This is definitely something that I have heard more than a few of my patients tell me when the winter season starts wrapping up. I especially like when I hear this from patients who originally came in for more of a musculoskeletal, physical issue, but then notice less sickness as an unexpected, positive result of making holistic chiropractic treatments a regular part of their health regimen.
This increased immune system function includes less allergy symptoms, as well as less frequent and severe colds or flus, respiratory infections, etc.
Research in the 1990's began revealing that chiropractic adjustments increased immune cell (phagocytes, neutrophils, T and B cells, and more) in the area of adjustment and overall increase immune system function by up to 200%, particularly in the few days following an adjustment.
Overall, regular chiropractic treatments increase nervous system and brain function by reducing interference within brain/nervous system and body signaling. This increase in nervous system function leads to greater immune system function, as the immune system is under nervous system control.
Moral of the story- less getting sick and better overall health!
How many of you noticed that you were sick less after starting chiropractic care? Feel free to comment below if you can identify with this awesome and sometimes surprising affect of chiropractic!
Today I thought I'd take it back to the basics and share the Triad of Health from my Applied Kinesiology trainings. The Triad of Health is an excellent model for understanding how I approach any patient with any health challenge.
The triangle in the Triad of Health represents the three basic causes of health problems that I consider in my evaluation/treatment for every patient:
Structural- the foundation of the triangle, this includes musculoskeletal imbalances leading to dysfunction of the nervous system
Biochemical- this includes toxicity, nutritional deficiencies, allergies/food sensitivities, organ dysfunction and more
Mental/Emotional- mental/emotional stress and energetic imbalances
To bring this to life for you all, here's an example of how all three sides of the triangle play into a health problem: A patient may complain of lower back pain. This can often be caused by musculoskeletal imbalances in the spine. There may also be digestive disturbances which can affect the muscles and vertebrae in the lower back/hips area. Furthermore, mental/emotional stress increases inflammation and pain, and a variety of particular emotions tend to negatively affect the low back, including financial stress, relationship issues, carrying too much responsibility, fear about the future, and more.
The red bubbles around the triad of health are the five different factors that can cause muscle weakness, which is what I look for as an Applied Kinesiology, and then help me in figuring out how to treat the patient as well.
N- nerve and also nutrition problems
CSF- cranial/sacral respiratory imbalances
AMC- acupuncture meridian imbalances
Through Applied Kinesiology, I use techniques drawn from a variety of health disciplines, including chiropractic, osteopathy, biochemistry, mind-body medicine, homeopathy, and more to treat the above factors.
Growing up as a patient, throughout school, and in my practice, I see this is as the best possible way to work with my patients- with a very holistic and comprehensive chiropractic approach!
Yesterday my patient Daniel took some photos with me to help demonstrate something very important that I see often in my practice! It is the importance of checking muscle strength and spinal alignment in different positions-not just laying but sitting, standing, even walking/gait and other active positions.
Daniel was complaining of left shoulder pain, but I was finding hardly any muscles weak (using my Applied Kinesiology neurological muscle testing) while he was laying down or standing. It was only while I muscle tested him while he was sitting that I started finding muscle weakness.
Luckily, I knew through my Applied Kinesiology courses that this meant that there was likely pelvic/hip involvement in Daniel's shoulder problem! Sure enough, I assessed his hips/pelvis and found spinal misalignments and muscles shut off.
This is so significant because oftentimes we see joint problems and pain as a local problem, meaning many doctors and patients both would only consider checking the shoulder joint and working on the upper body. However, as we can see, the lower body was greatly involved in Daniel's case. Without fixing the lower body imbalances, I would never have completely resolved the shoulder pain.
Secondly, another significant meaning of this is that I also muscle test my patients in different positions, and noting that Daniel had many shoulder muscles weak in the sitting position, I knew that this was also a lower body issue. My mentor taught me to muscle test the patient in different positions, especially the positions of the most pain. Oftentimes, we simply have our patient lay on the table and we test in that position, but it is so important to test for things in all positions of everyday life! For example, if the patient reports the most pain while driving, I literally will put them in the driving position and test for imbalances while they are in that position. We can put them also in positions of throwing, kicking, overhead lifting, running, etc. If the problem is at night, I will turn off the lights in the room, etc. Anything you can think of!
We are functional beings that operate in many different positions and conditions each day, and we must check the patient in all of these positions and conditions to really fix the problem at a deeper level!
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