Sit Up Straight!

Sit Up Straight!

Remember when your mother used to say things like, “Eat all your vegetables.” And, “Look both ways before crossing the street.” “A person is known by the company they keep.” And let’s not forget her mantra, “Sit up straight! Don’t slouch!”

She was offering excellent advice.

So many of us today work in sedentary jobs that require that we sit for most of the workday. However, whether at a desk, or at a football game, or in front of a television set, good posture is imperative for optimum spinal health.

Consider the way you’re sitting right this moment:

  • Are your feet flat on the floor, with your knees at a 90 angle?

  • Are your buttocks, back and shoulders up against the backrest of your chair?

  • Does the chair you’re sitting in provide enough lumbar support? Does the backrest fit into the natural curve of your spine? Are all your spinal curves properly supported?

  • Are your shoulders relaxed and even, not hunched in a forward position?

  • Is your body weight equally distributed across both hips?

  • Are your knees level with or slightly higher than your hips?

If you answered “No” to any of these, you’re probably exerting undue stress on your spine.

Keep in mind that it is not a good idea to sit in the same position for more than 40 minutes. Chronic slouching affects the discs between the vertebrae and may cause bulging or herniation.

Remember to periodically take the time to stand up and stretch your back and legs or take a short walk.

The chair you use should provide lumbar support that allows the backrest to fit into the curve in your lower back. This helps avoid pressure on the spine and prevents back muscles from becoming fatigued. If your chair doesn’t have it, you can use a rolled towel or invest in a lumbar support pillow to provide you with the proper amount of spinal support. If you sit for long periods, it is certainly worth the investment.

Originally Posted by : Donahue Chiropractic

Does Scoliosis Automatically Mean Surgery?

Does Scoliosis Automatically Mean Surgery?

A routine school exam reveals your child has scoliosis. Naturally you’re concerned.

Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine. About 80% of scoliosis cases are idiopathic. Which means the cause isn’t known. Idiopathic scoliosis may have hereditary factors.

Scoliosis afflicts around 2 to 3 percent of the population. Children aged 10 to 15 are the largest age group. And it seems girls are more affected than boys. While common in this age and gender group, a growing number of adults have scoliosis. This often stems from trauma to the spine followed by years of neglect.

Congenital scoliosis occurs before birth. These deformities are often from partially-formed vertebrae. Or vertebrae that are fused together.

Among children, “wait and see” is often the first-line of traditional treatment. If the scoliosis has progressed beyond a 45° – 50° curve, surgical fusion is often recommended. This surgery involves implanting steel rods, hooks and screws to straighten the spine. These are covered with bone fragments to fuse the metal rods with the spine.

As you can imagine, this is a major surgery with serious risks.

Problems include infection, neurological compromise, collapsed lung and back pain. Some have even reported broken rods. These often require more surgeries.

Recently, studies have shown that chiropractic care holds great promise. Repeated adjustments can help make changes to spinal structures and function. Pre and post X-rays often reveal dramatic changes. Many cases show a significant reduction in the degree of curvature. After 12 weeks of chiropractic care, plans for surgery have often been abandoned.

Many are interested in alternatives to medical treatment. Why? Because natural solutions are less risky and often produce as good or better results.

If you have a loved one with scoliosis, please mention it on your next visit. We’d be happy to share our experience with scoliosis cases. Let’s create a strategy to introduce them to safe and natural chiropractic care.

Originally Posted By: Donohoe Chiropractic

How Chiropractic Can Help Breech Babies Flip!

How Chiropractic Can Help Breech Babies Flip!

The Webster Technique: A Chiropractic Technique To Turn Breech Babies

Approximately 4% of all pregnancies result in a breech presentation. Most babies are in a head down or vertex position by the mothers 34th week of pregnancy. Breech presentation is that where the fetus is in a head up position. Although spontaneous conversion from head up to head down can occur before 34 weeks of gestation, few will do so after 34 weeks. Breech presentation past the 34th week of pregnancy is one of the most common reasons for scheduled c-sections deliveries.

