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Fibromyalgia: What is it – and how to spot if it’s causing Fatigue and Pain that feels almost impossible to shake off?

If you’re suffering with long-term muscle or joint pain, are always tired and lethargic (even after a rest), and are frustrated with doctors who can’t find a cause, or don’t believe there’s anything “really” wrong with you, then it’s crucial that you read this message.

Unfortunately, most doctors dismiss your complaints of general joint and muscle pain and fatigue when they see no obvious cause.

Sure, a few cursory tests are done, but when they yield no pinpoint answers, you get a pat on the head and sent home with instructions to “rest, exercise and eat better.”

But if you’re one of the millions of folks who suffer with these symptoms every day, this “prescription” is worthless, and you’re left frustrated and trapped in your agony.

Many folks get so aggravated with the lack of meaningful help and answers that they begin to lose hope and start sliding toward depression (maybe you feel that way).

Yet there’s no reason for you to continue suffering with your chronic pain and fatigue.

The truth is you’re probably one of the millions of folks who suffer from fibromyalgia, lyme disease, or chronic fatigue syndrome.

Here are some of the most common symptoms of these diseases:

Fatigue… muscle weakness, soreness or tenderness… joint stiffness or pain… difficulty falling asleep… anxiety… depression…

Any of those sound familiar?

If so, one of these you may be needlessly suffering with one of these undiagnosed diseases. Trouble is, your regular doctor probably won’t be much help if you are…

See, your doctor’s looking for symptoms that can be treated with drugs or medicine. When they can’t find one, they reach the false conclusion that there’s nothing wrong with you.

This all stems from the modern medical community’s definition of disease as something that can only be “cured” with a drug or medicine.

That’s a big topic for another post, but suffice it to say that this debate is raging right now, and the ones pushing for the definition stand to gain big bucks from it – Big Pharma!

Thankfully, alternative medicine is more concerned with getting you well, and allowing your body to heal itself than lining its pockets at your expense.

And there are numerous ways to diagnose, combat and eliminate the pain and fatigue you may be experiencing.

The first step is to contact a qualified alternative medicine doctor who specializes in pain relief.

Next, talk to the doctor about your unique situation, and set up an appointment so together you can figure out what the root cause of your pain and fatigue is, and the best plan to quickly get you pain free and energized.

The best news?

You can get on your way to the pain free, energy filled life you deserve today…

That’s because at Advanced Wellness Systems we specialize in helping folks just like you to find and eliminate the root cause of your pain and fatigue.

We’d love to talk with you about your unique situation, and help craft a personalized plan for getting you out of pain and bursting with energy.

Here are a few simple ways for you find out what alternatives might be best to relieve your pain and chronic exhaustion:

Just visit our website at www.AdvancedWellnessSystems.com or call our office at 240-205-7266 to set up a free, no obligation phone consult where we can talk about your specific situation and the quickest, safest ways to get you pain free, and filled with energy so you can get your life back!

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.

6 Tips to Reduce Back Pain at Home

According to National Institute of Health, back pain affects 8 out of 10 people at some point during their lifetime. No matter when it appears or what may have caused it, back pain can be a real burden. Here are 6 simple tips you can use at home to relieve troublesome back pain quickly and effectively.

1. Work It Out

Often, when your back is in pain, the last thing you want to do is exercise. But certain exercises can actually reduce back pain. Adding yoga, pilates and core strengthening exercises to your workout routine will increase flexibility, balance and strength which, in turn will reduce back pain.

2. Use a Heating Pad or Ice Pack

Applying heat to your back can reduce pain, stiffness, cramping and muscle spasms, as warm temperatures loosen up the back muscles and relieve tension. Administer heat to your aching back with a hot compress, a dry or moist heating pad or with a hot bath. Ice tends to work better to reduce inflammation and swelling. A cold pack, iced towel/compress, or cool bath are all great ways to reduce back pain. But be sure to always wrap heating pads or ice compacts in a towel before use, as these treatments should never be applied directly to the skin.

3. Sleep With a Pillow Under Your Knees

Place a small pillow under the back of your knees to reduce stress on your spine and support the natural curve in your lower back while you sleep. By slightly elevating your legs as you sleep, you can greatly reduce pressure on your back.

4. Lose the Heels

Sorry, ladies. If you suffer from back pain, it’s time to say goodbye to your favorite pair of pumps. Comfortable, low-heeled shoes are your best bet for back pain prevention, as they reduce the strain on the back while standing. If you must wear heels to an event, consider swapping them with a non-heeled shoe on your way to and from the location.

5. Straighten Up

Good posture is key to both preventing and relieving back pain. Perform posture checks throughout the day and avoid rounding your shoulders, slouching, or bending sideways while standing.

