Chiropractic

Help for Parkinson’s − the Natural Way

Tai chi, Macrobiotics, Shiatsu, Acupressure

Scientific research recently has indicated that people with Parkinson’s who take Tai Chi classes have excellent outcomes for reduction of symptoms and increased mobility. This is very positive for those with this condition. It actually has more far reaching possibilities than was recognized in the report of the following study. Science has been slow to recognize some of the principles of Oriental Philosophy and Medicine and it is indicated in their interpretation of the results.

OREGON RESEARCH INSTITUTE: 2012 − PARKINSON’S REPORT

195 people with mild to moderate Parkinson’s were randomly assigned 2 per week sessions of either Tai Chi, strength building exercises or stretching.

After 6 months, those who did Tai Chi experienced:

  •  Stronger, improved balance − 2 times more than the strength building group & 4 times more than the stretching group
  • Half the falls of the strength building group and 2/3 of the falls in the stretching group
  • Slower rates of decline in overall motor control

The report says that clients took Tai Chi and gave the results. The report did not recognize the fundamental nature of what Tai Chi is and what is happening when one is performing the movements.  The basic aspect is that of Chi energy − a fundamental life force.  Tai Chi is a movement exercise that changes and alters chi flow in the body, helps to build chi energy and balance the flow of energy thru the meridians (channels thru which the energy travels).

If this manipulation of chi aids the Parkinson’s patient in gaining increased mobility, then it must be affecting the brain − improving its ability to regulate the neuro-muscular system and possibly affecting the nerves which stimulate dopamine production. 

The next thing to conclude is that if this form of energy manipulation can be successful, why not other forms such as Macrobiotic or          Traditional Chinese dietary theories, Acupuncture, Shiatsu, Amma Massage, Chi Qong exercises, and more.

As a Macrobiotic Way of Life Counselor, I make use of energetic signs and symptoms in the face, on the tongue, in behavior and in reading pulses, etc. to determine what a person needs.  All foods have various energetic properties such as contacting/expanding, warming/cooling, and moving upward/downward, inside/outside.  The foods may have energetic relationships with each of the 5 major solid organs − heart, spleen, pancreas, liver, lungs, kidneys.  By assessing the energetic landscape of a person, we counter by recommending the foods which are going to do the opposite of the condition. This will bring the body into balance. Too much contracting needs expansive foods or styles of cooking.  Too much fire needs foods with cooling energies. The fundamental principle behind Macrobiotics is to manipulate chi (energy) to find balance.

DIET HIGH IN VEGETABLES PROTECTS AGAINST PARKINSON’S

In an experiment at Yale University, 11 patients with Parkinson’s who ate a revised diet experienced reduced movement fluctuations and less need for drugs than patients following the standard modern way of eating.

Their healthy diet consisted of:

  • Whole grains
  • Green and yellow vegetables
  • Fresh fruit
  • Low in protein from animal and vegetable sources

They avoided:

  • All meats
  • Egg white
  • Gelatin
  • Dairy food
  • Beans and nuts
  • Chocolate and pastries

“On this diet, patients, can predictably expect daytime mobility, thus permitting near normal function and independence at home or on the job,” the researchers concluded.

 −J.H.Pincus and K.Barry, “Influence of Dietary Protein on Motor Fluctuation in Parkinson’s disease,” Archives of Neurology 44:270,1987

 THE MACROBIOTIC WAY, A CHANGE FOR THE BETTER             

In order to follow the Macrobiotic Way of Eating, proper food preparation is vital. It is possible that a cook could come to the home to prepare meals. But a caregiver or the Parkinson’s patient could get individualized cooking training so that an understanding of what goes into the preparations can be developed. In Traditional Oriental Medicine, Parkinson’s is usually defined as a Liver Wind condition (extreme toxic exposure) so healing the liver becomes a major component. Diet wise that may involve eating a lot of leafy green vegetables like kale and collards or eating shiitake mushrooms. Minimizing oil and extreme sweets is also a key factor. Sea vegetables in the diet like kelp and arame are helpful for discharging toxins from the body. There are numerous foods that can benefit the liver. Getting a full scale consultation can provide specific recommendations to insure good results.

