A little more in depth with Dr. Rob

dr-rob If you have been in the office at all this year, you have met our new doctor.  Dr. Rob! We wanted to expand on what his expertise specializes in so that patients can benefit from his knowledge.

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Choosing a career in healthcare was easy for me. I grew up in a family where my father was a Chiropractor and my mother a registered nurse. After seeing firsthand the profound impact they made on so many peoples lives, I knew I wanted to do the same. I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. A Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees from National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Illinois.  I have certifications in Acupuncture, Cox Flexion-Distraction and Nimmo Tonus Receptor techniques. My postgraduate training includes orthopedics, rehabilitation, postural correction, kinesio-taping, gait analysis, whiplash, rehabilitation and nutrition.

You may ask what I look at in regards to posture, gait and how I look to fix these if I find issues.

I will look at your posture from head to toe to check for imbalances that may be affecting how you sit, stand, and move.  These abnormalities can lead to not only pain but also a decrease in your body's ability to perform daily activities at work, home, and on the sporting field.

I also analyze your gait which is how you walk and run.  I'm looking at patterns when your feet strike the ground both at rest and in motion for improper movement of your lower extremities and how this may affect or be affected by the corresponding musculature.  This includes your feet, ankles , knees and hips.  Based on your results we recommend exercises and stretches to correct your posture, stretch your tight muscles and strengthen your posture, stretch your tight muscles and strengthen your weakened muscles in order to improve your body's function and stability.

Kinesio-taping is a complimentary technique that aids the body's ability to move through the application of a specialized tape to improperly functioning muscles.  This tape supports muscles and joints while allowing full range of motion.  It decreases pain, reduces inflammation and provides a stimulus that improves body awareness.  Just a few of the things that Kinesio-taping can be used for are plantar fasciitis, rotator cuff, tennis elbow, knee pain and shin splints.

I have owned and operated a family based chiropractic office in Chicago, Illinois for over the last 20 years. I just recently moved into Peachtree City, Georgia and proud to say that I have joined Healthy Life Chiropractic in Newnan. When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family, especially coaching my two son’s sports teams.

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Why is Pediatric Chiropractic so important?

We all have this thing called a nervous system and it is becoming increasingly important for us to find ways to take care of our nervous system because wordly pleasures definitely don't help us... From preservatives in foods, lack of sleep, stress, and physical activity, our bodies take a beating! While it is important for adults to maintain chiropractic care, it is EXTREMELY important that children are introduced to Chiropractic care as early as day 1 and continue chiropractic care throughout their lifetime. During infancy and childhood, there is rapid growth and development of the spine and nervous system which is why this is so important. As you know, your spine is what protects your spinal cord from damage- your spinal cord consists of millions of nerves and fibers that run from your brain down your entire spine and is responsible for sending your entire body information. It is basically how your brain communicates with the rest of your body. Subluxations, or misalignments, in the spine can lead to communication interference causing an array of issues. This is a big deal when we are talking about the growing and developing bodies of infants and children. Some benefits of Pediactric Chiropractic include: sleep issues, colic, earaches, acid reflux, asthma, allergies, ADD/ADHD, and behaviors such as wetting the bed. Infants and children are very resilient and tend to respond to chiropractic care rather quickly. Even if your child is not presenting with any symptoms, it is still important to get your child adjusted as a preventative measure against future issues that could arise. On top of all these wonderful benefits, Chiropractic is very effective for aiding in immune system health! So what are you waiting for??

Forgiveness and Fear

wellness In our every day life you come across times that you are afraid and can not get past it and when you have been hurt by someone so dearly that you think it's impossible to forgive them.  Fear and Forgiveness can prevent us from healing, moving on and makes the most out of the life we have been given.

Here are some strategies from Dr. Dawn Cadwallader on her blog from 2013 -

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Random Thoughts From My Monkey Mind

Through the past few years of personal growth, I have developed different strategies to overcome what may be considered two of the biggest obstacles that keep us from having what we want in life. Forgiveness and fear have both paralyzed me at times and through trial and error I have developed a few ways to get beyond them and work to become a better person.

Forgiveness of others and of oneself can be difficult. At times, choosing to be a victim is one that we make. Lack of forgiveness allows those who have wronged us to maintain power over our emotions. Forgiveness can be so freeing and allow us to move beyond pain and grow as individuals.

Fear can stop us dead in our tracks and keep us from making decisions, finding happiness, and letting go of past challenges. By removing fears, we can allow ourselves the freedom to experience all that there is in life.

Both techniques in removing fear and giving forgiveness are considered “pattern interrupts.” A pattern interrupt is a way to change a person’s present state. We all have behavior patterns that are habits. Pattern can be interrupted easily by any unexpected or sudden movement or response.

These tools may help you:

Forgiveness: The moment you feel that someone has wronged you, your feelings are hurt, or even when you are embarrassed over your own actions or behaviors, immediately recognize the feeling….STOP! Say out loud, “I forgive you.”

Whether it be forgiveness for someone else or of yourself, merely by stopping the pattern of giving into feelings of anger, hatred, sadness, resentment, or shame, one can much more easily let go of the pain. Even if you don’t immediately feel the forgiveness, saying it out loud makes it “real” and allows for the heart to heal.

Fear: The biggest struggle many people have with fear is the immediate response they have when bad or unexpected things happen to them that may not be what was desired. Fear can send individuals into a downward spiral and then it seems as though more and more negative things come to them.

