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By [email protected]
June 11, 2017
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I've been very impressed recently with the success my patients and I have had in managing this spring's difficult allergy season! This allergy season was a rough one, and I am excited to say it seems to be one of the most successful we've had in treating allergies naturally here in the office.

If you check out the short article below, the author mentions the many negative side effects of allergy medications. Providing patient's with holistic treatment and natural remedies to address their allergies has resulted in many of my patients throwing out their medications entirely, or at least reducing their usage of them, both of which are excellent. 

From a holistic healthcare perspective, allergies are caused by a number of factors. In short, allergies are a result of the nervous system overreacting to things (environmental or food) that it should not be. Allergies are also highly related to poor adrenal, liver, stomach, and immune system function. Lastly, allergies occur when the body has a poor anti-inflammatory response, so anything that contributes to inflammation in the body, particularly a poor diet high in allergenic foods like wheat, dairy, corn, and soy, high sugar intake, lack of hydration, chemical exposure, and more, will drastically increase allergy symptoms.

So how do we address allergies holistically? Firstly, holistic chiropractic treatments alone can significantly alleviate allergy symptoms. Because chiropractic is calming to the nervous system (boosts parasympathetic- the rest and digest- part of the nervous system), treatments help to calm nervous system overactivity. Chiropractic adjustments also boost the immune system, allowing it to identify and attack what should be attacked, and not what shouldn't be (pollen, grass, dust, etc). I check organ and gland function on every patient at every visit with various tests, including the adrenal glands, liver, stomach, and more. If any organ insufficiency is found, we will address this both during treatment and possibly with supplement support. I also use muscle testing at each visit to determine food sensitivities that are present, so that the patient can then know what to avoid to lessen their inflammatory load and better support their body.

Lastly, I have been super impressed with Standard Process Inc. allergy support supplements. Many of my patients this season threw out their meds altogether after beginning some of Standard Process' products, including Antronex and Allerplex. Antronex is a natural histamine blotter. Unlike allergy medications, it doesn't force the body to stop producing histamine, but rather it soaks up excess histamine from the bloodstream and aids in transporting it out to the body. This means that we can work on building a healthy immune system response in the body without interference from a drug, while the natural supplement products can offer symptomatic relief and aid in boosting liver and immune system function.

No matter how long you've suffered from allergies, it is not normal to have an excessive allergy response. There is a way to address allergies and treat the root cause! Wouldn't you like to listen to what your body is trying to tell you, and fix the root cause? 

A big thanks to all of my patients who I worked with this season to address their allergy issues holistically! Again I am still just blown away at the power of holistic healthcare.

 
By [email protected]
June 06, 2017
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This is always a wonderful way to start the day.

This morning I adjusted 1.5 week old baby Felix before treating his mom Jenn. I treated Jenn before and throughout her entire pregnancy, so finally meeting this little guy and even more so adjusting him was awesome!

Jenn was smart to bring him in as soon as possible. Most babies first misalignments occur during the birth process. These spinal misalignments can lead to colic, digestive issues, allergies, sleep issues, breastfeeding problems, and more.

The adjustments that I give to infants are very gentle. I gently align the spinal and cranial bones for optimal nervous system, immune system, and musculoskeletal system functioning. 

Jenn was also smart to come in as soon as she was able to after delivering Felix. She wanted to support her body's optimal recovery.

Thanks for making it a great start to the day Jenn and Felix!

 

By [email protected]
June 04, 2017
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Here are some shots of me wrapping up Friday last week with another awesome patient, Patrick! 

Patrick is a muscle activation therapist (MAT) and fitness buff. That being said, he is very active and demands a lot out of his body. He comes in for regular sessions to keep his body supported. I am happy to say I've had him work on me as well and he's fantastic. (www.furieusfitness.com)

One incredibly common complaint among patients that come in is lower back pain, so I thought I'd share some shots from my treatment with Patrick to explain one common finding/approach to lower back pain or stiffness.

