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Friday, October 28, 2022

Let's Overcome the Trend of "Too Little-Too Late"

 


Chiropractic: Why Brain Care Beats Pain Care

1- Pain is a Purposeful Pattern. Rather than interrupt it with artificial means, determine how the pattern is protecting so you can decide how best to support it.

2- Injuries repair themselves in days to weeks, provided the muscles are toned and organs are working efficiently.

3- Most of the time I am dealing with people whose bodies were not prepared for stress events. We are usually in “catch up mode.”

4- Fight-or-Flight is a valuable nervous system pattern but it can exhaust our reserves when we take it for granted.

5- Drugs and surgery do not alleviate prolonged Fight-or-Flight which is why we must pursue a different approach for our long term well being.

(Prolonged Fight-or-Flight is mistreated by mainstream health care because they are too narrowly focused on the effects rather than the cause and misplace the blame on inflammation.)

6- Calling nervous system patterns a disease or sickness ignores the true nature of the body's systems, incites a fear response that worsens the situation further exhausting the body. (More need for “catch up mode.”)

7- Chiropractic helps people in pain by re-engaging the prefrontal cortex. The adjustment interrupts a stress pattern like a switch and shifts the brain to repair/rebuild. However, cellular movement is painful as the body is rebuilding tissues and excreting waste. Appropriate repair avoids the disappointment of weakened or poorly re-formed tissues/joints. We can support this process with chiropractic maintenance, nutrition, and stress management.

Improving comfort is a more reasonable approach than stopping pain prematurely.


Let's move from “Catch Up Mode” to “Wellness Mode.”

Catch Up Mode” = Replenish Reserves

Wellness Mode” = Maintain Reserves

I ask my folks to look at their health differently.  I ask them to understand the innate wisdom of the body's self regulating system.  I ask them to work in sync with this system, and not against it. It foes require to replacing old vocabulary with new.  

Got questions?

Let me hear them. 

--See you at the table.  The chiropractic table.

Dr. Lisa

Your Health Freedom Advocate


Translate Pain/Anxiety Correctly

Saturday, October 22, 2022

Still on the Fence about Chiropractic?

 

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You don't have to be unsure about chiropractic.  You only need the desire to live your best life.  While that is an over used saying, you can't be at your best if your brain's survival system is running on fumes.  


Chiropractic was birthed out of a different philosophy.

You can't mix it with the paradigm that failed you. 

If you're living with frustration and feel as if we're all destined to have sickness and disease, please leave that mind-set at the door.  

You are invited to walk through the door with a fresh set of eyes. 

The whole point of chiropractic is to adjust the spine so it can unwind the stress of your life, giving you a refreshed energy to live the whole human experience  --- regardless of pain, whether you are in pain or not in pain.   

That's it. 


See you at the table.

The chiropractic table. 

--Dr. Lisa

Your Health Freedom Advocate

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Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Do You Know What You Have?

 


I have a desire to help people, not because they are lacking, but because they don't know what they actually possess. 

          

           Get reacquainted with your innate wisdom. 

Saturday, September 03, 2022

When I Read the Obituaries

 

(Image courtesy: Sweetzer and Orange Store / Amazon) From time to time I read obituaries of people I used to see in my office.  When I reflect on their passing, most of them are folks who "dropped out of care."  They may have come in only once or twice.  

In chiro-land we use the term "dropped out of care" because the service we provide is based on a wellness paradigm that professes the importance of following nurturing protocols for the rest of one's life. 

To us chiropractors, someone dropping out of care is a big failure.  We blame ourselves for not being good enough teachers.  We weren't effective at explaining the profound connection between the brain and body.  We aren't inspiring enough when we discuss how much impact the chiropractic adjustment has on the neuro-plasticity of the brain.  For example, chiropractic adjustments result in positive changes on a person's follow up EEG (recording brain activity).  That's pretty spectacular. The discussion can be done on a very personal and relevant level without using complicated terminology. 

