School is back in session, and we’ve missed our usual beautiful Colorado sunny sky this summer as the smoke in the air has been such a challenge to all of us and hindering our usual outdoor activities. In my Chiropractic clinic, our goal is to help our patients improve their activities and that can look different to each of us. I’d like to share three recent stories with you.
One says, “I can move my neck better.” “How do you know?” I ask and she replies, “Because when I back out of my driveway and look to see my garage door closing, I don’t have to back up as far when I turn my head to see the garage door closing.”
A second says, “I’m breathing better!” “How do you know?” I ask and she replies, “Because when I first started coming here, I was out of breath by the time I got to the front desk and now I’m not.” She initially had low oxygen readings before the treatments and literally, right after the Chiropractic treatment, her oxygen levels would increase.
A third says, “I’m exercising better!” “How do you know?” I ask and she replies, “Because I used to ride my bike before and would be sore and tired, now I’m riding it just as much, but I’m not sore and tired like before.”
Who doesn’t like moving, breathing, and exercising better? What are you doing for your health? We use Advanced Technology in our clinic to help you achieve your goals. Call us at 303-993-6092 to let us know how we can help you. Thank you!
Last year’s month of September brought a good many questions and not so many answers. This September we seem to have more answers and with them has come some changes.
Our children are back to in-school learning and happy to be with their friends and teachers. We have a solution to our ever looming pandemic, however, that solution continues to be altered based on the journey Covid is making through our country and the world. One of the biggest changes is that we’re becoming experts at altering our lives to accommodate the latest conditions that present themselves. That could be looked at as a benefit of our last chaotic years. Gold stars for everyone!
This Fall season couldn’t be coming at a better time. Fall’s beauty is the backdrop for our attempt to regain our more normal lives and a feeling of coming together in the process. This September issue was designed to inspire you with resources, events and information from this North Eastern metro area. We hope you enjoy it!
Offered by: Scott and Lora Nordby, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Innovative Real Estate
The Richard Lambert Foundation Charity Golf Classic, a fundraiser presented by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Innovative Real Estate, raises donations to provide free support programs and services to children and adults. This year, the tournament collected $52,343 that will go toward the Grief Center’s services providing support, education, and resources to the bereaved on coping with and navigating through the emotions experienced after the loss of a loved one.
This sold-out tournament hosted close to 150 players at the Todd Creek Golf Course in Thornton, Colorado. Innovative Real Estate’s very own Tabatha Ratliff was awarded the Women’s Longest Drive, while Scott Johnson won the putting contest.
“Funding from this event will provide nearly 600 sessions to children and adults who are learning to live without their loved ones physical presence,” said Susan Chavez, founder and executive director of the Richard Lambert Foundation. “There is no timeline on grief. This support allows individuals to not have to carry their pain alone or silently.”
“Giving back is at the heart of our company,” said Scott Nordby, founder and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Innovative Real Estate. “Our agents and company as a whole are here to serve the communities that we work and live in.” Grief is one of the most difficult life events one will ever have to experience. Innovative Real Estate is proud to have sponsored this year’s event and support this organization.
If you’re considering buying or selling a home, call us at 303-905-8850. We’ll make sure you talk with someone who is knowledgeable about real estate and your neighborhood so you can make the decisions that are best for your family.
Offered by: John Wilson, B.S., BC-HIS – Blue Ribbon Hearing & Tinnitus Center
Since starting to work in the hearing industry 14 years ago many things have changed in terms of technology used to treat hearing loss. Most of the advancements we use today were in their infancy or unheard of a decade and a half ago. During that time, we also gained greater knowledge and understanding of the negative consequences that occur when hearing loss goes untreated.
Almost everyone knows someone who suffers from dementia. Those who care for a family member with dementia have stories of situations ranging from humorous to humiliating to heartbreaking. Dementia robs individuals of their mental capacity to perform everyday tasks and for some, eventually takes their life.
