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April 2015 Health Newsletter


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» Acupuncture and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
» How Can Chiropractic Help IBS
» New Services
» Spring and Traditional Chinese Medicine
» Chiropractic Adjustments In The Blood
» Good Vibrations
» Chiropractic Profession Unites in Washington, D.C. to Advocate for Patients, Exp

Acupuncture and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Do you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)? According to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD), an estimated 25-45 million people in the United States have IBS (source). This all-too-common disease is characterized by chronic stomach pain, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, excess gas, and irregular bowel movements. While there's no known cure for IBS, acupuncture may offer relief.

A recent study conducted by researchers in the UK found acupuncture to offer relief of IBS symptoms. For the study, researchers split 233 IBS patients into two groups, one of which received acupuncture plus the usual care, while the second group strictly received the usual care.

"Acupuncture for irritable bowel syndrome provided an additional benefit over usual care alone. The magnitude of the effect was sustained over the longer term. Acupuncture should be considered as a treatment option to be offered in primary care alongside other evidenced based treatments," wrote researchers in the study's conclusion.

So, how is this Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) able to treat IBS? TCM states that our bodies have an active energy force (Qi) which connects our organs and vital systems. Normally, Qi flows without obstruction, traveling along defined paths known as the meridian system. When a blockage occurs within the body, blood becomes stagnant and systems are vulnerable to disease and illness, which is where acupuncture comes into play.

Acupuncture involves the placement of thin needles in specific areas of the body, rightfully known as acupuncture points. While the exact number of acupuncture points has fluctuated over the years, TCM practitioners give the ballpark figure of roughly 2,000, all of which are spread across 12 major meridians and 8 secondary meridians. The primary function of acupuncture is to restore Qi by correcting blockages in the meridians. When Qi begins to flow, disease and health conditions such as IBS correct themselves.

Will acupuncture cure your IBS? There's not enough evidence to definitely say that it's a cure for IBS. However, numerous studies, including the one cited above, attest to the healing power of acupuncture. Whether you experience minor or severe symptoms as a result of IBS, you should consider seeking acupuncture. It's a safe, painless and highly effective way to treat a wide variety of diseases, one of which is Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Give us a call today to learn how you can get back on track to better health! Our acupuncturist, Leona Harter, offers FREE consultations and is happy to discuss your specific questions and concerns. 912-427-8433.

Author: Leona Harter, L.Ac.
Source: Leona Harter, L.Ac
Copyright: Leona Harter, L.Ac 2015


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How Can Chiropractic Help IBS
Chiropractors believe that there is a strong relationship between the intestines and the nervous system. Your nervous system must be able to send messages to the intestines without any interference in order for your bowels to work properly. The nervous system consists of the brain, the spinal cord, and the spinal nerves. Since the spine houses the spinal nerves, misalignments in the spinal column can interfere with the communication between the intestines and the nervous system. This can then lead to irritable bowel syndrome. This interference is referred to subluxation. By correcting these misalignments, the nerves are able to function properly and carry information to the intestines. This is why a chiropractor may be able to help those that suffer with IBS. Although there are not any studies proving the effectiveness of chiropractic for IBS, it is becoming increasingly more popular as an alternative treatment. Many chiropractors report that adjustments have helped their patients suffering from this condition better manage their symptoms. Chiropractic care has also been known to reduce stress, which is a major culprit of IBS symptoms. A Chiropractor may also be able to recommend a good food plan to help minimize symptoms during times of stress. While medication often masks the pain and symptoms of this disease, chiropractic adjustments help treat the underlying condition that causes IBS. If you are sick and tired of experiencing this painful condition, it's time to consider giving chiropractic care a try. Chiropractic care is a safe, gentle and effective way to manage the pain and discomfort often associated with this condition. Our chiropractors, Dr. Davis and Dr. Mizell, are happy to speak with you personally about how chiropractic care can help you. FREE consultations are available. Call to make your appointment today! 912-427-8433

Author: Leona Harter, L.Ac.
Source: Leona Harter, L.Ac
Copyright: Leona Harter, L.Ac 2015


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New Services

At Advanced Healthcare, we strive to offer treatments and services that give maximum results. As such, we are now offering several new services that we would like to inform you about:

Compounded Medications

  • Customized pain cream compounded per patient.
  • Delivery can be sustained and controlled over a long period.
  • Fewer systemic side effects.
  • Concentration of medication to targeted affected area.
  • Ability to combine several drugs into one topical compound allowing for multiple modes of action.
  • Less potential for drug to drug interactions.

