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Let's talk about suboccipital muscle release and the Stillpoint technique!

If you've been in my office for a treatment, you have very likely had this treatment done (and for many of you, it's one of your absolute favorite parts of the session if not favorite part altogether). There's good reason for that! 

I combine suboccipital muscle release with the Stillpoint treatment for most of my patients, usually when they are laying on pelvic blocks (a twofer if you will).

Lets start with the suboccipital muscles. These are the muscles that attach into the base of our skull at a bone called the occiput. There are four paired muscles in all, and when they need release, they often feel like taught bands at the base of the skull. When tight, these muscles can cause headaches often in the base of the skull and into the head including behind the eyes, neck pain, shoulder/upper trap pain, congested sinuses, vision issues, and more. These muscles are also highly interconnected with our stress response. Whenever we experience stress, our suboccipital muscles tighten down. Notice when you are under stress how "scrunched" your upper neck is. 

The first thing I do is to release the suboccipital muscles with my fingertips by practically balancing the base of the skull into my fingertips. This is often tender or even painful to the patient but also feels very good and relieving (if you're a patient, you know what I am saying!). This immediately helps to relax the muscles and take the body out of the sympathetic nervous system stress response. Also, many patients report their sinuses draining immediately, while we are holding the points. There are so many other benefits as well.

Near the center of the suboccipital muscles, there are two points known as the Stillpoint. With a prolonged holding and gentle rocking of these points, we achieve an even further relaxation that is often described as an absolute MELTING of the entire body. These are powerful points. With treatment, the nervous system goes into a temporary suspension. Cerebrospinal fluid flow is increased, and tension is released within the connective tissue of the brain itself. This may be why patients truly love this technique.

While it is not the same as having another treat these for you, you can treat both of these at home! I often tell patients to use a tennis ball to try to treat this points. Simply roll and hold the ball at points along the base of your skull. See picture below!

Last week we had a birthday treatment for a rock star patient and friend of mine, Taylor! Not only did she come in on her special day for her treatment, she agreed to take some pics and share her story.

Taylor initially came in for moderate to severe sudden shoulder pain, which we were able to completely resolve together in 5 treatments. Thanks to our conservative care methods, no other medical interventions were necessary for Taylor's shoulder.

Taylor also has the movement disorder called Cerebral Palsy, which affects her motor abilities, balance, and posture, among other things. Taylor asked me if we could work on this with our holistic chiropractic treatments, and I am so glad she asked! With the shoulder all fixed up, we were now able to focus more on our holistic treatments, particularly with work directed to Taylor's brain, neurological and muscular systems.

We implemented chiropractic adjustments along with our Applied Kinesiology muscle testing, muscle therapy, reflex point work and organ work, mind-body techniques, and more. Chiropractic is research-backed, specifically with patients with Cerebral Palsy, to decrease muscle spasticity, decrease pain, improve muscle tone, improve balance and posture, and improve autonomic nervous system function. The autonomic nervous system regulates a multitude of bodily functions through the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems. These subconscious functions include digestion and all internal organ function, heart rate regulation, respiratory rate regulation, vascular flow, stress response, mood, and much more. With our holistic chiropractic treatment, we were able to support Taylor with all of these amazing benefits.

I look forward to continuing to work with Taylor monthly, as usual in an integrative, holistic way! Thank you, Taylor! And happiest of birthdays! Also, check out Taylor's Instagram page TC.Talks101 or her Facebook page Taylor Talks, where she provides inspirational content all about overcoming your limitations and interviews tons of motivating peeps. If you want positive and uplifting content, definitely check her out!


To wrap up my series on treatment points today, I am going to tell you all about Acupuncture Tonification Points! 

I've recently posted about reflex points I commonly use in my practice (scroll back through my posts to find them!), and we have covered both neuro-lymphatic reflex points (increase lymphatic drainage from muscles/organs)and neuro-vascular points (stimulate vascular flow to muscles/organs). 

I have learned much about the acupuncture meridians in my Applied Kinesiology courses, including which muscles and organs correlate with which meridians, and various points along the meridians that are of specific importance. One type of acupuncture point I choose to use very often is the tonification points. Simply put, when stimulated, tonification points nourish and stimulate the chi (energy) flow along the meridian and to the associated organs and muscles.

