Get Rid of Your Knee Pain Today

New research out of the University of Bristol in England reveals that 60% of those who complained of knee pain as an adolescent, continued experiencing pain 10-20 years later. This data suggests that adolescent knee pain often leads to future osteoarthritis in adulthood.

Osteoarthritis is the most common chronic condition of the joints, affecting approximately 27 million Americans. It is associated with a breakdown of cartilage in the joints and can occur in almost any joint in the body. As cartilage loses its ability to act as a shock absorber, the knee loses elasticity with overuse. Therefore, individuals who played sports in their youth are more at risk for knee pain in their teenage years and also have an increased chance of developing osteoarthritis in the future.

Up until recently, the immediate solution for osteoarthritis was invasive, but I Hate Knee Pain offers a better solution. The proven program is designed to relieve knee pain quickly and effectively, while keeping patients out of the operating room. This FDA-approved, non-surgical treatment uses an all natural substance that is injected into the knee joint using a state-of-the-art Diagnostic Imaging device. This technology allows the substance to be placed into the area surrounding the knee joint with 95% accuracy, resulting in significant knee pain relief with zero recovery time.

At Advanced Wellness Systems, we put our patients first with integrative, hands-on care. Our I Hate Knee Pain treatment program is tailored specifically to your needs so we can help you reach your health and wellness goals as quickly and effectively as possible.

If you suffer from knee pain give us a call at 301-710-9777 and schedule your appointment today at one of our locations in Rockville or Hyattsville.

Sunflower Health & Wellness’ Unique Approach

Sunflower Health & Wellness, founded by Brenda Stephens, combines traditional medicine with complementary therapies to treat the whole person–body, mind, and spirit. SHWC takes a more holistic approach to caring for patients and requires the active participation of the patient towards their healing. Dr. Brian Paris sits down with Brenda Stephens to learn more about her unique practice.

Dr. Paris: Can you share the history of the creation of Sunflower Health & Wellness?

Brenda Stephens: I am a family nurse practitioner who provides primary care, as well as a certified clinical aromatherapist. I wanted to combine the two into one practice, so I started SHWC in October of 2014.

Dr. Paris: Does Sunflower Health & Wellness accept insurance?

Brenda Stephens: Yes, we accept most major commercial insurances like BCBS, Cigna, Aetna as well as Medicare & Medicaid.

Dr. Paris: What are integrative medical therapies?

Brenda Stephens: Integrative medical therapies combine traditional allopathic treatments with complementary alternative therapies to treat a number of different conditions.

Dr. Paris: What is a “green” patient?

Brenda Stephens: A “green” patient is one that is very concerned about their health & wellness, preferring to use alternative therapies as opposed to allopathic medicines.    

Dr. Paris: Our culture is riddled with chronic diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and obesity. How does your practice differ from the traditional approach to treating these common conditions?

Brenda Stephens: At Sunflower Health & Wellness, we approach chronic disease from three different perspectives: medical, nutrition and emotional. We aim to help patients find out why they are overweight and work towards solutions to help them lose that weight permanently.  

Dr. Paris: Our current nutritional paradigm is a major factor in keeping people sick, overweight and unhealthy. What is the underlying philosophy of your nutrition program and why does it work?  

Brenda Stephens: Our nutrition program is intended to be individual and focus on whole, natural foods that are healthy and appealing, which makes it much easier to stick to the program. We really work together as practitioners to help the patient on their weight loss journey, customizing our programs to help the patient reach their weight loss goals.

Dr. Paris: What other conditions do you treat at Sunflower Health & Wellness?

Brenda Stephens: We are especially interested in patients with insomnia, chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia which are all conditions that can be difficult to treat allopathically. We use essential oils, acupuncture, massage, nutrition counseling, reflexology and sometimes medications to treat these conditions.

Advanced Wellness Systems is dedicated to empowering patients to live more active and healthy lifestyles, regardless of where they are in their personal journey. Call (301) 710-9777 to schedule an appointment today.

On Air: Dr. Brian Paris Shares Dangers of Sitting

“Sitting is the new smoking,” Dr. Brian Paris tells News Channel 8’s Larry Smith on Good Morning Washington. A sedentary lifestyle causes a host of problems which include digestive issues, diabetes and obesity. Sitting too much is even linked with an increased likelihood of developing cancer. It may seem like an unavoidable challenge for people whose jobs involve sitting at a desk all day, but Dr. Paris shares how easy it is to overcome a sedentary lifestyle.

