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A big part of getting healthy and staying healthy is making the best lifestyle choices day by day. We are here to help you with this.

We can provide ideas and suggestions. If you like them, incorporate them into your daily life.

The current situation with COVID-19 has made lifestyle choices even more important. We have been providing information to our practice members to help them know what to do. Please access them here in case you have missed any.


About the ONLY thing on people’s minds right now is the Coronavirus. So let’s talk about it. »

  • We want to keep you informed about the proactive approaches we’re taking with regards to the COVID-19 situation.
  • We are in the office with slight adjustments to our hours. We have added time between appointments to reduce office occupancy and to allow for extra cleaning.
  • We take your health and welfare seriously. While we’ve always been committed to sanitation and infection control, rest assured we’re taking special precautions these days. Hand sanitizer is provided for use in our reception area and throughout our practice.
  • We also recommend that prior to entering the office and after your visit you go to the restroom and thoroughly wash your hands. Use the paper towels to open doors as you enter and exit.
  • We have simplified our front desk procedures to reduce or eliminate your need to touch pens and countertops.
  • We are regularly cleaning and sanitizing all surfaces and equipment with disinfectant. Adjusting tables are cleaned between patients.
  • Team members will continue proper hand hygiene in accordance with federal guidelines and adhere to proper cough etiquette.
  • Doctors are washing hands or using hand sanitizer prior to each adjustment.
  • Please ring us in advance of your appointment if you have flu-like symptoms such as fever, runny nose, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat. One of our doctors will speak with you and provide recommendations.
  • Most of us have never experienced anything like this in our lifetime. It’s an evolving situation and we’ll keep you informed if anything should change. But for now, we are here to support you, helping our patients one spine at a time.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Family Chiropractic Center Doctors and Staff

PS. Be sure to ask about simple strategies that can help bolster your immune system and keep you healthy.


Good Questions to Ask During COVID-19 (Part 1) »

What are you doing to stay safe at this time?

This is a question we are asking patients when they come into the office or when we speak to them on the phone.

We have discovered people have a lot of misconceptions and are not clear on the key things they should be doing.

One woman said she heard COVID-19 could be caught just by breathing the air. Another mentioned a fear of going into public restrooms. Some people have said they are not leaving their homes at all for the next two weeks, or until the danger is over. We have also observed people absent-mindedly touching around their mouths and noses, and they have not cleaned their hands prior to doing so.

Fear and misinformation are making the situation worse.

In a recent email we communicated the things we are doing to make our office as safe as possible for all of us.

This is the first in a series of pieces dedicated to providing useful information about how you can increase your own health and safety as we move through this crisis.

We want to do what we can to set unnecessary fears aside. We also want to encourage everyone to take the essential precautions of good hygiene this situation requires. This challenge is going to last months, not just a few weeks.

The most reliable source about COVID-19 is the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. I recommend you go to the CDC Website, as there is a lot of useful information available.

Let’s take a look at some important factors the CDC site mentions:

There are two primary ways you can be exposed. This is actually good news. Because, if you understand these points, they will help reduce your fears and exposure.

#1: If you get some of the virus on your hands and you transport it to your nose or mouth, you can be infected. That is how it gets inside your body. Just having it on your hands does not infect you. It has to enter your respiratory system to create infection. So, keep your hands away from your face unless you just cleaned them.

The virus particles can exist for quite a while on surfaces outside the body. That is why it is important to clean your hands frequently. Always assume you may have virus on your hands, and make sure you have cleaned your hands before touching your face.

#2: If you are in close proximity to someone who has COVID-19 and they cough or sneeze in your direction this can infect you as well. The cough or sneeze projects small droplets that you can inhale. Maintain a distance from others of at least 6 feet in case they cough or sneeze.

Virus particles are projected through the air immediately after a cough or sneeze. But they do not travel farther than six feet. This is why you are advised to maintain a six-foot distance from others in case they cough or sneeze. The air itself is safe unless a cough or sneeze has taken place in the last 30 seconds. That is how long it takes the viral particles to settle out of the air.

Now for some good news: Statistics have shown that approximately 80% of those exposed to the Corona Virus 2019 will have minimal symptoms. Their immune systems will be strong enough to handle a small exposure, and they will develop natural immunity to this new virus.

We at the Family Chiropractic Center intend to be in the 80% group, and we want to do everything we can to see that you are as well.

Those in the 80% have an important responsibility. We all need to do what we can to reduce viral spread and to help protect the 20% who will be more challenged. We want to keep the number of those who require hospitalization as low as possible.

We are all working to discover the path forward that will bring us new learning and benefits through the challenges.

Stay tuned for our next emails in which we will offer suggestions on how you can increase your vitality and strengthen your immune system.

Family Chiropractic Center is an Optimal Health Center dedicated to helping you be vitally healthy.


Perspective: From Fear to New Possibilities »
There is a lot of fear throughout the world right now. Fear of the unknown. Fear of loss and tragedy. Fear of almost anything you can think of. Despite this there are moments of awakening and realization of what matters most.

In every challenge there are the seeds of opportunity. The following poem mentions the very real problems in the world today. It also reveals how a shift in perspective can open new possibilities. Enjoy!

Lockdown

Yes there is fear.


Yes there is isolation.


Yes there is panic buying.


Yes there is sickness.


Yes there is even death.


