An epidural injection would not typically be the first line of treatment for a disc extrusion, and a referral to a neurosurgical consult or manual therapist should be considered if the epidural was ineffective. Transcript: "This question and the answer necessarily would be a little bit nuanced because an epidural injection for an extrusion at L5S1, that's a disc extrusion, wouldn't typically be the first line of treatment. And if it were, you would want to ask the question as to why more conservative methods of treatment had not been applied. You'd also want to ask or understand what other symptoms are available because typically the main concern with extrusions at that level is spinal stenosis or corticoidinus syndrome. If that was the case, then it would be a referral to a neurosurgical consult. However, if epidural has been ineffective, you would want to reconsult with orthopedic or perhaps with a manual therapist or physical therapist to undergo more intensive rehab."
Massage therapy and chiropractic therapy can work well together, depending on the patient's preference. The two treatments are complementary and can help with relaxation. Transcript: "Massage therapists can work in conjunction with a chiropractor really in any particular fashion that works well for the patient. So whenever we create any type of intervention or any type of treatment program, the patient's needs and requirements are paramount. So if the patient has responded typically well to massage therapy in the past, or if the patient responds much better to a more prolonged hands-on approach that typically comes with massage therapy, then that's going to be something which I would recommend. In terms of the how and the when, that again is very dependent upon the patient's preference and previous reaction. I don't think there's any way we could say that a massage prior to chiropractic therapy is better than massage post-chiropractic therapy, and it's going to come down to personal preference. But the two treatments are complementary and they do seem to work very well from a well-being and relaxation point of view."
The first step would be to rule out any underlying conditions causing the high permeability by conducting tests. If everything checks out, then we want to establish a baseline of weight and control, and progress from there as with any other physical conditioning program. Transcript: "First thing we want to look at with a suggestion of hypermobility is we want to look at bait and test and quantify to see if actually hypermobility is present or not. And if hypermobility is present we want to establish first of all if there's any underlying cause for that such as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome because that can come along with concomitant issues in other systems in the body. We want to be very cautious about that. So that would be my first protocol is to rule out any potential sequelae from a diagnosis based upon the hypermobility. That being said I think if that's not the case and everything is well then with hypermobility we simply want to make sure that we establish a baseline of weight and control and we progress from there in the same way as we would do with any other individual who's embarking on any type of physical conditioning program."
The intention behind hosting international retreats is to provide an environment for individuals to relax, integrate their spiritual journey, and experience personal transformation. This transformation can include reclamation of who the individual is, strengthening of energetic boundaries, and learning how to cultivate and sustain more energy. Transcript: "The intention behind hosting international retreats is to remove an individual from their daily stressors into an environment which is a little bit slower paced, more relaxed, and that they have more space and time within a day in order to integrate their spiritual journey. And the way that Kathleen, the other co-facilitator, and I hold the container for the retreat is that there's plenty of space within the afternoon to allow for integration. And again, we're utilizing the tools of energy medicine with guided meditations and also yoga in order to allow this personal transformation. The expected transformations that people can anticipate going on these retreats are several, but let's just name the top few. Energetically, there's a sense of reclamation of who an individual is. They strengthen their energetic boundaries and they learn how to cultivate and sustain more energy."Embody Your Soul Retreat
There are no requirements to attend the retreat Embody Your Soul, but we encourage people with a semi-regular yoga practice and daily meditation practice. We invite those without such practices to explore their mental chatter and develop a regular meditation practice. Transcript: "There are no requirements to participate in the retreat Embody Your Soul. What we do anticipate in the people that gravitate towards the retreat are typically people that step on their yoga mat on some kind of a semi-regular basis and that they are also on a spiritual journey embarking upon a daily meditation practice as well. If you're interested in attending the retreat and do not have these activities as part of your normal daily routine, you're more than welcome to join us and we will guide you through the process. We would invite you, however, to explore the space of what's happening in your mental chatter. We would invite you to, at the very least, to develop some sort of a regular daily meditation practice even if it's for five minutes a day."Embody Your Soul Retreat
Ergonomics is important for reducing strain on the body, both structurally and physiologically, while also improving performance and efficiency. Transcript: "When people think about ergonomics, they oftentimes just think about sitting at a desk and what position their body is in. And while that's certainly a type of ergonomic situation, it's not ergonomics in itself. Ergonomics is how well people work in their environment or how efficiently they work in their environment. And so that is entirely context dependent. The ergonomics of somebody who is an athlete in a specific sport will be much different than the ergonomics of somebody flying an airplane or somebody who's working on a computer. So the most effective answer I think is that ergonomics are important to reducing strain, not only structurally, because if you're going through thousands or millions of repetitive movements that can affect structure, but also physiologically and physically in movement, how much more efficient can somebody be in accomplishing their task, which can reduce the amount of strain on tissue, but also improve their performance. So that's how I believe that ergonomics can help reduce strain on your body during various activities."