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10 Signs You Need a Chiropractor

Posted by on Mar 30, 2014 in Chiropractic, Therapy | 0 comments

A qualified chiropractor addresses the fundamental core of the body, removing impingements so that the skeleton; central nervous, respiratory, and immune systems; and muscles maintain their balance and health. When any one of these areas is not functioning well, the entire body is affected, even if there is a lack of palpable symptoms. Avoiding Potential Problems Just as we go to have our teeth checked periodically by a dentist, maintaining good health through regular visits to the chiropractor helps avoid potential problems in the future. And if you are experiencing any type of physical discomfort, getting regular adjustments will do wonders for dealing with and eliminating the problem at its root cause. Compromised Health We all hope for the ultimate in flexibility, vitality, focus, immune response, and good sleeping habits. When any of these are compromised, its time to get an adjustment! Signs that an Adjustment is Needed We have put together a list of 10 signs that indicate you need to visit a chiropractor: Pain in joints and/or muscles Headaches, including migraines Repetition of physical tasks, including sitting for long periods of time where a specific part of the body is compromised Posture problems Injuries due to accidents Feeling sharp pain in the hip going down the leg Stiffness, aching, numbness, and/or burning sensations The soles of your shoes wearing out differently, which is an illustration that the body is out of alignment When the head leans to one side or too far forward or or one shoulder is higher than the other, which is another indication that the spine is imbalanced Limited range of movement in any part of the body Diagnosis and Treatment Before Further Damage Occurs Often when we experience any of the above symptoms we think they will just go away on their own. While this can be true, it is usually not the case. A good chiropractor knows how to properly diagnose the problem and treat it accordingly, knowing that when pain lingers it can cause further damage. Part of Your Wellness Plan Most people have some sort of problem with their spine, and many back problems go undetected until one day there is no doubt that something is wrong. Approaching chiropractic help should be a part of your wellness plan so that you can avoid undue pain or even irreversible damage. Removing Subluxations that Compromise Health Though the application of solid chiropractic techniques that are tailored specifically to your needs, there is no need to turn to painkillers or anti-inflammatory medications that only mask the pain without ever addressing the reason for the problem. Our team believes that through the gentle manipulation of the spine, we can remove the subluxations that compromise health. Contact Us Today For more information, please contact us at 610 896 1554....

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Why You Should Love Ardmore, PA

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in Therapy | 0 comments

Once Dr. Martin and Traci Orimenko founded Live Well Holistic Health in 2010, Ardmore, PA became a focal point for those in the area interested in the best in healthcare. In practice for over 22 years, Dr. Martin brings his passion to the community, providing patients with a continuity of personalized care that concentrates on the individual. Treating Body, Mind, and Spirit With a multi-faceted approach to healthcare, Dr. Martin incorporates a wide variety of protocols that allow him to apply the appropriate combinations to a patient’s specific needs. Treating the whole person, he is concerned with not just the body, but also the mind and spirit, which of course is the essence of holistic healing. Treatments Offered In order to optimize overall wellness, Dr. Martin and Traci work with seven independent contractors to help patients reach their healthcare goals. Some of what Live Well Holistic Health offers includes: Gentle chiropractic and muscle response testing (applied kinesiology) Acupuncture and acupressure Nutrition and internal cleansing Ayurveda Prescription of natural supplements Therapeutic massage Neuro-emotional techniques including Emotional and lifestyle counseling Instilling a Sense of Comfort and Confidence The Orimenkos bring a California sensibility to Ardmore with their emphasis on teaching patients how to easily incorporate good nutrition and fitness protocols into their lifestyle. With their hands on treatments, kindness, caring, and beautiful office environment, patients feel comfortable and confident from the moment they walk through the office doors. A Highly Developed Sensibility As a former biology teacher who was active in both the yoga and Transcendental Meditation communities, Dr. Martin brings an extremely developed sensibility to everything he does. His deep knowledge of nutrition, bodywork, and holistic healing is complemented by his inspired and passionate desire to find the most effective ways to give his patients the most refined and effective treatment. With Traci running the office, along with hiring and overseeing contractors, Dr. Martin handles the treatment of patients and overseeing all medical aspects including communications, community education, and ordering natural supplements. A Truly Positive Experience Those patients who are lucky enough to live in Ardmore or its environs always speak of their positive experiences at Live Well Holistic Health. Their initial visit is what sets the mood, as they learn about the Doctor’s mission and philosophy, talk about their health issues and goals, ask and answer pertinent questions, and receive non-invasive muscle testing in order to help determine the best approach. Tailored to the Individual Completely tailored to the individual, Dr. Martin may prescribe several treatments to achieve the desired result. In addition, he may talk about dietary issues, including a cleansing diet, which foods to avoid, or anything else that will help to achieve the ultimate in health. Contact At a cost that everyone can afford, Live Well Holistic Health in Ardmore, PA has become a model for what patients deserve when it comes to receiving the best in holistic care. For more information, you can contact the office at 610 896 1554....

