Blog by Category: Pain

Degeneration in the Knee

A friend of mine has referred a very athletic young man to me for chondritis. In my friend’s words, “One of our starting defensive ends suffers from chondritis/degenerative damage to knee cartilage. He basically has no cartilage remaining in one of his knees (bone on bone). To your knowledge, are there any supplements/adaptogens that may prove beneficial for his condition? He has already gone through various injections and other forms of therapy and the results have yielded minimal improvements. Here are things that I would look into: Yes he has a knee issue, but is that the byproduct of something else that is beating the knee to death. The knee joint is what Paul Chek calls a “slave joint.” Issues with the TMJ, cranium, atlas, cervical spine, shoulder, etc can create torsions, SIJ issues, etc, which create knee problems. I would find  a CHEK Level 3 or higher for him to … Continue Reading

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Brachial Plexus Injury

I have a new diabled client and have a few questions: She is paralyzed in the right arm, due to an injury to her briachial plexus about 8 years ago. She is also taking Neurontin, Lyrica, Percocet, and Kepra for the pain. I need to build a program for her that incorporates upper body, and would like to learn about some exercises and techniques in order to keep her interest high, yet keep her upper body balanced, as well as any side effect of this medication. Thanks Brian Morrissey, NASM-CPT Lakeshore Athletic Club, Chicago  There are many things that you can do for this client. The first thing I would do would be to fully assess your client. If you feel that assessing your client with these issues is out of your league, then refer out to a skilled PT, CNMT or CHEK Practitioner Level 3. You need to know … Continue Reading

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Shoulder Pain

I have a client who is getting shoulder pain while at work. Sometimes it radiates down the arms to the hand and sometimes she can feel it in her SIJ. I have tried nutrition and basic exercise principles, could you give me some more direction? Here are my thoughts in no particular order. Look into each of these and I am sure you will find your answer. 1. Could be an adhesion and NMT will help 2. Try a different type of stretching such as contract relax to those muscles. She should do them everyday and during the day at work 3. Educate her on proper posture and ergonomics and have her get evaluated 4. She might have some nerve entrapment or compression in that area. The shoulder has a lot of neurovascular structures that go through it, including the brachial plexus. The shoulder is complex and includes 5 joint. … Continue Reading

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Trigeminal Neuralgia

Well here are my thoughts and what has worked very well for clients of mine. The Trigeminal nerve is the 5th CN and supplies sensation to the face. There are 3 divisions, the ophthalmic (V1), maxillary (V2) and madibular (V3). Besides senation, they also innervate the massetar, temporalis, med/lat pterydoid, tensor vali palatini, mylohyoid, digastric and tensor tympani. There are some schools of thought that believe that CN5 becomes impinged when leaving the cranium or with TMJ issues. I would find a CHEK Level 3 or higher to refer them to in order to get a full upper quarter assessment from. This might help pin the tail in the donkey. I have seen NMT help, as well as stress reduction techniques that you would now as an NLC. From the west side of it, Trigeminal Neuralgia is created by extreme stress. I have found this to be true, from lifestyle stress all … Continue Reading

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Eye Twitching

I have a complex client who has had an eye twitch for a long time. We have tried nutrition, e-stim and nothing seems to work. As well, she is on progesterone cream for her hormones. Well, here are my thoughts: Try Neuromuscular Therapy on the eye. Find someone who can get in there to release the extrinsic muscles of the eye (superior/inferior/lateral/medial recti, inferior/superior oblique). If one is too short, when used it will spasm because it cannot shorten anymore. As well, the certain nerve innervations (ophthalmic branch of the trigeminal nerve) can get entrapped with TMJ dysfunction. Get some acupuncture:  Eye Lid flickering, is due to wind from either internal or external wind. This time of year, there is a lot of “wind” pathogen within the seasons. Causes and herbs: Heart and Spleen Deficiency – Gui Pi Tang or Si Quan Da Bu Tang Liver Wind – Tian Ma … Continue Reading

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Cardio and Weight Gain????

When you work out, do circuits or do short intense 30 minute workouts, your cortisol, test and other growth hormones rise. It has been shown that around 30 minutes workout, etc, your test and GH start to come down, but cortisol stays up. So that is why doing long cardio sessions just burns muscle and not fat. Cortisol is a fat storing hormone. As well, anytime cortisol goes up and your blood sugar drops from those long hours of cardio, your adrenals release adrenaline as well to help to balance your blood sugar issues. So not only do you cause adrenal stress, and store fat with long duration of cardio, but you as well create blood sugar handling issues. With people trying to drop weight, I always recommend 2:1 ratio intervals, 30 minute circuit workouts and nothing longer. This will help to reduce fat storage, keep cortisol levels down, balance … Continue Reading

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Headaches: Where do they come from??

From years of working with clients, I have found headaches to come from: 1. Straight cervical spine or forward head posture. The head weighs 8% of your body weight. With forward head posture, each inch the head migrates forward of the axis of rotation, the head doubles in weight. This puts chronic stress on your muscles at the base of your skull and spine in order to hold your head on your shoulders. 2. Chronically chewing on one side of mouth 3. Using a phone without an earpiece, carrying a bag on one side, etc, creating a side tilt and rotation in the cervical spine 4. Chronic computer use, creating forward head posture and neck tension 5. Lack of stretching or getting weekly massages 6. Dehydration 7. Poor nutrition leading to blood sugar handling issues 8. Inability to handle stress in one’s life and not adapting any principles to work … Continue Reading

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Natural Sunburn Relief

What I find works best is this: 1. Purchase an Aloe tree from your local health food store. Try to find one with big leaves. 2. Cut a leave off 3. Slice the leave down the middle so you have two halves 4. Start wiping each half over the burn It is very cooling, but healing at the same time! Joshua Rubin

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Ulcerative Colitis

Frequently, I work with clients who have Ulcerative Colitis, as well as consult with practitioners who have clients that have UC and are suffering a great deal. In my clinical opinion, this is a self induced disease from an unhealthy diet. Whether it is nutritional related, parasitic related and so forth, in my clinical opinion from experienced, it can be healed. It takes time and a 100% effort from the client, but in the end, all of my clients have been symptom free.   What is ulcerative colitis? Ulcerative colitis is a disease that causes inflammation and sores, called ulcers, in the lining of the rectum and colon. Ulcers form where inflammation has killed the cells that usually line the colon, then bleed and produce pus. Inflammation in the colon also causes the colon to empty frequently, causing diarrhea. Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), the general name for diseases that cause inflammation … Continue Reading

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We are what we eat!

Josh, I‘ve got a client who wishes to gain weight and bulk up he has a high heart rate and suffers from tremours in his right arm and hand his diet consist of nourishments drinks and protein weight gain drinks along side a normal healthy diet. i suggested that he should have his thyroid gland checked out do you have any suggestions? Answer:There is a lot that you can recommend or even do with your client, but some of it may be out of your scope of practice. Here are my recommendations in no particular order: The foundation of life is food, good quality food. Without it, the body will not function properly, heal properly and dysfunctions will arise. As Paul Chek says, “you are what you eat!” My first recommendation would be to either educate him about food quality or refer him out to a holistic nutritionist, CHEK NLC … Continue Reading

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