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Credit: AuntieD @AllRecipes.com

No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls

 

Ingredients:

 

1 to 1 1/2 C oats

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp sea salt

1/4 C agave nectar or pure maple syrup or honey

2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 C ground flaxseeds

1 to 1 1/2 C creamy peanut butter

1/2 C finely chopped nuts (whatever you or your children prefer)

[recipe cont. below] 


Los Gatos Chiropractic and Wellness Center

May 2012 Newsletter:  Happy Mother's Day!

 

Dr. Fox and Mom
Dr. Kate Fox and her Mom

 

We want to give special thanks to our terrific staff. Our new front office assistant, Shannon, has exceeded our expectations and we are so happy to welcome her to LGCWC. Selma and Deborah round out our great team and are indispensable. Although we're sad to see Ariel leave, we wish her all the best with her new career.

 

Our newsletters and website are written to provide you with tools and information you need to pursue better health. We invite you to contact our office with any further questions (408) 891-8222.


-Dr. Kate Fox & Dr. Jessie Young

 

Understanding the Graston Technique 

 

 

Does time really heal all wounds?

When it comes to soft tissue injuries, the answer is "No." And in fact, even when wounds do heal, they usually don't heal as strongly as the uninjured tissue surrounding them. This is why many people experience the same injury, ache or pain over and over again through the years. It's the same reason professional athletes always end up with multiple surgeries for the same injury. Scar tissue just doesn't do as good a job as the original tissue. That's just the way it is though, right? Again the answer is "No" and here's how Los Gatos Chiropractic and Wellness Center can help your soft tissue injury.

Graston Technique
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So what is a soft-tissue injury?
Soft-tissue injuries, such as strains and sprains, often affect the extremities- the legs or arms. Because "soft tissue" refers to anything that isn't bone, neck and back injuries fall into this category as well. People who suffer a traumatic injury will often need soft-tissue-specific rehabilitation to get back full, pain-free range of motion. But many soft-tissue injuries are the result of repetitive motion rather than a specific event. People we see in our office that often suffer from such injuries include:
  • Athletes and weekend warriors
  • People who spend long hours at a computer without regular stretch breaks
  • Laptop users with improper ergonomics
  • Mothers who hold their babies in one position for long periods of time
  • Students who overfill backpacks or who hang heavy backpacks over one shoulder
  • Sedentary people who allow their muscles to lose conditioning

A soft-tissue injury can occur anywhere that ligaments, tendons, muscles, or fascia are found. Ligaments connect two or more bones and help stabilize the joints. Tendons attach muscles to bones. Fascia connects and covers our muscles so they slide smoothly across one another. Ligaments, tendons, and muscles provide a natural brace to protect the bony skeleton from injury. A ligament can be injured, for example, by making a movement that would take a joint outside of its normal range. Tendon and muscle injuries happen when the muscle is used for a task heavier than it is capable of or if it becomes stretched quickly. When damaged, fascia can adhere to other layers and prevent proper gliding causing irritation.

 

Read the rest of the article here.

 

If you're tired of having pain, want to get back to a beloved activity or if you've recently been injured and it just isn't healing as fast as you'd like, come in to Los Gatos Chiropractic and Wellness Center and let us restart your body's healing process. Get back to the things you love to do.

Credit to the American Chiropractic Association for information regarding IASTM.  

 

 

 

Run, Bike, and Outdoor Fun! 

Exercise Tips for Mom and Kids:

 

The days are getting warm fast and it's time to start enjoying summer and all of the activities it brings. For parents, this means bringing your baby or children along with you on those activities. Outdoor activities are a great way to expend pent up stress and create more energy. They are one of the best ways to bond with your children and help keep everyone in the family healthy.

 

One of our goals at Los Gatos Chiropractic and Wellness Center is to keep you active and having fun with your family. We see a lot of patients who haven't gotten back into their sport or hobby since having children. We understand that there are a lot of time pressures and reasons behind this, but please don't let pain or discomfort be part of that. We can help!

 

Biking is an excellent low-impact sport that everyone can do. Kids as young as two can use pedal-less bikes, so the whole family can ride together.

Family Bike Ride

 

If you have infants or small children, consider using a ride-along trailer that hitches to the back of your bike. It's much safer than the passenger style seat both in stability and injury during a crash. Make sure your child has a harness on inside their trailer and select a trailer with bicycle-style tires for extra stability and a smooth ride. Since a trailer can dramatically change the way your bike handles, make sure you practice with your trailer for a few rides before putting your precious cargo inside. 

 

Everyone in the family should be using a helmet, of course, and make sure it fits properly. If the helmet rests too high it will expose part of the child's head. If it's too loose, it won't stay in place during a crash.

 

Some common aches and pains that keep people from enjoying biking are knee pain, hand numbness and back pain. All of these issues typically respond quickly to chiropractic care and changes in your bike positioning.

 

Jogging is another activity that everyone can do, although you may have more success putting the kids on bikes and jogging alongside them. For babies, consider a jogging stroller. The locked wheel in the front allows you to push with minimal chance of the stroller getting out of control. The jogger should have large bicycle-style tires, a harness and a locking brake. Hand brakes and windscreens are nice to have if you do a lot of jogging. Remember to jog only on smooth surfaces, especially as you start.  

 

Because of the extra weight and control issues required to jog with a stroller, a lot of people experience changes in their running gait and may develop pain, have us correct your gait quickly before it stops you from running. Another common issue with strollers is wrist or hand pain from controlling and pushing the stroller. This too is often a quick fix that if left untreated will slowly and progressively get worse. That's your cue to come in and get back on the trails pain free!

 

No Bake Peanut Butter Balls
credit: AuntieD @AllRecipes.com
No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls 

 

You can add whatever you want to the recipe - nutella, dried fruit, mini chocolate chips, almond butter, wheat germ, etc. You can play with the portions and add a little more or a little less of any of the ingredients - whatever suits you and your child's taste. 

 

This recipe made about 30 small (almost bite sized) balls. And they were eaten up (by a preschool class) in a flash!

 
Ingredients
  • 1 to 1 1/2 C oats
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 C agave nectar or pure maple syrup or honey
  • 2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 C ground flaxseeds
  • 1 to 1 1/2 C creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 C finely chopped nuts (whatever you or your children prefer)
Directions

Combine oats, cinnamon and sea salt. Mix throughly.

 

Add vanilla extract and the agave nectar to the dry mixture. Stir until mixed. Add the flaxseeds, peanut butter and nuts and stir until all the ingredients are mixed thoroughly.

 

Form into small balls and place on cookie sheets. Freeze for 30 minutes or until firm and then serve.

 

 

Disclaimer

Material in this newsletter is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any condition. It is not a substitute for medical care and is not intended to address individual situations and needs.