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Do you have tight muscles? Are you in constant pain? You don’t have to be.
Dr. Maryann Sheps is thrilled to announce that she’s now treating her patients using the latest non-invasive treatment for muscle tightness spasms and trigger points. Introducing enPuls.
enPuls is a medical device brought to you by Zimmer, a company that delivers the best medical device and technology in the world. Using radial shockway therapy (RSWT) patients receive high-energy acoustic pulses into their affected tissue. This action increases the metabolic activity around area that is in pain. In turn this triggers the reabsorption of calcium deposits, stimulating the body’s natural healing process and reducing pain.
Instructed by the President of Zimmer on its uses and application, Dr. Sheps is now the only member on staff trained to use enPuls.
Watch videos of Dr. Maryann Sheps using enPuls
Information from Zimmer
The causes of the observed medical effects are still largely hypothetical or not fully evaluated. Current scientific investigations are in progress to try and develop a better understanding of the causes and effects of the radial shockwave.
There are two probable primary effects:
Direct reaction to the mechanical stimulation
Indirect stimulation triggering cellular and biochemical processes based on triggering a reactive system.
Direct effects may include the following:
-Normalization of the muscle tone through stimulation of the muscle spindle and the Golgi apparatus of the muscle tendon
- Pain overlay based on the gate-control principle (Melzack and Wall) with parallel endorphin release by the stimulation of the skin’s pressure and touch receptors
Pending FDA approval
Where in the world is Dr. Maryann Sheps?
For the last several weeks, she’s had the privilege of treating the track and field athletes of Team USA, The Bahamian and Jamaican Teams as well as a few Team GB stars at the 2012 London Olympic games.
A popular treatment during training and prior to competition is Biolase laser therapy. As a luminary with Biolase, Dr. Sheps was involved in the foundation of developing the laser, having successful results using it clinically in her day to day practice.
Dr. Sheps plans on returning August 8th. Stay tuned for news about her exciting and unique experience with the golden stars of athletics!
Dr. Maryann Sheps recently had the unique opportunity to spend a week with the Bahamian Olympic Team at Florida’s National Training Center (NTC) in Orlando. Dr. Sheps spent most of her week treating Olympic Gold Medalist sprinter, Debbie Ferguson, a.k.a. “Fast Fergie.” Using the Biolase Diolase 10 laser, Dr. Sheps administered daily laser treatments to Ferguson, who is training for this summer’s 2012 London Olympics. The world class athlete enthusiastically said, “I’ve never felt better!” And reports a 100% improvement in her aches, pains and tweaks after her laser treatments. Ferguson will continue to receive spot laser treatments as Dr. Sheps plans on traveling to Ferguson’s races at the Prefontaine Classic in Oregon this June and later in the summer to London for the Olympic Games.
But this week long trip isn’t the end of the story. Keep an eye out for future posts about Sheps and Ferguson. The pair are writing a book about the journey of underprivileged communities and the strong female athletes who emerge and thrive despite their adversities.
Dr. Michael Sheps stopped by the CRN Digital Talk Radio studio to discuss laser therapy with Fred Dryer. Check out the behind scenes development of the laser and Dr. Sheps’ involvement.
Sore Feet? We’ve Got Relief!
Foot pain is not uncommon, but did you know that over one million people per year experience aches and pains in their feet? And, that seventy-five percent of them actually seek remedies for this from their primary care physician?
One of the most common ailments is PLANTAR MYOFASCITIS. Plantar Myofascitis is commonly known as pain on the sole of your foot. It is a widespread ailment that is mostly self-limiting, but can progress and remain persistent with time, age, activity, or even with rest. It can interrupt every day life and may affect almost any age and activity level.
The symptoms are fairly straightforward:
• Heel pain or tightening on the plantar surface (bottom) of the foot/feet (usually in the morning after standing up while getting out of bed or after a prolonged time sitting).
• Sharp, burning, pinching or deep aching
• Improved with “walking it out”, but worse by the end of the day.
