Health… Expectations Vs. Reality

What is health? What is perfect health? Is it possible to achieve perfect health? If so, how long does it take? Are these all expectations that social media has set or is it the reality? These questions are often questions I ponder about as a well-being practitioner. Some people ask me that too, but it’s just such a long answer. I think people should read this instead of me answering it verbally.

Health according to the World Health Organisation, is “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. This is completely true; many people think just because they do not have pain they are in good condition. The definition also includes ‘mental and social well-being’. I feel too many people in the world now only focuses on the thing that they can see or feel when exhibiting physical health. The expectation is because someone has rock hard 6 pack or has an amazing body they must be in perfect health. In reality, it does not necessarily reflect their state. The person with an amazing body may have reached peak physical health but that same person may always be conscious about their own body image that it causes mental disorders such as body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). This neglects the aspect of mental health.

 

Cont.

 

So to answer the question is it possible to achieve perfect health; the short answer is yes but there is always a catch to it. In my opinion, being physically perfect is to be in a balanced state of ‘physical, mental, and social well-being’. Some may be already in that realm if you are I congratulate you. However, if you are there already, are you taking it for granted, or are you actively trying to improve or maintain it? This is where the wellness model comes in. To achieve even a higher state of health is to actively pursue maintenance. We can accomplish this through regular chiropractic care, a continuation of healthy habits (mentally, physically, and socially) and self-reflection. Unlike the allopathic model of health where we seek help or therapy after if a breakdown occurs. The reality of perfect health is for us to maintain the standard, this way, we can enhance our own body’s ability.

If you are not in ‘perfect health’ how long will it take you? You might expect it overnight just by suddenly going to the gym, quit smoking, or stop drinking excessively? Unfortunately, it does not work like that, otherwise, everyone would have perfect health in no time and there would not be a profession in health. The famous saying: ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’, is particularly applicable in scenarios like these. The reality is that good things take time, our body takes time to change. Research has shown that even working out consistently at the gym, results will not be seen until 3 -6 months later. Additionally, a healthy diet is just as important as working out! You must include all aspects to actually see results! Health is the same, consistent social, physical, and mental habits are the right way to go to develop perfect health. Be patient, trust in the process and everything will fall in its place.

 

Concl.

 

The expectation these days for health is focused on physical appearance. However, having a visually pleasing body doesn’t equate to being on top of things. Being healthy is achieving a balance between social, mental, and physical health. In this modern society, we are expected to do things in a flash and be successful right away. However, in reality, things take time. In the end slow and steady wins the race.

 

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Ways to Increase Endorphins

Don’t we all like to be happy all the time? During this time, I feel it would be a good opportunity to share some hope and bring some joy while we are locked in our own house! The main hormone that triggers happiness in our body is endorphin. So this week, let’s talk about a couple of natural (and legal) ways to release endorphins in our body.

 

  1. I’m pretty sure we’ve all hit a low point in our lives before, whether it’s a terrible break up, someone passing away or when you’ve lost all hope. During those times we may have stuffed ourselves with our favourite food. Eating is often a go to way for people to cheer up during these hard times. That is because eating your favour meal triggers your brain to release feel good hormones like endorphins! But don’t go overboard as we know there are bigger health complications due to obesity!
  2. This is one that I personally do whenever I’m not feeling at 100%. That is exercise. Exercise is a great way for you to forget about all your problems for a short period of time. That is because all forms of exercise triggers the body to release endorphin. This can be anything from cardio training, weight training, HIIT training or even sports. Perhaps it is a good time to release all the negative energy and use it as fuel to get fit and feel good at the same time.
  3. There is something special about Mother Nature. Nature literally mother’s us when we are down and helps us feel better. Going out doors is a great way to release endorphin. Especially, in a place which is nice and empty. Although it is difficult in this time right now, a simple method is to go out in your garden and enjoy the sunshine. That’ll have to do for the time being!
  4. LOL literally laugh out loud. Why do we laugh? Usually something happy or funny happens. When we laugh out loud, our brain releases so much endorphins that it can even increase our pain threshold. Use this opportunity to binge watch on a comedy like Friends or Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Those shows will crack you up.

 

I have just listed 4 ways to raise endorphin levels while we are all being quarantined. These are difficult times but if we all just stick together as a nation, we are bound to go through this tough patch! Hopefully, these 4 tips will help you cheer your day up and bring you hope!

