Head to any conventional medical facility after an injury and you’ll probably be told to follow the RICE protocol (rest, ice, compression, elevation). This advice is great. However, you’re also likely to be told to take prescription or over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), COX-2 inhibitors, or stronger painkillers.
While occasional use of these drugs is acceptable, using them long-term can be disastrous. NSAIDs are notorious for causing stomach upset, ulcers, and serious bleeding that result in more than 16,000 deaths each year. In addition to gastrointestinal problems, COX-2 inhibitors also increase risk of stroke and heart attack. And opiates are highly addictive and have a potential for abuse. Conventional physicians are also too quick to recommend surgery. Of course, it is sometimes necessary, but studies suggest that invasive procedures are often recommended prematurely, before safer options have been exhausted.
At the Whitaker Wellness Institute, our goal in the treatment of injuries is straightforward: to facilitate rapid healing, eliminate pain, and get you back in the game as fast as possible. Our multipronged approach has been used with success by numerous professional football and baseball players, elite motocross racers, collegiate and high school athletes, marathon runners, and recreational sports enthusiasts.
The unique therapies we offer at the Whitaker Wellness Institute are effective not only as stand-alone treatments but also as an adjunct to conventional modalities. For example, if you’ve undergone surgery, we will recommend nutrients and noninvasive therapies have been proven to reduce risk of infection, boost collagen formation, stimulate the generation of new tissue, and reduce scarring. Fractures, sprains, strains, bruises, contusion, abrasions, and crush injuries also respond well to our approach, often with faster healing times.
High-Intensity Laser Therapy
High-intensity laser therapy utilizes very high-energy wavelengths of light that penetrate deep into the tissues to stimulate rapid healing and relief from both acute and chronic pain.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), which involves breathing 100 percent oxygen inside a pressurized chamber, delivers massive amounts of healing oxygen throughout the body. HBOT also enhances the white blood cells’ ability to fight infection, kills pathogenic bacteria, and helps the body build new connective tissues and blood vessels, hastening recovery from injuries of all kinds. It also facilitates post-surgical healing.
Microcurrent therapy is a novel treatment that utilizes extremely low-level electrical currents (microcurrents) to treat nerve and muscle pain, inflammation, and other health challenges. This treatment restores normal frequencies in the cells, resulting in remarkable improvements in both pain and function.
Infrared Light Therapy
Infrared light therapy harnesses special wavelengths of energy to dramatically increase circulation in injury sites and areas of chronic pain. The result is rapid relief of discomfort and inflammation.
Prolotherapy strengthens and tightens the ligaments and tendons that hold bones and muscles in place. Through a series of injections that stimulate the body’s natural healing response, proper joint alignment is restored for lasting pain relief and normal function.
IV Nutrients and Nutritional Supplements
The body’s requirements for vitamin C and other nutrients needed for the healing process soar after injury. Studies have shown that supplying optimal doses of collagen- and tissue-building vitamins and minerals through intravenous and oral administration speed healing following trauma, surgery, burns, and wounds.
Chiropractic, Therapeutic Massage, and Physical Therapy
Chiropractic manipulations restore spinal alignment, increase mobility, and decrease pain. Massage relaxes muscle strain and spasm, which are common causes of pain following injury. And one-on-one sessions with a trained physical therapist are a proven method of restoring function following injury.
Acupuncture and Reflexology
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical art that relieves pain and treats disease by restoring the normal flow of energy though the body. Reflexology involves stimulating specific points on the feet, hands, and ears in order to promote relaxation, relieve pain, and treat a wide range of health problems.
Click the link below to read about how the unique treatments offered at the Whitaker Wellness Institute have helped athletes recover from injuries and get back on the road to health.
One-Stop Shop for Wellness and Treatment of Sports Injuries
Renowned physician, author, and speaker, Julian Whitaker, MD, opened the doors of the Whitaker Wellness Institute in 1979. Since then, our clinic has helped more than 45,000 patients overcome serious health challenges and get back on the road to healthy living. We’re proud to offer nearly two dozen safe, innovative, healing therapies under one roof—that’s more than any other facility in the northern hemisphere. Just think of us as your “one-stop shop for wellness.”
To learn more about how the Whitaker Wellness Institute’s safe, natural sports injuries treatments can help erradicate pain and get you back in the game, click on the buttons below to schedule a complimentary consultation or contact us to learn more. You can also schedule your complimentary consultation or obtain more information by calling our Patient Services Representatives at (800) 488-1500.
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