7 Year Old’s Coordination and Emotional Outbursts Improve

October 9, 2017 - Leave a Response

Interesting Chiropractic Case Study of a 7-year-old female with slow physical skills, emotional outbursts and difficulty with coordination since birth. After two months there was improved coordination, spontaneous use of silverware for self-feeding and an improvement in emotional regulation.


Improvements with MS Symptoms

October 9, 2017 - Leave a Response

This Chiropractic Case is of a 26-year-old female with multiple sclerosis, numbness, and neck pain. After 9 visits the patient’s neck curve improved 60% and her headaches, as well as numbness in the neck and arms improved. https://vertebralsubluxation.sharepoint.com/Pages/2017_1508_Lavallie_MSCervicalCurve.aspx

3 Years of Back Pain, Gone

October 9, 2017 - One Response

A Chiropractic Case of a woman who had back pain for three years after she had her baby. One specific adjustment to her sacrum and her pain of three years was gone.

Eye Sight, Migraines and Seizures Improved

October 9, 2017 - Leave a Response

This is an exciting Chiropractic Case! 11 weeks of care and an 18 year old patient experienced full resolution of the visual loss in her left eye, which was due to complications from a surgery 4 years prior. Her migraines and seizures reduced in frequency and severity as well.

20 Year Old With Seizures

October 9, 2017 - Leave a Response

Fantastic outcome of a 20-year-old male with seizures of unknown origin. He was hospitalized three times over the course of one year. One week after initiation of care, his seizure activity ceased. Chiropractic care continued and the patient was taken off all seizure medications at 13 weeks by his neurologist.

Pregnant Woman VBAC

October 9, 2017 - Leave a Response

A Delightful Chiropractic Case of a pregnant 39-year-old woman. She had low back pain and the desire to increase the possibility of a vaginal delivery after having had three previous cesarean sections. After two months with 14 visits the patient made significant improvement and was able to have a vaginal birth.

6 Year Old With Autism

October 9, 2017 - Leave a Response

Here is a Delightful Chiropractic Case of a 6-year-old autistic boy with aggressive behavior, hindered social and physical activities, poor eating habits and sleep difficulties. After 15 visits over the course of 6 weeks the outcome included: decreased time taken to fall asleep, improved sleep quality and sleep time, decrease in aggressive behavior, an increase in alertness, focus and agreement to finish school-related work. The patient was also able to discontinue use of the medications Risperidone and Tenex.

9 Mistakes Runners Make

February 17, 2015 - Leave a Response
Mistake #1, Over Striding:
The optimal cadence for a runner is 85-90 hits/foot/minute. To check the cadence, set a timer for a minute and count how many times the right or left foot hits the ground while running in that time. The 85-90 stride means the foot is striking the ground directly under the hip.
Mistake #2, Leaning Forward from the Waist:
Leaning forward at the waist increases the curve in the low back, increases forces to the spine and jams the joints. It is best to turn on the core by gently bracing the spine and lean forward from the ankles while running.
Mistake #3, Improper Arm Use:
Crossing the arms mid line while running creates rotation of the body, increases injury and decreases efficiency. The elbows should be between 90-120 degrees and the arms should swing from the shoulders while pumping forward.
Mistake #4, Head Bounces Up and Down Too Much:
The head should barely move so imagine a ceiling is right above the head.
Mistake #5, Upper Back Hunch:
Running with a hunched upper back can increase headaches and neck pain while decreasing lung capacity. Make sure to run with the head back comfortably and keep the back straight.
Mistake #6, Asymmetry:
Take note if one knee lifts higher, one foot slaps more, the arm swing is uneven or if anything around the waist keeps inching over to one side. Find and fix the asymmetry.
Mistake #7, Crossover Stride:
When the feet strike under the crotch and look like one is running on a balance beam, this increases pronation and rotation of the lower leg. To prevent this pretend there is a dowel between the knees while running. This can indicate weak gluts and hip muscles so do one legged bridges. Lay on the back, lift the strong leg in the air, then squeeze and lift the weak glut a few seconds on and off about 10 times. Switch to the other side.
Mistake #8, Wrong Running Shoes:
There are three kinds of shoes to choose from. a.)Motion Control, are heavy and stiff for over pronaters. b.)Minimal/Vibram Style are light weight and can help those with chronic knee pain. c.)Stability Shoe, is middle of the road and best for most everyone. Try on 5 or 6 different stability shoes to see which is most comfortable before purchasing.
Mistake #9, Stretching Incorrectly:
Prime the joints with circular movements before running. This includes shoulder rounds, chin to chest, chin to ceiling, turn head left and right, wrist circles, ankle circles, hands on hips then bend left, right and twist left, right. After running hold the following stretches up to a minute. Standing calf, hamstring and quad stretches, bend neck left and then right, hold hands behind back and gently arch back, keep hands behind back and lean body forward, finish by touching the ground with knees relaxed and chin to chest.
*1-8 are from Dr. Jon Mulholland’s lecture series “Bio mechanical Issues with Running”. The Gate Guys and Ideal Athlete Chiropractic on Face Book are helpful resources.

