Over the past few years, there has been an increase in the awareness of gluten and a change in the way people are eating to become gluten free. But what is gluten?
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, and related grains, such as barley and rye, however, it can also be found hidden in sauces and condiments, etc. For a person with Celiac disease, gluten causes severe problems, thus they must maintain a strict, gluten free diet. Even without Celiac disease, many people have a (known or unknown) gluten sensitivity; therefore consuming gluten in various amounts can have negative health effects, including inflammation in the body. A gluten free diet may provide a decrease in gastrointestinal discomfort, systemic disorders, and allergies, including IBS and rheumatoid arthritis, because it may be eliminating an inflammatory trigger for the body.
What should a gluten free diet consist of?
Ideally, a gluten free diet should consist of foods which are naturally gluten free. This includes fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, eggs, nuts, beans, and rice. While this diet isn't right for everyone, you may try eliminating gluten (wheat, barley, rye) for at least a month if you feel you may benefit from a dietary change to see if you feel a difference in your body.
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Contact Innovative Therapy & Wellness to schedule your appointment with our nutritional therapist, Andrea Calderon Odewald, PA-C, NTP, so she may help you to explore these issues and much more. You can find out more by clicking the Nutritional Therapy tab located under services.
You may have already heard of the FMS, or Functional Movement Assessment, since many physical therapists, chiropractors, and athletic trainers are now incorporating the test into their practice and client sessions. So, what is it, exactly, and what is the difference between the FMS, SFMA, and YBT? This article will give a short explanation of the three and who might benefit from each one.
The FMS is a screen for movement asymmetries designed for a pain free individual. This screen examines seven functional movement patterns and compares the quality of movement to not only a standard of performance, but also a comparison of performance left and right. If asymmetries are detected, the examiner will provide a brief explanation and a few exercises and stretches to help balance out the dysfunction. If pain is detected, the patient can still perform the test and receive guidance, but it would be best to then follow with the SFMA examination.
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