6. Increase Your Vitamin D and Calcium Intake

Vitamin D and Calcium are essential for bone strength. Studies indicate that deficiencies of Vitamin D and Calcium lead to chronic pain in the lower back. So be sure to load up on plenty of  orange juice, dairy products, leafy greens, eggs and fish throughout the day to help reduce symptoms of back pain.

If you suffer from back pain, give us a call at 301-710-9777 to schedule an appointment today.

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.

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!

4 Tips for Protecting Your Joints This Winter

It’s that time of year again, winter weather is back bringing holiday greetings and frosty temperatures. But cooler months can also bring achy, swelling pain that takes a toll on your joints.

According to The National Institute of Health, change in weather has a direct impact on the pressure in your joints. When barometric pressure drops, the tissues around your joints expand, putting more pressure on your joints, which triggers swelling and stiffness. That’s why many people say they can predict the weather just by the pain in their joints.

Don’t let the winter weather stop you from staying active this season. Follow these 4 tips  to stay active and pain free this winter:

START SMALL

If you’re going to exercise, start with small warm-ups to reduce the pressure put on joints before you head out. Low impact warm-ups such as yoga or walking are not only easier on joints, but they also enhance your mobility and range of motion.

BUNDLE UP

If running is your go-to outdoor exercise, staying layered is crucial to protecting yourself from hypothermia and troublesome joint pain.

  • Start by choosing a base layer that is soft, comfortable and tight fitting. This will help regulate your body temperature by moving sweat away from your skin.
  • The second layer helps insulate the body in order to trap and retain heat. Be sure to find a layer that maximizes warmth and comfort, without unnecessary bulk.
  • Consider the final layer a shield against harsh winds, rain, and snow. Don’t rely on this layer for warmth, as the base layer is what secures body heat.

STAY HYDRATED

According to a study from the National Center for Biotechnology Information, dehydration can make the body more sensitive to pain. Keep in mind that you must match your hydration with the amount of exercise you are doing. After more than an hour, add electrolytes and carbohydrates to increase your fluid intake.

Doctors also recommend drinking warm or room temperature liquids, as the body absorbs them more quickly than cold drinks. When exercising in frigid temperatures, warmer liquids are also essential to optimizing internal temperatures.

EAT SMARTER

If you’re exercising outside, it is important to load up on foods full of Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Vitamin C and Vitamin K. The Omega-3 acids in foods such as salmon and nuts are known to curb inflammation and stop joint pain in its tracks. To up your Vitamin K intake, think green. Foods like spinach, kale, cabbage and more are crucial to soothing pain. Don’t be afraid to add color with Vitamin C rich foods such as red peppers, oranges, papayas, and broccoli. These foods are known to reduce cartilage loss that causes joint pain and stiffness.

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:

Rave Reviews for RPT™ in The Post

“The unconventional method relieves pain in minutes,” according to The Washington Post reporter Danielle Douglas-Gabriel in an exclusive and in-depth look at Reflexive Pattern Therapy™ and creator Andrew Bloch. Douglas-Gabriel even tried the “slapping” treatment for herself and reports it resulted in immediate relief for her pesky lower back pain.

The Washington Post gets a first-hand account of how RPT™, a combination of physical therapy and acupuncture minus the needles, came to the rescue for 12 Labours CrossFit Columbia team member Teresa Luz. During the CrossFit Games regionals in Atlanta, she suffered what could’ve been a competition-ending injury if it wasn’t for Andrew Bloch, owner and physical therapist at Advanced Wellness Systems, and his breakthrough technique. “It was a storybook ending to the whole experience,” describes Teresa.

Read The Washington Post exclusive to see what happened to Teresa and 12 Labours, and how RPT™ treats even the most excruciating chronic pain.

RPT™ is covered by most insurance and can only be found at Advanced Wellness Systems.

In the Media: RPT™ Creator Andrew Bloch

Andrew Bloch, DOM, MSPT, ATC knows pain and how to treat it. His breakthrough Reflexive Pattern Therapy™ treatment relieves pain in patients from age six to 102. Bloch tells Today in PT how he’s successfully combined physical therapy and acupuncture to treat even the most debilitating pain immediately.

RPT™ is based on the principles of Eastern medicine. Bloch looks for reactive points that correlate with where the patient is feeling pain. Once he identifies the reactive points, Bloch activates reflexive energy, which, in turn, alleviates the pain. “If you have back pain, I would never touch your back to get rid of your pain,” notes Bloch.

When illustrating the complexity of RPT™ to his patients, Bloch compares the treatment to a light bulb. “If your back pain is a light bulb that is not working, most people work on the light bulb,” explains Bloch. “I treat the light switch.” This method resets the body and provides long-lasting relief.

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.

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