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A strong backside revolves around function of this system.

Hey Warriors.
Happy Monday!  I hope you are thriving in this season.  I know this last week especially here in California is getting really crazy.  I will say, I am proud of people standing up for what is right through this and finally seeing the backstory behind it. I hope for the sake of our economy and so many businesses that took so long and so many tears to build will begin to regain strength again.  And for those corrupt in high places to come down! AMEN!

We’re gonna take a break from all that immunity talk and regeneration talk, and talk about something that you are probably all interested in, your backside!! LOL. 

I’m sure with working from home, we’ve all been in positions that aren’t our norms, but I have seen people be way more active during this season which is great!

A common scenario I see in my practice is patient’s coming in with an inability to activate their backside. 
That means the back and the glutes(butt).  The muscles that keep us upright. 
If you read my last blog, I talked extensively about how airway compromise causes problems in the backside, always trying to keep you upright.  With airway people they have this forward head posture because they can’t adequately breathe, which means their backside is constantly tight (tight muscles mean weak nerve input) trying to keep them upright to fight gravity.

As you can imagine, most of my airway people are going to be the main candidates for this blog, but it also applies to many that have tightness in their back, shoulders and pelvis.

This is the key to proper activation of your backside:  Bloodflow and Lymphatic Flow. 

Let me explain.
Strong muscles, ANY muscles that are strong need blood flow.  The actual best way to grow a muscle’s strength is to increase blood flow to that area. 
One of the best ways to increase blood flow to the backside, is to get blood flow working better, which comes from the FRONT.

If you have struggled with weakness or pain in your Glute muscles (butt muscles) or your back after all the exercises and therapy, it’s probably time to change your strategy right?! 
Muscles only work as well as they BREATHE, which means oxygen and blood flow have to be able to reach them to work like they are supposed to.
Here is an analogy:  Rivers and Streams.  Streams will dry up if the source (the river), gets depleted.
We start working not downstream, we start at the top, which is our arteries and the capillaries in our circulatory system. 

Most individuals that don’t have good blood/lymph flow to the glutes will say: “when they do hip and glute muscle work or strengthening that they get increasing tension in their groin area or in the front of their hip (thats the front side). ”

Let me explain why:

There is a region in the anterior part of the body where a lot of buildup happens in circulation and lymphatic flow.
This is the area where the biggest lymph node is in our body, which is about 3-4 inches above your belly button. Thats the green dot in the picture.

(not my image)
That green line (representing the lymphatic system) then has to drain up and under the left collarbone into our subclavian vein.  That is the transferred into the heart, stomach and other organs. 
If there is a BIG blockage here, the lymphatic and furthermore circulation will be impaired.
Working this area, will help open up this channel and the streams down below it.

Another example.  The inguinal/groin area.

(not my image)

All of the draining from the lower body has to come through the groin area. See those two red areas?  Big Rivers there.  We need the FRONT open and flowing to help the back.

No muscle or organ in the body works alone. 

If you want a stronger backside, yes you do have to engage it and activate those muscles properly (nerve help and trainers), but first you have to make sure that the “flow” is getting to that muscle! 
 Ok, doc.. How do we do that?

Well, you might have got the hint by now, but you have to work on the FRONT side. 
Constantly working the backside and stretching the backside won’t be your answer if it’s a frontside issue. 

Most commonly, when someone has a glute or low back issue, most physical therapist and trainers will say they have a “weak core”, which could and is usually true, but strengthening the core can be difficult when there is a backup in circulation.  We need to work first on making those stuck “flow” areas free then can stabilize.

For most of you airway people that means we have to address the entire front line from your head, tongue tie (if you have it), neck and collarbone, down to that big lymph node near your belly button (diaphragm tension), your hip flexors and down to the front of your shins.  LOTS of blood flow and lymphatic stuff is in there!

I do this first by realigning your entire body.  Remember a stuck joint (even in your head), prevents blood flow.  This also will ensure that the muscles are getting proper information from the nerves.  So we just do this first:)

Then, we can work on getting the lymphatic system working more with work right along the surface of the skin including the lymphatic organs. This is done through gentle work along those nodes and organs, and sometimes doing muscle work if the fascia is stuck around where the nodes are.

NOTE here:  There are some places I cannot get to and refer out for.  For instance, if there is internal scar tissue or pelvic floor imbalances, I must refer for this section to get that anterior pelvic section working better.  Pelvic Floor therapists can be HUGE resources for this part. With internal scar tissue, it will be a huge problem for blood flow to the glute region.

Additionally, maybe a restriction in the flow is because one of those organs isn’t draining properly?  You can work on them doing body work to get the “flow” happening, but also sometimes nutritional protocols are needed to help take the burden off those organs and get digestion working more efficiently.

I’ve had so many patients over the years say that after working with their airway and front side of their body that they feel they can activate their glutes so much more!  

So, I encourage you.  If this is You.  It’s time to change your strategy!  You need a proper front AND back sides working together to create balance within your body.  Usually the issues are never where you think they are.
Problem with your backside?  Work on the front side (loosening and getting circulation flowing) then stimulate and strengthen those back muscles and see how you feel!

That is all for now.


Have a happy and healthy week.




Dr. hamel


What 3 our of 5 top reasons for death in the US have in common. 

Happy Monday Warriors!
I hope you all had a wonderful October, since it’s now NOVEMBER!
I can’t believe we are coming into holiday season already!  I also want to remind you that I do offer gift receipts which make great gifts! Giving the gift of health:)

A little housekeeping before we begin this month’s topic. 
I am so very thankful for each and every one of you, and so appreciate your referrals and reviews! They make my business run! Part of business is that price changes do occur due to real estate and other changes increasing. Starting December 1st I will be increasing my pricing for adults.
Pricing for pediatric patients will remain the same, depending on the time and case difficulty.
I’m sure you all understand and truly value the amount of heart/time I put into my care <3
If you have any further questions please let me know!


