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Unblocking the Flow: Maximizing Your Healing Potential

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It's fun adjusting the whole family!Fatigue and lower back pain. Chronic neck pain with tingling into the hands. Eczema. Uterine fibroids. Frozen shoulder. Joint pain from pregnancy. Anxiety, depression. Migraines. Brain fog. Stomach pain. Knee pain. Hot flashes. Plantar fasciitis. Fibromyalgia. A broken heart. Many of my patients have a combination of these symptoms!

A medical or even alternative doctor may start by treating the symptoms. You may leave the office with a painkiller or cortisone shot, a prescription for physical therapy, or a handful of supplements for each ailment and the recommendation to avoid gluten. You may feel better temporarily, but have you addressed root causes such as accumulated toxic stress, spinal misalignment, nutrient deficiency, scars/fascial restrictions, hormonal imbalance, or a sense of which inflammatory dietary and lifestyle habits no longer serve you?

One of the first questions I ask my patients is, if the body knows how to heal itself, why isn’t it resolving your current symptoms? What is blocking your healing potential? 

Blockages imply that there are flows in the body. Besides blood circulation, there is nerve flow, energetic flow through the meridians, electrical and circulatory flow through our fascia/connective tissue, and lymph flow. Chiropractors, acupuncturists, bodyworkers are intimately familiar with these processes. There are also vital energy flows which connect the spinal cord, autonomic nervous system, and endocrine system to our subtle body of vibration energy called the bioelectric magnetic field or aura. Reiki practitioners and other energy healers work on this level of healing.


How do flows get “blocked?” Normally, stressors elicit helpful healing responses from the body. Scar tissue is created to repair injury. The liver ramps up histamine and enzyme function to address toxin exposure. Immune cells are activated and body temperature increased to combat infections. Hormones are released and body-mind coping mechanisms are triggered to address emotional and mental stress. Indigestion signals which foods continue to imbalance your gut flora. 

Any of these healthful reactions also invoke a subsequent inflammatory pain/stress reaction, sometimes with involuntary muscle contractions and fascial adhesions to isolate the area and to focus the body’s healing attention to the area. The central nervous system which coordinates this healing process, also creates an adaptive neurological response increasing muscle tension in the spine around involved nerve roots. Subtle shifts in organ meridian flows occur to provide energy where it is needed. These healing mechanisms, which require additional energy, get your attention, force you to rest, and signal that you need to make changes in order to decrease your exposure to toxic stressors. Ideally, this situation is temporary. When toxic stressors are neutralized and future insults are avoided, health and homeostasis is restored.

Love the holistic work Dr. Christine does! I feel amazing after every time I go to see her.” - Facebook review


But with chronic insults, it is hard to complete the healing process. And in this environmentally toxic, stressed out world, we all have challenges with healing. Mineral reserves are depleted. Neural integrity is compromised resulting in chronic spinal muscle tension. Chronic inflammation/pain is localized in areas of constant irritation, muscle spasm, or where toxins accumulate such as your joints. The fight or flight response just won’t shut down. These reactions block or imbalance our nerve, circulatory, lymph, electrical and energetic flows. Even when healing is complete, scars and adhesions in our connective tissue could still remain that are no longer useful, which continue to interrupt these flows. That is when it is helpful to get the outside help you need to remove these “blockages” and reset your systems, ideally from practitioners that are adept at helping you identify toxic insults, as well as to restoring these flows.

The approach I use at Niu Health Chiropractic addresses many of these issues simultaneously to restore your flows on multiple levels. The core of my treatment is the synergistic combination of body work (chiropractic/emotional/fascial/energy work) with dietary recommendations. Alignment through this approach enhances your ability to function better and perceive situations differently, and helps unleash the energy you need to make better choices. Many patients report feeling “lighter” and back to “being themselves” again. After one visit, patients feel substantially less pain and more range of motion. They leave the office empowered with a self-healing action plan, including key health articles, an evolving list of toxins and foods to avoid, a shopping list of foods to enjoy, and other detox and lifestyle recommendations.

Rather than resorting to quick fixes or strong stimulatory medicines to help you FEEL better, we set a solid foundation for healing to help you FUNCTION better. As your body strengthens, we get deeper into peeling away layers of neglect and we rebuild your resilience so that you can HEAL better.

If done right, as Charlotte Gerson of Gerson Therapy says in the documentary Food Matters, “You can’t keep one disease and heal two others. When the body heals, it heals everything.”

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An evolving practice
I am continually adding new treatment, dietary, and lifestyle options to the growing menu of questions to "ask" the body. I now include NET Remedies, a powerful Tibetan singing bowl, a Laseronix laser and a full stock over 100 different supplements for your body's unique healing needs. If you haven't been to the office for a while, come in and check it out! See the Bookfresh scheduling website for the latest testimonials and offerings.

E mälama pono! 

Dr. Christine Teaño Lipat, DC
Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner
White Light/Karuna Reiki® Master
Niu Health Chiropractic
Lasting results. Minimal visits.


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Thank you so much for helping me. That was the most fascinating healing experience. I had more natural energy today than I have had in A LONG TIME. Social service worker, 32.

I'm feeling better today. Yesterday was a pretty rough though. I think it was just a detox/adjustment thing. I'm sticking with the new diet and my stomach is thanking me already. (Those foods seem like they're in everything). I feel like I'm also dealing with daily stresses a lot easier. Thanks again! Mom of 2 and yoga practitioner, 25.

I actually get tired sooner (compared to my 1am sleeping time in the past). My face has less blemishes. I feel like I have less anxiety. Some of the bumps on my body seem to be healing faster. I feel like I have good energy during the day and I don't feel fatigued. I don't remember the last time I weighed myself but I weighed myself today and sometime between the last time and now, I lost 5 pounds. Graduate student, 32.