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Fibromyalgia and How can Chiropractic help?

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder characterized by musculoskeletal pain in multiple areas of the body without a clear cause. It is usually accompanied by fatigue, disturbed sleep, memory and mood issues. Triggers could be physical and/or psychological where even the slightest stimuli could elicit a painful response. Fibromyalgia is 10 times more common in women than men. Some theories on possible causes include a traumatic event, neurotransmitter imbalance, or under production of hormones.

The first step in treating fibromyalgia is being accurately diagnosed by your Chiropractor or other physician. After the diagnosis of fibromyalgia is determined, patients are managed with a combination of chiro, physical therapy, nutrition and medication, if needed. Treatments for fibromyalgia usually include gentle chiropractic adjustments, stretching, massage and light exercises with our physical therapist. It is not uncommon to feel soreness following the first few treatments for fibromyalgia.

Absolute Health Clinic also offers Pain Management, Acupuncture, and Nutrition to help manage the symptoms of Fibromyalgia. All our doctors, physical therapists, and massage therapists are licensed and experienced in this area. Please contact our office for any additional questions you may have.

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Pain in the Foot – Plantar Fasciitis, Visit Chiropractor in Arlington Heights

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is an injury to the plantar fascia, which generally involves micro tears, but in extreme cases, the strong fibrous band may rupture. This painful injury severely restricts your activity. It is generally felt when you first put weight on your foot in the morning, at the beginning, and he end of exercise, and when you stand after a period of sitting. You may feel pain in your heel or more towards your arch. It oftentimes feels like a bruise or rock in your shoe.

Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

According to Dr. Eric Chehab at Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, 40- and 50-year-olds who participate in repetitive impact activities are at risk for this injury. Other contributing factors include: insufficient warm up before exercise or exertion, sudden increases in training, tight muscles of the lower leg, wearing improper shoes, standing for long periods of time and excess body weight.

Plantar Fasciitis Treatment

Mild Plantar fasciitis is treated by cutting back or taking time off impact activities, stretching lower leg muscles, and icing. Wearing a night splint to keep the foot in a flexed position and gently massaging the area with a golf ball or frozen water bottle will encourage healing. Once the pain begins to subside, strengthen the tissue by using your toes to gather a dish towel on the floor. According to Chehab, severe cases my require cortisone injections, partial or full surgical release of the plantar fascia and shock wave therapy.

Plantar Fasciitis Prevention

Warm the short, tight muscles of your feet and lower legs before getting out of bed. Flex your toes towards your head and massage your calves. Slip into supportive shoes for the day. Allow for adequate warm up before exercise and focus on stretching after your warm up. Consider wearing non-weight bearing activities to you fitness routine like swimming and yoga. Maintain a healthy body weight to prevent excess pressure on foo muscles. If you have had plantar fasciitis, you will know when to take a few days off, wear your night splint, stretch and ice to keep the foot pan away. It is estimated that 10 percent of the population will get plantar fasciitis, but if you take steps to prevent or treat it promptly, you’ll be able to maintain your active lifestyle.

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Acupuncture Pain Killing Mystery Revealed

Researchers have discovered that acupuncture causes a special biochemical reaction that reduces inflammation and muscle pain. The study, published in Molecular Neurobiology, investigated the effects of needling one acupuncture point on the leg. The research team measured a remarkable effect. Manual acupuncture stimulation downregulated M1 macrophages (pro-inflammatory cells) and upregulated M2 macrophages (anti-inflammatory cells). As a result, acupuncture reduced pain and swelling.

This neurobiological acupuncture continuing education study solves a great mystery, how does acupuncture work? The secret is in the biochemistry. M2 macrophages are an important source of IL-10 (interleukin-10), an anti-inflammatory cytokine that plays an important role in immune responses. Cytokines are proteins released by cells that regulate reactions between cells. Manual acupuncture successfully downregulates M1 macrophages and upregulates M2 macrophages thereby promoting the release of greater IL-10 concentrations. As a result of IL-10 release, pain and inflammation significantly reduce.

