Help with Migraine Headaches

March 13, 2013 - Leave a Response

The other day I received the following email from one of my patients:

“You will be happy to know that my migraines have been ALMOST GONE!!! Honestly I cannot believe it myself but I have cut down on my meds tremendously and have been traveling nonstop; which usually means I need to take my medications continuously!!! YOU are a Miracle WORKER!!!”

This patient had been suffering from migraine headaches for about 30 years when she walked into my office. Her goal was to see if chiropractic could help reduce how much medication she was using and I am so glad her goal was realized. Through out the years patients have come to me for headaches and I feel so blessed to be able to help them.

When someone suffers from headaches I need to determine what the possible causes and triggers could be, including: stress, tension in the neck, jaw or spine, hormone imbalance, mineral deficiencies, food sensitivities, environmental allergies or toxicity, past head injury, physical traumas or eye problems. The list is long yet it is imperative to be a thorough detective. Helping those with headaches is a fantastic way to improve one’s quality of life. So if you know of someone who suffers from headaches, perhaps you can suggest that they see a chiropractor.

Last week’s E-Brief highlighted Dr. Fab’s free online radio show, and one of my patients listened to the re-broadcast. She said Dr. Fab was fantastic; very motivating and uplifting. So perhaps some of you will enjoy this week’s topic; Raising Healthy Kids in a Sick World, on Hay House Radio’s “Self-Healing with Dr. Fab” This Thursday, 8 am Pacific, 10 am Chicago and 11 am Eastern. Let me know what you think.


Chiropractic Radio Show “Self Healing with Dr. Fab”

March 6, 2013 - One Response

I’m writing to let you know about a new online radio show that is scheduled to start this week with Dr. Fabricio Mancini. Dr. Mancini is a chiropractor and Best Selling Author of: The Power of Self-Healing. His weekly radio show; “Self Healing with Dr. Fab”, is intended to help people discover how to tap into their body’s incredible power and unlock their natural healing ability to restore well being without drugs, surgery, or other medical procedures.

If you don’t know Dr. Fab, you’re in for a treat. Not only is he an expert in self-healing, but he’s also one of the most likeable and genuine guys you’ll ever meet. I personally met him last year after he lectured at a seminar and we chatted for a few minutes about his goals of educating the public about the benefits of chiropractic and other natural healing modalities. He’s been a guest on Dr. Phil and the Doctors show in the last year and regularly speaks to audiences around the country about self-healing and the secrets to living a ‘fab’ulous life.

“Self Healing with Dr. Fab” airs LIVE every week Thursdays at 8 am Pacific, 10 am Chicago and 11 am Eastern. During the live show he is hoping to get many chiropractic patients to call in and tell their success stories, perhaps you will feel inspired to call in. The first show is Thursday, March 7th, and archives are available for anyone who misses the live show. There’s also an app for iPhone’s, called “Hay House Radio” in the app store.

Click here to get information on the show and listen in.

I am very excited for Dr. Fabricio’s new show and hope you’ll find it informative and enjoyable. He wants this show to be a catalyst for those who have not experienced chiropractic and alternative medicine to discover for themselves, the incredible power of the body to self-heal.

The Jaw can be responsible for Neck Pain and Headaches

February 27, 2013 - 2 Responses

As a Chiropractor I need 50 CEU’s each year to maintain my license, so in the middle of February 2013, I attended a weekend seminar about the Jaw Joint. The instructor, Dr. Brett A. Winchester, discussed that if anyone has neck pain or headaches to always work with the jaw as over 50% of the time it is involved. Other indicators of jaw dysfunction, often called TMJ and or TMD, include: popping, grinding, jaw pain, fatigue, dizziness, tinnitus, swimmers ear, ear aches, scoliosis, any kind of fall, car accident, head injury, sport injury, birth trauma, anyone who sleeps on their stomach, if they have ever worn braces, chew lots of gum and other factors.

Dr. Winchester discussed ways to retrain people to stop clenching and ways to work directly on the patient’s jaw joint. He found that working twice a week for three weeks on the jaw has a profound affect on his patients that have neck pain, headaches and the other symptoms associated with TMJ and TMD.

