3 TIPS USING FASHION FOR OPTIMAL POSTURE

Dr. Jeremy Brook shares how to use your fashion to create awesome posture. Dr. Jeremy Brook is a Doctor of Chiropractic who provides care for the communities of Santa Monica, West Los Angeles, Venice, Brentwood, MarVista, Marina Del Rey, and other surrounding areas.
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CRACK OPEN YOUR SPINE!

portalWhen giving and getting an adjustment I like to imagine a portal opening up….transmitting healing nerve energy/ human electricity/ life force… to whatever lies at then end of that nerve portal/ tunnel….In a human being we’re talking specifically about organs, glands, blood vessels, and muscles.

Think about that the next time you get an adjustment. It’s so much more than getting “cracked.” But then again…expect to get your life “cracked open!”

SHIFT HAPPENS- HOW TO BECOME PROCESS ORIENTED VS. RESULTS ORIENTED

process I’m a huge fan of setting goals so that your brain has something to lock in on…But I’m a bigger fan of the process required to achieve that goal.

I’ve found that people bypass the “work” and the “process” because they are so focused on the reward/ goal.

Kobe Bryant sure was blessed with great genes, but it is his work ethic and dedication to the process of being a LEGENDARY MASTER BASKETBALL PLAYER is what enables him to dominate at the highest level. His goal is to win The Championship every season and in striving for that goal he’ll take 10,000 shots in practice and spend hours outside of practice training his body and mind to reach its maximum potential. He is a man dedicated to the process of being the best!

In order to reach your maximum potential… don’t ingore the process. Entertain the idea of becoming process oriented vs. results oriented. It’s all about the now…. this moment…your current state of being. If you maintain a high level of effort and consciousness over a period of time..your goal will be reached.This process will require will power, discipline, skill, and courage and it;s for that very reason people opt for the short cut.

Don’t opt for the short cut! Make an innate shift…adjust your headspace… and focus on the process.

EMOTIONAL STRESS AND THE SPINE

stressedAs a human being, you have the ability to express a wide range of emotions. But sometimes due to your modern, high tech, industrialized lifestyle, negative/ painful emotions get selectively buried because you just don’t have the time to deal with them.

When negative emotions surface it is best to experience them skillfully and dance with them. In English… breathe and move. If you don’t breathe and move and try to digest and circulate the painful emotions, they will get lodged in the body. Guarantee it.

Intelligent people, especially those with advanced psychological skills/ tools have the ability to hide/ store emotions away in labyrinths inside their brain. This compartmentalization of painful emotions that you don’t want to deal with, is like playing with fire, as you can bet they will surface in time….when the emotion needs to express itself. When that happens you may experience different types of manifestations, from poor sleeping, skin irritation, to restricted movement, to brain fogginess, altered digestion, sexual difficulties, and more.

Instead of creating to advanced strategies to hide them…entertain the thought of practicing advanced strategies to embrace, accept, and heal them.

Meditation, yoga, exercise, and chiropractic can all help you integrate emotions so you can be a well balanced/ high performing human!

HOW TO CREATE AWESOME HABITS

images With a small amount of initial discipline, you can create a new habit that requires little effort to maintain. This is so important because your health, energy, and LIFE depends on your implementation of positive habits.

Here’s the formula for creating awesome habits and making them stick:

Habit= Cue + Routine + Reward

Enjoy!

POSTURE IS A WINDOW INTO A PERSON’S HEALTH

Upper Cervical misalignment = Poor Posture = Poor Health

1. Is your posture poor? Do you have rounded shoulders and/or forward head posture? Does your head feel heavy to hold?

2. Is your head tilted to one side and/or your head rotated to one side when you look in a mirror? This can be really subtle.

3. Does your nose or nasal septum deviate to one side? If so, you may find that it deviates towards the side to which your atlas has moved anterior (e.g. nose deviates to the left; then atlas is anterior on the left)

4. Is one of your shoulders lower than the other? Pull your shoulders back and down and look carefully for one lower than the other. Again it can be subtle.

