Why Do Babies Need Chiropractic After Birth?

Birth is Traumatic

Birth is a beautiful process, but it is also hard work for both the mommy & baby. Many babies are born naturally, while many more today are being born with medical assistance: C-section, forceps, vacuum extraction, inducement and medications. These assistance measures cause even more trauma on an already traumatic process.  It is estimate that 60-90lbs of force is used on an infant’s neck during normal” delivery. Do you think this could cause damage to your child’s spine and nervous system?

In my practice I see the effects of birth trauma on babies, children, adolescents and yes, the effects reach even into adulthood.  When the central nervous system (brain & spinal cord) are stressed by way of Trauma, Toxins, and Emotions, the effects cause changes in normal function throughout the body. These effects could be:

  • Colic
  • Digestive problems
  • Scoliosis
  • Nurse problems
  • Headaches
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Torticollis
  • Bed wetting
  • Vision problems
  • Hearing problems
  • Speech problems
  • Ear infections
  • Asthma
  • Allergies

… and the list goes on and on.

Often times parents notice something isn’t quite right with their tiny little one, but are told it is normal and their child will grow out of it. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and much of the time while the symptoms may no longer be noticeable, the cause of the symptoms was never resolved. And yet sometimes, the effects never really do go away, so medications are prescribed to lessen the discomfort or annoyances of the underlying issues.

My Personal Story

I became a chiropractor because of the effects birth trauma had on my own life. From the day I was born, my mother said I cried all the time, sometimes banging my head on my crib in pain, because I was experiencing headaches. I lived with chronic daily headaches from the time I was born! I also suffered in school from attention issues, always struggled to make good grades and regularly missed school because I was home vomiting from the intensity of the headaches.

At the age of 32 my headache symptoms were so bad I wanted to give up on life. It was then a friend referred me to a chiropractor. Within just a couple adjustments my headaches were relieved and I never had another migraine like I had experienced my whole life after that!

Can you imagine how different my life would have been had my family known about the power of chiropractic when I was a baby or even a young child?!?

How Are Babies Adjusted?

One of the most exciting things I have witnessed is the power of the chiropractic adjustment in babies and young children. Their little nervous systems are super resilient and able to adapt so quickly when given the proper support.

The adjustments delivered to a babies and children are so incredibly gentle and yet so incredibly impactful! Light pressure is all it take to correct areas of the spine where the communication for normal function is inhibited. Sometimes, babies fall right to sleep as soon as their little spines are relieved of the stress on their nervous system!


How Effective is Chiropractic Care for Babies?

Just recently, I had a patient who was having difficulty nursing. With just 1 adjustment and minor corrections for mommy, the baby latched on and began nursing properly.

Another baby had digestive problems and was breaking out in skin rashes. After just a couple adjustments, the skin rashes began to clear and their digestive problems improved.

Another baby always laid with their head turned to the right, rubbed a bald spot on the back of their head, and their right eye did not track properly. The pediatrician repeatedly told their parents this was normal, there was no need for alarm and the baby would grow out of it. However, they didn’t grow out of it. When the baby was 5 years old, they began to receive regular chiropractic care. Just a few months later all their symptoms resolved.

Another baby had an umbilical hernia that never healed after 4 years. The child began receiving regular chiropractic care for overall health & wellness and over time the umbilical hernia grew smaller and disappeared.

A young toddler was experiencing a high fever and bad ear infection which caused the ear drum to burst that day. The mother having experienced chiropractic care for herself, brought the child in to see if and adjustment could help. Within 1 hour the toddler’s fever broke and the pain from the ear infection was gone. The mother reported the following day that her child’s ear infection was gone!

The Impact of a Chiropractic Lifestyle

Another baby was born with severe colic, projectile vomiting and was diagnosed failure to thrive. As the baby grew, they developed digestive issues, food sensitivities, bedwetting problems, and OCD tendencies. The mother was unaware that chiropractic care could help her child, so she never sought care, but rather tried medications to lessen the problems, none of which helped. Years later, after the child’s mom was so impressed with how chiropractic care had benefitted her personally, she enrolled her husband and all their children under care. Within a few short months, her child described above saw her symptoms dramatically improving. Today, all their symptoms are resolved and the child is now studying for her doctorate to become a chiropractor herself!

