Why Spinal Surgery is a Bad Idea

Illu_vertebral_columnBecause it takes the smallest mistake to permanently paralyze a healthy individual, a fact that any chiropractor will attest to. There is always a risk of injury involved in spinal surgery.

Almost 80% of the people in the country will complain about lower back pain at some point in their lives. More work days are missed because of spinal pain than any other sort of ailment. This also places it as one of the most common causes of disabilities right after cardiovascular disease.

However, most people would rather seek the services of certified chiropractors than their doctors. Doctors usually prescribe numbing medication or painful surgical procedures like spinal surgery for patients who complain of repetitive chronic pain. But that is hardly a permanent solution and also involves a great deal of risks.

What can go Wrong:

Transitional Syndrome

Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of the spine has to do with its behavior. Your spine behaves like a chain of repeated segments. Each of the individual segments works as a whole to share the workload that is involved in moving the body by sharing the load along the spinal column. In other words the stress that is imposed on the spine during the movement is shared amongst the segments.

However such a process can only happen seamlessly when the spine is healthy. When one or more of the segments doesn’t work as they should their neighboring segments have to pick up the slack and work harder. The segment that is closest to the dysfunctional one gets most of the stress. This means that the area near where the spinal surgery was performed takes on more stress.  This is what is known as transitional syndrome since it occurs due to the transition of a healthy area of the spine to the fused area.

General practitioners and even orthopedic surgeons can never claim to know what causes pain in the back. To them, complex procedures like spinal surgery appear as handy default treatments. This is not to mention the disastrous residual pain that is caused by inappropriate surgery. Such a complication is more of a possibility after common spinal surgeries, such as laminectomies, in which a disc is removed to give the nerve near the central spinal cord more space to move, or fusion, in which a vertebra is surgically joined to another to restrict excess movement.

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Sciatica, Chiropractic and Pregnancy – What to Expect

SciaticaPregnancySciatica – What is it?

According to chiropractic practices, Sciatica is a common type of pain that affects the sciatic nerve which is a large nerve that extends from an individual’s lower back down the back of each leg. The sciatic nerve also happens to be the largest single nerve in the human body. It is composed of individual nerve roots that branch out from the spine in the lower back and come together to form the sciatic nerve.

A person who suffers from the condition may exhibit the following symptoms –

  • Burning or tingling sensation down the leg
  • Weakness or numbness
  • Difficulty moving the leg or foot
  • Constant pain on one side of the rear
  • Shooting pain that increases when the individual tries to stand up

The pain that is associated with sciatica usually extends from the lower back through the back of the thigh and down the leg. It often occurs on one side of the body. It can also be debilitating to some. The symptoms of sciatica also vary according to where the nerve is pinched. For example, an impingement in the lumbar segment 5 (L5) can cause weakness in extending the big toe and in some cases, the ankle.

Sciatica and Pregnancy

Sciatica is also a common condition in pregnant women and usually appears during the third trimester of pregnancy. It is caused when a woman’s expanding uterus ends up putting pressure on the sciatic nerve on the lower spine. The same occurrence is also known to cause lower back pain during pregnancy. The reason the condition occurs during the third trimester is due to the fact that the growing baby shifts into the proper birthing position during this time. This makes the developing fetus rest directly on the nerve which causes the mother major pain in the buttocks. The pain also radiates to the back and legs.

The pain can be constant or intermittent depending on how many times the baby changes position. However, the lower back pain may also persist after birth.

Fortunately there are ways through which a person might be able to rid herself of the pain. Some women say that a cold or hot compress to the affected area can help lessen the pain. Just make sure that the heating pad isn’t too uncomfortably hot. Getting off your feet and walking around can also help get rid of the pain.

Chiropractic and Pregnancy

There are also patients who have sought out chiropractic services instead of opting for spinal surgery for cases such as these. It is easy to see why. Chiropractic care is non invasive and relies on the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

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HCG Injections for Weight Loss

Safe, Effective Medical Weight Loss in

Rancho Cucamonga

assisted weight loss with HCG in Meridian.jpgHere at Rancho Cucamonga Medical Center we always endorse healthy diet and regular exercise as a great way to shed excess pounds, but we also recognize that some of our patients need some extra help on their weight loss journey. That is why we offer a variety of assisted weight loss solutions, including a remarkable natural substance known as HCG. When used in conjunction with the appropriate HCG diet plan and under the care of a professional, this form of assisted weight loss can help you see remarkable results in a short period of time.

