Interesting developments in the field of media medicine…
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video clip from July 18th, views from south of Omak…
July 20, 2014
You can’t always plan for what’s coming, but preparation and prevention pay off most when things get their worst. This video will, no doubt, be the basis for a safety meeting somewhere in the not-too-distant future (and should be the basis for firing). While the Methow burns on the east side of the mountains, it will be business-as-usual for the average Safety responsible employee in Everett.
Three years ago, when I first started offering employers a means of measuring and decreasing their back pain injury rates, I thought that it might be difficult, it might not work, but given the gravity of the situation in terms of incidence rate, expense and disability, it was important enough to try. There are lots of reasons, but for the most part when people see their job as “promoting safety”… “by ensuring compliance” with the law, on the one hand, and “administration and enforcement of ordinances” on the other, every one stays busy but there isn’t much energy left for noticing whether or not the average employee’s risk of injury is going up or going down. It isn’t measured and it’s not the focus. That’s the impression that I got anyway, few have seen the value of a serious, in depth, conversation about it.
Since then I read a story that I would like to share. It’s about what happens when safety becomes the priority. It’s from “The Power of Habit”, by Charles Duhigg.
In 1987 Paul O’Neill was introduced as the new CEO of Alcoa to a room full of Wall Street investors and analysts. Most there hadn’t heard of him. He opened with this sentence: “I want to talk to you about worker safety.”
“Within a year of O’Neill’s speech, Alcoa’s profits would hit a record high.”
“Whats more, all that growth occurred while Alcoa became one of the safest companies in the world.”
“By attacking one habit and then watching the changes ripple through the organization.”
“… Some habits… matter more than others…. These are ‘keystone habits,’ and they can influence how people work, eat, play, live, spend and communicate. Keystone habits start a process that, over time, transforms everything.”
“…The habits that matter most are the ones that, when they start to shift, dislodge and remake other patterns.”
“O’Neill never promised that his focus on worker safety would increase Alcoa’s profits. However, as his new routines moved through the organization, costs came down, quality went up, and productivity skyrocketed.” (Today O’Neill teaches hospitals how to focus on worker safety and keystone habits that can lower medical error rates.)
It’s a very good book. Later on in the book, there’s this:
The way we habitually think of our surroundings and ourselves create the worlds that each of us inhabit. “There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods to them and says, “Morning boys. How’s the water?'” … “And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then one of them looks over at the other and goes, ‘What the hell is water?'”
While you are thinking about that, here is the news from this past week: “Employers Need Chiropractic First and Sooner”, based on a Study just published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Clearly, no amount of evidence is compelling when it comes to prevention; no amount of experience or combination of experience and qualifications is compelling either. The status quo is very stable.
I know my words are often provocative. And Everett clearly is not the vanguard of progressiveness when it comes to integrative health care. But any brief glance around reveals that the job isn’t getting done when it comes to back safety. And if you do want help reducing your employee’s risk of injury, I can help. You can get a taste of what’s available at this We’ve Got Your Back class, through the Everett Parks & Recreation. It will be at Forest Park next month. Like the fires that follow a draught, it’s not a matter of if it become the priority, it’s only a question of when.
Or you could just call us at (425) 348-5207.
July 14, 2014
We Chiropractic doctors have called it Innate Intelligence for over 100 years…
July 13, 2014
In the Tai Chi Hand Form, we start with Tai chi At Rest. This pose, or posture or Style as it’s called, is a standing meditation that can be held for an indefinite period. It’s the predatory, transitional time where we get centered, grounded and “mindful”. Held for longer periods the meditative effect accrues.
Of course few people take the opportunity to benefit from spending much time in this Style… We all move on the the rest of the Form – this is just the start. It is the start, the start to a magnificent journey. It’s also a place to stay. Here is a report of a recent study talking about the benefits of mindful meditation.
It’s funny, I looked on my own computer and searched Google for a photo of Tai Chi At Rest and didn’t find a single one… It’s a Style that is all about stillness, so… I guess it’s less photogenic. I will take care of that some time and Post it here later…
Incidentally this is the Posture that teaches alignment (standing up straight), breathing, relaxation and centering your mind (on your breath is a good place to start). Here you learn about neutral spine, the all important alignment that is essential in bending and lifting. (Read: It’s actually very very important!)
It is here that we first experience letting go of the unnecessary tensions in the body and appreciate what it FEELS like to really relax. And in our daily Tai chi practice it is all of this that attempt carry throughout the rest of the Form and all other aspects of our Tai chi work. No small feat!
Like every other little tiny aspect of Tai chi, you could write a book about just this Style.
In my own practice, and in an effect not to short change this Style, I take three breaths in this Style, with my eyes closed. Shifting to the Tai Chi Ready Style, we simply drop our hands down – as I do that I open my eyes.
Then it’s on to Tai Chi Beginning Style (you can see why those first two Styles are so easily over looked:-)