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Cupping Therapy Sucks!

cuppingI finally got to try out cupping therapy! While the practice dates back to 300 A.D. in Egypt, it was recently made famous by Olympic Gold Medalist Swimmer, Michael Phelps, when he showed up on the starting block sporting baseball sized hickeys along his neck, shoulders, and back. Today it is most commonly practiced by Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncturists.

Suction cups of varying sizes are attached to the body, and the suction draws blood to the surface of the skin. Hence, the bruise-like marks. The treatment is said to pull the muscles away from the bone, improve blood and lymphatic circulation, thereby speeding up healing, reducing pain and easing muscle soreness. According to Dr. Houman Danesh, a pain management specialist at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, cupping helps “jumpstart the body’s natural healing process.”

Practitioners will typically use plastic or glass cups. Oil is first applied to the skin to prevent excessive friction and pain as the flesh is sucked into the cup. The vacuum can be created in 2 different ways. 1. Simply pulling on a syringe-like pump to expel the air inside the cup. (This is the type that I experienced) 2. By lighting a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol and holding it inside the cup. When the fire burns out after consuming the oxygen inside the cup, the resulting vacuum creates suction. Skilled practitioners can use techniques to get the pressure just right for each patient and their condition. The cups can be left in place or slowly moved around, the latter of which is referred to as cupping massage; the effect being similar to that of a deep tissue massage. (This is the type that I experienced) Cups are typically left on for three to five minutes. The resulting raised and discolored welts left on the skin will typically vanish in a couple of days, just as with a typical bruise.

After a quick 5 minute back massage to rub in the oils, about 6 cups were then placed along both sides of my spine and across the back of my shoulders and neck. This felt just as you would imagine with some pulling pressure from the suction. When the practitioner began to drag the cups along my muscles, the pain became very intense. It seemed to be much more uncomfortable than an aggressive deep tissue massage. But I just focused on deep breathing and did my best to relax and trust the practitioner’s wisdom. After what seemed to be eternity, (more like 10-20 minutes), and almost having to “tap-out” and cry uncle, She removed the cups and laughed. I was relieved to have survived the treatment and excited to see how I felt over the next few days. The immediate raised bruising along my skin was really gross looking. The soreness along my back, neck and shoulders over the next few days felt like a bruise that was healing or the typical delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) from a killer workout. I have to admit, I did feel better in a few different ways. Like a weight had been lifted from my back and shoulders. Better range of motion and less tension just like I feel with Chiropractic Adjustments. I would recommend this specific practitioner to my patients who are more open to the “no pain, no gain” phenomenon and like to really feel the work physically. I would not recommend this to my patients who are very sensitive to aggressive pressures and overkill who prefer a more gentle touch. I know that there are many cupping practitioners available who can really cater to each patient’s request.

My wife recommended that I don’t share the photos of my back post treatment. She saved you from the grotesque imagery. The discoloration and raised marks fully recovered after 4 days. Emotionally I’m still suffering from the treatment. (Just kidding) As a Chiropractor, I always have fun trying out alternative healing practices. This way I can inform my patients when they ask about these other options as well as refer them to someone that I know and trust.

I tried out cupping therapy in Olathe at:

Therapeutic Massage

Address: 10420 S Ridgeview Rd, Olathe, KS 66061 

Proceed at your own risk!

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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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Float Tank Sensory Deprivation Chamber

Float Tank

I enjoyed floating in a sensory deprivation chamber much more than I thought I would. The 60 minute float session in 10 inches of body temperature saltwater flew by, and when the lights began to signal that my time was up, I wished that I could stay a bit longer. With the extreme silence, I could hear the rhythmic slow beating of my own heart. With the extreme darkness, I could not even see my hand when held directly in front of my face. As for the sense of touch, if I remained still, it would be almost completely gone. It is recommended to float completely naked so that swimwear clothing won’t distract. My hosts provided simple foam flotation devices to place behind my knees and head, but I quickly threw those to the side to help find the complete sensory deprivation experience. Wax earplugs helped to keep the water out of my head and provided pure silence. And for 60 minutes, NOTHING!

