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Why is Chiropractic a Part of the FOCUS Program?

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Why is chiropractic a part of the FOCUS program for kids with neurodevelopmental disorders?
This is a question I get almost daily as more and more people are learning about the FOCUS program.  The first point I want people to understand is that the FOCUS program is an innovative and integrative approach for kids and adults with challenges such as Autism, learning and behavioral disorders and ADD/ADHD.  The program is comprised of three main pillars and all are equally important.
 
Phase one of the program is targeted toward healing the brain and body and getting the individual in a place physically where change (specifically in the brain) is possible. Neuro-Structural chiropractic is one of the the pillars because it is a tool used to bring balance back to the brain and nervous system.   The primary objective of the gentle and specific corrective techniques to the spinal column and cranium is to move a child out of the “fight of flight” zone and into a more balanced and healthy neurological state. 
 
In this phase we also utilize specific dietary changes, food intolerance testing and gut healing protocols to improve health in the gastrointestinal system and therefore help heal the brain.  It is because of the effectiveness of the specific Neuro-Structural correction that this type of chiropractic has been a part of the FOCUS program from the beginning and is part of the first phase of healing for individuals with learning, behavioral or developmental challenges.    
 
To learn more about the other pillars of the FOCUS program and the results we are seeing in our practice members, you can visit www.cdafocus.com and call 208-667-7434 to reserve a space at our next free lecture or workshop.  
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Why Would a Child Need Chiropractic Care?

 

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If you have visited Spoelstra Family Chiropractic or FOCUS, you may have noticed there are a LOT of kids!  While most people who come to our office for a consultation have been referred by a current practice member and know what to expect, occasionally someone may find us in a different way and may be surprised to see so many kids!  Because of that every once in awhile I get the question “why are you checking kids doc?”

Well, it’s simple . First of all, I LOVE kids!  I LOVE helping them achieve the best, healthiest and  fullest life possible!  Because of that I have done extensive post doctorate training in pediatric chiropractic care.  From cranial adjusting, the Webster technique for pregnant mothers, specific nutritional protocols to help heal the gastrointestinal system to Neuro-Deflective retraining for children, I’m always learning and bringing that to my practice.

It is also my passion in practice to work with children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and I have created a specific program and training system to do just that.  This program is called FOCUS and its purpose is to help improve the expression of life for kids and adults who struggle with behavioral, learning or developmental challenges. For more information on the program visit the FOCUS website or attend free community  lecture or webinar.

It is important to help adults heal from their health challenges and symptoms by identifying and correcting the primary cause.  It is equally, if not more important to assist our children in their healing and optimize their health. This is why Spoelstra Family Chiropractic and FOCUS is happy to have an office filled with kids!

 

 

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Not Your Grandparent’s Chiropractic

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Yes, it’s true – we are not a traditional chiropractic office nor do we practice traditional chiropractic here at Spoelstra Family Chiropractic. It’s not that we think there is anything wrong with other chiropractic techniques or offices but we do have a very different approach.

We are unique from the techniques we use to the atmosphere of our office and people recognize that when they walk through the door. It is our purpose to provide clinical excellence with the latest technology, in a loving, caring, fun and safe atmosphere for the entire family.

At Spoelstra Family Chiropractic, our primary focus is an area of chiropractic known as Neuro-Structural Correction. The vast majority of cases that make their way into our office involve significant Neuro-Structural shifts of one or more spinal segments. These Neuro-Structural shifts are the primary condition that will ultimately reveal themselves as “symptoms” –or what Neuro-Structural Doctors refer to as Secondary Conditions. These are things such as chronic pain, headaches, ear infections, chronic constipation or developmental challenges.

The goal is correction of these shifts. To accomplish this, our process involves the use of multiple structural adjusting techniques and instruments combined with Neuro-Structural rehabilitation. The result is improvement or correction of Neuro-Stuctural shifts and commonly elimination or decreased secondary conditions. For more information check it out at www.cdahealth.com.

Running Strong

Running Strong

Running Strong

 

While I was driving around town this weekend, I noticed more and more runners are pounding the pavement while the summer heat slowly dwindles away. As fall moves in, it is time for our local athletes to lace up their shoes and head out to enjoy a much cooler workout. While our afternoons still tip the scales above 80 degrees, our mornings and evenings are providing an important respite to those looking to enhance their health, through running.

