(515) 964-9966

Dr. Ole J. Olson, ATC

210 NE Delaware Ave
Ankeny, IA 50021

Family Chirporactic

 Key Areas Typically Treated: 

  1. Back Pain
  2. Neck Pain
  3. Headache

At Optimal Health, we strive to provide the most effective forms of natural treatment for all members of the family and all ages.  With every patient, we have 3 goals:

  1. Relieve your PAIN
  2. Correct the CAUSE of your pain
  3. Teach you corrective EXERCISES for long-term success

When you visit out office, you will be provided with  a clear, well-directed treatment approach that is customized to your individual needs.  We also understand the benefits of integrated care and will work with your medical doctor, physical therapist and any other health care provider to expedite the healing process and improve treatment outcomes.  

Please take a close look at the conditions we treat and the therapies we use.  If you or someone you know is experiencing these conditions, we are ready to help.

Conditions

Therapies

CONDITIONS TREATED:

Back Pain – Sciatica 

We have all experienced back pain at some point in our life.  Whether feeling a twinge upon getting out of bed, after a long day raking leaves or shoveling snow, or after sitting in the car for many hours, back pain is not fun.  Living with the pain or taking drugs/muscle relaxers does not deal with the root cause of the pain.  Dr. Ole is trained to help relieve pain through chiropractic adjustment, allowing your muscles to begin to relax and stop spasms naturally.  Dr. Ole has experienced back injuries and dealt with resulting back pain; he uses personal experience to help get you back on track with your back pain and get you feeling better quickly. 

Most back pain patients have not experienced any trauma, accidents or major injuries prior to the onset of their problem. The cause of most back pain is the cumulative effect of improper sitting posture, poor work habits, incorrect lifting, lack of proper exercise and other lifestyle-related factors. All of these factors cause repetitive low level stress and imbalances on the spinal joints and associated musculature and eventually pain. This is why most people often injure their back by just bending over to pick up a piece of paper. The spine was already compromised and just the simple act of bending was enough to set off the problem. When this occurs, the surrounding back muscles go into spasm to protect the stressed or injured tissues of the back.

Whether from working hard or playing hard, many people suffer from occasional or chronic low and mid back pain. For those who have taken a fall, been in a car accident or had some other type of traumatic injury the pain can be nearly impossible to tolerate. Sometimes the pain makes it difficult to work, impossible to sleep, and hard to function at all.

Sciatica is defined as pain that radiates from the lower back into the buttocks and down the back of one or both legs below the knee.  Sciatica is caused by the irritation of the sciatic nerve, the largest nerve of the body. It usually begins as an acute pain in the lower back and then radiates down the back of either or both legs but can also be present without any low back pain. The sciatic nerve can be irritated by pressure from a herniated or bulging disc or inflammation originating from an irritated disc. The sciatic nerve can also be compressed by the piriformis muscle in the buttocks. This can cause tremendous pain and normal daily activities become almost impossible.

Symptoms:

  • Pain, tenderness and stiffness in the back or between the shoulder blades
  • Pain that radiates into the buttocks, to the knee, or all the way into the foot
  • Difficulty standing straight or in one position for prolonged period of time
  • Weakness or leg fatigue when walking
  • Discomfort while sitting or going from sitting to standing

Healthy Living Tips For Back Pain

Periodic checkups or supportive care. Supporting proper functioning of the back with periodic treatments minimizes the stresses to joints and associated muscles and nerves.

Practice proper posture, lifting and sitting ergonomics. Practicing proper posture, lifting techniques and ergonomics are essential in reducing back injuries at work and play and minimizing future recurrences of past injuries.

Regular exercise. Routine physical activity keeps the body strong and healthy. We will work with you to develop an effective exercise routine that will work with the time you decide to dedicate, and the goals that you set for yourself.

Proper diet and nutrition. Providing your body with the proper fuel increases performance, reduces the likelihood of injury and sickness, speeds recovery after injury, and keeps you feeling good. It may be time to add whole food supplements to your diet.

Proper footwear or orthotics. It is very important that the arch of the foot is properly supported. The arch is the foundation of the body and abnormal function here will translate up to the hip and back.

Questions?

Do you have a question about your current situation that you'd like to ask? Send an email with your question to: questions@optimalhealthfcc.com

 

Neck Pain – Whiplash – Headaches 

Neck pain, especially with associated headaches, can be very debilitating—and we help a lot of people with headaches!  Dr. Ole uses a variety of techniques and therapies to get you out of pain quickly.  Are you nervous about your neck being “cracked”?  Don’t be!  Dr. Ole will explain everything to you and if that doesn’t help your fears he can utilize many other techniques to make you feel more comfortable!

The neck contains many delicate, pain sensitive muscles, nerves, joints and tendons commonly exposed to abuse and abnormal stresses. Incomplete rehabilitation of past injuries, poor posture, prolonged sitting at a computer or desk, and restricted joint motion are some of the more common factors in the development of neck problems.

Within the neck lies the cervical spine, the upper most portion of the spinal column. The cervical spine is structurally and functionally unique from the other areas of the spinal column.

The cervical spine has many important functions which include providing support and mobility to the head and neck, providing essential information for the balance and coordination of the body, and protection for the upper spinal cord and associated spinal nerves. The upper muscles and joints of the cervical spine contain special mechanoreceptors which provide the brain with important information about balance and coordination. The highly flexible cervical spine is more vulnerable to injury.

