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.

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.

On Air: RPT™ Strikes Again, Literally

Slapping pain away might sound contradictory, but Reflexive Pattern Therapy™ is a treatment that does just that. On Good Morning Washington, NewsChannel 8 reporter Eileen Whelan takes a closer look at the one-of-a-kind treatment with RPT™ creator Andrew Bloch, who uses gentle slapping, smacking and prodding to relieve chronic pain.

Whelan describes RPT™ as “a breakthrough treatment for pain” and watches as Andrew treats one of his clients, former NCAA basketball player Jon Larranaga. Before meeting Bloch and discovering RPT™, Larranaga suffered from chronic hip pain for a dozen years. Larranaga tells Whelan that “after seeing Andy for really the first treatment, the pain went away.” He goes on to describe RPT™ saying, “It looks weird, it sounds weird, but it works.”

Bloch tells Whelan about how the unusual treatment works and makes such a big difference. Bloch says “I discovered these involuntary pain patterns in the body, and once I treat them I kind of reset the neurological system, almost like a computer or phone. Once you reset that, the pain is relieved almost immediately.” Essentially, RPT™ is a fascinating solution for anyone who wants pain relief to be as easy as pressing a button. Of course, pressing that button might mean taking a little bit of light smacking.

On air, Whelan is so intrigued by RPT™ ,that she decides to test it out herself. After experiencing the full RPT™ treatment, Whelan is shocked by how well it works. Watch the video below:

RPT™: Conquering the CrossFit Games

Their dreams were about to be shattered. After months, if not years, of grueling training, 12 Labours CrossFit Columbia had finally made it to the 2015 Atlantic Regionals. The competition involves incredible feats of physical prowess–looking to find, as they say, the Fittest on Earth. But not long after the games got going in Atlanta, 12 Labours team member Teresa Luz threw out her back, and could hardly stand. Worse, the rules prohibit a substitution.

Fortunately, another team member was able to step in. No, Jimmy Violand couldn’t compete, but he could treat Teresa with Reflexive Pattern Therapy™. Jimmy is a physical therapy assistant at Advanced Wellness Systems in Rockville and Columbia, where RPT™ was developed. New to many, RPT™ is a pain relief treatment that uses reflexes as a tool to correct patterns in the autonomous nervous system. The technique delivers fast, pressurized contact movements to problem areas, evoking a reflex that provides immediate pain relief.

Thinking fast, Jimmy got RPT™ creator Andrew Bloch on Skype, and together the two treated Teresa. In just one forty-five minute session of RPT™, Teresa’s mobility improved by 60-70% and with continued treatment, her back pain disappeared altogether. Teresa was back in the games, and her improvement showed. 12 Labours crushed their competition in the last few events and the team’s efforts landed them a coveted spot to compete in the World Games in California.

Support 12 Labours by donating on their Go Fund Me page.

WAVA’s Rich Lee and Dr. Brian Paris Beat Knee Pain

WAVA Radio’s Rich Lee beat knee pain thanks to the incredible I HATE KNEE PAIN treatment. The popular morning show host, who also happens to be one of I Hate Knee Pain’s newest patients, is on air with Dr. Brian Paris talking about what he calls his “new knees.” They were achieved without painful surgery or addictive drugs.

“I truly believe this is a great opportunity for anyone who has knee pain,” says Lee, who has been living pain free since his first visit to Advanced Wellness Systems. On air, Dr. Paris  breaks down I Hate Knee Pain’s breakthrough approach.

After seeing a tremendous amount of failure in traditional treatments such as cortisone shots and surgery, Dr. Paris combined viscosupplementation, customized physical training and lifestyle changes. During viscosupplementation, a natural substance your knee already produces is injected into the joint and provides relief instantly. Once the pain is treated, training builds strength, mobility and stability in the knees.

In the video above, Lee celebrates his “graduation” from I Hate Knee Pain. It’s a commencement indeed, marked by the beginning of walking, squatting and enjoying life without knee pain. He’s even made himself available to be the Redskins’ new kicker. The possibilities are endless with “new knees.”

If you suffer from debilitating knee pain, please visit www.ihatekneepain.com or call 301-761-5958 today. Doctors orders.

