September 2016 Newsletter

In this month’s newsletter:

  • New Job Opportunity at Thrive
  • Office Closed September 5th, 29th and 30th
  • Headache Help with Chiropractic
  • Improved Immune Function with Adjustments
  • Unlocking Stiff Hips with Chandler Stevens
  • Exercise for Memory Boost
  • Recipe: Grilled Potato Salad

Job Opportunity at Thrive

We are looking for additional help at the office for our front desk receptionist position. Shawna would like to reduce her work hours each week so we would love to find someone to help perform the duties in her role.

The specific hours and days of the week will be determined later; hours could range from 18-36 hours per week. We want the schedule to suit the needs of both the new hire and Shawna. We are looking for someone who is friendly, enthusiastic, well organized and wants to work in an environment focused on helping people be healthy.

Please email [email protected] to let us know if you are interested. If you know someone who you think would be a great fit, please invite them to contact us. Thank you!

September Dates When Office Will Be Closed

The chiropractic office will be closed Monday September 5th for Labor Day, and Thursday September 29th and Friday September 30th while Dr. Pete travels to attend a continuing education conference.

Kelly Nickel, Chrisanthi Fekkos, and Allyson Trebbi can be contacted directly for scheduling and availability as always. By the way, did you know that you can schedule online with Kelly, schedule online with Chrisanthi, and email/call Allyson for appointments?

Headache Relief with Chiropractic Care

A recent study compared the effects of adjustments versus the effects of stretching and exercise for headache relief. The study found that those people receiving 6-8 chiropractic sessions were more effective than those who received exercise and mobilization. Three months later those who received adjustments continued to experience relief.

Improved Immune Function with Manual Therapy

In the March 2011 Journal of Osteopathic Association the study “Impact of Osteopathic Manipulation in Secretory IgA in Stressed Populations” showed that spinal adjustments increased IgA by 139%.  IgA helps increase immunity and decreases the risk of infection. Osteopathic manipulations are similar to chiropractic adjustments.

Read more from abstract:

  • High levels of human secretory immunoglobulin A (sIgA) have been shown to decrease the incidence of acquiring upper respiratory tract infections. Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) has been shown to improve cardiac indices, increase lymph flow rates through the thoracic duct, and decrease sympathetic tone in postoperative patients and those in intensive care. Therefore, we hypothesized that OMT may also increase sIgA levels in people under high levels of emotional and psychological stress, thereby enhancing immunity and potentially preventing subsequent infections.


  • This study demonstrates the positive effect of OMT on sIgA levels in persons experiencing high stress. Results suggest that OMT may then have therapeutic preventive and protective effects on both healthy and hospitalized patients, especially those experiencing high levels of emotional or physiological stress and those at higher risk of acquiring upper respiratory tract infections.

Unlocking Your Hips with Chandler Stevens

You may remember Chandler Stevens coming to Thrive to teach classes on posture a few years ago. Chandler has great insight into movement, posture and health. If you would like to gain greater hip flexibility, check out this article with links to videos.

The hips are one of the most mobile parts of your body, but for many people they are stiff.  Since the hips play an important roll in most movement, stiffness causes other muscles to compensate, often leading to pain in low back or knees.

Stevens has written and video instructions of Hip Rotations, 90/90 Floss, Wall Hinges and most importantly the Chair Smash- because sitting all day won’t help you unlock your hips.

Exercise for Memory Retention

Everyone knows that exercise is good for your body, but did you know it also benefits your memory?

This article from the Harvard Health Blog discusses a recent study from the University of British Columbia showing how regular aerobic exercise increases the size of the hippocampus.The hippocampus is the the part of your brain that involves your memory and ability to learn.  Exercise also reduces inflammation and reduces dependence on insulin both of which help brain cells grow and remain healthy. Exercise also helps with sleep, mood and decreasing stress, all of which contribute to boosting your memory. The study followed people walking briskly for 2 hours a week.

Recipe of the Month: Tri-Colored Grilled Potato Salad With Bacon, Spring Onions and Mustard Vinaigrette

This simple recipe from  Wicked Spatula  is a delicious way to use your grill before the chill of autumn begins to settle over the Tri-State area.  It would also make a great addition to a Labor Day gathering.