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Voodoo Floss Extremity Compression

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The gold standard of care for sports injury has always been R.I.C.E. which calls for rest, ice, compress, elevate. Many people are still resting and icing after they hurt themselves. But compression has since been forgotten. Even when compression was in, it wasn’t very aggressive – more like a little hug. Voodoo floss is extreme compression for a short time.

Silly name, simple concept. Explained easily, you wrap the injury really tightly with a thick rubber band and then move the body part around a lot for a couple minutes and then you take it off and feel better. Stupid simple. Much like some of the best things in life! There are many aspects of anatomy and physiology at work in this short process that can account for the benefits.

Voodoo Floss helps break up intramuscular adhesions to allow for greater mobility and blood supply to an area. By squeezing the muscle in a tight wrap, then forcing it through a full range of motion, friction between muscle fibers sheers and creates motion where motion was not present. Great for areas that foam rolling and lacrosse ball techniques can’t address with the same quick, do-it-yourself healing concept.

When you release the band after a treatment, a rush of fresh blood washes through the muscle; this not only brings nutrients for growth and healing but also clearing away the idle and stagnant body fluids that might become isolated from a current or past injury. This works wonders to aid the healing of sprained, strained, inflamed and aggravated tissue. For swollen areas, this can decrease the edema and promote lymphatic drainage.

There is also tremendous benefit to practicing a full and pain free active range of motion in a painful area. The Central Nervous System naturally adapts quickly to pain and injury causing guarding, splinting and reciprocating in order to protect the area and decrease discomfort. This is great at first, but problematic if this response is drawn out into a length of time or even becomes permanent. One of the first things you may notice when tying off the floss and moving the area is the sweet relief of being able to move without hurting! This will reprogram your neurons to forget about the CNS response of guarding and begin to remember what it is like to move freely throughout your fully active range of motion.

There is also a beneficial local endocrine hormone response to temporary occlusion, resulting in increased Human Growth Hormone (HGH) and Nitrous Oxide (NO), two messengers that lead to improved healing and recovery times.

This wonderful treatment should be performed often to get ahead of the problem at hand. (2-5 times daily) Otherwise, if you are feeling fine, it should be performed intermittently to prevent and avoid injury much like the prescribed use of your foam roller for self care. (2-3 times weekly)

Unfortunately, as great as this tool can be, there are some areas of the body that floss does NOT help. Please avoid dangerous anatomical areas of the head, neck and trunk!

Do Not Voodoo Floss: head, face, neck, chest, torso, abdomen, back, or directly over the knee cap.

 Use Voodoo Floss: shoulders, arms, elbows, forearms, wrists, hands, fingers, thighs/hamstrings, around the knee but not the knee-cap, calf, ankle and foot.

The Voodoo Floss Band is an essential performance tool and should be a staple in the gym bag of every athlete looking to improve range & restore joint mechanics. Try out a Voodoo Floss Treatment for an additional $10 at your next Chiropractic Adjustment and/or buy your own gear at Baltuska Chiropractic or purchase now online here.

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New Scheduling App for Your Smart Phone!

Scheduling your own Adjustment is even easier than before with the Baltuska Chiropractic Online Scheduling Application for your smart phone!

Follow these 4 easy steps below: (It takes less than 30 seconds)

1. Open your smart phone internet browser and go to my website: www.baltuska.com
2. Touch the button along the bottom panel of your phone that looks like a square with an up arrow (See example images below)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 3. Slide the lower panel of buttons until you see the square with a + sign that says “Add to Home Screen” and press it
4. Touch the Add button in the upper right corner of the screen



Now you have successfully added the Baltuska Chiropractic Online Scheduling App Icon to your smart phone. Just touch the app and then choose schedule to see a list of available appointment times. Once you choose a time, just type your name and then your booked!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


If you don’t find a day or time that works for you, just call 913-283-9803 for more availability. I look forward to working with you! -Dr. B

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New Year – New You: Opportunity Awaits

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I love the refreshing feeling of starting new by dropping everything and starting over. These feelings are common around the new year. If you have the craving for something new and wish to create a healthier life, we have plenty of opportunities for you to engage in:

Chiropractic: First Adjustment $50 and every return Adjustment $30

Acupuncture: First Session $50 and every return Session $30

Massage: 1 hour for $75

Yoga: $10 per class Every Tuesday at 7:00 pm at Baltuska Chiropractic

Meditation: Free Every Thursday at 7:00 pm at Baltuska Chiropractic

Group Workouts: Free Every Saturday at 8:00 am at Priority Fitness

Food Allergy Testing: $50 Blood sample collection and $220 analysis (may be covered by insurance)

Bulk Meal Prep: $90 Scheduled upon request at your house or at Baltuska Chiropractic

Essential Oils: Shop Online Now or pickup at Baltuska Chiropractic

Berry Sleepy Supplement: Shop Online Now or pickup at Baltuska Chiropractic

Happy New Year from Baltuska Chiropractic!

