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

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, 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.