What is Welness

Everywhere you look these days in health care it seems that all types of providers are offering you “Wellness” services. There once was a time not long ago that only natural health care doctors (i.e.: chiropractors) offered this type of service. At that time chiropractors were called “quacks” for offering wellness approaches. Now you see it being used by pharmacies, hospitals, and different parts of the medical field. It’s obvious the acceptance of a superior life with natural health care is quickly gaining more ground.

With this explosion in wellness services and with everyone getting on the bandwagon, it’s important for patients and consumers to understand what they are really getting when they access wellness care from a provider or clinic. Is the service actually going to provide a benefit to you in terms of improved health OR is the term “Wellness” merely being used as a buzzword to get you in the door?

There have been publications put out which talk about treating a “whole” person and they include a list of wellness services: mammography, MRI, pap smears, whole body scans, ultrasound, etc. What I find interesting is that there is not one item here that actually enhances your health or well-being. All of these services are essentially diagnostic tests. While they have their place, there is no substance of wellness and holistic care, no item that enhances your health.

The whole Wellness or Holistic approach has its roots from the beginnings of Chiropractic as far back as 1895. In a recent survey of Chiropractors it was strongly agreed by 88.3% the main focus of what Chiropractors excel at is to “MAINTAIN OR TO OPTIMIZE HEALTH FROM A HOLISTIC AND WELLNESS APPROACH”. This is a much stronger change to overall health than to just remove a back pain.

It was also overwhelmingly agreed by Chiropractors and has been repetitively shown in science that a condition known as “Subluxation” creates a lot of the unwanted health problems that people have today. People who have not been checked for Subluxation usually have a lower quality of life and a shorter life.

What allows the body to heal?

What allows a body to heal? Do we have the ability to heal on our own or do we need outside intervention that will tell our bodies how to heal? These questions are larger in people’s minds now than they were even a decade ago. The results of surveys done all over the world people indicate that people now are searching for the answer to what allows a body to be healthy? The two main health philosophies that are played in our society today are:

  1. Health is delivered from the healing power already existing inside of ourselves; or
  2. Health is delivered from ingesting drugs to artificially change the body chemistry because the body doesn’t know what it is doing and to remove parts of our body from surgery.

Well, you judge for yourselves, but here is my opinion: we have an intelligence inside wf ourselves that is transferred from our brain to our body that has all the information to heal our bodies the way it was designed. Think of this, every 6 months every cell in your skeleton is totally brand new, every 6 weeks you have a brand new liver, and every 4 days you nave a brand new lining of your stomach. If you didn’t have the intelligence already existing inside of you to produce this stuff in a perfect way, it wouldn’t take long before parts of your body simply didn’t function anymore. Think of this: If you cut the hand of a dead person and a live person and put a band-aid on both, one would heal and the other wouldn’t. What allowed the healing to occur? Both bodies are identical; they both have the same body parts and chemicals. The only exception is that one has a life force in it, an intelligence flowing through it, nothing mystical, just real. A quote from Gray’s Anatomy text book: “The function of the brain and nervous system is to control and coordinate all the functions of every cell, tissue, and organ”. If it is true that our brain and nervous system control every function in our bodies, then what we need to do to have good health is to work throughout life to remove any blockage we have created of this crucial information, not to cover up the symptoms with drugs.

Health Care’s Missing Link

As a family chiropractor, there is nothing more rewarding than to see the positive changes in the children and adults that we care for. Problems like asthma, ear infections, constipation, menstrual pain, ADHD, and many others.

But wait a minute!  Isn’t Chiropractic for neck and back pain?  How, on earth can a Chiropractor help such problems?  Let me illustrate how Chiropractic can help, because so often it is the missing link in alleviating such problems.