The importance of preventing these subsequent cesarean section deliveries is important considering current statistics. In the US in 1965 when c-section rates were first recorded we were delivering 4.5% of our babies through this surgical intervention. The rate has increased annually. The rates for 2007 are now topping 33%! Nearly 13% of these c-sections are being performed because of the breech presentation. In 1985 the World Health Organization (WHO) proposed 15% as the highest acceptable limit for cesarean section rates. This figure was based on the cesarean section rates of countries with the lowest perinatal mortality rates. The US is falling well short of these limits.

The Webster technique was developed by the late Dr. Larry Webster, D.C. Dr. Webster was the founder of what is today known as the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). Dr. Webster developed the technique that now bears his name in an effort to address what he called “intrauterine constraint”. By reducing the stresses being applied to the mother’s uterus, the baby would be given more room to move into the proper head down position on his own. This approach has proven to be much less traumatic than the obstetric approach, known as external cephalic version, and much more effective as well.

Intrauterine constraint is the result of abnormal forces and stresses being applied to the uterus. Some basic anatomy of the female pelvis is required to understand this concept. The pelvic basin consists of the left and right inominate bones (the large hip bones) and the sacrum (tailbone). The uterus is held in place within the pelvic basin by 2 primary sets of ligaments, the broad ligaments, and the round ligaments. These ligaments connect the uterus to the abdominal wall and the sacrum. When the sacrum is misaligned within the pelvic basin it can pull on these ligaments in an unequal fashion which contributes to distortion in the position of the uterus within the pelvis. This distortion is what causes intrauterine constraint. The uterus can be twisted which reduces the internal space for the developing fetus to move around in. If the fetus can’t move freely during the mother’s 34th week of pregnancy, they may not be able to get into the head down position on their own resulting in the breech presentation.

The Webster technique consists of chiropractic evaluation of the sacrum and it’s alignment within the pelvis. Adjustments are performed to put the sacrum back into the correct alignment. Massage and stretching of the attachment points of the uterine ligaments on the abdominal wall is also performed. This specific combination of adjustments and soft tissue work serve to normalize the tension of the uterine ligaments on the uterus itself and result in the reduction of intrauterine constraint. With normal tension on the uterus and more room within, the fetus can position itself where it already knows it needs to be, head down. The most current published research on the effectiveness of the Webster technique demonstrates an 82% success rate.

Natural Hypothyroid Treatment

Natural Hypothyroid Treatment

What is Hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid) is a condition in which your thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough of the thyroid hormone to keep the body running normally. Women are more likely to have this condition, especially those older than 60. An underactive thyroid upsets the normal balance of chemical reactions in your body. Therefore, it can cause a number of health problems, such as obesity, joint pain, infertility and heart disease.

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

When thyroid hormone levels are too low, the body’s cells can’t get enough thyroid hormone and the body’s processes start slowing down. As a result, the body slows, and you may begin feeling colder, more tired, constipated, or even depressed.

You can confirm low thyroid function with a simple blood test for TSH.

Causes of Hypothyroidism

While there are many possible causes, some of the most common are:

  • Surgery: Some people with thyroid nodules, thyroid cancer, or Graves disease need to have all or part of their thyroid removed. Entire removal of the thyroid gland will absolutely require medication. However, if part of the gland is left, it may be enough to maintain normal levels.

  • Inflammation of the thyroid gland which is usually caused by an autoimmune attack or by a viral infection. This is common in thyroiditis.

  • An autoimmune disease like Hashimoto’s

  • Iodine Deficiency: The thyroid gland requires iodine to make the thyroid hormone. An imbalance may cause the thyroid to not function effectively.

  • Radiation treatment may destroy part of the normal thyroid function.

  • Congenital hypothyroidism

  • Certain Medications are likely to trigger hypothyroidism in patients who are genetically predisposed to the condition.

Primary hypothyroidism is a problem with the thyroid itself whereas secondary hypothyroidism involves improper signaling from the brain and glands.

How Can Chiropractic Help?

