BOUNCING ON A TRAMPOLINE
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SCAR TISSUE AND FIBROSIS ALL OVER THE BODY
IS THERE A SOLUTION?
Although it can be, the solution to these "Whole Body" Fascial problems is usually not simple. The very first thing you'll have to do is to deal with the list above. Fail to decrease the Inflammation in your body, and any work that I do here, while possibly providing amazing short-term results, will not last for the long haul. This means that in order to get better you may have to go GLUTEN FREE, have your house checked for mold, get off as many drugs as is possible for your particular situation (HERE), fix your LEAKY GUT, control your BLOOD SUGAR, get more active (), and deal with any underlying spinal issues you may have (HERE). The truth is, there may be any number of others. And if you are AUTOIMMUNE, you will have to deal with that as well.
Don't get me wrong; once I start treating CHRONIC PAIN patients with Tissue Remodeling, it's not uncommon to follow the Scar Tissue over large areas of the body. If you want more information on Systemic Problems -vs- Local Problems, you need to take a few moments and read some of my previous posts on the topic. They will probably sound rather redundant, but hopefully, they help you figure out whether or not you're like Pam.
- IS YOUR CHRONIC PAIN SYNDROME SYSTEMIC: There are lots of CHRONIC PAIN SYNDROMES out there, but THIS POST is an attempt to help you answer this question.
- MULTIPLE LOCAL PROBLEMS OR A SYSTEMIC PROBLEM: Sometimes people are like Pam above. More often than not, they aren't. Although it's certainly not fool proof, THIS POST helps you tell the difference.
- SYSTEMIC TENDINOSIS -VS- LOCAL TENDINOSIS: THIS POST helps spell out the difference between typical TENDINOSIS that is the result of overuse or an injury, and Tendinosis that is the result of a Systemic Health Problem. HERE is an example of what I am talking about.
- SYSTEMIC ADHESIONS OF THE FASCIA: While some people have SCAR TISSUE & FIBROSIS all over the place, this is a "red flag" as far as Systemic Problems are concerned. HERE is the post.
- CHRONIC PAIN: WHY FASCIAL ADHESIONS ARE MORE COMMON THAN THEY USED TO BE: Even though Americans don't work a fraction as hard as generations gone by, they suffer from far more health problems and Chronic Pain Syndromes. Find out why (HERE).
THIS IS THE CHRISTMAS GIFT AND NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION YOU OWE YOURSELF
Serious is a good thing when it comes to your weight and health. Serious makes you want to get an ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNER, create a written plan (an EXIT STRATEGY if you will), figure out what motivates you, and then get after it. You've been talking about trying PALEO, so why not now? In fact, if you are one of the vast majority of Americans who's dealing with CHRONIC INFLAMMATORY DISEASES, AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES, or CHRONIC PAIN, why not just do an ELIMINATION DIET and figure out what foods your body is reactive against. Believe me when I tell you that it's better than the binge you're unconsciously (or maybe consciously) planning for the remainder of the year. Face it' you already know how crappy and DEPRESSED you're going to feel after your annual holiday season sugar bender!
HERE is a link to some simple Strength Training exercises DONE ON A BALL in the privacy of your own home --- the equipment will cost less than one month's gym membership (and for those who are in too bad of shape to exercise, there things like THIS or THIS). HERE is what I wrote a couple of years ago about a great WEIGHT LOSS program for those of you who are physically able. If you do this thing the right way, you'll not only get in shape, you'll get healthy while you do it! And for you hardcore SUGAR / CARB ADDICTS, I even have several articles to help you get out of the pit you're mired in (research shows that sugar addiction is not only real, for many people it can be as bad or worse than addiction to hard drugs). If you get your mind right; regardless of how many times you've failed in the past, success can be yours this time.
Bottom line; it's your life. It's up to you. No one can do it for you. Not me and certainly not your doctor. You're right; the first week will be a bear. Get started now because tomorrow doesn't get any easier. If you start today, not only will you be blown away at where you are this time next year, you'll be amazed at how far you've come by the first of the year --- just six short weeks away. Start today and in no time at all you'll be on cruise control.
Don't try and fool yourself by making the same old crappy New Year's Resolutions --- you know; the ones you've made for the past too many years count and never seem to keep for more than a couple weeks (or in many cases, a couple days). Take six minutes and listen to Prince Ea's message on New Years Resolutions. And then get started living the rest of your life better; today! And if you happen to be a person struggling with severe health-related issues, I created THIS POST just for you. It may not have all the answers, but it should at least get you thinking outside of the box that you've been confined to for way too long.
