Posts for: August, 2019
AMAZING documentary alert!
'Stressed', by Dr. Luke Segreto, explores mental/emotional and physical stress, how we became the highly stressed beings that we are today, how this impacts our bodies, and finally how we can help alleviate this stress and its impact on our health!
While stress includes physical stresses such as injuries, environmental toxins, poor diet, weather changes, etc., this documentary in particular explores the mental/emotional side of stress.
Any mental/emotional stressor creates a physiological response in our body. We can often feel it palpably in the form of increased heart rate, sweating, flushing, upset stomach, change in appetite, and more. We know that stress can cause this reaction in our bodies. It also causes much more underneath of these symptoms which cannot always be seen or felt. This response can contribute to chronic pain, chronic spinal misalignments, organ disease, and many other health conditions.
Neuro-Emotional Technique, founded by Dr. Scott Walker, DC, is a mind-body technique that I practice in the office, and uses muscle testing, acupuncture meridians, chiropractic adjustments, homeopathy, and more to aid the body in processing emotions that have been improperly adapted to by our bodies, thus reducing their negative impact on our health. It is not a counseling or talk therapy type of technique, but rather addresses the body's physical response to an emotional stimulus.
Today I was back in the office for a Saturday work day, and I started my day with the awesome Erin, a special case for me.
Erin had never seen a chiropractor before coming to me, but heard that chiropractic could possibly help with Multiple Sclerosis, which she was diagnosed with 8 years ago. She began experiencing significant symptoms of MS about 6 years ago, including paresthesia (numbness, tingling, "falling asleep" sensation or hot/cold sensation, etc.) in extremities, and brain fog and lowered cognition.
Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disease of the brain and nervous system. Specifically, the body attacks and inflames the sheath surrounding the nerves and spinal cord.
With Erin, we have done a lot of work to support her spinal health, brain and nervous system function, immune system function (since MS is an autoimmune condition involving the immune system), her gastrointestinal system, her detoxification system, her diet and lifestyle, and her mental/emotional well-being, all to aid in decreasing her symptoms, preventing further lesions or flares of MS, and aid in optimizing her overall health.
Every visit with Erin is different! I assess and then direct my treatment to whatever Erin's body reveals to me. Through history and muscle testing today for example, we determined that Erin's spleen (a major immune system organ and blood filterer) needed support. We performed some adjustments, worked some spleen reflex points, and more. Adjustments alone work wonders for people with autoimmune disease and neurological disease as chiropractic adjustments have been shown to up-regulate the nervous system and improve immune system modulation. We performed some neurological testing including muscle testing Erin in various eye positions to see how her brain and nervous system were working. We call this "Neurologic Disorganization" when someone exhibits neuromuscular weakness with the eyes held in a certain position, as it can indicate decreased and "confused" brain and nervous system signaling. I also identified an emotional stressor that was weakening her through muscle testing. We used pelvic blocking to increase cerebrospinal fluid flow and reduce spinal cord tension. At the end of our visit, we tested Erin's current dietary inflammatory triggers (which can change from visit to visit), so that Erin knows what to work on avoiding. And I know that I am leaving a few things out!
In short, through a proper assessment and employment of the many holistic health techniques we use here, including chiropractic manipulation, reflex point work, muscle therapy, cranio-sacral, mind-body techniques, and more, we can greatly help someone like Erin! Erin has made regular holistic chiropractic care a part of her life for 2 years now. We always have a great time in the office together, working towards Erin's optimal health and having some great conversation while we're at it! Thanks Erin for sharing your story with us!
Today is our last day in the office seeing patients before we take off on our annual family vacation! *We will be out of the office Friday, August 9th through Thursday, August 15th, and return to the office on Friday, August 16th.*
Over the years, as life has gotten busier and various responsibilities have piled on, I have recognized the need for self-care. When my batteries start to become depleted, I simply don't function as well, don't do my best work in the office, and can become unhappy. This is one reason why I have made getaways and this annual family trip a priority.
I love the infographic I found below on rest. It can come in many forms, and doesn't mean you have to spend a lot of money or take vacations all of the time. Rest and rejuvenation can include: taking a walk outside, taking a bath, shutting off your phone for an hour, catching up on sleep, laying on the grass watching the sky, heading to the beach, or getting your chiropractic treatment, and more!
What does self-care look like to you? Are you taking the time to nourish your body and mind so that you can be at your best for yourself and others every day?
*Awesome podcast alert! Check link below*
I listened to this podcast just yesterday. It's all about the feet, and, while we often neglect them, how they are absolutely fundamental. In fact, they are often the exact remedy for correcting musculoskeletal issues throughout the entire body, particularly in the lower extremities and hips and even in the upper body.
This podcast features Dr Philip Maffetone, sports medicine and endurance training expert, researcher, and health coach and practitioner.
You can listen to the podcast to learn all about why the feet are so important, what the typical issues are, and how to fix them! I'll give you my takeaways in the meantime:
*The feet send critical info to the brain and system, second only to the spine in terms of sites of most nerve activity in the body
*Nothing influences the feet, and does more harm to the feet, than shoes
*While shoes are important at times for protection, we need to TAKE THEM OFF way more often. This allows the many intrinsic muscles of the feet to strengthen.
*Improve function of the feet from the inside out. Don't use shoes that overly cushion them, rather use minimalist shoes. Orthotics and supports should only be worn when the feet have already begun to deform.
*Without the restriction of shoes, your feet can begin to strengthen and return to optimal, natural function
*We are designed to go barefoot
*Have your feet assessed for muscle imbalances and misalignments (Side note: I adjust all of my patients feet on almost every visit because foot misalignments are that common. Find a DC who adjusts feet!)
*Use "barefoot time" as part of your foot treatment
*Strengthen your feet with specific exercises (a health practitioner can help with this) right down to learning how to move each toe separately
*Do specific foot stretches (again given by a health practitioner)
*Most feet problems have no diagnosis, rather only dysfunction
*Most feet issues result from musculoskeletal imbalances often due to excessive sitting, poor footwear, wearing shoes too much, postural stressors and other stressors
Check out the podcast below for more details!