Hey! I hope you're having a great day! This week I've been thinking about a topic that I find fascinating and that I am reading more and more about as the years go on. It is the mind-body connection. It's easy to see the connection between the mind and the body by simply analyzing the reactions we have to certain mental/emotional states. Take fear for instance. When you are truly afraid, the first thing you may notice is that your heart rate increases similar to going through a...Read more
Which of These People is More Like You?
Hey! I hope you're having a great day! This past week was interesting because I had a few more opportunities than usual to share stories with people about things I've been through, been able to overcome and been able to accomplish. I was around a number of people who needed to hear an encouraging story and it was nice to revisit a few memories that I don't often think about unless I'm in that type of situation.
Often times when I do this I get reminded of...Read more
FDA Releases New Warning on Anti-Inflammatories
Hey! I hope you're having a great day! This was my first week back after an awesome vacation with my family to the Blue Ridge Mountains in Georgia where we got to enjoy a beautiful mountain view cabin, do some hiking, see some waterfalls, go white water rafting and enjoy some good quality time together. The trip did have one blip though... Prior to checking in to our cabin, we spent two days in Atlanta and on the second day while playing basketball I took a hard fall...Read more
Do Those Compression Garments on TV Really Work?
Hey! I hope you're having a great day! According to a multi year Mayo Clinic study, right now 57.5% of doctor visits in America are made in part because of a musculoskeletal problem, making it the most common health ailment in America. This is why you will see on TV many commercials for products touted as being a "magic bullet" solution for these problems. The newest series of them features active and retired professional athletes touting the benefits of compression sleeves like Copper Fit and others. When I...Read more
Are You Proactive or Reactive?
Hey! I hope you're having a great day! In the late 1980's a groundbreaking personal development book called "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" was published by Dr. Stephen Covey. When it was released, I'm sure that no one including Covey could have predicted the massive success and influence it would have. In addition to selling millions of books, it catapulted Covey into a position of influence that was truly astounding. He was named one of the top 25 most influential Americans and his book was...Read more
Squatting For Better Health?
Hey! I hope your day is going well! When you read that subject line, you may have thought that I was writing about a type of exercise but actually it's something a bit more intimate. So here's what prompted me to write this... Friday nights I often watch the show Shark Tank on ABC where entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to potential investors (the sharks) in the hopes of making a deal. In addition to some good entertainment and some interesting dialogue, every once in a while you see someone...Read more
An Essential Key to Remaining Flexible
Hey! I hope you're having a great day! When we hear the word "flexible" it's not uncommon to think of people that almost seem to be made of rubber. I'm sure you've seen circus performers bending their bodies into pretzel shapes or gymnasts doing splits or small children putting their legs behind their heads like its nothing. Although most of us would never aspire to move that way, most of us eventually get to a point where we realize that improving or maintaining flexibility is important. As...Read more
A Surprising Exercise That Will Protect Your Lower Back
Hey! I hope you're having a great day. Lately I've been doing a lot of studying and work on the computer in my "down time" and it has increased my sitting time which has been increasing the stress on my lower back. As someone who has battled lower back problems (and thankfully is currently winning) I know personally the importance of taking the proper precautions to ensure my lower back is well protected from the stresses of life. Protecting the lower back is...Read more
Fighting For Our Independence In 2015?
Hey! Happy belated (American) Independence Day! If you celebrated the 4th of July yesterday, I hope you had a good time. We set off some fireworks at our house and put on a nice show for our neighbors. It was a lot of fun. When I think of independence its hard for me to fully wrap my mind around the gift we have in it on a national level. I was never in the military and I certainly was not alive during times of national oppression. Like...Read more
Can What’s In Your Medicine Cabinet Be Harming Your Health? Here’s How To Find Out
Hey! I hope your day is going well! It's a familiar scene. I'm sitting down with a new client and beginning to explain to them all the musculoskeletal problems I've discovered during my comprehensive evaluation. I explain to them how these problems contributed to the issue they came in to seek my help about and I explain to them how we are going to work to solve those problems. During this time, I also explain the other factors that are likely contributing to their problems. These may be dietary,...Read more