COVID-19 UPDATE: WE ARE STILL OPEN DURING THESE UNIQUE TIMES.
In light of COVID19, we are aware of how this has affected many businesses and lives as stores are shutting down left and right. At the Alpha Spine Center, we are taking precautions to minimize contact while still providing the NUCCA care you need to ensure your body’s nervous system and immune system are communicating at there best! We are here to help you as long as we are allowed to stay open! Here are some procedures we are doing to ensure your health and safety during your visit as we abide by the Federal guidelines.
We have a $900 Surgical Grade Clean Air Purifier by Airpura Model UV600 HEPA to keep the air clear of pathogens and particulates. HERE is a link to the companies website. You can also purchase it on Amazon.com and other clean air companies on the web. These are the same units used in surgical centers to clean the air 99.9%. Click HERE for more details.
Social-Distancing - The recovery room will remain closed to avoid shared spaces. Each patient is brought right back to a room to help with Social-Distancing. We encourage resting in the car for 10 minutes to allow the NUCCA correction to set before departing.
All surfaces and door handles are disinfected after each patient with disinfectants.
Extensive cleaning of all surfaces throughout the day.
Most importantly, there are steps YOU can take to STAY HEALTHY!
The Immune System - The immune system consists of various biological processes that protect the body against pathogens and disease. It operates at a threshold and can be compromised when it is overloaded or the body is overly taxed. Some factors that can lower our immune system’s ability to defend against sickness are high levels of stress, lack of sleep, staying hydrated, sedentary lifestyles, alcohol and drug use, poor diet, smoking, and exposure to allergens and food sensitivities. Our body has defenses against viruses, bacteria, parasites, and other pathogens that make contact on our skin and get into our body through the mouth and nose and other orifices. The immune system is constantly protecting us from getting sick at any given moment, so here are some tips to keep it working optimally during this pandemic.
11 PRACTICAL WAYS TO STRENGTHEN YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
1) NUCCA Care - First and foremost, NUCCA treatments are essential to free the body of interference in the nervous system and decreasing physical stress on its function. The nervous system and immune system work hand-in-hand. If nerve response is compromised and less efficient, the immune system will not operate at full potential either. The NUCCA adjustment allows for increased blood flow to the brain, the control center for ALL body functions, allowing for more oxygen and nutrients to nourish this vital organ. It helps the Autonomic Nervous System to work at its full potential in order to manage the external and internal stresses of life. The sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system are the two parts of the autonomic nervous system (fight/flight response to stress). When the NUCCA correction is performed it increases the abilities of these two systems to function. During this season, we will remain open as long as we are legally able to during this national crisis.
2) Exercise - The gyms may be closing! But there are plenty of alternative means to stay active and keep your body healthy and strong. Consistent exercise bolsters the immune system by reducing stress hormones that lower our immune response. It also decreases inflammation in the body, allowing our body to respond to physiological pressures from pathogens. Hiking and running are great ways to get out while still socially distancing yourself from others. Online workout programs range from cheap to free, and can be done from the comfort of your living room! I personally enjoy www.beachbody.com which is only $15 to enjoy a wide range of exercises for all types! Tight on money? YouTube is flooded with all sorts of work out routines, yoga sessions, and exercise tips! One of my favorite Yoga sites is Yoga by Adriene
3) Clean Eating - The shelves are clearing of food, but instead of hoarding all the frozen pizzas, shop for a variety of foods that our body needs. It is important to get the essential nutrients through our diet. Include fruits and vegetables with every meal, and limit inflammation increasing foods such as dairy, gluten, and red meat products.
4) Pound that Vitamin C - We recommend taking around 2000 mg per day, whether it’s a supplement or a powder packet. You can take more due to the fact Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin. You know you are taking enough if you start having soft stools. Here is a link describing the difference between water-soluble vitamins versus fat-soluble.
Vitamin C is involved in many immune system processes. Chiefly, it encourages the production of pathogen and infection-fighting White Blood Cells known as lymphocytes and phagocytes. It also helps our skin remain healthy, allowing for better pathogen protection on the skin's surface. Try DesignsForHealth available through the ASC.
Here is the link to order the products we are recommending:
5) Vitamin D and Zinc - Take some time to isolate yourself on the porch or on a solo walk to soak up the rays. Sun exposure allows your body to produce much needed Vitamin D. Most Americans have a Vitamin D deficiency. We recommend supplements which are available at the links below, and are especially needed after these last two months of constant rain here in Georgia. Need access to a supplement, try Designs For Health through the ASC: — Vitamin D Supreme — Zinc-Supreme
6) Drink Plenty of Water - H20 is vital to our body. Staying hydrated aids our immune response by flushing out toxins and allowing your cells to take in nutrients. It is also the key substance in lymph. Lymph is the fluid that carries body fluids from the blood to the lymph nodes where white blood cells are amassed to fight and destroy infectious agents.
7) Allergies - Many of you, like myself, may already feel the itchy eyes and irritation of spring pollen in the air. If you are someone who suffers from seasonal allergies, limiting your outdoor time during the threat of COVID19 will allow your body to stay below its immune threat threshold.
Stay indoors and breathe in clean air!
8) Clean Air - This means stay away from smoky environments that contaminate the air with particulates and toxins. At the Alpha Spine Center, we keep the air in our office clean using a Surgical Grade air purifier by PuraAire UV600 HEPA. Clean air, and keeping up with air filter replacement and maintenance is important for reducing the concentration of foreign particles entering our bodies. The more our bodies are bombarded by dust, pollen, dander, or harmful substances, the more taxed our immune system is.
9) Wash Your Hands - Wash them like you have to put your contacts in after cutting up a bunch of jalapeños. This means a minimum of 20 seconds of rubbing the soap into your hands before rinsing it off. Also, disinfect commonly touched surfaces such as doorknobs.
Here is a good VIDEOfor you to review regarding washing your hands:
10) Pray and Meditate - The verse 2 Timothy 1:7 comes to mind during this season. “God did not give us a sprit of fear, but of power, love and sound mind.” It is important to be prepared, but not to panic. Stress is a major effector on the immune system. Keeping our hearts, minds, and spirits calm will reduce stress hormone release and keep the immune system healthy. This is a unique time for many of the economic, social, and health consequences of this pandemic are serious, but not insurmountable.
11) Bring Balance to Your Day and add Some Joy and Laughter to the Day - There is a lot of serious news out there. Balance you day with some laughter with the family, watch a comedy skit that brings a smile, play a game with the kids, play chase, or turn the news off and listen to an inspiring song. Many cultures in hardship use song and dance to help balance difficult times. The key is to Remain calm, be responsible, and take a deep breath as life slows down for the unforeseeable future.
We are here for you during this time. Correcting your spine and managing your acute pain is an “essential service” we will continue to provide during this time. We have changed our flow in our office to make sure social distancing is observed by bringing you directly to your treatment room. You can also call us from your car when you arrive so we can call you in for when we are ready for you to be seen. For further information we will use our text messaging and email system to keep you informed.
In this together, Dr. Bryan Salminen and the ASC Team