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Herniated Discs- Cause/Treatment?

Herniated discs can cause painMany patients complaining about back pain, leg pain, or other weakness of the lower extremity muscles can be diagnosed with herniated discs. Herniated discs occurs when the cushion that sits between the spinal vertebra is moved outside its normal position. The pain caused by a herniated disc occurs because the spinal nerves are very close to the edge of spinal discs. As the spinal disc becomes less elastic, it can rupture. When the disc ruptures, a portion of the spinal disc pushes outside its normal boundary causing herniated discs. When a herniated disc bulges the spinal cords, nerves can become pinched. Normally there is a little extra space around the spinal cord and spinal nerves, but when the herniated disc is pushed out of place, these structures compress. When herniated discs rupture it begins to pinch the nerves. Herniated discs can be caused suddenly by such things as a fall or an accident, or can occur over time with repetitive strain put on the spine.  Herniated discs occur when the space for the nerves is further diminished, and irritation of the nerve results. Common symptoms of a herniated disc include:

  • Pressure on the nerve can cause abnormal sensations, commonly experienced as electric shock pains. When the compression occurs in the cervical (neck) region, the shocks go down your arms, when the compression is in the lumbar (low back) region, the shocks go down your legs.
  • Patients often have abnormal sensations such as tingling, numbness, or pins and needles. These symptoms may be experienced in the same region as painful electric shock sensations.
  • Because of the nerve irritation, signals from the brain may be interrupted causing muscle weakness. Nerve irritation can also be tested by examining reflexes.

All of these symptoms are due to the irritation of the nerve from the herniated discs. All of these symptoms can be caused by a herniated discs pressing against the nerves.

While some herniated discs may require surgery, very often they can be treated through non-surgical means. The cranial and structural bodywork we perform at Surgical Alternative has been effective at treating herniated discs. Our goals is to help some of those people that suffer from these and many other painful conditions.   For more information or to read other testimonials and blogs Check US OUT!


Massage Improves Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

FibromyalgiaTenderFibromyalgia is one of the most difficult conditions to diagnose, and treatment for the pain associated with the disorder can be even more complicated to manage. Neuromuscular disorders like fibromyalgia (What is fibromyalgia?) can manifest itself in a number of different ways, encompassing a vast array of symptoms that require personal attention and a modified treatment plan, tailored to the client’s needs. The intensity of the symptoms experienced may also vary based on the individual activity level, sleep patterns, stress levels, and immune response. Other symptoms that characterize the disorder include headaches and chronic fatigue, all of which can be triggered by physical trauma, psychological trauma and even viral infections. Also, triggers seem to be heightened by fluctuating hormone levels associated with the hypothalamus.

As physicians and researchers continue to search for concrete causes of fibromyalgia, those suffering from debilitating pain are often left with more questions than answers.  While there is much yet to learn, there has been success integrating different treatment methods to manage pain with the goal of returning normal daily function to patients. Pharmaceutical medications such as Lyrica, Cymbalta, and Savella may be prescribed by physicians to help with pain management and other symptoms, but a more holistic approach seems to be more effective. Nutrition and exercise should be a part of every treatment strategy because they can help improve quality of sleep, biochemistry and balance hormone levels. In an article written for O magazine, Dr. Oz discusses some of the different approaches to treating fibromyalgia and advocates the supplement regime recommended by Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, director of the Fibromyalgia & Fatigue Center.

Massage therapy has become increasingly popular to treat pain associated with fibromyalgia. Specifically, a 2011 study using myofascial release techniques showed improvements in sleep quality and physical function while at the same time, reducing pain and anxiety levels. While the underlying causes of fibromyalgia remain a mystery, both concrete evidence and personal testimonials continue to show that massage can help improve the symptoms associated with the disorder.

To learn more about the treatment options prescribed by Surgical Alternative to improve symptoms associated with fibromyalgia, or to integrate massage therapy into your existing treatment plan, please contact us via email, phone, or schedule appointment.

Referneces

Castro-Sanchez, A. M., Mataran-Penarrocha, G. A., Granero-Molina, J., Agualera-Manrique, G., Quesada-Rubio, J. M., & Moreno-Lorenzo, C. (2011). Benefits of Massage-Myofascial Release Therapy on Pain, Anxiety, Quality of Sleep, Depression, and Quality of Life in Patients with Fibromyalgia. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. doi:10.1155/2011/561753

Oz, M.D., M. (2009, September). 4 Treatments for Fibromyalgia. O. Retrieved from http://www.oprah.com/health/Dr-Oz-Treatments-for-Fibromyalgia

Web MD. (2013, June 6). Fibromyalgia Health Center. Retrieved from WebMD.com: http://www.webmd.com/fibromyalgia/guide/what-is-fibromyalgia

Surgical Alternative-Rehabilitative and Therapeutic Massage Therapy offers a combination of modalities designed to help people suffering from acute or chronic pain, return to a pain-free and active lifestyle. We can help treat pain associated with a variety of conditions including, but not limited to: degenerative discs, herniated or ruptured discs, joint pain, rheumatoid arthritis, carpel tunnel, neuritis, whiplash, muscle strains and sprains, plantar fasciitis, fibromyalgia, tendonitis, cluster headaches and migraines. In addition we also aid clients who experience pain from multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, lupus, and scoliosis.

