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June 19 2015

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Young man dies of stroke after chiropractor manipulates his neck

By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore

Published November 11, 2014

Newser

Young man dies of stroke after chiropractor manipulates his neck

Juventino Luna Moreno, a masseur or "sobador," works on a patient in Tijuana, Mexico, on Jan. 10, 2009. Sobadores are chiropractors with no formal training, who use a mix of massage and faith. (AP Photo/Guillermo Arias)

Chiropractors have come under fire for increasing young people's risk of stroke before, but the recent death of a 30-year-old in Oklahoma has left physicians angry, chiropractors in a defensive crouch, and a family in mourning.

Jeremy Youngblood, 30, had a stroke at a chiropractor's office in Ada due to what the autopsy called neck manipulation, but instead of calling 911, the office called his father, a bus driver, and told him to pick up his son, reports KFOR 4.

Jeremy was eventually flown to Oklahoma City, where he died. Doctor says these neck adjustments can cause a small tear in the artery wall, which in turns tries to heal by clotting.





But the clot can break off and block a blood vessel to the brain, causing a stroke, reports WebMD. "We can talk all day about the lack of evidence of the benefit of neck manipulations for neck pain, but beyond that they use neck manipulation for things that have nothing to do with the neck," one doctor says.

"Low back pain, knee pain ... ear infections in babies, colicky babies, PMS in women. Bee sting therapy, snake oil [salesmen]. There's no more to it than that." But chiropractors say there are real benefits that keep people returning.

Youngblood's mother just says she'll never see her son again: "It's with me every day. It's never going to go away." (A 3-year-old's death this year was blamed on sedatives she received in a dentist's chair.)

This article originally appeared on Newser: Man Dies After Chiropractor Manipulates His Neck





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June 18 2015

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Back manipulation may help relieve chronic pain

Osteopathic manipulation may modestly reduce symptoms for some people with chronic low back pain, a new study suggests.

The treatment involves moving out-of-line joints back into place, relaxing overused muscles and massaging soft tissue, said Dr. John Licciardone, a doctor of osteopathic medicine who led the new study.

He considers osteopathic manipulation a complementary treatment - not necessarily the only thing to do for low back pain, but something that can work as an add-on therapy for people who don't get better with painkillers alone, for example.

"I think the osteopathic approach is different (from chiropractic care, for example) in that it takes a more overarching view, so you wouldn't necessarily restrict your examination or treatment to the lower back," Licciardone, from the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, told Reuters Health.

He and his colleagues wanted to test the effectiveness of both osteopathic manipulation and ultrasound therapy - a technique sometimes used by physical therapists on soft tissue injuries. The researchers randomly assigned 455 people with chronic low back pain to undergo eight weeks of either real or sham versions of each treatment method.





A few weeks after finishing treatment, 63 percent of the patients who'd had osteopathic manipulation reported a moderate improvement in their pain and half reported substantial improvement - meaning their symptoms were at least cut in half.

In comparison, 46 percent of people who'd received fake osteopathic treatments had moderate improvement and 35 percent saw substantial benefits.

Ultrasound therapy, on the other hand, was not tied to any long-term pain relief. And neither treatment significantly improved back-related functioning or the overall health of people with chronic pain, the study team wrote in the Annals of Family Medicine.

Licciardone said chiropractors typically use a single type of thrusting motion on the back and see some patients up to three times per week. In contrast, osteopathic care addresses the pelvis, legs and other body parts as well and emphasizes allowing recovery between sessions.



In the current study, patients received a total of six treatments over eight weeks.

The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health-National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation.

One back pain researcher who wasn't involved in the new study said its findings are consistent with past reports on osteopathic and chiropractic treatments.

"The consensus on most of those studies, I think, is that spinal manipulative therapy is better than no treatment and has a modest benefit over a period of time, but is not substantially better than other types of treatment including pain medications (and) exercise recommendations," said Dr. Timothy Carey, from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

A typical osteopathic manipulation session costs about $100, and may or may not be covered by insurance. That may be worth it, Licciardone said, for people who have already tried over-the-counter painkillers and physical therapy and are running out of non-invasive options.

"We saw the biggest reduction in pain in the people who had more severe pain to begin with, and those are the people who are going to be more likely looking for the more costly and more invasive treatments," he said.

"Before going on to the opioid medications or steroid injections or surgery, why not give a conservative treatment like osteopathic manual treatment a try?" Licciardone suggested.



"I say (to patients), 'Give it a try for five or six treatments, and if it's not helping by then, give it up, because it's not going to help,'" Carey told Reuters Health.

"It's an option - it isn't the only option," he said.

Carey said one of the best things people with chronic back pain can do for their long-term health is to get regular exercise, even if it's just walking.

June 17 2015

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Chiropractic Adjustment The Risks of Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic Treatment Only Gives Temporary ReliefChiropractic care is a large field of alternative medical practices, in which a doctor makes adjustments to the spine and neck of patients; chiropractic adjustments are touted as helping migraines and boosting the immune system to improving overall health. However, certain types of spinal manipulation can cause many more problems than they solve, and they can also result in serious medical conditions, like strokes. Chiropractic adjustments should be approached with care.

What is Chiropractic Adjustment?

The spinal and neck manipulations done by chiropractic practitioners can take several forms, from adjustments made by hand to adjustments made using spring-loaded tools designed to force vertebra back into alignment. Many chiropractors combine these types of adjustments with traditional physical therapy to help the body heal from back pain and surgery.



Chiropractors offer patients dramatic relief from back pain, and treatment is often considered to be an ongoing process with health and healing as its goal.

Chiropractic Treatment - What are the Risks of Chiropractics?

Although chiropractic care is assumed to have many benefits and is often touted as being a totally safe alternative to traditional medical care, there are many risks associated with spinal manipulation according to Dr. Stephen Barret of Quackwatch. Health risks from chiropractics are more severe than many people are aware of, because under-reporting of health risks is common in the field, and related risks - such as strokes - may not occur for years after the initial treatment.

According to Edzard Ernst in the study Spinal Manipulation: Its Safety is Uncertain, less serious medical risks associated with chiropractic adjustments include increased back pain and mild headaches. These symptoms can occur immediately after adjustment and last for hours or days. Strenuous adjustments can cause damage; injuries can also include soft tissue damage, broken bones, bruising, dislocated joints and disk injury.

Chiropractics and Stroke

One of the most serious risks of chiropractic treatment is the possibility of a stroke, especially when the cervical spine - an area near the neck - is rotated by the chiropractor, according to Dr. Barret at Quackwatch. The vertebral artery is connected to the cervical vertebra and wraps around them when entering the skull; rotation of these bones can tear or block the blood vessel, leading to strokes.

Strokes caused by chiropractic adjustments are likelier to occur when chiropractors make neck adjustments by snapping the neck, although any adjustment of the cervical vertebra can result in a stroke, according to Dr. Barret. Symptoms of a stroke following chiropractic treatment can include a sudden headache, dizziness and nausea or vomiting. Strokes can be fatal, or cause debilitating and permanent damage to individuals who suffer them.

Studies of Chiropractic Treatment - What are the Benefits of Chiropractic?

Manipulation of the neck has the highest risk of chiropractic adjustment. However, are there still benefits to seeing a chiropractor? According to a 1996 Rand Corporation study, there is very little evidence that shows chiropractic care provides anything beyond short-term relief for back pain.

Quackwatch, a website that records and reports on health-related frauds and misconduct, as well as fallacies in the perception of medical care, has a summary of a number of medical reports and studies on chiropractics. According to the site and the studies, chiropractic adjustments are no more effective than traditional physical therapy.

The risks of chiropractic treatment far outweigh the benefits, according to the 1996 Rand Study; the low efficacy of spinal adjustments, and the risk of serious and sometimes fatal medical complications that can result from them should be taken into serious consideration when individuals think about visiting a chiropractor's office.

Sources

Coulter I, et al. "The Appropriateness of Manipulation and Mobilization of the Cervical Spine" Santa Monica, CA: RAND, 1996, pp. 18-43

Ernst, Edzar, "Spinal Manipulation: Its Safety is Uncertain," Canadian Medical Association Journal, 2002.

Homola, Samuel, " Chiropractic, Cervical Spine Manipulation, and Stroke," Center for Inquiry: Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine, 2007.



Jones, Jennifer, "Neurologists Warn About Link Between Chiropractic, Stroke" Canadian Medical Association Journal, 2002.



Murphy, Donald. "Current Understanding of the Relationship Between Cervical Manipulation and Stroke," National Center for Biotechnology Information, 2010.

Norris, John. W., et al. "Update from the Canadian Stroke Consortium" Canadian Medical Association Journal, 2001.



Rothwell, Deanna M., et al "Chiropractic Manipulation and Stroke: A Population-Based Control Study," American Heart Association, 2001.

Quackwatch, Stephen Barrett. " Chiropractic's Dirty Secret: Neck Manipulation and Strokes " (accessed September 20, 2010)

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Could The Chiropractor Help Your TMJ? | Thomas P. Connelly, D.D.S.

I've talked several times in this blog about TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder. Today, thanks to a patient or two over the last few months, I want to talk about TMJ disorder and chiropractors.

