Pain Relief & Wellness February 2019

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This research is definitely something you should share with your friends, family, coworkers, and human resource professionals at your workplace to try to help alleviate suffering, keep costs down, and actually solve health problems. The second study I want to share with you focused on which road leads to spine surgery. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Back surgery is needed in only a small percentage of cases … while back pain is extremely common, surgery often fails to relieve it.” So, what determines whether a patient undergoes spinal surgery? According to this study, one of the major predictive indicators was whether a patient sees a surgeon or doctor of chiropractic first! They further noted that there is little evidence to suggest that spinal surgery is associated with any improved outcome — yet surgery rates have increased dramatically since the 1990s. Those who saw a spine surgeon first were significantly more likely to undergo spine surgery within three years (42.7 percent) than those who first saw a doctor of chiropractic (1.5 percent). That is nearly 30 times more likely! Another large seven-year HMO study found that those who chose a doctor of chiropractic over a medical doctor as their primary care provider — for everything from allergies and headaches to back pain and other common ailments — had 60 percent fewer hospital admissions. When you think about what it costs to be in a hospital for a day, this is huge. If a patient in a hospital chose a doctor of chiropractic as their primary care doctor, they would spend 59 percent fewer days in the hospital, have 62 percent fewer surgeries, and pay 85 percent less in pharmaceutical costs. Did you know that when comparing course by course and textbook by textbook, a doctor of chiropractic receives nearly 20 percent more education and training than your family doctor? Did you also know that nerve, muscle, and bone make up more than 70 percent of the human body, yet a family physician receives less than four hours of instruction in this area? In fact, out of 132 medical schools in the U.S., only 12 teach a class specifically addressing the No. 1 killer in America (heart disease), and only six teach a

Happy New Year! In this issue, I would like to discuss the findings of several important and recently published research papers. They deal specifically with back pain, which is the second leading reason for a visit to the doctor (colds are No. 1). The first study was published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, which featured a nine-year study on the cost of low back pain. The findings are eye-opening. Patients who suffered from low back pain were split into several different groups, each given a different treatment. The first group was classified as information and advice , and their treatment involved information-gathering consults and imaging studies with no other procedures. The next was medical management , which consisted of physician’s visits for nerve-block surgeries or comparable procedures. The next category of patients saw a doctor of chiropractic for more than one visit. The next saw a physical therapist for more than one visit, and the final group was called dabblers . They had no more than one visit with any of the above groups. The findings concluded that over a three-year period, the cost for those just seeking information and advice was $11,063.41. Wow! I’m sure you’re blown away by how expensive that advice is with the patients facing the same pain three years later. The group that dabbled spent $12,228.67 in the same three-year period. We frequently talk about this paradigm in the office: Asking the right questions and addressing the cause versus merely treating, treating, and treating the symptoms and never addressing the underlying cause. The group that saw the medical physician averaged $28,231.50 over a three-year period, plus, the success rate for those procedures was dismal, leaving many of the patients still suffering from the problem. The group that saw a physical therapist averaged $17,193.92, and the group that saw the chiropractor averaged $6,983.92 over the same three-year period. Chiropractic had the lowest price of the bunch! This study, along with many others over the last 20 years, shows that patients who go to a doctor of chiropractic first get far better results at a fraction of the cost while enjoying better overall health.

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your own blood to provide you with a natural, youthful glow. We are proud to announce we are now offering these services at Pain Relief & Wellness Strategies Center. While each procedure is a little different — the Vampire Facial uses micro-needling, while the Vampire Facelift uses a hyaluronic acid filler — they both rely on platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to stimulate natural collagen growth. PRP concentrates the most beneficial components in your blood to unlock natural healing potential. To begin, a physician draws a small amount of your blood. That blood is then spun down in a centrifuge to create PRP. Once concentrated, the PRP is then reintroduced to the area the patient hopes to rejuvenate. PRP contains essential growth factors that increase collagen and blood flow. Basically, it tricks multipotent stem cells in the skin into thinking there has been an injury, which prompts your body to create new, younger, and more vibrant tissue. No matter the procedure you choose, you can expect a brief recovery time, as both the Vampire Facelift and Vampire Facial are minimally invasive. It’s important to note that as these procedures have increased in popularity, there have been a number of imitators hoping to profit on these innovative new options. Don’t be fooled by cheap knock- offs. You should only receive a Vampire treatment from a facility certified with the Cellular Medicine Association. Pain Relief & Wellness Strategies Center is a certified provider of Vampire procedures. Call us today to learn more about these incredible rejuvenation options.

Vampires are known for their ageless beauty and allure. While none of us are clamoring to be bitten in the neck anytime soon, we could all use a little of that magic when it comes to our aging faces. Luckily, the promise of Dracula isn’t far from a scientific reality thanks to the work of Dr. Charles Runnels and the Cellular Medicine Association. Dr. Runnels created the Vampire Facelift and Vampire Facial, procedures that use the restorative properties of

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and go after the best training. Right now, I’m studying with the top neuroradiologist in the country to learn to better read and diagnose your MRIs. It’s a big commitment that takes up a big chunk of every weekend, but it is crucial to providing the best care possible. We are here to help. You can feel confident in referring your friends, family, and coworkers to our no-cost orientation so we can see how we might be able to help them end their pain and enjoy an improved quality of life. Until next month!

class specifically on pain. They opt instead to prescribe addictive and ultimately ineffective pills that do nothing to solve the root cause. These numbers are staggering, especially when you consider the amount of money being spent and how much could be saved. It doesn’t really make much sense, but the medical-industrial complex — like big government — often doesn’t make sense.

