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November 25, 2017

How to Get the Most Out of Your KKT Treatment!

Five essential tips for a better and faster recovery with the KKT treatment.

Back, neck and shoulder pain are often caused by a variety of conditions that characterise with a certain degree of spinal misalignment. If your spine is not aligned, it may compress your nerves, create pressure on the intervertebral discs and add stress on the muscles and ligaments. KKT relieves the stress and strain on your spine by improving spinal re-positioning of the back, shoulders, and pelvis, at the same time enhancing the health of spinal discs, ligaments, and muscles.

When you are undergoing treatment for chronic back, neck, shoulder pain and injury with advanced technology like KKT, what you do outside your treatment is just as important as following the appointments. Committing to a healthy lifestyle outside your KKT appointments will help you get the most out of your KKT treatment.

Here are the essentials to help you achieve a highly balanced state:

Keeping an Open and Continuous Communication with Your KKT Doctor

One of the best parts of the KKT treatment is having a doctor who is invested in your healing inside and outside the clinic. The foundation of the KKT treatment is a reliable doctor-patient relationship, with your KKT physician giving you guidance for a successful recovery. When you commence your KKT, you will work with your doctor on making sure you are establishing healthy habits to help you heal every day.

Compliance to the treatment plan is key. The most important part of a proper recovery is following your KKT visit schedule, and by doing that, you are helping your physician to form your personalized clinical evaluation and get a better insight on your recovery progress.

Also, research shows that continuous care with KKT enables you to stay healthy, improves flexibility and spine strength.

During the treatment process, make sure to ask questions, provide all the necessary answers to the questions of your doctor, and update on any improvements or harmful habits that might slow your recovery. It is essential to keep a positive mindset throughout the healing process and take full advantage of the support of the KKT community.

FACT: Studies show that a positive mental outlook will benefit your healing process.

Proper Rest Helps Your Body to Heal Faster

Getting quality rest is essential in helping your body heal, improves your memory, mood and motivation. Your body needs 7 to 8 hours of quality rest each night to ensure it is in its peak condition. Sleep is essential for your body because when you sleep, the brain activates the release of hormones that encourage tissue growth, which is especially important if you are recovering from an injury. During the first six weeks of KKT treatment or 36 hours after the start if KKT maintenance sessions, your body needs rest and mental relaxation.

Aim to maintain a consistent sleep schedule by going to bed and waking up at the same time each day. We all know that getting on a regular sleep schedule can be challenging. To achieve this goal:

  • Limit screen time on your phone and television after 8 pm, and keep your electrical objects and power supplies at a safe distance from your bed (1.5 meters away).
  • Avoid caffeine consumption at least six hours before bedtime.
  • Keep your room dark.
  • Limit the use of alcohol and sugary food and drinks before bedtime.
  • Have a short nap after lunch to keep yourself energized (the nap can be as short as 5 minutes, but no longer than 45 minutes because it may disrupt your sleep cycle).

TIP: Quality sleep helps you maintain a robust immune system. A study showed that people who slept at least 8 hours a night were three times less likely to have a cold than those who slept fewer hours. The best sleeping position for optimal spinal health is on your back. Support your neck and head with a small, preferably cylindrical pillow to keep your body aligned.

Don’t Push Your Body with an Extreme Exercise Routine

If you had a regular exercise routine before commencing KKT treatment, talk to your KKT doctor about the best ways to approach exercising once you start the 4 phases of KKT treatment. Your KKT doctor may recommend reducing the intensity of your existing exercise regime for 20% to prevent any possible disturbances to healing. Any extreme exercise in the first six weeks of your KKT treatment plan or 36 hours after a KKT treatment session should be avoided.

As part of your treatment plan, you may also be provided with a series of specific exercises to help strengthen your body once it is physically stable. In conjunction with these stretches, regular walks will keep your body’s circulation moving to aid in recovery and healing. Make sure to avoid sudden movements that will severely impact and put pressure on your body and joints. Here is what to pay attention to:

  • Include exercises that improve your balance and symmetry.
  • Incorporate regular walks into your routine. Short walks are an easy activity that is important for recovery, building strength and maintain muscle tone. Try not to force yourself but gradually increase the distance each day.
  • Regular stretching exercises, especially after long hours of sitting.
Work on Improving Your Posture

