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Fibromyalgia: Drugs that make your symptoms worse

 

Pills and capsulesThe average fibromyalgia patient takes six to 12 different prescription drugs. Many patients have been sick for a while and have seen many doctors over the years. They are often on a plethora of different medications and don’t truly know which drugs are helping or not. Patients often take something to wake them up, pills to help them to go to sleep, another drug to help calm them down, one to rev them up and even pills to have a bowel movement. Patients are taking so many different medications and oftentimes, the pills don’t help them feel any better.
Fibromyalgia patients continue to go back to the doctor every year for their check-ups, and the doctors continue to add more medications in an attempt to help the patient feel better. In actuality, the doctors are only trying to lessen the symptoms and not treat the root problem.

The symptoms are warning signs that something is going wrong in the body. If you continue to try to mask the symptoms and don’t deal with the causes, you’re going to eventually have problems. If you’re in your car racing down the freeway and the engine light comes on, you can certainly ignore it. You can cover it up so you couldn’t see it or you can unplug it, but you can get rid of that warning light. You can deal with the symptom so it’s no longer there and it’s not a problem, but what will happen is eventually your car is going to break down, sooner or later. The engine light coming on is a warning sign. High blood pressure is a warning sign. It doesn’t mean that you have a high blood pressure drug deficiency.

The symptoms are warning signs that something is going wrong in the body. If you continue to try to mask the symptoms and don’t deal with the causes, health problems will arise. If you’re in your car racing down the freeway and the engine light comes on, you can ignore it. You can cover it up so you can’t see it or you can unplug it, but warning light will remain on. But eventually your car will break down. The engine light is a warning sign like how high blood pressure is a warning sign for other health issues. Drugs can mask the symptoms, like covering up an engine light, but won’t fix the problem.

Over the years, I have helped patients to get off their drugs over a period of time. However, I don’t recommend to stop taking your drugs in the beginning because it can cause stress on the body. Fibromyalgia bankrupts your stress-coping chemicals, which makes handling stress for difficult. Ideally, you should start taking the supplements I recommend, and then work with your doctor to wean off one medication at a time once you start feeling an improvement in your health.

For some people, it may take longer than others to wean yourself off the drugs. I look at the patient’s medications that may cause more harm than good. Many medications have many side effects, and it can be hard to tell if the medications are causing additional fibro symptoms or actually helping. Drugs for fibromyalgia can contribute to fibro fog, achy muscles, poor sleep, anxiety, depression, irritable bowel and stomach problems, restless legs. I encourage you to go to the Mayo website and look on there and see what the potential side effects are for your medications.

Blood Pressure Meds

In my practice, I see many patients have issues with high blood pressure. High blood pressure can result from too much stress, or result from genetics. Most often, it’s because of a poor diet and being overweight. Low metabolism can also cause weight issues, which is often a symptom of adrenal fatigue, or a problem with their thyroid that hasn’t been properly diagnosed. Many patients I work with are taking blood pressure medications, including beta blockers like Tenormin, Atenolol, Lopressor, Inderal. Patients may also take these to help with migraine headaches.
The problem is, these drugs have all sorts of potential side effects including fatigue, insomnia, depression, drowsiness, tingling in the hands and feet, problems with upper respiratory infections, bronchitis, wheezing, increased risk of going on and developing chronic bronchitis and asthma. These drugs reduce the good HDL and they increase the bad LDL cholesterol. They also increase triglyceride or blood fat. Because of those factors, patients who take these oftentimes see their cholesterol levels go up and then they’re put on statin medications, so one drug leads to another. They also deplete CoQ10 which is the spark plug of every cell. When you do that, you find that your cellular energy decrease and that can create problems.
Calcium channel blockers like Procardia, Verapamil, Norvasc, Exforge, are used to treat mitral valve prolapse as well as high blood pressure. The problem is calcium channel blockers increase the risk of heart attack and stroke by 5-fold, so patients are 500 times more likely to have a heart attack or stroke while taking these medications. You’re 50% more likely to die from taking a calcium channel blocker than from taking a beta blocker or diuretic. The side effects of these medications include fatigue, abdominal swelling, bloating, pain, food retention, reflux, shortness of breath, difficulty swallowing, numbness in the hands and feet, chest pain, slow rapid heartbeat, dizziness and increased risk of cancer. They also deplete potassium, individuals may experience muscle cramps.
The ACE drugs that are used for high blood pressure like Lisinopril, Vasotec, are probably the safest medications with the least side effects. They’re known as ACE drugs because they inhibit the Angiotensin Converting factor. While they may have the least side effects, they still can cause a dry cough, GI problems, bloating, gas, irritable bowel, stomach pain, numbness and tingling in the hand and feet, joint pain, dizziness, and fatigue. They also deplete the mineral zinc. Zinc is essential for your immune system and thyroid. When you have a zinc deficiency, you may have problems with low immune function.

