I realize it has been a minute since I last posted. I want to assure you that I have a backlog of recipes and informative posts that I just need to sit down and publish. My goal is to integrate this blog into my practice so that it is a resource for my clients.
But since my last post, I got caught up in studying for my Nutritional Therapy final exams (I passed and graduated!) and after that I really hit the ground running setting up my business so I could start providing affordable foundational and holistic nutrition services to my community. My specialty really is working one-on-one with clients; so setting up all the technical, business-y stuff is brand new to me and has consumed a lot my time (and I'm still working full time as a health sciences librarian). I promise that as things stabilize on the business end, I will begin providing regular content again.
With that being said, in addition to our website being up, we officially have an office location to see our local clients at: Nutritional Therapy of Pittsburgh will be working out of an office located inside Sports Performance + Spine! I am very excited to be working out of this space, alongside Dr. Mandy and her team.
Nutritional therapy and chiropractic care go hand-in-hand. I can personally attest to that and I have a few clients who can as well.
Nutritional therapy and chiropractic care both approach health from a holistic, functional perspective. The main difference is that nutritional therapy focuses on the body's function (physiology) and chiropractic care focuses on the body's structure (anatomy). Both are equally important and both can effect each other! Structure determines function, and function determines structure.
For example, if you don't hold manipulative treatment (i.e. it feels great immediately after an adjustment but later that night or over the next couple days your symptoms reappear) it may be due to an nutritional deficiency. In this situation, chiropractic care will help correct structural imbalances, but manipulation will not hold if the nutritional imbalances are not corrected as well. And vice-versa. Through our functional evaluation and lingual-neuro testing, we can help determine what those nutritional deficiencies are and how to bring your body back into sufficiency.
I've mentioned before that I personally experience low back pain on the left side of my body near my hip and pelvis when I am under a lot of stress. Structural care helps temporarily but the symptoms often reappear. I learned through nutritional therapy that your pelvic support muscles are neurologically connected to the adrenal glands. When I began supporting my stress levels with an adaptogenic herb and adrenal glandular supplement (that I lingual-neuro tested really well for), the pain would also temporarily disappear for a few hours. But it wasn't until I started receiving regular chiropractic care with Dr. Mandy at SP+S in addition to supporting my adrenal glands and stress levels nutritionally that the pain disappeared completely and I am able to discontinue use of the supplements after finishing the bottle.
I have also seen cases where a structural issue can cause functional symptoms. For example, some cases of heartburn or acid reflux can be due to a hiatal hernia. Anytime a client comes in with these symptoms, I always always always refer them to a chiropractor because if that is the cause, it needs to be corrected. However, at that point, the stomach has become so irritated and inflamed, and digestion has become so compromised due to antacid medications that nutritional therapy is also needed to help manage this condition.
As more and more research is being done into the gut-brain connection, we are also finding that concussions and traumatic brain injuries can cause leaky gut and other digestive issues (full disclosure: the article linked is a mouse study, but there is plenty of anecdotal evidence to support this; I would love to see more research into this as I have unfortunately experienced this first-hand as well--next time you see me, ask me about my concussion!).
I am now accepting nutritional therapy clients. If you are unsure if nutritional therapy is right for you, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (833)-687-3663 for a free 15-minute consultation. In the meantime, get a head start on your healthcare needs and book an adjustment and massage at SP+S!
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I've recently collaborated with my friend and fellow EmFit EMbassador Primally Balanced. She just released her line of essential oils she formulated to help with her adrenal issues. Despite a diet and lifestyle change, she couldn't get her glutes to fire, and by using these oils she has been able to improve her performance. Hamstring dominance is a sign of adrenal dysfunction because your adrenals are neurologically connected to your pelvic muscles; when your adrenals are week, your pelvic floor is weak which can cause lower back pain and also make it hard to activate your glutes.
I also am prone to adrenal dysfunction; we all are, some more than others. That's just a consequence of our modern lifestyles. I've personally battled with what some would call adrenal fatigue, and my stress management is something I try to be cognizant of every day. These oils have helped with that so much! I love to roll the Morning Awaken blend over my adrenal Chapman Reflex points (1" over and 2" up from your belly button) upon waking, and I use the Evening Calm blend when I get home from work. These essential oils are very high quality and smell so good--no harsh scents! This has helped me be more in tune with my body's stress levels as I try to maintain normal daily cortisol rhythms.
Adrenal dysfunction is prevalent in our society, but it's not often talked about in the mainstream. Doctors will only test for Addison's Disease, but the fact is that adrenal dysfunction is not black and white and happens on a sliding scale. If you suffer from chronic stress, you are likely dealing with some form of adrenal dysfunction.
To read about signs and symptoms of adrenal dysfunction (and what to do about it) head on over to Primally Balanced to read my two-part blog post.
While you are there, check out her essential oil blends and be sure to use my special discount code: AMYNTP15 for an extra 15% off your purchase as check-out!
Another great resource for dealing with adrenal dysfunction is Emily Schromm's Adrenal Challenge. It's a 7-day series of videos and resources sent to your inbox, starting as soon as you sign up (includes supplement support). It's a great deal and totally worth it (before I became an NTP, this helped me recover from some pretty severe adrenal dysfunction). You could also make an appointment with me or a local NTP in your area :-)
Primally Balanced is also on Facebook and Instagram.