Chiropractor Asheville – 16 Years of Low Back Pain OBGYN refers

Imagine suffering from back pain for 16 years and never realizing that a REAL solution was available. This happened to Jess. Grateful to her OBGYN for being open to collaborating with us at Back In Balance so that Jess can gain relief and her LIFE back! We at Back In Balance work with your MDs to give you more options and comprehensive care. Click the Red More Button in your email or the image below to hear her story if you are on our website.

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Chiropractor – Asheville Manage Your Stress by Managing You

Manage your stress by managing you!

Stress will kill you! Stress management is definitely a buzz phrase in today’s society. We read in the news and on the internet how to reduce our stress with “these 10 easy steps” or “how to take control of your stress”. Most of us do try hard to reduce our stress, but a stressless life seems to be elusive.

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One of the most popular self-help books is by Stephen Covey called “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” helps to create strategies to improve your stress.  Stephen looked at the research and literature for the last 200 years on public image and how to improve your life. He states that our character is a collection of our habits, and habits have a powerful role in our lives. Habits consist of knowledge, skill, and desire. Knowledge allows us to know what to do, skill gives us the ability to know how to do it, and desire is the motivation to do it. In order to be happy and successful we need to have certain traits rooted in our character, but how do we build knowledge, skill, and desire when we are stressed? If we break stressors down into two categories, it becomes manageable. The two types of stressors include the Circle of Concern and Circle of Influence. We define Circle of Concern as concerns that we have no control over like the weather and other people’s opinions of us. Circle of Influence is defined as concerns that we can do something about. These are things that we have control over like our attitude, actions towards others, and who we surround ourselves with.

Those who focus on their Circle of Influence tend to be more proactive people.  They take responsibility for their own lives. Their behaviors are functions of their decisions, not their conditions. These people work on things they can control and ignore what they can’t control.  Proactive people have “can do” mentality, “I can be better.” “I can be more.” “I can do this.” Change starts from within, and highly effective people make the decision to improve their lives through the things that they can influence rather than by simply reacting to external forces.

Those who focus on their Circle of Concern tend to be more reactive people. They neglect the issues under their control and instead expend energy on deflecting responsibility away from themselves. Their behavior is a function of the conditions of their life and if things are not going their way its not their fault. Reactive people have a mentality of, “If I have this I would be happy”, “If I made more money I would be happy” or” if I had a better boss”.

The big difference between proactive and reactive is whether you are being acted upon or acting. This largely affects the outcomes in your life. Let’s give an example of this that is applicable to real life. You go to your medical doctor and you get diagnosed with Type II diabetes. You have two options. Option 1: You blame your diagnosis on genetics, parents or your financial situation and you take medicine for the rest of your life and continue with the status quo. Option 2: You realize your current situation is a product of all the decisions you’ve made (including genetics, parents, and finances) and you take action toward resolving the problem you are faced it. You know that if you exercise and eat well that you can improve your diagnosis.

Here is your one thing to do. Create a list of the top five things that stress you out and put each of those stressors into one of the two categories we mentioned. The Circle of Influence or the Circle of Concern. Whichever stressful event falls into the Circle of Concern work towards letting it go. You do not have control over it and therefore you cannot change it. Focus on growing your Circle of Influence which will lead to a healthier mindset and attitude.

Chiropractor Asheville – Aging Gracefully is NOT LUCK

Aging Gracefully

When we interviewed Mary Rather NP, on what her advice to aging gracefully is based on her 20+ years experience in hospitals and acute adult care nursing homes she gave very simple answers to the complex problem of aging. Her formula for aging gracefully was to exercise 3 or more days per week, get your nutrition in check, go see your Chiropractor, and learn how to deal with stress.  Her personal mantra is “anything is possible”, “I’ve beaten cancer and diabetes through a mind over matter approach and taking small, manageable steps every day that lead towards a healthier future.”

There are very few negatives about aging if you really think about it. The experience, knowledge, and the resilience gained through years of trials and tribulation should be enough to make you look forward to aging. Aging with a negative mindset can only serve to fuel pessimistic behavior and mindset. Instead of worrying about the woes of aging, we should be proud of the physical and emotional attacks that come from a life that you have survived. Through good luck or good genes (even bad genes) or both, the old have dodged fatal accidents, premature disease, and other things that kill the young. You are stronger, and you get to live longer.

Aging is the one disease that will affect virtually every person on the planet.  The real trick in treating aging is doing it with grace and style because there is no treatment for it.  With it being impossible to prevent effects of time on the body, there are silver linings to be found. It should be pointed out that aging is inevitable, so why let it bog you down? Accept the inevitable changes of aging, rather than seeing them as aberrant crises. During the course of his career, Illinois psychologist Mark Frazier, PsyD, has worked with thousands of older people ages 65 to 105.  Again and again, he has seen an important key to psychological health: accepting that your life won’t stay the same.

Aging changes everyone and if you don’t have important things out in front of you, there is enough about the aging process that is not positive and you can get caught up in what you don’t like about it. Part of the challenge of aging gracefully is that you have to continue to find things that are important to you. Continue to find meaning in life. One way to succeed at this is to plan for purposeful activities before you retire. Plan that vacation you have always been talking about, plan to pursue your life’s dreams and ambitions.  You have a wonderful opportunity to reinvent yourself after retirement, do it! It should be a transition. It shouldn’t be, ‘Stop work one day and fall off a cliff.’ With this new found free time, fill your life with passion. Maybe this is taking up that hobby you’ve always had an interest in, but never enough time to actually pursue. It could be exercising more, learning to cook, gardening, hiking, pleasure reading, or practicing meditation and mindfulness.