Call 913-283-9803 or schedule online using this link

 

 

 

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Dr. B’s Tees

New T-Shirts Available for Online Purchase

variety of color options to choose from – (only white shown below)

adjustment-first-Tshirt“Adjustment First” T-Shirt $22.99

 

Kefir Saved My Life T-Shirt“Kefir Saved My Life” Red Cross T-Shirt $22.99

 

meditate-dont-medicate-t-shirt“Meditate Don’t Medicate” T-Shirt $22.99

 

rawmilktshirt“Raw Milk” Jug T-Shirt $22.99

 

gottagetthedtshirt“Gotta get the D!” Sun T-Shirt $22.99

 

paleo-tshirt“Paleo” Fork & Knife T-Shirt $22.99

 

breast-fed-tshirt“Breast Fed” Bottle T-Shirt $22.99

 

baltuska-chiropractic-tshirt“Baltuska Chiropractic” Leaf T-Shirt $22.99

More Designs Coming Soon!

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Now Offering Food Allergy and Hypersensitivity Lab Testing

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Now Offering Food Allergy and Hypersensitivity Lab Testing

I have witnessed the profound impact that diet has for myself, my family, and my patients. It is important to share this knowledge with everyone so they may find answers to many different health concerns. I am pleased to have found a wonderfully efficient and affordable lab that allows me to offer this service to my patients. Furthermore, I don’t have to ask you for a full vile of blood and instead can perform a simple finger prick to collect a few dabs to mail in to the lab.

IgG (immunoglobulin G) testing is a useful guide for structuring elimination diets in many chronic conditions. Individuals with neurological, gastrointestinal, and movement disorders often suffer from IgG food allergies. These people may continue to eat offending foods unaware of their potential effects. As immunological reactions, the alternative “IgE” food allergy causes the release of histamine, producing an immediate hypersensitivity reaction, in which symptoms appear within minutes or hours. In contrast, food sensitivity is a non-IgE allergy characterized by the measurement of “IgG” antibodies specific to antigenic food proteins. This IgG food allergy is a delayed hypersensitivity reaction in which symptoms appear anywhere from hours to days after eating the offending food. The 93 foods tested in the IgG Food Allergy Test can identify problem food so it can be eliminated from the patient’s diet. Elimination of IgG positive foods can improve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, autism, ADHD, cystic fibrosis, rheumatoid arthritis, epilepsy, migraines and other headaches, chronic fatigue, skin conditions, behavioral and mental health conditions, insomnia and trouble sleeping, and much more.

In addition to foods, this same test also searches for Candida, a yeast overgrowth. Candida problems are caused when the benign yeast form of Candida albicans mutates to its fungal form. Candida can take over sections of the intestinal wall causing numerous symptoms. As it grows out of balance it produces toxins that create holes in the intestinal lining, leading to leaky gut syndrome. After entering the blood, Candida albicans causes an inflammatory immune system response. A wide range of disorders have been linked to Candida including autism, multiple sclerosis, depression, and chronic fatigue. Use of antibiotics, oral contraceptives, chemotherapy, and anti-inflammatory steroids greatly increase susceptibility to Candida.

The cost of the blood spot collection at Baltuska Chiropractic is $50.

The cost of the lab processing is $325. 

Call 913-283-9803 or schedule your Chiropractic Adjustment online using this link

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Headphones and Peppermints for a Killer Workout

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Listen to Music to Achieve a Better Workout

Next time you are gearing up for your workout, don’t forget your headphones. Listening to music while working out is a simple and very effective way to enhance your performance and get more out of your exercise routine.
Research continues to demonstrate that exercisers rate their session with music as much more positive than their session without. Listening to music during your workout boosts your need to tackle the next level of fitness, adopt a more varied regimen of routines and stay focused longer. This can push you past a wall or plateau that you may have hit. Upbeat tracks encourages more speed, allowing many athletes to achieve their personal best record performances while listening to their favorite tunes.
When you are exercising, music can reduce your idea of how hard you have to work. Hearing music you associate with peak performance will fire areas of the brain that deal with your long-term memory. It can inspire you and help you shift up a gear.

