STRUCTURE IS FUNCTION
If you don’t have a strong framework to build a house on, then the functional state inside the house becomes compromised. Imagine living in a crooked house: if the walls and floors don’t align, then the windows and doors won’t open. The same happens in the body. Injured tissues in the body, whether it be muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia or bone can cause decreased mobility and pain.
It is important to try to continually maintain proper alignment and a full range of motion throughout the whole body. Employing correct body mechanics and having proper alignment through all the joints in the body will help reduce unnecessary stress to your body, thus decreasing risk of injury and enhancing healing once an injury has already occurred. It’s important to treat these injuries and address these imbalances in order to restore proper structure and optimal function.
- Neck pain
- Thoracic Pain
- Low Back pain
- Radiculupathy -A set of conditions in which one or more nerves are affected and do not work properly causing shooting pain, burning pain, weakness & numbness.
- Tendonitis (rotator cuff, tennis elbow, Achilles’)
- Postural dysfunction
- Disc herniation
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Muscle tension
- Foot injuries
- Arthritis (Osteoarthritis/ Rheumatoid)
- General Tightness
- General Weakness
Modalities used at Aumakua Integrated Wellness Clinic:
Those suffering with chronic pain should consider Neural Therapy. This approach is used extensively in Germany (especially in hospitals), however just beginning to gain momentum here in Canada and in the United States. It helps to alleviate pain by using a series of injections into nerves, scars, glands, trigger points and other muscles and tissues. These specifically placed injections help to bring balance back into the area of the nervous system where the problem exists.
Many cases of chronic illness and pain involve changes in the autonomic nervous system and membrane potentials. Abnormal signals from the peripheral nerves can overwhelm the spinal cord which can then flood the brain. This causes disturbances in the central nervous system as well as the immune system, hormonal system, digestive system, reproductive system. Neural therapy treats by resetting the disturbance in the membrane potential and restores proper communication within the autonomic nervous system. This removes pain and restores gland functioning throughout the body. From here, full healing and resolve can occur.
Neural prolotherapy or neurofascial prolotherapy is one of the most cutting edge treatments for people suffering from musculoskeletal injuries or illnesses. It is a regenerative therapy that helps people suffering from chronic pain by means of subcutaneous injections of sugar water (dextrose). These injections treat superficial nerves which no are no longer functioning properly because of inflammation. These superficial nerves are the root cause of deeper tissue pain which is alleviated by this therapy. Through a series of treatments and injections, the solution is introduced underneath the skin along the pattern of our nerves thereby decreasing pain and stopping neurogenic inflammation. This restores key innervation to deeper structures such as muscles and ligaments and restores the patient to a pain-free range of motion.
Prolotherapy is a cutting edge technique that is used to eliminate chronic pain. Prolo is short for proliferation, which is what happens following the introduction of dextrose (sugar water) to the injured area. Prolotherapy leads to new growth and formation of ligamentous tissue in areas where injury or damage has occurred.
Ligaments are what connect bones to bones and can be found throughout the body – most notably at joints. They act like tight rubber bands holding our skeleton together. However, ligaments can become overstretched, sprained and weak following injury and don’t always heal back into the correct length, strength or position.
When compared to muscle tissue, ligaments receive significantly less blood supply which leads to longer healing times. With prolotherapy, the damaged area can be isolated to promote healing – complete and full recovery becomes possible.
Tendons are another form of connective tissue that connects muscles to bone. In the same manner as ligaments, tendons can become overstretched and strained and can also be treated successfully with prolotherapy. This injection technique introduces a dextrose solution (sugar water) into the damaged area. This leads to a controlled inflammatory response that uses the healing processes within your own body to repair the ligament or tendon back to its original tensile strength.
Prolotherapy is extremely helpful with the following conditions:
- Degenerative joint conditions
- Low back pain (acute and chronic)
- Neck pain (whiplash)
- Sports injuries
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Chronic tendonitis
- Herniated discs
- TMJ dysfunction
- ACL tears
- Sprained ankles
- Shoulder impingement.
To determine if you are candidate for prolotherapy a full assessment is needed. From there the number of treatments would depend on the area being treated, the duration you have had the injury, and your current age. Often 85% resolve is found after 3-6 treatments with some more difficult cases needing 8-12.
Spinal manipulations and body work
Spinal manipulation is a hands-on therapy that is used to treat pain in the neck or back, improve digestion, promote proper breathing and correct posture. This therapy uses mobilization techniques that help restore full movement to restricted or stuck joints. Reestablishing the balance between bones, joints and soft tissue structures benefits your entire body.
Your spine encases your entire nervous system, small compressions to any of the nerves that exit can lead to dysfunction anywhere in your body.
Research supports that those who receive spinal manipulation for neck and back pain recover faster, use less medication, and require less focused rehab. This reduces the cost to the patient and decreases the risks associated with long term use of drugs such as NASIDs which are often prescribed for spinal related pain.
|Dr. Jordan Atkinson ND|