A few months ago, a patient mentioned to me that he was going to a chiropractor for his TMJ disorder. I found that a little odd, but hey, I'm always open to new ideas and such, so I asked about it some more. Turns out, my patient went three or four times and wasn't totally sure if the chiropractic treatment was working or not.



A month or two goes by and another patient tells me she went to a chiropractor for her TMJ disorder. She was on the "everyday" plan for two weeks, and again, the results were somewhat unclear; pretty much along the lines of "I think I might be feeling better" -- which is not definitive. So I decided to do a little research and blog about it.

Let's start by briefly going over what TMJ disorder is: TMJ disorder (TMJ Syndrome) is a blanket term for acute or chronic inflammation of the temporomandibular joint (which is what connects your mandible to your skull). The most common causes range from bruxism (teeth grinding), trauma, excessive nail biting, degenerative joint diseases and many more. Essentially, TMJ disorder is quite common.

The biggest symptoms are discomfort and pain in your jaw, difficulty in chewing, earache, headache (including migraines), dizziness, neck and shoulder pain and a host of others. (If you are interested in more causes and symptoms, some good information on TMJ Disorder can be found at tmj.org) (1).

Many times, TMJ Disorder symptoms can be treated with home remedies and lifestyle changes -- sometimes on your own, and sometimes with some help from your doctor or dentist. For example, if the cause of your TMJ disorder is bruxism, I, as an NYC Cosmetic Dentist can help you there (not that you need to see me -- any dentist can likely help you). Sometimes, treatment can go a surgical route as well. But I had never heard of chiropractic treatment for TMJ until my two patients mentioned it. I was a little skeptical at first, and after doing some research, I am even more skeptical.

Let me start by saying that I have been a fan of chiropractic treatment for one's back and the like. But I was less sure about TMJ.

I looked long and hard online for any credible information regarding chiropractic as a treatment option for TMJ Disorder. The only positive information I found was from chiropractors and chiropractic organizations themselves (2). To me, that's a little bit telling. The website "chirobase," which is a somewhat "chiropractor-skeptical" website run by a doctor and contributing chiropractors who want honest information on the subject "out there" has this very question answered (in the negative) by a chiropractor (3).

A little more telling is that Mayo clinic does not mention Chiropractic as a treatment option at all (4). And finally, we have this tidbit from TMJ.org that directly addresses the question:

There is insufficient scientific evidence of safety and/or efficacy of the various chiropractic treatment methods recommended for treating TMJ problems. However, we are aware of some cases in which the patient's condition was improved. On the other hand, we also heard from patients for whom such treatment did not provide relief, patients whose TMJ problem was actually caused or worsened by chiropractic treatment or physical manipulation of the jaw.(5)

The leading website and information source for TMJ Disorder basically says there is little more than anecdotal proof. This sounds somewhat like what my own patients reported.

One more time, I want to state that I am not against chiropractic treatment for the "classic" problems, pain and symptoms that it seems to effectively address. But just because a chiropractor might help neck and shoulder pain (and hey, neck and shoulder pain can be a symptom of TMJ disorder) does not mean a chiropractor can treat TMJ.



Ok, how do you feel about this? Is there anyone out there who has had a chiropractor successfully treat your TMJ Disorder? Or not? Either way, I'd really like to hear from you. Because again, all I could really find on the positive side is information and articles written by chiropractors themselves. Both of my patients had "unclear" results. I should ask them again when they come back to get the rest of the story.

Until next time, keep smiling!

1 - www.tmj.org

2 - http://www.chiro.org/research/ABSTRACTS/TMJ.shtml





3 - http://www.chirobase.org/17QA/tmj.html

4 - http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/tmj-disorders/DS00355

5 - http://tmj.org/site/content/tmjd-we-get-questionsand-comments#4

June 16 2015

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drraminderbadyal on InfoBarrel

About Me

Dr. Raminder Badyal, the creator of the Downtown Wellness Centre, has been in full time practice in the lower mainland since graduating from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (Toronto) with clinic and academic honors in 1997. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) in 1992.



Dr. Badyal also has advanced training in gait analysis and foot orthotic therapy. In addition to his practice at the Downtown Wellness Centre, he also practiced as an associate at the Burnaby Square Sports and Orthopedic Centre, Main and Marine Medical Clinic and Scott Road Health Centre. Currently Dr. Badyal is also Department Head of Sciences at the Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage.

As a Chiropractor, Dr. Badyal specializes in the treatment of acute and chronic neuromusculoskeletal injuries. Through the use of well rounded treatment protocols that include chiropractic adjustments, electrotherapeutic modalities, soft tissue techniques, exercise/stretch prescription, nutritional/lifestyle counseling, postural assessment, and foot orthotic therapy, each patient is assessed and treated from a holistic perspective. These treatment plans are supported by sound patient education which allows for a successful partnership in reaching our set health goals. Dr. Badyal strongly believes that his role is to facilitate the patient's optimal body function without any pain or limitation on a daily basis; the true meaning of body wellness.



"I welcome you to experience the professional care that is delivered within the relaxing and friendly environment that we have created at the Downtown Wellness Centre. If you have any questions with regards to the services delivered at our office, please feel free to contact us and we will individually provide any information that you may require. I look forward to sharing my vision of true body health and wellness with you." - Dr. B.

Dr. Raminder Badyal  B.Sc., D.C.

Vancouver Chiropractor, Downtown Wellness Centre

Department Head Sciences, Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage

#605-1200 Burrard Street

Vancouver B.C.  V6Z 2C7

Tel:  604-687-5712 (ext 1)





Email: drbadyal@downtownwellnesscentre.com

Web:  www.downtownwellnesscentre.com

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Texting creating ‘text neck’ epidemic, doctor warns

The way we text and use technology is having a negative effect on our health, warn experts.



"The problem is the posture," Dr. Dean Fishman, a chiropractic physician who created and trademarked the phrase "text neck," told FoxNews.com.  The Plantation, Florida-based doctor believes text neck is a global epidemic that is literally changing the way our bodies should grow.

Fishman explains this phenomenon with the two x-ray images showcased here:





(Images provided by Dr. Dean Fishman)

In the x-ray on the left, Dr. Fishman explains that "you can see that the red line demonstrates a curvature of the spine which is consistent with normal."  But in the "text neck" x-ray, "the red line accentuates the perching forward of the first few bones of the cervical spine." This would be considered abnormal, according to Fishman, noting that neck pain, headaches, arm and shoulder pain and arthritis are all side effects of text neck.



Some 1.91 trillion text messages were sent in the U.S. last year, according to statistics from CTIA - The Wireless Association.  A study published by Pew Research revealed that nearly eight in ten Americans use text messaging on their cell phones.



Tech research firm IDC also published a study that reports 79 percent of 18 to 44-year olds have their smartphones with them 22 hours a day.

"Anything that puts you in that posture, whether it's reading, typing, or texting - everything on your backside is getting stretched out.  Over time, the ligaments get weak. This leads to bulging discs, nerve compression, burning and tingling down the arms," said Sparkville, Mississippi-based physical therapist Dr. Brian Kirby.

Others say technology is becoming a part of us.

"These mobile devices have become a direct extension of our bodies at this point," said Fishman. " A lot of articles will say 'put down your device and walk away from it for a while'  - take a break and stretch out.  That's just not reality."

Fishman adds that it's not just a texting problem.  "This is also a gaming issue. 52% of kids from 0 to 8 years old spend about 43 minutes a day on these mobile devices that mimic our cell phones. And that equates to 5 extra hours a week in this 'text neck' posture putting pressure on back of the head and neck."

But the doctor said that the reality of our health can get worse if we don't correct the problem.  So he figured out a way to educate people on holding mobile devices the proper way.  He has developed an app called the Text Neck Indicator that gives users a real time alert on whether they are holding the phone in a position that is detrimental to their health.

"This technology gives you a green light in the top corner of your phone when you're holding it at an acceptable viewing angle. If you drop it to an unacceptable viewing angle, it turns to a red light," he told FoxNews.com. 

The app is currently available on Android devices and in development for all other platforms.

Kyle Rothenberg is part of the Junior Reporter program at Fox News. Get more information on the program here and follow them on Twitter: @FNCJrReporters

June 15 2015

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Amid Obamacare Confusion Over Covered Benefits, Philadelphia Area Chiropractor Dr. Charles Grim Diversifies Services and Helps Patients Get Care

Throughout the national Obamacare health coverage rollout, various coverage qualifications and regulations have muddied the waters of an already-murky industry. And as doctors and medical practitioners look to government authorities and failing websites to further explain insurance carrier payouts and coverage levels, one patient-centric chiropractor has shifted focus from carrier and government bureaucracy back to the patients he serves regardless the coverage they have.

Circumventing this carrier qualification dilemma is Philadelphia area native Chiropractor Dr. Charles Grim, who in his more than 30 years of patient and clinical experience has developed an ever-expanding model of diversifying the services patients receive, becoming more proactive and preventative in scope.

"Patient health trumps insurance coverage every time for me. If I can alleviate back and neck pain, help a patient embrace healthier eating habits, and eventually help a patient lose 20 lbs. - all without ever talking about insurance coverages - then it's been a successful day," stated Dr. Grim.

