What are the Best Breathing Exercises ?- The Wim Hof Method

This is the Wim Hof Breathing Method.  It is very powerful, one of the best things I have ever done.  Anyone can do it.  Lay flat or with a very flat pillow, not like he uses, that is too high.  You can sit as well.  Don’t do it while driving or in the water.  I do it every morning when I wake up.  For more about this method, search Youtube or go to http://www.wimhofmethod.com

 

Medical vs. Chiropractic Treatment in Acute and Chronic Back Pain

Have you ever considered who is the best suited to treat back pain?  A study looking at this very question compared the effectiveness between medical and chiropractic intervention.  Over a 4-year time frame, 2780 patients were followed (initial, 2-week, 1, 3, 6, 12, 24, and 48 month intervals) with questionnaires.  Both acute (symptoms <7weeks) and chronic (symptoms >7weeks) low back pain (LBP) patients were treated using conventional approaches by both the MDs and the DCs.  Treatments from the chiropractors included spinal manipulation, physical therapy, an exercise plan, and self-care education.  Medical therapies included prescription drugs, an exercise plan, self-care advice and about 25% of the patients received physical therapy.

The study focused on present pain severity and functional capacity, measured by questionnaires that were mailed to the patients. It was reported that chiropractic was favored over medical treatment in the following areas:

♦ Pain relief in the first 12 months (more evident in the chronic patients)

♦ When LBP pain radiated below the knee (more evident in the chronic patients)

♦ Chronic LBP patients with no leg pain (during the first 3 months)

This study also found that early intervention reduced chronic pain.  While both medical and chiropractic treatment approaches helped, it’s quite clear from the information reported that chiropractic treatment approaches should be utilized first.  Not only because it is more effective, but also because it is safer and less costly.

 

Pain Relief During Pregnancy

Germantown, WI

If you are pregnant and suffering from back pain, neck pain, headaches, migraines, sciatica or other pain, you are limited in what can be done.  You can not take drugs because they can adversely affect your child.

However, you can get a tremendous amount of relief pain with the ABC method of chiropractic.  This type of chiropractic is gentle to have done and provides immediate relief of pain.  You will breath better and stand better.   You also will notice how much easier it is to get up out of a chair and walk.  The body functions better and the results happen immediately, not sometime later.

Then call Jennifer or Pat and set up an appointment for a free consultation where you can find out how this new type of treatment can help.  Call 262-293-3790.

Vitamin D and Chronic Pain

Winter is coming and the lack of sunlight leads to low levels of vitamin D.  Low vitamin D levels have been associated with persistant, nonspecific, musculoskeletal pain.(fibromyalgia) and depression.  As more research is being done, low D levels are being implicated in thyroid disorders, autoimmune disease, diabetes and more.

A recent study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings tested 150 patients with chronic pain.  93% or 140 of them had low vitamin D levels.  An interesting finding was that 100% of all African American, East African, Hispanic and American Indians were deficient in Vitamin D.  The study concluded that “All patients with persistant, nonspecific musculoskeletal pain are at high risk for the consequences of unrecognized and untreated severe hypovitaminosis D.”

I talk about vitamin D a lot in my practice.  Too little vitamin D is common, especially in the Wisconsin climate.  Typically the symptoms of hypovitaminosis D are treated with drugs that don’t do anything to fix the problem and in fact can deplete the body even more.

I have found many patients that have severe vitamin D issues.  We get their vitamin D levels tested, base the corrective dose on those tests, and then follow up in three months to see if the problem is corrected.  Patients feel much better when their vitamin D level gets corrected.  I highly recommend testing and supplementation for everyone.

Can Chronic Back Pain Shrink The Brain ?

 

Can Chronic Back Pain Shrink the Brain ?

By: Paul Kramer DC

If you’re one of the millions of people with chronic back pain, scientists say your brain may age up to 20 times faster than normal.

In the first study of its kind, researchers from Northwestern University have found that chronic back pain actually shrinks the brain by as much as 11%. Specifically, it shrinks the gray matter, which makes up the part of the brain responsible for memory and information processing.

