Description of an holistic healing session

Gentle spinal care.  Long lasting corrections. Chakra balancing. Aura cleansing. Colour healing. Physical and etheric healing methods combined. Connecting the physical body with the etheric body. Etheric pattern healing.

A step by step description of a healing session with Dr Read. Dr Read utilizes a comprehensive and precise method of healing to restore your body and etheric pattern to a state of harmony.

The following is a detailed description of a typical healing session. There will obviously be variations depending on the needs of each client.

Patient preparation

The patient remains fully clothed at all times. It is best to wear light clothing where possible so that the physical body may be easily felt through it. Necklaces and any heavy jewellery are removed. No wallets in back pockets as this creates an uneven surface to lie on. Shoes are also removed. In summer it is recommended to bring a pair of light socks to wear over bare feet. Tying hair up in a pony tail to expose the neck is helpful.

The patient lies down one their back, face turned towards the ceiling, on a comfortable well-padded massage table, with a small pillow under their head. They may be covered with a blanket if they feel the need for this. Everything is done to make them feel as comfortable as possible so that they can relax and truly reap the benefits of their healing session. The temperature of the room is kept at a comfortable level with the use of a silent heater (not one that is noisy and keeps cutting in and out) in winter and a ‘quiet as possible’ air conditioner during the summer, as required.

Aura clearing and balancing

The healing session starts with an aura clearing and balancing. Many patients carry a lot of stress in the energy surrounding their physical body, leaving them feeling tired, tense and sometimes confused and overwhelmed. De-stressing the aura and removing/clearing any strong areas of negativity/heaviness, results in a refocusing and relaxing of the patient both in their own feelings and in the way they present to the healer. Most patients express this as feeling calmer and lighter in themselves.

Spinal check

Once the aura has become clearer, Dr Read will check the physical state/position of the pelvis, vertebrae of the spine and cranial bones (bones that make up the skull), and make a note of this. No correction is performed at this stage.

Chakra check

The state of the chakras is checked next. Dr Read uses a system of ten chakras instead of the most common seven. The extra chakras are highly spiritual, one being the Soul chakra, located between the Heart and Throat chakras. The other two extra chakras are situated above the Crown chakra and are named Nexus and Cosmos.

If any (one, several or all of them) of the chakras show a need for a balance, this is undertaken immediately. Dr Read uses chakra vibrational drops, which she made from harnessing energies found in various surroundings in nature.

If some chakras continue to show the need for a balance, crystals, flower remedies, colours, sound or other natural means, are added to achieve the balance.

Structural corrections

Once the etheric body (aura and chakras) has become more settled, the structural corrections take place. Often it is found that the reading has changed. A pelvic tilt may now show as a twist, cranial corrections may no longer be indicated.  (upper chakras such as the Brow, Crown, Nexus, Cosmos, when unbalanced, can cause or mimic a cranial bone dysfunction. When the chakra energy is corrected, the cranial indication also disappears). This shows how much the etheric pattern’s imbalances can affect the physical pattern. A much deeper and longer lasting physical correction is achieved following this method of approach.

Wedged blocks, as per Sacro-occipital Technique (S.O.T.), are used to adjust the pelvis. No side posture adjustment is necessary or used with this method. This is more comfortable for the patient and less demanding on the practitioner’s own back. And most importantly, this is a very effective way of adjusting the pelvic bones for a longer lasting and stronger correction without adding stress to the area.

Spinal corrections

The patient now turns over to lie on their stomach. Again, everything is done to ensure maximum comfort. A soft slit pillow is placed under the face for extra cushioning. If the feet do not reach the end of the table, a large pillow is placed under the lower legs and feet, so that the back is under no extra strain.

Leg length is first checked and the sacrum is adjusted if there is a discrepancy in the length of the two legs.

