Aging is not optional. Most of my practice is dealing with musculoskeletal pain, some patients need and want the rehab to performance model, but the majority want the rehab to stay healthy concept.
Personal wellbeing and maintaining it as you age is one of the top issues of the day. A new phase for this is biohacking. As my patients have aged with me, they have learned what I learn and we want to stay ahead of health issues and prepare ahead for the next health chapters of life. We have all seen that nothing stops good intentions, a positive mindset, and a healthy training program like an injury or illness. If you can’t even get started working out, or continue working out/training with pain, how can you fully stay healthy. The 65-and-older set will soon outnumber children younger than 5.
I talk to patients about the concept of the Wellness Wheel, concepts put together from multiple sources like Ben Greenfield, Dave Asprey, Dr. David Perlmutter, and others. The conversation is about diet, exercise, sleep, cardiovascular health, digestion, hormones, brain health, stress and inflammation, detoxification (lymphatics), esthetics, and longevity. A patient gets a check mark ? if they are doing something to provide this whole-health approach to prevent disease and injury.
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I frequently go to seminars where I teach and where I am also a student. I look for new tools and techniques that will help my patients and enhance my practice. I strive to help my patients feel their best.
Although there are hundreds of musculoskeletal techniques to consider specializing in, I am a specialist in these 11 techniques. Each year I would pick at least one technique protocol or method that I wanted to learn and bring to my practice and become an expert in. I have been in active practice for over 35 years. These are my specialties:
Laser therapy: The use of laser therapy improves healing. It can be used to increase blood flow and oxygen to the tissue, relax tight muscles, and decrease pain. I can deliver laser with two systems – one called a class 4 laser and the other a class 3B medical device.
Fascial and Stretching: I’ve mastered the art of various types of hands on stretching protocols used by sports medicine specialist and pro-athletes. More people are aware of the benefits of stretching, but don’t know when or how to apply stretching.
Deep Tissue Massage: This technique involves a heavier touch that uses tools to release restrictions and scar tissue in and along the joints and spinal segments. I use this technique to address chronic pain in the soft tissues.
Cupping: I have a very unique machine called the PhysioTouch that creates suction and negative pressure. This helps soften tight muscles, tone attachments, loosen adhesions, lift connective tissue, hydrate and increase blood flow to body tissues, and drain excess fluids and toxins by opening lymphatic pathways.
Deep Muscle Stimulator (DMS): This vibration/percussion machine is used to increase blood flow and oxygen to the tissues. This restores muscular balance. Hospitals in China offer this therapy as a way to help patients relax, heal and improve sports performance. This is my patients most popular tool to stimulate blood flow, relax the muscles, reduce stiffness, and increase mobility.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM): This is also known as scraping. I use these tools to decrease scar tissue, improve fascial adhesions and increase ranges of motion. It fits in well with movement therapy. I have a set of GRASTON and FAKTR tools.
Shockwave Therapies: These are pain-relief tools that emit acoustic waves that are especially helpful for tendon injuries. This is also known as EPAT or ESWT and can be used in combination with massage therapy to address pain, injury, scar tissue and cellulite. The effectiveness of shockwave, laser, and DMS massage combined is a valuable combination that helps patients leave a session more limber and relaxed.
Transverse Friction Technique: The application of transverse friction massage techniques is an advanced skill for breaking up scar tissue also known as fibrosis. This also helps loosen tight and stiff joints.
Myofascial Release: A method of affecting connective tissue by applying pressure in the direction of fascial resistance. Insights and studies into the nature of fascia are showing that everything under the skin is connected.
ELDOA: Using knowledge of various approaches, a French Osteopath applied clinical reasoning skills to determine how to address decreased disc space and train practitioners how to isolate postures and positions that you hold for one minute that help unload specific spinal segments.
Taping: The practice of applying sports tape to the skin to provide a gentle increase in the microcirculation can help ease muscular tension, improve blood and lymphatic circulation, and extend the benefits of treatment beyond the end of the session. Taping is effective for both sports-minded and mobility-impaired patients.
Treatments I have been using are becoming more and more popular for neck pain. These include Laser massage, Shockwave massage also known as Acoustic Wave Therapy and Magnet Therapy.
Patients who come to see me with chronic neck pain receive a comprehensive therapeutic approach that involves hands-on therapy of the soft tissue and spinal segments. The techniques I use are aimed to decrease the pain and improve range of motion. My treatments are safe and cost-effective.
