Empowering Women in Chiropractic – Cultural Competence 101 for the Chiropractor Part 2

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Good afternoon. I’m Dr. Charmaine Herman and welcome to cultural competence. 101 for the chiropractor part two. We’re going to cover today, exactly what cultural competence is not as well as defining the term culture. So let’s go ahead and get on and move to the next side. Thank you so much ChiroSecure for allowing this program.

So we’ve been talking about cultural competence in our last episode. So as we move into the next part of part two on the next slide, we’re going to actually determine what we’re going to talk about today. So again, those of you who don’t know me again, I’m Dr. Charmaine Herman. I practice at Alpharetta Georgia. Agave Upper Cervical Health Center is the practice that I’ve been in now for almost 10 years. In addition to that, I teach at Life University. I am associate professor in the college of chiropractic in the clinical sciences division. So let’s see what our goals are for today. So on the next slide, our goals there to determine what cultural competence is not. What I found often is that when we start talking about training and talking about different topics, sometimes it’s easier to get rid of what things are not before we delve into what things actually are.

So some preconceived notions. Um, in addition to that, we’re going to actually define the word culture. What is culture? Why is it important? Um, why should I, as a chiropractor, be concerned about culture. When dealing with my patients, it’s not just a buzz word. It can actually affect how my relationship with my patient develops and help a lot with compliance to care. So let’s move on to the next slide. So again, our topic is what cultural competence is not, but also what it may include. So again, while eliminating certain things, we do want to know that some things can be part of our conversation. So cultural competence is not learning every culture in the world. I’ve heard people say that, how can you be culturally competent? Um, that means I have to learn the cultures of people in Asia and Europe and Africa. How can anyone learn all that information? Well, that’s not cultural competence. It’s not about learning everyone’s culture, cultural competence, narrows it down a little bit smaller than that, to a very simple aspect of what you need to know as a doctor of chiropractic. When working with people from various cultures, let’s move on to the next slide.


Cultural competence is not diversity. Training diversity training is important and is part of being culturally competent, understanding that we do have a very diverse community, a global community that we have to deal with even as doctors of chiropractic, not just in our communities, but also even outside of our communities, into the world, understanding how important the diversity is within our nation, within our world to think about it. If you had the same thoughts and everyone, you knew thought the exact same way, where’s the diversity in that? Where would be the inventions? What would be the ingenuity? There would be none of that because everyone would be exactly the same. So we ought to celebrate diversity and we, as doctors of chiropractic, definitely appreciate the diversity of our patients and what they bring to our practices. Okay, I’m the next slide? Cultural competence is not just being politically correct.

I mean, that’s a buzzword that a lot of people shy away from, but overall, when you’re dealing with people, not just in your communities, but outside of your communities, those who we want to reach as doctors of chiropractic being politically correct is helpful. We want to make sure we address people in terms that are not offensive to them, that we’re actually using words that people can understand and actually, um, agree with and attend and actually be an answer to. So whether you believe in and saying happy holidays or saying Merry Christmas, I mean, that’s all a person’s choice. So being politically correct means it’s accepting the person’s choice. If they want to say Merry Christmas or happy Hanukkah or happy holidays, then they’re being, that’s their personal opinion. That’s how they believe. That’s what they think. So being politically correct is just understanding that people do have the opportunity to express themselves in terminology that makes them feel more comfortable when addressing other people.

So being politically correct as part of also being culturally competent, it’s just a small piece. What is not the only piece now onto the next slide, we’ll see where cultural competence is not just sensitivity training. I like this slide because they use cats and I’ve never seen it before, until I was working on this presentation before, but it says, um, a black crap crossing the road that is bad luck, you know, and the person walking with this person happens to be a cat. So this person ends up in racial sensitivity training because that cat felt offended by them saying something about a black cat. It doesn’t matter whether the cat was black purple or green, or the fact is that they was still a cat. And the person said that that meant that they were bad luck. So sensitivity training also is not cultural competence training, but it is something that does come in play.

When we talk about being culturally competent, being sensitive to other people’s feelings and we’re working together. When we’re in a collaborative setting, when I’m working with a patient, I want to be sensitive to my patients feeling I don’t want to insult my patient. Um, when they’re sitting, laying on the table or what I’m scanning there, there’s fine. Or something like that. I want to say things that are actually going to be, um, commending and soothing and calming, but I don’t want to offend them. So being understanding that, um, sensitivity training is not culturally competence, what you should be sensitive to the feelings of those you work with and care for as a doctor of chiropractic. So let’s move on. So exactly what is cultural, the word is cultural competence. So I think it’s important to define both words separately in order to get a better understanding of the entire concept, where you’re dealing with cultural competence. So culture is defined. Let’s move on to the next slide as the way of life of a group of people, meaning the way they do things. You can also define culture as an integration and integrated pattern of human knowledge, belief, and behavior. Or we can also, um, define culture as the outlook attitudes, values, morals, goals, and customs shared by a society. That’s a lot of words. Every time I teach this class who said, boy, that’s a whole lot, but I put it this way on to the next slide.

Culture is the whole person. It’s what makes up every individual. My family was from Jamaica. So my Jamaican heritage is part of my culture, the foods I eat, um, the music I listened to, I grew up in New York. So the things I know about this country, um, where I live, I live in the South. So being Southern, everything that makes up the art, the music, the food, the clothing I wear, um, my faith, my belief, I’m a Christian. I mean my customs that I hold on to that my whole dear, all of this is my culture and everyone has their own culture. So a part of being cultural competent is understanding that everyone does have their own culture and the cultures that we espouse, we hold on to come so much from how we’re raised, where we grow up and the important things that our family has instilled in us.

So that’s what culture is. Culture is the whole person. As doctors of chiropractic, we talk about treating the whole person, looking at the nervous system, looking at the muscles, the how, the, how they respond, looking at all the different tracks and things like that. And assistant how everything works. So we look at the whole person we’re working with our patients. Culture is who that person is. Every person is their culture. So onto the next slide. So culture incorporates everything from a age, gender, identity, race, ethnic group, regional differences, social economic status, even education. I remember moving from New York to Alabama, where I went to undergrad and meeting people that were Southern. There’s a regional differences compared to the North and the South. And it was very interesting talking to students. I went to a historically black college, which was Tuskegee university. And I had a student tell me, well, you can’t be from New York.

Um, and again, this is a historically black college and I’m a stark, I’m a black individual. And she said, but you can’t be from New York because you’re not wearing, you don’t have gold teeth. You don’t have the earrings, the gold loops around your ears with your names. And I mean, this was back in the eighties when I went to undergrad. So it was amazing to me, the concepts of, and what people believed northerners looked like, especially black northerners at that time. And again, that’s based upon what the media showed them. And I actually said to her, I think you would watch a little too much TV, but people associate people based upon their culture and cultural corporates, their regional differences as well, as well as their education, which is very important, social economic status. So onto the next slide, please, for us as healthcare practitioners, um, chiropractic culture is very important.

When we think about how our patients actually see health and healing, if they’re raising a culture that believes that, um, healing is organic or whether healing is something done by traditional medical doctors or by, um, local, um, medicine, men, or healers in your community, that aspect of how they believe health and healing actually resides within each individual is part of their culture, their concepts of pain. There’s some cultures where showing pain, especially if you’re a man is not considered masculine. So how do they see pain as part of their culture? It also tells how people, what people believe as far as where chiropractic sits. Do they believe that chiropractors are actual doctors or because we don’t go to medical schools, we’re not doctors. All of that is part of a patient’s culture. And other people don’t even know what chiropractors are because their culture has never exposed them to that.

Growing up in New York, my father was in many car accidents and things like that. And he went to the doctor. It wasn’t until I graduated from chiropractic school that he actually told me he went to a chiropractor and I asked him, I said, when he said, every time I was in an accident, they sent me to a chiropractor. So at that time again, I did not know what a chiropractor was growing up in New York and the chiropractors he went to did not espouse for families to get under chiropractic care. It was only for the purpose of personal injury. So again, my exposure to chiropractic did not start until I actually started attending chiropractic school. So many people are, they grow up that way. They’d never met a chiropractor or they don’t know what chiropractors do. That is still part of their culture, their education, whether it’s the social economic status that they’ve not ever encountered a chiropractor or the no chiropractors in their communities that also shapes a person’s individual culture.

