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Month: May 2016

Know your Why

“When you know your why, you can endure any how” – Victor Frankel



Why do you try to eat healthy?  Why do you exercise?  For the expectant mom who wants a natural childbirth, why?  Why breastfeed?

I think “why” is an important question to ask yourself as you make decisions on your health journey.  Once you understand the “why” behind a decision, it is easier to own the choice and follow through with it.  We find our motivation for the tough moments through owning why we want to do something.  A challenging moment is worth working through because you know why you are doing it.  You can see the bigger picture.

When I talk with mom’s who are planning to breastfeed, I will often spend more time talking with them about why they want to do it rather than how to do it.  I believe that if you can really own why you want to breastfeed you will find a solution to any challenge you might face as you learn how to breastfeed.  It helps you determine how committed you are to doing it.

As I was preparing for the birth of my first child, I was like any other first time mom, unsure of what to expect.  I knew about the birthing process but had never experienced it myself. There are so many different things that could happen. How do you possible prepare for them all? How do you create a birth plan that would include all the different scenarios?  I decided I needed to start with why I wanted a natural childbirth.  Once I had those reasons listed out, it was easy to move forward with the plan.  I held my birth plan with an open hand so I could be open to whatever changes may come, which is what I advise any mom to do as she prepares for birth.  I truly believe that identifying my motivation for my desired labor helped me to be committed to it and achieve it.

These are just 2 examples from my personal experience but this can be applied to any decision or change you are trying to make.  It may be a career change, losing weight, or eating healthier.  Find out your motivation, your “why”, and let that lead you to achieving your goal.

Live life to the fullest.

Exciting times for chiropractic

It is such an exciting time for chiropractic & changes are about to happen in the health of our country. I can hardly contain my excitement! Last night I was reading through more of the details of the Gallup-Palmer report. I knew the results came out in the fall of 2015 & it looked promising for the growth of our profession. The last time a poll like this was done, it showed that about 8% of the population utilized chiropractic care. Now that poll shows 14% of the population have used a chiropractor in the last 12 months! It has almost doubled.  The mission of Sozo Chiropractic is to change the health of our community, one family at a time.  When I look at these numbers I see many possibilities.

 If we were to look at things from a pain management perspective only, this is huge.  Addiction to pain medications is a growing problem.  As the use of these addictive drugs increases so does the availability and access to them for other family members.  It is sad to see that teenagers can simply go into the medicine cabinet at home and easily have access to dangerous and addictive drugs.  I truly believe if more people utilized chiropractic care to manage their pain, we would see changes in the number of prescription drug addictions.

The number of surgeries could also be reduced as more people see a chiropractor.  I am not opposed to surgery.  I have had to go through 2 surgeries, which allowed me to continue to use my left arm.  I am thankful for the technology and skilled doctors who are able to perform these procedures.  However, if it can be avoided, that individual is also avoiding the risks and complications which could result from surgery.  What I love about chiropractic is how it allows the body to heal and therefore the need for surgery is gone.

Now if we were to begin to look at the health cost savings this would create!  Chiropractic care is drastically less expensive than the other alternatives.  If more people use chiropractors, we could see some improvement in the crisis we are facing with health care expenses.

My dream is to one day see the Gallup-Palmer poll show 80% of the population using chiropractic.  I know the health of our community would be different and for the better.  I have no doubt about that!

You can view the report at www.jmptonline.org/article/S0161-4754(15)00124-4/abstract

Be healthy and well.