As Forbes recently reported, whether or not a patient is even covered for chiropractic care under any plans purchased on the insurance exchanges varies from plan to plan and carrier to carrier. Throughout the Obamacare rollout, Dr. Grim has helped patients weather this healthcare storm by providing existing chiropractor care regardless of coverage.

Additionally, Dr. Grim, chief wellness officer at Pennsylvania Center for Wellness and a practitioner with over 30 years' experience, has extensively expanded service offerings at his several regional clinics into the overall health and wellness arena to better attend to patient needs in spite of any Obamacare confusions or exclusions.

"What's truly unique about what we now do is we don't just concentrate on aches and pains like we used to when I first became a chiropractor," said Dr. Grim, continuing, "Instead, we've shifted to an overall wellness model that is generating healthier patients across the board."

"From proprietary weight, exercise and nutrition programs tailored to the exact needs of particular patients, through to the more aesthetic protocols such as laser lipo (zapping the fat, we call it), patients realize that in spite of confusing insurance, I'm there for them to offer a customized treatment plan for their particular situation."

Apparently Dr. Grim's new approach is catching on, as according to the American Chiropractic Association's recent article, other practitioners and clinics around the country are now following suit and expanding their services.

"Rather than fighting with insurance companies over what's covered or at what level, I aim to be a patient resource focused on overall health and wellness right from the start. This is what I believe should be at the very heart of our practice," stated Dr. Grim.







June 14 2015

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Back Pain and Chiropractic Solutions by Chris Lontok

Spinal manipulation or what we've now come to know as chiropractic has been practiced since the beginning of recorded time. Chinese records from about 2700 B.C. provide one of the earliest written references to spinal manipulation. Papyrus records kept by the Greeks and dating back to at least 1500 B.C. note instructions for manipulating the legs in treating conditions of the lower back. Records also indicate that the ancient Japanese, Indians, Egyptians, Babylonians, Syrians, Tibetans, and Native Americans practiced soft-tissue manipulation, presently recognized as deep tissue massage. Nowadays, Tampa residents visit chiropractors regularly for pain relief because they have seen its efficacy as an alternative medical treatment.



About 22 million Americans visit chiropractors annually. 7.7 million of these patients are seeking relief from back pain from various causes, including auto accidents, sports injuries, and muscle strains. Other complaints include neck pain, problems with their sciatica, arms, and legs, and headaches. According to a Tampa chiropractor, patients who come to his clinic mostly suffer from lower back pain, and that massages have failed to ease their discomfort.



There are several causes of back pain. Mechanical causes, usually involving your spine's movement can trigger lower back pain. The most common condition for this type of pain is intervertebral disc degeneration, which simply means that the discs located between the vertebrae of the spine are breaking down with age.

A herniated intervertebral disk, commonly referred to as a "slipped disk" is also a type of back pain caused by both mechanical and natural (aging) circumstances. This pain affects our sciatic nervesthus, sciatica. The first thing your chiropractor will do is review your complete medical history to determine when the problem began and the possible causes. Then a complete physical and chiropractic exam is performed, and x-rays may be taken. When the pain is assessed as a minor blockage, manual adjustments can begin, followed by massage therapy sessions. Drugs may be prescribed to ease the pain. Avoid massages that have not been prescribed by the chiropractor (e.x. sports massage).

Another cause of back pain are injuries, particularly, auto accidents. In addition, residual discomforts such as neck pain and whiplash can occur. A Tampa chiropractor explains, "Whiplash injury is the damage to the neck vertebrae (bones of the spine) and their attachments caused by a sudden jerk of the head and neck. It is most often seen in auto accidents as a result of the rapid deceleration experienced in a crash."

The acute pain and restricted motion you experience after a whiplash injury is a product of injured tissue, and the protective response of the nervous system as it locks up spinal joints to protect you from possible injury to the spinal cord. The chiropractor will concentrate on reducing inflammation with therapeutic means, such as ultrasound, and sometimes, gentle stretching and muscle manipulation, such as muscle energy therapy. Ice is often recommended and sometimes a light neck support might be prescribed for a short period of time. Chiropractic treatment utilizes gentle spinal manipulation, or adjusting, in order to return motion to spinal joints that have locked up and become restricted as a result of the injury. According to Dr. Brian Caez of Tampa, FL, some patients need non-thrusting and non-force methods, including Cox flexion-distraction technique.



Acquired conditions such as arthritis may also cause back and joint pains. According to Dr. Ynez Garcia of Tampa, pain from arthritis cannot be fully resolved by chiropractic techniques alone, but it does reduce the symptoms to a certain degree. Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis can definitely contribute to back pain and so it is important to seek immediate professional help in such cases.

If you are experiencing these discomforts, approach a certified chiropractor in your area in Tampa, FL. No need to bear the pain any longer.



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The chiropractic subluxation aka the pinched nerve

As the Mayo Clinic explained, a pinched or irritated nerve can be caused by a misalignment of the bones ( vertebrae) or shortened muscles. Of course there are other factors such as fractures, tumors, arthritides and more that can cause problems, but these are ruled out before treatment. Once it is determined that there is nerve interference present, chiropractors utilize the adjustment to correct the misalignment and may incorporate other therapies to reduce symptoms and improve the body's ability to communicate.

The belief that by removing the nerve interference many conditions will respond is what is commonly attacked by critics of chiropractic. They often claim that there is a lack of evidence supporting the theory of the subluxation. Interestingly enough this same criticism is rarely applied to other providers.

The American Osteopathic Association proudly states on their website:

Osteopathic manipulative treatment, or OMT, is hands-on care. It involves using the hands to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury. Using OMT, your osteopathic physician (DO) will move your muscles and joints using techniques including stretching, gentle pressure and resistance.

The American Chiropractic Association defines the chiropractic adjustment as:

The chiropractor typically uses his/her hands to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to reduce pain, and restore or enhance joint function.



You can clearly see that there is a distinct similarity between the techniques of Doctors of Osteopathy and of the Doctor of Chiropractic employ.

Even given these related definitions, chiropractors are still regarded as quacks because we believe that by moving these joints and muscles and restoring the proper nerve flow that the body is better able to thrive.

Guess who else buys into this silly notion:

OMT is often used to treat muscle pain. But it can also help patients with a number of other health problems such as:

asthma

sinus disorder

carpal tunnel syndrome

migraines

menstrual pain

When appropriate, OMT can complement--and even replace--drugs or surgery. In this way, OMT brings an imporatant dimension to standard medical care.

Again the above declaration is from the website of the American Osteopathic Association. It boggles my mind that chiropractors are subjected to insults and disdain for a belief that is held by those in the medical community.

Whether you call it a subluxation or a pinched nerve, it is apparent that the concept is shared equally by differing providers. What is not shared is the approach to treatment. Doctors of Osteopathy are liscensed to practice medicine while Doctors of Chiropractic and physical therapist are not. A look again at the Mayo Clinics website:



Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and conduct a physical examination.If your doctor suspects a pinched nerve, you may undergo some tests.



The tests listed are a Nerve conduction study,Electromyography and MRI

These tests are often completed at the same time and take about one hour

This reliance on expensive testing is why healthcare is out of control. This trio of tests would cost well over $4000. Diagnostic testing should be used to confirm a diagnosis, not to create one. The history and examination should provide the doctor with much of the information needed and additional testing should only be performed if necessary. To order tests in chunks, which is common, without even interpreting the results of the first, is nothing less than a waste of resources and money.

And after these tests are performed, the Mayo Clinic proposes these treatment options: Physical therapy,Medications,Surgery. It suggests that PT "can teach you exercises that strengthen and stretch the muscles in the affected area in order to relieve pressure on the nerve. He or she may also recommend modifications to activities that aggravate the nerve" while medications "can help relieve pain and alleviate inflammation around the nerve." Surgery is suggested "If the pinched nerve doesn't improve after several weeks to a few months with conservative treatments, surgery to take pressure off the nerve may be necessary." According to the Mayo Clinic, conservative care should be used first, following 4k worth of tests, and if all of that fails surgery should be performed.

The Mayo Clinic recognises the pinched nerve and its potential effects but fails to recognise the benefit of manipulation or mobilization performed by chiropractors and osteopaths. At least it gives some credit to the physical therapists who it explains " may also recommend modifications to activities that aggravate the nerve."

The American Chiropractic Association states "Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling."

The American Osteopathic Association explains that DO's: teach patients how to prevent illness and injury by maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

So if Chiropractors move joints like Osteopaths and recommend exercises as well as other counseling, why are our motives, qualifications and results questioned?



Turf!...It all boils down to everyone fighting for a slice of the health care pie!

June 13 2015

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Health & Fitness :: Free Health Care

In a way, that's what the Leisure World Fitness Center is all about. According to the Mayo Clinic Health Manager newsletter, regular exercise helps prevent or manage high blood pressure and boost good (HDL) cholesterol -- two factors that promote heart health. It can also help prevent Type 2 Diabetes and osteoporosis while boosting your energy level. These are just a few of the many benefits of regular exercise.

Leisure World has invested significantly in facilities, equipment, and people to make the experience of getting and staying fit a pleasant one. A daughter of one of our residents visited the center and was quite impressed. "How much does it cost to belong here?"

