The Secret to Moving From Pain to Wellness

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Webinar Host
Welcome to the webinar, the secret to moving from pain to wellness hosted by South Orange Chiropractic Center. Our presentation today will run about 20 minutes. With time at the end for questions, please type your questions into the chat. And at any time, you’re welcome to book an appointment at South Orange Chiropractic Center by going to our website, South Orange And click on the book and Appointment button at the very top of the website, you’ll find there what to expect on your first visit a video that you can watch before you attend your first appointment, plus a plethora of information available to you 24/7. So with that, doctors, let’s get on with the show over to you.

Great, well, welcome. We’re so glad you’re here. Because we love sharing great information, don’t we? We certainly do. And you know, when we talk about our experiences with patients that come in in pain, and they’re looking for more than just pain relief to look into how does this not happen again? And so I’ll always ask the question, you know, would you rather be healthy or just not sick? Some people say, well, what’s the difference, you know, between health being healthy and just not sick? Can you answer that?

You know, it really comes down to being proactive or reactive. And there the definition of health and health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. So if you think about it, how many times have you heard somebody in their peak health athletes, especially now they’re out on the field, we’re on the job, and all of a sudden, they just suddenly pass?

Right? And I think now, especially that we’ve seen such an increase in sudden adult Death Syndrome, which has gone up, it’s, you know, I think it’s like 16 100% in the last year. So it’s probably one of the leading causes of death under 65. But I like the definition when it says it’s not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. So just because you’re not experiencing a symptom does not mean you’re healthy. Right, right. 100%. So I mean, what’s the motivation for people to want to be well, if someone says, Hey, Doc, you helped me I feel better, my pain is gone. And not really, in all intents and purposes, they’re not really healthy, or they know they’re not.

Now, you know, it comes down to what they really want out of their lifestyle, you know, there’s a difference between pain and living in an optimal health, full of balance. And that balance comes from other aspects than just, you know, eating well, it comes from your nervous system, it comes from your spine, and comes from exercise, sleep. And there’s a we’re going to discuss all those six facets, right. So the key comes down to I think, is what’s the motivation? Why should someone go beyond being out of pain to say, hey, I want to take control of my life, the age that I’m at, I want to be healthier in 10 years, or 15 years than I am now. I mean, statistically, people over 65 Medicare patients, according to Medicare statistics, are eating between 20 to 25 prescription medications per day, based on their lifestyle 1520 years prior. Right. Right. So what are some of the statistics that we have? I mean, where are we as a healthy nation?

Well, that’s it’s funny, because I remember years ago, we used to do this lecture to so many community organizations, and we were 2424. And that was maybe less than two years ago. It’s like 30 years ago. We’re like, 24% of the nation, right, which means there’s 23 Other countries healthier than us back then.

But how much should we spend on health care? More than anybody in any other country and mostly, reactive care, which is medicine? Right? So from our statistics, now, we’re up to 5151, country’s 51st most healthiest nation in the in the row.

So 50 Other countries are healthier than the United States, right? So we’ve gone from 24 to 51 in say, 30 years, so we don’t have a good track record and health care. Now we’re spending more money than ever, and we’re still losing. So is it fair to say that outside of Emergency Medicine, you know, accidents, fractures. We’re losing ground We’re getting uncut where our track record is, medicines failing us. Absolutely. What are some of the statistics that you have?

So let’s just read through it here, for instance, and since Advil, Motrin, Tylenol, they kill about 20,000 people yearly from internal bleeding, not to mention the damage to kidneys and liver. Right? Right. 70,000 visits to the emergency room every year on a sort of medicine, poisoning, and supposedly Tylenol is safe, like hospitals use it right?

65% of the US population is now considered obese, including 50% of all teenagers, right. And since the pandemic, they’re talking about how young kids are obese, right?

And the funny thing is, is that pharmaceutical companies, drug companies are spending over $24 billion a year, just on drug ads, we’ve all seen drug years on. Right, and what happens at the end of the drug has all the side effects, right? Huge disclaimer, but more spent on advertising and research and development.

Why is it that other countries don’t allow that?

Because it’s not its profits over people, isn’t it? Absolutely. So I think we should get into what is a wellness lifestyle. Because all the conditions that we see here, and patients in this office, get phenomenal results, read our reviews, we’re helping people naturally without drugs or surgery. One of the key aspects, it’s all boils down to lifestyle, and who’s in charge of your lifestyle?

Ultimately, we are right, we are we are as a human, we have to take the actions that create the wellness that we want.

