Health Notes
December, 2008 - Issue #50
Acupuncture for Prevention
Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can prevent colds and flu by building up the immune system. Specific points along the energy pathways, or meridians, are known for strengthening the circulation of blood and energy and for consolidating the outer defense layers of the skin (Wei Qi) so that germs and viruses cannot enter through them. Seasonal acupuncture treatments just four times a year also serve to strengthen the organ systems in the body and prevent minor annoyances from becoming more serious problems. Resource: Kathleen Kenneally of Kenneally Acupuncture and Healing Light Center 252-4100
It's not too Late to get Teeth Straight
Adults account for nearly 25 percent of all orthodontic patients. Now that there is Invisalign - one of the most advanced components of adult cosmetics - common problems such as crowded teeth, protruding upper or lower teeth or teeth spaced too far apart can be fixed without wires. Invisalign uses a series of custom-made, nearly undetectable, aligners that fit over your teeth and are gently moved each stage of your treatment. Plus, you can still enjoy most of your favorite foods, as well as brush and floss easily.
Resource: Dr. Mehran Abbassian, DDS and certified Invisalign specialist 259-9100

Take Five Years Off your Face in One Hour
A "Liquid Lift" is a procedure that can freshen up your look instantly. By using a combination of Botox for the crows feet and forehead, and Restylane or Juvederm to fill in the laugh lines (nasolabial folds), it is very common to take "off" five years from your appearance in less than an hour.
Resource: Dr. Van Veloso of Infinity Medspa 259-8100

ropractic and Headaches
It is common knowledge that chiropractic helps headaches. Chiropractors are not interested in suppressing headaches, but in finding their cause. A team of surgeons recently discovered that the membranes covering the brain actually attach directly to small muscles of the neck. They conclude, "An increasing body of literature relates headaches to pathology affecting the cervical spine and a number of clinical trials have demonstrated that valuable for managing headaches." One study of 6,000 headache sufferers (2 to 25 years of age) revealed that neck injury was a common link and should be suspected in every nonspecific case of headache. Chiropractic offers a safe and specific means of reducing irritation in the neck, which can cause headaches.
Resource: Dr. Jeff Bowne of Bowne Chiropractic 288-2321

Massage is a Necessity
Research continues to show the numerous benefits of massage, including the treatment of chronic diseases, neurological disorders and injuries, as well as alleviating the tension of the modern, super fast-paced lifestyles. Regularly taking care of your body can play a huge part in how healthy you'll be and how youthful you'll remain with each passing year. Budgeting the time and money for therapeutic massages at consistent intervals is truly an "investment" in your health.
Resource: Sofia Kupis of Le Beau Organic Day Spa 287-5828

Yoga: Ancient and Modern
The word "yoga" first surfaced in India in 1500 BCE. However, evidence suggests that yoga existed as early as 5,000 years ago. Early yogis (practitioners of yoga) found that breath work (pranayama) improved their ability to sing, and yoga poses (asanas) kept their bodies healthy. Today, people seeking a healthier mind and toned body have discovered yoga is a one stop solution that enables them to enjoy a healthy, calm respite from their hectic schedules. On a physical level, asanas tone, strengthen and align the body while on a mental level the breathing techniques help people relax and quiet their mind.
Resource: Terri Seiden of Yogaworks 888-840-YOGA (9642)

Skin's Basic Needs
First, it needs to be kept as clean as possible. Second, the skin needs to be protected from sunlight and other environmental insults. The skin of the face needs even more attention than the rest of the body because the face has more oil glands, especially the central forehead, eye areas, nose and chin. Protecting the skin from the sun's harmful rays is a must, in any climate. One needs to perform a brief morning regimen for the facial skin and a regimen before going to bed. Enhancing the quality of your skin with a facial restores the glow of health.
Resource: Ginger LeVang of Citron Spa 799-2924
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