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Posts for: September, 2017

We're halfway through the work week, and today I'm doing a post all about helping with blood sugar control! This time, my lovely patient Lilibet is helping me demonstrate just one of the ways we can work on supporting optimal blood sugar balance with certain treatment techniques.
Blood sugar stability is absolutely foundational to overall health. Proper blood sugar management ensures healthy adrenal and endocrine function, balanced mood, sufficient energy levels, good immune function, decreased pain and inflammation, and more.
Many patients suffer from blood sugar imbalance, including hyper or hypo (high OR low) blood sugar, or an instability of blood sugar levels leading to rapidly rising and falling blood sugar levels throughout the day. Fluctuating blood sugar often leads to periods of high energy followed by "crashes" in the fall-asleep-at-your-desk type way after lunch. We often see this in children as well.
Through Total Body Modification, I have learned just one of many techniques that can aid in restoring proper blood sugar balance and in supporting the organs involved in blood sugar balance, including the pancreas, adrenals, and liver. The technique involves specific muscle testing techniques. If the patient fails any of the muscle tests, we then apply a certain treatment, which may be an adjustment to C5 in the neck (aka the blood sugar bone!) or T7 in the mid back, which relates to the pancreas, or we may use other treatment methods with the activator, reflex points, homeopathic remedies, and more, if indicated. We make sure that when we finish, the patient is able to pass all muscle tests associated with TBM's blood sugar support protocol!
Chiropractic, when combined with other holistic health care techniques, can address a myriad of health concerns, not just musculoskeletal. Oftentimes, after this procedure, we immediately see a change in the patient's blood glucose level if it's able to be tested. We work as a team though, and the patient must do their homework to maintain all of the work in the office. The benefits of holistic chiropractic kinesiology extend far and are often instantaneous, satisfying our human need for instant gratification :)

Happy 122nd Birthday Chiropractic!
Today, 122 years ago, Dr. DD Palmer gave the first chiropractic adjustment to a janitor, Harvey Lillard, who had lost his hearing 17 years prior after hearing a popping sound in his neck while scrubbing with a brush. DD began feeling the man's neck and discovered a vertebra out of position. He decided to manipulate it back in place, which immediately restored the janitor's hearing. From this, chiropractic was born! The profession has grown and developed through the years. Currently, a chiropractic adjustment is performed over 1 million times every business day in the US.
My life would never be the same once my mother Janice took me to my chiropractor for my first adjustment at 12 years old! Since then, I have enjoyed becoming passionate about this amazing, safe, and effective form of healing. I look forward to seeing all of my patients in the office this week!

As a holistic chiropractor, not only do I always check alignment of the musculoskeletal system, but I also check something else that is very important-ligaments! 

Through Applied Kinesiology, I have learned just how important ligament health is, and just how important it is to check certain ligaments throughout the body for dysfunction. After all, it is ligaments that hold joint alignment throughout the body in place, particularly after an adjustment!

The iliolumbar ligament is one ligament in the body that is super important to check/fix. Discovered by Fred Illi at National Chiropractic College (my alma mater!), the iliolumbar ligament is a strong ligament that connects the last lumbar (lower back) vertebra to the hip bone.

The iliolumbar ligament should be checked often and particularly in cases of lower back/pelvis/hip pain or any symptom that is worse with walking a lot. 

I usually have the patient stand in certain gait (walking) positions and test certain muscles during this to asses if there is an iliolumbar ligament issue. If there is an issue with the ligament, we will often work on the glut max muscle and then manipulate/work on the ligament itself. Oftentimes, this is followed up with an adjustment.

If the iliolumbar ligament isn't checked, particularly in the cases of lower back/pelvis/hip issues, it is likely that the pain will not be entirely resolved or it will return shortly after the treatment.

With Applied Kinesiology, I have so many more tools in my tool belt than the foundational and important tool of chiropractic adjusting. Checking and treating major ligaments throughout the body is just another one! 

We've had a great week here in the office. Today we said farewell to my patients Jenn and her 3 year old son Otto as they head off to Singapore for 7 months! Mom Jenn made appointments for both of them to be tuned up before they left on their big trip.

I love seeing both parents and their children. Jenn recently gave birth to her second child and has been coming in for treatments to recover from the pregnancy and delivery. We have been working on quite a few things, structurally, chemically, and emotionally, during our sessions. 

Jenn has been bringing in her son Otto for regular chiropractic kinesiology tune ups as well. We have been working on a recent issue of teeth grinding/TMJ issues with Otto which we have had great success with. Our treatments have included gentle adjustments for Otto, jaw muscle work, cranial work, emotional release techniques, and more.

Thanks to Jenn for sharing these pictures with us! Have a great rest of the week everyone!