Lower Back Pain
Hip & Leg Pain
As a Chiropractor, Dr. Ehle focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints such as back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.
As a Doctor of Chiropractic he utilizes a hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
The chiropractic adjustment or spinal manipulation, is the primary tool Dr. Ehle uses to correct health concerns that involve the musculoskeletal system. The spine with its intimate relationship with the nervous system participates in the control of most functions in the body. To manipulate a vertebra is to ineffect manipulate the nerve that exits the spine next to the vertebra. If you have arm pain, Dr Ehle will assess which nerve is involved in creating the pain and find out where the nerve has been pinched.
The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment.” The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile – or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the sufferer. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.
Chiropractic adjustment rarely causes significant discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours.
In many cases, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care may be the primary method of treatment. When other medical conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.
Dr. Ehle may assess your condition through clinical examination and diagnostic imaging to determine when chiropractic treatment is appropriate or when it is not appropriate. He will readily refer patients to the appropriate health care provider when chiropractic care is not suitable for the patient’s condition, or the condition warrants co-management in conjunction with other members of the health care team.
The term “acupuncture” describes a family of procedures involving the stimulation of anatomical points on the body using a variety of techniques. The acupuncture technique, that has been most often studied scientifically, involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles that are manipulated by the fingers or by electrical stimulation.
As a Chiropractor, Dr. Ehle utilizes acupuncture most often for the relief of pain. Headaches, pain in the muscles of the neck, shoulder, upper back, lower back, hips, knees, and almost any type of pain can respond to acupuncture.
Practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years, acupuncture is one of the key components of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). In TCM the body is seen as a delicate balance of two opposing and inseparable forces: yin and yang (a concept of opposing energies or polarity). Yin represents the cold, slow, or passive principle, while yang represents the hot, excited, or active principle. According to TCM, health is achieved by maintaining the body in a “balanced state”. Disease is due to an internal 'imbalance' of yin and yang. This imbalance leads to blockage in the flow of Qi (vital energy) along pathways known as meridians. Qi can be unblocked, according to TCM, by using acupuncture at certain points on the body that connect with these meridians. Sources vary on the number of meridians, with numbers ranging from 14 to 20. One commonly cited source describes meridians as "14 main channels connecting the body in a web-like interconnecting matrix of at least 2,000 acupuncture points."
Acupuncture became better known in the United States in 1971, when a New York Times reporter, James Reston, wrote about how doctors in China used needles to ease his pain after surgery. American practices of acupuncture incorporate medical traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries.
The report from the 'Consensus Development Conference on Acupuncture", held at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 1997, stated, "that acupuncture is being 'widely' practiced by thousands of physicians, dentists, acupuncturists, and other practitioners for relief or prevention of pain, and for various other health conditions." According to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), which included a comprehensive survey of CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) use by Americans, an estimated 3.1 million U.S. adults and 150,000 children had used acupuncture in the previous year. Between the 2002 and 2007 NHIS, acupuncture use among adults increased by approximately 1 million people.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates acupuncture needles for use by licensed practitioners, requiring that needles be manufactured and labeled according to certain standards. For example, the FDA requires that needles be sterile, nontoxic, and labeled for single use by qualified practitioners only.
Dr. Ehle's practice has been centered around the use of Applied Kinesiology (AK) for over 25 years. AK is a technique used to evaluate structural, chemical and mental aspects of health, using manual muscle testing, along with other standard methods of diagnosis. Using AK, the doctor finds a muscle that is 'imbalanced', and then attempts to determine why that muscle is not functioning properly. The doctor then decides the treatment that will best restore balance to the patient's muscles.
In practice, if someone has shoulder pain, there are about 15 muscles that make the shoulder function properly. If one or more of the muscles does not work well, the weakness will produce tendonitis and pain around the joint. Dr. Ehle tests all the muscles of the shoulder to understand the specific weakness and problem. He will find the specific correction needed to strengthen the muscles and restore normal shoulder function. The muscles may need better nerve supply, so Dr. Ehle will administer a chiropractic adjustment. There may be a weak acupuncture meridian causing the muscle weakness. Stimulation will be applied to the acupuncture system to strengthen the muscle. There may be a weak and congested organ that is causing the muscle weakness (such as the liver, stomach or lungs in relating to shoulder function), and nutrients may be needed to improve the organ's function and, thereby, improve the shoulder function. This same procedure is used for pain in the neck, lower back, hips, and knees.
AK skills are developed and approved by the International College of Applied Kinesiology Board of Standards. These skills are refined from many disciplines including Chiropractic, Osteopathy, Medicine, Dentistry, Acupuncture, Biochemistry, Psychology, Homeopathy, and Naturopathy, etc. Members of these professions share knowledge through the publications and conferences of the International College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK). A Doctor using AK during an examination will add a new dimension to standard diagnostics.
Dr. Ehle highly recommends massage and myofascial therapy to augment the chiropractic adjustment. Relaxing tight musculature, and normalizing muscle function, plays a huge roll in restoring range of motion (ROM) to the spine and extremities. Myofascial Therapy has many benefits, some of which are: relieving pain, improving ROM and joint flexibility, stretching adhesions in tissues, and reducing stress and anxiety; thereby, improving sleep.