Subluxation affects the brain’s ability to regulate the functions of the body. As a result, subluxation can play a role in this condition. A recent study reports a 34-year-old woman who presented to a chiropractic office with low back pain, hip pain, upper back pain, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). In addition, she presented with secondary hypothyroidism. She had been suffering from this condition for years! So she began chiropractic care with the intention of improving her body’s functioning. After 8 months of care, her pain and IBS improved significantly! In addition, her thyroid was functioning so much better, she had to come off her medications in order for it to properly regulate.

Even Dr. Christina used to suffer from secondary hypothyroidism. Following a year of chiropractic care, her thyroid levels returned to normal, she regained more energy and was able to enjoy life to it’s fullest!

Originally Posted By:

Author//Dr. Christina Cuellar

(1) Campbell, A., DC, & Delander, K., DC. (2017). Resolution of Hypothyroidism & Irritable Bowel Syndrome in a 34-Year-Old Female Following Chiropractic Care to Reduce Vertebral Subluxation: A Case Study & Review of the Literature. A. Vertebral Subluxation Res., 2017(4), 209-220.



What if fatigue, irritability, allergies, sensory overwhelm, learning difficulty, and frequent illness aren’t the brain doing something wrong, but actually part of an intelligent and adaptive response?

Nearly half of all children in the United States are reported to currently have at least one chronic health condition, including developmental delay, environmental and food allergies, learning disability, ADD/ADHD, chronic ear infections, anxiety, and depression. More and more young children (including toddlers!) are being prescribed antidepressants and psychostimulants like Ritalin, and over-prescription of antibiotics has been an increasing concern for decades.

In all these health challenges, the body’s own built-in mechanism for coming down from the fight-or-flight response has been largely overlooked. A chronically elevated fight-or-flight response is probably the most common challenge I see in my patients and loved ones, and it’s also a fairly simple one to solve.

Imagine for a moment you are standing in a field when suddenly an angry tiger comes out of nowhere. Your brain responds with an entire symphony of physiological changes to help you survive. This response is commonly referred to as “fight or flight.” It is the body’s innate resource for adapting to stress using the sympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system.

However, our bodies were never designed to stay in fight-or-flight mode for more than a few hours or days. What is the cause for chronically elevated sympathetic nervous system activity, keeping people in a state of fight-or-flight? Well for one, the brain doesn’t know the difference between a tiger attack, fighting with your sister, eating too much sugar, sitting in a chair all day, too much screen time, or anxiety over a social event. We are constantly bombarded with stress triggers on physical, chemical, and emotional fronts.

It’s not difficult to see how the intelligent fight-or-flight response can turn into depression, anxiety, hypersensitivity, ADD/ADHD, learning difficulties, aggression, developmental delays, emotional instability and reactivity, digestive distress like bellyaches and indigestion, picky eating, food sensitivities, chronic ear infections, frequent colds and other illness, environmental allergies, a chronic runny nose, signs of chronic inflammation like asthma and breathing difficulties, and more, when the body is in a chronic state of fight-or-flight overload.

While avoiding negative stressors is definitely a part of the solution, a huge missing piece of the puzzle lies in how we can improve the internal resilience of our body so stress doesn’t knock us off-kilter so easily. As the name suggests, the fight-or-flight stress response is built on the idea of fighting or fleeing something we perceive as dangerous. In either case, we must move our body to solve the problem. This is what nature intended, and this simple fact is key to understanding how we can come down off the fight-or-flight response and return rhythmic, healthy function to our nervous system.

Life-Giving Motion

We know movement is absolutely essential to healthy brain function. Movement is also essential to healthy nervous system function. When we move, special receptors called proprioceptors send signals that activate the brain and downshift the nervous system from elevated sympathetic fight-or-flight response back toward the resting parasympathetic (rest-and-digest) baseline. This is why exercise has been shown to fight depression, why kids who have physical education at school score higher on standardized testing than at schools where the program has been cut, and why if you go for a run you feel more energized than if you sit on the couch all day.

With upward of 100 joints, the spine is responsible for the lion’s share of proprioceptive feedback to the brain. The feet, which have more than 50 joints between them, come in second. While all movement is helpful to turn down the stress response, it’s essential to make sure the spine and feet are doing their jobs properly.