RPT™: Pro Golfers’ Fast Pain Relief

Helping golfers improve their swings often leaves the professionals at Lakewood Country Club feeling below par. Golf professionals Shellie Ferguson and Nicholas Keefer often experience intense pain from spending long hours teaching on the golf course. Luckily, for these pros, tee time led to RPT time, which stands for Reflexive Pattern Therapy, a breakthrough treatment for fast pain relief created by Andrew Bloch and found only at Advanced Wellness Systems.

RPT combines Western and Eastern approaches to pain relief, focusing on particular patterns within the autonomous nervous system that, when located and corrected, relieves chronic pain. This unique technique uses reflexes to fix these patterns, but instead of using a reflex hammer, Andrew uses his hands to deliver fast, pressurized contact movements to patients’ problem areas. “The movements I use evoke a reflex from the patient, causing their body to react with equal momentum,” Andrew explains, “That momentum results in immediate pain relief.”

No, he’s not exaggerating. RPT gives patients immediate relief. Take it from golf pro Shellie Ferguson, who was hardly able to stand up when she first visited Andrew at Advanced Wellness Systems. After just one session of RPT, she was able to walk out of the office pain free. “After the first therapy, I felt instant relief.”

But RPTisn’t just a one-time thing. Once the pain is alleviated, Andrew turns his focus to the somatic nervous system and equips his patients with stretches to strengthen their core for long-term relief. With RPT’s long term relief, your body will be ready for for the front nine, and the back nine.

If you’re feeling like your stuck in the rough, visit www.advancedwellnesssystems.com or call Andrew Bloch at (301) 710-9777.

I HATE KNEE PAIN: Rich Lee Shares His Pain Relief Journey

Debilitating knee pain is a thing of the past for WAVA Radio personality Rich Lee. But his pain relief journey did’t last long. He is one of I Hate Knee Pain’s newest patients and says he’s experiencing newfound mobility in his knees only after one session.

“My only regret? I should’ve done this a lot sooner,” raves Lee in the above video chronicling his first visit to the Advanced Spine & Wellness Center in Rockville, MD.

The non-surgical treatment involves a simple injection of an FDA-approved natural substance that the body already produces. The substance lubricates and protects cartilage in the knee, allowing for almost immediate alleviation of knee pain with zero recovery time required. The treatment is  covered by Medicare and most insurance.

Impressed by the facilities, staff and treatment, Lee is now pain-free and counting down the days until his next visit.

I Hate Knee Pain is conveniently located in Rockville, MD and Elkridge, MD, and is accepting new patients. Call 301-761-5958 to schedule a free consultation.

Lax to the Max: Dr. Paris Shares Ways to Stretch with Ray Megill

It’s lacrosse season, and it’s time to let loose–your body, that is. Advanced Spine & Wellness Center’s Dr. Brian Paris and lacrosse pro Ray Megill demonstrate stretches to take your LAX to the max.

Dr. Paris notes lacrosse requires constant moving and changing directions. Properly stretching minimizes the risk of injury and prepares the body for all the shooting, putting and dodging on field. Megill, former Major League Lacrosse player and Performance Sport Systems lacrosse coach, adds it’s important to get blood flowing before hitting the field.

 In the video below, Dr. Paris and Coach Megill illustrate two helpful stretches to get you game ready:

  1. Active Knee to Chest. This stretches one part of the body while firing off the musculature on the other side.
  2. Quad Pull and Reach. This stretch elongates tissue and opens up the body.

OMG: Texting is Damaging Your Spine

Time spent texting on your smartphone is reeking havoc on your posture, and you may not even realize it. According to a recent study and Dr. Brian ParisAdvanced Wellness Systems, that face-forward posture that’s become epidemic from constantly texting, typing and tweeting is bad for your neck and spine.

Our bodies instinctively hunch over when we use our smartphones and computers, but poor posture strains neck and back muscles, and makes joints work harder.

Dr. Paris admits technology has helped our work and personal lives, but we need to implement postural changes and be mindful of the time spent hunched over. It’s important to return back to an open, neutral and balanced posture. Our bodies function better when our head, shoulders, hips and ankles are aligned. If you insist on being hunched over when using devices, limit time spent hunched forward to 10 minutes.

Watch Dr. Paris’ explain the dangers of poor posture above.