So the motivation to be healthier, and to go beyond just pain relief and to have a healthy lifestyle. Have these statistics don’t motivate you. Just think about what your lifestyle is leading you towards? Right? If you haven’t been if you’re not getting healthier this year than you were the last couple of years, even with the pandemic. You’ve got to take some steps now. And it all starts right here. Yeah, right. So number one,

number one positive mental attitude. You know, New Year’s, we all probably sat down and came up with a couple of resolutions that we’re all gonna do. I wonder how many people out there actually doing them. And remember, health is a lifestyle lifestyle that you create. And it starts between these two years here, it’s up in your brain. And mental attitude is part of it. So you can wake up every morning and say, Great, God, it’s another day to shine, exercise, pick the right healthy mindset where you can like, today’s Monday, reading Monday, that you really get to choose your thoughts because your thoughts create your reality.

So about appreciation, everyday gratitude, doing a positive affirmation, meditation, have your prayer or your affirmation every day, that’s going to set you up for you know how you spend the first 30 minutes of each day determines how your day is going. And it’s funny, you mentioned New Year’s resolutions. I had a woman here just this morning starting as a new patient. And part of our lifestyle assessment is we want to know what people are doing for activity or exercise. So we know what their mindset is. And she said, Well, she goes ahead and I had a New Year’s resolution that I was gonna get on the treadmill every day for at least five minutes. And she goes, I haven’t started yet. What she waiting for, you know, so maybe next year, late. Okay. So mental attitude, right? Yeah, like you said, your thoughts create your reality. You know, gratitude grateful for the little things. You know, sometimes we take for granted, just running water or lights that turn on or the heat that’s in our home, it’s just like, pause for a second of your life and just say, hey, you know what, I’m grateful for this life that we live. We’re very blessed to be in this nation, right and blessed to have the many privileges that we all have and the choices we get to make and the choices, right, we get to choose how we live, how we think how we move how we eat, right?

Absolutely. And these affirmations I touched that being said earlier, they’re so powerful, and if they’re said daily and consistently, you choose the lifestyle that you want to live and you get to pre program your subconscious mind to deliver the goods. Absolutely right. So All right, so we got mental attitude is number one that’s thinking well, what’s next?

Let’s jump right into posture, because that’s talked about so much. Now, we still have so many people after the pandemic, working from home. And now more than ever, people are searching for solutions to the pain that they’re experiencing from their poor posture, right.

So some things posture can be, could be sleeping posture, it could be how we stand, right, so we sit. And that’s one of the topics we talked about in the length on one of our previous podcasts is just staying fit while you sit. So again, you can always go to South Orange and find our other blog where that’s in greater detail.

Right, so we did a whole ergonomics program on how to sit at your workstation and some tips that you can make. And we’re talking about ergonomic tips everyday with our patients. One of the things we do in the office is we do a posture analysis on the iPad, and we can prescribe specific exercises for your posture to help improve this, we want to take an aggressive role, and an active role in giving you exercises to enhance your posture. So we don’t end up bent over, right. And since we’re talking about exercises in posture.

We’ve got our favorite spine here. It’s like for instance, like when we’re looking at somebody’s posture, and they’re like this, we know that’s going to affect your knees, your ankles, your feet. And then if there’s a problem down in the base of the spine, it’s going to translate all the way up into your mid back and upper back. So it’s like finding where the problem is coming from so that you’re not treating just the pain. So for instance, we had a patient the other day, she’s not here for back pain, she’s here for knee pain. And she’s known in the past, that when no one else could find a solution for her knee pain, she came to South Orange chiropractic, and we found where her problem was coming from not just looking at the pain, and that’s the biggest problem with the healthcare system is everybody’s just so focused on where’s the pain? Well, if we don’t fix this, find the problem and fix it, fix it, the pain is always going to be below it or above it. So having a strong base to your spine allows the body to grow and exude that perfect posture that everyone’s looking for.

Right. So we look at the whole picture. Yeah, absolutely. Right. Because many times paint is referred. So I talked about exercise. Right? So thorough essential, right? You exercise this morning, you know, I like to every single morning,but you know, I woke up and I was I was tired. But I had a choice. And that choice was to feel better all day. Were staying in bed and think about how I could feel better all day.

Right? So part of my mental attitude, and my affirmation is to do something every single day. I said, I’m worth I’m worth a minute. And so let me start with a minute. And guess what, my minute turns into 15 minutes or 20 minutes. Because once you start the ball rolling, guess what you start getting into it and it starts make it makes a difference. So I do something every single day. It’s part of my affirmation. And then I take the action to it. And I think that’s the difference is that a lot of people think it but if they don’t take the action, then you can’t be well, right, unless you’re doing something and exercise is fundamental. What are some types of exercise that people should be doing?

