We have all heard the instructions of an airline attendant reminding us to put on our own oxygen mask before we help anyone else with theirs. This advice is often cited as a metaphor for self-care because it so accurately expresses why it is important. It seems to say, ironically that if you can’t take care of yourself for yourself, do it for others. Few situations in our daily lives mimic the wake-up call of an airplane emergency, so it’s easy to keep putting self-care off, that is, until we get sick, overwhelmed, or exhausted, and suddenly don’t have the energy to care for the people who count on us. That’s when we realize we haven’t been getting the oxygen we need to sustain ourselves. We begin to understand that taking care of ourselves is neither selfish nor indulgent; it’s just plain practical and necessary for thriving in life.

Putting yourself first means that it may be necessary to say no to someone else in order to say yes to yourself. For many of us, there is always something we feel we could be doing for someone else, and it helps to remember the oxygen metaphor. You can even encourage yourself by saying “I am caring for myself so that I am better able to care for others” or some other mantra that will encourage you. It also helps to remember that self-care doesn’t have to be composed of massively time-consuming acts. In fact, the best to take care of yourself is probably small, daily rituals; for example, taking one half-hour for yourself at the beginning and end of the day to meditate, going to the Chiropractor, writing in a journal, stretching or just being. You might also transform the occasional daily shower or bath into an opportunity to just relax.

Whatever you decide, take some actions where you put yourself first every day and it will pay off ten-fold for you and the ones you love. The oxygen you need is all around you; sometimes you just need to be reminded to take care of yourself and just breathe…

It’s a unique process. Healing is a process you go through. It’s not an event that happens to you. It’s not something someone else does to you. You are your own healer and the way you heal is to participate in your process as fully as you can. Chiropractic supports your healing process by enhancing the communication of energy from the Central Nervous System to your whole body.

Everybody’s process is different. No two are the same because no two people are the same. Everybody’s experience of life is unique. We may do similar things to bring about healing but our experiences of them may be very different.

There are many different options for healing. What you choose to do may be different than what other people choose. It doesn’t matter. There is no right or wrong way to heal. Do what resonates with you. There is only your way. It’s a choice & a healthy lifestyle that you create. Whether it is Chiropractic, yoga, eating healthy, meditation, thinking positive thoughts etc, one of the keys to the process is to be consistent , this is where you will see results & transformation.

Sometimes things happen in life over which we have no control. Sometimes we make unhealthy choices of the past that lead to not so great outcomes. Whatever the adversity, and however it was caused, it’s up to you to decide how you are going to respond. Each adversity is an opportunity to heal & grow on many levels. Healing is one of the most important reasons we are here. Ultimately healing is the reconnection of the body, mind & spirit.

Emotional stress is what we generally think of when we think of stress, but there are two other types.
It’s a well known fact that stress can rob you of your health and happiness. In fact, eventually it can even kill you. Most of the time when you think of stress, you think of the emotional kind, the kind that comes from too much to do, or a deadline you’re in danger of missing etc.

But that’s only one kind of stress; there are three different kinds.

Physical Stress

We are all prone to physical stress based on our lifestyle choices. You sit at a computer all day. Your child watches too much television or plays video games for long periods. You are overweight. Your posture is less than supportive. You’ve been involved in an automobile accident. You’ve been through the birth process.
All of these situations cause physical stress to the body that may compromise your nervous system and interfere with the ways in which your brain communicates with your body.

Chemical Stress

What are your eating habits? Soda & chips rather than water and fruit? How about where you live? Is there a lot of pollution, smog, unclean air, water with heavy metals? Do you eat a lot of fast food? Smoke cigarettes or drink too much alcohol? How about recreational or prescription drug use?

Frequent exposure to chemical stressors wreaks havoc with your nervous system and places continued “wear and tear” on your nervous system and your entire body, right down to the cellular level.

Emotional Stress

Economical problems, relationship problems, aging parents, a tyrant for a boss, death of a loved one, a new job, moving to a new location – all of these cause emotional stress. How you handle these situations?
The best way to cope with stress is to be aware of the three kinds, how they affect your life and how you choose to respond to them. You can choose to eat better, get more exercise, see a counselor, join a support group and come in for regular chiropractic care. One of the best ways to minimize the effects of stress is to increase your body’s ability to adapt, heal & grow by keeping your nervous system healthy – the goal of your chiropractic care at Good Vibrations ?.

In your neighborhood and in thousands of communities across the nation, Americans are answering our country’s call to service & are making a change. You have been taking amazing steps toward change by optimizing your health & wellness. This week our nation will come together in a shared spirit of community, and I wanted to support you in continuing to improve your life and health.

