Call (731) 506-1189 To Book Your Consultation Today!
Tips to Avoid Neck Pain from Sleeping

Tips to Avoid Neck Pain from Sleeping

Your neck may be small, but it’s a crucial component of a healthy body and overall wellness. Symptoms of neck pain can include numbness, stabbing or shooting pain, inability to turn one’s head regularly, and migraines or headaches.  Neck pain is a result of cervical spine pressure or tension, nerve irritation or inflammation. Take note of what limitations you have with your neck pain and/or where the pain is centralized. The neck is an integral part in supporting and mobilizing the head, so it’s important that it is attended to before the condition worsens.

Most neck pain conditions heal within a few days or weeks, but sometimes the damage may need more than just a bit of rest and an ice-pack. This is most likely dependent on the cause of neck pain. One of the causes of neck pain is sleeping in an unusual position. Check out the below tips to avoid neck pain from sleeping.

Find the best pillow height.

It is important to find a pillow that supports the natural curve of your neck when you lie down to sleep. If your pillow is too low, you risk straining your neck. If your pillow is too high, you are also at risk of straining your neck and obstructing your breathing.

If you are a back sleeper, a thin pillow is your best option. Side sleepers need a thicker pillow to ensure that their head is in the middle of their shoulders. The height and width of your shoulder will determine the exact thickness. Sleeping on your stomach is the most detrimental position for your neck. If you must sleep on your stomach, you will need a very thin pillow or perhaps no pillow at all.

Put your phone away.

Checking your phone at night, even if just for a few minutes, can cause neck pain. When you look at your phone in bed, you may tilt your head up to 60 degrees. This angle strains your neck muscles, tendons and ligaments. Another negative about looking at your phone in bed is that the light your phone emits can actually block your body’s release of melatonin. This makes it harder to fall asleep.

Stretch your neck.

If you work at a desk all day, the strain from slouching or poor posture can cause neck pain. This pain can persist throughout your sleep. Stretching your neck before going to sleep can help loosen tight muscles from a stressful day

Are you suffering from neck pain? We can help.  Call New Life Medical Group today to schedule an appointment. 866-892-6262

Noteworthy Treatments for Addiction

Noteworthy Treatments for Addiction

When someone can’t control the urge to take drugs, even when they know how bad it is for them, this is called an addiction. Often, as a person starts or tries a new drug, they don’t plan to get addicted. People commonly believe they will be able control how often they take them. However, drugs change the brain and can quickly take over someone’s life.

Addiction is a chronic recurring illness that can cause damage to the organs, and in particular, the brain. Addiction involves the mesolimbic dopamine system which includes the surveillance-oriented brainstem, the emotional limbic system, and the frontal cerebral cortex.

Treatment Options

At New Life Medical Group, the treatment protocol for addiction is a combination of Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), IV therapy, supplements and if needed, cell therapy.

  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has been used for many different types of brain damage, including but not limited to concussions, PTSD, and strokes.  It is also used as an adjuvant therapy for addiction.
  • IV Therapy: IV Therapy can deliver fluids and liquid vitamins and medications directly into a vein. This delivers them quickly throughout the body.
  • Supplements
  • Stem Cell Therapy: Stem Cell Therapy is a regenerative medicine that uses some of your own body’s tissue to help heal disease and injury. In combination with traditional procedures and treatments, regenerative medicine has had an astonishing success rate in healing bone, joint, soft tissue, and muscle and nerve injuries.

