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Posts for: February, 2020


I am on cloud 9 over here! 

This past weekend, I attended my first NET Success seminar in beautiful Honolulu, HI!

I have taken the basic NET, which stands for Neuro-Emotional Technique, seminar in the past, but this took it a step further. Not only did I further develop my mind-body technique skills with NET Success, the seminar also had a "heal the healer" approach. In other words, us practitioners worked through our own emotional blockages and on our own inner emotional health. 

Neuro-Emotional Technique is a mind-body technique which combines elements of chiropractic, body physiology, acupuncture meridians, and other mind-body dynamics, to improve behavioral and physical conditions by identifying and removing neurological imbalances due to unresolved emotional stressors. Often, these emotional stressors have overwhelmed our own inborn emotional processing systems.

The fact is, our emotional state greatly affects our health. And my emotional state as a practitioner, greatly affects not only my well-being, but the care that I am giving to my patients, my ability to maintain my practice, my energy, my time management skills, my focus, etc. NET instructors spent the weekend teaching us just how important it is that we remain emotionally healthy for ourselves and our patients. 

In all honesty, this job that I love and adore, is physically, mentally, and emotionally demanding. As the practice becomes busier, I continue to recognize the need to maintain my inner and outer health, and to recharge my batteries, so that I can continue to give to the best of my abilities for years to come.

My mentor, Dr. Tim Francis, also repeated to us again and again, every session with a patient is an energy exchange. Both the energetic state of the patient and the doctor affect the outcome of the treatment. Another reason to keep myself in a healthy energetic state!

Not only am I coming back to the office better equipped to serve my patients, I am coming back having personally worked through many personal past emotional traumas and blockages. I happened to be attending the seminar with long-time chiropractic colleague and friend Dr. Ashley Freidel, who attended National University of Health Sciences with me for some time. Dr. Freidel is now practicing in the San Francisco area, and just became a certified NET practitioner. Her skills blew me away! We spent much of the weekend working with each other. I also was able to work with other practitioners.

I am off the rest of this week, further resting and rejuvenating. I will be back in the office this Saturday, February 29th! 

Have a wonderful week, and thank you for reading!












My patient Callie, who is now 39 weeks pregnant, came in for her last
I recently got to see my patient Aaron and his wife, Lia, after a couple of years of not seeing them! Lia and Aaron live in Georgia, and whenever they are traveling to the DC area, they pay me a visit together. It's always a wonderful visit full of lots of adjustments, muscle testing, healing, and smiles.
Aaron is a great success story. When Aaron first came in to see me in 2014, he had high blood pressure, for which he was taking two prescription medications for. Aaron expressed to me that he really wanted to be able to get off of his blood pressure medications, but that his blood pressure would spike too high whenever he tried.
After just one treatment, some nutritional supplementation to support healthy, stable blood pressure levels, and some positive dietary and lifestyle changes on Aaron's part, Aaron's blood pressure became completely stable, and he has not taken any prescription drugs for it since the day before his very first treatment. This still holds true 6 years later, as I checked with Aaron this recent visit.
We also worked on Aaron's left shoulder, which imaging revealed may have a labral tear. I gave Aaron a head to toe holistic treatment, but with extensive muscle testing of his shoulder. I worked on activating any inhibited, or turned off, muscles in Aaron's left shoulder so that his shoulder would be better stabilized. This is often accomplished not just with muscle work to the affected muscle and manipulation to the spine region, but with adjustments, reflex point work, and protocols involving the entire body. For example, we had to work on Aaron's right hip to help stabilize the shoulder too. Everything is connected! We also used our cold laser on Aaron's shoulder joint to aid in accelerating tissue repair and cellular growth, break up adhesive scar tissue, reduce pain and inflammation, and more.
Thanks to Aaron for sharing his story, and to his lovely wife Lia for taking the photos during our treatment! I look forward to seeing you both again whenever you are back in town!


Happy last week of January! 2020 is off to a wonderful start here in the office, and this week I am posting all about another type of reflex point- Neurovascular Reflex points.

Dr. Terrance Bennett, a chiropractor, discovered Neurovascular Reflex points in the 1930's. He mapped these points mostly over the head and chest. 

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about Neurolymphatic points, which stimulate the flow of lymphatic drainage from certain muscles and organs. Neurovascular points stimulate the circulation of the vascular system to various different muscles and organs. In improving circulation to muscles and organs, we improve function.

I will often ID the Neurovascular point that needs to be treated by using my tool of Applied Kinesiology muscle testing. Once I find a weak, or inhibited, muscle, I test to see if it needs the Neurovascular point treated. If indeed it does, I then use mild finger pressure on the points for about 30-60 seconds, often tugging them in different directions until I can feel a slight pulsing sensation. Treatment of the point often immediately dilates the blood vessels that supply oxygen and many nutrients located within the muscle and organ.

The patient often feels a deep sense of relaxation while we perform this treatment, as these points not only physically increase blood flow to and from muscles and organs, but also act as nervous system calmatives and emotional release points. This is because emotional stress has an overloading and congestive affect on our vascular system. When we hold these points, we can obtain an emotional processing/release and relieve emotional burden on our nervous systems and ultimately our bodies.

I am looking forward to treating many more reflex points for my patients in our holistic chiropractic sessions this coming week! Happy Sunday!