Our Unique Care

Why Do We Have Success with Neuropathy When Others FAIL?

We Address the Metabolic and Neurological Cause of Your

Neuropathy…

and we use state of the art Nerve Regeneration Therapy!

 

What is different about Dr. Green’s Approach?

#1) Dr. Green’s Expertise: Many doctors claim to work with chronic cases but Dr. Green has the education and the credentials to ensure you are treating with the right doctor. Dr. Green is a board certified chiropractic physician, trained in Anti-Aging Medicine and Integrative Medicine through the University of South Florida College of Medicine and George Washington University Schools of Medicine. He is AMA Fellowship trained in Integrative Cancer Therapy, holds an advanced certificate in functional neurology and is a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner. In my office I use natural protocols to help our patients feel better and live healthier, more joyful lives.

#2) He thoroughly evaluates the underlying metabolic causes of your condition: Most patients that suffer with neuropathy are labeled as having diabetic neuropathy or idiopathic (“we don’t know why you have it”) neuropathy. The bottom line is that if you want a chance for your nerves to heal you have to stabilize your diabetes. If it’s not being caused by diabetes you have to figure out what it is causing it! Dr. Green will run advanced, specialized testing to assess for the underlying causes (discussed in further detail below).

#3) Dr. Green has a unique neurological approach to helping patients suffering with neuropathy: Most practitioners that claim to treat neuropathy aim treatment at the nerves. It seem’s to make sense, right? The truth is that to address neuropathy you have to address both the nerves and the brain! Why is that? Every pain, every sensation you feel is felt in the brain. When you feel sharp, glass-like shards digging into the bottom of your feet it is your brain that is telling you what you are feeling. The nerves are the sender of the pain signals but the brain is the receiver. The longer you have had neuropathy the longer your brain has been trained to perceive that pain. Not only do your nerves need to heal, but the brain has to be retrained as well. This is vital for true relief for neuropathy.

#4) Our office offers the most advanced technology in alternative medicine! The PULSE CENTERS NRG-ONE PEMF Therapy is one of the most powerful non-surgical treatments on the market today and it gets RESULTS! The PEMF therapy will allow blood vessels to grow back around the peripheral nerves and provide them with the proper nutrients to heal and repair. We combine our state-of-the-art PEMF with the MR4 Cold Laser and specific Sensory-Integration therapies designed to reduce inflammation, reduce pain and accelerate tissue healing in the peripheral nerves themselves. We also offer the FDA approved nerve regeneration therapy, which is a one of a kind form of nerve stimulation that fires nerves both chemically and electrically. These are only a few examples of the revolutionary treatments we use in our office. For a more extensive list see below.

What Metabolic Testing Needs to be done?

The testing needed is different for every patient based on your own unique health history, but there are certain areas that must be evaluated.

 The brain and your nerves require two things to work properly:
#1) Fuel
#2) Activation

 To make sure the fuel supply for your nerves and brain is adequate you must ensure that these foundational areas are addressed:

(1) Blood Sugar - If you are diabetic, pre-diabetic, or hypoglycemic (too low of blood sugar) this will be a roadblock to healing your nerves.
(2) Anemia - If you have any type of anemia you are robbing your brain and nerves of oxygen!
(3) Vitamin Deficiency/Toxicity - Deficiencies in many vitamins and minerals can drive neurological deficits. At the same time if you are toxic with any of these elements it can also be a problem.
(4) Methylation - Methylation is a chemical process that takes place in your body which allows you to eliminate environmental toxins, reduce inflammation, and get essential nutrients to the brain and the nerves. There are genetic variants that can literally block your nerves and brain from receiving the nutrients that they need to work. It is estimated that 93% of people who suffer from neurological disorders (like neuropathy) have a genetic defect in MTHFR. This genetic variant can literally be starving your nerves!
(5) Auto-Antibodies - If you are not diabetic and you are suffering from neuropathy you must be tested to determine if you are auto-immune. Auto-immune diseases are diseases of the immune system where your immune system is attacking your own body! In auto-immune neuropathy your immune system is killing your nerves. Nerves are actually a common target in auto-immune disease. The important thing to understand is that if you are auto-immune the same attack going on against your nerves can spread to your brain, your thyroid, your pancreas, etc. Many times auto-immune neuropathy will be accompanied by auto-immune attack against the cerebellum. The cerebellum is the balance portion of your brain. If your cerebellum and your nerves are both damaged it can significantly impair your balance and lead to an extremely high risk of falls.

If you are auto-immune the immune system must be stabilized in order for your neuropathy to be stabilized!

Many practitioners over simplify the idea of auto-immunity. They talk about the immune system like it is a see-saw between what is called the TH1 (natural killer cells) and the TH2 (the B-cells) systems but the truth of it is that the immune system is extremely complex. To work to balance the immune system the TH1, TH2, TH3, TH17, the GALT, and many other chemical interactions need to be evaluated and addressed.

