Medical

“Whole”istic Care – A Different Perspective of Wellness

Why Chiropractic?  What is it?  Is it only for neck & low back pain?  Many people believe chiropractic adjustments are meant to only assist in relieving neck or back pain.  Some people think of chiropractic for sports injuries.  Most people, however, don’t realize that chiropractic care is a great tool to utilize beyond these common […]

Why Chiropractic?  What is it?  Is it only for neck & low back pain?  Many people believe chiropractic adjustments are meant to only assist in relieving neck or back pain.  Some people think of chiropractic for sports injuries.  Most people, however, don’t realize that chiropractic care is a great tool to utilize beyond these common issues.  Chiropractic care focuses on the central nervous system through correcting imbalances in the muscular and skeletal structures.  Our central nervous system, which is protected by the bones of the spine, control EVERY aspect of our bodies; EVERY organ function and EVERY movement.

So, what is HEALTH?  In 1948, the World Health Organization (WHO) defined health with a phrase that is still used today. “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”  Medical News Today states, “In a person who experiences physical health, bodily functions are working at peak performance, due not only to a lack of disease, but also to regular exercise, balanced nutrition, and adequate rest. We receive treatment, when necessary, to maintain the balance.” (www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/150999.php)

Our daily lifestyles, including things such as physical activity/repetitive motions we do on a daily basis, diet/food consumption and external environmental influences, all have an effect on how our body will deal with the stresses it encounters.  However, if the nervous system is compromised through dysfunctional biomechanics (called subluxations), then the body can have a hard time recognizing the correct signals relayed between body systems.  When the body cannot regulate its systems properly, we begin to experience DIS-EASE!  And what is dis-ease…it’s a lack of ease!  But with regular (wellness) chiropractic care and good nutritional decisions, many people have noticed an improvement of different symptoms in addition to pain such as sinus & allergies, headaches, bursitis, asthma, stomach issues, cramps, colds and overall better ability to fight infections and increased immune function.

So how can chiropractic help keep you healthy?  Chiropractic treats spinal misalignments and removes nervous system interference by keeping the nervous system free from any interference through the correction of vertebral subluxations; misalignments of the bones of your spine which interfere with the communication of information between your brain and your body.  This simply allows the body to function optimally and its natural healing ability to be at its maximum…thus keeping resistance high and maintaining health more naturally.

What can cause a subluxation or spinal misalignment?  How do you know if you have one or more?  Well, the simple answer is, if you have a spine, and you move you most likely have them.  Repetitive movements over time, slips, falls, sports, accidents or injuries and even the birth process, may cause our spine to become subluxated.  Spinal misalignments, or subluxations, typically becomes evident to the naked eye when we examine our, or someone else’s, posture.  Because our bodies will adapt, the muscles that connect our bones to our skeletal system will accommodate and try and achieve balance.  We are adaptable beings, and as such, our bodies like homeostasis (the tendency toward a relatively stable equilibrium between interdependent elements, especially as maintained by physiological processes) and will strive to achieve that, until…

So, now you know the rest of the story!   Our office knows everyone is unique and we focus on each patient individually working with them to assist in achieving their wellness goals.  If you are interested in learning more about Chiropractic and how the ways it could benefit you or your employees specifically, feel free to contact our office.

Share This:

America’s Continuing Autism Epidemic

Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines autism as: “a variable developmental disorder that appears by age three and is characterized by impairment of the ability to form normal social relationships, by impairment of the ability to communicate with others, and by repetitive behavior patterns.”  On April 26th, 2018 the Center for Disease Control and Prevention released its most […]

Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines autism as: “a variable developmental disorder that appears by age three and is characterized by impairment of the ability to form normal social relationships, by impairment of the ability to communicate with others, and by repetitive behavior patterns.”  On April 26th, 2018 the Center for Disease Control and Prevention released its most updated autism prevalence estimates for America’s children.  These estimates are pulled from data in a biennial report based off of the evaluation of medical and education records.  1 in 59 children are now estimated to have an Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Let that sink in.  1 out of every 59 children.  This new ratio is an increase of 15% from the last reported estimate in 2016.  This most recent increase in prevalence continues the trend that researchers have seen over the last twenty plus years.

