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Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson's Chronic Condition Natural Treatment Blog

Intentional musings of a unique Shelby Township Michigan Chiropractic Physician dedicated to helping people find solutions to improving their health by rooting out causes to chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia, thyroid disorder symptoms, balance disorders, migraines, sciatica, ADD/ADHD/ASD, back pain, peripheral neuropathy, gluten sensitivity and autoimmune disorders so they can Reclaim Their Life!

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Why Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) Can Be Difficult To Treat  [infographic]

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Dec 29, 2015

The standard medical definition of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) goes something like this: "Carpal tunnel syndrome is a hand and arm condition that causes numbness, tingling and other symptoms. Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by a pinched nerve in your wrist." [1] While the official definition states it is due to a pinched nerve in your wrist, I have found the condition to be more involved. If the proper additional areas of involvement are not addressed, you could end up having wrist focused treatment and not get your CTS resolved. You likely will need a more comprehensive approach such as I outline in this article. It's prudent to first describe the main symptoms that those with CTS often agonize with.

The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome can be quite painful and annoying to say the least. Below is a list of some of the symptoms that mild CTS sufferers experience:

  • Numbness or pain in your hand, forearm, or wrist that awakens you at night. (Shaking or moving your fingers may ease this numbness and pain.) 
  • Occasional tingling, numbness, "pins-and-needles" sensation, or pain. The feeling is similar to your hand "falling asleep."
  • Numbness or pain that gets worse while you are using your hand or wrist. You are most likely to feel it when you grip an object with your hand or bend (flex) your wrist.
  • Occasional aching pain in your forearm between your elbow and wrist.
  • Stiffness in your fingers when you get up in the morning.

 moderate to severe sufferers often experience the following:

  • May have numbness or reduced strength and grip in your fingers, thumb, or hand. As as result of the weakness it may be hard to:
    • Do simple hand movements, such as brushing your hair or holding a fork. You may accidentally drop objects.
    • Pinch an object between your thumb and first finger. (This is called loss of pinch strength.)
    • Use your thumb while doing simple tasks such as opening a jar or using a screwdriver. With long-term carpal tunnel syndrome, the thumb muscles can get smaller and weaker (atrophy).

Unfortunately, if you have severe true carpal tunnel syndrome (with significant pressure on the nerves that traverse under the ligaments in the wrist that make up the carpal tunnel), you may have to resort to surgery. However, people who have some of the very annoying CTS symptoms may not have carpal tunnel syndrome at all...or...may be able to receive non-surgical help. Let me explain how the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome can come from problems in your neck, chest muscles and forearm muscles and what can be done about it.

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Topics: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Wrist Pain, CTS, Hand Pain

Foot Pain and Plantar Fasciitis can be solved without surgery

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Wed, Nov 18, 2015

If you currently have foot pain or plantar fasciitis, or if you have had it in the past - you know how it can totally interfere with your life.

I personally have had pain so bad that I literally could not sleep. Just the pressure of my foot weight resting in an elevated position on a pillow was excruiating. I would not wish foot pain on anyone.

Due to my own issues with severe periodic foot pain, I was compelled to search for solutions that were effective and expedient. My professional work involves standing on my feet most of the day along with walking. I also prefer an active life outside of my office and having foot pain was not something I wanted to try to have with me the rest of my life. 

My search led me to some surprising solutions that totally eliminated my pain and I would like to share them with you.

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Topics: inflammation, MLS Laser, Cold Laser, Trigenics, PEMF, plantar fasciitis, foot pain

How to Avoid Surgery for your Chronic Knee Pain

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Nov 10, 2015


You want to be able to keep up with your family, be able to sleep on your side or just walk without pain, but your knee or knees scream at you in pain. Every day is a chore due to your chronic knee pain and you want non-surgical help. I am happy to say I have a solution for you that works and works FAST!

The typical method of dealing with a painful area of the body is focusing the treatment on the painful part of the body with physical therapy, Chiropractic, massage, rehab, etc. If you have tried this focused treatment without success and are left thinking you have no other choices, know that I am writng this article to give you another viewpoint and a non-surgical knee pain option.

Thousands of people have been helped with the methods I am going to explain I have personally helped many people who were desperately looking for a non-surgical solution to their knee pain. It's likely you can be helped too. Of course not everyone is a candidate for the procedures I will outline, but a vast majority of people are suitable candidates.

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Topics: inflammation, knee pain, MLS Laser, Chronic Knee Pain,, Trigenics, PEMF, non-surgical knee pain help

Is Histamine Intolerance Contributing To  Your Chronic Ill Health?

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Wed, Oct 28, 2015

In a previous blog post entitled, Can Optimized Methylation Be The Key To Your Health Recovery, I explained the role of gene flaws (also called polymorphisms or Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms or SNP's) in contributing to stubborn health challenges. To wrap your head around the concept of a gene flaw, a great analogy is how a computer program with improper coding will malfunction. When the computer program with the flawed code runs, it doesn't perform as designed and odd computer function occurs. Our body carries out all its many wonderful actions via the activity of enzymes that carry out very specific functions, such as converting the food we eat into energy to run our cells. When we have a gene flaw (SNP) for an enzyme, the action that enzyme is designed to carry out either does not occur or is slowed, or in some cases sped up. The end result: chemicals that are supposed to be converted into a different chemical aren't converted. One specific example of how enzyme work in our body is when we consume an alcholic beverage.  Our body has to use three enzymes to break the alchohol down to substances that can be safely eliminated.

