Acupuncture: Understanding Your Chi…Dr. Dennis Lenselink, Bloomington, MN

Acupuncture is an effective treatment that has stood the test of time. Acupuncture focuses on natural healing through the understanding of Qi (also known as Chi) and meridian points throughout your body.This form of treatment has been around for thousands of years and can be traced back to Ancient China.  At AdvaCare Clinics of Bloomington, Minnesota, we emphasize the use of acupuncture therapy in all of our treatment plans.

How does acupuncture work? Acupuncture uses stainless steel wire needles that are placed on specific meridian points to stimulate your Chi. Chi is what we would refer to as your “energy flow”, and the meridian points are what we call “energy channels”. When the needle is placed on certain points within the meridian channels it stimulates those points causing a beneficial “energy flow” redirection. This redirection is said to be a chemical reaction within the body due to nerve stimulation. This stimulation can result in pain relief and or pressure relief.

There are many people who are fearful of needles, but as mentioned above these “needles” are not like the ones seen in the doctor’s office. The acupuncture needles are very thin and flexible. They can vary in size, for example if your neck was an area of focus the acupuncturist would use ½” to 1” needles. However, if you were dealing with sciatica or low back problems you would be dealing with points in the hips and or buttocks. These needles would require more length in order to effectively hit the correct meridian points.

An acupuncture session can last anywhere from 15 minutes to 60 minutes. The length of treatment depends on your ailment. In our clinic a normal acupuncture sessions usually run for 15 minutes, but if there is any spasms presently occurring, or if the acupuncture is being used to treat any psychological issue it could run longer.

There have been no recorded serious side effects with the practice of acupuncture. However, you can feel some slight discomfort during your acupuncture session. The discomfort has been said to feel like a pinch or slight tingling running through the body, and the needles can leave slight bruises or a little redness.

Acupuncture helps with many ailments such as: migraine headaches, stress, stomach ailments, depression, infertility, addiction and many more. Dr. Dennis Lenselink has been practicing acupuncture for over 30 years, and is a believer in incorporating this natural healing component into his treatment of patients. If you would like to know more about acupuncture dial 952-835-6653 and set up a free consultation to see if acupuncture is right for you.

Whiplash: How the Combination of Physical Therapy, Chiropractic and Medical Can Help…Dr. Dennis Lenselink, Bloomington MN

Whiplash, or WAD (Whiplash-Associated Disorders) is the term used to describe multiple neck injuries that are caused by an abrupt bend or twist to the neck. Whiplash typically occurs when a person is hit from behind in a car accident. In a common Whiplash case, the person’s body is forced forward while the head stays stationary for a brief moment causing the head to heave up and back. This can be extremely painful damaging and/or sheering muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Advacare Clinics in Bloomington, Minnesota have many procedures and therapies that can help make the healing process manageable.

 

Tendons, like ligaments, are strong elastic cords. Ligaments go from bone-to-bone, while tendons go from muscle to bone. Although tendons and ligaments are tough, they are defined as soft tissue because they are usually compared to bone or cartilage. The Ligaments and tendons get sprained after a whiplash injury because they are extremely forced out of their capacity to stretch. A whiplash injury may take several months to heal even though it has not been broken.

Even though the most common whiplash injury is from a car accident, there are many other causes of whiplash including contact sport injuries (volleyball, hockey, and football), repetitive stress injuries, chronic strain involving the neck, and child abuse such as shaken baby syndrome (SBS).

A person suffering whiplash may not realize the extent of their injury for some time. In fact, research shows that weeks to months may elapse before pain presents itself. After a whiplash injury, scar tissue can occur on the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. This scar tissue starts to harden in 12-16 weeks after the initial injury. Joints begin to seize and symptoms start to appear.

