Ever heard of vagal tone? This is the health of one of your cranial nerves that counteracts the fight and flight function in your body by stimulating a relaxation response.
It’s super important especially in pregnancy! The vagal tone of your baby matures at the end of the 2nd and beginning of the 3rd trimester. Research shows that minimizing stress during this time will affect the baby for the rest of their lives!!
If maternal stress is high or out of control, babies will be more likely to be colicky, hard to console, constipated, and prone to early infections.
Guess what chiropractic does? Modulates the vagal tone! This allows mom to be less stressed overall or at least manage stressful situations more easily. This is just one of the reasons why Chiropractic care during pregnancy is so vital for the health of mom and the baby.
Peace, Love & Wellness
Did you know that the foundation of health for the lifetime of a baby depends on the stressors of the parents during preconception? In a study that evaluated babies (from conception to up to 2 years post) during a disaster ie war or natural disaster, offspring were more prone to anxiety, depression and neurodevelopment issues.
Chiropractic care is vital in helping to mitigate stress on the nervous system. The adjustment helps to keep the relationship between the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system healthy. This allows for mom to process and adapt to her stressors leading to a healthier, happier pregnancy and baby!
Peace, Love & Wellness
What's in your cup? Yogurt is full of probiotics, proteins, and healthy fats... when you make it yourself. Unfortunately, store bought yogurts can be full of all sorts of other crap too. Bypass that mess and opt to make your own. You don't need any expensive starters or machines!
This recipe can be used with raw milk, or with store bought.
If you don't have an InstantPot, you can make your yogurt in a glass mason jar in your crock pot. Use a towel for insulation and monitor the temperature. If your milk gets too hot you'll make cheese!
Let’s bust a big myth about Chiropractic care. Once you start you have to keep going…forever. Dun Dun dunnnn. (that’s my attempt at menacing music in word form ;)
We have 3 types of clients who come into the office.
The first type are the ones looking for pain relief. They want their issue taken care of as fast as possible, and then they stop care and go on with their lives. Nothing about this type of client has them coming forever.
The second type of client is looking to get more to the root cause of why their issue is there and want to stabilize the changes that are made through their care. Once this happens, they go back to their lives. Again, there is no mention of forever care.
The third type of client values the role their visits play in keeping them healthy. They continue their care on a frequency that complements their lifestyle for as long as it makes sense for them. That could be years or it could be a lifetime, but it’s always their choice.
Each type of client is utilizing chiropractic care in a way that is congruent with their values and beliefs. Will the changes that are made to the nervous system last forever? No. Our bodies have what’s called neuroplasticity. This is a big fancy word that means they change, adapt and evolve in response to their stressors. So if client number 1 (the one looking for pain relief only) has their pain resolved, but doesn’t change anything in their life about why the pain started in the first place, it’s natural for the body to return back to that place because the stressors are the same.
Symptoms are your body's way of telling you that something isn’t working and change is needed. We get to choose what the change will be and how long we stick with it. Nobody can do it for you or give it to you. Not even your chiropractor.
Peace, Love & Wellness
“At least people know what you do…” This was said to me by a physical therapist last week. It was amusing to me, that she thought everyone knew what Chiropractic was and how it’s integral in our health.
The consensus of people walking through our doors and when talking with people on the street, understand that Chiropractors work with the spine. Mostly, for putting it ‘back in when it goes out’. What this actually means is still a mystery to me!
Chiropractic is concerned with the function of the nervous system. Is the brain and the body communicating efficiently? Is the function of the body working as closely to its natural state of health, healing and vitality as possible?
Chiropractors access the nervous system through the spine. This is the protective covering of the nervous system. A healthy spine contributes to a healthy nervous system, which defines the health of the human.
People who understand and value true health, choose vitalistic Chiropractors to be on their health team.
Peace, Love & Wellness
Methylcellulose? Do you even know what that is? I didn’t. Until I looked it up. It’s wood.
WHY IS THERE WOOD PULP IN YOUR VITAMINS?
Just like everything else you put into your body, the quality of your supplements matters. Are the ingredients in poor quality supplements causing joint inflammation? Or maybe they’re upsetting your stomach. In either case, the negatives definitely outweigh any good the supplements may be doing.
In the office we only carry practitioner grade supplements. No weird ingredients. Just high quality products made with the best ingredients possible.
Seeking Health, one of our favorite brands, is formulated by a physician. Dr Ben Lynch is a leader in the industry when it comes to Methylation and Nutrigenomics. The ingredients are all independently verified for quality and potency. Yes, they may be a little spendier than the ones on the shelf at the drug store. But when you take quality supplements, you don’t need to take as much, and sometimes you don’t have to take them for as long.
