Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Events, Events and More Events!

Spring is here and that means community outreach! Now that the warmer weather is upon us, we are working hard to educate people about chiropractic with every free moment we have.

This past weekend, we were at the AIDS Lifecycle expo. (http://www.aidslifecycle.org/) For those who don’t know, the AIDS Lifecycle is a week-long bike ride from San Francisco to LA that takes place every summer. The riders pledge to raise at least $2500 each and the money goes to AIDS education and awareness. This is such an awesome event to be a part of, and I love helping the riders. Many of the riders are not experienced cyclists and it is fun to watch them grow in their training rides. Many of them end up on my chiropractic table at some point and we work through those injuries as well. It is so rewarding to be helping people participate in such a great event. Maybe one of these years I’ll be on the ride with them:)

Also, because April is Stress Awareness Month (http://www.stresscure.com/), we are going to be in local bank branches doing quick and fun public education on stress and its effects on health. Next week we’re going to be at the local B of A and the week after that we’ll be at WaMu (woohoo!). I’m excited about it because it’s always fun to get out into the public and answer people’s health questions. I find that a lot of people really do care about their health, they’ve just never have the opportunity to get all their questions answered by a professional. Most doctors spend less than 5 minutes per patient, which doesn’t leave time for much in the way of questions. I’m hoping these events in the banks will be helpful for everyone. Especially this time of year, when taxes are due, and with the way the economy is tanking, I think we can all use a little extra stress relief!

In closing I just want to say that I’m really looking forward to spring and I hope some of you will stop by and see us one of these days. We’re always out on the town and would love to say hi.

Suggestion of the week: Visit http://www.aidslifecycle.org/ and donate to help the riders. It doesn’t have to be much. Even a dollar is more than they had before you donated. Or, if you prefer, find out how you can help by volunteering or find a way to support the riders like we do, with healthcare. Find a way to donate bike clothes, get reduced prices on tune-ups, or some other creative way to show you care. Have fun with it! You’ll feel better when you’re done:)

Exercise fo the week: Breathe.
No, seriously. Breathing is an exercise. Most of us spend our days hunched over a computer or in a car and our lungs are constantly under-inflated. Sit up straight and breath in slowly while counting to 4 in your head. Hold the breath for a count of 4 and then exhale slowly for a count of 4. Take a break and repeat. This is called 4x4x4 breathing. Advanced athletes can breathe at higher counts, like 7x7x7, and some of you may want to start at 3x3x3, but try it and see. Bringing your consciousness to your breathe helps quiet the mind AND increases the amount of oxygen available to your tissues…always a good thing!

Never engage in an exercise before consulting your chiropractic physician to determine if it is same for you and your unique conditions

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