Do Chiropractic Assistants Get Adjusted

Do Chiropractic Assistants Get Adjusted

Do Chiropractic Assistants Get Adjusted“Kira, do Chiropractic Assistant’s like you get adjusted too?” I get asked this question often and the short answer is…YES!!!

My Backstory

When I started here at Midtown Life Studio, I had never been adjusted in my life. I had heard about chiropractic and a friend of mine claimed it helped her with things I couldn’t even imagine. In my eyes, chiropractic was for back pain, right? Well, yes and no…

I started this job with excitement and an open mind. I was interested in learning more about the holistic approach to health and even learning more about my body and what makes it tick. Dr. Greg can attest, the more I learned, the more I LOVED chiropractic. Dr. Greg started me off as if I was a regular patient in the practice. I went through a day one (new patient visit) and I mentioned I suffered from headaches every day, some even reaching migraine status, and that I had reoccurring sinus infections and ear infections from infancy into adulthood. I was notorious for refusing to take medicine because of how OFTEN I would have had to take it! There was no way that could be healthy for me.

My Findings

I thought “These are just the cards I was dealt”. On my day two visit (where he goes over his findings) I learned that my spine was in pretty decent shape but I had a cervical curve that really needed some help. Dr. Greg enlightened me by explaining that the central nervous system and the spine are directly connected. When the vertebrae in the spine are misaligned, it puts pressure on the nerve and causes interference with the rest of the body (organs, muscles, brain, etc.), this is called a subluxation. *You can learn more about subluxations in Dr. Greg’s blog post. (What Is Subluxation)* He went on to tell me that this could definitely be the cause of my continuous headaches and sinus/ear issues and set me up on a treatment plan. The subluxations in my cervical spine were interfering with my life force!

We set out with a goal in mind… To limit or greatly diminish the headaches and gain a better and stronger immune system. Here I am over 3 years later and I am elated to say that I almost never get headaches any more, let alone migraines, nor have I had a sinus infection or ear infection since being adjusted regularly. WHAT?! Now I’m not saying it’s magic or a cure all, but it’s pretty phenomenal – don’t you think? This was something that I thought I would be saddled with for the rest of my life and once Dr. Greg began slowly removing those little interferences my self-healing, self-regulating body did exactly what it needed to do. It thrived.

Wrapping Up

Yes, I get adjusted and all Chiropractic Assistant’s I’ve spoken to from other office do too! Yes, I take it seriously. Yes, it is a priority. I will always be under chiropractic care.

How to Prevent Hunchback Posture

How To Prevent Hunchback Posture

How to Prevent Hunchback PostureHunchback. Nursing Home Posture. Grandma Hump. Whatever you wanna call it, it is not a good look. Even more importantly, it is terrible for your overall health. As you lose the curve in your neck the process has already begun. I have patients tell me all the time that they notice there shoulders slumping forward or that there head sticks out in front of them. It starts out with what we Forward Head Posture and it can lead to bones shifting out of alignment, muscle strains and spasms, as well as spinal degeneration.

5 Tips To Prevent A Hunchback Posture

1) Stop texting (Yeah Right!)

Okay, I know that is not gonna happen. But seriously, those of you who spend all day on your phone (you know who you are) give it a break. At the very least hold your phone up higher so your not looking so far down. Not only will this help you avoid becoming a hunchback, but it will also help you avoid running into a telephone pole. I’ve seen it happen.

Raise Your Computer Screen

Same concept here. If your computer screen is below eye level (middle of the screen), it’s too low. Those of you who work all day long on laptops are definitely guilty of this. They make ergonomic stands and detachable keyboards. I know. I know. Who’s gonna lug around a laptop stand and plug in a keyboard? When you start looking like your old aunt Matilda just don’t say no one ever told you.

Do Some Corrective Exercises

Wall Angels, Rows, Foam Rolling. Google it! “Forward head posture exercises” Or, if you’re a patient, just ask me. Guys especially seem to let there egos get in the way. You spend a significant amount of time working out your chests and forgetting about your backs. This pulls everything forward and makes things even worse. Just because you can’t see your back in the gym mirror doesn’t mean it doesn’t need some attention.