THE LINK BETWEEN CHRONIC NECK PAIN, LOSS OF
THE CERVICAL CURVE, AND SPINAL DEGENERATION
"The lordotic curve of cervical spine radiographs was measured by analyzing the Cobb angle in 138 consecutive patients in a rheumatology office practice. All patients met the ACR criteria for fibromyalgia and complained of moderate to severe neck pain. 88% of fibromyalgia patients in this study had a straight neck based on measuring the Cobb angle, and 90% had a straight neck (loss of the lordotic curve) by visualizing the lateral view of cervical spine radiographs. The cause of the straight cervical spine in fibromyalgia is unknown. Speculation of the pathophysiology [cause of fibromyalgia] includes chronic muscle contraction and tightness of other soft tissues." From a paper (The Straight Neck in Fibromyalgia) presented by Dr. Robert Katz at last year's Annual Meeting of the American College of Rheumatology
"Degenerative changes of the cervical spine are commonly accompanied by a reduction or loss of the segmental or global lordosis, and are often considered to be a cause of neck pain. Nonetheless, such changes may also remain clinically silent." The opening sentences of a study called The Association Between Cervical Spine Curvature and Neck Pain from the May 2007 issue of The European Spine Journal
"In a healthy spine, the cervical lordosis looks like a very wide C, with the C pointing toward the back of the neck. This can begin to straighten in a condition called cervical kyphosis, in which the curve straightens up or even bows in the other direction. Sometimes this is referred to as “reverse lordosis,” referencing the fact that the spine is still curved, but the curve is now running in the wrong direction." From What is Cervical Lordosis? on the website WiseGeek.
Dr. Payne is a retired Alabama Chiropractor, who, back in 1988, started a company dedicated to the manufacturing of quality equipment to restore abnormal cervical curves (Matlin Manufacturing, Inc). Dr. Payne follows Don Harrison's Chiropractic Bio-Physics (CBP) Technique, and in 2008 wrote a 60 page booklet called The Best Corrections of Your Career: An Introduction to Postural Chiropractic. Dr. Mark sets out the premise of the book by revealing to chiropractors that, "Failing to deliver real and meaningful corrective care to our patients is a real tragedy in terms of their long term health.... The laws of physics dictate that abnormal posture will harm your patients in any number of very real ways. When you relieve the pain but fail to to correct the underlying structural deficits you are shortchanging your patients and the consequences are very real and predictable." He then gives the book's "Five Principles".
- NORMAL IS NECESSARY
- POOR POSTURE IS SUBLUXATION
- ADJUSTMENTS ALONE CAN'T FIX IT
- YOU MUST HAVE ACCURATE AND REPEATABLE METHODS OF ANALYSIS
- YOU MUST HAVE THE RIGHT TOOLS FOR THE JOB
-NORMAL IS NECESSARY
The whole reason your body requires a "normal" lordotic cervical curve is to allow for normal joint motion --- joints can only move correctly when normal structure is present. In an age of relativism, this can be a bitter pill to swallow --- particularly if you do not have any overt symptoms or pain. In other words, many would have you believe that your "normal" is different than my "normal". Not true. Back in a 1959 study done by Borden, Hechtman, and Gershon-Cohen --- all M.D.'s (The Normal Cervical Lordosis), began to answer this question of what makes up a normal cervical curve. And although the measuring method was dramatically different than today's methods, their picture of what constitutes "normal" was just about identical to what would pass for normal today. Although there have been numerous studies on this topic since, a 2005 study in the medical journal JMPT summed it up nicely in a study called Determining the Relationship Between Cervical Lordosis and Neck Complaints. Listen to what the authors wrote after sorting patients into two main groups --- those with neck problems and those without.
"We found a statistically significant association between cervical pain and lordosis less than 20 degrees and a "clinically normal" range for cervical lordosis of 31 degrees to 40 degrees. Patients with lordosis of 20 degrees or less were more likely to have cervicogenic symptoms [symptoms arising from the neck]. The odds that a patient with cervical pain had a lordosis of 0 degrees or less was 18 times greater than for a patient with a noncervical complaint."
In the years since Payne completed his short book, there have been great numbers of studies on this topic, many of which I covered HERE. Although many in the medical profession say it doesn't matter, the range I seen bantered around as "normal" is 30 to 40 degrees (I believe it was Dr. Shealy who said that normal lordosis of the cervical spine was 43 degrees). If you wish to see what that this normal curvature looks like, just take another glance at the picture at the top of the page. You will begin to understand more about normal once you begin to learn more about abnormal.
POOR POSTURE IS SUBLUXATION
SUBLUXATION is defined simply as bones (usually vertebrate) that lose their normal alignment or motion in relationship to each other. Study after study after study is verifying the devastating effects of poor posture / postural deformities on human health. I Googled "effects of poor posture research studies" and found studies linking postural abnormalities to diseases you would not suspect such as Type II Diabetes and High BP. Some of the others specifically mentioned in the peer-reviewed research included things as diverse as fear, sadness, emotional instability, mental acuity, mood, energy levels, back pain, coordination, constipation, and even certain types of cancer. There is even research linking poor posture to shorter life span. What I really want you to notice here is how few of these problems that were mentioned have anything whatsoever to do with pain. Suffice it to say that FHP (Forward Head Posture) along with trunk flexion (THE POSTURE OF AGE) have tons of peer-review showing how detrimental they are to human health.
ADJUSTMENTS ALONE CAN'T FIX IT
Chiropractors cringe at old standbys such as "How many chiropractors does it take to change a light bulb? Just one, but it will take him one year and 150 visits to do it." We deserve to cringe. For decades, the profession has been telling patients that all they need to solve their problem is more adjustments (HERE). Don't get me wrong; adjustments are extremely powerful (HERE). The problem is, simply adjusting patients over and over and over again without any sort of tangible goal in mind other than short-term pain relief is playing the same game that the medical doctors play, only without the nutty side effects of DANGEROUS & DEADLY DRUGS OR PROCEDURES. Listen carefully as Dr. Payne rares back and punches the chiropractic profession squarely in the mouth.
