June 22, 2015
I have no stress and no pain, no need for a Chiropractor right?
Written by: Dr Johanna Turner
Imagine asking ten of your friends ‘what is stress?’, and receiving ten different answers. There are so many ways to be stressed and get stressed. At Hartley Chiropractic Center we focus on the top three stresses in our lives. The overall goal is to reduce down all three stresses as quickly as possible in order to achieve optimal health quickly. So what are the three stresses?
Can you believe that we are exposed to over 80,000 different toxins on a weekly basis? This exposure comes from multiple sources including: make up, cleaning products, air fresheners, lotions, things we drink, things we eat, and the air that we breathe. The way our bodies protect ourselves from these harmful toxins is by absorbing the toxins in our fat cells. A detox is the only way to get rid of a toxin once it is in a fat cell (ask Dr Hartley and Dr Johanna about this if interested). If you never get rid of the toxin it can slow down the bodies healing process, and can cause additional health conditions such as fatigue, difficulties loosing/gaining weight, digestive problems, and pain.
Finances, Jobs, and relationships are some of the typical emotional stresses that we deal with on a daily basis. These Stresses can cause our bodies to release “stress hormones.” These hormones are natural and when healthy, the body can filter them quickly and efficiently. Unfortunately, we often have these stresses last much longer which makes our adrenal glands (the glands the filter these harmful hormones) work much harder. When the adrenal glands have to work harder, you can experience weight gain/loss problems, fatigue, difficulty sleeping and many other health issues that people may think is just a part of life. Being that this stress hormone is only one of the 50 plus hormones the adrenal glands are responsible for, we need to work to keep these stresses to a minimum to keep the body and glands functioning correctly.
Physical stress is ANY injury to the body which cause micro traumas to the spine. This type of stress will cause a subluxation, or misalignment in your spine. This subluxation causes pressure on different nerves throughout your body that can cause numbness, decrease in function/mobility and even allergies. 6% of the nerves in your body control the feeling of pain, where 94% control body functions such as food digestion, energy, anxiety, sleeping and breathing. It takes very minor spinal misalignments to disrupt these body functions. To put it in perspective, the weight of a nickel on a nerve for three minutes can decrease nerve flow by 50%. This is why it is imperative to be examined by a chiropractor even when there is no apparent pain. You may end up feeling better than you ever thought you could.
At Hartley Chiropractic Center Dr. Hartley and Dr Johanna are a great resource on how to reduce all three stresses as quickly as possible. For stress relief techniques ask the Doctors and attend our monthly workshops which are packed full of great information on how to improve your health naturally.
June 19, 2015
“Wait! What?! What was that you said you wanted to do to my tiny, precious, new born?” says the darling new mother sitting across from me- she is holding her child to her chest as if the entire defensive line of the Seahawk football team was bearing down upon her.
“I said I wanted to adjust her.” Blank stare… I smile, “No, not an attitude adjustment, we’ll leave that for say, oh another thirteen years or so. What I want to do is check her spine for possible misalignments that may have lasting effects on her developing nervous system.”
She continues to hold the infant as closely as possible, doubt and fear racing across her face.
Although these types of patients are rare- usually most of our children have parents who are under care and understand the benefits of chiropractic for all ages- we do occasionally run into the ones like this mom. If you feel like you, as a parent, would feel the same way as the mother mentioned above, or if you’re still sitting there wondering if you should Google what a chiropractor is- this post is for you!
- The baby was born. Ok that’s a little drastic but let me explain: An estimated 60-90 lbs of force is applied to a baby’s neck during “normal” delivery! Even the safest of births can potentially lead to misalignments of the baby’s spine. The expertise of the chiropractor is in checking the baby’s spine for these misalignments that impair nervous system function therefore affecting overall body function.
- Latching difficulties. Oh here is a big one! This is easily the number one reason I see infants. The atlas is the topmost bone of the cervical spine (the neck). When it is misaligned the baby will often only turn his/her head one way, thus making it difficult to latch on one side compared to the other- moms that have experienced this know how little fun that can become. Also, there is a neurological connection between the atlas and the jaw, resulting in poor latching if the atlas is misaligned.
- Spitting up all over the place. Been changing clothes every five seconds? Worried about your baby getting enough nutrients or thinking you might as well pump into the washing machine directly? Another common complaint that chiropractors can usually help with. The area of the spine where the diaphragm attaches also happens to be a transitional part of the spine and a whole lot more goes on here. If this area becomes restricted, the diaphragm can become restricted in its normal movements affecting the esophagus, which passes through it to the stomach. Basically its like this: little tube, little tube gets constricted, anything going through little tube has a harder time (ie food). *Side note: Please don’t forget to ask your chiropractor about common food allergies- also a very common cause of spitting up.
- Baby is NOT sleeping well. Oh I am sooo sorry, that’s not fun. L Babies and children are very good at telling us they are not comfortable or happy- they cry. Physical discomfort caused by spinal misalignments can make them very uncomfortable. Especially ones that restrict their movements and cause dural tension to their spinal cord.
There you go, the four major reasons I see little ones. I could really go on and on but there are a couple important things I want to mention before you exit out of this page. Chiropractic care does not cure diseases; it helps remove differentiation to the nervous system so this master control system of the body can do its job. Adjusting a baby’s spine is very different from a grown-up; it is very gentle with only light pressure applied. Just like an adult adjustment, it is very safe but should be performed by a chiropractor with experience in pediatric chiropractic care.