The 1st through 3rd cervical nerves exiting from the cervical region are responsible for providing sensations to the head and face. When these nerves are irritated they will cause pain, headaches and/or numbness and tingling or burning in the head and face. The nerves from the mid and lower cervical spine combine to form the brachial plexus, a collection of nerves which controls strength and sensation to the arms. Irritation to these nerves can cause pain, numbness, tingling and weakness in the arms.

Whiplash is an injury to the soft tissues of the neck that occurs from a sudden jerking or whipping motion of the head. This type of motion strains the muscles and the ligaments of the neck beyond their normal range of motion. Whiplash often occurs during motor vehicle accidents but can also occur with falls.   The muscle and ligament injury results in significant scar tissue formation and limited motion.

Cervicogenic headaches refer to headaches which originate from tissues and structures in the cervical spine or neck region. The headache is generally a very constant, strong, yet dull pain. The most common location of pain is around the orbital (eye) region and upper neck area but may also include other areas of the face, head and neck.  This headache is often precipitated or aggravated by faulty movement patterns of the head and neck such as forward head posture or by acute trauma to the neck such as from a sports related injury.  The headache will typically last for one to three days and reoccur until properly treated.

Some causes of neck and head pain such as acute trauma as in a motor vehicle accident cannot be avoided. Other causes include poor sitting and lifting techniques, and poor posture especially at your work station. Optimal Health Family Chiropractic Center tries to address and modify or change these poor habits:

Some of the more common causes of neck pain include:

  • Incomplete rehabilitation of past injuries
  • Lack of proper joint motion
  • Whiplash-type injuries
  • Improper workstation setup
  • Poor posture
  • Prolonged sitting
  • Excessive repetitive neck motions
  • Improper telephone techniques
  • Excessive mental stress
  • Physical inactivity

The first step in treating neck pain is to determine what has and is causing the neck pain. Once the causes and contributing factors are identified, a successful treatment plan can be structured to eliminate pain and achieve the goals of the patient. We will work to change any bad habits or postures that may be causing or aggravating the neck pain.

Neck Pain Prevention Tips

Periodic checkups or supportive care. Supporting proper functioning of the neck with periodic treatments minimizes the stresses to joints and associated muscles and nerves.

Practice proper posture, lifting and sitting ergonomics. Practicing proper posture, lifting techniques and ergonomics are essential in reducing stress to the neck at work and play.

Regular exercise. Routine physical activity keeps the body strong and healthy. We will work with you to develop an effective exercise routine that will work with the time you decide to dedicate, and the goals that you set for yourself.

Proper diet and nutrition. Providing your body with the proper fuel increases performance, reduces the likelihood of injury and sickness, speeds recovery after injury, and keeps you feeling good. It may be time to add whole food supplements to your diet.

Questions?

Do you have a question about your current situation that you'd like to ask? Send an email with your question to: questions@optimalhealthfcc.com

 

TMJ Disorder / Jaw Pain

TMJ is an acronym for temporomandibular joint disorder.  Many times TMJ dysfunction can correlate with dysfunction in the neck and/or upper back.  At Optimal Health we look at how the whole system is functioning to make sure we are not missing any contributing factors.  Most Dentists will tell you there is nothing they can do, which is reasonable because it is not necessarily their specialty.  But Dr. Ole has treated numerous patients with TMJ with excellent results.  

TMJ can be extremely painful and is caused by abnormal or lack of motion in the jaw joint(s). This is one of the most commonly used joints in the body.  It moves every time you chew, talk or use your mouth at all.  The abnormal motion creates stress in the associated muscles and irritates associated sensory nerves. Some possible causes or contributing factors are injuries to the jaw area, various forms of arthritis, dental procedures, stress, and clenching or grinding of the teeth.

Symptoms include:

  • Locking or clicking in the jaw
  • Difficulty opening the mouth fully
  • Headaches on the side of your head
  • Pain in or around the ear
  • Swelling on the side of the face

Healthy Living Tips For Jaw Pain

Periodic checkups or supportive care. Supporting proper functioning of the TMJ with periodic treatments minimizes the stresses to joints and associated muscles and nerves.

Home exercises. TMJ mobilization exercises and stretches help to keep the TMJ moving properly.

Proper diet and nutrition. Avoid chewy foods such as chewing gum, bagels, steak, hard candy etc.

Utilize stress management techniques. Stress can easily manifest as grinding or clenching of the teeth. While stress can't be totally eliminated there are effective techniques to help bring it under control.

Questions?

Do you have a question about your current situation that you'd like to ask? Send an email with your question to: questions@optimalhealthfcc.com

 

Shoulder / Elbow / Hand Pain / Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Rotator cuff, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Epicondylitis, Golfer's and Tennis Elbow, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Dr. Ole utilizes many different strategies to optimize the function of the shoulder and arm to help reduce excess wear and tear on the joints and reduce pain.  Many times scapular (shoulder blade) stability contributes to dysfunction throughout the arm.   Think of the scapular function as the “core” for the arm.  Dr. Ole works to identify and resolve the underlying causes for your pain so your body can naturally heal itself.  

Repetitive or prolonged use of the arm can lead to shortening, weakness and irritation of the muscles throughout the arm. Pain may develop in the shoulder, elbow, wrist, or hand.  This pain may become so severe that you are unable to grasp, lift or carry things.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is the compression of the median nerve at the wrist, which may result in numbness, tingling, weakness, or muscle atrophy in the hand and fingers. CTS is common in people who perform repetitive motions of the hand and wrist, such as typing, manual labor, weight lifting or grasping. When the wrist is poorly positioned, the median nerve becomes compressed in the carpal tunnel. The median nerve supplies sensation to the first three fingers and thumb-side of the ring finger. It also supplies movement to part of the hand. The nerve enters the hand between the wrist bones (called the carpal bones) and the tough membrane that holds the bones together (the transverse carpal ligament). This space is called the carpal tunnel. Since the passageway is rigid, any swelling in this area can cause compression of the nerve (this is also called entrapment of the nerve).

