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Chronic Pain

To Dr. Martens:

Thank you so much for everything!! I just want to thank you for how much time and effort you’ve put into making me feel better.Living with chronic pain and chronic health issues leaves me very hopeless and depressed some days.My pain level has been able to stabilize since I started seeing you and that’s very significant to me.

Thank you for being flexible the times I’ve been running late, or when you take extra time to help me.  You never make me feel rushed and you’re always so kind to my Dad and that means a lot too.

Thank you.


- Hollie


 

Knee

Pain had been present in my knee for six months and was to the point where it was difficult to walk.  The pain had gotten to the point where it affected my life in that I was unable to participate in any sports.  Then I saw the ad in the Leader-Telegram advertising treatment of knee pain at Optima Health & Vitality Center.  I felt improvement after two months of care at Optima and am doing well now.  Before you do surgery, try Optima Health & Vitality Center.  I travel 25 miles for care.


- RW


 

Knee

I had sharp pains in my knee as a result of an accident and knee surgery.  I had the knee surgery about three years ago.  The knee pain increased over the last few years as a result of a lack of proper exercise.  The knee pain prevented me from doing everyday tasks that I enjoyed.  One night I went for a walk with my wife and made it about a block before I had to turn back because of the pain.  I told my wife I need to do something.  The next day I saw the ad for Optima Health & Vitality and called.  Within a couple of weeks I started feeling improvement.  My knee is now feeling great and better than I had hoped for.  I am following a regular exercise program to improve knee strength.  Optima Health & Vitality Center is just a great staff of people.


- TW


 

Knee

I used to have long term knee pain from an old high school injury with decreased mobility in my knee and hip.  The knee pain has been present for thirty plus years; the hip pain present for the past five years.  I couldn’t take care of our hobby farm and horses without considerable difficulty.  The ad run by Optima Health & Vitality Center mirrored my symptoms and issues.  I wanted to avoid taking medication and/or surgery.  I felt improvement after my first treatment and then steady improvement over the course of the treatment plan.  In general, I am much improved and able to be fully active once again.  It is a very viable option to traditional approaches to receive care at Optima Health & Vitality Center.  I’m happy to not take pain medications or face surgery.  I travel 12 miles for my care.


- DM


 

Knee

I used to have long term knee pain from an old high school injury with decreased mobility in my knee and hip.  The knee pain has been present for thirty plus years; the hip pain present for the past five years.  I couldn’t take care of our hobby farm and horses without considerable difficulty.  The ad run by Optima Health & Vitality Center mirrored my symptoms and issues.  I wanted to avoid taking medication and/or surgery.  I felt improvement after my first treatment and then steady improvement over the course of the treatment plan.  In general, I am much improved and able to be fully active once again.  It is a very viable option to traditional approaches to receive care at Optima Health & Vitality Center.  I’m happy to not take pain medications or face surgery.  I travel 12 miles for my care.


- DM



Knee

I used to have long term knee pain from an old high school injury with decreased mobility in my knee and hip.  The knee pain has been present for thirty plus years; the hip pain present for the past five years.  I couldn’t take care of our hobby farm and horses without considerable difficulty.  The ad run by Optima Health & Vitality Center mirrored my symptoms and issues.  I wanted to avoid taking medication and/or surgery.  I felt improvement after my first treatment and then steady improvement over the course of the treatment plan.  In general, I am much improved and able to be fully active once again.  It is a very viable option to traditional approaches to receive care at Optima Health & Vitality Center.  I’m happy to not take pain medications or face surgery.  I travel 12 miles for my care.


- DM


 

Knee/Back

I used to have pain in my knees and a very sore lower back where it was difficult to straighten up when I first got out of bed in the morning, difficulty walking, performing simple tasks at work, climbing up and down stairs, difficulty doing lawn care, and I became tired very easily.  I’ve had the back problem for the last 20 years and the knee problem presented itself after I had an injury at work in 2012.  I received adjustments weekly at another chiropractic office, but the adjustments would never hold.  I chose Optima Health & Vitality Center because I saw their full page ad in the local newspaper and they were using a new treatment (cold laser) to heal knee problems, so I decided to give it a try.  It took quite a few traction treatments for my lower back to improve.  I had a pinched nerve in my back, which is why prior adjustments didn't hold, but that has improved greatly.  I am doing almost 100% better with my back problems.  My knees no longer are painful when I go up and down stairs.  I had nerve damage from my work accident which I did not know and Dr. Bircher worked extensively on improving the nerve signals to my knees.  I only wished I would have come to Optima Health & Vitality Center sooner for help, but I didn’t know what treatments they had that would help me.  I travel 30 miles to be treated.


