Below is a very short video that describes what a herniated disc looks like. A disc herniation may cause a pinched nerve which simply means that the nerve is pinched or entrapped. This can happen in many places in the body. Common areas this is seen is in the neck, back, wrist, elbow and leg. There may be nerve pain when a nerve is pinched. You may also experience sensory loss, muscles weakness or altered reflexes.
Science Based Nutrition™ is a science based approach to nutritional healthcare. Many problems show up in the blood long before you actually “feel” symptoms. Did you know you can have only 20% liver or kidney function left and still have virtually no symptoms? How do you know if you’re truly healthy? Certain tests, when read properly, will indicate whether or not you are progressing toward a serious illness, such as cancer, liver, heart or many other diseases.
A complete Nutritional Blood Analysis will determine:
- How healthy you really are
- What problems are just beginning
- What diseases you have
- What dietary and lifestyle changes you should make
- If the supplements you are taking are working
Starting with a consultation, we will determine the testing that should be done. Using bloodwork and other diagnostic tools, an in-depth analysis of your body function will be performed. The testing will show where the problem areas are occurring or just developing. Your detailed report will explain your test findings, as well as the nutrient and dietary recommendations based upon your test results.
Our natural health solutions are based on scientific and objective testing including blood, urine and hair. The Science Based Nutrition™ report provides individual, drug-free recommendations to promote optimum health based on imbalances and dysfunction identified from the test results.
Had a great time doing foot scanning assessments at OTF over the weekend. Discovered many of the runners were running bio mechanically insufficient which may lead to knee pain , plantar fasciitis and shin splints just to name a few. Schedule at appointment today for your foot scan assessment and see if you are at risk for injuries.
Do you notice that your shoes are always wearing down on one side? Do you have medial knee pain after running? We may be able to help you. Contact the office and have your feet scanned.
Do you have a chronic injury that just wont go away. Does that nagging foot pain, plantar fasciitis or hamstring pain get you down? This may be the solution for you.
Rest in Peace – R.I.C.E.
Almost every singe athlete, athletic trainer and weekend warrior knows what to do after an injury. We have been taught to fall back on the acronym that Dr. Mirkin invented. In 1978 he used the term R.I.C.E. which stand for (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). It only took about 30 years or so until Dr. Mirkin and colleagues started to understand that ice and complete rest in R.I.C.E. may actually be slowing down the healing process instead of speeding it up.
Why would Ice delay the healing process you may ask?
During competitive events, trauma or your everyday workout, your muscles go through some sort of damage. Inflammation will start to set in order to heal the muscles which is started by your immune system. Your immune system sends cells and proteins to the site of where the damage occurred. This is done to promote healing. The cells that are sent to the damage site are called macrophages and they release IGF-1 which is a hormone that helps muscles or other damaged tissues heal. Ice helps to reduce the swelling but it prevents the body from releasing IGF-1. Ice applied to the body causes the blood vessels to constrict. This constriction shuts off the blood flow that would bring the healing cells to the damaged site. Ice is not the only thing that would cause a delay in healing. Anything that reduces inflammation would cause this delay which would include anti-inflammatory drugs.
R.I.C.E. has been around for a while and it will do the job with most injuries but may not always be the most effective choice. It is advised that after an injury to see your medical provider to determine if any bones are broken or if any ligaments are torn.
The Importance of Rest and Recovery
You are an athlete and you train hard. You go 100% and don’t like to rest. Rest is for the weak they say. Training non stop and not allowing time to recover actually can weaken the strongest athlete. Between your training sessions, it is important to rest and recover. This is the time when your body has time to replenish energy and repair damage muscles. Not allowing your body to rest and recover can lead to overtraining symptoms which may lead too feeling tired, depressed and increase your risk of injury. Most people think that these mean the same thing but there is a huge difference between the two. Between the hours that you are training, this is your time to rest and recover. Unfortunately , most of the population gets the rest part down pretty well but forgets to recover. This is where you basically sleep and not train. The recovery portion is where people tend to forget about. Recovery includes proper nutrition, hydration, posture, heat, NormaTec compression boots, Marc Pro Stim Unit, Rock Tape , adjustments, stretching, myofascial release and anything else that can help the body recover. During the grueling training workouts that most athletes do, there are different systems that need to recover which include hormonal, neurological and structural (muscles, tendons and ligaments).
There are a few things about Rest and Recovery that should be applied to any training program.
With sleep, you get the rest and the recovery all in one. This is probably the most important factor if I had to choose. Sleep will help your hormonal balance and muscular recovery. This is the time for your body to remove chemicals that build up as a result of cell activity. Lack of sleep can lead to increased cortisol levels and decreased activity of human growth hormone.
Making sure that you are hydrated is very important to your energy, recovery and performance. Most people do not drink enough water and the best way to tell is to look at the color of your urine. If it is clear to pale yellow then you are doing a good job.
Your body is like your car. Your nutrition is like your gas. If you put high quality gas into your car, it will perform better. The foods you eat can either help heal your body or poison it. Rich Omega 3 foods will act as a anti inflammatory where processed foods and bad fatty foods are harmful to the body. I myself practice the Paleo diet throughout the year and feel great. Consumption of protein right after exercise can help stimulate protein synthesis which is very important in muscle repair.
Poor posture will inhibit your performance. In this generation, most people sit all day at work. Poor posture can lead to back and neck pain. Poor posture is also related with early death because people with poor posture tend to not exercise and sit longer.
Enough flexibility is needed to move well. It was once said, first move well, then move often. If you are very tight, your form may be off in many exercises and workouts that you do. If you do not have proper form, this may lead to injuries.
- Self-Myofascial Release
This is done to return tissue back to normal and healthy tissue.
The NormaTec machines can be used both before and after working out to speed recovery by systematically pushing out inflammation, old blood, and lactic acid while providing a flushing massage. There is no time limit on the machine, but a range of 15 – 30 mins is typically recommended. Used by professional athletes around the world!
- Marc Pro
Marc Pro technology, on the other hand, works differently by activating a cascading series of physiological effects through a specific type of muscle contraction that leads to enhanced recovery and conditioning. Marc Pro’s unique waveform and long pulse duration creates a non-fatiguing muscle contraction, which is optimal for muscle recovery. Most muscle stimulators use technology that stems from devices used for muscle re-education, where the goal is to fatigue muscles that have atrophied. These devices have their purpose but when you are trying to recover, putting further stress on the muscles will reverse any recovery benefits. If strong enough, any electric signal can produce a muscle contraction, what’s important is the type of muscle contraction that is produced. In addition, the Marc Pro Plus can provide significant relief by actually shutting down pain, combined with recovery benefits to help problem areas actually recover and get better.
Lymphatic Drainage/Swelling Reduction
Kinesiology tape is unique in its ability to create a lifting effect on the skin to allow for better lymphatic drainage in areas of swelling. This can have a dramatic effect on recovery time after a workout and healing of damaged tissue after injury.