Be useful when you see some without a smile-give them yours

Be useful when you see someone without a smile – give them yours.

Ponder on the sentence of the week: Be useful when you see someone without a smile - give them yours

Last week was about speaking our gratitude to our surrounding.  Hope you are able to practice that and it helped you feel the appreciation within.

This week’s task it’s all about taking actions, start expressing your gratitude by doing good; small deed, anything at all.

Giving donation of some sort to a person in need shows that you appreciate what you have and especially do it with a gesture, smile and kindness.  By doing good gives is a great way to feel good.

God, the universe or whichever you consider to be your god: you speak good and it’ll be good.

God, the universe or whichever you consider to be your god: you speak good and it’ll be good.

One of the keys for being happy in life is acknowledging what you have and be grateful; be grateful and it will open doors. Express your gratefulness throughout the day, and see the changes.

It’s easier to appreciate when we don’t take things for granted. Be grateful for the waiter serving you coffee; the cashier at the market; your spouse who made you breakfast. Even if this is their job, when you give appreciation and gratefulness life is better. It is all a matter of attitude.

This week task: make it a habit to tell people thank you, express your appreciation sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Remember when you don’t take anything for granted, even the smallest thing is worth your gratitude.

You are where your thoughts are, so make sure your thoughts are where you want to be

You are where your thoughts are, so make sure your thoughts are where you want to be:

 Our mind often could shift in to negative thoughts: think good it will be good

Get there by being aware of your thought; we have the power to do so. First step: accepting the facts of life.

Example: if you are frustrated, stuck in traffic listen to your favorite shows or music. Take the time to organize your thoughts. All it takes is to practice accepting the facts in the most positive state of mind.

Remember your own your own mind and not the opposite! So take the time to practice and be patient with it.

The task this week: practice all of the above as you wake up in the morning with gratitude and good attitude; with the first mission to list 5 things that you are grateful for; even if it’s the smallest thing you have endured or experienced. With that attitude it is easy to implement this task.

Wishes for gratitude and health above all

The road to healthy life

Did you ever feel like you have to make a change?

That maybe life has the potential to be easier and more fulfilling? Because, you have to potential to be happier?
I’m sure you heard the term Mind-Body-Spirit Alignment.
Sounds good right? Like it will solve all the problems..

But what is it and how do I get there…. because we all want to be healthy, be happy, be energetic, wake up with a big smile and be ready to enjoy the day.
The truth is that most of us do not feel this way and most likely closer to the opposite end; nonetheless the kids who refuse to get dressed in the morning, driving through traffic on the way to work, the boss that does not seems too appreciative and the spouse who always find what to complaint about…

So between all the above, where do we even start the journey for gratitude?

First thing first: Take a deep breath and remind yourself that you are doing the best you can….Wherever you are right now is exactly where you should be. Additionally remind yourself that every journey starts with one step, even the smallest tiny step is getting you closer to the destination.

Every week I’m going to share with you a small step, something very doable that you can start practicing right away.

The first step for today is MAKE A DECISION!

Look into your eyes in the mirror and say out loud : I’m willing to change!

Now see what comes up, what thoughts are coming to the surface (this is nonsense, it’s not going to work etc…) watch the resistance.

Now remember, the journey will not allways be easy.

But it is worth it!

Happy grateful new year!

How Can Chiropractic Adjustments help you?

Healthy Posture
The shortest distance between two points is a straight spine

How can a chiropractic adjustment can help me?  So the answer is that daily chiropractic adjustments have helped many patients.  How it helps differs from person to person. Because people come in various shapes, sizes and conditions daily.

If you took a poll, you would discover that people fall into two categories. One, never experienced the benefits of chiropractic treatment; or two, they have already experienced the benefits.

Chiropractic adjustments make corrections to misalignments.  So, the technical term is a patient may have a vertebral subluxation (misalignment).

Going to the chiropractor for preventive care is as important as going to the dentist.  And you may not feel pain.  So, preventive chiropractic treatment are vital for your overall optimal health. Because it is important become self-educated regarding our health.