Many years ago, when I first saw one person in my office, I had huge concerns that were bothering me more than the initial complaint of back pain. I voiced that concern with the spouse.  Did I explain it adequately?  I knew the back pain would not clear up in one or two visits because there were more "problems" blocking the healing process. The nervous system was bogged down.  I wanted to pursue a more involved plan of action.  

And, the insurance coverage was limited.  Most people will only go as far as the insurance pocketbook, which I find very misleading to the public. But I know dentistry deals with the same thing. 

The spouse had a medical background which I thought would help us talk it out.  But, no.  The response was: it could only be back pain.  It's as if the back is completely separate from the rest of the body.  

Dentists, deal with that as well.  It is believed your mouth has nothing to do with the rest of the body (unless you have a heart problem, then you need a ton of antibiotics).

Mental health has the same hiccup.  Mental challenges are assumed to need treatment separate from the rest of the body.  I chose chiropractic because there is the realization of the link between the mind and the body.  But, old thoughts hang on....

I never saw this person again after two visits.  I read the obituary about 2 years later and I was sad.  I was sad for the two years lost with this person.  

I have the wonderful opportunity to see my peeps weekly for decades and walk their journeys with them.  Yes, they have their family physicians who work with them for years and years, but chiropractic is different. 

When we look to enhance the brain's perception of the outer and inner environments of a person, it is also an opportunity for personal growth which also has a deep impact on a person's life.  When folks come in for weekly maintenance, the growth is exciting. It is shared among everyone else in the waiting room.  It is a time to celebrate the innate powers of the body.  It is a time to foster a positive outlook which is very important to longevity. 

However, it's a free country and people who aren't interested in what I offer can go in a different direction. 

I saw a recent obituary of someone who I haven't seen in about 2 years as well.  This person had many stumbling blocks that kept her out of the office. She enjoyed her visits.  I loved watching her progress. She was upbeat and very appreciative, but she missed appointments and eventually stopped coming.  (Could have moved away, or had new stresses...I don't know) So, there's another 2 years of lost interactions.  A lost relationship. 

Chiropractic is a connection.  The spine connects to the brain.  But we are connected to each other.  We're here to help each other and share the journey. 

I hung a poster on my office door that says:

Pain is an Uncomfortable Way to be Comfortably Distracted

This is a message to remind us that there is an underside to our pain and health problems.  We may be living a repetitive theme of personal loss, grief or anxiety of life events that take hold in our bodies as chronic pain.  So let's not overlook the other sources of our bodily pain. The nervous system doesn't lie, but we need to translate its language.  

Your closeness to your best friends and family plays a role in each others' health.  Be there for each other. 

I have the opportunity to do so with my long term practice members. 

--Dr. Lisa

Your Health Freedom Coach

Liberating Your Nervous System from Unacceptable Ideas (like aging)

Expand Your Talents Beyond Your Comfort Zone.





Arthritis is Boring

 


(image courtesy: novapublishers & book depository)

When folks come to me, I know they want to use the language they are used to.  So, I hear it.  The dreaded A word.  

Arthritis. 

Arthritis is one of those labels that are misused, much like cholesterol.  We can measure cholesterol with a blood test and think we can use it for diagnostic, disease prediction purposes.  Which time has told us is another  assumption gone bad, (yet is still a great way for pharma to profit).  

We use X-rays to diagnose arthritis.  Well, most of us in medicine and chiropractic do.  Now, I realize, if you don't have a broken bone, don't overthink it.  Typically when someone hears a doctor say arthritis, a wave of panic ensues.   But we know an X ray or MRI does not correlate with pain or future pain.

It reminds me of an interview I heard with Dr. Terry Wahls of the Wahls protocol.  She bounced back from a severe malfunction that left her in a horizontal wheel chair (for a while). 