It is well documented that chronic back pain negatively impacts quality of life and increases anxiety and depression, but it has been assumed that any brain changes revert to a normal state after the pain stops. This is according to researcher A. Vania Apkarian who has an article in the Nov. 23, 2004 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience.

Apkarian and colleagues compared 26 healthy volunteers with 26 patients who had chronic back pain in the lower region for more than a year. Some patients’ pain radiated through the buttock, thigh, and leg — a sign of sciatic nerve damage, or sciatica. The source of the pain was not considered.

MRI brain images and other sophisticated imaging tests, which measured gray matter size, were performed on all patients. After adjusting for age and gender factors, scientists found that, overall, chronic back pain patients lost about 5%-11% of gray matter a year — about the same as 10 to 20 years or normal aging, the researchers say. Typically, normal aging results in only about 0.5% of gray matter loss each year, they add.

Those with chronic back pain with sciatica had the largest decrease in gray matter. In addition, the more years someone has chronic back pain, the more brain loss they suffered.

What’s Behind the Brain Shrinkage?

By definition, chronic back pain is a state of persistent pain with associated negative mood and stress, says Apkarian. Therefore, one possible explanation for the decreased gray matter is that nerve cells are working overtime.

The researchers hypothesize that as chronic back pain persists, it may become more irreversible and less responsive to treatment due to these brain changes.

The good news is that chiropractic has been found to be a very effective and long lasting treatment for chronic low back pain.  The elimination of chronic pain now, may prevent future problems of anxiety, depression and dementia.

It is in your best interest to look at all the options available to you if you suffer from chronic pain.  For a free no obligation chronic back pain consultation, call my office at 262-293-3790, your body will thank you.  (and so will your brain 🙂

Benign Positional Vertigo- New Treatments That Work!

By: Paul Kramer DC

 

Germantown, WI- Benign Positional Vertigo is a condition that can come on suddenly and cause dizziness, nausea, headaches and balance disorders.  It is called “benign” because it isn’t caused by cancer, tumors, infections or the like.  But it is far from minor.  It can be absolutely debilitating.

The balance disorder problem can be caused by things not normally treated by the medical profession.  That being pinched or stretched nerves in the head and neck.  When these nerves get irritated it results in garbled communication to and from the brain regarding where your body is in space.

You may feel like you are falling over when you aren’t.  Or the room is spinning when it isn’t.  You may feel light headed when you move or change positions.  Some people can make their symptoms worse by tipping their head down or back.  This is all related to mechanical nerve pressure in the head and neck.

These symptoms can be treated with a combination of two radically new alternative therapy techniques.  Advanced Biostructural Correction to correct the problems in the spine.  Endonasal Cranial Correction to correct the problems in the head.  The two techniques have given relief to many BPV sufferers across the country.

Check out these videos of BPV sufferers I have treated.  If you are interested in treatment and would like a free consultation to find out if you are a candidate for care, call Jennifer or Pat at 262-293-3790.

Her name is Simonetta and she had vertigo.

 

Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield Chiropractic In Wisconsin

Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Wisconsin no longer allows chiropractors into its provider panel directory as of 2017.  In doing so, they have tried to make one of safest, cheapest, most effective, and longest lasting forms of treatment for back pain, neck pain and headaches unavailable to their policy holders.  A decision we have a difficult time understanding, but it is the nature of healthcare today !

The good news is, we do accept Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield patients and offer a discount program that makes care affordable.

We take pride in the clinical results we deliver to our patients.  Our reviews and testimonials speak for themselves.  Check us out at www.drkramerchiropractic.com or Dr. Paul Kramer – Chiropractor on Facebook and Google.  Call our office at 262-293-3790 to make an appointment.  Your body will thank you !

Tethered Cord Syndrome – The Cause of Many “Unexplained” Neurological Problems

Here are two videos of patients with “tethered cord syndrome” that were successfully treated non-surgically with ABC chiropractic care.  One from Dr. Paul Kramer and one from Dr. Jeff Aberle.  The clinical signs and symptoms are different, but the cause is the same.  The cause being adverse mechanical tension on the central nervous system, sometimes referred to in the medical community as Tethered Cord Syndrome.  These problems can be treated successfully and you can get back to life.  More information on the ABC method can be found at www.drkramerchiropractic.com and  www.abcmiracles.com.