Numbness and Tingling Solution

Do you suffer with abnormal sensation in your arms or legs, feet or hands? Pins and Needles, numbness and tingling, peripheral neuropathy, diabetic neuropathy, complicated radiculopathy, call it what you will but whatever you call it, it’s no fun! Numbness and tingling in the arms and hands, or legs and feet can rob you of your quality life in ways that other symptoms and pain will never do.

Are You Feeling “Balled-Up”

Patients often reports that they feel that they have a “balled-up” sock sensation under their feet, that they feel they are walking on rocks all the time or are constantly dropping items or unable to pick things up because of the debilitating symptoms. These symptoms can create a situation where simple activities of daily living become difficult if not impossible.

Peripheral neuropathy can have several causes including complication of chemotherapy, diabetes, nerve injury due to trauma, infection or tumor and others. The symptoms can vary from mild to very severe burning pain, with loss or altered sensation in both hands and feet. The symptoms can arise many weeks or months after a car crash, can come from nerve injury during surgery and can also be a complication of weight gain and other metabolic disorders.

Loss of Sensation

Loss of sensation in the hands robs you of your main tool to experience the world through touch. Imagine not being able to feel your child’s hand in your, not be able to feel the touch of your spouse or lover or not knowing that you have been injured because of the nerve damage.

If a numb extremity has a small cut, the possibility of serious infection increases dramatically and the consequences can be devastating. Many diabetic patients must have limbs amputated due to complication of cuts and infections that they are unable to feel because of the peripheral neuropathy. Many patients that experience the pain of sciatica and radiculopathy have complications that lead to numbness and tingling in the feet, side of the leg or toes. If this nerve damage is untreated, the sensation loss can become permanent!

We Can Help!

Fortunately, at Benchmark Medical Group in Windsor, Colorado we may have solution to your suffering! We have many therapies that help relieve nerve pressure such as traction of the specific are where the nerve is compressed, increased circulation with the amazing Power Plate® and even medical anesthetic injections that can re-awaken nerves that have been chronically damaged. We have our Class IV laser to improve circulation and speed up the healing process and get the sensation back, fast! We have an amazing weight loss program that can get you back to normal weight quickly and teach you how to keep the weight off for life!

We have combination therapies that can get the sensation back into your arms, hands, legs, feet and toes!

If you or someone you know is suffering with these debilitating symptoms, call us today to get your sensation and your life back!

immune system

Supercharge Your Immunity when you need it. . . .NOW!

This time of year seems to be the time when we shut the windows, stay inside and all too often, get sick. People frequently suffer from more colds and flus in the winter months, closed spaces, less sun and vitamin D and close quarters events all lead to the spread of these nasty bugs and viruses.

To safeguard yourself from infection it’s very important to remember these tips and tools to supercharge your immunity. Remember, you may get a virus and that may lead to infection symptoms including cough, runny and stuffy nose, congestion and body aches as well as fatigue. Most often, these symptoms are completely normal and should not be suppressed as this is the way that our natural immune system can learn how to recognize these invaders and overcome them. If symptoms worsen to productive cough with thick nasty green or brown phlegm, then it may be time to have your symptoms evaluated, but please remember that antibiotics are only for bacterial infections and ask about any complications, side effect and interaction of any drugs you are prescribed. Be informed!

Boost Up With D

Your immunity requires Vitamin D in order to fight infection, heal tissues, produce hormones and other vital chemical signal compounds for cells to “talk” to each other. We often find that we get greater amounts of Vitamin D in the Summer when we are outside more, but when the weather changes, who wants to be out in the cold with exposed skin? No one!

The key is, what is the right amount of Vitamin D supplements? Unfortunately, without testing, you cannot guess. To little has consequences like poor bone and muscle health and poor immunity and increased imbalances in hormones and too much can also have and impact on your mood and kidneys and muscles poorly. If you are interested in finding out exactly how much Vitamin D you need to be taking to make sure your body is pumping on all cylinders, call us, we can order the tests that will show us how well your immune system is functioning as well as your individual levels of Vit D. Once we know this, we can prescribe exactly the right amount!

