Hands on Health Spring 2017 Newsletter

Hands on Health Spring 2017 Newsletter

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My Dear Patients,

 

I hope my letter finds each of you well. The winter has been a challenging time for my family. My husband, Jeff, had open heart surgery on Valentines Day and I have not been in the office for the past few weeks. The GOOD news is that Jeff is recovering very well and I have now returned to the office with my regular schedule of Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. Dr. Peiffer has covered for me and continues to see patients on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

 

 

The news and research into Integrative Healthcare including Acupuncture, Chiropractic, and Massage Therapy is very positive and exciting. Here are two highlights:

 

Acupuncture for Carpel Tunnel Syndrome

Acupuncture for Carpel Tunnel Syndrome

Acupuncture can relieve and heal wrist pain, and researchers have tracked the brain and nervous system changes that may help explain why. Acupuncture treatment showed measurable physiological improvements in pain centers in the brain and nerves. “What’s really interesting here is that we’re evaluating acupuncture using objective outcomes,” said the senior author, Vitaly Napadow, a researcher at Harvard. Sham acupuncture was good at relieving pain temporarily, he said, but true acupuncture had objective physiological — and enduring — effects.

 

 

Dr. Smith has been certified in acupuncture since 1993 and uses it on a daily basis in her private practice. Call us at 314-721-5390 to schedule your consultation.

 

 

Hands on Care for Low Back Pain

Hands on Care for Low Back Pain

New guidelines published this month from the American Academy of Physicians emphasize what we have known since I started my practice in 1982.

 

 

Chiropractic adjustments, massage, and acupuncture should be the first choice of treatment for both acute and chronic back pain. Exercise is vital to a healthy back, and strengthening the core will help prevent future episodes.

 

 

We integrate chiropractic care, massage therapy, and acupuncture into our individualized, highly effective treatment programs at Hands On Health. Call us at 314-721-5390 to schedule your visit with us.

 

Your Feet and Your Posture. Are your feet influencing your knee, hip, or low back pain?

pronated feet

 

When a foot is “pronated” it means its arches have fallen and the foot is flattened. Flat feet are less shock-absorbent and make for a less stable “base” for everything above—the bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons of the entire body. They can also:

  • Shift the entire body out of alignment
  • Cause aches and pains in the feet, knees, hips, neck and/or spine
  • Lead to injury and problems like shin splints, achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis
  • Women with flat feet are 50% more likely to have low back pain
  • Up to 1/3 of people suffer from flat feet

 

 

 

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Foot Levelers Functional Orthotics

 

offer support for your feet and spine, and help to re-balance you from the ground up. These orthotics are custom-made and based on your unique feet, body and health profile.

 

Dr. Peiffer will help get you fitted for custom orthotics with the use of the 3D BodyView imaging system and decide which type of orthotic is best for you.

 

Call us at 314-721-5390 to schedule your orthotic consultation today!

 

 

Insurance Update 

 

Dr. Linda Smith and Dr. Amanda Peiffer are participating providers for the following health insurance companies:

 

 

AETNA, BLUE CROSS/BLUE SHIELD, UNITED HEALTHCARE, and MEDICARE.

 

 

We file your insurance for you.

 

 

Managing our bodies is an ongoing challenge. Helping you manage your body is a privilege that we take to heart at Hands on Health. 

 

LWS v2 w Gold Jewelry Fall 13We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

 

All the best,

 

Linda Wheatland Smith, D.C.

Amanda Peiffer, D.C., MSR

Sallie Spence, LMT

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Hands on Health Fall Newsletter

Hands On Health Fall 2016 Newsletter
from Linda Wheatland Smith, D.C.