Here is how the largest, natural, fastest growing, drug free system of health care, Chiropractic works:

  • Our bodies are self-regulating and self-healing organisms. For instance, what is your liver doing right now?  Do you have to think about it?  NO – our liver works because we have a phenomenally wonderful Innate Intelligence that knows how to keep us healthy.
  • The master controlling system of our innate intelligence is the nervous system. Everything in our life is under the influence of the nervous system, for example, how we run, digest our food, wiggle our toes, fight disease, solve problems, as well as interpret and respond to the environment around us.
  • Any interference to the nervous system will result in our inability to heal and regulate bodily functions. The most common interference to the nervous system is due to subluxation (misalignment) of the vertebrae (spinal bones) that irritate the nerves and cause far-reaching chaos in our system.
  • The intent of the Chiropractor is to locate spinal subluxation, gently adjust the spine to remove the nerve interference, and allow Innate Intelligence, the wisdom of the body, to heal from within.

Spinal Subluxations can be due to many factors, most commonly: birth trauma, physical trauma, mental/emotional stress, and even chemical stress.

In my clinic, and others, we utilize new technology that measures the nerve blockage from the top to the bottom of the spine.   Also by measuring posture, muscle tension and imbalance, range of motion and temperature changes from side to side on the spine, we have excellent data to determine the presence and degree of subluxation.  This technology has helped people understand that subluxations can have an incredibly huge negative affect even in the absence of pain, and it assists the Chiropractor in providing objective clinical data to track the patient’s progress.

When people are given the chance to have their nervous system feed their body without interference they live an amazingly healthy life with large reductions in their risk to pain, dysfunction and disease.

How does Gratitude Affect Your Health?

This month our focus is on Gratitude ☺ Our mind is very powerful, more powerful than we even realize. Our mental focus affects more than we realize, including our health.

Understanding how physical stresses affect our bodies is usually easy. You fell or were hurt, or you have repetitive job. The effect of chemical and emotional stress may be a bit harder to grasp. How can an argument or the excitement of a new home affect your overall health?

From a chiropractic perspective, subluxations or misalignments of the spine are caused by 3 main things….stress, stress and stress. More specifically Physical, Chemical and Emotional stress. This stress comes from husbands, wives, partners, kids, family, money jobs, basically – life.

Today, more than ever, we are hearing about the effect that emotional stress can have on the body. People understand the link between emotional stress and ulcers, heart disease and headaches and tension in our muscles and joints. Similarly, emotional stress can result in spinal misalignment (subluxation) along with the severe nerve impact those misalignments can make.

You will probably not “feel” the subluxation as pain is the bodies last way to tell you something is not right. You may, however, notice other symptoms. Headaches, lack of focus, inability to sleep, nausea, etc. Stress will go to YOUR weak link, so if you get heartburn, you may notice you suffer more with it during stressful times.

In our office, we have a screening system that will show us exactly how well your body is adapting to stress and what kind of reserves you have for the future. The Insight scan is a 3 part scan that uses space technology to check the function of your nervous system, which is the master computer of your body. Controlling and affecting EVERY CELL!
Click here to learn more about this scan.

Please contact our office if you would like to see how your nervous system is functioning today!




How Chiropractic Adjustments help to Maximize Exercise Results


If you are going to take the time to exercise, then you probably want to get the most out of the time you are in the gym. That is why the exercises that claim to keep on burning even after your workout session is over seem so appealing. People are always looking for new and improved ways to get fit, stay fit, and make the most of their time.

One way that people are finding to be beneficial for getting the most of their fitness routine is through chiropractic care. Check out how chiropractic care may be able to help you get the most of your exercise and fitness routine.

1. It Reduces Pain

Chiropractic care is an excellent way to reduce and prevent pain. Chiropractors are often able to align your spine properly through adjustments. When the spine is out of alignment or there is a subluxation, it can cause pain all over the body. The back, neck, head, and joints are among the most common places to experience pain. After a workout, chiropractic care can also help to minimize soreness and get you feeling good again. This means that you will be able to get back at it more quickly and stay at it with a decreased chance of injury or pain.

2. It Increases Your Range of Motion

Chiropractic care can help to increase your range of motion. When you are free of pain, you are able to move more freely and without restriction. Adjusting the spine allows the nervous system to function optimally and the joints and other areas of the body to work more efficiently. This means that they can move, work, and do their jobs with less pain, stiffness, and restriction in general. You may not notice a huge improvement after one appointment, but with ongoing care, you may notice your flexibility increase slowly and steadily over time.