Many thanks for this excellent article written By Dr. Madison Snevily (Pathways To Family Wellness Magazine, April 2015)
June 17, 2015
How to Quickly Reduce and Eliminate Inflammation from Your Body
Written by: Dr. Johanna Turner
The goal of this article is to help you eliminate inflammation from your body as quickly as possible. In order to do that there are a few things we must first cover and understand completely. This article will define what inflammation is and how it negatively affects the body. It will also cover ways someone can develop inflammation, and what the traditional medical treatment is for inflammation. Finally this article will discuss natural ways to reduce inflammation as quickly as possible.
What is inflammation? Inflammation is actually a great thing, because it’s a normal response in your body, and it helps heal the body. The body produces white blood cells and other chemicals that protect it from foreign invaders such as bacteria and viruses. These chemicals are what we know as inflammation. Where inflammation becomes a problem is when we have too much in our body, and when it hangs out for an extended period of time becoming chronic inflammation. An influx in inflammation can be due to things such as allergies, autoimmune disease, heart disease, poor diet and even cancer.
The traditional or medical way to treat inflammation is generally through anti-inflammatory drugs. These drugs will reduce down the inflammation that you feel temporarily. However, the inflammation is there for a reason, and our body also produces inflammation to slow us down and protect ourselves from further injury or disease. If we take away the discomfort temporarily then we will continue to over use and mistreat our bodies into further injury or disease. Not to mention there are harmful side effects to anti-inflammatory drugs.
Is there a better way to treat inflammation?
Absolutely! There are a number of ways to naturally reduce painful or disease causing inflammation.
Nutrition is a great place to start. Foods that we can eat to zap inflammation are things such as omega-3 fats, pineapples which has something called bromelain in it which is known for its anti-inflammatory benefits, turmeric is a spice you can cook with that will kick inflammation out of the body. You will also want to avoid foods that promote the growth of inflammation such as grains, sugars, trans fats, and processed foods.
Fitness is a great way to reduce inflammation naturally without negative and harmful side effects associated with medications. Get out and get moving, 30 minutes a day for at least 3-5 days a week is enough for most people to gain the health benefits of exercise.
Drink plenty of water. Water is going to help flush out inflammation when our bodies are done using it, and it will flush out other harmful toxins. The average person should be drinking half their body weight in ounces of water on a daily basis.
Finally, making sure you have proper nerve flow. Our brain and nerves control everything in our body; inflammation can slow this process down. In return having a decrease in nerve flow will not allow the body to flush out inflammation as quickly as possible. Overall make sure you are eating low inflammatory foods, moving your body, drinking plenty of water, and getting optimal nerve flow.
If inflammation is still an issue after changing the previously mentioned then you may need to consider additional supplementation. At Hartley Chiropractic Center we offer a high quality nutraceutical support supplement known as Meriva 500. Meriva 500 is a natural anti inflammatory that will aid in decreasing inflammation in the body as quickly as possible. In return this will help speed up the healing process. To find out if you are a good candidate for this product please ask Dr. Hartley or Dr. Turner.
June 17, 2015
The brain and spinal cord run, coordinate, control, harmonize, and govern every aspect of your health and your existence. God put the most amazing healing power in the brain and spinal cord. This power is what runs your body and heals your body. Without a proper functioning nerve system you cannot be well.
For your child to be well, the brain must be able to communicate with the body and its organs through the spinal cord, which is housed by the spine. If you want your child to be well, you need to keep the nervous system well. If your child is “sick,” or as we say at Elevation Health, “expressing health”, then you absolutely need to get your child adjusted. In clinical trials, getting adjusted has been shown to possibly boost immunity up to 200 percent. Clinically, we see that in almost every case the main cause of a potentially “dangerous” fever is a damaged nerve system due to subluxation. A child’s fever will not burn properly if there is interference to the system that controls the creation and regulation of fevers in the human body. Considering all the falls, accidents, and traumas that the typical child experiences, it stands to reason that so many children have subluxation that weakens their immune systems and in many cases possibly creates problems such as headaches, allergies, sinus issues, auditory problems, dizziness, motor problems, and other neurological disturbances.
“Drugs never cure disease. They merely hush the voice of nature’s protest, and pull down the danger signals she erects along the pathway of transgression. Any poison taken into the system has to be reckoned with later on, even though it palliates present symptoms. Pain may disappear, but the patient is left in a worse condition, though unconscious of it at the time.”
–Daniel. H. Kress, M.D.
GIVING YOUR CHILD THE GIFT OF LIFE
Comparative studies of children raised under chiropractic wellness care vs. those raised under traditional allopathic care showed that chiropractic children were less prone to infections such as otitis media (inner ear infections) and tonsillitis, and that their immune systems were better able to cope with allergens than the medically raised children. The children raised under the chiropractic wellness model used fewer antibiotics and pharmaceuticals overall. They also recovered far faster from ear infections, allergies, colds, bouts of pneumonia, flu viruses, and injuries.
We are passionate about keeping children and babies healthy at Elevation Health. It is our mission to make sure the families of our communities receive all the knowledge and resources necessary to live a life of health and vitality. Given that 65 percent of all neurological development occurs in the fi rst year of life, having your baby checked early is of utmost importance.
The nervous system is the system that interprets the environment. A child who does not properly receive information from the environment because of subluxation will have a distorted reality and diminished ability to express health. As a result of subluxation induced neurological disruption, these children will grow up being less than they could be.
Information provided by Dr. Dan Yachter, D. C., Elevation Health