The body is a single interconnected, functional unit, and in order for the brain to get proper nourishment from proprioceptors, we need to be able to move like a well-oiled machine, with our joints gliding smoothly and fluidly. When some parts get sticky or rigid, those joints no longer send their fair share of proprioceptive signals to the brain—the same signals that help us recover to a resting state after being triggered into the fight-or-flight response.

Joints that lack adequate motion not only starve the brain of normal proprioceptive input, but they amplify the stress response by sending alarm signals to the brain saying, “Help, something is wrong!” So even if you lived in a magical stressfree bubble, these stuck spots would still elevate the fight-orflight response in your brain.

Without fluid motion, the brain is vulnerable to a continuous stress loop. The best way to interrupt this loop is to maintain frequent, fluid motion in the body—especially in the spine and feet.

A healthy, functioning body includes flexibility, strength and fluid motion. Try noticing your body’s capacity for fluid motion. Can you touch your toes, rolling down and back up, articulating through each level of your spine?

Is the movement smooth and easy, or are there places that feel sticky, tight, or rigid? Do all the joints move easily on their own, or are there a few that stay straight and move together? Try asking a partner to see if they can notice whether adjacent joints are able to move individually or if there are places where several are stuck together.

At home, you can turn down your stress response and increase proprioception with exercise that moves as many joints as possible. Focus on exercises like dance, which promotes gentle fluid movements that roll through the spine and encourage articulation through all segmental levels. Think about how seaweed moves underwater, and how a river wears down on a rock with fluid repetition rather than trying to chisel through the rock. By articulating gently and fluidly through sticky-feeling places, keeping the motion small enough to feel easy and smooth and concentrically growing the range of motion from there, you may find you’re able to melt through tension and grow resilience at the same time. You can also try walking barefoot in the grass or sand to get extra joint signals from your feet.

The Gift of Chiropractic

If any places are sticky and/or painful to move, ask your chiropractor to take a look at them. A chiropractor can identify where your spine and body is stuck and then deliver a series of specific adjustments to enhance motion. Chiropractors are excellent at identifying subluxations and other sources of rigidity and tension, and can be of tremendous aid in helping to rebalance the nervous system’s proprioceptive function. This way, your joints stop transmitting their alarm signals and become available for proprioceptive activity with the brain. When joints have been stuck in a distorted movement pattern for a long time, it may take some repetition to retrain those old patterns, so you’ll want to check with your chiropractor for specific recommendations tailored to your body and lifestyle. Regular chiropractic care is an essential part of establishing and maintaining healthy proprioception. Each adjustment not only works to restore normal movement patterns, but it also bombards the brain with lots of healthy proprioceptive input. It feels great in the moment, and over time can help rebuild resilience to all kinds of stressors, whether they be physical, chemical, or emotional.

Chiropractors are keen to remind us that what we eat and drink can also dramatically influence our internal movement patterns. When your system is dehydrated or inflamed, for example, your joints and connective tissue are more likely to get stuck and hold a bracing tension. And as already stated, these stuck patterns also result in sending further alarm signals to the brain, which drives up the fight-or-flight response, making it more difficult for the body to handle stressors in the moment and heal over time.

The most common food culprits are those with a high glycemic index: all grains, sweet fruits, sugar, juice, potatoes, refined carbohydrates, etc. When these foods are digested, they break down into glucose. Glucose and other sugars in the bloodstream form cross-links with proteins; this process is called glycation. Glycation increases the stickiness of soft tissue and interferes with normal gliding motion.

Other foods, including soy, corn, caffeine, and dairy, can also have a pro-inflammatory effect, which also increases the rate of glycation, resulting in “sticky” chemistry. So, the less of these foods we consume, the easier it becomes to maintain fluid motion.

It’s not all about avoidance, though. Omega-3 fats (found in small oily fish, flax, and avocado) are an essential building block for your body to produce its own anti-inflammatory chemicals. Whether it’s from food or supplement sources, getting your daily omega-3 is one of the most powerful ways to help fluid motion and to recover from stress efficiently.