The Amazing Ascorbate

Ascorbate has been used for 100’s of years to prevent and overcome many diseases that impact the immune system. Bone health, heart and muscle health, tendons, ligaments, hair skin nails, gut function, cancer-fighting, immune boosting, anti-bacterial and anti-viral are all terms that have been used to describe ascorbate over the years. Most people think I’m talking about Vitamin C, but ascorbate is so much more and so much better for getting the levels of this amazing vitamin c up in the blood cells. Once the levels get high enough, that’s when amazing changes start to occur. There is astonishing research on the cancer-protective effects of this substance and it has been implicated in restoring health and well-being to even the sickest and most chronically ill patients. This ascorbate is administered in an IV and the treatment time can be from 3-5 hours. It takes a while but it is incredibly worth it. If you are interested in seeing the amazing effects that Intravenous Ascorbate can have on you, call us! Make sure to ask about our specials.

Cocktail anyone?

No, I’m not talking about a gin and tonic. However, studies have shown that those that consume some alcohol are a little bit better at fighting colds. Nevertheless, the cocktail I’m talking about is the Meyer’s Cocktail ® this is an amazing IV that consists of nutrients and minerals designed to supercharge your cells and get everything the nutrient needed to function at their best. Patient reports improvements in hair, skin, nails, they report better gut health and better energy. They report better ability to fight colds and many state that if they get a Meyer’s at the beginning of any signs of illness, they can often prevent the cold from worsening. This amazing IV is also a bonus because patient will be in and out in 30-45 minutes.

Call today to see how you can take advantage of this amazing nutrient boosting IV and how buying a package can save you big!

Stand up straight for better health!

Your posture influences every aspect of your health. Having poor posture leads to stresses and strains in the muscles, tendon, ligaments, bone and soft tissues, but most importantly it leads to stresses and strains in the nervous system. Your nervous system functions best at a state of equilibrium. If you have abnormal postures, these stresses and strains will lessen your nervous systems ability to efficiently send signals to and from the different parts of the body. It has long been known that the nervous system is ultimately in charge of every other system in the body including the immune system. Stresses and strain in the immune system can lead to reduction in lymphatic and alterations in white blood cells which can increase the likelihood of getting a disease.

At Benchmark, Dr. Jason Haas is an expert if postural correction using CBP Chiropractic BioPhysics. No other chiropractic technique has as much date and technology to detect and correct abnormal posture and abnormal spines. We are amazing at pain relief, but it’s so much more than just neck pain and low back pain and headaches, we can alter your nervous system which can improve your body’s ability to heal and function! Call us today to see what our plans look like and to inquire about insurance benefits for physical medicine and rehabilitation and chiropractic.

If you are looking to supercharge your immunity this season, call us! We can help you discover how to take control of your immunity and fight the cold and flu season in ways you’ve never seen before. Call 970-686-9117 today!