 

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Covid-19 and Chiropractic Care

Coronavirus Covid-19 and Chiropractic Health Care

We are in interesting and uncertain times with Covid-19 hanging around and as chiropractic Drs, we are concerned. This is a new virus, with unique transmission qualities and we are not sure when will ride its course or the scale of the resulting consequences. You will have received copious amounts of advice from experts around the globe of how to prepare for this pandemic. A great deal of which is centred around “flattening the curve”. That is slowing down the rate of transmission to a level that our health care system can work with. So keeping ourselves healthy, practicing social distancing , limiting travel and sanitising regularly.

How does Chiropractic fit in to Virus impact and Covid-19 ?

We are Doctors of Chiropractic and a such have a holistic perspective on Covid-19. Chiropractors are a vital component of the health care industry. So it goes without saying that human health is our sole focus and specifically with regards to the ‘functioning and performance’ of the human body. This is crucially important to consider because with Covid-19 in full swing, maximising our optimum state of mind and health has never been more vital. We know that by having sound bodies, we are equipped and in the best possible state of health to fight any enemy. In this case a coronavirus – Covid-19.

The Nervous System

Chiropractic care focuses on the nervous system. The nervous system is central to sending communicative messages around the body. These messages contain information, instructing our bodies how to best react in certain situations. Therefore it is imperative, we keep these millions of signals firing fast and efficiently.

That is right, Chiropractic are not just about pain and posture! In the end we are looking to enhance your body by creating a better structure leading to a healthier nervous system and thus the best ability to fight this virus.

The Immune System

The nervous system links up with the immune system. If we can keep our nervous system functioning optimally, we boost our immune systems. Research shows that getting regular adjustments enhances your nervous system.

Studies

The study “Relationship between Vertebral Deformities and Allergic Diseases” indicates there is a close relationship between vertebral subluxation (dysfunction in spinal joints) in the thoracic spine and immune function. This study was done on people who were experiencing dermatitis and other skin issues. A Skin issues are often caused by dysfunction of the immune system leaving the body easily exposed to allergens. After receiving regular chiropractic care, 88% of the participants showed improvements in their skin issues. This concludes that chiropractic care plays a big part of helping to improve your immune system.

Another interesting study showed that receiving a spinal adjustment immediately boosts immune function. The study showed that right after receiving a chiropractic adjustment a “phagocytic respiratory burst of polymorph nuclear neutrophils (PMN) and monocytes” are released. These PMN and monocytes are the white blood cells that goes out into the body to engulf the unwanted and foreign substances.

The above highlight that by receiving chiropractic care, you can immediately boost both your nervous system and immune function. And these are the core systems which keep your body safe from viruses, colds and flus.

Finally, the researchers at Life Chiropractic University adjusted a group of HIV patients for 6months. After 6 months of chiropractic care, patients CD4 cells increased by 48%. CD4 cells area crucial part of our immune system. They send signals for other cells such asphagocytes and CD8 killer cells to eliminate pathogens and foreign substance. While the control group (the people who were not adjusted) showed no signs of improvement and their CD4 countdecreased by 7.96%. This shows that chiropractic care can raise the alertness of your immune system allowing it to increase the likely hood of detecting foreign substances.

Visit your Chiropractor!

We want you to be aware of the power of chiropractic. We are not saying that chiropractic can cure all and 100% prevent you from catching any disease. Based on experience and research, it will however, decrease the likelihood of you being sick by raising your immunity. During this time, it is important more than ever to get checked by your chiropractor to protect you, and the loved ones around you


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Chiropractic care for Headaches & Migraines

Chiropractic care for headaches & migraines

Frequent head and neck pain can be extremely debilitating. Especially for people who work long hours, or have ongoing responsibilities. For many of us, work duties and, or parental commitments cannot just be put aside each time we have a headache. A combination of many factors, such as a slouchy posture, poor diet, and bad habits, can all increase the likelihood of developing frequent headaches and migraines. We all know how we should improve our health: good strength, eating well, reducing toxin exposure, etc.. But did you know that regular chiropractic care for headaches & migraines is also critical?!

How can Revolution Chiropractors help me?

