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Dr. Gary Lee Green
Green Total Health Center
Kuala Lampur Malaysia

Chiropractic

Chiropractic is the best researched form of spinal Manipulation but is far from the only systems for breaking up spinal fixation.

Here at the Green Total Health Centre we use chiropractic and osteopathic manipulation of joints. We also use Deep Dry Needling and Trigger Point Release Techniques.

By freeing up joints and repairing damaged muscle, the body can heal from past injuries which might have started decades ago.

Scientific research from all over the world has shown, time and time again, that spinal manipulation is the most effective, the most affordable and the safest method of treating Musculo-Neuro-Skeletal conditions.

Here in Malaysia, features in The Star, The Sun, The New Straits Times, China Press and on TV and radio have reported the health restoring benefits that people are experiencing with Chiropractic.

An independent study from the prestigious RAND Corporation think-tank showed that patient satisfaction ranked at an incredible 98%! No other form of health care has ever ranked that high.

What if there is nothing wrong with you? What if you are fit and healthy? Research from the Palmer Chiropractic University shows that physical performance increases 20% with regular Chiropractic care.

All this without drugs or surgery. That's Fantastic!

How do muscles go bad? The answer is that they go into spasm (constantly tight) and don't let go.

In the low back they spasm because of stress and damage to the disc. In the shoulders and neck it can be because of holding the muscles in a ridged contraction over a period of hours and doing it for days.

Examples of this are working at a computer, driving and desk work in general. In each case the muscle is held in a partly contracted state over time

It only takes a 60% contracture of the muscles to completely stop the flow of blood in the muscle. Blood carries food and oxygen to the muscles.

Take way food and oxygen and parts of the muscle start to die off and get replaced by fibrotic tissue. Fibrotic tissue is just cheap filler that holds the muscle in contracture. It shortens the muscle.

With the fibrotic material holding the muscle tighter and tighter, blood flow decreases and more fibrotic tissue is formed. The muscle gets worse and worse, shorter and more painful.

That is how a muscle becomes damaged.

Too many Chiropractors just crunch your bones and then send you off to the physiotherapy machines. Ultrasound, Electric Stim, Vibrators and all the other lazy machines don't do a thing to make you better. They might make you feel better for a few hours but in the end they don't cure your problem AND you pay plenty for the time you waste with them. They don't heal anything.

Medical Doctors are not trained to recognize and treat muscle pain.

Muscles cause pain. Different muscles cause different pains. It takes special training to know what pain is caused by what muscles. Since my earliest days in school I was receiving special training in treating muscle problems.

When we went to work for a chiropractor in Perth, this guy was just pushing the bones around and then connecting EVERY patient to a short-wave diathermy machine so that he could charge them extra money. Some of the machines didn't even work. He want on vacation and I shoved the diathermy machines into the storage room. I treated the patients with some pretty primitive muscle work and they got better and better. They were sending their friends in to be treated and the clinic was busier than ever before. When the chiropractor came back he became jealous and I quit soon after. This proved to me the value of good muscle work and since then we've perfected our methods and discovered the best muscle treatments on the planet.

Used by permission of Dr. Gary Lee Green
Green Total Health Centre
Kuala Lampur Malaysia

Chiropractic and the Elderly

The baby-boomers are aging and the treatment of the growing army of the elderly is becoming more a concern. Osteoporosis, nutritional deficiencies and many more problems associated with the elderly are now getting more attention. The problem is the big money is in the treatment of conditions not the prevention of them. Today let's do ourselves a favor and look at prevention as well as a better way of fixing things when they do go broke.

A recent study published in Topics in Clinical Chiropractic found chiropractic geriatric patients "less likely to have been hospitalized, less likely to have used a nursing home, more likely to report a better health status, more likely to exercise vigorously, and more likely to be mobile in the community."

What was the "magic" that made the Chiropractic patients healthier over all?

The study discovered that chiropractic geriatric patients get more exercise and do more strenuous exercise, tend to be more mobile, and use more community services. Geriatric patients under chiropractic care were more likely to report their own health as being good to excellent, reported less arthritis, depression, and hospitalization, as well as fewer chronic conditions.

One of the most important things you can do is stop smoking or avoid other peoples smoke. A report in the British Medical Journal contends that in the elderly one of every eight hip fractures is attributable to metabolic changes caused by cigarette smoking. This study of over 11,000 people finds that smoking speeds age-related bone loss, which in turn makes fractures much more likely.

Some of the more common problems that occur when we get older have their beginnings in our younger days. Youthful excess in sport, poor posture and work habits lead to damage in the soft tissues (muscle, cartilage, ligament and tendon and fascia). Wolf s Law states the hard tissue (bone) is shaped by soft tissue. Therefore bone degeneration can be caused or accelerated by soft tissue problems such as too tight muscles or tissues pulled tight by scar tissue formation during healing.