Common symptoms following whiplash are:

  • neck pain and stiffness
  • upper back pain
  • headaches
  • mid-back and lower back pain
  • pain and weakness of the arms/legs
  • dizziness
  • jaw pain (TMJ)
  • hearing or visual changes
  • difficulty swallowing
  • sleep disturbances

At Advacare Clinics we have over 30 years of experience in treating and repairing soft tissue injuries including whiplash. Some procedures and therapies we offer to treat whiplash are:

  • Stress x-rays
  • Trigger point injections
  • Acupuncture
  • Ultrasound
  • Massage and myofascial release
  • Physical Therapy
  • EMS (electrical muscle stimulation)
  • Laser Therapy
  • And many more!

With the latest equipment, our team, Dr. Dennis Lenselink DC, Dr. Biel, MD, and Physical Therapist Michael Wilkes can help with your road to recovery. Give us a call at (952)835-6653 or stop in to schedule your free whiplash consultation today.

 

 

Prolotherapy: An Easy Route for Pain Reduction…Dr. Dennis Lenselink, Bloomington MN

Prolotherapy is a unique and innovative pain reduction therapy.  There are many people that experience pain such as: back pain, neck pain, knee pain, and many others. The pain that most patients refer to is pain within their muscles. These muscles are the skeletal muscles that surround and attach to your tendons and joints. Over time your joints , tendons and ligaments experience wear and tear from years of use and or injury, and when that wear and tear occurs your muscles must work in overtime to make up for the lack of joint, tendon and ligament function. AdvaCare Clinics of Bloomington, Minnesota uses prolotherapy to treat these conditions.

What is prolotherapy? Prolotherapy is a solution that contains certain types of sugars that is injected into the tendons, joints and ligaments. The sugar injection causes an irritation within that tendon, joint or ligament. The body reacts with an inflammatory response. This inflammatory response causes the tendon, joint or ligament to produce connective tissue growth that naturally strengthens that tendon, joint or ligament.

AdvaCare Clinics has added on a medical department that now offers prolotherapy. Our medical doctor, Dr. Lawrence Biel is an advocate for prolotherapy. In March 2013 Dr. Biel ventured to Honduras to work with the Hackett Hemwall Foundation, which was founded by the creators of prolotherapy, Dr. George S. Hackett and Dr. Gustav Anders Hemwall. There he participated in the evaluation of the patient’s eligibility for prolotherapy as well as aid in treating patients through prolotherapy.

At AdvaCare Clinics we try to aid people in getting them back to their optimal health with advanced healthcare solutions. The average person tries to avoid surgery at all cost, and prolotherapy gives people that option.  If you are interested in prolotherapy please give us a call at 952-835-6653 to set up a free consultation with the doctor.

Alkaline Balance: A Healthy Body pH…Dr. Dennis Lenselink, Bloomington MN

Alkaline balance is the secret to a healthy diet. The food we eat affects our everyday lives. It affects our attitude, energy levels and pain levels. AdvaCare Clinics  has completely switched our thinking process of dieting. Instead of dictating to our patients what they should and shouldn’t eat, we test our patients by their tissue/blood base line, and we discover what THEIR body specifically needs to internally function at its optimum potential.

What is alkaline balance? Alkaline balance is what we refer to as our body pH. Our bodies can be too acidic or too basic. When our bodies are too acidic or too basic the functional break down of proteins and enzymes may occur.

People today have strayed away from eating fruits and vegetables which contain many of the enzymes and vitamins we need to maintain a healthy body pH.  Lately, there has been a heavy push for the consumption of wheat and grains. Dr. Alexander Zubkov , of Fairview Southdale Hospital and Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology states that eating too much wheat and grains causes inflammation of the heart. The heart does not handle the insulin produced from the consumption of wheat and grains and causes plaque build-up on the heart. This build up can cause cardiovascular disease and stroke.

However, dieting is not the only factor that plays a role in our pH imbalance. Throughout our daily lives we deal with stressors to our bodies. Whether it’s pressure at work, stress at home, chemicals we breathe in, or the medicine we consume. The inability to efficiently process and dispose of toxins in our bodies are factors that contribute to our body pH. These toxins and stress can cause an increased rate of aging and physical change in our cells and body tissue.