3. It Strengthens Bones and Muscles

Keeping the body properly aligned gives it more opportunity to work and act the way it is supposed to. When your back is aligned, it takes stress and extra work off of surrounding bones, muscles, and joints. This means that each muscle can do its job and no more. Compensation for weak areas happens a lot less, and because of that, less injury and pain is a great benefit.

If you are ready to get the most from your workouts, call our office to schedule your adjustment.

Chiropractic & Hydration


The Importance of Hydration after a Chiropractic Adjustment

Numerous studies have shown the importance of drinking water to maintain a healthy, well-balanced body. It is important to stay hydrated to maintain proper kidney and digestive function, and remove waste and toxins from the body. The human body is made up of 60 percent water, but every day some of this water is lost due to breathing, perspiration, and urination. To replenish this supply, people should drink plenty of water

Hydration to Help Remove Toxins from the Body

Keeping properly hydrated is even more important for patients who undergo chiropractic treatments. Patients may experience a variety of mild side effects the first 24 hours following an adjustment, ranging from headache, to nausea, to dizziness. This is actually perfectly natural. When the body is put into proper alignment from a chiropractic adjustment, it releases all the tension it has been holding. At the same time, it will release various toxins that may have built up as a result of that tension.

We recommend that patients keep hydrated following any chiropractic adjustment, as doing so will help eliminate toxins from the body more quickly. This will greatly cut down on the severity and length of time for any side effects from the adjustment.

Hydration as Part of a Regular Wellness Routine

Dr. Dodie recommends that even patients not undergoing regular chiropractic adjustments keep themselves well hydrated. As part of a regular wellness routine, it will help keep the body healthy, thus reducing the likelihood of injury or illness that may require chiropractic care again at a later date. If the body is able to quickly eliminate toxins on a regular basis, it is less susceptible to future illness, and will recover more quickly.

Water is one of the most essential ingredients for life. It is needed to nourish crops in order for them to flourish. Dr. Dodie believes in the importance of water, as it is essential for nourishing people so that they may flourish as well. She suggests that keeping properly hydrated is perhaps one of the most important things patients can do on their own time to maintain the benefits from chiropractic adjustments.

Why is Nutrition Important to you Chiropractic Care?


Nutrition is about fueling your body, like you would your car.  Have you considered the quality of the “fuel” you give your body on a regular basis?  Do you make time to plan your meals and snacks or do you frequent the drive through?

Your fuel affects many things including your energy, mood and ability to function AND also the quality of the cells your body continually produce.  It affects how fast or slow you heal or recover from an accident or injury.

The Canadian Chiropractic Association notes the “chiropractors are trained to provide dietary, nutritional, lifestyle and therapeutic exercise counseling to address specific patient complaint and to enhance overall health.”

Good nutrition is about nourishing your body from within, and reducing your risk of illness, injury and inflammation.  There are many direct links between nutrition and recovery as well.

  • Good nutrition supports injury rehabilitation – a diet rich in antioxidants and lean protein helps combat internal inflammation and provide your body with the building blocks for repairing cellular damage.
  • Good nutrition can reduce back and other joint pain – extra weight places additional strain on the musculoskeletal system, losing weight through nutrition will relieve this extra pressure on the spine or joints and naturally reduce back pain.
  • Good nutritioncan increase energy and reduce fatigue – processed foods, preservatives, and added sugars leave us feeling constantly exhausted, irritable, and fatigued. Simple dietary changes can make a significant difference for your overall health.]

Chiropractic is based on the premise that the body is able to achieve and maintain health through its own natural recuperative powers, provided it has a properly functioning nervous system and receives the necessary health maintenance components. These components include adequate nutrition, water, rest, exercise and clean air.

Fun food facts, did you know:

  • A craving for sweets may be the result of a vitamin C deficiency.
  • Greek yogurt is an excellent source of vitamin D.
  • Fresh spinach can boost your immunity and reduce your risk of some cancers.
  • Garlic is filled with powerful antioxidants and can improve your immune system.

