My Blog

Posts for: February, 2019

Yesterday my patient Daniel took some photos with me to help demonstrate something very important that I see often in my practice! It is the importance of checking muscle strength and spinal alignment in different positions-not just laying but sitting, standing, even walking/gait and other active positions.

Daniel was complaining of left shoulder pain, but I was finding hardly any muscles weak (using my Applied Kinesiology neurological muscle testing) while he was laying down or standing. It was only while I muscle tested him while he was sitting that I started finding muscle weakness. 

Luckily, I knew through my Applied Kinesiology courses that this meant that there was likely pelvic/hip involvement in Daniel's shoulder problem! Sure enough, I assessed his hips/pelvis and found spinal misalignments and muscles shut off.

This is so significant because oftentimes we see joint problems and pain as a local problem, meaning many doctors and patients both would only consider checking the shoulder joint and working on the upper body. However, as we can see, the lower body was greatly involved in Daniel's case. Without fixing the lower body imbalances, I would never have completely resolved the shoulder pain.

Secondly, another significant meaning of this is that I also muscle test my patients in different positions, and noting that Daniel had many shoulder muscles weak in the sitting position, I knew that this was also a lower body issue. My mentor taught me to muscle test the patient in different positions, especially the positions of the most pain. Oftentimes, we simply have our patient lay on the table and we test in that position, but it is so important to test for things in all positions of everyday life! For example, if the patient reports the most pain while driving, I literally will put them in the driving position and test for imbalances while they are in that position. We can put them also in positions of throwing, kicking, overhead lifting, running, etc. If the problem is at night, I will turn off the lights in the room, etc. Anything you can think of!

We are functional beings that operate in many different positions and conditions each day, and we must check the patient in all of these positions and conditions to really fix the problem at a deeper level!

 


I wanted to share Dr. Phil Maffetone's recent article on one of the most common physical ailments that people come into my office with- chronic low back pain.
Holistic chiropractic treatments are a wonderful and highly effective alternative to over-the-counter medications such as NSAIDS, as well as pharmaceutical pain killers, muscle relaxers, and even surgery.
With Applied Kinesiology muscle testing, we can identify the contributing causes of lower back pain. People often ask me what causes lower back pain. I loved this article because it really breaks down the basic causes of chronic lower back pain-
*excess body fat
*weak abdominal/core muscles and reflexively tight lower back muscles
*chronic inflammation due to poor diet
*musculoskeletal balance
*too much sitting
*being sedentary
*exercise stress
*poor sleep
*poor shoes
*mental/emotional stress
*weak adrenal glands, GI system, or other organ system weakness
This in a nutshell is why persistent lower back pain happens! Thankfully, Applied Kinesiology muscle testing helps us to identify which of these factors are involved. We can then treat all of the above factors with chiropractic manipulation, muscle therapy, reflex point work, meridian balancing, mind-body techniques, nutritional testing, and more.
Holistic chiropractic care is one of the best and most conservative forms of care for lower back pain and should be considered as a first line treatment!
Check out Dr. Maffetone's article for more info!