While I do see an excellent opportunity to get more efficiency out of the time invested in exercise with music, I can understand that many people might choose to enjoy their workouts in silence and unplugged. This can be a stress-fighting, peaceful, and meditative opportunity in the day that is all too often filled with screen time and being constantly tuned-in to some form of distracting media.

Peppermint is Another Simple Performance Enhancer

The research regarding peppermint reveals that all performance parameters improve, churning out 50 percent more work, 20 percent more power, and a 25 percent greater time to exhaustion. Improvements were found across the board in all those physiological parameters, indicating increased respiratory efficiency. They may attribute these remarkable results to the peppermint opening up their airways, increasing ventilation and oxygen delivery.
Every measurable performance parameter improved, including more than 52 percent more vertical distance and 40 percent more horizontal distance covered. Increased respiratory efficiency proved to be the pivotal factor. The actual physical performance can be enhanced as well. Participants did more push-ups, ran faster and showed a trend toward stronger grip strength in the peppermint odor condition than in the non-odorized control condition.
You can achieve the performance enhancing benefits of peppermint in a few different ways. Diffuse the scent in the room as aromatherapy, apply peppermint oil topically on your upper lip, suck on a peppermint (be careful not to choke), or drink peppermint infused water during your workouts. Purchase some Peppermint Essential Oil from our online store using this link:

Buy doTerra Peppermint Essential Oil

Grab your headphones and peppermints and join us for a free group workout every Saturday morning at 8 am at Priority Fitness 10420 Mastin St. Overland Park, KS.

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Ergonomic Sleeping Pillow

Stop Waking Up with Neck Pain and Headaches

We spend a third of our lives sleeping. Let’s make sure that our bodies find a comfortable resting position during this time. Most of our day-to-day tasks encourage our heads to drift forward over our shoulders causing tremendous strain on the muscles, tendons, joints, nerves and bones. Reading, driving, sitting, using cell phones and computers all stress our bodies into improper alignment. There are many serious repercussions in our health. Even a 30% decreased lung capacity has been found with anterior head carriage!

This ergonomic sleeping pillow’s design allows your head to rest lower, providing proper positioning of the neck during sleep. Many of my patients find great relief when switching to this more comfortable design. Buy it online now using this link!

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Mother Nature’s Anti-Inflammatory Herbs for Pain Relief

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Inflavonoid Intensive Care Now Available for Online Purchase!

Enter Code: BaltuskaChiropractic

(Also available at Baltuska Chiropractic)

Another astounding discovery that once again proves that food is and always will be our best medicine! These herbs have been shown to outperform their chemically mediated counterparts (cortisone, aleve, motrin, advil, aspirin and other NSAIDs) without any risks or side effects!

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Inflavonoid Intensive Care

Benefits:

  1. Contains boswellia, turmeric, ginger and cayenne pepper—all premium quality and standardized to key compounds to ensure effectiveness, reproducibility, and consistent results.
  2. Provides relief of pain and inflammation as a healthy alternative to over-the-counter and prescription drugs without risky side-effects. 

Serving Size:

1 Tablet / Day OR (Take up to 6 / day for moderate to severe pain)

Ingredients

Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid) 100 mg

Boswellia (Boswellia serrata) Gum Extract

[standardized to 66.5% (137.25 mg) organic acids] 206.5 mg

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) Rhizome Extract

[standardized to 95% (142.5 mg) curcuminoids] 150 mg

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) Rhizome Extract

[standardized to 5% (5 mg) gingerols] 100 mg 

Cayenne Pepper (Capsicum annuum.) Fruit 25 mg

Lemon Bioflavonoid Complex

[standardized to 50% (50 mg) full spectrum bioflavonoids] 100 mg

Quercetin 50 mg
Other Ingredients: Microcrystalline cellulose, cellulose, stearic acid (vegetable), calcium silicate, silica, croscarmellose sodium, sodium starch glycolate, magnesium stearate (vegetable), and coating (hypromellose, medium chain triglycerides , and hydroxypropylcellulose).

