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Another week, another amazing moment here in the office, and this was a big moment!
This past week I got to give 3 week old baby Anderson his very first chiropractic adjustment. Anderson's mom received chiropractic care before her pregnancy, throughout her entire pregnancy, and as soon as she could make it in after giving birth, she scheduled an appointment for both herself and her little one. Jocelyn, I totally commend you!
This past March, I traveled to Vancouver to take one of the best seminars I have ever taken- prenatal and perinatal care aka Webster Certification.
The benefits of chiropractic care for both mom and baby are truly incredible. This is an area where chiropractic really shines. It is an area that I've been happy to expand my skills to.
Postpartum chiropractic care for mom can:
*restore normal pelvic and spinal biomechanics
*speed up recovery and healing
*help to normalize hormones
*help to decrease postpartum depression and/or anxiety
*and much more
Chiropractic care for newborns can:
*restore normal spinal and cranial alignment following birth
*reduce allergies, asthma, and other respiratory ailments
*reduce gastrointestinal complaints and baby GERD
*and much more
And "Rest assured that chiropractic adjustments to your newborn uses no more pressure than you'd use to test the ripeness of a tomato."- ICPA-International Chiropractic Pediatric Association
Thanks so much to Jocelyn and Anderson for making our week so momentous! We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Have you needed or wanted to do the Standard Process Inc.Purification Program/Detox but haven't yet? Now may be the perfect time! Starting January 6, 2020, SP is hosting a NATIONWIDE detoxification challenge!
As many of you know, 4 patients and I completed the 21 Day Purification Program this past October, with some fantastic benefits, including kicking our caffeine and sugar cravings, losing weight, seeing our skin and digestive ailments clear up, reducing our joint pains, and more, but most importantly helping to cleanse and purify our bodies from the daily onslaught of toxins.
In short, there are two possible cleanse programs: the-very-thorough-yet-challenging 28 day cleanse, or the slightly-shorter-yet-still-effective 10 day detox.
What better way to kick off a brand new year than to do your body the huge favor of cleansing from the inside out. In today's world, we need it! I personally aim to do one, ideally two, cleanses per year. A few months back, I posted the SP Toxicity Questionnaire, and according to that questionnaire, I should aim for 1-2 cleanses a year currently.
I want to stress the AWESOMENESS of being a part of a nationwide cleanse. Completing the cleanse with a group of people greatly increases your chances of success with this cleanse. This past October, we had a private Facebook group for those of us doing the purification program, and it was so helpful for sharing our tips, tricks, recipes, and more. When you sign up for the challenge, you will also get daily inspirational emails, recipes, access to their Facebook group to discuss progress, ideas, tips, encouragement etc, and even an opportunity to win some prizes. Having this support, rather than attempting to do it all solo, is truly ideal!
If you are interested in discussing whether or not a cleanse may be beneficial for your health and possibly participating in this challenge, contact me, or ask me in your next visit. I always like to determine with my patients first whether or not a cleanse would be right for them at this time.
Happy Small Business Saturday!
Did you know? On our website we have a page dedicated to the other amazing small businesses that we often refer people to and recommend. It can be found under Services- Professional Network-Meet Our Partners. Today, I wanted to highlight that page and those businesses in support of Small Business Saturday.
I also wanted to share a few of my thoughts on being a small business owner. It is by far the most rewarding thing in my life, to be a chiropractor with my own practice, to practice exactly as I want to, and to give people the service, care, and love I believe they deserve. It is also hard work, and to date the most difficult thing in my life has been graduating from chiropractic school and starting a business. I wouldn't change one bit of it, and I wouldn't trade it for the world!