HCG stands for human chorionic gonadotrophin, a female hormone normally produced during pregnancy. This hormone keeps an expectant mother’s metabolism on an even keel while nourishing the developing fetus. Research by Dr. Albert T.W. Simeons indicated that injections of this hormone reduced weight gain in overweight subjects. HCG allows you to eat less without feeling constant hunger pangs because it allows you to maintain a level metabolism by burning your stored-up fat. As a result, you can take advantage of a medically supervised dietary plan to consume a fraction of the calories you might be used to. This meal plan, coupled with the action of the HCG, can enable you to burn up to 3,500 calories a day, for a possible weight loss of 45 pounds within 45 days.

Medical Weight Loss at Rancho Cucamonga Medical Center

As dramatic as these results may sound, bear in mind that our weight loss center keeps your health in mind throughout. We use only pharmaceutical grade HCG, as opposed to the less effective homeopathic grade available in supplement form, and the HCG diet we prescribe will ensure that you receive the proper nutrition even as you lose weight. If you are squeamish about needles, we can also administer HCG in the form of sublingual drops. Contact our weight loss center to find out whether our Rancho Cucamonga HCG injections can help you get a head start on a healthy life.

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A Whole New Approach to Migraine & Headache Relief

MiRx Protocol: A Whole New Approach to Migraine & Headache Relief

Each year consumers spend more than $4 billon dollars on over the counter headache medications to try to temporarily mask their headache pain. But anyone who suffers with chronic headaches & migraines knows the frustrations. The relief, if any is short term. The risk of dangerous side effects is high, and OTC pain medications do nothing to prevent the next big headache right around the corner.

That’s what makes the MiRx Protocol so exciting. It’s a whole new approach with a goal of providing fast, safe, long term migraine relief!

FINALLY REACHING THE SOURCE OF HEADACHE PAIN

For years scientists have known that migraine, headache and facial pain is controlled by a nerve cluster called the Sphenopalantine Ganglion (SPG) located in a difficult to reach area of the nasal cavity. The challenge has been, how to get medication or a numbing agent to the SPG to provide immediate headache relief without painful treatments or even invasive surgery. With the MiRx Protocol, the solution is as simple as a nasal spray.

HOW MiRx WORKS – SIMPLE AS A NASAL SPRAYMigraine Relief - Nasal Spray

It starts with an ingenious applicator and a simple nasal spray. Because the SPG is located deep in the nasal cavity, a normal nasal spray cannot reach the desired location. But unlike other nasal sprays, the revolutionary, Tx360™ nasal applicator has a soft flexible extension that allows the anesthetic agent to be sprayed directly on to the SPG.
The result is instantaneous headache relief. The treatment takes less than a minute and most patients report a pain rating decrease from eight to two within seconds.

FAST AND SAFE, WITH NO LONG-TERM COMPLICATIONS

With the MiRx Protocol, you can avoid the complications or potentially dangerous side effects associated with long-term use of prescription medications or OTC painkillers. The MiRx Protocol is even safe for use on pregnant patients. A total headache treatment plan, the MiRx Protocol has been clinically proven to provide long-term results. While some patients can experience lasting migraine relief after just one treatment, those who have experienced chronic migraines or headaches for years may require the full treatment program for maximum benefit.

HOW MiRx WORKS

The MiRx Protocol is a treatment program designed to treat migraine, headache, facial pain, and head pain.  The protocol is made up of two parts.  The first stage of treatment stops  the reaction of the nervous system and alleavates the headache pain.  This is refered to as the medical component.  The second stage of the MiRx Protocol treats and rehabilitates the underlying condition, which is the physical component. These two combined can effectively eliminate the conditions causing your headache or face pain.  These two components work together to provide long-term migraine relief.

MEDICAL COMPONENT

The medical component of the MiRx Protocol uses clinical testing to make sure you qualify for the treatment. The data collected also helps identify obvious triggers of the headaches.

Most patient’s qualify for the procedure and are treated during the first visit.

After the initial exam and free consultation, the MiRx doctor will prepare you for the procedure to quickly alleveate your headache. The procedure targets a nerve cluster with in the nasal cavity called the sphenopalatine ganglion. By using a specialized FDA cleared nasal applicator to deliver medication directly to this nerve cluster headache pain is nearly eliminated instantaneously. Many patients go from a pain rating of 8 to a pain rating of 2 in seconds. (Numeric Rating Scale (NRS-11))

MiRx FAQ

1. Is this Covered By Insurance?
Most insurance plans and Medicare/Medicaid cover this procedure, since the procedure requires a medical doctor or registered nurse for treatment. However, check with a MiRx provider near you to see if they accept your insurance.

