Stop Smoking and Acupuncture


So you want to quit smoking.  Congratulations!  You’re starting yourself down the path to a much healthier you.  To help you down that path and to make failure a lot less likely,  I would ask that you consider 2 things first: What is your commitment and who are your helpers?

Commitment

If you ask me if acupuncture can help you quit smoking, I would ask you why you want to quit.  The question isn’t so much to check your motivations as it is to see if you have any motivation.  Often, I hear things like…my spouse wants me to quit, my doctor recommends I quit or my insurance is offering me incentives if I quit.  You sow the seeds of failure right from the beginning if you don’t feel the need to quit and are only doing so for others.

But no, you say.  I really do want to quit, I want to be healthier.  Then, the next question is what is your plan.  To quit, you need to make a commitment to not smoke, at all, for at least 1 month.  It takes about a month to form a new habit and to clear the toxins produced from smoking.

That means that you should plan to avoid smoking buddies and anything else that encourages you to smoke.  Plan activities to do, that will replace the times you would have been smoking and seek out others to help you.

Helpers

You will need help when you quit smoking.  People often smoke because it is either a social outlet or a stress reliever or both.  Knowing this, you need to find at least one good friend who is there to support you in your efforts.  Preferably, not your significant other, they’ve been nagging you to quit, so let’s not put the burden on them.  Also, during this month of commitment, it is a good time to seek professional help.

Get a gym membership, if you don’t have one, and hire a trainer.  Let them know about your commitment to quit smoking and be healthier.  Exercise is a great replacement activity and it helps to reduce anxiety.  Meditation is another way to reduce anxiety and strengthen your resolve to become healthier.  Acupuncture reduces craving for cigarettes and is a powerful way to relieve stress.  So put your support team together, make the commitment to quit and get started!  Once you get through the month you will be able to feel the burden that smoking has put on your body and you will be happy to free yourself from it.

Can Sports chiropractic actually improve my performance?


 

The physical needs of all athletes are significantly higher than those of the average population. You need a musculoskeletal expert on your side working directly with you to treat and prevent injuries.

In order for you to stimulate your body to perfrom, recover and grow to its highest potential you must have an effective nervous system. Your brain must communicate effectively with the rest of your body to achieve in complete muscle contraction. We have countless pateints that are able to set personal records while receiving care at Chirobody. The majority of elite athelets utilize sports chiropractic care for managing their body, preventing injuries and improving performance.

“I’ve been going to chiropractors for as long as I can remember. It’s as important to my training as practicing my swing.”

Tiger Woods

“I have to have an adjustment before I go into the ring. I do believe in chiropractic. I found that going to a chiropractor three times a week helps my performance. The majority of boxers go to get that edge.”

Evander Holyfield

“Bodybuilders and fitness people have been using chiropractic very extensively in order to stay healthy and fit. I found it was better to go to a chiropractor before you get injured. We are a perfect team, the world of fitness and the world of chiropractors.”

– Arnold Schwarzenegger

Meet our Yoga Instructor- Andrea McLaughlin


 

 

Andrea has been practicing yoga for about seven years. In 2014, a job relocated her from Detroit, Michigan to the Pacific Northwest, where she began to fall more deeply in love with yoga. She found that movement through yoga helped her with the transition physically, mentally and emotionally.

Andrea practices yoga daily and believes that with regular practice one can truly begin to feel the benefits on the inside and out. She teaches her students to use the breath as a guide, and encourages them to bring a deeper awareness to the sensations in their body. She believes that the body can be used as a communication tool, if we listen in to what it is telling us. Andrea brings strength, endurance, focus and balance to her classes through the yoga postures.

Some benefits of yoga include: increased flexibility, strength and endurance, self-awareness, mind-body balance, stress management, improved breathing, increased energy, cardiovascular health, protection from injury, improved athletic performance, better posture, boosts the immune system, lifts the mood, improves focus, aids sleep, helps digestion, eases pain and more.

One of Andrea’s goals is to create a class environment where everyone can feel welcome, no matter their background or skill level. Part of yoga is acceptance of ourselves and others as we are, without judgment or criticism.

Andrea is kind and compassionate, and has a sincere interest in helping others. Her warmth and joyful spirit make her classes meaningful and enjoyable for all. Yoga has inspired her to take her own health to the next level, and she carries this forward as she teaches her students.

When she is not on her yoga mat, Andrea enjoys outdoor activities like hiking and paddle boarding, loves to create healthy food in the kitchen and spends time volunteering at the animal shelter.

Andrea McLaughlin, 200 Hour RYT

Chirobody’s Role in my Health Care


Chirobody’s focus is to help you achieve your performance and health goals! We use evidence based chiropractic services, nutrition, rehab, soft tissue work, and exercise to deliver effective results quickly.

Chiropractic adds years to life and life to years.

Chiropractic addresses the cause, not the symptom.

Reduce Neck and Shoulder Tension while at your Desk


In an ideal world, we would all be moving our bodies throughout the day, helping to keep our muscles and joints loose and flexible. Unfortunately, sitting is the norm for most people, and sitting tends to do just the opposite. It makes our joints and muscles stiff and sore, promotes poor posture, and over long periods of time can trigger the start of degenerative conditions like arthritis. So, if you don’t have the option to use a standing desk at work and you are forced to sit for long periods, here are a few exercises and stretches that you can do right in your office throughout the day to help minimize the damage of sitting.

Self-deep tissue release

Using a tennis ball, lacrosse ball, golf ball, or something similar, start massaging into your upper chest and out towards your shoulder. Use moderate pressure. Expect this to be tender and uncomfortable but don’t press so hard you are tensing up. As a rule of thumb, only push hard enough to reach a 5-6/10 on the pain scale. Work both sides for 2-3 minutes.

Pec and shoulder stretch

For this stretch, find a doorway or wall that you can use. Place your arms in the doorway about shoulder or head height and slowly lean through the door. You should feel this stretch in the front of your shoulders and chest. Again, this may be uncomfortable, but you should be able to take slow deep breaths in and keep your body relaxed as you hold for 30 seconds.

Postural Muscle Activation

After releasing and stretching the tightened muscles, it’s time to activate the muscles in our upper and mid backs that often get turned off when we sit with slouched posture. Doing this will help keep your shoulders and neck aligned with the rest of your body, helping to maintain good posture.  Start with your arms down by your hips. Twist your hands so your palms face forward and your thumbs point outward. Gently pull your shoulders back and squeeze your shoulder blades together (imagine you are trying to squeeze a tennis ball between your shoulder blades). The key to this exercise is that your upper traps (muscles at the top of your shoulders) don’t tense up. Squeeze and hold gently for 2-3 seconds, relax and repeat 5-10 times.

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