I have always been fascinated by the effect that grinding and clenching have mainly because my mother said she used to hear me grind my teeth as a very young girl. My grinding was so loud it could be heard from another room so my mom would come into my room and put her hand on me; which stopped the grinding. I never needed braces yet the effects of the grinding created some very painful cracked teeth and occasional headaches. Thankfully I did find help and feel much better now.

When I attended Chiropractic College I chose to investigate the jaw and did a lot of reading about how any tension and dysfunction in that joint could affect the neck, shoulders, back, hips, even the feet and toes. In my first years of practice I was at a seminar and the chiropractor that was lecturing instilled upon us how important the jaw joint is. The experience that made this evident to him was with a patient who had a few knee surgeries yet still was suffering from constant knee pain. Because the surgeries did not help she came to him to see if he could help reduce her pain. He initially worked directly on the knee, then of course as a chiropractor he also worked on the spine, feet, hips and neck yet none of that helped. It was when he worked on her jaw that she noticed immediate improvement.

I found that to be quite fascinating so made sure to incorporate working with the jaw in both kids and adults. With the information from the latest seminar, I feel excited to have even more effective ways to help people.

All Those Adjustments Helped My Labor

February 20, 2013 - Leave a Response

Here is a testimonial that I received on Monday 2/4/13 from of one of my patients:

“I just wanted to let you know that I DID indeed go into full active labor that same day after I got the adjustment. I labored at home quite a bit and then some at the hospital, we went in at about 6:30PM. The delivery was incredibly fast and much different than the one I had with my first son. This little guy practically slid out of me and it only took me four pushes! I definitely believe all those adjustments helped! My second son was born at 3:21 am and weighed in at 7lbs. 13oz!”

My patient saw me through out her entire pregnancy and was in labor for five hours before she came in for her adjustment that Monday morning. The labor was on and off every 15 – 20 minutes and then stopped completely. Then after the adjustment she went to her car and the labor came on again every 10 minutes. She continued to labor at home by walking around, sitting on a birth ball and also by leaning on her husband to help her sway through the intensity. Once she got to the hospital she was not not fully dilated so they had her walk around for a few more hours. She then had an epidural and was able to relax and dilated from 3cm – 7cm. Then 20 minutes later she pushed 4 times and gave birth to her son.

My patient said the staff at the hospital was quite surprised at how fast her son came. What the hospital staff was not aware of is that one study showed that women who received chiropractic care through their pregnancy had 24% shorter labor than those who did not receive chiropractic care AND women who had given birth more than once (multiparous) reported 39% shorter labor times when they received chiropractic care during their pregnancy.

The one regret my patient had was that she did not have a doula for this birth. She felt the doula would have been able to help her through the pain, as her husband was only able to do so much. Her newborn son is nursing; calm and sleeping well and both mom and baby came in one week after the delivery for their adjustment.

A Helpful Hint for Doggy Diarrhea

January 30, 2013 - Leave a Response

Recently I was sent an email asking if there was anything holistic that could be used to help with diarrhea in a dog? I am not a Vet yet do have experience with diarrhea in my own dog Mason. Over the course of three and a half years I have had to bring him to the Animal Hospital twice. He would begin with diarrhea and then over the course of a few days it would get very severe with bloody stool and bloody vomit. Each time this happened I took him to the Animal Hospital where he stayed over night so they could monitor and treat him with medication and fluids. The third time that Mason began to have loose stools I wanted to prevent him from going down this path. Thankfully a combination of probiotics and homeopathic remedies helped stop him from getting the severe bloody diarrhea.

Based on my experience I recommended a product called Florastor. This is found at any local drugstore and many medical doctors recommend it when they prescribe antibiotics; to help with diarrhea and other side effects of that medication. Florastor contains both nutritional yeast and acidophilus to balance the microflora in the intestines. The woman bought the Florastor and here is what she emailed back to me.

“The Florastor was amazing. I was having some work done in my home and my husband moved my plants. They were in a ‘safe place’ from the dogs and he moved them to an area where my boy [German Shepherd] was able to get to it. He was eating the dirt; which has plant food in it and the plant food is not dog friendly; which is why I had the plants concealed in a ‘safe place’. It did not come to mind that this is what caused the diarrhea until my husband told me he caught him eating it. It was then that we knew why he was so sick with diarrhea. It was ugly too and his stool was so loose I was ready to take him to the emergency room. It got a little better and then it started up again.”