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Take Care of Your Spine – Regular Care Improves Your Health

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in Back Pain, Chiropractic, Exercise, Healing, Health Tips, Main Line, Neuropathy, Pain, Philadelphia Area, Sports Injuries, Therapy | 0 comments

Take Care of Your Spine – Regular Care Improves Your Health

Care of your spine is like care of your teeth, a must. Neglected teeth leads to deterioration, which looks bad, feels bad and is very costly when you finally decide to take care of them. The spine, with its 24 vertebrae, houses your spinal cord, part of your central nervous system. Emanating from the spinal cord between each pair of vertebrae are pairs of spinal nerves that lead to your organs, muscles, skin and every single inch of your insides. These nerves control and monitor every activity in every part of your body. Between each pair of vertebrae is a disc. The discs are made of fibrous ligaments with a soft gelatinous center. The spinal nerves lie next to these discs. If a vertebrae gets moved out of alignment, or if a disc bulges (‘slipped disc’), pressure is put on the spinal nerves, and whatever structures those nerves lead to gets compromised. Chiropractic spinal adjustments, along with spinal muscle release techniques as I perform them, free the spine and align the vertebrae for optimal nervous system control of your body. Furthermore, any kinks, knots, stiffness, sprains or strains of your neck or back left untreated can lead to a progression of deterioration, ultimately leaving you with early debility. You do not want to be one of those people that looks and feels old before their time, stiff, inflexible and unable to live life freely. How does a neglected spine lead to early arthritis and debility? Stiffness and knots create decreased range of motion and, because vertebrae are being rocked out of alignment, pressure is put on the nerves and discs as well. This starves the discs of nourishment because less fluid gets into the spinal joints which, due to lack of blood supply, rely on movement for their lubrication. This leads to disc thinning, bone spur formations and eventual immobility in that area. We’ve all seen seniors who are hunched over, or can’t turn their heads or bend over to tie their shoes. Many people take better care of their cars than their spines. Maintenance is the key! Give your spine regular ‘adjustments’ BEFORE issues arise. This will keep the body, including your immune system, digestion and all bodily functions operating at optimal levels AND slow down spinal aging! Maintenance is how we treat our teeth, our cars and our spines. Regular maintenance for your spine means coming in for a special gentle chiropractic spinal treatment with Dr. Martin Orimenko every four to six weeks. Keep your spine limber and your body functioning at its peak with regularly scheduled spinal adjustments....

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The Hidden Causes of Back Pain

Posted by on Mar 18, 2013 in Ayurveda, Back Pain, Pain, Stress, Therapy, Yoga | 0 comments

