How long will it take to improve my Health?
I design a Wellness Package to get you where you want to go. I do a very thorough exam to get a complete understanding of what is going on.
The extent of your health problem, your lifestyle, your age, your stress level, any external event that may have exacerbated your condition, your current RX drug regimen, history of corticosteroid use, nutrition, vascular supply, any underlying conditions, (such as diabetes), infection, will all affect the timeline for healing.
It takes 60 days for red blood cells to regenerate themselves. Repair of soft tissue takes time, anywhere from 30 days to three years.
I have found that for optimal results, general care is provided once to twice a week for eight weeks. During this time I check to see how your body is reacting to the care. I track what is happening to your body during the first eight weeks of care. I assess how your Wellness Package is working for you and modify treatment as needed.
How does Muscular Tension Contribute to Back Pain and Headaches?
Changes can cause stress and anxiety. Stress and anxiety may originate in the mind but they don’t stay there. They take up residence in our musculoskeletal system, bringing with them muscular tension and sometimes even structural imbalances.
Back pain and headaches tag faithfully along with muscle tension. The more we hurt, the more we tense our muscles. It’s an unfortunate cycle of reactivity to stress. Understanding the cycle is the first step toward stopping it.
Do I Have to take supplements? Can’t I get everything I need from food?
Eventually everyone asks this question. Good nutrition is essential for good health. Because people don’t always eat the best, conventional wisdom says that everybody should use vitamin supplementation daily as a foundation of health and nutrition.
This conventional wisdom is supported by research. A 2002 article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, “Vitamins for Chronic Disease Prevention in Adults,”stated… “inadequate intake of several vitamins has been linked to chronic diseases, including coronary heart disease, cancer and osteoporosis.”
An inappropriate diet can also contribute to your body’s ability to absorb all the nutrients it can from food, so it is also critical to look at diet before throwing supplements at your problem. Foods you may think are perfectly appropriate, may not be and could be the source of the problem.
Further, new studies are out indicating that rising CO2 in the environment is lowering the nutritional value of our crops, especially in regard to zinc, iron and protein.
Why do the supplement brands you recommend cost more?
I always remind my patients that the most expensive supplements are the ones that don’t work. Quality supplements are higher priced, but at the same time just because a supplement costs more does not necessarily mean that it is of the highest quality, meaning that you don’t want a supplement with inactive ingredients that you don’t even recognize.
What is acupuncture used for?
Acupuncture is an excellent modality for symptoms of cold/sinus infections, nerve pain from shingles, neuropathy, post-operative recovery, auto-immune disorders, hormonal issues including infertility, menstrual and post menstrual issues and overcoming dysfunctional muscle patterns.
What is cold laser and how does it work?
Cold lasers heal tissue ailments by injecting billions of photons of visible and invisible laser light deep into tissue structures.
When a muscle undergoes trauma, either directly or indirectly, it goes into spasm. The spasm reduces blood flow to the muscle and surrounding tissues resulting in decreased oxygen and nutrients and increased metabolic wastes. The result is decreased ATP generation (ATP is the food of the cell), and an increase in pain.
Three elements are crucial to tissue healing, ATP generation, protein synthesis and membrane transport. Tissues naturally contain protein strands called chromophores and cytochromes located in the mitochondria of a cell. These protein strands possess the unique ability to absorb laser light energy and transform it into chemical energy for the cell. This chemical energy is utilized by the tissue on a cellular level to accelerate the healing process by increasing microcirculation.
What can Cold Laser Therapy do?
Cold laser can decrease pain, decrease Inflammation and edema, heal wounds faster, increase vascular activity, increase tensile strength, decrease scar tissue formation, accelerate cartilage and bone healing time and stimulate nerve function.
I have been using cold laser for over 15 years on my patients. I have found it particularly useful for sinus infections, bruising, cuts, acne and post-operative healing, sprains and fractures.
What is cupping and what is it good for?
Cupping helps to heal overworked muscles which is why it is commonly used by athletes.
Cupping uses various type of suction cups to create a negative pressure which pulls up on the skin and fascia and allows the muscles underneath to release. Cupping supports venous return and improved circulation as well as stimulating and supporting lymphatic flow.
Cupping is a unique type of therapy in so far as instead of pushing down on the bone, skin and muscle which is experienced in most bodywork therapies as well as in foam rolling, cupping pulls up. This pulling up helps the fascia to release from the muscles underneath so that they are able to relax.
What is gua sha and what is it good for?
Commonly used for sore and achy muscles, back pain, strains, sprains, muscle spasms and even the common cold, Gua Sha can result in improved flexibility, performance, range of motion and faster recovery time from a hard work-out.
Gua Sha is an instrument-assisted, myofascial release therapy, for soft tissue mobilization. By mildly frictioning the skin, this therapy works to smooth out tight knotted muscles, move toxins like lactic acid and uric acid out of the body and break up scar tissue.