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Is Technology Stressing You Out?

Posted by on Mar 25, 2014 in Stress | 0 comments

Today, we have instant communication with anyone around the world. We can shop, study, and find any information we need online, never having to physically interact with anyone. High-tech machines are making discoveries we never could have imagined before, whether it is inside our bodies or in outer space. The Stress of No Internet Connection Though in so many ways technology makes life easier, it also creates stress. Just think of how anxious you feel when you don’t have Internet connection! Add this to the pressure we feel when we forget our cellphones or think we don’t have enough time to check and answer all of our emails. Forgetting How to Interact Personally These days we are spending so much time online that we are forgetting how to interact in a personal way with each other. Always feeling like we have to be available through our smart phones and laptops, we are anxious to connect, but hardly ever meet face to face where we can hear each other’s tone of voice and look each other in the eye. Loosing Focus We’ve become great multi-taskers, but we often lack focus because too many things are going on at once. We compromise our safety when we tackle several tasks at once, whether we’re making a phone call while driving or texting while we’re walking down the stairs. Less Sleep, Misunderstandings, and Little Quiet Time Our fixation with social media sites deprives us of the extra amount of sleep we need. Responding to unimportant information on Facebook has taken the place of meeting friends in person. Misunderstandings through email conversations happen all the time, and the sensation that we have to answer every email message right away interferes with taking care of the quiet time we need. Isolated in a False Sense of Popularity Technology can make us feel isolated even though we’re connected with everyone, including all of the social media friends we’ve never met. Making demands on our time, we don’t set limits as we build a false sensation of popularity. Connected and In Touch We believe connectivity means something entirely different than all of the above. To be connected is to be in touch with oneself, which means body, mind, and spirit. …But Not Connected At All We completely agree that technology is a wonderful thing and we respect it for all of its gifts. But as healers, we see what the misuse of these gifts can do, whether it is misalignment of the spine from sitting glued to a computer, getting headaches because of the constant gaze at a screen, and becoming unduly stressed out because of the pressures of having to be “connected” when really we’re not connected at all. Our Advice Live Well Holistic Health provides chiropractic and other healthful modalities to relieve the symptoms of stress. To remove the root cause, we advise joining live groups where you can do something you enjoy with others, like learning a new language or taking a dance or yoga class. We advise you to stay fit through exercise and eat healthy foods. Speak with people face to face, hug your friends and family, and in general, make physical contact whenever possible. Contact Us For more advice on how to lead a stress-reduced life, contact us today at 610 896...

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Ashwagandha: An Indian Herb for Stress and Anxiety

Posted by on Mar 15, 2014 in Natural Healing, Stress | 1 comment

A small evergreen perennial herb growing up to five feet tall with oval leaves and yellow flowers, Ashwagandha is actually a member of the tomato family. As one of the most powerful adaptogenic herbs, its roots have been used in Aryuvedic medicine for thousands of years for its remarkable properties. An Herb of Many Properties Ashwagandha’s properties are many, working on the entire body rather then just a single area. Used to relieve stress and anxiety, increase resistance to fatigue, strengthen the immune system, stabilize blood sugar, lower cholesterol, reduce brain cell degeneration, and function as an anti-inflammatory and anti-malarial medicine, it is an extremely vital herb that is loaded with potent antioxidants. Boosting the Entire System Also called Indian Ginseng because of its rejuvenating properties, Ashwagandha helps to protect the body’s cellular structure, as well as the integrity of DNA. Protecting the nervous system, the herb helps to neutralize environmental toxins and boost the entire system when poor nutrition has been the norm. Protecting Brain Cells, Fighting Cancer Scientific studies show that Ashwagandha protects brain cells against stress and that it can possibly be a viable alternative when treating Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Seeking and destroying free radicals that cause aging and disease, it has also undergone Western research to validate its anti-carcinogenic properties. Treating the Nervous System Safely We advocate avoiding the use of pharmaceuticals for depression and anxiety, as they often cause negative side effects. Instead, using Ashwagandha to eliminate stress is an effective way to treat the nervous system safely. Far-Reaching Properties Used in the over 5,000-year-old healthcare practice of Ayurveda, Ashwagandha is often prescribed for increasing energy, stamina, and greater sexual dynamism. When used in appropriate strengths, its properties can be extremely far-reaching, with patients reporting immediate relief of stress, anxiety, low energy, and diminished brainpower. Matching the Highest Organic Criteria Of course, one of the most essential factors in using the herb is to first make sure of your source. Ensuring that it is grown from a certified organic producer in a completely organic manner will guarantee that you get the most out of its properties. This means that all practices match up to the highest organic criteria, including management, cultivation, harvesting, production, and packaging. If you are buying Ashwagandha in capsule form, the capsules should be made of vegetable material and the contents should be without fillers or additives. A pure product will provide much better results than one of lesser quality. Providing the Best Products Native to dry areas of India, Northern Africa, Middle East, Ashwagandha is now grown in mild climates, including in the United States. Working with Aryuvedic medicine here at Live Well Holistic Health, we are able to provide you with the best products in order to help you achieve the balance you deserve. Contact Us For more information on Ashwagandha and how it can help relieve stress and enhance the immune system, call us today at 610 896...

