Five Fibromyalgia Facts for Agoura Hills Residents

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Fibromyalgia is a condition that is becoming increasingly common, and it could be because we are better able to recognize it now than ever before.  The persistent symptoms of fibromyalgia have the potential to disrupt normal, everyday life.  With it being such a common condition, here are five facts that might be helpful to know:  

  1. 5 million Americans age 18 and over are affected.  80%-90% of these fibromyalgia sufferers are female.
  2. Fibromyalgia has been linked to certain diseases (such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus), illnesses, repetitive injuries, and stressful or traumatic life events.
  3. The most common fibromyalgia symptoms are widespread muscle pain and extreme fatigue, but sufferers can also experience headaches, memory problems, and tingling in the hands and feet.
  4. Fibromyalgia can be difficult to diagnose and treat, particularly because its symptoms can mimic many other health conditions.
  5. Research being conducted on fibromyalgia is focused on better understanding why people with fibromyalgia have an increased sensitivity to pain, if there is a genetic connection, and what role chronic inflammation might play.

Fibromyalgia Hope Found Through Upper Cervical Chiropractic

Many fibromyalgia sufferers and their families are hoping to find a solution – nobody wants to live with chronic pain and extreme fatigue day in and day out.  Unfortunately, most treatment approaches are aimed at medicating symptoms, which only serves to provide short-term relief.  People with fibromyalgia are finding hope and long-lasting relief with upper cervical chiropractic care, which is a unique niche within the greater chiropractic profession.

Upper cervical chiropractors look at a very specific area of the spine – the upper two vertebrae – and how it relates to the body's overall ability to function normally.  The atlas and axis vertebrae protect the brainstem, a critical component of the body's central nervous system.  Since fibromyalgia sufferers process pain differently, it only makes sense to examine the pathways over which pain signals travel.  An upper cervical misalignment can interfere with the normal transmission of pain signals and can lead to fibromyalgia symptoms.  Upper cervical chiropractic care is gentle, natural, and can be a lasting solution for those who are coping with fibromyalgia.

The Rider’s Spine: The Key to Stability On and Off Your Horse

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Welcome riders! Regardless of your discipline, skill level, age or physical ability, I’m here to share with you the benefits of upper cervical chiropractic for the equestrian. Whether your focus is dressage, jumping, barrel racing, trail riding or any equestrian pursuit, reducing your body’s imbalances and misalignments can improve your riding. If you’ve suffered an injury or are simply suffering from the toll that riding can take on your body, the specific, scientific approach of upper cervical chiropractic care may bring the relief you need.

Many riders seek chiropractic care for specific pain, such as:

  • pain in the back, neck or shoulders
  • problems with range of motion
  • chronic discomfort from previous injuries
  • perceived imbalances (one leg feels longer than the other, for instance)

Sometimes, an equestrian’s issues are less pronounced but still affect their riding and should be addressed. Most riders know what it feels like to be off balance or have experienced the sense of riding “against” the motion rather than “with” your horse. In riding, as in other sports, trying to put your body in the “correct” position is not the same as finding your center of balance and moving freely from a secure, centered foundation.
 
Sometimes, your own skeletal structure may be what’s hindering your progress. Working to improve areas such as your position, aids, flexibility, strength or overall riding skill are important goals. But if skeletal misalignments are preventing you from moving in a balanced, pain-free, comfortable way, you won’t reap the full benefit of all those other efforts.
 
Simply put, the biomechanics of horseback riding stresses your frame to begin with, and many riders have pre-existing skeletal issues that affect their posture and movement before they even get on their horse. Also, just like our horses, we tend to favor one side over the other, which can accentuate imbalances.
 
Ideally, our bodies naturally adjust to the stresses of our athletic pursuits. But sometimes, they need a nudge in the right direction to help the healing process begin. The scientific evaluation provided at each check up allows me to determine if and when an adjustment is needed, and to make a small and specific correction that is more likely to provide lasting results.