While the use of medications offer fast temporary relief of pain, they are not a cure. Also, many drugs can have serious long term and hidden adverse side effects. Chiropractic care is a gentle and safe treatment choice. It is widely considered one of the best long term preventative options for many headache sufferers.

Chiropractic care for headaches and migraines is performed using gentle spinal corrections and adjustments. After an initial assessment, we target specific areas of the spine, neck, and muscle tissue that is causing the pain. For example, one common possibility of tension headaches is reoccurring spasms. These spasms can irritate sensitive nerve endings at the base of the neck. By having a chiropractor correct subluxations in these muscles, spasm irritation can be relieved, eliminating the root cause of tension headaches.

In taking a holistic approach to health, we can control and eliminate many contributing aggravators of head and neck pain. So for anyone suffering the ongoing frustration of stress pains caused by this commonly misunderstood condition, we must take good care of ourselves and our bodies. Be sure to book a check-up with your local chiropractor today.

If you are struggling with headaches or migraines, consider booking an appointment with a trained specialist, Dr. Samineh Baktash, at Revolution Chiropractic in Auckland, Northcote.

 

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Chiropractic Care And Sleep

The connection between Chiropractic Care And Sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the most important things you can do to improve your health. If you are having trouble sleeping and are generally well in your health otherwise, there’s some good news. Plenty of research shows regular chiropractic care and sleep quality can go hand in hand.

While chiropractors aren’t commonly thought of as being the first point of call on sleep issues, more than one-third of people who have a chiropractic adjustment with us report that they experience immediate sleep improvement – and save a lot of frustrating time and energy in the process!

Is this treatment right for me?

If it’s aches or pain that’s keeping you awake, back pain, neck pain,  headaches or migraines then there is a good chance visiting a chiropractor will fix the problem. A sleep that doesn’t process through the full sleep cycle, is intermittent or leaves you feeling restless for hours can also result in back or neck pain over time and therefore only perpetuate the issue.

Revolution Chiropractors will assess where the root cause(s) is coming from by discussing your sleeping position, discomforts and habits. We provide in depth solutions and help alleviate any  pains and improve relaxation. Spinal adjustments enhance blood flow which support relaxation and prepare your body for a deep sleep. Not only will we adjust you in targeted areas but we will also show you some possible sleeping positions based on our assessment of your spine and body.

Once we have your back pain under control and having you sleeping like a baby. You can wake up feeling rested and full of energy.

So the good news?! Booking a visit with a chiropractor may be you need to soothe nagging aches and greatly improve the quality of your nightly snooze.

 

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Cervicogenic Headaches, How To Fix Them

What is it?

 

Cervicogenic headaches are headaches that originate from the upper neck (upper cervical spine). The pain is felt at the head, however, the dysfunction and cause of the pain is in the neck. Typically, these headaches come from dysfunction of the upper three vertebrae of your spine, which is referred to as the upper cervical spine.

Specific movements and positions can cause irritation or compression of the structures and nerves, which leads to cervicogenic headaches. This is due to the nerves of the upper cervical spine merging with the trigeminal nerve, which is responsible for sensation of the head and face.

 

Cervicogenic, how does it happen?

 

These types of headaches can be caused by a variety of activities that put too much stress in the upper neck. The cause can be traumatic, such as whiplash (see previous blog post) from a car accident, or more commonly a gradual build-up of stress with poor posture over time(from being in front of your computer or while studying).

 

What are the signs and symptoms?

 

  • Headache that feels like a constant dull ache on one or both sides of the head and face
  • Neck pain or stiffness
  • Pain comes on during or after specific head movement

 

How long does it last for?

 

Typically, with appropriate treatment from a health care professional, ushc as a physiotherapist or  structural chiropractor, cervicogenic headache cases will resolve within 1-2 weeks. However, more complex cases may take weeks to months for complete resolution of symptoms.

The outcome and resolution depends on the severity of the dysfunction, your ability to get appropriate treatment and modify/avoid activities that aggravate it.

 

How do you treat it?

 

Seeing as posture is the most significant contributing factor to cervicogenic headaches, you should aim to improve posture with exercise and treatment. An individualized exercise and treatment plan will be most effective when treating cervicogenic headaches. A qualified structural chiropractor can assess your specific posture and condition to develop a personalized treatment and exercise plan best suited for you.

In our office, the structural chiropractors take an individualized approach utilizing a variety of techniques, including one that focuses on the specific problem area in the upper cervical spine.

