Breathing is an essential function for life; if you stop breathing for long enough, you stop living. Yet, not only is breathing important, but your method or manner of breathing is crucial too. In many country’s health practices, breath training is an integral element; such as in Ayurveda, Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, and most martial arts. However, in the United States, we don’t really think or talk much about it. Certainly no one teaches us “how” to breathe (unless they are trained in and/or teaching one of these practices). When patients come to see me, especially with lower back pain, I often train them in Diaphragmatic Breathing as a preparation to training their abdominal muscles (the main stabilizers of the upper body). So, why is breathing (or more specifically, how we breathe) so important? … More Just Breathe…
Over the years, chiropractors have worked hard to educate the medical community and the public about what we do and the health benefits of chiropractic care. Recently, there have been research findings to backup the anecdotal evidence, including quite a few studies showing the efficacy of chiropractic care for treating low back pain specifically.
Today, many health care practitioners (including MDs) recognize chiropractic care as doing something beneficial, at least when it come to musculoskeletal pain (low back pain in particular). If you are still on the fence (or perhaps way out in the woods) about chiropractic, an article published in Medical News Today earlier this month might be able to sway you. … More What IS the Truth About Chiropractic?
Yesterday I had the opportunity to give a short presentation to some of the youth from our church. These young men meet together one evening a week to learn, serve, and have fun together. The topic of the meeting last night was running. While I am not a “runner”, I do enjoy running and have long appreciated to health benefits of running. Lately, as I have been noticing my middle increasing in diameter, I have been telling myself that I need to start running on a regular basis. I think that giving this presentation was just the motivation I’ve been needing to get started. … More Run for Your Life!
Today I answered a question on the site Top Doc that I though you might find interesting. The person had the question: I have a dull pain in my lower back. How can I treat it?
They further said: “I have been doing zumba lately and I’ve also noticed a pain in my lower back. I’m suspecting it’s due to sudden activity while being overweight. What can I do to protect myself?”
My response was as follows: One of the most important things you can learn to do is to listen to your body. … More I have lower back pain
This week I will be following up on my post from November on Adrenal Fatigue, as well as connecting to my post from September about Sleep. If you are like me, stress, fatigue, and poor sleep are a daily fact that you are trying to ignore. However, understanding what is contributing to these issues may enable us to better manage and reduce the effects of this chronic problem. All of us have stressors, but each person deals with and reacts to stress differently. Also, insomnia can include the inability to fall asleep, the inability to stay asleep, or even difficulty getting into a deep sleep cycle. And both of these can contribute to feeling of fatigue, malaise, and depression. … More Wired and Tired?
I have long heard about the benefits of Ginseng for improving something, but I can’t remember what it was… Ha, ha, ha! Just a little memory joke there! Ginseng has been long admired for many health benefits, including boosting your memory. This article from Designs for Health has some fascinating information about research into a specific type of Ginseng (American Ginseng) and it’s potential for improving cognitive function. This is especially interesting in light of the fact that… … More Brain Health and Ginseng
Last week, I shared info on some great acupressure points on the ear. I told you how I had started to feel a little congested and the sinus and throat point opened me up. Well, unfortunately, it wasn’t enough and a full-on cold virus infection ensued. Sometimes doctors take the worst care of themselves and I’ve just been dealing with the symptoms of this infection and not doing anything about it. When I read this excellent article this morning from Forbes Middle East, it reminded me of how important it is for me to get adjusted regularly … More ’tis the season to be “snotty”