prescription pillsThe Angiotensin II drugs like Diovan, Benicar, Cardace, Cozaar, Avapro, have potential side effects including headaches which are very common. Other side effects include upper respiratory infection, cough, dizziness, chronic sinus infections, sinusitis, sore throat, inflammation, diarrhea, fatigue, back pain, joint pain, muscle pain, and viral infections. You may be thinking, “oh my gosh, all these medications have these potential side effects!” But the truth is, they certainly do.
If you look at the diuretics like Aldactone, Spirolactone, Lasix and Bumex, they deplete several key nutrients including B1 thiamine. B1 assists with mental clarity and high doses of B1 in your system helps with low moods. If B1 levels start to dwindle, it can cause not only fatigue and mental clarity issues but also anxiety and depression.

These medications can deplete potassium and magnesium. Magnesium is your stress coping chemical. It helps with 300 different bodily processes. When magnesium is depleted, you have problems with mitral valve prolapse, high blood pressure, diffuse achy muscle pain, muscle spasms, restless legs syndrome, constipation and so on.. They also can deplete zinc and Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and folic acid. Vitamin B6 and folic acid are two vitamins needed to help combat mood disorders. The body needs both of them to help convert certain vitamins and minerals into the happy hormone. If you’re deficient in them, you’re going to run the risk of having problems with mood disorders.

Earlier, I mentioned the statin medications. These are lipid lowering medications like Crestor, Lipitor, Zocor, Vytorin. These medications are associated with fatigue, muscle pain, anxiety, depression, dementia, poor memory, dizziness, blurred vision, muscle death – rhabdomyolysis, and renal impairment. Statin drugs cause a 15% increased risk of polyneuropathy, nerve damage in the first year of use, and 26% increased risk in the second year of use. Polyneuropathy can cause weakness, pain, tingling and burning in the hands and feet, difficulty swallowing, voice changes, muscle contractions, muscle atrophy, joint pain, bowel and bladder dysfunction, suicidal tendencies and depression. Many people who start taking these medications complain to the doctor that it makes them feel tired or they start to have diffuse achy muscle pain, especially in the lower extremities and their legs on exertion.

Oftentimes the doctor then will change their medication but they’ll keep them on a statin drug. The patient will share with them that they feel better now that they’ve made the change to a different statin drug. The thing is, all those medications are very similar. If you have a reaction to one, the same statin side effects may not be as pronounced on the second one. But it still may be causing problems because they’re in the same family. The medications do is a very good job of lowering your cholesterol. However, what they don’t do is decrease your risk of heart attack and stroke, at least by much.

If you’ve not read my book Heart Disease: What Your Doctor Won’t Tell you, I encourage you to pick it up and read it. The book will share with you the studies out of JAMA, the Journal of American Medical Association, New England Medical Association, the reports from the Lancet from the UK. Cholesterol medications decrease your risk of heart attack and stroke by 1% if you’re under the age of 37 and you’ve already had one episode of heart attack or stroke. For those who don’t fall under those parameters, it really help much, except increase the risk that you have side effects and poor health from taking those medications.

Blood Thinners

Many patients that are taking Coumadin or Warfarin, those medications can cause internal bleeding, loss of consciousness, headaches, joint pain, muscle pain, abdominal pain, constipation, weight gain, nosebleed, edema and nausea. Patients often go on these medications as a preventative, and it’s oftentimes not warranted. This information isn’t intended to scare you but to educate you. You should think about about the medications you’re taking and how they affect your body.

If we look at the mood disorder medications which most every fibromyalgia patient has either been on or has been encouraged to get on, we see these medications have potential side effects. If we look at the Tricyclic antidepressants, like Elavil, Trazodone, Pamlor, Nortryptiline are still used but more often prescribed as a sleep aid rather than for mood disorders. These meds are the older antidepressants and their side effects include fatigue, morning hangover, weight gain. Specifically, Elavil can cause people to pack the pounds and experience low libido, tremors, tardive dyskinesia when we get the shakes, convulsions, blurred vision, constipation, confusion, problems with memory loss, muscle spasm. They deplete melatonin which is your natural sleep hormone.

In addition, deplete Vitamin B2 or riboflavin which is needed to make the happy hormone. It’s ironic that you’re taking an antidepressant, they can actually deplete one of the B vitamins that help you make the happy hormone in order to make you not feel depressed. They also deplete CoQ10, like the lipid lowering medications, which then can create muscle spasms, tingling in the hands and feet and so on.