With this influx of runners, I thought it important to mention an article I recently read on PlanetChiropractic.com. The article points out a number of facts about long distance running and chiropractic care. The most important of those facts are as follows:

“An informal survey of Olympic athletes showed doctors of chiropractic to be the most popular of all health care providers. These super performers know that part of training ‘smart’ means maintaining an alignment that is absolutely necessary for high performance. There is a growing body of scientific research that proves chiropractic helps athletic agility, balance, reaction time and power.”

“Runners stand to benefit the most from chiropractic because of the grueling nature of the sport and its potentially detrimental affects on the joints of the foot, knees and hips. Just like tires can wear out quickly on a poorly aligned front end, the human body breaks down when it’s out of alignment. When this happens, it is called arthritis and can become permanent without care.”

Given the nature of running and the stress it places on the body, it is important to make sure that the body is given every tool available to both keep you properly aligned and ensure you can recover and heal properly before your next run. For anyone who has ever “overdone it” while trying to get back into their running regimen, you know that pain it can cause. The symptoms can continue cause you grief until you give your body proper time to recover.

Chiropractic is an important tool in making sure your body is properly aligned. With each step of your morning run, you are placing up to three times the weight of your body on your spine, hip, leg and foot.Without proper alignment, your bones and muscles may not be able to minimize the force and vibration that each step brings to your internal frame work, leaving you with soreness and possibly leading to more serious problems.

It is important to remember that our daily run is not over when we set foot back on our front porch.Well beyond the end of a run, your body is utilizing nervous system function to repair and restore the bones and muscles that were placed into action during your run. This important process can be hampered if your spinal bones are misaligned and it can place pressure on the nerves that are carrying vital messages to your body. This pressure can limit the function of those nerves traveling out of the spine from the spinal cord, reducing your ability to heal properly.

Chiropractic is a two-fold attack on problems that can develop within the body from high stress activities. Not only does it help keep us in line to reduce the problems associated with an activity such as running, but it also allows us less down time, since our body is free of hindrances that could slow down the healing process.

 

Power of Pain

The Power of Pain

Power of Pain

What is pain?

You need to ask yourself something very simple when thinking about pain. Why would your body, which keeps you alive throughout every second of the day, without so much as your brain having to form a thought about it, put you in a situation where you feel pain? You keep breathing, your heart keeps pumping, and you keep blinking your eyelids, but you never have to think about those functions. Why then would this brilliant system also bring you the pitfalls of the terrible neurological sensation known as pain?

The answer is simple. Your body is much smarter than you! While you don’t have to think to stay alive, you also do not have to think to experience pain. The same way your brain tells your eyelids to blink, to keep your eyes from drying out, it also tells your hand to retract from something hot because you are getting burned.You don’t have to form a conscious thought about it, it just happens automatically.

The same brain that keeps your heart beating, sends all sorts of information to your conscious brain. Let’s say you hurt your elbow from a fall. You are now experiencing pain and swelling. Why?

Well, the pain is there to tell you that this appendage is now injured. It does so at first with great waves of pain, but later subsides to subtle messages when you use that appendage in the wrong way. The swelling is there to stabilize the injured portion of your arm, sort of like a cast. These are the basic functions of your body doing exactly what they were made to do!

If I tell you that pain and swelling are good (to an extent), what would you say? I encourage you to really think about what your body is doing. Let’s say you get in a terrible car accident. You have massive bodily injury, but you pull yourself from the wreckage and crawl to safety. Only after the shock wears off, do you start to feel the pain of your injuries.

Again, your body, as a whole, is smarter than your conscious brain. It can delay your sensation of pain in self preservation of your life, while you crawl to safety. You may never have a conscious thought about it, but your body knows exactly what to do!

So why is it that we, as a worldly population, have decided to curse our body’s knowledge and instead, adopt a mindset of numbing ourselves of the pain? Pain is our body saying, “Houston, we have a problem”. We are saying, “Houston, we have a Tylenol”.

This is the wrong mindset to achieve health and well-being. Pain relievers act as a block in the messages reaching the brain that tell us we are experiencing the sensation of pain. Do you know what pain relievers are not doing? They are not fixing the source of the pain. Your body is working on that. By reducing your ability to feel the pain of an injury, you are not helping your body, but most likely, doing further damage.

