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04
September
2015

Knocking out inflammation

Knocking out inflammation

In today's day and age, it's hard to avoid the causes of inflammation.  With so much interconectedness we get too much information too fast and this can stress out our nervous system and cause immune weakening by burning us out.  When you start getting beat up and start noticing symptoms such as pain, aches, digestive issues or problems sleeping or concentrating it may be a good time to think about seeing a provider for a health consultation.  Many people think of going to the doctor and getting pills or shots which can be very important depending on your condition.  However there are also natural options like vitamin and nutrient supplementation as well as therapeutic treatments which will work if you have some patience and interest in your body and healing. Many times when you have a problem, it's your bodies way of trying to get your attention to slow down or take better care of yourself. The usual culprit is too much inflammation that can be caused by physical wear and tear, poor dietary choices, or too much stress and not enough rest.  Here at Healthways, we try to make health care fun, interesting, full of options and useful so you never feel like it was a waste of your time and money.  At Healthways we think you are worth it and want to help you get it right so you can continue being well and stay out of the hospital.

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22
July
2015

Therapeutic Effect of Whole Body Vibration on Chronic Knee Osteoarthritis

Young Geun Park, MD, Bum Sun Kwon, MD, Jin-Woo Park, MD, Dong Yeon Cha, MD, Ki Yeun Nam, MD, Kyoung Bo Sim, MD, Jihea Chang, MD, and Ho Jun Lee, MD

Objective

To investigate the effect on pain reduction and strengthening of the whole body vibration (WBV) in chronic knee osteoarthritis (OA).

Methods

Patients were randomly divided into two groups: the study group (WBV with home based exercise) and control group (home based exercise only). They performed exercise and training for 8 weeks. Eleven patients in each group completed the study. Pain intensity was measured with the Numeric Rating Scale (NRS), functional scales were measured with Korean Western Ontario McMaster score (KWOMAC) and Lysholm Scoring Scale (LSS), quadriceps strength was measured with isokinetic torque and isometric torque and dynamic balance was measured with the Biodex Stability System. These measurements were performed before training, at 1 month after training and at 2 months after training.

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18
June
2015

The Nuts and Bolts of Low-level Laser (Light) Therapy

Califorinia cold laser therapy

This article is taken from PubMed.gov

Hoon Chung, Tianhong Dai, Sulbha K. Sharma, Ying-Ying Huang, James D. Carroll, and Michael R. Hamblin

Cold laser or low level laser therapy came into being in 1960's. In 1967, Endre Mester, noticed that applying laser light to the backs of shaven mice could induce the shaved hair to grow back more quickly than in unshaved mice. He also demonstrated that laser could stimulate wound healing in mice. Mester soon applied his findings to human patients, using lasers to treat patients with nonhealing skin ulcers. Cold laser has now developed into a therapeutic procedure that is used in three main ways: to reduce inflammation, edema, and chronic joint disorders; to promote healing of wounds, deeper tissues, and nerves; and to treat neurological disorders and pain.

Cold laser involves exposing cells or tissue to low levels of red and near infrared (NIR) light, and is referred to as “low level” because the energy used does not cause enough heat to cut or damage body tissues.

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15
May
2015

VMO and Knee Pain

VMO and Knee Pain

The VMO muscle known as the Vastus Medialis Oblique is an important muscle in understanding knee pain. The function of this muscle is to perform knee extension as well as allow for correct tracking of the patella (knee cap) over the femur. Many people with knee pain have a weakness in this muscle. The problem can be worse with females or anyone with wider hips which cause the patella to pull to the outside more that somone with thin hips. One of the reasons people can develop knee pain is because the body tends to favor a more lateral tracking due to the larger quadriceps muscles of the outer thigh. Unless a person develops the VMO muscle it may be weaker than the outer thigh muscles which are more easily developed with normal daily activities. This issue can become more of a problem with overuse due to excessive running, hiking etc... Developing the VMO can be achieved with a number of different exercises one of the easiest being doing knee extensions with the foot rotated to the outside to stress the VMO muscle. Kicking your leg out in front of you with the foot turned outward will also exercise the VMO muscle. If you are having any knee problems be sure to contact our office and schedule a consultation with one of our providers to learn more about how we can help.

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06
April
2015

Restoring Normal Cervical and Lumbar Lordosis - Improving Your Spinal Posture

Restoring Normal Cervical and Lumbar Lordosis - Improving Your Spinal Posture

Loss of cervical and lumbar lordosis or normal posture is well known to be implicated in the progression of degenerative arthritic diseases of the spine. When normal lordosis and curvatures of the spine are lost, the normal biomechanical forces of weight distribution of body weight which are normally distributed through an arc are transmitted through a straightened spine causing additional compressive and shear forces on the lower cervical and lumbar spine. This in turn increases wear and tear and progresses early degeneration such as bone spurs, disc inflammation and increased chance of disc bulges and herniations. Restoring and maintaining the normal cervical and lumbar lordosis is a primary goal for a healthy spine. This can be achieved with correct stretching, exercise, physical therapy and chiropractic treatment program. Much of degenerative cervical and lumbar disc diseases can be prevented, avoided and/or minimized understanding this principle and utilizing the proper approach.  Learn more about this with one of our providers here at Healthways Medical Group.