So culture does affect what we do as doctors of chiropractic, because it affects how our patients see us based upon how they were raised and the things that they were taught and the communities and homes that they grew up in. Let’s move on to the next slide. Now, there are many depths to culture. Culture can, again, like I said, be dressed food, language music, the gangs, people pay, play visual arts that they look at festivals that they attend, but there’s a depth that is invisible. And we’re looking at culture things such as, um, people’s notion of time, um, their personal beliefs, um, how they handle their emotions, um, that, uh, as well as how they feel about modesty. So even those lower depths of culture, for example, some cultures, people don’t are trained to not to look a person in the eye if they respect them.

So coming from another culture, you may take it as an insult of a person. Doesn’t look you in the eye because your culture says, look, every look that person in the eye, when you’re talking to them or another culture they’re taught out of respect, not to look people in the eye. So that’s a notion of concert as you can’t tell or see, but it is an invisible part of a person’s culture. Also, when you talk about communication styles, some people are very verbose and loud when they communicate, they’re a group of them get together and they’re excited and they’re having a great time where other cultures are more silent, more modest with their time with their, with their voices, very silent when they come together and you don’t even know they’re there. So even that notion of how people communicate as well as how people deal with time.

For me as a doctor of chiropractic, I try to be on time for all my patients. I don’t want them to have to wait, but there’s some cultures where quality of time is different from quantity of time. So a person who is in conversation with a relative at that time, when they should be in your office, that quality of time they’re taking with that relative discussing a situation is more important for them to be at your office at three o’clock precisely. So they may run a little late because that quality of time was more important than your quantity of wanting to be there at three o’clock. So I’ll get people’s notion of time is also part of their culture. So we, as doctors of chiropractic also should understand that our patients culture, each individual one has one. So we should try to understand that everyone does not think and believe the way we do.

So we should give some, um, some credence or just a little bit of understanding to incorporating a person’s culture. And we talk about our patients and the things that tend to occur when we’re in practice onto the next slide, please. Now, for example, people that look alike may not always have the same culture. Now I have a lot of Asian friends. I know a lot of Asian chiropractors people that I went to school with, um, people that I see, even my students that are Asian today, and because they’re Asian, I should not assume that their culture is the same, whether it’s from Seoul, Korea, or whether they’re from, um, Hong Kong or Taiwan, or many of the chiropractors that I know who grew up in the United States, I should never assume that because they look alike that their cultures are the same. And I think we tend to make that assumption too often when dealing with patients culture again is individual. And in most cases, if I’m not sure there’s something I really should do before I make an assumption onto the next


I should never assume when it comes to culture, it is better for me to respectfully ask. So just because someone looks the same, whether it’s they look like me or they look like another Asian person that I know, I should never assume that their culture is the same as the other Asian doctor. I know that maybe from Korea or that the PR was a doctor, I know this from Taiwan. I never should assume that a person’s culture is the same because they look the same, whether it’s their skin color, whether it’s just the way that they have resemblance, I should never make that assumption. You know what they used to say about when you assume so? I should never assume anything. When it comes down to culture, I should always just ask respectfully. So I understand that that person is not the same as the other person that I know who seems to be of the same culture, because I think they all look alike.

So that should, that’s a careful gap ground to tread upon. So it’s better to just ask and people appreciate when you ask. So when I look at culture, I have to defy the side who I am. So I do that a lot. So I always have my own cultural words. I’m a woman. I have certain agenda pronouns. I believe I am. She, I am her. Those are my gender pronouns. I’m black, I’m a wife. I’m a born again Christian. I’m a Jamerican is which I tell a lot of people cause I was born in Jamaica, but I grew up in the United States. So I have both of those cultures that I live with quite often, I tend to be urban. I am Southern. I’ve lived in the South more than 30 years of my life. I’m a chiropractor as a cultural bias itself, as well as being an educator or a teacher. So when I look at myself, I describe myself in my culture words, everyone has their own culture words. So I challenge you for this next few weeks until our next session to think about what your culture words are. So here’s your homework. Next slide.

So look in the mirror, look at yourself. Think about who you are, what are your culture words? How can you describe yourself? Those cultural words are important because if you understand who you are, your culture, it’s easier to respect and understand other people’s culture. And this is just the beginning of being culturally competent, knowing who you are, knowing your culture and understanding and respecting your culture, because you want people to respect who you are. So that’s the beginning of becoming culturally competent. Right? Next slide please. So that’s all that I have for today. Our next episode, we’ll actually define what cultural competence actually is. In addition to that, we’ll also talk about how cultural competence can be applied to healthcare. Again, we’re chiropractors. How can I use culturally competent cultural competence then? How can I become culturally competent? So that will be our next episode of cultural competence. One, one Oh one for the chiropractor. Thank you so much for your time, but a special thanks to ChiroSecure for allowing these programs and our, and hopefully have you join us next week. We will have another guest, I guess next week would be Dr. Chen Yen. Thank you again. And hopefully you’ll join for Dr. Yen next week. It’s been my pleasure. Have a great week.

Empowering Women in Chiropracic – “Spring Into Action With Resources That Optimize Health” F4CP

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Welcome everyone for our Facebook, with ChiroSecure, delighted to be with you. And so grateful that you’ve taken the time today to be with me as we go through the next presentation called spring into action. It’s exciting opportunity for us to motivate and inspire our communities. And hopefully you’ll be with me as we start to dive into what does that mean and how do I spring into action and how does it really impact the community that I serve? So I may do a quick switch to sharing my screen with you so I can share with you one of the key aspects to our delivery of springing into action. All right, we’re going to share this screen here so you could see my PowerPoint presentation. Hopefully. Now you’ll be able to see a lot of the missed opportunities that happen as we don’t engage our community.

So, first and foremost, speaking of engaging the community, I want to say thank you to ChiroSecure for putting us always top of mind on their Facebook site and to every single one of the sponsors that you see support them. They’re the ones that are supporting the national outreach for chiropractic. They’re the ones that have your back now, speaking of the foundation and who has your back, listen, we have media responses and those go out, protecting the foundation from false information or allegations. So we’re constantly looking out for you because you’re our family. And we want to make sure that our consumers get the very best information possible. What does that look like? Well, here is the editor of the national post. It’s an article they just recently published with misinformation about chiropractic causing brain clots. A snapshot of the letter is here, but I want to read it to you and showcase to you why it’s so important that we’re on this type of thing, because what’s wrong is when they falsify information and the consumers believe it.

This is just one of the media pieces that we have to respond to. And it States that, and this is the editor’s own words as a quote, everyday reasons, more likely to cause brain clots, then the AstraZeneca vaccine asinine. I know, but we’ve got you. We definitely wrote to the editor and let them know. This is unacceptable to compare us to that. And I can tell you, we will have an answer because in my inbox, just before I got on this, Facebook live is a response and I’m really hoping that they will change it because we just had a recent reply from misinformation, given from a very, very well-known health letter, half a million people get this newsletter with a correction that said, if you want spinal manipulation, it is more likely that it will be paid by your medical provider. So go see them.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I don’t know very many MDs that are performing spinal manipulative therapy, AKA the adjustments. So that information is just false, completely inaccurate. In fact, even at the natural path and or others that are looking at safe, alternative non-pharmacological care, did you realize that only 3% of ODSP osteopaths are actually doing manipulation around the nation 3%? So that newsletter, I can tell you with a smile on my face absolutely has been retracted. And it was, you will not believe it was from Harvard Harvard’s health newsletter and the editor was fabulous. And she said, my apologies, we will retract it. And we’ll, we’ll put it out again. So are we winning? Absolutely. We’re winning because you’re with us. So let’s continue with winning spring into action. Last week, April 13th, the foundation actually kicked off spring into action. What is it?

It’s a social media challenge. And it’s aimed at inspiring you and engaging your patients to take an active role in promoting the importance of optimal health and wellness. And as an added bonus, because you’re part of our family. We want to give the first participants of the social media challenge, a special token of our appreciation. Now hold on. What does that look like? Stay with me. I’m going to share with you what that’s going to look like. So spring into action. The next part of that, what does it mean here we are with spring into action. There are some things that you’re going to have to do, and they’re not difficult. In fact, we’re here to support you 100% of the way. So if you’re not Facebook savvy, no worries. Don’t turn off on me if you’re not because I need you to do this.

