K-Laser Therapy Treatments

K Laser Therapy Treatment K-Laser Therapy is available at our Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation office! Read this blog to learn more about K-Laser Therapy treatments and see if you think you would be a good candidate for this pain-free non-invasive treatment! The K Laser Therapy is the way in pain management, tissue repair and faster recovery times.

Laser Therapy uses wavelengths of light to create therapeutic effects. These effects include improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation and decreased swelling. Laser Therapy can help heal, reduce inflammation, increase nerve inflammation, nerve function and blood flow.

Laser Therapy treatments can help treat conditions and injuries like Arthritis, Back Pain, Sports Injuries, Carpal Tunnel, Fibromyalgia, Knee Pain, Shoulder Pain and work or Auto Injuries – this is not the only things K-Laser Treatments can be used for – contact our office to receive a consultation and see if your symptoms can be treated with K-Laser Therapy.

K- Laser Therapy Can help:

  • Accelerate cellular production leading to faster healing
  • Reduce inflammation and the formation of scar tissue which helps prevent re injury
  • Improve Nerve Function – cell processes are accelerated with laser light therapy, this may help to decrease symptoms (like pain and numbness) that is associated with nerve related conditions
  • Laser light therapy can help the healing process increase blood flow to injured areas

Laster Therapy treatments are painless and they increase circulation, drawing water, oxygen and nutrients to the damaged area. This process creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness and pain. As the injured areas return to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved.

One of our goals as a pain management facility is to treat our patients without the need of surgery or medications. We want to take the most natural approach as possible to the healing process. Laser Therapy gives us that advantage because it promotes healing and pain relief without surgery and pain-killing medications. For management of chronic pain, Laser Therapy can produce dramatic results, is non-addictive, and essentially free of side effects.

Unlike others lasers of its kind, the K-Laser offers:

  • A dual wavelength beam that penetrates deep into the tissue
  • Continuous and modulating frequencies to promote pain control and healing
  • SuperPulse mode for deeper therapeutic penetration
  • High power

Treatment time and results: A typical treatment is 3 to 9 minutes long, depending on the area size being treated. Acute conditions may be treated daily, especially if they are accompanied by significant pain. More chronic problems respond better when treatments are received 2 to 3 times a week. Patients may feel improvement after the very first treatment. Sometimes patients will not feel improvement for a number of treatments – which does not mean that nothing is happening. Each treatment is cumulative and results are often felt after 2 or 4 sessions.

Does treatment with the K-Laser hurt? There is little or no sensation during laser therapy treatment. Occasionally one feels mild, soothing warmth or tingling. Areas of pain or inflammation may be sensitive briefly before pain reduction.

The K-Laser is often used with other forms of treatment. One of our most important features here at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation is that we offer Chiropractic Care, Physical Therapy, Acupuncture and Pain Management in one location. By providing all of these services at our office, we are able to ensure that our patients receive the best possible treatment. Many patients often prefer a progressive, non-invasive therapy to a drug regimen for the treatment of chronic pain. K- Laser therapy provides that solution without side effects. K-Laser treatment works especially well when it’s used in conjunction with other forms of therapy. Additional therapy increases the effectiveness of K-Laser treatments.

If you are interested in learning more about K- Laser Therapy contact our Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation office at 732-345-1377.

Join us for the 2015 Monmouth Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk!

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Our MPR Staff & Friends will be participating in the Monmouth Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk on Sunday, May 31, 2015. The walk will be held at Monmouth University in West Long Branch. Pancreatic Cancer Research Events are a great way to increase funding for research and raise awareness for pancreatic cancer. Lustgarten Foundation Events serve as a celebration of the progress being made in the fight against this disease and your important participation provides hope for the future.

The Lustgarten Foundation is the nation’s largest private supporter of pancreatic cancer research. Founded in 1998, the organization was named after cablevisions executive Marc Lustgarten, who died from the disease. The foundation is dedicated to advancing the scientific and medical research related to pancreatic cancer, the nation’s fourth leading cause of cancer deaths.

The Lustgarten Foundation concentrates on stimulating the scientific community to conduct research necessary to find early detection methods, better treatments and a cure for the disease. The Lustgarten Foundation has provided more than $110 million in support of promising pancreatic cancer research. The Foundation also works to provide free information for patients and caregivers. You can learn more about the Foundation itself by visiting their website, www.lustgarten.org.

