Tennis and Golfers Elbow

 

Soreness or pain at the elbow on the bony bump on the outside is called “tennis elbow”.  Soreness or pain on the inside is called “golfers elbow”.

What causes golfers and tennis elbow?

Golfer Elbow

Soreness and pain occur when the tendons (tough tissue that connects muscles to the bone) on misaligned elbow bones are stretched and irritated by repeated movement of hand, wrist, and forearm.  This can cause tiny tears or inflammation in the tendon.  “Tennis” and “Golfer’s” elbow can also be caused by activities that nor sport related such as:

  • Painting
  • Computer work
  • Carpentry
  • Typing
  • Gardening
  • Knitting

Tennis Elbow

What are the symptoms?

The first sign of golfers or tennis elbow is usually tenderness and pain when pressing on the epicondyles (bony bumps) on either the outside or inside of the elbow.  this can progress to a dull, constant pain or sharp shooting pain.  other symptoms include:

  • Pain when the wrist or hand is moved.
  • Pain when lifting a heavy object.
  • Pain when making a first, gripping, or shaking hands.
  • Restricted supination of the forearm and full extension.

How long will my recovery take?

Recovery time depends on the severity of the injury as well as factors such as age, health, and previous injury.  Mild injuries can recover in a few weeks but more severe injuries can take several months to recover.

Treatments

  • Specific chiropractic treatments
    • Clear the subluxation in the spine first to turn on the nerve supply.  It is based on the author’s experience and clinical management that 5th and 6th cervical (neck) are usually the culprits.
    • Lateral radial head (one of the elbow bone) could be misaligned either forward or backward.
    • Lastly, check the wrist if the elbow is free of misalignment.
  • Pain Control
    • Apply ice to your elbow 15-20 minutes 3-4 times a day.
    • An elbow strap or “counterforce” brace is worn around the fullest part of the forearm muscle, just below the elbow.  It eases the pressure on the tendon and spreads the force throughout your arm.
  • Nutrition: Main goal is to supply the body with proper nutrition to enhance recovery time.
    • Omega 3’s: EPA, DHA, and AHA
    • Protein: undenatured whey, rice, or pea.
    • Proteolytic Enzymes, take with empty stomach
    • Chondroitin Sulfate
    • Glucosamine HCL: can be used if no analgesic been taken
    • Vit C
    • Magnesium
    • CoQ10
  • Rehab Exercises & stretch: 
    • Tennis Elbow Stretch: Start with the tender part of your forearm resting on a tennis ball, with your palm facing up. With your unaffected arm, apply a downward pressure onto your affected arm. Maintaining that pressure, move your wrist up and down. You should feel the sore spot moving back and forth across the tennis ball.
    • Golfer Elbow Stretch: Start with the tender part of your forearm resting on a tennis ball, with your palm facing down. With your unaffected arm, apply a downward pressure onto your affected arm. Maintaining that pressure, move your wrist up and down. You should feel the sore spot moving back and forth across the tennis ball.
    • Eccentric Wrist Flexion: Sit erect with your affected forearm supported on a table with your palm facing upward. Use your non affected hand to assist with flexing the wrist. Then let go of the support and slowly control the affected down eccentrically to the start position.
    • Eccentric Wrist Extension: Sit erect with your affected forearm supported on a table with your palm facing downward. Use your non affected hand to assist with extending the wrist. Then let go of the support and slowly control the affected hand down eccentrically to the start position

Dr. Wu DC is a Gonstead Certified Extremity adjuster and has been taking care of athletes for years.  As usual, feel free to contact us should you have any questions at all.

