What is the purpose of a chiropractic adjustment? There is more to an adjustment than moving a bone or realigning the spine. The intent of the wellness chiropractic adjustment is to introduce a constructive force to awaken your natural inborn healing potential so that your body can better reorganize itself with in its environment. By introducing positive impressions to your nervous system, we remove the interference and allow your body to work at its full potential. Unlike the neck and back pain chiropractor that focuses on the bone, we focus on unlocking your life-force, allowing your body to become alive, aware and well.
The wellness chiropractic adjustment is introduced with the least amount of force, with the greatest degree of specificity and intent to achieve the most dramatic effect on your health. The results of a wellness chiropractic adjustment can be magical for both adults and children.
Insight Millennium Subluxation Station
At Oak Springs Chiropractic: A Creating Wellness Center, we utilize an advanced chiropractic technology called the Insight Millennium. Use of this instrument is part of the objective analysis of the spine and nerve system. This instrument delivers a computerized image of the stress, tension and interference patterns (“stains”) on the nerve system. We primarily utilize two scans in order to receive an objective picture of your nerve system:
Surface Electromyography (sEMG) Scan
This scan measures the amount of current in the muscles along your spine. Vertebral subluxations disturb the function of the nerve system causing an abnormal amount of electrical current flowing to your muscles.
The Symmetry scan identifies muscle imbalance caused by an abnormal amount of electrical current in the muscles on either side of the spine. The abnormal muscle pattern on the scan revels an increased amount of tension on one side compared to the other side.
Your muscles are controlled by nerves. The sEMG measures how well the motor nerves are working by reading the amount of current found in the muscles. Vertebral Subluxation (nerve interference) disturbs the function of the nerve causing an abnormal amount of electrical current flowing to your muscles (indicated by colors and/or abnormal patterns.)
Symmetric Muscle Balance is extremely important because the vertebrae in the spine depend on the muscles to move properly. Vertebral Subluxation create muscle imbalance that may pull one or more vertebrae are out of their normal position and alter range of motion, further disturbing nerve function. This disturbance leads to greater muscle imbalance caused by an abnormal amount of electrical current in the muscles on either side of the spine. As a result of this disturbance, the muscles can become weaker or stronger, tighter or fatigued. The abnormal muscle pattern on the scan reveals an increased amount of tension/pull on one side compared to the other (similar to a Tug-of-War).
When the range of motion is restricted, your ability to move is limited and causes stress on the parts involved — this begins a decaying process. This process not only affects the problem areas, but left uncorrected will negatively affect the areas above and below it (i.e. domino effect). This process is similar to your vehicle’s front end — when out of alignment, it limits proper movement of the tires, causing uneven wear and tear on certain areas.
Thermography (Thermal Scan)
If your body temperature is 98.6 degrees, then the left and right sides of your spine should also be the same temperature. Your skin is the largest organ of the body and the blood vessels under the skin work as the body’s thermostat. (They expand to release heat and contract to retain heat controlling the body’s temperature.)
When the communication between the Nervous System and the blood vessels is disturbed, it causes the body’s thermostat to malfunction producing an imbalanced temperature reading along the spine. These blood vessels are controlled by the same part of the Central Nervous System that runs your organs and glands, known as the autonomic system. This thermal scan provides us with information to monitor the autonomic system for proper function.
This new tool will look at every nook and cranny of the nervous system and will give a “snap shot” of the stress that is being experienced. So regardless of how good you feel, it can detect any hidden patterns of accumulated stress in your body. To better serve you, this Insight Millennium will help us detect nerve disturbance, document and monitor your progress, and give recommendations to the appropriate chiropractic care individual for you. To summarize, your body can be malfunctioning for months, even years, before you experience any symptoms. Since symptoms are always the last to show and first to go, it is important to monitor the function of your Nervous System which is why Oak Springs Chiropractic: A Creating Wellness Center utilizes the Insight Millennium.