We find ourselves over stimulated this day in age. With our phones, tablets, TVs, watches, and computers, “digital dementia” and “tech neck” are rising in epic proportions. Thus births the need for a chance to unplug and disengage. Floating provides the extreme opposite experience of our hectic daily lives. Sensory deprivation was originally explored by a Neuropsychologist  in the 1950’s and has gradually gained popularity since then. Now the current research has deemed it “Reduced Environmental Stimulation Therapy” or REST, and we need our REST now more than ever before! NBA MVP Stephen Curry reportedly enjoys a float session every 2 weeks. Perhaps this is his secret to becoming the best basketball shooter of all time.

Here is the list of reported benefits of sensory deprivation floating:

  • Pain and stress management

  • Sports performance and recovery

  • Mental development and spiritual growth

  • Reduces anxiety, pain and fatigue

  • Speeds muscle and injury recovery

  • Detoxifies and rejuvenates

  • Increases creativity and problem solving abilities

  • Helps find clarity, peace, balance, harmony and transcendence

  • Helps mind, body and soul all at once. With no effort

Here is a link to watch the 1-hour documentary “Float Nation” on YouTube: https://youtu.be/nHnbKjQGhHw

Here is a couple different locations that you can try it for yourself:

Ad Astra Wellness

1410 Kasold Dr.

Lawrence, KS

http://www.adastrawellness.com/

 

Arbor Vitae Wellness Center

7235 Central St.

Waldo, MO

http://www.floatingkc.com/

 

More information about floating from their website:

  • The vast majority of the human mental and physical workload is devoted to dealing with the effects of stimulation to ones response system, namely environmental stimulation (gravity, light, sound, temperature, etc). We intake over 4.5million bits of information per second and process just under 2000! This overload has contributed to an increasing trend of neurological and physical imbalance and disease.

  • The elimination of stimuli combined with the lesser gravity environment is proven to dramatically counteract these ill effects.

  • The “Zero Gravity” environment forces the body into a vascular-dilatory and parasympathetic response phase. This drops muscle tension, heart rate and blood pressure, cortisol production and respiratory rate.

  • The body’s chemistry changes into a natural mechanism for healing and regeneration.

  • This is a state of being that can otherwise only be achieved through very deep focused meditation.

  • Harmful stress hormones like epinephrine and cortisol have been clinically proven to be lowered, while endorphin production such as dopamine, serotonin, tryptophans and tryptamines tend to rise significantly.

  • Brainwave activity lowers into the Theta state or the “Dream State” similar to what is experienced right before sleep.

  • The Theta state can be maintained for longer periods, allowing for further creativity and profound states of consciousness.

  • This minimal environment also allows one to process past traumas in a healthy way. By simply relaxing, trauma survivors can achieve life changing mental relief.

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New Year – New You: Opportunity Awaits

new year new you

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)

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

 

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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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Berry Sleepy Superfruits for Super Sleep

Berry Sleepy Superfruits for Super Sleep

Purchase Online Using This Link

(Also available at Baltuska Chiropractic)

Berry Sleepy blends three proven sleep-inducing superfruits to create a healthy all-natural sleep aid rich in vitamins and antioxidants. Safe for all ages!

Tart Cherries, Goji Berries and Passion Fruit contain vitamins, minerals and naturally-occurring compounds that reduce insomnia and regulate sleep cycles. These three superfruits are combined to work synergistically for the first time in Berry Sleepy.

Dangerously powerful pharmaceutical drugs are being more commonly used to induce sleep. Even melatonin supplementation is considered a hormone which is much more invasive than fruit. Berry Sleepy is a wonderful, conservative and natural way to encourage a restful night’s sleep. I encourage all of my patients to practice optimal sleeping habits, and when considering the use of a sleep supplement, to first try this safe, conservative approach.


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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.


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Genes Load the Gun – Lifestyle Choices Pull the Trigger

epigenetic chiropracticWe once thought that the human genome served as a recipe for the body and that when you end up with “bad genes” there is simply nothing that can be done. Sometimes “bad things” happen to “good people” and that was long thought to be the end of story. The fact of the matter is that what you are born with is only the beginning of the story, and every day, through the choices you make in the area of diet, exercise, meditation, and Chiropractic care, you are actually recreating all aspects of your body. 