Every vertebra from the last lumbar to the first cervical is checked and adjusted as indicated. The adjustments are very gentle and precise. (Patients say that this feels like a Bowen correction, for those who have experienced this method.) Dr Read does not use an activator (impulse instrument), as she prefers to feel the vertebra with her hands and thus monitor the amount of pressure more precisely. The direction of the adjustment is precisely worked out before the adjustment is performed. Using this method, only very slight pressure is necessary to correct vertebral mis-alignments. This method of adjusting vertebrae is comfortable for the patient and the practitioner, as well as being extremely effective.

Organ destressing

Nodules or little bumps on the back of the head at the base of the skull have been found to correspond to specific vertebrae and to specific organs (this technique is abbreviated as C.M.R.T. in the S.O.T. method of chiropractic). Rubbing the nodules gently, while holding hand/finger contact on the vertebra related to each nodule, has the effect of releasing nerve energy to the corresponding organ. Many times, pain or discomfort in the back in particular in the muscles either side of the spine, is caused not so much by a vertebral misplacement but by referred tension from an organ in trouble (low energy, not working properly, temporarily upset, etc).

Application of Simply Flower Power Pain Relief & Moisturising Cream

Before the patient turns over, Dr Read’s cream is applied to the back of the skull as well as all over the neck and back. Clothing is gently lifted to achieve this. No disrobing is necessary.

The cream helps ‘seal’ the adjustments (making them longer lasting) as well as having a relaxing effect on the muscles and skin.

Further checks while lying on back

The pelvis, cranial bones and chakras are all checked again and any new corrections required are applied. As different parts of the body return to a healthier state, others are able to show that they also need some help. Many times a new pelvic adjustment is required and some chakras may need further balancing.

Final cranial hold

Once all checks are okay, a final cranial hold is performed, to settle the pulse of the cerebrospinal fluid as felt on the different cranial bones (frontal, temporal, sphenoid, parietal, occipital).

Flower essences

Patients presenting with emotional issues are checked for flower essences. A formula specific to their needs is made up, which they will take home with them and use as prescribed – usually four drops in a little water three times a day for about six weeks. Bach Flower Remedies, Australian Bush Flower Essences, Californian Flower Essences may be used as part of this mixture.

Many patients are also advised to take home a bottle of Tranquility Essence, a general calming mixture of flower essences, created by Dr Read, which can be used in many varied situations. Addressing emotional issues at the same time as physical and etheric issues, ensures that this is a truly holistic approach to the patient’s whole being. After all, all our aspects are interrelated.

Referrals to other practitioners

Patients may be advised to consult other healing practitioners at the same time or after their visits to Dr Read have ended. Naturopaths, homeopaths, herbalists, kinesiologists are some of the practitioners Dr Read refers her patients to for extra help.

Length of visits and number of visits required

First visits usually last one and a half hours to two hours. Case history forms are sent out to the patient ahead of time (by email or post) so that they can complete them in their own time at home. These are then discussed during the first consultation. Treatment is always also given on the first visit.

Subsequent visits are of one-hour duration.

The number of visits required varies with the patients and their presenting symptoms. A minimum of three visits at weekly intervals is usually advised. If required, further visits at two weekly intervals progressing towards longer intervals of time may be recommended.

Children and babies visits are kept to a minimum length of time for the child’s benefit. Dr Read remembers only too well how bored her own son used to become when he was taken to healers as a small child!


If you have X-rays, you may bring them to your first visit with the report for Dr Read to have a look at.

Children and babies

Dr Read has much expertise with the holistic healing care of babies and children. Her own two children required a lot of work in this area and she was uniquely positioned in that she was both the chiropractor and the mother observing the symptoms and the effect of her treatment on her children. As such, she developed some unique ways of adjusting.

Dr Read likes to make the experience in her clinic an enjoyable one. Reluctant teenagers leave their session asking if they can come back again soon or, to the amazement of the parents, thanking their mother or father for bringing them in! Younger siblings frequently demand their turn on the massage table.

Dr Read believes babies can be checked from birth and corrections applied as indicated. Her own two children suffered from cranial and pelvic dysfunctions from birth, even though their births were un-traumatic. It is this experience that has convinced her that early detection of problems is invaluable for all babies.  Checking the mother at the same time is also recommended as so often the mother and baby present themselves with the same distortion patterns. The connection between the two is very strong!

