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Posts for: April, 2019

Thanks to all of our patients who participated in our winter bulletin board project-Share the Warmth: Reasons Why We Love Chiropractic!
Hopefully you all got a chance to check out the board and read just a few of the many reasons we all love chiropractic, written by our very own patients. There are so many more that didn't make the board. Feel free to list them below!
Looking forward to another great week here in the office!
 

Today I want to share a technique that I learned from Dr. Wally Schmitt and Dr. Kerry McCord back when I attended chiropractic school outside of Chicago.

The technique is called Injury Recall Technique and is used to address any trauma/injury both recent and old (injuries can date back to birth!) that often may still be causing pain or problems.

Whenever we sustain an injury, little or big, our body is meant to react in certain ways. This includes activating certain musculoskeletal (certain muscles tighten and weaken) and neurological (pain signaling) responses to protect the body from further damage. These responses are meant to be in place for a temporary time period, until the threat to injury and injury itself have resolved.

Sometimes, these musculoskeletal and neurological responses do not cease for long after they should have. Sometimes, the body holds on to the injury as a sort of memory. This can cause continued pain signaling and neuro-musculoskeletal imbalances, resulting in pain and other symptoms.

IRT, or Injury Recall Technique, helps to eliminate these responses and erase the injury memory, thus allowing the pain signaling to end and the brain and body to begin fully healing the injury and resolving the symptoms. 

IRT involves muscle testing to determine the site of injury. We then apply stimulus to the affected area, plus certain treatments such as flexion to the head and neck or compression of the ankle joints along with origin/insertion muscle activation techniques, as well as other treatment techniques to address the old injury. We determine this with our tool of muscle testing.

We then re-muscle test to make sure that the injury has in fact processed and the body and brain is no longer locked in the old injury pattern. 

I have done this technique on patients with major injuries such as broken bones and strain sprains, to surgeries including laser eye surgery and major organ surgeries, to naval piercings and tattoos, and many more. The impact that these small to large injuries can have on the body can be vast. I am so grateful to have the tool of IRT to address them!

 

 

 

It's Webster Wednesday here at the office! Today my friend and patient Claudia came in for some prenatal holistic chiropractic care. 

Claudia is 5.5 months pregnant with her baby boy and has been experiencing excruciating lower back and sacrum area pain along with complaints that her walk already feels like a difficult waddle.

Last month, I attended a prenatal and perinatal chiropractic care with Webster Certification seminar in Vancouver, BC. Today, I was beyond thrilled to put my new skills in caring for pregnant women to work.

Webster technique is a chiropractic analysis and treatment technique that has many, many benefits, including:

*decreased physical pain, often associated with pregnancy
*increased spinal alignment particularly of the lower back, hips, and pelvis, offering greater potential for optimal positioning of baby in the uterus
*increased nervous system functioning of both mother and baby
*increased pelvic and core muscle tone, which assists in birthing
*increased blood flow and healing
*decreased uterus torsion
*a more balanced sympathetic (fight or flight) and parasympathetic (rest, heal, digest) nervous system 
*stress reduction for both mother and baby
*reduced labor times and pain, as revealed in research study done by Dr. Joan Fallon

With Claudia, we had GREAT results. Claudia came in with a reported 6/10 lower back pain (10 being at its worst), and left with zero back pain. None! She also felt that her gait improved and became much more smooth. Then there are of course there are all of the many benefits that may not be perceived immediately upon care, but that are happening from the moment we begin the treatment.

We plan to treat Claudia at least once a month until the baby arrives, and then after the baby arrives. 

Many thanks to Claudia for including chiropractic in her prenatal care regimen. She has dedicated the time and energy to make this a part of her health program, and I am grateful to be her chiropractor!


Last week, I attended the DC film premier of Magic Pills: Homeopathy, Promise or Placebo?, a film by homeopath, filmmaker, writer, and health choice advocator Ananda More. The event was hosted by Americans for Homeopathy Choice as part of the April 8-10th event Homeopathy on the Hill, an event during which individuals informed members of Congress on the benefits of homeopathy and protecting the right of Americans to choose homeopathy, and to raise public awareness on homeopathy.
As many of you know, I utilize homeopathic medicine personally and in my office with my patients as well. I am an advocate for homeopathic medicine.
Homeopathic medicine is one of the most widely used alternative medicines in the world, yet despite its safety, effectiveness, and popularity, it has come under scrutiny and criticism. Behind this is bias and assumptions, refusal of medical journals to publish studies supporting homeopathy, and attack on homeopathy by big business and umbrella organizations.
Ananda More's documentary revealed new scientific discoveries and real-world successes to challenge these biases and attacks.
I have to say, the film exceeded my expectations. These real world successes included the use of homeopathic medicine in Africa to help thousands of HIV/AIDS patients, to Cuba, where homeopathic medicine stopped an epidemic in just weeks, to people who are successfully treating brain tumors, cancer, and other diseases with homeopathic medicine.
In this film, homeopathic medicine was not seen in opposition to allopathic medicine, but rather was often used in conjunction as a synergistic approach. Medical doctors worked with homeopathic doctors to obtain the best possible outcomes for their patients. Both forms of medicine were seen as legally recognized and valued. I would love to see more of this.
I myself have seen homeopathic remedies work wonders, and I know many of my patients and fellow colleagues have as well. Please comment below if you feel moved to do so if you have had a success or know of one with homeopathic medicine!
I highly recommend this film to anyone seeking to learn more about this amazing, hundreds of years old form of medicine.
 

 

This latest post is with my patient Shayla, and it's all about working on lower core! First, a happy thanks to Shayla for posing with me and agreeing to share some of the work we do together. 

Shayla came to me with one of the most common issues we all hear about-lower back pain. In Shayla's case, one element we really need to work on is her core strength particularly lower core. 

The muscles of the lower core include portions of the rectus abdominus (the six pack abs), the obliques, the transverse abdominus, pelvic floor muscles, and more. These muscles, when engaged properly, offer fundamental support and stability to the spine, which is critical in preventing lower back issues and pain.

So how do we strengthen the core? In the office, I have learned how to muscle test all of the various sections of the abomdinals (thank you, Dr. Timothy Francis) to determine which ones are firing properly and which ones aren't. The different core muscles may not be working well for a number of reasons. These reasons include-spinal misalignment, musculoskeletal imbalance, gastro-intestinal issues and inflammation, cranial (skull) faults/misalignments, emotional stresses for example fear and mistrust as well as others, and more. 

Once we have identified the inhibited core muscles with muscle testing, we can treat them with spinal manipulation, muscle therapy, reflex point and organ system work, lymphatic points, mind-body techniques, homeopathic remedies, and a number of other holistic health techniques.

Only then, when the patient returns home to their regular exercise or core work that they do, will the muscles neurologically now fire correctly! The core exercises will then be much more effective, and the back pain will be on its way to resolution. 

These days, Shayla barely mentions her lower back. Maybe a tweak here or a tweak there, but all in all, she's doing fabulous, and this work is part of the reason why. Thank you to my awesome patient Shayla!

 

Shayla and Dr. Amanda

Muscle testing Shayla's core muscles 

In 2011, Learning how to muscle test the abdominal muscles with Dr. Timothy Francis