Fibromyalgia Can Come on from Lack Of Sleep…Bloomington MN DR

Millions of Americans lay in their bed at night tossing and turning without being able to fall asleep. Insomnia can take a toll on your daily life- making the most simplest tasks impossible. and can even damage your personal relationships. Insomnia can lead to debilitating conditions like fibromyalgia and chronic pain. Fibromyalgia is a complex chronic pain condition that affects more women than men.

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Common symptoms include:

Widespread pain in ligaments and joints

Fatigue

Trouble sleeping

Anxiety

Depression

Headaches

Irritable bowel syndrome

New research from Norway shows that women with sleep disruptions were 3 times more likely to develop fibromyalgia. This study included data from over 12,000 women over the course of 10 years. While the connection between fibromyalgia and sleep still needs further research, the researchers recommended that early intervention in sleep disorders can prevent chronic pain in the future.

Ease Fibromyalgia Pain with Chiropractic Care

For people who are already suffering from fibromyalgia, exercise and chiropractic care are natural approaches to help reduce pain without using drugs or medicines. New research has shown that gentle stretching, yoga, and tai chi can help fibromyalgia patients in numerous ways. In 2012, two different medical studies compared patients who underwent conventional treatment plans with patients who also did yoga or tai chi. The patients experienced enhanced sleep quality, better physical symptoms, and improvements in mood, depression and anxiety.

Chiropractic care is a power method to help relieve the pain caused by fibromyalgia. One study looked at patients who were suffering with chronic fibromyalgia. After getting chiropractic treatments, almost all of fibromyalgia patients improved significantly.

Patients who received chiropractic care had:

Decreased pain intensity

Decreased fatigue

Better quality of sleep at night

Another study discovered patients had significantly reduced pain and disability when combining chiropractic care and physical therapy.

If you have experienced symptoms of fibromyalgia, call AdvaCare Clinics today at 952-835-6653. Our goal is to provide you with the most up-to-date treatment options and recommendations for management of fibromyalgia. It can mark the beginning of a new journey toward relief of some symptoms.

Physical Therapy & Chiropractic Care can Help with Diabetes Conditions..Dr. Dennis Lenselink Bloomington, MN

Diabetes is a term often referred to by doctors as diabetes mellitus. It describes a group of metabolic diseases in which the person has high blood sugar, either because insulin production is disturbed, or because the body’s cells do not respond correctly to insulin, or both. Patients with high blood sugar will usually experience frequent urination, become very thirsty and become hungry. Diabetes is a very serious condition, and it should not be taken lightly if you are on the cusp of getting type 1, type 2, or gestational diabetes. There are many conditions that accompany diabetes that AdvaCare Clinics, located in Bloomington, MN can offer. AdvaCare offers a wide variety of treatment options for patients suffering from diabetes. We combine physical therapy, chiropractic
care, and medical treatments to make sure you are getting the most optimal care you need. Every treatment routine is tailored to each individual patient guaranteeing success and improvement.

Diabetes is known as a metabolism disorder. Metabolism refers to the way our bodies use digested food for energy and growth. A lot of what we eat is broken down into glucose. Glucose is a form of sugar in the blood – it is the main source of fuel for our bodies.

There are three types of diabetes:

1. Type 1 Diabetes

The body is not able to produce insulin. People usually refer to this type as insulin-dependent diabetesjuvenile diabetes, or early-onset diabetes. People typically develop type 1 diabetes before they turn 40. Type 1 diabetes often starts in adolescence or early adulthood.

Type 1 diabetes is not as likely to develop in people as much as type 2 diabetes. About 10% of all diabetes cases are type 1.

Patients with type 1 diabetes will need to take insulin injections for the rest of their life. They must also make sure their blood-glucose levels are normal by carrying out daily blood tests and following a special diet.

2) Type 2 Diabetes

The body does not produce enough insulin for it to be able to function properly, or the cells in the body do not react to insulin.

Approximately 90% of all cases of diabetes worldwide are of this type. That is an astonishing, and quite scary percent!

Some people might be able to control their type 2 diabetes symptoms by losing weight, following a healthy diet, doing plenty of exercise, and keeping an eye their blood glucose levels. Type 2 diabetes is usually a progressive disease, and the patient will most likely end up have to take insulin, usually in tablet form.

