Sunday, February 21, 2010

Dangerous Posture

Do you know the most common presentation of an injured spine? It is called Forward Head Posture (FHP).

It is where the weight of the skull is in front of the balance points in the neck, back, or pelvis. It causes serious compromise to your health.

According to research from University of Southern California it causes gut problems, lung problems, pain sensitivity problems, and overall poor spine function.

Shealy Institute says posture regulates EVERY physical and mental function of the body including; pulse, blood pressure, breathing, and mood.

The thing people seem to have a hard time with is that FHP can cause little pain until it is really advanced.

Most patients presenting in my office have over an inch of FHP and some have had over 3 inches. That is severe and is obviously much more difficult to work with.

The secret to optimum health is to stay proactive. And remember, everything of value takes maintenance- your house, your car, and your body.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Treated Like You Are Already Dead

So here is the challenge: adjustments restore function and are profoundly important for proper neurological balance but adjustments alone can’t change the structure of the spine.

Muscles react, under nerve-controlled reflexes, to applied forces. Adjusting a vertebra back into alignment and expecting it to stay (like most chiropractors) works great if the patient is already dead. No Reflexes!

Every living patient takes rehabilitation to change the structure of the spine. Our rehabilitation works with the muscle reflexes instead of against them. This allows you results that adjustments alone can't get.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Healthy Eating or Dieting?

Have you ever noticed that some people are always on a diet. They are either just finishing one, sufering through one, or just finishing one.

The problem is that diets are meant to be short term. But, eating is something we will do for the rest of our lives.

So ask yourself this- do you want to diet off and on with your weight going up and down like a yo-yo? Or would you rather learn how to eat to gain strength, vitality, and youth? The difference is the way we think about and perceive eating.

Instead of thinking about not getting to eat sugar and foods (I use that word lightly) that are like poison in our system- think about what you do get. You get to eat foods that taste good AND deliver strength and energy.

When the decision to eat better happens the changes become life-long because you are not on a diet. You simply eat better.

You will probably lose inches. But more importantly you will have a better quality of life with stregth, energy, and a youthful feel. That is worth it.