Health Benefits Rebates

As Dr Read no longer works as a chiropractor, due to the fact that her work incorporates so much that is not chiropractic, patients may no longer claim her receipts with Private Health companies. Once Reiki is admitted as an healing modality worthy of rebates, her receipts may again be acceptable.

Insurance work

Dr Read does not take on TAC (Traffic Accident Claims) work or patients who are recipients of Workers Compensation payments.

Absent healing

Absent or distant healing (healing at a distance) is now available and is proving very popular with people who are time poor or simply live too far to attend the clinic. The patient’s etheric image is projected onto the massage table and corrections are applied as if the patient were present. Dr Read has been practising this method of absent healing for many years on friends and family and is now ready to offer it to a wider audience.

To enquire about your eligibility for an absent healing, please write an email to Dr Read, explaining your condition and why you are interested in using this option. Go to the Contact Us page to send an email.

NB: The information in this text is of a general nature only. Each patient is treated on his/her own merit according to his/her presenting symptoms and condition.

© Jessica Read 2015

The benefits of chiropractic care during a detoxification program

Side effects of detoxification. Spinal chart with corresponding organs and symptoms. Best way to detoxify your system.

The effectiveness of any detoxification program will depend on the efficiency of your digestive system organs. In turn, the function of your digestive system’s individual organs is highly reliant on the nerve supply they are receiving. This is where chiropractic treatment comes in.

Every organ in the body receives nerve supply via an intricate system of nerves.

The nerves exit the spinal canal between the vertebrae of the spinal column. Any slight pressure on these nerves, or a pulling on the sheath that covers them, may affect the quality of the nerve supply to the organ at the other end of the nerve.

Chiropractic adjustments are aimed at correcting any misplacement of the vertebrae, however slight, that might cause pressure on the nerve exiting at that level. (A vertebral misplacement of this kind is called a ‘subluxation’ in chiropractic terminology.)

For optimum digestive function, it is important that each digestive organ should receive optimum nerve supply. Chiropractic can really help with this. So it is highly recommended that you attend a chiropractor during your detoxification program.

Nerves to organs chart

The level at which the nerves to each digestive organ exists from the spinal column is known. Below is a chart depicting these levels.

How to read the chart

The seven cervical vertebrae are in the neck and will be abbreviated as C.

The twelve thoracic vertebrae are located from the base of the neck to the last rib and will be abbreviated as T.

The five lumbar vertebrae are in the lower back and will be abbreviated as L.

The sacrum is a flat bone at the base of the spine. It is made up of four fused segments and will be abbreviated as S.

Organ Vertebra/nerve supply level Symptoms of dysfunction
Stomach C3 Sore neck as if you have slept on it awkwardly. Torticollis.
Stomach T5 Pain between the shoulder blades.Indigestion. Burping.
Gall bladder T4 Pain between the shoulder blades. Sometimes ache or pain in the shoulders, or around the shoulder blade. Bloating after eating. Inability to digest fatty foods. Sometimes elbow pain.
Liver T8 Pain at the level of the lower part of the shoulder blades. Sometimes also headaches of a heavy nature. Nausea/vomiting.
Spleen T7 Pain between the shoulder blades. Tiredness after eating. Feeling of coldness unrelated to temperature of the environment.
Pancreas T6 Pain between the shoulder blades. Sweet tooth. Feeling tired after eating.
Small intestine T10 and L4 and S4 Tenderness around the last few ribs. Low back pain, which can be quite sharp on certain movements as if the area is very fragile. Can be associated with diarrhea or constipation.
Large intestine L2  and S2 Low back pain often of a dull heavy nature. Sometimes pain over the sacrum.
Ileo-cecal valve L1 and S1 Pain at the level of the lower ribs. Lower back pain of a heavy dragging nature, which comes and goes in no set pattern and is not alleviated by changes in position like stretching back or leaning forward or even resting. Soreness on the sacrum, just below L5.