Dementia and hearing loss typically effect the lives of people in the same age ranges. Because of this, many of our patients and their family members ask something along the lines of, “Does hearing loss cause Alzheimer’s Disease?” This question comes as a result of the relationships that do in fact exist between Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, and hearing loss. The short answer is definitively “no, hearing loss does not cause Alzheimer’s Disease.” So what IS the connection?
Before answering that question, it is important to understand that we hear with our brain. The ear and auditory system is a system designed to get sound energy into the brain where it is processed and interpreted. The auditory system, including the outer ear, middle ear, inner ear, auditory nerve and brain must all work correctly for hearing to take place.
Dementia is a syndrome that occurs when something causes the brain to malfunction, and typically shrink, and has multiple different causes. Dementia may be caused by everything from a stroke to traumatic brain injury. The most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer’s Disease.
Individuals with Alzheimer’s may experience a loss of matter in the region of the brain responsible for hearing and processing sound. When this occurs, the individual will experience hearing loss. However, when a person has hearing loss, it does not, cannot, and will not ever cause Alzheimer’s disease.
On the other hand, hearing loss is strongly correlated with a greater risk of developing dementia. When the area of the brain that receives and processes sound energy receives less due to temporary or permanent hearing loss, that area will typically shrink. The more severe the hearing loss, the higher the likelihood an individual will experience brain shrinkage and cognitive decline and thus, dementia.
So the connection is that both Alzheimer’s disease and hearing loss contribute to dementia, but hearing loss does not cause Alzheimer’s. Fortunately, research shows that when individuals receive treatment for hearing loss, brain shrinkage and cognitive decline slow. The best way to treat hearing loss is to constantly wear hearing aids that are custom programmed for the specific hearing deficit the person is experiencing.
Offered by: Ellen McCormick MD – Premier Pediatrics
As we greet the upcoming school year, and vaccines return us to “life as usual”, we resume so many forgotten activities. “Going out” for the evening, the privilege of parents nurturing each other and the foundations of their marriage, YES, it’s BACK!! you both got your vaccines, and now you can claim the bene ts of an educated immune system, armed with the vital intelligence to defeat even the Covid Death Star. Those X-wing antibodies in your veins are now armed and ready to destroy all the vulnerable protein spikes of the dark virus and defend your freedom both to hang with and celebrate with all the other vaccinated resistance fighters!
But, STOP and think now. Who can babysit the kids? All systems atrophy with disuse, and it’s been ages since you even considered getting a sitter! So who is in the neighborhood to ask?
What do you need in a sitter for your kids, and, is your oldest now mature enough to sit for younger sibs, or for the neighbor’s kids? Congratulations parents, it’s time to revisit all these ”life as usual” questions.
Who can babysit our precious children? The demanding qualities are not hard to list, and speak to the high level of responsibility the job demands.
Our sitter must be:
This highly competent person would ideally have experience, references, and perhaps even availability on short notice. It would also be helpful if this young person is trained to handle choking in small children, and basic first aid, and will not engage in problem behaviors like allowing friends over, looking through drawers or closets, or getting distracted by talking on the phone or texting. To say the least, it’s an impressive list. And one that should be applied to any teen who wishes to be a sitter. Fortunately there are such young adults, so if you have teenagers, talk with your 12-14 year old about babysitting. 12-14 years is the minimum age range recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics for babysitting toddlers and young kids. Emergencies can arise in any home, and grade school age kids should not have to manage them, only experienced older teens should be entrusted with the care of infants. If your older teen is just such a responsible individual, babysitting can be an excellent first job experience and gives real world experience in the responsibility of parenthood. And finally, if you grew up changing diapers and feeding your baby sibling, now you can use your life skills to fund your car or cell phone! Maturity beckons!
This coming school year many children and teens are excited for a return to in-person learning and playing their favorite sports. Many schools and sports teams require an up-to-date physical or annual wellness exam. Wellness exams include routine vaccines, continued growth monitoring, evaluation for participation in sports and routine screenings such as development, hearing, vision, and mental health screenings.
