May 14th, 2011 | Author: Dr. Foster Malmed
After almost 3 decades of treating patients, I have learned that there are a few factors that are essential for the body to function well. There are literally hundreds of conditions and misalignments that will negatively affect how the human frame performs, but if a few major systems are in proper balance, our chances are greatly improved for optimal physical function. There are hundreds (thousands?) of theories pertaining to which factors are most important for the body to function at its peak. I have chosen the three that I use most frequently in my Chiropractic/Applied Kinesiology practice at Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel, New York.
FOUNDATION NUMBER ONE-The Pelvis: I was introduced to pelvic work at Palmer College of Chiropractic in the early 80′s. Studying the work of DeJarnette(SacroOccipital Technique) and Goodheart (Applied Kinesiology), I realized that the pelvis appeared more important than the other regions of the spine, due to the fact that the pelvis is the FOUNDATION of the spine. If the sacroiliac joints are not aligned properly (typically due to a sacroiliac ligament strain) then the sacrum, which is the triangle in the center of the pelvis, cannot be aligned properly. And if that is the case, the lumbar spine, which rests on the base of that sacrum, cannot be aligned properly either. When the lumbar spine misaligns, that’s where we start seeing radiating pains down into the legs, which is going to make us suspect a disc problem. I have seen thousands of cases over 27 years of practice where symptoms that were thought to be lumbar in nature, actually have their origin in the imbalance of the pelvis. I LOVE these cases because the very gentle realignment of the pelvic structures can reduce, and most times, eliminate the symptoms that would typically place the patient on the path towards MRI’s, physical therapy, injections and/or surgery. I have seen far too many times where a patient has had surgery that was NOT necessary, and their symptoms persist despite having had the surgery. After some very comfortable and non-invasive adjustments, this pelvic instability is typically resolved with little or no pain remaining. These pelvic misalignments are the primary reason for referrals from the many MD’s who have embraced an integrative approach with me, for the sole purpose of getting the patients better, faster.
FOUNDATION NUMBER TWO-The Feet: I was introduced to the importance of the feet during my original Applied Kinesiology training in 1983. Just as the PELVIS is the foundation of the spine, the FEET are the foundation of the whole musculoskeletal system. As a longtime gymnast, I had abused my feet, knees, and hips with constant pounding and no arch support. After years of tumbling and vaulting and landing dismounts, my arches were flattened and my traumatically induced pronation, the most common foot problem that causes many symptoms, started causing problems for me. Arch pains, a very painful neuroma, knee agony, and chronic low back pain plagued me for years until my Kinesiology instructor recommended orthotics to support my ruined arches. Orthotics changed my life. Within 6 weeks, all of my aches and pains had disappeared and I realized I had a new foundation to help my patients stabilize their whole body. If anything above the feet is corrected, but the feet are not supported properly, the misalignments will probably return in time. If the foundation in your home was on an angle, you would notice slow but sure deterioration of the rest of your home, evidenced by nail pops, cracks, sticking doors/windows, etc. I see every day that orthotics can rid patients of pain ANYWHERE above the feet, which is EVERYWHERE. The efficacy of orthotics has so intrigued me that after studying their utilization and fabrication methods for decades, I became an Orthotics Instuctor. I have been teaching other doctors about the need, the fabrication, and the utilization of orthotics using the latest 3-D scanning technology. This technology has been proven to be just as accurate as plaster casting, but it is faster, more efficient, and it is NOT MESSY! I have recently switched to Comfortfit Labs because their scanner, their orthotic choices and quality, and their support are second to none. This amazing company even has sandals that are made with a custom foot bed so that the patient has fashion AND function in one stylish place. Feet can now be supported year-round with custom devices, even when the temperature rises and many women refuse to wear closed toe shoes. Styles can be seen on their website at www.Comfortfitlabs.com .Comfortfit’s president, Tom Calagna, taught me much of what I know about true custom orthotic fabrication 18 years ago and I am elated to be working with him again.
FOUNDATION NUMBER THREE- ASEA: This foundation is apparently the single greatest key to health I have seen in my 27 years of practice. This health/wellness/performance/endurance/recovery product does more than any of us know yet. After over 17 years and 27 patents, this miracle-in-a-bottle has changed my practice, just as it will change healthcare as we know it. Developed and stabilized by a medical/atomic physicist, these “reactive molecules” replenish that which we lose from our cells as we age. Until ASEA was available, we had nothing to slow the aging process while speeding up the healing process. NOW WE DO!!! I could go on for pages discussing this paradigm-shifting product, but if you are reading this article, please TRUST me because I have TRUSTED this product, and the management team that runs the ASEA company, with my 27 year reputation that got me into a hospital as a CHIROPRACTOR! I thought very long and hard about risking all I have worked for before bringing ASEA into my office, but after seeing the problems that this product can help (please see my preceding article at www.Fostermalmed.com ), virtually every patient is being helped by the utilization of this product. I feel it is my RESPONSIBILITY to offer an enhanced life to each of my patients. When people cry, or laugh, or hug us, or take less medication, or get their lives back because this product is changing them, it has the potential of being the single greatest act of friendship that one human can offer to another. ASEA belongs in the hands of anyone who has an immune system-it is THAT IMPORTANT! LIVING YOUNGER and LONGER is ASEA’s slogan and it could not be more true. And what ASEA does for athletes is another article entirely! When a magazine calls it “The greatest sports performance product in the history of sports performance”, you would be crazy not to explore the possibilities of ASEA.
So when I am able to assist with the above three areas of my patient’s health and wellness, I have the best results that I have seen thus far in my practice. When the human FOUNDATIONS of the PELVIS, the FEET, and our CELLULAR HEALTH are addressed and corrected, the sky just might be the limit. Is it worth it to try to feel better, to function better, and to live better by changing a few simple things for 1 month of your life? About 1/1000th of your life devoted to changing for the better, might just be the greatest FOUNDATIONAL CHANGE of your life.
Call our Putnam Hospital Center office at (845) 279-3400 to make an appointment and go to www.DrFoster.Teamasea.com for more information or to order ASEA.