But,
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise


You can hear the birds again.


They say that after just a few weeks of quiet


The sky is no longer thick with fumes


But blue and grey and clear.


They say that in the streets of Assisi


People are singing to each other


across the empty squares,


keeping their windows open


so that those who are alone


may hear the sounds of family around them.


They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland


Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.


Today a young woman I know


is busy spreading fliers with her number


through the neighbourhood


So that the elders may have someone to call on.


Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples


are preparing to welcome


and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary


All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting


All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way


All over the world people are waking up to a new reality


To how big we really are.


To how little control we really have.


To what really matters.


To Love.


So we pray and we remember that


Yes there is fear.


But there does not have to be hate.


Yes there is isolation.


But there does not have to be loneliness.


Yes there is panic buying.


But there does not have to be meanness.


Yes there is sickness.


But there does not have to be disease of the soul


Yes there is even death.


But there can always be a rebirth of love.


Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.


Today, breathe.


Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic


The birds are singing again


The sky is clearing,


Spring is coming,


And we are always encompassed by Love.


Open the windows of your soul


And though you may not be able


to touch across the empty square,


Sing.

Fr. Richard Hendrick, OFM March 13, 2020

[The Order of Friars Minor, also called the Franciscans, the Franciscan Order, or the Seraphic Order, has a postnominal abbreviation OFM)

For COVID-19 Resources go to the ‘Health Tips’ section of www.famchiro.com

Yours in Health,

Family Chiropractic Center


Enhancing Your Immune Function During COVID-19 (Part 1) »
Enhancing Your Immune Function During COVID-19 (Part 1)

“What are you doing to be as healthy as possible at this time?”

This is a question we are asking patients when they come into the office or when we speak to them on the phone.

We have discovered people have a lot of misconceptions and are not clear on the key things they should be doing to keep their immune system as robust as possible.

7 Immune System Basics:

1. Sleep: Get at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night. This is the time your body uses for repair and recharging.

2. Hydration: Water is key to eliminating toxins from the body and to proper function of all body systems. Drink water throughout the day. One way to know you are drinking enough is if your urine is a light color.

3. Quality Nutrition: Eat as much real, whole food as possible and reduce processed and prepared foods. Make sure you are eating plenty of fruits and vegetables since they are natural sources of vitamins and minerals.

4. Eliminate Toxins: Reduce sugar, alcohol, caffeine and foods for which you have sensitivities (e.g. dairy, gluten, etc.). These substances stress your immune system and make your body more acidic.

5. Spend Time in Nature: Go outside and walk or exercise. Fresh air and sunshine provide essential nutrients you can never get inside. Sunlight in moderation provides natural Vitamin D. The air inside buildings often has a variety of environmental toxins. Exercise stimulates the flow of your lymphatic system, which clears toxins from your tissues. Perspiration is one of the most effective ways your body can remove waste from your tissues.

6. Give Your Mind & Heart Healthy Input: Negative stress sabotages your immune system.Your greatest power is the ability to choose what you pay attention to. Limit the time you spend on your computer and watching TV. Spend time in meditation and with inspirational materials.

7. Find Ways to Give to Others: Spend less time thinking about yourself and consider ways you can support others. Little things like a smile and an encouraging word can be powerful. Reach out to tell someone you know that you are thinking about them and wishing them well. Nothing makes us happier than wholehearted giving to others.

Statistics have shown that approximately 80% of those exposed to the Corona Virus 2019 will have minimal symptoms. Make sure your immune systems will be strong enough to handle a small exposure, and you will develop natural immunity to this new virus. Once enough of us have acquired immunity, social distancing can be relaxed.

We at the Family Chiropractic Center intend to be in the 80% group, and we want to do everything we can to see that you are as well.

We all have an important responsibility. We need to do what we can to reduce viral spread and to help protect the 20% who will be more challenged. Right now we want to keep the number of those who require hospitalization as low as possible.

We are all working to discover the path forward through the challenges.

We Are Dedicated to Helping You be Vitally Healthy!

Yours in Health,

Family Chiropractic Center


We Are Offering Long Distance Adjustments »
hiropractic adjustments clear stress from the nervous system, allowing your body heal from the inside out. We have been looking for ways to provide adjustments to our practice members even when they are not in the office. To this end we are staying connected and providing support through emails and posts on our website.

As you have noticed, there is a lot of fear throughout the world right now. Fear of the unknown. Fear of loss and tragedy. Fear is always related to the future, and it takes you out of the present moment. When you come back to the present and to things you know to be real and true, there you will find encouragement and realization of what matters most.

In a recent email outlining ways you can strengthen your immune system we wrote,

“Negative stress sabotages your immune system.Your greatest power is the ability to choose what you pay attention to. Limit the time you spend on your computer and watching TV. Spend time in meditation and with inspirational materials.”

In that same email, we suggested,

“Spend less time thinking about yourself and consider ways you can support others. Little things like a smile and an encouraging word can be powerful. Reach out to tell someone you know that you are thinking about them and wishing them well. Nothing makes us happier than wholehearted giving to others.”

The following poem was sent to us by one of our practice members. It beautifully reveals how we can reach out with our hearts. Enjoy!
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Pandemic
What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
Center down.

And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.

Promise this world your love–
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.

–Lynn Ungar 3/11/20

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We are all working to discover the path forward through the challenges.


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