That’s why I developed The Vinton Method™ — study with the best of the best in six different fields, invest in the best equipment,

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B istecca A lla F iorentina For a sinfully delicious Valentine’s Day dinner, turn to this classic Italian steak preparation. It’s simply flavored with rosemary and lemon, allowing the meat to take center stage. Inspired by Saveur magazine

ADDING NUTRIENTS TO YOUR MEALS Being healthy is at the forefront of many Americans’ minds. The nutrients you put into your system are critical to keeping your mind and body healthy. Everyone knows that staying away from junk, fried, and sugary foods is a good start, but knowing what to add to your diet is equally crucial. Leafy greens, such as kale, mizuna, and spinach, are rich in dietary fiber, calcium, potassium, and iron. They also contain vitamins C, K, and E. Adding these greens into your diet can support weight loss and reduce your risk of high blood pressure and heart disease. To make sure you’re eating enough greens, divide your plate up between fruits, vegetables, grains, and meats. Vegetables or fruits should take up half of your plate. One-fourth should be lean proteins, and one-fourth should be whole grains. This guarantees that you’re eating a well-balanced meal and not overloading yourself with large portions of unnecessary calories. When you eat a well-balanced meal, you provide your body with the right nutrients and the calories it needs. If you’re unsure how many calories you should eat to maintain your current weight, multiply your weight in pounds by 12. If you want to lose weight, start by subtracting 500 calories per week to lose approximately 1 pound per week. You can start adding greens into your diet by adding them as side dishes. For dinner, serve a bowl of steamed broccoli or green beans. Instead of grabbing a burger at lunchtime, pack a leafy green salad topped with protein, such as nuts or chicken. This time of year, soups and stews that contain leafy greens will warm you up. If you don’t enjoy eating greens, hide them in smoothies and juices. The more you eat leafy greens, the more you’ll develop a taste for them. Who knows? Before long, you might find yourself reaching for the broccoli instead of the potato chips when you’re craving a snack!

ingredients • 2 bone-in porterhouse steaks • 1/4 cup olive oil • 2 sprigs rosemary

• Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste • Lemon wedges, for serving


1. 30 minutes before cooking, remove steaks from fridge to bring them to room temperature. 2. Heat a grill or large cast-iron skillet to high. While heating, brush steaks with half the oil and season liberally with salt and pepper. 3. Place steaks on the hottest part of the grill or pan and cook for 5 minutes. 4. Flip steaks and baste with remaining oil, using rosemary sprigs as a brush. If cooking in a pan, place sprigs next to steaks after basting. 5. Cook for 5–6 minutes for medium-rare. 6. Let steaks sit for at least 5 minutes, slice against the grain, and serve with bone.


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INSIDE Remedy Back Pain Without Surgery PAGE 1 An Exciting New Treatment for Facial Rejuvenation PAGE 2 Getting Important Greens on Your Plate PAGE 3 Bistecca Alla Fiorentina PAGE 3 Mark Your Calendars PAGE 4


If you’re looking for a way to break the cabin fever this winter, check out these festive and fun events happening in our area.

THE CARNEGIE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION WHEN: On view through March 25 WHERE: Carnegie Museum of Art 4400 Forbes Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Ohio may not be California or Oregon yet in terms of prestige, but it’s quickly gaining a reputation for great wines of all styles. If you want to taste the best the Buckeye State has to offer, Winter Wine Affair is the place for you. With wineries from every region pouring samples, live music, cheese plates, and more, it’s an event that’s not to be missed. Go to for more information and tickets. FREE SEMINARS AT PAIN RELIEF & WELLNESS STRATEGIES CENTER WHEN: Every Other Wednesday (Jan. 23, Feb. 6, Feb. 20), 6–7 p.m. WHERE: Our Office Join Dr. Ken Vinton and the team from Pain Relief & Wellness Center for free seminars discussing the latest advancements in nonsurgical pain relief solutions. Topics included regenerative stem cell therapy, neuropathy, and more. If you’re interested in learning about these revolutionary treatment options, we encourage you to join us for a fun and informative evening. Call us today to reserve a seat.

For 57 consecutive years, the Carnegie Museum of Art has hosted an exhibition devoted to showcasing contemporary art from every corner of the globe. It’s a can’t-miss event each year, and this year is no exception. Tackling the theme of internationalism, works range from painting and sculpture to performance art and mixed media. Tickets to the exhibition include a full museum pass, as well as admission to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

WINTER WINE AFFAIR WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 26, 12–8 p.m. WHERE: Stambaugh Auditorium 1000 Fifth Ave. Youngstown, OH 44504

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