Soft Tissue Healing - Ligaplex

Whether you are a finely tuned athlete, or a weekend warrior, most people will have an injury from time to time.  Many people, following an injury, never give their body the chance to fully heal, which then leads to more injuries over time.  A lot of our patients have given up some of the activities they love because they can no longer do it because of the injuries sustained.

Luckily, there may be help!  Aside from chiropractic care to aid in joint function, and rehab exercises to help rebuild and strengthen muscles, nutrition plays a major role in helping the body to heal.  Ligaplex is a product made by Standard Process to do just that.  There are 2 variations of the product: Ligaplex I and Ligaplex II.

Ligaplex I is used in the treatment of acute soft tissue injuries.  So a person with a fairly new sprain or strain of a muscle, ligament or tendon would benefit, seeing faster improvement and tissue repair.

Ligaplex II is beneficial for people with more chronic and degenerative soft tissue conditions.
Fish Oil
Fish oil supplements have been gaining attention over the past several years.  Many studies have been done to find out just what eating fish and taking fish oil supplements does for our body.  The problem is, it's not as simple as is fish and fish oil good for you.  There are many factors to look at.

When trying to figure out what type of fish to eat, there are a couple of things to consider.  First, some fish provide more of the omega-3 fatty acids that our body needs.  These are typically deep sea fish like salmon, cod and sea bass.  Farm raised fish do not provide as much nutritional value.

When looking at fish oil supplements, the question is more about how the oil is produced.  If the oil is not prepared correctly, it can become rancid, and not only will it not provide as much benefit, but it could cause you harm.  You also need to be aware of the purity of the oil, whether it has contaminants or not.  With so many companies producing fish oil today, it is difficult, if not impossible, to know if you are getting a good quality product.  Sadly, about all you can do is decide what company you trust to make a good product.

Another thing to consider when looking at fish oil supplements is the ratio of EPA:DHA.  Without going too deep into the science of omega-3 fatty acids, I will try to explain what this means.  EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties.  DHA (docosahaxaenoic acid) is known to improve brain function.  So if you have chronic pain, you would want a fish oil supplement higher in EPA than DHA, typically a 3:2 ratio.  On the other hand, if you are looking to improve your cognitive function, look for a DHA:EPA ratio of 3:2 or higher.
Purification and Detoxification 

One of the best things you can do for your overall health is a good detoxification program.  There are many out there, some good and some bad.  Many of them urge you to drastically reduce your calorie intake, which puts your body into a starvation mode.  By doing this, you will likely lose weight, but you may be harming your body by reducing your intake of vital nutrients.

The program we recommend is through Standard Process.  Instead of starving the body, we feed the body only what it needs to not only survive, but to function at its optimal capacity.  There are supplements included that enhance the body's ability to detox the liver, kidneys and intestines.  The typical results include weight loss, increased energy, improved sleep, and an enhanced ability to focus.

To read more about this program visit the Standard Process website.

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