When I began my career in the mental health field in 2004, the autism prevalence ratios were estimated to be 1 in every 166 children.  Throughout my career, I have witnessed this drastic increase in autism cases create the need for a plethora of new services and supports for children to address the social and behavioral needs associated with autism.  Many providers decided to implement autism specific variations of existing mental health programs.  One of the most popular of these services is Behavioral Health Rehabilitative Services or commonly referred to as BHRS.  BHRS services are intensive mental health therapies that are provided in the child’s home, in community settings and occasionally in the classroom.  These services are focused on identifying interventions to help achieve a child’s behavioral treatment goals and to transfer those skills from the provider to a parent, teacher, etc.  The increase in autism diagnoses has also created the opportunity for providers to create new programs to address this need such as afterschool groups that focus on improving social skills.  They have also begun to create support groups for parents and siblings of those with an autism diagnosis.

The mental health and developmental disabilities fields have successfully evolved and adapted over the years in an attempt to meet the growing needs of children diagnosed with autism.  There are additional supports in the home, community and the classroom for these children.  There are also government and private grants available to families to help manage the additional cost of needed sensory and adaptive communication devices for these children.  But what will happen to these children when they grow up, or “age out” of educational and children’s mental health services?  What supports are available for adults diagnosed with autism?  What supports are available to families to help with their adult child with an autism diagnosis?  The answers to these questions are pretty alarming.  Depending on your location, there are very few if any supports tailored to adults with autism in these fields.

For our nation to fully manage the continued autism epidemic; there will have to be some significant changes in our government and to the adult mental health system.  Our legislators and representatives will have first to acknowledge that the lack of supports, services, and funding for adults with autism is a current problem.  Second, they will have to acknowledge that the problem will only get worse in the future as the ever-increasing ratios of children with autism age out of services.  These adults will need assistance with housing, life skills, employment supports, and socialization.  Our legislators and representatives will need to increase funding for mental health services to allow providers to develop programs to meet the needs of these adults.  Providers will need to step up and use the increased funds to develop new programs, thinking outside the box to support this unique population.  Staff in these fields will have to become more educated on providing supports to adults with autism.  They say it takes a village to raise a child.  In order to support individuals with autism throughout their entire life, not just their childhood, we as a society will have to pull together to help our nation manage this continuing autism epidemic.

Share This:

Who Can Sell Hearing Aids?

In the state of Pennsylvania, there are two different licenses that will allow you to sell hearing aids, an Audiology License and a Hearing Aid Dispensing License. The training and education that you need to obtain these licenses are very different. These differences are often misunderstood by the general public and will be explored below. […]

In the state of Pennsylvania, there are two different licenses that will allow you to sell hearing aids, an Audiology License and a Hearing Aid Dispensing License. The training and education that you need to obtain these licenses are very different. These differences are often misunderstood by the general public and will be explored below.

In 2007, the degree requirement to become a clinical audiologist was changed.  A Master’s degree was no longer acceptable to obtain licensure and all audiologists were now required to obtain a clinical doctoral degree.  At this time, if one wanted to become an Audiologist or an Au.D., they would now need to first complete a bachelor’s degree in Speech and Audiology, Communication Disorders, or a related field.  Upon completion of a Bachelor’s degree, a candidate would then apply for a doctoral program which is an additional 4 years of school.  Doctoral coursework includes many topics such as: education, anatomy and physiology of the ear and hearing, the science of sound, the diagnosis and treatment of hearing and vestibular disorders, hearing aids and their progression from analog to digital devices, programming and adjusting hearing aids, and counseling and treatment of adults and children of all ages with hearing loss.  Within those classes you learn about candidacy for treatment options, one of the most common of which is hearing aids.  However, the treatment of hearing loss is not limited to just hearing aids but also includes cochlear implants, bone anchored hearing devices and implantable hearing devices.  Audiologists get the opportunity to do clinical rotations in a variety of settings which can help to determine one’s career path.  Some of these settings could include working with an Otolaryngologist or more commonly called an ear, nose and throat physician.  Another possible clinical training setting for doctoral candidates is in a hospital.  When doing clinical internships, a doctoral candidate would perform testing, fitting and dispensing hearing aids on adults or children.  They could also conduct inter-operative monitoring, vestibular testing & rehabilitation, might also work with outside businesses to adhere to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations.  The candidate may also choose to use the business management training and clinical experience to open up a private office in the community. When a candidate finishes their Doctorate of Audiology, they will then obtain their Pennsylvania clinical audiology license.  It is then in their scope of practice to dispense and sell hearing aids as stated by Pennsylvania medical guidelines.

The other way one can legally dispense hearing aids in the state of Pennsylvania is to obtain a Hearing Aid Dispensing license.  To obtain this license, there is a high school level educational requirement, and the candidate must find another licensed Hearing Aid Dispenser to conduct an internship with.  During the internship, the candidates are taught to program and adjust hearing aids.  They are also taught to instruct adults on the use and expectations of hearing aids. Most of the time, this internship is done with someone who was willing to hire the candidate work and sell hearing aids at the same office. When the internship is complete, that candidate must then sit for a written state test.  Upon passing that test, they are awarded a Hearing Aid Dispensing license for the state of Pennsylvania.

