Think Differently About 2014

Think Differently About 2014

THINK DIFFERENTLY ABOUT 2014 Did you make any resolutions for 2014? Many of us sit down at some point in January and draft up a list of things we’d like to accomplish for the year; things like “Work out,” and “Get out of debt,” and “Quit smoking.” We mean well, start strong, yet we eventually veer off course after these goals fade into the scenery of our day to day routines. I want to challenge you to think about 2014 differently. What if we give up the concept of “resolutions” entirely and instead decide on 10 simple things we can do daily that will have the biggest impact on our day to day? I’m not talking about BIG changes…I mean little changes that add up throughout the year and leave you feeling like you’ve had a successful, awesome 2014. Here is my list of 10 things I’ve committed to doing every day…and it’s been glorious. 1. Morning Coffee and 5 Minutes of Peace I live on a 41 ft sailboat with my husband, his teenage son and a 4 month old kitten; mornings are hectic and crowded. So I’ve set my alarm a half hour earlier, and have been getting up to enjoy a cup of coffee before anyone else wakes up. This has given me the time to sit with nothing but my thoughts for company, and I’ve been finding that it’s given me the chance to really visualize the goals I want to accomplish for the day. This, in turn, has really put my productivity in high gear. 2. Local First, Organic Whenever Possible, with Aloha Always...
Arthritis and Cold Weather

Arthritis and Cold Weather

Most patients have admitted to believing that cold and/or damp days are the days when the stiffness and pain in their joints act up the most. So what are the cold, hard facts (pun intended) about arthritis and cold weather? What can you do to ease the discomfort you may feel? Does cold weather affect joint pain and arthritis? I wish there was an easy answer to this question, but the truth is that there is reasonable debate as to whether the cold winter months directly affect joint pain and arthritis. Some studies have supported the theory that the barometric pressure changes from weather affect the pressure within the joint capsule; it’s similar to the pressure you might feel in your ears when you fly or dive. Other studies support the theory that cold temperatures have a direct effect on the synovial fluid within the joint capsule – which would affect the inflammatory mediators the same way cold temperatures can affect the oil in your car. Still, other studies have found little to no link to cold weather and joint pains like arthritis. For the sake of this article, let’s just focus on the FACT whether there’s a viable link or not, you feel pain when it’s cold out. Things you can do to minimize joint pain and arthritis Eat these: Fruits, wild seafood, nuts and deeply-pigmented vegetables like spinach, kale and cabbage. This will help put more Omega-3 fatty acid into your diet, as well as some fiber and natural anti-inflammatory compounds. Herbs and foods such as turmeric, oregano, garlic, green tea, blueberries, and ginger contain bioflavonoids and...
Resolution to Health: 5 Easy Ways to Be Healthy

Resolution to Health: 5 Easy Ways to Be Healthy

What if we told you that there are 5 things you could start doing today that would have a huge impact on your every day routines — for the better? These 5 easy ways to be healthy are SO easy, you don’t need to buy anything or do anything out of the ordinary. You just need to commit to doing it, and it’ll instantly you kick-start your health and KEEP you feeling amazing. Drink more water Sounds easy, but people underestimate the amount of good drinking more water can do for your body. Not only does it help your kidneys a heck of a lot, but it keeps your skin looking fresh, it helps maintain a healthy bowel function, and it help curbs hunger. It will also help improve your mood; in a study published in the Journal of Nutrition, mildly dehydrated individuals experienced headaches, fatigue, worsened mood and difficulty concentrating. Eat breakfast Kick-start your metabolism for the day by eating a balanced breakfast that includes high-fiber grains, fruit and protein as soon as you get up. This gives your body the boost it needs to function at a higher pace, and it will also mean you’ll be less likely to overeat at other meals. Check in with your body throughout the day As I write this, I’m pulling my shoulders back and down. I’m lifting my chin up. I’m making sure I’m sitting on my sit bone and not slouching forward. I’ll even take a break in a moment to do some light stretching. It feels strange at first, but as you keep checking in with your posture...

4 Myths about Chiropractic Care

We’ve heard these sayings before – but did you know that some of them are myths about Chiropractic Care? 1. Once you get a chiropractic treatment, you always have to go back When Consumers’ Report reviewed the top treatments for back and neck pain in September of 2011, chiropractic outperformed all other treatments: it is no secret that it’s an excellent means of pain relief. Does this mean that you have to always go back once you start? The simple, quick answer: no. Recommending that patients return for periodic visits is no different than dentists recommending monthly to yearly visits to help prevent cavities and gum disease. After resolving your pain issues, most chiropractors will give you the option to receive periodic chiropractic care to minimize the likelihood of future recurrences or development of new problems. But it’s still just an option which you can choose to take advantage of, or not! 2. Chiropractors CRACK bones Chiropractors do not crack bones, they don’t crack joints: in fact, no joints in the body touch each other. What actually happens is this: between the bones that make up a joint, you will find an envelope with fluid in it. When a chiropractor gently shifts a joint back to where it’s supposed to be, the envelope releases gas that’s in the joint fluid, and that creates the sound you hear. 3. Chiropractors don’t work on soft tissue – only joints While chiropractors are definitely known for manual manipulations/adjustments, they can also receive training in treating soft tissue problems, and can also attain special certificates/training to provide very effective treatment for a huge...

Questions To Ask a New Chiropractor

The first thing to consider when deciding what kind of chiropractic care you’re looking for is what kind of experience would best suit your availability and schedule, your expectations for what kind of relationship you’d like to build with your chiropractor, and what of treatment options you’d like to have readily available for you. To better understand what kind of practice it is, here are some questions to ask a new chiropractor: 1. How long are your appointments? Appointment lengths can vary from a few minutes to an hour, depending on the kind of practice it is: some have a simple ‘show up, get adjusted and leave’ set up that is perfect for people who know what they like to have done and can benefit for a quick visit. Others encourage much longer visits where follow-up and feedback are important, and a relationship can be fully developed, which are more appropriate for people who are looking to have a dedicated chiropractor know and follow their case. 2. What treatments do you provide on-site? Some practices focus only on manual manipulations and basic heat/ice therapy, while others can offer a wide variety of options, including: o Graston Technique ® o Active Release Techniques ® (ART) o Soft tissue treatment o Ultrasound Therapy o Massage Therapy 3. How do you determine how many visits I’ll need? You will always want to choose a chiropractor whose aim is to help relieve your pain in as few visits as possible, and who will continue to evaluate your progress at every visit so that you avoid going in more often than you need to....