For more information on the services we provide or for a free consultation, please contact us via the channels listed below or visit our Facebook page. Thank you for your support!

For an appointment please visit our website to use our interactive calendar feature or call us at (813) 948-6300.

Web:  http://surgicalalternative.com/

Email: info@surgicalalternative.com

Vitamin D: Essential for Health (4 of 4)

Vitamin DOver the past month or so, we’ve touched on the importance of the steroidal hormone, vitamin D. We discussed the epigenetic role vitamin D plays in regulating potentially thousands of genes, catalyzing chemical reactions important in preventing certain cancers, maintaining healthy neurological function, and building healthy bones. We also talked how about how vitamin D plays a vital role in DNA repair (D1).
As the conversation progressed, we defined what vitamin D is and highlighted the active metabolites that interact with VDR’s(Vitamin D receptors), receptors now known to be in almost every cell and, in every organ in the body. Furthermore, we reviewed the blood serum levels outlined by the Institute of Medicine that indicate the amount of available vitamin D present in the body, as well as the recommended daily intake to maintain healthy levels of the available metabolite circulating throughout the blood (D2). In addition, we highlighted the best sources of vitamin D from our environment and discussed warning signs of vitamin D deficiency (D3).
To conclude the series, we wanted to share some really neat ways you can monitor your own biomarkers. As more people are taking charge of their own health and nutrition, technology continues to develop new, more efficient ways to manage your health. Private online health labs now offer a variety of different biochemical tests complete with a full analytical profile of your results. These analytics allow you to identify trends, spot possible deficiencies, and even add a licensed dietitian, nutritionist or physician to consult with you on new strategies to optimize your health. Typically, with these services you select the panel of tests that you would like the lab to run and pay at checkout. The cost to perform the test varies based on the options and conditions you choose to test but, to have the basic panel tested (typical of screenings performed by a physician during an annual physical) the average cost is between $30-$60. For many of us, the service cost about as much as a typical doctor’s office copay! After checkout you receive an email with instructions and a lab requisition form. Next, you simply take the lab requisition to an approved health office to have your blood drawn and your lab results are posted securely to your online account within a few days. These online options are making it more affordable and more convenient for everyone to take charge of their own health.
A few online companies that offer lab screenings:

*Surgical Alternative is not affiliated with, nor do we endorse any of the company’s listed below. Our intent is to share information so that you can make better informed decisions about your health.

1. Wellness FX-http://www.wellnessfx.com/

2. Direct Labs https://www.directlabs.com/

3. Health One Labs http://www.healthonelabs.com/

Surgical Alternative-Rehabilitative and Therapeutic Massage Therapy offers a combination of modalities designed to help people suffering from acute or chronic pain, return to a pain-free and active lifestyle. We can help treat pain associated with a variety of conditions including, but not limited to: degenerative discs, herniated or ruptured discs, joint pain, rheumatoid arthritis, carpel tunnel, neuritis, whiplash, muscle strains and sprains, plantar fasciitis, fibromyalgia, tendonitis, cluster headaches and migraines. In addition we also aid clients who experience pain from multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, lupus, and scoliosis.
For more information on the services we provide or for a free consultation, please contact us via the channels listed below or visit our Facebook page. Thank you for your support!
For an appointment please visit our website to use our interactive calendar feature or call us at (813) 948-6300.
Web: http://surgicalalternative.com/
Email: info@surgicalalternative.com

Vitamin D: Essential for Health (3 of 4)

Vitamin DOver the past few weeks we’ve discussed the importance of vitamin D in our diets and the epigenetic role the hormone plays in expressing a multitude of traits (D1). We also defined what vitamin D is and how much we need in order for our bodies to function properly (D2). To further our discussion, we will identify the best sources to obtain vitamin D, touch on risk factors for deficiency, and identify some of the signs that may indicate a person is vitamin D deficient. Additionally, we will highlight some easy new ways to monitor your baseline biomarkers to ensure you are maintaining levels of the nutrients your body needs for optimal health.

