Monday, June 27, 2016

Reading in Bed

Patients often tell me how they habitually read in bed, propped up on pillows behind their back, neck, or head. These patients are often plagued with chronic neck or back discomfort, exhibit poor posture, have headaches, and have pain or paresthesias in their arms or hands. Frankly, it is almost impossible to healthfully position oneself for any amount of time by propping up on pillows and sitting or partially reclining this way in bed. It just doesn’t work, doesn’t give healthy support for the back, the spine, the neck, or the shoulders. It’s much better to enjoy reading elsewhere, but if you must read in bed, lie on your side and support your book on a pillow adjacent to the one supporting your head. 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Aberrant Cranial Rhythms

The bones in our head have very subtle rhythmical motions, that are not synchronized with our heartbeat or breathing. They are associated, however, with the circulation of the cerebrospinal fluid, the fluid that that bathes our brain and our spinal cord.
The rhythms can become aberrant, or abnormal, if they get “stuck” or out of their normal pattern. Balancing, or correcting, the aberrance can relieve headaches, vertigo, tension in the jaw or face, and patients report partial relief of sinus congestion. I have had patients tell me that they had felt “out of sorts” or irritable, before receiving cranial balancing, but felt relieved and better afterward.
       Cranial balancing is part of every patient's full-body balancing in my practice.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Yoga for Scoliosis

There is a special method of yoga which is designed to help people who have scoliosis. It was developed by a yoga teacher who, herself, has a quite severe scoliotic curve in her spine. She came up with this special yoga to help herself have better posture and less pain from the curve in her back. Now she teaches this method to individuals, and to other yoga instructors. You can learn more about it at

Monday, June 6, 2016

Sore Shoulder

Pain in the front of the upper arm with certain movements, coupled with soreness to pressure, may be an inflamed bicipital tendon; aka bicipital tendonitis; or tenosynovitis, which is inflammation of the tendon sheath. The tendon may be under abnormal stress where it lies in a groove on the front of the humerus (bone of the upper arm), due to abnormal internal or external rotation of the humerus. With Activator Chiropractic Technique, I check alignment of the humerus and precisely correct it as needed. Follow up home care is prescribed to address residual inflammation.