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Botox: The Myths, Misconceptions, and Facts

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Have you ever passed a mirror and stopped to look at your facial lines? Let’s face it, most of us have. All of a sudden Botox starts to look like a pretty good option. It begs the question, what do we know about Botox?

What is Botox?

Botox is a drug made from a neurotoxin produced by the clostridium botulinum bacterium. There are both medical and cosmetic uses to Botox.  Cosmetically it can be used to help temporarily get rid of lines around the face. Although Botox is widely used, there are still many misconceptions about it.  Here are the five most common myths about Botox:

1. It is the end all, be all for wrinkles.

Most assume that Botox injections are some sort of magic elixir you can use when you notice wrinkles on your face. But did you know that not all wrinkles are the same? Your face has both static and dynamic wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are those that appear as a result of repetitive motion. Expressions like happiness and squinting are responsible for the formation of your dynamic wrinkles. Static wrinkles are actually the result of a loss of collagen and the forces of gravity. Botox injections can only work on dynamic wrinkles because the injections work by relaxing facial muscles. Not all lines on your face can be solved by a Botox injection.

2. Botox is only for wrinkles.

Although Botulinum toxin’s primary use is for the correction of dynamic wrinkles, it has been approved as treatment in other medical conditions that require paralysis of muscles.  Among the conditions for which Botulinum toxin has been approved as treatment are:

  • Chronic Migraines
  • Overactive bladder
  • Excessive sweating
  • Neck and shoulder muscle spasms
  • Crossed eyes

It can also be used to treat other conditions, albeit off-label for example:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Hyper salivation
  • Forceful jaw contraction
  • Vocal cord contractions
  • Depression

3. You can become addicted to Botox.

People who frequently use Botox injections cannot become addicted, as Botulinum toxin does not have addictive qualities. However, to maintain the best possible look, regular use is recommended. The addiction myth is touted alongside the myth that if you stop, you look worse. When Botox injections are stopped, patients return to how they looked originally, before commencement of injections. Patients can become addicted to what they see when they look in a mirror, not to Botox.

4. Age Limit

Botox has a reputation that it is only necessary for those who are older. The fact is age is not the only determining factor to the onset of wrinkles. As dynamic wrinkles are brought about by motion in the face area, activities that use your face muscles more make you more susceptible to getting wrinkles, not matter the age.

5. Blank face

The most popular misconception about Botox is that it leaves you expressionless and unable to express human emotions. This myth is a bit on the ironic side as the injections purpose is to relax the facial muscles. Botox does not restrict any facial movement. Emotions that require facial change can still be seen, only you will be looking great as you do it.

There are plenty more misconception and pre-conceived notions about Botox injections and the only way to get the right information is to visit a professional who is certified in the field. At Whitehall Health Centre and Laser Spa, we have the experience and knowledge to make you look and feel your best.  Contact us for your free consultation today!

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Do Hormones Affect My Weight Loss?

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The Relationship between Hormones and Weight

If losing weight is a challenge for you, your hormones are probably the cause! Most people are familiar with the hormones “estrogen” and “testosterone”. These two hormones play a vital role in your body’s response to diet and
exercise.  If either hormone is off balance, you are at risk to have struggles losing weight, and could even be at risk to gain weight. However, estrogen and testosterone are just two of the many hormones that your body relies on for healthy daily functioning.

Hormones are a vital part of how our bodies work; they control internal functions including metabolism, digestion, sleep, and more. Our hormones affect nearly everything that goes on within our bodies, so it’s no wonder they play such a major role in weight loss.

How Hormone-Based Weight Loss Works

The Whitehall Medical Health Center team offers a 5-step medical weight loss plan that is tailored to you based on your body’s specific and unique needs. Your weight loss team will find the exact hormones and habits that are keeping you from losing weight. They will also find any imbalances in your hormones, and correct them. Medical weight loss creates a lifestyle built on healthy choices that will have you dropping extra pounds and keeping them off in the long-term.

Our five stage process

Stage I: Discover

Your medical weight loss team will help you to identify why you’re not losing weight by having lab testing panels done. The lab testing will look at:

  • Appetite Control Hormones
  • Blood Sugar Levels
  • Inflammation Levels
  • Metabolism
  • Sex Hormones
  • Stress Hormones
  • Thyroid Function
  • Vitamin Deficiencies

Stage II: Remove

Once you and your team discover what is hindering your weight loss, you’ll start with a plan to remove those road blocks. You will begin a detoxifying and high-protein meal plan that fits around your personal schedule. Your team will also handpick medical weight loss tools specifically suited to your needs.

Stage III: Accelerate

As you start losing weight and continue to work toward a healthier lifestyle, we help boost your energy and weight loss with special diet foods, weight loss tools, and nutritional supplements. Your counselor will keep track of what works best for your body and adjust if necessary, so you’re able to keep your body on track for weight loss.

Stage IV: Transition

When you reach the transition stage, you will have lost weight and will probably continue to lose several pounds per week. The healthy changes taking place in your body will inspire you to shape and sculpt the outside of your body so that you look as good as you feel. Focus will shift to building muscles and toning problematic areas. We provide body contouring treatments that can be used to tighten skin and get rid of cellulite.

