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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!

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.

10 Tips for Better Sleep

Sound and steady sleep is essential for healthy functioning. However, over a third of adults do not get the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep each night, and an environment that is not conducive to sleep doesn’t help. Creating a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere is essential to maximizing your comfort and achieving sleep satisfaction.

These 10 tips will help you build the bedroom of your dreams and leave you counting down the hours until it’s time to hit the sheets.

1. Cool Down

Cool bedroom temperatures make for the most comfortable sleep. If the air in your room is too hot, it could interfere with your body’s natural nightly temperature dip and make you more restless through the night. Keep the temperature around 65 degrees.

2. Maximize Mattress & Pillow Comfort

Make sure your mattress is comfortable and supportive to avoid feeling stiff or achy. It doesn’t matter whether you like your pillows soft and fluffy or firm and supportive, be sure to replace pillows that have lost their shape.

3. Limit Light

Artificial light after dark sends stimulating wake-up messages to the brain, suppressing the production of the sleep-inducing hormone–making it more difficult to fall and stay asleep. Limit lamp light or use low-wattage, incandescent lamps as you prepare for bed.

4. Tuck Technology In For the Night

Our world revolves around technology, and unfortunately so do many people’s bedtime rituals. Keep electronics out of the bedroom or turn them off at least an hour before bed. Research shows that light from electronics disrupts sleep, as it sends alerting signals to the brain and delays the release of melatonin.

5. Declutter to Defeat Restlessness

A messy, cluttered room is likely to increase anxiety and restlessness, and consequently disrupt sleep. Create a clean space that promotes relaxation and peace by organizing your room and keeping it clean.

6. Design for Comfort

Arrange your furniture in a way that feels natural and visually pleasing to you. Choose wall colors that elicit a warm, calm aura. When decorating, choose artwork and decor that relaxes and soothes you.

7. Nix Night Noise

“Peak” sounds, like the slamming of a door or the honking of a horn, are likely to wake you up and interrupt your sleep cycle. White noise offers a solution to night noise by reducing the effect of sudden peak sounds. A sound conditioner, fan, or air purifier can be used to create a soothing auditory backdrop throughout the night.

8. Fresh Sheets for Better Sleep

Wash your sheets and pillowcases once a week with a fresh-scented detergent. Clean and pleasant-smelling sleep surfaces will make your bedroom more inviting.

9. Limit Food & Drink Before Bed

Never go to bed either hungry or stuffed. Avoid eating fried, fatty or spicy foods before bed as they often upset the stomach and are likely to disrupt sound sleep. Avoid alcohol several hours before bed too. Most importantly, stay away from caffeine after 2 p.m.

10. Don’t Exercise Before Bed

Though exercise during the day promotes a better night’s sleep, exercising in the three hours before you hit the sheets will keep you up for hours. Try to schedule your workouts earlier in the day for better sleep.

 

No Sleep? Big Problem.

Everyone needs sleep, as it’s just as important to your survival as food and water. But according to the National Sleep Foundation, few Americans are able to get the necessary amount of sleep.

People can be so busy that sleeping doesn’t even make it on their list of priorities. But whether you’re a college student, new mom or anything in between, getting enough sleep will make you a better you.

Sleep deprivation has a myriad of negative effects. It causes moodiness and sleepiness. Feeling sleepy during your day can lead to less productivity, because your attention, concentration and problem-solving skills are impaired. A lack of sleep also causes major health problems including weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, depression, high blood pressure, an overall weakened immune system and increased mortality.

Sleep needs depend on both a person’s lifestyle and health, so it’s important to figure out what factors are affecting your sleep when determining the amount of sleep necessary for you to function well. But for added help, just this year the National Sleep Foundation released an updated version of their recommended hours of sleep for every age group:

  • Newborns (0-3 months ): 14-17 hours each day
  • Infants (4-11 months): 12-15 hours each day
  • Toddlers (1-2 years): 11-14 hours each day
  • Preschoolers (3-5): 10-13 hours each day
  • School age children (6-13): 9-11 hours each day
  • Teenagers (14-17): 8-10 hours each day
  • Younger adults (18-25): 7-9 hours each day
  • Adults (26-64): 7-9 hours each day
  • Older adults (65+): 7-8 hours each day

Good night!