AdvaCare Clinics provides fast and affordable testing for your acidic and vitamin deficiencies. We have recently added a full lab to our clinic that provides full functional testing such as: urinalysis, bowel toxicity, salivary pH challenge, vitamin C sufficiency and many more. The tests are performed by certified medical assistants, and there is no waiting for your results. The medical assistant is able to go through in detail where your imbalances are, and what you can do to get your body back on track to its optimum body pH.

Chiropractic Care Helps Children with Learning Disorders…Dr. Dennis Lenselink Bloomington, MN

From this link

“EDINA, Minn., Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Learning disorders are just one of many neurological problems that affect children today. They also include hyperactivity, attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and minimal brain damage among others.

The number of children diagnosed with these conditions is growing at a staggering rate, as medical historian Harris Coulter, Ph.D. has noted:

These disorders have received the appellation “developmental disabilities.” Probably the leading one is dyslexia,” also called “minimal brain damage.” Another prominent one is “autism.” But there are many others. Approximately twenty percent of American children – one youngster in five – suffers from a “developmental disability.

The Minnesota Chiropractic Association (MCA) is encouraging parents to include a regularly scheduled chiropractic checkup in their child’s health regime.  Children under chiropractic care will experience optimal development of the nervous system, as interference with growth and development will be eliminated.  Just as with adults, a child’s brain and spinal cord is the power source for the entire body. However, during childhood connections are still being formed. When the connections are being developed we want them to be assembled perfectly.  This will allow the body to function properly from the very beginning.

Although not a treatment for neurological disorders, chiropractic care has given many children suffering from neurological disorders new hope. Chiropractors, parents and school officials have reported on the effectiveness of chiropractic care for children with many kinds of neurological conditions including learning disorders, hyperactivity, inability to concentrate and behavior problems.

Be sure to mark your calendar for Friday, Sept. 30, 2011 when nationally known, Dr. Robert Rakowski will address “How to Control Learning Disorders with a Wellness Approach to Health (Position Your Child to Succeed).” This event will take place at the Southtown Conference Room at 8120 Penn Ave. South, Bloomington, MN from 6 – 8 p.m. The cost for this event is $15 per person or $25 for two people. For more information call 1(800) 864-3769 or (952) 882-9411.

To schedule an appointment with an MCA member doctor, go to the Minnesota Chiropractic Association Website at www.mnchiro.com to locate a doctor of chiropractic in your community or call the MCA at (952) 882-9411.

Source: www.abundantlife-chiropractic.com

CASE STUDY ON ADHD:

Chiropractic care has been shown to help benefit children that suffer from learning disabilities such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD.   This disorder affects approximately 5 million children between ages of 4 and 17 according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Boys are 3 times more likely to be affected by ADHD than girls.

Chiropractic care offers an alternative to help manage ADHD.  Studies have shown that chiropractic treatment that assesses motor dysfunction reduces symptoms and enhances cognitive performance.  Chiropractic has helped, Leah, a six-year-old girl who presented to the clinic with symptoms of more aggressive behavior, a hard time concentrating or completing a task and could not sit still.  Her mother noted that her symptoms started around age 3 and had progressed every year since.  The mother was informed by her teacher that she was very disruptive in school and was falling behind in school work because she could not follow instruction.  She did a lot of fidgeting with her hands and feet and was easily distracted.  She had classic symptoms of ADHD and when tested was diagnosed with ADHD.

When doctors of chiropractic evaluate a child with ADHD, they look at the whole child.  Evaluation of past and present health revealed that Leah had a history of ear infections and sinus issues.  She was not good at eating breakfast and her diet was the typical American diet of less than nutritious food.  On evaluation of the spine, she had uneven shoulder and hip heights.  She had abnormal motion to different levels of her neck, mid, lower back and pelvis.  This abnormal motion causes the nervous system to malfunction.  In chiropractic care, this lack of communication of the nervous system is called a subluxation.  When Leah started her chiropractic care, her mother reported changes within 2 weeks.  These changes happened when normal motion was restored to her spine by gentle chiropractic adjustments.  As chiropractic treatment continued, her mother had made diet changes that included less refined sugar, no dyes and she increased her fruits and veggies as prescribed by the chiropractor.  After 4 weeks, her mother started to report that she was able to participate in small groups in school without being disruptive.  She started to read sitting by herself without someone there to keep her on task.  Her teacher reported after 3 months that she was no longer a “challenging child.”  Her mother also reported that her ability to establish friendships and interact with other children had returned to normal and no longer was there any aggressive behavior.