Coming Back Into Balance

  • Realigning your skeletal system can alleviate pain and set your body up to better handle the impact of riding
  • Better control over your own body can help you use more subtle and correct aids and more clearly influence your horse
  • Helping your body correct misalignments can provide more energy and focus during riding and everyday activities

Adjusting Your Priorities

You probably spend a lot of time, money and energy on your horse’s well being. If you’re competing, that might even include bodywork, chiropractic, acupuncture, laser therapy or other treatments for your horse. Of course, each of these therapies can be valuable in addressing problems or preventing future issues. But don’t forget to focus on your body as well. A skeletal misalignment may be the sticking point in your continued progress, and bringing your body back into balance might be the catalyst needed to improve your riding performance -- and help your horse do HIS job more easily.

Lower Back Pain—A Common Concern when Heavy Lifting

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Lower back pain is the bane of the existence of anyone doing heavy lifting. Whether you are shoveling snow in the winter, gardening in the summer, or working out at the gym, lifting properly is important. We’re going to look at a few suggestions for keeping your lower back healthy while working or enjoying a hobby that involves lifting, and then we will consider a natural way to seek lower back treatment. 
 

Techniques to Protect Your Lower Back

Maintaining proper posture is a vital part of keeping your lower back healthy and avoiding conditions such as sciatica. Here are a few suggestions:  

  • Lift with your legs – To do this, you need to be close to whatever you are picking up and bend at the knees instead of the waist.
  • Position feet properly – When you lift with your legs, it is important to keep your feet approximately the width of your shoulders apart.
  • Team lift when necessary – Some loads are too heavy for one person to lift even with the proper technique. Don’t be afraid to ask a coworker or friend for assistance. You’ll need even more help if you hurt yourself.
  • Strengthen your core – Your core is very important to maintaining a straight back when lifting. When your core is strong, you can lift more weight without involving your back.
  • Take breaks – don’t stay bent over for hours at a time. This holds true with any activity that requires a person to get close to the ground, even if heavy lifting is not involved.
  • Stretch before and after – Stretching is important for warming up muscles and keeping them from being sore. 

Blair Upper Cervical Care for Lower Back Pain

How can an upper neck adjustment help your lower back? Posture is key to lower back health, and the alignment of your C1 and C2 are vital to posture. Even a slight misalignment of the upper neck can cause one shoulder to drop, a hip to turn, and even one leg to be shorter. Upper cervical care is a great way to maintain your spine health and posture.

Finding Natural Migraine Relief Has to Start with the Brain Stem

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Most people who suffer from migraines have their first one in their teens or early 20s. 9 out of 10 experience the first attack before age 40. In some cases, women who experience migraines may see a connection between this condition and their menstruation cycle. About half of female migraine patients find this to be true. Therefore, one may conclude that hormones can be connected to the onset of migraines in some patients.

How Changing Hormone Levels Increase Migraines

Interestingly, nearly half of female responders who have migraines stated that their condition worsened when they went through menopause and afterward. Once again, there may be a link to a change in hormone levels. Women report that both severity and frequency of attacks increased during this time. 

Something else to consider, however, is that the brain stem has been seen to play a part in migraines. This is important because the brain stem has the important job of controlling breathing, digestion, and regulating hormones, among other things. Therefore, if the brain stem has stopped working at its optimum, migraines may be the end result. What causes a problem with the brain stem?

Finding Help for Migraines

A study compiled the results for 101 headache and migraine patients who received upper cervical chiropractic care. They reported seeing improvement in as little as one or two adjustments. Yes, all of them saw a decrease in the amount and severity of headaches or migraines. Some even saw the problem completely resolved. 

The issue here has to do with the C1 and C2 vertebrae. If they are misaligned, they can be putting undue pressure on the brain stem, causing it no longer to work properly. Communication between the brain and body breaks down, culminating in migraines and other health problems. 

Using a gentle technique to help the bones of the neck to move back into place naturally, allows the body to take over and repair any damage. Once normal function of the brain stem is restored, many have found that migraines are greatly helped. 

3 Categories of Temporomandibular Joint Disorders

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The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is the joint on each side of the face that connects the mandible (lower jaw bone) with the rest of the skull.  These jaw joints are heavily utilized – they move every time we talk, yawn, or chew our food.  However, when one or both sides of the jaw are not functioning properly, it can lead to pain and discomfort while doing simple day to day activities.  While exact numbers are not known, it is estimated that over 10 million Americans are affected by disorders of the TMJ.

