Dr. Kim Leis-Keeling

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Serving Albany and Guilderland

2021 Western Avenue, Ste 102

Albany, NY 12203

518-869-3415

November 19, 2018
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FEEDING THE BODY WITH THE FALL HARVEST

BY: Dr. Kim Leis-Keeling

As much as I’m sad to see summer disappear, I do love the beauty and aroma of fall. One of my favorite indulgence of the season is the fall harvest of fruits and vegetables. My children would disagree since they are forced to spend a day helping me cut corn off 100 ears of sweet corn to freeze and pulling grapes for homemade grape juice. These are very messy productions but the kids always love the yummy tastes of summer during the cold winter months. As you enjoy the flavors of fall, chew on these healthy aspects of your food.

APPLES: Who doesn’t love a fresh apple crisp or apple pie? Apples are full of nutrients including 4 grams of fiber in each, vitamin C and potassium. They contain great antioxidants including quercetin which is anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-cancer and anti-depressive effects. They also contain catechins, similar to green tea, which help with brain and muscle function.

GRAPES: One of the key nutrients that make grapes so beneficial is Resveratrol. This is a very powerful antioxidant that is anti-inflammatory and has been shown to slow and prevent the growth of some tumors. Grapes also contain quercetin, fiber and potassium.

PEARS: While containing a fair amount vitamin C, anti-oxidants and flavonoids, pears biggest nutrient punch comes from its fiber content. One pear contains 6 grams of fiber. We should all aim to get 30 grams of fiber each day. Including one pear in your daily nutrition is a great way to reach that goal.

SWEET POTATOES: One cup of sweet potato boasts 3 grams of plant based protein, 4 grams of fiber and 6 times our RDA for beta-carotene (vitamin A), B5 and B6. They are also rich in magnesium, potassium and manganese – which all help keep our bones and heart healthy.

BUTTERNUT SQUASH & PUMPKINS: Similar to sweet potatoes, these are rich in fiber and vitamin A. One serving contains half your RDA for vitamin C, it also contains folate, magnesium, manganese and potassium. All these nutrients make a perfect combination to help you lower blood pressure. Enjoy that warm bowl of butternut squash soup and pumpkin pie!

BRUSSEL SPOUTS & CABBAGE: Cabbage has the highest amount of powerful antioxidants found in the cruciferous vegetables. Both are also rich in vitamin K which aids in bone health and preventing Alzheimer’s disease. It is also a good source of the B vitamins thiamine, pyridoxine, pantothenic acid and folate – all which keep our nerves healthy and help give us energy.

Enjoy the flavors of fall while your body reaps the nutrient benefits. As always, if you have questions about this article please feel free to contact me at the Sports & Spinal Wellness Center at 518-869-3415. Follow us on Facebook or visit our website at www.sportsandspinalwellness.com

 

 

November 19, 2018
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EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENTS

By: Dr. Kim Leis-Keeling

Thank you all for your fun comments about my past two articles about Wisconsin and Fortnite. I enjoyed your feedback and hearing your stories as well. It was refreshing to write about something other than health related topics. But now, it’s time to get back to business and let you know about some new and exciting things going on at our office. We have been gathering your feedback and looking at new ways to accommodate the needs of the community better.

FREE SCOLIOSIS SCREENINGS: Most of our children around the age of 12-13 get checked for scoliosis by the school nurse. If there is cause for concern, they are referred to their pediatrician who may refer them to an orthopedist, who will most likely recommend a “wait and watch” approach. During this time the scoliosis can progress. Stop waiting…DO SOMETHING! Scoliosis causes permanent structural changes to your child’s spine which can last a lifetime and lead to other health issues. From now until the end of September, we are offering FREE SCOLIOSIS SCREENINGS and consultations. We will perform a thorough spinal evaluation and we can discuss treatment options for your child. 