“I emailed you because we spoke of his being prone to diarrhea and after emailing you I started administering the Florastor pills. I gave it to him for two days and according to the package, I could give up to 2 pills per meal so that is what I did. On the third day I made a mistake and gave him some rich food –Ground chuck and rice. This started the loose stool again so I reverted back to the 2 pills per meal for 2 days and gave him rice only for a day.”

“The next day he was playing and running around the house with my girl dog [also a German Shepherd]. His stool was more solid but less of it. The next day I gave him dry food with rice and the stool was still solid. He is now on dry food with vegetables like always and his stool is still solid. Needless to say, the plants have been moved back to the ‘safe place’ and all is well.”

I am so glad the Florastor helped this woman’s German shepherd. As for my own dog Mason I continue to give him probiotics and digestive enzymes twice a day and so far his stools remain normal.

Reflux, Nausea, and Hiatal Hernia

January 26, 2013 - Leave a Response

Reflux, nausea and hiatal hernia may not be something that you typically think of going to the chiropractor for; however, over the years I have had patients that were pleasantly surprised from the relief they felt with Chiropractic.

The most recent case was a woman who had severe hiatal hernia symptoms for 5 years and had been on numerous medications, without any relief. The few months before she came in consisted of some of the worst symptoms she ever had. Because she had been diagnosed with the Hiatal Hernia I initiated the treatment with her in the standing position and worked at the top of the abdomen to help release the hernia that gets stuck under the ribs by the diaphragm and stomach.

I then had her lay face down and worked on her spine to help stop the nerves that go from the back into the stomach and digestive organs from over firing. I had her turn on her back and then worked on the neck as the nerves there affect the vagus nerve; which has direct connection with the stomach. I then ended by putting essential oils of peppermint and lavender over her stomach and doing some massage in that area.

At her next visit she said that she woke up the next day after her first adjustment and her symptoms were gone. She had been able to eat and not have the burning and the pressure feeling. She started to get some of the symptoms back but they were so much better and she was astonished that my working on her helped when the medications did not.

At home I had her massage the essential oils on her stomach, lay on the miracle balls to calm the nerves going to the back and also recommended Alka-Aid; which helps to reduce acidity. This patient was in her 70’s yet many pregnant women have come to me who were nauseous and or had reflux and babies have been helped with chiropractic too.

Working on patients to help digestive symptoms feels so gratifying because most of the medications that are used for this are toxic to the body. They also prevent essential vitamins and minerals from being absorbed and this is why one should find other ways to manage these symptoms.

Tap Out Of It

January 16, 2013 - Leave a Response

Do you remember the scene in Moonstruck, where Cher slaps Nicholas Cage? (I loved that movie! You can watch that slap here.)

My title for this post is a play on the words from that movie and the “tap” in “tap out of it”, has to do with a Technique called (EFT) Emotional Freedom Technique; which is a powerful approach that helps resolve emotional and physical distress. EFT works by having the recipient “tune into” a negative emotion, tap a set of acupressure treatment points and perform other energy balancing exercises to help the mind/body heal itself. This process can take from five minutes to an hour depending on the number of separate emotional parts of a feeling or a memory; which need to be treated.

A Stanford engineer named Gary Craig developed EFT. He had a life long interest in helping people become more successful and eventually became a personal performance coach. In the early 90’s he studied Thought Field TherapyTM with its discoverer, Roger Callahan, Ph.D., a psychologist.

Dr. Callahan undertook a study of the application of a technique called Applied Kinesiology (AK) to the treatment of phobias and published what he learned in his first book, in 1985, Five Minute Phobia Cure. He discovered that, not only phobias, but also most emotional distress could be relieved. He used AK to assess which energy meridians needed treatment and then applied treatment to those meridians.

Nick Ortner, author of “The Tapping Solution” has expanded on the work of Dr. Callahan and Gary Craig. His organization holds Tapping World Summits; which allows people all over the planet to have access to this elegant technique. To get an understanding of what this technique is I have included a link to a video that demonstrates Mr. Ortner tapping with world-renowned author and mind/body guru Louise Hay.

