Once Upon A Time…

As we move through the holiday season, we often get lost in our lives and begin to have tunnel vision in the mundane, sometimes it is a good idea to look back.  It is our forefathers that are able to share their wisdom from many years and of many years ago.  They push forth this knowledge in great hopes that we may take this valuable information and learn further, creating a future that is better than the past.  The issues don’t differ.  Our great grandparents wanted the same things that we do today, happiness, love, success and health.  It is merely the circumstances that have changed.

“We never know how far reaching something we may think, say, or do today will effect the lives of millions tomorrow.”

B.J. Palmer  D.C., PhC.

Founder of Chiropractic

And yet still we hold back!  Each of us can be the great person we want to be for others, just find a purpose.  Realize how much you can help others just by not being afraid to do so.  It is okay to be rejected, at least you tried!

“Great spirits have always experienced violent opposition from mediocre minds.”

Albert Einstein

If you knew in advance that everyone would reject you, but you would succeed later, what would you do?  Sometimes greatness is a lonely path.  Just think of the bigger picture, the long term, rather than today!

“Your greatest risk is to underestimate your potential.”

Burleigh Cook

Your potential in spirit and body are linked closely.  If you do not rise to your goals or are not true in your word, your body feels this defeat.  It is of the greatest importance to realize this connection and maintain health in both aspects.

“People are whole – a package of the problem and the solution.  There is nothing we can do about it, we are not in charge!”

Dale Lotter, D.C.

“Each patient carries his own doctor inside him.  We are at our best when we give the doctor who resides within each patient a chance to work.”

Albert Schweitzer, M.D.

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”

                                             Thomas Edison

“If all the medicine in the world were thrown into the sea, it would be bad for the fish and good for humanity.”

O.W. Holmes, M.D.

Professor of Medicine, HarvardUniversity

“The power that made the body, heals the body, it happens no other way.”

B.J Palmer, D.C.

“Whether or not you believe it, doesn’t make it any less true.”

Damon J. Popovics, D.C.

So remember to give your body a chance to heal itself that is the way it was designed.  It was a far greater intelligence that made the human body.  Do you have faith in the arrogance that believes something was left out? If you see someone who needs help, tell them the truth that you know about the body.  Give them the chance to rise to their potential.  That is the right thing to do and it will make for a healthy new year for all!

Happy Holidays!

Dr. Mik­­

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What’s infectious, free, and available to nearly everyone?  NO, it’s not an STD.  Try a little humor once in a while.  The sound of people falling over laughing is far more contagious than any sneeze, cough, or itch (which you may want to get checked).  Sharing smiles and laughter with others brings people together in happiness and intimacy.  Laughter has profound impacts on the body; such as, boosting your energy, strengthening your immune system, diminishing pain, and reducing your body’s stress response.  Best of all it’s easy to use, fun, and you don’t need a shot of penicillin afterwards.

“Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.”

-Mark Twain

Now let’s look at the biochemical impact of laughter. When you laugh, there’s a lot more going on in your body than just the physical effect. You’re also experiencing a biochemical benefit.

Your body manufactures chemicals based on certain needs and the sends them throughout your entire body.  It has been said that for every sixty seconds of laughter, you produce around $10,000 worth of HEALTHY body chemistry, versus if you had to go out and actually buy the refined, processed compounds from labs or pharmaceutical companies, you would have to pay at least $10k for the same chemistry that your brain is producing for free when you laugh.
Who can afford that in today’s economy? (Please do not try to sell your brain chemistry!)

Some of these are fun, brain-altering chemicals, such as serotonin; others are immune-boosting chemicals such as interleukins and pain-killing endorphins.  And yet, once again, you can create these chemicals for yourself at no cost by simply laughing!

Google “psychoneuroimmunology,” it’s a fascinating specialty that looks at the link between the mind and immune system function. What researchers have found in this field is that your state of mind has everything to do with the functioning of your immune system. By engaging in laughter, you can boost both your mind and your body.

  • Laughter relaxes the whole body. A jolly old laugh relieves tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
  • Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune      cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.
  • Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins      promote an overall sense of well-being, increase orgasms and can even temporarily relieve pain.
  • Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels an increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.