You are welcome to talk to Dr. Dodie about your nutrition and how you can improve your health!



Why Chiropractic?

Happy and healthy

Top 3 Chiropractic Misconceptions

I. Chiropractic is only for back and neck pain.

The first chiropractic patient was deaf and had his hearing restored after a chiropractic adjustment. That was over 100 years ago. Chiropractic doesn’t treat any specific medical condi-tion. The chiropractic adjustment helps improve nervous system function so the body and immune system function better. You need not suffer from a particular condition to enjoy the benefits of chiropractic — you simply must have the desire to be as healthy as possible.

2. Chiropractic is just for adults.

On the contrary, chiropractic is GREAT for kids! Numerous case studies show that chiropractic is very safe and effective for children of all ages. A wellness lifestyle including chiropractic care makes fora happy family.

3. Once you go to the chiropractor, you have to keep going back.

Going to the chiropractor on a regular basis is a very healthy lifestyle choke. However, the healthier you live outside the chiropractor’s office, the less time you’ll need inside the chiropractor’s office. Healthier living means less stress and therefore fewer subluxations. Compare your chiropractic visits to working out at the gym or seeing the dentist. Your fitness is maintained or improved with additional workouts and dental appointments can be less frequent if you take good care of your teeth. Remember, your health is your responsibility.

Allergies and your immune system

allergies can be reduced with chiropractic care

If you are among the millions of North Americans who suffer from a wide range of allergies, you might want to consider a great natural solution to help minimize your symptoms. Allergies are a result of an exaggerate response by your immune system to combat foreign substances such as pollen, dander, dust, molds, etc. The strength of both the immune and respiratory systems depends largely on proper communication between the brain and spinal cord to control and coordinate their functions properly. Being regularly adjusted reduces and even eliminates many allergy symptoms as it helps strengthen your immune system and improves nerve communication.

Did you know?

Most allergic responses involve the release of inflammatory producing substances such as histamine. Sufficient production of cortisol, an anti-inflammatory hormone produced by the adrenal gland, is necessary to fight this reaction. Understandably, many allergy sufferers also have weak adrenal gland function. The adrenal gland is controlled by the T9 spinal nerve root and its connection to the brain and spinal cord, meaning once again, that adjustments can greatly affect allergic reactions while improving overall wellness!

Beat September Stress


September brings a change in seasons and a whole new type of stress. As the leaves change color, the stress of starting school and new deadlines begin to take over. September is the time to check on the health and strength of your family’s nervous system. Nerve tension from exhaustion, anxiety, physical activity, and prolonged sitting can deplete an already overloaded immune system. So what can you do? Make an appointment! The spinal-nerve scanning technology that your Chiropractor uses can pinpoint where stress is building up and interfering with normal, healthy functions. Getting regular adjustments can also help boost productivity and brain function, which is a perfect way to jump-start this school year and keep you healthy when you need it most.

Did you know?

Your chiropractor is using the same examination technologies that astronauts have used in preparing for shuttle missions! The INSiGHT spinal nerve scans have been used in the Space Program to research and understand the effects of gravity on the spinal core. This valuable research led to the INSiGHT scanning technology being awarded the Space Certification label. Just think, you and the astronauts are more connected than you may have ever imagined!

Chiropractic and Headaches

You are not alone if you have a headache…

From occasional, frequent, dull and throbbing, to debilitating, headaches can come in many different forms and from a wide array of causes. They can be from muscle tension, misalignment in the neck, head trauma, stress, needing eyeglasses, allergies, illness, alcohol, chemicals, and much more. Over-the-counter pain medications only mask the symptoms that could be leading to further deeper problems Addressing the underlying issue is much more important and effective for your overall health and well-being! Getting adjusted is a great and natural way to relieve all that built up tension and reduce the effects and frequency of headaches.

Did you know?

The pain you feel from a headache is actually your body sending you warning signals that something is not right! If you suffer from frequent headaches, it may be an in-dication that your body has lost its natural ability to heal itself. Getting adjusted can help you maintain a healthy and balanced nervous system while allowing your body to re-gain this natural ability to heal. Your chiropractor is skilled at detecting and correcting the underlying causes of many forms of headaches!

