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January 1, 2021 Patient Resource


While people look to make New Year’s Resolutions, we promote healthy lifestyle.

New Year’s Resolutions are often hard to keep. Whether you are resolving to change this habit or that habit, it takes true commitment to actually see that change through. At NTCO, we resolve to not make a typical New Year’s Resolution, but instead dedicate our services to creating true change in your life – for a lifetime, not for a few weeks or months. We want to partner with you on your journey to living a healthy lifestyle while living pain free.

Living a healthy lifestyle is no easy task in this day and age. It seems that even with the pandemic, life is still whizzing past and dinnertime creeps up on us. With a fast pace of life comes fast-food or restaurant pick-up with tons of sodium, sugar, and fat. Sometimes it feels impossible to slow down enough to make the meals at home that you know you should. Having some go-to recipes in your pocket (or recipe book, rather) can help you take that step towards eating healthier. Plus, the ability to prep and then freeze your favorite meals can speed up mealtime when you are on the go! Just pull out of the freezer, heat, and serve! Try out these simple recipes, both healthy and hearty, for a nice warm meal this winter:

Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet

Pressure-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Orange Pomegranate Salmon

With all of the pick-up and delivery options from grocery stores these days, you can maximize your schedule and have the ingredients you need at your doorstep the moment you need them. This is a great way to save time and eat healthy in the new year.

Our team at Neuropathy Treatment Clinic of Oklahoma strive to come alongside you in every area of your life, not just in pain management. We want to see you live healthy and LIVE PAIN FREE in 2021! Call and make an appointment today at (918) 921-8160.


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December 1, 2020 Patient Resource


It’s December! The temperature is falling, the christmas lights are on the house, the trees are up and the stockings are hung. Joy and happiness fill homes and the anticipation of presents to be open sit wrapped beautifully below the tree. This month has exciting opportunities to be surrounded by family and friends, however, if you deal with pain from neuropathy the precious times with family and friends can be far in between.

Not really sure if you are dealing with symptoms related to neuropathy?
Basic symptoms of neuropathy include: tingling and numbness of hands and feet, stabbing and jabbing pain, extreme sensitivity to touch, burning sensations, and muscle weakness.

This holiday season, here at Neuropathy Treatment Clinic of Oklahoma, we want to make sure that you get all the help you need, in becoming pain free from neuropathy. There is no need to wait until the new year when you can get started right now. By calling one of our offices, we will get you set up for a consultation with one of our medical staff. During your consultation, we will go over current symptoms that you are experiencing and look over past medical records to make sure that our unique medical treatment is right for you.

With this month in full swing, we want to make sure that you have everything you need to enjoy time with your precious family and especially those grandkids. We have provided below a holiday activities list.

Baking and Cooking

  • Baking sugar cookies and cutting them out with cookie cutters is always a big hit during the holiday season. Don’t like sugar cookies, baking any cookies from scratch is always a big winner.
  • Cooking a favorite recipe for lunch/dinner, gives your grandkids the opportunity to learn how to follow a recipe and also makes memories that will last a lifetime.

Puzzles & Card Games (all you need is a deck of cards)

  • Puzzles (board puzzles, word search, crossword, & sodoku)
  • Card Games: (Crazy 8’s, Hearts, Go Fish, & Slap Jack)
  • Arts and Crafts are always fun during the holidays; whether it is making a snowman out of toilet paper rolls or painting and creating ornaments everyday materials.
  • Decorate a gingerbread house.

Movie Day

  • Cuddle up and watch your favorite Christmas movie, maybe even add some popcorn and hot cocoa with marshmallows.

Teach them your hobby

  • Do you like to sew, knit, put together car sets, or anything in between? Grandkids love learning new things and what is better than learning grandma and grandpa’s hobby?

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October 1, 2020 Patient Resource


At the Neuropathy Treatment Clinic of Oklahoma, not only do we believe in living a pain free life, we also believe in living out a healthy lifestyle! A healthy lifestyle could include things such as: giving up smoking, having a positive thought life, or eating healthier foods. The tough thing about making a lifestyle change is that in itself, it’s change! Not only are you trying to make a change quickly but you’re constantly being challenged by your old habits. Many people are afraid of starting a lifestyle change due to the looming sense of “failure”. NTCO is here to help you with a few simple steps on how to start committing to your lifestyle change without the fear of failure.

