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Recommended Foods
Gelatin box Gelatin is a clear, colorless, and flavorless food consisting of collagen taken from animal tendons, bones, and cartilage. It is used in different foods, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetic manufacturing as a geling agent. Think of Jell-o, marshmallows, gummy bears, and gel capsules for various drugs. Fun Fact: Synchronized swimmers use it to stick back their hair in order to have it keep it’s form during competitions.


Special processing techniques are used to extract gelatin into various forms including sheets, granules, and powder. It is extracted mostly through using an acid to seperate the gelatin from the salts and fats. Gelatin can also be made at home. Boiling cuts of meat and bones makes gelatin dissolve into the water. When cooled, it will naturally form a gel or jelly.

Main Benefits

The most fundamental benefit is that it strengthens cells and internal fibers. It’s 2 amino acids: proline & hydroxyproline can even help the growth of various connective tissues. For example, the recovery of various joints in the knees, hands, and spine. Many studies show that it can help with inflammation and pain from osteoarthritis. It strengthens bones, joints, and fingernails, as well as improves hair quality.

Benefits for the Spine

In relation to our spine, gelatin helps strengthen the vertebrae and the numerous joints that connect them. It also helps stimulate the regrowth of herniated and bulging discs. It helps because it contains collagen – one of the main components of bones and cartilage. Gelatin can even help with osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.

The Magic Recipe:

  • 2 tsp gelatin powder (one package of Knox gelatin)
  • 1 cup cold water
  1. Stir powder into the cup of water before you go to bed
  2. Leave on the counter overnight
  3. In the morning, before you’ve eaten anything, drink the liquid.
**If the taste is not too pleasant, feel free to add it to a yogurt, shake, or fresh juice.  

Where to Get Gelatin

  • Walmart: I always recommend getting the Knox Gelatin powder, box of 32 packages. Cost: ~$10 (You can find it in the cooking isle)
  • Amazon: Great Lakes gelatin powder. Cost: ~$20
  • Any other store that sells it. Make sure that it is powdered and unflavored.

Final Thoughts

Natural is always better. Most supplements and medications are just unnecessary. What I always tell our members: If you can get it in natural food, that’s what you do. Some things you just can’t get in edible food. That is when, and only when, you go to supplements. Aways remember, just eating healthy won’t provide the best results. Just exercising won’t give you the best results either. It is when both are combined that your health improves. Without exercise, there is poor circulation in the spine and therefore harder for gelatin to get to the area of injury. Now that you have learned a bit about gelatin, I hope that you would be encouraged to add it to your daily diet. Over the course of the next few months, I will be going over nutrition for spinal health & overall health. From Calcium and Vitamin D to Glucosamine and Chondroitin.

Health Tips, Our Story
Learning about back health     This week we will be celebrating our 1 year anniversary. That year has been filled with many blessings as well as challenges. I am a firm believer that we should never stop learning. Schooling, no matter which degree we may hold, will never teach us all that there is to know. It is only the beginning. This year taught as well as confirmed for me a few important facts in regards to back health. I would like to share them here.

Back Pain is Relatively Easy to Eliminate

The ACA states that “most cases of back pain are mechanical… meaning they are not caused by serious conditions.” The vast majority of back pain is really just caused by weak spinal muscles that tighten up over time. Some of us expect that the answer to back pain has to be technical and complicated. Go to most PT clinics and chiropractors and you will find a vast array of fancy machines and workout stations. But, I found that our one simple station, because of the way it’s been designed, is able to produce better, and quicker, results. These aren’t my words, but comments I’ve received from so many of our members that have already tried PT and other back pain approaches. The majority of conditions can be cured with simply exercising. Not constant stretching, inversion, or adjustments but, the right kind of exercise that targets the spine effectively. It’s actually quite simple and improves your back health drastically.

Many Don’t Want to Put in the Work

I believe that many people are starting to become more lazy. They would rather sit down and watch the game, than go spend an hour exercising. Because of this, they are constantly looking for the shortcut/easiest solution to their problem, even if it isn’t a true solution. For example, medication, using the newest gizmo that claims to relax the spine, or a pill that claims to relieve your pain in just a matter of hours. They steer away from anything that requires commitment and effort to get results. In the case of back pain, it takes consistency: coming in regularly for your sessions. Even though many members get relief in a few sessions, for others it may take a few months to completely eliminate their pain, because of how severe their situation is. If we don’t want to put in the work, we shouldn’t be surprised when we see no results and have to go through the consequences of poor back health. Just like at the gym: we shouldn’t expect to get in shape in just a few weeks. It takes months! And when we get there, we need to maintain it. Same with the spine. If it had no muscles at all, we wouldn’t need to exercise it repeatedly. But, it does. So it is crucial to keep excercising our spinal muscles for optimal back health. Luckily, the muscles we need to strengthen are small and don’t need alot to maintain their strength.

The Old Way of Doing Things Just Isn’t Improving Back Health

The most common thing I hear from new members is “I’m sick and tired of constantly stretching”, or “going to get an adjustment constantly.” And you should be. Alot of these approaches just keep the back pain at bay for a short while longer. They don’t completely eliminate pain for good or improve your back health. The fault is in the approach. Now some may laugh at me for saying this, but I believe that the whole medical arena has become just a giant business. Don’t believe me? Look at pharmaceuticals. The first thing many of our members recieved from their doctors/therapists was a package of prescription drugs and pain killers. It would do more harm than good most of the time. One member even said he got medicine for cancer patients, for his back pain. All it did was make him woozy and still in much pain. The industry is packed with things that just mask pain and do very little to eliminate it. Why? Because when you cure someone of their problem, they don’t need to come back to you anymore. I will be going through a series very soon that will cover all of the current options available out there for back pain and spinal issues, and their pros and cons. With all these options for back pain out there, you would think that we should’t have so many people with back pain. In fact, studies show that cases of chronic Lower Back Pain are increasing every year. “Half of all working Americans claim to have back pain each year.” (ACA) That is just ridiculous and just shows that the way we deal with back pain has to change and the public should be educated about how to maintain proper back health. Which leads me to my next point.

