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Cindy was a long time patient that I had been successfully treating for a variety of muscular-skeletal conditions for several years. She was a compliant patient and had always responded very well to my treatments. However as life chances, so to, do the circumstances that our bodies have to adjust to and adapt.
Cindy got married and within 4 years, gave birth to 3 children. This was just too much for her body to handle and she started having painful headaches, severe tightness of her neck muscles and unintentional weight loss. I began to treat her as I had in the past, but this time, something was different. She would get a little better, but many visits found her with no improvement and sometimes, in worse condition than the previous visit. After several weeks, I began to talk to her about the possibility that something else was occurring within her body and that we should probably look into some advanced laboratory testing to find the true cause of her condition.
Cindy spoke with her husband and they decided to see her medical doctor and have some tests done. In the mean time, she continued to come in to see me, as my treatments did provide some temporary relief. But after a several weeks and several tests, she was diagnosed with stress and given a muscle relaxant, anti-inflammatory and anti-depressant; none of which impressed or pleased Cindy or her husband nor did they provide any relief and she was still loosing weight.
They decided that they would follow my recommendation and have some advanced laboratory testing which included an analysis of her GI system, along with some advanced blood work. Upon obtaining the results of the GI test, we found that Cindy, in her weakened state, had contracted strep and staph, H.pylori, mold and a parasite -all residing in her GI track. I contacted another MD who was familiar with my testing, who prescribed an anti-parasitic medication and after that prescription, Cindy was treated with supplements and herbs. Within about 7-10 days, Cindy was measurably improved and almost back to her normal self. Virtually all of her previous symptoms, including her severe muscle pain, were completely gone, except for a dull nagging headache, which lingered for weeks.
So again, we turned to more advanced laboratory testing, but this time, I was looking for a food allergy. I felt that something she was eating might be causing her headaches and just as I suspected, her report came back with not one, but approximately 35 foods that Cindy was having a reaction too. Many of which were good healthy foods, like oatmeal and eggs, but her body, in its weakened state, just could not tolerate and these foods were acting like a toxin to her body. Again, my compliant patient quite eating these foods that she was sensitive to and with 24 hours, her headache had completely disappeared!
Today, I can report that Cindy is back to her "pre-delivery" state and living a healthy and happy life, enjoying her three children and still coming in occasionally for her routine adjustment.
Tim was a relief pitcher at a local high school, but wanted to work his way up to become a starter during his junior/senior years. He had several good pitches with control, but only slightly above average speed. Tim came to me because of a re-occurring, nagging shoulder problem. He explained that he never really had an injury or trauma, but there was just something not right about his shoulder. His parents had taken him to a couple of sports medical doctors, who did imaging studies, but nothing appeared to be wrong and therefore he was diagnosed with "over-use" syndrome and told to rest the shoulder and prescribed some PT sessions; neither of which did much good.
When I saw Tim, I was struck by the maturity of his young man and his compete and total commitment to do whatever was necessary to advance his potential career in baseball; he really wanted to go to college on a baseball scholarship and maybe even pursue a professional career.
After I competed a total examination, to include his lower extremities, I felt comfortable in my diagnosis. Tim did have an "over-use" syndrome, maybe because he was a year-round baseball player, but, in addition to using his arm too much, Tim had two other larger issues. First, he had a condition called scapular-winging. This is caused by weak muscles in the upper arm that causes the scapula to lift away from the rib cage, causing instability of the entire shoulder complex. But second, I found that Tim had very weak glut (butt) muscles. Anyone with any knowledge of sports knows that the majority of power, especially for pitching, comes from your lower extremities. Because Tim's gluts were fairly weak, thereby not providing the power he really needed to pitch, Tim was over-compensating for this lack of power, by over throwing the ball with his shoulder/arm, contributing to his over-use syndrome.
Fortunately for Tim and his parents, I had treated this condition on many other patients and knew exactly what to do. First, he was prescribed some very specific exercises that re-train his scapular muscles in a way to eliminate his scapular winging. At the same time, I had a conversation with his Tim, his parents, coach and trainer and explained to all of them how to strengthen his weak gluts in such a way as to reactive them very quickly.
Because Tim was a competitive person with a desire to succeed, within about 6 weeks, Tim's shoulder muscles had stabilized and his glut muscles had responded, beyond even my expectations. I have not seem Tim his my initial evaluation but his father called to tell me that Tim was going to be a started in his junior year, his shoulder felt completely normal and he had actually picked up 4-5 mph on his fastball. Enough it seems, that maybe his college dream might come true.
Success stories are always enjoyable and informative, but a word of caution - the stories you read above, while true, may or may not be indicative of the responses that a different person might experience. These stories are meant to demonstrate some of the many benefits of functional nutritional/chiropractic treatments. Dr. Stowe
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