Yours in health,

Dr. Wu DC
ICON Chiropractic Center

 

Resources:

  1. Kaiser Permanente Physical therapy: 09342-033 (8-11)
  2. Dr. Mark Werking DC.  Werking on Extremities: A specific approach to extremity conditions and care.
  3. BlueJay Engage Health

 

Ankel Sprain

Most sprains are caused by rolling the foot inward.  This can stretch or even tear the ligaments that help support the ankle and foot.  Ligament damage can lead to instability of the ankle and frequent re-injury.  Ankle sprains may take from 6 weeks to several months to heal.  Early treatment, specific chiropractic care, exercises, and bracing can decrease the risk of re-injury.  The information below can help speed up your recovery, decrease your pain and help prevent re-injury.

 

Early Treatment

  • Specific Chiropractic Adjustment: the first 24 hours of injury is considered to be the “golden window”.  The chance of full recovery will increase greatly if the ankle is adjusted within first 24 hours of injury after fracture and complete torn ligament been ruled out. Proper neurological supply, blood supply, and alignment are essential for optimal healing.
  • R.I.C.ERest: avoid painful activities to give your ankle time to heal.  Limited waling and other standing activities when the ankle is painful or swollen.
    • Ice: recommended 20 minutes on and 40 minutes off 3-4 times a day.  Place a thin towel between your skin and the cold pack to prevent a rash or burn.
    • Compression: Swelling is a normal response to an ankle sprain.  Applying an ace bandage can help decrease the swelling and help the healing process.  It is important to re-wrap the ace bandage on a regular basis starting at the toes and finishing well above the ankle.  Avoid wrapping the ankle too tight.  You should be able to easily put two fingers under the wrap.
    • Elevation: keep the ankle elevated above your heart as much as possible during the day.  this will help decrease the swelling and speed the recovery.
  • Walking Aid: use a walking aid like crutches, a cane, a walking stick or a walker until you can walk without a limp. Try to bear some weight on your injured ankle while using the walking aid if you can do so without increasing your pain.
  • Brace: a proper brace should be given based on your condition. Continue to wear this brace until your doctor directs otherwise.  After the ankle has healed, ask your doctor if you should continue to wear the brace with activity.

Early Exercises: Do these exercises without increasing pain or swelling.

  • Aerobic Exercises:
    • a stationary bike can be helpful in the healing process without adding stress to the ankle.  Start with 10 minutes with low resistance.
  • Gentle range of motion: repeat 2-4 times per day
    • Circle the foot clockwise, and then counter clockwise 10 times each direction.
    • gently bring your toes and foot towards your shin and then point your foot and toes away.  Repeat 10 times each direction.
  • Strengthening:
    • Arch raise in sitting/short foot exercises:
      • sit in a chair with both feet on the floor.  Try to raise the arch of your foot while keeping your goes and heel on the floor.  Work up to holding this position 30-60 seconds.  Repeat 5 times.
    • Arch Raise in Standing:
      • progress this exercises to standing when you can stand on the involved leg without increased pain.  stand on both feet; try to raise the arch of your foot while keeping your toes and heel on the floor.  Hold 30-60 seconds, repeat 5 times.
    • Tandem Standing:
      • Stand next to a chair or wall with on foot in front of the other.  Hold for 30-60 seconds.  Repeat 5 times with the right foot forward and 5 times with the left foot forward.
    • One foot standing:
      • standing on one foot keeping the arch of your foot raised.
      • Turning your head left and right while maintaining your foot position and your balance.
      • Closing your eyes while you maintain your foot position and your balance.
    • One foot standing on foam pad:
      • Repeat above exercises on the foam pad.

Nutrition: It is essential to supplement with proper trace minerals/vitamins so the body can heal at the faster rate.  Here are some of the suggestive supplements we recommended in our office:

  • Proteolytic enzymes such as bromelain.  Take with the empty stomach.
  • Chondroitin Sulfate
  • Glucosamine HCL
  • MSM
  • Omega 3’s: strong anti-inflammatory substance.
  • Magnesium.
  • Vit C.

It is recommended to take high-quality supplements rather than over the counter products for better absorption and usage.

 

Dr. Wu DC is a Gonstead Certified Extremity adjuster and has been taking care of athletes for years.  As usual, feel free to contact us should you have any questions at all.

