Being PROACTIVE

We talk about all the great things we can do without being invasive that can really help you recover from your musculoskeletal injuries.  But how about trying to prevent them altogether!  That’s even more important.  We have years of experience with all sorts of different injuries and problems. We know what works and what doesn’t.  Unfortunately much of the “traditional” treatment that is offered out there really doesn’t work and, in fact, can cause additional problems, and even prevent the healing process.  We can help you put together a “proactive” program for your musculoskeletal system, to help prevent problems from arising.  This can help you maintain your peak performance well beyond “middle age”.  And if some problems do arise, we can provide you with some non-invasive, natural ways, to get your body to heal itself.  That is the way things were meant to be treated.


Avoid Surgery If Possible

Sometimes surgery may be necessary.  However, there is no question that some surgeries are done far too often, and for the wrong reasons.  Some of the surgeries can even cause more problems down the line.  Try to treat conditions without the need for surgery. 

Regenerative Medicine and the use of Platelet Rich Plasma can help prevent the need for surgical intervention, and allow your body to heal naturally.


Control Local and Systemic Inflammation

It is far too common to simply take and NSAID, like Motrin or Aleve, thinking nothing of it.  Also the use of corticosteroid injections are done almost routinely.  Sometimes it is just assumed that these medicine are needed for those aches and pains we get as we age.  Well, these medicines can have some very serious side effects.  Some of these negative effects include damage to tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and even serious side effects of internal bleeding, heart attacks, and stroke.  We should really rethink the use of the prescription and over the counter medications.  They have serious and dire problems associated with them.

Our typical U.S. diet is also a big problem as it relates to inflammation.  Our diet is typically high in Omega-6 fatty acids, contains high glycemic carbohydrates, is low in Omega-3 fatty acids, and low in polyphenols.  All of these factors cause our bodies to enter into an Inflammatory state, both locally, in our joints, but also systemically, in our arteries and GI tract.

We should decrease ingestion of soybean oils, canola oil, corn oil, safflower oil which are all high in Omega-6’s which stimulate inflammation.  Large amounts of high glycemic carbohydrates causes high insulin levels, which also dramatically increases inflammation.

Omega-3 fatty acids, on the other hand, significantly reduce inflammation.  The proper type of fish oil is high in Omega-3 fatty acids.  

We can help you select a group of supplements that can reduce local and systemic in a safe and natural way.  A good diet will also help get your body back into the proper balance.

Don’t take medications that cause more problems in order to try to control inflammation.  Use what your body wants to have to get that inflammation back into the proper balance.


Exercise

"Life is Motion and Motion is Life".  Our body needs to be active.  The right type of exercise in really important.  Being sedentary is one of the worst things you can do to your body.

Excercise also does not need to be extreme to be effective.  

Some of the best exercises include cardiovascular exercise.  Another good principle for muscles and joints in to stretch or lengthen structures on the tight side and to tighten or strengthen structures on the weakened or lax side

We can help you find an effective exercise program that would be right for you.  Each individual would benefit from different types of exercise.  Just like many other things, it is not a one side fits all type of a situation.


 Good Diet

The typical diet that has been “recommended” to us by the U.S. government really couldn’t be more wrong.  The “food pyramid” is not the way to go.














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