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Issue No. 30                                                     Healthy New Year!

In This Issue

Resolutions for a Healthy, Pain-Free Year
A few simple and practical lifestyle changes can make a positive impact on your health and can also prevent you from experiencing a painful injury in the year ahead! The American Chirpractic Association and Dr. Hertz urge you to adopt the following New Year's resolutions for a healthier you in 2015.
  • I will limit my intake of caffeinated coffee, sodas and teas. The caffeine in these drinks can cause dehydration and can rob the body of essential nutrients.  Stick to water, natural juices and other decaffeinated beverages.
  • I will avoid over-medicating myself and my family. Many over-the-counter and prescription medications have unknown side effects. There are  alternative remedies that Dr. Hertz can discuss with you.
  • I will not carry a heavy purse or briefcase with its strap over my shoulder, unless I place the strap over my head on the side opposite the bag.  Wearing a shoulder strap over one shoulder unevenly places the weight of the bag on one side of the body, potentially causing shoulder and back pain.
  • I will not allow my children to carry backpacks that weigh more than 10 percent of their body weight. Beyond that weight, the backpack can cause the wearer to bend forward in an attempt to support the weight on his or her back, instead of the shoulders.
  • I will not lift heavy objects over my head. Such movements can strain muscles and affect nerves, causing severe neck, shoulder and arm problems.
  • I will not turn my torso while lifting relatively heavy objects. This rotates the spine and can bring on a "back attack."
  • I will avoid the habit of consistently crossing the same knee over the other. Such a habit can also eventually cause misalignment of the spine.
  • I will try to keep moving while I'm at work. If you're sedentary for the majority of the work day, take periodic stretch breaks - get up from the desk and take a brief walk, and stretch arms and legs frequently to avoid postural and spinal stress.
  • I will, when using a shovel - in winter or summer - remember to push rather than lift, whenever possible.
  • I will use luggage with wheels whenever possible.  Carrying, lifting and moving a heavy suitcase can ruin a vacation.

Next Heart Screening Wednesday, February 11

heart screening
How healthy is YOUR heart?
Learn how we can predict, identify, and monitor patients with hypertension and other cardiovascular illnesses with the latest technology that measures hypertension and nervous system health.  


This simple, painless 20-minute screening will
  • help you determine your risk for heart attack or stroke;

  • detect plaque in your arteries;

  • indicate whether you're predisposed to heart disease; and

  • determine your risk for peripheral neuropathy.

You'll get a copy of the results immediately, including:  

  • heart rate
  • blood pressure
  • pulse wave (circulation testing)
  • heart rate variability (how well the nervous system controls the heart function)

This life-changing screening is just $40 for first-time patients; $20 for those who were screened in October and want to learn their 90-day progress. The cost may be covered by your insurance.


Appointments available
8am-noon and 2-6pm
Wednesday, February 11
Call Michele at the office, 630-513-7770
to schedule yours TODAY!

50+ Health And Fitness Apps, Gadgets And Startups

For many of us, new year's resolutions are about taking health more seriously -- losing a few pounds, training for that first marathon, or just being more active. In turn, we've seen a number of apps and gadgets launch - or continue iterating - in the quest to help us make healthier choices, get in shape and conquer the world.

Technology is playing an increasingly vital role in helping us reach our goals. Healthcare IT has been slowly moving to the cloud and upgrading its architecture to allow for more flexibility, as social tools, mobility, broadband access and wireless tech have given rise to the "health care everywhere" imperative and opened the door for greater transparency and visibility into healthcare costs. Click here to read the entire article from techcrunch.com.

Caution: Snow-Covered Driveways Ahead!

Follow a few snow-shoveling tips to avoid accidents or injury:
  • If you must shovel snow, be careful. Listen to weather forecasts so you can rise early and have time to shovel before work.
  • Layer clothing to keep your muscles warm and flexible.
  • Shoveling can strain "de-conditioned" muscles between your shoulders, in your upper back, lower back, buttocks and legs. So, do some warm-up stretching before you grab that shovel.
  • When you do shovel, push the snow straight ahead. Don't try to throw it. Walk it to the snow bank. Avoid sudden twisting and turning motions.
  • Bend your knees to lift when shoveling. Let the muscles of your legs and arms do the work, not your back.
  • Take frequent rest breaks to take the strain off your muscles. A fatigued body asks for injury.
  • Stop if you feel chest pain, or get really tired or have shortness of breath. You may need immediate professional help.
10 Cool Ways to Beat the Winter Blues
Winter is in full force, and even the best of us can get a little down. The "winter blues" are characterized by the mild depression, lack of motivation, and low energy that many people experience during this cold season. Luckily, there's a lot you can do to both prevent the blues from coming on and get yourself back to normal if they're already here. Click here to read all 10 of the ways you can beat the blahs, at sparkpeople.com.