This study measured responses in muscle tissues and confirmed that M1 to M2 macrophage phenotype switching is triggered by acupuncture stimulation. Acupuncture literally flips a switch wherein initial inflammatory responses are reduced and the secondary healing responses are promoted. M1 macrophage downregulation and M2 macrophage upregulation triggered by acupuncture was positively associated with reductions in muscle pain and inflammation.

The researchers tested the biochemical process by adding an IL-10 blocking agent in the laboratory experiment. When IL-10 was chemically blocked, acupuncture did not reduce pain and swelling. However, when no blocking agent was applied, acupuncture successfully reduced both pain and swelling. The M2 macrophage upregulation by manual acupuncture successfully created a greater source of IL-10. The researchers note, “These findings provide new evidence that MA (manual acupuncture) produces a phenotypic switch in macrophages and increases IL-10 concentrations in muscle to reduce pain and inflammation.”

Macrophages are required by the body to resolve muscle injury. During injury, M1 macrophages are produced and release inflammatory biochemicals including pro-inflammatory cytokines. M2 macrophages have anti-inflammatory properties and promote the release of interleukin-10. An injury process features an initial inflammatory stage wherein M1 pro-inflammatory macrophages are upregulated. A secondary recovery phase wherein M2 anti-inflammatory macrophages are upregulated helps to promote healing and repair. Manual acupuncture successfully triggered the phenotype switch wherein the M1 macrophages were downregulated and M1 macrophages were upregulated thereby allowing increased IL-10, reductions in pain and decreased swelling.

Acupuncture continuing education in the form of basic research and clinical medicine has helped to measure positive patient outcomes and the biochemical mechanisms by which acupuncture exerts its beneficial medical effects. This latest study helps to unlock one of the greatest secrets of acupuncture, how does it stop pain? Now, scientists can quantifiably measure specific biochemical processes triggered by acupuncture and the resultant positive health outcomes.

Getting To The Point
The acupuncture point tested in this investigation was SP6 (Sanyinjiao, Three Yin Intersection). SP6 is located 3 cun directly above the tip of the medial malleolus, on the posterior border of the medial aspect of the tibia. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory, SP6 strengthens the spleen, transforms dampness, spreads liver qi and benefits the kidneys. SP6 indicated for the treatment of abdominal pain & distention, diarrhea, dysmenorrhea, irregular menstruation, uterine bleeding, leukorrhea, prolapse of the uterus, sterility, difficult or delayed labor, nocturnal emissions, enuresis, dysuria, lower limb atrophy or motor impairment, lower limb hemiplegia, vertigo due to blood deficiency and insomnia. SP6 is the meeting point of the three lower yin meridians: spleen, liver and kidney.


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Why have a Shiatsu massage while pregnant?

Here are top ten reasons to have a Shiatsu massage while pregnant:

  1. Massage helps eliminate waste through the lymphatic and circulatory system, therefore reducing fatigue and increasing energy.
  2. Aids circulation and reduces the work load on the heart which assists in keeping blood pressure in check.
  3. Shiatsu stimulates glandular functions which stabilize hormones .
  4. Shiatsu relieves the normal discomforts of pregnancy—backache, leg cramps, headaches and edema and swelling.
  5. Shiatsu increases circulation which brings more oxygen and nutrients to cells (thereby reducing varicose veins) and to your baby’s cells providing your baby with better nourishment.
  6. Shiatsu soothes and relaxes nervous tension which helps you to sleep better.
  7. Doctors and midwives agree that a relaxed mother will have a healthier pregnancy.
  8. Massage relaxes tense muscles and tones loose muscles.
  9. Cramping, knots, tension, tightening, stiffness and muscular discomfort can be alleviated with massage.
  10. Back labor can be relieved with proper massage techniques to the sacrum area.

How can acupuncture be used in pregnancy?

  1. Acupuncture for the healthy mom.
  2. Acupuncture for pre-existing medical issues.
  3. Acupuncture for pregnancy related conditions.

