Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

October 25, 2014

Kangen Water Demonstration

These demos always move too fast, but try to stay with him and view it more than once if you need to.

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October 5, 2014

Too Much Trouble

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WARNING:
Chiropractic care and Tai Chi/Chi Gong Have Serious Side Effects!

They may: Lower High Blood Pressure; help your diabetes; reduce insomnia, reduce anxiety, improve heart health, and more …

(Borrowed from the World Tai Chi & Chi Gong site, which borrowed them from someone else:-)

July 13, 2014

Beautiful Clouds

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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:-)

July 12, 2014

If Health Care Costs Really Mattered…

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“Evidence-based” is reference to a systematic preference for advocating for, offering, choosing and incentivizing those things that are most supported by the available scientific evidence. Safety, effectiveness and monetary value are the three highest values, ostensibly.

Imagine what health care would be like in this country if any of that were really the case.

The good news is that if your health really matters to you, the information is available. You can make healthy choices.

Here is one. (Don’t try reading the whole thing. Skim for the titles that interest you the most – it’s comprehensive.) There are some things, with science-based support, that really are not too good to be true, even though they appear to be. Like chiropractic care, Tai chi is one of those things.

June 29, 2014

Relax Here

May 25, 2014

Kangen Water Demo Opportunities Coming Soon!

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Wednesday, May 28th at 6:30 p.m.
Old Spaghetti Factory in Lynnwood on 196th

Thursday, May 29th at 6:30 p.m.
DeVry University in Lynnwood,
across from the Enagic main office

Thursday June, 5th
Everett Chiropractic Center
8625 Evergreen Way, #210
Everett, WA 98208

Please call 425.348.5207 to RSVP or for more details

It's easy to share the water with others!

It’s easy to share the water with others!

May 17, 2014

Cardiologist Explains Why Tai Chi Can Help Just About Anyone

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Your gunna like this article…

ARTICLE EXCERPT:

Tai Chi originated from the martial arts while a closely related practice, Qigong, began as a healing tool. Today both are thought to improve mind-body coordination, breath and movement control, coordination, balance, and to reduce stress. I will refer to them together as Tai Chi for the purposes of this article.

Here are some of the scientifically proven benefits of Tai Chi?

1. Tai Chi is good for your heart.

2. Tai Chi can help people dealing with cancer.

3. Tai Chi can help if you’re dealing with lung disease.

4. Tai Chi is good for your joint health, especially if you’re dealing with fibromyalgia or rheumatoid arthritis.

5. Tai Chi can help with Parkinson’s Disease.

6. Tai Chi is good for oral health.

May 11, 2014

Isn’t It Obvious?

The Result of Many Years of Habits

The Result of Many Years of Habits

[Note: If you want to learn more about the words in italics, copy and paste them into the search box, hit return, and you will be taken to several Posts on this Blog relating to that subject.]

When the average person does a “detox” for 3 or 7 or 21 days, do you think that at the end the process is complete?

It applies to the whole range of subjects that relate to health, but let’s stay with “detox” for a minute. There are dozens of healthy habits that relate to detox; and dozens of unhealthy habits that contribute to the need to do detox. But how long does it take to get from clean to dirty or from dirty to clean?

It took you your whole life and the combination of all of your habits, exposures and, yes, your genes and the unfortunate accidents, etc., for you to get to where you are right now. You won’t be detoxed in a day; you won’t loose that 75 pounds in a month, and you can’t get fit in a week at the gym.

The habits are all starting places. Bounce on the Gym Ball every day for 10-15 minutes and it will help facilitate lymph drainage – but do it for two years! And combine it with drinking more water (good water if you can afford it – can you afford not to?). Combine that with the nedi pot (daily!) for two years. Add oil pulling, for two years.

If you want to “detox” do those things as well as other free (or nearly free), simple, easy daily habits – for two years, and you have really made progress toward detoxification. Do them not and allow the waste removal processes to be overwhelmed by the waste accumulation processes, and you gradually build… sickness! (Then someone will give you a label and a seriously dangerous prescription to address the EFFECTS, but not the cause.)