Reduce Stress

Get rid of it wherever you can. Eat right. Exercise. Terrible Job? Start looking for another one. Unhealthy relationship? Fix it (or end it).

Get Chiropractic Care

Most importantly, regular chiropractic adjustments are vital to ensure you don’t succumb to a hunchback. Getting adjusted will enable your to regain and maintain spinal motion, prevent spinal degeneration and avoid that grandma hump.

Chiropractic For TMJ

Can Chiropractors Help TMJ?

Chiropractic For TMJBefore you go to another dentist, orthodontist or oral surgeon read this! At least once a week a patient asks me “can you do anything about my TMJ?”. Not only can chiropractic care help with TMJ disorders (or TMJD), we get some of our best results (and most happy patients) with people suffering with this horrible problem.

Most people suffering from TMJD have seen a number of dental professionals, and while they usually find some sense of relief, they rarely feel the problem has gone away. It becomes something they just have to live with. It SUCKS! Just the simple act of opening your mouth is terribly painful. Brushing your teeth, talking, eating become unbearable chores. Every bite you take is a screaming reminder that your jaw is not working the way it should. It can give you headaches, earaches, dizziness, hearing problems, and even difficulty swallowing.

TMJD Is A Collective Term For Variety Of Signs:

  • radiating pain radiating pain in the face, neck, or shoulders,
  • limited movement or locking of the jaw
  • painful clicking or grating when opening or closing the mouth
  • significant change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together

So Why See A Chiropractor?

Simply put, cervical spine issues can lead to TMJD, although most patents do not attribute these symptoms to neck problems.

The Journal of Oral Rehabilitation recommends examination of the cervical spine in TMJD patients, even without cervical complaints. These findings are supported by the journal of Cranio and Clinical Oral Investigation as well. Even professional journals from the dental profession recommend an evaluation of the spine.

Many chiropractors are trained to examine your neck and jaw to determine the best course of co-managed care with your oral health physician. The position of the head and neck are intricately connected. With proper care and treatment of spinal disorders, TMJD patients can see pain relief and correction. Treatments with us enable the body to respond to dental changes so that care received from your oral health physician has greater and lasting results.

TMJD patients receive:

  • Full examination to determine the best treatment plan
  • Pre/Post X-Rays
  • Multiple Exams to evaluate progress
  • Gentle and safe adjustments
  • Exercises to strengthen and stabilize the jaw and neck
  • Therapies to re-train muscles for proper movement of the jaw
  • Therapies that balance muscles for proper function

Know someone suffering with TMJ? Encourage them to schedule an appointment with a Chiropractor!

Post It Note

Make Up Appointments and Orange Slips

Post It NoteKira, why do you insist on me scheduling a make up appointment if I miss one?

Let’s face it, life can be really hectic. Whether you have meetings that run late, kids schedules to follow, or simply forget your appointment, we still want you to make it up.

Here is why…

When you come into our office for the first time, you and Dr. Greg spend time dissecting why it is you came to see us in the first place. You talk about your aches, pains, maybe a sports injury, even things you didn’t know could be caused by subluxation, such as headaches or allergies. In one way or another, you came to us for help.

We’re in the business of helping people!

I’m sure by now you all have heard the word “care plan” many times in our office. Each one of our patients has a care plan and Dr. Greg sets them according to the care he recommends for you. For some of you this may be 3 times a week, once a week, every other week, or even once a month. These care plans can vary throughout your care with us as we see patients for wellness and corrective care. It is especially important to schedule your future appointments in advance in order to create a sense of a new routine (if you are an entirely new patient) and to continue with a routine if you are a wellness patient. You see, when you make a conscious choice to better yourself FOR yourself and even your loved ones, you tend to have to carve a nice little niche in your life to try and find space… Right? We simply want to hold you to the commitment you made for yourself and your health.