The easiest one could be just walking. You know, it’s it’s cheap, it’s affordable. It’s convenient. It’s all around us. And right now the weather in this winter has been phenomenal. So there’s no excuses. And they recommend walking on a average of half an hour per day. And as we said before, in the past, you don’t have to do a half an hour, straight through. Even if you chunked it down. 10 minutes here, 10 minutes there. 10 minutes over there. It’s getting that exercise in. And then next you could do simple things. Three body weights squatting, if you can’t squat, you can. You can basically sit and sit from a chair and stand up a couple of times.

I gave one of our patients the exercise bands to use to do at their desk to do some biceps and chest stretching out their hamstrings. There was a talking about walking there was a study done by if you walked 30 minutes every day, you reduce most cancers diabetes, cardiovascular disease by a significant amount and reduce the use of antidepressants also yeah by significant amount so I don’t remember the percentages but it was significant just walking every day.

It improves your mental attitude and your your physical well being so that is funny that you mentioned that physical well being and mental attitude because that’s our Article of the week is how to fight stress naturally, and one of it is exercise and predominantly, it’s female based that you’re going to suffer more from anxiety and stress. I think it’s over 46% of females, and it goes so undiagnosed, but they’re saying exercise, nutrition, positive mental attitude, those are just key ways on how to one, fight depression, fight anxiety, and never have to go on to a medicated lifestyle.

Because interesting, going back to our statistics, 65% of the general public is medicated to some extent. I don’t think we’re suffering from lack of medication. I don’t think that’s the solution. It’s the patch, right? And like, I always say, would you put a piece of tape over your check engine light on your car, I know you get it checked right away. But for how we take care of our bodies, what do we do, we put a patch on it, we put a pillow over it because we want a quick fix. So exercise, cardio flexibility, strength training, and balance. So one of the things we work on a lot is balance, we have a whole balance protocol in the office to help people gain balance with vibrational plates, the Pro Adjuster which has oscillations for balancing the pelvis, so it’s a lot we can do as far as prescribing exercises. And our exercises are, in general, this specific to your X rays. So we look at those x rays many times and make sure that what we do is designed to help correct posture. So what else we got?

Let’s let’s talk about sleep. Because one is we all get it, but do we get enough of it? And how about if somebody is struggling? Like what are some key key components we can start right now, right? This very day to improve our sleep quality.

So I’m gonna say there’s many ways we can go. And one that makes a difference for me is room temperature. All right, because what happens is during the night, our body is designed to repair itself. So when you go into a deep sleep, it triggers the pituitary gland which produces growth hormone, thyroid stimulating hormone. And when that gland starts triggering the healing response, your body heats up. And it’s heats up not only to kill some of the bacteria, but also to heal the body. And then what happens is, if the room is not cool enough, guess what? You’re gonna awake during the night in the car, you’re too hot. Then you take the covers off, and then you’re too cold. So temperature ideal

is what? Absolutely. And then, oh temperature, what would be an ideal temperature?

For me? I love 64 degrees at night, right?

So you want to be in the 60s. Okay, let’s say that, you know, between 62 and 68, right, I you know, we’re at 65 in our house. And I’m still with just a very light blanket. And my wife, she likes it warmer so she can get the heavier one. It’s alright, that’s a another great tip is you know, darkness is it should be pitch dark in the room. And most of us have LEDs. We have our clocks, we have our team meetings, we have our alarms, those interrupts the patterns of sleep. And just quickly tonight, before you go to bed, just turn those lights off and see how dark it really is over a month.

And what about cell phones?

Oh my god, you gotta you got to put them on airplane mode already. Guys, if you’re using it as your lockbox, put it on airplane mode, and do not disturb because those transmissions that are coming through that phone are clinically proven to interrupt your sleep and cause your brain to become very active while you’re sleeping right when you want that REM cycle. And it’s it’s clearly inhibiting the process.

Also stay off of all electronics, at least an hour minimum an hour before bed. Because the blue light from computers from your iPads from your phones, they trigger the neurotransmitters in your brain to signal the brain that should be awake. You want to power down for bedtime. How do you feel after a good night’s sleep? Phenomenal. If you can conquer the world and you’re ready to go. You don’t want to wake up tired, more tossing and turning.