SHIATSU TREATMENTS MOVE CHI TO REBALANCE BODY ENERGY

Shiatsu and Acupressure involve pressing points on the body which in turn affect how the internal systems are functioning. Shiatsu is a full body treatment done by a practitioner. Acupressure can be learned and points can be pressed by the Parkinson’s patient or a caregiver. For example: there is a point  on the foot that is in the webbing between the big toe and second toe which relates to the liver meridian. If that point is sore it means the liver meridian is out of balance and there probably is a liver condition that needs addressing. Pressing there also changes the flow of energy and regular practice helps heal the liver.  But each individual could also have other underlying conditions which should also be dealt with. Both Macrobiotics and Shiatsu can address all of these conditions to improve overall mobility and functioning.  Combine this with Tai Chi and your chances of improving the condition are highly increased.

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Dr. Tom’s Turkey Day Tips

 

Dr. Thomas WachtmannThanksgiving is just a couple days away and for many of us it’s an opportunity to eat twice as much as any other day.  Sure, this one meal isn’t going to make you fat, but don’t let this start a trend of overeating through the holiday season.  After all, who needs those extra pounds and all the stress they put on our bodies.

Here’s a couple of tips from Dr. Tom to get you through Turkey Day without the extra weight:

Have a good healthy breakfast.  Studies show that people who eat breakfast actually eat less throughout the day. Protein is a good choice as it will stay with you throughout the day.

Get moving. Enjoy a workout or walk. Why not burn a few calories before the big meal? And by all means, take a walk after dinner.

Drink lots of water.  It will fill you up and prevent nibbling all those extra chips and dip. Add some lemon or lime for extra flavor.

Portion, portion, portion ~ Enjoy a little bit of everything but keep the portion small.  A serving of meat is the size of a deck of cards. Enjoy a smaller portion and a lot less guilt. And, have some dessert.  You’ve waited all year for pumpkin pie…enjoy!

Savor each bite and chew food slowly and thoroughly.  Taste your food.  Put down your fork and enjoy some conversation. Allow your food to digest (around 20 minutes) allowing your stomach to signal your brain that it’s filling up!

Go easy on the alcohol.

Enjoy that delicious Thanksgiving meal and feel good too!

Wishing you a Healthy and Happy Thanksgiving!

Dr. Tom Wachtmann

Need A Hand Chiropractic, Breinigsville, PA

Link Chiropractic Clinic, Fleetwood, PA

 

 

 

What is Chiropractic?

The World’s Foremost Natural Healthcare Science, Chiropractic, is concerned with the relationship between the structure (primarily the spine) and function (primarily coordinated by the nervous system) of your body and how that relationship affects your health. In the late 1800s, Daniel David Palmer, founder of chiropractic and The Palmer School, researched this relationship. His hypotheses and subsequent discoveries laid the groundwork for modern chiropractic healthcare. Misalignments of your spine and poor health.

No part of your body escapes the dominance of your nervous system. Improper function of the spine due to slight misalignments—called subluxations—can cause poor health or function, even in areas far removed from the spine and spinal cord itself. Missalignments can also reduce the ability of your body to adapt to its ever-changing environment. Even the slightest malfunction of your spine may alter the regular transmission of nerve impulses, preventing that portion of your body from responding optimally.

Natural health care without drugs or surgery Chiropractic is a natural form of health care that uses spinal adjustments to correct these misalignments and restore proper function to the nervous system, helping your body to heal naturally. Chiropractic doesn’t use drugs or surgery. Rather, a chiropractic spinal adjustment—the application of a precise force to a specific part of the spinal segment—corrects the misalignment, permitting normal nerve transmission and assisting your body to recuperate on its own.

BENEFITS OF CHIROPRACTIC

Join the millions of people who have not only found relief from back, neck, and headache pain through chiropractic; but, also experienced improved overall health with chiropractic’s natural, drug-free approach to health care.

Why Choose It?

Chiropractic is the method of natural healing most chosen by those seeking complementary/ alternative health care for acute and chronic conditions. While you may first visit a chiropractor to relieve pain in the lower back or to treat sciatica, neck pain, hiplash or headache, you will find that a chiropractor views you as a whole person and not the sum of your parts. A chiropractor will work in partnership with you to ensure your optimal health and wellness.

