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WHAT IS CRYOTHERAPY?

Posted by on Oct 8, 2015 in Blog, Wellness | 0 comments

WHAT IS CRYOTHERAPY?

Don’t be fooled by the fancy name, cryotherapy is a simple concept that involves exposing your body to very cold temperatures for a specific amount of time. Have you ever used an ice pack on your neck or your back? If so, you have done a little cryotherapy on yourself! Good work. As a former athlete and sports doc, I have always been attracted to ICE as the first line of defense. While most folks hate being cold, ice works incredibly well at treating acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries at a very low-cost. Why is it so effective? Cold exposure causes vasoconstriction of the blood vessels and reduces the inflammation in the soft tissue, decreasing pain. Yay!

 

I decided to investigate the newest technology in cryotherapy, walk-in chambers called cryosaunas that use cold vapor to expose your body to -256°F for 3 minutes or less. Sounds crazy, right? Yes, but it’s also awesome. I hate being cold, but I love testing protocols that will potentially aid in healing, as well as performance. I was also interested in understanding how this therapy can help my patients with acute and chronic inflammation, sports injuries, and speed recovery from micro/macro-trauma. On a selfish note, I’ve increased my cardio regimen recently and get an occasional tension headache when I don’t get adjusted enough, so I wanted to see how this would impact me despite not having any super acute symptoms.

 

I chose Cryo Body Works (only 14 minutes from my office) to see how things were done. I had a really smooth and pleasant check-in experience and was led to a changing area where I was asked to disrobe. I was given a robe, pair of socks and warm slipper boots. I was led to the cryosauna where I felt like I was entering a futuristic spa and that was when I started to get really nervous.

 

So, I asked my new best friend who was going to administer the torture several questions: Do people freak out? Yes. Is it normal to panic? Yes. Do YOU do this? Yes, every day. Why do you do this, that sounds excessive, not normal and I’m worried about you? (laughs) I do it to help with recovery from lifting and working out. Really (nodding, knowingly trying to act cool)? Yes. Who else does this? A lot of folks with chronic pain, fibromyalgia, back pain, sports injuries, sleeping issues, etc…(see conditions treated below). How old was your youngest client? An 8 year old, but she cried a lot. That definitely set off a red flag in my head. Hmmm, 8 years old is often too young to expose someone to extreme temperatures because kids don’t regulate temperature as well as adults. Now, I’m back in panic mode and this doesn’t seem right…talk me back into doing this again, please. Thanks.

 

I step inside and the lovely gentleman takes my robe and hands me my mittens. He shuts the door and even though he didn’t laugh like “mooohoooohahahaha” that’s what I imagine he did in his head and turned on the gas. He lifted up the platform so my head was sticking out of the chamber-tube-thing. There was room in the chamber, but I was too freaked out to do anything other than laugh awkwardly, so I stood there, and pardon the pun, froze, hahaha. Then I cursed at my new friend with a huge grin on my face, because seriously this thing makes you smile immediately upon entering. It’s just pure ridiculousness. The first minute went by fast, but I also think he may have lied to me and told me my minute was up to help me along since I was a bit in shock and acting like a toddler. The second and third minute felt waaaaaaaay longer. My body didn’t hurt, I did shiver, but I soon needed to focus on breathing so I could get through the time. When it was done, the robe felt amazing and I was so happy. The immediate elation you feel upon stepping out of this chamber makes you want to jump for joy and click your heels. I equate this feeling to being super refreshed and rejuvenated, or like having two cups of coffee (I love coffee) without any of the negative caffeine-related side effects. I got dressed and signed up for a few more sessions so I can really get the swing of this.

It's sooooo cold face!

It’s sooooo cold face!

 

Here’s what Cryo Body Works says about their treatment:

 

“Anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects induced from the treatment are a product of the instinctual adaptations the body experiences when exposed to extremely low temperatures…The temprorary and safe physiological stress imposed on the body when exposed to the contrasting temperatures stimulates the release of cytokines, endorphins, norepinephrine, and allows the body to create nutrient and oxygen rich blood flow.”