"The ugly truth about chiropractic adjusting is that there is almost no evidence at all to suggest that adjustments alone do very much to actually correct spinal structure." For those of you who didn't get this the first time, a few sentences later he repeats himself. "There's absolutely nothing in the scientific literature to indicate that you can actually change spines effectively with adjustments alone." He then says why. "The answer is painfully obvious to professionals in other fields like university biophyisics and biomedical engineering who are engaged in studying the more technical aspect of the human machine." In other words, chiropractors have failed to comprehend the importance of certain physical properties that all living tissues possess, "elasticity, viscosity, plasticity, and strength". We have collectively failed to grasp just how big a role that physics (BIOMECHANICS) plays in solving the problem of abnormal spinal curves.
When I graduated from Chiropractic College back in 1991, the big emphasis was on restoring joint motion. Not that this is a bad thing but me learning that restoration of joint motion (primary) takes care of joint misalignment (secondary) was about 180 degrees opposite of the truth. Don't get me wrong; restoration of motion (BOTH SECTIONAL AND SEGMENTAL) is critically important and can bring about rapid pain relief (HERE, HERE, and HERE are great examples of this). One of the chief things I like about our unique brand of Tissue Remodeling is the fact that it rapidly changes the VERY PHYSICS OF SCAR TISSUE so that long-term structural correction is easier to make --- much easier to make. However, it's important to understand that pain relief is not where the process ends for people wanting to live a long, fruitful, productive, and pain-free life.
YOU MUST HAVE ACCURATE AND REPEATABLE METHODS OF ANALYSIS
This isn't exactly rocket science. There are essentially two different aspects to this bullet point. Visual Postural Analysis and / or X-rays. The more accurate of the two will almost always be X-ray. I also love to use RANGES OF MOTION. This is simple to check, takes all of about 10 seconds to do, and in most cases, will tell me exactly where I need to focus my attention --- particularly with Tissue Remodeling.
YOU MUST HAVE THE RIGHT TOOLS FOR THE JOB
Thus far we have learned that there is a "normal" amount of cervical curve that you should have in order to up your odds of avoiding a myriad of health-related problems as well as chronic pain. Furthermore, we know that simply getting adjusted over and over and over again is never the solution. In order to restore an abnormal curve, you are going to have to engage in activities / forms of treatment that actually change the physical properties of the tissue mentioned a few paragraphs earlier --- things that actually cause TISSUE DEFORMATION. This takes time. Not time as in month after month of adjustment after adjustment --- adjustments that each last no more than a fraction of a second. But time as in changing tissues by stretching them into a normal position. Dr Payne puts it like this. "What we really need are ways to apply sustained corrective forces for a sufficient time to change the soft tissues."
This can be largely accomplished at home using the DAKOTA HOME TRACTION or COMPRESSION-COUNTER STRESSING TRACTION aka "The Stynchula Method" (Payne wants you to slowly work your way up to as much as a half hour a day). I think he's spot on. It was Dr. Rene Calliet's 1987 book Rejuvenation Strategy that stated, "Most attempts to correct posture are directed toward the spine, shoulders and pelvis. All are important, but, head position takes precedence over all others. The body follows the head. Therefore, the entire body is best aligned by first restoring proper functional alignment to the head". Dr. Calliet was the Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at USC's School of Medicine at the time he wrote this.
CONSEQUENCES OF SUBLUXATION / ABNORMAL CERVICAL CURVE
This, folks, is where the rubber meets the road. As the study at the top of the page said, some cases of subluxation / abnormal cervical curve are "clinically silent". In other words, because they might not be producing any overt symptoms, most people (physicians included) would not consider them as important or harmful. However, there are four symptoms that come up time and time again not only in the scientific literature, but in the clinical setting as well, that are associated with abnormal curvature of the cervical spine. These four are....
- ABNORMAL RANGE OF MOTION
- NEUROLOGICAL ISSUES
-ABNORMAL RANGE OF MOTION
I have written about what constitutes normal ranges of motion in the cervical spine (HERE), and the consequences of not having this curve. The biggest thing I want you to understand in this bullet point is that the proper lordotic curve allows "coupled motion" in the vertebra of the neck. Clear back in 1993, the brilliant spinal biomechanist Dr. Manohar Panjabi published a study in The Journal of Orthopedic Research called Posture Affects Motion Coupling Patterns of the Upper Cervical Spine. Very technical information, if you care to read it.
More recently in 2004, Physical therapist Gary Gray wrote that, "Functionally understanding that movement in any one plane of the vertebral column is accompanied by movement in the other two planes. With the three dimensional capacity of the cervical spine, the three dimensional spinal coupling concept is significant. Even when we load a bobble-headed doll in one plane of motion, it reveals that plane of motion plus the other two as it “bobbles its head”." How complex are these coupled motions in the cervical spine? A Chinese study last year (Three-Dimensional Analysis of Cervical Spine Segmental Motion in Rotation) was published in Archives of Medical Science stating that, "The movements of the cervical spine during head rotation are too complicated to measure using conventional radiography or computed tomography (CT) techniques".
