May 1, 2013
My name is Gina Staffiery and I have had the honor to be hired into the Rozenhart Family Chiropractic family. So, what is my story? After graduating from San Jose State with a BA in Advertising and Marketing, I began my career life in the family travel business. After thirteen years managing the business, I finally decided to jump out of the family nest and became the Director of Marketing for an adventure/travel company, from there I went on to be the Director of Sales for Australia’s leading tour operator.
I went back to school and earned my MBA. It was about this time I decided to follow my passion and became a professional photographer. Photography was always a love and as they say if you love what you do, you never go to work. I photograph everything, people, events, weddings, families and more. I was very lucky and got a wonderful contract as a newborn baby photographer, which came to an end last year. This is when I found Rozenhart Family Chiropractic. I have always believed and participated in Chiropractic care and I love working with people, so I felt it was a good fit and here I am. I love it here and plan on being here for a very long time.
As for the colorful part of me: My favorite color is color, I love them all! I love to travel. I have had the great opportunity to travel all around the world. My favorite places, so far are Africa, New Zealand, Fiji, Italy and Australia. My favorite cities are Boston, London, and Venice. I have yet to go to the Galapagos Islands or Brazil, but will get there soon. I believe in love. I have a warm heart and am very welcoming. I am trustworthy and funny (at least this is what my husband tells me.) I am very partial to Asian food and can never go to an Italian restaurant. None, with the exception to some in Italy, compare to mom and nanas cooking. I love to cook, paint and crochet. The beach or the mountains are my drug of choice. I love to hike, mountain bike and troll the beach for sea shells. There is so much more to me and I guess you will just have to come in for an adjustment to learn more.
I am so happy to be part of this wonderful family! I look forward to meeting you!!!
April 3, 2013
When you hear about people visiting their chiropractors, it is easy to assume that they are seeking care to relieve back pain. However, chiropractic care can relieve many more conditions. Ailments from ADHD to hypertension can be impacted by regular adjustments, and seasonal allergies are no exception.
Allergies can affect us all in very different ways, and while chiropractors cannot cure the condition, regular adjustments can make all the difference by boosting the functionality of our immune systems and reducing symptoms.
Chiropractors are trained to recognize the presence of subluxations. Subluxations of the spine are indicators of stress within the nervous system. By fixing the stressors within the spine, we are changing the effectiveness of our nervous system’s ability to communicate with the rest of the body, thus limiting or decreasing the ways in which our bodies respond to the allergies.
When we react to allergies, our first thought is to find medication for symptom relief, but with all of the harsh chemicals and additives, these pills could be bringing harmful substances into our bodies. Chiropractors can provide an all-natural method of symptom relief that is safe and acceptable for patients of all ages.
Here at Rozenhart Family Chiropractic we embrace the opportunity to help our patients feel better in the most natural way possible. If you or anyone you know is suffering from allergies and wants a safe and all-natural alternative, we encourage you to contact us today!
March 27, 2013
Human anatomy is an intricate thing. Every little nerve or cell communicates and functions within the cohesive environment we call our body. There are hundreds upon thousands of conditions that affect the human body and cause pain every day, many of which can be relieved or managed with the regular chiropractic care. Arthritis is no exception to this idea and is one of the most common conditions causing pain among individuals of all ages.
What is arthritis?
The Arthritis Foundation explains, “While often referred to as if it were a single disease, arthritis is actually an umbrella term used for a group of more than 100 medical conditions that collectively affect nearly 46 million adults and 300,000 children in America alone. While the most common form of arthritis – osteoarthritis (OA) – is most prevalent in people over 60, arthritis in its various forms can start as early as infancy. Some forms affect people in their young-adult years as they are beginning careers and families and still others start during the peak career and child-rearing years.”
Generally speaking, arthritis is an inflammation condition of the joints that causes varying levels of pain throughout the body. Various arthritis conditions affect the musculoskeletal system and usually result in pain, stiffness, lack of mobility or damage to the long-term structure of the body’s joints.
How can arthritis be remedied with chiropractic care?
