Drs. Rosen and Watson

Wellesley Chiropractic Office

January 2015 Newsletter
The first two years of a child's life are the most influential developmental period in the post-natal development. This is the time when 90% of their neurological foundation and potential is being formed.
In This Issue
6 Facets of Health
Massage at Wellesley Chiropractic
Sleep Deficit
Nutrition Corner
Case Study
Who Are We?

Wellesley Chiropractic
471 Washington St. Wellesley, MA. 02482
Phone 781.237.6673
Fax 508.651.2209

We have been serving the Metro-West are since 1982.
We specialize in family centered chiropractic health care, pediatrics, craniopathy, and long term spinal reconstructive care.

Dr. Martin Rosen practices Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT) and is a certified Craniopath and SOT instructor.

SOT� is a chiropractic technique based on the removal of Subluxations and chronic spinal neurophysiological imbalances that effect the overall function on the nervous system. Because of the diversity and flexibility of SOT chiropractic anyone from infants to the elderly can be safely adjusted.

Office hours:
Monday 2-7pm
Wednesday 8-12 and 3-7
Friday 8-1pm

Specialty Services 
  • Pediatric chiropractic
  • Low force and standard care protocols 
  • Allergy desensitization
  • Animal (dog and cat) chiropractic care
  • Cranial adjusting
  • Nutritional evaluation  
  • Orthotics 
  • Rehabilitative Exercises 
  • Massage  
Chiropractic - 6 Facets of Health

There is no better time than the present to take steps towards becoming a healthier and happier person.  Balancing your life can be a difficult thing at times but by attempting to include these 6 facets of health in your daily routine you can maintain a healthier more supportive lifestyle.
  • Proper Nutrition/Diet
    • What you eat, what you need. 
  • Exercise
    • Weight bearing and cardiovascular. 
  • Proper Rest
    • Sleep patterns, naps. 
  • Positive Mental Attitude
    • Thoughts are energy that manifest their patterns. 
  • Spiritual Practice
    • Getting in touch with something higher than ourselves. 
  • Proper Nerve Supply and Functioning Nervous System
    • Control and coordination of the entire system -
      Goal of Chiropractic Care.
Sharon Sharpe ScD, ATC, LMT  

Dr. Sharon Sharpe, ScD, ATC, LMT is a 2007 Magna Cum Laude graduate of Boston University's Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences with a Doctor of Science  in Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences from the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training.   


Dr. Sharpe has been providing health care for athletes and other active people of all skill levels and ages. She was named Head Athletic Trainer at Wellesley College in 1990 and developed a program of injury prevention which received the Award for Excellence in Athletic Training Management in 1994. 


While at Wellesley College, she served as the Medical Coordinator for the Bay State Games from 1996-1999.  She was also selected to the Medical Staff of the US Olympic Committee for the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan.  In 2001 she left Wellesley College to pursue her doctoral degree at Boston University studying advanced biomechanics, earning the Frank George Award Scholarship for Research in Athletic Training.   


Dr. Sharpe is currently offering her services to the clientele at Wellesely Chiropractic Office.  Her hours are: Mon. 2-6, Wed. 2-5 and Thurs. 9-1.


If you would like to make an appointment with Dr. Sharpe please see Nancy at the front desk.
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Our first winter storm is upon us and it appears we are making up for lost snow.  It reminds me that balance is the staple in the universe.  Give and take, outside and inside, up and down, joy and sorrow and of course finally life and death are the poles between which we constantly balance.  Today I would like to share Chiropractic's role in this process.
We are presently in a healthcare paradigm shift.  The current mechanistic model is no longer sustainable either socially or monetarily.   Complimentary medicine, functional medicine, natural healing, holistic healthcare are all terms that are continually being bandied about without much understanding of what they actually mean.  Defining these terms is a subjective experience, meaning their definition is dependent on the practitioner claiming to be part of that process.

Chiropractic, on the other hand, has always maintained an inside out approach.  While many of the aforementioned paradigms claim to be different, often their approach is outside in, meaning they want to add or remove some substance or organic matter to or from the body to make it healthier.

Chiropractic stands alone in the construct that the human body, given the opportunity, has its own internal "innate" mechanism to know how to heal itself.  Chiropractic does not purport to want or know what to add, what to take, what to remove or what to do to make one healthier.  Instead, chiropractic is based on the principle that if you remove interference to the function of the nervous system, the main controlling system of ALL bodily functions, the body then has the greatest opportunity to create health from within.  Once this balance, between the brain and spinal cord is restored, this communication system has a clearer channel through which to operate.