 

2. Is this painful?
No, in fact many people they don’t notice any discomfort from the applicator or medication.

3. Do I need a referral?
Many of our MiRx providers do not require referrals, and offer a free consultation to see if you qualify for treatment. To be sure, we recommend contacting the MiRx provider near you.

 

4. How long does it take?
The procedure only takes about 30 seconds per nostril. Overall the average time in office is less than 10 minutes.

5. How soon will MiRx work?
Headache pain relief is often times immediate, and typically after the second treatment the pain is not noticeable. In some cases headache pain is completely eliminated with one treatment.

6. How long does it last?
Since we are targeting the nerve cluster that communicates the pain sensation to the brain, relief can last for 24 – 48 hours with one treatment. The MiRx Protocol was clinically tested as a treatment plan to provide long-term relief. The duration of relief will continue to build until completely eliminated.

7. Does the spray burn the inside of the nose?
No, the spray is a mild topical anesthetic and doesn’t contain any substance that will create a burning sensation. Be sure to notify your physician of any allergies or previous irritations.

8. Are there side effects?
There are not any know side effect from the MiRx Protocol. In fact it is safe for use on pregnant women.

Yoga Isn’t What You Think

Plank.jpgAs we talk about “doing yoga” we find that people are either 100% on board and have a yoga practice themselves (even if it has been two years since they hit their mat) or they give you a funny look and say, “That’s where you chant on your head, right?”

Sigh. Yes, I’ve been to yoga classes where there has been chanting. And yes, there have been classes where some students have managed a very respectable headstand. I don’t recall one where both have happened simultaneously, but I suppose it could. But the comment completely sidetracked the conversation where I was sharing the benefits of my yoga experiences with a friend.

As our non-yoga lover left, I watched his back and wanted to sit him down and explain a few things about yoga to him. Since I lacked both the courage and physical strength to do so, I’m going to write down a few things about yoga I wanted to share with him.

And I’ve learned that if there is one person out there with the chanting/headstand opinion, there are likely a few others, so this is for you too.

Number One. Yoga is NOT for sissies. It is truly much harder than it looks. The peaceful expressions on the models in a yoga magazine or on the cover of a yoga DVD might give the impression of this being an easy workout, but I’m here to tell you that you will use muscles you didn’t even know you had. You will also sweat. A lot.

Many who are new to yoga say, “That’s a whole lot harder than it looks!” Those of us who understand, simply smile and nod. Yes, it is. Yoga uses the entire body and even well-conditioned athletes find their first session in a yoga class to be challenging. As a mind-body experience it entails so much more than just telling yourself, “Only five more miles.”

The main goal behind yoga is to make that mind/body connection through a series of asanas or postures combined with breathing techniques to help.

Number Two. You do NOT have to have the ability to stand on your head or put your heels behind your ears before you start yoga. Probably one of the most common excuse for not doing yoga is, “I’m not flexible enough.”

The whole idea of yoga is to become flexible.

Each person who comes to their yoga mat comes as a fresh start. Even those who have practiced yoga for years find a fresh start every time they come to their mat because they may have pain, stiffness, an injury, or even a mental concern. All of these will change your yoga practice.

Every yoga session is done at your own pace. Never compare yourself to anyone else in the room. NEVER! You are an individual, and your job is to combine your mind and your body. Focus on what you need.

Number Three. Welcome help from your instructor. Most yoga studio instructors have over 200 hours of training in addition to a deep understanding of body mechanics. They can see when your pose is working against you and can give you a slight adjustment that makes the entire pose so much easier and better. They are there to help you, coach you, teach you. Use them. That is what is missing when you practice only to a DVD. That is good, but from time to time it is good to have some positive feedback to improve your overall technique.

Give yoga a chance. There is a class available to fit every person out there, from children to seniors. It is a gentle, yet full-body workout that not only tones your muscles but teaches you to also calm your mind.

Trisha 32 Days down 33.5 Pounds!

So here is our first check in on Trisha, She is on day 32 on the protocol and has lost 33.5 pounds!

She is doing awesome!

This picture is her with her bra extender!!  She used to have 2 of them and now she is down to the smallest clip on her bra!
Day 32 on the protocol and 33.5 PDS down!     Trisha before pic!

Day 32 on the protocol and 33.5 PDS down!                         Trish Before Pic!

