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I recently had the opportunity to check out one of the most innovative and cutting edge museums I have ever been to with my friend Hungry Hungry Hanley. It is called Artechouse, where art + technology meet, in Washington, DC! I was especially psyched because the current featured exhibit is called Life of a Neuron, and it's all about telling the story of life at a cellular level.
According to Artechouse, "Life of a Neuron brings artists and scientists together for a groundbreaking collaboration to explore how the brain shapes the shared human experience. Through collaboration with Society for Neuroscience and the world's leading scientists and creatives, this immersive exhibit will allow us to experience a neuron from pre-birth to death."
I am constantly explaining to my patients the positive impact that chiropractic manipulation has on the brain. Chiropractic functional neurology helps us to understand that chiropractic adjustments not only free up impingements on spinal nerves, but they also stimulate the brain in an amazing way by increasing all kinds of signaling to the brain. Often these signals are via mechanoreceptors, which relay changes in mechanics via, yes, neurons.
It was so amazing to see these neurons come to life in the massive lobby/main exhibit room. In a video that played on a loop, we got to see up-close-and-personal everything from the birth to the death of a neuron. It was like we were inside the microscope. Artechouse had an awesome bar to enjoy some neurology themed drinks at while you watched the giant display. We watched the loop probably about 7 or 8 times! It was beyond fascinating.
As always, I totally geeked out at the exhibit and left feeling very reminded that I am so passionate about what I do, and that that is an incredible thing. Thank you all!
 
Recently I became one lucky chiropractor when I began working with intuitive, medium, and certified Reiki Master Eva Brooks. Eva paid me a visit in my office for a treatment recently as well.
The techniques utilized at Synergy Chiropractic, such as muscle testing, reflex point work, chiropractic adjustments, energetic and mind-body techniques, and nutritional testing, pair wonderfully (synergistically in fact!) with the healing modality of reiki. Both reiki sessions and the sessions at Synergy Chiropractic can help to align mental/emotional, biochemical, and structural health. Where I find reiki to really shine is in not only the mental/emotional realm but in our spiritual health.
I have had two sessions with Eva, one by myself, and one with my new dog Elodie. Both sessions were virtual, and I still found such incredible benefit. No different than being in person. After I laid back for an hour during session one and let Eva do her thing, I experienced major positive life shifts and was floating on cloud 9. I have continued to manifest wonderful things in my life such as my new dog! During session 2, Eva helped calm and balance Elodie's energy and even gave me insight into some emotions she was experiencing as well as some physical ailments she was possibly experiencing. It has been invaluable information, and Eva only charges $60/hour as she wants to make this service accessible to everyone.
If you want to check out Eva and her services, visit her at
I just LOVE the realm of holistic healing! The possibilities for our optimal health and wellness are endless. I am proud to be a holistic health practitioner, and I am glad to have Eva on my team as well.
 
 
 
I had a double treat last week when I had siblings Joe and Elissa come in for treatments back-to-back! It was Joe's birthday, and he decided to schedule himself a birthday treatment in my office (so fun, birthday treatments are the best). His sister Elissa, who happened to have a session just before him, decided she would surprise him by sticking around after her treatment to say a hello and happy birthday to her brother! I captured the moment in a photo.
I absolutely love moments like these in the office. I also love treating family. I would say almost half of my patients have family that also come in-wow! Sometimes, I treat entire families in office. It's a pleasure and an honor to be family health practitioner and to be able to work with entire families, from babies to grandparents and everyone in between!
Happy Birthday to Joe, and thanks to Elissa for making it special with me!
 

This is the perfect infographic to explain "Inflammation"!

Many times, in the office, I tell my patients that I am suspecting and/or detecting inflammation, whether it be localized to a certain joint, organ, etc., or be it systemic, meaning there's inflammation present throughout the entire body.  Often, my patients ask me what inflammation is. Inflammation is essentially a series of chemical processes that trigger our immune system to protect the body from things that harm it.  In this attempt by the body to heal itself, damage can be done, and pain, swelling, and other symptoms can result. 

Inflammation, while well-intended, can interfere greatly with our health. It can negatively affect our ability to heal and function at our best. It can even interfere with chiropractic manipulation, as inflammation in joints can negatively impact their ability to be adjusted, and heal. 

So what are the main causes of inflammation? Read on below to find out what they are. *I would add to this list: physical injuries, as well!*

Hopefully, well-equipped with this information and knowledge, you can begin to reduce your body's inflammatory load! 

Dr Hyman Mark thank you for this.

 

I'd like you to meet my patient, friend, and coolest minister around, Rev Ogun Holder!
 
I initially met Rev Ogun, who I've known for almost a decade now, when I stumbled upon Unity Church, where he was an ordained minister. We clicked and became quick friends, and very soon afterwards he also began coming to see me as a patient.
 
Ogun has incorporated eastern medicine and chiropractic into his wellness routine for years. I have always felt that there is a spiritual component and level to the holistic chiropractic treatments done here in the office. Yes, I am going there. Spirituality can be generally defined as a persons search for the sacred meaning and purpose of life. Sometimes, when we are so off center, this can become difficult. I find that the treatments done here at Synergy, both literally and figuratively, help people to come back to their center, which can help them better connect with life and what it has to offer.
 
I will let Ogun describe why he chooses regular chiropractic care with me. Here it is in his words!
 
"One of my favorite sayings is, "Prevention is better than cure." Chiropractic care has been part of my health maintenance and self-care regiment for decades. I'm sure it's no coincidence I'm rarely ill. What I love about working with Dr Amanda most of all though, is her ability to find the emotions that have embedded themselves in my body through her well-practiced Applied Kinesiology techniques. We store the emotions of unresolved traumas in our bodies. Left untreated they can lead to more serious illnesses. More often than not, her treatments lead me to deeper inquiry around issues I didn't even know I was holding on to. As a spiritual teacher, I'm grateful to have a healer like her in my life. She helps keep me in good physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual shape."
 
Rev Ogun is currently also the co-founder of Project_SANCTUS, "a safe, brave, online space to discover and be our Holiest self, and in so doing, together, create a world of equanimity, justice and love for all." Feel free to check it out if you are so drawn!
 
Thanks Rev!
 




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