We have been brainstorming on how we can connect with and help our patients and Pilates students during this trying time. We think we have come up with a plan that can support you emotionally, physically, and nutritionally since we are unable to see you at our office. We are excited to announce that we will be offering online support in the coming weeks to help you decrease inflammation and better prepare your body and mind to deal with any potential health issues that might arise related to COVID-19 or any other issue you might be dealing with.
Recent studies have indicated what may be the root cause for so many younger, otherwise healthy COVID-19 patients to suddenly worsen leading to mechanical ventilation and sometimes death. According to doctors and researchers, in at least some cases, the body's own immune system is overreacting to the virus causing a cytokine storm. "A cytokine storm can happen when the immune system triggers a runaway response that causes more damage to its own cells than to the invader it's trying to fight."* This can quickly lead to multi organ failure and death. This information is leading doctors to some promising new treatments to target the body's immune response to the virus.
Interestingly, pro-inflammatory cytokine production is a response to stress and injury. Emotional stress, poor sleep, sedentary lifestyle and poor diet choices can all lead to higher levels of cytokines. It makes sense for us to decrease as many of these contributors as we can, now, before we may become infected. Finally, something we can control in a time when we have very little control over much else!
Before COVID-19 required us to shut our chiropractic practice and Pilates studio down, we had planned on doing an in-person Breathe, Stabilize, and Move Spring Workshop Series. Since this is currently not possible, beginning next week, we will start providing online educational workshops on nutrition, breathing, and exercise. These 30-45 minute workshops are designed to keep you informed, teach you something practical and new, and get you moving better!
On Monday nights, we will provide free webinars on diet and nutrition. Starting Monday, April 13th at 7:00 pm EST, the topic will be "Decreasing Cytokines Through Diet!" We will discuss how and why your body produces cytokines and other inflammatory chemicals and how to decrease them through better dietary choices.
If you can't attend live, a recording will be available. We will be sending out a separate email soon with instructions on how to join us online.
We are also working with Anabolic Labs, the high quality company that supplies our vitamins and supplements, to ship directly to our patients to make it easier for you to get everything you need to deflame your diet!
Starting next Wednesday night, April 15th, you will have the opportunity to join us live each week as we focus on Breathing. These classes will introduce the Nelson 3 Part Breathing Technique to help decrease stress and improve your stability. Our first class will take a deeper look into nasal breathing! The cost for these live Wednesday Breathing Workshops will be $10 and a separate email will be sent out with instructions on how to join us online.
The final pillar of our plan to help you decrease inflammation is to help you become less sedentary through movement based classes. On Fridays at 1pm EST, we hope you will join us for a 30 minute Movement Flow Class using breathing techniques, proper core stabilization, and joint mobility exercises.
These $10 classes are good for every patient and student, and will incorporate our breathing technique with exercises based in state of the art rehab methods including Pilates and Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS). Watch for a follow up email on how to register.
To Recap, Please Join Us Online:
- Nutrition Mondays @ 7pm - Free
- Breathing Wednesdays @ 7pm - $10
- Movement Fridays @ 1pm - $10
While there is so much doctors and scientists still do not know about this virus, it makes sense for all of us to do our part at decreasing any known stressors that put our bodies in an elevated cytokine production (inflammatory) state. Eating an anti-inflammatory diet, working on keeping your lungs healthy, and moving with stability would be a simple start.We hope to connect with you all online next week! Please respond to this email if you are interested in any of these learning opportunities. Also, please let us know if you may be interested in one-on-one Telehealth visits. We are available for consultations or movement based therapy techniques from your home. If you have any other suggestions on ways for us to help, please let us know! We are here for you!
Drs. Kerri and Eric Nelson, DC