- MS


 

Knee/Back

I used to have pain in my knees and a very sore lower back where it was difficult to straighten up when I first got out of bed in the morning, difficulty walking, performing simple tasks at work, climbing up and down stairs, difficulty doing lawn care, and I became tired very easily.  I’ve had the back problem for the last 20 years and the knee problem presented itself after I had an injury at work in 2012.  I received adjustments weekly at another chiropractic office, but the adjustments would never hold.  I chose Optima Health & Vitality Center because I saw their full page ad in the local newspaper and they were using a new treatment (cold laser) to heal knee problems, so I decided to give it a try.  It took quite a few traction treatments for my lower back to improve.  I had a pinched nerve in my back, which is why prior adjustments didn't hold, but that has improved greatly.  I am doing almost 100% better with my back problems.  My knees no longer are painful when I go up and down stairs.  I had nerve damage from my work accident which I did not know and Dr. Bircher worked extensively on improving the nerve signals to my knees.  I only wished I would have come to Optima Health & Vitality Center sooner for help, but I didn’t know what treatments they had that would help me.  I travel 30 miles to be treated.

- MS


 

Back

My original complaint was slipped disk.  I could hardly move and tried both ice and heat.  I couldn’t move hardly at all because of the pain.  I chose Optima Health & Vitality Center because I had been there before.  It took about four weeks to start feeling improvement and I am doing fine with my disks now but have carpal tunnel in both hands.  Dr. Martens is my doctor and he is healing me.

- JV



Low Back/Hip Pain

My original problem was hip (right) and low back. As I got to know Dr. Julie, I confided about other health issues that were not being addresses at Marshfield Clinic – namely my thyroid.

I am 55, I was diagnosed with thyroid disease when I was 30. At the time my Doctor figured I had suffered about 9 years with this disease.

My problems were affecting my life; good health in general was declining, mobility, depression, gut issues and walking.

We chose Optima Health & Vitality Center because my son (Jesse) referred me and my husband.  My husband ended up seeing Dr. Martens, and thought Dr. Julie would be a good fit for me.

It didn’t take long to start feeling improvement.  We had to break down each issue one at a time.  Then, I started to see Dr. Sue.

Now I am doing wonderfully, I try to keep an appointment with Dr. Julie at least once a month to keep all my issues in check.

What I would like to tell others about my experience at Optima Health & Vitality Center is that Optima is my primary care giver. I enjoy having people actually care about how I am feeling and who want to get to the root of the problem.

I usually set my appointments after work and only have to drive 5 minutes from work.


- Laurie S.


 

Carpal Tunnel

My original complaint was carpal tunnel as well as a jammed up neck due to soup kettles dropping off of a shelf and hitting me on the head.  It hurt from my neck down to the tip of my ring finger and was going on for about 6 months when I came to Optima Health & Vitality Center.  I chose Optima Health & Vitality Center because I did not want to have surgery if at all possible.  I wanted to do a natural way of fixing my body.  In about three months I was feeling 80% better.  Now I am doing an adjustment when I need to.  I have become a new person because of all the wonderful things I have had done at Optima Health & Vitality Center between the vitamins, adjustments and therapy.  I travel 40 - 45 minutes for my care.


- SH


 

Carpal Tunnel

I used to have carpal tunnel syndrome.  I went to the doctor and they determined with tests that I would have to have surgery on both hands.  I had symptoms for a couple years but it got worse about three months before coming to Optima Health & Vitality Center.  My hands kept going numb and hurting, which made it hard to work, sleep, or play the piano.  I chose Optima Health & Vitality Center because my wife goes there and sees Dr. Bircher.  It took about 2-3 visits before I started feeling improvement and I am now 95% better.  I don’t have to have surgery!  Optima Health & Vitality Center’s staff is fantastic.  They are always friendly, helpful and very professional.  I travel 35 miles for my care.


- Jonathan W


 

Trigger Point Injections

I used to have chronic pain in my back, neck and gluts.  For 30 plus years I dealt with this pain.

I was a Dental Hygienist for 40 years. This profession’s ergonomics and high stress levels are very challenging on body.  I have tried everything!  Massage, acupuncture, yoga, walking and exercise classes. I would get relief, but the pain would come back soon.

I couldn’t handle the constant pain, so ultimately I had to retire from my Dental Hygienist job.

I chose Optima Medical because I met Dr. Bircher many years ago having chiropractic treatments and I was totally impressed with the progressive “out of the box” options to help me.  I then moved out of state for 12 years.  Recently I moved back home so I returned to the practice.  After their new assessment, Dr. Bircher suggested that injection into the trigger knot may relax the muscle differently.

I immediately started to improve.  After a couple of weeks and much travel I started to feel a few points slightly again but am feeling better physically than I have in decades!

I so appreciate the great energy felt when you enter. The staff and practitioners are all so competent and caring as a team. Time in assessing the ideology of why I am feeling, instead of treating the symptoms with medication.

I travel 6 miles to get to Optima.


