There are SOOOO many ways to get pain relief. I have only posted a few of the more common ones. Exciting New Scientific Technology with Life Wave Pain Relief Patches. I put some on a patient with low back pain and neck pain from a car crash and her pain within a minute dropped to 50% of what it was. This is especially exciting for those people that do not like having there spines adjusted or hang upside down. This is Energy Medicine and will be so common like cell phones are today. For those looking to make a little extra money or looking to start a home based business this could be for you. http://www.lifewave.com/rep_page.asp
I have used magnets also for pain relief and was able to prevent a knee surgery about 20 years ago because I took ACTION and decided to try Magnets. Whether it's magnets, Life Wave Patches, Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Prescription drugs, OTC drugs you will use whatever you feel comfortable with and or a habit of doing. Prescription and OTC drugs have never resonated with me especially because of all the side effects and the simple reason that they do not heal anything so I'm glad I became a Chiropractor. There are many ways to get out of pain safer and naturally. It's just up to you to get out of your comfort zone and say "I'm going to try .........." #healthcoachtips, #chiropractic, #painrelief
I will be starting a Pain Study very soon. If you've been suffering with pain or know someone who is this may be what you've been looking for. I will only accept a limited number of people. You don't have to be my patient to be accepted into the study. There is no cost to participate. This is NOT about Chiropractic or hanging upside down....although I get really good results with patients doing that. If you are interested, text me because if you leave me a message on Facebook I might not see it until tonight and by that time I will have filled my quota of how many people I can accept. 383-CARE (2273). If this interests you Please Like and Share. #painrelief,#headaches, #migraines, #lowbackpain, #neckpain, #shoulderpain
I've come across a new technology for pain and wellness. It is based on the science of Acupuncture and Homeopathy. It is an amazing scientific breakthrough that has been around for a few years but just now am learning about it. I put a few patches on a patients knee and his pain reduced from a +8 to a + 4 and put another patch and it reduced the pain to a +1. He could not believe it neither could I!!
1. Do not sit for too long…. 20-30 minutes at a time is OK. Lie down, stand up, walk around, sit down. You may have already figured out if you sit too long you hurt more especially when getting up and that you have to keep varying your positions. Also, when you do sit avoid the sofa. Most sofas are too soft. Sit in a hard chair with a good back rest. You can roll up a towel into a roll and use for supporting your low back. You can also use this roll when you’re lying on your back. The key is to not make it too big or too small.
2. Use an ice pack for the pain and inflammation. 20 minutes on and then remove. Reapply after 30 minutes if needed. You can also alternate heat and ice. Heat for 10-15 minutes then ice for 15-20 minutes. You can use the roll with the ice pack on top. This gives your low back excellent support while icing it.
3. DO NOT bend over for anything. When tying your shoes cross your leg or put them up on a chair to tie. DO NOT bend over. If you drop something, get on one knee or squat to pick it up. Avoid heavy lifting.
4. Depending on your Inversion machine, if you have the one where you hang from the thighs, you can do back extension exercises. You may only be able to come up a little at first and after a few days you may be able to come up much higher to where you are horizontal.
5. If you don’t have an Inversion machine, you can also do what I call arch the back exercises while lying on your stomach. With your arms to your sides you lift your chest and legs at the same time…creating an arch. You can also do a half push-up by lying on your stomach and putting your hands on the floor as if you are going to lift your chest off the floor. These exercises will help reduce the disc herniation and provide pain relief. Do 3, 4, 5 up to 8,9,10. Start with what’s comfortable for you. You will feel some pain as you are doing them but should feel much better afterwards. Don’t overdo it, but don’t be afraid of the pain or let it stop you from working out your back. You know your body better than any doctor. Ice afterwards.
6. I’m not a fan of OTC or prescription drugs but if you really need to take any pills, try to take them only at night to help you sleep. Make sure you take them with large glass of water and preferably with a piece of fruit etc. The reason you want to avoid taking pills is that you want to be able to monitor your pain and not be numbed out because then you don’t really know how your back is doing. If you can’t feel the pain, you will sit longer and do stuff you would not normally do if you feel the pain. Also people on pain pills tend to heal slower…. they interfere with the body’s natural healing.
7. Have you seen a good Chiropractor? Chiropractic adjustments many times work wonders! And when you combine Inversion with Chiropractic …that is a prescription for long term pain relief and even a cure. The key is finding the right Chiropractor. You may want to read my article… How To Find The Right Chiropractor For You.