During a detoxification program, your digestive system will work harder to eliminate toxins. The organs involved may be the liver, gall bladder and large and small intestine. Also kidneys, lungs and skin. So you could experience pain in the back while this is taking place.

There are several things you can do to help alleviate referred pain to the back:

  1. Drink more water to flush your system and help it dilute the toxins.
  2. Have your chiropractor adjust your spine as required.
  3. Have a gentle massage to help release the muscular tension.
  4. Have a foot reflexology session and ask for the digestive system in particular to be worked on.
  5. Apply Simply Flower Power Pain Relief & Moisturising Cream to the area of pain in the back or neck and also over the organs themselves (applying cream over the whole abdomen will reach most of the digestive organs). This will help release the stress in the cells and enhance your own body’s healing power.

Detoxifying your body is an important part of any health enhancement plan. It may be uncomfortable and even trying at times if you have a lot of toxins in your body. You may feel physically ill and emotionally up and down as the toxins are released into your blood system to be excreted in the most efficient way your body chooses (this can be via bowel movements, via the urine, or even via the skin and breath). However, detoxifying your body is worth all the discomfort you may go through. The end result is a feeling of cleanliness, bountiful energy, youth and a general sense of feeling happy to be alive.

The last step in the program is the most important: take measures to avoid returning to that toxic state! Keep up the healthy eating patterns, exercise regularly, breathe lots of fresh air of varying kinds (sea and forest air contain different ions and cleanse your lungs and blood system in different ways) and you will be able to maintain your new found health and vitality with much less effort than it takes to detoxify!

© Jessica Read 2011

Possible dietary causes of arthritis and fibromyalgia

Arthritis and diet. Fibromyalgia and diet. Food to avoid with arthritis. Food to avoid with fibromyalgia. Food as a contributing factor to arthritic pain. Food as a contributing factor to fibromyalgia. Referred pain mimicking arthritis or fibromyalgia. Food intolerances. Hidden causes of arthritis and fibromyalgia. Nuts, Lemonade, Apples,White flour, Saccharine. Aspartame and how they may cause musculo-skeletal pain. Food diary to detect food sensitivities or allergies. Food sensitivities.

Possible dietary causes of arthritis and fibromyalgia

Ordinary food may cause or aggravate some forms of arthritis and fibromyalgia. Find out which foods may be the main culprits and whether this could apply to you. This is quite a lengthy article; however it is worth reading as it will show you a new approach to food that you might not have considered before.

The pain of non specific arthritis and fibromyalgia may be relieved by careful consideration of the food you eat on a daily basis. In this article I will give a list of the main foods to avoid. I will also describe a way of working out for yourself which particular food you may be unknowingly reacting to.

I will then be relating a few of my own experiences where the ingestion of specific foods caused a variety of painful conditions in my body, conditions that could easily have been diagnosed as arthritis or fibromyalgia.

This is not meant to be a scientific coverage of this subject but rather an introduction to it with practical ways of helping yourself by making specific, easy changes to your way of eating.

Food to avoid and food to eat.
How to discover food sensitivities.
Examples of painful conditions directly related to a specific foods.

Food to avoid and food to eat

Two lists:

a) Food to avoid if you suffer from chronic arthritis or fibromyalgia
b) Food that appears to be‘safe’ for most people.

Some food types have been found to be more prone to cause reactions than others. The lists below reflect this.

a) Food to avoid or heavily reduce (especially if you eat a lot of it) if you think your pain could be food related:

  • food containing wheat such as bread, pasta, biscuits and cakes
  • acid foods such as tomatoes, oranges, lemons, grapefruit, the latter three particularly in juice form
  • nuts, all types
  • spicy or curried food
  • oats such as in muesli and porridge
  • diet drinks (containing aspartame or saccharine)
  • highly fatty or processed food
  • alcohol
  • coffee
  • chocolate (especially poor quality) and sweets/lollies
  • cold or icy food such as cold drinks or ice cream
  • dried fruit unless you are sure it has been dried with a natural process and even then, not to excess
  • sugar or sweet food (to excess)

b) Food that appears to be ‘safe’ so could be eaten regularly with no side effects:

  • cooked food is better than uncooked food
  • lightly steamed is best for your vegetables, they must cooked until they are soft
  • eat your meals hot or at room temperature
  • apples and pears but only two to three a week and they must be fresh i.e. not from cold storage of the previous year
  • some meat, in particularly red meat, at least four times a week (just a small quantity each time e.g. half the size of your palm) – seeds such as sunflower seeds and sesame seeds (not pumpkin seeds unless they have had the coarse outer skin removed)

Food not listed is either okay or, if you have a sensitivity, you should be able to work out for yourself which food to avoid using the method described next.