This technology provides vital information for Dr.’s Smetana and Salonek, who are the only health care specialists trained and licensed in the detection and correction of vertebral subluxations. As a result of this experience, the highest level of health possible may be within your reach.
About six months ago I changed my lifestyle. Eating clean, exercising regularly, getting more sleep and seeing Dr. Heidi more frequently. I successfully lost 70+lbs! Then the holidays hit, life got busy and stressful; I hit a plateau. Right after the first of the year, I got a note from Dr. Heidi, inviting me to a weight loss/detoxification challenges. I took the challenge and for the last six weeks, got back to eating clean, exercising and getting more sleep. I lost 30.4lbs in 6 weeks, 17 in the first three weeks doing the detoxification. I feel great and am more… Read more “Eating Clean”
With my wedding approaching in June of this year, both my fiancée and I told each other that after the holidays we needed to start to get in better shape so we looked good and were healthier when we started our life together. We were leery of calling it a New Year’s Resolution because no one ever sticks to them. When I got the Viva Loss Vegas Weight Loss Challenge from Oak Springs, I knew it was the extra motivation we needed. When I started, I started the program I was 260lbs. I wanted to be between 200 and 210… Read more “Wedding Approaching”
I feel better than I have in years! I could go on for hours about the different ways that creating wellness has changed me and my life. In 15 weeks, I have lost 22 pounds and over four inches from my waist and hips. I have decreased my blood pressure and increased my strength. I lowered my cholesterol enough to get off of my medication. Creating wellness is the best thing I could do for myself!!! Thank you!!
When I started, my wellness quotient was 68, when I ended it was 111. I lost 21 pounds, my blood pressure went down, my lung capacity went way up, all of my strength numbers went up by hundreds of pounds. I also sleep much better and have been able to ride my bike over 1,500 miles this summer.
As a registered nurse I see every day the effects of improper nutrition, lack of exercise and poor lifestyle habit can have on a person. I looked in the mirror and saw I have headed there myself. Creating Wellness was like a breath of fresh air. My Wellness Quotient rose almost 30 points, I’ve lost 25lbs, smile all the time and have the energy and lifestyle I’ve always craved.
Detoxification is merely the internal cleansing and detoxification of your body. Think of it as "spring cleaning" for your insides.
Why do I need to detoxify?
Detoxification can help you remove natural toxins from your body and help maintain a healthy weight. We are exposed to external toxins every day, including pollutants, pesticides, and chemicals. Internally our bodies produce waste byproducts as a result of normal metabolic function. Although your body is designed to rid itself of these toxins naturally, it can become overburdened. A detoxification program offers your body additional support to expel natural toxins and minimize your weight, which is important to maintaining your health and vitality.
Toxins can contribute to a wide range of conditions:
- Stuffy head
- Fatigue or difficulty sleeping
- Digestion and other gastrointestinal problems
- Food cravings and weight gain
- Reduced mental clarity
- Low libido
How do I determine my toxic load?
Your toxic load is the number of toxins that your body needs to process. By answering the following questions, you may gain some insight as to your current toxic load.
- Do you or have you eaten processed foods?
- Do you eat non-organic fruits and vegetables?
- Do you eat meat and poultry that are not free range?
- Do you consume genetically altered food?
- Do you or have you ever used artificial sweeteners?
- Do you drink soda?
- Do the foods you eat have preservatives, additives, dyes, or sweeteners added?
- Do you eat fast foods and/or eat out regularly?
- Do you charbroil or grill foods?
- Do you drink coffee regularly?
- Do you drink alcohol?
- Do you drink tap water?
If the majority of your answers are "yes", then it is likely that your diet contributes significantly to your toxic load. Beyond diet, many external toxins, such as perfumes, cleaners, and pollution, add to your load. Your health care professional can help you assess your toxic load.
What are the benefits of a detoxification program?
