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Evidence is growing that the connection between mind and body is real, leading to well-being and physical health.
Most of us want to live a long, happy and healthy life, one without disease. But the absence of disease is not necessarily equal to good physical health (just like if you don’t have depression, doesn’t mean you are optimistic). Most research has been on researching the disease itself. It’s assumed that if we can address disease itself, we will achieve optimal health.
But there is a real practical and ethical value in focusing on the positive side of health and identifying those attributes and conditions in life that make it possible to be happy AND healthy.
How Chiropractic Affects the Brain and Nervous System
Haavik’s research suggests that a dysfunctional spine segment (vertebral subluxation) leads to a change in information influences how the brain perceives and responds to all other sensory information.
The brain uses the spine to receive information from the rest of the body. A dysfunctional spine segment can result in faulty information, which disrupts the brain’s ability to process and integrate sensory information. The brain uses the spine as an indicator of your core body position.
Chiropractic adjustment restores the proper processing and integration of sensory information to the brain which in turn restors control of our muscles.
The straw that breaks the camel’s back.
Misalignment is often a result of a compilation of small events and habits that negatively impact the spine over time.
A small sample of these straws can include: poor sleep, awkward posture, repetitive moments, using improper technique when lifting objects, being unaware when stepping off a curb, and minor accidents.
These straws build up, which in turn affects how the brain processes all other incoming sensory information. The brain goes into high alert as a response and changes the way the brain perceives future pain signals. This alters the reality of the brain and its understanding and relationship to the body and the world around it.
These kinds of maladaptive (bad) plastic brain changes are through to be involved in the initiation of chronic pain conditions.
100% Mindfulness Will Make You More Happy
“Meditation is quite simply mental hygiene: clear out the junk, tune your talents, and get in touch with yourself,” writes Emma Seppala, the Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education.
Meditation is one way to practice returning to the present moment. There can be a lot of hesitation and misconceptions about what meditation is and isn’t.
A very simple meditation is to focus on each breath you take. Take 10 deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth. Focus on the feeling and sensation of taking a breath. Repeat this 2-3 times throughout your day.
Try doing this exercise when you begin noticing your mind starting to wander throughout the day and it will help re-orient you into the present.
• Take a break from technology, get out into nature without a schedule
• Give full attention on a project for 10 minutes (it’s good practice to do on a project you don’t want to do). Notice every detail.
• Truly experience pleasure – be 100% present. Research shows that learning to bask in pleasurable experiences will also help to extend feelings of satisfaction and result in less cravings.
Be Mindful Today
Havard research psychologists Matthew Killingsworth and Daniel Gilbert studied 2,250 people and found that adults spend only 50% of their time in the present moment. (We’re mentally checked-out 50% of the time)
This mental wandering appears in the form of being distracted by events that happened in the past, could possibly happen in the future or may never happen at all.
Most importantly, the research suggested that this mind wandering was the root cause and not a consequence of unhappiness.
Often people get caught up in the idea that some future event will bring them happiness. This may be a promotion, the weekend, a vacation, or some other event.
Research shows remaining present—(instead of jumping from task to task) – makes you more productive, happier, and more charismatic. Being completely absorbed into what we are doing (whether you like the task or not) creates more productivity and happiness.
They found when we are in the present moment, we are the happiest – because we fully experience the things going on around us. We slow down, delve into conversations and are fully engaged in projects.
MAC doctors helped get prescription drugs out of Michigan homes during Take Back Day held on Saturday, April 28.
Participating Doctors’ photo posts on Facebook reached 107,724 Michigan residents that contributed to destroying a whopping 23,000 pounds of unused medications.
The average reach for each doctor post was over 2,000 local residents. These posts were used to educate people on the importance of proper disposal of medications and to consider a non-drug approach to pain management involving chiropractic.
From 10a to 2p, Michigan residents brought in their unused meds to law enforcement agencies around the state where they were safely disposed of. Almost one million pounds of prescription drugs were collected across the U.S.
“This is only the beginning of the role MAC doctors will play in reducing the amount of drugs used in Michigan,” said Dr. Christophe Dean, MAC PR Committee Chairman.
