Massage vs Laser Relief for Low Back Pain
Chronic low back pain is the most common musculoskeletal condition. The traditional treatments for acute or chronic low back pain have been surgery or narcotics, but the opioids epidemic has many doctors nervous about prescribing drugs like hydrocodone or oxycodone. Surgery hasn’t always worked and has its own risks. Are there other strategies for dealing with chronic low back pain? TheraLase laser is an effective non-invasive approach to helping you become pain free.
Have you ever suffered from back pain? It is estimated that 80% of Americans experience low back pain sometime during their life time. It can be triggered by poor posture or lifting something heavy. It can occur when a bulging disc presses on a nerve in the spine. Hopefully the back pain will go away. It’s one thing to have temporary back pain but another to suffer from a back injury that leaves you in chronic pain. Millions of Americans go through unrelenting and debilitating back pain after an accident or injury.
Chronic pain makes people irritable, touchy, tired, and it even alienates people socially. It can make it difficult to be around other people. They don’t want to see you suffering, anxious, and become depressed or feeling hopeless.
I use Theralase laser as a treatment approach offered to chronic low back sufferers who once felt desperate and helpless. Theralase laser helps to achieve beneficial therapeutic outcomes including the alleviation of pain, inflammation, and promotion of tissue regeneration. Chronic back pain doesn’t mean having surgery until you have tried TheraLase.
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Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a serious and debilitating condition. Is there a solution for those who are unlucky enough to suffer from CFS to get well again?
Some people feel flu-like symptoms, dizziness, “brain fog”, poor concentration, headaches and most of all, severely exhausted and completely drained. Literally weeks and months of this severely exhaustion can go by.
My experiences with numerous patients who suffer with CFS, has led me to a supplement called Mitichondrial Renewal Kit by XYMOGEN. The Mitochondrial Renewal Kit helps to improve insulin sensitivity and action; improve glucose transport; increase Nitric Oxide production; improve cardiovascular function; improve appetite control; reduce fat mass; increase muscle mass; improve movement ability; improve antioxidant status.
The experience of working with CFS has taught me that nutrition actually plays a key role in helping people feel better. It’s not about beating CFS – it’s about working with it to attain better health. CFS treatment requires intense hands on participation from your Doctor and you! My advice to all patients with CFS is to work with a Doctor who can help you fine tune your nutritional needs!
I often hear my clients say “I don’t know what to call you: a Physical Therapist, a Chiropractor, a nutritionist?” because I don’t just perform traditional Chiropractic manipulation. I also often get asked “What is my approach called?” First and foremost I see myself as a teacher. I teach procedures and methods to help my clients get out of pain, I teach corrective exercise plans, and nutrition and diet plans. I love using my skills in manual therapy, rehabilitation exercise, and nutrition to focus on solving my clients health issues and concerns. I see the full value in mixing all of the traditional health approaches and alternative health approaches into intelligent health methods.
My approach to each client is not a cookbook. I focus on finding the source of each client’s pain – evaluating posture, the joints, the muscles, the fascia, and diet. My evaluation is individualized and personalized, but not a cookbook. I systematically examine my clients for 1) muscle trigger points (tender points within muscles that can cause pain); 2) joints that have too little motion and joints that have too much motion and 3) nutritional deficiencies. This takes time and patience on my part and my client’s part. My first office examination takes about one hour and follow up visits are 30 minutes. I need to test what we are finding, and treat the key under- or overactive muscle. One visit we may concentrate on your breathing to see how well your diaphragm is moving; another visit may find us concentrating on an upper neck dysfunction; another session may find us teaching you how to activate a core muscle deficit; or another session we may learn exercises for a low back instability.
Most importantly, you will learn to participate in your own recovery. This is the basis of my rehabilitation approach! I will be checking your soft tissues and probably using the Deep Muscle Stimulator (DMS) or warm laser as part of my treatments; I will check your core; your feet; and even your TMJ (jaw).
I have had some amazing mentors and teachers and I will blend what I have learned over being in practice for 27 years to guide our treatment. This is what separates me from what most others do. I don’t just focus on the site of symptoms, I look at the whole body.
When you are ready I can teach you how to use the foam roll on your dense and tight muscles; strength training with kettlebells, & flexibility and stretching exercises. If you need weight loss, I am happy to help you reach your goals. Please feel free to send this information to your friends.
Why did you become a chiropractor? I knew I wanted to help people, and be involved in enhancing other peoples lives. I grew up in a household with an older brother that was a ‘druggie’ and my Mom was up and down with her weight using diet medications. I became afraid of drugs and interested in other health care methods. I was clear that I didn’t like blood and surgery. At the age of 19, when I was researching careers, I found out about Chiropractic and what they did. I tried Chiropractic for a neck injury and felt great relief. I also saw how much pleasure the doctors I met seemed to get from there careers, I wanted to be a part of this system of health care. I have learned that the art of good medicine is ‘fine tuning’ and working together with clients.
What is your mission or higher purpose in life? I want to provide the finest rehabilitation and performance methods, integrated into Chiropractic care to enhance clients lives. I love to see people enjoy and live to do the activities they want to do. I feel good guiding and helping clients get out of chronic pain, and improve there personal lives and relationships. People never know how healthy they can become until they try nutritional approaches and corrective exercise therapy.
What are the things you love most (or inspire you most) about being a chiropractor?
Our patients are us, just in pain, heavier and out of shape. But they definitely want what we have, methods to help them get out of pain. I love teaching functional exercise training and nutritional therapy to other doctors and my clients. I know I make a difference in reducing injuries and improving performance, whether it is in sports, relationships and attitudes, or clients work life. I am fortunate that I get to teach postgraduate courses in corrective exercise therapy, diet, and nutrition to other doctors around the Country.
