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I just sat down and took one of the most important assessments I keep around in my office- Standard Process Inc.‚Äč Stress Assess Questionnaire. I will be very open with you all and share my results! 

I scored a 44 on the assessment this time around.  The Stress Assess not only gives you an overall window into how high your stress levels are and how it is affecting your health, but also into how you are handling the stress in your life overall. I like to take this questionnaire periodically throughout the year to check-in on my overall stress-response and well-being.  

I want to encourage all of my patients (and non-patients!) to do the same. Take 5-10 minutes to invest in yourself, evaluate yourself and discover how your stress may or may not be affecting you. More often than not, we are surprised by the results. 

Taking this questionnaire also helps me when working with my patients on their health goals.  It helps us both to know how much of a role stress is playing, and what kinds of things we need to evaluate and work on further in our treatment sessions.  

If patients have a high amount of stress in their lives, I tend to incorporate more:

*Adrenal Gland/Endocrine System Testing. I test different adrenal and endocrine related muscles such as the gracilis, sartorius, and calf muscles, the glutes, a rotator cuff muscle, and more. We may work certain reflex points and do particular adjustments to support these organs.

*Mind/Body Techniques such as Neuro-Emotional Technique, Emotional Freedom Technique aka Tapping, emotional reflex points, and more to protect the body from and help with unprocessed emotional complexes.

*Boost Parasympathetic Nervous System and Other Calming Techniques- includes all chiropractic adjustments particularly upper neck and pelvis/hips, pelvic blocking, cranio-sacral therapy, suboccipital release, and more.

*Nutritional Testing- both for foods, chemicals, or deficiencies that may be contributing to increased stress, and possible homeopathic remedies, flower essences, and/or nutritional and herbal supplements that can support a healthier stress response.

Please take the questionnaire below sometime soon (you can blow up the page by opening it in a new window), or you can always request them from me in the office! I keep them right in the treatment room. I look forward to helping all of my patients lead lives less negatively impacted by the inevitable stresses of life on planet earth!

This was a first here at the office with my long-time patient Andrea! Andrea came in a few weeks ago after being forcefully hit directly on top of her head by a falling parking gate as she was walking under it. Major ouch!
Andrea knew what to do and immediately moved her appointment up to the soonest available. I always tell my patients to come in as soon after an injury is sustained as possible!
We have had much to work on with Andrea, but I want to focus on one area we really have worked on a lot-Andrea's cranial (skull) bones, jaw, and neck. While many other areas have needed to be worked on, such as Andrea's hips/pelvis, which are intimately connected to her cranium and neck, as well as emotional/mental recall of the trauma, and more, I am going to highlight our work on Andrea's head and neck area, which took the brunt of the impact.
There were obvious and palpably tender spinal misalignments in Andrea's cervical spine (neck) which we corrected. In addition to this, did you know that chiropractors can adjust the bones of the cranium/skull? This is an often overlooked site of misalignments. Many believe that the skull bones are fixated; however, the sutures of the cranial bones (connection points) do slightly move with our inspiration and expiration, and they can become misaligned or jammed. The cranial bones can also be pulled on by certain muscles, particularly of the jaw and neck. Using our tool of muscle testing, we found a few of these cranial faults to need fixing.
With cranial therapy, which I learned in my Applied Kinesiology courses, the correction involves a slight manual vector of pressure on certain cranial bones while the patient often takes either a breath in or a breath out. We use the breath to help us with the adjustment. Besides head and neck pain and discomfort, guess what else cranial misalignments can cause? Brain issues such as poor memory, concentration, mood swings, faulty vision, and more! This is because of the close relationship of the brain with the cranial bones. Andrea reported vision difficulties when she came in after the accident. These vision difficulties are relieved and she reports sharper vision after her treatments post-accident.
In addition to the cranial bones, we have assessed and treated Andrea's TMJ. This includes intra-oral muscle work. Heads up- this is a no pain, no gain technique! (If you are one of my patients, you likely know this all too well) But it creates a WORLD of difference in the head and neck (and you likely know this as well!).
Andrea's successful recovery from the "Gate Incident" continues! She feels better and better each time we treat her. Pretty soon, it will be a thing of the past :) Without proper treatment post accident, Andrea could have possibly had years of ill affects from this injury.
Thanks Andrea for being an awesome patient and sharing your story! I feel grateful to know this beautiful soul and to be on the health journey with you!

