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Tips To Reduce Stress This Holiday

Although it’s said to be the most wonderful time of the year, the holiday season may not feel that way to everyone. A survey completed by NBC found that 45% of Americans would prefer to skip the holidays completely. There are several reasons why people may feel more stressed during this season. The pressure of holiday shopping and increased spending, preparation for travel, or attending holiday festivities may all be factors that escalate stress levels. It’s no secret that stress takes a toll on our bodies. It’s known to cause headaches, stomach pain, sleep issues, increase blood pressure and eventually lead to heart and vascular problems. Stress can also suppress your immune system making you more vulnerable to viruses and more difficult to fight infections. This is why it is very important to monitor and reduce stress during the holidays. First of all, be aware of your stress. By knowing what causes it, you can plan ahead to prevent or reduce it. It’s essential that you remember to take time for yourself during the hustle and bustle. Eating healthy, exercising, and drinking water will help you feel better and relaxed during the holidays. Lastly, don’t forget to breathe. Researchers have found that by being still and focusing on your breath for one minute per day can help reduce stress and negative effects that it has on the body. Most importantly, if you do feel ill or under the weather during the holiday hustle and bustle, do not put off seeing your medical provider. Delaying diagnoses and treatment will only add to any issues at hand, your health comes first,...

September is Healthy Aging Month

Looking at the average life span of someone born in 1950 and of someone born today you may see some drastic differences. In 1950, someone born in the United States had an average life expectancy of 68 years. Today the average life expectancy is over 84 years. Due to our advances in health care and technology, you can expect to live a lot longer than those in the 1950’s.  Living longer means that the average citizen over the age of 65 will have at least one chronic medical condition. With the cost of daily living continuing to rise and insurance companies straining to provide coverage for everyone, this longer life expectancy can be some of the most expensive years of your life. To prevent costly medical expenses and chronic illness that impact your quality of life, it is imperative that you commit to a healthy lifestyle. There is no reason that your golden years can’t be the best years of your life, in fact pollsters reported younger generations are feeling more stressed than their older counterparts. Follow our Facebook page this month as we celebrate September’s National Healthy Aging Month by sharing tips on how you can prepare for your later years or improve life in the golden years now! There is no time like the present to make your life the best it can...

OSTEOMANIPULATION THERAPY, RELIEF IS CLOSER THAN YOU THINK.

If you pay attention to the news, you have no doubt read or heard about Osteomanipulation Therapy. Recent studies have shown it has been successful reducing lower back pain for pregnant women both during pregnancy and postpartum.  People of every age and those suffering from a multitude of conditions, including chronic pain, migraines, and asthma and sinus disorders just begin the list of ailments that Osteomanipulation Therapy may benefit. Osteopathic Manipulative treatment is, “a type of “hands-on” medical treatment based on an in-depth understanding of the musculoskeletal, circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems of the body used by D.O.’s (Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine).” D.O’s differ from Chiropractors in that they seek to improve arterial health, improve breathing, improve flexibility, and improve lymphatic circulation rather than using the nervous system as the basis of health. Osteomanipulation is a much more in-depth approach to relieving pain which may be caused by a multitude of imbalances in various body systems. These types of treatments manipulate areas of the skeletal and muscular systems to allow the body to use its self-repairing properties to correct the underlying issues that are causing the patient pain. Osteomanipulaiton therapy can be an effective holistic approach to curing your pain, rather than masking it with pain medication or temporarily relieving it with other methods. Studies have found osteopathic manipulation may help patients eliminate or reduce dependency on medication and avoid surgery. Call our office today to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors; your relief may be closer than you...

