Posts for: March, 2017
I am always continuing to learn! Last weekend, I attended a Motion Palpation Institute seminar in Chicago on the Foot/Ankle. I re-learned a lot of info and also learned a lot of new info on the foot and ankle, including all about how to approach conditions like plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, fractures, flat feet, ankle instability/weakness, and more. Since the feet are truly the foundation of the body, it was a great seminar and such important information. I had a few major takeaways that I wanted to share with my patients!
My key takeaways:
*The pain/symptom is often NOT originating in the location of the pain/symptom! For example, a foot problem is often times coming from the hip, knee, shoulder, upper back or somewhere else! One major lesson I have learned is not to chase the pain, but instead evaluate the whole patient and determine where the issue is truly originating from. To truly treat someone holistically, we evaluate and treat the entire body/person.
*Cortisone injections should be an absolute last resort, as they weaken ligaments and soft tissue in the joint area and de-mineralize the bone. Cortisone can also have wider negative systemic effects if used more often. (See a chiropractor first!)
*9 times out of 10, any chronic, unresolved joint pain is a body-wide inflammation issue, caused by poor diet. We need to make nutritional adjustments! Inflammatory diets that include grains, dairy, refined oils, and especially sugars, drastically increase pain and reduce healing in the body. A nutritional approach to controlling inflammation and thus pain in the body would be to eat fish, meats, vegetables, fruits, and healthy fats, and drink plenty of water. It is a fact: we are what we eat! Any patient eating an inflammatory diet will just not heal well and will oftentimes experience pain in the body in some form. De-flame, de-flame, de-flame, as Dr. David Seaman says!
*A new technique I am learning/taking interest in is Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization, a technique that works from the inside out, by affecting the central nervous system to re-establish neuromuscular control and core stability in the body.
I look forward to a few more seminars this year on the calendar!
We have another great success story here at the office! My patient D. has been kind enough to share her story and photos here!
"From birth, my bottom jaw has protruded beyond my upper jaw. My dentist of 30 plus years indicated that it would be a lengthy and costly procedure to move it forward and realign the jaw. I refused this treatment. After Dr. Thompson briefly massaged some of the jaw muscles, manipulated my spine, and gave me a holistic chiropractic treatment, my lower jaw naturally moved forward. It has remained realigned that way since our first few treatments. My dentist is absolutely amazed, and asked for Dr. Thompson's cards."-D.
One of the most valuable things I learned through my Applied Kinesiology courses is how to address TMJ issues. The TMJ (jaw) joint is so important, it makes up almost half of the motor and sensory nerve input to the brain.
With my AK training, I use muscle testing to asses the TMJ and determine what is causing the symptoms, whether it's pain, clicking and popping, misalignment of the bite, headaches, neck pain, or other symptoms. Causes of TMJ problems can vary far and wide, and include spinal misalignment anywhere in the body, especially in the neck and pelvis, neck and jaw muscle imbalances, food sensitivities, stress/nervous system imbalance causing clenching/grinding, gut disturbances, and more.
After we've found all of the contributing factors, we address them during our treatment whether with spinal adjustments, muscle work, mind-body techniques, organ system work, and more.
I am so happy that I took my Applied Kinesiology courses to learn more about treating the TMJ in my patients. I look forward to helping more people who may have similar issues to D.!
This is one of my very favorite things out of Ireland! Kerrygold butter made from grass-fed cows.
This butter is so healthy and jam-packed full of nutrients. Real butter is rich in fat-soluble vitamins, contains a lot of healthy saturated fats, lowers heart attack risk, is full of antioxidants, contains anti-stiffness factor for joints, protects against gastrointestinal infections, feeds your brain, protects against tooth decay, and so much more.
This is the best kind of butter you can get-real organic butter from healthy cows. The myth that butter is unhealthy for us and causes heart disease has long been disproven and is outdated.
So enjoy some delicious Kerrygold butter today, whether in your coffee, with your meals, or just eaten by the spoonful (I often do this before dinner to get my digestion going and get some healthy fats in).
By the way, in general, fat does not make you fat! Sugar makes you fat.
Happy St. Patty's Day!
I became certified in Neuro Emotional Technique in 2014 in Seattle, WA, and it was a weekend that forever changed my practice.
I had been introduced to mind-body techniques through Applied Kinesiology, which teaches some great manual mind-body therapies. Dr. Scott Walker's Neuro Emotional Technique took it much further and really equipped me with some effective mind-body therapies for my patients.
Neuro Emotional Technique is a mind-body technique that uses a methodology of of removing neurological imbalances related to the physiology of unresolved stress. NET can improve both physical and mental/emotional health.
Everyone has certain stress that is "locked" or "stuck" in the body that occur when our body's natural stress handling systems are overwhelmed. With NET, we use muscle testing along with reflex points, chiropractic adjustments, color therapy, homeopathic remedies, or other treatment techniques to address the emotional stressors. I first muscle test what emotion, event, and/or even age at which a stressor, when thought about by the patient, causes a muscle weakening. We then apply whichever therapy we determine to use from the list above. It is something that I incorporate into almost every patient visit. I believe that we must address the mental/emotional factors behind any and all health conditions.
Below is a link to a video that describes a huge breakthrough study for Neuro Emotional Technique. A research study performed at Thomas Jefferson University which looked at before and after MRI's and determined that symptoms of post-cancer treatment stress were reduced in a study of 23 cancer patients.
Have a look, and please share this important breakthrough!