Are you operating efficiently?

This past weekend Dr. Steve, myself and our son, Max attended a chiropractic seminar in New Jersey. It was a really wonderful weekend crammed with great information, good friends and fun family time. Getting ready last Thursday was a whirlwind of packing, working, planning, and preparing a presentation for the seminar.

In all the activity, I misplaced my cell phone and we had to leave without it. Like many of us, I have become so dependent upon my cell phone. It has my contacts, calendar, notes, and a GPS that is sometimes helpful, and sometimes pushing me to the brink of chaotic frenzy. (Dr. Steve would say, “light tap into said frenzy!”)

Anyhooooo, the weekend presented with many communication challenges because I did not have my phone. Not being able to reach people during the breaks, the inability to coordinate with my family without “running up to the room,” being invited to speak to a group of chiropractors but not having my schedule on hand, and getting lost in NYC at midnight were some of the communication glitches that occurred as a result of getting sidetracked on Thursday night.

Everything went okay, but it could have been much more productive and more EASE filled had I had the proper communication tools. Now you all know me by now — I am trying to make a point! Yes, your body has days like this, where things are seemingly working properly but there is a lack of ease; and it may be taking more work than it could take if there were the proper communication.

One of the presenters this weekend showed MRI slides of a patient’s brain. The first slide was taken while he was wiggling his toes. Then the patient got adjusted, and his brain was scanned a second time, again, while wiggling his toes. The first scan showed activity in many centers of the brain while the second scan showed activity only in the area that controlled this specific movement.

This study demonstrated the more efficient brain function that many people under chiropractic care speak about. The ease with which they can mentally focus, coordinate body functions, perform athletic tasks and just experience daily activities increases under chiropractic care.

Legendary NBA coach Pat Riley said, “A particular shot or way of moving the ball can be a player’s personal signature, but efficiency of performance is what wins the game for the team.” It’s the same with your brain and nervous system function.

How can you increase your performance in the game of life? Can you be more alive? More coordinated? More hooked-in and aware? Can you be more efficient and effective in life? Chiropractic is a big part in helping you to express your inborn potential with more ease and efficiency!

+Part Three: Injuries –Think RICE

Use the RICE method to relieve pain and inflammation and speed healing. Follow these four steps immediately after injury and continue for at least 48 hours.

  • Rest. Reduce regular exercise or activities of daily living as needed. If you cannot put weight on an ankle or knee, crutches may help. If you use a cane or one crutch for an ankle injury, use it on the uninjured side to help you lean away and relieve weight on the injured ankle.
  • Ice. Apply an ice pack to the injured area for 20 minutes at a time, four to eight times a day. A cold pack, ice bag, or plastic bag filled with crushed ice and wrapped in a towel can be used. To avoid cold injury and frostbite, do not apply the ice for more than 20 minutes. (Note: Do not use heat immediately after an injury. This tends to increase internal bleeding or swelling. Heat can be used later on to relieve muscle tension and promote relaxation.)
  • Compression. Compression of the injured area may help reduce swelling. Compression can be achieved with elastic wraps, special boots, air casts, and splints. Ask your health care provider for advice on which one to use.
  • Elevation. If possible, keep the injured ankle, knee, elbow, or wrist elevated on pillow, above the level of the heart, to help decrease swelling.

If your child got significantly jolted, banged or especially, if they had a compressive or loading injury to the head or spine, it is a good idea to get their spine checked for any possible misalignments.