What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?

What is Spinal Decompression/Traction Therapy? It is a non-surgical traction type therapy for back, leg, neck and arm pain. Spinal decompression is FDA approved and clinically has an 86% success rate for pain associated with bulging or herniated discs, even after failed back surgery. During the treatment, gentle distraction and relaxation phases are cycled through. A specific spinal disc is isolated and when placed under a negative pressure, a vacuum effect occurs. This effect causes a protruding or herniated disc to be pulled back within the disc by the vacuum created within the disc. Also, this vacuum stimulates growth of a blood supply which results in pain reduction and improved healing at the site of injury. How is Spinal Decompression Therapy Different from other types of Traction? The Decompression unit we have at our office controls the variations in the traction allowing for spinal decompression and eliminates muscle reaction and compression seen with typical traction devices. Since patterns are preprogrammed for ramping up and down, the axial distraction amount allows for higher levels of spinal decompression and disc rehydration. When is Spinal Decompression not recommended? It is not recommended for: pregnant women, severe osteoporosis, severe obesity, severe nerve damage and spinal surgery with instrumentation. However, it can be used after bone fusion or non-fusion surgery. How often is treatment recommended and how long does a treatment take? Treatment plans are specific to each individual’s needs after a thorough evaluation has been performed. Based on the current research, the best results have been achieved after about 20 sessions over a 6-10 week timeframe. Each session takes about 30-40 minutes. To...

6 Simple keys to Keeping Your Heart Strong

6 SIMPLE KEYS TO KEEPING YOUR HEART STRONG WHY THE FUSS ABOUT CHOLESTEROL? It is a fatty, waxy material that is found in high-fat meat and dairy products, as well as egg yolks, organ meats and shellfish. Because of the essential role cholesterol plays in every cell of the body to help digest fats, strengthen cell membranes, and make hormones – the body creates all it needs on its own – about 1,000 mg a day. In order for cholesterol to reach our cells, it must rely on special carriers called lipoproteins: low-density lipoproteins (LDL)-“bad” form and high-density lipoproteins (HDL)-‘good” form of cholesterol. LDL carries cholesterol through the body and deposits it in the cells. HDL transports any cholesterol the cells don’t need to the liver, where it eventually gets processed and eliminated. Although various body tissues remove LDL cholesterol from the bloodstream and then use it to make cell membranes, bile acids, vitamin D and various hormones, once the tissues have acquired all the cholesterol they need, they stop extracting LDL cholesterol from the bloodstream. The extra cholesterol, which happens when we eat too many foods high in cholesterol, continues to circulate in your arteries. LDL deposits the excess cholesterol onto artery walls, where it forms plaque that clogs the blood vessels and can ultimately lead to heart disease or even a heart attack. A good idea is to keep your LDL cholesterol level under 2.5 mmol/L (96 mg/dL) and your total cholesterol about 3.9 mmol/L (150 mg/dL)-4.7 mmol/L (180 mg/dL). WHAT ABOUT THE CHOLESTEROL LOWERING DRUGS CALLED STATINS? New research has shown that 1/2 the people who...

Tired? Sleepy? Stressed and Don’t Know Why?

Tired? Sleepy? Stressed and Don’t Know Why? If you have symptoms involving: fatigue, insomnia, stress, frequent illness, PMS, hot flashes, blood sugar, and weight, you may want to consider having your cortisol levels as well as hormones tested. Men and women over the age of forty may want to do a baseline test. Frequently imbalances will be detectable for a time period before symptoms gain attention. Difference Between Saliva & Serum Hormone Testing? Saliva testing is an EASY and a NONINVASIVE way of assessing one’s hormone status and is proving to be the most reliable medium for measuring hormone levels. The difference between steroid hormones in saliva and serum is based on whether or not the hormones are bound to proteins in the medium used for testing. The majority of hormones exist in one of two forms: FREE (5%) or PROTEIN BOUND (95%). It is only the FREE hormones that are biologically active, or BIO-AVAILABLE, and available for delivery to receptors in the body. Those which are protein bound do not fit those receptors and are considered not bio-available. When blood is filtered through the salivary glands, the BOUND HORMONE COMPONENTS ARE TOO LARGE to pass through the cell membranes. Only the UNBOUND hormones pass through and into the saliva. What is measured in the saliva is the BIO-AVAILABLE hormone, the clinically relevant portion which will be delivered to the receptors in the tissues of the body. SALIVARY HORMONE levels are expected to be much lower than serum levels, as only the UNBOUND hormones are being measured. When your doctor measures serum hormone levels and prescribes hormone replacement therapy...