A detoxification program can have a significant, positive effect on the biochemistry of the body while allowing natural toxins and byproducts of daily metabolism to be eliminated. By participating in a purification program, you may notice the following:
- Improved weight management results
- Increased energy/vitality
- Better digestion
- Less Bloating
- Clearer skin
- Shinier hair
- Better sleep
- Clearer thinking
- Disappearance or lessening of past conditions†
How is a detoxification program different than any other diet?
A detoxification program is not a diet. It is a program that helps you live a healthier life by purifying, nourishing, and maintaining a healthy body and weight.
Our detoxification program emphasizes supplements and whole foods, particularly fruits and vegetables, while limiting high-calorie, refined foods and saturated fats. Nourishing yourself with nutrient-rich foods will provide the complex combination of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are needed to protect the body and promote optimal health.
What Your FEET Can Tell You about Your Spinal Health
Take This Test:
- Do you stand or walk on hard surfaces for more than four hours daily?
- Do you participate regularly in any physical sport (basketball, baseball, tennis, golf, bowling, running, etc.)?
- Are you age 40 or over?
- Have you had a prior injury to your knee, back, or neck?
- Do your shoes wear unevenly?
- Do you have joint pain while standing, walking, or running?
- Is one of your legs shorter than the other?
- Do you have knock-knees or bow legs?
- Do you have obvious foot problems (bunions, corns, flat feet, etc.)?
- Do your feet "toe out" when you're walking?
Dr. Smetana and Dr. Salonek use the Foot Levelers Associate™ Platinum to their practice. A tool that will allow them to make a digital scan of the feet, the Associate™ Platinum helps Dr. Smetana and Dr. Salonek screen for imbalances that contribute to problems in any number of places, like your knees, hips, and low back — even if your feet don't hurt!
Weight Bearing Foot Scan Color Foot Scan
Your feet are the foundation for your entire body. Like any structure, your body's foundation must be balanced to support the weight above it. Below is an idea of how your body looks when it is not properly balanced:
Next, you will see a properly balanced skeleton:
If the arches in one or both of your feet collapse, your body doesn't get the correct postural support, causing an imbalance in your skeletal frame. The Associate™ Platinum helps chiropractors develop care plans and use postural support, like custom-made orthotics from Foot Levelers, to obtain positive results in nearly everyone — from children to seniors.
Different types of Foot Levelers
Dr. Smetana and Dr. Salonek welcome new patients to OAK Springs Chiropractic: A Creating Wellness Center for postural exams to determine their chiropractic needs. The clinic offers a variety of resources for total body health and provides on-site screenings with the Associate™ Platinum at health fairs and other community events. If you've never had your feet scanned, you probably don't know what they are supposed to look like. Don't wait for aches and pains to tell you there is a problem.
Normal Foot Scan Pronated Foot Scan
PARTIAL SIT UP
Partial sit-ups are recommended for people with back pain. The same muscle groups are worked out without putting stress on the lower back. You will start just like a regular sit up with your back on the floor, both feet on the floor, and your knees bent. Raise your head, neck, and shoulders off of the floor and hold that position for 5 seconds. This exercise will strengthen your core and is simple to do. Repeat as many times as you can, with a goal of increasing your reps each day.
KNEE TO CHEST
You start this exercise the same way as the partial sit up. Begin the exercise by drawing one of your knees to your chest, using both hands (only one foot is now on air). Hold to the count of 10, then slowly release it to the rest position. Do 4-5 repetitions, and then repeat with your other leg, then both legs at the same time. This exercise stretches your glutes and back.
Start this exercise flat on your back with your arms extended out to the side. Bend your knees and lift your feet off of the ground. You will now rotate your hips to the side so that your legs become parallel with the floor. Rotate from side to side for 5-10 repetitions. This is another core exercise that strengthens your abdominal muscles.
LOW BACK EXTENSION
Start by laying flat on your stomach with your hands to your side. Lift your head and upper body off of the ground by using the muscles in your lower back. Hold this position for 4-5 seconds and then lower yourself back down. Repeat 10-15 times.