In the world of gene flaws, one aspect that seems to be overlooked by doctors is its STRONG ASSOCIATION with HISTAMINE INTOLERANCE (HIT). If a clinician misses this all-too-common occurrence you will NOT get (totally) better even if your health practitioner helps you heal your gut, your brain, your detoxification pathways, etc.

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Topics: Health, Chronic Health Challenge

How To Select Foods To eat that help you heal from chronic pain

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Oct 06, 2015

Fork Fitness

This guest blog article from Dr. Jeff Donatello focuses on the "Fork Fitness" component is to get you back on track with the best way to eat healthy to optimize your methylation pathways, boost your metabolism and decrease inflammation (ie. heart attack or stroke) and heal from chronic pain.

If you go to the local bookstore, you will see entire rows of books on this subject. As a nutritionist I have seen and heard it all, which is why I like to keep it simple.

Five Basic Principles :

  1. Eat real food
  2. Eliminate toxins and toxic food (processed foods)
  3. Eat slowly
  4. Eat for you
  5. Follow the 80/10/10 Rule

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Topics: gluten, inflammation, chronic pain, Food Enzymes, Cooked Food, "Dead" Food, Health

What Are Your treatment Options for Peripheral Neuropathy?

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Fri, Oct 02, 2015

If you suspect you have or have been diagnosed with neuropathy, also called peripheral neuropathy, you know it is not pleasant. Suffering from burning, shooting or electric shock type pain, especially when you are inactive is a common occurance. In my opinion, the worst symptom of neuropathy is the inability to have a great sense of balance. When your feet can't acccurately sense the surface you are walking on, you risk falling.
Neuropathy can be a painful, life altering condition. Selecting the proper treatment can lead to progression or regression. You need to choose wisely.
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Topics: peripheral neuropathy, pain relief, Neuropathy, Peripheral Neuropathy Help, Peripheral Neuropathy Treatment, PEMF

How Cellular Exercise [PEMF] Can Help Your Body Heal

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Sep 01, 2015

Cellular exercise in the form of PEMF can help your body heal itself. PEMF is short for pulsed electromagnetic fields.

For a few years now, I have been researching PEMF and how to incorporate it into my natural healing practice. With the myriad of different systems available, I wanted to ensure I chose a PEMF system that was robust, effective and made in the United States. After reviewing a few systems, I decided to use one that several of my colleagues found very effective and that stood the test of time in regards to durability and one that effectively improved my patients' healing ability. In my office, patients who have chronic knee pain, chronic shoulder pain/"frozen shoulder, neuropathy, fibromyalgia, Parkinson's disease, and a host of other chronic and acute health challenges are benefitting from cellular exercise using our Pulse Centers NRG Pro system.

What is an electromagnetic field? What are PEMFs?

"If you have ever held two magnets in your hands, tried to force them together, and felt a resistance between them, then you have experienced a magnetic field. The Earth has its own magnetic field, produced by fluxes in the molten metal in the core of the planet. The presence of this field is what causes a compass to rotate so that the ‘north pole’ of the compass points roughly north. A changing magnetic field (such as a magnetic field moving through a coil) generates an electric field (which would drive a current in the coil). This forms the basis for many electrical generators and motors. Similar to the way that a changing magnetic field can generate an electric field, a changing electric field generates a magnetic field. This is a natural activity of the universe. An electromagnetic field is a physical field produced by moving electrical charges. It affects the behavior of any other charged objects in the vicinity of the field.

PEMF stands for Pulsed ElectroMagnetic Fields, which are widely used these days to improve circulation and cell metabolism. The body can become accustomed to nonmoving (or static) magnetic fields, which are generally unable to deeply penetrate the body. A pulsed electromagnetic field, however, is quite dynamic, is able to penetrate all the way through the body, and creates a cascade of effects within the body.

It is important to distinguish between the electromagnetic fields we use for therapeutic purposes, and other man-made electromagnetic fields from power lines, microwave ovens, cell phones, etc., which can cause damage to our bodies. The PEMF devices we recommend all produce safe, natural electromagnetic fields which are of lower frequency, and are complementary to the chemistry and functions of the body." [1]

What effectively sold me on PEMF (and the system we use) was the benefits I personally experienced using the cellular exercise device. Let me explain how PEMF may help you:

"You have over 75 Trillion cells in your body. Cells are the basic building blocks of all living things.They provide structure for the body,take in nutrients from food, convert those nutrients into energy, and carry out specialized functions.

Cellular exercise increases cellular membrane permeability. This allows better circulation of oxygen and nutrients into your cells. Additionally, PEMF helps eliminate carbon dioxide and waste products out of the cells.

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Topics: fibromyalgia, back pain, Parkinson's disease, energy, Chronic Knee Pain,, Frozen Shoulder, Shoulder Pain Treatment, PEMF, Cellular Exercise, NRG Pro

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