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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! 

https://www.bareminerals.com/blog/how-to-do-a-digital-detox.html

"Everything is energy and that's all there is to it."-Albert Einstein
January's book of the month is all about protecting and nourishing our personal energy!
As I've learned, particularly after years spent in a career working closely with other people, both physical and mental/emotional energy can quickly become depleted if we don't protect and replenish our energy regularly.
Do you ever just feel drained after a certain meeting or appointment, after interacting with a certain person, after being in large crowds or in a place with a lot of noise, lights, or visuals, after having an argument, or any other situations? These incidences and many others are draining on our energy. When our energy becomes drained, it can manifest as anxiety, depression, fatigue, insomnia, over-eating, and other mental or physical disturbances.
How do we replenish our energy when we've become drained? For starters, unplug and turn down the noise, meditate, take a bath, be alone, smudge and clear your space, exercise, grounding/earthing, get outdoors, do a digital detox.
How do we better protect our energy? Set and defend our boundaries, shield ourselves energetically aka visualize protection around you, create some space when we need it, practice mindful breathing, say no when we need to, avoid loud noise and stimulation, move away from the source of negativity, implement a no yelling rule during arguments.
These are just the very basics and starts of maintaining healthy energy day-to-day. If you want to know more, pick up this book! I've got it in my office for loan for anyone who wants to read it! Just ask me :)
 
This starts the first of my new series of informational posts all about the skeletal system! As you know, I adjust not only the main spinal column, but all extremities and cranial bones as well.
Many people, especially first-timers, come in to the office surprised to hear that I can adjust head bones, shoulders, knees, etc.
Today I am going to highlight one of the areas I adjust every single day: the foot.
Each foot has 26 bones and 33 joints, and since the feet are literally the foundation of the body, I can't imagine not adjusting my patient's feet! I often tell my patients, if I adjust everything that needs adjusting but neglect the feet, you could walk out, and as soon as you start walking, things are thrown off again.
Based on our gait mechanisms, aka the way we walk, each bone in the foot is related to a certain muscle. This is really where things get interesting. For example, one of the bones in the mid foot, the 3rd cuneiform, is related to the main rotator cuff muscle, the supraspinatus. Therefore, checking the same-sided foot in a patient who has a rotator cuff injury is incredibly important. Another cool example is the main shin splints muscle, the tibialis anterior, is correlated to another bone in the mid foot, the 1st cuneiform, making the foot very important in resolving shin splints. Last example- the main bone of the arch, the navicular, is correlated to the tibialis posterior muscle, which is an adrenal related muscle. This means that adrenal stress often leads to collapse of our arches, aka flat feet. See how it all fits together?
Stay tuned for the next post all about a different area of the skeleton!