Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Simple vs. Easy


Often we get these two terms confused, assuming that they mean the same thing. They are far, far from it! Let me explain what I mean using golf.

Whether you play golf or not, you have to admit, it’s a simple game. Notice I didn’t say it’s an EASY game. What’s the difference?

Think about the game of golf for a second. You are trying to hit a small white ball into a hole with a fancy metal club. Who ever gets it in with the fewest amount of hits wins. Doesn’t get much simpler than that! It is not hard to understand how golf works because it is simple.

With that being said, it is FAR from easy. Many people spend their entire lives trying to perfect their game and spend thousands of dollars on coaches, equipment, and anything else that will give them a leg up.

Golf is a fun (and for me, terribly frustrating) game but I use it only as an illustration. You see, many things in life are simple and we assume that since they are simple then they must be easy as well and that is simply not the case. Marriage is simple, not easy. Success is simple, not easy. Parenting is simple, not easy. Rocket science is not simple and not easy (just wanted to see if you were still paying attention.)

Health is much the same. By keeping your spine aligned properly and making sure your nervous system is free from interference your entire body can function the way it is supposed to. It’s simple, but not always easy. Sometimes it’s hard to remember to get your adjustment when you’re feeling so good. It can take commitment but man, is it worth it! Most people find success when they commit to doing common things with an uncommon consistency. Good luck!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Healthy For The Holidays!



Ok, here are some of the most up to date tips to stay healthy for the holidays. To be healthy you have to make healthy choices and do things that everyone else is not. Healthy is a choice, and a little planning, but it is well worth it. Your health is your biggest asset. Here’s to an amazing holiday season…

Don’t Get Sick!

One of the reasons sickness, as well as all other diseases, rise during the holiday season is due to poor lifestyle choices. These poor choices are in the areas of, not getting adjusted, poor nutrition, allowing stress to run rampant, failing to exercise, etc.

Eliminating sickness and disease by increasing and maximizing your health and functioning of every cell, organ, and tissue of the body. Studies have shown that those under Chiropractic care had an Immune System 200% stronger than those who did not receive care, and 400% stronger immune systems than Cancer patients!

Exercise

… at least 20 minutes per day, 3-4 times per week.
… try Interval training classes (sometimes called “Burst” or “Surge” training) burn more calories than regular aerobic exercise.
… releases endorphins so you will feel better and not eat as much.
… increases your metabolism so you store less fat.
… detoxifies your body through sweating.
… increases your body temperature to help destroy viruses and bacteria.

“Damage Control”

Remember to watch your “Acid/Alkaline Balance”. The more acidic your diet is (Man-made foods, Processed foods, sugars) the more likely bacteria, virus, fungi, cancer, inflammation, and disease will spread and develop.
Try to eat your normal meals the day of the holiday. If you can, consume a high fiber drink to give you feeling of fullness so you do not eat as much and also help “prep“ the body to digest and get rid of the bad/processed foods. Also try to eat your proteins first, then veggies, then carbs/desserts.

Chiropractic!

It is more important during the holidays to get your adjustments than ever. It decreases stress, increases your immune system, and focuses your mind. So if you have to miss an appointment for any reason make sure that you make it up!

Last But Not Least… Have Fun!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Importance of Physical Activity!

Regular activity, fitness and exercise, are critical for the health and well being of people of all ages. Research shows that everyone, young or old can benefit from regular exercise, either vigorous or moderate. Even very old adults can improve mobility and function through physical activity. It should be a priority for everyone.

Millions of people suffer from chronic illnesses, which can significantly improve through activity. Exercise reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, and high blood pressure. People who are active outlive those who are inactive. Despite the well-known benefits, most adults and children lead relatively sedentary lifestyles. They are not active enough.

A sedentary lifestyle is defined as engaging in no leisure-time physical activity (exercises, sports, physically active hobbies) in a two-week period. Typically, a lot of older people lead sedentary lifestyles. More than one-third of young people in grades 9-12 do not exercise regularly. The cost to the medical establishment is in the billions for treatments of diseases, which could be lessened with exercise.

