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How to Detox Your Body Naturally

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Weight Loss & Detox | 0 comments

How to Detox Your Body Naturally

Many people come to our clinic every year to lose weight as part of their overall health regimen. We started offering different programs to help people with theses concerns and found them to be wildly successful. What we offered though was a detox program more than a weight loss program. People have lost weight that’s true. But the real benefit is the ability to detox naturally. Why is this so important? Let’s go through some of the benefits of helping your body with elimination and how it is more than just weight loss. It’s a way to feel better and eliminate long-standing health problems. Detoxifying Your Body for a Healthy You Detoxification is the process of eliminating toxic substances in the body. It is a vital process in the human body because these toxins can be harmful if they accumulate. You consume toxins through the food you eat, the beverages you drink and even the air you breathe. The body also produces some toxins as waste products of metabolism and digestion. What are some examples? Well if you read Consumer Reports you will know that they are now recommending that no one eat fish larger than a salmon due to the high levels of mercury toxicity in those fish. Tuna in particular are large and accumulate many toxins including mercury. If you eat a lot of tuna that will go into your body and if you cannot eliminate it well, it becomes stored in the body. The problem has become so pervasive that the FDA recommends that pregnant women avoid eating larger fish while pregnant. Just because we have exposure doesn’t mean we are all doomed. Some people are more affected by these toxins than others and the question is why. The simple answer is that we each have different capacities for our ability to eliminate. Each of us has the capacity to eliminate toxins, which is why we don’t just die from all of the environmental toxins that we are exposed to. There are three body systems responsible for detoxing the body: Digestive System: We remove toxins through defecation Respiratory System: We remove toxins through breathing Urinary System: We remove toxins through urination. Each system is responsible for removing particular types of toxins as well as different types of waste products that the body produces. If one system is overloaded the others will try to do some of the job but sometimes the body sends toxins out through the skin. (Think acne or unexplained rashes). If these systems don’t function properly, then the body must find a way to deal with these toxins. Detox the Body Naturally When the body doesn’t or can’t eliminate toxins they may be stored in the body. Different types of toxins accumulate in different types of tissues depending upon the person. We’ve seen some people who present with joint problems while other people have problems in the nervous system. This accounts for different symptoms and disease patterns. We’ll be writing more about this in the coming weeks as it is an important concept in understanding how detox cleanses work and how Naturopathic Doctors are so successful in treating chronic diseases. At Insights to Health we have many treatment modalities available to help with detox that work naturally including naturopathic treatments, UNDAs, self-care, and...

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How a Simple Blood Test Can Save Your Life

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in Naturopathic | 0 comments

One in three Americans suffer from heart disease, are you one of them?   When I started UC Berkeley, we had a freshman orientation. The presenter said to us, “look to your left, now look to your right, one of you won’t be here in two years.”  What they meant is that one in three freshman don’t stick around until their junior year. Unfortunately, in America, one in three Americans now has heart disease. And we don’t necessarily know who these people are.   That is until now. Recently, new blood markers have been found that can help doctors predict who the one in three for heart disease is. Insights to Health is pleased to announce that we are now offering Boston Heart Diagnostic testing for our patients. Cholesterol as a marker for heart disease is not very accurate. For many years only total cholesterol was looked at which doesn’t distinguish between LDL (bad cholesterol) and HDL (good cholesterol). Improvement was gained with the identification of the different types of cholesterol. While this is good basic information, it still doesn’t go far enough. Boston Heart Diagnostics goes above and beyond baseline testing for cholesterol as a predictor for heart disease. Boston Heart Diagnostics goes above and beyond baseline testing for cholesterol as a predictor for heart disease. BHD looks at the various proteins in LDL to determine which are more likely to indicate a buildup of fatty materials in your arteries. In addition, this testing is able to map the five major HDL particles most directly related to heart disease. Furthermore, we can now look at inflammatory markers that can increase your risk of atherosclerosis as well as test for your risk of developing diabetes in the future. Finally, the Boston Heart Diagnostics panel can test for genetic markers to determine whether you are more likely to have genetic risks associated with heart disease and can test how your body may respond to certain treatments. Boston Heart Diagnostics works with private health insurance companies making specialized cardiovascular testing affordable. But the test results aren’t a death sentence. The Boston Heart Diagnostics panel, gives us valuable information to start the appropriate treatments to improve your heart health and reduce your risk of heart disease. Even if you have a weak heart and/or a family history of heart disease, Naturopathic medicine has an answer that doesn’t require taking costly prescription medications. At Insights to Health we know that preventing heart disease is not a one size fits all solution. Individual physiologies require individual treatments. Through identifying your risks for heart disease we are better able to create a treatment plan specifically designed for...