 

Benefits:

Athletic and Injury Recovery

Muscle and Joint Relief

Increased Circulation

Stress, Mood, and Energy

Decreased Inflammation

Metabolic Boost (burns 800 cal)

Immune System Support

Pain relief

Insomnia relief

Cellulite Reduction

Sunburn Relief

Skin Disorders – Dermatitis/Eczema/Psoriasis

 

Medical Disclaimer: Please do not start any cryotherapy sessions without talking to your medical professional. There are some risks associated with this treatment and should not be done if you are pregnant, have severe Hypertension (BP> 180/100), acute or recent myocardial infarction, unstable angina pectoris, arrhythmia, symptomatic cardiovascular disease, cardiac pacemaker, peripheral arterial occlusive disease, venous thrombosis, acute or recent cerebrovascular accident, uncontrolled seizures, Raynaud’s Syndrome, fever, tumor disease, symptomatic lung disorders, bleeding disorders, severe anemia, infection, claustrophobia, cold allergy, age less than 18 years (parental consent to treatment needed), acute kidney and urinary tract diseases.

 

Tim Ferris addresses how cold exposure and weight loss are connected in The 4-Hour Body, so I’m not surprised to see an increased metabolic burn associated with cryotherapy. One session can burn up to 800 calories per session and aid in weight loss. In a recent interview, Ferris addresses the claims he makes in his books, which is relevant to the mission of understanding some more cool facts about the cold.

 

Ferris says, “If you do something as simple as 15-minute ice baths three days a week, and you time those baths properly, you can significantly multiply your fat loss. And you can certainly multiply the effects even further by using something like an a2 adrenal receptor antagonist, like yohimbine. But the ice itself does have a multiplying effect, and it’s very measurable. He then goes on to talk about how to submerge yourself in ice water for the desired results (approximately three 10lb bags of ice in a tub and a gradual submersion up to the neck over 15 minutes is all it takes). For a less painful option, he suggest cold showers or ice packs on the upper back, neck, and or chest area, although not quite as effective as the former suggestion.

 

The cryosauna may be the answer to Tim Ferris fans’ prayers. This is far less painful and do-able, yet there is a much higher cost. Each session costs $65. Packages are available and can lower your per-session cost, but in comparison to a few bags of ice and/or ice packs, this is the price you will pay.

 

For all of you who salivate around research and peer-reviewed journals, this may not be the treatment for you. It’s not well documented in the scientific literature yet, but I did find this study that reports some benefits with muscle soreness and specific injuries, but until further research is done advises consumers to stick to the less expensive ice packs and ice baths that can offer similar results. I think cryosaunas are going to gain more acceptance in the near future because of the role cryotherapy plays in sports medicine.

 

Check out more:

The Cryo Body Works Team

Web: http://www.cryobodyworks.com

Phone: (512) 522-0221

Address: 3501 Hyridge Rd Austin, TX 78759

Pregnancy & Chiropractic

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Blog, Chiropractic | 0 comments

Pregnancy & Chiropractic

Being pregnant may seem like something you think is going to be fun and challenging, but instead rocks your world in ways you never anticipated. You might appreciate the beauty of this messy growing experience from the deepest part of your being despite all of the odd physical changes and lack of sleep, but you might also feel less than enthusiastic about your current physical reality. Pregnant women may experience more physical complaints than usual: low back pain, numbness and tingling, sciatica, hip pain, headaches, pubic symphysis disorder, round ligament tension, extreme fatigue, and the list goes on.

 

As your center of gravity shifts forward and the natural curves of the spine become more exaggerated, or strained, you may experience some discomfort. This pain can range from mild to excruciating when it impairs the ability to move, or function.  Chiropractic care during pregnancy and early parenthood provides a safe and effective form of relief from the physical stressors you are experiencing on a daily basis. It is also important to keep the hips and pelvis aligned for an optimal delivery and shorter labor time. The cumulative effect of physical, chemical, and emotional stressors can cause symptoms lasting beyond pregnancy that should be addressed at some point even when pain is not present.