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01
April
2015

Strain- Counterstrain Techinque: A manual therapy approach

(Taken from Wikipedia)

Strain- Counterstrain Techinque:  A manual therapy approach

Within manual therapy, Strain-Counterstrain is a type of "passive positional release" created in the early 1960s by Lawrence Jones, D.O. It is a hands-on treatment that alleviates muscle and connective tissue tightness by the use of very specific treatment positions held for 90 seconds (can be held for up to 3 minutes in neurological patients).[citation needed] During the procedure, the involved tissue is "slackened" causing a relaxation of the "spasm" which, in turn, allows local areas of inflammation, trapped within the painful tissue to dissipate. Following this "release" there is an immediate reduction of pain and tension in the involved tissue. This relaxation helps restore normal joint mobility and is also beneficial to other structures in the region that may have been compressed. This gentle and painless technique is a very effective treatment for a wide variety of orthopedic conditions such as headaches, fibromyalgia, sciatica, tendinitis, chronic neck pain, and post-surgical conditions.

Our Healthways Medical Group Physical Therapist is knowledgable and experienced in this technique. Please call for a consultation if you are interested in it.

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03
March
2015

Glucosamine Sulfate For Knee and Spinal Arthritis

Glucosamine Sulfate For Knee and Spinal Arthritis

(Taken from Medline Plus a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institute of Health)

Glucosamine sulfate is a naturally occurring chemical found in the human body.  It  is in the fluid that is around joints. Glucosamine is also found in  other places in nature.  For example, the glucosamine sulfate that is  put into dietary supplements is often harvested from the shells of  shellfish.  Glucosamine sulfate used in dietary supplements does not  always come from natural sources.  It can also be made in a laboratory.

Glucosamine sulfate is commonly used for arthritis. Scientists have  studied it extensively for this use.  It is most often used for a type  of arthritis called osteoarthritis.  This is the most common type of arthritis.

Over the years, people have tried glucosamine sulfate for a variety of  other uses. For example, it has been tried for glaucoma and for weight  loss.  But glucosamine sulfate has not been adequately studied for these uses. There is no proof that glucosamine sulfate is beneficial for  these conditions.

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11
February
2015

Therapeutic Taping for Lymphatic Drainage

Therapeutic Taping for Lymphatic Drainage

Many high profile and everyday athletes are realizing the benefits of therapeutic taping. One very useful purpose is for supporting lymphatic drainage and to reduce edema. Therapeutic taping has analgesic effects as well as benefits for decreasing inflammation and bruising.

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13
January
2015

Effect of oral L-Arginine supplementation on blood pressure : a meta-analysis of randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials

Effect of oral L-Arginine supplementation on blood pressure : a meta-analysis of randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials

A 2011 study published in the Dec 2011 edition of the American Heart Journal concluded that L-arginine, an amino acid that is gaining popularity for patients with hypertension and Erectile Dysfunction (ED) does significantly lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. The mechanism is that L-arginine promotes Nitric Oxide in the body which functions to dilate smaller arterioles in the body reducing overall blood pressure. This study was a meta-analysis of 11 other randomized, double blind placebo controlled trials involving 387 participants. This can be good news for people with hypertension and or ED looking to avoid medication and wishing to utilize a more natural treatment approach.

Am Heart J. 2011 Dec;162(6):959-65. doi: 10.1016/j.ahj.2011.09.012. Epub 2011 Nov 8.

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19
December
2014

Office Workers Gain Energy When Given Vitamin C At Work

Office Workers Gain Energy When Given Vitamin C At Work

A double-blind randomized trial on 141 healthy volunteers aged 20 to 49 years old was performed in which one group received 10 grams of vitamin C intravenously while a placebo group received saline intravenously.

Fatigue scores, oxidative stress and plasma vitamin C and side effects were all measured. Fatigue levels, at two hours and one day post supplementation, were significantly reduced in the group receiving vitamin C, especially in those whose initial vitamin C levels were particularly low. No major side effects were reported in either group. (Nutrition Journal, January 2012)

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19
December
2014

Vitamin D And K Deficiencies Are Common In Patients With Bowel Disease

Vitamin D And K Deficiencies Are Common In Patients With Bowel Disease

Bone mineral density and levels of vitamin D and K, both of which play a vital role in bone development, were measured in 87 patients that had either Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. Researchers found that bone vitamin K was insufficient in patients with Crohn’s disease and the low levels contributed to the inflammatory process of Crohn’s disease. Levels of vitamin D were also lower in patients with low bone density when compared to healthy controls. (Nutrition, October 2011)

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