If you’d like to join our team and walk with us on May 31st contact the front desk at 732-345-1377. We’d love to have you walk with us! For more information about the walk visit the 2015 Monmouth Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk page here. Registration is at 8:30 AM and the walk will begin at 10:00 AM. To donate or join our Monmouth Pain team visit our page here.

Light it Up Blue with Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation

World Autism Awareness Day is Thursday, April 2nd 2015! Celebrate with Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation and shine light on Autism to help create awareness with us! Our office will be participating in Light it Up Blue!

Light it up Blue is a campaign that is dedicated to bringing attention to Autism awareness – the attention that it needs and deserves! You can participate with us in very simple ways – wear blue on April 2nd, share something about Autism awareness on your social media page, make a few friends aware of the day.

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Here are some of the facts about Autism and the 10 years of progress Autism Speaks has made since first beginning their organization in 2005. You can visit their website at www.autismpeaks.org to learn more about Autism and the foundation.

Autism’s prevalence has skyrocketed over the past 10 years. Ten years ago 1 in 166 children were diagnosed with Autism. Today, that number is 1 in 68.

Autism can be reliably diagnosed by age two.

Because earlier intervention improves outcomes – Autism Speaks is redoubling their efforts to increase early screenings and diagnose children at an earlier age so they can get the treatment they deserve!

High Quality early intervention does more than develop skills.

Early intervention can change underlying brain development and activity, it’s also cost effective because it reduces the need for educational and behavioral support in elementary school and beyond.

Behavioral Therapy can transform the lives of those with Autism.

There is now solid evidence to show the benefits of Behavioral therapy and Autism Speaks is successfully able to advocate for health coverage and behavioral therapy treatments. This is allowing families that were once denied get the therapy that they need.

Autism can affect the whole body and how it functions.

Autism-related GI Disorders are in fact real. An Autism Speaks study showed that half of children with Autism have GI disorders and the pain can worsen behavioral symptoms.  Seizures, disturbed sleep and painful GI disorders are just some of the medical conditions that are most common with Autism. The Autism Speaks Treatment Network has been dedicated to advancing a “whole person” approach to autism healthcare.

Nearly half of those with Autism wander or bolt.

Autism Speaks has taken the lead in promoting wandering prevention and recovery though the funding of programs that increase awareness and train first responders and teach water safety.

Even if you are not directly affected, we encourage you to educate yourself about Autism. Be an advocate for Autism and help build awareness with us. To learn more about Autism visit www.autismpeaks.org.

A Comprehensive Knee Pain Solution

Knee pain is frustrating.  It prevents us from activity.  We feel unstable. We may have difficulty walking up, but more than likely difficulty walking down the steps.  It aches when we try to be active.   The knee swells, gains fluid, clicks and locks.  The knee pain can be sharp and stabbing or dull and achy. It makes us grumpy.  And unfortunately, it often times leads to living a less active and less fulfilling life.  Consequently, we tend to put on weight that only increases the knee pain.  Knee pain and weight gain are followed by knee arthritis.  Then knee degeneration follows the arthritis.  Eventually knee replacement is necessary because the problem was not addressed early enough.  And if you think that a new knee is going to enable you to start running marathons, you are fooling yourself.  Many people still experience significant pain and disability long after their knee replacement surgery.

I have seen hundreds, maybe thousands of people go through this process.  And it doesn’t have to be this way.

A Knee Pain Program

I have studied knee pain and have treated knee pain for many years.  I have taken what I have found to be the best therapeutic and rehabilitative techniques and put them together into this program.  I will list them here with a brief explanation of each.  My experience is not to treat this program like you are going to the cafeteria and ordering ala cart style.  I have found the best results when this program is done utilizing all of these modalities and techniques simultaneously and over a short period of time.

Analysis and Diagnosis

Creating a knee pain program begins with the proper diagnosis.  Xrays are necessary, along with an examination that includes gait analysis (analyzing how you walk,) posture analysis, and even an examination of the foot and hip.  I have found that many if not most knee problems begin in areas outside of the knee (most of the time there is dysfunction at the foot, hip or the back causing the knee problem.)  And if there is a problem at the foot, hip or back and it is overlooked, the knee problem can never completely resolve.  Furthermore, if the problem has been present long enough, wherever it began, it now becomes a problem in the knee.  This is the case with most knee arthritis issues.

