Riverland Professionals Series – Amy Martinson

I am asked on a daily basis for referrals to other professionals in the area. Here is the next in a series of blog posts dedicated to professionals around the Riverland, whose skills and qualifications complement services received at Santosha.

For our next profile, I am pleased to introduce Amy Martinson, Kinesiologist. Amy became interested in kinesiology through NeuroEmotional Technique and Applied Kinesiology sessions at Santosha. She had the determination to say, “This is what I want to do!” and found a course that she was able to do. While there are definitely differences in the kinesiology that Amy uses, compared to the kinesiology that I use, many of these techniques have the same outcome: Reduced stress, better wellbeing, happier and healthier people. Amy has started Shared Space in Renmark, where she consults from.

What is your profession? What areas do you have qualifications and training in? 

Kinesiologist and Neuro Trainer! In 2015-16 I studied with the College of Neuro Training to complete both CIV in Kinesiology and in Neuro Training. I’m now studying the Diploma majoring in Adaptive Neurology.

What does your job involve on a daily basis?

I work part time and my days vary from week to week to fit in with clients and my own little people. I also do the book work for my husband’s business, so on any given day I could be wearing a different hat.

How did you become interested in Kinesiology?

Catherine at Santosha introduced to me Applied Kinesiology which she uses as part of her chiropractic care. For me it was a lot like a magic trick where I was completely fascinated by the Neuro Emotional Technique and I got results. I couldn’t study Applied Kinesiology without a Bachelor Degree and then a friend told me she visited a Kinesiologist/Neuro Trainer in Adelaide. I went to one session and decided on walking out of there that I needed to learn this for me and my family if for no one else. It’s been an incredible roller-coaster, still is.

What is your biggest life achievement?

This one will mean so many different things to different people. Once upon a time I would have started to list everything  I have, what I’ve done or where I’ve been. My children, ages 10, 8 and 5 come to mind but I didn’t achieve them either, they are my blessings! I’m proud of lots of things but if I had to hold anything in the highest regard it would be how much I have grown as a person in the last 5 years, in the last 10 years.

What is one thing you can help clients with (that the general population may not realise)?

To look at and respond to stress differently.

But first, stress can be mental, emotional, physical and spiritual. Examples of early signs of stress include habitual negative thinking, low self-esteem, feelings of overwhelm, mood swings, depression, anxiety, brain fog, lack of direction or motivation, teary, reactive to even the smallest challenges in life, headaches, lack of appetite, sugar cravings, and muscular aches and pains.

We’re always going to have stress in our lives. And a certain level of stress is actually required for us to get off our butts to do anything. It’s when the balance is tipped that we’re unable to process effectively, and use that part of our brain that helps us find new ideas and solutions to our problems.

Kinesiology with Neuro Training is about changing patterns and becoming aware of the patterns we’re using to cope with our problems (refer signs above).

The more we use a pattern of thinking or behaviour the more likely it becomes our habit.

An easy way to understand Kinesiology with Neuro Training is to liken it to brain training. It’s building stronger neurological connections for better response to mental, emotional and physical stress on the mind/body.

Where are you located?

​12 James Avenue, Renmark Tuesday to Thursday.
50 Bookpurnong Terrace, Loxton alternate Mondays.​

What do you enjoying doing in your spare time?

Being a mum is a big part of what I do day to day. I Love catching up with friends. I Love Coffee! I Love spending summer evenings on the river with my family and friends. I feel better for walking in the mornings. I enjoy travel and experiencing other cultures especially their food. Any movies or books are usually period stuff or autobiography’s on women of different cultural struggles.