Overweight and obese people have a much higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes in comparison to those with a healthy body weight. People with a lot of central obesity, belly fat, or abdominal obesity, are especially at risk. Being overweight/obese can cause the body to release chemicals that can destabilize the body’s cardiovascular and metabolic systems.

3. Gestational Diabetes

This type of diabetes affects women during their pregnancy. Some women have extremely high levels of glucose in their blood, and their bodies are unable to produce enough insulin to transfer all of the glucose into their cells, resulting in progressively rising levels of glucose.

Most gestational diabetes patients can keep their diabetes  under control with exercise and diet. Undiagnosed or uncontrolled gestational diabetes can raise the risk of issues during childbirth. The baby can be bigger than he/she should be.

Conditions and Complications Due to Poor Controlled Diabetes

If you have diabetes, and are not properly taking care of it, many complications can happen. Some of them cannot be reversed once the damage is done. Some complications are:

  • Eye complications (glaucoma, cataracts)
  • Foot complications (neuropathy, ulcers)
  • Skin complications
  • Heart issues
  • High blood pressure
  • Mental health
  • Loss of hearing
  • Gum disease
  • Gastroparesis
  • Neuropathy
  • Nephropathy (kidneys)
  • Stroke
  • Infections
  • Decrease in healing of wounds

AdvaCare Clinics offers holistic treatments to help you cope with your conditions and complications caused by diabetes. A few treatments we offer are:

  • Exercise
  • Physical therapy
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Nutrition changes
  • Trigger point injections
  • Manual adjustments
  • EMS
  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage therapy
  • Physical therapy
  •  And many more…

Call AdvaCare Clinics (952) 835-6653 today if you have any questions about diabetes, any of our therapies, or to schedule a complimentary screening today. Our screenings have the ability to determine what treatments would be the most beneficial for you. We have many screenings that take about 5 to 10 minutes to assess if you need care and what combination of care would best work for you.

Chiropractic Care & Physical Therapy can Help with Your Tendonitis…Bloomington MN Doctor

A tendon is a tough but flexible band of fibrous tissue. The tendon is the structure in your body that connects your muscles to the bones. The skeletal muscles in your body are in charge of moving your bones,  giving you the ability to walk, jump, lift, and move in numerous ways. When a muscle contracts it pulls on a bone to cause it to move. The structure that sends the force of the muscle contraction to the bone is called a tendon.

Tendons come in different shapes and sizes. Some are very small, like the ones in  your fingers, and some are much larger, such as your Achilles tendon in your heel. When functioning normally, these tendons move easily and smoothly as the muscle contracts.

Sometimes the tendons can become inflamed for a numerous reasons, and the action of pulling the muscle becomes difficult. If the normal smooth sliding movement of your tendon is damaged, the tendon will become inflamed and movement will become painful. This is called tendonitis, and literally means inflammation of the tendon.

Causes of Tendonitis

There are hundreds of tendons all throughout our body, but it usually tends to be a small handful of distinct tendons that cause issues. These tendons usually have an area of poor blood supply that triggers tissue damage and deficient healing response. This area of a tendon that is susceptible to injury is known as a “watershed zone,”  which is the place where the blood supply to the tendon is weakest. In these watershed zones, the body has a difficult time bringing oxygen and nutrients responsible for tendon healing; that is why we see usual tendon problems in the same parts of the body.

Tendonitis is most commonly an overuse injury. Typically, people start a new activity or exercise that makes the tendon irritated. Tendon problems are most usual in the 40-60 year old age range. Tendons are not as elastic and forgiving when we age.

Symptoms of Tendonitis

Tendonitis is usually always diagnosed during a physical examination. Common symptoms of tendonitis include:

  • Tenderness over the tendon
  • Pain with movement of muscles and tendons
  • Swelling of the tendon

 Physical Therapy Evaluation & Treatments

The therapist will ask you about the history of the injury and/or surgery area causing tendonitis. They will discuss how it has affected your  ability to complete daily activities. The therapist will take measurements of how well you move, your strength and endurance. The therapist will ask about pain. Then, the therapist will come up with therapy goals with you and together you will decide on a plan of care.