Triggers your body’s ability to heal.

Chiropractors recognize that many factors affect your health, including exercise, nutrition, sleep, environment and heredity. Chiropractic focuses on maintaining your health naturally to help your body resist disease, rather than simply treating the symptoms of disease.

Starts with a thorough evaluation

When you visit a Doctor of Chiropractic, you will be evaluated using time-honored methods, including consultation, case history, physical examination, laboratory analysis and X-ray examination. In addition, you will receive a careful chiropractic structural examination, with particular attention paid to the spine.

Involves no drugs or surgery A broad range of techniques are used to locate, analyze and gently correct vertebral misalignments (subluxations) in the spine. Chiropractors may use manual adjustment, electrical muscular stimulation, ultrasound or massage. But  they never use pharmaceutical drugs or invasive surgery. Chiropractic is a natural method of healing that stimulates the body’s communication system to work more effectively to initiate, control and coordinate the various functions of the cells, organs and systems of the body.

Partners with other healthcare professionals

Doctors of chiropractic work in tandem with other healthcare professionals. If your condition requires attention from  another branch of the healthcare profession, that recommendation or referral will be made.

HOW CHIROPRACTIC CAN HELP

Chiropractic care is natural, whole-body care that can help people with many different health problems, from back pain to ibromyalgia and headaches, live more active, healthier lives. Back pain may be the most common reason patients seek the expertise of a chiropractor, but chiropractic techniques accomplish far more. They help patients with acute or chronic issues, including headaches, neck pain, sciatica, and improper function of the nervous system that may result from car accidents, sports injuries, heredity and other causes.

Because chiropractic healthcare is holistic care, patients look to chiropractors for general wellness, too. In  fact, preventive healthcare is among the fastest growing areas of chiropractic care.

Call 610.395.3355 for more information on our Chiropractic Services or visit our Chiropractic Page.  

The Benefits of Cold Laser Therapy

People all over the world are discovering the benefits of relieving pain, inflammation, effects of injuries and tension through non-invasive as well as medication-free methods that are available today.

Cold laser therapy, also referred to as low level laser therapy and low power laser therapy, is one such method that is being employed to provide relief from pain for people who are suffering from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic and acute neck pain, etc. This supplemental treatment provides several healing as well as soothing effects to pain sufferers. The surface administered treatment makes use of specialized low-level light waves of the near-infrared spectrum so as to penetrate the body’s soft tissue layers. The light energy is directed to the affected area with the help of a handheld wand. The light energy acts to stimulate the internal cells and improve the circulation of blood. This in turn relieves inflammation, eases tension and removes internal blockages.

Cold laser therapy works on the principle of absorption of light into your body’s cells. Light stimulates synthesis of protein and cell metabolism. This serves to improve the health of the cells and restores their functionality. The light used in cold laser therapy is of a much lower intensity compared to that used in other laser treatments.

For most individuals, the versatile as well as safe cold laser therapy provides beneficial effects.

However, this therapy is more effective in treating some specific problems than others and the only way you can find out whether it suits your needs is to try it. It is, therefore, important to understand as to which of the issues it can provide relief for:

  • Easing pain caused because of acute injury or chronic conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, and carpel tunnel syndrome. This therapy can also be used by targeting the application of low-level light waves on the affected area in case the pain you experience is local to a specific part of your body. In such cases, the therapy provides prompt relief.
  • Pain in the neck and back areas can be relieved in this manner. It is also helpful in treating extremity pain that occurs in the shoulders, knee joints, elbows and wrists.
  • It is possible to relieve inflammation as well as edema caused because of inflammation and minimize and dispel swelling as well as lymphatic blockages with the help of cold laser light waves. The therapy helps to stimulate lymph vessels and arteries throughout your body and improve the blood circulation in the affected areas and naturally enhance your body’s healing process and anti-inflammatory response.
  • Internal strain, muscle spasms and scar tissue that are likely to occur because of injuries can be treated and minimized with the help of cold laser therapy. The light waves promote faster regeneration of tissues and optimizes the internal healing process of your body in order to prevent irregular healing which is responsible for the development of scar tissues. If you are suffering from traumatic scarring, sports injuries and other issues, regular sessions of cold laser therapy will be greatly helpful in reducing rigidity and tissue pain.

