What’s The Best Pillow?

May 21, 2018 - Leave a Response

What’s the best pillow, is a question that I hear a lot. We sleep nearly one third of our life, which is a crucial time to allow our body to repair and rejuvenate itself. Some pillows are washable and for those that aren’t I recommend spraying them monthly with essential oils that are anti microbial. I love the product from Kettle Care called Robbers Room Mist. Other Essential Oil companies have anti microbial sprays or you can make the spray yourself by using a prepared blend of oils mixed with water and alcohol. The main thing is to sleep comfortably with good hygiene to wake up refreshed and enjoy the day!

This video has some helpful tips for the posture of your head and neck while testing out pillows. It also shows products for those that snore, get too warm while sleeping or who like a supportive edge for their neck. There are many videos online that show a variety of pillows including a European one from Wenatex that costs around $250. It lasts 5 years or longer, has the capability of adding or taking out the stuffing to adjust height and has no harmful chemicals in it.

When shopping at the store, if there are beds there, then I recommend testing out the pillows to experience how they feel as you will know pretty quickly if you feel comfortable or not. If you can’t do that, then check out the store’s return policy and bring a few pillows home. Keep the plastic wrap on the pillows while testing them and the ones that don’t work can be returned. Keep testing until you find the right one for you!


15 Essential Oils For Allergies.

May 14, 2018 - Leave a Response

Research shows 15 Essential Oils that help with Allergies: Peppermint, Lavender, Chamomile, Tea Tree, Lemon, Lemongrass, Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Sandalwood, Thyme, Oregano, Frankincense, Clove, Rosemary and Basil.

These oils have been shown to reduce inflammatory allergic reactions and help reduce an overactive immune response in the body. They reduce swelling of the respiratory tract, treat coughs, sinus pain, phlegm, clear respiratory infections and relieve symptoms of bronchitis and asthma. Essential oils also soothe symptoms of dermatitis and reduce skin swelling through an anti-histamine effect. To help your allergies use a diffuser or massage onto the skin with a carrier oil. With 15 oils to choose from, start with the oils you gravitate towards and notice what effect they have with consistent use. Keep at it until you find the ones that work for you.

I can attest to their benefits as I often recommend incorporating Essential Oils to my patients and they report how helpful they are. Just recently one of my patients, who has had chronic sinus issues since being a teenager noticed a difference. I recommended that he massage Lavender and Peppermint oils onto his neck and wrists before bed. He noticed that it really helped him sleep and wake up with less congestion. In the past he was having to go on antibiotics a lot even after sinus surgery and wanted to see what else he could do. He started coming in regularly for Chiropractic as noticed that his sinuses felt much better during and after his visits. Along with regular chiropractic care I made sure to have him incorporate vitamins, probiotics, less sugar and dairy too. All of this helped him not have to go on antibiotics again and he noticed even more improvement with consistent use of the Essential Oils. It’s great to see how dedicated he is to follow through with the protocols that keep his sinuses clear. What protocols do you find helpful?


Chiropractic Can Help Those With Ankylosing Spondylitis.

May 7, 2018 - 2 Responses

Have You Heard Of Ankylosing Spondylitis? Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), is an inflammatory disease, more common in men, that can start early in the teenage years. Pain can start in the low back going into the rest of spine, where as it progresses the vertebrae can fuse and cause what is known as a ‘bamboo spine’. Inflammation can also occur in the rest of the body including the eyes and bowels. NSAIDS, Corticosteroids and Physical Therapy are commonly prescribed, yet many patients still suffer from quite a bit of pain.

Did you know that there are cases where Chiropractic helped AS? This is great news as unfortunately AS patients are often told not to get Chiropractic care. However; Pub Med and The Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research suggest otherwise, even with advanced AS. The outcomes showed that pain, Spinal flexibility, chest expansion and posture improved with chiropractic care. Based on these cases I suggest that along with care from one’s medical doctor to also include Chiropractic and exercise. It also may be effective to incorporate foods, supplements, essential oils and stress reduction modalities to help decrease inflammation and improve gut health.

I have included the cases below for those who would enjoy reading them.

The cases from Pub Med: A 34 Year Old male, diagnosed 10 years earlier, sought chiropractic for spinal pain and stiffness. He underwent an 18 week course of chiropractic spinal manipulation and mobilization therapy. There was a 90% improvement in the disease activity index and an 85% improvement in the functional index from the pre-treatment baseline. Spinal flexibility and chest expansion also improved. A 30-year-old Asian male was first diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis at age 12. Despite medical intervention, a series of exacerbations had fused his sacroiliac joints and the facet joints in his lumbar and cervical spine. Improvement occurred, which shows that even advanced cases of ankylosing spondylitis may show a favorable response to chiropractic manipulative therapy.

