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Thinking About Pain in a New Way

Pain tends to have a negative connotation in our minds. Believe it or not pain is actually an emotion and our thoughts towards pain can affect how we experience it.

Inflammation

Inflammation is a part of the body’s natural healing process. Rather than associating pain with a signal that the body is breaking down, think of it as a response that comes along with the regeneration and strengthening of the body. When overcoming an injury, it is important to have that mental picture in your mind of the injured area internally healing by itself, remembering that this process is continuous. The body never stops repairing itself.

Seeing Us to Relieve Pain?

Seeking help from professionals like those at NewPort Village Chiropractic can often be a reactive response to feelings of pain. Pain can become what motivates us to do this, but it is more beneficial to our overall health if we can get regular care and adapt a preventative mindset. When we reflect on why we are seeking help it is more likely influenced by the things pain is keeping us from doing such as going to work or playing sports rather than the physical discomfort. Our bodies are capable of much more than we think, and it is often the mind that limits us.

Health = Function

When thinking about what you want to get out of your care, the desired outcome should be aimed at improving the function of the human body rather than simply masking the pain. Chiropractic adjustments are intended to improve the function of the nervous system, which is all about fixing the problem rather than removing symptoms. Often with improved function, feelings of pain will simultaneously decrease, however this shouldn’t be the main goal.

Keep Your Eye on the Prize

Creating a more positive objective towards your care will enable you to reach higher levels of health. Coming in to avoid injury is beneficial in terms of prevention and is better than reacting to feelings of pain, however to get to that next step where you can truly achieve optimal health the purpose behind your care needs to reflect that. See your care as enhancing your performance, strengthening your body, and moving you towards a greater quality of life.


Written by Fiona Brown, Chiropractic Technical Assistant

Fiona joined our team in September 2017. She is a co-op student from the University of British Columbia studying Kinesiology. She hopes to inspire patients at the clinic to adopt values of health and wellness. She is a track athlete specializing in the 800m. She enjoys outdoor activities such as cycling, hiking and skiing.


 

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A Special Assignment for the Stress-Free Person

Gary Barone, Tuesday, August 7, 20189:15 AM

It is a beautiful Tuesday morning here in Port Moody.  It is right after the BC Day long weekend and I can look back on a wonderful weekend with my family, hanging out, playing soccer, going on rides, and yes, even doing a little work on videos and articles and a book I am writing.

As I get back into the Tuesday routine I am compelled to address a special category of patients that is all-too common.  That category is the “Stress-Free” person.

I can’t talk about patients in any way, so I will create a fictional character.  Let’s say his name is Doug.  Doug has been under care for four weeks, and has been raving about his results. “I can’t believe how great I feel.”  Normally, if a patient is crazy about their awesome results, I will buffer it a little.

“Listen Doug, I know you are feeling great, but it is important to stay the course because you may have ups and downs in the first two months and that is totally normal as your body heals.”

A week later, the unthinkable happens.  Doug’s back pain creeps back.  “Why do you think that is?” I ask him.

“I don’t know.  I didn’t do anything.”

“Doug, do you remember the three sources of stress we talked about?”

“Yes, physical, mental/emotional and chemical… but I am not under any stress.”

“So you have no stress at all?”

“No, my diet is great, my life is great, I exercise, everything is great. I don’t get it!”

It’s not unusual that I look down at the little table where people place their belongings and I see a packaged energy drink (or a Starbucks or a bottle of pop)  Poking out of his jacket is a cigarette pack or vaporizer.  They have not one but two cell phones, and they are both buzzing. I look into his chart and see he is on 5 medications for anxiety, blood pressure, and pain.  I look at their appointment list and they have no-shows, and I recall them complaining that our hours don’t suit them (yes, that’s a sign of stress).

Let’s not even get into their bad CoreScore, or the decreased movement and misalignment of their spine.

This person isn’t always overweight or weak, in fact they can often wear the mask of being what we think is healthy.   They even fool themselves sometimes.

This is hard to deal with as a doctor.

Can you live without stress?

I want you to imagine the Lions Gate Bridge for a moment. Even without cars on it, does it have any stress?  Of course it does.  Stresses make it stand.