Schedule sports physicals early for student athletes to avoid the last-minute rush and ensure they are ready to play when the season begins. Kindergarteners and 6th graders are often due for routine vaccines to keep them up to date. In addition to routine vaccines, students 12 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Annual physicals are a perfect opportunity to discuss the vaccine with your student’s primary care provider. Physicals also allow students who need medications at school to get refills and updated paperwork for school.
To ensure the transition back to school and sports is as seamless as possible be sure to call and schedule any necessary visits with your child’s primary care provider soon. All of us at Brighton Pediatrics hope for a safe and healthy school year!
Sleeping properly in summer is one of the most difficult adjustments for us to make, here are some great options backed by PhD sleep expert Dr. Matthew Walker.
Keep your bedroom as cool as you possibly can at night. The body must cool to settle into REM sleep so the fewer blankets the better. Also, as odd as it sounds, a hot bath/shower right before bed can trigger your body to set its cooling systems into motion at just the right time for a healthy 8 hours of rest!
Avoid large meals or heavy drinks before bed.
Lastly, and this may be a hard one for some of you, try to avoid electronic light in the hours before you want to catch Z’s. The dimmer the lights on both your phone and in your bedroom, the easier it is for your body to wind down. (Look for the blue light filter setting on your phone!)
Relax the body and mind before bed. Ten minutes of mindful relaxation or “meditation” before bed has been proven to drastically improve quality of sleep and dreams to boot! If you’re like me, you might find these tips helpful!
Lay in a comfortable position. Relax your eyes. (Open or closed is fine)
Inhale and as you release your breath, let both your feet relax their tension.
Inhale again and as you exhale, let your ankles and calves relax their tension.
Work your way up the entire body until you reach the top of your head. By the time you reach your face, you will likely feel a comfy buzz all over!
The process can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes. It’s up to you. Don’t forget it always helps to smile!
Even trying just one of the tips above can make the dog days of summer more restful. If I can be of assistance with any Medicare needs please reach out, I’m always glad to help! Lisa Asmussen 303-887-8584
Adjustable bed frames are no longer just for hospitals. They can help you sleep better as well as aid in promoting better health. Here are some of the benefits you could enjoy:
1: Ease Back Pain Adjusting the mattress at both the head and foot will allow the surface to match the body’s contouring as close as possible. is alleviates pressure on the sciatic nerve, reducing painful conditions, like sciatica and other back problems.
2: Reduce Sleep Apnea, Asthma, and Snoring. Snoring occurs more often when lying that because, in this position, the neck puts extra weight on the windpipe causing it to close and to snore. When one’s head is lifted, gravity allows for the weight to be taken o the windpipe, reducing the snoring.
Sleep apnea and asthma are breathing problems that can also be decreased by using an adjustable bed frame to raise the head. Sleeping in a more angled position improves air ow, reducing obstructions from the nasal passages to allow for a healthier, uninterrupted sleep, caused by apnea. Oxygen, that is restricted when lying flat, will be able to flow more freely to decrease the probability of an asthma attack.
3: Reduce Acid Reflux and Heartburn and Improve Digestion. When lying flat, stomach acids move to the esophagus which leads to the uncomfortable symptoms of acid reflux and heartburn. A small inclining of the head has been shown to keep the acid in the stomach and away from the throat. This allows for healthier digestion and better sleep.
4: Arthritis and Pain Arthritis and other painful conditions can be relieved with the use of an adjustable bed frame. Stiff and aching joints can be alleviated by positioning the mattress so weight is taken o problem areas to allow for a more comfortable rest. The adjustable bed can also help with morning stiffness that results from pain issues.
5: Leg Swelling Many people suffer with swollen legs: pregnant women, people who stand all day at work, those afflicted with illness or people suffering from a hurt limb. Elevating your legs will help reduce this swelling and many common issues such as varicose veins. The adjustable bed base allows you to easily just raise your legs to help this condition.
