Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

August 4, 2018

Brett Jones of StrongFirst writes on Tai Chi & Learning

He doesn’t realize that he is righting about tai chi, but everything that he says about learning and about kettle bells does apply to tai chi directly. And a complete system with a varied syllabus, taught well and practiced regularly, is a way to realize all the benefits of learning using the latest scientific technics. Tai chi has been doing it for 800 years!

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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 13, 2018

15 Minutes of Exercise Creates Optimal Brain State for Mastering New Motor Skills

Yeah, just 15 minutes of exercise…

June 28, 2018

Early Maternal Diet Affects Brain Development and Adult Memory

Summary: A new study reveals maternal diet during pregnancy can have dramatic implications for fetal brain development and can impact short term memory in adults.

Source: University of Southampton.

I guess there will be some people who are surprised.

JuicePlus+ – for those who can’t, don’t or won’t eat the five servings of fruit and five serving of vegetables recommended for health.

The Mediterranean Diet – for those who do not know what to eat, when, how or why.

And since health is more than just what you eat…

The Blue Zones lifestyle for health, longevity, and happiness.

And, since every knows that to be healthy you have to have a good diet and also exercise – the “Perfect Exercise”.

June 27, 2018

Don’t Let Depression Keep You From Exercising

Summary: Researchers say exercise is crucial to the overall health of those with depression. The study reveals people with higher levels of fitness during middle age were significantly less likely to die from cardiovascular disease, even if they were diagnosed with depression.

Source: UT Southwestern.

Old news, I know. And if you search for Depression on this Blog you will find more than a dozen Posts, going back years, that inform and (hopefully) persuade you to do more exercise (it’s all about the happy chemicals:-)

Unfortunately, the things that cause people to be depressed can sometimes be the very things that keep them from exercising. Not to worry: do tai chi!

 

June 22, 2018

What’s this “may” business!

“Mindful Movement May Lower Stress and Anxiety”

June 20, 2018

Planned Movements and Spontaneous Reactions are Processed Differently in the Brain

Call it Tai Chi research if you want to…

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.

 

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.

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