Posts for: September, 2017
As a holistic chiropractor, not only do I always check alignment of the musculoskeletal system, but I also check something else that is very important-ligaments!
Through Applied Kinesiology, I have learned just how important ligament health is, and just how important it is to check certain ligaments throughout the body for dysfunction. After all, it is ligaments that hold joint alignment throughout the body in place, particularly after an adjustment!
The iliolumbar ligament is one ligament in the body that is super important to check/fix. Discovered by Fred Illi at National Chiropractic College (my alma mater!), the iliolumbar ligament is a strong ligament that connects the last lumbar (lower back) vertebra to the hip bone.
The iliolumbar ligament should be checked often and particularly in cases of lower back/pelvis/hip pain or any symptom that is worse with walking a lot.
I usually have the patient stand in certain gait (walking) positions and test certain muscles during this to asses if there is an iliolumbar ligament issue. If there is an issue with the ligament, we will often work on the glut max muscle and then manipulate/work on the ligament itself. Oftentimes, this is followed up with an adjustment.
If the iliolumbar ligament isn't checked, particularly in the cases of lower back/pelvis/hip issues, it is likely that the pain will not be entirely resolved or it will return shortly after the treatment.
With Applied Kinesiology, I have so many more tools in my tool belt than the foundational and important tool of chiropractic adjusting. Checking and treating major ligaments throughout the body is just another one!
We've had a great week here in the office. Today we said farewell to my patients Jenn and her 3 year old son Otto as they head off to Singapore for 7 months! Mom Jenn made appointments for both of them to be tuned up before they left on their big trip.
I love seeing both parents and their children. Jenn recently gave birth to her second child and has been coming in for treatments to recover from the pregnancy and delivery. We have been working on quite a few things, structurally, chemically, and emotionally, during our sessions.
Jenn has been bringing in her son Otto for regular chiropractic kinesiology tune ups as well. We have been working on a recent issue of teeth grinding/TMJ issues with Otto which we have had great success with. Our treatments have included gentle adjustments for Otto, jaw muscle work, cranial work, emotional release techniques, and more.
Thanks to Jenn for sharing these pictures with us! Have a great rest of the week everyone!