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Developing a new normal

imageIt is always interesting to me what people define as “normal”. It is definitely a relative word and each person has their own perspective of what normal means in their lives.

One of my favorite things is to help people realize a new normal in their health. When doing an initial evaluation with a new patient, I will ask lots of questions of his or her current symptoms and health concerns. Many times people will refer to their pain or headaches as normal. From my perspective, headaches are not normal, back pain is not normal, leg pain is not normal, fatigue is not normal. The reason it is viewed as normal is because it has gone on for so long. There is a point when the pain or symptoms start to feel normal. People accept the pain and don’t know they can live a life free from that.

Chiropractic care is such a great, safe and natural way to realize and embrace a new normal. You can live free from headaches and pain, and be full of life and energy. Depending on the situation it may be a longer process to get there, but it starts with realizing there is a possibility for a better normal.

My goal is to help people live life at their full potential. Chiropractic care is a big part of this. However, it is not the only part. Often there are lifestyle changes that need to accompany the chiropractic care to achieve the goal. To realize a new normal, you have to be willing to make the changes necessary to get there.

If you or someone you know has accepted a life full of discomfort and pain as the norm, I challenge you to start or recommend chiropractic care. From there you can incorporate the lifestyle changes necessary to find a new normal.

Live life to the fullest!

My road to becoming a chiropractor

I thought I would share a little bit about myself for this blog. I know my bio is posted on the website but I wanted to go a little deeper.

Sometimes when people find out I am a third generation chiropractor they will ask if I felt pressured into becoming a chiropractor. My response to that is always “No”. I was raised with a chiropractic philosophy and lifestyle. When we got sick, we would get an adjustment and then allow the body to heal. The health challenges we faced were addressed naturally. It wasn’t until I was a freshman in college than I grasped how special and unique this approach was. While in undergrad, I started to work at my dad’s office part-time, just to help me get through college. I was an education major at the time, planning to be an elementary teacher. I felt no pressure to become a chiropractor. However, that job changed my career path.

Dad and I

While working there, I saw so many miracles happen. I realized how much I loved chiropractic- the philosophy and results. I realized I wanted this for my kids the way I had it when I was growing up. I realized that so many people don’t know about chiropractic and how amazing it is. I realized I needed to do this. It was part of MY purpose.

Fast forward 12 years. I am now married, have 4 kids and have been in practice for 6 years. I have been able to provide chiropractic care to my husband. One of the first things I did with my kids after their birth was adjust them. Such an amazing moment as a chiropractor and mom. I have also had several opportunities to help babies and other kids. Part of the dream has been realized, but there is more to it.

There are still so many kids who are not getting the benefit of regular chiropractic care. My goal is for this to become normal for everyone. I would love to see babies get a chiropractic exam before they leave the hospital, like they get their hearing checked before they leave. I believe we would see a dramatic change in the health of our kids.

When I have gone to register my kids for school, they require a dental exam as part of the enrollment process. My goal is that someday a chiropractic exam will be a part of this as well. I am all about having clean teeth, but really? They can get a new set a teeth. A child’s spine will be the same one they have at 86. It needs to be taken care of early so they are not immobile and debilitated by pain at 55. I think it is great that more and more parents are taking their kids early to the dentist but I hope they will have the same approach and concern for their children’s spine.

I feel blessed to be able to help my kids achieve a healthy life style and love to help other families on this journey as well.

At Sozo we are “changing the health of our community one family at a time.”

Preparing for birth

imageA big part of my practice is working with women during pregnancy. I can not tell you how many times I have people say to me “I didn’t know you could go to the chiropractor when you are pregnant,” or ” I wish I would have known about chiropractic when I was pregnant.”

It is my goal that everyone knows the importance of chiropractic during pregnancy. Not only can women go to the chiropractor when they are pregnant, they NEED to go. It offers so many benefits to the mother and the baby. It is my passion to help women have the best possible pregnancy, labor and delivery.

I see so many women who do not properly prepare for their birth and it is leading to many unnecessary interventions. To any woman out there who is going to have children, this is the message I want you to hear: prepare for your birth as you would for your dream wedding. Take time to research and figure out what you want and what you don’t want. Do not leave it up to the protocols that are established to favor the hospital staff.