Symptoms:

  • Numbness, tingling or burning in the hand, forearm and/or elbow
  • Weakness in the hand or grip strength
  • Atrophy of the arm muscles
  • Pain in the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and/or hand
  • Weakness in shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, and/or entire arm
  • Pain/weakness on grasping or carrying or lifting

Healthy Living Tips For Arm Pain

Periodic checkups or supportive care. Supporting proper functioning of the arm with periodic treatments minimizes the stresses to the associated joints, muscles and nerves.

Home and Work Stretches and Exercises. Stretching and strengthening exercises to stabilize the arm and balance the musculature on either side.

Practice Proper Ergonomics. We will assess what activities cause the problem and educate you on how to correct motions that irritate the area.

Questions?

Do you have a question about your current situation that you'd like to ask? Send an email with your question to: questions@optimalhealthfcc.com

 

Hip / Knee / Foot / Ankle Pain

( 3 or 4 Musical notes “The foot bone’s connected to the…ankle bone, and the ankle bone’s connected….”  It’s true!)

Bursitis, Tendonitis, Meniscus injuries, Plantar fasciitis, Bunions, Metatarsalgia, Achilles Tendonitis

Dr. Ole utilizes many different strategies to optimize the function of the hip and leg to help reduce excess “wear and tear” on the joints and reduce pain.  Many times hip and/or foot/ankle mobility/stability issues contribute to the dysfunction seen throughout the entire leg.   Through proper assessment and restoration of proper movement in these areas we are able to help you get out of pain and stay active!

Imbalances in the leg can lead to pain and dysfunction not only in the leg, but throughout the body, especially the back.  Improper joint motion and arch support in the foot can lead to a variety of foot, leg, knee and hip problems. If the arch of the foot falls too far from its normal position (functional pes planus) then the plantar fascia (large ligament on the bottom of the foot) and foot joints, muscles and nerves may become inflamed and painful. Repetitive chronic loss of this arch may lead to a bony build up on the inside of the closest joint of the big toe (bunion) and may cause the big toe to flare outward (hallux valgus deformity). As the big toe flares outward it pushes against the other toes and crowds them. This may lead to irritation and swelling of the nerves between the toes (Morton's Neuroma). As the arch falls the leg (femur) rotates internally and causes a strain on the hip and low back and may lead to pain in those areas.

Symptoms:

  • Pain in the hip, knee, foot, ankle, or calf
  • Weakness/tingling in hip, knee, ankle, foot
  • Deformity of the joints of the foot

Healthy Living Tips For Leg Pain

Periodic checkups or supportive care. Supporting proper functioning of the leg with periodic treatments minimizes the stresses to the associated joints, muscles and nerves.

Proper footwear or orthotics.  It is very important that the arch of the foot is properly supported. The arch is the foundation of the body and abnormal function here will translate up to the knee, hip and back.

Home Exercises. Home strengthening and stretching exercises to stabilize the arch, foot and ankle.

Avoid. Do not go bare foot for long periods of time, without slowly building up the strength in your foot and ankle to be able to tolerate it. Do not wear non supportive shoes such as flip flops. Do not wear tight and constricting shoes. Limit the use of high heels.

Questions?

Do you have a question about your current situation that you'd like to ask? Send an email with your question to: questions@optimalhealthfcc.com

 

Pregnancy Care / Pediatric Care

Dr. Ole and his wife have 4 children, so dealing with the aches and pains associated with pregnancy are nothing new to him.  Helping pregnant women get through their pregnancies and have a successful child bearing experience is truly rewarding as part of the medical team.  Whether you need some help with muscle, back, joints, and/or feet during this stressful time for your body, we have the experience to help you be more comfortable at Optimal Health!

Back and hip pain are common in pregnant women. As pregnancy progresses, women gain more weight as the baby grows, and their bodies produce more of the hormone relaxin, which allows the ligaments to stretch more. Both of these cause additional stress to the back, pelvis and hip joints and muscles. Pregnant women's arches tend to drop more and they may gain a shoe size. This also strains the hip, back and pelvis.

Once the baby is born then other issues begin to occur.  Most commonly we see pain in the upper back and shoulders from nursing/feeding the baby and looking down at your precious newborn.  This repetitive motion puts extra stress on the muscles, ligaments and nerves throughout the upper back and shoulder/arm.  Your new baby may also have needs.

We see children of all ages and have 4 of our own.  We see children often for things like not sleeping well, acting “out of sorts”, and most commonly ear infections.  Ear Infection or otitis media is an inner ear infection generally caused from a blockage of the Eustachian tubes or inner ear canal. The Eustachian Tube allows equalized pressure on the eardrum and allows fluid to drain away from the inner ear. When the Eustachian tube is blocked, fluid becomes stagnant and bacteria and viruses grow and cause an infection. The first cervical (neck) joint is very close to the Eustachian Tube and when the musculature around that joint are tight they change the motion of the joint and it can put pressure on the Tube and thus restrict fluid flow. This most commonly affects children as their Eustachian tubes are more horizontal than adults which are more vertically oriented and flow more easily.