NEW CLASS THIS FALL: “MOVE STONGER” CLASS:  You have been asking for a class like this and I have been listening. Now it is time to put the plan into action. This class is designed for individuals who have graduated from physical therapy but would like continued assistance with gaining spinal strength and movement. Have you ever said “I don’t feel comfortable going to the gym by myself” or “I feel that my personal trainer is having me do exercises that don’t feel safe for my spinal condition?” Then this class is for you.  With my thorough knowledge of all spinal conditions, I have designed a 6-week program to help you MOVE STRONGER SAFELY! This class meets once per week on Thursday mornings from 10:00 -11:00 beginning September 20. Class will be held at the Crossfit Aevitas Yoga Studio, 1 Charles Park Blvd, Guilderland. Cost is $120 for 6 classes. Call our office at 518-869-3415 to register. Full payment required for complete registration.  Class space is limited. If this time is not ideal for you, make a recommendation for another time. If there is enough interest, we will add additional classes.

PERSONAL THERAPY SESSIONS: If you like the idea of moving stronger but would prefer individual sessions – just you and your doctor working together for one hour! Then this option is for you. Call for a “PERSONAL THERAPY CONSULTATION” so we can assess and developed a plan just for you. Sessions will be exercise based with myofascial therapy if indicated. Introductory price is $85 per hour.

DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT: We are providing our patients the benefits of home use medical equipment to include: TENS units, cervical and lumbar home traction units and lumbar braces. These devices can provide great pain relief and are used in the comfort of your home. Set up an appointment to discuss which devices could benefit you and to maximize your insurance benefit.

As always, if you have questions about this article please feel free to contact at the Sports & Spinal Wellness Center at 518-869-3415. Follow us on Facebook or visit our website at www.sportsandspinalwellness.com.

 

 

 

 

PARENTING BATTLE: FORTNITE VS. CELL PHONE

By: Dr. Kim Leis-Keeling

The “battle bus” drops the “skins” off to skydive into this virtual apocalyptic world. The world is an island where the last man to survive, wins. Gamers must deploy strategies to stay out of the “storm” which will push players together and force battles so gamers can’t just hide out until the end. This is similar to strategies used in the arena of the “Hunger Games” movies. Sometimes gamers will have to “build battle” to get an advantage and gain higher ground. And of course you can spend your “V-bucks” to make your skins look cooler with new “skins” and “back bling”. Okay, if you have teens, you are very familiar with this language. If you are past this stage of life…be thankful!

As parents, gaming is maddening. It’s all kids talk about and want to do. There is lots of screaming involved and the glory dances if they win. Winning in Fortnite is a big deal! You should celebrate this moment with your child! Just image they won the National Spelling Bee or something noteworthy and tell them how proud you are of them. This is a bonding moment so don’t miss out – they are hard to come by as children get older. I can relate to this gaming enthusiasm…back in 1985, I got past level 3 of Pacman!

So is Fortnite and gaming all bad? Each time I’m faced with a parenting dilemma or situation, I ask myself a few questions: How can I relate to this? What was something from my childhood that is similar in situation? How did I handle it and how did my parents handle it? Do I wish my parents would have done something different for a better outcome? What would my children be doing if they weren’t playing Fortnite (or other annoying teen activity)?

The worst part of Fortnite is that in order to win, you have to kill your opponents. Okay, here is where you consider the maturity of the child as see if they are ready for this type of game. In addition, have a conversation about your personal morals and values on guns and their place in this world. “Killing humans is not okay…this is just a game…in real life there are guns and they are not toys”…elaborate as you see fit. Have this conversation frequently.

I’m an optimist so here is my perspective on the positive aspects of Fortnite vs cell phones.

  1. The chiropractic mommy in me is happy with upright head posture of gaming versus looking straight down at a cell phone. Long term we are all damaging the discs in our necks from flexing forward to this degree. Also, there is less eye strain looking at a larger TV screen versus the 2x4 inch cell screen.