Position yourself on all fours with hands directly beneath your shoulders and knees directly beneath your hips with your back straight. Use your abdominal muscles to push your back towards the ceiling, arching it like a cat. You should notice your head will point down towards the floor. Next, drop your back so that your lower back extends. Your head should raise when doing this. Make sure to keep your elbows straight the entire time, the only movement should be in your spine. Repeat this 12-15 times.
This exercise is best performed with a stability ball. Lay with your stomach on the stability ball with your hands behind your head. Tighten your abdominal muscles and use your lower back muscles by contracting your glutes to lift your shoulders and chest off the ball.
Lie face down with your arms extended above your head. Tighten your abdominal muscles and lift your arms and legs off the ground. It should like you are in a Superman-like flying position. Hold this for about 30 seconds and then release. You may be tempted to hold your breath when clenching your abdominal muscles. DON'T! Control your breathing while holding this position.
DOUBLE LEG LIFTS
Using a stability ball, lay face down with your hands on the floor in front of the ball. Raise both legs off of the floor until your body is horizontal and hold the position for about 10 seconds. Lower your legs back down to the floor and repeat 5-10 times.
While seated in a chair, reach one arm across your stomach and grasp the opposite side of the chair. Look over the shoulder while rotating the low- and mid-back. Hold for 15-30 seconds.
EXTERNAL SHOULDER ROTATION
Start by lying on your right side with your right arm folded under your head. Your upper left arm should be parallel to your torso, bent at the elbow so that your forearm is lying across your stomach with your hand on the floor. By rotating your shoulder, raise your forearm so that it is perpendicular to the side of your body. Switch to your other side and repeat. This exercise can also be performed with a dumbbell.
INTERNAL SHOULDER ROTATION
Lay on your right side, like in the external shoulder rotation, but keep your right hand free this time. Keep your right arm next to your body and bend at the elbow. Rotate your shoulder to move your forearm. It will start flat on the floor, and then you will rotate it into your body so that your forearm is flat across your stomach. Repeat this motion 10-15 and use a dumbbell if you prefer.
LATERAL DELTOID RAISE
Start with your arms to the side of your body, palms facing the thighs. Tighten the abdominals, bend the knees slightly, and position the feet about shoulder-width apart. Raise your arms straight out to your side until they are shoulder height. Hold that position briefly, and slowly return your arms to your sides.
FRONT DELTOID RAISE
Start with your arms in front of your body, palms facing the thighs. Tighten the abdominals, bend the knees slightly, and position the feet about shoulder-width apart. Raise your arms straight out in front of you until they are shoulder height. Hold that position briefly, and slowly lower your arms.
SINGLE-ARM LAT PULLDOWN
Begin with both hands overhead holding an elastic resistance band. Engage the abdominals, bend the knees slightly, and position the feet about shoulder-width apart.
Pull downward to the side with one arm, adducting at the shoulder until the upper arm is next to the torso. Pause, then return slowly to the starting position. Keeps your arms slightly in front of the face to protect the back and shoulders.
STABILITY BALL PUSH-UPS
Start with the ball under your stomach and your hands on the floor in front of you. Roll forward slowly until your shins are balancing on the stability ball. Now perform pushups as you normally would by bending at the elbow.
SIDE LUMBAR BRIDGE
Lie on one side with your legs straight. Support the upper body by keeping the elbow directly beneath the shoulder. Being careful not to let the top hip rotate forward, engage the abdominals and use the torso to lift the hips. Hold this position for 10 to 15 seconds, maintaining a neutral neck and spine position.
SINGLE-LEG REVERSE CURL
Lie on your back with one knee flexed and foot flat on the floor and the other leg straight out slightly raised off the ground. Extend arms flat along body and maintain neutral alignment in the cervical spine.
Lift the working knee and leg in an upward diagonal direction over the belly button. Pause, then slowly lower the leg to the starting position. Repeat with your other leg.
