Grand Strand Health & Wellness - June 2020

June 2020

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And Other Things My Dad Passed On to Me My dad was a woodworker in his spare time, like my granddad and my great-granddad before him. He would whittle away at and mill, just so my grandma could stay home and care for my dad and

Father’s Day this year will

probably look a lot like it has in recent years. I’ll spend some time relaxing on the couch. My wife might get me

his three siblings. My dad perceived how important it was to his dad that he work hard to provide for his family, and

tinker with different projects — and he would always whistle while he worked. It’s funny; the woodshop was the only place where he ever whistled while he worked. As a kid, I used to go to my dad’s and my granddad’s woodshops and watch them work. I was in there so often that eventually, they set me up with a little woodworking bench of my own so I could tinker around right alongside them. While I’m not as serious about it as my dad was, I still do some woodworking today. One of my good friends has a woodshop I can borrow if I need it, and a couple years ago, I built an entertainment center to house our TV for my wife. I still whistle while I work, just like Dad did, but not while I’m woodworking. I whistle while I work with patients at the office, which has sometimes led me to refer to it as my “woodshop.” Dads pass a lot of their personality on to their sons. Sometimes, it’s just little things, like whistling while you work or an interest in woodworking. Other times, it’s bigger things, like putting God first in life or understanding the value of a hard day’s work. When my dad was growing up, my granddad worked 16-hour days at the

that work ethic stayed with my dad, who then passed it on to me.

a card and cook me a good dinner. The U.S. Open golf tournament is usually on during Father’s Day, but I doubt it will

Luckily, my dad didn’t have to

work 16-hour days to support us. He had time to spend with me and my sibling

be this year, for reasons that need no explanation. They might

throughout the year. I have fond memories of Christmas mornings, where he was up long

have some highlights from previous years’ tournaments though, so maybe I’ll watch that instead. On top of all of that, I’ll remember all the ways that my dad influenced me as a father and a person. I hope that influence never goes away.

before everyone else was awake, making sure everything was perfect. He was always in such a good mood on Christmas. He especially loved singing the carols. I also learned to play golf and how to cast a fishing line from my dad. Summers were full of days out on the golf course and fishing as a family in the Chesapeake Bay Reservoir, when we still lived in Richmond, and at several state parks in South Carolina after we moved.

–Dr. Chris Garner

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Grand Strand’s Patient of the Month

In this day and age, high praise of a business on social media from a satisfied customer, client, or patient can be one of the best ways to raise awareness of all the good that business can do for its community. That being said, Barbara Welch’s praise of Grand Strand Health and Wellness, both online and in person, is just one small part of why we feel lucky to have her as one of our dedicated patients. Barbara started coming to Grand Strand Health and Wellness about a year ago, after she received a recommendation from her primary doctor to see a chiropractor. She was experiencing increasing pain in her thoracic and lumbar (mid and lower back) areas, and it was starting to get in the way of her enjoying her everyday life. We’re happy to say that since she started coming to our office, her pain has become less and less of a problem. Now, whenever she visits the office for her appointments, she wears a huge smile on her face. We love Barbara’s natural curiosity and her desire to learn more about how she can improve her health. Whenever she’s with us, she asks plenty of questions about how she can better take care of her body. In the time that she’s been our patient, she has also demonstrated time and time again her own knowledge of health topics. Plus, she really enjoys the trivia that plays on the screens in our office. Feeling Renewed at Any Age

When Barbara isn’t at the office or memorizing Grand Strand’s latest health tip of the day, she is spending time with family. She has both children and grandchildren that live in the area. We hope that because of the time she spends with us, she’s able to better enjoy the time she spends with them!


If the mercurial spring weather has prevented you from getting out as much as you would have liked these past few months, you might be feeling a bit of cabin fever about now. Luckily, you can still introduce positive changes to your life that help you feel healthier and younger. Here are two ways to awaken your body and mind.



Although more years provide more experience and knowledge, sometimes they also come with heavy baggage. The loss of a loved one, trauma, and other struggles can impact your life in later years. This is why it’s good to practice mindfulness. Take some time to focus on the present. Go for a walk and listen to the world around you, feel the fresh air against your skin, fill your lungs, and take in everything you can see. Meditation is also a good way to spend a few minutes to focus on your body in the moment and the things in life that make you happy. Practices like these can help you feel lighter, both physically and emotionally.