8. Use your inversion machine as often as every hour if you can. You might want to start with one or two minutes at a 45 degree angle (if you have the type where you hang from the ankles). As you feel more comfortable you can gradually increase the angle to where you are completely upside down. Start slow and get comfortable with Inversion. You will LOVE it!
1. EAT/DRINK HEALTHIER- Follow the 80/20 Rule. Eat and drink healthier eighty percent of the time. Twenty percent of the time eat whatever you want, but don’t pig out. For example, if you eat three meals a day and have two snacks per day that’s five times in a day that you eat something. Eighty percent of five meals equals four. That means 4 out of five times eat healthy and then allow yourself to cheat 1 time per day. Maybe make it a snack you cheat with. Remember, moderation is the key. Obviously if you overdo it when you “cheat” that will only work against you. Strive to eat more organic fruits and vegetables. Take high quality food based vitamin supplements. Supplements that you see advertised as “doctor recommended” are not the best choice when it comes to quality. I have researched dozens of vitamin companies and I recommend and use Standard Process. You can learn more about these organic food based vitamins athttp://www.StandardProcess.com
Drink ½ your body weight of filtered water in ounces. For example if you weigh 130 lbs. you would drink 65 ounces of water per day. If you drink more water then you will naturally drink less soda, tea, coffee and alcoholic drinks. If you do drink tea once in a while, be sure to avoid sugar and sugar substitutes. Instead use natural Stevia or honey. Or try getting used to unsweetened lemon flavored tea. It really is just a matter of getting your tasted buds used to the new flavor and forming new habits which take a few weeks.
2. EXERCISE- At least four times a week you should do some type of exercise. A good rule of thumb is to not go more than two days without some type of exercise. Remember, if you have not exercised in a while start slow and gradually build up. Weather permitting walk outdoors and get a little sunshine. Incorporate a combination of cardio and strength training into your exercise routine. Maybe take up a sport like tennis, basketball, ping pong to add variety to your exercise routine.
3. INVERSION- Get an Inversion machine and start hanging upside down for 1 minute a day. Inversion reverses the compression effects of gravity. It is the best way to treat back problems and keeps them from starting. It also helps rehydrate the discs to prevent disc degeneration. Click on the inversion tab on the home page and read more about Inversion Therapy. I cannot stress enough how it changed my life and the lives and health of hundreds of my patients. Dozens of these patients would have had spinal surgery had it not been for Inversion Therapy. I still hang at least once a day (usually 2-3 times) for only 20-30 seconds. I have been using inversion for over twenty years. Read more about Inversion and the wonderful benefits on this site. Look for the Inversion tab & I Hang, I Stretch, I Heal tab.
4. POSTURE- Good posture is important for good spinal health. Spinal health is vital for a normal functioning nervous system which in turn supplies the life force energy or electrical nerve supply to all your internal organs, glands and muscles. Good posture also prevents back and neck pain. As you start to exercise, you will notice your posture improving. You also need to make a conscious effort to maintain good posture whether you are sitting, standing, driving, doing housework, reading, working on the computer or even when you’re sleeping. I cannot stress the importance of good posture to prevent back and neck pain and many health problems.
5. BODYWORK- A good Chiropractor and Massage Therapist are vital to your health and well being. There are also other Natural Holistic Practitioners like Acupuncturists, Naturopaths and Homeopaths that can be important for your health care team. The goal is to take a proactive approach to your health and not a reactive one. Preventions is key. When something does go wrong you don’t want to mask it with OTC or prescription drugs. You want to get to the cause and find natural treatments. I recommend a once a month body alignment/tune-up for optimal health. Studies have shown that chiropractic adjustments to the spine lower blood pressure, improves your immune system, gets rid of migraines, headaches, muscle spasms and tension, allergies, leg/arm pain and much more. Once you understand the importance of your spine, spinal cord and all the nerves that exit the spine you will understand how important it is to remove any nerve interference from your spine whether or not there is any pain in the spine. Having a spinal adjustment regularly keeps you feeling and functioning as best as possible. PREVENTION IS THE KEY!
6. REDUCE CHEMICALS- We have grown numb to the fact that we have allowed thousands of chemicals to be used in the foods we eat and the air we breathe. Those chemicals are also in our personal care products, household cleaning products, air fresheners, food and water containers etc. We CAN reduce many of those dangerous chemicals. We also don’t have to believe and buy every new product that comes out on television. Here are some ways to reduce some of those chemicals:
Maintaining balance in all areas of our lives is so important. We should not neglect play time. We should also spend a little time each day to be grateful for the things we have. Meditation, prayer or using affirmations are ways to keep balance in those areas of our lives. Life needs to be fun. It should not be all work and no play. Make time to play or do the things you enjoy every week. Love what you do or change what you’re doing. Maybe it’s time for a career change. Life is too short to not enjoy your work. Work smarter not harder. Give thanks and praise every day. Rest when your body calls for it. Work hard play hard but also work smart play smart.