 

MOMENT OF TRUTH!!! Here she is, Trisha has lost 33.5 Pounds in 32 days! We are so proud of her and her commitment to losing weight!  Yes we do know how to get it off fast, but our real goal is to teach our patients how to keep it off!  Who really cares if we lose 80 pounds but then gain it right back!  Getting it off is the easy part! Give Trisha some love and cheer her on!  I know she is really appreciating it! Here is her first video!  Thanks Trish for letting us follow you on this journey!  We have tons of amazing patients here we want them to all know how proud we are of them!  If your ready to lose your weight but more importantly make a change and keep it off, call us today we would love to help you!  FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION HERE!! 909-945-9982!

 

We are so excited to announce that Trisha is allowing us to follow her on her weight loss journey!  Trisha has decided it is time to lose the weight but more importantly keep it off!  She is doing one of our most popular programs, our 18 week fast track program!  Our goal in 18 weeks is 80 pounds, our males usually will lose between 90 to 100 pounds during this 18 week period.  Weight loss is a commitment, there is no magic pill, cream, or drug that will keep it off!  Sure we can have some extra help along the way, but in the end we have to make the commitment that we are going to change our eating habits and keep it off!  Here at RC Medical center and weight loss, we are committed to helping our patients lose the weight but more importantly teach them a new lifestyle on how to keep it off!  Yes we have many recourses that can help us along the journey to keep us motivated and achieve fast results!  At RC Medical Center we don’t believe in low carb, low calorie, diet food, that is not a lifestyle!  That is a phase that might last a week or a year, but if we don’t change our lifestyle the weight will come back!  We teach our patients how to stay balance, we don’t take anything out of your eating but we teach our patients how to balance there carbs, protein, and fats, so there metabolism can run at the optimal level!  At RC Medical Center we believe in results!  We know we have to keep our patients motivated by seeing results every single week!  We watch our patients very closely and monitor them at all times!  We have a 90% success rate, and we take pride in that!  We do not let our patients fail!  Failure is not an option at RC Medical Center! 

We hope you will follow along with us and watch Trisha transform her life!  Trisha has been doing the program so far for 30 days, and has lost 28.5 LBS!!We are so excited for her! Check Back every Thursday to see her results! We will be posting another pic next week, so stay tuned! chiropractor rancho cucamonga Meet Brittney!! Come Follow Her Journey! Her goal 18 Weeks 80 Pounds! HCG

 

 

What is all the hype on HCG???

What is all the hype on HCG???

HCG Injections Support Successful Medical Weight Loss

Frustrated with slow weight loss?  At Rancho Cucamonga medical Center our rapid weight loss program, featuring pharmaceutical-grade HCG injections, can fast track your medical weight loss. Our program has helped patients lose up to 45 pounds in 45 days with an average loss of one to three pounds per day. Under the guidance of our medical provider, HCG injections could do the same for you!

Drop the Pounds Today with the HCG Diet

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HCG is a naturally occurring hormone that is produced during pregnancy. Recent research has found that HCG is effective for promoting natural weight loss. In combination with a nutritionally balanced low calorie diet, these supplements help trigger the brain to burn stored fat, melting off the pounds.

The HCG diet is based on the “pounds and inches” protocol developed by Dr. A. T. W. Simeon. Using HCG in combination with specific meal plans and medical supervision helps to reduce food cravings, increase fat burning, and keep you feeling energized all day long. The body can burn up to 3500 calories per day from stored body fat. By maintaining a high energy level, HCG helps support this process, during your body into a fat-burning machine.

A typical treatment program includes 40 HCG injections, which are administered by our trained medical provider. These injections will increase your energy levels without any jittery, nervous or anxious side effects associated with unsafe dietary stimulants. The natural hormone also reduces irritability (patients never feel “cranky” or “constantly hungry” due to restricted caloric intake), enhances clarity of thought, and improves sleep.

For patients who have struggled with yo-yo dieting in the past, the Rancho Cucamonga medical center HCG weight loss program is truly revolutionary. This is a brand-new approach to losing and maintaining weight loss. Most importantly, in conjunction with HCG injections, our wellness team provides nutritional counseling and lifestyle advice. This helps our patients adopt new, healthy habits that support an active lifestyle and long-term weight loss success. The HCG diet is not a “fad diet” that promises big results but fails to deliver. Our patient-proven results show that it really works!

Our lifestyle and wellness counseling services support long-term weight loss success with the HCG diet. By proactively addressing and correcting unhealthy eating habits, we can help make your weight loss permanent. There are no calories to count or complicated meal plans to follow. Instead, we teach our patients to make smart food choices, cut out hidden sources of added sugars and fats, and embrace whole foods. Our behavioral modification services help patients stop the negative patterns of thought and action the lead to weight gain. At Rancho Cucamonga Medical Center, our wellness team is committed to helping every patient embrace a healthy, positive lifestyle.


