Why does a 2 year old need chiropractic care?

Contrary to belief, chiropractic is not just for adults! In fact, chiropractic care works best the younger you are. This is because chiropractic focuses on removing interferences to the normal expression of health. Children naturally have a higher expression of health than adults and when you optimize health at a young age the result is profound overtime! As part of our mission towards the betterment of community health, I believe in sharing a little bit about why our son Maximus will continue to have chiropractic care for the rest of his life. Health is a journey of refinement, creation, and self-discovery for our family. From the moment of Max’s birth, he begin to take on this journey of life, collecting scars and making plenty of mistakes along the way (most were our fault). As parenting doctors we know that at the age of 25, he will have  met his peak skeletal and physical maturity. We also know that taking care of his health in the first 25 years will set him up for a lifetime of benefits.  We believe that every moment after birth should be about developing a conscious lifestyle around health and self-awareness. Maximus has been receiving care years before he was even born! My wife, had been receiving chiropractic care many years before Max was conceived. The entire time, her body was preparing in a more viable and healthy environment. “The aging process occurs no matter what, for some the downward slope is a quick and painful process and for others it is slow and graceful one. “ The moment of conception creates a spark of life. These two cells become one and begin to replicate, giving way to...

Normal Vs. Common: Colic and Reflux

 The most “common” pediatric symptoms and conditions that come into our offices are Colic and Gastric Reflux. Parents often state that their child has not slept well for many nights, has been crying non-stop, has had abnormal bowel movements, and “spits up” several times a day. Not only is this effecting the health of the child, but also the parents, because let’s face it…we need our sleep too! The first concept we focus on in our office is to change the perspective in which we view these symptoms and to shy away from blaming them on a medically diagnosed condition such as Colic or Gastric Reflux. Both of these conditions however “common” are definitely not normal. Although, many times parents are told by their pediatric or family physician that this is normal and that the child will grow out of it and subsequently even prescribe medications to alleviate the symptoms. It is very important to understand as a parent what the difference is between “common” and “normal.” What is often considered to be common is certainly not normal, and I began to realize this when observing our son Maximus grow into his body and experience this new life. My wife and I would frequently interact with other parents and discuss some of the challenges and even triumphs they have been experiencing in their children. To the triumphs we could relate, but we found it hard to relate to parents who were all experiencing certain challenges with their child, particularly with Coilc and Gastric Reflux. The more we began to talk with different families, the more we began to see...

Are You Holding Your Chiropractic Adjustments?

A frequently used terms in chiropractic care is “holding.” Every time a client comes into the office to get a checkup, before I begin the examination, I always ask them “are you holding?” Hopefully the answer is yes! The term “holding” means that the correction and adjustments that were made to the body are still holding in place. The longer the body is able to hold, the more of an opportunity your body will have to build itself well again. Once the spine and nerve system have been cleared of subluxation, the hope is for your body to be able to hold that correction as long as possible. The goal of your doctor should be to provide you with a specific and constructive adjustment to the spine and encourage a state of holding for as long as possible. “The longer a body is able to hold its correction, the longer an individual has an opportunity to heal, and the less frequently they should require chiropractic adjustments.” (Sub-lux-ation) – Misalignment of a vertebral bone that is reducing the normal anatomical space where a nerve, artery, or vein reside; thereby altering normal transmission and perfusion of neurological and blood supply to connecting organs and tissues. Left: Subluxation in upper cervical spine that is causing brainstem dysfunction, microvascular tearing, cerebral spinal fluid obstruction, and muscle imbalances. Left sided brainstem dysfunction. My Goal is to NOT Adjust Your Spine! As an Upper Cervical Chiropractor, our recommendations for care are always predicated on the length of holding rather than presence of symptomatology. As much as the doctor wants to get you out of pain, our focus is...

What are the Causes of Spinal Trauma?

In our previous article, Holding Health is Healing Health, we discussed the topic of “holding health” and why it is so important that you are holding your chiropractic adjustments. Now I will introduce to you a key principle to help ensure that you are holding your adjustments for as long as possible. These three key areas of health will provide you with insight as to what may be causing your body to become sick.  Even if a chiropractic physician is applying the correct applications and analysis of chiropractic, you may not hold an adjustment right away. This is because there are areas in your life that are out of the doctor’s control, and sometimes even yours! For this reason we will look at the potential Thoughts, Traumas, and Toxins, known as the “Three T’s” that are without a doubt affecting your health.  Traumas: All too often do we get in the way of our own healing processes through our thoughts. Without changing our thoughts we cannot change the physical habits that are traumatizing the health of our bodies. We participate in bad habits and use man-made substances that our bodies were not created to handle.  In order for our bodies to heal we must minimize the physical substances that are impeding the natural expression of our own health. These traumas are first introduced at birth and all throughout life as we learn to walk, ride a bike, drive, play sports, and get into tangles with karma! “The spine is by far the most damaged structure in the body, and is therefore the reason why we grow into health conditions later on in life. We all understand the...

Are You Sick Because of Toxins in Your Environment?

