Most people are aware that chiropractic care can be helpful for back or neck pain or at best a wide range of musculo-skeletal problems but are completely unaware that the benefits of chiropractic care are largely due to improved nerve function. While mobilizing joints and improving spinal structure is helpful, improving nerve function is far more beneficial. Improved motor nerve function directly affects joint biomechanics, posture, muscle tension, balance, range of motion, and coordination. Improved autonomic nerve function positively affects organs, glands, blood vessels, and most importantly the immune system.
Neurologically-based Chiropractic as practiced at Lifetime Wellness, seeks to draw upon the inherent healing power of the body. Its focus is the detection and reduction of nerve interference or subluxations. Because the nerve system controls and regulates all bodily systems and functions chiropractic should be the starting point on your journey to health and wellness.
Before chiropractic care is recommended in our office, a thorough health evaluation and analysis is performed. This includes a complete health history, a postural assessment, and an objective measure of both the motor and autonomic nerve systems via surface Electro-myography, and Thermography Spinal Scans. A plan of action including frequent re-evaluations and a projected timeline for corrective, stabilization, and wellness care is discussed along with the exact cost for care.
The doctors at Lifetime Wellness influence nerve function through an exchange of energy known as an adjustment. A quick, precise, light force is applied to the affected nerves by a combination of manual and instrument techniques. These are quite painless, extremely safe, and over time help develop new healthier nerve patterns. Both Dr. Mancuso and Dr. Sammut are highly experienced, expert adjusters and are skilled at adjusting patients of all ages and with all health conditions.
Health concerns that respond dramatically to neurologically-based chiropractic care are:
Nutrition and lifestyle are critical components of optimal health. You are, in fact, what you eat. With all the confusion today about what constitutes a healthy diet and good nutrition, separating the fact from the fiction, the fads from the scientifically sound can be an overwhelming, confusing and time consuming endeavor. The doctors at Lifetime Wellness have extensive postgraduate training in nutrition and healthy lifestyle habits. Their goal is to model the eating and lifestyle habits they recommend to their patients.
General nutritional and lifestyle recommendations are made throughout care via impromptu discussions, re-evaluation consultations, and formal presentations. In a nutshell, when it comes to general nutrition, we advocate Paleolithic eating and whole food nutritional supplementation (see the Juice Plus + link on the home page) as opposed to fragmented vitamin use.
Specific nutritional recommendations occur by request after testing blood, stool, urine, and/or saliva depending on the individual's needs, concerns, or health challenges. Only the highest quality nutraceuticals are sold and recommended at Lifetime Wellness. Food sensitivities are assessed through bioenergetic testing. See BioSET Allergy Elimination below.
An annual functional blood chemistry analysis should be considered by all adult patients at Lifetime Wellness, especially those who have not had a comprehensive evaluation in recent years. Many health problems can be prevented or reversed with early detection. More than a decade ago the average annual lab work ordered in a physical exam included a Chem-24, CBC with differential, TSH, and a lipid panel. However, the healthcare model today customarily performs a simple Chem-7 and a lipid panel. The addition of a TSH, a CBC, or other tests is no longer routine. Patient after patient is slipping out of the traditional healthcare system today, not diagnosed, misdiagnosed or mismanaged.
There are two main types of ranges in the field of blood chemistry analysis: a pathological range and a functional range. The pathological range is used to diagnose disease. The functional range is used to assess risk for disease before it develops. Here is a partial list of the disorders the functional blood chemistry test at Lifetime Wellness can help identify:
With the information gathered from the blood chemistry test specific diet, nutrition, and lifestyle recommendations can be made (see Nutrition and Lifestyle Counseling above)
Since June of 2002 with the early termination of the Women's Health Initiative Study, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has been considered "too risky". The study showed a puzzling and disturbing increase in serious health problems among the women taking HRT in the form of estrogen plus progestin. These problems included blood clots, strokes, heart attacks, and breast cancer. Since then many women have been seeking out naturopathic physicians, like Dr. Mancuso, who are familiar with the dangers of HRT.
Here are some of the signs of hormone imbalance:
At Lifetime Wellness, dealing with hormone imbalance starts with the Consultation: First a comprehensive endocrine assessment and case history will be taken. This will address adrenal fatigue, digestive disorders, food intolerances, thyroid function, blood sugar levels, and hormone balance.
Next is the Testing: The appropriate laboratory test(s): saliva, blood, and/or stool, will be selected to be collected in the privacy of your own home or at a nearby blood lab.