Treatment

Treatment may includes the following based, of course, on the condition, severity and the patients individual circumstances:

Viscosupplementation – This is a natural gel that is injected directly into the knee joint.  The success of this depends in most circumstances on how the person follows up and works consistently with rehabilitation.

Rehabilitation – Power Plate vibration therapy, K-laser light therapy and manual vibracussor treatments are all cutting edge forms of physical therapy and are most effective for knee pain reduction.  Additionally, core knee stabilization programs work to strengthen and prevent knee pain from returning.

Acupuncture – Works to improve circulation (blood flow) in and around the knee.  Acupuncture treatments used in conjunction with the natural injections and rehab protocols are shown to increase the healing process.

Chiropractic Biophysics – A biomechanical analysis of the entire posture beginning with the feet and up right to the head can be performed by a doctor of chiropractic whose is certified in Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP.)

Weight Loss and Anti-inflammatory Diet – A program can be specifically designed to help you to target fat loss and maintain and increase muscle during this program.  This will aid in reducing the long term effects of chronic knee pain and prevent it from returning.

This is a brief overview of a comprehensive knee pain program.  Contact your physician to determine if this is a program that will suite your needs or feel free to reach out to us here at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation for additional information.

Is Back Pain the Result of Poor Posture?

“Ginny” is a 52 year old who comes to my office complaining of back pain. She works at a desk most of the day in front of a computer. Her back pain happened after gardening last month, but hasn’t gone away. She has had occasional bouts with an achy low back on and off for years, but nothing like this. It hurts when she sits for prolonged periods of time making it very difficult to concentrate at work. She is taking Advil for the pain, but is developing stomach problems from the Advil. The pain feels better when she moves around, but because of her job, she can’t really move around that much.

Sound familiar? This is a very common presentation of low back pain. The X-rays you see below is a picture of “Ginny’s” low back, pelvis and hips. The bottom vertebrae in her spine have degenerated. Specifically, the spinal discs have degenerated leading to stress, pressure, inflammation and irritation in and around her spinal nerves. This causes pain. The cause of this degeneration is more than likely, poor posture over time.

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Poor Posture Over Time

Poor posture over time creates abnormal pressure in the low back. Specifically, poor posture creates pressure on the lowest vertebrae and discs of the low back. Think of it this way: is it easier to carry a gallon of milk with your arms straight out and fully extended or is it easier to carry that gallon of milk by your side with your arms slightly bent? Obviously, carrying it by your side is better because with your arms by your side, you are using proper leverage and loading to carry that gallon.

When you carry yourself with poor posture, the weight of your upper body creates stress like holding a gallon of milk with extended arms. It is difficult for your spine to maintain your poor posture and over time, your lower spine will degenerate and more than likely will cause you degenerative arthritis in your spinal bones and in your spinal discs. This will most likely result in back pain at some point in your life and may lead to conditions such as degenerative disc disease, sciatica, numbness, tingling and even nerve degeneration.

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

One of the most effective ways to prevent low back pain and chronic degeneration to the low back is to simply maintain proper posture. And rarely is it too late! By simply working to improve your posture on a DAILY basis, you are working to prevent and even treat low back pain from manifesting.

A Quick 5 Step Punch List to Prevent Low Back Pain

1. Stand up Straight – Be mindful of your posture as much as you can. Do not allow your shoulder to round forward, pull them back instead. Keep your head up and over your shoulders. Keep your belly in (best you can) by pulling your hips back and tucking them (slight hip flexion).

2. Sit up Straight – Be just as mindful of your posture when you are sitting down. Keep your back straight and line it up as directly over your pelvis as you can. And keep your chin up. Pretend there is a string attached to the top of your head that is lifting you upward.

3. Keep Moving – Stagnation leads to inflammation which leads to pain! Keep your body moving and your body will respond with less aches and pains.

4. Exercise Daily – You don’t have to do a lot, but you have to do something. And do it every day. Think of oiling the “tin man”. You are the tin man! And that oil is exercise. And this does not mean going to the gym and lifting 1,000 pounds. Gentle, consistent movement will prevent inflammation associated with low back pain.