As a chiropractor I am often asked why so many people get low back pain. Obviously, if someone has a car accident or a slip and fall, the low back can suffer from pulled muscles, vertebrae out of alignment and inflammation. But what about all the people who develop back pain without an obvious initiating cause? Countless times in my practice a patient would come in holding their back and tell me all they did was pick up a sock off the floor and ‘bam’, crippling back pain! One important cause of back pain, which often has to do with spasms of the large muscles that hold us upright, is stress. It is common for a person that worries and hurries a lot, skips meals and stays up late, to tighten up in the low back area. A person might think they have the same routine every day, so why, suddenly, does something like this happen? What they are not aware of are other contributing factors. One example is the weather. Big changes in weather patterns can add inflammation and tightness into the mix. Another example is specific emotions that, subconsciously, might be triggering an old frustration or hurt, i.e., ‘pushing your buttons’, again leading to tightness of certain muscle groups. The tightening up of low back muscles can gradually and subtly increase until the bending over to pick up the sock is ‘the straw that broke the camel’s back,’ or at least ‘threw it out’. Another less obvious factor that causes back pain is constipation and other bowel issues. Even individuals who say they are ‘regular’ can have some degree of constipation, with little awareness of it, and that is a huge number of people. Simple gas and bloating can also contribute to back pain. These bowel issues, even subtle ones, can also cause the back muscles to spasm, leading to a back going out. One other more obvious cause of back pain is worth mentioning. People who engage in an activity that utilizes muscle groups in ways they have not been used to, such as starting a yoga class, new types of exercises at the gym, or, more obviously, the seasonal raking of leaves or shoveling snow, even if they are being slow and careful, are commonly subjected to spasms and inflammation, leading to their backs going out. All of the above scenarios usually involve a complex of imbalances. These typically include spasms of various muscles, inflammation of the joint capsules and discs, and certainly vertebrae being pulled out of alignment. In my treatment of back pain I always include a variety of therapies and modalities such as myofascial release, vibration and far infra-red, that address all of these. In my experience it is rarely enough to give only a chiropractic adjustment. I always assume multiple factors. If you suffer from chronic low back pain with no obvious initiating cause, consider stress management techniques like yoga or gently stretching, meditation, warm bathes with epsom salts, and making sure the diet you are eating keeps your bowels clean, healthy and regular. There are plenty of natural herbal remedies to keep the bowels happy. Wisdom from ‘ayurvedic medicine’ suggests soothing the ‘vata dosha.’ This means avoiding too much exposure to cold, both environmentally and in your food, and favoring warm and calming activity and food. This is especially true for the skinny, worry-hurry ‘vata’ type people. In extreme cases enemas can be very helpful. Other tips if you have nagging low back pain are to avoid walking in high-heeled shoes, avoid jumping, jogging or strenuous exercise and minimize sexual activity. By all means practice mindfulness and avoid letting yourself get carried away by the activities you are engaged...

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Complementary and Alternative Therapies Becoming Real Competition for Prescriptions: Alternative Paths

Posted by on Aug 16, 2012 in Therapy | 0 comments

[This article, from Brie Zeltner, the Plain Dealer, on Cleveland.Com, speaks to the increase in popularity in using alternative therapists including Chiropractic, Therapeutic Massage and nutritional supplements. At Live Well Holistic Health Center, patients typically see powerful results from all three of these therapies for a wide variety of conditions. Following is the article.] Alternative therapies have hit the mainstream, if Consumer Reports readers are any indication. A recent survey, released July 21, showed that about 75 percent of the more than 45,000 people the magazine polled were currently using some form of alternative or complementary medical therapy. That included vitamins, with 71 percent of respondents taking them, or mind-body therapies like yoga and massage, which about 20 percent reported using. As a 2009 Consumer Reports survey also indicated, most people felt that hands-on therapies were the most effective alternative methods of treating their ailments, but rated prescription medication more effective than alternative remedies for most conditions. Back pain and neck pain, notoriously difficult to treat, were two conditions for which an alternative remedy, chiropractic, won out over prescription drugs. Of the 36 percent of people who used the technique for back pain, 65 percent said it “helped a lot” for their pain, whereas only 53 percent said the same for prescription drugs. Readers with fibromyalgia, a complex chronic-pain syndrome, said that deep-tissue massage was the most effective treatment for them, rating it just slightly higher than prescription drugs. The magazine asked about several other ailments that are often hard to diagnose or treat, and lead many to complementary and alternative medicine, or CAM,therapies for relief. While prescription medication was the most helpful therapy for these — irritable bowel syndrome, digestive problems, depression, anxiety, headache and migraine, insomnia, cold and flu, and allergy — alternative therapies weren’t too far behind in some cases. A total of 47 percent of people used multivitamins or supplements like fish oil or vitamin B complex to treat depression. More than 40 percent of people with anxiety used deep breathing exercises, and 34 percent of them said this helped them a lot. Many of the most popular CAM therapies are also the most effective — probiotics for irritable bowel;meditation for insomnia, anxiety and migraine; and chiropractic and massage for back pain. This is borne out by the results of the high-quality but sadly very small body of scientific research being funded by institutions like the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health. If three out of four of us are really using these therapies at any given time, let’s hope that body of research continues to...