Maybe, you could try creating opportunities to laugh; Check out a funny movie, go to a comedy club, hang out with funny people and share hilarious stories or play a stupid (but funny) game, play with a goofy pet.  Try to have some fun in life doing things that make you happy and laugh.

Bring more humor and laughter into your life, it is your birthright, a natural part of life that is innate and inborn. Infants begin smiling during the first weeks of life and laugh out loud within months of being born. Maybe, you didn’t have a lot to laugh about when you were younger but thankfully, you’re never too old to learn to laugh.

Here are some ways to start:

  • Smile.  Smiling is the beginning of laughter. Like laughter, it’s contagious. Have you ever found yourself in a bad situation where the only thing you could do was laugh?  Things suck less when      you laugh at them.  It’s already a bad situation, being pissed-off only makes that situation worse.  When you look at someone or see something even mildly pleasing, practice smiling. Better yet, try faking even if you really don’t like something or someone.
  • Be thankful and count your blessings. Literally make a list. It will remind you of the good even when things are bad.
  • When you hear laughter, move that way. Don’t but in on a conversation if it’s a private moment      or inside joke but if there are a group of people laughing, more often, people are happy to share so that maybe someone else will think they are funny. When you hear laughter, check it out and see “What’s funny?”
  • Spend time with fun, playful people. You know who they are, they (and you) laugh–both at      themselves and at life’s absurdities–and who are experts in finding everyday things to laugh at. Their playful point of view and laughter are contagious.
  • Bring humor into conversations. Ask people, “What’s the funniest thing that happened to you today? This week? In your life?”

Take yourself less Seriously for once!  Get a sense of humor.  One essential characteristic that helps us laugh is not taking ourselves too seriously. We’ve all known the classic tight-lipped duche who takes everything with deathly seriousness and never laughs at anything. No fun there!

Some events aren’t really sad and don’t really warrant a big laugh, in fact most events in life don’t carry an overwhelming sense of either boo or yippee. They fall into the gray zone of blah ordinary life–giving you the choice to laugh or not.

Laugh at yourself more. Share your embarrassing moments. That’s what friends are for.  Attempt to laugh at situations rather than whine about them.  Look for the humor in a bad situation, and uncover the irony and absurdity of life. This will help improve your mood and the mood of those around you.  Surround yourself with reminders to lighten up. Keep a daily reminder to smile and laugh, whether it’s a goofy toy, funny poster or computer screensaver that makes you laugh.  Keep things in perspective.Many things in life are beyond your control—particularly the behavior of other people. While you might think taking the weight of the world on your shoulders is admirable, in the long run it’s unrealistic, unproductive, unhealthy, and even egotistical. Deal with your stressful issues. Stress is a major barrier to humor and laughter. Pay attention to children and be a little more like them. They are the experts on playing, taking life lightly, and laughing. Maybe, you ­­are just out of practice:

When dealing with a bad situation, ask yourself this:

  • Is it really worth getting upset over?
  • Is it worth upsetting others?
  • Is it that important?
  • Is it that bad?
  • Is the situation final and unchangeable?
  • Is it really your problem?

You may find that it’s really NOT THAT BIG OF A PROBLEM and it’s only TEMPORARY!

Life brings challenges that can either kick your butt or become your imaginations new play toy.  When you “become the problem” and take yourself too seriously, it’s tough to think outside the box and find new solutions. But when you play with the problem, you can often transform it into an opportunity for creative learning.

Kids have it down already. When they are confused or afraid, they make their problems into a game, giving them a sense of control and an opportunity to experiment with new solutions. Playing with others helps you retain this creative ability.

As laughter, humor, and play become an integrated part of your life, your creativity will flourish and new discoveries for fun with friends, coworkers, acquaintances, and loved ones will happen more and more. Humor takes you to a higher place (remember the chemicals) where you can view the world from a more chilled, positive, creative, happy, and balanced perspective.

Health & Happiness,

Dr. Mik

Move it or Lose it!

If you move, you are guaranteed to push your spine out of alignment at one point or another. You bend. You sit. You stretch. You walk. You run.  Usually, you slip, you fall, you trip, you “miss a step,” you “over-do it” and you chalk it all up to “I’m getting older.”  Well, thank you Captain Obvious.  Of course we are all getting older.  What comes with age?  Well, some would say you gain wisdom.  I say, before that wisdom comes, you must gain EXPERIENCE.  For those of you reading this article while slouching in your couch or chair right now with an achy lower back that “USUALLY goes away” or those of you who say “I carry my stress in my neck and upper back,”  read this carefully.