I do not needle acupuncture points as a licensed acupuncturist would. I incorporate the acupuncture systems into my treatments differently. While it is not a comprehensive acupuncture treatment and does not replace the amazing service that acupuncture and oriental medicine practitioners provide, I find so much benefit in working in some of what this incredible and ancient medicine offers for my patients that I choose to use it often, usually when I find it to be indicated via muscle testing.

I use chiropractic manipulation, red light laser therapy, and acupressure tapping or rubbing to stimulate tonificaiton points. We will often see an immediate re-facilitation aka strengthening of the weak muscle/s associated with the meridian. It's another amazing tool to have in my toolkit!

We had three generations here in the office last Friday! I absolutely loved treating this grandmother, mother, and granddaughter, who all came in together for a family chiropractic visit! 

People often ask me who chiropractic is for. One of the answers to this is that chiropractic is for ALL ages, from newborn (sometimes they are adjusted within hours of birth) to the elderly, and everyone in between. 

With the Mason family, each treatment was a bit different, as it is for all of my patients, yet simiilar. We assessed their skeletal alignment, muscle testing function, organ and organ system needs, emotional blockages, nutritional needs and more. We used our tools of chiropractic manipulation, from traditional manual adjustments to gentler techniques such as pelvic blocking and activator instrument-assisted methods, neuro-emotional and other mind-body techniques, reflex point work, and more to bring grandma, mom, and daughter back into balance and functioning at their most optimal.

On any given day, I have many families come in together, from husbands and wives, to parents with their children, to siblings, to cousins, to sisters or brothers-in-law, to grandmothers and grandfathers and their grandchildren, and more! Treating families together makes for a special kind of treatment. The family bonds can be felt in the office and even become a party of the treatment. Plus, there are usually lots of laughs (like we definitely had on Friday) and good conversation in a fun and relaxed space. There's just something about treating families!

Hi everyone,

On May 7th, 2020, Governor Hogan lifted the restrictions on licensed health care providers to resume elective and non-urgent medical procedures.  For Synergy Chiropractic, this means that we have returned to seeing all patients who wish to come in for treatment under guidelines given to us by the Maryland Department of Health.  We were required to send our COVID-19 office protocols to the Maryland Department of Health to be allowed to continue seeing patients during these times.  These protocols include: 

*Screening all patients before visiting the office. Patients who have had cold or flu-like symptoms or been around anyone who has within two weeks, or has traveled within two weeks, will not be permitted in the office.

*Disinfecting the entire office in between patients

*Washing hands thoroughly between each patient

*No patients waiting in the waiting area.  Patients will wait outside or in their car until Dr. Amanda is ready to see him/her. 

*Hand sanitizer placed around the office

*Dr. Amanda and Janice wearing n-95 masks and Janice wearing gloves when interacting with patients

I would like to ask that all of my patients please be mindful that we need time at the end of the visit to thoroughly clean and disinfect the office.  Please also be mindful to check out and clear the office quickly so that we can minimize the number of persons in the office at all times. 

I have enjoyed seeing many of you return to the office for your holistic chiropractic appointments!  If you are wishing to schedule an appointment to come in, please also be aware that I am currently booking out about 2-3 weeks.  We do not have the flexibility to add patients to the schedule as we did before as the cleaning procedures are time-consuming.  Please plan to schedule ahead of time!

Lastly, I know these times have been trying for many of us in different ways.  I am feeling the collective consciousness right now is HEAVY. I made a commitment as a doctor of chiropractic to support my patients, especially when life is challenging, and they are in need. This is why I have remained open for the past few months, not once closing my doors for any amount of time.  I promise that I will continue to fulfill my calling to support my patients' health and well-being.

In response to the racial injustices, police brutality, protests, riots, rage, hurt, and more that we have recently witnessed, I want to be clear that I intend my office to always be a safe haven and all-inclusive space for anyone, of any age, color, gender, size, culture, religion, belief system, and type.  I commit to striving to make each and every patient feel not only accepted but actively supported in who they are. 

My favorite non-profit is One Love Foundation, an organization dedicated to educating people about healthy and unhealthy relationship behaviors, learning how to have better relationships, including with people from different communities, and all-in-all, how to love BETTER.  You'll see me wearing this shirt around the office this month to promote their message.  Check out their website here:

Thanks for reading, and see you all soon!