Every day, in many ways, at various times, your body will naturally “detox”. It’s part of the natural process. If you align some of your daily habits with what the body naturally does anyway, it will keep up. When we recommend drinking more water (and talk about the good stuff), there’s a reason (lots of reasons). It’s important. It needs to be a habit if you want the results. Same for walking, getting some decent exercise (walking the dog around the block isn’t enough – yes, it’s better than nothing, but it won’t address all the health issues of the average American adult), and eating more vegetables and fruits EVERY DAY! (FOR YEARS… a week or a month won’t do it!)

From daily habits of bending and lifting, breathing, mental attitude, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and all the rest, there is a cumulative effect (that takes years and years to become obvious to the average witness). Reversing all of that, whether it’s your posture, or your heart disease, will take equally long. Don’t wait until it’s too late for the cure.

Every cause is also and effect; every effect has a cause. If the path you are on is taking you where you want to go, fine. If not, look at your habits. As Seth Godin says, it’s never too late to start heading in the right direction.

Healthy habits is my hobby. Ask the next time you are in for a visit, maybe there is something simple and small, something sustainable that you can do from now on, that will help you cause more health – years from now:-)

April 29, 2014

Simplicity, Patience & Compassion

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“Some say that my teaching is nonsense,
Others call is lofty but impractical.
But to those who have looked inside themselves,
this nonsense makes perfect sense. And to those who put it into
practice, this loftiness has roots that go deep.

I have just three things to teach:
simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions an din thought, you return
to the source of being. Patient with both friends and enemies, you
accord with the way things are.
Compassion toward yourself, you reconcile
all beings in the world.” ~ Tao Te Ching

April 25, 2014

New Study On Meditation From Lumosity

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Meditation’s Effects on Alpha Brain Waves
(This came in an email from Lumosity… Good stuff!)

A new study out of Brown University has found that a form of mindfulness meditation known as MBSR may act as a “volume knob” for attention, changing brain wave patterns.
What is MBSR?

Originally developed by a professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) is based on mindfulness meditation techniques that have been practiced in some form or another for over two millennia. The 8-week MBSR program still follows some of the same principles of the original Buddhist practice, training followers to focus a “spotlight of attention” on different parts of their body. Eventually, it is hoped, practitioners learn to develop the same awareness of their mental states.

In the last 20 years, MBSR and a similar practice called mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT) have been included in an increasing number of healthcare plans in the developed world. Some studies have shown that these practices can reduce distress in individuals with chronic pain and decrease risk of relapses into depression.

In this study, Brown University researchers wanted to investigate whether MBSR could have a broader application beyond the clinical realm. Could MBSR impact the alpha brain waves that help filter and organize sensory inputs, improving attentional control?

Study design

Researchers divided the study’s 12 healthy adult participants into two groups: a test group that underwent MBSR training for 8 weeks, and a control group that did not. After 8 weeks, a brain imaging technique known as magnetoencephalography (MEG) was used to measure alpha wave patterns in participants.

While hooked up to the brain scanning equipment, participants felt taps on their hands and feet at random intervals. On average, those who trained with MBSR demonstrated faster and greater alpha wave changes in response to these taps. These alpha wave surges indicated that participants were better able to quickly focus attention on the relevant body parts.

How alpha waves affect cognition

Alpha rhythms help filter irrelevant sensory inputs in the brain. Without proper filtering, the ability to carry out many basic cognitive operations can be crippled.

Imagine the simple task of backing a car out of the driveway. In order to reach the street safely, you must hold your destination in mind while steering and ignoring distractions from every modality: news on the radio, children playing at the end of the block, an itch on your foot, the glare of the sun in your eyes. Most people filter out these distractions subconsciously — but should irrelevant stimuli distract you, backing out can become a difficult ordeal.

This Brown University study is in line with other research on meditation, confirming previous findings that link enhanced attentional performance and fewer errors in tests of visual attention with meditation. While it’s still too early to declare meditation a cure-all for everything from attentional control to chronic pain, it’ll be fascinating to see what future research uncovers about this millennia-old tradition’s impact on the brain.

April 20, 2014

AARP on Tai Chi

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“… a gentle path to fitness.”

though they are off on one or two details, it’s a very nice article.

December 3, 2013

Tai chi more effective than yoga?

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Read all about it here: The Times of India…

The Everett Community College Tai chi class will start soon. You can get registration information here.

And the Monday night Peak Health & Fitness Tai chi class is going great with a steady stream of new folks and a growing number of “advanced” practitioners.

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