Are you not feeling yourself when you wake up in the morning? Are tossing and turning at night trying to find that comfortable position?
Chances are, if you have back pain it keeps you awake at night.
Of course, researchers have found that chronic back pain significantly affects quality of sleep. Address sleep problems as an integral part of your pain management plan to prevent the progression of back pain (Marin et al., 2006).
Chronic back pain was found to affect several dimensions of sleep, including (Kelly, et al., 2011):
To prevent lost sleep at night and to improve next day performance capabilities, it is important to have proper sleeping posture. Proper sleeping posture supports your spine while you are asleep to prevent waking up feeling stiff and sore throughout the night.
Sleep Solutions to Prevent Waking Up with a Stiff Back
The best sleeping postures are sleeping on your back or your side. While sleeping on your back focus on relaxing your spine so your back, shoulders, and hips are comfortably touching the bed. Keep your legs extended out, or place a small pillow under your legs with your legs slightly bent. Laying on your back and allowing your legs to fall to one side or the other can cause excessive spinal twisting while sleeping.
If you prefer to sleep on your side be aware of your posture by placing a small pillow between your legs. This will help keep your hips in a level position throughout the night. Check to see that your ear is aligned over your shoulder and your shoulders are aligned over your hips. This is a neutral posture with minimal stress to your back and neck.
Support your body with good pillows, but not excessively fluffy pillows. I want you to feel comfortable at night and be able to fall asleep without pain. However, excessively fluffy pillows can create strain to your neck and do not support your head. You may experience headaches or neck pain from the use of too many pillows or very large pillows. (I see this happening too frequently)
Once you find a comfortable position that supports your back focus on falling asleep in this posture. If you wake up throughout the night consciously put yourself back in the healthy sleeping posture and fall asleep again in this posture.
You want to train yourself to sleep in a healthy position. This requires conscious repetition. Even if you wake up in a different position, simply move back into the healthy posture to fall back asleep.
Take note of your posture when you wake up. Did you wake up in the same position or did you toss and turn throughout the night? Tossing and turning can reduce sleep quality leaving you feeling groggy in the morning. If you moved throughout the night put yourself back in the healthy posture before rising from bed. Train your brain and body to maintain a good sleeping posture.
If you feel stiff in the morning when you wake up, take a shower then perform light stretches of the lower back before heading to work. Ease into the day with a good stretch and proper posture.
Poor sleep is associated with many health consequences that can affect your performance at work, your mood, and how you feel during the day. To prevent fatigue the next day take care to sleep in a good position and create new posture habits that support healthy sleeping patterns.
There’s a frightening pattern I'm seeing in patient's blood tests that needs your attention.
My concern is the combination of dangerously low red blood cell (RBC) magnesium “and” low vitamin D levels seen in many comprehensive blood tests..
It’s important to know that if you consistently have low vitamin D levels, even though you take vitamin D, a magnesium deficiency may be the reason you can't correct it.
Low magnesium levels could also make you a victim of a fatal heart attack.
In addition to increasing your RBC magnesium levels, I recommend working on increasing your vitamin D levels to 75 nmol/L or more.
Don't settle for a Vitamin D level of less than 50 nmol/L. It is not enough to support your healing or good health. The most current medical literature has shown that 5000IU per day is safe. You can increase as high as 10,000 IU.
I'm seeing many health providers are still recommending 3-400IU per day. This is out-dated information. This level is enough to help prevent a disease called rickets.
Much higher levels of vitamin D are needed for prevention and healing diseases such as diabetes, coronary artery disease, osteoporosis, depression, recurrent infections, dental problems, etc.
So the take away is make sure you have your red blood cell magnesium levels in conjunction with vitamin D levels properly tested.
By the way, I mean red blood cell magnesium NOT serum magnesium. There's a big difference!
For help getting tested for Vitamin D or RBC Magnesium, give us a call.
Not all lectins are evil. Some reports are simply making broad statements that are scaring too many people. Lectins are made by plants to help protect themselves in nature.
As for beans, an article in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed that eating a few servings a week cuts heart attack rate by 22%. Beans also have effects on reducing blood pressure and block an enzyme for which many people take a drug. Don’t forget the macrobiotic diets that include beans and the positive effects with cancer patients.