I hope you see the struggle a life without chiropractic can have vs a life radically transformed by a chiropractic lifestyle!

Chiropractic care is for everyone!

If you or someone you know has recently had a baby or has small children, don’t wait for their lives to become so riddled with pain and discomfort before seeking the care of a knowledgeable chiropractor in your community. Give them the life they deserve ~ free from pain and as many challenges as possible and the FREEDOM to THRIVE!


The 3 Things Getting in Your Way of Optimal Health

Dr. Mindi L. Jentes, D.C. Brio Wellness Center
Dr. Mindi L. Jentes, D.C.
Brio Wellness Center

The 3 Things Getting in Your Way of Optimal Health
By: Dr. Mindi L. Jentes, D.C.

When we were younger we had a bunch of life, full of energy! 4am wasn’t an early morning, it was a late night! Sometimes we look back on our “younger days” and wish we had the energy and stamina now that we had then. As we age, we begin to notice more and more the importance of taking care of our bodies. Incorporating chiropractic is one super solid way to do that!

Aging causes stiffness, aches, joint pains, changes in our sleep and digestion and the list could on, right? But did you know you could slow this process and even prevent many of these “normal aging processes”?

There are 3 things that are getting in the way of achieving optimal health. These 3 things initiate a stress response to harmful situations, leading to functional changes in your body.

  1. Trauma results from falls, injuries, accidents.
  2. Toxins are harmful things we inhale, injest, or absorb.
  3. Auto Suggestions are the negative words, self doubt, beliefs about ourselves & others, crippling thoughts/memories we play over and over in our heads.

You may not be able to control the situation, but you can control your response to these 3 Things. When we respond positively, our body is able to heal quickly. However, when you respond negatively to Trauma, Toxins &/or Auto Suggestions, you will likely notice muscle aches and joint pains, headaches, change in digestion and elimination, stiffness, irritability, sleep disturbances, etc… creeping in on you. Often times, we chock it all up to “getting older” or we tell ourselves what we are experiencing will pass. However, that is not necessarily true nor is resignation the best approach to living a life full of vitality.

Chiropractic adjustments performed by a licensed chiropractor can improve your body’s stress response to these life challenges by unlocking stuck joints throughout the body. When the joints begin moving again the nervous system functions better, blood flow increases, lymphatic drainage improves, muscle tension eases, and your body is better able to rest and digest. By restoring the communication between the brain and the the rest of your body, optimal can be achieved!

Chiropractors can also help you reach your healthy lifestyle goals by teaching you exercises to improve the integrity of the joints in your body. We also teach you about the role of nutrition on your health and help you find solutions to metabolic changes as you age. We help you set goals towards achieving balance in your many life changes and challenges as you age.

So the next time you start to tell yourself “Well, I’m just getting older”… STOP! Replace that thought with…“It’s time to get adjusted!”

Brain Food!

imgresDid you know your brain controls every single function of your body? Did you know the purpose of eating is to ultimately feed the brain? Regular consumption of healthy brain foods reduces our risks of disease by maintaining a healthy immune system.

The typical American diet is laden with unhealthy trans fats, sugars, processed foods, preservatives, artificial flavors, artificial colors, antibiotics, pesticides and growth hormones. With all these “ingredients” in our so called “food,” it is of no surprise a myriad of diseases caused by nutrient deficiencies are at an all-time high and vitamin supplement sales are soaring.

Many young adults & athletes in pursuit of sculpting the perfect body often times turn towards nutrition and protein powders as well as sports drinks to ensure they are getting the nutrients their bodies need. Often times these products are riddled with dangerous fillers, hormones, and chemicals that can cause liver, kidney and heart damage with long term daily consumption. Unfortunately, many of these well meaning folks don’t realize the dangers hidden in these “power” products.

The most important thing one can do for their body is EAT – chew, swallow, stimulate, digest, and absorb real food. So, consume nutrient-rich Brain Foods first and consult with a doctor trained in functional nutrition for additional necessary support to ensure a safe and profoundly healthy brain and body.

The most natural form of any nutrient is found in nature’s goodness— real food. The synergistic effects found only in the whole food’s natural state provides us with the most bioavailable forms of their nutrients. While taking supplements to boost our deficiencies is important, isolating these nutrients in the forms of powders, pills, and even essential oils can be risky business.