You can learn to recognize that pit-in-the-stomach feeling when you are anxious or scared and….STOP! Hold your arms out wide, lift your head up, look to the sky, and say, “Thank you, Universe! I am grateful and open myself up to learn the valuable lesson you have to teach me from this.”

Whether or not you actually feel gratitude for the bad event is irrelevant. What matters is that you are interrupting the pattern of your past habits of allowing overwhelming fear to control your life.

You will find that the more you practice both of these, the easier they become and the faster you can bounce back from life’s bumpy road.

Chiropractic care for pain relief

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From Harvard Health Publication, Harvard Medical School - http://www.health.harvard.edu/pain/chiropractic-care-for-pain-relief

Spinal manipulation primary therapy, but treatment options are expanding

Chiropractic is a health care system that holds that the structure of the body, particularly the spine, affects the function of every part of the body. Chiropractors try to correct the body's alignment to relieve pain and improve function and to help the body heal itself.

chiropractic care for pain reliefWhile the mainstay of chiropractic is spinal manipulation, chiropractic care now includes a wide variety of other treatments, including manual or manipulative therapies, postural and exercise education, ergonomic training (how to walk, sit, and stand to limit back strain), nutritional consultation, and even ultrasound and laser therapies. In addition, chiropractors today often work in conjunction with primary care doctors, pain experts, and surgeons to treat patients with pain.

Most research on chiropractic has focused on spinal manipulation for back pain. Chiropractic treatment for many other problems—including other musculoskeletal pain, headaches, asthma, carpal tunnel syndrome, and fibromyalgia—has also been studied. A recent review concluded that chiropractic spinal manipulation may be helpful for back pain, migraine, neck pain, and whiplash.

There have been reports of serious complications, including stroke, following spinal manipulation of the neck, although this is very rare and some studies suggest this may not be directly caused by the treatment.

"Spinal manipulation" is a generic term used for any kind of therapeutic movement of the spine, but used more precisely it is the application of quick but strong pressure on a joint between two vertebrae of the spine. That pressure twists or rotates the joint beyond its normal range of motion and causes a sharp cracking noise. That distinctive noise is believed to be caused by the breaking of a vacuum or the release of a bubble into the synovial fluid, the clear, thick fluid that lubricates the spinal and other joints. Spinal manipulation can be done either directly by pushing on the vertebrae or indirectly by twisting the neck or upper part of the body. It should be done to only one spinal joint at a time. Chiropractors and other practitioners accomplish this by positioning the body so the force they exert is focused on one joint while parts of the spine above and below it are held very still. Most spinal manipulation treatments take somewhere between 10 and 20 minutes and are scheduled two or three times a week initially. Look for improvements in your symptoms after a couple of weeks.

In addition, a chiropractor may advise you about changing your biomechanics and posture and suggest other treatments and techniques. The ultimate goal of chiropractic is to help relieve pain and help patients better manage their condition at home.

Updated: March 18, 2016

Originally published: February 2015

Standard Process 21 day Cleanse

For the month of January, Healthy Life Chiropractic has the Standard Process 21-day Purification Cleanse 30% off.  But you may ask, what is it? How does it work? What do I have to do?

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Change your habits. Change your life. Standard Process 21-Day Purification Program

Discover a new way of eating and living: purification.

Learn how easy and enjoyable it is to make healthy choices. With the 21-day purification program, you can turn those choices into habits and turn those habits into meaningful, healthy change.

The average American diet is loaded with added and hidden sugars, unhealthy trans fats, and highly processed foods that are nutritionally void.

The good news is, you can do something about it.

This Standard Process Purification Program supports the whole body’s natural toxin-metabolism processes. Patients who have finished the purification program found:*

  • Increased energy and vitality
  • Better digestion
  • Less bloating
  • Improved weight management
  • Clearer skin
  • Shinier hair
  • Better sleep
  • Clearer thinking
  • Better management of challenges related to natural toxin load in the body

How does purification work?

The 21-day Standard Process Purification Program isn’t just a cleanse diet. It’s a structured program that brings healthy lifestyle habits into focus.

It’s designed to purify, nourish, and help with weight maintenance by eating whole foods, exercising regularly, drinking nutritious shakes, and taking supplements made with whole food and other ingredients.

The menu includes a varied abundance of fresh vegetables and fruits for the first 10 days, with select proteins added on day 11. The supplements support the body’s ability to remove naturally occurring toxins. This promotes a state that allows for toxin release.

Each kit contains:

  • One bottle of SP Cleanse® capsules for purification
  • One bottle of SP Green Food® capsules for phytonutrients
  • Two containers of SP Complete®, SP Complete® Chocolate, SP Complete® Vanilla, or SP Complete® Dairy Free powder for nutritious supplement shakes
  • Two bottles of Gastro-Fiber® capsules or Whole Food Fiber powder for fiber support

Call or stop by the office to get all the details about the program and how it can help you!

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Meet our new Massage Therapist!

deep-tissue-massage We are happy to introduce a new Massage Therapist - Ryan, who starts working for Healthy Life Chiropractic Today, January 11, 2017.