Ultimate Core Strength

There is much talk in the fitness and rehabilitation worlds about the importance of core muscle.  Many people misconstrue that when someone says core strength they mean abdominal muscles.  Although the abdominal muscles are part of the core of the body and it is very important to have strong abs, the true core muscles are much deeper.
The muscles around the spinal column in the lumbar and thoraco-lumbar spines are probably the most important skeletal muscles in our body.  These muscles activate for nearly all tasks from walking to catching a ball.  These muscles give not only stability to the bony and ligamentous structures, they are also packed full of very specialized nerve cells called mechanoreceptors. These mechanoreceptors are essentially pressure-sensitive and position-sensitive nerve endings that tell our brain the status and position of the muscles and thus the spine.
As we weaken the muscles of the low back, abdomen, and deep core, the muscles become infiltrated with fat.  This fat causes numerous problems because it reduces the tiny muscles’ ability to communicate properly with the brain and movement pattern disruptions can result, leading to injury. The proper rehabilitation of the core muscles involves not only strengthening the large muscles of the abdomen, trunk and back, but also the tiny little muscles around the spine, in conjunction with a fat-targeting nutrition program.
There are numerous programs and exercises that claim to develop the “core.” Unfortunately many of these involve abdominal exercises and exercises that may not be an option for injured people.  Thankfully, with the Powerplate® and medical weight loss, we can address the fatty infiltration of the deconditioned muscles and perform exercises that cause 30-50 contractions per second in the important core muscles.
Our trainers and Physical Therapists are trained to create programs that address the specific needs of our patients and we are happy to see people who simply cannot exercise because of pain able to overcome and get back the strength necessary to lead normal active lives.  The programs that we have on the Powerplate® have repeated demonstrated to our patients that they can get their strength, stability, endurance and stamina back to pre-injury levels, even when other therapies and treatments have failed.
The ultimate beauty of this is that we don’t stop there.  We have our CBP® Spinal Structural rehabilitation protocols that can further assist in the improvement of the patient’s condition and enable not only a return of strength and endurance, but also a return to normal spinal position!  The traction techniques and Mirror Image® techniques of CBP® give us the tools we need to address so many conditions that other techniques cannot help.
If you or someone you know is suffering from low back pain and dysfunction, or if you’ve had an injury that is not healing the way you would like, maybe we can help! If you want to get physically fit, lose body fat and improve your core strength in new a effective ways, we have programs that fit your needs.  Call us today to see if you are a candidate for our amazing transformative rehabilitation and lifestyle tools.
Dr. Jason W. Haas

Inflammation and Fat

Inflammation and Fat

Achy backs, knees, and hips.  Stiff necks and headaches, painful finger joints, and that burning between the shoulders. The underlying common theme of these painful conditions is inflammation.  When our bodies are not functioning well or if they are causing us to suffer from pain, the inflammation must be stopped.

Everyone understands that when we are injured, inflammation will result.  It’s not hard to see the obvious signs of inflammation following an ankle sprain or a twisted knee.  Pain, swelling, redness, heat and loss of function are all painfully obvious following a trauma. However, the inflammation may be less obvious when the pain originates insidiously, or doesn’t follow the “cardinal” rules of inflammation.

Inflammatory chemicals are produced when there is damage to tissue (trauma) or when there is the potential for tissue damage (stress, fear, poor posture etc.) These chemicals irritate pain nerve ending can cause the tissues to become uncomfortable, stiff, achy and painful.   This is where most people will seek to find the cause of the pain, and the smart ones will do what they can to make it stop. Pain and inflammation are your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong.

Unfortunately, many people neglect one of the fundamental places where inflammation is stored; fat. As we are suffering, it is easy to reach for the ice, heat, get a massage, or take a pill.  These may give us temporary relief, but they will not address the fundamental inflammation that is being produced by the tissues and stored in the fat cells.  Because fat is storing inflammation chemicals, it is easy to state that your fat is storing your pain!  Then the real way to address this problem is in the removal of excess fat!

Our medical weight loss programs target fat only.  As we apply the first two phases of the program, our intended goal is to lose 3-7 pounds of fat per week.  This will not only make it easier to fit into those old jeans, it can also substantially reduce the inflammation that is stored inside the fat cells. As we get smaller, the load on our tissues and joints will be less, our flexibility will improve, our ability to exercise will be enhanced and the underlying cause of the pain and loss of function is addressed.

We have had dozens of patients try multiple ways to alleviate pain from ice to surgical procedures, only to find that the pain didn’t go away until the fat was lost.  If you are suffering from back pain, headaches, neck pain, or other stiff and painful joints, don’t you think it’s time to stop suffering? We have programs that can make losing the fat quick and easy and we are working tirelessly to improve the speed at which our patients lose fat.  The  program, coupled with Powerplate® physical therapy and fitness have given our patients the tools to get toned, fit and learn how to shed the bonds of pain and inflammation that can slow us down and zap our will. Couple this with our CBP® Structural Rehabilitation and we will have you straighter, stronger, slimmer, and healthier than ever!