Pain sucks --- especially if it is chronic (long term, relentless) pain. And unfortunately, the medical community's approach to dealing with CHRONIC PAIN is not known for having a fantastic success rate. I mean, let's be brutally honest with ourselves for a moment. Are PRESCRIPTION PAIN MEDS, NSAIDS, MUSCLE RELAXERS, CORTICOSTEROIDS, and ANTIDEPRESSANTS going to help a patient over the long haul who is struggling on a day-to-day basis with neck pain? How could they when they are not even attempting to address underlying cause(s)? Bear in mind that while it's usually pain that motivates people to come see me, it's often the easiest of the four bullet points to deal with. By the way, I am not minimizing your pain. It's just that there may be more to solving your problem than simply relieving your pain. After all, if pain relievers truly worked, you wouldn't be reading this post at 3 am with tears in your eyes.
This one covers a lot of ground. Technically, pain could have also been lumped into this class, as could things like RADICULOPATHY, most HEADACHES, and a large percentage of MIGRAINES. The bottom line is that a "Head Forward Posture" puts large amounts of excess mechanical stress on the cervical spine --- particularly the front (anterior) portion of the cervical spine. Clear back in 1974, Dr. Adalbert I. Kapandji, an orthopedic surgeon, wrote in his famous textbook, The Physiology of Joints, that, "for every inch of Forward Head Posture, it can increase the weight of the head on the spine by an additional 10 pounds." A few years later in 1978, Nobel Prize winner and Swedish neurosugeon, Dr. Alf Brieg, published a study in JAMA (the Journal of the American Medical Association) called Adverse Mechanical Tension in the Central Nervous System: An Analysis of Cause and Effect; Relief by Functional Neurosurgery.
The paper's abstract (he also published a book by the same name) started out by saying that, "Hidden behind this forbidding title is a text that is radical, revolutionary, and incredible. It gets at the roots of things, should overturn cherished concepts, and parts of it are difficult to believe. Using cadaver, animal, and clinical material, Breig shows how tension in the brain, brain stem, spinal cord, and nerve roots can give rise to local and distant signs and symptoms. There are ample illustrations of the mechanical analyses and principles that are used to support his therapeutic suggestions and practice." The study went on to say that some of these signs and symptoms are specifically caused by "abnormal tensile forces" in the cervical spine. Breig's list includes things as diverse as, "facial neuralgias, spasticity [TRIGGER POINTS], bladder dysfunction, as well as cervical and lumbar spondylosis, disk hernias, trauma to the spinal cord, confusional states, and multiple sclerosis." This is yet another example of "Subluxation" and / or postural deformities leading to a wide variety of symptoms that are seemingly unrelated to the spine. If you want to see a radical example of Subluxation's effect on neurology, take just a second and READ THIS.
Degeneration is the visible finale of abnormal biomechanical stresses over time that can be seen on imaging tests such as X-ray or MRI --- even though IT MIGHT NOT MEAN WHAT YOU THINK IT DOES. If you were to go back and look at the picture of the normal cervical curve at the top of the page, the first thing you would see is the "forward curve". This forward curve is critical because it is not only the very thing that allows coupled motions of the neck to occur, but it acts as a shock absorber as well. Springs are curves that bounce back, and the normal curve in the neck acts as a spring. Furthermore, the neck is created and designed so that the mass of the head is carried on the Facet Joints that glide on each other and are found at the back (posterior) portion of the spinal column. As the neck loses its normal curve (or especially if the curve actually reverses), the head's mass will be carried on the fronts of the vertebral column instead of the rear. To help you understand this, take a look at the pictures of the Reverse Cervical Curves below). These abnormal curvatures will virtually always lead to degenerative changes such as bone spurs, calcium deposits, and thinning discs. Despite what doctors want you to believe, this is not so much a "DISEASE," but the result of something called "Wolff's Law".
Wolff's Law says that bone grows / remodels in response to mechanical stresses put on it, whether said stresses are normal or abnormal. This is why doctors put people with broken legs in "walking casts" as soon as possible in order to facilitate bone growth and healing. It is also why some areas of a skeletal system are much thicker or knobbier than others. Where muscles attach to bone and pull at them constantly --- especially powerful muscles --- the attachment points will be enlarged / thickened. Dr. Payne does not mince any words when talking about Wolff's Law.
"Want to know why your patients absolutely, positively, must regain structural balance in order to have good health? It's because gravity is a complete bitch. Like Schwarzenegger's Terminator character, it can't be reasoned with, it has no pity, and it won't ever, ever stop. If you don't do something to restore the normal structure of your patient, the end game has already been decided."
X-RAYS OF THE REVERSE CERVICAL CURVE
CAR WRECKS AND LOSS OF THE
NORMAL THE CERVICAL CURVE
The films below are both of middle aged women who each presented with CHRONIC NECK PAIN, and a history of being rear-ended years previously. Notice the beak-like bone spurs and thinning taking place at the C5-C6 disc space. Again, inordinate amounts of decay at C5-C6 indicates that a whiplash-like injury took place there at some point in time --- quite possibly decades previously.
DEGENERATION OF THE CERVICAL SPINE
One more quick note here. Degeneration is not the end of the world. It would shock many people (therapists and chiros included) just how much range of motion can actually be restored by breaking up Scar Tissue and Fibrosis --- sometimes even in people you would swear already had "normal" ranges (HERE). All of this is why you cannot skip PHASE I and go straight to PHASE II --- something numerous practitioners do. Neither can you live in Phase I like many chiros tend to do. It's all about doing the right things in the right order (HERE).