 

Gentle techniques exist to help with these musculoskeletal changes and help restore proper alignment, as well as reduce pain and inflammation. It is safe, effective and easy to find relief after a single visit. The Webster protocol is a specific chiropractic sacral analysis and diversified adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation/SI joint dysfunction. In so doing neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is improved. Dr Larry Webster, founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association developed this adjustment as a safe means to restore proper pelvic balance and function. It was developed to restore normal physiological function of the mother and improve her comfort throughout pregnancy in preparation for a safer, easier birth. He reported that in women who presented with a breech baby, the results of the adjustment appeared to normalize pelvic neuro-biomechanics and facilitate optimal fetal positioning.  As he taught other doctors of chiropractic this adjustment, they too reported positive changes in baby positioning. If you have additional questions about chiropractic care during pregnancy, please feel free to consult Dr. Cori Seyhoon directly.

 

 

 

 

Pain in my…psoas?

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in Blog, Chiropractic, Uncategorized, Wellness | 0 comments

photo credit, wikipedia.org

photo credit, wikipedia.org

Many of you experience hip, low back, or glute pain that is intricately linked to various muscles, rather than what many might think of first — Did I slip a disc (disc herniation)? Is my back locked up (Facet Imbrication/Syndrome), Do I have a pinched nerve, or Sciatica? Please note that all of these conditions may co-exist with muscular disturbances, but it is important to understand that the muscles alone play a key role. After years treating patients with these complaints, I’ve become accustomed to finding patterns in muscles. I pay careful attention when I identify certain muscle groups showing up weak and others overcompensating, thus becoming tense.  I also notice when the body lacks balance, or symmetry in muscle tone. These findings often include, or lead to further joint restrictions in the spine and/or extremities that impair normal range of motion and cause mild-severe dysfunction (pain, loss of sensation, inflammation, etc…).

 

I want to highlight one of the biggest Drama Queen muscles of them all: the psoas major. This muscle screams out for attention, begging to be heard, is rarely given credit for its faults and many of you have probably never even heard of it. The psoas major muscle plays an integral role in pain syndromes because of it’s location and how we move (or don’t move). The primary role of the psoas is to flex and externally rotate the thigh. In addition, this muscle originates at the transverse processes of T12-L5 and the lateral aspects of the discs between them. It inserts onto a small bony point on the femur (thigh) called the lesser trochanter. This muscle is attached to your spine…no wonder you have back pain when the muscle is acting all wonky! It will literally pull on the discs and irritate those connections if it’s not functioning adequately. Sound uncomfortable? Yes, it is. The iliacus and psoas minor muscles also work synergistically. The antagonist muscle group for the psoas is the gluteus maximus, which I find to be weak in the majority of my patients*. Muscle weakness is often due to a sedentary lifestyle, or lack of balance between extension and flexion movements that one incorporates throughout the day. Just think about how much you sit, drive, hang out at the computer, or stay hunched over at meals, reading books, chilling out! All of these micro-movements add up in a not so great way for your body.

 

So, what can you do? Google yourself silly, cry to your friend, become a fanatic yogi? First, if you are experiencing pain, get evaluated by a professional. I can’t tell you how many people that I’ve met who walk around in pain for weeks, months, and years without seeking help. Instead, they justify their discomfort and try to live with their pain like it’s an unwanted house guest they can’t evict. No, you do not need to punish yourself or choose to be in pain. Perhaps you assume it will go away, or think it’s not “that bad,” but I’ve found that these complaints often persist if not treated effectively. So, it’s time to get some real legitimate help. Not from your brother’s cousin’s mom’s father’s

 

I’ve included Dr. Christiane Northrup’s response to a reader’s question about this very topic for your review and to see how she resolved her own back pain by treating the psoas. Her instructions are similar to mine. As an FYI, most chiropractors are synonymous with neuromuscular therapists, but it depends on their background and training. As chiropractors, we specialize in all neuromuscular conditions, so we are often the natural first choice for most dealing with this issue. If this post resonates with you, feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about possible treatment, or a consultation.

 

http://www.drnorthrup.com/healthwisdom/topic_details.php?id=329

 

* Note: I also check for weak gluteus medius muscle that helps to stabilize the pelvis when you are standing on one leg. If one side of your pelvis drops when you are running, or in cadence, there can be a disruption somewhere in the sequence of synergistic/antagonistic muscle groups, as well as pelvic/sacral restrictions that need to be released in order to function properly.

 

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Why Are Doctors Giving YOU The Wrong ADVICE?

