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This beautiful week after the July 4th holiday, I am taking some time to sit down and share something I learned and liked at the recent ICAK International Meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Dr. Eric Pierotti presented on nerve entrapment, particularly in the groin area. Nerve entrapments, in short, occur when a nerve gets constricted, compressed, or distorted. This can cause sharp, burning, or tingling pain, cramping, difficulty walking, muscle weakness, and more. 

I appreciate that within the world of Applied Kinesiology, we learn the various many possible causes of pain and symptoms. We are not limited to simply assessing and treating spinal joint pain, but also ligaments, nerves, discs, organs, and more. In this case with Dr. Pierotti, we learned how nerve lesions can cause pain, how to asses for this, and how to treat it.

Many of my patients present with complaints about their lower back, hips and/or legs. Dr. Pierotti taught us how to check for inguinal canal (groin area on each side) nerve entrapment in this area. As usual, the assessment involves certain muscles that will muscle test weak if the nerves/vessels running through this canal are in fact compromised, as well as certain orthopedic tests to see if pain or clicking in the area is produced.

Dr. Pierotti then taught us how to treat this condition, which involves manual work to the ligament in this area. Now, not only can I asses for spinal misalignments in the hips/low back/lower extremities, I can asses and treat possible nerve compression in this area as well, which may very well be contributing to the pain that people experience in the lower body.

Thanks to Dr. Pierotti for sharing his wisdom, and thanks to my patients, family and friends for reading!

 

Crabby mood lately? Crabby mood always? Bad day? Chiropractic can help.
In July 2017, the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research found that 76% of patients undergoing chiropractic care reported an improvement in their mental/emotional health.
One of the major benefits of chiropractic care is improved mental/emotional health.
First of all, an obvious benefit of chiropractic that can contribute to better mood is decreased pain.
Beyond this, chiropractic positively influences the nervous system to help regulate mood. In this way, chiropractic also affects our body chemistry and aids the body in balancing and regulating mood-influencing hormones and neurotransmitters.
A patients response to chiropractic can include feeling more relaxed, calm, and able to sleep better. On the flip side, patients also often feel more energized and able to function both mentally and physically at a higher level when they need to be.
I guesstimate that I hear well over half of my patients report to me that their mood is better after a treatment and that overall they just "feel so much better". This is not just limited to physically, but mentally/emotionally as well!
 
 

There's good reasons why I ask my patients to walk- both in the middle of a treatment and/or at the end of a treatment (up and down our runway, the hallway), and after the treatment, when they get home or later in the day!

I often ask my patients to walk in the middle of a session, after we have made a few corrections, and then again at the end of the session. I do this for the reasons listed in this infographic below, such as letting the adjustments "settle in", increasing neurological input from joint motion to the brain, allowing certain muscles to relax, and more. 

I also do this to watch my patients gait and posture as they walk, so I can identify any further corrections I need to make, or gain insights into what else we need to work on in the treatment session. 

I also check in with my patients during the walking, to see if anything feels off to the patient, if anything is jumping out at them, or if the pain has moved/resolved, etc. My patients and I always work as a team to complete the treatment.

I also commonly tell my patients not to work out the day of and/or for a few days after the treatment, but to go for a walk that evening or do a lot of walking over the next few days. This is for the reasons listed in the infographic below as well! One of the best things that you can do after a chiropractic adjustment, is go walking. Use it as an opportunity to get outside, and to support and help your body in its healing process.

We're back at it at the office after our Scotland trip/conference and this time I'm with my patient Caralyn!
This past February, Caralyn had a scheduled surgery followed by an emergency surgery in her left upper body. Not only did Caralyn receive regular chiropractic kinesiology treatments before her scheduled surgery, but she also came back in to the office as soon as she was able to after the surgeries to have holistic chiropractic care included in her post-operative care.
Research, including in the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, has shown that chiropractic care before and after surgery: lowers hospitalization time, increases speed of recovery, reduces pain levels significantly, increase lung volume following surgery, facilitates recovery of functional ability, and improves cardiac function, among many other benefits.
I treated Caralyn just as I would any patient, checking a few extra things considering she had just had the surgery done, in particular a technique called injury recall to aid the body in processing major injury/trauma/surgery, the alignment and strength of neck, upper back, and left extremity especially, presence of any scar tissue, electromagnetic interferences, nutritional supplement supports, and more.
A few months later, Caralyn is well on her way to feeling and functioning at optimal again. She's dedicated to healing herself in all ways and has been wonderful to work with. Thanks to my amazing patient Caralyn for sharing these photos and your story with us!
 

This past weekend, I attended an Applied Kinesiology annual meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland.
I learned some great new things and met some great new docs, and I'll be sharing some of what I learned in the weeks to come with various informational posts. 
I miss all of my patients very much though! We truly look forward to seeing everyone back in the office on June 16th, our first day back! Until we are back in the office, I will not have any phone or voicemail access. The best way to contact us in this time is via email. We will reply as soon as we are able. Thank you!

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