If you need an MRI or x-ray we can order that for you.
My method is a comprehensive system of physical therapy and chiropractic care.
I use ELDOA exercises, along with soft tissue therapy, chiropractic care and the latest technology in sports medicine. I develop personalized treatments specific for neck pain, or sessions can be used to improve overall pain and range of motion throughout the body. Because I use a complete system, the treatment often helps both pain and range of motion.
Exercise principles I use are from ELDOA, PILATES and FELDENKRAIS. This combination releases and connects energy at specified points throughout the body without the use of needles or injections.
If you have nerve inflammation causing pain, discomfort, radiating pain and/or numbness down the leg you will likely be offered a steroid injection. Epidural steroid injections are given to reduce inflammation in the nerves that pass through the spinal canal. Patients are unaware that Piezowave therapy also known as myofascial acoustic compression therapy is another treatment option that is non-invasive and does not have side effects like steroid injections. “Sciatica,” is a common diagnosis that is used to describe injury or compression of the sciatic nerve.
Dr. Alison Stout of the Spine and Musculoskeletal Medicine, Rehabilitation Care Services, Veterans Administration said: “Epidural steroid injection has been used as a treatment for low back pain for over 50 years. In the last 10 to 15 years, there has been a significant increase in (their use) for the treatment of low back pain and radicular pain without clear improvements in outcomes.”
As a chronic pain specialists I see many patients with radiating lower back pain. When I first examine new patients I make sure they have the proper diagnosis. If you really have sciatica Piezowave is an acoustic pulse that penetrates to a depth of .5mm and 3 cm influencing nerve irritation to heal. If epidural steroid injections have failed then I recommend a trial of the safe and effective Piezowave therapy.
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PEMF therapy has been shown to help
Chronic low back pain
Rotator cuff tendinitis
Arthroscopic knee surgery
Lumbar fusion surgery
The following effects were observed with PEMF:
Enhancement of capillary formation
Faster functional recovery
Reduction in depth, area, and pain in skin wounds
Reduced muscle loss after ligament surgery
Increased tensile strength of ligaments
Acceleration of nerve regeneration and functional recovery.
Every cell in our bodies work as independent electrical circuits, accumulating and holding an electrical charge.
PEMF therapy is a noninvasive process shown to have several biological effects that contribute not just to pain relief and tissue healing but overall wellness by influencing mitochondrial function.
PEMFs should not be confused with dirty electricity, EMFs, or electrosmog, which radiate from cell towers, cell phones, power lines, appliances, and other devices.
During PEMF therapy, no electricity touches the body. Rather magnetic fields pass freely through the cells, charging them like depleted batteries to optimize metabolic function and turn on natural repair processes.
Jerry Tennant, MD, MD(H), PScD states that every cell in the body is designed to run at -20 to -25 millivolts. To heal, we must make new cell, a process that requires -50 millivolts. Chronic disease occurs when voltage drops below -20 and the body cannot achieve -50 millivolts to efficiently make new cells. Therefore, chronic disease can be seen as a condition of low voltage.
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I use hands-on therapy combined with the latest technology such as shockwave, laser, and magnet therapy. This method stimulates the body to break up old adhesions and scar tissue. This helps acute and chronic pain related to soft tissue and joint abnormalities that are both on the deep inner and outer surfaces of the body.
I also use ELDOA exercises to release tight tissue and create space at specified vertebral joints throughout the spine.
My treatments can be used with acupuncture or other physical therapy treatments. My methods complement acupuncture, physical therapy, and stem cell injection treatments. Using all of the available treatment modalities can be an effective approach to working with difficult and chronic pain cases and help restore lost motion.
Call 310-444-9393 for an appointment
Patients who come to see me with neck pain receive a comprehensive examination. I have a therapeutic approach that involves hands-on therapy of the soft tissue and spinal segments.
“This is a comprehensive system of physical therapy and chiropractic”
The techniques I use are aimed to decrease pain intensity, improve function and physical quality of life. My treatments are safe and cost-effective.
“If you need an MRI or x-ray we can order that for you”
Treatments I use are becoming more and more popular for pain. These include deep tissue laser therapy, shockwave massage and high frequency magnet therapy.
“I use the principles of ELDOA, EGOSQUE, PILATES and FELDENKRAIS”
ELDOA exercises, along with soft tissue therapy, chiropractic care and the latest technology in physical therapy sports medicine, are the method I developed to treat specific painful areas. Because I use a complete system, the treatment often helps both pain and range of motion.