Benefits of NLMG Treatment

NLMG treatment protocol is meant to help patients quickly overcome the withdrawal symptoms and start the healing process. It is not a substitute for group or individual therapy and lifestyle changes. With that said, some noteworthy benefits of NLMG treatment include:

  • In narcotic addiction and dependency, patients are able to come off their drugs in days to a week with minimal withdrawals and preservation of organs (Epifanova NM Anesteziol Reanimatol 1995, May-Jun(3):34-9S).
  • Some of the organ damage to the liver and brain, caused by alcohol, can be reversed with treatment options offered at NLMG.
  • Patients with a nicotine addiction may also benefit from these treatments. The effects of carbon monoxide associated with smoking can make it more difficult to quit a nicotine addiction. After a person quits smoking, it takes 3-4 days for the carbon monoxide level to decrease to normal levels. HBOT can eliminate the carbon monoxide in hours and help bypass the difficult 3-4 days after quitting smoking. In addition, HBOT can be used to reverse some of the effects of chronic carbon monoxide poisoning that result in changes in the circulatory system.

New Life Medical Group in Jackson, TN, serving Nashville, TN, provides help to those who have become addicted or dependent on narcotics, alcohol and even smoking either by choices made by them or others. Let us help you start a journey towards a new, healthy life. 866-892-6262

Tips to Staying Active with Multiple Sclerosis

Tips to Staying Active with Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis, commonly referred to as MS, is an autoimmune disorder that affects the nervous system. MS is a result of the body’s natural immune system attacking its own nerves by destroying the myelin sheath, which is a protective substance that layers the outside of nerves in the central nervous system. This disrupts the ability of the nerves to properly transmit signals throughout the body. Those diagnosed with MS suffer from numbness in the limbs, physical weakness and fatigue, dizziness, double vision, lack of coordination, loss of bladder control, and even partial or complete loss of vision. Due to these conditions, it can be hard to stay motivated to exercise or to stay active. However, physical activity and movement is important when trying to control your MS. Finding that motivation is crucial. If you or someone you know is affected by MS, we encourage you to try the following tips for staying active.

Avoid Heat

Heat has been known to bother people with MS. It is worthwhile to make the extra effort to stay cool to avoid this irritant. Try exercising in the morning when it is cooler. If it’s summertime, try exercising indoors where it is air-conditioned. If you become overheated, there are several cooling vests or packs that can help you deal with the heat. Also, always remember to drink plenty of cold water when exercising.

Get in the Water

Speaking of staying cool, aquatic exercise can be a great option for someone with MS. Try giving water aerobics or swimming laps a chance. This will allow you to get some great exercise, increase your endurance and enjoy the benefits of being in the cool water.

Get Some Sleep

Fatigue is commonly considered one of the most interfering symptoms of MS, limiting daily activities. To try and combat this, make a sleeping schedule and really stick to it. Your body will get used to the routine. Also, remember to drink a lot of water during the day. The less dehydrated you feel, the more energy you will have.

Find an Exercise Friend

Having someone to exercise with not only helps make you accountable but also provides a social element that can be great therapy for your state of mind. Consider joining an exercise studio that specializes in group classes. Yoga, Pilates or spinning are great for groups. Instructors at these studios are very motivating. They also often have class “challenges,” such as attending a certain number of classes a month, which can help with motivation. If you can learn to have fun exercising, you will want to go back for more.

If you are suffering from multiple sclerosis, we may be able to help. Call New Life Medical Group at 866-892-6262 to book your consultation today!

Food That Helps Fight Rheumatoid Arthritis

Food That Helps Fight Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation of the joints. This means the body’s own immune system attacks its own healthy tissue.  Although target areas like joints and ligaments are defining characteristics of rheumatoid arthritis, it can also affect other parts of the body as well, such as the skin, eyes, lungs, heart and blood vessels.

Symptoms of RA include:

  • Pain or aching in joints
  • Stiffness of joints
  • Swelling of joints
  • Tender, warm joints
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Fever

In addition to treatment, there are several lifestyle changes you can consider to help with RA symptoms, such as changing up your diet. Check out these foods that help fight rheumatoid arthritis.

Omega-3 Fats

Research suggests that food high in omega-3 fats help prevent inflammation. This healthy fat is found in salmon, sardines, mackerel, trout, flaxseeds and walnuts. Try eating 3 to 4 ounces of fish, twice a week.