We can help rebuild our country by starting with ourselves. Gandhi’s statemement “Be the change you wish to see in the world” rings so loud & true in our day & age. We know what can happen when ordinary people turn their hopes into real action, something extraordinary blossoms.

One of the focuses for this presidential team is to improve our health care system. One of the ways in which they hope to do this is to increase access to chiropractic care. President Obama stated, “As we shift our health care delivery system towards a culture of wellness & disease prevention, I believe that Chiropractors must play an integral role in expanding access to preventive care & strengthening our public health system.” This statement puts you & Chiropractic at the forefront of health care. The grassroots movement that was created was always about more than an election. It’s about bringing much needed change to Washington and our communities.

Monday is not only the eve of an inauguration that brings us so much hope; it is also Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a day in which we honor the power of one man to bring about change by serving his country. You can help kick off an ongoing commitment to serve your communities by taking part in this extraordinary day of service.

Congratulations in taking action for your health, family, community & our country!

Pediatric Chiropractic and the Nervous System

 Most people don’t think of getting chiropractic care for their newborn, but infancy and childhood are the most effective time in a person’s life to receive chiropractic adjustments.   Chiropractic adjustments aim to clear the interference in your nervous system caused by spinal misalignment. The nerve system controls all signals from your brain to the rest of your body; it controls and coordinates every other system, organ and cell. A well functioning nervous system frees the body to function and develop optimally.

Causes of nervous System Interference

There are many causes of distributions of the nervous system in children, toddlers and even newborns.  One of the most physically stressful experiences a child has in his or her lifetime is the birthing process. Twisting, torquing, compression and tractioning of a child’s fragile spine occurs from the use of forceps, vacuums, doctor’s hands and even during cesarean delivery. All of this physical stress causes misalignments and distortions in the spine and nervous system.  Even a seemingly insignificant minor fall or accident can create stored trauma to the spine which can lead to problems as the child gets older.  Physical, chemical and emotional stressors can all lead to nerve interference. Environmental factors from home, school, parks or any other area your child visits can affect your child’s nervous system.

Diagnosing Nervous System Interference in Children

The best and safest way to determine if your child is suffering from nerve interference is to take them to a chiropractor who specializes in pediatrics. A trained pediatric chiropractor can use their hands or computer scans to diagnose any stored stress in the cranium, spine and nervous system. Symptoms Indicators of nerve interference in children also happen to be common problems that can stress parents who don’t know what is wrong with their little one. Things to watch for are: Difficulty sleeping Trouble breastfeeding Constipation Colic Failure to thrive Difficulty crawling and walking Asthma Allergies Attention deficit Visual and auditory disturbances Prolonged or recurring illness Hormone imbalances Is Chiropractic safe for kids? Yes! Good Vibrations’ chiropractors specialize in performing chiropractic adjustments on children and the techniques they use are gentle and non-invasive. Each chiropractic adjustment is tailored to each individual child’s delicate and pliable spine with a very light amount of force. The optimal time for a child’s first chiropractic check up is right after birth. The earlier nerve system interference is found and cleared, the better chance your child has to adapt to its new environment and grow and develop optimally from day one. If your child has never had a chiropractic check up, it is never too late to start. Book an appointment for your family today!

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There is no time in a women’s life that is more exciting, and more confusing, than when she is pregnant.  This is a time of transformation, not only in terms of the future of the woman’s life, but in terms of her body as well.  The boundaries of what’s normal and what is cause for concern are sometimes blurred, and for many this can lead to worry about making the right decisions in everything from what to eat, to how to perform their day-to-day activities.

 

A major confusing aspect of pregnancy for women involves seeking proper healthcare.  For many years, chiropractic has proven its efficacy in resolving instances of adult back pain; however, until recent years little public attention has focused on the holistic aspect of care.  At a time when a woman wants to be sure she is doing everything possible to ensure her own health and that of her unborn child, it’s important to take an all-inclusive view of health and wellness.  For many pregnant women this includes regular chiropractic care.

 

The doctor of chiropractic seeks to restore optimal nervous system function, through realignment of spinal vertebrae, thus affecting the entire performance of the body.  Misalignments of the spinal bones do not always cause pain, so waiting for the time for something to hurt isn’t always the best thing.  Any amount of stress or change to the body may cause these misalignments and with all the changes happening during pregnancy it is the perfect time to seek an evaluation.

 

While the changes in a woman’s figure and subsequent, how shall I say, shift in their center of gravity, would clearly be a catalyst for spinal misalignments, there are many other factors at play.