Here are 3 exercises that may help with cervicogenic headaches. DO NOT perform these if they produce pain or unusual sensations (consult with a health care professional).

 

Chin tucks

 

  • Keeping a neutral spine and using your index finger as a guide on your chin, tuck your chin towards your chest (like you’re trying to make a double chin)
  • Hold for 5 minutes
  • Repeat this 10 times, 3 times a day

 

Scapular retraction

 

  • With your hands at your sides and your palms facing forward, bring your shoulder blades down and pinch them together
  • Hold for 10 seconds
  • Repeat this 5 times, 3 times a day

 

Neck flexor strengthening

 

  • Lie face up on the edge of your bed with your head hanging off the edge
  • Flex your head forward until it’s in neutral position and hold for 5 seconds
  • Return to starting position
  • Repeat this 8 times, 3 times a day

 

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Get Out Into Nature

Weekend getaway

How good does it feel to get a long weekend escape from the city and go to the bush or the beach? Judging by how empty Auckland got as Easter and Anzac day collided I think most of us wish we could spend more time in the beauty of nature!

While experiencing the relaxing and revitalizing effect of nature, and there is a growing body of science behind the health benefits of getting outside among the trees.

A Japanese study on spending time in forests showed a decrease in cortisol levels (a stress hormone), a decrease in sympathetic nervous activity (your fight and flight system), a decrease in blood pressure, and a decrease in heart rate.

Measurable effects on the immune system have been shown in another Japanese study on an activity known as forest bathing. It sounds weird, I know, it simply involves spending time in the forest whilst smelling wood essential oils. This study also showed a significant increase (23%) in activity of natural killer cells (immune cells). These positive effects persisted even after a month of returning to city living!

Take every opportunity it get outside by visiting parks, beaches, walkways, and the bush. There are so many places to go in Auckland to escape the feeling of being a caged animal indoors all the time. Thankfully, all the great outdoors gives you these effects for free!

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The Daily Happy Feet Routine

Your feet are the 2 things that take you everywhere throughout your day. Imagine if they were in pain all the time and you couldn’t use them… Ask anyone who’s had plantar fasciitis or any other foot injury – it’s no walk in the park (pun intended).

Whether you’re an avid runner, working on your feet all day or even if you just enjoy the occasional stroll in the park, tension can build up in your feet that may lead to pain, discomfort or even injury. This is especially apparent in people today since more and more people are being put into shoes at a young age and the musculature in the foot begins to waste away since they’re not being used. This leaves the foot susceptible to injury

Getting in the habit of mobilizing your feet for less than 10 minutes a day can help prevent the pinch points in your feet from developing into problems. All you need is a ball and some space to stretch. The ball should ideally be hard like a lacrosse ball or yoga ball, but a tennis ball will do the trick too.

Ready? 3 simple steps.

  1. Start in a kneeling position and stretch the tops and bottoms of your feet.
    Focus on your breathing and go deeper in the stretch on your exhale.
    Do about 30 seconds to 1 minute on each stretch.
  2. Lift your big toe while keeping your little toes on the ground.
    Then reverse and lift all your little toes while keeping your big toe on the ground.
    If you have trouble doing this then you know you’ve got some tight feet. Try mobilizing your toes by separating them with your fingers but putting your fingers in between your toes. Spend about 30 seconds to a minute on each foot.  Watch this video.
  3. Take your ball and start rolling it under the bottom of your foot.
    Start with the ball at your heel and work your way through the arch to the toes.
    Spend extra time on the spots that feel more tense and alternate the pressure and speed. Spend about 1-2 minutes on each foot. Watch this video.

By doing this simple routine every day or as often as you can, you can help prevent overuse injuries in your feet to make them mobile and happy.

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Don’t Follow The Crowd

The other week I was giving some lifestyle and diet recommendations to a client who commented on how hard it is to avoid certain foods, especially when going out to socialise. Of course, he is absolutely correct. This conversation spawned a realisation of the truth that making healthy choices and taking care of your body requires a level of commitment that might make you stand out or narrow your choices. This doesn’t mean you can never go out for dinner or to social gatherings, in fact keeping our social lives active is very beneficial for our health and longevity.  It means you may have to alter your choices or be more prepared beforehand.

