Posts for: October, 2019
It was another Webster Wednesday here in the office! My patient Jocelyn is approaching her due date, almost 38 weeks to be exact, and she came in for her holistic chiropractic + Webster technique tune up. She's got another appointment next week just days before her due date as well.
Jocelyn has chiropractic in the family and understands the importance of getting regular adjustments while pregnant. In fact, regular chiropractic care is vital to normal physiologic function in pregnancy and birth. This past March, I flew out to Vancouver, BC to become Webster certified by one of the most brilliant DC's I've ever learned from, Dr. Jeanne Ohm ICPA-International Chiropractic Pediatric Association
The benefits of prenatal chiropractic care can be summed up in this: POWER, PASSAGE, PASSENGER.
POWER is a result of appropriate nerve supply to all of the muscles, organs, and tissues of the pelvis/hips, resulting in normal muscle tone, optimal organ function, and reduced physical stress. This includes reduction of sympathetic nervous system (stress, fight or flight) and stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system (rest, heal, digest). Chiropractic adjustments eliminate nerve interference and enhance nerve supply to the entire body.
PASSAGE refers to proper skeletal, particularly hips/pelvis, alignment which decreases tension on the lower part of the uterus and restores normal muscle tone. In this way, it may increase the likelihood of a well positioned, head down baby and decrease likelihood of the breech or other potentially problematic birth positions.
PASSENGER refers to an excellent physiologic environment for baby in utero. This means greater space and maximal comfort for the baby, allowing he/she to assume the best possible position for birth.
Thanks to Jocelyn for allowing me to be a part of her health care team on this incredible journey! We can't wait to meet the new arrival!
It's that time of year! The kids are back to school, and many of your children as well as you have already come down with the cold or whatever is going around in your child's class. I came across this article by Wellness Mama all about Back to School Health for Kids, and I wanted to share it with you! I have highlighted some of her tips for a healthy, minimal sick days school year.
*DIET: First and always foremost, a healthy diet is a huge immune system booster. Unhealthy foods, particularly sugar, cause inflammation and lowered ability to fight off infection. Make sure your child is getting plenty of healthy proteins like eggs, grass fed beef, and wild caught fish, fats like grass-fed butter, avocado and coconut oil, and colorful veggies. Foods that will absolutely kill your child's immune system? Sugar, breads, pastas, pastries and other similar carbs, and dairy products.
*EXERCISE: Wellness Mama has some great ideas for getting your kids off their tablets, phones, and whatever else and being physically active, such as nerf gun fights and dance parties.
*BEING OUTSIDE: Believe it or not, much of the beneficial bacteria in our children's systems comes from playing in the dirt. The sun is also a huge immune system booster. Even though we might not want to venture outside in the winter, make it a point to get out there, perhaps to ice skate, sled, or go on a winter hike.
*SLEEP: Get your kid into a consistent and early bedtime routine. Find ways to help them wind down before bed, such as reading, drinking calming herbal tea, using essential oils, playing a sound machine, and more. Try to avoid night lights as complete darkness is best for natural melatonin production.
*SUPPLEMENTS AND HERBS: Many supplements support immune system, including echinacea, elderberry, vitamin A-C, zinc, vitamin D, and more. We carry wonderful immune system supports by Standard Process Inc. such as Immuplex (whole food multi with immune system focus) and Congaplex (at the first signs of infection).
Wellness Mama has some EXCELLENT resources available in this article. It is most definitely worth a read, for your child's health but also your own! Read the full article by clicking the link!
This past Saturday, one of my patients asking me during their treatment, "Could my neck affect my vision? I feel like my vision has been off!"
The answer was a resounding YES. Oftentimes, particularly with misalignments in the upper neck aka cervical spine, people get symptoms of visual disturbance, including difficulty focusing the eyes together, decreased vision, blurred vision, double vision, and more. My patient reported to me that she just felt like "her vision just wasn't right, wasn't as sharp" as it usually is. This is something that I have heard more than a few times from my patients with upper neck misalignments and imbalances.
How does this work? The nerves to the eyes, ears, nose, and head all exit at the cranium and upper cervical spine areas. This means any compromise of the nerves in this area can affect the vision. These nerves often become compromised when spinal misalignments interfere with the nerve flow.
