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Better Swing, Less Pain

I had the pleasure of working at The Villages Golf Festival this weekend representing Legacy Clinic and being the only Titleist Performance Institute Certified chiropractor at the event.

Back Swing ExercisesTitleist Performance Institute is an educational organization dedicated to the study of how the human body functions in relation to the golf swing. One thing that really surprised me was how many golfers were spending money on a “magical” golf aid seeking greater distance but were unwilling to invest time and money into their own body to get it. The most common thing we see happen to golfers who receive regular chiropractic care is the ability to hit it further and have more stamina throughout the round.

Most professional golfers have a chiropractor they see to ensure that their whole body is performing optimally. If one area or muscle of someones body is not working properly, it can cause other parts of the body to overcompensate, which can lead to pain and dysfunction. If your lower back or pelvis is not moving properly, then you will be restricted on the amount of speed and distance you can generate. If these areas are not moving correctly you put extra stress on your spine, which can lead to a multitude of spinal related conditions.
If you are looking to improve your health,  get more distance and a better swing, then it is time to get under regular chiropractic care – just like the professionals do.
Christopher Kessler, DC

Titleist Performance Institute Certified

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All Natural Trigger Point Injections

Trigger point injections can be an amazing aid in relieving pain and symptoms of numerous problems. At Legacy, we have started offering an all natural injection therapy for our patients. We always prefer to treat our patients with natural remedies whenever possible. The list of benefits is extensive but we will name a few for the types that we offer. The following injections are all natural and offered at Legacy Clinic in The Villages.

Traumeel (by Heel): Muscular pain, joint pain, sports injuries and bruising.

Zeel (by Heel): Mild to moderate arthritic pain, osteoarthritis and joint stiffness.

Engystol (by Heel): Stimulates the nonspecific defense system in viral infections such as influenza, cold sores and feverish conditions.

Spascupreel: For general muscle spasms, to relief pain of the gastrointestinal (IBS, Colitis, etc) and urogenital tract (dysmenorrhea).

Vitamin B12: Benefits neurological disorders like progressive memory loss and lethargy. Used successfully in treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Helps reduce the risk of heart diseases and strokes. Benefits people with pernicious anemia. Also great for Shingles and Facial Paralysis.

Lymphomyosot X: For the treatment of Lymphatic Problems & fluid discharges; General low resistance to illness; Glandular swellings and illnesses; Enlarged tonsils, sore throats, fevers; Disturbances of the body and mental development in children suffering from glandular disorders; Cardiac (heart) (right and left insufficiency); Renal (kidney) diseases – Nephritis, Nephrosis and other diseases of the kidneys; Edema (Swelling), post-Operative and Post-Traumatic impediments to the lymphatic drainage; Lymphatic Edema; Skin – Neurodermatitis (skin disorders characterized by chronic itching and scratching); Eczema / dermatitis; Detoxifying and drainage remedy in all Degenerative Neoplasm Phases; Liver disease, Acne; Weight Loss/Obesity; General Detoxification; Drug damage; Asthma; Cancer & Neoplasia; Arthritis; Rheumatic Diseases; Allergic Diseases, Bronchitis; Cerebral lesions in fetal and early childhood.

Neuralgo-Rheum: For the treatment of nerve pain, soft tissue rheumatism and symptoms of disc protrusion.

If you suffer from any of these conditions and you would like to get more information on relief, please contact us at

Phone: 352.259.0024

Email: info@legacyclinic.org

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Trigger Point Acupuncture

What Are Trigger Points?

Trigger points are more commonly known as “knots” in our muscles. When there are too many of these “knots” it is called Myofascial Pain Syndrome. This can cause an alarming amount of pain and can often occur without warning. They tend to cluster around an injury and they can be a major factor in back and neck pain.

What Is Trigger Point Acupuncture?

Trigger Point Acupuncture (TPA) is a technique wehre a therapist will insert tiny needles into the affected muscles causing them to loosen and relax. Trigger points are believed to be micro-spasms in muscle tissue. By inserting the needle into the tissue, it temporarily blocks the signal controlling your muscle to spasm. Without this signal, your muscle is free to return to its natural state.

Why choose this method?

This method is great for relieving pain caused by trigger points. Those who have chronic severe pain may find that it doesn’t completely relieve the pain but lessens it to a greater extent than other options. Those with minor aches and “knots” can usually find whole relief from pain and can prevent the reoccurance.

