Kinesiology & Muscle Testing - Chiropractic Adjustments
Muscle Testing and Kinesiology is a branch of chiropractic that utilizes the connection between the brain and various parts of your body to determine where the best place to adjust is. For example, the deltoid muscle raises the arm to the side. If there is a weakness to resistance, we can trace the nerve back to the spine that supplies the deltoid and adjust that segment. There are two reasons why this is beneficial. First, we have a way to find disruptions in the nerve flow, leading to a more specific and gentle adjustment. Secondly, we have a physical test that we can check after the adjustment to see if there was benefit.
Custom Built Foot Orthotics
“If you have feet, then you have a problem.”
Unfortunately, the ankles are one of the weakest parts of the human frame and one of the most highly used. As we age, due to genetically loose ligaments, or during pregnancy due to the hormone relaxin, the ligaments in our feet and ankles tend to stretch and the arch of the foot falls inward. This is known as pronation. Foot orthotics, also known as shoe inserts or arch supports, help correct improper foot biomechanics as we walk. Improper biomechanics of the feet can cause issues all the way up the chain of movement—not only ankles, but knees, hips, low back, all the way up to the neck. Many patients come to the office with neck and shoulder pain that is alleviated by placing custom built foot orthotics in their shoes. Evaluating the need for foot orthotics is a simple process and can be performed in office in a matter of minutes. The most important difference from our inserts is their immediate comfort, because they are built specifically for you.
“Dr. Jessica is an extremely competent and caring healer. As an older adult, I can get aches and pains from over exertion - or just leaning down to pull a weed! Using kinesiology (muscle testing), Dr. Jessica knows exactly what needs to be adjusted. She provides specific, specialized care - not the same old adjustment on every visit. Her adjustments are gentle, yet effective….My husband and I have spent thousands of dollars on other chiropractors. Not anymore!
Dr. Jessica is the real thing! No more pain and suffering! Go see her - you'll be glad you did!'“
-Lisa & David
Functional Medicine Blood Work Analysis
“My doctor says my blood work looks normal, but I know something is wrong”
Unfortunately “normal'“ ranges of blood work are based on the general population, and getting wider and more skewed as the population becomes more and more unhealthy. Functional blood work analysis looks at the middle third of the “normal” range. This is basing the analysis on “optimal” health rather than “not sick.”
Below are some of the key features that set us apart from others:
• Individualized supplement recommendations & dosages
• Correlation of drug side effects with patient test finding
• Compare color-coded current and previous test results on the same page
We utilize the functional analysis as well as muscle testing to create a fully customized program made specifically for you.
Professional Grade Supplements
Not all supplements are created equal. Unfortunately, there are no pre-regulations for supplements and the FDA only investigates a supplement after there is a complaint. There has been studies done on some of the major over the counter supplement brands and there was fond to be very little if none of the ingredients listed on the label. That is why professional grade supplements are so important. There is third party testing performed on each of these supplements to ensure the content and quality. If you are going to spend money on supplements, make sure you are getting what you pay for. There is a variety of high quality professional supplements provided in the office including Designs for Health, Xymogen, Ortho Molecular, and Biotics Research to name a few. These are all available on our Fullscript Online Store.
Candida Kill Protocol
In the gut there are over 10 trillion bacteria and microbes that form the gut flora. These little bugs have evolved with humans over the millennia and are essential to the function of the human gut for digestion as well as vitamin production. We need them as much as they need us. Candida albicans is the most common form of yeast living in the human body and under normal circumstances is a healthy, symbiotic microbe. However, through several habits of the modernized world, such as excessive antibiotic use and overconsumption of carbohydrates, the once normal relationship is now skewed. Basically a broad spectrum anti-biotic will kill all bacteria in the gut, good and bad, and leaves a lot of open room for other microbes to grow. Candida is technically a fungus and therefore doesn’t have the same cell structure as bacteria and is not affected by antibiotics. With all of that room and resource, yeast grows unchecked.
Many Americans are functioning with these gut infections and have no idea. Because of the nature of yeast living in the gut lining, it creates a condition called ‘leaky gut,’ which leads to inflammation of the system and can present itself as many symptoms.
These symptoms include:
skin rashes and acne
many other symptoms that don’t seem to “make sense”
Here at Renew Health and Wellness there is a protocol for eliminating the yeast and preventing the overgrowth from occurring again and truly help restore the health of the patient.
Watch this informational video to learn more about why and how this infection could be effecting you.
“What a breath of fresh air! Dr. Fish is compassionate, nurturing and extremely knowledgeable. I absolutely love her unique technique and she's beyond personable too! She helped me identify and treat a horrible case of candida (yeast that overtakes your system, causing inflammation, weight gain and more) that I suffered with for over a decade. Oh, did I mention it only took 2 weeks. She's super intuitive and skilled at healing both the mind and body. There aren't enough adjectives to describe how elated I am to have found Renew Health & Wellness. I can't imagine using anyone else. #blessed”
“Our Biography Affects our Biology.”
You can’t separate your mind from your body. No matter what, negative emotions and stress will affect your physical health. Emotions can get “stuck” in your body like a bug going through a screen. Methods such as muscle testing and body reflex points are used to locate and release unhealthy emotions “lodged” in the body. Just as tears help to release negative chemicals in the body and make us feel better emotionally, N.E.T can do the same for our physical wellness.