Treatment varies  from person to person depending on your level of pain and  function. Treatment may include but is not limited to:

  • management of pain and swelling
  • crutch training
  •  strengthening activities
  • walking activities
  • stair training

The physical therapist may use other holistic modalities including:

  • massage therapy
  • heat/ice therapy
  • ultrasound
  • electrical stimulation
  • Acupuncture
  • Nutrition planning
  • Laser Therapy
  • Manual adjustments
  • exercise
  • and many more…

As you heal and gets stronger, the therapy will focus more on being able to perform daily activities.  Call AdvaCare Clinics (952) 835-6653 today if you have any questions about  any of our therapies or to schedule a complimentary screening today. Our screenings have the ability to determine what treatments would be the most beneficial for you. We have many screenings that take about 5 to 10 minutes to assess if you need care and what combination of care would best work for you.

 

Chronic Back Pain:Non-Surgical Steps on How to Heal Back Pain…Dr. Dennis Lenselink Bloomington, MN

Back pain can play a major part in you are struggling with it every day. Back pain can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain that leaves you unable to function. It can happen quickly (an accident, a fall, or lifting something heavy), or it can come on slowly (age-related changes to the spine). At AdvaCare Clinics in Bloomington, MN, we are a clinic with advanced healthcare solutions. We have been working with people who are suffering  from chronic back pain for 32 years. All treatments and procedures at AdvaCare Clinics are geared around a drug-free, hands on approach that places an emphasis on function first.

No matter how your back pain happens, you know it when you have it. Back pain is one of the most common medical problems, affecting 8 out of 10 people at some point during their lives. It is the second most common reason for people to visit their primary care physicians, right behind headaches. Back pain will rarely go away on its own. A recent study showed that when back pain is not treated, the pain may subside temporarily, but will most likely return.

  • Over 40 percent of all patients with low back pain will have on going complaints of pain one and two years later.
  • 62 percent of patients are likely to have one or more recurrences during a one-year follow up.
  • Ongoing issues with low back pain are even more likely in patients who wait six to 10 weeks from the first onset of pain before seeking medical care.

If you have the pain going on for more than two weeks, consider a visit to your physician.

What Causes Back Pain?

There are many different reasons why back pain can occur. However, there are specific tissues of the spine that can cause back pain. Some patients think it is there back causing all the pain when it is actually the spinal tissues.

One reason for back pain is skeletal muscle of the back. Pain in muscle tissue include muscle strains, muscle spasm, and muscle imbalances.

Another reason for low back pain is the synovial joints of the spine (e.g. zygapophysial joints/facet joints). These have been known for the primary source of the pain in approximately one third of people with chronic low back pain, and in most people with neck pain after suffering from whiplash.

There are many other issues that cause back pain which include:

  • Spinal disc herniation
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease)
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Trauma
  • Cancer
  • Infections
  • Fractures
  • Inflammatory disease.

How is Back Pain Diagnosed?

A lot of back pain diagnostics starts off with beginning treatments to reduce pain. This way, it rules out any underlying problems the patient may have. If the pain continues to be ongoing, then other diagnostic steps are taken. It is necessary for the physician to find where the pain is coming from and recommend different steps of treatment.

In cases in which the back pain has a persistent underlying cause, such as a specific disease or spinal abnormality, then it is necessary for the physician to differentiate the source of the pain and advise specific courses of treatment.

Back Pain Relief Treatments that are Non-Surgical

Research has shown that combining numerous treatment options together, patients have better results than with just one treatment method alone; This is crucial for long term back pain relief. At AdvaCare Clinics, we strive to give you the best results using more than one therapy or procedure. A few options we combine together are:

  • Physical therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Chiropractic care (Manual Adjustments)
  • Acupuncture
  • Medications
  • Trigger point injections
  • Ultrasound
  • Guided joint injections
  • Many more…

Call AdvaCare Clinics (952) 835-6653 today if you have any questions about any of our therapies or to schedule a complimentary screening today. Our screenings have the ability to determine what treatments would be the most beneficial for you. We have many screenings that take about 5 to 10 minutes to assess that are quick, easy and pain free. We can help you get your back pain in order!

Hernia: Combination Therapies can Help

A hernia happens when the inside layers of the abdominal wall lose its strength then become swollen or tear. The inner lining of the abdomen makes its way through the weakened area to form a balloon-like sac. This can cause a loop of intestine or abdominal tissue to slip into the sac, leading to pain and other potentially serious health issues.

Not all hernias cause pain. Some people may have a hernia and not know it. In most cases, however, patients with a hernia do feel some pain or discomfort, and usually feel a lump in the affected area. Fatty tissue will normally push through first, then an organ may bulge out later.

