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  • Chiropractic Adjustment

    Chiropractic Adjustment

    Chiropractic Adjustment

    A chiropractic adjustment, or spinal manipulation, is a procedure in which a specific force is applied at a precise location and direction to a joint that is restricted, or not moving properly. The purpose is to restore normal joint motion, which often results in decreased pain through improved spinal function, improved nervous system function, and improved health. See FAQ’s for more information. Ask about our $40 routine adjustment cost for existing patients not utilizing insurance.

    FAQ's

    What is Chiropractic?

    The primary belief of the profession is in the natural and conservative methods in managing health care. We have a deep respect for the human body’s ability to heal itself without the use of surgery or medication. We want to help optimize and restore what the patient brings to the office, themselves. Doctors of Chiropractic devote careful attention to the biomechanics, structure and function of the spine, its effects on the musculoskeletal and neurological systems, and the role played by the proper function of these systems in the preservation and restoration of health. A Doctor of Chiropractic is one who is involved in the treatment and prevention of disease, as well as the promotion of public health, and a wellness approach to patient healthcare. The tools vary from chiropractor to chiropractor but the philosophy always remains the same. Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your body is under the control of your brain and nervous system. When spinal or extremity joints become restricted (“subluxated”), your nerves become irritated and inflamed causing pain, discomfort, and other health problems. Chiropractic involves the science of detecting these abnormal joint restrictions, and restoring proper joint motion & neurologic functioning through an adjustment. Dr. Waldo will also assess the muscles and other soft tissues, as well as your lifestyle, diet/nutrition, exercise, ergonomics, and posture in order for your body to heal itself. Chiropractic physicians receive extensive diagnostic training which will help to decide if you would be likely to benefit from chiropractic care, or if you should consult a medical doctor or another health care provider.

    What is an Adjustment?

    Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy/Spinal Manipulation or “adjustment” refers to gentle pressure or a high-velocity low-amplitude thrust to help restore function and motion to a joint that has become restricted. Like I asked, “What is an adjustment?” Simply put, the Dr. will place his hands upon your spine or other joint and apply an impulse. The noise that can be heard with an adjustment is the release of nitrogen gas from a joint capsule. It has been researched and documented that motion is restored following an adjustment but no bones are actually moved beyond their paraphysiological range of motion for this to happen. The adjustment stimulates the nervous system to help reduce pain and strengthen local musculature, therefore you recover quicker. (The Spine Journal – May 2004 (Vol. 4, Issue 3, Pages 335-356) (JMPT November 2000 (Vol. 23, Issue 9, Pages 585-595). The adjustment will also increase cerebral (brain) and cerebellar (cerebellum) function and improve performance and coordination.

    There have been many studies that have proven its efficacy, cost-effectiveness, safety, and high levels of patient satisfaction. The U.S. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) published “Clinical Practice Guideline 14–Acute Low Back Problems in Adults” and found this technique as a gold standard for acute low back pain in 1994. Adjustments help much more than just low back problems. Did you know that a cervical (neck) and thoracic (middle spine) chiropractic adjustment influence T and B lymphocyte numbers, natural killer cell numbers, antibody levels, neutrophil phagocytic activity, Substance P and plasma ENDORPHIN levels that will aid in fighting infection? (JMPT Vol. 14 No 7 Sept 1991 p 399-408 and Chiropractic Journal of Australia 1993) See under common conditions treated or spinal adjustments for more information.

    What else can Chiropractors do?

    Chiropractors can do more than you expect. The majority of the population only believes that they deal with the back and sciatica problems. National University of Health Sciences has trained Dr. Waldo to be a Chiropractic Family Physician explicitly capable of diagnosis of many conditions that you would normally go to the traditional family doctor for help. Look under common conditions treated for some examples. Dr. Waldo can perform blood tests to look for infection, anemia, cholesterol levels, thyroid levels, diabetes, liver dysfunction, etc.; urine analysis looking for UTI’s, kidney problems, diabetes, etc.; check for GI disturbances and saliva tests for adrenal insufficiency. However, your insurance company will most likely not pay for these services since they are not performed by an MD and it will be an out of pocket expense. In many cases Dr. Waldo will send you out for these tests unless you are looking for a basic screening. Prices are very reasonable for many of the blood tests. For example, testing for a Lipid Panel, CBC, and CMP at Health in Balance cost a TOTAL of $65 whereas it will cost $400 in a MD’s office. All bloodwork is performed by Sherman Hospital and completely authentic, we just don’t charge an arm and a leg. Dr. Waldo can perform yearly physical exams for the health conscious adult or the student wanting to play athletics. Dr. Waldo will take a holistic approach and help in lifestyle management, diet/nutrition, exercise, ergonomics, and posture to name a few. From here he will be able to decide if you can be treated with Chiropractic care or if you will need medical intervention.