The third step is Correction: After analyzing your lab results, a customized program will be designed focusing on your individual needs. Your corrective care program will include specific eating and exercise recommendations, nutraceuticals, herbs, homeopathic remedies, liposomal creams, nutritional supplements, and/or elimination diets. This phase generally requires two to four months to complete.
The final step is Results & Wellness: Once the body re-establishes the direct building blocks to health and the vital energy needed to repair and function optimally, proper hormone utilization and clearance will take place. This will allow the endocrine system to function properly and will make wellness possible. Ongoing wellness recommendations and care will greatly minimize the possibility of recurring health challenges.
Body purification has been a part of mankind's rituals for health and well-being for thousands of years. Today, we see how important detoxification is becoming once again. No one is free from the enormous amounts of environmental toxins assaulting us in the world everyday. No one is immune to unhealthy lifestyle habits. How can we remain healthy in this toxic environment?
Our bodies detox continuously as a natural process. It's only when the detox mechanism becomes overloaded that the process becomes inefficient and that symptoms may occur. Improper digestion and unbalanced gut tract ecology produce internal toxins, metabolic by-products, stemming from certain bacteria, yeast, and parasites that have toxic side effects which hinder the natural detox pathways.
Lifetime Wellness Holistic Health Center has designed a 21 Day Cleanse Program to provide you with at better understanding of nutrition and to help you craft a more healthful diet. This program was not designed as a weight loss program but most participants experience a significant reduction in body fat. It is also not a fast. Rather, it is a program designed to help identify and correct many metabolic imbalances such as allergies or intolerances, yeast and bacterial overgrowths, sluggish metabolism and leaky gut syndrome, that could be contributing to a lack of energy as well as weight-loss resistance.
Our 21 Day Cleanse will change your relationship with food. The program, in addition to stressing the importance of whole food nutrition, helps you better understand that "diets don't work" and that lifestyle is everything. Throughout the Cleanse we will explore the mind-body and emotional connection to food and discover why you turn to binging or eating sugary foods to "fill you up" emotionally. Good nutrition, exercise, and a positive emotional state are critical to achieving optimal health. You will learn how to identify and eliminate the toxic and inflammatory foods that could be contributing to your health problems. This 21 day detox is partially designed to help you break bad habits or addictive eating behavior, and to empower you to make better choices around food. This program is a short cut to an allergic-free, Paleolithic diet eliminating almost all the preparation time. It is simple and delicious and anyone can benefit, especially those of you who have a busy, "on-the-go" lifestyle.
Symptoms that may be relieved by following our detox program include:
Our carefully planned cleanse program can offer you:
BioSET is an innovative healing system which incorporates 21st century technology with acupressure, energy medicine, meridian therapy, immunology, enzyme therapy and nutrition to prevent and resolve chronic health conditions. This revolutionary process of healing assists in building bodily strength and vitality. It promotes homeostasis, well being and rejuvenation. BioSET was developed by Ellen Cutler, M.D.
BioSET consists of four branches of healing:
What is the scientific basis of BioSET?
According to acupuncture theory our body has certain points on the skin with lower electrical resistance. The electrical conductance of these acupuncture points vary depending upon physiological changes and disease processes.
In 1953 a German physician, Reinhold Voll, discovered and developed a way tho measure the electromagnetic energetic changes at acupuncture points through an electrical device known as EVA (Electro Acupuncture according to Voll)
What can I expect during a BioSET desensitization?
While the patient is "connected" into a virtual electromagnetic circuit with the EVA and the allergen, the practitioner gently taps acupuncture points up and down the spine. This balancing of key acupuncture meridians and the balancing influence through the autonomic nervous system desensitizes the person to the previous allergen. Most BioSET desensitizations are permanent.
Here is a list of conditions that BioSET is helpful for:
If you are considering over-the-counter orthotic inserts instead of custom-made orthotics, take a moment to consider the differences. Unlike generic orthotics, Foot Levelers' custom-made Spinal Pelvic Stabilizers are scientifically designed for the individual's unique postural problems - not just problems with the feet. We believe that correcting imbalances in your feet, in addition to regular chiropractic adjustments, can properly align your spine and pelvis.
Low Level Laser Therapy has been used in most of the world today for over thirty years and is considered routine. Based on over two thousand studies around the world, we can safely say that low level lasers have an important positive biological effect. In other words, light at this level is not only beneficial but very safe. Our laser is registered with the FDA as a Class 1 non-significant risk device. It works by restoring energy in the form of electrons and photons to damaged cells which allow these cells to repair and regenerate.