Hydration is another essential key to improving fluid motion in our bodies. We need pure water to flush out inflammatory chemicals and to hydrate tissues so they can glide easily. A simple guideline to customize water intake is to drink half your body weight in ounces (so if you weigh 100 pounds, drink 50 ounces per day). Another factor in hydration is alcohol and caffeine consumption, because both of these are dehydrating. For every ounce of caffeine or alcohol, you’ll want to consume an extra 2 ounces of water. Of course, there are many factors that may modify these guidelines, so check with your doctor if you’re not quite sure.

Neuro-Fascial Integration

What we’re really hoping to accomplish with the above recommendations, together with chiropractic care, is what’s called neuro-fascial integration.

The fascia is a like a spiderweb of soft tissue that connects all internal body parts into one whole framework. The goal is to achieve fluid motion through the fascia so the entire body is better able to withstand mechanical stressors like taking a tumble or stopping short in traffic. Neuro-fascial integration translates into both structural and neurological resilience to stressors of all kinds: physical, chemical, and emotional.

Imagine what our world could be like if we all carved out just a little time to unwind and soften old tension patterns, received more outside help from chiropractors and massage therapists, and moved our bodies more to turn down the stress response and feed our brains with healthy signals.

How could our lives be different if we weren’t constantly living in chronically elevated fight-or-flight mode? How might we communicate? How could this affect our ability to concentrate, to learn, to experience compassion?

I often think of people as bright lights that sometimes get a bit (or a lot) of dirt piled on top of them. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with us or our children, there is simply stuff in the way. My deepest wish is for you to reclaim your innate capacity for resilience, happiness, mental clarity, and inspiration, so that you can express your unique magic in the world. We each have tremendous potential for a truly thriving body and mind. Happy resilience building!

Originally Posted by Pathways Magazine

AUTHOR // Satya Sardonicus, D.C.



Leading up to my first birth, I had obstetric care until I was 34 weeks. My obstetrician told me I would be induced two weeks early, for no reason other than he felt it was best, so I transferred care to a group of midwives. Overnight, it seemed, I woke to a new birth paradigm. In this new landscape I was part of a team of women who took notice of my diet and my mindset, and opened my awareness of informed consent. The weeks passed, and I felt carried by these women as I waited for the birth

I must have had some romantic ideas about what labor would feel like. All of the sound suggestions—to sleep between contractions, to take the labor pains one at a time, to breathe and let my mouth relax so my cervix would open—could not reach me where labor took me. I wanted to be touched and held and soothed, but there was no balm for this labor. In water and out of water, it felt long and shockingly hard with every new wave my uterus brought. While I did not push for long compared to some births, this last portion of labor felt like an imperative impossibility: My hormones rushed over me and brought gargantuan pushing contractions, but my daughter moved slowly, slowly down, it seemed. I felt panicked and consumed with how difficult the last 32 hours had been.

When I held my girl for the first time, life came into focus again. I noticed how slippery, firm, and heavy she was. This was no ambiguous bump any longer; she had form and feeling. Newborn cries filled my Hollywood apartment and we spent a long while comforting her. My midwife noted that my daughter breathed about 100 breaths per minute—fast, much too fast. Many years later we would wonder if, had we known about chiropractic, would we have been able to save this little newborn girl from the ensuing tests that came her way as she was referred to pediatric care and then hospital care for tachypnea, or rapid breathing. We stayed only 24 hours in the hospital. After two rounds of IV antibiotics— “just in case,” they said—and several tests, we decided to leave when they insisted she needed a spinal tap, even though the tachypnea had resolved.

Three years later, my husband was a student of chiropractic— and I was pregnant again. From the very beginning I worried about how hard labor would be. I read about alignment of both the soft and bony tissues, and hoped that I would be able to have a different birth experience. Somewhere in my mind I feared that I was “pain sensitive,” and that I didn’t mentally have what birth took. My husband and I, with Dr. Kent Vanderslice, worked to create health through chiropractic. I had weekly adjustments, and in the final few weeks we added some massage. My body felt well enough, but my memory of my first labor still loomed.