5. Press firmly but gently with your thumb into the impression just below your skull at the top of your neck on both sides (see picture). This is known as the sub-occipital area. Find the base of your skull and press the soft flesh around that area. Is this tender or painful for you?

6. Do you have some shoulder and/or neck pain/aches, which don’t seem to go away?

7. Does your jaw click when you use it, open it to eat etc. Further check on this; Put your pinkies (little fingers) into your ear canals and chew normally. Do you feel a bumpy dislocation like feeling? This should be a smooth action in your joints.

8. Do you have any lower back pain or mid back pain (under the shoulder blades) niggles?

9. Can you move your head from side to side without pain or restriction? Is there a loss of Range of Motion (ROM)?

10. Do you have any sand paper, clicking or crunching sounds when moving your head from side to side in a ‘NO’ action? (i.e. cervical crepitus)

11. Is your hearing a problem or do you have other ear symptoms (e.g. tinnitus, watery sounds, blockages, vertigo, Meniere’s Disease, otalgia, recurrent
ear infections)?

12. Do you often get headaches or migraines?

13. Can you remember any trauma (even minor) to the head, neck or shoulders?

14. Was your birth difficult?

15. How’s your vision? – Sensitive to light, especially at dusk, floaters?

16. Do you experience any dizziness, vertigo or movement sensations (i.e. loss of proprioception)? Does the ground seem to move away from you?

17. Do you experience any tingling and burning sensations especially in fingers and toes?

18. Do you have confirmed Scoliosis of the spine, from x-rays? Do you have one leg shorter than the other or is your pelvis higher on one side?

19. Have you had any x-rays, CT scans or MRIs taken of your cervical spine (neck)? Do these reveal loss of cervical lordosis (neck curve), even a small
amount?…

THE SECRET TO HIGH VIBRANCY!

“Get the big idea and all else follows.”
B.J. Palmer, D.C.



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THE BIRTH OF CHIROPRACTIC 9/18/1895

On September 18, 1895, D.D. Palmer was working late in his office when a janitor, Harvey Lillard, began working nearby. A noisy fire engine passed by outside the window and Palmer was surprised to see that Mr. Lillard didn’t react at all. He approached the man and tried to strike up a conversation. He soon realized Mr. Lillard was deaf.

Patiently, Palmer managed to communicate with the man, and learned that he had normal hearing for most of his life. However, he had been over in a cramped, stooping position, and felt something “pop” in his back. When he stood up, he realized he couldn’t hear. Palmer deduced that the two events — the popping in his back and the deafness — had to be connected.

He ran his hand carefully down Lillard’s spine and felt one of the vertebra was not in its normal position. “I reasoned that if that vertebra was replaced, the man’s hearing should be restored,” he wrote in his notes afterward. “With this object in view, a half hour’s talk persuaded Mr. Lillard to allow me to replace it. I racked it into position by using the spinous process as a lever, and soon the man could hear as before.”

Harvey Lillard reported in the January 1897 issue of The Chiropractic that:

”I was deaf 17 years and I expected to always remain so, for I had doctored a great deal without any benefit. I had long ago made up my mind to not take any more ear treatments, for it did me no good. Last January Dr. Palmer told me that my deafness came from an injury in my spine. This was new to me; but it is a fact that my back was injured at the time I went deaf. Dr. Palmer treated me on the spine; in two treatments I could hear quite well. That was eight months ago. My hearing remains good.” Harvey Lillard, 320 W. Eleventh St., Davenport, Iowa, (Palmer 1897).

Word of Palmer’s success in “curing” deafness traveled fast. Soon people with deafness from across the country were awaiting his miraculous treatment. Although he had some success in helping those with deafness he soon realized that many other conditions were benefiting from the same treatment. Over the succeeding months, patients came to Palmer with every conceivable problem, including flu, sciatica, migraine headaches, stomach complaints, epilepsy and heart trouble.


