Many people when they go to a holistic or natural health practitioner are surprised to find that often, regardless of their specific complaint, they are getting treatment for their intestine. Why all this interest in my gut?
The intestine becomes the focus for health because most health conditions have their origin in problems starting with your digestive health. Let’s look at the digestive system and see what all the fuss is about.
Your gastro-intestinal tract runs from your mouth to your anus and is actually considered to be “outside” your body. Anything that is located within the intestine is not incorporated into the body UNTIL it is absorbed through the intestinal lining into the blood stream.
This is actually a good thing as it serves to protect your body from bacteria, virus, and toxic chemicals prior to them being absorbed and affecting your body.
Your gut is a bio-chemical phenomenon with the ability to breakdown and process food, absorb only specific nutrients into the body for utilization by the tissues, secreting chemicals involved in immune system function, and even secreting neuro-chemicals used for brain function.
The fact is that about 70% of your immune system is located in the gut, referred to as GALT or gut associated lymph tissue. 80% of your serotonin receptors are located in the gut rather than in the brain. (serotonin receptors regulate mood, appetite, sleep, memory and learning just to name a few!) It’s no surprise then that people with intestinal problems get sick so frequently.
We’ve all heard the expression “you are what you eat”. Well, there is tremendous truth to this. The piece of steak you had last night, through the miracle of digestion, has been broken down into its various component parts, which have been absorbed into your circulation and converted into parts of your body, such as eye, lung, or heart tissue for example.
The fact that this amazing conversion takes place at all is magic, but it does it all without any thought or effort on your part.
Once food has been broken down into its constituent parts, it can be absorbed. The inner layer of your intestine is made up of millions of tiny “fingers” called villi which have blood circulating through them. The villi create tremendous surface area, (about the size of a football field) which allows nutrients to be SELECTIVELY absorbed into your body. Protecting the villi is a group of beneficial bacteria that act to protect the intestinal lining from damage.
The ability to exclude harmful items such as harmful bacteria, virus and toxins while letting in good nutrients such as amino acids, sugars, and fatty acids (the component parts of food broken down into the smallest sizes) is what keeps you healthy. These nutrients keep your body functioning. When your gut becomes sick it is usually because this protective layer of bacteria have been killed off. This happens by many methods.
Antibiotic medications kill off many of the bacteria in your body, good and bad, including the bacteria associated with this protective layer. Steroid medications and many over the counter drugs such as ibuprophen, Pepcid, and antacids can cause damage to this protective layer as well.
Once this protective layer has been impaired, your body is able to absorb all manner of things not usually permitted such as partially digested nutrients, as well as foreign substances, or even toxic chemicals. These absorbed items wreak havoc with your body chemistry and can cause problems with any organ system in your body.
Typically we see all manner of digestive problems, allergic reactions, skin rashes, sinus problems, migraine and regular headaches, candida overgrowth, hormonal problems, menstrual problems, psychological problems like depression and anxiety and even things like chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia!
So the next time you put something in your mouth you might want to give more thought to what you are eating as it can give you more than just an upset stomach!
At CARE WEllness Center, our digestive health specialists are well versed in alternative and natural health approaches to digestive conditions such as heartburn, IBS, ulcers, constipation, diarrhea, food allergy and more.
Dr. Kirk Whitten and Dr. Abraham Freeman are both certified clinical nutritionists that work with you to put in place a customized plan that focuses on your condition. They understand that good digestive health is the key to overall health and wellness.
Our approaches to digestive wellness might include diet and nutrition modification, food allergy testing and elimination, Chinese herbs and acupuncture, homeopathic remedies, supplements for immune support and high-quality probiotics and digestive enzymes, and Allergy Treatment.
Digestive Disorders helped by our programs include:
Please call us at 954-586-8088 to schedule a free consultation with our digestive health specialists. Dr. Kirk Whitten and Dr. Abraham Freeman have been serving the communities of Margate, Coral Springs, Coconut Creek, and Pompano Beach for over 25 years.
The treatment of cancer is one of the best examples of how conventional medicine and Chinese medicine can be integrated for the patient’s well being. Patients who consult with us for various types of cancer support and alternative treatments for cancer have already been through the diagnostic process with their conventional physicians; some have begun treatments for cancer, while others are gathering information and options.