12 BENEFITS OF DRY BRUSHING

12 BENEFITS OF DRY BRUSHING The skin is our body’s largest organ and has a vital role in taking in and ridding the body of nutrients and toxins. It is responsible for ¼ of the body’s daily detoxification &  known as the 3rd kidney. Since it eliminates more than one pound of waste daily, over time it may become overstressed leading to clogged pores & toxins remaining in the body. 12 BENEFITS OF DRY BRUSHING Improves circulation, blood flow and oxygen. Cleans toxins from the lymphatic system. Improves digestion. Strengthens the immune system. Improves the nervous system. Makes the skin feel smooth, silky and invigorated. Tightens the skin and helps to prevent cellulite. Tones muscles and lifts the breasts. Stimulates oil-producing glands. Energizing, inexpensive, natural and easy to do daily. Effective in preventing breast cancer & detoxifying when undergoing chemotherapy.   WHAT TYPE OF BRUSH? The brush should contain natural bristles (not synthetic) and have a long handle. It should be kept dry and not used for bathing. HOW TO DO DRY BRUSHING? Dry brushing is best done first thing in the morning & takes 5 minutes. Watch the video below for the most effective way to dry brush and enjoy the exhilarating and invigorating feeling as well as softer skin.   Start by brushing at the bottom of your feet and move up the leg from back to front one leg at a time and avoiding the groin area. Use long sweeping light strokes going upwards towards the heart. Next do your arms & hands the same as above, always towards the heart. Move to the back of...

Alzheimer’s Prevention Protocol

ALZHEIMER’S PREVENTION PROTOCOL Stop the Glutamate Cascade Process & Add nutrients to rebuild brain synapses: NO dietary glutamate or aspartame (excitotoxins that create chronic pain) NO Trans Fats (hydrogenated oils) NO copper water or supplements NO smoking Minimize refined carbohydrates (deserts, sugar drinks, “white products”)manage insulin resistance DO NOT eat farmed salmon, WILD salmon is fine. Avoid tuna, swordfish, shark & other big fish, especially NO FARMED tilapia (found fish tacos) Reduce omega-6 fats (corn, peanut, soy oils) Take “pharmaceutical grade” omega -3 oils with antioxidant cofactors to protect rancidity. Balance omegas-DHA/EPA (2.6/1) + ALA + GLA Take Magnesium, Zinc, Antioxidants, Vitamin D (50 ng/ml) Take Curcumin/Resveratrol Elevate Glutathione Take Medium Chain Saturated Triglys (coconut oil, 1 tsp/meal) Organic in jar Drink Green Tea   STIMULATE the NERVOUS SYSTEM and INCREASE ATP: Chiropractic spinal adjustments-posture/motion Low level laser therapy Detoxify: Footbaths, infra-red sauna, undenatured whey protein, NAC, etc.. Exercise: Walking (30 min/day) Weights: ( 3 times/week), yoga, swimming, biking, etc Crossword puzzles Ping pong Music-sing, piano, hum, deep breathing Minimize television watching, avoid brain trauma Genetic testing: Apolipoprotein E4 Blood test for ratio:   Arachidonic acid/ EPA/DHA     Iris Rosenfeld, DC 25255 Cabot Rd Ste 110 Laguna Hills, Ca 92653 949-380-7215 driris@driris.com   ...

Backpack Safety-6 Steps To Lighten the Load

Backpack Safety-6 Steps To Lighten The Load   A new and disturbing trend is emerging due to the use of overweight backpacks for our youth, leading to back pain much earlier than previous generations, according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). A study conducted in Italy a few years ago, found that the average child may be carrying a backpack equivalent of a 39-pound burden for a 176-pound man or a 29-pound load for a 132-pound woman, causing a growing trend in back pain among youngsters.   6 STEPS TO SAFE BACKPACK USE:   The maximum weight of your child’s backpack should not exceed 10% of his or her body weight. (ex: a child weighing 85 pounds should not have a pack exceeding 8.5 pounds) A heavier pack will cause your child to bend forward to support the weight on his or her back rather than the shoulders, by the straps. Choose the correct size backpack. It should never hang more than four inches below the waistline or it will put increased weight on the shoulders and cause your child to lean forward when walking. Contents in your pack are most effectively positioned with individualized compartments. Bulky or pointy objects should not be packed on the area that will rest on your child’s back. The straps should be wide and padded and both straps should be worn. Improperly using one strap over the shoulder can cause permanent misalignment of the spine, muscle spasms and back pain. They should be adjustable so they are fitted to your child’s body and not dangle uncomfortably which can also cause a shift of...

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