This is why I say that pain, in a normal sense, is a good thing. It is a sign that something is wrong. Pain relievers are not going to fix that. Anti-inflammatory drugs are also not going to fix that. They are not solutions. They are only temporary relief while your body is trying to heal. It is your body that is the solution.It will always do whatever it can to keep you healthy. Your cast is not healing your broken arm; your body is fusing the bones back together! It is a facilitation in healing, not the solution.

Another good example of this bodily misunderstanding is your internal temperature. Do you try to reduce your fever when you are sick? Why? Do you know that your body increases your internal temperature to kill off bacteria and viral infections?

Those things can’t withstand the same temperature as the rest of your organs, cells and tissues, so this is yet again another sign that your body is working to heal itself. It is true, your temperature may in fact get too high, in which case you are probably experiencing an illness that your body needs help to fight, but up until that point you are just experiencing normal body function.

Reducing your body’s ability to fight normal, everyday pains is not a solution. This is the basis of chiropractic care. Chiropractic works on the fact that your body knows exactly what to do! Chiropractic adjustments help facilitate the brain to body communication, which is vital to life.

Don’t hamper your body’s ability to function and heal. Get the facts at www.CDAhealth.com, or visit us on our facebook page. You can also call 208-667-7434 for more information on how to keep your body fighting the good fight.

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Chiropractic Care for Kids

Kids and Chiropractic

Chiropractic has a simple philosophy that can save your life and make you a happier, healthier person. Many people do not understand the purpose of chiropractic and how it can benefit even the youngest of patients. That’s right; kids can derive great benefit from chiropractic care for the same reasons that adults see such amazing changes to their health. The truth of the matter is that chiropractic care is a tool to help your body do what it already does every day; keep your body healthy and functioning properly.

Chiropractic care helps restore nervous system function by seeking out subluxations in your spine. As you may already know, your spine is made up of 24 bones that house your spinal cord. You spinal cord is the bridge form your brain to the rest of the nerves that run to every cell, tissue, and organ in your body. A subluxation happens when one of your 24 spinal bones move out of place due to such things as stress, trauma, or physical exertion.

A subluxation is a serious issue that results in pressure being placed of the nerves that exit between the bones of your spine. It may not be painful or even noticeable, but it can create long term problems and cause degeneration within the bones of the spine. If you let it go long enough, the subluxation may lead to great pain as the bones in your spine are not properly aligned and will eventually create more serious health issues.

Imagine a garden hose. If you have a garden hose hooked up to a sprinkler in your yard, what happens if you go and stand on that hose? You will find that the water pressure decreases due to the interference within the hose and the sprinkler will not be spraying as much water as it was before you stood on the hose. When you step off, the flow of water is restored without restriction and the sprinkler is once again operating at its full potential.

This same phenomenon may be happening within your nervous system as you read this article. You may not be able to feel it, but a subluxation could be placing pressure on the nerves exiting your spinal cord right now and decreasing the flow of important messages making their way to your body. As you probably already know, you cannot live if your brain cannot transmit messages to your body through the nervous system. What happens, however, when restrictions from a subluxation decrease the messages?

The answer to that question is the basis of chiropractic care. As we know, subluxations can lead to a laundry list of health problems. Your body needs to be able to communicate with your brain in order to function properly. Subluxations can occur at any age and for a wide variety of reasons. Without being analyzed and adjusted by a chiropractor, these subluxations can have drastic effects on your health.

For this reason, it is important that subluxations are eliminated before they have a chance to do damage. We all have a spine, and these problems can begin from birth. While children are more resilient to these issues then adults, they are not resistant to them entirely. Eliminating subluxations in the spine before they have a chance to cause degeneration will allow a child to stop a potential problem before it starts. Most adults seek chiropractic care only after a problem becomes noticeable. At that point in time the damage has already occurred and we must play catch-up to restore proper nervous system function. For that reason, it makes sense to eliminate subluxations immediately, starting from childhood. And remember, chiropractic care is a tool to help your body stay healthy and functioning at its full potential. There is no age restriction on subluxations and the best defense is a good offense.

18 hole health tips

18 Hole Health Tips

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It is that time of the year again. Time to dust off your clubs, dig out your golf shoes, and hope your score card looks as good as the last one you filled out last Fall. This year, maybe you are hoping to knock a couple of strokes off your handicap or finally sink the putt that beats your boss for the first time.