Labor with my son began gently, much as my daughter’s had. I went to the bathroom and decided that the toilet, with a Squatty Potty for my feet, seemed like a reasonable way to begin the journey. Waves came and went, and my mood was a constant, contented hum. Contractions were work for my uterus only, instead of the mind-and-body consuming vortex they had been in my first birth. I drank coconut water, I wished our toilet had a head rest, and prepared myself for a whole night of labor.

My body shook and gave me a huge adrenaline rush. I looked at my midwife and asked, “Could I be transitioning?” It had not been all night—it had been some blur of contractions and conversation. Transition meant pushing, and that the baby was almost here. How was that even possible? I was too happy, too here. The all-over urge to push came as it had the first time, but instead of feeling lost and possessed, I felt like my body was really busy and I should just relax and watch the show. All 9 pounds 4 ounces of my son came without a tear. When I held his body and marveled like I had with my daughter, I did so with a second awareness. Labor and birth had been the biggest high of my life. I could have done it again the next day had we another case of that pink coconut water.

My son was checked and adjusted by my husband after he was 15 minutes old. That had been enough time for me to cut the cord, don a robe, and sit on the couch with everyone. Our son had no tachypnea or any other sign of physical stress. He nursed and slept through being passed to the different hands in the room. Dr. Vanderslice came to my home the following day with his table, and adjusted me as well. By day four postpartum, I had almost no bleeding, a sharp contrast to the 5 weeks of postpartum bleeding in my first pregnancy.

Chiropractic had transformed what I knew as labor and birth. It left me and my children better than they found us, restoring function and joy in our bodies. I wonder if what we consider the range of normal in labor and birth are actually common dysfunctions that we share when we have subluxations and other alignment issues. What if birth was supposed to be this easy? What if our children were made to be healthy? After witnessing many births and newborns, this student midwife and mother would say: Health is our heritage.

Originally Posted by Pathways Magazine

AUTHOR // Mollie Beachum

10 Simple Ways to Encourage Infant Brain Development

10 Simple Ways to Encourage Infant Brain Development

1. Engage

First and foremost, the greatest gift you can give your baby is yourself—meaning your attention, your time and your energy. There are times when this level of devotion can be trying but in years to come you will delight in having spent quality time with your child; reading, cuddling, playing and building a lifelong bond and connection.

2. Alternate sides when feeding

Mother Nature is so clever; take for example the fascinating fact that a newborn has their clearest visual acuity at 20–25 cm—the exact distance between their own face and their mother’s face when they are attached to the breast! Indeed, each time a newborn is fed, they are being nourished nutritionally and emotionally.
The second fascinating fact is that Mother Nature provides two breasts, not one, so that mum will naturally swap her baby from side to side whilst feeding. This ensures that even right-left brain development occurs. Therefore, if you are bottle-feeding your baby, be sure to swap your baby from one arm to the other to mimic this phenomenon.

3. Consider your baby’s head shape

There is a myth that an odd-shaped baby’s head is of no concern and will ‘right itself’ with time, however, anomalies of shape can be the first indication that your baby is susceptible to developmental delay. If their head looks uneven or you notice flat areas, this can indicate restrictions between the skull and the soft layers that cover the brain and spinal cord. A healthy brain requires good movement of the skull and spine; when this movement is impaired, brain and nerve function are also impaired. It is best—whether your infant’s head is odd-shaped or not—to have your newborn’s skeletal system checked as early as possible by a chiropractor or osteopath.

4. Prioritize ‘tummy time’

From a neurological perspective it is vitally important that babies (from three weeks of age onward) start to have short bursts of ‘tummy time’—time spent lying on their tummies and holding their own heads up. This simple act builds up their neck muscles and activates brain stem pathways which are critical for healthy brain development.

If you lay your baby on your chest and talk to them, you will encourage them to lift their heads and look you in the eyes. Also, each time you change your baby’s nappy, roll them on their stomachs for a few moments. Note: if your infant does not appear to like lying on their stomach, this could be an indication of spine or nerve irritation and it is best to have them checked by a chiropractor.

5. Give your baby objects to gaze at

Babies love visual stimulation. As well as hanging mobiles, you can provide wall charts with shapes for them to look at, ideally at varying distances. Start with black and white shapes because initially newborns see only in black and white.