Her mother replied, "It's free." Her daughter couldn't believe it. "This is so much better than the club we belong to in Houston, and we have to pay $50 a month!"

This world-class fitness center didn't just happen. It was the brain-child of the Capital Improvement Committee which was formed by the Board of Directors in early February of 2001. The cost of the project, approximately 1.2 million dollars, came from the Facilities Modernization Fund. The Board of Directors, the staff, and the Capital Improvement Committee working together opened the Center in September of 2003. It incorporates an equipment workout area, an aquatic center with lap pool and hot tub, plus separate locker facilities for men and women, each with showers, sauna, steam room, and lockable lockers. Those who have visited and evaluated private fitness centers throughout the Southwest believe that there is nothing like our facility-with its certified trainers and equipment - in the entire Southwest!

Everything about the 10,000 sq.ft. Fitness Center is first-class. (By the way, it's built to withstand earthquakes!) Private donors have provided approximately $300,000 of the $400,000 in equipment in the Fitness Center, including the top-of-the-line names such as Precor, Cybex, SciFit, Woodway, and Power Plate. You'll find stair climbers, elliptical trainers, upright and recumbent bicycles, rowing machines, treadmills, including cushioned versions by Woodway that make it easier for people with arthritic feet to exercise, strength training equipment for all parts of the body, free weights, Power Plates and a host of other devices -- in all over 44 different types of exercise equipment. There are equipment clusters or pods devoted to particular parts of the body. So if you want to improve or strengthen your arms, your legs, your back and shoulders, hips, your midsection, there are stations devoted to each of those areas.

One of the frustrations in many fitness centers is waiting to use a particular exerciser. Our Fitness Center has several of the most frequently-used machines to help eliminate the waiting around.

If one of your images of a workout center is a dingy, gym-like place, put that picture out of your mind. This is a bright, spotlessly clean facility. Even before the center opens at

5 a.m., housecleaning is going over the entire area -- equipment, the men's and women's locker rooms, rest rooms, showers, saunas, steam rooms, etc., to make sure everything is ready for the start of day.

Even if you can't see yourself working out on the machines or free weights, there's hope for you. It's a passive exerciser called the Power Plate TM. Some call it a miracle machine. And we have four of them. It is unlikely that any private community fitness center in America has more Power Plates than we have. Developed for the space program to help astronauts stay in shape during long periods of weightlessness, these machines produce three-dimensional wave-form vibrations that transmit waves of energy throughout the body, activating muscle contractions between 25 and 50 times per second This enhances the body's overall performance in sessions as short a 15 minutes a day, three times a week. And all you have to do is stand, sit, or lie on them. The machine does all the work.

In general, the Power Plate benefits include immediate improvement in blood circulation, increased muscle strength, improved range of motion, decreased cellulite, increased bone density, and faster recovery from pain and soreness. That's why you'll find them in use in the NBA, NFL, Major League Baseball, and in every other major sport. We'll be talking about some of the dramatic results in rehabilitation using this technology a little later in the story. But you should know that Leisure World is one of only three Authorized Training Centers in the state!

More than a top notch facility-So far, this story has been about bricks and mortar and machines; but the most important part of the story has to do with people helping people.



For those of you who already know how to use exercise equipment and don't feel the need for special or tailored programs, the facilities are free. Just go to it. But how about those of you who have never worked out and are unsure about how to go about it? That's where the Fitness Center's staff of highly trained specialists comes in. They offer everything from an introductory program tailored to your use of the equipment for a minimal one-time fee, to an on-going fitness program with an individual instructor, to special classes in Pilates, Tai Chi, Yoga, Water Aerobics, Zumba Gold and much more. You are invited to come in and just discuss your situation with a staff member.

We are fortunate to have a staff of enthusiastic, well-trained fitness specialists. The staff is headed by Rhonda Cap, fitness supervisor. Rhonda has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education; and with more than 16 year's experience, she is certified in a wide range of disciplines including Biometrics nutrition and fitness program, strength and conditioning specialist, holistic lifestyle coaching, golf biomechanics specialist, CPR/First Aid/AED instructor and Blood Pressure, Power Plate TM Level 2, Pilates matwork, etc.



Cindy Powner, fitness specialist holds BAE and MAE degrees with over 20 years combined teaching experience. She is a certified Personal Fitness Trainer with expertise in many disciplines including the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Programs, aqua fitness, Bosu integrated balance, Power Plate TM Level 2, Zumba and more.

Cindy finds that many people who are reluctant to engage in physical fitness activities on their own are receptive to enrolling in classes, where they meet people in similar circumstances, make friends, and find the classes rewarding and fun.

For her arthritis class, Cindy offers physical activities that increase range of motion and fluidity in joints, increase strength and endurance, improve circulation and balance. The end result is a client that can walk and perform daily tasks more freely and with a higher level of confidence and independence.

Neil Hall, our newest staff member, holds a BS degree in Kinesiology. Of the many ways Neil helps people, one of his favorites is the Balance and Mobility class he co-instructs.

He takes people who feel unsure and unstable on their feet and helps them progress to being stable and confident. Some come in thinking they can only stand for five or 10 minutes, and by the end of the classes, without even realizing it, they're standing for the entire 45 to 60 minute session. Others have had accidents due to instability while walking. Neil analyzes the walking pattern they've unconsciously developed and teaches them the proper way --- head up, proper foot placement, eliminate the foot crossing when turning, eliminate cutting corners, etc. In short, being more aware of what they are doing. These small things make a big difference and, in the end, his students feel much more confident in what they are doing. They've cut down on the falls and accidents. They walk with more confidence.

Expanding our capabilities even further are independent contractors in personal training, Brenda Estes, CFT; Gus Grissom, MS, CFT; Patrick Reitmeyer, CPT; and massage therapists Bret Stilson, LMT, CPT; and Holly Stuber, LMT.

The fitness staff and their dedicated contractors have helped hundreds of Leisure World residents improve their physical and emotional well being. Obviously, results vary according to an individual's physical situation, but the dramatic results made possible with the help of a trainer and diligence of the individual are worth noting.

Here are just a few examples or areas where this one-on-one training has shown success:

? A client with Parkinson's disease, unable to build muscle using ordinary methods, began personal training on the Power Plate TM and his muscles significantly strengthened regaining his confidence and strength.



? Multiple Sclerosis and Stroke clients unable to use hands independent of the other or at all and or having pain in the extremities finding the use of whole body vibrational therapy to aid in freedom of movement or elimination of pain.

? Pre/Post surgery successes have been seen, too, by clients who have had to get stronger before their surgery and rehabilitate from it, whether it be reconstructive or a joint replacement.

? Clients suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's have shown dramatic efficacy with both Power Plate TM and traditional aerobics and weight training with a trainer to improve circulation and help maintain or improve the condition.

? Lifetime athletes experiencing repetitive or recurrent pains and strains (i.e., rotator cuff, sciatica, low back problems, etc.) have benefitted from using a combination of treatments from massage therapy, to traditional strength and flexibility training, to the vibration technology of the Power Plate TM.

A misunderstood therapy-You may have noticed scattered throughout these success stories the words "Massage Therapy." It's clear that massage therapy is under-reported, under-appreciated and misunderstood. To many, massage has a less-than-stellar connotation. It conjures up images of a massage parlor, or of pampered businessmen getting massages to relax. That's what we call, "Fluff and buff treatment." Or you may have been sent to a masseuse by your doctor as part of a rehab program. The treatment helped to eliminate or reduce the pain, but it soon returned. That's because they treated the symptoms, not the cause. It is definitely not what is practiced at the Fitness Center.



Bret Stilson and Holly Stuber are Licensed Massage Therapists. That means they have been schooled and trained to take care of the causes, not just the symptoms, of a physical problem. They treat the problem while they treat the whole body. They specialize in analyzing the muscular system and correcting the dysfunction. Depending on the situation, they develop a stand-alone massage therapy, or therapy as part of an overall regimen developed in conjunction with Leisure World fitness trainers.

Successes through our massage therapy program are plentiful. Here's a quick look:

? Professional hazards of the job--workspace postures--can debilitate one over time; as an example, one of our residents was a watchmaker working bent over for so many years that he could not walk upright. Massage therapy eliminated the adhesions in the front and back and lengthened the restricted muscles in the abdomen and neck so that he could stand erect. Then his exercise program in the Fitness Center was adjusted to focus on strengthening his core muscles (mainly his back) so that he could maintain his erect posture. The client was re-educated on how to move his body, breaking the bad habits he had fallen into during those tough years. Now he can walk upright and is enjoying an improved quality of life.

? Doctors, back surgery, rehab centers, multiple types of treatment sometimes fail to relieve lower back pain. One resident had reached her limits with the pain but decided to give the LW massage therapy program a try. With the combined massage and philosophy of positive reinforcement from the therapist explaining and encouraging the patient that this is what you have to do overcome your problem, over time, her pain subsided almost 80%, giving her a new and positive outlook on life.