- PJH


 

Stomach/Digestive Issues 

Optima Health has literally saved my life.  I’m so thankful for their kindness, dedication, and concern for the well-being of every person who walks through their doors.  In the midst of my undetermined and confusing illnesses, the staff consistently treated me as a person instead of just a patient, and Dr. Bircher did a spectacular job of thinking outside the box to find solutions to my medical issues.  I highly recommend!

I used to have extreme indigestion, several food intolerances, and multiple episodes of migraines and nausea. 

I dealt with these issues for almost two years, and I underwent two major surgeries before visiting Optima.  I couldn’t work steady hours, sleep regularly, go more than 24 hours without strong pain medication, travel far from medical care. 

I chose Optima Health & Vitality Center because of their impressive reputation, and because they handle emergencies with skilled efficiency. 

Within three months, I was able to work a steady job again and live a slightly more normal life.  Now, I feel like a different, more vibrant person.  I’m no longer dependent on pain medication to live a productive and joyful life. 

Dr. Bircher went out of his way to show that he cared and to find solutions that no other doctors could find.


- NS


 

ADD/ADHD 

Logan was a happy little baby but as he began to become a toddler, his moods became more extreme. By the time he started Early Education through our local school district at age 3, he did not talk, he spoke in his own language that we had begun to call Loganese. He had very extreme behaviors that involved hitting, kicking, screaming and were not typical toddler temper tantrums. These were on a daily basis, multiple times a day. It would take 45 minutes of him screaming and kicking and hitting to get him ready to leave in the morning and most mornings by the time I had all three kids ready to go to school or grandma daycare, I would be in tears after dropping him off because I was so emotionally exhausted. Bedtime was another 45 minutes struggle to get him to settle down and most nights he cried himself to sleep. If we went somewhere as a family, we would have to take two vehicles because one of us would have to leave with Logan because of his behaviors. Our lives were scheduled around Logan's moods and oftentimes one of us stayed home with Logan instead of trying to deal with him in a public or family setting. If I took all three kids to a doctor or dental appointment, I took another adult with me. Mealtimes were a struggle to get him to eat anything besides fruit. When Logan was 3 ½, we were getting ready for school one morning when Logan slapped me across the face while I was putting on his shoes. On the way to work I called his pediatrician and begged for him to be drugged and when I pediatrician asked for what, I said I don't care, make something up, he's making our home a living hell and I can't take it anymore. We had an appointment schedule in about two weeks to talk about Logan's behaviors again. The week of the appointment, the doctor's office rescheduled us out another 6 weeks. Logan's grandma suggested we take him to Dr. Marten since he had done such a wonderful job of helping our older child with her chronic constipation after 5 years of struggling with those issues.

Dr. Marten put Logan on a diet of no gluten, no wheat, and no dairy, limited sugar. Added oily supplements to his diet (DHA, D3 and B complex) and began several types of therapies on Logan's weekly visits to him. Within a week, Logan began to become calmer. Bedtimes were less of a struggle as well as getting ready in the morning. Over the next couple of months, we watched a little boy's personality emerge that we had seen very little off in the previous years. He began to laugh, giggle, and hug more, and started making eye contact and using his hand gestures to communicate his wants/needs. The school noted that Logan was participating in school and there was less screaming and instead of going for an hour and a half, he began going for an entire day. He began using sounds and imitating words.

Logan turned 5 at the end of January and he is a completely different boy than he was 2 years ago. He still visits Dr. Martens on an almost weekly basis and continues to take supplements and eat a gluten free diet. He also receives speech therapy 3-4 times a week as well as goes to school two full days a week. His speech is becoming more intelligible over time and people are beginning to understand him when he talks.

People who didn't know Logan before Dr. Marten do not believe me when I talk about his extreme behaviors, his hitting, kicking, and screaming. They see this smiling little boy who has an infectious laugh and a smile that lights up his face. Today we see a little boy who has a playful personality and has a million stories that he loves to tell that has everyone laughing because his words and hands start flying. We have a little boy who loves to gives hugs and kisses and who teases his siblings with his playful demeanor. We still have bad days and Logan will forget to let us know that he has a headache and behaviors flare but they are nothing like they used to be. Dr. Marten has been instrumental in helping Logan these last couple of years and in finding our little boy who was locked inside a body who was hurting and we will forever be grateful for everything he has and continues to do to help Logan.

- Many Thanks from Logan's mom, Lisa



Lyme Disease 

I used to have foggy thinking, fatigue – constant unrelenting fatigue, body aches, lack of interest in hobbies and things I normally would do.