The upper neck and nerves therein are largely responsible for keeping the head balanced while sensory input is being process through them. This can only occur when there is precise nerve impulses properly interpreted by the brain, spinal cord and neck. In short, this means that issues in the upper neck can also cause balance problems and dizziness. The upper neck is THE balance center of the body. Therefore, people often report dizziness as well as visual disturbances.
Getting a proper, specific neck adjustment by a chiropractor can be incredibly powerful in restoring proper nerve flow to and from the balance center, eyes, ears, nose, and head.
Super important post! I came across this infographic the other day and decided it warrants an entire post, and it is all about self-adjusting aka trying to "crack" your own joints.
Oftentimes, when people are in pain, they will try to contort their necks or backs or other joints in an attempt to self-adjust themselves. This often can provide short-term relief, but the important takeaway here is that in the long-run, it is aggravating the condition and the pain, and making the issue worse.
What often happens when you attempt to adjust your own joint is that you get movement in the joint above or below where the true restriction is, because a true spinal misalignment will require an extra set of hands and outside force to be moved. This self-adjusting will offer temporary relief due to the pain-relieving chemicals released with the pops obtained elsewhere, but this will be very temporary as you know. Now, what has happened is that the true restricted joint and source of pain is even more restricted, and the joints around it even more mobile.
It can be difficult to resist, but just stop self-adjusting! Within a couple of weeks, the pain will reduce, and the urge to self-adjust will reduce as well. Eliminating your self-adjusting will help to heal the area for the long-term, and allow your ligaments to strengthen and recover. Please, leave the adjusting to me!
What you can do? It is completely acceptable to stretch your neck in ONE plane of motion, such as bending to the left, bending to the to right, turning your head to the left, turning to the right, bending forwards, and backwards. If you obtain any releases aka "pops" when doing this, it is totally fine! However, if you bend and twist at the same time, it can do damage, aka do not contort yourself to force a pop, just gently stretch.
Another note is that when you stop self-adjusting, it will be much easier for me to obtain those satisfying, noisy adjustments on you when you come in, the ones that are truly needed!
If you all had not noticed yet, I LIVE to adjust. I love it, I breath it, please just come to me for your adjustments! Thanks for reading.
My patient Jake first came in about 4 weeks ago right after he experienced an episode of severe sciatica after feeling a pull in his lower back while doing a maneuver in football. Jake was concerned since the pain was so severe it was difficult to even get comfortable at all. He went to the ER, and MRI findings revealed a disc bulge in his lower back aka lumbar spine.
While the conventional medical approach is often oral steroids, pain killers, or the most aggressive treatment which is surgery, Jake got to work with both me, and a physical therapist. Just 2 weeks later, he was able to play football again. Now, 5 weeks later, he's able to run, jump, accelerate, and play football with minimal issues. His recovery was speedy fast, and it's because he addressed his sciatica in a holistic way that really got to the root cause!
So what did we work on with Jake? A lot of different things! I find that it's never just one cause, but rather a number of factors, and then one thing that is the "straw that breaks the camels back".
We did manual muscle testing to determine which muscles weren't firing to support and stabilize Jake's lumbar spine, discs, and nerves. We found some major muscles of the lower back not quite firing, including his abdominals aka core. Core musculature is so important for stability of the lumbar spine. A weakness in the core muscles can be due to spinal misalignments, injuries, and even issues with the small intestine and gut inflammation. We worked on Jake's Ileocecal Valve in the intestines to support this system.
We also found weakness in and worked on Jake's hamstrings, related to the colon, his glut max, which relates to the hormonal system and stress, and others.
We employed a number of different treatment techniques including spinal adjustments, muscle activation therapy, organ system therapy, and lymphatic reflex points.
From barely being able to walk in the ER to playing football again in 3 weeks is incredible! Unfortunately, I know of many who suffer with sciatica for months and even years. I believe that chiropractic is and should be the FIRST line of conservative therapy for any non-surgical disc injury and case of sciatica. Chiropractic care also enhances the outcomes of physical therapy by helping certain muscles fire better, therefore they are able to get a better workout and strengthen more during PT sessions!
Thanks to Jake for sharing this story, and we're so glad that you're back out there being active and living your life to its fullest!