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Posts for: June, 2021

This past Sunday, I said goodbye to a few of my littler patients as they make a big move to South Carolina!
I've been treating John, Moira and Michael together for the past few months, and while I am sad to see them go, I've had such a blast with them.
While we've worked on the basics, such as correcting spinal misalignments from birth trauma, falls and accidents etc, establishing proper brain-body communication, balancing the nervous system, boosting their immune systems, and more, some of the specifics we've worked on are allergies, both environmental and food, good intestinal function, optimal sinus drainage, and more. Most recently, we treated Moira for a major wipe out she had on her bicycle! She really did a number on her head and neck...thank goodness for my tranings in cervical adjustments and cranial work.
Children benefit from holistic chiropractic care just as much as adults do. Spinal misalignments most often occur from the moment of our birth and can persist throughout our lives if left untreated, resulting in not only physical imbalances and pain but also disruption to the nervous system and thus our overall health.
Some signs that your child may need a chiropractic adjustment are colic, irritability, poor coordination, ear infections, noise sensitivity, sleep issues, and more.
Thanks to mom and patient Bridie for bringing in your lovely three little ones. The family that chiropractics together stays healthy together                     <br />
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In the wake of a killer spring allergy season, allergies and the holistic approach to them really deserves a post, so here it is!

Despite what you may think, allergies often aren't just something you are cursed with and that's it. Allergy symptoms usually develop for quite a number of reasons and factors, many of which can be positively influenced by a holistic treatment approach, resulting in less severe or resolved allergy symptoms.

Allergies generally happen when your body's immune system attacks harmless proteins in your body, resulting in an inflammatory response. This means the first factor in allergies is our own immune system. Our immune systems can be strengthened and our inflammatory response can be lowered. The first way to do this is through out diet. We must eat an anti-inflammatory, immune-supportive diet. This means cutting out allergenic foods such as gluten, dairy, corn, soy sugar, processed foods and meats, fast food, etc. It means choosing foods that are organic, range-fed, and hormone, anti-biotic, and trans-fat free. It means adding healthy omega-3 fats and plenty of green leafies and fresh fruit. This absolutely must be step 1. Without cleaning up our diet, the allergy-free lifestyle we aim for will always be out of reach.

There are other organ systems highly involved in allergies. The liver is a major one. The liver is responsible for cleansing the blood of toxins that release histamine, and for breaking down histamine itself. Without the liver performing this vital function, histamines, which cause the itchiness, sneezing, hives, congestion, etc that allergy-sufferers experience, will run rampant and go haywire in the body.

Other organs involved in addressing allergies? We also must have healthy lung and respiratory function to properly clear mucous produced by allergens. Side note, this means we must be exercising and working our lungs. There is a big connection between the stomach and allergies as well, which I learned through my Applied Kinesiology courses. I also cannot forget to mention stress management! Higher levels of stress directly contribute to allergy symptoms and inflammation in the body. 

In my office, I primarily treat allergies through diet and lifestyle changes and management of stress through mind-body techniques, as well as regular chiropractic kinesiology treatments and nutritional supplementation Standard Process Inc. to support the organs and system mentioned above. The three products in the photo below are my three personal favorites to give my allergy ridden patients.

*Antronex- usually my first go-to, this supplement contains a liver extract to support the liver's detoxification processes, and it supports the immune system

*Allerplex- contains lung and adrenal tissue, vitamins A and C, some Antronex, and other ingredients to support liver, lung and respiratory function

*Sinus Forte- an herbal blend to support healthy upper respiratory mucous membranes, includes Echinacea, Golden Seal and other wonderful herbs

The best thing about these products? They do not interfere with your body's histamine production, as over-the-counter medications do. These products address the ROOT causes of the allergy symptoms which ultimately results in less histamine production as well as better histamine metabolism. 

If you still need allergy support this season, let's address it together!
#allergies #holistichealth #allergyseason#chiropractic

 


While you may be hearing of "COVID arm" in the news, today I'd like to share something I've been seeing clinically in my patients who have recently received the COVID-19 vaccine.
(Side note: We all hear a lot of things in the news. My motto is, I wait to see what I observe in my patients. I like to see how my patients present and how they respond to various therapies. While I greatly respect research, I also believe that my clinical experience with people day after day is of utmost importance in informing my practice. This holds true for me with anything and everything, from vaccines to new and different therapies, to various injuries and illnesses, etc. I like to approach everything with an open mind and consider all possibilities. Today, I am sharing something I've been seeing in my practice these days!)
My patient Ruth came in and was one of a handful of my patients who have received the vaccine and presented with what would appear to be an arm/shoulder injury afterwards. Ruth told me that she had had a pretty severe reaction to the vaccine in terms of the amount of arm pain that she experienced afterwards, which lasted a week, so it all checked out. I muscle tested her right shoulder and found a few muscles shut off, seemingly injured. This included one of the sections of her deltoid muscle as well as a rotator cuff muscle.
I then proceeded to treat the apparent injury as I would any patient, with some muscle activation techniques to repair the injured muscle, with some reflex point work including lymphatic points to increase lymphatic drainage, and with some chiropractic adjustments, particularly in the area of the shoulder and upper back and neck as well as to the vertebral level of nerve supply to the affected muscles. We got great results with just this therapy. All muscles that were inhibited aka shut off, began firing well again, and Ruth's pain significantly decreased. All function was restored to the muscles affected, and Ruth regained better right shoulder range of motion.
I also at times like to work with vials, and have been checking various vials related to the COVID-19 virus as well as the vaccine. I simply make sure that before they leave, my patients muscle test strong when exposed to the vial.
With Ruth, all of our work together that day was manual, in-office work. I didn't send her with any supplements in this case, but we made so much progress. She was pain-free when she left. It was a reminder of just how powerful one chiropractic kinesiolgy session can be, even for something a little out of the norm like an arm injury seemingly from a shot.
Thanks to Ruth for posing with me! And for trusting me with her care.
Let's make it a great new week!