Healthcare Advocate

Healthcare Advocate/Consultant – call for special pricing

Do you want to explore treatment  alternatives? Need some guidance through the medical system? Want to learn how to advocate for yourself or a loved one? Call today for a free initial phone consultations. Clients receive a full initial evaluation write up with recommendations and referrals.

Specialized informational programs for Wellness, Disease management, Rotator Cuff injuries, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Lymphedema, Cardiac Conditions, Chronic Pain, Chronic swelling, Weight loss, Pediatrics and Sensory Integration. Healthcare and Advocacy designed around you or your family member’s needs. I make sure my clients are getting the maximum therapy and healthcare needs they are provided through their insurance or private companies. My business background managing a rehabilitation staff of Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists and aides allows for in depth understanding of the therapeutic side of healthcare. As a manager and practitioner, I have worked extensively with doctors, nurses, and many other disciplines involved in the healthcare process for patient rights and maximizing independence.

From hot and cold packs to home TENS units and kinesiotaping, learn what techniques and treatments would be best for you and your healthcare needs. Need recommendations of which therapy or or medical practice is best for you? I have a varied medical background with a focus on natural and holistic techniques that work yet many medical practitioners are limited in their knowledge of these great therapeutic practices. Find out which ones are for you! What to make your own Sensory Tool Kit? They are great for adults and kids as well as easy to make out of things you may already have in your home! Use what you have and incorporate it into daily practice.  Communication with current medical team is preferred to maximize your benefits.

Contact me at

kim.burns@sensoryintuition.com    or give me a call! 215-499-0444

Bradenton, FL 34207

Yoga Rehab

 

Yoga Rehab – $75 per private session/$15 Per person group session of 5 or more people in home or office

Learn Yoga Poses that are specifically targeted to your body’s needs. Whether you have been diagnosed with spondylitis, fibromyalgia or rotator cuff tear, custom design your work out to target specific areas to strengthen, stretch or rest. You will learn neutral spine, it’s whole body connection and how to incorporate into a daily practice for disease prevention and management. Yoga is an untapped source for addressing many reflexes from birth that may have not been integrated. Whether you are an adult or child, primitive reflexes can influence incorrect posture and balance which makes Yoga for Kids a great tool for parents! FREE 15 minute In-Office Yoga Break! Call or text 215-499-0444 or email today at kim.burns@sensoryintuition.com for an appointment. Ask about providing gift certificates to your clients as a thank you gift! We also offer 2+ hr workshops for yoga teachers providing CE units approved for Yoga Alliance.

Check out some of the programs with can be customized to fit your personal needs!

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Yoga for Neutral Spineforward head
Yoga for Forward Head
Yoga for Immune Support
Yoga for Facial Tightening
Yoga for Office
Yoga for Brides
Yoga for Realtors and more!

Could Starch Free Be The New Gluten Free?

Gluten Free Diet Not Enough?

The gluten free diet is all the rage but what if it’s not enough? I started out 3 years ago on a gluten free plan due to long standing pain and weight issues. While it had significantly helped with my weight and some of my pain, it was not enough. Then came a thyroid diagnosis and natural thyroid medication which again, helped significantly yet still, something was missing. I began looking into the autoimmune gene that I have (HLA-B27) and it opened a whole new food style for me. “Starch Free” is the new Gluten Free! Starch is a polysaccharide which is a long chain carbohydrate usually between 200-2000 monosaccharides long. You could imagine the time your gut has breaking down these substances. It can be found in many whole foods as well as added to processed foods and drinks. What else is starch used for? It is used to stiffen clothing because it can protect the fabric and help remove stains easier. It can also be used to make packing foam. Yummy!

Starch is not easily digested and can remain intact as it travels to the colon where the majority of microbes are. When the bacteria begins to break down this starch into simple sugars, left behind are lipopolysaccharides (a form of sugar) from the outer layer of Gram-negative bacteria. It is both structural and protective to normally benign bacteria. When intestinal permeability is increased due to autoimmunity, infections or poor diet, these toxins can enter your bloodstream causing damage to tissues and joints throughout the body. For those of us with an autoimmune disease, reducing the number of things that attack your body the better off you will be. There is a lot of convincing evidence and personal stories of being able to manage autoimmune reactions through food. Whether or not this new food style is for you is something to ask yourself and your healthcare provider. A Starch Free may be too strict some but knowing that it is an option for managing health gives you the ability to strategize how and when your eat starches!