And it is a challenge of getting your community involved. All you have to do post a photo of you springing in action and social media. We all know that exercise helps with our opportunities for being well. It helps with depression and anxiety. It’s just great to be out there. We’ve all suffered through the pandemic. We all need to get active socially. So social media challenge is good. We all need to get active just for health, getting out there. And we all could use a boost in a endorphins. And enkephalins so springing in the action is a fantastic opportunity to do so. So you take a picture of yourself and basically you’re nominated a friend or family member to go outside and maybe they will pass that challenge on and get moving key to success. We got to keep moving because we know mobility has three really important parts, flexibility, strength, and stability balance.

And we all know as we age, we lose that balance. So let’s make it all happen. And it starts with you as we go through this challenge, as simple as it is, may need you to put some action steps in, in place. So this is a next step to being able to share the benefits of chiropractic care across the nation. And it looks basically as simple as this spring into action. These are the words you can copy them. I was challenged by the foundation for chiropractic progress to post a picture of myself, springing into action, boosting endorphins, and optimizing my health and wellness every day for five days to promote optimal wellness today, I’m nominating at and that’s you. Yes. I’m asking you to do the same. I’ve made a donation. We certainly hope that you would because every dollar you give us goes in national marketing as far and wide as we can go.

So let’s make it big. If you can encourage them to continue to contribute, but most importantly, just get active. So to get outside and get moving. Here’s the text that you need to share with the picture of you. I don’t know, golfing, hiking, walking your dog, riding your bike. It doesn’t matter. Don’t be shy. You can take it from the back and you take it from the front. Just get out there. People want to see everybody having a good time and getting out is the goal. The goal then is to nominate individuals to get outside and activate their lifestyle and supporting good health with a donation to the foundation. All right. So again, share the challenge with your patients. This can be put on your Facebook site because you’re going to inspire them some tips on how to share the challenge, include sharing the information in an upcoming newsletter posting on your personal or practice Facebook page, and then join in the conversations.

Don’t just let the post go. You know, we had some fabulous leaders in this profession that just jumped on board and said, I’m willing to help Dr. Jay Greenstein, Dr. Fab man, Sini, Roxy cross from Utah, who is their executive director, all sorts of fantastic people. Christie Hutson from Cairo health USA, willing to jump in, in a heartbeat and help their community know that getting outside and springing into action is the way to go. It’s five days. And I’ll tell you that it’ll energize you. It’ll motivate you. And if you’ve had helpers in your clinic, they can help you do it. Just send the picture to them and have them do it for you if you like, but just be sure to tag the next participant. Cause remember it’s us starting the leadership and then we want to push it forward. All right, we’ve all heard paying it forward.

Well, this is what the foundation is all about, paying it forward. And remember I told you there a gift. So the first 50 participants will be sent a complimentary chiropractic coin as a special token of our appreciation for those who participate, all you need to do is send a screenshot of your challenge posts along with your address to the foundation’s marketing manager, Megan, Gilson, she’ll hook you up with the challenge coin. Now you can get that coin and give it to one of your patients that you saw doing the challenge. If you want to, the ideas and the opportunities are endless, but it all starts with you get that challenge going because you participated and you sprung into action. Then as we look forward, we want to make sure that you can also back up that spring into challenge with other resources to help your patients learn more about enhancing their health.

All you need to do is visit our media center on frcp.org, and you will have a ton of new infographics, eBooks posters, and all sorts of opportunity to enhance and optimize your community’s health. Don’t forget there is a new podcast as well, and it is chocked full of fun things. Deepak Chopra on meditation. We have Dr. Shawn duper on, on the forgiveness. We have the fittest man in the world that is sharing his journey. So with that adjusted reality podcast is all for your patients and it makes you look good because you’re giving them more resources to keep top of mind their health in, in COVID-19. There’s nothing more important than keeping top of mind with your health. So participate in the social media challenge today, you can visit the link on this slide, which will direct you to open up your Facebook page. This will provide you with the content needed to copy and paste and share on your own.

So you can tag and nominate your own friends and family. I want to thank you in advance because I know that you’re willing to share and you’re willing to grow and not everybody wants to take on a challenge. I get it. But this is such an important challenge to inspire a good health in your community. And it makes them see you in a totally different light. So let’s get inspired. Let’s spring into action. If you have any questions at all, remember the foundation is here for you and Megan Gilson can help you walk through challenge with you. You just need to reach out and ask us how updates I love for this part, because this is where you get to see where we’re shining. And as you know, we have our fantastic Olympics coming up in the next couple months. So we’re starting to rev up and get really excited.

And one of the pieces that really makes the difference is inspiring people around the nation to see these Olympic athletes in a new light, our 32nd commercial is going to be optimizing performance campaign. And it’s tied to these video testimonials and the posters that can also double as flyers, hand them out, showcase them in your newsletters. We want you to do whatever you think is necessary to inspire your community. The 18 by 24 posters can be taken to a high school. Maybe there’s a potential Olympic athlete. That would just be so inspired by listening to their words on this poster and seeing that they too want to be an Olympic champion at some point. And knowing that chiropractic optimizes performance couldn’t be better. But wait, you also have testimonials on social media that you just grabbed from our foundation site. One of them last, if you remember last month we showed Deedee Trotter. She was in the middle. Well, this time I’m going to share with you that Justin Gatlin is there too. And so, um, I’m going to just click on it and let you listen to Justin’s in his own words. Okay? Hi, I’m Deedee Trotter. I just want to tell you without a sh CDD, Trotter just wanted to come on here. Let’s let’s listen to Gatlin this time.

It wasn’t everybody just Justin Gatlin, Olympic gold medalists here. I want to say that chiropractor work has helped me achieve my optimal level of performance going forward throughout my whole career. I think without having chiropractor work in my career, I definitely wouldn’t be at the level and have achieved all the goals I have wanted to achieve in my career. So thank you all the chiropractors out there. You rock. Thank you so much. And let’s keep going 2020.

So there was a beauty of that is you rock. All right. So remember that in your patients will want to see all of these types of Olympic athlete testimonials because it’s, it is very exciting. Speaking of exciting, in may, we’re excited to join forces with the Michigan association of chiropractic. They rock they’re placing three billboards in Lansing, Detroit and grand Rapids, which focus on better health within reach. See your chiropractor. Now these billboards are expected to yield 4.9 million impressions. Remember the Olympics is 204 million, so are we rocking it? We’re rocking it. Now let’s move forward and see who else is rocking it. Look at all of the associations that are putting up billboards. This June we’re replacing billboards in Chicago, alongside the Illinois chiropractic society to build greater awareness of chiropractic is a drug-free solution. This is a sampling of other States that have also joined forces with the foundation.

See, when you put your dollars with us, you’re putting your dollars with your state associations too. Is that not a win-win? Is your state involved with us? If you don’t see FRCP in your state association, contact us because we want to work with everybody all the time. For any reason, that’s our goal. Our mission optimize the visibility of chiropractic benefits across the nation. If we come together, we will make a huge difference. We all win when we work together. Next speaking of working together, this is a LinkedIn article. You link in with me, find me on LinkedIn. You can see it right there. That’s all you need to do. Go to LinkedIn, look up sharing the counselor. There’s articulators that we send out their articles that are meant to be posted on your LinkedIn for discussion engage. I know you don’t have time to be writing a bunch of articles, but if you do good for you, if you don’t link in with me and then post these articles, lack of provider diversity may impact patient outcomes.

I brag about chiropractic. I brag particularly about one female black chiropractor in Atlanta and how she’s changed the outcomes of her entire community. Can that be you? It sure can put these articles on your LinkedIn pages because it starts the communication with other healthcare providers and they see the benefits of chiropractic. And speaking of benefits of chiropractic, you will find that in our adjusted reality podcasts that I did mention earlier, if you tune in and you listen, I want you to share because sharing is caring with your community. And if you can share these podcasts, it inspires them to think about their health and their family’s health and awareness. There’s one thing to have a patient come in. It’s another for them to bring their family members in this podcast can do that because you never know where a patient is until you provide them with more information.