After she regained her mobility and returned to work, she stated her brain scans looked exactly the same.  It had the same "plaquing" on her brain that endowed her with the label of multiple sclerosis.  It is her belief that different parts of her brain took over as she nourished her body with whole foods.  She has quite an interesting story that should help the public change their ideas of how the body works.  Save yourself from the dread and fear when people throw these labels back and forth.
(Images courtesy: terrywahls.com)

A tight joint and a birthday milestone over age 50 gives you the wonderful title of arthritis. 

You know I don't buy it.  When I used to run 5K races, 80 and 90 year olds used to blow me away.  How can that be?

But in the last few years, people don't just have arthritis anymore.  They have lupus, Lymes, fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid.  


People wear these titles as a badge of honor.  They'll take offense if you don't remember their special diagnosis.  People might be offended when they read my comments here, but I don't like the direction the medical system is going in.  We are amazed by these strange afflictions and don't seem to have protocols to reverse them.  Or do we?  

I had to learn a grocery list of arthritis types.  Apparently there are over 100 types, but my school had to narrow it down to about 20.  I'd still be in school today trying to memorize their similarities and differences.  And how does that help people get healthier? It doesn't.

Let's actually live in the real world.  We can remove the embellishments of labels, findings, symptoms, and just give the body what it is lacking.  

This lacking comes from an energy drain that is not properly replenished at reasonable intervals.  This is how I describe the stages of the nervous system so we can learn how to partner with our brain and body. 

Everything the brain does is appropriate for the situation.  It prioritizes its needs based on the level of stress it encounters, (real and perceived through brain memory).  Body responses don't happen to you. A disease doesn't happen.  It is intelligently chosen by your brain. 

When we are in the fight or flight-sympathetic state, we burn through our reserves.  When we are in the vagus-parasympathetic state it is our opportunity to rest, digest, rebuild.  Too much stress puts the rebuilding part on hold.  When that stage is suspended, we lose minerals, bone density, muscle strength, organ efficiency. 

Chiropractic helps you get back to an appropriate balance between these 2 states.  I call chiropractic a way to renovate patterns that are more draining rather than sustaining. 

When you are ready to do a pattern renovation of the brain/nervous system/body, let's get started.  

** I had a copy of that Spine Dictionary in my office.  I just tossed it in the trash can about a month ago.  I thought it would be cool to keep it on my shelf in the office for reference or teaching purposes.  I probably looked at it once when I first bought it.  It didn't serve me.  ***

--Dr. Lisa

Your Health Freedom Coach

Liberating Your Nervous System from Unacceptable Ideas (like aging)

Expand Your Talents Beyond Your Comfort Zone.


Saturday, August 20, 2022

Wear and Tear * Bogus Cop Out

 Image Courtesy: https://www.turbotenant.com/blog/normal-wear-and-tear/   But remember, you are not a house!


Allow me to gripe some more.  Hopefully it is educational and constructive.

Wear and Tear

In chiropractic school this term was spoken so much.  Too much.  We had a class called NMS something or other.  I think it was neuro-musculo-skeletal pathology.  Everything was caused by wear and tear, or micro-trauma, or repetitive strain. 

Ugh......please no more. 

How were we supposed to help people get better?

1- Chiropractic adjustments

2- Prescriptive exercise

3- Nutrition (for inflammation and tissue integrity)

And we just chalked it up to too much wear and tear.  

Not very empowering.  Just come back if you injure yourself again with repetitive strain, or more micro-trauma.  Please incorporate these life style suggestions if you'd like to be more productive and energetic.  And, please figure out a way to make your job not kill you.  (Yes, I'm serious.  People put their work above their health and family......)

As students we went into detail about the biochemical changes of injury and how the macrophages come in to clean out the area to help heal the muscles and joint structures. Etc. Etc.  Blah, blah, blah.

Funny thing is, we learned that immobilization is the worst thing for a person's joint health. And we can teach that to our practice members.  Movement keeps the joints hydrated. I much prefer the phrase, use it or lose it. (Neuro-plasticity..... another topic for another blog posting.)

