Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

November 15, 2017

What We Know Verses What There Is To Know



Here research is cites which sheds even more light on the value and importance of breathing as it relates to health.

It is thrilling to learn more and to know; it is humbling to realize that no matter how much we know, we know very very little.


July 29, 2017

The Importance of Breath

“For many people it seems difficult to believe that changing breathing patterns can have such significant impact on mental and physical health. Not to mention performance and recovery.
It is the lowest hangning fruit and very few poeple are picking it. Instead many are looking for complicated methods or become dependent of pharmaceuticals.”

– Paul Silfverstrale, Wudang Practical Tai Chi Chuan

Here is his recent Blog Post entitled Nasal Breathing: https://wudangtaichichuan.wordpress.com/2017/07/29/tai-chi-chuan-qi-nasal-breathing/

It compliments, perfectly, all that I have said on this Blog on the subject, including the very recent Post on mouth breathing (the problem).

June 11, 2017

Priority #1 Video (Breathing!)

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.

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!


March 31, 2017

How Slow Breathing Induces Tranquility

Filed under: Exercise, General Health & Wellness, Meditation, Tai Chi Chuan, Wellness care — Tags: , , — doctordilday @ 12:02 pm

This is from Neuroscience News…

Breathing is basic. Better breathing is healthy. Access to breath control through training is access to relaxation. (We could go on all day about that by itself, and on this Blog I have – if you search the terms you will find many Posts). And relaxation is key to stress management on many many levels. (Right now I am reading The Unthinkable, where the importance of breath control is highlighted as the primary means of controlling fear in an emergency situation.)

January 24, 2017

She couldn’t wait to tell me…

The first patient in the office this morning said that she was amazed at what happened when she practiced the breathing exercise I gave her on her last visit.

Patients show up, usually, with some ache or pain. Once that is dealt with there are often underlying or other issues that come up; stress-related tension is common.

For that and many other reasons we often teach people how to breath, if they are interested. How to breath, so you can relax, so you will be less tense, so you can hold your chiropractic adjustments, so you will feel better: it all goes together.

Anyway, I gave her the most basic of breathing instructions; the same one I give every patient, every tai chi student, and anyone else that cares to listen (It is probably on the Blog somewhere in fact.). She tried it, and…

Almost immediately fell asleep.

(She was pleasantly stunned and amazed.)


June 15, 2016

101 Benefits of Exercise.60


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.

60. Improves respiratory muscle strength and endurance.

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.

You can be healthier: this is list of ways exercise affects the body; think of them as motivational if you like.

February 1, 2016

“…the most common dysfunctional movement pattern…”

Do You Teach Patients How to Breather Properly?


November 2, 2015

Living Near Trees Is A Healthy Choice

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — doctordilday @ 5:16 pm

This link is all about the Ads really, but if you ignore them and read the article, it’s a good one.

April 11, 2014

Sense of Smell – A Mixed Blessing

White Rock, B.C. Looking South at Birch Bay

White Rock, B.C. Looking South at Birch Bay

I’ve talked before about the nedi pot, and still recommend it highly with certain precautions.

One of the first noticeable things that happens when you begin using the nedi pot is an increased sense of smell. Another is an improved ability to breathe and, as you know, I am big on breathing (check here, here, and here.

This article talks about our sense of smell and the ability to detect over one trillion various smells. There are lots of ramifications when you factor in all the phermone issues, etc. Something to think about.

September 22, 2013

From the Yoga Journal, October, 2013


be here now

“According to new research done at the Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California, Davis focusing on the present moment can significantly reduce your levels of the stress hormone cortisol. ‘If you start rehashing the past or worrying about the future, try drawing your attention back to the present by focusing on the sensations of your own breath,’ recommends lead author Tonya L Jacobs.”

Notice that she said the “sensations” of the breath.

Notice that she talking about drawing “your attention” back to the present…

One of the things that happens with people in pain (think back pain in the case of many of our patients) is that their breathing gets altered in negative ways. That becomes a habit (unconscious). Later, whether they are in pain or not, their breathing is still affected, and now it is causing subtle problems that eventually become not-so-subtle.

Another thing that commonly (almost always) happens with people who experience back pain, especially long term back pain, is that they are not relaxed and they are unable to will themselves to relax. Proper breathing is the key that opens the door to relaxation.

The secret (actually, the secret is out!) to breathing properly and to eventually relaxing (clear into any conversation about medication) is to NOTICE the breath. Just notice for starts. Draw your attention back to just noticing.

You can do this in the car on the way to/from work. You can do it at home while watching TV. You can do it while on your walks. And you can do it while laying in bed before going to sleep or when you wake up.

Anyone can do this. It’s profound. You will get better and better at it. Eventually you will be able to move on to more challenging practices like abdominal breathing and bracing.

Doing this will help with your recovery.

December 29, 2011

Nonbiological pollutants

Master Wang Doing a Double Sword Form

Indoor Air Pollutants

Here are a couple of discussions about the health impacts of poor indoor air quality.

The long version.

The short version.

Here the EPA talk about Formaldehyde, one of the main culprits.

The bottom line

Air quality is critically important. We are wise to be aware in this area. We can not avoid the contaminants, so we are probably wise to invest in the best air purifiers we can afford. We would also be wise to “air out” our work spaces and homes often.

Because we can’t avoid breathing some of these pollutants in, we would be wise to have a “de-tox” thought process in place that helps to deal with getting these things out of our bodies.

I am reminded of a Boeing Tai Chi Club picnic that I was invited to once. A Master Wang from China was the honored guest. He was leading a group in some Qi Gong when they started up the Barbeque. The second he smelled the smoke from the Barbeque he stopped all activity and moved to get away from the smoke.

There is a reason (or several) that Tai Chi folks choose Parks to practice in (most natural surroundings – better quality air), and early morning (better quality air), and often near water (better quality air with more negative ions).

BTW, “nonbiological” pollutants struck be as an interesting way to say man-made. It’s estimated that we modern humans are exposed to over 70,000 made-made chemicals in our environment that our ancestors did not experience. These tend to do harm in our bodies one way or the other in the long run. We are wise to be aware and take what measures we can.

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