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Summer is finally here -- after a rain-filled, chilly spring, the warmer temps are a welcome relief. 

If you've been chomping at the bit to get outside to do some hiking, gardening or outdoor projects, remember that pre-activity warm-ups will go a long way in preventing injuries that can wreck your summer. 

Check out our article below on Weekend Warriors for tips on how to bolster your back health. And, of course, don't forget that we're here throughout the summer -- k eep up with your regular visits so we can help you function at your best! 

Planning on a staycation this year?  Why not?  Long Island is the destination for summer fun! Click this link for some ideas the entire family can enjoy

Happy Independence Day -- have a safe and fun holiday!

-- Dr. Keri Chiappino and D r. W. Brent Reynolds

 P.S.  It's not too late to register for an accelerated BrainCore neurofeedback training program.  Boost production of healthy brain waves this summer for peak performance come the fall!

Overcoming Addiction Naturally with BrainCore Brain-wave Training

Recent studies show that one in seven Americans will face substance addictions and 21 million Americans are currently dealing with addictions --more than the number of people who have all cancers combined. Sobering statistics from the first report ever issued by a U.S. Surgeon General on addiction.

The opioid abuse crisis has been grabbing headlines around the nation and in our home towns as addiction rates continue to skyrocket. Figures just out from Blue Cross Blue Shield reveal that opioid abuse disorders have increased by nearly 500% over the past 7 years; it is estimated that 91 Americans per day die from opioid-related overdoses.

Recent studies on alcohol and opioid addiction have shown neurofeedback brain-wave therapy to be an effective tool in an addiction recovery program. Using the principles of operant conditioning, neurofeedback therapy helps to correct dysfunctional brain waves that contribute to addiction. In addition, neurofeedback encourages the production of new, healthy brain-wave patterns that help patients reduce impulsive behavior and regain the focus and control needed to operate in a more rationale state to make choices needed to stay clean and sober.

Acupuncture is another beneficial therapy for overcoming addictions to substances such as marijuana and for smoking cessation. According to our licensed acupuncturist Lori Fortunato, LAc, acupuncture treatments are highly successful for patients who are  highly motivated and ready to quit.

Check out Dr. Chiappino's video above on combating addictions with BrainCore neurofeedback therapy. If you or a loved one is struggling with an addition, contact our office to learn how brain-wave training and acupuncture can help to break the destructive cycle of addiction.
 
Introducing... Young Living Essential Oils!!!

We are excited to announce that we are now carrying a full line of Young Living Essential Oils!  
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Young Living carries a "Seed to Seal" guarantee that ensures the purity of its entire product line. Rigorous quality control, beginning with sourcing the seed from corporate-owned farms and certified partner farms, to stringent, quality benchmark product testing sets Young Living apart from the rest. 

At New Life Wellness Center, we are constantly seeking out the latest advancements in natural wellness to support our patients' health, whether it be new and innovative technology like neurofeedback training or HeartMath, or products like Young Living's essential oils. Our mission is provide the patients we care for access to the best tools for quality living. With essential oils, we believe the Young Living line provides our patients the purest, most effective formulas with the cleanest and most innovative ingredients available.

In the coming months we will be highlighting different products available from our new partner to showcase how these healing oils can be used topically, aromatically, internally and in personal care products to bring about improvements in health and well-being naturally.  

Join us on July 24th at 7:30 pm  in our Smithtown office for our lecture "How to Be A Happy Camper ..the Non-Toxic Way" on using essential oils for summertime activities. Learn how to boost your health and reduce your body's toxic load with natural and effective tick and pest repellents (ditch those nasty pesticides!). We'll cover ways to protect your skin naturally from the harsh summer sun, and provide the down low on photosensitive oils to be aware of, and fact vs. fiction when it comes to proper essential oils usage. Seating is limited, so reserve your spot today! 631.265.1223.

Weekend Warrior Action Plan

The term weekend warrior usually conjures up images of 9 to 5ers playing hard on Saturday and Sunday, but when life involves a full-time job, a house full of kids, and a never-ending to-do list, the warrior title lends itself to gardening, house/yard work and all other must-do projects crammed into precious little weekend time.  

With a full plate during the week, oftentimes the body is not prepared for a weekend packed with strenuous activities, whether it be shooting hoops or pulling weeds. Weekend warrior injuries are common-- knee pain, back pain, dislocations and subluxations -- not only from sports, but from mundane chores as well.

Of course, developing a strong core goes a long way in preventing back injuries. Abdominal crunches, presses and modified planks are ideal exercises for improving core strength. Equally important is adopting a stretching schedule during the week -- stretching is one of the best things you can do to avoid strains, pulls and tears as well as improve performance. Listed below are general rules for stretching; for specific activities or tasks, contact our office and we can recommend exercises that will be beneficial for your particular area of concern.

Stretching recommendations:

* Perform a light aerobic warm-up or take a 10-15 minute brisk walk. 
* After warm up, hold a mild stretch of the back or legs for 20-30 seconds.
* For gardening or housework, be sure to stretch the upper body and shoulder muscles to avoid any repetitive motion injuries
* When stretching one muscle group (i.e. quads), be sure to contract the opposing muscle group (i.e. hamstrings) which gives your muscles the best stretch possible.
* Cool down with a gentle stretch again -- not only will it feel great, it will help bring in fresh blood to the muscles to jump start the recovery process and minimize achiness.

A few closing thoughts:

Remember when lifting to bend at the knees and hold heavier weight objects closer to the body to avoid injuries.  In the case of injury, when it comes to ice or heat, ice is typically  preferred to minimize swelling and inflammation and to relieve pain and promote healing. Heat can actually worsen an injury by making the area more inflamed, so when in doubt reach for the ice -- and the phone to call our office. 631.265.1223.

Here's to making the most of your summer weeke nds!
Healthy Summer Snacking

Cookies for breakfast?  Why not -- as long as they are healthy and tasty like these protein, fruit and grain-filled breakfast snacks! 

Ingredients
  • 1 oz instant oatmeal or quick rolled oats 
  • 1.5 oz nut butter
  • 0.5 oz walnuts, pecans, or other nuts or seeds 
  • 4 oz banana, mashed
  • 2 oz additional fruit (eat on the side or incorporate into the cookies; try chunks of fresh fruit like strawberries, cherries, peaches or frozen 
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
Baking Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Mash everything in a small bowl. Stir in blueberries or additional fruit, or serve the extra fruit on the side.
  3. Spoon each cookie (about 3 large cookies) onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a non-stick mat.
  4. Roll cookies into ball shape. Press to flatten.
  5. Bake for about 30 minutes.
  6. Eat warm, or store the leftovers in the refrigerator.
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Guided Meditations by Dr. Keri Chiappino:

Anxious, depressed, overwhelmed or sleepless? Mindful meditation can help relieve your worries and put you at ease.  

To purchase downloadable guided meditations personally recorded by Dr. Chiappino, visit  www.newlifechiropractic.com/meditations 

Topics include meditations for:
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Acupuncture:  
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Call us to take advantage of our July Wellness Specials: 631.265.1223. 
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