Chiropractic care focuses on movements within the body and its ability to heal itself. Regular adjustments can minimize spinal and joint subluxations and can vastly improve range of motion. Additionally, chiropractic care can decrease arthritis pain and minimize fluid buildup within the joints.
Utilizing chiropractic care as a form of symptom relief or prevention in arthritis patients is an all-natural, non-invasive and highly beneficial practice. In addition to regular adjustments relieving pain, they will limit the need for over-the-counter medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin or ibuprofen or prescription medications that are much, much worse. Eliminating the need for any of these drugs removes the risk of experiencing the various side effects that could accompany harsh chemical treatments.
Here at Rozenhart Family Chiropractic, we strive to serve you and your family’s healthcare needs in the most beneficial and non-invasive way possible. If you or anyone you know is suffering from arthritis or any other health condition for that matter, we want to hear from you. We wholeheartedly believe that we can help you feel revitalized, refreshed and ready for whatever life throws at you. Come in and see us soon, we can’t wait to help you feel your best.
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March 22, 2013
Have you ever heard a preschooler ask for more asparagus? Offer enthusiastic thanks for fresh or frozen peas as a snack? Or do you know a family that fights over the last Brussels sprout or serving of beets or kale? And no, I don’t mean kale chips.
If this sounds like what happens in your home, you’ve done a great job introducing your family to eating wholesome foods as a natural part of life! (By the way, the above have all happened in ours). If this isn’t so familiar, perhaps you’ve wondered about the long-term effects of your family’s current eating habits. Maybe your toddler used to eat well, but now pitches a fit at dinner, or maybe you’re new to eating a lot of these less-popular veggies yourself. Whatever the history, you might now be contemplating what to do about the current situation or perhaps you’ve simply given up.
Well, I want to share with you some food for thought (I couldn’t resist the reference) –- okay, more like questions for thought:
Will a child who is bribed, forced, or manipulated with food-hiding into eating veggies and other things that are “good for you” freely choose to eat these foods as a teen or young adult?
Will a toddler who learns to eat until Mommy and Daddy are satisfied with the quantity, learn how to listen to its own body’s signs of fullness?
Do meal-time battles carry over into challenges with your preschooler in getting ready for school or resistance to bedtime routines?
If so, what should a parent do?
First, you’ll need to address any food aversions or difficulties that you and/or your spouse might have that either effect what’s being prepared or what the two of you are/are not eating in front of your children. It’s probably built-in biology for our survival that our youngest offspring do not want to eat foods different from what Mom and Dad are eating. (This can also hold true for older children if there is no “kid food” being prepared and the other members of the clan genuinely enjoy the family meal).
A second tip is to include children as much as possible in food selection and preparation. For example, take children to the Farmer’s Market and have them choose a new vegetable to learn about and prepare for a family meal. Younger children can be given a more limited choice, such as, “Should we have chard or kale tonight?” or, “Do you want the purple kale or the dinosaur kale?” (Didn’t know there was dinosaur kale? Ask your local farmer if they have any.) Even better than shopping at the Farmer’s Market, start a garden and involve your children in seed selection, planting, care/weeding/watering, and harvesting!
For more practical ideas and in-depth discussion on various strategies to encourage healthy eating as a family lifestyle, please register for my upcoming workshop, “Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves,” at the Los Altos Whole Foods Culinary Center, Saturday, March 30, from 10-11:30 a.m. The cost is $25/person or $40/couple. This includes complimentary on-site child-watch for pre-registered children.
Please register here: www.HealthyHappyTummy.com/events/2013/03/FOCFO
In the workshop, I’ll cover the long-term risks of some of the above mentioned meal-time parenting practices, as well as touch on guidelines for healthy food selection and how to get to the root of dinner-table challenges. Note: Registration ends this Monday, 3/25.
Hope to see you there!
(If you can’t make it, feel free to shoot me an email. I’m always happy to do some virtual trouble-shooting for a family in need).