“Complete freedom from stress is death. Contrary to public opinion, we must not— and indeed cannot— avoid stress, but we can meet it efficiently and enjoy it by learning more about its mechanism and adjusting our philosophy of life accordingly” – Hans Selye

The truth is that even without the vape smoke or processed drinks or stimulants or job we are exposed to physical emotional and chemical stress every single day whether we like it or not.

Physical:  Exercise, gravity, sitting, repetitive strain, any physical challenge we undertake and even getting out of bed in the morning is a certain amount of stress on our bodies, not to mention the cumulative damage from the  experiences throughout our lives.

Emotional:  We are under more stress than ever, we hear more news, more traffic, more financial stress.

Chemical:  Probably the root of it all, pollution, pesticides, herbicides, plastics, caffeine, fats, the list goes on.

So let’s look at this in a new way.  It isn’t that you are not under stress.  It is how much stress.  More importantly, how much stress can your body process.

If you can process more stress, you can do all the things you want.  If you can’t process the stress, then you won’t be able to get out of bed in the morning.

Understanding the mechanism of stress means understanding that your brain and whole nervous system controls the way your body processes every stress in your life.  When your nervous system functions optimally, your life force flows and you can process more and do more of the things you love.

When I hear you (yes you) tell me you have “no stress” part of me wants to yell “BS!!” (That means baloney sandwich)… but I will probably take a more tactful approach that may still come off a bit harsh to some.

“Relapses are caused by something, a weak point in your body that isn’t able to process the amount of physical, emotional or chemical stress you are under.  There is no other possibility.  I just want you to be mindful of this and let me know next time if you discover anything in your lifestyle that explains this.”

Knowing is Half the Battle

It may take time for people to realize that what they previously perceived as healthy or normal is a source of stress.  Maybe it’s the rock climbing, or the weights, or the pump class, or the spinning.  They don’t realize that the 2 hours of watching the news, or the way they treat their co-workers or festering on the hatred of an opposing sports team is emotionally taxing.

They don’t realize the diet pills and even the vitamins they are taking are a stress on their body.  The so-called “diet” they are on is harmful and filled with processed foods, or jogging during rush hour and being exposed to toxicity in the air.

Or maybe it is something bigger, significant, that they just decide to ignore.

My job is simple.  When that stress exceeds your ability to process it, it causes dysfunction in your body (a subluxation), and it’s my job to correct it and help you address what’s causing it.

It’s a journey isn’t it.   I have a relatively small part in it, to provide care to improve the function of the nervous system.  It is a relatively small thing that can make all the difference in the world.

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5 Ways To Maintain Motivation to Exercise

As the weather starts to get warmer I’m sure many of us are eager to get outside and be active. Consistency with working out is where many of us can run into problems, but regular exercise doesn’t need to be difficult to maintain. We have a few tips to share with you in order to stay motivated and keep exercise fun.

1: Join a group

Having people that depend on you to show up to workout with them will help you feel obligated to get up and moving. Exercising with other people also makes the experience more fun and enjoyable. In a group setting you can motivate each other to work hard and accomplish your goals together

2: Vary your routine

Variety is key to staying consistent with a training plan. Engaging in a variety of activities to stay fit, or even switching up which exercises you do at the gym each day will help with maintaining motivation to exercise. Varying your routine will serve to make your workouts enjoyable so that you are excited to get out the door

3: Choose something you enjoy

Try to find a form of exercise that you enjoy doing. It will be a lot easier to commit to something that brings you personal satisfaction, so that it becomes a hobby rather than a chore. Try out different activities to find what you enjoy most.

4: Set a goal

Having a clear goal in mind such as competing in an upcoming race will help you remain focused on the reason why you are training. Whether your goal is to perform well at an event or to lose weight, having one is what counts.

5: Reward yourself

Make sure that you reward yourself from time to time for staying on track with your training. You can also use things that you enjoy such as music while you are exercising to make your workout something you look forward to.

I encourage you to try incorporating some of these tips into your exercise routine, and you will likely see better results. Stay positive and believe in yourself along the way, and consistency will come.


Written by Fiona Brown, Chiropractic Technical Assistant

Fiona joined our team in September 2017. She is a co-op student from the University of British Columbia studying Kinesiology. She hopes to inspire patients at the clinic to adopt values of health and wellness. She is a track athlete specializing in the 800m. She enjoys outdoor activities such as cycling, hiking and skiing.


