Before starting the 8ww program, our Doctors Jim Kambeitz or Bryan Zales perform a comprehensive wellness exam.
There are different types of stress. Including
Physical Stress-caused by regular activities, exercise, trips etc
Emotional Stress-caused by work, grief, relationships etc
Chemical Stress-are caused by nutrition and drugs
A healthy body is able to manage these, but can cause disease in the unhealthy body.
The components of the comprehensive exam are
Full lipid panel
Computerized spinal nerve scan
Functional movement testing
Health satisfaction survey
The results of these tests fall into four categories of wellness, which are:
Functional Fitness is an indication of how well you are moving your body. A parameter of this test is fat mass.
Functional Nutrition Assesment includes C Reactive Protein, Cholesterol/HDL Ratio, Fasting Glucose, HbA1c, Homocysteine, Insulin, Triglyceride/HDL Ratio and indicates how well you are eliminating toxins from your body.
General Health includes BMI, Diastolic BP, Fat Mass, HSS, Intracellular Water, MSQ, Phase Angle, Waist to Hip Ratio and indicates how well you are aging and your risk for developing chronic disease.
Neuro Spinal Health which includes Involuntary Nervous System, Voluntary Nervous System indicates how well you are adapting to the environment around you.
The scores for these three areas average to your overall score.
An ‘A’ grade indicates optimal health, an example of a wellness lifestyle with the body working at 100%
A ‘B’ grade indicates good health the result of wellness education but may not entirely be fully integrated into a wellness lifestyle.
A ‘C’ grade indicates maintaining health. There will be no symptoms but nutrition is inconsistent along with exercise.
A ‘D’ grade indicates poor health. Symptoms of poor health are present and drugs are used to treat the symptoms.
An ‘F’ grade is the state of disease where the person is living a poor quality of life and needing multiple medications to maintain health.
Some patients receive their score and are surprised their score wasn’t higher. Some patients feel that they’re healthy even if there’s a few extra pounds around their mid-section. Some feel that their daily dog walk or walking their children to the bus stop feel that they’re getting adequate exercise. The tests for our wellness score may shed light on serious conditions caused by high cholesterol or insulin levels, that you may not have been aware of without testing.
In our eight week program you will be taught how to live your best life with proper diet, exercise and attitude, along with massage and chiropractic. With these tools your body will be able to better handle physical, emotional and chemical stress.
If you suffer from frequent headaches and think you have tried everything, Dr. Jim Kambeitz explains how chiropractic care can help relieve headache pain.
Most people think that headaches are normal – just a fact of life. The headache however is a symptom from the body saying that something is off, causing the headache.
When treating headaches Dr Jim starts with a scan. The first diagram produced is from the subluxation scan to look at muscular tension in the neck (cervical vertebrae) that may be causing headaches. Additionally the scan looks at symmetry of the vertebrae and which direction they are being pulled.
After looking at scan results the Dr will palpate the vertebrae to check how C1 and C2 are lined up. If there is tenderness, it is an area to be worked on with an adjustment. After checking out the cervical vertebrae the Dr will also look for tension in the jaw. A deviation may be seen from the digital x-ray.
A chiropractic adjustment can relieve pressure from a nerve that is being pinched by improving the alignment of the vertebrae. The nerve will therefore fire correctly and release pressure from muscles.
Adjustments have helped many of our clients, young and old, with their headaches. Contact Kambeitz Chiropractic Health & Wellness Center at 303-790-6000 if you’re needing care.
Chiropractic is the fastest growing and second largest primary health care profession. Chiropractic is based on the fact that an adjustment helps to facilitate better function with the nervous system. The nervous system is the master system of the body and will aid in the nerves firing better to every organ tissue and cells of the body. Chiropractic works on the true cause of pain malfunction.
I’ve never been adjusted before, what should I expect with my first adjustment?