As a patient you already know the techniques I use support brain health. The brain communicates with your body and the care you receive enhances your neurology.
But what happens when there is a disorder of the brain itself? One of the things we first notice is memory loss. Now, "remember" we must also take a look at the biochemistry of the body and....
There are exciting things happening in the area of brain research to help with disorders of the brain. I initially discovered this approach in 2010 but was still somewhat skeptical back then.
I'm always reminding myself, "The frog in the well knows not of the great ocean beyond...but only sees the sky above." This is certainly one of those seeing beyond items.
I have observed hundreds of studies on this topic and am excited to see the results evolving. Read on....
Photobiomodulation (PBM) describes the use of red or near-infrared light to stimulate, heal, regenerate, and protect tissue that has either been injured, is degenerating, or else is at risk of dying. Yes, please re-read that last sentence.
One of the organ systems of the human body that is most necessary to life, and whose optimum functioning is most worried about by humankind in general, is the brain.
The brain suffers from many different disorders that can be classified into three broad groupings: traumatic events (stroke, traumatic brain injury, and global ischemia), degenerative diseases (dementia, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's), and psychiatric disorders (depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder).
There is some evidence that all these seemingly diverse conditions can be beneficially affected by applying light to the head.
There is even the possibility that PBM could be used for cognitive enhancement in normal healthy people.
In this transcranial PBM (tPBM) application, near-infrared (NIR) light is often applied to the forehead because of the better penetration (no hair, longer wavelength).
Some workers have used lasers, but recently the introduction of inexpensive light emitting diode (LED) arrays has allowed the development of light emitting helmets or “brain caps”.
This research review article will cover the mechanisms of action of photobiomodulation to the brain, and summarize some of the key pre-clinical studies and clinical trials that have been undertaken for diverse brain disorders.
To order and download a free copy of the research article click here:
Here's another research article surrounding Home Treatment For Dementia..
Significant Improvement in Cognition in Mild to Moderately Severe Dementia Cases Treated with Transcranial Plus Intranasal Photobiomodulation
Objective: This study investigated whether patients with mild to moderately severe dementia or possible Alzheimer's Disease (AD) with Mini-Mental State Exam (MMSE) Baseline scores of 10–24 would improve when treated with near-infrared photobiomodulation (PBM) therapy.
Animal studies have presented the potential of PBM for AD. Dysregulation of the brain's default mode network (DMN) has been associated with AD, presenting the DMN as an identifiable target for PBM.
Materials and Methods:
The study used 810 nm, 10 Hz pulsed, light-emitting diode devices combining transcranial plus intranasal PBM to treat the cortical nodes of the DMN (bilateral mesial prefrontal cortex, precuneus/posterior cingulate cortex, angular gyrus, and hippocampus).
Five patients with mild to moderately severe cognitive impairment were entered into 12 weeks of active treatment as well as a follow-up no-treatment, 4-week period. Patients were assessed with the MMSE and Alzheimer's Disease Assessment Scale (ADAS-cog) tests.
The protocol involved weekly, in-clinic use of a transcranial-intranasal PBM device; and daily at-home use of an intranasal-only device.
There was significant improvement after 12 weeks of PBM (MMSE, p < 0.003; ADAS-cog, p < 0.023). Increased function, better sleep, fewer angry outbursts, less anxiety, and wandering were reported post-PBM.
There were no negative side effects.
Precipitous declines were observed during the follow-up no-treatment, 4-week period. This is the first completed PBM case series to report significant, cognitive improvement in mild to moderately severe dementia and possible AD cases.
Results suggest that larger, controlled studies are warranted. PBM shows potential for home treatment of patients with dementia and AD.
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Your child is having a bad day....Difficulty Swallowing? Fever? Swollen Glands? Earache?
Yep…your child's immune system is working overtime. If too frequent, then children’s tonsils are often surgically removed to help treat the symptom.
Are There Options to Surgery?
Let’s first look at recent research.
A study of almost 1.2 million patients suggests that children who have their tonsils or adenoids removed before age 9 are at higher risk for respiratory, infectious, and allergic diseases up to the age of 30 years. Yes, up to 30 years old! That means kids are at higher risk through grade school, middle and high school, college and beyond!