As you prepare yourself for another season out on the links, I ask that you think about your long term health and the outlook that better health and wellness could be your ticket to a lower score this year. It is for this reason that we should examine the relationship between your local Chiropractor and your birdie attempt on the back nine.

As Tiger Woods has said, ““…lifting weights and seeing a chiropractor on a regular basis has made me a better golfer. I’ve been going to Chiropractors for as long as I can remember. It’s as important to my training as practicing my swing.” It is also important to remember that we are speaking of one of the most legendary golfers in history, capable of picking any type of health care on the planet. So, why choose chiropractic?

The answer is simple, greater performance and coordination by allowing the nervous system to function as it is supposed to function. The philosophy of chiropractic is simple, but you must possess the knowledge of how the body functions before you can truly appreciate the benefit to your overall health and wellness.

As you may very well already know, the spine serves to protect your spinal cord and is made up of 24 bones called vertebrae. The spinal cord transmits vital electrical messages from the brain, through the spinal cord, and out to all the tissues, organs, and cells of the body. This process also happens in reverse, and important messages follow these nerve pathways back to the brain. The main purpose of this nervous system is to coordinate all activity in the body. Without these important messages making there way from body to brain, you could not function.

When we look at the bones of the spine, each spinal bone has small holes where nerves enter and exit from the spinal cord. When these bones are out of place, called a subluxation, pressure can be placed on the nerves entering and exiting those holes. This pressure on the nerves can interrupt the vital messages that are being transferred to and from the brain, decreasing function in the body and leading to all sorts of health problems.

The entire purpose of chiropractic care is to analyze and correct these subluxations that can take place in the spine with a physical adjustment, therefore increasing overall nerve function and allowing the vital messages to travel through the nervous system. Subluxations can happen in any number of ways.Whether it is stress at work, physical exertion, or a spinal trauma, subluxations decrease the brains ability to receive messages and communicate to the body.

Given that a golf stroke is a very foreign movement for the body to make, especially in a consistent manner as presented in a round of golf, the simple stress of swinging a club can lead to subluxations as the body attempts to compensate for your activity. Once you become subluxated, the nervous system can no longer function at its peak level if pressure is being placed on your nerves, creating inconsistencies in motor function and coordination.

This is where your chiropractor steps in to assess and alleviate subluxations in your spine that may hold you back from your optimal performance level. By adjusting the segments of bone in your spine that are creating difficulties within the nervous system, a chiropractor can make sure that those important nerve messages are making it to your body unhindered.

So the next time you top a normally easy shot, fail to bring your hands through your stroke, or send your ball two fairways over, it may be time to ask yourself if chiropractic may help your game this season!

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What Is Pain?

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It is important to remember a simple, but honest truth about pain. Pain is the body’s way of telling the brain that something is wrong. This truth holds true with other phenomenon such as swelling. Pain and swelling are the natural ways in which our body controls our use of specific parts in order for healing to occur.

Think about it. If you sprain your ankle and you experience pain and swelling, you are actually experiencing the healing process. The swelling controls the motion happening in the ankle, stabilizing it against movement that would otherwise prove harmful to the affected area. Pain is the body’s way of telling you to stop using your ankle while it is healing. These two things together are providing you with the information that you are injured; hence, you should reduce the usage of your ankle until the pain and swelling have subsided.

Unfortunately, as a society, we are quick to mask such pain as it is a modern inconvenience to our busy lifestyles. We may take a medication to reduce the swelling and pain, but we are actually just dulling the natural healing process. If pain is a way of telling you that a body part is injured, what happens when a pill reduces our ability to feel that pain? Perhaps we will begin to use our injured ankle in a way that we are not yet ready for, ultimately disrupting the healing process? If swelling is our natural protection from harmful motion, what happens when a pill reduces that swelling?

Although uncomfortable, and sometimes debilitating, pain and swelling are useful tools utilized by the body to do something extraordinary. That extraordinary thing is healing! Not only is it healing, but healing without your input. You do not have to tell your brain to begin the healing process, as it is automatic. This process, at its core, is all controlled by the nervous system.