  2. They are playing with friends, socializing and having fun. I remember spending my summers on the farm in the country where I did not see my friends or classmates for 3 months. We had 3 television channels and cartoons were only aired on Saturday mornings from 7:00-10:30. We actually had to get up early to watch the cartoons.We had no organized sports or activities until 7th grade. No library or access to books. Talk about a boring summer. I lived on a farm so we worked every day. I would have loved to be this connected to my friends at this age. Personally, I love to overhear the conversations that the kids are having with their friends through the headsets about school, sports, pop culture and the random “Hey Dude, what kind of underwear do you wear?"

  3. They are learning how to use strategies to defeat the other gamers. This will trigger some neurons in their brains to have to think about their next move. Think of it as the modern day “Chess game” – I know, it’s a stretch. But I would rather have this activity than watching my children mindlessly listen to a conversation between SpongeBob and Patrick talk about crabby patties or watching any show on the Disney Channel. In addition, I don’t have to listen to the background music of Minecraft anymore, which can put anyone into a hypnotic trance.

  4. They are focusing on something that involves concentration for longer than 2 seconds. Games often last 15-20 minutes so don’t bother asking them to do anything until the game is over. You will hear “I’m in the middle of a game”! The alternative activity to Fortnite for most teens is to scroll Instagram and Snapchat. Both which are training their brains to focus on information for 1 second. This lack of concentration spills over into communication with our children…have you noticed they can’t follow a conversation with more than 3 sentences? You need to get your point across in 2 sentences or you have lost them.

  5. Determination to win and succeed. Games encourage the competitive spirit which drives the desire to win. I recently read this book called “GRIT” by Angela Duckworth. A great book for anyone - especially parents. She has studied success in various disciplines including the cadets at West Point. The number one factor in determining someone’s success in life is not their grade point average or academic achievements but rather their “Grit”. Successful graduates of West Point are the grittiest people, those who stick with something until the end…endure the hardships and persevere to the end of the goal. They follow through! The book offers guidance as to how to harness this quality in our youth. She did not mention recommending to play Fortnite…but rather extracurricular activities in general that provide both 1) some type challenge and 2) something the kids want to do (sports, music, LEGOs, etc).

Obviously, as with any device used by children, parental setting should be employed and use common sense time limits on all screen time. As always, if you have questions about this article please feel free to contact me at the Sports & Spinal Wellness Center at 518-869-3415. Follow us on Facebook or visit our website at www.sportsandspinalwellness.com.

 

 

 

July 19, 2018
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ON WISCONSIN!

By: Dr. Kim Leis-Keeling

Last month USA Today reported the countries “Drunkest” Cities. Seven of the top ten cities were in my home state of Wisconsin, while New York only had one city in the top 20. Watertown was listed as number 16 on the list.  As we are beginning the celebration of summer I’d like to remind everyone to drink responsibly and please designate a driver. Now, back to this list. Since most of you have never been to Wisconsin, I thought I’d enlighten you as to the culture of this beautiful place.

I don’t think it is any secret of the stereotype that Wisconsin folks love their beer and cheese. Since I am from Wisconsin, I feel that I can spill the beans here. This is true. Wisconsinites love their beer so much that they not only do we drink the beer, we also try to eat it whenever possible. We cook brats in beer, corn on the cob in beer, beer battered fish, beer bread and classic beer cheddar soup. There are entire cookbooks written on how to use beer in recipes…much like cooking with fine wine.

Wisconsin’s major league baseball team is the Milwaukee “Brewers” who play their games in Miller Stadium. You may recognize beers such as Miller Lite or Old Milwaukee beers. There is also a classic beer called Old Style which is brewed in LaCrosse, WI, also the home to the world’s largest six pack. One of my favorite summer beers is Leinenkugal’s Summer Shandy. We locals will refer to this beer as “Leines”.  Another brand you may have heard of is New Glarus beers. Did you know that Wisconsinites typically have 2 refrigerators in their houses? Yes, one for food and one just for the beer.

