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Mar 18
New Patient Intake Forms
Posted by mbsilbs in Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Diet and Nutrition on 03 18th, 2015| icon3Comments Off on New Patient Intake Forms

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Welcome!  Please print off and manually complete your Adult, or Child, New Patient Intake Form.  Bring this, along with any insurance coverage information, to your first scheduled appointment.  If you should have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us at (952) 746-8150.

We look forward to meeting you soon!

Adult New Patient Intake Form

Child New Patient Intake Form

Sep 29
The Power of Spice and Six Super Spice Recipes — YUM!!
Posted by mbsilbs in Diet and Nutrition, Live Well Newsletter Articles on 09 29th, 2014| icon3Comments Off on The Power of Spice and Six Super Spice Recipes — YUM!!

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Feb 20
Treating Sports & Repetitive Stress Injuries with Kinesio-Tape & Acupuncture
Posted by mbsilbs in Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Diet and Nutrition, Live Well Newsletter Articles on 02 20th, 2012| icon3Comments Off on Treating Sports & Repetitive Stress Injuries with Kinesio-Tape & Acupuncture

“Something better than any laser, wrap, or electric massager… the Tape. The pain disappeared–it was gone.”
– Lance Armstrong, “Every Second Counts”

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“What exactly is Kinesio-tape?”

By Dr. Roger Berton, Certified Kinesio Taping Instructor, explains Kinesio Taping. From the Canada Kineso Taping website.

Kinesio Taping gives support and stability to your joints and muscles without affecting circulation and range of motion. It is also used for Preventive Maintenance, Edema, and Pain Management.

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Kinesio Taping is a technique based on the body’s own natural healing process. This Kinesio Taping exhibits its efficacy through the activation of neurological and circulatory systems. This method basically stems from the science of Kinesiology, hence the name “Kinesio”.

Muscles are not only attributed to the movements of the body but also control the circulation of venous and lymph flows, body temperature, etc. Therefore, the failure of the muscles to function properly induces various kinds of symptoms.

Consequently, so much attention was given to the importance of muscle function that the idea of treating the muscles in order to activate the body’s own healing process came about. Using an elastic tape, it was discovered that muscles and other tissues could be helped by outside assistance. Employment of Kinesio Taping creates a totally new approach to treating nerves, muscles, and organs. The first application of Kinesio Taping was for a patient with articular disorders.
For the first 10 years, orthopedists, chiropractors, acupuncturists and other medical practitioners were the main users of Kinesio Taping. Soon thereafter, Kinesio Taping was used by the Japanese Olympic volleyball players and word quickly spread to other athletes. Today, Kinesio Taping is accepted by medical practitioners and athletes in Japan, United States, Europe, South America and other Asian countries.

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The Kinesio Taping Method is applied over muscles to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused tired muscles, and to support muscles in movement on a 24hr/day basis. It is non-restrictive type of taping which allows for full range of motion.

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In contrast, traditional sports’ taping is wrapped around a joint strictly for stabilization and support during a sporting event obstructing the flow of bodily fluids… an UNDESIRABLE side-effect.
Kinesio Tape is used for anything from headaches to foot problems and everything in between. Examples include: muscular facilitation or inhibition in pediatric patients, carpal tunnel syndrome, lower back strain/pain (subluxations, herniated disc), knee conditions, shoulder conditions, hamstring, groin injury, rotator cuff injury, whiplash, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, patella tracking, pre and post surgical edema, ankle sprains, athletic preventative injury method, and as a support method.

Come get taped up before your next game or event!

Acupuncture Treatment for Sports Injuries, Myofascial Pain Syndrome, and Repetitive Strain Injuries.

One of the most successful ways acupuncture treatment helps sports injuries, back and neck pain, is by using acupuncture to treat trigger points. Trigger points are painful “knots” located in the muscles.

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Many chronic pain conditions, such as Fibromyalgia, Myofascial Pain Syndrome, Repetitive Strain Injury, and sports injuries respond well to trigger point acupuncture.

Since the pain from these conditions is thought to arise from distinct regions within the muscle known as trigger points, Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) to desensitize those trigger points can be an effective treatment. The method is known as Trigger Point Acupuncture.

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The trigger points are shown as X. The red patterns are the areas where the trigger points refer the pain. Trigger points are usually tender to the touch. Acupuncture needle are applied to the trigger points for 30 seconds to 3 min. Most often the trigger points will be less tender to the touch after the acupuncture treatment.