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Originally from Chicago, Ryan has lived in the Atlanta area since 2003, just recently relocating to Newnan.  He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, working out, and is an avid movie watcher.  Ryan realized his love for massage therapy in 2014 and enrolled at the Atlanta School of Massage, graduating and passing his licensing exam in 2016.  His passion lies in helping others heal through massage and enhancing overall health.  He creates a massage that suits the specific need, individually tailored to provide his client with a thorough, soothing, and effective massage.  Ryan's positive energy and compassionate touch bring comfort and warmth to his specialties in Swedish, Deep tissue, Chair Massage, and Reflexology.

Ask about scheduling an appointment with Ryan the next time you are in the office.

 

New Year’s Tolerations

woman-happy It's the new year and all of the resolutions are thick.  Here is a great perspective on how to tackle yours this year instead of setting yourself up for failure like most people do.

This is from Dr. Dawn Cadwallader on her blog from 2014 -

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Random Thoughts From My Monkey Mind

Not a fan of New Year’s Resolutions, I spend time setting my goals by October 1st each year. It has been proven that it takes 90 days to become clear on what you want in life. This year, as with every other, come January 1st, I hear of people’s resolutions and I cringe. Their words are full of things they want to stop doing and “get rid of.” So, this year, I decided to make a list of my New Year’s Tolerations. Instead of saying what I DON’T want for 2014, here is my list of what I have decided I AM going to attract into my life in the year to come.

1. Positivity-In 2014, I’m going to only attract positive things into my world. Got something negative to say? Go away. And, if I do decide that even though you are a negative person and I want to keep you in my life…I’ve got a Magical Rubber Wall. Your negativity will bounce right off me. BOING!

2. Love-I’m so exhausted at hearing what people hate. What you hate, hates you back. So why not state what you love? I love my patients, friends, family, flowers, sunshine, warm fuzzy footie pajamas, a nice glass (bottle) of red wine, the sound the rain makes against my windows on a warm summer day, big belly laughs, espresso….I could go on about the things I love. I choose to forget the things I hate. Oh, and I love juicy pear Jelly Belly Jelly Beans.

3. Feeling Good-What is this thing I hear people always saying, “But I feel bad!”? Enough with the feeling bad! Why not decide that you are only going to accept the words and actions of others that make you feel good. Stop with the guilt. Guilt is a senseless emotion. Decide that you will no longer allow others to make you feel guilty. Get it out of your life and start feeling good for every action you take.

4. Faith-Having once been a very fearful person, the turning point in my life was when my mentor taught me that Faith and Fear cannot coexist. As long as you are faithful that everything will always work out and that The Universe brings you the things that you desire if you work hard enough to attract them into your life, you will rid yourself of your fears. Spend time affirming your faith that only good things come your way and…POOF! They will! It’s just that simple.

5. Nice People-I’m not a fan of the word “nice” but I don’t know a better way to describe the opposite of Mean People. I hear people talking about each other in negative ways every day. Look at social media and you can always see some person bashing someone else. Don’t like me? Don’t be in my life. Don’t like what I have to say? Don’t be my friend. Period. I’d rather not have your friendship than find out you have bad things to say behind my back.

6. Being Accountable-In 2014, I’m going to make myself accountable every day and ask the same of those around me. Excuses are for losers. If I give you one, call me out on it and make me accountable for my responsibilities.

7. Good Service-As a business owner in a service based industry, I expect good service at the businesses where I choose to spend my money. In the past, I have fallen into a trap of feeling too bad (see #3) to leave a business that I have been loyal to for years even though the service is not up to my standards. No more. This year, I am not going to give my time and money to places that don’t treat their customers like I treat mine.

8. Stopping To Smell The Roses-Have you been told you move too fast and don’t ever take time to relax? Do what I did. Break your foot. That will slow you down! This year, I will take more time to enjoy my life, breathe deeply, and “chill.” I accepted my broken foot as a message from The Universe that I needed to do just that. But don’t make me accountable (See #6) if I still walk 10 feet ahead of you, I just walk fast! (Sorry, Rob)

9. Belly Laughter-You may remember seeing this in my “Love” section. I decided it deserved its own number. I love laughing to the point of crying and the person who makes me do it best is Sophie. This year, I’m going to laugh as much as possible and stop taking myself so damn seriously.

10. Promptness-If you’re not early, you’re late. Most of the people that know me know how important it is to me to be on time. “Running late” stresses me out. I have the clock set on my bathroom vanity for 15 minutes later than what it is just so it “looks” later to me. I know. It’s odd. But it keeps me on the ball in the morning. By the same token, I expect others to be on time. I wait 10 minutes for others (without a phone call) and that is all. Time is my most precious commodity. Don’t waste mine and I won’t waste yours.

11. Confrontation-It’s very simple. If I do something you don’t like, tell me. We hold in hurts and anger when it would be much easier to confront situations and let them go. Looking back at my own life, I know so many of the hurt feelings and pains I harbored were false truths and would have been easily worked through if I would have just had the courage to confront. What’s worse, having a small fight about a situation or having hurt feelings for decades? Yeah, I thought so.

12. Dreams-I’ve decided that I don’t spend enough time dreaming. In a world filled with busy-ness and stress, I don’t think most of us do take time to dream every day. I’m going to dream every day this year and welcome you to as well.

13. Forgiveness-Want to feel the biggest release of your life? Decide this year to forgive. Forgive every one for every wrong they did to you. It doesn’t mean you think they are right. They don’t even have to KNOW you forgave them. Let it go! You can lift the weight of the world off your shoulders when you learn that forgiveness is a choice you make to let go of the past and accept all future positivity into your life.