    Do you take insurance?

    Yes, currently we take Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, Humana, Cigna, PHCS, United Healthcare and more. Feel free to call and ask for any recent additions. Remember that the agreement is between you and your provider and Health in Balance is only helping in doing the paperwork for you. If your insurance is not one of these we will provide you with aid so you can send the information to your provider in order to receive reimbursement. We will help you in discovering what benefits, copays and deductibles you have. Be sure to ask about our Time of Service discount for those not paying with insurance (cash, credit, check, out of network insurance…). We are able to discount the fees since we do not have to deal with the paper work, time, and resources it takes to file with insurance. Payment is due at time of service.

    How much will it cost?

    Yes, currently we take Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, Humana, Cigna, PHCS, United Healthcare and more. Feel free to call and ask for any recent additions. Remember that the agreement is between you and your provider and Health in Balance is only helping in doing the paperwork for you. If your insurance is not one of these we will provide you with aid so you can send the information to your provider in order to receive reimbursement. We will help you in discovering what benefits, copays and deductibles you have. Be sure to ask about our Time of Service discount for those not paying with insurance (cash, credit, check, out of network insurance…). We are able to discount the fees since we do not have to deal with the paper work, time, and resources it takes to file with insurance. Payment is due at time of service.

    Just remember, regardless if you have insurance or if you are financially challenged, if you and your family are committed to regaining your health through chiropractic care we will do everything possible to make it affordable.

    How long will chiropractic care take?

    Dr. Waldo believes in upfront honesty and will tell you what to expect in order for you to make the best decision for your health. How long it will take depends upon the condition at hand. Dr. Waldo can give you a foundation to recovery, but health is ultimately in the hands of the patient. Your condition will depend upon compliance, soft tissue compromise, postural aberrations, current health, aggravation of symptoms, etc. The reduction of pain alone will usually be attained much sooner in most cases.

    Patients always have a choice as to whether they want symptomatic relief (short term care) or correcting and stabilizing their problem (wellness care). Whatever your desire we will help you attain that goal.

    What is chiropractic prevention/maintenance care?

    When it comes to finance some people begin to prepare for retirement. We take a bit of our income and put it into savings accounts, CD’s, mutual funds, bonds, or higher risk stocks. Have you ever been in a pinch and tried to win the lotto or scrounge for money fast? This is called crisis management. Our society will wait until the last minute when the pain begins to seek help, more crisis management. Many people don’t realize that they are setting themselves up everyday for future problems.

    Dr. Waldo’s goal for you is to prepare for the future and begin preventing problems by moving from a crisis mind set to a preventative one. This is especially critical the younger the individual. When people come in for a “routine prevention/maintenance” visit they might be 98% of their normal. However, they might come in because of a “kink” in their back, muscle stiffness, or just feel like they need an adjustment. Do you think that a whole month of work will not produce slight muscle spasms or soft tissue compromise? Compound those slight soft tissue injuries and joint restrictions over months, over years, and you can see how injuries are actually not that “sudden”. Remember that an adjustment also aids in optimizing the communication between your brain and your body. Regular chiropractic care can help you to recover faster when you are injured from a weekend basketball game, a fall, a cold, etc.

  • McKenzie Method

    Mckenzie Method

    McKenzie Method

    Dr. Waldo is only 1 of approximately 150 chiropractors in the world fully credentialed in McKenzie Method. The McKenzie Method or MDT is a reliable assessment process intended for all musculoskeletal problems, including pain in the back, neck and extremities (i.e., shoulder, knee, ankle etc.), as well as issues associated with sciatica, sacroiliac joint pain, arthritis, degenerative disc disease, muscle spasms and intermittent numbness in hands or feet. If you are suffering from any such issues, then a MDT assessment may be right for you!