Posted by on Jan 29, 2013 in Chiropractic, Uncategorized, Wellness | 0 comments

Have you ever been confused about whether you should ICE, or use heat after an injury, or with pain? Unfortunately, choosing the wrong therapy may actually impair the healing process and only provide temporary subjective relief. I’m often shocked by how many MD’s often give their patients the WRONG advice when it comes to this topic. MDs prescribe heat so frequently for highly inflamed conditions, which only perpetuates the pain and inflammation. Strange, right? So, below are some tips to help you stay informed!

 

Here’s the deal…when you are suffering from neck, back, shoulder, hip, or even wrist and knee pain, there is very little Dr. Whosemawhatsy can do to alleviate that pain aside from providing you a prescription or referring you to a specialist.  Just like I wouldn’t be the best choice to treat a bullet wound, or liver failure (note: I do not treat those things and highly suggest traditional allopathic treatment if you are having a medical emergency).  As a chiropractor,  it’s my job to treat musculoskeletal complaints (aka – my hip/neck/back/shoulder/leg/arm hurts) with non-invasive manual therapies to help alleviate pain and restore function safely and effectively.

 

RULE #1 = If you are ever in doubt…use ICE!

ICE is safer because it helps remove swelling and edema from the affected area by causing blood vessels to constrict, which in turn reduces your pain. Heat, on the other hand causes dilation of the blood vessels, which will bring more blood and swelling to the area. Bam. Simple. Pass it on to your friends and everyone you know. 

 

When should I use ice?

Use ICE immediately after an injury or overdoing it. If you are not able to do so for a day or two, even a couple of weeks you can STILL use ICE as long as you have pain and/or swelling. I continue to use ICE in treatment even for chronic conditions where I note tenderness, or complaints. ICE is effective in reducing persistent inflammation and pain.

 

When should I use Heat?

Use heat prior to stretching, or engaging in exercise/athletics. Heat increases blood flow and fluid to an area and heat will help keep muscles loose and flexible prior to working out. Avoid using heat on a newly injured or overused area after training. It may feel good but the cellular response is not worth the temporary relief. As a practitioner, it’s simple, I use heat if I’m getting ready to apply a treatment, or have the patient perform some rehab exercises.

 

How long should I use ICE?

Many practitioners suggest different numbers for this, but the data suggests that it is beneficial to ICE for 15-20 minutes, then take it off for 30-40 minutes. Do this as much as possible during the first 48-72 hours after an injury and you will notice instant results. At a minimum, you can ICE for 10-20 minutes 3 times a day with 30-40 minute rest breaks. After this initial intense icing period (up to 72 hours post injury), you should ice at least 20 minutes per day for the next 2 weeks.

 

What is ICE Massage?

Ever suffer from shin splints, stress fractures, or muscle contusions? I spent way too much time doing this sort of thing in the training room in college, but it did help. ICE massage is great for close to the surface injuries. Freeze water in a paper cup, tear top rim off to expose ice, use ice as a massaging tool to press into and massage injured spot. It is safe to ice massage a small area for 5-7 minutes.

 

Will ICE cubes work?

ICE packs (gel packs), frozen veggies in a bag, or ice cubes in a towel all work great. Do whatever works best for you. As a side note, if you are an existing patient and you refer a friend, you will receive an amazing complimentary ICE pack.

 

ICE is truly one of the least expensive and most effective tools in healthcare and sports medicine. I’m always amazed by how many patients come back to me saying, “Wow, that ice really did help and I feel great afterwards,” so if your freezer is missing an ice-pack, it’s definitely time to invest in one. If you need help deciding which one is best for you, message me and I’ll help you out.

 

MEDICAL DISCLAIMER: If you have questions about your specific condition, please seek help with the appropriate practitioner. 

PERSONAL DISCLAIMER: I love MDs and know many fabulous docs who are amazing at what they do and don’t give crappy wonky antiquated advice. 

 

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Practical Tips For Reducing STRESS

Posted by on Jan 23, 2013 in Blog, Chiropractic, Life Coaching, Wellness | 1 comment

IMG_0725What ONE thing causes, or worsens 95% of ALL illnesses and diseases? You got it, STRESS! Since we experience internal and external stressors, it’s important to recognize ways to manage stress, so we can protect and preserve our mind-body. Perhaps this post will serve as a little reminder for the things you already know!

