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Super important post! I came across this infographic the other day and decided it warrants an entire post, and it is all about self-adjusting aka trying to "crack" your own joints. 

Oftentimes, when people are in pain, they will try to contort their necks or backs or other joints in an attempt to self-adjust themselves. This often can provide short-term relief, but the important takeaway here is that in the long-run, it is aggravating the condition and the pain, and making the issue worse. 

What often happens when you attempt to adjust your own joint is that you get movement in the joint above or below where the true restriction is, because a true spinal misalignment will require an extra set of hands and outside force to be moved. This self-adjusting will offer temporary relief due to the pain-relieving chemicals released with the pops obtained elsewhere, but this will be very temporary as you know. Now, what has happened is that the true restricted joint and source of pain is even more restricted, and the joints around it even more mobile. 

It can be difficult to resist, but just stop self-adjusting! Within a couple of weeks, the pain will reduce, and the urge to self-adjust will reduce as well. Eliminating your self-adjusting will help to heal the area for the long-term, and allow your ligaments to strengthen and recover. Please, leave the adjusting to me! 

What you can do? It is completely acceptable to stretch your neck in ONE plane of motion, such as bending to the left, bending to the to right, turning your head to the left, turning to the right, bending forwards, and backwards. If you obtain any releases aka "pops" when doing this, it is totally fine! However, if you bend and twist at the same time, it can do damage, aka do not contort yourself to force a pop, just gently stretch.

Another note is that when you stop self-adjusting, it will be much easier for me to obtain those satisfying, noisy adjustments on you when you come in, the ones that are truly needed!

If you all had not noticed yet, I LIVE to adjust. I love it, I breath it, please just come to me for your adjustments! Thanks for reading.

My patient Jake first came in about 4 weeks ago right after he experienced an episode of severe sciatica after feeling a pull in his lower back while doing a maneuver in football. Jake was concerned since the pain was so severe it was difficult to even get comfortable at all. He went to the ER, and MRI findings revealed a disc bulge in his lower back aka lumbar spine. 
While the conventional medical approach is often oral steroids, pain killers, or the most aggressive treatment which is surgery, Jake got to work with both me, and a physical therapist. Just 2 weeks later, he was able to play football again.  Now, 5 weeks later, he's able to run, jump, accelerate, and play football with minimal issues. His recovery was speedy fast, and it's because he addressed his sciatica in a holistic way that really got to the root cause!
So what did we work on with Jake? A lot of different things! I find that it's never just one cause, but rather a number of factors, and then one thing that is the "straw that breaks the camels back". 
We did manual muscle testing to determine which muscles weren't firing to support and stabilize Jake's lumbar spine, discs, and nerves. We found some major muscles of the lower back not quite firing, including his abdominals aka core. Core musculature is so important for stability of the lumbar spine. A weakness in the core muscles can be due to spinal misalignments, injuries, and even issues with the small intestine and gut inflammation. We worked on Jake's Ileocecal Valve in the intestines to support this system. 
We also found weakness in and worked on Jake's hamstrings, related to the colon, his glut max, which relates to the hormonal system and stress, and others. 
We employed a number of different treatment techniques including spinal adjustments, muscle activation therapy, organ system therapy, and lymphatic reflex points.
From barely being able to walk in the ER to playing football again in 3 weeks is incredible! Unfortunately, I know of many who suffer with sciatica for months and even years. I believe that chiropractic is and should be the FIRST line of conservative therapy for any non-surgical disc injury and case of sciatica. Chiropractic care also enhances the outcomes of physical therapy by helping certain muscles fire better, therefore they are able to get a better workout and strengthen more during PT sessions!
Thanks to Jake for sharing this story, and we're so glad that you're back out there being active and living your life to its fullest!



 

 

It's that time of the year again-cleanse time! On October 6th, I, as well as three (so far!) of my patients are going to do Standard Process Inc.21 Day Purification Program! We would love to have others join us in this detoxification program.

Chances are you have heard of many detox programs out there. I choose every year to do Standard Process' purification program myself because A) I know their products are the real deal, high quality, health-care-professional-prescribed-only, whole organic food based products B) it's an effective cleanse clinically supported with research studies C) it's easy to do with their cleanse booklet, cookbook, and the support of a group led by me!

The 21 Day Purification Program purifies and helps your body to rebuild from the inside out. It helps us to eliminate all of the toxins that have built up over time, as well as to maintain a healthy weight, health, and vitality. I like to do it once a year to give myself a total cleanse and what I like to think of as a reset.