Conditions treated with Acupuncture:

– Acute pain
– Chronic pain
– Fibromyalgia
– Infertility
– Sports Injuries
– Tension headaches
– Migraine headaches
– Sinus/Allergies
– Depression/Stress/Anxiety
– Insomnia
– Weight Loss/Appetite Control
– Stop Smoking Programs

Call Dr. Jo to schedule your free chiropractic evaluation and to find out if taping or acupuncture treatments may help you.

952-746-8150

Aug 13
How to Beat the Flu Naturally!
Posted by mbsilbs in Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Diet and Nutrition, Live Well Newsletter Articles on 08 13th, 2010| icon3Comments Off on How to Beat the Flu Naturally!

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10 tips to help boost your immune system and fight off the flu virus this season

•1. Take Vitamin D: A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that a Vitamin D supplement was actually 800% more effective at reducing the risk of flu infection than vaccines! Researchers have found that 2,000 IU of vitamin D per day helps prevent the seasonal flu.

•2. Take Probiotics: Probiotics are live microorganisms that are similar to beneficial microorganisms found in the human gut. 80 percent of your immune system is located in your digestive system, making a healthy gut a major focal point if you want to maintain optimal health.

•3. Get Adjusted: Since the nervous system controls all functions of the body, including the immune system, chiropractic care can have a positive effect on immune function.

•4. Take Omega 3 Fatty Acids: Omega 3 fatty acids help decrease inflammation in the body and boosts cell defenses.

•5. Load up on the fruits and veggies: Make sure that your diet consists of a rainbow of fruits and vegetables to ensure that you are getting all of the necessary nutrients. Taking a quality multivitamin helps to ensure you get all the essential nutrients your body needs.

•6. Drink lots of water: Water helps flush out the toxins in your body. You should be drinking approximately half your body weight in ounces per day.

•7. Moderate Exercise: Exercising for 30 to 60 minutes daily can give your immune system the extra kick that it needs to fight off a virus.

•8. Get enough sleep: Getting a good night’s sleep is essential for the immune system to recharge itself. An overly fatigued body doesn’t have the necessary strength to fight off infections.

•9. Skip the sweets: Sugar depresses the immune system and makes your body more susceptible to getting a virus. Eating or drinking 100g of sugar (2 cans of pop) decreases white blood cells (immune cells) by 40%.

•10. Avoid the flu shot: According to Dr. J. Anthony Morris, the former Chief Vaccine Control Officer at the FDA, “There is no evidence that any influenza vaccine, thus far developed, is effective in preventing or mitigating any attack of influenza.” When you also consider the toxic mixture of chemicals found in the flu vaccine, the decision becomes a no-brainer. Among the vaccine’s ingredients are such toxins as ethylene glycol (a.k.a. antifreeze), formaldehyde (a known carcinogen), aluminum (linked to Alzheimer’s disease and known to produce cancer in mice) and thimerosol (a form of mercury, the most toxic of all heavy metals). Thimerosol has had so much scrutiny in the past decade that it has been banned in all childhood vaccinations in the United States, yet it still remains in the influenza vaccine today.

Jul 13
Andropause-The “Change of Life” for Men
Posted by mbsilbs in Chiropractic, Diet and Nutrition, Live Well Newsletter Articles on 07 13th, 2010| icon3Comments Off on Andropause-The “Change of Life” for Men

Andropause-The “Change of Life” for Men – By Liz Johnson

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Andropause is the slow change that occurs with age in men’s bodies. Some men age gracefully, others get caught in hormonal shifts that effect mood, memory, thinking, sex drive, weight, and more. It is not just testosterone levels that change-thyroid hormones, melatonin, DHEA, DHT, estrogen, 5-alpha reductase, and other hormones shift with age. Just when these shifts occur, and how strongly they affect the body, varies from person to person. It is believed that diet, environment, and genetics all play a role in how andropause affects individual men. The age range for the onset of andropause is pretty wide-anywhere from 35 to 60. So, this is not normally a disorder of rapid changes, but rather a series of slow changes that may go unnoticed for years.

A number of herbs have been used over the years to combat aging and the effects of andropause, from sarsaparilla to he shou wu, Devil’s club to tulsi. Some of these herbs seem to be especially useful for many men with andropause today, and some have lost popularity over the decades but deserve a second look.

