Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

June 23, 2017

For Tai Chi Students: One of My Favorites from Othmar

June 12, 2017

“… a large and growing body of research…” (on exercise and the brain)

“This extensive review resulted in three main observations. First, the most consistent behavioral effects of acute exercise are improved executive function, enhanced mood, and decreased stress levels. Second, neurophysiological and neurochemical changes that have been reported after acute exercise show that widespread brain areas and brain systems are activated. Third, one of the biggest open questions in this area is the relationship between the central neurochemical changes following acute exercise, that have mainly been described in rodents, and the behavioral changes seen after acute exercise reported in humans. Bridging this gap will be an important area of future study.”

June 11, 2017

Priority #1 Video

It is amazing where and from whom you learn the most important stuff: in this case it was while having my teeth cleaned.

What I like about this video is that, first, tai chi is never mentioned one time. And second, all of this wisdom and life-changing advice flows naturally in the learning and practice of… tai chi!

The last thing about this video that makes it priceless is that you are not hearing any of it from me. If you have heard it all from me in the past, perhaps this video will impress upon you the value of the information. If not, please take every word seriously – she makes one technical, little tiny, mistake, but the message is huge and everyone needs to hear it. You especially need to hear it if you plan to deliver via c-section, plan not to breast feed, or plan to feed your baby cow products… or if any of the above happened to you. (I know, you are wondering how and if all of those things are really related. They are.) Enjoy this amazingly important presentation.

June 9, 2017

Teens and TV (in the bedroom)-> Obesity

http://neurosciencenews.com/obesity-tv-children-6836/

Think of it as a “risk factor”.

I was talking with a friend not too long ago about raising kids; his came out as near perfect and any parent could hope for. He took very little credit for it, in fact in one case he said that it was an honor even knowing that kid. Mostly, he said, it was about not messing it up.

His trick was to always use just one standard: what is in their best interest.

Not always easy, admittedly, but the consequences for indulging youthful excesses isn’t really that easy either. It is kind of like health: pay for health now, or pay for sickness later. Choose.

June 5, 2017

For Tai Chi Students: Golden Cockerel Stands on One Leg (Othmar)

May 26, 2017

For Tai Chi Students: Running Thunder Hand (Wim Demeere-Brussels)

We talk about this a lot in class; and practice it almost every session. Here, Wim, has fleshed out some nuances and applied it ways that, once you see them demonstrated, seem intuitive and natural – given everything else that we do.

Insomnia: Another Reason to do Tai Chi?

Yep!

May 16, 2017

Exercise… Again (this time it is Alzheimer’s)

http://neurosciencenews.com/alzheimers-exercise-6692/

May 10, 2017

Consumer Reports: Real Relief from Back Pain

WSDOTworker150x150   (How many safety features can you find on this WSDOT site photo – arguably the largest organization in the State dedicated to safety? Yet, he doesn’t bend over correctly at all.)

I keep forgetting to mention that the current issue of Consumer Reports features a cover story on back pain. It is a very good review of what most of mainstream medicine recommends, and therefore what most people are doing – the lack of effectiveness, cost, and risks associated with that approach. And it covers alternative methods of addressing back pain, the proven effectiveness (which is why it is the cover story), cost savings, and safety. All of that is old news if you have been reading this Blog long (and if you search any of the key words in this Post you will find many posts – there are over a thousand here – on that subject).

Two things are interesting to me about the article: what is right in plain sight, but missed entirely due to mindset; and how, still, the recommendations regarding how to bend and lift are erroneous – harmful even.

First, the mindset thing. Modern medicine is about treating symptoms: some will argue that but just look at what is said and what is the object of all the focus – back pain (a symptom) in this case, but it is everywhere all of the time if you look. And while they fairly accurately talk about the causes, they fail to conclude that substantially addressing these causes would be a means of preventing the symptom. Instead they point out, for example, that abnormal findings on X-rays is common among people who do not suffer with back pain. (That should be a clue, why isn’t it?)

Secondly, but related, is this whole business of correct bending and lifting technique – how could they get it so thoroughly wrong so consistently. How could they not connect the dots – remember the ‘they’ is the authoritative bodies of professional experts spewing opinions, guidelines, and recommendations (shifting gazillions of dollars within the economy)… but let’s not go down the cynical path.

I share all of this because we have a copy in the reception room – with the best parts highlighted (be me:-). Read it, but ignore the part about how to bend and lift, and talk with me about that.

DrD

May 8, 2017

Mindfulness and Fecal Transplants

I choose to share the link relating to mindfulness. It is about how Freshman stress less and smile more. You might like it!

DrD

May 5, 2017

91-Year Old Gymnast Gives Us A Reference Point

For Tai Chi Students: How to Get “Tai Chi Knee”

I often tell the story about my first meetings with Dan Docherty – my teacher. He asked that I show him my Form, I did, and he (generously) said, “I can see that you have put a lot of work into it, but it is neither square nor round, and know one has taught you the Knee Rule.”

Being a chiropractor, and a gym guy (for decades), I said that I did know that knee rule; then he pointed out that I was repeatedly breaking it. Whatever I paid for that 9-hour flight and the two weeks stay in London, that correction made the trip worth it.

He told me that there is only one sports injury associated with Tai Chi, and it is Tai Chi Knee – the consequence of repeatedly breaking the Knee Rule.

So, today, I for some reason decided to check on YouTube and see if there were any decent videos instructing on how to do Tai Chi walking: there were not. Instead, I found a video of someone demonstrating how to repeatedly break the Knee Rule.

The message: Just because someone is a celebrity, sells seminars and DVDs, and can speak chinese words, does not mean that their instruction is of the highest order. I know almost nothing else about the author, other than what we see in this video (and I didn’t listen to hardly any of it), but watch… and learn (probably best not to turn the sound on).

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