Posts for: April, 2020
I have teamed up with my colleague and personal trainer Maurice Williams of Move Well Fitness to bring you five easy at-home exercises for spinal alignment and pain relief. What I have been noticing during these times is that many of my patients are coming in in increased levels of discomfort and pain due to their work-from-home situations. Less exercise plus the not-so-ergonomically-friendly at-home desk set up has resulted in an increased amount of lower back pain, upper back pain, neck pain, headaches, and more, you name it. Add to that the stress of the current times, and we have a recipe for pain on our hands. Since many of you are also unable to come in for chiropractic treatments at this time, we decided to put the care into your hands with these at-home spinal relief exercises! Do these exercises throughout the day, particularly when you are working long hours at a desk or somewhere in your home. Carry these exercise into the future as well, when you may be back in the office at a desk, working a manual labor job, bending over all day (like me) etc! These are spinal stretching, strengthening, and pain relief exercises that can benefit anyone, anywhere.
In this country and in this time, we must do our own research, question what we are being told and taught, and ask if there is there more.
There are many methods of health care, such as holistic manual therapies, nutritional supplements, herbal supplements, homeopathy, mind-body techniques, and more that can bolster our immune systems and our bodies to help us live a long and healthy life. These don't often get as much screen time as other mainstream medical therapies. I find myself questioning why we have not been told of the research-backed findings that high dose vitamin C and vitamin D have been highly successful in helping people recover from this virus. And there are so many other wonderful, effective methods of treatment!
Instead, we are often taught that the cure in the form of a drug or vaccine after we have become infected is the only answer. This is not the only answer.
In this time, I believe bolstering our immune system is one of the best ways to be proactive around Coronavirus. It is something that you can do NOW, rather than wait.
Remember that our body contains an inborn system created to fight and protect us from harmful pathogens. I greatly urge everyone to begin thinking about and start being even more proactive in taking care of this system!
Start to clean up your diet, determine what your body is lacking (muscle testing is a great way to do this) and start supplying it with what it is lacking in to have strong healthy systems, clear negative emotional traumas and beliefs that manifest weakness and dis-ease in your body, jump on that exercise bandwagon, take control of your body!
It can be a tough journey but there are a lot of support systems out there, myself included! It's a journey that will be rewarding in so many ways. I feel confident in encountering any health challenge because I take care of myself every single day. I am not afraid to see patients in my office or venture out into the world! I want to support my patients in feeling the same way.
How is everyone doing out there?
Many of my patients have been asking me how I've been doing because, well, my patients are super awesome, thoughtful, and generous, and care about me just as much as I care about them
To be very honest with everyone, I have been working long hours for a long time now. Loving what I do and being my own boss, I tend to say "yes" all of the time. It's been an exciting ride, and I wouldn't change a thing, however, my body and mind needs a break from time to time and was coming up on needing a major break.
This indeed has been a wonderful break. I am seeing patients, although much less, as I am only seeing patients with active symptoms and urgent needs. This has allowed me to get more sleep than I have in years, rest my physical body more, rejuvenate my mind, and more. I expect to come out of this fully refreshed and on my A game.
I thought it'd be a good time to share how I'm living out this COVID-19 enforced downtime, and to also check in with all of you as well as offer my advice on what I am finding and believing to be most helpful during this stressful time.
Here's what I've been doing when the going gets tough:
#1-NATURE. I have gone on more neighborhood walks, hikes, and trail walks in the past few weeks than I sometimes have in an entire summer. Nature has a great capacity to heal. It has also been scientifically proven to increase our immune system function, decrease stress hormones in our body, improve oxygenation of our lungs and tissues and more. Also, right now, it is one of the few activities we can safely do. I included some photos of my two nieces, Lia and Sienna, and I on a family trail walk. We all stayed at least 3-6 ft apart, inhaled the clean, fresh air, and enjoyed spending time together.
