Finding a Chiropractor or health care clinic in Bend or Central Oregon that understands changing health care needs while applying current techniques and approaches to addressing health problems can be a daunting task. We hope that you will find this site helpful in learning more about our broad selection of Natural Healthcare options including Chiropractic, Functional Medicine, Acupuncture, therapeutic massage, lifestyle management, and clinical nutrition and the ways that our services can safely and quickly improve your quality of life.
Chiropractic Sports Medicine
Chiropractic physicians represent the largest group of Natural Medicine physicians in the world. Chiropractic care has evolved to become one of the most highly utilized treatment choices for everyday injuries as well as for both professional and Olympic level athletes worldwide and is now present at every major athletic game/event in the world. Due to current research and popularity, Chiropractic has been integrated into mainstream medicine as it is recognized as being a valuable and appropriate "first line of defense" against most sport and spinal injuries. Chiropractic has shown to be an extremely valuable form of treatment in auto injuries as well. With the significant extent of tissue and joint damage, even with a low impact collision, addressing joint mobility, soft tissue damage, and muscular imbalances is crucial for preventing future chronic pain and degenerative changes of the spine.
As a Functional Medicine practitioner, addressing the root cause has always been Dr. Kremer's approach in the treatment of injuries and chronic illness or "dis-ease". You can remove the pain or temporarily cover up a problem with a band-aid or medication, but have you truly "fixed" the problem? The newest paradigm of Functional Medicine takes a more integrative approach which focuses more on the cause rather than the symptoms. This goes for treating everything from chronic back pain to getting to the root cause of migraines or IBS. Much of Dr. Kremer's focus in this field involves Digestive Health. For more information on Functional Medicine "click here" to be directed to our Functional Medicine page.
Therapeutic massage is an excellent method for improving overall health and musculoskeletal efficiency. Massage has a number of beneficial effects on the body and the mind. Some of these include removal of toxins that can build up in the muscles of the body, increased circulation, and increased flexibility in not only the muscles, but also the connective tissue within the body. Therapeutic Massage has proven to assist in the healing of a large number of conditions from traumatic injuries sustained from an auto or sports injury to chronic pain and tension as brought on by everyday work stress from sitting at a desk or building a house.
Soft tissue work after an auto accident is essential for the proper healing and repair of the injured tissue. Massage can help with muscle spasms as well as speed the recovery of soft tissue injuries sustained through trauma. Pain management and restoring range of motion are also benefits of regular treatments following a fender bender.
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"Full Spectrum" Infrared Sauna
Wellness Doctor offers Sunlighten Sauna therapy, the gold standard of far infrared saunas and the same brand used and recommended by the top authorities in the field of Functional Medicine including Dr. Mark Hyman, MD. Only Sunlighten offers proven "full spectrum" infrared technology with the highest level of effectiveness and has been clinically shown to raise core temperature, lower blood pressure, decrease pain, speed healing times and even aid in weight loss.
The mPulse Believe offers not just "far" infrared, but also provides the full spectrum of wavelengths including "near" and "mid" infrared, offering a much broader range of health benefits. Patients of Wellness Doctor will find the sauna easy to use with preset options including: cardio, detoxification, pain relief, relaxation, weight loss and skin health. Click here to learn more about our Infrared Sauna!
Lifestyle Management and Clinical Nutrition
Wellness Doctor offers Lifestyle Management and individualized Clinical Nutrition to create healthy lasting changes to our patient’s lives. Our unique 12 week programs or individual consults offer a physician implemented Functional Medicine approach through disease prevention or looking at the root cause of poor health, obesity, low energy, etc. By providing Lifestyle Education, our goal is to help patients understand the benefits that simple lifestyle changes can have to their health and quality of life. Lifestyle Education provides the educational foundation needed to begin and maintain the behaviors that prevent disease, decrease body fat, create well-being, and promote a long and satisfying life. Clinical Nutrition is geared to the unique individuality of each patient and often requires lab testing to determine nutritional deficiencies, gastrointestinal health, assess thyroid and hormonal levels, and addresses potential autoimmune or other chronic conditions.
Dr. Kremer and his wife Cassie have been columnists for the international Paleo Magazine since the very first issue in 2010. Many of their columns offer up-to-date advice and guidance in the constantly changing areas of Digestive Health, Cardiovascular Disease, Genetic Testing, Autoimmune Diseases, and other modern day Lifestyle and Health topics. They also own and operate HealthAroundYou.com which is geared towards empowering individuals to become educated, take action and Feel Better when it comes to health conditions stemming from gut dysfunction.
Specialty Lab Testing
As traditional lab testing often looks for only the presence of disease or manages existing diseases, Wellness Doctor offers a wide variety of specialty and preventative labs. For Micronutrient testing in athletes, stool testing for those with IBS, food allergy & sensitivity and/or gluten testing, or a more comprehensive cholesterol and cardiovascular panel- contact our office TODAY! Below is a list of just a few of the lab options we offer.
