Reduce Inflammation and Loneliness: Latest Mindfulness Training Research

Mindfulness Training Can Change Your Feelings

I came across some very cool research from July 2012 showing how changing your mind can change levels of inflammation in your bloodstream. When looking at inflammation which is causing pain and disease in your body most people only think of taking an anti-inflammatory or pain-killer medication. This kind of research is important I believe because it shows you that you have the ability to change your body without medication only.

In this study they used a technique called Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) on older adults (55-85 years old) to see if they could change their feelings of loneliness and change the inflammation marker in the blood called C-Reactive Protein (CRP). Could this be a simple treatment tool people in acute and especially chronic pain are missing to help heal their bodies? I think so.

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Don’t Die Early Book by Rocky Angelucci: My Positive Review

Don't Die Early Book Review
Don’t Die Early Author Rocky Angelucci

I love those books you start reading and end up not being able to put it down because it’s just such a good story you just need to know what happens at the end. These kind of awesome reading events are normally reserved for the latest fictional novel series to hit the book stores and definitely not for a book about health.

Well, prepared to be pleasantly surprised and, I hope, youthfully excited about knowing how to really test your state of health, your state of wellness.

Have I got your attention yet? I just finished reading the kindle ebook titled “Don’t Die Early: The Life You Save Can Be Your Own” by Rocky Angelucci and I wanted to blog about it straight away. In today’s post I needed to let you know why I’m excited by what I learnt, why I’m going to be recommending this book to my Chiropractic patients and a for you to hear my book review.

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Got a Stiff Neck? Fix This Type of Neck and Shoulder Pain

Cervical Spine X-Ray
Got Stiff Neck Bones?

Have you ever been in a situation where you have had such a stiff neck? It can happen so easily that you wake up and find you can’t move your neck properly or you’ve been working away at your computer only to find it is sore to move neck or shoulders. Maybe your neck creaks and crackles in the joints with movement and there is limited ability to turn your neck to one side or both.

Neck stiffness is very common medical condition. However, understanding what causes a stiff neck and how to fix a stiff neck is what most people want to know. The good news it can be a quick and easy resolution to your problem. That is what I aim to explain in today’s post. Neck stiffness is similar to a trapped nerve, but different at the same time. Below I will share the two most common causes, how to spot the difference between a sore throat and meningitis problem and some other hints, tips and 9 treatment tricks to help you unlock your neck again.

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5 Tips for Creating Good Posture in Teenagers

poor posture in adolescent
How to Improve Your Posture

Today I have a guest post about why teenagers need to make sure they have good posture and 5 tips on how to do that.

I have talked about in the past about how we can continuously abuse the natural spinal curves with bad posture and end up diagnosed with the 23 and 1/2 hour disease. Doing the opposite by trying to take care of how you’re sitting, standing and moving is not only important to how better you look but also your general nerve, muscle and joint health in the long-term.

Below Micheala will explain 5 simple posture exercise and handy tips for a teenager who could be in that poor posture stage and you are worried about them developing a hunch back or scoliosis looking spine. I like to say to patients posture is a sign of how your nervous system is feeling. You don’t see confident, happy people walking around with a slouched back and bad posture instead they look strong and a ‘perfect posture’ position. So your posture is important.

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How to Request Access to Health Records from the NHS

Health Records on the NHS
Access to Your Old Health Notes on the NHS

Today I have a guest post talking about a recent BBC new story where a man was going to be charged £2,000 to obtain old health records from the NHS. I hadn’t come across this problem before so it was interesting for me to find out: what happens in a situation like this now, does a NHS patient have to pay so much money to get access to their doctors notes and test results?

You can guess that no, £2,000 is not the normal fee to be charged for access to your old health files. Find out the answer below. If you have ever tried to get access to your old blood tests, MRI scan results from the NHS? Did you find it hard to get copies of them if you did? Let me know in a comment below.