You have three main parts to your nervous system. They are the brain, spinal cord, and a twelve mile long system of nerves that runs to every cell, tissue, and organ in your body. These three parts play an integral role in your overall health. They control every function in your body at lightning speed and often without any thought to the matter. Things are happening within your body at every second of the day that are controlled by your nervous system. These tasks controlled by the nervous system are the essence of life. Without them, you could not function.

Chiropractic care is centered on proper nervous system function at the very root of where most problems occur, your spine. You have 24 bones that make up your spine and protect a very vital part of your nervous system, the spinal cord. Between every bone in your spine, nerves are exiting through small holes and traveling to specific areas of your body. A subluxation is a condition where one or more bones of your spine move out of place, creating pressure on the nerves and reducing their overall ability to function at a peak level.

Dr. Chung Ha Suh of the University of Colorado showed that even a small pressure (about the weight of a dime) on a nerve can reduce the function of the nerve by 60 percent and that the nerve will start to degenerate if the pressure is sustained for three hours*. If vital information for your overall body function is carried by your nervous system, what happens when a small pressure (the weight of a dime) reduces the nerves ability to carry that information by 60%? How does our body then communicate with your brain to carry out proper function?

A doctor of chiropractic is trained to analyze and adjust subluxations within your spine, restoring your nerve function and allowing your body to function at an optimal level.

Think again to the example of a sprained ankle. What if the pain and swelling occur, but in association with a subluxation affecting the ability for needed information to be transmitted to the ankle for healing? You might surmise that healing would be slower, as your nervous system is reduced in its ability to function.

Chiropractic is the key to restoring your body’s ability to function at its full potential and do what it does naturally, heal!

Simple Steps - Big Results

Simple Steps, Big Results

Is there anyone out there who doesn’t know someone who is sick, getting sick, or just recovering from being sick this month? I would guess that the answer is no.

However, there are a few simple things you can do this season to ensure your body is ready to fight the good fight against illness. After all, that is what your body is made to do!We all have the secret to health locked away inside of us. It is always there, working to protect us, but it is not always as strong as we need it to be to keep us healthy.

There are a few things you can do, starting today, to ensure you stay healthy going into the holidays. They are simple steps that we hear again and again, but we are not always listening or willing to take the initiative to protect ourselves.

First, listen to your body! Do you feel drained? Are you waking up feeling like all you want to do is go back to sleep? Are you stressed out, staying up too late, getting too little rest, or just ignoring the signs that your body is succumbing to illness?

Sleep is paramount in ensuring that your body has adequate time to recover and heal.Think about a time when you were sick. I would bet that you just curled up somewhere with a blanket feeling miserable and let your body drift in and out of consciousness. Ask yourself, “Why did I wait until I was sick to get the rest my body needed to heal?”

We have all found ourselves in this position, but wouldn’t it make more sense to listen ahead of time and get an appropriate night’s rest before we fall ill? It is one of the easiest things we can do to make sure we stay healthy.

Another simple step is proper hydration. This means drinking water. Soda and coffee are not a suitable replacement for water. Our bodies operate more efficiently when they have the necessary hydration to do so.

How about diet? Most people probably do not make it through a single day without thinking about the foods that they are putting into their bodies. These foods require the body to initiate digestion. Simple, healthy foods are much easier for your body to break down and digest. Complex fats and carbohydrates take an extra effort to process, leaving your body with a much heavier workload.

If you put lack of sleep, improper hydration, and an unhealthy diet all together, day after day, you are reducing your body’s ability to function at an optimal level and you are creating a recipe for illness. By simply concentrating on the basics of a healthy body and immune system, you will experience a much greater supply of energy and you may not find yourself curled up under your blankets wishing you could just feel better.

There is another simple step you should also greatly consider this season, and that is chiropractic. Chiropractic is proven to boost your body’s immune system. Chiropractic concentrates on your nervous system which transmits all the important neurological messages to every cell, organ, and tissue in your body. These messages, especially in regards to illness, are the directions laid out by your brain to make sure everything is in working order within your body. These messages are happening every second of the day and without them you could not function.

Chiropractic removes hindrances to your nervous system function by correcting misalignments in your spine that restrict important nervous system messages traveling through your body. The philosophy is simple; without proper nervous system function, your body cannot receive all the important directions to keep you well.

This season, do your body a favor and help maintain the proper internal environment that allows your body to heal. Sleep, proper diet, hydration, and chiropractic care will be more beneficial then any medicine on the market.