 

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The Psychology of Fasting

Maybe you are interested in fasting to improve your physical or spiritual health. Maybe you are just curious.  It is present in cultures and religions around the world, but is gaining appreciation in the west.

Jesus went fasting for forty days and forty nights, but this level of cleansing and enlightenment is almost unthinkable to us mere mortals.

Some fasts are just from dusk to dawn, some fasts are juice fasts, water fasts, and some people just give up one thing for a few weeks.

I am interested in why it is so hard to give some things up. Giving up alcohol, coffee, drugs, cigarettes, can be understandably difficult since they are known to be addictive. Sometimes I have to wonder why some other things are perceived as difficult.

For example, imagine giving up all devices with screens for a month, or even whatever it is you eat for breakfast every day. I have seen my child go into a fit of rage because I took away their iPad. I have seen grown men and women go into what I can only describe as a state of confusion and panic at the mere mention of giving up gluten, or doughnuts, or pop.

What the hell is going on here?

Are some people born with less willpower?

I remember a term that was popular about ten years ago. I haven’t heard it much lately. It was called the “addictive personality.” In short, some people just “have that personality” where they will easily become addicted to something. It’s almost like we were given a label that showed “yes, I am that type.”

I really think this “personality” can change. It’s less like a personal trait, and more like a level of fitness. In other words, mental effort and control is like a muscle. You can “exercise” your abilities to be mindful of your daily actions and control them as you please.

A few years ago I gave up gluten. I was highly incentivized to do so because as I discovered, I am allergic to it.  If I am exposed, I not only develop digestive issues and swelling, but I also get eczema to the point where my skin will crack and bleed. It’s not pretty. Yet when transitioning there were five or six occasions where I found myself holding a half-eaten bread stick, or slice of pizza, or croissant, suddenly realizing that I had devoured some of it unconsciously.

The laws of entropy.

If you are not in control, creating order, then disorder will take over. You become a victim to things other than what you desire. You succumb to the “norm” around you. The norm are people eating processed foods that are expensive and cause weight gain, sugar that causes diabetes, processed meats that increase the risk of cancer, drinking beer after hockey games so your body can’t recover, the list goes on. The outside “normal” is a huge soup of disorder, backed up with advertising telling us to eat second (or third or fourth rate) products.

When is the last time you saw an ad for fresh fruit and vegetables? Now you get it, right?

So when you give something up, it’s not just about giving up the thing itself, it’s about giving up SOME THING. It’s about the EFFORT, because that little bit of effort is an exercise. It is a prayer for strength. The more you exercise, the stronger you get. This helps you grow mentally, physically and spiritually. It makes you more connected, devoted, and more present for everyone.

While fasting, is the effort that makes you stronger.

About ten years ago a patient came in with headaches and a sore foot. I examined him and realized there was a fracture in his foot, and told hime he should go to the hospital to have an x-ray of his foot. He said he was too busy, and didn’t want to wait for four hours, so he wasn’t going to go. I adjusted him, and he left.

He was coming in three times per week for his headaches, and each visit, he complained about his headaches that wouldn’t get better. I would tell him every time “by the way, your foot is broken, go to the hospital.” He said he had no time to go to the hospital.

After a little over two weeks of this he walked in with a cast on his foot. I asked him “what happened to your foot” and he said “my foot is broken, and in addition since I put on the cast, strangely my headache symptoms are gone. He then theorized how the weight of the cast changed his muscle activity and cured his headachs.”

I corrected him and told him no, that’s not why your headaches went away. They went away because you started taking care of yourself. Your attitude has changed.

I have had this happen a few times with casts on the leg.  It happened one time with a broken arm.  Also, once with a mole that was obviously skin cancer.  They were all things people didn’t want to deal with.  Everybody tries to theorize how the cast (or incision or whatever) made their problem feel better.

What’s the real reason?

There is a common denominator here that made every person’s back pain improve: They started to pay attention to themselves. They stopped letting themselves drift in the stream of society.  They stopped letting the disorder carry them away, and started to take control of their lives again.  It was the effort that made the difference.

“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”  – Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

What is the one thing you can take away, to give your life more focus and make it more pure.