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Doctored: New Pro-Chiropractic Documentary

Doctored the Movie
You Might Need More Than an Apple to Keep the Doctor Away

There is a new health documentary launched recently in 2012 called Doctored. I first heard of the making of this pro-Chiropractic film I think at the end of last year or definitely the beginning of this year. What is really cool is that there is a limited time you can watch the entire movie free online.

At they teamed up with the movie producers to let anyone see the full length documentary for free in the link I’ll provide below. You’d better hurry as apparently it will close on 17 November 2012. It is an inspiring health documentary on the benefits of natural healing without excess drugs or surgery. The film also mentions some of the history of Chiropractic with the famous Wilk vs American Medical Association court case from 1976 to 1987. Probably many patients don’t know that the American Medical Association at the time had a committee whose task it was to eliminate the Chiropractic profession.

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Magnesium Supplements: The Amazing Mineral for Your Nerves

Magnesium Supplements
Essential Magnesium

Have you ever thought of taking magnesium (Mg) supplements to help with  healing your nerves? I’m currently on a quest to do self-experimentation using different natural supplements. My aim is for an improved nervous system and I must say, my magnesium is definitely working. [Update Oct 2016: I use this every day myself now as I feel the benefits]

Working long hours in a clinic, family life with a one year-old and other business commitments has taken a toll on me this past year. I was feeling fatigued and not my normal self. I knew it is time to try find a solution so that I can still do what I need to do in my normal day.

Having recently done so much reading, listening to various health podcasts, and experimenting with a low-carb high-fat diet I have had a quick crash course in nutrition both mentally and physically. Today I want to tell you why I think you need to consider taking magnesium everyday in order to have a happier brain and nerves.

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EXSTORE-dinary: Fast Assessment and Treatment System for Muscle, Bone and Nerves

Chiropractor Anthony Lombardi from Hamilton, BC, Canada
Chiropractor Anthony Lombardi

If you have enjoyed the previous articles about EXSTORE the assessment and treatment system from Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr Anthony Lombardi, now you get to try it out. Today Anthony has some more information he would like to share about how he believes medical doctors, chiropractors, physiotherapists, osteopaths, occupational therapists and probably any healthcare professional could benefit from this standardised system for diagnosing and treating a patients pain.

In the article below Anthony explains in a lot more detail about: what is EXSTORE, how it actually works, how different professions can integrate it into their practices and finally how much taxpayers money could be saved. I see it all the time where a patient sees a GP for a back or neck pain and doesn’t get it resolved quickly. Remember in the UK on the NHS a GP consultation is on average 13 minutes. They have limited time and so can only prescribe medication and refer to other healthcare practitioners. Their job is not to use hands on care. I feel some GP’s feel obliged to send a patient for x-rays when most of the time it is not going to change the treatment plan anyway. I hope this EXSTORE (from examine+restore) system would give medical doctors confidence in not needing an x-ray for biomechanical back pain.

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2012 Research: Predictive Factors For Poor Outcome With Sciatica

Predicting Sciatica Outcomes
Sciatica Relief: Looking Into Your Future

I have just finished reading some hot off the press research on sciatica leg pain and low back pain out of Norway. In this study the researchers were trying to see what things they could see could cause a patient with lower back pain and sciatica to not respond well.

The authors came up with some pointers to consider if someone is suffering this trapped nerve in the leg condition. What was also interesting is that back surgery did not have an amazing success rate as they had expected it might. If you or a loved one has a trapped nerve in their back going down the back of the leg, maybe to the foot, you’ll probably like to read this article.

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Mercury Amalgams: Should You Get Rid of Those Silver Fillings?

Silver Amalgams In My Mouth
Mercury Amalgams: Stay or Go?

Have you ever wondered should you remove those old mercury fillings in your mouth? I watched a 2008 documentary movie called “The Beautiful Truth” the other night where I got to see for the first time ever what happens when you scratch old silver fillings in teeth. Holy cow, I never realised that I could have smoking teeth!