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CBD Cream and Oil

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural compound found in the cannabis plant. Many people have misconceptions because this plant also produces THC which gives you the “stoned” or intoxicated feeling. Rest assured that CBD works in a much different way and does leave you feeling high. This part of the plant is purely used for medicinal purposes and studies have shown great success in treatment of a variety of diagnoses.

We have held webinars int the past which delve much further into detail of how this works in the body. With that being said, we will touch on the main points here and we suggest speaking to your doctor or joining one of our webinars for further information. Please speak to a qualified person and DO NOT trust what you find on the web! There are great articles and misleading articles out there and it is hard to know the difference.

CBD mimicks and augments the effects of compounds which naturally occur throughout our bodies. These compounds play a crucial role in a variety of physiological effects in our bodies which affect our everday lives such as: mood, energy, immunity, blood pressure, bone density and glucose metabolism to name just a few. Clearly these are some highly important processes. So what happens when the system which controls these processes isn’t functioning properly? To put it plainly, disease happens.

CBD helps to regulate this system and assist where it is needed. This could mean boosting your immune system, lowering blood pressure, or just calming anxiety. It will have different effects for different people because they themselves have different needs. The best part is that it has received high marks in several studies on a range of topics and it is safe to use without having to worry about it becoming habit forming. CBD has no addictive qualities.

There are two popular ways that CBD is sold. One is in a cream form and the other is in an oil form. They do have different purposes so it is important to know what you are looking to get relief from. The oil is administered under the tongue by a dropper. The oil works systemically meaning it is meant to help with pain over large areas of the body. It also has a calming effect which has helped many with a host of anxiety/panic disorders. The cream is more often used to treat acute pain and could be used for chronic pain in a smaller area of the body. For instance, if you have pain and inflammation in your knees, the cream can be directly applied to that area and will have better effects than the oil.

Lastly, CBD is 100% legal in all 50 states and many countries. That being said, please use caution when travelling as the cream and oil still fall under the maximum ounces allowed in carry-on luggage. Not all countries have the same laws concerning CBD so please check in advance to avoid any potential problems.

If you would like to learn more or if you have reservations about using this product, please contact us.

Legacy Clinic: info@legacyclinic.org

 

 

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Therapeutic Ultrasound

What Does Ultrasound Do?

Therapeutic ultrasound is used primarily for two different effects: the deep heating treatment and non-thermal uses.

 

Deep Heating Effects: Ultrasound is often used to provide deep heating to soft tissue structures in the body. Deep heating tendons, muscles or ligaments increases circulation to those tissues, which is thought to help the healing process. Increasing tissue temperature with ultrasound is also used to help decrease pain.

Deep heating can be used to increase the “stretchiness” of muscles and tendons that may be tight. If you have shoulder pain and have been diagnosed with a frozen shoulder, your therapist may use ultrasound to help improve the extensibility of the tissues around your shoulder prior to performing range of motion exercises. This may help improve the ability of your shoulder to stretch.

Non-Thermal Effects (Cavitation): Ultrasound introduces energy into the body. This energy causes microscopic gas bubbles around your tissues to expand and contract rapidly, a process called cavitation. It is theorized that the expansion and contraction of these bubbles help speed cellular processes and improves healing of injured tissue.

How Does Ultrasound Work?

Inside your therapist’s ultrasound unit is a small crystal. When an electrical charge is applied to this crystal, it vibrates rapidly, creating piezoelectric waves. These waves are emitted from the ultrasound sound head as ultrasound waves. The ultrasound wave then enters into your injured tissues during application of the modality. This increases blood flow and cavitation, leading to the theorized benefits of the treatment.

How Is Ultrasound Applied?

Ultrasound is performed with a machine that has an ultrasound transducer (sound head). A small amount of gel is applied to the particular body part; then your therapist slowly moves the sound head in a small circular direction on your body. The therapist may change various settings of the ultrasound unit to control the depth of penetration of the ultrasound waves or change the intensity of the ultrasound. Different settings are used in various stages of healing.

 

Your therapist may use ultrasound gel combined with a topical medication to help treat inflammation around soft tissue in the body. This process is called phonophoresis.

What Ultrasound Feels Like

While you are receiving an ultrasound treatment, you will most likely not feel anything happening, except perhaps a slight warming sensation or tingling around the area being treated. If the ultrasound sound head is left in place on your skin and not moved in a circular direction, you may experience pain. If this occurs, tell your therapist right away.