Some of you may have seen little orange slips of paper floating around the office. We call these our Missed Appointment Sheets. Any time you miss an appointment and do not reschedule, or set up a makeup appointment, you should be getting one of these sheets. I will hand it to you at the front desk when you come in after missing an appointment and ask you to bring it to Dr. Greg to discuss being “off your care plan”.

Keeping your plan on track

This is a fairly new practice in the office, but we decided we need to let you all know just how serious we are about your health! If you miss an appointment (during your corrective care phase especially) it can throw off the progress you have made toward achieving or maintaining your health and wellness goals that you and Dr. Greg have discussed. We assure you, these are not meant to be mean spirited, but a way to let you know that your attendance at your appointments is necessary to see the results you are hoping for. The best results will come from a patient who comes to every appointment, does the prescribed therapies and stretches and never skips using their denneroll.

Simply said, help us help you. That is what you came to us for after all. 😉

Stroller with Kettlebells

Working Out With Kids – My New Workout Regime

Working Out With Kids - My New Workout RegimeSo it’s been 6 months since our twins were born. Therefore it’s been 6 months since I’ve worked out regularly or eaten properly. NO MORE. I have patients everyday telling me how difficult it is to get a workout in or how they can’t seem to get their diet on track. Whether its kids, a stressful job, or just the inability to get your life organized, truth is it is hard to stay healthy. If it was easy, everyone would do it.

So I could just give in and succumb to what is so affectionately described as ‘dad bod’. I could eat take-out and melt into the couch every time it beckons me to plop down from utter exhaustion. Where would that get me?

I realized that I haven’t ran or done any physical activity without my two little boys in tow since they were born. Okay, that’s not entirely true. I attempted one return trip to Crossfit. I thought it would be great to spend a few hours a week in a fun, motivating environment, and get back in shape in the process. After a run in with the owner who decided to assert his dominance by shoving a barbell into the back of my throat, demanding to know why I should keep my elbows up, and later commenting on my choice of weight, I decided against it. Not working out for 6 months did nothing for my flexibility and while my form is not always perfect, I pride myself on being smart and avoiding long term injuries that I see in the office everyday, but that’s beside the point.

I decided to let him keep his alpha male status and I would leave with my $165 a month. After all, your gym your rules, but hey, if I’m gonna spend several hours a week away from my kids and husband it’s not gonna be there. Now don’t get me wrong. I LOVE crossfit. I love the camaraderie, the intensity, the grit. But I also want to have a good time and feel like I’m welcomed.

My New Workout Regime

Anyway, so I’ve decided to keep the trend going and not run or workout without the twins, Graham and Arthur, for the next 18 months. The point? Well, I guess I want to prove to myself that I can not only maintain a decent weight and healthy lifestyle, but perhaps get in the best shape of my life while lugging my two ever-increasing bundles of joy everywhere I go. Also, and more importantly, I want to be able to confidently tell my patients that it can be done.

So no stroller-assisted mini squats or handlebar side-bends. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but I didn’t give birth to these two little guys so I’m gonna by-pass the postpartum recovery phase of working out. Not sure exactly what these workouts will look like, but stay tuned. Oh, and the first $165 I saved from cancelling my membership bought me 2 kettlebells, an abmat, a jumprope and a yoga mat. My new mobile gym!

Here goes nothing! Or something!?

Are Chiropractic Adjustments The Same Each Time?

Are Chiropractic Adjustments The Same Each Time?

Are Chiropractic Adjustments The Same Each Time?I get asked all the time, “was that the same adjustment as last time” or “do you adjust the same bones every time.” For many of you, the answer is yes. Especially if you have subluxation and/or degeneration that has been present for a while. Many of the spinal problems I see are a result of years and years of stress. So if it has taken years to become an issue, it would make sense that it’s gonna take some time and energy adjusting the same areas to correct the subluxation (see informative article “What is Subluxation“).

Why We May Adjust The Same Each Time

To use an example, let’s say you have really small biceps. I mean they are puny-looking and weak and you can barely lift your spoon to feed yourself. So now you’ve decided you want really big biceps. Although some accessory muscle work will definitely be helpful here, if you want really large, strong biceps you’d go to the gym and work out what muscle? That’s right. The biceps. And not just once. You have to go repeatedly and work them out over and over if you want to see results.