AdvaCare Clinics adult outpatient physical therapy wing provides a extensive evaluation and treatment of physical disabilities related to a large range of musculoskeletal and neurological disorders, including a hernia. Our programs are tailored to you, which include  individual therapy sessions, are created to maximize strength, endurance, mobility and function, while reducing pain.

Hernia Causes

In numerous cases, a hernia happens when the area surrounding an organ experiences increased pressure, which weakens the boundary. This can happen for many reasons including:

  • Family History:  if either or both of your parents had a hernia you are more likely to get one as well
  • Age : The risk of developing a hernia increases with age
  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome: This is a grouping of uncommon genetic disorders that affect humans caused by a defect during the making of collagen
  • Marfan syndrome: A genetic disorder that targets connective tissue
  • Pregnancy: The muscles of the mother stretch and pull which can make it easier for tissue to push through
  • Extreme weight loss: When overweight people lose weight they can be more likely to get hernias
  • COPD/Whooping cough: Constant/repetitive coughing increases pressure in the abdomen. Any illness that includes severe coughing may cause hernias to occur. Severe cases of the flu can sometimes cause a hernia also.
  • Ascites: the buildup of extra fluid in the abdomen
  • Benign prostatic hypertrophy: the prostate gland enlarges, adding pressure around it
  • Sports hernias (athletic pubalgia)
  •  Intracranial (skull) pressure : Intracranial pressure rises parts of the brain can develop hernias which push through the cranial cavity.
  • Excessive lifting:  Increased pressure on the abdomen and other parts of the body.
  • Surgery: Many surgeries can result in the weakening of membranes.
  • Obesity: Someone who is obese has a greater chance of developing a hernia compared to someone who is not obese

Types of Hernias

There are many types of hernias. Some of the most common hernias include:

  • Abdominal Hernia
  • Anal Hernia
  • Diaphragmatic Hernia
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Herniatied Disc
  • Intracranial Hernia (in the brain)
  • Pelvic Hernia, Inguinal Hernia
  • Femoral Hernias
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Epigastric Hernia
  • Ventral Hernia
  • Obtuator Hernia 

Symptoms

Men and women can experience a hernia at any age, however, hernias are five times as common in men as in women  Hernias usually develop either because of a natural weakness in the abdominal wall or from too much strain on the abdominal wall, for example, like the strain from heavy lifting, substantial weight gain,  frequent coughing, or trouble with bowel movements or urination. Research has found out that 80% of all hernias are near the groin.

Sometimes, there are no symptoms when a hernia has developed. Some hernia symptoms include a bulge or growth that is tender to the touch and very painful. Hernia pain is usually worse when getting up, straining or exercising.

Treatments

AdvaCare Clinics,  located in Bloomington MN , offers a rehabilitation approach that focuses on helping patients  understand the condition and treatment  you are experiencing. Based on the needs of the patient, our physical therapists and chiropractors will work with other members of the rehabilitation team to create a  retraining program tailored to your  needs to restore maximum function and mobility to the body.

The therapist/MD will ask you about the history of  your hernia. They will discuss how the hernia has affected your  ability to complete daily activities. The therapist will take measurements of how well you move, your strength and endurance. The therapist will ask about pain. Then, the therapist will come up with therapy goals with you and together you will decide on a plan of care.

The physical therapist may use other holistic modalities  to inflammation including:

  • massage therapy
  • heat/ice therapy
  • ultrasound
  • electrical stimulation
  • Acupuncture
  • Nutrition planning
  • Laser Therapy
  • Manual adjustments
  • exercise
  • and many more…

As you heal and gets stronger, the therapy will focus more on being able to perform daily activities.  Call AdvaCare Clinics (952) 835-6653 today if you have any questions about  any of our therapies or to schedule a complimentary screening today. Our screenings have the ability to determine what treatments would be the most beneficial for you. We have many screenings that take about 5 to 10 minutes to assess if you need care and what combination of care would best work for you.

 

Your Lifestyle could be Creating Chronic Pain

It is well known that lifestyle habits influence how we feel and act on a day to day basis. New research has discovered that some choices can increase our risk of developing chronic pain. Living a healthy lifestyle can decrease the potential for serious diseases significantly. Scientists are now starting to gain knowledge and pinpoint exactly which lifestyle habits may increase your odds for having chronic pain.