Improve Your Posture

Improve Your Posture
The shortest distance between two points is a straight spine

Improve your posture.  Sometimes we forget to remember to maintain our posture and slouch; so below are a few steps to keep in mind to help your body function better.

The human body has a specific design so  good posture follows that design.  It is not that hard to have good posture.

Below are steps to that assist in obtaining and to improve your posture while standing

1.   Find your center because proper standing posture is about alignment and balance; and it also lends an air of confidence.  Tips for achieving the correct upright posture:

  •  place your feet about shoulder width apart
  • stand up straight
  • rotating the top of the pelvis forward slightly because it brings pelvis  to a neutral position
  • thigh bones move under the hips
  • don’t lock your knees
  • the arch of the lower back supports the rest of the spine

2.  Keep your weight on the balls of your feet; because when you rest on your heels, your natural tendency will be to slouch.

3. Keep your shoulders squared.

4.  Pull your head back and up. Picture yourself reaching for the ceiling with the top of your head.  Keep your head square on top of the neck and spine as you pull your head back and up.  Because this will not only will this improve your posture, you will look taller and leaner, too.  Try it!

Teach your body what it feels like to have good posture.  Stand with your back against a door or wall, with the back of your head, your shoulders, and your butt just touching it.  If it feels awkward and uncomfortable, don’t worry because as you develop good posture habits and train your body, it will feel uncomfortable to not stand this way.

Good posture starts with a strong core; and weak core muscles are common for people with low back pain.  Because poor posture can make back pain worse.  Core-strengthening exercises may help ease and prevent low back pain and will improve your posture.

Call us for an appointment to assess your posture.

What is Acupuncture and how might it help me?

getty_rf_photo_of_acupuncture_needles_in_womanAcupuncture is based on Asian medicine; which has been in existence for thousands of years.  The purpose of acupuncture is to preserve health along with diagnose, treat and prevent illness.

Acupuncture can restore proper balance to the Qi (pronounced “chee”) through a network of channels or meridians which are connected to all parts of the body including your organs.

The potential benefits of acupuncture include:

  • increasing peripheral circulation
  • augmenting skin and muscle blood flow
  • decreasing heart rate
  • reducing elevated blood pressure
  • helping autonomic nervous system
  • boosting immune function
  • balancing reproductive hormones

Other benefits of acupuncture are:

  • very few side effects
  • very effective combination treatment (such as with chiropractic treatment)
  • help patients who do not respond to pain medications or do not wish to take pain medications

Treatments such as acupressure, auriculotherapy, herbal medicine, therapeutic cupping, Gua Sha, moxibustion, Tui Na, and nutritional modification are known to be beneficial when accompanied with acupuncture.

The Relationship Between Good Posture & My Overall Optimal Health

postureYour posture is the natural position we hold our bodies while standing, sitting or lying down.  Your personal posture directly affects your health.  If you have good posture, your posture has correct alignment with the right amount of muscle tension balanced against gravity.  Proper posture helps you keep your muscles, ligaments, bones and internal organs in their natural position.   When your posture is out of balance or misaligned the pressure on your spine and neural muscular skeletal frame increases;  and can lead to tension, soreness, headaches, back pain and variety of other symptoms. The first step is educating yourself and then taking steps to address your posture.

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Chiropractic and Leg Length

Because the spinal cord is housed by the spine and the exiting nerve roots communicate with the autonomic nerves that basically run our organ function, maintaining alignment of the spine and pelvis is very important to minimize nerve irritation and subsequent health-related problems. The focus of this article is on leg length, its effect on our posture, methods of assessment, and treatment.

Leg length plays an important role in posture. When there is a difference in leg length, the pelvis cannot maintain a level position. Because the spine’s base is the pelvis, it cannot stay straight if there is a leg length discrepancy.

Doctors of all disciplines realize the importance of leg length, especially orthopedic surgeons as they consider a hip or knee
replacement! There are many causes which include genetic or trauma during bone growth years.

