When will my pain go away?

Exploring Class IV Laser pain relief for injuries and post-surgical healing

In 2004, Align Healing Center began using laser therapy to help patients relieve their muscle, joint and nerve pain. Due to the near miraculous results that laser can provide to a sprain, strain or chronic pain, our patients began to ask “what else can laser help heal?” Wondering the same thing, we began to branch out and use laser on any and all injuries and wounds that our patients were presented with. We have literally watched the healing process occur right before our very eyes. Swelling reduces within minutes, severe bruises dissipate with no visible sign within a day or two and surgical wounds become painless, with minimal scarring and redness.

We have had patients that have had knee surgery and hip replacements, shoulder surgery, spinal surgery, breast augmentation and reconstruction, rhinoplasty, face-lifts and c-sections that heal in a fraction of the time typical without the use of laser therapy. If you are intending on having surgery or have a stubborn injury that has taken longer to heal than you would have expected it is worth your while to explore the benefits of Class IV K-Laser therapy.

How Laser Therapy Speeds Tissue Healing
Injuries and surgery cause tissue damage and inflammation which reduces the circulation to the injured tissue thereby impeding the nutrition and energy available to the damaged area. Laser therapy is the application of low levels of laser light to areas of the body that have been injured or damaged.

Therapeutic lasers do not cut or burn, but instead, supply energy to the body in the form of photons of light. Light is transmitted through the skin’s layers (the dermis, epidermis and the subcutaneous tissue under the skin). The wavelength of the Class IV Laser allows these photons to travel deep into the body up to 8-9 inches. When laser light penetrates into the body, it stimulates damaged cells to start producing ATP. ATP is the “fuel” or energy source that all cells need to function and repair. When damaged cells have the energy they need to function properly they can immediately start the repair process. Laser therapy accelerates the healing of injured areas, decreases inflammation, and eliminates pain allowing patients to quickly return to normal activities.

How long does it take to work?
95% of our patients notice improvement after the very first treatment. However, some conditions may take a few treatments to respond. Each laser treatment is cumulative, meaning that each successive treatment builds on the previous. The doctors at Align personally work with you each visit to ensure that you are progressing as quickly as possible.

For more information about how laser therapy may be helpful to you contact Align Healing Center to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Niele Maimone (925)362-8283. Visit us on the web at www.AlignHealingCenter.com.

Holistic Frustration

In my book, WHY? The Question That Could Save Your Life, some of the many factors faced by those practicing alternative medicine are explained. I have been treating TMD, temporomandibular dysfunction, some call it TMJ, for over 35 years. Over those years I have found that by not using drugs, but by changing lifestyles and diets, the results are infinitely more rewarding.

When I began this practice, dentistry placed almost all of the blame for TMD on the teeth and spent multiple appointments studying the occlusion and “correcting” it. There was some work on reducing stress and learning what drugs could be prescribed to lessen symptoms, but little or no time was spent studying the whole patient.

I have had patients referred to me that were taking as many as 25 different prescriptive drugs and were worse off than ever. For patients such as these, I refer them to a professor of pharmacology who reviews the medicines and often finds several to be interfering with one another, and others given only to counteract the side effects of another. In one case a woman in her 60s was on 25 medications. It took us over two years to get her off several of the medications. Upon completion of her treatment, she looked at least ten years younger and returned to a vital, active lifestyle.

Though this number of medications for one person is not the norm, I do regularly see patients with five to eight prescriptions, many of which could have been avoided. In some cases these drugs can be responsible for side effects that can take months or even years to repair. Just yesterday, a new patient related that his doctor told him that his x-rays revealed he had arthritis, but not to be concerned. It’s just part of aging and there are medications that can help a lot.

This is where I become frustrated! Many drugs can be avoided with diet and lifestyle changes. When I treat a patient, I consider the whole person, I don’t just give them a mail order “night guard” and send them on their way. One of the challenges that I face when discussing diet or habit changes is that “it’s too hard to do.” The poisons found in processed foods are going to guarantee misery in the future. The medical and the pharmaceutical industry have them convinced they can make up for their abuse with an easy-to-take, little pill.

In my book I use the example of Dickens’s, “A Christmas Carol,” changing the ghost into ‘The Ghost of a Bad Diet Future.’ Have you ever wondered why some elder people are bedridden while other people the same age and even older, are still working, enjoying golf, travelling and their grandkids? With that in mind, what is harder; living a shorter life with a miserable end, or eating healthy food and getting exercise?

Often the anti-inflammatory drugs used for arthritis and many other types of inflammation can be replaced with an anti-inflammatory diet, which not only takes away the inflammation, but supplies the body with nutrients that prevent other serious diseases, aids in faster healing, and prevents dementia.

What to Do About Spinal Pain

We ask a lot of our back. It’s supposed to bend, lift, twist, and support all of our organs without pain or discomfort and in the case of athletic endeavors, it all should be done with gusto. It’s not supposed to age either. Most of us have felt the effects of a malfunctioning back and we know instinctively that we could do more to optimize its performance.