Amy and her family

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Sympathetic Dominance

Imagine you’re sitting, scrolling through Facebook or your emails and someone lets a tiger into the room. What would you feel and what would you do? Naturally I would expect a few things such as:

  • A beating heart
  • A rush of adrenalin through your arms and legs (tingling, pulsing, shaking)
  • Increased breathing
  • Lack of focus

This is your “fight or flight” response. You’re either going to stay and wrestle the tiger to the ground. Or you’re going to run for your life. Either way you need your body to:

  • Open your blood vessels to provide more blood flow to your arms and legs so you have the strength to fight or run
  • Increase your heart rate so you can pump that blood around
  • Increase your blood pressure as the blood pumps around
  • Increase your breathing rate so you have enough oxygen for those muscles
  • Tighten and tense neck and shoulder muscles

At the same time your body stops or changes the balance of:

  • Immune system function – fighting off that virus someone has just coughed into the air is not as much of a threat to you as the tiger
  • Hormones – its not important to be making babies when there’s a tiger around
  • Digestion – Digesting food is not important when you’re about to be something else’s food
  • Sleep – it’s not safe to fall asleep otherwise the tiger will get you or your family

Everything is aimed at survival

This is driven, controlled and stimulated by the sympathetic nervous system.

These changes also happen in our everyday lives. It’s what helps to keep our body in balance. These changes happen when the boss puts pressure on our work output, when the kids test their boundaries, when we argue, whenever we feel pressure in life and believe it or not, the very action of sitting at a desk is actually a stress on our body.

To be fair to our sympathetic nervous system also helps out in positive situations. It helps us to keep our blood sugars in balance, our blood pressure even so we don’t get dizzy when we stand up, it dulls down loud noises and protects our eyes from bright lights. This also helps us to survive as these are vital functions for our body to maintain homeostasis (balance).

 

Perception of pressure is stress

Stress stimulates the ‘fight or flight’ mechanism in our body.

When these stressors continue our body spends more and more time in “fight or flight” until that is our new normal. We spend our lives on edge. Waiting for something to happen. This is sympathetic dominance and it begins to manifest in other ways:

  • Lower immunity – frequent colds and flus
  • Digestive system upsets – diarrhoea, constipation, gas, bloating, food intolerances
  • Hormone issues – irregular cycles, polycystic ovaries, infertility, heavy and painful periods, long or short cycles

Sympathetic dominance has far reaching effects on the body.

Other stressors grouped into the Triad of Health include:

Physical/Structural

  • Over-exercising
  • Poor posture
  • Sitting a desk all day
  • Screen time including ipads, mobile phones, laptop computers

Mental/Emotional

  • Unfulfilling relationships
  • Turning up to a job each day that we hate
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Unresolved childhood traumas

Biochemical/nutritional

  • Poor diet high in processed sugars and processed foods
  • Nutritional deficiencies such as zinc, magnesium and B vitamins
  • Toxins such as those in fast food, cosmetics and other personal care products, the environment or medications
  • Dehydration

So what can you do about this?

As I have explained in the Health Triad blog post, all health conditions are best approached from all sides of the triangle: physical/structural, mental/emotional and biochemical/nutritional.

Reducing physical and structural stressors using exercises to reverse poor posture, participating in light exercise rather than vigorous exercise everyday, stretches to counteract the negative effects of sitting at a desk all day and of course, chiropractic adjustments will all help to keep the body physically well.

Dealing with unresolved stress with methods such as meditation, NeuroEmotional Technique, taking time out for yourself each day, getting some sunshine, participating in hobbies you enjoy or spending time with friends are all good to reduce our mental/emotional stress.

Reducing the toxic load on our bodies through natural cleaning products, organic personal care products (don’t put anything on your skin you wouldn’t put in your mouth) and eating organic foods where possible will help with biochemical stress. Drinking plenty of water, which means 30mL per kilogram of body weight (1.8L for a 60kg person) each day helps to flush out toxins and keeps us feeling fresh. Plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and well-sourced meats, rather than junky, processed packaged food which is full of chemicals is important to reduce biochemical and nutritional stress on our bodies.

I have just completed my Practitioner Certification in the SD Protocol. Please let me know if you have any more questions about sympathetic dominance.

Below is a video from Dr Wayne Todd, developer of the SD Protocol:

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Background Concepts and Dynamics of NET

Have you experienced NET? Have you tried to explain it to a friend…”you hold your arm up and they say words and I don’t know, it just makes me feel better.
Here is a great video explaining the concepts of NET. So if you’ve been wondering what it’s all about and how it works, or experienced the positive effects and would like to know more…take a look here!

