August 2019

My Personal Health Challenges

We all desire optimal health. We try to do the best we can, but we are imperfect human beings just trying to live a balanced life.

I have been struggling with managing my hormone imbalances from neuroendocrine dysregulation in my 20s, 30s and 40s. I have had progesterone deficiency, endured multiple miscarriages, and most recently experienced adrenal fatigue. I have suffered from PMDD (PMS-related depression and anxiety) since my teens, and I was diagnosed in my early 30s with Adult ADD. I have also been on a chronic pain journey since 2005 and have rehabilitated myself for bulging discs in my neck and lower back causing radiculopathy, but had to give up high impact activities like aerobics, running, and HIIT classes and have replaced them with lower impact exercises such as Medical Therapeutic Yoga and Pilates to prevent symptoms of further joint damage. I also have chronic stress, raising 3 children spanning from preschool to college, and I run a private physical therapy practice while trying to manage financial health.

Since 2011, I have been studying functional medicine doctors like Dr. Joseph Mercola, Dr. Ginger Garner, Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Aviva Romm, Dr. David Perlmutter, Dr. Daniel Amen and Dr. Zach Bush and have been trying to implement functional medicine into my daily life, but it is tough. Especially when I am exhausted or have low energy, it is difficult to exercise and eat clean non-GMO whole foods regularly. Approximately once a month, I give into my unhealthy cravings, and then the crazy cycle starts all over again! Brain fog, fatigue, irritability, insomnia…

I have been stuck. I blame it on a few things, specifically prescription medications like anti-depressants, anti-anxiety drugs and synthetic hormones. I am completely convinced that these meds used long-term, actually make people chronically ill. I have experienced unfavorable side effects like bloating, weight gain, headaches, ambivalence, exhaustion, brain fog, short-term memory loss, appetite suppression and low motivation. I have felt for quite some time, this strong internal need to detoxify all these toxins stored in my body!

Well, I’ve come across a breakthrough…a very significant breakthrough in science and medicine that is in the order of the discovery of penicillin and things that can change humanity. Something 100% non-toxic, native to the body, and completely safe with zero side effects. Thanks to my urologist introducing this to me, I have experienced miraculous changes in my health and vitality!


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Since drinking ASEA REDOX Cell Signaling Supplement, I have experienced increased energy and endurance, improved hormone regulation, increased libido, improved mental focus and concentration, improved ability to manage stress, detoxification processes, complete mood stability, deeper restorative sleep, smoother skin, cleared sinuses, accelerated wound-healing, decreased muscle, joint and nerve pain, ability to do higher impact exercises such as jogging without pain, faster workout recovery, weight loss, suppression of unhealthy cravings, and the ability to discharge my prescription medications without any withdrawal symptoms! 

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Now my children and dozens of my clients are experiencing their own unique benefits as well. I will be sharing more testimonials from those being impacted by this incredible biotechnology.

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If you’re interested in alternative medicine methods for staying healthy, visit Veronica Whetsel Integrative Physical Therapy in Annapolis, MD. Her biopsychosocial approach to therapy and lifestyle medicine can help you live your life to the fullest. Schedule a complimentary 15 Minute Detox Phone Consult with her online or call (443) 822-3725 to discuss your health challenges.

July 2019

Yoga and Pilates are popular practices to improve stability, flexibility and alleviate joint, back and neck pain. While they provide many of the same benefits, including strengthening the core and providing stress relief, they have different origins and methods. If you’re considering exploring these methods of movement, understanding these differences can help you choose between them. To help you find the best fit for you, here’s a simple guide comparing yoga and Pilates. 

What’s the Difference Between Yoga & Pilates?

History

Yoga originated over 5,000 years ago in India. Traditionally, there are eight branches of this discipline that include meditation, healing, and physical movement. Asana is the branch most often practiced in yoga classes, and covers different poses.

Pilates on the other hand, was invented by athlete Joseph Pilates in the mid-20th century for rehabilitation, strengthening, and relief from issues like back and neck pain. Pilates began his practice in Europe and opened a studio in New York in the 1960s, at which point many dancers took up his method and brought it to the mainstream.

Variation

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Instructors typically sequence each yoga class to explore a different idea. The teacher will choose from thousands of poses, variations, and sequences with differing levels of difficulty. Sessions often incorporate meditation or chanting at the beginning or the end.

Pilates is more structured, and you’ll typically know what to expect from every session. Much like yoga, your instructor will tailor the class to your individual needs. For instance, some sessions may have exercises to improve joint pain caused by arthritis, while others are specifically designed to relieve neck pain with targeted movements.

Workout

Both practices have various positive effects, including improving strength, flexibility, and mobility. However, yoga typically involves working muscles throughout the body with a focus on boosting flexibility, restoring balance, and enhancing the mind-body connection. Equipment is limited to a mat.

Pilates, on the other hand, is designed to target the trunk of the body, including the core and spine. Instructors may use Pilates Apparatus equipment for that purpose, including a reformer, which supports various exercises that work on the shoulders, hips, core muscles in the abdomen and back. 