The second thing to consider with your supplements is the form of the individual vitamins or minerals. Certain types are more bioavailable and readily absorbed than others. For example, your B Vitamins should all be methylated. It’s the one time meth is a good thing ;)
If you want us to take a look at your current vitamins, or recommend a brand, reach out! We are always happy to help you on your wellness journey.
Biophysicists in Russian pioneered the identification of specific frequencies in
the human body and amassed a database of more than 120,000 different
frequencies. These frequencies are the same in every person.
Medical researchers in Germany found that the health of an organ, tissue,
system or cell structure within the body can be determined by passing micro
current frequencies through the body and measuring the current’s resistance.
The AO Scan identifies specific frequencies in the human body to identify
the root cause of symptoms. This type of insight can be a valuable tool to
assist your body while it is healing and maintaining health.
The scanner transmits a specific signal from the brain through a pair of
small transducers placed in the front of each ear into the Neuro Linear
System. This is what enables the brain to identify which part of the body is
This process receives from the brain the resonating frequency of the part of
the body that was selected and is then compared to a known homeostatic
frequency that the selected organ, tissue, etc. should be vibrating at if
healthy. Then it compares the two frequencies, calculates how close they are
to each other, and assigns a number from 1 to 9, with 5 being in perfect
harmony and higher or lower than 5 indicating either stress or under
Through the transducer headset, Sympathetic Vibrations are sent back into
the body to encourage the organ, tissue, etc. that is not within their
homeostatic range to move back towards the ideal range.
Each scan appointment will give you an assessment and correction to
systems out of harmony!
If you would like to try out the scanning for yourself, call or text the office at 406-549-8969 to get on the schedule!
When we are struggling with our health, it can be hard to see the bigger picture. We want the symptom dealt with NOW. I mean it’s uncomfortable when things are working inefficiently in our bodies.
For example, let's take a look at antidepressants. The data we have ends in 2018, however the amount of the U.S population taking antidepressants was 13.2%. I would guess that it’s increased a LOT over the last couple of years! The goal of antidepressants is to stop people feeling depressed. I have never taken them, but would also guess that they work fairly well. When taking the drug, no more depression. Problem solved… right?
Except, the depression isn’t caused by a lack of antidepressant medication in your system, so instead of solving the problem, they’ve hidden the warning system in the body that something isn’t right. It would be like seeing the check engine in your car come and instead of figuring out why, you cover it up with a piece of paper. Problem not solved.. But it’s covered up for now.
Whenever we choose to cover symptoms with some form of therapy or remedy, the dysfunction that caused the symptom isn’t resolved. We’ve just stopped it bothering us and inconveniencing our lives.
Instead might I suggest, looking for the root cause of why your symptom is there. Focusing on supporting your body and it’s natural ability to heal through nutrition, movement, clear neurology, clear mind, sleep, hydration, purpose, love, joy etc.
Chiropractic is one piece of this support system. By supporting your body's ability to adapt to life and allow the innate intelligence to work uninterrupted and efficiently, we see miracles happen, everyday. People who have insomnia start sleeping, people who are constipated start pooping, people who are always sick go months without catching even the smallest cold. They are more resilient, more adaptable, more connected because their nervous system is allowing their body to work as intended!
This isn’t to say we should never ever cover up a symptom again. There is a time and a place for medication, but what if we stopped starting there and instead gave our body some credit for the amazing being it is?
Peace, Love & Wellness,
What is an OXYMEL?
Oxymels are a delicious way to add the power of herbs to your every day life.
Unlike tinctures which are typically made with everclear or a similar high proof alcohol, oxymels are alcohol free and safe for just about everyone.
Dried or fresh herbs can be used for the infusion. The bulk section and produce section at your local market will be a great resource for out of season, or locally unavailable herbs, spices, and plants.
Drop a comment below if you have a recipe you love, or are looking for some assistance with your herb combos!
In health and wellness,
Have you ever heard someone say, ‘kids are so resilient’? I know that I have, and I truly believe that it’s true. Kids are resilient, they take what comes their way and carry on, but should they be?
To me that is the follow up to kids are so resilient, but should they be? It’s estimated that 41.4 million adults utilized mental health therapy in the year 2020. That number has continued to rise each year.
Therapy in and of itself isn’t a bad thing, and quite possibly everyone can benefit from therapy in some manner. But, what if piling more onto our kids is actually the catalyst for unwell adults?
A healthy adult starts with healthy kids. We don’t need to test how resilient they are, that is their nature. We are adaptable by design. An overwhelmed system will always resort to warning signals getting your attention through the form of symptoms.
Nurturing and supporting our growing children instead of suppressing symptoms will go a long way to raising healthy well adjusted adults. Chiropractic care is one way (the BEST way in my opinion) to support a growing and developing nervous system.
Peace, Love & Wellness