Happy eating and warm regards,
Holistic Health Counselor
March 20, 2013
As we have been discussing over the last few months, chiropractic adjustments can have a positive impact on individuals suffering from various conditions ranging from diabetes and high blood pressure to strokes. Epilepsy is no exception. While it cannot be treated with chiropractic adjustments, a vast improvement can be achieved and a high level of manageability can be obtained.
As YourSpine.com explains, “Epilepsy is a seizure disorder marked by problems in the normal functioning of the brain. These problems can produce seizures, unusual body movements, loss of consciousness or changes in consciousness, as well as mental problems or problems with the senses. A seizure is the outward sign of a malfunction in the electrical system in the brain. Seizures that occur more than once, without a special cause, are called epilepsy. Seizures may be convulsions, brief stares, muscle spasms, odd sensations, or episodes of automatic behavior and altered consciousness.”
Epilepsy is a condition that clearly coincides with an individual’s neurological system and spinal health, which is where chiropractic care comes into play. Chiropractors gently manipulate spinal discrepancies also known as subluxations with regular adjustments. These subluxations are misalignments of the spine that can lead to an error in neurological communications and functionality. Chiropractic adjustments allow for the correction of subluxations that could be putting pressure on nerves within the spine and affecting the way each nerve communicates and responds with areas of the body. With regular chiropractic adjustments, patients are ensuring that their spines are free of compromising subluxations and are functioning without interference.
Many cases of epilepsy have shown that general chiropractic care and regular chiropractic adjustments not only improve the frequency of epileptic episodes (seizures) but also have the potential to remove the need for harsh chemical-based medications by eliminating subluxations.
Here at Rozenhart Family Chiropractic, we specialize in keeping you and your family healthy and happy with our quality chiropractic care. If you or anyone you care about is suffering from a health condition and are hoping to find a natural approach for relief, we encourage you to contact us today and come see us soon. We look forward to helping you feel great!
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March 13, 2013
St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday appreciated by all generations. For kids, the day is usually spent on a hunt for leprechauns and pots of gold while the adults flock to the nearest pubs to celebrate all things Irish with a green glass of Guinness. While celebrating this holiday can be a fun past time, it’s not always the healthiest.
St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t need to be the crazy calorie fast that it is made out to be; we can help our family members enjoy the day in new and healthy ways while staying true to common St. Patrick’s Day traditions. Consider incorporating these ideas into your holiday celebrations.
Soda bread with rolled oats and wheat flour: Soda bread is a staple on any Irish table and by ensuring that at least half of the flour used to bake the bread is whole wheat, you are cutting calories and carbs while still enjoying a valued Irish tradition. You and your family members will feel like true Irishmen!
Veggie kebobs with green Greek yogurt dip: Getting your family members to eat veggies can be a challenge. Try pairing vegetables like carrots, cauliflower and green peppers in kebob style to honor the Irish flag for St. Patrick’s Day. Then create your own dip made from low-fat or nonfat Greek yogurt and include a drop or two of all-natural green food coloring. If you do not want to include food coloring, you can always include muddled mint leaves, parsley, avocado or even basil.
Cabbage: Cabbage is another staple used in almost every traditional recipe. Cabbage can be baked, steamed or even sautéed, and this powerhouse Irish vegetable is extremely healthy. It is high in fiber, low in calories and rich in vitamin K and other antioxidants; it is the perfect food to celebrate any Irish holiday.
Green bell peppers: These peppers can be added to any dish for a special St. Patrick’s Day treat. What makes these so ideal for this holiday is the ability to chop and slice them into the shape of natural four-leaf clovers. This is a fun and healthy way to get the kiddos and other family members (maybe even the husband) to eat their green veggies while also celebrating a fun Irish holiday.
With St. Patrick’s Day quickly approaching, we will soon begin preparing our green outfits, leprechaun cookies and rainbow scavenger hunts for the kids, but don’t forget that this holiday can keep you and your family both happy and healthy. If you’re looking to celebrate this holiday by being active, do your research and find a local St. Patrick’s Day Dash 5k walk or run event. These are usually charity events that draw big crowds of like-minded health-conscious people and are a fun and enjoyable way to start celebrating the day with your loved ones. If you or your family members are looking to feel even better this St. Patrick’s Day, come see us as Rozenhart Family Chiropractic, we would love to celebrate with you!
