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Highland Park Physical Medicine
We focus on the treatment of musculoskeletal and injuries to soft tissue, which result in pain emanating from all parts of the patient’s body, areas such as: lower back, neck, shoulders, hips, and more. These injuries can be due to anything including stress, falling, sports traumas, whiplash and even faulty posture. We are also trained to treat nerve interference which can be a primary source of headaches, sciatica, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and pain radiating into the arms and shoulders.
Personalized exam and analysis
Spinal decompression (Triton DTS)
K Laser therapy
Normatec compression boots
Health and fitness seminars
Foot arch evaluation and orthotics casting
Chiropractic adjustment is intended to correct the spinal misalignments that have been detected during your examination. To do this, the doctor will apply pressure to the specific bone and corrects it from its improper position. This frees the bone to align itself correctly.
Many people are under the impression that the chiropractor forces a vertebra back into its “proper” position or place. The role of a chiropractor is to free up the vertebrae. This allows the body to then do its job and put them back into the correct position.
Unfortunately, the muscles that are connected to the misaligned vertebrae become used to their positions and have a tendency to then pull the bone back into improper positioning. It may take multiple adjustments before the adjustment ultimately “holds”, and the bone settles into its once again proper alignment.
Traditional Acupuncture is an ancient method of healing that has been in use for Centuries to harmonize and balance life energy. Acupuncture is utilized to treat illnesses and to prevent and anticpate disease. An Acupuncturist will focus on determining fundamental causes of a person’s issus, taking into account the whole person, including body, mind and spirit.
Acupuncture is based on natural laws which describe the movement of life energy (Called Chi or Qi) in the body and in nature. This energy flows through the body along very precise pathways. When Chi is balanced and flows properly, we are healthy. If the Chi is not in balance, we experience illness and distress. Acupuncturists are trained to detect abnormalities in the Chi. Through the use of hair-thin disposable needles inserted into the acupuncture points or the use of heat at those points (moxabustion), energy is brought into greater harmony which assists your body’s ability to heal itself.
In addition to being used as preventive medicine, acupuncture is also effective in treating physical conditions such as high blood pressure, back pain, headaches, arthritis, asthma, gynecological and fertility problems, ulcers, sciatica and rheumatism. Some people will also receive assistance with emotional conditions, such as depression, panic attacks, anxiety, confusion or despair. Still others may feel unwell but are unable to specify exactly what is the problem. By balancing the body’s energy, acupuncture can prove useful in these diverse situations.
Massage therapy is “a profession wherein which the practitioner applies manual techniques, and may apply adjunctive therapies, with intent on positively affecting the health and overall well-being of the patient.”
Massage therapy can improve function of the muscular, skeletal, lymphatic, circulatory and nervous systems and may also improve the rate in which the body can recover from illness and injury.
Massage involves holding, applying pressure to the body and causing movement of the soft tissue.
LOW LEVEL LASER THERAPY
Low-level laser therapy involves the application of visible red or near-infrared light emitted from a low power laser for therapeutic purposes. This form of therapy is used to assist in healing wounds as well as to treat multiple types of disorders and musculoskeletal injuries including back pain caused by herniated discs, lower back strain, fibromyalgia, etc.
This is a soft tissue myofascial technique focusing on breaking up adhesions between your muscles and the fascia. Fascia is a structure of connective tissue that surrounds muscles and other structures. One of the functions of fascia is to allow structures to slide smoothly over each other. Therefore, if there are adhesions present, this smooth sliding does not occur as effectively and efficiently. Adhesions can cause dysfunctions such as inflammation, irritation, restriction in muscle movement, and pain.
The tools used to gently but effectively break up adhesions are most often stainless steel tools with rounded edges. This material allows the practitioner, and often the recipient as well, to feel the adhesions and then treat the area.
Graston technique can be used to treat almost any condition that has a musculoskeletal component. Some of the most common conditions treated in the office are Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Golfer’s Elbow, Tennis Elbow, Plantar Fasciitis, Iliotibial Band Syndrome, knee pain, and Achilles Tendonitis.
Spinal Decompression Therapy is one of the most progressive, non-surgical and pain-free options.
We are dedicated to offering our patients the most state-of-the-art therapies for pain treatment of the neck and low back, pinched nerves, sciatica and bulging or degenerative disc diseases.
After thoroughly researching a great number of spinal decompression machines that are available throughout the country, Highland Park Physical Medicine has chosen the Triton DTS (Decompressive Traction System) machine that is manufactured by Chattanooga, Inc., considered by many as the premier manufacturer of physical therapy machines.
DTS Therapy gently stretches your spine, relieving pressure from joints, discs and muscular tissues, while enhancing your body’s natural healing processes. The distractive forces of the Triton DTS creates decompression to improve the flow of blood and the exchanging of nutrients to the injured area.
You must be 100% comfortable to achieve the ultimate goal of complete rehabilitation of your discs and spine. Unlike any other decompression device, the Triton DTS has several positioning options to allow for comfort and safety during DTS Spinal Decompression Therapy. During DTS Therapy, you will experience multiple cycles of stretch and relaxation, that gradually increases over a period of several minutes.
DTS Therapy sessions are usually less than 20 minutes in length and many patients notice pain relief in as few as 6-10 treatments. However, it is important to note that pain subsiding does not infer that your spine and discs are healed, so it is critical to continue the treatment protocol prescribed by their practitioners in order to achieve the complete value of the Therapy.
DTS Spinal Decompression Therapy is a pain-free option that has documented an extremely high rate of success in reducing or even eliminating neck and back pain. If you are one of the millions who suffer from debilitating, chronic neck and low back pain, you truly owe it to yourself to make an appointment with our office today to find out if you are a candidate for DTS Spinal Compression Therapy.
