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This is definitely something that I have heard more than a few of my patients tell me when the winter season starts wrapping up. I especially like when I hear this from patients who originally came in for more of a musculoskeletal, physical issue, but then notice less sickness as an unexpected, positive result of making holistic chiropractic treatments a regular part of their health regimen. 

This increased immune system function includes less allergy symptoms, as well as less frequent and severe colds or flus, respiratory infections, etc. 

Research in the 1990's began revealing that chiropractic adjustments increased immune cell (phagocytes, neutrophils, T and B cells, and more) in the area of adjustment and overall increase immune system function by up to 200%, particularly in the few days following an adjustment. 

Overall, regular chiropractic treatments increase nervous system and brain function by reducing interference within brain/nervous system and body signaling. This increase in nervous system function leads to greater immune system function, as the immune system is under nervous system control. 

Moral of the story- less getting sick and better overall health! 

How many of you noticed that you were sick less after starting chiropractic care? Feel free to comment below if you can identify with this awesome and sometimes surprising affect of chiropractic!

 


In celebration of International Women's Day, we would like to introduce the newest practitioner to our office, licensed medical massage therapist Mary Raddell with Perceptive Touch Massage and Bodywork, LLC!
 
Mary has worked in the health field since 2014 as a physical therapy assistant, in inpatient and outpatient hospital systems as well as in-home rehabilitation programs particularly for post-surgical patients. She now practices medical massage therapy, myofascial release, muscle energy techniques, and other manual therapies. She is great at helping patients break through both physical and energetic restrictions and blocks in the body. And she is now accepting appointments right here in the office!
 
You can check out more at her website www.perceptivetouch.us , by emailing her at [email protected], or at 240-517-6223
 

March 03, 2019
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Today I thought I'd take it back to the basics and share the Triad of Health from my Applied Kinesiology trainings. The Triad of Health is an excellent model for understanding how I approach any patient with any health challenge.

The triangle in the Triad of Health represents the three basic causes of health problems that I consider in my evaluation/treatment for every patient:

Structural- the foundation of the triangle, this includes musculoskeletal imbalances leading to dysfunction of the nervous system

Biochemical- this includes toxicity, nutritional deficiencies, allergies/food sensitivities, organ dysfunction and more

Mental/Emotional- mental/emotional stress and energetic imbalances

To bring this to life for you all, here's an example of how all three sides of the triangle play into a health problem: A patient may complain of lower back pain. This can often be caused by musculoskeletal imbalances in the spine. There may also be digestive disturbances which can affect the muscles and vertebrae in the lower back/hips area. Furthermore, mental/emotional stress increases inflammation and pain, and a variety of particular emotions tend to negatively affect the low back, including financial stress, relationship issues, carrying too much responsibility, fear about the future, and more. 

The red bubbles around the triad of health are the five different factors that can cause muscle weakness, which is what I look for as an Applied Kinesiology, and then help me in figuring out how to treat the patient as well.

N- nerve and also nutrition problems
NL-lymphatic imbalances
NV-vascular imbalances
CSF- cranial/sacral respiratory imbalances
AMC- acupuncture meridian imbalances

Through Applied Kinesiology, I use techniques drawn from a variety of health disciplines, including chiropractic, osteopathy, biochemistry, mind-body medicine, homeopathy, and more to treat the above factors. 

Growing up as a patient, throughout school, and in my practice, I see this is as the best possible way to work with my patients- with a very holistic and comprehensive chiropractic approach!