Patients who come to see me with chronic neck pain receive a comprehensive therapeutic approach that involves hands-on therapy of the soft tissue and spinal segments.
The techniques I use are aimed to decrease neck pain intensity, improve function and physical quality of life. My treatments are safe and cost-effective.
Treatments I use are becoming more and more popular for neck pain. These include laser massage, shockwave massage and magnet therapy.
If you need an MRI or x-ray we can order that for you
This is a comprehensive system of physical therapy, chiropractic, and the principles of ELDOA, PILATES and FELDENKRAIS.
Biohacks are things we can do that supports optimal inflammatory response, enhanced relaxation, improved sleep quality, improved brain function and improved body structure (fat to lean muscle mass ratios, strength, etc).
Tumeric Forte is a curcumin-rich product where the curcumin is absorbed and utilized up to 45 times greater by your body than standard curcumin products. This is my premier herbal anti-inflammatory, and it helps improve memory, helps regulate glucose metabolism. I think every adult should be using Tumeric Forte. Call the office to have it shipped directly to you.
Laser Therapy. Stem cells are becoming a mainstay treatment for chronic pain and athletic injuries. Laser therapy can be used as a biologic agent to increase stem cells and blood platelets to help manage bony and soft tissue conditions. I especially like laser therapy for those who already have osteoarthritis especially of the knee.
PEMF (Magnet therapy). Clinical evidence lends support for PEMF. The benefits of ‘Magawaving’ include: it stimulates electrical changes — around and within the cell; Activates and promotes cell regeneration; can alleviate the symptoms of arthritis; improves circulation; can help relieve the symptoms of depression and it promotes bone healing.
Shockwave Therapy. Research investigating the role of shockwave therapy for chronic tendon injuries such as Achilles tendon and plantar fasciitis is ongoing and positive. I like seeing the results I get helping break up scar tissue and improve range of motion with my 3 different types of shockwave machines.
SP Detox Balance. This powder makes a delicious shake that helps the organ system detox nice and slow on a daily basis. SP Detox Balance will support and nourish your body so that it does its job properly – helping you increase energy, lose weight, reduce nagging and unpleasant symptoms, improve your mood, and have more vitality. This is part of my biological approach to staying the right weight.
Bio hack number 6 is the Ideal Protein program. This is my weight loss program to help get you at your ideal and proper weight. I use the ketogenic diet which has been confirmed by numerous clinical trials as a major biohack for your weight loss and healthy living program.
Bio hack number 7 is teaching my patients ELDOA exercises. These poses will create space in the spine and help you improve your posture and feel better.
In addition to all of the above, I offer other intensive programs to help my patients achieve good health and well being. Feel free to call and talk to us! 310-444-9393
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3 Yang X, Zhu TY, Wen LC, Cao YP1, Liu C, Cui YP, Meng ZC, Liu H. Intraarticular Injection of Allogenic Mesenchymal Stem Cells has a Protective Role for the Osteoarthritis. Chin Med J (Engl). 2015 20th Sep;128(18):2516-2523. doi: 10.4103/0366-6999.164981.
Shockwave therapy and laser therapy are two biohacks for damaged discs and bulges
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Both Shockwave and laser help damaged disc and bulges by:
• Stem cell activation: Stem cells are effective in inhibiting disc degeneration and disc herniation. It’s a pretty complex interplay between the stem cells and the immune system cells but the result can be disc tissue regeneration.
• Stem cell activation: Shockwave will promote regeneration of the outer tissue of the disc. As you improve the regeneration, this helps contain and lessen the bulge (scar tissue formation).
• Stem cell activation: Laser increases the number of cells to the area which brings more oxygen to the damaged disc and accelerates healing by reversing the low-oxygen (degenerative or dying) environment in the spine. Everything heals better and faster with increased oxygen.
• Stem cell activation: Laser reduces and prevents herniation by suppressing the non-healing inflammation.
Cunha C, Almeida CR, Almeida MI, Silva AM, Molinos M, Lamas S, Pereira CL, Teixeira GQ, Monteiro AT, Santos SG, Gonçalves RM, Barbosa MA. Systemic Delivery of Bone Marrow Mesenchymal Stem Cells for In Situ Intervertebral Disc Regeneration. Stem Cells Transl Med. 2016 Oct 11. pii: sctm.2016-0033.