Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

May 4, 2016

Wudang Tai Chi Sword Form

Filed under: Tai Chi Chuan — Tags: , , , — doctordilday @ 6:35 pm

This is our form. I can’t tell for sure if this student is a teacher of my teacher, or of Ian Cameron, his older Tai Chi brother. Either way, it is good Form (we won’t talk about the knee rule right now) and I wanted to have it handy but couldn’t get the Everett Tai Chi Chuan page to work right.

May Is Posture Month: Awareness

It’s been said on this Blog many times and this is a chance to repeat it: it all starts with awareness. Put another way, if you knew – what would you do?

I mentioned back pain as a cause or effect of poor posture before; think in terms of 7.6 million adults disabled! One out of four adults have suffered with back pain in the past three months. (The implication is that you could be next!)

Here some other numbers (facts that may sway): College students are cellphone addicts – they spend 8-10 hours per day on their phones. This creates neck pain and lost mobility. People who spend 12 hours per day or more sitting are at greater risk for diabetes, heart disease, and life threatening falls.

(But, if we just looked at a tiny piece – a huge tiny piece – of sitting: there is the pressure on the pelvis that distorts the scare-iliac joints, which then become locked in a dysfunctional restricted pattern – think of all of the implications of that (back pain, hip, knee, leg and feet pain, for starts). Then there is the slump, with it’s attendant stress on the mid back spinal joints, the compressed chest breathing, and all the compressed internal organ issues that that implies. That slump leads to a third issue: Forward Head Posture – it’s not good, it get worse with time, and it causes all sorts of nasty problems that you don’t want – including degenerative joint disease (sometimes leading to neck surgery, and often leading to arm and hand symptoms). All of this because of a choice to sit in a certain way for a certain amount of time per day; and not do anything to offset that choice.)

Simple choices. Make them conscious choices. Make them informed choices. Make healthy choices.

 

May 3, 2016

May is Posture Month: What’s Not To Like

Filed under: Uncategorized — doctordilday @ 4:00 pm

Good posture helps you look younger, more attractive and more vibrant. It communicates confidence, presence and openness, increasing energy and reducing stress. It literally opens up the diaphragm, helping you to breather better. And, while it engages your core, it also gives your internal organs the room they need to aid in digestion.

A simple change in posture can change all of that. It can be a factor in creating health just as it may have been a factor contributing to dysfunction and disease.

It’s Posture Month. What would happen if you worked on your posture off and on throughout the month? How much could you change it? What would that look like and feel like? And how many of those benefits could you start to experience in just a month?

Good game: find out.

May Is Posture Month: So What?

Filed under: Uncategorized — doctordilday @ 11:58 am

A newly recognized health epidemic (to add to the list), poor posture, and it’s causes (‘modern life’ and technology to name two) and effects, make it imperative that health professionals attempt to do something about it.

Working behind a desk, and texting behaviors represent a dramatic health risk. Science is now being asked to help find solutions and offer advice on safe sitting and better posture. The current recommendations are to stand taller, sit less, and move more. When you hear phrases like “Tech neck” and “Sitting is the new smoking”, take them seriously. I have addressed both issues here in other Posts and you can find them easily enough via the search box.

Use this Month to think about your posture, consider whether it is as ‘good’ as it could be; and think about what you might be able to do to improve it. In this series of Posts I will not only invite you to do that, I will offer many good reasons why you should. Then you can be informed.

Begin by understanding that Posture simply means  “alignment”. But alignment – both getting there and being there – has implications. So the idea of mindfulness (thoughtfulness – are you aware, and do you care) comes in, so does achieving and maintaining correct posture, as well as how ‘alignment’ relates to movement and to those times when there is little or no movement (sleep).

What it means to have ‘Bad’ posture in several areas of your life: First, it will impact your health, and the first thing that is always mentioned is back pain – a reason chiropractors happen to know a thing or two about posture: we go from back pain caused by (among other things) poor posture to no back pain and improved posture, hopefully.

Secondly, poor posture will affect how you feel and look. There are direct correlations, and all kinds of implications to poor posture: big books are written on the subject. From flat feet leading to knee, hip and back pain, to Forward Head Posture leading to headaches, neck and mid back pain. The list goes on and on – all due, in part, to allowing bad posture to persist.

Lastly, but not insignificantly, poor posture communicates: people may think from your posture that you are bored, fearful, self-conscious or nervous. And it makes you look unhealthy, heavier, and less attractive.

A change in posture can change all of that.

 

May 2, 2016

May Is Posture Month… So What?

S0… I will take a break from the 101 Benefits of Exercise this month and tell stories about Posture.

PostureMonth.Org is promoting a number of things through a series of Posters and many will engage their materials and learn a lot. I thought I would review some of their best stuff and offer insights related to what they have decided to focus on. You find it largely a review of issues already raised and discussed here somewhere. I usually don’t make too big of a deal out of it, but May as Posture Month and PostureMonth.Org provides us with an opportunity.

Subjects to be covered include: Awareness, Control, Mindful Movement, Bending & Lifting, Posture Exercise, and Evaluating Posture. So look forward to that throughout the rest of this month. Meanwhile… consider this…

What’s Not To Like…

So What Again?

 

 

A Great Success, And A Lot Of Fun

Our World Tai Chi & Qigong Day event on Saturday went well. There was a good turn out of regulars and strangers (thanks Everett Herald!), the weather was perfect, and everyone had a good time. Afterward we had a potluck lunch and watched Tai Chi videos of my teacher and his teacher… so everyone also learned!

Here are a few of my more persistent students…

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April 27, 2016

101 Benefits of Exercise.50

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Research overwhelmingly shows that regular exercise lowers the risk for many diseases, enhances the functioning of virtually every physiological system in the human body and improves psychological well-being.