 

Body Change #1: The hormones in a female’s body change the dynamics of the female spinal and pelvic structures.  Progesterone, although important in the transformation of the uterus to accommodate a full term pregnancy, causes a laxity or loosening of the ligaments and joints throughout the body.  Progesterone also affects smooth muscle, such as that of sphincters in the digestive tract, which may cause heartburn as well as early breast tenderness.

 

Body Change #2: For the baby to be able to have room to move and grow, the female body grows as well.  If there are any misalignments or past traumas to the mother, the fetus may not have room to grow which may result in issues for the baby once it is born, the need for a C-section, or breech birth presentation.  Of further concern, if there are misalignments in the mother’s pelvis, once labor starts the baby may have greater difficulty navigating the birth canal, increasing the pain of labor.  This is where special techniques used by chiropractors, including techniques that help with turning breech babies, can be especially beneficial.

 

Body Change #3: The nervous system controls hormones throughout the body.  If the body is not properly working together, it may not be able to start the birthing process, causing improper contractions or the stalling of birth all together.  In addition, by improving the function of the nervous system through chiropractic care, the immune system may be improved helping any female during her pregnancy to care for herself and to avoid any unneeded medication that may harm a fetus.

 

The physiological changes that occur throughout a healthy pregnancy can result in a multitude of changes that may or may not result in symptoms.  These changes are a very normal part of pregnancy and yet can often be alleviated with chiropractic and other holistic care.  A kindred spirit is embarking on the journey of birth.  You are about to become a parent, grandparent, birth attendant, sibling or friend.  Either way, a mother and her child should be treated with love, respect and compassion for they are embarking on a miraculous journey that has an enduring impact on the future of the human race.  Hands of Love, 2001

Communication

Centering And Expressing
Communication

When we are in a relationship where we feel listened to and understood, we count ourselves lucky because we know how rare that experience is. We reserve our most intimate selves for the people who, along with us, co create an open space where we feel free to express ourselves and listen without judgment. These relationships, which thrive on open communication, can mean the difference between existential loneliness and a deep sense of belonging. We all long to feel heard, understood, loved and clear communication makes this possible.

Sometimes problems arise in the process of expressing how we feel, but it is always worth it to do the work. Even in our less intimate relationships, expressing ourselves honestly is essential to our sense of well-being. Whether at home with family or in the outside world, successful communication requires some forethought; otherwise we risk blundering through our relationships like the proverbial bull in a china shop. However, too much forethought can stifle us or cause us to pad our words so extremely that we end up saying nothing at all or confusing the matter further. The good news is that there are many methods that can come to our rescue, from meditation to visualization to journaling.

If the person we need to communicate with is open to sitting in meditation together for a set period of time before speaking, this can be invaluable. When we are calm and centered, we can count on ourselves to speak and respond truthfully. We can also meditate on our own time and then practice what we need to say. A visualization in which we sit with the person and lovingly exchange a few words can also be a great precedent to an actual conversation. If writing comes easily, we can write out what we need to say; it may take several drafts, but we will eventually find the words. The key is to find ways to center ourselves so that we communicate meaningfully, lovingly, and wisely. In this way, we honor our companions and create relationships in which there is a genuine sense of understanding and respect.

 

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Letting go

Letting Go Of Understanding
Deeper Meanings

All of us who seek to be conscious and aware regard our experiences as teachers, and we try to discern what lessons we are learning from the things that happen in our lives. Sometimes the lesson is very clear from the get-go, and other times we have to really search to understand the deeper meaning behind some event. While this search often yields results, there also comes a point in the search where what we really need to do is move forward.  Answers may come later in our lives, or they may come as a result of letting go, or they may never come.

We are all part of a complex system of being, and things work themselves out in the system as a whole. Sometimes we are just playing a necessary part in that process with a result larger than we can understand. It may have very little to do with us personally, and while that can be hard to understand, it can also free us from overthinking the matter. Sometimes it is best to see it in terms of karma, a past debt we have been able to repay in this way, or as the clearing of energy. We can simply thank the event for being part of our experience and let it go. This completes the process that the occurrence has made possible.

Your chiropractic adjustments are an extremely effective and efficient way to help you integrate these lessons and experiences.  We can also perform a ritual, make a final journal entry on the subject, or sit in meditation with the intention of releasing the event from our consciousness. As we do so, we summon it one last time, honoring it with our attention, thanking it, and saying good-bye. We then let it go out the door, out the window, out the top of our heads, or into the earth through the bottoms of our feet, liberating ourselves from any burden we have carried in association with it.