Step One: Find a support team to help you along the way

  • Finding a support team is vastly important in committing to a healthier lifestyle. When you have a helpful support system they can encourage you on tough days, keep you accountable and even walk alongside you in your journey!

Step Two: Taking one step at a time

  • The most common challenge of a lifestyle change is that it’s “too much, too fast” which makes for a disappointing “fail” if you don’t succeed. The best way to succeed in your lifestyle change is to take baby steps, one step at a time.
  • For example; if you’re looking into changing your diet and eating less sugar. It would be hard to cut out ALL sugars inside every meal and drink that you consume; however, you can take one sugary item out of your day as a small step towards the big goal!

Step Three: Having a positive outlook on your goal

  • Once you have set your mind on a goal, be sure to strive after it daily! A positive mindset can change the way you see challenges and negative situations. Recent studies have shown that positive thinking can increase lifespan, lower rates of depression, stronger immune system, better psychological and physical wellbeing, and better cardiovascular health!

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September 1, 2020 Patient Resource


Studies show that it takes 21 days to break an existing habit and 66 days to create a new habit. When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, the daily habits that you have are directly related to your health and wellness.

Below is a list of 6 healthy habits that you can incorporate into your daily routine to encourage a healthy lifestyle:

Diet
Diet and nutrition are very important when it comes to creating healthy habits.

  • Making sure that you are drinking at least 64 ounces of water a day not only helps you digest food, but it also helps oxygenate your blood, strengthen your immune system, reduces cramps, and helps your body function.
  • Portion control is something that you need to be aware of. When eating a meal make sure that you are only eating until you are satisfied is key, when you overeat or feel the need to eat everything on your plate is when the unhealthy eating habits come into play.
  • Be more aware if you are eating because you are stressed or bored. When we eat because of boredom or stress, we tend to run to the pantry or fridge and grab the junk food or unhealthy foods and in those moments we tend to indulge and could create health concerns down the road.

Physical Activity
Having physical activity in your daily life benefits not only our body but your
mind as well. It helps control your weight, helps fight chronic diseases, improves your mood, and helps reduce stress.

Oftentimes we think that physical activity only means physical exercise such as riding a bike, swimming, or going for a walk/run, however, there are many things that you can do to get your body moving throughout the day that is not exercise.

This activity could be playing with your grandchildren, gardening, working in the yard, playing tennis, or just doing a yoga or Zumba class, the goal is just to get your body moving at a minimum of 30 minutes a day.

If when you start, you can only go a shorter duration of 10-15 minutes, work yourself up to be able to do a minimum of 30 minutes a day. There is nothing better than setting a personal goal and seeing yourself accomplish it.

Hobbies
Having a hobby gives you specified times to do something that brings you joy. Spending time doing things that you love and are passionate about has a positive effect on your mental health. Giving yourself a space to learn new things and help relieve stress from the day.

Choosing a hobby can sometimes be difficult, especially if you do not already have one; it takes time to practice, you have to dedicate moments to learn the levels of skills, and it helps develop patience.

However, having a hobby helps build self-confidence, reduces boredom, and helps prevent bad habits of just sitting around and wasting time.

Limit alcohol consumption & number of cigarettes smoked.
Having an addictive behavior such as having to consume alcohol everyday or smoking can not only affect your health and wellness now, but also will only increase the risk of developing chronic illnesses in the future.

When looking at creating healthy habits, reducing the amount of alcohol you consume and amount of smoking you do.

Socialize
Community is something that we all need. Being surrounded by those that we love helps have people we can talk to, rely on, and can develop deep lasting relationships with.

Because of the busyness that surrounds our everyday lives, it takes effort to put forth maintaining the relationships that we have. Laughter is the best medicine and it often comes from making memories with those in our circle.

Simple things that you could do to help maintain community in your life:

  • Host dinner nights
  • Host bingo at your house
  • Schedule a family night
  • Plan a vacation with family
  • Go on a bus tour with friends

Sleep
How you feel throughout the day, is directly related to the amount of sleep you received during the night as well as the quality of sleep you had. Making sure
that you get an adequate amount of sleep a night not only help improve your brain function, but also helps with physical and mental health, and improves your overall quality of life.

