We have a lot of information to share with you all as our personal and business landscape has changed dramatically over the last week. It is important to note that we are still following the guidelines put forth by the US and state government regarding business operation and healthcare.
Updated precautions were outlined by Governor Whitmer today, Monday, 3/23/2020. She authorized a Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order requiring everyone to stay home except for essential services, until April 13th. At this time, healthcare is considered an essential service. As such we will provide Chiropractic, Medical, Physical therapy and Nutrition services as long as it is allowed by the current order. Massage and one-on-one fitness are both deemed non-essential, therefore it will be suspended until further notice.
We plan for these schedule changes to be temporary. As we see more of your faces back in for care, we will be able to re-open to the full schedule that you have become accustomed. We cannot give you a specific date we will be back to full hours. We will be keeping our call center open from 9am-5pm M-F to field questions from all of you who are calling for appointments and have other questions. You can also email me directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are committed to maintaining as many of our healthcare services as the government allows and we hope you will remain loyal to us in this time of crisis. Let’s all stay healthy and support each other in every way we can and hope that soon, fear is replaced with a clear vision on how we can all move forward. As an added precaution we are now using a new sign-in form for every patient. This form will be signed by every patient with every visit into our office, as a screening tool. If there is a yes response and we will need to deny care. This will be the new process for signing into our office.
As a reminder, we are including tips to maintain your health and boost your immune system. These products are all available in our clinics currently and online. If you choose to order online, Please click on Metagenics
and Standard Process to order from our website.
Preventative Health Measures
Total Health Systems is a primary healthcare provider that focuses on preventative healthcare. As such, we recommend our employees and our patients take the following actions to aid in the support of their immune system:
- Avoid simple sugars and processed carbohydrates that can depress the immune system, including fast foods, sodas, candy, etc.
- Eat food high in micronutrients, including plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables
- Maintain proper hydration levels to ward off infective agents (DRINK WATER)
- Get adequate rest: Sleeping 6-8 hours minimum per night with no ambient light or within 6 feet of EMF producing appliances (phones, refrigerators, etc.)
- Continue to exercise: This improves lymphatic flow by muscular contraction, which aids in immune system function
- Think positively: Don’t promote fear; Promote accurate information regarding the current situation.
- Chiropractic adjustments:There is positive correlation with proper spinal alignment and optimized nervous system function, which ultimately influences immune function at a higher level. Get Adjusted.
- We have stocked up on products to help boost your immune system. We encourage our employees and patients to take the following supplements specifically to optimize immune function:
- Immucore (Metagenics): 3 tablets per day to support immune function
- D3 10000 (Metagenics): 1 capsule per day
- Ultra-potent C 1000 (Metagenics): Minimum 1 per day to tolerance (excess vitamin C can cause loose stools) Vitamin C has been shown in China currently to help prevent and reduce symptoms of Coronavirus
- Ultraflora immune booster (Metagenics): 1 per day to support immune processes in the gut flora
- Congaplex (Standard process): 6 per day to support immune function
How COVID-19 Spreads
Although the first human cases of COVID-19 likely resulted from exposure to infected animals, infected people can spread SARS-CoV-2 to other people. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, including:
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
- It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has SARS-CoV-2 on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the primary way the virus spreads. People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (i.e., experiencing fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath). Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this type of asymptomatic transmission with this new corona virus, but this is also not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we ask that you stay home and isolate yourself. Local hospitals (Beaumont and soon Henry Ford will both have curbside testing) to confirm presence of COVID-19 virus. We encourage you to report there. We will not have test kits available at our facility.
Basic Infection Prevention Measures
To protect our patients, we must emphasize basic infection prevention measures. Good hygiene and infection control practices include:
- Frequent and thorough hand washing. Utilize soap and water and spend a minimum of 20 seconds scrubbing all surfaces of your hands. Alcohol based hand sanitizer may be used in place of hand washing when appropriate
- At first signs of sickness, employees and patients should remain at home. Specifically with COVID-19, coughing, fever, and upper respiratory symptoms are predominant.
- Encourage and use respiratory etiquette: This means covering coughs and sneezes with the corner of your arm/elbow.
- Proper use of tissues and trash receptacles for tissue waste
- Using Clorox wipes and/or Hospital grade germicidal (Citrus II) to regularly clean exposed surfaces. This includes treatment surfaces, commonly shared equipment, phones, keyboards. Disposable towels should be used when possible.
- Using treatment paper on tables and keeping it fresh for each new patient
- Changing bedding during patient changeover and using disinfectant
Aaron Lundgaard, DC, CCSP(r), CSCS