The program consists basically of 10 days of vegetarian eating followed by the incorporation of fish and meat. The entire 21 days involve completely avoiding most grains, dairy, soy, sugar, alcohol, caffeine, and a few other foods. There is a detoxification shake mix, with which we do 2-3 shakes a day, and three other nutritional supplements that we take over the course of the 21 days. 

I love this cleanse because I usually notice: my skin clears up, I sleep more soundly, my joints feel better and my body holds up at work better, my anxiety levels decrease, my energy naturally increases, I lose my sugar cravings, and more. Many of my patients like it for the weight loss effects. There are many other benefits to cleansing your entire body once a year as well. It is truly an investment in your health.

I would recommend this to most of my patients, given they are able to undergo a purification program at this point in their health journey. If you are interested in joining us for the cleanse, message me and let me know! This time around, I will be sharing smoothie and meal recipes, giving advice and tips for road blocks in the cleanse, checking in on patients progress, and updating everyone on my progress! Check especially my Facebook live and Instagram live accounts for everyday helpful, supportive, and informational cleanse-related posts.

In this increasingly toxic world, I truly believe in the power of a good cleanse every once in a while. I definitely wouldn't say it's easy, but it is absolutely worth it. It will be just as tough for me, but we will be in this together! 

If you decide to do the cleanse, all purification kits must be ordered through me by next Thursday, October 3rd to be picked up over the weekend. If I need to ship the purification kit to you, I would try to have the order in earlier in the week.

Happy Friday everyone!

Today was my first day back in the office with patients after a two day nature getaway in Shenandoah National Park!
I am a firm believer in the healing powers of nature, and find it increasingly important in today's world for everyone to spend time in nature.
A few of the known benefits of spending time in nature are a reduction in anger, stress, and anxiety, increased vitality, reduction in blood pressure and heart rate, more relaxed muscles, increased focus and attention, higher pain tolerance, quicker injury or surgery recovery time, stronger immune system function, and more.
Another important reason to spend time in nature more these days is to allow our body's natural electromagnetic system to reset. We are exposed to many electromagnetic frequencies including electricity, wireless technologies, radio communications, microwave ovens, UV lights, computers, and more technology that cause an overexposure of electromagnetic radiation.
Much like we can shock a dead heart into beating again, our bodies run on their own electromagnetic system. Our bodies live in harmony with the earth's natural electromagnetic fields as well, and we have evolved to do so. Man-made electromagnetic frequencies, however, interfere with the natural field of our body, and can lead to damage on a cellular level.
When we spend time in nature, ideally away from man-made EMF's, we offer our body the opportunity to reset its own electromagnetic field and balance its ionic system. We can actually draw on the electromagnetic frequency of the earth as well.
When I spent two days in Shenandoah National Park, I stayed in a tiny home that was not equipped with any WiFi ( on purpose, and I highly recommend
I can't think of many better posts to do than to set the Food Pyramid straight! I wanted to share what in my opinion and as Dr. Joseph Mercola has shown, is the true food pyramid for health.
The food pyramid we are used to seeing, with grains on the bottom making up most of our diet, and fats, oils, and salts (and sweets which is true!) making up the top and what we should eat the least of, was born out of a modern food system that promotes subsidized cheap foods which have been stripped of their nutrients. Conventional farming along with factory manufacturing and processing has unfortunately led to unhealthy diets, high obesity rates, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease in the last 30-40 years.
The excess amount of carbohydrates we are advised to eat in the food pyramid, mostly refined, are a recipe for disease and obesity. We have also been harmed by the "fat-free" trend, which has resulted in the consumption of fake ingredients and has lowered our intake of healthy fats.
A true food pyramid is based on a base of protein, vegetables and plenty of healthy fats, much like the ketogenic diet promotes for attaining optimal weight and in general optimal health. We need healthy fats, such as in coconut oil, avocado oil, pastured eggs, butter, and grass-fed beef, for a myriad of functions in our body, including healthy brain function, inflammatory modulation, immune system response, hormone production, and more.
Fruits are then in the middle, as they are chock-full of nutrients, but contain fructose, which can be difficult for the liver to process if we have too much. Grains and sugars are then on the top, making up the least of our diet.
I hope you find this helpful when reaching for something to eat this week! I have recently made a re-committment to healthy eating habits myself.
 




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