What are you waiting for? There are lots of stories like these you have just read about, but they all start with a person willing to come in and ask for help. As the saying goes, "You can't win unless you play." Maybe you're sitting at home today thinking, "Oh, I've got this terrible arthritis (or you name the malady). They won't be able to help me. It's just a gym." You're not only selling the Fitness Center short, you're selling yourself short. Get up. Come on in. Ask for help. Who knows, you just may be taking the first step to improving your quality of life.





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This Doctor Believes Your Back Pain Is All In Your Head

What if a bad back or unexplained nerve pain aren't really bodily malfunctions, but instead manifestations of painful emotions, stress and unmet ambition?

"The subject is pain," says John Sarno, M.D., the subject of an upcoming film about chronic pain and the mind-body connection. "But we're not talking about pain that's due to some structural abnormality, but rather the pain that is generated in us when we put ourselves under pressure to be perfect and good."

Sarno, a former professor of rehabilitation medicine at the New York University School of Medicine, posits that bodily pain is caused by repressing one's emotions and by stress, not by physical ailments. According to Sarno, "goodists," or people who put other's needs ahead of their own, are the most likely to suffer from chronic pain with emotional underpinnings.

It's not a new concept. Sarno published his best-selling book, Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection, in 1991. Since then, the book and its follow-up editions have risen to near cult status. Forbes even called him "America's best doctor."

Filmmaker Michael Galinsky, a patient of Sarno's and co-director of the upcoming documentary All The Rage, which chronicles the filmmaker's ongoing struggle with back pain and includes high-profile chronic pain patients, such as Larry David, John Stossel, Howard Stern, Jonathan Ames and Sen. Tom Harkin -- all of whom found relief from Sarno's methods.



Given that so much of Sarno's method involves self-work, some patients report significant healing simply from reading Sarno's book.

To heal, Sarno's recommendations are two-fold: Individuals need to address any repressed anger and, since the pain they are experiencing is psychological, should resume all normal physical activity -- a controversial proposition. In fact, the National Institutes of Health recommends reducing physical activity for the first few days after experiencing back pain; avoiding heavy lifting or twisting; and gradually resuming exercise after two to three weeks.

"I consider that I practice very conservative, standard medicine," Sarno says in the film. "My theories may involve the unconscious, but that doesn't make them any less rigorous." Still, Sarno's success remains largely anecdotal and his methods have been largely unrecognized by the mainstream medical community.



(Story continues below the video)

The Huffington Post spoke with Galinksy about Sarno's work and about what the upcoming film might mean for how we view chronic pain.

Q: There's a shocking statistic you use in the movie trailer that chronic pain affects more than 100 million adults -- more than the number affected by heart disease, cancer, and diabetes combined, according to your research. How has that happened?

A:All of health is completely related to our attitudes and our beliefs.



I think the real question goes back to what Dr. Sarno said in the forward to his book: If you are treating the symptomatology without understanding the cause, you are going to get an epidemic. And I think he's right. What he is pointing out is that the vast majority of chronic pain symptoms are the repression of one's emotions. When we repress our emotions, it really throws our autonomic nervous system out of balance. It's related to essentially a fear response.

Q: Dr. Sarno published his best-selling book in 1991. Why has traditional medicine been so slow to come around to his methods?

A: This idea really has so much to do with cultural context. Did you happen to see the New York Times Magazine article about Ellen Langer's work? She did a study in 1981 where she put a bunch of 70-year-old people in a monastery -- eight guys -- and basically set dressed the monastery so it was as if it was a place they had lived 22 years earlier. The only pictures were of them as younger men. They were told to pretend that it was back in the day. They came out after five days and all of their cognitive functioning and physical functioning had improved. Dramatically. Now here's the thing. She did not even publish the paper. Because she thought that she would be ostracized and that she would be ridiculed.

John Sarno

Q: Did Dr. Sarno do any studies that prove chronic pain has psychological underpinnings?

A: Dr. Sarno was a practitioner. He wasn't a research scientist. Some people fault him and ask, "Why didn't he do research?" Because he was dealing with patients and research wasn't what he did. But one of his students, David Schechter, who practices now in Los Angeles, looked at the data and did a study. They called 51 patients a few years after the treatment and found that most of them were doing better [pain scores decreased 52 percent for "average" pain; 35 percent for "worst" pain; and and 65 percent for "least" pain], which is astounding -- most people never get over chronic pain if they are going through treatment methods. This stuff is rising. People are aware of it.

Q: Do you expect that the film will function the same way as Dr. Sarno's book? Will audience members leave the theater with a new mindset and free from pain?

A: That's a hope. But we want to be clear: We are not doctors. We are working really closely with doctors to make sure that the science and the medical aspect is right. Just like the book can help people to start on their own healing paths -- it's not a pill. People have to do some work and have to increase their knowledge, but it is totally related. We'd love for it to help people get better.

Q: In a certain sense, do you think some of this is an issue of framing? If you tell someone he is sick because he is stressed out, he might agree with you. But if you say he is sick because of underlying emotional issues -- he might get defensive.

A: It's absolutely framing. That's what we were dealing with. But it's also people's resistance to dealing with emotions. They quickly say, "You're blaming me," because they are not going to look at their emotions. It's also the cultural context. Once we all start to understand that we're not blaming the victim, we're trying to give people agency to heal themselves -- that's a totally different way of framing it. That's exactly what we were facing in the first five years of trying to make this film. We're not blaming people or telling them it's all in their heads. In fact we are doing the opposite. We're saying, "You have the power. You have this incredible power." What we've done is outsourced our own personal power to doctors, who really aren't equipped to deal with our emotions.

At one point, we were going to call the movie Unthinkable, because these ideas are simply unthinkable for the majority of people. But I see a massive shift in culture. Four years ago, when we started working on the film again, I had a Google alert set for chronic pain. It was entirely device manufacturers, PR releases for drugs, and pain clinics. I'd say a third of it now are articles that recognize the connection between stress and illness. And there's tons of stuff about mindfulness and meditation.



Q: Reading the testimonials on the Thank You, Dr. Sarno webpage and on Amazon, the word miracle comes up again and again. How do you respond to people who say this all seems a bit cultish?

A: Definitely there is the danger of it. There is this almost cult-like response to it. And yet at the same time, it's very much related to the fact that these people have been so maligned and mistreated by the medical system. They are finally given somebody who's recognizing them, giving them agency, and allowing them to recognize what they thought originally [that stress was causing their pain].

Q: When someone experiences physical pain, how should she know that it's not an acute injury, like a wrist sprain? And if it is a structural injury, are there still mindfulness takeaways?

A: People do physically injure themselves. And that's a good point. This is not to say that physical injuries don't happen. But a broken bone will heal in six to eight weeks, depending on how stressed you are.

A big part of that with Dr. Sarno is journaling. Journaling is, in some sense, a form of mindfulness. It's paying attention to our thoughts and allowing them to come up. You are supposed to journal and you are supposed to pay attention to your emotions. It's integral to the process. The more people who are able to embrace that idea, the better off they are and the more likely they are to heal.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

June 12 2015

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This Doctor Believes Your Back Pain Is All In Your Head

What if a bad back or unexplained nerve pain aren't really bodily malfunctions, but instead manifestations of painful emotions, stress and unmet ambition?

"The subject is pain," says John Sarno, M.D., the subject of an upcoming film about chronic pain and the mind-body connection. "But we're not talking about pain that's due to some structural abnormality, but rather the pain that is generated in us when we put ourselves under pressure to be perfect and good."

Sarno, a former professor of rehabilitation medicine at the New York University School of Medicine, posits that bodily pain is caused by repressing one's emotions and by stress, not by physical ailments. According to Sarno, "goodists," or people who put other's needs ahead of their own, are the most likely to suffer from chronic pain with emotional underpinnings.



It's not a new concept. Sarno published his best-selling book, Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection, in 1991. Since then, the book and its follow-up editions have risen to near cult status. Forbes even called him "America's best doctor."

Filmmaker Michael Galinsky, a patient of Sarno's and co-director of the upcoming documentary All The Rage, which chronicles the filmmaker's ongoing struggle with back pain and includes high-profile chronic pain patients, such as Larry David, John Stossel, Howard Stern, Jonathan Ames and Sen. Tom Harkin -- all of whom found relief from Sarno's methods.

Given that so much of Sarno's method involves self-work, some patients report significant healing simply from reading Sarno's book.

To heal, Sarno's recommendations are two-fold: Individuals need to address any repressed anger and, since the pain they are experiencing is psychological, should resume all normal physical activity -- a controversial proposition. In fact, the National Institutes of Health recommends reducing physical activity for the first few days after experiencing back pain; avoiding heavy lifting or twisting; and gradually resuming exercise after two to three weeks.



"I consider that I practice very conservative, standard medicine," Sarno says in the film. "My theories may involve the unconscious, but that doesn't make them any less rigorous." Still, Sarno's success remains largely anecdotal and his methods have been largely unrecognized by the mainstream medical community.

(Story continues below the video)

The Huffington Post spoke with Galinksy about Sarno's work and about what the upcoming film might mean for how we view chronic pain.



Q: There's a shocking statistic you use in the movie trailer that chronic pain affects more than 100 million adults -- more than the number affected by heart disease, cancer, and diabetes combined, according to your research. How has that happened?

