Ask The Expert

Ask The Expert

Question:
I am a teen and I am having a lot of issues with my weight. I’ve been gaining a lot in the past month and am assuming that I have messed up my metabolism because I tend to binge at times. Before, everyone said “eat little” and you’ll lose weight, and then they said just eat whatever you want and you’ll be fine because you’re young. Now I’ve done that and whatever I do, I just seem to be gaining more (I eat really healthy though, despite that). I don’t know whether this message made sense, but I don’t know what to do and I would just like to lose 15 pounds by summer, though I think I need some help. Do you have any suggestions?

Reply:
While it is true that “binge” eating can alter the metabolism, there are some things that you can do to help. First and foremost is to participate in regular, consistent aerobic exercise. Personal trainers can be an excellent way to develop an exercise routine that is custom-tailored to your fitness/weight goals. Another way to help regulate the metabolism is to attempt to eat at regular and consistent meal times, and avoid the between meal “grazing”. Sometimes it can be helpful to eat smaller meals, more frequently during the day. Also, drinking LOTS of water is also a good idea (at least 8 glasses per day). At the North Shore Wellness Centre, I carry an herbal product called Hawthorn and Fennel Formula, which is a combination of a variety of Chinese herbs, and is designed to promote safe and healthy weight loss. It should be stressed that healthy weight loss occurs gradually, and your goal of losing 15 pounds in the next 5-6 months is not unrealistic. If you have any more questions, you can contact me, Brad Matthews at 604.980.4538.

 

Question:
Hi there, My son is 5 weeks old and he is crying a lot when he eats (breastfeeding ad supplement) I think it’s colics but I would like to know if you can help him , maybe he has something else that bothers him (I had c section and he had the cord around the neck). Do you treat newborns?

Thanks, Cecile

Reply:
Hi Cecile, Babies who have experienced a complicated birth often have feeding problems which may include colic. There may be a restriction of the vagus nerve which exits the cranium at the base of the skull. I like to treat infants as soon as possible after birth in order to avoid problems with development and sensory integration later in life. If you have more questions and wish to speak to me personally please call me at 604-980-4538. Brenda Pulvermacher, Certified Craniosacral Therapist

 

Question:
I am currently training for the Vancouver marathon and I have pain when I am running on the outside of my knee, it feels like I have no power in my left leg, however, it does not hurt when I walk , only when I go down stairs, would a massage therapy session be useful or should I see a physiotherapist

Reply:
Massage therapy would be very useful and is often successful at treating similar complaints. Chiropractic treatment including ART (Active Release Technique) and other soft tissue therapies is also suitable and successful at treating these symptoms. Chinese Medicine including acupuncture is also a good therapy of choice. Physiotherapy could also be used to treat your problem as well. Making an appointment with a diagnosing practitioner (Chiro/DTCM/MD) would probably be best to determine the exact problem and recommend appropriate treatment. Keep in mind that all therapies above are suitable and that ultimately it would be your preference. Please contact the clinic with any questions: 604-980-4538

 

Question:
I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and am on various medications to control it. Soon however, I would like to start a family. Knowing that I will have to go off my medication causes me concern because life is very difficult when my arthritis isn’t controlled. I would be interested in discussing other more natural strategies to control the disease. What would you suggest?

Reply:
Hi Erika, Thanks for the question. My name is Dr. Brad Matthews, and I am a Doctor of traditional Chinese medicine at the North Shore Wellness Centre. In my practice I have treated many people with arthritis (both Rheumatoid and Osteo) and have employed a number of different treatment strategies. Primarily I have used acupuncture, which seems to work very well in the majority of cases. In some circumstances I will also employ herbal medicine, which can also be very effective. The beauty of acupuncture as a treatment method is that it allows us to manage pain (quite effectively) without necessitating the use of medications (natural or otherwise). For someone such as yourself, who is hoping to start a family, this is an ideal situation. If you would like to speak with me in person, please feel free to call me at the Clinic. I can be reached Monday through Friday at 604-980-4538.

 

Question:
I’m 24 and I have a constant ringing in my ears and earaches.A doctor said to get my ears cleaned.I’m hesitant to get ear candling done,are there other options?

Reply:
There are many options for ear treatments. I would recommend treatment or assessment by an EENT specialist. (Ear, Eyes, Nose and Throat). Your medical doctor would be able to refer you to one directly. Many of the treatments offered at the wellness centre have also had success in reducing or eliminating ringing in the ears of patients. You could have an assessment done by either a chiropractor, chinese medicine doctor or naturopath to see if any of these disciplines may help out with your problem as well. The number of our clinic is 604-980-4538.

 

Question:
I am a hypothyroid patient who is struggling with many issues associated with the condition. I am on conventional drugs (Synthroid) and both my MD and endo seem to think that the side effects I am experiencing are in my head. Do you have practitioners who have experience working with patients with thyroid conditions? Thank you.