From a treatment standpoint, a heel lift can be placed into the shoe on the short leg side. Unfortunately, there is not a 1 to 1 mm correction of the leg length deficiency with heel lifts. In adults, it has been reported that about a 66% correction occurs, which means a 10 mm lift would result in around a 6.6mm leg length deficiency correction.

Many doctors have found that it is usually wise to GRADUALLY increase the amount of heel lifting.  So patients often start with a 5mm lift and at one week intervals, increase it to the next height. (such as 7mm, followed by 9mm, and so on) At 12mm (0.5”), problems with the heel lift being pushed out of the shoe and/or sliding forwards in the shoe may prohibit the use of these thicker lifts after which point the bottom of the shoe can be built up by a shoe cobbler (some services can be found online as well).

By Chiro-Trust.org, edited by Spine Intelligence

Balance & Dizziness How To Improve

Many people seek chiropractic care for low back, mid-back, neck pain along with pain in the extremities; but what about balance and/or dizziness, as they often go together? Can chiropractic management help people suffering from frequent falls due to balance and/or dizziness problems? Let’s take a look!

When considering treatment for balance, we must talk about the “proprioceptive system.” The way the body “communicates” between all the various body parts is by proprioceptors—which are located in skeletal muscles and joint capsules—that relay information to the brain. This information from the various body parts is then integrated with incoming information from the vestibular system (inner ear). The brain also relies heavily on the cerebellum located in the back of the head, which is largely responsible for coordinating the unconscious (automatic) aspects of proprioception.

The ability to maintain balance, such as when standing on one leg (eyes open and closed), is dependent on the ability for the ALL THREE of these systems to work properly, and like any other skill, “…practice makes perfect!”

Balance Exercise to Try

Please try standing on one leg and then shut your eyes. Can you feel your ankle, foot, leg, and the rest of your body struggle to keep you balanced? For those of us under age 60, it’s “normal” to be able to balance on one foot with eyes closed for 25 seconds (or 10 and 4 seconds if you are between 60-69 or, 70-79 years old, respectively)! Scary, isn’t it? But don’t feel bad, as most Call us todayof us can’t do this at first. With practice and the right exercises, you will be able to do it. Your “kinesthetic sense” CAN BE improved, and your doctor of chiropractic can guide you in the process.

So, how does dizziness fit into this picture? Let’s talk about the ear!

Our ears have two jobs: hearing and balance. The outer ear catches sound and funnels it to the eardrum which vibrates and moves three little bones that transmit the information to the cochlea and finally to the brain allowing us to hear sound. Deep inside the ear is the “vestibular apparatus,” which is the organ of equilibrium that assists in balance. Here, three semicircular canals are filled with fluid and two sac-like structures located at the base called the utricule and saccule. The fluid in the canals flows past little hair-like structures that are connected to nerves that relay information to the brain, telling it where we are in space (horizontal—laying down, vertical—standing) and if we’re moving forwards/accelerating or moving up/down (like in an elevator).

There are little tiny “stones” in these two sacs that move the little hair-like structures but they can dislodge into the canal and alter the flow of fluid (like a rock sticking out of a flowing river creating eddy currents), which alters the direction the little hairs bend, resulting in vertigo or dizziness as the brain is receiving conflicting information from the hairs bending in multiple/different directions. This is called “BPPV” (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo), which is brief episodes of vertigo immediately following a change in head position such as rolling over in bed, getting up from sitting or laying, etc. This is the most common cause of vertigo.

If you Google “BPPV,” you will find different exercises that can move these little stones back into position.  Brandt-Daroff and Epley’s maneuver, both of which work well often within a day or two. If the balance/dizziness (vertigo) doesn’t improve, then you should consider other possibilities.  For example, such as inner ear inflammation or acute vestibular neuritis or blood pressure issues, medication side effects, and more. Your chiropractor can teach you the BPPV exercises and perform cervical adjustments, which can also help significantly.

Article By Chiro-Trust.org

The Healing Chiropractic Center of Dr. Jacques Bendavid DC