We also teach them that pain medications destroy cartilage and other soft tissues.  Why add fuel to the fire?

Just like bone on bone, wear and tear is some kind of terminology that gets you off the hook.  It's too late.  The damage is done.  It's irreversible.  In fact, I typed wear and tear in google for medical terms and it is called normal wear and tear. 

I found some medical articles using wear and tear arthritis. A medical dictionary ascribes wear and tear to dental changes in the teeth, caused by bruxism (teeth grinding).  

Microtrauma is a microscopic injury to muscles, bones, soft tissues.  I suppose if you wait long enough, it becomes macro-trauma, something you can see and feel.  

"Wear and tear" seems to have taken on a life of its own. 

Mostly I don't like the fact that it sets the stage for a depressing outlook.  We can take wear and tear to a whole new level of despair and demoralization.  We can now call it stenosis.  Now you're in for a real treat because surgeons salivate over your X-rays and reserve the surgical suite for you. 

Here's the thing: arthritis was not a big deal when I first started in practice.  People knew they needed to take care of their joints.  They knew they needed to move more. But they were not overwhelmed.

Now 22 years later, and I know I am not delusional, arthritis has taken on a new personality.  People are hyper-upset, very fearful, often depressed, and the word "aging," tags along. 

It has gotten to the point where I feel I am not successfully explaining to my folks that it's not the end game.  They have so much potential to be more functional, but the mind is blocked. 

Something has happened in a couple of decades where I now see people with the most helpless attitudes.  Learned helplessness!

Another thing I've noticed: When I first opened up my practice, most people said, "I hate taking medicine." And they were not taking medicine.   Now people say, "I hate taking medicine," and they produce a long list of prescribed drugs-- that they take.

So, people in the past stood by their comment that they did not want to take anything.  They really meant it.  Now, people begrudgingly swallow synthetic pills on a daily basis and accept it.  

Is it because I see so much more obesity and diabetes?  People come to me with joint pain, yet it's just the tip of the iceberg. *** Their joints are a reflection of the rest of their body.  There's so much anxiety, fatigue, high blood pressure, and "auto-immune" disease attached to the "wear and tear," of their bones.  

It's time to end my griping with a positive outlook. 

We are meant to be moving.  If you are convinced you are a victim of wear and tear, you are not moving enough.  

Also, your joints do respond to fight or flight stress, even mental stress.  When your body goes into survival mode, your spine compresses.  It's a physiological response dictated by the brain to move you out of perceived danger. 

Here's the caveat.  You're supposed to get out of fight or flight quickly and resume tissue rebuilding.  If that doesn't happen, your tissues will be prone to injury from doing simple everyday activities.  And, if your nutrition is lacking, your new tissues are made out of junk! 

What feels like wear and tear to you, is to me, poor replenishment.  This is the direction we need to take. 

Wear and tear is a cop out phrase.  It's equivalent to,"I give up."  But you don't have to feel stuck.  

I found a good article written by Thomas Wells that explains why movement is so crucial.  He also bemoans the slang of wear and tear. He used the term "bone on bone," but I'll let that go.  

When I meet people who want to improve their functionality, I go to the brain first.  If you are in a high stress situation, we have to modulate the nervous system so you can actually resume the rebuilding phase of the nervous system stages.  Some people may not be aware of the ultra-high stress they are dealing with.  The body will not rebuild when it is in a hyped up state of survival mode. The body gives us hints so we can learn from it and make the necessary changes. 

Your nervous system is unique to you.  Your past exposures to stress, along with the emotional decorations you lace it with determines how quickly or slowly you revert to the energetic state of rebuilding.  There is no one-size fits all answer. This is a self exploratory / self growth approach woven into your chiropractic care. 

Let's move beyond the vocabulary that doesn't serve you and dive into the empowering approach of brain-based chiropractic.