6. Encourage your baby to have lots of ‘free playtime’

Whenever possible allow your infant time to move about, explore their world and entertain themselves with a variety of objects, such as cups, balls, spoons, string, a plastic mirror, etc. Every time a baby reaches out to touch something new their neurological synapses connect, eventually building circuits that are strong enough to trigger the next developmental milestone. As your baby grows older, teach them to do stimulating activities like blowing bubbles or balloons, building with blocks, doing puzzles and counting beads.

7. Have your baby’s nervous system checked

To maximize your infant’s nerve function, have them assessed by a chiropractor or cranial osteopath skilled with children. Clinical studies indicate that rapid growth of the entire brain occurs during the first year of life. The Journal of Neuroscience (2008) states that, although the first year of life may be a period of developmental vulnerability it may also be a period in which therapeutic interventions would have the greatest positive effect.

8. Massage your baby

Massage provides wonderful stimulus and feedback to the brain. Alternate soft, all-over body massage with firmer pressure holds, working slowly down one arm, across the torso and down the opposite leg to the foot. Repeat this on both sides. This massage is great for calming the nervous system, particularly if your child is upset or over-stimulated when it is time for sleep.

9. Make sure your child is getting ample sleep

If a baby or child does not wake up easily and with energy each morning, this could indicate they are not getting enough quality sleep. As parents we often miss our child’s ‘tired cues’ and then we have great difficulty trying to put them to bed when their brain has moved back into fourth gear. A set routine for dinner and bedtime makes life easier for everyone. Start these activities well before your infant is likely to be tired and ready for sleep.

10. Be active

From an early age it is important to teach your child a range of physical activities so that they can learn to balance and coordinate their bodies. Activities like standing on one leg, hopping, skipping and walking along a beam or ledge (under supervision) are all helpful for balance, while spinning, swinging, ball games, clapping hands and cross crawling all provide wonderful brain feedback and can be introduced early.

Originally posted by

Dr Jennifer Barham-Floreani

Well Adjusted

Chiropractic 101

Chiropractic 101

Every time we make an adjustment we are affecting the health of all viscera in the body. Depending on where we found and corrected the subluxation will play a part, however, we know this happens each time no matter the location of subluxation.

Every adjustment affects the hypothalamus via layer (laminae)7 of the spinal cord. And get this….the spine is the only direct influence on the hypothalamus in the entire body! A bad spine negatively and directly affects all stress hormones in the body. This is torture for the human experience if it becomes chronic!

Although you don’t have to know everything about layer 7 of the spinal cord, just know that altered mechanics (mechanoreceptors) from subluxation travels to layer 7 and synapses. This then goes to the sympathetic chain ganglia and affects a host of things there as well as up the cord into the upper brain centers for the body to process.

When we make an adjustment it is clear that the brain will immediately begin to inhibit (stop) the sympathetic dominant state and start into a parasympathetic state. You may have heard this before but I can guarantee you don’t fully know what this means for human health. It has to do with the hypothalamus and the balance of autonomic activity.

Without getting too technical, I can tell you that stress hormones begin to be reduced which sets off a cascade of positive effects in the body.

We know that the “fight or flight” behavior physiology is inhibited and the body will go from alarm & defense to growth & repair.

This is the scientific groundwork to why the latest and best studies on the influence of a chiropractic adjustment show this:

*Normalizing Blood Pressure

*Mood and Attention Improvement

*Blood Glucose efficiency– decreases insulin resistance

*Improvements and/or Reversal of neurodegenerative brain physiology (HUGE!)

*Epigenetic Changes – this changes fertility and short & long term offspring physiology

*Increase ATP – which is a “game-changer” for many reasons

*Telomere shortening – one of GREATEST “anti-aging” strategies in health today!

*Heart Disease – #1 contributor to heart disease in men and women is increased sustained sympathetic tone

*Immune System – Radically affects the immune system. Better than any marketable strategy medicine has to offer

Brain Changes

*One study noted the changes made in brain patterns and activity was more in one session than multiple weeks of standard psychological treatment made to brain!(You should know that brain-based neurophysiologists get their mind blown when they get to see the power of an adjustment on the brain!)

