“A comprehensive approach to treat each patient structurally, neurologically and metabolically has had the greatest impact on my patients with chronic pain..” Dr. Michael Veselak, D.C., CFMP
Chronic Pain affects 100 million people in the United States. By definition, chronic pain is pain that lasts longer than six months. The signals of pain remain active in the nervous system for months if not years. This creates an incredible amount of physical and emotional stress on the individual and their family and friends.
Our healthcare system is designed to treat acute conditions but falls far short from the chronic pain or chronic health patient. The answer is only medications with the abundance of side effects.
Common Conditions We Treat
- Spinal Stenosis
- Failed Back/Neck Surgeries
- Complex Regional Pain Syndromes
- Carpal Tunnel
- Chronic Shoulder/Knee/Ankle/Wrist
At Camarillo Functional Health, we are accustomed to evaluating and treating chronic and difficult cases. In these cases it is important to take a whole body approach to not only lower the inflammation but also to help change the pain signal the brain is sending to the affected area.
Dr. Veselak has lectured extensively on the subject of chronic pain and consults with people all over the world on the subject.
These chronic pain conditions all create an incredible amount of not only physical stress but emotional stress. This extra stress leads to an overload of cortisol, which will eventually ramp up the entire nervous system and with time, affect the metabolic system. Cortisol, in the beginning, is our friend; it will help our body shift gears to handle the stress and/or pain. Over time, however, it will become inflammatory to not only the brain but will also cause a thinning of the mucosa in the stomach, causing a leaky gut type of scenario. This propels the vicious cycle of chronic pain, making the signals from the brain and nervous system more active and less inhibited. Symptoms of anxiety, depression, fatigue and anger diminish the body’s natural ability to deal with the chronic pain compromising some of its basic defense mechanisms and often times resulting in a suppressed immune system.
At Camarillo Functional Health, Dr. Michael Veselak manages chronic pain from a Functional Medicine Perspective. As a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Board Certified in Integrative Medicine, Dr. Veselak has found that successful treatment is the result of finding the source of the problem, and not covering the symptoms with medications. With all chronic pain patients there is an underlying component that must be addressed if the patient is ever going to respond to conservative care and live a life without medications.
Inflammation is a major factor in the bodies response to chronic pain. This is not in reference to merely the inflammation coming from the pain, but rather systemic inflammation in the body resulting from several causes.
Some common causes of systemic inflammation are:
- Blood Sugar
- Infections, viral or bacterial
- Gut Issues (Dysbiosis, Parasitic, Fungal, etc.)
- Heavy Metal or Chemical Toxicity
- Liver Detoxification
- Previous Surgeries/Scars
- Trauma (emotional or physical)
- Food Sensitivities
At Camarillo Functional Health, Dr. Veselak focuses his care for the chronic pain patient in a safe and effective manner, providing support for the body to decrease the stress and inflammation. It is important to note that not all patients are the same, so the causes of the chronic pain and inflammation are slightly different for everyone.
Along with dietary, nutritional and lifestyle recommendations, Dr. Michael Veselak utilizes advanced methods to help inhibit the pain pathways in the body. This is done through various brain-based therapies such as eye exercises, cerebellum exercises, sound therapy and SITS-VITS therapy. Our goal is to change the signal in the brain, specifically the Parietal Lobe, which sends the signal to the body causing the unrelenting chronic pain.
Camarillo Functional Health also has advanced therapies to help modulate the pain, such as Hako-Med Microcurrent Stimulation for the large diameter afferent fibers, Spinal Decompression for the complicated lower back pain and neck pain patients, and Cold Laser, an advanced treatment for stimulating the energy production, or ATP of the cell. Dr. Michael Veselak’s success rate with chronic pain has improved dramatically since using this multi-modality approach.
“Where to even start…. I have seen multiple chiropractors and never been happy with them until Dr. Veselak, who really changed that. He and his staff are friendly, professional, and know their stuff. The whole experience is easy and comfortable, from making appointments to actual visits. His bedside manner is amazing and his comments and assessments are always spot on. I used to have a lot of anxiety around chiropractic appointments and adjustments, and now I actually look forward to my appointments. He has been very effective with my neck and back (which has been jacked for ages!) and even some other health related issues.”
“Dr. Michael Veselak and his spinal decompression clinic have changed my life in a way I never would have thought possible. Now, five weeks after I started my treatment, I’m back to my very active lifestyle. During my entire treatment, I’ve been completely medication free. I couldn’t have done it without Dr. Veselak. I would highly recommend this treatment to anyone faced with surgery as their only option or people that have chronic neck and/or back pain. This is an option you cannot afford to pass up.”
Chronic Pain Testimonial