5. See a Low Back Pain Specialist – A specialist in the treatment and prevention of low back pain can quickly determine the nature of your back pain with an xray and examination. Treatment plans can consist of chiropractic, physical therapy, and acupuncture on the conservative side of things. Or if necessary, more interventional approaches can consist of injection therapy to reduce inflammation or even surgery. Of course, always start conservatively. Most low back pain issues, even if they have been chronic for many years, can be remedied with conservative treatment.

Recovering from Sports Injuries

Whether you have had knee surgery or back surgery or just a non-surgical sprain or tear,  the recovery process takes a great deal of patience.  If recoyou push too hard to get back to 100% you aggravate the injury and prolong the recovery.

The proper rehabilitation, whether you do it on your own or with a physical therapist, takes discipline, effort and consistency.  Here I will outline some of the important points to ensure you recover and get back on track.

Pain
Pain is often a very healthy sign.  It lets your body know what you can do and not do.  If you have pain following an injury, listen to it.  Let pain be your guide during the rehabilitation process.  Sometimes it is appropriate to push into the dull achy pain.  Rarely is it good to push into sharp and stabbing pain.  Working with a licensed professional like a physical therapist is important to help guide you through this pain process particularly if this is your first injury to this particular body part.

Time
Time can be your friend or enemy and is directly connected to your level of patience.  The injury is what it is.  In other words, if you had an ACL tear with repair, it is going to take you longer to get back to 100% than it will be to recover from a non-surgical meniscus tear.  Listen to your body and be patient.

Physical Therapy
Your physical therapy should include passive and active modalities.  This means that at the beginning of your therapy, the therapist may be doing much of the work.  Ultrasound, laser therapy, heat, ice, electric stimulation, manual hands on therapy and some light exercise may all be included during the initial passive therapy time.  After a week or two, your therapist will slowly transition you to more active modalities such as weighted exercises and more rigorous forms of passive and active stretching.  To know that you have a good therapist, simply look him/her in the eye.  You will know if they are intent on getting you to your goals.  You will also know if you are in the correct facility by the attention you are given.  You should not be left unattended to perform your exercises.  The time spent with your therapist is your time to get back to 100% so make sure you are giving your best and be comfortable about asking questions to your therapist.

Nutrition
Volumes of books have been written on this topic.  Let’s keep it simple.  You are what you eat.  Eat well.  Eat clean.  Eat healthy. Focus on a food that is considered Alkaline forming.  These foods are anti-inflammatory by nature and will help in your recovery from your injury.  Examples of alkaline forming foods include green leafy vegetables like kale, spinach, collard greens, and broccoli.  Meat such as fish and chicken are considered alkaline forming compared to beef and pork.   Fats such as walnuts, almonds, olive oil and flax oil are all alkaline forming and will help your body reduce inflammation.  Fruits such as avocados and blueberries are alkaline forming and will also help in the recovery of the injury.

Supplements
Volumes have been written on supplements as well.  And everyone and their brother wants to sell you their supplements.  Most of what you need nutritionally you can get from food.  There are a few basics that I do recommend.  I recommend a good multivitamin from a high level reputable company such as Standard Process.  Or visit a Natural Food Store to find high quality and food-based supplements.  Fish oil supplementation is also important.  Check with your licensed professional before consuming supplements.

Positive Mental Attitude
Most of you can and will get back to 100%.  Keeping that in the forefront of your consciousness will help you get there.  There have been many studies published on the effects of positive thinking and outcomes and recovery from injuries.  Know you will be back on top of your game before you know it and make progress every day toward that end.  Take it day by day.  One step at a time.  You will get there!

Questions? Contact Us Today.

Physical Therapy at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation

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I hear our Senior Physical Therapist Ralph Morello oftentimes introduce himself to a new patient as, “Hi. I’m Ralph.  I ‘m a physical therapist and will be working with you.”  This simple introduction is sometimes followed with: “As you can see, this is not your typical physical therapy facility.”  Ralph’s humility sets the tone for the rehabilitation department at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation.  The treatment floor’s “Under promise, over deliver” attitude creates an atmosphere of comfort and excitement.  At MPR, we readily accept the tough cases with the easy cases.  Give us the failed back surgeries and the 10/10 pain syndromes.  We take those in step with the simple shoulder pain and neck pain cases.

Ralph has led the physical therapy department at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation to the cutting edge of sports and general orthopedic rehabilitation.  Ralph and the entire physical therapy team combine their expertise and experience with technology to provide patients with the highest quality care.  Utilizing the latest in technology with the Power Plate Vibration Therapy , the K-Laser Rehabilitation Laser, and Decompression Traction our physical therapy department sees great outcomes and results with a spectrum of conditions.

