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Hi, my name is Dr. Sarah Duke, and I’m a chiropractor at Austin Community Wellness. Our practice is primarily me and my husband. He is a massage therapist, I am also a therapist, but I mainly do chiropractic these days.


My husband and I have definitely had to make some shifts for this COVID-19 situation we’re dealing with. We see a lot of patients in our clinics, so we’ve had to space people out so they’re not all in the office at the same time. We’ve done a lot of things to implement safety in our practice, but one thing that we’ve been working on during this time, since we have so much free time and were forced to close for 90 days during this period of time, is our online profiles.


What we’re really focusing on and in need of grant money for is basically to create a system where people can go online to learn exercises that can help them heal themselves. This system would be helpful for times like this when people can’t get into the office for physical care, especially if they’re in high-risk categories or have autoimmune diseases. We want to provide systems for them to get care still online. We are also looking to implement our nutritional programs online. We’d like to start doing nutritional consults online, as well as exercise routines for people that are in chronic pain. We want to create shoulder protocols, autoimmune protocols, and other protocols. As far as nutrition goes, we want to create a system for people online as well. In order to do this, we would like to employ some professionals so that we can make really good videos.

Coping With Emotional Stresses


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Hey guys, Dr. Sarah here. I just wanted to talk a little bit today about something that I’ve been doing recently that has really helped out with the emotional component of our daily lives. Dealing with emotional stresses on a daily basis is, for me, something that I’ve been doing in 2019 very consciously every day. I do a gratitude log at the end of my day.


In chiropractic we talk a lot about how there’s the physical body that has stresses, there’s emotional stresses, and there’s also chemical stresses, which are like nutrition and things like that. In chiropractic I can definitely help out with those physical ailments, but it is really up to the person to deal with those emotional triggers and nutritional factors that are playing a role in their pain syndromes.


For me, this gratitude log has just been a life-changing event. I have some days that are much easier than others. For instance, one day we went cycling with all the kids and that was really great to just have the entire day cycling. I was so grateful to be able to do that with them. But then there’s other days that are just a lot harder to come up with something I’m grateful for. One day in particular I spent an entire hour trying to figure out what on earth I was grateful for because it was such an awful day. There was just nothing good that happened that day, but at the end of it all I was able to actually come up with something. My husband and I had gone out for a drink and appetizers that night, and that was what I was grateful for, just to have that time with him.


So, writing these things down has really changed my perspective and helped a lot of the emotional stress that I’ve been dealing with a lot lately. I wanted to share this with you guys as a way of overcoming some of the emotional obstacles in our lives. I hope to share more tips for you later on, and make sure to subscribe to our YouTube page and like us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Coffee Time – Ear Infections

Shane: Hi, welcome to Coffee Talk with Dr. Sarah and Shane. This is an Austin Community Wellness video production that we do from time to time, sorry it’s been a while. So, the topic today is how chiropractic helps with ear infections. We get that question a lot of times from our patients.


Dr. Sarah: Yeah, we get a lot of parents asking how it works. So, basically what chiropractic does is it helps to decrease the fluid buildup that happens in the ear.


Shane: Okay, what causes that fluid to build up? (Also View our Talk on Primitive Reflexes )


Dr. Sarah: There’s a number of things that can happen that cause a lot of fluid to build up in the ears, and a lot of it starts with lymph drainage that happens or rather is not happening in the lungs. As fluid builds up in the lungs, it can build up here [in the throat area], and then of course this area [the head] gets fluid buildup as well. So, there can be things like jaw dysfunction that’s happening, scalene muscle restriction, and there’s lymph nodes all in here that relate to the ears becoming backed up. Cranial fixations also have that going for them too. So, the idea is to get lower regions released, so you do adjustments and the thoracic and that helps release all that fluid. You do adjustments in the neck that helps release all that fluid so that everything can drain down and out and stay in flow rather than building up and becoming infected.


Shane: I do that with craniosacral therapy as well. Okay, I didn’t know you were doing that with chiropractic. Cool! What are the side effects?

Dr. Sarah: First of all, the biggest treatment that they use now in the medical community for ear infections that’s become quite ineffective is antibiotics. Really, it’s the overuse of antibiotics that’s quite a problem right now that everyone knows that antibiotics decrease your immune response with prolonged long-term use. Every now and then it’s fine to use for an infection, but chronic infections happen and the antibiotics have become not as great at treating this. So, the idea is to keep all of the fluid moving down and out of the body so that way it’s not building up and stagnating. But, some other side effects to just getting adjusted in general is improved mood, decreased pain in the ear area because we’re once again addressing the scalene muscle that attaches really right behind this ear. It also deals with these jaw dysfunctions that are all once again right around this ear area, so that really helps everything release and drain. Overall, prevention is what we’re looking for.


Shane: Well, that’s a pretty good explanation. I think I got it. So, we’d like for you guys to engage with us from time to time if you like. If you have any kind of stories about ear infections or any things that might have helped you other than chiropractic, we’d sure like to hear from you. Be sure to like and hit the bell if you want to get notifications whenever we’re doing this and thanks for listening!