A nutrient rich diet complete with organic fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains & legumes, as well as organic lean meats are the best way to ensure safe nutrient balance in our bodies. However, a completely organic diet could be cost-prohibitive for many American individuals and families. I encourage patients to choose first the organic foods they really like and eat regularly, and then if cost is an issue reach for non-GMO, natural or free range for the foods they eat less often. By doing this, you limit the amount of harmful “ingredients” and remove many of the overly processed and packaged foods completely.

Incorporating foods for brain health into your diet isn’t hard. Just keep these 5 simple principles in mind:

  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. In general, the more colorful the better.
  • Use a wide variety of herbs and spices to make your meals delicious and brain healthy.
  • Buy wild salmon and grass-fed meat when available.
  • Use coconut oil wherever you normally use vegetable oil.
  • Eat nuts and seeds as brain food snacks. But most of all, eat chocolate!


Blueberries (fresh or frozen): contain anthyocyanins known to improve memory, learning, reasoning skills, decision making, verbal comprehension, and numerical ability avocado; help maintain communication between brain cells by stimulating the production of BDNF(brain derived neurotic factor) a protein that stimulates cell growth.

Avocado: boosts the neurotransmitter dopamine to help keep your brain focused.

Green Leafy Vegetables: contain folic acid, Vit B6 & Vit B12 work synergistically to reduce brain atrophy, improve brain function, and dramatically reduce brain shrinkage in the part of the brain most affected by Alzheimer’s. Also contains L-Tyrosine which works synergistically to reduce brain atrophy, improve brain function, and dramatically reduce brain shrinkage in the part of the brain most affected by Alzheimer’s. They also contain Vit K, also thought to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s.

Peppers (hot & bell peppers): high in vitamin C, antioxidants, and phytonutrients such as beta carotene and capsaicin which improves circulation to the brain.

Root Vegetables: high in fiber and complex carbohydrates that are good at supplying your brain with a steady stream of energy.

Rosemary: has significant antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to fight free radical damage in the brain. It also contains Carsonic acid, a phytonutrient particularly good for protecting the brain from a stroke and neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. Other herbs good for supporting your brain are: basil, chives, oregano, parsley, sage, and thyme.

Turmeric: a potent antioxidant that readily crosses the blood-brain barrier that improves memory, increases BDNF production in the brain, reduces brain inflammation, can break up the brain plaques associated with Alzheimer’s.

Nuts and Seeds like walnuts, chocolate, almonds, cashews, sesame seeds, and chia seeds: contain brain-essential omega-3 fatty acids, B complex vitamins, vitamin E, iron, zinc, and magnesium.

Chocolate (70% Cacao or more): contains flavinoids thought to reduce the risk of dementia. Also contains caffeine & theobromine contribute to the improved memory, focus, and attention that chocolate lovers experience.

Salmon (wild-caught only), Grass-fed beef and meats: contain amino acids and high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids which aid in reducing inflammation.

Coconut Oil: contains medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) which enable it to supply energy directly to the brain with no insulin spike making it a potential treatment for Alzheimer’s and other neurological disorders.

Wipe Out!… Ouch! Let Us Help!

Athletes, Parents, Grandparents,Teachers, Doctors, Fitness Professionals… You won’t want to miss out on this very important talk! Be sure to register here: www.SoCalConcussionSeminar.com Invite your friends, neighbors, families, athletic teams, classes, gym friends, patients, etc… Sponsored by Dr. Julie Brown, DC, DACNB of Southern California Brain Centers in Los Alamitos. See you there!!!Screenshot 2015-03-20 18.32.02

Introducing: House Talks!

We have some of the most amazing patients in Southern California who are surrounded by wonderful friends and families. So we’d like to give you an opportunity to host your friends & family in your home for an informal House Talk with Dr. Mindi. You even get to choose the topic!

This is a FREE evening of just chillin and chattin.  All you need to do is provide the space and some light snacks/drinks, if you’d like. What a fun way to introduce those you care about to HEALTH!

If you’d like to host a House Talk, contact Dr. Mindi for details: briowellnesscenter@gmail.com  OR (562) 598-2746

For info on our first house talk gathering, see image below!

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