With a manual adjustment you may hear a “pop” that is just a gas release. The computerized adjustment mechanism will create a light tapping sensation that is comfortable, consistent and computerized. Eighty percent of people will feel good after their first adjustment. Ten percent may not feel anything and another ten percent may be a little sore. This is comparable to working out or doing yard work for the first time.
Can you just “Pop” or “Crack” me?
We don’t just “pop” or “crack” anyone. We perform an x-ray to look for any more serious underlying problems. We do a scan and palpate the spine to check for the “true” cause of the problem. Sometimes the pain is in a totally different area to cause your pain symptoms.
Is Chiropractic good for my kids?
Chiropractic is an excellent choice for your kids because subluxations or misalignments can occur at any ate. We get great results for numerous health conditions such as headaches, ear infections, bed wetting, asthma, neck, low back, croup, colic, and learning disorders. Kids love to get adjusted, it is very light and easy. Dr. Kambeitz’s kids have all been adjusted since birth.
Do I need to get x-rays taken?
X-rays will help us to see what is going on with the disc and vertebrae. It helps us to see which way the vertebrae are misaligned so we can treat the cause of your pain.
Why do I need to get a scan?
The scan will tell us objective measure of how your body is functioning. It gives a visual representation of how the nerves are firing to every organ and where there is muscular tension. It helps to see how you are progressing and improving from your last scan.
Why does my second scan look worse than my first scan?
Your scan may look worse from certain stressors you have been going through. Let’s take a look at your physical, mental, and chemical stressors to see where there could be an imbalance in your body. Sometimes your second scan can look worse, but we are actually “waking” up your nervous system to areas that may have been dormant or firing incorrectly for quite some time.
What is the Gonstead Method?
It is a manual adjusting technique that is very specific to the vertebrae that needs to be adjusted. You will typically hear a “popping” noise when you get adjusted, and that is just a “gas” release from the joint being adjusted. This is a normal sound, nothing breaking or snapping.
When do I come back for my next appointment?
Your next appointment will be scheduled depending on the severity of the problem you are experiencing. A patient with chronic versus acute pain will be treated differently? At Kambeitz Chiropractic Health & Wellness Center P.C. we measure progress by subjective and objective measures. Some of your objective measure are to look at your x-rays and see what your spinal health looks like. We do a subluxation scan to see how your nervous system is functioning and with the computerized adjustment mechanism, we check for joint motion and can detect fixations.
Does my insurance cover Chiropractic? Are you in my network?
We will look into your insurance for you. We are an out-of-network clinic. If you have out-of-network coverage we would be happy to bill your insurance for you. At our clinic we will give you recommendations on treatment based on our clinical findings and not based on your insurance coverage.
Is it alright if I only come two times this week, I have a meeting?
Well let’s see how your spine is doing. The patient is probably feeling better, but as stated before, we only feel 10% of what goes on in our body. We will show you the joint fixations (subluxations) with patpation of the your spine and demonstrate where there is muscular tension/restrictions. Just as working out two times a week is alright, three workouts a week will get us better and quicker results. We have hours available before and after most people’s work hours and lunch time appointments too.
Am I done with my treatment?
At our clinic you can be done with treatment at any point, however it depends on your health goals. Do you simply just want to be out of pain, if this is the case, the original proglem could return after a period of time or do you want to feel and function well all the time? If the latter is important, let’s check some objective measures to see how you are functioning. We can use the computerized adjustment mechanism to see function, palpation of hands and/or subluxation scan.
What is myo-therapy and why do I need it?
Myo means muscle. We are going to work on the muscles to make sure your adjustments hold much better. Muscles have memory and will keep pulling the vertebrae out of alignment. It will create better balance in your body which will help with better function.
What kind of stretches do I do?
The doctor will be giving you light stretches to do once your range of motion starts getting a little easier and is painless. These stretching sheets will show you how to perform the stretches correctly. Remember there should be “no Pain” when you do a stretch.