Disorders of the jaw can be placed into three main categories:

  1. Problems with the muscles that control jaw movement and function.
  2. Issues within the joint, such as with the disc or condyle of the jaw.
  3. Arthritis that causes degeneration, inflammation, or both within the TMJ

TMJ Problems Can Start in the Neck

Many people don't realize how close the joints of the jaw are on either side of the face to the uppermost vertebra in the spine (the atlas).  The way the head is able to sit on the neck has a large influence on both the resting position and the movement of the jaw.  The atlas can shift out of normal alignment as a result of an accident or injury, or from daily wear and tear.  When this happens, it can affect jaw alignment as well as compromise the nerves that control the function of the muscles of the jaw and face.

Correcting the root cause, in this case the atlas misalignment, can begin the healing process, which may lead to lasting relief from TMJ disorders.  Upper cervical chiropractic care focuses specifically on atlas alignment and how it relates to the body's overall ability to function normally.  Once we identify the problem, correcting the atlas is gentle and precise. Some patients even report an immediate improvement in their level of jaw discomfort.

5 Facts About Migraines in Agoura Hills, CA

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For those who have not experienced the terrible pain of a migraine episode, you may think that it just feels like a really bad headache.  There is definitely more than meets the eye when it comes to migraines, and there are many myths circulating out there.  The truth is that migraines are an extremely common neurological condition – over 1 billion people worldwide are affected.

  1. 1 out of 4 migraine sufferers experience aura – visual disturbances that will accompany an attack.  An aura can cause a person to see spots, wavy lines, or flashes of light.
  2. Migraines tend to run in families – about 90% of those affected have a family history of migraine.
  3. Children are impacted by migraines too – half of all migraine sufferers experienced their first attack before the age of 12.
  4. $36 billion a year is spent on healthcare costs associated with migraines across the United States.
  5. Migraines disproportionately affect women – 3 times more women than men deal with migraines at some point in life.

Dealing with Migraines the Natural Way

In order to address migraines on any ongoing basis, the root cause must be identified and addressed.  Otherwise, you get stuck in a symptom-chasing game that leaves you scrambling for solutions when you're feeling bad.  Migraines can often be linked to a small misalignment of the vertebra that sits at the very top of the neck just beneath the skull.  When the atlas is not aligned properly, it can contribute to migraines in at least three ways – pressure on the brainstem hindering normal brain-body signals, disruption of normal blood flow to and from the head, and an interruption of normal cerebrospinal fluid flow.


As an upper cervical chiropractor, I am specifically trained to analyze for and correct misalignments of the atlas.  The atlas can move in more complex ways than any other vertebra in the spine, and this requires a different level of expertise to address thoroughly.  Our atlas corrections are gentle, specific, and designed to hold.  This restores your body's ability to heal and function normally, which can ultimately give you the lasting migraine relief you've been looking for.

How the Upper Cervical Spine is Related to Lower Back Pain

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A large number of people have experienced lower back pain at one time or another. Gravity plays a role in this as it causes the lower back to carry the majority of a person’s weight. Therefore, it makes sense that one would experience some pain or discomfort after lifting a heavy object or sitting still for an extended period of time. However, when this pain becomes chronic, it is time to do something about it. 

In some cases, the pain continues from the lower back down the sciatic nerve into the buttocks and then on into one of the legs. This pain can become extreme, limiting a person’s ability to perform simple daily tasks such as dressing and taking a shower.

Where to Find Help for Lower Back Pain

Chiropractic care has been known for many years to be able to help with lower back pain. In our office, we take an alternative approach to this type of care. It may sound strange at first, but we focus on the top bone of the spine that lies in the upper neck. However, the link between the lower back and neck is very strong.

Due to the mobility of the upper neck and the shape of the atlas or C1 vertebra, this bone is susceptible to misalignment. This can be due to an injury or even daily repetitive actions. In turn, muscle spasms, posture changes, and pain can occur. If the muscles on one side of the body tighten up, this often leads to one hip becoming elevated causing the leg on that side to be shorter than the other side. This creates an imbalance in the spine that stresses the sciatic nerve and the lower back in general.