Being Uneducated Will Hurt Us in the End

We need to start learning to take care of our bodies. We can’t simply rely on others to tell us what to eat, or help us in exercise. Reality is, not everyone is correct when it comes to health. A person that has very little knowledge about their back and overall health can be easily decieved by a marketer trying to sell them a new treatment. Always do your homework beforehand. Also, a doctor/therapist won’t live your life for you, or experience your pain. You may just be another patient in a vast group of patients. A few of our members told me that they had spent hours researching about their spine because doctors simply weren’t helping at all. Each physician had their own varying opinion. You yourself need to know how to take care of your body. This information isn’t locked up in some secret vault that only doctors and surgeons can access. No. There is a bigger than ever pool of information available online and in books. The only barrier between you and that knowledge is a willingness to learn and get educated. You might say, “I don’t have time for this.” All I can say is that you better MAKE time! You’ll thank yourself when you’re 70, living a healthy lifestyle, and not in a hospital. What you do right now will affect your health in the future. Neglect your back now, and you’ll pay for it in a matter of years. Guaranteed.  

Our Story
Maiden Wellness back pain relief center storefront Welcome to my very first blog post! My name is Albert and I am the Co-Founder and Personal Trainer at Maiden Wellness. Throughout our first year of operation, I have found out one very disturbing fact: Almost all of our members and acquaintences came to us not knowing ANYTHING about back health and fitness! Yes, you might say that this is what doctor’s are for. But, I disagree. Every single individual that has a spine and a brain needs to know how to take care of their spine and keep from having back pain. It is one of the most important parts of the body. When we neglect our spine, the rest of our body soon trails behind with it. In light of this fact, I have decided to start a blog that covers the basics of spinal health and overall wellness. My goal is to show that it doesn’t have to take a PhD to take care of your back. Fitness and health doesn’t have to be complicated. It should be simple and easy to understand. And it is.

Trying Chiropractic for Lower back pain & Sciatica

Our journey started 6 years ago, in 2010. My father had been working as a truck driver and had lower back pain and sciatica. The constant sitting and not exercising would cause his spine to tighten up. Fortunately, we had a friend that was a chiropractor and lived in Pennsylvania. We would pay for him to fly to California and adjust my dad’s back, as well as family and friends. The massages and adjustments would give my dad relief from the pain. But, after a couple of weeks, he would lift something heavy or go back to work, and the pain would come back completely. I remember personally giving massages in order to help relieve some pain. We did this for 4 years in a row. The last time our friend came to visit, he said that what my dad needed was to strengthen his spinal muscles. We assumed we could do this at the gym. So, he tried this for a while but to no avail. His back kept hurting, and I tried to keep up with the massages…

My Uncle’s Injury and My First time with the Station

Right around this time, my dad’s brother in Ukraine fell off a roof at work, and injured his back. He had a major compression in his lower back and spent 3 months in the hospital. When he was discharged, he found out about a Professor living in Kiev named Lleonid. This Professor had invented a workout and therapy station to help with back pain and injuries. He started therapy and in about a year, he was back at work, able to bend forward and touch his toes, and his injury had partially healed. Now, of course we had to try this for ourselves. So, we took advantage of the fact that my grandmother had recently received a station. We helped her assemble it and started training with Lleonid over Skype. He would instruct me on how to help her perform the different exercises, and taught me the science behind it. I was surprised by the different exercises and how they made my back feel. One exercise stood out to me in particular: the rib cage and neck massaging exercise. (Those that have tried it will know what I am talking about) When I stood up from that exercise, my back felt like it had gotten a workout, an adjustment, and massage, all at the same time. Now, I didn’t have any back pain at the time, but my upper back was extremely tight from constantly studying and homework in college. Almost all my tightness was gone. I felt more relaxed and like my posture had improved. My dad also noticed a big difference right off the bat. He wanted me to join him in opening up centers in the US with these machines.

Our goals for Maiden Wellness

Even though I liked the idea, I was still very skeptical as to whether this was something that could revolutionize the way people deal with back pain. I decided to give it a shot and get educated by the Professor. I spent weeks over Skype learning about the program and how to work with various back problems and injuries. It will soon be one year since the opening of our first center. (April 21, 2015) I have had the privilege of working with 120+ people. I am still surprised at the results many of our members get, after just 1 session! I think most people would also be surprised if in just one session, a person’s pain goes from an 7/8 level, to a complete 0! It is truly remarkable. We are just getting started and there is much more to come. Our goal is to show that eliminating back pain doesn’t have to be challenging. It doesn’t require numerous fancy machines and gizmos either. It can be done naturally, without medicine or surgery. I truly believe that something can be very simple, and yet so effective. And that is what I have come to realize in just 16 months of working with the station. I hope that you have enjoyed hearing our story and will soon become a part of the Maiden Wellness community.

[trx_quote cite=”https://www.facebook.com/pg/MaidenWellness/reviews/” title=”Tamara Gillespie” top=”medium” left=”huge”]I’ve been working out for one month now. I had a microdiscectomy 2 years ago. My pain has still come and gone, from 1 to 10 it would be about 7 or 8 at times. Now that I work out my pain level has gone down to a 4. I have more energy and I’ve lost 3 pounds. Looking forward to the results in a few months.[/trx_quote]
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