Nutrition & Functional Medicine

Functional medicine focuses on treating the underlying causes of disease addressing the person as a whole. Dr. Brooke, will spend time with each patient to gain a thorough history, along with understanding the genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can impact the long-term health and complex, chronic disease.

How Can Nutrition Help Me?

Chronic disease is continuing to sharply increase in our society, and most physicians are not adequately trained to assess the underlying causes of inflammation. Functional medicine and chiropractic involve understanding the origins, prevention, and treatment of complex, chronic disease. Together, they use a combination of strategies including nutrition, diet and exercise – most importantly prevention. Through functional medicine, Dr. Brooke has helped patients suffering with migraines, diabetes, fibromyalgia, hormonal imbalance, and weight gain, along with many other conditions.

What You Eat & Drink Has a Profound Effect on Your Health

The food we eat and the supplements we take have a profound effect on our health and how our bodies function. If we eat too many processed foods, our bodies do not receive enough of the right nutrients to function right. It is important to include whole foods into your daily diet, including fruits and vegetables.

Scoliosis

The earlier the detection and treatment of scoliosis can help to maintain better movement patterns as growth occurs.

Scoliosis

  • Between 3-5 out of 1,000 children will develop scoliosis
  • Approximately half a million adolescents develop some degree of scoliosis every year
  • About 10 times as many girls as boys see their curves progress
  • Girls are more likely to develop severe curves

Four Types of Scoliosis

  • 1.) Congenital – fairly rare malformation of the spine that manifests itself at birth or shortly afterward
  • 2.) Juvenile – relatively unusual; appearing in childhood
  • 3.) Degenerative/adult – cause by the degeneration of joints in the spine later in life
  • 4.) Idiopathic/adolescent – manifests and progresses primarily during the adolescent growth spurt

Causes of Scoliosis

While the causes of idiopathic scoliosis is unknown, there are a few factors that can contribute:

  • Genetics – siblings with idiopathic scoliosis seen in 7% of families. Parents with scoliosis have been seen in 6-14% of families.
  • Multiple factors must be present, such as abnormalities of the musculoskeletal system or the endocrine system.
  • The structural growth of the spine may be faster than the neurological growth.
  • Scoliosis may be the presenting symptom in patients with abnormalities in the central nervous system.
  • Scoliosis may be the presenting symptom in patients with abnormalities in the central nervous system.
    •19.2% of children under 11 years of age had an intraspinal pathology that presented as idiopathic scoliosis.
    •Scoliosis can be seen in up to 85% of cases with serious underlying neurologic conditions, ie. syringomyelia.
  • Possible childhood injury.

Sports Injury & Rehabilitation

Chiropractic Treatment & Muscle Assessment

Do you have repetitive injuries? Do you have pain? These are strong indicators of muscle imbalance in your body. Our bodies will always move in the least painful way even if it is not the right way to move.

Dr. Brooke has each patient go through an exam to determine faulty movement patterns and muscle imbalances. Through this, she can prescribe patients at-home exercises to become stronger and re-balance their bodies.

TMJ Dysfunction

Don’t suffer another day with jaw pain, call today to schedule an appointment: 919.577.2225.

Jaw Pain? Chiropractic Can Help

Are you suffering from one or many of the following symptoms:

  • Clicking sound or grating sensation when opening and closing your mouth.
  • Locking of the joint making it hard to open and close your mouth.
  • Not being able to open your mouth as wide as usual.
  • Tenderness or aching pain around the jaw or other parts of the face.
  • Pain radiating to the neck and ears.
  • Discomfort or difficulty chewing; an uncomfortable or uneven bite.
  • Headaches, toothaches, earaches (and hearing problems).
  • Neck pain.
  • Dizziness.
  • A feeling of tiredness in the face.
  • Swelling around the side of the face.

Causes of TMJ Dysfunction include the following

  • Injury to the joint or to the head/neck (such as whiplash).
  • Synovitis, capsulities, tendonitis.
  • Stress manifested as a tightness in the face and jaw muscles.
  • Clenching and grinding the teeth.
  • A slipped disc.
  • Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

What is TMJ Dysfunction?

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ Dysfunction) can impact a person’s ability to eat, to speak, and to sleep. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research a division of the National Institutes of Health estimates that TMJ disorders affect over 10 million Americans (or 5-15%).

Dr. Brooke understands that TMJ Dysfunction can greatly impact every day activities of life. Utilizing chiropractic care, myofacial release, exercises and stretches, she is able to help you return to a pain-free jaw. Chiropractic has been found to be very effective in the treatment of TMJ Dysfunction.

