Does a Chiropractor Only Adjust People?

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Most people think of a chiropractor as someone who adjusts you and then sends you on your way. Whether that’s the result of an experience they have had or just a perception, they believe there isn’t much more to it than that. While adjusting is important, we believe it’s only a small piece of the puzzle. There are many other aspects that we address with every client.

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We look at soft tissue health and function, how the nervous system is functioning, and whether your muscles are firing properly and in the right order. We also address functional movement as well as analyze posture with a digital program to see how it may affect activity, movement and basic core support structure. Nutritional and hormone health is also very important, and we have many tools to address these needs as well.

Ultimately, we optimize the entire system, and don’t just focus on one thing.

The reason we are able to do this is because I have expertise in multiple areas and not just in spine health.

I started my career as a strength trainer. This allowed me to focus on training the body to perform better and focus on physical health. I then received my doctorate from chiropractic school, which taught me about joint movement, nervous system functions, nutritional health, disease processes, and overall human health. During and after chiropractic school I spent many years training in Active Release Therapy, which focuses on treating the soft tissue of the body – which is essentially everything that’s not bone.

I’ve also completed studies in functional movement training which focuses on identifying dysfunctional movement patterns and how to address them. This also included looking at muscle firing patterns and how dysfunctional patterns can cause major problems.

More recent post-grad specialized training has been in functional nutrition, functional endocrinology, and sports medicine. This knowledge allows me to analyze a client’s complete health through comprehensive lab testing and create customized programs to make sure the body is working from the inside out.

When you take a look at our practice, it includes all of these elements. Each is important for your overall health. Although adjusting the spine is an important piece, it’s only a small piece. Our goal is to take a holistic view of your health and help you improve it.

If you are interested in learning more, please give us a call at 949-387-0060.

How We Help You Optimize Your Health

Last week, we talked about the different types of people who we normally work with – those who are looking to be healthier in general, and those who have a particular problem they are trying to fix.

This week, I am diving in a little deeper on what our process is like to work with us when patients are looking to optimize their overall health.

Wellness

The first thing we encourage everyone to do is to attend one of our workshops. The way we approach health is often new or different than what most people have heard in the past. Sitting in on one of our talks will help you get pre-educated on our approach and philosophy. It will also help you get a better understanding of how our process works.

From there, if our patients are interested in the program, we like to set up a consultation. During this consultation, we work together to get a comprehensive picture of your health. This includes your medical history, goals, past failures at getting healthy, what has worked in the past, and what you are looking for.

We also complete metabolic assessment forms. These give us an idea of which systems in your body are performing well and which ones aren’t. Ultimately, it helps us customize a protocol specifically for each condition.

Lastly, we look at any lab work they might have had recently. This will allow us to look at a variety of things, including various hormone levels in your body.

After we have reviewed all of these metrics, we utilize all of that information to determine what would be an appropriate program to help them reach their goals.

When we are deciding which program is best, it’s not a one size fits all. Every person is unique and because of that, we customize our programs to each individual. We spend a lot of time up front figuring out what it is that you need so that we start each person off in the right direction. A well-rounded approach is an integral part of how we work with our patients.

These plans aren’t just about fitness and nutrition (although those are a big part of it). We also work on many other factors that might be affecting your health. One example is stress. You can be super fit and eat really well, but if you are experiencing high levels of stress, it’s going to have an impact on your health. By addressing the underlying factor, we can help you create a more balanced life that translates into better health.

Once we have decided on the program, we walk you through the entire process. Ultimately, we are here to help you reach your goals. If something in the plan isn’t working, we adjust accordingly and keep moving forward. We are here to hold your hand, cheer you on, and help you get back on track if you are struggling. However, the end game is to not only get you back to health, but to empower you with the knowledge to take care of your own health for the rest of your life!

If you are interested in learning more, please call us at 949-387-0060.

Banned in the European Union, but “Safe” for You?

We are all bombarded with chemicals each and everyday.  From our foods to our cleaning products, it is impossible to avoid all chemicals in our environment.  However, it is wise to be aware of those that create havoc and destruction in our bodies. 

One such chemical is Propyl Paraben.  Used as a preservative in our foods, this chemical has been shown in studies to disrupt the body’s endocrine system, and more specifically, affect the reproductive process in humans.  These numerous, convincing studies caused the European Union to ban the use of this preservative in foods in 2006, almost a decade ago. 

Propyl Paraben banned by EU, Nutrition Orange County

However, the FDA continues to list this chemical as “Generally Recognized as Safe.”  So, why this massive disconnect?  If research was conclusive enough to cause the European Union to take drastic steps, then why aren’t we even being warned?  

Further research into Propyl Paraben was shown is has definite effects on hormone signaling and gene expression.  According to the article titled Propyl Paraben: Are You Eating an Endocrine Disruptor?, written by the EWG (Environmental Working Group), “Proper endocrine signaling is particularly important during critical windows of development—while in the womb and during childhood and adolescence. Chemicals that disrupt hormone signaling can lead to adverse effects on development, reproduction, and the neurological and immune systems.” 

In fact, research and opposition became so evident with this chemical, that in 2012 Johnson and Johnson “voluntarily” decided to remove this chemical from all of its baby products.  It seems that if a company as large as Johnson and Johnson can spend millions to remove this from its product then it must not be good for human consumption or use. 

Yet, many products continue to use it and the general public is mostly unaware of what it is and what are the potential ramifications of its use.  Furthermore, in “2010 research led by Antonia Calafat, Ph.D., a respected chemist at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reported that 92.7 percent of Americans tested had propyl paraben in their urine (Calafat 2010).” 

We obviously cannot understand all of the potential side effects of chemicals and additives that we use in food.  However, we should feel secure that when studies show harmful effects to humans, and many countries and large corporations have taken action steps against a proven-harmful substance, that our FDA will follow suite.  Sadly, this is not the case. 

Instead, we need to all be our own advocates for health.  While we cannot know everything in the world of nutrition and health, which is constantly changing, we can take steps to learn each day.  To learn more about Propyl Paraben, its harmful effects, and the foods which still contain the chemical read more on the Environmental Working Groups website.  Better yet, subscribe to their newsletter to learn about their mission to keep our foods healthy and safe.