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There Is More Than One Way To Reduce Tension

Posted by on Feb 7, 2016 in Blog, Patient Enrichment | Comments Off on There Is More Than One Way To Reduce Tension

There is more than one way to reduce tension.   Whether it be your approach to the treatment of pain, weakness, and numbness, or toward reducing total load (the total number of things that don’t allow you to get well), finding a healing path that works for you is what counts.   Over the course of my career I have used several tools in my practice, and even created some of my own.   The Challenge and Choice Program makes use of cognitive restructuring to provide insight into a person’s relationship with the terms and conditions of their life.  Brain Highways, originally intended to enhance brainstem development in children with behavior disorders, has proven itself to be a powerful method for improving proprioception, balance, and motor coordination at the brain stem level in both children and adults.  This matters as brainstem development frees up the brain to problem solve rather than divert its attention to the stress and tension of maintaining oneself in space.  While each of these has had a great impact upon my life Systema Health has given me the most personal freedom.  Systema is a Russian Martial Art that is based upon four principles: Breathing, Posture, Continuation of Motion, and Relaxation.  People of all levels of brainstem development can benefit from Systema.  Naturally there are other methods as well.  For example Glenn Murphy at NCSYSTEMA is sponsoring a seminar on Somatic Resilience Training.   In the end it doesn’t matter how you get there.   Any tool that works for you to increase awareness of your response to an impending stress, to break the cycle of nervous system activation that leads to anxiety and panic, to retrain your brain to ignore harmless stressors, and to raise your threshold of resilience allowing you to function without tension in high-stress situations is well worth your time and effort.   Call us at Piedmont Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, PA, in Greenvlle, SC or read more about Systema Health and related healing programs at...

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Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)/Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) Relief

Posted by on Feb 7, 2016 in Aches & Pains, Blog, RSD, RSD Treatments | Comments Off on Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)/Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) Relief

There are options for Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) – Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) Relief.  At Piedmont Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, PA in Greenville, South Carolina we take a unique approach to the diagnosis and treatment of CRPS/RSD.   Most offices diagnosis CRPS/RSD based upon relief response to sympathetic block and then focus on symptomatic treatment such as opiates and spinal pumps.  Some more aggressive places also employ IV Ketamine, a psychotropic intended to create amnesia in surgical patients, as it has some unique chemical properties that actually addresses underlying pathology.   In the case of Ketamine however this comes at a cost: in some cases long term brain impairment has occurred.  In Greenville, at Piedmont Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, PA we prefer to both do no harm and to address the root cause of disease rather than just trying to cover up symptoms.   We make use of medical thermal imaging to map and help identify the type and distribution of sympathetic dysfunction and to provide insight into what is generating the aberrant response.   Having accomplished that we can then tailor a treatment program that is intended to provide relief and either reverse disease or retard its progression.  Learn more about CRPS/RSD at...

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Sacroiliac Low Back Pain

Posted by on Jan 24, 2016 in Aches & Pains, Blog, Regenerative Medicine, Treatment Options | Comments Off on Sacroiliac Low Back Pain

Sacroiliac low back pain is a common disorder, maybe even more common that degenerative disk disease or sciatica.  Since sacroiliac low back pain is also considered a form of mechanical low back pain it cannot be diagnosed on traditional imaging tests such as Xray and MRI, or even with physiologic tests such as EMG.  In Greenville at Piedmont Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, PA, we use physical exam, functional testing such as Gait analysis, Biodex and Posturography, and Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound to assess for the presence of sacroiliac low back pain and related ligamentous strain.   Once we have identified that your low back pain is due at least in part from sacroiliac involvement we formulate a treatment plan directed toward each factor that contributes to it.   Sacroiliac low back pain treatment requires patience with a long term goal of restoring balance to the pelvic ring.  Learn more about sacroiliac low back pain and treatment options at...

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Migraine, Mixed Headache, and TMJ

Posted by on Jan 24, 2016 in Aches & Pains, Blog, Complex Chronic Pain, Treatment Options | Comments Off on Migraine, Mixed Headache, and TMJ

Finding a doctor who will help you to identify all your headaches from migraine, mixed headache, to TMJ can be a challenge.  Many people however travel to Greenville from surrounding areas such as Spartanburg, Anderson, Ashville, and Hendersonville for just that purpose.  In reality most people with chronic daily headaches such as migraine, mixed headache, and TMJ have numerous types or sources for their headaches.   Others include sinus, weather sensitive, stress, postural mechanical, cervicogenic (arising from the neck), and vasomotor (involving the autonomic nervous and vascular systems).  Fortunately there are many treatment options for migraine, mixed headache, and TMJ, as well as other headache types.   And while medications help, treatment directed toward the root cause of each headache type can lead to long term, lasting relief.  Learn more about migraine, mixed headache, and TMJ at...

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Hypermobility and Lax Ligament Treatment

Posted by on Jan 24, 2016 in Aches & Pains, Blog, Medical Condition, Regenerative Medicine, Treatment Options | Comments Off on Hypermobility and Lax Ligament Treatment

There are not alot of places in Greenville, Spartanburg, and Anderson that specialize in the treatment of hypermobility and lax ligament but at Piedmont Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, PA that is exactly what we do.  Hypermobility and lax ligament syndromes share alot in common.  In many ways they represent different ends of the spectrum of the same disease.   In the case of lax ligaments someone might just be loose and not even double jointed.  On the other end of the spectrum hypermobility implies that the laxity is unusual; it is beyond being double jointed.  Like any other medical problem the more severe the disorder the harder it is to treat.   Fortunately several regenerative medicine techniques ranging from prolotherapy (to proliferate), PRP (platelet rich plasma), to stem cell in conjunction with other traditional and wellness oriented techniques can offer remarkable improvement in people with hypermobility and lax ligament syndromes.  Learn more about these treatments, and other options, at...

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Diabetic Neuropathy

Posted by on Jan 24, 2016 in Aches & Pains, Blog, Neuropathy | Comments Off on Diabetic Neuropathy

Diabetic neuropathy can be treated, and right here in Greenville, South Carolina.   Diabetic Neuropathy occurs when the small nerve fibers in the hands and feet loose function as a result of too little blood flow due to the underlying disorder, diabetes.  Often people are told that treatment consists of better control of blood sugar or the use of medications to cover up symptoms.   While these are important tools they do not reverse the signs of symptoms of diabetic neuropathy.   At Piedmont Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, PA in Greenville, SC we employ several treatment modalities that do reverse the signs and symptoms of diabetic neuropathy however. They are easy to administer and they have a history that show that they work.  Learn more about treatment options for diabetic neuropathy at...

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Piriformis Syndrome Pain Relief

Posted by on Jan 16, 2016 in Aches & Pains, Blog | Comments Off on Piriformis Syndrome Pain Relief

There are several options for Piriformis Syndrome pain relief.  Piriformis Syndrome is a common cause of low back, hip, and leg pain.  It is caused by injury, strain, pelvic laxity, sciatica, and a host of other things that result in spasm of the Piriformis muscle and tendon.  It is called Piriformis Syndrome since there is no singular cause for it and most often there is more then one thing underlying it.  Fortunately Piriformis Syndrome pain relief is possible however.  While there is no silver bullet or touch down pass with concerted effort we are able to provide pain relief in the vast majority of cases.  At Piedmont Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, PA we offer a comprehensive Piriformis Syndrome pain relief program for patients in Greenville, Charlotte, Columbia and surrounding areas.   Learn more about diagnostic and treatment options for Piriformis Syndrome at...

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