 

 

Dr. Amanda Peiffer joins Hands on Health

Amanda Peiffer, D.C, M.S., ICCSP

 

Dr. Amanda Peiffer, chiropractor, has joined Hands on Health. Dr. Peiffer received her Doctorate in Chiropractic and Master’s degree in Sports Science and Rehabilitation from Logan University. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri where she threw the hammer for the division one track team and played club volleyball. Dr. Peiffer has training from the Biofreeze Human Performance Center at Logan, a clinic specializing in sport specific injuries and rehabilitation. She completed rotations treating athletes at Mizzou, Lindenwood University, SIU Edwardsville, and Missouri Baptist. Dr. Peiffer is an Internationally Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (ICCSP). She educates her patients on the importance of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle.

 

Dr. Peiffer sees patients on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. She is a provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna/Coventry, United Health Care and Medicare.
Call 314-721-5390 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Peiffer.

 

We Can Help You

Did you recently sprain your ankle and now suffer heel and ankle pain?
Does your heel and ankle hurt to run or walk long distances?
You may have Achilles Tendinitis

 

The back of the foot and heel becomes painful and tight, making walking difficult and running very difficult. You may experience pain in the back of the heel, off to the side of the tendon, or in the calf.

 

The support of your shoes plays a crucial role in this common injury. Hands on care including acupuncture, ultrasound, massage, and dry needling can be very effective in helping the tendon heal and regain normal function. Small gel pads placed under both heels can raise the heel and allow the tendon to rest. Ice for 20 minutes each day will decrease the inflammation and pain. Gentle stretching of the heel and lower leg is very helpful.

 

We are experts in the biomechanics of the lower leg. We have gentle, safe, and effective treatment methods to help you regain your function and mobility.

Call us at 314-721-5390 to set up your appointment.

Does it hurt to lift your arm above your shoulder?
Does your shoulder hurt to reach behind you?
You may have Shoulder Impingement and Tendinitis

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The muscle of the rotator cuff are designed to stabilize the shoulder and assist through ranges of motion. When repeated movements are completed with improper biomechanics or excessive repetition these muscles and tendons can become irritated. When occupations and activities that require overhead movement are repeated excessively the rotator cuff muscles and tendons can become inflamed, frayed and painful.

 

This injury usually occurs over time with a gradual onset of pain and limited mobility. One will typically notice pain in the front and side of the shoulder joint with movement of raising the arm out to the side, behind, or in front of the body.

 

Posture plays a huge role in maintaing a healthy shoulder. Avoid having your shoulders round forward. If you sit at a desk for multiple hours a day, it is important to take breaks periodically to stretch the muscles of your neck, shoulders and upper back. It is important to stabilize the muscles around the shoulder and avoid weight training that throws the muscles out of balance. Support of the low back at your desk will also protect your shoulders by improving your posture.

 

Hands on care including ultrasound, chiropractic adjustments, electric stim, massage, acupuncture, and rehab exercises are very helpful and to allow you to return to full function and activity.

 

We are experts at diagnosing and managing shoulder injuries including rotator cuff damage and tendinitis.

 

 

Call us at 314-721-5390 to set up your appointment.

 

Insurance Update

 

Dr. Smith is a provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Health Care, Aetna/Coventry and Medicare.

 

Dr. Peiffer is a provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Health Care, Aetna/Coventry and Medicare.

 

We integrate chiropractic, massage therapy, physical therapy, and acupuncture into our treatment programs depending on your condition. Please plan on each visit taking approximately 45 minutes.

 

Managing our bodies is an ongoing challenge.
Helping you manage your body is a privilege that we take to heart at Hands on Health.

 

We look forward to seeing you soon.
All the best,
Linda Wheatland Smith, D.C.

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Greetings Clayton Triathletes & Families

Greetings Clayton Triathletes & Families

Dear Clayton Triathletes and Families,

 

 
claytonCongratulations on your participation in the Clayton Kids Triathlon! It is an accomplishment!

 

Because of the rainy day I did not get the chance to meet you. My name is Dr. Amanda Peiffer and I am an associate chiropractor at Hands on Health (handsonhealthstl.com.) Hands on Health has been offering integrated healthcare to the St. Louis community for over 30 years, including chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage therapy.

