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Are You Living In A House of Pain?

Learn what you can do to decrease acute and chronic pain thru a number of alternative methods.



Pain signals that something is wrong within the body.  Acute pain is caused by an immediate trauma and acts as a warning signal.  Chronic pain, on the other hand, is pain that lasts more than six months and interferes with your daily activities.

Signs and symptoms: 

Dull ache, sharp shooting twinges, numbness, gripping, burning, gnawing, throbbing or pulsating sensations.

Possible Causes:

Trauma, obesity, tumors/growths, poor posture, flat feet, food sensitivities, emotions/stress/anxiety, poor diet, dental problems, nerve impingements and disease conditions.

Dietary and Lifestyle Modifications:

Use RICE method--Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation--for initial 24-36 hours after an injury.  Ice for 20 min about every hour or two.  Then alternate: heat 10 min, ice 10 min, heat 10 min. 

Eat a diet rich in whole, unprocessed foods emphasizing magnesium and calcium foods found in: kale, collard greens, almonds, blackberries, mustard greens, oatmeal, oranges, navy beans and sunflower seeds.  Avoid or limit foods that contribute to an acidic condition such as simple or refined sugars, caffeine, salty foods and alcohol.  Limit foods high in saturated fats, including red meats, dairy products, warm-water shellfish and partially-hydrogenated oil. Drink chlorophyll-rich, green drinks, such as extracts of wheat grass.  Eat more fatty fish(mackerel, herring and salmon) preferably wild, which form anti-inflammatory substances.

NOTE:  Animal fat is a primary source of arachidonic acid that is the precursor of a number of inflammatory prostaglandins.  Decreasing animal fat can cause a significant reduction in the inflammatory process. 

Identify and avoid food allergens.  We have specific tests to check for food allergies.

Nutrient applications:

Calcium and Magnesium relax the muscles.  Analgesic Herbs: chamomile, skullcap, passion flower, kava kava and white willow bark are sedative and anti-spasmodic. Glucosamine sulfate and MSM help your connective tissues.  Vit C can be taken to bowel tolerance.  Essential fatty acids and proteolytic enzymes are essential to reduce inflammation and decrease pain.  Other helpful nutrients include:  Quercetin, Vit E, Vit B-6, Vit B-1 and Vit B-12.

The following alternative therapies are beneficial in controlling pain:  Chiropractic Adjustments, Acupuncture, TENS(Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator) , Physiotherapy, gentle stretching, topical ointments, KinesiotapeCold Low Level Laser, Massage, Biofeedback, Guided Imagery and Hypnotherapy.

What is Cold Low Level Laser?

It is a form of phototherapy involving low power coherent light to an injury to stimulate healing and tissue repair, resolve inflammation, increase range of motion and give pain relief.

How does the Cold Low Level Laser work?

A photochemical reaction takes place where photons from the laser affect the tissue at the cellular level.  The cold laser enters the tissue being treated, alters the cell membrane permeability, and at the cellular level, is absorbed in the mitochondria.  Mitochondria are known to be the "Powerhouse" of our cells and make ATP which is needed for the life enhancement process of every cell.  This facilitates:

  • an anti-inflammatory action, reducing swelling and improving joint mobility
  • an increased vascular activity thereby stimulating lymph & blood circulation
  • stimulation of nerve function and speeds the process of nerve cell & muscle action
  • a decrease in fibrous/scar tissue formation from injury, burns or surgery
  • an increased metabolic activity and increases the output of specific enzymes, increases oxygen to the blood cells and improves the body's immune response
  • faster wound healing by stimulating fibroblasts in an injury thereby speeding healing
  • rapid cell growth

What are the advantages of cold level low laser over other modes of therapy?

Laser has been shown to offer superior healing and pain relieving effects for acute and chronic pain conditions, as well as sports injuries, when compared to other electrotherapeutic modalities.  It is a method of treating muscle, tendon, ligament, connective tissue, bone, neurological dysfunction or damage, and skin tissue with one simple piece of equipment.


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