How to discover food sensitivities

List all the food and drinks you ingest over a set period of time e.g one month.
Make a note of how your pain feels at three different times of the day, every day, during that time span.
Compare the times your pain seems to be worse and what you have eaten on that day or the previous day.
See if there is a correlation between the two.

Some people will find that the pain of their arthritis or fibromyalgia is worsened by the ingestion of specific food. To find out if this is the case for you, keep a record of what you eat for one month by writing down everything you eat and drink each day. At the same time, keep a record of how your arthritic pain feels daily, at three different times of the day.

For instance, you could get an A4 size exercise book and divide thirty pages into two columns. At the top of each page, write the date, e.g Tuesday 26 August 2008. In the left column, write the time of each meal and exactly what you ate each time. Don’t omit anything. Every drink, every snack, every biscuit counts! In the right column, choose three times of the day, for instance – when you first get up, around the middle of the day and then the evening. Under each time, write how your arthritis or fibromyalgia feels. You can rate it on a level of 0 to 10, where 0 would be no pain at all and 10 would be intolerable.

Tuesday 26 August 20087am
Write what you had to eat and drink8am
Write what you had to eat and drink11am
Write what you had to eat and drink1pm
Write what you had to eat and drink3pm
Write what you had to eat and drink

Write what you had to eat and drink

Write what you had to eat and drink

Write what you had to eat and drink

Write what you had to eat and drink


Rate your pain level 

Rate your pain level






Rate your pain level

The times have been randomly chosen. You should write the exact times of your meals for each day.

Do this for thirty days. At the end of the thirty days, you may well discover a correlation between your pain pattern and the ingestion of certain food.

Examples of painful conditions directly related to a specific food

Here are six examples, chosen among many, of how specific food caused the author pain which could easily have been diagnosed as arthritis or fibromyalgia. Eliminating the food in question also eliminated the pain permanently.

1) Apples caused muscular aches and stiffness in whole body especially in feet.
2) White flour in a béchamel sauce caused painful hands.
3) Canned tomatoes caused frozen shoulder and sharp pain around the middle of the spine.
4) Lemonade caused widespread generalized muscular ache.
6) Walnuts caused symptoms of tennis elbow.
7) Vitamins caused tight neck and shoulder muscles.

1) Apples

A few years ago, I decided to go on a health kick and eat two or three apples a day. They were green Grannie Smith apples. I bought these apples from a vegetable shop that I had previously not frequented (I had just moved into a new area). After a couple of weeks, I found that I woke up in the morning feeling stiff and aching. It got to the point where it was painful to put my feet on the floor when I first got out of bed. I would drag my aching body around for the first few hours of the day and until I gradually started moving more freely.

At first, I thought that I was getting old (an excuse I no longer use as the older I get the younger I feel!). I could also have been suffering from tiredness due to the recent move. However, as I recovered from the move, the pain and stiffness continued to worsen.

Eventually I came to my senses and instead of giving in to this situation, I stepped back and had a look at what was now eating in larger quantities, in comparison to before the move. The apples came to my mind almost immediately. I stopped eating them and within one week all the pain and stiffness had gone.

This story is not meant to indicate that apples are bad for you. I believe that the particular apples I was buying were harvested in a previous season. This means that they would have been sitting in cold storage for twelve months at least. I have always felt that even though apples can still look fairly healthy after this period of time, they probably aren’t!!

