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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Hands On Health Summer 2015 Newsletter

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

 

I hope this note finds each of you well. I will be out of the office July 29th-August 3rd and August 15th-25th. During these times there will be three massage therapists available to help you, and my assistant, Jeanne. Jeanne is a physical therapy assistant and can help you with deep tissue massage and physical therapies while I am out of the office.

 

July 29th through August 3rd, I will be a workshop leader for the Women’s Summer Seminar at Camp Miniwanca in northern Michigan. I will teach yoga and meditation, lead a wellness workshop, and be their song leader.

 

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From August 15th through the 25th, my family and I will hike the Inca Trail. It has been on our bucket list. We will camp and hike for five days to reach the Sun Gates of Macchu Picchu.

 

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FEATURE FOCUS
DRY NEEDLING for Pain and Injury
Safe*Effective*Efficient

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Dry Needling is a procedure in which very thin needles are inserted into the painful areas of muscles or tissues of the body. The needle penetrates through the skin into the sensitive myofascial trigger points (irritable hard knots within the muscle) and stimulates the underlying injured muscles to relieve pain and promote healing. These fine needles deactivate the sensitive trigger points thereby decreasing pain and restoring the normal muscle functions. The needles do not inject any medication into the body. The treatment is very safe and the discomfort is minimal.

 

How Dry Needling Improves Function and Reduces Pain

 

Dry Needling of muscular trigger points causes relaxation and a release of the spasm.Tiny injuries created by the needle insertion cause a local healing response in the dysfunctional, painful tissue, which restores normal function through the natural healing process. Dry Needling stimulates neural pathways which blocks pain by disrupting pain messages being sent to the central nervous system.

 

The pain control process occurs by:

  • Opiod suppression at the spinal cord level.
  • The Gate Theory of pain Pain messages encounter “nerve gates” in the spinal cord that open or close depending upon a number of factors. When the gates are opening, pain messages “get through” and pain can be intense. When the gates close, pain messages are prevented from reaching the brain and may not even be experienced.
  • Activating neurotransmitters in the central nervous system, which contribute to a systemic pain inhibiting effect, and this neurotransmitter response extends the therapeutic benefit to other areas of the body.
  • Dry Needling causes a local chemically mediated response through the release of Bradykinin, Substance P, and other body proteins and neurotransmitters, which block the transmission of pain messages.

 

Dry Needling has been shown to help the following conditions:

  • Lower back pain
  • Neck and Upper Back Pain
  • Plantar Fascitis
  • Tension Headache
  • Sciatica
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Hip Pain
  • Acute and chronic tendinitis
  • Athletic and sports-related overuse injuries
  • Post-traumatic injuries, motor vehicle accidents, and work related injuries
  • Chronic pain conditions
  • Muscular Headaches and whiplash

 

Call us at 314-721-5390 to schedule a visit to see if dry needling will be helpful for your pain and injuries.

Nutrition News
Hormone of Darkness: Marvelous Melatonin

Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the pineal gland in response to darkness. Melatonin is involved in the regulation of sleep. In addition research is demonstrating its impressive biologic affects in preserving health and preventing disease. As we age Melatonin secretion drops off markedly, which is why sleep disturbances are so common after age 40.

 

Melatonin appears to:

  • block the progression of mild cognitive impairment
  • be a powerful brain anti-oxidant and immune modulator
  • have anti-cancer properties especially with regards to breast and prostate cancer
  • inhibit build up of beta-amyloid plaque in the brain (a key hallmark feature of Alzheimer’s disease)
  • block key steps in the development of Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS)

 

Melatonin may be taken as an over the counter supplement. It is important to check in with your physician for dosages and interaction with other medications.

Office Hours and Fee Schedule
Dr. Smith’s Office Hours
Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday by appointment.

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

 

New Patient Evaluation: $80-140
New Problem Evaluation: $40-80
Chiropractic Care with massage and physical therapy: $84
Acupuncture with Massage Therapy: $94-120

 

Massage Therapy Schedule and Fees
Massage therapy is available throughout the week and on weekends by appointment.

 

30 minute massage: $45
(good for an area that is troubling you such as your low back, shoulder or neck)
60 Minute Massage: $70
(excellent for a full body massage, deep relaxation, and deep tissue)
90 Minute Massage: $95
(excellent for a full body massage and an intense focus on an area of injury or pain with deep tissue work)

 

Please call us at 314-721-5390 to schedule your massage or you may call our therapists directly:
Danny Mueller, LMT 1-832-647-8783
Sallie Spence, LMT 1-314-974-4216
Kelly Andel, LMT 1-314-255-5056

 

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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