Oftentimes, patients feel that their lower back is very restricted and tight, and the back extensor muscles are tight. Over time these over contracted back muscles can even lead to disc pinching and injury. 

Many current treatment modalities and approaches focus on releasing those tight back muscles. However, with our tool of Applied Kinesiology muscle testing, we know that in the majority of cases, tight muscles are actually caused by WEAK muscles in another area of the body. If the weak muscles are not facilitated, the tight muscles will return time and time again. In many lower back pain cases, those weak muscles are the abdominals.

The abdominal muscles are often both shut off (neurologically not firing) and are functionally weak (haven't been exercised well), for many reasons including misalignments in the spine, poor posture, lack of good exercise, even misalignment cranium (skull) bones, etc, but did you know that these muscles are actually related to the small intestine organ?

This means that poor diet, food sensitivities, nutritional deficiencies, and intestinal inflammation or disease can cause chronically inhibited abdominal muscles. This leads to chronically tight lower back muscles. 

This is one of THE major reasons that people experience chronic lower back pain! This is why it's important to find a practitioner who takes a holistic approach to musculoskeletal pain. With my patients, I not only check their spinal alignment and muscular functioning, but I also check their intestinal valves and GI organs for any necessary treatment. I work on the intestinal system both during the treatment, and afterwards by giving the patient any necessary supplements to support GI health, identifying food sensitivities that they need to avoid, and more. 

This holistic and comprehensive approach to lower back pain often results in longer lasting and resolution of lower back pain at its core.

Thanks Patrick for coming in and being proactive about your health. I look forward to seeing everyone in the office tomorrow Monday!

 

By [email protected]
May 22, 2017
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It's that time of year again! I am way overdue for my 21 Day Standard Process Purification Program aka The Cleanse! 

Today was Day 1 of my 21 day cleanse. The Standard Process Purification Program helps the body to purify and rebuild itself from the inside out. It is also great for weight loss/management.

Purification, aka detoxification, helps us to remove toxins from the body. Everyday, we are exposed to toxins, including pollutants, heavy metals, pesticides and herbicides, chemicals found in hygiene products and cleaning products, trans fats, preservatives, additives, pharmaceutical drugs, free radicals, and more. In fact, there are over 80,000 registered chemicals under the CDC.

Although our body is designed to detoxify itself, we can become overburdened with toxins in this modern society, and our body needs the stronger purification support every so often.

Signs and symptoms that you might be toxic? Headaches, fatigue, stuffy head, insomnia, indigestion, food cravings, weight gain, reduced libido, skin problems, joint pain, and more.

This particular cleanse is one of my favorites. It supports the body's major organ systems with organic whole food based vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients found naturally in whole foods.  

If you or anyone you know might be interested in doing this cleanse, please feel free to contact me with your questions and inquiries! The cleanse consists of 2-3 shakes a day with shake mix, cleanse capsules, fiber, and green food capsules.

Last but not least, importantly- not everyone is in the right place health-wise to do a cleanse. I examine my patients using muscle testing and other techniques, to determine if they could benefit from a cleanse program or not. It is best to do any cleanse under the guidance of a health care professional.

Day 1 has been an overall success, with moderate tiredness. A big challenge for me will be cutting out coffee cold turkey, which I already managed to do today. My caffeine addiction was one reason I knew I needed to do this cleanse. I will keep you all posted on my progress!

 
 
 
 
By [email protected]
May 14, 2017
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Happy Mothers Day from Dr. Amanda and Janice at Synergy Chiropractic!

I am so lucky and blessed to have my mother working as my office manager and receptionist! Most days, you will walk in to the office for your treatment and see her smiling face greeting you. 

Thanks to my mom Janice for being an amazing and important part of Synergy Chiropractic. I really couldn't do it without her! And a big thanks to all of the mothers out there. We so appreciate all of your dedication, love, and hard work! We will see you in the office this week!

 

 

 





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