What you do at your job, from sitting long hours to backbreaking labor, can cause problems with your spine and nervous system.  Many work-related injuries result from increasing trauma without sufficient time to recover. For instance, a nurse, over time, may find that her back hurts because she is constantly lifting patients. Although there was no specific patient that caused the back pain, the pain exists due to lifting.

The major risk factors for work-related injuries are:

  • Awkward or prolonged postures
  • Repetitive activities
  • High forces or heavy lifting
  • Vibration
  • Cold

Approximately 75% of workplace injuries involve the nerves and muscles.  Most people reach for the Ibuprofen and pray the pain goes away.

Question… if your oil light was on in your car, would you put some black electrical tape over it to fix the problem?

Of course you wouldn’t, because you know that someday that car engine will stop running if you don’t change the oil!

That is why people are seeking out “Alternative Health-Care”, of which, chiropractic is now the leading form of care for dealing with the musculoskeletal system.

Treatments focus on the underlying problem instead of the symptoms because treatments that focus on the symptoms alone are not effective. They can even be dangerous since the underlying cause remains untreated.

As we age, our body begins to wear out. Even if you take great care, certain changes happen. For instance, spinal tissues become weaker, muscles become less hydrated, and ligaments are not able to handle as much stress. It is possible, however, to keep these problems to a minimum.

Rather than introduce pain medication or anti-inflammatory drugs into the system, why not give the body a fighting chance to heal itself naturally?

The best way to curb the signs of aging is through PREVENTIVE CARE!  Using preventive care methods such as exercise, diet, massage, acupuncture, yoga, and of course chiropractic care!  Including these tools in your daily life will allow you to:

  • Increase mobility and range of motion
  • Increase balance and coordination
  • Increase energy
  • Enhance tissue healing
  • Decrease inflammation
  • Decrease arthritis
  • Minimize the risk of falls

‘Baby boomers’ recognize that the old medical model dealing with emergency treatment is not applicable to the aging population and the issues associated with aging.   There is a time and place for emergency care and I’m very glad we have these services available but they are not here for promoting a healthy lifestyle.  They are here to keep us alive.

All Is Well That Ends Well

Whether young or old, athletic or a video game king, male or female, preventive care can help you obtain wellness.

Regular chiropractic adjustments keep the bones and joints moving freely and in the proper place while reducing nerve interference. In addition to adjustments, you must work on lifestyle changes such as:

  • Improved posture
  • Exercises
  • Positive mental attitude
  • Nutrition
  • Stress reduction
  • Rejuvenation techniques

All of these add significantly to our overall health since each has a direct effect on nerve function. Awareness of these issues can lead to a healthier lifestyle.

The nervous system is an amazing network. Not only does it affect how we move, but it also affects how we think and how we feel. An overloaded or poorly functioning nervous system will not be able to handle extra physical or emotional stress. In fact, science is now finding that feelings and attitudes have a direct correlation to our nervous system.  So, feelings of hopelessness create a stress overload to our nervous system creating an overload that leads to malfunction.

My philosophy of health is: recognition, respect and trust in the body’s innate purpose to heal and be well. No matter who or where you are in life, if you want your body to work at its optimal level, then seeking preventive health care practitioners and applying a healthier approach to your life will give you the greatest chance at being able to enjoy a healthy life for years to come.

Health & Happiness,

Dr. Mik

it’s just 1 piece of the puzzle…

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If you happen to be at work right now and you’re feeling tired, you’ve got a lot of company. A new CDC study finds more than 40 million workers get fewer than six hours of sleep per night – that’s about 30 percent of the country’s civilian workforce.

And by not getting the National Sleep Foundation’s recommended seven to nine hours of shut-eye per night, the CDC says these workers pose a serious and potentially fatal risk to themselves and coworkers.The CDC’s study is published in the April 26 issue of its journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Some workers were hit harder in their slumber time, the survey of more than 15,000 workers found. Forty-four percent of night-shift workers reported not getting enough sleep with rates highest among workers in the transportation or warehouse industries, followed by health care and social assistance workers.