"We found that tonsillectomy was associated with a nearly tripled risk of upper respiratory tract diseases, and that adenoidectomy was associated with doubled risk of [chronic obstructive pulmonary disease] and upper respiratory tract diseases and nearly doubled risk of conjunctivitis,"
-Dr. Sean Byars, University of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia,
Another study in the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics indicated a strong correlation between spinal adjustments and the suppression of ear infections.
Out of the 332 children, ranging in 27 days to 5 years old, 80% of the children did not experience another ear infection in the 6 months following the study.
These children were given an initial series of spinal adjustments and then maintenance adjustments every 4 to 6 weeks. (Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics. 1997; Volume 2, No. 2:167-183.)
What Can You Do?
Locate the root cause. As a last resort, parents bring their children for a spinal examination and meridian scan. I then explain a few things....
Imbalances in the spine are called subluxations, which result in health problems.
Spinal or meridian problems may be the root cause why your child’s body can’t defend itself properly through the immune system.
Tonsils are a crucial part of the body's immune system. They are one of the first line defenses against respiratory invaders, bacteria and viruses that enter through a child’s mouth and nose.
Cutting out the tonsils means to remove an important part of a child’s ability to fight respiratory infections. Mother Nature created tonsils as part of the lymphatic system. This system is important in prevention and healing of illness.
The ducts leading away from the tonsils travel through the muscles of the neck.
It’s necessary for those muscles to create a pumping effect on the lymph fluid to help keep the immune system strong and resilient.
A spinal subluxation in the neck can produce irritation of the nerves, which causes muscles to contract. This restricts lymph flow in the neck.
In children, the lymph ducts are smaller than those in adults and are more easily blocked and prevented from doing their job of defending the body from foreign invaders and draining the waste products away from the area.
Result? Sore throat, earaches, etc.
A subluxation of the neck can cause muscle contractions, which slows lymph flow and reduces the capacity of your child’s immune system to function (and yours too if this is the case). This is a common reason for repeated, chronic illness.
To help your child heal, when evaluating the neck, it's important to uncover areas of fixation and immobile area in the spine. Then a meridian scan will help you identify blockage in the neck's meridian system.
My Child Is Sick Today... Should He/She Get Checked For Neck Subluxations?
Yes. To help support the healing process, patients bring kids in to check for subluxations and meridian imbalances and correct them when needed.
Of course it’s best to get checked for subluxations and meridian imbalances as a maintenance family protocol a few times a year or when there has been a bad fall or sport injury.
I recommend integrating gentle spinal and meridian corrections. The use of soft tissue techniques to help return normal function of the neck and related spinal muscles are preferred by most parents.
For meridian treatment needles are a problem with kids. I suggest soft Laser Acutherapy to balance meridian energy flow.
This approach helps restore your child’s body to support the healing Mother Nature intended so they start feeling better...naturally.
What Causes Neck Subluxations and Meridian Imbalances?
In addition to the nutritional issues not discussed here, most children develop spinal subluxations or meridian imbalances simply from the life of being a kid playing, jumping and falling, with all the associated minor accidents and falls which children frequently experience.
Food, toxins and other external factors may also play a role.
A regular check-up with a meridian evaluation and spinal examination is similar to a dental check-up in that Prevention Is Key!
If you have more questions, give me a call or schedule a Meridian Scan and Spinal Examination for your child. 310.734.0951
I owe it all to you…
I was just informed that I have been voted as one of Los Angeles Magazine's Best Chiropractors for 2018….. and I’d love for you to be a part of it!
If you have health issues or are sick and tired of being sick and tired—I’d like to return the favor by offering everything I have to offer at a substantial discount.
For only 2 weeks ending on February 14th, and to help celebrate this award, we are doing something we’ve never done before.
If you are a new patient or current patient I’d like you to receive a gift of 40% off your treatment session(s).
This is for either our Beverly Hills or Monterey locations.
We’ll keep time slots open for the first 20 new/current patients that schedule or until our appointments are full.
Whether you need a booster treatment or are new to our office, your health is valuable and we want to make it easy for you to get the care you need.
If you've been on the fence with a desire to change the way you heal and you’ve never received care…. then you are in for a treat. Many patients have shared; “I wish I met you years ago…before my health problems showed up.”