Acupuncture can be use to treat:

  • Psychological issues
  • Physical problems
  • Fatigue
  • Morning Sickness
  • Heartburn
  • Constipation
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Edema
  • Back pain and Sciatica
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Acupuncture can also help with:

  • Rhinitis of pregnancy
  • Nausea
  • Breech positioning
  • Headaches
  • Induction for past due date
  • Labor
  • During the third trimester acupuncture can encourage a head down position.


Acupuncture for post-partum disorders:

  • Fatigue
  • Postpartum vaginal discharge
  • Postpartum depression
  • Mastitis
  • Insufficient or Excessive Lactation
  • Post operative healing

Elective Wellness Care Program at Absolute Health Clinic

At our office, we believe that everyone deserves the right to experience their highest potential of health. The widely accepted medical view of health supports health care and insurance programs that focus on sickness, injury and illness after they have occurred.  Once the crisis care is complete and symptoms are relieves, care stops. Our approach is different. As a holistic alternative to this view, we offer a wellness care plan encompassing both sick and well patient care for adults and children.

The program is available to patients or families who enter our office as sick patients or well patients who complete the initial visit recommendations.  Our wellness care plan is a completely elective and anyone can choose it for themselves and/or their family as long as the conditions below are met.

Conditions of Absolute Health Clinic’s Wellness program:

  1. The program requires yearly family membership in ChiroHealth, PCD and other programs
  2. If the patient suffers injury and/or if the doctor’s clinical opinion is that there has been a return to sick patient care status, the fee you’re paying for the wellness membership will go towards your copay or sick patient fee schedule.
  3. The patient understands and agrees that, at the present, insurance companies do not cover wellness care. Therefore, this office will not, and the patient shall not submit any claims for reimbursement of wellness care
  • Patients must complete the recommended educational programs used at this office as well as any home care recommendations.
  • Patients must pay on time, pre-pay, or may choose a recurrent billing option. If not, they will revert to the sick patient care fee schedule.
  • While participating in the wellness program, should the patient’s status become third party pay, the patient will be transferred back to sick patient care and the sick patient care fee schedule. Upon release from sick patient care, they may once again be eligible for the wellness program. The doctor’s examination will determine this
  • Should an individual patient’s care become third party pay, the wellness care plan can remain in effect for the remaining family members
  • Each visit will include and will usually be limited to strictly elective clinical activity

What is included in this program?

  • State of the art Chiropractic techniques and adjustments at the office.
  • Massage therapy, provided by a licensed massage therapist at the office.
  • A continuing Chiropractic health education program for you and your family to improve your knowledge and responsibility for your own and your family’s health and wellness.
  • Ongoing Chiropractic well patient care designed to allow you and your family the ongoing pursuit of optimal health and wellness.
  • The reduction, elimination, control and prevention of the Vertebral Subluxation Complex.

What is NOT included in this program

  • Any guarantee that we can prevent or cure any illness, injury or disease
  • Any health supplies, durable health equipment, rehabilitation services or dietary supplements.
  • Any other services, including but not limited to laboratory tests or radiological review by outside consultants
  • Any condition covered by an existing insurance. This includes any services this office may render for work-related injuries covered under Worker’s Compensation, personal injury and other third party pay coverage, including any pending litigation

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What is Health Benefits of Massage? Massage Types.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep-tissue massage is a particular sort of massage therapy that focuses on the muscles and fascia in the body. By utilizing firmer pressure and deliberate, deep strokes, this massage modality treats a range of physical disorders. Deep tissue massage is often used to help patients who have suffered from accidents, or sports injuries. The therapist uses thumbs, hands, forearms and even at time massage tools to increase circulation in muscles that are under or overused.  Not only for injury, Deep Tissue also treats chronic muscle tension all over the body, and is often used to break up scar tissue deep in the muscle belly. Deep Tissue Laser Therapy effectively treats pain and inflammation associated with:

  • Sprains & Strains
  • Upper and Lower Back Pain
  • Shoulder & Knee disorders
  • Sports Injuries
  • Neck Pain
  • Disc Issues
  • Sciatica
  • Tendonitis & Tendonosis
  • Foot & Ankle Conditions


Circulatory (“Swedish”) Massage

This type of massage is the most common and best-known type of massage in America and Europe.  At times it can be slow and gentle, or vigorous and stimulating. The therapist lubricates the skin with oil or special massage lotion and performs various long vertical, circular and kneading strokes as well other techniques.  These movements warm up the muscles, and reduce tension.  Swedish/Circulatory massage assists circulation by increasing oxygen in the bloodstream and body tissues.  It is often used to reduce stress and general fatigue as well as promote an overall feeling of well being.