If you someone you know is suffering from inflammation, pain, or if you want to find out if the excess weight you are carrying is causing or contributing to your pain and disability, don’t delay! Call us today to see if you are a candidate for our amazing health-restoring techniques!

Dr. Jason W. Haas

Children Need Good Posture Too!

Posture Correction and Kids

The Chinese proverb, “As the twig is bent so grows the tree” is very fitting when I watch the Windsor high school kids walk past our office carrying backpacks that are ill-fitting and overloaded.  The loads that are being placed on the tissues of the spinal column and nervous system will have consequences far beyond pain for these young people.

Having a healthy spine in youth is incredibly important.  Structures of the spine and nervous system are dependent on upright and normal structure in order to grow and develop into normal adult spines. Having an abnormal spine and posture during the formative years that goes uncorrected can lead to serious pain, disability, and a myriad of health conditions in adulthood.

Parents do not hesitate to pay thousands of dollars on their children’s wardrobes so that they can fit in at school. They pay thousands of dollars for braces because it is very easy to see when the teeth are crooked. However, because there is no zipper down our backs, parents often leave their children’s spines uncorrected either because they cant’s see the problem or they don’t know how serious it is.

Posture controls our nervous system and our nervous system controls every cell, tissue, and organ in our bodies.  This is true if you’re 8, 18 or 80.  The difference is that children’s spines respond very well to structural rehabilitation, require less time and often make substantial changes toward normal. Children need to have a normal postural start just like they need the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic.  The fundamentals of learning, processing information, and manipulating the environment effectively start with a healthy spine and posture.

Children who have normal healthy spines are of the strongest and best amongst their peers.  They excel at sports and, because good posture commands respect, they are often leaders.  Posture is an integral part in getting respect from elders and, although unconscious, it makes people more attractive to those around them. Posture and symmetry are important in nature and no less important in our children.

If you know a child or teen who complains of headaches, neck pain, back pain, or if they have obvious postural abnormalities due to backpacks and videogames, there is hope!  We at Benchmark Medical Group have helped numerous student athletes in Northern Colorado achieve their sport goals and have helped numerous kids grow up straighter, stronger and healthier.  Don’t wait until those children’s bones become adult and the problems are “set in stone,” get those spines fixed before adulthood and let them reach their full potential!

Call us today to see if you or your children are candidates for our amazing life-changing technologies and CBP® Structural Rehabilitation protocols.

Dr. Jason W. Haas

Serious Pain Relief!

Many people think that pain is normal.  They tell me that they have “normal” headaches, or that the low back pain they feel after sitting in the car is “normal.” Often people have experienced pain for so long that they feel like its normal for them to have neck, mid-back or low back pain.

I have a patient from Greeley that thinks that the headaches she gets every Friday following a long work week are, “just my normal headaches.” Unfortunately, these “normal” aches and pains are not just a nuisance; they can seriously interfere with your quality of life!

When we suffer from pain, be it back, knee, hip, neck or other areas, this can lead to us restricting our activities and lessen our overall experience of life!  Pain is the body’s way of telling us that something is wrong.  We have sensory nerves that convey the presence of tissue damage and tissue injury and this is what is causing the pain, it is not “normal” to experience pain every day, and if you are, something needs to be done! Plus chronic pain can lead to destruction of brain tissue and actually cause your brain to shrink!

There are many pain relief techniques available to people, and unfortunately the one they reach for first in most cases is medications.  See my previous blog on the dangers of NSAID drugs and you’ll think twice about popping that pill next time!  Pain relief can come from stopping the activity that is irritating you, but this is unreasonable if that activity is work or taking care of your children.  Therefore it becomes necessary to find ways to lessen the pain immediately and get the care that will make it go away permanently.

When we started in practice, we had few of the tools that we now have available for pain relief.  Before we had our K-Laser and our Powerplates, we had manual therapies and CBP chiropractic as the only tools to help with pain relief.  Fortunately these tools are effective for some musculoskeletal pain; however they did not offer the relief to all of the patients that we can now help.  Now, with the help of our hot-therapeutic laser, Powerplate, and medical weight loss programs, and the conjunction of CBP Structural rehabilitation, we are able to service a much larger Northern Colorado community of those seeking pain relief or overall health and wellness.