Sleeping pills on bedside tableIf you look at the SSRIs, a new generation antidepressant medications like Paxil and Prozac, Celexa, Zoloft, Cymbalta, Effexor, Savella, Pristiq, these medications are no better than a sugar pill. A meta-analysis found that 70% of the time, patients taking these medications were no better than patients taking a sugar pill. What that tells us is these SSRI medications probably aren’t doing much to help, and the reason why is because they’re like a gasoline additive.

These medications don’t produce serotonin or norepinephrine. They allow your brain to hang on to the serotonin or norepinephrine already in your body, the two feel good brain chemicals. If you’re deficient from these chemicals, then there’s nothing to reuptake. If you’re using gasoline additive in an empty gasoline tank, it’s not going to do much.

The potential side effects include weight gain, headaches, muscle spasms, weakness, nervousness and anxiety. It’s ironic that these medications are given out for anxiety and depression, but can actually make anxiety and depression worse. They can also cause chest pain, decreased libido, problems with your sleep, upset stomach, bloating, gas, hair loss, bronchitis. Not to mention, they interfere with thyroid function, cause low blood sugar and even deplete your natural sleep hormone melatonin.
The longer you’re on these medications, the more likely you are to have a deficiency in melatonin. Deep restorative sleep is certainly the first hurdle that one has to get over to be able to reverse your symptoms of fibromyalgia and getting on the path to better quality of life.

Anti-Anxiety Drugs

In my experience at the clinic, I see many patients are taking benzodiazepines. They may be taking them for the anxiety to calm them down. Frequently, I see patients taking them after participating in a sleep study, were told they’re not going into deep sleep and are suggested to take Klonopin. However, benzodiazepines do not put you into deep restorative sleep. They simply knock you out, but you don’t go into delta wave sleep. In reality, you are really not any better off taking these medication for your sleep. Besides being prescribed these medications for sleep issues, many patients take them for Restless Legs Syndrome or for pain.
These medications are often given out like candy. The problem is, benzodiazepines like Restoril, Klonipin, Valium, Ativan, Xanax are medications have numerous side effects.
One of the most alarming side effects is dependency. You can become dependent on them within 2 weeks, and struggle to get off them. Your body becomes dependent on a medication that can actually cause you to have seizures, depression, fatigue, amnesia, dizziness, mental clarity issues, fluid retention, poor sleep, low blood pressure, tremors. In addition, 40% of adults aged 60 or older who are prescribed these medications develop tremors. Oftentimes these tremors never go away.

It is tragic to see doctors prescribing these medications so routinely by doctors but don’t explain the potential side effects. Headache, anxiety, depression, fatigue, poor sleep, mental clarity issues, ringing in the ears, nausea, all these things are associated with the benzodiazepines.

I realize there are people listening to this who take these medications and are saying, “Dr Murphree, I couldn’t live without these medications.” I would ask you if the negative side effects from these medications are worth further deteriorating your health. These medications may allow you to cope and they may tone down your symptoms, but there’s a price to pay for taking these drugs, and the price you’re paying is longevity and vitality.

I want to clarify that I’m not telling you to stop any of these medications and some of you can never come off the benzodiazepines in particular. Instead, I want you to change your mindset, your paradigm. You need to start thinking differently, because health does not come out of a prescription pill bottle. No one has a Xanax deficiency or Klonipin deficiency.

Woman with glass of water takes pills, isolated on white. Taking medicationThe questions you want to ask yourself are, why am I so anxious? Is it the way I’m born? Or is it because I’ve depleted my stress coping chemicals because I’ve gotten under too much stress over the years?
If you don’t sleep, your thyroid isn’t working properly, and your adrenals are not working, then perhaps you to find out more about your body and fix the root cause of the issues. With high doses of the right vitamins, minerals and amino acids, your body can make the necessary stress coping chemicals so you don’t need Xanax.

I want you to think and treat your body in a healthy manner, instead of just going to the doctor who tells you “try this drug.” You may not feel better and go back to be told, “Let’s try this instead.” This cycle continues over the years. Soon enough, 10 years will go by and before you know it, you’re on a dozen different drugs. You may not even know what you’re taking. You don’t know what they’re for and you don’t even know if they’re helping or not. You don’t want to be in that situation.

Now we see patients who are on the atypical antidepressants which really alarm me, such as Zyprexa, Seraquil, Abilify. Patients are now being put on these medications in addition to antidepressants. These medications cause tremors almost right away for some people, increased risk of suicide, insomnia and massive weight gain. In some cases, some people have gained 40 pounds in a couple of months. Neuroleptic malignant syndrome which is rare and fatal, but occurs in 1% of treatment patients. However, fatigue is the most common side effect.