PHYSICAL WELLNESS TOOLS:

•  H2O – drink between 1-2 litres daily (No, I don’t mean drink Vitamin Water, or Gatorade, or some other flavored water…just REAL water. Add REAL lemon if you want, but don’t drink the artificial junk)

•  MOVE – walk 20 – 30 minutes daily, critical for joint function and mobility (seriously, just move…get off your booty, sitting is why you are in my office)

•  SLEEP – 8 hours each night (that’s not enough for me, I need 9-10, everyone is different, so assess your own body!)

•  EAT WHOLESOME FOODS – clean, fresh, balanced & Organic if possible (if you are eating where you buy gas, or drive through to pick it up, it’s probably better for your car than for your body)

•  GET OUTDOORS – fresh air aid mental clarity, reduces depression and anxiety (go on vacation, take a break, take a walk, doesn’t need to be fancy, just look at something green and pretty)

•  TOUCH – physical touch gives a sense of being connected, love, and healing (so many folks don’t get enough touch! That’s why chiropractic is so fantastic, but also another reason to give more hugs)

•  GOOD POSTURE – aids nervous system, helps core strength (ahem…yes, please do, or I will see you more frequently)

•  POSITIVE THOUGHTS – optimism leads to success in all realms of life (no Debbie Downers allowed in this house)

•  LAUGH & SMILE – releases endorphins

•  CHIROPRACTIC CARE – ensures proper nervous system function and improves overall health (sweet, come see me!)

 

SPIRITUAL WELLNESS TOOLS:

•  DISCOVER YOUR PURPOSE – gives you depth and momentum (write it down)

•  CONNECT WITH YOUR INNER VOICE – gives you strength and peace (each day)

•  MEDIATE – allows you to hear the inner voice and seek wisdom from above, or within, and recharge (each day)

•  LOVE & RELATIONSHIPS – essential for happiness and long life  (have a great group of friends)

•  LAUGH – stimulates life and releases stress

•  FORGIVENESS – frees you to move on (forgive yourself!!)

 

FAMILY WELLNESS TOOLS:

•  TAKE TIME FOR YOUR FAMILY – creates a legacy for the future (be present for one another)

•  UNCONDITIONAL LOVE – creates empathy and ability to develop a world civilization (don’t show love only when others comply with your wishes, make sure to show them even when they don’t)

•  IMPROVE COMMUNICATION – aids relationships, effective teams, and working groups (practice the Art of Consultation)

•  LISTEN – win friends, become interesting by focusing on others, not yourself (less talky talky, more listening)

•  ENCOURAGE STRONG VALUES – guides us when times are difficult (know what they are)

•  ENCOURAGE PERSONAL GROWTH – continues journey of exploration, evolving movement (try new things)

•  HAVE FUN – do we really need a reason? Don’t take everything so seriously.

 

CHILDREN’S WELLNESS TOOLS:

•  LESS COMPUTER/TV TIME – stimulates creativity and protects the nervous system (ummm, except when kids are sick, husband is out of town, and you need to make dinner)

•  MOVEMENT – aids health, decreases anxiety, depression, and obesity (fun obstacle courses, soccer in the house, dance parties)

•  BE PRESENT – creates secure bonds with family members (kid dates, less multi-tasking)

•  ALLOW SELF EXPRESSION– stimulates growth and encourages their own voice (check in and ask them how they feel)

•  ENCOURAGE DIALOGUE – aids self confidence

•  LISTEN TO YOUR CHILDREN – builds trust

•  BOUNDARIES & CONSISTENCY – sets them up for success

 

Feel free to add your own tips in the comments below, or message me with ones you would like me to add to this list! I would love to hear what works for you.

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Eating Smart – Holiday Edition

Posted by on Nov 21, 2012 in Blog, Wellness | 5 comments

Almost everyone freaks out around the Holidays. It’s inevitable. STRESS. 