14. Gratitude-Giving thanks is one of my favorite things to do. If you spend a little time each day giving thanks for not only your possessions, but the good things in your life, you will find that more good comes. Nature abhors a vacuum, and as you give thanks you create an empty space in your heart for more love to come. This year, I have decided to be accountable (See #6) for giving gratitude for at least 3 things each day and write them down. Want to really push your limits? Start thanking The Universe for even the bad things that come your way, because even the negative things that happen in your life have reason and by giving gratitude for the lessons learned, you will create more abundance in your life.

Here’s to an amazing 2014, and all of the things you decide you will tolerate this year!

Abundant Love and Respect, Dawn

Find Life Balance in the New Year!

As we approach the New Year, the abundance of new year's resolutions start ringing from everyone you know.  Instead of setting these resolutions that set you up for failure, try to find happiness and balance in your life and with your goals. Here is a wonderful blog post from Dr. Wayne Dyer, you can find his blog at: http://www.drwaynedyer.com/blog/create-balance-dreams-habits/

How to Create Life Balance Between Dreams and Habits

An Excerpt from Wayne Dyer's Bestselling Book Being In Balance:

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An excerpt concerning life balance published with permission from the beautiful, newly reprinted Being in Balance, Hay House, Inc. (2016)

The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn; the bird sleeps in the egg; and in the highest vision of the soul, a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities…” — JAMES ALLEN

One of the huge imbalances in life is the disparity between your daily existence, with its routines and habits, and the dream you have deep within yourself of some extraordinarily satisfying way of living.

In the quote that opens this [article], James Allen poetically explains that the dream is the magical realm out of which newly created life emerges. Buried within you is an unlimited capacity for creation, what Allen calls “a waking angel” that’s anxious to plant seedlings to fulfill your dreams and your destiny.

True imagination is not fanciful daydreaming, it is fire from heaven.” — ERNEST HOLMES

I simply couldn’t resist adding the Ernest Holmes quote describing this dynamic imagination as “fire from heaven.”

They’re both appropriate invitations and reminders that you need to tend to that burning fire, the dream within you, if living a balanced life is important.

How This Imbalance Shows Up in Your Life

This absence of balance between dreams and habits may be very subtle. It doesn’t necessarily reveal itself in the obvious symptoms of heartburn, depression, illness, or anxiety—it’s more often something that feels like an unwelcome companion by your side, which continually whispers to you that you’re ignoring something.

There’s some often-unidentifiable task or experience that you sense is part of your beingness. It may seem intangible, but you can feel the longing to be what you’re intended to be. You sense that there’s a higher agenda; your way of life and your reason for life are out of balance. Until you pay attention, this subtle visitor will continue to prod you to regain your equilibrium.

Think of a balance scale with one side weighted down and the other side up, like a teeter-totter with an obese child on one end and a skinny kid on the other. In this case, the heavy end that tips the scale out of balance is the overweight kid representing your everyday behaviors: the work you do, the place where you reside, the people with whom you interact, your geographic location, the books you read, the movies you see, and the conversations that fill up your life.

It’s not that any of these things are bad in and of themselves. The imbalance exists because they’re unhealthy for your particular life—they simply don’t mesh with what you’ve imagined yourself to be.

When it’s unhealthy, it’s wrong, and on some level you feel that. When you live your life going through the motions, it may seem to be convenient, but the weight of your dissatisfaction creates a huge imbalance in the only life you have now.

You’re perplexed by the ever-present gnawing feeling of dissatisfaction that you can’t seem to shake, that pit-of-the-stomach sensation of emptiness. It shows up when you’re sound asleep and your dreams are filled with reminders of what you’d love to be, but you wake and return to pursuing your safe routine.

Your dreams are also demanding your attention in waking life when you’re petulant and argumentative with others, because in actuality you’re so frustrated with yourself that you try to relieve the pressure by venting anger outward.

Imbalance masquerades as a sense of frustration with your current lifestyle. If you allow yourself to think about this “fire from heaven,” you proceed to rationalize your status quo with explanations and mental meanderings that you know in your heart are excuses because you don’t think you have the tools to get in balance.

You may get to a point where you become increasingly hard on yourself and begin seeking medication and other treatment for feelings of inadequacy—and for what’s called depression. You’ll surely witness yourself feeling more and more angry and moody, with more frequent occurrences of minor afflictions such as colds, headaches, and insomnia. As time goes on in this state of imbalance, there’s less enthusiasm for what has become the drudgery of life.

Work is now even more routine, with even less purpose and drive. These blahs begin appearing in your behavior toward your family and those you love. You’re easily agitated, picking on others for no apparent reason. If you’re able to be honest with yourself, you recognize that your irritability stems from being out of balance with the bigger dream you’ve always had, but which is now apparently slipping away.

When these subtle symptoms surface, it’s crucial to explore the kind of energy you’re giving to the scale to create balance—or in this case, imbalance. The heavy angst is weighing down your reason for being—but you are the only one who can re-balance this scale of your life.

Here are some tools to help you return to a balanced life, beginning with recognizing the ways in which you may be sabotaging yourself.