I needed to do some online research around this health debate of changing old mercury amalgams to newer white composite fillings. I wanted to read about the pros and cons, then see some videos about this debate to hopefully help me make a decision. I wanted to know if I should take the time to find a dentist who will change my years old silver fillings for the supposedly healthier white fillings. I hope you’ll enjoy some what I have to show you that I found. I’m definitely worried about my health now after seeing my search results. The videos right at the end are fascinating to see instant differences in someone when they find a problem tooth.

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Some Basic Benefits of Sports Massage

Person on a Massage Table
Massage Time

Today I have a guest post mentioning some of the basic benefits you can get from having a sports massage. Freedom Clinics is UK group who provide various healthcare modalities like osteopathy, chiropractic, sports massage, physiotherapy, acupuncture and kinesio taping.

There are various types of massage techniques around used by massage therapists to treat muscle tension. Most patients I have seen prefer having the sports massage treatment instead of a gentle spa like massage. My personal feelings for massage are you get those who like a hard massage and those that like a soft massage. It all depends on how you handle stimulus. Below I have added a video talking a little bit about who could benefit from a sports massage and some links to massage oil of you feel you want a massage after reading this 🙂

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3 Breathing Exercises to Calm Yourself During a Panic Attack

panic attack reliefToday I have a guest post about a simple do it yourself solution for treating panic attacks by Ryan Rivera. Ryan has an interest in helping others overcome psychological conditions like anxiety and panic attacks for example.

As you may have seen from my post on psychoneuroimmunology I have a keen interest in learning how to optimise your mind to improve your health and research shows we must. I know this post is headlined for panic attacks, but the advice on how to breathe is useful for anyone who wants to learn how to improve themselves. I have talked a bit about how to become a diaphragm breather and why it is so important. I know so many of you suffer from trapped nerve pain and this is another way to try control the pain levels in your body.

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The Power of PsychoNeuroImmunology: How To Fix Your Brain Chemistry

Learn how improving your psychoneuroendocrinology will make learn how to make you smile againI know that is a very long word. Psychoneuroimmunolgy, or PNI for short, is also called another long phrase sometimes, psyhconeuroendocrinology (PNE). These confusing long terms are a very interesting field of medicine that you need to actually know about. I just finished listening to a neurosurgeon do a two-day seminar on it and want to tell you what I learnt. Trust me, you REALLY need to know this stuff.

Why I believe you need to know what PNI is because this is you right now. Sitting there reading this article what state is your nervous system? How strong and well controlled is your immune system? Do you have the right amount of hormones floating around your body? Are you unknowingly squirting nasty chemicals called pro-inflammatory cytokines into healthy organs or joints and breaking them down? Want to know how to create a chemistry of wellness in your body? Have I got your attention yet, hopefully 🙂

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Did You Know: Sprinter Usain Bolt Uses Chiropractic

Usain Bolt Chiropractic Treatment
Chiropractic Has Usain Bolt’s Back 🙂

Today on Facebook a fellow chiropractor shared a picture of Usain Bolt being treated by the Jamaican Athletic teams chiropractor, Michael Douglas. I know there is Chiropractic at the London 2012 Olympic games and that different athletes have their own chiropractor with them at the games.

I didn’t realise that the fastest man in the world and the London 2012 gold sprinting medallist is one of them. It is nice to see fellow chiropractors out there on the sporting field helping professional sportsmen and sportswomen maintain good muscle, joint and nerve health and help address any sport injuries.

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High Intensity Training: Healthier with 12 Minutes of Exercise Per MONTH

High Intensity Exercise
Quick HIT workout

Yes you read that correctly, you can improve your health status with doing just 12 minutes of high intensity training exercise per month. You may have seen earlier this year the Panaroma TV programme called “The Truth About Exercise” with Dr Michael Mosley. He was experimenting on himself with high intensity training to improve his risk of diabetes. Don’t worry if you missed it I got a video link to a copy you can watch below.

This was such a good programme to watch to get an understanding about the concept of doing less time exercising and improving your health. Today I want to share with you some fascinating videos, reading and thoughts. Not only from the Panorama programme, but from also from medical doctors and biohackers who tout doing this novel type of exercise programme.