Low Level Laser has been used successfully for the treatment of traumatic, inflammatory and over-use injuries, pain relief and healing wounds such as cold sores and ulcers. This type of therapy had also been used to prevent or minimize keloidal scar formation and adhesions, to reduce edema, and to reduce pain from surgical and other treatments. Use of low level laser therapy can also encourage the formation of collagen and cartilage in damaged joints and the repair of tendons and ligaments. In addition, we use laser light to stimulate acupuncture points in a non-invasive, pain-free manner.
Over 2500 clinical research studies have shown that low level laser therapy:
Low level Laser may be significantly helpful for the following conditions, to name a few:
Do you think of massage as an indulgence? Massage at Lifetime Wellness is anything but an indulgence. It's a powerful therapeutic tool for health and well-being - from easing pain and inflammation to soothing stress and anxiety. To find out about the practical and surprising benefits of bodywork at Lifetime Wellness read on...
Persistent musculoskeletal tension can restrict blood circulation and nutrient supplies to the body's organs and tissues. As the web-like connective tissue (fascia) that envelops the muscles gets increasingly dense and less mobile, it can negatively affect posture and breathing. The experience of low-grade, habitual tension can contribute to chronic, hormonal, biochemical and neurological problems of all kinds. Therapeutic massage interrupts such stress induced patterns, and helps shift the body back into a natural state of balance.
Areas of focused muscular tension (trigger points) in the neck and shoulders commonly refer pain to the head. These trigger points are a well known cause of recurring headaches. Lifetime Wellness massage therapists are trained to identify these trigger points and are highly skilled at reducing and eliminating the painful effects they have on chronic headache sufferers.
Research conducted at the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine has repeatedly concluded that massage lowers cortisol, the body's fight-or-flight hormone. While elevated cortisol is not related to all forms of anxiety it is related to state anxiety. State anxiety is the kind of anxiety that is a reaction to something you can pin-point, such as a troubling or traumatic event, circumstance or setting. If you are clear about why you're anxious, a well- deserved break with one of our highly skilled massage therapists can neutralize the distressing effects of state anxiety.
If you are one of the 20% of Americans who suffers from sleep deprivation and the long list of health problems that come with it (altered biochemistry, increased pain sensitivity, lowered immunity, inability to heal, reduced cognitive function... just to name a few) regularly scheduled therapeutic massage may be one of the most effective things you can do to reset your sleep cycle. Because massage stimulates parasympathic nerve function it counters both physical and mental stresses - giving you a better shot at enjoying the sleep you need to repair tissue during the night and to cope better during the day.
In his oft-cited 2004 meta-analysis on massage therapy research, University of Wisconsin's Christopher Moyer, PHD found that depression is particularly responsive to massage. The average research subject who received massage had a level of depression that was lower than 73 percent of those who did not. Researcher Tiffany Field, PHD of the Touch Research Institute demonstrated that massage boosts the body's natural levels of serotonin and dopamine, (neurotransmitters responsible for enhanced mood) as well as oxitocin, a hormone that generates feelings of contentment.
Given how positively it affects the rest of the body and mind, and how well it moderates stress, it probably comes as no surprise that massage therapy can also benefit the heart - in part by reducing blood pressure. In his meta-analysis, Moyer found that massage significantly lowers blood pressure, at least temporarily. Massage can help unlock the body's healing potential not by any one means, but rather by many. As epidemiologist Andrea Furlan, PHD of the Institute for Work & Health in Toronto points out, "Well before drugs or surgical procedures were developed, people used massage to treat almost everything."
Do you want to reduce stress? Improve your concentration? Experience a more restful better quality of sleep? Feel more energetic? Be more productive? Do you want to see improvement in your physical and emotional health?
Is it possible to change your reality with the power of your own mind easily and naturally? The answer is yes according to leading medical practitioners, scientists and psychologists. Research shows that the human mind has the capacity to affect physical reality to a remarkable degree.
Yet for the most part, this tremendous potential has remained untapped, and it is only very recently that the scientific community has begun to explore the true power our minds can unlock within each of us.
Mind-State Optimization through Sound & Light Therapy
Sound & Light Therapy (SLT) can cause immediate, measurable and lasting physiological changes in the human body. Using safely calibrated electronics to create optimal combinations of sound and light patterns, an audio visual synthesizer makes powerful visualization treatments available in a convenient, self-guided format. Each AV Synthesizer is a patented electronic system, equipped with a personal headset and custom light-emitting lenses that envelop the user in music, sound and light designed to expand their state of awareness.
Once immersed in this receptive state, the selected SLT program guides you to visualize and actualize the change you desire. With SLT you can choose to enhance and focus the power of visualization on such goals as relieving pain, healing, sleeping peacefully, weight loss, and more. It can help you change your limiting beliefs and self-sabotaging behaviors and allow you to release yourself from damaging, unhealthy or addictive behaviors.