6: Enhance Lifestyle Attempting to seek a comfortable position utilizing stacked pillows in order to sit up in bed to read, work, and, yes, even eat, can be frustrating. The adjustable bed frame works to turn the bed into a giant, comfy, easy to position, recliner chair.
7: Further Independence Age, a disability, illness, an accident, or poor health can impede one’s mobility. This is a huge problem when one needs to get in and out of bed. Simply by raising just the head of the base will help lift one o the mattress or help one ease back into the horizontal position for sleep.
As you can see, there are many health advantages to owning one of these adjustable bases. The basic models will come with both head and foot raise, and the advanced models will also include massage, under-bed lighting and even USB ports for your electronics.
Visit me at A Mattress and More in Brighton to try one out and improve your nights rest – Chris Fushimi 303.902.9777.
Your endless summer awaits! This year, make sure your sunshine ritual includes some summer love for your favorite accessories!
Here are three hot summer tips for your jewelry:
Keeping your jewelry clean while wearing it is a little like trying to brush your teeth while eating Oreos. To keep your investments sparkling, it’s necessary to have a good travel jewelry cleaning kit. Thollot & Co. has assembled an amazing kit and it’s included with your jewelry service over $199 during August!
Get your jewelry looking its brand new best with a professional buffing and polishing service. White gold looks especially summer-ready with a fresh rhodium plating. BONUS TIP: Thollot & Co. includes this service as part of most regular jewelry work.
Have the jewelers at Thollot & Co. inspect your jewelry to make sure that you aren’t going to lose any stones or require other work and you’ll also get a courtesy cleaning using their professional equipment.
Nothing leaves your summer wardrobe with the winter blues like not being able to properly wear your rings because they don’t fit. Summer is a great time to go through your jewelry box and get those beautiful pieces sized properly. BONUS TIP: If you don’t think you would EVER wear that item, visit Thollot & Co. to get a trade-in value for something you’ll actually love – or meet with a custom designer to reimagine it as something more your style.
Today many health insurance companies cover the cost of massage therapy treatments. We accept all major insurances including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Humana, United Health Care, Veterans Affairs, Personal Injury and Worker’s Compensation cases. Each of these insurers offer different plans to choose from, some of which include massage therapy benefits and some of which may not, but we will help you find out if your plan covers our services.
By contacting us today we can begin the process of verifying your insurance benefits through your insurance provider. Some of the answers that we will obtain for you are:
Does your policy cover massage therapy?
Does your coverage have any exclusions or limitations?
Do you have in or out-of-network coverage?
Do you have an annual deductible?
Do you have a co-payment or co-insurance?
Do you have an annual visit limit?
If your policy covers our treatments, we will bill your insurance provider for our services. If our services are not covered under your plan, then you will be informed of alternate payment options for future treatments during your consultation. We accept cash, check, Care Credit and most major credit cards.
Cash patients can enjoy big savings by purchasing a massage therapy package. Our packages include large discounts for pre-paying for your treatments. No matter what your financial situation is, we will tailor a treatment package if your insurance policy does not cover our services.
To learn more about office policies regarding payments and policies please contact our friendly staff. We will provide the service of verifying your insurance benefits, free of charge, today! Contact us today for more information.
Our practice now accepts insurance for massage patients. In order to best serve you we can verify your insurance benefits before you arrive.
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December 31, 2019
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The majority of my calls take me inside a home, it is not unusual for somebody to pick up a copy of the Buzz and say they found me right there. The Buzz that they show me is frequently not the latest issue. The Buzz has great holding power! At the same time, I can always tell when The Buzz has hit mailboxes. My phone starts ringing. A lot of people seem to look through it right away.
The cost per home is low, the cost per response is
reasonable. Am I going to continue to advertise in the Brighton
Buzz? You can count on it!
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July 19, 2015
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July 19, 2015
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July 19, 2015
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