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July 24, 2019

Sleep Hygiene

Sleep Health & Quality 1We often associate the term “hygiene” with things like our oral health, body maintenance, and even smells. However, becoming aware of your sleep hygiene just might be one of the best things you can do for your overall health.

We’re sure that you’ve seen articles float across your Facebook or Instagram feeds. You might have even had a close friend post an article that mentions how paramount sleep is to the human body. But, at the end of the day, are you making any changes in your life? Are you actually willing to give up your bad habits and guilty pleasures to get better sleep? Hey, you’ve made it this far so why should you change now?

Here’s the deal. Whether you’re 21 or you’re 65, you can benefit from making minor, yet disciplined, adjustments to your sleep hygiene that can pay big dividends down the road. Establishing and implementing better sleep hygiene is the single best thing you can do to improve your quality of life. And better yet, local experts at Comprehensive Primary Care & Wellness Center are here to help.

Create Sleep Routine

Our very own Christina Finnerty recommends creating a nighttime routine among a few other helpful tips:

Allow Time To Prepare For Sleep

Set a consistent time that you’d like to go to bed and allot 20-30 minutes or so beforehand to wind down and prepare for sleep. “Take a few minutes of time to yourself to do some deep breathing. Perhaps analyze how the day went. The worst thing you can do is bring stress into bed with you. Address things on your mind before you get into bed.”

Ditch The Screens

“We can’t be watching TV, playing on our phones, or working on our computers and then expect to immediately go to sleep. It’s really important to have a routine. There should be no electronics in the bedroom. The rule of thumb is that the bed is for sleep and sex only. The room should be very dark. Any amount of light tells the brain to continue to be awake.”

If You Can’t Sleep, Get Out Of Bed

“If it’s taking you longer than 20-30 minutes to get to sleep, or if you wake up and can’t fall back asleep, get out of bed. One of the worst things you can do is stay in bed. That trains your brain that your bed is a place to do whatever it wants it to do as opposed to a place to be asleep. If you find yourself in this type of situation, get out of bed, go to a quiet and comfortable place in your home and practice deep breathing.”

Why Quality Sleep is Important

The reason sleep is so important to the human body is because the damage from sleep deficiency can occur in an instant. It can manifest itself in terrible things such as a car crash or other physical accidents. Or, it can harm you over time without you noticing it as much. For example, ongoing sleep deficiency can raise your risk for some chronic health problems. It also affects how well you think, react, work, & learn.

Not all sleep is created equal. Many in the Idaho Falls area suffer from sleep apnea. This is a condition that can show itself with loud snoring, and a feeling of being tired after a full night’s rest. Low quality sleep doesn’t just affect your quality of life, but can be a dangerous condition to live with.

Back in 2006, the Harvard Medical School published a piece about the importance of sleep and reasons why we should get better quality sleep. You can read that article here: Importance of Sleep: Six Reasons to not Scrimp on Sleep

Christina Finnerty, Your Local Sleep Expert

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Christina Finnerty, FNP-C, is committed to improving the sleep health and quality of those local to Idaho Falls and the surrounding area. Christina provides patients with sleep studies and specializes in improving how we should be spending that third of our life. Visit our Sleep Specialist page and see if you suffer from any of the symptoms of poor sleep. You can also read about what to expect from a sleep study.

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June 15, 2019

As healthcare gets more complicated, we’re committed to providing Idaho Falls families with a simple solution. We are a community care center with expertise touching all areas of healthcare.

We feel that too many choose to suffer unnecessarily with treatable symptoms. This can be because of the fear of cost or the uncertainty that their situation isn’t serious enough to warrant an emergency room visit. There are many reasons to need to speak with a doctor that don’t require a visit to the emergency room. We aim to meet all of those needs.

Please Note: If you have a medical emergency that requires immediate care, please call 911 or go to the Emergency Room. We are not a hospital.

Primary Care

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Our waiting room

What is a primary care physician? We are healthcare providers that practice general medicine. This means that we can be a first stop for your journey to feel better, no matter what symptoms you may be experiencing. Below are some of the most common visits we receive.

Urgent Care

If you don’t have an appointment, but need to see a doctor right away we are a perfect fit. Our staff will assess the situation, and work to give you peace of mind knowing you’re receiving the care you need. Common urgent care needs include:

  • Cold & Flu symptoms
  • Allergic Reactions
  • Stomach issues (vomiting, diarrhea)
  • Concussions
  • Sprains
  • Burns and Cuts

Family Doctors

The doctor-patient relationship is a priority for us. We look forward to getting to know your unique situation and needs. As your family grows or you bring loved ones in for checkups, you can trust we will address you and the ones you care about with the care and attention you know they deserve.