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What is Occupational Therapy: Part 2

Jason Lomond Occupational Therapist Bridgewater Canada
Jason Lomond Occupational Therapist

Hi everyone sorry it has been a long time since posting on the blog so many good things to read which I need to blog at some stage. This is part 2 to the original article written by occupational therapist, Jason Lomond on what is occupational therapy. I will let Jason explain more to you about today’s second article that he has written. Here’s Jason.

In part 1 of this two part series I described the functional and systematic occupational therapy assessment as it relates to dealing with pain and movement dysfunction. Having identified all the factors contributing to the occupational performance issue, this article will review the actual methods used to enable peak performance in everyday activities for those living with pain and movement dysfunction.

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Strange Story of Tongue Tied Causing Neck Pain: Let Me Explain

Bending Tongue Muscle
Watch Out for the Tongue Tied

Yes you read correctly, this is a case involving a patients tongue causing her chronic neck pain and headaches. I’ve mentioned Canadian doctor of Chiropractic, Anthony Lombardi before on this blog. He is the creator of the EXSTORE system of analyses. Anthony dropped me an email letting me know of an interesting case that had come through his clinic. He knows people here love to know what causes neck pain.

I won’t tell the whole story. I’ll let Anthony tell you in his words exactly what happened and how he discovered the source of this women’s long-term neck pain and headaches. I must admit who would have thought of linking the tongue to neck pain like this. This is the first time I have ever come across a case like this. Enjoy the story and thanks Anthony for sharing.

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Tyler Twist Exercise: One Simple Tennis Elbow Treatment

Tennis Elbow Pain
Elbow Pain Getting You Down?

Do you have an elbow pain that you’ve been told is possibly tennis elbow?

Your confused though because you don’t play tennis yet your elbow is so sore when you try grip things. Maybe you do play tennis, or even golf, and it is stopping you from playing properly cos of the pain in your elbow.

I stumbled upon probably the easiest and most simple tennis elbow treatment to do. The best part is you can treat your elbow pain yourself at home. The exercise I’m going to let you know more about was published in a research paper in 2010, but you probably haven’t heard of it before.

Today you will learn first what is tennis elbow, the basic anatomy involved. I will let you know what is the typical conservative care and more advanced medical treatment for tennis elbow. Then find out how to do the Timothy Tyler eccentric contraction tennis elbow treatment exercise.

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Basic Neck Exercises: Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization

Chiropractor Justin Hildebrand
Chiropractor Justin Hildebrand

Today I have a guest post from a chiropractor who will show you how to do neck exercises using concepts from dynamic neuromuscular stabilization. If you have read about the Prague School of Rehabilitation on HealthCog before then you’ll know what dynamic neuromuscular stabilization or DNS is about. I love the concept of “regress to progress” in making someone better through movement therapy. This is what DNS looks at doing by breaking down how we move and hold our body postures.

Doctor of Chiropractic, Justin Hildebrand has studied DNS and was willing to show us two very simple neck pain exercises that you can do to reduce strain on the muscles, achey joints or a trapped nerve in the neck and upper back region. He will explain to you where the idea of how to hold and move your neck properly comes from looking at how babies do it. I hope you enjoy the following rehabilitation movements.

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What is the Exstore Assesment System?

Chiropractor Anthony Lombardi from Hamilton, BC, Canada
Chiropractor Anthony Lombardi

I have a juicy, thought provoking guest post today about The Exstore System from a fellow chiropractor in Canada. This tool is all about his structured way of looking at, assessing and treating patients.

I love systems, they make life easier. When it comes to the human body I believe we develop patterns of compensation which, at times, become painful signalling to the brain, “Hay you know what lets stop this body moving”. You may come in to see your local chiropractor with a low back pain, but why is he looking at my feet, ankles, knees and hips, did he not hear I said the pain is in my lower back? To find out more take a read below to see why the site of pain is not everything.

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