Case study from the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. A 38-year-old male presented with complaints of upper back pain, neck pain, left groin and bilateral buttock pain, right patella and right medial heel pain. The patient reported relief of pain symptoms, increased mobility and improved posture. The patient underwent chiropractic cared for a total of 16 visits over a one year period and continues to attend care on a periodic basis.


Ease Your Pain With Essential Oils.

April 30, 2018 - Leave a Response

Oh What A Relief! Studies show Essential Oils are effective in reducing pain. One study showed that a blend of lavender, rosemary, and peppermint oils helped reduce pain by around 30% in people with chronic shoulder pain. Another study found that using black pepper, marjoram, lavender and peppermint essential oils helped relieve neck pain when massaged daily to the painful area.

Does this tempt you to consider adding Essential Oils to your medicine cabinet? I have them on the side tables next to my couch and my bed so that they are easily within reach. Sometimes I mix them with the body lotion I use or with jojoba oil. You can use coconut oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil, olive oil, Magnesium oil or any oil you like. At my office I mix them with Epsom Salt lotion to apply onto the spine of my patients as part of their Chiropractic Adjustment. I use them to help with pain and to create an effect of deeper relaxation.

Always add a couple of drops to a tablespoon of lotion or oil before applying to your skin. These oils are highly concentrated and within 5 Minutes are absorbed into your blood stream. Within 20 Minutes they are absorbed fully and by 90 Minutes the body has used them up. This means you may need to apply them 3 or more times a day if you are in a lot of pain. If you have chronic pain you also may need daily application a few times a day to get the therapeutic benefits. Once the desired effect has occurred you can find how often you need to use them each day or only as needed.

For those of you who are curious about what researchers have found about Essential Oils, here are some results. Lavender essential oil has pain-relieving properties similar to a popular pharmaceutical drug prescribed for reducing arthritis inflammation. Clary sage can help to relieve muscle cramps and ease tension. Because it also controls sebum levels on the skin, it is a great essential oil if you also suffer from acne. Chamomile extracts help to inhibit neurotransmitter signals that are connected with pain perception and help to relax blood vessels. Other studies have pointed to the effectiveness of using chamomile extracts to treat chronic rheumatic pain and back pain. Eucalyptus essential oil can ease the muscle pain of rheumatoid arthritis and chronic muscle aches. You can also use eucalyptus to get rid of other types of pain like headaches, treat respiratory infections naturally, and get relief from joint aches. Thyme extracts contain enzymes that act as COX-2 inhibitors to help suppress pain perception and reduce muscle inflammation. The natural analgesic properties of thyme help get rid of muscle pain without causing side effects like some NSAIDs do.

There are many more oils that have been studied and the results are easily found in this article. May you enjoy their aromas and health benefits!

Enhance Intuition with Essential Oils.

April 23, 2018 - One Response

6 Essential Oils to Enhance Intuition. Every time a patient asks me for advice, I always recommend that they listen to their own voice to see if what I advised feel’s right for them. We each have an inner GPS system and I know what it feels like to listen to it or to push it away. Often fear is what makes one not listen to their GPS system even though decisions are an important part of how we live our lives. One way to help enhance intuition is by getting calm inside especially if you’re feeling overwhelmed about a big decision. Perhaps walking outside, taking a quick nap, or using essential oils can help with that. Essential oils can help balance your mood, reduce stress, counter negative emotions, and lift your spirits. Lavender, Lemon, Chamomile, Jasmine, Rosemary and Sandalwood are recommended in the attached article, however, I recommend that you pick oils that immediately make you feel relaxed when you smell them. The oils don’t need to be any of the six that are recommended and what you like can change depending on your mood, time of day and the season. Next time you have a decision to make and are feeling anxious or unsure, mix a few drops of Essential Oils in a tablespoon of oil or lotion, then rub onto your neck and wrists. You may need to do this once or a few times day to help create more peace and calm in your decision making for better outcomes!


Chiropractic helps with Seizures.

April 16, 2018 - Leave a Response

Fantastic to see that Chiropractic helps with Seizures. Let’s start off with this first Case from the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research ~ April 5, 2018. At age one this boy started to have absence seizures, where there is a vacant stare, lip smacking and eyelid fluttering. At age two he started to have clonic seizures, where there was sustained rhythmical jerking of the body. He also had self aggressive behavior. At age three he received a total of 10 Chiropractic spinal adjustments over an eight-week period. His seizures abated such that over a two-week period, he experienced only two clonic seizures per day. At eight weeks, his parents reported that their son was having one absence seizure every other day and his self-aggressive behaviors had stopped altogether.

