Happy July! Summer is now in full swing!
Saturday Hours: Dr. Waters will be in Saturday, August 4th by appointment only. Spots fill up quickly, so please contact the front desk to request your spot.
Wellness Workshop: Please join us for our next wellness workshop Wednesday July 25th at 6:15 PM in the office. This month’s topic is Hydration. Summer means more time spent outside and hydration is more important than ever in this crazy summer heat we’ve been having lately. Learn why proper hydration is important, how it affects your body and mind, and get tips on how to keep yourself and family properly hydrated whether you are inside in the air conditioning or out on a summer adventure.
Massage Therapy: We are excited to announce that we now have massage therapy available Monday-Thursday! Please help us welcome our new Massage Therapist Susan Hart! Susan will be taking appointments Mondays and Tuesdays from 10 AM- 5 PM. (Massage therapist Sue Anson is still taking appointments on Wednesdays and Thursdays.) Please call us at the office to schedule an appointment!
“I am Susan Hart, Bodyworker since 1982 and I have created a form of Structural Integration Bodywork, “The Hart Method,” or as some people may understand it: Advanced Structural Massage Therapy. As a forerunner in the evolution of Bodywork, I have been actively engaged in the ongoing education of the public regarding this miraculous, life-changing, ancient art. I want to share what I’ve learned on my journey with you as your therapist. Over the years I’ve taught seminars, been interviewed and written articles for magazines, plus I’ve been interviewed on television about my lifelong commitment.
As an early member of the American Massage Therapy Association, I’ve taken a personal role in the growth of the art of Bodywork here in the western United States. I’ve taught in California, Oregon and Washington, and helped educate many of my students, enabling them to move on to become therapists themselves. I’ve always felt that emphasizing how we perceive the body facilitates a higher quality of treatment. The basis, the core value of my work, has been centered upon the re-patterning of our respective bodies muscle groups. Many times, whether it’s an automobile accident, a fall at work or at home, perhaps a sports injury or just the stresses of everyday life, we can all benefit from some form of muscular therapy to accelerate and assist our healing. As we age our bodies change, our respective postures shift, we lose our natural gait as we walk, and let’s face it, our bodies just don’t feel as limber, or as fluid anymore Much of what I can do for you is to reintroduce, that is give your body back, that fluid sense of movement by improving your posture. This is an aspect I introduced years ago as part of my Structural Massage Bodywork, my particular chosen form of therapy.
Attempting to bring your body back to full homeostasis, I add “Gua Sha”. Originating in China, this is an ancient, traditional folk method that has been proven to promote energy and enhance blood circulation while detoxifying the blood. Over these same years I’ve worked conjunctively with a wide gamut of chiropractors, and many of my clients have been, orthopedic patients that have had shoulder, knee, hip, feet and neck surgeries. Also dancers, sports enthusiasts, like long distance runners, triathletes, golfers, surfers and yes, everyday people with everyday stresses. I know the rigors and resulting problems of “extreme” sports participants. I’m now bringing my technical expertise in Bodywork, to Lake Forest, CA. I look forward to working with you if you’re one of those people prepared to lessen your discomfort and pain. Together, let’s create an atmosphere of positive change for you and for your body’s muscular system.”
For more information about Susan visit her website at www.structuralintegrationbodyworkbyhart.com
Please enjoy the following article and feel free to discuss during your next appointment!
Yours in Health, Waters Family Wellness
Heat and exercise: Keeping cool in hot weather
Stay safe during hot-weather exercise by drinking enough fluids, wearing proper clothing and timing your workout to avoid extreme heat.
Whether you're running, playing a pickup game of basketball or going for a power walk, take care when the temperature rises. If you exercise outdoors in hot weather, use these commonsense precautions to prevent heat-related illnesses.
How heat affects your body
Exercising in hot weather puts extra stress on your body. If you don't take care when exercising in the heat, you risk serious illness. Both the exercise itself and the air temperature and humidity can increase your core body temperature.
To help cool itself, your body sends more blood to circulate through your skin. This leaves less blood for your muscles, which in turn increases your heart rate. If the humidity also is high, your body faces added stress because sweat doesn't readily evaporate from your skin. That pushes your body temperature even higher.
Under normal conditions, your skin, blood vessels and perspiration level adjust to the heat. But these natural cooling systems may fail if you're exposed to high temperatures and humidity for too long, you sweat heavily, and you don't drink enough fluids.
The result may be a heat-related illness. Heat-related illnesses occur along a spectrum, starting out mild but worsening if left untreated. Heat illnesses include:
· Heat cramps. Heat cramps, sometimes called exercise-associated muscle cramps, are painful muscle contractions that can occur with exercise. Affected muscles may feel firm to the touch. You may feel muscle pain or spasms. Your body temperature may be normal.
