This week, my super cool, amazing patient Shannon and I are sharing with you some of her experiences with chiropractic! Rather than do a post on something specific, I decided to let her give you her top 3 reasons why she chooses to get regular holistic chiropractic care. She sent me her top 3, and here they are, straight from Shannon herself!
1. I was experiencing a lot of discomfort in my stomach and upper back and I’ve been to numerous doctors and tried their recommendations, had a few invasive procedures or tests, all results come back negative or normal, none of which have helped the way the holistic approach has and along with adjustments and remedies, just going there to talk is helpful in itself too. You’re (Dr. Amanda) like an older sister who knows what’s wrong with my body better than I do, so I stick around and continue going. It also helps you’re cool.
2. Emotional stress, conscious and subconscious, can apparently be relieved with a crack of the neck. I’ve felt a whole lot more calm and leave feeling more aligned in my body and in my head.
3. They say the chiropractor is addictive because of how well you feel afterwards and how the results are better than going to a mainstream doctor sometimes and I would 100% agree. I'm a little addicted.
Thanks to Shannon and to all of my patients for making it pure joy to come into "work" everyday!
Dr. Mercola's emails this past week included one titled "What You Need to Know About Your Fascia"
The fascial system is one that has received a lot more attention and buzz recently in the health world. Luckily, I've learned about fascia and how to asses and treat it in my Applied Kinesiology courses. As usual, Applied Kinesiology has taken the important fascial system into account and incorporated it into the wonderful technique of AK!
The fascial system is a large sheet of connective tissue, mostly made of collagen, that lies just under the skin and surrounds individual muscles and organs. It is important for muscles and for muscle firing that fascia to be functioning properly. Sometimes, fascia can become tight or develop "trigger points" or knots in the fascia. This can happen for a number of reasons, often due to an injury or postural/repetitive stress. When fascia is not functioning correctly, it negatively affects the muscle. This means that fascia is significant to check in any case of neck or back pain.
With muscle testing, I can identify if a certain muscle needs a fascial release or, resetting. We simply quick stretch the muscle, and then retest for any weakness brought on with the stretch. If the muscle then weakens, it means that the fascia is involved and needs to be treated. I treat the fascia with a "flushing" motion over the muscle. I then retest the muscle to make sure that the fascia is corrected and the muscle is firing appropriately again. Easy! Yet so important and so overlooked. I could do chiropractic adjustments and other work all day, but if I don't check the fascial system, I could miss a huge part of my patient's pain contributors.
Check out the below free documentary on YouTube if you're interested in learning more!
Scar tissue and fibrous adhesions in the body have come onto the radar more in the health field as we discover the disruptions that they cause throughout the body and to our overall health.
Scar tissue forms when collagen fibers are laid down over an injury/surgery site. The problem is this tissue is often laid down in a random, mismatched pattern. The body must break down the scar tissue and realign it properly again over time. When this does not happen and scar tissue remains dysfunctional, it negatively affects local muscles, joints, nerves, and organs. It has also recently been discovered that scar tissue disrupts the flow of energy along the meridians (energy channels) in the body. Think of scar tissue as roadblocks in the body.
Mona came to me with many postpartum symptoms after giving birth to her son. One of her complaints was her C-section scar. She was experiencing lower back pain, pelvic discomfort, numbness and itching in the area of the scar, and a pulling/straining sensation in her abdomen near the scar. I felt that the scar tissue was contributing to all of these symptoms, and other health issues she was experiencing, and thus needed to be treated.
Thank goodness for Applied Kinesiology, because through AK I had learned how to asses scar tissue with neurologic muscle testing, and then treat the dysfunctional adhesions that I found. With muscle testing, I can identify the exact direction of tugging that the scar tissue needs to be corrected with. I used an Arnica cream to assist my scar tissue treatment. I also used Mona's breathing to help treat the scar tissue. I would manually pull the tissue while Mona took a breath in. Incorporating breathing into the treatment of the scar tissue helps it be even more effective. We of course incorporated other treatment modalities as well including chiropractic adjustments, reflex points, and more.
Mona experienced immediate relief of her scar symptoms. Currently, she states that she has experienced 75-80% resolution of her C-section scar tissue, which had been present for 6 months since she had given birth. We continue to work on it in the office with regular treatments. Mona also used a homeopathic spray that aids in breaking up scar tissue internally as well! I have to mention this NET product because it has helped SO MANY of my patients with scar tissue/old injury symptoms. It is called Scars-Adhesions, is an oral spray, and works wonders on releasing scar tissue from the inside.
Thanks Mona for being such a wonderful patient and sharing your story with us on such an important topic!
This post is inspired by another great presentation I attended while at the International College of Applied Kinesiology meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland two months ago.
Dr. Patrich Wennergren, DC, DIBAK, presented The Clinical Neurology of Affirmations- an Applied Kinesiology approach to the use of clinical affirmations in daily practice.
I loved this presentation because I know the incredible power that our thoughts, words, and emotions have and the influences that they make on our bodies. Dr. Wennergren taught us about this mind-body connection, and then showed us how we can use muscle testing to find appropriate, positive affirmations for each of our patients to aid in their healing.
Neuroplasticity is the basis for how our thoughts affect our physical body. Neuroplasticity is essentially the ability of the brain and nervous system to change throughout our lives based on behaviors, environment, or, in this case, thoughts.
According to Dr. Wennergren, about 80% of our thoughts are negative. This can have profound affects on our health, because our nervous system is responding to every stimuli to the body, including our thoughts. Thoughts create new neural pathways, and these can either be health-damaging, or health-promoting.
So what do we do about these negative thoughts that we will undoubtedly encounter? We use our tool of muscle testing to determine a positive declaration, better known as an affirmation, that the patient can state, either quietly to themselves, verbally, or written. This simply takes a few minutes of time for the doctor and patient to work together as a team to determine what that statement is. It is different for every patient depending on what they are dealing with.
Below, I have attached photos of some great affirmations that I have found, so that you can begin using them right away. Whenever that negative thought creeps into your mind, use one of these affirmations to change your course of thinking. Or, muscle test your positive affirmation with me at your next visit!
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!
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