Gilbert Physical Therapy November 2017


If you’ve stopped by a health store recently, you’ve no doubt seen a huge selection of essential oils. These liquids, which contain concentrated, natural aroma compounds found in plants, are the basis of aromatherapy, one of the most popular trends in holistic health. Aromatherapy involves applying these oils to the skin or spraying them into the air. Skin application requires that you use diluted oils, because aromatic compounds are strong and can cause irritation. As a result of these concerns, many essential oil acolytes have turned to diffusers to get the benefits of aromatherapy in a safe, wonderful-smelling manner. In addition to filling your house with an all-natural, appealing perfume, aromatherapy has been touted as a way to help with everything from stress and insomnia to cognitive function and mood enhancement. To receive these

benefits, you’ll need to pick up a diffuser and some oils. With so many options, though, how do you know which one is right for you?

There is no shortage of methods for diffusing essential oils. Nebulizing diffusers don’t require any heat source, instead atomizing the essential oils. They are extremely effective, but they are also large and expensive. Ultrasonic diffusers are similarly heatless, preserving the oils. This type of diffuser can also work as a humidifier, making it a valuable multitasker. Heat and evaporative diffusers are cheaper options, but they tend to alter oils or separate particles according to size. Once you decide on the best diffuser for your home, you need to select a few essential oils and put your new toy to use. Lemon oil is antibacterial and antiseptic, and will freshen your environment. Cinnamon oil can clear congestion and has a homey, autumnal scent. Eucalyptus oil is an air purifier, but its scent is strong and not for everybody. If you want to de-stress, try rosemary oil, which decreases your cortisol levels. Take note that you should alert your doctor before partaking in aromatherapy if you’re pregnant, nursing, or on any medication. While most essential oils are perfectly safe to diffuse, the compounds in certain oils can combine with medication and trigger adverse side effects. Once you begin diffusing, you’ll never go back to commercial, chemical scent sprays. The benefits are evident, and the results smell sweet.

November Testimonials Don’t Just Take Our Word for It



“I’ve had back issues for years from 30 years of running, jogging, tennis, and other sports. I’ve had chiropractic therapy, massage therapy, electric-stimulation therapy, steroid shots — you name it. I got the mailer, attended the one-hour seminar, and it made sense. I decided to give it a try. I did my exercises at home, enjoyed my office visits, and rejoined Planet Fitness to work on

“When I first arrived, I was in a great deal of pain in my lower back and right leg. I had trouble driving a car, getting dressed, bathing, and even simply walking. From the very beginning, Dr. Gilbert and the entire staff were extremely professional, very helpful, and very kind to me. I immediately began an exercise and stretching program while in

session and at home. After a short while, my symptoms began to improve, and after several weeks of treatment, I was free of any pain in my lower back and leg. The treatment plan given to me by Dr. Gilbert worked just as he had told me it would. Maria kept me on track with my exercises while in session, and, thanks to her, I never had to wait for prompts for the next exercise! I am now pain-free for the first time in several months and am able to enjoy the many things that I had struggled with. I am very thankful for the entire program that I experienced and would recommend Gilbert Physical Therapy to anyone.” –Richard R.

core, leg, back, and stomach muscle conditioning. I love the traction in the office and got a teeter inversion table for home. From March until now, I’d say I’m 90 percent improved. I can do all my daily activities and sleep better. My thanks to Dr. Jon M., Mike, Patrick, Beth, Maria, Sherry, and Bethany. They’re all great folks, and I consider them friends. Thank you! P.S. I was totally covered by my Medicare and FEHB insurance.”

–Randall H.

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