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What are the Best Fat Burners for Weight Loss?

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Weight Loss & Detox | 0 comments

What are the Best Fat Burners for Weight Loss?

Due to our expertise, many people ask us about the best fat burners for weight loss. Many people say the best fat burners for women are raspberry ketones and the best fat burners for men are stimulants such as caffeine or capsaicin. But how many people have you known who have lost weight and gained it right back? This is because weight loss and maintenance requires a foundation of health or optimal body functioning. In reality, fat burning itself occurs because your body is in a balanced state and not because you take one particular supplement. Water intake and proper breathing are important for this balance, as the ability to burn fat requires both as part of the chemical reaction. In fact, recent research has determined that we burn fat at night while sleeping. And we breathe it out much like the exhaust of water and carbon dioxide that comes of out your car’s tailpipe. The Best Fat Burners for Women and Men Men and women have differences in how fat is deposited and utilized. Therefore, hormone balance is very important for fat loss and weight maintenance and creates different ways that men and women retain fat. These differences mean that men and women require different fat burners to help with weight loss. For example, women often retain weight when female or adrenal hormones are out of balance. They may experience menstrual cramps, irregularities in their periods, PMS, infertility, heavy periods, or menopausal symptoms. Although these symptoms are thought to be normal in the US, they are the signs of imbalance—they are common but not normal. These imbalances may suggest a liver problem too. If the liver is not cleaning toxins well, (and in this situation the hormones are toxins), then the body cannot clear other toxins too. The body will then store the offending chemicals in fat cells. Stress can play a big part in weight gain due to adrenal issues. Stress, irregular sleep hours/insomnia, parenting can all cause our adrenals to be fatigued. Because one’s adrenals help balance blood sugar, weight gain can result. Other symptoms include fatigue, an energy slump in afternoons, and sometimes thirst, belly fat, and insomnia. But when we see the problem as only our weight, and not a pattern of related issues, it is common to look for that one fat burning supplement or fat burning food to solve that particular problem. But if you lose weight without solving the underlying problems, you will gain it right back. It is therefore important to understand the cause of the weight problems. For men, excess weight is often deposited as belly fat. Belly fat can be particularly worrisome as it could indicate other health problems such as heart disease and other chronic diseases. Just as for women, one supplement touted as a fat burner will not help you lose the weight or solve the associated health problems, which for men tend to be fatigue, erectile dysfunction (ED), and low sex drive. For men, weight gain often is often associated with similar issues of liver congestion and adrenal burnout. For both men and women, weight loss is more than just taking a fat burner or other supplement. One must understand the deeper issues of weight gain so that they can best solve the imbalance. A...

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The Detox Cleanse Resolution: Feel Great, and Be Healthy

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in Weight Loss & Detox | 0 comments

The Detox Cleanse Resolution: Feel Great, and Be Healthy

Well here it is again.  That time of year when you have made a resolution to do a detox cleanse and be a healthier version of you. As we get further from the first of the year we may be getting further away from this resolution.  It happens to the best of us.  We make plans for our life and then life gets in the way. One of the most common resolutions people make is to be eat healthier, detox, and  get into shape.  Getting into shape is important but having a diet that works for you is as well. Just doing a detox or changing your diet may not be enough. Best Approach to A Detox Cleanse How does one commit to a plan for health, feel good doing it and lose the weight? The answer, it seems, is actually pretty simple.   It’s a little more complex than eating less, exercising more. We need to be sure we are putting the right types of nutrients into our bodies.  If we put good things into our bodies by way of food, exercise, happiness, and positive thoughts the body typically responds in kind with a generally healthy outcome. Literally taking the first step in the form of walking for 30 minutes a day that can create the change in habit that will allow us to lose weight.   That small change can lead to positive results and give impetus for rapid weight loss.  The positive result can create momentum for greater change.  Make no mistake about it: change is not achieved without hard work, diligence, and patience. So before you engage in that new diet or health plan remember some simple things that can improve your ability to stick with the plan. Drink More Water:  The body has many cries for water on a daily basis.  One of them is actually hunger.  Sometimes when you are thirsty your body presents as hungry.  In fact, most Americans are chronically dehydrated leading to a whole host of symptoms, including, headaches, muscle and back pain, and high cholesterol.  Most likely you need to increase the amount of water you are drinking. Don’t Eat Before Bed:  This one is pretty simple.  A big problem with weight gain is late night calorie loading.  We recommend not eating at least 3 hours before your bedtime.  This gives the body a chance to break down your food before and increases your daily fasting time by a number of hours. Eat Breakfast:  Breakfast is so named because that is what it is supposed to be- A break in a fast.  As in you haven’t eaten since dinner the night before and now your body needs some nutrition.  And when you do eat breakfast make sure you get some quality proteins, fats, and carbs.  A good balanced breakfast has untold benefits on your daily energy and health. Think About What You Do:  Most people end a new diet or health plan because they don’t take the time to be mentally prepared for it.  By simply thinking about it a little and really examining why you want to make this change can be very profound in your success....