And if they’re struggling, like really struggling, it makes maybe the fittest man alive that inspires them to really get out there and make a difference in their community. And that’s why we continually work to really help to motivate them the community. And finally, in essence, next week, ChiroSecure has another Facebook live. So please do join them, support them. They’re doing a lot for you, and we’re hoping that you will continue doing everything you can to manage the benefits of chiropractic care across the nation and in your community. Organic growth starts with you. I want to thank you today for joining me. It has been an absolute pleasure to be with you. Don’t forget. Next month, I’ve got an another exciting Facebook live and a lot more free giveaways, but get that coin, that challenge coin be one of the top 50 participants to get your coin. And then if you like give it away, the more we can share, the more people will see that we care about everything that happens in their lives to be the very best optimize their performance and maximize their health. Thanks for being with me today on ChiroSecure’s, Facebook live,

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Empowering Women i.n Chiropractic – Making the Invisible…Visible

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Hello everybody. Dr. Julie McLaughlin here, I am super excited to be with you today. And we are here with empowering women from ChiroSecure, and we want to make sure that we thank them. We want to do little hearts. We want to do thumbs up because they have made this possible for us to bring you great information of all the things we’re doing. So we are going to be talking about how to make the invisible, visible, and I have a few slides for you that I’d like to share and let’s get started. So when we’re talking about making the invisible visible, right? What’s with that. So what’s the most important thing you can do right now to improve your health and your practice. That’s my question for you today. What is that most important thing? Now we know that, you know, in 2020, we got a big invisible.

The COVID no one saw it coming. You, you can’t see it. It’s a virus. Of course, it’s something that’s invisible, but guess what, what if we knew about it? What if we knew what to do about it? What if, what if we could see it? Right. So think about this in 2020 COVID deaths was the third top deaths in the country, right? In the United States. It was third, but it was third. And this is a global pandemic. We’ll get the first two heart disease and cancer. We had more than double. The number of people die from cancer and heart disease. Then they did have COVID. And guess what? Before the pandemic, we had people dying of heart disease and cancer, and you know what? Those are invisible things too. Aren’t they, nobody wakes up and says, today’s the day I’m going to have a heart attack.

Today’s the day I’m going to have cancer. Nobody says that. But what if you could get clues would, if you could make it visible and get clues to know, to predict it, that it may be coming, or did you even at risk for it, or it was even a possibility. And if that was the case, what if you could fix it before it ever happened? I think we can really, really lower our death rate in this United States to take a look at this. This is from the fourth quarter of 2019, all the way to the third quarter of 2020. And this is overall death rate in the United States. Now we see in that last quarter that the death rate went up, right? And you can say, well, that was because of COVID. But wait a minute, guess what? COVID wasn’t the only thing increasing the cause of death.

Guess what it is. It was heart disease. We had a 4.8% increase of people dying from heart disease. And the last quarter of 2020, we had a 10% increase of people dying from diabetes and unintentional injuries. Now, what do we treat? We treat injuries, right? What about diabetes and heart disease? Those are things that are total preventable. Why did that happen? Why is this happening in our country? Where we had these conditions that increased during a pandemic? Well, guess what? People stopped getting care. People thought the only thing that was around in the world was COVID and we all know way before COVID happened. They all had heart disease and they all had diabetes, but they weren’t getting care from it. They all had back pain and they weren’t getting care from it. They, things were shut down. Like you’re in Illinois, everything was shut down.

Or maybe in your state that people would just weren’t coming out. Maybe you were open and they weren’t coming out, but people stopped getting care and that’s really, really caused a huge problem. So what if we could make the invisible visible, right? The invisible gain momentum when no one was paying attention when no one was monitoring it when no one was checking it. Right. So when was the last time you had your blood checked? I ask all my patients is in doc. I’m asking you this because it’s time to take care of you, because if you don’t take care of you, you’re not going to be around to be helping anybody else. So when was the last time, because guess what? Having your labs done is how you’re going to make the invisible visible. And I’m going to show you just how that happens. I’m going to show you a quick case study here, how we do things in our practice, right?

And how we do things with vital health protocols. You know, we do the same thing that we do with our chiropractic patients. We do a little risk assessment, a personal history. We get all their demographics or family histories. If they’re taking medications or supplements, we get all the there day one stuff, right? So here we have a 54 year old white menopausal woman she’s in normal BMI. So she wasn’t obese. She didn’t gain the quarantine 15. She came in just for a wellness or yearly check, um, with her labs, she is taking a statin, but she doesn’t have any allergies. She’s a nonsmoker, occasional drinker exercises twice a week. She does have a family history of heart disease and diabetes. But overall she’s super, super healthy. We’re just doing it to find out how her wellness is so we could predict and we can prevent.

And when we look at this, we looked at some advanced lab markers and come to find out two of the three. She has some markers for heart disease. She has some markers for blood clotting, which can lead to stroke. She didn’t know it, right? So this was invisible. Now she woke up and she had a heart attack. She wouldn’t have known like, why, how did the start? But now we can work on turning it off because we know those things are no longer invisible to us. So when we looked at her cholesterol, her class overall was really high. Her bad cholesterol was really high. The quality of the bad cholesterol was really high, right? She’s taking a Staton. How could this be? Right. I thought statins cured this, right? That genetic marker. The statins can’t touch it. So still she’s at risk, but there’s things that you can do with lifestyle.

If you know what to look for. And if you know what’s wrong and guess what? She’s pre-diabetic she had no idea. We let this go. I’d say three months, like the end of the last year, quarter, right? She’d be full-blown diabetic. Now she was taking supplements. You can see she’s taking vitamin D. She was taking B12. She was taking folic acid, but she still had these silent things going on in the background. She hadn’t been checked in a long time. And even her liver enzymes were up. She had a liver inflame. Now, no one’s going to walk in your office and like, Hey doc, my liver is bothering me today. Right? They can’t feel it. It’s invisible once you uncover it. There’s something you can do. I think about this 80% of our cholesterol is produced in the liver. Of course the liver’s inflamed. She’s got an issue there.

So you want to make recommendations to reverse and prevent chronic disease. Just like we do with our musculoskeletal subluxation patients, we want to reverse what they have going on right now. And we want to prevent them from having any issues in the future. That’s why we have maintenance care. It’s the same thing with the stuff on the inside of us. Right. But to do this first, we had to see that invisible. We had to be able to predict the risk, right? So you wouldn’t know what was wrong with the patient, unless you examined them. If, unless you palpated them, unless you work them up, find out what’s causing them. But what if it’s invisible? Right? We can feel with our hands, we have the best hands in the world as chiropractors. And we can feel these problems with our hands. But what if someone blindfolded you and you couldn’t touch that patient and you couldn’t, couldn’t examine that patient would you know it was wrong with them?

No, but by not looking at your own labs, that’s what’s happening. Right? So I want to tell you, I want you to see the invisible. So if you have not done your labs doc in the last year, I want you to get them done. If you or your family member or friends are suffering with chronic health issues, I want you to get them done because really what are you waiting for? And the implication of not doing this is what we really need to think about. So how are we going to live with that disease? If we’re not going to check it, you better start thinking about, well, how am I going to live? If I had a stroke or a heart attack or heart disease or diabetes, think about what that would look like, right? Because we’re not going to drug our way back out of this problem and banking on a cure for all the causes of chronic disease is like planning for your retirement with lottery tickets, right?

You may win big, but chances are, you’re not going to, to why not look and see what’s there because it’s a starting line, it’s a baseline and you can reverse it. So it’s not out of your reach. It’s easy, it’s inexpensive. And it could just save a life, including your own. So if you have any questions, I, you know, I’m happy to help. I’m happy to answer questions because I really, really want as a profession to be the healthiest profession out there. Um, one of my friends was recently telling me some statistics that an insurance company told her, and that is chiropractors. You know, we’re creeping into me. You know, that mainstream where we’re not as healthy as we should be as healthcare providers. So as healthcare providers, we should be the healthiest out there. And we want to, of course, always look at the musculoskeletal system, always get adjusted, but we also got to look at that invisible. So thank you, Kyra secure having us. And I want you guys to be sure to join in two weeks again with empowering women, sponsored by ChiroSecure. So have a great day and you guys get your labs checked. Okay. Bye bye.