Technology is a great tool.  But it is only a tool.  The care truly begins with the practitioner. Ralph brings 23 years of experience to his practice of physical therapy.  He is a Certified Clinical Instructor in the Sportsmetrics program for the prevention and treatment of ACL injuries in young athletes. Additionally, he holds the CSCS certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association.  This kind of experience is not so common to find.  When it is combined with the multidisciplinary model at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation where western medicine meets eastern medicine and technology meets compassion all under one roof, you can imagine the results that can be attained.

If you are looking for the right physical therapist and rehabilitation team to treat your back, knee, shoulder, neck, foot, carpal tunnel, herniated disc, sciatica, numbness, tingling, and the list goes on and on, look no further!  Call or email us today for an appointment.  We participate with Medicare and we work with most insurances.

16 Years of Commitment to Care at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation

I cannot believe I am entering my 16th year of practice at this exact same location here at 7 Globe Court in Red Bank!  Yes, I hung my shingle in 1998 and started with one 8’x10’ ft. room to perform my chiropractic exams and treatments and now we are almost 5,000 square feet of chiropractic, acupuncture, interventional pain management, physical therapy, nutrition/weight loss and Power Plate Fitness.  Wow.  Really?  Very aware of where I came from, I guess it’s fair to call myself an overachiever with a touch of masochistic tendencies.

Now Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation has grown to be a unique center in both form and function.  Practitioners work together in a free flowing open treatment setting.  Communication is paramount.  It is not uncommon to be seen by 3 different doctors or licensed professionals of different specialties during a single hour long visit.  And walk out of the door after your visit with a huge smile because you feel so much better!

Being blessed (or cursed) with lots of energy and a short attention span, my idea for your visit is to honor every bit of you, your time, your mind, your body and your spirit.  What does this mean?  Let me give it to you from the perspective of our team and how we approach the care we render.

Our team consists of 20+ talented practitioners and supporting staff that are committed to using the latest techniques, skills and experience and combining it with great passion for helping others live better lives. Our entire team meets two times each day in the center of the facility to discuss each and every patient to be seen that day.  I have found this to be the most effective way, and really the only way to properly communicate among ourselves about how we are going to provide the best care possible.  A typical conversation may include how the patient has been progressing, how they are feeling, their likes and dislikes, what their goals are and how we can help them achieve those goals.

Sometimes it’s as simple as helping “Ginny” with her low back pain so she can take care of and enjoy her grandchildren that are coming into town this weekend.   Sometimes its about “Joe” who needs to work but cannot because his knee hurts too much to climb the ladder at work and what type of knee treatments we can collaboratively provide to get “Joe” up and down that ladder so he can provide for his family.

Like any biological organism, we are not perfect.  We make mistakes as individuals and as an organization every day.  But, we do our best.  We will not quit and we will not stop doing our best to improve our systems, our treatment and our ability to care for the people who put their trust in us.  There is a great deal of responsibility that comes in healthcare that we all take very seriously.  It is most evident to me each time a mother hands me her new born child to treat for torticollis (wry neck) or for a toddler with ear infections or the 4-year old with asthma.  I speak for everyone at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation when I say thank you for the opportunity to serve!

Preventing Back Surgery

I heard something that was very interesting. One insurance company tried this: patients were required to see a physiatrist (a medical doctor who specializes in rehabilitative medicine) prior to seeing a spinal surgeon. The number of spinal operations done was dramatically reduced. Why is that? When surgeons see a problem, they have been trained to fix it with operations.  Because of this, their primary treatment recommendation is often times surgery, even before other more conservative treatment options have not been utilized.  Given the poor outcomes with most spinal operations for back pain, it is no wonder that when a patient sees a non-operative specialist first, the whole population did better.

Physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R), also known as physiatry or rehabilitation medicine, is a specialty of medicine that focuses on finding the proper diagnosis and then works to restore and maintain functional ability and quality of life.

At Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation, our highly trained and experienced medical doctors will first find the cause of the problem with advanced diagnostic procedures.  Once the problem is understood, the appropriate treatment plan will be created to fix the problem.

