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Almost every patient I see requires some form of adrenal support (patients, I'm sure you can attest).
The most common question I get asked by my patients after identifying some kind of adrenal dysfunction is, "What can I do to help my adrenal glands?'
So this post is all about rehabbing the adrenal glands!
The adrenal glands have many jobs, and I tend to describe them as foundational to our health. The adrenal glands are partially responsible for our stress response, hormonal balance, blood sugar regulation, inflammation control, blood pressure regulation, proper water and mineral retention, and more. The adrenal glands are often depleted over time due to a variety of stressors, including food allergens, prescription drugs, chemical toxins, physical stresses such as injuries or loss of sleep, extreme temperature changes, and emotional stressors.
Inside the office, I am busy at work adjusting adrenal related bones, stimulating adrenal lymphatic, vascular, and acupuncture points, balancing the nervous system, address emotional stressors with mind-body techniques, and supplementing my patients with adrenal supports.
But how do we rehab our adrenals outside of the office? Here are some of my very best suggestions:
1. Eliminate problematic foods, including wheat and other allergenic grains, dairy, corn soy, sugar, alcohol and caffeine.
2. Reduce your toxin exposure by switching to non-toxic cleaning and hygiene products, getting out into nature, investing in an air purifier for your home, and living more clean.
3. Exercising aerobically. Aerobic exercise aka sustained cardio in a healthy zone (180-yoru age-10) will build up your adrenal glands. So will other low-impact forms of exercise.
4. Reduce your stress. Cut back your work hours, hire help, meditate more, practice yoga, do puzzles, whatever works!
5. Get adequate sleep, at least 8 hours per night.
6. Eat regular meals throughout the day. Snack if you need to. Don't let yourself become starving. This results in blood sugar stress, which the adrenals must manage.
7. Take epsom salt baths.
8. Add a pinch of sea salt or Celtic salt to your water bottle and drink plenty of water.
9. Eat foods that will nourish your adrenal glands. These include lean meats and plenty of protein, leafy greens, avocados, and low-sugar fruits.

Coming soon.

A huge congrats to Dominique and Ben, and a Happy Born Day to their new little boy Lukas (who was still taking up residence in Domi's tummy at this visit a few weeks ago)!
As have many other pregnant moms-to-be, Domi saw me monthly throughout most of her pregnancy. A few years ago, I made the great choice to become Webster Certified. Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment procedure for pregnant women. In summary, it supports neurological and biomechanical function, most importantly of the hips/pelvis. This treatment can often result in aiding proper positioning of baby in utero, decreased pain during labor, shorter labor times, increased muscle strength and power for pushing during labor, and reduced stress on both mother and baby. Not to mention, it also helps mother to feel more comfortable throughout her pregnancy. Bye bye lower back pain, pubic area pain, sciatica, etc!
Domi, it was awesome to work with you throughout the pregnancy, and I look forward to seeing you and meeting little Lukas one day soon!
One last thing- high on my list of seminars to take next is infant/pediatric adjusting and cranial work!
This past week, Dreama drove from West Virginia to see me for persistent knee, lower back, and hip pain. Functional fitness trainer Renee Moten, who specializes in knee pain, sent Dreama to me after working with her and determining that she needed a chiropractic kinesiology treatment!
And she did. After some thorough muscle testing, we discovered a number of muscles that had become inhibited, aka shut off, due to a number of reasons, including past injuries as well as biochemical factors such as liver, gall bladder, and pancreas stress and dysfunction. We even found her to be slightly dehydrated, which was shutting off her main hip flexor muscle, the psoas.
As you can see, chronic ailments often arise from not just one but a number of factors. I am so glad I have my tool of not only chiropractic adjustments, including extremity adjustments, but also Applied Kinesiology.
Using these methods, we performed muscle activation techniques to restore muscle function, we worked organ/muscle reflex points, adjusted Dreama full spine, including both knee joints, and more. We sent her home with a few exercises to do and most importantly with orders to walk frequently over the next couple of days (the best post-adjustment activity is walking).
I just talked to Dreama on the phone a few minutes ago, and she is in Florida, feeling better, and enjoying the sunshine. She feels she is on the road to recovery.
Thanks to both Dreama and Renee for working with me as a team to help Dreama overcome her chronic pain and start living the life of her dreams! Happy Friday!
Monent of the week!
3 month old Rumaisa has had issues with reflux and spitting up, and while adjusting her tummy (yes, organs can be adjusted too) she grabbed onto my finger and didn't let go. It was so sweet! I'd like to think she was saying "thank you" :)
Rumaisa's parents have brought her in for treatment monthly since she was about 3 weeks old. We have worked on her digestive tract a lot, have done some cranial work as many newborns need, and have been giving her general adjustments. When adjusting babies, I use a pressure no greater than what you would use to test the ripeness of a tomato.
Just another wonderful week doin what I do!
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February 07, 2021
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Spinal Series Post #2: The CT (aka cervical-thoracic) Junction!
This is a part of the spine that, let's be honest, many chiropractors stay away from, due to its being notoriously difficulty to adjust. But like my mentor said, "I don't let subluxations scare me, I scare them!" FYI, subluxation is the official word for misalignment. So, he taught us how to adjust this area well.
The junction areas of the spine, where we change from the cervical spine to the thoracic (neck to back) and thoracic to lumbar (mid back to low back) etc, are where we sustain a lot of our spinal stress and injuries. They are vulnerable areas.
The CT junction area is particularly important due to the presence of several structures. First of all, there is the very first rib, which often becomes misaligned. At the front of the first rib joint, there is also an acupuncture point that overlies it, K-27 or kidney 27 point. This point is related to the function of the brain and nervous system and any misalignments here can contribute to foggy thinking, cognitive issues, mental stress, depression and anxiety, focusing difficulty, and more. The CT junction also consists of the last neck vertebra C7, the first thoracic vertebra T1.
The CT junction is an area where we often observe a "hump" that forms, a part of postural stress and chronic hunching over. This leads to pain and even compromise of the heart.
Other symptoms and problems that CT junction dysfunction can lead to: neck pain, headaches, neuropathy (tingling, numbness, pain etc) into the arms, vision problems, hoarseness and difficulty swallowing, poor circulation to the head leading to light headedness, vertigo, and sleep apnea.
Like my mentor taught me, I don't shy away from the CT junction. I adjust 1st ribs, C7's and T1's every single day. Chances are, if you are a patient, you've heard me talk about this at some point in a treatment. Looking forward to adjusting more CT junctions this week!