A chiropractic adjustment is the only healthcare protocol that is specifically designed to remove interference to the body's internal/innate communication system.  This creates an environment that allows the individual's health potential to be expressed as fully as possible.

If you are looking for a natural, non-invasive, safe and powerful way to improve your health starting with a healthy, highly functional nervous system, Chiropractic is your best bet.

We at Wellesley Chiropractic Office offer specialized chiropractic care for all ages.  Our techniques have been proven safe and effective for over 32 years.  If you have a healthcare issue or you just want to perform and function at your best we are here to help you reach your goals.  If you would like more information or to schedule and appointment please contact our office.

Martin Rosen and Nancy Watson, DC's  
PH: 781-237-6673
Email: wellesleychiro@verizon.net
Website: www.wellesleychiro.com
The Great American Sleep Deficit
By Betsy Isaacson / January 22, 2015 7:15 AM EST

Humans have been screwing with their body clocks-and getting less sleep-ever since the Wizard of Menlo Park had his very bright idea. Indeed, our classic eight-hour-night only dates back to the invention of the light bulb in the late 1800s.  


Historians believe that before the dawn of electric lighting most people got plenty of sleep, and practiced what they call "segmented sleep," snoozing for several hours in the first part of the night, when darkness fell, then waking in the middle of the night for a few hours of eating, drinking, praying, chatting with friends or maybe even canoodling, before ducking back under the covers again until morning. The arrival of electricity, argues sleep historian A. Roger Ekirch, led to later bedtimes and fewer hours of sleep overall.


Researchers at the University of Chicago recently studied our sleep patterns over time and concluded that we now sleep between one and two hours less than we did 60 years ago.  


Modern technology, which seems particularly adept at messing with our sleep schedules, is certainly a large part of the problem. Smartphones, tablets and computer screens all emit a bluish light; great for saving power (most energy efficient CFLs and LEDs burn blue, as do the backlights of most screens), but also just right for disrupting our body clocks. "The lights on these electronic devices are colored like enriched moonlight," says Charles Czeisler, the director of Harvard Medical School's Division of Sleep Medicine. These blue lights drastically suppress the production of melatonin, the hormone that controls the body's day-night cycle. So reading in bed with an iPad, he says, or any other backlit device, makes it harder to fall asleep at night and makes you more tired the next day.


In our efforts to feed the dragon, the quest to eliminate sleep has veered toward the surreal. Once confined to coffee and tea, caffeine is now showing up in topical sprays that promise the rush without the crash, soap that says it'll give you a buzz in the bath, stockings from Australia that keep you perky and (supposedly) eliminate cellulite and toothbrushes that wake you up while cleaning your teeth. Not to mention the plethora of food products that now contain caffeine: Beer, marshmallows, "perky jerky," lollipops and bottled water are just a few examples. 


Even those of us who would never check our email at midnight now live in a world where being on call 24 hours a day is commonplace. In 1992, Juliet Schor, author of The Overworked American, made headlines by revealing that U.S. citizens worked, on average, a month more in 1990 they did in 1970. Since then, the numbers have gotten worse. From 1990 to 2001, Americans added another full week to their working year: That was 137 hours longer than the Japanese, 260 hours longer than the British and 446 hours longer than the Germans, according to a report put out by the United Nations' International Labor Organization. Fast-forward to today: The Bureau of Labor Statistics says Americans are working longer hours than at any time since statistics have been kept.


Today's youth are also at tremendous risk for long-term, sleep-related health impacts. Sleep-related disorders are on the rise, creeping upward among older workers and becoming staggeringly common in young adults.  

We've long known that sleep is crucial to good health: Bodies subjected to sleep deprivation undergo an ugly metamorphosis until they are in many ways fundamentally different from their sufficiently-slept counterparts. A study published recently in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) showed that chronic sleep deprivation caused "shifts" in the expression levels of more than 700 genes. "Many of these [genes] are related to inflammation and immune and stress response, and overlap with the program of gene expression that is generally associated with high stress levels," explains Malcolm von Schantz, a researcher at the University of Surrey who helped conduct the PNAS study.


Sleep loss has tremendous cognitive consequences: Dozens of studies have connected lack of sleep to deficits ranging from poor insight formation to diminished working memory. Chronic sleep deprivation is also associated with increased mortality and especially obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and impaired cognitive function, says von Schantz. REM sleep in particular is needed for maintaining brain cells: "Brain cells are some of the few cells in our bodies that we retain throughout our lives," says Czeisler. "We store our memories, and through their complicated architecture, they are difficult to replace." Sleep is when toxins accumulated by the body get flushed out of the brain-including big-name baddies like amyloid beta, the plaque that, if it builds up, eventually causes Alzheimer's.


