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Vertigo & Applied Kinesiology

Vertigo and Applied Kinesiology

 

Occasionally a patient presents with dizziness, vertigo, or light-headedness. There are some Applied Kinesiology protocols that can help.

If there is a crystal loose in the inner ear, this can cause BPV, or benign postural vertigo. Many physical therapists are trained to work with this condition, and I encourage people to seek this therapy as appropriate.

If a person is hypoglycemic, drops in blood sugar from not eating regularly enough may contribute to dizziness or light-headedness. Adrenal fatigue, especially when moving from a lying to a sitting or standing position, can be a factor. Medications should also be checked, since dizziness may be a side effect.

I check the neck for misaligned vertebrae. If the first cervical vertebra is not properly aligned, or if there is degenerative change in the cervical discs, neck muscles can be imbalanced and this can result in dizziness.

Lastly, I use an AK technique to re-balance the upper cervical area. This area of the body is rich in proprioceptors, and if they are not firing correctly, the person will experience dizziness and/or vertigo, especially when changing position. The correction is a short series of isometric contractions, done first in the office and later at home as needed. This technique is effective, simple and lasting.

Dizziness, lightheadedness, and vertigo can be very disruptive to a person’s life. These chiropractic techniques, alone or combined with physical therapy, can be very helpful.

 

Dr. Alexander, D.C. practices at Ridgely Retreat. She offers a 15-minute no-charge consultation. She can be reached at 443-433-0463.

Why a custom orthotic?

Many of us with knee, hip, and low back pain don’t realize imbalances in the feet can cause or worsen these problems.

The feet have three arches – the inner, outer, and transverse arch across the balls of the feet. Together, they are called the plantar vault. If one of these arches is more dropped than the other, or one foot is flatter than the other, pain in other areas of the body can result.

The first step is to always wear good quality footwear. Good arch support, as well as a strong shank and roomy toe box are recommended. A lace-up shoe is often preferable to a slip-on. Many shoes don’t provide these. A custom orthotic that can be inserted into the shoe is a good solution. An orthotic flip-flop, sandal, or shoe are also options.

Studies have shown that custom orthotics can reduce low back pain by more than 30%. They help chiropractic adjustments hold longer, reducing wear and tear on affected joints. Pain is reduced in fewer visits and in many cases does not return. Like any other custom product, a truly custom orthotic is more expensive than an over-the-counter insert. However, the benefits far outweigh the cost. People can begin or resume exercise programs they were avoiding due to pain. Many find their balance improves, so there is less risk of falling. It all contributes to a better quality of life.

I use Foot Levelers custom orthotics in my practice. This is a softer orthotic and molds well to the patient’s foot while providing the needed corrections. The company stands behind its product with a money-back guarantee.

I am offering Foot Levelers custom orthotics at a reduced price through April 15, 2019. This is to celebrate the coming of Spring as well as thank my patients. Happy Spring, everyone!

Dr. Alexander practices at Ridgely Retreat in Annapolis. She offers a no-charge 15-minute consultation. She can be reached at 443-433-0463.

Getting Comfortable In your Own Skin

Today it seems like there are hundreds of skin care products on the market. How do you choose which is the best for your skin? What about the myriad of treatments and facials? It can be overwhelming to navigate through all of the products and services offered, all the while staying away from certain chemicals that can harm more than benefit. Here’s an attempt to provide clarity in the confusing work of aesthetics, which is available to both men and women.

Customized facials
After a personal consultation with a Licensed Aesthetician, a facial can be created that will provide maximum results for your particular needs. Taking into consideration any concerns, skin type and conditions, the aesthetician will recommend a home care regimen to follow up on the treatment.

Microdermabrasion
It gently sloughs away the outermost layer to reveal the young, healthy skin. In the process, it restores radiance, energy and confidence. Microdermabrasion stimulates blood flow to the surface of the skin, increases the oxygenation and enhances cell renewal. This treatment is especially suited for people who are sensitive to chemical peels. Results are noticeable after the first treatment; three to five treatments are recommended for optimal results.

CooLifting
This treatment works by using a carboxy spray to deliver a hydrating serum to problem areas of the skin. You will notice a lifting/tightening effect within 12-24 hours of the facial. CooLifting can be used on all skins types or degrees of pigmentation. There is NO downtime with CooLifting and is the perfect “Red Carpet” facial before a special event. Clients who sign up for a package of three facials, followed by monthly follow-ups, will see substantial improvement in their skin over time.

The XEO Cutera
This treatment helps reverse the signs of aging before they start by restoring your skin’s healthy appearance and reversing visible imperfections such as sun damage, fine lines, redness and scarring. The XEO stimulates the skin’s natural renewal process to improve overall skin quality, resulting in a radiant, more youthful complexion, During the procedure, gentle micro-pulses are sent to the skin to activate collagen remodeling to give your skin its smooth, radiant complexion. After a series of four to six treatments, you can expect to see visible improvement in the look and feel of your skin. .

