Etheredge Chiropractic

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Monday October 18, 2010

Quotes of the week:

"I have not failed 700 times, I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving those 700 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work."
— Thomas Edison

"To insure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life."
— William Londen

Office news:

Happy Birthday today to Dr. Etheredge!!

Don't forget, from now until November 15th, the patient who sends in the most referrals will receive a $100 American Express gift card just in time for Christmas shopping! So make sure your friends and family mention your name when asked who they were referred by. You may just win $100!

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Doctor's Corner

Dr. Etheredge's Corner:

Laser? What the heck is a laser?

Laser is an acronym for "light amplification by emission of radiation". This theory was introduced by Albert Einstein in 1917....( pretty bright guy). Laser as healing modality was introduced in 1963 for wound healing. Just like the sun Laser is a source of electromagnetic radiation....a wide range of wave particles. These particles known as Photons have defined wavelengths which define the characteristic of the effect on body tissues...Light must be absorbed to stimulate a chemical reaction.

The most common reaction found in laser literature is the production of ATP adenosine triphosphate. ATP is recognized as the primary energy source to drive cell processes for homeostasis ( maintaining wellbeing) such as improving cell division and improving intracellular and extracellular active transport of proteins. Recent research indicates that increasing ATP production can have beneficial effects on pain and healing.

So how does all this technical information translate into me helping you. Laser helps pain reduction, nerve regeneration, muscle soreness, reduce edema.

Conditions we use low level laser(cold laser) for include neck and lower back pain, radiating nerve pain, TMJ disorders, tendonitis, bursitis, plantar fascitis....the list essentially includes anything we treat.

Ask us about Laser therapy for your care.

Yours in Health

R. Kim Etheredge D.C.

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This week in nutrition:

Running on Empty: When Fatigue Stops You in Your Tracks

By Editorial Staff

You may find the following information so profound that you feel inclined to sit down for a minute, but that's actually the opposite of what you should do. A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology suggests people who spend more time sitting (specifically, more than six hours a day) during leisure time have an increased risk of premature death compared to those who sit for three hours or less, and the results are independent of exercise. In other words, if you exercise for three hours a day and sit for nine hours a day, you're more likely to die than someone who doesn't exercise at all but spends only a few hours a day sitting.

This isn't to discount the benefits of exercise, of course, which is associated with reduced risk of heart disease, cancer and just about everything else, but to emphasize that a sedentary lifestyle has major health consequences.

When you sit for prolonged periods of time, usually with little or no movement, it negatively affects circulation, metabolism, resting blood pressure and cholesterol, among other things. And more time sitting, especially in front of the TV, computer, etc., often contributes to excessive snacking -all too often the unhealthy variety - which can lead to obesity and weight-related disorders such as diabetes.

"Sit less, move more" is a great message to store in your memory bank and recall on a daily basis. Anytime you start to feel stuck to your chair, peel yourself away and add a little motion (and a few years) to your life.

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Trigger Finger

Trigger finger is a condition that causes one of the fingers or the thumb to catch in a bent position. Often, the finger or thumb will straighten with a snap, similar to a trigger being pulled and then released. In more severe cases, the finger or thumb becomes locked in a bent position. Trigger finger is caused by narrowing of the sheath that houses the tendon in the affected finger. Trigger finger affects women more than men and is more common in people with diabetes. It is also more common in people who perform repetitive gripping actions in their work or hobbies.

Who do you know that suffers from Trigger Finger and could use our services?

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