You almost feel sedated and you start feeling fog in your mind. It is a challenge to think clearly. Unfortunately, that’s what these medications do. It can cause depression even though they’re recommended for depression. They can also cause problems with your stomach, pharyngitis, anxiety, headaches while depleting melatonin and vitamin D. Patients who take these oftentimes gain so much weight, it can be shocking. Then, they spend years trying to get the weight off even when they come off these medications.

Stimulant Drugs

I have a lot of patients are taking stimulant medications. The problem with that is again, not to sound redundant but no one has an Adderall deficiency. You have no energy, you can’t get out of bed and you can hardly get off the couch, but why is that? It’s not because you have an Adderall deficiency but most likely because you haven’t slept well in 5 years.
The question is why aren’t you sleeping? Many individuals experience fatigue all day, but when catch a second wind when trying to go to bed. The body is waking up when you should be going to bed. That’s the problem is the body is depleted of the stress coping chemicals that allow one to get into deep restorative sleep. We’ve need to fix that.
I don’t suggest taking Adderall because Adderall actually decreases your stress-coping chemicals even faster, and you go further and further into debt. It’s almost like you go into bankruptcy over and over again when you take these medications. The side effects include insomnia, Tourette’s syndrome, nervous tics, tremors, rapid heartbeat, increased blood pressure, agitation, aggression, psychosis, problems with anemia, liver dysfunction, seizures and headaches. If it’s bad enough, you can go into problems with Addison’s disease where you have adrenal failure. After years and years of stress, eventually your adrenal glands can’t keep up with demand so they quit working like they’re supposed to.

To me, it’s lazy medicine because the doctor doesn’t want to take the time to figure out what they can do to help the patient have more energy. They just want to pacify them and give them a pill to have more energy. The problem is, there are consequences to these medications. Fatigue could be caused by a low thyroid, and Adderall wouldn’t be the way to address the problem. In about 60% of patients that I work with low thyroid have never been properly diagnosed, or have never been properly treated. They’ve been on medications that don’t work, or they’ve never had the right blood test to show that they actually do have a problem with low thyroid.

Because of that, you have these low energy states. It could be because you’ve got low thyroid. I see that about 60% of patients that I work with have low thyroid that’s never been properly diagnosed, or hasn’t been properly treated. They’ve been on medications that don’t work, or they’ve never had the right blood test to show that they actually do have a problem with low thyroid.

Lyrica and Neurontin

We also look at things like Lyrica, Neurontin … those medications are associated with all sorts of different side effects. Some patients on Neurontin and Lyrica can experience weakness and weight gain. Certain patients may gain 10 pounds a month. In addition, patients may start experiencing fluid retention, which leads to swelling in your hands and feet, blurred vision, trance like feeling or “feeling out of it,” anxiety, depression, muscular in-coordination and balance issues. It can interfere with your sleep so you’re not getting into deep restorative sleep. It can cause tremors, muscle aches and pains, memory loss, constipation, double vision, problems with macular degeneration. The bottom line is that all sorts of things can occur to the body when on these medications.

It’s safe to say I’m not a fan of these medications at all. Studies show that Neurontin and Lyrica only work on 30% of the patients that take them. Of those 30%, less than 50% say that it has reduced their pain. The problem is those medications have become the go-to medications that doctors recommend for fibromyalgia. In my opinion, it’s a recipe for disaster.

Sleep Drugs

Almost everybody with fibromyalgia is taking sleep medications because that’s the number one issue that drives their fibromyalgia. Many individuals take Ambien or Lunesta, and those medications cause short term memory loss, flu-like symptoms, muscle aches and pains, fatigue, diarrhea, anxiety, depression, in-coordination, problems with their balance, joint pain, upper respiratory infections, sore throat, urinary tract infections and heart palpitations.

Ambien and Lunesta’s side effects really are a mirror image of fibromyalgia. Do the flu-like achy muscle pain, fatigue, brain fog, low moods, muscle pain sounds like fibromyalgia?

We also know that sleep medications increase your risk of all sources of mortality like smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. That’s how dangerous they are for you to take on a consistent basis. It’s not something that you want to be on if you can figure out another way to do it.

Reflux Drugs

antacid pillsA lot of patients with fibro have GI disorders, such as IBS, reflux, bloating, gas, indigestion. Many people take Nexium, Aciphex or Prevacid or Prilosec. The problem with these acid pump inhibitor drugs is they block the absorption of zinc, folic acid, B12, calcium, magnesium and iron. If you get a folic acid deficiency, you’re really at risk of developing mood disorders and fibro fog because folic acid is one of the most powerful anti-anxiety medications out there, next to DHEA. It may be one of the most potent antidepressant; it stacks up to where folic acid actually works better than antidepressants alone. You certainly don’t want to be depleting those vitamins and minerals. They are necessary to help you combat anxiety and depression, senile dementia, problems with fatigue and anemia. If we look at Tagamet and Zantac, the potential side effects of these medications include confusion, hallucinations, sore throat, slow, fast or irregular heartbeat, weakness, lethargy and bruising.