    Developed by world-renowned expert physiotherapist Robin McKenzie in the 1950s, this well-researched, exercise based approach of assessment, diagnosis and treatment uses a comprehensive and clinically reasoned evaluation of patients without the use of expensive diagnostic imaging (e.g. x-rays and MRIs). The treatment principles of the McKenzie Method promote the body's potential to repair itself and do not involve the use of medication, heat, cold, ultrasound, needles, or surgery. McKenzie allows patients to learn the principles and empowers them to be in control of their own symptom management, which can reduce dependency on medical intervention.

    If utilized correctly, the achievable goals of the McKenzie Method in a cost- and time-effective manner are to:

    • Accurately understand the patient's presentation and behaviour of symptoms.
    • Determine the most appropriate and effective treatment plan.
    • Eliminate symptoms and restore full function.
    • Help inform patients if other medical advice or testing is needed.

    MDT works in three steps: assessment, treatment and prevention.

    Most musculoskeletal pain is "mechanical" in origin, which means it is not due to a serious pathology like cancer or infection but a result of abnormal or unusual forces or mechanics occurring in the tissue. Further, it means that a position, movement or activity caused the pain to start. If a mechanical force caused the problem then it is logical that a mechanical force may be part of the solution. The MDT system is designed to identify the mechanical problem and develop a plan to correct or improve the mechanics and thus decrease or eliminate the pain and functional problems.

    In the simplest and most common instance, this may mean that moving in one direction may provoke and worsen the pain, and moving in the opposite direction may eliminate the pain and restore function. This is known as Directional Preference. Other patients may have pain just at the end of movement or with certain functional movements like throwing or stair climbing. The McKenzie assessment explores these different positions and movements, how the patient performs them, and the response to these movements. Interpreting this information, the clinician determines which of the movements and posture becomes the treatment as well as the necessary exercise dosage.

    Assessment

    The McKenzie assessment process begins with the trained clinician taking a detailed history about your symptoms and how they behave. You will be asked how the problem began and how it interferes with your function. You will then be asked to perform certain movements and rest in certain postures and tell the clinician how this influences your symptoms. A key component of the McKenzie system is the examination of repeated movements, which means that the clinician may ask you to repeat certain movements even though that movement may hurt when you do it. This enables the clinician to identify specific pain patterns, which then helps the clinician develop a treatment plan specific to your pattern of presentation.

    Treatment

    The valuable information gleaned from the assessment process leads the clinician to recommend the most appropriate treatment for you. The clinician will prescribe specific exercises and advice regarding appropriate postures and ergonomics. If your problem has a more difficult mechanical presentation, a certified McKenzie clinician can provide advanced hands-on techniques to help manage the problem until you can self-manage.

    The aim is to be as effective as possible in the least number of treatment sessions. Treatment that you can perform five or six times a day is more likely to be effective in a shorter period of time than treatment administered by the clinician once or twice per week. The emphasis is on you, the patient, being actively involved. This can minimize the number of visits to the clinic. Ultimately, most patients can successfully continue treating themselves when provided with the necessary knowledge and tools.

    Prevention

    The key distinction from other approaches is McKenzie’s initial assessment component that provides a reliable pathway to accurately reach a mechanical diagnosis and produce an appropriate treatment plan. Understanding the mechanical behavior of the presenting complaint is critical to putting together a treatment strategy with the patient that is logical, easy to understand and has a consistent beneficial effect on the patient’s symptoms. Many patients spend years in therapy or going from provider to provider just because they were never assessed properly and the treatment provided did not effectively manage their condition. The McKenzie Method teaches clinicians how to thoroughly assess and to continue to reassess through clinical reasoning until meaningful results are achieved.

  • Laser Therapy

    Laser Therapy

    Laser Therapy


    Cold Laser for Tissue Healing, Inflammation & Pain Relief

    In order to understand how Laser works I am going to take the time to fully explain the history, physics, and its benefits. First off lets explain the history of Laser therapy:

    Niels Ryberg Finsen won a Nobel price in 1903 for his work on phototherapy regarding lupus when he found that certain levels of concentrated chemical rays from the sun could create beneficial effects.