Although the genes you are born with can be thought of as loading your genetic gun, it is your life choices that determine when and even if those genes are ever fired. This is why a woman who carries a gene for breast cancer does not have breast cancer the moment she is born or perhaps even several decades into her life. Something must trigger the expression of that gene in her body. A recent study revealed that by practicing intermittent fasting, women can significantly reduce the chances of expressing the genes responsible for developing breast cancer. With life choices, we can choose whether or not to express certain genes.

There are thousands of epigenetic switches on each of our 25,000 genes and the position of those switches — whether the gene is turned on or off — is what determines when and if any given gene expresses in the body. 

So the question is, what controls expression of the genes? The pharmaceutical industry is spending billions of dollars looking for pills that will turn these epigenetic switches on and off. Science has already discovered the most powerful keys to the epigenetic switches. A clean diet, consistent exercise, centered emotions, daily meditation and Chiropractic care have all been shown to have powerfully positive epigenetic impacts. Currently, it is estimated that somewhere between 70 and 90% of our genes can be turned on and off epigenetically.

When you eat processed and conventional food, fail to exercise, and struggle to manage stress in life, you are playing a potentially deadly game of genetic Russian roulette. You cannot  continue to abuse the body without suffering in health. The beauty of how our bodies come to be is that we are now creating our body’s future experience with the choices made today.


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Take this Test to Discover Your Ayurvedic Dosha Type

dosha-ayurvedaAyurveda Mind Body Dosha Type Test

Ayurveda translates to “the science of life,” or “the knowledge of life span.” Dating back more than 5,000 years, Ayurveda teaches us how our lives can be influenced, shaped, extended, and experienced without interference from sickness and old age. The guiding principle is that the mind exerts the deepest influence on the body. Creating a balanced awareness provides the highest state of health and wellbeing.

Take this 60 question test to find out your Dosha type. Dosha is each of three energies believed to circulate in the body and govern physiological activity. If nothing else, finding out your Dosha type might help you realize why some practices work for one person to create health but do not necessarily translate across the entire population. Take it a step further and try some recommendations to balance your Dosha type to experience surprising health benefits.

Read each statement and mark, from 1 to 6, how well it applies to you.

1 = Does not apply to me

3 = Applies to me somewhat (or some of the time)

6 = Applies to me very much (or nearly all of the time)

Add your total score together for each section so that you find your scores for the three different Dosha types: Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

  1. I perform activity very quickly.
  2. I am not good at memorizing things and then remembering them later.
  3. I am enthusiastic and vivacious by nature.
  4. I have a thin physique and don’t gain weight very easily.
  5. I learn new things easily.
  6. My characteristic gain while walking is light and quick.
  7. I tend to have difficulties making decisions.
  8. I tend to develop gas or become constipated easily.
  9. I tend to have cold hands and feet.
  10. I become anxious or worried frequently.
  11. I don’t tolerate cold weather as well as most people.
  12. I speak quickly and my friends think I’m talkative.
  13. My moods change easily and I am somewhat emotional by nature.
  14. I often have difficulty in falling asleep or having a sound night’s sleep.
  15. My skin tends to be dry, especially in winter.
  16. My mind is very active, sometimes restless, but also very imaginative.
  17. My movements are quick and active; my energy tends to come in bursts.
  18. I am easily excitable.
  19. Left on my own, my eating and sleeping habits tend to be irregular.
  20. I learn quickly, but also forget quickly.

