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I've got more great info for you all today thanks to the help of my fantastic patient Christina! We took some time out after her treatment yesterday to take some photos to demonstrate another great technique I use with patients- pelvic blocking from Sacro-Occipital Technique.

Pelvic blocking addresses pelvic/hip misalignments that can lead to a wide range of dysfunction and symptomatic problems including hip/pelvis/lower back/knee problems, hormonal issues, ovary/testicular pain, shoulder problems, cranial (skull) problems, headaches, a general feeling of tension in the body, and more. 

The hips/pelvis complex affects the entire body and is so important for overall body function. For example, anyone with upper body complaints should always have their hips/pelvis checked as well. Everything is so intricately connected. Specifically, the pelvis is connected to the neck and upper back by way of something called the dura mater, which is the membrane enveloping the brain and spinal cord.

I asses the need for any pelvic blocking during the treatment using my tool of Applied Kinesiology muscle testing, which is highly reliable and an amazing tool!

Pelvic blocking works differently from high velocity manual adjustments. Pelvic blocking is a way to balance the lower back/hips with a slow, gentle method that treats and relaxes the muscles/ligaments naturally. Both higher force and lower force adjustive techniques have a place and together are a powerful combination.

Thanks to Christina for being such a wonderful patient. She's always smiling and ready for whatever the treatment brings her. Christina is also a registered nurse and so brings a lot of her own knowledge and insights to the treatments as well! Thank you Christina for being an awesome teammate with me on your optimal health journey!

 

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Lately my patients have been asking me about something that most people wouldn't think to ask their chiropractor about: Vision. When they tell me about their vision or eye problems, they usually preface it with "I don't know if you can do anything for this, but...."
I am SO glad that my patients are starting to ask me about improving their vision or any vision/eye related problems as they are seeing that, as a holistic chiropractor, I work on much more than just aches, pains, and the spine!
There are actually MANY things that can be done in a holistic chiropractic visit to improve eye-related concerns.
This is all that can affect the eyes/vision and what I check whenever a patient mentions their eyes:
*I correct all spinal misalignments, particularly in the neck and in the cranium (skull bones), as these bones particularly affect the nerves to the eyes.
*I check the small intrinsic muscles and ligaments of the neck and the relationship between the occiput (base of skull) and atlas bones through a procedure called "Rocker Motion".
*I check the TMJ, which greatly affects the eyes and also allows for waste drainage from the eyes. Fluid build up in the eye often leads to the common health condition of Glaucoma.
*I check the muscles supporting the neck and head.
*I check the actual position of the eye in the orbit and work on small eye muscles if necessary to change eye position.
*I always check for dietary sensitivities that could be weakening the body including the eyes and vision. I muscle test for the need of any nutrients crucial to eye health including vitamins D, B12, vit A, C, E, lutein, zinc, and others.
*I incorporate procedures from Total Body Modification to address vision as well.
*I incorporate Neuro Emotional Technique for any mental/emotional stressors affecting the body.
This is a great example of why you should ask your holistic chiropractor about any and all health concerns that you have! When we combine not only musculoskeletal treatment, but also biochemical and emotional treatments as well, we can affect the body in much broader ways!
 
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I wanted to share some really awesome information that I was reading up on while studying my Applied Kinesiology tonight! Did you know that every tooth is related to a certain muscle/organ/emotion?
This means that changes in teeth can cause nervous system/health problems, and vice versa.
For example, someone with a sugar handling problem can develop latissimus muscle weakness, as the lat muscle is related to the pancreas, and this can then affect the lower 1st molar tooth in a negative way. Inversely, any dental problem with the lower 1st molar can eventually contribute to sugar handling problems.
This is also why it is so important to check cranial/jaw/teeth alignment with any patient in the office since occlusion (contact) of the teeth, and possible misalignment and uneven forces through the teeth/jaw can affect the entire body.
The point of sharing this is that to make the amazing point that everything in the body is SO connected. This is crucial to remember when evaluating a patient from a holistic health care prospective. If a patient comes in to the office with lower back pain, I want to assess and treat the entire body, not just the lower back area. To focus only on the area of pain is a commonly made mistake amongst practitioners. Thankfully, my mentors have always taught me to look at the person as a whole, for deeper and more permanent corrections and treatments!
 
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I just spent a wonderful and incredibly informative and enlightening 4 days at the International College of Applied Kinesiology Annual Meeting in Pentagon City! 

I listened to some of the masters in my field of Applied Kinesiology present on many different subjects including functional muscle testing, TMJ, cranial nerve dysfunction, neurointerlink, small intestinal health, vagus nerve dysfunction, obesity, AK shortcuts, the body's barrier systems including blood-brain barrier, and more.

It was so great to see all of my amazingly talented colleagues/friends, many of whom I only see at these conferences throughout the years. As usual, I am leaving the conference and the weekend feeling so motivated and ready to use some new techniques back at work! 

I look forward to seeing all of my patients back in the office this Tuesday!

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July 20, 2017
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When you go for your milk this morning, chose a cow dairy alternative! I personally like coconut milk, and even recently tried macadamia nut milk, which was delicious. In this photo you can see all of the reasons to avoid cow dairy, and to try some alternatives! 

I use muscle testing to test all of my patients for their specific food sensitivities, including especially wheat, corn, dairy, soy, nuts, eggs, and sugars. Often times, my patients muscle test weak for dairy (this doesn't include butter, which contains little to no dairy proteins).

Cow dairy is rough on the genitourinary system, and also tends to cause digestive issues and congestion/mucous formation, particularly in the sinuses. Cow milk is actually acid-forming and thus causes the body to actually leach calcium and other minerals from the bones, therefore contributing to osteoporosis in the long-run. Perhaps this is why some studies have linked increased cow milk intake to increased risk of fracture later in life.

There are also MUCH better sources of more absorbable calcium than what is found in milk, including broccoli, spinach, kale, collards and other green leafies. Another personal favorite of mine-bone broth!

 

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