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8 Reasons You Should Get A Regular Massage

This article from PALEO.com gives you 8 great reasons to get regular massages. From boosting posture and flexibility to improving circulation and alertness, massage is definitely a great resource for improving health.  To help you make massage a regular part of your life, our staff Licensed Massage Therapist, James Roberts, offers 30 min of massage for our existing patents at no charge during your first visit with him. Call us at (208)798-8228 or email us at doc@drjoanburrow.com for more information or to schedule your appointment.


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Shin Splints – What are they really?

We love looking at other Chiropractors work. We can learn, give advice, or even just be reminded of techniques and ideas that we haven’t used in a while. Today we ran across a great article by a Dr. Daniel P. Bockmann, a fellow Chiropractor in Austin, TX.

In his article he talks about what causes shin splints and what kind of injury they are. Here are a few of our favorite points:

“…the term “shin splints” doesn’t refer to an actual condition”

“There are 4 general causes for that deep, achy pain you feel around your shin bone, and if you’re a runner it’s very important to know the difference between them.  Here are the 4 biggest causes:

1.    Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS).  The most common cause of leg pain in athletes, period.  A deep, achy pain felt on the inside and sometimes around the back side of the tibia (or shin bone).  Caused by micro-tearing of the posterior tibialis muscle where it attaches to the back & inner part of the tibia.
2.    Tibial Periostitis.  An irritation or inflammation of the periosteum, the thin membrane surrounding the tibia.  Pain is felt directly on the front of the shin bone, usually near the ankle and extending part way up the leg.
3.    Anterior Compartment Syndrome.  The muscles on the front of your lower leg are encased in a thin, leathery sheath, or compartment.  Excessive swelling within that sheath can quickly compress nerves and blood vessels, causing pain on the front of the leg, outside the shin bone.
4.    Stress Fracture.  These are small, sometimes microscopic cracks in the shin bone that can quickly worsen if you continue running.  Caused by the repetitive impact of landing strides while running, the pain from a stress fracture is usually localized to a very specific area, rather than spread out across the bone like the other 3 conditions.  Early diagnosis and treatment is critical, as stress fractures can lead to COMPLETE fractures if left untreated.”

You can read all of Dr. Bockmann’s article on his website. HERE


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A Silver (well, molybdenum) Bullet

Are you sensitive to automobile exhaust, smoke, perfume, or for that matter any commercialized or synthetic odor?

Do you hold your breath to get past the display of candles and avoid the cleaning products aisle altogether?

Do you experience headaches when you drink red wine with sulfates or get
close to a chlorinated pool?

Are one of those people who are overly sensitive to carbohydrates?

Neurotoxicity due to the inability to break down acetaldehydes may be a factor.

A neurotoxin is a substance that is toxic to the brain.   Acetaldehyde is a neurotoxin that comes from both our environment and from normal metabolism within our body.  It can become a problem if it accumulates abnormally. Excessive exposure can cause poor memory, lethargy, depression, irritability, and headache.

Acetaldehyde is very common. You can be exposed simply by breathing air.  Virtually anything with the scent is a source of acetaldehyde – room air deodorizers, candles, cleaners, perfumes and everything else that is scented.   Acetaldehyde is also an important part of food flavorings and is often added to milk products, baked goods, fruit juices, candy, desserts and soft drinks.

Our body produces acetaldehyde while processing an alcoholic beverage.  Intestinal Candida albicans is also a source of endogenous acetaldehyde. Candida albicans live by fermenting sugar to produce energy and the waste byproduct of this energy production is acetaldehyde.

In order to break down acetaldehyde, we need molybdenum, iron, niacinamide and riboflavin.  Most people have enough iron.  A molybdenum deficiency is often the reason many individuals suffer symptoms from even low level acetaldehyde exposure.

There is a fairly easy test to see if you would benefit from supplementing molybdenum.  If the inability to break down acetaldeydes is a factor for you, molybdenum may be your silver bullet.


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Should I have epidural steroid injections?

This is the medical model for treating low back and leg pain that is caused by spinal stenosis (pictured, here) – a narrowing of the space that the spinal cord or nerve root passes through:

  • Try exercises and physical therapy first.
  • If you are still having more problems than you can deal with, try an epidural injection of steroids at the pain clinic.
  • When that doesn’t help, surgery is then offered to open up the space.

A small study published in the February 2014 issue of the journal Spine suggests that the injections may do more harm than good!

The Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial (SPORT) was a four year comprehensive study to look at different ways of treating low back and leg pain and how effective they were for patients, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Some patients had surgery, others had non-surgical interventions, and the research published from the trial said, basically, that those who had surgery were, by and large, happier with their results one to four years later than those who didn’t.

Researchers with access to the SPORT database took a look at the results from a group of those non-surgical patients, specifically those patients with lumbar spinal stenosis, to see how the patients who received epidural steroid injection compared to those who didn’t.

There were 276 patients in the original SPORT study who had the diagnosis of lumbar spinal stenosis, and the data from this subgroup was analyzed to see how well the 69 who received the epidural steroid injections within the first 3 months of the study did, compared to the 207 who didn’t have the injections.

The conclusions? Pretty scary if you’ve already had the injections!

  • Those patients who had epidural steroid injection were associated with significantly less improvement at 4 years among all patients with spinal stenosis in SPORT.
  • Furthermore, for those who eventually had surgery, having epidural steroid injections were associated with longer duration of surgery and longer hospital stay.
  • There was no improvement in outcome with epidural steroid injection whether patients were treated surgically or non-surgically.

In case you didn’t catch it:  At the end of four years, everyone who had the injections had significantly less improvement than those who didn’t have them (whether they ended up in surgery or not).