If you or someone you know has tried traditional chiropractic or physical therapy and you are still suffering, the tools we have to offer at Benchmark Medical Group are truly unique and different and we may be able to help you!  Contact us to see if you are a candidate for our amazing pain-relief therapies, or if you just want to look and feel better!

Dr. Jason W. Haas

Slowing the Degeneration Process

Many people think that it is a normal consequence of aging to have their bodies degenerate. They practically accept this as a natural state and do little to nothing to stop the process.  Unfortunately, this inaction can have very dire consequences.

As we age there are several processes that occur in the body that lend to the idea that we must degenerate. Our skin looses its elasticity, our muscles require more effort to accomplish what used to be easy and damaged in our joints and spine can lead to pain. Many think that once these things start happening, that they must simply resign themselves to the degeneration road, get out the wheelchair or walker and get ready to die!

STOP!  Now is the time to step it up and make sure that this ball stops rolling!  The process of degeneration will slow down if the right steps are taken. First, look at what you’re eating.  If you are feeding yourself processed, overcooked, nutrient-lacking food, how can you expect to continue to get a healthy body out of your nutrition?  If you want a building to be strong for years, how can you expect it to last if you use shoddy building materials? You can’t. Your body is no different, feed yourself wholesome, fresh nutrient rich foods and you can rest assured that you’re giving your body the building blocks necessary to maintain health as long as possible!

Second, look at your structure. If the foundation of your house is crooked and left that way for years, you can guarantee that the building on top of it will deteriorate faster due to the increase stresses and strains placed on the materials.  Your body is not different.  Structure determines function and if you have poor posture or poor ergonomics, you can guarantee that those abnormal stresses and strains will have dire consequences for how your joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments function.  If you’re not sure what state you’re in structurally, I can help!  We have very scientific ways to determine how close or how far away your posture and your structure are from normal.  Once you know where you need to address postural abnormalities, get to work!  Changing your posture and structure require time and patience, however the reward is better function and better health!

Third, fix the damaged areas.  If you have a “bum knee” or a “weak back”, these areas of damage can be a huge hindrance to achieving the longevity that you desire.  You may need some focused therapy to get these areas strong again and you may need to do some new habits to ensure that the previously injured areas do get hurt again and again.  Take the time to talk to our doctors and therapists to see if there is more that can be done to address your needs specifically.

Lastly, change your attitude! I remember from long ago hearing the quote, “Your attitude more than your aptitude determines your altitude in life.”  These very wise words go very far in helping you achieve the health and longevity goals you desire.  Keep a positive and healthy attitude about your structure, your nutrition, and your goals.  Remember that health is not just about how we feel and function, health is really about our relationships and the healthier your structure and nutrition are, the healthier your relationships will be.  Never give up working toward achieving the healthy happy life you want; you can do it!  If you or your family needs help understanding healthy eating, healthy structure or healthy lifestyle, please contact us today, we can help you get there!

Dr. Jason W. Haas

NSAIDs vs. CBP® Structural Rehabilitation

Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs are incredibly prevalent in this society.  It seems that it is not uncommon for someone to simply pop an ibuprofen or acetaminophen in an attempt to lessen the pain associated with sore muscles, stiff necks or backs or arthritis. Unfortunately this nonchalant attitude toward these drugs is having major consequences for our population.

These drugs have serious side effects that are not always noticed until it may be too late. Ulceration of the stomach, internal bleeding, increased risk of miscarriage, liver and kidney damage and even death are some of the risks associated with taking these over-the-counter medications. Unfortunately, reading the warning label doesn’t seem to be enough to stop the massive consumption of these harmful substances, because the sales have been increasing steadily and are showing no signs of stopping anytime soon.