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Empowering Women in Chiropractic Doc, Whose Talking Care of You? Julie McLaughlin, DC

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Hello, everybody. Welcome to Empowering Women sponsored by ChiroSecure. I am your host today, Dr. Julie McLaughlin from Vital Health Protocols. And we are going to be talking about you. We are going to talk about Doc, Who’s taking care of you because really, if you’re not being taken care of, you’re not going to be around to be taking care of your patients. And we know that this is a real issue in our profession because so many docs are having to quit practice, retire early, take a leave because they’re not taking care of their own health. And so let’s talk a little bit about that and how we can help support you. And you can support yourself in taking better care of your health. So I have a few slides, so let’s get started with showing the slides.

So, first of all, we’d like to thank ChiroSecure because we wouldn’t be here giving all this awesome information week after week, without them among many, many other things that they do so well for us. So everybody let’s give a little bit of love, like hearts, thumbs up likes, um, to kind of secure because they are just an awesome, awesome, uh, insurance company. And they literally have our backs. So when we think about chiropractors, we know that we all get adjusted, but what else could we do to be taking better care of our health and let’s face it. I know there’s a lot of docs out there not even getting adjusted. So I care about you and I care about that. You’re taking care of yourself and who’s taking care of you, right? Because what’s your story. Why did you become a chiropractor? Right? It is an absolute noble calling and we have the privy to the innermost details and vulnerabilities to people’s lives, right?

And it requires great compassion and empathy. And only certain people are capable of delivering this day in day out. And you, my friend are one of them, but you know what? We as docs have those same vulnerabilities. We have those same little details. That can be a problem. And so there is a dark side of practice because carpenters are being forced into early retirement due to the lack of their taking care of their own health. They’re getting health problems. And when we see this, we don’t actively seek out care because we don’t live in that allopathic model. We won’t seek that out unless our house is on fire. And by then, it’s too late. And I have treated to many of my colleagues that have found themselves in this place. They, they, they thought I’m in perfect health. I’m good. I, I see patients all day long and one day they woke up and that’s not the case anymore.

And that really is a dark side of our profession. And I don’t want you to ignore this any way and any more anyway, because it’s very, very simple to predict, prevent, and yes, even reverse chronic disease that every chiropractor in the U S has a potential to having. So we are going to talk about what we can do about it, because I always say this to my patients, and I’m going to say this to you just because you don’t feel sick. Doesn’t mean you’re healthy. No one wakes up and says, today’s the day I’m going to have a heart attack. Today’s the day I’m going to have diabetes today. I’m going to get diagnosed with cancer. No one says that you wake up today and say, Oh, what do I got to do? I got this many people. I got to do this. I got to do that.

But guess what? You have to take care of you. You have to take care of you. You’re probably taking better care of your car. Then you’re taking care of your health. And so what’s the risk, right? Sometimes we think we’re invincible. We hear people’s problems all day long, but we don’t even know what the real risk is to our own health. So I have a little risk assessment. I’m going to show you three questions. I want you to answer as we go along. So does anyone in your family have heart disease? And when I’m talking to heart disease, I’m talking high blood pressure, high cholesterol, God forbid that they had a stroke or a heart attack, right? Any of those things, or most importantly, does anyone had an early onset heart disease event? Like, do they have a heart attack before the age of 50 or before?

The age of 60? Those are huge, huge risk factors. In fact, even if it’s not your own health and you just have those risk factors, you need to know because did you know that someone in your family having a heart disease early onset is the number one risk. We know heart disease is the number one killer, and let’s face it. We treat people in pain all day long. We know it creates inflammation in their spine and their muscles, everything that we treat, but also creates it in their cardiovascular system. The difference is heart attack will kill you, right? We can get rid of that pain, but a heart attack will kill you. I want you to know your risk because if you have a family member that has early onset heart disease, that doubles your risk of having the same thing. If you have somebody in your family that had a heart attack or a bed or heart disease before the age of 35, that 10 times your risks.

But guess what? If you know that information and you know where you are, we can turn those numbers off, but I need you to look at it, right? What about this? Do you, or your spouse or your significant other snore, right? You think snoring? Like, what the heck? What’s, what’s up with that? Why are we talking about this? Right. But we know sleep is super, super important to your health, but did you know snoring has a higher cardiovascular risk than smoking or obesity and combined, right? That’s right. So if your, your spouse’s over there, snoring, they have a harder, a higher risk of having a heart attack than if they smoked and were obese. Right? And so the only way you’re going to know this is by looking at blood work and docs. I know what I am talking to all my friends. They’re not getting their labs done.

And I’m very worried about all of you. That’s why I am doing this because, you know, we take care of our patients, but we need to take care of each other. And that’s what I really want you to know. What about this? Do your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, right? Do you see like a little bit of blood when you spit out that toothpaste into the bowl, did you know that periodontal disease or bleeding gums will double or even triple your risk of heart attack or stroke? You need to know your lab numbers because it’s silent. You’re not going to come in and go. I think you know this right artery over here has got a little cholesterol in it. You’re never going to come in and do it. You have to know, but these are little signs that we don’t think of.

You think of, Oh, I brushed my teeth too hard. Or maybe I got, you know, adjustments to my Invisalign or whatever you’re doing. We always have an excuse, but the reality is double or triple the risk of a heart attack. Cause your gums are bleeding. So we need to make sure that you’re being taken care of because it’s just not just our patients. Right? We as providers are affected too, 90% of providers feel that healthcare is on the wrong track. I think you guys can all agree, right? We’re dealing in sick care and not in healthcare. And 74% of chiropractors are forced into early retirement due to health problems. That is just criminal. We need more chiropractors in our profession. We need more people helping people with what we do. And 50% of chiropractors have been reporting burnout due to poor self care, right? How many days can you go into the office?

Day after day? If you feel really bad yourself, it’s not even feasible. And then we have burnout, but what really is those underlying causes, right? That’s what we want to know. All we have to do is look at the statistics of the American population to see how crazy this is. Because one out of two Americans will suffer chronic disease. And I got to tell you, chiropractors don’t have an immunity to this. We don’t have like, well, it’s not going to happen to me. We all think we do, but we don’t because chronic diseases responsible for seven out of 10 deaths, right? We’re not just talking about pain here. We’re talking about things that are absolutely could kill us in 84% of healthcare dollars go towards chronic disease. Two thirds of Americans are overweight and a one in three are obese, right? It’s really crazy. And you know what, it’s the same thing in our chiropractic population of docs, auto immune diseases have tripled over the last 50 years, not to mention a pandemic, right?

And over half Americans are taking medications. How many patients do we have saying, you know, do you have any cholesterol problems? Nope. I don’t have a classroom problem. Why? See you’re taking a stat in here. Well, yeah. That’s why I don’t have a cholesterol problem. You do have a cholesterol problem. That’s why you’re taking the Stockton. We can’t put our heads in the sand anymore because you know what I need to make sure as this profession goes on, I’ve been in this profession a long time that we have docs who are able to take care of people. So we got to take care of you, right? Because you will never change things by fighting the existing reality to change something, build a new model and make the existing model obsolete. Right? That’s what we need to do. This is my absolute favorite quote is by Buckminster fuller.

And I just love that. So what are we going to do? I want you to know this, that every chiropractor, every chiropractor in every state in the United States is licensed to order blood work. I’m not telling you, you have to order, you know, draw blood in your office, but you are licensed to order it. And you’re licensed to order it on yourself, right? You are the patient. We want to take care of you. We want to help contractors learn this additional paradigm. We want you to start out and be the patient. We want you to take care of your families. Look at what they’re doing. Because if you started to do this, even in your practice, if you said, I’m just going to do it on me and your family, that’s awesome. We need that. If you sit down, I’m going to do it with my patients.