Here are a few ways you can prepare.
1) Hire a doula. I would compare this to hiring a wedding coordinator. It is someone who knows a lot about the birthing process and what to expect. The doula can help you prepare properly.
2) Research birth care providers. You are hiring this person to help you bring your baby into the world. Make sure it is someone you like. It is okay to change birth providers. Also, research all the providers of the group because there is a chance one of them will be the doctor delivering. Find out what their c-section rate is. Just how you select the minister who marries you, you get to select your birth care provider and you want it to be someone you like and feel a personal connection with.
3) Take care of your body with proper nutrition, exercise and chiropractic care. You are going to be doing a lot of work to get that baby out of you, so you need to train for it. Every woman I know does a lot to prepare their body for their wedding, do the same for your birth.
4) Have a birth plan. Your doula is a great person to help you with this. Most weddings have a details agenda of exactly what is going to happen on the special day, so should your child’s birthday.
5) Take a detailed and informative birthing class. This is usually found outside of the hospital.

Your baby’s birth day is such a monumental day and the more you can do to prepare for it, the better your outcome with be. Unfortunately, I know of several moms who have had a traumatic delivery and they walk away from the birth of their child with physical and emotional scars. I hope to see this happen less and less. I hope to see more moms who say “the day my child was born was the best experience of my life.”

Another note, when your child is born, hold your child for as long as possible. The newborn exam can be performed while you are holding your baby. He or she does not need to be separated from you, unless there is a medical emergency. The weight and length of the baby can be taken later. It is not going to change in the first few minutes of life. The first few minutes are precious and so important for both the mom and baby. Don’t let anyone take that away from you.

Here’s to healthy moms and healthy babies.
Be well.

Detox

I have a love/ hate relationship with doing my 10 day detox program. I hate the idea of going without certain food items, but I love the way I feel during and after doing it. I have to prep myself mentally before starting but once I get into it, I remember why I do it. My energy level goes up, I sleep better and I like knowing I am doing something to help my body function better overall. It also helps to instill discipline which is necessary to achieve health.

imageWhy should we do a detox? That is a great question. The main reason is because it is impossible to avoid toxins. They build up in our body over time and, as a result, start to cause problems. Even if we try to eat a perfect diet, there are still environmental toxins we take in every day. I like to think of a detox as a way to hit the “reset” button for our body. It gives it a break from the normal toxins and allows your body to clean out all the junk that has been building up. It is also a great way to put out the fire in our body, which is inflammation. Most health conditions are a result of inflammation in the body. When you do a detox, your inflammation level is lowered and health is improved.

There are many ways to do a detox. I have found that using a medical food supplement while detoxing is a great way to ensure your body is getting all the nutrients it needs to properly function and clear out the built up toxins. At my office, I carry a medical food supplement from Metagenics. I use this product and follow a 10 day guideline for the detox. There is also a 7 day program.

Fasting is another way to detox. If your health condition allows, fasting for a period of time allows your body to clear out some toxins.

Another way I like to detox on a regular basis is with an Epson salt bath. I love doing this because its benefits are two fold. First, it pulls toxins out of your body and, second, it provides a way to relax.

I have resolved to the fact that to achieve the health I want, detox is a must. Even though it is not appealing to deprive myself, it is worth it. The benefits far exceed the cost. Therefore, I love it more than I hate it.

Be healthy and well.

White Space

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I love the color white. It is a classic color and goes with anything. I am always drawn towards white when I have the option to pick a color. Although, it is challenging to wear white with 4 little ones.
Another area where I have come to appreciate white is on my calendar. I love to see white space on my calendar. It means I have time to slow down and take a break. As life starts to get busy, I find myself looking for white space.
It is something we need to be intentional about. White space is important for our health. If our schedules are too full, our body starts to go into a stress reaction which triggers a slew of problems. Healing occurs when we slow down and give our body a chance to come out of the “flight or flight” mode and this only happens if we have white space on our calendar.
It is also important to teach our kids to slow down. It can be easy to fill up their schedule with just 2 or 3 extracurricular activities, but we need to ask ourselves “how important is this activity?” and weigh the potential cost of being too busy. Take some time to enjoy white space. I will be.

A Journey to Perfect Health

Recently I have been reflecting on what it means to be perfectly healthy. There are certain items that can be measured which would indicate someone is healthy, however it still doesn’t grasp the whole picture.

Someone could have the perfect blood pressure, cholesterol, BMI and blood work but on the verge of divorce and that would skew the idea of perfect health. On the flip side, there may someone who eats fast food every day, which would be labeled unhealthy, yet has his finances are in good shape and has the strongest and healthiest relationships you could find. I am not endorsing fast food by any means. The point I am trying to make is there are many different areas of health and they are all important.