 

Gary Barone has owned NewPort Village Chiropractic since 2000. Follow us on social media to see our new edition of “Pure: The Detoxification Conversation” Coming soon

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The New Zen Masters : Kids and Mindfulness

My journey with mindfulness, at least in a deliberate form, began when I was about 19 years old.  I wrote a report in psychology 101 about meditation, mostly  centred around a book called The Relaxation Response by Herbert Benson.  Herbert Benson was a medical doctor who framed transcendental meditation in a way that western people would accept it.

I was one of those people.

I never talked about it, or called it “transcendental meditation,” I just did it.  That’s because the universe, at the time, was trying to convince me meditation was crazy.  It was a time when the Natural Law Party just arrived in Canada.  The well- publicized and ridiculed practice of yogic flying was weird enough to make me avoid the brand “Transcendental Meditation” altogether.

 

Hilarious!  Yet the science in Benson’s book was convincing.  A few years later I found the same practice gaining popularity, using the term “Mindfulness.”  (Thankfully, there was no bouncing).  I was willing to go with that.  Jon Kabat Zinn wrote a book called Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life.  I read it over and over again, usually a chapter at a time, so each topic had time to enter my everyday life.

The New Zen Masters

Now “Mindfulness” has gained a lot of popularity.  There are apps like “Muse” and “Headspace.” My wrist watch tracks minutes of “mindfulness” right along with my steps, exercise, sleep and heart rate.  It’s a really big deal.   Electronics are an interesting tool, but no, the new Zen Masters are not apps or robots.

My own meditation practice has waxed and waned over the years, and I was looking for a little inspiration.  I found out I could travel to the US attend a mindfulness retreat where I could meet John Kabat Zinn.  After contemplating the time away from my family,  I decided not to go, but there was his book on my shelf. It was right there, right now.  Free.  And so I opened it up.

You know, they say that when a pupil is ready, the teacher appears.  When I opened the book this time, a chapter appeared that I had never noticed before.  It was called “Parenting as Practice.”

I would have to give up the retreats, at least for some time, I said to myself that I could always return to the contemplative setting when my children had grown up enough not to need me around all the time…

This chapter, at least in my consciousness, did not exist before.  I had no reason to read it.  But now here it was, telling me to stay home. Affirming that my priorities were correct.

But there was more.

This is how I saw it:  You could look at each baby as a little Buddha or Zen Master, your own private mindfulness teacher, parachuted into your life, whose presence and actions were guaranteed to push every button and challenge every belief and limit you had, giving you continual opportunities to see where you were attached to something and to let go of it.  For each child it would be at least an eighteen-year retreat.

It was at that moment I walked into the next room and sat with my kids.  Just like before I would read the chapter and let it permeate into my daily life.  And so the retreat goes on with my two kids, my personal Buddha and Zen Master… And wow, there is no limit to what they can tell me.

By Gary Barone.

 

 

 

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5 Rules to Staying Injury Free While Running

The last thing any runner wants is to be sidelined from an injury. Luckily there are ways to stay injury free and decrease your chances of needing to take an unexpected time out from training.

Make sure you have the right shoes for your feet

It is worth getting your running shoes from a running store where they have the knowledge to assist you in finding a shoe that is right for your foot. Having a shoe that fits well will not only help prevent injuries, but will likely allow you to enjoy your runs more. Depending on how often you are running, you may want to consider rotating between two pairs of running shoes as it takes about 24 hours for shoes to fully bounce back after a run. Alternating shoes can help avoid muscular imbalances by slightly varying how stress is distributed throughout the body. It is also worth getting an assessment for orthotics as they can help with common issues such as overpronation to further prevent injuries and add comfort to your running. If you are interested in getting assessed for orthotics, Dr. Barone is able to perform a gait scan to determine your need for them.

Increase Mileage and Intensity Gradually

Most injuries are caused by overuse. It can be tempting to increase training load in hopes of further improving fitness, but with this comes a significant risk of injury. The body needs time to adapt to increased stress placed on it. When making changes to the amount of running you are doing, make sure that you are increasing exclusively intensity or volume. Changing both of these factors simultaneously is where you are going to run into problems. Another thing to be mindful of is the magnitude and frequency at which intensity or volume is increased. This is an area that is highly debated and will vary among runners depending on factors such as running experience and injury threshold.