Okay.  Yes, this is a small study.  Yes, it only studied the people with one of the possible causes for low back/leg pain.  Do you really want to have such an injection IN CASE they find something different when they look at the rest of the population?

Should you have epidural steroid injections as part of the recommended course of treatment for your low back pain?  I think not.


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Acid Blocking Medications

The fact that a drug is purchased ‘over the counter’ doesn’t change the fact that it is a drug.  Take, for example, that class of drugs that stop the production of acid in the stomach, widely taken for GERD (acid reflux).  The symptoms of acid reflux include heartburn, wheezing, and tightness or a feeling of food caught in the throat.  The solution is to take just one of those harmless little pills every day, stopping the production of acid in the stomach.  Voila!  No symptoms of acid reflux!  Life is now good, right?

Wrong!  There is actually a very good reason for that acid in your stomach.  Like, digesting food!  Without the acid, the protein you eat can’t be broken down.  The pH has to be very much on the acid side before the valve that lets the food out of the stomach is triggered to open, and without acid the only way that can happen is for the food in your stomach to rot (a process that doesn’t take terribly long at body temperature).  If you can still taste the food you ate for breakfast in a burp before lunch, that food is still sitting in your stomach, rotting away.

Let’s set that part of digestion aside, and look at some of the longer term problems.  Without an acid environment, calcium cannot be broken down or absorbed, no matter what food or supplement you ingest.  You need a certain level of calcium in your blood for muscles, including your heart, to relax, so your body is very good at keeping enough calcium in your blood – it steals it from your bones!.  No calcium in the diet = calcium stolen from the bones = osteoporosis.  Using this class of medication more than one year causes measurable loss of bone density.

Need more?  A recent article in JAMA (The Journal of the American Medical Association) associates long term (2 years) use of proton pump inhibitors (like Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium, and their generic and OTC equivalents) with a 65% increased risk of vitamin B12 deficiency, since the cells that make the stomach acid also make intrinsic factor, a protein that helps vitamin B12 be absorbed.  As you’d expect, the higher the dose of inhibitor, the higher the risk of B12 deficiency.

So, why should we worry about B12 deficiency?  Not enough B12 can lead to some very troubling ailments.  These include anemia, nerve damage, psychiatric problems and dementia, just for starters.  As we age we naturally lose the ability to produce hydrochloric acid and intrinsic factor and to absorb B12 – which means if you are over 50, you should consider B12 supplementation even if you haven’t been on an acid blocker.

How do we get B12 in our diet?  Almost exclusively from animal tissues (vegans beware).  And, unlike most B vitamins, your body stockpiles B12, sometimes enough for 7 years – so a deficiency may not show up for a while.   If you decide to supplement B12, make sure you do so by injection or an oral spray that’s absorbed through your mouth.  B12 is the largest vitamin molecule known and isn’t passively absorbed from the digestive track.  Taking B12 in a pill is simply not effective.

So, you have GERD and knowing all of this, don’t want to take those acid blockers anymore.  While I cannot recommend that you stop taking anything that your medical doctor has prescribed, I can help you stop the acid reflux, so that you and your medical doctor together can decide to reduce or stop that medication.   Call me.  Let’s talk.


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Our office now has Rapid Release Technology!

Rapid Release TechRapid Release Therapy is a breakthrough in therapeutic technology

Many types of chronic pain have been identified, however many with chronic pain do not have a clinical diagnosis from their doctor. Scar tissue is frequently the culprit in this un-diagnosed pain. Repetitive motion, injury and surgery can result in the formation of scar tissue. Since there are no blood vessels that nourish this fibrotic tissue, it dies, becoming rigid and inflexible impinging nerves and impairing normal movement. These are also known as adhesions.

RRT’s Scar Tissue Therapy targets brittle scar tissue with the shearing force of planar waves that resonate with scar tissue. This has many benefits including what we believe to be a method to quickly and painlessly break up scar tissue.

Scar Tissue Therapy is focused on relief of soft tissue problems

These soft tissue problems affect nerves, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Some conditions caused by scarring of soft tissue are:RTT pro1 best

  • MUSCLE SPASMS
  • TMJ
  • TENNIS ELBOW
  • TRAPPED NERVES
  • ADHESIONS
  • RANGE OF MOTION
  • NEUROMAS
  • CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME
  • CONTRACTURES
  • TENDONOSIS

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When compression waves enter the body, they generate planar waves which generate
a shearing force (Red and Blue) perpendicular to the propagation direction (Black). This shearing force flexes and breaks up the brittle scar tissue lattice but doesn’t harm healthy supple tissue.

Experiments have been done with the frequencies used by RRT including the use of high-speed video shot at 2000 frames/second to determine the optimum resonant frequency for maximum effectiveness. Scar tissue absorbs energy at its resonant frequencies, efficiently facilitating its dissolution.

               inches                            RRT’s high-speed, short stroke and arc motion are keys to its  effectiveness as well as lack of any observed negative side effects.

Arc motion creates tension on the tissue because before it rebounds, the next strike tugs at it again. The combined effects of the shearing force of the planar waves with the tissue under tension magnifies the beneficial effects. The short 2mm stroke is key to optimizing the energy released into the tissue at the frequency, yielding just enough energy for the intended results without any observed negative side effects.

RRT Scar Tissue Therapy is fast, painless and lasting

RRT often helps those who have exhausted all other options such as medical doctors, podiatrists, chiropractic, medications, surgery, acupuncture, physical therapy, and pain injections. Rapid Release is arguably the safest and most cost-effective treatment for a wide range of conditions. Dr. Burrow got into this profession because she wanted to help people. We are helping alleviating suffering in our community by becoming part of this revolution in healthcare.