Sarsaparilla is one of those herbs that was popular among men a long time ago when it was treated the way ginseng is treated today, as an energy booster. Sarsaparilla contains steroids that the body can convert into other steroids it needs, including estrogen or testosterone, and has been popular as a muscle builder. It makes a tasty addition to a tea and is easy to use.

Saw Palmetto-perhaps best known for helping men with enlarged prostates-also has a place in treatment for andropause as it acts to balance estrogen and testosterone levels in the body. All people make estrogen, just as we all make testosterone. Men make very little estrogen, but when that little bit is out of balance with testosterone levels, it can make a big difference in how men feel, think, and behave. Not only does estrogen affect how we think, but it also inhibits the breakdown of DHT. This is one reason it is useful in fighting prostate enlargement.

What is DHT? DHT, or dihydrostestosterone, is a form of testosterone that makes boys, boys-and men, men. Its levels in the body increase with age, and when the body feels it is getting too much DHT, andropause can set in. There are two ways that the body can think it is getting too much DHT. The level of DHT can be normal, but the other hormones it needs to balance with can be off, making the body feel as though there is too much DHT. Alternately, there can just be too much DHT!

DHT can do some wonderful things, like making men, men. It can also have a positive effect on certain cancers, create hairy chests and strong beards. It also encourages baldness, prostate enlargement, possibly prostate cancers, and more. So it has its good points and its bad points. The key is to keep production and reception of DHT at healthy levels and to keep DHT in a good balance with other hormones, like testosterone and estrogen.

One more little chemical the body produces also affects andropause: 5-alpha reductase. As we age, men produce more 5-alpha reductase, a chemical that gets the body to convert testosterone to DHT. As the level of 5-alpha reductase increases, so does the amount of DHT in the body. Saw Palmetto inhibits the production of 5-alpha reductase, keeps what DHT is made of from binding with all of the cells it can, and encourages the breakdown of DHT. This is yet another reason for Saw Palmetto in men’s health.

An herb that is often associated with women also deserves a place here: Black Cohosh. It is useful in andropause, in part, for the same reason it is useful to women. Black Cohosh inhibits luteinizing hormone, or LH. LH rises as we age. This hormone has an effect on estrogen, which brings us back to the importance of healthy estrogen levels and a healthy balance of estrogen to testosterone. This is where Black Cohosh has an important role to play in men’s health.

Pumpkin seeds are also a wonderful food and herb for men. Known for their high zinc content, pumpkin seeds go a long way in feeding healthy drives in men as well as women. Zinc is another fighter of 5-alpha reductase, so it brings testosterone levels up and DHT levels down.

Milk thistle, a classic liver booster, can play an important role in helping the liver deal with changing hormone levels and the demands that this can place on the liver. Milk thistle also helps to repair liver from damage that can be done over the years by poor diet, drinking, medications, and other stressors.

Herbs that are popular for helping the body maintain a healthy hormone balance include ginseng. Ginseng may not be the best choice for all men. Many an amateur has used it to boost energy levels, but there are other, easier-to-use herbs. These herbs can often be used for longer periods of time and are not as easy to overdo. They include Fo Ti, or He Shou Wu, also Gotu Cola, Eleuthero, Angelica, Muira Puma, Maca, Ashwagandha, Tulsi, and more. Each has its own unique effects, but all are classified as adaptogens, like ginseng. Adaptogens help the body deal with stress-a major contributor to andropause. Finding the right adaptogen, or the right blend of adaptogens, can be done by trial and error, or with the help of a professional herbalist.

Occasional use of Tribulus can be a good way to achieve a romantic evening and is often recommended for andropause. The catch with this herb is that its cumulative effect is much like the boy who cried, “Wolf!” Eventually the body doesn’t believe the Tribulus and allows the testosterone levels to sink even lower than they were before. Despite the promotion that this herb gets, this is not a good herb for daily use for most men. It has its place in infertility treatments and impotence treatments, but professional help is advisable before using Tribulus.

So many wonderful herbs help us to stay happy and healthy that there simply is not enough space in an article to cover all of the possibilities. Cautious exploration, with safety in mind, can bring great rewards. Check with experts qualified in the use of herbs before use.

Liz Johnson is a local herbalist with nearly twenty years experience. Visit FireWind.com for more information about her practice and classes. Or reach Liz at 952-846-7464.

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