The equilibrium method developed by Jack Daniels is well formulated to prevent injuries. The equilibrium method works so that mileage is increased every 3-4 weeks and then kept constant, allowing the body to adapt to the added stress. The amount you increase your mileage by will depend on your current mileage as well as how your body is handling your present training load. At the end of the day, being conservative with increases in mileage will allow you to stay consistent with your training. Consistency is going to achieve better long term results than being forced to take gaps in training due to injuries. Listening to your body is the best thing you can do to avoid over training and injuries.

Keep it interesting

Running can be repetitive and hard on the body. It is a good idea to keep things varied in your training by running at a variety of paces. In addition, try to run on multiple training surfaces and rotate between different routes to ensure that your body is not repeatedly experiencing the same forces. You can also mix up your training by incorporating hills into your routine in order to build strength and change the muscle groups that are being worked. It is important to engage in activities other than running in order to stay injury free. Cross training should be incorporated into your training plan at least once per week. It is best to choose low impact activities such as swimming or cycling. This will help you continue to improve your fitness while allowing your body to recover from the impact of running. Cross training is also a good tool to use in order to avoid burnout.

Get Strong

The importance of strength for runners cannot be emphasized enough. With adequate strength comes better form and a greater ability to produce force. As a result, you will likely be capable of running faster. Developing strength is also a great way to prevent injuries. Improving strength can be achieved by weight training or performing body weight exercises. Yoga is also a great option, as it will improve both strength and flexibility. Core strength in particular is important for runners in order to maintain proper form. Ensuring that you are strengthening all muscle groups will help prevent muscular imbalances and injuries.

Recover

Allowing time for proper recovery is vital to staying injury free and allowing your body to reap in the benefits of training. It is during recovery that training adaptations occur, so not allowing enough time to rest can leave you stuck in an over training zone. Taking days off from training are important in order to properly recover. On top of rest days, the majority of your runs should be at a controlled and comfortable pace with harder efforts spread throughout the week. This will allow you to feel energized each workout and ready to put in a solid effort. During recovery time between workouts, techniques such as foam rolling and stretching should be implemented. Regular massage or chiropractic care can also be beneficial to the prevention of injuries.

Recovery becomes of utmost importance during the racing season. During this time your training plan has ideally allowed you to reach your peak fitness, and your focus can switch to feeling ready to perform at your best. During racing season, tapering by decreasing your training load is a smart move in order to stay healthy. As well, taking time off from training altogether is necessary from time to time in order to recover from long periods of consistent training. It is best to take time off at the end of racing season for at least one week. This will allow you to focus on other things in your life that you enjoy and come back with a greater appreciation for running.

Adopting as many of these techniques into your training routine as you can will likely reduce your risk of injury and allow you to perform better. As you become more experienced as a runner, you will find what works for you and be able to recognize when you are pushing yourself too hard.

Written by Fiona Brown, Chiropractic Technical Assistant at NewPort Village Chiropractic

Fiona joined the team at NewPort Village Chiropractic in September 2017 as the Chiropractic Technical Assistant. She is a third year co-op student from the University of British Columbia studying Kinesiology. Health and wellness are important aspects of her life and she hopes to inspire patients at the clinic to adopt these same values. Fiona’s hobbies include outdoor activities such as cycling, hiking, and skiing. You can often find her running as she is a competitive track athlete specializing in the 800m and 1500m distances. She previously trained with the UBC Track and Cross Country Team from 2015-2017 and is currently a member of Coastal Track Club in Surrey, BC. Fiona aspires to a career in health care upon the completion of her education.

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Healthy Little Pumpkins

It’s that time of year again, and I just re-watched our Healthy Little Pumpkins Webinar

I have a confession to make.  Since I did this project two years ago, I’d forgotten about half of the amazing information I gathered.  I think it is worth watching, even if you have seen it before.

Visit www.nvchiro.com/boo to watch it now!

From fireworks to costumes, and pumpkin patches to Jack O Lantern carvings, Halloween is a fun time time for everyone. We are so excited to get ready for the festivities!

Of course, there’s also the very large buckets of candy that are just around the corner, which makes Halloween time the perfect opportunity to teach your little ones about healthy nutrition. Healthy LIttle Pumpkins at NewPort Village Chiropractic

See how to make Halloween MORE fun and less of a tummy ache for your kids (and the kids you give candy to).

As some of you know, I am a Halloween expert!  I will lead you and your kids through some fun crafts. We will also guide parents and neighbours on ways to upgrade their Halloween to something that is so good for you, it’s SCARY!