ARBOR VIEW FAMILY MEDICINE IS GROWING

Arbor View Family Medicine Inc. announces the addition of Stephanie Mesko, D.O., a lifelong resident of the area, to the Arbor View Family Medicine team. Dr. Mesko received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology Pre-Medicine from Walsh University with Minors in Chemistry and Sociology. She graduated from Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine with a Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency training at Summa Akron City Hospital. Dr. Mesko specializes in Family Medicine and is certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. David M. Scoggin, MD shares that the entire Arbor View Family Medicine staff is excited to have Dr. Mesko join the team, “We are pleased that Dr. Mesko has decided to return to the Lancaster area to practice medicine. She will be a great asset to our Practice and the community. Dr. Mesko shares our commitment to excellence and our dedication to compassionate patient care. We feel privileged that so many families in Lancaster and the surrounding area have chosen us as their healthcare provider.   We will be able to grow our services with Dr. Mesko as a member of our Practice.” Dr. Mesko’s schedule is now open.   For more information, or to schedule your appointment, contact Arbor View Family Medicine at 740-689-3627. Arbor View Family Medicine Physicians are specialists in Family Practice. Their training has prepared them to manage the medical needs of both children and adults. They are one of the few regional practices who care for their patients in all settings, including the office, nursing home care, and in patient at Fairfield Medical Center. Their mission is to...

DR. DYAR RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS AWARD

DR. DYAR, OF ARBOR VIEW FAMILY MEDICINE, INC. AWARDED COLUMBUS BUSINESS FIRST’S PRESTIGIOUS 2016 CHAMPIONS OF HEALTH CARE AWARD Lancaster, July 18, 2016. Each year Columbus Business First asks for nominations for their annual Champions of Health Care Award. This year they received over one hundred nominees, from which judges Gaye Martin, Corporate Manager, mission services, ProMedica, Toledo and Brian Bachelder, President, Ohio State Medical Association chose the finalist. Dr. Dyar was one of sixteen medical professionals from a variety of backgrounds to receive the distinguished honor. Columbus Business First honored medical professionals from the Central Ohio area for their contribution to raising the quality of life in the regions where they practice, through innovations in research and technology, outstanding health care management, and dedication to patient care. Dr. Dyar was singled out for her contributions, giving so much of herself to those she cares for, and taking on new challenges to address needs in the community. Dr. Dyar shares she is happy being part of a practice that “does it all,” from baby to elderly care including, visiting patients in the hospital and nursing homes, all needed services in the Lancaster community. She is also a co-director of the Substance Abuse Stabilization Unit at Fairfield Medical Center, where they help three to five addicts a week through “medical stabilization”, and then see that they get into aftercare. “We’ve got a problem in our community: We all live here; we all work here. These are people we know who are ready to kick the addiction but don’t know where to go for help. The unit was something that needed...

YOUR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL AND YOU, PARTNERS IN HEALTH

This month we are celebrating fathers, but more than that we are celebrating all the important men in our lives that have shaped the people we are today. Often men neglect their health, a recent study of 1,000 men showed that men remember the make and model of their first car but just over 50% could not recall the last time they visited a doctor. This same study revealed that many live with more untreated illness longer than women. Supporting the Centers for Disease Control data that women are 100% more likely to visit their physician for their annual physical. There are a plethora of reasons men have for not making the trip for sick and well visits to see their doctor, a few of the top picks are not having a doctor, wanting to tough out any illness and fear of the doctor top the list. Men’s Health Month is devoted to helping men see the benefit in discarding all excuses whatever they may be in exchange for better health. We know that early screenings save lives, and the importance of having a health care provider is key to ensuring that these screenings are done. Building a relationship with your health care provider who can build and a medical history is critical to monitoring your health through the years. Many conditions including high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease to name just a few are impossible to see without the special care of your trained healthcare professional. So make today the first day of the rest of your life and find the professional that will partner with you...

DESCRIBING A MOTHER’S LOVE

We were surprised when we looked up “Mother” in the dictionary to see how many definitions there were. In our opinion, they still haven’t gotten it right. Not that we can accurately define the term “Mother” either, we aren’t sure that “mom” is something that can be summed up in words. But AARP in their article by Amy Goyer, sure did a good job trying, they asked participants to describe their moms in a word. We summarized their results and think you will enjoy. For the full article visit here: http://blog.aarp.org/2012/05/11/amy-goyer-mothers-day/ The Top 11: 11. Best Friend. Not all children share this type of relationship with their mother. In fact the mother child relationship is not only special, but unique. 10. Mom. That’s right, many have no words. No words other than mom that is. Mom, on the pedestal, too many words and feelings brought them to only one. 9. Wise. Many other words were in this category too, smart, knowing, problem solver (we know that is two words). 8. Beautiful. At one time or another I think that every child thinks their mother is the most gorgeous woman in the world. Happily many don’t stop believing that. Other descriptives were immaculate, elegant and pristine. 7. Fun. Funny, vivacious, festive, witty. Wow, talk about a mom everyone wants to know! 6. Steady. This is a good type of influence for a child, let’s face it childhood, and life can be anything but that at times. It is nice to have a stable person to go to. 5. Missed. Losing your mother, or father, can be heartbreaking. Depending on what age...