Well, getting adjusted is the same thing. Let’s say your have neck pain. We find several bones in your neck are not moving correctly and x-ray shows decreased disc space and degeneration. Well, if you want your neck pain to go away (and stay away) we have to work on the problem. So we adjust the same places over and over. Eventually we’ll get motion back and your body will start to hold adjustments better. This is assuming you are diligent with your home care (but that’s another blog post)!

The Role of Stress

Another factor to consider is stress. There are 3 main types of stress:

  1. Physical
  2. Chemical
  3. Mental

Each of us react to stress in a different way. Some of these stresses we can control and some we can’t. Sometimes we can minimize our bodies response to these stresses and sometimes it just happens the way it’s gonna happen.

Preventing The Cause

Imagine you sit at a desk all day long without ever getting up. Years of this has created subluxations and degeneration in your low back that has become very painful. Well, if all that sitting caused those bones in your low back to move out of their proper place shouldn’t we change that behavior? If you come in for your adjustment and then go to work and sit for 10 hours straight then you better believe we are gonna be adjusting that same thing over and over again. Maybe forever! It’s similar to taking an Aspirin for a headache and then banging your head against a brick wall. Duh!?

Healing is different for every person. We may find that in just a few short weeks we are adjusting a different area each time you come in. Or, we may adjust that same pesky bone 3 times a week for 3 months. In each case, though, we closely monitor your progress and educate you on at home care to help the healing process.

What Is Subluxation

Subluxation, What Is That?

What Is SubluxationLet’s say you accidentally drop a brick on a puppy’s tail. The puppy is now crying and whaling. Instead of removing the brick off the puppy’s tail you give the puppy a pain pill, but hours later it wears off and the puppy starts crying again. Now you are tired of hearing the puppy so you decide to have it’s voice box removed. After all, that’s what is the most annoying part of this whole experience. Now the puppy is just in pain, but can’t communicate with you, and you are still painfully aware that something is wrong, so you give the puppy another pain pill and wait.

I know this story sounds ridiculous, but this is what we as people do. It’s what we’ve been trained to do. We take a pill for everything and then when it doesn’t fix it we jump to the extreme. It is INSANE!

What is Subluxation (Pronounced sub•lux•a•tion)?

“Subluxation? What is that?”, uttered a patient that has been getting adjusted in my office for 7 years. Honestly, it was a bit of a kick in the face. How can my patients not know what a subluxation is? This horrible thing that apparently no one knows about is the cause of most symptoms and diseases out there today.

Now admittedly I don’t always spend enough time educating patients, preferring instead to enjoy the day playfully gabbing about weekend plans, the kids last soccer game or the date from last night. Don’t get me wrong. We have fun. And I really look forward to my days because of it. However, sometimes I neglect my purpose here. I have committed to provide an exceptional chiropractic experience which includes both chiropractic care as well as education.

So here it is as simple as I can make it. In order to fully comprehend what a subluxation is there are 3 truths you need to know.

3 Truths About Subluxation

  1. Your body is self-healing and self-regulating.
  2. Your nervous system is the master controller of your body.
  3. Interference to your nervous system interferes with your body’s ability to heal and self-regulate.

So where does subluxation fit in? It is the interference. Stress on your body creates misalignments in your spine. These shifts clamp down and choke your nerves.

Remember, your nervous system controls EVERYTHING, so these subluxations can cause any number of symptoms and disease. To name a few:

You don’t have to tell your finger to heal from a cut. You don’t have to remind your heart to keep beating. Your body is brilliant and has an amazing capacity to heal. Unfortunately, we have been trained to take a pill for everything. Or, if something is not working correctly we surgically remove it. In most cases these pills don’t fix the problem, they only mask the symptom. They also, along with removing an organ, create a whole new set of issues that you’re left dealing with.

Now that you know, who do you know that should be checked for subluxation?

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