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October 2017 Newsletter

Oral-Facial Function

by Alaina Rowswell-Kuliikowski DC DICCPDr Alaina crop

Many of our adult patients have experienced issues such as snoring, mouth breathing, difficulty focusing, apnea, frequent sinus inflammation, anxiety, jaw clenching, dizziness, headaches and digestive issues that are difficult to resolve. You may even have found one of our chiropractors adjusting the sutures of your cranium to address these issues. The Chiropractors that share practice space at Riverview Chiropractic Health have a particular interest in maintaining proper joint motion for you, including the proper joint motion of your head, face and mouth. It is possible however, that many of you who come in for Chiropractic care are unaware that the aforementioned conditions can be helped with chiropractic care of your cranium, and have failed to mention it your provider.

cranial joint adjustAs always, if you are struggling with your health, think Chiropractic First! If your symptoms require a multidisciplinary approach, we will be more than happy to work with all types of different health professions to help you heal naturally. Sometimes just an adjustment can provide more relief for much less cost and intervention than expected. What you may not realize is that this type of symptom can start at birth. Babies that have difficulty latching on to nurse, lose weight, click the tongue, cause nipple trauma or injury, vomit frequently, are fussy or gassy, hate being in a car seat, laying down or having the diaper changed can have cranial joint restrictions that need to be adjusted. Cranial suture motion is vital in the developing infant and pediatric skeleton. Malalignment can lead to symptomatic presentations.

There seems to be a growing incidentof tethered oral frenumissues or “tongue tie” in infants and children. Sometimes, having either a laser or surgical procedure to release a tongue tie is the answer. However, sometimes we find that these infants and children who have tethered oral soft tissue are in need of adjustments to align, adjust and improve oral function as well. In the mouth, oral Frena are fibrous attachments connected by soft tissue called fascia to the body. The fascia is that glossy tissue we find surrounding our mucous, muscles, organs and bones. It gives us our shape. Facial impingements or restrictions can manifest in different ways, but oral Frena particularly indicate the facia did not separate the way it should have at birth. Thus indicating an anomaly of function attributed to their cranial attachment. Having the tissue cut as in a frenectomy does release the gross function of the oral cavity, but often chiropractic care is needed to improve function and alignment after a surgical release. If the Frena does not get a surgical release, many unnecessary cranial restrictions develop through a lifetime. The lack of tongue movement and growing teeth can develop malocclusion, buckling of the joint connecting the back of the head to the palate and asymmetrical facial structure and function. Then, as we grow symptoms appear that are difficult to address and don’t resolve quickly as mentioned before.

I am leading our providers to make a multidisciplinary planmultidisciplinary-team with chiropractic, lactation consultants, pediatricians, dentists, and orthodontists to begin this rectification process. The earlier this situation is addressed, the better the outcome. That is why it is great to start chiropractic care early, and mention your symptoms so that as you are progressing toward health, and we can assist your journey.

When you look into the mirror, leave your tongue on the roof of your mouth and open it. Is there a thin frenulum connected to the lower jaw? Can you keep a seal with your tongue to your palate and open wide? Show your chiropractor what that looks like and be sure that your oral and facial joint function is optimized. Check your children as well!

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Our founding provider, Dr. William B Davis will be changing his insurance participations in 2018! As of January 1, 2018 Dr. Davis will no longer be accepting assignment for third party payors. His regular fees for a New Patient examination is $70. For a chiropractic adjustment it is $40. Re-examination fees would be $10. If you like, a receipt with a diagnosis can be provided at checkout, you can submit this receipt to your insurance and have payment issued directly to you in return.

Our Massage Therapists are available every day, even on Saturday’s for your convenience. Massages are an excellent way to reduce stress, take care of your muscles and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. The following link is a complimentary newsletter you may enjoy: body sense magazine digital

What Is Oxidative Stress? By Patty Wagner ( Patient at Riverview) Oxidative stress, simply put, is the damage made to a cell through the oxidative process, similar to the rotting of an apple left on the counter. Oxidation, in itself, is a very normal process – it happens all the time to our bodies and many things that surround us. However, when there are disturbances in the natural oxidation process, such as the attraction of a free radical to another molecule in your body, the results are often toxic effects. Imagine an iron pipe lying on the ground. As it weathers, years of rain, environmental exposure, sun, and other factors, it begins to rust. The rust is caused by oxidation. Free oxygen radicals are created during the metabolism of normal oxygen cells, or oxidation. These free radicals are missing a simple electron and are in search of another molecule that they can combine with to become “whole.” In their quest, they fire charges that damage other cells and structures around them. This, in turn, causes the rust.

In effect, your body is “rusting” as it goes through its lifetime, the free oxygen radicals wildly running through your system, searching for a mate. As you can see, the more free radicals your body contains, the more damage that’s likely being done. So what are some of the most common reasons our bodies’ oxygen molecules oxidize themselves into an increased amount of free radicals? Some of them you’re probably well aware of, and some of them may come as a surprise.
• Environmental and Air Pollution
• Cigarette Smoking
• Excess Stress
• Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications
• Radiation
• Excessive Exercise
• Increased Exposure to Sunlight

These are some unavoidable situations where oxidative stress is inevitable. Find out answers and what you can do to fight and reduce your oxidative stress, fight disease and feel amazing doing it!

Presenting will be: Patty Wagner and Bev Long. Sponsored by Dr. Alaina Rowswell.

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Recipe Of The Month

Vegan Chocolate Buttercreamchocolate frosting

From JJ on Pinterest

Absolutely unbelievably luscious and creamy, and not a single drop of dairy or nut or soy purée in sight. While you can use it on pretty much any cake or spoon you wish, I highly recommend it for frosting the best ever Gluten Free Chocolate Cake.
Makes approx 2 ½ c — enough to fill, crumb coat and frost a two layer cake. Make another half batch (or use Whipped Chocolate Coconut Cream between layers) to fill a four layer cake.


1 cup mashed steamed cauliflower
1 Tbsp lemon juice
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
½ cup mashed avocado
¼ cup maple syrup
½ cup cocoa or raw cacao, sifted
¼ tsp flakey sea salt

Blend cauliflower and lemon juice to an impossibly smooth purée.
Add coconut oil and blend again until you see the texture change and the mixture becomes silky smooth and thick.
Add avocado and syrup and blend again.
Stir in cocoa and salt then blend one final time and refrigerate 1 hour or overnight.
Before using whip, with a electric whisk or a hand whisk, to loosen slightly.
Spread on cooled Gluten Free Chocolate Cake or pretty much anything else.

Cauliflower: steam a head of broken up florets for at least 25 mins until very soft. Remove from pan so excess water evaporates while cauliflower cools. Roughly mash what you need for recipe, reserve remainder for another use (like lunch).
Syrup: I prefer using maple syrup for this. Honey is ok but can overwhelm the chocolate. A combo of maple and rice syrup or straight rice syrup would be ok but will be less sweet / more bitter chocolate. In a pinch mix ¼ c packed rapadura sugar with 2 Tbsp (30 ml) water. Feel free to add more syrup to taste however you may want to add an extra bit of coconut oil too to ensure the frosting firms up.
Avocado: if you can’t use avocado for some reason replace it with an equal amount (½ cup for the standard recipe) of additional mashed cauliflower and an extra 2 Tbsp coconut oil.