Whaaa, boohoo, let’s begin our pity party now and insert the dreaded victim voice. “I’ve got too much to do and no time for myself, my family is in town and I can’t work out, the food is too good and I can’t say no, I don’t know what NOT to eat so let’s just eat whatever, my family stresses me out and this is my reward to INDULGE.” I get it. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday for many reasons. There’s something about the combo of food, family, and lounging around in a turkey-gluttony that makes me feel blissful. Yet, as I’ve aged, I’ve also had to be a SMARTER about how I approach the Holidays, or I will absolutely gain weight.

There are so many MYTHS about what you can or cannot eat out there–it’s overwhelming and exhausting. I’ve researched this topic so that I could find a way to make eating RIGHT and eating SMART fun and enjoyable for YOU. Here’s the deal, if you understand a bit about how the body works and why certain food combinations cause you to lose weight rather than gain weight, you can enjoy the Holidays even more when you apply the right science.

THE GOAL:

  • Enjoy the Holiday Season with your friends and family
  • Avoid gaining excessive weight due to over-eating and bingeing

HOW:

Plan Ahead – BE AWARE of the number of events, Binge Fests, and leftovers you really have. This makes the 4 major Holidays (October-January) more like 3 months of over-eating, rather than a few single days…yikes.


        • Minimize the release of insulin – INSULIN is a storage hormone, so it increases the storage of FAT. To minimize the insulin spike in your blood, try these things:
  • Increase your morning protein intake. Shoot for 30 g of high quality protein (organic eggs) at your 1st meal plus insoluble fiber, within 30-60 mins of waking!
  • Small amount of grapefruit juice before 2nd meal
  • Use fresh squeezed lemon juice, lime, or citrus kombucha throughout meal

Balance the gut TAKE CARE of your gut over the holidays and your body will thank you.
  • Avoid artificial sweeteners, NO SPLENDA! Use Stevia or honey instead
  • Eat fermented food – i.e. cheese, Japanese natto, Kefir, kimchee, sauerkraut, plain yogurt, kombucha tea 
  • Take a pro/prebiotic
Spices/Ingredients  THE RIGHT spices make all the difference.
  • Cinnamon (1 tbsp) *warning – do not use if you have any underlying medical conditions, contains coumarin (blood thinner) and can be dangerous
  • Honey, or Stevia
  • Lemon
  • Blueberry
  • Resveratrol
  • Cacao (55%+)
 
Engage in brief muscular contraction throughout binge WARNING: people may look at you strangely. My exercise of choice is deep squats and wall presses for 60-90 seconds. 
  • Why does this work? It causes the GLUT—4 transmitters on muscle cells to open instead of shuttling everything to the fat cells.
Miscellaneous MORE fun tips to keep you slim.
  • Take 30 minutes to eat your entire meal. SLOW DOWN! Chew your food thoroughly.
  • Try eating an apple, bowl of brothy soup, or drinking 16 oz of water at first signs of hunger.
  • Overtraining at the gym and doing boot camp does not give you a license to binge and can actually harm you.
  • Take a cold shower, ice pack on the upper traps/chest 20-30 mins.
  • Do not restrict your calories during the day because it leads to ^ in ghrelin secretion, which will cause extreme hunger + overeating.
  • Make sure you get enough SLEEP.
  • Do not eat within 3 hours of sleep.
  • Avoid caffeine and stimulants after 3pm.

 

p.s. I really wanted to post a picture of when I studied abroad in France and gained 15 pounds my junior year in college to show everyone what happened when I ignored these rules and just ate whatever the heck I wanted to for 3 months straight. It wasn’t pretty. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the pic…I will dig a little harder…but, it’s a doozy.

 

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My Big Confession

Posted by on Nov 15, 2012 in Chiropractic, Uncategorized | 1 comment

My Big Confession

I’M A WEE BIT EMBARRASSED by this little secret, but I think it’s important to share my views on this subject because I get asked about this topic all the time. Honestly, this is one area where I say one thing and do the exact opposite. Yes, I believe there’s a word for this–hypocrisy. Part of my knowledge, expertise and understanding as a chiropractor revolves around counseling patients regarding ergonomics, posture, proper lifting techniques and lifestyle choices that will make an impact on their musculoskeletal system. So, it’s no surprise that patients often ask me “Doc, what mattress do you recommend?” Here’s where I talk the talk. Buying a mattress is an important decision, but it is truly ‘patient-specific,’ which means there is NO SINGLE mattress that out performs others, equates to better health outcomes, or is guaranteed to reduce your complaints. You are empowered to choose what feels best for your back based on how you FEEL when you wake up in the morning. Did you feel refreshed? Did you sleep fitfully? Did you sleep peacefully? Are you sore or achey? Do you have more or less body complaints after a few days on the new mattress?  This is not the most satisfying answer, but it’s the truth.