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Understand Asthma

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 in Healthy Lifestyle Guidelines, Naturopathic | 0 comments

Understand Asthma

Asthma On the Rise Why understand asthma? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one in 12 people in the U.S. has asthma, or about 25 million people. And the rate appears to be on the rise. From 2001 to 2011, the CDC says the number of Americans with asthma grew by 28%. Asthma affects people of all ages, but it most commonly starts in childhood. According to the CDC, “the greatest rise in asthma rates was among black children (almost a 50% increase) from 2001 through 2009.”  (Source) What is Asthma? Asthma is a condition caused by bronchoconstriction, swelling of lung mucosa and excessive excretion of mucus. Symptoms include difficulty breathing, coughing and wheezing. There are two main types of asthma Extrinsic and Intrinsic asthma. Extrinsic asthma occurs because of allergic triggers and is more common in children. Intrinsic asthma develops later in life and doesn’t have clear associations, but can frequently be caused by a respiratory tract infection. A third type of asthma is called mixed asthma is a combination of allergic and infection. Some people have aspirin sensitive asthma, cold, or exercise induced asthma. Approximately 10% of adult asthmatics are intolerant to the salicylate family of which aspirin is a member. Yellow dye #5 can also trigger asthma in some individuals. Being Diagnosed In adults asthma is more common in females, but in children asthma is more common in males. Asthma can be diagnosed in the doctor’s office based on symptoms and history or Peak Flow measurements. The definitive way to diagnose asthma is through spirometry (a test to assess how well your lungs work by measuring how much air you inhale, how much you exhale and how quickly you exhale). Conventional treatment consists of inhalers and oral steroids. Inhalers are either short acting and long acting inhalers. Short acting inhalers are rescue inhalers for quick relief of asthma attack. Long acting inhalers are used to reduce asthma attacks and severity. Long acting inhalers should not be used for acute asthma attacks. Inflammation Inflammation plays a major role in asthma. Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease. The lungs become  inflamed which can be triggered by various irritants. Triggers can also include breathing cold air or exercise. People with an atopic constitution are also predisposed to asthma. Atopic constitutions include family history of allergies, asthma and eczema. Major Causes Inhalant allergens can also contribute to asthma symptoms. Examples of inhalant allergens include tobacco smoke, air pollution, formaldehyde, gas stoves and heat, and wood burning stoves or fireplaces. Techniques for reducing allergens include washing bedding regularly in hot water, using mattress and pillow covers, regularly cleaning air conditioners and ventilation systems, using air purifiers, and replacing carpeting with hardwood or vinyl. Treatments There are many different natural treatments to help asthma. Vitamin and minerals such as B vitamins, Vitamin C and magnesium can be helpful. Reducing consumption of coffee, tea, chocolate and sugar and weight loss can also be beneficial. Avoiding preservatives and food dyes as well as allergens is also advisable. Regular exercise is helpful as long as asthma is not exercise induced. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked with increased asthma rates in children. Vitamin D levels should be monitored, and treated as needed. Decreasing inflammation via fish oil and certain herbs can also decrease the frequency of attacks....

