Posts for: January, 2018
Good morning and Happy Tuesday! I wanted to start the week off with a motivating post, so I chose this one. I love this quote, because it is so true.
I received a number of new patient inquiry calls recently where the prospective patient has been told they need surgery or drugs to manage a condition or injury. I so admire these prospective patients for reaching out to me and looking into the possibility of a more conservative approach first, because the answer is "Yes!", manytimes holistic chiropractic along with certain lifestyle changes can eliminate or reduce the need for drugs or surgery by allowing the body to function more optimally and heal.
We have oftentimes been led to believe that the health of our body cannot easily be changed for the better, or even that damage that has been done cannot be reversed in any way, and this is simply untrue.
Chiropractic kinesiology is just one of the ways that we can restore health to even the most beaten up of bodies! And let's be honest, we all don't always take the greatest care of ourselves at times.
The top ten research-proven benefits of chiropractic care for the body?
* Back pain relief
* Neck pain relief
* Decreased headaches/migraines
* Reduced colic/acid reflux/ear infections
* Improved neurological conditions (MS, Parkinson's, etc)
* Improved blood pressure regulation
* Surgery prevention
* Improved frozen shoulder
* Reduced scoliosis
* Increased athletic performance
See you all this week!
Oftentimes, people refer to receiving a chiropractic as getting their neck "popped" or "cracked". While I try to use the proper terminology with my patients (spinal adjustment, manipulation, correction, etc) it's inevitable that this terminology will be used, since we often do hear this popping sound with chiropractic adjustments! I figured today I would clear the air on what that pop really is.
Chiropractic adjustments specifically correct spinal misalignments. Whenever we deliver a chiropractic adjustment, we are restoring full motion to a spinal joint that has lost its motion in a specific direction or way.
The loud popping sound that occurs with a chiropractic adjustment can often cause people to feel unsettled or anxious. Not to fret! The actual pop is called a "cavitation" and, contrary to popular belief, that pop is not the bones themselves actually cracking, it is simply GAS being released from the joint space.
When a joint is misaligned, friction is created in the joint. This joint creates a gas mixture of oxygen, nitrogen, and CO2. When we open or, or gap, the joint with a chiropractic adjustment, this gas is released from the joint, and voila, you hear that popping sound!
Sometimes, this cavitation does not occur with a chiropractic adjustment, and this can be for a number of reasons. Research has shown that the popping occurrence is NOT necessary for a successful adjustment, and attempting an adjustment more than a few times can be harmful and cause injury to the tissues.
This is where I am very grateful to have my tool of Applied Kinesiology muscle testing! I simply retest using muscle testing after delivering the adjustment to see if we obtained a successful adjustment or not, rather than attempt an adjustment until I hear a cavitation. Once again, thank goodness for muscle testing!
This week my patient Paula is helping me demonstrate a technique from Applied Kinesiology that helped her greatly when she first came in to see me with shoulder pain.
This technique is called Hidden Cervical Disc, and I learned it though my Applied Kinesiology certification course.
Dr. George Goodheart, founder of Applied Kinesiology, postulated that radicular, or traveling, symptoms, such as pain in the neck, shoulder joint, and then down the arm, forearm, and possibly into the hand, can be caused by laxity in the intervertebral disc fibers. In other words, the intervertebral discs get weak and allow a minor disc bulge to occur. This is not considered a true disc herniation, which may be diagnosed with exam or imaging, but rather a weakened disc that causes issues from the neck traveling down into the arm.
There are a few special muscles and muscle tests that relate to a hidden cervical disc, such as weakness of the triceps and wrist muscles, that I check for with any patient who in particular complains of neck, shoulder, elbow, or wrist pain. If I do find a hidden cervical disc, I was taught how to adjust it with a very specific chiropractic adjustment specifically meant for this type of misalignment.
This technique is just one of many from Applied Kinesiology that has been SO helpful in my treatments with my patients. With Paula, we were able to resolve her right shoulder pain in only a couple of visits. Fixing her hidden cervical disc was a large part of this. She no longer complains of any shoulder pain and hasn't in quite a long time! Thanks to Paula for helping me demonstrate how not only chiropractic but my awesome tool of Applied Kinesiology muscle testing along with it can be so valuable!
An amazing technique called Applied Kinesiology is my main treatment modality in addition to my fundamental base of chiropractic adjusting. I couldn't imagine practicing chiropractic without Applied Kinesiology!
For those who may not be familiar with Applied Kinesiology, or AK, it is a system of diagnosis and treatment based in muscle testing that assesses structural, biochemical, and emotional factors affecting any patient and any health ailment they may present with, whether musculoskeletal, or internal. I was certified as a Professional Applied Kinesiologist in 2011 by Dr. Timothy Francis in Chicago, IL, and that day would forever change my experiences and skills as a chiropractor!
Using Applied Kinesiology during my chiropractic sessions involves a lot of muscle testing. I have learned how to neurologically muscle test most muscles in the body, and each muscle is related to certain areas of the spine, as well as certain organs, reflex points, emotions, nutrition, and more. AK incorporates various different treatment techniques as well, including chiropractic adjusting, reflex point stimulation, cranial sacral therapy, acupuncture meridian balancing, organ system work, mind-body techniques, nutritional deficiency and sensitivity testing, and more.
Below is one of the best videos I've found that explains and demonstrates Applied Kinesiology in a nutshell! Thanks to my colleague Dr. Robert Morrison for publishing this awesome video for the world to see.