15 Years of Wellness Care

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I was rummaging through an old box of pictures…
And I found this one from probably 1998. SCC had been around for a year when this awesome family started care. The two little girls, Sarah and Jennifer, loved to be in our office… they often were the last appointment of the night and they delighted in helping us “close” the office. They would turn off lights and empty trash cans. I’ve watched them grow up… in fact Sarah will be getting married soon. They were in this week for their weekly adjustment (yes, they have stayed under wellness care for 14 years) and I snagged a new picture of them.
This is what almost 15 years of wellness care looks like. Congrats to the Plamondon family for an amazing commitment to health!
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The Best Sleeping Position

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Our daughter Mackenzie tends to sleep in any position (in a hammock, chair, fort or even under the bed.) Of course, she goes to bed in a very normal way, but you never know what you’ll find in the morning!

What’s the best sleep position, you ask? We recommend on your back or side. When sleeping on your back, ideally don’t use a pillow. If you must, use a flat pillow or a curved pillow with built in neck support.  Buckwheat pillows work well too.  You may find putting a pillow under your knees feels good for your back.

If you sleep on your side, use a thicker pillow to support the space between your shoulder and ear. This will keep your upper back and lower neck from twisting and causing subluxation. Do not sleep with your arm over your head or under your ear. You will find that a pillow placed between your knees (and even ankles) will keep your lower back and hips aligned.

Please do not sleep on your stomach. This stretches your neck and causes subluxation. The habit of stomach sleeping can happen from having too much light stimulus in the room or being overtired.

And finally, if you’re scared from a bad dream, Mackenzie recommends sleeping in a box with a horse watching over you…

Be Well,

Dr. Jenny 🙂

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Success Principles

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Our team has been reading a book together during our pre-adjusting huddles. It’s one of my favorites: The Success Principles by Jack Canfield. After yesterday’s message, Jessica commented that our patients would like to hear this information in our blog. We have an incredible team so when they make a wonderful suggestion like that, we listen. Enjoy this story:

Do you remember the Northridge earthquake in 1994? Well, I do! I lived through it in Los Angeles. Two days later, I watched as CNN interviewed people commuting to work. The earthquake had damaged one of the main freeways leading into the city. Traffic was at a standstill, and what was normally a 1-hour drive had become a 2- or 3-hour drive.

The CNN reporter knocked on the window of one of the cars stuck in traffic and asked the driver how he was doing,

He responded angrily, “I hate California. First there were fires, then floods, and now an earthquake! No matter what time I leave in the morning, I’m going to be late for work. I can’t believe it!”

Then the reporter knocked on the window of the car behind him and asked the second driver the same question. This driver was all smiles. He replied, “It’s no problem. I left my house at five AM. I don’t think under the circumstances my boss can ask for more than that. I have lots of music cassettes and my Spanish-language tapes with me. I’ve got my cell phone. I have coffee in a thermos, my lunch- I even brought a book to read. So I’m fine.”

 

Now, if the earthquake or the traffic were really the deciding variables, then everyone should have been angry. But everyone wasn’t. It was their individual response to the traffic that gave them their particular outcome. It was thinking negative thoughts or thinking positive thoughts, leaving the house prepared or leaving the house unprepared that made the difference. It was all a matter of attitude and behavior that created their completely different experiences.

What do you choose your day to be?

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What My Mom Doesn’t Know About Social Media

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This past weekend a relative said something really funny. (Ok, so it was my mom. But she’s really sweet so don’t give her a hard time!) I had taken a super cute picture on my iphone and mom said, “Honey, can you fax that to ebay for me?”……………yep, I was silent for quite a while. “What Mom?”

Dad, Mackenzie and Mom (the infamous photo!)

“You know, use your phone to put it up on ebay so my friends can see it,” she clarified. I learned that she meant Facebook. When she said “fax” she meant “text.” She had seen me texting over the weekend and she also knew that I had the capability to upload photos online. She was finally getting comfortable with words like fax and ebay but the words text and facebook are quite new for her (particularly since she does neither herself.)

Isn’t it interesting how culture gets used to words that a decade ago no one used? Medical words have a similar history. Cholesterol, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, diabetes and autism are words that have over time become mainstream to the public. My recommendation for the next common household word is subluxation.