I don’t have any problems with apples anymore. I always make sure that the apples I buy are of the current season. To find out, I just ask the greengrocer! I don’t buy fruit or vegetables from the supermarket because it is harder to find out where they come from and how old they are.

2) White flour

It was winter and I wanted to make my steamed vegetables a little more interesting to eat. I decided to make white sauces to go with them. I used white flour that claimed to be organic (bought from the supermarket), biodynamic milk and good quality block cheese. The last two ingredients were occasionally part of my regular diet. The first one was not.

Five days a week for three weeks, I made a white sauce and put it over my vegetables. It tasted great!

Unfortunately I also started to develop pain in my hands, something that had never happened before. I thought: “Am I getting arthritis? This certainly feels like the pain people with arthritis describe.” I couldn’t see why I should suddenly be getting arthritis. Three weeks was hardly a gradual onset!

So I went back to looking at what I had changed in my food intake recently. The white sauces ‘jumped out’ at me. ‘Aha!’, I thought. ‘I didn’t get away with it.’ Trying to compromise my healthy diet by adding white flour, even though it did claim to be organic, just didn’t work for me.

I stopped all white sauces and returned to my bland lightly steamed vegetables and ….all hand pain disappeared within one week. I was very happy.

Here again, I don’t think all wheat, for me anyway, is to be avoided. I can eat good quality bread and a few biscuits when I feel like it. I don’t eat much of those as a rule anyway.

I was once told, at a bread baking course, that flour is stored in big silos for months and even years. It is often sprayed with an insecticide quite regularly to avoid insects infesting it. The flour I bought might have been grown organically and then stored in the usual way, i.e. sprayed with insecticide. Maybe that was the problem. I didn’t delve into it any deeper. However I never bought that flour again. I still don’t buy much flour because I simply don’t use it in my cooking. And… my hands are pain free and arthritis free…

3) Canned tomatoes

Just recently I didn’t feel like cooking myself a proper dinner so I took a short cut. I opened a tin of tomatoes, heated it up in a saucepan, and ate it as a soup. It tasted great.

The next morning, I woke up with a sharp pain in my right shoulder, deep under the shoulder blade and close to the spine. It was very uncomfortable and in fact the pain immobilized my shoulder movement somewhat. I thought: ‘Is this what a frozen shoulder feels like?’ This time, I went straight to the source, the short cut dinner I had eaten the previous evening.

Tomatoes in such a concentrated form obviously disagreed with me. It could also have been the particular brand of tomatoes. Some are grown less naturally than others.

It took until the next morning for the pain to subside completely and it has not returned.

Had I not been familiar with the functioning of the body and how food affects more than just the digestive system, I could easily have become very worried, and attended a chiropractor or physiotherapist. The thing was I knew that I hadn’t done anything physical that could have caused the pain. I hadn’t been to the gym, or carried anything heavy, or fallen, or hit my shoulder in some way. So the cause had to be something internal, referring pain to the shoulder.

Very often gall bladder dysfunction is felt in the right shoulder. I think that probably my gall bladder had objected to the tin of tomatoes and sent referred pain to the muscles in my shoulder. The pain was around the fourth thoracic vertebra level and this is where the nerves that travel to the gallbladder exit the spinal cord. So it made sense to me.

I won’t be taking that particular short cut again! I will make other food choice mistakes occasionally. As long as I learn from each one then no harm is done.

4) Lemonade

One very hot summer, my local supermarket was selling lemonade for $1 a large bottle.  It was my favourite brand and this was too good an offer to refuse. I bought several bottles over a period of four to five days. With the heat bothering me, I would drink maybe one or one and a half liters every day. This wasn’t diet lemonade, just the ordinary kind.

By the end of the week, my whole body started to ache. It was quite extraordinary. I hadn’t done anything physical, it was too hot for that. Anyway, it didn’t feel like muscular pain. The pain came from inside me and felt like a deep widespread ache.

I soon realized that the excess in my diet had been the lemonade.

So, not enjoying the pain one bit, I cut out the lemonade drinking and replaced it with lots of water… and the aching pain soon disappeared never to return.