These are some pics of x-rays (all are lateral pictures of the neck, and all are facing to your right). Notice the bone spurs, calcium deposits, and thinning discs (some areas are literally fused together because the discs are gone). Also notice the funky curves. These were a few that were randomly pulled from my files when I was getting rid of x-rays that were over a decade old.
GUT HEALTH AND THE ANTIBIOTIC EFFECTS OF NON-ANTIBIOTIC MEDS
"The frightening rise of superbugs resistant to all known antibiotics has been attributed to the accelerated use of antibiotics in medicine and agriculture. Mixing megatons of bacteria in the guts of billions of people with tons of antibiotics, and still more in sewage treatment plants and agriculture, is bound to produce bacteria with every type of multiple antibiotic resistance plasmid [DNA fragment] imaginable. But that is not the biggest problem, since fingering the commercial use and misuse of antibiotics ignores biggest exposure of bacteria to antibiotics. It ignores the fact that most popular pharmaceuticals, NSAIDs, statins, anti-depressants, anti-diabetics, etc., also have substantial antibiotic activity. Most of these pharmaceuticals started out as phytoalexins and then were found to also have pharmaceutical activity. Pharmaceuticals are just repurposed natural antibiotics. When you take an aspirin or Metformin or a statin, you are taking an antibiotic. When you take a pharmaceutical, you are selecting for multiple antibiotic resistance plasmids [DNA fragments] in your gut flora and you may be making the next superbug." Dr. Art Ayers from his June 25, 2014 blog post titled Antibiotic Resistance, Superbugs and Drugs found on his site, Cooling Inflammation
Practically any field of study or any profession has it's share of "dirty little secrets". The problem is, the medical and pharmaceutical industries are literally bursting at the seams (it's one of the things that makes EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE such a pipe-dream). Case in point, the topic of today's post. Don't you find it interesting that in this age of increased recognition about the importance of GUT HEALTH and "SUPERBUGS", we find two quotes, written over two decades apart, telling us the very same thing --- that virtually all drugs (that's all as in "all") have antibiotic activity.
In light of what we know about the DESTRUCTIVE AND DEADLY NATURE OF ANTIBIOTICS, this should provide at least some degree of wake up call for those taking pharmaceutical drugs (especially since they are almost always related to at least some degree of INTESTINAL PERMEABILITY and DYSBIOSIS). Throw into the mix the ridiculous amount of pharmaceuticals consumed by our society (HERE), and you have a true recipe for disaster on your hands. The lists found in the quotes above specifically mention......
- BARBITUATES: These are downers and SLEEPING PILLS.
- BETA-ADRENERGIC RECEPTOR ANTAGONISTS: These are mostly known by their other name --- BETA-BLOCKERS. These drugs work by slowing down your system and generally making people feel sluggish and cruddy.
- DIURETICS: These are "water pills" which are used mostly for people in Congestive Heart Failure or with HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE.
- ANTIHISTAMINES: These are taken by folks with ALLERGIES, and can have strong Antibiotic effects.
- MUCOLYTIC AGENTS: These are the drugs which, exactly like their name implies, break up mucous (the most common of these is currently Mucinex).
- NSAIDS: These are the Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs that not only dramatically increase your chances of fatal GI Bleeds, Cancer (HERE), and Death in general (HERE), but actually tend to weaken injured Connective Tissues (more info on NSAIDS).
- PROTON PUMP INHIBITORS: PPI'S are the ACID BLOCKERS that wreak such havoc on the body, and which are a significant cause of OSTEOPOROSIS.
- PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC DRUGS: Although this covers quite a bit of ground, by far the biggest portion of this class would be ANTIDEPRESSANTS.
- STATINS: STATINS are another one of those drugs that will utterly destroy your health and leave you in pain. Click on the link to learn why.
- ANTI-DIABETIC DRUGS: If you have issues REGULATING YOUR BLOOD SUGAR, you will sooner or later end up on one of these drugs. Listen to what Dr. Art Ayers said about Metformin; one of the more popular drugs given to Diabetics (I am cherry-picking here) in a May 17 post called Metformin, Antibiotic with Autoimmune Side Effects. "Metformin is the treatment of choice for type 2 diabetes and yet, like many other common drugs, the full extent of its impact on the body (and the body’s essential microbiome) has not been studied.... Metformin has all of the properties of an antibiotic selected to lower blood sugar and have limited side effects."
- ASPIRIN: Hopefully you are not still doing the Aspirin-a-Day thing? If so, you might want to read THESE POSTS.
By the way, I found ample evidence that SOY BEANS --- a known XENOESTROGEN --- also have a significant amount of Antibiotic activity. Furthermore, while Dr. Ayers is a proponent of Essential Oils taken externally to reduce INFLAMMATION, listen to how he answers a reader's comment about taking them orally. "Essential oils are just extracts of the polyphenolics compounds produced by plants to kill bacteria and fungi. These phytochemicals are called antioxidants simply because they have functional groups that react with superoxide and other reactive oxygen species, but their function in plants is as natural antibiotics -- they interact with the enzymes and receptors of organisms. In many cases they are toxic and we have bitter taste sensors to warn us of their presence."
Bottom line, if you are taking pharmaceutical drugs or certain other substances, you are destroying your health by destroying your Gut's health. Figure out what it will take to get off as many pharmaceuticals as you can, and get started. HERE is a place to begin.
