Back to school! Nutrition for kids and a case on Pediatric Eczema

Back to school! Nutrition for kids and a case on Pediatric Eczema

I had an opportunity to present on several subjects in this you tube video sponsored by AANMC. If you are looking for information on what it is like as a Naturopathic Doctor, tips on Back to School Nutrition or information regarding Pediatric Eczema, check out this video!

More information can be found  on my website regarding ways I can help your child.  Please check out the “Office Visit” and “Services” tabs on my website.

-Dr. Crystal

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Past Presentations and Media for Dr. Crystal

October 8th, 2014- A Dynamic Approach to Your Health- How to Take Charge of Your Wellness in the “Age of Busy”- round table speaker for NEW- Network of Entrepreneurial Women, Glen Ellyn, Il.

September 17th, 2014- “Natural Alternatives for Your Health”- presentation for private office, Ex Libris Group, Arlington Heights, Il.

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014-  “Using Natural Medicine for Children with Autism, ADHD and  Special Needs” -presentation for therapists and staff at Easter Seals DuPage and the Fox Valley Region, Elgin office

Dr. Crystal was featured in the February 2014 edition of the magazine publication, Natural Awakenings. To read the article, click here.

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What is Myofascial Release?

Myofascial Release

 

What is Myofascial Release?
Myofascial Release (MFR) is the gentle application of sustained pressure into fascial restrictions. This is done by a doctor or therapist using their hands, although occasionally therapeutic equipment such as balls, foam rolls or wedges are utilized in adjunct to the manual soft tissue treatment. Gentle pressure is applied slowly to allow the body fascia to elongate. This manual therapy addresses the tightness of fascial/connective tissue due to inflammation, poor posture or trauma. Patients have seen results for conditions such as headaches/migraines, neck pain, back pain, chronic postural issues, chronic pain conditions, internal pain conditions and female/pelvic concerns. Expect an office visit for MFR to last between 30 minutes to an hour. It is a safe, gentle and permanent release of soft tissue restrictions.

What is Fascia?
Fascia is the tough connective tissue that spreads through the body in a three-dimensional web from head to toe without interruption. Trauma, posture or inflammation can bind down the fascia resulting in excessive pressure on nerves, muscles, blood vessels, bony structures and organs. Standard tests such as x-rays or CT scans do not show fascial restrictions, therefore many people that are suffering with pain or limited motion may have undiagnosed fascial restrictions. It is estimated that fascia can bind down tissues with 2,000 pounds of pressure per square inch of tissue!

The Science Behind it:
The gentle sustained pressure of the restricted fascial barrier creates a phase transition for the restricted tissue. The Phase Transition phenomena is due to Piezoelectricity and Mechanotransduction. Piezoelectricity means pressure electricity. When pressure is applied to the fascial and cellular structure, it creates a bioelectrical flow. Mechanotransduction is the sustained mechanical therapeutic pressure that creates biochemical changes within the body. This produces Interleukin 8, which is our body’s own natural anti-inflammatory agent.

Fascial restrictions are often caused by inflammation that solidifies the ground substance of the fascial system. This blocks healing and continues to solidify into crushing restrictions that produce symptoms. The art and science behind Myofascial Release is to return the fascial system from an inflamed, solid condition to a more natural fluid system, thus allowing the tissue to rehydrate and glide.

Experience:
Dr. Crystal Foresman-Landers has taken the following John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Courses:

Myofascial Release I
Myofascial Release II
Myofascial Unwinding
Fascial Pelvis Myofascial Release

In addition to these courses, Dr. Crystal has worked and trained at the esteemed myofascial release clinic, Ganfield Therapeutics, with MFR Senior Instructor, Lisa Ganfield, OTR/L, CHT.

Current Office Specials:
5 one-hour session pack: $830
10 one-hour session pack: $1,620 (buy 9, get one session for free!)
30-minute session: $110
60-minute session: $180

If you are experiencing chronic pain that is not resolving from traditional therapies, this may be the solution for you!

To learn more about the technique Dr. Crystal is experienced in, visit: http://myofascialrelease.com.

 

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Homeopathy. What is it anyway?

I had the fantastic opportunity to speak to health and medical professionals at the office in Hoffman Estates about naturopathic medicine today! As part of my talk, I spoke about Homeopathy. Homeopathy is at times complicated to define and understand. Homeopathic preparations are made by diluting and succussing (a fancy way of shaking and pounding) a herb, mineral, etc. until it is so dilute that the preparation no longer carries the particles of the original matter. What is left, to some degree, is the essence of the original matter, but not the physical property of the matter. The homeopathic preparation is then applied to situations that the homeopathy can be used in cases where “like cures like”. In other words, if the subtance in question were if in large quantities, it could cause an illness and symptoms, but taken in the homeopathic preparation, could actually address those same symptoms.

This is probably one of my favorite videos on the subject:

 

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