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What is RAD Disorder? The Physiology of RAD

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Counseling, Neurofeedback | 0 comments

What is RAD Disorder? The Physiology of RAD

The adrenal glands play a critical physical role in people with Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD Disorder). In the last article, we discussed how it is important to treat adrenal issues in patients with RAD because balance of adrenaline and cortisol are vital to balancing emotional health. Healthy adrenals lead to balanced energy levels. But the adrenals are also important for proper digestion and brain function too. In this article we will explore how digestive and brain health are required to heal RAD. Digestion and RAD Disorder To begin, let’s discuss digestion as those are most directly related to the adrenal glands. Digestive issues can arise from problems with the adrenal glands or independently. The liver and adrenals work in conjunction to perform various tasks in the body. The liver is key for removal of heavy metals, hormones and toxins from the body that could contribute to outbursts in children. Copper is one of these metals required by the body in small doses and in the appropriate form. At high levels or in the wrong form it can create varying problems including but not excluded to, anxiety, mood swings, depression, and violent emotional outbursts. I will discuss copper and heavy metal toxicity in a future article. Suffice to say, that the adrenals and the liver work together in healthy individuals but may be a physiologic component to RAD Disorder. The liver, however, is not the only digestive organ imbalanced in RAD Disorder. Other digestive issues exist for patients with RAD disorder. Overt digestion problems are less common though. Most kids do not tell their parents about bowel habits. RAD kids are even less likely to do so in most situations. Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, constipation and stomachaches are common digestive complaints in children but less frequent in RAD disorder. Younger kids though may have stomachaches and/or frequent diarrhea. Digestion is important to mental functioning for reasons that are not entirely understood. There is much research that postulates the gut as the second brain because so many neurotransmitters are produced in the gut. To help the brain in any person, gut health is important. Balancing digestion is a key factor in the treatment of RAD. At Insights to Health we have many treatments to help balance digestion. RAD Disorder, TBI, and the Brain If the gut as the second brain requires balancing to treat RAD, then certainly the brain is critical in treatment too. As many children with RAD come from abusive and/or neglictive environments, brain development may be delayed. There could be physical damage in the form of traumatic brain injury (TBI) . The healing of the brain is essential for healing of RAD. Without a properly functioning brain, decision making, executive function, concentration, focus, and control of emotions is difficult at best. Neurofeedback is a highly effective method to bring balance to the brain and calming disruptive tendencies in any individual. With RAD Disorder, neurofeedback may be essential. There are different types of neurofeedback systems and the one we use is highly effective in helping many cases of RAD. Many therapists working with children with RAD who have no knowledge of neurofeedback note that therapy seems to go faster working with this technology. Understanding the cause of any condition is important to be able to treat it. RAD disorder provides...

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What is RAD Disorder? How does it Affect the Body?

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Calm Plus, Counseling, Naturopathic, Neurofeedback | 0 comments

What is RAD Disorder? How does it Affect the Body?

In a previous article, we explored some of the signs and symptoms of Reactive Attachment Disorder or RAD Disorder. We discussed how some children (and adults) can exhibit a variety of interpersonal problems including, difficulty with peers, inability to form attachments to loved ones, antisocial behaviors, rule breaking and others. To treat RAD Disorder physically we need to understand what is happening in the body. It is a complex disorder that requires a holistic view of the body and brain to treat. Our approach at Insights to Health is to best understand what is happening physiologically so that we can best treat the appropriate underlying system and not just palliate symptoms. This allows for the targeting of appropriate treatments reducing costs and risks. RAD Disorder: What Happens in the Body? To start, RAD disorder is one of the few conditions that will require psychotherapy to heal. We have treated many conditions including ADD/ADHD, depression, anxiety, and others that didn’t require outside counseling. Many people improve because there is almost entirely a physical component. (Some people require psychotherapy and we refer when appropriate.) With RAD however, counseling is essential.  We work with counselors with specific training in treating RAD Disorder who are excellent in helping form appropriate attachments. Without forming good attachments patients will not be able to heal. In particular, they won’t feel safe enough and will remain in a hyper alert state. It is much easier to treat prior to puberty. After that time, hormonal changes, the desire for independence and basic teenage angst can make treatment tricky at best. The success rate of treatment is much greater pre-puberty in our experience and if you have a child who you even think may have RAD that is younger, get the evaluated as soon as possible. Physical Effects of RAD Disorder From the body perspective, this hyper active state affects all parts of the body but three areas in particular; it affects the brain, digestion and the adrenal glands. Each requires work on our part to facilitate healing. Oddly, there are often no outward symptoms in RAD in most cases. The child doesn’t often admit there is an issue and it takes a discerning eye to see that there are symptoms. In this article we will discuss the role of the adrenal glands in RAD. The adrenal glands are important for a variety of functions in the body. One of these function is to control fight or flight responses through adrenaline production. This is critical for people with RAD.   Often, parents of RAD kids report that the child is in a hyper-alert state or has difficulty falling asleep. This is due to high levels of adrenaline being produced in the body. In general, we have found that most RAD cases require treatments of the adrenal glands.  Furthermore, the adrenal glands are also responsible for blood sugar control, concentration of urine, sex hormone balancing, and likely affect the liver and some digestion functions. When the adrenal glands are not working optimally instead of experiencing fatigue, kids with RAD may become amped up. This can be unpredictable for reasons that are beyond the scope of this article. Crying at the drop of a hat, temper tantrums, or loud defiant outbursts may result due this imbalance. Anxiety may be another symptom of this and...

