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This past week, Dreama drove from West Virginia to see me for persistent knee, lower back, and hip pain. Functional fitness trainer Renee Moten, who specializes in knee pain, sent Dreama to me after working with her and determining that she needed a chiropractic kinesiology treatment!
And she did. After some thorough muscle testing, we discovered a number of muscles that had become inhibited, aka shut off, due to a number of reasons, including past injuries as well as biochemical factors such as liver, gall bladder, and pancreas stress and dysfunction. We even found her to be slightly dehydrated, which was shutting off her main hip flexor muscle, the psoas.
As you can see, chronic ailments often arise from not just one but a number of factors. I am so glad I have my tool of not only chiropractic adjustments, including extremity adjustments, but also Applied Kinesiology.
Using these methods, we performed muscle activation techniques to restore muscle function, we worked organ/muscle reflex points, adjusted Dreama full spine, including both knee joints, and more. We sent her home with a few exercises to do and most importantly with orders to walk frequently over the next couple of days (the best post-adjustment activity is walking).
I just talked to Dreama on the phone a few minutes ago, and she is in Florida, feeling better, and enjoying the sunshine. She feels she is on the road to recovery.
Thanks to both Dreama and Renee for working with me as a team to help Dreama overcome her chronic pain and start living the life of her dreams! Happy Friday!
Monent of the week!
3 month old Rumaisa has had issues with reflux and spitting up, and while adjusting her tummy (yes, organs can be adjusted too) she grabbed onto my finger and didn't let go. It was so sweet! I'd like to think she was saying "thank you" :)
Rumaisa's parents have brought her in for treatment monthly since she was about 3 weeks old. We have worked on her digestive tract a lot, have done some cranial work as many newborns need, and have been giving her general adjustments. When adjusting babies, I use a pressure no greater than what you would use to test the ripeness of a tomato.
Just another wonderful week doin what I do!
Spinal Series Post #2: The CT (aka cervical-thoracic) Junction!
This is a part of the spine that, let's be honest, many chiropractors stay away from, due to its being notoriously difficulty to adjust. But like my mentor said, "I don't let subluxations scare me, I scare them!" FYI, subluxation is the official word for misalignment. So, he taught us how to adjust this area well.
The junction areas of the spine, where we change from the cervical spine to the thoracic (neck to back) and thoracic to lumbar (mid back to low back) etc, are where we sustain a lot of our spinal stress and injuries. They are vulnerable areas.
The CT junction area is particularly important due to the presence of several structures. First of all, there is the very first rib, which often becomes misaligned. At the front of the first rib joint, there is also an acupuncture point that overlies it, K-27 or kidney 27 point. This point is related to the function of the brain and nervous system and any misalignments here can contribute to foggy thinking, cognitive issues, mental stress, depression and anxiety, focusing difficulty, and more. The CT junction also consists of the last neck vertebra C7, the first thoracic vertebra T1.
The CT junction is an area where we often observe a "hump" that forms, a part of postural stress and chronic hunching over. This leads to pain and even compromise of the heart.
Other symptoms and problems that CT junction dysfunction can lead to: neck pain, headaches, neuropathy (tingling, numbness, pain etc) into the arms, vision problems, hoarseness and difficulty swallowing, poor circulation to the head leading to light headedness, vertigo, and sleep apnea.
Like my mentor taught me, I don't shy away from the CT junction. I adjust 1st ribs, C7's and T1's every single day. Chances are, if you are a patient, you've heard me talk about this at some point in a treatment. Looking forward to adjusting more CT junctions this week!
My patient Raymond has been coming in for help with a very common condition that I see, a hiatal hernia and associated acid reflux, which he experiences primarily as a burning sensation in his esophagus and throat.
There is one technique I learned from my Total Body Modification courses that has been invaluable in allowing me to help patients with these and other similar symptoms including heart palpitations, chest pain, breathing difficulties, eating difficulties, and more.
This technique is called Rib Cage Torque, and yes, it literally is to assess and treat an actual torquing, or twisting, of the entire rib cage.
First, I use my palpation (feeling) and visual skills to identify distortion of the total ribcage. I often see that one side of the lower edge of the ribcage is higher than the other, and sometimes elevated or flared as well.
I perform a rotary style adjustment opposite the torque pattern to correct the torquing. It's a powerful adjustment but not painful. I then treat the diaphragm muscle underneath of the ribcage, which often spasms and causes a constriction of the hiatal (upper) area of the stomach. I use the activator on the diaphragm muscle to "shock" it into activation as well and get it functioning properly. Finally, I often adjust at the level of the daiphragm, T10, or oftentimes ribs that have become misaligned as a result of the previous rib cage torque. I also check the upper neck area as it correlates strongly to hiatal hernia issues.
I am so grateful for this technique which has allowed me to help so many patients with serious symptoms affecting their daily lives. Some patients have even been unable to eat a proper meal due to the constriction in the stomach area, but after this fix, are able to eat well again. This is a huge deal and such an improvement in quality of life.
Loving the work we are doing here in the office this year! And many thanks to Raymond for working with me!
January 23, 2021
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It’s time! Tomorrow, Sunday January 24th, I’ll be doing a digital detox for the entire day. For me, this means no checking emails, no doing work on my laptop (in fact, no work at all), no TV, and no opening of any social media apps.  And I want you all to join me! 

Since this is a digital detox in the time of COVID, I will share that I am going to attend my virtual Unity church service, but I would be attending that in person in normal times, so I don’t categorize this as something I need to cut out during a digital detox. 

As mentioned in this article, a digital detox is meant to serve as a full break from the screen time that causes us to mindlessly stare, compare, binge, or work, ramps up our sympathetic nervous system, and causes us to stress.  I think we’ve all experienced this, lately especially! 

I’ve noticed over the past couple of years particularly that my patients are experiencing high levels of stress connected to screens in the form of TV, news, social media etc. While we need to stay informed, I believe there is a balance that needs to be struck as well as self-care techniques to manage this screen stress that is spiraling out of control.  A digital detox is one way to accomplish this. AKA...give yourself a break!

Disconnecting for the day is meant to give us the time and space to tune back in to ourselves, process our thoughts and emotions in a healthy way, consciously live, and enjoy everything else in life that doesn’t exist on a screen.  This allows us to become more clear, inspired, happy and productive. 

I’m asking my patients to join me in this challenge, either tomorrow, or on a day of your choice. Trust me, y’all need it (and so do I)! 

Digital detoxes can obviously last more than a day (even better) but one full day is a great place to start. 

If you plan on doing a digital detox, comment below with the day you plan on doing it, and even what exactly you plan to cut out. We can all hold each other accountable and celebrate this incredible act of self-care and health-care!