Posts for: January, 2020
It's time for another positive patient story with my girl Jen!
Jen came in a little over 4 years ago with complaints of joint issues, particularly in her knees especially her right knee, and in her neck, which she claimed "popped a lot" on its own and felt generally painful and achy. She also told me about difficulties with maintaining energy levels and focus and concentration throughout the day and had to take Adderal daily.
From the start with Jen, we discovered adrenal stress. She had a positive postural hypotension test on exam, a common adrenal fatigue symptom, multiple other symptoms of adrenal stress, and we found adrenal-related muscle inhibition.
Many people don't know that two of the major knee supportive muscles, the sartorius and gracilis, are related to the adrenal glands. The sartorius is often correlated to the adrenal medulla, which releases adrenaline for energy, helps regulate blood sugar levels, heart rate, and more. The gracilis muscle is often correlated to the adrenal cortex, which releases cortisol to control our stress response and aldosterone to regulate our water retention and blood pressure, and more.
We found both muscles shut off in Jen's right knee, leading to knee instability and thus, her pain and discomfort.
Cortisol, release by the adrenal cortex in response to stresses, also "eats away" at the ligaments of the body, particularly in the upper neck and SI (hip) joints. We determined that this was a part of her chronic neck popping, leading to instability, and ultimately pain. The desire to self-adjust in these cases can be very strong, but will only lead to more pain and instability down the road! Don't do it...
Anyways ultimately, Jen's treatment involved specific chiropractic adjustments, a few in particular to boost the adrenal glands, neurolymphatic reflex point work for the adrenal glands, mind-body techniques to address emotional and mental stress, and nutritional testing. We put Jen on Drenamin and Ligaplex II by Standard Process Inc.to rehabilitate and strengthen her adrenal glands and ligaments. We have also used other supplements as necessary over the years as Jen's health has changed. Our treatment did not only involve treatment to her adrenal glands, although this was a main focus.
Years later, Jen is doing great! Her knee and neck pain have both greatly improved, as has her focus and concentration, allowing her to work herself off of her Adderal medication, which she has been off of since 5 months after beginning treatment in 2014 -yay! Her focus on concentration was also tied to her adrenal gland function. Jen comes in regularly to maintain our progress and her health, no more than once a month!
And I always love to see her. We take our work seriously yet we have a lot of fun, and see our treatments as a team effort. Thanks so much, Jen!
New year, new posts! My first is all about reflex points.
If you are a patient of mine, chances are you have a reflex point (or two, or three...) worked on almost every time you come in. Today I want to tell you all about Neurolymphatic Reflex Points, one of the most common reflex point systems I use.
Neurolymphatic Reflex Points were discovered in the 1930's by an osteopathic doc named Dr. Frank Chapman. He noted palpably tender points throughout the body which correlated with certain symptoms, organ/gland issues, and muscles. The more chronically active and severe the reflex point, the worse the tenderness.
With stimulation of the reflex point, usually with a rotary massage for 30-60 secs, or longer if necessary, there will be a dramatic improvement and strengthening of the associated weak muscle which correlates to the reflex point.
By treating neurolymphatic reflex points, we increase and improve lymph (waste) drainage from the associated muscle and organ/gland. This stimulates and strengthens the immune system, and releases toxins from the muscles, tissues and organs. It both strengthens and relaxes certain associated muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia (connective tissue). For example, working on the TFL (tensor fascia latae) muscles related neurolymphatic point strengthens the TFL, can relax the adductors, and boosts the large intestine. Working neurolymphatic reflex points also has a parasympathetic boosting effect and therefore promotes relaxation throughout the entire nervous system. This then energizes the body, promotes oxygenation to the brain and tissues, and releases natural endorphins. It stimulates the vagus nerve, thus enhancing digestion, healing, sleep, and a sense of peacefulness.
I often work reflex points before performing adjustments, which I find to then "seal" the work done on the points and the changes made in the body.
As you can see, the benefits of incorporating Chapman's Neurolymphatic Reflex Points into our holistic chiropractic treatments are far-reaching! Whatever we work on always effects so much more than what may be seen on the surface.
Stay tuned for a post all about Neurovascular reflexes next week! And happy 2020!
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