Stage V: Maintenance

At this stage, you’ve reached your goal weight! You’ll meet with your team to celebrate your journey. You’ll take your “after” photo and when you’ve met with your counselor one final time, you can choose to continue our services if you still have weight to lose

Stop wasting time by trying to lose weight on your own.  If you have been trying for years, and haven’t seen any results, then it’s time to try medical weight loss.  Let our team help you receive a weight you have always dreamed of.  Call Whitehall Health Centre and Laser Spa to meet your weight loss team today!

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Can There Be Relief from Sciatica Pain

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Sciatica is described as any pain caused by the irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the human body. With all the physical work we do, back pain is an extremely common occurrence and the most common conditions related to back pain is Sciatica. Contrary to popular belief, Sciatica is not a disease; rather it’s a set of symptoms that cause varying degrees of pain. Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve that runs from the lower back down to the back of the knee is compressed or irritated.

How do I know its sciatica?

Although there are no default symptoms for sciatica, some symptoms are fairly common and occur in most cases. Here are some of the most common symptoms associated:

  • Difficulty in moving a leg or a foot ( pain in both legs is uncommon)
  • Sudden sharp pain when standing up
  • Pain in the buttocks
  • A burning or tingling sensation down the leg
  • Rear leg pain.

What are the causes of sciatica?

  • Slipped discs in the spine
  • Misaligned vertebrae
  • Childbirth
  • Tumors
  • Sitting on your wallet for long periods of time

Can it be treated?

Fortunately, sciatica is not only manageable but it is treatable. Remedies could be medical, surgical, or non-invasive. Currently, chiropractic treatment is increasingly being used to relieve back pain and the symptoms of sciatica.

Chiropractic treatment

Although there are quite a few methods of Chiropractic treatment, spinal adjustments and manipulation have proved to be safe and most effective against sciatica.

Spinal adjustments must be made by a certified chiropractors and back specialists. The chiropractor will use their hands to apply pressure to joints and misaligned vertebrae in order to alleviate pressure and return the vertebrae to the correct spinal position.

The techniques used for spinal adjustments and manipulation vary in the methods used. The three main techniques used are:

  • Diversified treatment – This is the application of pressure in quick thrusts over the affected areas.
  • Gonstead procedure – This is almost the same as diversified treatment, but it may involve the use of specialized equipment like chest-knee chairs.
  • The drop technique -This checks for dislocations and misalignments and then a weight is added to the patient so that they are in the upward position. A mild thrust is applied to the weight like a drop, thus correcting the misalignments.

What are the benefits of Chiropractic Treatment?

  • Chiropractic treatment is non-invasive and exercises the body’s ability to self-heal.
  • Chiropractic treatment has been shown to be effective in pain alleviation immediately after treatment. In some cases, relief comes later, but typically within 24 hours.
  • There are no drugs used in the process unless tests reveal other symptoms that require attention from another doctor.
  • The risk for any post-manipulation injury is very low, making the procedure very safe.

Don’t continue to live with your back pain.  There are options available to relieve the pain and stress you live with every day.  If you think you may be suffering from Sciatica, contact Whitehall Health Centre to schedule your appointment. With 20 years of experience, our chiropractic service is second to none!

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What My Chiropractor Knows About Weight Loss

doctorObesity is an epidemic in the United States, and, at any given time, there are millions of people trying to lose weight. Sadly, this is easier said than done. Some people have had success with diets and weight loss services, but for every good weight loss success story there are countless people who have been unable to reach their ideal weight and stay there.

Losing weight is not impossible; it takes a lot of hard work and enough discipline to stick to a healthy eating and exercise plan. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t other things that can be done to make weight loss easier, and they may come from places you wouldn’t expect. For instance, chiropractic treatment may actually help certain patients with weight loss.

Chiropractors and Weight Loss

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Chiropractic treatment can be used to treat a number of ailments, such as headaches and chronic pain, and it has even been known to improve a person’s immunity and energy level. It stands to reason that seeking out an experienced chiropractor could be instrumental in weight loss goals. Chiropractic treatment  isn’t a cure for obesity – regular diet and exercise must play a role in reaching target weight – but the right adjustments made by a licensed chiropractor can affect the way your body operates in surprising ways.

The reason for chiropractic treatment aiding in weight loss lies in the lower spine. The spinal nerves located in the lower back are closely affiliated with the gastrointestinal tract. Manipulating the lower spine can affect the speed at which food passes through the digestive system and could in fact improve digestion. If there are problems with food digestion, your body will not receive the necessary nutrients from the food it is processing. It is extremely important that your digestive tract is absorbing the nutrients it needs and eliminating the waste that it does not.  Otherwise, waste can build.

Of course, another major reason why chiropractic treatment can influence weight loss is because it is a way to manage chronic pain. Chiropractors have long made adjustments that decrease pain and increase range of motion, things that could cause people to be largely inactive. A sedentary lifestyle is a greater contributor to weight gain and obesity than a poor diet, so treating chronic pain to the point where an obese person is able to move and get exercise could make a big difference in helping that person lose weight.

Speaking to Your Doctor

As effective as chiropractic treatments can be in helping someone lose weight, it cannot get the job done by itself. Even the best chiropractors and weight loss specialists can only do so much if you’re not willing to work towards your target weight. Before you begin any weight loss program, make sure to speak with your PCP. At Whitehall Health Centre, we believe in total body health.  That is why you can find experienced weight loss specialists, medical doctors and chiropractors under the same roof.  Let Whitehall Health Center help you to feel better and be better! Call us today!

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