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Natural Pain Relief

Posted by on Feb 26, 2014 in Body Work, Cold Laser, Pain-Free | 0 comments

Natural Pain Relief

Many Americans are seeking natural pain relief for chronic pain. They suffer daily pain that over time seems to be normal. Chronic pain includes  low back pain, neck pain, and even foot pain.  But people also look for migraine relief too as headaches are often chronic. Many suffers are tired of taking pain medications with side effects and instead are looking for natural pain relief.  The key to understanding natural pain relief is that the pain is a symptom that is present for a reason.  If we address the reason the pain is present we can find natural and lasting solutions to the chronic pain. There certainly are some natural pain relievers that are the predecessors to chemical medicines like aspirin and acetaminophen.  Herbal treatments such as white willow bark, frankincense, and turmeric do a great job of helping the body regulate pain more expertly.  There are topical treatments that decrease pain like capsaicin and castor oil.  Sometimes enzyme therapy with high doses of proteolytic enzymes will help decrease the pain by breaking up the proteins that are the source of the pain.  Physical therapies, such as cold laser, can also be very effective in reducing pain as cold laser has a similar effect as aspirin on the body without any of the devastating side effects.  These are just a few examples of natural treatments that offer pain relief without the side effect profiles of chemical pain relievers. Diet is can contribute to natural pain relief.  By providing good inputs (though foods) to the body our systems are put in the best position to deal with the excessive inflammation that is the prime instigator of chronic pain and produce good outputs (lack of pain). Reducing Inflammation Through Diet Inflammation has now been linked to a growing number of chronic diseases some of which have pain as a primary symptom.  By reducing the overall inflammatory burden on the body, the body has a chance to reduce the pain in a meaningful way.  The best way to have an immediate and lasting impact on inflammation is through diet.  Eating foods that are anti-inflammatory and/or limiting inflammatory foods is a good place to start.  Common inflammatory foods include dairy, gluten, sugar, corn, and soy while common anti-inflammatory foods include kale (and other dark leafy greens), fresh, colorful fruits like blueberries, beets, and winter squash.  There are number of resources out there now that can help someone create meals that are both tasty and anti-inflammatory. Ultimately these foods help the body to improve digestion and elimination thus aiding in detoxification and eradicating the cause(s) of the pain.  The body is capable of handling the causes of the pain if put in the right...

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Do I Have ADD?

Posted by on Dec 18, 2013 in Brain Health, Calm Plus, Counseling, Naturopathic, Neurofeedback | 0 comments

Do I Have ADD?