 

Ready for the confession? My own mattress SUCKS. Not only is my mattress over 7 YEARS old, we bought it USED. Gasp, gag, and do whatever you need to do. I know, I’m not proud. It was a craigslist purchase we made when we bought our first house when I was a full-time student and you guessed it…mattresses are EXPENSIVE! The current slumber situation is so bad that my husband and I argue over who gets the “hump” (aka – the highest part of the bed in the middle), where it doesn’t slump down into two big crevices. Seriously, I know you may look at me differently now and never want to come spend the night at our house (because our guest room mattress also SUCKS), but I really had to address this with you all. 

 

I feel your pain. Literally, I get it. No one enjoys the process of dropping $2k+ or having to haggle with a mattress salesperson to get a good night’s sleep. You do sleep on it every night, so you really should aim for buying the best one you can afford. BUT, since when does throwing some cotton and foam in a rectangle have to cost so much and be such an unrewarding experience for everyone involved?? Let’s face it, buying a mattress is not sexy, or exciting even for someone like me–when it semi-relates to reducing musculoskeletal complaints. Coming from a person who values quality sleep and comfort, it just doesn’t make sense that a new mattress is not my birthday request, but I assure you, it’s not.

 

That being said, I know it’s crucial to my spinal health and we’re going to have to figure out how to put it in the budget ASAP. If you have overcome your frustration and fear of mattress buying, or have recently bought a mattress you love, please leave comments below! I would love to hear your thoughts on this and have more inspiration to buy a mattress that will change my life for the better.

 

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5 SIGNS YOU NEED TO GET ADJUSTED

Posted by on Nov 7, 2012 in Chiropractic, Uncategorized, Wellness | 0 comments

5 SIGNS YOU NEED TO GET ADJUSTED

When should you go see your favorite person in the world (aka – your chiropractor) Or when should you initiate chiropractic treatment? Here’s a quick and easy guide to help you sort out if you REALLY need expert evaluation, or if you can save money by doing some at home remedies and treatment.

 

  • SUBSCRIBE TO THE 48-HOUR RULE: If your pain persists longer than 48 hours, schedule an appointment with your doc. Here’s WHY– YOUR BODY is signaling that something is WRONG. We’ve been trained to believe “NO PAIN, NO GAIN,” however, when it comes to your body, you need to actively LISTEN, or you will pay the price later. The Central Nervous System is highly adept at compensating for your PROBLEMS, so that you can FUNCTION. Unfortunately, if you’ve been dealing with painful symptoms for 3 days – 3+ years, your body may be compensating in harmful ways that prevents, or slows the healing process, which is a BAD THING.
  • PROBLEMS MOVING: If can’t turn your neck (look over your shoulder and see what’s behind you), bend over easily (touch your toes, or get close to the ground), or move your limbs through their full range of motion, you should click the button above that says BOOK ONLINE. Here’s WHY – MOTION is CRUCIAL to overall health and prevents degeneration. Lack of motion = dehydration of the joints, improper nutrition, and  accelerated degeneration. Other tissues can also be affected, or disease processes (i.e. infection may be indicated).
  • BACK “WENT OUT”: If you have EVER experienced your back “going out,” during which you were unable to sit, stand, or move comfortably for ANY period of time and just “waited it out,” you need to seek treatment as soon as possible, even if you have NO symptoms. Here’s WHY – Your back has been weakened by an injury and you are 80% more likely to have a reoccurrence without proper treatment. Muscles have a memory and need to be retrained and strengthened to prevent similar incidents. Chiropractic care helps reduce the likelihood of reoccurrence and retrains the muscles, joints, and ligaments to hold their proper position.
  • “I HAVE HEADACHES”: Many patients endure chronic pain and don’t  recognize that headaches are a primary reason to seek chiropractic treatment. Headaches are a sign that something is off in your body and you need to see your doctor. Here’s WHY – Scientific literature supports the fact that chiropractic manipulation reduces the duration, severity, and incidence of such headaches and provide safe and effective relief. Read more on headaches here.
  • “I FEEL GREAT”: We want you to continue feeling great, so don’t wait until you are hurt, or injured to come see me. The purpose of preventative healthcare and pro-active treatment is to keep you healthy and maintain your nervous system, so that you can function at your best. Click here to make an appointment now.