*** Please remember, chiropractic is not a treatment for joint pain.  Chiropractic allows the brain to shift gears back to homeostasis and rebuilding.  I know people typically focus on joint pain, and I teach them to look at the bigger picture from the brain's point of view regarding healing priority.  

Brain First *Is* Body Freedom


--Dr. Lisa

Your Health Freedom Coach

Liberating Your Nervous System from Unacceptable Ideas (like aging)

Expand Your Talents Beyond Your Comfort Zone.


Thursday, August 18, 2022

The Myth of Bone on Bone

 The Myth of Bone on Bone

(And why your brain is still in charge)



** Irresponsible for doctors to say: “bone on bone”

** Doctor in Missouri took over 1,000 knee x-rays.

** Only 1 had true bone on bone (less than 00.1%).

** In a study of 100 pain free people who had a spinal MRI – half had bulging discs but were fine.

** Degenerative change is not a predictor of pain.

** Location of pain is not always the cause of pain.

** Spine Surgeon, David Hanscom says changing your brain is more important. Surgery is often a failure.


The brain sets priority.

Follow the Brain First Protocol.

Brain First is Body Freedom.

I've keeping track of terminology we need to drop, or redefine.  It's time to get rid of "bone on bone."  It's mentally destructive, and not to mention not true.  People who believe bone on bone, give up.  They stop enjoying life.  Sadly, people with this mind set are not easy to work with.  Their nervous system's are stuck in a chronic cycle of energy depletion. 

We know your Xray or MRI does not predict pain.  It does not explain pain.  You can read about the 1,000 Xrays from Core Medical Center's website.  Just google the myth of bone on bone. 

The MRI study demonstrates this concept as well.  I don't have that study at my fingertips right now, but it was done more than 10, possibly 20 years ago.  

I've seen many so called "bad" MRIs but that doesn't mean you have to give up being active.  If you are not feeling well, or moving well, there is an approach to work through these challenges.  It all depends on how well you move your brain, feed your brain, and talk to your brain.  Does this sound familiar?  It may take some real work that you haven't tried before.  It will take patience. 

And by the way.  When it comes to describing health or symptoms, it's  not bad, it's not good, it just is.  And I say this because this annoying evaluation as if you are getting another report card in school is not productive at all.  

Your body is just doing what it innately needs to do for the situation.  If you pile on some emotionally label that just triggers your nervous system to go into fight or flight, you are just digging yourself a deeper, depressing hole. 

I've mentioned David Hanscom in previous blogs, or videos.  When he says anxiety and anger is a pain generator, it's time to pursue that avenue.  

When folks tell me they slept wrong, or did too much movement pulling weeds in the garden, I know we have a lot more to peel away in understanding the situation. 

The second you become aware of a pain and blame it on something you've done recently to cause an injury, your brain goes into self critical mode.  It is natural to feel a little anxious.  It comes out like this: 

    How am I going to get through my next task of _________?

You can fill in the blank.  It could be work related, family related, a long trip, You are on a time deadline, you're trying to repair your house.  As soon as you question your ability especially your future functioning, your body kicks in a rebuilding response that feels as if your body is revolting or trying to get revenge. 

When your confidence takes a hit, this is a very important time to stay upbeat and understand the body is doing something very natural.  It is reinforcing itself to make you stronger.  

It will need your cooperation.  It needs a calm mind.  It needs rest.  It needs quality raw materials.  It needs time to detox the old cells of inflammation (what we call the construction crew).  

When you learn how to best move your brain, feed your brain, and talk to your brain, you will be an effective partner with your brain. 

Let's dive in.  Dare to Thrive.

Read More:Everything the body does is correct for the situation.  Understand what is really going on without fear and old wives' tales (medical jargon that no longer serves you).


Brain First *Is* Body Freedom


--Dr. Lisa

Your Health Freedom Coach

Liberating Your Nervous System from Unacceptable Ideas (like aging)

Expand Your Talents Beyond Your Comfort Zone.