Good posture is essential to reducing back and neck pain and preventing further spine damage. When you are not holding your body strong and tall, you are adding strain to the muscles and putting stress on the spine. As you age, poor posture may cause a change in the anatomical characteristics of your spine, which leads to nerve and blood vessel compression, problems with your discs and joints, headaches, fatigue, and may even affect your major organs. Having a good posture is especially important if your work requires long hours of sitting or standing, as the pressure on the spine is more significant if you are in the same position for hours. Studies show that good posture links to positive emotions, improved self-confidence, and cognition function. Improving your posture is crucial for quicker results with the KKT treatment, as the therapy restores the vertebrae to the normal position and helps to maintain equal pressure on all sides of the disc. So, regardless what you are doing throughout the day, keep each part of your body aligned, and adjust smoothly from one posture to other.

Maintain a Healthy Diet

Making healthier changes in your diet will help your body heal its nerves, muscles, and other soft tissues. Eating a diet rich in whole foods, limiting processed food and drinks, and limiting your intake of alcohol, caffeine, and processed sugar will give your body the vitamins and nutrients it needs to continue recovering outside your KKT treatments. Including foods rich in magnesium, calcium, and vitamins found in leafy vegetables and different types of fruits make your bones stronger, and are vital for running the regenerative processes in your body. Here are some tips to help you achieve a healthier body:

  • Drink at least 2 litres of water a day; avoid carbonated drinks and juices, and lower your daily caffeine intake. Drinking freshly made juices is a great way to consume your daily dose of vitamins and minerals;
  • At least 50% of your meals should comprise of fresh fruit and vegetables;
  • Consume whole grains and complex carbohydrates like whole wheat pasta, multigrain bread, brown rice, quinoa, and sweet potato;
  • Include supplements with your daily meals;
  • Proteins are one of the most critical aspects of your recovery diet. Often overlooked to minerals and vitamins, proteins give you the energy to perform your daily activities and keep your entire body functioning.

Following the steps above will help you get the most out of your KKT treatment and ensure your body is in the best condition possible for recovery. For more information on how unhealthy food affects your back pain and the process of healing, click here.

Give it Enough Time

When you start with the KKT treatment, you have your hopes and expectations for a quick recovery. But, it’s important to remember that the spine and the nerve system is an exceptionally complex area of your body. The condition you are suffering from probably took years to develop and may also be caused by severe trauma. If you have undergone surgery or experienced pain for a long time, give your body enough time to heal. KKT treatment will help you feel better from the first couple of treatments, but the full effect will be felt once you finish the required sessions. Age, also plays a role in this process of recovery, so it is important to keep in mind that the older you are, the slower your recovery might be.

Rely on Family and Friends for an Easier Recovery

When you start KKT treatment and notice some improvement, don’t jump into your old, harmful habits, but continue living a healthier lifestyle to prevent the negative effects of chronic back pain. For example, if you need to lift something heavy, and you are not allowed to do so, ask someone else to do it for you. In case your job requires some heavy lifting, follow the protocol: do not bend forward, turn or twist your body while lifting or holding a heavy object; bend your knees and form a squat down to the object and keep the object close to your body; keep a good posture while lifting. It takes only one mistake to harm your spine, reverse the results you’ve achieved with the KKT treatment and slow down the recovery process.

If you are on pain medications, never drive yourself, instead ask someone to drive you. It is important to have a reliable group of friends and family to help you manage other tasks that you are otherwise not allowed to do. The best way to do this is to have a prearranged schedule where different people help you with your daily tasks. Let your loved ones be there for you through the healing process, you will experience the benefit of forming a stronger family bond.

KKT’s state-of-the-art technology is designed to return your body to its peak state through a comprehensive treatment and post-treatment plan. If followed consistently, KKT’s treatment is often more effective and less invasive than other invasive treatments which often don’t treat the underlying cause of your pain.

If you are concerned about the symptoms or physical pain you are experiencing, a comprehensive diagnostic assessment by a KKT physician will determine if you require treatment. Click here to find your nearest KKT clinic and book an appointment.

Posted in Post-Treatment by KKT Team
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Posted in Press Releases by KKT Team
November 1, 2017

Find out how healthy food keep you balanced inside and out, stabilizes your mood and stress levels

Are your food choices as healthy as you think they are?

Including nutritious foods, such as fibre-rich fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and unsaturated fats in your diet will keep you healthy and happy for many years. Health professionals and registered dieticians from all over the world advise patients to “clean up” their refrigerators in addition to their therapy for optimal health.