Do you offer massage therapy?
We do have massage therapists on staff. Massage helps aid in the adjustments holding correctly because it decreases the chances that muscle memory will pull the muscle to one side. It will help with joint motion and flexibility which will help the nerves firing ability and increase your range of motion.
What is the computerized adjustment mechanism?
It is an instrument that does adjustments and can locate where the spine is not moving correctly. The space age technology utilizes a precise oscillating force with uninterrupted motion to get your vertebrae moving correctly again. It is comfortable, consistent and computerized.
Should I use ice or heat?
Typically, in an acute phase we recommend ice. Ice will aid in pain relief and help the area with decreasing heat and inflammation, which will help in the healing process. Ice the sore/tender area for approximately 15-20 minutes on the area, and 40 minutes off. Heat can cause more swelling and inflammation in the early phase.
How long will it take to feel better?
There are two types of care: relief care and corrective care. Relief care is just relief of symptoms. Corrective care is both relief of symptoms and correction of the cause of the problem. It took time to feel the pain and it will take time to correct the cause of the problem. In the first phase of care, which is 12 adjustments, I expect you to be symptomatically 20-50% better.
Well, it’s been an interesting start to this journey of 8 weeks to wellness. On the diet and nutrition front, there have been challenges. Cutting out fruit and bread was something I’ve missed, adding in more protein was a bit unusual, as I don’t eat meat on a daily basis. I felt like I was consuming more calories than normal. I usually consume around 1400 calories per day and adding on the ultrameal shakes I was adding about 150 calories onto what was a fairly normal diet to myself. When I weighed myself on friday morning I had gained 1 pound! After I discussed this with one of the clinic’s personal trainers; he said I needed to split the amount of ultrameal I was consuming in a day by half. Within three days I was back to my orginal starting weight.
As far as the weight training and cardio; I have really enjoyed the routine and phases we have began with. It has been challenging but well worth the soreness I endured in the first week. The only struggle I have really had is fitting a third cardio session into my week. Saturdays and Sundays aren’t any problem since have always excercised on those days, but finding time during the week has been a difficulty. Next week I plan to make it a priority. 🙂
Pre Day 1: Adventures of Sean on his 8WW journey…I am excited to push my fellow employees to health greatness and challenge myself physically and mentally as I go down the road to wellness. I look forward to developing my body into a temple of what it
should be. Gaining muscle and strength will change my endurance levels at work and in mountain biking. The challenges I believe I will face with be in the area of diet. Portion sizes and decreasing my beer intake (I am a beer connoisseur) will take great self-control. However I am excited to see the changes in my mind, body, and soul. Balance will be a great success for me. Hope you follow me on my journey to wellness!
Looking forward to the 8WW, I am both excited and nervous about how the program will test my willpower for eating, and being able to physically accomplish the workouts. Those three words consistently come to mind as I begin to see the continued wellness lifestyle habits developing: TEST MY WILLPOWER. I am a chic and fashion-conscious kind of girl, and am excited to have my clothes fit better and to see how my jeans begin to fit better and boost my confidence even higher. A big concern I have is that I will bounce back after the program. I have done other programs successfully, and afterwards made little decisions based on my success that slowly change the eating habits I have created. A little bowl of ice cream or a few extra drinks at the bar on Friday night, and I am slowly but surely headed back to where I was before. So as I do this program, it will be interesting to see where long term lifestyle changes stick or where they become a bit
flexible in my daily routine.
I am excited about getting more toned in the workouts. I’m not too worried about losing
weight, so I want to look like I did ten years ago in college: toned and in shape. I know
my strength is going to increase as well. I am excited to build up muscle to increase my
metabolism, which in turn burns more fat. My challenge is going to be finding time to do
everything that 8WW has to offer. Balancing work, workouts, planning meals, family
time and leisure will be a great learning experience, and I can see how that will help me
continue to develop a wellness lifestyle.