Natural Pain Relief - Feeling Better Faster

If you google “natural pain relief”, you will be inundated with a countless number of commercial products, supplements, herbs, etc. You could have your own small pharmacopeia of over-the-counter remedies. 

The question is do any of these products actually work?

Besides natural pain relief options, you have the option of prescription medications. With the rise in opioid use and abuse, many physicians are a bit more stingy with prescribing pain medication and many patients are shying away from wanting to even start them. Unfortunately, there are still too many people dependent on both prescription and over-the counter medications to mask their pain - whether it be physical, psychological, or emotional pain that grips them.

What happens when the prescription medications no longer work or the physician stops prescribing them?

Many people turn to alcohol and/or illegal substances to self-medicate. What starts out as one drink turns into another and another and another....

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Grinning and Winning!

 

Have you ever worked so hard for something that when you earned the reward you couldn’t stop grinning?

Well, that’s how I felt this past week.

For the past year, I have been studying for a Fitness Nutrition Specialization credential with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. This was no small credential. It involved 15 modules of videos + reading + quizzes + a final exam. I felt like I was back in graduate school earning my clinical doctorate!

And you better believe… I am excited that I passed my exam with a score of 92/100 on the first attempt!

Why did I put in all this hard work?

I was tired of my physical therapy patients and fitness clients asking me questions about nutrition that I didn’t have all the answers to. Now, don’t get me wrong, I know I’m not going to have the answer to every question that comes my way about food. However, I feel so much better equipped to respond to questions like:

  • What is the best diet to follow?
  • Is...
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My People Are Winning!

Now that you have learned about the One Big Thing called INSURANCE that likes to dictate how you receive your physical therapy care so you can feel better, get in the way of you and your physical therapist deciding what is best for you, and refuse to pay a fair value for services delivered, I hope you can appreciate why I decided to change the game so you and and I could both WIN.

 

Throughout my 20+ years as a PT, I’ve created and developed the Feel Better Faster Formula to care for My People. I’ve already had this formula on my website and have created videos talking about it. The Feel Better Faster Formula guides you through the following steps to help you WIN!

  1. Decrease pain and tightness
  2. Improve the way you move
  3. Feel stronger and more balanced
  4. Get back to doing what you need to do
  5. Get back to doing what you want to do

 

This part is not new. What IS new is that as of May 20th, 2019 I will be moving all services online. This means you will have access to...

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Dr. J’s Soap Opera

You may know me as a physical therapist but what you probably don’t know is that I got into physical therapy because I wanted to be a veterinarian!

Huh?

That’s right! I wanted to be a veterinarian since I was 5 years old. I volunteered at a veterinary clinic when I was 15 and then when I turned 16, they hired me as a “Vet Tech”. I cleaned cages, walked dogs, observed surgery, and gave diabetic injections to cats. I worked as a Vet Tech all through high school and then my freshman year in college, I developed a severe allergy to cats. I always had a “sensitivity” with watery eyes but at this point, my skin was turning red like a tomato and my eyes were swelling shut! I switched my major from Pre-Veterinary Medicine to Pre-Med and hated it!. I loved sports so I switched my major again to Sports Medicine and travelled with the sports teams as a student athletic trainer. Being on the road for almost my entire Junior year showed me that I really...

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Coffee, Tea, or Milk – All 3 Please!

We’ve all heard this question, “Do you want coffee, tea, or milk?”

With the addition of soda, energy drinks, nutritional drinks, protein drinks… well, you know, the list goes on and on and on…

Why not keep it simple and go back to the traditional 3 + 1?

Coffee, tea, milk, and water?

Benefits of Drinking Coffee:

  • 1. According to the Journal of Pain in March 2007, you can cut your post-workout pain by 48% if you drink 2 cups of coffee
  • 2. According to the Journal of Pain in March 2007, you can cut your post-workout pain by 48% if you drink 2 cups of coffee
  • 3. In 2014, The Public Library of Science published an article supporting the caffeine in coffee reduces the risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease
  • 4. Your risk of Type II Diabetes may decrease by 9% for every cup of coffee you drink according to a study in The Archives of Internal Medicine

For a complete list of benefits: ...

