This week our guest blog comes from Dr. Ashley Kowalski, ND.
Did you know that thoughts and feelings can dictate how we perceive and go about our day? What you wake up thinking can ultimately set the tone and influence the outcome of the day. So why not make your first thought of the day a positive one? If you want to set the tone for a good day, start with positive thinking!
How can you do this?
Upon rising in the morning, write down 3 things you are grateful for. Keep a pen and paper beside your bed, and set your alarm to go off a few minutes earlier than you normally would. Do not rush out of bed at the sound of your alarm, but take time to allow your body to wake-up and before rising jot down these 3 things. There is always something to be grateful for – life is good!
Another way to get your day off on the right track is to be kind to yourself. Write down three things that you consider good qualities about yourself each morning. This is also a great way to increase your self-esteem and boost confidence levels.
While getting ready for the day, take a few moments to look in the mirror. Which features are you most proud of? Look past the “imperfections” and acknowledge the features that make you feel good about yourself. It might be your nose, your lips, your eyes, your hair style, or the shape of your face. Whatever the features are, verbalize them as you stand in front of the mirror.
Think thoughts that make you smile! Research states that smiling even though we may not feel like it can change our mood, relieve stress, boost the immune system, lower blood pressure, and make us more attractive to others. Smiles are contagious and they also help other people who may be struggling with their day.
“Once your replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” – Willie Nelson
Dr. Ashley is a Naturopathic Doctor ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS in Ottawa at the Hampton Wellness Centre.
I am often asked by my patients, how I know what physical, emotional and mental patterns are going on in their life simply by touching their spine. Here’s how...and it’s not magic.
The body records information in many different ways: through your memory, sensations (i.e. pain, tingling, heat, etc), emotions and physiology. Information can be transferred through your mind and also through your body. If the information is transmitted in a pattern over and over again, then it becomes ingrained into your nervous system.
For example, once you learn how to swim, that information is stored in your body and if you ever fell in the water, you would retrieve that info and swim. Same thing goes with playing a sport or riding a bike, even if you haven’t ridden in a while, once you get back on, you’re remember how to do it.
It is easy to see in physical patterns, however, it also happens with our emotions and thoughts. If you were told over and over again by your parents that money doesn’t grow on trees, that people who have large sums of money are bad, etc. then your body remembers that. If later on, when you are going for a raise and you have these patterns, what will show up? You may ask for less than you’re worth, you may never ask for a raise, if you got it, you may spend more than you normally would, etc. Why? Because early in your life you learned that money=bad, whenever you get money then you will subconsciously feel that you are a bad person. Since your body does not want to be “bad” then you will sabotage yourself.
When I feel your spine, I look at the patterns that have been recorded there and then I ask you questions about your life. Interested in finding out more? Come to our next beginner or advanced workshop.
Working alongside Dr. Marie Matheson, a Lyme Literate Naturopath, has allowed me the unique opportunity to see many patients who have Lyme Disease. Over the years, I’ve been able to detect and identify common physical, emotional and mental patterns stored in their body.
In my practice, I focus on neuro-optimization. I used light touch chiropractic techniques designed to help people become more aware of how they hold tension in their spine. It consists of gentle touches that help to achieve greater communication between the brain and the body. Alongside chiropractic care, I employ breathing and visualization techniques to achieve our desired outcomes. Because this process is done actively, people are more empowered in their healing process.
Some of the most common emotional and mental thought patterns I’ve seen associated with Lyme patients are:
It takes a lot of energy from the body to hold these emotional and mental tension patterns. Energy that could be better used for healing. Left unaddressed, physical symptoms could worsen. For more information on Lyme Disease and treatment, please visit our office website: http://hamptonwellnesscentre.com/services/naturopathic-medicine/lyme-disease-treatment/
When working with you, my focus is on neuro-optimization of your spine and nervous system. I do this by helping your body remove neuro abnormalities.
Removing neuro abnormality reduces physical, emotional and mental tension patterns in your body. For some, the results are noticed from the first contact while for others, the effects take longer to appear. How can this be?
The varying degree of experiences depends on:
a) what the person is seeking help for i.e. low back pain, neck pain, pain in general versus emotional or behavioural issues
b) how long they have been experiencing their challenge
c) the level of body awareness someone comes in with initially. People who practice movement, yoga, martial arts, athletes, mediators, etc. tend to notice changes in their body the quickest.
Here are some signs that the neuro abnormality is reducing in your spine and how that relates to your life:
We talk about removing, reducing or taking away neuro abnormalities because it represents the tension associated with being who you are not. Once we get you back to a normal state, you can then take actions to become who you want to be. For more info, please come to one of our upcoming workshops.
This week's guest blog is brought to you by Dr. Liang Dai, who just recently came back from a concussion seminar in Toronto. Hampton Wellness Centre is is now fully certified in the Shift Concussion Management Program.
And now from Dr. Li:
Concussions have been the news a lot more recently with the NFL and NHL concussion issues that have arisen of late. As a result, I have seen and heard a lot of misconceptions about concussions and the following are a few myths about concussions that I would like to clear up.
1) Concussions only occur when there is direct trauma to the head. Verdict: FALSE. There doesn’t need to be a direct hit to the head as concussions are acceleration/deceleration injuries. The brain is surrounded by fluid and occupies the inside of the skull. When the head moves forward and snaps backwards, like in a whiplash injury, the brain sloshes around inside the skull and can impact the skull bones.
2) You need to lose consciousness to have a concussion. Verdict: FALSE. It is estimated that loss of consciousness occurs in less than 10% of people that suffer from a concussion. Symptoms of a concussion can range from headaches, dizziness, sensitivity to light/sound, fatigue, metal fogginess, etc. As a majority of the symptoms can seem benign at the moment of injury, the occurrence of a concussion may be under-reported or brushed off as inconsequential.
3) Treatment for a concussion means you can’t use TV, computer, video games, reading, texting, etc. Verdict: DEPENDS. Decreasing screen time was the general advice given to patients by doctors in the past. While this can work for some patients, the treatment for concussion is more nuanced than the general blanket approach. Current clinical research has shown that there are generally two different types of concussions: visual and vestibular. While, decreasing screen time will help in part the visual concussion, it may have no effect with the vestibular concussion as both motion and balance needs to be addressed.
If you are interested in learning more about concussions, please keep checking our website as we will be posting more on concussion facts and how to recover from them properly. The Hampton Wellness Centre is now fully certified in the Shift Concussion Management Program
Dr. Amanda is a non-traditional chiropractor who focuses on Neuro-Optimization in Ottawa, Canada.