Body Equilibrium https://bodyequilibriumofcharlottesville.com Be Aligned. Be Fit. Be Healthy. Mon, 22 May 2017 11:25:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 The MELT Method To Naturally End Your Pain https://bodyequilibriumofcharlottesville.com/the-melt-method-to-naturally-end-your-pain/ https://bodyequilibriumofcharlottesville.com/the-melt-method-to-naturally-end-your-pain/#respond Sun, 17 Feb 2013 13:25:29 +0000 https://bodyequilibriumofcharlottesville.com/?p=205 By Sue Hitzmann Author of The Melt Method, A Breakthrough Self-Treatment System to Eliminate Chronic Pain, Erase the Signs of Aging, and Feel Fantastic in Just 10 Minutes a Day Can you really get out of chronic pain without medication or surgery? For the 100 million people who live with pain, I have good news. There’s a […]

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By Sue Hitzmann Author of The Melt Method, A Breakthrough Self-Treatment System to Eliminate Chronic Pain, Erase the Signs of Aging, and Feel Fantastic in Just 10 Minutes a Day

Can you really get out of chronic pain without medication or surgery? For the 100 million people who live with pain, I have good news. There’s a simple solution that you can do on your own, at home, to get out and stay out of pain.

Regardless of what initially seemed to cause your pain – illness, disease, surgery, pregnancy, injury, or perhaps you are just assuming your pain is caused by aging – I believe the reason your pain became chronic is the same for everyone.

I’ve spent more than a decade helping people get out and stay out of chronic pain by addressing the source of the problem. I believe chronic pain is caused by dehydration of your connective tissue system. The problem is, most people don’t know what this is, so they don’t know how to resolve this common issue.

What’s important to understand is connective tissue dehydration happens to everyone, regardless of age or activity level – every day. Even if you don’t have chronic pain, you’ve likely experienced what I call a “pre-pain signal.” Have you ever felt a little stiff or achy when you get up in the morning, but once you start moving around the stiffness subsides? That’s what I have concluded to be connective tissue dehydration.

Daily repetitive movements and postures cause connective tissue dehydration, and over time, “stuck stress” and inflammation. What starts out as a small ache can escalate into sleeplessness, digestive issues, anxiety or depression, and ultimately a chronic state of disarray. It’s a complex molecular and cellular issue that diet and exercise don’t address and medication can actually make worse. I believe that when you address the dehydration, your body stops sending cries for help to your brain in the form of pain.

MELT directly addresses stuck stress in your body. It’s a simple self-treatment anyone can do at any age!

The best way to treat your pain and bring hydration back to your connective tissue is by applying very gentle pressure to the areas of concern. Try using a soft roller, especially for your back, or soft squishy balls for pain in your hands and feet. If you do not have a soft roller, you can use a rolled up beach towel or yoga mat to do these exercises. While many of us want to push firmly and apply deep pressure to get rid of our pain, this is not the best way to ease your pain. The key is to apply gentle pressure without any additional pain to the various areas of your body. A soft roller is great for treating your pain while bringing moisture back to the connective tissue in your back and neck.

The above information was excerpted from a recent article by Sue Hitzmann and can be read it in’s entirety at www.doctoroz.com

If you live in or near Charlottesville, Virginia and are interested in learning more about MELT or to experience the MELT method first hand, contact Dr. Alisa Gates, DC.  Dr. Gates received her training in MELT from Sue Hitzmann and is now offering MELT instruction at Body Equilibrium.


 

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Choose Healthy Comfort Foods https://bodyequilibriumofcharlottesville.com/choose-healthy-comfort-foods/ https://bodyequilibriumofcharlottesville.com/choose-healthy-comfort-foods/#respond Thu, 24 Jan 2013 23:26:13 +0000 https://bodyequilibriumofcharlottesville.com/?p=183 We crave thick, heavy food in the winter. But instead of reaching for a can of calorie-packed cream-based soup, heat up some hearty lentil stew or veggie chili instead. Also, if you are in the mood to cook a favorite dish, try preparing your recipe with low-fat instead of full-fat dairy and lean ground turkey versus ground beef.  […]

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We crave thick, heavy food in the winter. But instead of reaching for a can of calorie-packed cream-based soup, heat up some hearty lentil stew or veggie chili instead. Also, if you are in the mood to cook a favorite dish, try preparing your recipe with low-fat instead of full-fat dairy and lean ground turkey versus ground beef.  If you must have bread or pasta, opt for the whole grain varieties.