“People were coming into the State Police Headquarters during Take Back Day saying ‘Is this the chiropractic drug return place?’” said Kathy Schaefer, MAC PR consultant.
In June the MAC will be featured in a news broadcast with the newly appointed U.S. Attorney.
Among the Eastern District, U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider has handled high-profile cases including prosecuting members of the Devil’s Diciples motorcycle gang.
“This was a horrendous group of criminals,” he said. “They preyed on female victims in order to help distribute methamphetamines and trafficked meth across the state and across the country, who used violence and murder to combat their opponents.” (M-LIVE)
The U.S. Attorney is very concerned about how pharmaceutical drugs are turning people into drug addicts. The MAC’s non-drug health approach is aligned with this top law enforcement official’s agenda. Dr. Eric DiMartino, a member of the MAC PR Committee will represent the MAC in the newscast. Stay tuned!
If you’re worried about prescription opioids, you should be really scared of synthetic opioids
The U.S. opioid crisis has passed a dubious milestone: Overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids like fentanyl have surpassed deaths involving prescription opioids.
This change occurred in 2016, according to data published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. And it seemed to happen pretty suddenly.
Data from the National Vital Statistics System show that there were 42,249 opioid-related overdose deaths in 2016. That includes 19,413 that involved synthetic opioids, 17,087 that involved prescription opioids and 15,469 that involved heroin. (In some cases, more than one type of drug was implicated in the death.)
That means synthetic opioids were a factor in 46 percent of all fatal opioid overdoses in 2016, compared with 40 percent for prescription opioids.
Just one year earlier, in 2015, 29 percent of all opioid-related overdose deaths involved a synthetic opioid (9,580 out of 33,091 deaths).
The year before that, in 2014, synthetic opioids played a role in just 19 percent of all opioid-related overdose deaths (5,544 out of 28,647 deaths).
Between 2010 and 2013, the percentage of fatal opioid overdoses that involved a synthetic opioid held relatively steady, ranging from 11 percent to 14 percent.
The National Vital Statistics System is maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It includes information on all deaths in the U.S., based on the death certificates from coroners and medical examiners across the country.
It’s also possible that synthetic opioids may have played a bigger role in previous years, but medical examiners didn’t see it because there was less testing for these types of drugs, they said.
Regardless, the new figures make clear that the surge in synthetic opioids “poses substantial risks to individual and public health,” the researchers wrote in JAMA. “Clinicians, first responders, and lay persons likely to respond to an overdose should be trained on synthetic opioid risks and equipped with multiple doses of naloxone,” a medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.
You may be able to avoid back pain or prevent its recurrence by improving your physical condition and learning and practicing proper body mechanics.To keep your back healthy and strong:
- Exercise. Regular low-impact aerobic activities — those that don’t strain or jolt your back — can increase strength and endurance in your back and allow your muscles to function better. Walking and swimming are good choices. Talk with your doctor about which activities are best for you.
- Build muscle strength and flexibility. Abdominal and back muscle exercises (core-strengthening exercises) help condition these muscles so that they work together like a natural corset for your back. Flexibility in your hips and upper legs aligns your pelvic bones to improve how your back feels. Your doctor or physical therapist can tell which exercises are right for you.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight strains back muscles. If you’re overweight, trimming down can prevent back pain.
Use proper body mechanics:
- Stand smart. Maintain a neutral pelvic position. If you must stand for long periods, place one foot on a low footstool to take some of the load off your lower back. Alternate feet. Good posture can reduce the stress on back muscles.
- Sit smart. Choose a seat with good lower back support, armrests and a swivel base. Consider placing a pillow or rolled towel in the small of your back to maintain its normal curve. Keep your knees and hips level. Change your position frequently, at least every half-hour.
- Lift smart. Avoid heavy lifting, if possible, but if you must lift something heavy, let your legs do the work. Keep your back straight — no twisting — and bend only at the knees. Hold the load close to your body. Find a lifting partner if the object is heavy or awkward.
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