All Posts tagged Inflammation

Chiropractic & Chronic Pain

I practice more than just Chiropractic. I coined the term the POLITE Method

  • P is for Protect you from further pain and injury; create a Plan for healing; and Prevention from future episodes
  • OL is for Optimal Loading; this means adding gentle movements that don’t overload or hurt you.
  • I is for Ice or Instruments (laser, shockwave, deep muscle stimulation (DMS), etc.)
  • T is for Technology / Taping
  • E is for Education, Eating, Exercise and Ergonomics

The “P” reminds me to tell the patient the plan to get rid of pain and inflammation and discuss prevention strategies. This includes protecting the painful area, providing education and my prescription. I explain my plan, and offer ideas and suggestions on how they can protect the spine or involved area. I explain the services I can provide to help improve posture and achieve a positive outcome.

The “OL” stands for optimal loading. This means don’t overload the tissue structures, but at the same time, don’t underload them, either. Movement is important especially for sports medicine. I provide the patient with corrective exercises they can do to help heal properly.

The “I” reminds me to talk about the instruments or implements I can and will use as part of the treatment for inflammation; not just ice, but also physical therapy modalities such as acoustic shockwave, lasers, lymphatic drainage, deep muscle stimulation and other soft-tissue therapies. I also use nutrition and a body composition analysis machine, which help to guide my weight-loss programs.

The “T” reminds me to offer Taping (kinesiology and athletic taping). Taping is just part of the treatment right now.

The “E” stands for exercise, education, eating and ergonomics. Adding these components to care has a high patient value, is quality care and helps reduce the risk of future episodes.

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Chronic Pain, Foot Pain, Hip Pain, Inflammation, Neck Pain, Shoulder Pain, & TMJ Pain

If you have any of the above, have you tried Pneumatic Lymphatic Pump Therapy?

One of the most neglected systems of the body is the Lymphatic system. An innovative treatment for chronic pain, foot pain, hip pain, inflammation, neck pain, shoulder pain, & TMJ pain is Lymph Drainage Therapy (DLT). In my office I use state of the art technology called LymphaTouch for DLT. Benefits of the LympaTouch Pump Therapy include reduction in limb circumference, pain, increase in range of motion, scar mobility and improved functioning of the immune system. The immune system is stimulated through increased lymph flow. The additional flow carries more antigens to the lymph nodes, thereby increasing antibody/antigen contact. This has been found to help with chronic or subacute inflammatory processes — chronic fatigue syndrome, autoimmune disease, bronchitis, sinusitis, tonsillitis, laryngitis, arthritis, acne and eczema.

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Sports Medicine

DMS can be a stand-alone treatment for sports injuries. Dr. Tucker literally wrote the manual with Dr. Jake (the inventor of the DMS).  DMS Method can be combined with numerous other modalities/therapies as a sports medicine approach to improve circulation of lymph, blood capillaries, veins, interstitial liquids, fascia and muscle. The DMS action helps to reroute stagnant fluid in the skin (i.e., edema, primary and secondary lymphedema), mucosa, muscles, viscera, joints, and periosteum.

Clinically we have observed:

Scars and healed surgical-incision sites become more supple.

Trigger points are eliminated.

Toxins are removed, making lymphatic drainage especially effective in tissue repair and regeneration.

Aids the reabsorption of swelling/edema.

The functioning of the immune system is stimulated through increased lymph flow.

Helps with chronic or subacute inflammatory processes.

Releases muscle spasms.

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Inflammation

Just one session of moderate exercise can act as an anti-inflammatory.  A recent study found one session of about 20 minutes of moderate treadmill exercise resulted in a five percent decrease in the number of stimulated immune cells producing TNF (a natural anti-inflammatory that the brain makes). If you have arthritis, fibromyalgia and obesity let’s talk so we can figure out how to get you started to build up to 20 minutes and tap into the bodies natural ability to heal.

 

 

 

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Pain & Posture

I’m a world-renowned Chiropractor, specializing in chronic musculoskeletal pain and sports injuries. I teach my patients about exercise, diet and injury prevention. I’m a specialist, an author, a patent holder, and I have a Diplomate Degree in Rehabilitation.

I’ve learned from healthcare professionals, physical therapists, trainers, coaches and other therapists from all over the world since 1982. My methods are a combination of all of my teachers, current research, and my own experiences working with my patients on a day to day basis in the office.

I’ve given hundreds of live presentations to thousands of health professionals in the US, China, Brazil and Canada, and you may have read about some of my pain relief recommendations and exercises in Dynamic Chiropractic, The American Chiropractor magazine, and more.

I enjoy my work helping people overcome acute and chronic pain. I embrace modern day technology for pain relief such as laser therapy, shockwave therapy, Deep Muscle Stimulator and soft tissue techniques.

What I’ve noticed in the medical field, is a lack of one on one attention, understanding, and useful HELP offered to people suffering from muscle and joint pain. I want to make care and treatment simple for people who desperately need it.

If you are not sure what to do, if you don’t know what exercises or movements are OK to do, or you even dread exercise, if you dread taking pain pills, if you can’t do what you want to do, if you feel fatigue or irritated by pain, I want to help you recover what was lost and perform at your peak level.

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Diets That Promote Arthritis & Diets That Promote Healthy Joints

Diets high in processed foods, sweets, sugars,  baked breads, chips, cookies and pastries all promote inflammation which promotes arthritis. A menu too high in omega-6 fatty acids (soy, safflower, sunflower, corn oils), and  trans-fats (hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated fats) also promote inflammation. Furthermore, diets like the above tend to be too high in calories, upset blood sugar balance and lead to weight gain. Being overweight greatly increases the stress on the low back, hip and knee joints. 