Reply:
As the director of the clinic I have discussed your question with many practitioners at the Wellness Centre and was impressed that many practitioners have had a great deal of success with treating both hyper and hypothyroid conditions. To begin treatment at the Wellness Centre I would recommend initial assessments with either Dr. Brad Matthews (DTCM) or Dr. Stephanie Schlegel (ND).

 

Question:
Exactly how is Acupuncture done? Where would the needles be inserted? The reason I asked is that I was in an accident and have been going for chiropractic treatment. It’s been 5 months and the pain is a lot worse than previously as I stopped going for about 2-3 weeks. So my doctor suggested I combine my chiropractic¬†visits with massage and acupuncture and the only one I haven’t seen so far is an acupuncturist as i do no like those needles.

Thanks, Maria

Reply:
Hi Maria, Thanks for the question. Acupuncture is done by inserting very fine needles into the body at specific sites in order to stimulate circulation, and reduce pain. The needles are inserted at a variety of locations, depending on the specific symptoms that a particular patient has. Many people have the same “fears” as you regarding the idea of the needles, but in most cases, any discomfort caused by the needles is gone in just a few seconds. In fact, most people find the treatments very relaxing, and usually notice results after just a few sessions. If you would like to book in for an appointment, you can call our clinic at 604 980 4538, and we can set something up. Regards, Dr. Brad Matthews

 

Question:
Hello, I’ve had mid back and neck pain for the past several weeks. I would be interested in acupuncture treatment – do you offer such services? Would this be a better treatment than physiotherapy or message therapy?

Thanks, Rodger

Reply:
We do offer acupuncture treatment at the Wellness Centre. The Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine is an excellent acupuncturist and has helped many patients with complaints of back and neck pain. Dr Matthews would take an extensive history and evaluation and would recommend the treatment modality that he felt best suited the injuries. This might involve acupuncture, massage, physiotherapy or a combination of the therapies. He might even recommend Chiropractic treatment. His advice would depend upon whatever he felt the patient would respond best to depending on the extent of tissue injury, the stage of the healing process, and the comfort level of the patient with the different treatment techniques. I would recommend a session with Dr. Matthews as soon as possible.

 

Question:
What can I do to fix my stiff neck?

Reply:
There are many alternative therapies that could be used to help increase mobility of the neck. Every therapy offered at the North Shore Wellness Centre would be different in their approach but all would offer some improvement in loosening a stiff neck. Many patients that come in for Chiropractic care do so to help increase function and motion in their neck or cervical spine. This would be an ideal starting point at the Wellness Centre since the Chiropractors here are trained to assess and diagnose conditions of all regions of the body. Once an extensive history and physical examination are performed the doctor will recommend a treatment plan that might involve Chiropractic, Massage, Traditional Chinese medicine, Naturopathic Medicine, Physiotherapy or any combination of these therapies. If further examination is required for the patient’s best interest they may also recommend more extensive examination with the use of imaging techniques like X-Ray, CT scans or MRI imaging. Regardless of what condition you have that is making your neck stiff the Wellness Centre would be a great place to begin your recovery or to fix your problem.

 

Question:
Are there Chinese herbs that can help to lower my blood pressure, in the hope that I can stop taking traditional medicine?

Reply:
Yes, Chinese herbal medicine can be effective for the treatment of hypertension. The type of herbs depends on the underlying condition (in Chinese medicine, hypertension can be a symptom of a variety of underlying conditions). Acupuncture can also be helpful, as well as possible diet and lifestyle changes. I would be happy to discuss treatment with you, and you can call us at 604-980-4538. Regards, Dr Brad Matthews

 

Question:
Do you have any chiropractors who treat acid reflux as a result of a hiatal hernia?

Reply:
Thank you for your question Michelle. The answer is yes. I have treated patients with acid reflux resulting from hiatal hernias who have had a great reduction in their symptoms. I would recommend having a consultation and examination with me to discuss your treatment options. Please contact the clinic at your earliest convenience.

 

Question:
Hello, my father has recently undergone surgery which removed 98% of a brain tumor followed by 6 weeks of radiation and chemotherapy. He is now undergoing a 6 month treatment of chemotherapy. He is experiencing a few of the side effects but is doing exceptionally well considering what he has gone through. I am interested in some soothing massage for him and would like to know if you would feel comfortable to assist us with this. How do you think this could benefit him? What other complimentary treatments would you recommend.

Kind regards, Deneen

Reply:
Hello Deneen, We have qualified RMTs at our clinic that would be happy to help with your father’s condition. I would also recommend all of the treatment modalities here to help your father. I think Chiropractic (especially with the soft tissue techniques ART and Trigenics), Acupuncture, and Naturopathy would all benefit your father. Please contact the clinic to book an appointment with one or all of the disciplines.

 

Question:
Hi. You guys were recommended to me. I have recurring neck, back, and leg pain… where do I start first?

