I am elated to have spent time with my networking team (who have become friends) this week who are all business owners and have so much to offer the world. We laugh, we brainstorm, we look out for each other, and our common goal is to help one another gain profitable business. It is refreshing every week to visit and hear about what is going on with my fellow business owners. This has been a delicious week and we have lots more to come. Enjoy it everyone! Thank you!
Dr. Candace Thomas
Better Life Chiropractic
A Trifecta You Don't Want To Cash In
What's Right For You?
You might be thinking, "What's right for me? I want to have a healthy diet. I want to do regular exercise. I want to get enough sleep. How do I know what's right?" First, what works for someone else may not necessarily achieve the same results for you.
One person may love the elliptical machine for aerobics. Another may say that running is the only way to go. Biking, fast walking, swimming timed laps - they all work. The exercise you want to do - the one you like and makes you feel good - that's the one for you.
Likewise with rest. You may read that everyone needs 8 hours of sleep every night. Next month you may read about some hot-shot that thrives on 6 hours per night. What's right? The amount that helps you feel active, alert, and well-rested. Some nights you need a little more. Sometimes you can get by on 5 or 6 hours. Bottom line - what works for you works for you. The key is to be consistent and intend to want to be healthy and well.
Recently, public health researchers discovered that people who were overweight and had diabetes also had high blood pressure - the combination of findings was termed metabolic syndrome. The implication is that if a person has one or more of these abnormal findings, he is at risk for the others.1,2,3 If a person has high blood glucose she is at risk for high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol. Being overweight increases the risk of developing diabetes and developing cardiovascular disease - heart attack and stroke.
The statistics and medical conclusions are sobering, and yet there is good news. Each of these serious disorders - diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure - is a lifestyle disease. Lifestyle contributes significantly to developing any and all of these conditions. Making long-lasting changes in the way we live has long-lasting effects on our health and well-being. Lifestyle recommendations are not breaking news. Everyone knows about the benefits of healthy nutrition and regular vigorous exercise. Research has consistently shown that diet, exercise, and proper rest significantly improve one's health. The great challenge is to cause people to engage in these activities which are in their own interest.
An additional important lifestyle change is to engage in regular chiropractic care. Chiropractic care ensures optimal functioning of the nerve system which ensures optimal functioning of all other body systems. If the nerve system is over- or understimulated, physiology will break down in various ways and disease will result. Chiropractic care balances nerve system activity via gentle manipulation of spinal joints. Proper function of the spine results, with normalization of nerve activity. Chiropractic care enhances all other lifestyle activities. Healthy nutrition and regular exercise can have maximum benefit when your spine and nerve system are functioning properly.
1McNaughton SA, et al: Dietary patterns, insulin resistance, and incidence of type 2 diabetes in the Whitehall II Study. Diabetes Care 31(7):1314-1348, 20082 Brunner EJ, et al: Dietary patterns and 15-y risks of major coronary events, diabetes, and mortality. Am J Clin Nutr 87(5):1414-1421, 20083Roman B, et al: Effectiveness of the Mediterranean diet in the elderly. Clin Interv Aging 3(1):97-109, 2008
Dr. Candace J. Thomas , born and raised in Kenbridge, Virginia, knew early on that a career in medicine was her destiny. As a child, Dr. Thomas studied her friends' and family's posture and often questioned why it varied. Dr. Thomas excelled in her school coursework and grew more and more interested in the design and function of the human body.
Dr. Thomas earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, Pre-med, from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. While seeking a future in natural, holistic, medicine she began to meet with local chiropractors to discuss and better understand the art, science, & philosophy of Chiropractic. Dr. Thomas states:
..."getting the understanding that chiropractors realign vertebrae in order to remove interference to the nervous system just made so much sense to me that before I knew it, I was in an internship and enrolled in Chiropractic College."
Dr. Candace J. Thomas attended Life University in Marietta, GA, and later transferred to Sherman College in Spartanburg, SC, where she received her Doctor of Chiropractic Degree. Dr. Thomas specializes in Diversified, Thompson, pediatric care, organic supplementation, extremities, and is Advanced Certified in the gentle care of the Activator Methods Technique. Dr. Thomas understands the amazing capabilities of the body uninterrupted and through chiropractic can provide anyone with a BETTER LIFE!
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Upon entering our office, you will be welcomed as a member of our family. We will request that you complete our patient forms located in the New Patient Center. This paperwork provides us with your health history and information on your condition.
Next, you will have a consultation with the doctor to discuss your health-related problems, concerns, and potential treatment options. This initial visit is designed for the doctor to learn more about you, your condition, and expectations to determine how chiropractic care can meet your goals.
After your consultation, the doctor will perform a complete chiropractic examination testing your reflexes and flexibility. Other standard neurological, orthopedic, postural, and physical tests will be performed as well. However, nothing will be done in our office without your consent.
Depending on your specific condition, we may request X-rays as well. X-rays help us develop the most effective treatment plan for you, and alert us of any serious spinal conditions. Most people are amazed once they see their X-rays up close. In some cases, they can even identify their misalignments and degeneration themselves.
Once the information is collected and examinations are performed, the doctor will give you a detailed report of all findings and answer any questions including:
1.How can you help me?
2. How often do I need to come in?
3.What will my treatment cost?
After reviewing your health history, goals, and examining your spine and X-rays, the doctor will discuss recommendations and notify you if your condition requires care with other providers. Our doctor will provide the best treatment and wellness program for your needs
At the conclusion of this initial appointment, you can choose to experience your first treatment. This may include spinal adjustments, physical therapy, and/or soft tissue massage. Treatment is interactive, so you can express concerns about the different styles of treatment anytime.
Prior to leaving, the doctor will suggest a wellness program to incorporate outside of treatment. If you are in pain when you first come into our office this may include: ice or heat application instructions, certain activities or positions to avoid, and at home exercises and/or stretches. If you desire, our wellness team will work with you also to create healthy habits and routines for your lifestyle. Every person is unique, therefore everyone requires a customized wellness plan. The purpose of our wellness program is for you to achieve good spinal alignment, have a healthy diet, exercise, and maintain a positive mental state.