D.D. Palmer found each of these conditions responded well to the adjustments which he was calling “hand treatments.” Later with the help of Reverend Samuel Weed they coined the term chiropractic — from the Greek words, Chiro, meaning (hand) and practic, meaning (practice or operation). He renamed his clinic the Palmer School and Infirmary of Chiropractic. In 1898, he accepted his first students.

Although he never used drugs, under Palmer’s care fevers broke, pain ended, infections healed, vision improved, stomach disorders disappeared, and of course, hearing returned.

Often surprised at the effectiveness of his adjustments, D.D. Palmer returned to his studies …

THE LINES OF LIFE

Fortune tellers read the life line in the palm of a client’s hand. Cardiologists interpret the blipping life lines of a patient’s EKG. But Chiropractors dedicate their work to the most important life line of them all… the spinal cord and its protective covering, the spine.

The spine itself is an engineering marvel. Made up of articulating bones called vertebrae, each segment lines up perfectly with the next to provide both support to your body and protection to the spinal cord. It’s this critical relationship between spinal alignment and the flow of Life through the spinal cord that Chiropractors are devoted to. Distort the alignment of the spine and you distort the flow of Life through the cord. Distort the flow of Life through the cord and you distort the expression of health in your body.

For a Chiropractor, smooth lateral curves and plumb postures are more than just simple diagnostic findings. They’re the validation that Life is flowing freely through the patient like a river. And as long as Life courses through the line, healing is sure to follow.…

Spinechecker’s Hot Flash… Mystical States of Alignment

Greetings Friend,

How do we take something that’s known and place it in the center of our consciousness and culture? I’m taking about optimal health, alignment, balance, strength, flexibility, performance and potential. As we move through the first few weeks of January, I found myself contemplating our current health consciousness which is in a state of crises. I couldn’t help but think we could be doing things better and more efficiently.

Unless we are in some kind of mystical state, our focus or consciousness isn’t strongly attached to our core or our health consciousness. Pain or illness does an amazing job at getting us mystical and reconnected to our core. When your back “goes out on you” and sends you to the floor due to physical, emotional, or chemical stress, you’ll do whatever it takes to stand up. And once you stand up….take a stand and make yourself stronger than ever before so you minimize the chance of buckling again so you can perform at your best.

A mystical shift occurs as you move toward strengthening and connecting to your core. When you visualize the “best version of you,” a trajectory is formed to help you see where you are and where you need to go.

You may be asking yourself, “What are the steps that form this trajectory from where I am to where I desire to go?” Innately you have the answer. Normally it comes during random periods. For me it happens after a chiropractic adjustment, a yoga class, during or after mediation, or during a quiet moment while walking on the beach. You’ll sense a spark or a “hit” of that something special. The key is to act upon “that hit.” That’s how you progress along the trajectory of health.

When you get the “hit,” step back and ask yourself why you aren’t expressing yourself maximally. Look at the 3 T’s: Past and current TRAUMAS, TOXINS, and negative THOUGHTS. Examine your habits. Visualize yourself in a misaligned state and then in an aligned state. The aligned state is the “gold standard” at the end of your trajectory. This is such a deep spiritual practice that will help propel you toward achieving your health and life goals.

Most of us have a spiritual resistance to bad habits. Most of us know that eating chicken nuggets from a restaurant at the airport will probably make us sicker than healthier. When the urge to break one of the commandments of health rises, STOP, DROP, & ROLL. Or maybe take a breath and do 10 funky chicken movements with your neck. Resist the urge to do something that will move you toward your “aluminum standard” instead of the “gold standard.”

Your journey to wellness doesn’t have to be a struggle. You don’t have to be a Spartan Warrior or monk from the Himalayas. It can be fun as well as transforming. All you require is a vivid visualization of who you want to be and the will power and courage to …