Healthy Gut, Healthy Brain


As Chiropractors, we access changes and alterations in your spine and make specific gentle corrections as we find the need. Ever wonder why? Well, your spine is actually the part of your body that is protecting your spinal cord, which is a MAJOR part of your central nervous system. Think of your nervous system like your master control system of your body.

Proper functioning Nervous System = Better Overall Health and Function (which we all want right??!!)

Here at Spoelstra Family Chiropractic and Focus, we do things a little differently; our doctors utilize very specific testing and analysis to determine Nervous System compromise. In fact, what our doctors are actually looking for is something called a Neuro-Structural Shift of your spine. This is when the bones of your spine become slightly misaligned and can cause very important information traveling to and from your brain to become less efficient or interfered with. Think of this like static on the telephone line that may be causing some errors in messages being sent to and from your brain and body. We correct this with a gentle Neuro-Structural Correction to the spine, to increase the proper communication and ultimately increase the efficiency of how your body works and its overall function!!

Pretty cool right??

Well did you know that you have a second brain, another brain along with the brain in your head?

So where is this other brain?

Hidden in the walls of your gut (Digestive tract) is essentially a second brain! This second “little’ brain has been named the Enteric Nervous System (ENS). YES! Another Nervous System, much like the one we focus on as Chiropractors!

Your ENS is composed of more than 100 million nerve cells that line your gastrointestinal tract – from esophagus to rectum. The main role of this 2nd brain is to control digestion and send messages to the brain about what’s going on in the gut. We are actually learning now that the second brain plays a HUGE role in your over immune system, cognition and even hormonal system to name a few. This second brain is VERY important!

The brain in your head and the brain in your gut are always exchanging information and communicating back and forth. One way the brain communicates back to the gut is by way of the Vagus Nerve.

The Vagus Nerve is the longest nerve in your body. It runs from your brainstem down to many of your vital organs, including your stomach and intestinal tract. This nerve plays a very important role in your body’s digestion. Not only is it the longest nerve, but it is also effects both sides of your Autonomic Nervous System. Meaning it is both Sympathetic (which is you Flight or Fight mode) and Parasympathetic (which is Rest and Digest or Relaxation mode).

When the messages being sent down to the gut are in response to Sympathetic mode (Stress!), the gut reacts by slowing down digestion. Although this stress response is normal and healthy when it occurs in the short term, this can cause negative effects on the gut and digestion if the messages continue to relay Sympathetic messages over a long period of time. This is when secondary conditions can begin to emerge. Secondary conditions in the gut commonly present as poor digestion, mal absorption indigestion, irritability and gastrointestinal disorders which may include diarrhea, constipation, and stabbing, cramping, pain after eating, bloating to name a few etc. But can also present as things like anxiety, mood challenges, brain fog and even immune system weakness.

By decreasing the stress on your nervous system and vagal nerve, we can help the gut function better and decrease secondary conditions! We do this by making specific Neuro-Structural Corrections, decreasing added stress on the body and increasing communication between the body and the brain.

Unfortunately, these are common secondary conditions that many people struggle with these days. It is always a great idea to look for the root cause or primary reason for symptoms and that is why we have objective testing to measure stress on your nervous system. If this is you or someone you know feel free to schedule a time to sit down with one of our doctors to discuss possible testing to look for potential Neuro-Structural shifting of the spine that may be changing your first and second brain!

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Did You Know Stress Can Make You Sick?

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Did you know Stress can make you sick?

Did you know Neuro-Structural Correction helps your body to fight the effects of stress?

In the 1950’s, Dr. Selye studied the effects of stress on the human body to which he concluded that stress is the cause of all disease. It did not matter whether the stressor was mechanical, chemical or emotional, the body always reacted the same. This work won him the 1964 Nobel Prize!

According to Selye, the body produces an alarm reaction to any form of stress that threatens its well-being. Unless the stress is unusually strong, we are not even aware of the body’s response. This initial alarm reaction is followed by a period of adaptation and if the stress continues long enough, compensation to the stress. This process will continue until the body can no longer handle the stress and then secondary conditions begin to emerge. It is at this point that the patient usually seeks help.

In our office, common secondary conditions are:

Low back pain
Neck pain
Digestive issues
Ear infections
And many more!!

Our brand of chiropractic care is called Neuro-Structural Correction. In this, we utilize specialized tests to determine the effects of stress and your body’s response to it.

Many people think they should wait until secondary conditions emerge but what we encourage is for you to come in for a well-check to determine the effects of stress on your body before this happens.

This is how we are able to help so many children and adults live with a better expression of life.

Get checked today and with our specialized test to get a look at how your body is handling stress and avoiding disease!


Why is Chiropractic a Part of the FOCUS Program?


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 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!




Not Your Grandparent’s Chiropractic


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