One doc, doing this could help more than 30,000 people. That’s huge. A movement like that could change the healthcare of this United States. And when was the last time you had your labs done? That’s what I want to know. When was the last time put it in the chat? Tell me, was it a year ago? Was it five years ago? Or was it like, you know, I really don’t remember. I don’t like going to the doctor. Right. But guess what? You can order it yourself on yourself and you can help prevent, predict and reverse any chronic disease. It’s super, super affordable. The cash prices are not, not, you know, expensive at all because we know that that can be a barrier, but no, one’s going to come in and say, Oh, I think my liver’s off of today. Right? You have to measure it. What measured gets measured gets managed.

And so is this for you? I want you to think about, should I get my labs done? Should I get the labs done on my family? I have the ability in my license in every state to order it. So if you are family or friends are suffering from a con chronic health issue. Absolutely do it. If you have any risk factors, absolutely do it. If you haven’t had your blood done in the last year, absolutely do it. You have to know, think about if you went and you didn’t get adjusted in a year or five years or however long it’s been, since you had your labs done, that would be really bad. Right? I always say, if someone told me I could never get adjusted again, I would die. That would be like the worst thing ever, right? This is super, super important. And this is for you.

And it’s to save your life is to save. Your practice is to save your family is to take care of you docs because nobody else is doing it. We have to make sure that our chiropractors are healthy and we’re taking care of each other. And so it’s not out of our reach. It’s easy, it’s inexpensive. It could save a life and it could be your very own or someone in your family. So please, please docs take care of you. If you want to learn more, if you want to learn what you can do to take care of yourself, let me know. Here’s my email, drj@vitalhealthprotocols.com, because let’s face it. We have to keep this profession going and we have to stay healthy to do it. So that’s it for today. Um, I want to thank ChhiroSecure again for sponsoring this. And I want you to join us again in two weeks with empowering women and Dr. Nathalie Beauchamp. We’ll be speaking to all of you. So have a great day and I’ll see you soon.

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Empowering Women in Chiropractic – Managing Moro Across all Ages & Stages – Monika Buerger

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Hello, happy Thursday. This is the third Thursday of January. Welcome to the amazing ChiroSecure, uh, platform. Big use of ChiroSecure again for giving us this opportunity to bring you, um, the Look to the Children’s show. So under house, Dr. Monika Buerger, hopefully you’re all doing fantastic. This, um, great, uh, third Thursday of January, 2121. So today I want to hang out a little bit. I’m getting a lot of questions and emails and blasts on social media and et cetera about what can we do for our little fiddle farts that are so stressed out these days. We are, um, we are in a time where not only the kiddos are stressed out with the adults are stressed out. So today I want to talk about how some things that we might see manifesting in our patient population group. And one of those is primitive reflexes.

So we throw this term around a lot, but one thing to keep in mind is this isn’t just for our little ones. This is really across all ages and all stages. And what I mean is, um, we’re going to see this happening in our adult population as well. And why is that so important? Why do you want to talk about that with on a peat based to show because our kiddos are going to feed off of their parents and the adults they’re around. So we have, um, adult stress ramped up anxiety, um, this unsettling, um, future that we’re trying to look at. So the kiddos are going to pick up on that and that’s especially true with during the prenatal period. So those pregnant mom was out there right now that are high stress. The, the, the, the, uh, the child will actually inherit mom’s stress patterns, mom’s stress resolve moms, um, the way she’s going to respond to her environmental stressors.

So I wanted to pick Moro reflex for, uh, this topic. Uh, the Moro I say is kind of the, uh, head honcho of the reflexes or the head honcho of actually of the sensory motor systems. And what I mean by this are primitive reflexes. Each primitive reflex kind of represents the maturation has part to do with the maturation, um, of our sensory motor systems and how we respond to sensory different sensory cues, sensory feelings, and the Morrow really represents maturation of all of our sensory systems. So the, the ability to respond in a good neuro, uh, integrity to all of our sensory environment, vestibular visual, tactile auditory, that moral reflex kind of runs the roost. So it’s a big kahuna. So when we’re in times of stress, when our resiliency goes down, those primitive reflexes can emerge. So a person, a child, a, the Mar reflects in particular integrates it should no longer be active.

So to speak after the age of about four months. However, if our overall, um, neuro adapted to their ability to handle stress is compromised because of infectious of traumas, whatever those re those reflexes, even if they were integrated, can reemerge. And this can be true with our adult population as well. It’s particularly true after, um, concussion, head trauma, et cetera. So, first lesson first take home. Pearl is we can use this information to assess all of our patients across all pages. And especially if you’re working a family practice paradigm, because if mom or dad are ramped up and stressed out, those kiddos are going to follow, um, and all stages of neural integrity. And what I mean by that is I’m going to show you different ways to assess the Moro reflex. Many of you are, um, first on the trust fall way, but I’m going to show you a couple of different ways, and I’m going to talk about different ways to integrate it depending on a person’s neuro functional capacity.

So let’s dive in and let’s have some fun. All right. So again, the more we flex sometimes has been in the past is referred to as the startle reflex, some will, um, there’s, there’s some controversy on that, um, on using it as the, the term, the startle reflex, it is a, it, the precursor to the Mar reflex, um, is called a fear paralysis reflex, and that develops in utero, and it should be integrated in uterus. We shouldn’t be born with it, but those two kind of go tandem together. And we work with them in the same manner, but again, the more reflects should disappear or integrate it at about four months of age. Um, if you see a little fiddle fart that six, eight, nine months a year old at a still very, um, start very easy, one telltale sign is when you try to go lay them down, they might be asleep and calm in the arms, but you’d go to lay them down.

And that head drops a little bit and they, they wake up and they start all, and then they’re inconsolable after that, they won’t go back to sleep. Um, they’re crying. They’re very much, um, dysregulated and disturbed. Okay. So that’s a telltale sign that that’s, that moral may be still too active. Um, if retained, this is very important. The moral tends to drive us in a more sympathetic dominant state, all the primitive reflex as well, right? Because they’re going to drive us back to that. The brainstem, that primitive part of the brain, these are brainstem reflexes. They don’t have cognitive control. It’s a reflux that makes me want to always break out into that song by the clash we flex. I won’t sing on this. So those would be that know me like the dummy in person I like to sing, but it doesn’t work out well, usually.

So anyway, um, so we, we shift, but the Morrow in particular leaves us in this fight or flight pattern. The Morrow is known as the first breath of life in the child. It’s responsible for that first breath of life in the child. When they’re born. I have seen clinically that, um, those little ones that are born, particularly with the cord around their neck or that, um, needed resuscitation afterward, or need oxygen or anything like that, having to deal with breathing that that Morrow tends to linger longer and tends to be more active throughout life. So just keep that in mind, if you’re looking at a history, um, areas that we want to look at from a spinal standpoint is looking at, um, uh, up regulate the parasympathetic nervous system. Since it will lead us into the sympathetic fight or flight shift, um, the respiratory diaphragm working the diaphragm, the rib cage can be huge because little, any individual that has this actively retained a Mar reflex might be breath holding a lot.

Um, they might not be expanding their red page. Um, well, and so we get some, uh, lack of oxygen, good oxygen flow concerns. This, um, also is very much tied with adrenal activity. When the adrenals tank out our immune system can be compromised. Um, we see things like allergies, eczema, asthma, um, and poor immune integrity associated with an active Mar reflex. So keep that in mind. Um, this can also really drive us into that limit, what I call limbic lock and load mode, and, uh, being held hostage by our amygdala, our fearmonger. So we can see anxieties and depressions and so forth associated with this constant Moro reflex, um, and very much, um, high, uh, muscle spasms, muscle spasticity, um, especially at the posterior muscles, the extensor muscles can be hypertonic and stress all the time, the posterior calf muscles. So these individuals, you might have them doing stretching routines as stretching routines, and you’re like, why can’t I get these muscles to relax?

They’re constantly stuck in that cortisol state because that morals fired up too much. So, um, Moro things like Annette, being able to unfold to not focus at one thing at a time, kind of that squirrel mode, okay. Poor impulse control, poor emotional maturity, um, easily distracted and that the poor impulse control and emotional maturity that comes because that prefrontal cortex is usually flipped off when we’re stuck in with these primitive reflexes. Um, so we’re stuck in that primitive part of our brain. So our executive functioning skills are not as great, um, aggressive, hypersensitive, anxious, startles, easy, a big one is having trouble paying visual attention to the center. They tend to pay attention to the periphery there everything’s distractive. So if we take this into the context of trying to sit and study or listen to in class, or as an adult, listen in a large lecture hall, we might be deferring our visual attention to the periphery all the time.