I know it’s rather a downer subject this month, but the truth is that a little light needs to be shed on some of these things because they are preventable!  And really, proper diagnosis and care is key. 

When you search for the primary reasons that kill us in the US you will find these top 5.

1. Heart Disease
2. Cancer
3. Accidents
5. Stroke

Well, cancer is a mixed bag as far as diagnosis (although we know alternative options), and we can’t necessarily control unintentional injuries, although properly prescribed medications are a HUGE cause of death in the US.

The other 3 out of the 5 have something in common.  They all involve something, and all can be traced back to it.  Do you know what it is??!

Low Oxygen States.

Hypertension, COPD and stroke all are traced back to low oxygen states. 

In turn, theres two factors for longevity in life (physically).

1. Can you breathe/Vital Capacity Oxygen
2. Can you stand in a field of gravity (balance/proprioception)

And in reality, nothing supersedes oxygen.  Nothing in the body supersedes oxygen.  It’s the first thing we do when we enter the world and the last thing when we leave it. We can live without food and water for days and weeks, but only 4 minutes without oxygen.

The national commission on sleep disorders research states that 38,000 deaths occur on an annual basis that relate to cardiovascular problems connected to sleep apnea.  This includes high blood pressure, hypertension and stroke.  6 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea that is moderate to severe and may necessitate a late night visit to the ER. 1/2 of all hospital patients have hypertension.  MANY DO NOT REALIZE THEY SUFFER FROM SLEEP APNEA.

40% of the population has airway problems, meaning 1 out of 4 people!  In fact, anyone who needs braces is an airway case. Snoring is a major indicator of sleep apnea, as well as belly sleepers, chronic sinusitis cases, clencher/grinding of teeth, fatigue,TMJ, craniofascial pain and sleep disorders.

In heart disease and stroke, there is not enough oxygen pumping through the arterial system.
What carries oxygen around in the body?  The blood and circulatory system. And a nutrient called iron carries oxygen around. 

20% of our blood supply is in the brain
13% is in the liver
20% in the kidneys
47% rest of the body.

Although the brain utilizes a lot, it has to share the throne with other organs, meaning they must all get sufficient supply for the body to work in balance.

Here are some signs of low oxygen syndrome:
  • apnea
  • headaches
  • heart conditions
  • stroke
  • dizziness
  • body aches and pains
  • infections
  • tongue tie
  • clenching
  • bruxism
  • worm teeth
  • tooth loss
  • limited jaw opening
  • awake fatigued
  • pain medications
  • stuff/blocked nose.

The body is intelligent.  It is always trying to self preserve.  It will always defend itself by producing symptoms to signal to us that something is wrong. 

Unfortunately some of us don’t listen to those, or mask those signals with medications/supplements instead of figuring out the root cause.  And for many oxygen depletion is the key.

Another way to tell is by utilizing a pulse oximeter.  Any result less than 97-98% means that your body is hypoxic. You will also find a low body temperature, because the thyroid starts to combust energy and usually hypothyroid issues will ensue. 

So getting proper oxygen is so KEY!!
Since sleep apnea is so prevalent, and it puts a huge stress to the nervous system and cardiovascular system, it should be highlighted so much more than it is.
Because the only real option is a CPAP machine, many live with the ramifications of sleep apnea, and some better yet have no idea they have airway issues because they don’t’ really have sleep apnea symptoms.

Sometimes it isn’t always just an airway issue. Sometimes there’s issue with oxygen biochemistry wise with iron absorption and things of that nature to be able to carry the oxygen.  So you really do have to look at the entire picture, but most of what I see starts with airway.

So what do we do?

You need to get assessed for proper airway.  Airway issues can come from cranial problems (narrowness), tonsils/adenoids and narrow sinuses which usually track back to cranial problems.

Although I work closely with ENT’s, it’s not always the best option to go right ahead with a sinus surgery.
Most have a cranial problem and need help getting blood flow and oxygen into the brain in the first place.  They might have a tongue tie and a narrow palate which means again, not creating oxygen. Usually most are mouth breathers and need to retrain this pattern.

Usually it’s a team effort between myself, an orthodontist or dentist, myofunctional therapy and sometimes an ENT.

However, my care addresses both 1 and 2 of the factors for longevity.  Increases oxygen, and increases balance in the entire body.  2 for 1!

Case after case I will see in my practice their breathing improve through craniopathy care. When you open up the head it makes sense breathing will become better because their is an increase in blood flow.
This is why I always start with this care.  We need to get oxygen back into your brain quickly, back into your liver your kidneys and finally the rest of the body.

With sleep apnea cases, it’s always a team effort.  I have many case studies with sleep studies showing a decrease dramatically just with cranial care, but often times their is a huge bite problem that needs to be fixed in order for their airway to fix. 
Most just aren’t complaint with a CPAP, but they do help tremendously.

Kids can have sleep apnea as well!  Many children suffer from sleep apnea and oxygen depletion conditions.  Why?  Because of birth traumas, not breastfeeding long enough, using pacifiers and bottles which push the tongue down and don’t extend the palate.
You don’t want children growing without proper brain oxygen, and putting extra stress on their heart and cardiovascular system.

Bring them in.  We can assess it.

I hope this was helpful to you this month!
I will say most I tell have an airway issue have ZERO clue, and also have ZERO clue that the oxygen depletion is causing most of their symptoms.

Fix this, and you will be on such an amazing healthy road!