Most of the patients experience the soothing effects of the low level laser therapy immediately as they go through the treatment session. However, you must consider this treatment method as part of your ongoing rehabilitation and wellness plan instead of viewing it as an isolated treatment effort. You may have to go through multiple sessions in order to experience significant as well as long-lasting results. Moreover, it is possible to integrate cold laser therapy into the chiropractic therapy, employing manipulations and other techniques, which you are currently undergoing. As the cold laser therapy is noninvasive as well as gentle, the risk of over treatment does not arise at all. Further, as far as the side effects of this therapy are concerned, it ranges from little to none at all. However, you must be aware that even in the case of most versatile treatments cold laser therapy is not a one-stop solution for all your problems. It is, therefore, important that you fix up an appointment and ask questions and develop a clear understanding as to how it can be effective in meeting your specific needs.

Treatments are non-invasive, pain-free, and easy.  Call 610.395.3355 today to schedule your appointment.

 

Chiropractic Care: Eliminate Pain…Restore Quality of Life

I had a patient come in a couple months ago with significant low back and right elbow pain.  Originally he injured himself about a year ago while pushing a wheelbarrow load of wet concrete mix in his back yard.  He slipped and fell, dumped the concrete all over the grass, wrenched his back and hurt his right elbow in the process.

At the time, he was living in North Carolina and went to a local Chiropractor for help.  With treatment, his low back was improving, but he wasn’t getting results with his elbow and continued to live with pain.  Not long after his fall, he and his family moved to this area and his symptoms and pain got worse again.

He tried several other Chiropractors in this area, but wasn’t satisfied with the way he was being adjusted and with the results he was getting.  He started up as a new patient in my office and after the first treatment, was amazed with how much better he felt.

I started him at two treatments per week and was quickly able to taper him down to one treatment every other week.  After about eight treatments, he is virtually pain free. He is so pleased with his progress that he will be bringing in his wife and four children for wellness care.

As a doctor of Chiropractic, I derive a great psychological income by helping a patient enjoy a greater quality of life.  When a patient is happy enough, satisfied enough, and trusts me enough to refer their spouse and children, it’s the greatest compliment I can receive.  That’s what makes practicing the art of Chiropractic truly worthwhile.

by: Dr. Tom Wachtmann, DC, Chiropractic, Functional Diagnostic Medicine,                                     Neurologically Focused Treatments  (incl. Non Surgical Spinal Decompression)

Arthritis Pain – Techniques For Relief

About 6 months ago I had a patient come in complaining of severe neck pain with associated muscle spasm in the right side of her upper back.  It began gradually, without injury and was getting worse.  Her X-Rays revealed very bad arthritic degenerative changes in the vertebrae of her lower neck.  I tried several “regular” hands-on Chiropractic adjustments, but the joints in her neck were so stiff, I wasn’t able to make much of a correction.

Most of the time hands-on adjustments do the trick, but with her they weren’t working. 

As a result, her symptoms continued to get worse.  I then mentioned the success I’d seen with other patients that underwent Non Surgical Spinal Decompression. I explained to her that the X-Rays revealed the discs between her vertebrae were very degenerated, worn out and thin.  This has a tendency to place pressure on the nerve roots where they are given off from the spinal cord.  This in turn causes the pain and muscle spasm that she was experiencing.

I also explained that Non Surgical Spinal Decompression Table is a very effective, yet gentle and non-invasive way of increasing the space between the vertebrae which takes pressure off the nerve roots.  By doing this, the pain goes away.  It also helps to re-hydrate and improve the health of the discs which helps keep the pain from coming back.

The patient agreed to give it a try and after 12 treatments she stated, “This is the best I’ve felt in years.”  It’s been several months since her last Decompression treatment and she still feels great!

She now comes in every 2 weeks for a gentle hands-on Chiropractic wellness adjustment that helps her maintain the gains she made with the Decompression Therapy and greets me with a big smile and a hug every time. 

Helping people in this manner is the greatest part of my profession and is what makes me proud to be a Doctor of Chiropractic!