    • 1916 - Einstein first proposed the phenomenon of stimulated emission (from light)
    • 1960 - Theodore Maiman built the first working laser
    • 1967 - Professor Mester discovers that the working laser could create biostimulation, aka create therapeutic qualities
    • 1983 - UK physiotherapists first use low level power lasers for sports injuries with positive results
    • 1988 - Guys Hospital in London began performing eye opening fact producing research on how laser therapy works
    • 1998 - NASA conducts LED (light emitting diodes) therapy wound healing studies for astronauts
    • 1999 - US Military begins nerve regeneration research with THOR lasers (the ones we use at Health in Balance)
    • 2003 - THOR lasers achieve FDA clearance
    • 2005 - US Military attains positive effects in spinal cord regeneration via laser therapy
    • 2006-2009 - Laser Therapy attains published articles in prestigious journals like Lancet, Pain, Nature, Bone & Joint Task Force, and more

    All of this to say that Laser Therapy has been used on humans since 1983 proving that it is incredibly safe with no known side effects, non-invasive, non-toxic, easily applied, remarkable results, and used by our best scientists. In science most everything takes 40 years to reach world wide acceptance and 1967 was truly the kick off. Obviously it is not a fad, like cell phones in 1999 that were scoffed at, Laser therapy will be an everyday service soon.

    “Photobiomodulation” utilizes a specific amount of power, certain parameter of wavelength, at a precise time in order to provide the desired results. Those results being:

    1. Tissue Repair: Improved speed and quality of regeneration of skin, muscle, tendon, ligament, bone and neural tissue. By utilizing light at a certain wavelength we can stimulate tissue to HEAL itself.
    2. Inflammation: Resolution of inflammation at least equal to NSAIDS (Tylenol, A dvil, etc.) but without the side effects.
    3. Analgesia: By blocking the pathways of pain via the spinal nerves and producing endorphins, dopamine and other feel good chemicals.

    A gentle beam of laser light can stimulate cells to repair tissues, reduce inflammation and inhibit pain fibers to reduce pain. The application of specific wavelengths of red or near infrared laser or LED light on acute injuries and degenerative conditions at the correct anatomical location for the right amount of time relieves pain and improves healing. Picture a one hill roller coaster. A lower powered laser is required in order to “stay” in the range of the uphill slope in order to achieve a response of tissue repair or to heal. A stronger powered laser is utilized in order to go past the uphill slope into the downhill slope in order to achieve the response of pain relief and release trigger points.

    Laser therapy can be used for just about every situation, for the young and the old alike. Acute or chronic pain, neck and back pain, joint pain, sports injuries, tendonitis or tendonosis, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel or pinched nerves, arthritis, sinus issues, lymphatic drainage, open wounds, diabetic ulcers, post surgical areas, and MORE. Laser therapy is even utilized for smoking cessation and beauty treatments.

    Treatment only takes about 15-20 minutes, normally takes anywhere from 3-15 sessions, and results tend to be long lasting. Some patients will not need to return for additional treatments; however chronic conditions may have to return for “maintenance” dosages when stiffness returns. Patient’s typically experience improvement immediately after the first visit; usually require 2-3 visits per week the first 2 weeks and than depends on response and condition from there. The cost is $25-45 per session however insurance will normally cover the treatment. As always, we have no contracts, no gimmicks, just quality healthcare. Laser therapy is one adjunct of treatment we utilize to help the whole individual.

    For more information, photos and treatment videos you can also visit our manufacturer's website at www.thorlaser.com.

    Is Laser Therapy Safe?

    Our Laser is completely safe and FDA approved as a non-significant risk medical device. Light therapy has been used for over 30 years without any known negative side effects.

    Does Laser Therapy really work, is it effective to quit smoking?

    Laser Therapy is extremely effective when combined with the will to quit. The effects of Laser Therapy helps with your physical symptoms, the anxiousness, the physical urges, etc. You are still in command of your mental urges. You have been smoking for years or perhaps centuries. This has left you with habit after habit that you will have to overcome. Compared to all other methods of quitting our Health in Balance (Valor Thor) Laser is nearly 4 times as effective.

    The therapy is shown to be effective with 1 or 2 sessions. The average individual will utilize 3-5 sessions. The first 2-3 will be within the first 2 weeks to help with the initial stages of quitting. The following 2-3 will be used in the coming months with any urges that may come about. The therapy is completely safe and can be utiltize as often as needed. We need a sense of involvement, rules, and boundaries. Remember to create a structured plan, one that can help you to achieve your goal faster and more effective.

    What is the cost for the Smoking Cessation Program?

    Here at Health in Balance we are breaking the mold of high upfront fees. Pay as you go for ONLY $69 Each Laser Session.