Diabetic Drugs

Diabetic medications like Avandia and Actos have potential side effects including upper respiratory infections, headaches, sinusitis, pharyngitis, problems with your stomach, muscle pain, anemia, fluid retention, weight gain, increased risk of osteoporosis.

Avandia increases the risk of heart attack and stroke by 42%, and doubles the risk of heart failure. Actos raises the risk of heart failure by 40. Diabetics have an increased risk of having a fatal cardiovascular event. However, many doctors prescribe medication to treat type 2 diabetes that actually increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. It makes no sense to prescribe these drugs and I’m sure it makes no sense to you when you hear that. These medications are not the answer.

At the clinic, we have a lot of patients who take Dibeta or Glucotrol, and these meds will deplete CoQ10 which can lead to muscle spasm, problems with low energy states. These medications are not without risk, that’s for sure.

I’m not trying to get you to stop your medications. What I’m doing is to get you to learn more about your medications. Are they in fact helping you or are they hurting you, and that’s a question that only you can answer once you start doing the research and then working with a functional medicine doctor who specializes in fibromyalgia.

Once again, I’m not trying to get you to stop your medications. What I’m doing is to inspire you to learn more about your medications. Are they in fact helping you or are they hurting you? That is a question that only you can answer once you start doing the research and working with a functional medicine doctor who specializes in fibromyalgia.
Many of you have not been well for a number of years, and you’re finally sick and tired of being sick and tired. It can be discouraging to find somebody to help you feel healthy again and not just be prescribed one drug after the next.
I know many of you ask yourself, is this going to be a good day or a bad day? Am I going to be able to get out of bed? Am I going to be able to go to work, to socialize and if I do, what’s the price that I’m going to pay? Am I going to be in a flare-up for the next 2-3 days? You get to the point where you withdraw from life and you get to where you’re almost housebound. I understand how life can feel too stressful and sometimes it’s just too much effort to put your clothes on and go to the grocery store. That is a terrible state to be in, that’s not what God intended and that’s not what life is about. It’s about having vitality. It’s not about breaking down when you’re 50 or 60 and taking dozens of drugs that compromising your moods, mental clarity and your ability to interact with life.

I suggest you to get a copy of the Treating and Beating Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome book available in many book stores throughout North America. I encourage you to read the book. In addition, you can go to the TreatingandBeating.com site and watch the free videos, read the articles and learn more about the protocols. If you’re ready and you want someone to work with you one-on-one, then learn more about my phone consults on the TreatingandBeating.com site.

Everything can be done remotely, the blood work can be done in your town, the test kits can be ordered and sent to you so you can send those in. Everything can be done by phone.
If you’re looking for somebody in your area to work with them face to face, I certainly understand that. I have a site, FunctionalFibroDoctors.com, where I have trained other doctors to use my protocols. I’ve been doing seminars for both medical doctors, naturopaths and primarily chiropractors who are trained in functional medicine for the last dozen years.
You can go to FunctionalFibroDoctors.com to see if there’s a doctor in your area. Don’t settle or just cope with life! It’s time to be proactive and do something and actually feel good again. If you doubt that you can, take a look at the testimonials on my TreatingandBeating.com site. You’ll see and hear from patients who were just like you are now, and now they’ve gotten their life back, so it can be done … it certainly can.

You can go to FunctionalFibroDoctors.com to see if there’s a doctor in your area. For heaven’s sake, don’t settle. It’s time to be proactive and do something and actually feel good again. If you doubt that you can, I would encourage you to look at the testimonials on my TreatingandBeating.com site. You’ll see or hear from patients who were just like you are now, and now they’ve gotten their life back, so it can be done … it certainly can.

Custom Orthotics: New Technology That Offers Superior Orthotics

Since the birth of orthotics in the 20th century, body support solutions have evolved every single year to another level. In the 1950’s manual manufacturing was the primary go-to solution for foot support. Sixty-eight years later, Custom 3D Printed Orthotics is a new technology that our clinic in Barrie, Ontario is proud to be the first medical clinic in Canada to prescribe.

Utilizing the Multi Jet Fusion 3D printer made by HP Inc., the machine can create a precision mold like no other before it to your foot. The nylon printing powder and a lattice design gives the insert an unparalleled comfort to every mold that’s printed.

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Photo source: “Feet first – a closer look at 3D printed orthotics” by Laura Griffiths (www.tctmagazine.com)

The orthotic is a breakthrough for those dealing with flat feet, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, lower back pain and even high arched feet due to its precision and accuracy. With the insole being so specific for you, there’s nothing else on the market that comes close.