You are also never too old to set goals.  I don’t subscribe to that old adage “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”. That does not seem fair to those who are open-minded about learning new things and growing. You may never be able to beat your personal best time in that turkey trot 5k race when you were 40 years old, but you can still train to set a new personal best at age 70. Without goals, you can fall into a woe-is-me way of thinking.  I’ll never be like I once was, I’ll never be who I once was. It’s true. If you were the same person you were 40 years ago have you become better?

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Chiropractor Asheville -What is Laser Therapy?

What is LASER THERAPY?

What is all the LASER HYPE about? Is it possible that a light can help your cells heal faster and reduce pain to boot?  Listen to find out more about LASER THERAPY, what is it, what it does and the many conditions it can help heal.

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Chiropractor Asheville – Aging Gracefully is NOT LUCK

When we interviewed Mary Rather NP on our latest podcast episode, on what her advice to aging gracefully is based on her 20+ years of experience in hospitals and acute adult care nursing homes she gave very simple answers to the complex problem of aging. Watch this video now to find out her formula. Click the Red More Button in your email or the image below if you are on our website.

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Chiropractor Asheville -3 Biggest Postural Problems

What are the 3 biggest posture problems (in our humble opinion) that face us today?!

How many times did your mom, dad or teacher tell you to “sit up straight, stop slouching, and put shoulders back?!” If it was anything like our childhoods you heard this often and it’s something you continue to hear all the time in this day and age.  Proper posture matters! Why it is important? What is proper posture? Listen to our latest podcast to find out what these postural problems are and how you can self check yourself.

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Chiropractor Asheville -3 Biggest Postural Problems

What are the 3 biggest posture problems (in our humble opinion) that face us today?!

  1. Anterior Pelvic Tilt

  2. Forward head posture

  3. Rounded shoulders

How many times did your mom, dad or teacher tell you to “sit up straight, stop slouching, and put shoulders back?!” If it was anything like our childhoods you heard this often and it’s something you continue to hear all the time in this day and age.  Proper posture matters! Why it is important? What is proper posture?

Proper posture is important because it can lead to structural changes over periods of time.  Not only structural changes in the body, but it can also lead to changes in their way our brain perceives sensory input such as pain.  Our spine is the bodies central support structure that holds you upright and if not taken care of this support structure can crumble. Nobel Prize recipient Dr. Roger Sperry, “…the spine is the motor that drives the body.”  According to his research, “Better than 90 percent of the energy output of the brain is used in relating the physical body in its gravitational field. The more mechanically distorted a person is, the less energy available for thinking, metabolism, and healing.” “…90% of the stimulation and nutrition to the brain is generated by the movement of the spine.”  If you don’t move it, you lose it.

Does this sound like your day? You wake up, sit in your car to drive to work, sit at your desk all day, go to lunch where you sit (or you don’t eat because you are too busy working and work through lunch) then you get back in your to drive back home where you sit down for dinner then again on the couch to relax?

The vast majority of our day is sitting and usually sitting with bad posture. If you’re saying, “Hey! I exercise after work, I go running or I bike.” Then I say, “Awesome!”, but are you doing the proper mobility work to break those bad posture habits you hold for 10 hours a day when you exercise for only 1 hour?  If you are not breaking these habits then you are increasing your risk of injury while exercising.

So let’s talk about these posture problems.  Anterior pelvic tilt (APT) is when the front of the pelvic drops in relation to the back of the pelvis.   APT or commonly referred to as “sway-back” can lead to lower back problems, hip, knee and ankle problems. Here is how to test for sway-back in yourself.  Stand with your feet 2-6 inches away from the wall with your butt and shoulders touching the wall. How easily can your hand slide behind your back? If there is no resistance against your hand you are sway-back.  This means you are susceptible to low back pain and pain in any of the joints in your legs.

Forward head posture is another common one we see in adults.  We also are seeing this more and more frequently in young children.  Researchers have even started to refer to this condition as text neck.  Normally your head should be directly placed over the shoulders and you could draw an imaginary line down from your ear you should hit your shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle.  Forward head posture can lead to headaches, neck pain and trigger points in your neck,  shoulders and middle back.

The last posture problem we see is rounded shoulders.  This often is related to those who work at computers or at a desk all day.  Their arms are constantly in front of them forcing their shoulders to round forward.  We see this often in those who spend lots of time in the gym neglecting their back muscles.  We are looking at you, gym bro, who only bench presses.

How to live a balanced life on the go.  Here is our one thing. Move a little differently than you are used to.  Every day don’t forget to move a little bit every hour. The only bad posture is the posture we spend to much time in.  If we stay in just a few positions over the whole day we create weakness and dysfunction. You don’t need to go to the gym to move.  Move your head, your arms, your legs. Just get up and MOVE!

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Chiropractor Asheville – Adrenal Exhaustion & Recovery

I’M SO TIRED!!!

How many times a day do you say this? Fatigue may be coming from weak adrenals. And this can be remedied. I remember going through a very stressful time in my life. I suffered from such extreme fatigue that I could not walk from the kitchen to the living room in my house without feeling winded. I was told by my MD’s (Family Physician, OBGYN and Rheumatologist) that I was “JUST GETTING OLD.” 36 years old my diagnosis was anxiety and insomnia. Take these, Ambien and Lorazepam. Thank GOD I am a Chiropractor and I knew to dig deeper for a solution…. Learning about ADRENAL EXHAUSTION and RECOVERY saved my life. Listen to our latest podcast as we dive deep into this topic. It may just save your life too!

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Balanced Life On the Go Podcast is LIVE!

Just dropped our first podcast episode, Balanced Life on the Go! Who couldn’t use more of that? Listen as we talk about balance in today’s world and what that really means.  Also, get practical tips and suggestions and most importantly, find out the ONE THING that you must implement NOW to start creating more balance in your busy life. Listen to the podcast by clicking below.

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