Lastly, don’t forget to eat your fruits and vegetables. Previous studies have shown that antioxidants in fruits and vegetables and omega-3 fatty acids in fish are associated with lower risk of depression. Folate, a B vitamin found in dark green vegetables like spinach, beans and citrus, affects neurotransmitters that impact mood.

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4 Ways To Prevent The Flu https://bodyequilibriumofcharlottesville.com/4-ways-to-prevent-the-flu/ https://bodyequilibriumofcharlottesville.com/4-ways-to-prevent-the-flu/#respond Thu, 10 Jan 2013 19:45:46 +0000 https://bodyequilibriumofcharlottesville.com/?p=169 Do you know the flu virus is running rampant through 42 of the 50 states? Here are 4 ways you can decrease your chances of getting sick. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze. If you don’t have one handy,      cough into your upper sleeve or elbow and then wipe […]

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Do you know the flu virus is running rampant through 42 of the 50 states? Here are 4 ways you can decrease your chances of getting sick.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze. If you don’t have one handy,      cough into your upper sleeve or elbow and then wipe your hands with hand sanitizer.
  • If you are stuck in an enclosed space, say an elevator or an airplane, and someone sneezes or coughs around you, don’t hesitate to turn away and cover your face with your hands, your arm, or whatever you can to keep the airborne spores from landing on your face.
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, mouth, or nose without washing your hands or using hand sanitizers from MARCO. This is the #1 way to prevent flu germs from entering your body.
  • Ideally we’d all stay home until the threat passes; but, since we can’t, use hand sanitizer whenever you touch a door handle, ATM machine, a friend’s cell phone, or the key pad at the checkout.

    Add a hand sanitizer to your bathroom, your car, and keep one at your desk. Send a bottle with your child to school.

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Tips For Running With Your Dog https://bodyequilibriumofcharlottesville.com/tips-for-running-with-your-dog/ https://bodyequilibriumofcharlottesville.com/tips-for-running-with-your-dog/#respond Tue, 08 Jan 2013 15:24:22 +0000 https://bodyequilibriumofcharlottesville.com/?p=143 Dogs have been considered man’s best friends for centuries. As a dog lover and owner of two lovable canines, I love taking them with me everywhere. I have often considered including them when I go running after reading an article on how to train a dog to become a running buddy.  The following is information […]

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Dogs have been considered man’s best friends for centuries. As a dog lover and owner of two lovable canines, I love taking them with me everywhere. I have often considered including them when I go running after reading an article on how to train a dog to become a running buddy.  The following is information from this article along with some of my own personal advice for anyone who runs and would like to include their pooch.

Ease into it. Dogs need to build up tolerance just like people, so make sure you don’t do too much too soon. Give your dog a five-minute warm-up before you start running and watch for signs of exhaustion like heavy panting.

Don’t leave the leash at home. Even well-behaved dogs need leash training. A quick tug will help your canine friend learn that while a fire hydrant or tree looks inviting, it’s not the time to stop and check them out.

Bring water. Regardless of the temperature outside, your dog will be exerting extra energy just like you and may need a drink while on your run. Don’t rely on nearby streams for your pet, pack a small bottle of water and a container to make sure your pet gets proper hydration.

Remember your manners. The dog may love to greet-and-lick passersby, but not everyone will love this attention.  A good running buddy should be courteous to others. When strangers approach pull your dog off to one side and wait while the other person runs, jogs, or walks past. Reward your pet for their good behavior with a treat and then continue your run.