Denises' experience in massage and myofacial therapy helps patients recover faster from injuries and episodes of painful muscle tension.
Dr. Ehle applies the chiropractic adjustment to restore nerve supply and increase ROM to the vertebral segment. He enlists Denise's help to restore muscle fuction around the affected area, in order to achieve faster healing and pain reduction.
Getting a massage can be quite beneficial. And getting 'frequent' massages can do even more. This is the benefit of caring for oneself. Taking part in this form of 'regularly scheduled self-care' can play a large role in helping one maintain his/her health, and one may remain more youthful over time. Budgeting time and money for maintating one's health at regular intervals is a worthwhile investment in one's health.
Cold Laser Therapy
Interferential Muscle Stimulation
Ultrasound Deep Heat Therapy
Micro Current Therapy
Homeopathy is a system of medical therapy that uses very small doses of a remedy that would in larger amounts produce in healthy persons symptoms similar to those of the disease. These remedies are prepared from substances found in nature. Nevertheless, homeopathy should not be confused with herbal medicine. These two systems of medicine are very different. Herbal medicine uses tinctures of botanical substances, whereas homeopaths use ultra-dilute 'micro-doses' made from not only plants, but also minerals or other substance found in nature.
Dr. Ehle earned his Diplomate in homeopathic medicine in 1991. As a Chiropractor, He uses homeopathy to treat a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. Pain from over use, due to falls, and from lifting all respond well to homeopathic medicines. Pain in joints, tendons and ligaments also respond well to homeopathicly prepaired medicine. If the pain and restriction is due to a deeper issues a more complete homeopathic history may be needed to find the correct remedy for the problem. Because these remedies are so safe and effective Dr. Ehle, also uses them along with safe nutritional intervention, to strenthen the tissues of the body.
The homeopathic Materia Medica (catalog of medicines) is very diverse and outlines remedies for large variety of issues. Disease conditions are not followed as much as is the expression of symptoms by the patient. As such, Dr. Ehle chooses the proper remedy by following a defining principal called the "Law of Similars", meaning "like cures like", this holds that substances which cause healthy people to get symptoms can cure diseases that have these symptoms. For instance, if you peel an onion, your eyes burn, itch, and water. You might also have a runny nose and begin to sneeze. If you had similar symptoms during a cold or allergy attack (such as a runny nose, watery eyes, and sneezing), a homeopathic micro-dose of the remedy Allium Cepa (red onion) would help your body heal itself.
The word "homeopathy" is derived from the German [homeo meaning "similar" + pathie meaning "disease" or "suffering."] Thus, homeopathy means "to treat with a remedy that produces an effect similar to the disease or suffering."
'The Law of Similars' has been known since at least the time of Hippocrates (ca. 400 B.C.), but it was Samuel Hahnemann who fully stated the ideas of homeopathy in the early 1800's. He was a M.D. and a chemist in Germany, who lived from 1755 to 1843. He discovered the truth of 'The Law of Similars' by testing small doses of medicine on himself.
By 1900 about twenty percent of doctors in the United States were homeopaths but, due to various political and social changes, homeopathy was relatively unknown in the USA until recently. There is wider acceptance of homeopathy in such countries as France, Germany, Mexico, Argentina, India, and Great Britain. In fact, the family doctor to England's Queen Elizabeth is a homeopathic physician.
Any plant, mineral, or animal substance can be used as a remedy. The original substance is diluted in liquid repeatedly, and vigorously shaken with each dilution. Unusual as it sounds, these very small amounts of remedies can act very strongly when used properly. Also, because the remedies are very diluted, they are extremely safe. The clinical experience of homeopathy shows that the micro-dose is effective: It works upon infants, animals and even comatose people.
There are, literally, hundreds of high quality, published basic science, pre-clinical and clinical studies showing that homeopathy works. These studies have been published in respected journals, such as Lancet, Pediatrics, Rheumatology, and Annals of Internal Medicine, among others. See this website for additional information.
Spinal Decompression Therapy
Spinal Decompression Therapy is a non-surgical, low force, comfortable way to treat herniated or bulging discs of the low back and neck. Anyone with low back pain with or without leg pain may benefit from spinal decompression therapy of the low back. Also, anyone with neck pain with or without arm pain may benefit from spinal decompression therapy of the neck. Dr. Ehle will conduct a thorough history and examination to find out if you are a candidate for spinal decompression therapy. In most cases, spinal decompression should be attempted before back surgury to see if the disc can be restored. We cannot unsurgery the spine.
Dr. Ehle now offers the Kennedy Decompression System . The Kdt NeuralFlex Decompression Table is the most state of the art available today. There is a lot of mis information surrounding decompression therapy. Doctors have invested too much money in large tables that are actually limited in how a disc problem can be approached. This requires them to charge much higher fees for decompression services. The Kdt NeuralFlex is the most versatiile, the most scientifically engeneered decompression table for meeting the need for various types of disc injuries and symptom presentations.