The first recommendation Dr. Paris makes is for a wobble chair that allows your whole body to move around while your feet stay firmly planted on the ground. This allows you to exercise your back, legs and abdominal area. Larry Smith even takes a seat, demonstrating the wobble chair himself. Another useful tool is a regular desk that has the ability to transform into a standing desk, so you can switch between sitting and standing.

To avoid sitting too much without buying new equipment, Dr. Paris discloses his personal strategy for making a sedentary routine active. Dr. Paris suggests that for every 25 minutes of time spent working, five minutes should be spent moving around. It can be as simple as getting a drink of water or stretching right at the side of your desk.

Watch Dr. Brian Paris live on News Channel 8.

 

Dr. Brian Paris Examines “Healthy Baller”

Dr. Brian Paris of Advanced Wellness Systems sits down with Blair O’Donovan, Co-Owner and Lead Trainer of Healthy Baller, to get the inside scoop on the state-of-the-art sports performance center that has a fresh take on training student athletes in Montgomery County.

Healthy Baller specializes in performance testing, training and nutrition, but Blair says what makes the performance center so unique is Healthy Baller’s personal, hands-on approach. “Part of working as a Healthy Baller team member is you have to know every little bit about your athlete, what their goals are and what their direction is,” Blair explains. Much like Dr. Paris, Blair is passionate about creating strong bonds and relationships with his clients at Healthy Baller — forming a “Healthy Baller tree,” as he calls it.

Blair and his Healthy Baller team also implement a dynamic training method, that prioritizes movement over weightlifting and bodybuilding. “We want movement to be a high priority here. Because if the kids are moving well, they’ll have a much less chance of being injured,” says Blair. Dr. Paris agrees, noting that although there are more trainers, knowledge and fancy equipment available in 2016, he sees more injuries today than ever before.

Over the last several years, Advanced Wellness Systems and Healthy Baller have developed a strong relationship, due in part to the value both Dr. Paris and Blair place on heart and hustle. “If there’s an [injury related] issue that we just are not familiar with or just feel like it needs a higher level of attention, the first call we make is to Advanced Wellness,” says Blair. “I’ve never experienced any group treat pain and treat clients as comprehensively as I’ve seen done there.”
Watch the full Healthy Baller interview here to learn how the sports performance center is bringing athletic training to a whole new level.

Knee Surgery Not Best Solution to Relieve Pain

A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine reveals that knee surgery combined with physical therapy provides no better relief of knee pain symptoms than physical therapy alone. The study involved participants who presented symptoms of a degenerative meniscus tear. Half of the patients underwent surgery, while the remaining participants experienced a sham procedure. The results? Patients who received the meniscus surgery reported no greater improvement than those who received the placebo procedure.

In the past, surgery was the best option to eliminate knee pain, but now there is a better alternative. Our “I HATE KNEE PAIN” program is designed to relieve knee pain quickly and effectively, while keeping our patients out of the operating room. This non-surgical treatment uses an all natural substance that is injected into the knee joint using a state-of-the-art Diagnostic Imaging device. This device allows the substance to be placed into the area surrounding the knee joint with 95% accuracy, resulting in significant knee pain relief with zero recovery time. This FDA approved procedure has revolutionized the way that knee pain is treated and prevents patients from going under the knife.

At Advanced Wellness Systems, we put our patients first with integrative, hands-on care. Our I HATE KNEE PAIN treatment program is tailored specifically to your needs so we can help you reach your health and wellness goals as quickly and effectively as possible.

If you suffer from knee pain give us a call at 301-710-9777 and schedule an appointment today.  

Hit with Copay Increases, AWS Puts Patients First

Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal recently raised their copay for chiropractic and osteopathic treatment by $5. Though on the surface a $5 increase seems minor, the impact on the patient is enormous, as those who sustain injuries requiring multiple treatments are forced to pay the price.

While patients take a hit at the hand of insurance companies, Advanced Wellness Systems continues to put our patients first, with integrative, hands-on care. All of our treatments, procedures, and policies operate with the single overall goal of a healthier, happier patient. Our patient-centric philosophy drives us to continuously develop new programs and initiatives with the health and wellness of our patients in mind–which is why we are excited to announce the upcoming arrival of two brand new treatments that will help our patients strengthen and heal more effectively than ever before.