Symptoms to look for during pregnancy:

  • Gradual onset of a deep achy joint pain
  • May be worse after exercise or weight bearing
  • Often relieved by rest
  • Possible joint swelling
  • Limited joint movement
  • Stiffness in the morning
  • Pain before and during low pressure systems (rain or snow)
  • There may be no symptoms yet

Symptoms to look for in your baby:

  • Earaches or tugging at the ear
  • Irritability
  • Ear and nasal drainage
  • Fever
  • Poor sleep
  • Decreased appetite

Healthy Living Tips For Pregnancy 

Periodic checkups or supportive care. Supporting proper functioning of the foot, ankle, hip, pelvis and back with periodic treatments minimizes the stresses to the associated joints, muscles and nerves.

Proper footwear or orthotics. It is very important that the arch of the foot is properly supported. The arch is the foundation of the body and abnormal function here will translate up to the knee, hip and back.

Home Exercises. Home pelvic strengthening exercises to strengthen the pelvic, hip and low back muscles prior to and after the pregnancy.

Avoid. Do not go bare foot for long periods of time. Do not wear non supportive shoes such as flip flops. Do not wear tight and constricting shoes. Limit the use of high heels.

Questions & answers regarding chiropractic & pregnancy:

1. Is chiropractic safe in pregnancy?

Chiropractic is very safe.

2. Is it difficult to receive a chiropractic adjustment when pregnant?

Not at all. We are trained in adjusting the pregnant women and have special tables to accommodate pregnant women and even allow them to lie face down!

3. How late in pregnancy is it possible to get an adjustment?

Women can receive treatment even during labour.

4. Do I have to have a problem in pregnancy to see a chiropractor?

Not at all. Periodic checkups during pregnancy can help avoid or minimize discomfort during pregnancy and labour.

Questions?

Do you have a question about your current situation that you'd like to ask? Send an email with your question to: questions@optimalhealthfcc.com

 

Arthritis / Osteoarthritis / Degenerative Joint Disease

Arthritis is something many people will deal with at some point in their lifetime.  We are seeing a disturbing trend of patients experiencing this earlier and earlier in life.  Dr. Ole addresses diet, lifestyle, and muscle/joint function to help combat these issues.  If your muscles are not functioning correctly around a joint, that joint will be put under greater stress and wear down much more quickly.  Don’t fall for the “magic pill” that is supposedly going to help your arthritis.  Even those that may help with your pain, are not getting to the root cause and this can lead to further degenerative changes and eventually the possibility of needing a joint replacement.

Osteoarthritis (OA)/Degenerative Joint Disease is one of the most common types of arthritis. It is characterized by the breakdown of the joint's cushioning cartilage. This allows the bones to rub against each other, causing joint dysfunction, inflammation, loss of movement and eventually pain. OA most commonly affects middle-aged and older people and can range from very mild to very severe. It can affect any joint in the body.

Symptoms include:

  • Gradual onset of a deep achy joint pain
  • May be worse after exercise or weight bearing
  • Often relieved by rest
  • Possible joint swelling
  • Limited joint movement
  • Stiffness in the morning
  • Pain before and during low pressure systems (rain or snow)
  • There may be no symptoms yet

Healthy Living Tips For Osteroarthritis

Periodic checkups or supportive care. Supporting proper functioning of the body's muscles and joints with periodic treatments minimizes the stresses to joints and associated muscles and nerves.

Practice proper posture, lifting and ergonomics. Practicing proper posture, lifting techniques and ergonomics are essential in reducing injuries at work and play and minimizing future recurrences of past injuries.

Regular exercise. Routine physical activity keeps the body strong and healthy. We will work with you to develop an effective exercise routine that will work with the time you decide to dedicate, and the goals that you set for yourself.

Proper diet and nutrition. Providing your body with the proper fuel increases performance, reduces the likelihood of injury and sickness, speeds recovery after injury, and keeps you feeling good. It may be time to add whole food supplements to your diet such as glucosamine sulfate or fish oils (DHA, EPA) to decrease pain, inflammation and help regenerate cartilage.

Utilize stress management techniques. Stress is most often carried in the weakest areas of the body. While stress can't be totally eliminated there are effective techniques to help bring it under control.

Proper footwear or orthotics. It is very important that the arch of the foot is properly supported. The arch is the foundation of the body and abnormal function here will translate up to the hip and back.

Questions?

Do you have a question about your current situation that you'd like to ask? Send an email with your question to: questions@optimalhealthfcc.com

 

THERAPIES USED BY DR. OLE:

Chiropractic Joint Manipulation

Dr. Olson uses a variety of chiropractic adjusting methods to accommodate the needs and wants of our patients.  He utilizes diversified technique, Activator Methods, The Pro-Arthrostim adjusting tool, and Thompson drop technique, as  well as others.  Dr. Olson utilizes motion palpation to assess for proper joint motion in every joint in the body. Various factors can contribute to abnormal or restricted joint motion. Acute trauma such as whiplash or prolonged or repetitive abnormal stress such as from poor posture or habits stress the ligaments and muscles surrounding the joint.

Joint motion restrictions cause friction and increased stress on the normal joint function. This increased friction may cause inflammation, pain or just wear and tear of the joints.

This wear and tear is no small matter. Wear and tear can cause osteoarthritis, a progressive breakdown of cartilage. This cartilage is a very thin layer inside the joint. Thus it becomes very important to remove stress from the joint in order to prevent complete degeneration of the cartilage.

Once a restricted joint has been located, a very specific force is exerted into the joint axis in order to restore the proper joint motion. This force or thrust is called a joint manipulation or adjustment. The thrust stimulates mechanoreceptors in the joint and produces a reflexive relief of pain and reduction in muscle spasm. Research has shown that stimulation of these mechanoreceptors sends signals to the brain which decreases pain signals and results in muscle relaxation. Once proper motion has been established through a combination of joint manipulation and Active Release Techniques, Dr. Olson will educate you on proper stretching and strengthening exercises for you to do at home to stabilize and strengthen the joint.