 

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Make Your New Year’s Resolution A Success https://bodyequilibriumofcharlottesville.com/make-your-new-years-resolution-a-success/ https://bodyequilibriumofcharlottesville.com/make-your-new-years-resolution-a-success/#respond Tue, 01 Jan 2013 15:54:46 +0000 https://bodyequilibriumofcharlottesville.com/?p=138 If your New Year’s resolution is to lose weight or exercise more, why not make it more enjoyable by doing it with friends. Often times we make resolutions that feel intimidating, overwhelming, and even impossible to keep. However, if you team up with friends, family, or colleagues, whatever your goal is will be easier when […]

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If your New Year’s resolution is to lose weight or exercise more, why not make it more enjoyable by doing it with friends. Often times we make resolutions that feel intimidating, overwhelming, and even impossible to keep. However, if you team up with friends, family, or colleagues, whatever your goal is will be easier when you have the support of others.

Plenty of research, including a study published in the journal of Sports and Exercise Psychology Review, has shown that people who have good support systems are the most successful at diet and exercise programs.  So if your plan for 2013 is to get in shape through diet and exercise find a partner or two and get started on keeping your New Year’s resolution. You’ll find the socialization and the health benefits inspiring and rewarding.

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Causes of Neuropathy https://bodyequilibriumofcharlottesville.com/causes-of-neuropathy/ https://bodyequilibriumofcharlottesville.com/causes-of-neuropathy/#respond Tue, 11 Sep 2012 12:32:26 +0000 https://bodyequilibriumofcharlottesville.com/?p=85 Most of my patients who come in with a diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy have tried a multitude of treatments including pain medication, vitamins, massage, physical therapy, and acupuncture. The majority have received short-term relief from the swelling, pain, tingling, and burning caused by this condition.  Below is a list of the various causes of Neuropathy.  With […]

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Most of my patients who come in with a diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy have tried a multitude of treatments including pain medication, vitamins, massage, physical therapy, and acupuncture. The majority have received short-term relief from the swelling, pain, tingling, and burning caused by this condition.  Below is a list of the various causes of Neuropathy.  With today’s advance’s in Western and Eastern medicine, you don’t have to continue to suffer if you have symptoms.     

  1. Lack of oxygen to the nerves
    1. Sleep apnea – Intermittent lapses in breathing resulting in a limitation in oxygen getting to the nerves
    2. Snoring – Same as sleep apnea
    3. Gerd (Acid Reflux) – Same as sleep apnea, but caused by acid burning the trachea and it closes off, limiting oxygenation of blood
    4. Peripheral vascular disease limiting blood flow to the extremities
    5. Heart disease limiting blood pressure to the extremities
    6. Too much blood pressure meds limiting the perfusion of the extremities. (should monitor pressure at the ankle also)
    7. Muscle impingement –piriformis muscle squeezing on the sciatic nerve, low back muscles impinging, edema in ankle
    8. Excessive meds for stress such as Valium, Xanax resulting in low muscle tension, resulting in poor venous return from reduced venous muscle pump
    9. Excessive muscle relaxants for low back pain, sprains, etc. (same as H above)
  2. Chemical etching away of the mylenin sheath surrounding the nerves, resulting in shorting out the electrical potentials on the nerve cell
    1. Agent orange from the Vietnam War
    2. Petroleum fumes from burning oil wells in Iraq
    3. Statins eating away the fatty mylelin sheath after it finishes etching away the cholesterol lining the blood vessels
    4. Artificial sweeteners such as Aspartame, a very potent nerve toxin
    5. Toxmoplasmosis from kitty litter cleaning
    6. Chemotherapy
    7. Black mold from living in a house with water damage
    8. Environmental chemicals – pesticides sprayed in house for bugs, chemicals in hand sanitizer
    9. Fluoride in water and toothpaste is a very potent neurotoxin (read warning label for Colgate)

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Your Mother Was Right https://bodyequilibriumofcharlottesville.com/hello-world-2/ https://bodyequilibriumofcharlottesville.com/hello-world-2/#respond Fri, 27 Apr 2012 22:51:57 +0000 http://dralisagatesdc.com/body/?p=1 Hydration is the most important thing you can do for your body.  If you are planning a rigorous exercise program, you should drink plenty of water before you start.  Drinking water after the signs of dehyration (feeling fatique, light headed…) is like putting on sunscreen after you have been out all day in the sun […]

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Hydration is the most important thing you can do for your body.  If you are planning a rigorous exercise program, you should drink plenty of water before you start.  Drinking water after the signs of dehyration (feeling fatique, light headed…) is like putting on sunscreen after you have
been out all day in the sun and have already burned.

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