And then even the content of what you watch me for you to sleep. It’s chaos, which fear that’s on TV, the uncertainty the debt that they’re portraying through the news that can get you emotionally wild up and then it’s not gonna allow your body to decompress. So, turn that stuff off an hour before you go to bed and Let me tell you, you’re truly going to start to sleep better. Read a book, read a novel, or spend some more time with your kids on a board game that you know, kind of don’t do anymore about diet, drinking alcohol before bed.

You know what it is? Right? Spread it out, right? But how would if you’re still doing some of these things. And yet, you’re still having challenges to go to sleep. There’s awesome supplements in our practice that we’ve found, that have shown and giving patients back their lives because it’s proven, it’s effective. And we tried it out for many, many times or many years, until we recommend it to our patients. And one product is called muscle use PM. But when we add it in another magnesium form, which is ultimately just encapsulating that experience other people are looking for, which is through the entire night.

Let’s match also mentioned a good quality mattress, something that’s comfortable, not too firm, not too soft, but supportive, and a pillow. About a supportive pillow that support your net, right? You don’t want your neck propped up. If you’re sleeping on your side or your back. Do not sleep on your stomach. Right? Perfect. All right, so we got sleep, we got mental attitude, posture exercise. Wellness is sometimes what we’re putting in our body. Right? If I wake up, and I’m rushing to work, should I grab a Dunkin donuts and coffee on the way in maybe a little pizza for lunch? And then fast food for dinner? How’s that setting me up? Not good?

Yeah, not successful. So the old analogy is, you get garbage in, garbage out, your cells replicate every few years, but they replicate daily. So what you’re giving your body is what ultimately you’re going to become two or three days. So nutrition. And then you can start off every morning, they recommend one full 12 ounce glass of water just didn’t get your body, the energy and nutrients it needs. And it’s just water to wake you up because your body’s made up of how much water, right? So your muscles are 82% water, right? We have over 660 muscles in your body and they’re 82% water, we recommend half your body weight analysis, just to keep all the organs functioning properly, the body needs to be flushed out. You know, a lot of our patients are not at their ideal weight. And we tell them that, you know, by drinking the right amount of water, you’ll help it’ll help you approach your ideal weight. Right.

And there’s some awesome statistics about water. They say like just 1% of dehydration leads to headaches, hunger, right? It’s it’s not that it’s not because you’re you’re hungry. It’s because you’re thirsty that that hunger thirst mechanism kicks in is your body is hungry. And then they say headaches, muscle fatigue. So these are just reasons why drinkable water. And your diet can ultimately improve.

So if you’re filling your body with water, you’re you’re less addicted to the food that you think you need. So we were doing a program for years on raising healthy children in the schools. And it was about teaching parents to read the ingredients of the food that they’re giving their kids not to mention themselves. And if you can’t pronounce it, maybe you shouldn’t be eating it.

Yes. Right. So as far as the eat well think well move well, Mantra. As far as eating well, we might want to think about what’s processed processed foods are really part of the health problem today it’s putting on extra weight. We don’t want high fructose corn syrup, which they stopped putting on labels and now they’re putting HFCs or corn syrup, which is Fuch shelflife preservative and never leaves your body. Think about organic foods like about whole foods, things that come from this, God’s earth shouldn’t put it in this guy’s body if it’s not coming from Earth. Right? So we want you know, lean meats, more vegetables, right? But you know quality foods makes a difference. And then if you’re not getting your, your six to eight servings of fruits and vegetables every day, then supplementation might be necessary. We have a whole line of Whole Foods supplementation that helps our patients get what they need.

Right. It’s organic, and it’s grown on an organic farm. So you’re actually getting carrots, beets, kale, green leafy vegetables that are known to support the body and provide antioxidants which enriches the body with the protection against all types of diseases mentally and physically.

So spinal balance You know, as chiropractors, we know that the nervous system controls and coordinates the functions of every cell tissue and organ of the body. And when we do our assessment, we know if the nerve function is reduced, compromised, so that how can that organ function properly? How can you think properly? How can you digest properly, so a spinal balance is critical. That’s why sometimes we do the foot scans to check for pronation. That’s why we do the posture analysis.

We just had an interesting statistic that we posted on Instagram. It was about spinal mobility. And most people don’t realize if you have lack of spinal mobility, mobility, if that’s your entire brain, because your nutrition comes from your spine, ability to move. So what most people come here with is lack of movement. And what that creates is disease, irritation, and mental. Like I say, deficiencies.