Summary

  • Founded by Dr Scott Walker and co-deveoped by Dr Deb Walker
  • Taught for the first time in May 1988
  • There are currently over 8000 practitioner who use this technique
  • “NET is a tool that can help improve many behavioural and physical conditions using a methodology of finding and removing neurological imbalances, related to the physiology if unresolved stress.”
  • “Neuro-Emotional Complex: A subjective mal-adaption syndrome adopted by the human organism in response to a real or perceived threat.”
  • NEC’s are the patients emotional reality. Think about how you feel after a nightmare, you wake up with a racing heart, but the dream isn’t real. You are still having a physiological response.
  • After we process an emotional experience, its normal for the body to come back into balance. This does not always happen.
  • Muscles that are previously ‘strong’ will test weak when saying a non-congruent statement. This has been scientifically validated by Dr Daniel Monti.*
  • We are NOT talking to the body, asking the body questions or predicting the future!

 

Published research about NET

A pilot randomized controlled trial comparing the efficacy of exercise, spinal manipulation, and neuro emotional technique for the treatment of pregnancy-related low back pain
Caroline Peterson, DC, PhD, MPH, LDM, Mitchell Haas, DC, MA and W. Thomas Gregory, MD
Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, 2012 20:18

A case series evaluating the accuracy of manual muscle testing for predicting fetal sex
Kristopher B. Peterson, DC, Caroline D. Peterson, DC, PhD, MPH, CPM
Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, 2012 11, 1-6

The influence of a biopsychosocial-based treatment approach to primary overt hypothyroidism: a protocol for a pilot study
Benjamin T. Brown, Rod Bonello, Henry Pollard, Petra Graham
Trials 2010, 11:106 doi:10.1186/1745-6215-11-106

A retrospective analysis of self-reported symptoms from 761 consecutive patients presenting to a Neuro Emotional Technique chiropractic clinic.
Bablis P. et al.
Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice 2009 doi:10.1016/j.ctc[2009.02.005

A randomised controlled trial of the Neuro Emotional Technique (NET) for childhood Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): a protocol.
Fay Karpouzis, Henry Pollard, Rod Bonello
Trials 2009, 10:6 doi:10.1186/1745-6215-10-6

The Use of Traditional Chinese Medicine Principles in Chiropractic Technique
Bejamin T. Brown, Rod Benello, and Henry Pollard
Chiropractic Journal of Australia 2008; 38: 18-26

Treating Spider Phobia Using Neuro Emotional Technique: Findings from a Pilot Study
Anne M. Jensen, Adaikalavan Ramasamy
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine Volume 15, Number 12, 2009, pp. 1363–1374 DOI: 10.1089=acm.2008.0595

Anxiety & Depression Profile of 188 Consecutive New Patients Presenting to a Neuro Emotional Technique Practitioner
Peter Bablis, Henry Pollard
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine Volume 14, Number 9, 2008, DOI:10.1089/acm.2007.0805

Separation anxiety disorder in a 13-year-old boy managed by the Neuro Emotional Technique as a biopsychosocial intervention.
Fay Karpouzis, Grad Dip Chiro, DO, Henry Pollard, PhD, Rod Bonello, MHA
Journal of Chiropractic Medicine 2008, 7, 101-106

Neuro Emotional Technique for the treatment of trigger point sensitivity in chronic neck pain sufferers: A controlled clinical trial.
Henry P. Pollard , Peter Bablis, and Rod Bonello.
Chiropractic & Osteopathy 2008, 16:4

Short Term Correlates of the Neuro Emotional Technique for Cancer-Related Traumatic Stress Symptoms: A Pilot Case Series
Daniel A. Monti, Marie E. Stoner, Gail Zivin and Martha Schlesinger
Journal of Cancer Survivorship (2007) 1: 161-166

The Organization of The Stress Response and its Relevance to Chiropractors: A Commentary
Katie Hardy & Henry Pollard
Chiropractic & Osteopathy 2006 14:25.

