Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

July 13, 2018

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

Yeah, just 15 minutes of exercise…

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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.

July 5, 2018

How To Decrease Your Gray Matter

Summary: Researchers report metabolite profiles alter in young people who consume alcohol at socially acceptable levels. Additionally, researchers found reduced gray matter volume in young women who are heavy drinkers.

Source: University of Eastern Finland.

 

Here, on this Blog, I have talked about ways of increasing gray matter (the brain), but it may be useful to know ways that gray matter is negatively effected: heavy drinking qualifies.

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 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.

June 6, 2018

For Tai Chi Students: Applications from the Hand Form (Torben)

May 23, 2018

New Research: You Should Be Doing Tai Chi

Or, at least, I think that what it is really trying to say:-)

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.

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