#2 ART. I am so NOT an artist. I am not very creative either. In fact, my art is my job. But I think we need to exercise our creativity somehow in other ways right now. I decided to get out my colored gel pens pack, and when I feel stressed or anxious, I start coloring. I have also been baking and cooking more! I usually don't have time for that. Yesterday I was able to make gluten free blueberry muffins. Other great ways of getting artistic- games, puzzles, take a new route around the neighborhood, identify birds and flowers, etc.
#3-MEDITATION. I love Insight Timer, one of the many free meditation apps out there. I remember one day a few weeks back, when everything started happening very quickly around COVID-19, I felt my anxiety spiraling. I did one ten minute meditation that night, and honestly ever since then, I've felt calmer and more grounded. It's amazing what ten minutes of mindfulness will do for you.
#4-SLEEPING MORE. I let myself sleep in these days. Why not? There will be a time when life picks back up. We will wish we slept in more!
#5-LAUGHING. Finally, I believe it is okay to smile and laugh during this time. In fact I think we need it. A good laugh keeps us healthy, positive, in a state of gratitude. That is the energy that we need right now. Of course, I acknowledge the sadness, grief, stress, and other emotions that come up surrounding the current events, but I also allow myself a good laugh, and then I focused on the positive.
#6-SUPPORTING OTHERS. Thank goodness I can still practice, so I can be of service! I also began my online supplement ordering program. We pick up take out a few nights a week to support local businesses, I've given masks to people who need them, kind words to people who need them. I think we all feel better when we lift up others.
Thank you all for reading, for caring about me and the practice, and for continuing to support me! I hope you have found this post helpful or inspiring to you. I would also LOVE to hear how you all are spending this time or what you all are doing to de-stress. Please comment them below! And know that- I love you all and miss you!
Happy Friday everyone!
*Brief update on the office status- we remain open to see patients on an urgent needs basis. We are still here for you on a more limited schedule.*
This being said, I thought it was a great time to introduce a brand new service that I have brought to the practice. It's been something I have been wanting to do for a while, but it took COVID-19 to give me the final motivation I needed to set it all up.
I am now offering virtual/remote health status assessments followed by personalized nutritional supplement regimens based on those assessments! This service is also available to my current, in-person patients.
The process goes like this:
1. Patient is electronically sent or given a Standard Process Inc.Systems Health Survey, a questionnaire given to access a snapshot of the patients health at that moment in time, to fill out.
2. Once I receive the Systems Survey, a Telehealth appointment may be scheduled to further discuss the patients current health.
3. I then combine clinical knowledge with the use of a practitioner key to asses the patients overall health and nutritional needs, allowing me to create a customized nutritional, herbal, and/or homeopathic supplement regimen to be taken for a specified amount of time.
4. Due to the recent set up and activation of the Patient Direct online portal on Standard Process' website, patients can have all supplements shipped to them directly. If a non-Standard Process product is prescribed, we will ship those products out separately.
5. A re-assessment is done after the specified amount of time on the regimen.
It's as easy as can be, yet super effective, and a wonderful way to support people when they simply cannot be in the office, perhaps because they cannot come in for the recent circumstances such as COVID-19, live across the country, cannot travel, etc.
I have already done a few of these Systems Surveys and customized nutritional supplement plans with a few patients, and am eager to do more! Not only does it help people who cannot have an in-person appointment, it can help anyone who wants to support themselves with supplements, but is completely unsure of where to start, which ones to get, etc. Anyone know of anyone in this camp? I know I do! The world of supplements has become a complicated place, and now more than ever, guidance is needed.
I would love for you all to help me spread the good word about my new virtual or in-person health service! If you or anyone you know needs help in assessing their current needs in this way, go ahead and send them my way.
The info on this service can be found at this link:
I hope everyone is making the most of some of this COVID-19 enforced downtime. I know it has caused me to brainstorm other ways that I can help people and live out my passion, do some self-reflection, and create positive changes in my life. Before we know it, life will be back to being busy again. What changes do we want to bring with us into the future?
Thank you so much! I am missing you all. Dr. Amanda