Remember, small health problems can become big problems if not discovered early. We are committed to providing you with the best care available.
Simply reference this letter and to help celebrate you'll receive 40% off our services until February 14th. (Valentines Day)
Yes, this includes new examinations, treatments, Laser Acutherapy, Meridian Analysis, and the consultation/analysis for the blood test.
You are important to us and this is our gift to you. You must mention this e-mail to receive your gift. Remember this ends February 14.
Call 310.734.0951 to reserve a time for your professional care or online click here.
Sincerely and in appreciation…
Dr. Aristotle Economou
“Thank you for changing my way of healing. I had been getting headaches every night and don’t have one tonight.” M.R. ~Business Owner
During my treatment I could feel the stress melt away. I'm now able to work with more focus. H.A. ~Office Manager
“I was exhausted every afternoon around 3pm. Now I have enough energy until I’m ready to go to bed!” B.H. ~Homemaker
All family members are welcome to take advantage of this offer.
If you are a new patient, this will be one of the most comprehensive examinations you’ve ever experienced. I will guarantee it. If you don’t feel this way at the end of your exam, you will receive a refund.
“The power that made the body heals the body..
Change The Way You Heal,
Dr. Aristotle Economou
Author of Change The Way You Heal
P.S. Schedule a consultation for either concierge wellnss care or in office visits. Call 310.734.0951 to learn more. When inviting others to our office, please ask the new referral to mention your name.
Your thyroid controls energy, cholesterol, depression, heart disease and weight. It’s the number one gland to be poisoned by heavy metals and other environmental toxins known as endocrine disruptors.
Synthroid is usually prescribed for an underactive thyroid. The problem is that Synthroid is not the active T3 thyroid hormone, but T4 hormone. T4 must be converted to T3 for it to function correctly
This requires selenium! It’s crucial you are checked for a selenium deficiency when on thyroid medication. Have you?
The thyroid is such an easy target gland for heavy metals and environmental pollutants, which slow down healing of the thyroid. Why? .......Most glands have an iodine deficiency.
What is a major cause of iodine deficiency?
There are many reasons for iodine deficiency but at its source, exhaust fumes producing heavy metals displace iodine from the soil, resulting in less uptake in plants we use for food….
Restore the missing iodine. Yes, iodine deficiency is becoming extremely common. Replace iodine to help restore your deficient nutrients.
Dr. Aristotle’s Comment:
Energy imbalances or blockages in the meridians can lead to health problems, pain and disease. The goal is to restore proper function and optimum health by removing these blockages and regain balance to the meridian.
There is a meridian (LU) that runs up the arm across the chest and through the thyroid gland and down into the lungs.. (see image below) An imbalance of this particular meridian may be an issue if you are suffering from thyroid problems for example.
The goal is to repair the imbalanced meridian (see purple meridian) to obtain a normal meridian as shown in green.
Stress is the primary reason the body's meridian system repeatedly becomes imbalanced and results in health problems that wont go away after many attempts using traditional methods.
Be sure to check for meridian imbalances to help support your thyroid as an addition to your current treatment.
Imbalanced (purple) vs Balanced (green) Meridians
“The power that made the body heals the body..
Dr. Aristotle Economou
Dr. Aristotle understands the difficulties patients go through when dealing with a personal health challenge. In 2006, an event occurred that turned his life upside down and put his years of clinical experience in wellness healthcare to the ultimate test. Over a short period, the muscles in Aristotle’s body unexpectedly became paralyzed with only the ability to slightly move his hands at the wrists and blink his eyes.
Aristotle ended up in an intensive care unit (ICU), followed by a 72-day stay in a local hospital. He was told he may never walk again. Throughout the year, his healing journey continued while confined to an electric wheelchair and requiring around-the-clock care.
With help and determination, Aristotle combined modalities from Functional Medicine, Eastern Medicine and unique techniques in Chiropractic and Tui Na. This resulted in the ability to rebuild his body mind and spirit, which was the foundation to his miraculous recovery including the ability to walk again.
Aristotle then wrote the book, Change the Way You Heal: 7 Steps To Highly Effective Healing. No matter how big or small your health problem, this inspirational book shows you how to maximize your healing abilities and resources using the same methods he implemented in his own recovery.