Check out these other amazing businesses found on the website. They include Mary Raddell, our licensed MT of Perceptive Touch who works in office, Acupuncture: Aime Adams, Maurice D. Williams of Move Well Fitness, LLC., Wen-Li Lu, PT, Renee Moten of Functional Fitness-Knee Pain Recipe, Susan Smith Burns of balance, Your Pilates and Yoga Studio, Andrew Wong of Capital Integrative Health, and Elena Khazanova Holistic Psychotherapist at Grow with Ease. There are many other businesses that I recommend in the area, and this list is limited! I could go on and on with all of the amazing local businesses, but I am going to keep it short and restricted to my holistic healthcare professionals network. I am always adding new practitioners to the page, so check back often.
Have a Happy Saturday shopping local!
It was family affair this past weekend here in the office! The wonderful and always fun Rose family came in for their monthly adjustments, and, as always, they came together. I love that the Roses choose to come together for their holistic chiropractic treatments every month. They literally make a Saturday afternoon of it!
The Roses take a very holistic approach to their health care and wellness, and so we do the same here in the office with their chiropractic treatments.
With each of the Roses, I use a lot of my tool of Applied Kinesiology muscle testing and do a lot of chiropractic adjusting using manual, activator, pelvic blocks, and drop piece techniques. We also work on a plethora of other things, such as organ function, lymphatic reflex points, and mind-body and energy healing techniques. A few of our highlights from this Saturday included helping to process some old emotional and physical traumas with mind-body techniques, flower essences, and colored lenses, working on cognition/memory/learning with some techniques from Total Body Modification, fixing up some knee pain related to the large intestine, shoulder pain, and much more!
Why do I feel that holistic chiropractic care is essential for the entire family? First of all, chiropractic is a non-invasive, safe, and natural way of bringing the body into a state of optimal healing and function. Not only can we address musculoskeletal complaints, but we can ensure that the nervous system is properly functioning to support the entire body and mind. The benefits of chiropractic care extend so far beyond pain relief.
I feel that the Roses experience an even greater level of healing in the office because they come in as a family. There is always an energetic component to any kind of health care, and the energy of family together in the office to support each other in their health and healing adds a special kind of quality to our treatments.
Thank you to the Roses for recognizing the incredible value of regular chiropractic care, and for being such kind, amazing souls that brighten up any Saturday here in the office!
Recurring misalignments- why do they happen? For many reasons! Today I wanted to address a couple of the primary physical reasons that joint misalignments and pain can be recurrent.
Oftentimes, when a joint misalignment is recurrent, there is ligament laxity, either in the joint area locally, or throughout the entire body. Ligaments can become loose for multiple reasons, including past injury, repetitive stress, high cortisol levels and adrenal stress, genetics, and more. Using muscle testing, we can determine if there is local ligament laxity which may be contributing to an unstable and painful joint. We can then do physical work to the ligaments, and add nutritional supplemental support (my favorite product for this is Ligaplex II by Standard Process Inc.) to re-strengthen the ligaments of the area.
If systemic (whole body) ligament laxity is present, I often choose to focus my treatment on the adrenal glands and probably high stress/cortisol levels in the body. Cortisol eats away at ligaments, particularly of the upper neck and low back/pelvis, where many people experience their pain. Getting stress levels under control, and the adrenal glands working properly again, can greatly help with these cases.
Another reason spinal misalignments can return is an inability to withstand the forces of gravity, often due to an octacosanol deficiency in the body! Octacosanol is chemically similar to vitamin E, and supports the strength and stamina of the musculoskeletal system, making it better able to support the body against gravitational and postural excess forces.
There are plenty of other reasons for recurring spinal segment issues, including related organ system dysfunction, acupuncture meridian imbalances, emotional triggers, and more. Thankfully, with our tool of Applied Kinesiology muscle testing, we can determine which possible factor/s are in fact causing the recurring issue! More often than not, it is a combination of various factors, which we are again able to ID with muscle testing, and then apply the appropriate treatments, whether it be chiropractic adjustment, soft tissue work, reflex point work, organ system work, meridian balancing, nutritional supplementation, mind-body techniques, and our list of tools goes on.