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Tuesday, 31 December 2013 22:09

A New Year, A New You??!?

When a new year comes, there are two types of people. There are those that like to set New Year’s Resolutions and those that hate the whole concept. I have lived in both camps. Some years I have had a long list of things I plan to change, only to be discouraged when I stumble across that same list in February (in the bottom of a drawer) and see that I have missed the boat entirely. Other years I don’t plan anything concrete. Whether or not goal setting is something you plan on doing when the calendar changes, we all enjoy a fresh start.   There is a saying that motivates me to set goals in my life. It states simply, “If you aim at nothing,…
Saturday, 30 November 2013 03:34

Embrace the Seasons

As the final leaves are collected and the temperature declines, we see the season of autumn give way to the approaching winter. For some this is great news- avid winter sports enthusiasts have been eagerly awaiting that first snow. For others, this may feel like bad news. They already feel the chill and dread the change of season. We also have seasons in our life. There are periods where family or career obligations consume much more of our time than at other stages in our life. When our children are small, we think we will never enjoy a “grown up” night out again- that our conversation is doomed to revolve around potty training and Sesame Street. When they are teenagers, life becomes filled with chauffeuring…
Tuesday, 29 October 2013 19:21

OUCH! Doctor, Make This Pain Go Away!

I can't tell you how many times I have heard a variation of this request in my 24 years of practice. And I get it, we don't like pain. It is unpleasant, and when we are feeling it we want to get away from it. My question to a request like this is usually, "Why?" The answer seems obvious, because pain hurts. However, if we don't try to learn the lesson that the pain is bringing us, then we are doomed to keep revisiting the same patterns and challenges, and having it return in an attempt to get our attention. Pain is not a bad thing, it exists to show us when something is wrong. Pain exists to get us to pay attention and make…
Friday, 11 October 2013 16:04

The Healing Power of Gratitude

As a nation, we have dedicated a weekend holiday to focus on thanksgiving. While we will all enjoy the long weekend, we may be too busy cooking turkey or visiting relatives or just relaxing to have much time to actually reflect on gratitude. Being grateful has significant benefit to our health and well-being. As previously discussed, stress bombards our lives today and is associated with up to 90% of doctor visits. The thing about stress is that it is not really related to what is going on in our lives, but more how we perceive what is going on.   While we can’t usually control what happens around us, we have some measure of control over our reaction. By seeing everything in our life as a…
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 14:36

Do What You Love!

Someone wise once said,   “If you chose a job you love, you will never work a day in your life!”   Not all of us get the opportunity to work in jobs that we would consider “our passion”. Even if it is a job you enjoy, the repetitive nature of work can make it feel like a burden at times. It is important to make time to do something you love. Of course, I am writing this as the summer is winding down and it may be too late to book your dream vacation. However, getting regular time to do something you enjoy is key to a healthy life at any time in the year!   In researching depression and anxiety, one “tip” that stuck…
Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:19

Posture at your Computer

Chances are you are reading this article on some form of computer- a desk top, a lap top or a tablet.  Let me ask you something:  What position are you sitting in RIGHT NOW?  How long have you been sitting in this position?  How is your breathing?  Are you taking deep breaths or shallow breaths at the moment?  If you spend significant amounts of time at your computer, the cumulative postural stress will begin to have adverse effects on your health before you realize it.     Here are some tips for sitting at your computer:   1.  Optimize your position while you are there as much as possible.  Have your monitor at eye level and directly in front of you.  Have your keyboard at a height  that your…
Saturday, 27 July 2013 17:39

Stress Physiology

It is okay to visit, but it’s a very bad place to live!  Most of us have heard of "fight or flight" syndrome. This is where we are confronted with danger and our body goes into defense against the oncoming disaster. There are changes that take place in our body when this occurs. These changes are helpful in marshalling our forces against the new threat. Our digestion changes, our heart rate speeds up, the lower part of our brain gets more blood flow, allowing us to react to the danger. The problem is, this is meant to be a temporary situation to respond to an imminent threat. We are not designed to live our lives in this manner! Yet in our modern society, work and…
Saturday, 20 July 2013 00:00

Posture

What does your posture say about you? How is it affecting how others perceive you,  your own emotions,  and your health? It is not just because I am a chiropractor that I am interested in posture. We have history, posture and I.   I spent some time in my teenage years perfecting a sullen, insecure posture that became a habit. My wife suggested I include of picture of me at that time as part of this article. This was not done because (a) the 70s hairstyle would have been much too distracting, and (b) all the really horrible pictures of this era have been mercifully destroyed. However, to this day, my natural "go to" posture involves my head being forward and my shoulders being rounded. The…
Thursday, 11 July 2013 02:55

Meet the Doctor

I thought, as I start a blog with our new website that includes an “article of the week”, I should begin by letting you know about me, the doctor. Why did I get into chiropractic in the first place, and how did I start doing this wacky thing called Network? When I was in high school, I needed a chiropractor for recurrent episodes of low back pain. My father had been going for years, and I thought I should try it out. I was impressed by the thorough exam and the holistic approach to health. There were no drugs involved, and I felt better so quickly! I felt like I was getting to the cause of what was wrong instead of treating the symptoms. I…
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