How to Create Balance Between Dreams & Habits

Your desire to be and live from greatness is an aspect of your spiritual energy. In order to create balance in this area of your life, you have to use the energy of your thoughts to harmonize with what you desire. Your mental energy attracts what you think about. Thoughts that pay homage to frustration will attract frustration.

When you say or think anything resembling ‘There’s nothing I can do; my life has spun out of control, and I’m trapped,’ that’s what you’ll attract—that is, resistance to your highest desires!

Every thought of frustration is like purchasing a ticket for more frustration. Every thought that agrees that you’re stuck is asking the Universe to send you even more of that glue to keep you stuck.

The single most important tool to being in balance is knowing that you and you alone are responsible for the imbalance between what you dream your life is meant to be, and the daily habits that drain life from that dream.

You can create a new alignment with your mental energy and instruct the Universe to send opportunities to correct this imbalance.

When you do so, you discover that while the world of reality has its limits, the world of your imagination is without boundaries. Out of this boundless imagination comes the seedling of a reality that’s been crying out to be restored to a balanced environment.

Restoring the Balance Between Dreams & Habits

The objective of this principle is to create a balance between dreams and habits. The least complicated way to begin is to recognize the signs of habitual ways of being, and then learn to shift your thinking to being in balance with your dreams. So what are your dreams?

What is it that lives within you that’s never gone away? What inner night-light continues to glow, even if it’s only a glimmer, in your thoughts and dreams? Whatever it is, however absurd it may seem to others, if you want to restore the balance between your dreams and your habits, you need to make a shift in the energy that you’re contributing to your dreams.

If you’re out of balance, it’s primarily because you’ve energetically allowed your habits to define your life. Those habits, and the consequences thereof, are the result of the energy you’ve given them.

In the early stages of the re-balancing process, concentrate on this awareness: You get what you think about, whether you want it or not. Commit to thinking about what you want, rather than how impossible or difficult that dream may seem.

Give your personal dreams a place to hang out on the balance scale so that you can see them in your imagination and they can soak up the energy they deserve.

Thoughts Are Mental Currency — Spend It Wisely

Thoughts are mental energy; they’re the currency that you have to attract what you desire. You must learn to stop spending that currency on thoughts you don’t want, even though you may feel compelled to continue your habitual behavior.

You get what you think about, whether you want it or not. Commit to thinking about what you want, rather than how impossible or difficult that dream may seem. — DR. WAYNE DYER

Your body might continue, for a while, to stay where it’s been trained to be, but meanwhile, thoughts are being aligned with your dreams. The esteemed 19th-century writer Louisa May Alcott phrases this idea in an encouraging and inspiring manner:

Far away in the sunshine are my highest inspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see the beauty, believe in them and try to follow where they lead… — LOUISA MAY ALCOTT

Choosing to restore a semblance of balance between your dreams and your habits seems possible with Ms. Alcott’s phrases in mind: “look up and see,” and “believe in them.” The words bring to life an energetic alignment.

Rather than putting your thoughts on what is, or what you’ve habitually thought for a lifetime, you shift to looking up and seeing, and firmly believing in what you see.

When you begin to think in this manner, the Universe conspires to work with you, and sends you precisely what you’re thinking and believing. It doesn’t always happen instantaneously, but once the realignment is initiated in your thoughts, you’ve begun being in balance.

Reprinted with permission from the beautiful, newly reprinted Being in Balance, Hay House, Inc. (2016)

The Real New Year's Resolution

As so many set resolutions for the New Year, it seems as though the theme is always to do more in 2016. More exercise, more work, more plans, more “stuff” and bigger and better things ahead seem to be the plan. However, sometimes less is actually more. Our society is so “plugged in” that it seems as if we don’t immediately return a text or email that we are committing a faux pas. Even our kids are continually on electronics whether playing games, surfing or messaging.

Think about making 2016 the year you unwound from the social media and actually learned how to unplug. Here are some suggestions for things you can do instead of always being attached to your phone or computer. 1. Buy a coloring book and colored pencils and start creating art: You’d be surprised how relaxing it is. 2. Go to bed early to read: There is a reason why our forefathers were able to get up at sunrise. They actually went to bed when it got dark out. 3. Meditate: A few minutes of quiet meditation each day can do so much good for not only your mind but your body as well. 4. Put your phone away: Try keeping your phone in your car when at dinner and have a “No Phones Rule” when you are out with friends or family. It’s shocking to see how many couples are in a restaurant both with their faces in their phones. 5. Write: Spending time journaling every day is peaceful and healing. 6. Play a game: We all have that closet full of games we forgot about for our electronics. Why not pull out one of your old childhood games like Sorry, Payday, LIFE or Twister? 7. Take a class: What have you always wanted to learn how to do? There are so many places you can take creative classes these days, such as knitting, clay work, cake decorating, cooking, etc. It’s amazing how calming it can be to create beautiful things. 8. Give gratitude: When is the last time you actually took the time for a hand-written note for nothing except to say you are grateful someone is in your life? 9. Purge: We all seem to have “that drawer” in our house that holds everything we couldn’t find a place for. Throwing things away creates a vacuum for more good things to come into your life. 10. Self care: Chiropractic adjustments, massage, manicures, pedicures, facials, aromatherapy, acupuncture all help the nerve system, calm the body and will actually keep you healthier in 2016.

There are so many more ideas of things you can do besides plug into your phone first thing in the morning and going until late at night.