Posture: Are You Crooked or Straight?

June 15, 2014 - Leave a Response
Recently a woman in her early 20’s came to see me because she was having right shoulder and right hip pain. When I checked her posture I put her in front of the mirror to show how crooked she was. Her right shoulder and right hip were significantly lower and her right foot was flat. This definitely opened her eyes to something she was not aware of.
I then put her onto my chiropractic table and mobilized restricted joints from the feet on up. Afterwards she stood in front of the mirror and her frame was less crooked. Her right foot still was flat so I instructed her to stabilize what I did by putting an arch support into her right shoe. We discussed a treatment plan of regular chiropractic care, specific exercises based on how her posture presented, using the arch support and I also made supplement recommendations. 
I discussed my intentions for short term and long term outcomes. Short Term: to eliminate the pain that she had been having and Long Term: to create a program that allows her posture to become more balanced and stay that way permanently. This is important as measuring the posture of someone in their 20’s and 30’s can be a big predictor on how their joints will be affected as they age. She was active with exercise so imagine a life time of exercising on a crooked frame and the degenerative affects down the road. At her next visit, her posture remained improved and her pain was a lot less. She liked wearing the arch support and during the week noticed activities that were more one sided. 
Making one’s frame/posture more balanced is a great preventive to stop major problems later on. Essentially prevention saves money in the long run and improves overall quality of life. What’s your posture? Look in the mirror with your hands resting on your hips and see if one hip or shoulder is higher than the other. Also look at your feet: Does the right foot look like the left foot? Do your shoes wear out evenly? Evaluate your posture at home, because it’s never to late to straighten a crooked frame. 


60 Years of Medical Research Validates Scientific Basis for Chiropractic

May 13, 2014 - One Response

I recently attended a webinar entitled “The Scientific Basis for Chiropractic” by Dr. Lisa K Bloom. Are you aware that for 60 years the medical profession studied the bio-mechanical affects of a hypo mobile joint? Well, according to Dr. Bloom, by the late 80’s there were 100’s of research articles from the medical community showing the following reproducible results. A joint that is hypo mobile immediately produces local damage to the skin, tissue, fat, ligaments and the surrounding blood vessels of the joint. Another effect of reduced joint mobility is neurological; which also can have visceral reactions.

According to Dr. Bloom, studies also showed that when there is reduced motion in the joint it is often not painful. This is because each joint is supplied by special receptors and when the joint is hypo mobile these receptors fire harmful messages to the brain and the nervous system. This harmful firing creates Central Sensitization and is seen with Asthma, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Fibromyalgia along with other musculoskeletal and visceral symptoms.

The research shows that the moment any joint becomes hypo mobile it is subject to the above-mentioned tissue and neurological changes within the first 10 days. Those tissue changes are reversible if the hypo mobile joint is mobilized in that specific 10 day time period. If the joint is not mobilized within that window of time, then this sets up progressive degenerative changes. At any time after those 10 days the degenerative changes do responded favorably to hands on mobilization.

Dr. Bloom is a Chiropractor and she is well aware that Chiropractors specialize in locating where joints are hypo mobile, with the intention of increasing as much motion as possible back into the joint. What I am hoping you will receive from my synopsis of Dr. Bloom’s lecture is that anyone from age 0 to 100+ should consider seeking immediate hands on attention when there has been any trauma that may have created a hypo mobile joint. That immediate restoration of joint mobility can help prevent future degenerative, neurological and visceral problems. For those traumas that one has not gotten immediate attention for, there still are major health benefits from receiving chiropractic care for those joints that have begun to set up degenerative changes.

As a side note I would like to explain a hypo mobile joint and how it can get that way. Each joint has some level of movement and when it looses any of that motion it becomes hypo mobile. There are a few different kinds of joints in the body and here are some examples. The bones in the head are plates and they join together as sutures. These sutures have very minimal motion, but they are supposed to move. These sutures can get jammed (hypo mobile) from getting bumped or hit on the head, when the head hits the birth canal during labor, when the head is being grabbed by forceps or when being grabbed by the doctor’s hands during a c-section. So very early on one can experience hypo mobility of the sutures in the head. A hinge style joint is quite different from a suture and is found in the jaw. This too can become hypo mobile during the delivery process, as well as from dental procedures, wearing braces, grinding/ clenching, chewing on one side. The jaw is very important and when it is hypo mobile that can cause the neck, spine and other joints to tighten. Another example of a joint is the synovial; which is found in the spine and the extremities. These joints are supposed to move in many directions and can become hypo mobile during the delivery process, accidents, falls, slips, sprains, strains, sports injury, repetitive movements, poor posture, lifting incorrectly and other events. It is also important to note that all joints of the body can become hypo mobile if the body is inflamed. Inflammation can occur from reaction to certain foods, viruses, bacteria, allergens, toxins and other chemicals. The inflammation causes the muscles to go into spasm and that is what can make a joint hypo mobile.

You can see Dr. Bloom’s educational video’s by going to youtube.com/neurodocuniverse