The end result is osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease. Osteoarthritis is seen primarily, but not exclusively, in the elderly. Surveys have indicated that 80 percent of persons over the age of 50 have osteoarthritis. This damage is compounded by a decreased ability to repair joint structures. As we age, there is a decreased ability to restore and manufacture normal joint structures such as cartilage.

The weight-bearing joints, like the knees and hips and joints of the hands, are the joints most often affected with osteoarthritis. In affected joints, there is much cartilage destruction followed by hardening and the formation of large bone spurs in the joint margins. Pain, deformity, and limitation of motion in the joint results.

The onset of osteoarthritis can be very subtle, morning joint stiffness is often the first symptom. As the disease progresses, there is pain on motion of the involved joint that is made worse by prolonged activity and relieved by rest.

Research is indicating that current drugs being used in osteoarthritis may be producing short-term benefit, but actually accelerating the progression of the joint destruction. The current medications being used actually inhibit repair processes.

The first drug generally used in the treatment of osteoarthritis is aspirin. It relieves both pain and inflammation, and is relatively inexpensive. However, since the therapeutic dose required is relatively high, toxicity often occurs. Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and gastric irritation are early manifestations of toxicity.

Other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are often used as well, especially when aspirin is ineffective or intolerable. These drugs are also associated with side effects including gastrointestinal upset, headaches, and dizziness, and are therefore recommended for only short periods of time.

One side effect of aspirin and other NSAIDs that is often not mentioned is their inhibition of cartilage repair and acceleration of cartilage destruction. Since osteoarthritis is caused by a degeneration of cartilage, they worsen the condition by inhibiting cartilage formation and accelerating cartilage destruction. This has been upheld in studies which have shown that NSAIDs use is associated with acceleration of osteoarthritis and increased joint destruction. Simply stated, aspirin and other NSAIDs appear to suppress the symptoms and accelerate the progression of osteoarthritis. Their use should be avoided.

If current arthritis medications should be avoided, what is an arthritis sufferer to do? A naturally occurring substance found in high concentrations in joint structures is nature's best remedy for osteoarthritis. This compound is glucosamine.

The action of glucosamine on joints is to stimulate the manufacture of cartilage. In other words, glucosamine is stimulating the manufacture of substances necessary for joint repair. Glucosamine also exerts a protective effect against joint destruction and it is selectively taken up by joint tissues to exert a powerful therapeutic effect in osteoarthritis.

Glucosamine sulfate is as good as or even better than NSAIDs in relieving the pain and inflammation of osteoarthritis. What is amazing about these results is that glucosamine sulfate exhibits no pain relieving effects. While NSAIDs offer purely symptomatic relief and may actually promote the disease process, glucosamine sulfate, like Chiropractic, addresses the cause of osteoarthritis. By getting at the root of the problem, glucosamine sulfate improves the symptoms including pain, it also helps the body repair damaged joints. What's more, it's safe and the lacks side effects.

The beneficial results with glucosamine are more obvious the longer it is used. Because glucosamine sulfate is not a pain relieving substance it takes a while longer to produce results. But once it starts working, it will produce much better results compared to NSAIDs

Where do you get this wonder nutrient? Any pharmacy but I favor shark cartilage. It comes complete with all the minerals you need for proper absorption, something you don't get with plain glucosamine in pill form.

Here are a few more tidbits of information concerning health of the elderly:

It's interesting to note that African women are not usually predisposed to osteoporosis due to their genetically dense bone structure, while white and Asian women are. Shark cartilage is also a good source of calcium.

The University of California at Berkeley has been studying the effects of air pollution on the skin. Researchers there have concluded that dermatitis occurs much more readily in areas of high pollution. They discovered that ozone depletes vitamin E from the upper layer of the skin. After a 2-hour exposure to ozone levels approximately twice that often occurring in Los Angeles, vitamin E content decreased by 25 percent in test mice. The researchers suggest that destruction of the vitamin leads to breakdown of skin lipids which in turn increase irritation of the skin.

Chronic cigarette consumption has significant adverse effects on the human spinal column. Multiple mechanisms induced by tobacco use lead to less strong, less healthy, mineral-deficient vertebrae with reduced bone blood supply and fewer and less functional bone-forming cells among chronic smokers. Compared to nonsmokers, chronic smokers develop advanced bony degradation, are more likely to suffer from spinal column degenerative disease, and seem more susceptible to traumatic vertebral injury. Spinal fusion procedures in chronic smokers are less often clinically and radiographically successful, compared to similar procedures performed among nonsmokers for definitive biological, physiological, and mechanical reasons."

A 20-year study of middle-aged men has found a significant correlation between the consumption of fruits and vegetables and a decrease in strokes. "For every increase of three servings of fruits and vegetables per day, there was approximately a 20 percent decrease in the risk of stroke," according to Dr. Matthew Gillman of Harvard Medical School. The study tracked over 800 men in Massachusetts over a 20 year period. The results have been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Used by permission of Dr. Gary Lee Green
Green Total Health Centre
Kuala Lampur Malaysia

You may also be interested in reading the following brochure: "Answers to the questions patients ask about chiropractic"
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