Conversely, diets high in relatively unprocessed, low-temperature-cooked (even raw) foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids (chia and flaxseed, walnuts, fatty fish, grass fed meats) and high antioxidant foods (fruits, vegetables, beans, herbs, spices and tea) are anti-inflammatory.

There are other nutrients that may promote joint health. Glucosamine and chondroitin are well-known. Gelatin, MSM (a naturally occurring sulfur compound in our diets), vitamin D, folic acid and B12 may play a role as well. 

My favorite medical food shake for joint inflammation is UltraInflamX 360 by Metagenics. 

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I’m getting alot of questions about non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

NSAID’s are  inexpensive, we have easy access to them, and they do help pain go away.  BUT, are they safe? 

Answer:  Even short term use may increase the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding. Long-term use of prescription NSAIDs prompts well over 100,000 hospitalizations every year due to upper gastrointestinal adverse events.  More than 16,500 of those patients die–every year! 

One study found that NSAID use after age 60 may increase heart failure risk by 30 percent. And that risk rises sharply in the presence of other heart problems such as high blood pressure or type 2 diabetes. 

Another potential side effect is stroke. Researchers out of Denmark (Gentofte University) followed prescription records for two “COX-2 selective” NSAIDs: Celebrex and Vioxx. Also followed: three “non-selective” NSAIDs: naproxen (Aleve), diclofenac (Cataflam), and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin).

When prescription data was analyzed alongside hospitalization and death registry data, ibuprofen was linked with a 30 percent increased risk of stroke.  Ibuprofen, used for a limited time by healthy people appears to significantly increase stroke risk.  

Diclofenac may sharply increase stroke risk (more than 85 percent!), but that Aleve did not appear to increase stroke risk much at all.  In all five medications, higher doses produced increased stroke risk.

Now you decide – what’s better, the natural anti-inflammtories I prescribes to you or these over the counter meds?

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Magnesium – Migraines & Inflammation

A deficiency in magnesium makes you twice as likely to die, according to findings published in The Journal of Intensive Care Medicine. Unfortunately 80 percent of Americans are deficient in magnesium.

Medical experts agree that magnesium is essential to a long and healthy life. A lack of this important nutrient can cause  irregular heartbeat, and in pregnant women it can cause seizures. Magnesium triggers over 300 enzyme reactions and is present in all bodily tissues. It’s critical to bones and muscle. Your cells use it to make energy and stabilize membranes. It helps improve depression, fatigue, and even kidney disease. 

Magnesium deficiency has been linked to migraines, inflammation, and high CRP levels. Most of my clients are deficient in magnesium. One recent study concluded…It is regrettable that deficiency of such an inexpensive, low-toxicity nutrient results in diseases that cause incalculable suffering throughout the world.

We just don’t get enough magnesium in our diets. Carb-rich foods like white flour and pasta have no magnesium at all. Neither does dairy. Certain  foods reduce our magnesium levels – alcohol, salt, cola, and coffee all reduce magnesium. And our modern lifestyle does the same: stress, antibiotics, and diuretics decrease our levels too.

Magnesium is hard to absorb. That’s why it’s important to supplement our magnesium intake.

Good dietary sources of magnesium include:

  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Walnuts
  • Shrimp
  • Green drinks
  • Leafy green vegetables

I do suggests taking a supplement. While the recommended daily amount is about 300 mg a day, I find most clients could benefit from as much as 400 – 1,000 mg a day.

Taking a hot bath in Espom salts (magnesium sulfate) helps reduce stress and allows easy absorption of magnesium.

Magnesium citrate, glycinate taurate, and aspartate are the most easy to absorb. 

Even though you are taking UltraInflamX Plus 360 which contains 330 mg per serving, you will still need to take an additional amount. I suggest Metagenics Mag Citrate 200 mg/2 tabs – take 2 am & 2 PM. Order @ www.DrJeffreyTucker.meta-ehealth.com

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Laser treatment

I use High Power Laser Therapy (7.5 watts). Laser stimulation has been shown to increase blood flow and lymphatic drainage while, at the same time, stimulating endorphin and enkephalin release for pain management. Stimulation with laser reduces inflammation, and promotes nerve regeneration.

High Power Laser Therapy has the ability to reach deep within the body when compared to Low Level Laser Therapy. Laser energy apperas to also biostimulate collagen and fibroblast growth.

I usually use the laser in combination with hands-on therapy and I often use the Deep Muscle Stimulator (DMS) as well. Exercises are taught based on the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and squat evaluation.

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B-6 May Improve Arthritis Measures

European Journal of Clinical Nutrition Published online ahead of print.

A daily dose of vitamin B-6 at the current upper tolerable levels may reduce amounts of inflammatory compounds in people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, a new study says.

Levels of the pro-inflammatory compounds interleukin-6 (IL-6) and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) significantly decreased following 12 weeks of supplementation with 100 mg of vitamin B-6, according to findings published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

However, scientists from Chung Shan Medical University in Taiwan said that no changes were observed for pyridoxal-5-phosphate (PLP), the active form of vitamin B-6, in relation to levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), another marker of inflammation.

After 12 weeks of supplementation with B6, significant decreases in levels of IL-6 and TNF-alpha were observed.

“A large dose of vitamin B-6 supplementation (100 mg per day) suppressed pro-inflammatory cytokines (that is, IL-6 and TNF-alpha) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis,” the researchers concluded.

Vitamin B-6, a water-soluble vitamin that exists as pyridoxine, pyridoxal and pyridoxamine is found in beans, meat, fish and some fruits and vegetables, like spinach and avocado. I recommended UltraInflamX medical shakes from Metagenics as a great source of B6 and other i,portant nutrients for RA and other inflammatory conditions. www.DrJeffreyTucker.meta-ehealth.com to purchase UltraInflamX.

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