Broccoli

Broccoli really is a super food. It is rich in vitamins C and K, calcium, and contains a helpful compound called sulforaphane. According to a Mayo Clinic study, Broccoli helps protect against the development of RA. Try also adding cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and kale to your regular diet.

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

Olive oil, a heart healthy fat, contains oleocanthal, which blocks inflammation enzymes. Try using it as a replacement for other oils in your cooking and salad dressings.

Vitamin C

Cartilage protects and cushions joints as they move. Vitamin C protects collagen, which is a large part of cartilage. Try adding more citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits to your diet to reap this vitamin C benefit.

Green Tea

Green tea contains polyphenols, which are antioxidants believed to reduce inflammation and slow cartilage destruction. When looking for your morning caffeine kick, try switching from coffee to a hot cup of green tea.

Whole Grains

C-reactive protein (CRP) in the blood is a marker of inflammation. Whole grains help lower these levels. The next time you are at the store, skip the white rice and pick up some brown rice. Oatmeal and whole-grain cereals are also a smart choice.

Anyone can be affected by RA. Having a family member with RA can increase your odds; however, the majority of people with the disease do not have a family history of the disease. Currently, RA affects about 1% of Americans. It affects almost 3 times as many women as it does men.

If you feel RA may be affecting you, let us help you at New Life Medical Group. Give us a call at 866-892-6262 to schedule an appointment today!  

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Lyme Disease

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is transmitted to humans through an infected tick and is most often caused by the bacterium, borrelia burgdorfern (Bb spirochete). In the United States, the black-legged tick (Ixodes Scapularis) and the western black-legged tick (Ixodes pacificans) are the most common ticks to infect humans. Other ticks that have been found to be infected with the Bb spirochete bacteria are the wood rat tick (Ixodes neotomae) and the rabbit tick (Haemaphysolis porispalastris).

Symptoms of Lyme Disease

The first symptom of Lyme disease is a local rash (erythema migrans), but it is not always present and it can be overlooked. In the EARLY PHASE (inflammatory phase,) flu-like symptoms, headaches, stiff neck, mild fever, chills, muscles aches and fatigue are seen. These symptoms are very non-specific and mimic other diseases. Lyme disease needs to be considered as a possibility if the flu-like symptoms persist over weeks. The LATE PHASE (intracellular phase) of Lyme disease occurs when the bacterium is in the organ (skin, muscles, eyes, heart, brain, etc.). Symptoms in this phase might include neurological dysfunction, cognitive disorders, sleep abnormalities, muscles aches, cardiac problems, etc. These late symptoms also imitate other illness such as fibromyalgia. These characteristics of Lyme disease have given rise to the term “great imitator” to describe this disease process.

What Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has the extraordinary ability to improve your quality of life when standard medicine is simply not working or as a supplement to traditional medicine. Simple, effective and lifesaving, HBOT can be your answer to recovery. New Life Medical Group is one of the only freestanding facilities that has the matchless ability to provide hyperbaric oxygen therapy in conjunction with other treatments for a more cohesive, effective and long-term result. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is the only non-hormonal treatment approved by the FDA for biologically repairing and regenerating human tissue.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Lyme Disease

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy works by driving oxygen into infected cells, thereby creating a rich environment of oxygen that is not suitable to the Bb spirochete. While at the Texas A&M University, William Fife, Ph.D., treated Lyme disease with HBOT at 2.36ATA (atmospheres absolute). Of 91 patients with Lyme disease, 85% of those treated showed significant improvement. A Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction during hyperbaric oxygen therapy and/or while on antibiotics is a sign that the Bb spirochete is being killed. As with all patients facing a serious illness, Lyme disease patients have learned that they need to be informed about treatment options. Especially if standard antibiotic treatment has not helped sufficiently, patients should explore alternative options.

Do you feel you can benefit from hyperbaric oxygen therapy? Call New Life Medical Group today to schedule an appointment. 866-892-6262