To Your Health
June, 2007 (Vol. 01, Issue 06)
What are "modalities" and why are they important?
Certain modalities can do things for the body that the hands can't. You need to know what those are and use them for areas that can speed recovery to support the ability of the patient to get well as quickly as possible. The top modalities are cold laser and EFX earthing technology. I'm also a fan of frequency-specific microcurrent and kinesiotaping.
I think it's important that every doctor have a toolkit that he has access to, so when he diagnoses a patient, he can dig into his toolkit and create his treatment plan specific to the patient. Once he knows the needs of the patient, he has a toolkit to address those needs in a systematic, rational way.
How is nutrition important?
One of the elements necessary to get well as quickly as possible is biochemistry and the nutritional side of it. If you don't have the right blocks for body growth and repair and energy production, tissues heal slowly and your body doesn't have the energy to do the rehabilitation tasks.
Through a dietary analysis and the use of appropriate supplements, you can get the body's energy production and healing systems running to match and merge with therapies and modalities, to enhance the speed of recovery for an injury.
What is wellness, and how do you achieve it on a continuing basis?
My definition of wellness is to do a thorough evaluation of the patient, a battery of tests to determine where the hidden factors are in the body that are not symptomatic yet, and discharge them from the system. For example, you can have a muscle problem that can lead to an altered movement pattern that makes you vulnerable to injury. You can have a joint out of place that is affecting how the muscles talk to each other to produce coordinated movements. If the muscles can't coordinate, you're vulnerable to injury, not to mention the fact that you can't put in a top performance.
These are the things I always look for. You have the diagnostic ability to find things that are hidden in the body that the patient doesn't know are there, and then have the treatment capacity to be able to remove those things before they become symptomatic. And that's the whole purpose of a wellness visit.