6. Treat Yourself
Having something to look forward to can keep anyone motivated. Winter seems endless! But if you plan something exciting, your mood improves when you're anticipating it and when the event actually comes. Plan something that's exciting to you-a weekend trip, a day at the spa, a party (but keep #5 above in mind), or special event like a play, girls (or guys) night out, or sporting event.

7. Relax!
You're busy! Work, class, family, friends, appointments, meetings-even if you enjoy being busy, everyone needs some time off. Don't be afraid to say "No" to extra opportunities (covering a shift for a co-worker, bringing food to your son's class party). Try to spend a few minutes each day doing nothing! Read a book or magazine, sleep in on the weekend, go to bed early, try some meditations, or take a yoga class. Relaxation, especially in the form of yoga, can alleviate stress and leave you with a calm energy. Mental exercises like meditation and positive thinking can help keep depression at bay.

8. Embrace the Season
Instead of always avoiding the cold and the snow, look for the best that it has to offer! Staying active will boost your energy.... so take up a winter sport like ice skating, snowboarding, hockey, or even sledding. Enjoy these opportunities while they last -- after all, they're only here a few months each year. Seeing winter in a positive light, with all the fun that it has to offer, will keep your spirits high.

.... and remember, spring begins March 22!
Tips for Healthy Aging  
The number of us living longer is increasing dramatically. Centenarians (those 100 and older) are the fastest-growing sub-population of the elderly, and by 2050, according to census projections, 1 million Americans will celebrate their 100th birthdays.
A growing body of evidence suggests that good genes are only a small part of the longevity puzzle. Researchers now believe that chronic illness is not an inevitable consequence of aging, but results more often from lifestyle choices. So what are centenarians' secrets to healthy old age?
Embrace a Positive Attitude
Centenarians tend be very optimistic and always hope for the best. According to research, having a positive attitude is key to the ability to live longer and can lead to a healthier, higher quality of life.
Stimulate Your Mind
Research shows the more educated we are, the longer we live, and the benefits of education are even more pronounced when learning continues throughout our lives. Most centenarians take advantage of opportunities and possibilities that have not been available to them earlier in their lives, such as second careers, volunteer activities, musical instruction, writing, various classes in areas of interest or travel.

Stay Connected
Those who maintain a close network of social support do best. Social contacts may encourage us to take better care of ourselves-by cutting down on smoking and drinking, for example, or seeking medical treatment earlier for symptoms that may indicate serious problems.

Limit Stress
Protect your mental and physical health by managing your stress at work and at home. Humor, meditation, exercise and optimism are good ways to naturally reduce stress and relieve tension.
Support Your Body with Exercise
Find fun ways to stay in shape, such as dancing, gardening, swimming, walking or jogging. Include strength training, as directed by a personal trainer or health care provider, to maintain muscle mass.
Make Healthy Diet Choices
What you eat and drink-and what you don't eat and drink-can make a big difference to your health. To prevent weight gain and maintain good health, pay special attention to eating efficiently. Choose foods that maximize nutritional value and minimize calories.
Overly processed foods often contain more calories and fewer nutrients. Choose, instead, whole, natural foods like fruits and vegetables, whole grains, good (unsaturated) fats, nuts, legumes and healthy sources of protein (white meat, fish and eggs).
Chiropractic Care Can Help
Talk to Dr. Hertz about other ways to improve your quality of life. Doctors of chiropractic are trained and licensed to examine and treat the entire body with specific emphasis on the nervous and musculoskeletal systems, wellness and prevention.
Dr. J
Dr. Jacob M. Hertz
is a Cum Laude graduate of the Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. Following graduation, Dr. Hertz practiced as an Associate Chiropractor in Peoria and for four years successfully treated over 5,000 patients and their families with many different health conditions. He moved to St. Charles in 2010 to open his own practice. 


He has been involved with chiropractic almost since he was born -- he was adjusted as an infant by his uncle, a chiropractor in Wisconsin where Dr. Hertz grew up.


Dr. Hertz uses a number of gentle and safe chiropractic techniques for adjusting the spine including Diversified, Activator, and Drop Table. He is also Nationally Board Certified in Physiotherapy and uses exercise and rehabilitation to help patients heal faster and reach optimum health.  


St. Charles Pain & Wellness Center also offers nutritional aids for those who seek to supplement their diet and improve their health, which have proved successful in preventing unnecessary surgeries for many patients.   

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