It is very important to restore joint function if you are experiencing pain and/or disability as a result of these joint restrictions, particularly if you have been experiencing repeated episodes of pain or disability. Repeated episodes often lead to chronic problems which effect the surrounding structures: joint capsules, ligaments, muscles, nerves, etc.

"The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. Our food should be our medicine. Our medicine should be our food." - Hippocrates

Questions?

Do you have a question about your current situation that you'd like to ask? Send an email with your question to: questions@optimalhealthfcc.com

 

Active Release Technique

Active Release Technique (ART®) Treats Soft Tissue Injuries, Relieves Pain, And Restores Normal Tissue Function

Dr. Olson was central Iowa’s first certified provider of ART and has been certified since 2004.  He has taken numerous courses offered by ART and even works for their Elite Provider Network.  Dr. Ole utilizes ART on nearly every one of his patients as muscle and joint dysfunction go hand in hand.

ART® is an extremely effective approach to treating soft tissue injuries and the resulting pain. It is a patented method of treatment developed by Dr. Michael Leahy and is utilized by more than 3500 certified providers, including medical doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, and athletic trainers worldwide. The technique is very popular with professional athletes and teams (NFL, NHL, NBA, etc.) and is used regularly by amateur and professional athletes alike, not only to help with rapid injury recovery, but also for improving their athletic performance. In recent years this method of treatment has begun to gain recognition among the general public as well, as more certified practitioners utilizing ART® have entered the healthcare arena.  Many corporations are now hiring ART providers to be first responders to issues on the job to reduce costs and improve healing time, thus reducing loss of work time.

Biomechanics and Physiology of Injury

Acute trauma or overuse, sometimes referred to as Repetitive Strain Injury or RSI, are generally the common causes of insult to the soft tissue (muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, joint capsules, fascia, etc). Many of the routine daily activities performed at work or home or while playing sports can result in cumulative injuries to soft tissues. Some common examples of these activities/conditions are:

  • Typing, keyboarding or repeated use of a mouse (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome)
  • Running/Jogging (Shin Splints, Plantar Fascitis, Knee & Hip pain, Tendonitis)
  • Prolonged standing (Heel Pain, Leg Pain, Thigh And Back Pain)
  • Prolonged sitting (Buttock And Lower Back Pain, Priformis Syndrome)
  • Repetitive wrist/forearm flexion/extension/rotation (Tennis Elbow, Golfer's Elbow)
  • Repetitive & prolonged shoulder rotation (Swimmer's Shoulder, Rotator Cuff Tears)
  • Repetitive bending & lifting (Low Back Pain, Sciatica, Muscle Strain)
  • Sleeping on the stomach (Neck pain, Upper Back Pain, Cervicobrachial Syndrome)
  • Poor Posture (Tension Headaches, Back pain, Neck pain, Arm & Leg pain)
  • All athletic activities can result in RSI's (Tendonitis, Sprains/Strains, Myofascitis)
  • Many other conditions/complaints/injuries

These injuries will result in a series of physiological responses:

1. Inflammation
2. Repair
3. Remodeling
4. Maturation

The initial physiological response by the body is swelling or "Inflammation" in the affected area/tissue. During this phase the circulation and accumulation of fluids within the injured tissue is increased as the body begins to control the damage and remove irritants form the site of injury. The inflammation will lead to increased tension and internal pressure within the injured tissue and the surrounding structures.

In an attempt to heal the injury and stabilize the area, the body will begin the "Repair" process. Fibroblasts begin to create fibrous tissues. This generally consists of laying down of fibrotic scar tissue and adhesions in and around the injured structures. This scar tissue is generally a lower grade of tissue than the original one and is both functionally and structurally deficient, lacking elasticity and limiting proper circulation and function. As circulation is reduced, tissue hypoxia (decreased oxygen) develops.

During the final 2 phases of "Remodeling" and "Maturation" the body is simply attempting to organize and orient the newly formed fibers so as to restore the injured tissue closer to its natural state. Unfortunately, as miraculous as the body is, it does a poor job in tissue restoration. The final result is a tougher, less elastic, shortened and therefore weakened tissue, which causes restriction of motion between muscle layers as well as nerves. For the athlete, this means poorer performance and less than desirable results. For the general public and athlete both, this means pain and discomfort at the site of injury; or in the case of peripheral nerve entrapments which are commonly caused after such injuries, pain, numbness and tingling radiating into the arms or legs. The resulting pain typically will start a process of "compensatory change", which will begin affecting other tissues and structures in that kinetic chain.

How Can ART® Help?

ART® is a form of hands-on or "Manual Therapy". It is a method of locating and treating the injured/affected soft tissue so that the process of "Repair, Remodeling, and, Maturation" produces a better outcome in a shorter period of time. Clinical findings indicate that mechanical loading techniques such as ART® help produce increased wound healing ALONG the lines of the injured tissue. As a result the healed structure is not only stronger and more resistant to future injury, but it also has improved functionality.

According to the latest research, Immobilization or bracing which is commonly used after traumatic injuries results in a prolonged healing time as well as a weaker healed tissue. Contrary to the above approach, ART® combines both passive and active Range of Movement (ROM) in its treatment protocols. Its specific approach allows for differentiation between various structures, thereby allowing the practitioner to locate and treat the CORRECT structure. Combining the manual loading technique with the proper ROM and the specificity of locating and treating the correct anatomical structure allows for the break up of fibrotic tissues and their proper realignment during the healing cycle. ART® provides very specific treatment protocols for over 300 muscular injuries and 100 peripheral nerve entrapments as well as many tendonous and ligamentous injuries. This is what sets ART® apart from all other soft tissue techniques and has caused many world class athletes and athletic professionals to turn to this method of treatment for help.