This product is non-GMO, gluten free, and vegetarian. Safe to consume during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Keep tightly closed in a cool, dry place.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Buy Inflavonoid Intensive Care Now Using This Link and enter the practitioner code: BaltuskaChiropractic

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Natural Alternatives for Heartburn and Acid Reflux Medications

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Natural Alternatives for Heartburn and Acid Reflux Medications

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) like Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid are taken daily by 20 million Americans for heartburn symptoms. These drugs have been linked to a heightened risk for a number of serious health problems that are much scarier than heartburn, including: chronic kidney disease, pneumonia, osteoporosis, hip fractures, dementia, heart disease, and heart attacks.
There are many ways to eliminate heartburn or acid reflux without drugs, starting with eating real food and probiotic-rich fermented foods like Kefir. There are also supplements available to help treat the underlying cause without the nasty side-effects.

The theory that heartburn symptoms is caused by too much stomach acid has been disproven. Most cases of heartburn are actually caused by one or more of the following scenarios:

  • Insufficient amounts of stomach acid: That burning sensation is not caused by too much acid, but instead by the rotting food that is sitting in your digestive track because it is not being properly broken down due to lack of stomach acids. Swap out your processed table salt for an unprocessed Himalayan salt. Take a tablespoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar before meals and/or take a hydrochloric acid supplement with meals. (Order a supplement here and enter code: BaltuskaChiropractic)
  • Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) imbalance: While H. pylori can be part of your normal healthy microbiome, it can cause problems, including symptoms of acid reflux and heartburn if there’s an overgrowth of it. This typically occurs over time as a result of poor food choices. Avoid processed, high sugar “food-like” substances.
  • Hiatal hernia: Some people actually have anatomical abnormalities in which part of the stomach actually slides up through the ring that the esophagus descends. See a Chiropractor to have your stomach adjusted into proper position.
  • Food allergies: Hypersensitivity to foods often contribute to acid reflux.  Eliminate common culprits such as wheat, dairy, sugar, caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine.

The uncomfortable symptoms that your body is signaling to you is a cry for help to correct an imbalance before it becomes a larger problem. When you mask this signal with prescription drugs, it only allows for the imbalance to fester into something far worse that is harder to correct. If you have become dependent on medication to control your acid reflux and heartburn symptoms for some time, do not stop taking them “cold turkey”.  Instead, as you ease into some of the natural alternatives, slowly wean your dependency over time. It will be worth the hassle and effort to avoid the disasters of long term use.


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Like these 10 Facebook Pages to add Health & Wellness to your Daily Newsfeed

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Like these 10 Facebook Pages to add Health & Wellness to your Daily Newsfeed

  1. Mark Hyman, MD: Rid yourself of your sugar addictions and overcome Diabetes naturally to get off of your insulin and other prescriptions.
  2. Food Babe: Vani Hari is a true activist and agent of change for the food world. She actively seeks the truth and justice from Big Food companies and food chains, holding them accountable and demanding the truth about harmful ingredients and food processes.
  3. David Perlmutter, MD: Author of the New York Times best seller and revolutionary game changer Grain Brain, David is shedding light on the truth about fat, wheat and processed grains. He is a highly respected author and physician and a revolutionary force in changing the face of health care.
  4. Dr. Christiane Northrup: A highly respected and well-known physician, Dr. Christiane Northrup is working to bring mind and body together, to heal and bring light to real-life health issues. She captivates her audiences with her speaking and focuses on the most pressing issues facing our society today.
  5. MindBodyGreen: Looking for one place that has all the health information you seek? MindBodyGreen is exactly that. They have mastered the art of bringing crucial and cutting-edge health information and advice to one central community.
  6. Gluten Free School: Here you’ll find an amazing collection of resources, recipes, interviews and blogs revolving around this niche topic. Jennifer Fugo brings you everything you need to know about living a gluten-free lifestyle for both beginners and veterans. With a podcast that features interviews with the top names in health and some of the most creative and delicious recipes I’ve seen, she is definitely bookmark worthy.
  7. The Blender Girl: The Blender Girl has successfully captured the attention of hundreds of thousands of people who are making small but meaningful health changes in their lives each day. Find delicious health promoting recipes here.
  8. Dr. Daniel Amen: An amazing advocate for health, Dr. Amen offers real-time solutions to real health issues. Join him as he actively brings health and wellness news and options.
  9. Michael Pollan: Michael Pollan is a game changer in the sphere of food and lifestyle. Author of amazing titles such as The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Food Rules, Pollan is shedding light on the truth behind food and our harmony with it.
  10. Environmental Working Group: The topics of toxins and food safety are not only challenging to understand, they are also complicated to navigate. The EWG is a heaven-sent organization actively working to bring you the facts behind food, toxicity and corporate responsibility. 
  11. Baltuska Chiropractic: Thank you in advance! I’ll do my best to keep you up to date on my latest inspirations to find better health.