We’ve listed what you should and shouldn’t be consuming below to help you make healthy eating choices every day. Making these healthy choices helps your body heal from the inside, which is particularly important when you’re overcoming an injury or illness.

What to consume on a daily basis to fulfil the gaps on your nutritional needs?

A healthy diet doesn’t have to be complicated. Simple changes, such as replacing processed food with fresh ingredients as much as possible will make a huge impact on your health.

Fresh fruit and vegetables

TIP: Fresh fruit and vegetables are the cornerstone of a healthy diet and should make up half of each meal you eat. The nutrients you receive from these foods prevent inflammation that may lead to the development of multiple chronic diseases and also relieve the symptoms of those conditions.

Leafy greens, such as kale, spinach, mustard greens, collard greens, arugula, iceberg, and others are full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Rated as the two healthiest vegetables, kale and spinach are rich in vitamin K, lutein, and vitamin C, good for your blood, heart, eyes, and immune system. Carrots and broccoli are on the top ten list of healthiest vegetables, followed by tomatoes and asparagus.

Avoid eating canned vegetables, and lower the intake of corn, peas, potatoes, pumpkin, squash, and yams. These vegetables contain fewer vitamins and minerals than leafy greens but include three times as many calories.

Studies show that blueberries are rich in fibre, antioxidants, and vitamins A and C, boost cardiovascular health, can prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer and help improve age-related memory problems. A recent study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that berries improve your heart health by increasing the levels of beneficial HDL cholesterol and lowering blood pressure. For a tasty source of water, consider watermelon – full of vitamin C and antioxidants – cucumber, salad greens, and strawberries. Foods like oranges, broccoli, and tomatoes are also rich in vitamin C, which helps with having a clear, smooth and moisturised skin, especially helpful for middle-aged women. Avocados are high in monounsaturated fatty acids, which are the “good” type of fats, healthy for your heart.

The magnesium, calcium, and vitamins D3 and K2 contained in leafy vegetables help the bones in the spine stay healthy. Vitamin C is crucial for collagen formation, the substance that holds your bones, muscles, skin and tendons together. This vitamin enables your cells to form into tissue, which is key for the regenerative processes in your body, helping your injured muscles, tendons, ligaments and discs to heal while keeping the vertebrae nice and strong.

TIP: If the fruits and vegetables mentioned above can’t be found in certain seasons and you want to make a smoothie or a salad but avoid the canned ones, always go for frozen fruit and vegetables. Use only the products that have named one ingredient on the label, the fruit or vegetable!

We shouldn’t forget the beans!

According to research by The Journal of Nutrition, green beans, and other high-fibre foods are key to preventing weight gain and also help with weight loss. Beans such as white beans, lentils, boiled soybeans, cranberry beans, pinto beans, kidney beans, black beans, navy beans and lima beans are a must for a daily dose of fibre, iron, and potassium. However, the latest numbers show that nine out of ten Americans are not eating enough fibre, and in general, people from all over the world are falling short on fibre intake. The minimum recommended intake of fibre for a 19 to 50-year-old male is 38 grams, 25 grams for females.

Click here for full infographics.

Whole grains

Make sure you eat a variety of whole grains for a healthy dose of B vitamins and energy. Whole grains like whole-wheat bread, whole grain pasta, and brown rice are all great options. Whole grains are rich in fibre, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals. Limit your intake of refined grains such as white rice, white pasta, and white bread. Refined grain makes less nutritious foods and has a higher glycaemic index – your body absorbs the sugars faster, causing a spike in blood sugar levels.

TIP: The recommended intake of whole grains per day is 48 grams.

Healthy protein

Balanced levels of protein in your body give you the energy to perform your day to day activities, supports mood and brain function. It is crucial to incorporate more high-quality proteins into your diet – from both animal-based and plant-based sources because they are critical components of your bones. Make sure you are consuming healthy, unprocessed meats and protein including fish, poultry, and beans. Limit your intake of bacon, cold cuts, red meat, cheese, and other processed meats. Proteins keep your immune system functioning, helps maintain your health by reducing the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases and boosts your resistance to stress, anxiety and depression. Beans, nuts and seeds, as well as tofu and soy products, are rich sources of plant-based protein.

TIP: The average adult needs at least 0.8 grams of protein (per day) per kilogram of body weight. It would be great if you can divide your protein intake into equal amounts among meals.