Pharmacogenetic Testing

Just as genetics contribute to whether you are tall or short, have black hair or blonde, genetics also affect how you may respond to certain medicines. Pharmacogenetics test you for genetic related differences that affect how certain medications are metabolized, as this can alter their effect.

Every person metabolizes drugs differently. Some people have trouble metabolizing certain drugs, which can mean they don't work, or can even result in serious complications or death. Finding the best match for you and your medication regimen is critical. A simple cheek swab - called a buccal swab - can be used to collect your DNA for testing, and within just days your healthcare provider receives a comprehensive report so that they prescribe with confidence, and you can get the treatment most effective for YOU.

Take the guess work out of your healthcare and determine the type and dose of medicine that works best for you.

PENS

A Percutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator which utilizes a patented technology to deliver therapeutic electrical signals through the skin into deep tissue for clocking pain transmission and improving function for up to 72 hours following a 30 minutes treatment.

Many patients report a 75% reduction in pain and find that their pain relief improves even further over four to six hours following the treatment.

  • Up to 75% immediate average reduction in pain
  • Up to 48 hours of pain relief
  • Increased range of motion
  • Reduction in stiffness
  • Reduction in muscle spasm

A round of treatment consists of 6 sessions spaced out every 2 to 3 days.


Talk with one of our healthcare professionals to find out how one of these treatments can help you reduce pain and return to a more active lifestyle. FREE consultations available. 912-427-8433

Author: Leona Harter, L.Ac.
Source: Leona Harter, L.Ac
Copyright: Leona Harter, L.Ac 2015


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Spring and Traditional Chinese Medicine

With the official start of spring just around the corner, there's no better time than now to consider using popular forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). As mother nature comes out of its state of dormancy, flowers will begin to blossom, trees will develop leaves, and the landscape will be replaced with flowing green grass. This massive change comes with some unwelcome side effects that TCM may prove useful in treating.

While cold and flu infection rates typically diminish by the start of spring, a new problem begins to emerge: allergies. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), approximately 50 million people in the United States suffer from seasonal allergies (source). When exposed to pollen or other plant allergens, the individual may develop a runny nose, nasal congestion, eye redness, headache, sore throat, and other related symptoms.

Whether you suffer from mild, moderate or severe seasonal allergies, acupuncture can help. This centuries old TCM involves the placement of fine needles on specific areas throughout the body. Acupuncture is believed to restore the body's flow of energy (referred to as Qi) while stimulating the body's self-healing mechanism.

In Chinese astrology, spring falls under the Wood element, meaning this time of year is closely related to the gallbladder and liver. According to TCM, one of the liver's primary functions is to regulate Qi through the body. If Qi is blocked or restricted in any way, the individual will be susceptible to disease and illness. The bottom line is that you want to keep your Qi moving this spring season for optimal health.

Here are some tips to keep your Qi moving:

  • Limit (or eliminate) your intake of processed foods.
  • Eat more fresh vegetables and fruit.
  • Start your mornings off with a light stretching exercise like yoga or tai chi.
  • The warm weather offers the perfect opportunity to get outdoors and exercise.
  • Consume sour food and drinks. According to TCM, sour flavors stimulate the liver's Qi.
  • Seek acupuncture treatments.

There are over 2,000 acupuncture points spread across 20 meridians, but none hold as much weight for the spring season as Liver 3. Located between the first and second toes, Liver 3 (also known as the "springtime acupressure point") is an acupuncture point that is particularly beneficial for this time of year. It lives up to its namesake by channeling the liver energy; therefore, conventional wisdom should tell you to focus on it during this spring. If you plan on scheduling an acupuncture session, ask the physician if he or she can target Liver 3.