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Which Diet is Best For Me?

Anyone who knows me knows that I exercise regularly, eat healthy 80% of the time, and try to find some “me” time to relax.

Because I am a physical therapist and an athletic trainer, I tend to get asked a lot of questions about “what do I do when this [fill in the blank] hurts?” or “can you tell why I have this pain?”

Besides those questions, I get asked A LOT about “WHAT FOOD SHOULD I EAT?” or “WHAT DIET DO YOU RECOMMEND?”

Now, let’s be clear. I am NOT a nutrition expert and I am NOT a registered dietician.

If anyone has any dietary concerns or has any health problems related to diabetes, heart disease, thyroid issues, or any other medical issues that can be influenced by diet, I absolutely recommend seeking professional assistance with a Registered Dietician who can create an individualized and custom diet plan for you.

I can only speak in general terms based on the research I have read for my own personal benefit...

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3 Things That Cause Back Pain That You Didn’t Know Until Now!

Most people have heard about what causes back pain: poor lifting technique, poor posture, sports or work injury… but did you know that you could be doing 3 things every day that encourage back pain?

Seriously, you might be surprised by what I am about to say but the reality is that these 3 things could play a huge role in reducing the likelihood of ever getting back pain.

#1: Horrible Diet.

When you choose donuts, chips, and soda over fruits, vegetables, and water, you are making the choice to add hundreds – even thousands – of calories per day to your diet which can lead to obesity.

And, in case you didn’t know this, for every 1 pound you gain, you actually gain 3 pounds of force on your joints and spine. I learned this from an orthopedist 17 years ago who encouraged all his patients to lose weight first BEFORE he did surgery. Why did he do this?

Because he knew that surgery would be more effective if the patient wasn’t carrying excess weight to...

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Food and Water for Sport

Every person, athlete or non-athlete, functions best with good nutrition.

Athletic performance is influenced greatly by nutrition. Getting the right amount macronutrients and micronutrients can often be the missing link in improving performance.

Macronutrients = carbs, proteins, and fats

Micronutrients = vitamins and minerals

Let’s keep it simple.

Athletes will need the following macronutrients:

  • 45-70% of their diet from healthy carbs
    • Fruit
    • Vegetables
    • Whole grains
  • 15-25% of their diet from lean protein
    • Low-fat dairy - cottage cheese, milk, Greek yogurt
    • Chicken, fish, beef, turkey, eggs, tofu
  • 15-25% of their diet from healthy fat
    • Olive oil
    • Avocados
    • Nut butters
    • Coconut oil
    • Seeds
    • Nuts

Athletes will also benefit from the following micronutrients:

  • Calcium
    • Dairy
  • Vitamin D
    • Egg yolk
    • Fortified milk
    • Yogurt
    • Cereals
    • Fruit juices
  • Iron
    • Meat
    • Fish
    • Eggs
    • Lentils
    • Quinoa
    • Nuts and seeds
  • Vitamin C
    • Oranges
    • Strawberries
    • Broccoli
    • Spinach
    • Tomatoes
  • Electrolytes
    • Mixed...
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Celebrating National Physical Therapy Month

October is Physical Therapy Month, so I would be remiss if I didn’t share how amazing this profession really is. What also amazes me is that so many people don’t really know or understand what physical therapists actually do.

When people think of physical therapy, they often think of a person who had surgery going to rehabilitation or an athlete in rehabilitation trying to get back to their sport.

PHYSICAL THERAPY IS SO MUCH MORE THAN REHAB AND SPORTS!

Yes, I am shouting aloud – not in anger or hostility – but in a loving fun and kind way because I admit that my profession does a poor job of teaching people about what we do

I want to change that.

Did you know that physical therapists like myself are back and neck specialists?

  • I know how to use 5 different levels of mobilizations to move the joints of the spine - this sometimes creates a “pop” and sometimes it doesn’t; although the “pop” sounds like something cool just happened,...
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