This is how my family uses the word subluxation:

Mom: “Max, please stop jumping on the couch. I don’t want you to fall off and get subluxated.”

Dad: “Please empty some of these toys and books out of your backpack, Mackenzie. Carrying this heavy weight will cause subluxation in your spine.”

Max: “Daddy subluxated his neck when he hit a tree dirtbiking.” (This is just an example!)

Mackenzie: “Mommy, I think I have a fever. Would you please check me for subluxation so my body can heal?”  (She actually says statements like this!)

The definition of subluxation is spinal pressure on the nerve system. Basically, traumas, repetitive motions and even stress can cause the bones in the spine to shift and twist, creating pressure on the spinal cord and nerves exiting the spine. The nerves supply the power to the entire body: every muscle, tissue and organ. Even your immune function, digestion and breathing are under the direct control of your nerve system.

Chiropractors are specifically trained to detect and help your body correct subluxation. By realigning the spine, pressure is taken off your nerve system. The replenished nerve flow allows your body to function at a higher level. Chiropractic adjustments, in essence, bring more life flow to the body.

So make sure you skype me on craig’s list if you need a subluxation check-up!

 

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Health Church

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This article has nothing to do with religion. I could have just as easily titled it Health Kingdom Hall or Health Synagogue. This story is about community, commitment, faith and family.

John was always a favorite patient. His enthusiasm, vitality and hugs were inspirational at his weekly visit. After five years of consistent spinal adjustments, he had created a beautiful spine, with a perfect neck curve and minimal degeneration.  In fact, after winning his  first body building championship, he gave us his coveted trophy. You see, at age sixty, he was in the best shape of his life.

Circumstances sometimes force hard decisions.  John needed to stop chiropractic care. The personal reasons aren’t important here, but he was sad to leave and we were heartbroken to say goodbye.  Our practice members truly feel like family, especially after many years of allowing us to be their primary source of healthcare. For the past four years, there wasn’t a day that I didn’t glance at that fancy trophy and think of John.

It was sinus problems that brought him back. Wow, was it good to see John this week! I got my hug and huge grin, just like I remembered.  What John had remembered was how many years ago it was chiropractic that finally allowed his body to heal from ongoing sinus congestion and pain. He also knew he just “wasn’t right” anymore and needed to get back to what he knew worked: chiropractic.

In the four years we haven’t seen him, John had a hip replacement. After years of heavy squats at the gym, he discovered his hip sockets were shot. He endured a few years of extreme discomfort waiting to turn 65 so Medicare would help with the surgery costs. The waiting left him with plenty of lower back discomfort.

New x-rays unfortunately revealed a significant loss of neck curve and shocking new degeneration (arthritis) in the lower back. His spine was looking his age, and his health reflected the neglect his spine had taken.

After meeting with John and discussing our strategy to help him get back on track, John got tears in his eyes. “I’m so glad to be back,” John said. “I realize now this is my health church.”

I asked him what he meant by health church and he elaborated that he perceives “church” as a place of support, community, education, and giving you a path to live your best self. John knows that his experience with chiropractic goes beyond pain relief, beyond spinal correction, even beyond vitality. It is home.

Welcome home, John!

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Does This Diet Soda Make Me Look Fat?

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We’ve all seen it: someone orders a crazy indulgent meal (fries and all!) then triumphantly adds a diet soda, as if that will make up for the 1200 calorie meal. Diet soda has the reputation of being a guiltless soft drink… and many consumers drink it in abundance.

This year, a new study showed that diet soda drinkers’ waistlines grew 70 percent more than nondrinkers. Yep, diet soda makes you fat.

As the belly gets bigger, your health declines- diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other long-term problems can be created.

This is how it happens: aspartame creates higher blood sugar levels and can trigger the appetite. An obesity researcher at UT Health Sciences Center at San Diego, Sharon Fowler, said that sweeteners could also inhibit brain cells that make you feel full.

We work hard to be healthy. We eat organic foods, hit the gym, get adjusted, sleep well… stick to water and herbal teas. Scratch the sodas (especially diet.) Building a strong, healthy body depends on the small choices over time.