For some, it’s their first journey into a vast array of therapies known as complementary medicine. They are often overwhelmed by the choices, promises, and practices of unfamiliar ways to heal their minds and bodies. The challenge we have encountered is finding a balance between conventional and complementary care, while limiting the number of therapies used at any one time, so valid evaluation is possible regard
ing the success of each specific treatment. A further challenge involves maintaining strong and open lines of communication between the patient and providers. Good communication fosters better understanding and overall better treatment.
Cancer is defined as the abnormal growth, reproduction, and spread of body cells. These cells do not obey the normal signals of the body that control other cells, and behave independently instead of working in harmony with your system.
Sometimes cancer cells reproduce and form a lump or tumor. If the tumor is self-contained and doesn’t spread, it’s called benign and is usually surgically removed. If tumor cells grow, divide, damage the normal cells around them, and invade other tissue or travel through your bloodstream, the cells malignant or cancerous. Metastasis refers to malignant tumor’s cells that enter the bloodstream. The danger comes from the spread of these other tissues in your body, where new tumors can grow.
As tumors grow and multiply, they rob your normal healthy cells of nutrients, disrupting your body’s ability to function. Deteriorating health or death usually results. No one knows exactly why some cells become cancer cells. Exposure to certain substances and particular lifestyle habits are linked to cancer development. For instance, we all know exposure to cigarette smoke puts you at a significantly higher risk of lung cancer. A diet that is high in fat and low in fiber is associated with increased risk of colorectal cancer and is a factor in breast cancer and prostate cancer, too.
There are more than 100 different diseases classified as cancers. In the United States skin cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer, followed by breast, lung, prostate, colon and rectal, bladder, uterine, oral, leukemia, and pancreatic cancer, respectively.
We focus on three main areas of concern when working with patients during their cancer treatment: nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy, cancer pain, and the stimulation of the immune system.
We’d like to also point out that we do not encourage patients to use Chinese Medicine to the exclusion of their oncologist or primary physician. We encourage clear communication between the patient’s physicians and our staff to ensure the best care.
While there are studies to support what the efficacy of acupuncture and cancer, more research and integrated programs are needed. Expanding our knowledge will give practitioners and patients the confidence to use acupuncture in the most appropriate and effective ways.
Nausea and Vomiting
Patients tell me how difficult it is to deal with all the emotions and logistics of chemotherapy, but the nausea and vomiting that often follow are just too much to bear. Your energy level and appetite decline rapidly. Anti nausea medications are available, but they may not work to alleviate the problem immediately.
Studies show that acupuncture can be used effectively alone for nausea or provide added relief when using anti nausea treatments. We have found that acupuncture is highly effective in this area, and it’s a real pleasure to bring relief to our patients during a difficult time in their lives. According to the National Institute of Health’s panel of scientists, researchers, and practitioners, clinical studies on humans have shown acupuncture to be effective for nausea caused by cancer chemotherapy.
Acupuncture activates the opioid (painkilling) systems of our bodies. You will most likely feel relaxed and comfortable after your treatment, partly due to the release of these natural substances into your bloodstream. Research has been able to identify several opioids that flow into your central nervous system during acupuncture treatment and thereby reduce pain. Your individual treatment will depend on the location and type of cancer you have. Acupuncture is not done on or around the tumor site. The Qi channels that traverse your body are stimulated to safely relax muscles and decrease the pain that often accompanies cancer.
Boosting Your Immune System
Keeping yourself as healthy as possible during your treatments for cancer is vital to a successful outcome. Acupuncture can be used along with your treatments to maintain overall health. Our immune system is often measured by the percentage of T lymphocyte cells (particularly T-4) that are part of our body’s natural resistance and immunity. Studies are beginning to show a significant increase in T-4 cells following acupuncture treatment. In addition to acupuncture and Chinese herbs for cancer support, we also have incorporated nutrition and diet counseling as part of our program. An alkaline diet and proper nutrition and supplementation can greatly boost your immune system and increase your energy.
Many patients are finding that adding acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and nutrition to their conventional cancer treatment helps them feel better during the process of healing. At CARE Wellness Center, we truly believe that we can help you in your healing process. Please call 954-586-8088 to schedule a free consultation. We proudly serve the cities of Broward County including Margate, Coral Springs, Coconut Creek and Pompano Beach.
With sufficient stress even an extraordinarily healthy person may develop psychological problems such as anxiety and anxiety attacks. Everyone has their breaking point, no matter how healthy their nervous system may be to begin with.
