Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

July 7, 2018

Experiencing a Stressful Day May Lower Cognitive Abilities Throughout the Day

Summary: Waking up feeling stressed and anxious can impact your cognitive function throughout the day, researchers report. A new study reveals those who woke up feeling as though the day ahead would be stressful experienced problems with working memory later in the day. Researchers say the anticipation of stress impacts cognition, even if a stressful event does not occur.

Source: Penn State.

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June 29, 2014

Relax Here

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.

March 10, 2014

MAYO CLINIC RESEARCH URGES CORPORATIONS TO DO TAI CHI

Master Wang Visits From China

[Re-Posted because some things are worth repeating:-)]

Tai Chi is being recommended for corporate wellness by the Mayo Clinic and in Fire Chief, the nation’s premiere fire department journal, according to the World Tai Chi & Qigong newsletter. Below is a report of a recent study.

The implications of the study, one of the largest of its kind, are significant for businesses and other organizations that offer wellness programs for employees or members. … So, instead of expecting tired, stressed participants to run off pounds on the treadmill, Dr. Clark suggests organizations could offer them yoga, tai chi, meditation, stress management classes or sessions with a personal wellness coach that would help them reach overall wellness goals.

Read entire article:

Excerpts from the article…

ROCHESTER, Minn., Sep 07, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — One simple question asking employees to rate their current stress level may help identify individuals who could benefit from wellness programs to reduce stress and improve resiliency and overall health, according to a Mayo Clinic study published in the September/October issue of The American Journal of Health Promotion. The implications of the study, one of the largest of its kind, are significant for businesses and other organizations that offer wellness programs for employees or members.

The study’s lead researcher Matthew Clark, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist at Mayo Clinic, will present his team’s findings at a free webinar as part of the American Journal of Health Promotion Authors’ Series, on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 12:00 noon Central / 1:00 p.m. Eastern. To register, go to https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/418557305 .

Many organizations offer wellness programs for employees or members. The programs can cut health care costs and boost productivity. However, many people drop out or decline to enroll.

“Wellness programs and centers typically initially focus on physical fitness and weight loss,” Dr. Clark says. “Perhaps by addressing other domains of wellness — stress management, work-life balance, spirituality and resilience — employees might gain the confidence and skills to truly achieve better overall wellness.”

Mayo Clinic researchers surveyed 13,198 employees who joined a Mayo Clinic employee wellness center when it opened in 2008. Employees rated their stress levels on a scale of 0 to 10 and answered questions about quality of life, fatigue, exercise, diet, smoking and health problems.

High stress levels were reported by 2,147 employees. When compared to other employees, high-stress employees reported a lower quality of life, poorer health, less support, and more fatigue. They also were more likely to have high blood pressure, high blood sugar and high cholesterol, and to be overweight. The high-stress group had less confidence than their non-stressed peers in their ability to make changes to improve their overall health.

The study showed the biggest differences between stressed and non-stressed respondents were in fatigue levels after a regular night’s sleep and in current quality of life.

So, instead of expecting tired, stressed participants to run off pounds on the treadmill, Dr. Clark suggests organizations could offer them yoga, tai chi, meditation, stress management classes or sessions with a personal wellness coach that would help them reach overall wellness goals.

“There is no one best approach to manage stress. We are all unique,” Dr. Clark says. “But by bolstering resiliency, employees may be able to successfully make lifestyle changes and achieve wellness.”

“Stellar employees can be stressed about meeting exceedingly high personal expectations,” he says. They may be top performers, but their quality of life is diminished. “Surveys have shown that stress is a common workplace problem,” says Dr. Clark. “Our research acknowledges that stress affects many aspects of health, and it’s possible to easily identify who might benefit from resiliency training.”

SOURCE: Mayo Clinic

There is not much that I can add to all of that except to say that not all tai chi is the same, and not all tai chi teachers are the same. My first teacher didn’t teach The Knee Rule. He was having surgery on his knees about the time my current teacher corrected me. I have had no knee pain since.

DrD

December 27, 2013

Employers Begin to Stress The Importance of Avoiding Burnout

From The Herald: Here is yet another take on workplace stress and burnout…

We know that there are a number of things that you can do to avoid burn out. Here are a few science-based recommendations:

1. Get Chiropractic care. The Chiropractic adjustment results in the general relaxation response, which relaxes muscles, frees up movement, and eases breathing – and get a massage now and then for the very same reasons.