The last 5 years have been a real struggle. I was seen by my primary doctor, an allergy specialist, a nutrition specialist and a chiropractor- each several times. The chiropractor was pretty sure Lyme Disease was a component. The allergy specialist identified high level of candida (yeast) infection. I had a colonoscopy done to see if there were any specific lesions in the intestines causing the problem. I was tried on multiple different kinds of drugs – everything from antibiotics, antidepressants, headache medicines, and many things in between with no improvement. The only medicine that helped at all was the yeast medicine. But as soon as a treatment time was completed with the yeast medicine, the yeast returned all over again.

The problem affected my whole life. I stopped doing pretty much everything. Things I tried to do were so difficult, and things I was passionate about became impossible to do at all. I just wanted to sleep and had trouble staying awake – even at work. I slept all the hours I possible could and it never helped.

I chose to come to Optima Health & Vitality and the Health Office Co. because of a hidden message my private MD gave me. He mentioned to me that he’d heard of the clinic, but he didn’t believe they could help. I was pretty upset at first by his response, but as I thought more about it, I wondered if it wasn’t a hidden message for me. So we called and made an appointment.

Within 2 weeks I was feeling better. The changes were subtle at first – my fatigue was better for short times after treatment; my digestion was also a little improved. As I look back over the 3 months I was unable to work, overall my general wellbeing slowly improved. My cravings settled. I had motivation to slowly increase what I was involved in again. I especially noticed improvement when zinc and copper were added to my nutritional supports – seems like I had leaps and bounds of improvement when those were added to the ozone therapy and chiropractic care.

I worked yesterday for the first time and had pretty good energy after the long day. People at work commented on how much better I looked. I was able to do tasks around the home and took a 2 mile walk after dinner. I felt good afterwards too – not at all like in the past when I would have had to take a nap, let alone do those things to begin with.

It feels like this is the first time in 4-5 years that I’ve been able to see the light at the end of the tunnel!

I traveled 30 miles one way twice a week for my therapies.


- RE



Lyme Disease 

I came to Optima Health & Vitality Center because I had chronic Lyme, heavy metal toxicity, possible leaky gut and my adrenals were shot.

I was diagnosed with Chronic Lyme and heavy metal toxicity in 2005.  Optima diagnosed my adrenal burn out in February when I first came here this year (2016). Two years ago in February (2014) my right knee went out after just taking a walk for two weeks.  My knee swelled and was painful.  I had to get a cane to get around.  So, I went to a local chiropractor and he helped me enough to get rid of the cane, but after two years there, nothing was improving, I just was not getting any better.

I could not take walks, could not work out, or even do the work I needed to do.  Any strain of the knee caused it to swell a lot and it was painful.  This caused me great sadness as all my life I had been a very active, very physical and hard-working person.

I came to Optima because I really wanted so much to get better.  I really needed to get my life back to the way it was before the Lyme attacked my knee.

I began coming to Optima in February 2016.  I was really amazed and happy at how quickly I began to feel better.  My Lyme is being dealt with and finally there is great improvement. Through the body work and the supplements that give my body what it needs to heal itself, I am seeing great results.

After just a couple of months, my knee was not swelling as much, there was no pain.

Now I have been coming to Optima for five months and I am happy to say I have zero pain in that knee and it no longer swells.  I can mow lawn for six hours (with a push mower), I can walk for two hours, I can dance and workout and I haven’t had any swelling.  My knee even looks almost perfectly normal for the first time since 2005!

Through the work being done with my adrenals, I have great energy again and I am sleeping well at night for the first time in years!  I AM A HAPPY PERSON AGAIN!!! My only wish is that I had come here many years ago, I truly believe my knee would never have gotten as bad as it did if I could have come here sooner to deal with the chronic Lyme. Optima Health & Vitality Center is full of wonderful, caring and friendly people.  Everyone I know there is so easy to talk with, they make you feel cared about and they just make you feel glad to be there. The level of care and the friendliness of care are the best I’ve ever experienced in all of my life.  I can honestly say that it is a tremendous blessing to be able to be treated at Optima.

I travel one and one half hours to get there and it is well worth it.  I have my life back!  Thankfully!


- MS


 

Lyme Disease 

I used to have upper back pain and am currently being treated for Lyme disease.

I have had upper back pain for years, the Lyme disease was discovered later and might have been part of the problem.  Dr. Martens is persistent and caring in finding the problem and cause.  I had headaches, nerve pain, back soreness, tired all the time and many more symptoms.  I could not walk and exercise like I used to.  Being tired all the time kept and keeps me from doing a lot of activities.

I chose to come to Optima Health & Vitality and the Health Office Co. because I liked their mix of natural and traditional healthcare approach.  They truly care about helping the people that come through the door.  Dr. Martens’ expertise has greatly helped me and my family.

My back now feels great!  I am confident with all the experience that Dr. Martens has had with Lyme disease that getting rid of it will be successful. 

I travel 45 minutes to reach Optima Health & Vitality.  Everyone that works there is very caring and professional.


- CG





 

 

 


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