We treat many people with learning and/or emotional issues at Insights to Health and a question we receive a lot is “Do I have ADD?”  What does ADD/ADHD stand for? It means attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder. While it is commonly diagnosed it is actually a rare condition. In a recent NY Times article about ADD medications the doctor who led the fight to legitimize the diagnosis, Keith Conners PhD, says it affects only about 5% of Americans. But more than 15% of high school students now are on medications for that diagnosis. What is the disconnect? Why are so many children being diagnosed with this condition? Signs of ADD Before the question do I have ADD can be answered we must discuss the signs of ADD. Some of the signs of ADD include: Trouble paying attention Frequent Daydreaming Difficulty following through on instructions Avoids activities s/he doesn’t like Problems with organization May be forgetful or lose objects Easily distracted so that chores or tasks aren’t completed Easily distracted on a regular basis If the child is also hyperactive you may observe fidgeting or other problems with keeping still. Some people also have trouble relaxing. The impulsive sub-variant could show problems with rash actions. One of the problems with ADD though is that it can look like many other things. The Mayo Clinic lists no less than ten other conditions that exhibit the exact same symptoms. An ADD diagnosis is based upon subjective observations and really requires trained professionals. In our experience, we see many cases at Insights to Health Clinic that look like ADD but are really something else happening. Alternatives to ADD If it’s not ADD/ADHD what else might you or your child have? This is a challenging question to answer and depends on the symptoms. Anxiety is an extremely common cause of the signs of ADD and can mimic the problems listed above. Many children who come to Insights to Health Clinic in Portland with ADD diagnoses are  extremely anxious. Sometimes there is another problem at home that creates anxiety. Other times the child may be bullied at school. This can create an unsafe environment for learning. Switching schools frequently can be problematic for many children.  Treatment of the anxiety can make all of the learning and behavior issues resolve. Depression may also show all of these symptoms. Even when the “blues” hit many people have trouble with concentration, avoidance and forgetfulness. This is not unusual in this situation and while it may need another treatment it is not ADD. Sleep problems can affect the brain in a manner that can mimic the signs of ADD. Many of our patients have reported increased concentration and productivity on days that they slept well the previous night. They also report having trouble with concentration the day after a poor nights’ sleep. Chronic sleep issues may be the underlying issues of the symptoms of ADD In fact, on brain scans that we do at our clinic chronic sleep issues can look like a traumatic brain injury (TBI), which is another common cause of manifestation of the signs of ADD. Finally, more serious behavior problems can mimic the signs of ADD. Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD), Conduct Disorder (CD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD) are all serious...

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TMJ Symptoms and TMJ Relief

Posted by on Dec 3, 2013 in Healthy Lifestyle Guidelines, Pain-Free | 0 comments

TMJ Symptoms and TMJ Relief

TMJ disorder is a condition that affects millions of Americans, and often women are more affected by it than men. TMJ Relief though is not as far away as you might believe.  As we use our jaws for many activities during the day, namely talking and eating, this can be a condition that severely affects a person’s quality of life.  Chronic inflammation can further impair joint function. This condition can also manifest in a number of ways including jaw pain while chewing, clicking/popping in the jaw, difficulty chewing, or pain that extends to the face, head or neck.  Sometimes this pain is the result of a slight misalignment of the joint itself or the result of a trauma to the area, but far more often this condition is the result of imbalanced musculature at the back the throat. But what causes the muscles of the throat to be out of balance? This is a good question that has a less than simple answer.  There are potentially many reasons that muscles could be out of balance, however, one big factor is stress.  Extra stress in our lives often manifests in the muscles of our body by making them tight and sometimes painfully sore.  A common area that many people hold stress is in the neck and upper back area.  While these areas are easy to treat with massage or a therapeutic application the muscles at the back of the throat tend to be ‘out of sight-out of mind’.  But make no mistake they are capable of holding onto stress and being tight just as easily as any other muscle in the body, and given the amount of work the jaw does on any given day these muscles often are stressed.  Another contributing factor is electrolyte imbalance.  As it is true with muscles all over the body a lack of adequate daily magnesium is a common cause of tight muscles.  This mineral is essential for good muscles balance, and there is a growing body of evidence suggesting that most Americans are chronically deficient in magnesium.  A visit with a doctor at Insights To Health can help you find the right amount of magnesium for you. Relaxing the muscles: Natural Pain Killers Magnesium is an excellent treatment for helping muscles to relax, however, many of the muscles in the back of the throat tend to have trigger points that can be difficult to treat with magnesium alone.  Often a manual therapy or massage is necessary to help these muscles come back into balance and relieve the TMJ symptoms.  This simple procedure may need to be repeated a number of times to achieve lasting results, but once the muscles have relaxed jaw pain begins to disappear. Cold Laser is another effective treatment used in helping the tissues of the jaw heal and be more in balance.  More on cold laser here: http://www.insightstohealth.net/therapies/cold_laser_pain_relief/ The light therapy of cold laser can help the tissues in the joint itself heal so that TMJ disorder is a thing of the past. Manual therapies to the muscles in the back of throat can also be extremely beneficial for allowing these tissues to relax and heal.  Similar to what one might experience with a massage this treatment can many times uncover the underlying issue of jaw and TMJ pain...

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