Congratulations to the Washington Nationals on their first ever World Series Championship! Our Game 7 starting pitcher Max Scherzer woke up after Game 1 with severe neck and shoulder spasms and pain. It appears he had a severely irritated nerve. He credits part of his rapid healing process and ability to pitch their series-winning Game 7 to receiving 2 immediate chiropractic sessions. Check it out at the link below!

It was another Webster Wednesday here in the office! My patient Jocelyn is approaching her due date, almost 38 weeks to be exact, and she came in for her holistic chiropractic + Webster technique tune up. She's got another appointment next week just days before her due date as well. 

Jocelyn has chiropractic in the family and understands the importance of getting regular adjustments while pregnant. In fact, regular chiropractic care is vital to normal physiologic function in pregnancy and birth. This past March, I flew out to Vancouver, BC to become Webster certified by one of the most brilliant DC's I've ever learned from, Dr. Jeanne Ohm ICPA-International Chiropractic Pediatric Association

The benefits of prenatal chiropractic care can be summed up in this: POWER, PASSAGE, PASSENGER.

POWER is a result of appropriate nerve supply to all of the muscles, organs, and tissues of the pelvis/hips, resulting in normal muscle tone, optimal organ function, and reduced physical stress. This includes reduction of sympathetic nervous system (stress, fight or flight) and stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system (rest, heal, digest). Chiropractic adjustments eliminate nerve interference and enhance nerve supply to the entire body. 

PASSAGE refers to proper skeletal, particularly hips/pelvis, alignment which decreases tension on the lower part of the uterus and restores normal muscle tone. In this way, it may increase the likelihood of a well positioned, head down baby and decrease likelihood of the breech or other potentially problematic birth positions. 

PASSENGER refers to an excellent physiologic environment for baby in utero. This means greater space and maximal comfort for the baby, allowing he/she to assume the best possible position for birth. 

Thanks to Jocelyn for allowing me to be a part of her health care team on this incredible journey! We can't wait to meet the new arrival!



It's that time of year! The kids are back to school, and many of your children as well as you have already come down with the cold or whatever is going around in your child's class. I came across this article by Wellness Mama all about Back to School Health for Kids, and I wanted to share it with you! I have highlighted some of her tips for a healthy, minimal sick days school year. 

*DIET: First and always foremost, a healthy diet is a huge immune system booster. Unhealthy foods, particularly sugar, cause inflammation and lowered ability to fight off infection. Make sure your child is getting plenty of healthy proteins like eggs, grass fed beef, and wild caught fish, fats like grass-fed butter, avocado and coconut oil, and colorful veggies. Foods that will absolutely kill your child's immune system? Sugar, breads, pastas, pastries and other similar carbs, and dairy products.

*EXERCISE: Wellness Mama has some great ideas for getting your kids off their tablets, phones, and whatever else and being physically active, such as nerf gun fights and dance parties.

*BEING OUTSIDE: Believe it or not, much of the beneficial bacteria in our children's systems comes from playing in the dirt. The sun is also a huge immune system booster. Even though we might not want to venture outside in the winter, make it a point to get out there, perhaps to ice skate, sled, or go on a winter hike.

*SLEEP: Get your kid into a consistent and early bedtime routine. Find ways to help them wind down before bed, such as reading, drinking calming herbal tea, using essential oils, playing a sound machine, and more. Try to avoid night lights as complete darkness is best for natural melatonin production.

*SUPPLEMENTS AND HERBS: Many supplements support immune system, including echinacea, elderberry, vitamin A-C, zinc, vitamin D, and more. We carry wonderful immune system supports by Standard Process Inc. such as Immuplex (whole food multi with immune system focus) and Congaplex (at the first signs of infection). 

Wellness Mama has some EXCELLENT resources available in this article. It is most definitely worth a read, for your child's health but also your own! Read the full article by clicking the link!

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