When choosing a licensed hearing aid dispenser, it is up to the customer’s discretion which of these two licensed dispensers to choose.   It is important for the customer to realize the different level of educational requirements and clinical knowledge between the two.  Not all hearing aid dispensers are created equal, and it is important for a customer to be able to distinguish between them.  If you are in the market for a hearing aid, I hoped this article helped you to be able to make a more informed decision on your purchase.

Share This:

Staying Ahead in Business with Botox (and a Few Other Things)

It’s tough out there.  Seasoned professionals are constantly forced to look behind them to see if the up-and-coming (and often younger) professionals are nipping at their heels. Many professional women are no longer ashamed to admit they’ve had a little Botox.  Men, increasingly worried about the younger/cheaper competition, are a different story. Competition in the […]

It’s tough out there.  Seasoned professionals are constantly forced to look behind them to see if the up-and-coming (and often younger) professionals are nipping at their heels.

Many professional women are no longer ashamed to admit they’ve had a little Botox.  Men, increasingly worried about the younger/cheaper competition, are a different story.

Competition in the boardroom and beyond is driving more and more professional men into our practice for a few non-surgical tweaks to stay youthful and competitive on the job.

Here’s a list of what we see most:

Botox and Fillers

 They don’t call it “Brotox” for nothing.  With a few units of Botox, we can get rid of wrinkles and reshape the brows, eyes, mouth, and neck.  Botox injected skillfully by a board-certified dermatologist, can even eliminate the need for some surgeries.

Fillers, such as Juvederm, can help smooth out deep creases and acne scars.  Used together, a more youthful face can help men and women remain relevant and look refreshed.

The name of the game with both is that I can offer subtle changes with no downtime.  Results are seen in less than two weeks.

Hair Restoration

Hair replacement surgery was a big thing a few years ago.  Techniques are always improving, but there’s downtime to consider.

We’re seeing a different area of no-downtime growth (literally and figuratively).  We started offering PRP injections in our office to restore hair late last year.  Our phones have been ringing off the hook.

We are using the Selphyl® Platelet-Rich Fibrin Matrix System. Your own blood is drawn and spun in a centrifuge to separate the cells from the plasma. The plasma is then injected into your scalp where your hair is thinning.

You have to commit to three treatments or more and then wait for your result to grow in.  It works best for those just starting to lose their hair and who want to thicken things up before those hairs are lost forever.  The treatment works for men and women with thinning hair.

Photofacials, Lasers, and Microneedles

 Non-surgical skin procedures have seen an incredible resurgence.  In fact, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, a group that keeps track of cosmetic trends, says IPL Photo Rejuvenation was the fifth most popular non-surgical procedures for men in 2017. We’ve been huge fans of IPL for years!

IPL harnesses light to help zap away signs of aging from your face, neck and even hands., The gentle treatments use broad spectrum light to attack sun damage and redness.  There is a little discomfort and minimal downtime.  Four to six treatments are required to get the best results possible.

Laser resurfacing is a step above the IPL treatments.  The Erbium laser is designed to remove moderate lines and wrinkles. There’s also a bit of recovery time.  The CO2 laser is for more advanced treatments.  Downtime can be up to two weeks.  Results are long-lasting.

Finally, there’s a skincare newcomer that is coming on strong. Microneedling is exactly what it sounds like.  Tiny needles make small channels in your skin where we can infuse serums to hydrate your skin.   We’ve had such great success with these collagen builders; we now offer three levels of this treatment.  After a few treatments and a little time, your own collagen plumps up your skin.

In fact, Aesthetica boasts over 30 devices, laser, and RF, that allow us to customize a treatment to rejuvenate your skin.  We can tweak the appearance and texture, minimize scars and even remove unwanted hair.  There’s something for men and women in our advanced arsenal.

The best way to put your best face forward is to focus on high-quality skin care and gently, minimally invasive treatments.  Figure out what your individual goal is, and we can customize the right combination of treatments to meet or exceed your expectations.  A few non-surgical tweaks can help you stay competitive at work and at play.

David B. Vasily, M.D., F.A.A.D. is an American Board of Dermatology certified dermatologist with over 30 years of experience in the field of dermatology and skin care. Founder and president of Lehigh Valley Dermatology Associates, Inc, Dr. Vasily is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery, and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.

Share This: