August 2013

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Ray Ilg, ND

Raynette Ilg, N.D., is the owner of Olive Branch Wellness Center in South Elgin, IL. A Naturopath who earned a Bachelors of Science in Biological Medicine and then a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from National University of Health Sciences, she employs Nutritional Guidance, Herbal Medicine, Hydrotherapy, and Homeopathy in her clinic. Dr. Ray can be contacted via her website,
Olive Branch Wellness Center



Dear Olive Branch Wellness Center Friends,

Guess who has started a blog to better communicate their health and wellness tips? Why, me, of course!

Let's establish a dialog that leads to a healthier you!

Olive Branch's New Blog!

Back to School Take Care of YOU!

I used to watch some great commercials on TV. My favorite commercial of all time was a Staples commercial showing disgruntled kids in Staples along with their Dad who was happily riding a shopping cart while the song‚ "It's the most wonderful time of the year," played in the background.

I laughed every time I saw it remembering the years when it was time for my own two daughters to go back to school. I was most anxious to get to the point where I didn't hear‚ "What are we going to do now Mom, I'm bored."

I always think that this is a great time of the year when the kids go back to school to begin to take better care of you. Get a good multi vitamin in! How about just taking a morning walk if you aren't up to hauling to the gym just now or are trying to work up to that. There is something to be said for the alone time you have when you are outside taking a walk. One of the best pieces of advice I could impart is to make sure you get outside and capture as much of the sun as you can to get your Vitamin D level up to par for the winter time. Fresh air is also a great way to enhance sleep, help weight loss and clear the mind. Why not make sure you get outside even if it's just to go around the block, make the time.

If you have more of an interest in weight loss, watch for our NEW Blog from our new book Livin LaVida Grande: Why You Can't Lose Weight We will have tips, recipes and other fun things come along. Also coming soon a Webinar just for you from the comfort of your own home!!!

Watch our Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Blog for more details. In the mean time if you need us, we're here. 630-370-7290

Dr. Robert Sierszulski

Dr. Robert Sierszulski is a graduate of the Logan College of Chiropractic near St. Louis, MO. Dr. Robert is certified in Active Release Technique of the spine and practices various chiropractic techniques including: Reinert-Specific Diversified, National Diversified, Thompson Drop, Cox Flexion-Distraction, Activator, and Logan Basic.
Dr. Robert of ChiroSolutions utilizes a very comprehensive approach to his patients encompassing various aspects of patient care including: chiropractic adjusting, physical therapy, massage therapy, and physiotherapy.

Chiropractic & Massage Therapy During Pregnancy

This month, I would like to take some time out to explain Chiropractic & Massage Therapy benefits during pregnancy.

Most women experience a number of nerve and muscle problems during pregnancy which respond favorably to safe, gentle, and noninvasive Chiropractic
and Massage Therapy care.

These include:

  • Release of the hormone relaxin, which causes muscular and ligamentous relaxation, allowing joints to more easily misalign

  • Increased weight gain causes a higher demand on spinal and pelvic muscles, causing increased stress on neighboring nerves and ligaments

  • Increased joint stress causes muscular fatigue and spinal and pelvic misalignments

These changes primarily affect pelvic and spinal ligaments, muscles, joints, and other supportive soft tissues. This causes sprains/strains of pelvic and spinal structures, alterations of normal spinal curvatures and biomechanics. The result is felt as pain and discomfort.

Potential benefits of Chiropractic care during pregnancy include:

  • Back, neck, hip, or other joint pain relief

  • Sciatica relief

  • Nausea control

  • Reduced labor time

  • Decreased likelihood for a cesarean section surgery

  • Increased likelihood of full-term delivery

  • Creating more ease during delivery

  • Maintaining a healthier pregnancy

  • Routine Chiropractic care can safely be continued up until and after delivery

Pre & Postnatal Massage Therapy:

  • Helps reduce low back pain

  • Increases circulation and reduces swelling

  • Keeps muscles relaxed and flexible

  • Helps to improve posture

  • Reduces bouts of muscle aches and pains

Webster Technique:

During the 3 position and there may be danger of a breech birth, suggesting the need for a C-section delivery. The necessity for C-section deliveries may be eliminated naturally using the Webster Technique.

The Webster Technique is a noninvasive way of adjusting the pelvis and contacting a taught soft tissue structure
called the round ligament in order to allow the fetus to turn to a head-down position naturally within the womb. Webster Technique is performed without any direct contact on the baby in the womb and can help the pregnant mother-to-be avoid a needless surgery.

Conservative treatment with Chiropractic and Massage Therapy offers pregnant women the opportunity to have a much less stressful time during such a crucial period of life. Most insurance plans offer both Chiropractic and Massage Therapy coverage. Call to schedule your first visit with us today!



Dr. David McFadden

Dr. David McFadden is a co-owner and Clinical Director at Village Counseling Center. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. Dr. McFadden received a DMin and MA from California Graduate School of Theology in Pastoral Counseling, MS from Northern Illinois University in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a BA from Lincoln Christian University in Pastoral Ministry. Dr. McFadden has been helping adolescents and adults for over 30 years. Dr. McFadden can be reached via his website,
Village Counseling Center

Peak Performers

Henry Kissinger, secretary of state in the Nixon administration, once asked an assistant to prepare a foreign policy analysis. The assistant worked night and day for a week and then put the document on Mr. Kissinger's desk only to receive it back within an hour. Affixed to the report was a note asking that it be redone. The assistant dutifully redid it; he slept a total of nine hours for a week. The document went on Mr. Kissinger's desk, and an hour later it was returned with a note saying he expected better and asking that it be done again.

And so, the assistant went back to the drawing board once more. After another week of intense work, the assistant asked if he might present it personally. When he came face to face with the boss, he said, "Mr. Kissinger, I've spent another sleepless week. This is the best I can do!" Kissinger replied, "In that case, now I'll read it."

Genuine peak performance is never an accident. It is the result of personal character that drives a person to do their best at all times. Here are five qualities in peak performers along with a brief contrast to underachievers.

Peak performers are people who...

  • Do More Than Expected -- One characteristic of great performers is their commitment to the idea of "... and then some!" They do what's required and then some. They meet expectations and then some. In contrast, underachievers approach everything with a "just get by" mentality. They do only what they have to in order to get by and nothing more.

  • Take Advantage Of New Learning Opportunities -- Underachievers live by the motto "I get my work done so I must know everything I need for my job." Performers have a different view and are likely to say, "I have so much to learn if I'm ever going to exceed my current performance."

  • Exude Optimism For Overcoming Life's Challenges - A performer says, "It may be difficult, but it is possible." A slacker says "It may be possible, but it's too difficult." Peak performers don't shrink back in times of adversity or professional challenge. They live by the optimism that sees great possibilities even in trying times.

  • Perform In The Present And Look To The Future - Star performers learn the lessons of the past and plan for the future with great expectations. Yet the key to their success is a sense that the time to act is right now. Performers don't live in the past or the future, they make things happen NOW!

  • Take Initiative To Get Started -- Performers have a sense of mission. They know where they're headed and what's expected. They are focused and ready to take the initiative to get started. Underachievers have to be coaxed, prodded, and often monitored to make sure they're getting work done. Peak performers are after results and do what it takes to make them happen.


Jayne Holley, CTRS, MSM

Jayne Holley joined West Physical Therapy in October of 2011 as Patient Care Coordinator. With nearly 20 years of outpatient physical rehabilitation management, she brings her knowledge of operations, efficiency, marketing and development to the West Physical Therapy Team. Jayne has extensive experience in customer satisfaction and the desire for connecting the community to wellness programs and improving quality of life.Jayne graduated from Illinois State University with Bachelors Degree in Science. She completed a Masters in Science & Management degree from National Louis University in 2007. Jayne has worked alongside physical therapists throughout her professional career. She was awarded the John Maselter Friend of Physical Therapy from the Illinois Physical Therapy Association in 2005. Jayne and her husband are life long residents of the St. Charles-Campton Hills area. She is an avid golfer and gardener. Jayne enjoys volunteering in her community. You may send her an email at

Backpace Safety

Backpacks are a popular and practical way carry school supplies and books. They are designed to distribute the weight of the load among the body's strongest muscles. When they are too heavy or worn incorrectly, backpacks can cause problems.

Improperly used, backpacks may injure muscles and joints which can lead to severe back, neck, and shoulder pain as well as postural problems.

When choosing a backpack, look for one that is lightweight and an appropriate size for your student. Make sure it has 2 wide, padded shoulder straps, and a waist strap. Another option would be to choose a rolling backpack.

To properly carry the backpack, tighten the straps to comfortably fit the student. Always pack lightly. Carry only the books and supplies that you will need.

Ideally, the backpack should not weigh more than 15% of the child's body weight. Heavier items should be packed first, close to the body. If the child needs to lean forward to carry the pack, it is too heavy!! Remember to lift the backpack properly. Never lift and swing the backpack while twisting at the same time.

Do not ignore any back pain in a child or a teenager.

Call your physical therapist for a proper evaluation!



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