Dr. Andrew

About Dr. Andrew

Dr. Andrew Dodge lives in Staunton, Virginia, with his wife Nicole and their children Luke and Josie. Dr. Andrew is a graduate of Parker College of Chiropractic at Parker University in Dallas, Texas.

Summertime Chiropractic Care: Prepping for School

Summer is finally here! Longer days, no school, vacations, and relaxation! While your kids are shutting down and turning their brains off for the summer, now may be a great time for you to look back and reevaluate last school year and look forward and set goals for this coming school year. How did your child do in all of their classes? Were their grades, attitude, and attention all where you … [Read more...]

Common Childhood Ailments: Cutting Family Ties

So, my common childhood ailments series is going a little slower than expected (silly baby being born and everything), but here in our next installment I will be discussing something that I have been seeing more and more of lately: lip and tongue ties. This is an issue that strikes close to home with my wife and I. Our oldest son Luke had both a lip and tongue tie that put his nursing … [Read more...]

From a Dad, to a Dad

Over the past few years that I have been a chiropractic neurologist I have noticed that husbands and fathers can be either a barrier to their wives and children receiving natural health care or their #1 supporter.  I wanted to write this blog to both introduce who I am, Dad to Dad, and to give you an explanation of what I view as my responsibilities as a natural health care practitioner. Being … [Read more...]

Where Should I Buy My Supplements?

I'm taking a short break from common childhood conditions to address something that I have seen a lot lately.  The questions of 1) where to get supplements and 2) if there is a difference in quality between brands are questions that I hear on a daily basis.  I will try to clarify things a little with this post. There are three main “classes” of supplements: the ones you can get at big box … [Read more...]

Common Childhood Ailments: Ear Infections – Part 2, A Word on Burst Eardrums and Tubes

When fluid builds up in the ear and puts too much pressure on the eardrum, it is not uncommon for a child’s eardrum (or adult’s for that matter) to burst.  This typically is preceded by a large amount of pain and followed by instant relief.  When the eardrum bursts there is typically fluid that drains out of the ear. This fluid may contain some blood, but that is completely normal.  When an … [Read more...]

Common Childhood Ailments: Ear Infections – Part 1

Continuing with topics on common childhood ailments, let’s now talk about ear infections.   Ear infections are one of the most common reasons I see children in my office. Many of the kids that come in have had several ear infections, been on several different antibiotics, and cannot seem to stop the cycle.  Hopefully, if you are reading this, this does not sound like your situation. But, if it … [Read more...]

Common Childhood Ailments: Fevers

I have had a lot of questions lately on some pretty common childhood health issues. Over the next few weeks I would like to share some of those issues with you and more natural approaches on how to handle them.  The first topic that I will discuss is fever. First let’s talk about what a fever is and why it occurs.  A fever is your body’s natural response to a foreign invader (i.e. bad bacteria … [Read more...]

Baltic Amber Necklace Giveaway

  We are always looking to bring you all tried and true natural living options that we've used in our own family (in addition to chiropractic care, of course!), which is why Valley Family Wellness & Chiropractic is now carrying baltic amber necklaces for both adults and children. We originally started using one for our son when he began teething, and after we saw the relief it … [Read more...]

Wellness Care: Boost Your Immune System

This is right around the time of year that colds and the flu hit us pretty hard.  To help prevent and shorten any illnesses that may come your way here are some simple and natural immune boosting recommendations. Diet Your diet gives you the basic building blocks that your body uses to function, so feed it right and it will function better. Lots of fruits and veggies, nuts and seeds, a little … [Read more...]

Wellness Treatment: Detoxification Foot Bath

The foot bath is a detoxification system that uses the body’s meridians and electrical charges to pull toxins from the body. By charging the water, our machine changes the ability of toxins to bind to tissue in the body. The toxins are excreted through the pores in the feet. The bath water will change different colors during the course of the treatment, indicating different toxins being pulled … [Read more...]