Intro To Dynamic Body Balancing

 

Hey everyone. It’s Dr. Hurley. I have some exciting news I wanted to share. Over the last two years, I’ve been working on a certification in a type of bodywork that’s called Dynamic Body Balancing. And this work is created and taught by Dr. Carol Phillips, she’s a chiropractor and she’s well known in the birth community for being the creator of the content for Spinning Babies and for being a groundbreaking trendsetter in cranial work in the chiropractic community as well.

So I’ve been doing this certification with her for her Dynamic Body Balancing classes, and this weekend I completed the certification. I went through five levels of the seminars, and I got my 100-hour completion seminar certificate. So, I’m really excited. I’m going to be posting over the next few weeks. I really want to share the things that I’ve been learning in these classes, the things I’ve learned for myself and the ways that this work has healed me, and also the ways that I’m looking forward to being able to help others and serve others with this type of work.

This is bodywork that incorporates craniosacral, myofascial release and an energy balancing component as well. So, I’m really excited to share more about my personal experience with my journey through receiving this work as we learned it. The most valuable part of it was that I was able to receive this work, and I’m excited to share more. So stay tuned on our podcasts and blogs on our website, and I’ll be posting them to social media as well.

Foot Levelers

Most people think of Chiropractors as doctors that can help with back pain or neck pain. Did you know we can adjust the shoulders, elbow, knees, and even feet? 

Adjustments to the feet can help with foot pain and even improve the balance of your gait as you walk. We also know that the feet are the foundation of the body. When the arches of the feet collapse, it can cause imbalance in the knee, hip, pelvis, shoulders and even the head and neck! 

Because of this, we recommend that our patients get foot scans to see how strong their arches are or if there is imbalance in the way they are standing. The FootLevelers scanner will give a report and make custom orthotics specifically for you. Patients often notice their chiropractic adjustments hold longer, their relief lasts longer between visits, and they have less pain when they are supported from the ground up!

If you live in our area, I also recommend getting fit for the right shoes to support your foot. The Sporty Runner is where I recommend our patients go when buying tennis shoes or running shoes. You don’t have to be a runner to go there! Their associates are very knowledgeable and are able to observe you walk, and recommend shoes that will benefit you the most. Make sure to take in your FootLeveler Orthotic inserts so they can make sure they are compatible with the shoe you are purchasing.

If you have foot pain, knee pain, hip pain, low back pain, or notice that you favor standing or walking on one leg- come get a foot scan at Hurley Chiropractic!

Headaches/Migraines

Hey everyone, it’s Dr. Emily Hurley! I love to help people with headaches and migraines. I decided to specialize in migraines and headaches because as a migraine sufferer, I personally know how debilitating they can be. I wouldn’t be able to function without chiropractic to manage my migraines.

Oftentimes, my new patients come in reporting complaints of back pain. When I ask if they have headaches they respond “Oh occasionally” or “Just the normal amount”. Just to let you know- the normal amount of headaches is zero! When I ask how many headaches they consider to be “occasional headaches” my patients will sometimes describe up to 2-3 headaches per week! Headaches are not normal and are a sign that there is something going on! I help get to the root cause of the migraines and headaches. Oftentimes my chronic migraine patients know that they have triggers or patterns, such as the weather, stress, dehydration, certain foods, or right before and during their menstrual cycle. While these can all be factors in headaches or migraines, there is one common factor I find in all of my headache and migraine patients:

The Atlas Subluxation!

The Atlas is another name for our C1 vertebrae, that little bone that sits at the very top of our neck and supports our head. That’s why its name is Atlas, that little guy is carrying the weight of the world! The Atlas is the main culprit in nearly all of my headache and migraine patients. That little bone can get shifted out of alignment, which we call a subluxation. An Atlas adjustment is powerful and almost always gives a level of immediate relief. The Atlas Adjustment is a powerful neurologic reset. It’s a way to send a flood of information to the brain and is like rebooting a computer. It helps relieve pressure from those nerves going up into the head.

In the case of migraines (classified here as a one sided headache with pain behind the eye, accompanied by light sensitivity and usually nausea or vomiting), I have a few more factors to consider. My migraine protocol also includes cranial work. There is a bone in the center of our skull called the Sphenoid. The sphenoid will often follow the Atlas. If the Atlas shifts over, the Sphenoid can shift too. This puts pressure behind the eye. The one eye can appear bigger and it can cause pain behind the eye. Balancing the skull through cranial adjustments can give wonderful relief to migraine sufferers.

The third consideration is the balancing of the autonomic nervous system. Migraine sufferers that have light sensitivity, sound sensitivity, nausea and vomiting are stuck in their “Fight or Flight” side of their nervous system. Adjusting the spine, particularly the mid-back and upper back, can reset the Fight or Flight portion of the nervous system and help to calm the system. Think about it, if you are in Fight or Flight your body is on high alert. Your pupils dilate to be able to see the threat more clearly, your brain focuses on your hearing being more acute, your digestion slows down because you need all your energy preparing to run or fight the threat. This can be a factor in these symptoms of migraines.

Watch my video to hear about one of my greatest migraine success stories!

Massage Therapy at Hurley Chiropractic

Massages at Hurley Chiropractic provide are not your everyday massages! When patients enter the doors of our clinic they can count on massages that will address specific body wellness concerns as well as provide them with relief. Massages at Hurley Chiropractic are designed to be custom to the individual to give them a well-rounded treatment session to optimize the benefits to the body!

Massage therapy is defined as the use of manual techniques such as applying fixed or movable pressure, or holding and moving body tissues and muscles in order to manipulate the soft tissues of the body.

The massage therapists at Hurley Chiropractic use an integrated approach during the massage session to fully maximize the most positive outcome for the patient. The integrated approach affords the massage therapists to assess the pain, flexibility, posture, and other factors presented by the patient so the most efficient bodywork protocol under the therapists’ licenses can be employed during the massage session of the patient’s treatment. The massage will incorporate multiple therapeutic modalities or techniques that will best serve the needs of the patient. Those modalities will include but are not limited to Swedish, deep tissue, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, lymphatic drainage, neuromuscular therapy, and structural integration. The massage therapists will apply the manual techniques to most effectively promote the correction of any tissue dysfunction presented during the assessment and/or treatment.

The benefits of an integrated massage are greater ease of movement and less discomfort by reducing stress, increasing relaxation, reducing pain and muscle soreness, improving circulation, lowering blood pressure and heart rate, improving immune function, providing greater joint flexibility and range of motion, and many other wonderful actions. 

The licensed massage therapists at Hurley Chiropractic work alongside the chiropractors and rehabilitation specialists to ensure the patient’s best experience and greatest benefits from all the forms of bodywork offered at Hurley Chiropractic. This well rounded approach provides relief and healing for our patients each day.