You see to me, perfect health is being healthy in every aspect of your life. I am working towards that goal of perfect health. I don’t really think it is a goal you can ever literally check off the list but continually work towards. I want perfect health because I want to be healthy but if I am being honest, another reason I want perfect health is because I am a perfectionist. The other day I had a realization…I need to stop being a perfectionist to achieve perfect health. This means I have to allow some room for mistakes and not be stressed as I work towards perfect health. It seems contradictory in that I need to be okay with something that is unhealthy in order to be healthy. If I am stressed about doing all the things to be healthy, then I am working against myself.

It’s all about finding the right balance and that is where health is found.

Katie T.

After almost a year of my 14 month old waking up several times a night, often with night terrors, I decided to take him to Dr. DoniBeth Davis. I knew nothing about chiropractic care. After our first appointment I was skeptical that it would change his sleeping pattern. I felt like nothing would work. I was very wrong! My son was immediately sleeping better. He steadily declined in the amount of times he was waking up throughout the night. After our first few sessions he was only getting up once. We have been going for only a few weeks and last night he slept through the night! He also has not had any night terrors since we started. After being told over and over that my son was just a “bad sleeper” it was so nice to have someone really care that he wasn’t getting the sleep that he needed. I am truly amazed at the immediate results we saw. I can not thank Dr. DoniBeth Davis enough!

Ashley F.

When I first saw Dr. Davis I was 36 weeks pregnant. I just got the news that my baby was breech and I only had a few options if I wanted to deliver naturally. I immediately called Dr. Davis and was seen right away. Upon meeting her I felt extremely comfortable and at ease. She really seemed to be interested in my concerns and was easy to talk to.

During my exam she discovered that my sacrum was tilted and the round ligaments on my right side were tight. She performed the Webster technique and adjusted some other areas. Dr. Davis saw me again before my OB doctor appointment later that week and on her day off! I truly felt that she wanted what was best for me and my baby.

Unfortunately, the baby never turned by himself even with my efforts of hanging upside down and doing head stands in the pool. At 37 weeks I ended up being hospitalized and my OB performed an external version. It was successful and essentially painless. I truly believe that my choice to get adjustments from Dr. Davis was the sole reason why the external version worked. I ended up delivering my little guy naturally. I can not be more grateful for what Dr. Davis did for me and my baby.

Jessica A.

Dr. DoniBeth Davis has been my chiropractor since she started practicing. In the beginning I only went when something was bothering me or I was in pain. I did not start going regularly until my second pregnancy. Not long after I became pregnant I started having migraines. At first I just lived with it. But they started happening one to two times every week. With a 2 year old running around the house, exhausted from the pregnancy, I made an appointment. I woke up the day after my appointment without a headache! AND no aches and pains. I didn’t even realize the pain my body was in. From that point on I started going once every 2 weeks. I only had one migraine after that and it was because I cancelled an appointment. 28 weeks into my pregnancy my OBGYN told me he wanted to schedule a Caesarian, being that my 1st pregnancy ended that way. Determined to NOT go through that again I found a hospital, Aurora Sinai in Milwaukee, that would let me attempt a VBAC. It was successful. Why do I tell you this? I feel that DoniBeth played a huge role in my VBAC. She shared articles with me, encouraged me, and gave me chiropractic care up until the day before I delivered. I believe if my body was not aligned when going into the hospital I could have very well ended up with another Caesarian. I will never again go through a pregnancy without chiropractic care.

Another success story from our family is for my youngest daughter. Around a year old she started to leak through her diaper every night. It didn’t matter what size diaper she was wearing or changing her liquid intake. Frustrated, I mentioned it to Dr. Davis. She did a quick check and her hip was out of place! I thought it was just a fluke at first but she went an entire week without wetting the bed. She now goes with me every 2 weeks to be adjusted.

After having migraine relief and a successful VBAC while under Dr. Davis’ care, I am so thankful and blessed to know how chiropractic care can change circumstances by helping your body work properly and do what it was made to do. And for my daughter, there is always a night or two before our appointment that she wets the bed. BUT it is no longer as frustrating to have to change the sheets and clean her up because I now have an answer and a way to help her. Our family will be life long patients of Dr. Davis!

If you are debating to try chiropractic care give it a shot! You have nothing to lose and will more than likely have your own success story.

Grand Opening Open House

Please stop by and celebrate with us! We are very excited that this day is almost here. There will be a ribbon cutting at 5:00PM followed by food, door prizes and free screenings.

Please bring a friend to help us with our mission of changing the health of our community one family at a time.

Any questions? Feel free to ask on our Facebook page or call. @ 262-764-9301.