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.
Cupping increases blood circulation to the area where the cups are placed. This can relieve muscle tension, which can improve overall blood flow and promote cell repair. It can also help form new connective tissues and create new blood vessels in the tissue. People use cupping to complement their care for a host of ailments and conditions.
FOOT LEVELERS CUSTOM ORTHOTICS
Whether you’re visiting your Chiropractor for pain, preventive care or to improve your athletic performance, Foot Levelers’ custom-made functional orthotics can help.
Functional orthotics are prescription shoe inserts. They're custom made to easily slide into your shoes and support the unique shape of your feet. They replace the generic insole included with shoes and are designed to align your spine, hips, and neck, as well as to secure Chiropractic adjustments beyond the adjusting table.
Generic, off-the-shelf inserts risk worsening your symptoms because they address only general conditions, and with questionable results. Your feet are as unique as your fingerprints. Only Foot Levelers custom-made orthotics are built specifically to meet your individual feet, body and health needs.
Individually designed for you based on 3D scans and your doctor’s exam. Specific corrections are crafted by hand by our highly trained technicians; left–right imbalance and pronation addresses. Orthotics help achieve a balanced foundation and a stabilized pelvis, and help adjustments "hold" better. Research proven to help relieve pain, improve biomechanics and support your doctor's adjustments
Just as everyone has a unique personality, everyone has a unique body structure and foot shape. The benefit of using custom-made orthotics - rather than generic, mass produced ones - is that they're perfectly fitted to you.
Functional Medicine is a systems biology–based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease. Each symptom or differential diagnosis may be one of many contributing to an individual’s illness.
The Functional Medicine model evolved from the insights and perspectives of a small group of influential thought leaders who realized the importance of an individualized approach to disease causes based on the evolving research in nutritional science, genomics, and epigenetics. These thought leaders found ways to apply these new advances in the clinic to address root causes using low-risk interventions that modify molecular and cellular systems to reverse these drivers of disease.
All clinicians take patient history, but what makes the Functional Medicine Timeline different is that it has the effect of giving the patient insight into previous life events to motivate them to change and participate in treatment. As an intake tool for organizing the patient’s history chronologically, the Functional Medicine Timeline is a graphical representation that allows clinicians to identify factors that predispose, provoke, and contribute to pathological changes and dysfunctional responses in the patient. In this way, practitioners will be able to view temporal relationships among events, which can reveal cause-effect relationships that might otherwise go unnoticed. By covering the period from preconception to the present, the Timeline reflects the connection between the whole lifespan and one’s current health.
Dry needling technique is a modern Western medical modality that is not related to Traditional Chinese acupuncture in any way. Dry Needling was first developed in 1940's by Janet Travell, MD, former medical adviser to White House (JFK's physician). Thus, dry needling a.k.a biomedical acupuncture is based on modern understanding of human anatomy and patho-physiology and on modern scientific research, drawing heavily on leading-edge neurological research using modern imaging techniques such as Functional MRls of the brain.
The purpose of dry needling is to aerate the muscles to speed up recovery time; meaning to increase blood flow into the area of pain to help filter out substances like inflammation and lactic acid.
In addition to muscle spasms, dry needling has been used to treat conditions including headaches, lower back pain, sciatic pain, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), and tendonitis.
NormaTec is the leader in rapid recovery—our systems give a competitive edge. Their goal is to establish recovery as an integral part of every person's training, and we feel NormaTec systems are the best way to accomplish that. The NormaTec PULSE Recovery Systems are dynamic compression devices designed for recovery and rehab. All of their systems use NormaTec's patented PULSE technology to help people recover faster between trainings and after performance.
Their systems include a control unit and attachments which go on the legs, arms, or hips. They use compressed air to massage your limbs, mobilize fluid, and speed recovery with their patented NormaTec Pulse Massage Pattern. When you use their systems, you will first experience a pre-inflate cycle, during which the connected attachments are molded to your exact body shape. The session will then begin by compressing your feet, hands, or upper quad (depending on which attachment you are using). Similar to the kneading and stroking done during a massage, each segment of the attachment will first compress in a pulsing manner and then release. This will repeat for each segment of the attachment as the compression pattern works its way up your limb.
Are you at risk for B12 vitamin deficiency? People with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, greater than age 50, stomach (gastrointestinal) and/or digestive issues, cigarette smokers, alcohol users, vegans or vegetarians.
The benefits associated with B12 shots are energy boost, decrease fatigue,
mental clarity, nerve health, and
promote healthy hair, nails, and skin.
Here are some of the symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency...
-Unexplained fatigue can be because of the lack of oxygen to the body’s organs and tissues.
-Weakness in muscles means that your muscles are not receiving enough oxygen they need to function at their best potential.
-Dizziness or lightheadedness can be an early sign of pernicious anemia (low red blood cell count). A CBC is needed to diagnose pernicious anemia.
-Pins and needles feeling or paraesthesia (tingling, numbing, prickling sensation) in the hands or feet means there is a lack of erythrocytes (low count of red blood cells). When there is a lack of erythrocytes, nerve tissues do not receive the proper amount of oxygen needed to function.
-Pale skin means that you lack erythrocytes (low count of red blood cells) and your skin appears less “rosy”.
-Forgetfulness isn’t always the reason for dementia or Alzheimer’s. A blood test would be needed to diagnose.
-Eye problems like blurriness, double vision, and reduced vision can be symptoms of a lack of vitamin B12. It can also cause a rare optic neuropathy (damage to the optic nerve that controls vision).
A blood test would be recommended to diagnose.