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The Spinechecker’s Stance on Headstand

A chiropractor’s viewpoint on the health of Headstand for the spine. If you love to practice yoga you may desire to watch this short video. It could change your life…and the life force that flows through your body.

If you practice yoga in Los Angeles, Venice, Santa Monica, or in the nearby vicinity, come and get your spine checked at The Life Center. Your yoga practice won’t be sorry.

 

Kids Need Chiropractic Too!

Some of the most rewarding moments I’ve had in practice have occurred while taking care of children and especially newborns. I gotta tell you, the birth process is intense! The journey of the new baby  from a luxurious five star uterus into a stressful gravity based word places a tremendous and amazing toll on its spine. Especially at the top part of the neck where the brain and spinal cord come together.

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that this area is supremely important in growth and development. That’s why it is essential to make sure your baby is “clear of interference” at this level for proper communication between the brain and body. If there is a subluxation at this level, LIFE cannot flow freely.

That’s why I’ve included a research  article from one of my pediatric instructions, Dr. Peter Fysh. I expect you will see the value of chiropractic care for your kids!

P.S.

That’s my little baby niece, Phoebe,  getting her atlas, the  upper most bone in the spine,  adjusted!

Suboccipital Strain in Newborns

By Peter Fysh, DC
The upper cervical spine and atlanto-occipital junction have been identified in previous studies as being the cause of a diversity of clinical findings affecting the newborn infant. This month we review a study by Biedermann in which suboccipital strain is identified as causing a variety of signs and symptoms in a group of 114 young infants.

The study, published in the Journal of Manual Medicine, not only identifies the signs and symptoms of the suboccipital strain syndrome, but also highlights the effectiveness of spinal adjustments in correcting the problem.1

Kinematic imbalances due to suboccipital strain, otherwise known as KISS syndrome, identifies the pathogenic potential of the craniovertebral junction to produce a constellation of clinical findings. From a group of 600 children, 114 were chosen for treatment and follow-up study. Their symptoms included restricted motion of the cervical spine, torticollis, cervical scoliosis, facial scoliosis, asymmetric muscle tone, retarded development of the hip joints, opisthotonos (retraction of the head and arching of the back, with infant unable to hold the head erect), deformities of the feet, restless sleep, and not eating or drinking well.

The most common findings were those of torticollis (head tilted to one side), scoliosis (sideways curve of the cervical spine), asymmetric muscle development, slow development of the hip joints and asymmetrical or slow development of motor skills.

The most common factors causing suboccipital strain were identified in the study as including intrauterine malposition of the fetus, the use of forceps or vacuum extraction during the birth process, prolonged labor and multiple fetuses (twins, triplets, etc.). The incidence of these risk factors in affected infants varied significantly from the established normal birth statistics.

According to the authors of this study, the pathogenic importance of asymmetric posture in infants and young children is often disregarded, with the condition either being dismissed as unimportant or not recognized at all.

All of the subjects in the study were …

The Chiropractic Hoopster

Easy exercise to lubricate your spine and free up your LIFE force.…

New Olympic Sport- The Baby Carrier Deadlift

How to effectively lift your baby carrier with proper form to prevent injury. A great way to cross train.

Video by Los Angeles Chiropractor, Dr. Jeremy Brook.
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The Spinechecker Becomes Webster Technique Certified

Chiropractic in Pregnancy for Safer Births

This past April I began my training with the ICPA, International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, by becoming certified with the Webster Technique. Check out what Dr. Jeanne Ohm has to say about it!

The Webster Technique: A Technique for Pregnant Women

Written by Jeanne Ohm, D.C.

You have seen the Webster Technique — that chiropractic technique to help pregnant mothers with breech babies — featured on The Learning Channel’s hit series “A Baby Story.” You have read about it in Mothering magazine and Midwifery Today. You have seen it on the Internet. You have heard it talked about by birthing professionals. Perhaps potential patients have asked you about it. But what is it?

The Webster Technique, discovered by Dr. Larry Webster, founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), is a specific chiropractic adjustment for pregnant mothers. It is a chiropractic technique designed to relieve the causes of intrauterine constraint.

Formerly known as Webster’s “In-Utero Constraint Technique” or “Webster’s Breech Turning Technique,” the Webster Technique was developed by Dr. Webster in 1978. For over 20 years, it has been highly successful in relieving intrauterine constraint and allowing babies to get into the best possible position for birth.