“There about 41 million workers who…

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TRX Bands Offers Portable, Total-Body Workout

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — When you think of total body workouts, you probably think of all that big, bulky gear you find in a gym — equipment you couldn’t possibly cart along with you when headed outdoors or out of town.

But there are a few things you can try that would fit inside a gym bag and still leave room for your workout clothes.

For instance, the TRX Suspension Training System is one such small, lightweight system.

“That’s going to allow you to get a workout whether you’re working on flexiblity, balance, core strength or endurance in a limited amount of space,” said Tom Lybeck, fitness director of Steele Fitness. “You control the resistance it’s going to provide by just your body weight.”

The system uses long bands that you hold onto as they are suspended.

Lybeck demonstrated by placing his feet at different intervals…

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Are you up for a CHALLENGE this Summer?

 It’s spring time!  Summer is right around the corner.  The weather is improving and more and more people are venturing outdoors after a long winter hibernation.  What else comes with summer time?  Almost every philanthropy group has some type of 5k run/walk nearly every weekend. 

Along with the 5k’s, 10k’s, half and full marathons, and  triathalons are a growing trend of new, and more adventurous ways to torture yourself all while raising money for a good cause.  They have names like: The Tough Mudder, The Warrior Dash, The Spartan Race, GR 5k Mud Run, Muddy Buddy, and The Down and Dirty 5k just to name a few.

Last weekend, I completed (and survived) the MI/OH Tough Mudder, which was a 12-mile obstacle-course through an old Quarry in Amherst, OH.  Participants from across the country were hit with everything from treacherous terrain, lots of mud, freezing cold water, fire, and even electric shocks while crawling through muddy water.  Let’s just say it was challenging and I have the video and bruises to prove it.

People were spraining ankles, breaking ribs, and wrists, and running on the verge of hypothermia, all to benefit the Wounded Warrior project, which aids wounded Veterans.  One thing that I didn’t expect to see was all of the smiles and fun that people were having in the dreadful conditions that we were running in.

About half way through the race, as I was pulling a fellow mudder over an obstacle, I noticed something peculiar as he came out of the muddy water.  The guy only had one leg!  Just as soon as I pulled him up, he turned around, lowered his artificial limb to the guy behind him and pulled the guy up! 

There I was, freezing cold, sore everything, only half way through this hellacious race, thinking about the pain I was feeling and how far I had left to go and here is one of our Veterans, who gave his leg for our country, completely covered in mud, running this crazy race right next to me on ONE LEG!  That was a turning point for me…  I had a different feeling wash over me.  I no longer felt the pain, I couldn’t complain anymore, I just started smiling and continued on my muddy way.

Later in the course, I encountered a guy with one arm.  He sprinted up a 20 foot quarter-pipe and was able to latch onto someone’s hand and pulled himself up with ONE ARM onto the platform!  Not only was it an amazing feat of strength, but for the people watching, it was motivation for them to get to the top of that obstacle. 

One of my own teammates lost her grip on an obstacle, fell, and broke 2 of her ribs as she hit the platform on her way down.  Guess what…she ran over 5 miles afterwards and still completed the race. (She’s one Tough Mudder)

At one point, my teammates and I, encountered 3 grandmothers trying to navigate a 12 foot wall, so myself and two of my teammates helped push the sweet old ladies over the wall.   They were voiced their thanks and went on their merry way, smiling the whole time.  I couldn’t believe the variety of people that we saw along the course, from 18 years old to people well into their sixties!

The bottom line is, there are a TON of challenges waiting for you out there.  It doesn’t matter your age, athletic ability, or motivation, just pick one, or two, or three this summer and challenge yourself to do something proactive with your health and help out a great cause.  Even if you just walk, you are still moving in the right direction.  You may amaze yourself with what your body and mind can actually do!

Check out the local events list in your area to see what’s available.  You’ll feel better about yourself and also lend a hand to a cause that can always use more support.  If you can’t run or walk, volunteer to help out with whatever you can do.  Either way, you will be helping others as well as helping yourself take a more proactive role in leading a healthier lifestyle.

See you in the Mud!

Dr. Mik