Not sure if acupuncture is right for you? No problem. Acupuncture is only one part of TCM. Your acupuncturist can also work with you on nutrition therapy and qigong/yoga exercises that can help reduce or eliminate allergy symptoms. Leona Harter is a Licensed Acupuncturist, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor, and Certified Holistic Health Coach. Call for your Free Consultation today!

Author: Leona Harter, L.Ac.
Source: Leona Harter, L.Ac
Copyright: Leona Harter, L.Ac 2015


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Chiropractic Adjustments In The Blood

Millions of patients have benefited from chiropractic care. Perhaps the most popular with patients are the pain relief benefits offered by chiropractic. A recent study evaluated modifications in blood enzymes before and after a five week stint of twice a week chiropractic spinal adjustments for individuals suffering from nonspecific chronic neck or back pain. After five weeks of the spinal adjustments researchers found a measurable elevation in certain blood enzymes. Specifically, they found significant increases in the antioxidant enzymes superoxide dismutase and glutathione peroxidase. Other studies have shown a relationship between pain and these sorts of enzymes. Researchers believe the changes measured in enzymes could be related to the analgesic effective that chiropractic adjustments have on the body.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JMPT February 2015 Volume 38, Issue 2, Pages 119129
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2015


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Good Vibrations

Individuals with neck pain and discomfort typically demonstrate difficulty in joint position sense and diminished postural control. This essentially means neck pain sufferers have disturbed neck movements/biomechanics. This can in turn can lead to additional pain, discomfort, arthritis and reduced motion in the neck. A newly conducted study compared the effects of vibration therapy in a group of healthy individuals to those suffering from neck pain. All subjects received short term vibration to the neck muscles at a frequency of 100 Hz. Interestingly, neck pain sufferers experienced an almost opposite effect to the healthy individuals. Those suffering from neck pain experienced an improvement in joint position sense and reduction in dynamic postural sway after vibration therapy. On the other hand, healthy individuals or non neck pain sufferers had a reduction in joint position sense acuity and a nonsignificant increase in postural sway. While the reduced joint position sense in healthy individuals was most likely short term and not harmful, there were clear benefits observed in the neck pain sufferers after receiving vibration therapy.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: The Spine Journal. Vol. 15 Iss. 3, March 1, 2015
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2015


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Chiropractic Profession Unites in Washington, D.C. to Advocate for Patients, Exp

Arlington, Va. - Members of the chiropractic profession from across the nation gathered in Washington, D.C. and later met with congressional leaders to stress the importance of chiropractic's role in national health care and Medicare reform. The group convened as part of the  2015 National Chiropractic Leadership Conference (NCLC), taking place Feb. 25 - 28. Nearly 700 chiropractic physicians, students and supporters converged on the nation's capital to hear speeches from government leaders, receive advocacy training and urge elected officials to support pro-chiropractic measures that would benefit patients, expand access to chiropractic services for veterans and active-duty military personnel, and help chiropractic graduates qualify for federal programs that would enable them to practice in underserved areas in exchange for student loan debt relief. Congressional Keynote Speaker, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), a member of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, emphasized the importance of having chiropractic physicians fully incorporated into the health care system. "The work that doctors of chiropractic do is a key part of our nation's health and wellness," said Sen. Merkley. "We need to make sure that chiropractic care is accessible and affordable to those who need it." Attendees also heard from U.S. Representative Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.), a member of the Armed Services Committee and a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve where he flew the E-2C Hawkeye in America's war on drugs before becoming a member of Congress; and U.S. Representative Mark Amodei (R-Nev.), who sits on the powerful Appropriations Committee, the panel that has oversight on all federal spending. ACA President Anthony Hamm, DC, in his opening address to attendees, focused on the need for chiropractic services for veterans. "Our veterans want quality, they want value and they want outcomes. That's what chiropractic delivers. And that's our charge," he said.

Author: American Chiropractic Association
Source: Acatoday.org February 26, 2015.
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association 2015


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