Many doctors define spinal health as the absence of disease or fracture, but that’s like describing the perfect marriage as the absence of divorce. I’m talking a whole different animal. True spinal health is the ability to perform the motions of daily life with minimal discomfort—including motion associated with exercise, strenuous work, just after waking up and even after sitting in a cubicle all day.

I’m sure you know someone who suffers from back pain, after all, one half of Americans (women more than men) experience back pain each year. Other than colds or flu, it’s the major reason they go to the doctor. Considering its impact, it’s surprising that all we really get from the media or medical doctors are vague truisms suggesting that we exercise more and lift correctly—as if we hadn’t thought of that before!

The most popular medical approach is to drug our spines into submission, but there is no drug that can actually improve joint function. Anti-inflammatory drugs may temporarily decrease inflammation and pain, but do nothing to repair damage. In fact, these drugs decrease blood flow and SLOW the healing time of muscles, tendons, bones and cartilage up to fifty percent. And when you get back to working out, they slow muscle growth. Add to that the predictable intestinal damage and we can safely say this is not the way to go.

What To Do?

What can you do to actually improve function and healing? Well… treat the cause! Spinal injuries are problems with biological structures that have a mechanical function. Joints are malleable, plastic-like structures containing a very slippery substance (four times slipperier than anything man-made) called Lubricin, that may need help to be healthy, even with light exercising or prolonged computer work. Even stress can slow healing.

Motion, as it happens, is the secret here. That’s why saying “Sitting is the New Smoking” (last month’s article) makes sense when we have pain without a specific injury. Without correct and frequent motion the spine will degrade in short order. If we don’t move enough after a back strain or injury, scarring and adhesions will occur that make a full recovery impossible. Too much physical work or exercise after injury will increase the damage. Therefore, proper motion (corrected with Chiropractic) is required to direct the healing of the joint structures in such a way as to strengthen the joint and allow normal function.

When the spine is injured, the nerves associated with the area of injury (and the brain) change in a way that can disrupt the function of parts of your body that are far away from the location of the injury. For instance, scientific studies show that neck problems can lead to elbow motion restriction, and chiropractic adjustments to the neck will return the elbow to normal. This is an example of a new field of research that studies neurological (sensory-motor) relationships. These findings help to clarify the mechanisms we’ve observed over and over again—relief of pain and increased physical performance following spinal manipulation. Recent studies also show that spinal adjustments can decrease blood pressure, soothe the effects of stress hormones and help boost immunity.

At our clinic, we know that the best way to help those with back pain is to use as many scientific, cutting-edge techniques as possible to decrease pain, speed healing and increase performance; whether it’s to clean out your sock drawer or landing a snowboard “Rusty Trombone” on the slopes. Our incredible doctors have years of experience and look forward to serving you and your family.

Dr. Davis and Dr. Linzey in Walnut Creek have been serving individuals with chronic pain for 30 years. For information about how you can get a free consultation, call (925) 279-4324 (HEAL). Visit us at WalnutCreekHealth.com

If I could turn back time… Aesthetically, at least

It’s no surprise that the majority of woman (and men) who seek out skin care treatments are hoping to retain or get back their youthful appearance. Tighter skin, smaller pores and a delicate, soft feel are all qualities that anti-aging skin care treatments can provide. What kind of treatments, you may be wondering? Well, let’s have a little chat about some of them.456894677-1

There are various skin care treatments available at Healing Hands that are specifically developed to tackle aging and knowing what is right for you is incredibly important. One of our most popular treatments is microdermabrasion. The treatment itself is quick and easy, it’s sort of shocking how much it accomplishes! It helps remove the outer layer of your skin in a non-aggressive and virtually painless manner. I’ve had it done numerous times and the best way to describe it is like scratching an itch you didn’t know you have – it’s actually quite satisfying! This is essentially a great type of exfoliation that leaves your skin looking softer and brighter.

We also like to recommend LED red light therapy, which is a treatment that does more than assist in anti-aging goals. LED red light therapy is most commonly known to help reduce the signs of aging, specifically, wrinkles. The red light helps promote collagen and elasticity in the skin, bringing out a more youthful glow and appearance overall. This treatment is also very quick and easy; you basically just relax for a short time while the red light does its magic!

Those are just two of the treatments we offer at Healing Hands and both require no downtime after completion. We are always happy to answer questions and provide advice regarding our treatments, so feel free to give us a call. We also offer monthly specials that often include the above treatments at a heavily discounted rate, so book your appointments soon because our treatment times fill up quickly!

As I’ve mentioned before, a regular skin care routine is imperative to maintaining healthy skin, but you’ve got to do a little more if you want to get rid of wrinkles and fine lines. Alongside your daily routine (which should include SPF), using different products specifically for anti-aging is always a safe bet. To be safe, I always recommend working with your esthetician in figuring out the best game plan for your skin, since trying to get that science down alone can be tricky and sometimes frustrating, and, if you don’t have the right type or combination of products, your skin can react in not-so-desirable ways. Your best chance at avoiding that is to heed my advice and speak with a skin care professional, and remember, we’re always happy to answer questions, here.

So what are you waiting for? Let us help you turn back the clocks!

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