· Heat syncope and exercise-associated collapse Heat syncope is a feeling of lightheadedness or fainting caused by high temperatures, often occurring after standing for a long period of time, or standing quickly after sitting for a long period of time. Exercise-associated collapse is feeling lightheaded or fainting immediately after exercising, and it can occur especially if you immediately stop running and stand after a race or a long run.
· Heat exhaustion. With heat exhaustion, your body temperature rises as high as 104 F (40 C), and you may experience nausea, vomiting, weakness, headache, fainting, sweating and cold, clammy skin. If left untreated, heat exhaustion can lead to heatstroke.
- Heatstroke. Heatstroke is a life-threatening emergency condition that occurs when your body temperature is greater than 104 F (40 C). Your skin may be dry from lack of sweat, or it may be moist.
You may develop confusion, irritability, headache, heart rhythm problems, dizziness, fainting, nausea, vomiting, visual problems and fatigue. You need immediate medical attention to prevent brain damage, organ failure or even death.
Pay attention to warning signs
During hot-weather exercise, watch for signs and symptoms of heat-related illness. If you ignore these symptoms, your condition can worsen, resulting in a medical emergency. Signs and symptoms may include:
· Muscle cramps
· Nausea or vomiting
· Excessive sweating
· Dizziness or lightheadedness
· Low blood pressure
· Increased heart rate
· Visual problems
If you develop any of these symptoms, you must lower your body temperature and get hydrated right away. Stop exercising immediately and get out of the heat. If possible, have someone stay with you who can help monitor your condition.
Measuring core body temperature with a rectal thermometer is essential to accurately determine the degree of heat injury. An oral, ear or forehead thermometer doesn't provide an accurate temperature reading for this purpose. In cases of heatstroke, due to confusion and mental status changes, you won't be able to treat yourself and you'll require emergency medical care. The most effective way of rapid cooling is immersion of your body in a cold- or ice-water tub.
In cases of heat exhaustion, remove extra clothing or sports equipment. Make sure you are around people who can help you and assist in your care. If possible, fan your body or wet down your body with cool water.
You may place cool, wet towels or ice packs on your neck, forehead and under your arms, spray yourself with water from a hose or shower, or sit in a tub filled with cold water. Drink fluids such as water or a sports drink. If you don't feel better within about 20 minutes, seek emergency medical care.
When to see a doctor
If you have signs of heatstroke, you'll need immediate medical help. If your core temperature is less than 104 F (40 C), but it doesn't come down quickly, you'll also need urgent medical attention. In some cases, you may need fluids through intravenous (IV) tubes if you're not able to drink fluids, or not able to drink enough fluids.
Get cleared by your doctor before you return to exercise if you've had heatstroke. Your doctor will likely recommend that you wait to return to exercise or sports until you're not experiencing symptoms. If you've had a heatstroke, you may require many weeks before you are able to exercise at a high level. Once your doctor clears you for exercise, you may begin to exercise for short periods of time and gradually exercise for longer periods as you adjust to the heat.
How to avoid heat-related illnesses
When you exercise in hot weather, keep these precautions in mind:
· Watch the temperature. Pay attention to weather forecasts and heat alerts. Know what the temperature is expected to be for the duration of your planned outdoor activity. In running events, there are "flag" warnings that correspond to the degree of heat and humidity. For example, a yellow flag requires careful monitoring, and races are canceled in black flag conditions.
· Get acclimated. If you're used to exercising indoors or in cooler weather, take it easy at first when you exercise in the heat. It can take at least one to two weeks to adapt to the heat. As your body adapts to the heat over time, gradually increase the length and intensity of your workouts.
· Know your fitness level. If you're unfit or new to exercise, be extra cautious when working out in the heat. Your body may have a lower tolerance to the heat. Reduce your exercise intensity and take frequent breaks.
- Drink plenty of fluids. Dehydration is a key factor in heat illness. Help your body sweat and cool down by staying well-hydrated with water. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink fluids.
If you plan to exercise intensely, consider a sports drink instead of water. Sports drinks can replace the sodium, chloride and potassium you lose through sweating. Avoid alcoholic drinks because they can actually promote fluid loss.
· Dress appropriately. Lightweight, loosefitting clothing helps sweat evaporate and keeps you cooler. Avoid dark colors, which can absorb heat. If possible, wear a light-colored, wide-brimmed hat.
· Avoid midday sun. Exercise in the morning or evening, when it's likely to be cooler outdoors. If possible, exercise in shady areas, or do a water workout in a pool.
· Wear sunscreen. A sunburn decreases your body's ability to cool itself and increases the risk of skin cancer.
· Have a backup plan. If you're concerned about the heat or humidity, stay indoors. Work out at the gym, walk laps inside the mall or climb stairs inside an air-conditioned building.
· Understand your medical risks. Certain medical conditions or medications can increase your risk of a heat-related illness. If you plan to exercise in the heat, talk to your doctor about precautions.
Heat-related illnesses are largely preventable. By taking some basic precautions, your exercise routine doesn't have to be sidelined when the heat is on.