21. May 2021
Did you know that May is Mouth Breathing Awareness month? Mouth breathing can lead to a slew of health problems because it bypasses the filtration system of the nose. It can lead to health issues such as chronic bad breath, periodontal disease, cavities, gastrointestinal issues, allergies and even more serious disorders like poor jaw and facial development and sleep disordered breathing, such as sleep apnea. In children, mouth breathing significantly impacts the way the skull, brain, face, and...
19. April 2021
There is nothing quite as eye opening as that morning cup of coffee. Whether you are enjoying a freshly brewed cup on your back porch on a Sunday morning, or downing a travel mug on your way into your next meeting, it is sure to wake you up and keep you moving. But how exactly does caffeine affect our nervous systems? Let’s take a deeper look at what that liquid gold is doing to get you so wired. Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant, much like cocaine, but without the bad rap. When...
06. April 2021
Golf is a deceptively challenging sport, not only because of the physical demands and wide range of motion required of the spine, hips, shoulders, and elbows (there’s a reason it’s called “golfer’s elbow”), but also because of the need to maintain a sense of total mind and body calm. When primary structural shift occurs, it alters our normal biomechanics due to the compensations it causes throughout the spine in an attempt to remove pressure at the level of the brainstem. These...
22. March 2021
Did you know there is a butterfly that lives inside your head and when he flaps his wings, he is cleaning your brain and spinal cord? Sounds crazy but no, I have not lost my mind. That butterfly is more commonly known as the sphenoid bone. This bone is very unique as it sits inside of the skull and is the only bone to form a joint with every other bone of the skull, including the base of the skull. When we inhale, this joint flexes, and when we exhale, this joint extends. This pumping motion...
15. March 2021
With kids starting the transition back to in person learning, it might mean that it’s time for new school supplies, like a properly fitting backpack. Kids do a lot of growing in one year and it is important to assure that the backpack that they are stuffing full of books and binders is the right size and weight for their bodies. When choosing a backpack, remembering a few simple rules can reduce the risk of negatively affecting a child’s posture, which can lead to compensations throughout...
08. March 2021
Birth is a natural and beautiful process that can be likened to a dance between mom and baby. The geography of mom’s anatomy pairs perfectly with baby’s primitive reflexes, triggering these reflexes in an ideally choreographed ensemble and assisting in moving baby through the birth canal. Now imagine a dance partner that is constantly stepping on your toes. Not as beautiful a picture, is it? Mom’s body and spine go through a significant amount of change throughout pregnancy. The pressure...
01. March 2021
Torticollis is a condition in which one’s head tilts to one side while rotating to the other. This is caused by the tightening of a muscle called the sternocleidomastoid (whoa, say that ten times fast). This looks like a pretty wild word, so let’s break it down. The first part, sterno, refers to the sternum or breastbone. The second part, cleido, refers to the clavicle. The third part, mastoid, is the bony process of the skull that sits just behind the ear. We have two of these muscles, one...
19. February 2021
We're All Ears!
Have you ever wondered why ear infections are so common in little ones? Some kids have so many ear infections, that they seem to be taking antibiotics regularly and some are even candidates for ear tube surgery. I don’t know about you, but that does not seem like much fun to me. Kids should be running, jumping, playing, and enjoying life! Not constantly run down with a sore ear and everything that comes with it! But there is a very specific reason as to why littles are more prone to ear...
28. January 2021
Motion Sickness: It’s in Your Head, but You’re not Imagining it
With the warmer months rapidly approaching, we are not far off from road trip season! While we love packing up the car and heading out on an adventure, the extended hours in the back seat might put some people at higher risk for motion sickness. So let’s take a deeper look at why some people can read in the car and enjoy their trip, while others succumb to a headache, dizziness, and nausea.
21. August 2018
Did you know the brain and human body has an operating system? The autonomic nervous system is in fact, the operating system of the human brain and life supporting systems of the body. I like to call it the automatic operating system, because it operates without any conscious effort from you. In other words, you don't have to think about keeping your heart beating or your lungs breathing, it just works. However, like any operating system, it can be corrupted under certain conditions.

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