It is just as important to give as it is to receive. Be generous with your time, talents and money. Try to help the less fortunate. There are many good organizations to get involved with. Be of service to others with a loving, caring and wanting to help attitude. Fix any broken relationships even if it means you picking up the phone and making the call first. Help make this planet better for all. You’ll be glad you did!
The slogan, “I Hang, I Stretch, I’m Pain Free” was inspired by the many companies that use slogans to create brand awareness such as WalMart’s- Save Money. Live Better. I had been wanting to create my own slogan for some time now and just the other day, while at the movies with my children, an advertisement for Jeep came on the screen and then it came to me, “I Hang, I Stretch, I’m Pain Free!”
I can’t say enough good things about Inversion Therapy (hanging upside down) and how it has helped get rid of my neck and low back pains.
It has also helped thousands of my patients now that I have been using this technique for over twenty years.
This blog came about because there are millions of people who suffer with back and neck problems and need to learn about this technique. I wanted to share my results with the world. I felt the best way to get this information out to the world was to write a book and promote this information on a blog.
It’s taken me three and a half years to research and write the book, HANGING OUT FOR PAIN RELIEF- How Inversion Can Cure Your Back Pain in 3 Minutes a Day.
You can read an excerpt from HANGING OUT FOR PAIN RELIEF here on this blog….look for the article/blog post…Commonly Asked Questions about Inversion Therapy.
I just want to iterate that at first you may not understand why hanging upside down is so good for your spine or discs. But it’s a fun and simple yet extremely effective way to stretch and decompress the human body, specifically the spine and discs. All it takes is just one minute a day for maintenance. If you have a disc problem you may need to hang for one minute three to six times a day until the problem resolves.
Here’s the main reason why hanging upside down is so effective for treating disc herniations and many other back and spine problems. Gravity causes compression to the body when you are sitting or standing.
Hanging upside down will decompress the spine due to the compression effects of gravity. It’s that simple. Nothing else will reverse the effects of gravity like Inversion Therapy. Nothing. Learn more by going to this article I wrote Commonly Asked Questions About Inversion Or Hanging Upside Down. Click this link and read morehttp://drcarlosmgonzalez.com/?p=114
Spinal surgery is risky and there is no guarantee that your back pain will be cured with surgery. In fact, my experience of over twenty four years with dealing with patients and listening to their comments is this: of those people who have had spinal surgery about 1/3 get better …some completely some a little better some a lot better but still have some pain. 1/3 have no change and 1/3 get worse. Besides the uncertainty of any surgery especially the spine there are several risks you will face. and the risks depend on the surgeon and the type of surgery you are being recommended. Infection, blood clots, memory loss from the anesthesia. Read more about the risks and complications here. http://www.spine-health.com/treatment/spinal-fusion/potential-risks-and-complications-acdf-surgery
So if you want a simple, fast, effective and inexpensive way to treat and or prevent spinal problems……start hanging! It’s fast, simple and effective. One minute a day to a healthier, happier and longer life!
Regardless of how many times someone hears from their friends and co-workers how much Chiropractic helped them, some people are still skeptical. Why? Because some people that go to the wrong Chiropractor are quick to talk about their bad experiences. El Paso Chiropractorhttp://drcarlosmgonzalez.com/, Dr. Carlos M. Gonzalez explains, “This leads to confusion. You hear good comments you hear bad comments so you don’t know what to think.”
Finding the right Chiropractor can be challenging because you are a unique individual with unique circumstances.
Finding the right Chiropractor is like finding the right pair of shoes. It may take going to several before you find the right one for you. Although there are some excellent Chiropractors that do a terrific job not all Chiropractors are good. Here are some things to consider: One of the most important things about finding the right Chiropractor is that even though you may have already been to one before and did not have a good experience or outcome, don’t shut yourself out from finding the right Chiropractor.
Chiropractic is the largest natural healthcare system in the world! There are many more Chiropractors today than there were 10 years ago. I have seen many patients that had been seen by other Chiropractors. People change for a variety of reasons. Probably the most common reasons I hear are, “It is too far from where I live or work”, “I was not getting results” and “I didn’t feel I was getting personalized care”.