A:All of health is completely related to our attitudes and our beliefs.

I think the real question goes back to what Dr. Sarno said in the forward to his book: If you are treating the symptomatology without understanding the cause, you are going to get an epidemic. And I think he's right. What he is pointing out is that the vast majority of chronic pain symptoms are the repression of one's emotions. When we repress our emotions, it really throws our autonomic nervous system out of balance. It's related to essentially a fear response.

Q: Dr. Sarno published his best-selling book in 1991. Why has traditional medicine been so slow to come around to his methods?

A: This idea really has so much to do with cultural context. Did you happen to see the New York Times Magazine article about Ellen Langer's work? She did a study in 1981 where she put a bunch of 70-year-old people in a monastery -- eight guys -- and basically set dressed the monastery so it was as if it was a place they had lived 22 years earlier. The only pictures were of them as younger men. They were told to pretend that it was back in the day. They came out after five days and all of their cognitive functioning and physical functioning had improved. Dramatically. Now here's the thing. She did not even publish the paper. Because she thought that she would be ostracized and that she would be ridiculed.

John Sarno

Q: Did Dr. Sarno do any studies that prove chronic pain has psychological underpinnings?

A: Dr. Sarno was a practitioner. He wasn't a research scientist. Some people fault him and ask, "Why didn't he do research?" Because he was dealing with patients and research wasn't what he did. But one of his students, David Schechter, who practices now in Los Angeles, looked at the data and did a study. They called 51 patients a few years after the treatment and found that most of them were doing better [pain scores decreased 52 percent for "average" pain; 35 percent for "worst" pain; and and 65 percent for "least" pain], which is astounding -- most people never get over chronic pain if they are going through treatment methods. This stuff is rising. People are aware of it.

Q: Do you expect that the film will function the same way as Dr. Sarno's book? Will audience members leave the theater with a new mindset and free from pain?

A: That's a hope. But we want to be clear: We are not doctors. We are working really closely with doctors to make sure that the science and the medical aspect is right. Just like the book can help people to start on their own healing paths -- it's not a pill. People have to do some work and have to increase their knowledge, but it is totally related. We'd love for it to help people get better.

Q: In a certain sense, do you think some of this is an issue of framing? If you tell someone he is sick because he is stressed out, he might agree with you. But if you say he is sick because of underlying emotional issues -- he might get defensive.

A: It's absolutely framing. That's what we were dealing with. But it's also people's resistance to dealing with emotions. They quickly say, "You're blaming me," because they are not going to look at their emotions. It's also the cultural context. Once we all start to understand that we're not blaming the victim, we're trying to give people agency to heal themselves -- that's a totally different way of framing it. That's exactly what we were facing in the first five years of trying to make this film. We're not blaming people or telling them it's all in their heads. In fact we are doing the opposite. We're saying, "You have the power. You have this incredible power." What we've done is outsourced our own personal power to doctors, who really aren't equipped to deal with our emotions.

At one point, we were going to call the movie Unthinkable, because these ideas are simply unthinkable for the majority of people. But I see a massive shift in culture. Four years ago, when we started working on the film again, I had a Google alert set for chronic pain. It was entirely device manufacturers, PR releases for drugs, and pain clinics. I'd say a third of it now are articles that recognize the connection between stress and illness. And there's tons of stuff about mindfulness and meditation.



Q: Reading the testimonials on the Thank You, Dr. Sarno webpage and on Amazon, the word miracle comes up again and again. How do you respond to people who say this all seems a bit cultish?

A: Definitely there is the danger of it. There is this almost cult-like response to it. And yet at the same time, it's very much related to the fact that these people have been so maligned and mistreated by the medical system. They are finally given somebody who's recognizing them, giving them agency, and allowing them to recognize what they thought originally [that stress was causing their pain].

Q: When someone experiences physical pain, how should she know that it's not an acute injury, like a wrist sprain? And if it is a structural injury, are there still mindfulness takeaways?

A: People do physically injure themselves. And that's a good point. This is not to say that physical injuries don't happen. But a broken bone will heal in six to eight weeks, depending on how stressed you are.

A big part of that with Dr. Sarno is journaling. Journaling is, in some sense, a form of mindfulness. It's paying attention to our thoughts and allowing them to come up. You are supposed to journal and you are supposed to pay attention to your emotions. It's integral to the process. The more people who are able to embrace that idea, the better off they are and the more likely they are to heal.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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Common Misconceptions About Back Pain | Michael A. Gleiber, M.D.

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Back pain is a common medical complaint. People often seek solutions for their back pain from friends and family as well as the Internet. However, there is a lot of misinformation out there. Let's look at some of the most common misconceptions about back pain and set the record straight.



If you have back pain, you should rest until the pain stops.

False. While you may need to limit some activities to avoid making the pain worse, it is important to keep moving as much as you can. Active patients often recover more quickly than those who remain inactive. Bed rest can be helpful, but for no more than three days with intermittent stretching throughout the day.

Exercise makes back pain worse.

Sometimes false. Those who keep up a regular exercise routine generally have stronger back and abdominal muscles, which help to support and take pressure off the spine. Exercise is an important part of recovery for those who suffer from back pain. However, those with acute back pain should avoid exercise.





If I see a doctor for my back pain, he or she will try to convince me to have surgery.

False. Unless there is severe spinal trauma, or you have serious symptoms such as incontinence, instability, an inability to walk, changes in neurologic function, numbness, tingling, weight loss, body aches, or night sweats, most doctors will try to treat you with nonsurgical methods first. Surgery is only considered when nonsurgical methods fail to yield improvement. In fact, many back problems can be treated successfully without the need for surgery.



If my back hurts, I must have injured it.

Sometimes false. It is true that injury can cause back pain, but it is not the only cause. Disc degeneration, diseases, and infection are also common causes of back pain.

Nonsurgical treatment for back pain is the same for most conditions -- pain medication, ice packs, and physical therapy.

False. While treatment may be similar for several conditions, it is important to see a doctor to find out what is causing your pain. Once your doctor has pinpointed the source of your pain, he or she can give you a treatment plan that fits your needs, including exercises that help your condition. This allows for more rapid pain relief removes the uncertainty of your condition.

Back pain is a problem for older people; it's a normal part of aging.

False. While older people are often more susceptible to back and spinal conditions due to the normal wear and tear of aging, young people experience back pain too. Some people are born with spinal defects that can cause back problems. Younger people involved in sports can also experience back pain due to injury or repetitive motion. Furthermore, back pain does not have to be a part of the aging process. Living a healthy lifestyle and practicing good posture can decrease your chances of suffering from back pain as you get older.

A massage will help relieve my back pain.

Sometimes false. A massage can help in some cases, but can cause more pain in others. It's very important to see a doctor to identify the source of the pain before beginning any treatment regimen, including massage therapy. Massages can help to relieve tension and stiffness caused by chronic back pain. However, if your pain is caused by instability, a massage in the unstable area can worsen the instability, and thereby worsen your pain.

Do you have any questions about back pain for Dr. Gleiber? Visit his blog page http://www.michaelgleibermd.com/blog.html or tweet to him @SpineHealthMD.

June 11 2015

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Medicine :: What Are The Candida Die Off Symptoms?

You probably have heard a lot about Candida. You might probably have experienced having one. Candida is yeast like fungi that grows out of hand. It means that more bad bacteria grow and lived in your body instead of the good bacteria. Common symptoms include skin problems like acne, eczema, and psoriasis; itchy skin, severe cravings for sugar and yeast products; irritability and mood swings. But do you know that there is also such thing as Candida die off symptoms? It is also called as Herxheimer Reaction and its severity will depend on every person having it, his immune system and how long he has been suffering from Candida.

There is also no known time frame as to long this symptom will occur. It may be one or two days but it can stretch up to several more weeks when left untreated. Usually, a change in the diet will result to the die off symptoms.

When Herxheimer Reaction happens, it means that the excess yeast produced by your body die rapidly and at such a faster rate to create more imbalances in your system causing your body to go haywire. As this progress, the endotoxins produced by the bacteria die as well, putting your body in to overdrive.

Candida die off symptoms are a result of actual biological happenings that your body is experiencing when endotoxins are on overdrive.



The result would mean more side effects to you. Headaches would become more frequent; cravings for sugar, sweets and beer become more severe, other side effects like diarrhea, constipation, light headed-ness and depression will also appear. Other side effects may also include diarrhea, anxiety, nausea, general malaise, exhaustion, bloating, constipation, sore throat, skin break outs and so much more. The more side-effects you will encounter or the more severe those side effects are, the more you are on your road to recovery.

There are two reasons why Candida die off happens:

1. Antifungal treatments

Antifungal creams and treatments can definitely kill the yeasts. Most doctors would prescribe topical antifungal treatments or medicines you can take to treat antifungal yeast infections.



2. Dietary Changes

Adapting a healthier diet not only means a healthier you. It also means that you are starving the excess yeast that's preying on the extra sugars in your blood, living inside your body. When you go on a diet, follow a step by step procedure to minimize occurrence of die off reactions.

Dietary guidelines you should follow must include:

Avoiding the food that causes the imbalance- that means junk food , refined carbohydrates, sugar-rich food should be taken permanently out of your diet.