*Chiropractic was also shown to improve muscle strength, stability, and fatigue more in one session than 3 weeks of weight training! (Mind-Blowing!!)

Let me throw a few musculoskeletal benefits in here:

*Increases mobility and reduces Spinal Degeneration – degeneration shown to set in within 10-14 days with reduced mobility.

*5x better at musculoskeletal pain reduction than celebrex and vioxx combined (sad part here is that celebrex and vioxx together gross more $ per year ALONE than the entire chiropractic profession….the world desperately needs what we do!)

The list goes on and on. I could write every day for years and years describing the details of how powerful a chiropractic adjustment is on human health and how detrimental subluxation is to life.

-Dr. Dan Sullivan

Healing Takes Time

Patient: ‘My lower back just hurts and is stiff all the time and I feel it going down the back of my leg.’

Medical doctor: ‘You have lumbalgia with hypertonicity and radiculopathy. Here’s some pills.

Patient: ‘Genius. Thanks.”

Patient: ‘My hands hurt. My feet hurt. I just feel off all over and I get headaches.’

Doctor: ‘You have polyneuropathy. Here’s some pills’

Patient: ‘Brilliant. Thanks.’

Patient: ‘I can’t sleep. I mean, I know I’m overweight, I hate my job and my life for that matter, the only marathon I’ve ever done is on Netflix and the only fruit I eat is what’s in a Pop Tart filling.”

Doctor: ‘It’s not your fault. You have narcolepsy which is probably genetic. Here’s some pills.’

Patient: Best. doctor. ever.

Patient: ‘My neck and shoulders are always killing me. I have headaches more often than not. It’s affecting my sleep, my emotions, pretty much my life!’

Chiropractor: ‘While all of these symptoms are important, they are your body’s way of screaming at you to do something different. You live your life through your nerve system and now is the time for you to start taking care and responsibility of your health. You don’t need a need a plan of action. You are the source and solution to your health challenges and I am honored to partner with you on this journey.

Patient: ‘I don’t know about that. Let me do some research. Can’t you just give me something?’

❓Would you rather a fancy renaming of your symptoms or would you rather address the CAUSE❓

You see....lumbalgia means back pain. Hyertonicity means it’s stiff. Radiculopathy means it’s radiating.

Polyneuropathy? Poly = a lot of. Neuro= nerve. Pathy = problems. So yeah, a lot of nerve problems. Brilliant.

The most important question you AND your doctor can ask and answer is ‘WHY⁉️’

Ask WHY. 


Originally Posted by Dr. Josiah Fitzsimmons

The Big Idea

A slip on the snowy sidewalk in winter is a small thing. It happens to millions. A fall from the ladder in the summer is a small thing. It also happens to millions. The slip or fall produces a subluxation. The subluxation is a small thing. The subluxation produces pressure on a nerve. That pressure is a small thing. That decreased flowing produces a dis-eased body and brain. That is a big thing to that man. Multiply that sick man by a thousand, and you control the physical and mental welfare of a city. Multiply that man by one hundred thirty million, and you forecast and can prophesy the physical and mental status of a nation. So the slip or fall, the subluxation, pressure, flow of mental images, and dis-ease are big enough to control thoughts and actions of a nation. Now comes a man. And one man is a small thing. This man gives an adjustment. The adjustment is a small thing. The adjustment replaces the subluxation. That is a small thing. The adjusted subluxation releases pressure upon nerves. That is a small thing. The released pressure restores health to a man. This is a big thing to that man. Multiply that well man by a thousand, and you step up the physical and mental welfare of a city. Multiply that well man by a hundred thirty million, and you have produced a healthy, wealthy, and better race for posterity. So, the adjustment of the subluxation to release pressure upon nerves, to restore mental impulse flow, to restore health, is big enough to rebuild the thoughts and actions of the World. The idea that knows the cause, that can correct the cause of dis-ease, is one of the biggest ideas known. Without it, nations fall; with it, nations rise. The idea is the biggest I know of.

-B.J. Palmer