These strained soft tissues can be in one or both feet. They can begin in the heel or ball of the foot, and less commonly on the sides of the feet or between the bones of the feet.
In either case, there are a few differential diagnoses to consider, including retrocalcaneal bursitis (swelling of the fluid-filled sac at the back of the heel bone under the Achilles tendon, tendonitis (swelling of a tendon), heels spur (bone spur in heel bone), or even fracture.
So what happens during planter fasciitis? It is believed that micro tears occur to the muscle fascial interface lining. There are many common everyday occurrences for this, for example:
• Walking barefoot on hard surfaces or frequently on the beach
• Improper shoe wear, old shoes, flat inner sole, high heels, and prolonged heel wear
• Prolonged standing
• Prior ankle conditions or fractures, sprains, arthritis
• Prior knee conditions, sprains, sports injuries
• Prior fractures or surgeries of the lower extremity
• Jogging on the beach barefoot
• Overweight or obesity
• Overpronation of foot
• Excessive running
• Excessive use of flip flop shoes
The treatment options are many, but persistence and continuity are the key.
EARLY MORNING ROUTINE
1. Before you take your first step out of bed, always put slippers or shoes on your feet.
2. Take a few moments to stand there while your feet get warmed up, gently rock forward a back a few times, and then begin your stride.
Ideally, before you leave your house in the morning, take a few minutes to slowly stretch your spine, pelvis, and lower extremities.
After a long day on your feet, try a detoxifying foot soak.
1. Add warm some water in a bath or a large holder and add Epson salt. Soak for five minutes.
2. After your soak, towel off. Then, place a small, firm tennis ball underneath both feet and roll them over the ball. Repeat this maneuver over the affected foot/feet bottom again. Be sure to press hard enough so that you’re getting every side angle of the foot.
These are some simple steps you can do at home. For more advanced, guided, and supported therapy, All Back and Joint Care’s Medical Fitness & Rehab offers a variety of leg and foot myofascial techniques to strengthen the joints and reposition the soft tissue. Our trainers can help you accurately reduce strain, while tightening fascia.
Consider dynamic computerized gait evaluation and postural analysis giving rise to a properly formed foot Orthotic (FootMaxx). This not only gives the foot excellent support it helps to correct imbalances in the walking/running positions to eliminate incorrect pressure on the foot bottom.
Most importantly, receiving LOW LEVEL LASER THERAPY with the Diolase-10 muscle and joint laser, in essence, will eliminate the tissue inflammation, calm down the swollen subcutaneous fibers, and begin to repair the micro tears in the muscle and fascia interface. Personalized treatments of ten minute sessions applied directly on the painful part of the foot will leave you walking out of the office with ease. Several laser treatments in combination with the above techniques will surely make your foot problems a thing of the past!
As prevalent as Plantar Myofasciitis is, a combination of treatments in the right form can eliminate the problem. Know how to manage this on your own, taking necessary steps at home while adding the newest and latest advanced medical devices and treatments. Dynamic gait testing and musculoskeletal laser technologies are a must for stabilizing this potentially ongoing condition.
For questions or further discussion on this subject, contact Dr. Maryann Sheps, Chiropractor and Physician Assistant, to address your particular health problem. She can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 310-473-2911.
Leroy Goes To The Olympics is a children’s graphic novel conceived by Dr. Michael Sheps, written by Sybil Blazej-Yee, and illustrated by Toran Joseph.
Based on interviews with Olympic Athlete Leroy Dixon, Blazej-Yee writes his inspirational story of the obstacles he faced growing up and the people who supported him throughout his training. Written specifically for 3rd to 5th grade boys, this story really inspires all ages, serving as a reminder of the strength of the mind and the power of encouraging people.
Leroy Goes to the Olympics is now available for purchase at Amazon.com
Dr. Michael Sheps is excited to announce that he was invited to present the latest trends and technology in photonic stimulation using Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT) at John Hopkins Rehabilitation Therapy Services Clinic in Maryland. Recognized as being a content expert in clinical application of LLLT, his knowledge and clinical expertise has helped advance the practice of others.