Yours health,

Dr. Wu DC
ICON Chiropractic Center

 

 

Resource:

  1. Kaiser permanente Physical therapy: 012701-002
  2. Dr. Mark Werking DC.  Werking on Extremities: A specific approach to extremity conditions and care.

 

 

 

Plantar Fasciitis

Hello Friends,

 

Plantar fasciitis, a common heel pain for athletes and working people, can be excruciating and annoying the same time.  The plantar fascia is a thick ligament on the bottom of your foot.  It is a strong ligament that runs the length of your foot from the heel bone to the toes. Although it is strong, it is not very elastic and flexible. If it is repeatedly overstretched, it can become inflamed and painful, a condition is known as plantar fasciitis.

What will I feel with Plantar Fasciitis:

  • Sharp, stabbing pain on the bottom or side of the heel or in the arch of the foot.
  • Pain that is worse in the morning or after any period of inactivity.  As you begin to move around, the pain level usually improves.
  • Pain that gets worse after a prolonged period of standing, walking, or running.
  • Pain can last for several weeks or months and can range from mild to severe.

What Causes or contributes to Plantar fasciitis?

  • Excess weight.
  • Tight calf muscle and Achilles tendon.
  • Abnormal foot mechanics.  Flat feet or high arches can affect the way that pressure is distributed across your foot.
  • Inadequate footwear.  Excessively flat shoes that do not support your arch leave the plantar fascia unprotected.  A shoe with a medium heel can heighten the arch and decrease stress on the plantar fascia.
  • Specific sports activities.  Activites that put more pressure on your foot and require it to stretch repeatedly increase your risk.  These activities include running, walking long distance, jumping, tennis, basketball, and aerobics.
  • Standing all day.
  • The sudden change in activity.  Beginning an exercises program, such as high-impact aerobics, after a period of inactivity or changing your running surface from grass to road.

How long will it take to get better?

  • The problem can last from a few weeks to several months.  You can lessen the time for recovery by following these suggestions:

Specific Chiropractic Care

  • plantar fasciitis is usually the symptom of something higher up, i.e. ankles, knees, or even pelvis.
  • when the pelvis is rotated, it puts the excessive weight at the inner knee which ultimately collapses foot arches with the end result of flat feet.  Flat feet stretches fascia which then puts excessive weight and pressure and causes inflammation.
  • Specific chiropractic care of the foot, knee, and pelvis can restore bone alignments and integrity of arches.

Nutritional protocol

  • An anti-inflammatory diet is a must for plantar fasciitis.  Dark leafy greens such as kale, spinach, and Brussels sprouts are a good place to start.
  • Omega 3 such as fish oil is also a great anti-inflammatory substance to add on.
  • In addition to nature diet, you might also want to consider supplementation such as proteolytic enzyme bromelain, vitamin C, magnesium, and chondroitin sulfate.

Exercises:

  • Rehab exercises are crucial to enhance the outcome of the condition.  Here are some easy and effective exercises:
  • Calf and arch stretch.  Stretch 3-4 times each day.  Hold each position for 30-60 second and repeat 3 times in a session.
  • Stretch with your knee straight: stand with your hands on the wall.  Place one foot behind you.  Keep your heel on the ground and keep toes pointing straight ahead.  Bend your front knee to feel a stretch in the calf of the back leg.
  • Stretch with your knee bent: do as above with the back knee bent.
  • Arch stretch: stand with your toes of one foot against a step and your knee straight.  Place the arch of the other foot against the heel.  Bend the knee over the foot until you feel a stretch in your arch.
  • Toe crunches

Plantar Fasciitis is a debilitating condition which can hinder the quality of life.  This condition can help tremendously by proper chiropractic care, rehab exercises, and nutrition.  Any questions? Contact us at info@ICONchiropractic.com.

Yours in health,

Dr. Alan Wu DC
ICON Chiropractic Center

 

Guatemala Chiropractic Mission Feb 2018

Dear readers,

Our bodies are truly amazing machines.  They are complexed, delicate and governed by an infinite internal wisdom called innate intelligence.  At any given moment, this innate intelligence is always striving to adapt and excel in the environment we are in.  A great example is if today we are up on the high mountain, your respiratory system will work harmoniously with high altitude to make sure you will have enough oxygen to keep you alive.  You don’t have to tell “it” to work harder, it just does for you.

In chiropractic profession, we work with this innate intelligence by restoring the nerve connection between the brain and body.  How we do it is to remove “Subluxation” (misalignment of the spine which causes nerve interference) so the body can repair at the most optimal condition.  When the spine is subluxation free, anything can happen.

With that, I would like to share one of my miracle cases with you during the Guatemala Chiropractic Mission trip.
The trip was from 2/2/18-2/11/18.  We had in a combination of 5 Gonstead doctors and 4 Gonstead dedicated students on this trip.  In 5 working days, we have seen over 2000+ patients.  Patients came to us with a variety of conditions because they knew the principle of chiropractic, which is to fix the subluxation and correct the nerve interference.  As I was taking the history of one of the Mayan ladies, she told me her left year has been deaf for over 10 years.  She couldn’t remember how it started but the hearing just gradually faded away.  I scoped her with a nervoscope (part of the Gonstead protocol) and found out there was a major reading on the top of the left neck.  I looked at her neck from behind and showed left ear lob was higher than right.  I palpated the neck, moved it around and range of motion was severely restricted turning left.  The verdict:  she has a subluxation on her first bone (called atlas) which stuck to the left.  I set her up, thrust and wham, the atlas just went “clunk-clunk”.  Right after the adjustment, she was a bit lightheaded, but after 2 minutes she starts rapid firing in Spanish to both the translator and me.   I couldn’t understand much of it but from the facial expressions and energy between them, I knew something has happened.   The translator turned around and told me: she can hear, she can hear!!  Three of us started jumping up and down and celebrate the moment of the truth, when the body is in a subluxation-free state, anything can happen.  There is no greater joy for a physician to know he has done his job to enhance a patient’s healing ability.   10 years of deafness, 1 adjustment, gone.

I like to finish this blog by quoting two prominent doctors in our profession, Dr. Christopher Kent, and Dr. Gilles LaMarche:

  1. The body is a self-healing mechanism.  Cut your finger, it heals.  Cut the fingers of a corpse; it does not.  Life heals.
  2. The nervous system is the master system of the body.  Every aspect of human experience is processed through the nervous system.  When there is interference with the function of the nervous system, not only can it compromise your physical well-being, but it can also have psychoemotional consequence because it distorts your perception of the world and limits your ability to respond to the environment.  When this happens to a significant number of people in a society, you have a sick society.
  3. What I do as a chiropractor is locate and correct the cause of that interference.
  4. Our ultimate goal is to maximize the expression of your perfection within, allowing your innate intelligence to be fully expressed throughout your life.

This is truly an amazing profession, and I am honor and blessed to be part of it.

Yours in health,
Dr. Wu DC

 

 

Is Canola Oil Good For You?

Dear readers,

Canola oil has been widely used because it has been token as the new alternative “healthy” oil and is less expensive to other vegetable oils such as soy, cottonseed, safflower and corn oil.  It is said the canola oil contains no saturated fat which can potentially clog up your arteries.  However, the science has stated otherwise.  The science literature stated by ingesting a single dose of 71 mg of Canola oil per day would increase your triglyceride level by whopping 47% compared to medium chain fatty acid such as coconut oil. (1)  In addition, an article released on Dec. 14th, 2017 from Psych Central stated there are strong associations between consuming canola oil and weight gain, decrease working memory and increase Alzheimer. (2)

Part of the reason why canola oil could potentially raise your triglyceride is that canola oil contains a higher level of omega-3 oils.  Supposedly omega-3 oil is good for you, but in order to increase its shelf life, remove the odor, and sustain high heat cooking, lots chemical processes have been added which also included hydrogenation process. This process can form as much as 40% trans fatty acids in canola, even more than soybean oil. (3)

Other detrimental effects come with canola oils are following:

  • Canola depletes vitamin E which will impact chronic diseases like heart, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes.
  • Canola increases the rigidity of membranes (which is a major aging factor and trigger for degenerative diseases like diabetes).
  • Canola has the potential to damage hearts creating fibrosis impairing the action of vitamin E (crucial in inflammation).
  • In human studies, there was an increase in lung cancers as well as heart damage.
  • Daily canola oil raised the triglycerides a staggering 47%.

Comment’s from Dr. Alan Wu DC:

It is unfortunate but once again we have been misled by big cooperation mass marketing strategy.  Science once again has spoken out and it is time to educate ourselves again.  Like previously stated, when in doubt, go with coconut or cold press virgin olive oil.  You will probably be more safe with these 2 than others.  I take a full teaspoonful of coconut oil every morning for energy and get my body ready for the day.  Also, the holiday season is here and team ICON would like to wish you all a happy and safe holiday!

References:

  1. Calabrese C, et al., A cross-over study of the effect of a single oral feeding of medium chain triglyceride oil vs. canola oil on post-ingestion plasma triglyceride levels in the healthy men.  Altern Med Rev. 1999 Feb;4(1):23-8
  2. Pedersen, T, et al., Mouse Study: Canola Oil Linked to Weight Gain, Memory Decline in Alzheimer’s. Psych Central. Dec. 14, 2017
  3. Innis SM, et al, Dietary canola oil alters hematological indices and blood lipids in neonatal piglets fed formula, J Nutr 129:1261-68, 1999
  4. Sauer FD. et al. Additional vitamin E required in milk replacer diets that contain canola oil, Nutr Res 17; 2:259-69, 1997
  5. https://www.functionalmedicineuniversity.com/public/891.cfm.

 

 

 

Thyme Oil

Dear readers,

Thyme (pronounce as thīm) oil, is one powerful oil to have.  Thyme, besides it’s culinary property , it also has a pleasant smell and profound health benefits. It is one of nature’s most powerful antibacterial, anti fungal, antimicrobial agent (1, 2, 3).  In addition, it has also been documented to increase antioxidant levels in vi tro (4, 5).

Here are more facts about it:

Properties: Highly antibacterial, anti-fungal, antimicrobial, antiviral, and antiseptic.
Historical uses: It was used by the Egyptians for embalming and by the ancient Greeks to fight against infectious illnesses.  It has also been used for respiratory problems, digestive complaints, the prevention and treatment infection, dyspepsia, chronic gastritis, bronchitis, pertussis, asthma, laryngitis, tonsillitis, and enuresis in children.
French Medicinal use: Asthma, bronchitis, colitis, cystitis, dermatitis, dyspepsia, fatigue,
pleurisy, psoriasis, sciatica, tuberculosis, vaginal candida.
Body systems affected: Immune system, muscles and bones.

Comments from Dr. Alan Wu DC :

Winter is here and we want to help you prepare for this upcoming cold season.  Besides eating healthy, exercise, proper rest, good mental attitude and chiropractic care, it will also be great to have oils with strong antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-microorganisms properties.  Clove, melaleuca (tee-tree oil), On-guard are all good to have.  We are providing you options because everyone has different preference on smell and body type.  As usual, check with your physician or doctors before start using these oils.  Other than that, enjoy these mother nature’s gifts and have a sound and safe holiday season.

 

Reference:

  1. Fabio et al., Screening of he antibacterial effects of a variety of essential oils on microorganism responsible for respiratory infections.  Phytother Res. 2007 Apr;21(4):374-7.
  2. Burt et al., Antibacterial activity of selected plant essential oils against Escherichia coli 0157:H7.  Lett Appl Microbiol. 2003;36(3):162-7
  3. Pinto et al., Antifungal activity of the clove essential oil from Syzygium aromaticum on Candida, Aspergillus and dermatophyte species. Journal of Medical Microbiology (2009), 58, 1454–1462
  4. Youdim et al., Dietary supplementation of thyme (Thymus vulgarisms L.) essential oil during the lifetime of the rat: its effects on the antioxidant status in liver, kidney and heart tissues. Mech Ageing Dev. 1999 Sep 8;109(3):163-75.
  5. Youdim et al., Effect of thyme oil and thymol dietary supplementation on the antioxidant status and fatty acid composition of the aging rat brain. Br J Nutr. 2000 Jan;83(1):87-93.

 

 

Does Adjustment Speed Up Post-Surgery Recovery?


Dear readers,

This article was published earlier this year, Jan.18, 2017 from Annals of Thoracic Surgery.  This elite group was established in 1989 and the main purpose is to serve as the benchmark for risk-adjusted outcomes in cardiac surgery and is the foundation for all quality measurement and improvement activities of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.  The aim of this study was to assess whether osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT, similar to chiropractic adjustments) contributes to post heart surgical sternal pain relief and “improves postoperative outcomes.”  They divided them into 2 groups: control group vs manipulated group.  Here are the results:

  • VAS pain scale

    • Control group 3 vs Manipulation group 1
  • Mean Inspiration Volume (ability to breathe):

    • Control group 1400 ± 588 mL vs Manipulation group 1781 ± 633 mL.
  • Hospitalization Days
    • Control group 22 ± 6 vs Manipulation group 19 ± 5
      days.

As a results, the paper showed patients got manipulated (similar to chiropractic adjustments) have significantly reduced pain, improved function, reduced hospital stay  and associated costs, and avoidance of drugs and all the risks.

Comments from Dr. Alan Wu DC:

What a great study.  This paper supports the fact patients went thought chest operation would received tremendous benefits from manipulated/adjustments.  Adjustments should start within 5 days postoperative along with rehabilitation.  Not only it reduced pain, increased function, and it also reduced financial cost as well.   While Chiropractic has been stigmatized into musculoskeletal issue only, this is certainly not the case.  The foundation of chiropractic is based on fixing Subluxation (mis-position of the bone), restore nerve communication between the brain and body in order to achieve highest bodily functions and healing.  It is really a wonderful health care profession to keep us living optimally.  As usual, should you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at info@ICONChiropractic.com and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Yours in health,

Dr. Wu DC
ICON Chiropractic Center

References: 

  1. Recca V., et all. Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment Improves Heart Surgery Outcomes: A randomized Controlled Trial.  Ann Thorac Sure. 2017 Jul;104(1):145-152. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2016.09.110. Epub 2017 Jan 18
  2. Thanks To Dr. Dan Murphy DC for sharing this article.  As usual, your work and dedication to this profession is tremendous and greatly appreciated.  

These Ratios Are One of the Most Accurate Indicator for Heart attack

Dear readers,

Recently a new patient was referred to me because of her lower back discomfort during cycling.  She is a 27 years old female athlete with good diet and exercise regiment.  During the consultation, she told me her MD was about to put her onto cholesterol lowering drug because her cholesterol test came back higher than 200 from her last blood test.  She doesn’t want to take mediation and also doesn’t want to have heart attack, she asked me what to do.  While I personally don’t have the power(outide of our practice scope) to prescribe OR take her off medications, what I can do is giving rightful information to educate her as well as rest of the community.  Here is a great article about cholesterol myth written by Dr. Ronald Grisanti DC, the director of Functional Medicine University:

“The published evidence is quite clear in documenting that the actual total cholesterol level itself is not the most important risk factor of cardiovascular disease.

It is the ratio between the level of HDL-“good” cholesterol and total cholesterol

that we need to be concerned about.

Therefore, in adults, the HDL-“good” cholesterol/total cholesterol ratio should be higher than 0.24 (just divide your HDL level by your cholesterol).