In the 1970’s Ms. Hay wrote the book, Heal Your Body, which offers positive new thought patterns to replace negative emotions. She has been an inspiration to many and has sold 50 Million of her books. WOW! Hopefully you will enjoy this video as much as I did and if you have any mind/body issues perhaps you can “Tap Out Of It!”

Miracle Ball Method for Pregnancy

January 9, 2013 - Leave a Response

For a few years I have been recommending the Miracle Ball Method for patients to use at home in between adjustments. This method lengthens the spine and the muscles of the body, helping to reduce pain, enhance flexibility and improve posture. One can use the small, cushiony balls very simply by placing them on either side of the spine and laying on each area for a few minutes or one can go in depth and use this very gentle exercise method to create lots of change in their body. I use them regularly at night before sleeping to help realign my body from my days work. I love them and my patients tell me they love them too.

I found them at my local Barnes and Noble and noticed a few months back that the same company made a kit for Pregnant Women (the kit comes with a booklet and 2 balls). This kit is similar to the Miracle Ball Method but the booklet has more specific information for pregnant women. The booklet explains how the method can help with pregnancy related pain, reduce labor discomfort, improve post partum recovery and help with the discomforts associated with breastfeeding. I began recommending the kit to my pregnant women to use in between adjustments and moms have said their backs are staying looser in between visits. One mom said she could understand how they would be very helpful to use after her baby was born.

The woman who invented this method is Elaine Petrone and I think you will enjoy this 2-minute video of her explaining and demonstrating the Pregnancy balls. Here is Ms. Petrone’s video:

Choosing Optimism over Pessimism

January 2, 2013 - Leave a Response

I was watching a show on public television about happiness and one of the people being interviewed was a young man who became paralyzed after he broke his neck jumping into a lake.  In an instant he became a college graduate whose whole life was ahead of him to not being able to do anything for himself. 

Initially this was very hard for him as others had to bathe him and feed him and he felt embarrassed.  His spirit was low and he saw how easy it was to fall prey to the negative chatter in his head.  This made him feel horrible and he decided to change these negative thoughts.  He commented that it is hard work to stay positive yet worth the diligence.

At first he was completely paralyzed and could not do anything for himself.  He began rehab and worked very hard to be in a wheel chair and use a computer. He also was having some issues with his skin and noticed that none of the traditional therapies were working.  He began using the computer to research other remedies that could help and came across essential oils.

He then bought some essential oils and began to make up his own blends that he used on himself as well as his family and friends.  Because he was getting great results and many were asking for his help, he started his own Essential Oil Company.  Now he travels and is very busy and feels very fulfilled with the company that he created.

He explained that he still is the same guy he was before his accident with the same feelings, ideas, humor, love of family and life and that he has made the best of this situation and continues to do so. 

I adore inspirational stories and hope that this man’s sentiments stick with you.  I am hopeful that along with any goals you make for yourself that you also promise to be more mindful of choosing optimistic thoughts starting now and diligently sticking with it always.

Chiropractic and Colic

December 26, 2012 - Leave a Response

ScienceDaily came out with an article on 12/12/12 that Manipulative Therapies May Be Beneficial Treatment for Infantile Colic.  The Cochrane Library published a systematic review; which assessed six randomized trials involving a total of 325 infants who received manipulative treatment or had been part of a control group.

The results of five studies measuring the number of hours that colicky babies cried each day showed statistically significant findings where crying was reduced by an average of one hour and 12 minutes per day through manipulative therapy.  The parents in the study did know whether their infant was receiving treatment or not. 

Infantile colic is the most common complaint seen by physicians within the first 16 weeks of birth.  The excessive crying that occurs with colic brings a lot of stress to the family and many physicians will intervene to try to help reduce this.  I have had my share of mothers bring in their baby who won’t stop crying and the manipulation has helped many of the infants throughout the years. 

Some babies get results immediately and some need more persistent care.  With the more stubborn cases I recommend that the mom also receive manipulation and that her diet and or any formulas she is using be addressed for possible food sensitivities.  There also are some natural remedies that can be used for the baby and I also do recommend that the parents learn how to do Infant Massage at home. 

The goal is to do everything possible to create peace for baby and family!