I now avoid all lemonade. It can’t be that good for me if a few days of excessive intake can make my whole body ache that quickly and that much.

I don’t think it was the sugar in the lemonade that caused the pain as I can eat sweets occasionally, and even sometimes slightly to excess, and I don’t get that kind of a reaction. There must be some other ingredient in lemonade that my body reacted to. I haven’t looked into this any more precisely as yet. For the time being, I am just happy to be pain free again.

5) Walnuts

I don’t eat nuts. If I do, I suffer from lower back ache near the top of the sacrum. It is a dull aching pain, which is very annoying as no change of movement or activity relieves it. I worked out years ago that this was associated with an irritated ileocecal valve (valve or sphincter located between the large and small intestines just near the appendix). I have helped many people recover from this type of back ache, also neck aches, elbow and sometimes shoulder aches, by advising them to stop eating all nuts. These people usually ate a lot of nuts as part of their regular diets. Many other symptoms also disappeared and I will be writing an article specifically dedicated to this subject soon.

Recently I was at a local farmers market. A stallholder was selling freshly picked walnuts. I have read that walnuts are good brain food so I decided to wave my rule of ‘no nuts ever’ and bought some. When I came home, I ate five. Then I put them away and forgot all about them. The next day, I had a painful right elbow. The pain lasted for four to five days before clearing. The elbow, particularly the right one, is one of the areas of pain referral for the ileocecal valve. Those five innocent walnuts had been enough to cause this elbow pain! I didn’t eat anymore and the pain did not and has not returned. The walnuts are still in my pantry being ignored!

I could have believed that I was developing ‘tennis elbow’. Instead I remembered the walnuts. How many cases of ‘tennis elbow’ could be ‘cured’ by a dietary change? Many, I believe.

6) Vitamins

Over thirty years of practicing chiropractic, both on my patients and on people in my own family, including myself, I have come to the conclusion that neck pain, unless caused by direct trauma of some kind, is always related to food intake. Here is an unusual example of my own.

I was visiting a masseur and was sharing this particular theory with him. As I heard myself talk, I realized that I had been suffering from very tight neck and shoulder muscles recently. After a gradual onset, it was getting to the point where I felt that my shoulders were so tense I could hardly relax them at all. This was one of the reasons I felt I needed a massage.

When I returned home, I sat down and started working out what I had changed, added or even taken away from my usual food intake. It took me a while to reach the correct conclusion, but I got it in the end. I had started taking a multivitamin. They can’t have been very natural for my body to react and reject them so strongly! The shoulder muscles concerned were the trapezius muscle, a muscle that Chinese medicine associates with the kidneys. My kidneys were being ‘poisoned’ by the vitamins and sending referred pain and tension to my trapezius muscles.

Of course, I stopped taking the vitamins and after only a few days my neck and shoulders started to relax. I was back to my normal healthy pain free self.

These six stories are simple examples of how food, even supposedly healthy food like nuts and vitamin supplements, can cause pain that seems totally unrelated to the digestive functions. A tummy ache is automatically associated with food intake, as are constipation or diarrhea; but pain in the hands or elbow, backache, neckache, widespread aching in the whole body? Not many people relate that to food intake. And all of these pains are so often diagnosed as arthritis or fibromyalgia.


My work as a chiropractor puts me in contact with many people suffering from muscular or joint pain. It is amazing how many of these painful conditions are solved by dietary changes. When the dietary advice is followed and the structural imbalances are corrected in a very gentle and specific way, pain disappears and stays away … as long as the diet is monitored. Many cases of arthritis and fibromyalgia could be alleviated by making simple dietary changes. Chiropractic can often assist in finding out which organs are being affected by the specific foods and which muscles and joints may be suffering in consequence.

The diet does not usually have to be a strict or boring one. Depending on how severe your pain is, simply cutting down on certain foods you eat a lot of can be sufficient to make a big difference.

Chiropractic can often assist people in working which organs and muscles are affected by food sensitivities. Each vertebra corresponds to an organ and each organ relates to a specific muscle. Your chiropractor should be able to help you work out how best to improve your diet and avoid chronic or recurring pain.

