How healthy is your spine?

Were you recently involved in a car accident?
Do you suffer from deteriorating vision, eye pain, light sensitivity or tearing?
Do your bones make cracking sounds when you turn and move your neck, back or joints?
Do you often experience headaches, a stiff neck or discomfort in your lower back?
Does your neck have good range of motion?
Are you able to breathe deeply without discomfort in your back?
Is your immune system weak?
Do you often feel fatigued and lack concentration?
Is one of your legs shorter than the other?
Do you walk with your feet turned out?
Do the heels of your shoes wear down at different rates?
Do you regularly work more than three hours at a time in front of a computer?
Do you exercise less than three hours a week?
 
If you answered “yes” to half or more of the above questions you need to start shifting some focus to your spinal health.

So how do vertebrae become misaligned, fixated or subluxated?

Most of us can accept that stress of all kinds can kills us. Mechanical stress such as that caused by a motor vehicle accident is the easiest to explain. Whiplash or what is now known as cervical acceleration/deceleration trauma, is probably the leading cause of vertebral subluxation in the cervical spine or neck; second only to birth trauma. Car accidents can dramatically shift all of the vertebrae in your neck out of alignment causing neurologic and vascular deficits which will interfere with your health.  

The Bigger Picture

At The Shift, we begin by working to improve movement in the spine because that is what fuels brain function and will ultimately deliver the greatest health value in the most efficient way. Meanwhile, we help you understand the foundational practices and premises you need to maintain joint integrity throughout life because our modern lives place damaging pressures on our spinal structure and connected body parts. These premises are that you only get one body and if you abuse it, your youth will eventually diminish along with your quality of life. Over time, with consistent chiropractic adjustments and implementation of our recommended movement routines, nutrition changes and healthy mindset builders you will emerge with habits designed to provide you with a lifetime of health and ability to continue doing the things you love to do.

Top 6 Things to Know about Foundation Training

Since we integrate foundation training into our clinical care it is important to review its benefits and applications to daily life.

1. These exercises are designed to Lengthen Short Muscles caused from chronic sitting at desks, in cars and on poorly designed couches. 

2. This is the ideal practice to do during work breaks or between workouts as active recovery.  

3. The Moves get harder the more you practice and are time efficient taking less than a minute to feel the difference. Ideal routine: 20 min. a day, 6 days a week.

4. The Shift is to make Foundation Training Workplace Accessible and to start implementing the moves at your desk, on commutes, and at home.

5. By exploring these foundational postural movements, you can discover your own underlying imbalances and gain clarity on how to correct them quickly

6. Chronic Sitting Collapses can be Offset and Reversed with Foundation Training because it wakes up the brain and decompresses the spine.

To Engage you in Gentle Joint Stabilizing Movements that Lengthen the Body and Strengthen the Mind, Dr. Ben Glass shares some basics of Foundation Training. Dr. Eric Goodman and friends developed a series of Movements that is integral to the Chiropractic Wellness Lifestyle care we provide at The Shift.

Our Chiropractors 8 Golden Rules for Personal Change

1. Always begin by adding healthy choices first (e.g. Walking, Chiropractic care, More Fruits and Veggies, or Multivitamin) by making easy and comfortable additions that are not strenuous or painful.

2. Ask yourself "what healthy choices can I most easily add?" "What things am I choosing not to give up right now?" This will help remove your fear about change.

3. Getting well is not about "giving up" what you enjoy or perceive as needing.

4. Focus on what you are willing to add; if you choose to give up something that is fine, but it is not the focus.

5. Always focus on your successes up until this point and the expected successes you will have tomorrow.

6. There is no such thing as cheating, only less success oriented and health oriented choices than others. A less healthy choice is a great feedback; there are no mistakes, only mis-takes.

7. Visualize yourself making healthier choices by using positive internal dialogue with yourself.

8. Operate from a place of Optimism and firm certainty in your ability to change.

Are you Keepin' it REAL?