It’s no secret.  We at NewPort Village Chiropractic want ours to be the healthiest city in the world. Join us and we can make it happen!

Details

Time:  Saturday October 21st 2017 to Halloween
Place:  www.NVCHIRO.com/BOO.
Registration: Registration is closed for the live event, please watch the webinar 🙂

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Enjoy Your Meal This Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving dinner this weekend, it may seem like a difficult task to maintain a wellness diet. However, with a few considerations it is possible to enjoy your meal without feeling like you are holding back.

Eat Small Meals Throughout the Day

As a part of your day to day routine strive to eat multiple smaller meals spread throughout the day as apposed to three large portions. This will not only leave you feeling satisfied and energized throughout the entire day, but also improves your metabolism allowing you to maintain a healthy weight. Thanksgiving should be treated no differently in order to avoid overindulging at dinner time. Ensure to stick to your regular routine early in the day leading up to Thanksgiving dinner to avoid overeating and feeling lethargic afterwards.

Focus on Spending Time with Family

Thanksgiving is truly about giving thanks and enjoying the company of the most important people in our lives. The food can often become the centre of attention, so directing our focus away from it can allow us to take a step back and appreciate what we are grateful for. Before or after dinner, plan to do some sort of activity as a family such as going for a walk. This will not only be a wonderful way for your family to enjoy the holiday, but will leave you feeling better. Plus, this will allow you to burn off extra calories so that you can enjoy your meal guilt free.

Build Your Plate Wisely

When dinner time comes around, there are a few things that you can do to make your meal more nutritious and avoid eating too much. The great thing about Thanksgiving dinner is that the meals are often home cooked and prepared from scratch, which supports a wellness lifestyle. Start off by taking the foods you know you can’t resist, but are not necessarily that good for you in reasonable proportions. After that you can fill your plate with enough colourful veggies to leave you feeling satisfied. As well, drinking plenty of water is of importance in order fulfil your thirst needs, which can be mistaken as hunger if not met. Lastly, enjoy a drink with dinner to celebrate if you please, but be careful with how much alcohol you consume as the calorie content is quite high and should be kept in moderation.

Keeping these tips in mind, you should be able to enjoy your Thanksgiving without worrying about affecting your progress towards maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

A great event to get involved in is the Granville Island Turkey Trot. The kids race is on Sunday October 8th, and the adult 10km race takes place on Monday October 9th. For more information look here http://turkeytrotrun.ca/. 

Written by Fiona Brown, Chiropractic Technical Assistant at NewPort VIllage Chiropractic

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Can Chiropractors Turn Breech Babies?

If you had any idea how often chiropractors get asked if they can turn breech babies, you’d be shocked. As if chiropractors were obstetricians. The external cephalic version (ECV), a procedure done by obstetricians and some midwives, is a medical procedure that numbs the mother’s uterus and manually attempts to turn the fetus from head up to head down while in utero. It is done in a hospital in case something goes wrong and an emergency C-section is warranted.

Completely separate from the medical ECV is the phenomena of reestablishing pelvic balance. This helps to remove tension in pelvic muscles and ligaments and through the restoration of normal biomechanics in the mother, babies optimize their positioning on their own. This is essentially what chiropractic is all about, restoring normal physiological function with gentle spinal adjustments. With no structural or neurological interference, the body has a fascinating ability to correct abnormalities, heal itself, and restore normal function.

Chiropractic and Baby Positioning

When a mother’s spine is realigned to proper position, a symphony of physiological responses happens immediately in response to the uninterrupted communication between the central nervous system and the rest of the body.

Tension inmuscles and ligaments is released and the now balanced pelvis may allow the baby to assume a more optimal position in preparation for birth. More than a dozen articles have been published in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal and Family Health alone that observe and reference this phenomenon in the clinical setting.

The Webster Technique

While chiropractors can’t turn breech babies, what they can do is gently and specifically adjust a mother’s spine and pelvis back into a proper balanced state, reestablishing normal physiological function. In this balanced state, the baby can do what it’s designed to do, find the best possible position for itself for birth.

The Webster technique was developed by Larry Webster, D.C., in 1982. This specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment was designed to restore normal body function. It was observed time and time again that when this technique was used on pregnant women who were carrying breech, their babies turned from breech to head down. (Some babies even turned from posterior to anterior.) Once balance in the mother’s pelvis was restored by this adjustment to her spine, babies sought out their optimal position for birth.

