Happy Holidays!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

We want to wish everyone a very happy and healthy holiday season! Thanks to all of our patients and we look forward to serving you in the coming New Year!

HOLIDAY DECORATING TIPS

Christmas is just a few short weeks away, which means it’s time to decorate! Remember when lifting those Christmas décor boxes to lift them properly. Here are some tips to remember.  

  • 1) Keep the load close to your body.
  • 2) Lift with your legs.
  • 3) Squat lower for deeper lifts.
  • 4) Keep your head up.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

We want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving as we take a pause and gather with loved ones to celebrate and express our gratitude. Be well and Donkin Chiropractic wants to express our gratitude to our patients as we begin to close out 2021.

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Fall Leaves & Clean Up

YARD WORK TIPS

Is a season full of yard work leaving you feeling a little worse for wear? Dr. Donkin has some tips as you continue your fall clean-up chores around the yard and home. Don’t forget to also call to schedule your next adjustment to stay on track and stay mobile, regardless of what you’re doing.

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Seasonal Allergies

FALL ALLERGIES

For many, the Fall allergy season is far worse than spring allergies. Is this you? Cool autumn air harbors irritants that can be just as unpleasant as pollen. Allergens from trees and grasses float through the air in spring, summer, and fall, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). These particles can enter a person’s nose, eyes, ears and mouth, triggering an allergic reaction. The good news is that the frost will help these conditions as we transition into cooler months. Need a little extra help? Let Dr. Donkin know at your next appointment. He adjusts and can help with sinuses, too!

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School is back in session!

SCHOOL IS BACK IN SESSION

This school year is going to be a lot different than last year! Teachers and school administrators inform us that almost all students will be attending school in the actual classroom and the few students who need to remain remote will use a remote-only classroom set up with remote teachers and other remote students.

This means that students will be using backpacks once again! Most backpacks are NOT fitted well for the individual students’ use and can cause poor posture when using them each day. Dr. Donkin is once again offering FREE Backpack Fittings to students of patients and friends. Simply call Dr. Donkin’s office to schedule a free backpack fitting throughout August!

It only takes 10-15 minutes and can save students from suffering from neck, back, and shoulder pain as well as developing poor posture, needlessly. Once scheduled, you simply bring the backpack is empty, or if you know what items will be in it, bring those items in the backpack and Dr. Donkin will show the student how to best pack them and adjust straps and fittings for your student. Don’t suffer from Pack Back this year or ever again!

 

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Detasseling pain?

FIGHTING BACK DETASSELING PAIN

The detasseling season is here, and many industrious teenagers are getting up early, piling into school busses, and going to soggy cornfields to make some extra money. Like many of us, these hard-working teens are very attached to their cell phones and other electrical devices. This attachment has caused many of them to lock themselves into a slumped posture while enjoying these devices. We are creatures of habit, and when we spend our days with a slumped posture and turning our heads down to stare at our phones, we are prone to have difficulties when forced to reverse the motion. These detasselers are now busy in the early mornings looking up, extending upward, and reaching high up to pull tassels off tall corn stalks. This is a recipe for increased pain and stiffness! Don’t be alarmed; Dr. Donkin has some helpful tips to help keep you out in the fields earning that extra summer cash.

  1. Hydrate!
  2. Remember to warm up the muscles in your neck, shoulders, and back before work. A good example is reverse shoulder rolling.
  3. Take breaks from looking up when needed.
  4. Use topical muscle gel or creams before looking up and or after a long day of detasseling.

 If your teen is suffering from the side effects of their hard work, or you have questions, contact Dr. Donkin today. Dr. Donkin can help you get over the episode and help them get ready for the next day of work!

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Travel Tips: Travelling Again?

READY. SET. TRAVEL!

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Your bags are packed for travel, and you’re ready to hit the road or maybe you’re flying for the first time in over a year. Don’t forget to take a few moments to do some simple stretches. If you are taking a road trip in the car, try to make several quick stops to stretch your legs and straighten your back. Even if you arrive at your final destination a few minutes later, your body and mind will thank you for the few brief breaks along the way!

Travel can also be stressful. Plan accordingly to allow enough time, so you are not rushed which adds extra stress to your trip. Consider things like rush hour traffic, time spent checking your baggage, and going through airport security lines. Stress can cause tense muscles and headaches so relax and plan ahead. Safe travels to everyone! Back from vacation and experiencing soreness? Give us a call and we’ll get you in.  