What Lifestyle Changes can Do to Your Body

New research has found at least two factors- smoking and obesity. A recent study tracked 11,000 people in Finland over the course of 28 years. When the participates were 14 years old, they completed questionnaires about their health and lifestyles-like whether they smoked or participated in daily exercise and activities. Almost 30 years later, researchers found out that women who were overweight at age 14 were more likely to develop sciatica-bad enough to need hospitalization and surgery. While obesity was a major predictor for sciatica in women, smoking played a larger role for men to develop severe sciatica.

Smoking is a hard habit to kick-but if you don’t- it can be detrimental to your health. Former and current smokers in the study were also more likely to develop low back pain whether they were male or female. But smoking doesn’t just increase your chances of developing sciatica and low back pain, but it can also lead to other chronic pain symptoms and conditions like fibromyalgia and neck pain. Another study looked at lifestyle factors in the commonness of pain conditions in 6,000 women in Kentucky. Women who smoked or smoked in the past had a greater chance of chronic pain.

Daily smokers have the highest risk of developing chronic pain and conditions most of all. In fact, smoking was more strongly associated with chronic pain than old age, education and obesity. Still, researchers pointed out that many lifestyle factors contributed to chronic pain- like physical activity levels, where you work, and stress.

Chiropractic care can help you choose a healthy life-style and gain healthy life-style habits to help reduce your chance of developing or making chronic pain worse. Chiropractic care can help you quit smoking. Call AdvaCare Clinics today at 952-835-6653 to schedule a complimentary screening. Our screenings have the ability to pin-point problems with your life-style and help you make corrections slowly and efficiently.

Maintaining Back Pain Relief to Prevent Doctor Visits

AdvaCare Clinics,  located in Bloomington MN , offers a rehabilitation approach that focuses on helping patients  understand the condition and treatment  you are experiencing. Based on the needs of the patient, our physical therapists and chiropractors will work with other members of the rehabilitation team to create a  retraining program tailored to your  needs to restore maximum function and mobility to the body.

Neuromuscular reeducation therapies typically tend to have greater importance on body awareness than other standard physical therapies. Some forms are so strongly based on a sense of body awareness and strengthening of the mind-body connection that they may be called alternative medicine techniques. This is the thought that daily movements can become easier and require less effort if a person can reconnect and become comfortable with his or her body.

Neuromuscular Reeducation is a hands-on approach to the evaluation and functional treatment of soft tissue injuries. When an area is injured, whether it’s muscle, connective tissue, fascia, tendon or some collection of these elements, the body reacts by trying to fight it, causing inflammation. Adhesions happen wherever damage and inflammation have occurred and they limit both strength and range of motion.

Maintaining Back Pain Relief Long-Term

To continue the healing process and prevent recurring pain, back pain patients are encouraged to participate in other treatments and therapies, including an exercise program, during and after manual therapy treatment. Exercise programs for back pain normally involve stretching and strengthening exercises and low-impact aerobic conditioning, and typically include a moderate maintenance exercise program for patients to do at home. The goal is to keep the right type and level of activity to prevent the pain from coming back and stop the need for numerous return visits to the therapist.

Additional Treatment information

Physical therapists and occupational therapists heal a wounded body by using neuromuscular reeducation in the form of numerous manual techniques . In the physical therapy world, manual therapy is utilizing skilled, hands-on techniques, including:

  • manipulation/mobilization
  • increase range of motion
  • decrease myofascial restrictions to help muscle length
  •  decrease swelling or inflammation
  •  assist the body in muscle or soft tissue repair
  • extensibility and/or stability
  • facilitate movement to improve function

Before starting manual therapy or any type of physical therapy program, the practitioner will perform a full assessment of the blood and nerve supply in the area, including a bone and muscle assessment, to pinpoint your current condition. Depending on the results of the assessments, including patient history, the healthcare provider might perform a combination of manual physical therapy techniques which includes soft tissue mobilization.

The physical therapist may use other holistic modalities including:

  • massage therapy
  • heat/ice therapy
  • ultrasound
  • electrical stimulation
  • Acupuncture
  • Nutrition planning
  • Laser Therapy
  • Manual adjustments
  • exercise
  • and many more…

As you heal and gets stronger, the therapy will focus more on being able to perform daily activities. Call AdvaCare Clinics (952) 835-6653 today if you have any questions about  any of our therapies or to schedule a complimentary screening today. Our screenings have the ability to determine what treatments would be the most beneficial for you. We have many screenings that take about 5 to 10 minutes to assess if you need care and what combination of care would best work for you.