We know you feel it, but do you know what nerve tension really looks like? Ask your chiropractor about getting a comprehensive scan during your next visit to find out!

Effects of Travel


Everyone loves a summer vacation, but there are so many reasons why traveling, especially for long distances or periods of time, can cause unseen issues. Tensing up if driving in bad weather or heavy traffic; long lines at the airports; pressure changes in the cabin of a plane; sleeping in a different bed; carrying heavy bags…it all takes a toll on your overall health and well being. The list is endless, but chiropractic is great for keeping you balanced and releasing tension brought on by wear and tear from traveling! A kink in the neck from sleeping on a bad pillow, sore shoulder from lifting heavy suitcases or beach gear, sciatica pain from a 12 hour car ride. You name it! Make sure to get an adjustment before and after your next trip. Your body will thank you!

Travel tip

Pack a tennis or lacrosse ball in your carry on and use it as a self-massager whenever you need a break. Place the ball between your back and a wall, and lean into it. Apply however much pressure is comfortable to gently release some of that built up tension!

Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

chiropractic care during pregnancy

Getting regular adjustments during pregnancy is incredibly important for a variety of reasons. Moms-to-be are more susceptible to stress, injury, and reduced immunity because of the structural and hormonal changes they are going through. Using medications is ill advised during pregnancy as they can affect the natural growth and development of that precious baby. Pregnant women should also try to decrease their stress load during pregnancy, as chemicals released by their bodies can have a negative impact on the baby. Chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy are a wonderful way to keep the body aligned, reduce stress, boost immunity and prepare the moms body for the baby‘s delivery.

Did you know?

neck or back pain that can result from weight gain and altered biomechanics during pregnancy, but regular chiropractic care provides much more than just pain relief. Not only will it improve the balance and alignment of the spine and pelvis, it will also allow a more comfortable pregnancy and delivery for both mother and baby. How? It stimulates the nervous system to enable proper functioning of your reproductive and other organs, thus supporting the needs of your baby throughout pregnancy and during delivery.

People will lead a longer, healthier and happier life with a fully charged and perfectly balanced nervous system.

Improve Your Structural Wellness

Regular chiropractic care instills you with a sense of ‘health-confidence’ and self-confidence. Much can be said for first impressions, so whether it be in business or personal lives, your posture can speak for you before you ever utter a word! Standing upright and keeping good posture habits can not only make you seem slimmer and more confident, but it also has innumerable health benefits as well. Practicing good postural habits is easier said than done, so where should you start? Here! Getting adjusted and visiting a chiropractor regularly is a sure way to improve your posture, as well as heighten your overall quality of life.

Did you know?

Sitting and standing with proper postural alignment allows you to work more efficiently and with less fatigue and strain on your body’s muscles and spine. Talk to your chiropractor about breaking poor postural habits today, and feel the stress and tension melt away as you improve!

The Effects of Stress

stress levels

Do you know how stress affects you? Chiropractors have become the trusted advisers and care providers for managing deep, unhealthy stress that affects the nerves in the spine. The question that you and your chiropractor need to answer is, “What type of stress caused these problems?” It’s a complex answer because stress can begin as quietly as slouching on the couch and end up interfering with the way your spinal nerves control your organs. Unfortunately, stress that isn’t managed leaves a ‘stain’ on the nervous system. Once injury, work and school postures, emotional chaos, or dietary and medical issues overload the spinal nerves, the body begins to work around the problems and eventually sends you a big signal called ‘THE SYMPTOM’. Make sure you get adjusted regularly in order to unlock your tension and help dissipate hidden body stress before it becomes an issue. It feels great to have energy flowing again!

Did you know?

Even if you don’t have pain or symptoms, hidden body stress could be negatively affecting your health and balance. Getting adjusted regularly can help negate this negative stress on your body and ensure that you are healthy and balanced. People will lead a longer; healthier and happier life with a fully charged and perfectly balanced nervous system.

Chiropractic adds years to your life and life to your years!