To most people it seemed like chiropractors were “turning breech babies.” After all, before Mom visited the chiropractor, the baby was
breech. After Mom visited the chiropractor, the baby wasn’t breech anymore. Therefore the chiropractor turned the baby, right? Not exactly…

Inside-Out Approach

If chiropractors could turn breech babies, chiropractic would be an “outside-in” approach. Meaning, the doctor would be treating the breech directly. In fact, chiropractic is an “inside-out” approach. Here’s how it’s described by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA): Chiropractic care benefits all aspects of your body’s ability to be healthy. This is accomplished by working with the nervous system—the communication system between your brain and body. Doctors of chiropractic work to correct spinal, pelvic and cranial misalignments. When misaligned, these structures create an imbalance in surrounding muscles and ligaments. Additionally, the resulting nerve system stress may affect the body’s ability to function optimally.

The ICPA also states that the Webster technique:… is a specific assessment and diversified adjustment for all weight bearing individuals and is utilized to enhance neuro-biomechanics in that individual. The ICPA emphasizes that the Webster adjustment is not a treatment for fetal malposition or in-utero constraint. Both breech and in-utero constraint are conditions of the baby, and only obstetric practitioners treat the unborn baby.

Referring to the Webster technique as a “treatment” for breech presentation creates misunderstanding and unnecessary controversy, and ultimately defies the very principles that chiropractic was founded on. It is important to recognize that not every chiropractor is thoroughly trained in performing the Webster technique. This is why the ICPA offers extensive postgraduate coursework and awards qualified chiropractors a Certificate of Proficiency in the Webster technique. Only those doctors on the ICPA’s directory maintain recognized certification status for the Webster protocol, as they receive continuing education and updates regarding this technique.

Provided and published by ICPA, Inc. For more information visit: www.discoverkidshealth.com

Courtesy of Webster Certified ICPA Member, Gary Barone DC, ICCSP, CACCP

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Children and Vegetables

By John Marc, Pathways Contributor

We all know it’s important to maintain healthy nutrition and we honor this knowledge by telling our loved ones why we should eat more vegetables. Unfortunately, much of this information doesn’t stick. Often, it only aggravates the children who see it as some sort of cosmic injustice taking place:”Why do we have to eat VEGETABLES, of all things, to be healthy?” In all honestly, our own opinion about the matter is usually no different. This makes the injunction for more vegetables even less convincing.

First, we must learn to love eating vegetables.

This will enhance our talent for cooking vegetables. More importantly, loving vegetables dissolves our desire to lecture our children about them. As we begin to practice what we preach with an authentic love of doing it, we will impress our children in lasting ways.

He or she who loves vegetables eats them for breakfast!

This is remarkably simple and it brings vegetables to a whole new level of prominence in your life. There’s something magical about breakfast. It’s wrapped with awesome sensations like the rising sun, birds signing, and the smell of coffee. With this comes a natural rise in serotonin levels and many other endocrine hormones that give us positive feelings. Children are most attuned to this natural,morning high. Coupling the morning time with vegetables which could benefit from these positive associations just makes perfect sense! Furthermore, having just woken from a night-long fast, breakfast time offers us a unique opportunity to fall in love with any food that we choose to eat, not just bacon or French toast.

Lastly, relax and enjoy your child’s defiance – it’s a sign of good health!

One thing is for certain. Children are born into this world with a vitality level that few adults can remember. Adults want children to be healthy and strong, but they already are these things!

If adults were endowed with a childlike vitality, two things would probably happen:
1) They would be unceremoniously plunged into the present moment and begin to live a more vibrant life.
2) They would quickly take on that characteristic of children which abandons all fear for future health concerns. Just imagine the freedom!

The bottom line is that we can regain the freedom and vitality of our childhood. This vitality IS achievable through the consumption of copious amounts of cooked vegetables. And our children, surrounded by the love of nutrition, will learn to enjoy vegetables as a part of life, which will ensure that they maintain their vitality into adolescence and adulthood.

Provided by Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, published by ICPA, Inc. For more information visit:
www.pathwaystofamilywellness.org and www.discoverkidshealth.com

Compliments of ICPA member Gary Barone DC

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