Chiropractic – Effective Treatment for TMJ Dysfunction

In a survey of people who have used complimentary and alternative medicine for TMJ disorders, the people most satisfied with the results were those using the “hands-on” therapies of chiropractic, massage, and acupuncture. (J Am Dent Assoc. 133(9):1189-1196)

One single-patient study examined a person who experienced TMJ clicking, teeth grinding, pain chewing, inability to open the mouth as wide as usual (“reduced jaw opening”), and headaches for 3 years. After just 3 weeks of two 30-minute sessions per week of “Western massage techniques combined with strain-counterstrain techniques”, “TMJ-related pain decreased and maximal jaw opening increased by almost a third. Jaw clicking decreased fourfold to once monthly.” (Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies 11 (3):223-230)

Treatment Therapies

You don’t need to suffer through shoulder pain, back pain, or any other pain stopping you from doing what you love. We offer a combination of treatment therapies to help you heal and reduce pain.

Chiropractic Treatment Therapies

At Brookview Wellness, we look at each person individually to determine the best treatment for them. In addition to chiropractic adjustments, Dr. Brooke Breitbach may also recommend additional therapy to enhance the treatment and help your body relax and heal.

During this chiropractic therapy, electrodes are placed on the skin that send light electrical pulses to different areas of the body with the purpose of reducing inflammation, curtailing muscle spasms and relieving back pain.
As a physiologic modality that increases ATP (energy) production within the cells and tissues, FSM can impact any given tissue’s healing rate. FSM helps to promote cell repair and regeneration, while also helping to remove toxins. The almost immediate response to the correct microcurrent such as let down of muscle tension and myofascia holding patterns in seconds; scars softening; trigger points desensitizing; swelling reduced, suggest mechanism involving the immune and nervous system are also at play. It is also a great therapy for people suffering with endometriosis, fibromyalgia, and other conditions. In many situations changes seen with patients with just a few weeks of treatment and are profound and long lasting and often permanent. This is a great therapy in conjunction with nutrition supplements and dietary changes.
With ultrasound, sound waves create deep heat therapy that is applied to the soft tissues and joints. Basically micro-massaging the soft tissues and joints, ultrasound therapy can not only help to reduce back pain, stiffness, and spasms, but increase blood flow and accelerate the healing process.
Interferential Current is a type of electrical stimulation used to help decrease your pain and improve circulation to injured tissues. The current can be move and varied to target your most painful area of injury.
Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue.
Instrument-assisted Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective instrument-guided technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is characterized by sharp medial heel pain that may also extend through the entire foot into the toes. It is typically most painful after getting out of bed or after a period of inactivity. The discomfort often improves after walking and moving throughout the day with pain returning in the evening. Symptoms can also increase after long periods standing, walking, running, hiking, or especially when using the stairs. Contributing factors include muscle tightness in the calves and achilles tendons, weakness or instability of the ankles,  and trauma to the feet resulting in scar tissue or a dropped arch.  In addition, a low back or sacral misalignment can also contribute. Degeneration of the plantar fascia may also increase with age. The causes vary from person to person, it is best to discuss symptoms with a health care provider trained in musculoskeletal disorders and syndromes to determine the correct diagnosis and treatment.

Additional Risk Factors for Plantar Fasciitis Include:

  • Obesity – Substantial weight can increase pressure exerted on the planter fascia of the foot, which can damage the fascia – resulting in plantar fasciitis.
  • Heel spurs are often a reaction to chronic plantar fascia tension.
  • Instability of the ankle and foot.
  • Flat feet or loss of arch height.
  • Decreased flexibility of the muscles in the foot.
  • Decreased range of motion of the foot and ankle.
  • Improper footwear – including flip flops, high heels or worn out shoes/boots.
  • Foot trauma resulting in scar tissue.
  • Repetitive movement.

Chiropractic Care is a Successful Treatment for Foot Pain

Conservative care, such as chiropractic care, has been shown to be successful with 95 percent of patients. Resolution time of plantar fasciitis is typically about 6-18 months; however, early recognition and treatment of plantar fasciitis is best as this can lead to a shorter recovery time. Furthermore, in addition to at-home care, treatment by a chiropractor can assist with recovery from plantar fasciitis. Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to have a favorable response by increasing the mobility of joints with decreased or altered motion. Adjustments specifically to the foot and ankle, combined with daily stretches have been shown to decrease foot pain.

Customized Shoe Orthotics

Customized shoe orthotics may also be recommended to help support the fascia, arch and heel. While it is tempting to grab the “one size fits all” orthotics off of the shelf, customized orthotics that are based on your feet, weight distribution, and leg length provide the best support for your body.

Conservative care treatment may also include the following:

• Myofascial Release – This therapy utilizes movement, manual contacts and sometimes instruments to break down scar tissue and adhesions allowing the muscles and fascia to stretch and heal correctly.

• Ultrasound, muscle stimulation and other therapeutic techniques may be effective in the reduction of pain and inflammation.

• Kinesiology taping of foot and calves to support the arch and reduce inflammation, resulting in reduced strain on the fascia.

• Night splints holds the foot in a flexed position at night to stretch the fascia. It also prevents the fascia from healing in a shortened, non-functional state.