What is intrauterine constraint? Intrauterine constraint is defined as any forces external to the developing fetus that obstructs the normal movement of the fetus. Intrauterine constraint can prevent the developing fetus from attaining a head down vertex position and achieving a vaginal birth, resulting in cesarean section delivery. Today, nearly 13% of all cesarean deliveries performed are due to breech presentation.

In 1985, the World Health Organization (WHO) proposed 15% as the highest acceptable limit for cesarean section rates. This figure was based on the cesarean section rates of countries with the lowest perinatal mortality rates in the world. In 1991, the figure was adopted as a goal for the year 2000 by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

Currently, approximately 4.6 % of all singleton pregnancies develop into breech presentation and the incidence of perinatal mortality with breech presentation is approximately four times that of a vertex presentation. While many infants in breech presentation before 34 weeks will convert spontaneously to a cephalic presentation, few will do so afterward.

Decreasing the number of caesareans for breech presentation has been offered as a strategy to reach the Healthy People 2000 goal of 15% cesarean section rate. The importance of preventing intrauterine constraint and subsequent cesarean section delivery is apparent, considering in the United States approximately 22% of all births were cesarean section deliveries. In Canada the incidence of cesarean section ranges from 15%-22%, depending on the province. The Webster Technique is a chiropractic means of decreasing the number of cesareans for breech presentation.

Performance of the Webster Technique involves analysis of the relationship of the bones of the pelvis, and correction of aberrant biomechanics through the use of a light force chiropractic adjustment of the sacrum (Step 1). It also involves analysis and relief of …

University of California at Irvine Study Demonstrates the Benefits of Chiropractic

A recent retrospective study of 2,818 patients in the USA and worldwide demonstrates that Chiropractic is associated with statistically significant, profound, and consistent improvement in self reported health and wellness issues (provided below). A demographic analysis of the retrospective study (conducted between November, 1994 and April, 1995) demonstrates that Chiropractic targets highly motivated individuals interested in alternative and complimentary care, and vitalistic or holistic care.

Less Stress relative to emotional well being, health, general well being, coping with daily problems, family, significant relationships, work

More Life Enjoyment

openness to guidance by inner feelings, experience of relaxation, well being,  positive feelings about self, interest in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, feeling open when relating to others, confidence in dealing with adversity, compassion for others

Improved Physical Well Being

Improved flexibility of the spine, more energy, less fatigue, fewer colds and flu, fewer headaches, and reduced pain

Greater Emotional and Psychological Well Being

positive feelings about self, decreased moodiness, temper, angry outbursts, less depression, more interest in life, fewer concerns about small things, improved ability to think and concentrate, less anxiety and concern over vague fears,  improved ability to stay on task, less distress about physical pain

Spontaneous Positive Life Style Changes

regular exercise, Tai Chi/Yoga, meditation/self hypnosis, health foods/vitamins,  vegetarian/partial vegetarian, less use of prescription medications

Overall Improvement in Quality of Life

improvement relative to: personal life, oneself, extent one adapts to change, handling of problems in life, actual life accomplishments, life as a whole, overall contentment with life, significant other,  job, life being what one wanted it to be, romantic life,  actual work done, co-workers, physical appearance

*Conducted within the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, College of Medicine, U. of C., Irvine, CA

*****UC Irvine is Dr. Brook’s Alma Mater*****

Yogic Anatomy


One could get buried deep in the biomechanics and neurology of the human body. Nevertheless, having a basic understanding of these two subjects can propel you to a higher level of health and connectedness.

It doesn’t matter whether you are a yogi, martial artist, pregnant woman, or athlete… you can take you life to the next level if you understand the basic elements that shape our existence. This knowledge results in less pain, fewer injuries, accelerated recovery time, and enhanced performance.

When we combine the science of the west with the philosophy of the east we get a complete person…a whole person…. not just a body, not just a mind…but a mind connected to the body through an intricate connection of nerves that are clear of interference.

What is most vital to your health and vitality is an understanding of the shape and orientation of your bones, joints, and muscles, along with the application of a holistic body-mind training program that addresses all aspects of your self.

That is why we offer workshops on yogic postures & anatomy, as well as core rehabilitative exercises, designed to improve flexibility, increase strength, and calm the nerves.

