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Condition of the Month

  • Our very own Dr. Josh Satterlee tag teams with Dr. Mike Voight to teach the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) in Sacramento, CA! Dr. Satterlee and Dr. Voight are teaching for the North American Sports Medicine Institute (NASMI). The SFMA is designed to assist medical professionals in the diagnoses process and follows a series of seven movement tests that exploit poor or painful movement patterns. We are so lucky to have an instructor here in our office! Have a great weekend Dr. Josh!

  • Are you experiencing "Spooky Pains"?

    Halloween is this week and my boys, Adam and Owen, are excited to go trick-or-treating in their costumes. They are both going to be Little Brown Puppies, and I must say they are very cute, even if it’s not too spooky. Speaking of spooky, I wanted to share some interesting cases about haunting pains that we’ve seen in the last 3 months.

    Bursitis and Tendinitis
    This last month, 3 new patients came in with complaints of bursitis and/or tendinitis. Each of them stated the pain had been around fwpooky, part of this is that the medical literature states that any inflammatory disease (the “itis” part”) should resolve in 4-6 WEEKS. Yet all of these were recurring for much longer. There must be some underlying cause that is not allowing the tissue to calm down. After a thorough investigation, we were able to identify the cause of the inflammation. Once we addressed the cause, their pain resolved within 2 weeks, and the spookiness went away. We had to identify the Why, not just the What.

    Migraines and Ankles
    Probably one of the most spooky/interesting cases I have encountered recently was a young woman who experienced migraine headaches 1-4 times per month. She was on some heavy-duty medication, she performed neck stretches daily, and had gone through multiple tests and treatments, none of which reduced her symptoms. When we performed a head-to-toe exam on her, I was struck at the tightness in her ankles. As this was an area that had yet to be addressed, we decided to pursue treatment there. In anatomy, there is actually a strong connection of the muscles and “fascia” between the ankles and the neck.

    (You can see an illustration here: http://www.t-nation.com/img/photos/2009/09-147-bodyrepair/03.jpg)
    After we released the tightness in her ankles, she immediately noticed a huge reduction in her neck tightness. We worked on that for 2 weeks, and I recently heard from her that she had a stretch of 3 weeks without a headache, a new record for her! I must say, this connection was scary, but when it works, it works. Spooky or not, it’s incredibly rewarding getting people out of PAIN!
    I hope your Halloween is fun and safe. And, since we live here in Nevada, have a wonderful Nevada Day!

    Yours in Health,
    Dr. Josh Satterlee DC
    Chiropractic Physician