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THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SCAR TISSUE AND CHRONIC INFLAMMATION
"Tissue repair. Following inflammation, injured tissue is usually replaced by new cells and extracellular materials, with undamaged surrounding cells proliferating and migrating to fill the void. Although some tissues can grow back quite efficiently, complex organization is seldom matched in the regenerated site. Gaps are quickly filled by collagen fibers. A mass of collagen which replaces tissue that has been destroyed is known as a scar. Scars in other organs also exist as firm masses of collagen in which normal organ function cannot occur. For example, cirrhosis of the liver represents extensive replacement by collagen of damaged liver cells." Cherry-picked from a lesson on "Inflammation" found on the website of Southern Illinois University Medical School's Histology Class.
"Estimates from various disease-specific registries suggest that chronic inflammatory and fibrotic disorders affect a large proportion of the world's population, yet therapies for these conditions are largely ineffective." From the first sentence of the abstract of a January 2013 study found in The Journal of Pathology (Inflammation, Wound Repair, and Fibrosis: Reassessing the Spectrum of Tissue Injury and Resolution).
"Inflammation and fibrosis are fundamental aspects of two rheumatic diseases - lupus and scleroderma - each having pathobiologic pathways relevant to many other diseases characterized by inflammation and fibrosis such as arthritis, heart disease, pulmonary fibrosis and chronic kidney disease." The opening sentence from the Medical University of South Carolina's Center for Inflammation and Fibrosis Research.
"Inflammation and fibrosis are connected to every major disease that takes down mammals." From The Number One Cause Of All Disease, Fibrosis & Inflammation & How To Prevent It Naturally --- a November 21, 2012 podcast by Dr. William Wong on Extreme Health Radio.
- INJURY OR INSULT: Whenever there is ENOUGH INJURY to cause cellular death (this could be due to physical trauma, smoking, poor diet, chemical exposure, a sedentary lifestyle, alcohol or drugs -- prescription or recreational, infections, etc, etc), the contents of the deceased cells are ruptured into the fluid around them. This causes an almost instantaneous Immune System response that is linearly related to the severity of the injury / insult. The body ratchets up its healing process accordingly, of which one of the first aspects is.......
- ACUTE INFLAMMATION: Acute Inflammation is different from Chronic Inflammation and is characterized by the classic (Latin) signs of Rubor (redness), Dolar (pain), Calor (heat), Tumor (swelling), and Functio Laesa (loss of function). Although few realize it, almost immediately the body begins the process of.....
- SCAR TISSUE FORMATION: Scar Tissue formation is also known by its "official" medical term of Fibrosis. Fibrosis is tissue, which, instead of the fibers being strong, elastic, and aligned in a parallel fashion; is clumped, twisted, and knurled into a tangled wad. One of the chief purposes of Scar Tissue is to prevent infection from running rampant by walling it off and keeping it confined to a specific area. The problem is that because of advanced medical care and things like ANTIBIOTICS, we don't really worry about acute infections any more.
Scar Tissue or "Fibrosis" is not only different than normal tissue mechanically (it's weaker and less elastic), it's different neurologically as well. Nerves can get entrapped in Scar Tissue causing hypoxia (lack of oxygen), irritation, and even outright compression. And this is just for starters. As you might imagine, none of this is good; and the longer it goes on, the greater the chance of having the pain "locked" into your brain via a form of Chronic Pain that is said to be "CENTRALIZED". If you are interested in the specifics of this process from beginning to end, take a look at our COLLAGEN SUPER-PAGE.
Please understand that for the most part, these three steps represent normal physiology. Let me repeat. When you injure yourself, these steps are what are supposed to happen --- period. I can hear you asking the the question which this statement begs. "If Scar Tissue / Fibrosis and Inflammation are normal aspects of the body's healing process, why should we be concerned one way or another about either of them?" I am so glad you asked. Let's begin to unpack this by looking at a quote from one of the thousands of medical journals.
Here is where lies the problem. I can assure you that Chronic Inflammation leads to Fibrosis in much the same way that Acute Inflammation does (HERE). Chronic Inflammation leads to diverse problems over time such as fibrotic heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, and intestines. In fact, the paper mentioned above, while specifically dealing with neuro-degenerative diseases (MS, MD, etc) mentions "Chronic Inflammation" several times. Here's another one.
"Fibrosis in response to tissue damage or persistent [chronic] inflammation is a pathological hallmark of many chronic degenerative diseases. By using a model of acute peritoneal inflammation, we have examined how repeated inflammatory activation promotes fibrotic tissue injury. In this context, fibrosis was strictly dependent on interleukin-6 (IL-6)....... Thus, IL-6 causes compromised tissue repair by shifting acute inflammation into a more chronic profibrotic state through induction of Th1 cell responses as a consequence of recurrent inflammation." This study, from the January 2014 issue of Immunity (Interleukin-6 Signaling Drives Fibrosis in Unresolved Inflammation) kicks around the word "chronic" a number of times. What is IL-6? IL-6 (Interleukin 6) is one of the many chemicals made by the Immune System that we refer to collectively as "Inflammation". Furthermore, it is responsible for lots of bad things that go on in the body. Off the top of my head I will give you two (OSTEOPOROSIS and DEPRESSION / IBS). Allow me to show you yet another example proving just how serious this issue really is.