Let’s talk cheese. There is no comparison to Wisconsin cheese. My father used to take me to the cheese factory when I was little to get fresh cheese curds. They literally melt in your mouth when you bite into them.  Whenever I go back to Wisconsin, I have visit a local creamery and bring cheese back with me to New York. A few years ago, I decided to really stock up so I bought 15 pounds of cheese and stuffed it into my suitcase. Needless to say, my husband was mortified. He was giving me a hard time about getting through security with all that cheese. I reassured him that we would be fine. Well, we sent our bags through the scanner, the security light goes off and the guys come running. “Whose bag is this?”  My husband shoots me this look of death. The guard opens the suitcase full of cheese and begins to question me. I explain to him that it is cheese from Wisconsin…like he should be as excited as I am. He wasn’t! He said that since cheese looks like explosives, we now have to swab every side of every block of cheese! He was obviously annoyed and said, “Don’t they have cheese in New York?”  Now I just have the cheese shipped out to my house.

You have heard of this football team called the Green Bay Packers right? Well, everyone in Wisconsin loves the Packers and talks about them like they are their close relatives. Most people are still mourning the recent loss of our beloved Jordy Nelson to another team. The minute you cross the state line, it seems like everyone wears the green and gold Packer gear…hats, shirts, pants, jackets, etc. We are so proud of our Packers…even when they lose. The Packers are the only publicly owned NFL team. The citizens of Wisconsin literally have ownership in the Packers. There is a 40 year waiting list for season tickets. A friend of mine just got his season tickets that his parents signed him up for on the day he was born…43 years ago!

A few other recognizable businesses that originated from Wisconsin are: Kohl’s department stores, Harley Davison Motorcycles, Jack Link’s Jerky, John Deer, Trek Bicycles, Matthew’s Bows (proud to say my nephew works for this company), McPherson Custom Guitars and Kohler bath products. Did you know that many of the countries cranberries are grown in Wisconsin? And if you frequent Trader Joes around the holidays, they carry this danish called the Pumpkin or Almond Kringle, these delicious goodies are from a company in Wisconsin called O&H Danish Bakery. Another brand you may have seen here in New York is a dairy brand called, Organic Valley. They produce organic milk products and they actually have a distribution center in my hometown of Cashton, WI. Whenever I see their products here, I always buy them because I know some of the farmers who produce for this company.

I am a strong supporter of buying local, even if “local” is a thousand miles away. It makes me feel a little closer to home. Maybe you will recognize a few of these brands when considering your purchases. Just know that there is some hard working Wisconsinite making those products. A final reminder to have a safe and enjoyable summer but enjoy your beverages responsibly. As always, if you questions about this article or just want to talk beer, cheese or Packers, please feel free to contact me at the Sports & Spinal Wellness Center at 518-869-3415. Follow us on Facebook or visit our website at www.sportsandspinalwellness.com. Go Packers!

PEDIATRIC CHIROPRACTIC CARE: OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF KIDS

BY: Dr. Kim Leis-Keeling

 

 

 

When my son was 4 years old, he asked me “Mom, why are you carpet-practor?” Of course I had to laugh hysterically then explain the correct pronunciation of “chiropractor”. He has since gotten to understand more about sports chiropractic and reap the benefits. Both of my children are my also patients. Over the years, they have learned to listen to their bodies and know what needs attention. They are the ones coming to me and asking to be treated - not me telling them it is time for a “tune-up”.

 

I wanted to share some perspective from my children and other parents who bring their children in for chiropractic care. The following is a brief interview of my children, Tristan and Taylor. As well as, testimonials from parents who bring in their children regularly for care. Here is what they had to say about being chiropractic patients.

 

What is chiropractic care?

            Tristan: “Working on your body so it feels better.”

            Taylor: “Adjusting and massaging.”

 

What is your favorite part about me working on your body?

            Tristan: “I love the lower back stretchy thing.” (He is talking about traction.)

            Taylor: “I like the massage and when you tape my sore legs.”

 

How do you know when your body needs some work done on it?

            Tristan: “When I’m really sore after practice or games, when I get a headache or my tailbone hurts.”

            Taylor: “When my back or legs hurt after gymnastics practice.”

 

What does it feel like to get a spinal adjustment?