I consider the atlas bone to be the key to the health of the entire back. By readjusting this bone using a gentle, specific technique that is tailored to each individual person, I am able to help those suffering from pain to find lasting relief that really works.

Fibromyalgia – What Are the Symptoms and How Common Is It?

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Fibromyalgia is a painful condition that affects the entire body. It is now recognized that, rather than being a musculoskeletal condition, fibromyalgia is connected to the function of the central nervous system as well as some vascular factors. What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia? How prevalent is the occurrence of this condition in the US? Read on to learn more.

What Are the Symptoms of Fibromyalgia?

If you were to ask a person what he or she thought the symptoms of fibromyalgia are, most people could only come up with pain. However, fibromyalgia is so much more than just a chronic pain condition. Consider the following list of other symptoms:

  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Cognitive difficulties (i.e. concentration and memory)
  • Headaches or migraines
  • IBS
  • Stiffness in the morning
  • Numbness or tingling in the feet and hands

While some fibromyalgia patients may only experience some of the symptoms note above along with their pain, any or all of these symptoms may be experienced at some time.

How Many People Have Fibromyalgia?

According to the CDC website, fibromyalgia affects about 5 million people in the US. However, that information is admittedly outdated as being from 2005. According to the National Fibromyalgia Association, 10 million people are estimated to be dealing with fibromyalgia in the US. Both sites note that the number of women with fibromyalgia outnumbers men by about 7 to 1. However, it has been suggested by researchers that men may just be less likely to be willing to go through the many doctor’s visits and tests to a get a diagnosis that requires eliminating the possibility of many other conditions first. As a result, many men may simply be diagnosed with several symptomatic conditions like IBS and depression. 

Natural Relief from the Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

n many cases, the onset of fibromyalgia follows head or neck trauma. This makes sense because such a trauma can cause an upper cervical misalignment. This, in turn, can affect the way the body processes pain. How? Pressure placed on the brainstem may disrupt the proper sending and receiving of pain signals between the brain and body. Additionally, inhibited vertebral blood flow can result in certain parts of the brain getting too much or too little blood (both are factors noted in fibromyalgia patients by researchers). 


To learn more, schedule an appointment for a consultation today. A gentle adjustment to correct an upper cervical misalignment may be the first step on the road to less fibromyalgia pain.

Reflections on Health

I've been really excited while doing re-exams lately. I'm nerdy if you hadn't noticed and I get so giddy seeing how much posture can change over such a short amount of time.

What I found out is that many people don't usually know what the excitement is all about.

I wanted to take a quick moment to show you with some pictures what it means when you look at your posture in the mirror and its greater effect on your health.

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Normal Posture

The best place to start would be to see what NORMAL looks like. 

When you look in the mirror, NORMAL posture is seeing your ears, shoulders, and hips level.

This means that the body is in good posture and there is limited interference in normal body function.

 

 
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Poor Posture

So what happens when you look in the mirror and that's not what you see?

If you see that your glasses or sunglasses are a little crooked on your face or that your shoulders aren't level, or even notice that your pants sit unevenly on your hips, you could be experiencing UNRESOLVED ADAPTION..

What is UNRESOLVED ADAPTATION and why is it important?

If you're experiencing UNRESOLVED ADAPTATION, also known as poor postur, then at some point in your life you've probably experienced a slip, fall, or injury OR chronic poor posture from school or work.

This then caused the atlas, the tiny little bone at the top of your neck, to move slightly out of place. When this happens your head will also tilt a little out of place. 

Here is the cool part... your brain is so smart it's not going to let you walking around looking at the world all crooked! It then tips your head back just enough so that your eyes come back to level. Because of the small misalignment of the atlas, your body will then try to shift all the way down and adapt to the little bone being out of place.

Why does this matter to your health? In the short term, everything shifting in your body will cause the muscles to get sore and spasm causing neck, back, and shoulder pain that will potentially make it all the way down into the hips, knees, and ankles.

In the long term, when the atlas is out of place, even just a tiny bit, the messaging from your brain to your organs starts to become interrupted. This means bad messaging to your heart, pancreas, lungs, all your organs. 

Over a long period of time, this chronic bad messaging may show up as chronic health problems: high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma... all because your body stopped adapting and getting the correct messages from your brain!