The April 2012 issue of Frontiers in Immunology published a study called Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Chronic Inflammation-Associated Organ Fibrosis. The study's abstract starts out by saying that, "Organ fibrosis is a pathological condition associated with chronic inflammatory diseases. In fibrosis, excessive deposition of extracellular matrix (ECM) severely impairs tissue architecture and function, eventually resulting in organ failure". Did you catch that? Forget about CHRONIC PAIN for a moment; this study says that Chronic Inflammatory Diseases are associated with fibrosis of one's organs. Bottom line; fibrosis kills --- slowly and painfully (HERE).
What causes the Inflammation that leads to fibrosis (Scar Tissue) throughout the body? When we are talking about the folks who see me for severe pain caused by FASCIAL ADHESIONS, it's invariably some sort of traumatic or repetitive injury, or postural situation over time (also, sometimes people are fooled --- HERE) . However, there are any number of other factors that can drive Inflammation in the body as well. Some of the more common are BLACK MOLD, DYSBIOSIS, poor GUT HEALTH, SUGAR, metals (MERCURY & ALUMINUM are two of the biggies), etc, etc, etc. OBESITY is a unique situation that both creates and is created by Inflammation. And lest we forget, GLUTEN is massively inflammatory for many people --- particularity Caucasians of Western European descent.
A 2009 issue of The Journal of Immunology (Novel Role of Tissue Transglutaminase (TG2) in Chronic Inflammatory Diseases) had something to say about this. Transglutaminases are enzymes that allow us to break down wheat protein, otherwise known as Gluten. In people with Celiac Disease (not to mention numerous people who do not have Celiac Disease --- HERE), the body makes anti-Transglutaminase antibodies. In other words, not only is the body attacking Gluten as though it were a foreign invader (HERE), it's attacking the enzyme that helps break down Gluten as well. The study mentioned at the top of the page revealed that, "Tissue transglutaminase (TG2) has a critical role in the pathogenesis of chronic inflammatory diseases." Not that I have time to get into it today, but Gluten is arguably the single biggest factor in developing AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES (HERE is a list of A.I. diseases). And how about this for a "fun fact"? The "Modern Pantry" website sells Transglutaminase for kitchen use. Listen to what they say about TG. "Transglutaminase (TG), aka Meat Glue, is a natural enzyme that has the ability to glue protein-containing foods together. When raw meats are bound with TG, they typically have the strength and appearance of whole uncut muscles."
The truth is, however, most people who are in severe Chronic Pain are not necessarily concerned about "diseases". In other words, they don't really care that their heart is fibrosing, they just want their NECK to stop hurting. The thing you have to remember is that in many ways, these two problems should be addressed in a similar fashion. if you want to get to the root of your problem --- whatever your problem may be --- you need to address Inflammation. There's no way around it. Listen to what Dr. Rick Loos of San Diego's Torrey Pines Chiropractic has to say about the link between CHRONIC NECK PAIN, SCAR TISSUE, and INFLAMMATION.
"Chronic neck pain can be explained by starting with scar tissue, or what we call Fibrosis. Fibrosis is scar tissue that develops inside of your body, on muscles, tendons or inside of a joint capsule. Fibrosis always occurs at the end stage of inflammation, or swelling. While scar tissue on the outside of the body doesn’t cause any problems, on the inside, like in your neck, it can lead to chronic pain and even future re-injury. Fibrosis works like glue. The problem with fibrosis is that it isn’t all neat and perfect, like a band-aid. It’s a big mess. The scar tissue grabs the connective tissue and the surrounding muscles, wrapping it all up together into a three dimensional blob. It happens because your body is trying to protect the injury and anchor it somehow, so you don’t injure it again. That’s a good thing, of course, but once you heal not all of it goes away. The problem is some of the fibrosis sticks around. (Pun intended.)"
Dr. Rick summed it up pretty well; Inflammation and Scar Tissue are huge factors in in a wide variety of PAIN SYNDROMES. One of the things that separates my practice from others, is the emphasis I place on understanding and getting rid of fibrosis (Scar Tissue). If you are one of those people trapped on the MEDICAL MERRY-GO-ROUND, start by watching some of our VIDEO TESTIMONIALS or creating your own EXIT STRATEGY from chronic pain and chronic illness.
ABDOMINAL SCAR TISSUE
ADHESIONS OF THE ABDOMINAL FASCIA
It's not uncommon for me to see people with STRETCHED, PULLED, OR TORN MUSCLES. The thing you have to remember is that rarely is a muscle really "torn". What I mean is that it is not common to tear the muscle belly --- the meat of the muscle ---- even though that sort of language is used routinely. Most of these problems involve tears of the FASCIA (the thin, clearish-yellow, cellophane-like membrane that covers the muscle), and not the muscle itself.
For whatever reason(s) (SPORTS, MVA, falls, the things listed above) a person ends up with an abdominal problem. The sort of problem I am wanting you to get a picture of not only causes pain, but most frequently it causes at least some degree of lost motion and / or strength as well. We once had a phenomenal high school athlete brought in to us in a wheel chair with an abdominal "tear" that happened while playing Ultimate Frisbee (no rough stuff; he just came down wrong). Regardless of how it happened, whether it's a new injury or old, or how debilitating it might seem at the moment; knowing more about this common injury might help you get your life back on track or at the very least, save you some future grief. Allow me reveal to you some facts that make this and similar injuries not only potentially debilitating, but nearly impossible for the average doctor to figure out.