50. Helps to combat substance abuse.

I will be Posting a benefit every day – well, most days – from a list put together by Dr. Dave Phillips, M.D. He is an M.D. from Atlanta, GA who specializes in Sports Medicine. As a former All-American swimmer he knows a few things about exercise. He is also on the JuicePlus+ Health Advisory Board. He is also all over YouTube doing videos on JuicePlus+, exercise, and other health-related topics.

This list of benefits of exercise will help you to remember why working out is a priority IF you want to be healthy (if you don’t want to be healthy then you are reading the wrong Blog!)

April 25, 2016

101 Benefits of Exercise.49

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Research overwhelmingly shows that regular exercise lowers the risk for many diseases, enhances the functioning of virtually every physiological system in the human body and improves psychological well-being.

49. Reduces the risk of developing prostate cancer. (That’s great because I have one of those:-)

I will be Posting a benefit every day – well, most days – from a list put together by Dr. Dave Phillips, M.D. He is an M.D. from Atlanta, GA who specializes in Sports Medicine. As a former All-American swimmer he knows a few things about exercise. He is also on the JuicePlus+ Health Advisory Board. He is also all over YouTube doing videos on JuicePlus+, exercise, and other health-related topics.

This list of benefits of exercise will help you to remember why working out is a priority IF you want to be healthy (if you don’t want to be healthy then you are reading the wrong Blog!)

April 24, 2016

101 Benefits of Exercise.48

Filed under: Exercise — Tags: , , — doctordilday @ 9:37 am

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Research overwhelmingly shows that regular exercise lowers the risk for many diseases, enhances the functioning of virtually every physiological system in the human body and improves psychological well-being.

48. Expands blood plasma volume.

(I don’t even know what that means, but it must be good…:-)

I will be Posting a benefit every day – well, most days – from a list put together by Dr. Dave Phillips, M.D. He is an M.D. from Atlanta, GA who specializes in Sports Medicine. As a former All-American swimmer he knows a few things about exercise. He is also on the JuicePlus+ Health Advisory Board. He is also all over YouTube doing videos on JuicePlus+, exercise, and other health-related topics.

This list of benefits of exercise will help you to remember why working out is a priority IF you want to be healthy (if you don’t want to be healthy then you are reading the wrong Blog!)

April 23, 2016

TRUMP Tactics…

A patient shared this news clip covering a Doctor of Chiropractic adjusting a 4-day old baby who had Colic. Notice the charged words, leading questions full of pre-suppositions, and the ‘but what about…’ assumed drama. (Stop for just a second and think about what the average 4-day old would have already been subjected to by modern mainstream medicine, what is done for the colic, how well that works, what the side effects are, etc. Then, when you can apply the SAME standard, consider what chiropractic has to offer.)

In the same way that delegates supporting Ron Paul (or probably Ralph Nader, I don’t know about him) discovered what really goes in within ‘their’ Party, and now aren’t the least bit surprised to see all the same things happen to Donald Trump, we chiropractors are very familiar with the myriad of ways the media can marginalize whoever they like (it’s Trump now, but…), and perpetuate falsely imposed stigmas.

And for the record (because the Doctor on TV failed to mention it), the infant, the kid, and the adult get adjusted because they are subluxated, not because they have Colic, texting thumb, or back pain. Chiropractic care is an alternative to mainstream medical management. We are different! (And if there were any real evidence that chiropractic care is somehow unreasonably risky, mainstream medicine and the media would make certain that it was on every bill board from Atlantic City to L.A.: They are masters of making something out of nothing, imagine if there were real risk issues.)

Trump, like chiropractic, just keeps getting results. They can no longer pretend he isn’t there or act like he is insignificant. I don’t want to carry the Trump – Chiropractic analogy too far, but how much worse could things get? How could chiropractic possibly do a worse job than medicine has already done; how much worse would Trump really be than any of the recent choices that come to mind (now, especially, since anyone awake realizes that they were and are all working for the same masters)?

Enough on that.

April 22, 2016

Tylenol is really good…

Filed under: Uncategorized — doctordilday @ 3:46 pm

… for business.

“Every year, asthma is responsible for 14.2 million physician office visits, 1.8 million emergency-department visits, 439,000 hospital stays and more than 3,500 deaths.” So business is already pretty good.

What would you do to make sure those numbers went up… if that was good for business?

“… a drug that increases the risk of asthma in children by two, three and five times (depending on the frequency of use) continues to be sold and prescribed to parents unaware of the potential hazards.” Yep. That’s what you would do, keep selling drugs that help bump up those other good numbers. Wait! They are not ‘good’.

Think about it. Those numbers are good for a whole lot of people: just not the kids!

Those quotes are from a new article that hasn’t made to the internet yet: when it does I will provide the link.

Meanwhile, it’s not like it is new news: here are prior Posts on that same drug.

 

101 Benefits of Exercise.47

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Research overwhelmingly shows that regular exercise lowers the risk for many diseases, enhances the functioning of virtually every physiological system in the human body and improves psychological well-being.

47. Helps to relieve constipation… (see #45 too:-)

I will be Posting a benefit every day – well, most days – from a list put together by Dr. Dave Phillips, M.D. He is an M.D. from Atlanta, GA who specializes in Sports Medicine. As a former All-American swimmer he knows a few things about exercise. He is also on the JuicePlus+ Health Advisory Board. He is also all over YouTube doing videos on JuicePlus+, exercise, and other health-related topics.

This list of benefits of exercise will help you to remember why working out is a priority IF you want to be healthy (if you don’t want to be healthy then you are reading the wrong Blog!)

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