overwhelmed?  Well, it’s time to change that by focusing on whole family wellness.  A happy kiddo is a happy mama! Join us for this fun class about essential oils solutions – not only to support better health and immune system but also for better focus, less craziness, and more peace and calmness.  This class is essential for mama. All moms and families welcome!

Benefits of Mediation and an App to Get You Started

As people find themselves increasingly busy and stressed, mindfulness meditation has been growing in popularity to help combat the negative effects of stress. Meditation reduces stress levels leading to a lower risk of diseases and enhanced well-being. 

A new study published in Biological Psychiatry  shows that meditation can change the brain better than a placebo. This article from the New York Times shares the details of the study that put 35 highly stressed unemployed job seekers through 2 types of meditation programs.  Half the group attended formal mindfulness meditation training and half the group received a fake meditation program. Blood draws and brain scans were done before and after the training and it was found that those who received formal training had more activity in the parts of the brain dealing with stress, focus and calmness. A follow up blood tests done 4 months after training showed that those who did the formal training had a lower inflammation levels even though most had stopped meditating.

If you are interested in starting a mindfulness meditation program you may enjoy using the Headspace app. Check it out!

Don’t Let MRI Results Limit You

Imaging of the body, like MRI or X-ray, can be an important tool in coming up with a game plan to improve health or rule out certain conditions. Yet, let’s not feel that the results of our imaging will dictate whether we get back to full function one day.

Cassie Dionne, a Canadian physiotherpaist, wrote an excellent article describing how MRI often pick up normal aging changes that may or may not be associated with any current pain we are experiencing.

BMI: Don’t Put Much Weight On It

BMI or Body Mass Index is a metric used to determine if a person is underweight, obese or somewhere in between.  According to this article from FiveThirtyEight using only BMI would mis-classify approximately 75 million adults in the United States. Important factors that need to be considered include muscle mass and blood pressure. A more accurate gauge for obesity is to measure a persons excess fat; particularly around the midsection.  People who do not have a high BMI but do have excess fat around the midsection have a 20% higher mortality rate than those with similar BMI but no excess midsection fat. Many physicians and researchers would like to move away from the BMI metric and look at multiple factors to determine a persons overall health. 

Recipe of the Month: Spring Vegetable Paleo Pasta

Spring has arrived and the farmers markets will soon be filled with beautiful vegetables.  This Spring Vegetable Paleo Pasta from Multiply Delicious uses zucchini and yellow squash for noodles and is filled with delicious fresh asparagus, tomatoes and basil.