The first of these treatments is cryotherapy, which uses subzero temperatures to help treat a number of conditions including fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis and inflammation, among others. A single treatment only lasts 2½ minutes, making cryotherapy extremely time efficient and manageable even with a busy schedule.

The benefits of whole body cryotherapy include:

  • Decreased Muscle Soreness, Pain and Inflammation
  • Improved Muscle Strength and Joint Functioning
  • Decreased Injury Recovery Time
  • Increased Energy and Athletic Performance
  • Improved Immune System and Blood Circulation
  • Decreased Fatigue
  • Reduced Cellulite and Tightened Skin
  • Increased Cell Rejuvenation–Leading to Improved Health of Skin, Nails and Hair
  • Decreased Signs of Aging
  • Increased Metabolism and Calorie Burn

The second breakthrough treatment, coming soon to Advanced Wellness Systems, also enables the patient to save time while experiencing incredible results. ARX is an exercise technology that removes all limitations of conventional, gravity-based equipment by delivering 100% resistance throughout an entire exercise movement. The speed of the motor is slow and controlled, giving patients safe and adaptable resistance throughout their full range of motion. This equipment is designed to provide patients with the safest, most effective form of rehabilitation available.
Give us a call at 301-710-9777 to schedule your appointment today!

Dr. Paris & Dr. Martinez Discuss Computer Vision Syndrome

Up to 90% of people who work on a computer all day long, complain of some type of visual problem, neck or back pain. Dr. Brian Paris of Advanced Wellness Systems sits down with Dr. Alberto Martinez of Visionary Eye Doctors to share some tips on how to optimize the workspace to protect your eyes, improve posture and create a more efficient and ergonomic environment at work. Here’s what they had to say:

Position Your Computer Near a Window

When you spend all day staring at a computer screen, you tend to blink less frequently. This decreased blink rate often causes the eyes to become dry, leading to redness or discomfort. To avoid dry eyes, look away from your computer screen every 20 minutes. If possible, try to place your computer near a window, as focusing on an object in the distance will help your eyes relax. For those with severe dry eyes, consider investing in a humidifier.

Decrease Eye Strain with the “Palming Technique”

Another way to give your eyes a break is to use a technique called “Palming”, which helps relax the eyes and increase productivity at work. Dr. Martinez shares the step-by-step instructions:

  1. Close your eyes.
  2. Place your palms over your eyes, blocking out all light.
  3. Take a deep, slow breath through the nose.
  4. Exhale very slowly through the nose.
  5. Repeat the breath 4 times.

With your eyes glued to a screen, your photoreceptors are constantly firing with the stimulus of light. Palming allows these photoreceptors to rest and recover. Dr. Martinez recommends repeating this exercise every 20 minutes for optimal results.

Reduce Glare

Working in a brightly lit room can create excess glare, which cuts down visibility and can lead to eye strain, tiredness, headaches and even migraines. Minimize glare by working in a low-light environment and try to position yourself without a window or bright lights behind you to avoid light reflecting off your computer and into your eyes.

Maintain a Natural Body Position

Avoid overextending the neck by looking too far up or down at your computer. Your head, neck and back should always be straight and in an upright, firm and comfortable position. Not only will good posture prevent pain, but you’ll also find that a healthy body position will encourage more positive thoughts and feelings, promoting overall well being in the workplace.

Position Your Monitor Appropriately

Most people position their monitor horizontally, however this often leads to the user overextending their neck. Instead, angle the computer the way you would a book–slightly low and inclined about 20 inches.

If you suffer from poor posture, give Advanced Wellness Systems a call at 301-710-9777 and schedule an appointment today.

Dr. Paris Discusses Benefits of Massage Therapy with Dana Durand

Dr. Brian Paris, licensed Physical Therapist at Advanced Wellness Systems, partners with Dana Durand, Licensed Massage Therapist, at Dana Durand Massage to provide patients with a full spectrum of wellness expertise.

Dr. Paris: What are some of the benefits of massage therapy?

