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This past weekend, I attended yet another amazing Tim Talks seminar put on by my mentor Dr. Tim Francis in Las Vegas.

This was my third Tim Talks and the material blew me away! I not only got to see my mentor demonstrate the work on all of my colleagues, he also worked on me. I am feeling great, recharged and like brand new, and ready to get back into the office tomorrow with all of this new work!

One of the focuses of the weekend was really getting deep to the root of what is behind bodily weaknesses and spinal misalignments, not only the physical causes, but the biochemical and mental/emotional/spiritual causes as well. 

One of the biggest challenges in practice is figuring out how to get treatments or adjustments to "hold" once we exit the office and are thrown back out into the real world and the stresses of our lives. This work seeks to really get to the root issues to help the treatments hold more permanently. 

I look forward to seeing all of my patients back in the office tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov 7th. We've missed you!

 

 

 

 
Today I want to talk flower power- using flower essences in holistic chiropractic treatments.
I have used a variety of flower essences in my practice for years now, and there are so many good ones out there! These include Bach remedies, FlorAlive, and my recent fave is Essence Alchemy. I am giving them a little plug today and also giving them their due credit in helping me to explain flower essences and their uses! Check out their website for more info on these amazing remedies.
Flower essences are made by combining different wild flowers with spring water and a little bit of alcohol as a preservative.
Each different flower remedy contains specific healing properties, particularly in relation to negative emotions including fear, anxiety, worry, hopelessness, depression, pain, guilt, and so on. These emotions, when unprocessed and stagnant in our system, create physical problems and pain along with their emotional repercussions.
The flower essences assist in healing and processing these unprocessed emotions in the body. We have talked about and even seen research proving the mind-body connection, but what do we do about that? This is one of the many ways that the mind-body connection can be addressed.
We use manual muscle testing as always to identify the unprocessed emotions and to determine what type of treatment, flower essences included, is applicable.
I would not truly be a holistic practitioner unless I looked at all sides of the health triangle- physical structure, biochemistry, AND mental/emotional health!
 
I often get asked if someone who has sustained a concussion should seek chiropractic care, and the answer is: Absolutely YES!
Once a patient has been cleared of any life-threatening injury, holistic chiropractic care is one of the most effective and beneficial treatments for someone who has sustained a traumatic brain injury.
Traumatic brain injury includes concussion, brain bruising, brain bleeding, and other forms of brain injury. Repeated brain injury, as seen in athletes or military, for example, can lead to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, a progressive degenerative disease that affects the brain.
Brain injuries can happen at any time, starting from birth. They can lead to or contribute to headaches, dizziness, nausea/GI issues, anxiety, depression, mental decline, functional disabilities, and learning disabilities (particularly in children).
I tackle brain injuries in my patients from various angles ( I am a holistic chiropractor, after all!). First of all is structure. Often, brain injuries result in spinal misalignments, particularly at the skull/neck junction. If left untreated, this can allow post-concussive symptoms to continue or worsen. The cranial bones must also be assessed, as well as soft tissue structures such as ligaments and muscles, which all may be likely affected and need manual treatment via chiropractic adjustment and soft tissue work. I also perform certain techniques to reduce swelling and increase cerebrospinal fluid, lymphatic (waste drainage), and blood flow throughout the brain and body.
Traumatic brain injury also results in a cascade of waste products in the body from damaged brain tissue. It is the body's job to clear the waste products. However, if the body is lacking in nutrients to efficiently clean up the waste products, the damage will not be eliminated and full healing will not occur. I muscle test my patients to determine if they need nutritional supplemental support of any kind, including omegas, brain tissue extracts, arnica or other homeopathics, turmeric, RNA, and more. Also, it is essential to eliminate foods from the diet which are pro-inflammatory, including sugars, grains, caffeine, alcohol, dairy, and more.
I believe that patients who have suffered traumatic brain injury and seek holistic chiropractic care afterwards (the sooner the better!) have much better outcomes than those who do not. Hopefully this post helps to raise awareness that those who have suffered brain injuries should consider chiropractic care as one of their first lines of treatment!
 
I'm super excited today to share my patient Antonio's happy success story with everyone!
Antonio began seeing me at the end of May of this year with severe gout and pain due to gout in both feet and big toes, arthritis in both knees, and pain throughout his entire body including his neck, entire back, and hips.
After just one treatment, all pain throughout his body was gone except for the pain due to the gout in his feet and right knee. After just 4 more treatments, Antonio now reports that he feels almost no pain throughout his entire body, including in his feet due to gout. He has some mild pain walking up the stairs in his right knee, which we continue to work on, but that's it.
It almost brought me to tears to know how much less pain Antonio is now in. He has experienced significant relief even from his gout, which can be thought of as a difficult condition to treat....not with chiropractic kinesiology!
Using applied kinesiology and chiropractic, we tackled Antonio's issues and particularly his gout from many different angles. I performed not only musculoskeletal treatments including chiropractic manipulations and soft tissue work on all affected areas, but we also addressed the gout internally.
Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis that occurs when the body does not properly metabolize uric acid. Uric acid can be found in different foods, mostly meats, beans, and alcohol. Uric acid is metabolized through the liver and kidneys, so we looked extensively at the function of Antonio's liver, gall bladder, and kidneys. We also worked on the intestinal system as a toxic GI system often overburdens the liver. We gave Antonio dietary guidelines as well as nutritional supplements to support his liver and kidneys, which he was diligent in taking. These supplements were key as they supported the rebuilding and optimal functioning of his liver and kidneys. Lastly, we even worked on some emotions related to these organs. With holistic chiropractic, we address ALL contributing causes to any condition.
5 visits later and 4.5 months in total, Antonio is almost completely pain-free and his gout is resolving after years of suffering from this condition.
Thanks to Antonio for sharing his story, and Happy Friday everyone!
 

Happy October, which is National Chiropractic Health Month! We look forward to seeing all of our patients this week to kick off the month!

**Want to Understand Chiropractic?"

Your Body is under the control of the brain and nervous system as long as you are alive.

Your brain is protected by your skull, and your spinal cord is protected by the spinal column. 

Spinal bones move out of normal alignment and interrupt your normal nerve flow.

The disruption of normal nerve is referred to as a vertebral subluxation.

It is vital to know that subluxations can be silent; causing problems long before symptoms occur.

Chiropractors find subluxations, and by performing a spinal adjustment, facilitate a return of normal nerve supply.

Normal nerve supply results in a greater expression of LIFE for you!

Based on an article by Robert Crystal, DC

 





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