Keep it R.E.A.L. with Your Self

R = Take Responsibility for your health and happiness

E = Focus on your chosen Essentials

A = Trust your Ability to adapt & shift to life's challenges

L = Experience Liberation, when in a state of health & well-being

Check in with yourself once a day at first and work towards keeping it R.E.A.L. moment to moment in your life and the lives of those around you!

Treat Yourself To a Massage!

Founder of Stillness Massage, Julia has been practicing the art of massage for more than 12 years. For more about Julia please visit http://stillnessmassage.com/  

Massage coupled with Chiropractic has many benefits such as helping adjustment lasts longer and have a more deep impact.

If you act now, The Shift will pay for part of your massage session! It will cost you the amazing rate of only $65 (reg. $75). 

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Event at The Shift Chiropractic & Community Wellness Center

Meet The Doula with Lenore Palumbo

Are you expecting? Are you thinking about it?

The Shift Chiropractic & Community Wellness will be hosting a FREE educational talk “What can a doula do for you?”

Join us on Saturday May 21st at 2:30pm. Meet Lenore, birth & postpartum doula with Holistic Belly Nutrition + Birth Support and learn how having a doula promotes a more positive birth experience!

This is free and open to all pregnant mamas and their birthing partners.

Please RSVP via this link:  

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-the-doula-tickets-25365422662

Or email us at theshiftchiropractic@gmail.com

 

Why Should I Go To a Chiropractor If I am Not in Pain?

Wellness care is the main goal of chiropractic care. Havinga weekly and bi-monthly tune-up is an important aspect of spinal care. When symptoms surface, the imbalance in the spine has been developing for some time. Most people wait too long to see a chiropractor who can address the cause of the problem. There is a lot of damage that can occur in the body during that waiting period. A more serious injury or development of a compensatory problem often develop in a different location of the body.

Most people don’t wait to until their teeth hurt or have bad breath before choosing to brush their teeth. It has been learned that brushing regularly, at least twice a day helps improve and maintain good dental health. Chiropractic wellness care is a similar concept. Getting regular check-ups by a chiropractor can help you live a healthier life, save you time and money because you prevented injury and maintained spinal health.

 

Winter Wellness: Boost Your Immune System with Chiropractic Care

Webster’s Medical Dictionary defines health when all organs, muscles and systems are functioning optimally. If there is spinal distortion (segmental or global), the systems that affect your physiology cannot work well. As a result, your immune system cannot fend off pathogens (germs, viruses, bacteria). For example, if one of the top 3 joints in your neck is fixated, it is very likely to affect how quickly and effectively your immune system responds to a germ or virus you might be exposed to.  The fixation in the spine can be settle and the person may not be able to feel. Yet, the side effects of unaddressed spinal distortion can manifest in many types of symptoms from colds to neck/back pain.  This is why it is essential to get checked by chiropractor on a regular basis. 

Chiropractors are experts in spinal and nervous system health. Chiropractic adjustments help increase motion in fixated areas and improve the efficiency of all systems naturally. Chiropractic care is an alternative to suppressing symptoms with medication and suffering from unknown side effects. Go see a chiropractor to enhance the function of your immune system!

 

Spinal Health Talk @ The Oakland Public Library January 20th

Dear Friends of the Shift Chiropractic!

Join us on January 20th (6 -7pm) at the Oakland Public Library (Main Branch) as we share  important information  on  ways to help you and your loved ones to stay healthy in 2016~

Bring a friend who can benefit from this information. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

Shift into the New Year right …

Maintain Good Spine Health

With the daily use of computers and handheld devices, we all need to pay attention to our spines. Join Drs. Ben Glass and Irina Velichko as they introduce ways we can improve mobility and posture, alleviate back pain and discomfort, improve blood and nerve circulation to speed up healing and decrease dependency on pain medication. This program is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

6 p.m.

MAIN LIBRARY

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