Introducing our new chiropractor at our Brentwood location, meet Dr. Erin Sinkuler.

Introducing our new chiropractor at our Brentwood location, meet Dr. Erin Sinkuler. 

The human body is a self-regulating organism. It is programmed to be healthy and able to heal itself. The key to this self- regulation is optimal function and connectivity. My goal as a good chiropractor is to ensure everyone has an opportunity to experience and utilize their best physical self.

I am Dr. Erin Sinkuler. I attended high school in Atlanta and played soccer at Presbyterian College where, in my spare time from soccer, I earned a medical Biology degree. Following graduation, I delved into a master’s degree in Sports Medicine in Savannah, Georgia. Finally, I attended chiropractic school at Life University in Marietta, Georgia where I learned to care for the whole person and find the root of an issue. You are more than your symptoms and I love to help you find health and maintain it.

I have a very hands on, gentle, approach to chiropractic but have several techniques and strategies for attaining an interference free nervous system.

Dr. Sinkuler helps people like you every day. Call our office (615) 730-6021 to see if they might be able to help you too!

“When it comes to your health, we’ve got your back!”

Pine Needle Tea (Immune System Booster)

Ingredients:

2-4 tbsp pine needles (chopped)

8 ounces boiling water

2 tsp lemon juice (fresh squeezed)

2 tsp honey

Directions:

Use about a handful of pine needles. Rinse and clean them well, remove woody like ends. Chop the needles into ½ inch pieces. Add about 2 tablespoons of pine needles chopped to a glass/or mug. Pour in the boiling water and cover mug for 15 minutes. Strain the needles and stir in the lemon juice and honey. 

*Benefits of Pine Needle Tea*

High levels of Vitamin A: This is good for immunity and eyesight. 

Antioxidants: These antioxidants are great to protect our cells and are free from radicalsVitamin C: One cup of this tea has more than 4 times the amount of vitamin C found in a glass of orange juice.

5 Tips for a Healthy Fall

Fall is here and so is cold and flu season, along with all the temptations of pumpkin spice everything foods and the comfort of staying inside. Do not give up on your health just yet, finish out the year strong. You can achieve this by maintaining your exercise routine, resting enough and eating a nutritionally well-balanced meal. Living a healthy lifestyle helps sustain your immune system. Check out these 5 fall wellness tips to keep you keeping your best! 

Eat Immunity-Boosting Foods: As fall arrives the weather will cool down and flu season will begin. It is important to focus on your immune system. Consume foods with plenty of vitamin C (Oranges, clementine’s). As well as foods like ginger, spinach, almonds and garlic.

Drinking your H2O: As temperatures lower our bodies can lose fluid due to the high rates of energy used in colder climates. Aim to drink an appropriate water intake to keep your skin hydrated. Keeping water intake up should be a continuation into winter months as well.

Sterilize Items: If you have not already started sanitizing items frequently used, now is a good time to start. Aim for items like cellphones, tablets, keyboards, inside your car etc. These are all great germ habitats. It is a great idea to carry disinfecting wipes to sanitize these areas frequently.

Rise and shine at the same time despite the time change: As we fall back an hour in November it is important to maintain a sleep schedule of at least 7 hours and wake as you would normally. As the sun sets earlier, it can throw off our natural circadian rhythm. Schedule a Chiropractic Wellness Visit: If you have been putting it off, now is the perfect time to schedule. Our chiropractors will perform a health and wellness check and offer and adjustment that will remove restrictions in the spine that helps improve the nervous system. This frees up the body’s communication pathway.

Pumpkin Spinach Feta Salad

SERVES: 2

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 small kent pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup cubed feta
  • 1 cups fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 tbsp whole flax seeds
  • 1 lemon
  • sea salt + black pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C.
  2. Cut pumpkin into small cubes and cook for 15 minutes.
  3. Place the spinach, feta and pumpkin in a mixing bowl. Squeeze lemon juice and season, then gently toss.
  4. Sprinkle with flax seeds and serve immediately with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

20 Mantras for 2020

What is a mantra? A mantra is commonly known as a phrase, word, or even a sound that is spoken in repetition that can help concentration during a meditation practice. Mantras tend to be short and easy to remember. The traditional meditation sound “Om” is simple and a favorite. Mantras however big or simple they may be, can interrupt negativity in our lives and invite change. Choose a phrase that empowers you! 

Below is a list of 20 modern empowering mantras to shift your mindset! 

  1. I have a purpose in this life.
  2. Every day in every way, I am getting better and better.
  3. I change my thoughts; I change my world.
  4. Forward progress! Just keep moving!
  5. What is my path to happiness?
  6. I am strong.
  7. I am capable of wonderful things.
  8. Slow down.
  9. I am radiant.
  10. Don’t be afraid to give up the good and shoot for great!
  11. I am fulfilled. I am fearless
  12. Less is more.
  13. Right now, it is like this.
  14. Anxiety is contagious. And so is calm.
  15. Don’t say maybe if you want to say no.
  16. Be a warrior, not a worrier.
  17. Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody.
  18. Choose purpose over perfect
  19. Progress takes place outside your comfort zone.
  20. A negative mind will never give me a positive life.

Pain Relief through Posture Apps Yes or No?

In today’s world we are almost fully immersed in a digital age where almost anything can be accessed instantly through our fingertips, this includes posture apps. These apps can help aid in back pain relief. Tech apps such as posture targeted ones can be a great tool to use in between chiropractic visits. There are compatible apps for Android and iPhone operating systems. If you have been searching to minimize pain, stand up straighter and optimize your spinal health, then these apps might be beneficial for you. 