Next time you look in the mirror, what is YOUR posture telling you?

You may not be experiencing any physiological symptoms yet, but having poor posture is an early indicator of problems in your health to come.

If you feel it's time for a change, let's work together to change the man in the mirror for lasting results in 2017. Not only will it be good for your health, but you'll find yourself with more energy and focus to do the things you love!

The Calm Before the Storm...

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October is one of those special months I notice every year.

The craziness of back to school has finally settled and there is this quiet, calm feeling as everyone gears up for the holiday chaos that begins the week of Thanksgiving.

It's also one of my busiest months. Just as everyone prepares the physical buildings they live in when they know a storm is approaching with sandbags and supplies for living comfortably, many people are actually preparing their bodies for the same crazy, stressful storm of the holidays that they're going to experience.

It makes sense right? If you're going to prepare your space, you should probably also prepare yourself? To be adaptable and ready to take on all the meetings, and deadlines, and parties, and family time that while very enjoyable, is also pretty taxing on the body.

Making sure your body is adaptable to stress will keep you calm, pain free, have stronger immune function, and full of the energy you need to get through the holidays. Know what determines how adaptable you are? The brain and nervous system!

And a bonus? On New Years Eve you won't have to prep a resolution to take care of yourself better next year. You already will be 3 months ahead, cruising through the first of the year already on your way to accomplishing a resolution that may never have happened "one day".

So, if you're like many of my other clients and you want a leg up on the crazy season that's about to be upon us, give me a call at 805-244-6769 to set up a phone consultation. We can see where you're at and put together your plan for getting through the next few months with ease. 

Connect soon, October will be over before you know it!

Nutrition: So Many Soups!

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So, I'll take a moment to be honest that I LOVE when it starts to get a little chilly out.

Not because I love wearing cold weather clothing, but because I can go back to a regular routine of having soup!

I'm not really a smoothie person and the usual way I recommend to get more fruits/vegetables into your diet is either by making smoothies or making soup.

So for today, I wanted to share with you a great resource I found with 25 Soups and Stews Guaranteed to Keep You Toasty this Fall.

Take a peak and let me know what you want to try in the comments!

f you have any questions or concerns, remember I'm always here for you. The journey to better health and lasting quality of life should be filled with love, laughter, and support.

Sleep: Nap Time for Grown Ups!

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So I'm one of those smart chiropractors, the kind that knows you're not going to go home and do like 15 exercises that I might recommend.

The one homework I have that I know over 85% of my practice actually does: Nap Time for Grown Ups!

In a society where we're always go, go, go wishing we had just a moment in the day to stop, Doctor's Orders to take a nap are JUST PERFECT!

I usually recommend that my patient's find 15 minutes twice a day to stop and rest on their neck bone pillow. It give them a chance to slow down and gives the body a mini healing session. Bonus is that on the neck bone pillow, they get passive stretching to put the neck back into proper alignment for optimal brain/body messaging. 

The more often your body gets a chance to rest, the less overworked it feels and the more healing that will get done. This means you have more energy to do what you need to do!

So, give your body a break every now and then. It needs you to!

Doctor's orders!

If you have any questions or concerns, remember I'm always here for you. The journey to better health and lasting quality of life should be filled with love, laughter, and support. 

Hydration: Water Math

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After Adaptation (making sure your nervous system is clear and balanced), and Restoration (giving your body the rest it needs to heal), Hydration is the most important thing your body needs to keep functioning the way it was designed.

So, as we close out the summer and great ready to move into the fall months where it may not be as easy to remember to drink your water, here is one simple place you can look to have all the tips you need to get your daily water intake in!

Make sure you know how much you need to drink!

Water Math (I'll be honest, it's the only math I'm really good at)

Your body weight in pounds divided by 2 is the number of ounces you should be drinking daily. When exercising, I also recommend an extra 8 oz for every 30 minutes of exercise.

So, now that you have your number... How are you going to drink all that water?

Purely because its annoying, I highly recommend you find the largest water bottle you're willing to carry. If you can handle a 24 to 32oz bottle, it's best. Once you have that figured out, take your total number of ounces and divide that by the number of ounces your bottle carries. Now you know how many refills you need to drink!

