Many people consider medical oxygen ozone injection therapy to be a miracle treatment for pain because oxygen-ozone injection therapy often works when multiple other treatments have not helped. The vast majority of our patients come to us after they’ve tried multiple other treatments and their chronic pain issues that just are not getting better.
For example, in a recent podcast interview, I mentioned several patients whose stories are on my website. There are patient stories about not only the ozone injections removed their severe back pain due to injury or disc herniation and enable them to go back to their beloved sports. There are other stories about this treatment enabled them to avoid surgery of the knees, shoulders and spine. I encourage you to visit our site to read these remarkable stories from our patients. I discussed some of these stories in the previous podcast interview so I won’t go into details here. Their stories can be found here: http://www.alternativedisctherapy.com/patient-stories/
The bottom line is that ozone not only works, but the benefits last for a long time. It works because it restores the normal cell function, removes inflammation and it promotes continued healing.
Winter is coming, so are the typical snowy and icy conditions in the Northeast. It’s all the more important to do strengthening exercises to improve balance and mobility to prevent falls.
Many falls are triggered by poor balance. As we age, we may not have the same automatic reflex we enjoyed in our youth. Muscle weakness, weak hips and legs, aches and pains and deteriorating vision all upset our sense of balance and our reflex. Medical conditions such as spinal degeneration, low blood pressure and many drugs further affect balance and mobility.
There are many published articles and books on how exercises can improve balance and mobility. Mayo Clinic provides a free slide show on their site to demonstrate how to do some simple balance exercises (https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/multimedia/balance-exercises/sls-20076853).
If you are interested in digging deeper into this topic, Harvard Medical School published a report, Better Balance: Simple exercises to improve stability and prevent falls (https://www.health.harvard.edu/exercise-and-fitness/better-balance-simple-exercises-to-improve-stability-and-prevent-falls).
Before you pull out your wallet, here is the Table of Contents:
- How balance works
- Why improve your balance
- The body’s balance systems
- Balance problems
- Investigating balance problems
- Age-related balance problems
- Health conditions that affect balance
- Medications that affect balance
- How your doctor can help
- SPECIAL BONUS SECTION: Preventing falls
- Why do people fall?
- Personal safety checklist
- Home hazards checklist
- Activities that enhance balance
- Starting balance workouts safely
- Do you need to see a doctor?
- Additional safety tips
- Balance workouts and your overall fitness plan
- Current exercise recommendations
- The health benefits of exercise
- Fitting balance workouts into an overall exercise plan
- Using the workouts
- Choosing the right equipment
- Understanding the workout instructions
- Answers to four common questions
- Beginner Balance Workout
- Standing Balance Workout
- Balance in Motion Workout
- Balance 360 Workout
- Balance on the Beam Workout
- Yoga Balance Workout
A good example is vitamin D supplement. It is well known that vitamin D supplementation is very important for our overall health. However, at least in the elderly, there may be additional risks to be considered associated with dosage.
A randomized research study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine by Doctors Bischoff-Ferrari, et. al. in 2016 has shown increased risk of falls in high dosage of vitamin D supplementation during the trial.
This study’s objective is to determine the effectiveness of high-dose vitamin D in lowering functional decline. 200 men and women over the age of 70 participated in the study. All of the subjects had a low trauma fall in the prior year. In this study, the standard dose of vitamin D3 per month was considered to be 24,000 IU (equivalent to 800 IU per day). Patients who were taking this dose had improvement in lower extremity function and the lowest risk of falling again. However, patients who were taking a higher dose showed no improvement in lower extremity function and were more likely to have a second fall. To cite the authors conclusion, “Although higher monthly doses of vitamin D were effective in reaching a threshold of at least 30 ng/mL of 25-hydroxyvitamin D, they had no benefit on lower extremity function and were associated with increased risk of falls compared with 24 000 IU.”
This study underscores the importance of consulting your primary medical doctor before taking supplements. We tend to think of supplements as being harmless. However, supplements should be thought of as medications. In addition, supplement industry is not regulated by the FDA so there is more reason to consult your doctor or your healthcare provider and research details of the supplements you consider taking.