Common Conditions We Treat
There are more than 100 autoimmune diseases. Some of the most common are rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, inflammatory bowel disease, Addison’s disease, hashimotos thyroiditis, graves disease, sjogrens syndrome and myasthenia gravis. What all autoimmune diseases have in common is the immune system, which was designed to protect the body, is now attacking the cells of the body. In summary: a compromised, poorly functioning immune system can no longer distinguish self from non-self.
Drugs can’t cure autoimmune diseases, they are intended to reduce pain and inflammation and to further suppress the immune system. To make progress with autoimmune diseases the immune system needs to be restored to its full potential to differentiate self from nonself. This is done by bringing the body back into balance or homeostasis which is the definition of health.
To bring the body back into homeostasis or balance is the specialty of structure function doctors. Function of the body is restored through diet, nutritional supplements, herbs, homeopathy, detox, glandulars and is carefully monitored through lab tests to monitor progress. Structural corrections are accomplished through chiropractic rehabilitative exercises, body work, acupuncture and other therapeutic modalities. Structure affects function and function affects structure.
What categorizes a patient as morbidly obese?
For men morbid obesity is a body fat percentage of 40% or above and for a woman it is a body fat percentage of 45% or above. This is measured by a Body Composition Analysis machine within our office. This will look at two key factors, Body Fat Percentage and Phase Angle. At our office we do not follow the traditional BMI.
How does Morbid obesity affect a patient’s health?
Morbid Obesity can lead to numerous complications such as the following
- Heart Disease and Blood Lipid abnormalities
- Type 2 diabetes
- Sleep Apnea
- Reproductive problems
- And so much more….
What diagnostics we order for patients with morbid obesity:
- Prather Profile
- Hemoglobin A1c
- Hormone Panel
- GI Stool Kit
- Food Sensitivity Test
- ANS (Autonomic Nervous System) Test
What services do we offer for patients with morbid obesity
- Medical Weight Loss Programs
- And much more…..
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD
ADHD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood. Children with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors (may act without thinking about the result of their actions) or be overly active.
Treatment of ADHD include medications and/or behavior therapy. There are approximately 6.2 million children diagnosed with ADHD. Of these 6.2 million children diagnosed with ADHD about 30% were treated with medication alone, about 15% received behavioral treatment alone, about 32% received both medication treatment and behavioral therapy, and approximately 23% were receiving neither medication nor behavioral treatment.
At our office we offer a third alternative treatments for ADHD through structure function care. Utilizing thorough diagnostic labs and examination we look for underlying conditions that may contribute to ADHD behaviors, including food intolerances, heavy metal toxins, endocrine imbalances, and/or nutritional deficiencies. We then find safe natural means of correcting what could be an underlying cause in the behavior.
- 50 million Americans live with chronic pain
- 630 billion dollars are lost annually to chronic pain in America
- Chronic pain is the leading cause of long term disability in the US
- Lower back pain affects 80% of Americans
- 34.6% of chronic pain patients consider suicide
- 40% of all back surgeries fail, but even those that are successful usually leave patients worse off after 5 years than if they had never had the surgery
- Opioids have been proven to only be beneficial for acute or end of life pain treatments, and will even make chronic pain worse over time
What is the answer to chronic pain patient’s dilemma? The new recommendations for chronic pain are to first seek relief through hands on treatments such as chiropractic care, acupuncture, therapeutic massage, rehabilitative exercises, trigger point therapy, lifestyle changes. Along with these therapies we also offer dietary charges, nutritional supplementation, herbals with anti-inflammatory properties, and homeopathies that are safe and natural. We also refer and work with some of the best pain clinics in our area so patients can get the best of both allopathic and structure function care.
30 million Americans suffer from some type of peripheral neuropathy. 70% of all diabetics develop diabetic peripheral neuropathy. 54,000 diabetics have amputations each year. More shocking is the fact that 75% of amputations are preventable.
Other causes of peripheral neuropathy include trauma and vascular and blood problems that decrease oxygen supply to the peripheral nerves. Autoimmune diseases, often caused by infections, or infections themselves can cause neurological damage, certain cancers and benign tumors can cause neuropathy, and chemotherapy and radiation treatments for cancer can also be a cause of peripheral neuropathy.
Treatment of neuropathy in the medical setting is mostly geared toward symptomatic relief rather than getting to the root of the problem. Circulation can be restored and nerves can heal if given an opportunity. Proper nutrition with vitamin and mineral supplementation is essential to healing neuropathy. Additionally, chiropractic, bodywork, acupuncture, and rehabilitative therapy play a key role in restoring proper function and providing healing to the nervous system.
High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease and Stroke
High blood pressure puts you at risk for both heart disease and stroke. About 1 in 3 adults have high blood pressure which is 140/90 or higher. Also approximately 1 in 3 adults have prehypertension which is 120/80 – 139/89, which is not yet classified as high blood pressure but is not in the ideal range. This leaves only 1 in 3 adults with blood pressure readings in the normal or ideal range.
Heart disease is the number 1 killer of Americans, both men and women, and accounts for 1 in every 4 deaths in this country. Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in the United States, killing 140,000 Americans each year or 1 in 20 deaths. Every year 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke, not only causing death, but also leading to disability, reducing mobility in half of stroke survivors 65 and older.
Blood pressure is influenced by many factors in the body, such as heart, kidney and liver disease, as well as hormones and neurological control. Though medications can be helpful, they sometimes do not work, and can cause adverse reactions and contribute to worsening of kidney function.
With structure function care we try to get to the underlying cause of high blood pressure, whether it is plaque in the artery walls, chronic kidney disease or weakening of the heart. We then work to turn those conditions around with diet, exercise, supplementation, herbals and homeopathies to restore proper health and homeostasis to the body without drugs or surgery.