In our previous article, Holding Health is Healing Health, we discussed several benefits to holding your chiropractic correction. There are 3 key lifestyle elements of health you should pay close attention to through out your day. Focusing on optimizing these areas in you life will maximize the holding time of your health  and allow your body to thrive in the best possible environment- for as long as possible. Once a change is made to the alignment of your spine, these areas of your lifestyle will begin to affect the quality of your care. For this reason we will look at the potential Thoughts, Traumas, and Toxins, known as the “Three T’s” in your lifestyle that could be affecting your health.  Toxins:  You have probably heard the saying that “you are what you eat.” While this may be true, I am more of the belief that “you are what your body can do with what you eat.” You can have the best diet and take the most expensive health supplements in the world, but if the nerve system is compromised, your body will not be able to utilize the it all at 100%.  Your nerve system relays all the information of what you just put into your body to the brainstem and brain.  If the body ingests a substance that it cannot handle or is bad, it will respond through a health expression such as fever, diarrhea, coughing, sneezing, vomiting, and sweating.  It is important to realize that these actions are normal for the body to perform and should not be stopped. Instead of trying to stop a normal process within the body, one should look at possible sources of contamination...
How do thoughts affect your health?

How do thoughts affect your health?

In our previous article, Holding Health is Healing Health, we discussed the benefits to holding your health  and a key principle to ensure that you are holding your chiropractic adjustment for as long as possible. This article is intended to elaborate on the three key areas of health that will maximize your holding time and allow your body to thrive in the best possible environment- for as long as possible. Sometimes, even if a chiropractic physician is applying the correct applications and analysis of the neurology, you still may not hold an adjustment as quickly or as long as intended. For this reason we will look at the potential Thoughts, Traumas, and Toxins, known as the “Three T’s” in your lifestyle that could be affecting your health.  Thoughts:  Thoughts are generated within the brain above and have action upon the body below. Thoughts which are not positively congruent to one’s health will surely affect the physiology. For this reason, a lifestyle based on positivity, optimism, love, and hope are most essential to the ultimate effect of holding a correction. One of the most detrimental instances that a thought can play in the role of healing is in times of self-reflection and self-talk.  “Placing judgement on oneself and others will only communicate to your body to come into agreement with those thoughts.” Here are 5 Thought processes that need to STOP right now! 1.   Stop telling yourself that you are sick. It is not in your destiny or genetics to become sick, to have high blood pressure, diabetes, or any other disorder for that matter. Your thoughts are the only thing making it so. 2....

Gonstead Technique

Gonstead full-spine technique is utilized to correct compensatory misalignments in the spine as a result of major subluxation or spinal injury resulting from a traumatic injury or post-operative surgical rehabilitation. Dr. Clarence Gonstead, founder of this technique, uses full spine thermal heat readings, x-ray marking analysis, and specific adjusting styles to correct areas of Subluxation and...

Activator Technique

Activator technique is a form of instrument adjusting that utilizes a specialized chiropractic instrument to provide alignment of the spine. Unlike hands on techniques, this instrument enables the doctor to correct areas in the spine that may be extremely painful, weak, unstable, or in cases that prefer its use over a hand contact. The Activator technique is the most studied and researched instrument technique in chiropractic that was developed by Dr. Fuhr who determined that it was speed and velocity that moved a bone more effectively than strength and...

Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT)

Sacro-Occipital Technique is a gentle form of correcting Subluxations in the spine that utilize the harmonization and balance of cerebral spinal fluid. This fluid is pumped between the Sacrum and Occiput (Low Back and Upper Neck)   and nourishes our spinal cord and brain with electrolytes while protecting it through shock absorption. When the cranio sacral pumping rhythm is off balance, cerebral spinal fluid will stop flowing with ease, much like a river of whirlpools. This pooling of CSF fluid causes spinal irritation and a sure sign of...
Why are digital x-rays better for the spine?

Why are digital x-rays better for the spine?

  Why go digital? It used to be that x-ray exposure was a concern when getting imaging done. Now with the help of digital programs, we are able to use lower doses of radiation and adjust visibility directly on the image. There is also no need for our doctor to wait for processing. Our office uses specific X-ray taking procedures to ensure optimal positioning. While most technicians “point-and-shoot,” we pay attention to the positioning of your spine. This is important to ensure the we do the very best locate a possible subluxation. “Not to see is to guess. There will be no guessing when it comes to taking care of your spine.” As soon as we obtain your digital x-ray films. Our doctor will begin to analyze your spine according to specific X-ray marking parameters and in order to make the appropriate corrections to your spine. Every film is taken the extra mile to ensure you get the most out of your experience. Your One to One Report: Once your doctor has analyzed your digital x-ray films, you will receive a comprehensive one on one report with the doctor. Your doctor will use these xray films in combination with your history, physical examination, and infrared thermography assessments in order to determine the location of subluxation in your spine. If a subluxation is found based on specific clinical criteria, your doctor will formulate a natural and non-invasive strategy based on the findings that are unique to you. At this time, chiropractic care plans will also be discussed to determine the optimal course of action. X-rays are taken on all of our...