Mindfulness could be a great theme for 2016 and being fully present with your loved ones instead of continually distracted by electronics. We wish you an amazing 2016 of being fully present in every moment.

Merry Christmas from Dr. Bill Esteb

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It’s that time of year again. Actually it starts even before Halloween when store decorations featuring ghosts, goblins and witches are often fighting for attention from the Jingle Bells, Santa’s and nativity scenes.

This post isn’t about rising above political correctness to wish others “Merry Christmas!” This is about your practice and whether December is among its busiest month or slowest. Which is it?

If you think talking about the birth of the savior of the world is controversial, read on. Some may find the following observations about chiropractic in December even more contentious!

It probably makes sense to start at the beginning. In other words, what would cause the bones in someone’s spinal column to misalign and distort nerve communications between the brain and the body? What would cause someone to manifest a vertebral subluxation? In other words, “What would cause someone to lose the biomechanical and positional integrity of one or more spinal vertebrae?”

Personal experience suggests that the spinal column can manifest the effects of three different stressors: physical, chemical and emotional. Or, in the words of D. D. Palmer, trauma, toxins, and autosuggestion. While this assertion is a hundred years old and seen by some as merely the rantings of a self-published fishmonger moonlighting as a magnetic healer, I haven’t heard a better explanation.

And when do these three stressors show up in abundance? You guessed it. December! When the combustible combination of a sedentary lifestyle is supplemented by the fudge, alcohol, rich foods and emotional tensions caused by financial pressures and the forced proximity to intolerable in-laws.

If patients recognized the three types of stress and the role they play in their overall health and well-being, your most health-conscious patients (if you have any) would probably make a beeline to your practice throughout the month of December. Naturally, if nervous system stress is not part of your chiropractic patient communication repertoire, or you don’t tend to attract health-conscious individuals, then December is probably pretty lonely.

Communicating Stress

Helping patients appreciate that their particular flavor of spinal dysfunction is the effect (symptom) of physical, chemical or emotional stress will require confronting one of the most prevalent patient misconceptions about chiropractic: that your adjustments treat their headaches, back pain, subluxations or anything else.

Insurance carriers, which most patients expect will cover all or some of your ministrations, are singularly uninterested in this distinction. It has seduced many chiropractors into taking the path of least resistance with their patient explanations. And thus the current state of affairs.

I’m increasingly convinced that the widespread belief among patients (and many chiropractors!) that chiropractic care treats aches and pains rather than reviving the patient’s ability to self heal is the root of many of the challenges facing chiropractors.

Okay, with clarity about what chiropractic care does and doesn’t do, the next obligation is to acquaint every patient with the three types of stress so they can recognize them and sense when their ability to accommodate them is compromised.

While our stress poster is a good start, the best strategy I know is to cover a wall in your adjusting room with white butcher paper or obtain a large dry erasable white board and divide the surface into three columns, labeling each with the headings Physical Stresses, Chemical Stresses and Emotional Stresses. Then, encourage patients to write examples of stressors that produce subluxations.

After a month or so you’ll be astonished by the result. Sure, it’s messy and so unlike what some patients expect to see on the practice walls of a licensed professional, but so what? Changing the consciousness of patients is a messy business!

"Return and Reclaim" by Dr. Larry Markson

Our creativity is an important part of being a well-rounded human being. For many ofus, this has been shut down.

As children, many of us entertained fantasies or even goals of being an actor, singer, dancer, artist, or musician. In some cases, we received enough encouragement to develop our abilities in those creative arenas, but somewhere along the way we stopped.

This stopping may have been due to circumstances beyond our control or to our own unconscious acts of self-sabotage. Being creative can be scary in a world that seems to value logic over imagination and practicality over dreaming. We can forgive ourselves for shutting down or turning our attention away from our inner artist, but perhaps we can also take steps to reclaim our dreams.

In certain times and places, developing a creative ability was considered an important part of being a well-rounded human being. It was not necessary to be a professional or a masterly genius, because the act of creativity was valued in and of itself. It gifts are manifold—from the sheer pleasure of allowing our imaginations free reign to sharing and enjoying the fruits of our labor.

Children share drawings and songs freely, without self-consciousness, and there is no reason why we cannot do the same thing. You may already be remembering some lost form of expression, such as making jewelry or writing songs. Your soul may be responding with an energetic lift as it feels its way back to a time when it was allowed to express itself freely. Your brain, on the other hand, may be throwing up obstacles, like the idea that you are too old or do not have the time.

The truth is, you are not too old, and if you have time to pick up a pen, you have time to make a doodle or write a haiku. Recognize that the obstacles you find before you have arisen from a place of fear and that they will wane in power every time you do something creative.

Each creative act takes you deeper into a realm of beauty and magic, a realm that you have every right to return to and reclaim.

Morning Motivation:"The Good Old Days"

Bill Esteb gives us this article about making the most of your days!

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Someday, these will be the "good old days."

Then, you'll appreciate your current circumstances. If that seems difficult or impossible to believe, it could reveal that you think your best days are behind you, not ahead of you. That's a decision, a choice and a mindset.

You control that.

When you abdicate your role as a co-creator, surrendering to circumstances and allowing situations to control you, you embrace a victim mentality that actually makes things worse.

This week, vow to show up as the most positive, upbeat and optimistic person that patients encounter all day.

