The Physical Dimension of Wellness 5

The state or condition of being in good physical and mental health is what we call wellness. Wellness is something of a buzzword these days, touted and tossed about in pop culture and in many different fields. It has been described by Dr. Bill Hettler, co-founder and president of the board of directors of the National Wellness Institute, as a six-dimensional concept. Wellness can be found in our social, occupational, intellectual and emotional dimensions, as well as in our spiritual and physical ones. When talking about our physical wellness, we are talking about our health. Sports medicine has helped find solutions to many of the issues resulting from the process of aging, stress, sedentary life, or the injuries resulting from high intensity sports practices.

When feeling down or injured, we look for alternative natural solutions to those of surgery or the reliance on prescription drugs. We want the best for ourselves. For 36 years now, the largest wellness center in Newport Beach, Whitaker Wellness Institute, has provided safe, natural solutions to restoring patients’ health. The center has treated more than 50,000 patients with challenging health issues.

The different types of treatments offered include intravenous nutrient infusion to help boost the immune system, increase energy, re-hydrate and accelerate recovery, Infrared Light and Microcurrent Therapy, Hyberbaric Oxygen Treatment (HBOT), Platelet-Rich Plasma(PRP), and Prolotherapy. These treatments are the best one can find. Today, they constitute the most advanced natural therapies to heal, restore and rejuvenate your body. They are not invasive procedures and do not generate side effects. They are natural and safe.

Two-time Olympian and Team USA volleyball player David Lee and Australian CrossFit athlete James Newbury underwent Whitaker Wellness HBOT therapy. Lee utilized it as part of his physical preparation for the 2016 Olympics in Rio, and James, as part of his prep for the National CrossFit games here in the U.S.

HBOT consists of breathing pure oxygen in a three times higher than normal pressurized tube. Under these conditions, your lungs gather more oxygen than in normal conditions. This allows blood cells to carry this oxygen throughout your body, thus facilitating the release of substances called growth factors, as well as stem cells, which promote healing and kill bacteria. The objective is to heal, repair and rejuvenate you. Main conditions treated are infections, bubbles of air in blood vessels and wounds that won’t heal as a result of diabetes or radiation injury.

Another interesting nonsurgical therapy offered at Whitaker Wellness is Prolotherapy. Discovered in the 1930’s by Dr. Earl Gedney while treating his own severe hand injury, the technique consists of injecting into the injured area a mildly irritating substance. The contents of the injection are commonly a somewhat concentrated sugar solution along with the pain killer lidocaine to reactivate the healing process. The therapy is excellent in healing and repairing painful joint areas.

Thanks to the application of different wavelengths of energy (infrared Light Therapy) and low-level electrical currents (Microcurrent Therapy), circulation can be increased in injury sites and areas of chronic pain. The therapy facilitates healing and relieves pain at the level of muscle and nerve tissue.

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is today a well-known therapy among athletes. The treatment has been credited by famous athletes such as Tiger Woods and tennis star Rafael Nadal to being able to provide a much faster recovery from injury than the traditional medication treatment, physical therapy or surgery.

Blood is comprised of different solid components, one of them being platelets. These contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors, which are responsible for the healing of injuries. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is plasma in a concentration of platelets five to ten times greater than usual. The objective is to speed up healing, so the injury site is injected with PRP, either prior to or after surgery.

Other therapies offered at Whitaker Wellness include Acupuncture, Natural Bioidentical Hormones, Chelation, Chiropractic, EECP, Exercise Training, Fasting/Mini-fast, High-Intensity Laser, Low Dose Naltrexone, Massage Therapy, Neurofeedback, Nutritional Counseling, Reflexology, Adult Stem Cell Therapy and Therapeutic Lifestyle changes.

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For 36 years now, the largest wellness center in Newport Beach, Whitaker Wellness Institute, has provided safe, natural solutions to restoring patients’ health.