No matter how bad your situation or symptoms appear to be, there is help. Here at CARE Wellness Center, we have put together an effective and successful anxiety treatment program to combat anxiety and panic attacks to get you feeling like yourself again.
Robert Herbst AP, DOM has a master’s degree in clinical psychology and has worked in the field of psychology prior to beginning his training in Chinese medicine. He utilizes Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture to effectively treat many psychological conditions including anxiety, depression and addictions.
Clinical research has proven that acupuncture treatment combined with Chinese herbs is a more effective long term treatment for anxiety than traditional pharmaceutical drugs and western therapies.
Here we will discuss the symptoms of anxiety, its causes according to Chinese medicine, and how we treat this debilitating condition with Acupuncture and Chinese herbs.
Anxiety has a wide variety of definitions, but the one most commonly agreed upon describes it as “a feeling of threat, especially of a fearsome threat, without the person’s being able to say what he think threatens”.
It consists of a somatic, physiological side (disturbed breathing, increased heart activities, vasomotor changes, muscoloskeletal disturbances such as trembling or paralysis, increased sweating) and of a psychological side (perception of specific unpleasurable feelings and sensations, apprehension).
Anxiety is differentiated from fear; the former is a reaction to an unreal or imagined danger. Fear, the Chinese say, is an emotion that descends to the Kidneys, and anxiety is an emotion that ascends to the Heart.
Anxiety is a multi-faceted phenomenon, which may also be classified as acute or chronic. Combinations of acute and chronic anxiety may be observed in, and experienced by, the same person.
Anxiety is not only a signal that all is not well, but a declaration that the organism is still capable of responding. It is, after all, a sign of life and an indication that the person still has the strength to struggle with his malady.
There are 5 main causes of anxiety according to Chinese medicine:
1. The first is due to a combination of a weak constitution and a sudden fright. The symptoms of anxiety are palpitations, restlessness, dream-disturbed sleep, and anorexia. The principle effect is on the Heart. The pulse is Thready and Weak and the the object of the anxiety treatment and therapy is to calm the Heart and thereby soothe the mind, which in Chinese medicine is said to be controlled by the Heart. This is done by promoting the circulation of Heart qi, using acupuncture points such as UB-15 (xin shu), CV-14 (ju que), H-7 (shen men), P-6 (nei guan) and P-7 (da ling). We would also prescribe an appropriate herbal formula for this pattern.
2. The second cause is deficiency of the blood of the Heart due to blood loss and chronic disease. The predominant symptoms are impairment of memory and concentration, palpitation, pallor, dizziness, vertigo, and blurred vision. The principal effect is, once again, on the Heart, but this time it involves blood more than qi. The objects of treatment are three-fold. The first is to build the blood by strengthening the Spleen, which governs digestion – the principal source of nourishment for making blood. The second is to move the blood, and the third is to reinforce the Heart. Points such as UB-20 (pi shu), UB-21 (wei shu), ST-26 (zu san li), UB-17 (ge shu), points on the Heart channel and Heart Shu points are used. We would also prescribe an appropriate herbal formula for this pattern.
3. The third cause of anxiety according to the principles of Chinese Medicine is excess fire due to Yin (Water) Deficiency. The symptoms of anxiety are palpitations, irritability, insomnia, dizziness, and tinnitus. This is a water deficient condition of the Kidneys and Heart, which often occurs simultaneously with a condition of blood deficiency. The object is to tonify the Kidneys, remove heat from the Heart, and soothe the mind with such points as UB-14 (jue yin shu), UB-23 (shen shu), and KD-13 (tai xi), plus points along the Heart channel. We would also prescribe an appropriate herbal formula for this pattern.
4. The fourth cause is internal retention of harmful fluid due to a deficiency of the Spleen and Kidneys. The symptoms are palpitation, fullness in the chest and epigastrium, lassitude, and cough with sputum. There is thirst but with no desire to drink. The pulse is Strong and Slippery, and the tongue is covered with a sticky white coating. The object of the treatment is to tonify the Spleen and Kidney Yang using such points as UB-20 (pi shu), ST-36 (zu san li), CV-6 (qi hai), CV-17 (shan zhong) – to warm the qi of the yang, and UB-22 (san jiao shu) – to regulate the water of the Triple Burner. This also warms the yang and removes water retention. We would also prescribe an appropriate herbal formula for this pattern.