Or more precisely, the HDL/total cholesterol ratio:

  • 0.24 or higher is considered ideal
  • under 0.24 – low
  • less than 0.10 – very dangerous.

Generally speaking, the higher the ratio, the better (the lower your risk of a heart attack).

However, HDL is closely related to triglycerides. It appears common for people with
high triglycerides to have low HDL’s, and these same people also tend to have high levels of clotting factors in their blood stream, which is unhealthy in protecting against heart disease.

Therefore, in adults, the triglyceride/HDL-“good” cholesterol ratio should be below 2  (just divide your triglycerides level by your HDL).


Or more precisely, the triglyceride/HDL ratio:

  • 2 or less is considered ideal
  • 4 – high
  • 6 – much too high
And, since HDL (high density lipoprotein) is protective against heart disease, the lower the ratio, the better.

In other words, the lower your triglycerides, or the higher your HDL, the smaller this ratio becomes.  It is now believed that the triglycerides/HDL ratio is one of the most potent predictors of heart disease.

 

A Harvard-lead study author reported:

“High triglycerides alone increased the risk of heart attack nearly three-fold.

And people with the highest ratio of triglycerides to HDL — the “good” cholesterol — had 16 times the risk of heart attack as those with the lowest ratio of triglycerides to HDL in the study of 340 heart attack patients and 340 of their healthy, same age counterparts.”

Dr. Wu DC’s comment:

Just like my last functional medicine blog stated, looking at the total cholesterol number alone doesn’t mean you are about to have heart attack.  It is really the ratio that speaks all.  A 200 lbs body builder is going to have a completely different cholesterol level than 100 lbs high school kid.  Using one standard method to measure cholesterol level is wrong to start with;  and further to put everyone on statin (cholesterol lowering drugs) because they are out of the range is even worse.  This simple and more accurate measurement serves better indicator for your general health, along with other bio markers such as Hs-CRP, BMI and glucose level.  Drop us a line if you have health challenges or questions, we will be more than happy to see what we can do to help get your health back on track.

Yours in health,Dr. Wu DC

Reference:

  1. The ratio of triglycerides to HDL was the strongest predictor of a heart attack, even more accurate than the LDL/HDL ratio (Circulation 1997;96:2520-2525).”
  2. http://www.functionalmedicineuniversity.com/public/796.cfm

 

 

The Wonder of Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Oil

Dear readers,


Melaleuca, commonly known as tea tree oil, is one of the nature’s best defense for bacteria, viruses and fungus.  In fact, it  is so powerful and has been shown to destroy MRSA (methicillin-resistant staph) in vitro (1).  Tea tree oil was also found to inhibit 301 different types of yeasts isolated from the mouth of cancer patients suffering from advanced cancer, including 41 strains that are known to be resistant to anti fungal drugs (2). It is also a strong anti-inflammatory substance which been documented to shown positive affects on acnes and dermatitis  (3,4).

Here are details of this powerful Melaleuca (Tea Tree)oil:

Properties: Analgesic (ease pain), antibacterial, anti fungal, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory.
Historical Uses: The leaves of the melaleuca tree have been used for centuries by the aborigines to heal cuts, wounds, and skin infections.  With twelve times the antiseptic power of phenol, it has some strong immune-building properties.
French Medicinal Uses: Athlete’s foot, bronchitis, colds, coughs, diarrhea, flu, periodontal (gum) disease, rash, skin healing, sore, throat, sunburn, tonsillitis, vaginal thrush.
Other Possible Uses: This oil may help burns, digestion, hysteria, infection disease, mites, and ticks.
Body System (s) affected: Immune and Respiratory Systems, muscles, bones and skins.

Ways to use:

Aromatic Influence: it promotes cleaning and purifying microorganism in the air.
Topical: Blend with coconut oil for affected area.  Repeated use can possible result in contact sensitization.