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Feeling bad? Blame it on the weather!

Posted by on Apr 25, 2011 in Holistic Health, Stress, Therapy | 0 comments

We are walking barometers! Just like animals and plants can sense changes in weather, so can many people. And many people do not realize that it’s the weather that is making them feel lousy. Some of the meteorological variables implicated include: temperature, barometric pressure, rainfall, humidity, thunder-storm activity, sunshine, and the level of ionization of the air. Rapid changes in temperature affect blood pH, blood pressure, urine volume, and tissue permeability. Our bodies react to cold by constricting the blood vessels in the periphery, making the heart work harder. A significant drop in barometric pressure leads to an expansion of air in isolated body cavities and of fluids in membranes. This can injure tissues in joints or muscles, causing aches and pain. Some people experience the same phenomenon during air travel when the cabin pressure drops during take-off. In addition, bones and muscles have different densities. During temperature and humidity variations unequal expansion and contraction of these tissues may increase the pain in inflamed joints and injured muscles. Winds can bring dramatic temperature changes and, more importantly, changes in electrical charge, and this can directly impact our moods. Negatively charged ions in the air, such as those produced by ocean waves and waterfalls, make us feel positive and lift our spirits. Positively charged ions make us feel down and agitated. When warm, dry winds blow, dust attaches to negative ions and they lose their charge thus increasing the ratio of positive ions which means more negative mood. Humidity, pollution and high pollen counts also deplete negative ions. As long as the winds blow, the positive ions tend to accumulate. In many cultures, seasonal winds are referred to as ‘ill winds’ or ‘winds of depression’. Such winds are associated with feelings of anxiety, stress, depression and sleepless nights around the world. Studies show that when some of these winds blow, traffic accident, crime and suicide rates all rise significantly. In Traditional Chinese Medicine wind is considered a pathogen, just like a virus is considered a pathogen. There are a few cities where there are more negative than positive ions in the air: Niagara Falls, Canada; Sedona, Arizona; Mt Shasta, California; and Kauai, Hawaii. People living in these areas say they feel healthier. A ratio of 5 negative to 4 positive ions produces a sense of well-being. ‘Sick building syndrome’ is more common today than it was 20 years ago. Most homes and offices are built to be airtight and when the heating or air conditioner is running this causes friction, which depletes the negative ions. Consequently, only the positive ions are left to re-circulate. Bacteria, mold, mildew and allergies thrive in positive ion air. Synthetic clothes and carpeting cause friction and deplete negative ions. Some natural fibers repel positive ions! Nature has its own way of creating negative ions. When it rains heavily negative ions are generated. That is why the air feels so refreshing and uplifting after a heavy downpour. Medical conditions that are sensitive to weather changes include: rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, low back pain, gout, fibromyalgia, phantom limb pain, scar pain, headaches, trigeminal neuralgia, and pain influenced by mood disorders. Weather is also associated with changes in birth rates, sperm count, outbreaks of pneumonia, influenza and bronchitis. In advance of a cold front, we often see showers and thunderstorms, and a decrease in barometric pressure. In these low pressure conditions some people feel edgy and their arthritis flares up. More than 50% of migraine sufferers say their headaches have a weather trigger, and studies confirm the relationship between the numbers of reported migraine attacks and rapid changes in barometric pressure. One study found that migraines were most likely to occur on days with falling pressure, rising humidity, high winds, and rapid temperature fluctuations. What Can You Do? The following are some countermeasures that could improve your reaction to those malevolent weather fronts: Avoid overheated and stuffy rooms; Go for full spectrum lighting, not fluorescent, (you may need to add you own incandescent or full spectrum flourescent lamps); Get plenty of fresh air and sunshine; Try enjoying the outdoors...

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