October 20, 2012
If you feel buried by stress and commitments, perhaps some time management skills can help.
What causes you the most stress in your life? Is it your job? Family? Kids? Outside commitments? Do you often wish that there were more than 24 hours in each day or that you could clone yourself?
Most of the stress we experience could be relieved with some time management skills that are easy to learn. All you need to do is practice! Try some of the following time management tips to gain more mileage out of your limited energy resources each day:
Make a "To Do" list and keep it reasonable. Determine what must be done vs. what would be nice to accomplish.
If you need to schedule any type of appointment (hair, nails, chiropractor, dentist, etc.) make it far enough in advance to get the first appointment of the day. This way you are in and out and on your way. After you're done, you have the rest of the day to get other things accomplished.
Learn how to say "NO!" This is a biggie. Too often, we think someone won't like us if we say no. But there are just as many people who might be angry with us if we say "YES" and infringe on time that needs to be put to better use elsewhere
Consider your biological clock and your peak energy times. Do your more difficult tasks when your energy level is highest. You'll be much more efficient.
Schedule your errands so you can do them all in one trip! This saves on energy costs too!
Avoid perfectionism. Being a perfectionist often makes you procrastinate because, whatever the task, you think it will never be good enough. Be realistic in your abilities and do your best, that's all anyone expects anyway.
Practicing these and other time management skills helps you make the most of your time every day. Keep at it, until it becomes habit, and you'll relax and enjoy life so much more.
Ask me about specific Whole Food Supplements and Herbs that can assist with managing your stress levels.
October 3, 2012
Digestive problems? Taking care of the spine might just take care of that bellyache as well!
The lumbar region of the spine, more commonly referred to as the "lower back," is often the source of many health problems we see. This area of the spine serves as the distribution center for your brain's control and regulation of many important organs and tissues. And while the nervous system is very complex and every organ or tissue has multiple nerve supplies, here's a new way of thinking about many common health complaints.
If a patient suffers from constipation or other digestive issues, we'll be especially vigilant in our examination of the area of L1 (the first lumbar vertebrae), since this is the source of many nerve communications that control the large intestines.
Do you suffer from varicose veins, cramps or poor bladder control?
The nerves that exit the spine in the vicinity of L2 control the appendix, abdomen, bladder and upper legs.
Irregular/painful periods, impotency, miscarriages, knee pain?
L3 nerves are involved with the bladder, sexual organs, uterus and knees.
How about sciatica, painful/frequent urination or backaches?
L4 could be involved since the nerves there control the prostate gland and lower back muscles.
And if you experience leg cramps, cold feet, or swollen/weak ankles or legs,
some of the nerves exiting at L5 could be the culprits. L5 controls the lower legs, ankles and feet.
So it's clear that the lumbar spine and its associated nerves affect numerous parts of the body. Many of the sensations you feel in your feet, legs, pelvis, lower abdomen and lower back travel through the nerves of the lumbar spine to higher regions of the spine on their way to your brain.
If you're experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned here, or know someone who is, please urge them to visit our practice for a thorough Chiropractic examination and Nutrition Response Testing Analysis.