Low Starch Breakfast Crepe

4 oz softened cream cheese (check labels for starch, I used Philadelphia 1/3 less fat for no starch)
1 philipine mango – cut or mashed
4 large eggs
3/4 cup almond flour (2g starch per 1/4 cup)
1 Packet Stevia (SweetLeaf for pure Stevia)
1/4- 1/2 C milk for preference of thickness ( check labels for starch-I used Horizon Organic for lactose free and no starch)

Instructions:

1 – In a blender, combine cream cheese, eggs, almond flour, sweetener, and milk. Puree until smooth.
2 – Set a 10-inch skillet over medium-low heat.  lightly coat with butter or oil. Once hot, add a few tbsp of batter to the pan and swirl or spread into a thin layer.
3 – Cook until lightly brown on bottom and loosen with a spatula. Work spatula underneath and flip.
4 – Cook on the other side until lightly browned. Remove.
5 – Mix mango and cream cheese, fill, roll and enjoy!

Kimberly Burns, OTR/L, CLT, is an Occupational Therapist with over 14 years’ experience working with clients ranging from infants to the elderly. She has always had passion for wellness and has knowledge of a variety of modalities and techniques for wellness management.   (215) 499.0444 – kim.burns@sensoryintuition.com.

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Aerial Yoga: Adult Sensory Integration

Aerial Yoga brought me back to days of working with children and Sensory Integration. Walking into the room with the soft fabric hammock handing down reminded me of the purpose of hanging and swinging. Sensory Integration is a term that refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into appropriate motor and behavioral responses. Occupational Therapists working with children with children of all abilities use this theory, “SI”, to provide body sense awareness stimulation to children who need help with processing information and provide the correct responses from their body.yoga-for-kids-with-SPD

I couldn’t wait to get started. I have a passion for yoga and love to experiment with all types. One of the benefits I already know I would gain was the use of a support system. I have great difficulty maintaining positions for very long due to a type of arthritis, spondyloarthropathy, that affects my muscles, tendons and/or ligaments where it enter into the bones, making them irritable and shortened like arthritis does. So flexibility is not a strong point of mine! Using a prop helps to keep neutral spine and protect joints. At the beginning of class, I initially thought the hammock was going to be a great support throughout the session but there were draw backs. Especially if it wasn’t positioned correctly at the beginning of the session. When the support is too high or too low, you won’t be able to achieve the neutral spine needed for good alignment. It puts your body at a disadvantage. I saw participants in Savasana on their mat with their ankles in the loop of the hammock and thought about its affects of the knee with hyper-extension and the strain it then would cause on the low back. My own compensation was to open the hammock up to support from the knee down or placing my feet together in the loop as if doing the butterfly pose. I did feel the hammock was a support in some poses yet another aspect of the hammock became an interference with some areas needing protection from injury. 240_F_63616288_ylsKFvnaMcvdzUIrjykdk5SX2Cj1hXzVCompression from the material into your legs, hips or around your wrists could be damaging  sensitive lymphatic and circulatory pathways.  After a painful attempt of trying to sit on the look of the material,the instructor finally gave a modification and called it “the princess and the pea modification”.  The effect of the fabric rolling or shifting can become a tight, painful band and restricts flow of blood and lymph to the area. Not something you want to cut off when you are trying to heal, stretch and strengthen. Brief periods of compression and release will gently stimulate movement of fluids. Too deep or too long can cause damage to systems mean to transport your body’s vital needs.

Another interest of mine when I attend a yoga class is the cues teachers use. Too often improper cues can cause unhealthy loading responses from muscles as well as over extend the joint. Directing the shoulders over the wrists is putting the bones at an angle of over the “normal” range of 70 degrees wrist extension!cat stretch 1 Then you want to put how much body weight on that joint? Definitely not a position you want your wrists to be in if you have carpal tunnel or other wrist, hand and shoulder issues. I also was aware of the amount of elbow hyper-extension in the room. Poor joints! Not a word about neutral spine. But she did sing and say words of meditation. A very gentle healing touch at the end. All great healing influences.

The anti-gravity ability of this yoga practice is amazing. Once you get the right placement of the hammock and positioning of the fabric to support your body appropriately you can begin to reap the benefits! I haven’t done a somersault in years but with the help of aerial yoga, I was able to get my vestibular stimulation and do a somersault without touching the ground.

Ending inside the aerial hammock was like being inside of a Body Sox.  Yes, I have been in one. And  in a tunnel pushing a therapy ball through it with stuffed animals and a kid! Sounds fun, right? These are techniques used to influence the nervous system to a calm state by providing  deep pressure to the skin and muscle receptors. A bit too long in the hammock though caused a little discomfort to my back due to the considerable amount of stress that it puts on the spine. When caring for joints and ligaments, being in spinal flexion, which is where most of us spend our day, and out of neutral with even mild additional force or compression for extended periods of time can harm your spine. 