Calcium and Bone Health

Often overlooked in our diets, calcium is a vital nutrient that is being used by almost every cell in your body. Calcium is especially beneficial for keeping the nervous system, muscles, and heart working properly. Studies show a connection between osteoporosis – a disease that causes loss of bone mass – and calcium intake. To prevent this disease, consume more yogurt, milk, sardines, salmon, tofu, kale, broccoli and Chinese cabbage.

Water

It does not come as a surprise when nutritionists point out the health benefits of drinking more water. Your body is composed of nearly 60% water which is used for proper digestion, absorption, circulation, nutrient transportation, saliva creation, brain function, and body temperature regulation. Staying hydrated keeps your body running, helps you control calories, energizes your muscles, and maintains healthy skin and proper kidney and bowel function.

TIP: Your body doesn’t immediately show signs of dehydration. Many times, you might not feel thirsty even if you are dehydrated. So, to keep yourself hydrated, include more fruits and vegetables in your diet – about 20% of fluid intake in your body comes from food – keep a bottle of water readily available in different places in your home, at your desk, and car, and make sure to drink water with every meal.

Healthy oils

Use healthy oils like olive oil and coconut oil in your cooking. Over thousand studies to this date prove that coconut oil is one of the healthiest foods. Coconut oil is made from healthy, saturated fats and three types of fatty acids: caprylic, lauric, and capric acid, which make this ingredient the perfect source of energy as it is turned into fuel faster than other fats in your body. This superfood prevents heart disease and high blood pressure, treats kidney infection and protects the liver, reduces inflammation and arthritis, prevents cancer, improves memory and brain function, boosts your immune system and much more.

Olive oil is also rich in healthy monounsaturated fats, contains large amounts of antioxidants, protects against heart disease and has strong anti-inflammatory properties.

TIP: Coconut oil is best for cooking over high heat due to its high smoke point temperature, compared to olive oil which has a low smoke point and can become toxic when heated to a high temperature. Add your oils to a portion-controlled serving of avocado and nuts and provide healthy fats and oils for your body.

What to Avoid

Sugar

Eating high amounts of sugar will increase your insulin levels which can worsen your pain if you’re experiencing painful symptoms from an injury or illness. Limiting your processed and natural sugar intake will assist in keeping your insulin levels consistent and your body in peak condition.

Caffeine

It can be tempting to artificially and temporarily eliminate feelings of fatigue with stimulants like caffeine, but this approach often does more harm than good in the long run. Though caffeine provides an initial boost of energy, it is no substitute for sleep and is likely to keep you awake. If you can’t go without coffee, limit your intake to one cup of coffee in the morning and consume water and herbal teas throughout the rest of your day.

Fat

Consuming foods high in trans-fat, like deep-fried foods, can contribute to and cause inflammation in the body. While your body does need a dose of healthy fats in your diet from natural sources, foods like sweets, fast foods, and deep-fried food will not help your body in getting the vitamins and nutrients that keep you healthy.

Junk food

Limit or eliminate fast food, candy, and vending-machine products. In addition to contributing to weight gain and the development of unhealthy eating habits, these unhealthy foods may also irritate your muscles, disrupt your sleep, and compromise your immune system as they don’t contain the vital nutrients that promote health in your body.

Food additives

Food additives such as monosodium glutamate (MSG) often cause trouble for pain patients. MSG is an excitatory neurotransmitter that may stimulate pain receptors. Glutamate levels in spinal fluid have also been shown to correlate with pain levels in chronic pain patients.

Sweeteners

Aspartame and other artificial sweeteners found in some diet sodas and many sugar-free sweets are part of a chemical group called excitotoxins. This chemical group can activate neurons that can increase your sensitivity to pain.

What are your favourite healthy foods to eat? Do you notice the difference in your body when you choose to make healthy eating choices? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

KKT’s state-of-the-art technology is designed to return your body to its peak state through a comprehensive treatment and post-treatment plan. If followed consistently, KKT’s treatment is often more effective and less invasive than other invasive treatments which don’t treat the underlying cause of your pain.

If you are concerned about the symptoms or physical pain you are experiencing, a comprehensive diagnostic assessment by a KKT physician will determine if you require treatment. Click here to find your nearest KKT clinic and book an appointment.

Posted in General Health, Healty Lifestyle by KKT Team