            Tristan: “It feels sooo good!”

            Taylor: “It feels good and relaxing.”

 

What would you tell parents who may be nervous about their children going to a chiropractor?

            Tristan: “What is there to be nervous about?”

            Taylor: “I don’t understand why they would be nervous.”

 

Is there anything else you want to share about your chiropractic experience?

            Tristan: “Nope, I’m good.” (haha - typical tweenager)

Taylor: “I like it that you taught me how to tape my legs and ankles when they are sore. One time at gymnastics practice, the coach asked me to help tape a teammate because she didn’t know how to use the kinesiotape and I did. It made me feel proud.”

 

 

My personal testimony

I have been treating my children since the day they were born. We started with gentle infant massage, craniosacral therapy, various chiropractic adjusting techniques and have advanced into more dynamic treatments including stretching, strength exercises, taping, cupping, acupuncture and they have even used the Normatec Recovery Pants.

Why do I treat my children? I understand the concept that we simply cannot run our body into the ground with the physical demands of life, sports and stress without it taking its toll – regardless of our age. The joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments all take a beating and over time joints become strained while muscles and fascia get filled with adhesion and knots. Both of which can lead to faulty sports mechanics and injuries. When pain starts to set in, you cannot take enough NSAIDs to realign your joints and remove muscle adhesions. And with our national opioid epidemic roaring strong, I want my children to learn how to remove pain from their body without resorting to drugs. 

 

 Testimony by Wendy Keaney

“I take my children to Dr. Kim on a monthly basis, during the seasons that they compete.   She provides much more than adjustments and physical therapy.  As a mom, I appreciate the education Dr. Kim provides my children on the specific demands their sports put on their bodies and why.  That knowledge has made them more aware of their everyday aches and pains and how to treat them, before they turn into more serious overuse injuries.”

 

Testimony by Thomas Green

“We believe that proper spine alignment at any age returns excellent overall health benefits.  Our hope by adjusting our children at a young age is to maintain a strong immune system and prevent sports injuries as they grow.  Chiropractic adjustments fit well into our overall family belief in prevention of diseases, over our lifetime, instead of treatment after the fact.”

 

Testimony by Mandi Tooker

My 3.5 year old twins have been going to Dr. Kim for a couple years now for help with leg muscles and GI complaints. She has been an amazing asset in their care, they will ask to see her when feeling in pain. She will massage and stretch muscles from head to toe. They love going there and helping with the “clicker”. She really knows what she’s doing and highly recommended.

 

Testimony by Sheryl English

“I decided to take my seven year old daughter to a chiropractor because she plays several sports, and takes dance and gymnastic lessons. She also wears a full backpack to and from school. So when she began complaining of headaches I was concerned that she strained something in her neck and would be prone to injury because of an imbalance in her body or lack of muscle strength. My daughter’s pediatrician was in favor of her visiting a chiropractor and liked Dr. Kim Keeling at the Sports & Spinal Wellness Center.

At the first appointment, Dr. Keeling observed my daughter’s posture and examined her from head to toe. My daughter can be fearful of new experiences but immediately felt very relaxed with Dr. Keeling. We received a simple and quick exercise to do at home, and Dr. Keeling massaged my daughter’s neck and muscles along the back to loosen them. She also worked on my daughter’s hips to ensure that they were aligned. Dr. Keeling uses massage or a painless, non-invasive tool that makes clicking sounds when working on my daughter. My daughter loves going to the chiropractor. She finds it very relaxing and always feels great afterwards. I have been amazed at how tight my daughter’s muscles can be and that she has trigger points at such a young age. I believe that the chiropractic appointments are helping my daughter to stay in shape and the benefits will last her a life time.”

 

As always, if you have questions about this article and pediatric chiropractic care, I would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Our consultations are always free. Please feel free to contact us at the Sports & Spinal Wellness Center at 518-869-3415. Please visit our website for more information at www.sportsandspinalwellness.com. We would be happy to be a part of your health care team.

 

 

 

 

 

 





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