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WHAT IS MUSCLE TESTING??

.We get this question often, so we hope that this blog post clarifies what muscle testing is:

Muscle Testing is another term used for kinesiology.

"Kinesiology is a holistic system of natural health care which draws on a blend of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Techniques to assess the whole body.  It uses muscle monitoring to communicate directly with the body and assess a person's response to any stimulus.  Drawing on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine kinesiology evaluates body function through the muscle-meridian relationship and establishes connections between imbalances, prioritizes them and then determines the most effective protocol."

Simply stated, the body has within it and surrounding it an electrical network or grid. If anything impacts your electrical system that does not maintain or enhance your health and your body’s balance, your muscles, when having physical pressure applied, are unable to hold their strength. (Muscle power is directly linked to the balance of the electrical system.) In other words, if pressure is applied to an individual’s extended arm while his body’s electrical system is being adversely affected, the muscles will weaken and the arm will not be able to resist the pressure. The circuits of the electrical system are overloaded or have short-circuited, causing a weakening of that system. However, if pressure is applied while his electrical system is being positively affected, the circuits remain strong, balanced and capable of fully functioning throughout the body. The muscles will remain strong, the person will easily resist and the arm will hold its position.

This electrical-muscular relationship is a natural part of the human system. It is not mystical or magical. Muscle testing is the established method for reading the body’s balance through the electrical system at any given moment, and anyone, including children, can learn how to do it.

When working in a co-creative partnership, nature answers your yes/no questions by projecting a positive energy or a negative energy—whichever is appropriate—into the electrical circuit that you have created by your fingers especially for the kinesiology testing. The "yes" or "no" that nature projects registers in this one electrical connection and not throughout your entire electrical system. The special connection created by your fingers allows you to use the kinesiology technique without adversely impacting your electrical system or your body’s balance. Only one circuit is being used, and this circuit is artificially created by you for the testing and is not a part of the normal function of the electrical system throughout your body. The answer you are able to discern through the testing is from nature. It is not an answer that has been derived by you.

Remember the overall concept behind kinesiology... what enhances our body, mind and spirit makes us strong. Together, our body, mind and spirit create an environment that, when balanced, is strong and solid. If something enters that environment and challenges the balance, the environment is weakened. That strength or weakness first registers in the electrical system, and it can be discerned through the muscle-testing technique: kinesiology.

For more information or to schedule a nutritional assessment, or a Body Code session, please call our office, or email Lisa at Lisa@livingwellspinecenter.com.

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Pediatrics

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Pediatrics

A favorite thing of mine to do on Wednesday mornings (when we typically don’t see patients) is to dive back into the research literature and today I stumbled across a gold mine for pediatric care. The study is titled, “Kinematic Imbalances Due to Suboccipital Strain in Newborns”, that was published in the Journal of Manual Medicines.

Sometimes research literature has impossibly difficult to understand titles, but this one can be broken down fairly easily.

Kinematics is motion. So here we have an imbalance in motion.

The suboccipital area is a group of muscles that begin at the base of the skull and attach into the upper neck bones or the ‘upper cervical spine’. When one of these muscles becomes strained or damaged, it alters the movement and position of the head, among many other things...

There are some basic outward signs you can look for in your own child to determine if they may be affected by this kinematic imbalance:

·         Is your child’s head consistently tilted to one side?

·         Does your child curl towards one side like a “C” when lying on their back?

·         Is there an asymmetrical muscle pattern in their glutes, face, or in the folds of their skin on their legs?

·         Once your child is old enough to stand and walk, is one shoulder lower than the other?

Who is at risk for this?

Honestly, any child who is born could be at risk for damage to this area of the body as it is widely recognized as a point of weakness for the developing fetus and newborns, however, certain things can place them at greater risk:

·         Was your child delivered by C-section?

·         Was the use of an extraction device utilized during the delivery? This could include vacuum extraction, forceps, and even manual traction to the head and neck to aid in delivery.

·         Was there multiple fetuses, as in twins, or was the child ever in a breech position?

·         Was the labor prolonged and difficult?

What can you expect to see in terms of symptoms or secondary conditions in regard to this kinematic imbalance? (This list can vary greatly and is far from being complete).

·         Chronic Ear Infections

·         Seizure activity

·         Colic

·         Bedwetting

·         Digestive issues such as reflux

·         Pathological reflexes

·         Torticollis

·         Foot deformities

·         Headaches

·         Constipation

·         Asthma

·         ADD & ADHD

·         Developmental delays

If your child or someone you know is affected by any of these conditions or is displaying outward signs of kinematic imbalance, we strongly encourage you to have them evaluated by a chiropractor who can gently correct the underlying imbalances to promote healing and development.

-In Health,

Dr. Andrew R. Burns

 

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The Many Uses of Coconut Oil!

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The Many Uses of Coconut Oil!

Many of us have heard good things about Coconut Oil! It's time we take that tub out of our pantries and put it to good use! Research on Coconut Oil has revealed health benefits, that affect your entire body, inside and out!!

COOKING & EATING:

Smoothies: Add 1 tbsp. of coconut oil into your favorite smoothie recipe and increase your energy!

Popcorn Topping: Instead of butter, melt a little coconut oil and pour it over your popped popcorn. Then sprinkle lightly with Himalayan crystal salt.

A Spoonful in Hot Tea: Allow a tsp. of coconut oil to melt and mildly flavor your next cup of hot tea. 

SKIN CARE & BEAUTY:

Facial Scrub: combine coconut oil with Himalayan crystal salt and apply to face each night.

Tanning Oil/ Moisturizer: Coconut oil is a great tanning oil and also a great moisturizer to use after you've gotten a bit too much sun.

Shaving Lotion: Great for a close shave!

OTHER USES:

Metabolism Booster: 2 tbsp. per day are proven to rev up your metabolism!

Thyroid Supporter: Regular coconut oil consumption has been shown to support healthy thyroid function.

 

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Thank Goodness For the Hallway

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Thank Goodness For the Hallway

If I were today’s 4th grader, I’d be the poster boy for Ritalin, or any other of the psychotropic drugs being used to manage behavior. You see, apparently the hallway or the corner or parental pressure just doesn’t work anymore. Parents, teachers and school systems have resorted to ignoring their own advice, “Say No To Drugs” and are calling out the heavy artillery. 

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Intelligence Rules

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Intelligence Rules

Have you ever noticed that birds have no problem knowing which way is south for the winter? Apple seeds, given the right conditions, always turn into apple trees. And for some reason, the seasons always cycle in predictable order. Winter will surely follow autumn, again.

 

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