Things I stopped doing to gain peace in my life:

Things I stopped doing to gain peace in my life:

Argue with people

Wasting energy on one-sided relationships

Overcommitting my time when I didn’t have the energy

Accepting & excusing toxic behavior because that was more comfortable than change

Allowing dysfunctional family members to steal my joy

Trying to fix people as an “act of love”

Discarding my boundaries to fit (uncomfortably) in other people’s lives.

Holding on to limiting beliefs about my life, self-worth, and potential

Pretending to be happy when I was hurting

Silencing my voice & not naming my needs

Overthinking about my past & things I cannot change

Holding onto people I’ve outgrown because of the “time invested”

Going along to get along

Overlooking my blessings & comparing my life to someone else’s

Abandoning myself, my truth, and my integrity to “fit in”

Waiting for external validation to boost my confidence

Trying to change people who were committed to staying the same.

                                                                                                          Alex Elle

Disease – Dis –ease

Disease – Dis –ease

Disease is held in the body by thought, by observation of the illness, and by the attention given to the illness.  If you are feeling a little unwell, don’t talk about it – unless you want more of it.  If you listen to people talk about their illness, you add energy to their illness.  Instead, change the conversation to good things, and give powerful thoughts to seeing those people in health.

  • From the book The Secret

 

This is how disease relates to your spine. 

In order for your body to be 100% healthy, 100% we are going to need all the body parts working at 100% right? Ifthe spine is out of position, there is a disconnect.  It blocks the way the intelligence runs through the wires.  Imagine a SHORT CIRCUIT.  The name for that is a subluxation.  That is what I check  for in the spine, the disconnects.  If we have a disconnect between the brain and the body well then what’s going to happen to that part of the body?  In other words, if the nerve to your lung is blocked what’s going to happen to the lung? Is it going to function? No it is going to begin to dysfunction.  The opposite.  If the dysfunction is there for long enough the lung is no longer in a state of ease or health.  It the opposite. DIS-EASE.  Lung disease can be called asthma or bronchitis but what it really is the result of the lungs dysfunctioning.  Heart disease which can be called heart attack, artherosclerosis, arterial sclerosis is the result of the heart dysfunctioning.  Joint disease known as arthritis is a result of the joints dysfunctioning.  Every single disease is the name of where the problem is but it is not why the problem is.  See how that works? 

Is your life health built on shifting sand and weak foundations

Some homes that are old, look it.  They are about to fall apart in front of us and need to be fenced off for safety. Others, like the Biltmore Estate, which is 125 years old, looks fantastic! Over a million people per year visit the Biltmore to marvel at its architecture and historical impact. My question for you is: Your spine is your home.  How’s your spine?  What kind of home are you building with your LIFE & HEALTH? How do you know?

Is your LIFE and HEALTH built on shifting sand and weak foundations, or is your life anchored on a firm foundation of bedrock? Because the winds will blow and the waters will rise as the storms come. Will you stand the test of time?                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                Trond Seland DC

Benefits to wobbling

SIX TIPS FOR MAKING CHANGES THAT STICK

All of us have made short-term changes before.  But how do you get them to last for longer?  This is from the latest science in behavior change from the book Feel Better in 5 by Dr. Rangan Chatterjee

    1. Start Easy – If we want behaviors to become habitual and automatic, they should take little mental or physical effort.  Psychologist B.J. Fogg turned the chore of flossing his teeth into a habit by starting with just one tooth.  If your goal is to drink more water a day start with one more glass than you are already drinking.
    2. Connect Each New Activity With an Existing Habit – Like doing your traction after you brush your teeth. Maybe tie in a quick 5 minute workout when your tea is brewing in the morning.  You will have a small victory before your day even starts.  Think of the transition points in your day like when you first walk in the house or after you drop your kids off at school. 
    3. Respect Your Rhythm – Cortisol is full in the morning so this may be a great time do to something physical before you eat; this will also help your blood sugar not to rise as much. Or you may want to meditate or do yoga when you are transitioning from the stress of work to the relaxation of being at home. 
    4. Design Your Environment – Maybe leave a step by the kitchen counter to us for exercise. Make your bed in the morning so you have an inviting space to return to at the end of your day.  Leave your phone in another room while you are relaxing.
    5. Use Positive Self- Talk – Don’t use words like “should” or “need” or “have to”, instead say “I feel more energetic when I work out”. When you are craving unhealthy food, don’t say “I don’t eat chocolate bars anymore” say “not now, I will have it over the weekend” (and then you may not still want it).
    6. Celebrate Your Success – Don’t celebrate when you reach your goal, celebrate every single time you make another step towards that goal. Like when you were little, give yourself a star on a chart or add a coffee bean to a jar.  This visualization will reinforce your health habit.