Consistency

Consistency

 

A great deal of attention is given to the body these days. Health clubs, equipped with weight trainers and pilates sessions are popping up all over. Yoga and martial arts lessons are increasingly available through private studios as well as community classes. At the same time, disease and obesity statistics continue to climb. We all want healthy and attractive bodies, but seem unable to achieve our goals. Once we join the gym, or sign up for that yoga class, we find out how it takes time & effort to keep up the practice, but is possible with practice.
Practice means just what it says. Practice is something that requires continuous repetition. It doesn’t just happen. Making it happen takes discipline, something we aspire to instill in our children, but sometimes forget to practice ourselves.
What if you regarded your body as a temple? How would you spend time in that place of worship? Just as the church, synagogue, or ashram represents community worship, our bodies are our personal temples. When we give them enough sleep, exercise, healthy food, and peaceful meditation we are more likely to be in harmony with our highest aspirations. Our body is our refuge and the medium though which our unique message can be channeled. The more we honor our bodies the better able they are to help us with our true work.
How you treat your body can reflect how you treat the world around you. Sweep out the cobwebs of negative thought. Wash the windows so light can shine through. Bring a positive thought to your mind, body & life. Wear clothes that make you feel good and remind you of your natural beauty. In that place of beauty & grace we are able to experience the blessings in our own lives and therefore the beauty of the world.

 

Water

Water: Your Body’s Best Friend

 

 

What is water? Have you ever really thought about it? Well the definition of water is-A clear, colorless, odorless, and tasteless liquid, H2O, essential for most plant and animal life and the most widely used of all solvents. Not too amazing, but what water does for us is truly a miracle!

Waters Functions as an incredible solvent. It will, over time, dissolve or aid in changing the composition of almost everything, including all of the elements that make up our bodies. All the food we take in; vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that build and maintain our bodies have to be dissolved and moved to the cells. Putting those ingredients in a form that can be absorbed by the cells is one of the health benefits of water.

Edible Solvent:

It Helps You to Keep Keeping On: One of waters functions in the body is to aid in the regulation of our bodily functions. Every chemical and enzymatic reaction that occurs in the body occurs in the presence of water and would not occur without it. The efficiency that they occur with is often a function of the amount of water that is available.

It Keeps Your Inner Fire Burning: Metabolism is the way that the food we consume is turned into energy. Digestion is the first process that takes place. It prepares the nutrients in the food to be absorbed by the body and transformed into energy. Adequate water intake is essential to maintain both good digestion and a healthy metabolism. The health benefit of water is better utilization of the nutrients you consume resulting in more energy.

Water Ways – Transportation In, About and Out Again: Water functions as a means of transportation. Like water in the environment, water is our body’s primary means of delivering what we need and removing or recycling what we don’t. Nutrients, hormones, oxygen, and antibodies are carried through the lymphatic system and blood stream by water.

It Keeps Your Cushions Ready and Working for You: 75% of the weight of the upper part of the body is supported by the water volume that is stored in the disc core; 25% is supported by the fibrous materials around the disc. Water provides the hydraulic support for the weight-bearing qualities of an intervertebral disc. In chronic dehydration, the discs begin to fray. They cannot keep up with the stress of subluxations in addition to day-to-day wear and tear. Water keeps the discs thick and able to cushion all the vertebrae of the spine.

So next time you’re contemplating whether you should have a nice big, cold glass of water or a sugary soda- just remember how important water is to your overall health and well-being. Do your job and make sure you supply this essential element of health for your body.

 

Attitude

 

Attitude of Gratitude

Most of us begin our days with a continuous list of things we need to do to keep our lives running smoothly, but we rarely take time to note all the things we don’t need to do. For example, we don’t need to figure out how to breathe. We don’t need to find a way to make sure the earth continues to revolve around the sun. We don’t need to concentrate to ensure that our heart beats and our cells regenerate. All of these things, and many more, take care of themselves without our having to think or do anything at all. This is the miracle of life on earth.

Beyond the wonder of the natural world, we have the wonder of human-created conditions such as indoor plumbing, electricity, automobiles, airplanes, telephones, and the Internet to name a few. Someone living just a hundred years ago would be overwhelmed by the ease with which we can communicate with people all over the world. Every day, millions of us jump on airplanes and fly to distant locations in a matter of hours. If we have access to a computer, we can read obscure information about any subject, free of charge, at any time of the day or night. And yet, it’s only when one of these miraculous inventions fails that we notice it at all.

When you wake up tomorrow, take time to notice how many things are running smoothly, how many small miracles compose your day. If you wear glasses or contact lenses, as you put them on, take a moment to appreciate the fact that without them, you would be unable to see. Your life would be entirely different if someone hadn’t invented corrective lenses. As you take in your world, you might feel a moment of gratitude for the basic fact that, once again, the sun has risen to illuminate the abundant earth. The simple fact that you woke up this morning means that already 1000’s of things are working right for you! The awareness & attitude of gratitude will go a long way for your health & LIFE!