So, in summing up the six facets, we have a booklet in the office called searching for health. And it’s free to every patient in that book. Here’s your wellness wheel where you can do a self assessment for yourself, and rate your six facets of health. And there are tips on this six facets of health. And if you’re deficient in any of them, we’re here to help you coach you to a better lifestyle. Because ultimately, it’s your lifestyle that determines your future. And to eliminate sickness and disease in the future. It’s not a given that as we get older, we have to be sicker and be on more medications. You can beat the statistics if you’re motivated. That’s right. I think we’re open to questions. If we have any. I think we summed up moving to wellness pretty well.

Webinar Host
Excellent. I think you did a good job today. Doctors. Thank you. We have a couple of comments. And then we have three questions here for you. So first, the comments. One comment about thank you for talking about the positive attitude. It’s a good reminder to get our heads right before we tackle our bodies. So just a comment in that a great to great reminder about that. Another comment about could you do a sleep seminar at some point in time and dive deeper into some of the tips and probably more of the tips that you had today?

Absolutely, yeah, we’ll put her on the schedule.

Webinar Host
Okay, excellent. Now over to our questions. Admittedly, I might get this, this word wrong. So help me out here. We have one audience member that was wondering about what type of help your clinic could do for someone suffering with? Is it neuropathy? neuropathy? neuropathy, neuropathy? Yes.

So what is it, it can be anywhere in the body, so we have to assess first where it’s coming from. But we found that nutritionally carved practically and some of the other equipment we talked about, which is a vibrational plate is helped patients tremendously. So we have the tools, we just have to diagnose how far long they suffer from neuropathy, because it can become a debilitating disease. And unfortunately, most people treat it at its very later stages. So it’s not going to be an overnight healer, our whole our whole approach to it has to be getting it quickly. When it’s just starting. So does it become lifelong? Right?

I have nothing to add to that we have to look at the history in detail. And you know, some cases are beyond what we can do. So, Dr. Rocks, you said it best if we catch it early enough. There might be some things we can do. But you know, there are times we can.

Webinar Host
Excellent. Okay, for the audience member that had that question. Please go to the website and booking an appointment and the doctors can have a look at you privately. See what we can do to help you out. Next question. Here. We have two more questions. So you talk about posture. Do you have recommendations about having correct posture when driving in the car? So you don’t want your seat at 90 degrees, you want to just a little bit below. All right. The other thing is, a lot of times we put one arm out, that should be to tend to alright, and we shouldn’t be leaning into the wheel. We should be able to be fixated against the backrest and having our arms just slightly bent. Right a lot of us were going at the posture we have one hand slosh to the right and that’s that’s a problem. We always tell our patients getting your best posture possible. When you’re in your car, set up your two sideview mirrors, and your rear view mirror. That your most ideal that as you’re going along the road to some most drive extended periods of time, check to see if you’re still able to see out of those mirrors as you did when you first started, that’s a good indication that your posture just may not be in check. We also say to our patients, you might want to add a little bit of back support, some cars don’t have them. So some of our police officers, their cars don’t have the firemen don’t have them, we say get it back support, it can be one of the pillows that we provide in the office. If your car does have that feature, you can increase your support to give your body back its natural curve that we’re all born with.

Right? So the ideal seat position, you want to make sure there’s a slight bend in your knees, your back should be between 110 and 130 degrees. If there is a low back support, just experiment, a lot of them are air generated, pump them up. If not, we have a couple of supports here in the office that we recommend. One is an air support where you can control the actual density of the support. Oh, we have low back support to build your chair or your vehicle. Right.

Webinar Host
And the last question that we have today is that the seminar covered some some topics around balance and balance training. So the question is, how early should balance training start?

Well, how soon do you realize your balance is not right? Soon as you realize something’s not right. Get some help, ask the questions. And then we can assess your your balance. So you know you can try and raise balance on one foot and see how hold how long you can hold it. If you can hold it for six seconds. on one foot, try the other one. And that’s an indication of a little test at home to see how walk bounce. It could be a pelvic imbalance. It could be a rotation of the pelvis, pelvis that’s throwing you off. It could be a dropped arch. It could be several things. Sometimes we found out what certain patients that their medication hasn’t been checked in a long time. And they have balance issues when they stand up. And their blood pressure medication how to be regulated. So there’s many different ways but the sooner you realize something’s not right. Don’t wait and play the game. Let me see what happens. get attention right away. Right. Absolutely.

Webinar Host
That is all the questions we have on the lineup for today. So I want to thank the audience for joining us and thank you doctors for making the time for today’s webinar. The recording and transcript will be available shortly on the website and have a great day.