The process is simple: 9 cameras are used to get a precise scan of the foot – then a walking mat is utilized to accrue specific detail of one’s foot balance and walking patterns. So now all adjustments made are to the shell of the orthotic (see photo above) rather than before where there was no shell, and the orthotic foam was made thicker in certain areas to accommodate the foot shape.

 

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Photo source: “How orthotics can help.” by www.albanychiropractic.ca

With the dawn of a new year on the horizon, there’s no better time to come in for a free consultation. The inserts are in the same price range of typical orthotics for the most part, which makes for an affordable decision.

Give our clinic a call at 705-315-0111 and book your appointment with one of our Pedorthist’s today.

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Benefits of Compression Socks for Travellers

If you’re an athlete you’re probably familiar with compression socks and how they limit leg pain while being physically active. But did you know they’re also good for travelling? 

 

For long distance flights or trips which cause your legs to be still for an extended amount of time, stiffness and swelling can result due to minimal blood flow. Deep vein thrombosis can be a potentially harmful blood clot that can develop in the deep veins of the legs and cause excruciating pain. Compression socks are designed to improve blood flow by gently squeezing the circumference of your leg(s), and prevent such conditions. Standard compression socks usually come with a mild pressure to the leg whereas some conditions may require much more compression, where in most cases they would need to be prescribed.

Sock length can also vary; they can be knee-high or even to the top of the thigh depending on the area(s) that need to be treated.

Here’s a tutorial on how to put on your compression socks with ease.

 

At our Pro Motion Healthcare clinic in Barrie, we have a wide-array of colourful compression socks that will accommodate & prevent any leg swelling or pain. Let us find the right fit for you for your next big trip.

 

Come in for a free consultation with our certified specialists today!

 

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Orthotics for Christmas

At our clinic in Barrie, we revolutionized the orthotic game across Canada by offering the first ever 3D Printed Custom Orthotics in the country. The inserts are made possible by HP Inc.’s Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printer which has biocompatible nylon printing powder and lattice design which brings comfort to a completely different level.

Certified Pedorthist, Stan Chikh says the orthotics are so specific for you. Where the breaking-in period of a normal orthotic is normally 2 weeks, the 3D Printed Custom Orthotics are 4 days. The process entails various cameras to specifically capture one’s foot shape, rotation, and walking patterns. The lightweight design makes for a perfect fit for any shoe, and will help with many health conditions. Unrivaled comfort and precision molding helps with flat feet, plantar fasciitis, shin splints and even lower back pain.

Health Benefits

Other than just providing comfort, orthotics are also used to help stabilize osteoarthritic joint(s), offloading joint deformity and can also be worn for everyday activity, regardless of age. The inserts are also responsible for the correction of biomechanical problems that lead to pain and discomfort. Different parts of the foot require different levels of support and flexibility, which is what Custom 3D Printed Orthotics will provide.

Along with the comfort and durability the insert can bring, the orthotics are also backed with a 2-year extended warranty and unlimited modifications. Our custom orthotics make the perfect gift for the holidays.  Call us today at (705) 315-0111 to book a free consultation for you, a family member or friend and give the gift of being pain-free this holiday season.

Custom 3D Orthotics for Lower Back Pain

Your back is like a building’s structure and it needs to be properly supported in order to be erect and function. Without that support, pain comes into play. Custom 3D Orthotics are a revolutionary orthotic that will help suppress lower back pain and correct posture.

Rawpixel 1137302 UnsplashThere’s a theory called “Foot orthotics and the domino effect,” which has to do with people that have pronated feet/ankles which distributes body weight to the outer parts of the foot. In some cases, too much foot rotation can cause the knees to turn inwards and create a condition called knock-knees.

The irregular movement of the knees shifts the angle of where the thigh bone meets the pelvis, which in turn causes an unsteady hip posture that destabilizes the spine. You’ve probably heard the saying “everything in your body is connected,” it’s very true. The domino effect starts at the feet with inadequate or poor foot support, then works its way up to the leg, pelvis, and spine.

The destabilization of the spine can lead to more serious conditions like Sciatica, which is back pain caused by over compression of a spinal nerve. Which, you guessed it, can come from a lack of foot support initially.

3d Printred Custom Foot Orthotic Clinic BarrieAt our clinic in Barrie Ontario, our specialists have mastered 3D printing technology to create Canada’s first 3D orthotics. We realized some parts of the foot required additional support and some needed less based on the foot and previous orthotics weren’t always doing the trick. 3D printing allows us to eliminate the bulkiness of other custom orthotics and create a precision mold like no other.

Prevent the potential for back pain and current back pain by contacting our experts today, and create an orthotic that fits your stride.