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How To Relieve Stress With These 5 Stretching Exercises

Posted by on Sep 24, 2013 in Stress | 0 comments

There is no other force in our modern lives more responsible for off-setting the natural mind/body balance like stress. Responding to constant stress has our shoulders tense, our backs clenched and our jaws locked. Undue stress puts strain on our hearts, increases our blood pressure, affects our capacity to think and act clearly and disrupts sleep patterns. Stretching the mind/body by means of conscious expansion, rather than force, is an excellent way to regain body harmony, peace and balance. Here are a few simple ways of stretching that can help eliminate stress. Take a deep breath, exhale, and read on.

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The Hidden Causes of Back Pain

Posted by on Mar 18, 2013 in Ayurveda, Back Pain, Pain, Stress, Therapy, Yoga | 0 comments

As a chiropractor I am often asked why so many people get low back pain. Obviously, if someone has a car accident or a slip and fall, the low back can suffer from pulled muscles, vertebrae out of alignment and inflammation. But what about all the people who develop back pain without an obvious initiating cause? Countless times in my practice a patient would come in holding their back and tell me all they did was pick up a sock off the floor and ‘bam’, crippling back pain! One important cause of back pain, which often has to do with spasms of the large muscles that hold us upright, is stress. It is common for a person that worries and hurries a lot, skips meals and stays up late, to tighten up in the low back area. A person might think they have the same routine every day, so why, suddenly, does something like this happen? What they are not aware of are other contributing factors. One example is the weather. Big changes in weather patterns can add inflammation and tightness into the mix. Another example is specific emotions that, subconsciously, might be triggering an old frustration or hurt, i.e., ‘pushing your buttons’, again leading to tightness of certain muscle groups. The tightening up of low back muscles can gradually and subtly increase until the bending over to pick up the sock is ‘the straw that broke the camel’s back,’ or at least ‘threw it out’. Another less obvious factor that causes back pain is constipation and other bowel issues. Even individuals who say they are ‘regular’ can have some degree of constipation, with little awareness of it, and that is a huge number of people. Simple gas and bloating can also contribute to back pain. These bowel issues, even subtle ones, can also cause the back muscles to spasm, leading to a back going out. One other more obvious cause of back pain is worth mentioning. People who engage in an activity that utilizes muscle groups in ways they have not been used to, such as starting a yoga class, new types of exercises at the gym, or, more obviously, the seasonal raking of leaves or shoveling snow, even if they are being slow and careful, are commonly subjected to spasms and inflammation, leading to their backs going out. All of the above scenarios usually involve a complex of imbalances. These typically include spasms of various muscles, inflammation of the joint capsules and discs, and certainly vertebrae being pulled out of alignment. In my treatment of back pain I always include a variety of therapies and modalities such as myofascial release, vibration and far infra-red, that address all of these. In my experience it is rarely enough to give only a chiropractic adjustment. I always assume multiple factors. If you suffer from chronic low back pain with no obvious initiating cause, consider stress management techniques like yoga or gently stretching, meditation, warm bathes with epsom salts, and making sure the diet you are eating keeps your bowels clean, healthy and regular. There are plenty of natural herbal remedies to keep the bowels happy. Wisdom from ‘ayurvedic medicine’ suggests soothing the ‘vata dosha.’ This means avoiding too much exposure to cold, both environmentally and in your food, and favoring warm and calming activity and food. This is especially true for the skinny, worry-hurry ‘vata’ type people. In extreme cases enemas can be very helpful. Other tips if you have nagging low back pain are to avoid walking in high-heeled shoes, avoid jumping, jogging or strenuous exercise and minimize sexual activity. By all means practice mindfulness and avoid letting yourself get carried away by the activities you are engaged...

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Relieve Your Stress With Meditation