5. The fifth cause is internal phlegm-fire. Phlegm comes from a long accumulation of dampness and is the approximate equivalent of what we call mucus. Phlegm comes from Spleen deficiency and fire from excessive heat due to severe stagnation in the Liver – Gallbladder energy configuration. The heat dries out the water from the dampness, leaving the heavier residue, which we call phlegm. The cause of heat in the Liver-Gallbladder is due either to suppressed emotions or to chemicals including alcohol, caffeine, and recreational drugs. Prolonged illness may be another contributing factor. The symptoms are palpitations, irritability, quick temper, obsessions, and excessive dreaming.
Schizophrenia and epilepsy are associated with this condition. The treatment includes points to remove phlegm such as ST-40 (feng long), CV-22 (tian tu), points to remove heat such as GB-34 (yang ling quan) and LV-2 (xing xian); points to remove both from the Lungs, such as UB-13 (fei shu) and LU-5 (chi ze); points to remove fire and or phlegm from the Heart such as UB-14. We would also prescribe an appropriate Chinese herbal formula for this pattern.
Please call 954-586-8088 to schedule a free consultation to learn how we can help your anxiety condition and get you feeling like your old self again. We have helped so many of our patients suffering with anxiety and we are confident that we can help you too. If you live in Margate, Coral Springs, Coconut Creek, or Pompano Beach we are just minutes away in Peppertree Plaza on 441 and Sample Road.
What is an allergy? An allergy is an inappropriate immune system response to any substance. For example, your immune system is programmed to respond to bacteria and viruses. This is an appropriate response and keeps you healthy. However, when your immune system responds to pollen, dust, cats or dogs this would be an inappropriate response.
When your immune system responds it mounts an inflammatory reaction, which is what typically causes symptoms, such as runny nose, watery eyes, and itching. This immune response can also cause conditions such as asthma, digestive disorders such as IBS, skin disorders such as eczema or psoriasis, allergies to foods, pollen, trees, flowers, chemical allergies or sensitivities, and even migraine headaches!
CARE Wellness Center now provides an innovative, advanced technology that relieves most allergy symptoms by reducing neurological stress responses within your nervous system. This technology is available via the BioVeda PTL II Laser.
A consultation with the allergy specialist to learn more about this test is absolutely free! Once we determine what you are allergic to, we can successfully treat your allergies with our allergy elimination protocols using our laser system.
Using laser light technology, our allergy specialists will stimulate points along acupuncture meridians that correspond with the major organ systems of your body, rebalancing and strengthening your body to reduce your response to external stimuli. This type of allergy testing and treatment has helped countless people greatly reduce their suffering and enhanced their quality of life.
This treatment can significantly improve if not eliminate most allergy symptoms and sensitivities. If you have any questions regarding this procedure, or would like to set up a free consultation, please call us at (954) 586-8088. Learn more about our programs and about food allergy testing as well.
At CARE Wellness Center, we take your health very seriously, and we truly believe our programs for allergy are second to none. If you have not been getting results with your Primary Care Physician (Rx meds), Allergy specialist (shots), Neurologist (Rx and scans), Gastroenterologist (Rx and scans), Dermatologist (Rx/creams), Pharmacy (OTC meds), or Health food store (nutrients), please come in to see us for a free consultation. We proudly serve the communities of Margate, Coral Springs, Coconut Creek and Pompano Beach.
To quit smoking is one of the hardest things to do; however, it is one of the most beneficial steps you can take to better your health. The “Just Stop!” smoking cessation program is another integrated approach exclusive to Care Wellness Center.
The “Just Stop!” program utilizes Low Level Light Therapy, Herbal Supplementation and Homeopathy to help reduce stress, cravings and irritability. Our stop smoking program goes a step further by also helping to remove harmful toxins known to build in the blood, tissue and cells through habitual use of tobacco products. This can help you stop smoking not only short term but avoids longer term side effects related to smoking.
We start by stimulating specific acupuncture points on the body that are associated with cravings. The use of light triggers an endorphin and serotonin release that effectively and naturally calms the body, reducing stress and the irritability many patients experience during the first 72 hours of being smoke-free. The herbal supplement and homeopathy continue to help diminish and manage stress and cravings while also pushing the toxins that trigger the cravings out of body.