If that seems impossible, you've forgotten to count your blessings--a critical oversight minimizing your influence and reducing your new patient attractability. Every patient wants their future to be better than their present. That's why they're seeing you. It's this hope that fuels the healing process. Make sure you're not inadvertently standing in the way.

"We Teach What We Are" by Dr. Wayne Dyer

This article is an amazing example to explain that before you teach something you have to be it!

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When teachers and parents ask what they can do to help young people get off to a healthy start in life, I say, “Set a good example.” Let your respect and love be seen and felt. It works for children just as it does for all of us. Everything depends on what you believe about yourself. If you want to change your life, you have to change your self-concept. If you want to move to a higher place, you need to change your belief about what is possible for you and elevate your beliefs about yourself. Young people are forming their self-image every day—based largely on the examples of self-respect and self-esteem they see in the important people in their lives. What they believe about themselves and their lives is shaped by what they see and feel. We can make sure they see love.

Of all the beliefs that each one of us own, none is more important than the ones we have about ourselves. Our beliefs about ourselves are the single most telling factors in determining our success and happiness in life. A child’s self-image is a direct result of the kind of reinforcement he or she receives on a daily basis. Do they have the confidence that they can successfully complete any task before they attempt it? Do they feel good about the way they look? Do they feel intelligent? Do they think of themselves as worthy?

As you think the self-esteem of children, keep in mind that the barriers we erect to our own growth and happiness almost always are internal barriers. The lack of love in a person’s life is the internal fear that he or she does not deserve love. The absence of achievement is most often due to a genuine belief that one could never achieve at a high level. The absence of happiness stems from the internal sentence that “Happiness is not my destiny.”

Motivating children to have great aspirations for themselves is essentially the task of working on their self-portrait. Once you see a child’s self-image begin to improve, you will see not only gains in achievement, but even more important, you’ll see a child who is beginning to enjoy life more. You will see happier faces, more excitement, and higher expectations for themselves. The only authentic barrier to a child’s own greatness (or yours) is fear of his own greatness.

When a child grows up to love himself, to be self-confident, to have high self-esteem, and to respect himself, there are literally no obstacles to his total fulfillment as a human being. Once a strong self-portrait is in place, the opinions of others will never be able to immobilize a child. The young person who feels confident as he approaches a task will not be undone by failure, but instead will learn from it. The child who respects himself will respect others. The young person who has learned to love himself will have plenty of love to give away.

Dr. Markson's "What We Are Made Of"

"Life is really simple, but we insist of making it complicated!"
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Love is often presented as the opposite of fear, but true love is not opposite anything. True love is far more powerful than any negative emotions, as it is the environment in which all things arise. Negative emotions are like sharks swimming in the ocean of love.

All things beautiful and fearful, ugly and kind, powerful and small, come into existence, do their thing, and disappear within the context of this great ocean. At the same time, they are made of the very love in which they swim and can never be separated. We are made of this love and live our whole lives at one with it, whether we know it or not.

It is only the illusion that we are separate from this great love that causes us to believe that choosing anything other than love makes sense or is even possible. In the relative, dualistic world of positive and negative, darkness and light, male and female, we make choices and we learn from them.

This is exactly what we are meant to be doing here on earth. Underlying these relative choices, though, is the choice to be conscious of what we are, which is love, or to be unconscious of it. When we choose to be conscious of it, we choose love.

We will still exist in the relative world of opposites and choices and cause and effect, and we will need to make our way here, but doing so with an awareness that we are all made of this love will enable us to be more playful, more joyful, more loving and wise, as we make our way.

Ultimately, the choices we make will shed light on the love that makes us all one, enabling those who have forgotten to return to the source.

This world makes it easy to forget this great love, which is part of why we are here. We are here to remember and, when we forget to remember again, to choose love.

Bill Esteb's "Morning Motivation"

Happiness is choice. Since you know the truth about health, you should be the happiest person patient's encounter. It's risky surrendering your happiness to circumstances. Yet, many of us do. Which can reduce happiness to one of those exceedingly-rare-winning-the-lottery-predicting-the-future kinds of experiences. In other words we don't enjoy the frequency of happy episodes we deserve.

Want more happiness? Begin by identifying the circumstances that make you happy. Write it down. Simple, yet few attend to this important matter.

It may surprise you to learn that there are many people who have tried to make you happy. But through the difficult process of reverse engineering, they have been less than successful in finding the winning combination. They would appreciate a couple of clues. Share them.

Then, be prepared for unexpected joy and some occasional bliss. Which start by first choosing to be happy. Oh, and be sure to tell your face!

Dr. Dyer "Being Peace"

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. — The Prayer of St. Francis

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You can become an instrument of peace in any given moment of your life by deciding that you are not going to use your mind for anything other than peaceful thoughts. This may sound extreme to you when you take into consideration all the difficult people you have to deal with, your financial picture, the illness of a close relative, the inconsiderate boss you must face, the taxes you owe, as well as outrageous traffic delays, and on and on. Try taking a breather from your habit of continuously looking for occasions to be non-peaceful. Go to that quiet, serene peaceful place within you that is covered by the outer layers of your material life. It is here that you know what being an instrument of peace means. Here, your emphasis is on giving, rather than receiving, peace.