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March 6, 2013
It’s no secret that here at Rozenhart Family Chiropractic we love fueling our bodies with clean, healthy and organic foods. The benefits of eating organically and supporting organic farming far outweigh any myth or misconception that could lead anyone to believe that eating organic foods could be anything but beneficial. If you are on the fence about switching to organic eating, fear not! We have put together a few reasons to help encourage you and your family to make the shift to clean and organic eating.
How does it help you?
- Feel great: Organic fruits and vegetables are higher in antioxidants and phytonutrients; these help you feel strong while also keeping your immune system fighting at full force.
- Keep your heart healthy: Organic farming produces dairy products and meats that contain omega-3 fatty acids as well as conjugated linoleic; both of which aid in heart health by lowering cholesterol.
- Keep it natural: Fruits and vegetables that are certified organic do not undergo harsh chemical treatments during the growth process. Eating strictly organic foods limits the amount of chemicals or pesticides that you, your children and the rest of your family are exposed too.
How can it help others?
- Economic stimulation: By eating organic foods, you are potentially helping small family-run farms achieve economic well-being. These small farms could not normally compete with large factory style farms, but by making this clean sweep and by purchasing organic foods, you are contributing not only to organic farming, but to what is most likely a small local business.
- Humane treatment: Organic farming produces meats in living conditions that are considered extremely humane. Your purchase of these meats may be a bit more expensive, but these animals were never injected with antibiotics or growth hormones and are considered to be of high quality.
- Environmental sustainability: Organic farming processes do not damage our environment. Therefore, our natural resources, our rivers and soils for example, remain useful and undamaged by otherwise harsh chemicals or pesticides.
As you can see, eating organic benefits not only you and your family but also farmers, the economy and the environment. Here at Rozenhart Family Chiropractic, we value the health of our clients and their families; if you have any questions about eating organic, please feel free to come in and see us. We love helping our friends and families become healthier and happier every day.
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February 27, 2013
Did you know that strokes are one of the leading causes of death among Americans? According to the Center for Disease Control, there are more than 700,000 people who suffer from a stroke each year. Among those 700,000, nearly 200,000 do not recover and the symptoms become fatal.
According to the National Stroke Association, strokes occur when a blood clot is blocking an artery or a blood vessel bursts interrupting blood flow to certain areas of the brain. When a stroke occurs, cells within the brain will begin to die and damage to the brain will occur. As with any neurological attack, the long-standing effects can be great. When brain cells die or become weakened the functions controlled by that portion of the brain also become diminished or completely eliminated. Common symptoms of strokes include loss of motor functions or partial paralysis to one part or one side of the body. Strokes are more commonly seen in individuals over the age of 65 but can happen at any age.
Over the past few decades, there have been controversies as to whether or not chiropractic care is safe for individuals that are at risk of strokes. Today we want to let you know that chiropractic care is not only safe but can be beneficial and valuable at any age. This misconception about chiropractic care comes from an idea that vertebral artery dissection caused strokes could have been a result of cervical adjustments of the neck.
This misconception is just that, a misconception. As chiropractors, we pay close attention to our patients, their behaviors, their symptoms and their medical histories including a history of drugs and medication, any physical traumas, possible diseases within the connective tissue and general activity within the nervous, cardiovascular and urinary systems. By paying close attention to these, we can evaluate sudden onsets and can determine the healthiest and safest method of treatment.
We do not claim to be a treatment or prevention method for strokes; we do, however, provide a safe and beneficial chiropractic care experience. Here at Rozenhart Family Chiropractic, we evaluate the needs of each client individually to ensure that the most positive experience is had by all. If you have any other questions concerning chiropractic care and conditions like strokes, we encourage you to contact us today. We are happy to help you understand chiropractic care and how to positively impact your life in the future.