Oral pain medications are NOT a typical approach taken by our team.  Once the proper diagnosis is established, treatment recommendations can include a wide range of active and passive rehabilitative techniques.  This may include injection therapy to precisely and specifically reduce inflammation and pain at the site of the problem.  Also, our team utilizes rehabilitative techniques like acupuncture that improves circulation around the site of pain.  Physical therapy and chiropractic may be used to improve structure and function.  Our nutrition and diet department works in a variety of ways from weight loss to anti-inflammatory diet prescriptions.

Other cutting edge rehabilitative treatments include laser therapy with the powerful K-Laser™.  The K-Laser works to reduce swelling and inflammation with laser light therapy that penetrates deeply and safely into the body to the site of injury and pain.   Vibration therapy works by utilizing the concept of gentle muscle movement to improve circulation in and around the site of pain.  At Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation laser therapy and vibration therapy are treatments that are used each day in our rehabilitation department.

Spinal decompression traction is utilized with amazing results to remove pressure from nerves.  Many times pressure on nerves comes from compression or pressure from abnormal disc or bone alignment.  Spinal decompression traction and gently remove that pressure for long lasting results without surgery.

Climbing to the Top of YOUR World

On May 29, 1953 Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the top of Mount Everest climbing to 29,028 ft. Prior to their successful ascent, hundreds of attempts had been made. All failed. 13 people had died trying. Some bodies still lay frozen on the mountain today.

“They didn’t know what they’d find. No one had been where they were going. That’s just a huge psychological barrier, and that’s what’s still great about what he and Tenzing Norgay did. They didn’t just summit; they broke through.” –Unknown

Everest stories fascinate me. I have read books and articles on various expeditions and climbs. More failures then successes, greed, ego, achievement, its all in there. I find it to be a great metaphor or example of what each person deals with in their own minds every day.

What Psychological Barriers are holding you Back from Your Dreams?

In my last article I wrote about figuring out what you want, going deep inside and feeling your “bliss” and happiness, committing to it and practicing daily until you achieve it. I would like to expand on this idea and provide a visual aid to help you establish your goals.

Here is a graph created by my friends at the London Perret-Roche Group. Start at the star on the upper right hand portion of the graph. This is the psychological barrier. This is what you want. But it is impossible right now simply because there is no plan. The idea is to make the impossible possible. This is your “Mt. Everest” climb and you are Sir Edmund Hillary.

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This can be used to guide you through your life. Your path is yours and only yours. When you wake up in the morning you stand on your own two feet and no one else’s. It can be frightening and exhilarating and there are several normal psychological processes we go through while we stand at “base camp” and look to the “summit of Everest”.

Understand that feelings of fear, even light headedness, dizziness and dread are normal and common whether you are climbing Mt. Everest or taking the first step toward making a change in your life.

Every day we climb our own Mt. Everest.

1 in 10 Americans takes an antidepressant medication. For women in their 40s and 50s this number is 1 in 4. Over 44 million prescriptions were written for Anti-Anxiety medication last year or 1 in 7 Americans getting a prescription of Xanax. One author concluded: “What is everyone so damn anxious about?” It’s the psychological barrier in front of us. It is that which we perceive to be impossible. It is our own Mt. Everest.

We have a daily struggle sorting through those things that we truly want in our life and how to attain them. We have inner conversations that we are not good enough, we do not deserve to have them, or that we cannot achieve such things. We go into self-attack mode. We get down on ourselves. We become depressed and anxious. We go on meds. This is unfortunately the path for so many people.

If you can See the Mountain, You can Climb the Mountain

Let’s use the example of physical pain. It is easier to identify then mental pain. Let’s say you have severe back pain. What are you going to do about it? One option is to ignore it. Many do this leading to serious problems later. Another option is to medicate it. Pain killers and anti-inflammatories are band aids more often than not leaving the problem to remain. Another option is to get an Xray taken, find out what the problem is and then come up with a plan to fix it.

When you become aware of what the problem is, and become clear on how to fix it, much of the fear, depression and anxiety will begin to dissolve immediately.

Back to the graph. One of the paths shows what will most likely happen if you keep doing what you are doing. Another path shows best case scenario. But the star at the top is the prize. How do you close the gap between “most likely,” “best case,” and the “Breakthrough.”

The first step begins with seeing the mountain, being aware that it exists and making the decision that you want to climb it. The next step is yours to take. And step-by-step you close the gap to make your breakthrough.

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
Lao Tzu

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