When you do not receive quality sleep during the night, you could experience:

  • Your work performance decreasing during the day
  • Delayed reactions when talking or driving
  • Have a hard time thinking clearly

Here are a couple of helpful tips to help you get better sleep:

  • Limit the amount of caffeine you have in a day and try to not have any caffeine in the afternoon
  • Create a sleep routine that will help you slow down around bedtime
  • Don’t look at electronics at least one hour before bedtime
  • Make sure that it is completely dark in your room
  • Avoid eating after 7:30pm, giving your body enough time to digest the food

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July 2, 2020 Patient Resource


As the summer heat is settling in, the urge to stay inside increases. Finding different ways to stay active inside can be exhausting. You do not have to go out and run a marathon or even go to the gym and lift weights to keep your body healthy physically. Just simply get your body moving for a minimum of 30 minutes a day. Consistency is key, so as long as you are doing it every day, that is what matters.

Here is a simple list of inside activities that you could do to get your body moving; as always check with your doctor first to make sure that these activities are okay for you to perform.

INSIDE ACTIVITIES:

    • Take the stairs instead of the elevator
    • Go walk on an indoor track or around a museum, mall, or other large public space
    • Host a lunch party with some friends
    • Play games with your grandchildren
    • Volunteer at the local food bank
    • Pilates videos on Youtube
    • Yoga videos on Youtube
    • Balance exercises
    • Cycling on an indoor bike

Getting plugged into your local gym is always a great way to not only keep your body healthy, but also gives you the community and social life needed to help motivate you to stay on track. Look for a local gym that has classes that are specifically focused on Senior Health. Many gyms have group classes such as: Walk for Fitness, Chair Balance and Strength, Senior Power Yoga, Zumba, and more.

Doing strength and aerobic exercises is always good for your body. Continuing to do strength exercises helps keep your muscles moving and your blood flowing. Strength training keeps your bones healthy, prevents falls, improves mobility, and reduces pain from arthritis.
Even if you are only doing minimum lifting of free weights or using the weight machines, you should try to do strength exercises at least two days a week.

Not only is physical activity important, but so is nutrition. Physical activity and nutrition work hand and hand to create a healthy lifestyle.

Eating well is something that seems difficult but does not have to be. When you are planning your meals this month, try some of these fun, simple, and easy recipes.

Healthy Fruity Oatmeal:
https://www.cookforyourlife.org/recipes/healthy-fruity-oatmeal/

Grilled Lime Chicken Fajitas:
https://www.diabetesfoodhub.org/recipes/grilled-lime-chicken-fajitas.html

Latin Baked Fried Chicken
https://www.diabetesfoodhub.org/recipes/latin-baked-fried-chicken.html

It always helps to plan a menu for the week before you go to the store, so that you can ensure that you have all the ingredients that you need and multiple trips aren’t needed. Doing this simple tip, will create more time for you to do the things you love.


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June 1, 2020 Patient Resource


Mild vitamin deficiencies are very common among the older population. The most common vitamin deficiencies in the older population include: Vitamin D, calcium, Vitamin B12, and magnesium.

Having vitamin deficiencies are most common as a person ages. Here at NTCO, we cannot prescribe vitamins and supplements to include in your daily life, however, we do recommend that you see your primary care physician to have your levels checked.

Below we have included what each vitamin does to give you greater understanding.

VITAMIN D
Vitamin D is necessary for building and keeping healthy bones. Calcium, which is the component of bone, can only be absorbed when Vitamin D is present. Vitamin D also helps reduce the inflammation in the body.

In the older demographic, vitamin D tends to be deficient because of the lack of outside time: most of the time for this demographic is spent inside, therefore sun exposure is very limited. As well as, when a person is aging, their skin does not synthesize vitamin D as efficiently as before, and they are not supplementing with any additional vitamins.

Without vitamin D, there could be a decrease in bone density, causing your bones to become thin and brittle, increasing the chances of having an injury in the event of a fall. The lack of vitamin D can also lead to osteoporosis.

There are not a lot of foods that contain Vitamin D, so if you feel that you have a Vitamin D deficiency you should schedule an appointment with your PCP, to learn more about what your next steps are.

CALCIUM
Calcium is needed to help build and maintain strong bones over the course of your life. Calcium also helps your muscles, nerves, and heart function properly.