CRUNCH W/ STABILITY BALL
Lay down with your back on the stability ball and your hands behind your head or folded across your chest. Maintain a backward-pelvic tilt and raise shoulder blades off the ball, return to the starting position, and repeat.
Stand facing the wall and hold the stability ball at forehead height. Use your neck muscles to push your forehead into the stability ball. Relax and repeat.
Stand facing away from the wall and hold the stability ball behind your head. Push back of head into the ball.
Stand sideways to the wall. Hold the stability ball above your shoulder at the side of your head. Push side of heads laterally into the ball.
- Bring your ear to your shoulder
- Let your neck to sit in that position for 5 to 7 seconds
- Force your ear toward your shoulder.
- Feel the stretch of your neck muscle on the opposite side.
Same principle as the exercise before...
- Bring head back as if you are looking toward the ceiling.
- Feel the stretch in the muscles located on the front part of your neck.
If this exercise causes dizziness, fainting or loss of balance STOP THE EXERCISE AND CONTACT YOUR PHYSICIAN.
- Rotate your head toward your (R or L) shoulder and then
- Nod your head down and you will feel a stretch on the opposite side of which you are looking. Just hold for a few seconds and repeat.
Neck exercises for strength
- Put your hand on your forehead and force your forehead against your hand to provide resistance. You can do this in several sets of 6, 8, or 10 repetitions.
- Place your hands on the back of your neck and force your head back while providing resistance with your hands.
Do these exercises in several sets of 6, 8, or 10 several times a day and you will be surprised at the amount of flexibility that returns in a couple of months.
Lunch and Learn Program
Our purpose in the program is to shift the health consciousness of our community from a "sick care" model to a wellness model and to save thousands of lives in the process. In order to serve our purpose, we donate several hours of our time each month to perform health and wellness workshops as a way of sharing our knowledge and expertise with the community. The workshops are designed to arm those in attendance with information and tools required to help them make great changes in their lives and in the lives of their families; changes we are certain if applied, will promote a higher quality of life and save lives. Here's why we are concerned and why we do what we do. The rate of chronic disease is exploding in our country and it is largely related to stress and our lifestyle. In 2004 89% of all deaths in the U.S. were due to chronic disease, up 17% from the previous generation. Today in our practice we are seeing kids with adult diseases like high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes. It's not good! The problem is once someone develops chronic disease, they will always have it, they will suffer with it for the rest of their life, it ruins the quality of their life and ultimately shortens their life.
In this program, we can do a series of workshops on the topics of stress management, nutrition, physical activity, emotional wellbeing and numerous other health-related topics.
The most popular workshop that we do is called: "The Three Secrets of Managing Stress to Avoid Illness"
The Program Covers:
- Stress and it's devastating effects on our health (90% of illness is stress related)
- Often overlooked sources of stress in life that cause disease
- How stress breaks down our body at all levels and causes disease
- How to recognize if stress is causing hidden health problems before permanent damage is done
- The three secrets to slow, stop and reverse the damage stress has already caused
Benefits of the Program:
- Entertaining and informative
- Gives tools to employees to more effectively manage stress in their daily lives
- Free gift to determine if stress is creating underlying health issues
- If applied, tools will help employees to stay well, avoid illness and maybe even save a life
- Benefits employer by having a healthier, more productive workforce
- A healthier workforce leads to improved productivity, fewer absences, and reduced health care spending
Body Wisdom Therapeutic Massage is a wellness community focused on addressing all your wellness needs.
We offer multiple modalities to restore your body to balance. We are a place for both healing and relaxation, always keeping in mind the different needs of those coming to see us. We are focused on bringing your body back to optimal performance by re-educating and restoring the connection between your body and brain.
Body Wisdom is conveniently located in Oakdale and we have ample parking. Our massage therapists, acupuncturist, and mental health therapist are knowledgeable and have continued training to make sure we give you the best possible experience.
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