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Posts for: December, 2015

At every new patient appointment, I test the oral pH of the patient with the Litmus test strips (little yellow strips of paper). This gives us an idea of the patient's acid/alkaline balance.
pH is a measure of overall acidity. Human beings do well with an overall pH of slightly alkaline (just over 7). Body pH balance is critical to good health! Imbalances can lead to osteoporosis, fatigue, weakness, joint pain, muscle aches, migraines, and much more.
pH balance can be thrown off by poor dietary habits (eating a SAD, or Standard American Diet consisting of grains, sugars, corn, dairy, etc.), dehydration, high stress, pharmaceutical drugs, tobacco, and more.
Oral pH is a good overall read of body pH. The oral pH should be slightly alkaline, about 7.2-7.4. Many are under this, in a more acidic range. Do you remember what yours was at your first visit?
To balance your pH, eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of water (the basics), decrease stress levels, get treated regularly with chiropractic kinesiology here in the office to aid in optimizing body/organ function as well as detoxifying the body, and take your nutritional supplements as revealed as necessary through muscle testing.
And finally, alkaline water is not necessary to drink if you do all of the above and drink regular normal water! Alkaline water, while the idea and intention of those who created it may be good, is not a naturally occurring form of water. Anything not naturally occurring is foreign to the body.

When I look at a patient's posture, oftentimes this is what I see! (See pics below). Unevenness/imbalance. You may see the same thing if you look in the mirror, whether in your shoulders, or hips, or other body part.

I have chosen uneven shoulders to demonstrate a very important point- *in the majority of cases, it is not a TIGHT muscle causing the problems/symptoms, it is a WEAK muscle!*

Many modalities (massage, muscle work/therapies like ART, Graston, etc) target treatment to tight muscles. In the pictures below, it looks as if the right upper shoulder (trap) muscle is tight. Many therapies may seek to release this muscle. While there is a time and a place for these therapies, this muscle will always keep tightening if the weak one is not addressed! 

The weak muscle in this case is a muscle in the lower right back called the latissimus (lat muscle). As long as this muscle remains weakened, that shoulder will always creep up and be tight. This is why you may always walk out of other treatments, and it seems that within a few days that muscle tension and tightness has returned.

The lat muscle, just like any muscle in the body, can be inhibited/shut off for a number of reasons. It could be a misalignment in the spine or extremities shutting off nerve supply to the muscle, it could be pancreas and/or blood sugar disturbances since the lat muscle is related to this, it could be faulty lymphatic drainage from the muscle or organ, it could be a spleen/stomach acupuncture meridian imbalance, etc. 

The key is to identify what is shutting off the muscle, and then fix it! That is what we do here in the office with Applied Kinesiology muscle testing. Rather than identify all of the tight muscles, we find the ones that are not firing properly, and restore their function. 

In doing this, the tight muscles will subsequently relax on their own! There will be no more need to get massages every week...although they do feel nice and serve a good purpose smile emoticon

Thanks to my patient for helping me demo this important point, and thanks for reading! 

Note: The last picture in the series is the patient at the end of the treatment yesterday. His shoulders are almost completely level.