Can the Ileocecal Valve Point Predict Low Back Pain Using Manual Muscle Testing?
Henry P. Pollard, Peter Bablis, and Rod Bonello
Chiropractic Journal of Australia 2006 36: 58-62.

Commentary: The Ileocecal Valve Point and Muscle Testing: A Possible Mechanism of Action 
Pollard H., Bablis P., Bonello R.
Chiropractic Journal of Australia 2006; 36:122-6

Biopsychosocial Model of Pain and Its Relevance to Chiropractors
Henry P. Pollard, Katie E. Hardy, Deborah Curtin
Chiropractic Journal of Australia vol 36 Number 3, Sept. 2006

Resolution of Anovulation Infertility Using Neuro Emotional Technique: A Report of 3 Cases
Bablis P., Pollard H., and Monti D.
Chiropractic Journal ofAustralia SPR 2006 (5:1): 13-26.

Two Reports of Resolution of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome-Induced Anovulation in Females Receiving Neuro Emotional Technique
Peter Bablis, Henry Pollard, and Andrew McHardy
Chiropractic Journal of Australia 2006 36: 2-8.

Reflections on The Type “O” Disorder
Pollard H.
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2005; 28: 547.e1-547.e9.

The Biopsychosocial Model and Hypothyroidism
Benjamin T. Brown*, Rod Bonello and Henry Pollard
Chiropractic & Osteopathy 2005, 13:5 doi:10.1186/1746-1340-13-5

Are Chronic Low Back Pain Outcomes improved with Co-Management of Concurrent Depression?
Middleton P., Pollard H. Chiropractic & Osteopathy 2005; 13: 8.

Practitioner Perceptions of Emotions associated with Pain: A Survey
Walker S., Bablis P., Pollard H., McHardy A.
Journal of Chiropractic Medicine 2005 Mar; 4(1): 11-8.

Interexaminer Reliability Of The Deltoid And Psoas Muscle Test
Henry Pollard, DC, PhD, Bronwyn Lakay, MChiro, Frances Tucker, MChiro, Brett Watson, MChiro, and Peter Bablis, DC
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 2005 Jan;28(1):52-6

Hypothyroidism: A New Model for Conservative Management in Two Cases
Peter Bablis and Henry Pollard
Chiropractic Journal of Australia 2004; 34: 11-18

The Somatovisceral Reflex: How Important for the “Type O” Condition?
Henry Pollard DC, PhD
Chiropractic Journal of Australia 2004; 34: 93-102.

*Scientific Validation of the Mind/Body Paradigm & Muscle Testing
Daniel A. Monti, John Sinnott, Marc Marchese, Elsabeth J. S. Kunkle and Jeffrey M. Greeson
Perceptual and Motor Skills 1999, 88, 1019-1028.

The Effects of Spinal Manipulation on the Intensity of Emotional Arousal in Phobic Subjects Exposed to a Threat Stimulus: A Randomized, Controlled, Double-Blind Clinical Trial
Kristopher B. Peterson, D.C.
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 1997; 20: 602-6

A preliminary inquiry into manual muscle testing response in phobic and control subjects exposed to threatening stimuli.
Kristopher B. Peterson, D.C.
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 1996:19(5):310-6

Two Cases of Spinal Manipulation Performed while the Patient Contemplated an Associated Stress Event: The Effect of the Manipulation/Contemplation on Serum Cholesterol Levels in Hypercholesterolemic Subjects
Kristopher B. Peterson, D.C.
Chiropractic Technique 1995;7 55-59.

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Holistic Health Care and the Triad of Health

Holistic Health Care

When it comes to the treatment of a health condition, a simple way of making sure a holistic approach is being applied is to your health, is to ensure the three sides of the Triad of Health are balanced.

This Triad of Health includes:

  • Structural or physical
  • Chemical or nutritional
  • Emotional or mental

If only one or two aspects of this triad are addressed you may not ever reach 100% healing success.