PETS MAY BE GOOD FOR OUR HEALTH

According to ASPCA.org, approximately 37-47% of all households within the United States have a dog, while 30-37% have a cat. If you fall into one or both of those percentages, you can relate to the unbreakable bond people have with their four legged friends. Pets are a fun addition to your home, but did you know owning a pet can provide many health benefits? Cats and dogs can help your heart and change your lifestyle for the better. In fact, it’s suggested that the companionship provided by furry friends can add years onto our lives. Studies have shown that pets relieve feelings of isolation that people may feel when living alone. The simple act of stroking a cat or dog lowers your blood pressure; helping to relive the symptoms of anxiety or stress that can cause serious health issues. The National Center for Health Research discusses a study that showed participants who owned a cat or dog had lower heart rates and blood pressure when initially measured. Pet owners also had a quicker recovering heart rate when put in a stressful situation. Owning a dog requires lifestyle changes that provide health benefits, also. Taking your dog on frequent walks helps to keep you fit and active, which benefits your health and mood. We all know that exercise is essential for healthy living and dogs make excellent walking partners! Visit www.helpguide.org for more information about the positive impacts pets can have on our...

SCREENING FOR COLORECTAL CANCER SAVES LIVES

No More Excuses! Screening For Colorectal Cancer Saves Lives. March is the National Colorectal Cancer awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most diagnosed cancer in men and women in the United States, excluding skin cancers. When numbers for both men and women are combined, colorectal accounts for the second most cancer deaths. Early detection can prevent the disease from spreading or worsening before symptoms are detected. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that regular screening should begin at age 50, your risk for colorectal cancer increases with age. It is suggested that screening should begin earlier if you have been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease, Chron’s disease, or ulcerative colitis, or if you have a close relative who had polyps. Another risk factor is if you have a genetic syndrome such as familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer. Most colorectal cancers begin as a “polyp”, growth tissue along the inner surface of the colon. With regular screenings, physicians may be able to locate abnormal polyps and remove them before they turn cancerous, making colorectal screening a method of cancer prevention. According to the American Cancer Society, the five-year survival rate is approximately 90% if found at an early stage. Yet, only 4 out of 10 colorectal cancers are detected at an early stage. By bringing awareness to this issue, it is hopeful that individuals will seek the screenings needed to combat this preventable disease. As always it is important to talk to your health care professional to discuss when you need to start testing for colorectal cancer....

RESOLVE TO MAKE 2016 YOUR BEST YEAR YET

It is the tie of year when many of us take stock of our lives, habits we would like to change and new routines we would like to make habits. So goes the New Year’s resolutions of millions of American’s, in fact it is estimated that nearly half of us have New Year’s resolutions although only 8% of us find we are able to keep them. Scientists have learned some interesting facts over the yeas and discovered there are things we all can do to increase our chances of succeeding. We have outlined a few of these steps to take to improve your chances of success below: Set realistic goals. Many of us who start the New Year with changes in mind and, a fresh year ahead go overboard when deciding what we want to change. For instance, keep goals smaller and once accomplished add another set of goals. Saying you want to lose 50lbs can be daunting to say the least, try setting goals of 10lbs at a time and you are more likely to achieve them. Include a buddy with similar goals to increase your odds. It is harder to cheat or quit when we have someone to keep us accountable. Having someone to share your successes and failures with is comforting and can be encouraging too. If you aren’t able to find a friend or family member to share you may want to try an online source of encouragement. Overeaters anonymous, for example, has online meetings, visit: OA online meeting information. If you have a misstep don’t give up. All of us will have good days...