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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March 12, 2018

Is Your Stress Changing My Brain?

This connection is so intuitive that is should go without saying: but this is what science is for.

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

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.)

 

August 7, 2015

From The Twisp, WA FB Page – Of All Places:-)

DSCF2146 How Nature Changes The Brain

(Note: I could offer this picture as another example of how not to bend over, but that’s getting boring, even for me:-)

November 28, 2014

Stressed Out? Try this

Here is a Donna Eden (author of Energy Medicine) trick that will help. Here her daughter is showing you how to do it while standing on a street corner in New York, demonstrating that (obviously) you can do it pretty much any where any time.

Like most of the Energy work (Qi Gong, Tai Chi or otherwise), I didn’t feel much of anything at first, even though Donna says you should. (It took me three months of daily practice of the 5-Minute Energy Routine before I felt the slightest effect. Now it’s almost instantaneous!)

Anyway, in my case, I did the above “Oh my God” points thing and felt nothing. Then one day while lying on the couch watching TV, I propped up my hands in position and my finds where they go, and I just left them there. After a while (I don’t know how long, it was many minutes.) there was the BOOM BOOM BOOM of a pulse under my fingers. The left and right pulses were not in synch but I waited and eventually they synched up.

It was cool. Was I less stressed? I don’t remember being stressed. I did it for the happy chemicals:-)

July 13, 2014

Beautiful Clouds

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In the Tai Chi Hand Form, we start with Tai chi At Rest. This pose, or posture or Style as it’s called, is a standing meditation that can be held for an indefinite period. It’s the predatory, transitional time where we get centered, grounded and “mindful”. Held for longer periods the meditative effect accrues.

Of course few people take the opportunity to benefit from spending much time in this Style… We all move on the the rest of the Form – this is just the start. It is the start, the start to a magnificent journey. It’s also a place to stay. Here is a report of a recent study talking about the benefits of mindful meditation.

It’s funny, I looked on my own computer and searched Google for a photo of Tai Chi At Rest and didn’t find a single one… It’s a Style that is all about stillness, so… I guess it’s less photogenic. I will take care of that some time and Post it here later…

Incidentally this is the Posture that teaches alignment (standing up straight), breathing, relaxation and centering your mind (on your breath is a good place to start). Here you learn about neutral spine, the all important alignment that is essential in bending and lifting. (Read: It’s actually very very important!)

It is here that we first experience letting go of the unnecessary tensions in the body and appreciate what it FEELS like to really relax. And in our daily Tai chi practice it is all of this that attempt carry throughout the rest of the Form and all other aspects of our Tai chi work. No small feat!

Like every other little tiny aspect of Tai chi, you could write a book about just this Style.

In my own practice, and in an effect not to short change this Style, I take three breaths in this Style, with my eyes closed. Shifting to the Tai Chi Ready Style, we simply drop our hands down – as I do that I open my eyes.

Then it’s on to Tai Chi Beginning Style (you can see why those first two Styles are so easily over looked:-)

June 29, 2014

Relax Here

March 5, 2013

What I think of Meditation

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This arrived in a email the other day. It says a lot.

“We love meditation. It’s scientifically proven to be one of the most effective ways to optimize our lives–boosting our immune system while enhancing our ability to put our attention where we want, when we want. (Which is probably *the* most important skill we can develop!)
Here’s how Jonathan Haidt, author of The Happiness Hypothesis (free PhilosophersNote), puts it: “Suppose you read about a pill that you could take once a day to reduce anxiety and increase contentment, would you take it? Suppose further that the pill has a great variety of side effects, all of them good; increased self-esteem, empathy and trust–it even improves memory! The pill exists. It’s called meditation.””

I didn’t see who it came from because it didn’t matter…

(Oh, why didn’t it matter? Because I have been using the Centerpoint meditation CDs, nearly daily, for over seven years, and I am very happy with them.)

February 22, 2013

Who would have thought…

A patient came in the office the other day after being dizzy for 4 days. She said that she would try me and if Chiropractic didn’t work she would go the ordinary doctor – thinking that she might have an ear infection. She had slept on a relative’s couch and woke up with the dizziness (suspect physical causes of subluxation) and the visit to relatives was stressful (suspect emotional/mental causes of subluxation).

She was examined and had to be adjusted in several spots in the neck and mid back as well as the jaw (TMJ) on one or both sides, I don’t remember which.

Her dizziness was nearly gone when she went out the door and she said, “I can walk”. Then she said, “Who would have thought…” (As in who would have thought that all that trouble could result from something so simple, and be so easily resolved with a something so equally simple – Chiropractic.)

Well, I did. And now she does.

November 1, 2012

Another Way Of Looking At It

Yes! Magazine is one of the most popular in our office and easily the most important. This link is to an article that exemplifies their significance. And it relates to your back pain:-)

http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/its-your-body/the-hazards-of-manhood?utm_source=octnov12&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=mrHazardsManhood

July 30, 2012

The Mindfulness Wedge

Filed under: General Health & Wellness, Meditation, Tai Chi Chuan — Tags: , , , — doctordilday @ 2:30 pm

There is a split second between the Trigger (event) and the lizard brain (automatic) Reaction that often gets us into trouble – at least into some level of upset, if not worse.

Whether it’s the person who cuts us off in traffic, or the tone of a spouse’s voice when commenting on how you eat an apple, think about a wedge that you can put between that person cutting you off or your spouse’s comment, and your Reaction. It’s a very tiny split second so the wedge may have to have a very thin small end. (It’s a practice, so be patient with yourself.)

When you wedge that space open a bit what is there?

It’s a FEELING.

The feeling has meaning.

This is where the wedge of mindfulness can be inserted to (1) be with the feeling (mindfully), and (2) gradually explore the meaning. Meditation helps you do all of this as a natural part of the process – it’s essentially automatic. But you can do it consciously. I thought there was already a decent Post here somewhere about Mindfulness, but didn’t find it so far. Maybe I will add one later.

The point is that if the Triggers in your life generate automatic Reactions that are not resourceful for you, looking at the feelings and the meaning might help. You can only do that if there is space there and a little awareness. Use Mindfulness as a way to leverage the process so that you can (1) first experience the feeling without generating the automatic (dysfunctional) Reaction, and (2) get to the meaning, if you want to. (This becomes all about making your response a real CHOICE.)

I shared an example of this process and it’s evolution in this earlier post about practicing my Sabre Form at the Park one time. It’s titled “Work To Do.

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