Posted by on Feb 7, 2013 in Meditation, Stress | 0 comments

Meditation is the ultimate stress reliever and much more.  My personal experience with starting my meditation practice, which began at the age of 17, was a progression from feeling calmer and clearer for that day, to headaches disappearing, to a consistent sense of peace. The issue with stress is that our minds get caught up in things, filled with panic and worry.  From there the body is affected with tension, digestive complaints, headaches and eventually adrenal gland exhaustion, and these can then lead to more serious health conditions.  This is the result of over-stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system.  Known as the ‘fight or flight response,’ this stress reaction can go on day after day simply from busy work schedules, traffic jams and family responsibilities.  Meditation reverses the fight or flight response, creating a deep relaxation and fostering a calm and clear state of mind that carries over into all your activities. The art of meditation is using techniques, and there are many, that quiet your thoughts.  Doing so leads to a deep peace in mind and body.  Meditating once in a while is great for that day, so by all means do it. Meditating regularly creates more and more lasting peace and calm, even with a crazy schedule.  Regular practice naturally leads to more and more of this baseline of calm clarity spilling over into your activities. And don’t think you have to be buzzing with energy and intensity to do a better job at work.  You will find that the opposite is true, that calm clarity allows for better decisions and more getting done with less effort. Meditation, for its beneficial effects on mind and body, is one of the best therapies that I offer to my patients for their health and well-being.  I’ve taught many classes and workshops on meditation at Live Well and out in the community, and now I am excited to be offering private one on one meditation for my patients.  If you are interested in getting started, please call us or go online here to schedule a private meditation training session with me.  You will love it!  Sessions are typically 30 minutes, $75, and I’m always happy to combine other health questions or mini treatments along with the training as long as we plan our time accordingly. Yours, With a Peaceful and Quiet Mind, Dr. Martin Orimenko Chiropractor, Naturopath &...

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Feeling bad? Blame it on the weather!

Posted by on Apr 25, 2011 in Holistic Health, Stress, Therapy | 0 comments

We are walking barometers! Just like animals and plants can sense changes in weather, so can many people. And many people do not realize that it’s the weather that is making them feel lousy. Some of the meteorological variables implicated include: temperature, barometric pressure, rainfall, humidity, thunder-storm activity, sunshine, and the level of ionization of the air. Rapid changes in temperature affect blood pH, blood pressure, urine volume, and tissue permeability. Our bodies react to cold by constricting the blood vessels in the periphery, making the heart work harder. A significant drop in barometric pressure leads to an expansion of air in isolated body cavities and of fluids in membranes. This can injure tissues in joints or muscles, causing aches and pain. Some people experience the same phenomenon during air travel when the cabin pressure drops during take-off. In addition, bones and muscles have different densities. During temperature and humidity variations unequal expansion and contraction of these tissues may increase the pain in inflamed joints and injured muscles. Winds can bring dramatic temperature changes and, more importantly, changes in electrical charge, and this can directly impact our moods. Negatively charged ions in the air, such as those produced by ocean waves and waterfalls, make us feel positive and lift our spirits. Positively charged ions make us feel down and agitated. When warm, dry winds blow, dust attaches to negative ions and they lose their charge thus increasing the ratio of positive ions which means more negative mood. Humidity, pollution and high pollen counts also deplete negative ions. As long as the winds blow, the positive ions tend to accumulate. In many cultures, seasonal winds are referred to as ‘ill winds’ or ‘winds of depression’. Such winds are associated with feelings of anxiety, stress, depression and sleepless nights around the world. Studies show that when some of these winds blow, traffic accident, crime and suicide rates all rise significantly. In Traditional Chinese Medicine wind is considered a pathogen, just like a virus is considered a pathogen. There are a few cities where there are more negative than positive ions in the air: Niagara Falls, Canada; Sedona, Arizona; Mt Shasta, California; and Kauai, Hawaii. People living in these areas say they feel healthier. A ratio of 5 negative to 4 positive ions produces a sense of well-being. ‘Sick building syndrome’ is more common today than it was 20 years ago. Most homes and offices are built to be airtight and when the heating or air conditioner is running this causes friction, which depletes the negative ions. Consequently, only the positive ions are left to re-circulate. Bacteria, mold, mildew and allergies thrive in positive ion air. Synthetic clothes and carpeting cause friction and deplete negative ions. Some natural fibers repel positive ions! Nature has its own way of creating negative ions. When it rains heavily negative ions are generated. That is why the air feels so refreshing and uplifting after a heavy downpour. Medical conditions that are sensitive to weather changes include: rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, low back pain, gout, fibromyalgia, phantom limb pain, scar pain, headaches, trigeminal neuralgia, and pain influenced by mood disorders. Weather is also associated with changes in birth rates, sperm count, outbreaks of pneumonia, influenza and bronchitis. In advance of a cold front, we often see showers and thunderstorms, and a decrease in barometric pressure. In these low pressure conditions some people feel edgy and their arthritis flares up. More than 50% of migraine sufferers say their headaches have a weather trigger, and studies confirm the relationship between the numbers of reported migraine attacks and rapid changes in barometric pressure. One study found that migraines were most likely to occur on days with falling pressure, rising humidity, high winds, and rapid temperature fluctuations. What Can You Do? The following are some countermeasures that could improve your reaction to those malevolent weather fronts: Avoid overheated and stuffy rooms; Go for full spectrum lighting, not fluorescent, (you may need to add you own incandescent or full spectrum flourescent lamps); Get plenty of fresh air and sunshine; Try enjoying the outdoors...

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