Monthly archive for April 2016

Pelvic Dysfunction & Physical Therapy on WZZM

One in four women suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction, and it’s not just the elderly. As early as the teen years, people may feel unexplained pain in the hips or low back, urinary leakage, or pain in the pelvic region. Often misdiagnosed, the pain can go on for years, but there is a way to treat these conditions and that’s with a pelvic health specialist. We were delighted to have the opportunity to visit the studios of WZZM’s My West Michigan and talk to Catherine Behrendt about this topic, with the hopes of reaching people who are struggling with these issues.

Gina Otterbein and Melissa VanKampen, both based in our Coopersville clinic, are two of our pelvic health specialists.

Melissa spoke briefly about our upcoming Healthy Pelvic series, which features three different events focusing on nutrition and a healthy pelvis, childbearing years, and menopause. The first of these three events takes place on Saturday, April 30. You can get more details on our events page.

View the entire segment below.

Check out our previous segments on My West Michigan where we talked about weight lossusing an exercise ball, the 3 minute exercise routine, concussions in student athletes and senior health.

Is Sleep for the Weak? FIT4U Challenge Week 7

Who doesn’t like a good night’s sleep or a nap on a lazy Sunday? Sleep is more important than just making you feel better. It’s your body’s way to reset and repair itself. If you’re skimping on your nightly dose, here are a few more sleep benefits to think about:
– Repairs the body
– Improves memory
– Increases alertness
– Reduces stress
– Improves mood
– Keeps your heart healthy
– Helps to control your weight
– Reduces risk of diabetes

How much sleep should you be getting?
The following chart sums up recommended amounts of sleep for optimum health. Are you getting enough?

Causes of Sleep Deprivation
Many people have problems falling asleep at night. They can’t turn our brains off, are too stressed out, or just lay there staring at the ceiling. Scientists have proven that our phones and TVs are also a cause of keeping us up at night – are you guilty of doing a little late night viewing? The bright light on our phones suppresses the production of melatonin which helps us fall asleep. Here’s an infographic that sums up some other reasons we are kept up at night.

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How to Get More Sleep
– Keep a set schedule – bedtime and wake up time. This helps your body recognize the difference.
– Create relaxing bedtime ritual
– Avoid naps if you’re having problems falling asleep at night
– Exercise during the day to use up your extra energy
– Keep lights down for sleep
– Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillow
– Use dimmer lights
– Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, caffeine, and heavy meals a few hours before bed
– If you can’t sleep go do something relaxing

New Phone Settings
Since the blue light suppresses production of melatonin here are somethings you can do:
iPhone users – The iPhone now has a flux light setting that lowers the brightness on your phone. To enable this go to Settings -> Display and Brightness -> Night Shift. You can schedule it to sunrise and sunset and your phone will automatically set it every day.
Android users – There is an app called Twilight that does the same thing.
See our previous FIT4U Fitness Challenges where we challenged our team to drink more water, eat more veggies, reduce their sugar intakereduce their meat intake, we talked about the effects of prolonged sitting, and potential health benefits of red wine.

Raise a Glass of Wine to Health :: FIT4U Challenge Week 6

Many of us enjoy a nice glass of wine to help unwind at the end of a long day but, did you know there are also health benefits that come with drinking a glass of wine?

Why should we raise a glass to wine?
Please note, most of the benefits suggested in this article relate to red wine.

– Weight loss Crazy right? Wine contains a chemical called resveratrol which converts bad white fat in our bodies to “good fat” that the body then uses for energy. A recent study by Washington State University shows that polyphenols like resveratrol helped mice burn more fat through excess body heat.

– Wine could reduce the risk of certain cancers Resveratrol has been shown in studies to slow the growth of cancer cells by causing them to cannibalize themselves, which means they eat away at themselves.

– Wine helps fight off the common cold Research that suggests that wine helps boost the immune system. It has been shown that drinking wine moderately helps you decrease your chance of getting a cold by up to 40%.

– Wine cares for your teeth A 2014 study showed that wine acted like a mouthwash, fighting tooth-decay causing bacteria and preventing cavities. An active component in the grapes has antimicrobial effects on the bacteria of the mouth.

– Promotes healthy aging In the Mediterranean, it’s considered wise to drink wine for graceful aging and to stay young and active as you age. It has been shown through multiple studies that low doses of wine helps slow the aging process down, thanks to the resveratrol!

– Protects your eye-sight Resveratrol has been proven to stop abnormal growth of new blood vessels or angiogenesis. Angiogenesis typically leads to age-related loss of eyesight, or even blinding disorders.

Can you drink too much wine?
Even though wine has all these amazing benefits, everything needs moderation. Too much wine can be just as unhealthy! If you don’t drink alcohol, don’t feel that you should start. But for those that do enjoy a drink, consider the occasional glass of red wine.

Please note, our team does not promote overconsumption, underage drinking, or drinking and driving. Always drink responsibly.

See our previous FIT4U Fitness Challenges where we challenged our team to drink more water, eat more veggies, reduce their sugar intakereduce their meat intake, and we talked about the effects of prolonged sitting.