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Patients old and young alike ask me about the possibility of holistic chiropractic care in helping issues of ear infections, sinusitis, allergies, congested ears and sinuses, and similar issues. Parents of young children also ask me about the possibility of chiropractic care alleviating their children's often chronic ear infections.
The answer is absolutely.
Chiropractic manipulation, particularly to the neck, as well as cranial (skull) bone manipulation, amongst other work, helps the ears and sinuses to drain by relieving mechanical pressure on these structures.
Adjustments also help to remove obstruction of the lymphatic drainage channels (waste drainage) channels running through the head and neck, allowing them to properly dump into the lymph system to be drained from the body.
In addition, chiropractic manipulation stimulates nerves traveling to the sinuses and ears, which helps promote healing and clearing through direct brain and nervous system instruction.
I have known patients to literally have their ear infections resolve within 24-48 hours of their appointment. Many people also tell me that they can actually feel their ears and sinuses draining while we work on them in the treatment room. The results can be instantaneous!
Holistic chiropractic treatment can be an excellent choice for conservative management of ear infections, sinus infections, allergies, and more.
 

Wonderful news flash: I recently received notice of and my certificate of Proficiency in the Webster Technique through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association! I am officially a Webster certified chiropractor. 

Chiropractic care during pregnancy is essential to the normal physiology of both mother AND baby. The Webster technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment which aims to reduce pelvic imbalances and improve neurological and musculoskeletal function in both mother and baby.

Pelvic imbalances can lead to discomfort and hinder labor which can also lead to unnecessary intervention during birth.

Research has revealed that this particular type of adjustment may contribute to safer, easier births and alleviate the many symptoms of difficult pregnancy/labor.

Dr. Larry Webster, founder of the Webster technique, also noticed that in most cases when a woman had a breech presentation, babies would often turn to the more desirable head down position after undergoing this type of treatment. 

I am very much looking forward to providing prenatal and pediatric chiropractic care to more people! Please help me to spread the good word.

Thanks to my patient Claudia for undergoing regular prenatal chiropractic care in her very first pregnancy. We can't wait to meet her baby boy Brayden!

Meet my talented, knowledgeable, kind, and down-to-earth patient, colleague, and friend Maurice Williams at Move Well Fitness!
Maurice and I have been working together for a couple of years now. This past week, he came in for his holistic chiropractic tune up. We have been working on his diaphragm and ribcage function as well as some longer-term ankle issues.
The diaphragm is a muscle that I check at almost every visit with every patient. Not only is the diaphragm an integral part of breathing, it is also an important core muscle, helps to keep the contents of the stomach in the stomach and prevent reflux, and is a main mover of chi (energy) in the body.
There are four main muscles that stabilize the ankle joint. Maurice had one of four of them not firing properly aka not turned on at all! We did some muscle activation techniques, chiropractic adjustments, reflex point work,, mind-body work and more to address the ankle muscle weakness.
Thanks to Maurice for sharing our work.
Lastly, Maurice is an incredibly talented personal trainer. I can tell you from working with him personally that he has a talent for identifying mechanical problems very specifically. In my experience as well as from what I have been taught by those in my own chiropractic field, specificity is KEY in healing the body. Maurice has a lot of tools in his toolbox. He knows many different exercises, stretches, and more to help his clients. I believe that, after we have gotten the muscles properly firing in my office, he is especially able to truly strengthen them with his work.
Here is more about Move Well Fitness:
"Move Well Fitness is a private fitness studio located in the Palisades neighborhood of NW DC. We work with women between the ages of 35-50 who want to lose weight and fit into their clothes once and for all so that they can live with the confidence they deserve. We do this in an intimate environment where the fitness sessions are either private or semi private in 30 min only sessions."
Check out more at www.movewellfit.com
Thanks for reading and I hope everyone is refreshed after the holiday weekend!
 
You may or may not have heard of the vagus nerve. Whether you have or you haven't, it is definitely an important topic! This article from Pathways Magazine does a great job of breaking down the vagus nerve. In summary:
The vagus nerve is a cranial nerve that leaves the brain and travels through the neck, chest, and abdomen to provide nerve control to our breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, hearing, speech, and organs including the intestines, stomach, gall bladder, heart, liver, reproductive organs, and more. To say it's function can effect a lot is an understatement.
Dysfunction of the vagus nerve, which can be due to structural, chemical, and mental/emotional causes, can result in: pain anywhere throughout the body, anxiety, depression, ringing in the ears, difficulty swallowing or with speech, abnormal heart rate or blood pressure, intestinal symptoms such as discomfort, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, and more, and blood sugar imbalance.
How do we positively stimulate the vagus nerve to promote healing and harmony in the nervous system?
Multiple research studies have proven that chiropractic care positively affects the vagus nerve. Structural compression of the vagus nerve particularly can occur in the cranium, neck, upper back, and lower back/pelvis. There are other ways to stimulate the nerve, including breathing exercises, meditation, gut microbiome balancing, music and singing, exercise, laughter, acupuncture, and more.
Read more about this amazing cranial nerve and how chiropractic works to enhance its function in the article linked below!
 

Electromagnetic radiation and the effects of it on our bodies and our health has been a hot topic lately, especially with the roll out of 5G cellular technology by Verizon, Samsung, Nokia, and other associated technologies. 

5G operates wirelessly, and promises faster speed, more responsiveness, and the ability to connect a lot more devices at once. To do this, cell sites (cell towers or base centers) are established in many locations. These can be seen as obvious cell towers, or hidden in artificial or real trees, on buildings, on advertising signs, and more. 

According to the World Health Organization, electromagnetic frequencies, or EMFs, can be " possibly carcinogenic to humans". The ICNIRP sets international guidelines for healthy EMF exposure. Unfortunately, to be able to roll out this new technology, the international safe limits of EMF exposure for humans have been increasingly raised.

The effects of EMF exposure on the human body, from cell phones, television, microwave ovens, computers, any WiFi devices, electrical wiring, heating/plumbing, etc. includes: imbalance of our body's own sophisticated electromagnetic system, disruption of the heart (electrical system), neurological system, and brain, and increase in inflammatory states in the body. The more obvious symptoms can include insomnia, anxiety/depression, brain fog, dizziness/vertigo, more frequent illness, etc. 

So, what do we do about this? Here is where I get passionate and excited, because while we may not be able to stop the roll out of further technology (though we may try), we can take action steps to balance our body's own electromagnetic system and counteract the effects of living in a wireless world!

One of the things that really helps to balance our negative and positive ions and thus our electromagnetic system is one of my favorite things of all time: NATURE. The most healing kind of nature to be in to reverse negative EMF effects is the forest (lots of trees), mountains, and especially near crashing water, waterfalls, the ocean surf, and right after a thunderstorm. "Earthing" or "grounding" has become a popular activity as it aids in the absorption of ground surface ions from the earth directly into the body through the feet. In short, to get away from the "electro smog" you must get into nature! Even more reason to go on a trail walk, walk on the beach barefoot, or lay in the grass after an evening thunderstorm.

Something else that helps balance the body's electromagnetic system? Research has even proven that chiropractic adjustments balance surface EMF readings in the body. This means that chiropractic can help to balance your body's electromagnetic system as well. Chiropractic positively affects the nervous system, which in turn controls the body through electromagnetic energy.

So in summary- get out into nature, and get adjusted! Happy weekend everyone