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3D Custom Orthotics for Flat Feet

Flat Feet also known as, “Fallen Arches”, is one of the most prevalent foot conditions. The main cause is a very low or non-existent arch in the foot. Most people who suffer from flat foot condition are asymptomatic. They feel no pain and are able to enjoy normal foot and leg function. Others however, develop foot pain due to flat feet when they get older.
People diagnosed with Fallen Arches only need treatment if they cause discomfort, indicate an underlying disorder, or lead to pain elsewhere in the body. When the foot condition does cause symptoms, simple devices and exercises can help to minimize the discomfort.

3D-Custom Orthotics are now quickly becoming the leading solution for any foot ailment(s) in the Orthotic industry. The revolutionary Multi Jet Fusion 3D printer, patented bio-compatible nylon printing powder and lattice-design gives the ability to mold any foot shape to an orthotic with pristine accuracy.

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To have an orthotic molded exactly to scale will help fight against Plantar Fasciitis, relieve foot pain, heel pain and various other foot ailments.People with flat feet have a very low arch or no arch, meaning that one or both of their feet may be flat on the ground. Fitted orthotics will help relieve pressure on the arch and reduce pain if the feet roll too far inward.Pain will most commonly affect the arch of the foot, calf, knee, hip, lower back and the lower legs. Without the proper orthotic support Flat Feet can also cause an uneven distribution of body weight. Which in turn, may result in further injuries throughout the body.

Book your free consultation TODAY with one of our Canadian Certified Pedorthists and let us mold your pain-free future with our 3D Orthotics.

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ORTHOTICS: PREVENTING SHIN SPLINTS

Custom orthotics are designed to reduce the amount of pressure that is distributed to the legs and feet while being physically active. By limiting leg muscles rubbing against the tibia( leg bone) we can reduce inflammation and future occurrence of shin splints.

What Are Shin Splints?

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Shin splints, or “medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS)”, is a common injury caused by intensive physical activity. In most cases it’s the by-product of repeated trauma to the connective muscle tissue surrounding the tibia. This condition is very common and affects those who are physically active, as well as various athletes of all levels.Shin splints are the most common amongst athletes and people with flat feet. When suffering from shin splints, the common misconception is to “run through the pain”. However, ignoring shin splints can potentially lead to more serious injuries, such as a stress fracture.

Causes of Shin Splints

The simple cause of shin splints is an overload of the muscles, tendons and connective tissue within the lower extremities. The muscle attached to the two leg bones, the tibia and fibula, becomes inflamed when overworked, thus causing tremendous pain within the shin area. Repetitive flexing and impact of the leg muscles are the most common causes of shin splints. Physical activities such as jogging, walking, tennis, soccer, dance and weight lifting activities, can involve constant pounding on the feet and legs, which can cause shin inflammation if the activity is prolonged.

Symptoms of Shin Splints

With physically active individuals, shin splints can be triggered after vigorous and prolonged activity. People who have been inactive for a long period of time could potentially experience the symptoms during the initial phases of their exercise sessions.
Most athletes experience shin splint symptoms at the end of their sports session. Often, pain appears in the early stages of a workout, gradually decreasing mid-way through the session, only to reappear at the end. The pain may be dull and achy initially. Eventually, with repetitive exertion and trauma, the inflammation can worsen to the point where running, walking or normal weight bearing can become extremely painful.

Relief from Shin Splints

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Wearing appropriate footwear with proper cushioning is one of the best ways to prevent shin splints initially. Shin splints can progress into a stress fracture if not treated properly. In most cases, shin splints can heal completely with the appropriate footwear.

Custom orthotics are designed to reduce the amount of pressure that is distributed to the legs and feet when being physically active, which in turn will limit leg muscles rubbing against the tibia and cause less inflammation.
It is important to choose an orthotic that is not too flexible, nor too rigid. An orthotic that is firm doesn’t provide adequate shock absorption during impact activity. If the material or design of the orthotic does not compress adequately, the shock generated from your foot striking the ground is transmitted back into the injured area when force is applied.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, an orthotic that’s too “cushiony” may fail to alleviate the symptoms of shin splints because the support they provide is inadequate. Regardless of the insoles you ultimately choose, it is important to break them in over a prolonged period of time. Your foot may not be accustomed to the level of support a new insole provides, and it may take some time for the muscles and ligaments to acclimate.

For those experiencing shin splints and shin discomfort, book your free consultation at Pro Motion Healthcare TODAY to get your custom 3D-orthotics, and say good-bye to shin splints.

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Orthotics for Athletes

Orthotics can help improve your athletic performance. Whether you’re a recreational or high-level athlete, adding custom made orthotics to your routine can really up your game! In fact, there are very few active adults and children who would not benefit from custom made orthotics.