Vitamin Massage


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Hello everyone, Shane Duke LMT here to remind you guys you need to get a little vitamin massage in your life. You need some repose, you need some rest, you need to take a little bit of recovery in your life. Maybe take some inventory of the body. You can lay down on a table and have someone give you a massage from head to toe so that you can see what parts of your body you’ve forgotten about.

It’s really very helpful. No one can heal unless they take the time to do it, it doesn’t just happen.


You have to put the energy towards healing and you have to show your body the proper amount of respect it deserves. Show it that you love it and you appreciate your body. Your body is your vehicle through this life it’s your vehicle through awareness in and through evolution. You’re going to be mentally growing and changing and the only way that you can do that is through this wonderful thing that we have here, this body that we’re given to take care of. When something is wrong with your body, how would you know what’s wrong with your body? How can you get in touch mentally with your body? Massage is one of those things that will give you the ability to be more in touch.

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Colicky Baby Relaxation Techniques



My niece has a colicky baby at home and I told her I was going to make her a video. But I figured I would just make one for everybody to help out with things you can do at home to help with colicky babies. The first thing I will generally check on a baby is this low back area here. Really colicky babies tend to have a lot of tension in this low back area. This is, let’s pretend, like the tailbone so this is like that low back area they tend to have a lot of tension right in there. Just massaging very lightly you don’t have to use a lot of pressure but you can use a little cream and just kind of rub the spine up and down. It feels really good for the baby, but it also helps to relax some of the muscles along the spine and allows the pressure of the baby’s belly being pressed into the table help move some gas out.


I also place a pinky here, so if you have your tailbone, here there’s another little teeny tiny bone and I just kind of come somewhere right in between the two and I’ll just place a pinky. You know you’re in the right spot when the baby kind of pushes down into it because it feels really good, this is the Sacro tuberous ligament that you’re pressing on. And that just kind of places pressure on them on the pelvic floor and some of those areas around the sacrum, and that just helps everything kind of settle. Babies will generally calm down quite a bit with this spot, so those are two areas I look for.


When the baby is face-up, you have their hip bone here and their belly button here. Somewhere in between, right in the center, you can place pinky pressure here. Sometimes you’ll feel a little valve underneath your finger spasming. Sometimes with colicky babies those belts are trying to form, and in the process they’ll spasm quite a bit while they’re trying to learn how to open and close. So if you just hold some really light pressure there and just allow it to spasm a little bit and calm down, that’s what you’re looking for. There’s another available on the other side. You just come right in between the belly button and hip bone, and you can place a little pressure there.


So, all that is really helpful for those colicky babies if you’ve got a really fussy baby that is just constantly crying. They have to be really small, like we’re talking newborn to a month old, fold their hands over and hold their head and bounce them around so their hands and fingers are holding kind of like that face area. Then the rest of your hand is holding their hands just across their chest. You can bounce them like this and you can kind of rotate this part around as you’re bouncing to kind of help that stomach just release and calm down. This is a very calming position for the baby, they almost instantly will stop crying if they’re real fussy so you can just kind of bounce them around and do a little figure 8 movement down here. That’ll just help settle that belly and allow that baby to relax a little bit. With massage, real light pressure is great I mean babies just love to be touched and held and be close to their mothers. Those are some tips I have for a really fussy colicky baby.

Ginger, Lemon Honey Potion



Shane is whipping up some of his cold/flu season potion for our family to help our immune systems to stay strong.


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Review Round Up


It’s review roundup time, and this year’s prize is an instapot for our new year, new you kick off to 2020. Start your year off right by eating clean, working out and getting back on track with your chiropractic and massage self care routine. The drawing will take place January 2nd. Here’s how it works…each action gets you one entry toward winning the instapot for a total of 6 possible entries per person: Leave a review on fb, yelp and/or google if you have had a service with Dr. Sarah or Shane. You can also like, comment and share this post. If you’ve already left a review, you will get one entry per platform that you left a review on. Good luck!!!!

Coffee Talk Parent – child stress

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Dr. Sarah: Hey guys, this is our version of this week’s coffee talk. We’re going to be discussing stress in parenting and kids and all of that kind of stuff. I’m going to be asking Shane a few questions on that topic, so here we go! Have you ever heard the phrase stressed-out parents raise stressed-out kids?


Shane: Yes, I have and I believe it, but only halfway. I don’t necessarily think that if you’re stressed out, you’re going to have stressed out kids all the time. I think there’s changes that you can make to your life to help this not happen. Children tend to soak up everything around them, that’s how they grow and how they develop. They look at their surroundings and they just absorb it like a sponge, so if you’re stressed out, they are going to pick up on it. They’re really closely tied and connected to us so they’re going to pick up on all of our stress.


Dr. Sarah: So, what strategies would you have for lowering your stress and keeping that from affecting your kids?


Shane: Well, a lot of the times that I’ve been successful with this is just keeping an eye on and being conscious of myself and being self-aware. Also, knowing your triggers, keeping yourself calm, and getting massages. The more you take care of your nervous system, the better you’re going to respond to stress around you. When I’m getting my massages on a regular basis, I’m usually handling my stress around me a lot better. Silence is really good for me, that helps me calm down and it just rejuvenates. I’ve read some studies lately that silence is rejuvenating to the nervous system.


