We Chiros deal with the spine. It’s our bread and butter. The spine is composed of 33 bones called vertebrae. SO you can imagine that we’re pretty invested in bone health. Most people reach peak bone mass by age 30, and after that you’re losing more than you gain. By age 40, you’re losing bone mass. Which means, the younger you are the more time you have to set yourself up for success. While we all eventually lose bone mass, the more you accumulate, when young, the better protected you are against osteoporosis and fractures.
Here’s a fact: wellness does not just mean you’re physically healthy. You know how when someone says “how are you?” you don’t reply “I’m in shape!”? What do you say instead? Probably “I’m great/good/fine”, or… “I’m well.” Because wellness, and BEING well is about more than just your cardiovascular health and your waistline.
Mindfulness and meditation are not synonymous.
Surprise! Mindfulness is defined as “the mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and body sensations” by the Oxford Dictionary.
Meditation, on the other hand, is defined as “Thinking deeply or focusing one’s mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation.”
Let’s get right to the point today: there are SO many myths about the chiropractic field. I love my profession, but I don’t love the lack of education and the bad rep it can sometimes get. There are several myths, but these are three that just need to be addressed.
The spread of misinformation that has occurred actively contributes to preventing people who could benefit greatly from chiropractic care from getting the help they need and instead turning towards medication, drugs or surgery (treating the symptom not the problem) or staying in pain. So, let’s get into busting these myths.
Through the years we’ve met with a lot of patients, with a lot of different reasons for coming in to see us. However, over time some patterns have definitely stood out and led us to identifying the top five most common reasons for patients coming in. So why share this?
We love our patients, and we love treating them. However, ultimately we want you to be informed, and not in pain. Some things are preventable, some are not. For the preventable, we want you to know what to do (or what not to do) so that it doesn’t happen to you. For the unpreventable-because let’s face it, sometimes life just happens-we at least want you to know that we’re here for you.
Spring cleaning season is upon us! Do you know what this means? It’s the season of moving, helping friends move, rearranging your living room on a whim, throwing out the clutter in your life, and introducing new clutter (I’m just being honest…did you really need that new pair of shoes?). HOWEVER, just because it’s the season of “out with the old, in with the new” doesn’t mean you get to just throw out your health and forget all those healthy habits you try to stick to the rest of the year.
One of the most common reasons we see patients are sports injuries, including weightlifting. Spring cleaning can be similar to this and other sports because it often involves heavy things being lifted and moved, which often leads to injuries, and leads YOU into our office! This certainly does not have to be the case (the injuries part, we can’t do much about the rest). Lifting things properly is easy if you remember a few key components.
Have you ever had an experience with a medical professional that made you seriously question if they actually went to medical school? I have, and it’s scary to say the least! There are also the ones that make you feel like a hamburger someone just ordered in the McDonald’s drive through; slapped together between two previously frozen and extremely standardized buns and out the window (or door, in your case, hopefully).
Simply having a degree and complying with the laws of the profession required to practice does not make a medical professional truly good at what they do. Us chiropractors are no exception.
They say to write what you know, so I want to tell you 5 things that separate a good chiropractor, from an average, or even bad one. However, I’d like to think these things apply to most medical professionals, and can help you evaluate most of your medical visits, and whether or not it’s a place you’d like to go back to! These are things a good chiropractor will always do.
Spring cleaning is all about getting rid of the gunk in your life…the unneeded and unused, the things that are cluttering your life and maybe even taking away from it. It’s about cleaning those hard to reach spots and often neglected areas. In a way, it’s about how the seemingly insignificant actually is significant, because when it’s gone/clean/taken care of you feel so much better.
If your body is your temple…well, then your temple needs some spring cleaning. This season, let’s look into the tiny seemingly insignificant things that may be building up, and what you can do instead.
Here are just some of the things you can do to spring clean your wellness this season:
Have you ever made up your mind to lose 20 pounds/go to the gym five times a week/some other ambitious goal and totally failed? We’ve all been there (unfortunately).
I’m here to tell you a secret: it doesn’t have to be this way, and it isn’t you that’s failing, it’s the way you’re going about setting your goals; your system is flawed.