VATA Score _____

  1. I consider myself to be very efficient.
  2. In my activities, I tend to be extremely precise and orderly.
  3. I am strong-minded and have somewhat forceful manner.
  4. I feel uncomfortable or become easily fatigued in hot weather, more so than most people.
  5. I tend to perspire easily.
  6. Even though I might not always show it, I become irritable or angry quite easily.
  7. If I skip a meal or a meal is delayed, I become uncomfortable.
  8. One or more of the following characteristics describes my hair: (early graying or balding) (thin, fine, straight hair) (blond, red, or sandy colored hair)
  9. I have a strong appetite; if I want to, I can eat quite a large quantity.
  10. Many people consider me stubborn.
  11. I am very regular in my bowel habits. It would be more common for me to have loose stools than to be constipated.
  12. I become impatient very easily.
  13. I tend to be a perfectionist about details.
  14. I get angry quite easily, but then forget about it.
  15. I am very fond of cold foods like ice cream and also crave ice-cold drinks.
  16. I am more likely to feel that a room is too hot than too cold.
  17. I don’t tolerate foods that are very hot and spicy.
  18. I am not very tolerant of disagreement.
  19. I enjoy challenges and when I want something, I am very determined in my efforts to get it.
  20. I tend to be critical of others and also of myself.

PITTA Score _____

  1. My natural tendency is to do things in a slow and relaxed fashion.
  2. I gain weight more easily than most people and lose it more slowly.
  3. I have a placid and calm disposition. I’m not easily ruffled.
  4. I can skip meals easily without any significant discomfort.
  5. I have a tendency toward excess mucus, phlegm, chronic congestion, asthma, or sinus problems.
  6. I must get at least eight hours of sleep in order to be comfortable the next day.
  7. I sleep very deeply.
  8. I am calm by nature and not easily angered.
  9. I don’y learn as quickly as some people, but I have excellent retention and a long memory.
  10. I have a tendency toward becoming plump. I store extra fat easily.
  11. Weather that is cool and damp bothers me.
  12. My hair is thick, dark, and wavy.
  13. I have smooth, soft skin with a somewhat pale complexion.
  14. I have a large, solid body build.
  15. The following words describe me well: serene, sweet-natured, affectionate, and forgiving.
  16. I have slow digestion, which makes me feel heavy after eating.
  17. I have very good stamina and physical endurance as well as a steady level of energy.
  18. I generally walk with a slow, measured gait.
  19. I have a tendency toward oversleeping, grogginess upon awakening, and am generally slow to get going in the morning.
  20. I am a slow eater and am slow and methodical in my actions.

KAPHA Score _____

Although there are only three Doshas, Ayurveda combines them creating 10 possible body types. If one of the three numbers is obviously dominant (Ex: 90, 45, 65), then you are likely classified as a Single Dosha Type of your highest number. If two of the three numbers are dominant and relatively close together (Ex: 45, 80, 85), then you are likely classified as a Two Dosha Type of the higher two numbers. Or perhaps all three of your Dosha numbers are very close together (Ex: 88, 85,75). In this case you would be classified as the Three Dosha Type.

Single Dosha Types 

  • Vata 
  • Pitta 
  • Kapha

Two Dosha Types

  • Vata-Pitta or Pitta-Vata
  • Pitta-Kapha or Kapha-Pitta
  • Kapha-Vata or Vata-Kapha

Three Dosha Type

  • Vata-Pita-Kapha

Now that you know your Dosha, here is how you can use this information to create a healthier life for yourself.

Ayurvedic principles demonstrate that the source of all of our discomforts in life are a result of us not respecting our Dosha type and becoming unbalanced. We can practice balancing our Dosha type in MANY ways to restore health. Here are some examples:

Balancing Vata

  • Regular habits
  • Quiet
  • Attention to fluids
  • Decreased sensitivity to stress
  • Ample rest
  • Warmth
  • Steady supply of nourishment
  • Oil massage

Balancing Pitta

  • Moderation
  • Coolness
  • Attention to leisure
  • Exposure to natural beauty
  • Balance of rest and activity
  • Decreased stimulants

Balancing Kapha

  • Stimulation
  • Regular exercise
  • Weight control
  • Variety of experiences
  • Warmth, dryness
  • Reduced sweetness

Visit me for Acupuncture treatments to aid in the restoration of balance in your life.

This is just a glimpse of the MANY different ways to balance your Dosha. For more specific details about restoration in every facet of life, I recommend the book “Perfect Health” by Deepak Chopra, MD.