ORTHOTICS: THE BASICS

Orthotics relieve pain and enhance performance by aligning muscles, ligaments and bones in the lower body. Active children, teens and adults such as runners, walkers, basketball players, skiers, skaters, cyclists and golfers wear orthotics to accommodate the demands of their specific sport and help improve performance.

Here at Pro Motion Healthcare, we utilize specialized hardware and software components to capture an individual’s unique 3D foot scan, dynamic gait and pressure data to create custom made orthotics. The designs are lightweight and comfortable which helps correct the biomechanical problems associated with the various sports. Here’s how custom made orthotics work to improve performance in some of the most common sports.

 

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RUNNERS

Walking and running shoes are designed to fit everyone’s feet, but not one person’s feet in particular. Prolonged walking and running puts stress on the feet, ankles, knees, legs, hips and lower back. At ProMotion Healthcare, we treat numerous walkers and runners who suffer from heel pain, flat feet, weak ankles, shin splints, knee pain, hip pain and low back discomfort.

 

CYCLISTS

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Just as a lighter bike frame or more powerful shocks can give a cyclist the edge needed to win a race, quality orthotics improve performance by providing more efficient delivery of power to the pedal, maximizing the transfer of energy to the pedal and minimizing leg fatigue. Cyclists often suffer from knee pain, which is often a result of excessive arch collapse. At Pro Motion Healthcare, our custom made orthotics are individually designed to help support the arch.

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GOLFERS

Orthotics help golfers distribute their weight more evenly, stabilize your feet when swinging and lessen fatigue of the lower body. Orthotics also correct posture, which is key to maintaining a consistent golf swing.

 

 

 

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BASKETBALL

Basketball puts an enormous strain on the feet. Jumping, running, turning, cutting, and reversing puts pressure on your joints and muscles which can cause pain and weakness. Orthotic devices align the muscles, ligaments and joints and provide cushioning. This allows you to play longer and harder on the court.

 

 

Pro Motion Healthcare, has been helping active adults, teens and children achieve improved performance, comfort, and protection from injury for many years. We pride ourselves by helping people move through life with greater stability, comfort and peace of mind. Whether you are involved in a recreational or high-level activity, we measure our success by the number of people whose quality of life we improve.

Visit us today to meet with one of our Canadian Certified Pedorthists to help you find the best fit for your athletic activity.

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The Difference Custom Made Orthotics Can Make

Asphalt Clouds Endurance 421160Custom Made Orthotics are medical devices that are used for variety of health concerns ranging from foot and ankle problems to knee’s and back issues. They’re also used to help stabilize osteoarthritic joint(s), offloading joint deformity and can also worn for everyday activity, regardless of age.

With populations aging, the number of people who utilize orthotics has grown significantly in the past 3-decades. Projections indicate 7.3 million people in the United States will utilize orthoses to combat the effects of paralysis, deformity and orthopedic impairments by 2020.

Despite the advancement of technology and manufacturing methods, custom orthotics manufacturing hasn’t drastically changed since the 1950’s. The preferred method for North American Podiatrists & Chiropodists is vacuum-forming plastic over a positive foot. A little bit of an out-dated manufacturing method, where it doesn’t take into account the design of the device and the materials used; which in turn, limits its functional capabilities.

“FitStation”, which is powered by HP, utilizes specialized hardware and software components to capture an individual’s unique 3D foot scan, dynamic gait and pressure data. This data is automatically analyzed to provide manufacturing instructions for 3D printed custom foot orthotics. It’s the world’s first end-to-end solution, which provides individual off-the-shelf shoe and insole recommendations, 3D printed insoles and individualized custom footwear.Fitstation Foot Scanner Front Abk9i6

The designs are lightweight and comfortable which help correct the biomechanical problems that lead to pain and discomfort. Different parts of the foot require different levels of support and flexibility. What 3D printing allows, is the lattice-framework to be adjusted without increasing the thickness of the custom orthotics.

For those who understand the pain associated with a generic “off-the-shelf orthotic insole”, custom 3D-orthotics are the breakthrough you’ve been waiting for. Book your free consultation at Pro Motion Healthcare TODAY to get your custom 3D-orthotics, and say good-bye to foot pain.

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What You Should Know About Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue MassageGetting a massage and getting a deep tissue massage are two very different things. Many patients who visit our therapist here at Pro Motion Healthcare understand that it’s beneficial. However, they may misunderstand the actual technique. It’s common for people to assume that in order for a deep tissue massage to work, it has to be painful. While it is true that our therapist manipulates the deeper layers of soft tissue and muscle in your body, a well-trained massage therapist will use warm oil paired with direct targeted pressure to perform a deep massage.Read More