Overall, I enjoyed my first experience with Aerial Yoga and would go back again to try different sessions!

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Road to Wellness, Part 1. ARE YOU A FOODIE?

Road to Wellness, Part 1.
ARE YOU A FOODIE?

A “foodie” is a person who has a refined interest in food. A foodie seeks new food experiences as a hobby rather than simply eating out of convenience or hunger, says wikipedia.org. Agreed Wikipedia, I am a foodie! I have a refined interest in food to supply me with the right nutritional content and chose to eat out of a need for those reasons rather than convenience. And so should you!

With summer on its way, many people are looking forward to upcoming bikini beach days and have dieting in mind. What I have learned over the years from being in the healthcare field and managing personal health issues is that sometimes you need to follow a routine developed by you personally versus trying to fit yourself into someone else’s form. It can be very hard to stick to someone’s version of normal levels or average portion size on a particular diet because you are your own unique person with your own level of nutrient need. A plan based upon percentages of someone else’s normal won’t work for you. There are also those diets that will tout being healthy and natural yet they set you up on a routine where you are taking supplements to supply you with the nutrients you need. Such drastic changes or restrictions can set you up for failure before you even begin.

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Bug Be Gone!

Make Your Own Bug Spray Non Toxic!

DEET, Picaridin, indalone, dimethyl phthalate and Rutgers 612. That’s what could be in your bug spray. What are these chemicals and what are they doing to your body? Bugs will not be the only thing to be gone. You will could also lose neurological connections; according to the EPA, at least 18 different cases of children suffering adverse neurological effects, as well as the deaths of two adults, have been associated with DEET. Researchers at Duke University Medical Center have found that DEET causes diffuse brain cell death and behavioral changes in rats. And because your skin is a passage way to your bloodstream, you may have just doused yourself internally with toxins.

Witch Hazel, water, glycerin, and Essential oils Those are the ingredients in my homemade bug spray.  On my journey to inner peace and traveling to Key West for yoga, a stop on the Floating Sea brought bites and nips galore! This was wonderful even though I was itching and scratching like crazy! I could finally try out my concoction and if it worked, well then bugs be gone. If it didn’t work, well lets not talk about that. As we are unloading the van so I can find my magical potion, I know I fed at least 10 of the little guys. After dousing myself in spray using doTERRA TerraShield mix, I bravely headed back out to see what wanted to snack on me now. To my surprise, I was only tasted one time in 3 trips van to boat! My creation worked! At least for the species we were surrounded by and how our particular scents were due to what we ate or applied to ourselves that day. When creating your own potions, one concept stands out for me. After multiple trial and errors, you find out that one recipe is not a cure all. Just because it worked one time doesn’t mean it will always work as everyone exudes different scents or odors.

 Bug Spray Ingredients

  • Essential oil: 30-50 drops TerraShield by doTERRA  or be your own mixologist and use Clove, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Cajeput, Eucalyptus, Cedar, Catnip, Lavender, Mint
  • Witch Hazel 1/2 cup
  • Boiled Water 1/2 cup
  • Vegetable glycerin 1 TBSP

Combine the above ingredients in a spray bottle and squirt away! Make sure to shake it up before each use as the essential oil can settle.

Other bug repelling ideas are below that have not been tested by me yet are highly recommended by others!

I’ve also read somewhere that effectiveness and duration of plant-based topical repellents improve when they are mixed with vanillin (a primary organic compound in vanilla extract) and/or soybean oil. In my experience, there is power in numbers! Just be sure to research and learn about any ingredient you are going to use. Be aware and understand that even though the ingredients for making a homemade bug spray are non toxic by themselves, there is always a risk of allergy and over exposure.

Have any trusted recipes? Comment and let me know what you think!
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Yoga Rehab: Pain in your Asana?

Pain in your Asana?

Yoga Rehab is a one of a kind workshop designed to prevent injuries by developing your poses through proper spine and joint positioning. According to yoga experts, injuries can happen any time. Most yoga injuries develop gradually over years of consistent over-stretching and misalignment. In this workshop, you will learn joint range of motion limitations and best modifications for you on a variety of poses to keep your spine and joints healthy.

On May 14, we will explore variations/modifications for floor poses along with breath practice and best poses for your immune system.

Kim will also offer a Yoga Rehab on May 28, where you will explore variations/modifications for standing poses, along with breath practice and best poses for your immune system.