In the morning, if you need 3 or 4 or really whatever number refills, take that many rubber bands and wrap them around your water bottle. As you refill, take one off! (You may also want to prep a 16 oz glass by your bedside for the morning)

Start by drinking 16 oz, first thing in the morning upon waking. This is a great way to start your day and flush your system.

After that, drink up to 8 oz every 20 minutes and not more often then that. When you chug water, it truly goes right through your system and is almost of no use to you. Not chugging your water will really be helpful in limiting bathroom trips as well.

At this rate, you can probably be done with your water intake by lunch. so even if you only drink 16 oz of water every hour, you can spread your water intake through out the day without getting to close to bedtime.

Set an alarm if you need to! When I first started preparing for Baby #1, and how all these essentials came into my life, I drank very limited water. I really did have to set an alarm to get serious about my water intake. Use a fitness app to track it, the rubber band system, find whatever works for you. 

Being serious about your hydration can truly change your health.

So for anyone that got a little lost with my math, here is an example:

180 lb person will need to drink 90 oz of water per day.

If they are using a 24 oz water bottle and they drink 16 oz first thing in the morning, the balance is 74 oz.

74 / 24 is approx 3 refills

At 16 oz an hour, water intake will be complete by noon! (4 sips every 15 minutes, or 8 sips every 30 minutes)

(Remember to add in extra water for exercise time)

If you have any questions or concerns, remember I'm always here for you. The journey to better health and lasting quality of life should be filled with love, laughter, and support. 

Nutrition: Start Snacking!

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Snacking happens, so why not snack smart?

As we rush back to school, these healthy snacks are not only great for our kiddos, but also for us!

Are you one of those people who looks for a snack shortly after your morning coffee or mid day as the work day is starting to wind down or not just there yet?

Protein based snacks will give you the energy you need to keep going longer than your quick carbohydrate filled treat you've been thinking about, be much healthier, and will help you last longer until its actually meal time.

Check out the link for 27 Healthy & Portable High-Protein Snacks and make a list of your favorites.

Here are few of my and Karina's favorites to try:

Nut Butter Boat
2 tbsp natural nut butter with 1 cup apple or celery slices: 8.3 grams protein

Mini Bean & Cheese Quesadilla
1/2 cup black beans, 1 tablespoon salsa, and 1 slice cheddar cheese in a small whole wheat tortilla: 17.9 grams protein

Hummus Dippers
1/3 cup hummus with 1/2 cup mixed vegetable sticks: 6.7 grams protein

Protein Bites
1 1/2 tbsp nut butter, 3 tbsp oats, 1/2 tbsp honey, 1/2 tbsp dark chocolate chips, rolled into balls: 8 grams protein

"Cheesy Popcorn"
3 cups air-popped popcorn coated with 2 tbsp nutritional yeast and a sprinkle of salt: 8.9 grams protein

Leave a comment with your favorite high protein snack below!

f you have any questions or concerns, remember I'm always here for you. The journey to better health and lasting quality of life should be filled with love, laughter, and support. 

Motion: Spotlight on Mass Suit

MASS Suit is the world’s breakthrough patented wearable tool that caters to the masses. The Suit is designed to minimize injuries and maximize the benefit to the body, targeting muscles groups to ultimately provide faster fitness results in less time. Each movement the body makes, it works against the resistance bands, providing full body muscle strengthening that enhance and increase.

PROS:

  • One size fits all
  • Can travel with it.
  • Increases speed, explosion, power, strength, core strength, balance and agility.
  • Used for Athletics, therapeutic and special needs.  
  • Can be used with any fitness routine to intensify it
  • Can be used in the pool or on a bike

CONS:

  • Hard workout
  • Keeps pushing you to work harder
  • Have to read the directions for use at least one time to put it on
  • Not made for the weak

ACTIVITY BEST FOR:
The type of person that would be ideal for utilizing the MASS Suit are people who are serious about getting fit. People who really want to lose weight and get toned. Athletes who want to become the best and increase their performance levels in shorter time. People who have hip, knee, foot injuries and want to take away pain. Great for all athletes and military training. People who want a serious workout but only have 20-30 minutes to exercise. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Jesse Nicassio was a former professional athlete in the NFL. He was mentored under Legendary UFC fighter Bas Rutten in Mixed Martial Arts. He is a 3rd generation inventor and a fitness enthusiast.

