Try dōTERRA with an Introductory Kit

intro-kitredIf you have been curious or are new to essential oils, The doTerra Introductory Kit is a great starting point.  The Kit includes 5 ml bottle of dōTERRA’s CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® LavenderLemon, and Peppermint essential oils.

Lavender helps to calm and relax.

Lemon is for cleansing and also helps to uplift.

Peppermint can be used for a variety of aches and pains from stomach upset to muscle tensions.

Trios are available for purchase in the office or online here. 

 

Athletes and Chiropractic

Swimmer (1)Tiger Woods, Michael Phelps, and Usain Bolt – these are just a few names of professional athletes who have used chiropractic to enhance their athletic performance.

Chiropractic can help both the professional and amateur athlete.

Dr. Sciullo has treated many different types of athletes, such as swimmers, football players, competitive weight lifters, wrestlers and gymnasts.

Here are some ways that an athlete can benefit from chiropractic.

  • Prevent wear and tear on the body. Strenuous activity can lead to spinal misalignment. Reduce the effect with adjustments.
  • Treat injuries naturally, without drugs. Avoid treatment that could lead to a risk of dependency or side effects.
  • Improve performance with preventative treatment. By keeping your body in alignment, you can avoid some minor injuries that could hamper your performance.
  • Reduce joint pain and muscle soreness post-activity. Spinal adjustments can increase your flexibility, which also helps to reduce injury.

Whether you’re competing at a professional level or a weekend warrior, chiropractic may be a positive addition to your sports performance strategy.

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Office Happenings. Welcome, doTERRA!

Our family learned about doTERRA products about five years ago.  If you’re not familiar with them, they are  CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils and essential oil products.

When we first started using them, we thought we would experiment with some cheaper brands as well.  How much difference could there be?  After much trial and error, we found the doTERRA line to be superior in many ways and we are back to using them on a regular basis.

Because we love them so much, we decided to make them available through the office.  You will soon notice some new displays the next time you are in the office and some blog posts here about how we use them.  We will be rotating different samples for you to try as well.  If you don’t see something, but would like information or try a sample, just ask!

 

 

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Beat the Winter Doldrums

Does the winter weather have you down?  Here in Western Pennsylvania, we’ve run the gamut from extreme frigid temperatures to snow days and rain storms over the past few weeks.  It’s normal to start feeling a little depressed this time of year.

One way to combat a bad mood is with exercise.  Even so, the gym can get tedious day after day.  At our house, we like to be able to get out and take walks on a regular basis.  If you feel like you can’t get outside though, due to poor walkway conditions or temperatures, consider visiting an indoor attraction to boost your spirits.

We spent one of the extremely cold days of January at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.  Not only did we get to stretch our legs, but we basked in some sunshine as well.  While it was a very cold (19 degrees!) day, it didn’t feel like it under the glass.  The sun was shining through and everything looked beautiful.  It was a big mood booster, as we felt like we’d escaped to the tropics!

The Pittsburgh area is full of museums and indoor venues, so try stepping outside of your normal gym routine to give yourself a little boost through the rest of the winter.

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Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens on a frigid January Day

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Inside it’s warm and sunny.

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Art mixed with lush greenery.

Workplace Injuries

workplaceinjury (1)If you have are hurt on the job, seek care as soon as possible.   Ignoring pain can lengthen your recovery time and possibly lead to permanent damage.  There are some rules that you must follow if making a work injury claim with your employer.

  1. You must fill out an incident report with a human resources representative.

  2. Your human resources department should provide you with a list of providers you can see for your injury.  You must see one of the providers on this panel for the first sixty days.  After sixty days, you are free to see a provider of your choice.  Companies are required to have chiropractor providers on their panel.  If Dr. Sciullo is not currently on the panel, you can request your human resources department add him.

  3.  While company policies vary, generally the first five days of missed work will be taken as vacation or sick days.   After that, most policies will cover employees for missed pay.

  4. More companies are requiring drug/alcohol testing with every work comp claim.  Drug/Alcohol positive testing may result in job termination and claim denial.

The paperwork for a work injury can be very daunting.  We will handle all of the paperwork and authorizations for your treatment in our office so that you can concentrate on recovery. 

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Ice or Heat for Your Injury?

IceorHeatredWhen you get injured, do you use ice or heat?

I find that people want to go for heat before they go for ice because it feels better warm than cold.  But there are definitive rules on the use of both.

When to Use Ice.

Always use ice for the first 24 hours after an injury.  Cold makes blood vessels constrict, which reduces pain caused by inflammation.   Also, use for inflammation reduction after activity – think of a baseball player icing a shoulder after a game.  Ice packs or frozen vegetables such as peas can be used.

When to Use Heat

Heat is a good pain reducer for chronic pain, but only after an area has healed.  Heat relaxes blood vessels and increases blood flow, which helps to aid healing.  This of back soreness after a long drive or finger pain from arthritis.  Use a hot water bottle or towel soaked in warm water for your hot compress.

Important!

Never apply heat or ice over skin that is damaged by rash, cuts or abrasions.  Place a damp cloth on the skin under the heat/ice pack and don’t use the pack more than 20 minutes every hour.

If you ever have a question on which home treatment you should be using, please call the office and I will be happy to guide you.

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Shovel Snow the Right Way.

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It’s that time of year again.   Snow shoveling the wrong way can lead to muscle strain and back injury.    If you don’t have a snow blower or someone else to do it for you, take some time to review these tips to make sure you don’t hurt your back.

 

 

  • Keep your chin up while shoveling and use your lower body muscles to pick up the snow.
  • Avoid arching your back.
  • Avoid twisting to throw the snow off of your shovel, especially if the snow is heavy.
  • Try pushing or sweeping the snow away instead of lifting it up, if at all possible.

Additionally, this article from CBS News provides good advice on avoiding other health issues from shoveling.

Hopefully, these tips will help to keep you pain-free and healthy when shoveling snow this year.

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