2. Do Tai Chi. The gentle stretching, smooth motion, deep slow breathing, and focused attention result in a meditative effect that is relaxing and restorative;

3. Meditate. The simple act of holding still, closing your eyes, and putting your attention on your breathing will do it. If you want to take it further, all the better.

4. Improve your diet and stay hydrated. Eat and supplement with whole foods. Focus on vegetables. Emphasize the greens. Drink the best water that you can get and plenty of it.

5. Laugh. Hang out with kids if you can.

6. Be thankful. You are lucky.

June 18, 2013

Investing in Tai Chi: The Corporate Wellness Movement

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From The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi, by Peter M. Wayne, PhD, with Mark L. Fuerst

Page 245

“Wellness programs can also improve moral and camaraderie by getting workers to interact with one another. Other benefits to the companies that offer wellness programs are recruitment and retention of employees, as well as improved company image.”

“This investment in wellness on the part of the corporations shares the same spirit of Tai Chi’s 70-percent training principle. An executive who consistently pushes his staff to work extra hours may find that the more he pushes people, the less he gets out of them. In this case, more time chained to a desk may not necessarily translate to more productivity. Instead, an extra half hour for lunch that allows for some exercise or stress-reduction practices may help his staff refresh and balance themselves. Moderation at work – more of a yin-yang balance – may serve as a hedge against resistance, burnout, and fatigue.”

About the Photo

Even in extreme positions the neutral spine alignment is maintained and the the knee rule is not broken. Notice the shoulders are relaxed. Notice the focus. There is a reason the Chinese call Tai Chi the “Supreme Ultimate.”

January 15, 2013

Here is what we mean when we say convenient

I saw a patient in the store the other evening and wished him a Happy New Year.

He returned the greeting and said that he had been away on vacation and needed to get into the office to see me. I said “When?”

He said, “Monday night?”

I said “Fine,” And he said “Great, I will see you then.”

Often, patients call when they are in the neighborhood and have the time to stop in and get adjusted. Sometimes, they are already in the parking lot.

Usually, though not always, the answer is yes, and the timing that works for them will work for us – give or take – we are flexible.

From the beginning I teach patients that their appointments in our office can be a relaxed and casual affair: don’t call to let us know that you will be 5-10 minutes late or early, we are going to be ok with it, and probably will not even notice.

It isn’t nice to not show up at all for an appointment but pretty everything else is that relaxed. (Even that is usually forgiven easily the first few times since, clearly, it could happen to anyone.) A patient last week showed up a week early, that’s ok too.

With all the pressures and deadlines and things crammed into most people’s lives these days, we want coming to our office to be as effortless as possible. When patients really get that, like really understanding that we are interested in helping them not controlling them or turning them into some fictional “ideal” patient, everything goes much smoother.

Happy New Year!

DrD

May 10, 2011

Exercise As If Health Mattered

Master Wang - Boeing Tai Chi Club Picnic, Kent, WA

I received this in an email the other day. (check out the videos, they are great)

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day
2011 Event Reports – Our Favorite 7 Youtubes of Events

Dear World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Supporters.

Together, we have created one of the most moving human events in all of history … Angie and I nearly cried seeing the beauty of the human family coming together to … breathe together … play together … for the sole purpose of personal and global healing – World Tai Chi & Qigong Day – human art in its highest form. Together we made history once again in 2011. We are so proud of each and every one of you who have and will take part in this global vision of healing connection.

It was really hard to pick 7, BUT, at the top of WorldTaiChiDay.org’s homepage we’ve put our favorite 7 Youtube videos of events from Israel to Egypt – Mumbai, India to Colorado Springs, Colorado – St. Augustine, Florida to Havana, Cuba – and more are being posted daily in the Photo Gallery!

We can’t put all the videos first, so be sure and give all the below youtube videos a look … including the St. Augustine, Florida, and Perth Australia ones near the bottom … you’ll be glad you did.

THEN, PLEASE, SHARE THIS EMAIL WIDELY – POST TO YOUR FACEBOOK, TWITTER, ETC. – We work hard to provide these inspirational and informative newsletters to you – please honor our work by passing it on to all your tai chi and qigong contacts, and others worldwide. You will always find a convenient FORWARD this email feature at the bottom of all our WTCQD Newsletters.

If you haven’t loaded your event’s videos and photos into our PHOTO GALLERY at www.WorldTaiChiDay.org you should. People worldwide are checking in to see them.

