ARTICLES:

    Leg and Hip Pain

    Getting the Best Deal
    When You Sail

    Can Eating Help You
    Lose Weight?

    Soothing Winter Skin

    Fascinating Facts
    About Fingernails

    Book Drive -- Save
    on your visits!

 

 

Welcome to our FIRST Online Newsletter!

And thank you for helping us go green in 2009!

 

LEG AND HIP PAIN

Legs "work" from the hips and provide our main means of locomotion. They permit us to participate actively in work, sports, leisure time activities, etc. Hips and legs help us bend and stretch; they support our weight.

Legs are "tools," a near-necessity in the routine of living and making a living. Legs do a tremendous job of functioning as extra doors, moving, pushing, pulling, and picking up objects, plus a thousand-and-one other actions and gestures. And what directs our legs to do all of these things - and more? Nerve impulses emanating from our brains!

If vertebrae and the discs between them are misaligned they can pinch and irritate the nerves that branch out from the spinal structures; which can then cause radiating pain to hips and legs.


With our hips and legs we crawl, walk, ride a bicycle, drive a car, swim, leap and climb. From the beginning of man's history, his hips and legs have been a major key to his survival, even affording him protection as they permit him to run from impending danger.

EVERY DAY, IN A MULTITUDE OF WAYS, WE DEPEND UPON OUR HIPS AND LEGS

We depend upon our hips and legs throughout our daily routine - throughout life - more than most of us realize. Millions of individuals must depend upon their hips and legs for many miles of walking each day. Mail carriers; police officers; office, store, and factory employees; housewives; and students are but a few. The value of these important limbs functioning properly and pain-free is even more pronounced for such people.

And what makes these legs function? Impulses, directed from the brain via nerves!

PAINFUL HIP AND LEG PROBLEMS
Hip and leg problems can occur in many painful ways. The miseries of such conditions as lumbago, rheumatism, neuritis, and sciatica are infamous, indeed.

Lumbago and rheumatism both have their effect in the muscles. The hips and lower back (part of the hips) are particularly susceptible to these alignments. Irritation to the nerves which carry vital nerve energy to the hips and legs is the main cause of neuritis. Sciatica is a condition affecting the sciatic nerve, the largest nerve in the body, which controls movement as well as the sensory functions of the hips and legs. Sciatica is an excruciatingly painful condition.

YOUR PAIN MAY START WITH COMMON ACTIVITIES
It should come as no surprise that pain so often strikes in the hip and leg areas when you consider the myriad of tasks that these body parts are called upon to perform. Lifting, pulling, pushing, straining, accidents, etc., can cause injury to nerves resulting in pain in the hips and legs.

Most of us have experienced some degree of hip and leg discomfort due to being forced to sit in a cramped position for a prolonged period of time, perhaps during a long auto or bus trip. This discomfort - if not outright pain - is usually short-lived. But can you imagine having to endure this - or worse - as a constant pain? Many thousands of people do, usually as a result of one or more of the above mentioned situations.

A fast pace and working long hours - even mental exhaustion - can result in spinal stress which may irritate nerves. This can produce an almost unbearable pain in the hips, thighs, and lower legs. And severe irritation due to misaligned vertebrae and discs may even cause paralysis.

No wonder thousands of people take tons of dangerous pain-killing drugs each year!

HOW CHIROPRACTIC CAN HELP
Chiropractors are concerned with the effects of spinal misalignment on the nerves that carry health-giving energy to every cell of the body. If vertebrae and the discs between them are misaligned, they can pinch and irritate the nerves that branch out from the spinal structures; which can then cause radiating pain to hip and leg.

In specific problems with hips and legs, the nerve pressure is often found in the lower back, Dr. Rice has had extensive training and 4 years of practical experience.

CHIROPRACTIC HELPS NATURE IN RELIEVING AND HEALING HIP AND LEG PAIN
Dr. Rice has had years of specialized college training plus valuable practical experience. A thorough knowledge of the spinal column and the body's nervous system enables them to examine and locate the exact point of nerve impingement. Proper adjustments can relieve the nerve pressure and return the normal flow of nerve energy to the affected areas. Thus nature's wondrous healing process can begin and blessed relief from hip and leg pain follows.