And, and so again, that squirrel attention. So we’re missing a lot of that information coming in. Um, they might crave sugar or caffeine, those stimulants to keep their adrenals driving because they’re, you know, burning out so much with their adrenals, um, things that, um, poor balance and coordination stamina we’ve talked, you know, brief some of this here already, um, blood sugar levels, blood sugar levels could be a big one because they’re constantly that sympathetic dominant shift. And, um, the adrenals are dysregulated, so they can, big times a blood sugar drops are between 10 30 and 1130 in the morning and three and four in the afternoon. So essentially after breakfast and lunch. So watch these individuals again, not just your kiddos, but your adults as well. Do we need to help supplement them with more blood sugar stabilizing snacks? Okay. Um, good proteins, good fats, et cetera.

They may be hypersensitive to light touch, sound, smell, or our sensory system, um, very troubled with adaptability. They want to make sure that they know what’s coming. They want to be the predictable situ in predictable situations. So, because they want to, they don’t change it. Routines is not a great thing because they want to know what’s going to feel like in the situation that they’re going to be presented in. So if they’re familiar, they know they’re going to be walking into their classroom and what that feels like, what it smells like, how loud it is and everything. But we switched that up and them and say open today, you’re going to go to Mrs. Jones class. Instead, they might come become unhinged because they’re always on guard and they don’t know what they’re going to feel like in Mrs. Jones is class. What’s going to fill out like to their brain.

Okay. Um, they can have trouble with hyperactive activity and fatigue. Um, because again, they’re being so drained. Tell me time is going to be a big, big milestone that we need. We need to look at with, um, helping to foster integration of the moral reflex tummy time. And then at about three months of age or so when they roll onto their side and they kind of kind of come together to midline, moral reflex is a core, it’s a core base centering reflex. Um, those of you that if you work on any energy or shock residents, a lot at solar Alexis area. Okay. So let’s go into some ways that we can evaluate the integrity of the Mar reflex. So let’s remember, I always say when I’m teaching, the more a reflex mimics an infantile response, that’s the it, the more active it is in that individual.

So in the, in the infant, we know that, um, they are going to inhale and everything extends. And then the exhale, like a, like a sigh of relief, the exhale, and come in into a flex position. So the Mo when you’re doing these testing patterns is T evaluations. You look for how much do they mimic that infant towel reflux? Okay. So it’s a good idea to get your hands on some little fiddle, farts, some newborns, and test that Mar reflex, you’re holding them. And basically you can drop them and you should see that inhale and then exhale. And they settle and come to come to inflection. The Murray flex was, has, um, been much associate with the vestibular system because of that change. It had movement. However, they’ve done some studies where they, um, basic what has basically shown that it’s very much associated with vestibular and proprioception, especially of the upper cervical spine.

Okay. So it’s an extension based stimulation that we’re looking for, that if it’s still active, we’re going to talk. We’re going to look at a few different ways to, uh, to look at this. One of them is actually in a supine position. You might not get these little fiddle farts that are, um, that have such an active Morrow to want to do the trust, fall maneuver, where they’re standing with feet together. I think I put a little video in here or a picture of that. Um, but that while they’re standing be preferably feet together, good posture. Cause we want to load up the system, especially at proprioception arms would be flexed elbow, slightly up the side, their head extended, and you ask them to fall back and you look, if they can, they do it with ease, do they hesitate? Um, do they, do they do this?

And then come back in. So the more amendments that mimics that infantile response, the more active it is in that individual that you’re evaluate. But I want you also to look at things like, do they flush? Do they have a sympathetic response? Do they get red? Do they get sweaty? Sometimes what I’ll do? Let’s say I’m doing the trust fall on a eight or 10 year old or an adult. Um, just make sure you can. You’re strong enough to match their body size. If you’re going to do the trust fall one. Okay. You can handle them if they, that dead weight comes back at you. Um, but my little fiddle parts I might say did that. And they, I see no action of their arms, no reaction. They just fall straight back. Okay. I will touch their PA. I’ll say, let me feel your hands. I want to feel that, are they breaking out into a sweat? Am I, am I picking up any sympathetic response? And I’ll also ask them, did that, um, how did that make you feel? Did that give you butterflies in your belly?

And some of them say, no, that was fun. Some might say you little, you know, and I’ll say little butterflies, medium, or a lotta meaning. Did that feel? Give them a feeling of being anxious. Okay. So you want to dig a little bit, um, you want to look for the overt signs, but you also want to did, like, is it maybe hanging out a little bit? Another thing you can do is you can walk into a room and you can either come from behind. If, if you feel it’s appropriate, if you know this person or, you know, they’re old enough, you think they can handle it, et cetera. And you can see if you can start a limb boot, um, or you can see, um, when you, some people say is, um, when you run up to somebody and meet them face to face, and if they’re equally to embrace you or they’re like freaking out, okay.

So those are some, some other subtle signs you might look for that is this moral hanging out a little bit, the older person or adult you might ask, how do you do somebody scares you? Or if you are, um, walking in front of the cards and we slammed slams or horn, do you like startle? And it’s hard for you to settle afterwards when Morrow integrates, it’s taken over by what this, what we call the stress reflex, where if I’m sitting here at a cafe, having a nice glass of wine with somebody in relaxing and conversing, and all of a sudden, I hear a loud crash behind me. I should appropriately take a breath in my shoulders. Go up. I turn, I look, I’m available, able to evaluate that I am safe. I’m okay. And I can come back and I can pretty quickly relax and calm down again with the adult, with the oldest child, do they startled?

And they have a hard time coming down and, and, um, self-regulating afterward. So those are some other things we want to look at if looking for an active Mark. So another way to test, we can do that the trust fall, but you can also have the person, the little fiddle part’s supine have, you know, a rolled up. You’re going to see on here, the rule that pillow under her shoulders. So you want the head about four or five inches off the table or the floor, depending where you’re at, put your hands underneath them. Their arms should be out to the side elbow, slightly bent with palms down legs extended and be fairly relaxed. And what you tell them is first of all, do it with the eyes open. Um, when I, as soon as I dropped your head, as soon as I let your head fall, I want you to cross your arms across your chest. First of all, make sure they can do this. Make sure they can, they know, understand the directions and they know how to do this. They can use both arms in a coordinated fashion

To do this. So

You simply hold their head. And at a given point, just drop it down and you see how fast they can react. Do they initially splay out like tomorrow and then come to midline appropriately? Do they hold their breath? Do they grimace? Do they flush? Are they sweaty? How active does that? Their motor pad, their response mimic an active model reflux. So this is another way we can do it. And then there’s also what we call the duck and pigeon walk. So what I’ll do is if I am not sure, or I see a very slight then thinking that’s kind of the slight active model, but I’m not sure I’ll put them in a duck and pigeon walk. And oftentimes you’ll pick it up here. And what that is is you have them stand. You have their elbows bent at a 90, 90 degree. As you see here, her thumbs are pointing inward and then her feet are pointing


And you have them walk about 10 feet forward and 10 feet back up several times. And you see if they can keep that posture. The thing you’ll know is that they’re there, their thumbs or hands want to come out of that position. And, um, and then the pigeon walk, his feet are turned in toe to toe and thumbs are turned out and can again, can they keep that posture as they walk forward and backward? And so this sometimes will bring out that, um, that moral, that you’re not sure if it’s linear in there or not. So I do this on my older kiddos and my adults, if I’m not seeing, if I’m, if I do the trust fall, um, and or the supine, and nothing’s really sh I’m not sure. I’ll see if I can bring it out this way. So those are three ways we can evaluate the moral along with the things that we talked about, of, of, uh, history, questions, and presentation that might be indicating, um, an active Morrow.

And then look again at your history. Are they complaining of anxiety? Are they complaining of inattention, um, sleep issues, blood sugar dysregulation, look at those as well. So tie those into the picture. So how are some ways? So this is a pretty, um, standard exercise to help integrate Morrow. But again, we want to bring this across all ages and all stages. Not everybody can do this, right? So I’m going to hold your breath. Don’t hold your breath because it’s part of Morrow. Um, I’m going to show you some ways we can modify things to help those, those individuals, depending on their age and their functional integrity, how we can modify this. So I have this little one in, in a chair. You can do this either supine, or you can do it in a chair depending on their capability. And we, I call this the Venus fly trap.