Dr. Wu DC’s comment:

You might have heard me said this multiple times before, and Melaleuca is one of my favorite and travels with me all the time.  It is powerful, effective and pleasant immune enhancer and bacterial destroyer.  Speaking of travel, with holiday seasons coming up, lots of us have already planned out travel itineraries.  Melaleuca, along with On Guard oil (from last essential oil post) are two of the best defenders in crowed areas such in planes, trains or bart.  Dab some on your neck to enhance your immune system so you don’t catch bad bugs and enjoy this holiday season.  I have also seen very profound results with acne, athlete’s foot and skin infection.  This is a really good one to have and should be part of your essential oil kits.  With that being said, for disclaimer, it is always recommended to dilute with carrier oil for kids and make sure you consult with your physician if you are pregnant.

References:

  1. Antibacterial effect of tea-tree oil on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus biofilm formation of the tympanostomy tube: an in vitro study. Park H.,  2007 Nov-Dec;21(6):1027-30.
  2. Antifungal, Cytotoxic, and Immunomodulatory Properties of Tea Tree Oil and Its Derivative Components: Potential Role in Management of Oral Candidosis in Cancer Patients. Ramage et al., Front Microbiol. 2012; 3: 220
  3. A comparative study of tea-tree oil versus benzoylperoxide in the treatment of acne. Bassett IB et al., Med J Aust. 1990 Oct 15;153(8):455-8.
  4. Tea tree oil reduces the swelling associated with the efferent phase of a contact hypersensitivity response. Brand C et al., Inflamm Res. 2002 May;51(5):236-44.
  5. “Modern Essentials: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 5th edition.

 

 

 

 

 

Pelvis Is More Balanced After One Gonstead Adjustment?

Dear Readers,

This is a pretty nifty article published in 2015 of the Journal Physical Therapist Science.   In this paper, the author wanted to measure the impact on pelvis position and balance after ONE Gonstead adjustment. The results were significant!  Here are the details:
  1. There is a strong correlation between pelvis imbalance and joint degenerations, especially in the hip, knee, ankle and spine.
  2. Subjects were 30 female university students WITHOUT pain.
  3. Subjects were divided into pelvis adjusting group and control group (stretching group).
  4. The adjustment was consist of Gonstead theory.
  5. Varies measurements were used to asseses the outcome, which included: BackMapper, trunk inclination (TIN), trunk imbalance (TIM), the inclination of the coronal plane, pelvis position (PPO), the left and right inclination of the pelvis; ;pelvic torsion (PTO), the degree of declination of the hip bone, pelvic rotation (PRO), the declination of the pelvis on the horizontal
    plane, and the position of the scapulae (PSA).
  6. The adjusting group had significant improvement compared to the control group in all aspects.

Dr. Wu Dc’s comment:

What a great study! Here are few take away pearls from this paper.  

  1. Gonstead system rocks!  I am a proud to say I am a Gonstead exclusive chiropractor.  The precise analysis, examination and the specificity of adjustment is really the key to enhance patient’s healing and health.  This system is so great that even physical therapist profession are implemen
    ting it, what a honor!
  2. Never, I repeated, never judge your health based on how you feel.  These 30 students were asymptomatic (no pain) when they got evaluated and had pelvis imbalanced.  This is crucial because how many of us will only go to doctor when we are in pain?  “Wait and see” approach for your health is never a good idea and we should be more proactive about it. Pain is usually the last one to show and first one to go.  Before you reached the pain stage, there is usually some sort of degeneration happened already.   Make sure go see your chiropractor, acupucntirest, medical doctor and other health care professionals periodically to keep your health in top notch so you can live and function at your fullest.

 

Yours in health,
Dr. Wu DC
ICON Chiropractic Center

 

Reference:

Correlations among pelvic positions and differences in lower extremity joint angles during walking in female university student.  J Phys Ther Sci. 2015 Jun;27(6):1941-4. doi: 10.1589/jpts.27.1941. Epub 2015 Jun 30.