What’s the cause of low back pain? As a chiropractor, I have been asking this question for at least the 18 years that I have been in practice. Many people come into my office with this complaint. For some reason, the chiropractic profession seems to have been bequeathed this piece of the healthcare pie, at least in the eyes of the public. Most medical doctors are happy to refer their low back pain patients to a competent chiropractor, since their medical sheath contains mainly muscle relaxants and pain killers. With emphasis on drugs and surgery, I don’t see any alleviation of the problem. And in fact, I think back pain and its effects on job and wellbeing are only getting worse. We are in the middle of an Opiate fiasco, given the money and attention paid to low back surgery and pain killers over the past 25 years. [Read more…]
Here’s a quick synopsis of what I’ve been up to:
- I traveled to Huntington Beach in September for a three day movement symposium put on by Rocktape. The focus was proper breathing as being key to function. And I am now using some new techniques to help you find your breath again!
- In October I went to Chicago to study with Dr Craig Liebenson, a leader in the field of cutting edge rehab through functional movement. and am excited to be incorporating more exercise-based protocols in my work as a consequence.
- Dr Craig’s approach focuses on the hierarchy of Function (aka Software) over Structure (aka Hardware). In other words, correcting patterns in the body is longer lasting than just fixing parts. The result is a more confident you, so that you can be active in your life outside of training and treatment. Many people avoid activities and movement because of fear of pain and damage. But as I learned, without stress in the body, there is atrophy, and proper movement brings about wear and repair, not wear and tear. The bottom line is that rest equals rust, so lets get you functional and moving!
Dr Cohen has played the sax with Clif Bar’s own corporate band GVO for over 6 years. They’ve performed around California, Utah, Idaho and even at the Rock’N Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 where they won the Battle of the Corporate Bands! Most recently, they performed at Velo Vino (for the 6th year in a row), Clif Family Winery’s tasting room in St Helena.
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We all have habits. What many of us have discovered is that our habits determine the quality of our health, our relationships, and our overall well-being.
You’ve probably said something like this before:
“I really need to…”
This type of statement is an acknowledgment that forming a better habitwould improve your experience of life.
Bad habits—like eating unconsciously, neglecting our bodies’ needs, and spending more time working than connecting with the people important to us—mostly just happen by accident, without any real intention.
Good habits—like taking time out to nourish our bodies, exercise, sleep, and connect with others—almost never happen by accident.
The good news is we are free to choose. We are free to indulge in habits that cause us to suffer, and we are equally free to create habits that improve our lives.
The hard news is that good habits don’t become habits in one day. Everyone wants to change, but few have a method for making intentional and lasting changes. This is where the Whole Life Challenge can help.
We know that life-altering positive change can take place by making small, consistent, incremental changes every day. This simple insight isn’t glamorous, but it works. We all want extraordinary results overnight, so we can be tempted by fads and snake oil. The reality is that overnight-change doesn’t happen. Even when it looks like it does, “overnight change” almost never lasts.
The 7 Daily Habits that constitute the Whole Life Challenge not only improve the quality of our lives, but also give us the foundation to eliminate habits that harm us.
These 7 Daily Habits are:
- Nutrition. Your food choices have the single greatest impact on your health, well-being, and community. When you make choices that keep you healthy, you give yourself the fuel to fulfill all of who you are.
- Exercise. Humans are designed to move daily. Whether through workouts, activity, or simply enjoying the full use of your body, daily movement keeps you healthy and vital.
- Mobilize. In a sedentary world, our bodies get stuck. Daily mobility and stretching helps you move the way nature intended and continue enjoying freedom of movement into your later years.
- Sleep. Modern schedules tend to dictate how many hours of sleep we’re entitled to. A practice of increasing that time, even by a little bit, can make big strides in robust health.
- Hydrate. More than anything, your body is made of water. This habit ensures that your body gets enough of its most basic resources for life.
- Lifestyle. These weekly practices turn a life into your life. Learn to step back, take stock, connect, and turn your attention to what is really important to you.
- Reflect. Looking back, looking inward, or looking forward, daily reflection draws your awareness to what is working and what needs your attention today.
As you know, the gap between knowing something and doing it can be wide. The Whole Life Challenge turns doing it into a game that requires the three most fundamental tools necessary to create new habits: structure, support, and accountability.
- The Whole Life Challenge is an 8-week game that provides structure in the form of rules and guidelines for adopting each habit. The Challenge doesn’t tell you what to do; it helps you understand how to do it in ways that makes sense in your life.
- So many of us find it hard to succeed because we take on these challenges alone, so creating new habits is no fun. It’s too serious. As a result, we can feel isolated and stressed out, and because we are by ourselves, we can easily fail to see any progress we are making. By communicating with your teammates and with players from all over the world, you have support for times when things get tough, when you don’t know what to do, and when you want to cheer about your success!
- And since it’s a game, we wanted to add one final element that makes all the difference: Keeping score. The game provides accountability by requiring you to log in daily, record your score, and honestly reflect with your teammates on your experience of your day.
By playing wholeheartedly, you will achieve results you cannot yet imagine—results that don’t seem possible simply by focusing on our 7 Daily Habits but that come from the practice of focus itself.
Team Innate is currently creating itself for the September 17, 2017 kickoff!
Goto Wholelifechallenge.com and sign onto our team for support through this process.
See you there!