It’s like that plant, right? That you drop something into and it eats it up. So I call it the Venus fly trap. I think some people call it the star flower. Okay. So you’re gonna see it called different things, but this little one’s in a chair everything’s extended. Okay. Palms facing outward. And then the first thing is they cross one leg. They cross the same arm on that side, and then they roll up. Now what I tell, because you also want that head to come into flexing and what their whole body to come in into flection. Okay. So what I tell them, as I tell them, um, cause you want the pump when they’re doing this, you want the Palm space in their face. So I tell them that pretend your hands are like butterflies. And that they’re always facing the butterflies are, are, are facing you.

Okay? And they’re flying right here because I want those palms open. And as a side note, sometimes you’ll see individuals that have an active, retained Morrow. They they’re fisted they’re there. They don’t relax their fists open. So palms open facing you. All right. Um, and then as they they’re going to cross and they’re going to roll and they’re going to kind of take the butterfly wing to their nose and then the unroll uncross. Okay. Um, and the reason I liked that I like having their eyes on their hands as well, because you’re now you’re getting some hand eye coordination built into this. Um, so it’s, it’s kind of killing multiple birds with multiple stones. So you have them do one side first and then unroll and uncross. And then the other side crosses over and they roll up. Now again, I start them out with these basic movements because that’s all they may be able to do.

And then I can add breathing with it. So as they extend the inhale as a flex, the exhale, and it’s great to do like a five count breath with that. So as a extend five count, inhale as a flex five-pack five count by point. Exhale. Okay. How many do you do on each side? It depends on the, on the person. Do they cook out? Do they get kooky brain after three? You don’t want to push the goat. So to speak on these because you don’t want to drive them into a sympathetic state where they don’t like doing these, especially with their kiddos, their excuse will be, Oh, this is dumb. This is stupid. This is too easy. When actually it’s really hard on our brain. So, um, you might be able to get three on each side for the first week and then they can do five and then they can do 10. You need to step them up as tolerable. Okay. Because who wants to feel cookie? Now I want to show you over. This will play okay. On the child that can’t do this. How can we start laying the foundation to help them do this?

Can you do this? Maybe your right leg comes over to your left. Okay. And then do you remember your right hand? CO’s over on top, but your left. Okay. And can you roll up into a ball or you can do a roll, everything up and the head comes up too. There we go. Awesome. Okay. Unroll and unfold unfold. And now the left side comes on. Talk. Is it like paper? Kind of, can you put the website on the top? The left hand on top. Okay. Remember it’s like, butterflies are looking at you. It’s like your hands are butterflies because you want always the palms to be facing the face. Okay. Okay. So that gives you just again, how do we modify these things? Right? How do we make it applicable? The other thing I call it’s called clamps again, Morrow is a centering. It’s a core reflex.

So I use, um, hold on. If you’re out there. Okay. I’m going to show you actually with little babies to how to do this. Okay. We’re going to modify it for the little, little, little, little ones. Okay. But clams are, um, I use either, you’re going to see two different versions here. You’re going to see me using a deflated plated physio ball. And you’re going to see me using a beanbag chair B back because we want to mimic, we want to get an action that they can carry out that gets them into that center. All right. So this is kind of fun. The boys, especially like it. Um, so I’m going to show you. Okay. Ready, buddy. Okay. Everything comes up and squeezes it. Here we go.

Beautiful. Beautiful. Ready to go again? I think I have it ready. Okay. So you want their arms and their legs to kind of come up, see how the end phases here has legs. There’s those bits spread apart. You want them that kind of squeezing that whole, the upper and lower extremities. And then you’ll see this guy. Awesome job three, because especially this, the second one that I showed you, that little guy would, can not figure out right. Left more reflex. It’s going to be, uh, uh, uh, right left body, right. Left brain, upper lower body, upper lower brain brainstem to frontal lobe. Okay. So they can’t figure a lot of this. These kids can’t figure this stuff out, so we’re helping them and we’re playing a game at the same time and they love it. Um, so how do we modify this with the baby? Okay.

Okay. So with the infant, with a positive Mara, we can do the same type of things that we did with the older child. We’ll just modify it. So we saw that video clip where we had the little toddler and we had mom had him sitting in at her lap and we put the ball and we call it the clam. So what we can do with the little ones is get the small step in and we’ll okay. We have our quality

And we just use that boom. And we just modify ends up squeeze. Okay. And then maybe get her attention and then, and roll up and squeeze. Okay. So we’ll do that three to five times, and then we can do a model

Venus flytrap as well, where just like you saw in the video with the older child where we’ll just

Do the, um, maneuvers for them

And then roll them up and roll and I’m cross. And you can have the parents do at home again, three to five times on each side with the little ones it’s really easy to do for just one person, because they are so small, so modifications depending on functional capacity, age and size. So there’s some tips for the Morrow, with the iPad.

Jeez, gotta love that hair in that video. Hi, wild hair day there. Um, now what I want to say is, um, you saw me do the clams with that older child. The other way I’ve had them like, like a three-year-old where I’ve had them, where sit in mom’s lap and they’re facing out. And we just use a big step down, a big Teddy bear when they’re step animals or a big physio ball or whatever. Okay. And you just kinda put it into their core. And mom, um, mom would help them maybe squeeze with the arms and dad or me depending where they’re at would help him curl up with their legs. So they’re the comfort of mom’s lap. The object is coming out to their core and they help them squeeze. And what I found, especially with my autistic kiddos is they end up really liking this.

And sometimes they’ll end up dragging that step down and what’s mom or dad, or the physio ball. And, and they want this done because with some of them, it’s very calming actually. Um, I’ll give you one more thing. The other thing you can do with the older individual is you can have them in this position. So again, they, the unused arm is out the side, Palm up, you have the arm and the leg at a 90 90 position. You want them in a 90, 90 position. And you’re simply again, in, in the picture here on the left, I’m pushing into their core and they need to resist me. You’re not using more than 20, 25% of your body strength. Okay? You don’t want them overpowering you. And a lot of the kiddos will try to overpower you because it’s harder for them to do more of an isometric push.

So you’re pushing, you’re, you’re re having them resist as you’re pushing in. And then on the other picture, you see I’m Abby, I’m pushing out a wave from their core, and they’re supposed to try to maintain that position. So not easy to do. Um, and so what I do is I’ve done some cheat sheets for y’all. I, what they like to do is like this little dude, how he likes to rest his he’s resting his hand on his head. They like to cheat. Okay. When we’re in the sympathetic dominant shift, it really shuts up our prefrontal cortex and motor control and motor strength is off. So I I’ve used these little plates where they have to try to entice them to keep that position. I’ll show you this real quick. Right.

Keep that one bent. So we bounce a little bit like this there and bounce that place. Okay. That goes, this goes

Up. Okay. Bounce that plate. Okay. Right. Push in. Where do you push outward? So don’t let those plates drop. Oh, you’ve got to keep up. Awesome. Okay. So that gives the older kiddo a challenge. I’ve also used slink from, for the little kids slink from toy story. It was a perfect stuffed animal to, to rest on their leg. And then I said, don’t let slink flaw fall. Okay. So these are just ways again, to have some fun modify things, to get where you want to get with the little kiddos. And so again, you start with the easy stages and work your way up to harder, do harder maneuvers. So I think we had a pretty good fun time for you enjoyed this. Um, please reach out to me if you have any questions, this is going to be a big one right now because people are in, um, again, second a spider flight mode.

And, um, we want to help to be able to, uh, pull out all the red stops in addition to adjusting them, getting lifestyle management, diet regulation, blood sugar regulation. Um, look at that more reflects in a little bit can go a long way. So again, thank you again, ChiroSecure. You’ve been amazing for the chiropractic profession. Um, what would we do without you? Thank you for letting me share this information and be sure to check in on the first Tuesday in February with the amazing Erik Kowalke and his amazing information. And I’ll be back the third Thursday of February until then keep changing lives, keep changing the future.

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