When you are an instrument of peace, you are not seeking anything, you are a peace provider. You do not seek peace by looking into the lives of others and wishing that they would change so that you could become more peaceful. Rather, you bring your own sense of calm to everyone you encounter. You do not go about viewing every circumstance of your life in terms of whether it meets with your standard of peace. Rather, you bring your peaceful countenance to the chaos you encounter and your presence soothes the outer turmoil. Even if the turmoil continues, you have the freedom to choose a peaceful thought, or to quietly remove yourself from the immediate scene. How do you do this? Repeat the words of St. Francis that appear above. Chaotic moments are times to remember that you will not gain your peace from anyone else and that you choose to bring peace to every life situation you encounter.

The most important moments for cultivating this awareness are when you find yourself right smack in the middle of a tumultuous exchange, when someone is argumentative, surly, or irrational and you sense yourself falling into the pandemonium. Usually, in such moments your inclination is to blame all of the external forces for your absence of peace. Begin to look at these situations in a totally new way, one that will help you not only become a delivery person of calmness, but will make you a more reliable and steadfast instrument of peace.

"Just Say No To Turmoil" by Dr. Dyer

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I am often asked, “How do I know whether it is my ego or my higher spirit beckoning me at any given moment in life?” At any given moment, you are choosing between two pictures or evaluations of yourself. Your choices include the one offered by your soul, or higher self, which I think of as the voice of God, and the one offered by the ego, or your false idea of yourself. The answer to the question above is, “If it brings you a sense of peace, then it is your higher self at work.” Your higher self is always nudging you toward a resolution of the conflicts that you experience in your life, so that you will have room for serenity and harmony. If you are living with inner turmoil, continually quarreling with yourself and feeling anxious and fearful, then you are allowing ego to dominate your life.

In every moment, you have the option to choose peace for yourself. Your false self thrives on inner anxiety because that is what it thinks it needs to stay alive. Ego promotes thoughts like these: I cannot be happy or content; I must be a bad person; If I am feeling peaceful then I will simply vegetate; I must constantly look at how others are living and performing in order to assess my value. The ego wants you in a constant state of turmoil. It convinces you that if you are not always on edge, you can’t grow. Keep in mind, though, that experiencing this inner turmoil is a choice you’ve made to allow your false self to dominate your life. When you make the choice for peace, you are literally allowing the Divine into your life. And rather than vegetate, you will discover that you can be busy, purposeful, blissful and still have peace. Just knowing that peace is always an alternative is a significant awakening. Replacing the turmoil you feel is then a simple matter of allowing your higher self to take over in any situation where you are about to allow turmoil to enter. Your ego will push you in the direction of the fight. You must be ready to see it as it is about to happen and invite your higher self to send your ego a not-wanted-right-now message. Know within that you always have the choice. When you opt for turmoil and anxiety, you allow your ego to take over. You can instead be a home for peace.

Dr. Larry's "Energetic Sweeping"

Have you ever thought about having two brooms?

 

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Sweeping your porch each day is regarded as an important cleansing ritual that prepares your home for new energy.  In some of our lives, sweeping has become an activity performed without much thought. In many cases, sweeping is a lost art, replaced by the noisy, efficient vacuum cleaner. But in several cultures and religions, sweeping the front and back porch every morning is regarded as an important cleansing ritual that prepares the ground for new energy on every level—physically, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally.

It is often employed to sanctify a space and prepare it for a ceremony. This seemingly simple action has the power to clear away the old and make space for the new. It stirs up the energy in a place, clearing out the astral buildup that is the natural by-product of the presence of humans.

This kind of sweeping is not about cleaning the area of dust. In fact, the broom doesn’t have to actually touch the ground to be effective. You might want to consider having two different brooms, one you use for cleaning dust and dirt, and one you use for energy clearing.

If you are so inspired, you could decorate your broom by carving its handle, painting it, decorating it with gemstones and ribbons, or any other creative adornment that appeals to you. You can also make your own broom out of tree branches and twigs, or choose a naturally appearing broom from nature, such as a pine bough.

Sweeping each morning prepares the ground for the new day at the same time as it deepens our awareness of the importance of letting go of the past to welcome the present. As we clear the energy of our space, we clear our own energy systems. In addition, we create a space that feels clean, clear, and open to all who enter.

Be sure to think welcoming thoughts as you sweep, manifesting what you need for the day. Making sweeping part of our daily ritual tunes us into the continuing cycle of releasing the old and welcoming the new that is the hallmark of a healthy energy system.

William Esteb's "Spiritual Subluxations"

Often we are only concerned about our spinal subluxations that we often ignore the spiritual subluxations! Here's an article about how to recognize those signs.

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Cloudy thinking - A mental fog makes it difficult to think clearly, obscuring opportunities and solutions.

Procrastination - Postponing a needed action is often a sign you're off-purpose or unsure what it is.

Lack of concentration - Succumbing to the distraction of the Internet, email and other shiny objects can be an effective tactic.

Worry - Rehearsing what you don't want is not only counterproductive, it squelches your creativity and problem-solving abilities.

Fear - A spiritual oppression that can only exist without faith, seducing you to live in a future that hasn't happened. And probably won't.

Depression - Anger (without enthusiasm) is a gold mine for drug companies, allowing the anger to go unforgiven.

A common deception is that spiritual oppression doesn't exist. While chiropractic care is a good start, addressing spiritual subluxations requires spiritual tools such as prayer, fasting, gratitude and forgiveness.