Chiropractor - Peabody
215 Newbury Street
Peabody, MA 01960
WHY IS EPA-DHA ONE OF THE SUPPLEMENTS WE SUGGEST FOR OUR NEUROPATHY PATIENTS?
As a Certified Neuropathy Pain Specialist, I take continuing education classes yearly to maintain my diplomate status. My latest class was on Lipid Mediators and Pain Signaling. It was a good review about essential fatty acids and specifically how and why we use them for our patients suffering from neuropathy. While I have given essential fatty acids to patients for decades for a wide range of conditions, I thought you might like a little more information about these very useful nutrients and how they can help you.
The Omega 3 fatty acids:alpha linoleic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), are the most important ones to know in regards to pain, especially neuropathic pain. The ratios of omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acids determine your overall health, your overall pain status, and gives us tools for dietary and metabolic manipulation that can have profound effects on your health.
Omega 3 fatty acids come primarily from cold water fish and are also present in flax seeds, chia seeds, omega 3 eggs, and nuts. They tend to be anti-inflammatory, anti-pain.
One of the largest sources of Omega 6 fatty acids are grains. When your diet is high in omega 6 fatty acids you tend to experience more inflammation as well as more pain. Other dietary sources of omega 6 fatty acids include: poultry, avocado, nuts, cereals, durum wheat, whole-grainbreads, rapeseed or canola oil, hemp oil, soybean oil, cottonseed oil, sunflower seed oil, corn oil, safflower oil, pumpkin seeds, cashews, pecans, walnuts.
To a large extent, the human body does not manufacture essential fatty acids. They are dietary requirements just like vitamins. We either don’t manufacture them, or don’t manufacture them in significant amounts.
Dietary deficiency in omega 3 fatty acids causes health problems including skin disorders, infertility, and lowered immunity also inflammation, allergies, asthma and pain will be worse.
Omega 3 fatty acids are cardiovascular and nerve cell protective.
The ratios of omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acids predict whether we have anti-inflammatory or pro-inflammatory environments in our bodies. Essential fatty acid consumption and absorption and distribution can have a profound effect on pain regulation and also can predict who experiences more pain. Patients who have low levels of omega 3 fatty acids tend to experience more significant and severe neuropathic pain. The diet high in omega 6 fatty acids can have the opposite effect.
The suggestion to consume more cold water fish and omega 3 eggs in neuropathy patients goes a long way towards helping them improve their nutritional status.
EPA is A VERY powerful anti-inflammatory. Clinically the best way to administer EPA and DHA is by supplementing with distilled marine fish oils to remove pollutants such as PCBs and heavy metals. Using liquid is easier to digest versus the pearls. You would have to take many of the pearls to get the same dose as the liquid. If you take a large dose of the pearls, you can get stomach upset or diarrhea. I have found a high concentrate fish oil that has no fishy taste. It has a mild lemony taste. And because it is so concentrated, only 2 teaspoons per day will usually give you an adequate dose to improve your health.
It is important to be aware that simple dietary changes and supplementation can have profound effects on your outcomes, and your levels of pain and inflammation.
If you have not tried our treatments yet, but are interested in what you may be able to do to help yourself nutritionally, I am now offering nutritional consults at $75 per hour. If you are interested, simply call my office to schedule your consult and we will forward the list of information you need to bring with you to the consult. This allows me to efficiently suggest a nutritional program for you.
Yours In Health,
Dr. Ellen Blomerth
Visit our website at www.neuropathynorthshore.com to learn more about new neuropathy treatments.
What is a Migraine Headache?
A migraine headache is a special type of headache that includes sensitivity to light, visual disturbances called "auras" and a premonition feeling that the headache is about to start. Some people experience painful headaches and call them a migraine headache. But to be called a migraine the person must have had the above symptoms.
Migraine headaches may sometimes be triggered by certain foods like wine, chocolate, blue cheese, and MSG. Migraine headaches can also be associated with high levels of stress. Women tend to get migraines more frequently than men due to hormonal factors associated with their menstraul cycles.
If you have any of these symptoms, there are cranial chiropractic adjustments that can releave your pain. Don't suffer! Call us at 978-535-6155 and mention this blog.
What is a Slipped Disc?
Everyone has heard of a slipped disc but a more descriptive term might be a "broken jelly doughnut". Because discs don't really slip out of place since they are held in place as spacers between two vertebrae. But what can happen is the outer ring of the disc may break enough to let the "jelly" part of the disc leak out. If the nucleus of the disc leaks out enough so that it presses on a nerve you will feel extreme pain. If the slipped disc is in your neck, you can feel the pain all the way down to your hand. If the slipped disc is in your lower back, you could feel the pain all the way down to your feet. The good new is that this is a pretty rare occurance. Only 5% of people with back pain have a slipped disc.
But if you think you may have one, please call our office at 978-535-6155 and get checked out!
What is a Heel Spur
A heel spur happens when people pound their feet hard enough or long enough so that a little bit of calcium forms to help reinforce the tendon on the bottom of their foot. Cutting out a heel spur is seldom a good idea because your body placed the calcium deposit in your tendon for a good reason. People who get heel spurs tend to put more strain on their feet through several ways such as: being flat footed, over weight, over use through running, tennis, softball etc. Treating a heel spur involves hands on techniques as well as orthotics, weight loss, and special muscle balance exercises.
If you work on your feet all day and have noticed any of these symptoms. You could have a Heel Spur! Call us today and get it checked out. We are more than happy to help you!
What is 'Tennis Elbow'
Tennis elbow does not have much to do with tennis, although sometimes some tennis players can get tennis elbow. It is not caused by moving your elbow too much, it is caused by too much wrist motion. So wearing a brace on your elbow will not be much help. If you want to wear a brace for your tennis elbow you should wear a brace on your wrist so that your wrist cannot move. The pain in your elbow area occurs because your wrist has moved too much too hard too many times. The muscles that move your wrist just happen to attach at your elbow so that is why people feel elbow pain when their problem has occurred because of too much wrist motion.
If you think you have 'tennis elbow', you can do a little test on yourself: try moving flexing and straightening just your elbow. (You should find that to be pain free.) Now hold out your arm straight and hold your wrist and fingers straight up in the air so you are looking at the back of your hand; now try to keep your fingers up straight while your opposite hand tries to push your fingers down. (You should find that this does bring out your elbow pain!) Tennis elbow can be treated by the hands on techniques we use in this office. One of the key aspects is getting people to realize that their elbow pain comes from their wrist motion and not from their elbow motion.
If that doesn't relieve your pain, please give us a call to set up an appointment at 978-535-6155