As you get older, it’s not uncommon to drift further from the lifestyle you had in your 20s and 30s. Things have settled down, and you know a bit more about who you are, what you enjoy, and what you’re capable of. With this better understanding, you can make choices more aligned with your true interests and personality. Think about getting involved with a new activity you may have always wanted to try but never had the chance, like yoga or even a video game. Trying out new things keeps your brain active. You may even discover a new favorite activity along the way!

Growing older doesn’t mean you can’t feel renewed and positive. This isn’t just an impossible idea — it’s a reality.


Grand Strand’s Team Member of the Month Celebrating Morgan Labbree

When you can find someone who is passionate about the work your business does and fits like a glove with the rest of the team, you don’t hesitate to bring them on board. That was our thought process when we decided to bring Morgan Labbree, one of our public relations chiropractic assistants, on as a full-time team owner when her internship with us finished up. Her passion for the work we do, and how it shows in her performance, makes it worth honoring her as the team owner of the month for June. Morgan is currently a senior at Coastal Carolina University. She’s majoring in communications and public relations and minoring in English — making her perfectly suited for her role at Grand Strand. If you’ve ever responded to one of our Facebook ads, there’s a good chance you’ve talked with her. She is always ready to make herself available to our patients, she’s a whiz at spreadsheets

(though she wouldn’t tell you that), and her larger-than-life personality shines through when she gets chances to educate our

Even though it doesn’t seem like Morgan would have any spare time among all the amazing work she does, she loves taking her free moments to hang out at the beach or spend time with friends and family. She also loves to travel and meet new people, which is why if you ever see her at our office or out around town, she’ll be sure to greet you with a big,

community about good spinal health.

Even while taking on a full course load at CCU and working at Grand Strand Health and Wellness, Morgan still finds time for volunteer work. She

is the vice president of a nonprofit based on the CCU campus called A Moment

of Magic. It organizes visits to children from their favorite Disney characters to bring them joy when they need it most.

warm smile.

Client Success


“Five weeks ago, I could barely walk using a cane. My knees were extremely painful, bringing me to tears after walking a few feet or standing for more than 30 seconds. Lower lumbar pain was so severe that only lying down brought any relief. My first laser treatment and chiropractic adjustment brought relief that could not have been expected. These, along with my assigned exercises, have given me continuous and improving relief. For the first time in three years, I am able to walk and do household chores, as well as yardwork and bicycle riding, with a smile. I have never been treated by a more caring and enthusiastic group of professionals.”

–Kate Buscher

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Inside This Issue Fond Memories of My Dad

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Celebrating Barbara Welch Patient of the Month

How to Feel Renewed at Any Age


Celebrating Morgan Labbree Team Member of the Month

Client Success


Harvard’s Tips to Keep Your Brain Young


3 Tips for Good Brain Health From Harvard Medical School

As we age, our bodies change, including our mental functions. Cognitive decline is one of the biggest fears of aging, but it’s not inevitable. Though we’re still learning new things about how our brains work, there’s a lot of scientific research that shows how to keep your brain young. If you want to keep your mind sharp throughout your lifetime, then follow this advice from Harvard Medical School.

scores aren’t necessarily a sign of future cognitive decline, and Harvard Health Publishing urges readers to maintain good mental

health and get restful sleep, as they are “certainly important goals” for improving cognitive function and overall well-being.



Exercising regularly helps all the muscles and organs in your body, even your brain! A good workout can lower your blood pressure and improve your cholesterol levels, which help your brain and your heart. Harvard Health Publishing, a website of Harvard Medical School, also notes that “animals who exercise regularly increase the number of tiny blood vessels that bring oxygen-rich blood to the region of the brain that is responsible for thought.”

It’s not enough to focus on yourself. In order to maintain your long- term cognitive health, you should also focus on your connections with other people. According to Harvard Health Publishing, “Strong social ties have been associated with a lower risk of dementia, as well as lower blood pressure and longer life expectancy.” Make new friends, stay in touch with family members, and maintain positive relationships in your life. They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is certainly true when it comes to your brain health. Do what you can today to protect your mental functions tomorrow.


Poor mental health can lead to impaired cognitive function. Chronic anxiety, depression, and exhaustion tend to cause low scores on cognitive function tests. But test


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