Dana Durand: There are numerous benefits to receiving massage therapy that go far beyond relaxation. Many studies demonstrate that massage is an effective treatment for reducing pain, stress, and muscle tension. Some other benefits include:

  • Promotes muscle relaxation and increases flexibility and range of motion.
  • Helps improve circulation, which promotes healing and aids in recovery.
  • Decreases anxiety, depression, blood pressure, cramping and muscle spasms.
  • Increases energy levels, reduces fatigue, and enhances quality of sleep.
  • Strengthens the body’s immune system by stimulating lymph flow.

Dr. Paris: How can massage therapy help facilitate rehabilitation from surgery or injury?

Dana Durand: Countless studies have proven that massage therapy helps to accelerate surgical recovery, promoting healing and reducing pain and soreness from a recent surgery. Massage helps bring blood and nutrients to the affected area to repair soft tissue. It can also help to break up scar tissue and keep muscles supple to limit the development of scar tissue. Massage assists the body in pumping more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, while creating a pain-blocking sensation due to endorphin-like chemicals that are released by the body. Massage therapy also strengthens the immune system, which helps prevent post-surgical infections.

Dr. Paris: What have your patients said about the benefits they’ve experienced from massage therapy?

Dana Durand: My patients see real results from massage therapy. Here’s an example:

“I have been seeing Dana regularly for frozen shoulder. I was dealing with intense pain, a total lack of range of motion, and many sleepless nights. massage therapy, in conjunction with physical therapy have changed my life! After just a few sessions with Dana I noticed a complete difference.” ~Ray S.

Dr. Paris: What has your Advanced Wellness experience been like as a client or as a referral partner?

Dana Durand: Advanced Wellness Systems’ staff has been a pleasure to work with! They are very attentive, professional, and go above and beyond to make you feel comfortable.

Advanced Wellness Systems is dedicated to empowering patients to live more active and healthy lifestyles. Making massage a part of your self-care routine can contribute to your overall well-being and help improve and maintain your health. Call (301) 710-9777 to schedule an appointment today.

GMW: Dr. Brian Paris Shares Natural Ways to Stay Energized

Energy Crisis

More than half of American adults drink at least three cups of coffee a day. While most of us need a cup of Joe to start the day, Dr. Brian Paris of Advanced Wellness Systems says too much caffeine has its downfalls. On air with Good Morning Washington anchor Larry Smith, Dr. Paris shares natural ways to stay energized throughout the day without $5 lattes and miniature energy shots.

“We have an energy crisis,” warns Dr. Paris. Society’s chronic fatigue triggered by stress, sleep deprivation, and poor nutrition is causing dependency on short-lived and unhealthy “pick me ups.”

Surprisingly, coffee, in moderation, isn’t as bad as you think. Because coffee is natural, its antioxidants and amino acids can fight conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes. However, caffeinated sodas, energy drinks and coffee-based beverages (like those syrup-ladened iced coffees) lead to dehydration, sleep deprivation and irritability, because they’re loaded with refined sugars and preservatives.

Dr. Paris recommends substituting less caffeinated drinks and healthy foods for coffee for natural energy. If you must have a little caffeine in your system, particularly when you want to linearize your thoughts while completing tasks, turn to herbal teas and drinks Yerba mate that are less acidic. Super foods likes apples, avocados, apples, chia seeds, kale and strawberries provide a natural boost of energy too.

Watch Dr. Paris on NewsChannel 8 above.

GMW: Dr. Brian Paris Shows How to Wear a Backpack

Imagine hauling around a microwave. It’s no different than what students carry in their backpacks every day, according to Dr. Brian Paris. Backpacks filled with textbooks, gadgets and supplies are literally weighing students down. Nearly 22,000 U.S. students are treated for backpack strains, sprains, dislocations and fractures every year. Dr. Paris demonstrates the right way to wear a backpack on NewsChannel 8’s Good Morning Washington.

Dr. Paris says students shouldn’t carry more than 10 percent of their body weight. However, elementary and middle schoolers are carrying as much as 30 pounds every day. Dr. Paris sees more backpack-related injuries than hockey injuries at his office, Advanced Wellness Systems in Rockville and Columbia.

At the top of Dr. Paris’ list of recommendations for avoiding backpack injuries is better organization and strategy. Only bring the books and materials you need and take advantage of assignments available online. In addition to packing light and distributing weight evenly, lift with your knees and carry backpacks above the hips. If your backpack has a sternum strap and hip belt, use them!

Watch Dr. Paris’ backpack tips live on NewsChannel 8 above just in time for Backpack Safety Day on September 16.