Your diet should consist of bigger portions of fruits and vegetables. Salads and vegetable dishes will help detoxify of your body. If salads and raw vegetables are not your thing, you can blend them and make exciting juices and shakes.



Beer should never be drank again. This beverage thrives on yeast.



You can also try baking soda baths or Epsom salt baths to ward off toxins. Saunas and steam baths are also helpful in drawing out toxins away from your body.



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Chiropractor Atlanta Ga - How I Became A Chiropractor In Atlanta Ga

If you need to understand how acupuncture works, then you are with the proper place. By means of this information, many of us will know exactly what traditional Chinese medicine is and the what the benefits are. Keep reading to learn far more.



What is acupuncture?

Chinese medicine is often a science which originate from China and had its 2000-year extended history. This is a form of traditional Chinese medicine where tiny needles are generally inserted directly within the body to cure specific ailments or for the development of one's well being. Chinese medicine approaches got their particular basis from the Chinese practices referred to as "qi" along with "meridians". Qi is the method by which the force is balanced because it passes from the meridians or perhaps several paths in your body. In this kind of tradition, there is a dozen of meridians in the body and when the circulations of energy along the meridians is obstructed, a disease is brought on. Hope this gives you insights on what acupuncture is all about.

How is acupuncture carried out?



Acupuncture is carried out when the tiny needles tend to be put into the various acupuncture points. The idea of your tiny needles could possibly be a bit terrifying but this form of treatment is associated with remedy which doesn't bring about any kind of ache, even though it includes tiny needles. These types of small needles work around the acupuncture points and guarantee the smooth energy circulation in the body, curing its ailments.

Benefits of Chinese medicine.



It is always assumed that Acupuncture is only used to cure the chronic pains like joint pains or osteo-arthritis in the body. Apart from this, it can also be effectively utilized to cure headaches, migraine, digestive problems, ulcers and asthma. It is also thought to be effective for spiritual well being of a person. This kind of traditional Chinese medicine can also remedy various forms of addictions, phobias, depression and other mental disorders. The main element takeaway in this kind of treatment is that it is believed to be a holistic kind of therapy. With the Western and allopathic kind of treatment, the emotions and well-being of a person is always looked at. The essence of this treatment is to correct any form of imbalances present in the body, be it physical or psychological.. It will require a person's well being and handles the therapy holistically.

A Caution



Because of its extreme prestige, there are numerous fraud practitioners around who provides acupuncture and promise the remedy for countless ailments. It is important to bear in mind that acupuncture is a very delicate science as such it necessitates for severe care whenever carried out. Before starting with this kind of therapy, examine the genuineness of one's healer and also the facility that you plan to go to. Do your research properly and obtain vast ideas behind the theories inclined with this traditional medicine therapy. We hope this will give you a sound and just knowledge of what acupuncture is all about.

If all is done properly, Chinese medicine can respond to various health problems that you'd been suffering for the last few years. You can bade goodbye to your current long-term discomfort along with a life at ease of suffering.

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How Much Is Chiropractic Treatment?

Millions of Americans are seeking chiropractic services to treat ailments in the body. Through the decades, chiropractic has proved to be very effective. Many are switching to this treatment because it is drug-free and all natural. There are no prescribed medications and no invasive procedures. The chiropractor will use manual therapy to treat the body. One of the things that consumers like about chiropractic care is its affordability. So, how much are chiropractic consultation costs today?

Chiropractic consultation costs will vary depending on the location and treatment. The average cost per chiropractic sessions is $65 and that is for a general spinal adjustment. This is the average fee but the rate can still go lower or higher depending on a few factors such as where you live, the exams required and the number of areas to be treated. Sessions will range from $34-$106. In the South of U.S., the chiropractic fees are much higher. You will pay around $70 each session. The lowest fees are in the Midwest where per chiropractic session costs $60.



First time clients should expect to pay higher chiropractic consultation costs. This is because the chiropractor will have to let the client undergo overall health examination. The rate for first-time consultations will range from $61-$161. Usually, chiropractors will ask you to undergo X-ray. Clients have the option to get their x-rays elsewhere and just give the results to the chiropractor. One of the good news about chiropractic fees is that it is covered by health insurance plans. According to the American Chiropractic Association, chiropractic treatments are tax-deductible medical expenses.



What is included in the chiropractic fees? The fee should include spinal adjustments. This is the most basic manual therapy that a chiropractor does. In fact, spinal manipulation is the bread and butter of a chiropractor. He uses his hands and arms to apply force on the back. This force is enough to realign the spinal joints and make the spine aligned once again. Through this, spinal pressure or pain is relieved. Chiropractors charge per session and normally, a client has to go to several sessions to complete the treatment. The frequency of the treatment will depend on the client's need and progress.



Will there be any additional costs? Chiropractors will offer additional services that will help clients feel more comfortable and painless. Such modalities are to treat chronic ailments and reduce stress and tension in the body. Chiropractors offer acupuncture and massage as added services and you have to pay for these. For massage therapy, the cost is $42 on the average. This helps improve the blood circulation in the body. Acupuncture costs around $100 to $150 for the first visit and $65 for the next visits.

Do chiropractors offer discounts on chiropractic consultation costs? Yes, they do. Patients who will pay in cash will get a lower rate. An average of $57 per session is what patients will pay for if they pay in cash. Chiropractors who work alone will charge less as well. An average of $63 per session compared to $70 per session for chiropractors working with a group of physicians.For more www.danspinato.com



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Whether you're experiencing acute pain from a recent injury or chronic pain of more than a few weeks, Carmel Mountain Chiropractic can assess your condition and find a treatment plan that works for your specific complaints. Are you ready for help NOW? Call today at (858) 484-0444

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Millions of Americans Sacrifice to Relieve Back Pain According to Survey Commissioned by BackJoy | Reuters

Millions

of Americans Sacrifice to Relieve Back Pain According to Survey

Commissioned by BackJoy

Widespread back pain associated with lower confidence to less sex



Eighty percent of Americans will experience back pain in their lifetime1,

and millions are unable to find long-term relief. According to a recent

survey commissioned by BackJoy,

a company that makes posture-improving products, only 23 percent of

Americans realize that simply correcting posture often has a positive

effect on back pain. For National

Correct Posture Month, BackJoy presents a look at what Americans are

saying about their back pain, posture, and exactly how far they would go

- and have gone - to find relief.

Survey results include:

Goodbye, Youth.

Think you feel old? Sixty-four

percent of Americans say their back pain makes them feel older than they

are, by an average of 21 years.

Posture Perception. The majority of Americans are quick to

associate good posture with a host of positive attributes - more than

eight in ten perceive someone with good posture as being happy, strong

and optimistic. What's more, nearly

half (49%) of Americans find bad posture/slouching unattractive - fewer

people would be turned off by someone bringing up an ex (34%) or not

having a job (33%).

Adding Insult to Injury. People who suffer from back pain are

more likely to feel stressed, self-conscious, unsatisfied, unattractive

and even sad. In comparison, those without back pain are more likely to

feel relaxed, attractive, confident, satisfied and happy.

The Ultimate Sacrifice. More than three-quarters of Americans

would make sacrifices if it meant they could avoid back pain. Nearly

half (48%) of these people would give up social media while 30 percent

would doom themselves to a flip phone for all eternity.



I'm in the Mood for Love - or Not. Nearly half (45%) of people

who experience back pain at least once a week have found the silver

lining in their pain, using it to their advantage. Fifty-six percent of

these sufferers have gotten out of chores, 21 percent have used their

pain as an excuse to snag a seat in a crowded place and 25 percent have

used it to get out of having sex with their partner when they're not "in

the mood". It seems back pain is the new headache in the bedroom!

Fear of Missing Out. Conversely, more than three-quarters of back

pain sufferers have curtailed activities due to back pain. Forty percent

have skipped exercise, and 37 percent of women have resorted to leaving

their high heels in the closet. More than one in ten (12%) admit they've

cut back on sex, while one in four parents have limited holding or

playing with their children because of their back pain.

"These findings reiterated the problematic issues related to back pain.

Today's sedentary lifestyle contributes to unnecessary pain and

discomfort, and increased smartphone use is making the problems worse

despite the health risks. Yet, finding relief can be as simple as

addressing your posture. Incorporating posture support, such as the

BackJoy SitSmart Posture Plus seat, can go a long way in helping manage

and prevent back pain," says chiropractor and author of Stand

Taller Live Longer: An Anti-Aging Strategy, Steven Weiniger, D.C.

About BackJoy

BackJoy's mission is to change the way the world sits, stands and

sleeps. Leveraging what experts across the globe have known for

years--that better posture prevents back pain--the company creates and

distributes innovative patented posture-improving products to relieve

back pain. Inspired by the self-care movement--the most powerful form of

healthcare--BackJoy's easy-to-use products and personal wellness

initiatives help users naturally sit, stand and sleep better to produce

positive, life-changing results. Change your posture, change your life!

About the Survey



The survey was conducted by Kelton, an insights firm, between February

25 and March 4, 2015 among 1,068 nationally representative Americans

ages 18 and older with a 3 percent margin of error, using an email

invitation and online survey. Quotas are set to ensure reliable and

accurate representation of the U.S. population.