Holistic” and “holism” are words that are gaining in popularity in the world of health. The Macquarie Encyclopaedic Dictionary states that holistic medicine is “an approach which treats the whole person rather than just dealing with manifestations of a disease or symptoms.” I am proud to practice chiropractic techniques which allow me to fulfil this definition every day at Santosha.

If we use the simple example of a headache: This headache may be caused by your five-a-day coffee habit (chemical), stress over a recent relationship breakdown (emotional) combined with dysfunction in your neck (physical). But if only the neck dysfunction is treated by chiropractic adjustments or stretches, or you just kick your coffee habit, while the headaches may diminish they will not go completely until you take care of the emotional patterns you are also dealing with. In the same way, counselling may help you emotionally and reduce some headaches, if you are still consuming copious amounts of coffee, the problem will likely still persist.

On the other hand, dealing with your headache by chemical means, such as ‘pain killers’, while chemically altering your body to not feel the pain, still leaves the emotional and structural problems behind. These emotional and structural issues may then manifest as other health problems further down the track.

As I mentioned earlier, I am proud that my approach and qualifications allow me to address all three sides of the health triad:

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What does your body actually need to heal and achieve full health?

In a recent Institute for Integrative Nutrition module, we were asked the following question:

“Joshua explains that, given half a chance, the body will heal itself. Why do you think this is the case? Why is it more effective to let clients find their own way to their truth instead of being guided step-by-step? Have you experienced self-healing of any kind? Please share below!”

A big part of the chiropractic philosophy is that the body is a self-healing, self-regulating system. This is a significant point to understand if you want to achieve health. You have all the tools and capabilities RIGHT now to be healthy. So what’s stopping that?

Our body wants us to be well. Our body is designed to be well. It’s when it doesn’t have access to all the necessary tools such as rest, vitamins and healthy relationships (just to name a few!) that it breaks down.

For example, your body isn’t designed to get a cold. It’s designed to fight a cold. When you come into contact with bacteria, your body’s immune system kicks into action to find that bacteria, capture it, destroy it and remember it for next time. All before you have a chance to cough. So why sometimes does that cold or flu take hold? Why do we end up with symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, green phlegm and a cough? It’s because the body doesn’t have what it needs.

What does it need?

Well that depends on the person. In my case I need rest. The only time I get sick is when I’m working too much and not getting enough sleep. My body might feel tired for a few days or a few weeks beforehand, and if I don’t listen to these subtle cues, then it says, “Ok, you’re not listening. I’m going to force you to rest!” And BAM! My muscles ache, I have a headache, I literally can’t stay awake and I rest.

The truth is (confession time!) I don’t mind being sick. Two reasons: I get to rest. Yay! Who doesn’t love staying in bed all day? And two: It means my body is working. It’s fighting off and processing whatever it needs to process. I do support my body. It gets extra vitamins, sometimes some olive leaf extract, vitamin C, lots of ginger, lemon and honey water, a chiropractic adjustment, some NET, but most of all rest. Because I know that’s what was lacking for me to get myself into that position in the first place.

This isn’t just the case with colds and flus. We are not designed to get cancer. It’s not “luck of the draw”. Cancer cells proliferate when given the opportunity. Or when our body isn’t working too its full potential and misses something. Headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, joint pains, heart disease and more are all examples of things that can “go wrong” in our body.

What is the prescription for optimal health?

  • Nutritious food
  • Good relationships
  • Sunshine
  • Exercise
  • Laughter
  • Music
  • Rest and relaxation
  • And more!
  • Whatever it is that your body needs

When you ask yourself, “What does my body need in order to heal?” what answer do you find?

What can hinder this healing?

The truth is, some people don’t want to get better. Without their illness or complaint, subconsciously they believe there would be an emptiness, nothing to talk about, nothing to define them. Finding the cause of this is a big part of the healing process for some people. Particularly with chronic conditions.

Having an answer come from within is more powerful for healing than if the answer came from outside the body (someone telling you what to do). Letting my patients realise from within, but still guiding them and being part of that epiphanic (I think I made that word up) process, means the changes are going to be more permanent or if not permanent at least more effective.

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