SLT for Mind/Body Healing
There is a growing body of compelling evidence for the supportive role visualization plays in achieving the mind-body connection and facilitating healing. Visualization directly influences the body by relaxing muscles, slowing heart rate, decreasing blood pressure, strengthening the immune system, and improving neuro-chemistry, which together produce an optimal healing environment.
In just 20 relaxing minutes a day you can reverse the damaging effects of stress while reducing or eliminating anxiety and worry. In fact, regular use is proven to stimulate healthy brain chemistry, helping you to gain more energy, improve your immune system, lose excess weight, get rid of bad habits, instill new positive behaviors, and improve your quality of life.
Sound & Light Therapy for Focus and Motivation
SLT is a favorite with those who strive for peak performance. With programs to enhance learning, improve sales performance, master a sport, get super fit, or even attain greater wealth, SLT can provide the right mental rehearsal and mind-set to get there faster and with less effort.
Mind-based Personal Development Benefits
With over 400 titles and 23 series there's something for everyone:
Far-infrared (FIR) energy is the safe part of the natural light spectrum of sunlight, minus the skin damaging Ultraviolet rays. Extensive biological research has shown that FIR wavelengths of 6-15 microns are beneficial to the human body and consequently are known as physiological energy or Bio-Genetic energy. Our FIR sauna specifically utilizes these wavelengths to produce a wide range of therapeutic benefits:
Perhaps the most immediate relief our infrared sauna offers is simple relaxation as it melts away the stresses and tension of our busy, hectic life. Just a few minutes in the gentle warmth of our Lifetime Wellness sauna soothes nerves and muscles. You'll feel rejuvenated and renewed, restored in both body and mind.
Increased blood circulation stimulates the sweat glands, releasing stored toxins and wastes. As your body temperature rises you will perspire which will help detoxify your body as it rids itself of an accumulation of highly toxic heavy metals (lead, mercury, nickel, and cadmium) as well as alcohol, nicotine, sulfuric acid, and other compounds.
FIR light and the heat it produces have been shown in several human studies to increase the body's immune function. Improved immunity is directly related to cancer suppression. Several animal studies have demonstrated that FIR specifically inhibits mammary and colon cancer cell production.
The deep heat of our infrared sauna helps peripheral blood vessels dilate, bringing relief and healing to muscle and soft tissue injuries. In Europe, FIR therapy is widely used to treat patients suffering from many forms of arthritis. It has been proven effective in the treatment of sprains, neuralgia, bursitis, muscle spasms, joint stiffness and many other musculoskeletal ailments. Muscles relax most readily when tissues are warm, promoting greater flexibility and range of motion. Much of the stiffness, aches and soreness that come with aging and inflammation is reduced or eliminated with regular exposure to FIR energy.
As you relax in the gentle FIR heat, your body is actually hard at work producing sweat, pumping blood, and burning calories. According to the American Medical Association, "in a single sauna session you may burn as many calories as you would rowing or jogging for 30 minutes". Saunas have traditionally been used by European beauticians to help eliminate cellulite. Since the radiant heat of our infrared sauna warms three times as deeply as conventional saunas, it is significantly more effective at reducing cellulite.
The Increased circulation caused by our sauna will cause your skin's own natural nutrients to rise to the surface. You will see improved tone, elasticity, texture and fresh color. Increased blood circulation has also been shown to relieve acne, eczema, psoriasis, burns, lesions, and cuts. In addition open wounds heal more quickly, reducing scarring.
A Neurotransmitter is the key chemical messenger of the nervous system. The brain uses neurotransmitters for a multitude of functions, such as telling your heart to beat, your lungs to breathe, and your stomach to digest. Neurotransmitters are also necessary for thought processes, emotions, and other essential body functions including sleep, energy, and fear.
Some important neurotransmitters include:
The nervous system and neurotransmitters can be affected by several factors such as:
These factors can cause the levels of neurotransmitters to become either too high or too low. Imbalanced neurotransmitter levels can lead to:
If you experience any of these symptoms, you may benefit from a comprehensive, clinical/ nutritional assessment of your neurotransmitter health.
The doctors at Lifetime Wellness can help you support your brain and neurotransmitters by utilizing a specially developed questionnaire, appropriate lab tests, and nutritional supplements, such as amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. Certain amino acids are used by the brain as neurotransmitters or to support other neurotransmitters that regulate mood, emotion and body function. Other nutrients in botanicals or foods are also used in a similar way by the brain.