Breathing Techniques

One of the primary objectives of yoga is to provide relief from stress, pain, or mental exhaustion. Breathing and concentration techniques are vital to achieving these goals, so many yoga instructors dedicate time to breath work and mindfulness.

During Pilates, students are taught to breathe in through the nose and out through the nose or mouth, coupling the breath while performing dynamic movements with your body, such as swim prep, frog or mermaid.


If you’re interested in trying Pilates or yoga to optimize your health, turn to Veronica Whetsel Integrative Physical Therapy in Annapolis, MDWith over 16 years of clinical experience, Veronica uses physical therapy, Medical Therapeutic Yoga™ and Therapeutic Pilates to promote health, vitality and injury prevention. From arthritis to adrenal fatigue, she treats patients and teaches group classes with a broad range of ailments. Visit her website to learn more about her practice and methods, or call (443) 822-3725 to schedule a session. 

May 2019

Free radicals are molecules that have a missing electron, which makes them unstable and reactive in the body. Antioxidants, minerals and nutrients found in certain foods, supply electrons to stabilize these molecules. Oxidative stress, which happens when there aren’t enough antioxidants in the body to keep free radicals stable, is thought to be a major factor in premature aging and many health concerns. REDOX cell signaling is an alternative medicine method for supporting cellular health by helping your body fight off this kind of stress. If you want to know more about this, here’s a guide to a few of the benefits taking supplements that support REDOX cell signaling bring.

3 Ways REDOX Cell Signaling Promotes Health

1. Improving Dietary Function 

Green superfoods like algae, sprouts, and alfalfa help your body produce an important antioxidant called Glutathione (GPX). GPX naturally combats oxidative stress by neutralizing free radicals. Supporting your body with REDOX cell signaling supplements will help it produce and absorb your body’s own GPX by 500%, boosting your cells’ ability to fight oxidative stress.

2. Eliminating Cellular Waste

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When you work out, your body is placing stress on your muscles to force them to produce more ATP, or cellular energy. That’s why recovery after a workout is often more painful than the exercise itself. Though your muscles grow stronger, this process also produces excess lactic acid, cellular waste that needs to be flushed out. REDOX cell signaling supplement encourages waste control, accelerating the detoxification process significantly, helping your muscles recover faster and become less sore so you can return to your active lifestyle sooner than later.

3. Achieving More Restful Sleep

When you have chronic stress or anxiety, your body naturally adapts by heightening your “survival” chemicals. This means your sleep gets lighter and more fitful, which can lead to hormone deficiencies and adrenal imbalances. Alternative medicine’s REDOX cell signaling supplementcan help improve communication throughout the repair processes during sleep, allowing you to enter a deeper, more effective sleep cycle, leaving you refreshed and well rested the next morning.


If you’re interested in alternative medicine methods for staying healthy, visit Veronica Whetsel Integrative Physical Therapy in Annapolis, MD. She specializes in integrative alternative medicine and yoga therapy. She can help alleviate chronic lower back and neck pain though Medical Therapeutic Yoga™ and Therapeutic Pilates. Her biopsychosocial approach to therapy and lifestyle medicine helps you live your life to the fullest. Learn more about her yoga and Pilates classes online or call (443) 822-3725 to book your first free class.

March 2019

I’ll never forget that day I was walking home from school in 5th grade…that is walking on my hands on the sidewalk. After about 15 feet into it, I suddenly felt my elbows quiver, and then WHAM! I face-planted right into the sidewalk and skinned my cheekbone! I had the ugliest wound on my face for weeks and it was so embarrassing having to explain to anyone who asked what happened to me. As my parents always told me, I was a tomboy, a wild child and just constantly on the move!

My highly-energetic self took years of gymnastics and step aerobics classes from high school on, then I became a certified step instructor. I created my own strength training & cardio routines and dabbled a little into running, completing a few 5K races. I naturally gravitated towards yoga in my early 20s, and Pilates a few years later. I always felt deeply connected with physical movement and breathing, and enjoyed the mental health benefits too. I didn’t even know that I would one day become a physical therapist, spending the rest of my career analyzing biomechanics and treating musculoskeletal issues with rehab exercises! 

Fast forward into my 30s, where I was working in a Pilates studio earning hours towards my advanced Pilates certification. I had been fully devoting my daily schedule to practicing Pilates, yoga, weight lifting, running, parenting kids, running a private practice and treating dozens of patients with manual therapy and therapeutic Pilates. I knew I might be overdoing it, but had no choice other than to ignore the dull nagging pain in my lower back because life was just too demanding!