What is an ART® treatment like?

Every ART® session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The ART® provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.

These treatment protocols - over 500 specific moves - are unique to ART®. They allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient. ART® is not a cookie-cutter approach.

Why Active Release is Different?

Active Release is a highly successful approach to injuries of muscles, tendons, nerves, and the surrounding soft tissues. Active Release is not massage, physiotherapy, or chiropractic care. While those procedures relieve muscle and motion dysfunction, they do not necessarily address the underlying problems caused by scar tissue formation. Active Release has proven to be especially valuable for athletes, from the professional to the beginner. Ninety percent of the time athletes with acute or long- standing muscular strain/sprain injuries experience complete recovery.

Understanding Soft Tissue Dysfunction

To understand soft tissue injury, you must comprehend the basic mechanism of cumulative injury. Cumulative trauma disorder is the major injury problem in the workforce and the general population in this country. Federal statistics show that C.T.D. now surpasses back pain. Past therapies such as massage, heat, cold, electrical stimulation, rest, exercise and surgery alone, have all fallen short to treat them effectively.

Symptoms of cumulative trauma disorders are sensations of tingling, burning, aching and weaknesses. When a muscle, tendon, ligament, or nerve is damaged from trauma or overuse, the body will attempt to repair the damage with scar tissue. These scar tissue adhesions left untreated perpetuate the cumulative injury cycle and result in progressive loss of function and increased pain. Soft tissue dysfunction often leads to a loss of flexibility, strength, and range of motion. People often attribute these losses to "just getting old," but this is seldom the case.

Active Release separates, releases, and stretches the connective tissue adhesions, restores vascular and lymph circulation, and increases your range of motion, flexibility, and strength.

The treatments can be a bit uncomfortable, or even a little painful, but this pain is an important indicator that the problem has been located and signals that the treatments are correcting the injury. Patients often report that it "hurts so good."
Regardless of your activity level you can benefit from Active Release. From those who are victims of car accidents -- or even the proud weekend warrior -- Active Release has proven to be a fast, effective, non-invasive way to heal a wide variety of soft tissue injuries.

Questions?

Do you have a question about your current situation that you'd like to ask? Send an email with your question to: questions@optimalhealthfcc.com

 

Functional Medicine

Dr. Olson offers the following services to support healing of chronic disease and to promote wellness:

  • State-of-the-art laboratory-based assessments for neurotransmitters, hormones, digestive system, and detoxification system
  • Nutritional supplement programs
  • Diet and lifestyle counseling, including weight loss and hormone balancing programs

Dr. Ole is one of thousands trained throughout the country and Iowa’s ONLY trained physician, in amino acid therapy which has been shown through many research studies to help with numerous diseases and dysfunctions including: Parkinson’s disease, ADHD/Autism, Depression, Fibromyalgia, Migraines, IBS/Crohn’s/Ulcerative Colitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Hormonal dysfunction, as well as many others.  Through targeted lab testing that you can do in the privacy of your own home for each of these systems, Dr. Olson is able to assess how each system is working and design an individualized program to rebalance your body.

Monoamine Transporter Optimization (MTO)

Also known as amino acid therapy.  Low or normal but not adequate levels of serotonin and/or dopamine inside or outside of the brain may be associated with many different conditions such as depression, dementia/Alzheimers, ADHD/autism, IBD (Ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome), fibromyalgia, Parkinson's, and many more!  It can help resolve symptoms of over 100 different diseases.

When eating a “normal” diet most people become deficient in key nutrients such as B-vitamins, omega 3 fatty acids, and a variety of amino acids.  When there is not enough serotonin and/or dopamine available in your system due to these deficiencies, a "relative nutritional deficiency (RND) exists."  This leads to relative nutritional deficiency related symptoms or illness.  Simply increasing your L-tryptophan and/or L-tyrosine may not address the problem since the system only makes limited amounts of serotonin and/or dopamine, from these amino acids.  These amino acids are freely converted into serotonin and dopamine, but need to be given simultaneously in proper balance to prevent complications associated with depletion.  Supplementation with improperly balanced amino acids may lead to further inadequacy of amino acids, neurotransmitters (serontonin/dopamine), and/or sulfur amino acids.  This is very common as many have tried to “treat” themselves with the use of 5-HTP, melatonin, and other amino acids and hormones.

MTO is the ONLY method available which objectively balances and optimizesserotonin and dopamine based on analysis of information encoded in the serotonin and dopamine reuptake transporters. 

A paper explaining this technology was initially published in a peer-reviewed journal in 2009 by the Chairman of the Research Committee on behalf of the University of Minnesota Medical School. Physicians who are not current with the recently published peer-reviewed literature may not have heard of this transporter-driven scientific breakthrough for optimal management of serotonin and dopamine, even though it is currently used in over 1,000 medical clinics.

http://neurosciencemyths.com/

Hormonal System

Hormones act as the command and control system of the body and regulate energy production, fat burning and mood. Hormonal imbalances are common among people suffering from weight issues, fatigue and depression. Most cases of hormonal imbalance are a secondary response to a primary stress, whether it is emotional stress, physiological stress due to pain and inflammation, or dietary stress. In general, if the stress can be addressed with diet changes, correction of chronic inflammatory conditions and support for emotional health, the need for continued hormonal support is eliminated.