 

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8 Tools To Live Better (aka – Not Suck)

Posted by on Oct 31, 2012 in Blog, Chiropractic, Life Coaching, Wellness | 5 comments

These two are the reason I want to live better and not suck.

Ever wake up and wonder what you are doing with your life, or if you are making an impact? Ever challenge yourself to think beyond your day-to-day tasks and identify what you really want? It probably doesn’t happen every day because it can be overwhelming to think about. Unfortunately for us real-lifers, research proves that this type of global thinking improves our happiness. These same folks also suggest meditating up to two hours a day, volunteering services, or engaging in charity work on a regular basis, developing deeper relationships with our loved ones, eating a plant-based diet, and exercising. Easy for THEM to say, right? Ughhh, I’m sure they don’t have toddlers, and bills, and a business to run, and a husband who travels, but I digress. So even though it may not be easy peasy to accomplish all of the aforementioned tasks in one day, we can all strive for improvement somewhere, for some reason for the sake of fulfilling our authentic purpose and living our dreams.

 

What is your purpose? Why is it compelling to you? What activities do you engage in that support your purpose? Write it down, on paper, with a real pen. Go ahead, I’m waiting.

 

In practice, I encounter people (often women, but men do it too) daily who put themselves and their dreams last, which leads to illness, fatigue, and a restlessness that takes up space in their mind-body. The manifestations of these unrealized dreams can result in physical symptoms, or disrupt their energetic surroundings at home, or work, which also feels pretty “sucky.”

 

So, let’s get to it.  Here are some EASY things you can do. Some is inspired by Dr. Rob Yeung,The Extra One Percent, that will help you in your journey.

 

  1. BE CURIOUS – Learn about things outside your current field of knowledge. Creative GENIUS comes from the strangest places, not from being in your comfort zone. Comfort zone is for lame-o’s.
  2. TEAM IS WHERE ITS AT – Join a team, at work, or socially so you can receive acknowledgement and feedback about how you operate. Feedback is imperative to growth. We kinda suck at judging ourselves, so we need others to help reflect information back in a PRODUCTIVE way, so we can make the necessary changes to improve.
  3. OTHER PEOPLE ROCK – Focus your full attention on someone else. Practice active listening, empathy, and focusing outward builds emotional IQ and breeds success.
  4. SAY YES TO BOTH – Why not think about doing both, rather than “either/or?” Most people think saying yes to different things is impractical, dorky, impossible, when in fact it can be fun, and creative to figure out ways to do “both” things you really want, rather than sacrifice one.
  5. HOLLAR AT YOUR BOY – Whether you believe in a higher power, or not, it’s important that you bring yourself to account each day with an entity that is greater than yourself. Let’s be honest, you ain’t ALL that, and sometimes you need a REALITY CHECK. Consider what works and what doesn’t work. Write it down. Move forward. Bam.
  6. CHALLENGE YOUR INNER A-HOLE –  Everyone has a voice inside them that says “I stink, I’m not good enough.” When that voice gets too loud, challenge that a-hole. He/she sometimes gets his/her wires crossed and needs a good adjustment. Check out Dr. Martin Seligman’s Learned Optimism for more details on how to do this with cognitive behavioral tools.
  7. HANG WITH THE CREAM OF THE CROP – Don’t hang out with losers. Hang with people who are like the person you would like to become. Duh.
  8. UPPER LIMIT PROBLEMS – It’s kind of unnerving to hear that your problems are “all in your own head,” or that YOU are YOUR only limit to your own success. UGHH, why can’t it be the little gnome under my bed that screwed me in business and at school? The biggest barrier to success is not skill, money, or experience, it’s psychological. Better face it now, then we can have more gnomes working for us, rather than against us.

 

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