Phone: 818-865-9922
Email: jesse@MassSuit.com
Website: www.JukePerformance.com
 

The Best Thing to Help You HOLD a Correction

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I have patients asking me all the time what they can do to help hold their correction.

Sadly the answer they don't want to hear is rest! Rest is when your body gets a chance to heal.

Here are three things I've noticed that help my patients hold their corrections longer:

1. Actually take my recommendations for rest. The only homework I usually give to my patients is to find 15 minutes 2 times a day where they can rest. Really and simply rest. No other multi-tasking except maybe prayer, meditation, or a guided relaxation.

2. These patients that rest often really start noticing their results when they realize their sleeping longer and more deeply.

3. Those that take the extra step to sleep on the neck bone pillow promote passive stretching and restoration of the proper cervical curve. Many even take it up a notch by purchasing a zero gravity chair for their home or office. (If you'd like more info on purchasing one, please connect with me directly as I can usually get you a nice discount!)

That's it! For most people all that needs to happen is treat your body right and give it the time it needs to rest and heal. All things will start to fall into place!

f you have any questions or concerns, remember I'm always here for you. The journey to better health and lasting quality of life should be filled with love, laughter, and support. 

Taking Control of Asthma

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Asthma is one of the fastest growing chronic conditions in the United States.

An asthma attack can be triggered by different types of types of irritants including dust, pollen, perfume, stress, pet hair, and food additives, but they are not the primary cause of the attack.

So what should we be looking for?

The focus on medical science has shifted from managing symptoms of asthma to controlling the mechanism as a means of solving and preventing asthma and other respiratory related conditions.

Breathing is controlled by centers in the brain, the main one being the respiratory center which is found in the medulla oblongata. From here, the nerve impulses are sent to the respiratory muscles, causing them to expand or contract.

Nerve impulses also control the tone of the bronchial tubes. The sympathetic system opens or dilates the bronchial tubes, and the parasympathetic system closes or constricts them.

If the brain and nervous system messaging is STUCK due to interference of the atlas, the top bone in the neck, function of respiration will become impaired and the body will loose its ability to ADAPT and function as designed.

Getting checked for to see if your body is stuck and unable to work properly should be the first step to healing your body and seeing if lack of proper messaging is the reason for your asthma as well as the solution to a easy breathing future.

For more information and the full health report, CLICK HERE.

If you have any questions or concerns, remember I'm always here for you. The journey to better health and lasting quality of life should be filled with love, laughter, and support. 

Your Home, Your Haven – What you should beware of in your home…

What is making you sick in your home?

After we buy our house we feel as if our home is our safe haven for our emotional well being and our health. We do everything we can to keep our houses clean and buy the right products, but there may be a few things that most people may not know about or even be aware that is harming their health at home.

So think back to that home inspection when the inspector pointed out that the duct work in the attic may have Asbestos.

How about the vinyl floor in the bathroom or kitchen that hasn’t been replaced yet? How are your shower curtains made? Did you check your water source, what’s in your water? Did you buy new flame resistant furniture or carpets for the your house? What about your electronics?

As innocent as it may sound, not knowing about these Harmful 4 can damage your health. It’s better to be safe than sorry because  good health lasts a lifetime.

4 DANGERS LURKING IN YOUR HOME:

Asbestos:  
What it is: A naturally occurring fibrous mineral found in Housing insulation, drywall, artificial fireplace logs,toys
Health Hazard: Mesothelioma, a fatal cancer
What You Should Know: Asbestos in products is not always labeled, and while most manufacturers have abandoned it or reduced its levels, it's still not banned by the U.S. government

Decabromodiphenyl Ether (DECA):
What it is: A flame retardant, found in Electronics, furniture and carpets
Health Hazards: Permanent learning and memory deficits; hearing defects; decreased sperm count in animals
What You Should Know: Following EPA advice, the industry began phasing out the chemical in December 2009

Phthalates: 
What They Are: Chemicals that give plastic its resilience and flexibility, found in Toys, raincoats, shower curtains, vinyl flooring, detergents, food packaging, shampoos
Health Hazards: Animal studies show reduced sperm counts and reproductive abnormalities; evidence of a link to liver cancer in humans
What You Should Know: Congress passed legislation in 2008 to ban six phthalates from toys and cosmetics

Fluoride: 
What It Is: A form of the basic element fluoride, found in Toothpaste and tap water.
Health Hazards: Neurotoxic and potentially tumorigenic if swallowed; the American Dental Association advises that children under 2 not use fluoride toothpaste
What You Should Know: Government studies support current fluoride levels in tap water, but studies on long-term exposure and cancers are ongoing.