As members of this community, we know how important it is to have a family doctor that you know and trust. Part of this is being available to meet and answer your questions as you need them. As our doctors work with your family, the care you receive continues to improve with each visit as we become more familiar with the unique requirements of the members of your family.

Contact us about your annual wellness visit, sports physicals or other general checkups for you and your loved ones.

Chiropractic Adjustments

Beyond general medicine we have a chiropractor on staff. Neck, joint pain and even head aches can often be traced back to spine alignment issues. This is helpful for not only treating the symptoms, but addressing the root cause of your pain. Regular chiropractic adjustments can greatly improve the life of someone suffering back or other joint pain.

Chiropractic treatments are an excellent option for people looking to treat symptoms without the use of drugs or other invasive techniques.

Diet and Exercise

Wellness doesn’t just end at a single visit to the doctor. With a registered dietitian on staff, we help patients with their fitness and weight goals as well. This long term approach to wellness means that we will be with you every step of the way, ensuring you have the knowledge and tools to manage your weight.

Mental Health

We help our patients address mental health issues by teaching meditative techniques. We also provide hormone therapy when a chemical imbalance may be contributing to mental anguish. Ask our doctors about our hormonal therapies.

Community Care

Providing Idaho Falls, Ammon and surround areas with the healthcare they need is why we are here. Take a moment and get familiar with the services we offer. Or call to speak with a doctor today and begin your journey to wellness with Comprehensive Primary Care and Wellness Center.

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June 13, 2019

In April of 2019 Dr. Naeem Rahim welcomed our very own Monica Nealis, PA-C, to the KISU radio show, House Call, to talk about Women’s Health. Monica is one of our physicians’ assistants who addresses women’s healthcare needs. In the April 4th edition of House Call Dr. Rahim and Monica discuss depression, self exams, access to care, and several other points relating to women’s health.

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You can listen to the full interview here: https://www.kisu.org/post/womens-health-discussed-kisus-house-call#stream/0

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May 30, 2019

New Location

We are beyond thrilled for our second primary care office space located at the new Jackson Hole Junction. We will be opening this summer and our new building will feature state-of-the-art technology. Not to mention the ability to better serve patients on the southwest side of Idaho Falls. The Jackson Hole Junction development is located where Sunnyside Road meets Interstate 15 (exit 116).

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The Development

An aerial view of the entire development shows how things will be laid out. Our new building will be located on the far right (east) next to the canal. We are excited for this second location for a lot of reasons, but largely because we’re so happy to see our community grow. We believe this new development contributes to an under-served area of our city and we’re happy to be a part of it.

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About Us

At Comprehensive Primary Care we have providers with expertise covering all areas of wellness. As a primary care provider we assist patients with ailments ranging from simple annual wellness exams, to chronic illness management.

Our goal as an office is to provide a warm, welcoming, and joyous environment where people can truly feel that their individual stories and health outcomes matter. We use an individualized patient centered approach to your healthcare with collaboration between all of our clinical providers. We know that being treated with kindness, respect and compassion truly helps to support healing and wellbeing. Our team approach to your health is designed to both empower and educate you so you can create and live your best life possible.

Primary Care

Primary care by definition is healthcare at a basic rather than specialized level for people making an initial approach to a doctor or nurse for treatment. While that is true, we like to take our primary care services a step further. Yes, we provide an introductory level of services, but we provide them at an in-depth level that allows us to diagnose the problem immediately.

Our staff of nurses and physicians provide definitive care our patients at the first point of contact. We also take responsibility for providing our patients with comprehensive care after the initial visit.

Our primary care goals are to treat illnesses and educate patients. Our specialties include family and internal medicine, preventative medicine, adolescent and pediatric medicine, public health, and much more. Primary care is part of our name and we take that seriously. Primary literally means “of chief importance” or “earliest in time or order,” and that’s how we treat our primary care patients.

The name of our business is Comprehensive Primary Care & Wellness Center. Let’s take a moment to break that down. Comprehensive primary care means that we are able to treat almost any illness or condition that comes through our doors. We’re well-rounded and versatile. And wellness goes so far beyond just putting a band-aid on something. We care about your health and wellness. How you actually feel day-in and day-out. Your wellness is all-encompassing and has to do with your overall health, not just one solution to one problem.

Primary care isn’t just in our name, it’s in our DNA. It’s what we do and we excel at it. We understand how impactful your first visit to a doctor’s office can be, and we care about that first impression. If you think it’s time you shop around for a new primary care provider, give us a call. We’d be happy to put you first.

Here For The Community

The bottom line is this: we’re here for the community of Idaho Falls. The whole reason we’re opening this location is to better serve the population here and to do so with top-of-the-line equipment. Not to mention our fantastic and caring staff. We’re invested in Idaho Falls and the growth of this city. We’re here for the long haul.

Call us today (208) 715-9990.

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