It is our philosophy at Palmetto Physical Medicine (PPM), that there are three major areas in our lives that directly impact our health; health of the skeletal frame, nutrition, and stress.
We at PPM believe that our bodies possess an inherent intelligence to regulate health that is far superior to any outside interventions. Without any interference and given the proper nutrients and internal environment, our bodies are capable of flawlessly carrying out billions of operations and functions each day.
Most of these functions are processed through the autonomic control of the Central Nervous System (CNS). The (CNS) sends and receives messages through the spinal cord and spinal nerves.
This is why it is critically important to have a healthy, flexible, and properly aligned spine. If someone has a problem or misalignment with their spine, that problem can interfere with the normal transmission of messages to and from the brain.
This malfunction leads to many problems including headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, spinal disc degeneration and Sciatica. Research has also shown that this malfunction can weaken the immune system and lead to a multitude of other health issues such as recurrent infections, GI problems, and genitourinary problems to name a few. This is why PPM places such an emphases on every patients posture, ergonomics, muscle tone, muscle imbalance, and spinal misalignments.
The focus of much of our physical Medicine is to bring these things to our patient’s awareness. Even the smallest of changes in any of these will significantly improve the health of someone’s spine and nervous system. Healthy muscle tone and balance can be achieved. Good habits can be adopted. Segmental and global spinal misalignments can be corrected. Chronic and debilitating pain can be significantly improved or eliminated.
Nutrition is extremely important to us also. This divinely complex structure that can perform billions of operations each day is designed to utilize food as its primary source of fuel. We must not only think of nutrition in terms of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, but must also understand the importance of fiber, enzymes, and phytonutrients. The complex systems of the human body require such a delicate balance of each and everyone one of these that even the smallest of deficiencies will manifest in the form of some type of “symptom”.
Today, researchers are directly correlating many of our chronic illnesses to our diets. Many chronically ill individuals have begun eliminating things such as gluten, dairy, and simple sugars, and by doing so are enjoying significant improvements in their health.
Obesity is a severely overlooked epidemic causing a myriad of problems like Degenerative Joint Disease, Heart Disease, and Diabetes to name just a few. It is our desire to help as many patients as we can reach, to believe that they can lose the weight and achieve their goals. If our patients make that decision, we will help guide them down the path to success.
At PPM, we also feel there should be an emphasis on the amount of stress that patient’s manage in their life on a daily basis. Stress is another major problem in our country and its ramifications are widespread.
We may not be able to remove 100% of the stressors from all of our patients lives, but we can help their body better cope with the effects of these stressors through regular Maintenance visits. The secondary effects of stress left untreated will cause a build up in the body ultimately leading to other serious illness.