When you have a calcium deficiency it could lead to weak and brittle bones, which could cause osteoporosis. Your body doesn’t produce calcium, therefore, you have to find it in other sources such as different foods.
Calcium can be found in different foods such as: dark leafy vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, & kale; fish products; and dairy products such as cheese, milk & yogurt.

If you feel that you are experiencing symptoms of having a deficiency of calcium, please reach out to your PCP and schedule an appointment to learn about your next steps.

VITAMIN B12
Vitamin B12 is directly linked to red blood cell formation, cell metabolism, nerve function and the production of DNA.

To have a deficiency of B12 is rare, however, it can happen especially as a person ages and more health concerns become common. When there is a deficiency of vitamin B12 it can lead to fatigue, muscle weakness, nerve damage, anemia, and mood changes.

There are many sources of B12 that you could include in meals such as poultry, fish, and dairy products. Many people get B12 through a balanced diet, however, if you have specific dietary restrictions, then checking in with your PCP would be a great first step to ensuring that you do not need any additional intake.

MAGNESIUM
Magnesium is needed in the body to help support nerve and muscle function and help with energy production.

If you have a low amount of magnesium, there could be no symptoms at all, however, depending on how low the deficiency gets, it could lead to high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis or heart disease.

A variety of foods are a good source for magnesium, including whole grains, leafy vegetables, dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt), nuts, and seeds. However, if you feel like you have a magnesium deficiency, please schedule an appointment with your PCP, to learn your next steps.


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May 1, 2020 Patient Resource


This month, we will celebrate national neuropathy awareness week. A week that is dedicated to educating the public about the symptoms, causes, & treatments of neuropathy. It is a week that is all about educating those who might not be aware that they are dealing with symptoms related to neuropathy.

At Neuropathy Treatment Clinic of Oklahoma, we like to take a holistic approach to dealing with symptoms and pain related to Neuropathy. When taking a holistic approach, we don’t only focus on the symptoms and pain that you are experiencing but also take a look at the contributing factors such as: your social life, eating habits, daily activities/habits, occupation, finances and mental health.

Each of these contributing factors whether we realize it or not, takes a toll on our wellness because of the stress that each brings. Taking a holistic approach to wellness means looking at the whole man and making sure that each area of your life you are set up for success because when one area is suffering, it has an effect on all other areas of your life.

During your consultation, our medical staff sits down with you and creates a plan that will help you make better decisions whether it is with exercise, nutrition, or daily habits. Our team helps you plan out how to get to your end goal, by giving you resources to help you get there.

Taking a holistic approach simply means that we do not perform our treatments with any injections or put our patients on any medicines to help combat neuropathy. It has been said, that medicines other doctors are prescribing actually can increase the symptoms of neuropathy.

Exercising at least 10 minutes a day, working your way to 30 minutes a day helps combat the symptoms related to neuropathy. You want to make sure that you are only doing activities that you are able to do without putting any additional strain on your body.

At NTCO, within the holistic approach, nutrition is everything. You want to make sure that you are giving your body all of the nutrients that it needs. Below we have linked 3 recipes that are healthy, easy, fast, and take great.

Six Can Chicken Tortilla Soup

15 minutes – 6 ingredients – Serves 6 – 214 Calories & 17g Protein

https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/19766/six-can-chicken-tortilla-soup/

Turkey & Apricot Wraps

15 Minutes – 5 ingredients – Serves 4 – 312 Calories & 20g Protein per wrap

https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/turkey-apricot-wraps/

Instant Pot Chicken Chili

25 minutes- 7 ingredients – Serves 8 – 253 Calories & 30g Protein

https://diabetesstrong.com/instant-pot-chicken-chili/


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April 1, 2020 Patient Resource

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Symptoms related to neuropathy (also known as peripheral neuropathy) can often be unpredictable and vary person to person. Depending on the type of neuropathy that you have, your symptoms can be more noticeable than in others.

It is important to know the basic symptoms of neuropathy so that when pain arises, you know when you need to take action.

Pain from neuropathy is often from a condition such as a disease, traumatic injury, an infection, or the damaging act of peripheral nerves. Many patients who have diabetes often suffer from symptoms of neuropathy.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Tingling, numbness, or prickling feeling that starts in your hands or feet, and can spread upward into your arms and legs
  • Sharp, burning, jabbing pain
  • Extreme sensitivity to touch
  • Lack of coordination and fallings
  • Muscle weakness

If autonomic nerves are affected, symptoms could include:

  • Heat intolerance
  • Excessive Sweating
  • Bowel, bladder, and digestive problems
  • Changes in blood pressure

CLICK HERE to book an appointment if you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, or call the Neuropathy Treatment Clinic of Oklahoma to schedule a consultation.



