NOVA Chiropractic & Acupuncture - February 2019

FAMILY GAME NIGHT Break the Monotony of Overplayed Board Games! Family game night is a time when a family can forget about all of life’s commitments and bond over a good old-fashioned board game. But the old, tattered Monopoly box or worn-out UNO cards can leave something to be desired, and the classics might be getting a little dull. If you’re tired of playing the same board games over and over, it might be time to start looking for ways to change things up. Here are four tabletop games you might not have heard of that are perfect for spicing up family game night. MYSTERIUM Your family will love delving into this cooperative murder mystery game that is a mixture of Clue and Dixit. You can play as the ghost or as one of the mediums who enters the haunting. The ghost player gives each medium a clue or vision about a potential murderer, and the mediums have to guess which person, room, or weapon was used to murder the ghost player. After each turn, the ghost reveals whether each of the mediums’ guesses are right or not. If all of the mediums succeed in guessing correctly by the seventh in-game hour, they work together to find the true murderer. LASER CHESS A classic game of chess is a great way to spend an evening, and it just got a little more interesting. Laser chess includes all the problem- solving skills a typical chess game offers but with a twist. At the end of each turn, a player fires a small laser beam that bounces off the mirrored chess pieces. If it hits the non-mirrored surface of a piece, that piece is taken by the player. A player wins when the opposing player’s king piece is illuminated. CATAN Welcome to the island of Catan! After a long voyage at sea, the people in your expedition compete against other seafarers in building settlements. Enjoy the 45–90-minute game as you and your family build roads, barter resources, and race for absolute supremacy on Catan. ONE NIGHTWEREWOLF Every night, werewolves prowl around the village, and it’s up to the villagers to find the werewolf once the sun rises — before it’s too late. Each person plays a unique role with different abilities to help find or conceal the werewolf. If the werewolf is caught, the villagers win the game, but if the werewolf manages to escape, the villagers lose. Now you can bring some exciting variety into your family game nights. Don’t miss out on these excellent tabletop games, and most importantly, have fun!


Our Treatment to Relieve the Pain

Everyone will experience a headache at least once in their lifetime. Usually, headaches last for a few minutes to a couple of days and aren’t severe enough to require medical action. However, if the cause of the headaches have a series of underlying effects, more serious and direct medical care is needed. Tension headaches (also called cervicogenic headaches) and migraine headaches are two of the most common conditions we treat here at NOVA Chiropractic & Acupuncture. Either type can be caused by a series of triggers that result in sharp or dull pain behind the eyes or a pounding sensation within the whole head or one part of the head. Several factors can cause headaches, including high or low blood sugar, stress, fatigue, dehydration, or tightness in the neck muscles. Our office treats headaches that are more cervicogenic in nature, meaning they are caused by muscle and joint tightness in the neck. When we treat patients suffering from painful headaches, we use a combination of treatments that work on the muscles and joints. Most often, we use acupuncture or dry needling to treat muscle tightness in the neck and upper back region, which is highly effective in releasing knots or trigger points. We also adjust the joints in the neck, which helps relieve tension and restores mobility. With the combination of these two treatments, we ensure that our patients feel better with less headache intensity. Once we establish that our patients are pain-free, we set up a plan to minimize the chance of headaches returning. We’ll see if there is anything the patient does on a daily basis that acts as a trigger (perhaps the patient is working at a computer all day, with bad posture). After determining the probable cause, we make suggestions in an effort to help the patient avoid these triggers. The patient could change to a standing desk, change their office chair’s settings, or be more conscious about the position they’re in while they’re sitting. These are all the little things we address to ensure our patients don’t have to go back to suffering from headaches. If you’re suffering from recurrent headaches, call our offices to see if our treatments are right for you.

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