Nutritional and Micronutrient Testing-
As we are all biochemically unique, several factors affect our personal micronutrient needs such as age, lifestyle, intensity of physical training, prescription drug usage, past and present illnessses or injuries, absorption rate, genetics and more. The "normal" amount of each micronutrient varies from each athlete to each individual sport and even in the same athlete depending on the circumstances in his or her life. For athletes, to optimize performance, speed recovery, lessen oxidative stress, and truly achieve that competitive edge- this test is a must!
Celiac/Gluten Sensitivity Tests-
We offer both blood and saliva tests. Saliva is the best way to detect a gluten sensitivity early, even before symptoms manifest. The gut has to be severely damaged in order for a blood test to be dependable. Because it uses a saliva sample, this test is easy to use with children. This is a great test for people who have a family history of any autoimmune disease, even if they're asymptomatic (no symptoms). Our blood tests are typically covered by insurance and are also a great option. Since so many autoimmune diseases are triggered by gluten, these tests show patients if a gluten-free diet may help prevent him or her from going down the same path as other family members that may be experiencing disease.
MTHFR Genotyping looks for the common genetic defects that are responsible for increasing the risk of cancer, heart disease, and many neurological and mental disorders. Those who carry this genetic mutation produce much less of the MTHFR or “Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase” enzyme, resulting in a reduced ability to convert (through a process of methylation) folic acid/folate into its bioavailable form (5-methyltetrahydrofolate) which is required by the body to function properly and affects more than 20 different processes. Functions of methylation involve turning genes on and off, processing hormones, building immune cells, DNA and RNA synthesis, energy production, detoxification, and neurological function. Without proper methylation, serious health complications can arise.
Lipoprotein Particle Profiles are the Gold Standard tests for addressing cardiovascular risk factors. Cholesterol testing has historically been used as the standard indicator for cardiovascular disease classified as HDL (good) or LDL (bad). However, it is actually the lipoprotein particles that carry the cholesterol throughout the body, not necessarily the cholesterol within them, that are responsible for key steps in plaque production and the resulting development of cardiovascular disease. Approximately 50 percent of people suffering from heart attacks have shown “normal” cholesterol numbers (NHLBI – The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute). Wellness Doctor offers this leading cardiovascular technology through a simple blood test and integrates dietary intervention for getting your risk factors under control- Naturally.
Food Allergy/Sensitivity Testing-
Wellness Doctor offers a variety of panels looking at what foods may be problematic to you. Dr. Kremer is an authority in the field of gluten and food sensitivities and has had much success helping individuals lose weight, eliminate migraines, eczema, acne, chronic fatigue and numerous other ailments through detecting environmental and food triggers.
Sports Medicine and Therapeutic Exercise Programs
Another unique focus of Wellness Doctor involves our deep roots in the Sports Medicine arena. As Dr. Kremer obtained his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and Nutrition and has worked as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and strength coach, he spent another year post-graduate school to become credentialed as a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician. Our Massage therapists are all trained in the field of Sports and Therapeutic massage and work on a great deal of local athletes. Our Acupuncturist is also utilized for many sports injuries and natural pain management for athletes. Much of our focus here at Wellness Doctor is to ultimately address the "whole body" and not just treat the symptoms of conditions like patellar tendonitis, rotator cuff injuries, plantar fasciitis, or other areas of chronic pain or dysfunction. Assessing biomechanical imbalances and giving the patients specific stretches and therapeutic exercises to perform at home to correct much of this on their own is what gets athletes out doing what they love doing in Central Oregon.
This leading soft tissue treatment technique is highly sought out by professional and recreational athletes around the world. This instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) therapy is an evidence-based form of treatment which enables our practitioners to effectively address adhesions created by the building up of scar tissue as commonly found in the athletic population. Numerous conditions including plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonitis, tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, rotator cuff injuries, and several other muscular and tendon related injuries show very rapid results and improved patient outcomes.
This proven effective technique utilizes stainless steel instruments, along with specific therapeutic exercises, to effectively treat areas of increased resistance due to scar tissue and fibrotic adhesions of the underlying tissues.
Graston Technique® is a multidisciplinary treatment used by more than 21,700 clinicians around the world, including: Chiropractic Sports Physicians, physical therapists and occupational therapists, hand therapists, and numerous athletic trainers.
Other Modalities and Treatments
- Spinal and Extremity Adjusting
- Graston Technique® and IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Massage)
- Rock Tape and Kinesiotaping
- Active Rehab
- FMS Functional Movement Assessment
- Neurokinetic Therapy
- Nutritional Therapy
- Gastrointestinal Health
- Body Composition Analysis
- Food Allergy/Sensitivity Testing
- Celiac Disease Testing and Guidance
- Spinal Decompression