Not sure what’s right for you? Dr. Donkin is happy to make recommendations based on your wellness plan. Talk to him today or at your next appointment!

Read more from our June 2021 Newsletter HERE. Please feel free to join our mailing list to be the first in the know!

Springing Into Action

Do warmer temperatures have you on the move? Maybe it’s spring sports and activities or perhaps you are back in your yard doing clean-up and gardening? Whatever the activity, it’s important to know the right way to move to prevent injury and soreness. Below you’ll find some guidance as you get back into the swing of warmer temperature activities.

  • Don’t feel like you need to tackle all of your lists at one time – Make a list and break it into manageable chunks such as front yard, backyard, tree trimming, leaf rake up, etc. Don’t feel like you have to do it all in one go or day.
  • Use proper lifting technique – It may seem easy and quick at the moment, but be sure to use proper listing and bending over techniques as you move through your tasks. If you don’t, you will be sorer or even cause injury for short-term gain.
  • Know when it’s time to quit – Are you feeling exhausted or sore? Your body is telling you it’s time to take a break or even quit for the day. Listen to your body’s queues. You also need to pay attention to your nutrition and hydration. Taking in enough water and calories is extremely important when exerting yourself in any activity.

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Not sure what’s right for you? Dr. Donkin is happy to make recommendations based on your wellness plan. Talk to him today or at your next appointment!

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February 2021 Newsletter: Have you considered a Himalayan Salt Stone massage?

What is Himalayan Salt Stone Massage?

Halo Therapy is defined as; a form of alternative medicine using salt, derived from the Greek word halos, meaning salt.

Like traditional basalt stones, Himalayan salt stones can be used over the entire body. Not only does it deliver superb thermotherapy, but it also contains 84 minerals* that the body may absorb. The three main minerals are magnesium, calcium and potassium.

Magnesium

  • 4th most abundant mineral in the body.
  • 60% of the body’s magnesium is found in bones.
  • 40% is found in muscles and soft tissues, and fluids.
  • Magnesium is involved in energy creation, protein formation, gene maintenance, muscle movements and nervous system regulation.
  • It has been shown to fight depression as it plays an important role in brain function and mood.
  • Helps lower elevated blood pressure.
  • It helps fight inflammation by reducing the inflammatory marker CRP.
  • It may help alleviate migraine pain in clients with low magnesium levels. 

Calcium

  • Helps build strong bones and teeth.
  • Calcium sends nerve signals.
  • It is responsible for muscle contractions.

Potassium

  • It assists in regulating blood pressure.
  • Helps in regulating normal water balance.
  • Assists in muscle contraction.
  • Assists in nerve impulses.
  • Assists in heart rhythm.
  • Assists in maintaining pH balance.

Benefits of Himalayan Salt
The benefits of adding warm stones to your massage sessions are plentiful. Heat can aid in softening muscles, easing circulation through vasodilation, allow your therapist to get deeper layers of tissue in less time, enhance the body’s parasympathetic response (“rest and digest”) and more. Himalayan salt has anti-bacterial properties and is anti-inflammatory. When heated, negative ions are released into the air, aiding in purification. Muscle cramps may be alleviated due to the mineral content. 

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January 2021: Watch Your Step…

3 FALL RISK FACTORS

Did you know that every 15 seconds, an older adult is treated in the ER for injuries related to an accidental fall? Every 29 minutes, an older adult dies from an accidental fall-related injury. Being mindful of your health, environment, and events that can cause falls is vital in avoiding injury. Start the new year right by being prepared and avoid injury!


Health-Based Risk
Related to medical problems in neurology, orthopedics, biomechanics, physiology and nutrition. Gait and balance problems, muscle weakness, chronic illnesses, vision problems and nutritional deficiencies.

Environmental Factors
Home hazards (ie: loose throw rugs, lack of railings and grab bars). Outside hazards (icy sidewalks, debris) or risky footwear. The environmental factors often require the involvement of supportive family members.

Fall Triggers
Sudden or occasional events that cause a challenge to balance or strength (a strong dog pulling on a leash). Health-related events like the use of certain medications and excess alcohol, as well as physiological changes such as low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) in a person with diabetes, hypotension, and electrolyte imbalance, can also trigger falls.