The following cases were sited in the website chiro. org. A 9 Year Old girl with Occipital Lobe Epilepsy had uncontrollable eye twitching. Her twitching decreased immediately following a Chiropractic upper cervical adjustment and ceased completely 3 weeks following the final adjustment. The twitching has not resurfaced in approximately 2 years.

A 25-year-old woman with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy was diagnosed at the age of 14. Her seizure episodes began shortly after trauma to her neck and the onset of her period. She received chiropractic spinal manipulation to her upper cervical spine and there was improvement in her seizure episodes as well as her menstrual cycles following 12 weeks of chiropractic care.

A 23-year-old man began suffering from bipolar disorder, sleep disorder, seizures, migraine headaches, and neck and back pain following a headfirst fall. He received 18-months of upper cervical chiropractic care where all of the patient’s conditions were absent by the seventh month of care and remained absent at the conclusion of care.

Impressive results indeed that hopefully inspire you to add Chiropractic care for relief of symptoms.


Postural Exercises for Back Pain.

April 9, 2018 - Leave a Response

Got Back Pain? Here is a three and a half minute video designed for the low back. These are different from other exercises and are known as the Egoscue Method, which I was introduced to during a Chiropractic seminar. Pete Egoscue is the founder and was determined not to live the rest of his life with nerve pain from wounds that he suffered in Vietnam. Through his research he developed a system of 100’s of gentle Postural Therapy exercises to help with pain and to improve mobility. His method is designed with the fundamental belief that the body is perfect by design and that most pain is due to imbalances due to overuse or injury. There are a few videos of this technique on YouTube and hopefully you’ll find relief with them.

Helping Autistic and Severely Hurt Children with Chiropractic!

April 2, 2018 - Leave a Response

Awesome health outcomes for a 10 Year Old girl with Autism. She was brought in for Chiropractic because of neck pain, low back pain, head banging, insomnia and uncontrolled behaviors. There were 12 Chiropractic adjustments over an eight-week period and each time that she came in for care she was taught, rigid and in a protective position. After the adjustments she was more relaxed, had a calmer demeanor, her outbursts ceased and sleep improved.

Did you know there are two Chiropractic non-profits that work primarily with autistic and severely hurt children? They get results like this on a regular basis, which is a true gift. As non-profits they don’t drain families that are often financially devastated from all of the therapies they have used before they try Chiropractic. It would be great if these two places where the first line of Care!

Oklahaven is in Oklahoma City where Dr. Bobby Doscher is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the non-profit. She started this organization, which is celebrating its 50th year of helping severely hurt children return to health in a natural way. Her center has NEVER received state, federal, or United Way funding. She has traveled the world to work with these children and has taught other Chiropractors what she does. (Oklahaven. Com)

Kentuckiana is a Private, Charitable, NonProfit in Kentucky. It was founded in 1957 by Dr. Lorraine Golden. Kentuckiana emphasizes individual programs for kids with Special Needs to reach their optimum potential. (Kentuckiana. Org)

It’s heartwarming for me to read the testimonies from both organizations. It’s great to know that the financial support I give them goes towards helping children naturally with Chiropractic.


Chiropractic and Hypothyroid.

March 26, 2018 - Leave a Response

Wow, a 50-year-old male patient decreased his need for synthetic thyroid hormone following chiropractic care. According to the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, this paper appears to be the fourth to link the decreased need for synthetic thyroid medication while under chiropractic care. In this case, the patient chose chiropractic care due to neck, back, and shoulder pain. Three years previously, he was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and prescribed Synthroid®. While receiving chiropractic there were no changes in his lifestyle, diet, or exercise levels. Routine blood tests revealed that his TSH blood levels remained in the normal range and his need for synthetic thyroid hormone decreased. The curve in his neck also improved.

It’s humbling for me to read cases like this as well as to see the changes my patients have with Chiropractic. The health of the nervous system is a crucial component to how well the body works. This is based on the communication that must occur every day between the brain and the entire rest of our body. Keep your spine in line and help that powerful body communication to really shine!


Chiropractic Song

March 23, 2018 - One Response

I wrote “Power Deep Within” in honor of the powerful intelligence of our body, which we can help through our thoughts, Spinal alignment and by eating healthy most of the time. It’s kind of jazzy and sounds great with Sami Scot Stewart on keyboards.