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Just in case my patients need some extra motivation not to overdo the sweets this coming week, I thought it would be a good time to do a post on this crazy discovery of the sugar/low back connection I made with a patient of mine recently!
My patient Dustin came in with lower back pain that was recently very aggravated. He also had some occasional shoulder discomfort. We dug in with some Applied Kinesiology muscle testing and quickly discovered that his left latissimus doors, better known as the lat, muscle was neurologically inhibited aka shut off aka just not working well. The lat muscle is a major back AND shoulder stabilizer muscle, as it attaches into the back of the arm all the way down into the top back of the hip bone. The muscle name literally means "broadest muscle in the back" in Latin.
Commonly, I will see patients with back pain due to a simple injury or yes, postural stresses, etc. However, also commonly, I will see patients with back pain due to issues that are more internal in nature. This was the case with Dustin. The lat muscle happens to be related to the pancreas, which has multiple functions, a major one of which is regulating our blood sugar levels by releasing insulin. Oftentimes, blood sugar issues, including overconsumption of sugar or rapid spikes and falls in blood sugar levels, can cause the lat muscle to weaken, due to its relation to the pancreas. When I asked Dustin if he had recently been consuming higher amounts of sugar, he instantly admitted to it and it was as if a light bulb went off in his head. He couldn't believe his body had manifested his recent sugar habit in such a way, yet it made sense to him, and me.
We treated Dustin's latissimus muscle by stimulating the reflex point for the pancreas, adjusting at certain spinal levels, and putting him on a supplement to help with sugar metabolism. We even used mind-body techniques to treat some emotions that were a driving force behind his increased sugar consumption.
By the end of the visit, Dustin's latissimus dorsi muscle was fully functioning and firing again, and his lower back was stabilized, the pain drastically reduced. To maintain our corrections, dietary modifications definitely had to be made.
This is a great example of a scenario where an internal issue and diet can trigger a musculoskeletal issue, and further evidence as to why taking a holistic approach is the best possible way!
December 14, 2021
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That face you make when you love your job
I recently had the opportunity to check out one of the most innovative and cutting edge museums I have ever been to with my friend Hungry Hungry Hanley. It is called Artechouse, where art + technology meet, in Washington, DC! I was especially psyched because the current featured exhibit is called Life of a Neuron, and it's all about telling the story of life at a cellular level.
According to Artechouse, "Life of a Neuron brings artists and scientists together for a groundbreaking collaboration to explore how the brain shapes the shared human experience. Through collaboration with Society for Neuroscience and the world's leading scientists and creatives, this immersive exhibit will allow us to experience a neuron from pre-birth to death."
I am constantly explaining to my patients the positive impact that chiropractic manipulation has on the brain. Chiropractic functional neurology helps us to understand that chiropractic adjustments not only free up impingements on spinal nerves, but they also stimulate the brain in an amazing way by increasing all kinds of signaling to the brain. Often these signals are via mechanoreceptors, which relay changes in mechanics via, yes, neurons.
It was so amazing to see these neurons come to life in the massive lobby/main exhibit room. In a video that played on a loop, we got to see up-close-and-personal everything from the birth to the death of a neuron. It was like we were inside the microscope. Artechouse had an awesome bar to enjoy some neurology themed drinks at while you watched the giant display. We watched the loop probably about 7 or 8 times! It was beyond fascinating.
As always, I totally geeked out at the exhibit and left feeling very reminded that I am so passionate about what I do, and that that is an incredible thing. Thank you all!
Recently I became one lucky chiropractor when I began working with intuitive, medium, and certified Reiki Master Eva Brooks. Eva paid me a visit in my office for a treatment recently as well.
The techniques utilized at Synergy Chiropractic, such as muscle testing, reflex point work, chiropractic adjustments, energetic and mind-body techniques, and nutritional testing, pair wonderfully (synergistically in fact!) with the healing modality of reiki. Both reiki sessions and the sessions at Synergy Chiropractic can help to align mental/emotional, biochemical, and structural health. Where I find reiki to really shine is in not only the mental/emotional realm but in our spiritual health.
I have had two sessions with Eva, one by myself, and one with my new dog Elodie. Both sessions were virtual, and I still found such incredible benefit. No different than being in person. After I laid back for an hour during session one and let Eva do her thing, I experienced major positive life shifts and was floating on cloud 9. I have continued to manifest wonderful things in my life such as my new dog! During session 2, Eva helped calm and balance Elodie's energy and even gave me insight into some emotions she was experiencing as well as some physical ailments she was possibly experiencing. It has been invaluable information, and Eva only charges $60/hour as she wants to make this service accessible to everyone.
If you want to check out Eva and her services, visit her at
I just LOVE the realm of holistic healing! The possibilities for our optimal health and wellness are endless. I am proud to be a holistic health practitioner, and I am glad to have Eva on my team as well.
I had a double treat last week when I had siblings Joe and Elissa come in for treatments back-to-back! It was Joe's birthday, and he decided to schedule himself a birthday treatment in my office (so fun, birthday treatments are the best). His sister Elissa, who happened to have a session just before him, decided she would surprise him by sticking around after her treatment to say a hello and happy birthday to her brother! I captured the moment in a photo.
I absolutely love moments like these in the office. I also love treating family. I would say almost half of my patients have family that also come in-wow! Sometimes, I treat entire families in office. It's a pleasure and an honor to be family health practitioner and to be able to work with entire families, from babies to grandparents and everyone in between!
Happy Birthday to Joe, and thanks to Elissa for making it special with me!

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