 

 

 

 

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A New Perspective

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A practice member emailed me this quote this morning:

“It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine.”

~ Marcia Angell, MD

It’s time for a new paradigm, or way of thinking. Congratulations on staying ahead of the curve, and utilizing chiropractic for health care. Our current disease care system under an allopathic model has only made the people of our country sick. Heres’ the proof: According to the World Health Organization, of all major industrialized countries, the U.S. ranks 37th healthiest. That’s right. The people of 36 other countries are healthier than us. France is #1, Italy is #2. We’re just under Costa Rica and above Slovenia and Cuba. But interestingly, according to ABC news, we take over half of the world’s drugs (despite being only 5% of the world’s population.) And, we take 99% of the world’s opiods, or pain medication. Vicadin, the #1 prescribed painkiller, has been referred to as prescription heroin. We aren’t healthy, we’re drugged.

When you get adjusted, you are turning your power back on. You live your life through your nerve system, so each adjustment helps you work toward your true potential. We applaud you for your choices, commitment and positive outlook.

Healthcare is changing… adjust to it!

 

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Smile Lines

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People who have smile lines have always attracted me. Even when serious, you can tell they smile often by the lines on their face. A spring in their step and a natural-seeming ability usually accompany this curious expression. If you add in a healthy looking physique, glowing skin and bright eyes, this is my snapshot vision of vitality.

I recently met an eighty-year-old woman who matched this description. I immediately felt happy to be around her. I wanted to interview her, to get to know her. People who exude vitality have a magnetic quality about them. Their exuberance, confidence, and warmth make them special and rare. They can be any age and any race, occupation or affluence. In general, they take extra care of their bodies and mind with a deliberate intention of improving themselves and maximizing their life experience. I often see families experiencing a state of vitality together as a lifestyle choice. They focus on physical activity, personal growth and purposeful choices for health. Instead of life happening to them, they create their level of fulfillment, energy and gusto.

Contrast this with the average American: overweight, on medication for preventable conditions, eating fast food, disliking their job, and tired all the time.

What do you want to create today? Maybe start by retraining those facial muscles and smile more! Smile at the bank teller, your spouse, the person in the car that let you by. Geez, you can even smile in the shower, just because you are blessed.

Be well,

Dr. Jenny

 

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Clean Up Your Healing Language

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“My son gave me a cold. Now I have a fever, runny nose and congestion” my red-eyed practice member sniffles at the adjusting table.

When we are “sick”, we naturally want to complain and list all our symptoms. As a loving doctor and friend, I have sympathy and compassion. However, the language a practice member uses when tired and frustrated doesn’t always serve them.

A better way to refer to a healing process is as a “project.” For example: “My body has a healing project right now. It’s created a rash to push out what it doesn’t want.” Taking responsibility for your body’s healing and actually trusting your body’s ability is a refreshing way to see yourself.

Your body always attempts to heal. Instead of seeing your body as failing you, honor your magnificent inner healing intelligence, starting with your words. Words have power. Especially with children. I know many children who are savvy in this language, and they speak powerfully about their body’s healing capacity. For example, one seven-year-old girl recently said to me, “I have a fever that is helping me heal. My body is strong.”

The question is: Can you trust in your innate healing ability, and speak words of this affirmation?

 

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What the Grinch Taught Mackenzie

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Jack Kornfield said, “We don’t have to improve ourselves, we just have to let go of what blocks our heart.” 

This makes me think of a challenge our young daughter had in kindergarten with the class “bully.” Shortly after she had seen the movie The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, her teacher told us how Mackenzie had befriended the struggling child and was helping him integrate better with the class. I asked Mackenzie what had happened and she said, “I decided to help make his heart bigger.”

Loving ourselves and others, unconditionally, allows pain, sorrow, anger and fear to melt away. An institute called HeartMath (www.heartmath.org) has studied how electromagnetic forces of our heart radiate about 15 feet around us. When our energies are low and negative, we affect others in our proximity in a negative way. Conversely, we help make someone’s heart “bigger” when we come from feelings of love. 

The question is: how big is your heart today?

 

 

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