Physical activity maintains muscle strength, joint structure, joint functioning and bone health. Exercise has an effect on mental health as well, especially among young people. It increases the capacity for learning, increases self esteem and reduces anxiety and stress. Sports can introduce skills such as teamwork, self-discipline, sportsmanship, leadership and socialization.

Obesity has become a nationwide epidemic. Regular activity, along with a nutritious diet, that incorporates portion control is the key to maintaining a healthy weight. Everyone must realize the benefits of physical activity for the mind and body. Then commit to a lifestyle that is active for the whole family.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

How To Get Motivated!

The definition of motivation is the most misunderstood definition because of what the word implies in so many other arenas. If someone is tired, they may say they’re not motivated. If someone feels depressed, they may blame their lack of motivation. If someone is lazy they may indicate it’s because they don’t have any interest in the particular endeavor and their motivation is gone.All of these explanations have some element of truth, however, true motivation comes from a deliberate, concise, request for motivation by the individual.

How to get it? It must be deliberately sought after through specific action. Motivation towards any endeavor is not natural, although it may appear so at first due to someone’s interest or desire for the short term benefit of something.

Motivation can be generated at will by anyone towards any endeavor…it’s all about taking action!

Some people think motivation is an inner drive or feeling. They think it’s something that gets sparked by one of the five senses. If they see something they like and they want it, they may think that motivation is what causes them to get it or “act” on it. This is not true. That’s not motivation, that’s impulse or desire.

These people would define motivation as a desire that causes you to act. This is wrong. Real motivation is an act that causes a desire or drive! This is what makes motivation such a valuable tool in sales. If you take action, you’ll become motivated!

What’s been stopping you from pursuing Chiropractic? Motivation? Then take action! Simply call our office at 303-463-0722 for a free consultation.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Arthritis Patients Turn to Chiropractic

Have your joints ever hurt? Do you know the weather is going to change before the weatherman does?

Inflammation of the joints from arthritis is characterized by joint stiffness, swelling, redness, and warmth. Tenderness of the inflamed joint can be present with loss of range of motion and eventually deformity can also result. Certain forms of arthritis can also be associated with pain and inflammation of the tendons surrounding your joints.

Millions of people suffer daily with pain and disability from arthritis or its complications. Moreover, many of the forms of arthritis, because they are rheumatic diseases, can also cause symptoms affecting various organs of the body that do not directly involve the joints.

Therefore, symptoms in some patients with certain forms of arthritis can also include fever, gland swelling, weight loss, fatigue, feeling unwell, and even symptoms from abnormalities of organs such as the lungs, heart, or kidneys.

The Annals of Internal Medicine published the results of a survey of 232 people who had arthritis and were under a rheumatologists care. Of those responding to the survey 63% were using some form of "complementary care" as named by the study.

Of those people that responded, 31% were using chiropractic.

These numbers may themselves be grossly under reported as only 45% of the patients told their doctor about using the other forms of care. Unfortunately, a lot of patients never tell their medical physician that they are using a Doctor of Chiropractic for their complaint.

These reported numbers translate to over 19% of the public who are seeing a rheumatologist and also a chiropractor at the same time.

Possibly the most impressive statistic was that 73% of those trying chiropractic found it helpful. The reasons given why people said they tried the non-medical care was to ‘control pain’, because they “heard it helps”, “because it is safe”, “because it helped someone they know”, and “because their prescription medication wasn't working”.

Chiropractic care is great for PAIN CONTROL, but don’t forget… it helps every cell, tissue, and organ in your body.

Chiropractic has been around for 100 years and it’s here to stay. If you are seeing a chiropractor, you are doing yourself a great service by getting regular chiropractic care and I commend you on that decision. If you’re not seeing a chiropractor… What are you waiting for?