DELAY MAY MAKE HIP AND LEG PAIN BECOME WORSE
If you suffer from lumbago, rheumatism, neuritis, sciatica, or any other hip or leg problems, ask Dr. Rice to examine your spine and nervous system. If indicated, he will provide spinal adjustments which can restore vital nerve energy to those affected parts. Once the nerve interference has been removed and the normal flow of nerve energy has been restored, nature can go to work and promote healing from within.  [TOP]

 

 

GETTING THE BEST DEAL
WHEN  YOU SAIL

If the long winter months ahead have you thinking of booking a cruise, consider the following money-saving advice:

Don't pay list.  Travel agents often specialize in cruises and get discounts, group rates (even if you're not part of a group) and room selection priority.  Because come certified travel agents (so called master cruise counselors) have relationships with only select cruise line, you should check with several different travel agencies to compare prices and get the best deal.

Do you research before you book.  Several Web sites run by cruise devotees offer critiques of the various ships and cruise lines.  Investigate by surfing the Web or go to Cruisemates.com.  Also, figure out exactly what is included in the package.  Many cruise fares don't include gratuities, port charges and land excursions; and most packages don't include other extras like alcoholic beverages, baby-sitting services and airfare.

Some lines, like Royal Caribbean and Silverseas, have offered deep discounts for passengers booking six months in advance, up to 20 percent off the regular price.  So plan ahead if you can because you can save money and get the best berth.

Alternatively, some lines slash prices right before departure.  So spontaneity could be your ticket to an inexpensive vacation.

Look for "repositioning cruises," those that set from winter ports, like the Caribbean, Mexico and the South Pacific to summer ports, like those in northern Europe and Alaska.  These cruises tend to be less expensive because they take longer and stop in fewer ports.

If you live within driving distance of a smaller, regional port, like Baltimore, Charleston, S.C., or Galveston, Texas, don't automatically buy a cruise package that leaves from a traditional "fly to" port, like San Juan or Hawaii.  You probably won't save money on the cruise itself by departing out of a regional port but you'll reap big savings on the total vacation package by not having to pay additional airfare.

Finally, don't forget to buy comprehensive travel insurance in case you never set sail.  Some insurance won't cover you if the cruise line goes bankrupt so read the fine print of the policy. [TOP]

adapted from Money

 

CAN EATING HELP YOU
LOSE WEIGHT?

Achieving a healthy weight isn't so much of a matter of eating less as much as it is eating smarter.  True, the only way to lose weight is to burn more calories than you take in.  But you don't have to go and starve yourselves either!

1. FILL UP ON FIBER.  Fruits, vegetables, whole grain cereals and bran makes you feel fuller faster on fewer calories.  Plus, they also tend to be loaded with disease-fighting nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and other helpful phytochemicals.

2. LOAD UP ON CALCIUM. Researchers believe this important nutrient may suppress hormones that help retain stored fat.  In one new study, high-calcium, low-calorie diets helped obese mice lose weight at rates double those of mice given low levels of calcium.  Good Sources: calcium-fortified orange juice, leafy green vegetables and tofu.  If you take a supplement, make sure it's Calcium Citrate!

3. DON'T SKIP BREAKFAST.  You'll help prevent binge eating later in the day.  Try starting out with high-fiber cereal, whole-grain bread or fresh fruit.

4. MAKE EATING ENJOYABLE. French people consume more fat than Americans, yet have much lower rates of obesity.  Recent studies on the "French Paradox" reveal one possible reason: The French savor eating, while Americans are more likely to rush through meals.  Why not try playing soothing music during dinner tonight to slow down the pace?  Enjoy your food!

5. HANG OUT IN THE KITCHEN MORE. Cooking at home is the most efficient cost-wise and also the most effective way to make sure your food is the healthiest.  That's right, you control the portion size as well as the fat and salt content.

6. TREAT YOURSELF! Cutting out favorite treats can backfire, many dieticians would say.  Try simply eating less of what you love.  Examples: go out for ice cream once and a while - but have one scoop, not two - or have one piece of fancy chocolate - not three or four.  you won't be depriving yourself and you'll still be working toward your goal of a healthy weight.
                                                                                                         [TOP]
 

SOOTHING WINTER SKIN

Its that time of year when the less humid air and cold temperatures dry and irritate the skin.

 Here are some tips to keep the winter itch at bay:

  Take shorter showers and baths, using lukewarm water.

Pat yourself dry instead of wiping off water.

Leave a little water on your skin and apply moisturizers to help trap the moisture on your skin.

Use a softer soap that includes a moisturizer.

Use soap only in the places you really need it, like your face, hands, armpits, groin, and feet.

Limit the number of baths you take. 

Try bathing every other day.        [TOP]

 

FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT
FINGERNAILS

Your fingernails help you pick things up and support the tissues of your fingers...that you knew.  But did you know all this stuff?