1 National

Centers for Health Statistics, Chartbook on Trends in the Health of

Americans 2006



Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/multimedia/home/20150505005285/en/

Pollock Communications

Korinne Leonardis, 212-941-1414

kleonardis@pollock-pr.com



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Lower Back Pain: Recent Blog Posts



By: Stephanie Burke | Jun 09, 2015

Herniated discs occur when discs degenerate and irritate the spinal cord and nerve roots. Our new video helps you understand this process more in depth.

By: Allison Walsh | Jun 03, 2015

If you think you may need spine surgery, look on the bright side: Some spine surgeries provide tremendous relief while being minimally invasive.

By: Allison Walsh | May 28, 2015

A review of several studies confirms that staying active is a better treatment for low back pain and sciatica than bed rest.

By: Allison Walsh | May 13, 2015



While there's not doubt having back pain causes stress, many professionals agree that stress can actually be the primary cause of back pain.

By: Stephanie Burke | May 08, 2015

Metastatic spine cancer occurs when cancer located somewhere else in the body travels to the spine and forms tumors, which may in turn cause neurological symptoms.



Dr. Ullrich acknowledges that there is a time and a place for spinal fusion surgery, but he urges patients to carefully consider all their options before they agree to the spine surgery. In this case study, he explains how he helped steer a young male patient clear of a surgery that would have surely caused him more pain and disability than he already had.

By: Stephanie Burke | Apr 20, 2015

Osteoarthritis is a leading cause of back pain in people over the age of 60. While osteoarthritis occurs commonly in load-bearing joints, such as hips or knees, it can also occur in the lumbar spine and cause back pain and stiffness.

By: Stephanie Burke | Apr 08, 2015

As you likely already know through personal experience, back pain can be very complex and difficult to accurately diagnosis and treat. There are myriad causes and contributing factors, and a wide range of possible back pain treatments that may or may not work for the same condition.

By: Allison Walsh | Feb 22, 2015

Spine-health's Facebook fans shared their favorite nutrition tips for warding off or preventing back and neck pain. Here are 5 of the most interesting, helpful responses.

By: Stephanie Burke | Jan 20, 2015

An anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) is stops the motion between painful vertebral segments that is usually brought on by degenerative disc disease.



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Upper Crossed Syndrome



A condition that is increasing in prevalence is Rounded Shoulder Syndrome, also known as Upper Crossed Syndrome.

The Syndrome is characterised by a forward head posture, rounded shoulders and an increased curvature of the upper/mid back. In some cases the shoulders are elevated and rotated inward with the palms facing back instead of to the sides of the body. This condition occurs when certain muscle groups become short and tight while other muscle groups become lengthened and weak. Unless something is done to offset these imbalances, the integrity of the surrounding joints, muscles and connective tissue will be adversely affected. In addition, Upper Crossed Syndrome can lead to shoulder impingement, neck dysfunction, headaches and decreased brain function, restricted oxygen uptake, (which can interfere with removal of waste products leading to decreased energy levels), and cell toxicity.



Upper Crossed Syndrome may affect both the sedentary, inactive population as well as the seasoned exerciser who places too much emphasis on chest or pectoral development. The biggest contributor however, is the increasing amount of time we spend sitting in front of computers, watching TV or just sitting around talking on the phone.

With 85 per cent of neck and shoulder pain originating from muscular imbalances, emphasis in a physical therapy/ exercise program should first be placed on creating postural awareness and correcting any postural faults prior to working with resistance. If therapy commences without attention to these imbalances, the effectiveness of the therapy program is diminished while risk of injury is greatly increased.

Obviously each individual is slightly different, in general those with Rounded Shoulder Syndrome will display tightness in the following muscle groups: Pectorals (chest), Anterior (muscle at the front of the shoulder) Deltoid, Latissimus Dorsi, Upper Trapezius (which elevate the shoulder blades) and the Neck Extensors. The following muscles will most likely be lengthened and weak: Rhomboids (muscle between the shoulder blades), Mid and Lower Trapezius (which draw the shoulder blades inward and downward), Posterior Deltoid (back of the shoulder), Rotator Cuff muscles and deep neck flexors.

To help offset this condition, start with postural awareness exercises that will encourage proper body alignment. Ideally, the ear should be in line with the shoulder and the medial (inside) border of the shoulder blades should be no more than 6 inches apart from each other and equal distance from the spine. Palms should face the sides of the body (rather than facing the back wall) when standing. Think of standing or sitting tall and gently drawing the head back, remaining wide across the chest while bringing the shoulders down and slightly back. Try performing this movement 10 to 12 times per day holding for 5 to 10 seconds at a time. Do not strain in an attempt to increase range of movement. Discontinue if there is pain associated with this or any other movement and consult your doctor, chiropractor or physiotherapist. The next step is to stretch those muscle groups that exhibit tightness. For example, to stretch tight pectorals (chest) muscles find a doorframe and position your arms out to the sides at shoulder level with elbows slightly bent. Next, slowly lean your torso through the doorway until a gentle stretch is felt. Hold for 20 to 30 seconds. Finally, begin to strengthen weak muscle groups such as the rhomboids using exercises that retract the shoulder blades such as seated or bent rows. Pay attention to using proper form and to all muscle groups involved.

It is worthwhile to consult with a Qualified Physical Therapist to design a program that will specifically address your needs and ensure that you are doing exercises with proper form. Good postural habits aren't developed overnight, so it is important to have patience and to be consistent with your program. Because only then will you reap the rewards!

Terry O'Brien



By: Terry OBrien

Article Directory: http://www.articledashboard.com

Terry has been involved in General Medicine for over 30 years, starting out as a Medical Officer in HM Forces.



Links:





www.backtrouble.co.uk ;

www.backdoctor.org.uk

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How to Relieve Chronic Back Pain by David Gervase

Back pain may be caused from a variety of sources, ranging from the nerves and spinal cord to the upper, middle, or lower back muscles. As there are many possible causes, it is often best to consult a doctor before beginning any type of back pain treatments. The concept of pain management and treatment is determined by understanding the source of the pain and pinpointing the area. Whether it is lower back pain, middle back pain, upper back pain, or neck and shoulder pain, following a comprehensive plan closely can relieve chronic back pain. By making a few adjustments in your lifestyle, you can alleviate your back pain suffering, as well as improve your general health.

Good posture is essential to relieving back pain

One of the most important things to relieve back pain is having good posture. You might think you are relaxing muscles when you sit and slouch; however, bad posture makes your muscles work harder. If you have chronic back pain, it may not be easy to automatically revert your sitting and standing posture. However, with the advancements in scientific research, a new unique device, called The Turtle, has been developed to make good posture effortless. The Turtle ensures that you retain good posture, which reduces, and even eliminates, your back pain. This treatment has been successfully recommended by millions of users, as well as leading spinal surgeons.

Use a healthy diet to lose weight and alleviate back pain

High blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and chronic back pain are commonly developed when you are overweight. Those with excessive weight commonly develop sharp back pain due to the additional strain on the spine. Therefore, eating a healthy diet low in saturated fats can help you lose the excess weight that is straining your back.



Regardless if you are an ideal weight or overweight, eating a healthy diet is a great way to alleviate back pain. Magnesium, calcium, and vitamin B-12 have been found to offer back pain relief, and thus, including foods rich in these elements are a great start to eliminating back pain via nutrition. Foods that could help with back pain are: meat, poultry, fish, spinach, nuts, seeds, beans and unrefined grains. Also dairy products, such as eggs, milk and other milk products will help prevent Osteoporosis, which also leads to lower back pain. Be sure to drink plenty of water, as even hard tap water contains extra magnesium.

Exercise to relieve back pain

Another important element to relieving back pain is exercise. Exercises are necessary to prevent upper back pain, middle back pain and lower back pain, and it will also boost your overall health. Even minimal exercises, such as daily walks, would be beneficial. If your back pain is so tremendous that you feel you cannot do exercises, then get out your Turtle. While you sit, you can use the Turtle for approximately 20 minutes to condition your back, which will then further your ability to perform effective exercises. The Turtle works to eliminate back pain, while giving your back strength and stability; this allows you to complete tasks that were too painful to tolerate previously.



Effective therapies that treat back pain

There are different types of therapy that have been recommended for lower back pain and upper back pain, including massage, physical therapy, acupuncture, and now, Turtle therapy.

Acupuncture: The procedure of needle insertion involves stimulating anatomical locations.

Massage: Therapeutic massage reduces pain and eases tension in the back muscles.



Physical: Exercises and special equipment are specifically designed to strengthen the back and improve physical abilities.

The Turtle: Revolutionary product instantly begins to cure back pain, guaranteed, within 20 minutes of therapy.

The Turtle also stimulates the same locations which acupuncture targets in relieving back pain. Simply sit and place the Turtle behind your neck or back, and let it naturally work with your body pressure. The Turtle is unique and portable, allowing you to conveniently use the therapy while you drive in your car. While some back pain cannot be avoided, the Turtle will help keep your back in a healthy, pain-free condition. With the right therapy, your chronic back pain can be easily relieved, allowing you to live an active and healthy lifestyle.



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