Below we have a few of those featured videos, plus others from India, Iran, and Brasil.

“One World … One Breath”
“Un seul monde … Un seul souffle”
“Een wereld … Een adem”
“Um mundo … Um respiracao”
“Jedan svet … Jeden Dah”

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day – Israel

Check out this fantastic video of international media coverage of Jerusalem, Israel’s World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2011 event.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLsmJQuCToY&feature=player_embedded

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day – Egypt

Check out this beautiful video of international media coverage of Cairo, Egypt’s World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2011 event. The two children in this video from Egypt’s event, and in the above Israeli event will go right to the center of your heart 🙂

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3T6jpv3ZA8&feature=player_embedded

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day – Iran

This archive video of Tehran, Iran’s WTCQD event features hundreds of children going through their Qi moves. Beautiful photography.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyqNGnL4KWI

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day – India

India (Mumbai) held its first World Tai Chi & Qigong Day event this year, and they did a BEAUTIFUL job at it. See this lovely video of their event images.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eY8eKHD-i74

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day – Cuba

Havana, Cuba pulled out all the stops to create a MOVIE QUALITY VIDEO and a MASSIVE EVENT.

See the below video shot in the exquisite Havana town square, with hundreds of highly choreographed tai chi players – a rainbow of humanity is reflected in this videol.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5QPJ_gv3hU&feature=player_embedded

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day – Brasil

Belo Horizonte (Rio), Brasil (Brazil) held another AMAZING event in 2011 as part of the global wave of qi. Many other events were held in Brazil as well, including the nation’s capitol, Brasilia, where Professor Jose Milton organizes.

Professor Milton, in Brasilia, has been holding tai chi and qigong events in the capitol triangle – between the Legislature, the Presidential building, and the Supreme Court buildings to bring harmony and healing qi to Brasil’s government decisions.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5h5M3kRY1cE


World Tai Chi & Qigong Day – St. Augustine, Florida

This FANTASTIC VIDEO includes interviews with attendees, answering the question, “What does World Tai Chi & Qigong Day mean to you?”

We want to thank St. Augustine for your support via the WTCQD Official T-Shirts your participants wore. We would be unable to do what we do without your support.

And also, thank you for putting all this effort into organizing such a beautiful event, and for your work in creating this JOYOUS VIDEO PRODUCTION!! You inspire us.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzzVsILOCjM&feature=player_embedded

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day – AUSTRALIA

Bev and her daughter Lydia have been instrumental in organizing some of the most beautiful WTCQD events in perhaps the most beautiful city in the world … Perth, Australia.

Our precious Lydia passed away this year. Bev dedicated this video and this 2011 event to Lydia. Me and Angie would like to dedicate this global 2011 event to Lydia, to Christchurch, New Zealand, and to the people of Japan. Our hearts go out to you, dear friends. Bev, we love you!

THIS VIDEO IS SO INCREDIBLY MOVING – PASS IT ON AND ON AND ON. Thank you Lydia, for being such an integral part of making this global human happening what it has become.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-oR0CXCM9M&feature=player_embedded

Personal Security and Tai Chi

Here is an excellent clip of a modern day tai chi Master, Ian Cameron, demonstrating self defense applications (He is an elder brother to my teacher, and an all-around great guy.)

And here he is again (a bit earlier)…

March 9, 2010

Easy Organizing for Busy People

Filed under: Sustainability — Tags: , — doctordilday @ 12:39 am

This photo is linked to Jessie's website

Where: Everett Chiropractic Center, 8625 Evergreen Way, Suite #210, Everett, WA 98208
When: Wednesday, March 24th 6:30pm-7:30pm
Cost: Free!

Description:

Have you ever put off starting an organizing project because it was too overwhelming and you didn’t know where to begin? I would love to share with you how simple and enjoyable the organizing process can be.

If you are ready to reap the rewards of an organized home or office that serves your needs, then Easy Organizing for Busy People is perfect to help you reach that goal!

You will learn:

* A simple and easy approach that works with organizing projects of any size
* Questions to help you in deciding what to keep and what to let go
* Guidelines to choosing the proper container for your needs
* Resources to additional container and storage options
* Tools and tips to maintain your focus and progress during your organizing sessions

You will leave this high-energy and informative workshop ready to tackle your organizing challenges!

To RSVP for this workshop, please email jessie.wolfrum@mysimpletouch.com with “RSVP for March 24” in the title block.

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