by Debbie Turczan Lyme disease, and other tick-borne infections, are a growing health concern. The Center for Disease Control estimates that approximately 300,000 cases of Lyme disease are diagnosed each year, though this number is likely not comprehensive, as many cases go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. Lyme disease can cause a broad spectrum of complaints, from joint [...]
The temporomandibular joint (or TMJ) is a hinge joint, located right in front of your ear, that connects your jaw bone (also known as the mandible) to your skull. Calling it a hinge joint, actually, is a bit of an oversimplification – there is a substantial piece of cartilage in between the bones which slides back [...]
Scoliosis – defined by the Mayo Clinic as “a sideways curvature of the spine” – can be responsible for a broad spectrum of physical complaints, ranging from mild backaches to disabling pain and limited tolerance for physical activity. While many successful treatment options are available that improve dysfunctional curves of the spine, including bracing and [...]
According to a University of California at San Francisco press release, a study published on April 25, 2014 in Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery (the official journal of the American Urogynecologic Society) reports that a yoga training program, designed to improve pelvic health, can help women gain more control over their urination and avoid [...]
(Continued from Part 1) Dr. Upledger writes, “Anterior flexion of the coccyx due to injury is [a] very common cause of cephalgia and pelvic autonomic dysfunction.” (Pp.149-50) Dr. Upledger also notes that “continued stress on the dura in the suboccipital region may cause increased suboccipital muscular tension, which can cause pain, as well as result [...]
Dr. John Upledger writes in his textbook, Craniosacral Therapy, “Two very common injuries which adversely influence craniosacral system function, and are often the underlying cause of headache and autonomic dysfunction, are impaction of the sacrum between the ilia, and anterior flexion of the coccyx.” (Pp.148-9.) I recently worked with a patient that demonstrated this relationship [...]
For women with severe pelvic pain related to fibroids, when all other treatment has failed, a hysterectomy is sometimes offered as an option. It is so very important to be educated in the risks and benefits of this option, along with the long-term effects on your health and well-being. As part of that education, I'd [...]
An interesting article recently appeared in The Wall Street Journal, highlighting research which shows that patients who are more involved in their medical care have better outcomes. Click here to have a look.
Dr. Oz recently featured Craniosacral Therapy on his TV show. Click here to watch the clip.
The American Board of Internal Medicine has launched a new educational initiative called "Choosing Wisely," in an effort to open a dialogue about the rising cost of health care, empower patients, and minimize unnecessary and ineffective medical treatment. From the ABIM Foundation website: Choosing Wisely ® aims to promote conversations between physicians and patients by helping [...]