Hands On Health Winter 2018 Newsletter

My Dear Patients,

 

At the end of this year, I will be moving to a home office. I will have a small cash-based practice that includes acupuncture, deep tissue massage, chiropractic care, and physical agents. A receipt for your services will be available for you to submit to your insurance. I will see patients on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings from 8am-2pm.

 

I realize that many of you will not be able to stay in my practice because of my decision to stop participating with your insurance plans and because of my limited availability. I will miss you. It has been the privilege of my lifetime to care for you and your families. This marks my 36th year of private practice. I plan to write and teach about what I have learned in the process of caring for your health issues.

 

Dr. Robert Andel of Smart Pain Solutions will be establishing his practice in my current space. Dr. Amanda Peiffer will continue to see her patients and will continue to participate in your insurance plans. Sallie Spence will continue to see her massage clients.

 

We are finalizing the details of this transition. We will keep you updated.

 

All the best,

 

Linda Wheatland Smith, D.C.

Amanda Peiffer, D.C., MSR

Sallie Spence, LMT

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Dr. Linda’s Back Pain Solutions

Top Tips for managing your back and neck pain.

Dr. Smith has been managing back and neck pain for 36 years. The tips and strategies that follow are carefully designed to help you have a healthy, pain-free back and neck.

 

 

 

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Dr. Smith Featured in Logan University’s Annual Report

Dr. Smith is honored as one of eight outstanding alumni of Logan University for her work to support the chiropractic profession and to bring chiropractic care to the under-served populations.

Dr. Smith Featured in Logan University's Annual Report

Dr. Smith Featured in Logan University’s Annual Report

Click the link below to view the pdf of the article.

Logan University Annual Report

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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?

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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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