My patients Adam and Serena both paid me a visit yesterday, and we made it a chiropractic family affair!
Adam comes in for holistic chiropractic treatments every few weeks because he travels weekly for his job. This means he is on flights every week. As Adam knows, travel, particularly flying, while it can be enjoyable, is stressful on the body in different ways. Flying also tends to dehydrate the body, leaving us prone to health issues such as headaches, fatigue, spinal misalignments, and more.
Thanks to Adam for being proactive with his health, and for also bringing in his 3 year old daughter Serena for her tune up! There is no age too young to begin chiropractic. In fact, the sooner the better. We have supported Serena's nervous system and musculoskeletal system during some of the most important years of her life! During the first 6 years of life, we hit important neurological milestones. Chiropractic care aids in optimal development.
Thanks to Adam and Serena, and we look forward to seeing you next time!
Many of my patients have heard me say that chiropractic adjustments and other physical work we do on the body is very stimulating to the brain and nervous system. Well, what does this exactly mean? I've found a picture that will hopefully give you all a nice, clear visual of what that means for your body and for your health!
According to Nobel prize winner Dr. Roger Sperry, 90% of stimulation and input to the brain is generated by movement of the spine. In the below picture, we see the homunculus of the brain. It is the portion of the brain that is responsible for both receiving signals and sending out signals to the various parts of the body. The areas of the body that correspond to the different parts of the homunculus of the brain are shown.
For example, if there is a misalignment in the right foot, input to the brain in the area of the foot from the right foot would be decreased. Decreased input to the brain=not good. When we correct the misalignment in the foot, we restore input to that area of the brain and the brain literally lights up upon the patient receiving the chiropractic adjustment. This then improves brain-body communication in both directions.
As a holistic chiropractor, not only do I check and adjust spinal misalignments, but I also always check the jaw and extremities as well (hands, feet, elbows, etc). If you look at the map of the body on the brain homunculus, you can see what a large portion of it is covered by the head/mouth/haw and feet and hands. This reinforces the importance of checking the entire body, not just the spine, for dysfunction and/or misalignments!
Keep your brain and nervous system functioning at its best with holistic chiropractic kinesiology.
My mentor, Dr. Tim, says this all of the time. This is one of the best examples of why it is necessary to treat the underlying cause of symptoms, rather than cover them up with drugs or other means.
Headaches are a common ailment that people will often take NSAIDs or other pain relieving medicine for. These drugs come with a slew of side effects including increased liver toxicity, kidney stress, increased risk for internal bleeding especially stomach and gastrointestinal bleeding, and more.
Headaches of all kinds, including tension headaches and migraines both, cluster headaches, and more, are signals that something in the body is not right. On the contrary, thank your body for letting you know with this symptom that something needs to be corrected and improved health-wise.
Among the most common causes of headaches are the following:
* Neck or other spinal misalignments causing neuro-musculo-skeletal pain and tension
*Postural tension and computer/phone-related eye strain
*Acupuncture meridian imbalances
*Food sensitivities and chemical intolerances including gluten, dairy, corn, soy, and sugar along with artificial sweeteners, MSG and other food additives, and more
*Mental/emotional stress and anxiety
With Applied Kinesiology muscle testing, we can often determine the underlying cause or causes (often it's a cocktail of factors) of the headaches or migraines, and treat them holistically with chiropractic adjustments, organ system and acupuncture meridian therapy, reflex point work, mind-body techniques, identification of food/chemical intolerances with vials and AK muscle testing, homeopathic/herbal/supplemental support, appropriate dietary and lifestyle changes, and more.
Don't simply turn off the fire alarm when the house is on fire. Find where the fire is, and do something to put it out! (aka holistic chiropractic kinesiology )
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