THINGS YOUR CHIROPRACTOR REALLY WISHES YOU WOULDN’T DO

  1. Sleep on your stomach- Sleeping on your stomach can cause your lumbar region of your spine, or your lower back, to forcefully extend beyond its normal limits.  In addition, you need to turn your head to the side when you sleep on your stomach which twists your neck.
  1. Look down when using your phone- People who spend significant amounts of time on their cell phones end up with neck and/or upper back pain. Hold your phone up to eye level whenever possible.  There are some cool devices out there to help with this as well.
  1. Sleep on the couch- Mattresses have more support than couches.  Your spine especially your neck curves to the shape of the couch in unnatural ways. 
  1. Adjust yourself- While adjusting is something nearly everyone can do, you may be over adjusting or not adjusting the vertebrae in the correct motion.  It’s true that a person might feel some relief after cracking their own back or neck, but the underlying issue remains unchanged and dysfunctional.
  1. Sleep with 3 pillows under your neck-  This causes your neck to lose its curve. When your curve is not correct, studies have shown this can take years off your life because it is putting pressure on your spinal cord where all your nerves start and go to every part of your body.   We help restore patients’ curves.  You should only sleep with one pillow that keeps your ear in line with your shoulder when you are on your side and firm enough so that your head is actually tilted back a bit when you are on your back.
  1. Sit for 8 hours a day without getting up every 20-30 min-  Sitting for a long time isn’t good for the body because it effects blood flow as well as causing stiffness in your muscles and joints. Movement is life. 
  1. Cross your legs when sitting (Females especially)- This leads you to shift to one side causing muscle imbalances in the low back and hips; and it can cause a pinched nerve.
  1. Use heat when you are supposed to ice and vice versa-  When you first “hurt”, ice is a better choice than heat — especially for about the first three days.  Even if this is an injury that first happened years ago remember this can be a flare up which means there is swelling.  Ice will numb the pain and constrict blood vessels to reduce the swelling.  Then after a few days switch to heat. 
  1. Don’t always carry things only on one side and don’t over carry-  This causes imbalances from your neck down to your hips.  Switch arms frequently. When you catch yourself using your favorite arm to carry something, make yourself switch sides. Also try to carry one bag of groceries in each arm to even yourself out.
  1. Get adjusted only when you are in pain- The problem is that too many people simply stop getting adjusted once their pain subsides. They return to their same lives and exercise routine. Feeling better is great but it doesn’t mean that you have fully healed or are functioning at 100%. Unless you are living on a tropical island not working and eating organic foods, you are going to be subjected to stresses that will affect your spine.

Inner Youth

One of the most powerful art pieces at burning man: the sculpture of two adults fighting, backs to one another… yet the inner child in them both just wants to connect and love one another. Age has so many beautiful gifts, but one that we could live without is the pride and resentment we hold onto when we are in conflict with others. The forgiving, open and free spirit of children is OUR TRUE NATURE; remember this when you feel stubborn.

If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix it?

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Is that how you approach your health? Many of my patients may have done that in the past but have since learned that if they stop with regular chiropractic checkups and adjustments as well as home exercises when they “feel good” their problem returns and others may develop as well. 

If your spine was on your face, you’d take better care of it. This is true, but we also tend to ignore the symptoms that are right in front of us. “It’s not that bad” or “I usually just take ibuprofen and sit in a hot bath and I’m good.” We tend to ignore our health until it shows up as a problem we can no longer ignore.

Think about it.  You don’t suddenly have a heart attack, the degenerative changes have been building up until your body finally reaches a threshold where you have a heart attack.  It works the same way with your spinal health. Waiting until your heart is “broke” is a terrible strategy.  It’s easier to “fix” things early.  Sometimes we mistake a small problem as no problem at all. A recurring headache or back pain that “only happens when I drive for a long time” may seem like small inconveniences. They are really your warning signs that something is broken (or about to be). Taking a drug to cover up a symptom is not fixing anything, but is the common response to feeling a symptom.  We cannot and should not wait until things are bad with our health before taking action.

People are busy and health is regularly put on the back burner. No one appreciates their health more than the patient that has lost it. You don’t realize how much you loved doing different activities until you can’t do them any more.

Dr. Philip Cordova

Healing

We really do live in a fast paced world. We want quick results and instant gratification whether it is losing weight or expanding the size of your biceps.

What I do know is that all bodily processes take time, and take the RIGHT amount of time as is necessary because the innate wisdom of living organisms knows what is needed, when it is needed and how long it is needed for.

With regard to healing, this is also a process that takes time. What can not be debated is that we have an amazing ability to heal ourselves, whether it be from a cut, fracture, surgery, divorce, or death of a loved one.

One of the main challenges that I face on a daily basis is communicating with people that healing takes time, and that there is no “quick fix” with true healing. Sure we can overcome pain with drugs, but to find the cause, and create the environment for true healing (not just pain relief) takes time.

Healing begins with a mindset, a determination to get better, to have more, and a willingness to see it through. It takes someone with some guts and willingness to tolerate some pain and discomfort in the pursuit of true healing and health.

All living beings possess the ability to heal. It doesn’t matter if they have been told they have terminal cancer, or are riddled with arthritis. Healing comes in different forms. A great deal of emotional healing often occurs when people have been informed that they have a terminal condition. Whilst they may still decline physically, the potential for healing emotionally, has massive impact both for themselves and potentially the other people that are involved in the healing process.

Article from Putney chiropractic UK

Wellfare For All

There was a farmer who grew excellent quality wheat and every year he won an award for best in his county.

One year a reporter interviewed the farmer and learned that each spring the farmer would share his seeds with his competing neighbor farmers so they can plant the seeds in their fields too. When the reporter asked him why? The farmer explained:

“The wind picks up pollen from the neighboring fields if my neighbors grow inferior wheat the cross pollination overtime will degrade the quality of all wheat, including mine. If I am to grow good wheat I must help my neighbors grow good wheat…” The reporter thought how this also applied to people’s lives in the most fundamental way…

Those who want to live meaningfully and well must help enrich the lives of others, for the value of life is measured by the lives it touches. And those who chose to be happy must help others find happiness, for the welfare of each is bound up in the welfare of ALL.