Fraxel Laser
The Fraxel Laser is designed to target aging and damaged skin by treating portions of specific damaged tissue. By creating microscopic “wounds” within the targeted areas well beneath the outermost epidermal layer of the skin, Fraxel Laser treatments trigger the body’s natural healing process by accelerating the production of collagen and new, healthy skin cells. Fraxel is the first laser to combine the impact of ablative laser with the gentleness of nonablative lasers. Healing occurs so quickly that there is very little downtown.

With Fraxel Laser treatment you can expect two levels of results, immediate and progressive. Immediately after the initial healing (10 to 14 days), the surface of your skin will feel softer, look brighter and tone will start to become more even. Progressive results occur over the next three to six months as the deeper layers of the skin continue to heal. Fraxel can be used for many different conditions including discoloration or uneven pigmentation, melasma (mask of pregnancy), age spots, brown spots and sun spots, fine lines and wrinkles, acne, surgical scarring, stretch marks and enlarged pores.

Under the supervision of our medical director, we are able to offer advanced skin care and treatments for our clients.

Celie Pribyl, Licensed Esthetician
Linda Worcester, Licensed Esthetician
Nancy Dowell, Licensed Esthetician

Winter is the Perfect Time to Get a Facial

Can you hear your skin protesting the cold air, harsh wind, rain and UV rays? Winter can be a beast to our skin. Cold temperatures and the lack of humidity in the air can leave your skin feeling irritated, dry and sallow. Now is the time to transform your skin and give it the relief it needs.

A monthly winter facial is a great way to “reset your skin” Even using a good moisturizer at home may not be enough to keep your skin hydrated. In cold temperatures, water can evaporate from your skin, leaving it dry and flaky. A facial that includes a hydrator with concentrated hyaluronic acid will help your skin hold onto water to keep your skin plump throughout the winter.

A facial treatment will also help to improve circulation. Improving blood and lymph circulation can enhance the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the cells making them healthier and more efficient. Estheticians use exfoliants, masks and peels to remove dead skin cells to reveal a new fresh face!

Did you know that your skin cells tend to turnover more slowly in winter months? Peel treatments are a great way to reset your skin. Peels can improve the overall health of your skin as well as certain skin conditions such as fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone & pigmentation, acne, rosacea, and cellular aging.

As we age and as the seasons change, so does your skin so it is important to choose the appropriate products to ensure optimal results for beautiful skin.

Nurture your skin and pamper yourself this winter. Your skin will thank you for it!

Celie Pribyl, LMT

Esthetician

Will Aerial Yoga Help Me Lose Weight?

Aerial Yoga takes your practice off the mat, suspending you in a soft, slightly stretchy fabric hammocks. You float and flow through traditional poses. It allows you to challenge your body without compressing your spine or joints. The swing supports you so that you decide the intensity of your workout. You can choose a full yoga sequence, or work on previously hard to attain poses, like inversions. Additionally, the practice pays homage to a variety of weight-loss disciplines such as Pilates, gymnastics, and aerial arts. So, then, you may be asking yourself, will aerial yoga help me lose weight?

The Official Reports
Studies from the American Council on Exercise (ACE) show that women who did three 50-minute aerial yoga classes a week for six weeks experienced a change. They lost an average of two and a half pounds, 2 percent body fat, and about one inch from their waist. Furthermore, their VO2 max (a measure of fitness) improved by an astounding 11 percent.

Take it to the Core
Aerial yoga is supportive while challenging your balance. From the moment you enter the silks, you start engaging your core immediately, without even realizing it. Core strength not only shapes and trims your mid-section, but it also lends physical stability to everything you do.

Flippin’ Fun
What could be more fun than being an acrobat for an hour? Being in the aerial yoga trapeze allows you to flip and twist, laugh and have a genuinely good time. And you don’t need research to tell you that if an exercise is fun, you will probably do it often, and stick with it longer.

Master the Elusive
Have you been working on your handstand, headstand, forearm stand, but have just not entirely been able to grasp the pose? The silk wraps around your body and supports you in these inversions. Take your practice to a new level. Aerial Yoga may also improve your mat practice, allowing you to accomplish these formerly elusive asanas.

Creative Cardio
While you will undoubtedly experience full-body firming, your cardio fitness improves. The physiological response is similar to other cardio exercises like swimming. Studies have also shown that the calorie burn in a 50-minute aerial yoga class is similar to an hour of power walking.

Zero-Impact, Effective Results
Because you are suspended and supported throughout your entire practice, your spine and joints are safe. Therefore aerial yoga is safe for those who may have experienced an acute or chronic injury. In effect, you can use this type of exercise to maintain, even improve fitness while nursing an injury.

Blissed Out
It is no secret that there is a myriad of positive effects from mind-body activities, mainly stress reduction. Aerial yoga classes commence with Savasana, where you lay cocooned within the silks. Talk about blissed out.

Are you still asking yourself “Will aerial yoga help me lose weight?” The answer is yes, that, and so much more! Ridgely Retreat offers a variety of yoga options. Check out our schedule and register for a class today!