If you are a smoker, then surely you are already aware of the danger that you are putting yourself in every time you have a cigarette. Heart disease and cancer are the most hazardous effects of smoking, but there are a slew of other conditions that effect smokers on a daily basis. We won’t rehash these detrimental effects here, but we will explain how quitting smoking adds years to your life:
We understand that quitting smoking can be more difficult and more intense in cravings than those of a habitual heroin user. We are proud to offer the “Just Stop!” program and believe it is one of the best, most successful and easiest ways to quit smoking.
Each visit takes less than 10 minutes to complete. People considering this quit smoking program should be committed to quitting and improving their long-term quality of life.
Make an appointment for a free consultation with one of our doctors and quit smoking today! Our number is 954-586-8088. We provide the most powerful and effective Stop Smoking program for the residents of Margate, Coral Springs, Coconut Creek and Pompano Beach Florida.
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It is truly an exciting time for women’s health and health care for women in general. Women are living longer lives today than ever before, and research on the treatment and prevention of disease in women is finally catching up with that of men.
Even more notable, women are increasingly making health a top priority in their own lives. Traditionally women, as the primary caregivers in the family, have looked after the health of others before their own, but now they are realizing how important their own health is to leading productive, fulfilling, and happy lives.
Lifetsyle choices have such large health benefits that it pays for everyone to make them. An overall healthy lifestyle – avoiding smoking, eating a healthy diet, being physically active, and maintaining a healthy weight – can not only lower the risk of many serious diseases but also enhance the overall quality of life.
Regular physical activity alone lowers the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and colon cancer as well as improve energy levels, helps combat stress, and enhances mood.
At CARE Wellness Center, we take health care for women very seriously. We have developed programs specifically tailored for women that focus on their needs. We are not just another women’s center for health! We take an integrative holistic approach to women’s wellness that focuses on supporting females to live a healthy, energetic, balanced life.
We take what you already know about your health and healthy living and add our 25 + years of experience, knowledge and caring to help you overcome any health related obstacle, prevent future illness, and stay on the path to true vibrant health!
We have integrative, holistic wellness programs that focus on health care for women. They include:
Using our services and programs that utilize safe, effective holistic medicine, women can experience:
Our alternative medicine approach to health care for women is second to none and incorporates many modalities of treatment including acupuncture and acupressure, massage therapy, nutritional & lifestyle counseling chiropractic for pain, and even traditional anti aging medicine for bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.
This is integrative health care for women at its best, right here in Broward County! We proudly serve the residents of Margate, Coral Springs, Coconut Creek, and Pompano Beach. Please call 954-586-8088 to set up your free consultation today.
A landmark study published in the medical journal Fertility and Sterility, entitled Influence of Acupuncture on the Pregnancy Rate in Patients who Undergo Assisted Reproduction Therapy (Vol. 77, April 2002, 721-724) found that acupuncture dramatically improved the chances of becoming pregnant when used in conjunction with other assisted reproductive techniques.
Researchers from Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York published the The Ways Acupuncture Can Boost Fertility (prevention.com 2002). The study concluded that acupuncture for fertility helps to:
Another study in Fertility and Sterility tested changes to stress hormones, specifically cortisol and prolactin levels, with the use of acupuncture for fertility. The researchers found that women who had acupuncture showed beneficial changes to the levels of stress hormones compared to the control group, who did not have acupuncture. This has implications for both egg quality and implantation. In addition, the pregnancy and live birth rates were significantly higher in the acupuncture group. (Magarelli, PC, D Cridennda, M Cohen. Fertil Steril 2009 in press Fertility and Sterility)
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can raise the fertility potential for women by affecting the quality, quantity, balance and flow of energy and blood. When energy and blood are abundant and circulating freely throughout the body, every cell, tissue and organ is properly nourished and functioning. When this occurs a women’s health and fertility are improved.
According to traditional Chinese medicine or TCM, infertility is caused by an imbalance in energy and blood affecting one or more organ systems and meridians.
The kidney system determines our genetic makeup and stores essence. Essence is produced by the genetic material we receive from our parents combined with that of the nutrient rich foods we eat. Essence acts to nourish our organs and can transform into energy. It there by regulates reproduction and female hormones.
The spleen and pancreatic system involve the processes of metabolism. It functions to transform nutrients into blood and has a direct affect on the thyroid. Blood production has a fundamental connection with reproduction due its nourishing ability.