Now, many people will be at a crossroads in learning about this potentially deadly drug. You may be asking, “What can I do for my pain, if I can’t take my ibuprofen?” Fortunately, we may have an answer for you in both the rehabilitation methods that we provide as well as the nutritional advice we can give. We have had tremendous success with muscle and joint pain as well as paint that is associated with arthritis.  This help can come from several different methods. First, the nervous system sends both motor (strength and movement) information as well as sensory (feelings/sensations) information from the brain, through the spinal column, to every cell and tissue in the body.  Abnormal spinal positions as well as abnormal posture can place stresses and strains on these tissues and because the tissue is pain-sensitive, it can register as pain in the brain.  This pain is the body’s way of telling you that something is wrong with your spine and posture and taking NSAIDs will simply mask the problem without correcting the fundamental underlying cause.   

In changing the posture toward normal and improving the strength, flexibility and endurance of the tissues involved, we can lessen the pain that is associated with arthritis and joint degeneration, as well as give you tools and exercises to lessen the long-term effects of these abnormal postures. We can also provide you with safe, natural nutritional alternatives to the NSAIDS that can help you body break down the proteins that are created when there is inflammation present.

We have also had tremendous success with our fat loss program in helping reduce or remove pain from the body. How? Pain is generally associated with inflammation and, unfortunately, fat cells are an excellent storage site for pain-related inflammatory chemicals.  When we are carrying excess loads on tissues due to being overweight, these stress and strains can also increase inflammation making pain worse.  Losing the excess fat can shrink the fat cells and reduce the loads on tissues, removing both inflammatory chemicals as well as excess loads at the same time!

So, if you have found yourself taking more and more anti-inflammatory drugs and have concerns about the potentially harmful side-effects that may be present, we may have an alternative! If you would like to know if you are a candidate for the rehabilitation methods we provide, please contact us to schedule a consultation with myself to see if we can help. Don’t delay, your joints and organs will thank you!

Dr. Jason W. Haas

Over 300 Named Conditions!

Many people are aware that chiropractic is effective at treating such conditions as back pain, neck pain, and headaches and many patients are beginning to understand the importance of maintaining a healthy spine and posture in order to prevent future musculoskeletal problems. The effectiveness of chiropractic for the treatment of these painful joint conditions has been well documented and chiropractic in general is becoming much more accepted in mainstream healthcare.

The premise of chiropractic consists simply of the fact that the nervous system controls the function of all of the cells in the body.  All body organs and systems must have good information from the nervous system in order to work properly and to work in concert with other parts of the body.  Knowing then that the nervous system is housed in the cranium and the spinal column then makes it quite easy to understand that if there is damage to the protective spinal column, either on a individual segmental level or in the posture as a whole, information will be less efficient in travelling from the spinal column to the different muscles and organs of the body.

Since the beginnings of the profession, many doctors have been keeping records of the different conditions that have been helped under chiropractic care and in the proper maintenance of the spinal column and posture. Now, with the help of the International Chiropractic Association, the public and the profession have documentation showing improvement in over 300 named conditions from abdominal pain to vertigo.  The ICA Best Practices (www.icabestpractices.org) is a government document that enables practitioners to have the resources to help patients in ways that go well beyond back pain and headaches. With thousands of references, the public can now see that improving the spine and posture can have far-reaching effects on overall health and wellbeing.

Chiropractic has evolved significantly since the beginning over 100 years ago.  Simply “popping” joints or undergoing spinal manipulation has been shown to decrease pain and increase range-of-motion in the involved segments, however only with the work done by Donald D. Harrison PhD, DC, MSE has chiropractic been able to move from just symptom relief to valid, repeatable, reliable methods of correcting the spine and posture.  The analysis used at Benchmark Medical Group and other clinics that practice CBP® worldwide differs from traditional chiropractic in that we have methods that remove the guesswork and provide a scientific foundation for treating numerous conditions.  There really is a difference between traditional chiropractors and CBP® doctors, and if you would like to experience that difference for yourself, please contact us today!

Dr. Jason W. Haas