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Posts for: July, 2021

Thanks to my patient for sharing this basic yet vital post-adjustment information!
After a holistic chiropractic session, many toxins will be released from the tissues, muscles, and joints. This is a good thing, except that we then must move these toxins out of our bloodstream and out of the body. This requires A LOT of water, more than what is normally required, which is half our body weight in ounces of water per day.
If we do not drink enough water and keep our bodies moving via exercise or simply walking to eliminate these toxins, we can develop a number of nasty post-adjustment symptoms. These symptoms include muscle and joint soreness, headaches, fatigue, nausea, brain fog, and even cold and flu-like symptoms.
Over the years I have heard many of my patients report post-adjustment symptoms like these. They often wonder what is going on. Drinking plenty of water after an adjustment can drastically reduce all of the above symptoms. So can moving your body and exercising. I recommend to all of my patients going on a walk at some point after their session that day.

Okay, so it's been a few months since I've done my Book of the Month, but here it is...Atomic Habits by James Clear!
This book was all about building good habits and breaking bad ones to live a better life, period.
My key takeaways from this book were:
*Don't focus on achieving grand goals, rather aim to do 1% better every single day, consistently, which will build over time into better habits and achieving your goals. Example: If you want to exercise regularly, start with one minute a day. Literally walk for one minute or do push ups for one minute. Add a minute each day.
*Make your desired habit DESIRABLE. For example, pair something you want to do with something you need to do.
*Make your desired habit EASY. Decrease the number of steps necessary to make your habit happen. Invest in purchases that will make your habits more achievable, etc.
*Make your bad habits UNDESIRABLE. Make it more difficult to do, focus on the benefits of NOT doing it, have an accountability partner, app etc.
The biggest lesson is to take small steps very consistently. We are what we repeatedly do. Focus on your trajectory and not your end goal.
And if you really want to deep dive or make a big committment when it comes to creating good habits for yourself and breaking bad ones, read Atomic Habits by James Clear!

Lately I have had a lot of knee pain patients and so I think that this is worth a share!
There is a lot that can be done for knee pain without having to resort to regular medication usage or surgery.
Whenever a patient with knee pain comes in, I first focus on muscle testing all of the muscles which stabilize the knee joint using my Applied Kinesiology neurological muscle testing training. This muscle testing does not test the strength of the muscle, but rather tests to see if the muscle is inhibited aka turned off, or facilitated aka turned on.
There are many muscles which support the knee. Two main inner knee joint support muscles are the gracilis and sartorius muscles, both of which attach to the hip, therefore requiring the hips/pelvis to be thoroughly checked out as well. Both muscles also happen to be related to the adrenal glands, which are mainly responsible for our stress response, therefore making knee issues highly linked to stress. Another major knee support is the quadriceps muscles, which also gets its nerve supply from the lower back, making checking the lower back vertebrae important, and is also related to the small intestine. This means that intestinal issues can also contribute to knee pain. One last example of a knee supportive muscle is the popliteus, which is behind the knee and is related to the gall bladder, which is responsible for our fat metabolism.
There are a number of other muscles which attach into and stabilize the knee, all of which I check via muscle testing in my patients with knee pain. Then, the treatment may be any number of things, from activating the muscle if it strain sprained, through muscle activation techniques, to adjusting the level of nerve supply to the muscle or adjusting the knee joint itself, which is often misaligned, to working reflex points for the organ associated with the inhibited muscles, and more.
One important knee pain factor that cannot be forgotten is nutrition. Oftentimes, our lack of proper nutrition contributes to knee issues. Even if we eat well, our food is often depleted of its nutrients, and we are unable to properly digest and absorb all of them. In this day and age, we need help with our nutrition! I love Standard Process Inc. whole organic food based supplements. A few of my favorites for knee joint support are:
*Omega-3's: Cod Liver Oil, Tuna Omega Oil, or others to support the musculoskeletal system, immune system, and healthy inflammatory response
*Manganese: Manganese B12 to support healthy tissue repair and connective tissue
*Glucosamine and Boswelia: Glucosamine Synergy which combines glucosamine, boswelia and manganese for healthy joints