July 2019 Health Newsletter

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Sherry Ezell, LMT is offering the following specials. June: Enjoy a 60 minute massage for $55. July: Short on time or want to squeeze in a lunch time massage? Then a 25 minute neck, upper back and shoulder massage for $20 or a 50 minute full body for $50 would be perfect for you. Please call or text her to set up your appointment at 808-494-5103.


Elizabeth "Niki" Smith, LMT is offering a Black Friday in July special. Are you an early bird who like to be prepared for the holiday season? If yes, check out these amazing specials on Massage Gift Certificate packages that are great gifts for family, friends and yourself! Best news is these gift certificates do not expire. These offer begins July 15th and ends August 15, 2019.

60 minutes for $50, package of 3 for $180

90 minutes for $75, package of 3 for $225

 To schedule an appointment, call or text Niki at 253-576-7489 or go to www.kolibriecharm.com


As many of you have heard Jeanne Dunham will be taking some time away this summer and enjoying the beautiful northwest! Her good friend and colleague Gretchen Hall will be filling in for her during the summer months. Gretchen is a native to Mesa and has practiced massage for 10 years in both Chiropractic clinics and Spa settings. She specializes in deep tissue, therapeutic and relaxation massage. She also uses reflexology and prenatal massage. Her availability will be during the day on Mondays and Saturdays and weeknight evenings upon request. Please schedule at https://massageworks27.as.me/  or by contacting Gretchen directly at 623-980-5635




It was June 9, 1989 when my father Dr. Richard Newman, Palmer graduate of 1972, handed me my diploma! I'm honored to have followed in his footsteps and look forward to serving our patients and the community for many more years to come!


Current Articles

» Neuromuscular Therapy. What is it, and can it help with your pain?
» Bill Introduced to Modernize Medicare Coverage of Chiropractic Services
» Chiropractic Care - Not Just For Back Problems
» Stay Cool For Better Exercise Performance and Safety

Neuromuscular Therapy. What is it, and can it help with your pain?

Neuromuscular Therapy. What is it, and can it help with your pain?

Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is a very precise and specific approach to treating pain and dysfunction in soft tissues of the body. There is a specific protocol for treating an area of the body that has pain or dysfunction. Deep tissue, digital pressure and friction is used, along with assessments of the tissue, to release areas of strain in the muscle. These areas of pain are often referred to as “trigger points” and can be a primary or additional cause of muscular pain symptoms.

NMT is a modality requiring extensive anatomy training and a certification. A Neuromuscular Therapist goes through training on each area of the body and must take a certification exam to be able to practice as an NMT.

There is a distinct difference between “deep tissue” massage and NMT. Deep tissue massage focuses on long, slow, deep strokes and deep finger pressure on tight and contracted areas of the muscles in the body. Cross fiber friction is also used. This type of massage is referred to as “deep tissue” because it is pressure focusing on the deeper layers of the body. NMT has very specific protocol based on the practitioner’s skill, knowledge of anatomy and a precise application of palpation to the area of pain or discomfort. NMT is different from relaxation, not only because it deals with the specific muscle, but also, with tendons, ligaments, soft tissue and the nervous system. That is where the term “Neuromuscular Therapy” is derived. This type of massage relates to the muscles and the nerves.

Because NMT works with the central nervous system, it is a very effective manual therapy for people in a lot of pain. There are times when a lot of deep and direct pressure cannot be used on someone in
a lot of pain. So, a neuromuscular therapist will discern other techniques to use. Some of these may be specific stretches, breathing techniques with pressure and positional release techniques. These types of adjunct therapies work more with the nervous system to help the muscles release in a more passive way. These methods can also be very effective for treating pain.

There are many different methods involved in NMT. Depending on the client’s pain level, area of pain and cause of pain, will help determine which techniques the therapist will use to help with pain relief.

These are the 5 sources of pain most often addressed by NMT:

1. ISCHEMIA- A lack of blood flow, oxygen and nutrients to the muscle fiber. This results in a concentrated area of irritation, which will most often cause the muscle to be very sensitive and sometimes weak.

2. NERVE ENTRAPMENT - A nerve is compressed by bone, muscle, cartilage or soft tissue. This may cause pain to radiate throughout the body.

3. TRIGGER POINTS - These are often referred to as “knots”, “marbles” or “tender spots” in the body. These most often cause pain both locally and with referral to other parts of the body.

4. BIOMEDICAL DYSFUNCTION - A condition of repeated improper movement patterns of bones and muscles. This can cause an imbalance in muscles and lead to pain.