In your hormonal system, the adrenal glands produce and regulate your stress hormones. Normally, when the stress dissipates, the glands have time to rest and prepare for the next stressful event. However, if your stress levels remain chronically high, your body will remain locked in a state of stress. If your stress hormone levels remain elevated for extended periods of time, your body's ability to recover can be reduced, and the ability of your adrenals to make stress hormones can be compromised. Under chronic stress conditions, the adrenals eventually "burn out." At this point, the adrenals become fatigued and can no longer sustain an adequate response to stress. Once the glands have been depleted of their ability to produce stress hormones, it becomes more and more difficult for the body to recover. Constant fatigue and low-level depression can appear in otherwise emotionally healthy people.

Stress hormone depletion also impacts the female hormones progesterone and estrogen, as well as the predominant male hormone, testosterone. Since sex hormone levels drop as stress hormone levels drop, sex drive diminishes in both men and women. In both men and women, hormonal symptoms such as mood swings, irritability, sweet cravings and headaches can be related to the failure of the adrenals to adapt to stress. Female hormone symptoms such as menstrual cramping, infertility, night sweats and hot flashes can also be related to adrenal insufficiency. Many women feel they are on an emotional roller coaster with their female hormones, and testosterone levels in men also suffer as a result of weak adrenal output.

Digestive System

The digestive tract is responsible for our vitality via the breakdown and absorption of every nutrient that fuels our trillions of cells. Problems with the digestive system are typically experienced as bloating, indigestion, gas, constipation or diarrhea. Many people have experienced gastrointestinal discomfort for so long that they have adjusted to it and think that their system's poor function is normal. With healthy digestive function a person will feel energized and revitalized after a meal for several hours and will not experience any cravings for sweets.

The foundation of good health lies in proper digestive function. If you are not able to digest and absorb nutrients, your overall health will suffer. Assimilation of vitamins, minerals, proteins and essential fatty acids from the foods you eat is required to keep you healthy. Low stomach acid and low digestive enzymes are common problems due to poor diets and high stress levels. In addition, an imbalance in the healthy organisms that inhabit the intestinal tract can be caused by parasitic infections, bacterial overgrowth, or invasive yeast often referred to as candida. Hidden inflammatory conditions can also interfere with digestion. Did you know that the majority of your immune system lies within your intestinal lining? The lining of your gastrointestinal tract is your first line of defense from invading pathogens. If this lining is compromised from years of faulty digestive function, you will be more susceptible to invasion from pathogens, parasites, and infections.

Detoxification System

The detoxification system refers to the body's pathways for eliminating harmful toxins such as mercury, various chemicals and the products that result from the breakdown of alcohol or medications. Our modern world is creating a level of chemical and heavy metal exposure that is taxing our detoxification system.

Your liver is at the center of your body's detoxification system. The liver is an amazing organ, responsible for filtering toxins out of your blood. Our bodies must handle and process toxins from many sources. One major source of toxic exposure is through the digestive tract. High fat diets, alcohol, caffeine, sugar, artificial sweetener consumption and the use of medications contribute to the total burden placed on the liver. Hormones and antibiotics fed to animals, preservatives and dyes used in foods you eat can all cause serious symptoms and side effects. Heavy metal toxicity from dental fillings, contaminated food and water, and other environmental exposure also add to the total toxic load on the body. In addition, everything you apply to your skin or expose yourself to in your environment must pass through your liver, where it is must be neutralized and excreted.

An overworked liver can become clogged, causing toxins to back up and recirculate into the bloodstream. Inadequate detoxification leads to allergies, asthma, joint pain, skin problems, headaches, inability to concentrate, and alcohol intolerance. Inadequate detoxification leads to accelerated aging and promotes the onset of degenerative diseases. Despite all the work it has to do everyday, the liver has an amazing ability to regenerate.

These three body systems all interact with one another. For example, if you eat a food you are reactive to it will cause inflammation in the GI tract which impacts normal digestion and absorption of nutrients. The inflammation generates a hormonal response and as the anti-inflammatory hormone cortisol rises, immune function lowers and your sex hormone levels drop. All this can happen simply because you had a pancake breakfast and a large glass of orange juice!

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McKenzie Therapy

McKenzie Method Assessment and Treatment

Dr. Ole utilizes McKenzie therapy as it is a great tool to reduce sciatic type pains very quickly.  It is also something the patient can work on at home to continue to “treat” themselves beyond their visit to Optimal Health.

One of the benefits of the McKenzie Method (or McKenzie Therapy) is that it is a standardized approach to both the assessment and treatment of neck and low back pain and/or arm/leg pain (sciatica). The McKenzie Method is not simply a set of exercises; it is a defined algorithm that serves to classify the spinal problem so that it can be adequately treated.

The McKenzie Method is grounded in finding a cause and effect relationship between the positions the patient usually assumes while sitting, standing, and moving, and the generation of pain as a result of those positions or activities.  The therapeutic approac requires a patient to move through a series of activities and test movements to gauge the patient's pain response.  The approach then uses that information to develop an exercise protocol designed to centralize or alleviate the pain.

http://www.mckenzieinstituteusa.org/method-patients.cfm

 

Custom-molded Biomechanical Orthotics

Dr. Ole has trained extensively in gait and biomechanics of the lower extremity.  His passion is helping people, especially runners, continue to compete at their highest level possible and through use of exercises and at times orthotic therapy, he has been able to help many people reach their personal bests.  Our orthotics are custom made and usually arrive in about a week’s time.  We charge $300 for the first pair and $200 for a second pair if wanted or needed.  The total for 2 pairs would still be half the cost of an off the shelf product from the local foot and orthotic stores in the Des Moines area.