Sources of Vitamin D

For most of us, our primary source of vitamin D comes from sun exposure; UVB irradiates 7-dehdrocholesterol in the skin to synthesize the vitamin before it is metabolized into its active form. It is thought that 15 minutes of sun exposure every day is adequate for most (Holick, 2006). Food sources of vitamin D are relatively scarce. The most vitamin D rich foods include oily fishes; salmon, mackerel, and sardines while foods such as egg yolks and fortified dairy products also provide a source of the nutrient. Mushrooms also contain vitamin D. Because it may be difficult to achieve sufficient amounts of the vitamin from your diet, supplements also play an important role in order to achieve intake quantities recommended by the Food and Nutrition Board. It should be noted however that because vitamin supplements are not regulated by the FDA, you should look for supplements that have USP (United States Pharmacopeial Convention) verification mark. Supplements with the USP mark on the label have been verified to contain the amount of the nutrients they advertise.

Vitamin D deficiency Pandemic

Despite the vital role vitamin D plays in our overall health, vitamin D deficiency is recognized as a worldwide pandemic (Holick & Chen, 2008). Across the globe, it is estimated that over 1 billion people are either vitamin D deficient or insufficient and in the U.S; an estimated 50 million teens, half of children ages 1-5 and 70% of children ages 7-11 are either deficient or insufficient (Holick, 2010). It is also estimated that between 50-100% of the elderly in both Europe and U.S. are vitamin D deficient (2010). If these numbers shock you…they should! As previously discussed, vitamin D facilitates numerous physiological processes essential for health. From neurological function to bone health, cardiovascular function to immune system regulation, and the prevention of many cancers…it has been well documented that insufficient or deficient amounts of vitamin D leads to a myriad of health problems. While I believe everyone should have their blood levels checked, some general risk factors include but are not limited to:

  • Obesity: vitamin D is fat soluble and is stored in body fat. The higher the body fat the lower the bioavailability (Patrick, 2013)
  • Insufficient sun exposure: sunscreens block UVB rays thus preventing vitamin D synthesis from taking place. Also, those in northern latitudes (above 37˚ N latitude) don’t receive sufficient sun exposure during winter months due to atmospheric conditions. Unprotected sun exposure should be limited to  15 minutes a day (2013).
  • Dark Skin Pigment: melanin acts as a natural sun screen, therefore darker skin pigment reduces the amount of vitamin D that can be synthesized through sun exposure (2013).
  • Aging: As we get older our bodies become less efficient at producing the active metabolite (2013).

So what are the signs of vitamin D deficiency?

As you’ve probably already guessed, the signs of vitamin D deficiency vary. Some symptoms you may be deficient include:

  • Bone and joint aches and pains
  • Depression
  • Muscle weakness
  • Tiredness
  • Frequent sickness or ailments

Because these symptoms are so general it is important that you see a physician, family practitioner, or a host of other outlets to have your vitamin D metabolite blood levels checked on a regular basis.

Next time, we will conclude are series on vitamin D. Please remember to share your questions or comments, either on our website or on our Facebook page. Thanks for reading and until next time, stay healthy!

References

Hoessein-nezhad, A., Spira, A., & Holick, M. F. (2013, March). (R. P. Moray Campbell, Ed.) Public Library of Science, 8(3). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0058725

Holick, M. F. (2006). High Prevalence of Vitamin D Inadequacy and Implications for Health. Mayo Clinic Proceedings (pp. 353-373). Boston: Elsevier Inc.

Holick, M. F. (2010, January). The Vitamin D Deficiency Pandemic: a Forgotten Hormone Important for Health. Public Health Reviews, 32(1), 267-283.

Holick, M. F., & Chen, T. C. (2008). Vitamin D deficiency: a worldwide problem with health consequences. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1080S-6S.

Norman, A. W. (2008). From vitamin D to hormone D: fundamentals of the vitamin D endocrine system essential for good health. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 491S-9S.

Patrick, R. P. (2013, August 14). The “Vitamin D Sweet Spot” and its Relationship To Aging. Retrieved from Wellness FX: http://blog.wellnessfx.com/2013/08/14/the-vitamin-d-sweet-spot-and-its-relationship-to-aging/

Surgical Alternative-Rehabilitative and Therapeutic Massage Therapy offers a combination of modalities designed to help people suffering from acute or chronic pain, return to a pain-free and active lifestyle. We can help treat pain associated with a variety of conditions including, but not limited to: degenerative discs, herniated or ruptured discs, joint pain, rheumatoid arthritis, carpel tunnel, neuritis, whiplash, muscle strains and sprains, plantar fasciitis, fibromyalgia, tendonitis, cluster headaches and migraines. In addition we also aid clients who experience pain from multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, lupus, and scoliosis.

For more information on the services we provide or for a free consultation, please contact us via the channels listed below or visit our Facebook page. Thank you for your support!

For an appointment please visit our website to use our interactive calendar feature or call us at (813) 948-6300.

Web:  http://surgicalalternative.com/

Email: info@surgicalalternative.com

 

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