Reply:
Hello Bree, There are many therapists at the North Shore Wellness Centre that would be ideal starting points for your problems. Every therapy offered at the North Shore Wellness Centre would be different in their approach but all would offer some form of treatment for your issues. I believe Chiropractic, Traditional Chinese Medicine, or Naturopathy would all be an ideal starting points since all of these doctors are trained to assess and diagnose conditions of all regions of the body. Once an extensive history and physical examination are performed the doctor will recommend a treatment plan that might involve Chiropractic, Massage, Traditional Chinese medicine, Naturopathic Medicine, Physiotherapy, mainstream medicine or any combination of these therapies. If further examination is required for the patient’s best interest they may also recommend more extensive examination with the use of imaging techniques like X-Ray, CT scans or MRI imaging. Regardless of what condition you have that is causing your pain, the Wellness Centre would be a great place to begin your recovery or to fix your problem. As a Chiropractor at the clinic I would be happy to help you solve your pain issues and I am sure the other doctors would be happy to help you as well!

 

Question:
I have seen a doctor and 2 physiotherapists for an irritation in my right butt cheek. It’s not so much a pain as a severe discomfort. The discomfort only shows up at very specific times. Namely when I’m about 80 degrees to the floor during a sit-up and when I’m doing yoga sitting down with my legs and arms in the air forming a V. The first physio said it was tight hips. The second did acupuncture treatment (but called it something else) and suggested it was a swollen bursa sac. Both suggested I stop sitting up and doing yoga poses from my backside. I’m not happy with that solution. Do you have any suggestions? I’m thinking a combination of chiro, massages, and acupuncture may be required.

Thanks, Cam

Reply:
Hello Cam, You may be right with a combination of the therapies suggested; however, I would recommend trying one at a time and introducing the others thereafter. I would recommend beginning with a practitioner with the ability to diagnose, that being a doctor of Chiropractic, Traditional Chinese Medicine, or Naturopathy. I have successfully treated many patients with symptoms like those you’re describing with great success and think Chiropractic would be a good starting point on your road to recovery. Please contact the clinic to make an appointment at your earliest convenience.

 

Question:
This question is on behalf of my husband. He had spine surgery in early March and has been suffering from lower back muscle spasms for about three months. This is very debilitating and he has no quality of life. He has tried massage therapy, ice, heat, to no avail. Are you able to recommend anything that might help. Thanks

Reply:
Hello Mercedes, I would recommend that your husband try a different modality or combination thereof for his pain and spasm. I would suggest Chiropractic, Acupuncture and perhaps Physiotherapy treatment. I would recommend that he come in and make an appointment with myself or Dr. Matthews to assess the region and make a recommendation for a course of treatment. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

 

Question:
I have been suffering from severe depression for most of my life – I am now 27 years old – and I have exhausted all avenues of antidepressants and psychotherapies. While I will not act on it, I am always feeling suicidal and can not function day-to-day. I am also overweight and I think this has a lot to do with my depression, yet I can not get out of bed to go to the gym. I am a student nurse and am educated in western medicine. It is time to do something drastically different because I am going nowhere fast. What can help me, if anything?

Reply:
First of all, if you are having suicidal thoughts please contact the numbers below: Distress Line Numbers:Vancouver 604-872-3311 Toll free  Lower Mainland and Sunshine Coast 1-866-661-3311 TTY 1-866-872-0113 BC-wide 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433) Online Service For Youth www.youthinbc.com Business Office: Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention Ctr of B.C. 763 East Broadway Vancouver, BC Canada, V5T 1X8 Phone: 604-872-1811 Fax: 604-879-6216 Email: info@crisiscentre.bc.ca With respect to alternatives for antidepressants and psychotherapies – this topic is outside the scope of practice for Chiropractors such as myself. However, I think Dr. Matthews, the Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine has helped some patients with depression with Chinese Herbs and acupuncture treatment. As it is a long weekend, most of our practitioners are on holiday; however, I will have Dr. Matthews contact you this week. Please take care of yourself and do not hesitate to contact the numbers I have provided.

 

Question:
My husband has had shingles for 8 months and he is in pain every day. I see his spirit fading. He has tried all types of pharmaceuticals through a neurologist and nothing is working. You should be aware that he has just finished chemotherapy for Leukemia (CLL) in March and has done really well, only to be brought down by shingles. His immune system must be way down. Can you help?

Reply:
Hello Rita, I believe that multiple therapists could help with your husband’s current situation. I would recommend he schedule a consultation with a primary care physician such as a DTCM (Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine) or ND (Naturopathic Doctor). Both professions would be able to help improve his immune system function as well as diagnose any other issues he may have and/or direct him to the best therapist for management of his pain if they are unable to achieve the desired results. I recommend you schedule an appointment as soon as possible with a ND or DTCM at our clinic. We look forward to seeing you and your husband.

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