Go-To-Posture Apps: The advancement of technology has made it where a noticeable sensor can be applied to the body to track and provide information directly to the app in real time. 

UPRIGHT: This posture app is for iPhone and Android platforms. It works by wearing a small, white, rectangular device that is placed between the shoulders by adhesive strip. This device monitors you by the amount of slouching done. When the device senses the slouch movement taking place it generates a vibration as a gentle reminder to straighten up and return shoulders to the correct position. 

If the idea of a vibration type of notification isn’t ideal, there is a feature where you can turn it off and the device will still track and provide stats to your smartphone. 

MacBreakZ: This posture app is for desktop computers and is a great tool for those sitting at a desk. It does require a Mac iOS to work. This app analyzes your desk set up and aids in providing optimal feedback on ways to better improve your workspace to enhance posture. Example: Are you turning too much to the left to view your double screens?  

This app also helps regulate when it’s time to take a break from the screen. That is an excellent feature because it is best not to stay seated and sedentary for too long, especially considering that is a cause of poor posture and pain. 

Benefits to Posture Apps

Posture apps can be beneficial for keeping you on track if you find yourself slipping back into old habits. The best thing about using posture apps is they are virtually unnoticeable. While there are many tools not tech based to help with posture, most are designed to be worn over clothes and draw attention due to bulkiness. 

Chiropractic Care for Posture and Back Pain

If you continue to struggle with back pain, there is likely a misalignment. Here at Total Health Chiropractic, our exceptional team can assess your back, shoulder and neck treatment needs and get you feeling relief! Contact us today to schedule a wellness visit!

3 Healthy Food Delivery Alternatives

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving the house seems like a past time, let us examine some convenient food delivery options that can help your family make healthier choices. Another great option to consider is going local! It is a great time to support local businesses. Give your grocery store or farmers market a call to see if they’re offering any delivery or social distancing pickup policies. 

Hello Fresh

For ready-to-make meals sent straight to your home, Hello Fresh is an easy, affordable option! Each week, they send you a box full of easy healthy meal kits, including simple recipes and high-quality ingredients so you can make your food yourself. For more information check out Hello Fresh.

Purple Carrot

This service is perfect for our vegan friends—offering a plant-based selection of meal kits to be delivered straight to your door! Whether gluten-free, high in protein or whatever your preference, Purple Carrot will even bring you breakfast and premade snacks. For more information check out Purple Carrot

Fridge2TableWant fresh, healthy meals delivered straight to your home? Fridge2Table might be a great option for you! Their ingredients are non-GMO, antibiotic-free, hormone-free and do not include refined sugars. They are also sustainable—all deliveries are made in reusable containers to prevent waste. For more information check out Fridge2Table.

COVID-19 Awareness

To our community, patients and friends.

We are keeping up to date with the guidelines set by our state government, the CDC and the World Health Organization. We encourage you to do the same and take all the necessary precautions for you and your family to stay happy and healthy. We are doing our best to provide the safest and cleanest environment for our patients. It is uncertain times like these that we pull together as a community and prevail.

What is COVID-19

According to the CDC – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new virus.

The disease causes respiratory illness with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe causes, difficulty breathing. You can help protect yourself by washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your face, and avoiding close contact with people who are unwell.

How Do You Know If You’re At High Risk?

Based on the information we have right now, the CDC says those who are at a higher risk include:

  • People age 65+
  • Nursing home or long term care patients
  • People with any of these pre-conditions: chronic lung disease, asthma, serious heart conditions, immunocompromised
  • Anyone with severe obesity, BMI of 40 or more.

The CDC remains your best resource for COVID-19

The COVID-19 situation continues to quickly evolve. Go to the CDC for the latest information on COVID-19, including how to protect yourself and what to do if you are sick.

If you believe you might have been exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing, call your health care provider right away. Only health care providers can order a COVID-19 test.

Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

A bite (or two) of dark chocolate per day could be not only favorable for our hearts, but also enhance brain function, lower risk of diabetes and aid in eliminating stress. If you daydream of eating chocolate every day, here’s your excuse. 

Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants and loaded with nutrients like magnesium, iron and zinc. Some nutrients can become destroyed in the process of creating dark chocolate. Make sure to look at the label when purchasing dark chocolate. Aim to stay in a healthy range of 60 percent or higher of cocoa content. While quality dark chocolate is a better choice than white or milk chocolate, keep in mind it is still a high caloric item and will have saturated fats. The flavor will be more bittersweet due to minimal sugar. 

  1. Lowers risk of stroke and heart disease

Compounds in dark chocolate are a big factor in support to lowering risk of high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. This compound is called flavanols. Flavanols in the chocolate trigger nitric oxide to be produced in the body. Nitric oxide causes our blood vessels to widen and dilate. This boosts blood flow and decreases the pressure. 

  1. Brain Function

Consuming dark chocolate has been seen in studies to aid in helping prevent neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. Dark chocolate may also help enhance the brain’s function to reorganize itself and respond to disease or injury, by complementing neuroplasticity. 

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, a 101-g bar of dark chocolate with 70–85 percent cocoa solids provides:

  • 604 calories
  • 7.87 g of protein
  • 43.06 g of fat
  • 46.36 g of carbohydrates
  • 11.00 g of dietary fiber
  • 24.23 g of sugar
  • 12.02 milligrams (mg) of iron
  • 230.00 mg of magnesium
  • 3.34 mg of zinc