March 1, 2020 Patient Resource

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AEROBIC EXERCISES:

Aerobic exercise is a type of exercise that increases your heart rate, works different muscle groups and increases breathing rate. It is recommended to aim for 30 minutes of exercise at least 3 to 5 days a week. Here are some ideas of different types of Aerobic exercise!

  • Brisk walk around the park / neighborhood
  • Low impact aerobics class such as a yoga or stretch class
  • Indoor / Outdoor swimming class
  • Stationary Bike



FLEXIBILITY:

Flexibility refers to the range of motion in your joints or the ability of your joints to move through a complete range of motion.

Plantar Fascia Stretch –

  • Start off by facing a door frame, taking one foot and placing your heel as close to the door frame as possible, with your toes flexed (pointed) up on the frame. At a slow rate, begin to lean forward, allowing your heel to slide back as your toes extend upward. If you’d like to intensify the stretch, bend the front knee toward the door frame stretching the calf even more. You should feel an intense stretch from the bottom of your foot to the middle of the calf.

Arm Stretch –

  • Flexor (inside of arm, flexes wrist) – Place palm on a flat surface with fingers facing toward your body. Lean away from the hand for a more intense stretch. Hold stretch for intervals of 15 to 20 seconds.
  • Extender (outside / top of arm, lifts wrist) – Place top/backside of your hand placed on a flat surface with fingers facing toward you. Lean away from the hand for a more intense stretch. Hold stretch for intervals of 15 to 20 seconds.


STRENGTH TRAINING:

Strength training is physical conditioning using resistance to induce muscular contraction to build strength within your muscles.

Kitchen Counter Calf Raises –

  • To start off the exercise, place two hands on the kitchen counter while having both feel evenly distributed in weight. Stand on both feet with a small distance between them, lift both heels off the floor at the same time, standing on your toes. Slowly lower yourself to the floor and repeat. To intensify your exercise, repeat these same steps listed above per side, alternating after each rep.


BALANCE:

Balance training is repeating exercises that involve strengthening muscles that help keep you upright. Doing balance exercises will help improve stability and help prevent falls.

Hip Flexion –

  • While standing up straight with one hand on a table or chair in front of you for balance. Slowly bend one knee and draw it toward chest, without bending at the waist or hips. Hold this position for 5 to 10 seconds, then lower slowly back down, repeating on the opposite side. If you wish to intensify this balance exercise, you can progress to using one hand, one finger, or no hands to hold on for balance.

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February 1, 2020 Patient Resource


Have you noticed lately that your feet are cold and it is not just because of the winter weather?
Have you felt like you needed to wear multiple pairs of socks, yet your feet can never get warm?
Do you feel a tingling sensation in your feet when you are standing up or sitting down?

If you answered, “Yes,” to one or more of those questions, than you could have symptoms related to peripheral neuropathy.

According to the Mayo Clinic, “peripheral neuropathy is a result of damage to the nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord (peripheral nerves), often causing weakness, numbness and pain, usually in your hands and feet.”

Feeling “COLD” tingling sensations in your feet is often normal with peripheral neuropathy, due to the nerves that detect your temperature being damaged. And although you feel cold and tingling sensations in your feet, they will not be cold to touch.

However, your feet are not the only body part that can be affected by peripheral neuropathy.

Tingling and numbness often start in your hands and feet and move upward to your legs and arms. The tingling sensations can often lead to more intense symptoms, such as: feeling prickling or burning sensations, sharp or jabbing pain, and sensitivity to touch.

As peripheral neuropathy progresses, lack of coordination, muscle weakness, and loss of feeling may develop.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, call The Neuropathy Treatment Clinic of Oklahoma for a consultation.

During your consultation, we will evaluate all of your symptoms and previous medical history to see if you qualify for our unique medical treatment.

Call today to schedule an appointment: 918-921-8160


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Individuals who come to Neuropathy Treatment Clinic of Oklahoma can rest assured that our team of highly skilled staff will do their best to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere that includes the professional expertise required to resolve pain and restore mobility.

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