The liver system acts to facilitate the free flow of blood and energy. It acts to metabolize hormones and its blood reservoir provides blood for menstruation. The liver is also responsible for the emotional flux associated with menstruation.
Acupuncture and herbal medicine provide a safe, effective, drug-free and natural approach to treating infertility and enjoying a healthy pregnancy. Here are a few reasons to try acupuncture for fertility:
Note: According to the World Health Organization, acupuncture has the ability to relieve labor pain, nausea, vomiting, and induces and decreases duration of labor. There is also strong evidence that acupuncture can help with breech birth.
Please call us at 954-586-8088 to schedule a FREE CONSULTATION and learn more about how Acupuncture for Fertility works.
You can also get more information including research and articles at our Acupuncture for Infertility website. CARE Wellness Center proudly serves the South Florida communities of Margate, Coconut Creek, Coral Springs, Parkland and Pompano Beach Florida.
Aging and arthritis seem to go hand in hand. While Arthritis is not a single disease but rather a host of conditions that adversely affect the joints and related tissues, it seems to be more prevalent today than it was for our ancestors. This is likely because we live longer, are overweight, eat a diet that is highly processed and devoid of nutrition, and lead more sedentary lifestyles.
Arthritis is generally characterized by joint pain and stiffness. Osteoarthritis, the most common form, affects approximately 70% to 80% of the population over the age of 50. The onset of this disease is characterized by morning stiffness, cracking joints, and pain.
As the condition progresses, increasing pain and loss of range of motion of the affected joints is usually noted. New research is beginning to shed light on how osteoarthritis develops at the cellular and molecular levels. The “bad guys” seem to be proteins called Cytokines.
These proteins carry messages between cells and regulate immunity and inflammation. The two proteins that play an essential roll in the destruction of cartilage and the inflammation process are called TNG-alpha (tumor necrosis factor -alpha) and IL-1 beta (interleukin-1 beta).
The Old Method of Treatment Just Doesn’t Cut It Anymore!
The body’s inflammatory pathway has two branches, COX (cyclooxygenase) and LOX (lipoxygenase). Aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as Ibuprophen, Advil, Motrin, Naprosyn, and Aleve, block the COX enzyme in both forms, COX-1 and COX-2.
COX-2 produces prostaglandins, which are powerful triggers of pain and inflammation. However, COX-1 is necessary for stomach lining protection, so interfering with its activity can cause gastric disturbances ranging from simple discomfort to bleeding ulcers. This is the reason that NSAIDS cause stomach upset.
Because of the negative effects upon the stomach pharmaceutical companies developed the newer COX-2 inhibitor drugs such as Vioxx, Celebrex, and Bextra in an effort to prevent this problem. However, these COX-2 inhibitors cause an increase in the pro-inflammatory signaling molecules TNF-alpha and IL-1 Beta.
In this way the COX-2 drugs cause an increase in degenerative processes and tissue damage even while alleviating the pain and swelling of arthritis.
Treatment is typically aimed at alleviation of symptoms since arthritis will generally become worse with time. However, not treating the condition will lead to more rapid progression of the disease, and greater permanent damage to the joints as well as increased joint pain and loss of range of motion.
Natural Treatments That Work!
At CARE Wellness Center we are aware that sometimes medications are needed, however, there are natural remedies and alternative therapies that are available which in most instances work well, without the “downside” of medications.
Our physicians will try to incorporate these natural approaches to treating your condition wherever possible in an effort to alleviate the symptoms of arthritis – limit your pain, increase the range of motion of your joints, and slow down the damage to the joint tissue.
Alternative Modalities of Arthritis Treatments may include:
Call us today for a Free Consultation at 954-586-8088. CARE Wellness Center provides alternative treatments and natural remedies for joint pain and arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis and most arthritis symptoms.
We proudly serve the communites of Margate, Pompano Beach, Coral Springs, Parkland and Coconut Creek.
Back pain and neck pain stemming from a herniated disc, also called bulging disc or slipped disc, is a common condition that our chiropractors treat at CARE Wellness Center.
Margate Chiropractor, Dr Abraham Freeman has been treating this condition for over 25 years, and Dr Kirk Whitten has been offering chiropractic treatments for back and neck pain, shoulder pain and knee pain for over 18 years in Margate with much success.
They also treat many spine conditions with Spinal Decompression.