Dr. Sarah: And we so rarely get that with three kids.


Shane: Yeah. Well, what I do is I’ll go and take a bath. I’ll get in the bathtub and I’ll drop my ears below the water, and I get this great like silence like you can’t hear anything. I’ll do that for about 15 or 20 seconds and it’s very refreshing. Sleep is great, whenever I’m getting enough rest, I’m usually handling most of my stress a lot better and all that translates into me having calmer kids. I have noticed that when I’m calm and when I’m not stressed (because I’m the stressed parent and in the family) that I’m not having stressed kids. It’s amazing, my kids are not running around all over the place and crazy. Yoga is also really good for me. I was always really calm when doing yoga. When I’m doing my bike rides too. You know, exercise! You’ve got to find your things to do.


Dr. Sarah: You know, one thing we started doing over the summer, but then of course it got too hot and we just haven’t gotten back into it, was riding as a family together. Bike riding together as a family was super fun and everybody, even if we were really stressed out that day, I found that a bike ride at night before bed was like so awesome! Because we all just chatted and had a leisurely stroll and it was really nice, we should really start that up again.


Shane: Yeah, totally!


Dr. Sarah: Well, cool! I’m glad you shared all that. We’ve been talking about coping with stress in our household, so we thought we would just share. Tell us what do you guys do in your household. Leave a comment and say how you fight the stress in your household. What strategies are you using to help keep yourself calm and your kids calm?


Shane: Yeah, we’d love to hear from you guys. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook or subscribe to our YouTube channel to be notified of any other Coffee Talks. We’re going to try to do more in the future so we want you guys to know about it, and we want you guys to let us know your thoughts. We want to make it more of a conversation out there in the internet land as well so let’s all get connected. Alright guys, thanks!

Coffee Talk “Flu Season”

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Shane: Hi, everyone! This is Shane and Dr. Sarah Duke at Austin Community Wellness. Today is a cool coffee talk because we get to talk about the flu season. I’ve been wanting to ask Dr. Sarah about this for a little while now, so here we go. Dr. Sara, what are your thoughts on the flu season?


Dr. Sarah: So, the flu is not actually a season, flu virus is around all year round.


Shane: Yeah, that’s makes sense. Good point. Well, if there’s no season then why is there an increase of flu cases during this time of year?


Dr. Sarah: The flu season that they discuss and talk about on the news and everything, that is between October and February with the flu season really peaking in February. So, why is this happening? If we look at what we’re doing in between October and February, it’s pretty clear. In October we’ve got Halloween, we’re eating a lot more candy than we’re used to eating, a lot more sweets, partying a little bit more, drinking, that kind of thing. Then we’ve got Thanksgiving right afterwards doing the same thing, Christmas right after that doing the same thing, and then we’ve got New Year’s and Valentine’s Day. So, all these holidays that we have are increasing the amount of rich foods that we don’t normally eat. It’s also increasing the amount of sweets we’re eating and we’re drinking a lot. Not that these are bad things, but these are just the things that we’re doing this time of year and that kind of contributes to weakening our immune system. In kind of starts in October and then continues in November, December, January, and by February everybody’s immune systems are pretty taxed. It’s also really the darkest month of the year in most areas of the country, and it’s cold so all of that combined activity as well as the weather contributes to less vitamin D in people.


Shane: What can we do to sort of get ready for this time of year? Or throughout this time of year, what can we do like if we’re out there indulging to protect ourselves?


Dr. Sarah: Sure, there’s lots of stuff! Green smoothies are great for trying to incorporate into your daily life as much as possible, just so you’re getting those nutrients in. Increasing water intake is a really big deal too. If you’re drinking a lot of alcohol during the holiday seasons, you can tend to get dehydrated. That’s never good for contributing to getting sick at all, whether it be flu, cold, or any kind of virus. Also, increasing your vitamin As, Bs, Cs, Ds, those are all really helpful. Increasing your probiotic intake is great. Getting adjusted and getting massaged increases your overall neurological and immune system, so trying to do activities that kind of gear you toward improving your immune system as much as possible during this season is really ideal.


Shane: Awesome! Okay, well I got a few little pointers and some strategies to use. Of course, I’m fortunate enough to be with you all the time, so we get to talk about these things a lot. If you guys have any pointers, any little tips or tricks or secrets you use during the flu season or to get ready for the flu season leave a comment. We don’t know it all, so share with us if you like. Alright, thanks for talking with us!

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Hey, guys! Shane and I just found out some very exciting news from a patient of ours that we wanted to share with you. So, we did induction points on one of our patients on Wednesday, and she just emailed us tonight that she gave birth early this morning! When she was in the office, she got a chiropractic adjustment and a massage and we did all the induction points because she was due. And so, it was just a really cool experience and we got to see a little baby. We just wanted to share that with you guys, we were super excited tonight to get to see the baby on the other side. Talk to you soon!

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