Orthotics are a safe, non-invasive treatment for many foot, knee and back problems. Low back and lower extremity conditions often stem from, (or are exacerbated by), poor foot biomechanics. Orthotics are custom built for your foot, taking into account your body's individual needs. They can be built to fit a variety of shoe styles from running shoes to sandals, and hockey skates to high heels.

The forces into your feet are one to three times your body weight when walking, and can be four to five times your body weight when running. Vertical leaping can boost these forces up to seven times your body weight. These instances do not even take into account damage sustained by your feet being stepped on, twisted, or just standing for long periods of time. As a result, misalignment and dysfunction of the twenty-six small bones of the foot is a very common problem.

Unfortunately, the problem is rarely limited to the foot itself. The reduced shock absorption and function alters the proper motion of the lower limbs, which in turn can destabilize pelvis and low back motions. Does this sound familiar? Feet are foundational to your overall health and coordination.

Most foot problems stem from overuse, poor shoe choices, and/or congenital anomalies. Most of these problems can be avoided or corrected by conservative care through correct shoe dynamics, foot adjustments, (realigning of the bones for normal function), foot orthotics, or specialized shoes. A natural approach to solving these problems of foot pain and dysfunction are becoming the treatment of choice. Many people can avoid, (or at least postpone), surgery by pursuing a conservative approach.

Often patients hear, "When your pain gets bad enough, I'll do surgery," from their doctor. Natural care takes a different approach and looks at the kinetic chain of events that starts at the ground and goes up the foot and leg and into the pelvis and low back, affecting the entire body's stability and function.

Pronation of the foot twists the whole leg internally and rocks the pelvis forward on the contact side and pulls the lumbar spine toward the contact leg. If the bones of the mid foot are locked in Pronation, (lowered arch), which is common, then the foot cannot fully Supinate, (lift the arch), and unload the rotation of the leg, pelvis and low back. This leads to knee, hip, and low back pain that becomes chronic and does not respond very well under care until this is corrected.

What usually isn't said is that these same kinetic chain motions, which are the result of faulty foot mechanics, create pain in the feet and altered weight bearing on the soles of the feet - changing their callous formations. This results in joint pain of the feet due to altered loading of fewer joint of the feet sharing the load while walking, running, or jumping. Decreased performance, (and disability), results from these pathomechanics.

An amazing fact about the foot is that it is one of the most muscularly imbalanced parts of your body. Think about it - when do you isolate muscles for exercise in your foot? Is there a series of foot machines at your health club? Do you put rubber bands around your toes and spread them apart to strengthen them? Is there a place where you dorsiflex your foot against resistance? Or do you, (like most people), just stuff your feet into some randomly selected shoes and expect them to take whatever abuse you throw at them? Though our feet are so spectacularly neglected, most people will tell you that, "If your feet hurt, your whole body hurts."

Manipulation of the feet is a highly skilled science and art that is taught at varying levels in the professions. The cutting edge doctor that treats the feet is quickly learning that restoring normal motions to the joints of the feet tremendously affects the patient's overall results.

By the age of forty, most people could benefit greatly from foot adjustments and orthotics due to accumulated stress and trauma to their feet and body. By the age of fifty, most people need some form of pain relief for the ache in their feet, knees, hips, and low back. The 'baby boomers' have arrived and many do not want to have surgery on any of these joints. Consequently, they are looking for alternative solutions.

The closer a foot control mechanism is made to your true normal foot, (each joint gliding through its normal range and directing shock correctly in its proper sequence), the more efficiently an orthotic can assist in that process. Shock is then attenuated and ligaments have a chance to adapt - just like a normal, youthful foot.

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Active Stretching and Strengthening Exercises

At Optimal Health, our goal is to allow our patients to become as independent in their care as possible. We utilize many different exercises to develop adequate core and extremity strengthening as well as balance. Strong, flexible and coordinated joints, muscles and nerves are essential to the proper functioning of the body.

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Ergonomic Consultation

Home and Work Activities of Daily Living ergonomic consulting

Dr. Ole is always trying to find any activities of daily living that have led to, or contributed to, the dysfunction and pain that a patient presents with. We can come to your place of employment and assess work station setup, discuss sleeping positions and modify recreational activities etc. in an effort to teach new and improved habits and correct bad habits.

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Primal Reflex Release Technique

Dr. Olson is one of the few trained providers in the state of Iowa in PRRT.  Primal Reflex Release Technique (PRRT) is a newer treatment approach in the field of pain treatment and management that allows for rapid assessment and treatment. PRRT is the next paradigm shift in health care. PRRT is a systematic approach to the evaluation and treatment of primal reflexes which, according to John Iams, P.T., are over stimulated. This over stimulation of the primal reflexes maintains pain and keeps painful patterns active. PRRT is a very gentle technique that can quickly and effectively treat a wide range of musculoskeletal problems, including issues such as sports injuries, physical trauma, tendonitis and much more. To read more about PRRT visit www.theprrt.com.

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Acupuncture

Dr. Ole is certified and has been practicing acupuncture for over 5 years.  Acupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world. As part of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture aims to restore and maintain health through the stimulation of specific points on the body. In the United States, where practitioners incorporate healing traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries, acupuncture is considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. Scientists are continually studying the efficacy of acupuncture for a variety of ailments and are quickly learning the many benefits it has to offer. To learn more about the many benefits of acupuncture go to the following site: https://nccih.nih.gov/health/acupuncture/introduction

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