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February 26, 2013
Big thanks to Dr. Lisa Owen in Plantation Florida for a great guest blog post!
Chiropractic Care and the Immune System
Your nervous system is a critical part to your immune system. The nervous system is what controls and communicates with your body, by sending and receiving messages, and controlling your thoughts and movements.
Your spinal cord is a key connection to your nervous system. Chiropractic care benefits your immune system with treatment that keeps your spine and nervous system on the right track. Chiropractors are also able to provide manual manipulation of the spine and individual vertebrae, as well as help improve back pain, neck pain, car accident injuries, headaches and migraines.
Abnormal changes in the body can lead to a poor immune system. Your immune system is what helps you fight off infections, cancer, the flu, and other common illnesses. Antibiotics have been the solution for most of the illness that can take a toll on the immune system; however they’re not always the best solution for every case.
There are many ways you can strengthen your immune system, and some of them work better than others. A healthy diet can always improve your overall health, along with daily exercise. Vitamin D and C, and sleep help maintain the immune system substantially. Vitamin C and D are important to help you fight off diseases. Chiropractic treatment is also known to be beneficial for your immune system and overall health.
Chiropractic adjustments relieve stress from the nerve system, and many chiropractors recommend regular chiropractic care for everyone because of its benefits. Nowadays, a lot of insurances are starting to cover chiropractic care, so it isn’t an out of pocket expense.
Your spine has spinal lesions that are associated with the spine activity. If your spinal lesions are misaligned, your immune system’s regulatory cells that are released into the blood circulation are altered. White blood cells, the cells that destroy the bad cells, have been shown to be enhanced through chiropractic care. When your spine isn’t aligned, the stress response of the nervous system sends a reaction to your brain, which can cause insulin resistance. With insulin resistance, you are more susceptible to diabetes, heart disease, obesity, depression and other illnesses.
Chiropractic care has many benefits. It can be one of the most promising benefits for the immune system. Many people see chiropractors to keep their immune system in balance and to sustain a healthy and rewarding lifestyle. Your chiropractor will be able to create a balanced chiropractic treatment plan specifically for you and what you’re looking to get out of the care.
About the Author:
Westside Chiropractic Dr. Lisa Owen, a chiropractor in Plantation, FL is happy to bring you this article about chiropractic care and the immune system. If you are interested in Plantation chiropractic care, please be sure to check out her website today.
February 20, 2013
Did you know that according to the Center for Disease Control, one in three Americans have high blood pressure? This condition, also known as hypertension, costs nearly $100 billion in medical costs throughout America each year. Skyrocketing costs include the costs of medical care, prescriptions and time off of work, just to name a few.
With prescription medication being such a highly favorable method of treatment among many physicians, it can be somewhat difficult to find a method of treatment for high blood pressure that does not require or involve harsh chemicals or possibly damaging pills and medications.
Chiropractic care is a natural approach that embraces the body’s ability to heal itself through the connection between the neurological system and the rest of the body. The popularity of chiropractic care as a method of treatment for high blood pressure is rapidly increasing and it has been proven that regular chiropractic care can lower blood pressure better than these harsh drug and chemical treatments.
A study by the Journal of Human Hypertension proved this idea and showed that people who received regular adjustments in the upper neck region over the course of eight weeks saw an average drop of 17 points in systolic pressure and 10 points in diastolic pressure. These results were received completely free of all chemical and medication-based treatments and show the power of consistent chiropractic care and adjustments.
You may ask how? How can chiropractic care help correct a condition that is not directly related to the spine? To put it simply, high blood pressure (or even low blood pressure) can occur when the atlas vertebrae is misaligned within the spine. This misalignment can easily affect blood flow throughout the base of the neck. When this alignment is adjusted, blood flow and blood pressure is restored to normal.
Here at Rozenhart Family Chiropractic, we believe in a more natural and less drug-invasive method of relief for many common conditions including high blood pressure. If you or anyone you know is suffering from high blood pressure/hypertension, we highly encourage you to come visit us today. We love the opportunity to help our clients feel better in their everyday lives. See you soon!
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