$40 per person per session. Attend both sessions for $70. Please preregister at Wild Ginger Apothecary to hold your spot!

Questions? Contact Kim at kim.burns@sensoryintuition.com

Private sessions available or have a group session in your home or other designated space.

IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH THROUGH YOUR STYLE: USING YOUR BODY’S SENSES

IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH THROUGH YOUR STYLE: USING YOUR BODY’S SENSES by Kim Burns OTR/L, CLT

Style is your approach to how you view the world. The effects of your choice of styling may be adding additional stress to your life. Heavy necklaces and filled purses can continuously put a strain on your spine even if they are that perfect shade of turquoise that matches your outfit so well…Dang!

STYLE to me is representative of who I am and what I am passionate about. I choose accessories for weight, size, ease of getting on and off, as well as color, pattern and Bling! What you wear and display is a way to tell somebody about you without saying a word.

I also try to be functional and attentive to the pressures or the weight of the accessory. Having to always struggling against gravity or having sensitivity to pressure can leave you feeling that you have to go without jewelry or accessories in order to conserve your energy or reduce irritation to make it through the day. By adjusting your focus to include attention to your posture and spine, you can be restorative and preventative while still being a fashionista!

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Immune Fighting Essential Oil – Zendocrine

Zendocrine Essential Oil Blend

A mixture of Tangerine Peel, Rosemary Leaf, Geranium Plant, Juniper Berry, Cilantro Herb essential oils brought together to support the body’s natural ability to rid itself of unwanted substances.* It supports the healthy cleansing and filtering functions of the liver, kidneys, colon, lungs, and skin.* This powerful blend combines Rosemary, Cilantro, and Juniper Berry, known for their detoxifying properties and ability to support healthy liver function, while Tangerine and Geranium have purifying effects against unhealthy substances.* Zendocrine helps cleanse the body of toxins and free radicals that can slow the body’s systems down, leaving a heavy, weighted feeling.*

USES

  • Add 1–2 drops to citrus drinks, teas, or water to support healthy liver function.*
  • Take one drop daily for one week as part of an internal cleansing regimen or to kick-start a New Year’s Resolution.*

DIRECTIONS FOR USE: Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.

 

Check out more great information on this product and others by visiting my website at

www.mydoterra.com/kimberlyburns

 

IN STOCK NOW: Zendocrine 15ml $33 includes tax. Also in stock for immediate pick up or delivery:

Insect Repellant: $13 (15ml) TerraShield: Outdoor Blend -natural formula of Citronella, Cedarwood, and fractionated coconut oil

Antimicrobial

$14 (15ml) Wild Orange: sweet and fresh scent

$18 (15ml) Lime: Citrus, tart

$19 (15ml) Clove: Very Spicy, warm, woody

$26 (15ml) Melaleuca: Herbaceous, green, leathery

Respiratory Assist: $27 (15ml)Breathe: Laurel Leaf, Eucalyptus Leaf, Peppermint Plant, Melaleuca Leaf, Lemon Peel, Ravensara Leaf, Cardamom Seed

Slim&SassyMetabolic Support: $33 (15ml) Slim & Sassy:Metabolic Blend of Grapefruit, Lemon, Peppermint, Ginger, and Cinnamon

TriEase_SoftgelsAllergy Relief:$33 TriEase® Softgels for allergy and immune: Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint

 

Calming: $47 (15ml) Ylang Ylang: Sweet, Rich, Spicy

PetalDiffuser: $63 Petal Diffuser

Hurry! Supplies go fast. But I’m always ordering!

COMPRESSION THERAPY: A NATURAL PAIN MANAGEMENT ALTERNATIVE

COMPRESSION THERAPY: A NATURAL PAIN MANAGEMENT ALTERNATIVE

BY KIMBERLY BURNS, OTR/L, CLT

Compression is the force of pressure used for reducing volume. Compression therapy utilizes this concept through applying material to your body that has a specific gradient pressure to compensate for any impairment the circulatory or lymphatic system may have. Its purpose is to provide an appropriate force to influence fluid to return to these systems rather than remaining in the skin. Your blood pressure is a commonly known diagnostic tool that is an indicator of how much strength your heart and circulatory system have to move blood freely. When there is high blood pressure your body is at risk of causing too much fluid to be pressed out into the tissues resulting in swelling and pain. It can press on nerves causing impairment. If your blood pressure is too low, you may also the same results due to pressure of blood remaining in your arms or legs because it does not have the force to make it back to the heart in a timely manner. Circulatory problems are also a factor in the ability to lose weight.

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