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Chiropractic Wellness Center Coronavirus Protocols

covid-19 picNew information surrounding the coronavirus and the changes affecting everyone’s daily routines have many people very concerned, and rightfully so.

The International Chiropractors Association, Centers for Disease Control and the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards view chiropractic (and many of the other services we provide) as essential healthcare services that can be used by patients with a wide array of health conditions.

Because of this we feel a responsibility and commitment to be here for you. Therefore, we are open and will remain dedicated to providing convenient and affordable care to our practice members.

Having said that, the safety of our patients and staff is of the utmost importance. To ensure that safety, we are taking extraordinary measures to make sure you receive the care you and your family need. Here are some of the precautions we have undertaken:

1.) Staff temperatures are being taken daily and they are checked for signs and symptoms of any illness to ensure they may come to, and stay at work.

2.) Patients are being screened when calling for appointments to ensure they have not:

a.) Traveled outside of the state or country in the last 14 days.

b.) Had contact with anyone with confirmed COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

c.) Experienced: higher levels than normal of fatigue, fever greater than 100°, difficulty breathing or coughing episodes.

Patients that say “yes” to any of the above questions will be asked to visit their primary care doctor to be screened for COVID-19 before being allowed to schedule an appointment. I can also tell you that in our 20 years of practice, it’s been very rare that someone will choose to come in with any acute symptoms of an illness (severe cough/fever/etc.) and I think that will hold true even more so in the coming months. That being said: If you are not feeling well, stay home, rest and recover.

3.) Patient’s temperatures are taken with infared thermometers upon entrance to the office.

4.) Our entrance door, reception area, and other frequently touched surfaces are being wiped down with disinfectant every 30 minutes.

5.) Treatment rooms and equipment are wiped down after every patient.

6.) All of the providers that have contact with patients are disinfecting their hands between every patient.

7.) Trash is being emptied every 30 minutes.

8.) Gloves and masks are available for staff when treating patients in high risk groups which include: people over 65 and/or those with high BP, heart disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease or cancer.

9.) To comply with CDC recommendations that people practice “Social Distancing”, we are scheduling no more than one patient per provider per 15 minutes.

10.) Patients are encouraged to call from the parking lot when they arrive at the office. Front desk staff can let you know when the previous patient has finished their appointment so you can come in and go straight to your treatment room.

You can also “check-in” by calling when you get to the parking lot and we will call you when your room is ready so you can get in and out of the office as quickly as possible.

10.) We are requesting that ONLY the patient being treated and any necessary assistants, caregivers or dependents come to the office.

What can you do at home?

Unfortunately, because this a new (novel) virus, there is currently no credible scientific evidence to support any type of treatment.  That means we must do everything we can to ensure that our immune systems are functioning at their absolute best.  Here are some easy things you can start doing RIGHT NOW to help boost your immune system.

1.) Stay hydrated. Divide your body weight in half and consume that many ounces of water every day. For example: A 160 pound person should drink 80 ounces of water (160 / 2 = 80) or roughly seven 12 ounce glasses of water.

2.) Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and AVOID processed and sugary foods. Research has shown that consuming 100 grams of sugar solution (e.g. soda, energy drinks and fruit juice) can impair your immune system for up to 5 hours!  If 100 grams seems like a lot, one can of soda has 39 grams of sugar.  Great nutritional supplements for the immune system include vitamin D3 and vitamin C. If you don’t want to wander through the empty shelves at King Soopers, visit our Pure Encapsulations Store.  For those of you that are used to using Elderberry syrups ans supplements, you may want to think twice.  Research shows that this age old flu remedy may not be useful when dealing with the coronavirus.

3.) If you have a secluded yard or patio area, get outside and get some sun. The vitamin D that your body makes will help your immune system and the fresh air will help keep you from going “stir crazy”.

4.) If you are at home, try to get some exercise. If you don’t have any exercise equipment available, deep knee bends, lunges and push ups (if you are able) are also great ways to get your heart pumping. If those are too much, take a lap (or 10) from the living room to the kitchen and loop through your bedroom. Remember, sitting all day is what got most of you in our office with neck and back pain in the first place!

5.) Spend some quality time with your family.

6.) Sleep is always important but even more so in stressful times like this. 7+ hours of sleep per night is a great goal!

*7.) Consider taking CBD to help prevent the most serious symptoms associated with coronavirus. The most dangerous result of a Coronavirus infection is when the virus affects the lungs and the immune system “overreacts” and floods the area with inflammatory cytokines.  This “cytokine storm” can cause pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome, and respiratory failure.  CBD has been shown to inhibit cytokine production (see the studies here, here, and here). This is important because it can potentially help prevent the overload of cytokines in a coronavirus infected person and possibly help prevent their condition from becoming critical.

8.) Try not to stress out! Stress and anxiety only weaken your immune system. If the news and social media decrease your anxiety, stick with it, but if those things make you feel worse, take a break and do something you enjoy. Deep breathing exercises, yoga, meditation, and/or prayer are also great ways to manage stress.

We look forward to life normalizing and will do everything we can to maintain your health, happiness and safety. Remember, when you feel good, you experience less stress, and sleep better. All of which are great for your overall health AND your immune system.  (Read about the benefits of Chiropractic and how it affects the Immune system - ICA-Report-on-Immune-Function-and-Chiropractic).

If you do have any specific questions, please feel free to reach me by phone: (303) 463-0722 or email: drjim@westdenverchiropractor.com and I’ll answer your questions quickly and honestly.

The bottom line is…we’re in this with you! We are committed to you and your family! We will do EVERYTHING in our power to help you get out of pain, stay healthy and return to normal living as quickly as possible!

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