Contact us about our Rapid Weight Loss Program and schedule your FREE Consultation to get started today!

More than 15,000 people across America have kick-started a new, healthy lifestyle with the support of HCG injections. You can, too! Contact our wellness team today. 909-945-9982

Treating Sprained Ankles with Chiropractic

4851542278_edc36ae122_oSprained ankles are one of the most common sports injuries and can become a rather large hurdle in anyone’s life if left untreated. Moreover, the longer the injury is left untreated, the longer it will take to return to the sport. Fortunately, there is a quicker way around it: chiropractic treatment. By treating your injury with chiropractic rather than conventional methods, not only does your injury heal faster, but the affected area grows stronger.

Initial Analysis

The first step in any chiropractic treatment is to analyze the area and determine the degree of damage. In case of tears or any fracture, the person is usually sent to the hospital. It is important to note that if you do not know how to treat a sprain, we suggest you do not touch the sprained ankle until the swelling goes down. In case of severe pain, a hospital referral is recommended.

Reducing the Swelling

Just like many other sports injuries, a sprained ankle should be treated with an ice pack immediately. This will help reduce the swelling until you can reach proper medical help. In the case of a severe ankle sprain, the swelling does not go down very fast and, in order to recover faster, most people seek out chiropractic help.

Without using any drugs or any surgery, chiropractic reduces the swelling fast using chiropractic techniques such as ultrasound, Kinesio taping and light Graston.

Joint Manipulation

No chiropractic treatment will include joint manipulation until the swelling has gone down. Once it has, joint manipulation is usually performed. Here, the ankle is moved slowly in a variety of motions. This is done to increase blood circulation around the ankle and subsequently reduce recover time. This is usually done to properly gauge the level of damage to the ankle and check for any possible weaknesses.

Rehabilitation Training

Once the swelling has gone down and the ankle can move freely once again, it is important to place the person on the rehabilitation stage. During this stage of chiropractic, an expert trainer will help you do a range of motion extending exercises, usually without any sort of weight/resistance. However, in order to strengthen the body and the ankle, some resistance is placed after a while.

Sports injuries, particularly ankle sprains, can become a big problem for anyone, especially athletes. Fortunately, Chiropractic treatment helps the ankle heal faster but extends the ankle’s degree of movement, allowing it to move more freely than before. Finally, it helps prevent any further injuries.

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Benefits of Chiropractic for your Child

Soapbubbles-SteveEFThere are innumerable benefits of taking your child to a chiropractic doctor. Several of very serious and worrisome conditions that your child suffers from can be dealt with under this conservative care. The one major reason why chiropractic is considered a conservative mechanism is that it helps maintain the health and prevents it from unforeseen risks and issues.

Benefits

Several reasons worry you about your kids, and chiropractic treatments are a great way to tackle these reasons. You might have stumbled upon a few of these benefits earlier, however, chiropractic has success stories in a wide array of child related issues. Following is a list of benefits that attract parents to this form of care:

1. Alternative To Medicine– During pregnancy, women avoid all kinds of medication to ensure the safety of their developing baby from any physical or mental harm. Similarly, parents avoid medicines with their infants and young children. Chiropractic services are a healthy and active way of dealing with many issues.

2. Colic- For the first few months of an infant’s life, being in a colic state is one of the major headaches for the parents. With several spine manipulation techniques, this state can be overcome allowing the child to be at ease.

3. Sleep disturbance- Inadequate or disturbed sleep can constantly irritate the mood of an infant. Spine dysfunction is said to be associated with sleep issues and a chiropractic doctor can help alleviate the issues.

4. Bed wetting– Chiropractic practitioners manipulate the spine to adjust the functioning of the body. Running through the spine are nerve roots that carry signal and messages to and from different parts of the body. Spine manipulation can then allow the practitioner to adjust nerves that run to urinary system and treat the habit of bed wetting.

5. Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – A common psychological disorder amongst children, this is often dealt with the use of medication. The medications can have several negative side effects such as loss of memory etc. However, with a chiropractic doctor, the part of the brain that functions poorly can be stimulated through spine manipulation. Thus, conservative care can put forward promising results for ADHD.

Several other issues with which chiropractic care is effective include ear infections, allergies, asthma, headaches, constipation, cold, sore throat, body aches and many more.  The chiropractic doctor utilizes several manual therapies on the spine, and contributes to the healthy development and the overall wellness of your child.

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