Call us or email us to find out when the next workshop is!!!…

Chiropractic Adjustment Cuts Blood Pressure

Study Finds Special ‘Atlas Adjustment’ Lowers Blood Pressure

http://www.chiroeco.com/chiropractic/news/1052/52/Study:-Atlas-adjustment-decreases-blood-pressure/

With millions of people getting amazing results and research project after research project backing the findings, Chiropractic finally gets it’s props on the #1 medical web site in the world.

Tens of millions will give this response after reading this research article, “I didn’t believe it. Chiropractic is good for the heart?” The proof, however, is in the stethoscope!!!!

Whether or not you have symptoms or a positive tests, you need to find out if your atlas is in it’s normal position before it’s too late, deadly, and in need of the medical model.

The atlas is the top bone in the spine upon which your skull rests. When you do your Funky Chicken exercises your skull glides on this bone. When you shake your head “NO” your atlas rotates on the bone below, the axis-C2.

When the atlas gets stuck it causes interference to the nervous system, specifically to your BRAIN STEM! All you have to do is do a google search on the brain stem and see how important that area is for FULL BODY FUNCTION! That is why it is vital to get adjusted and keep your joints gliding….not degenerating…thereby allowing your nervous system to function at it’s natural level.

For those under Chiropractic care ….. this is truly exciting when you realize that getting adjusted isn’t just good for your joints….it’s good for your heart..your lungs…your liver…your life! You get the point!…

Book Dr. Jeremy Brook to speak to your business, group, or organization!

Learn how to go from being tired and in pain to feeling strong and energetic.

1.         Increase your energy through the implementation of action     steps.

2.         Reduce your stress level using time-tested techniques.

3.         Motivate yourself through the creation of simple habits.

4.         Tone the body and strengthen the mind in small amounts of time.

5.         Realize the causes behind your unnecessary headaches, pain, and other symptoms.

6.         Cultivate the greatest skill and attribute for having maximum energy: flexibility.

Why would I want to have a doctor of chiropractic for my company?

Study after study is showing the benefits of chiropractic care on all levels of one’s life. If your employees’ bodies are strong and healthy then their mind will follow by being sharp and alert. The result… a productive and positive team member

Research proves that people using chiropractic care are happier, healthier and more productive.

Study after study consistently shows that people who utilize chiropractic care either exclusively or in conjunction with medical care do not get sick and injured as often, return to work faster, take less dangerous medications and costs for care are less than traditional medical care alone. This translates into more productive employees, less sick days and as your health insurance claims decrease because your employees are healthier your company’s rates decrease because of decreased utilization.

Book Dr. Jeremy Brook to give a workshop at your yoga studio!

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We look forward to connecting with you!…

What Techniques Does Dr. Brook Use?

Chiropractic Techniques Used by Dr. Brook

In order to customize the right chiropractic technique for each person I studied with several chiropractic masters. The list below is a brief explanation of the techniques I use to adjust and correct one’s subluxations.

If you have any questions about any of the techniques I use, feel free to contact me any time.

PALMER METHOD

This will involve any of a number of specific adjusting techniques, such as full spine, gonstead, & HIO, with the addition of a philosophy which emphasizes  the role of the Innate Intelligence of the body in the healing process.  It will not utilize any therapy other than hand adjustment.

THOMPSON

A specific technique for adjustment of the full spine on a special table which has a slight drop in the cushions to improve the effectiveness of the adjustment without as much force into the patient.

GONSTEAD

A specific method for full spine adjusting utilizing the use of full spine x-rays to locate spinal mis-alignments.

H.I.O. — Hole In One AKA Toggle Recoil

A specific adjustment of the upper cervical spine… the upper part of the neck, closest to the brain.This technique utilizes a side posture table with a cervical head piece which makes a slight drop when the adjustment is given.

MLS

Developed by my mentor Dr. Arno Burnier. It is an advanced technique that involves visualization, motion palpation, and advanced delicate adjusting.

MOTION ANALYSIS (PALPATION)

An examination procedure used to test the mobility of spinal joints by feeling for movement between the vertebra.

ACTIVATOR

It is a small had held impact tool in which a quick impulse is applied to correct a vertebral mis-alignment according to a set pattern.

LOGAN

A non-force technique taught by Logan Chiropractic College, which utilizes a soft steady pressure on ligaments around the tail bone for release of tension and vertebral mis-alignments in the lower back.…