It would be remiss of me not to mention that, until you find the dietary cause of your pain, and even after you have and maybe some residual pain persists, I recommend that you apply my all natural pain relief cream, Simply Flower Power Pain Relief & Moisturising Cream to the site of pain. It may enable you to cut down on painkillers thus relieving your body, especially your kidneys and liver, of the work of dealing with these foreign substances.*

I hope that this article has introduced you to a new way of addressing non-specific arthritic pain and fibromyalgia and given you some helpful ideas that you can implement easily into your everyday life.

I wish you a pain free life!

* The recommendations in this article do not replace professional medical diagnosis and treatment. Please consult your doctor before making any major changes to your lifestyle.

© Jessica Read 2008

The Chiropractic Use of Simply Flower Power Cream

Pain relief for chiropractic patients. Natural back pain relief. Natural neck pain relief. Preventative care for back and neck pain. Muscular pain relief. Temporary pain relief. Cream helps chiropractic adjustments last longer naturally.

How chiropractors can use the cream in their practices. Similar information is on the Chiropractic Use page of the website.

There are four main uses of Simply Flower Power Pain Relief & Moisturising Cream in a chiropractic clinic.

  •   For patients presenting with acute pain – as a temporary pain relief product – apply prior to the adjustments.
  •   To support the body in accepting and integrating adjustments – apply after the treatment.
  •   For after care support and between visits – as a take home natural pain relief cream.
  •   To help the chiropractor him/herself with his/her own muscular tension after work.

1. For patients presenting with acute pain – apply prior to the adjustments.

Patients presenting with acute pain are often difficult to adjust as their pain may result in them resisting the adjustments. The pain can be caused by muscle spasm, inflammation, cell injury, etc.

Simply Flower Power Pain Relief & Moisturising Cream contains flower remedies and lavender essential oil, which soothe and neutralize the stress in the cells, resulting in pain relief.

There is no need to rub or massage the cream in, simply smear it on to the painful area and let it do its work. The decrease in pain takes place quite quickly, within minutes. Several applications within a few minutes of each other will create even more pain relief if needed.The patient should then be more comfortable and the adjustment can take place in a more relaxed atmosphere.

2. To support the body in accepting and integrating adjustments – apply after the treatment.

Chiropractic adjustments create physiological and structural changes to the body that some people find difficult to integrate. This sometimes results in local soreness after the adjustment. The flower remedies in Simply Flower Power Pain Relief & Moisturising Cream may help this integration take place. Adjustments are more easily accepted and tend to ‘hold’ longer when Simply Flower Power Pain Relief & Moisturising Cream is applied to the area treated, after the adjustment has been performed.

It may also be beneficial to apply Simply Flower Power Pain Relief & Moisturising Cream over the neck, spine and whole back at the end of a treatment. The patient will leave feeling more relaxed thanks to the neutralization of cellular stress.

3. For after care support and between visits – as a take home natural pain relief cream.

Patients often ask us what they can do for themselves between visits. Simply Flower Power Pain Relief & Moisturising Cream is an ideal solution. As it contains natural active ingredients, it does not introduce unwanted medications into the patient’s system, nor will it suppress or mask the pain, as most creams containing drugs tend to do.

Simply Flower Power Pain Relief & Moisturising Cream can be used as frequently as necessary to keep the pain at bay.

5. For the chiropractor’s own use.

Chiropractors work very hard with their own bodies and especially their hands. Using Simply Flower Power Pain Relief & Moisturising Cream on their own muscular aches and pains and in particular on their hands as they apply it to their patients, may well leave them a lot less tired and more refreshed at the end of a day in the clinic.

NB: Simply Flower Power Pain Relief & Moisturising Cream is not an ideal cream for use with soft tissue therapy as it does not spread in the manner that is required for this type of work. The cream base has been formulated so as to absorb quickly into the skin and leave it soft and nourished. It has just enough oil content in it to make this possible but not enough to be used as a massage type of cream.

© Jessica Read 2011