Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

January 30, 2019

Sleep Loss Heightens Pain Sensitivity and Dulls Brain’s Painkilling Response

new research

It is well known that chiropractic care will decrease pain symptoms (and others). It is equally well known that once you have less pain, you sleep better. Now researchers are looking more closely at that connection: you are going to feel pain more when you get less sleep.

For patients with neck pain, back pain and headaches, the cycle usually goes like this: first less pain; then more and better sleep; then better energy levels; then higher levels of activity.

The message from this new research is clear: get out of pain; get your sleep. Get your sleep and get out of pain.

The message of chiropractic care is also clear. We can help!

 

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January 27, 2019

Truth: On Many Levels (Seth Godin)

Relentlessly lowering expectations

We always compare performance on a relative basis. “Well, it’s better than it was yesterday…”

Toddlers, for example, seem like geniuses compared to the babies they used to be.

Some people around us have embraced a strategy of always lowering expectations so that their mediocre effort is seen as acceptable. Over time, we embrace the pretty good memo or the decent leadership moment, because it’s so much better than we feared.

And some? Some relentlessly raise expectations, establishing a standard that it’s hard to imagine exceeding. And then they do.

If you’ve been cornered into following, working with or serving someone in the first group, an intervention can be rewarding. For you and for the person trapped in this downward cycle.

Raising our expectations is a fine way to raise performance as well.

December 18, 2018

“…a global public health threat…”

https://neurosciencenews.com/genetics-physical-activity-10322/

December 11, 2018

Kids and Chiropractic

The subject of children and babies getting chiropractic care is discussed in this month’s Newsletter (if you didn’t get that, sign up here).

A patient sent an email yesterday to ask about getting their, almost 3 year old, child in for care – wanting to know what I thought about that and how to make it happen.

So I thought I would review our unofficial ‘policy’ (actually more of a preference). Before I do that I will say that: (1) I would encourage everyone to have their children checked as early as is feasible, and (2) I refer to chiropractors who specialize in pediatrics when the patient is too little to lie on my table and hold still.

That said, here is how it usually happens and I like it when it works out this way. First, get the kid used to the office and what goes on here by bringing them in with you. That makes them comfortable, gets them used to the whole idea, and alleviates any fears that they may have. Plus, ‘if they are good’ they get treats: that helps. Second, if the child does not eventually insist on getting up on the table for ‘their turn’, we can gently bring up the subject, check for their reaction, and adjust our efforts accordingly. Usually, it is their idea to ‘be next’ and off we go. By the time they are old enough to lie up on the table and hold still while I check them, it is no problem, not drama ensues, and things go very well.

All of that assumes a kid that isn’t suffering or is obvious not right, and a parent that is onboard with the idea of preventing problems before they develop. Since I do not charge anything for the kids (up to a certain age), it is usually fine with the parents. (The last thing that I want is for the kid not to get checked because the parent is thinking about the fee.)

So there you go.

DrD

 

December 7, 2018

Figuring Shoes Size for the Natural Foot

November 6, 2018

Suicide, Depression & Antidepressants

From the Juice Lady…

It is with a heavy heart that I am sharing that a dear friend of mine committed suicide this week. She was on an antidepressant because she’d been depressed and wasn’t sleeping well. She was given the antidepressant to help her sleep. Instead it clouded her judgment and she took her life with those pills. I am absolutely devastated. That is why I’m writing this newsletter to warn you. Beware of antidepressants. The drug my friend was on has a high incidence of suicides. And if you aren’t sleeping well, use something besides an antidepressant to sleep. Warn everyone you know. These drugs are dangerous.

Here is the rest of her Post… very sobering.

August 7, 2018

CorrecToes

https://naturalfootgear.com/blogs/education/top-10-benefits-of-correct-toes-toe-spacers?utm_source=Correct+Toes+Newsletter&utm_campaign=a5a083e2db-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_08_06_04_50&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_88b0f78996-a5a083e2db-351814873&mc_cid=a5a083e2db&mc_eid=5cdc987d53

July 16, 2018

Footwear Habits Influence Child and Adolescent Motor Skill Development

New research finds that children and adolescents who spend most of their time barefoot develop motor skills differently from those who habitually wear shoes. Published in Frontiers in Pediatrics, this is the first study to assess the relevance of growing up shod vs. barefoot on jumping, balancing and sprinting motor performance during different stages of childhood and adolescence. The study shows that habitually barefoot children are noticeably better at jumping and balancing compared to habitually shod children, particularly from 6-10 years of age. While these beneficial barefoot effects diminished in older adolescents, the research nevertheless highlights the importance of barefoot exercise for motor development as children grow and mature.

July 7, 2018

Experiencing a Stressful Day May Lower Cognitive Abilities Throughout the Day

Summary: Waking up feeling stressed and anxious can impact your cognitive function throughout the day, researchers report. A new study reveals those who woke up feeling as though the day ahead would be stressful experienced problems with working memory later in the day. Researchers say the anticipation of stress impacts cognition, even if a stressful event does not occur.

Source: Penn State.

June 22, 2018

What’s this “may” business!

“Mindful Movement May Lower Stress and Anxiety”

June 20, 2018

How You Are “Wired” Matters, Lefty

https://neurosciencenews.com/left-handed-mental-health-9376/

June 16, 2018

Biochemistry of Sleep Need in the Brain

Now that is a mouth full – check it out: https://neurosciencenews.com/sleep-needed-brain-changes-9347/

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