- THE AVERAGE DOCTOR HAS NO IDEA HOW TO DIAGNOSE THESE SORTS OF PROBLEMS: As you might imagine, the first step in providing effective treatment is to have some sort of idea what the problem is. This means providing a proper diagnosis. Rather than me telling you, HERE is a post that contains a study letting you know just how poor a job general doctors do diagnosing musculoskeletal problems in the first place.
- THE AVERAGE DOCTOR HAS NO IDEA HOW TO TREAT THESE SORTS OF PROBLEMS: I wrote about this YESTERDAY. As you might also imagine, the usual drugs (CORTICOSTEROIDS, PAIN PILLS, and NSAIDS) are not going to do it. Fail to deal with the SCAR TISSUE in the Fascia and sooner or later you will be suffering. Unfortunately, tests and drugs are what doctors do. Great for some things. Not so great for problems like this.
- MOST SCARRED ABDOMINAL TISSUE DOES NOT SHOW UP ON MRI: Mind you, I am not talking here about the sort of "internal" adhesions that are the result of female issues such as ENDOMETRIOSIS. I am talking about adhesions in the tissues --- most specifically Fascia (although sometimes TENDONS are involved --- think HIP FLEXORS here). I have shown you over and over on this site that Fascia does not image will with MRI (HERE are several posts attesting to this).
- FASCIA IS THE MOST PAIN-SENSITIVE TISSUE IN THE BODY: Not only is Fascia arguably the single most pain-sensitive tissue in your entire body, but according to Dr. Chan Gunn, a neurologist from the University of Washington, Scar Tissue has the potential to be "superconductive" (HERE is why). This means that Scar Tissue can actually be up to 1,000 times more pain-sensitive than normal tissue.
- SCAR TISSUE IS UP TO 1,000 TIMES MORE PAIN-SENSITIVE THAN NORMAL TISSUE: Whoops. We covered this in the previous bullet point. However, stop and ponder this fact for another moment or two. It's easy to begin to see why the medical community is usually missing the boat in this department. Case in point; how many doctors have shared this information with you?
- THE NATURE OF THE ABDOMINAL MUSCLES THEMSELVES: The thing about the abdominal muscles is that they are made up of layers --- lots of layers --- one on top of the other, that all run in different directions. Look carefully at all of the pictures on this page. The very reason I put these pictures up is to show you that the abdominal muscles run up and down, side to side, and criss-cross (oblique) in both directions. And that's just for starters.
By the way, if you pay attention to the pictures, you can't help but notice the intimate relationship between the ribs, the muscles on and around the ribs (intercostals, serratus, transversus thoracis, etc, etc) and the abdominal muscles. This is why I so frequently see these problems (RIB TISSUE PAIN and ABDOMINAL PAIN) living together in one big unhappy family (often times with their red-headed stepchild --- HIP FLEXOR PROBLEMS). If you think that this might be your problem, send me a PATIENT HISTORY. If I think your problem is something I could help you solve, I'll tell you. If not, I will tell you that as well (HERE). The first step is determining whether your problem is related to scar tissue in the abdominal wall or the abdominal cavity (HERE).
IS CHIROPRACTIC CARE COST-EFFECTIVE?
The study stated that, "Chiropractic manipulation was found to be less costly and more effective than alternative treatment compared with either physiotherapy or GP care in improving neck pain.... indicating that some manual therapy techniques may be more cost-effective than usual GP care, spinal stabilization, GP advice, advice to remain active, or brief pain management for improving low back and shoulder pain/disability." Are you surprised? You shouldn't be. Information like this has been around for decades (HERE). Cover ups and half-truths are the nature of "EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE". But stop and think for a moment about what this study is really saying.
CHIROPRACTIC is more effective than ADVICE, stabilization (simply putting people in a brace), or brief pain management (NARCOTICS, NSAIDS, and CORTICOSTEROIDS). And none of these even begins to delve into that dirty little secret of the medical community --- the fact that according to published research, the average family practitioner has utterly no idea how to diagnose or effectively treat musculoskeletal problems (and most particularly NECK PAIN), even though these are a huge part of their daily patient load (HERE).
What is effective for helping patients suffering with acute or long-standing musculoskeletal problems? For my two cents, a combination of SCAR TISSUE REMODELING, Chiropractic Adjustments, COLD LASER THERAPY, and NUTRITION with an emphasis on diminishing INFLAMMATION (HERE is a link to Dr. David Seaman's anti-inflammatory diet). It stands to reason that this regimen will require some degree of STRETCHING and STRENGTHENING exercises as well (much of this is built-in in my clinic's protocols). For proof that this combination is both effective and cost-effective, take just a moment to watch a few of our VIDEO TESTIMONIALS. When you watch, make sure to mentally take note of how much money people were spending prior to coming here (MRI & CT SCANS, tests, specialists, DANGEROUS DRUGS, etc)
Dr. Schierling completed four years of Kansas State University's five-year Nutrition / Exercise Physiology Program before deciding on a career in Chiropractic. He graduated from Logan Chiropractic College in 1991, and has run a busy clinic in Mountain View, Missouri ever since. He and his wife Amy have four children (three daughters and a son).
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