In the case of auto-immunity it become extremely important to thoroughly evaluate gut and immune health. Many more of those tests are discussed in the section below.

Other lab testing that may need to be assessed  include:

(a) Food Intolerance Testing - If your body has an abnormal response to a food you are eating on a daily basis you can be poisoning yourself without even knowing it. Food reactivities are not severe enough that patients can accurately identify if they are present. But when you continually expose yourself to a food that your immune system is reactive to it can trigger rampant inflammation and lead to brain and nerve degeneration. This type of test is not an allergy test like what your medical doctor may have tested. This type of test can be performed through the saliva, the stool, or the blood but you must be evaluated for your IgA and IgG reactions. IgA and IgG food reactivities are delayed responses which can make it very difficult to determine what you are reacting to. This is why thorough testing in this arena is so important.

(b) Infections - Infections can target the nervous system causing direct damage. They can also mimic the nervous system causing your body to attack the nervous system as if it were an infection. This is an example of how auto-immunity can be developed. Parasites, bacteria, viruses, fungi, and yeast are all examples of infections that can wreak havoc on the body. Most patients I talk to feel like they would know if they had an infection. This is not true. Many times there are low grade infections that don’t make a person acutely ill but do lead to a chronic inflammatory state which gradually weakens the body.  Another example of an infection that can directly impact nerve health is lyme disease. I will discuss Lyme disease below as there are many components to evaluating for lyme disease. We test for infections with serum testing, stool testing, and/or salivary testing.

(c) Lyme Testing - Lyme disease is caused by a bacterial infection with borrellia burgdorferi. This particular bacterial infection can stimulate your immune system to attack the brain and the nervous system. MN is a lyme endemic state and as such with sudden onset neuropathy, Lyme must be evaluated. Traditional lab testing for Lyme disease includes an ELISA test for b. burgdorferi and if that comes back positive a western blot test is performed to confirm the diagnosis. This standard of testing can miss up to 70% of patients with Lyme disease. When testing for lyme it is necessary to run comprehensive immune markers. In my office we test patients for:

             (1) B. Burgdorferi
            (2) B. Garinii
            (3) B. Afzelii
            (4) Babesia
            (5) Ehrlichia
            (6) Bartonella
Running more comprehensive testing for lyme is essential in identifying if this disease process may be playing a role in your progression of neuropathy. If you have ever had a tick embedded in your skin or have had a bulls eye rash it is imperative that this be further evaluated!

(d) Adrenal Stress Profiles - The adrenal glands are your stress glands! Is your body under stress? This test measures the amount of cortisol being produced by your adrenals at 4 different times throughout the day. This is an important test because cortisol can be ruining your health in many ways.

Altered levels of cortisol may cause:

(1) Weight gain – Elevations in cortisol cause your body to store fat and decrease your ability to burn fat.

(2) Fatigue – Any time your cortisol rhythm dips during the day you will experience energy crashes.

(3) Insomnia – Altered cortisol rhythms causing too high or too low of levels at night lead to interrupted sleep.

(4) Brain Fog/Declining Memory- Cortisol is particularly toxic to an area of the brain called the hippocampus. The hippocampus plays a significant role in memory. Chronic elevations of cortisol are shown to damage this area of the brain and may even lead to conditions like alzheimers!

(5) Food Sensitivities – Elevations in cortisol causes elevations in antibody levels in your gut, which in turn leads to your immune system becoming abnormally reactive to foods.

(6) Hormonal Imbalances – The adrenals play a significant role in the regulation of testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone. When the adrenals are not healthy it can create imbalances in these hormones which can lead to infertility, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, irritability, water retention and weight gain.

(e) Immune Reactivity to Heavy Metals - Many practitioners refer to the need to eliminate heavy metals. There are many technologies to evaluate heavy metal exposure. The truth of the matter is that we live in an extremely toxic world. Everyone has heavy metals in the body. That is not the question. The question that must be asked is, ‘how is your body’s immune system reacting to the different heavy metals?’ Heavy metals can certainly trigger an immune response that can create nerve and brain inflammation and by testing your individual response to each heavy metal we can see what specific metals may be contributing to your neuropathy.

 (f) Immune Reactivity to Environmental toxins - From pesticides, to plastics, to cleaning supplies, we are exposed to toxins on a daily basis. An individuals exposure to the these toxins is not the primary concern. If your immune system becomes hypersensitive to these environmental toxins it can wreak havoc on your body. We can run a comprehensive blood test for your individual response to these different toxins and develop a specialized remediation plan for you.

How is our Neurological Approach Different?