Before we discuss disc problems, let’s get some background on the spine, in general. The spinal column has four functions:
Your spine is made up of spinal bones, or vertebrae, each of which has a hole in its center. Each hole lines up to form a canal where the spinal cord is located and protected. Spinal nerves emerge from the cord, exit between the vertebrae through a hole formed on the side, and travel throughout your body providing essential communication between your brain and all of your body tissues (organs, muscles, bones).
The spine consists of 24 vertebrae plus the sacrum and the coccyx. The first of the seven cervical (neck) vertebrae (C1), called the “atlas,” holds the skull, as the god Atlas held up the earth. The second vertebrae (C2), the “axis,” permits head turning and tilting. Cervical vertebrae C3 through C7 continue through the neck.
The 12 thoracic (mid-back) vertebrae (T1 through T12) all connect to the ribs in back, and all but two (T11 and T12, which “float”) join the sternum (or breastbone) in front. The five lumbar (lower back) vertebrae are the biggest, thickest, and most massive. They support the weight of the entire spine, and that’s one reason why so many spinal problems, especially herniated discs, are in the lower back (lumbar) area.
The sacrum is a triangular shaped bone made up of five fused vertebrae. The sacrum and the hips on either side make up the pelvis. Located where the sacrum and the hips join are the sacroiliac joints. These joints often are the source of lower back pain, leg pain or groin pain.
The coccyx, from the Greek kokkyx (cuckoo) so called because it resembles the beak of the cuckoo bird, comprises four fused vertebrae, and is what’s left of the human tailbone.
The cervical, thoracic, and lumbar curves give your spine strength, stability, and flexibility. The neck and lower back curves have a normal forward bend, and the mid – back curve has a normal backwards bend.
In an unhealthy spine, the curves change: they can reduce, exaggerate, or even reverse causing increased wear and tear on your spine’s delicate parts! Over time you develop arthritic changes which are permanent and cannot be undone. These changes affect the way your spine functions and can create significant pain and gradually increasing disability. Viewed from the front or back, the spine appears to be more-or-less straight.
The spinal column is composed of 24 vertebrae, each separated by a spongy, shock absorbing pad called an inter-vertebral disc (IVD). The disc serves two primary functions: It acts as a shock absorber to help protect the brain and spinal cord from the shock of daily activities such as walking, running, sitting, getting in/out of cars, etc. It also acts as a spacer and separates each pair of vertebrae, allowing for a hole on both sides of the spine called the inter-vertebral foramen or IVF through which a spinal nerve exits. Each disc is constructed with a jelly like core called the nucleus, and a tough fibrous outer shell called the annulus which helps to contain the gelatin inside.
The disc functions as a ball bearing which allows twisting and bending movements of the trunk (upper body) in all directions. With age or trauma the fibers in the outer shell of the disc become weakened and allow the gelatin to push out where the wall of the outer shell is weakest, usually in the direction of the spinal cord or the spinal nerves.
Once a disc has bulged or herniated it can create pressure on these delicate nerve structures, causing inflammation and pain. When this happens, the surrounding muscles of the spine tighten up to prevent further movement, and limit damage to the disc and nerve tissue.
Very often we hear patients tell us “I didn’t do anything” or “I just bent over to tie my shoes and I couldn’t straighten up”. Discs can become herniated in response to trauma such as falling down stairs, lifting a heavy box, or an automobile accident, or they can become damaged from years of neglect of the spine, micro trauma repeated over long periods of time, and pressure from vertebrae which have remained misaligned and out of place causing weakening of the fibrous outer layer.
If left untreated, a herniated disc may cause permanent nerve damage which will produce changes in sensation and weakening of the muscles served by that nerve.
At CARE Wellness Center we have special equipment designed to treat herniated and bulging discs and a complete physical therapy and rehabilitation department to get you back on track fast.
If you are suffering from any type of back and neck pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, elbow pain, or other condition, please give us a call and schedule a free consultation. Our telephone number is 954-586-8088.
We want to help you get pain free and start living again! Chiropractors Kirk Whitten and Abraham Freeman proudly serve the communities of Margate, Coral Springs, Coconut Creek and Pompano Beach.
Back pain is the number two reason for visits to the doctor’s office, second only to coughs and upper respiratory infections. The cost of this epidemic is over 100 billion dollars annually in medical bills, disability and lost productivity at work. Other than the obvious causes such as automobile accidents and other types of trauma to the back, most lower back pain is caused by stress placed on the muscles and tissues of the spine due to being overweight and sedentary lifestyles.