5. POSTURAL DISTORTION - A muscle imbalance, which causes the body to pull itself out of a normal alignment and can cause pain in the muscles that have had to overcompensate for the imbalance.
Neuromuscular Therapy is being used worldwide to treat both chronic and acute pain. It has been proven to be effective in sports injuries, motor vehicle accidents, for patients both pre and post surgery, industrial workers with work related pain, fibromyalgia and many other causes of pain. This type of therapy can help treat the pain naturally and without having to take pain medicine. With proper treatment and a follow up protocol, involving stretching and strengthening, most people can have a big reduction in pain and in a lot of cases, be pain free.

Sherry Ezell, LMT is offering specials for June and July: June is 60 minute
massage for $55.

July is 25 minute neck back and shoulders for $20 or a 50 minute full body
for $50.
To schedule please call or text Sherry at 808-494-5103

Author: Sherry Ezell
Source: Sherry Ezell
Copyright: Sherry Ezell 2019

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Bill Introduced to Modernize Medicare Coverage of Chiropractic Services

A bill that would update Medicare by increasing its coverage of services provided by doctors of chiropractic within the full extent of their licensure was introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives.  The legislation, H.R. 3654, known as the Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act of 2019, would align Medicare’s coverage of chiropractic services with that of other federal health care providers as well as many private health plans.  The bipartisan legislation, introduced by Reps. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.) and Tom Reed (R-N.Y.), would enable beneficiaries to more easily access the chiropractic profession’s broad-based, non-drug approach to pain management, which includes Medicare-covered services such as manual manipulation of the spine and extremities, evaluation and management services, diagnostic imaging  and utilization of other non-drug approaches that have become an important strategy in national efforts to stem the epidemic of prescription opioid overuse and abuse.  "The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is encouraged that this bill would finally give Medicare beneficiaries access to the same safe and effective chiropractic services that members of our military, veterans, and federal employees now enjoy," said ACA President Robert C. Jones, DC.  "We applaud Rep. Higgins and Rep. Reed, who recognize the necessity of modernizing Medicare's chiropractic coverage to meet the needs of today's beneficiaries," added Keith Overland, DC, chairman of the ACA Legislative Advisory Board.  Since 1972, Medicare beneficiaries have been covered for only one chiropractic service—manual manipulation of the spine—forcing them to access additional medically necessary care from other types of providers or to pay out of pocket for the services from their chiropractor.  Chiropractors are the only physician-level providers in the Medicare program whose services are restricted in this manner.  The federal Medicare program currently serves more than 55 million individuals; various projections forecast the number of people age 65 or older increasing by about one-third over the next decade.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Acatoday.com July 9, 2019.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2019

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Chiropractic Care - Not Just For Back Problems

Chiropractors have always maintained that chiropractic care is not just for the treatment of back and neck pain, but is in fact effective for other conditions issues as well. A new case study, published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine backs these claims by examining the treatment of arm and hand pain. A 41-year-old female patient was experiencing alarming pain, numbness and weakness in her right arm and hand. Her symptoms had begun three weeks prior to treatment, when she woke up in the morning and assumed she had “slept wrong.” Medical assessments confirmed her pain, numbness and decreased grip strength. Treatment began immediately and included specific chiropractic manipulative therapy as well as myofascial therapy and elastic therapeutic taping. The patient was also assigned an active home care regimen which included postural exercises and workstation ergonomics education. The results—The patient showed immediate improvement of her numbness and weakness after just the first treatment. The case study’s authors noted that over a series of eleven treatments, her symptoms were completely resolved and she was able to return to work without pain. If you’re experiencing any sort of body pain, numbness or loss of strength, contact your local chiropractor today. Consultations are affordable, safe and chances are very good that chiropractic care may be able to help!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. Volume 12, Issue 2; June 2013.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2013

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Stay Cool For Better Exercise Performance and Safety

As the temperature rises so too does the risk for exercise related heat stroke and performance drop. The human body doesn't perform optimally when it becomes too hot. New research shows that using cooling techniques such as ice vests or cold water bathing/applications before and/or during workouts increases performance. Your body requires significant energy and blood flow to keep your body from overheating. Any external assistance with the cooling process provides the body with additional energy and blood flow to exercising muscles. Various cooling methods were studied including the use of cooling vests and cold packs, consumption of cold water or ice slurries, immersion in a cold water bath or a combination. Researchers also studied the effects on performance comparing pre-exercise applications vs. during exercise applications. Researchers found while pre-exercise and during exercise applications of cold increased performance, a combination of the two worked best. One of the most effective applications was wearing an ice chest during exercise along with a combination of pre-exercise techniques. Doing so improved athletic performance by close to 7 percent. In addition to the increased performance, cooling techniques reduce potential for heat stroke - a very common side effect of exercise, especially in the summer heat.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: British Journal of Sports Medicine, online April 19, 2014.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2014

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