And then I sneezed. I felt an electric shock from my back shooting into my hips and felt sudden weakness in my legs. I could barely hold up my own body weight and couldn’t walk. I knew instantly that I had a bulging disc. I had already treated hundreds of people with bulging discs and now I was going to have to be a patient! I couldn’t believe it. How did I get to this point? Well, I knew it wasn’t just the sneeze alone…it took years of cumulative stress on my body, which likely started with those backfips, tailbone injuries, birthing a couple of kids, running a few races, teaching step aerobics and just trying to keep up with my busy life. 

The remedy for my back injury was not to do more exercises. It was actually quite the opposite: I needed to slow down. I was over-training and my body could no longer take it. So I had to go through the painstaking process of resting. Resting? What was that? How could one be productive, meet goals, raise a family, survive in a competitive market of healthcare and make a living by resting?

I quickly realized that without a healed spine, there would be no more business to run and my home would fall apart. I had to start eliminating activities that seemed healthy, but were actually harming me. My focus shifted towards 100% spine health and spine care. I became my own patient and healed myself through journaling my rehabilitation, my symptoms, my lifestyle, my moods, my medications, my diet, my sleep, my relationships and my spiritual health. Everything was way out of balance and it became clear what I needed to do.

I had yet to be introduced to Dr. Ginger Garner, the pioneer of Medical Therapeutic Yoga™ which didn’t happen until 6 years later and here I was almost practicing her Method. It was taking a Biopsychosocial approach to medicine, focusing not only my physical need for healing, but also my emotional, social, spiritual and mental need for restoration. I had to evaluate why I was pouring so much time and energy into the things I did. Was I supporting my most important core values and enforcing healthy boundaries…or was I over-scheduling myself to the absolute limit?

As I went through my own rehabilitation journey, I took the necessary time of 3 months to get manual physical therapy, progressive spine rehabilitation, evaluate what I was doing and how I could make my life a little less exhausting. I outlined my top priorities and eliminated anything that was competing for my precious time. I restored my spiritual, emotional and social needs in addition to my physical healing. It was absolutely the best thing for me…and further deepened my empathy for my patients as I would experience first-hand what it was like to endure severe pain and temporary disability.


HOW TO LIVE PAIN-FREE:

  1. Pay attention to your breath. Can you breathe using your belly vs. your chest? Train yourself to belly breathe so that you maximize oxygen, increase lung capacity, and effectively lower your stress levels (sympathetic nervous system response) by using the diaphragm, which stimulates the vagus nerve (rest, relax, digest- parasympathetic nervous system response).
  2. Meditate everyday. Spend the first 10 minutes every morning being quiet. Practice your abdominal breathwork during this time, focus on and set an intention for the day. Resist the temptation to look at emails, click on social media apps, or engage in robust conversation when you first wake up- you’ll just end up hitting the ground running. Just be still. You may be surprised how much more grounded you feel for the entire day!
  3. Stop ignoring the pain. Tune into your body. Notice pain or odd symptoms when you’re exercising or doing daily activities. Address it with a physical therapist or medical provider and be sure you’re not worsening a condition that could be preventable. If you find yourself needing to take medications for pain relief for more than 7 consecutive days and you haven’t had a particular injury or surgery, then it’s time to seek medical help. 
  4. Cut out or modify activities that cause cumulative joint & spine compression. For some of you who are overly-active, that means reducing your cardio workouts from 6x/week to 3x/week. For others who are more sedentary, that means changing your prolonged sitting habits and adding in a daily walking routine or buying a stand-up desk. Certain activities and postures increase joint and spine compression and you need to be educated on how to prevent this with body mechanics training.
  5. Eat healthy foods. Limit highly inflammatory foods like concentrated carbohydrates, sugar, white breads or grains, alcoholic beverages, hydrogenated oils and unhealthy fats. Your diet plays a very significant role in systemic pain and inflammation!
  6. Get Restorative Sleep. Make the effort to create a successful environment for you to get at least 7 hours of sleep every night. This is the only way your body and brain can heal and restore itself. Plug in your cell phone or tablet in the kitchen, use blackout drapes or wear an eye mask and ear plugs or use a Dohm white noise machine.
  7. Do mindful movement exercises consistently. Medical Therapeutic Yoga™ will create a deep sense of stabilization and balance in the body by training you to breathe well, move well, and educate you on how to modify movements for conditions such as arthritis, stenosis or osteoporosis. This disciplined movement practice will improve your neuromuscular patterns and increase interoception, your body’s ability to detect harm or injury. Medical Therapeutic Yoga™ will not only help you live with less pain, but will contribute to the longevity of your life by becoming integrated into your activities of daily living so that you can mindfully reduce joint & spine compression all day long.

If you’re interested in alternative medicine methods for staying healthy, visit Veronica Whetsel Integrative Physical Therapy in Annapolis, MD. She specializes in integrative alternative medicine and yoga therapy. She can help alleviate chronic lower back and neck pain though Medical Therapeutic Yoga™ and Therapeutic Pilates. Her biopsychosocial approach to therapy and lifestyle medicine helps you live your life to the fullest. Learn more about her yoga and Pilates classes online or call (443) 822-3725 to book your first free class.