In fact, for each pound of extra weight that is carried an extra 10 pounds of stress is placed on the lower back once you stand up in the morning. Couple this with the poor condition of the abdominal musculature, lower back musculature, and daily stresses we place on our spines, and you have the reason that legions of people suffer from this condition. Statistics show that about 80% of Americans will suffer back related pain at some point in their life.
With all these statistics medical science still has no perfect answer to deal with this condition. Surgery has been shown to be expensive, and extremely invasive, and in many instances outcomes are poor, however sometimes this is the only option left at the end of standard medical protocols.
Back pain can be broken down into 3 categories. Of all back pain, 80% is neuromuscular (pinched nerves/muscle spasms) in origin, 5% is related to disc problems, and 15% is related to organic causes such as cancer, prostate, or kidney problems.
If left untreated the lower back pain may subside, however the underlying cause of the problem rarely goes away. The usual progression of the condition is more frequent episodes or “flare ups” with increasing levels of pain and disability each time. Eventually, the misalignment of the spine causes degeneration of discs, narrowing of openings surrounding nerve tissue and permanent loss of function.
At CARE Wellness Center we are trained and experienced to deal with back pain. Our first goal is to accurately diagnose the cause of the pain. Once determined that your back pain falls into the 85% category of conditions that we can treat, you will be placed on a program of using the best combination of therapies including physical therapy, chiropractic care, acupuncture, stretching and strengthening exercises, to get you better in the least amount of time.
Our aim is to eliminate your pain, retrain your muscles, and fix the underlying functional imbalances which created your problem. Our program is thorough, our staff is caring and concerned, and our outcomes are excellent. If you fall into the 15% category that is not neuromuscular in nature you will be provided with referral options to the appropriate specialist. We proudly serve the communites of Margate, Coral Springs, Coconut Creek and Pompano Beach.
Because of the delicate structure of the neck, many everyday things can cause neck pain such as watching TV while leaning on the arm of the sofa, falling asleep in a chair with your neck unsupported, spending long periods of time at the computer, improper sleeping positions, or even sleeping under the fan or air conditioner. Temporary neck pain will usually resolve on its own within a day or two, if the offending activity is discontinued. However, when pain doesn’t go away for several days or longer, it usually indicates some kind of underlying condition that needs to be examined. One of the most common reasons for neck pain is the functional imbalance in the spine which results from vertebral misalignment.
When a vertebra (bone) is out of place, normal movement is altered causing stress on delicate spinal joints and surrounding soft tissues. This typically results in “a pinched nerve”. When this happens the body causes muscles surrounding it to tighten up to “splint” the area in an effort to prevent further damage to joints and nerves. As a result muscles and nerves become inflamed causing pain which can even radiate up into the head, down the arms, or into the shoulder blades. Numbness and tingling (needles and pins like when your foot falls asleep) may also be present into the arms or hands.
Most of the nerves which come from the spinal cord in the neck, typically exit through an opening called the IVF (inter-vertebral foramen). When the vertebrae become locked in place, they cause difficulty with the movement of the neck resulting in pain. Chiropractic care along with physical therapy and acupuncture can help to alleviate the pain, relax the muscles, and restore proper motion to these painfully fixated joints.
If left untreated, the acute pain will sometimes subside, leaving the fixation. When this occurs, the abnormal weight bearing of the head places increased stress upon the joints of the neck causing degenerative changes, spurring, bulging or herniated discs, and arthritis to occur. Over the long term these permanent changes affect not only the functional ability of the spine but cause permanent problems in the neck, shoulders, and upper extremities. Neck pain isn’t just a “pain in the neck” it can lead to much more!
At CARE Wellness Center our chiropractors, acupuncture physicians and physical therapists specialize in spinal conditions, such as neck pain. We can determine if you have vertebral misalignments, spinal degenerative changes, arthritis, herniated discs, or other types of conditions and we are properly equipped to treat you and get you back on track so that you can get on with your life!
Back Pain and Neck Pain Treatments may include:
CARE Wellness Center provides powerful and effective treatment for Back Pain and Neck Pain. Call 954-586-8088 to schedule a free consultation. We serve the South Florida cities of Margate, Coral Springs, Coconut Creek and Pompano Beach.