Please let me know if there is anything else I can help you with.
Weight Loss: I love to talk about nutrition, diet, and exercise. When clients ask me which is more important, “the food I eat or how much exercise I do”, I say it’s the food you eat. Food has the power to either save your body or destroy it. One of the worst foods for us is High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). Sodas, cereals, yogurts, and some 40,000 other manufactured foods taste sweeter because of HFCS.
We find HFCS in things like ketchup, pasta sauce, and crackers — it’s everywhere. I would love it if people could eliminate it completely from there diet, but I am realistic and I hope we can do our best to decrease it as much as possible. If HFCS is listed first or second on an ingredients list, see how many grams of “sugars” (HFCS is lumped in that category) the food product contains. If there’s just a gram or two, that’s okay. But if a food has 6 or more grams of sugars and HFCS is prominent on the list of ingredients, make another choice. To your health!
– lifelong learning and intellectual stimulation
– regular exercise
– ongoing social activities
– stress reduction practices
– sound sleep with vivid dreaming
– emotional fluidity and expression
– regular sexual activity
– optimal nutrition with appropriate caloric intake
– appropriate dietary supplementation
My favorite things to do with clients is teaching them corrective exercises and developing diet & nutrition plans.
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It improves body composition; immune support; anti-imflammatory; intestinal support (it has prebiotic qualities).
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“Dear Dr. Tucker. My Mother is showing early signs of Parkinson’s Disease. Do you have any nutritional recommendations?”
RESPONSE: Based on research by Flint Beal, Parkinsonism Relat Disord. 2009 Dec; 15 Suppl 3:S189-94
A large body of evidence from postmortem brain tissue and genetic analysis in humans, as well as biochemical and pathological studies in animal models of neurodegeneration suggest that mitochondrial dysfunction is a key pathological mechanism in Parkinson’s Disease.
A promising approach for increasing antioxidant defenses is to increase the activity of pathways (Nrf2/ARE) which activates transcription of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant genes. A number of agents including sulforaphane, curcumin and triterpenoids have been shown to activate this pathway to produce neuroprotective effects.
This means the most effective foods or supplements include:
Sulforaphane (broccoli, brussle sprouts), curcumin & ginger, resveratrol, quercitin, alpha lipoic acid, rosemary, ginko biloba, garlic, cinnamon, green tea, milk thistle, organic coffee, wasabi.
I recommend the Mitochondrial Renewal Kit by XYMOGEN. Call me for more information about this product.
TYPES OF ANTIOXIDANTS
– examples: ascorbic acid, alpha tocopherol
– neutralize free radicals in vitro
– act as reducing agents: become converted to pro-oxidants after donating electrons
– work best as part of network of compounds
– effects lasts from minutes to hours in vivo
– do not directly reduce oxidized compounds
– typically act as pro-oxidants that upregulate antioxidant enzyme systems
– effect lasts from hours to days
5’ AMP-Activated Kinase (AMPK): Metabolic Master Switch
– major intracellular metabolic sensing enzyme, involved in cellular energy homeostasis
– found in liver, skeletal muscle, brain
– implicated in prevention and/or regulation of metabolic disorders
o cardiovascular disease
o fatty liver disease (alcoholic & nonalcoholic)
– Low ATP; high AMP
– Exercise (muscle contraction)
– Leptin, adiponectin
– Green tea polyphenols (EGCG; theaflavin)
– Alpha lipoic acid
– Caffeic acid phenethyl ester
– Ginsenoside Rh2
I am a patient of Dr. S (chiropractor) and have had chronic
achilles tendonitis for at least 10 yrs. Recently icing and stretching
has not been effective to decrease inflamation in the L foot in
particular. I have been going to PT for the past month receiving
iontophoresis with dexamethasone treatments. I do get some burning on the skin and it has taken about 6 treatments to see and feel about a 60% improvement. However , as soon as I do even mild use of the left foot with weight bearing, it flares up to previous levels.
I am curious as to whether hot or cold laser therapy would help this
condition. Do you think laser therapy would help and what type…hot
or cold? Any advise, information, opinions are welcome from you.
THANK YOU very much for your time.
RESPONSE FROM DR. TUCKER
It is a challenge managing chronic Achilles tendon injuries. The warm laser can help heal the in-growth of new nerves and blood vessels which are known to be sensitive to pain chemicals. As part of my rehab protocol for Achilles problems I use the following:
•Alfredson’s heel-drop exercise
In 1998 a Swedish orthopaedic surgeon published excellent results for a group of patients with Achilles tendinosis who undertook a specific 12-week eccentric calf loading rehabilitation program. The subjects all experienced a dramatic reduction in pain, a significant increase in calf strength and returned to full running.
The client stands on the bottom step of a staircase, facing inwards, hands lightly supporting at either side. The forefoot of the affected leg is placed on the edge of the step. The client lowers their body down by dropping the heel of the affected leg over the edge, with control; then places the foot of the non-affected leg on the step to raise the body back up to the starting point. If this proves too difficult, or if both Achilles are affected, it is possible to raise back up on two legs (thereby sharing the concentric load) and coming down on a single leg (this is the “2 up, 1 down” concept).
•Perform 3 x 15 eccentric heel drops with the knee straight and 3 x 15 repetitions with the knee bent, repeated twice daily.
More recent studies have found that eccentric loading increases collagen deposition in tendinotic tendons, suggesting a healing response. Perhaps of greater significance is the apparent disappearance of the vascular in-growth in people who respond favourably to loading and it is possible that the effectiveness of the program is due to the direct effect on pain rather than tendon healing or an increase in calf muscle strength.
Balance training programs are essential as part of the rehab for Achilles.
Regarding the warm laser, I think it would be very helpful & effective.