Leah went through 2 visits per week for 4 weeks and then 1 visit per week for another 4 weeks.   Her mother one year later, seeks chiropractic care for Leah on a once every 3 month basis as she feels Leah’s concentration starts to diminish.  Her mother feels these visits “tune her up” and put her back to optimal levels of mental function.  As her doctor of chiropractic, I am privileged to have helped her reach her full potential.  My hope is that all children with ADHD have the opportunity to receive chiropractic care to reach their optimum potential ….naturally.”

Mary Beth Minser, D.C., F.I.P.C.A.

SOURCE Minnesota Chiropractic Association

 

Chiropractic Care helps prevent Prostate Cancer…Dr. Dennis Lenselink Bloomington, MN

The Tuesday Minute

More women are diagnosed with breast cancer, but MORE men die of prostate cancer.  Of the 180,000 men with prostate cancer in the US, 31,000 men die annually. These are serious numbers.  Male patients need to be evaluated and treated in the early stages when it is not only safe to treat but effective.  Watch this week’s Wellness Minute for recommended testing and important markers in early detection as well as a multi-variant treatment approach.

Click below to watch the video.

Tuesday Minute Video

Chiropractic Care helps with Alkaline Balance…Dr. Dennis Lenselink Bloomington, MN

Recently, I have been shifting our clinic evaluation for nutrition to a tissue/blood base line instead of “eat this and not that.”  We are deciphering more subtle imbalances and deficiencies in the typical diet, hoping  that as we reach for the underlying causes of nutrition we will ultimately save people from the wasted dollars spent on other treatments that are not addressing the real problem. I have discovered that the problem in nutrition is bigger than simple dietary imbalance, and that it is actually aggravated by adverse drug/nutrient reactions or further nutritional depletion. In short, having proper alkaline balance is one of the most important factors in having a healthy diet.

The typical diet is very acidic, which is what we’re trying to change. The simple approach to nutrition, if the patient is not willing to have the extensive testing done, is to get them on a good multiple vitamin/mineral supplement or having them try to change their eating (and buying) habits to have more alkaline foods to offset their build up from an acid forming lifestyle.  High acidic lifestyles include stress, drugs, toxins and the inability to clear toxins out of their system, and eating foods high in the production of acid. I am finding more and more the need to up a person’s alkaline reserves to offset their acid lifestyle.  All of this acidic nutrition only increases aging and degenerative changes to the cells and tissues of the body!  More acidic lifestyles make it harder to treat  with any type of care.

The alkaline chart from Dr. Van Merkle is basically the same as the one I utilize in the clinic and give out to my patients.  The glycemic index is the same as what I use in clinic as well and comes out of the book: The Glycemic Index.

ARTICLE LINKS Dr. Van Merkle – 57 Radiation Treatments Avoided – Why Nutrition Was Essential

Link to more information on The Glycemic Index

Chriopractic Techniques That Help Scoliosis…Dr. Lenselink Bloomington,MN

Out of all the protocol and documentation for the treatment of scoliosis that I have seen in the past 30 years, the The C.L.E.A.R Institute is the best.  The great thing about it is how reproducible the treatment  is between practitioners.

I have been currently using  about 60-70% of the techniques I have learned from them over the years in my practice, as well as some extras with the use of Lasers therapy to aid in the muscle re-education and release of the splinting and spasm complex along the spine that can occur with scoliosis.  I am planning on getting certified in the procedures over the next year as well.

Some of the protocol for treatment can be read about in the articles and links below. If you or a loved one is currently dealing with scoliosis be sure to check out this helpful information.

Tracy’s Scoliosis Story (Click Images to Enlarge)

Link to the story: Tracy’s Story

CLEAR INSTITUTE Treatment Protocol Article (click to enlarge)

Link to the Website: CLEAR INSTITUTE