So once again it becomes evident that our wizened old approaches to health ring true: proper rest, exercise, diet attitude and nervous system function are the baselines for a healthier life. 


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Nutrition Corner - Vitamins to help support you through the winter


As we become entrenched in the winter in New England, a shift in our activity levels become more prominent.  While some of us enjoy winter sports and get outside others tend to become more sedentary.  The change in light, the cold weather and the increased time spent indoors all have an effect on our health.  Continuing to exercise, getting outside periodically and eating healthy can all help support us during this time.


Making certain nutrients available to our systems can often offset some of the adaptations we must make during this time of the year.  Calling the winter "flu season", dealing with increased levels of depression, weight gain and a heightened sense of lethargy is emblematic of the challenges we have learned to expect during the winter months.  Keeping our immune and nervous systems healthy can offset these challenges.


To this end we at Wellesley Chiropractic offers the following suggestions (all available for purchase at our office):

Vitamin D - Since the production of Vitamin D is stimulated by sunlight it is one of the main nutrients that tends to become deficient in the winter months.  Vitamin D seems to keep your blood pressure low, reduce inflammation and give the immune system a boost.  It is essential for good bone health -- it helps your bones absorb calcium - older adults with vitamin D deficiencies may develop bone diseases.

Vitamin C - As an antioxidant, vitamin C helps protect the body against cell damage from free radicals. It also plays an integral part in the synthesis of collagen, which helps support healthy skin.

Monolaurin - Monolaurin is used for preventing and treating colds (the common cold), flu (influenza), swine flu, herpes, shingles, and other infections. It is also used to treat chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and to boost the immune system.  It is a natural anti-viral agent

Omega 3's and 6's -

  • Evening-primrose oil is a source of essential fatty acids. The fatty acid helps to decrease inflammation in the body, which is why evening-primrose oil can be helpful for people with eczema or arthritis.  Irritable-bowel syndrome and peptic-ulcer disease may also be managed with evening-primrose oil.
  • Flaxseed oil benefits the body by promoting higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which are used for essential brain and hormone function. Omega-3 fatty acids appear to limit the inflammatory reaction associated with these conditions.
Tumeric - Supports the immune system, helps improve digestion, promotes healthy blood and liver functions and helps cleanse the skin and provide it nourishment.

5 HTP - The relationship between 5-HTP and sleep (good sleep) has been well-established.  In fact, 5 HTP supplement is seen to be better than melatonin in promoting good sleep and alleviating insomnia.  It is reported as an effective anti-depressants in the treatment of mild to moderate depression.

Phenyalanine - Phenylalanine is an essential amino acid, needed for proper growth and functioning of the central nervous system. It has been used to treat depression and chronic pain as well as other malfunctions of the central nervous system.
* The supplements and companies that are available at our office have been researched, tested and tested again to make sure that they are safe and effective. You can be sure that each supplement and ingredient has been tested allowing us to be sure that what we recommend is safe and effective.  In nutrition as in life it is quality not quantity that truly counts. Spending less but needing more or even worse ineffective supplements does not lead to a healthy end.  
Case Study  
Resolution of Chronic Cervicogenic Headaches in a 6 Year Old Male Following Care Directed at Vertebral Subluxations: A Case Report 

Ryan Olsen, DC  & Joel Alcantara, DC   Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health - Chiropractic ~ Volume 2014 ~ Issue 4 ~ Pages 81-86 

Objective:  To describe the chiropractic care of a child with chronic cervicogenic headaches.


Clinical Features: A 6-year-old male with chronic headaches of two years duration presented for chiropractic care. No organic cause was determined by extensive medical diagnostics. The medical care consisting of ibuprofen was ineffective.


Intervention and Outcome: The child was cared for with chiropractic characterized as high velocity, low amplitude thrust-type adjustments directed to the cervical spine. The patient attended care for a total of 10 visits over a 2 month period with resolution of the patient's headache complaints.


Conclusion: This case report provides supporting evidence towards evidence-informed practice in the care of patients with cervicogenic headaches.

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Yours in Health,

Martin Rosen, DC, CSCP, CSPP

President Emeritus of SOTO-USA
Chairman of the SOT Council of The Academy of Chiropractic Family Practice
Editorial Board of The Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health-Chiropractic
Certified Craniopath
Instructor for the ICPA and SOTO-USA