  • Graston Technique

    Graston Technique

    Graston Technique

    The Graston Technique is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively isolate soft tissue adhesions and fascial restrictions. Just as a stethoscope amplifies what the human ear can hear, so do the instruments increase significantly what the human hands can feel.

    For more information go to www.grastontechnique.com.

  • Rehabilitation

    Rehabilitation

    Rehabilitation

    Our anatomy teacher at school always began his lecture with a recipe: “First you have the bones, than some ligaments to hold them together, slap some muscles and tendons on them for movement, provide some arteries and veins for nutrition, and than the nerves to tell them what to do.” In this section we will be focusing on the muscular component. As a fetus we are wound up in the womb in a flexed position, and we spend our life trying to attain extension. Our body’s muscular connection is a teeter totter trying to find balance. Our sedentary jobs, video games, poor posture, and weakened core facilitate the hunched over or flexed posture. This repetitive situation sets the stage for weakened muscle groups, chronic neck and shoulder aches and pains, headaches, carpal tunnel, chronic nagging low back pain, and other kinetic chain complications. Dr. Waldo will explain the concepts of plasticity, Upper and Lower Crossed Syndromes, why they occur, and how to correct the “stretch weak” and “stretch tight” areas through rehabilitation, neuromuscular re-education (retraining the mind muscle connection to overcome their deficits), and the use of Graston Technique.

    This principle is why so many people leave care after they are out of pain and than suffer a relapse a few months later. Pain is only a symptom and the cause usually has many layers. Proper spinal mechanics through adjustments and muscle re-patterning is pivotal. Spinal rehab takes time for change just as braces take awhile to realign your teeth. Always remember that if you are here for pain relief only we will welcome you back without any judgment or I told you so.

  • Supplements

    Supplements

    Supplements are in addition to a healthy nutritional program. The old adage of “you are what you eat” is correct. Every time you go to the doctor they ask you about your family history. Your genes are more apt to express their limitations when disposed to more inflammation in your body. Ads on the TV, radio, magazines, try to inspire more healthy habits: lose weight, aerobic and/or anaerobic exercise 3-4x’s per week, increase your fruit and vegetables, eat complex carbohydrates, increase omega 3 by eating fresh fish, drink water, moderate alcohol consumption, get your rest, reduce stress, take a multi-vitamin and mineral, etc. All of these reduce inflammation and make you BETTER. In our Westernized civilization it is especially important to supplement our nutritional habits with vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other supplements to promote a healthier you.

    Supplements are nutritional support that will aid in decreasing inflammation, obesity, diabetes type 2, high blood pressure, cancer risk, heart disease, stroke, cholesterol, etc. Supplements also help in many things that we do not think of until they are symptomatic or causing us grief. They aid in reducing cold’s and flu’s, stress, anxiety, depression, allergies; promote healthy sleep, everyday performance, and better skin; and will accelerate you body’s ability to heal whether it is from soft tissue strain/sprain, disc herniation, spinal degeneration (DJD or osteoarthritis), sinus congestion, headaches, gastrointestinal problems, etc. It is important to remind you that supplements are NOT designed to cure or treat disease; they are designed to provide support for your body.

    Health in Balance Chiropractic Center, Ltd. mainly uses products from Metagenics, Pure Encapsulations, and MigreLief, but might advise other products to aid in maximizing your body’s well being. You do not need a doctor's visit once you run out. You can return to purchase more or ask for them to be delivered. Please call/email ahead of time to make sure your supplement is available and we will have it ready for you when you arrive.

    For more info:

    www.numedica.com

    www.metagenics.com

    www.emersonecologics.com

  • Custom Foot Orthotics

    Custom Foot Orthotics

    Custom Foot Orthotics

    In the last section we briefly described the kinetic chain. “You are as strong as your weakest link” is the motto we have all heard. Foot orthotics are inserts for your shoes that allow proper biomechanics during your walking, running, or athletic movements. Your foot is comprised of 26 bones functioning to absorb every step of every day. Improper weight distribution, “flat feet” will not only give you localized blisters, bunions, plantar fasciitis, heel pain but can also cause shin splints, knee pain, hip pain, low back pain, and even shoulder pain. It could be a weak link in your kinetic chain that could be corrected with orthotics or even a good pair of shoes.

    Visit www.footlevelers.com for more information.