NOVA Chiropractic & Acupuncture - May 2019

‘HEY, ALEXA!’ 3 Ways a Virtual Assistant Can Help Get Your Kids Ready for School Even though parents and kids everywhere are getting close to celebrating the last day of school this year, school day mornings are difficult no matter what season it is. Do you feel like you’ve run a marathon by 9 a.m. every day? Rest assured that you’re not alone. Mornings are often the most hectic and stressful part of a parent’s daily schedule. Fortunately, there is an inexpensive and popular device that can help take some of the pressure off your morning routine and get your kids to the bus on time: Amazon’s virtual assistant, Alexa! ALARMS OF ALL KINDS You can place an Echo Dot in your kid’s room and set an alarm that wakes them up to the weather report, a standard alarm sound, or their favorite tunes. You can also program Alexa to turn on a compatible bedside lamp so they wake up to light instead of sound, which offers a more calming way to wake up. If your kid decides to catch a fewmore z’s and ignore their alarm, you can use some of Alexa’s other features, like Drop In and Intercom, to start a two-way conversation or send announcements to all the kids’ rooms in the house. REMINDERS AND LISTS Alexa can also help you check off items from your family’s morning to-do lists to minimize the chaos of weekday mornings. You can create reminders to pack lunches or grab homework, and then all you have to do is ask, “Alexa, what are my reminders?” She will run down the list, so you can hit the road early without the nagging feeling that you left something behind. MAKE IT A GAME “Out the Door” is an interactive Alexa game that turns getting ready for school into an adventure for younger children. Each day, kids are given a new superpower and have to defeat a different creature as they complete “missions,” which include tasks like brushing their teeth and getting dressed. It makes the process of getting ready for school exciting and gives kids an incentive to fulfill their responsibilities. If you don’t already have an Echo Dot, you can find them at most major retail stores. Make your mornings less stressful by starting with “Hey, Alexa” and going from there.

ACUPUNCTURE AND ALLERGIES Reducing Your Sniffles and Coughing This Allergy Season Many people suffer from allergies when May rolls in. With flowers blooming across the city, a flurry of sneezing, coughing, and congestion follow. Over the counter and prescribed allergy medication becomes a much-needed commodity, especially as the season progresses and symptoms worsen. However, there is a more effective treatment available to people with allergies this time of year. NOVA Chiropractic & Acupuncture offers acupuncture treatment, which not only alleviates allergies but also helps calm down the symptoms before they intensify. Although certain allergy medications, such as Zyrtec, might help reduce the symptoms, they don’t work as well as acupuncture. As mentioned in a previous newsletter, acupuncture allows the body to produce a wide range of natural pain-relieving substances, such as hormones, anti-inflammatory chemicals, and immune system enhancers, which can help open nasal passages, reduce congestion, and minimize sneezing and coughing. Dr. Sullivan, who suffers from allergies at least twice a year, says that between allergy medication and acupuncture, the latter worked far better. “It’s what helped me the most,” he explains. “I was taking over-the-counter medications for my allergies, but they weren’t really helping. Then I started treatment with acupuncture, and it’s definitely controlled my allergies far better than the medication.” The greatest thing about receiving acupuncture treatment is the results. Once a patient lays down and Dr. Sullivan begins putting the needles in, they experience instant relief. In terms of long-term relief, acupuncture can assist in preventing sinus infections from developing after the allergies are gone. Any adult or child suffering from allergies, acute or chronic, can greatly benefit from acupuncture treatment.

You don’t have to suffer through your allergies this season. Call our offices using the number below and set up an appointment today!

(703) 912-7822

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