Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

June 15, 2018

Mindfulness Meditation and Relaxation Response Have Different Effects on Brain Function

Whenever I read about studies having to do with these or other related subjects (e.g., rehab, fitness training, self-defense tactics), I am struck by the fact that they are really researching Tai chi. (Here is the link to the discussion of the Study that provoked this Post.) Grey Cook’s book, Movement comes to mind as a classic example.

Tai Chi Chuan (the “Chuan” connotes the martial aspects of the discipline) is all of these things simultaneously; and more. People that I speak with know that I am a Tai Chi guy, so they just chalk it up to my enthusiasm. Some people, though, who are in the middle of the world of related research are able to appreciate the “complete” nature of Tai Chi Chuan.

Of course not all Tai Chi is equal: you have to have good instruction; and you have to practice correctly. But training within a traditional Tai Chi syllabus under good instruction provides as complete a system of exercise and self-defense, including all aspects of exercise (including rehab) as a person is going to find.

 

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June 13, 2018

The GPS of “Gut Instinct”

“Ask anyone if they remember where they ate the juiciest burger, the sweetest cupcake or the smoothest bisque, and they probably can describe the location in great detail, down to the cross streets, the décor, and the table where they sat. A new USC study in Nature Communications gives a possible explanation for food’s prominence in memory.”

June 7, 2018

For Tai Chi Students: Eight Directions Bruch Knee by Ian Cameron

This is a great way to learn and train how we generate force from the floor: it is the heel pivot that matters. Look forward to us doing this in classes regularly from now on.

May 23, 2018

For Tai Chi Students: 7 Star Guard in Action

May 2, 2018

Exercise & Depression, Again…

Search this Blog and you will find many Posts on this subject: they all say that same thing… more exercise -> less depression.

April 21, 2018

Breathing through the nose…

There are more Posts on this Blog about breathing than I can count, but here is new research with interesting linkages to our tai chi practices (basic breathing to relax instructions take place in the first session). In particular, breathing through the nose. This study may add more to the emotional connection. Whatever the scientific details and revelations, nothing could be more basic, more simple, or more profound than correct breathing (and using correct breathing to manage stressful situations).

One way to get a sense of the significance is to look at the Post on mouth breathing. Learning the implications of the extremes in one direction will help impress you of the importance of proper practice.

Summary: Olfactory system neurons appear to play a role in the connection between rhythmic breathing and emotional regulation, researchers report.

Source: University of Pennsylvania.

April 3, 2018

For Tai Chi Students: Running Thunder Hand – An Example

Watch from the 5 minute mark…

March 28, 2018

Breath

Arefa Cassoobhoy, MD, MPH

DISCLOSURES

January 19, 2018

 

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“Hello. I’m Dr Arefa Cassoobhoy, a practicing internist, Medscape advisor, and senior medical director for WebMD. Welcome to Morning Report, our 1-minute news story for primary care.

In patients with asthma, breathing exercises are known to help. But training patients in breathing techniques takes time and expertise, so it’s not often utilized to manage uncontrolled asthma.

A recent trial[1] compared two methods of breathing retraining: self-taught, using a video; or three face-to-face sessions with a respiratory therapist. The training focused on diaphragmatic breathing, nasal breathing, and slow breathing, as well as controlled breath holds and simple relaxation exercises.

Compared with usual care, both methods of breathing retraining improved asthma-related quality of life. Although the interventions didn’t change measures of airway inflammation or obstruction, patients reported increased control over breathing and reduced need for medication. They also felt more relaxed.

So, for your patients struggling with their asthma, consider adding breathing retraining to their treatment. Even patients who don’t have easy access to respiratory therapists can benefit from the self-taught video training. It’s a simple, low-cost option.”

The emphasis above is mine: this is all taught in your first tai chi class, and constantly repeated, and re-enforced, throughout each and every tai chi class. Most people, asthmatics or not, will benefit from learning diaphragmatic breathing, through the nose in a mindful way that produces relaxation.

March 16, 2018

For Tai Chi Students: Sword Form

Wudang (Practical Tai Chi Chuan) sword form, with technique names. Performed by Ladan Niayesh for Wudang France. Name captions by John Bunyan. Follow us on the web http://www.wudangfrance.com and on Facebook (Wudang Tai Chi Chuan France page).

March 6, 2018

For Tai Chi Students: Form + Applications

February 21, 2018

Happy Chemicals (from running) to the Rescue!

http://neurosciencenews.com/running-chronic-stress-8498/

 

February 19, 2018

Great News for Exercisers, unless…

…well, unless focus is one of the things that the exercise you do is suppose to enhance. New Research: Check it out!

 

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