 
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About the Author:

Aleksandra is a native to the area and familiar to the particular needs of the community. Aleks believes that every individual is as unique as the homes they live in. Ultimately a house is not a home until you find the right one. Aleks has worked in the real estate industry since 1999 and has found that integrity is the main ingredient to any successful real estate relationship. She is an E-pro specialist as well as being an International Presidents Circle award winner. Whether you are moving across town or across country, let her HUNT for YOUR dream home. She is your Home HUNTing specialist!

Phone: 818-451-9029
Email: Hunt4Homes@Dilbeck.com
Website: aleksandrahunt.dilbeck.com

The Most Ignored Stress Factor

Living too long or dying too soon…..
 
Proper planning can reduce stress for you and for your loved ones.  We help families and business owners prepare for living too long and for dying to soon.

Living too long can be a huge financial burden but there are options to leverage your dollars today so you can take care of yourself later. 

What if you couldn’t dress or bathe yourself? 

Four myths that may stop you from planning for long term care expenses:

1.  It won’t happen to me!

  • Reality is 70% of all individuals turning 65 will need some form of long term care during their lifetime

2.  Medicare and Medicaid have me covered!

  • Reality is that Medicare only covers a portion of skilled nursing costs up to 100 days. Medicaid is only available for those with limited income/assets

3.  That’s what my savings are for!

  • Reality is that the average cost of care in a nursing home is over $97k. This will deplete savings and assets very rapidly

4.  My family will take care of me!

  • Women caring for ill parents are twice as likely as non caregivers to experience depression or anxiety.  The overall cost to a female caregiver is estimated at almost $325,000 because of lost wages and diminished working hours


Dying too young can also be a financial burden for families and business owners.  If you weren’t here today, how would that affect your loved ones or your employees.  Who would educate your children and how would they pay the mortgage without your income. 

Even if you have life insurance it is important to review your policies to review beneficiaries, coverage and pricing.  Consider the importance of estate or legacy planning as well as charitable giving in addition to family protection.

The most important part of this equation is openly communicating your needs and desires and sharing them with those you love.

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About the Author:

Dina Mabry is a founding principal at BGA Premier Insurance Solutions, Inc. in Westlake Village.  Dina and her team offer solutions for long term care, life insurance and disability insurance.  She offers complementary reviews of your current policies.

Phone: 818-601-3049
Email: dinam@bgainsuranc.com
Website: www.bgapremierinsuranc.com

The Kitchen Necessity Busy People MUST Have!

By Glen Edelson from ATLANTA, USA (Agi's Hungarian Beef Stew) [CC BY 2.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Glen Edelson from ATLANTA, USA (Agi's Hungarian Beef Stew) [CC BY 2.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Have you guessed it?

Of course you have! It's the Crock Pot.

As a busy mom and professional who is always running around, there are definitely days where I'm wondering what to make for dinner.

I usually try to plan ahead, and there are times I just don't know what to make. But, when I do plan ahead (that's step one), and get stuff in the slow cooker in the morning I know I'm not going to be worried all day wondering what I'm going to throw together when I get home!

So, for you today I have this great resource! It's 77 Healthy Recipes you can make with a Crock Pot!

Breakfasts, soups, snacks, entrees, and more! A whole bunch of new recipes for you to try. How many do you think you can make in one week?!

I loved my slow cooker before, but I think I'm going to be counting on it even more.

If you have any awesome slow cooker recipes that you love, make sure to post them in the comments for us to learn them too!

If you have any questions or concerns, remember I'm always here for you. The journey to better health and lasting quality of life should be filled with love, laughter, and support.