If you feel the need to change because of one of the above reasons or something else, have you tried discussing it with your Chiropractor? Doctors of Chiropractic are human too. They suffer from burnout, insurance nightmares, employee problems and the list goes on. That is not an excuse but if you are in a situation where you don’t feel like you are being listened too or feel like you’re just another number and you have brought it up maybe it’s time you start looking for a new Chiropractor.
Some Chiropractors have excellent people and communication skills and some don’t. Some excel in treating certain health problems like disc herniations and others excel in nutritional counseling. Some are excellent at spinal adjusting, some are too rough and some are afraid to hurt you so they are too gentle and do not get good results. In fact they are so gentle that many times the results are poor. Some Chiropractors are really good at focusing on the money. Some are excellent at what they do and don’t charge close to what each visit is worth.
There are a variety of sub-specialties that Chiropractors can get certified in. Radiology, Neurology, Pediatrics, Sports Injuries, Spinal Trauma and Orthopedics are some. Some Chiropractors never stop learning and attending Conferences. I’ve taken over 600 hours in Post graduate trainings which include Whiplash and Spinal Trauma, Sports Injuries, Pediatrics, Extremities (foot, ankle, knee hip, shoulder elbow, wrist) and many more. If you are in a car crash it’s important to go to a Chiropractor who is specially trained in Whiplash Read my Free Report, Car Crash? Before You Call An Attorney Read This! What Insurance Companies and Some Attorneys Don’t Want You To Know.http://drcarlosmgonzalez.com/?p=1167
It is difficult finding a really good Chiropractor that excels in many areas. Sometimes the best way to find a good Chiropractor is to ask family and friends whom they go see.If they don’t have a Chiropractor then you need to do some homework. You may need to visit several Chiropractors and ask specific questions before you find one that you are compatible with. Dr. Gonzalez suggests to search for one who has success treating your kind of problem. For example, if you have a foot problem would you go to a doctor who only treats knees? Some Chiropractors only treat the spine. Some have specialty training in other parts of the body like feet, ankles, knees, shoulders. One might thing they should do to a foot specialist or a podiatrist but their training is to do injections and surgery so if you want a more natural approach to foot problems see a Chiropractor who treats foot problems. I’ve been able to help many women with bunions and athletes men and women with plantar fascitis and heel spurs. And don’t let distance be a deterrent from seeing the right Chiropractor. I have patients from all over the city who still drive upwards of 25 miles to pay me a visit. Why? When you get the care you need, effective fast and affordable isn’t it worth the drive. Many of my patients think so. One patient tells me “I have been to a couple other Chiropractors that are closer to my home but they don’t do all the things you do for me. I’d rather drive the distance and get it done right!”
Try not to let your insurance restrict whom you see because they are not “in network.” Sometimes it is better to go with the Chiropractor that several people have recommended, even if he/she is not in your network and you have to pay cash out of pocket. It is much better to go to someone where you get results even if it means you have to pay more or drive farther. What is it worth to get rid of pain, sleep well, get rid of those nagging headaches and start living a normal life again and doing the things you used to love to do! What is your health worth? Too many people miss the boat because of this problem and then they actually end up paying more out of pocket because of the co-pay and deductibles.
It would, of course, be ideal to find a Chiropractor who is “in network” that has excellent skills. That’s why you are paying for health insurance in the first place. Unfortunately, dealing with insurance companies can be frustrating. I have heard plenty of situations where insurance companies limit the amount of chiropractic visits or simply deny coverage. I see a trend where people are paying cash because insurance deductibles are getting ridiculously high and co-payments are also going up to $40-50 for specialists which Chiropractors are.
Hollywood producer Michael Moore’s movie SICKO documents many similar stories. There are also many books about our failing healthcare system and insurance companies if you are not a fan of Michael Moore. Denzel Washington starred in the movie John Q precisely about how his insurance company was denying his son a heart transplant. Patients have shared many real life similar stories with me over the years. So the bottom line is don’t let your insurance company dictate who you see if your health is truly important to you!
On a more positive note, Chiropractic continues to grow and gain popularity despite the trend of limited insurance coverage. People are also sick and tired of going to their medical doctors and just keep getting more pills. I have treated hundreds of patients after they had many trials of prescription drugs, injections and surgery only to have the pain return or told they needed surgery when I was able to correct their disc herniation and prevent those surgeries. I have made Chiropractic care AFFORDABLE and provide PERSONALIZED CARE. My practice continues to GROW because of this.