 

In addition to traditional chiropractic care, I specialize in sports injuries and rehabilitation. My Masters in Sports Rehabilitation and certification as an Internationally Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician enable me to take a comprehensive approach to treating pain and injuries in people of all ages.

 

I welcome the chance to meet you. Please bring in this letter to receive a complimentary consultation and examination.

 

I wish you all the best as you continue your commitment to fitness and a healthy lifestyle.

 

Yours in good health,

 

 

AmandaManaging our bodies is an ongoing challenge.
Helping you manage your body is a privilege that we take to heart at Hands on Health.

 

Amanda Peiffer D.C., M.S., ICCSP
Doctor of Chiropractic
Masters in Sports Rehabilitation

 

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Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance Update

Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance Update

My Dear Patients,
I hope this note finds each of you well. I have missed seeing many of you since I discontinued my participation with Blue Cross Health Insurance.

 

I am now happy to tell you that Dr. Amanda Peiffer has joined me at Hands On Health and is a provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance.

 

Amanda

Amanda Peiffer, D.C, M.S., ICCSP

 

 

Dr. Peiffer grew up in Southeast Missouri where her passion for an active healthy lifestyle began. She received a B.S. in Biology and Human Environmental Science with a focus on Nutrition and Fitness from the University of Missouri. While training and competing for the University of Missouri-Columbia Track and Field team, she was introduced to chiropractic and its vast array of benefits. Dr. Peiffer was awarded her Doctorate in Chiropractic from Logan University in 2015. In addition, she received a B.S. in Life Sciences and a Master”s degree in Sports Science and Rehabilitation. Dr. Peiffer has specialized training from the Biofreeze Human Performance Center at Logan, a clinic specializing in sport specific injuries and rehabilitation. During her time at the Biofreeze Center, Dr. Peiffer completed rotations treating athletes at Lindenwood University, SIU-Edwardsville, Missouri Baptist, Mizzou, and at many athletic events in the St. Louis area. Dr. Peiffer has received her certificate as an Internationally Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (ICCSP). Dr. Peiffer is certified in acupuncture. She educates her patients on the importance of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle.

 

Dr. Peiffer looks forward to meeting you and helping you with your musculoskeletal issues and pain syndromes. Please call 314-721-5390 to set up your complimentary consultation with Dr. Peiffer.

 

We value each of you as a patient and a friend and look forward to working with you toward your goals of a pain free and healthy life.
Managing our bodies is an ongoing challenge.
Helping you manage your body is a privilege that we take to heart at Hands on Health.

 

 

We look forward to seeing you soon.

All the best,
Linda Wheatland Smith, D.C.

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Walk to Cure Arthritis May 20th, 2016

Walk to Cure Arthritis May 20th, 2016

For the very first time The Arthritis Foundation has chosen a Chiropractic Honoree to acknowledge the important role that hands on healing can have for those living with arthritis. I am proud to serve in this capacity for 2016.

 

More than fifty million people, including 300,000 children, live with arthritis pain every day. That is one out of every five people who may have difficulty buttoning their shirt, tying their shoes or even picking up their child or grandchild. I want to make a difference in their lives, so I joined the Walk to Cure Arthritis. The walk will be held on May 20th at 6:15 pm on Logan University’s beautiful campus in Chesterfield, Missouri.

 

I’m asking for your support to help conquer this serious disease. Please use the link below to make a secure online donation to my fundraising efforts. Your donation helps people with arthritis to manage their disease, gain access to the critical medications they need to live full, healthy lives and benefit from cutting-edge research that provides better treatments today and promises a cure for tomorrow.

 

Walk to Cure Arthritis may only last one day, but the impact of your donation will help create millions of everyday victories for people with arthritis while we search for a cure. Every step counts and every dollar matters.

 

Please join me during this important campaign. Go to: walktocurearthritis.org/stlouis/handsonhealth and make a donation, join our team, or both!
Managing our bodies is an ongoing challenge. Helping you manage your body is a privilege that we take to heart at Hands on Health.

 

 

 

We look forward to seeing you soon.

All the best,
Linda Wheatland Smith, D.C.

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