Making choices that are commonplace and popular will get you the same results that most people have. Look at the health statistics of the general population like the rates of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, not to mention things like fatigue, headaches, and mental fog so common amongst people and decide if you want those outcomes too, don’t follow the crowd.

Most of our health and the way our body performs comes down to the choices we make each day like the amount of alcohol we drink or choose not to drink, the type of foods we eat, how much water we drink and how active we choose to be.

Most people choose to be far too sedentary; choose not to be one of them.

Most people choose not to drink enough water; choose not to be one of them.

Most people choose to eat too much; choose not to be one of them.

Most people choose not to eat enough fruit or vegetables; choose not to be one of them.

We know that making healthy choices isn’t always easy but we are here to support your efforts to become a healthier and stronger person!

Don’t follow the crowd.

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How To Reduce/Avoid Jet Lag

When flying for long hours (even just 3 hours), we can start to experience certain symptoms such as fatigue, nausea, confusion or just feeling zombie-like.

What is it?

This is called jet lag. It’s what happens when the part of your brain called the hypothalamus (centre that controls sleep cycles, appetite and temperature) is conflicted with its “inner time” and your new “outer time”. Further symptoms may include insomnia, GI problems, joint and muscle pain and stiffness, and reduced fitness.

A New Zealand survey from 1994 of international flight attendants found that, despite being used to long air travel, 90% had fatigue over the first 5 days of arrival, 94% had lack of energy/motivation, 93% had broken sleep and 70% had ear, nose or throat issues.

Scientists have estimated that it takes 1 full day to recover for every hour of time difference. Which means that if you took a flight from New Zealand to Singapore, it would take about 4 days before you feel right.

The direction you travel can affect how intense the symptoms are since it’s easier for our bodies to delay our “inner time” than to speed it up. Travelling east is more difficult on the body compared to travelling west.

 

So how do you manage it?

 

  1. Plan it out

    -You should expect symptoms to take place after long-haul flights and so you should always plant accordingly. If you have a meeting on Thursday morning, consider arriving 1-2 days in advance instead of getting there Wednesday night and possibly having to struggle through it.

  2. Nutrition

    -There is a fasting protocol that can minimize jet lag symptoms. It’s called the Argonne fasting diet. However, it is a little intense, so below is a modified version that you can try if you’re interested.

    -On the day of travel, eat normal meals leading up to your flight, then fast immediately before and during your flight while hydrating by drinking plenty of water. Eat soon after landing as close to local meal time as possible. Time your fast 14-24 hours before your next planned meal in your new time zone. Then have your normal eating schedule based on local time.

  3.  Exercise

    -Most preferably outdoors since it affects your circadian rhythm and improves mood. Light is the most powerful signal for our internal biological clocks, so it can help reduce jet lag.

    -It’s helpful to train at the same time you’d train at home. So if you normally workout at 9 am at home and you travel to London, try your best to train at 9 am London time and do it outside. This helps your muscles and tissues adapt to the new time zone.

    -If you’re feeling exhausted then a high intensity cardio workout might not be in the cards… but a light bodyweight workout or some stretching is definitely helpful. Do what you can, at your usual time, and again, preferably OUTSIDE.

  4.  Supplements

    a)Melatonin is a hormone in your body that helps control its circadian rhythm, which plays a role in when we sleep and wake up. Melatonin is dependent on the amount of light you’re exposed to. When there’s light, melatonin release is stopped. When it’s dark, melatonin release is stimulated.
    -The time you take it is important. Do NOT take melatonin before leaving for a trip or it will make the jet lag worse. Wait until you land in the new time zone to supplement 1 hour before normal bedtime at your new location. Continue for 3 nights or until you’ve adjusted.

    b)Pycnogenol has been studied for its effect of reducing jet lag symptoms. It reduces cerebral and joint edema or swelling, which leads to less short-term memory problems, fatigue problems, and cardiac issues. It has also shown to decrease deep vein thrombosis and superficial vein thrombosis, which are both common side effects of long flights.
    -Take it for 3 times a day for up to 5 days (max 7 days) after landing.

Our human bodies haven’t fully adapted to travelling long distances by air… and they probably never will. So jet lag remains a part of life if you’re exposing yourself to this kind of travel. Fortunately, with proper planning and preparation, you can reduce its effects and even prevent it from happening!

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