“Dr. Jessica is incredible. Her treatments combine physical and emotional wellness techniques to create whole body healing, and her demeanor is calm, professional and good-natured. 6 stars!”
Chiropractic care during pregnancy helps women stay as healthy as possible and has been shown to be a safe and effective treatment for bodily pain throughout pregnancy. However, the most important aspect of getting checked regularly by a chiropractor during pregnancy is to ensure the pelvis is sitting correctly and allows optimal room for the baby to grow and move.
Dr. Jessica is certified in Webster Technique which is a pregnancy specific chiropractic technique that addresses the unique challenges seen during the process of bringing life into this world- from conception until the 4th Trimester.
A well functioning nervous system (AKA getting adjusted regularly during pregnancy) can prevent:
-Mid-back pain due to increased breast size that is associated with shortness of breath, nausea, morning sickness and heartburn.
-Lower back pain due to decreased flexibility is associated with constipation, frequent urination, sciatica, and hemorrhoids.
-Pelvic pain due to the hormone Relaxin—allowing the pelvis to shift and open in preparation for childbirth—and is associated with pubic symphysis pain.
Studies have shown that over 50% of all women complain of low back pain during pregnancy (1) and chiropractic has been shown to be safe for both mom and baby. Regular adjustments during pregnancy has been shown to decrease the need for pain-killers during delivery by 50%, decrease labor time in new mothers by 24%, and a reduction in labor time for experienced mothers by 39%!
Well Adjusted Babies by Dr. Jennifer Barham-Floreani
Pregnancy and Emotions
In addition to physical adjustments, we also address the emotional health of mom-to-be. There are many emotional issues when preparing for birth such as:
fears of the child’s safety once outside of the womb
the effects of mom’s body “not being her own”
fears of the pain associated with birth
and many others
Emotional issues that are not dealt with can manifest physically as pain. These “emotional blockages” can show up as neck and shoulder pain, low back pain, or pelvic pain. Dr. Jessica performs a gentle, non-invasive technique called Neuro-Emotional Technique, where she “asks” the body what the issue is and how to resolve it, many times resulting in decreased pain
Chiropractic care is a safe, natural, and economical way to ensure the expectant mother and baby have the best possible birth.
“Jessica is AMAZING!…I’m 38 weeks pregnant and was experiencing some pain in my back and ribs and just was not comfortable at all! Not only did she do some energy work on me, but used some Webster techniques as well, and I walked out feeling incredible. For the first time in a long time I didn’t feel any pain or discomfort, was able to sleep well and felt totally revived and energized (something that is hard to do at 38 weeks!). I highly suggest her – feeling great!”
Chiropractic care is great for mom and new baby after birth. It is amazing for helping your newborn cope with birth trauma, assisting with sleep, suckling, colic, constipation, and ear infections, and is proven safe and gentle. The average pressure of a infant adjustment is about 10mmHg (about the weight of a dime), only takes a few moments to perform, and is safe to perform immediately after birth.
However, it is also important for moms to get post-birth care as well. This is due to the amount of trauma mom’s body went through as well during the birth, but there are after effects that last much longer than stitches.
As well as the dreaded “Adorning Mother Syndrome,” where breast feeding and constant bending forward to take care of baby create biomechanic issues that results in neck pain, headaches, numbness in the hands and arms, and other problems.
Emotional issues that are not dealt with can manifest physically as pain. These “emotional blockages” can show up as neck and shoulder pain, low back pain, or pelvic pain. Neuro-Emotional Technique “asks” the body what the issue is and how to resolve it, many times resulting in decreased pain.
Another effect of childbirth is the hormone Relaxin, which “loosens” ligaments and allows the pelvis to open for baby’s arrival,. This hormone lasts in mom’s system for up to a year after baby is born. That means that for a year after birth, mom’s have a potential to fall out of alignment much more easily than before pregnancy.
Some of the more common symptoms associated with Relaxin remaining in the system are:
-Painful Breathing (Due to a rib being misaligned)
-Low Back Pain
-Neck and Shoulder Pain (Due to breastfeeding posture)
-Pubis Symphysis Misalignment- sharp pain on the pubic bone
Getting adjusted during this time period is very important, to ensure that when things “come back together” (AKA when the Relaxin does wear off), the joints realign correctly and do not create painful misalignments that are very difficult to correct. This is the story of one of the patients in the office that experienced this situation:
“I had pelvic pain unexplained by 5… Yes FIVE different doctors since I delivered my daughter, which is 3 years! Three full years I have been suffering with awful pelvic pain that was exercise induced…Then perhaps the best thing I could have ever done for myself was to meet this woman. I had seen my OB, physical therapist, primary care doctor and 2 other chiropractors. No one could figure out the painLet me say again she listened to my whole story…She listened to me cry, made me feel comfortable, made me laugh! Gave me strength…She figured me out and freaking fixed me! I have had zero pain since that day! I hiked for hours! Hours carrying my kids…Not just a casual walk that ends in pain…Again, if you have had unresolved issues with your body, see this woman!”