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Natural pain shots in The Villages – Steriod injection side effects

Many of our patients have had a cortisone shot at one point or another. Cortisone is an anti-inflammatory which helps to reduce pain in the area that its injected. Studies have shown however, that overuse of cortisone can lead to cartilage damage in joints and ultimately lead to more pain down the road. Doctors often limit how many injections a patient can have in a certain period of time due to the possible risks involved. For those who have chronic pain and get relief from these shots, this can be hard news to hear

There is an alternative called prolotherapy. This therapy injects natural substances into the body which promote healing. These substances have been proven safe even in large amounts and because of this, multiple areas of the body can be treated at once. Studies have shown this therapy to be highly effective in relieving pain and without any side effects. One of two types of substances are used: those found in the body (bone marrow, adipose tissue, plasma) or dextrose which is very similar to d-glucose that is in your body.

Cortisone over-use has been studied for some time now. While the results do vary, we believe you should know what you’re having put into your body. Hyaluronic acid is a great tool to repair cartilage in our joints like knees, elbows and shoulders but damage from cortisone can not be repaired by this method. The following chart shows other differences between prolotherapy and cortisone injections.

 

If you are considering getting cortisone injections or are looking for a safer alternative to those you are already getting, please look into prolotherapy. If you have further questions, ask the doctor on your next visit.

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SI Joint Exercises

SI Joint Exercises

The SI or sacroiliac joints connect your hip bones to your lower spine. These joints are made to swivel back and forth to help us walk and twist at the hips. Sometimes, we can injur these joints and they will lock themselves into place. If this has ever happened to you, it was probably evident right away.

Because our muscles protect our bones, they will often guard the joints by shortening and tightening up. This can make things like walking very hard to do and can lead to severe pain.

We are putting some exercises here to help prevent any injuries and relieve the pain for those of you that have it.

The Pelvic Tilt: Lie on your back with your knees bent up and feet on the floor. Using your abdominal muscles, push your stomach to the floor. Hold this for 8 seconds and then release

Quadruped Arm/Leg Raise: Begin on your hands and knees (Can be done on a bed if needed for cushioning). Raise your left arm and extend you right leg at the same time. Hold this position for 8 seconds and then switch to you right arm and left leg.

Side Plank: Lie on your right side with your right arm out to stabilize you. Start with your hips touching the floor then raise them off the ground so that only your feet and arm are touching the ground. Hold this position for 8 seconds then release. Repeat 10 times and then switch to your left side.

Cat and Camel: Begin on hands and knees. Slowly put an arch in your back and hold for 8 seconds, then do the opposite and hold that for 8 seconds. Do 10 repetitions of both the cat and the camel pose.

 

Start by doing 10 repetitions of each of these SI joint exercises once a day, and slowly build your way up to three times a day. This will help avoid further aggravating the area.

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Low Carb (Keto) Pizza Recipe

This recipe works great for those who are trying ot cut carbs, work a ketogenic diet, or have gluten sensitivities. The best part is that unlike most low carb or diet foods, this is actually very tasty! Pizza has always and will always be a favorite of mine. Unfortunately, the pizza you get from restaurants or the frozen section are often loaded with gluten, sugar, carbs, and unhealthy oils. The thought of having to give up a staple of my diet was daunting but with this recipe I can enjoy a version of pizza that I don’t have to regret the moment I eat it. With just a few ingredients, you can be on your way:
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups mozzarella, shredded
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 2 oz cream cheese, softened
  1. Preheat oven to 425F (220C)
  2. To make the dough: Combine mozzarella, cream cheese and almond flour into microwave safe bowl
  3. Microwave on high for 45 seconds, remove and stir ingredients, then heat again for another 45 seconds
  4. Use a spatula to stir in the beaten egg
  5. Use your hands, preferrably oiled, to knead the dough into a ball for about 2 minutes
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and use a rolling pin to spread the dough. Using another parchment sheet on top of the dough may make rolling it easier.
  7. Roll the dough until the dough is as thick or thin as you like it to be. Poke the dough with a fork in several places to prevent bubbling when baking.
  8. Bake the dough until it is firm. Dark spots may appear. Times will vary slightly depending on thickness of dough.
  9. Add cheese, sauce and toppings preffered
  10. Enjoy!
The nutrional values for the dough (without toppings) are for 1 slice or 1/6 of the pie: Total Carbs: 5g Dietary Fiber: 1.5g Net Carbs: 3g Calories: 202.2 kcal Protein: 11.3g Fat: 16.4g