Topic: chronic pain

Is It Smart to Ignore Muscle Pain?

Is It Smart to Ignore Muscle Pain?

Muscles enable us to move. You wouldn’t blink an eye, smile or chew without muscles. Healthy muscles are strong. Strong muscles keep us active and able to accomplish life’s tasks. When muscles are in trouble, there will be problems with the joints. Muscles work in pairs and also in groups. When a core muscle like the psoas major is weak on one side and too tight/strong on the opposite side, you will lack mechanical balance. This lack of balance shows up as poor alignment of major parts of the body like the spine and pelvic girdle.

There are many signs that […]

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Assess Yourself for Jaw Problems

Assess Yourself for Jaw Problems

Check-out your jaw action before you face a pain or bite problem. You can use a mirror to assess yourself. It’s a good idea to ask a family member or friend to help you observe your jaw position and movement. Here’s a list of what to look for:

1 Slowly open your mouth as wide as possible. It should open 2-3 inches without pain.

2 Push your jawbone forward and pull it back several times. If there is pain or popping sounds you have a jaw problem.

3 Very slowly open your mouth as wide as possible. You have jaw problems if your […]

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Peripheral Neuropathy and the Nervous System

Peripheral Neuropathy and the Nervous System

The nervous system is important in transmitting messages between the brain and the body. Most people have experienced nerve pain, if only from a dental injection or from an electric shock, so everyone knows that nerve pain can be very sharp, unexpected and unpleasant.

Nerves have the reputation for being “delicate,” so the idea of performing manual therapy upon nerve tissue may seem likely to cause some harm. Nerves are seen as “delicate” because of their sensitivity, the ability to detect energy changes and produce sensations of all kinds. On the structural level nerves are well supported and protected by connective […]

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Peripheral Neuropathy Healing Options in Denver

Peripheral Neuropathy Healing Options in Denver

The medical diagnosis, “peripheral neuropathy” is so alarming that people assume there is no help except whatever relief prescription drugs might provide. Many people suffer from a type of peripheral neuropathy that can be easily cured. The cure consists of a combination of the right kind of manual therapy combined with the right kind of exercise.

We can help you! Call Dr. Joan for a 10-minute free phone consultation at 303-986-0492. Dr. Joan has had extensive training and experience in assessing and treating peripheral neuropathy in the Denver Metro area.

Typical symptoms of peripheral nerve disease include:

  • tingling
  • numbness
  • loss of sensation.

Other signs can […]

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Functional Medicine is the New Medicine

Functional Medicine is the New Medicine

I am a physician dedicated to assisting my patients in gaining the highest level of health possible.  I love my work; I love the people I serve.  I have been in the profession of medicine for over 4 decades.  I’ve tried to grow and learn new approaches to helping people heal.

Fourteen years ago I finally made the decision to practice holistic medicine.  I discovered homeopathy, a most amazing scientific method of healing, and have been practicing homeopathy ever since.  I have not been able to help everyone who comes to see me.  A few months ago I wrote a […]

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Medical Massage Diminishes Pain from Scar Tissue

Medical Massage Diminishes Pain from Scar Tissue

The body’s means for healing physical injuries is marvelous and reliable.  Occasionally, things can go wrong.   Abnormal, dense and adhesive formations of fibrous scar tissue may form during the healing process.  Medical massage offers a cure.

Scar tissue can form as part of any collagen-based tissue such as skin, muscle, tendon, ligament, fascia and nerve. Scar tissue develops as a result of:

  • injury
  • repetitive strain
  • surgery
  • prolonged immobilization of a structure
  • burns and wounds
  • advanced osteoarthritis and inflammatory processes.

Scar tissue can interfere with normal patterns of movement by gluing together sections of collagen-based structures.  Dense scar tissue can cause pain during movement.  Worse, scar tissue […]

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Posture, Pain and Joint Degeneration

Posture, Pain and Joint Degeneration

Poor posture is not a laughing matter, unless you can laugh in the face of chronic pain.  Slumped and rounded shoulders lead to chronic headache, neck tension and upper back ache.  The usual compliment to slumped shoulders is a head that drops forward and downward.  Almost all Americans stand, sit and move with this combination of deadly postural habits.  These habits are deadly because, over time, they cause degeneration of cervical discs along with inclination for rotator cuff and shoulder injuries.

Postural slump has been linked to poor mental performance, fatigue, and even depression.  Circulation of blood, lymph and other body […]

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A New View of the Human Body

A New View of the Human Body

Therapists and patients need to learn how to work with the mind-body so we can heal chronic muscle and joint pain. The mind-body creates health, resists disease, withstands stress and continuously renews itself when it is supported with healthy living and holistic therapies.

Patients need to develop self-awareness, self-responsibility and self-support.  Positive psychology boosts our ability to heal and become whole.  Therapists need to observe the body closely and this means relying on information garnered from thorough palpation of soft tissues.

We need to pay attention to our bodies, to discover how we are limited and stuck in negative habits.  You become […]

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