Most people will respond wonderfully to good Chiropractic care. In my practice I use many different physical therapy modalities. I use therapeutic magnets, inversion therapy (hanging upside down), stretching, different types of massages and massage tools, affordable orthotics for your feet without having to refer patients to the podiatrist and much more. I also teach my patients on what they should be doing at home, specific exercises and therapy and things they should avoid. Self-care is a vital part of getting you well, getting pain free and rehabilitating injuries. Read my article The Best Doctor For You Is You here http://drcarlosmgonzalez.com/?p=694
In looking for a Chiropractor, you could also ask questions like, “Do you have an area that you specialize in?” Or “What types of patients do you like to treat most?” Another good question to ask is, “Have you taken any post graduate training?”
In interviewing a new Chiropractor, be sure to listen to your gut feeling. It is usually right.
But as the saying goes, you really can’t judge a book by its cover. The doctor might have many diplomas and certificates proudly displayed but is a terrible communicator, people person or too rough/too gentle when it comes to adjusting and treating the spine.
Another Chiropractor may not have many certificates or awards but be excellent at treating patients. You really need to ask family, friends and co-workers and ask them a lot of questions. Ask the details like what to expect. Does he or she explain things well or are they in a hurry? Was he/she gentle or too rough? Did he/she use an instrument to adjust your spine? Did he/she ask what you were looking to get out of the visit? Did he/she try to sell you a lengthy treatment plan? Not that lengthy treatment plans are all bad but is that what you are looking for when you are in pain and want pain relief as fast as possible instead of signing up for a long and lengthy plan?
These are some of the more important things to look for when looking for the right Chiropractor for YOU! The important thing is to have an excellent Chiropractor as part of your healthcare team. As I have been saying for many years “You don’t know what you are missing until you know what you’ve been missing.” Find the right Chiropractor for YOU and start living a Healthier, Happier and more Productive Life!!
Can Carrying School Backpacks Cause Neck Pain, Headaches, Muscle Tension and Spinal Problems? By Dr. Gonzalez
Has anyone else been having problems with their kids’ school backpacks being too heavy? Got a call from a patient yesterday that her daughter has been complaining of neck pain, shoulder pain and headaches. The mom is asking if it could be the backpack. She checked it and said it weighed about 20 lbs.
Yes, back packs can place a lot of stress and tension to the
neck, shoulder muscles and spine. Heavy backpacks can also contribute to the problems associated with scoliosis, which is an abnormal curvature of the spine. A recent study conducted in Italy found that the average child carries a backpack that would be the equivalent of a 39-pound burden for a 176-pound man or a 29-pound load for a 132-pound woman. Of those children carrying heavy backpacks to school, 60 percent had experienced back pain as a result. In 2001, backpacks were the cause of 7,000 emergency room visits and numerous complaints of muscle spasms, neck and shoulder pain. The problem has become so widespread, in fact, the California State Assembly passed legislation that would force school districts to develop ways of reducing the weight of students’ backpacks. Similar legislation is being considered in New Jersey as well with more states to likely follow.
The damage these heavy backpacks cause really depends on how
much weight is being carried. Most kids nowadays carry many books in their backpacks and can weigh 20-30 lbs. If a child weighs 100 lbs. and that child is carrying a 20 lb. backpack that is 20% of that child’s body weight. That is too much weight. If your child walks to the school bus stop or walks to school that is too heavy of a load to be carrying around. If they don’t carry the back pack the way it was designed to be worn then all the weight is being transferred to
only one shoulder. Even if they are being carried on both shoulders the backpacks are too heavy and cause many children to lean way forward which cause stress to the spine and muscles.
Most doctors and physical therapists recommend that kids carry no more than 10% to 15% of their body weight in their packs. So if your child weighs 100 lbs., your child’s back pack should not weigh more
than 15% or 15 lbs. Check out this website for more information on how you can minimize some of the problems associated with backpacks: http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/consumerawareness/a/backpacktips.htm
What can you do?
There are different types of back packs and book bags to consider. Shoulder bags are popular with some kids but place too much strain
because they only have one strap. If your child wants one of those bags make sure it is to be used ONLY if they don’t have lots of books to be carrying around. A good back pack should have wide padded straps and several compartments to distribute the weight better. The
straps should be snug and not so loose that the backpack hangs too low. Check out these backpacks at http://www.airpacks.com/products.shtm
Ask the teacher if you can get a second set of heavy text books for home if possible. Or ask the teacher to use handouts instead of textbooks for homework. Some states have already begun to embrace the use of E-books and online assignments in place of heavy bulky textbooks.
Here is a handy chart to help you figure what weight limit your child should be carrying.
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