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January 29, 2022
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I've been seeing Marcus, his daughter, and his mother (3 generations!) since 2015. During the pandemic, Marcus took up a daily outdoor running routine, which has done worlds for his physical and mental health. So it became even more important that we address a right knee issue he began having years ago!

One of the first issues Marcus came into me with was right knee pain. This is a good opportunity to explain that holistic chiropractic kinesiology, the usage of applied kinesiological muscle testing, holistic health techniques, and chiropractic, can address NOT ONLY "back and neck pain", but discomfort in any area of the body. 

As always, I start with a full muscle testing screen of the knee-individual quad muscles, various hip flexors, glutes, and many more. We identify which muscles are inhibited aka not turned on and firing correctly, leading to instability and compromise of the knee joint (an injury just waiting to happen). Often, as was Marcus' case, we find multiple muscles shut off; however, not to worry! 

Using a combination of muscle activation techniques, myofascial release, chiropractic manipulation to both the central spine as well as the knee joint, foot bones, etc, lymphatic reflex point therapy, and of course mind-body techniques (emotional stress almost always plays a role) and nutrition, we get ALL the shut off muscles back on board again by the end of the treatment 99% of the time. 

Years later, Marcus is able to maintain a regular running routine, despite the activity of running commonly resulting in inflammation and knee pain for people with compromised and/or weakened knee joints. 

Marcus, it's been the best to see you and your family throughout the years, and I am thrilled to help keep you able to do what you love-run!

It's been a while since I've done a book review/recommendation so here's my latest! Breath by James Nestor. I am especially happy to point out that this book actually directly influenced my treatments in the office lately. Read on to find out how!
Breath by James Nestor in summary draws from pulmonology, biochemistry, anthropology, psychology, and more sciences to ultimately relay the incredible importance of proper breathing in humans. Today, most of us breathe to our own detriment, which leads to neck and jaw imbalances as well as chronic illnesses such as asthma, sleep apnea, ADHD, anxiety and more. We have developed poor breathing over time as a result of poor diet, stress, mouth breathing instead of nose breathing, and the list goes on. Just know, the vast majority of us are currently NOT breathing optimally.
How did this influence my treatments in the office? I have been muscle testing the breathing muscles on almost every patient to ensure they are all firing as they should be and contributing to optimal lung capacity and breathing mechanics. Some of these muscles include the diaphragm, intercostals, serratus anterior, obliques, latissimus dorsi, and more. I typically do muscle activation techniques along with chiropractic adjustments to improve the function of these muscles. Also, another terrific and effective way to aid in proper breathing is through breathing techniques. There are many which can be found online as well as in this book. Most of my patients get sent home with instructions to do at-home breathing meditations or techniques.
I have really enjoyed and found fulfillment in contributing to helping my patients with one of the most fundamental aspects of health-Breath.