Freedom

 

Freedom & Change for your Community

 

In your neighborhood and in thousands of communities across the nation, Americans are answering our country’s call to service & are making a change. You have been taking amazing steps toward change by optimizing your health & wellness.  In our office we enjoy coming together in a shared spirit of community, and we LOVE to support you in continuing your improvements for your health & LIFE.

 

We can help sustain our country by starting with ourselves. Gandhi’s statement “Be the change you wish to see in the world” rings so loud & true in our day & age.  We know what can happen when ordinary people turn their hopes into real action, something extraordinary blossoms & freedom can occur.

One of the focuses for our office is to improve our health care system. One of the ways in which we are striving to do this is to increase access to chiropractic care.  TheU.S. government stated, “As we shift our health care delivery system towards a culture of wellness & disease prevention, we believe that Chiropractors must play an integral role in expanding access to preventive care & strengthening our public health system.” This statement puts you & Chiropractic at the forefront of health care.  The grassroots movement that has been created was always about more than an election. It’s about bringing much needed change in our communities.
July 4th, Independence Day, a day in which we honor the power of one country to bring about change & freedom for all.  As you continue your commitment to serve your communities by taking part in this extraordinary life of service I want to congratulate you in taking action for your health, family, community & our country!

Meditation

MEDITATION
Centering Ourselves

“Learning to center yourself can be of the most important aspects of growth.”

When we center ourselves, we begin by acknowledging that we have become spread too thin and we are no longer unified inside. Our thoughts might be out of sync with our feelings, and our actions may be out of sync with both. The main signs that we need to center ourselves are scattered thoughts and a feeling of disconnection or numbness, as if we are no longer able to take anything in. In addition, we may feel unfocused and not present in our bodies. Centering ourselves is a way of coming to terms with all the different energies within us and drawing them back into ourselves.

Centering yourself means that you are working from or being aware of the core of your being in the solar plexus area of your body. At first it may not make sense, but as you progress you will understand what this feels like. We naturally know how to center ourselves when we take a deep breath, for example, before making a big announcement or doing something big. Another way to center ourselves is to sit down and engage in breath meditation. We can start by simply getting into a comfortable upright position and noticing as our breath enters and leaves our bodies. Our breath flows into our center and out from our center, and this process can serve as a template for all of our interactions in the world. In conversations, we can take what our friends are saying into the center of our beings and respond from the center. Our whole lives mirror this ebb and flow of energy that begins and ends at the center of ourselves. If we follow this ebb and flow, we are in harmony with the universe, and when we find we are out of harmony, we can always come back into balance by sitting down and observing our breath.

When we sit down to center ourselves we can imagine that we are gathering our straying thoughts and energies back into ourselves, the way a mother duck gathers her babies around her. We can also visualize ourselves casting a net and pulling all the disparate parts of ourselves back to the center of our being, creating a sense of fluid integration. From this place of centeredness, we can begin again, directing ourselves outward in a more intentional & healthy ways.

 

 

Attitude of Gratitude

Most of us begin our days with a continuous list of things we need to do to keep our lives running smoothly, but we rarely take time to note all the things we don’t need to do. For example, we don’t need to figure out how to breathe. We don’t need to find a way to make sure the earth continues to revolve around the sun. We don’t need to concentrate to ensure that our heart beats and our cells regenerate. All of these things, and many more, take care of themselves without our having to think or do anything at all. This is the miracle of life on earth.

Beyond the wonder of the natural world, we have the wonder of human-created conditions such as indoor plumbing, electricity, automobiles, airplanes, telephones, and the Internet to name a few. Someone living just a hundred years ago would be overwhelmed by the ease with which we can communicate with people all over the world. Every day, millions of us jump on airplanes and fly to distant locations in a matter of hours. If we have access to a computer, we can read obscure information about any subject, free of charge, at any time of the day or night. And yet, it’s only when one of these miraculous inventions fails that we notice it at all.

When you wake up tomorrow, take time to notice how many things are running smoothly, how many small miracles compose your day. If you wear glasses or contact lenses, as you put them on, take a moment to appreciate the fact that without them, you would be unable to see. Your life would be entirely different if someone hadn’t invented corrective lenses. As you take in your world, you might feel a moment of gratitude for the basic fact that, once again, the sun has risen to illuminate the abundant earth. The simple fact that you woke up this morning means that already 1000’s of things are working right for you! The awareness & attitude of gratitude will go a long way for your health & LIFEJ