Circulatory massage is often used to:

  • Improve circulation
  • Regulate Blood Pressure
  • Circulate lymph fluid and reduce swelling
  • Treat insomnia
  • Relax the nervous system
  • Boost the immune system
  • Help with digestion and relief of gas, bloating or elimination


Sports Massage

Originally created to improve athletic performance, sports massage is growing in recognition as a important resource for any sport-related injuries or limited flexibility for patients of all ages and fitness levels.  Sports massage main focus is on troubled spots, like shoulder soreness after a volleyball games or a tender hamstrings just before a marathon.  Sports massage therapists understand sport-related injuries and can help to relieve pain, cut healing time in half and enable clients to perform their best with joints operating at full range of motion.

Sports massage involves the isolation of a muscle or groups of muscles.  The Therapist will often perform stretching in any number of ways – with client participation, or passive/subtle movements. Sports Massage is often done pre and post- sporting events.  Pre – event it helps to warm up muscles by increasing circulation. While post-event it is often used to aid in healing from intense physical exertion.


Thai Massage

Thai massage is a form of bodywork and movement originally developed in Thailand. It is rooted in the ancient medicine systems of China and Southeastern Indo-Asia, and has been influenced greatly by classical yoga. The recipient changes into loose, comfortable clothing and lies on a futon or massage table.

Thai Massage helps to increase plasticity of the muscles and joints. It also promotes a steady flow of energy thereby allowing for full relaxation, and a general feeling of peace. This effect is often achieved through the use of fluid movement, mindful technique on behalf of the therapist, and deep breathing exercise.

Thai yoga massage works in a similar way to regular yoga poses. As participants hold a pose, blood slows to targeted areas. When the yogi releases the pose, fresh circulation rushes back into the area. Twisting and inverted Thai yoga massage positions, such as plough, shoulder stand and spinal twist, are particularly effective in refreshing circulation. According to “Yoga Journal,” Thai massage poses can help with lymphatic drainage, the return of blood to the heart and digestion.


Trigger Point Therapy

Often referred to as a “knot”, a trigger point is a part of a muscle that is unnecessarily tight. This point often is the cause of discomfort in other areas of the body. They often arise from various causes: Nutritional deficiencies, dehydration, past untreated or undertreated strain/sprains, traumatic injuries, improper posture, spinal misalignment, overexertion, emotional causes and more.

Often an active trigger point in the upper back, for example, may cause referring pain up to the shoulder area. Which may radiate pain into the head and cause chronic migraines.  Trigger point pain may be sharp and stabbing in nature, but may also feel dull and achy.

Trigger point massage therapy is particularly good at lessening the source of the pain by utilizing a sequence of pressure and release along with proper breathing. The outcomes and effects of trigger point therapy are a physical letting go of contracted parts of the muscles hence easing pain.

Acupuncture may help relieve symptoms of perennial allergic rhinitis

Acupuncture may help relieve symptoms and improve quality of life for people with perennial allergic rhinitis, and may help with seasonal allergies. too, according to several studies. Thus it could be an option for people looking for non-pharmaceutical treatments.

Call Absolute Health Clinic and start getting the relief you need from spring allergies. 847.305.3610

If you’ve got a stuffy, drippy or itchy nose from allergies, figuring out which remedies help best can be tough.

New guidelines from the Academy of Otolaryngology should make it easier for people and their doctors to choose the treatments that will help the most, from over-the-counter remedies like antihistamines to more serious interventions like allergy shots and even surgery.

And because allergic rhinitis affects 1 in 6 Americans, that’s a lot of stuffy drippy misery potentially avoided.





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