1. Fingernails grow faster than toenails

2. Nails grow faster in the summer than in the winter

3. Fingernails on a person's dominant side grow faster than on the opposite hand

4. Men's nails generally grow more quickly than women's (ironic, right?)

5. Nail-polish removers contain acetone that actually dries nails.  It's better to use removers containing acetate, and sparingly.

6. Filing fingernails to a point makes them weaker.

7. For maximum strength, nails should be cut straight across and rounded slightly at the tip.

8. Finally, your fingernails say a lot about your health - that's why many doctors examine them closely during physical examinations.  Common conditions and their effects on fingernails include:
    a. Liver Diseases (White nails)
    b. Kidney Diseases (Half of the nail is pink while the other half is white)
    c. Heart Conditions (Nail bed is red)
    d. Lung Disease (Yellowing and thickening of the nail, slowed growth rate)
    e. Anemia (Pale nail beds)
    f. Diabetes (Yellowish nails with a slight blush at the base)   [TOP]

 

BOOK DRIVE -- SAVE ON
YOUR VISITS

Read To Your Child Month

 

From January 15th to February 16th, 2009

Shiloh Chiropractic will be holding a book drive to benefit the O'Fallon Public Library!

 

Bring in your new or slightly used books to donate and receive:

 For New Patients:
  Complimentary Exam*                         
  X-Rays (if necessary)
  A Written Report of Findings
*
(restrictions apply.
Excludes Medicare and Medicaid by Law. Call office for details.)

For Established Patients
  Donate between 1-5 books and receive a $5 credit on your account.
  Donate 6+ books and receive a $10 credit on your account.   [TOP]

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Why I am a Doctor of Chiropractic

Because I honor the inborn potential of everyone to be truly healthy.  Because I desire to help the newborn, the aged and those without hope.  Because I choose to care for the patient with the disease, not the disease.  Because I wish to assist rather than intrude, to free rather to control.

Because I seek to correct the cause, not its effect.  Because I know doctors do not heal, only the body can heal itself.  Because I have been called to serve others.  Because I want to make a difference.  Because every day I get to witness miracles.

Because

I KNOW IT IS RIGHT!
 


Welcome to 2009! 

We hope this year finds you enjoying much happiness, optimum health and plentiful prosperity.  Don't Forget ... Your Insurance Probably Reset on January 1st! Call the Office to Schedule Your First Visit of '09 to Take Advantage of Your Health Care Benefits if You Haven't Already!

 


Have you not been in the office in a while? We have some Exciting New Changes!

We have updated our office, added new technology and re-arranged the office to a much nicer layout. 

 

CONGRATS SUZANNE ON YOUR PROMOTION TO OFFICE MANAGER!

Suzanne Murley, previous Front Desk Assistant, has been promoted to Office Manager. 

We would also like to welcome Dorothy Timmons, our new Practice Representative and also Dawn Dew, our Medical Assistant Intern! 
 


Posture is the window to your spine and nervous system.


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Each new day, about 10,000 Americans try chiropractic care for the first time.  Some have only minor complaints.  Some suffer from the pain and misery of serious health problems, injuries and other maladies.  Some turn to chiropractic as a last resort.  Still, despite this groundswell-demand for modern chiropractic, many people in need of chiropractic care more than anything else in the world, put off trying this safe, painless, drug-free health care method because they aren't sure what chiropractic is, how it works or what to expect.

How regrettable!  It's bad enough to be ill or in pain, but to also be unfamiliar with the very method that might help...

That's quite tragic, especially when chiropractic is so close at hand. 

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NEW HOURS TO BETTER SUIT YOUR NEEDS...

Shiloh Chiropractic is now open the following hours:

Mon, Wed & Fri:
9am - 6pm
(closed 12-2 for lunch)

Tues & Thurs:
10am - 2pm

Many of our patients asked us to be available during the lunch hours ... now we are on Tuesdays and Thursdays! Thanks for your suggestions!

 


NEW PRICES ON PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

Shiloh Chiropractic has lowered its prices on its products and also on Detox Services.  Dr. Rice and his staff recommend certain products to improve your care.  Lowering these prices will hopefully increase patient compliance and thus the quality of your care!

Some examples are:

Glucosamine
(was $49 now $29)

D-Core Pillow
(was $36 now $23)

Detox w/ Laser
(was $60 now $40)

AND MUCH MORE!

 

Also, ask us about our Custom Foot Orthotics and Pelvic Stabilizers by FootLevelers. 
 


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