Dr. Green will take a 3 pronged approach to rehabilitating your neuropathy. The 3 areas that play a role in neuropathy that must be addressed are:

(1) The Nerves
(2) The Spinal Column
(3) The Brain
It makes sense that the nerves need to be worked on when dealing with neuropathy. The important thing to understand is that the nerve is just one component of the problem. The peripheral nerve is the sender of the signal, but that signal is carried into your spinal column, and then into your brain, which is ultimately the receiver for these signals. Any disruption in any of these areas will play a role in creating nerve numbness, pain, burning, etc. Thoroughly evaluating all three of these systems will allow Dr. Green to identify what areas are contributing to your neuropathy and develop a targeted rehabilitation plan for you.

Once Dr. Green has determined the specific neurological systems that need to be addressed he will employ state of the art rehab for those areas.

Therapies for the Nerves:
(1) PEMF Therapy: We use the Pulse Centers NRG-ONE PEMF therapy  for accelerating nerve repair. This PEMF machine is phenomenal at accelerate the healing of the nerves and reducing pain and inflammation.
(2) HAKO-MED Nerve Regeneration Therapy: This is a unique, one of a kind form of nerve stimulation. It is FDA approved and is the only form of nerve stimulation that fires a nerve both chemically and electrically at the same time. This makes a huge difference in reestablishing proper nerve activity.
(3) InfraRed Therapy: These boots use healing infrared light to help increase blood flow to the extremities. The increase in blood flow allows oxygen and nutrients to be delivered to the damaged nerve tissue.
(4) Cold Laser Therapy: This is class 3 laser therapy. We use class 3 laser for certain types of neuropathy. The class 3 laser will also help to support nerve regeneration, but it creates no heating of the tissue. In certain cases class 3 laser can be more beneficial for nerve support.
Therapies for the Spinal Cord:
(1) Chiropractic Adjustments: We use gentle adjustments to create feedback to the brain. We typically use unilateral adjustments to help stimulate and balance the brain. Adjustments also may help to restore proper alignment to the spinal column and can help to prevent arthritic change in the spine.
(2) Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression: Disc herniations, spinal stenosis, and degenerative changes in the spine can contribute to nerve irritation and inflammation. They can also create extreme levels of pain in the back. Spinal decompression uses a sophisticated computer system to gradually stretch open the disc spaces in the low back and neck. This advanced technology allows us to bypass spastic muscles and open up the disc spaces in the vertebrae reducing inflammation, muscle spasticity, pain, and nerve irritation.
(3) ATM2-Active Therapeutic Rehabilitation: This specialized unit allows for us to stabilize dysfunctional joints and perform rehab on those joints pain free. If you have pain every time you bend forward, we can stabilize the painful joint so that you can bend forward without pain. Once we have you stabilized so that you can bend without pain we can exercise that joint. This allows for us to move that joint without creating pain signals. This treatment can take someone who can’t bend forward without pain and get them pain free in one treatment.
Therapies for the Brain:
(1) Whole Body Vibration: We use the Theravibe whole body vibration plate in our office. This is a true vertical vibration plate that you stand on. It sends vertical vibrations throughout the body helping to increase blood flow and lymphatic flow throughout the body. It results in thousands of reflexive muscle reactions per minute leading to increased muscle strength, tone, and balance. With the vertical movement it fires the vestibular system which activates the cerebellum of the brain.
(2) Balance Training: Balance is regulated via 3 systems. The primary centers for balance are the eyes, the vestibular system (inner ear, cerebellum) and the peripheral nerves. With neuropathy it is important to rehab balance to prevent falls and injuries. The rehabilitation for balance trains the cerebellum of the brain which is a vitally important area of the brain to neuropathy sufferers.
(3) Oxygen Therapy: The brain is the most oxygen dependent organ in the body. Supporting the brain with oxygen while rehabbing it allows the brain to respond better and faster to the stimulation we are giving it.
(4) Exercise with Oxygen Therapy: Exercise drives blood flow and increased circulation. Exercising while breathing enriched air helps push even higher levels of oxygen to the brain.
(5) Interactive Metronome: This is a computer monitored brain rehabilitation tool. The frontal lobes of the brain control movement of the body as well as helping to regulate memory, focus, and emotions. The frontal lobes of the brain are also used for timing, impulse control, and movement. The interactive metronome exercises the frontal lobe by incorporating all three of these activities into one exercise. It is a dynamic therapy that can be helpful for balance, emotional health, memory, overall brain health, and motor coordination.
(6) Neurofeedback:  This is a non-invasive process where brain waves are monitored in real time by a computer, which can then use that information to produce changes in brainwave activity. The process of adjusting brainwave activity is known as operant conditioning, which is a method where rewards for positive behavior influence changes in the way the brain fires.

The combination of giving the brain and the nerves the fuel and the activation that they require gives you the best chance at recovering from your peripheral neuropathy nightmare!